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Cash Store Financial Obtains Stay Extension and Additional DIP Financing

EDMONTON , Sept. 30, 2014 /CNW/ – The Cash Store Financial Services Inc. (“Cash Store Financial” or the “Company”) announces that it has obtained an order from the Ontario Superior Court of Justice (Commercial List) (“the Court”) granting a stay extension under its current Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act (“CCAA”) proceedings to November 28, 2014 .

The Court also authorized the Company and its subsidiaries to enter into a further amendment to its amended and restated debtor-in-possession (“DIP”) financing agreement (“Further Amended DIP Agreement”) pursuant to which an additional loan in the aggregate amount of $5 million will be available to the Company. In addition, the Further Amended DIP Agreement permits the Company to use $1.3 million of tax refunds to fund operations, rather than to make an immediate repayment to the DIP lenders. The amounts made available under the Further Amended DIP Facility are required in order to continue going concern operations and attempt to complete a sale of the Company’s business pursuant to the Court-approved Sale Process, under which prospective purchasers have had the opportunity to submit a bid for the Company’s property.

Discussions and negotiations with potential bidders are ongoing under the Sales Process. The Further Amended DIP Agreement will provide the necessary liquidity throughout the stay extension to continue to negotiate a sale transaction to achieve a value maximizing going concern outcome.

The Court also today approved the Ninth Report of the Monitor, FTI Consulting Canada Inc., dated August 6, 2014 . A copy of this report, as well as other orders of the Court, including details on the sales process, as well as other details regarding the Company’s CCAA proceedings is available on the Monitor’s website at http://cfcanada.fticonsulting.com/cashstorefinancial.

Cash Store Financial remains open for business and will continue to provide updates on its restructuring and the Cash Store Sale Process as matters advance.

About Cash Store Financial

Cash Store Financial and Instaloans primarily act as lenders to facilitate short-term advances and provide other financial services to income-earning consumers who may not be able to obtain them from traditional banks. Cash Store Financial also provides private-label debit cards.

Cash Store Financial is a Canadian corporation that is not affiliated with Cottonwood Financial Ltd. or the outlets Cottonwood Financial Ltd. operates in the United States under the name “Cash Store”. Cash Store Financial does not do business under the name “Cash Store” in the United States and does not own or provide any consumer lending services in the United States .

Forward Looking Statements:
This news release contains certain forward-looking statements about the objectives, strategies, financial conditions, results of operations and businesses of Cash Store Financial. Statements that are not historical facts are forward-looking and are subject to important risks, uncertainties and assumptions. These statements are based on our current expectations about our business, and upon various estimates and assumptions. The results or events predicted in these forward-looking statements may differ materially from actual results or events if known or unknown risks, trends or uncertainties affect our business, or if our estimates or assumptions turn out to be inaccurate. As a result, there is no assurance that the circumstances described in any forward-looking statement will materialize. Significant and reasonably foreseeable factors that could cause our results to differ materially from our current expectations, include, but are not limited to, any decision of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice in the CCAA proceedings that is adverse to Cash Store Financial, the inability of Cash Store Financial to fulfill the conditions to funding under any Debtor-in-Possession (“DIP”) financing agreement entered into by Cash Store Financial, and other factors that could affect Cash Store Financial’s ability to continue its operations during the CCAA proceeding, including the factors that are discussed in the section entitled “Risk Factors” contained in our Annual Information Form for the year ended September 30, 2013 dated December 11, 2013 filed by The Cash Store Financial with the Canadian securities commissions (available on SEDAR at http://www.sedar.com), as updated in our most recent Management’s Discussion and Analysis for the three months ended December 31, 2013 . Unless required by law, we disclaim any intention or obligation to update any forward-looking statement even if new information becomes available, as a result of future events or for any other reason.

SOURCE The Cash Store Financial Services Inc.

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Fitch Upgrades Nelnet Student Loan Trust 2012-5 Sub Note; Affirms Sr Note

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–

Fitch Ratings has affirmed the senior note issued by Nelnet Student Loan Trust 2012-5 at ‘AAAsf’. In addition, Fitch upgrades the subordinate note to ‘AAsf’ from ‘A+sf’. The Rating Outlook remains Stable for both classes.

