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RBCAA Republic Bancorp, Inc.

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UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, D.C. 20549


FORM 10-K

 

ANNUAL REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

 

For the fiscal year ended December 31, 2018

 

Commission File Number: 0-24649

 

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REPUBLIC BANCORP, INC.

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

 

Kentucky

 

61-0862051

(State or other jurisdiction of

 

(I.R.S. Employer Identification No.)

incorporation or organization)

 

 

 

 

 

601 West Market Street, Louisville, Kentucky

 

40202

(Address of principal executive offices)

 

(Zip Code)

 

Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: (502) 584-3600

 

Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:

 

Class A Common Stock

 

NASDAQ Global Select Market

(Title of each class)

 

(Name of each exchange on which registered)

 

Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(g) of the Act:

 

None

(Title of Class)

 

Indicate by check mark if the registrant is a well-known seasoned issuer, as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act.  ☐ Yes  ☒ No

 

Indicate by check mark if the registrant is not required to file reports pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Exchange Act.  ☐ Yes  ☒ No

 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant (1) has filed all reports required to be filed by Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to file such reports), and (2) has been subject to such filing requirements for the past 90 days. ☒ Yes  ☐ No

 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant has submitted electronically every Interactive Data File required to be submitted pursuant to Rule 405 of Regulation S-T (§232.405 of this chapter) during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to submit such files).  ☒ Yes  ☐ No

 

Indicate by check mark if the disclosure of delinquent filers pursuant to Item 405 of Regulation S-K is not contained herein, and will not be contained, to the best of registrant’s knowledge, in definitive proxy or information statements incorporated by reference in Part III of this Form 10-K or any amendment to this Form 10-K.  ☐

 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, a non-accelerated filer, a smaller reporting company, or an emerging growth company. See the definitions of “large accelerated filer,” “accelerated filer,” “smaller reporting company,” and “emerging growth company” in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Large accelerated filer  ☐

Accelerated filer  ☒

Non-accelerated filer  ☐

Smaller reporting company  ☐

Emerging growth company ☐

 

 

 

 

If an emerging growth company, indicate by check mark if the registrant has elected not to use the extended transition period for complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards provided pursuant to Section 13(a) of the Exchange Act. ◻

 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a shell company (as defined in Rule 12b-2 of the Act).  ☐ Yes  ☒ No

 

The aggregate market value of the voting and non-voting common equity held by non-affiliates computed by reference to the price at which the common equity was last sold as of June 30, 2018 (the last business day of the registrant’s most recently completed second fiscal quarter) was approximately $445,663,266 (for purposes of this calculation, the market value of the Class B Common Stock was based on the market value of the Class A Common Stock into which it is convertible).

 

The number of shares outstanding of the registrant’s Class A Common Stock and Class B Common Stock, as of February 15,  2019 was 18,680,709 and 2,212,487.

 

DOCUMENTS INCORPORATED BY REFERENCE

 

Portions of the Registrant’s Proxy Statement for the Annual Meeting of Shareholders to be held April 24, 2019 are incorporated by reference into Part III of this Form 10-K.

 

 

 


 

TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

 

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GLOSSARY OF ABBREVIATIONS AND ACRONYMS

The acronyms and abbreviations identified in alphabetical order below are used throughout this Form 10-K.  You may find it helpful to refer to this page as you read this report.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Acronym or Abbreviation

   

Definition

   

Acronym or Abbreviation

   

Definition

   

Acronym or Abbreviation

   

Definition

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ACH

 

Automated Clearing House

 

EVP

 

Executive Vice President

 

OREO

 

Other Real Estate Owned

AFS

 

Available for Sale

 

FCRA

 

Fair Credit Reporting Act

 

Patriot Act

 

U.S. Patriot Act

Allowance

 

Allowance for Loan and Lease Losses

 

FASB

 

Financial Accounting Standards Board

 

PCI

 

Purchased Credit Impaired

AML

 

Anti-Money Laundering

 

FDIA

 

Federal Deposit Insurance Act

 

PCI-1

 

PCI - Group 1

AOCI

 

Accumulated Other Comprehensive Income

 

FDICIA

 

Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation Improvement Act

 

PCI-Sub

 

PCI - Substandard

ARM

 

Adjustable Rate Mortgage

 

FFTR

 

Federal Funds Target Rate

 

Prime

 

The Wall Street Journal Prime Interest Rate

ASC

 

Accounting Standards Codification

 

FHA

 

Federal Housing Administration

 

Provision

 

Provision for Loan and Lease Losses

ASU

 

Accounting Standards Update

 

FHC

 

Financial Holding Company

 

PSU

 

Performance Stock Unit

ATM

 

Automated Teller Machine

 

FHLB

 

Federal Home Loan Bank

 

QM

 

Qualified Mortgage

ATR

 

Ability to Repay

 

FHLMC

 

Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation

 

R&D

 

Research and Development

Basic EPS

 

Basic earnings per Class A Common Share

 

FICO

 

Fair Isaac Corporation

 

RB&T / the Bank

 

Republic Bank & Trust Company

BHC

 

Bank Holding Company

 

FNMA

 

Federal National Mortgage Association

 

RBCT

 

Republic Bancorp Capital Trust

BHCA

 

Bank Holding Company Act

 

FOMC

 

Federal Open Market Committee

 

RCS

 

Republic Credit Solutions

BOLI

 

Bank Owned Life Insurance

 

FRA

 

Federal Reserve Act

 

Republic / the Company

 

Republic Bancorp, Inc.

