• Pretax income of $12.7 million
  • Net income of $7.5 million, or $0.26 per diluted share
  • New contract purchases of $215 million
  • Total managed portfolio increases to $2.31 billion from $2.29 billion at September 30, 2016

LAS VEGAS, NV, Feb. 14, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Consumer Portfolio Services, Inc. (Nasdaq:CPSS) ("CPS" or the "Company") today announced earnings of $7.5 million, or $0.26 per diluted share, for its fourth quarter ended December 31, 2016.  This compares to net income of $9.0 million, or $0.29 per diluted share, in the fourth quarter of 2015.

Revenues for the fourth quarter of 2016 were $108.2 million, an increase of $12.9 million, or 13.5%, compared to $95.3 million for the fourth quarter of 2015.  Total operating expenses for the fourth quarter of 2016 were $95.5 million, an increase of $16.0 million, or 20.1%, compared to $79.5 million for the 2015 period.  Pretax income for the fourth quarter of 2016 was $12.7 million compared to pretax income of $15.8 million in the fourth quarter of 2015, a decrease of 19.8%.

For the year ended December 31, 2016 total revenues were $422.3 million compared to $363.7 million for the year ended December 31, 2015, an increase of $58.6 million, or 16.1%.  Total expenses for the year ended December 31, 2016 were $372.6 million, an increase of $70.4 million, or 23.3%, compared to $302.3 million for the year ended December 31, 2015.  Pretax income for the year ended December 31, 2016 was $49.7 million, compared to $61.4 million for the year ended December 31, 2015.  Net income for the year ended December 31, 2016 was $29.3 million compared to $34.7 million for the year ended December 31, 2015. 

During the fourth quarter of 2016, CPS purchased $215.3 million of new contracts compared to $242.1 million during the third quarter of 2016 and $269.2 million during the fourth quarter of 2015.  The Company's managed receivables totaled $2.308 billion as of December 31, 2016, an increase from $2.292 billion as of September 30, 2016 and $2.031 billion as of December 31, 2015.

Annualized net charge-offs for the fourth quarter of 2016 were 6.97% of the average owned portfolio as compared to 6.23% for the fourth quarter of 2015.  Delinquencies greater than 30 days (including repossession inventory) were 10.96% of the total owned portfolio as of December 31, 2016, as compared to 9.53% as of December 31, 2015.

"Our operating results for the fourth quarter of 2016 were in line with our expectations," said Charles E. Bradley, Jr., Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.  "We marked our 22 nd consecutive quarter of positive earnings and with our fourth quarter securitization, achieved the lowest blended cost of funds of any deal since the second quarter of 2015.  We realized a year over year increase in revenue and improvement in operating leverage, although those positives were somewhat offset by increases in interest expense and provision for credit losses."

Conference Call

CPS announced that it will hold a conference call on Wednesday, February 15, 2017, 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. The conference identification number is 67683022.

A replay of the conference call will be available between February 15, 2017 and February 22, 2017, beginning two hours after conclusion of the call, by dialing 855 859-2056 or 404 537-3406 for international participants, with conference identification number 67683022.  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 Officer844 878-2777
     
Consumer Portfolio Services, Inc. and Subsidiaries    
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations    
(In thousands, except per share data)    
(Unaudited)    
                                 
      Three months ended     Twelve months ended      
      December 31,     December 31,      
        2016             2015           2016           2015          
Revenues:                                
Interest income     $ 105,248           $ 92,069         $ 408,996         $ 349,912          
Other income       2,935             3,239           13,286           13,738          
        108,183             95,308           422,282           363,650          
Expenses:                                
Employee costs       18,039             16,671           65,549           59,555          
General and administrative       6,624             5,212           24,840           20,161          
Interest       21,499             16,036           79,941           57,745          
Provision for credit losses       43,630             36,085           178,511           142,618          
Other expenses       5,740             5,521           23,780           22,189          
        95,532             79,525           372,621           302,268          
Income before income taxes       12,651             15,783           49,661           61,382          
Income tax expense       5,186             6,816           20,361           26,701          
Net income     $ 7,465           $ 8,967         $ 29,300         $ 34,681          
                                 
