We may distribute the notes in one or more transactions: (1) at a fixed price or prices, which may be changed; or (2) at negotiated prices. We may also sell notes in exchange for outstanding notes held by our existing noteholders.
We may agree to pay a servicing agent an annual portfolio management fee equal to a percentage of the weighted average principal balance of the notes outstanding for its services as servicing agent. In exchange for the annual portfo- lio management fee, such a servicing agent would manage specified customer service functions concerning the notes and act as an agent between us and the purchasers of the notes. The annual portfolio management fee also covers costs relating to maintenance of the investor relationship after the purchase of notes. This includes, among other things, ad- dressing ministerial investor inquiries regarding the notes, the preparation of all confirmations, notices and statements, the coordination of interest payments, the establishment and maintenance of records relating to the notes, the prepara- tion of all reports, statements and analyses regarding the notes, and all out-of-pocket expenses for the printing and mail- ing of confirmations, notices and statements to the investors. The amount of this fee will depend upon a number of va- riables, including the pace at which notes are sold, the terms of the notes sold and whether the notes are redeemed or repurchased.
We may engage an advertising and marketing company, not affiliated with us nor with any broker-dealer, to directly provide or manage the advertising and marketing functions related to the sale of the notes. These services may include media planning, media buying, creative and copy development, direct mail services, literature fulfillment, commercial printing, list management, list brokering, advertising consulting, efficiency analyses and other similar activities. If we retain an advertising agent, such agent will be compensated directly by us or its sub-service providers for these advertis- ing and marketing services. This compensation is consistent with accepted normal advertising and marketing industry standards for similar services.
Prior to the offering, there has been no public market for the notes. We do not intend to list the notes on any securi- ties exchange or include them for quotation on Nasdaq. No one is obligated to make a market in the notes, and we do not anticipate that a secondary market for the notes will develop.
We may vary the terms and conditions of the offer by state, locality or as otherwise described under “Description of the Notes – Interest Rate” and “– Variations in Terms and Conditions” in this prospectus. From time to time, we also may vary the terms and conditions of the securities offered by this prospectus depending on such factors as our liquidity requirements, the interest rate environment and other economic conditions.
Certain legal matters in connection with the notes will be passed upon for us by Mark Creatura, Esq., Irvine, Cali- fornia.
The consolidated financial statements of Consumer Portfolio Services, Inc. as of and for the years ended December 31, 2009 and 2008, have been incorporated by reference herein in reliance upon the report of Crowe Horwath LLP, in- dependent registered public accountants, incorporated by reference herein, and upon the authority of said firm as experts in accounting and auditing.
GLOSSARY asset-backed securities — Securities that are backed by financial assets, such as automobile contracts and loans.
automobile contract — A retail installment sales contract or installment loan agreement secured by a new or used automobile, light-duty truck or van.
credit enhancement — Credit enhancement refers to a mechanism that is intended to protect the holders of the as- set-backed securities against losses due to defaults by the obligors under the automobile contracts.
excess spread cash flows — The difference between the cash collected from automobile contracts in a securitiza- tion or warehouse credit facility in any period and the sum of (i) the interest and principal paid to investors on the indeb- tedness issued in connection with the securitization or warehouse credit facility, (ii) the costs of servicing the automo- bile contracts and (iii) certain other costs incurred in connection with completing and maintaining the securitization or warehousing.
overcollateralization — With respect to a securitization or warehouse credit facility, the excess of (a) the aggre- gate principal balance of the securitized or warehoused pool of automobile contracts over (b) the aggregate outstanding principal amount of the related indebtedness.