BPO

 

Brokered Price Opinion

 

FRB

 

Federal Reserve Bank

 

RESPA

 

Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act

BSA

 

Bank Secrecy Act

 

FTE

 

Full Time Equivalent

 

ROA

 

Return on Average Assets

C&D

 

Construction and Development

 

FTP

 

Funds Transfer Pricing

 

ROE

 

Return on Average Equity

C&I

 

Commercial and Industrial

 

GAAP

 

Generally Accepted Accounting Principles in the United States

 

RPG

 

Republic Processing Group

CARD Act

 

Credit Card Accountability Responsibility and Disclosure Act of 2009

 

GLBA

 

Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act

 

RPS

 

Republic Payment Solutions

CCAD

 

Commercial Credit Administration Department

 

HEAL

 

Home Equity Amortizing Loan

 

RT

 

Refund Transfer

CDI

 

Core Deposit Intangible

 

HELOC

 

Home Equity Line of Credit

 

S&P

 

Standard and Poor's

CEO

 

Chief Executive Officer

 

HMDA

 

Home Mortgage Disclosure Act

 

SAC

 

Special Asset Committee

CFO

 

Chief Financial Officer

 

HTM

 

Held to Maturity

 

SBA

 

Small Business Administration

CFPB

 

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

 

IRS

 

Internal Revenue Service

 

SEC

 

Securities and Exchange Commission

CFTC

 

Commodity Futures Trading Commission

 

ITM

 

Interactive Teller Machine

 

SERP

 

Supplemental Executive Retirement Plan

CMO

 

Collateralized Mortgage Obligation

 

KDFI

 

Kentucky Department of Financial Institutions

 

SSUAR

 

Securities Sold Under Agreements to Repurchase

Core Bank

 

The Traditional Banking, Warehouse Lending, and Mortgage Banking reportable segments

 

LIBOR

 

London Interbank Offered Rate

 

SVP

 

Senior Vice President

CRA

 

Community Reinvestment Act

 

LPO

 

Loan Production Office

 

TCJA

 

2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

CRE

 

Commercial Real Estate

 

LTV

 

Loan to Value

 

TDR

 

Troubled Debt Restructuring

DIF

 

Deposit Insurance Fund

 

MBS

 

Mortgage Backed Securities

 

The Captive

 

Republic Insurance Services, Inc.

Diluted EPS

 

Diluted earnings per Class A Common Share

 

MPP

 

Mortgage Purchase Program

 

TILA

 

Truth in Lending Act

Dodd-Frank Act

 

The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act

 

MSRs

 

Mortgage Servicing Rights

 

TPS

 

Trust Preferred Securities

DTA

 

Deferred Tax Assets

 

NASDAQ

 

NASDAQ Global Select Market®

 

TRS

 

Tax Refund Solutions

DTL

 

Deferred Tax Liabilities

 

NA 

 

Not Applicable

 

TRUP

 

TPS Investment

EA

 

Easy Advance

 

NM

 

Not Meaningful

 

USDA

 

U.S. Department of Agriculture

EBITDA

 

Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation and Amortization

 

OCI

 

Other Comprehensive Income

 

VA

 

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

EFTA

 

Electronic Fund Transfers Act

 

OFAC

 

Office of Foreign Assets Control

 

Warehouse

 

Warehouse Lending

ESPP

 

Employee Stock Purchase Plan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

 

This Annual Report on Form 10-K contains statements relating to future results of Republic Bancorp, Inc. that are considered “forward-looking” within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. The forward-looking statements are principally, but not exclusively, contained in Part I Item 1 “Business,” Part I Item 1A “Risk Factors” and Part II Item 7 “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations.

 

As used in this filing, the terms “Republic,” the “Company,” “we,” “our,” and “us” refer to Republic Bancorp, Inc., and, where the context requires, Republic Bancorp, Inc. and its subsidiaries. The term the “Bank” refers to the Company’s subsidiary bank: Republic Bank & Trust Company. The term the “Captive” refers to the Company’s insurance subsidiary: Republic Insurance Services, Inc.

 

Forward-looking statements discuss matters that are not historical facts. As forward-looking statements discuss future events or conditions, the statements often include words such as “anticipate,” “believe,” “estimate,” “expect,” “intend,” “plan,” “project,” “target,” “can,” “could,” “may,” “should,” “will,” “would,” “potential,” or similar expressions. Do not rely on forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements detail management’s expectations regarding the future and are not guarantees. Forward-looking statements are assumptions based on information known to management only as of the date the statements are made and management may not update them to reflect changes that occur subsequent to the date the statements are made.

 

Broadly speaking, forward-looking statements include:

 

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projections of revenue, income, expenses, losses, earnings per share, capital expenditures, dividends, capital structure, or other financial items;

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descriptions of plans or objectives for future operations, products, or services;

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forecasts of future economic performance; and

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descriptions of assumptions underlying or relating to any of the foregoing.

