CURO Completes Acquisition of First Heritage Credit and Adds Financing Capacity


WICHITA, Kan.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–CURO Group Holdings Corp. (NYSE: CURO) (“CURO”), a technology-enabled omnichannel consumer finance company serving non-prime and prime consumers in the United States and Canada, today announced that it has completed its previously announced acquisition of First Heritage Credit (“FHC”), a consumer lender that offers premium quality installment loans along with standard opt-in insurance and other financial products based in Ridgeland, Mississippi for a total purchase price of $140 million Cashier.

“The completion of this transaction, along with the recent sale of our US direct lending business, represents the successful completion of the transformation of our US direct lending business into a premier installment lender offering larger credit,” said Don Gayhardt, Chief Executive Officer of CURO. “As we look to the future, we are excited about opportunities to strategically shift toward providing longer-term lending products with better balance and lower interest rates that will simplify and enhance the predictability of our business results, while enhancing and expanding access to lower-cost debt capital.”

Concurrent with the closing of the acquisition, CURO and its subsidiaries entered into a new $225 million non-recourse revolving warehouse facility to replace FHC’s existing lender and to fund future loans made by FHC. This new two-year facility will help accelerate FHC’s loan growth.


King & Spalding LLP acted as legal counsel to CURO on the acquisition. Stephens Inc. acted as financial advisor and Butler Snow LLP acted as legal advisor to FHC on the sale.

Forward-Looking Statements

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About CURO

CURO Group Holdings Corp. (NYSE: CURO) is a full-spectrum consumer lender serving clients in the United States and Canada for over 25 years. Our roots in the consumer finance market run deep. We have worked diligently to offer our customers a variety of convenient, easily accessible financial services. Our decades of alternative data power a hard-to-replicate underwriting and scoring engine that mitigates risk across the spectrum of credit products. We operate a number of brands including Cash Money®, LendDirect®, Flexiti®, Opt+®, Revolve Finance®, Heights Finance, Southern Finance, Covington Credit, Quick Credit, First Phase and First Heritage Credit.

Via First Heritage Credit

Headquartered in Ridgeland, Mississippi, and with offices and offices in the states of Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina and Tennessee, First Heritage Credit offers short and long-term personal loans designed to provide its customers with a convenient and reliable source for extra money if they need it.

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