KEY RATING DRIVERS

High Collateral Quality: The trust collateral consists of 100% (83.7% Non-Rehab; 16.3% Rehab) of Federal Family Education Loan Program (FFELP) loans. The credit quality of the trust collateral is high, in Fitch’s opinion, based on the guarantees provided by the transaction’s eligible guarantors and reinsurance provided by the U.S. Department of Education (ED) for at least 97% of principal and accrued interest. The current U.S. sovereign rating is at ‘AAA’ with a Stable Outlook.

Sufficient Credit Enhancement (CE): While both the senior and subordinate notes will benefit from overcollateralization (OC) and future excess spread, the senior notes also benefit from subordination provided by the class B note. As of July 2014, total parity is 101.01% (1% CE) and senior parity is 104.29% (4.11% CE). Cash is being released from the trust given that the targeted trust OC level (greater of 1.00% of the adjusted pool balance and $2 million) is maintained.

Adequate Liquidity Support: Liquidity support is provided by a reserve account. The reserve is sized equal to the greater of 0.60% of the pool balance, and $1,174,000.

Acceptable Servicing Capabilities: Nelnet, Inc. (Nelnet) will service approximately 51% of the portfolio, while Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) will service 41% and Edfinancial Services LLC (EFS) will service the remaining 8% of the portfolio. Fitch considers all servicers to be acceptable servicers of FFELP loans.

RATING SENSITIVITIES

Since FFELP student loan ABS rely on the U.S. government to reimburse defaults, ‘AAAsf’ FFELP ABS ratings will likely move in tandem with the ‘AAA’ U.S. sovereign rating. Aside from the U.S. sovereign rating, defaults and basis risk account for the majority of the risk embedded in FFELP student loan transactions. Additional defaults and basis shock beyond Fitch’s published stresses could result in future downgrades. Likewise, a buildup of CE driven by positive excess spread given favorable basis factor conditions could lead to future upgrades.

Fitch has taken the following rating actions:

Nelnet Student Loan Trust 2012-5:

–Class A affirmed at ‘AAAsf’; Outlook Stable;

–Class B upgraded to ‘AAsf’ from ‘A+sf’; Outlook Stable.

Additional information is available at ‘www.fitchratings.com‘.

Applicable Criteria and Related Research:

–‘Global Structured Finance Rating Criteria’ (May 20, 2014);

–‘Rating U.S. Federal Family Education Loan Program Student Loan ABS Criteria’ (June 23, 2014).

Applicable Criteria and Related Research:

Global Structured Finance Rating Criteria

http://www.fitchratings.com/creditdesk/reports/report_frame.cfm?rpt_id=754389

Rating U.S. Federal Family Education Loan Program Student Loan ABS Criteria

http://www.fitchratings.com/creditdesk/reports/report_frame.cfm?rpt_id=708795

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Cash-strapped Latino biz booms

Biz2Credit announced last week the average annual revenue for Latino-owned businesses was $69,518.56, while for non-Latino-owned businesses, the figure was $86,501.47, a nearly $17,000 difference. Meanwhile, the average credit score for Latino-owned businesses was 611.7, compared to 622.3 for all others.

Interestingly, the average operating expenses for Latino-owned companies were lower ($20,981.19) than for non-Latino businesses ($29,455.54). On the surface, this seems like good news. However, many of these companies are operating out of homes rather than offices, which add to overhead. This may be fine for a landscaping company or catering business, for instance. But if an entrepreneur realistically plans to take his or her business to the next level, it is important to have an infrastructure in place and accurate accounting records. This can be a struggle for many business owners.

Because of their lower credit scores and revenue, Latino entrepreneurs face greater scrutiny from banks. The impact of these financial realities is that Latinos often must turn to high-interest, non-bank lenders. These so-called alternative lenders include firms that provide payday loans and cash-advance companies. In some cases, these lenders charge interest rates as high as 30 percent to 40 percent.

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Payday Loan Issue Being Resurrected – LaPolitics

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After failing to pass reform legislation aimed at the payday loan industry last year, Sen. Ben Nevers, D-Bogalusa, said he is considering bringing a bill again but is still on the fence.

