World Acceptance Corporation Reports Record Second Quarter

GREENVILLE, S.C., Oct. 26 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- World Acceptance Corporation (Nasdaq: WRLD) today reported record financial results for its second fiscal quarter and six months ended September 30, 2010.

Net income for the second quarter rose 38.5% to $20.2 million compared to $14.6 million for the same quarter of the prior year.  Net income per diluted share increased 41.6% to $1.26 in the second quarter of fiscal 2011 compared to $0.89 in the prior year quarter.  

The Company's net income during the quarter 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 increased to $118.1 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2011, a 13.3% increase over the $104.2 million reported in the second quarter last year.  The primary driver for the growth in revenue was a 14.2% increase in average net loans and the associated growth in interest and fees.  Gross loans outstanding increased 15.0% to $868.2 million at September 30, 2010, up from $754.9 million at September 30, 2009. Interest and fees rose 13.3% to $103.7 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2011 compared to $91.5 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2010.

"I am very pleased that World Acceptance Corporation's excellent first quarter results have continued through the second fiscal quarter," stated Sandy McLean, CEO.  "Several factors are driving the current improvement in the Company's financial performance including increased loan demand, our ongoing focus on expense control, and close management of credit risks.  The Company's growth in earnings per share has also benefitted from the ongoing share repurchase program during the current fiscal year.  We continue to use our excellent cash flow and strong financial position to fund our growth while repurchasing shares."

"Our credit loss ratios showed further improvement during the quarter, a continuation of the trend recognized during the first fiscal quarter," continued Mr. McLean.  "Our net charge-offs as a percentage of average net loans returned to near historical levels of 14.8% on an annualized basis during the quarter compared to 16.2% in the second quarter of last year.  Additionally, the Company's past due loans, as measured by those that are 61+ days delinquent, decreased from 4.6% to 4.2% on a contractual basis."  

The provision for loan losses rose 8.4% to $27.3 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2011 compared to the second quarter of fiscal 2010.  "We remain focused on monitoring our loan portfolio in light of the difficult economy and we believe that our allowance for loan losses is adequate based on the current outlook," noted Mr. McLean.

The Company's general and administrative expenses increased by 8.4% when comparing the two second quarterly periods primarily due to the increase in new office openings during fiscal 2011.  During the first six-months of the fiscal year, the Company opened 41 and purchased four new offices and closed one office, resulting in a total of 1,034 offices at September 30, 2010.  General and administrative expenses as a percent of total revenues decreased from 49.7% in the prior year quarter to 47.5% during the current fiscal quarter.  

"Our earnings growth continued to benefit from the leverage we are achieving in our general and administrative expenses, which highlights our strategic goal of managing costs while expanding our base of offices in both domestic and international markets," noted Mr. McLean.  

Other key return ratios for the second quarter included a 13.4% return on average assets and a return on average equity of 22.9% (both on a trailing 12 month basis).  

Six-Month Results

For the first six-months of the fiscal year, net income rose 33.2% to $38.9 million compared to $29.2 million for the six-months ended September 30, 2009.  Fully diluted net income per share rose 34.1% to $2.40 in fiscal 2011 compared to $1.79 for the first six months of fiscal 2010.  

Total revenues for the first six-months of fiscal 2011 rose 11.8% to $228.5 million compared to $204.4 million during the corresponding period of the previous year.  Net charge-offs increased $1.5 million, or 3.9%, compared to the prior year first six-months and annualized net charge-offs as a percent of average net loans were 13.7% for the first six months of fiscal 2011 compared to 15.1% during the prior year six-month period.

About World Acceptance Corporation

World Acceptance Corporation is one of the largest small-loan consumer finance companies, operating 1,034 offices in 11 states and Mexico. It is also the parent company of ParaData Financial Systems, a provider of computer software solutions for the consumer finance industry.

