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EZCORP ANNOUNCES FIRST QUARTER RESULTS

Adds Strategic Investments and Over 100 New Locations;

AUSTIN, Texas, Jan. 22, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- EZCORP, Inc. (NASDAQ: EZPW), a leading provider of instant cash solutions for consumers, today announced results for its first fiscal quarter ended December 31, 2012.

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For the quarter, total revenues were $277.1 million, a record for the Company. Net income was $30.7 million, and earnings per share were $0.59, at the upper end of the Company's previously announced guidance range of $0.55 to $0.60.

EZCORP significantly expanded its reach by opening 75 new locations, acquiring a U.S. online lender, entering the lucrative Arizona pawn market by acquiring 12 stores, acquiring a controlling interest in a 20-store buy/sell chain in Mexico, and increasing its strategic investments in Cash Converters International and Cash Genie.

Consolidated Financial Highlights — First quarter of fiscal 2013 vs. prior year quarter

  • Total revenues were $277.1 million, up 11%, driven primarily by growth in the Latin America segment. This increase is partially attributable to mid-year fiscal 2012 acquisitions of controlling interests in Crediamigo and Cash Genie and the inclusion of 100% of their revenues in EZCORP's consolidated revenues. Excluding these acquisitions, total revenues increased 3.4%, driven by growth in merchandise sales, pawn service charges and consumer loan fees.
  • Net income was $30.7 million, down 22%. This expected decrease resulted from the following:
    • Gold and jewelry environment — The Company estimates the change in gold metrics (price and volume) from the prior year quarter caused a deterioration of approximately $10 million in consolidated net revenues, attributable primarily to the U.S. pawn business. The Company has provided supplemental information regarding the impact of the gold environment in the Investor Relations section of its website (www.ezcorp.com).
    • Planned growth initiatives — The Company incurred $5 million in incremental expenses associated with its growth initiatives. These expenses include $4.1 million in drag associated with 111 de novo locations opened during the last nine months, including the 75 de novo locations added this quarter, as well as the costs associated with various business unit growth initiatives, which were recorded as operations expense. Excluding these incremental growth-related operations expenses, as well as the operations expense associated with other businesses added since the first quarter of last year, consolidated operations expense increased 9%.

      The Company also incurred $0.9 million in transaction and integration costs during the quarter in connection with acquisitions and investments, which were recorded as administrative expense.
    • Continued infrastructure development — During the quarter, the Company invested an additional $1 million in its infrastructure to support the efficient management of a larger, more complex global company. These costs, along with the acquisition-related administrative expenses noted above, account for 14% of the Company's consolidated administrative expense. Excluding these growth and investment-related costs, administrative expense as a percentage of revenues was essentially flat.
  • The Company ended the quarter with $419 million in earning assets (consisting of pawn loans, consumer loans and inventory on the balance sheet, combined with CSO loans not on the balance sheet), an increase of 41%, driven primarily by the acquisition of Crediamigo.
  • Cash and cash equivalents at quarter-end were $46.7 million, with debt of $235.5 million, including $92.9 million Crediamigo third party debt, which is non-recourse to EZCORP.

