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Provident should recover from recent missteps

Shares in Provident Financial slumped by almost 20% last week after management was forced to issue a profit warning following a botch restructuring. However, there is plenty of scope to fix the issue.

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Garry White

in Features


Last week, Provident Financial revealed that the transformation of its consumer credit division was going worse than it had expected. As a result, adjusted profits from the unit are likely to be around £60m for 2017, compared with a consensus view of £111.2m and £115.2m for 2016. The consumer credit business makes up about 30% of group profits.

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