World Acceptance Corporation Reports Record Fourth Quarter and Fiscal 2011 Results, Announces Expanded Share Repurchase Program Fourth Quarter Earnings Up 19.9% to a Record $2.11 per Diluted Share

GREENVILLE, S.C., April 28, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- World Acceptance Corporation (NASDAQ:  WRLD) today reported record results for its fourth fiscal quarter and fiscal year ended March 31, 2011.  

Fourth quarter 2011 diluted earnings per share rose 19.9% to a record $2.11 and revenues were up 10.5% to a record $136.9 million, compared in each case with the fourth quarter of fiscal 2010.  Fiscal 2011 results also reached record levels with diluted earnings per share rising 26.5% to $5.63, revenues up 11.5% to $491.4 million and gross loan balances up 13.6% to $875.0 million.

"Our record results for the fourth quarter and for fiscal 2011 benefited from increased loan demand across our markets, the contribution from new offices in both domestic markets and Mexico, and our focus on managing expenses," stated Sandy McLean, Chairman and CEO.  "We also benefited from lower bad debt costs as highlighted by eight consecutive quarterly decreases (when compared to the corresponding quarter of the prior year) in charge-offs as a percentage of net loans."  

Net income for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2011 rose 15.4% to $34.2 million compared with $29.7 million for the same quarter of the prior year, while diluted earnings per share increased 19.9% to $2.11.

"Our strong growth in earnings per share also benefited from our share repurchase program over the past year," continued Mr. McLean.  "We continue to use our strong balance sheet and excellent cash flow to fund our growth in loans while repurchasing shares."  During the fourth quarter of fiscal 2011, the Company repurchased 289,400 shares at an aggregate cost of $17.4 million.  During the year ended March 31, 2011, the Company repurchased 1,298,057 shares at an aggregate cost of $53.3 million. On April 26, 2011, the Board of Directors authorized the Company to repurchase up to $25 million of the Company's common stock.  After taking into account all shares repurchased through April 28, 2011, the Company has approximately $25.2 million in aggregate remaining repurchase capacity under all of the Company's outstanding repurchase authorizations.  The timing and actual number of shares repurchased will depend on a variety of factors, including the stock price, corporate and regulatory requirements and other market and economic conditions.  The Company's stock repurchase program may be suspended or discontinued at any time.

Total revenues increased to $136.9 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2011, a 10.5% increase over the $123.9 million reported in the fourth quarter ended March 31, 2010.  Interest and fee income increased 14.4%, fueled by a 14.7% increase in net average loans.  Insurance commissions and other income decreased by 6.4% to $21.6 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2011 from $23.1 million in the prior year quarter.  This decrease was due to a 24% reduction in the number of tax returns prepared by the Company compared with the prior year, primarily due to increased competition from tax preparers who continued to offer refund anticipation loans.  Consequently, tax preparation revenue declined to $7.2 million during the fourth quarter of fiscal 2011 from $10.2 million in the fiscal 2010 fourth quarter.  Next year, it is expected that refund anticipation loans will not be available from any tax preparers and as a result, the Company's competitive position in this area should improve.

Gross loans outstanding increased to $875.0 million at March 31, 2011, a 13.6% increase from $770.3 million at March 31, 2010.  The growth in loans was consistent with the Company's 13.2% increase in loan volume from $477.4 million in the fourth quarter 2010 to $540.4 million in the fourth quarter 2011.

Charge-offs as a percent of average net loans decreased 50 basis points on an annualized basis to 13.1% during the quarter from 13.6% during the prior year quarter.  This was the eighth consecutive quarter that annualized net charge-off ratios have declined from the prior year's corresponding quarter.

The Company's general and administrative expenses rose 11.2% to $62.7 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2011 compared with $56.4 million in the fourth quarter of the prior fiscal year primarily due to the increase in new offices during fiscal 2011. Total general and administrative expenses as a percent of total revenues increased slightly from 45.5% during the fourth quarter last year to 45.8% during the current year quarter.  The Company opened 13 net new offices during the fourth quarter of fiscal 2011.  

Full Year Results

For the year ended March 31, 2011, net income rose 23.9% to $91.2 million compared with $73.7 million in the prior fiscal year.  Net income per diluted share in fiscal 2011 rose 26.5% to $5.63 compared with fiscal 2010.  During fiscal 2010, the Company repurchased $18.0 million face value of convertible subordinated debt for an after-tax gain of $1.4 million, or $0.08 per diluted share.  The Company did not repurchase any of the convertible subordinated debt during fiscal 2011.  The Company's net income for fiscal 2011 also benefited from an income tax settlement with the state of South Carolina for tax years March 31, 1997, through March 31, 2006, which resulted in the Company recognizing a tax benefit of approximately $900,000 (or $0.06 per diluted share).

