This excerpt taken from the WEN 10-K filed Apr 3, 2006.
Basis of Consolidation
Encore is a Delaware holding company whose principal assets are its investments in various wholly owned subsidiaries (collectively the Company). Encore also has a wholly owned subsidiary, Midland Receivables 98-1 Corporation, which is not consolidated, but was recorded as an investment in retained interest on the Companys audited consolidated statements of financial condition. During the second quarter of 2004, the investment in retained interest was fully recovered. All significant inter-company balances and transactions have been eliminated in consolidation.