Encore Capital Group Announces First Quarter 2022 Financial Results

May 4, 2022
  • GAAP net income of $176 million, 86% higher than Q1 2021
  • GAAP EPS of $6.40, 115% higher than Q1 2021
  • Better-than-expected collections of $519 million leads to increased collection expectations

SAN DIEGO, May 04, 2022 (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, 2022.

“In the first quarter, we continued to execute our strategy and deliver on our financial objectives,” said Ashish Masih, President and Chief Executive Officer. “Our exceptional financial performance in the period was driven primarily by better-than-expected collections within our U.S. business, MCM. As a result of MCM’s persistent collections over-performance in recent quarters, we increased the estimated remaining collections (ERC) for certain vintages. The combination of over-performance in the first quarter and increased expectations for the future added $167 million to our revenue line and contributed to our significant increase in earnings for the quarter.”

“On a global basis, our portfolio purchases were $170 million in the quarter, in line with the first quarter a year ago. Despite lower market supply due to fewer charge-offs, we continue to acquire portfolios at attractive returns, which is enabled by our disciplined purchasing as well as our superior analytics and collections effectiveness.”

“Our business continues to perform extremely well, delivering best-in-class returns and solid cash flows. As a result, consistent with our capital allocation strategy, in the first quarter we returned $26 million of capital to shareholders by repurchasing Encore’s shares. Through our strong balance sheet, we remain well-positioned to fully capitalize on future portfolio purchasing opportunities with ample liquidity, with our leverage ratio1 at the low end of our target range at 1.9x, and with full access to capital markets,” said Masih.

1 Leverage ratio defined below.

Financial Highlights for the First Quarter of 2022:

  Three Months Ended March 31,
(in thousands, except percentages and earnings per share)   2022       2021     Change
Collections $ 519,414     $ 606,461     (14)%  
Revenues $ 499,682     $ 416,837     20%  
Portfolio purchases(1) $ 169,505     $ 170,178     —%  
Estimated Remaining Collections (ERC) $ 7,799,940     $ 8,308,923     (6)%  
Operating expenses $ 234,668     $ 248,523     (6)%  
GAAP net income attributable to Encore $ 175,749     $ 94,630     86%  
GAAP earnings per share $ 6.40     $ 2.97     115%  
LTM Pre-tax ROIC(2)   17.6%       15.8%     +180bps  
Leverage Ratio(3)   1.9x       2.1x     -0.2x  


(1) Includes U.S. purchases of $94.3 million and $92.4 million, and Europe purchases of $75.2 million and $77.8 million in Q1 2022 and Q1 2021, respectively.
(2) This is a non-GAAP metric. See Supplemental Financial Information for a definition and calculation of LTM Pre-Tax ROIC (Return on Invested Capital).
(3) This is a non-GAAP metric that we define as the ratio of Net Debt at period end to (Adjusted EBITDA plus collections applied to principal balance for the preceding twelve months). See Supplemental Financial Information for a definition of Net Debt and Adjusted EBITDA and a reconciliation of Net Debt to total debt and Adjusted EBITDA to net income.

Conference Call and Webcast

Encore will host a conference call and slide presentation today, May 4, 2022, 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 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 ID number 6862776. 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 information concerning adjusted EBITDA because management utilizes this information 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 Pre-Tax ROIC as management uses this measure to monitor and evaluate operating performance relative to our invested capital and because the Company believes it is a useful measure for investors to evaluate effective use of capital. The Company has included Net Debt and Leverage Ratio as management uses these measures to monitor and evaluate its ability to incur and service debt. Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted Income from Operations (used in Pre-Tax ROIC), Net Debt and Leverage Ratio 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 and net income per share as indicators of the Company’s operating performance or liquidity. 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 for consumers across a broad range of financial assets. Through its subsidiaries around the globe, Encore purchases portfolios of consumer receivables from major banks, credit unions, and utility providers.

Encore partners with individuals as they repay their debt 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, 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 the company can be found at

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, liquidity, ability to access capital markets, 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, each as it may be amended from time to time. The Company disclaims any intent or obligation to update these forward-looking statements.


Bruce ThomasEncore Capital Group, Inc.
Vice President, Global Investor Relations
(858) 309-6442

SOURCE: Encore Capital Group, Inc.



