"I haven't seen anything this scummy since the worst of the subprime mortgage lenders," Whitney...

|By:, SA News Editor

"I haven't seen anything this scummy since the worst of the subprime mortgage lenders," Whitney Tilson says of World Acceptance (WRLD +0.3%). In a letter sent out Sunday evening, Tilson (who is short the stock) applauds Pultizer prize-winning ProPublica's lengthy piece on the company and its installment loans which ProPublica says sometimes end up carrying annual rates of up to 200%. The piece also flags what it calls "useless" credit insurance products from which Citron Research (long-time WRLD detractor) claims the company derives more than half its profits. WRLD (which is heavily shorted) denies the charges and says it provides a valuable service.