The J.G. Wentworth Company (OTCQX: JGWE) is engaged as a direct-to-consumer lender and financial services company. Shares of the financial services provider are jumping 51.72%, through early trading on Tuesday, November 14, 2017. Over the past month J.G. Wentworth Company has seen average daily volume of 785,906 shares. However, volume of 3.27 million shares or dollar volume of $143,880, has already exchanged hands on the day.
Shares of J.G. Wentworth Company are climbing today, after the company reported third quarter 2017 earnings results. The company reported consolidated revenues of $118.7 million, compared to $68.8 million a year ago. Furthermore, the company reported a net loss of $6.5 million, compared to loss of $38.8 million in net loss during the third quarter last year. Here is the full press release detailing of the earnings release:
J.G. Wentworth Company Press Release:
The J.G. Wentworth Company® (“J.G. Wentworth” or the “Company”) (OTCQX:JGWE) today reports financial results for the third quarter of 2017.
The following are highlights from the third quarter results:
Third Quarter 2017 Consolidated Results:
- Consolidated revenues were $118.7 million, an increase of $49.9 million from the $68.8 million reported in the third quarter of 2016. The increase was due primarily to the $48.7 million increase in revenues generated by the Structured Settlement Payments segment’s (“Structured Settlements”) revenue driven principally by a $38.8 million favorable change in unrealized gains (losses) on securitized finance receivables, debt and derivatives, and a $1.2 million increase in our Home Lending segment’s revenues.
- Home Lending generated loan lock volume of $1.9 billion and closed loan volume of $1.1 billion in the third quarter of 2017. The outstanding unpaid principal balance of our mortgage servicing rights (“MSR”) portfolio was $4.9 billion as of September 30, 2017. The Company’s MSR portfolio had a fair value of $50.0 million as of September 30, 2017.
- The Company had $4.4 billion in VIE and other finance receivables, at fair value, and $4.2 billion in VIE long-term debt issued by securitization and permanent financing trusts, at fair value, as of September 30, 2017. The debt issued by our VIE securitization and permanent financing trusts is recourse only to the respective entities that issued the debt and is non-recourse to the Company and its other subsidiaries.
- Consolidated net loss was $6.5 million compared to the $38.8 million consolidated net loss in the third quarter of 2016. The $32.3 million favorable change was due to a $47.1 million decline in Structured Settlements pre-tax loss driven by the $48.7 million increase in the segment’s revenue, partially offset by an increase in Home Lending’s operating expenses which was driven by a $3.3 million increase in advertising expense due to the competitive environment and shifts in consumer demand and an $8.4 million goodwill impairment charge.
Third Quarter 2017 Segment Results:
- Segment Adjusted EBITDA* for Home Lending was $4.1 million for the third quarter of 2017 compared to $9.4 million for the third quarter of 2016. The $5.3 million decrease in Segment Adjusted EBITDA* was primarily driven by a $3.3 million increase in advertising expense due to the competitive environment and shifts in consumer demand.
- Segment Adjusted EBITDA* for Structured Settlements was $8.4 million for the third quarter of 2017 compared to $4.6 million for the third quarter of 2016. The $3.8 million increase in Segment Adjusted EBITDA* for Structured Settlements was primarily due to $1.3 million in reduced operating expenses reflecting the results to date of our previously announced cost savings initiatives coupled with a $1.8 million decrease in interest expense related to residual debt that was permanently financed in September 2016.
- As we previously disclosed in the Current Report on Form 8-K which we filed with the SEC on November 9, 2017, the Company and certain of its subsidiaries entered into a Restructuring Support Agreement with certain lenders and certain members of The J.G. Wentworth Company, LLC to support a comprehensive restructuring of the Company’s long-term debt and existing equity, which is expected to be effectuated through a pre-packaged Chapter 11 plan of reorganization.
- If the restructuring contemplated by the Restructuring Support Agreement is consummated, the existing Credit Facility with a total of $449.5 million will be extinguished, a new secured revolving credit facility between $65.0 million and $70.0 million will be available to the Company, the lenders under the Credit Facility will receive at least 95.5% of new equity of the Company in exchange for the extinguishment, and all existing equity interests of the Company would be canceled without recovery.
* This earnings press release includes Segment Adjusted Earnings Before Interest Expense, Income Taxes, Depreciation and Amortization and other items as noted on Schedule D (“Segment Adjusted EBITDA”), which we use as a measure of our segments’ operating performance. We report Segment Adjusted EBITDA because our Chief Operating Decision Maker (“CODM”), as that term is defined in Accounting Standards Codification 280 – Segment Reporting (“ASC 280”), uses Segment Adjusted EBITDA to evaluate our segments’ performance. Not all companies calculate Segment Adjusted EBITDA in the same fashion and, therefore, these amounts as presented may not be comparable to other similarly titled measures of other companies. Additionally, Segment Adjusted EBITDA is not indicative of cash flow generation. Results for the three months ended September 30, 2017 and 2016, a description of the segment profitability measure and reconciliations of Segment Adjusted EBITDA to Loss Before Income Taxes are included in the accompanying financial information.
This announcement shall not constitute an offer to sell, or the solicitation of an offer to buy, nor shall there be any sale of our securities in any state or jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation, or sale would be unlawful, prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such state or jurisdiction.
