April 19, 2001
Irwin Leasing Shows Loss
Lakeland Leasing Noninterest Expense Up
Depping: Lion or Gazelle?
Powerfarm.com, MachineryLink Announce Business Alliance
Intuit Appoints Former GE/Colonial President to New Position
All United Capital E-Mail Accounts Come Back/No Longer Connected???
Irwin Financial's small-ticket leasing line of business (www.irwinbf.com ) incurred a pre-tax
loss of $0.7 million in the first quarter, compared with a pre-tax loss of $0.9 million a year
earlier. Lease and loan originations totaled $33.9 million in the first quarter and the
portfolio totaled $170.7 million at quarter-end.
Irwin Ventures (www.irwinventures.com ) lost $1.4 million during the first quarter, compared to
net income of $4.3 million a year earlier. The loss in the first quarter of 2001 principally
reflects a $2.5 million pre-tax valuation adjustment in its portfolio, reflecting market
conditions for early-stage companies.
Overall, Irwin Financial net income in the first quarter of 2001 of $11.1 million or $0.49 per
share, compared with net income of $8.5 million or $0.40 per share during the same period in
2000, an increase in earnings per share of 22.5%.
First quarter results reflected strong performance by the Corporation's mortgage banking and
home equity lines of business as well as stable credit quality, they report.
The Leasing Division of Lakeland Bank, which was purchased in the second quarter of 2000.
Noninterest expenses for the first quarter of 2001 were $7.4 million as compared to $6.4 million in the first quarter of 2000. The increase reflects additional costs incurred in the newly
acquired leasing division and the impact of new branches.
Diluted Earnings were announced today as Per Share of $0.19 for the first quarter of 2001, up 6% from $0.18 for the same period in 2000. Net Income was $2.4 million, equal to the net income for the same period last year. Return on Average Assets was 1.08% and Return on Average Equity was
12.45% for the first quarter 2001.
"Despite the slowing economy, Lakeland continues to experience healthy loan, deposit and
earnings growth," said Roger Bosma, Lakeland Bancorp's President and CEO. "With the roll out of
Internet Banking and debit cards in the first quarter, Lakeland continues to expand its product
array to meet customer needs."
Depping: Lion or Gazelle?
I would have to say he went out like a Hyena. I was one of the about 20
employees that worked for First Sierra from ground zero, starting in
Jupiter, FL. Tom Depping personally guaranteed that we would be there
indefinitely, as people were wanting to purchase homes. Those people bought
there homes, which came with new mortgages. With in 90 days Depping showed
up and in the office and, in short, said you are moving to Houston or find
new jobs. This management style became the normal SOP for Depping and his
puppets. The less of a back bone and proven experience you had the better
chance at becoming a VP. There are still employees employed with First
Sierra since late 1996 and early 1997, that helped take the company public,
that were promised a bonus or compensation for their loyalty and hard work,
to date, they are still waiting for that compensation. I hope Depping enjoys
his success as it was by the commitment of dedication of people whose
talents and ethics have been exploited, because of them, he can enjoy his
current lifestyle. The TOP TEN list reported in your issue yesterday is a very
accurate representation of Depping and the First Sierra experience. So my
vote is as a Hyena!
Ex-First Sierra Employee, there are a lot of us out there!
PLEASE WITHHOLD MY NAME, AND LIST AS ANONYMOUS, AS I STILL HAVE A CAREER IN
THIS INDUSTRY. THANKS!!
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Since I resemble a much more plump animal that either a Lion or Gazelle, I
can't relate to Tom Depping's analogies, but I was disappointed that Tom's
goodbye letter never mentioned the First Sierra employees who were the real
reason the company had any value left to offer Amex. After the hiring of
Mike Sabel and the acquisition of the Republic Group, management of First
Sierra became a lesson in virtual reality with the management players
changing almost weekly. The only constant was the hard working folks at all
levels who ignored the management fiasco and just kept doing their jobs day
in and day out. With a high of $31 per share in 1998 and the sale to Amex at
$5.68 in 2000, First Sierra did not exit this world as the success described
by Tom--survivor, yes--success, no. It was also disappointing that Tom
failed to recognize Bob Quinn for presenting the industry consolidation
concept to him at least a year before First Sierra became a reality. It
would be interesting to know what the fate of First Sierra would have been
if the original leadership team of Eric Barash, Oren Hall, Bob Quinn, Greg
Macintosh, Pete Smith and many other high quality people had been left in
place instead changing the entire direction of the company to high pressure,
high yield telemarketing.
Good luck to everyone left at First Sierra and I hope Amex treats you with the respect you
deserve. I miss you guys. Take care.