 

Forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause actual results, performance or achievements to be materially different from future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements. Actual results may differ materially from those expressed or implied as a result of certain risks and uncertainties, including, but not limited to the following:

 

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changes in political and economic conditions;

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new information concerning the impact of the TCJA;

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the magnitude and frequency of changes to the FFTR implemented by the FOMC of the FRB;

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long-term and short-term interest rate fluctuations as well as the overall steepness of the yield curve;

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competitive product and pricing pressures in each of the Company’s five reportable segments;

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equity and fixed income market fluctuations;

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client bankruptcies and loan defaults;

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inflation;

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recession;

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natural disasters impacting Company operations;

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future acquisitions;

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integrations of acquired businesses;

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changes in technology;

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changes in applicable laws and regulations or the interpretation and enforcement thereof;

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changes in fiscal, monetary, regulatory and tax policies;

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changes in accounting standards;

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monetary fluctuations;

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changes to the Company’s overall internal control environment;

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success in gaining regulatory approvals when required;

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the Company’s ability to qualify for future R&D federal tax credits;

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information security breaches or cyber security attacks involving either the Company or one of the Company’s third-party service providers; and

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other risks and uncertainties reported from time to time in the Company’s filings with the SEC, including Part 1 Item 1A “Risk Factors.”

 

PART I

 

Item 1. Business.

 

Republic is a financial holding company headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky. Republic is the parent company of the Bank and the Captive. The Bank is a Kentucky-based, state-chartered non-member financial institution that provides both traditional and non-traditional banking products through five reportable segments using a multitude of delivery channels. While the Bank operates primarily in its market footprint, its non-brick-and-mortar delivery channels allow it to reach clients across the United States. The Captive is a Nevada-based, wholly-owned insurance subsidiary of the Company.  The Captive provides property and casualty insurance coverage to the Company and the Bank as well as a group of third-party insurance captives for which insurance may not be available or economically feasible.  

 

RBCT is a Delaware statutory business trust that is a 100%-owned unconsolidated finance subsidiary of Republic.

 

As of December 31, 2018, Republic had 45 full-service banking centers and one LPO with locations as follows:

 

Kentucky — 32

Metropolitan Louisville — 18

Central Kentucky — 9

Elizabethtown — 1

Frankfort — 1

Georgetown — 1

Lexington — 5

Shelbyville — 1

Western Kentucky — 2

Owensboro — 2

Northern Kentucky — 3

Covington — 1

Crestview Hills — 1

Florence — 1

Southern Indiana — 3

Floyds Knobs — 1

Jeffersonville — 1

New Albany — 1

Metropolitan Tampa, Florida — 7

Metropolitan Cincinnati, Ohio — 1

Metropolitan Nashville, Tennessee — 3*


*Includes one LPO

 

Republic’s headquarters are in Louisville, which is the largest city in Kentucky based on population.

 

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The principal business of Republic is directing, planning, and coordinating the business activities of the Bank. The financial condition and results of operations of Republic are primarily dependent upon the results of operations of the Bank. At December 31, 2018, Republic had total assets of $5.2 billion, total deposits of $3.5 billion, and total stockholders’ equity of $690 million. Based on total assets as of December 31, 2018, Republic ranked as the largest Kentucky-based financial holding company. The executive offices of Republic are located at 601 West Market Street, Louisville, Kentucky 40202, telephone number (502) 584-3600. The Company’s website address is www.republicbank.com.  

 

Website Access to Reports

 

The Company makes its annual report on Form 10-K, quarterly reports on Form 10-Q, current reports on Form 8-K, and amendments to those reports, filed or furnished pursuant to Section 13(a) or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, available free of charge through its website, www.republicbank.com, as soon as reasonably practicable after the Company electronically files such material with, or furnishes it to, the SEC. The information provided on the Company’s website is not part of this report, and is therefore not incorporated by reference, unless that information is otherwise specifically referenced elsewhere in this report. The SEC maintains an internet site at http://www.sec.gov that contains reports, proxy and information statements, and other information regarding issuers that file electronically with the SEC.

 

General Business Overview

 

As of December 31, 2018,  the Company was divided into five reportable segments: Traditional Banking, Warehouse, Mortgage Banking, TRS, and RCS. Management considers the first three segments to collectively constitute “Core Bank” or “Core Banking” operations, while the last two segments collectively constitute RPG operations. The Bank’s Correspondent Lending channel and the Company’s national branchless banking platform, MemoryBank®, are considered part of the Traditional Banking segment.

 

(I)  Traditional Banking segment

 

As of December 31, 2018 and through the date of this filing, generally all Traditional Banking products and services, except for a selection of deposit products offered through the Bank’s separately branded national branchless banking platform, MemoryBank, were offered through the Company’s traditional RB&T brand.  

 

Lending Activities

 

The Bank’s principal lending activities consist of the following:

 

Retail Mortgage Lending —  Through its retail banking centers, its Correspondent Lending channel and its Internet Banking channel, the Bank originates single family, residential real estate loans.  In addition, the Bank originates HEALs and HELOCs through its retail banking centers. Such loans are generally collateralized by owner occupied property.  During 2018, the Bank changed the marketing of its HELOCs, still utilizing a promotional rate product, but charging a nominal level of closing costs.  Under the terms of the promotional product during 2018, clients received a fixed interest rate for 12 months at the prevailing Prime Rate minus 0.25% (at time of application).  At the expiration of the promotional rate period, rates are adjusted to an index based on Prime. In the fourth quarter of 2018, the Bank reverted to a no closing costs promotion as a result of decreased volume throughout the first half of the year, coupled with an increased interest rate environment.

 

For those loans originated through the Bank’s retail banking centers, the collateral is predominately located in the Bank’s market footprint, while loans originated through the Correspondent Lending and Internet Banking channels are generally secured by owner occupied collateral located outside of the Bank’s market footprint.  

