Letshego Holdings Limited

Letshego Holdings Group Annual Results presentation for Full Year 2020

By Published On: March 3rd, 2021Categories: Corporate announcement, Earnings

Letshego Holdings Limited (LETSHE.bw) 2020 Presentation

Income Statement Commentary

  • Net interest income better than expected against backdrop of COVID-19 impact, demonstrating business resilience.
  • NFI reduction due to lower transactional volumes, and Namibia regulatory adjustment. NFI showed recovery in line with other business streams which was reflected by a 50% growth in the second half of the year.
  • Operating Expenditure largely flat, increasing by only 1%. Other operating expenditure down 4% year on year. Staff costs up 9% due to once off exit costs and finalisation of the recruitment of senior executives.
  • Credit impairment charge reduced by 85% , supported by improvement in mobile loan impairments which reduced by P105m YoY and an 8% increase in collection and recoveries.
  • ETR up to 39% from 36% at 31 December 2019, due to lower profit before tax and prior year adjustments. Without prior year adjustments, ETR would have been 37%. Actual tax charge is down 3%.

Balance Sheet commentary

  • Cash and cash equivalents up 1% year on year and 5% of this relates to statutory cash reserve for six of the deposit licensed subsidiaries.
  • Net advances to customers up 12% year on year. Solid payouts growth from June 2020 and acceleration of digital capabilities.
  • Customer deposits increased by 56% and this was driven by mass micro saving (MMS) customer in Tanzania and Mozambique.
  • Borrowing up 14% following focus for subsidiaries to leverage local currency funding with longer tenor.
  • Shareholders’ funds strong at P4.372bn – up 3% year on year.

Expected Credit Losses Key Highlights

  • Overall impairment coverage remained healthy at 5.4% in 2020 compared to 7.7% in 2019 on the back of improved asset quality.
  • Gross advances increased from P9.69billion in 2019 to P10.74 billion in FY 2020.
  • Stage 1 – Growth in DAS portfolio underpinned by change in affordability rules and accelerated digitisation.
  • Stage 2 – Increase in accounts having Significant Increase in Credit Risk on the back of sectoral risk in MSE portfolio.
  • Stage 3 – Reduction driven by mobile loans and recovery of P36mn provisions in Eswatini on the back of normalization of specific portfolio that was in default in H1’2020.


  • Achieving over P1 billion in PBT.
  • YoY DAS Net Payouts grew by 32% to an all-time high of P2.5 billion.
  • Deposits from customers increased by 56% to P664 m.
  • MSE PBT increased by 99% and Green solutions pilot in Ghana.
  • Mass mobile PBT increased by 453%.
  • Digital Adoption increased to 69% in December 2020. (FY 2019 : Less than 1%).
  • Customers transacting across all of our digital lending and non-lending channels, increased by 53% to 539,828 (FY 2019: 352,564).
  • PBT contribution to the group, from East and West markets grew from 18% in 2019 to 26% in 2020.
  • Ghana PBT growth was over 600% year on year.
  • 26 employees completed an international certification in Agile Working.
  • 40 people working with partners using agile to implement the digital platform.
  • Speed of delivery of our digital channels in all markets within 6 weeks during pandemic.
  • Building our new digital platform within 6 months for implementation in 2021.
  • EPS of 26.4 thebe (FY 2019: 29.2 thebe), a decrease of 10.
  • ROE was 13% down from 16% for FY 2019: 16% and return on assets 5% (FY 2019: 6%).
  • Funding from our new programmatic approach for social impact programs i.e. Green solutions assists Letshego to de-risk the business, particularly on MSE lending.

Letshego Holdings Limited (LETSHE.bw)

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