Payday loan company Advance America announced it plans to close the 24 payday loan centers it operated in the State of New Hampshire. The decision to close the payday loan centers in New Hampshire comes after approval of payday loan legislation that went into effect on January 1, 2009 that effectively prohibits the offering of the cash advance product in that state, and follows the Company’s previously announced decision to discontinue offering its line of credit product in New Hampshire as a result of an agreement with the state’s Bank Commissioner.
Commenting on the closure of its payday loan centers in New Hampshire, Advance America’s President and Chief Executive Officer, Ken Compton, said, “The recent law that went into effect in New Hampshire imposed a 36% annual percentage rate cap on payday loans, resulting in an effective ban of the industry there. Unfortunately, eliminating the payday loan product as an option does not eliminate the need for short-term credit in New Hampshire, it simply eliminates a sensible financial choice for thousands of hardworking people, and forces them into higher cost alternatives such as fees for bounced checks or late payments and risky loans from unregulated internet lenders. We are disappointed that a majority of legislators and Governor Lynch chose to take away a viable, regulated short-term credit option from New Hampshire residents and put hundreds of employees out of work, particularly during a period of broad economic instability.”