“I haven’t decided yet,” he said. “There’s an audit advisory meeting I want to attend in October that should give me a better idea. I’ve been told there are strides being made in monitoring the industry. I’m trying to listen to all sides right now and figure out what is best.”

Nevers doesn’t sound eager to repeat the huge lobbying battle that was waged during the spring session. Yet he is still interested in learning more about the issues of repeat lenders, meaning those consumers who repeatedly take out payday loans, and what reporting requirements look like.

Right now, local-level governments, like the Baton Rouge Metropolitan Council, are taking turns looking into the industry, but there’s no telling where that might all end up.

Meanwhile, the industry has formed a new trade group, the Louisiana Payday Loan Association. Lobbyist Danny Ford, a spokesman for the association, said members will be meeting soon to discuss a 2015 legislative agenda and to address potential regulations that may be handed down by the federal government.

“But it’s too early to tell what kind of strategy we might have for next year,” he said.

Ford pointed out that the industry supported HB 766 by Rep. Erich Ponti, R-Baton Rouge, during the most recent session to give the state the ability to regulate online lending; establish debt consolidation and extended payment plans; and to abolish delinquency fees.

This story first appeared in Issue 996 of LaPolitics Weekly on Sept. 18, 2014. Wish you would have read it then? Subscribe now!

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TomaGold to Put Gold Reef Mine Into Production

MONTREAL, QUEBEC–(Marketwired – Sep 30, 2014) –

TomaGold invests US$750,000 as secured loan to put the Gold Reef Mine into production Receipt of 25% of the cash flow generated from the Gold Reef Mmine Agreement also includes an option to acquire a 50% interest in the Gold Reef Mine for US$2 million in capital expenditures The partner Gold Reef has a 3,000 t/month purchase contract with Freeport-McMoRan Miami Inc. US$4 million financing commitment from a Hong Kong-based group of investors for this transaction and future acquisitions

TomaGold Corporation (TSX VENTURE:LOT) (“TomaGold” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce the signing of an agreement with Gold Reef Mining LLC, Arizona, whereby TomaGold will provide at the closing a secured loan (the “Loan”) for the exploitation of the Gold Reef mine (the “Mine”). Having a term of one year and bearing interest at 10% per year, this transaction will allow having a carried interest of 25% of the cash flow generated by the Mine. The carried interest will remain after the Loan has been reimbursed, namely for the full duration of the Mine.

Following the Closing of the proposed transaction, TomaGold will hold an irrevocable and absolute option to acquire 50% of the ownership property of the Mine for US $2 million in capital expenditures on the project. TomaGold may exercise its option in the interest within 48 months following the full reimbursement of the Loan.

Gold Reef Mine

The Gold Reef Mine consists of two major patented mineral claims and six BLM (Bureau of Land Management) lode claims covering approximately 160 acres. This Mine is located 36 miles northeast of Phoenix, Maricopa County, Arizona. The property consists of a 200-foot-wide gold-bearing quartz vein system that extends 3,000 feet laterally and is up to 300 feet deep. The gold flux mineralization ranges in grade from 0.15 to 0.69 ounces of gold per ton. A 20-ton bulk sample returned an average grade of 0.19 ounces of gold per ton.

The operator expect that production will take place from the surface on the patented ground in the first two years of production and along strike onto the BLM ground as the project advances. An underground operation is planned to minimize surface disruption and BLM bond/permitting issues. Expedited permitting is expected, as no ore processing will take place on site.

The operator of the Mine, Gold Reef Mining LLC, Arizona currently has a 3,000-ton/month purchase contract with Freeport-McMoRan Miami Inc.

US$4 Million Financing Commitment

Concurrently with the Gold Reef transaction, TomaGold has received a financing offer of US$4 million from a group of investors based in Hong Kong (the “Investors”), whereby the Company intends to issue up to a maximum 13.7 million units. Each unit (the “Units”) will comprise one preferred share and one common share purchase warrant (the “Warrants”).

The Preferred Shares, redeemable after five years, will have no voting right and will be entitled to a dividend equal to 50% of the cash flow generated by the projects that the Company intends to finance with the private placement of Units. The Preferred Shares will not be listed on the TSX Venture Exchange.

