Growth Rates Hard to Beat: Experian plc, recorded record trading results for the three months ended 30 June 2021, with total revenues growth of 31% at actual exchange rates. 28% at actual exchange rates.
1 Experian reports in US dollars.
% change in organic revenue year-on-year for the three months ended 30 June 2021
Business mix including % change in organic revenue year-on-year for the three months ended 30 June 2021
North America – 65% of Group revenue4
North America delivered organic revenue growth of 22%, driven by good progress on our strategic initiatives, bureau volume recovery across B2B and significant strength in Consumer Services. Respectively, growth was 19% and 28% across B2B and Consumer Services. Total revenue growth was 26%, including acquisition contributions in targeting and verification services.
In B2B, our lending clients have resumed prospecting and acquisition activity, driving recovery in bureau volumes, especially when compared to very low activity levels in the comparable period last year when much activity had paused, and even as mortgage volumes flattened-off. Our lending clients are also focused on digitising their services, and we continue to see good demand for Ascend, our cloud-enabled decisioning platforms, and for fraud and identity management services. Health had a strong quarter with particular uplift in authentication volumes, linked to vaccination roll-out, and with strength across the board for our growing suite of innovative new products. We also saw further strength in new client bookings.
Growth in Consumer Services was fuelled by membership growth, and increased volumes in credit comparison as consumers engage more frequently with the various propositions across our Experian.com ecosystem. Free memberships reached 44m. We saw a significant uplift in our credit comparison marketplace as more consumers apply for credit cards and personal loans and as lending criteria ease. Our automotive insurance comparison marketplace is also expanding rapidly. New services to help people manage their financial health have helped to sustain high uptake rates for premium credit monitoring services.
Latin America delivered organic revenue growth of 25%. Acquisitions, including in fraud and identity management, contributed to total revenue growth of 31% at constant currency.
While the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic continue to weigh on many countries in Latin America, our B2B businesses showed good recovery. B2B organic revenue was up 18%, driven by higher bureau volumes, adoption of positive data propositions in Brazil, including the Serasa Score, new wins for Experian Ascend and good demand for cloud-enabled decisioning platforms. We also saw progress in Serasa Automotive.
Consumer Services revenue more than doubled in size, with organic revenue growth of 107%. Free consumer memberships rose to 62m. Our collections marketplace Limpa Nome helped more consumers to resolve and settle bills and to ‘Turbo’ their credit scores. People in Brazil are also making greater use of digital platforms to compare offers and apply for credit online, which has driven up transaction volumes on our credit comparison marketplace, and we see more sign-ups for our premium identity theft protection services.
UK and Ireland – 14% of Group revenue4
We have continued to make excellent progress on our transformation programme in the UK and Ireland and the region has returned firmly to growth. Organic and total constant exchange rate revenue growth was 20%.
Organic growth in B2B revenues was 15%. This reflected stronger bureau transaction volumes as clients reactivate lending programmes. Uptake of our B2B platforms is also increasing as clients invest in upgrading core underwriting systems. This has led to new client wins and new engagements from existing clients for open data capabilities such as affordability and categorisation, Experian Ascend and fraud and identity management solutions such as CrossCore.
Organic revenue growth in Consumer Services was 37%. Free memberships reached 10m. Our premium credit monitoring offers delivered further growth, and there was a very strong bounce back in transaction volumes across our credit comparison marketplace.
EMEA/Asia Pacific – 9% of Group revenue4
Organic revenue growth across EMEA/Asia Pacific was 19% and total revenue growth was 61% at constant exchange rates, including the contribution from bureau acquisitions in Germany and Spain.
Bureau and decisioning volumes have generally recovered across most markets relative to the exceedingly weak lows of last year. We see growing demand for cloud-based decisioning, open data capabilities and fraud and identity management, as lenders emerge from the downturn and seek to invest in digital banking services. Recovery in some markets however, is slow, particularly where countries continue to contend with new virus strains and low vaccination rates.
Source: Experian Earnings Release