SunGard Acquires PredictiveMetrics to Broaden the AvantGard Suite and Expand into Trade Credit Liquidity

New York, NY (Vocus/PRWEB) February 03, 2011

SunGard today announced that it has acquired PredictiveMetrics, a provider of predictive scoring and analytical services for trade credit, debt collections, utilities and other markets. The acquisition will help extend SunGards AvantGard suite of receivables solutions to offer statistical scoring services that help organizations proactively analyze the credit and collection worthiness and likelihood of delinquency or payment across their receivables portfolio. The acquisition, the terms of which were not disclosed, is not expected to have a material impact on SunGards financial results.

PredictiveMetrics core services around credit and collection analyses will become part of SunGards AvantGard Receivables solution and will be marketed under the AvantGard Receivables brand. SunGard will continue to support the core markets including business-to-business, utilities and debt collection agencies. The predictive modeling solution will also be leveraged to build a new offering for trade credit liquidity decisioning across the receivables portfolio. This will help companies and lenders apply modeling to appropriately evaluate risk and liquidity, helping them better leverage key instruments such as credit insurance, collateralized lending, dynamic discounting, securitization, invoice financing and first / third party outsourcing.

Michael Banasiak, president, PredictiveMetrics, said, Being part of SunGard will help us offer increased flexibility and choice to the credit and collections community. We are very pleased to expand into new areas such as trade credit liquidity in order to deliver more sophisticated solutions for optimized liquidity management. Mike Banasiak will join SunGard as part of the AvantGard team.

C.J. Wimley, executive vice president, trade credit liquidity solutions for SunGards AvantGard business unit, said, The acquisition of PredictiveMetrics is a strategic step forward in our long-term plan to help companies manage their receivables as a capital investment. Performing predictive analytics across the receivables portfolio helps companies mitigate corporate credit risk and gain valuable insight for improved decision-making.

About PredictiveMetrics

Founded in 1995, PredictiveMetrics, Inc. is a global leader in providing predictive scoring and analytical decision solutions using advanced statistical techniques for credit, collections and debt recovery collections. PredictiveMetrics decision technology spans many industries, types of financing, and ages of debt.

PredictiveMetrics is designed to conduct vigorous and sophisticated analytics coupled with innovative, advanced statistical techniques.

About SunGards AvantGard

SunGards AvantGard is a leading liquidity management solution for corporations, insurance companies and the public sector. AvantGard provides chief financial officers and treasurers with real-time visibility into cash flows and increased operational controls around receivables, treasury and payments. AvantGard helps companies drive free cash flow and reduce inefficiencies across the ecosystem of suppliers, buyers, banks and other trading partners. For more information, visit

About SunGard

SunGard is one of the world’s leading software and technology services companies. SunGard has more than 20,000 employees and serves 25,000 customers in 70 countries. SunGard provides software and processing solutions for financial services, higher education and the public sector. SunGard also provides disaster recovery services, managed IT services, information availability consulting services and business continuity management software. With annual revenue exceeding $ 5 billion, SunGard is ranked 380 on the Fortune 500 and is the largest privately held business software and IT services company.

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Southside Financial Group Launches National Subprime Loan Portfolio Program to Help Franchised and Independent Auto Dealers Achieve Greater Liquidity

Arlington, TX (PRWEB) October 17, 2011

Southside Financial Group (, an active purchaser of auto finance receivables, today announced the launch of a nationwide program to purchase existing near prime and subprime auto loan portfolios from franchised and independent auto dealers.

Southside Financial Groups program includes near prime and subprime portfolios ranging from $ 500,000 to $ 40 million, service released; all portfolios are held on the balance sheet and serviced internally. The program is highly efficient with a 7-10 day total turnaround from analysis to closing, and will target accounts with 60-90 day pay history. Since the inception of this program Southside Financial Group has actively purchased and closed portfolios from dealers in Oklahoma, California, Alabama, Missouri, Kentucky, Mississippi and Texas with other purchases scheduled to close in Florida, Ohio, South Carolina, Mississippi, Georgia and North Carolina . Funding is made possible by Southsides parent bank, with the added advantage of no need to securitize plus a more stable cost of funds.

Franchised and independent dealers have responded extremely positively to this new loan portfolio program as they can achieve greater liquidity in their business ventures by letting us purchase their existing portfolios of near prime and subprime loans, Southside Financial Group COO Henry Gonzales commented. Our executive team has purchased over $ 2 billion of prime, near prime and subprime loans in the past three years and their expertise and service is beyond compare. We can analyze and review a portfolio and offer attractive pricing and very quick funding, with a 7-10 day total turn around. Southside also builds relationships with each dealer to insure a smooth transition plus long term customer satisfaction.

