TitleMax

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TitleMax, Inc.
TypePrivate/Employee Owned
IndustryTitle Lending
FoundedSeptember 1998[1] Columbus, Georgia
HeadquartersSavannah, Georgia, U.S.
Number of locations608 Stores (September, 2011)[2]
Area servedAlabama, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Mississippi¸ Missouri, Nevada, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas.[3]
ProductsTitle Loan
ServicesAlternative Financial Services
Websitewww.titlemax.biz
 
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TitleMax, Inc.
TypePrivate/Employee Owned
IndustryTitle Lending
FoundedSeptember 1998[1] Columbus, Georgia
HeadquartersSavannah, Georgia, U.S.
Number of locations608 Stores (September, 2011)[2]
Area servedAlabama, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Mississippi¸ Missouri, Nevada, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas.[3]
ProductsTitle Loan
ServicesAlternative Financial Services
Websitewww.titlemax.biz

TitleMax, Inc. is a privately owned title lending business based in Savannah, Georgia. The Company has more than 600 stores in twelve states including Alabama, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Mississippi¸ Missouri, Nevada, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia.[4] TitleMax serves individuals who generally have limited access to consumer credit from banks, thrift institutions, credit card lenders and other traditional sources of consumer credit.[5] TitleMax offers a title loan product which allows customers to meet their liquidity needs by borrowing against the value of their vehicles while retaining use of their vehicle during the term of the loan.[6]

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History

A TitleMax location in Savannah, GA, where the company is based

On September 1, 1998, TitleMax opened the first location in Columbus, Georgia.[7] In October 1998, TitleMax opened its second location in Savannah, Georgia. Many Savannah locations were then established, and later that year, TitleMax opened the first out-of-state store in Phenix City, Alabama. By July 2000, TitleMax expanded to open its first South Carolina store in Beaufort, South Carolina, which marked its 28th store. In late 2000, TitleMax established stores in Chattanooga, Tennessee. By June 2006, TitleMax opened its first Missouri location in Arnold, Missouri, growing the company to 348 stores. By May 2007, TitleMax reached Peoria, Illinois, totaling 428 locations. Later that year, TitleMax expanded to Pearl, Mississippi, and by the end of 2007, TitleMax opened its 500th location in St. Louis, Missouri, while surpassing $200,000,000 in account receivables.[8] In 2008, TitleMax expanded into Virginia. In April 2009, TitleMax Holdings, LLC, filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy.[9] According to TitleMax’s lawyer at the time, the cause of the default was attributed to “the maturity of an estimated $165 million loan from Merrill Lynch & Co.”[10] In 2008, Bank of America acquired Merrill Lynch & Co..[11] The attorney of DLA Piper LLP in New York City was quoted in an interview conducted by Bloomberg, “It’s a solvent company, there’s a significant amount of equity over the debt.”[12] In April 2010, nearly one year after the bankruptcy filing, TitleMax Holdings LLC won court approval for reorganization and was able to exit bankruptcy status.[13] Since reorganization, TitleMax has most recently expanded into Arizona, Florida, Nevada & Texas.[14]

Family of brands under TMX Finance LLC

Sister Companies

TitleMax’s parent company, TMX Finance, changed its name from TitleMax Holdings, LLC to TMX Finance LLC as of June 21, 2010.[15] TMX Finance controls over 725 stores and employs over 3,300 people nationwide.[16] TitleBucks and EquityAuto Loan are the sister companies to TitleMax. In 608 stores, TMX Finance operates as TitleMax; in 116 stores, the Company uses a TitleBucks brand. TMX Finance also offers a second-lien automobile product in Georgia under the EquityAuto Loan brand, with operations conducted within 122 TitleMax stores and through 4 standalone stores.[17]

Industry Overview

Customers use the services provided by the alternative financial services industry for a variety of reasons, including that they often: do not have access to traditional credit-based lenders like banks, thrift institutions and credit card companies; have a sudden and unexpected need for cash due to common financial challenges like medical emergencies, vehicle repairs, divorce, job changes or other unexpected expenses; are self-employed small business owners with an immediate need for short-term working capital; need a small amount of cash immediately and do not have time to wait for a traditional lender to approve a loan; and see such services as a sensible alternative to potentially higher costs and negative credit consequences of other alternatives, such as overdraft fees, bounced check fees or late fees.[18]

References

  1. ^ TMX Finance LLC. Amendement No. 2 to form S-4, Filed April 19, 2011, “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations”, p. 29.
  2. ^ TMX Finance LLC. Form 10-Q, Filed September 30, 2011, “Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements (unaudited)”, p. 6.
  3. ^ TMX Finance LLC. Form 10-Q, Filed September 30, 2011, “Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements (unaudited)”, p. 6.
  4. ^ TMX Finance LLC. Form 10-Q, Filed September 30, 2011, “Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements (unaudited)”, p. 6.
  5. ^ TMX Finance LLC. Amendment No.2 to Form S-4, Filed April 19, 2011, “Summary: The Company”, p. 1.
  6. ^ TMX Finance LLC. Amendment No.2 to Form S-4, Filed April 19, 2011, “Summary: The Company”, p. 1.
  7. ^ TMX Finance LLC. Amendement No. 2 to form S-4, Filed April 19, 2011, “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations”, p. 29.
  8. ^ TMX Finance LLC. Form S-4, Filed February 11, 2011, “Summary Historical Financial and Operating Data”, p. 9.
  9. ^ Larson, Eric. “Titlemax Seeks Bankruptcy Protection in Georgia (Update2)”, “Bloomberg,” April 20, 2009, accessed August 3, 2011.
  10. ^ Larson, Eric. “Titlemax Seeks Bankruptcy Protection in Georgia (Update2)”, “Bloomberg,” April 20, 2009, accessed August 3, 2011.
  11. ^ Bruno, Joe. "Bank of America buys Merrill Lynch", "The Washington Times", September 15, 2008, accessed August 3, 2011.
  12. ^ Larson, Eric. “Titlemax Seeks Bankruptcy Protection in Georgia (Update2)”, “Bloomberg,” April 20, 2009, accessed August 3, 2011.
  13. ^ Jeffrey, Donald. “TitleMax Reorganization Plan Confirmed by Bankruptcy Judge, Attorney Says”, "Bloomberg," April 12, 2010, accessed August 3, 2011.
  14. ^ TMX Finance LLC. Form 8-K, Filed July, 19, 2011, “Recent Results”, p. 2.
  15. ^ TMX Finance LLC. Form 10-Q, Filed May 27, 2011, “Nature of Business”, p. 6.
  16. ^ TMX Finance LLC. Form 10-Q, Filed September 30, 2011, “Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements (unaudited)”, p. 6.
  17. ^ TMX Finance LLC. Form 10-Q, Filed September 30, 2011, “Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements (unaudited)”, p. 6.
  18. ^ TMX Finance LLC. Amendment No.2 to Form S-4, Filed April 19, 2011, “Industry Overview”, p. 40.