CPS Announces Fourth Quarter 2012 Earnings

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| Source: Consumer Portfolio Services, Inc.
  • Pretax income of $4.6 million
  • Net income of $64.8 million, or $2.20 per diluted share, including income tax benefit of $60.2 million, or $2.04 per diluted share
  • New contract purchases of $151 million
  • Total managed portfolio increases to $898 million from $845 million as of September 30, 2012

IRVINE, Calif., Feb. 4, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Consumer Portfolio Services, Inc. (Nasdaq:CPSS) ("CPS" or the "Company") today announced earnings of $64.8 million, or $2.20 per diluted share, for its fourth quarter ended December 31, 2012. This includes an income tax benefit of $60.2 million, or $2.04 per diluted share, related to the reversal of a valuation allowance against the Company's deferred tax asset net of current period income tax expense. This compares to net income of $235,000, or $0.01 per diluted share, in the fourth quarter of 2011. Net income for 2012 was $69.4 million, or $2.72 per diluted share, as compared to a net loss of $14.5 million, or $0.76 per diluted share, for 2011. The 2012 results include an income tax benefit of $60.2 million, or $2.36 per diluted share, related to the reversal of a valuation allowance against the Company's deferred tax asset net of current period income tax expense.

Revenues for the fourth quarter of 2012 were $50.6 million, an increase of approximately $4.9 million, or 11%, compared to $45.8 million for the fourth quarter of 2011. Total operating expenses for the fourth quarter of 2012 were $46.0 million, an increase of $480,000, or 1%, compared to $45.5 million for the 2011 period. Pretax income for the fourth quarter of 2012 was $4.6 million compared to pretax income of $235,000 in the fourth quarter of 2011.

For the year ended December 31, 2012 total revenues were $187.2 million compared to $143.1 million for 2011, an increase of approximately $44.1 million, or 31%. Total expenses for the year ended December 31, 2012 were $178.0 million, an increase of $20.4 million, or 13%, compared to $157.6 million for 2011. Pretax income for the year ended December 31, 2012 was $9.2 million, compared to a pretax loss of $14.5 million for 2011.

During the fourth quarter of 2012, CPS purchased $150.8 million of new contracts compared to $143.1 million during the third quarter of 2012 and $92.2 million during the fourth quarter of 2011. The Company's managed receivables totaled $897.6 million as of December 31, 2012, an increase from $844.9 million as of September 30, 2012 and $794.6 million as of December 31, 2011, as follows ($ in millions):

Originating Entity December 31, 2012 September 30, 2012 December 31, 2011
CPS $825.0 $748.8 $586.9
Fireside Bank 60.8 80.3 172.2
TFC 0.2 0.4 2.0
As Third Party Servicer 11.6 15.4 33.5
Total $897.6 $844.9 $794.6

Annualized net charge-offs for 2012 were 3.61% of the average owned portfolio as compared to 4.79% for 2011.  Delinquencies greater than 30 days (including repossession inventory) were 5.6% of the total owned portfolio as of December 31, 2012, as compared to 6.0% as of December 31, 2011.

As previously reported, during December CPS closed its fourth term securitization transaction of 2012 and the seventh transaction since April 2011. In the senior subordinate structure, a special purpose subsidiary sold five tranches of asset-backed notes totaling $160.0 million. The notes are secured by automobile receivables purchased by CPS and have a weighted average effective coupon of approximately 2.05%. The transaction has initial credit enhancement consisting of a cash deposit equal to 1.00% of the original receivable pool balance. The final enhancement level requires accelerated payment of principal on the notes to reach overcollateralization of 11.50% of the then-outstanding receivable pool balance.

"2012 was a very good year for us," said Charles E. Bradley, Jr., Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. "The comeback plans that we set in motion three years ago are now resulting in significant earnings growth. From an operational standpoint, our managed portfolio is once again growing meaningfully. We have achieved this growth while maintaining attractive yields and credit demographics on our new contract purchases. And asset performance metrics of our newer vintages continue to be strong. From a financial perspective, we are now at a point where revenue growth is greatly exceeding expense growth, demonstrating the operating leverage inherent in our business model. These trends bode well for our future profitability."

Conference Call

CPS announced that it will hold a conference call on Tuesday, February 5, 2013, at 1:00 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.

A replay of the conference call will be available between February 5, 2013 and February 11, 2013, beginning two hours after conclusion of the call, by dialing 855 859-2056 or 404 537-3406 for international participants, with conference identification number 96024567.  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.

