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Lufax Reports First Quarter 2022 Financial Results


Lufax Holding Ltd ("Lufax" or the "Company") (NYSE: LU), a leading technology-empowered personal financial services platform in China, today announced its unaudited financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2022.

First Quarter 2022 Financial Highlights

(In millions except percentages, unaudited)

Three Months Ended March 31,

 

2021

2022

YoY

RMB

RMB

USD

 

Total income

15,251

17,316

2,732

13.5%

Total expenses

(8,530)

(10,163)

(1,603)

19.1%

Total expenses excluding credit and asset impairment losses

(7,477)

(7,339)

(1,158)

(1.8%)

Credit and asset impairment losses

(1,053)

(2,824)

(445)

168.2%

Net profit1

4,969

5,290

834

6.5%

 

 

 

 

First Quarter 2022 Operational Highlights

Retail credit facilitation business:

Wealth management business:

Mr. Ji Guangheng, Chairman of Lufax, commented, "We overcame external challenges and delivered another quarter of solid financial and operational performance by leveraging our core competitive advantages in regulatory compliance, market potential, business models, and capital reserves. As part of our plan to reward shareholders, we also paid out our inaugural dividend during April. More importantly, we are actively implementing a series of operational initiatives to preempt any potential capital market dislocations. Looking ahead, we will remain fully in sync with China's national policy directives, offer inclusive financing services, and continue to demonstrate our resolve, resiliency, and commitment to support small- and micro-businesses and the real economy at large."

Mr. Gregory Gibb, Co-Chief Executive Officer of Lufax, commented, "Our first quarter results exceeded our own guidance both on the top and bottom lines, as we further augmented our competitive strengths on the back of our stable operations. While there remains uncertainty ahead given the ongoing pandemic, we have implemented a number of proactive measures, including targeting higher-quality customers, providing more customized products, and improving our risk management efficiency, to enhance our business. We are confident that our strong balance sheet, abundant cash reserves, and well-funded credit insurance and funding partners have equipped us with significant strength and flexibility to weather the COVID resurgence and related economic slowdown."

Mr. James Zheng, Chief Financial Officer of Lufax, commented, "During the first quarter, our total income increased by 13.5% year over year to RMB17.3 billion and our net profit grew by 6.5% to RMB5.3 billion, mostly driven by our stable unit economics, deeper market penetration, and sophisticated risk-sharing business model. As of March 31, 2022, we had approximately RMB52.1 billion in liquid assets7 maturing in 90 days or less. While we have great confidence in our own ability to thrive in a challenging external environment, we are also cognizant of the severe downward pressure that the simultaneous rolling lockdowns across multiple cities have put on the entire economy and the financial services industry. Because it is next to impossible to predict the duration and severity of the COVID-induced economic slowdown, we have adopted a more conservative outlook towards our own growth prospects and revised our guidance accordingly."

First Quarter 2022 Financial Results

TOTAL INCOME

Total income increased by 13.5% to RMB17,316 million (US$2,732 million) in the first quarter of 2022 from RMB15,251 million in the same period of 2021. The Company's revenue mix changed with the evolution of its business model, as it gradually bore more credit risk and increased funding from consolidated trust plans that provided lower funding costs.

 

 

 

Three Months Ended March 31,

 

(In millions except percentages, unaudited)

 

2021

2022

YoY

 

RMB

% of income

RMB

% of income

 

Technology platform-based income

 

10,290

67.5%

9,292

53.7%

(9.7%)

Retail credit facilitation service fees

 

9,665

63.4%

8,700

50.2%

(10.0%)

Wealth management transaction and service fees

 

625

4.1%

592

3.4%

(5.3%)

Net interest income

 

2,911

19.1%

4,984

28.8%

71.2%

Guarantee income

 

551

3.6%

1,902

11.0%

245.2%

Other income

 

1,039

6.8%

704

4.1%

(32.2%)

Investment income

 

490

3.2%

435

2.5%

(11.2%)