Consolidated Statements of Financial Condition
(In Thousands, Except Par Value Amounts)

  March 31,
  December 31,
Cash and cash equivalents $ 160,217     $ 189,645  
Investment in receivable portfolios, net   3,137,386       3,065,553  
Property and equipment, net   115,716       119,857  
Other assets   324,521       335,275  
Goodwill   876,541       897,795  
Total assets $ 4,614,381     $ 4,608,125  
Liabilities and Equity      
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities $ 229,839     $ 229,586  
Borrowings   2,934,033       2,997,331  
Other liabilities   204,134       195,947  
Total liabilities   3,368,006       3,422,864  
Commitments and Contingencies      
Convertible preferred stock, $0.01 par value, 5,000 shares authorized, no shares issued and outstanding          
Common stock, $0.01 par value, 75,000 shares authorized, 24,361 and 24,541 shares issued and outstanding as of March 31, 2022 and December 31, 2021, respectively   244       245  
Additional paid-in capital          
Accumulated earnings   1,310,039       1,238,564  
Accumulated other comprehensive loss   (63,908 )     (53,548 )
Total stockholders’ equity   1,246,375       1,185,261  
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity $ 4,614,381     $ 4,608,125  

The following table presents certain assets and liabilities of consolidated variable interest entities (“VIEs”) included in the consolidated statements of financial condition above. Most assets in the table below include those assets that can only be used to settle obligations of consolidated VIEs. The liabilities exclude amounts where creditors or beneficial interest holders have recourse to the general credit of the Company.

  March 31,
  December 31,
Cash and cash equivalents $ 1,522     $ 1,927  
Investment in receivable portfolios, net   486,909       498,507  
Other assets   3,371       3,452  
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities   105       105  
Borrowings   459,847       473,443  
Other liabilities   22       10  

Consolidated Statements of Income
(In Thousands, Except Per Share Amounts)

  Three Months Ended
March 31,
    2022       2021  
Revenue from receivable portfolios $ 304,105     $ 338,018  
Changes in recoveries   167,223       44,537  
Total debt purchasing revenue   471,328       382,555  
Servicing revenue   26,146       32,516  
Other revenues   2,208       1,766  
Total revenues   499,682       416,837  
Operating expenses      
Salaries and employee benefits   96,956       96,456  
Cost of legal collections   55,717       67,142  
General and administrative expenses   33,534       32,148  
Other operating expenses   27,027       28,441  
Collection agency commissions   9,605       12,824  
Depreciation and amortization   11,829       11,512  
Total operating expenses   234,668       248,523  
Income from operations   265,014       168,314  
Other expense      
Interest expense   (34,633 )     (46,526 )
Other income (expense)   392       (55 )
Total other expense   (34,241 )     (46,581 )
Income before income taxes   230,773       121,733  
Provision for income taxes   (55,024 )     (26,968 )
Net income   175,749       94,765  
Net income attributable to noncontrolling interest         (135 )
Net income attributable to Encore Capital Group, Inc. stockholders $ 175,749     $ 94,630  
Earnings per share attributable to Encore Capital Group, Inc.:      
Basic $ 7.11     $ 3.01  
Diluted $ 6.40     $ 2.97  
Weighted average shares outstanding:      
Basic   24,722       31,469  
Diluted   27,482       31,832  

Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
(Unaudited, In Thousands)

  Three Months Ended March 31,
    2022       2021  
Operating activities:      
Net income $ 175,749     $ 94,765  
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:      
Depreciation and amortization   11,829       11,512  
Other non-cash interest expense, net   4,196       4,749  
Stock-based compensation expense   3,921       3,405  
Deferred income taxes   2,806       (3,302 )
Changes in recoveries   (167,223 )     (44,537 )
Other, net   4,787       4,931  
Changes in operating assets and liabilities      
Other assets   1,447       (3,816 )
Prepaid income tax and income taxes payable   51,200       28,627  
Accounts payable, accrued liabilities and other liabilities   (34,182 )     (27,215 )
Net cash provided by operating activities   54,530       69,119  
Investing activities:      
Purchases of receivable portfolios, net of put-backs   (166,298 )     (167,025 )
Collections applied to investment in receivable portfolios   215,309       268,443  
Purchases of property and equipment   (7,079 )     (3,792 )
Other, net   (4,842 )     (2,359 )
Net cash provided by investing activities   37,090       95,267  
Financing activities:      
Proceeds from credit facilities   328,273       273,293  
Repayment of credit facilities   (180,614 )     (235,399 )
Repayment of senior secured notes   (9,770 )     (9,770 )
Repayment of convertible senior notes   (221,152 )     (161,000 )
Repurchase of common stock   (25,692 )     (20,390 )
Other, net   (9,061 )     (6,844 )
Net cash used in financing activities   (118,016 )     (160,110 )
Net (decrease) increase in cash and cash equivalents   (26,396 )     4,276  
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents   (3,032 )     (8,862 )
Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period   189,645       189,184  
Cash and cash equivalents, end of period $ 160,217     $ 184,598  
Supplemental disclosure of cash information:      
Cash paid for interest $ 31,771     $ 37,258  
Cash paid for taxes, net of refunds   949       813  

