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Encore Capital Group Announces Second Quarter Financial Results

- Collections Rise 16% to $278 Million

- GAAP EPS of $0.44 per Fully Diluted Share

- EPS of $0.85 per Fully Diluted Share After One-Time and Non-Cash Adjustments

- Asset Acceptance Transaction Closes

- Cabot Acquisition Accelerates Growth Trajectory and Solidifies Global Leadership Position

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SAN DIEGO, Aug. 8, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Encore Capital Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: ECPG), a leading provider of debt management and recovery solutions for consumers and property owners across a broad range of assets, today reported consolidated financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2013.

"For the quarter, we delivered strong financial results, while making strategic investments designed to build a global platform for continued growth," said Ken Vecchione, Encore's President and Chief Executive Officer. "We saw solid growth in collections and revenue and continued to reduce our cost to collect."

"During the quarter, we successfully closed our acquisition of Asset Acceptance," Vecchione said. "This allowed us to secure a significant portion of our 2013 portfolio purchasing goal at an attractive return and accelerate the rollout of our Internal Legal platform. We expect our combined organization to be operating at Encore's lower cost-to-collect within the next three to four quarters. The acquisition of Asset Acceptance increased Encores Estimated Remaining Collections ("ERC") by almost $1 billion, to more than $2.7 billion as of June 30, 2013."

"The July 1, 2013 acquisition of a controlling interest in Cabot Credit Management ("Cabot"), a leader in the UK debt recovery market, represents a major milestone for Encore as the Company entered the UK market for the first time," Vecchione continued. "Together, these activities accelerate our growth trajectory, making Encore a global leader in the consumer debt purchase and recovery industry."  The acquisition of the controlling interest in Cabot increased Encore's ERC to more than $3.3 billion after deducting the ERC attributable to the minority interest.

During the quarter, the Company completed the placement of $150 million in convertible notes, and in July 2013, the initial purchasers exercised, in full, their option to purchase an additional $22.5 million in convertible notes. "We were able to raise long-term capital on very attractive terms, a 3% cash coupon, a 7-year term and a 30% conversion premium," said Paul Grinberg, the Company's Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. "As a result of strong demand, we were able to upsize the transaction from $110 million. The market's recognition of Encore's success builds the foundation for our next stages of growth." In connection with the convertible note offering, the Company entered into capped call transactions, which will ensure that there is no economic dilution from the offering until Encore's share price reaches $61.52.

Second Quarter of 2013 Highlights:

  • Gross collections from the portfolio purchasing and recovery business were $278.4 million, a 16% increase over the $240.6 million in the same period of the prior year.
  • Investment in receivable portfolios was $423.1 million, which included the acquisition of Asset Acceptance's receivable portfolios, to purchase $68.9 billion in face value of debt, compared to $231.0 million, to purchase $6.0 billion in face value of debt in the same period of the prior year. 
  • Propel Financial Services deployed $60.3 million in the quarter, $19.8 million of which were in the origination of tax lien transfers and $40.5 million of which were in the acquisition of tax lien certificates. Propel now operates in four states, in addition to the state of Texas.
  • Available capacity under the Company's revolving credit facility, subject to borrowing base and applicable debt covenants, was $167.9 million as of June 30, 2013.  Total debt, consisting of the revolving credit facility, senior secured convertible notes, and capital lease obligations, was $1.1 billion as of June 30, 2013, compared with $706.0 million as of December 31, 2012. Cash and cash equivalents were $222.2 million as of June 30, 2013, compared with $17.5 million as of December 31, 2012.
  • Revenue from receivable portfolios was $152.0 million, a 10% increase over the $138.7 million in the same period of the prior year.  Revenue recognized on receivable portfolios, as a percentage of portfolio collections, excluding the effects of net portfolio allowances, decreased to approximately 53.3% from 57.2% in the same period of the prior year.
  • Total operating expenses were $126.2 million, a 23% increase over the $102.8 million in the same period of the prior year.  Adjusted Operating Expenses (defined as operating expenses excluding stock-based compensation expense, tax lien business segment operating expenses, one-time charges, and acquisition and integration related operating expenses of $18.1 million) per dollar collected, decreased to 38.8% compared to 39.5% in the same period of the prior year.
  • Adjusted EBITDA (defined as net income before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization, stock-based compensation expenses, portfolio amortization, one-time charges, and acquisition related expenses) was $177.2 million, a 20% increase over the $147.9 million in the same period of the prior year.
  • Total interest expense increased to $7.5 million, as compared to $6.5 million in the same period of the prior year.
  • Net income from continuing operations was $11.0 million, or $0.44 per fully diluted share, compared to income from continuing operations of $19.0 million, or $0.74 per fully diluted share in the same period of the prior year. Adjusted Income from Continuing Operations per Share (defined as income from continuing operations excluding non-cash interest and issuance cost amortization relating to our convertible notes, and one-time legal, advisory, consulting, acquisition, hedging, and integration related expenses, all net of tax) per fully diluted share, was $0.85.
  • Total stockholders' equity per share was $20.53 at the end of the quarter, a 31% increase over $15.71 at December 31, 2012.