 

The Bank offers single family, first lien residential real estate, ARMs with interest rate adjustments tied to various market indices with specified minimum and maximum adjustments. The Bank generally charges a higher interest rate for its ARMs if the property is not owner occupied. The interest rates on the majority of ARMs are adjusted after their fixed rate periods on an annual basis, with most having annual and lifetime limitations on upward rate adjustments to the loan. These loans typically feature amortization periods of up to 30 years and have fixed interest rate periods generally ranging from five to ten years, with demand dependent upon market conditions.  In general, ARMs containing longer fixed rate periods have historically been more attractive to the Bank’s clients in a relatively low rate environment, while ARMs with shorter fixed rate periods have historically

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been more attractive to the Bank’s clients in a relatively high rate environment.  While there is no requirement for clients to refinance their loans at the end of the fixed rate period, clients have historically done so the majority of the time, as most clients are interest rate risk averse on their first mortgage loans.

 

Depending on the term and amount of the ARM, loans collateralized by single family, owner-occupied first lien residential real estate may be originated with an LTV up to 90% and a combined LTV up to 100%.  The Bank also offers a 100% LTV product for home purchase transactions within its primary markets. The Bank does not require the borrower to obtain private mortgage insurance for ARM loans.  Except for the HEAL product under $150,000, the Bank requires mortgagee’s title insurance on single family, first lien residential real estate loans to protect the Bank against defects in its liens on the properties that collateralize the loans. The Bank normally requires title, fire, and extended casualty insurance to be obtained by the borrower and, when required by applicable regulations, flood insurance. The Bank maintains an errors and omissions insurance policy to protect the Bank against loss in the event a borrower fails to maintain proper fire and other hazard insurance policies.

 

Single family, first lien residential ARMs originated prior to January 10, 2014 generally contain an early termination penalty. Effective January 10, 2014, with the implementation of the ATR Rule, the Bank eliminated early termination penalties for subsequently originated ARMs.

 

Single family, first lien residential real estate loans with fixed rate periods of 15, 20, and 30 years are primarily sold into the secondary market. MSRs attached to the sold portfolio are either sold along with the loan or retained.  Loans sold into the secondary market, along with their corresponding MSRs, are included as a component of the Company’s Mortgage Banking segment, as discussed elsewhere in this filing.  The Bank, as it has in the past, may retain such longer-term fixed rate loans from time to time in the future to help combat market compression.  Any such loans retained on balance sheet would be reported as a component of the Traditional Banking segment.

 

The Bank does, on occasion, purchase single family, first lien residential real estate loans made to low-to-moderate income borrowers and/or secured by property located in low-to-moderate income areas in order to meet its obligations under the CRA. In connection with loan purchases, the Bank receives various representations and warranties from the sellers regarding the quality and characteristics of the loans.

 

Commercial Lending — The Bank conducts commercial lending activities primarily through Corporate Banking, Commercial Lending, Business Banking, and Retail Banking channels.

 

In general, commercial lending credit approvals and processing are prepared and underwritten through the Bank’s CCAD.  Clients are generally located within the Bank’s market footprint, or in an adjacent area to the market footprint.  

 

Credit opportunities are generally driven by the following: companies expanding their businesses; companies acquiring new businesses; and/or companies refinancing existing debt from other institutions.  The Bank has a focus on C&I lending and CRE lending, specifically owner occupied.  The targeted C&I credit size for client relationships is typically between $2 million to $10 million, with higher targets, $10 million to $25 million for large Corporate Banking borrowers of higher credit quality.  

 

C&I loans typically include those secured by general business assets, which consist of equipment, accounts receivable, inventory, and other business assets owned by the borrower/guarantor.  Credit facilities include annually renewable lines of credit and term loans with maturities typically from three to five years and may also involve financial covenant requirements. These requirements are monitored by the Bank’s CCAD. Underwriting for C&I loans is based on the borrower’s capacity to repay these loans from operating cash flows, typically measured by EBITDA, with capital strength, collateral and management experience also important underwriting considerations.  

 

Corporate Banking focuses on larger C&I and CRE opportunities.  For CRE loans, Corporate Banking focuses on stabilized CRE with low leverage and strong cash flows.  Borrowers are generally single-asset entities and loan sizes typically range from $10 million to $25 million.  Primary underwriting considerations are property cash flow (current and historical), quality of leases, financial capacity of sponsors, and collateral value of property financed. The majority of interest rates offered are based on LIBOR; however, this is expected to change in the coming years when LIBOR is discontinued.  Fixed rate terms of up to 10 years are available to borrowers by utilizing interest rate swaps.  In some cases, limited or non-recourse (of owners) loans will be issued, with such cases based upon the capital position, cash flows, and stabilization of the borrowing entity.  

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Commercial Lending focuses on medium size C&I and CRE opportunities.  Borrowers are generally single-asset entities and loan sizes typically range from $5 million to $10 million.  As with Corporate Banking, the primary underwriting considerations are property cash flow (current and historical), quality of leases, financial capacity of sponsors, and collateral value of property financed. Interest rates offered are based on both fixed and variable interest rate formulas.  

 

The Bank’s CRE and multi-family loans are typically secured by improved property such as office buildings, medical facilities, retail centers, warehouses, apartment buildings, condominiums, schools, religious institutions and other types of commercial use property.

 

The Business Banking Department, and to some extent the Bank’s Retail Banking group, focuses on locally based small-to-medium sized businesses in the Bank’s market footprint with annual revenues between $1 million and $20 million, and borrowings between $2 million and $5 million. The needs of these clients range from expansion or acquisition financing, equipment financing, owner-occupied real estate financing, and operating lines of credit.  The Bank’s lenders utilize all appropriate programs of the SBA to reduce credit risk exposure.  In 2018, the Bank became an SBA Preferred Lending Partner, which allows the Bank to underwrite and approve its own SBA loans in an expedited manner.  Additionally, the Bank looks to make loans to real estate investors for various types of investment properties, including rental homes and apartments, shopping centers, office buildings, and loans to various not-for-profit agencies located within the Bank’s market footprint.  The targeted credit size for a relationship in this area is between $500,000 and $5 million.  