( Charlie is on the Leasing News Advisory Board. Many people think all the stuff
I get about Sierra Cities comes from him. It does not. Charlie always signs his
name to what he sends. One of my favorite all time quotes comes from the story
he wrote for us about Sierra Cities ( I helped with some parts, but most of it
is from Charlie http://www.leasingnews.org/articles.doc/newsletter3.htm ).
" Depping's ego and lack of loyalty...The best line I have heard about
Tom is 'He has no old friends,just new friends and wannabes'."
We encourage you to send to a colleague
or print any or all of what we write without our permission.
I bet you really opened Pandora's Box with your comments on superbrokers and other terms of art
in our industry! Kudos on the effort and your definitions.
After years of internecine struggle - and even threats of physical violence, NAELB decided to
abandon any effort to distinguish between "true" or "pure" funders and superbrokers. Too often,
the latter term seemed to imply some value judgment or stigma.
Instead, we now focus on (1) educating the brokers as to why they might want to know the nature
of their "funder's" business and (2) requiring the funder to furnish this information.
NAELB funders are required to fill out questionnaires divulging whether they make their own
credit decisions, what percentage of their business they keep in house, whether they use their
own funds or borrow, etc. along with other information a broker should want to know.
While the funder must sign and return the questionnaire, he/she may refuse to answer one or more questions - we leave it to the broker to evaluate the meaning of a blank response.
Questionnaires are available from the NAELB office.
Falsity in the questionnaire is an ethical violation which can result in censure or expulsion.
This is a new project, and we are still chasing some members for compliance. Hopefully, someday
soon we will have questionnaires from 100% of the funders (as well as brokers and associate
members - we have to fill out the questionnaires, too!).
The quid quo pro for all this is that we encourage NAELB members to do business with one
another. It is all part of the ethics program.
It isn't perfect (yet) but it's a start!
This is what Mr. Marks was referring to at yesterday's Leasing News:
The funder has been the first noticeable casualty in the leasing business, according
to the Leasing News List. But were they "true funders" or "super brokers?"
I don't have the answer to that question, but ask readers for their reaction.
So we are all on the same page of this discussion, here are the terms you will
not find on line or in the leasing books, as we see here:
A seller of equipment; manufacturer, distributor, dealership, sales representative.
A seller of equipment who utilizes either a funder or lessor to finance
their equipment, often on an exclusive basis. Some are the lessor themselves, such as Ford Motor Credit or IBM. Many have exclusive arrangements with lessors or funders.
They require their dealers or salesmen to use their financial services exclusively, many
pay a commission from the lease transaction to the salesman, from two to five percent is
common, depending on the size of the dollar transaction. ( IBM pays two percent,
Dictograph pays five percent ).
Lessee ( or the entity that is responsible for the "debt," as occurs in a loan. )
Who the lessee makes lease payments to ( specifically, often not the entity
that approves the lease ).
Intermediary between debtor and creditor, legally represents himself.
Generally responsible for obtaining a credit application, may collect
financial documents, most often is responsible for getting the lease contract
signed, receiving a commission based on the purchase option and difference
in "sell" and "buy" rate of the "stream of payments" in the lease.
A broker who not only obtains the credit application, financial documents,
but also runs consumer credit, business credit, and submits a full package
to a creditor. Most often non-recourse, but may have "representations and
warranty" to nature of transaction, meaning credit, equipment "financed,"
and "truthfulness" of the transaction. Most lease packagers retain the
purchase option. Most lease packager will sign the lease documents on
their own contract, which may be a "private label," meaning a creditors
document with the Lease Packager name on it, but in reality, not the
A broker who obtains credit applications, financial documents, and coordinates
between broker and creditor, from other brokers. Most often does not conduct
credit investigations, but "packages" the credit application to a funder who is best
suited for the "debtor," including the "buy" and "sell" rate of the transaction.
A broker may not meet the monthly volume requirements of the creditor, or may not have knowledge as to the placement of the transaction due to credit criteria, rate, type of equipment or nature of the transaction. Often a super broker can obtain
a "better" commission than the broker or offer advise on "closing the sale."
Usually a very experienced broker. Most often the only source of credit applications
is from other brokers.
A creditor with their own lines of credit. They may warehouse, hold leases
for several months, six months or longer, and sell them to another creditor for
a "better rate" due to the volume of transactions or to "free up" their warehouse
line of credit. They may sell their leases at a "non-recourse" position, thus
becoming a "Super Broker", or as a "packager," with "representations and
warranty", or as a lessor, " retaining recourse on the credit decisions."
A true lessor keeps all leases and purchase options.
A creditor who offers "private label" contracts to Super Brokers, Packager,
Vendors, and sometimes to brokers who produce a volume. They are a lessor
and rely on warehouse lines, usually from a bank, or lines of credit from a bank
or financial institution, or from money raised by private and/or public investors.
Many form funds of partner investors or money directly from "stock" investors,
either to the company or a specific "fund" for profit; can be tax profit, although
these are usually "private" funds.
