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Wonga chairman bullish despite doubled losses of £80.2m

Published 04/05/2016

The lender has been subject to stricter regulations
The lender has been subject to stricter regulations

Losses at Britain's biggest payday lender Wonga have more than doubled to £80.2 million over the last year, as stricter industry regulations took their toll.

Revenues from consumer lending collapsed from £217.2 million to £77.3 million in 2015, with Wonga blaming "stricter lending criteria" and the introduction of a regulatory price cap.

The comments refer to the Financial Conduct Authority's ruling that now requires customers to go through stricter affordability checks and the introduction of a 0.8% cap on the cost of payday loans on the amount borrowed per day.

However Andy Haste, Wonga's chairman, was bullish.

He said: "We expect 2016 to mark a turning point in our financial performance. With further funding planned for later this year, we're now in a position to move back into growth in 2016 and expect to return to profit in 2017."

Wonga has faced a barrage of criticism over the high interest it charges on its loans and it has been accused of targeting those who are vulnerable.

Mr Haste added: "We continued to focus on changing our culture to ensure customers are at the heart of our business, while strengthening our financial position."

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