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Encore Capital Group Announces First Quarter 2016 Financial Results

  • GAAP EPS from continuing operations increases 11% to $1.12
  • Non-GAAP Economic EPS from continuing operations increases 13% to $1.31

SAN DIEGO, May 10, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Encore Capital Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:ECPG), an international specialty finance company providing debt recovery solutions for consumers and property owners across a broad range of assets, today reported consolidated financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2016.

“Encore had a solid purchasing quarter, deploying $257 million globally, including $142 million in the United States. Returns in our U.S. core business are higher than last year, and year-to-date domestic purchases and commitments now total nearly $330 million,” said Kenneth A. Vecchione, President and Chief Executive Officer.

“For the quarter, our ROIC and adjusted operating income rose as Economic EPS grew 13%, to $1.31 per share. Collections and revenue growth helped move earnings higher, while strategic cost management and favorable tax settlements also provided benefit.

“In addition, we completed the divestiture of Propel Financial Services, allowing us to deploy capital in opportunities with higher returns. This transaction also reduced our debt and increased our liquidity.”

Financial Highlights for the First Quarter of 2016:

  • Estimated Remaining Collections (ERC) grew 12% to $5.7 billion, compared to $5.1 billion at March 31, 2015.
  • Gross collections grew 5% to $448 million, compared to $425 million in the same period of the prior year.
  • Investment in receivable portfolios was $257 million, compared to $125 million in the same period of the prior year.
  • Total revenues increased 4% to $289 million, compared to $278 million in the same period of the prior year.
  • Total operating expenses increased 5% to $206 million, compared to $195 million in the same period of the prior year. Adjusted operating expenses increased 3% to $169 million, compared to $165 million in the same period of the prior year. Adjusted operating expenses per dollar collected for the portfolio purchasing and recovery business decreased to 37.7%, compared to 38.8% in the same period of the prior year.
  • Adjusted EBITDA increased 9% to $287 million, compared to $263 million in the same period of the prior year.
  • Total interest expense increased to $50.7 million, as compared to $42.3 million in the same period of the prior year, reflecting the financing of recent acquisitions and portfolio purchases in Europe.
  • GAAP income from continuing operations attributable to Encore was $28.9 million, or $1.12 per fully diluted share, as compared to $27.5 million, or $1.01 per fully diluted share in the same period of the prior year.
  • Adjusted income from continuing operations attributable to Encore increased 11% to $33.9 million, compared to $30.6 million in the same period of the prior year.
  • Adjusted income from continuing operations attributable to Encore per share (also referred to as Economic EPS) grew 13% to $1.31, compared to $1.16 in the same period of the prior year. In the first quarter of 2016, Economic EPS was not adjusted for shares associated with Encore’s convertible notes. In calculating Economic EPS for the first quarter of 2015, 0.9 million shares associated with convertible notes that will not be issued but are reflected in the fully diluted share count were excluded for accounting purposes.
  • Available capacity under Encore’s revolving credit facility, subject to borrowing base and applicable debt covenants, was $228 million as of March 31, 2016, and total debt was $2.9 billion.

Conference Call and Webcast

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 (855) 541-0982 or (704) 288-0606.

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 99266441. 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 adjusted income attributable to Encore and adjusted income attributable to Encore per share (also referred to as economic EPS when adjusted for certain shares associated with our convertible notes that will not be issued but are reflected in the fully diluted share count for accounting purposes) because management uses this measure to assess operating performance, in order to highlight trends in the Company’s business that may not otherwise be apparent when relying on financial measures calculated in accordance with 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. Adjusted income attributable to Encore, adjusted income attributable to Encore per share/economic EPS, adjusted EBITDA, and adjusted operating expenses 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, net income per share, 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 an international specialty finance company that provides debt recovery solutions for consumers and property owners across a broad range of assets. Through its subsidiaries, Encore purchases portfolios of consumer receivables from major banks, credit unions and utility providers.

Encore partners with individuals as they repay their obligations, helping them on the road to financial recovery and ultimately improving their economic well-being. Encore is the first and only company of its kind to operate with a Consumer Bill of Rights that provides industry-leading commitments to consumers. Headquartered in San Diego, the company is a publicly traded NASDAQ Global Select company (ticker symbol: ECPG) and a component stock of the Russell 2000, the S&P Small Cap 600 and the Wilshire 4500. More information about Encore can be found at http://www.encorecapital.com. More information about the Company’s Cabot Credit Management subsidiary can be found at http://www.cabotcm.com. Information found on the Company’s website or Cabot’s website is not incorporated by reference.

