Hardman & Co Research: Morses Club (MCL): Home collect and online lending acquisitions

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15-March-2019 / 15:20 GMT/BST


Hardman & Co Research: Home collect and online lending acquisitions

On 26 February, MCL announced the acquisition of the online lender CURO Transatlantic for a consideration of ca.£8.5m. Curo has a net loan book of ca.£10m and 50,000 customers. This deal is strategic in that it transforms the online lending business with a much-enhanced decision engine, infrastructure, carefully selected customers and all for a discount to book. MCL also announced the acquisitions of Eccles Savings and Loans, on 31 January, and of Hays Credit LLP, on 12 February. These add ca.5,700 customers (there were 230,000 at MCL's 1H FY'19) and may be characterised as a resumption of add-on deals in the core business.

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