The Warrant included in the Unit will allow the Investors to purchase one Common Share of TomaGold at an exercise price $0.12 at any time for a period of five years from the closing date. The Warrants issued will be subject to a holding period of four (4) months and one (1) day.

“This is a major step forward for TomaGold, both bringing us closer to achieving our goal of becoming a gold producer and bringing strong financial partners into the fold,” said David Grondin, President and Chief Executive Officer of TomaGold. “The Gold Reef project will enable us to generate cash flow in the coming year, and the US$4 million financing will allow us to finance this first transaction along with other similar transactions that the management of the Company has been working on over the last year, with minimal dilution for our shareholders. With gold assets at their lowest valuation, we believe this is a great time to acquire high quality gold assets.”

The technical content of this press release has been reviewed and approved by André Jean, Eng., a qualified person under National Instrument 43-101.

The transaction with Gold Reef Mining LLC and the private financing are subject to due diligence of the Gold Reef mine and are expected to close within the next 45 days.

Those transactions are subject to regulatory approvals.

Cautionary and forward-looking statements

The Company is not basing its production decision on a feasibility study of mineral reserves demonstrating economic and technical viability and, as a result, there may be an increased uncertainty of achieving any particular level of recovery of minerals or the cost of such recovery, including increased risks associated with developing a commercially mineable deposit. Historically, such projects have a much higher risk of economic and technical failure. There is no guarantee that production will begin as anticipated or at all or that anticipated production costs will be achieved. Failure to commence production would have a material adverse impact on the Company’s ability to generate revenue and cash flow to fund operations. Failure to achieve the anticipated production costs would have a material adverse impact on the Company’s cash flow and future profitability.

Neither the TSX Venture Exchange nor its regulation services provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this news release. The statements made in this news release that are not historical facts are “forward-looking statements”. Readers are cautioned that any such statements are not guarantees of future performance, and that actual developments or results may vary materially from those described in these “forward-looking” statements.

About TomaGold Corporation

TomaGold Corporation is a Canadian-based mining exploration company whose primary mission is the acquisition, exploration and development of gold projects in Canada and abroad.

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Somerset parents want payday loan advert ban


Somerset parents want payday loan advert ban

Somerset parents want payday loan advert ban

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MORE than three-quarters of parents in Somerset want payday loan companies banned from broadcasting TV and radio adverts to children.

A YouGov survey commissioned by The Children’s Society found 77% of parents want a ban on adverts airing before the 9pm watershed.

Payday loan companies provide shortterm cash advances at annual interest rates which can exceed 6,000%.

A YouGov survey of children aged 13 to 17 found almost three-quarters (72%) had seen or heard an advert for payday loans in the past seven days.

One-third of children found payday loan adverts fun, tempting or exciting, and this group were significantly more likely to say they would consider using a payday loan in the future.

Meanwhile, one-third of parents believed payday lenders’ adverts deliberately target children with more than one-quarter thinking the companies put pressure on children to pester their parents to borrow money.

It follows research by Ofcom last December which showed the number of payday loan adverts on TV had risen by more than 20 times over the past four years with more than half broadcast between 9.30am and 5pm.

The Children’s Society, through its Debt Trap campaign, is calling for restrictions on loan advertising to join those already in place to protect children from adverts for gambling, alcohol, tobacco and junk food.

In particular, the charity is urging the Government to amend the Consumer Rights Bill to ban payday loan advertisements on TV and radio before the 9pm watershed.

Matthew Reed, of The Children’s Society, said: “We see the devastating impact of debt on children’s lives.

“It has become a battle for families to pay bills, the mortgage or rent, and find money for food or other basics.

“One setback or a simple mistake can lead to a spiral of debt.

“Children are exposed to a barrage of payday loan adverts which put even more pressure on families struggling to make ends meet and provide the basics.”

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Use caution when tapping into home equity

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Homeowners who want to cash out their equity might be puzzled by the advantages and disadvantages of their three choices: a home equity line of credit, home equity loan or cash-out refinance.

Which makes the most sense?

