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Springleaf Finance
Closing Price ($) Shares Out (MM) Market Cap ($MM)
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10-K 2020-02-14 Annual: 2019-12-31
10-Q 2019-11-01 Quarter: 2019-09-30
10-Q 2019-08-02 Quarter: 2019-06-30
10-Q 2019-05-03 Quarter: 2019-03-31
10-K 2019-02-15 Annual: 2018-12-31
10-Q 2018-11-05 Quarter: 2018-09-30
10-Q 2018-08-03 Quarter: 2018-06-30
10-Q 2018-05-03 Quarter: 2018-03-31
10-K 2018-02-21 Annual: 2017-12-31
10-Q 2017-11-07 Quarter: 2017-09-30
10-Q 2017-08-04 Quarter: 2017-06-30
10-Q 2017-05-05 Quarter: 2017-03-31
10-K 2017-02-21 Annual: 2016-12-31
10-Q 2016-11-08 Quarter: 2016-09-30
10-Q 2016-08-05 Quarter: 2016-06-30
10-Q 2016-05-06 Quarter: 2016-03-31
10-K 2016-02-29 Annual: 2015-12-31
10-Q 2015-11-09 Quarter: 2015-09-30
10-Q 2015-08-06 Quarter: 2015-06-30
10-Q 2015-05-08 Quarter: 2015-03-31
10-K 2015-03-16 Annual: 2014-12-31
10-Q 2014-11-14 Quarter: 2014-09-30
10-Q 2014-08-11 Quarter: 2014-06-30
10-Q 2014-05-15 Quarter: 2014-03-31
10-K 2014-04-15 Annual: 2013-12-31
10-Q 2013-11-12 Quarter: 2013-09-30
10-Q 2013-08-07 Quarter: 2013-06-30
10-Q 2013-05-13 Quarter: 2013-03-31
10-K 2013-03-19 Annual: 2012-12-31
10-Q 2012-11-09 Quarter: 2012-09-30
10-Q 2012-08-13 Quarter: 2012-06-30
10-Q 2012-05-08 Quarter: 2012-03-31
10-K 2012-03-19 Annual: 2011-12-31
10-Q 2011-11-14 Quarter: 2011-09-30
10-Q 2011-08-12 Quarter: 2011-06-30
10-Q 2011-05-16 Quarter: 2011-03-31
10-K 2011-03-30 Annual: 2010-12-31
10-Q 2010-11-15 Quarter: 2010-09-30
10-Q 2010-08-12 Quarter: 2010-06-30
10-Q 2010-05-12 Quarter: 2010-03-31
10-K 2010-03-04 Annual: 2009-12-31
8-K 2019-11-05 Enter Agreement, Off-BS Arrangement, Exhibits
8-K 2019-06-26 Enter Agreement, Off-BS Arrangement, Exhibits
8-K 2019-05-07 Enter Agreement, Off-BS Arrangement, Exhibits
8-K 2019-03-15 Other Events
8-K 2019-02-20 Enter Agreement, Off-BS Arrangement, Other Events, Exhibits
8-K 2018-08-08 Enter Agreement, Off-BS Arrangement, Exhibits
8-K 2018-06-22 Enter Agreement, M&A, Off-BS Arrangement, Exhibits
8-K 2018-05-09 Enter Agreement, Off-BS Arrangement, Exhibits
8-K 2018-03-08 Enter Agreement, Off-BS Arrangement, Exhibits
SLFC 2019-12-31
Part I
Item 1. Business.
Item 1A. Risk Factors.
Item 1B. Unresolved Staff Comments.
Item 2. Properties.
Item 3. Legal Proceedings.
Item 4. Mine Safety Disclosures.
Part II
Item 5. Market for Registrant's Common Equity, Related Stockholder Matters and Issuer Purchases of Equity Securities.
Item 6. Selected Financial Data.
Item 7. Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations.
Item 7A. Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk.
Item 8. Financial Statements and Supplementary Data.
Item 9. Changes in and Disagreements with Accountants on Accounting and Financial Disclosure.
Item 9A. Controls and Procedures.
Item 9B. Other Information.
Part III
Item 10. Directors, Executive Officers and Corporate Governance.
Item 11. Executive Compensation.
Item 12. Security Ownership of Certain Beneficial Owners and Management and Related Stockholder Matters.
Item 13. Certain Relationships and Related Transactions, and Director Independence.
Item 14. Principal Accounting Fees and Services.
Part IV
Item 15. Exhibits and Financial Statement Schedules.
Item 16. Form 10-K Summary.
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EX-23.1 omhexhibit231.htm
EX-23.2 sfcexhibit232.htm
EX-31.1 omhexhibit311.htm
EX-31.2 omhexhibit312.htm
EX-31.3 sfcexhibit313.htm
EX-31.4 sfcexhibit314.htm
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Springleaf Finance Earnings 2019-12-31

SLFC 10K Annual Report

Balance SheetIncome StatementCash Flow

Comparables ($MM TTM)
Ticker M Cap Assets Liab Rev G Profit Net Inc EBITDA EV G Margin EV/EBITDA ROA
FULO 2 2 0 0 0 0 -0 -1.5 18%
TFLG 0 0 0 0 -0 -0 -0 0.0 -7,298%
DMCI 0 0 0 0 -0 -0 -0 0.0
SLFC 21,288 16,884 0 0 672 1,174 14,698 12.5 3%
LZD 4,904 4,602 2,636 0 426 604 -477 0% -0.8 9%
SFAR 1,392 1,086 173 0 -56 66 996 0% 15.2 -4%
JCG 1,709 3,044 2,523 826 -141 -41 1 33% -0.0 -8%
WEP 13,479 9,901 3,580 2,335 0 654 2,706 65% 4.1 0%
ALPC 4 0 0 0 -2 -1 -3 0% 3.2 -34%
BIOE 0 0 0 0 -0 -0 -0 0.2 -391%



Washington, D.C. 20549
(Mark One)
OF 1934
For the fiscal year ended December 31, 2019


ACT OF 1934
For the transition period from to
Commission file number
001-36129 (OneMain Holdings, Inc.)
001-06155 (Springleaf Finance Corporation)

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

Delaware (OneMain Holdings, Inc.)
Indiana (Springleaf Finance Corporation)
(State of incorporation)(I.R.S. Employer Identification No.)

601 N.W. Second Street, Evansville, IN 47708
(Address of principal executive offices) (Zip code)

(812) 424-8031
(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)

Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934:

OneMain Holdings, Inc.:
Title of each classTrading SymbolName of each exchange on which registered
Common Stock, par value $0.01 per shareOMFNew York Stock Exchange
Springleaf Finance Corporation: None

Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(g) of the Act: None

Indicate by check mark if the registrant is a well-known seasoned issuer, as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act.
OneMain Holdings, Inc.       Yes No
Springleaf Finance Corporation      Yes No

Indicate by check mark if the registrant is not required to file reports pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Act.
OneMain Holdings, Inc.     Yes No
Springleaf Finance Corporation     Yes No

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant: (1) has filed all reports required to be filed by Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to file such reports), and (2) has been subject to such filing requirements for the past 90 days.
OneMain Holdings, Inc.      Yes No
Springleaf Finance Corporation      Yes No

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant has submitted electronically every Interactive Data File required to be submitted pursuant to Rule 405 of Regulation S-T (§232.405 of this chapter) during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to submit such files).
OneMain Holdings, Inc.      Yes No
Springleaf Finance Corporation      Yes No

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, a non-accelerated filer, a smaller reporting company, or an emerging growth company. See the definitions of “large accelerated filer,” “accelerated filer,” “smaller reporting company,” and “emerging growth company” in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act.
OneMain Holdings, Inc.:
Large accelerated filerAccelerated filer
Non-accelerated filerSmaller reporting companyEmerging growth company
Springleaf Finance Corporation:
Large accelerated filer
Accelerated filer
Non-accelerated filer
Smaller reporting company
Emerging growth company

If an emerging growth company, indicate by check mark if the registrant has elected not to use the extended transition period for complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards provided pursuant to Section 13(a) of the Exchange Act.
OneMain Holdings, Inc.     
Springleaf Finance Corporation     

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a shell company (as defined in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act).
OneMain Holdings, Inc.     Yes No
Springleaf Finance Corporation     Yes No

The aggregate market value of the voting and non-voting common equity of OneMain Holdings, Inc. held by non-affiliates as of the close of business on June 28, 2019 was $2,596,092,195. All of Springleaf Finance Corporation’s common stock is held by OneMain Holdings, Inc. The registrant is directly owned by OneMain Holdings, Inc.

At January 31, 2020, there were 136,194,462 shares of OneMain Holdings, Inc.'s common stock, $0.01 par value, outstanding.
At January 31, 2020, there were 10,160,021 shares of Springleaf Finance Corporation's common stock, $0.50 par value, outstanding.

This annual report on Form 10-K (“Annual Report”) is a combined report being filed separately by two different registrants: OneMain Holdings, Inc. and Springleaf Finance Corporation. Springleaf Finance Corporation’s equity securities are owned directly by OneMain Holdings, Inc. The information in this Annual Report on Form 10-K is equally applicable to OneMain Holdings, Inc. and Springleaf Finance Corporation, except where otherwise indicated. Springleaf Finance Corporation meets the conditions set forth in General Instructions I(1)(a) and (b) of Form 10-K and, to the extent applicable, is therefore filing this form with a reduced disclosure format.

The information required by Part III (Items 10, 11, 12, 13, and 14) of this Annual Report on Form 10-K is incorporated by reference from OneMain Holdings, Inc.'s Definitive Proxy Statement for its 2020 Annual Meeting to be filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission pursuant to Regulation 14A.



Explanatory Note

This report combines the Annual Reports on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2019 for OneMain Holdings, Inc. (“OMH”), and its wholly-owned direct subsidiary, Springleaf Finance Corporation (“SFC”). The information in this Annual Report on Form 10-K is equally applicable to OMH and SFC, except where otherwise indicated.

OMH and SFC is each filing on its own behalf all the information contained in this report that relates to OMH and SFC, respectively. Each registrant is not filing any information that does not relate to its own entity and therefore makes no representation to any such information.

OMH is a financial services holding company whose subsidiaries engage in the consumer finance and insurance businesses. Prior to the completion of the merger described below, OMH’s direct subsidiary was Springleaf Finance, Inc. (“SFI”).

On September 20, 2019, SFC entered into a merger agreement with its direct parent, SFI, to merge SFI with and into SFC, with SFC as the surviving entity. The merger was effective in SFC's consolidated financial statements as of July 1, 2019. As a result of SFI's merger with and into SFC, SFC became a wholly-owned direct subsidiary of OMH.

OMH and SFC are referred to in this report, collectively with their subsidiaries, whether directly or indirectly owned, as “the Company,” “we,” “us,” or “our.”

Management operates OMH and SFC as one enterprise and believes that combining the Annual Reports on Form 10-K into a single report will result in the following benefits:

Facilitate a better understanding by the investors of OMH and SFC by presenting the business in the same manner as management views and operates the business;
Provide a straightforward presentation by removing duplicate disclosures as substantially all the disclosures for OMH and SFC are the same; and
Create time and cost efficiencies through the preparation of one combined report instead of two separate reports.

There are nominal differences between OMH and SFC, and to help investors understand these differences, this report presents the following as separate notes or sections for OMH and SFC:

Consolidated Financial Statements;
Note 2 - Reconciliation of Springleaf Finance Corporation Results to OneMain Holdings, Inc. Results;
Note 13 - Capital Stock and Earnings Per Share (OMH Only);
Note 15 - Income Taxes; and
Note 16 - Leases and Contingencies

This report also includes separate Item 9A (Controls and Procedures) and separate certifications for OMH and SFC in order to establish that the Chief Executive Officer and the Chief Financial Officer of each entity have made the requisite certifications and that OMH and SFC are compliant with Rule 13a-15 or Rule 15d-15 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and 18 U.S.C. §1350.


