Revenue growth of 16.4% to $272.7 million


Chairman and Managing Director’s Review
The directors of Cash Converters International Limited (‘Cash Converters’) are pleased to report a growth in revenue of 16.4% to $272.7 million and a record earnings before interest  tax, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) result of $57.0 million for the 2013 financial year, an increase of 18.6% over the previous year.
The statutory earnings per share were 8.1 cents per share an increase of 4.4% on the previous corresponding period. 
In addition the Directors are pleased to advise that the final dividend has been increased to two cents per share, taking the full year dividend to four cents per share fully franked, up 14% on the on the dividend paid in the corresponding period. 
Revenue growth of 16.4% to $272.7 million. The major drivers for revenue growth over the year included an increase in personal loan interest of $20.2 million and establishment fees of $5.9 million, an increase in corporate store revenue of $13.2 million and an increase in cash advance administration fees of $1.1 million. 
The net profit after tax was $32.9 million, up 11.7% on the previous year.
The Australian personal loan book has grown by 35.4% from $67.6 million at 30 June 2012 to $91.5 million at 30 June 2013 and generated an EBITDA of $40.7 million, up 37.5% on the previous period.
The growth of the online personal loan business in Australia continues to be very strong with the value of loans written increasing 89% to $26.9 million (2012 $14.2 million). 
The cash advance administration platform in Australia and the UK, generated an EBITDA of $14.4 million (2012 $13.7 million) which is up 4.8% on the previous year. 
Three ‘greenfield’ company owned stores were opened in Australia and nine franchise stores were acquired, taking total corporate store numbers in Australia to 55 as at 30 June 2013. In the UK four franchised stores were acquired taking corporate store numbers in the UK to 63 as at 30 June 2013. Total corporate store numbers are 118 (63 in the UK and 55 in Australia).  
The Company raised $32.7 million of capital through a placement of 38,500,000 shares at 85 cents per share in December 2012.  The placement was substantially oversubscribed with strong support from existing and new institutional investors. The funds from the placement will be used to acquire stores within the franchise network, to open new corporate stores and to finance the growth of the Australian and UK personal loan books.
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