United Capital, Austin, Texas
All th e-mail addresses at United Capital keep coming back. Their server is
down, or perhaps the company is no longer in business.
What ever happened to United Capital? Steve Dallas said in an exclusive interview
last December they would have their collections in order for Lehman Brothers, and
be back taking leases by January 1. I assumed he meant the year 2001...
Do any of our readers know what is happening at United Capital. We have not heard
any inside news in quite some time. editor.
Thank You Carl--Maria
Either Carl Moberg or Maria Martinez-Wong post the news to Leasingnews.org every day.
Usually it is within a half hour after I send it out. If it is longer, it is because
I get too busy and forget to tell them I have sent it out. I used to send them
an e-mail to post it on line, but both are within walking distance of my office,
and I don't know if they get the e-mail right away, so I am used to talking
to them face-to-face. They usually drop whatever they are doing to put the news in html, or make changes. So, if it is late, it usually is my fault,like yesterday.
I would like to thank Maria for undertaking the corrections to the Chronological and
Alphabetical List. She said, "Kit, there are duplicates, some missing from one to
another, and it is time to clean up this mess." I didn't think it was that bad,
as I usually react by complaints, and not hearing many, thought it was okay. I sure
was wrong. Thank you, Maria, for cleaning up both lists:
The following companies we never found dates for, and they are listed Alphabetically, but
at the end in the Chronological section. If anyone can tell us where to look
to find the dates, we can then put them in order. editor
American Business Leasing ( gone )
The Bancorp Group, Inc. (Southfield, MI) (Not accepting news business. The BOD of the parent
bank is assessing what to do with the leasing subsidiary.....currently servicing portfolio
but not originating. no longer in business )
Imperial Credit Industries (ICII) ( sold portfolio )
Merit Leasing ( gone )
Prime Leasing, Minnesota ( no longer doing business )
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Sorry, but I just could not resist. Shouldn't it be "Fed Drops Pants?"
(Perhaps you are correct. "Feds" sound more like an Elliot Ness operation. My mind
was thinking the "government." Also, it sounded funnier to me. There was an allegory
there, not sexual, so those of you thinking that, have a dirty mind. In Vaudeville,
the comedian to get a laugh, would drop his pants. Among the old timers, they would
say of a comedian, he is not above dropping his pants to get a laugh. So that
is where my mind went: Greenspan was making a joke, suddenly dropping his pants.
Lowering the fed rate affects the mortgage industry and has some affect, but in
reality does not have the affect it had twenty years ago. You don't see credit
cards going down, you don't see banks loosening their credit criteria for $10,000
or $50,000 transactions, or businessmen saying, "Wow, I can get the copier for
a 1/2 percent less," which they can't really. So it is more a psychological thing,
and to me, it was a joke, so Greenspan dropped his pants to get a laugh.
(And while we are on the subject of grammar, Doug, it should be "The Fed Drops Pants."
You know, it is "The Bronx," "The Yankees," "The Bears," and "The Fed." We never say,
Bronx" or "Yankees" or "Bears." We might say, "Da Bears" or "Da Bronx" but never
"Fed". editor )
Kit, you might be right, and anyway, they only dropped one leg!
Seriously, it would seem that the Fed(s) ability to control the economy is
severely diminished at these low rates. Just look at the leasing industry!
Our funding sources don't enjoy the benefits of these rate drops. The Fed is
following the economy; not leading it! The only way to save the economy is
to pass a meaningful tax cut. Notice that I did not say a spending cut.
Although, I consider myself conservative, I know that tax dollars are not
spent in a vacuum. Cuts in government spending cause very real economic
dislocation. If congress had not spent our way to prosperity, we might not
be where we are today!
(Yes you can print that)
Powerfarm.com, MachineryLink Announce Business Alliance
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa--(BUSINESS WIRE)--April 19, 2001-- Powerfarm.com(TM), a leading agriculture
e-commerce website owned and operated by Ag Services of America, Inc. (NYSE:ASV), has formed an
alliance with MachineryLink(TM) (www.machinerylink.com), one of the leading independent online
farmers who want to buy, sell, share or learn about farm machinery.
The relationship will include content exchange, joint marketing and unique product offerings.
MachineryLink's aggregated classified ads and equipment auctions will initially be available for
Powerfarm users. More services will follow in the near future.
"When evaluating strategic alliances, we try to do a couple things," stated Tad Mozena,
spokesman for Powerfarm, "focus on opportunities to add complimentary products and services that fit well for our customers and work with companies that provide the highest quality services in
those areas as their core competency. MachineryLink is a great fit that allows us to upgrade Powerfarm by giving our customers access to comprehensive resources related to farm machinery."