Southside Financial offers complete transparency and up-front pricing based on its superior analytics. A due diligence team will evaluate all loans to maximize return without interrupting the dealerships existing business, ensuring a seamless transition.

About Southside Financial

Southside Financial Group is an active purchaser of auto finance receivables and its executive management team has over 75 years of combined industry experience. It is a wholly owned affiliate of Southside Bank, one of the nations largest independent banks with $ 3.2 Billion in assets. Southside Financial Group buys sub-prime through near prime auto paper, servicing released, from banks, credit unions, auto dealers, and other financial institutions nationwide. The companys aggressive pricing and experience across all credit spectrums make it an industry leader. For more information visit: or call: 266-590-7734


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F&D Reports/Creditntell Publish Update on U.S. Retailers Bank Debt & Liquidity

Great Neck, NY (PRWEB) November 10, 2011

Industry-leading credit consulting firm Information Clearinghouse Inc. (ICI), through its divisions F&D Reports and Creditntell, are pleased to announce the release of its Bank Debt & Liquidity Update, an annual report for financial executives looking to keep an eye on the access to cash available relative to the retailers and wholesalers with which they partner.

During the first half of fiscal 2011, banks purportedly continued to ease lending standards. Historically low interest rates are driving lending activity, as corporations issue new debt to refinance higher-yielding debt and, to a lesser extent, return capital to shareholders. Compared to historical levels, nonetheless, access to credit remains tight, and most corporations are still not borrowing to fund new investments or expansion. More than ever, retailers are moving to refinance their bank facilities, and these re-financings are serving as key indicators of their financial health.

To that end, the Bank Debt & Liquidity Update provides bank facility maturity schedules for ICIs monitored companies, separated by industry segment, with a summary of the credit agreements as well as key debt protection and liquidity metrics and short-term debt maturities through 2012. For each company, the report provides the maturity date, maximum borrowings, percent available, cash availability, TTM interest coverage, securitization, accounts payable, percent inventory financed by vendors, A/P one-day average, DPO and other term loans or notes coming due in the next year. The report also lists upcoming public bond maturities and bank facility maturities for more than 60 privately held retail sector companies.

Staying on top of upcoming maturities can prove crucial in assessing retailers and wholesalers’ financial health as well as anticipating defaults. The 2010 Bank Debt & Liquidity Update highlighted A&Ps looming $ 157.0 million convertible note maturity on June 15, 2011; A&P subsequently filed Chapter 11 in December 2010, citing this upcoming maturity as part of its rationale for filing. Roundys Supermarkets retired a $ 54.0 million term loan that matured on November 3, 2011 and will need to deal with the November 2012 maturity of its $ 95.0 million revolver. HCA continues to face a series of debt maturities over the next three calendar years, including $ 1.40 billion in notes and term loans coming due in 2012. Other major retailers announcing recent re-financings include: BI-LO, Burlington Coat Factory, Rite Aid, Target, Sears Holding Corp., Safeway, AutoZone, AmerisourceBergen, Bass Pro Shops, Big Lots, Cabelas, Cardinal Health, Compass Group, Core-Mark, Family Dollar, Neiman Marcus, Toys R Us and Winn-Dixie.

Commenting on the Bank Debt & Liquidity Update, Lawrence Sarf, CEO of ICI, stated, Cash is, as always, King, and access to favorable borrowing is the Crown Prince that serves him. Every business experiences opportunities and unexpected pitfalls; both of those situations require immediate access to capital in order to provide the smoothest path forward. Conversely, the inability to take full advantage of opportunities, retire expensive debt, forward-buy low priced goods, or ramp up capex in preparation for a turning economy is the recipe for failure. Knowing what your customer or competitor has in relation to what they are going to need gives you a clear advantage. Every financial executive with an interest in retail should have this comprehensive report nearby as a ready reference.

Information Clearinghouse, Inc. (publisher of F&D Reports, Creditntell, & FDARMS) is a comprehensive retail credit consulting firm specializing in the analysis of public and private companies in numerous retail segments. The focus of its analysis is to deliver the key intelligence today’s busy credit executive needs to make a highly informed decision without sifting through pages of non-essential data. F&D Reports and Creditntell actively monitor retailers such as Kroger, Best Buy, Bed Bath & Beyond, Toys “R” Us, BJ’s Wholesale, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Bon-Ton Stores, and Macy’s. To learn more, visit the websites at,,


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