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Virgin Money notes the Prudential Regulation Authority’s (PRA) statement on consumer credit

04/07/2017

Virgin Money notes today’s PRA statement on consumer credit. The PRA review examined asset quality and underwriting practices for credit cards, unsecured personal loans and motor finance following a period of growth in consumer credit, a lowering of pricing and extensions of interest-free offers.

Virgin Money has a high quality credit card book and does not lend in the unsecured personal loan or motor finance markets.

Virgin Money has robust governance and tightly controlled risk appetite for its prime credit card lending, resulting in more demanding affordability requirements than for the market as a whole. Ours is a prime credit card book with higher than industry credit quality, driving lower than industry credit losses. Our models and assumptions are regularly reviewed and externally validated as part of our ongoing governance and control framework.

Jayne-Anne Gadhia, Chief Executive at Virgin Money said: "We welcome today’s statement from the PRA on consumer credit. As a responsible lender our focus has always been on providing a first-rate credit card proposition for high quality customers.

"Our excellent asset quality and the strength of our underwriting, with very strict credit score cut offs to maintain that quality, means that we demand higher affordability than does the industry as a whole. We have always focused on the prime segment of the card market and have a stringent policy of no down-selling.

"We will continue to prioritise asset quality over balance growth in our credit card business and we look forward to updating the market when we publish our interim results on 25th July."

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Adam Key
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NOTES TO EDITORS

About Virgin Money

  • Virgin Money offers savings, mortgages, credit cards, current accounts, currency services, pensions, investments and protection products to customers across the UK
  • Virgin Money's business ambition is to make "everyone better off" - this philosophy underpins our approach to business by offering good value to customers, treating employees well, making a positive contribution to society and delivering a profit to shareholders
  • More than 12,500 charities have registered with Virgin Money Giving and, by the end of Q1 2017, over £530 million had been raised for charity through the service since its launch in 2009, resulting in an estimated £16 million more raised for charity because of its not-for-profit model.

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