Loans Receivable Allowance
We maintain a loan loss allowance for anticipated losses for our payday, installment and title loans. To estimate the appropriate level of the loan loss allowance, we consider the amount of outstanding loans owed to us, historical loans charged off, current and expected collection patterns and current economic trends. Our current payday loan loss allowance is based on our net write offs, typically expressed as a percentage of loan amounts originated for the last 24 months applied against the principal balance of outstanding loans that we write off. Our current installment loan loss allowance also factors in the delinquency status of loans within the installment portfolio. The Company also periodically performs a look-back analysis on its loan loss allowance to verify that the historical allowance established tracks with the actual subsequent loan write-offs and recoveries. The Company is aware that, as conditions change, it may also need to make additional allowances in future periods.
Included in loans receivable are payday loans that are currently due or past due and payday loans that have not been repaid. This generally is evidenced where a customer’s personal check has been deposited and the check has been returned due to non-sufficient funds in the customer’s account, a closed account, or other reasons. Also included in loans receivable are current and delinquent installment and title loans. Loans are carried at cost less the loans receivable allowance. The Company does not specifically reserve for any individual loan. The Company aggregates loan types for purposes of estimating the loss allowance using a methodology that analyzes historical portfolio statistics and management’s judgment regarding recent trends noted in the portfolio. This methodology takes into account several factors, including the maturity of the store location, charge-off and recovery rates and delinquency status of installment loans. The Company utilizes a software program to assist with the tracking of its historical portfolio statistics. All returned payday items are charged off after 180 days, as collections after that date have not been significant. The loans receivable allowance is reviewed monthly and any adjustment to the loan loss allowance as a result of historical loan performance, current and expected collection patterns and current economic trends is recorded.