Additional information:

Certain events affected the comparability of 2013 versus 2012 quarterly results, as outlined below.  For a more detailed comparison of 2013 versus 2012 results, refer to Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations included in the Company's Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended June 30, 2013.

  • In the second quarter of 2013, the Company incurred certain one-time and non-cash costs in the amount of $16.9 million, including:
    • Legal and advisory fees related to the acquisition of a controlling interest in Cabot of $3.1 million;
    • Costs of hedging the British Pound Sterling, relating to the acquisition of a controlling interest in Cabot of $3.6 million;
    • Legal, advisory, integration and consulting fees, and severance costs related to the acquisition of Asset Acceptance of $9.0 million; and
    • Convertible notes non-cash interest and issuance cost amortization of $880,000.

Conference Call and Webcast

The Company will hold a conference call and slide presentation today at 2:00 p.m. Pacific time / 5:00 p.m. Eastern time to discuss second quarter results.

Members of the public are invited to access the live webcast via the Internet, by logging on at the Investor Relations page of Encore's website at www.encorecapital.com. To access the live, listen-only telephone conference portion, please dial (877) 670-9781 or (631) 456-4378. For those who cannot listen to the live broadcast, a telephonic replay will be available for seven days by dialing (800) 585-8367 or (404) 537-3406 and entering the conference number 17331672. A replay of the webcast will also be available shortly after the call on the Company's website.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

This news release includes certain financial measures that exclude the impact of certain items and therefore have not been calculated in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles ("GAAP"). The Company has included information concerning Adjusted EBITDA because management utilizes this information, which is materially similar to a financial measure contained in covenants used in the Company's revolving credit facility, in the evaluation of its operations and believes that this measure is a useful indicator of the Company's ability to generate cash collections in excess of operating expenses through the liquidation of its receivable portfolios. The Company has included information concerning Adjusted Operating Expenses in order to facilitate a comparison of approximate cash costs to cash collections for the portfolio purchasing and recovery business in the periods presented. The Company has included Adjusted Income from Continuing Operations per Share because management believes that investors regularly rely on this measure to assess operating performance, in order highlight trends in the Company's business that may not otherwise be apparent when relying on financial measures calculated in accordance with GAAP.  Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted Operating Expenses and Adjusted Income from Continuing Operations per Share have not been prepared in accordance with GAAP. These non-GAAP financial measures should not be considered as alternatives to, or more meaningful than, net income and total operating expenses as indicators of the Company's operating performance. Further, these non-GAAP financial measures, as presented by the Company, may not be comparable to similarly titled measures reported by other companies. The Company has attached to this news release a reconciliation of these non-GAAP financial measures to their most directly comparable GAAP financial measures. 

About Encore Capital Group, Inc.