U.S. & Canada — Market Leading Storefront Growth

  • De Novo Growth — During the quarter, the Company added 63 new locations in the U.S. & Canada segment (51 de novo and 12 acquired).
    • The 51 de novo stores include 44 new financial service centers, primarily located outside of Texas, utilizing the Company's proven "store within a store" concept. The other seven locations are new pawn stores in key markets where the Company is already a leading provider. Capital expenditures associated with these new locations totaled $3.8 million, and the Company expects these stores to be profitable within six to eight months of opening.
    • The 12 acquired stores are located in Arizona. This represents the Company's initial entry into a state that offers very attractive customer demographics and financial metrics. While this acquisition alone makes EZCORP the third largest provider in the state, the Company expects to take a market leading position over the next few years. The acquired stores should be immediately accretive to earnings.
  • Pawn — The Company's U.S. Pawn & Retail business, consisting of 496 stores in 20 states, posted solid gains in a gold and jewelry environment that continues to be challenging.
    • Pawn loan balances were $147.1 million at quarter end, up 5% in total and down 1% on a same store basis. The overall pawn loan portfolio continues to reflect the ongoing shift to general merchandise collateral, with general merchandise loan balances up 13% in total and 6% on a same store basis, while jewelry loan balances were up 1% in total and down 3% on a same store basis.
    • Pawn service charges increased 7% in total and 4% on a same store basis, reflecting a 500 basis point increase in yield, driven primarily by rate increases in Nevada and operational improvements in Texas.
    • Redemption rates were 82%, up from 81% a year ago, with a jewelry redemption rate of 85% and a general merchandise redemption rate of 76%, both reflecting a slight increase over the same quarter last year. These increases were driven by improvements in customer qualification.
    • Merchandise sales increased 4% in total and down 1% on a same store basis. These increases were driven by general merchandise sales, which were up 15% in total and 6% on a same store basis. Jewelry sales were down 5% in total and 10% on a same store basis, also reflecting the ongoing shift in the business from jewelry to general merchandise.
    • Gross margin on merchandise sales was 42% (down 140 basis points) because of a one-time inventory reserve adjustment in last year's quarter. Excluding the effect of that adjustment, the margin rate was up 130 basis points.
  • Financial Services — The U.S. Financial Services business, consisting of 486 locations in 16 states, experienced significant growth in multiple payment and collateralized loan products.
    • Total loan balances were $47 million, up 8% from the prior year quarter. Customers continued to shift from first generation single payment loan products (traditional payday loans) to lower-yielding second generation multiple payment products (installment loans) and collateralized products (auto title loans). Balances related to installment loans and other multiple payment products increased 20%, while auto title loan balances were up 42%. Balances outside of Texas grew 54%, driven by new locations and new products.
    • Loan fees were $43 million, up 1% from the prior year quarter, reflecting the shift in mix referred to above.
    • Bad debt as a percentage of fees increased by 70 basis points to 24.7%, driven by the growth in new stores and new products outside Texas.
    • The profitability of the financial services business was negatively impacted by over $1 million during the quarter as a result of ordinances enacted in Dallas and Austin. Other Texas cities have adopted or are considering lending ordinances. The Company is actively supporting the enactment of consistent statewide regulation and expects the Texas Legislature to consider such a measure in the next few months.
  • Online Lending — During the quarter, the Company completed the acquisition of Go Cash, a U.S. based online lender. This acquisition brings the Company an experienced management team and industry leading underwriting models and systems. The Company plans to quickly build a significant online presence under the name "ezMoney.com" using the state-by-state model. The Company's initial efforts will be directed primarily at states where it already has a significant storefront presence. The Company plans to deliver, over time, a seamless, superior customer experience through online and mobile platforms that are integrated with its other products and channels.

    The Company expects the U.S. online lending business to reach profitability during the fourth quarter of this fiscal year, and to meet the Company's rigorous ROIC standards (20% ROIC unlevered within three years). However, this business is expected to negatively impact earnings per share by $0.03 during the second quarter.