 

Construction and Land Development Lending — To a lesser extent, the Bank originates business loans for the construction of both single-family residential properties and commercial properties (apartment complexes, shopping centers, office buildings).  While not a focus for the Bank, the Bank may originate loans for the acquisition and development of residential or commercial land into buildable lots.

 

Single family residential construction loans are made in the Bank’s market area to established homebuilders with solid financial records. The majority of these loans are made for “contract” homes, which the builder has already pre-sold to a homebuyer.  The duration of these loans is generally less than 12 months and repaid at the end of the construction period from the sale of the constructed property.  Some loans are made on “speculative” homes, which the builder does not have pre-sold to a homebuyer but expects to execute a contract to sell during the construction period.  These speculative homes are considered necessary to have in inventory for homebuilders, as not all homebuyers want to wait during the construction period to purchase and move into a newly built home.  Generally, the Bank will require a larger amount of equity from the builder when financing a speculative home compared to a contract home due to the increased risk of failing to sell the underlying property in a reasonable period.  

 

Commercial construction loans are made in the Bank’s market to established commercial builders with solid financial records.  Typically, these loans are made for investment properties and have tenants pre-committed for some or all of the space.  Some projects may begin as speculative, with the builder contracting to lease or sell the property during the construction period.  Generally, commercial construction loans are made for the duration of the construction period and slightly beyond and will either convert to permanent financing with the Bank or with another lender at or before maturity.  

 

Construction-to-permanent loans are another type of construction-related financing offered by the Bank.  These loans are made to borrowers who are going to build a property and retain it for ownership after construction completion.  The construction phase is handled just like all other construction loans, and the permanent phase offers similar terms to a permanent CRE loan, while allowing the borrower a one-time closing process at loan origination.  These loans are offered on both owners occupied and non-owner occupied CRE properties.

 

Consumer Direct Lending — Through its Consumer Direct Lending channel, formerly named its Internet Lending channel, the Bank accepts online loan applications for its RB&T branded products through its website at www.republicbank.com.  Historically, the majority of loans originated through its Consumer Direct Lending channel have been within the Bank’s traditional markets of Kentucky, Florida and Indiana.  Other states where loans are marketed include Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, Washington, Wisconsin, and Virginia, as well as, the District of Columbia.

 

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Correspondent Lending — Primarily from its Warehouse clients, the Bank may occasionally acquire for investment single family, first lien mortgage loans that meet the Bank’s specifications through its Correspondent Lending channel. Substantially all loans purchased through the Correspondent Lending channel are purchased at a premium. The volume of loans purchased through the Correspondent Lending channel may fluctuate from time to time based on several factors, including, but not limited to, borrower demand, other investment options and the Bank’s current and forecasted liquidity position.

 

Consumer Lending — Traditional Banking consumer loans made by the Bank include home improvement and home equity loans, other secured and unsecured personal loans, and credit cards. Except for home equity loans, which are actively marketed in conjunction with single family, first lien residential real estate loans, other Traditional Banking consumer loan products (not including products offered through Republic Processing Group), while available, are not and have not been actively promoted in the Bank’s markets.

 

Dealer Services —  The Bank offers dealer-floor-plan loans and consumer-indirect automobile loans through its Dealer Services Department. Dealer-floor-plan loans are commercial lines of credit to automobile dealers secured by the dealer’s current inventory of vehicles, typically in or around the Bank’s market footprint. The Indirect Automobile program involves establishing relationships with automobile dealers and obtaining consumer automobile loans in a low-cost delivery method.

 

Aircraft Lending — Also included in the Bank’s Dealer Services Department is the Aircraft Lending Division.  First offered by the Bank in October 2017, aircraft loans typically range in amounts from $55,000 to $1,000,000, with terms up to 20 years, to purchase or refinance a piston aircraft (non-jet aircraft), along with engine overhauls and avionic upgrades. The aircraft loan program is open to all states, except for Alaska and Hawaii.

 

See additional discussion regarding Lending Activities under the sections titled:

 

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Part I Item 1A “Risk Factors”

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Part II Item 7 “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations”

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Part II Item 8 “Financial Statements and Supplementary Data,” Footnote 4 “Loans and Allowance for Loan and Lease Losses.”

 

The Bank’s other Traditional Banking activities generally consist of the following:

 

MemoryBank —  In October 2016, the Bank opened the “digital doors” of MemoryBank, a national branchless banking platform.  MemoryBank is a separately branded division of the Bank, which from a marketing perspective, focuses on technologically savvy clients that prefer to carry larger balances in highly liquid interest-bearing bank accounts.

 

Private Banking — The Bank provides financial products and services to high net worth individuals through its Private Banking department. The Bank’s Private Banking officers have extensive banking experience and are trained to meet the unique financial needs of this clientele.

 

Treasury Management Services — The Bank provides various deposit products designed for commercial business clients located throughout its market footprint. Lockbox processing, remote deposit capture, business on-line banking, account reconciliation, and ACH processing are additional services offered to commercial businesses through the Bank’s Treasury Management department.

 

Internet Banking — The Bank expands its market penetration and service delivery of its RB&T brand by offering clients Internet Banking services and products through its website, www.republicbank.com.  