   
Consumer Portfolio Services, Inc. and Subsidiaries  
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations  
(In thousands, except per share data)  
(Unaudited)  
                 
   Three months ended     Year ended   
   December 31,     December 31,   
  2012   2011   2012   2011  
Revenues:                
Interest income  $ 48,104    $ 41,224    $ 175,314    $ 127,856  
Servicing fees  408    818    2,305    4,348  
Other income  2,108    3,726    9,589    10,927  
   50,620    45,768    187,208    143,131  
Expenses:                
Employee costs 9,695   8,927    35,573    32,270  
General and administrative  3,664    3,893    15,429    14,590  
Interest  17,726    25,677    79,422    83,054  
Provision for credit losses  11,483    3,474    33,495    15,508  
Other expenses  3,445    3,562    14,102    12,169  
   46,013    45,533    178,021    157,591  
Income (loss) before income taxes  4,607    235    9,187    (14,460)  
Income tax expense (benefit)  (60,221)    --    (60,221)    --  
Net income (loss)   $ 64,828    $ 235    $ 69,408    $ (14,460)  
                 
Earnings (loss) per share:                
Basic  $ 3.30    $ 0.01    $ 3.56    $ (0.76)  
Diluted  $ 2.20    $ 0.01    $ 2.72    $ (0.76)  
                 
Earnings (loss) per share without tax gain:                
Basic  $ 0.23    $ 0.01    $ 0.47    $ (0.76)  
Diluted  $ 0.16    $ 0.01    $ 0.36    $ (0.76)  
                 
Number of shares used in computing earnings (loss) per share:                
Basic  19,673    19,662    19,473    19,013  
Diluted  29,527    22,299    25,478    19,013  
                 
                 
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets        
(In thousands)        
(Unaudited)        
                 
  December 31,   December 31,          
  2012   2011          
Assets:                
Cash and cash equivalents  $ 12,966    $ 10,094          
Restricted cash and equivalents 104,445   159,228          
Total cash and cash equivalents 117,411   169,322          
                 
Finance receivables 764,343   516,630          
Allowance for finance credit losses (19,594)   (10,351)          
Finance receivables, net 744,749   506,279          
                 
Finance receivables measured at fair value 59,668   160,253          
Residual interest in securitizations 4,824   4,414          
Deferred tax assets, net 75,640   15,000          
Other assets 35,328   34,782          
   $ 1,037,620    $ 890,050          
                 
Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity:                
Accounts payable and accrued expenses  $ 17,785    $ 27,993          
Warehouse lines of credit 21,731   25,393          
Residual interest financing 13,773   21,884          
Debt secured by receivables measured at fair value 57,107   166,828          
Securitization trust debt 792,497   583,065          
Senior secured debt, related party 50,135   58,344          
Subordinated renewable notes 23,281   20,750          
  976,309   904,257          
                 
Shareholders' equity 61,311   (14,207)          
   $ 1,037,620    $ 890,050          
                 
                 
Operating and Performance Data ($ in millions)  
                 
   At and for the     At and for the   
   Three months ended     Year ended   
   December 31,     December 31,   
  2012   2011   2012   2011  
                 
Contracts purchased  $ 150.83    $ 92.22    $ 551.74    $ 284.24  
Contracts securitized  156.70    83.90    594.60    299.50  
                 
Total managed portfolio  $ 897.58    $ 794.65    $ 897.58    $ 794.65  
Average managed portfolio  880.47    804.68    822.57    711.73  
                 
Allowance for finance credit losses as % of fin. receivables 2.56%   2.00%          
                 
Aggregate allowance as % of fin. receivables (1) 3.35%   2.87%          
                 
Delinquencies                
31+ Days 4.06%   4.43%          
Repossession Inventory 1.49%   1.52%          
Total Delinquencies and Repo. Inventory 5.55%   5.95%          
                 
Annualized net charge-offs as % of average owned portfolio 3.99%   3.06%   3.61%   4.79%  
                 
Recovery rates (2) 46.8%   44.1%   47.9%   44.0%  
                 
   For the   For the 
   Three months ended   Year ended 
   December 31,   December 31, 
  2012 2011 2012 2011
  $ (3) % (4) $ (3) % (4) $ (3) % (4) $ (3) % (4)
Interest income  $ 48.10 21.9%  $ 41.22 20.5%  $ 175.31 21.3%  $ 127.86 18.0%
Servicing fees and other income  2.52 1.1%  4.54 2.3%  11.89 1.4%  15.28 2.1%
Interest expense  (17.73) -8.1%  (25.68) -12.8%  (79.42) -9.7%  (83.05) -11.7%
Net interest margin   32.89 14.9%  20.09 10.0%  107.79 13.1%  60.08 8.4%
Provision for credit losses  (11.48) -5.2%  (3.47) -1.7%  (33.50) -4.1%  (15.51) -2.2%
Risk adjusted margin  21.41 9.7%  16.62 8.3%  74.29 9.0%  44.57 6.3%
Core operating expenses  (16.80) -7.6%  (16.38) -8.1%  (65.10) -7.9%  (59.03) -8.3%
Pre-tax income (loss)  $ 4.61 2.1%  $ 0.23 0.1%  $ 9.19 1.1%  $ (14.46) -2.0%
                 
(1) Includes allowance for finance credit losses and allowance for repossession inventory.
(2) Wholesale auction liquidation amounts (net of expenses) for CPS portfolio 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 managed portfolio. Percentages may not add due to rounding.
Investor Relations Contact
Robert E. Riedl, Chief Investment Officer
949 753-6800