Latin America — 110% Increase in Segment Contribution

  • Pawn — Empeno Facil, the Company's Mexico pawn operation, continued its strong performance. At the end of the quarter, the Company operated 254 pawn stores in Mexico, 62 of which have been open less than 12 months. Full-line format locations (which make up 80% of all Empeno Facil locations), regardless of age, are running well ahead of the Company's investment model.
    • During the quarter, Empeno Facil added 24 new de novo locations, compared to 14 new locations added during the first quarter of last year. This accelerated de novo growth, in addition to a relatively large number of immature stores, created drag that led operating unit contribution to decrease year-over-year. The Company remains confident in its store operating model in Mexico and believes that the new stores will be profitable within six months of store opening.
    • Pawn loan balances grew to $15 million, up 55% in total and 28% on a same store basis. General merchandise loan balances grew 60% in total and 37% on a same store basis, while jewelry loan balances increased 10% in total and decreased 5% on a same store basis. These balances reflect the same shift from jewelry to general merchandise that is seen in the Company's U.S pawn business.
    • Pawn service charges increased 44% in total and 25% on a same store basis.
    • Redemption rates were 76%, down from 77% a year ago, with a jewelry redemption rate of 72% and a general merchandise redemption rate of 77%.
    • Merchandise sales were up 46% in total and 20% on a same store basis. General merchandise sales (which make up over 99% of all merchandise sales) increased 44% in total and 18% on a same store basis. Scrap sales increased 7%.
    • Gross margin on merchandise sales was 43%, down 960 basis points because of a one-time inventory reserve adjustment in last year's quarter. Excluding the effect of that adjustment, the margin rate was down 100 basis points, driven by more aggressive pricing during the holiday season.
  • Payroll Lending — Crediamigo, the Company's Mexico payroll withholding lending business, gained market share through rapid growth and contributed nearly two-thirds of Latin America's segment contribution during the quarter.
    • Total loans outstanding at the end of the quarter were $81 million, up 24% since acquisition in January 2012, and well ahead of the Company's investment pro-forma.
    • Net revenues were $13.8 million in the quarter, with bad debt as a percentage of fees less than 1%.
    • Crediamigo added 8 new employer contracts (a 12% increase) during the quarter, gaining access to over 175,000 potential new customers.
    • These and other operational metrics for the business were at or better than the Company's original investment expectations.
  • Buy/Sell — During the quarter, the Company also completed the acquisition of a controlling interest in a chain of 20 buy/sell stores doing business under the name "TUYO." This acquisition extends the Company's buy/sell store channel into Mexico, further diversifying its service delivery formats. This is essentially a start-up business, and is expected to have no material impact on the Company's earnings for the remainder of this fiscal year. The Company expects this business to become profitable in the last half of fiscal 2014.

Other International — Highlighted by Cash Converters Strong Performance

  • In November, Cash Converters International Limited, the Company's strategic affiliate in Australia, announced that it had achieved a 43% increase in EBIT during its first quarter (ended September 30, 2012), which, due to the three-month lag in reporting, positively impacted EZCORP results in its first fiscal quarter. The Company's equity investment in Cash Converters International, combined with its equity investment in Albemarle & Bond Holdings PLC in the U.K., generated a 21% increase in earnings attributable to EZCORP for the quarter, as compared to the same period last year.
  • The Company made an additional investment in Cash Converters International in December as a part of a share placement, maintaining its 33% ownership percentage. EZCORP expects the new funds to be used to finance expansion and drive future earnings growth. During the quarter, the Company also increased its investment in Cash Genie, its U.K. online lending business, moving its ownership from 72% to 95%, with the remaining 5% held by local management.

CEO Commentary

Paul Rothamel, EZCORP's President and Chief Executive Officer, stated: "During the first quarter, we furthered our previously announced strategic initiatives, accelerating our de novo storefront growth and diversifying our revenue and profit streams by adding new channels, new geographies and new products. And excluding the impact of the challenging gold environment in pawn and the regulatory environment in financial services, our core businesses continued to perform well.

"Our vision is to be the global leader in providing customers with instant cash solutions where they want, when they want and how they want, and we are making the investments in both storefronts and technology platforms to achieve that vision. The first quarter results reflect significant progress, and we will continue to diligently pursue our goals. We believe our initiatives will yield superior shareholder value over the long-term.

Company Outlook

The Company affirms its fiscal 2013 earnings per share guidance of $2.55 to $2.80, and expects earnings per share for the second quarter of fiscal 2013 to be between $0.60 and $0.65. The Company expects its performance, in year-over-year comparison terms, to improve each quarter for the rest of fiscal 2013, and expects to return to year-over-year earnings growth in the latter half of the year.

About EZCORP

EZCORP is a leading provider of instant cash solutions for consumers, employing approximately 7,200 teammates and operating over 1,350 Company-operated pawn, buy/sell and personal financial services locations in the U.S., Mexico and Canada. We provide a variety of instant cash solutions, including pawn loans, consumer loans and fee-based credit services to customers seeking loans. At our pawn and buy/sell stores, we also sell merchandise, primarily collateral forfeited from pawn lending operations and used merchandise purchased from customers.