 

Mobile Banking — The Bank allows clients to easily and securely access and manage their accounts through its mobile banking application.

 

Other Banking Services — The Bank also provides title insurance and other financial institution-related products and services.

 

Bank Acquisitions — The Bank maintains an acquisition strategy to selectively grow its franchise as a complement to its organic growth strategies.  

 

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See additional discussion regarding the Traditional Banking segment under Footnote 24 “Segment Information” of Part II Item 8 “Financial Statements and Supplementary Data.”

 

(II)  Warehouse Lending segment

 

Through its Warehouse Lending segment, the Core Bank provides short-term, revolving credit facilities to mortgage bankers across the United States through mortgage warehouse lines of credit. These credit facilities are primarily secured by single family, first lien residential real estate loans. The credit facility enables the mortgage banking clients to close single family, first lien residential real estate loans in their own name and temporarily fund their inventory of these closed loans until the loans are sold to investors approved by the Bank. Individual loans are expected to remain on the warehouse line for an average of 15 to 30 days. Reverse mortgage loans typically remain on the line longer than conventional mortgage loans. Interest income and loan fees are accrued for each individual loan during the time the loan remains on the warehouse line and collected when the loan is sold. The Core Bank receives the sale proceeds of each loan directly from the investor and applies the funds to pay off the warehouse advance and related accrued interest and fees. The remaining proceeds are credited to the mortgage-banking client.

 

See additional discussion regarding the Warehouse Lending segment under Footnote 24 “Segment Information” of Part II Item 8 “Financial Statements and Supplementary Data.”

 

(III)  Mortgage Banking segment

 

Mortgage Banking activities primarily include 15-, 20- and 30-year fixed-term single family, first lien residential real estate loans that are sold into the secondary market, primarily to the FHLMC and the FNMA. The Bank typically retains servicing on loans sold into the secondary market. Administration of loans with servicing retained by the Bank includes collecting principal and interest payments, escrowing funds for property taxes and property insurance, and remitting payments to secondary market investors. A fee is received by the Bank for performing these standard servicing functions.

 

As part of the sale of loans with servicing retained, the Bank records MSRs. MSRs represent an estimate of the present value of future cash servicing income, net of estimated costs, which the Bank expects to receive on loans sold with servicing retained by the Bank. MSRs are capitalized as separate assets. This transaction is posted to net gain on sale of loans, a component of “Mortgage Banking income” in the income statement. Management considers all relevant factors, in addition to pricing considerations from other servicers, to estimate the fair value of the MSRs to be recorded when the loans are initially sold with servicing retained by the Bank. The carrying value of MSRs is initially amortized in proportion to and over the estimated period of net servicing income and subsequently adjusted quarterly based on the weighted average remaining life of the underlying loans. The MSR amortization is recorded as a reduction to net servicing income, a component of Mortgage Banking income.

 

With the assistance of an independent third party, the MSRs asset is reviewed at least quarterly for impairment based on the fair value of the MSRs using groupings of the underlying loans based on predominant risk characteristics. Any impairment of a grouping is reported as a valuation allowance. A primary factor influencing the fair value is the estimated life of the underlying loans serviced. The estimated life of the loans serviced is significantly influenced by market interest rates. During a period of declining interest rates, the fair value of the MSRs is expected to decline due to increased anticipated prepayment speeds within the portfolio. Alternatively, during a period of rising interest rates, the fair value of MSRs would be expected to increase, as prepayment speeds on the underlying loans would be expected to decline.

 

See additional discussion regarding the Mortgage Banking segment under Footnote 24 “Segment Information” of Part II Item 8 “Financial Statements and Supplementary Data.”

 

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(IV) Tax Refund Solutions segment

Through the TRS segment, the Bank is one of a limited number of financial institutions that facilitates the receipt and payment of federal and state tax refund products and offers a credit product through third-party tax preparers located throughout the United States, as well as tax-preparation software providers (collectively, the “Tax Providers”). Substantially all of the business generated by the TRS segment occurs in the first half of the year. The TRS segment traditionally operates at a loss during the second half of the year, during which time the segment incurs costs preparing for the upcoming year’s tax season.

RTs are fee-based products whereby a tax refund is issued to the taxpayer after the Bank has received the refund from the federal or state government. There is no credit risk or borrowing cost associated with these products because they are only delivered to the taxpayer upon receipt of the tax refund directly from the governmental paying authority. Fees earned by the Company on RTs, net of revenue share, are reported as noninterest income under the line item “Net refund transfer fees.”

The EA tax credit product is a loan that allows a taxpayer to borrow funds as an advance of a portion of their tax refund. First offered by TRS in 2016, the EA had the following features during its 2018, 2017, and 2016 offering periods: 

 

Offered only during the first two months of each year;

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No EA fee was charged to the taxpayer customer;

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All fees for the EA were paid by the Tax Providers with a restriction prohibiting the Tax Providers from passing along the fees to the taxpayer customer;

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No requirement that the taxpayer customer pays for another bank product, such as an RT;

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Multiple funds disbursement methods, including direct deposit, prepaid card, check, or Walmart Direct2Cash®, based on the taxpayer-customer’s election;

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Repayment of the EA to the Bank was deducted from the taxpayer customer’s tax refund proceeds; and

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If an insufficient refund to repay the EA occurred:

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there was no recourse to the taxpayer customer, 

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no negative credit reporting on the taxpayer customer, and

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no collection efforts against the taxpayer customer.