Encore Capital Group is a leading provider of debt management and recovery solutions for consumers and property owners across a broad range of assets. Through its subsidiaries, the Company purchases portfolios of consumer receivables from major banks, credit unions, and utility providers, and partners with individuals as they repay their obligations and work toward financial recovery. Through its Propel Financial Services, LLC subsidiary, the Company assists property owners who are delinquent on their property taxes by structuring affordable monthly payment plans, and purchases delinquent tax liens directly from select taxing authorities. Through its Cabot Credit Management subsidiary in the United Kingdom, the Company is a market-leading acquirer and manager of consumer debt in the United Kingdom and Ireland. Encore's success and future growth are driven by its sophisticated and widespread use of analytics, its broad investments in data and behavioral science, the significant cost advantages provided by its highly-efficient operating model and proven investment strategy, and the Company's demonstrated commitment to conducting business ethically and in ways that support its consumers' financial recovery.

Headquartered in San Diego, Encore is a publicly traded NASDAQ Global Select company (ticker symbol: ECPG) and a component stock of the Russell 2000, the S&P SmallCap 600, and the Wilshire 4500. More information about the Company can be found at www.encorecapital.com.

Forward Looking Statements

The statements in this press release that are not historical facts, including, most importantly, those statements preceded by, or that include, the words "may," "believe," "projects," "expects," "anticipates" or the negation thereof, or similar expressions, constitute "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 (the "Reform Act"). These statements may include, but are not limited to, statements regarding our future operating results, performance, business plans or prospects. For all "forward-looking statements," the Company claims the protection of the safe harbor for forward-looking statements contained in the Reform Act. Such forward-looking statements involve risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause actual results, performance or achievements of the Company and its subsidiaries to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. These risks, uncertainties and other factors are discussed in the reports filed by the Company with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the most recent reports on Forms 10-K, 10-Q and 8-K, each as it may be amended from time to time. The Company disclaims any intent or obligation to update these forward-looking statements.

Contact:

Encore Capital Group, Inc.

Paul Grinberg (858) 309-6904
paul.grinberg@encorecapital.com

Adam Sragovicz (858) 309-9509
adam.sragovicz@encorecapital.com

 

FINANCIAL TABLES FOLLOW

 

 

 

ENCORE CAPITAL GROUP, INC

 

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Financial Condition
(In Thousands, Except Par Value Amounts)
(Unaudited)





June 30,
2013

December 31,
2012

Assets



Cash and cash equivalents

$      222,171

$       17,510

Investment in receivable portfolios, net

1,096,698

873,119

Deferred court costs, net

40,056

35,407

Receivables secured by property tax liens, net

198,065

135,100

Property and equipment, net

36,788

23,223

Other assets

91,881

31,535

Goodwill

119,788

55,446




Total assets

$   1,805,447

$   1,171,340




Liabilities and stockholders' equity



Liabilities:



Accounts payable and accrued liabilities

$       76,846

$       45,450

Deferred tax liabilities, net

104,303

8,236

Debt

1,107,659

706,036

Other liabilities

6,269

5,802




Total liabilities

1,295,077

765,524




Commitments and contingencies



Stockholders' equity:



Convertible preferred stock, $.01 par value, 5,000 shares authorized, no shares issued and outstanding

Common stock, $.01 par value, 50,000 shares authorized, 25,252 shares and 23,191 shares issued and outstanding as of June 30, 2013 and December 31, 2012, respectively

253

232

Additional paid-in capital

163,753

88,029

Accumulated earnings

349,789

319,329

Accumulated other comprehensive loss

(3,425 )

(1,774 )




Total stockholders' equity

510,370

405,816




Total liabilities and stockholders' equity

$   1,805,447

$   1,171,340




 

ENCORE CAPITAL GROUP, INC

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income
(In Thousands, Except Per Share Amounts)
(Unaudited)





Three Months Ended

June 30,

Six Months Ended

June 30,


2013

2012

2013

2012

Revenues





Revenue from receivable portfolios, net

$ 152,024

$ 138,731

$ 292,707

$ 265,136

Other revenue

380

183

681

188

        Interest income – tax lien business

5,051

2,982

9,766

2,982

        Interest expense – tax lien business

(1,334 )

