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FICO Labs Data Shows 17 Percent Rise in Debt Among Late-Paying U.S. Consumers Since 2007

One in five Americans are 60+ days behind on payments

SAN JOSE, Calif., Sept. 26, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The average debt held by consumers who are behind in their debt repayments rose 17 percent between 2007 and 2012, according to data released today by FICO (NYSE: FICO), a leading predictive analytics and decision management software company. The mean total debt for consumers who were 60+ days delinquent on at least one account grew from $53,706 (adjusted for  inflation) in October 2007 to $62,642 in October 2012, fueled largely by student loan debt and mortgage debt.

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The biggest rise occurred in student loan debt, which jumped 89 percent over the five-year period for delinquent consumers. By contrast, the mean student loan debt rose 58 percent for consumers who were not 60+ days delinquent on any accounts. For delinquent consumers, the amount owed on student loans in October 2012 was also 66 percent higher than for non-delinquent consumers.

The mean mortgage loan debt was 14 percent higher in 2012 for delinquent consumers, whereas it fell by 22 percent for non-delinquent consumers. An even greater discrepancy occurs for all other credit (not including student loans, credit cards, mortgages or auto loans): the average debt rose 61 percent among delinquent consumers, whereas it fell by 28 percent among non-delinquent consumers.

"This is a tale of two Americas," said Andrew Jennings, chief analytics officer at FICO and head of FICO Labs. "Most Americans have deleveraged, bringing their total debt down, but debt loads have risen for the one in five Americans who have problems making payments. Ultimately it is up to the lenders and debt collectors to tailor their approaches to different consumers in order to increase their yield, and help customers get back on track."

FICO Labs reviewed 10 million depersonalized U.S. consumer credit bureau records for this analysis. About 19 percent of the population were 60+ days delinquent in each sample.

About FICO

FICO (NYSE: FICO) is a leading analytics software company, helping businesses in 80+ countries make better decisions that drive higher levels of growth, profitability and customer satisfaction. The company's groundbreaking use of Big Data and mathematical algorithms to predict consumer behavior has transformed entire industries. FICO provides analytics software and tools used across multiple industries to manage risk, fight fraud, build more profitable customer relationships, optimize operations and meet strict government regulations. Many of our products reach industry-wide adoption — such as the FICO® Score, the standard measure of consumer credit risk in the United States. FICO solutions leverage open-source standards and cloud computing to maximize flexibility, speed deployment and reduce costs. The company also helps millions of people manage their personal credit health. FICO: Make every decision count. Learn more at www.fico.com.

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