The Company reports fees paid by the Tax Providers for the EA product as interest income on loans. EAs are generally repaid within three weeks after the taxpayer customer’s tax return is submitted to the applicable taxing authority. EAs do not have a contractual due date but the Company considers an EA delinquent if it remains unpaid three weeks after the taxpayer customer’s tax return is submitted to the applicable taxing authority. Provisions for loan losses on EAs are estimated when advances are made, with provisions for all probable EA losses made in the first quarter of each year. Unpaid EAs are charged-off within 111 days after the taxpayer customer’s tax return is submitted to the applicable taxing authority, with the majority of charge-offs typically recorded during the second quarter of the year.

 

Related to the overall credit losses on EAs, the Bank’s ability to control losses is highly dependent upon its ability to predict the taxpayer’s likelihood to receive the tax refund as claimed on the taxpayer’s tax return. Each year, the Bank’s EA approval model is based primarily on the prior-year’s tax refund funding patterns. Because much of the loan volume occurs each year before that year’s tax refund funding patterns can be analyzed and subsequent underwriting changes made, credit losses during a current year could be higher than management’s predictions if tax refund funding patterns change materially between years.

 

In response to changes in the legal, regulatory and competitive environment, management annually reviews and revises the EA’s product parameters. Further changes in EA product parameters do not ensure positive results and could have an overall material negative impact on the performance of the EA and therefore on the Company’s financial condition and results of operations. For the first quarter 2019 tax season, the Company modified the EA product offering to increase the maximum advance amount and to also charge a direct fee to the taxpayer-customer. The annual percentage rate to the taxpayer for his or her portion of the EA fee is less than 36% for all EA offering amounts.

 

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See additional discussion regarding the EA product under the sections titled:

 

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Part I Item 1A “Risk Factors”

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Part II Item 7 “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations”

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Part II Item 8 “Financial Statements and Supplementary Data,” Footnote 4 “Loans and Allowance for Loan and Lease Losses”

 

Republic Payment Solutions division

 

Through the RPS division of the TRS segment, the Bank is an issuing bank offering general-purpose-reloadable prepaid cards through third-party service providers.  

 

For the projected near-term, as the prepaid card program matures, the operating results of the RPS division are expected to be immaterial to the Company’s overall results of operations and, as the majority of the cards issued are through TRS relationships, will be reported as part of the TRS segment. The RPS division will not be classified a separate reportable segment until such time, if any, that it meets reporting thresholds.

 

See additional discussion regarding the TRS segment under the sections titled:

 

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Part I Item 1A “Risk Factors”

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Part II Item 7 “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations”

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Part II Item 8 “Financial Statements and Supplementary Data,” Footnote 24 “Segment Information”

 

(V) Republic Credit Solutions segment

 

Through the RCS segment, the Bank offers consumer credit products. In general, the credit products are unsecured, small dollar consumer loans and are dependent on various factors including the consumer’s ability to repay. RCS loans typically earn a higher yield but also have higher credit risk compared to loans originated through the Traditional Banking segment, with a significant portion of RCS clients considered subprime or near-prime borrowers. Additional information regarding consumer loan products offered through RCS follows:

 

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RCS line-of-credit product – The Bank originates a line-of-credit product to generally subprime borrowers across the United States through Elevate Credit, Inc., its third-party servicer provider. RCS sells 90% of the balances generated within two business days of loan origination to a special purpose entity related to Elevate Credit, Inc. and retains the remaining 10% interest. The line-of-credit product represents the substantial majority of RCS activity. Loan balances held for sale are carried at the lower of cost or fair value.

 

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RCS credit-card product – From the fourth quarter of 2015 through the first quarter of 2018, the Bank piloted a credit-card product to generally subprime borrowers across the United States through one third-party marketer/servicer. For outstanding cards, RCS sold 90% of the balances generated within two business days of each transaction occurrence to a special purpose entity related to its third-party marketer/servicer and retained the remaining 10% interest. During the fourth quarter of 2018, the Bank and its third-party marketer/servicer finalized an agreement to sell 100% of the existing portfolio to an unrelated third party. The sale of the RCS credit-card portfolio receivables was settled in January 2019.  

 

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RCS healthcare receivables product – The Bank originates a healthcare-receivables product across the United States through two different third-party service providers. For one third-party service provider, the Bank retains 100% of the receivables originated. For the other third-party service provider, the Bank retains 100% of the receivables originated in some instances, and in other instances, sells 100% of the receivables within one month of origination. Loan balances held for sale are carried at the lower of cost or fair value.

 

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RCS installment loan product – From the first quarter of 2016 through the first quarter of 2018, the Bank piloted a consumer installment-loan product across the United States using a third-party marketer/service. As part of the program, the Bank sold 100% of the balances generated through the program back to the third-party marketer/servicer approximately 21 days after origination. The Bank carried all unsold loans under the program as “held for sale” on its balance sheet. At the initiation of this program in 2016, the Bank elected to carry these loans at fair value under a fair-value option, with the portfolio thereafter marked to market monthly.

 

During the second quarter of 2018, the Bank and its third-party marketer/service provider suspended the origination of any new loans, and the subsequent sale of all recently originated loans under this program, while the two parties evaluated the future offering of this product due to changes in the applicable state law impacting the product. Concurrent with the suspension of this program, the Bank reclassified approximately $2.2 million of these loans from held for sale on the balance sheet into the held-for-investment category and revalued these loans accordingly.

