MISSISSAUGA, ONTARIO - (Marketwired - Nov. 19, 2013) - easyhome Ltd. (TSX:EH) ("easyhome" or the "Company"), the Canadian leader in providing goods and financial services to the cash and credit constrained consumer, today announced that the consumer loans receivable portfolio of its easyfinancial Services business now exceeds $100 million.
The Company launched easyfinancial Services in 2006 to provide term financing to consumers who were looking for credit alternatives that were more readily accessible than banks and less costly than payday loans. Since that time, easyfinancial Services has grown to 115 locations and $100 million in loan receivables. The company leverages its sophisticated proprietary credit risk modeling techniques, leading edge technology platforms and local relationship selling to serve a segment of consumers traditionally not offered credit by banks.
"The genesis of easyfinancial in 2006 was to provide an alternative to the proliferation of high cost pay day loans and the denial of credit from mainstream banks in Canada," said David Ingram, easyhome's President & CEO. As the only national supplier of unsecured installment lending to the cash and credit constrained consumer, the Company has set ambitious targets of 225 stores and $250 million in consumer loans receivable by 2016.
"I am proud to recognize our staff in the achievement of this significant milestone," continued Mr. Ingram. "We also want to thank the 65,000 customers who have received over 125,000 loans from easyfinancial over the past seven years."
The Company also announced the opening of a new, 15,000 sq. ft. shared services contact center in Hamilton, Ontario. The shared service contact centre will provide operational support for both the easyhome Leasing and easyfinancial Services business units in areas such as collections, customer retention and customer care and will support the Company's new delivery channels that do not operate with a dedicated local presence. The Company believes that this hybrid structure will allow local operators to continue to provide a strong level of service directly to their customers, and will enable many administrative and support functions to be performed at a reduced cost, employing best practices.
The shared service contact center will service both easyhome Leasing and easyfinancial Services and can support up to 125 agents at capacity. "The launch of the call center is a major milestone in the expansion of our central operations functions," said Jason Mullins, easyfinancial's Senior Vice President of Operations. "The center is equipped with a cloud based telephony solution and other automated technologies so that we can scale the operation quickly and achieve efficiencies in our interaction with our customers."
As at October 31, 2013, easyhome Ltd. operated 234 easyhome leasing stores (including 8 consolidated franchise locations and 53 other franchise locations) and 115 easyfinancial locations.
easyhome Ltd. is the Canadian leader in providing goods and financial services to the cash and credit constrained consumer. easyhome Ltd. serves its customers through two key operating divisions, easyhome Leasing and easyfinancial. easyhome Leasing is Canada's largest merchandise leasing Company, offering top quality, brand-name household furnishings, appliances and home electronic products to consumers under weekly or monthly leasing agreements through both corporate and franchise stores. easyfinancial is a leading provider of consumer loans as an alternative to traditional banks and payday lenders. easyhome Ltd. is listed on the TSX under the symbol 'EH'. For more information, visit www.easyhome.ca.
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