World Acceptance Corporation Reports Record Second Quarter

26 Oct, 2010, 06:30 ET from World Acceptance Corporation

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