1pm plc (AIM: OPM), the AIM listed specialist independent provider of finance facilities to the SME sector, announces the following trading update ahead of the announcement of its final results for the year ended 31 May 2014 which is scheduled to be released on or around 11th September 2014.
The Company has enjoyed a fourth consecutive year of organic growth and expects to report results for the year ended 31 May 2014 which are slightly ahead of current market expectations. Demand for finance from SMEs remains strong and the lease and loan portfolios have continued to grow. At 31 May 2014, the total Portfolio stood at Â£20.4m, a 38% increase over last year (FY13: Â£14.8m).
Maria Hampton, CEO, commented:
"The Company has continued to make excellent progress and we are very pleased with the trading performance achieved over the past 12 months. The general improvement in business sentiment as the UK economy shows signs of recovery presents 1pm with an excellent opportunity to achieve sustained growth."
Ian Smith, Chairman, added:
"1pm has experienced another very successful year. The Board is determined to build on the strength of its business model and to take maximum advantage of current market conditions and potential. The Board is currently in the process of developing and implementing a strategic plan to grow the business significantly over the next three years and views the future of the business with confidence."
Released update confirming the growth trend continues apace, with next results expected to be ahead of market expectations. The current re-rating appears fully justified, and the BofD hint at medium term aims to rapidly grow the business suggests this is one to tuck away longer term, especially if current economic recovery continues to establish itself.
These are only going to keep rising as this company gets bigger and bigger with it's loan and finance book with banks still not lending to SME and with their market also in Ireland doing very well . As for my new semi pet ducks , i think i might go and ask the MP where he got his expensive Duck house , as they must be my lucky charms .
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