• Pretax income of $2.7 million
  • Net income of $1.7 million, or $0.07 per diluted share
  • New contract purchases of $243 million

LAS VEGAS, NV, April 18, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Consumer Portfolio Services, Inc. (Nasdaq: CPSS) (“CPS” or the “Company”) today announced earnings of $1.7 million, or $0.07 per diluted share, for its first quarter ended March 31, 2019. This compares to net income of $3.1 million, or $0.12 per diluted share, in the first quarter of 2018.

Revenues for the first quarter of 2019 were $88.2 million, a decrease of $15.3 million, or 14.8%, compared to $103.6 million for the first quarter of 2018.  Total operating expenses for the first quarter of 2019 were $85.6 million compared to $99.0 million for the 2018 period.  Pretax income for the first quarter of 2019 was $2.7 million compared to pretax income of $4.6 million in the first quarter of 2018, a decrease of 41.3%.

During the first quarter of 2019, CPS purchased $243.0 million of new contracts compared to $251.8 million during the fourth quarter of 2018 and $210.6 million during the first quarter of 2018.  The Company's receivables totaled $2.393 billion as of March 31, 2019, an increase from $2.381 billion as of December 31, 2018 and an increase from $2.332 billion as of March 31, 2018.

Annualized net charge-offs for the first quarter of 2019 were 7.98% of the average portfolio as compared to 8.16% for the first quarter of 2018.  Delinquencies greater than 30 days (including repossession inventory) were 12.12% of the total portfolio as of March 31, 2019, as compared to 8.74% as of March 31, 2018.

“This quarter was our 30th consecutive quarter of positive pre-tax earnings.  We achieved year over year growth in originations volumes and portfolio size and we’re looking forward the challenges and opportunities ahead of us in 2019,” said Charles E. Bradley, Jr., President and CEO. 

Conference Call

CPS announced that it will hold a conference call on Friday, April 19, 2019, at 12:00 p.m. ET to discuss its quarterly operating results.  Those wishing to participate by telephone may dial-in at 877 312-5502 or 253 237-1131 approximately 10 minutes prior to the scheduled time. The conference identification number is 3479959.

A replay of the conference call will be available between April 19, 2019 and April 26, 2019, beginning two hours after conclusion of the call, by dialing 855 859-2056 or 404 537-3406 for international participants, with conference identification number 3479959.  A broadcast of the conference call will also be available live and for 90 days after the call via the Company’s web site at www.consumerportfolio.com.

About Consumer Portfolio Services, Inc.

Consumer Portfolio Services, Inc. is an independent specialty finance company that provides indirect automobile financing to individuals with past credit problems, low incomes or limited credit histories. We purchase retail installment sales contracts primarily from franchised automobile dealerships secured by late model used vehicles and, to a lesser extent, new vehicles. We fund these contract purchases on a long-term basis primarily through the securitization markets and service the contracts over their lives.

Forward-looking statements in this news release include the Company's recorded revenue, expense and provision for credit losses, because these items are dependent on the Company’s estimates of incurred losses.  The accuracy of such estimates may be adversely affected by various factors, which include (in addition to risks relating to the economy generally) the following: possible increased delinquencies; repossessions and losses on retail installment contracts; incorrect prepayment speed and/or discount rate assumptions; possible unavailability of qualified personnel, which could adversely affect the Company’s ability to service its portfolio; possible increases in the rate of consumer bankruptcy filings, which could adversely affect the Company’s rights to collect payments from its portfolio; other changes in government regulations affecting consumer credit; possible declines in the market price for used vehicles, which could adversely affect the Company’s realization upon repossessed vehicles; and economic conditions in geographic areas in which the Company's business is concentrated. All of such factors also may affect the Company’s future financial results, as to which there can be no assurance. Any implication that the results of the most recently completed quarter are indicative of future results is disclaimed, and the reader should draw no such inference. Factors such as those identified above in relation to the provision for credit losses may affect future performance.

