CAB: Thoughts on the Credit Book

05/16/11 09:52AM EDT

After seeing CAB's Master Trust Data (which I understand only enough to be dangerous) I looked to Josh Steiner for his color. I was surprised with his response, to say the least.

 

Cabela's reports April master trust data

  • Gross charge-offs 2.84% vs 2.92% in Mar and 3.30% in Feb
  • Total delinquencies 0.87% vs 0.89% in Mar and 1.04% in Feb
    • 30-59 days 0.34% vs 0.34% in Mar and 0.41% in Feb
    • 60-89 days 0.24% vs 0.27% in Mar and 0.29% in Feb
    • 90+ days 0.28% vs 0.28% in Mar and 0.33% in Feb
  • Payment rate 43.91% vs 42.21% in Mar and 39.21% in Feb
  • Portfolio Yield 20.67% vs 21.68% in Mar and 19.73% in Feb

Josh Steiner: Hedgeye Financials Sector Head

"Credit quality is exceptional in this book. For reference, their NCOs and DQs are below half the levels seen at the majors. That’s obviously not a catalyst of any kind, but it is an interesting observation that their profile is so much better than the country’s as a whole.

Looking at the data, net charge-offs are improving sequentially in line with the industry. Delinquencies, the more important gauge, are essentially flat sequentially though still trending lower. Early-stage delinquencies are the more telling component because that’s the new-new, and those were flat month over month. Payment rate up sequentially. This simply tells you that people were paying more of their bill this month vs. last. For reference, the payment rate is generally the least interesting number that comes out. The yield is down a point sequentially but up vs. Feb. – overall, yields will bounce around a fair amount.

Frankly, I’m surprised by how high yields are relative to these charge-off rates. This must be an extremely profitable, albeit small, portfolio they’re running."

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