MachineryLink seeks to lower farm machinery costs through on-line and off-line services such as
equipment sharing agreements, special arrangements for producer groups, auctions, classifieds
and other innovative resource strategies. Through Powerfarm, MachineryLink now offers their
resources to facilitate equipment sales and purchases, including warranties, insurance
inspections and escrow services.
"Alliances are an extremely important component of our business strategy and we look forward to
working with Powerfarm to bring some exciting products to America's farmers," says David Forsee, MachineryLink CEO. "We currently maintain relationships with some 20 farming associations and
producer groups representing over 20,000 members, including the Iowa Corn Growers Association,
Kansas Association of Wheat Growers and the Iowa Soybean Association."
MachineryLink is building a collection of services to assist producers in managing their capital equipment. "It makes sense for producers to reduce their operating costs by more efficiently
utilizing their farm machinery," says Forsee. "Our equipment sharing network, for example,
provides a way for farmers to work together." An equipment sharing program is currently
available online with other related services under development.
Powerfarm.com has compiled one of the most comprehensive assortment of agriculture products,
services, credit and leasing options available on the Internet today. Among the products
currently available include seed, fertilizer and crop protection products, along with headline
ag news, market quotes and weather. Growers can shop at their convenience day or night for
products and sign up for additional services like crop insurance, grain marketing programs, crop cscouting and soil sampling services. Within the Powerfarm Community, growers can post questions for the Company's agronomists and Certified Crop Advisors, as well as communicate with other producers around the world to share ideas and discuss topics of concern.
Ag Services of America, Inc., which operates Powerfarm.com, is based in Cedar Falls, Iowa, and
is a leading supplier of input financing and agricultural inputs, including seed, chemicals,
fertilizer and cash advances to primarily corn and soybean growers in the U.S. ASV's one-stop
shopping business model includes competitive and flexible financing packages through its
AgriFlex Credit(R) program combined with the most comprehensive offering of agricultural inputs
from national sources such as Asgrow, Aventis, BASF, Dekalb, Dow AgroSciences, DuPont, Garst,
Monsanto, Pioneer Hi-Bred and Syngenta. The company also provides ancillary services such as
crop insurance, crop scouting and grain marketing.
The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 provides a "safe harbor" for
forward-looking statements. This release contains forward-looking statements based on current
expectations that involve a number of risks and uncertainties. The factors that could cause
actual results to differ materially, include the following: general economic conditions within
the agricultural industry; competitive factors and pricing pressures; changes in product mix;
changes in the seasonality of demand patterns; changes in weather conditions; changes in
agricultural regulations; unknown risks; the amount and availability under its asset backed
securitization program; and the risks described from time to time in the Company's SEC reports.
Powerfarm.com is a trademark of Ag Services of America, Inc. All other trademarks or product
names are the property of their respective owners. For more information visit
www.agservices.com, www.powerfarm.com or www.machinerylink.com.
Intuit Appoints Former GE/Colonial President to New Position
Intuit, a division of Quicken, has named former GE/Colonial President Tom Allanson senior vice
president of the company's tax division. Allanson will oversee operations for Intuit's
professional and consumer tax businesses.
Allanson resigned to get more involved in the internet tax software, which
Intuit calls thier flagship tax products, Lacerte and ProSeries) for professional accountants
and Quicken TurboTax, the tax software product for consumers, are used to prepare about one in
four of all individual tax returns filed in the United States.
Intuit says "to ensure a smooth management transition, Allanson joined Intuit in September 2000
as the designated successor to Larry Wolfe, who is retiring after eight years with the company
and 15 in the electronic tax business." In his new role, Allanson will report directly to Steve
Bennett, Intuit president and chief executive officer.
"When Larry and I began discussing his retirement last year, our first priority was to develop a
seamless transition plan," Bennett said. "We brought Tom on board well in advance of Larry's
departure, enabling them to work together over the past seven months.
"Because Larry had done such a great job of building this business over the last several years,
and has worked so closely with Tom over the past several months, we'll continue to move forward, building on our success, without missing a beat."
Intuit says describes GE Capital Colonial Pacific Leasing as a" Vendor Financial Services
business which provides equipment leasing to small businesses." They state, " Under his
leadership, the unit delivered 40 percent profitability growth over a two-year period. Allanson
also directed the unit's move to the Internet, which increased efficiency, lowered costs and
simplified the leasing process by reducing the amount of paperwork involved. He also focused on
revising core business strategies to enable the company to move into more profitable market
Allanson said that Wolfe's knowledge, experience and vision provided insights that will help
assure the continued success and growth of the tax operation.
"I've spent the past seven months working closely with Larry and the tax team getting to know
our business and all the key people who make it run so successfully," said Allanson. "This has
been an orderly, well-managed change that has enabled all of us to focus on additional
opportunities for innovation and growth."
There is no doubt that Intuit is a leader in both the accounting and tax software field
for small businesses and consumers.