Financial Statements of OneMain Holdings, Inc. and Subsidiaries:
Financial Statements of Springleaf Finance Corporation and Subsidiaries:


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Terms and abbreviations used in this report are defined below.
Term or AbbreviationDefinition
Omnibus PlanOneMain Holdings, Inc. Amended and Restated 2013 Omnibus Incentive Plan, effective May 25, 2016, under which equity-based awards are granted to selected management employees, non-employee directors, independent contractors, and consultants
30-89 Delinquency rationet finance receivables 30-89 days past due as a percentage of net finance receivables
401(k) PlanOneMain 401(k) Plan, previously defined as the Springleaf Financial Services 401(k) Plan
5.25% SFC Notes due 2019$700 million of 5.25% Senior Notes due 2019 issued by SFC on December 3, 2014, guaranteed by OMH and redeemed in full on March 25, 2019
5.375% SFC Notes due 2029$750 million of 5.375% Senior Notes due 2029 issued by SFC on November 7, 2019 and guaranteed by OMH
6.00% SFC Notes due 2020$300 million of 6.00% Senior Notes due 2020 issued by SFC on May 29, 2013, guaranteed by OMH and redeemed in full on April 15, 2019
6.125% SFC Notes due 2024$1.0 billion of 6.125% Senior Notes due 2024 issued by SFC on February 22, 2019 and $300 million of 6.125% Senior Notes due 2024 issued by SFC on July 2, 2019 and, in each case, guaranteed by OMH
6.625% SFC Notes due 2028$800 million of 6.625% Senior Notes due 2028 issued by SFC on May 9, 2019 and guaranteed by OMH
A&SAcquisitions and Servicing
ABOaccumulated benefit obligation
ABSasset-backed securities
Accretable yieldthe excess of the cash flows expected to be collected on the purchased credit impaired finance receivables over the discounted cash flows
Adjusted pretax income (loss)a non-GAAP financial measure used by management as a key performance measure of our segment
AHLAmerican Health and Life Insurance Company, an insurance subsidiary of OneMain
AIGAIG Capital Corporation, a subsidiary of American International Group, Inc.
AIG Share Sale Transactionsale by SFH of 4,179,678 shares of OMH common stock pursuant to an Underwriting Agreement entered into February 21, 2018 among OMH, SFH and Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC
Annual Reportthis Annual Report on Form 10-K of OMH and SFC for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2019, filed with the SEC on February 14, 2020
AOCIAccumulated other comprehensive income (loss)
ApolloApollo Global Management, LLC and its consolidated subsidiaries
Apollo-Värde Groupan investor group led by funds managed by Apollo and Värde
Apollo-Värde Transactionthe purchase by the Apollo-Värde Group of 54,937,500 shares of OMH common stock from SFH pursuant to the Share Purchase Agreement for an aggregate purchase price of approximately $1.4 billion in cash on June 25, 2018
ASCAccounting Standards Codification
ASUAccounting Standards Update
Average daily debt balanceaverage of debt for each day in the period
Average net receivablesaverage of monthly average net finance receivables (net finance receivables at the beginning and end of each month divided by two) in the period
BPSbasis points
C&IConsumer and Insurance
CDOcollateralized debt obligations
CEOchief executive officer
CFOchief financial officer
CFPBConsumer Financial Protection Bureau
CitigroupCitiFinancial Credit Company
CMBScommercial mortgage-backed securities
Compensation Committeethe committee of the OMH Board of Directors, which oversees OMH's compensation programs
ContributionOn June 22, 2018, SFC entered into a Contribution Agreement with SFI, a wholly-owned subsidiary of OMH. Pursuant to the Contribution Agreement, Independence was contributed by SFI to SFC.

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Term or AbbreviationDefinition
December 2018 Real Estate Loan SaleSFC and certain of its subsidiaries sold a portfolio of real estate, classified in finance receivables held for sale, for aggregate cash proceeds of $100 million on December 21, 2018.
Dodd-Frank Actthe Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act
DOIDepartment of Insurance
ERISAEmployee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974
Excess Retirement Income PlanSpringleaf Financial Services Excess Retirement Income Plan
Exchange ActSecurities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended
FASBFinancial Accounting Standards Board
February 2019 Real Estate Loan SaleSFC and certain of its subsidiaries sold a portfolio of real estate loans with a carrying value of $16 million, classified in finance receivables held for sale, for aggregate cash proceeds of $19 million on February 5, 2019
FICO scorea credit score created by Fair Isaac Corporation
Fixed charge ratioearnings less income taxes, interest expense, extraordinary items, goodwill impairment, and any amounts related to discontinued operations, divided by the sum of interest expense and any preferred dividends
FortressFortress Investment Group LLC
Fortress Acquisitiontransaction by which FCFI Acquisition LLC, an affiliate of Fortress, acquired an 80% economic interest of the sole stockholder of SFC for a cash purchase price of $119 million, effective November 30, 2010
Fortress Transactionthe distributions by SFH to Fortress resulting from the Apollo-Värde Transaction
GAAPgenerally accepted accounting principles in the United States of America
GAPguaranteed asset protection
GLBAGramm-Leach-Bliley Act
Gross charge-off ratioannualized gross charge-offs as a percentage of average net receivables
Indenturethe SFC Base Indenture, together with all subsequent Supplemental Indentures
IndependenceIndependence Holdings, LLC
Investment Company ActInvestment Company Act of 1940
IRSInternal Revenue Service
Junior Subordinated Debenture$350 million aggregate principal amount of 60-year junior subordinated debt issued by SFC under an indenture dated January 22, 2007, by and between SFC and Deutsche Bank Trust Company, as trustee, and guaranteed by OMH
KBRAKroll Bond Rating Agency, Inc.
LIBORLondon Interbank Offered Rate
Loss ratioannualized net charge-offs, net writedowns on real estate owned, net gain (loss) on sales or real estate owned, and operating expenses related to real estate owned as a percentage of average real estate loans
MeritMerit Life Insurance Co., a former insurance subsidiary of SFC. In the fourth quarter of 2019, the Company sold all of the issued and outstanding shares in Merit to a third party
Military Lending Actgoverns certain consumer lending to active-duty service members and covered dependents and limits, among other things, the interest rate that may be charged
Moody’sMoody’s Investors Service, Inc.
NAVnet asset valuation
Net charge-off ratioannualized net charge-offs as a percentage of average net receivables
Net interest incomeinterest income less interest expense
OCLIOneMain Consumer Loan, Inc
ODARTOneMain Direct Auto Receivables Trust
OGSCOneMain General Services Corporation, successor to Springleaf General Services Corporation and SFMC
OMFGOneMain Financial Group, LLC
OMFHOneMain Financial Holdings, LLC
OMFH IndentureIndenture entered into on December 11, 2014, as amended or supplemented from time to time, by OMFH and certain of its subsidiaries in connection with the issuance of the OMFH Notes
OMFH Notescollectively, $700 million aggregate principal amount of 6.75% Senior Notes due 2019 and $800 million in aggregate principal amount of 7.25% Senior Notes due 2021

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Term or AbbreviationDefinition
OMFH Supplemental IndentureSecond Supplemental Indenture, dated as of November 8, 2016, to the OMFH Indenture
OMFITOneMain Financial Issuance Trust
OMHOneMain Holdings, Inc.
OneMainOneMain Financial Holdings, LLC, collectively with its subsidiaries
OneMain AcquisitionAcquisition of OneMain from CitiFinancial Credit Company, effective November 1, 2015
Other securitiessecurities for which the fair value option was elected and equity securities. Other Securities recognize unrealized gains and losses in investment revenues
Other SFC Notescollectively, SFC’s 8.25% Senior Notes due 2023, and 7.75% Senior Notes due 2021, on a senior unsecured basis, and the Junior Subordinated Debenture, on a junior subordinated basis, issued by SFC and guaranteed by OMH
PBOprojected benefit obligation
PVFPpresent value of future profits
Recovery ratioannualized recoveries on net charge-offs as a percentage of average net receivables
Retail sales finance portfoliocollectively, retail sales finance contracts and revolving retail accounts
RMBSresidential mortgage-backed securities
RSAsrestricted stock awards
RSUsrestricted stock units
S&PS&P Global Ratings (formerly known as Standard & Poor’s Ratings Service)
Sale of SpringCastle intereststhe March 31, 2016 sale by SpringCastle Holdings, LLC and Springleaf Acquisition Corporation of the equity interest in the SpringCastle Joint Venture
SCLHSpringleaf Consumer Loan Holding Company
SECU.S. Securities and Exchange Commission
Securities ActSecurities Act of 1933, as amended
Segment Accounting Basisa basis used to report the operating results of our C&I segment and our Other components, which reflects our allocation methodologies for certain costs and excludes the impact of applying purchase accounting
SERPSupplemental Executive Retirement Plan
Settlement Agreementa Settlement Agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice entered into by OMH and certain of its subsidiaries on November 13, 2015, in connection with the OneMain Acquisition
SFCSpringleaf Finance Corporation
SFC Base IndentureIndenture, dated as of December 3, 2014
SFC Eighth Supplemental IndentureEighth Supplemental Indenture, dated as of May 9, 2019, to the SFC Base Indenture
SFC Fifth Supplemental IndentureFifth Supplemental Indenture, dated as of March 12, 2018, to the SFC Base Indenture
SFC First Supplemental IndentureFirst Supplemental Indenture, dated as of December 3, 2014, to the SFC Base Indenture
SFC Fourth Supplemental IndentureFourth Supplemental Indenture, dated as of December 8, 2017, to the SFC Base Indenture
SFC Guaranty Agreementsagreements entered into on December 30, 2013 by OMH whereby it agreed to fully and unconditionally guarantee the payments of principal, premium (if any), and interest on the Other SFC Notes, and the 6.00% Senior Notes due 2020, which were redeemed in full on April 15, 2019
SFC Ninth Supplemental IndentureNinth Supplemental Indenture, dated as of November 7, 2019, to the SFC Base Indenture
SFC Second Supplemental IndentureSecond Supplemental Indenture, dated as of April 11, 2016, to the SFC Base Indenture
SFC Senior Notes Indentures
the SFC Base Indenture as supplemented by the SFC First Supplemental Indenture, the SFC Second Supplemental Indenture, the SFC Third Supplemental Indenture, the SFC Fourth Supplemental Indenture, the SFC Fifth Supplemental Indenture, the SFC Sixth Supplemental Indenture, the SFC Seventh Supplemental Indenture, the SFC Eighth Supplemental Indenture and the SFC Ninth Supplemental Indenture
SFC Seventh Supplemental IndentureSeventh Supplemental Indenture, dated as of February 22, 2019, to the SFC Base Indenture

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Term or AbbreviationDefinition
SFC Sixth Supplemental IndentureSixth Supplemental Indenture, dated as of May 11, 2018, to the SFC Base Indenture
SFC Third Supplemental IndentureThird Supplemental Indenture, dated as of May 15, 2017, to the SFC Base Indenture
SFC Trust Guaranty Agreementagreement entered into on December 30, 2013 by OMH whereby it agreed to fully and unconditionally guarantee the related payment obligations under the trust preferred securities in connection with the Junior Subordinated Debenture
SFH Springleaf Financial Holdings, LLC, an entity owned primarily by a private equity fund managed by an affiliate of Fortress that sold 54,937,500 shares of OMH's common stock to the Apollo-Värde Group in the Apollo-Värde Transaction
SFISpringleaf Finance, Inc.
SFMCSpringleaf Finance Management Corporation
Share Purchase Agreementa share purchase agreement entered into on January 3, 2018, among the Apollo-Värde Group, SFH and the Company to acquire from SFH 54,937,500 shares of OMH's common stock that was issued and outstanding as of such date, representing the entire holdings of OMH's stock beneficially owned by Fortress
SLFTSpringleaf Funding Trust
SMHCSpringleaf Mortgage Holding Company
SpringCastle Interests Salethe March 31, 2016 sale by SpringCastle Holdings, LLC and Springleaf Acquisition Corporation of the equity interest in the SpringCastle Joint Venture
SpringCastle Joint Venturejoint venture among SpringCastle America, LLC, SpringCastle Credit, LLC, SpringCastle Finance, LLC, and SpringCastle Acquisition LLC in which SpringCastle Holdings, LLC previously owned a 47% equity interest in each of SpringCastle America, LLC, SpringCastle Credit, LLC and SpringCastle Finance, LLC and Springleaf Acquisition Corporation previously owned a 47% equity interest in SpringCastle Acquisition LLC
SpringCastle Portfolioloans the Company previously owned and now service on behalf of a third party. On March 31, 2016, the portfolio was sold in connection with the “Sale of SpringCastle interests”
SpringleafOMH and its subsidiaries (other than OneMain)
Tangible equitytotal equity less accumulated other comprehensive income or loss
Tangible managed assetstotal assets less goodwill and other intangible assets
Tax ActPublic Law 115-97 amending the Internal Revenue Code of 1986
TDR finance receivablestroubled debt restructured finance receivables. Debt restructuring in which a concession is granted to the borrower as a result of economic or legal reasons related to the borrower’s financial difficulties
TILATruth In Lending Act
TritonTriton Insurance Company, an insurance subsidiary of OneMain
Trust preferred securitiescapital securities classified as debt for accounting purposes but due to their terms are afforded, at least in part, equity capital treatment in the calculation of effective leverage by rating agencies
Unearned finance chargesthe amount of interest that is capitalized at time of origination on a precompute loan that will be earned over the remaining contractual life of the loan
UPBunpaid principal balance for interest bearing accounts and the gross remaining contractual payments less the unaccreted balance of unearned finance charges for precompute accounts
VärdeVärde Partners, Inc.
VIEsvariable interest entities
VOBAvalue of business acquired
Weighted average interest rateannualized interest expense as a percentage of average debt
XBRLeXtensible Business Reporting Language
Yieldannualized finance charges as a percentage of average net receivables
YosemiteYosemite Insurance Company, a former insurance subsidiary of SFC. In the third quarter of 2018, the Company sold all of the issued and outstanding shares in Yosemite to a third party