The answer depends on:

How much equity you have. How much you want to borrow. When you plan to repay the money. Whether you want a fixed or flexible term. The interest rate on your current mortgage.

A home equity line of credit, or HELOC, is a credit line secured by your home.

Most HELOCs have an adjustable rate, interest-only payments and a 10-year “draw” period, during which the borrower can access the funds, explains Jay Voorhees, broker and owner of JVM Lending, a mortgage company in Walnut Creek, Calif.

After the draw period ends, the outstanding balance must be repaid. Typically, the repayment period is a 15-year term with a fixed or variable rate.

Voorhees says that homeowners can qualify for HELOCs if they have adequate income relative to their monthly debt obligations. They can find this type of financing for 80 percent of combined loan to value or even 85 percent or 90 percent combined loan to value.

A HELOC can be a good way to borrow a relatively small sum for a relatively short time compared with a first mortgage, says Justin Lopatin, vice president of mortgage lending for PERL Mortgage in Chicago. An example might be $20,000 that you plan to repay within three to five years.

It can be “very tempting” to access a HELOC even if it’s not necessary, a disadvantage of this type of financing, says Alan Moore, a CFP professional at Serenity Financial Consulting in Milwaukee.

“You have to carefully consider: What are your long-term goals? What is the money for?” Moore says. “Realistically, having easy access to money is not always a good thing.”

Like a first mortgage, a home equity loan allows you to borrow a specific sum for a set term at a fixed or variable rate. That’s why these loans are sometimes called second mortgages.

Home equity loans aren’t common today, yet some banks still offer them.

An alternative is a HELOC that’s structured like a fixed-rate home equity loan.

Kelly Kockos, home equity product manager for Wells Fargo in San Francisco, says the bank offers a HELOC with a fully amortizing payment, which means the loan is repaid in full if all the payments are made through the draw period.

“With every payment you make, you pay down a little bit of principal and a little bit of interest so when you get to the end of your draw period, you don’t have a big payment shock,” Kockos says.

A fixed-rate advance option allows the borrower to lock in a portion of the credit line at a fixed rate and term. If interest rates change, the advance can be unlocked to float down to a lower, current rate, Kockos says.

A cash-out refinance is an entirely new first mortgage with cash back.

This option often appeals to homeowners who want to refinance for other reasons and decide to take out cash at the same time.

“It’s a good way to grab equity and keep it all in one loan,” Moore says.

He cautions, however, that any loan or cash-out strategy must have a clear purpose. Don’t take the cash just because you can.

Lenders typically limit the cash-out refinance to 80 percent of the home’s value, Voorhees says.

It’s important to compare closing costs and interest rates. Fees might be higher for a cash-out refinance than for a HELOC, while the interest rate might be lower for a cash-out refinance than for a HELOC, all other factors being the same.

The ability to lock in a low fixed rate is an advantage of a cash-out refinance, Voorhees explains.

“Whenever your payback period is going to be relatively slow, it behooves you to have a fixed rate because it’s much safer,” he says.

Your new monthly payment might be higher or lower than your current payment, depending on your interest rates, loan balances and repayment terms.

For example, if your existing loan has a very low rate, a cash-out refinance could mean your rate would be higher for your entire loan, not just the cash-out portion.

Marcie Geffner writes about mortgages for Bankrate.com.

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Opponents keeping up pressure on payday lenders in Texas

Over a dozen payday and auto-title loan stores line a small stretch of South Buckner Boulevard.

With brightly colored storefronts and signs in English and Spanish, they advertise “Cash now!” and “Cash today!” There’s at least one on every block for several miles.

Despite this busy strip, the numbers of these types of stores in Dallas are on the decline.

Since the city passed a landmark ordinance regulating lenders three years ago, dozens of shops have closed. It’s just one way, city officials and consumer advocates said, that the ordinance has affected an industry that they say preys on low-income residents and traps them in a cycle of debt. Yet while they said most lenders are making efforts to comply, some companies have found ways to skirt the restrictions.

Now, the ordinance’s supporters are gearing up for the 2015 Texas legislative session, anticipating pushback from payday lending companies. Dallas City Council member Jerry Allen, who was a major force in passing the ordinance and continues to encourage other cities to join, said he expects companies will lobby for a weak law that would pre-empt local ordinances.

