• Pretax income of $7.8 million
  • Net income of $4.5 million, or $0.16 per diluted share
  • New contract purchases of $230 million
  • Total managed portfolio increases to $2.32 billion from $2.31 billion at December 31, 2016

LAS VEGAS, NV, April 19, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Consumer Portfolio Services, Inc. (Nasdaq:CPSS) ("CPS" or the "Company") today announced earnings of $4.5 million, or $0.16 per diluted share, for its first quarter ended March 31, 2017.  This compares to net income of $7.2 million, or $0.24 per diluted share, in the first quarter of 2016.

Revenues for the first quarter of 2017 were $107.6 million, an increase of $6.9 million, or 6.9%, compared to $100.6 million for the first quarter of 2016.  Total operating expenses for the first quarter of 2017 were $99.8 million, an increase of $11.4 million, or 12.9%, compared to $88.4 million for the 2016 period.  Pretax income for the first quarter of 2017 was $7.8 million compared to pretax income of $12.2 million in the first quarter of 2016, a decrease of 36.3%.

During the first quarter of 2017, CPS purchased $229.6 million of new contracts compared to $215.3 million during the fourth quarter of 2016 and $312.3 million during the first quarter of 2016.  The Company's managed receivables totaled $2.323 billion as of March 31, 2017, an increase from $2.308 billion as of December 31, 2016 and $2.142 billion as of March 31, 2016.

Annualized net charge-offs for the first quarter of 2017 were 7.91% of the average owned portfolio as compared to 7.57% for the first quarter of 2016.  Delinquencies greater than 30 days (including repossession inventory) were 9.74% of the total owned portfolio as of March 31, 2017, as compared to 8.97% as of March 31, 2016.

"We are pleased with our first quarter results," said Charles E. Bradley, Jr., Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.  "Despite the challenges facing our industry, such as higher delinquencies and lower recoveries at the wholesale auctions, we marked our 23 rd consecutive quarter of positive earnings."

Conference Call

CPS announced that it will hold a conference call on Thursday, April 20, 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 8553937.

A replay of the conference call will be available between April 20, 2017 and April 27, 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 8553937.  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    
      March 31,    
      2017     2016    
Revenues:                
Interest income     $ 104,575       $ 96,663      
Other income       3,023         3,986      
        107,598         100,649      
Expenses:                
Employee costs       17,780         15,143      
General and administrative       6,922         5,331      
Interest       22,088         17,821      
Provision for credit losses       47,167         44,197      
Other expenses       5,849         5,928      
        99,806         88,420      
Income before income taxes       7,792         12,229      
Income tax expense       3,312         5,015      
Net income     $ 4,480       $ 7,214      
                 
Earnings per share:                
Basic     $ 0.19       $ 0.29      
Diluted     $ 0.16       $ 0.24      
                 
                 
Number of shares used in computing earnings                
per share:                
Basic       23,517         25,296      
Diluted       28,223         30,154      
                 
                 
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets  
(In thousands)  
(Unaudited)  
                 
                 
      March 31,     December 31,    
      2017     2016    
Assets:                
Cash and cash equivalents     $ 12,071       $ 13,936      
Restricted cash and equivalents       129,197         112,754      
Total cash and cash equivalents       141,268         126,690      
                 
Finance receivables       2,286,172         2,267,943      
Allowance for finance credit losses       (99,255 )       (95,578 )    
Finance receivables, net       2,186,917         2,172,365      
                 
Deferred tax assets, net       43,039         42,845      
Other assets       59,759         62,404      
      $ 2,430,983       $ 2,404,304      
                 
Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity:                
Accounts payable and accrued expenses     $ 23,720       $ 18,879      
Warehouse lines of credit       120,286         103,358      
Securitization trust debt       2,082,040         2,080,900      
Subordinated renewable notes       15,272         14,949      
        2,241,318         2,218,086      
                 
Shareholders' equity       189,665         186,218      
      $ 2,430,983       $ 2,404,304      
                 
                 
                 
Operating and Performance Data ($ in millions)                
                 
                 
                 
      At and for the    
      Three months ended    
      March 31,    
      2017     2016    
                 
Contracts purchased     $ 229.64       $ 312.30      
Contracts securitized       210.00         340.00      
                 
Total managed portfolio     $ 2,323.22       $ 2,141.63      
Average managed portfolio       2,311.81         2,098.29      
                 
Allowance for finance credit losses as % of fin. receivables       4.34 %       3.81 %    
                 
Aggregate allowance as % of fin. receivables (1)       5.43 %       5.00 %    
                 
Delinquencies                
31+ Days       8.12 %       7.15 %    
Repossession Inventory       1.62 %       1.81 %    
Total Delinquencies and Repo. Inventory       9.74 %       8.97 %    
                 
Annualized net charge-offs as % of average owned portfolio       7.91 %       7.57 %    
                 
Recovery rates (2)       35.2 %       39.9 %    
                 
      For the  
      Three months ended  
      March 31,  
      2017   2016  
      $ (3)   % (4)   $ (3)   % (4)  
Interest income     $ 104.58       18.1 %   $ 96.66       18.4 %  
Servicing fees and other income       3.02     0.5 %     3.99     0.8 %  
Interest expense       (22.09 )   -3.8 %     (17.82 )   -3.4 %  
Net interest margin       85.51     14.8 %     82.83     15.8 %  
Provision for credit losses       (47.17 )   -8.2 %     (44.20 )   -8.4 %  
Risk adjusted margin       38.34     6.6 %     38.63     7.4 %  
Core operating expenses       (30.55 )   -5.3 %     (26.40 )   -5.0 %  
Pre-tax income     $ 7.79     1.3 %   $ 12.23     2.3 %  
                 
                 
                 
(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.
                 
Investor Relations ContactJeffrey P. Fritz, Chief Financial Officer844 878-2777