Share of net profits of investments accounted for using the equity method

 

(30)

(0.2%)

(0)

(0)

(100.0%)

Total income

 

15,251

100%

17,316

100%

13.5%

 

 

 

 

 

 

TOTAL EXPENSES

Total expenses increased by 19.1% to RMB10,163 million (US$1,603 million) in the first quarter of 2022 from RMB8,530 million in the same period of 2021. This increase was mainly driven by credit impairment losses, since credit impairment losses increased by 168% to RMB2,824 million (US$445 million) in the first quarter of 2022 from RMB1,053 million in the same period of 2021. Total expenses excluding credit impairment losses, finance costs and other (gains)/losses increased by 2.7% to RMB7,247 million (US$1,143 million) in the first quarter of 2022 from RMB7,055 million in the same period of 2021.

 

Three Months Ended March 31,

 

(In millions except percentages, unaudited)

2021

2022

YoY

RMB

% of income

RMB

% of income

 

Sales and marketing expenses

4,233

27.8%

4,484

25.9%

5.9%

General and administrative expenses

854

5.6%

726

4.2%

(15.0%)

Operation and servicing expenses

1,521

10.0%

1,590

9.2%

4.5%

Technology and analytics expenses

447

2.9%

448

2.6%

0.2%

Credit impairment losses

1,053

6.9%

2,824

16.3%

168.2%

Finance costs

284

1.9%

211

1.2%

(25.7%)

Other (gains)/losses - net

138

0.9%

(118)

(0.7%)

(185.5%)

Total expenses

8,530

55.9%

10,163

58.7%

19.1%

 

 

 

 

 

NET PROFIT

Net profit increased by 6.5% to RMB5,290 million (US$834 million) in the first quarter of 2022 from RMB4,969 million in the same period of 2021, driven by the aforementioned factors, If non-cash foreign exchange gains and losses were excluded from the calculation of net profit, then the year on year increase in net profit would have been 2.1% instead.

EARNINGS PER ADS

Basic and diluted earnings per American Depositary Share ("ADS") were RMB2.31 (US$0.36) and RMB2.14 (US$0.34), respectively, in the first quarter of 2022.

BALANCE SHEET

The Company had RMB40,556 million (US$6,398 million) in cash at bank as of March 31, 2022, as compared to RMB34,743 million as of December 31, 2021.

Recent Developments­

US$1 Billion Share Repurchase Program

During 2021, the Company's board of directors authorized share repurchase programs under which the Company could repurchase up to an aggregate of US$1 billion of its ADSs during the specific period. As of March 31, 2022, the Company had repurchased approximately 110 million ADSs for approximately US$877 million under these share repurchase programs.

US$500 Million Share Repurchase Program

On March 7, 2022, the Company's board of directors authorized an additional share repurchase program, under which the Company may repurchase up to an aggregate of US$500 million worth of its ADSs over the following twelve months.

Early retirement of CFO

Mr. James Zheng, the Company's CFO, will be taking early retirement from the end of this June after many years career with the Company. Over his years of service James has contributed a great deal to the success of Lufax. The Company would like to thank James for his service. The company has started the search for a new CFO. During the interim period, Mr. David Choy, Chief Financial Officer of Puhui, will assume the finance function of the company.

Business Outlook

During the first quarter of 2022, the overall economics in China was impacted by the regional lockdowns. Under the current zero COVID policy, the Company believes that rolling lockdowns, simultaneously affecting multiple cities, will likely remain rooted in the landscape throughout most of 2022, thus exerting severe negative influences on the entire economy and the credit business. As such, the Company would like to provide its revised guidance to account for the near-term macro headwinds.

For the first half of 2022, the Company expects its new loans facilitated to decrease between 7% to 10% year over year to the range of RMB294 billion to RMB301 billion, client assets to grow by 1% to 3% year over year to the range of RMB425 billion to RMB434 billion, total income to grow by 8% to 10% year over year to the range of RMB32.5 billion to RMB33.1 billion, and net profit to decrease between 11% to 13% year over year to the range of RMB8.5 billion to RMB8.6 billion. If non-cash foreign exchange losses were excluded from the calculation of net profit, then the Company's expectation would be for a decrease in net profit for the first half of 2022 of between 3% and 4%.