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Forward-Looking Statements

This report contains “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements are not statements of historical fact but instead represent only management’s current beliefs regarding future events. By their nature, forward-looking statements are subject to risks, uncertainties, assumptions, and other important factors that may cause actual results, performance or achievements to differ materially from those expressed in or implied by such forward-looking statements. We caution you not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date they were made. We do not undertake any obligation to update or revise these forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date of this report or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events or the non-occurrence of anticipated events, whether as a result of new information, future developments, or otherwise, except as required by law. Forward-looking statements include, without limitation, statements concerning future plans, objectives, goals, projections, strategies, events, or performance, and underlying assumptions and other statements related thereto. Statements preceded by, followed by or that otherwise include the words “anticipates,” “appears,” “are likely,” “believes,” “estimates,” “expects,” “foresees,” “intends,” “plans,” “projects,” and similar expressions or future or conditional verbs such as “would,” “should,” “could,” “may,” or “will” are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Important factors that could cause actual results, performance, or achievements to differ materially from those expressed in or implied by forward-looking statements include, without limitation, the following:

adverse changes in general economic conditions, including the interest rate environment and the financial markets;

risks related to the acquisition or sale of assets or businesses or the formation, termination, or operation of joint ventures or other strategic alliances, including increased loan delinquencies or net charge-offs, integration or migration issues, increased costs of servicing, incomplete records, and retention of customers;

our estimates of the allowance for finance receivable losses may not be adequate to absorb actual losses, causing our provision for finance receivable losses to increase, which would adversely affect our results of operations;

increased levels of unemployment and personal bankruptcies;

a change in the proportion of secured loans may affect our personal loan receivables and portfolio yield;

adverse changes in the rate at which we can collect or potentially sell our finance receivables portfolio;

natural or accidental events such as earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes, fires, or floods affecting our customers, collateral, or our branches or other operating facilities;

war, acts of terrorism, riots, civil disruption, pandemics, disruptions in the operation of our information systems, or other events disrupting business or commerce;

a failure in or breach of our operational or security systems or infrastructure or those of third parties, including as a result of cyber-attacks, or other cyber-related incidents involving the loss, theft or unauthorized disclosure of personally identifiable information, or “PII,” of our present or former customers;

our credit risk scoring models may be inadequate to properly assess the risk of customer unwillingness or lack of capacity to repay;

adverse changes in our ability to attract and retain employees or key executives to support our businesses;

increased competition, or changes in customer responsiveness to our distribution channels, an inability to make technological improvements, and the ability of our competitors to offer a more attractive range of personal loan products than we offer;


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changes in federal, state, or local laws, regulations, or regulatory policies and practices that adversely affect our ability to conduct business or the manner in which we currently are permitted to conduct business, such as licensing requirements, pricing limitations or restrictions on the method of offering products, as well as changes that may result from increased regulatory scrutiny of the sub-prime lending industry, our use of third-party vendors and real estate loan servicing, or changes in corporate or individual income tax laws or regulations, including effects of the Tax Act;

risks associated with our insurance operations, including insurance claims that exceed our expectations or insurance losses that exceed our reserves;

our inability to successfully implement our growth strategy for our consumer lending business or successfully acquire portfolios of personal loans;

declines in collateral values or increases in actual or projected delinquencies or net charge-offs;

potential liability relating to finance receivables which we have sold or securitized or may sell or securitize in the future if it is determined that there was a non-curable breach of a representation or warranty made in connection with such transactions;

the costs and effects of any actual or alleged violations of any federal, state, or local laws, rules or regulations, including any associated litigation;

the costs and effects of any fines, penalties, judgments, decrees, orders, inquiries, investigations, subpoenas, or enforcement or other proceedings of any governmental or quasi-governmental agency or authority and any associated litigation;

our continued ability to access the capital markets and maintain adequate current sources of funds to satisfy our cash flow requirements;

our ability to comply with our debt covenants;

our ability to generate sufficient cash to service all of our indebtedness;

any material impairment or write-down of the value of our assets;

the ownership of OMH's common stock continues to be highly concentrated, which may prevent other minority stockholders from influencing significant corporate decisions and may result in conflicts of interest;

the effects of any downgrade of our debt ratings by credit rating agencies, which could have a negative impact on our cost of and/or access to capital;

our substantial indebtedness, which could prevent us from meeting our obligations under our debt instruments and limit our ability to react to changes in the economy or our industry or our ability to incur additional borrowings;

our ability to maintain sufficient capital levels in our regulated and unregulated subsidiaries;

changes in accounting standards or tax policies and practices and the application of such new standards, policies and practices;

management estimates and assumptions, including estimates and assumptions about future events, may prove to be incorrect; and

various risks relating to continued compliance with the Settlement Agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice.


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We also direct readers to the other risks and uncertainties discussed in "Risk Factors" in Part I - Item 1A of this report and in other documents we file with the SEC.

If one or more of these or other risks or uncertainties materialize, or if our underlying assumptions prove to be incorrect, our actual results may vary materially from what we may have expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements. You should specifically consider the factors identified in this report that could cause actual results to differ before making an investment decision to purchase our securities and should not place undue reliance on any of our forward-looking statements. Furthermore, new risks and uncertainties arise from time to time, and it is impossible for us to predict those events or how they may affect us.


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Item 1. Business.


This report combines the Annual Reports on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2019 for OneMain Holdings, Inc. (“OMH”), a financial service holding company, and its wholly-owned direct subsidiary, Springleaf Finance Corporation (“SFC”). The information in this combined report is equally applicable to OMH and SFC, except where otherwise indicated. OMH and SFC are referred to in this report, collectively with their subsidiaries, whether directly or indirectly owned, as “the Company,” “we,” “us,” or “our.”

As the nation’s largest lending-exclusive consumer finance company, we:

provide responsible personal loan products;
offer optional credit insurance and other products;
service loans owned by us and service loans owned by third-parties;
pursue strategic acquisitions and dispositions of assets and businesses, including loan portfolios or other financial assets; and,
may establish joint ventures or enter into other strategic alliances.

We provide origination, underwriting and servicing of personal loans, primarily to non-prime customers. We believe we are well positioned for future growth, with an experienced management team, proven access to the capital markets, and strong demand for consumer credit. At December 31, 2019, we had $18.4 billion of personal loans due from approximately 2.44 million customer accounts.

Our network of over 1,500 branches in 44 states is staffed with expert personnel and is complemented by our online personal loan origination capabilities and centralized operations, which allow us to reach customers located outside our branch network. Our digital platform provides our current and prospective customers with the option of applying for a personal loan via our website,

We also pursue strategic acquisitions and dispositions of assets and businesses, including loan portfolios and other financial assets, as well as fee-based opportunities in servicing loans for others in connection with potential strategic portfolio acquisitions through our centralized operations. See “Centralized Operations” below for further information on our centralized servicing centers.

Prior to June 25, 2018, Springleaf Financial Holdings, LLC (“SFH”) owned approximately 44% of OMH’s common stock. SFH was owned primarily by a private equity fund managed by an affiliate of Fortress. On June 25, 2018, an investor group led by funds managed by affiliates of Apollo and Värde (the “Apollo-Värde Group”) completed its purchase from SFH of 54,937,500 shares of OMH's common stock at a purchase price per share of $26.00 for an aggregate purchase price of approximately $1.4 billion in cash (the “Apollo-Värde Transaction”). Upon closing of the Apollo-Värde Transaction, OMH entered into an Amended and Restated Stockholders’ Agreement, the terms of which are described in the OMH Current Report on Form 8-K filed with the SEC on June 25, 2018. As provided for in the Amended and Restated Stockholders’ Agreement, the Apollo-Värde Group has designated six of OMH's nine directors.

At December 31, 2019, the Apollo-Värde Group owned approximately 40.4% of OMH’s common stock and is OMH’s largest stockholder.

As part of our ongoing efforts related to the integration of Springleaf and OneMain, on September 20, 2019, SFC entered into a merger agreement with its direct parent, SFI, to merge SFI with and into SFC, with SFC as the surviving entity. The merger was effective in SFC's consolidated financial statements as of July 1, 2019. As a result of SFI's merger with and into SFC, SFC became a wholly-owned direct subsidiary of OMH.


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The following chart summarizes our organization structure. The chart is provided for illustrative purposes only and does not represent all of our subsidiaries or obligations.



We operate in the consumer finance industry serving consumers who have limited access to credit from banks, credit card companies and other traditional lenders. Using November 2019 data from Experian, we estimated that there are approximately 100 million U.S. borrowers in our target market, who collectively have approximately $1.3 trillion of outstanding borrowings in the form of personal installment loans, vehicle loans and leases, and credit cards. We believe this large market provides us with an attractive growth opportunity.

We are one of the few national participants in the consumer installment lending industry. Our national branch network, combined with the capabilities resident in our centralized operations, provide a platform to efficiently and responsibly serve this market. We believe we are well-positioned to capitalize on the significant growth and expansion opportunity within our industry. See also “Competition” included in this report.


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At December 31, 2019, Consumer and Insurance ("C&I") is our only reportable segment. Beginning in the fourth quarter of 2019, we included our Acquisitions and Servicing (“A&S”), which was previously presented as a distinct reporting segment, in Other. See Note 19 of the Notes to the Consolidated Financial Statements included in this report for more information on this change in our segment alignment and for more information about our segment. We have revised our prior period segment disclosures to conform to this new alignment.

Consumer and Insurance

We originate and service secured and unsecured personal loans and offer optional credit and non-credit insurance and related products through our combined branch network and our centralized operations. Personal loan origination and servicing, along with our insurance products, forms the core of our operations. Our branch operations included over 1,500 branch offices in 44 states as of December 31, 2019. In addition, our centralized support operations provide underwriting and servicing support to branch operations.

Our insurance business is conducted through our wholly-owned insurance subsidiaries, American Health and Life Insurance Company ("AHL") and Triton Insurance Company ("Triton"). AHL is a life and health insurance company licensed in 49 states, the District of Columbia, and Canada to write credit life, credit disability, and non-credit insurance products. Triton is a property and casualty insurance company licensed in 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Canada to write credit involuntary unemployment and collateral protection insurance. The Company sold all of the issued and outstanding shares of its former insurance subsidiaries, Yosemite Insurance Company ("Yosemite") and Merit Life Insurance Co. ("Merit"), to third parties on September 30, 2018 and December 31, 2019, respectively. See Note 12 of the Notes to the Consolidated Financial Statements included in this report for further information on our insurance business.

Products and Services. Our personal loan portfolio is comprised of assets that have performed through various market conditions. Our personal loans are non-revolving, with a fixed-rate, a fixed term of three to six years, and are secured by automobiles, other titled collateral, or are unsecured. Our secured personal loans include direct auto loans, which are typically larger in size and based on the collateral of newer cars with higher values. Our loans have no pre-payment penalties.

We offer the following optional credit insurance products to our customers:

Credit life insurance — Insures the life of the borrower in an amount typically equal to the unpaid balance of the finance receivable and provides for payment to the lender of the finance receivable in the event of the borrower’s death.

Credit disability insurance — Provides scheduled monthly loan payments to the lender during borrower’s disability due to illness or injury.

Credit involuntary unemployment insurance — Provides scheduled monthly loan payments to the lender during borrower’s involuntary unemployment.

We offer optional non-credit insurance policies, which are primarily traditional level-term life policies with very limited underwriting.

We offer optional membership plans for home and auto from an unaffiliated company. We have no risk of loss on these membership plans, and these plans are not considered insurance products. We recognize income from this product in other revenues — other. The unaffiliated company providing these membership plans is responsible for any required reimbursement to the customer.

We also offer Guaranteed Asset Protection (“GAP”) coverage as a waiver product or insurance. GAP provides coverage in an event of a total loss to the auto, all or part of the difference between what the customer owes on their auto loan and the payment amount made by the customer’s primary auto insurance.

Should a customer fail to maintain required insurance on property pledged as collateral for the finance receivable, we obtain collateral protection insurance, at the customer’s expense, that protects the value of that collateral.


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Customer Development. We staff each of our branch offices with local well-trained personnel, including professionals who have significant experience in the industry. Our business model revolves around an origination, underwriting, and servicing process that leverages our local community presence. Our customers often develop a relationship with their local office representatives, which we believe not only improves the credit performance of our personal loans but also leads to additional lending opportunities.

We solicit prospective customers, as well as current and former customers, through a variety of direct mail offers and targeted online advertising. We use proprietary modeling, along with data purchased from credit bureaus, alternative data providers, and our existing data/experience to acquire and develop new and profitable customer relationships.

Our digital platform allows current and prospective customers the ability to apply for a personal loan online, at Many of our new customer applications are sourced online, delivered via targeted marketing, search engines, e-mail, and internet loan aggregators. Most online applications are closed in a branch; however, we do close a small portion of our loans remotely outside the branch.

Credit Risk. Credit quality is driven by our long-standing underwriting philosophy, which considers each prospective customer’s budget, and his or her willingness and capacity to repay the loan. We use credit risk scoring models at the time of the credit application to assess the applicant’s expected willingness and capacity to repay. We develop these models using numerous factors, including past customer credit repayment experience and application data, and periodically revalidate these models based on recent portfolio performance. Our underwriting process in the branches and for loan applications received through our website that are not automatically declined includes the development of a budget (net of taxes and monthly expenses) for the applicant. We obtain a security interest in titled property for our secured personal loans.

Our customers are primarily considered non-prime and often require significantly higher levels of servicing than prime customers. As a result, we tend to charge these customers higher interest rates to compensate us for the related credit risks and servicing costs.

