Due Diligence

For more than 10 years, Subprime Analytics has conducted due diligence, portfolio monitoring, and agreed upon procedures engagement for more than 30 capital providers to the subprime auto industry. Our proprietary data mining and extraction technology is a cost effective way to examine databases large and small. The results from our computerized analysis can be used to customize the scope of each engagement.

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Sample Due Diligence Program


Bank (“BANK”) intends on engaging Kenneth Shilson & Associates, P.C. (Subprime Analytics), and affiliates (“KSA”) to perform various agreed-upon procedures to evaluate the underwriting for a proposed credit facility.
Below is an outline of the diligence objectives in connection with this proposal. This outline was created to serve as a framework for formalizing the diligence objectives and discussing who—either BANK or KSA—will be conducting the various components of the diligence.

Proposed Diligence Plan

1. Cash

a. Review the bank reconciliations as of the most recent balance sheet date and for a selection of previous month ends to assess whether or not reconciliations are performed in a timely and accurate manner.

2. Contracts Receivable

a. Contracts Receivable General

i. Review a reconciliation between the DMS system and the contracts receivable balance as of the most recent balance sheet date.

ii. Obtain a current (“today’s”) aging on site and perform testing to ensure that the system is aging account accurately.

iii. Scan the current aging obtained on site for “Paid Ahead” accounts. Assess if paid ahead accounts are really deficiency receivables; those to which insurance proceeds have been applied due to the vehicle being destroyed.

iv. Document customer’s credit acceptance standards and its underwriting approach.

v. Please document whether customer buys contracts after they are originated by an unaffiliated dealer or if customer originates.

vi. Perform the standard file review on a sample of 25 contracts to ensure that the Contracts Receivable Agreement and files contain the following:

1. Installment Agreement whose terms agree to the terms in the system

2. Credit application

3. Credit Report

4. Copy of photo identification

5. References

6. Other

vii. Cost Build Up—On a sample of 25 contracts perform a buildup of the cost. This study will focus on understanding what customer pays for its contracts relative to the principal balance of its contracts. If the customer has a captive sales operation, determine their cost in deal.

viii. Electronically test the recency aging so it can be ascertained if they are deferring write-offs

ix. Obtain and document the charge-off policy and then review the company’s data to ascertain if they are following it consistently.

x. Determine if the company has a recovery function and how effective it is.

xi. Identify the number of bankruptcies and other special collection situations and list them for you.

xii. Ascertain and document whether the company is using electronic payment devices.

xiii. Ascertain and document whether they are selling add-on products and how these impact their portfolio performance.

xiv. Phone Verifications—select a sample of recently originated accounts and contact the borrowers to ensure the contracts are valid.

b. Contracts Receivable Performance

i. Run the KSA proprietary Subprime Analytics computer analysis from a customer provided data extract.
ii. For all months in the most recent year, assess the trend of agings. Tie the trend analysis to supporting aging reports from the DMS system.

iii. For all months in the current year, assess the Receivable Rollforward

1. Assess the collections trends
2. Generally reconcile/correlate the monthly P&I collections per bank statements to the collections per the rollforward.

3. Accounts Payable

a. As of the most recent balance sheet date, obtain a detailed aging of AP that reconciles to the amount on the balance sheet.

b. Obtain a current detailed aging of AP. Assess the aging for any large past due balances, and it there are any inquire about them.

4. Payroll Taxes

a. Test the remittance of and status of payroll tax compliance.

5. Insurance

a. Document their insurance coverage policies.

6. Borrowings

a. As of the most recent balance sheet date, create a schedule of debt showing the following information for all debt:

i. Lender

ii. Commitment

iii. Balance

iv. Rate

v. Payment terms

1. Interest payment requirements

2. Principal repayment requirements

vi. Maturity

7. Financial Analysis

a. Perform the financial spread analysis of the customer.