These forecasts reflect the Company's current and preliminary views on the market and operational conditions, which are subject to change.

Conference Call Information

The Company's management will hold an earnings conference call at 9:00 P.M. U.S. Eastern Time on Wednesday, May 25, 2022 (9:00 A.M. Beijing Time on Thursday, May 26, 2022) to discuss the financial results. For participants who wish to join the call, please complete online registration using the link provided below in advance of the conference call. Upon registering, each participant will receive a set of participant dial-in numbers, the Direct Event passcode, and a unique access PIN, which can be used to join the conference call.

Registration Link: https://ige.netroadshow.com/registration/q4inc/11007/lufax-holding-ltd-first-quarter-2022-earnings-conference-call/

A replay of the conference call will be accessible through June 1, 2022 (dial-in numbers: +1 (866) 813-9403 or +1 (226) 828-7578; replay access code: 992269). A live and archived webcast of the conference call will also be available at the Company's investor relations website at https://ir.lufaxholding.com.

About Lufax

Lufax Holding Ltd is a leading technology-empowered personal financial services platform in China. Lufax Holding Ltd primarily utilizes its customer-centric product offerings and offline to-online channels to provide retail credit facilitation services to small business owners and salaried workers in China as well as tailor-made wealth management solutions to China's rapidly growing middle class. The Company has implemented a unique, capital-light, hub-and spoke business model combining purpose-built technology applications, extensive data, and financial services expertise to effectively facilitate the right products to the right customers.

Exchange Rate Information

This announcement contains translations of certain RMB amounts into U.S. dollars at a specified rate solely for the convenience of the reader. Unless otherwise noted, all translations from RMB to U.S. dollars are made at a rate of RMB6.3393 to US$1.00, the rate in effect as of March 31, 2022, as certified for customs purposes by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.

Safe Harbor Statement

This announcement contains forward-looking statements. These statements are made under the "safe harbor" provisions of the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements can be identified by terminology such as "will," "expects," "anticipates," "future," "intends," "plans," "believes," "estimates" and similar statements. Statements that are not historical facts, including statements about Lufax's beliefs and expectations, are forward-looking statements. Lufax has based these forward-looking statements largely on its current expectations and projections about future events and financial trends, which involve known or unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors, all of which are difficult to predict and many of which are beyond the Company's control. These forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements about Lufax's goals and strategies; Lufax's future business development, financial condition and results of operations; expected changes in Lufax's income, expenses or expenditures; expected growth of the retail credit facility and wealth management markets; Lufax's expectations regarding demand for, and market acceptance of, its services; Lufax's expectations regarding its relationship with borrowers, platform investors, funding sources, product providers and other business partners; general economic and business conditions; and government policies and regulations relating to the industry Lufax operates in. Forward-looking statements involve inherent risks and uncertainties. Further information regarding these and other risks is included in Lufax's filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. All information provided in this press release is as of the date of this press release, and Lufax does not undertake any obligation to update any forward-looking statement, except as required under applicable law.

LUFAX HOLDING LTD

UNAUDITED INTERIM CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED INCOME STATEMENTS

(All amounts in thousands, except share data, or otherwise noted)

 

 

Three Months Ended March 31,

 

2021

 

2022

 

RMB

 

RMB

 

USD

Technology platform-based income

10,290,119

 

 

9,292,015

 

 

1,465,779

 

Retail credit facilitation service fees

9,665,145

 

 

8,699,844

 

 

1,372,367

 

Wealth management transaction and service fees

624,974

 

 

592,171

 

 

93,413

 

Net interest income

2,910,924

 

 

4,983,561

 

 

786,137

 

Guarantee income

551,375

 

 

1,902,334

 