Account Servicing. Account servicing and collections for personal loans are handled at the branch office where the personal loans were originated, or in our centralized service centers. All servicing and collection activity is conducted and documented on proprietary systems which log and maintain, within our centralized information systems, a permanent record of all transactions and notations made with respect to the servicing and/or collection of a personal loan, and may also be used to assess a personal loan application. The proprietary systems permit all levels of branch office management to review, on a daily basis, the individual and collective performance of all branch offices for which they are responsible.


We continually seek to identify functions that could be more effective if centralized to achieve reduced costs or free our lending specialists to service our customers and market our products. Our centralized operational functions support the following:

mail and telephone solicitations;
payment processing;
originating “out of network” loans;
servicing of delinquent real estate loans and certain personal loans;
bankruptcy process for loans in Chapter 7, 11, 12 and 13 proceedings;
litigation requests against delinquent borrowers;
collateral protection insurance tracking;
repossessing and re-marketing of titled collateral;
sales and retention of customers; and
charge-off recovery operations.

We currently have servicing facilities in Mendota Heights, Minnesota; Tempe, Arizona; London, Kentucky; Evansville, Indiana; Fort Mill, South Carolina; and Fort Worth, Texas. We believe these facilities position us for additional portfolio purchases or fee-based servicing, as well as additional flexibility in the servicing of our lending products.


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We continuously strive to strengthen our system of internal controls to ensure compliance with laws, rules, and regulations, and to improve the oversight of our operations. We evaluate internal systems, processes and controls to mitigate operational risk and control and monitor our businesses through a variety of methods including the following:

Our operational policies and procedures standardize various aspects of lending and collections.
Our branch finance receivable systems control amounts, rates, terms, and fees of our customers’ accounts; create loan documents specific to the state in which the branch office operates or to the customer’s location if the loan is made electronically through our centralized operations; and control cash receipts and disbursements.
Our accounting personnel reconcile bank accounts, investigate discrepancies, and resolve differences.
Our credit risk management system reports allow us to track individual branch office performance and to monitor lending and collection activities.
Our privacy and information security incident response plan establishes a privacy and information security response team that responds to information security incidents by identifying, evaluating, responding to, investigating, and resolving information security incidents impacting our information systems.
Our executive information system is available to headquarters and field operations management to review the status of activity through the close of business of the prior day.
Our branch operations management structure, Regional Quality Coordinators and Compliance Field Examination team are designed to control a large, decentralized organization with succeeding levels of supervision staffed with more experienced personnel.
Our branch operations compensation plan aligns with corporate strategies and is based on profitability, credit quality, and compliance.
Our Compliance Department assesses our compliance with federal and state laws and regulations, as well as our compliance with our internal policies and procedures; oversees training to ensure team members have a sufficient level of understanding of the laws and regulations that impact their job responsibilities; and manages our state regulatory examination process.
Our Executive Office of Customer Care maintains our consumer complaint resolution and reporting process.
Our internal audit department audits our business for adherence to operational policy and procedure and compliance with federal and state laws and regulations.


Regulatory and legislative activity in the areas of privacy, data protection, and information and cyber security continues to increase worldwide. We have established policies and practices that provide a framework for compliance with applicable privacy, data protection, and information and cyber security laws and work to meet evolving customer privacy expectations. Our regulators are increasingly focused on ensuring that these policies and practices are adequate, including providing consumers with choices, if required, about how we use and share their information and ensuring that we appropriately safeguard their personal information and account access.

Our consumer loan business is subject to the privacy, disclosure, and safeguarding provisions of the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act ("GLBA") and Regulation P, which implements the statute. Among other things, the GLBA imposes certain limitations on our ability to share consumers’ nonpublic personal information with nonaffiliated third parties and requires us to develop, implement and maintain a written comprehensive information security program containing safeguards that are appropriate to the size and complexity of our business, the nature and scope of our activities, and the sensitivity of customer information that we process. Various states also have adopted laws, rules, and regulations pertaining to privacy and/or information and cyber security that may be more stringent and/or expansive than federal requirements. Certain of these requirements may apply to the personal information of our employees and contractors as well as to our customers. Various U.S. federal regulators and U.S. states and territories have also enacted data security breach notification requirements that are applicable to us. For example, the California Consumer Privacy Act and the New York Cybersecurity Regulation impose more stringent requirements with respect to privacy and data security, respectively, than federal law.


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Federal Laws

Various federal laws and regulations govern loan origination, servicing and collections, including:

the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (the "Dodd-Frank Act"), (which, among other things, created the CFPB);
the Equal Credit Opportunity Act (which, among other things, prohibits discrimination against creditworthy applicants) and Regulation B, which implements this statute;
the Fair Credit Reporting Act (which, among other things, governs the use of credit bureau reports and reporting information to credit bureaus);
the Truth in Lending Act (which, among other things, governs disclosure of applicable charges and other terms of consumer credit) and Regulation Z, which implements this statute;
the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (which, among other things, governs practices in collecting certain debts);
the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (which, among other things, governs the handling of personal financial information) and Regulation P, which implements this statute;
the Military Lending Act (which, among other things, governs certain consumer lending to active-duty military servicemembers and their spouses and covered dependents, and limits the interest rate and certain fees, charges and premium they may be charged on certain loans);
the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (which, among other things, can impose limitations on the interest rate and the servicer’s ability to collect on a loan originated with an obligor who is on active-duty status and up to nine months thereafter);
the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act and Regulation X (both of which regulate the making and servicing of closed end residential mortgage loans);
the Federal Trade Commission’s Consumer Claims and Defenses Rule, also known as the “Holder in Due Course” Rule (which, among other things, allows a consumer to assert, against the assignees of certain credit contracts, certain claims that the consumer may have against the originator of the credit contracts); and
the Federal Trade Commission Act (which, among other things, prohibits unfair and deceptive acts and practices).

The Dodd-Frank Act and the regulations promulgated thereunder have affected and are likely in the future to affect our operations in terms of increased oversight of financial services products by the CFPB and the imposition of restrictions on the terms of certain loans. Among regulations the CFPB has promulgated are mortgage servicing regulations that became effective January 10, 2014, and are applicable to the remaining real estate loan portfolio serviced by or for Springleaf. Amendments to some sections of these mortgage servicing regulations became effective on October 19, 2017 and some became effective on April 19, 2018. The CFPB has significant authority to implement and enforce federal consumer finance laws, including the protections established in the Dodd-Frank Act, as well as the authority to identify and prohibit unfair, deceptive, and abusive acts and practices. In addition, under the Dodd-Frank Act, securitizations of loan portfolios are subject to certain restrictions and additional requirements, including requirements that the originator retain a portion of the credit risk of the securities sold and the reporting of buyback requests from investors. We also utilize third-party debt collectors and will continue to be responsible for oversight of their procedures and controls. The CFPB has indicated that it intends to issue new debt collection rules in 2020, with enforcement to begin in 2021, that will directly apply to third-party debt collectors, but not to creditors. The primary rules that will likely be adopted will cover communications frequency and timing, type of information required to be provided to consumers regarding the debt, and the express permission for debt collectors to use communication strategies like text messages and e-mail. Third-party debt collectors will need to adopt adequate compliance controls.

The CFPB has enforcement authority with respect to various federal consumer protection laws for some providers of consumer financial products and services, such as any nonbank that it has reasonable cause to determine has engaged or is engaging in conduct that poses risks to consumers with regard to consumer financial products or services. In addition to the authority to bring nonbanks under the CFPB’s supervisory authority based on risk determinations, the CFPB also has authority under the Dodd-Frank Act to supervise nonbanks, regardless of size, in certain specific markets, such as mortgage companies (including mortgage originators, brokers and servicers) and payday lenders. Currently, the CFPB has supervisory authority over the Company with respect to mortgage servicing and mortgage origination, which allows the CFPB to conduct an examination of our mortgage servicing practices and our prior mortgage origination practices.


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The Dodd-Frank Act also gives the CFPB supervisory authority over entities that are designated as “larger participants” in certain financial services markets, including the auto financing market and the consumer installment lending market. On June 30, 2015, the CFPB published its final rule for designating “larger participants” in the auto financing market. With the adoption of this regulation, we are considered a larger participant in the auto financing market and are subject to supervision and examination by the CFPB for our direct auto loan business, including loans that are secured by autos and refinances of loans secured by autos that were for the purchase of autos. In its Spring 2018 rulemaking agenda, the CFPB stated that it had decided to classify as “inactive” certain rulemakings previously identified in the expectation that the final decisions on proceeding will be made by the next permanent director. The larger-participant rule for consumer installment loans was one of the rulemaking initiatives designated as inactive. It is not known if or when the CFPB may consider reactivating the rulemaking process for the larger-participant rule for consumer installment loans.

On October 5, 2017, the CFPB issued its final rule for Payday, Vehicle Title, and Certain High-Cost Installment Loans (the “small-dollar rule”). The final small-dollar rule does not apply to any loan made by the Company because our loans have a term of 46+ days, no balloon payment, and an APR limit of 36%. The proposed rule, published in 2016, had covered a relatively small segment of our loans because it calculated the 36% high-cost coverage threshold as an “all-in” APR, a term that included the cost of insurance and other optional products purchased within 3 days of the loan closing date. The final rule calculates the 36% figure under the traditional method prescribed by the Truth-In-Lending Act (TILA). Because the final rule replaced the proposed rule’s “all-in” APR calculation with a TILA APR calculation, a change that the Company advocated in the public comment letter it submitted to the CFPB, the final rule covers no loan made by the Company, even if the loan is both sold with insurance and secured by a vehicle or recurring ACH authorization.

The investigation and enforcement provisions of Title X of the Dodd-Frank Act may adversely affect our business if the CFPB or one or more state attorneys general or state regulators believe that we have violated any federal consumer financial protection laws, including the prohibition in Title X against unfair, deceptive or abusive acts or practices. The CFPB is authorized to conduct investigations to determine whether any person is engaging in, or has engaged in, conduct that violates federal consumer financial protection laws, and to initiate enforcement actions for such violations, regardless of its direct supervisory authority. Investigations may be conducted jointly with other regulators. The CFPB has the authority to impose monetary penalties for violations of federal consumer financial laws, require remediation of practices and pursue administrative proceedings or litigation for violations of federal consumer financial laws (including the CFPB’s own rules). In these proceedings, the CFPB can obtain cease and desist orders (which can include orders for restitution or rescission of contracts, as well as other kinds of affirmative relief) and monetary penalties for violations of law, as well as reckless or knowing violations of federal consumer financial laws (including the CFPB’s own rules). Also, the Dodd-Frank Act empowers state attorneys general and state regulators to bring civil actions against state-chartered companies, among others, for enforcement of the provisions of Title X of the Dodd-Frank Act, including CFPB regulations issued under Title X, and to secure remedies provided under Title X or other law.

The Dodd-Frank Act also requires that a securitizer generally retain not less than 5% of the credit risk for certain types of securitized assets that are created, transferred, sold, or conveyed through issuance of asset-backed securities with an exception for securitizations that are wholly composed of “qualified residential mortgages.” The risk retention requirement has reduced the amount of financing typically obtained from our securitization transactions and has imposed compliance costs on our securitizations and costs with respect to certain of our financing transactions. With respect to each financing transaction that is subject to the risk retention requirements of the Dodd-Frank Act, we either retain at least 5% of the balance of each such class of debt obligations and at least 5% of the residual interest in each related VIE or retain at least 5% of the fair value of all ABS interests (as defined in the risk retention requirements), which is satisfied by retention of the residual interest in each related VIE, which, in each case, collectively, represents at least 5% of the economic interest in the credit risk of the securitized assets in satisfaction of the risk retention requirements. In addition, the SEC adopted significant revisions to Regulation AB, imposing new requirements for asset-level disclosures for asset-backed securities backed by real estate related assets, auto related assets, or backed by debt securities. This could result in sweeping changes to the commercial and residential mortgage loan securitization markets, as well as to the market for the re-securitization of mortgage-backed securities.

State Laws

Various state laws and regulations also govern personal loans and real estate secured loans. Many states have laws and regulations that are similar to the federal laws referred to above, but the degree and nature of such laws and regulations vary from state to state. While federal laws preempt similar state laws in some instances, many times compliance with state laws and regulations is still required.


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In general, these additional state laws and regulations, under which we conduct a substantial amount of our lending business:
provide for state licensing and periodic examination of lenders and loan originators, including state laws adopted or amended to comply with licensing requirements of the federal Secure and Fair Enforcement for Mortgage Licensing Act of 2008 (which, in some states, requires licensing of individuals who perform real estate loan modifications);
require the filing of reports with regulators and compliance with state regulatory capital requirements;
impose maximum term, amount, interest rate, and limit other charges;
impose consumer privacy rights and other obligations that may require us to notify customers, employees, state attorneys general, regulators and others in the event of a security breach;
regulate whether and under what circumstances we may offer insurance and other optional products in connection with a lending transaction; and
provide for additional consumer protections.

There is a clear trend of increased state regulation on loan origination, servicing and collection, as well as more detailed reporting, more detailed examinations, and coordination of examinations among the states.