“My goal would be to not go backwards,” he said. “They’ve given up at the local level. They’re going to put a full-court press at the state.”

As the start of the session approaches, Allen said ordinance supporters will work to get more cities to pass ordinances and rally state legislators. At least 18 cities have passed ordinances similar to the one in Dallas.

The industry’s political clout stifled past efforts to create statewide reform.

Rob Norcross, spokesman for the Consumer Service Alliance of Texas, which represents many of the state’s short-term lenders, said city ordinances often leave customers paying more at one time or having to take out multiple loans.

“Some of these customers are in financial situations that don’t fit the narrow parameters of the ordinance,” he said.

But some change may be coming. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the federal consumer watchdog, is developing rules to regulate the industry. In July, it fined Irving-based ACE Cash Express $10 million for what it described as predatory practices. It also took actions against Fort Worth-based Cash America last November.

Such changes could only help the city regulations, ordinance supporters said.

State and federal laws “are stronger because they come across the board. It doesn’t undermine the benefit of what the cities are doing. It would just make it that much better,” said Ann Baddour, senior policy analyst for Texas Appleseed, an advocate for poor residents.

Some bans

For Sandra Johnson of Irving, a recent payday loan started with a high electricity bill.

Johnson, a receptionist, said money can be tight after rent, bills and food. An unexpected higher bill took her budget over the edge.

She was already paying off other loans. A car-title loan helped her daughter who was out of work. Another payday loan helped when she had surgery.

The loans are easy to get, she said. Paying the high interest, however, was a struggle.

“I understand that when I get a loan, I have to pay it back,” she said. “But when it’s gotten to the point where you have to pay it back or you don’t eat, it makes it hard.”

Marketed as a quick fix to help cover expenses until a person’s next paycheck, the loans often come with costly fees and high interest rates that make it difficult to pay them off.

Consequently, 14 states and Washington, D.C., have banned payday loan stores. But efforts in Texas to rein in the industry have largely failed.

In the past decade, payday and car-title loan companies have used a loophole in state law that allows them to operate without interest rate limits. As a result, a payday loan for $300 may end up costing about $701 — the highest rate in the country, according to an analysis by Pew Charitable Trusts.

In 2011, religious and community groups advocated for state legislation that would limit some of these practices. Ultimately, they were only able to require businesses to be licensed with the state, submit loan data and provide detailed cost disclosures.

The Dallas City Council was already discussing its own ways to regulate the industry. In May 2011, it passed an ordinance that limited where payday loan and car-title companies could open. That June, it passed another ordinance that placed restrictions on actual loans.

Interest limits were out of the city’s power. But the ordinance restricted the amount a person could take out based on income or a car’s value. It also limited renewals and required minimum payments toward the principal.

Dallas sued

Within weeks, the Consumer Service Alliance of Texas and several lenders sued Dallas, arguing that the ordinance conflicted with state law and was intended to put lenders out of business. In May, the Texas 5th District Court of Appeals ruled in the city’s favor and said Dallas is immune from a lawsuit filed by payday lenders.

By then, other cities had joined Dallas. Through efforts by Allen and religious and community groups, many of the state’s largest cities — including Austin, Houston, San Antonio and El Paso — passed similar ordinances.

In North Texas, Denton, Flower Mound and Garland enacted ordinances, while several other cities implemented zoning ordinances.

Limitations

The state doesn’t release specific loan data by cities. But a comparison of licensed stores in Dallas from April 2012, shortly after 2011 state and city regulations went into effect, and July 2014 shows that about a quarter of stores have closed.

The state’s Office of Consumer Credit Commissioner, which oversees the companies, only maintains a current list of store licenses. Texas Appleseed, which regularly requests the data, provided the 2012 list.

In 2012, Dallas had 241 payday and car title loan stores — collectively called Credit Access Businesses in Texas. As of Sept. 18, there were 177 — about a 27 percent decline.

Many of the companies doing business in Dallas closed stores during that time.