 

300,086

 

Other income

1,038,556

 

 

703,575

 

 

110,986

 

Investment income

489,706

 

 

434,988

 

 

68,618

 

Share of net profits of investments accounted for using the equity method

(29,883

)

 

(377

)

 

(59

)

Total income

15,250,797

 

 

17,316,096

 

 

2,731,547

 

Sales and marketing expenses

(4,233,269

)

 

(4,483,896

)

 

(707,317

)

General and administrative expenses

(853,705

)

 

(725,541

)

 

(114,451

)

Operation and servicing expenses

(1,521,187

)

 

(1,589,827

)

 

(250,789

)

Technology and analytics expenses

(446,593

)

 

(447,883

)

 

(70,652

)

Credit impairment losses

(1,053,250

)

 

(2,823,516

)

 

(445,399

)

Asset impairment losses

-

 

 

-

 

 

-

 

Finance costs

(284,092

)

 

(210,792

)

 

(33,252

)

Other gains/(losses) - net

(137,966

)

 

118,027

 

 

18,618

 

Total expenses

(8,530,062

)

 

(10,163,428

)

 

(1,603,241

)

Profit before income tax expenses

6,720,735

 

 

7,152,668

 

 

1,128,306

 

Income tax expenses

(1,752,106

)

 

(1,862,787

)

 

(293,847

)

Net profit for the period

4,968,629

 

 

5,289,881

 

 

834,458

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net profit/(loss) attributable to:

 

 

 

 

 

Owners of the Group

4,995,358

 

 

5,278,942

 

 

832,733

 

Non-controlling interests

(26,729

)

 

10,939

 

 

1,726

 

Net profit for the period

4,968,629

 

 

5,289,881

 

 

834,458

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Earnings per share

 

 

 

 

 

-Basic earnings per share

4.18

 

 

4.62

 

 

0.73

 

-Diluted earnings per share

3.91

 

 

4.28

 

 

0.68

 

-Basic earnings per ADS

2.09

 

 

2.31

 

 

0.36

 

-Diluted earnings per ADS

1.96

2.14

0.34

LUFAX HOLDING LTD

UNAUDITED INTERIM CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(All amounts in thousands, except share data, or otherwise noted)

 

 

As of December 31,

 

As of March 31,

 

2021

 

2022

 

RMB

 

RMB

 

USD

Assets

 

 

 

 

 

Cash at bank

34,743,188

 

40,556,230

 

6,397,588

Restricted cash

30,453,539

 

32,830,158

 

5,178,830

Financial assets at fair value through profit or loss

31,023,211

 

22,411,763

 

3,535,369

Financial assets at amortized cost

3,784,613

 

4,135,985

 

652,436

Financial assets purchased under reverse repurchase agreements

5,527,177

 

7,581,474

 

1,195,948

Accounts and other receivables and contract assets

22,344,773

 

20,538,961

 

3,239,941

Loans to customers

214,972,110

 

232,924,575

 

36,742,949

Deferred tax assets

4,873,370

 

4,045,011

 

638,085

Property and equipment

380,081

 

357,891

 

56,456

Investments accounted for using the equity method

459,496

 

459,120

 

72,424

Intangible assets

899,406

 

897,482

 

141,574

Right-of-use assets

804,990

 

746,276

 

117,722

Goodwill

8,918,108

 

8,918,108

 

1,406,797

Other assets

1,249,424

 

1,580,305

 

249,287

Total assets

360,433,486

 

377,983,339

 

59,625,406

Liabilities

 

 

 

 

 

Payable to platform users

2,747,891

 

2,374,849

 

374,623

Borrowings

25,927,417

 

31,663,352

 

4,994,771

Current income tax liabilities

8,222,684

 

7,378,003

 

1,163,851

Accounts and other payables and contract liabilities

8,814,255

 

7,415,382

 

1,169,748

Payable to investors of consolidated structured entities

195,446,140

 

203,756,412

 

32,141,784

Financial guarantee liabilities

2,697,109

 

