SOUTHFIELD, Mich. –
Being a publicly traded company, Credit Acceptance revealed current collection and origination performance trends that many other subprime auto finance providers also might be experiencing because of the coronavirus pandemic.
According to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission posted on Tuesday afternoon, Credit Acceptance said, “the current outbreak of COVID-19 has adversely impacted our business, and the continuance of this pandemic and any future outbreak of any other highly contagious diseases or other public-health emergency could materially and adversely affect our business, financial condition, liquidity and results of operations.”
As a result, Credit Acceptance indicated that it would delay the reporting of its first-quarter financial statement. The company said it expects to file its quarterly report no later than June 25 — 45 days after the original due date — and to file its proxy statement, including the 10-K Part III Information, on or about June 4.
Furthermore, Credit Acceptance delay its annual meeting of shareholders by more than 30 days, scheduling it for July 15.
Credit Acceptance’s SEC filing also included a three-paragraph update:
In an attempt to slow the spread of COVID-19, state governments have implemented social distancing guidelines, travel bans and restrictions, quarantines, shelter-in-place orders and shutdowns. These actions have caused economic hardship in the areas in which they have been implemented and have led to an increase in unemployment and resulted in many consumers delaying payments or re-allocating resources, leading to a significant decrease in our realized collections. We are working with our consumers to provide temporary relief where possible, including the suspension of involuntary vehicle repossessions. Additionally, many automobile dealers have been required to temporarily close or restrict their operations, and even for dealerships that have remained open, consumer demand has deteriorated. As a result, we have recently experienced a significant decline in consumer loan assignments. The spread of COVID-19 has also caused us to modify our business practices in an effort to increase team member safety, including reconfiguring workstations to increase physical distance between team members, limiting travel, and canceling physical participation in meetings and events, and we may take further actions as required by government authorities or that we determine are in the best interests of our team members. Our business operations may be disrupted further if significant portions of our workforce are unable to work effectively, including because of illness, quarantines, or other restrictions in connection with the COVID-19 pandemic.
There is no certainty that such measures will be sufficient to mitigate the risks posed by the disease, and our ability to perform certain functions could be negatively impacted. While the potential impact and duration of the COVID-19 pandemic on the U.S. economy and our industry in particular are difficult to assess or predict, the pandemic has resulted in significant disruption of financial markets, which may reduce our ability to access capital or our consumers’ ability to repay past or future consumer loans, and could negatively affect our liquidity and results of operations. In addition, a recession or further financial market correction resulting from the spread of COVID-19 could adversely affect demand for used vehicles. A continued disruption in our workforce, decrease in collections from our consumers or decline in consumer loan assignments could cause a material adverse effect on our financial position, liquidity, and results of operations.
The COVID-19 pandemic is rapidly evolving, and we will continue to monitor the situation closely. The ultimate impact of this pandemic or a similar health epidemic is highly uncertain and subject to change. The extent of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on our operational and financial performance will depend on future developments, including, but not limited to, the duration and spread of the pandemic, its severity, the actions to contain the disease or mitigate its impact, related restrictions on travel, and the duration, timing and severity of the impact on consumer behavior, including any recession resulting from the pandemic, all of which are uncertain and cannot be predicted. An extended period of economic disruption as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic could have a material negative impact on our business, financial position, liquidity, and results of operations, though the full extent and duration is uncertain. The COVID-19 pandemic may also intensify the risks described in the other risk factors disclosed in our annual report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended Dec. 31, 2019.