Equifax Reports New Credit in 2013 at Five-Year High

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ATLANTA, May 20, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- According to Equifax's (NYSE:EFX) latest National Consumer Credit Trends Report, new credit generated during January-February 2013 posted at $141 billion, the highest balance for that time period in five-years, and an increase of more than 33% over recession lows of $94 billion originated during January-February 2010.

Year-over-year, new credit balance changes year-to-date in February 2012 versus February 2013:

  • Student loans: increased nearly 27% (from $9.2 billion to $11.7 billion)
  • Home Equity lines of credit: increased nearly 16% (from $10.7 billion to $12.4 billion)
  • Auto loans: increased more than 13% (from $61.5 billion to $69.6 billion)

"The rise in auto loans is reflecting the strong demand for new cars and light trucks, which increased almost 9% over the same time a year ago," said Equifax Chief Economist Amy Crews Cutts. "On a year-to-date basis through February, auto loan origination activity this year is the strongest it has been for banks since Equifax began tracking this information in 2006, totaling $35.6 billion, and the second strongest showing for non-bank auto financing companies at $34 billion. Consumers are tired of their old, patched-up cars and demand is really starting to pick up. At the same time, there is a slight increase in the willingness of lenders to finance car purchases for consumers with less than perfect credit."

"On a more cautionary note, student borrowing continues to increase rapidly, and well beyond just tuition increases as more and more people are attending colleges and professional training. In the past, some students might have relied on their parents who would have funded tuition payments using home equity lines of credit, but the small volume of home equity lending that is occurring today, at a little over $12 billion, is not sufficient to cover those costs."

Other highlights from the most recent data include:

Student Loans:

  • The total new credit balances for February, year-over-year 2012-2013, nearly 29% (from $4 billion to $5.1 billion).


  • The total number of new loans increased nearly 9%, year-over-year, year-to-date in February 2012-2013, from 3.2 million to 3.5 million, the highest in more than seven years.
  • By source, bank funded auto loans increased more than 12% year-over-year in February 2012-2013, from $15.4 billion to $17.4 billion, while auto finance company funded loans increased less than 3% in that same time, from $17.4 billion to $17.9 billion.

Home Equity Revolving

  • The total number of new loans year-to-date in February 2013, are 130,200, a year-over-year increase of more than 11%
  • Year-over-year, the total balance of new credit increased more than 11% February 2012-2013, from $5.6 billion to $6.3 billion.

About Equifax, Inc.

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Headquartered in Atlanta, Equifax operates or has investments in 18 countries and is a member of Standard & Poor's (S&P) 500® Index. Its common stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) under the symbol EFX. For more information, please visit www.equifax.com.

CONTACT: Demitra Wilson (404) 885-8907 Demitra.Wilson@equifax.com

Source:Equifax Inc.