EZCORP owns controlling interests in Prestaciones Finmart, S.A.P.I. de C.V., SOFOM, E.N.R. (doing business under the name "Crediamigo"), a leading provider of payroll deduction loans in Mexico; in Artiste Holding Limited (doing business under the name "Cash Genie"), a leading provider of online loans in the U.K.; and in Renueva Commercial, S.A.P.I. de C.V., an operator of buy/sell stores in Mexico under the name "TUYO." The Company also has significant investments in Albemarle & Bond Holdings PLC (ABM.L), one of the U.K.'s largest pawnbroking businesses with over 180 full-line stores offering pawnbroking, jewelry retailing, gold buying and financial services; and in Cash Converters International Limited (CCV.ASX), which franchises and operates a worldwide network of almost 700 stores that provide personal financial services and sell pre-owned merchandise.

Special Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

This announcement contains certain forward-looking statements regarding the Company's expected operating and financial performance for future periods, including expected future earnings and growth rates. These statements are based on the Company's current expectations. Actual results for future periods may differ materially from those expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements due to a number of uncertainties and other factors, including changes in the regulatory environment, changing market conditions in the overall economy and the industry, fluctuations in gold prices or the desire of our customers to pawn or sell their gold items, and consumer demand for the Company's services and merchandise. For a discussion of these and other factors affecting the Company's business and prospects, see the Company's annual, quarterly and other reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

EZCORP Investor Relations
(512) 314-2220
[email protected]
www.ezcorp.com


EZCORP, Inc.

Highlights of Consolidated Statements of Operations (Unaudited)

(in thousands, except per share data)




Three Months Ended December 31,


2012



2011

Revenues:





Merchandise sales

$

95,582


$

86,894

Jewelry scrapping sales

45,925


56,403

Pawn service charges

66,024


59,792

Consumer loan fees

64,765


45,088

Other revenues

4,830


696

Total revenues

277,126


248,873

Merchandise cost of goods sold

55,501


48,396

Jewelry scrapping cost of goods sold

32,199


35,424

Consumer loan bad debt

14,074


11,025

Net revenues

175,352


154,028

Operations expense

107,262


82,558

Administrative expense

13,671


11,654

Depreciation and amortization

7,652


5,255

(Gain) / loss on sale or disposal of assets

29


(201)

Operating income

46,738


54,762

Interest income

(178)


(39)

Interest expense

3,815


590

Equity in net income of unconsolidated affiliates

(5,038)


(4,161)

Other income

(501)


(1,119)

Income before income taxes

48,640


59,491

Income tax expense

16,485


20,139

Net income

32,155


39,352

Net income attributable to redeemable noncontrolling interest

1,438


Net income attributable to EZCORP, Inc.

$

30,717


$

39,352





Net income per share, diluted

$

0.59


$

0.78

Weighted average shares, diluted

52,112


50,693

 

 


EZCORP, Inc.

Highlights of Consolidated Balance Sheets (Unaudited)

(in thousands)




December 31,


2012


2011

Assets:




Current assets:




Cash and cash equivalents

$

46,668


$

22,988

Cash, restricted

1,133


Pawn loans

162,095


150,060

Consumer loans, net

40,599


16,188

Pawn service charges receivable, net

31,077


28,593

Consumer loan fees receivable, net

34,074


7,611

Inventory, net

120,326


100,385

Deferred tax asset

15,716


18,169

Prepaid expenses and other assets

50,394


38,901

Total current assets

502,082


382,895

Investments in unconsolidated affiliates

144,232


117,820

Property and equipment, net

114,676


84,513

Goodwill

428,011


212,263

Intangible assets, net

60,662


20,568

Non-current consumer loans, net

66,615


Restricted cash, non-current

1,994


Other assets, net

19,074


7,781

Total assets

$

1,337,346


$

825,840

Liabilities and stockholders' equity:




Current liabilities:




Current maturities of long-term debt

$

27,562


$

Current capital lease obligations

533


Accounts payable and other accrued expenses

95,115


57,412

Customer layaway deposits

6,254


6,152

Federal income taxes payable

659


12,672

Total current liabilities

130,123


76,236

Long-term debt, less current maturities

207,978


40,500

Long-term capital lease obligations

771


Deferred tax liability

10,815


8,724

Deferred gains and other long-term liabilities

26,227


1,997

Total liabilities

375,914


127,457

Temporary equity:




Redeemable noncontrolling interest

49,323


Stockholders' equity

912,109


698,383

Total liabilities and stockholders' equity

$

1,337,346


$

825,840





 

 


EZCORP, Inc.

