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Takeaway: We hosted a one hour call this morning introducing our bearish thesis on PRA Group (PRAA). Links to the deck and replay are below.

Slides: HERE

Call: HERE

CALL REPLAY - PRA GROUP (PRAA): NEW BEST IDEA SHORT - PRA roller coaster 

KEY POINTS 

  • Supply/Demand Headwinds: The market for buying defaulted receivables is especially unfavorable. Demand for paper has exceeded supply for a few years now, mirroring the environment last seen from 2005-2007 when shares of PRAA tumbled ~70%.
  • Growing Debt: Leverage at the company has risen quickly in the wake of the Activ deal.  
  • Insiders Dumping: Widespread insider selling suggests that insiders see similar intermediate/longer-term headwinds.
  • History's Guide: Our analysis of the interplay between labor markets, terminal IRRs and pre-tax margins will shed light on what to expect fundamentally from a timing standpoint.
  • Regulatory Pressure: The CFPB is expected to set new rules for debt collectors in 2016.
  • Current Value Unsustainable: The ERC less cost to collect and taxes is currently ~$400mn below the net debt of the company.

Joshua Steiner, CFA

Jonathan Casteleyn, CFA, CMT