State authorities also regulate and supervise our insurance business. The extent of such regulation varies by product and by state, but relates primarily to the following:
conduct of business, including marketing and sales practices;
periodic financial and market conduct examination of the affairs of insurers;
form and content of required financial reports;
standards of solvency;
limitations on the payment of dividends and other affiliate transactions;
types of products offered;
approval of policy forms and premium rates;
formulas used to calculate any unearned premium refund due to an insured customer;
permissible investments;
deposits of securities for the benefit of policyholders;
reserve requirements for unearned premiums, losses, and other purposes; and
claims processing.

Canadian Laws

The Canadian federal and provincial insurance regulators regulate and supervise the insurance made available to borrowers through a third-party Canadian lender. Its regulation and supervision relate primarily to the following:
conduct of business, including marketing and sales practices;
periodic financial and market conduct examination of the affairs of insurers;
form and content of required financial reports;
standards of solvency;
limitations on the payment of dividends and other affiliate transactions;
types of products offered; and
reserve requirements for unearned premiums, losses, and other purposes.


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We operate primarily in the consumer installment lending industry. We focus on servicing the non-prime customer through a national branch network, online, and over the phone.

We have a number of local, regional, national, and internet competitors in the consumer installment lending industry that seek to serve the same population of non-prime customers. These competitors are various types of financial institutions that operate within our geographic network and over the Internet, including community banks and credit unions, that offer similar products and services. We believe that competition between consumer installment lenders occurs primarily on the basis of price, service quality, speed of service, flexibility of loan terms offered, and operational capability.

We believe that we possess several competitive strengths that position us to capitalize on the significant growth opportunity, and to compete effectively with other lenders in our industry. Our national branch network enables us to perform multiple functions and we believe it is a proven distribution channel for our personal loan and optional insurance products. We can provide same-day fulfillment to approved customers. Our network gives us a distinct competitive advantage over many industry participants who do not have, and cannot replicate without significant investment, a similar network. Our digital platform and our centralized operations enhance our nationwide network, which gives us the ability to originate loans and serve customers online and over the phone. We believe our deep understanding of local markets and customers, together with our proprietary underwriting process, sophisticated data analytics, and decisioning tools allow us to price, manage, and monitor risk effectively through changing economic conditions. In addition, our high-touch relationship-based servicing model is a major contributor to our superior loan performance and distinguishes us from our competitors.


See “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations—Seasonality” included in this report for discussion of our seasonal trends.


As of December 31, 2019, we had over 9,700 employees.


OMH and SFC file annual, quarterly, current reports, proxy statements (only OMH), and other information with the SEC. The SEC’s website,, contains these reports and other information that registrants (including OMH and SFC) file electronically with the SEC.

These reports are also available free of charge through our website, under “Investor Relations,” as soon as reasonably practicable after we file them with, or furnish them to, the SEC.

In addition, OMH's Code of Business Conduct and Ethics (the “Code of Ethics”), Code of Ethics for Principal Executive and Senior Financial Officers (the “Financial Officers’ Code of Ethics”), Corporate Governance Guidelines and the charters of the committees of the OMH Board of Directors are posted on our website at under “Investor Relations” and printed copies are available upon request. We intend to disclose any material amendments to or waivers of OMH Code of Ethics and Financial Officers’ Code of Ethics requiring disclosure under applicable SEC or NYSE rules on our website within four business days of the date of any such amendment or waiver in lieu of filing a Form 8-K pursuant to Item 5.05 thereof.

The information on our website is not incorporated by reference into this report. The website addresses listed above are provided for the information of the reader and are not intended to be active links.


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Item 1A. Risk Factors.

We face a variety of risks that are inherent in our business. Accordingly, you should carefully consider the following discussion of risks of which we are currently aware that could affect our businesses, results of operations and financial condition. In addition to the factors discussed in this report and in other documents we file with the SEC that could adversely affect our businesses, results of operations and financial condition, new risks may emerge at any time, and we cannot predict those risks or estimate the extent to which they may affect our business or financial performance. Therefore, the risk factors below should not be considered a complete list of potential risks that we may face.

Any risk factor described in this Annual Report on Form 10-K or in any of our other SEC filings could by itself, or together with other factors, materially adversely affect our liquidity, competitive position, business, reputation, results of operations or financial condition, including by materially increasing our expenses or decreasing our revenues, which could result in material losses.


Our results of operations and financial condition and our borrowers’ ability to make payments on their loans have been, and may in the future be, adversely affected by economic conditions and other factors that we cannot control.

Uncertainty and deterioration in general economic conditions in the U.S. and abroad historically have created a difficult operating environment for companies involved in consumer lending. Many factors, including factors that are beyond our control, may impact our results of operations or financial condition and/or affect our borrowers’ willingness or capacity to make payments on their loans. These factors include: unemployment levels, housing markets, energy costs and interest rates; events such as natural disasters, acts of war, terrorism, catastrophes; events that affect our borrowers, such as major medical expenses, divorce or death; and the quality of any collateral underlying our finance receivables. If we experience an economic downturn, or if we become affected by other events beyond our control, we may experience a significant reduction in revenues, earnings and cash flows, difficulties accessing capital and a deterioration in the value of our investments. We may also become exposed to increased credit risk from our customers and third parties who have obligations to us.

Moreover, our customers are primarily non-prime borrowers, who have historically been more likely to be affected, or more severely affected, by adverse macroeconomic conditions than prime borrowers. If a borrower defaults under a finance receivable held directly by us, we will bear a risk of loss of principal to the extent of any deficiency between the value of the collateral, if any, and the outstanding principal and accrued but unpaid interest on the finance receivable, which could adversely affect our cash flows from operations. The cost to service our loans may also increase without a corresponding increase in our finance charge income.

We are exposed to geographic customer concentration risk. An economic downturn or catastrophic event that disproportionately affects certain geographic regions could materially and adversely affect our business, financial condition and results of operations, including the performance of our finance receivables portfolio. See Note 5 of the Notes to the Consolidated Financial Statements included in this report for quantification of our largest concentrations of net finance receivables.

We cannot assure you that our policies and procedures for underwriting, processing and servicing loans will adequately adapt to adverse economic or other changes. If we fail to adapt to changing economic conditions or other factors, or if such changes adversely affect our borrowers’ willingness or capacity to repay their loans, our results of operations, financial condition and liquidity would be materially adversely affected.


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There are risks associated with the acquisition or sale of assets or businesses and the formation, termination or operation of joint ventures or other strategic alliances, including the possibility of increased delinquencies and losses, difficulties with integrating loans into our servicing platform and disruption to our ongoing business, which could have a material adverse effect on our results of operations, financial condition and liquidity.

We have previously acquired, and in the future may acquire, assets or businesses, including large portfolios of finance receivables, either through the direct purchase of such assets or the purchase of the equity of a company with such a portfolio. Since we will not have originated or serviced the loans we acquire, we may not be aware of legal or other deficiencies related to origination or servicing, and our review of the portfolio prior to purchase may not uncover those deficiencies. Further, we may have limited recourse against the seller of the portfolio.

Potential difficulties we may encounter in connection with these transactions and arrangements include, but are not limited to, the following:
the integration of the assets or business into our information technology platforms and servicing systems;
the quality of servicing during any interim servicing period after we purchase a portfolio but before we assume servicing obligations from the seller or its agents;
the disruption to our ongoing businesses and distraction of our management teams from ongoing business concerns;
incomplete or inaccurate files and records;
the retention of existing customers;
the creation of uniform standards, controls, procedures, policies and information systems;
the occurrence of unanticipated expenses; and
potential unknown liabilities associated with the transactions, including legal liability related to origination and servicing prior to the acquisition.

For example, in some cases loan files and other information (including servicing records) may be incomplete or inaccurate. If our employees are unable to access customer information easily, or if we are unable to produce originals or copies of documents or accurate information about the loans, collections could be materially and adversely affected, and we may not be able to enforce our right to collect in some cases. Similarly, collections could be affected by any changes to our collection practices, the restructuring of any key servicing functions, transfer of files and other changes that would result from our assumption of the servicing of the acquired portfolios.

The anticipated benefits and synergies of our future acquisitions will assume a successful integration, and will be based on projections, which are inherently uncertain, as well as other assumptions. Even if integration is successful, anticipated benefits and synergies may not be achieved.

If our estimates of allowance for finance receivable losses are not adequate to absorb actual losses, our provision for finance receivable losses would increase, which would adversely affect our results of operations.

We maintain an allowance for finance receivable losses. To estimate the appropriate level of allowance for finance receivable losses, we consider known and relevant internal and external factors that affect finance receivable collectability, including the total amount of finance receivables outstanding, historical finance receivable charge-offs, our current collection patterns, and economic trends. Our methodology for establishing our allowance for finance receivable losses is based on the guidance in Accounting Standards Codification (“ASC”) 450, Contingencies, and, in part, on our historic loss experience. If customer behavior changes as a result of economic conditions and if we are unable to predict how the unemployment rate, housing price index, and general economic uncertainty may affect our allowance for finance receivable losses, our allowance for finance receivable losses may be inadequate. Our allowance for finance receivable losses is an estimate, and if actual finance receivable losses are materially greater than our allowance for finance receivable losses, our results of operations could be adversely affected. Neither state regulators nor federal regulators regulate our allowance for finance receivable losses.


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In June of 2016, the Financial Accounting Standards Board issued Accounting Standard Update ("ASU") 2016-13, Financial Instruments-Credit Losses (Topic 326): Measurement of Credit Losses on Financial Instruments. This ASU significantly changes the way that entities are required to measure credit losses. The new standard requires that the estimated credit loss be based upon an “expected credit loss” approach rather than the “incurred loss” approach. The new approach requires entities to measure all expected credit losses for financial assets based on historical experience, current conditions, and reasonable forecasts of collectability. It is anticipated that the expected credit loss model may require earlier recognition of credit losses than the incurred loss approach. This ASU is effective for the Company beginning January 1, 2020. See Note 4 of the Notes to the Consolidated Financial Statements included in this report for more information on this new accounting standard.

Our risk management efforts may not be effective.

We could incur substantial losses and our business operations could be disrupted if we are unable to effectively identify, manage, monitor, and mitigate financial risks, such as credit risk, interest rate risk, prepayment risk, liquidity risk, and other market-related risks, as well as operational risks related to our business, assets and liabilities. To the extent our models used to assess the creditworthiness of potential borrowers do not adequately identify potential risks, the valuations produced would not adequately represent the risk profile of the borrowers and could result in a riskier finance receivables profile than originally identified. Our risk management policies, procedures, and techniques, including our scoring technology, may not be sufficient to identify all of the risks we are exposed to, mitigate the risks we have identified or identify concentrations of risk or additional risks to which we may become subject in the future.

Changes in market conditions, including rising interest rates, could adversely affect the rate at which our borrowers prepay their loans and the value of our finance receivables portfolio, as well as increase our financing cost, which could negatively affect our results of operations, financial condition and liquidity.

Changing market conditions, including but not limited to, changes in interest rates, the availability of credit, the relative economic vitality of the area in which our borrowers and their assets are located, changes in tax laws, other opportunities for investment available to our customers, homeowner mobility, and other economic, social, geographic, demographic, and legal factors beyond our control, may affect the rates at which our borrowers prepay their loans. Generally, in situations where prepayment rates have slowed, the weighted-average life of our finance receivables has increased. Any increase in interest rates may further slow the rate of prepayment for our finance receivables, which could adversely affect our liquidity by reducing the cash flows from, and the value of, the finance receivables we hold for sale or utilize as collateral in our secured funding transactions.

Moreover, the vast majority of our finance receivables are fixed-rate finance receivables, which generally decline in value if interest rates increase. As such, if changing market conditions cause interest rates to increase substantially, the value of our fixed-rate finance receivables could decline. Increases in market interest rates could negatively impact our net interest income, as well as our cash flow from operations and results of operations. Because we are subject to applicable legal and regulatory restrictions in certain jurisdictions that limit the maximum interest rate that we may charge on a certain population of our loans, we are limited in our ability to increase the interest rate on our loans to offset any increases in our cost of funds as market interest rates increase. Our yield, as well as our cash flows from operations and results of operations, could be materially and adversely affected if we are unable to increase the interest rates charged on newly originated loans to offset any increases in our cost of funds as market interest rates increase. Accordingly, any increase in interest rates could negatively affect our results of operations, financial condition and liquidity.

We may be required to indemnify or repurchase finance receivables from purchasers of finance receivables that we have sold or securitized, or which we will sell or securitize in the future, if our finance receivables fail to meet certain criteria or characteristics or under other circumstances, which could adversely affect our results of operations, financial condition and liquidity.

The documents governing our finance receivable sales and securitizations contain provisions that require us to indemnify the purchasers of securitized finance receivables, or to repurchase the affected finance receivables, under certain circumstances. While our sale and securitization documents vary, they generally contain customary provisions that may require us to repurchase finance receivables if:
our representations and warranties concerning the quality and characteristics of the finance receivable are inaccurate;
there is borrower fraud; or
we fail to comply, at the individual finance receivable level or otherwise, with regulatory requirements in connection with the origination and servicing of the finance receivables.


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Many purchasers or investors in finance receivables (including through securitizations) are particularly aware of the conditions under which originators must indemnify purchasers or repurchase finance receivables and would benefit from enforcing any repurchase remedies that they may have. At its maximum, our exposure to repurchases or our indemnification obligations under our representations and warranties could include the current unpaid balance of all finance receivables that we have sold or securitized, and which are not subject to settlement agreements with purchasers.