Earnings per share:                                
Basic     $ 0.31           $ 0.35         $ 1.20         $ 1.34          
Diluted     $ 0.26           $ 0.29         $ 1.01         $ 1.10          
                                 
                                 
Number of shares used in computing earnings                                
per share:                                
Basic       23,709             25,774           24,356           25,935          
Diluted       28,386             30,948           29,035           31,584          
                                 
                                 
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets                
(In thousands)                
(Unaudited)                
                                 
                                 
      December 31,       December 31,                  
        2016             2015                      
Assets:                                
Cash and cash equivalents     $ 13,936           $ 19,322                      
Restricted cash and equivalents       112,754             106,054                      
Total cash and cash equivalents       126,690             125,376                      
                                 
Finance receivables       2,267,943             1,985,093                      
Allowance for finance credit losses       (95,578 )           (75,603 )                    
Finance receivables, net       2,172,365             1,909,490                      
                                 
Deferred tax assets, net       42,845             37,597                      
Other assets       68,502             56,462                      
      $ 2,410,402           $ 2,128,925                      
                                 
Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity:                                
Accounts payable and accrued expenses     $ 24,977           $ 29,509                      
Warehouse lines of credit       103,358             194,056                      
Residual interest financing       -             9,042                      
Securitization trust debt       2,080,900             1,720,021                      
Subordinated renewable notes       14,949             15,138                      
        2,224,184             1,967,766                      
                                 
Shareholders' equity       186,218             161,159                      
      $ 2,410,402           $ 2,128,925                      
                                 
                                 
Operating and Performance Data ($ in millions)                                
                                 
      At and for the     At and for the      
      Three months ended     Twelve months ended      
      December 31,     December 31,      
        2016             2015           2016           2015          
                                 
Contracts purchased     $ 215.29           $ 269.20         $ 1,088.79         $ 1,060.54          
Contracts securitized       210.00             102.10           1,215.00           880.33          
                                 
Total managed portfolio     $ 2,308.07           $ 2,031.14         $ 2,308.07         $ 2,031.14          
Average managed portfolio       2,307.51             2,000.10           2,226.07           1,847.94          
                                 
Allowance for finance credit losses as % of fin. receivables       4.21 %           3.81 %                    
                                 
Aggregate allowance as % of fin. receivables (1)       5.39 %           5.06 %                    
                                 
Delinquencies                                
31+ Days       9.22 %           7.61 %                    
Repossession Inventory       1.74 %           1.92 %                    
Total Delinquencies and Repo. Inventory       10.96 %           9.53 %                    
                                 
Annualized net charge-offs as % of average owned portfolio       6.97 %           6.23 %         7.03 %         6.42 %        
                                 
Recovery rates (2)       34.8 %           38.3 %         37.5 %         41.3 %        
                                 
      For the   For the    
      Three months ended   Twelve months ended    
      December 31,   December 31,    
        2016         2015         2016         2015      
      $ (3 )   % (4)     $ (3 )   % (4)   $ (3 )   % (4)   $ (3 )   % (4)    
Interest income     $ 105.25     18.2 %     $ 92.07     18.4 %     $ 409.00     18.4 %     $ 349.91     18.9 %    
Servicing fees and other income       2.94     0.5 %       3.24     0.6 %       13.29     0.6 %       13.74     0.7 %    
Interest expense         (21.50 )   -3.7 %         (16.04 )   -3.2 %         (79.94 )   -3.6 %         (57.75 )   -3.1 %    
Net interest margin       86.68     15.0 %       79.27     15.9 %       342.34     15.4 %       305.91     16.6 %    
Provision for credit losses         (43.63 )   -7.6 %         (36.09 )   -7.2 %         (178.51 )   -8.0 %         (142.62 )   -7.7 %    
Risk adjusted margin       43.05     7.5 %       43.19     8.6 %       163.83     7.4 %       163.29     8.8 %    
Core operating expenses       (30.40 )   -5.3 %       (27.40 )   -5.5 %       (114.17 )   -5.1 %       (101.91 )   -5.5 %    
Pre-tax income     $ 12.65     2.2 %     $ 15.78     3.2 %     $ 49.66     2.2 %     $ 61.38     3.3 %    
                                 
                                 
                                 
(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 managed portfolio.  Percentages may not add due to rounding.