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Orchard Funding Group PLC

22 February 2021

22 February 2021

Orchard Funding Group PLC

("Orchard Funding Group" or the "Company" or the "Group")

Trading Update

Orchard Funding Group, the finance company which specialises in insurance premium finance and the professions funding market, provides the following trading update for the six months ended 31 January 2021.

Trading performance for the period was in line with the Board's expectations. Demand for funding has fallen across our markets, leading to a decrease in lending over the equivalent half year in 2019/2020. The Group's lending performance for the period was as follows:

 
                  31 January        31 January   % increase/ 
                     2021              2020       (decrease) 
                     GBPm              GBPm 
 
 Lending               30.04             37.85      (20.63)% 
 
 
 
 Average loan book     27.61   33.07   (16.51)% 
 
 

Both Barclays Bank plc and Conister Bank Limited have continued to provide a line of credit of GBP17.0m and GBP2.0m respectively. In addition, Toyota Financial Services (UK) PLC has provided the Group with a limited facility to fund Toyota insurance products only. The Board therefore considers it has adequate liquidity for its projected lending in all its markets.

Revenue for the first half is expected to be broadly in line with expectations, while costs have remained stable. Whilst the Board is confident of the long-term prospects of the Group, it remains mindful of the downward pressure on lending caused by COVID-19, consequential lockdowns and ongoing economic uncertainty in the second half.

Orchard Funding Group will be announcing its interim results for the six month period ended 31 January 2021 on 9 March 2021.

For further information, please contact:

Orchard Funding Group PLC +44 (0)1582 346 248

Ravi Takhar, Chief Executive Officer

Liberum (Nomad and Broker) +44 (0)20 3100 2222

Neil Patel

Richard Bootle

For Investor Relations please go to: www.orchardfundinggroupplc.com

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