The December economic outlook shows American households displaying less confidence in their economic future. It is an excellent time to cast a few eyes on a few consumer finance stocks. Two of them stands out from the jungle: Synchrony Financial and Ally Financial. The two are major players in consumer finance industry. Both of them will be gainers if the consumer spending continues to be strong in 2018.
Same industry, different approach
Ally and Synchrony are players in the consumer finance industry. The two, however, have a different approach to the same trade. Vehicle financing is the mainstay of Ally with a $69.1 billion loan portfolio. The business is growing, partly due to the company's previous link with GMAC Inc. On the other hand, Synchrony earns its revenues from dual label and private label credit cards which mirrors its GE Capital subsidiary past. Both the organizations were made into public companies, and both were made into public entities in 2014. It follows that investors are conversant with them for only about three years.
Both Synchrony and Ally are aware of the crucial importance of collecting funds from depositors. The money collected is utilized to finance activities. This method makes these two companies independent from pricier funding sources. To put in one sentence, both the companies want to be bank and recognized now as a kind of banking entity. Ally, in the 2017 third quarter, reported that its deposits now make up 61 percent of the total funding portfolio. In 2016, it was 54 percent. The figures do not include OID. At Synchrony, deposits make up 73 percent of the funding sources during the 2017 third quarter. This falls within the longer term target range. The longer term target ranges from 70 percent to 75 percent.
When it comes to stock performance, Synchrony in the past has outperformed Ally in market. The race, however, is now closely fought. Concerns regarding auto loan delinquencies has now become a minor concern as the automobile market remained strong. Due to this, it is not surprising that Ally Financial has been chosen by Barron as one the premier 2018 stocks. The company is placed among the top 10. The publication has given the argument that the company can be deemed unusual as it is traded much below its actual book value. The company is one of the main beneficiaries of its continuous efforts to substitute the high-cost debt with the bank deposits.