Encore Capital Group Announces Second Quarter 2017 Financial Results

SAN DIEGO, Aug. 03, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Encore Capital Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:ECPG), an international specialty finance company providing debt recovery solutions for consumers across a broad range of assets, today reported consolidated financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2017.

“The second quarter for Encore was a period of solid financial and operational performance. The domestic debt market continues to grow in supply and provides for a favorable purchasing environment,” said Ashish Masih, President and Chief Executive Officer. “Liquidation improvement initiatives are delivering sustained improved collections performance in the U.S. and in Europe over a wide array of vintages, allowing us to record better returns and increase expectations for future collections. Also in Europe, we had a strong quarter of portfolio purchasing and the IPO process for our subsidiary Cabot Credit Management remains on track.”

Key Financial Metrics for the Second Quarter of 2017:

Estimated Remaining Collections (ERC) grew $719 million compared to the same period of the prior year, to $6.26 billion.

Investment in receivable portfolios was $246 million, including $132 million in the U.S. and $92 million in Europe, compared to $233 million deployed overall in the same period a year ago.

Gross collections grew 3% to $446 million, compared to $434 million in the same period of the prior year.

Total revenues were $291 million, compared to $289 million in the second quarter of 2016.

Total operating expenses increased 6% to $210 million, compared to $198 million in the same period of the prior year, reflecting higher legal collections spending in the United States. Adjusted operating expenses increased 12% to $180 million, compared to $160 million in the same period of the prior year.

Total interest expense remained steady at $50.5 million, as compared to $50.6 million in the same period of the prior year.

GAAP net income attributable to Encore was $20.3 million, or $0.77 per fully diluted share, as compared to $29.6 million, or $1.14 per fully diluted share in the same period a year ago.

Adjusted income attributable to Encore was $22.9 million, compared to $33.4 million in the second quarter of 2016.

Adjusted income attributable to Encore per share (also referred to as Economic EPS) was $0.88, compared to $1.29 in the same period of the prior year.

Available capacity under Encore’s domestic revolving credit facility, subject to borrowing base and applicable debt covenants, was $263 million as of June 30, 2017.
Conference Call and Webcast

Encore will host a conference call and slide presentation today, August 3, 2017, at 2:00 p.m. Pacific / 5:00 p.m. Eastern time, presenting and discussing the reported 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 (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 61737334. 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 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, 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 across a broad range of assets. Through its subsidiaries, Encore purchases portfolios of consumer receivables from major banks and credit unions.

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.