(650 )

(2,447 )

(650 )

Net interest income – tax lien business

3,717

2,332

7,319

2,332






               Total revenues

156,121

141,246

300,707

267,656






Operating expenses





Salaries and employee benefits

32,969

25,190

61,801

47,494

Cost of legal collections

44,483

41,024

86,741

79,659

Other operating expenses

13,797

12,427

27,062

24,025

Collection agency commissions

5,230

4,166

8,559

8,125

General and administrative expenses

27,601

18,582

43,943

32,240

Depreciation and amortization

2,158

1,420

4,004

2,660






              Total operating expenses

126,238

102,809

232,110

194,203






Income from operations

29,883

38,437

68,597

73,453






Other (expense) income





Interest expense

(7,482 )

(6,497 )

(14,336 )

(12,012 )

Other (expense) income

(4,122 )

(106 )

(3,963 )

161






       Total other expense

(11,604 )

(6,603 )

(18,299)

(11,851 )






Income from continuing operations before income taxes

18,279

31,834

50,298

61,602

Provision for income taxes

(7,267 )

(12,846 )

(19,838 )

(24,506 )






Income from continuing operations

11,012

18,988

30,460

37,096

Loss from discontinued operations, net of tax

(2,392)

(9,094)






Net income

$ 11,012

$ 16,596

$ 30,460

$ 28,002






Weighted average shares outstanding:





Basic

23,966

24,919

23,707

24,850

Diluted

24,855

25,825

24,652

25,822

Basic earnings (loss) per share from:





Continuing operations

$      0.46

$      0.76

$      1.28

$    1.49

Discontinued operations

$         —

$     (0.09 )

$         —

$  (0.36 )






Net basic earnings per share

$      0.46

$      0.67

$      1.28

$    1.13






Diluted earnings (loss) per share from:





Continuing operations

$      0.44

$      0.74

$      1.24

$    1.44

Discontinued operations

$         —

$     (0.10 )

$         —

$  (0.36 )






Net diluted earnings per share

$      0.44

$      0.64

$      1.24

$    1.08






Other comprehensive loss:





Unrealized loss on derivative instruments, net of tax

(1,574 )

(1,790)

(954 )

(1,108)

Unrealized loss on foreign currency translation, net of tax

(583 )

(697 )






Other comprehensive loss, net of tax

(2,157 )

(1,790)

(1,651 )

(1,108)






Comprehensive income

$    8,855

$ 14,806

$ 28,809

$ 26,894






 

 

ENCORE CAPITAL GROUP, INC.

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
(Unaudited, In Thousands)





Six Months Ended

June 30,


2013

2012

Operating activities:



Net income

$       30,460

$       28,002

Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities



Depreciation and amortization

4,004

2,660

Impairment charge for goodwill and identifiable intangible assets

10,400

Amortization of loan costs and premium on receivables secured by tax liens

3,550

1,210

Stock-based compensation expense

5,180

4,805

Recognized loss on termination of derivative contract

3,630

Deferred income taxes

(3,297 )

89

Excess tax benefit from stock-based payment arrangements

(3,848 )

(1,689 )

Loss on sale of discontinued operations

2,416

Reversal for allowances on receivable portfolios, net

(4,680 )

(789 )

Changes in operating assets and liabilities, net of effects of acquisition



Other assets

(8,502 )

298

Deferred court costs

1,492

(1,664 )

Prepaid income tax and income taxes payable

(19,559 )

(6,455 )

Accounts payable, accrued liabilities and other liabilities

2,821

5,322




Net cash provided by operating activities

11,251

44,605




Investing activities:



Cash paid for acquisition, net of cash acquired

(293,329 )

(185,990 )

Purchases of receivable portfolios

(100,650 )

(361,446 )

Collections applied to investment in receivable portfolios

260,531

207,205

Proceeds from put-backs of receivable portfolios

2,454

1,625

Originations and purchases of receivables secured by tax liens

(87,961 )

