Newsroom PRESS RELEASE

Encore Capital Group Announces First Quarter 2019 Financial Results

Wednesday, May 8, 2019
  • Encore sets new records for earnings, global cash collections and estimated remaining collections
  • GAAP EPS of $1.57 per share
  • Non-GAAP Economic EPS of $1.46 per share

SAN DIEGO, May 08, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Encore Capital Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: ECPG), an international specialty finance company, today reported consolidated financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2019.

“In the first quarter, Encore’s strong operational and financial performance drove record results for our business,” said Ashish Masih, President and Chief Executive Officer. “Collections growth continues to be driven by our focus on operational innovation and increased productivity, resulting in record global cash collections and a further shift toward our call center and digital collections channel in the U.S.  In addition, global portfolio purchases totaled $262 million in the quarter. We allocated approximately 98% of the capital we deployed in the first quarter to the U.S. and the U.K. debt purchasing markets, where we have scale advantages, leadership positions and the opportunity to earn the highest risk-adjusted returns relative to other markets.  Our solid performance drove record earnings for the quarter and a new all-time high for global estimated remaining collections at $7.3 billion.”

“In Europe, Cabot continues to grow collections, revenues and earnings as the U.K.’s market leader in debt purchasing. Cabot is also a U.K. market leader in capital-light agency debt collections and business process outsourcing for the credit management services industry. Credit issuers in the U.K. and in Europe are looking to increasingly outsource their credit management responsibilities. As a result, Cabot is particularly well-positioned to benefit from its broad and deep credit management product offering.”

“Looking forward, consumer indebtedness in both the U.S. and the U.K. has recently reached new record levels, a strong indication of future increases in charge-offs and supply growth in our two most important markets,” said Masih.

Key Financial Metrics for the First Quarter of 2019:

  • Estimated remaining collections (ERC) increased $199 million compared to the end of the same period of the prior year, to a record $7.3 billion.
  • Portfolio purchases were $262 million, including $174 million in the U.S. and $84 million in Europe, compared to $277 million deployed overall in the same period a year ago.
  • Gross collections increased 5% to a record $514 million, compared to $489 million in the same period of the prior year.
  • Total revenues, adjusted by net allowances, increased 6% to $347 million, compared to $327 million in the first quarter of 2018.
  • Total operating expenses were $236 million, compared to $238 million in the same period of the prior year.
  • Adjusted operating expenses, which represent the expenses related to our portfolio purchasing and recovery business, were $187 million, compared to $188 million in the same period of the prior year.
  • Total interest expense decreased to $55.0 million, compared to $57.5 million in the same period of the prior year, principally as a result of our purchase of all previously outstanding Cabot-related Preferred Equity Certificates (PECs), partially offset by expenses relating to higher interest rates and higher balances on revolving credit facilities.
  • GAAP net income attributable to Encore was $49.3 million, or $1.57 per fully diluted share, compared to $21.8 million, or $0.83 per fully diluted share in the first quarter of 2018.
  • Adjusted net income attributable to Encore was $45.9 million, or $1.46 per fully diluted share, compared to $25.8 million, or $0.98 per fully diluted share in the first quarter of 2018.
  • As of March 31, 2019, after taking into account borrowing base and applicable debt covenants, available capacity under Encore’s U.S. revolving credit facility, was $138.8 million and availability under Cabot’s revolving credit facility was £139.8 million (approximately $182.2 million).

Conference Call and Webcast

Encore will host a conference call and slide presentation today, May 8, 2019, at 2:00 p.m. Pacific / 5:00 p.m. Eastern time, to present and discuss first quarter results.

Members of the public are invited to access the live webcast via the Internet by logging in on 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 3289575. 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 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 and other related services across a broad range of financial assets. Through its subsidiaries around the globe, Encore purchases or services portfolios of receivables from major banks, credit unions and utility providers.

Headquartered in San Diego, Encore 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 www.encorecapital.com. More information about the Company’s Midland Credit Management subsidiary can be found at www.midlandcreditonline.com. More information about the Company’s Cabot Credit Management subsidiary can be found at www.cabotcm.com. Information found on the Company’s, MCM’s, or Cabot’s websites 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.

Contact:

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