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 Santander Consumer USA Holdings Inc. Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2018 Results
   Wednesday, January 30, 2019 6:15:00 AM ET

DALLAS, Jan. 30, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Santander Consumer USA Holdings Inc. (NYSE: SC) ("SC") today announced net income for the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2018 ("Q4 2018") of $104 million, or $0.29 per diluted common share. Net income for the full year 2018 ("2018") was $916 million, or $2.54 per diluted common share.

The Company has declared a cash dividend of $0.20 per share, to be paid on February 21, 2019, to shareholders of record as of the close of business on February 11, 20191.

"Our full-year results demonstrate strength and consistency," said Scott Powell, SC President and CEO, and CEO of Santander US. "SC's earnings and originations were up during each quarter, driven by our renewed focus on dealer experience, robust pricing approach, and stable credit performance. Auto originations through Santander Bank approached $2 billion in the program's first year, demonstrating the value that Santander US' businesses bring to each other. The Federal Reserve's termination of its 2015 Written Agreement with Santander Holdings USA demonstrates the significant improvements we have made to the way our US business operates."

2018 Regulatory and Business Milestones:

  • The Federal Reserve Bank of Boston ("Federal Reserve") terminated the 2015 Written Agreement with SC's majority owner, Santander Holdings USA, Inc. ("SHUSA"). SHUSA also received its second consecutive capital stress test non-objection.
  • Achieved an average annual FCA penetration rate of 30%, up from 21% in 2017.
  • Through Santander Bank N.A., fully-launched a program in July leading to $1.9 billion in originations, and increased FCA dealer receivables ("floorplan") 43% year-over-year, to $2.8 billion.
  • Leading auto loan asset-backed securities ("ABS") issuer with $13.0 billion in ABS.
  • Completed prime auto loan portfolio conversion with a new third party increasing serviced for others balance by $1.0 billion.
  • Reached agreements with AutoFi & AutoGravity expanding SC digital partnerships in 2018.

Full Year 2018 Key Financial Highlights (variances compared to full year 2017 ("2017")):

  • Total auto originations of $28.8 billion, up 43%
  • Net finance and other interest income of $4.5 billion, up 1.8%
  • RIC net charge-off ratio of 8.5%, down 50 basis points
  • Return on average assets ("ROA") of 2.2%
  • Expense ratio of 2.1%

Fourth Quarter of 2018 Key Financial Highlights (variances compared to fourth quarter of 2017 ("Q4 2017")):

  • Total auto originations of $6.9 billion, up 59%
    • Core retail auto originations of $2.2 billion, up 51%
    • Chrysler Capital loan originations of $2.5 billion, up 63%
    • Chrysler Capital lease originations of $2.1 billion, up 64%
    • SBNA Program Originations of $1.1 billion
  • Net finance and other interest income of $1.1 billion, up 9%
  • RIC net charge-off ratio of 10.6%, up 30 basis points
  • 59+ delinquency ratio of 6.0%, down 30 basis points
  • ROA of 1.0%
  • CET1 ratio of 15.7%
  • $2.2 billion in ABS

Subsequent Events:

  • During January 2019, the Company completed its previously announced $200 million share repurchase program
  • $1.0 billion in ABS sold through DRIVE 2019-1

"During 2018 we executed on our goals and improved dealer experience, focused on risk-adjusted returns and maintained disciplined expense management. This was demonstrated by strong originations growth, steady credit performance and an improved expense ratio," said Juan Carlos Alvarez, SC CFO. "We have also completed our $200 million repurchase program and looking ahead, while we remain vigilant on the prolonged expansion, the macroeconomic environment is supportive for our business and we are optimistic about 2019."

Net finance and other interest income increased 9 percent, to $1.1 billion in Q4 2018 from $1.0 billion in Q4 2017, primarily driven by higher lease income partially offset by higher interest expenses.

Servicing fee income increased 3 percent to $27 million in Q4 2018, from $26 million in Q4 2017, driven by the SBNA originations program and higher serviced for others balances. SC's serviced for others portfolio of $9.0 billion as of Q4 2018, is up 4 percent from $8.6 billion in Q4 2017.

RIC delinquency ratio2 decreased to 6.0 percent in Q4 2018, from 6.3 percent in Q4 2017.

RIC net charge-off ratio3 increased to 10.6 percent in Q4 2018, from 10.3 percent in Q4 2017. Provision for credit loss increased to $691 million in Q4 2018, from $598 million in Q4 2017.

Allowance ratio4 decreased 30 basis points, to 11.4 percent at the end of Q4 2018, from 11.7 percent at the end of Q3 2018.

Recorded net investment losses were $146 million in Q4 2018, compared to net investment losses of $138 million in Q4 2017. The current period losses were primarily driven by held for sale accounting for SC's personal lending portfolio5.

During the quarter, SC incurred $256 million of operating expenses.

1The timing and amount of any capital actions will depend on various factors, including the business plans and financial performance of both SC and SHUSA, as well as market conditions, and any SC capital distribution is subject to approval of the Company's and SHUSA's respective boards of directors.