Second 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 1-888-397-5350, passcode 3964676.  A simulcast of the conference call is also available on the Internet at http://www.videonewswire.com/event.asp?id=72541 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 the following:  the continuation or worsening of adverse conditions in the global and domestic credit markets and uncertainties regarding, or the impact of governmental responses to those conditions; changes in interest rates; risks inherent in making loans, including repayment risks and value of collateral, which risks may increase in light of adverse or recessionary economic conditions; recently-enacted or proposed legislation; the timing and amount of revenues that may be recognized by the Company; changes in current revenue and expense trends (including trends affecting delinquencies and charge-offs); changes in the Company's markets and general changes in the economy (particularly 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


Six Months Ended




September 30,


September 30,




2010


2009


2010


2009











Interest & fees

$

103,717

$

91,540

$

199,788

$

176,608

Insurance & other


14,349


12,666


28,676


27,828


Total revenues


118,066


104,206


228,464


204,436

Expenses:










Provision for loan losses

27,275


25,156


46,973


45,584


General and administrative expenses










Personnel

37,351


33,912


77,085


70,203



Occupancy & equipment

7,893


7,113


15,082


13,817



Advertising

2,607


2,449


5,069


4,821



Intangible amortization

510


568


1,017


1,133



Other


7,730


7,713


15,136


15,114





56,091


51,755


113,389


105,088


Interest expense


4,096


3,617


7,450


6,727



Total expenses


87,462


80,528


167,812


157,399

Income before taxes


30,604


23,678


60,652


47,037

Income taxes


10,369


9,066


21,703


17,790

Net income


$

20,235

$

14,612

$

38,949

$

29,247

Diluted earnings per share

$

1.26

$

0.89

$

2.40

$

1.79

Diluted weighted average shares outstanding


16,023


16,418


16,236


16,370



Consolidated Balance Sheets

(unaudited and in thousands)
















September 30,


March 31,


September 30,






2010


2010


2009



ASSETS








Cash




$

8,825

$

5,445

$

7,287

Gross loans receivable



868,192


770,265


754,854


Less: Unearned interest & fees



(230,314)


(199,179)


(198,899)


Allowance for loan losses



(48,343)


(42,897)


(43,682)



Loans receivable, net



589,535


528,189


512,273

Property and equipment, net



23,439


22,986


23,121

Deferred income taxes



13,316


11,642


12,975

Goodwill




5,609


5,616


5,581

Intangibles




7,091


7,614


8,046

Other assets



13,693


11,560


10,249





$

661,508

$

593,052

$

579,532













LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY





Liabilities:










Notes payable



242,163


170,642


222,265


Income tax payable



2,974


14,043


4,761


Accounts payable and accrued expenses



24,278


25,419


23,680



Total liabilities



269,415


210,104


250,706

Shareholders' equity



392,093


382,948


328,826





$

661,508

$

593,052

$

579,532



Selected Consolidated Statistics

(dollars in thousands)














Three Months Ended


Six Months Ended




September 30,


September 30,




2010


2009


2010


2009











Expenses as a percent of total revenues:









Provision for loan losses

23.1%


24.1%


20.6%


22.3%


General and administrative expenses

47.5%


49.7%


49.6%


51.4%


Interest expense

3.5%


3.5%


3.3%


3.3%











Average gross loans receivable

$              850,622


$           744,099


$              823,330


$        719,910











Average loans receivable

$              625,104


$           547,482


$              606,448


$        530,906











Loan volume

$              642,243


$           556,201


$           1,270,029


$     1,109,550











Net charge-offs as percent of average loans

14.8%


16.2%


13.7%


15.1%











Return on average assets (trailing 12 months)

13.4%


11.7%


13.4%


11.7%











Return on average equity (trailing 12 months)

22.9%


21.9%


22.9%


21.9%











Offices opened (closed) during the period, net

24


17


44


22











Offices open at end of period

1,034


966


1,034


966



SOURCE World Acceptance Corporation



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