IOU Continues to Post Positive Earnings
Loan originations for IOU Financial’s third quarter were $36.1 million, an 85% increase over last year’s Q3 originations of $19.6 million. This is also IOU’s fourth consecutive quarter with positive earnings.
“IOU continued to deliver strong loan origination growth and earnings performance during the third quarter of 2018 and we have successfully managed loan defaults as a result of measures implemented last year,” said IOU Financial CEO Phil Marleau.
The measures implemented last year refer, in part, to changes in collection efforts, such as using a more aggressive litigation strategy against businesses that default on their loan obligations, Marleau told deBanked. Provisions for loan losses in Q3 were $1.2 million, a decrease of 51% compared to last year at this time.
Most of IOU’s revenue comes from making loans of up to $300,000 to American small businesses. Marleau said the average IOU loan is for $100,000 with a 12 month term, although they do offer terms up to 18 months. A significant percentage of IOU’s merchants use the business loans to purchase equipment. Other loans are used for business expansion and temporary cash flow. To date, IOU has originated nearly $600 million in loans.
Despite the fact that the lender mostly services the American market, with its headquarters in Montreal and its stock listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange, IOU made a marketing push this quarter to expand its service in Canada.
“We’ve been getting the word out to brokers that we’re looking to serve Canadian merchants,” Marleau said.
Ironically, in many cases, that has meant telling American ISOs who market to Canada that IOU is open for business in its own country.
Marleau, who is Canadian, met cofounder and IOU President Robert Gloer at a fintech conference in San Francisco, and the company’s first loan was made in 2009. Gloer had ties to Atlanta, which is why IOU’s U.S. office is located there. While the company’s headquarters is in Montreal, the Atlanta office is larger and is where the company’s sales operations take place. The company has about 40 employees, but only about ten work at the Montreal headquarters.Last modified: November 14, 2018
Todd Stone is a reporter for deBanked.