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ASA International Group PLC

17 May 2022

ASA International Group plc April 2022 business update

Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 17 May 2022 - ASA International, ('ASA International', the 'Company' or the 'Group'), one of the world's largest international microfinance institutions, today provides the following update on its business operations as at 30 April 2022.

-- Liquidity remains high with approximately USD 105m of unrestricted cash and cash equivalents across the Group.

   --    The pipeline of funding deals under negotiation totalled approximately USD 196m. 

-- With the exception of India and Myanmar, all other operating subsidiaries continued to achieve collection efficiency of more than 90% with 8 countries achieving more than 95%.

-- India collections improved from 81% to 83%, despite the substantial overdue collections and moratoriums provided to clients. Collection efficiency, excluding instalments due from clients receiving the one-time loan restructuring offered by the Reserve Bank of India ('RBI'), however decreased from 116% to 111%.

-- T he benchmark PAR>30 for the Group, including off-book loans and excluding loans overdue more than 365 days, slightly decreased from 6.7% to 6.3%.

-- The PAR>30 for the Group's operating subsidiaries, excluding India and Myanmar, remained at 1.9%.

-- Excluding all loans which have been overdue for more than 180 days and, as a result, have been fully provided for, PAR>30 remained broadly stable at 4.4% from 4.6%.

-- Disbursements as percentage of collections exceeded 100% in 10 countries. The decreasing percentage in India is primarily due to the ongoing strategic decision to reduce disbursements while political unrest in Myanmar and Sri Lanka led to the country operations curtailing disbursements as a precaution.

-- With the number of clients broadly stable at 2.4m, despite the continuing strategic focus in India on only collections, the Gross OLP slightly increased to USD 418m (0.3 % higher than in March 2022 and 13% lower than in April 2021).

-- The moratorium amount decreased from USD 21.7m to USD 20.1 m, and is composed of the restructured loans of certain distressed clients in India as per the RBI guidelines. No other operating subsidiary granted moratoriums.

Funding

   --    Unrestricted cash and cash equivalents remained high at approximately USD 105m. 

-- The Company secured approximately USD 17m of new loans from local and international lenders in April 2022.

-- The majority of the Company's USD 196m pipeline of future wholesale loans are supported by agreed term sheets and/or draft loan documentation. The terms and conditions of the remaining loans are being negotiated with lenders.

Collection efficiency until 30 April 2022 (1)

 
Countries                   Nov/21     Dec/21     Jan/22     Feb/22     Mar/22     Apr/22 
India                        69%         74%        76%        76%        81%        83% 
Pakistan                     99%         99%        99%       100%       100%       100% 
Sri Lanka                    92%         94%        93%        93%        94%        93% 
The Philippines              97%         97%        98%        98%        99%        99% 
Myanmar                      75%         78%        78%        72%        72%        72% 
Ghana                        99%         99%        99%        99%       100%       100% 
Nigeria                      97%         96%        95%        96%        96%        95% 
Sierra Leone                 92%         92%        92%        92%        94%        94% 
Kenya                        100%       100%        99%       100%       100%       100% 
Uganda                       98%        100%       100%       100%       100%       100% 
Tanzania                     100%       100%       100%       100%       100%       100% 
Rwanda                       97%         97%        97%        97%        97%        97% 
Zambia                       99%         99%       100%       100%        98%        98% 
(1) Collection efficiency refers to actual collections from clients 
 divided by realizable collections for the period. It is calculated 
 as follows: the sum of actual regular collections, actual overdue collections 
 and actual advance payments divided by the sum of realizable regular 
 collections, actual overdue collections and actual advance payments. 
 Under this definition collection efficiency cannot exceed 100%. 
 (2) Collections are impacted by the ongoing lockdowns and civil unrest 
 in some areas of our operations. 
 

-- Collection efficiency across the Group increased or remained broadly stable compared to the previous month in all countries .

-- Collections in India improved to 83%, despite the substantial overdue collections and moratoriums provided to clients. Collection efficiency, excluding instalments due from clients receiving the one-time loan restructuring, however decreased from 116% to 111%.

-- Collection efficiency in India, including regular and overdue collections as well as advance payments, decreased from 113% to 109% as a percentage of the regular, realisable collections, including advance payments. The substantial difference is due to the Group's policy that any loan instalment paid is first credited against the oldest outstanding amount overdue. This has an adverse impact on India's monthly collection efficiency, which is further aggravated by the relatively long duration of the loans disbursed in India. This adjusted collection efficiency metric illustrates that most clients in India continue to make payments on their loans due.

