TORONTO, Nov 11, 2020 – Chesswood Group Limited (“Chesswood” or the “Company”) (TSX: CHW), a North American commercial equipment finance provider for small and medium-sized businesses, today reported its results for the third quarter and nine months ended September 30, 2020 and provides a COVID-19 update.
“Our efforts to return customer contracts to their regular payment schedules continued in Q3, with total modified leases and loans declining to 5.8% in the U.S. and to 1.8% in Canada” said Ryan Marr, Chesswood’s President and CEO. “As a result, our charge-offs and allowance for credit losses declined meaningfully in the quarter, resulting in strong profitability. As well, we are in the process of appropriate rehires of employees at our operating companies.”
“In addition, we successfully repositioned our balance sheet during the quarter as a result of our previously announced ABS transaction. These restructuring efforts have provided us with the ability to restart our dividend program beginning with a dividend for the month ending November 30. To start, the dividend will be set at $0.02 per share payable monthly. We are excited by the opportunities in front of us and expect to build further momentum into year end and 2021” said Mr. Marr.
The $0.02 per share dividend will be payable to shareholders of record at the close of business on November 30, 2020, and will be paid on December 15, 2020.
Chesswood has designated its dividends as eligible dividends for the purposes of the Income Tax Act (Canada).
Adjusted Operating Income is not a recognized measure under International Financial Reporting Standards and do not have a standard meaning. Accordingly, this measure may not be comparable to similar measures presented by other issuers. Please refer to the Company’s Management Discussion and Analysis in Chesswood’s 2020 Third Quarter Report for additional information concerning these measures and a reconciliation of these measures to the Company’s consolidated income before taxes.
Through three wholly-owned subsidiaries in the U.S. and Canada, Chesswood Group Limited is North America’s only publicly-traded commercial equipment finance company focused on small and medium-sized businesses. Our Colorado-based Pawnee Leasing Corporation, founded in 1982, finances a highly diversified portfolio of commercial equipment leases and loans through relationships with over 600 independent brokers in the U.S. Located in Houston, Texas, Tandem Finance Inc. provides equipment financing to small and medium-sized businesses in the U.S. through the equipment vendor channel. In Canada, Blue Chip Leasing Corporation has been originating and servicing commercial equipment leases and loans since 1996, and today operates through a nationwide network of more than 50 independent brokers. Based in Toronto, Canada, Chesswood’s shares trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol CHW.
For more information contact:
Ryan Marr, President and CEO
Chesswood Group Limited
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