Operating Segment Results (Unaudited)

(in thousands)




Three Months Ended December 31, 2012


U.S. & Canada


 

Latin America


Other
International


Consolidated

Revenues:









Merchandise sales

$

80,465


$

15,117


$


$

95,582

Jewelry scrapping sales

42,142


3,783



45,925

Pawn service charges

58,210


7,814



66,024

Consumer loan fees

45,959


11,877


6,929


64,765

Other revenues

2,794


1,654


382


4,830

Total revenues

229,570


40,245


7,311


277,126

Merchandise cost of goods sold

46,732


8,769



55,501

Jewelry scrapping cost of goods sold

29,157


3,042



32,199

Consumer loan bad debt

11,481


(1,048)


3,641


14,074

Net revenues

142,200


29,482


3,670


175,352

Segment expenses:







Operations expense

87,443


15,741


4,078


107,262

Depreciation and amortization

4,102


1,675


76


5,853

Loss on sale or disposal of assets

29




29

Interest, net

17


2,613



2,630

Equity in net income of unconsolidated affiliates



(5,038)


(5,038)

Other (income) expense

(4)


20


(69)


(53)

Segment contribution

$

50,613


$

9,433


$

4,623


$

64,669

Corporate expenses:







Administrative






13,671

Depreciation and amortization






1,799

Interest, net






1,007

Other income






(448)

Income before taxes






48,640

Income tax expense






16,485

Net income






32,155

Net income attributable to redeemable noncontrolling interest







1,438

Net income attributable to EZCORP, Inc.






$

30,717

 

 

EZCORP, Inc.

Operating Segment Results (Unaudited)

(in thousands)




Three Months Ended December 31, 2011


U.S. & Canada


Latin America


Other

International


Consolidated

Revenues:








Merchandise sales

$

76,552


$

10,342


$


$

86,894

Jewelry scrapping sales

52,866


3,537



56,403

Pawn service charges

54,370


5,422



59,792

Consumer loan fees

45,012



76


45,088

Other revenues

576


120



696

Total revenues

229,376


19,421


76


248,873

Merchandise cost of goods sold

43,451


4,945



48,396

Jewelry scrapping cost of goods sold

33,150


2,274



35,424

Consumer loan bad debt

10,890



135


11,025

Net revenues

141,885


12,202


(59)


154,028

Segment expenses:








Operations expense

74,994


6,966


598


82,558

Depreciation and amortization

3,223


770


22


4,015

(Gain) on sale or disposal of assets

(200)


(1)



(201)

Interest, net

4


(36)



(32)

Equity in net income of unconsolidated affiliates



(4,161)


(4,161)

Other (income) expense

(1,060)


3


(64)


(1,121)

Segment contribution

$

64,924


$

4,500


$

3,546


$

72,970

Corporate expenses:








Administrative







11,654

Depreciation and amortization







1,240

Interest, net







583

Other expense







2

Income before taxes







59,491

Income tax expense







20,139

Net income







39,352

Net income attributable to redeemable noncontrolling interest







Net income attributable to EZCORP, Inc.







$

39,352

 

 


EZCORP, Inc.

Store Count Activity




Three Months Ended December 31, 2012




Company-owned Stores




U.S. & Canada


Latin America


Other

International


Consolidated


Franchises

Beginning of period

987


275



1,262


10

De novo

51


24



75


Acquired

12


20



32


Sold, combined or closed





End of period

1,050


319



1,369


10




Three Months Ended December 31, 2011




Company-owned Stores




U.S. & Canada


Latin America


Other

International


Consolidated


Franchises

Beginning of period

933


178



1,111


13

De novo


14



14


Acquired

25




25


Sold, combined or closed

(8)




(8)


(1)

End of period

950


192



1,142


12

 

 

SOURCE EZCORP, Inc.

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