Loan portfolio quality up to and including April 2022 (3, 4, 5)

 
                   Gross OLP (in USDm)       Non-overdue loans       PAR>30 less PAR>180 
                 Feb/22   Mar/22  Apr/22  Feb/22  Mar/22  Apr/22   Feb/22   Mar/22  Apr/22 
India (total)       107      103      98   69.7%   70.1%   70.7%    10.2%     9.3%    8.6% 
Pakistan             83       83      84   99.7%   99.7%   99.7%     0.2%     0.2%    0.2% 
Sri Lanka             8        6       5   85.9%   86.7%   86.1%     4.1%     4.0%    4.2% 
Philippines          47       47      48   95.7%   96.3%   96.6%     1.9%     1.6%    1.4% 
Myanmar              21       21      20   58.5%   57.7%   61.8%    22.7%    29.3%   33.3% 
Ghana                44       41      43   99.3%   99.3%   99.4%     0.2%     0.2%    0.2% 
Nigeria              37       37      38   90.6%   90.3%   89.8%     3.6%     3.9%    3.9% 
Sierra 
 Leone                7        7       7   71.1%   65.8%   78.4%     7.1%     6.8%    6.7% 
Kenya                18       18      20   98.6%   98.6%   98.7%     0.6%     0.5%    0.5% 
Uganda               10       11      11   91.7%   92.9%   93.7%     0.9%     0.4%    0.2% 
Tanzania             37       38      40   99.1%   99.1%   99.1%     0.1%     0.2%    0.1% 
Rwanda                3        3       3   92.4%   93.1%   93.2%     3.2%     3.1%    3.1% 
Zambia                2        2       2   97.7%   96.8%   95.8%     0.8%     1.1%    1.6% 
Group               424      417     418   87.7%   87.9%   89.0%     4.6%     4.6%    4.4% 
 
 
                            PAR>30                    PAR>90                  PAR>180 
                   Feb/22   Mar/22   Apr/22   Feb/22  Mar/22  Apr/22  Feb/22  Mar/22  Apr/22 
India (total)       17.1%    15.4%    14.3%     9.9%    8.7%    7.9%    6.9%    6.2%    5.7% 
Pakistan             0.2%     0.2%     0.2%     0.1%    0.1%    0.1%    0.0%    0.0%    0.0% 
Sri Lanka            6.9%     6.6%     6.9%     4.3%    4.2%    4.6%    2.8%    2.6%    2.6% 
Philippines          2.7%     2.8%     2.8%     2.0%    2.1%    2.3%    0.8%    1.2%    1.4% 
Myanmar             23.3%    29.8%    33.8%     0.9%    1.0%   14.4%    0.5%    0.5%    0.4% 
Ghana                0.3%     0.3%     0.3%     0.2%    0.2%    0.2%    0.1%    0.1%    0.1% 
Nigeria              5.8%     6.2%     6.2%     3.8%    4.0%    4.1%    2.2%    2.3%    2.3% 
Sierra 
 Leone               9.5%     9.5%     9.8%     6.2%    6.8%    7.5%    2.4%    2.7%    3.1% 
Kenya                1.1%     1.0%     0.9%     0.8%    0.7%    0.7%    0.5%    0.4%    0.4% 
Uganda               2.4%     2.0%     1.7%     2.3%    1.9%    1.6%    1.4%    1.6%    1.6% 
Tanzania             0.4%     0.4%     0.4%     0.3%    0.3%    0.3%    0.3%    0.2%    0.2% 
Rwanda               5.1%     5.1%     4.9%     3.3%    3.5%    3.3%    1.9%    2.0%    1.8% 
Zambia               1.1%     1.4%     1.9%     0.5%    0.6%    0.8%    0.3%    0.3%    0.3% 
Group                6.8%     6.7%     6.3%     3.5%    3.1%    3.5%    2.2%    2.1%    1.9% 
 
  (3) Gross OLP includes the off-book BC and DA model, excluding interest 
  receivable and before deducting ECL provisions and modification loss. 
  (4) PAR>x is the percentage of outstanding customer loans with at 
  least one instalment payment overdue x days, excluding loans more 
  than 365 days overdue, to Gross OLP including off-book loans. Loans 
  overdue more than 365 days now comprise 3% of the Gross OLP. 
  (5) The table "PAR>30 less PAR>180" shows the percentage of outstanding 
  client loans with a PAR greater than 30 days, less those loans which 
  have been fully provided for. 
 
   --    PAR>30 for the Group slightly decreased from 6.7% to 6.3%. 

-- Credit exposure of the India off-book BC portfolio of USD 33.8m is capped at 5%. The included off-book DA portfolio of USD 1.5m has no credit exposure.