Total revenues for fiscal 2011 were $491.4 million, an 11.5% increase over the $440.6 million in fiscal 2010.  Net charge-offs as a percent of average net loans declined to 14.3% in fiscal 2011 compared with 15.5% during the prior year.  Total general and administrative expenses as a percent of revenue decreased from 49.2% in fiscal 2010 to 48.3% in fiscal 2011.

Key return ratios for the fiscal year included a 13.9% return on average assets and a 22.8% return on average equity.

During fiscal 2011, the Company opened 73 offices, acquired six offices and merged two offices, leaving a total of 1,067 offices at March 31, 2011.

About World Acceptance Corporation

World Acceptance Corporation is one of the largest small-loan consumer finance companies, operating 1,067 offices in 12 states and Mexico.  It is also the parent company of ParaData Financial Systems, a provider of computer software solutions for the consumer finance industry.

Fourth Quarter Conference Call

The senior management of World Acceptance Corporation will be discussing these results in its quarterly conference call to be held at 10:00 a.m. Eastern time today.  Interested parties may participate in this call by dialing 1-888-244-2414, passcode  9793876. A simulcast of the conference call is also available on the Internet at http://www.videonewswire.com/event.asp?id=78167 or www.streetevents.com.  The call will be available for replay on the Internet for approximately 30 days.

This press release may contain various "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, that represent the Company's expectations or beliefs concerning future events.  Such forward-looking statements are about matters that are inherently subject to risks and uncertainties.  Factors that could cause actual results or performance to differ from the expectations expressed or implied in such forward-looking statements include regulatory changes, changes in the timing and amount of revenues that may be recognized by the Company, changes in current revenue and expense trends (including trends affecting charge-offs), changes in the Company's markets and changes in the economy (particular in the markets served by the Company).  Such factors are discussed in greater detail in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.  World Acceptance Corporation is not responsible for updating the information contained in this press release beyond the publication date, or for changes made to this document by wire services or Internet services.

World Acceptance Corporation


Consolidated Statements of Operations

(unaudited and in thousands, except per share amounts)












Three Months Ended


Year Ended



March 31,


March 31,



2011


2010


2011


2010










Interest & fees

$

115,344

$

100,813

$

424,594

$

375,031

Insurance & other


21,598


23,077


66,851


65,605


Total revenues


136,942


123,890


491,445


440,636

Expenses:










Provision for loan losses


16,973


15,082


95,908


90,299


General and administrative expenses











Personnel


43,140


38,252


159,161


142,483



Occupancy & equipment


8,199


6,994


31,115


28,469



Advertising 


2,714


2,951


13,056


12,843



Intangible amortization


452


546


1,949


2,242



Other


8,228


7,644


32,234


30,975



62,733


56,387


237,515


217,012


Interest expense


3,520


3,398


14,773


13,881



Total expenses


83,226


74,867


348,196


321,192

Income before taxes


53,716


49,023


143,249


119,444

Income taxes


19,480


19,360


52,000


45,783

Net income

$

34,236

$

29,663

$

91,249

$

73,661

Diluted earnings per share


$

2.11

$

1.76

$

5.63

$

4.45

Diluted weighted average shares outstanding


16,259


16,835


16,210


16,546












Consolidated Balance Sheets

(unaudited and in thousands)








March 31,


March 31,



2011


2010



ASSETS





Cash

$

8,031

$

5,445

Gross loans receivable


875,046


770,265


Less: Unearned interest & fees


(228,974)


(199,179)


Allowance for loan losses


(48,355)


(42,897)



Loans receivable, net


597,717


528,189

Property and equipment, net


23,366


22,986

Deferred tax benefit


14,480


9,860

Goodwill


5,634


5,616

Intangibles


6,365


7,614

Other assets


10,804


11,560


$

666,397

$

591,270








LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY





Liabilities:






Notes payable


187,430


170,642


Income tax payable


13,098


12,261


Accounts payable and accrued expenses


23,294


25,419



Total liabilities


223,822


208,322

Shareholders' equity


442,575


382,948



666,397


591,270



Selected Consolidated Statistics

(dollars in thousands)










Three Months Ended


Year ended


March 31,


March 31,


2011


2010


2011


2010









Expenses as a percent of total revenues:









Provision for loan losses

12.4%


12.2%


19.5%


20.5%


General and administrative expenses

45.8%


45.5%


48.3%


49.2%


Interest expense

2.6%


2.7%


3.0%


3.2%









Average gross loans receivable

$             910,704


$          792,527


$            860,538


$        750,504









Average net loans receivable

$             671,585


$          585,569


$            633,748


$        553,650









Loan volume

$             540,448


$          477,398


$         2,571,908


$     2,261,044









Net charge-offs as percent of average loans

13.1%


13.6%


14.3%


15.5%









Return on average assets (rolling 12 month period)

13.9%


12.7%


13.9%


12.7%









Return on average equity (rolling 12 month period)

22.8%


22.1%


22.8%


22.1%









Offices opened (closed) during the period, net

13


15


77


46









Offices open at end of period

1,067


990


1,067


990



SOURCE World Acceptance Corporation



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