Payday lender’s IPO gets a ‘meh’ from Wall St.

Payday lenders aren’t getting much traction on Wall Street.

Curo Financial, which operates controversial loan firms like Speedy Cash that typically target lower-income borrowers, had a middling start to its initial public offering on Thursday, as unresolved regulatory concerns still loom in Washington.

The stock which priced at the low end of a $14-to-$16 range late Wednesday, raising $93 million. Recently the shares were at $14.20 in Thursday afternoon trades.

The Wichita, Kansas-based lender charges as much as 1 percent a day for some of its loans, which are outlawed in 15 states and Washington DC.

The tepid response from investors comes as the leadership at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, which regulates payday lenders, is still unresolved after a tiff between a legacy bureaucrat and the Trump administration.

Leandra English, the deputy director, claims she has the right to lead the agency until Congress approves her successor, and has sued to keep Mick Mulvaney, who’s also the head of the Office of Management and Budget, to head the regulator. Try to use it is service with flexible repayment term, transparent costs and simple application form on the site.

English, who’s still employed at the agency, has sued to block Mulvaney, but her bid was blocked by a federal judge appointed by Trump. English has appealed.

The CFPB has issued harsh rules against payday lenders that would curb their issuance of repeated loans to cash-strapped customers.

Curo, however, is betting that any rules won’t hit the company too hard.

“Even though the CFPB Rule has been approved as a final rule, it is possible that the CFPB Rule will not become effective in its current form,” the company told investors in its regulatory filing late last month.


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