Experian Announces its Extended View Score

Experian announces its Extended ViewSM score
New credit risk score provides lenders with critical insight for underwriting decisions and helps underbanked consumers gain access to more lending options

Costa Mesa, Calif., June 13, 2012 — Experian®, the leading global information services company, announced its Extended ViewSM score today at the 7th Annual Underbanked Financial Services Forum in San Francisco, Calif.  Extended View is a highly-predictive score designed to assess the creditworthiness of consumers who have little or no traditional credit history--typically referred to as underbanked or underserved consumers.

Extended View is a proprietary credit score developed by Experian that includes three unique data sources: Experian’s credit data, rental information and public record data.  This product provides a comprehensive view of a consumer’s payment behavior and is delivered directly from Experian, which streamlines the loan review process, enabling lenders to expand their underwriting population and offer underbanked consumers financial products that help them build a fuller credit history. 

“Experian is committed to helping consumers establish and build credit. Many of the estimated 64 million consumers with limited to no credit history that are unscoreable by traditional credit scores are creditworthy,” said Steven Wagner, president, Experian Consumer Information Services. “Extended View can redefine how businesses evaluate this underserved population and empower more consumers with cost-effective credit and financial opportunities.”

Experian research shows that 30 percent of the underbanked population display similar behaviors as low credit risk individuals, which indicates that over 20 million underbanked consumers may be eligible for financial products normally reserved for prime credit prospects. These underserved consumers could include individuals who are new to credit, someone who is new to the United States, consumers who are leery of the lending market or even an individual who has satisfied previous credit obligations and now lives on a cash basis.

Extended View score is ideal for a variety of lenders including banks, credit unions and auto lenders, who want to confidently enhance their underwriting strategies to the underbanked market segment.  This score is also beneficial to telecommunications companies and utility providers, giving them the ability to determine the deposit terms required for new customers.  According to a survey1 conducted by the Center for Financial Services Innovation (CFSI) the majority of financial services providers expect the underbanked population to grow in the next two years.  The survey also found that 93 percent of the financial services respondents said that reaching underbanked consumers is important or very important to the future of the industry.

“By leveraging our data analysis expertise and advanced modeling techniques, we are able to offer a score that enables our clients to make better decisions about who to lend to, and what types of  terms they can offer,” said Michele Pearson, vice president of product management, Experian.  “We evaluated multiple non-credit bureau data assets combined with credit and rental data from Experian, applied breakthrough optimization-based analytical techniques and developed over 300 models to ultimately derive Extended View, Experian’s new thin file, no hit credit risk assessment score.”

Extended View score is Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA)-compliant, and offers a simple to implement score range of 401 to 990, closely aligned to VantageScore®, which is the credit industry’s first credit score developed jointly by Experian, Equifax and TransUnion. 

Kristine Snyder 
Experian Public Relations
1 714 830 5192

About Experian
Experian is the leading global information services company, providing data and analytical tools to clients around the world. The Group helps businesses to manage credit risk, prevent fraud, target marketing offers and automate decision making. Experian also helps individuals to check their credit report and credit score, and protect against identity theft.

Experian plc is listed on the London Stock Exchange (EXPN) and is a constituent of the FTSE 100 index. Total revenue for the year ended 31 March 2012 was US$4.5 billion. Experian employs approximately 17,000 people in 44 countries and has its corporate headquarters in Dublin, Ireland, with operational headquarters in Nottingham, UK; California, US; and São Paulo, Brazil.

For more information, visit http://www.experianplc.com.

1 http://cfsinnovation.com/content/cfsi-announces-results-inaugural-underbanked-industry-scan

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