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DENVER — De Jimenez is a single mother of three. She works in medical records and one of her children is in college. She recently took out a payday loan and she’s kicking herself, knowing she has paid about $70 to borrow $100.

“For rent,” she says of her last loan. “I get them to cover basic needs, really basic needs — food, water, shelter. They’re not for a car payment or anything like that, just to make ends meet because sometimes kids get sick. It goes back to not having paid sick days. I guess it’s a glass half full situation: If they weren’t there, I don’t know where I’d get the extra income, but at the same time, the interest rate is just so high.”

In 2010 the Colorado legislature passed payday loan consumer protections that lengthen the term of a payday loan to six months minimum from the typical two weeks — at which point a borrower has to pay that roughly $70 start-up fee to “roll over” the loan for two more weeks. The average borrower repeated that process for three to six months.

Jimenez feels more could still be done to lower the cost of payday loans, which are still about five times more expensive than credit card debt. Even so, she says the reforms made a crucial difference between just being able to manage the loans and getting caught by them.

“Before, it was like you could see a light at the end of the tunnel but it was so small it looked like a pinhole. Then you were taking out another payday loan just to pay off the first one. It was a vicious, vicious cycle,” she remembers. “At least now the light is a little brighter and the goal a little more easily attainable.”

In addition to setting minimum six-month terms for the loans, the laws also required borrowers be able to pay down the debt in installments, instead of one lump sum, and that they have the option to pay off the loan early in full without paying any fines. Since enacted, borrowers have been saving an estimated $40 million a year on what are still the most expensive loans available on the market.

Now Colorado’s law, considered a compromise between industry interests and consumer protections, may serve as a national model as the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau weighs regulations on payday loans coast to coast.

“The key lesson from Colorado is that successful reform requires tackling the fundamental unaffordability of payday loans,” said Nick Bourke, who has researched the topic for PEW Charitable Trust. “Federal regulations should require a strong ability-to-repay standard and require lenders to make loans repayable over a period of time.”

PEW’s research shows that, of the 12 million Americans who take payday loans each year, most borrowers are asking for about $375 to cover routine expenses. The loans typically are made for a period of two weeks, at which point the lump sum is due or borrowers can re-up the loan by paying the initial fee again, usually in the region of $75. But, PEW found, borrowers can rarely afford to repay the loans after two weeks, since the loan amounts typically account for a third of their take-home pay. As a result, folks end up rolling over their loans for an average of half a year, ultimately racking up “interest” rates that exceed 300 percent. The interest on credit card debt, largely considered expensive, is more like 24 percent.

Most states’ payday loan consumer protections, if they have them, focus on capping that interest rate. This approach has received some push back, with opponents saying it effectively drives payday lenders out of the regulated state. In Oregon, for example, a 2007 law capping interest at 36 percent reduced the number of payday lenders from 346 to 82 in its first year on the books.

“The question is, are those people better off without credit? Current economics hasn’t answered that question yet. Some studies say people do better, that they go to friends and family or just scrape by, others say they do worse, that they get kicked out their apartment, etcetera,” said Jim Hawkins, a law professor at the University of Houston who focuses on banking.

That concern thwarted years of attempts to pass a rate cap in Colorado and ultimately motivated the compromise bill that has garnered so much national attention, according to the measure’s sponsor, House Speaker Mark Ferrandino (D-Denver).

“We were definitely going down,” remembered Ferrandino. “We’d tried for years to get a bill passed. It failed two years in a row and was on the cusp of failing again. So we sat down with key votes in Senate and said: ‘Our goal is to end the cycle of debt. We have no problem with payday loans continuing or with people having access to capital, but let’s not let folks get caught in this cycle. If that’s our shared goal, what are policies we can do to get that done?’”

Legislators focused on affordability, extending the terms of the loans and making them payable in installments. The law acknowledged the 45 percent interest cap the state placed on all loans but is also give payday lenders ways to charge more fees so that the de facto interest rates for payday loans in Colorado now hover around 129 percent.