Investor Relations Contact

Jeffrey P. Fritz, Chief Financial Officer
844 878-2777

Consumer Portfolio Services, Inc. and Subsidiaries
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations
(In thousands, except per share data)
(Unaudited)
       
    Three months ended 
    March 31, 
    2019    2018 
Revenues:      
Interest income  $  85,845   $  100,906 
Other income     2,385      2,657 
      88,230      103,563 
Expenses:      
Employee costs     19,073      20,641 
General and administrative     8,174      7,495 
Interest     27,290      24,062 
Provision for credit losses     23,956      40,507 
Other expenses     7,061      6,301 
      85,554      99,006 
Income before income taxes     2,676      4,557 
Income tax expense     937      1,412 
  Net income   $  1,739   $  3,145 
       
Earnings per share:      
  Basic  $  0.08   $  0.15 
  Diluted  $  0.07   $  0.12 
       
       
Number of shares used in computing earnings      
  per share:      
  Basic   22,242    21,576 
  Diluted   24,259    25,664 
       
       
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(In thousands)
(Unaudited)
       
       
   March 31,  December 31,
    2019    2018 
Assets:      
Cash and cash equivalents  $  8,914   $  12,787 
Restricted cash and equivalents   135,508    117,323 
Total cash and cash equivalents   144,422    130,110 
       
Finance receivables   1,344,360    1,522,085 
Allowance for finance credit losses   (48,196)   (67,376)
Finance receivables, net   1,296,164    1,454,709 
       
Finance receivables measured at fair value   997,552    821,066 
Deferred tax assets, net   18,281    19,188 
Other assets   74,826    60,607 
   $  2,531,245   $  2,485,680 
       
Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity:      
Accounts payable and accrued expenses  $  54,804   $  31,692 
Warehouse lines of credit   117,104    136,847 
Residual interest financing   39,199    39,106 
Securitization trust debt   2,109,024    2,063,627 
Subordinated renewable notes   12,986    17,290 
    2,333,117    2,288,562 
       
Shareholders' equity   198,128    197,118 
   $  2,531,245   $  2,485,680 
       
       
Operating and Performance Data ($ in millions)      
       
    
    At and for the 
    Three months ended 
    March 31, 
    2019    2018 
       
Contracts purchased  $  243.03   $  210.59 
Contracts securitized     265.00      193.60 
       
Total portfolio balance  $  2,393.17   $  2,332.32 
Average portfolio balance     2,392.21      2,331.59 
       
Allowance for finance credit losses as % of fin. receivables   3.59%   4.82%
       
Aggregate allowance as % of fin. receivables (1)   5.40%   5.95%
       
Delinquencies      
31+ Days   10.39%   7.14%
Repossession Inventory   1.73%   1.60%
Total Delinquencies and Repo. Inventory   12.12%   8.74%
       
Annualized net charge-offs as % of average portfolio   7.98%   8.16%
       
Recovery rates (2)   33.6%   33.8%
       

 

    For the   
    Three months ended   
    March 31,   
    2019   2018   
   $ (3) % (4) $ (3) % (4)  
Interest income  $  85.85  14.4% $  100.91  17.3%  
Servicing fees and other income     2.39  0.4%    2.66  0.5%  
Interest expense     (27.29) -4.6%    (24.06) -4.1%  
Net interest margin      60.94  10.2%    79.50  13.6%  
Provision for credit losses     (23.96) -4.0%    (40.51) -6.9%  
Risk adjusted margin     36.98  6.2%    38.99  6.7%  
Core operating expenses     (34.31) -5.7%    (34.44) -5.9%  
Pre-tax income  $  2.68  0.4% $  4.56  0.8%  
          
          
(1)  Includes allowance for finance credit losses and allowance for repossession inventory.   
(2)  Wholesale auction liquidation amounts (net of expenses) as a percentage of the account balance at the time of sale.
(3)  Numbers may not add due to rounding.         
(4)  Annualized percentage of the average portfolio balance.  Percentages may not add due to rounding.