Wonga bullish despite sales slump

Wonga slid to a loss last year but chairman Andy Haste remains confident. Picture: Contributed
Wonga slid to a loss last year but chairman Andy Haste remains confident. Picture: Contributed
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WONGA has insisted it can survive a clampdown on payday lenders despite tumbling into the red following a £100 million slide in revenues.

The controversial business posted a loss of £37.3m due to a significant reduction in UK consumer lending while it attempts to clean up its tarnished image. Revenues slid to £217.2m in the period.

Wonga’s reputation has been battered by a series of scandals, which emerged as a stricter regime was imposed on the industry by the regulator to prevent people being trapped in spiralling debts.

Asked if it is still possible to run a profitable payday loan business under the new industry regime, Wonga’s executive chairman Andy Haste said yesterday: “Yes. Our issues are legacy issues … Could you start a payday business today within the cap and be profitable? Yes.”

The firm announced plans to cut 325 jobs earlier this year.