2 Delinquency ratio is defined as the ratio of end of period delinquent principal over 59 days to end of period gross balance of the respective portfolio, excluding capital leases.

3 Net charge-off ratio stated on a recorded investment basis, which is the unpaid principal balance adjusted for unaccreted net discounts, subvention and origination costs.

4 Ratio for allowance for credit losses excludes end of period balances on purchased receivables portfolio of $28 million and finance receivables held for sale of $1.1 billion.

5 The current period losses were primarily driven by $146 million of lower of cost or market adjustments related to the held for sale personal lending portfolio, comprised of $109 million in customer default activity and $37 million increase in market discount, consistent with seasonal patterns.

Conference Call Information

SC will host a conference call and webcast to discuss the Q4 2018 results and other general matters at 10 a.m. Eastern Time on Wednesday, January 30, 2019. The conference call will be accessible by dialing 800-289-0438 (U.S. domestic), or 323-794-2423 (international), conference ID 8932754. Please join 10 minutes prior to the start of the call. The conference call will also be accessible via live audio webcast through the Investor Relations section of the corporate website at . Choose "Events" and select the information pertaining to the Q4 2018 Earnings Call. Additionally there will be several slides accompanying the webcast. Please allow at least 15 minutes to register, download and install any necessary software prior to the call.

For those unable to listen to the live broadcast, a replay will be available on the Company's website or by dialing 844-512-2921 (U.S. domestic), or 412-317-6671 (international), conference ID 8932754, approximately two hours after the conference call for two weeks. An audio webcast of the call and investor presentation will also be archived on the Investor Relations section of SC's corporate website at , under "Events."

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Any statements about our expectations, beliefs, plans, predictions, forecasts, objectives, assumptions, or future events or performance are not historical facts and may be forward-looking. These statements are often, but not always, made through the use of words or phrases such as anticipates, believes, can, could, may, predicts, potential, should, will, estimates, plans, projects, continuing, ongoing, expects, intends, and similar words or phrases. Although we believe that the expectations reflected in these forward-looking statements are reasonable, these statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve risks and uncertainties that are subject to change based on various important factors, some of which are beyond our control. For additional discussion of these risks, refer to the section entitled Risk Factors and elsewhere in our Annual Report on Form 10-K and our Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q filed by us with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Among the factors that could cause the forward-looking statements in this press release and/or our financial performance to differ materially from that suggested by the forward-looking statements are: (a) the inherent limitations in internal control over financial reporting; (b) our ability to remediate any material weaknesses in internal controls over financial reporting completely and in a timely manner; (c) continually changing federal, state, and local laws and regulations could materially adversely affect our business; (d) adverse economic conditions in the United States and worldwide may negatively impact our results; (e) our business could suffer if our access to funding is reduced; (f) significant risks we face implementing our growth strategy, some of which are outside our control; (g) unexpected costs and delays in connection with exiting our personal lending business; (h) our agreement with FCA US LLC may not result in currently anticipated levels of growth and is subject to certain performance conditions that could result in termination of the agreement; (i) our business could suffer if we are unsuccessful in developing and maintaining relationships with automobile dealerships; (j) our financial condition, liquidity, and results of operations depend on the credit performance of our loans; (k) loss of our key management or other personnel, or an inability to attract such management and personnel; (l) certain regulations, including but not limited to oversight by the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the European Central Bank, and the Federal Reserve, whose oversight and regulation may limit certain of our activities, including the timing and amount of dividends and other limitations on our business; and (m) future changes in our relationship with SHUSA and Banco Santander, which could adversely affect our operations. If one or more of the factors affecting our forward-looking information and statements proves incorrect, our actual results, performance or achievements could differ materially from those expressed in, or implied by, forward-looking information and statements. Therefore, we caution the reader not to place undue reliance on any forward-looking information or statements. The effect of these factors is difficult to predict. Factors other than these also could adversely affect our results, and the reader should not consider these factors to be a complete set of all potential risks or uncertainties as new factors emerge from time to time. Any forward-looking statements only speak as of the date of this document, and we undertake no obligation to update any forward-looking information or statements, whether written or oral, to reflect any change, except as required by law. All forward-looking statements attributable to us are expressly qualified by these cautionary statements.

About Santander Consumer USA Holdings Inc.

Santander Consumer USA Holdings Inc. (NYSE: SC) ("SC") is a full-service consumer finance company focused on vehicle finance, third-party servicing and delivering superior service to our more than 2.7 million customers across the full credit spectrum. The Company, which began originating retail installment contracts in 1997, has an average managed asset portfolio of approximately $54 billion as of December 31, 2018, and is headquartered in Dallas. ( )


SBNA Originations Program
Beginning in 2018, the Company agreed to provide SBNA with origination support services in connection with the processing, underwriting and purchase of retail loans, primarily from Chrysler dealers. In addition, the Company agreed to perform the servicing for any loans originated on SBNA's behalf. During the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2018, the Company facilitated the purchase of $1.1 billion and $1.9 billion of retail installment contacts, respectively.




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