Disbursements vs collections of loans until 30 April 2022 (6)

 
Countries                Nov/21     Dec/21     Jan/22    Feb/22    Mar/22    Apr/22 
India                      85%        88%       78%       65%       62%       52% 
Pakistan                   98%       100%       100%      96%       100%      117% 
Sri Lanka                 100%       113%       70%       115%      122%      55% 
The Philippines            90%        81%       80%       93%       104%      112% 
Myanmar                    90%        95%       99%       99%       116%      77% 
Ghana                     114%       108%       74%       110%      115%      118% 
Nigeria                   134%        93%       71%       98%       98%       110% 
Sierra Leone              112%       110%       97%       102%      113%      105% 
Kenya                     103%        55%       95%       101%      113%      125% 
Uganda                    121%        69%       81%       112%      118%      122% 
Tanzania                  109%       107%       114%      112%      110%      130% 
Rwanda                    105%        98%       65%       80%       107%      112% 
Zambia                    111%       109%       76%       80%       109%      116% 
(6) Disbursements vs collections refers to actual loan disbursements 
 made to clients divided by total amounts collected from clients in the 
 period. 
 

-- Disbursements as percentage of collections exceeded 100% in 10 countries. The decreasing percentage in India was due to the ongoing strategic decision to reduce disbursements while political unrest in Myanmar and Sri Lanka led to the country operations curtailing disbursements as a precaution.

Development of Clients and Outstanding Loan Portfolio until 30 April 2022

 
                                                                            Gross OLP (in 
               Clients (in thousands)               Delta                       USDm)                             Delta 
                                                                                               Apr/21-Apr/22  Apr/21-Apr/22  Mar/22-Apr/22 
Countries     Apr/21  Mar/22  Apr/22   Apr/21-Apr/22  Mar/22-April/22  Apr/21  Mar/22  Apr/22       USD           CC (7)          USD 
India            736     476      465           -37%              -2%     175     103      98           -44%           -42%            -5% 
Pakistan         454     541      552            22%               2%      76      83      84            11%            34%             1% 
Sri Lanka         56      52       51            -9%              -3%       9       6       5           -48%            -7%           -21% 
The 
 Philippines     325     299      303            -7%               1%      54      47      48           -11%            -4%             2% 
Myanmar          123     112      110           -11%              -2%      26      21      20           -23%            -8%            -7% 
Ghana            157     162      164             4%               1%      47      41      43            -9%            19%             4% 
Nigeria          257     241      237            -8%              -2%      34      37      38            13%            23%             4% 
Sierra Leone      39      42       41             4%              -2%       5       7       7            22%            49%            -4% 
Kenya            109     123      127            17%               3%      16      18      20            25%            35%             7% 
Uganda            85      95       96            14%               2%       9      11      11            26%            25%             7% 
Tanzania         137     190      195            42%               3%      25      38      40            59%            59%             6% 
Rwanda            18      18       18            -1%              -1%       3       3       3            21%            25%             2% 
Zambia             9      16       17            88%               4%       1       2       2           253%           169%            10% 
Total          2.505   2.368    2.375            -5%            0,30%     479     417     418           -13%            -2%           0,3% 
 

(7) Constant currency ('CC') implies conversion of local currency results to USD with the exchange rate from the beginning of the period.

-- With the number of clients broadly stable at 2.4m, despite the continuing strategic focus in India on only collections, Gross OLP slightly increased to USD 418m (0.3 % higher than in March 2022 and 13% lower than in April 2021).

Selected moratoriums (8) on loan repayments until 30 April 2022

 
               Clients under moratorium (in 
                        thousands) 
                                               As % of Total 
Countries       Feb/22      Mar/22     Apr/22        Clients 
India              205         205        205            44% 
Group              205         205        205             9% 
 
 
               Moratorium amounts (USD 
                      thousands) 
                                           April Moratoriums   As % of Total 
Countries     Feb/22    Mar/22    Apr/22         as % of OLP     Moratoriums 
India           23.5      21.5      20.0                 21%            100% 
Group           23.5      21.5      20.0                  5%            100% 
 

(8) Moratoriums relate to clients who have received an extension for the payment of one or more loan instalments during the month.

-- Moratoriums on loan repayments relate to approximately 44% of clients in India, who accepted to benefit from the one-time debt restructuring scheme established by the RBI and confirmed in September 2021, which ends in June 2022. See RBI Covid-19 Restructuring Guidelines .

-- The moratorium amount across the Group decreased to USD 20.1m, which represents 5 % of the Group's Gross OLP.

Key events in May 2022

-- In Sri Lanka nationwide curfews have been imposed by the government due to ongoing civil and political protests. The Sri Lanka operations have implemented certain measures including restricting loan sizes in order to prevent clients from over-borrowing due to the economic crisis.

-- Other than the existing partial lockdown and curfews in Myanmar and Sri Lanka, the Company is not aware of any further restrictions implemented in its operating countries as a result of the emergence of the Omicron variant up until 16 May 2022.

Enquiries:

ASA International Group plc

Investor Relations +31 6 2030 0139

Véronique Schyns vschyns@asa-international.com

About ASA International Group plc

ASA International Group plc (ASAI: LN) is one of the world's largest international microfinance institutions, with a strong commitment to financial inclusion and socioeconomic progress. The company provides small, socially responsible loans to low-income, financially underserved entrepreneurs, predominantly women, across South Asia, South East Asia, West and East Africa.

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