Supplemental Financial Information
Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Metrics

Adjusted EBITDA

  Three Months Ended
March 31,
(in thousands, unaudited)   2022       2021  
GAAP net income, as reported $ 175,749     $ 94,765  
Interest expense   34,633       46,526  
Interest income   (437 )     (474 )
Provision for income taxes   55,024       26,968  
Depreciation and amortization   11,829       11,512  
Stock-based compensation expense   3,921       3,405  
Acquisition, integration and restructuring related expenses(1)   679        
Adjusted EBITDA $ 281,398     $ 182,702  
Collections applied to principal balance(2) $ 53,567     $ 229,510  


(1) Amount represents acquisition, integration and restructuring related expenses. We adjust for this amount because we believe these expenses are not indicative of ongoing operations; therefore, adjusting for these expenses enhances comparability to prior periods, anticipated future periods, and our competitors’ results.
(2) Amount represents (a) gross collections from receivable portfolios less (b) debt purchasing revenue. A reconciliation of “collections applied to investment in receivable portfolios, net” to “collections applied to principal balance” is available in the Form 10-Q for the period ending March 31, 2022.

Pre-Tax Return on Invested Capital (“ROIC”)

ROIC is calculated as last twelve months adjusted income from operations, divided by our average invested capital. Adjusted income from operations excludes acquisition, integration and restructuring related expenses, amortization of certain acquired intangible assets and other charges or gains that are not indicative of ongoing operations. Average invested capital is defined as the aggregate of average Net Debt (defined below) and average GAAP equity and is calculated as the sum of current and prior period ending amounts divided by two.

  Last Twelve Months Ended March 31,
(in thousands, except percentages, unaudited)   2022       2021  
Income from operations $ 729,971     $ 654,675  
CFPB settlement fees         15,009  
Acquisition, integration and restructuring related expenses   6,360       (33 )
Amortization of certain acquired intangible assets(2)   7,349       7,232  
Adjusted income from operations $ 743,680     $ 676,883  
Average Net Debt $ 2,956,452     $ 3,181,033  
Average equity   1,262,580       1,092,298  
Total average invested capital $ 4,219,032     $ 4,273,331  
Pre-tax ROIC   17.6 %     15.8 %


(1) We believe these amounts are not indicative of ongoing operations; therefore, adjusting for them enhances comparability to prior periods, anticipated future periods, and our competitors’ results.
(2) We have acquired intangible assets, such as trade names and customer relationships, as a result of our acquisition of debt solution service providers. These intangible assets are valued at the time of the acquisition and amortized over their estimated lives. We believe that amortization of acquisition-related intangible assets, especially the amortization of an acquired company’s trade names and customer relationships, is the result of pre-acquisition activities. In addition, the amortization of these acquired intangibles is a non-cash static expense that is not affected by operations during any reporting period.

Net Debt

Net Debt is GAAP borrowings adjusted for debt issuance costs and debt discounts, cash and cash equivalents and client cash. Net Debt is a measure commonly used by lenders to our industry to represent the net borrowings of market participants, and is also used regularly by lenders and others as the numerator in industry leverage calculations.

(in thousands, unaudited) March 31,
  March 31,
  March 31,
GAAP Borrowings $ 2,934,033     $ 3,151,928     $ 3,404,427  
Debt issuance costs and debt discounts   55,100       67,515       68,583  
Cash & cash equivalents   (160,217 )     (184,598 )     (188,199 )
Client cash(1)   26,161       22,983       19,426  
Net Debt $ 2,855,077     $ 3,057,828     $ 3,304,237  


(1) Client cash is cash that was collected on behalf of, and remains payable to, third party clients. 

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