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 “will,” “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 and 10-Q, as they may be amended from time to time. The Company disclaims any intent or obligation to update these forward-looking statements.

FINANCIAL TABLES FOLLOW

ENCORE CAPITAL GROUP, INC.
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Financial Condition
(In Thousands, Except Par Value Amounts)
(Unaudited)
March 31,
2016
December 31,
2015
Assets
Cash and cash equivalents$144,613 $123,993
Investment in receivable portfolios, net2,486,978 2,440,669
Property and equipment, net68,162 72,546
Deferred court costs, net75,829 75,239
Other assets157,533 148,762
Goodwill890,504 924,847
Assets associated with discontinued operations 388,763
Total assets$3,823,619 $4,174,819
Liabilities and equity
Liabilities:
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities$238,203 $290,608
Debt2,893,434 2,944,063
Other liabilities27,975 59,226
Liabilities associated with discontinued operations 232,434
Total liabilities3,159,612 3,526,331
Commitments and contingencies
Redeemable noncontrolling interest39,948 38,624
Redeemable equity component of convertible senior notes5,359 6,126
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, 25,508 shares and 25,288 shares issued and outstanding as of March 31, 2016 and December 31, 2015, respectively255 253
Additional paid-in capital109,228 110,533
Accumulated earnings569,183 543,489
Accumulated other comprehensive loss(68,360) (57,822)
Total Encore Capital Group, Inc. stockholders’ equity610,306 596,453
Noncontrolling interest8,394 7,285
Total equity618,700 603,738
Total liabilities, redeemable equity and equity$3,823,619 $4,174,819

The following table includes assets that can only be used to settle the liabilities of the Company’s consolidated variable interest entities (“VIEs”) and the creditors of the VIEs have no recourse to the Company. These assets and liabilities are included in the consolidated statements of financial condition above.

March 31,
2016
December 31,
2015
Assets
Cash and cash equivalents$62,539 $50,483
Investment in receivable portfolios, net1,217,625 1,197,513
Property and equipment, net18,145 19,767
Deferred court costs, net35,782 33,296
Other assets46,804 31,679
Goodwill680,727 706,812
Assets associated with discontinued operations 92,985
Liabilities
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities$99,010 $142,375
Debt1,739,579 1,665,009
Other liabilities687 839
Liabilities associated with discontinued operations 58,923

ENCORE CAPITAL GROUP, INC.
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income
(In Thousands, Except Per Share Amounts)
(Unaudited)
Three Months Ended
March 31,
2016 2015
Revenues
Revenue from receivable portfolios, net$270,094 $264,110
Other revenues18,923 13,672
Total revenues289,017 277,782
Operating expenses
Salaries and employee benefits69,642 65,552
Cost of legal collections54,308 54,998
Other operating expenses26,343 24,326
Collection agency commissions10,120 10,685
General and administrative expenses35,239 31,197
Depreciation and amortization9,861 8,137
Total operating expenses205,513 194,895
Income from operations83,504 82,887
Other (expense) income
Interest expense(50,691) (42,303)
Other income7,124 2,117
Total other expense(43,567) (40,186)
Income before income taxes39,937 42,701
Provision for income taxes(10,148) (14,614)
Income from continuing operations29,789 28,087
(Loss) income from discontinued operations, net of tax(3,182) 1,880
Net income26,607 29,967
Net income attributable to noncontrolling interest(913) (542)
Net income attributable to Encore Capital Group, Inc. stockholders$25,694 $29,425
Amounts attributable to Encore Capital Group, Inc.:
Income from continuing operations$28,876 $27,545
(Loss) income from discontinued operations, net of tax(3,182) 1,880
Net income$25,694 $29,425
Earnings (loss) per share attributable to Encore Capital Group, Inc.:
Basic earnings (loss) per share from:
Continuing operations$1.13 $1.06
Discontinued operations$(0.12) $0.07
Basic$1.01 $1.13
Diluted earnings (loss) per share from:
Continuing operations$1.12 $1.01
Discontinued operations$(0.13) $0.07
Diluted$0.99 $1.08
Weighted average shares outstanding:
Basic25,550 26,072
Diluted25,868 27,315

