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Credit finance firms' earnings jump 74 pct in 2021

All News 13:32 April 04, 2022

SEOUL, April 4 (Yonhap) -- South Korean credit finance firms saw their earnings soar nearly 74 percent in 2021 from a year earlier on increased interest and investment income, data showed Monday.

The combined net income of 123 credit finance companies came to 4.46 trillion won (US$3.66 billion) last year, up 73.8 percent from a year earlier, according to the data compiled by the Financial Supervisory Service (FSS).

Their revenue jumped about 21 percent on-year in 2021, with total costs increasing 11.2 percent. Those companies' interest income expanded 12.3 percent on-year, and profits from securities investment spiked roughly 70 percent.

Credit finance companies include capital financing firms and leasing companies but exclude credit card firms, with their business focusing on corporate lending and investment in startups.

Their average loan delinquency ratio stood at 0.86 percent as of the end of last year, down 0.40 percentage point from the previous year.

Credit financing companies' assets totaled 207.4 trillion won as of end-December last year, up 14.5 percent from a year earlier, according to the FSS.

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