– Improved pricing and supply in the U.S. market driving better returns
– Higher purchase price multiples reflect more efficient capital deployment
SAN DIEGO, May 04, 2017. 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 first quarter ended March 31, 2017.
“The U.S. market for charged off receivables continues to improve as growing supply and lower prices, along with improved liquidations, contribute to increasingly favorable returns,” said Kenneth A. Vecchione, President and Chief Executive Officer. “We achieved a first quarter purchase price multiple of 2.0 for new defaulted credit card portfolios, a level we haven’t seen since 2013. We believe we are well positioned to continue to benefit from these increasingly favorable trends, allowing us to take further advantage of our capital availability and collections capacity.”
“Internationally, we had a strong deployment quarter in Europe and preparation for a potential IPO for our subsidiary Cabot Credit Management announced in February remains on track. We’ve also reached a milestone overseas as the Encore Asset Reconstruction Company is now operational and has recently completed initial small purchases in the Indian debt buying market. Our deployment will be slow and measured initially as we gain comfort with this substantial market opportunity.”
Key Financial Metrics for the First Quarter of 2017:
Estimated Remaining Collections (ERC) grew $184 million compared to the same period of the prior year, to $5.85 billion.
Investment in receivable portfolios was $219 million, including $123 million in the U.S., compared to $257 million deployed overall in the same period a year ago.
Gross collections declined 2% to $441 million, compared to $448 million in the same period of the prior year.
Total revenues were $272 million, compared to $289 million in the first quarter of 2016, with the difference primarily driven by currency effects and the trailing impact of the allowance charge taken in the third quarter of last year in Europe.
Total operating expenses decreased 5% to $196 million, compared to $206 million in the same period of the prior year, reflecting the benefits of strategic cost management programs. Adjusted operating expenses decreased 1% to $167 million, compared to $169 million in the same period of the prior year.
Adjusted operating expenses per dollar collected for the portfolio purchasing and recovery business, also known as cost-to-collect, was 37.8%, compared to 37.7% in the same period of the prior year.
Total interest expense decreased to $49.2 million, as compared to $50.7 million in the same period of the prior year.
GAAP net income from continuing operations attributable to Encore was $22.3 million, or $0.85 per fully diluted share, as compared to $28.9 million, or $1.12 per fully diluted share in the same period a year ago.
Adjusted income from continuing operations attributable to Encore was $24.8 million, compared to $34.4 million in the first quarter of 2016.
Adjusted income from continuing operations attributable to Encore per share (also referred to as Economic EPS) was $0.95, compared to $1.33 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 $269 million as of March 31, 2017.
Conference Call and Webcast
Encore will host a conference call and slide presentation today, May 4, 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 10372377. 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 from continuing operations attributable to Encore and adjusted income from continuing operations 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 from continuing operations 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.
Forward Looking Statements
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