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Consumer Portfolio Services Inc. Reports Operating Results (10-K)

March 31, 2011 | About:

Consumer Portfolio Services Inc. (NASDAQ:CPSS) filed Annual Report for the period ended 2010-12-31.

Consumer Portfolio Services Inc. has a market cap of $19.3 million; its shares were traded at around $1.12 with and P/S ratio of 0.1.

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The aggregate market value of the 13,966,256 shares of the registrant s common stock held by non-affiliates as of the date of filing of this report, based upon the closing price of the registrant s common stock of $1.37 per share reported by Nasdaq as of June 30, 2010, was approximately $19,133,771. For purposes of this computation, a registrant sponsored pension plan and all directors and executive officers are deemed to be affiliates. Such determination is not an admission that such plan, directors and executive officers are, in fact, affiliates of the registrant. The number of shares of the registrant's Common Stock outstanding on March 22, 2011 was 18,119,810.

We were incorporated and began our operations in March 1991. From inception through December 31, 2010, we have purchased a total of approximately $8.8 billion of automobile contracts from dealers. In addition, we obtained a total of approximately $605.0 million of automobile contracts in mergers and acquisitions in 2002, 2003 and 2004. In 2004 and 2009, we were appointed as a third-party servicer for certain portfolios of automobile receivables originated and owned by entities not affiliated with us. Beginning in 2008, our managed portfolio has decreased each year due to our strategy of limiting contract purchases to conserve our liquidity in response to adverse economic conditions, as discussed further below. However, since October 2009, we have gradually increased contract purchases resulting in aggregate purchases of $113.0 million in 2010, compared to $8.6 million in 2009. Our total managed portfolio was $756.2 million at December 31, 2010, compared to $1,194.7 million at December 31, 2009, $1,664.1 million as of December 31, 2008 and $2,162.2 million as of December 31, 2007.

From the fourth quarter of 2007 through the end of 2009, we observed unprecedented adverse changes in the market for securitized pools of automobile contracts. These changes included reduced liquidity, and reduced demand for asset-backed securities, particularly for securities carrying a financial guaranty and for securities backed by sub-prime automobile receivables. Moreover, many of the firms that previously provided financial guarantees, which were an integral part of our securitizations, suspended offering such guarantees. The adverse changes that took place in the market from the fourth quarter of 2007 through the end of 2009 caused us to conserve liquidity by significantly reducing our purchases of automobile contracts. However, since October 2009 we have gradually increased our contract purchases by utilizing one $50 million credit facility established in September 2009 and another $50 million term funding facility established in March 2010. In September 2010 we took advantage of the improvement in the market for asset-backed securities by re-securitizing the remaining underlying receivables from our unrated September 2008 securitization. By doing so we were able to pay off the bonds associated with the September 2008 transaction and issue rated bonds with a significantly lower weighted average coupon. The September 2010 transaction was our first rated term securitization since 1993 that did not utilize a financial guaranty. More recently, we significantly increased our short-term contract financing resources by entering into a $100 million credit facility in December 2010 and another $100 million credit facility in February 2011. Despite the improvements we have seen in the capital markets, if the trend of improvement in the markets for asset-backed securities should reverse, or should we be unable to complete term securitization(s) of automobile contracts that we now hold or those we will seek to purchase in the future, we might be required to curtail or cease our purchases of new automobile contracts, which in turn could have a material adverse effect on our operations.

We purchase automobile contracts from dealers at a price generally computed as the total amount financed under the automobile contracts, adjusted for an acquisition fee, which may either increase or decrease the automobile contract purchase price paid by us. The amount of the acquisition fee, and whether it results in an increase or decrease to the automobile contract purchase price, is based on the perceived credit risk of and, in some cases, the interest rate on the automobile contract. For the years ended December 31, 2010, 2009 and 2008, the average acquisition fee charged per automobile contract purchased under our CPS programs was $1,382, $1,508 and $592, respectively, or 9.2%, 11.7% and 3.9%, respectively, of the amount financed. We believe that the significant increase in acquisition fees since 2008 is a result of less competition in the marketplace for the types of sub-prime contracts that we typically purchase.

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