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Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Advanta Halts New Credit-Card Lending

by Calculated Risk on 5/12/2009 09:25:00 AM

From Bloomberg: Advanta Shuts Down Credit-Card Lending Amid Surging Charge-Offs

Advanta Corp., the issuer of credit cards for small businesses, will halt new lending for its 1 million customers next month as the recession causes a surge in loan defaults. ... Advanta said ... charge-offs, or uncollectible debt, reached 20 percent on some cards as of March 31.
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“We’ll be shutting down accounts for future transaction activities, but many of the customers will maintain balances and pay us off over time,” [Chief Financial Officer Philip Browne] said yesterday in a telephone interview.

Advanta was the 11th-biggest U.S. credit-card issuer at the end of 2008 with about $5 billion in outstanding balances, and the only major lender focused on small business borrowers ...
This is much higher loss rate than for consumer credit cards - the Fed's two year indicative loss rate was 18% to 20% for consumer credit cards - Advanta is seeing that in one year for some cards!