(14,072 )

Collections applied to receivables secured by tax liens

27,097

7,467

Payment on termination of derivative contract

(3,630 )

Purchases of property and equipment

(5,335 )

(2,595 )

Purchases of intangible assets

(1,900 )




Net cash used in investing activities

(202,723 )

(347,806 )




Financing activities:



Payment of loan costs

(11,846 )

(1,619 )

Repayment of senior secured notes

(6,250 )

Proceeds from credit facilities

514,065

383,399

Repayment of credit facilities

(228,175 )

(70,500 )

Proceeds from issuance of convertible senior notes

150,000

Payment of convertible hedge transactions

(15,750 )

Repurchase of common stock

(729 )

Proceeds from exercise of stock options

2,359

2,583

Taxes paid related to net share settlement of equity awards

(8,420 )

(2,177 )

Excess tax benefit from stock-based payment arrangements

3,848

1,689

Repayment of capital lease obligations

(2,969 )

(3,207 )




Net cash provided by financing activities

396,133

310,168




Net increase in cash and cash equivalents

204,661

6,967

Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period

17,510

8,047




Cash and cash equivalents, end of period

$     222,171

$       15,014




Supplemental disclosures of cash flow information:



Cash paid for interest

$       12,537

$       11,075

Cash paid for income taxes

40,513

23,108

Supplemental schedule of non-cash investing and financing activities:



Fixed assets acquired through capital lease

1,189

2,779

 

ENCORE CAPITAL GROUP, INC.

 

Supplemental Financial Information
Reconciliation of Adjusted Income From Continuing Operations to GAAP Net Income From Continuing Operations, Adjusted EBITDA to GAAP Net Income, and Adjusted Operating Expenses For The Portfolio Purchasing And Recovery Business to GAAP Total Operating Expenses
(In Thousands, Except Per Share amounts) (Unaudited)







Three Months Ended June 30, 


2013

2012


$

Per Diluted Share

$

Per Diluted Share

GAAP net income from continuing operations, as reported   

$    11,012

$     0.44

$ 18,988

$     0.74

Adjustments:





Convertible notes non-cash interest and issuance cost amortization, net of tax

529

$     0.02

Acquisition related legal and advisory fees, net of tax

4,205

$     0.17

2,251

$     0.09

Acquisition related integration and severance costs, and consulting fees,  net of tax

3,304

$     0.13

Acquisition related other expenses, net of tax

2,198

$     0.09






Adjusted income from continuingoperations

$    21,248

$     0.85

$ 21,239

$     0.83










Three Months Ended
June 30,


2013

2012

GAAP net income, as reported

$ 11,012

$ 16,596

Adjustments:



Loss from discontinued operations, net of tax

2,392

Interest expense

7,482

6,497

Provision for income taxes

7,267

12,846

Depreciation and amortization

2,158

1,420

Amount applied to principal on receivable portfolios

131,044

101,813

Stock-based compensation expense

2,179

2,539

Acquisition related legal and advisory fees

6,948

3,774

Acquisition related integration and severance costs, and consulting fees

5,455

Acquisition related other expenses

3,630




Adjusted EBITDA

$ 177,175

$ 147,877




 





Three Months Ended
June 30,


2013

2012

GAAP total operating expenses, as reported

$ 126,238

$ 102,809

Adjustments:



Stock-based compensation expense

(2,179 )

(2,539 )

Tax lien business segment operating expenses

(3,504 )

(1,513 )

Acquisition related legal and advisory fees

(6,948 )

(3,774 )

Acquisition related integration and severance costs, and consulting fees

(5,455 )




Adjusted operating expenses for the portfolio purchasing and recovery business

$ 108,152

$ 94,983




 


June 30, 2013

December 31, 2012

Stockholders' equity

$           510,370

$           405,816

Diluted shares outstanding

24,855

25,836




Stockholders' equity per share

$20.53

$15.71

SOURCE Encore Capital Group, Inc.



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