ENCORE CAPITAL GROUP, INC.
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
(Unaudited, In Thousands)
Three Months Ended
March 31,
2016 2015
Operating activities:
Net income$26,607 $29,967
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:
Loss (income) from discontinued operations, net of income taxes1,352 (1,880)
Depreciation and amortization9,861 8,137
Non-cash interest expense, net9,533 7,805
Stock-based compensation expense3,718 5,905
Gain on derivative instruments(5,399)
Deferred income taxes(21,588) (4,276)
Excess tax benefit from stock-based payment arrangements (637)
Loss on sale of discontinued operations, net of tax1,830
Reversal of allowances on receivable portfolios, net(2,191) (2,859)
Changes in operating assets and liabilities
Deferred court costs and other assets1,233 (11,873)
Prepaid income tax and income taxes payable18,824 4,847
Accounts payable, accrued liabilities and other liabilities(14,023) (15,081)
Net cash provided by operating activities from continuing operations29,757 20,055
Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities from discontinued operations2,096 (665)
Net cash provided by operating activities31,853 19,390
Investing activities:
Cash paid for acquisitions, net of cash acquired(675)
Proceeds from divestiture of business, net of cash divested106,041
Purchases of receivable portfolios, net of put-backs(280,990) (143,239)
Collections applied to investment in receivable portfolios, net180,796 164,217
Purchases of property and equipment(2,252) (4,271)
Other, net1,191 (251)
Net cash provided by investing activities from continuing operations4,111 16,456
Net cash provided by (used in) used in investing activities from discontinued operations14,685 (11,965)
Net cash provided by investing activities18,796 4,491
Financing activities:
Payment of loan costs(1,395) (4,279)
Proceeds from credit facilities185,883 134,285
Repayment of credit facilities(235,151) (124,395)
Repayment of senior secured notes(3,750) (3,750)
Repayment of securitized notes(935) (6,625)
Taxes paid related to net share settlement of equity awards(3,354) (4,554)
Excess tax benefit from stock-based payment arrangements 637
Other, net(2,785) (3,592)
Net cash used in financing activities(61,487) (12,273)
Net (decrease) increase in cash and cash equivalents(10,838) 11,608
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash1,858 438
Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period153,593 124,163
Cash and cash equivalents, end of period144,613 136,209
Cash and cash equivalents of discontinued operations, end of period 24,183
Cash and cash equivalents of continuing operations, end of period$144,613 $112,026

ENCORE CAPITAL GROUP, INC.
Supplemental Financial Information
Reconciliation of Adjusted Income Attributable to Encore to GAAP Net (Loss) Income Attributable to Encore, Adjusted
EBITDA to GAAP Net (Loss) Income, and Adjusted Operating Expenses Related to Portfolio Purchasing and Recovery
Business to GAAP Total Operating Expenses
(In Thousands, Except Per Share amounts) (Unaudited)
Three Months Ended March 31,
2016 2015
$ Per Diluted
Share—
Accounting
Per Diluted
Share—
Economic
$ Per Diluted
Share—
Accounting
Per Diluted
Share—
Economic
GAAP net income from continuing operations attributable to Encore, as reported $28,876 $1.12 $1.12 $27,545 $1.01 $1.04
Adjustments:
Convertible notes non-cash interest and issuance cost amortization, net of tax 1,804 0.07 0.07 1,666 0.06 0.07
Acquisition, integration and restructuring related expenses, net of tax 1,329 0.05 0.05 1,348 0.05 0.05
Settlement fees and related administrative expenses, net of tax 1,853 0.07 0.07
Adjusted income from continuing operations attributable to Encore $33,862 $1.31 $1.31 $30,559 $1.12 $1.16


Three Months Ended
March 31,
2016 2015
GAAP net income, as reported $26,607 $29,967
Adjustments:
Loss (income) from discontinued operations, net of tax 3,182 (1,880)
Interest expense 50,691 42,303
Provision for income taxes 10,148 14,614
Depreciation and amortization 9,861 8,137
Amount applied to principal on receivable portfolios 177,711 160,961
Stock-based compensation expense 3,718 5,905
Acquisition, integration and restructuring related expenses 2,141 2,766
Settlement fees and related administrative expenses 2,988
Adjusted EBITDA $287,047 $262,773


Three Months Ended
March 31,
2016 2015
GAAP total operating expenses, as reported $205,513 $194,895
Adjustments:
Stock-based compensation expense (3,718) (5,905)
Operating expenses related to non-portfolio purchasing and recovery business (26,885) (21,623)
Acquisition, integration and restructuring related expenses (3,059) (2,766)
Settlement fees and related administrative expenses (2,988)
Adjusted operating expenses related to portfolio purchasing and recovery business $168,863 $164,601

Contact: Bruce Thomas Vice President, Investor Relations Encore Capital Group, Inc. (858) 309-6442 bruce.thomas@encorecapital.com

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