The risk of loss on the finance receivables that we have securitized is recognized in our allowance for finance receivable losses since all of our loan securitizations are recorded on our balance sheet. If we are required to indemnify purchasers or repurchase finance receivables that we sell or have sold that result in losses that exceed our reserve for sales recourse or recognize losses on securitized finance receivables that exceed our recorded allowance for finance receivable losses associated with our securitizations, this could adversely affect our results of operations, financial condition and liquidity.

Our business and reputation may be materially impacted by information system failures, cyber threats, or network disruptions.

Our business relies heavily on information systems to deliver products and services to our customers, and to manage our ongoing operations. These systems may encounter service disruptions due to system, network or software failure, security breaches, computer viruses, accidents, power disruptions, telecommunications failures, acts of terrorism or war, physical or electronic break-ins, or other events or disruptions. In addition, denial-of-service attacks could overwhelm our internet sites and prevent us from adequately serving customers. Cyber threats are constantly evolving, increasing the difficulty of detecting and successfully defending against them. We may have no current capability to detect certain vulnerabilities, which may allow them to persist in our system environment over long periods of time. Cyber threats can have cascading impacts that unfold with increasing speed across our computer systems and networks and those of our third-party vendors. System redundancy and other continuity measures may be ineffective or inadequate, and our business continuity and disaster recovery planning may not be sufficient to adequately address the disruption. A disruption could impair our ability to offer and process our loans, provide customer service, perform collections or other necessary business activities, which could result in a loss of customer business, subject us to additional regulatory scrutiny, or expose us to civil litigation and possible financial liability, or otherwise materially adversely affect our financial condition and operating results.

There may be losses or unauthorized access to or releases of confidential information, including personally identifiable information, that could subject us to significant reputational, financial, legal and operational consequences.

Our operations rely heavily on the secure processing, storage and transmission of confidential customer and other information including, among other things, personally identifiable information (“PII”), in our computer systems and networks, as well as those of third parties. Our branch offices and centralized servicing centers, as well as our administrative and executive offices, are part of an electronic information network that is designed to permit us to originate and track finance receivables and collections and perform other tasks that are part of our everyday operations. We devote significant resources to network and data security, including through the use of encryption and other security measures intended to protect our computer systems and data. These security measures may not be sufficient and may be vulnerable to hacking, employee error, malfeasance, system error, faulty password management or other irregularities. For example, third parties may attempt to fraudulently induce employees or customers into disclosing usernames, passwords or other sensitive information, which may in turn be used to access our computer systems. Any failure, interruption, or breach in our cyber security could result in reputational harm, disruption of our customer relationships, or our inability to originate, process and service our finance receivable products. Further, any of these cyber security and operational risks could expose us to lawsuits by customers for identity theft or other damages resulting from data breach involving PII or misuse of their PII and possible financial liability, any of which could have a material adverse effect on our results of operations, financial condition and liquidity. In addition, regulators may impose penalties and/or require remedial action if they identify weaknesses in our security systems, and we may be required to incur significant costs to increase our cyber security to address any vulnerabilities that may be discovered or to remediate the harm caused by any security breaches. As part of our business, we may share confidential customer information and proprietary information with customers, vendors, service providers, and business partners. The information systems of these third parties may be vulnerable to security breaches and, despite our best efforts, we may not be able to ensure that these third parties have appropriate security controls in place to protect the information we share with them. If our confidential information is intercepted, stolen, misused, or mishandled while in possession of a third party, it could result in reputational harm to us, loss of customer business, and additional regulatory scrutiny, and it could expose us to civil litigation and possible financial liability, any of which could have a material adverse effect on our results of operations, financial condition and liquidity. Although we have insurance that is intended to cover certain losses from such events, there can be no assurance that such insurance will be adequate or available.


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We are also subject to the theft or misuse of physical customer and employee records at our facilities.

Our branch offices and centralized servicing centers have physical customer records necessary for day-to-day operations that contain extensive confidential information about our customers, including financial data and PII. We also retain physical records in various storage locations. The loss or theft of customer information and data from our branch offices, central servicing facilities, or other storage locations could subject us to additional regulatory scrutiny and penalties and could expose us to civil litigation and possible financial liability, which could have a material adverse effect on our results of operations, financial condition and liquidity. In addition, if we cannot locate original documents (or copies, in some cases) for certain finance receivables, we may not be able to collect on those finance receivables.

Certain of our operations rely on external vendors.

We rely on third-party vendors to provide products and services necessary to maintain day-to-day operations. For example, we outsource a portion of our information systems, communication, data management and transaction processing to third parties. Accordingly, we are exposed to the risk that these vendors might not perform in accordance with the contracted arrangements or service level agreements because of changes in the vendor’s organizational structure, financial condition, support for existing products and services, or strategic focus. Such failure to perform could be disruptive to our operations, and have a materially adverse impact on our business, results of operations and financial condition. These third parties are also sources of risk associated with operational errors, system interruptions or breaches and unauthorized disclosure of confidential information. If the vendors encounter any of these issues, we could be exposed to disruption of service, damage to reputation and litigation.

Our insurance operations are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties, including claims, catastrophic events, underwriting risks and dependence on a primary distribution channel.

Insurance claims and policyholder liabilities are difficult to predict and may exceed the related reserves set aside for claims (losses) and associated expenses for claims adjudication (loss adjustment expenses). Additionally, events such as natural disasters, pandemic disease, cyber security breaches and other types of catastrophes, and prolonged economic downturns, could adversely affect our financial condition and results of operations. Other risks relating to our insurance operations include changes to laws and regulations applicable to us, as well as changes to the regulatory environment, such as: changes to laws or regulations affecting capital and reserve requirements; frequency and type of regulatory monitoring and reporting; consumer privacy, use of customer data and data security; benefits or loss ratio requirements; insurance producer licensing or appointment requirements; required disclosures to consumers; and collateral protection insurance (i.e., insurance some of our lender companies purchase, at the customer’s expense, on that customer’s loan collateral for the periods of time the customer fails to adequately, as required by the customer's loan, insure the collateral). Because our customers do not directly agree to the amount charged for collateral protection at the time it is purchased, regulators may in the future prohibit our insurance companies from providing this insurance to our lending operations. Moreover, our insurance companies are predominately dependent on our lending operations as the primary source of business and product distribution. If our lending operations discontinue offering insurance products, including as a result of regulatory requirements or rate caps, our insurance operations would need to find an alternate distribution partner for their products, of which there can be no assurance.

We are a party to various lawsuits and proceedings and may become a party to various lawsuits and proceedings in the future which, if resolved in a manner adverse to us, could materially adversely affect our results of operations, financial condition and liquidity.

In the normal course of business, from time to time, we have been named, and may be named in the future, as a defendant in various legal actions, including governmental investigations, examinations or other proceedings, arbitrations, class actions and other litigation, arising in connection with our business activities. Certain of the legal actions may include claims for substantial compensatory and/or punitive damages or claims for indeterminate amounts of damages. Some of these proceedings are pending in jurisdictions that permit damage awards disproportionate to the actual economic damages alleged to have been incurred. The continued occurrences of large damage awards in general in the U.S., including large punitive damage awards in certain jurisdictions that bear little or no relation to actual economic damages incurred by plaintiffs, create the potential for an unpredictable result in any given proceeding. A large judgment that is adverse to us could cause our reputation to suffer, encourage additional lawsuits against us and have a material adverse effect on our results of operations, financial condition and liquidity. For additional information regarding pending legal proceedings and other contingencies, see Note 16 of the Notes to the Consolidated Financial Statements included in this report.


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Our use of derivatives exposes us to credit and market risks.

From time to time, we may enter into derivative financial instruments for economic hedging purposes, such as managing our exposure to interest rate risk. By using derivative instruments, we are exposed to credit and market risks, including the risk of loss associated with variations in the spread between the asset yield and the funding and/or hedge cost, default risk, and the risk of insolvency or other inability of the counterparty to a particular derivative financial instrument to perform its obligations.

If we lose the services of any of our key management personnel, our business could suffer.

Our future success significantly depends on the continued service and performance of our key management personnel. Competition for these employees is intense and we may not be able to attract and retain key personnel. We do not maintain any “key man” or other related insurance. If we are unable to attract appropriately qualified personnel, we may not be successful in originating loans and servicing our customers, which could materially harm our business, financial condition and results of operations.

Employee misconduct could harm us by subjecting us to monetary loss, significant legal liability, regulatory scrutiny and reputational harm.

Our reputation is critical to developing and maintaining relationships with our existing and potential customers and third parties with whom we do business. There is a risk that our employees could engage in misconduct that adversely affects our business. For example, if an employee were to engage—or be accused of engaging—in illegal or suspicious activities including fraud or theft, we could suffer direct losses from the activity, and in addition we could be subject to regulatory sanctions and suffer serious harm to our reputation, financial condition, customer relationships, and ability to attract future customers or employees. Employee misconduct could prompt regulators to allege or to determine, based upon such misconduct, that we have not established adequate supervisory systems and procedures to inform employees of applicable rules or to detect and deter violations of such rules. It is not always possible to deter employee misconduct, and the precautions we take to detect and prevent misconduct may not be effective in all cases. Misconduct by our employees, or even unsubstantiated allegations of misconduct, could result in a material adverse effect on our reputation and our business.

We may not be able to make technological improvements as quickly as some of our competitors, which could harm our ability to compete and adversely affect our results of operations, financial condition and liquidity.

The financial services industry is undergoing rapid technological changes, with frequent introductions of new technology-driven products and services. The effective use of technology increases efficiency and enables financial and lending institutions to better serve customers and reduce costs. Our future success and, in particular, the success of our centralized operations, will depend, in part, upon our ability to address the needs of our customers by using technology to provide products and services that will satisfy customer demands for convenience, as well as to create additional efficiencies in our operations. We may not be able to effectively implement new technology-driven products and services as quickly as some of our competitors or be successful in marketing these products and services to our existing and new customers. Failure to successfully keep pace with technological change affecting the financial services industry could harm our ability to compete with our competitors and adversely affect our results of operations, financial condition and liquidity.

As part of our growth strategy, we have committed to building our lending business. If we are unable to successfully implement our strategy, our results of operations, financial condition and liquidity may be materially adversely affected.

We believe that our future success depends on our ability to implement our strategy, the key feature of which has been to shift our primary focus to originating personal loans as well as acquiring portfolios of personal loans, pursuing acquisitions of companies, and/or establishing joint ventures or other strategic alliances. We have also expanded our digital presence in online lending through our centralized operations, which may involve additional risks associated with verifying income and customer identities.


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We may not be able to implement our strategy successfully, and our success depends on a number of factors, including, but not limited to, our ability to:
address the risks associated with our focus on personal loans (including direct auto loans), including, but not limited to consumer demand and changes in economic conditions and interest rates;
address the risks associated with the new centralized method of originating and servicing our loans online through our centralized operations, which represents a departure from our traditional high-touch branch-based servicing function and includes the potential for higher default and delinquency rates;
integrate, and develop the expertise required to capitalize on, our centralized operations;
obtain regulatory approval in connection with the acquisition of loan portfolios and/or companies in the business of selling loans or related products;
comply with regulations in connection with doing business and offering loan products over the internet, including various state and federal e-signature rules mandating that certain disclosures be made, and certain steps be followed in order to obtain and authenticate e-signatures, with which we have limited experience;
finance future growth; and
successfully source, underwrite and integrate new acquisitions of loan portfolios and other businesses.

In order for us to realize the benefits associated with our focus on originating and servicing personal loans and growing our business, we must implement our strategic objectives in a timely and cost-effective manner as well as anticipate and address any potential risks. In any event, we may not realize these benefits for many years, or our competitors may introduce more compelling products, services or enhancements. If we are not able to realize the benefits of our personal loan focus, or if we do not do so in a timely manner, our results of operations, financial condition and liquidity could be negatively affected which would have a material adverse effect on our business.

If goodwill and other intangible assets become impaired, it could have a negative impact on our profitability.

Goodwill represents the amount of acquisition cost over the fair value of net assets we acquired. If the carrying amount of goodwill and other intangible assets exceeds the fair value, an impairment loss is recognized in an amount equal to that excess. Any such adjustments are reflected in our results of operations in the periods in which the impairments become known. There can be no assurance that our future evaluations of goodwill and other intangible assets will not result in findings of impairments and related write-downs, which may have a material adverse effect on our financial condition and results of operations. See Note 9 of the Notes to the Consolidated Financial Statements included in this report.

We could face environmental liability and costs for damage caused by hazardous waste (including the cost of cleaning up contaminated property) if we foreclose upon or otherwise take title to real estate pledged as collateral.

If a real estate loan goes into default, we may start foreclosure proceedings in appropriate circumstances, which could result in our taking title to the mortgaged real estate. We also consider alternatives to foreclosure, such as “short sales,” where we do not take title to mortgaged real estate. There is a risk that toxic or hazardous substances could be found on property after we take title. In addition, we own certain properties through which we operate our business, such as the buildings at our headquarters and certain servicing facilities. As the owner of any property where hazardous waste is present, we could be held liable for clean-up and remediation costs, as well as damages for any personal injuries or property damage caused by the condition of the property. We may also be responsible for these costs if we are in the chain of title for the property, even if we were not responsible for the contamination and even if the contamination is not discovered until after we have sold the property. Costs related to these activities and damages could be substantial. Although we have policies and procedures in place to investigate properties for potential hazardous substances before taking title to properties, these reviews may not always uncover potential environmental hazards.