 

The Company reports interest income and loan origination fees earned on RCS loans under “Loans, including fees,” while any gains or losses on sale and mark-to-market adjustments of RCS loans are reported as noninterest income under “Program fees.”

 

See additional discussion regarding the RCS segment under the sections titled:

 

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Part I Item 1A “Risk Factors”

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Part II Item 7 “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations”

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Part II Item 8 “Financial Statements and Supplementary Data,” Footnote 24 “Segment Information”

 

Employees

 

As of December 31, 2018, Republic had 1,051 FTE employees. Altogether, Republic had 1,038 full-time and 26 part-time employees. None of the Company’s employees are subject to a collective bargaining agreement, and Republic has never experienced a work stoppage. The Company believes that it has had and continues to have good employee relations.   

 

Executive Officers

 

See Part III, Item 10. “Directors, Executive Officers and Corporate Governance.” for information about the Company’s executive officers.

 

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Competition

 

Traditional Banking

 

The Traditional Bank encounters intense competition in its market footprint in originating loans, attracting deposits, and selling other banking related financial services. Through its national branchless banking platform, MemoryBank, the Bank competes for digital and mobile clients in select pilot markets under the MemoryBank brand. Through its Correspondent Lending channel, the Bank also competes to acquire newly originated mortgage loans from select mortgage companies on a national basis. The deregulation of the banking industry, the ability to create financial services holding companies to engage in a wide range of financial services other than banking and the widespread enactment of state laws that permit multi-bank holding companies, as well as the availability of nationwide interstate banking, has created a highly competitive environment for financial institutions. In one or more aspects of the Bank’s business, the Bank competes with local and regional retail and commercial banks, other savings banks, credit unions, finance companies, mortgage companies, fintech companies, and other financial intermediaries operating in Kentucky, Indiana, Florida, Tennessee, and Ohio and in other states where the Bank offers its products. The Bank also competes with insurance companies, consumer finance companies, investment banking firms and mutual fund managers. Some of the Company’s competitors are not subject to the same degree of regulatory review and restrictions that apply to the Company and the Bank. Many of the Bank’s primary competitors, some of which are affiliated with large bank holding companies or other larger financial based institutions, have substantially greater resources, larger established client bases, higher lending limits, more extensive banking center networks, numerous ATMs or ITMs, and greater advertising and marketing budgets. They may also offer services that the Bank does not currently provide. These competitors attempt to gain market share through their financial product mix, pricing strategies and banking center locations. Legislative developments related to interstate branching and banking in general, by providing large banking institutions easier access to a broader marketplace, can act to create more pressure on smaller financial institutions to consolidate. It is anticipated that competition from both bank and non-bank entities will continue to remain strong in the foreseeable future.

 

The primary factors in competing for bank products are convenient locations and ATMs, ITMs, flexible hours, deposit interest rates, services, internet banking, mobile banking, range of lending services offered, and lending fees. Additionally, the Bank believes that an emphasis on highly personalized service tailored to individual client needs, together with the local character of the Bank’s business and its “community bank” management philosophy will continue to enhance the Bank’s ability to compete successfully in its market footprint.

 

Warehouse Lending

 

The Bank competes with financial institutions across the United States for mortgage banking clients in need of warehouse lines of credit. Competitors may have substantially greater resources, larger established client bases, higher lending limits, as well as underwriting standards and on-going oversight requirements that could be viewed more favorably by some clients.  A few or all of these factors can lead to a competitive disadvantage to the Company when attempting to retain or grow its Warehouse client base.

 

Mortgage Banking

 

The Bank competes with mortgage bankers, mortgage brokers, and financial institutions for the origination and funding of mortgage loans. Many competitors have branch offices in the same areas where the Bank’s loan officers operate. The Bank also competes with mortgage companies whose focus is often on telemarketing and Consumer Direct lending.

 

Tax Refund Solutions

 

The TRS segment encounters direct competition for RT and EA market share from a limited number of banks in the industry.  The Bank promotes these products to Tax Providers using various revenue-share and pricing incentives, as well as product features and overall service levels.

 

Republic Payment Solutions

 

The prepaid card industry is subject to intense and increasing competition. The Bank competes with a number of companies that market different types of prepaid card products, such as general-purpose-reloadable, gift, incentive, and corporate disbursement cards. There is also competition from large retailers who are seeking to integrate more financial services into their product offerings.

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Increased competition is also expected from alternative financial services providers who are often well-positioned to service the “underbanked” and who may wish to develop their own prepaid card programs.

 

Republic Credit Solutions

 

The small-dollar consumer loan industry is highly competitive.  Competitors for the Company’s small-dollar loan programs include, but are not limited to, billers who accept late payments for a fee, overdraft privilege programs of other banks and credit unions, as well as payday lenders and fintech companies.

 

New entrants to the small dollar consumer loan market must successfully implement underwriting and fraud prevention processes, overcome consumer brand loyalty, and have sufficient capital to withstand early losses associated with unseasoned loan portfolios. In addition, there are substantial regulatory and compliance costs, including the need for expertise to customize products associated with licenses to lend in various states across the United States.

 

Supervision and Regulation

 

The Company and the Bank are separate and distinct entities and are subject to extensive federal and state banking laws and regulations, which establish a comprehensive framework of activities in which the Company and the Bank may engage.  These laws and regulations are primarily intended to provide protection to clients and depositors, not stockholders.  

 

The Company is limited under the BHCA to banking, managing or controlling banks, and other activities that the FRB has determined to be closely related to banking. The Company, a BHC, elected to become an FHC under the GLBA, allowing it to engage in a broader range of activities that are