- In the first nine months of 2023, new leasing business grew by 12.1% to EUR 1,851.6 million (Q1-Q3 2022: EUR 1,652.2 million)
- In Q3 2023, new leasing business increased by 4.5% to EUR 591.1 million (Q3 2022: EUR 565.5 million)
- Contribution margin 2 achieved growth of 5.1% to EUR 97.4 million in Q3 2023 (Q3 2022: EUR 92.7 million)
- Share of green economy objects rises to 10% in Q3 2023 (Q3 2022: 7%)
Baden-Baden, October 5, 2023: GRENKE AG, a global financing partner for small and medium-sized enterprises, recorded new leasing business growth of 12.1% to EUR 1,851.6 million in the first nine months of this year (Q1-Q3 2022: EUR 1,652.2 million). In the third quarter of 2023, new leasing business grew for the eighth consecutive quarter, increasing 4.5% to EUR 591.1 million (Q3 2022: EUR 565.5 million). Contribution margin 2 (CM2) increased by 5.1% to EUR 97.4 million (Q3 2022: EUR 92.7 million). In a market environment characterised by further rises in interest rates, GRENKE was able to achieve an increase in the CM2 margin to 16.5% (Q3 2022: 16.4%).
Dr Sebastian Hirsch, CEO of GRENKE AG: "We are on track. Our performance in the first nine months provides a solid basis for achieving our ambitious annual targets. In addition, we set a decisive long-term course in the third quarter, particularly with the issue of our first benchmark-level green bond. This is our response to the growing demand from small and medium-sized enterprises for green investments. At the same time, this largest bond in GRENKE's history allows us to further expand our new leasing business. This sustainably strengthens both the SME sector and our own position in the market."
Link to brief interview with CEO Dr Sebastian Hirsch on the new business development: https://youtu.be/Lxs6VnTEHIA
Share of green economy objects in the third quarter of 2023 rises to 10%
In September 2023, GRENKE successfully placed its first green bond, the proceeds of which will be used to refinance Green Economy lease objects in the future. Such objects include eBikes, photovoltaic and solar systems, water dispensers, wall boxes and LED lighting units. The demand for leasing e-bikes, in particular, has been rising steadily for years. In the third quarter of the current financial year, one out of five new contracts concluded at GRENKE were to finance an eBike (Q3 2022: 15%). The leasing of eBikes is available in Germany, Austria, Belgium and Finland. The entire share of Green Economy objects amounted overall to approximately 10% of the total new business volume as of Q3 2023 (Q3 2022: approximately 7%).
Press release on the GRENKE Green Bond from September 22, 2023:
DACH is strongest region ahead of Western Europe
In the third quarter of 2023, GRENKE again gained new resellers. The reseller network now comprises over 35,300 partners in more than 30 countries. GRENKE generates around 80% of the volume of new leasing business through reseller sales. At the same time, the number of lessees also increased in the third quarter of 2023 to around 670,000 worldwide (Q3 2022: 663,000).
In the strongest region, consisting of Germany, Austria and Switzerland (DACH region), GRENKE achieved new leasing business of EUR 158.4 million in Q3 2023 (Q3 2022: EUR 150.6 million). The main driver was the eBike business in Germany and Austria. The second strongest region, Western Europe (without DACH), generated new business volume of EUR 149.2 million (Q3 2022:
EUR 142.5 million). The strongest growth in this region was achieved in Luxembourg (+56.5%), followed by Belgium (+22.2%) and the Netherlands (+15.4%). The highest growth in Q3 2023 was achieved by Other regions with an increase of 15.6% (Q3 2022: EUR 33.7 million). This was followed by the Northern and Eastern Europe region, which recorded year-on-year growth of 13.6% (Q3 2022: EUR 104.8 million). New leasing business in this region increased in Finland (+20.0%) and in the United Kingdom (+19.7%). The Southern Europe region recorded lower new leasing business (-6.3%) year-on-year (Q3 2022: EUR 133.9 million) but was still able to achieve a further increase in its CM2 margin compared to the same quarter of the previous year by focusing on higher-margin business.
At approximately 130,000 lease applications, the number of lease applications in the third quarter of this year exceeded the number in the same quarter of the previous year (Q3 2022: approximately 120,000 lease applications). Applications resulted in the conclusion of 68,200 contracts, corresponding to a conversion rate of 52.9% (Q3 2022: 54.2%). The average ticket size increased slightly to EUR 8,667 (Q3 2022: EUR 8,558).
Refinancing base continues to strengthen
In addition to issuing a green bond, GRENKE strengthened its refinancing structure through a further instrument in the third quarter of 2023 by introducing a receivables-based programme in Finland as a refinancing instrument for the first time. Asset-backed commercial paper programmes (ABCP) are one of the three pillars of the Consolidated Group's refinancing mix. In these programmes, lease receivables serve as collateral for liquid funds provided in return.
The leasing subsidiary in Finland has already existed for 15 years and will achieve new business volume of approximately EUR 100 million in the current year. In this market, there is a particular focus on sustainability, with almost all contracts signed electronically. The share of new business volume from the eBike business in this market is approximately 20%.
GRENKE Bank continues to represent an important pillar of the Consolidated Group's refinancing. As of September 30, 2023, the deposit business amounted to EUR 1,568 million (December 31, 2022: EUR 1,152 million), corresponding to an increase of 36% since the start of the year. At EUR 9.6 million, GRENKE Bank's new microcredit business in the third quarter of 2023 was slightly lower year-on-year (Q3 2022: EUR 11.5 million).
The factoring business achieved growth of 2.8% in Q3 2023, corresponding to new business volume of EUR 210.7 million (Q3 2022: EUR 205.0 million).
The financial report for Q3 2023 and Q1-Q3 2023 will be published on November 9, 2023.
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