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Anexo Group PLC
30 September 2021
 

For immediate release

30 September 2021

 

Anexo Group plc

('Anexo' or the 'Group')

 

Increase in Debt Facilities to Fund Growth

 

Anexo Group plc (AIM: ANX), the specialist integrated credit hire and legal services provider, is pleased to announce increased debt facilities following discussions with its two major lenders to fund growth in its credit hire and legal services divisions. In total these facilities will provide additional financing of £16.0 million across the year.

 

Credit Hire Division

 

Direct Accident Management Limited (DAMS) and Professional and Legal Services Limited (PALS), both subsidiaries of EDGE, the Group's credit hire division, use an invoice discounting facility provided by Secure Trust Bank Plc (Secure Trust) which is secured on the respective trade receivables of each company. The Board is pleased to announce that the funding under these agreements is being increased immediately from £18.5 million to £25.0 million, split between £17.0 million as a Credit Hire facility, £6.5 million as a Credit Repair facility and £1.5 million to support growth within PALS. This initial increase will be followed by three quarterly increases of £2.5 million, taking the overall facility to £32.5 million. The overall facility limit will be £36.5 million. The minimum period for the agreement has been extended to 31 December 2022. Interest on the Credit Hire and Credit Repair facilities is charged at 3.75% above base rate; interest on the PALS facility is charged at 2.75% above base rate.

 

In July 2020 Direct Accident Management Limited secured a £5.0 million loan facility from Secure Trust Bank Plc, under the Government's CLBILS scheme. The loan was secured on a repayment basis over the three year period, with a three month capital repayment holiday, £2.0 million of which was to be paid as a final instalment. Interest is payable at the CLBIL Scheme Interest Rate. The facility is provided alongside the newly agreed facilities, with the final instalment now being amortised over the remaining life of the facility.

 

Legal Services Division

 

Bond Turner Limited, the Group's legal services division, operates with a revolving credit facility provided by HSBC Bank Plc (HSBC). The Group has received approval from HSBC for an immediate increase in this facility from £8.0 million to £10.0 million, committed for a period of three years with interest payable at SONIA rates. The Group expects to finalise the arrangement shortly.

 

In July 2020 Anexo Group Plc secured a loan of £2.1m from a specialist litigation funder to support the investment in marketing costs associated with the VW Emissions Class Action. The terms of the loan are that interest accrues at the rate of 10% per annum, with maturity at the earlier of settlement of the claim and receipt of the proceeds or three years from the date of receipt of funding. In addition to the interest charges the loan attracts a share of the proceeds to be determined by reference to the level of fees generated for the Group. The terms of this arrangement remain unchanged.

 

Alan Sellers, Executive Chairman of Anexo, said: "We are delighted to have agreed new terms with our two longstanding finance providers. The agreements underline the strength of our relationships with our lenders and their confidence in our business model and growth aspirations. The new facilities will enable us to broaden our dual strategies of raising the number of vehicles on the road, while investing in legal staff and infrastructure to increase the level of cash collections. The Board believes that its policy of concentrating on growth will offer new opportunities for the Group and create long-term value for all our shareholders."

 

 

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For further enquiries:

Anexo Group plc

+44 (0) 151 227 3008

www.anexo-group.com

Alan Sellers, Executive Chairman

Mark Bringloe, Chief Financial Officer

Nick Dashwood Brown, Head of Investor Relations

 

Arden Partners plc

(Nominated Adviser and Broker)

 

John Llewellyn-Lloyd / Louisa Waddell (Corporate)

Tim Dainton (Equity Sales)

+44 (0) 20 7614 5900

www.arden-partners.co.uk

 

Panmure Gordon

(Joint Broker)

Ed Walsh/Dominic Morley

 

 

 

 

             +44 (0) 20 7886 2500

www.panmure.com

Notes to Editors:

 

Anexo is a specialist integrated credit hire and legal services provider. The Group has created a unique business model by combining a direct capture Credit Hire business with a wholly owned Legal Services firm. The integrated business targets the impecunious not at fault motorist, referring to those who do not have the financial means or access to a replacement vehicle.

 

Through its dedicated Credit Hire sales team and network of over 1,100 active introducers around the UK, Anexo provides customers with an end-to-end service including the provision of Credit Hire vehicles, assistance with repair and recovery, and claims management services. The Group's Legal Services division, Bond Turner, provides the legal support to maximise the recovery of costs through settlement or court action as well as the processing of any associated personal injury claim.

 

The Group was admitted to trading on AIM in June 2018 with the ticker ANX.

 

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