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GCR assigns investment grade ratings to Mycredit Investments

MyCredit Investments Ltd, trading as FairMoney, has been assigned investment grade issuer ratings by Global Credit Rating (GCR).

FairMoney Nigeria, a digital bank, obtained investment-grade ratings, BBB (NG) Long Term, and A3 (NG) Short Term with a stable outlook from the South Africa-based credit rating services company.

The assigned ratings were driven by FairMoney’s ungeared position, robust liquidity, resilient balance sheet, sound underwriting practices, and a strong growth trajectory since its inception, the company said.

“This stable outlook rating reflects GCR’s expectation that MyCredit Investments Ltd. is evolving and will show strong overall performance metrics over the medium term,” GCR said, adding that cash flow and leverage was a positive rating factor and as such “business growth is expected to remain steady over the next 12 – 18 months.”

Over time, FairMoney Nigeria has significantly grown its loan book whilst showing strong profitability. Non-performing loans have been maintained at a stable yet declining rate over the last year of operations. This is a testament to the company’s advanced underwriting practices which has positioned it as the leading digital lender in Nigeria, the mother company of FairMoney said.

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Commenting on the ratings, Co-Founder & CEO of FairMoney, Laurin Hainy, affirmed that the ratings reflect FairMoney’s resilient business model, international best practices, strong management team and a diversified employee base.

“The milestones achieved since our incorporation within the digital banking space indicates that the Group is on track to achieving its vision of building the leading Neo-bank in emerging markets,” he stated.

Laurin added that the company is focused on superior customer satisfaction and ensuring enhanced value for investors.

“As a customer-first organisation, we are proud that this rating will create yet another win-win situation in the Nigerian market. FairMoney will be able to further serve our customers while providing a solid and secure investment target to institutional investors in our home market Nigeria,” Hainy said.

Incorporated in 2017, FairMoney has wholly-owned subsidiaries in Nigeria (FairMoney Nigeria) and India (FairMoney India). Both companies are owned by the Paris-based parent company Predictus SAS.

FairMoney recently raised a $42 million Series B round with international participation. The Company also launched a N10 Billion local currency Private Note programme. The first series of the Private Note was launched successfully earlier this year and saw participation from a number of the leading reputable institutional investors in Nigeria.

The Investment-Grade rating places FairMoney in a favourable position to access funding from the Nigerian Capital Markets to finance its strong loan book growth. The Company plans on launching the second series of the Private Note shortly.

FairMoney Nigeria is a digital consumer and SME lender, and provider of digital financial services in Nigeria. The company recently obtained its Microfinance Bank License from the Central Bank of Nigeria. FairMoney has created a product that offers near-instant digital loans 24/7 directly via its mobile app. Additionally, FairMoney offers transfer and payments solutions, including bill-pay and airtime purchase, debit cards and other digital banking services.

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