In its 2013 annual report, Cash America International said that it closed 36 stores in Texas primarily because city ordinances had reduced the profitability and volume of short-term loans. The company closed three stores in Dallas.

EZCORP also said in its most recent quarterly report that it closed stores as a result of city ordinances.

Multiple calls to companies operating in Dallas were not returned.

But Norcross, the industry representative, said his group projects 46 more stores will close in Dallas by the end of 2014. The ordinance, he said, doesn’t leave companies with much flexibility. With loans limited to four payments, each payment often ends up being too large for customers, he said. It also doesn’t address the differences that come with each loan type.

“It’s a one-size-fits-all approach that is incomplete,” he said.

The time for the group to challenge the Dallas appeals ruling has run out. The group or a lender may be able to refile the lawsuit if a lender gets fined under the ordinance, Norcross said.

Business inspections

Companies have found ways around the ordinance, consumer advocates said.

The Anti-Poverty Coalition of Greater Dallas has been sending volunteers to stores to see if they are complying with the regulations.

Last October, Becca Fritze, senior program manager of financial empowerment at the YWCA, went to a store and asked what would happen if she couldn’t pay off the loan within four payments. After her colleagues asked the same question, lenders directed them online.

“For me, it was that they said, ‘Oh, don’t worry. We’ll just refer you to a store outside of Dallas,’” she said.

Norcross said that such interactions might come from a desire not to lose customers. “If a customer says, ‘Look, I’ve got a problem here. What am I going to do?’ they’re going to try to help them out,” he said.

Baddour, of Texas Appleseed, said some companies also have offered what they describe as single-payment loans that end up having multiple fees.

More enforcement, she said, will help close such potential loopholes.

Dallas began inspecting businesses in May 2013. Since then, it has inspected 87 locations, conducted six examinations and issued 34 notices of violation, said assistant city attorney Maureen Milligan. One lender received four criminal citations.

The most common violations have been that lenders didn’t have proper documentation for an applicant’s income or car value, she said.

Most of the companies, however, have been willing to comply, she said.

Online loans

Statewide, lenders have found areas to grow. While Dallas has fewer stores, the numbers across Texas have stayed around 3,300. In North Texas, some cities without ordinances have more stores than in 2012.

Although the number of new loans and refinances dropped last year, the industry had more consumers, according to the Center for Public Policy Priorities’ analysis of industry filings with the state. The fees charged to customers also increased by 12 percent. The Austin-based center is a nonpartisan nonprofit that pushes for public policies to help low- and moderate-income Texans.

Online loans also seem to be growing. Many lenders offer loans through their websites. Consumer advocates describe that as a way to avoid regulation.

As of now, the Dallas ordinance’s application to online loans is only hypothetical, said first assistant city attorney Chris Bowers. The city attorney’s office hasn’t received any borrower complaints about online loans or had a lender try to argue that one was issued outside of city limits because a portion of it was online, he said.

“It will depend on the facts,” he said. “But the mere fact that they’re touching a computer does not insulate them from the ordinance.”

Ultimately, a statewide law is needed, consumer advocates said.

“Having something comprehensive at the state level would potentially prevent operators from setting up shops just outside the jurisdictions of some of these ordinances,” said Oliver Bernstein, spokesman for the Center for Public Policy Priorities.

Yet laws can only go so far without alternative financial solutions, Fritze of the YWCA said.

“You can kind of put those laws in place, but you still need an alternative product. There aren’t a lot of products out there,” she said.

Financial counseling

Some alternatives are in the pipeline. BCL of Texas, for example, is working to bring the Community Loan Center program, a pilot program in Brownsville, to Dallas and Austin by next year. The program would allow employers to provide loans to their employees at an interest rate capped at 18 percent.

Meanwhile, Fritze meets regularly with Johnson for financial counseling sessions. After she pays off her current loans, Johnson said, she won’t take out any more.

The sessions, Johnson said, “have really taught me these life goals about what it takes to make it.”

Overall, the ordinances have raised awareness about the issue and about financial education, supporters said.

Allen said the ordinance also helps encourage economic development.

“If I was corporate America, I would read that as a positive thing that Dallas is doing,” he said. “That’s the image that you want to have.”

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