Encore Capital Group Announces Second Quarter 2019 Financial Results

August 7, 2019
  • Encore sets new records for global cash collections and estimated remaining collections
  • MCM sets new records for cash collections and revenues in the U.S.
  • GAAP EPS of $1.17 per share and non-GAAP Economic EPS of $1.28 per share, which both include a $0.23 per share expense related to the June refinancing of Cabot’s debt that was maturing in 2021

SAN DIEGO, Aug. 07, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Encore Capital Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: ECPG), an international specialty finance company, today reported consolidated financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2019.

“Similar to the past several quarters, the second quarter for Encore was another period of strong financial and operational performance, which drove record outcomes in several key measures across our business,” said Ashish Masih, President and Chief Executive Officer. “We achieved new highs in global cash collections and estimated remaining collections, reflecting our focus on operational innovation and increased productivity. Importantly, we are driving improved operating leverage as we collect more efficiently, and as the majority of our collections are now derived from portfolios with higher returns when compared to prior years.”

“In the U.S., we set new records for collections and revenues, and we continue to benefit from collecting an increasingly higher proportion of cash receipts through our lower cost call center and digital channel.”

“In Europe, cash collections grew 7% and estimated remaining collections grew 6%, both in constant currency terms. At the same time, Cabot’s debt leverage continues to improve, as we maintain our focus on capital allocation, being more selective in our portfolio purchases and improving operating efficiency,” said Masih.

In June, the Company successfully refinanced two tranches of Cabot senior secured notes due in 2021 through the issuance of €400 million of senior secured floating-rate notes due in 2024, which extended Cabot’s maturity profile and increased the Company’s financial flexibility. As a result of the refinancing, the Company incurred a $9 million expense, which impacted both GAAP net income and adjusted net income in the second quarter.

Key Financial Metrics for the Second Quarter of 2019:

  • Estimated remaining collections (ERC) increased $134 million compared to the end of the same period of the prior year, to a record $7.4 billion.
  • Portfolio purchases were $243 million, including $180 million in the U.S. and $57 million in Europe.
  • Gross collections increased 4% to a record $515 million, compared to $496 million in the same period of the prior year.
  • Total revenues, adjusted by net allowances, decreased 1% to $347 million, compared to $350 million in the second quarter of 2018, principally as a result of $14.5 million of European allowance reversals recorded in the same period a year ago.
  • Total operating expenses decreased 5% to $233 million, compared to $246 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 $188 million, compared to $186 million in the same period of the prior year.
  • Total interest expense increased to $63.9 million, compared to $60.5 million in the same period of the prior year, principally as a result of approximately $9 million of expenses related to the June refinancing of Cabot’s debt.
  • GAAP net income attributable to Encore was $36.7 million, or $1.17 per fully diluted share, which includes a $0.23 per share expense associated with the June refinancing of Cabot’s debt. This compares to $26.3 million, or $1.00 per fully diluted share in the second quarter of 2018.
  • Adjusted net income attributable to Encore was $40.3 million, or $1.28 per fully diluted share, which includes a $0.23 per share expense associated with the June refinancing of Cabot’s debt. This compares to $35.1 million, or $1.33 per fully diluted share in the second quarter of 2018.
  • As of June 30, 2019, after taking into account borrowing base and applicable debt covenants, available capacity under Encore’s U.S. revolving credit facility was $161 million and availability under Cabot’s revolving credit facility was £156 million (approximately $197 million).

Conference Call and Webcast

Encore will host a conference call and slide presentation today, August 7, 2019, at 2:00 p.m. Pacific / 5:00 p.m. Eastern time, to present and discuss second 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 5787711. 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 More information about the Company’s Midland Credit Management subsidiary can be found at More information about the Company’s Cabot Credit Management subsidiary can be found at 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.


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