3,340,716

 

526,985

Deferred tax liabilities

833,694

 

963,292

 

151,956

Lease liabilities

794,544

 

742,462

 

117,121

Convertible promissory note payable

10,669,498

 

10,808,448

 

1,704,991

Optionally convertible promissory notes

7,405,103

 

7,493,776

 

1,182,114

Other liabilities

2,315,948

 

2,181,685

 

344,152

Total liabilities

265,874,283

 

278,118,377

 

43,872,096

Equity

 

 

 

 

 

Share capital

75

 

75

 

12

Share premium

33,365,786

 

33,409,962

 

5,270,292

Treasury shares

(5,560,104)

 

(5,642,769)

 

(890,125)

Other reserves

9,304,995

 

9,344,200

 

1,474,011

Retained earnings

55,942,943

 

61,221,885

 

9,657,515

Total equity attributable to owners of the Company

93,053,695

 

98,333,353

 

15,511,705

Non-controlling interests

1,505,508

 

1,531,609

 

241,605

Total equity

94,559,203

 

99,864,962

 

15,753,311

Total liabilities and equity

360,433,486

 

377,983,339

 

59,625,406

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LUFAX HOLDING LTD

UNAUDITED INTERIM CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(All amounts in thousands, except share data, or otherwise noted)

 

 

Three Months Ended March 31,

 

2021

 

2022

 

RMB

 

RMB

 

USD

Net cash generated from/(used in) operating activities

1,784,388

 

(1,702,222)

 

(268,519)

Net cash generated from/(used in) investing activities

(3,840,244)

 

6,895,061

 

1,087,669

Net cash generated from/(used in) financing activities

1,922,448

 

(725,147)

 

(114,389)

Effects of exchange rate changes on cash and cash

equivalents

23,707

 

(22,177)

 

(3,498)

Net increase/(decrease) in cash and cash equivalents

(109,701)

 

4,445,515

 

701,263

Cash and cash equivalents at the beginning of the

period

23,785,651

 

26,496,310

 

4,179,690

Cash and cash equivalents at the end of the period

23,675,950

 

30,941,825

 

4,880,953

1 For the first quarter of 2022 and the same period of 2021, no Non-IFRS adjustment was made.

2 The take rate of retail credit facilitation business is calculated by dividing the aggregated amount of retail credit facilitation service fee, net interest income, guarantee income and the penalty fees and account management fees by the average outstanding balance of loans facilitated for each period.

3 Flow rate estimates the percentage of current loans that will become non-performing at the end of three months, and is defined as the product of (i) the loan balance that is overdue from 1 to 29 days as a percentage of the total current loan balance of the previous month, (ii) the loan balance that is overdue from 30 to 59 days as a percentage of the loan balance that was overdue from 1 to 29 days in the previous month, and (iii) the loan balance that is overdue from 60 to 89 days as a percentage of the loan balance that was overdue from 30 days to 59 days in the previous month. Loans from legacy products and consumer finance subsidiary are excluded from the flow rate calculation.

4 DPD 30+ delinquency rate refers to the outstanding balance of loans for which any payment is 30 to 179 calendar days past due divided by the outstanding balance of loans. Loans from legacy products and consumer finance subsidiary are excluded from the calculation.

5 DPD 90+ delinquency rate refers to the outstanding balance of loans for which any payment is 90 to 179 calendar days past due divided by the outstanding balance of loans. Loans from legacy products and consumer finance subsidiary are excluded from the calculation.

6 The take rate for the wealth management business is calculated by dividing total wealth management transaction and service fees for current products by average client assets in the Company's current products. Part of the wealth management transaction and service fees do not generate client assets.

7 The liquid assets consist of cash at bank, financial assets at amortized cost, financial assets purchased under reverse repurchase agreements and financial assets at fair value through profit or loss with a maturity of 90 days or less as of March 31, 2022.

8 Platform services are provided by the Company's platform, and this income is primarily based on transaction volume.


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