TORONTO, August 1, 2019 – 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 second quarter and six-months ended June 30, 2019.
Adjusted operating income (see Financial Highlights below) for the second quarter was $8.0 million compared to $9.0 million in the secondquarter of 2018. This measures Chesswood’s operating income before the change in the allowance for credit losses in the period and Tandem Finance’s net expenses. Free cash flow remained strong and well in excess of our dividend levels.
Chesswood continues to focus on the build-out of its vendor-channel business Tandem Finance Inc. (“Tandem”). In just its first five months, Tandem has generated originations in excess of initial expectations. “We’re very pleased with Tandem’s first full quarter of results, after having launched business development efforts just five months ago, in March of this year” said Barry Shafran, Chesswood’s President and CEO. “At the same time, we continue to build out the Tandem team and its infrastructure, including the vendor portal through which vendor-partners and borrowers can transact entirely through electronic documents, if desired.”
With decisioning in three hours or less, a product suite of multiple credit grades from prime through “C” and a portal that can conduct business completely online, Tandem is very well equipped to offer superior service and a comprehensive product offering, which is being well received in the market.
Chesswood’s third-party businesses, Pawnee Leasing and Blue Chip Leasing are focused today on matching risk with pricing in markets that are, in management’s opinion, mismatching this relationship and continuing to drive pricing lower. “While we recognize that our risk management focus impacts growth in our third-party channel businesses during this stage of the economic cycle, we believe it is the prudent course of action for Chesswood, in this market environment.”
(1) – See “Non-GAAP Measures” below.
Operating income, adjusted operating income and free cash flow are not recognized measures under International Financial Reporting Standards and do not have a standard meaning. Accordingly, these measures may not be comparable to similar measures presented by other issuers. Please refer to the Company’s Management Discussion and Analysis in Chesswood’s 2018 Annual Report and the 2019 Second Quarter Report for additional information concerning these measures and a reconciliation of these measures to the Company’s consolidated net income.
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. 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. 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. Based in Toronto, Canada, Chesswood’s shares trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol CHW.
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