Home Capital Group

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Home Capital Group Inc.
Public
Traded asTSXHCG
IndustryCredit Mortgage lending
Founded1977
Headquarters,
Key people
Yousry Bissada CEO
Brad Kotush CFO
ProductsCredit cards Securities
Retirement Savings Plan
Number of employees
704 (Average during 2018)
DivisionsHome Trust Company
Websitewww.homecapital.com/index.asp

Home Capital Group is a Canadian holding company. Through its subsidiary Home Trust Company, it provides Canadians a range of credit products including mortgages, credit cards and deposit services. It is regulated under federal legislation. Home Trust operates mainly in regions considered low risk where above average returns may be achieved; it also tends to focus on areas largely ignored by other mortgage lenders. During the 2008 economic crisis, it faced less competition (the number of competitors was halved over the last couple years) and its customer base is unique (overrepresented by people who have had credit problems).[1] Mortgaged properties are residential and non-residential and include apartment and office buildings, hotels, construction and industrial complexes (retail mortgage lending which is also one of the main sources of organic growth, is at the core of the company's business). Much of the consumer lending business is done under the PSiGate banner (including credit cards).[2]

In 2009, its stock outperformed that of eight major competitors in the uninsured mortgage market.[1]

In 2010, it improved the technology used in data/information transfers, which increased the speed and overall efficiency of transactions. When the government of Canada added restrictions to mortgage lending, concerns were raised about new disruptions to Canada's housing market. Home Capital considered it beneficial to the market's overall stability.[3]

On November 25, 2013, Home Trust launched Oaken Financial to provide financial services directly to consumers through the Internet.[4]

On November 10, 2014, Home Trust announced that it intends to apply to the Minister of Finance to charter a Schedule I bank subsidiary to be called Home Trust Bank in English ("Banque Home Trust" in French).[5]

In July 2015, Home Capital Group suspended 45 brokers for creating mortgages with fraudulent income information;, the estimated value of mortgages from the suspended brokers on Home Capital's books is $1.5-2 billion.[6][7]

In March 2017, President and CEO Martin Reid was fired by the company. This came two weeks after several current and former officers and directors have received enforcement notices from the Ontario Securities Commission related to the company’s past disclosure practices and, in some cases, trades in its shares.[8]

On June 22, 2017, it was announced that companies run by Warren Buffett will be making a $400 million equity investment in Home Capital Group. In addition, a subsidiary of Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway will extend a $2 billion line of credit to the company. Shares of Home Capital Group closed the day with a 27% gain subsequent to the news of Buffett's investment.[9]

History[edit]

Home Capital Group was established in 1977 as Sonor Resources Corp. It became Home Capital Group Inc. in 1986. During the 2009 fiscal year its workforce grew 24.3% (from 395 to 491).

Business[edit]

Products include short term deposits, investment certificates, retirement savings plans/income funds, Tax-Free Savings Accounts, and government-insured mortgage securities. Consumer lending provides businesses and individuals services for credit cards (including those paid in full) and other loans. Because it targets the uninsured and those with financing problems (rejected by the large retail banks), people without much credit or past credit problems make up a large part of the client base.

Home Capital operates only in Canada where it holds the largest market share in the uninsured mortgage market. The company grew rapidly during the decade leading up to 2011. Asset, annual earnings and revenue growth was consistent (did not decrease over any fiscal period).[10] Although traditionally serving the uninsured mortgage market, insured mortgages represent the fastest growing business segment.[10] Assets under administration represent 36.9% of total assets when combined with aum[clarification needed]: total assets increased 36.6% in 2009 and 8.4% between December 2009 and September 2010. During the first three quarters of 2010 residential mortgages totalled $4.74 billion with traditional single family mortgages making up 64.5% of total interest income ($170.156 of $263.775 million). Net interest income ($150.15 million) represents 38.6% of total revenue ($389.1 million, 9M10).[11] Arrears total $71.3 million (2Q09). In terms of assets, securities represent 10.49% of them about twice as much as personal and credit card loans. Residential mortgages make up 49.4% of all loans ($4.7 billion in September 2010).[11]

OSC Accusations[edit]

On April 19, 2017, the Ontario Securities Commission accused Home Capital of making "materially misleading statements" to investors. None of the allegations have been proven.[12]

Divisions and subsidiaries[edit]

For the first nine months of 2010 new insured mortgages amounted to $2.08 billion (twice that of the corresponding 2009 period) while those uninsured grew from $728.6 mill to $2.17 billion.[11]

  • Psigate - Gives businesses/merchants the ability to do business online by providing them with electronic payments support. Canadians are offered electronic payment services (credit cards Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Interac).[13] It was started in 1988 and is 100% owned by Home Capital Group.
  • Accelerator program - underwrites insured mortgages which it sells through the Canada Mortgage Bond program and mortgage-backed securities.
  • Oaken Financial - Online financial services for individuals.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Home Capital Group May Double Assets In Four Years". 2010-06-07.
  2. ^ "Equityline Visa Offer". Archived from the original on 2009-08-31. Retrieved 2011-01-23.
  3. ^ "Home Capital's Soloway Says New Mortgage Rules Won't Disrupt Mkt". 2011-01-17.[dead link]
  4. ^ Home Trust Company news release, December 12, 2013
  5. ^ Home Trust Company news release, November 10, 2014
  6. ^ "Home Capital says it cut ties with 45 mortgage brokers after discovering borrower income was falsified". Retrieved 2016-01-22.
  7. ^ "Home Capital Group Inc's probe into alleged fraud by mortgage brokers widens". Retrieved 2016-01-22.
  8. ^ "Investors give thumbs down to Home Capital's stock after CEO switch". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 2017-04-04.
  9. ^ http://www.cbc.ca/news/business/warren-buffet-home-capital-1.4172661
  10. ^ a b "Home Capital Annual Report 2009" (PDF). 2010.
  11. ^ a b c "Home Capital Group 2010 Third Quarter Report" (PDF). 2010.
  12. ^ https://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/home-capital-shares-plunge-after-osc-allegations/article34768077/
  13. ^ "About Psigate". Archived from the original on 2010-12-31. Retrieved 2011-01-23.