“Borrowers have been pretty happy with the changes to the loans. They reported that they were more manageable, that they could actually be paid off and were ultimately much cheaper,” said Rich Jones at the Bell Policy Center, who helped draft the bill.

PEW’s national research indicates that 90 percent of borrowers want more time to repay their loans and 80 percent say regulation should require those payments to be affordable — more like 5 percent of a borrower’s monthly income than 33 percent.

Colorado’s bill did end up taking a big bite out of the payday loan industry in the state, halving the number of stores and reducing the total number of loans from 1.57 million a year before the law to 444,000 per year. Even so, supporters of the bill note that the industry fared better in Colorado than it did in other regulated states and that borrowers’ overall access to lenders went largely unchanged.

“It was not uncommon to go to parts of Denver and see a payday lending store on all four corners of a busy intersection,” said Jones. “Now maybe there’s just one or two stores in a block instead of four or five.”

“The fact that we had more payday loan stores than Starbucks didn’t make sense,” quipped Ferrandino.

“Seventy percent of the population still lives within 10 miles of a payday loan store and that figure is roughly the same as under the old law,” said Jones.

Under Dodd-Frank federal law, the CFPB does not have the authority to set the interest rate caps other states have used to regulate payday loans. They can, however, take a leaf out of Colorado statute and require that lenders give borrowers the option to pay down the loans over an extended period of time. In fact, the CFPB could go even further and require that those payments meet an affordability standard based on the borrower’s income.

Bourke says PEW wants to see the CFPB make these kinds of changes in their next round of rulemaking and notes that the agency’s own studies indicate they’re moving that direction.

“They see there’s tremendous evidence of the problems and potential harm in this market and they intend to do something about it,” said Bourke. “I think there’s a good chance they’ll put in the repayment standard.”

Bourke isn’t the only one with his eye on the CFPB. Folks in the academy are also closely watching the issue.

Hawkins noted that while Texas has very minimal regulations on how much lenders are allowed to charge for payday loans, they’ve tried alternative routes to protecting consumers based on behavioral economics. In Texas, lenders are required to tell borrowers how long it usually takes for people to repay the loans and to provide direct cost comparisons to the same loan taken on a credit card.

“To me that’s an exciting innovation that doesn’t hamper the industry, but still ensures that folks are educated,” said Hawkins, adding that initial research indicates the information does impact borrowers’ decisions.

Hawkins also noted that Colorado’s law hit the industry in fairly specific ways — namely, it vastly reduced the number of small, local lenders. PEW research backs this up. Before the law was passed, large lenders owned just over half the stores in Colorado. Today they own closer to 75 percent.

“It’s just another policy choice. Do you want to only have big companies?” asked Hawkins, noting that the CFPB has made a point of focusing on small businesses.

In all likelihood, the CFPB will be working on this issue for much of the next year, which means they’ll be making these rules while Republicans, who will take control of the Senate next session, continue to chip away at the agency’s authority.

To that end, there might be more to learn from Colorado than policy alone.

“There’s this attitude in Colorado when it comes to policy issues that you don’t have to go all the way or have nothing at all, that you can come up with meaningful compromise,” said Ferrandino. “I think what we were able to do here proves that what the CFPB is looking at is reasonable.”

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An article published on Marketwatch.com on June 6, 2014, entitled “How to Beat Out All-Cash Home Buyers,” stated that the increase in all-cash deals has created difficulties for high-end home buyers who plan to use a mortgage to win bidding wars. Many non-all-cash buyers are turning to lenders who are able to close loans quickly or offer a range of financing options.