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We operate in a highly competitive market, and we cannot ensure that the competitive pressures we face will not have a material adverse effect on our results of operations, financial condition and liquidity.

The consumer finance industry is highly competitive. Our profitability depends, in large part, on our ability to underwrite and originate finance receivables. We compete with other consumer finance companies as well as other types of financial institutions that offer similar consumer financial products and services. Some of these competitors may have greater financial, technical and marketing resources than we possess. Some competitors may also have a lower cost of funds and access to funding sources that may not be available to us. Banks and credit card companies, which had focused largely on prime customers following the financial crisis, have recently resumed lending to non-prime customers. This shift could increase competition in the markets in which we operate. Increased regulatory pressure on payday lenders could cause many of those lenders to start making more traditional installment consumer loans in order to reduce regulatory scrutiny of their practices. We cannot assure you that the competitive pressures we face will not have a material adverse effect on our results of operations, financial condition and liquidity.

Our businesses are subject to regulation in the jurisdictions in which we conduct our business and failure to comply with such regulations may have a material adverse impact on our results of operations, financial condition and liquidity.

Our businesses are subject to numerous federal, state, and local laws and regulations, and various state authorities regulate and supervise our insurance operations. The laws under which a substantial amount of our consumer and real estate businesses are conducted generally: provide for state licensing of lenders and, in some cases, licensing of employees involved in real estate loan modifications; impose limits on the terms of consumer credit, including amounts, interest rates and charges; regulate whether and under what circumstances insurance and other optional products may be offered to consumers in connection with a consumer credit transaction; regulate the manner in which we use personal data; and provide for other consumer protections. We are also subject to extensive servicing regulations with which we must comply when servicing our legacy real estate loans and servicing loan portfolios on behalf of other parties. Additionally, we will have to comply with these servicing regulations if we acquire loan portfolios in the future and assume the servicing obligations for the acquired loans or other financial assets. The extent of state regulation of our insurance business varies by product and by jurisdiction, but relates primarily to the following: licensing; conduct of business; periodic examination of the affairs of insurers; form and content of required financial reports; standards of solvency; limitations on dividend payments and other affiliate transactions; types of products offered; approval of policy forms and premium rates; formulas to calculate any unearned premium refund due to an insured customer; permissible investments; deposits of securities for the benefit of policyholders; reserve requirements for unearned premiums, losses and other purposes; and claims processing.

All of our operations are subject to regular examination by state regulators and, certain aspects of our business, by federal regulators. As a whole, our entities are subject to several hundred regulatory examinations in a given year. These examinations may result in requirements to change our policies or practices, and in some cases, we are required to pay monetary fines or make reimbursements to customers. Many state regulators and some federal regulators have indicated an intention to pool their resources in order to conduct examinations of licensed entities, including us, at the same time (referred to as a “multi-state” examination). This could result in more in-depth examinations, which could be costlier and lead to more significant enforcement actions.

We are also subject to potential enforcement, supervisions and other actions that may be brought by state attorneys general or other state enforcement authorities and other governmental agencies. Any such actions could subject us to civil money penalties, customer remediation and increased compliance costs, as well as damage our reputation and brand and could limit or prohibit our ability to offer certain products and services or engage in certain business practices.


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State attorneys general have stated their intention to fill any void left by diminished CFPB enforcement and have a variety of tools at their disposal to enforce state and federal consumer financial laws. First, Section 1042 of the Dodd-Frank Act grants state attorneys general the ability to enforce the Dodd-Frank Act and regulations promulgated under the Dodd-Frank Act’s authority and to secure remedies provided in the Dodd-Frank Act against entities within their jurisdiction. State attorneys general also have enforcement authority under state law with respect to unfair or deceptive practices. Generally, under these statutes, state attorneys general may conduct investigations, bring actions, and recover civil penalties or obtain injunctive relief against entities engaging in unfair, deceptive, or fraudulent acts. Attorneys general may also coordinate among themselves to enter into multi-state actions or settlements. Then, several consumer financial laws like the Truth in Lending Act and Fair Credit Reporting Act grant enforcement or litigation authority to state attorneys general. Should the CFPB decrease its enforcement activity, we expect to see an increase in actions brought by state attorneys general.

The Department of Defense has made changes to the regulations that have been promulgated as a result of the Military Lending Act. Effective October 3, 2016, we are subject to the limitations of the Military Lending Act, which places a 36% “all-in” annual percentage rate limitation on certain fees, charges, interest, and credit and non-credit insurance premiums for non-purchase money loans made to active military service members, their spouses, or covered dependents. We are also no longer able to make non-purchase money loans secured by the titles of motor vehicles to these customers.

We are subject to potential changes in federal and state law, which could lower the interest-rate limit that non-depository financial institutions may charge for consumer loans or could expand the definition of interest under federal and state law to include the cost of optional products, such as insurance.

We believe that we maintain all material licenses and permits required for our current operations and are in substantial compliance with all applicable federal, state and local regulations, but we may not be able to maintain all requisite licenses and permits, and the failure to satisfy those and other regulatory requirements could have a material adverse effect on our operations. In addition, changes in laws or regulations applicable to us could subject us to additional licensing, registration and other regulatory requirements in the future or could adversely affect our ability to operate or the manner in which we conduct business.

A material failure to comply with applicable laws and regulations could result in regulatory actions, including substantial fines or penalties, lawsuits and damage to our reputation, which could have a material adverse effect on our results of operations, financial condition and liquidity.

For more information with respect to the regulatory framework affecting our businesses, see “Business—Regulation” included in this report.

Requirements of the Dodd-Frank Act and oversight by the CFPB significantly increase our regulatory costs and burdens.

The Dodd-Frank Act was adopted in 2010. This law and the related regulations affect our operations in terms of increased oversight of financial services products by the CFPB, and the imposition of restrictions on the allowable terms for certain consumer credit transactions. The CFPB has significant authority to implement and enforce federal consumer finance laws, including the Truth in Lending Act, the Equal Credit Opportunity Act, the Fair Credit Billing Act and new requirements for financial services products provided for in the Dodd-Frank Act, as well as the authority to identify and prohibit unfair, deceptive, or abusive acts and practices. In addition, the Dodd-Frank Act provides the CFPB with broad supervisory, examination and enforcement authority over various consumer financial products and services, including the ability to require reimbursements and other payments to customers for alleged legal violations, and to impose significant penalties, as well as injunctive relief that prohibits lenders from engaging in allegedly unlawful practices. Further, state attorneys general and state regulators are authorized to bring civil actions to enforce certain consumer protection provisions of the Dodd-Frank Act. The industry investigation and enforcement provisions of Title X of the Dodd-Frank Act may adversely affect our business if the CFPB or one or more state attorneys general or state regulators believe that we have violated any federal consumer financial protection laws, including the prohibition in Title X against unfair, deceptive or abusive acts or practices.


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The CFPB currently has supervisory authority over our real estate servicing activities, and may in the future have supervisory authority over at least portions of our consumer lending business. It also has the authority to bring enforcement actions for violations of laws over which it has jurisdiction regardless of whether it has supervisory authority for a given product or service. Effective in January 2014, the CFPB finalized mortgage servicing regulations, which makes it more difficult and expensive to service mortgages. The Dodd-Frank Act also gives the CFPB supervisory authority over entities that are designated as “larger participants” in certain financial services markets. The CFPB has published regulations for “larger participants” in the market of auto finance, and we have been designated as a larger participant in this market. The larger-participant rule for consumer installment loans was one of the rulemaking initiatives the CFPB designated as inactive in its Spring 2018 rulemaking agenda. It is not known if or when the CFPB may consider reactivating the rulemaking process for the larger participant rule for consumer installment loans. The CFPB’s broad supervisory and enforcement powers could affect our business and operations significantly in terms of increased operating and regulatory compliance costs, and limits on the types of products we offer and the manner in which they are offered, among other things. See “Business—Regulation” included in this report for further information on the CFPB.

The CFPB and certain state regulators have acted against some lenders regarding, for instance, debt collection and the marketing of optional products offered by the lenders in connection with their loans. The products included debt cancellation/suspension products and other types of payment protection insurance. We collect on delinquent debt. We also sell optional insurance and non-insurance products in connection with our loans. Our debt collection practices and sales of optional insurance and non-insurance products could be challenged in a similar manner by the CFPB or state consumer lending regulators.

Some of the rulemaking under the Dodd-Frank Act remains to be done. As a result, the complete impact of the Dodd-Frank Act remains uncertain. The CFPB issued a proposed rule addressing third party debt collection, including communication practices and consumer disclosures, in May 2019. The CFPB also announced that it is considering rulemaking to further clarify the meaning of “abusive” under section 1031 of the Dodd-Frank Act. It is not clear what form these and other remaining regulations will ultimately take, or how our business will be affected. No assurance can be given that the Dodd-Frank Act and related regulations or any other new legislative changes enacted will not have a significant impact on our business.

For more information with respect to the regulatory framework affecting our businesses, see “Business—Regulation” included in this report.

Current and proposed regulations relating to consumer privacy, data protection and information security could increase our costs.

We are subject to a number of federal and state consumer privacy, data protection, and information security laws and regulations. For example, we are subject to the federal Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act, which governs the use of PII by financial institutions. Moreover, various state laws and regulations may require us to notify customers, employees, state attorneys general, regulators and others in the event of a security breach. Federal and state legislators and regulators are increasingly pursuing new guidance, laws, and regulations relating to consumer privacy, data protection and information security. Compliance with current or future customer privacy, data protection, and information security laws and regulations could result in higher compliance, technology or other operating costs. Any violations of these laws and regulations may require us to change our business practices or operational structure, and could subject us to material legal claims, monetary penalties, sanctions, and the obligation to compensate and/or notify customers, employees, state attorneys general, regulators and others or take other remedial actions.

Our use of third-party vendors is subject to regulatory review.

Recently, the CFPB and other regulators have issued regulatory guidance focusing on the need for financial institutions to perform due diligence and ongoing monitoring of third-party vendor relationships which increases the scope of management involvement and decreases the benefit that we receive from using third-party vendors. Moreover, if our regulators conclude that we have not met the standards for oversight of our third-party vendors, we could be subject to enforcement actions, civil monetary penalties, supervisory orders to cease and desist or other remedial actions, which could have a materially adverse effect on our business, reputation, financial condition and operating results. Further, federal and state regulators have been scrutinizing the practices of lead aggregators and providers recently.  If regulators place restrictions on certain practices by lead aggregators or providers, our ability to use them as a source for applicants could be affected.


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We purchase and sell finance receivables, including charged-off receivables and receivables where the borrower is in default. This practice could subject us to heightened regulatory scrutiny, which may expose us to legal action, cause us to incur losses and/or limit or impede our collection activity.

As part of our business model, we purchase and sell finance receivables. Although the borrowers for some of these finance receivables are current on their payments, other borrowers may be in default (including in bankruptcy) or the debt may have been charged off as uncollectible. The CFPB and other regulators have recently significantly increased their scrutiny of the purchase and sale of debt, and collections practices undertaken by purchasers of debt, especially delinquent and charged-off debt. The CFPB has scrutinized sellers of debt for not maintaining sufficient documentation to support and verify the validity or amount of the debt. It has also scrutinized debt collectors for, among other things, their collection tactics, attempting to collect debts that no longer are valid, misrepresenting the amount of the debt and not having sufficient documentation to verify the validity or amount of the debt. Our purchases or sales of receivables could expose us to lawsuits or fines by regulators if we do not have sufficient documentation to support and verify the validity and amount of the finance receivables underlying these transactions, or if we or purchasers of our finance receivables use collection methods that are viewed as unfair or abusive. In addition, our collections could suffer, and we may incur additional expenses if we are required to change collection practices or stop collecting on certain debts as a result of a lawsuit or action on the part of regulators.

Changes in law and regulatory developments could result in significant additional compliance costs relating to securitizations.

The Dodd-Frank Act and related rulemaking and regulatory developments has resulted, and will continue to result, in the incurrence of additional compliance costs in connection with securitization transactions. The Dodd-Frank Act requires, among other things, that a securitizer retain at least a 5% economic interest in the credit risk of the securitized assets; this requirement has reduced and will continue to reduce the amount of financing obtained from such transactions. Furthermore, sponsors are prohibited from diluting the required risk retention by dividing the economic interest among multiple parties or hedging or transferring the credit risk the sponsor is required to maintain. Moreover, the SEC’s significant changes to Regulation AB could result in sweeping changes to the commercial and residential mortgage loan securitization markets, as well as to the market for the re-securitization of mortgage-backed securities.

Rules relating to securitizations rated by nationally-recognized statistical rating agencies require that the findings of any third-party due diligence service providers be made publicly available at least five (5) business days prior to the first sale of securities, which has led and will continue to lead us to incur additional costs in connection with each securitization.

Investment Company Act considerations could affect our method of doing business.

