Santander Consumer USA and Fiat Chrysler US exploring options for Chrysler Capital
DALLAS, June 1, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Santander Consumer USA Holdings Inc. (SC) ("SC" or "the Company") is in exploratory discussions with FCA US LLC ("FCA") regarding plans for FCA's US operations. Specifically, FCA expressed its desire to establish a captive US auto finance unit in the future, and indicated that acquiring Chrysler Capital is one option it will consider.
The Chrysler Capital brand operates under a private label financing agreement between SC and FCA, which is in year six of a 10-year term. Under the Equity Option Agreement, FCA has the right to purchase, at fair value, an equity participation in the Chrysler Capital portion of the Company's business.
SC today issued the following statement:
"SC is committed to pursuing an outcome for Chrysler Capital that is in the best interests of the Company, its shareholders and other key stakeholders. There are a number of possibilities for the next phase of our relationship with FCA. In the meantime, we remain focused on providing Chrysler dealers and customers with the same superior service they have come to expect."
"SC's underlying business remains strong, and our future growth potential and capabilities extend far beyond our relationship with FCA. In the last 12 months, we have delivered strong results for our shareholders, made significant improvements in our dealer experience and pricing models, and launched multiple strategic initiatives with digital partners. These foundations, together with the progress made in our regulatory efforts and Santander's strong support for the company, enable us to pursue additional opportunities."
Conference Call Information
SC will host a conference call to discuss these matters at 12:00 p.m. Eastern Time on Friday, June 1, 2018. The conference call will be accessible by dialing 800-347-6311 (U.S. domestic), or 323-794-2094 (international), conference ID 6757068. Please join 10 minutes prior to the start of the call. The conference call will also be accessible via live audio webcast through the Investor Relations section of SC's corporate website at http://investors.santanderconsumerusa.com. Choose "Events" and select the information pertaining to the Company Update Call. Please allow at least 15 minutes prior to the call to register, download and install any necessary software prior to the call.
For those unable to listen to the live broadcast, a replay of the call will be available on the Company's website or by dialing 844-512-2921 (U.S. domestic), or 412-317-6671 (international), conference ID 6757068, approximately two hours after the conference call. An audio webcast of the call and investor presentation will also be archived on the Investor Relations section of SC's corporate website at http://investors.santanderconsumerusa.com, under "Events."
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About Santander Consumer USA Holdings Inc.
Santander Consumer USA Holdings Inc. (SC) ("SC") is a full-service, consumer finance company focused on vehicle finance, third-party servicing and delivering superior service to our more than 2.7 million customers across the full credit spectrum. The company, which began originating retail installment contracts in 1997, has an average managed asset portfolio of approximately $48 billion (as of March 31, 2018), and is headquartered in Dallas. (www.santanderconsumerusa.com)