“The article on MarketWatch.com specifically talks about cities such as Miami, Las Vegas, and New York – where all-cash deals have become extremely common over the past few years. Unfortunately, I have seen some of my clients in Colorado and Pennsylvania lose to all-cash bidders on homes that they really wanted. It’s disappointing when this happens, and I truly feel regret ever time – even though nobody is really to blame.” – Jason M. Ruedy, The Home Loan Arranger

According to the MarketWatch.com article, there are a few things that potential homebuyers can do if they are planning to purchase a home with financing and are discouraged that their offers might not win against all-cash bidders:

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DENVER, CO–(Marketwired – May 7, 2013) – Guaranty Bancorp (NASDAQ: GBNK), a community bank holding company based in Colorado, today announced that its Board of Directors has declared a quarterly cash dividend to its stockholders. This is the first cash dividend paid to stockholders in the Company’s history.

The cash dividend of $0.025 per common share is payable on May 31, 2013 to stockholders of record as of the close of business on May 28, 2013, and is on a split-adjusted basis taking into account the Company’s previously announced 1-for-5 reverse stock split. The reverse stock split is expected to take effect after the close of trading on May 20, 2013, with Guaranty Bancorp common stock beginning to trade on a split-adjusted basis at the opening of the trading market on May 21, 2013.

“We are pleased to initiate a quarterly cash dividend for our stockholders,” said Mr. Paul W. Taylor, President and CEO. “We expect to continue the payment of quarterly cash dividends and further enhance the value we provide to our stockholders.”

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Guaranty Bancorp is a bank holding company that operates 28 branches in Colorado through a single bank, Guaranty Bank and Trust Company. The bank provides banking and other financial services including real estate, construction, commercial and industrial, energy, consumer and agricultural loans throughout its targeted Colorado markets to consumers and small to medium-sized businesses, including the owners and employees of those businesses. The bank also provides wealth management services including private banking, investment management and trust services. More information about Guaranty Bancorp can be found at www.gbnk.com.

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ARLINGTON, Texas, Aug. 16, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — First Cash Financial Services, Inc. (FCFS) today announced that it has entered into an agreement for the purchase of a 16-store chain of pawn stores located in the Denver, Colorado area. The 16 locations, which operate under the “Fast Cash Pawn” brand, are all large format, full-service pawn stores.

Rick Wessel, chief executive officer of First Cash, stated, “We are pleased to announce the Fast Cash acquisition. It will further expand our U.S. store base and will significantly deepen our geographic presence in the Rocky Mountain markets. Fast Cash is a well-established operation with large pawn balances, significant market share and strong brand awareness in the Denver metro area. Coupled with our recent acquisition of Colorado-based Mister Money, we will now have a total of 33 large format pawn locations in Colorado, Wyoming and western Nebraska. This acquisition is consistent with our long-term growth strategy and we expect it to be accretive to earnings in 2013.”

The purchase price for this acquisition is approximately $46 million, $8.5 million of which will be paid through the issuance of five year notes payable to the selling shareholders, with the balance to be paid in cash at closing, subject to standard working capital adjustments. The operations and earnings of the acquired Fast Cash stores will be consolidated into First Cash effective with the closing of the transaction, which is expected to occur later this year, subject to the satisfaction of customary closing conditions. The Company expects transaction and integration costs associated with the acquisition to be approximately $0.02 to $0.03 per share.

Store Count Update

The Company has added 127 new locations thus far in 2012, which includes the 16-store Fast Cash acquisition, a 24-store U.S. acquisition in June, a 29-store acquisition in Mexico in January, 50 new stores opened in Mexico and eight other new or acquired stores in the U.S. Accordingly, the Company is now planning for fiscal 2012 store additions to be in a record range of 140 to 145 total locations, which represents a 21% increase in the consolidated store count since the beginning of the year.

Credit Facility

The Company also announced that it has received preliminary commitments from its current lenders and three additional bank lenders to expand the scope and size of the Company’s revolving unsecured credit facility from $100 million to $175 million. The expected new five-bank facility will mature in 2015 and bear interest at the prevailing LIBOR rate plus a margin of 2.0%. The Company expects to close on the new facility in the third quarter of 2012.