We intend to continue conducting our business operations so that neither we nor any of our subsidiaries are required to register as an investment company under the Investment Company Act of 1940 (the “Investment Company Act”). We are a holding company that conducts its businesses primarily through wholly-owned subsidiaries and are not an investment company because our subsidiaries are primarily engaged in the non-investment company business of consumer finance. Certain of our subsidiaries rely on exemptions from registration as an investment company, including pursuant to Sections 3(c)(4) and 3(c)(5) of the Investment Company Act. We rely on guidance published by the SEC staff or on our analyses of such guidance to determine our subsidiaries’ qualification under these and other exemptions. To the extent that the SEC staff publishes new or different guidance with respect to these matters, we may be required to adjust our business operations accordingly. Any additional guidance from the SEC staff could provide additional flexibility to us, or it could inhibit our ability to conduct our business operations. There can be no assurance that the laws and regulations governing the Investment Company Act status of real estate or real estate related assets or SEC guidance regarding Investment Company Act exemptions for real estate assets will not change in a manner that adversely affects our operations. If we fail to qualify for an exemption or exception from the Investment Company Act in the future, we could be required to restructure our activities or the activities of our subsidiaries, which could negatively affect us. In addition, if we or one or more of our subsidiaries fail to maintain compliance with the applicable exemptions or exceptions and we do not have another basis available to us on which we may avoid registration, and we were therefore required to register as an investment company under the Investment Company Act, we would become subject to substantial regulation with respect to our capital structure, management, operations, transactions with affiliated persons, holdings, and other matters, which could have an adverse effect on us.


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An inability to access adequate sources of liquidity may adversely affect our ability to fund operational requirements and satisfy financial obligations.

Our ability to access capital and credit may be significantly affected by disruption in the U.S. credit markets and the associated credit rating downgrades on our debt. In addition, the risk of volatility surrounding the global economic system and uncertainty surrounding regulatory reforms, such as the Dodd-Frank Act, continue to create uncertainty around access to the capital markets. Historically, we have funded our operations and repaid our debt and other obligations using funds collected from our finance receivable portfolio and new debt issuances. Our current corporate credit ratings are below investment grade and, as a result, our borrowing costs may further increase and our ability to borrow may be limited. In addition to issuing unsecured debt in the public and private markets, we have raised capital through securitization transactions and, although there can be no assurances that we will be able to complete additional securitizations or issue additional unsecured debt, we currently expect our near-term sources of capital markets funding to continue to derive from securitization transactions and unsecured debt offerings.

Any future capital markets transactions will be dependent on our financial performance as well as market conditions, which may result in receiving financing on terms less favorable to us than our existing financings. In addition, our access to future financing and our ability to refinance existing debt will depend on a variety of factors such as our financial performance, the general availability of credit, our credit ratings and credit capacity at the time we pursue such financing.

If we are unable to complete additional securitization transactions or unsecured debt offerings on a timely basis or upon terms acceptable to us or otherwise access adequate sources of liquidity, our ability to fund our own operational requirements and satisfy financial obligations may be adversely affected.

Our indebtedness is significant, which could affect our ability to meet our obligations under our debt instruments and could materially and adversely affect our business and ability to react to changes in the economy or our industry.

Our significant indebtedness could have important consequences, including the following:
it may require us to dedicate a significant portion of our cash flows from operations to the payment of the principal of, and interest on, our indebtedness, which reduces the funds available for other purposes, including finance receivable originations and capital returns;
it could limit our ability to withstand competitive pressures and reduce our flexibility in responding to changing regulatory, business and economic conditions;
it may limit our ability to incur additional borrowings or securitizations for working capital, capital expenditures, business development, debt service requirements, acquisitions or general corporate or other purposes, or to refinance our indebtedness;
it may require us to seek to change the maturity, interest rate and other terms of our existing debt;
it may place us at a competitive disadvantage to competitors that are not as highly leveraged;
it may cause a downgrade of our debt and long-term corporate ratings; and
it may cause us to be more vulnerable to periods of negative or slow growth in the general economy or in our business.

In addition, meeting our anticipated liquidity requirements is contingent upon our continued compliance with our existing debt agreements. An event of default or declaration of acceleration under one of our existing debt agreements could also result in an event of default and declaration of acceleration under certain of our other existing debt agreements. Such an acceleration of our debt would have a material adverse effect on our liquidity and our ability to continue as a going concern. If our debt obligations increase, whether due to the increased cost of existing indebtedness or the incurrence of additional indebtedness, the consequences described above could be magnified.

There can be no assurance that we will be able to repay or refinance our debt in the future.


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Certain of our outstanding notes contain covenants that restrict our operations and may inhibit our ability to grow our business and increase revenues.

SFC’s indenture and certain of SFC’s notes contain a covenant that limits SFC’s and its subsidiaries’ ability to create or incur liens. The restrictions may interfere with our ability to obtain new or additional financing or may affect the manner in which we structure such new or additional financing or engage in other business activities, which may significantly limit or harm our results of operations, financial condition and liquidity. A default and resulting acceleration of obligations could also result in an event of default and declaration of acceleration under certain of our other existing debt agreements. Such an acceleration of our debt would have a material adverse effect on our liquidity and our ability to continue as a going concern. A default could also significantly limit our alternatives to refinance the debt under which the default occurred as well as other indebtedness. This limitation may significantly restrict our financing options during times of either market distress or our financial distress, which are precisely the times when having financing options is most important.

The assessment of our liquidity is based upon significant judgments and estimates that could prove to be materially incorrect.

In assessing our current financial position and developing operating plans for the future, management has made significant judgments and estimates with respect to our liquidity, including but not limited to:
our ability to generate sufficient cash to service all of our outstanding debt;
our continued ability to access debt and securitization markets and other sources of funding on favorable terms;
our ability to complete on favorable terms, as needed, additional borrowings, securitizations, finance receivable portfolio sales, or other transactions to support liquidity, and the costs associated with these funding sources, including sales at less than carrying value and limits on the types of assets that can be securitized or sold, which would affect our profitability;
the potential for downgrade of our debt by rating agencies, which would have a negative impact on our cost of, and access to, capital;
our ability to comply with our debt covenants;
our ability to make capital returns to OMH's stockholders;
the amount of cash expected to be received from our finance receivable portfolio through collections (including prepayments) and receipt of finance charges, which could be materially different than our estimates;
the potential for declining financial flexibility and reduced income should we use more of our assets for securitizations and finance receivable portfolio sales; and
the potential for reduced income due to the possible deterioration of the credit quality of our finance receivable portfolios.
Additionally, there are numerous risks to our financial results, liquidity, and capital raising and debt refinancing plans that are not quantified in our current liquidity forecasts. These risks include, but are not limited, to the following:
our inability to grow our personal loan portfolio with adequate profitability to fund operations, loan losses, and other expenses;
our inability to monetize assets including, but not limited to, our access to debt and securitization markets;
our inability to obtain the additional necessary funding to finance our operations;
the effect of current and potential new federal, state and local laws, regulations, or regulatory policies and practices, including the Dodd-Frank Act, on our ability to conduct business or the manner in which we conduct business, such as licensing requirements, pricing limitations or restrictions on the method of offering products, as well as changes that may result from increased regulatory scrutiny of the sub-prime lending industry;
potential liability relating to real estate and personal loans which we have sold or may sell in the future, or relating to securitized loans, if it is determined that there was a non-curable breach of a warranty made in connection with the transaction;
the potential for increasing costs and difficulty in servicing our loan portfolio as a result of heightened nationwide regulatory scrutiny of loan servicing and foreclosure practices in the industry generally, and related costs that could be passed on to us in connection with the subservicing of our real estate loans that were originated or acquired centrally;
reduced cash flows as a result of the liquidation of our real estate loan portfolio;
the potential for additional unforeseen cash demands or acceleration of obligations;

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reduced income due to loan modifications where the borrower’s interest rate is reduced, principal payments are deferred, or other concessions are made;
the potential for declines or volatility in bond and equity markets; and
the potential effect on us if the capital levels of our regulated and unregulated subsidiaries prove inadequate to support our current business plans.

We intend to repay indebtedness with one or more of the following sources, among others: finance receivable collections, cash on hand, proceeds of additional debt financings (particularly new securitizations and possible new issuances and/or debt refinancing transactions), finance receivable portfolio sales, or a combination of the foregoing. There can be no assurance that we will be successful in undertaking any of these activities to support our operations and repay our obligations.

The actual outcome of one or more of our plans could be materially different than expected or one or more of our significant judgments or estimates about the potential effects of these risks and uncertainties could prove to be materially incorrect. In the event of such an occurrence, if third-party financing is not available, our liquidity could be materially adversely affected, and as a result, substantial doubt could exist about our ability to continue as a going concern.

SFC's credit ratings could adversely affect our ability to raise capital in the debt markets at attractive rates, which could negatively affect our results of operations, financial condition, and liquidity.

S&P, Moody’s, and KBRA rate SFC’s debt. Ratings reflect the rating agencies’ opinions of a company’s financial strength, operating performance, strategic position and ability to meet its obligations. Agency ratings are not a recommendation to buy, sell or hold any security, and may be revised or withdrawn at any time by the issuing organization. Each agency’s rating should be evaluated independently of any other agency’s rating.

The table below outlines SFC’s long-term corporate debt ratings and outlook by rating agencies:

As of December 31, 2019RatingOutlook
S&PBB-  Stable  
Moody’sBa3  Stable  
KBRABB+  Stable  

Currently, no other entity has a corporate debt rating, though they may be rated in the future.

If SFC’s current ratings are downgraded, it will likely increase the interest rate that we would have to pay to raise money in the capital markets, making it more expensive for us to borrow money and adversely impacting our access to capital. As a result, a downgrade of SFC's ratings could negatively impact our results of operations, financial condition and liquidity.


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Our securitizations may expose us to financing and other risks, and there can be no assurance that we will be able to access the securitization market in the future, which may require us to seek more costly financing.

We have securitized, and may in the future securitize, certain of our finance receivables to generate cash to originate or purchase new finance receivables or repay our outstanding indebtedness. In such transactions, we typically convey a pool of finance receivables to a special purpose entity, which, in turn, conveys the finance receivables to a trust (the issuing entity). Concurrently, the trust typically issues non-recourse notes or certificates pursuant to the terms of an indenture or pooling and servicing agreement, which then are transferred to the special purpose entity in exchange for the finance receivables. The securities issued by the trust are secured by the pool of finance receivables. In exchange for the transfer of finance receivables to the issuing entity, we typically receive the cash proceeds from the sale of the trust securities, all residual interests, if any, in the cash flows from the finance receivables after payment of the trust securities, and a 100% beneficial interest in the issuing entity.

Although we have successfully completed a number of securitizations since 2012, we can give no assurances that we will be able to complete additional securitizations if the securitization markets become constrained. In addition, the value of any subordinated securities that we may retain in our securitizations might be reduced or, in some cases, eliminated as a result of an adverse change in economic conditions or the financial markets.

SFC, OMFG, and OMFH currently act as the servicers with respect to the personal loan securitization trusts and related series of asset-backed securities. If SFC, OMFG, or OMFH defaults in its servicing obligations, an early amortization event could occur with respect to the relevant asset-backed securities and SFC, OMFG, or OMFH, as applicable, could be replaced as servicer. Servicer defaults include, for example, the failure of the servicer to make any payment, transfer or deposit in accordance with the securitization documents, a breach of representations, warranties or agreements made by the servicer under the securitization documents and the occurrence of certain insolvency events with respect to the servicer. Such an early amortization event could damage our reputation and have materially adverse consequences on our liquidity and cost of funds.

Rating agencies may also affect our ability to execute a securitization transaction or increase the costs we expect to incur from executing securitization transactions, not only by deciding not to issue ratings for our securitization transactions, but also by altering the criteria and process they follow in issuing ratings. Rating agencies could alter their ratings processes or criteria after we have accumulated finance receivables for securitization in a manner that effectively reduces the value of those finance receivables by increasing our financing costs or otherwise requiring that we incur additional costs to comply with those processes and criteria. We have no ability to control or predict what actions the rating agencies may take in this regard.

Further, other matters, such as (i) accounting standards applicable to securitization transactions and (ii) capital and leverage requirements applicable to banks and other regulated financial institutions' asset-backed securities, could result in decreased investor demand for securities issued through our securitization transactions, or increased competition from other institutions that undertake securitization transactions. In addition, compliance with certain regulatory requirements, including the Dodd-Frank Act and the Investment Company Act, may affect the type of securitizations that we are able to complete.

If it is not possible or economical for us to securitize our finance receivables in the future, we would need to seek alternative financing to support our operations and to meet our existing debt obligations, which may be less efficient and more expensive than raising capital via securitizations and may have a material adverse effect on our results of operations, financial condition and liquidity.


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The Apollo-Värde Group is OMH's largest stockholder, and the Apollo-Värde Group may exercise significant influence over us, including through its ability to designate a majority of the members of the board of directors, and its interests may conflict with the interests of OMH's other stockholders.

Effective June 25, 2018, OMH Holdings, L.P., a Delaware limited partnership, an entity formed by the Apollo-Värde Group, an investor group led by funds managed by Apollo and Värde, completed its purchase of 54,937,500 shares of OMH's common stock formerly beneficially owned by Springleaf Financial Holdings, LLC, an ent