“We support smart regulations that protect consumer access to credit, and while we don’t agree with the entire proposed rule, it didn’t contain any big surprises,” said David Fisher, CEO of Enova International. “The proposed rule will not affect consumers’ need for short-term credit, and we believe we’ll continue to have a strong U.S. business once the rule is final and implemented, which is anticipated to be in mid-2018. Many of the changes that will be required of all lenders play to our strengths as a technology and analytics company. It’s also important to note that given the specifics of the proposed rule and the long timeline to implement, we believe the transition for our U.S. business will be smoother than the one undertaken by our U.K. business.”
The company anticipates that if the proposed rule is adopted without additional changes, products that today compose approximately 60% to 65% of its current total revenue will be subject to the final rule, and that revenue for those impacted products could decline by 30% to 40% from current levels. This initial assessment does not take into account potential offsets from changes in the competitive landscape as a result of the final rule, any changes in state regulation, Enova’s ongoing diversification efforts, including the expansion of the U.S. near-prime NetCredit business, the continued growth of its small business lending and financing group, expanding international operations in Brazil, or Enova Decisions, the emerging Analytics as a Service offering.
“Enova has always been committed to treating customers fairly and putting them first,” said Fisher. “We fully embrace regulations that protect consumers while preserving their access to fast, trustworthy credit. While we believe that there are places in this rule where the CFPB has made the requirements far too restrictive and burdensome for consumers, we are confident in our ability to adapt to the new rules. The flexibility of our online platform, our proprietary analytics and our experience in adapting to new regulations provides us with a significant advantage. Overall, we believe that Enova remains well positioned to continue to provide high-quality and compliant credit options to the millions of hard-working U.S. consumers who depend on us.”
The company will hold an investor call to discuss its preliminary assessment of the new rule at 4:00 p.m. Central Time / 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time on Monday, June 6. The live webcast of the call can be accessed at the Enova Investor Relations website at http://ir.enova.com. The U.S. dial-in for the call is 1-855-560-2575 (1-412-542-4161 for non-U.S. callers). Please ask to be joined to the Enova International Call. A replay of the conference call will be available until June 13, 2016, at 10:59 p.m. Central Time / 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time. The U.S. dial-in for the conference call replay is 1-877-344-7529 (1-412-317-0088). The replay access code is 10087359.
Enova (NYSE: ENVA) is a leading provider of online financial services to non-prime consumers and small businesses, providing access to credit powered by its advanced analytics, innovative technology, and world-class online platform and services. Enova has provided over four million customers around the globe access to more than $17 billion in loans and financing. The financial technology company has a portfolio of trusted brands serving consumers, including CashNetUSA®, DollarsDirect®, NetCredit, On Stride Financial®, Pounds to Pocket®, QuickQuid® and Simplic®; two brands serving small businesses, Headway Capital® and The Business Backer®; and offers online lending platform services to lenders. Through its Enova Decisions™ brand, it also delivers on-demand decision-making technology and real-time predictive analytics services to clients. You can learn more about the company and its brands at www.enova.com.
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This release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 about the business, financial condition and prospects of Enova. These forward-looking statements give current expectations or forecasts of future events and reflect the views and assumptions of Enova’s senior management with respect to the business, financial condition and prospects of Enova as of the date of this release and are not guarantees of future performance. The actual results of Enova could differ materially from those indicated by such forward-looking statements because of various risks and uncertainties applicable to Enova’s business, including, without limitation, those risks and uncertainties indicated in Enova’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”), including those described under “Risk Factors” in Enova’s annual reports on Form 10-K and quarterly reports on Form 10-Q, and the risks and uncertainties arising from the proposed and eventual final CFPB rule. These risks and uncertainties are beyond the ability of Enova to control, and, in many cases, Enova cannot predict all of the risks and uncertainties that could cause its actual results to differ materially from those indicated by the forward-looking statements. When used in this release, the words “believes,” “estimates,” “plans,” “expects,” “could,” “anticipates” and similar expressions or variations as they relate to Enova or its management are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Enova cautions you not to put undue reliance on these statements. Enova disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements after the date of this release, including updates related to the impact of the CFPB’s proposed or final rule.