“The overall strength of the Company’s balance sheet and strong operating cash flows continue to provide First Cash with significant strategic flexibility. The increased credit facility will provide additional resources to support continued earning asset growth and store expansion activities,” commented Mr. Wessel. The Company currently has a total of $66 million outstanding on its existing credit facility.

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Forward-Looking Information

This release may contain forward-looking statements about the business, financial condition and prospects of the Company. Forward-looking statements, as that term is defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as “believes,” “projects,” “expects,” “may,” “estimates,” “should,” “plans,” “targets,” “intends,” “could,” or “anticipates,” or the negative thereof, or other variations thereon, or comparable terminology, or by discussions of strategy or objectives. Forward-looking statements can also be identified by the fact that these statements do not relate strictly to historical or current matters. Rather, forward-looking statements relate to anticipated or expected events, activities, trends or results. Because forward-looking statements relate to matters that have not yet occurred, these statements are inherently subject to risks and uncertainties. Forward-looking statements in this release include, without limitation, the Company’s expectations for closing of the announced transactions, earnings and expenses related to acquisitions, the ability to successfully consummate and integrate acquisitions, projected store additions, cash flow and balance sheet expectations and other performance results. These statements are made to provide the public with management’s current assessment of the Company’s business. Although the Company believes that the expectations reflected in forward-looking statements are reasonable, there can be no assurances that such expectations will prove to be accurate. Security holders are cautioned that such forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties. The forward-looking statements contained in this release speak only as of the date of this statement, and the Company expressly disclaims any obligation or undertaking to report any updates or revisions to any such statement to reflect any change in the Company’s expectations or any change in events, conditions or circumstances on which any such statement is based. Certain factors may cause results to differ materially from those anticipated by some of the statements made in this release. Such factors are difficult to predict and many are beyond the control of the Company and may include changes in regional, national or international economic conditions, changes in the inflation rate, changes in the unemployment rate, changes in consumer purchasing, borrowing and repayment behaviors, changes in credit markets, the ability to renew and/or extend the Company’s existing bank line of credit, credit losses, changes or increases in competition, the ability to locate, open and staff new stores, the availability or access to sources of inventory, inclement weather, the ability to successfully integrate acquisitions, the ability to hire and retain key management personnel, the ability to operate with limited regulation as a credit services organization, new federal, state or local legislative initiatives or governmental regulations (or changes to existing laws and regulations) affecting consumer loan businesses, credit services organizations and pawn businesses (in both the United States and Mexico), changes in import/export regulations and tariffs or duties, changes in anti-money laundering regulations, unforeseen litigation, changes in interest rates, monetary inflation, changes in tax rates or policies, changes in gold prices, changes in energy prices, cost of funds, changes in foreign currency exchange rates, future business decisions, public health issues and other uncertainties. These and other risks, uncertainties and regulatory developments are further and more completely described in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K and updated in subsequent releases on Form 10-Q.

About First Cash

First Cash Financial Services, Inc. is a leading international specialty retailer and provider of consumer financial services. Its retail pawn locations buy and sell a wide variety of jewelry, electronics, tools and other merchandise, and make small customer loans secured by pledged personal property. The Company’s focus is serving cash and credit constrained consumers through deep value retailing and offering small loans and other financial products. Including the stores from the Fast Cash acquisition, the Company owns and operates 804 stores in twelve U.S. states and 24 states in Mexico.

First Cash was named by Fortune Magazine as one of America’s 100 fastest growing companies for 2011. First Cash is also a component company in both the Standard & Poor’s SmallCap 600 Index(R) and the Russell 2000 Index(R). First Cash’s common stock (ticker symbol “FCFS“) is traded on the Nasdaq Global Select Market, which has the highest initial listing standards of any stock exchange in the world based on financial and liquidity requirements.

Contact:

Gar Jackson
Phone: (949) 873-2789
Email: gar@irsense.com
Rick Wessel, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Doug Orr, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Phone: (817) 505-3199
Email: investorrelations@firstcash.com
Website: www.firstcash.com

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