AmeriCredit Reports Second Quarter Operating Results
The allowance for loan losses as a percentage of finance receivables increased to 7.1% at December 31, 2008, from 6.8% at September 30, 2008 and 5.6% at December 31, 2007.
Originations were $320.8 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2008, compared to $1.8 billion for the same quarter last fiscal year. Originations for the six months ended December 31, 2008, were $900.1 million, compared to $4.2 billion for the same period a year earlier. Finance receivables totaled $13.0 billion at December 31, 2008, compared to $16.4 billion at December 31, 2007.
Annualized net charge-offs totaled 9.5% of average finance receivables for the quarter ended December 31, 2008, compared to 6.9% for the quarter ended December 31, 2007. For the six months ended December 31, 2008, annualized net charge-offs were 8.3%, compared to 6.2% for the same period last year.
Finance receivables 31-to-60 days delinquent were 7.8% of the portfolio at December 31, 2008, compared to 6.8% at December 31, 2007. Accounts more than 60 days delinquent were 4.2% of the portfolio at December 31, 2008, compared to 3.0% a year ago.
The Company had total liquidity of $375.7 million at December 31, 2008, consisting of $166.7 million of unrestricted cash and approximately $209.0 million of available borrowing capacity on unpledged eligible receivables.
“Over the past year, the recessionary environment has accelerated, including increasing job losses, falling consumer confidence, a decline in demand for new and used vehicles, and the scarcity and high cost of funding and capital. We do not expect improvement in the macroeconomic outlook in 2009. As such, we are focused on maximizing cash collections from our loan portfolio and diligently managing the business to preserve capital and liquidity,” said AmeriCredit President and Chief Executive Officer Dan Berce.
AmeriCredit will host a conference call for analysts and investors today at 5:30 p.m. Eastern time. For a live Internet broadcast of this conference call, please go to the Company’s Web site to register, download and install any necessary audio software. For those who cannot listen to the live broadcast, a replay will be available shortly after the call.