About The J.G. Wentworth Company®
The J.G. Wentworth Company® is focused on providing direct-to-consumer access to financing solutions through a variety of avenues, including: mortgage lending and refinancing, structured settlement, annuity and lottery payment purchasing, prepaid cards, and access to providers of personal loans.
Mortgage loans are offered by J.G. Wentworth Home Lending, LLC NMLS ID # 2925 (www.nmlsconsumeraccess.org), 3350 Commission Court, Woodbridge, VA 22192; 888-349-3773.
For more information about The J.G. Wentworth Company®, visit www.jgw.com or use the information provided below.
Conference Call and Webcast
Management will host a webcast to discuss the third quarter 2017 financial results today, November 14, 2017, at 10:00 AM Eastern time. The webcast will include remarks from J.G. Wentworth’s Chief Executive Officer, Stewart Stockdale.
This call will be accompanied by a presentation and will be available via a webcast of the conference call live on the Investor Relations section of the Company’s website listed below.
The J.G. Wentworth Company® Third Quarter 2017 Webcast.
Interested parties unable to access the conference call and view the presentation via the webcast through this link: The J.G. Wentworth Company® Third Quarter 2017 Webcast, may dial the Participant conference number: (833) 231-8271, Conference ID: 59459664.
A playback will be available through Tuesday, November 21st, 2017. To participate, utilize the dial-in information listed below:
Playback conference number: (800) 585-8367, Conference ID: 59459664. The presentation will be posted to the Company’s website after the call.
Certain statements in this press release constitute “forward-looking statements.” All statements, other than statements of historical fact, are forward-looking statements. You can identify such statements because they contain words such as ”plans,” ”expects” or ”does not expect,” ”budget,” ”forecasts,” ”anticipates” or ”does not anticipate,” ”believes,” ”intends,” and similar expressions or statements that certain actions, events or results ”may,” ”could,” ”would,” ”might,” or ”will” be taken, occur or be achieved. Any statements that refer to expectations or other characterizations of future events, circumstances or results are forward-looking statements.
A number of factors could cause actual results, performance or achievements to differ materially from the results expressed or implied in the forward-looking statements. These factors should be considered carefully and readers should not place undue reliance on the forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements necessarily involve significant known and unknown risks, assumptions and uncertainties that may cause our actual results, performance and opportunities in future periods to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Consideration should also be given to the areas of risk set forth under the heading “Risk Factors” in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, and as set forth under “Part 1, Item 1A. ‘Risk Factors'” in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2016, as updated by “Part II, Item 1A. ‘Risk Factors'” in our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarters ending since that date as previously filed with the SEC and Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 30, 2017 to be filed with the SEC. These risks and uncertainties include, among other things: our entry into a restructuring support agreement (the “Restructuring Support Agreement”) to restructure our long-term debt and equity under chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Code; the risks and uncertainties associated with the bankruptcy process; the plan of reorganization contemplated by the Restructuring Support Agreement (the “Plan”) provides for all existing equity interests of our common stockholders to be canceled and for our common stockholders to lose the full amount of their investment; our ability to satisfy the conditions and milestones contained in the Restructuring Support Agreement; our ability to obtain confirmation of the Plan; the ability of our management to focus on the operation of our business during the pendency of the bankruptcy; our ability to execute on our business strategy; our ability to successfully compete in the industries in which we operate; our dependence on the effectiveness of direct response marketing; our ability to retain and attract qualified senior management; any improper use of or failure to protect the personally identifiable information of past, current and prospective customers to which we have access; our ability to upgrade and integrate our operational and financial information systems, maintain uninterrupted access to such systems and adapt to technological changes in the industries in which we operate; our dependence on third parties, including our ability to maintain relationships with such third parties and our potential exposure to liability for the actions of such third parties; damage to our reputation and increased regulation of our industries which could result from unfavorable press reports about our business model; infringement of our trademarks or service marks; changes in, and our ability to comply with, any applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations governing us, including any applicable federal consumer financial laws enforced by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau; our ability to maintain our state licenses or obtain new licenses in new markets; our ability to continue to purchase structured settlement payments and other financial assets; our business model being susceptible to litigation; our ability to remain in compliance with the terms of our substantial indebtedness and to refinance our term debt; our ability to obtain sufficient working capital at attractive rates or obtain sufficient capital to meet the financing requirements of our business; our ability to renew or modify our warehouse lines of credit; the accuracy of the estimates and assumptions of our financial models; changes in prevailing interest rates and our ability to mitigate interest rate risk through hedging strategies; the public disclosure of the identities and information of structured settlement holders maintained in our proprietary database; our dependence on the opinions of certain credit rating agencies of the credit quality of our securitizations; our ability to complete future securitizations, other financings or sales on favorable terms; the insolvency of a material number of structured settlement issuers; adverse changes in the residential mortgage lending and real estate markets, including any increases in defaults or delinquencies, especially in geographic areas where our loans are concentrated; our ability to grow our loan origination volume, acquire mortgage servicing rights (“MSRs”) and recapture loans that are refinanced; changes in the guidelines of government-sponsored entities (“GSEs”), or any discontinuation of, or significant reduction in, the operation of GSEs; potential misrepresentations by borrowers, counterparties and other third parties; our ability to raise additional capital as a result of our Class A common stock now being traded on the OTCQX® Market; and our ability to meet the ongoing eligibility standards of the OTCQX® Market.