Cash Converters International Limited is an Australian retail pawnbroking company which also provides small financial loans. It has international franchise operations in many countries such as United Kingdom, South Africa, Canada, United States and Spain.
This company began in Perth, Western Australia, in 1984. It was founded by Brian Cumins and a group of partners. In four years, the partners were operating seven outlets in the Perth area.
Most Cash Converters stores offer a number of services in the retail, pawnbroking and personal finance sectors.
BuyBack agreement - This is a sale and repurchase agreement offered in Cash Converters stores in the United Kingdom. This service allows a consumer to sell an item of value to the store with the option to repurchase the item within a specified time period for the initial purchase amount plus a fee. Currently the fee is £32.50 per each £100 of the purchase price. The consumer can extend the agreement for a fee.
Cash Converters International (CCV) is a franchised retail network listed on the ASX and London Stock Exchange. Cash Converters trades in 16 countries throughout the World. Cash Converters began trading in the United Kingdom in 1992, New Zealand in 1993, South Africa in 1994, France in 1994, Canada in 1995, Spain in 1995 and the United States in 1994.
A number of countries, including Australia and the United Kingdom, operate online retail channels with stock being sold and/or auctioned. Listed stock carries warranties.
Cash Converters UK were the first to hold an online charity auction for the charity Dreams Come True.
Cash Converters charge a current rate of interest of 33% (35% in Victoria, Australia) per month, making their annual interest over 350% on the principal loan.
Cash Converters UK charge a flat fee of 32.5% on their Buybacks with an option to pay an extension fee after 28 days.
Cash Converters started operating in South Africa in 1994 with a pilot site in Parow, Cape Town. Franchising began in late 1995 and since then Cash Converters Southern Africa has sold over 73 branches. Cash Converters Southern Africa offers buying and selling options on many products, including cellphones, furniture, musical instruments and much more.
Cash Converters Southern Africa also offers a number of small short-term personal finance options against a customer’s next salary.
Cash Converters Southern Africa is a pawnbroker and offers short term loans against a customer’s goods and valuables.
Cash Converters is currently one of South Africa’s most profitable franchise operations, and in 2014 and 2015 they were runners up at the Franchise Association of South Africa’s Franchisor of the Year awards.
Cash Converters Malaysia
There are 7 stores in Malaysia. The first Cash Converters Malaysia store opened in 2001 at Taman SEA PJ. 4 other outlets within the state of Selangor in Ampang, Klang, Sunway and Shah Alam, and 1 in Setapak Kuala Lumpur, with total of 6 stores in the Klang Valley. Over in Plentong Johor Bahru is where the 7th store is located.
Cash Converters is a publicly listed company trading on the Australian stock exchange (CCV).
In November 2009, EZCorp purchased a 30% stake in Cash Converters. It now has two people on the board of the company.
Two class actions have been launched in the Federal Court of Australia on allegations that Cash Converters charged excessive fees and interest of up to 633 per cent on short term loans in NSW between July 2010 and June 2013, despite a legal limit of 48 per cent. Over 50,000 customers have joined to seek about $40 million in compensation. A $23m in-principle settlement was reached with more than 37,000 Cash Converters customers in June 2015.