Mumbai, 14th February 2024– Moneyboxx Finance, a leading player in the small business lending segment, announced their strong financial results for the quarter ended December 31, 2023 (Q3 FY24). The company reported a net profit of INR 5.02 crores in the nine months of FY24, marking a significant improvement compared to the same period last fiscal year.
In the third quarter of FY24, Moneyboxx’s total income saw a substantial surge by 169% to INR 85.55 crores in Q3 FY24, in line with the strong growth in business and AUM. In addition, the company posted a profit after taxes (PAT) of INR 5.02 crores in 9MFY24, marking a significant turnaround from the corresponding last year.
Moneyboxx also witnessed a remarkable 124% growth in AUM, reaching INR 530 crores as of December 31, 2023, driven by branch expansion, higher productivity, and growth in lending partnerships. Currently supported by 31 lenders, including prominent banks like State Bank of India, HDFC Bank, and Kotak Mahindra Bank, the company has strengthened its financial position.
Highlights of Q3 FY24 and 9M FY24 Financial Results
Growing operations with improving geographic and product mix: Company expanded operations to 86 branches across 8 states as of Dec’23 compared to 54 branches in 6 states last year. Moneyboxx Finance has a proven, scalable, and tech-driven branch model to capitalize on the growth opportunities in the underserved INR 1-10 Lakh business loan segment in rural India. Geographic and product diversification further improved during the financial year with entry into the states of Gujarat and Bihar, and increased share of securing lending, which grew from 5% of AUM as of Mar’23 to 17% as of Dec’23.
AUM grew by 124% to INR 530 crores as on 31-Dec-23 compared to last year led by branch expansion, higher productivity, and growth in lending partnerships. Reported Disbursements of INR 374 crore during 9M FY24, growing by 92% over the same period last year.
Strong turnaround in profitability: Total Income grew strongly by 169% to INR 85.55 crores in 9MFY24 compared to INR 31.82 crore in 9MFY23, in line with strong growth in business and AUM. The Company posted profit after taxes of INR 5.02 crores in 9MFY24 compared to a net loss of INR 7.22 crore in 9MFY23. The Company has strong unit economics and interest spread improved by 300 basis points to 16% in 9MFY24 compared to 13% in 9MFY23, supported by an increase in average loan yield and declining cost of borrowings. Achieved ROE of 8.6% in Q3 FY24 and 8.0% in 9M FY24. Profitability is further expected to improve driven by declining cost of borrowings, improving branch productivity with vintage, increased share of secured lending business, and the benefit of operating leverage with growing scale of operations.
Strong Balance Sheet: Moneyboxx strengthened its capital base by raising INR 80 crore of equity during the nine-month period ending 31-Dec-2023. Leverage ratio (TOL/Owned Funds) significantly improved to 2.41 as on 31.12.2023 in comparison to 3.67 as on 31.03.2023. Net worth more than doubled to INR 158.68 crore as of Dec’23 compared to INR 76.40 crore as of Mar’23.
Diversified funding mix and declining cost of borrowings: With the addition of leading banks and NBFCs, and issue of debt via securitization and NCD issuance, the Company has diversified its funding sources and reduced its cost of borrowings (cost of incremental borrowing stood at 12.84% during Q3 FY24). The Company is supported by 31 lenders as of date, including 10 leading banks (State Bank of India, HDFC Bank, Kotak Mahindra Bank, IDFC First Bank, DCB Bank, Federal Bank, SBM Bank, AU SFB, Utkarsh SFB and Fincare SFB) and leading NBFCs and impact funds.
Strong asset quality: While asset quality was impacted during the year as agriculture-driven rural economy was affected by high and erratic rains in operating states of Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh, Moneyboxx has relatively strong asset quality with one of the lowest NPAs in the segment owing to its focus on essential sectors and robust underwriting practices. Gross NPA increased to 1.51% of AUM as of 31.12.2023 compared to 0.99% as of 30.09.2023 and 0.59% as of 31.03.2023 and Net NPA increased to 0.94% as of 31.12.2023 compared to 0.63% as of 30.09.2023 and 0.30% as of 31.03.2023. Historically, the Company’s credit cost was less than 3% amidst extreme conditions in the wake of pandemic and lumpy skin disease outbreak in cattle. Unlike stress conditions in the past, the recent deterioration in is expected to normalize sooner and thus, management believes asset quality will remain strong and further supported by increasing share of secured lending (19% of AUM as of Jan’24 compared to 5% as of Mar’23)
Commenting on the results, Deepak Aggarwal (Co-CEO & CFO) said, “Maintaining strong momentum of profitability in 9M FY24, built upon the turnaround in the preceding quarters, validates the strengths of our business model. We have built a sustainable, scalable, and tech-driven business model with robust underwriting practices to cater to the promising and underserved small business loan market in rural and semi-urban areas. We see strong growth opportunities in this segment and aim to transform the lives of micro entrepreneurs through our various beyond-lending impact initiatives such as free vet advisory and agro-forestry for livestock and agricultural borrowers. Moneyboxx is committed to change the way impact investing is looked at and bring significant positive change in the lives of its borrowers.”