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Fintech lender Harmoney finishes off FY22 with new $195m funding facility

Tue 28 Jun 22, 2:22pm (AEST)
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Key Points

  • ASX-listed Fintech player Harmoney has acquired a $195m (NZ$215m) loan from undisclosed ‘big four’ Oz bank
  • Funds will be used to grow company’s NZ operations; NZ loan book grew to NZ$370m in last quarter (group loan book NZ$627m)
  • Harmoney now has funding from three of the ‘big four’ of Australia’s banks

ASX-listed fintech player Harmoney’s (ASX:HMY) share price is up nearly 4% in mid-afternoon trade. 

The company has today announced its receipt of $195m in funding from an Australian bank to further develop its NZ operations. 

Harmoney provides loans to retail consumers using its own patent software and credit rating system, conducted entirely 100% online. 

In the last quarter, the group’s total loan book climbed to NZ$627m, an increase of 13%. 

A breakdown of the employment status of Australian users lending from Harmoney (FY22 Half Year Report)
A breakdown of the employment status of Australian users lending from Harmoney (FY22 Half Year Report)

Strength in financing technicality 

Today’s loan received by Harmoney is a warehouse facility, which company management says allows greater loan origination capacity. 

The loans are typically cheaper to take out, though, often awarded to smaller companies.

Today’s news puts Harmoney’s total warehouse funding facilities over $950m, with some $330m undrawn. 

Ultimately, the loan is backed by Harmoney’s existing pipeline of revenue and financial agreements with its users — for clarity, no actual physical warehouse is involved. 

Strong year for Harmoney despite sell-offs

Harmoney noted in February it now had funding from three of the four big banks in Australia—the company is keeping hush on who, exactly, those players are. 

It’s worth noting Macquarie is technically one of Australia’s ‘big four’ these days. 

In the first quarter of this year, Australian new customer originations were up 218% year on year (YOY) to $63.8m and up 58% quarter on quarter (QOQ). 

The Australian loan book in turn was up 107% YOY and 29% QOQ to $239m. 

It may be no surprise that the services of an easy-to-use lender have shot up in an inflationary global environment — but there was one big takeaway in Harmoney’s latest quarterly. 

The share of Harmoney’s group loan book over three months in arrears fell to a measly 0.46%, down from 0.53%. 

At the end of March, Harmoney reaffirmed its FY22 forecast for revenue of at least $83.6m and post-tax profits reflecting “profitable” performance. 

Harmoney's three month charts versus the financials index. Will Oceania expansion be enough to regain trust from investors?
Harmoney's three month charts versus the financials index. Will Oceania expansion be enough to regain trust from investors?

 

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Jonathon Davidson

Finance Writer

Jonathon is a journalism graduate and avid market watcher with exposure to governance, NGO and mining environments. He was most recently hired as an oil and gas specialist for a trade publication. Email Jon at [email protected].

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