World Acceptance Corporation Reports Second Quarter

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World Acceptance Corporation Reports Second Quarter

GREENVILLE, S.C.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- World Acceptance Corporation (NAS: WRLD) today reported financial results for its second fiscal quarter and six months ended September 30, 2012.

Net income for the second quarter decreased 1.7% to $22.9 million compared to $23.3 million for the same quarter of the prior year. Net income per diluted share increased 13.2% to $1.72 in the second quarter of fiscal 2013 compared to $1.52 in the prior year quarter. Total revenues increased to $139.4 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2013, a 5.5% increase over the $132.1 million reported in the second quarter last year.


Sandy McLean, CEO, stated, "The Company's growth in earnings per share has benefitted from our ongoing share repurchase program during the current fiscal year. Over the past six months, the Company has repurchased approximately 1.1 million shares of World Acceptance's stock. We continue to use our excellent cash flow and strong financial position to fund our growth while repurchasing shares."

As previously announced, the Company increased its debt facility by $113 million dollars with the intention of utilizing $100 million to repurchase shares. In the first six months, the Company has spent $75.1 million to repurchase approximately 1.1 million shares. Combined with the 2.2 million shares repurchased during fiscal 2012, the Company has reduced its weighted average diluted shares outstanding by 12.9% when comparing the two six month periods.

Loan demand improved during the second quarter, with gross loan balances increasing to $1.1 billion at the end of the period, up $123.0 million and 12.7% from a year ago.

Interest and fee income increased 4.8%, from $116.2 million to $121.8 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2013 due to continued growth in loan volume and expansion of offices. Interest and fee yields decreased during the quarter as a result of both a shift in collections to October, as well as the ongoing decline in overall yields resulting from the slight change in mix to larger balance loans. Insurance and other income rose by 10.5% to $17.6 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2013 compared with $15.9 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2012.

"Our charge-off rate decreased as a percent of net loans on an annualized basis from 14.8% for the three months ended September 30, 2011, to 13.9% for the three months ended September 30, 2012. Managing our credit risks is a key driver of our earnings growth. Additionally, our past due loans as measured by those that are 61+ days delinquent has remained flat at 4.2% on a contractual basis for the two quarterly periods," stated Mr. McLean.

The provision for loan losses rose 7.8% to $32.4 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2013 compared to the second quarter of fiscal 2012. "We remain focused on monitoring our loan portfolio in light of the difficult economy and we believe that our allowance for loan losses is adequate based on the current outlook," noted Mr. McLean.

The Company's general and administrative expenses increased by 7.6% compared with the second quarter of the prior year due primarily to the new office openings during fiscal 2013. The Company opened 35 new offices, purchased three new offices and closed two offices during the first six-months of the fiscal year resulting in a total of 1,173 offices at September 30, 2012. General and administrative expenses as a percent of total revenues increased from 46.5% in the prior year quarter to 47.5% during the current fiscal quarter, primarily due to the lower revenue growth.

The Company's second quarter effective income tax rate increased to 37.7% compared with 36.5% for the prior year's second quarter. The increase was primarily due to the effects of a discrete event in the prior year quarter resulting from the release of a reserve related to a state refund.

Other key return ratios for the second quarter included a 13.4% return on average assets and a return on average equity of 25.1% (both on a trailing 12 month basis).

Six-Month Results

For the first six-months of the fiscal year, net income rose 4.7% to $45.5 million compared to $43.5 million for the six-months ended September 30, 2011. Fully diluted net income per share rose 20.5% to $3.35 in fiscal 2013 compared to $2.78 for the first six-months of fiscal 2012.

Total revenues for the first six-months of fiscal 2013 rose 6.6% to $272.2 million compared to $255.3 million during the corresponding period of the previous year. Annualized net charge-offs as a percent of average net loans decreased from 13.7% during the first six-months of fiscal 2012 to 13.1% for the first six-months of fiscal 2013.

About World Acceptance Corporation

World Acceptance Corporation is one of the largest small-loan consumer finance companies, operating 1,173 offices in 13 states and Mexico. It is also the parent company of ParaData Financial Systems, a provider of computer software solutions for the consumer finance industry.

Second Quarter Conference Call

The senior management of World Acceptance Corporation will be discussing these results in its quarterly conference call to be held at 10:00 a.m. Eastern time today. A script of the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer's prepared remarks for the conference call has been furnished as Exhibit 99.2 to the Company's Form 8-K filed today with the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") in connection with this press release, and is available via the SEC's Edgar database at www.sec.gov, and will also be posted to the Company's website as soon as practicable. Interested parties may participate in this call by dialing 1-888-455-2296, passcode 1803742. A simulcast of the conference call is also available on the Internet at http://www.videonewswire.com/event.asp?id=89760. The call will be available for replay on the Internet for approximately 30 days.

This press release may contain various "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, that represent the Company's expectations or beliefs concerning future events. Statements other than those of historical fact, as well as those identified by the words "anticipate," "estimate," "plan," "expect," "believe," "may," "will," and "should" or any variation of the foregoing and similar expressions are forward-looking statements. Such forward-looking statements are about matters that are inherently subject to risks and uncertainties. Factors that could cause actual results or performance to differ from the expectations expressed or implied in such forward-looking statements include the following: recently enacted, proposed or future legislation and the manner in which it is implemented; the nature and scope of regulatory authority, particularly discretionary authority, that may be exercised by regulators having jurisdiction over the Company's business or consumer financial transactions generically; changes in interest rates; risks related to expansion and foreign operations; risks inherent in making loans, including repayment risks and value of collateral; the timing and amount of revenues that may be recognized by the Company; changes in current revenue and expense trends (including trends affecting delinquencies and charge-offs); changes in the Company's markets and general changes in the economy (particularly in the markets served by the Company); and the unpredictable nature of litigation. These and other factors are discussed in greater detail in Part I, Item 1A, "Risk Factors" in the Company's most recent annual report on Form 10-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") and the Company's other reports filed with, or furnished to, the SEC from time to time. World Acceptance Corporation does not undertake any obligation to update any forward-looking statements it makes. The Company is also not responsible for updating the information contained in this press release beyond the publication date, or for changes made to this document by wire services or Internet services.

       
World Acceptance Corporation
 
Consolidated Statements of Operations
(unaudited and in thousands, except per share amounts)
 
Three Months EndedSix Months Ended
September 30,September 30,

2012

2011

2012

2011

 
Interest & fees$121,818$116,233$237,117$223,581
Insurance & other17,58015,90635,11731,714
Total revenues139,398132,139272,234255,295
Expenses:
Provision for loan losses32,40230,05756,01752,896
General and administrative expenses
Personnel44,67040,74293,08385,377
Occupancy & equipment9,1388,72017,78116,939
Advertising2,8012,6995,4465,482
Intangible amortization339434708867
Other9,2108,86918,29917,312
66,15861,464135,317125,977
Interest expense4,0663,9477,9927,331
Total expenses102,62695,468199,326186,204
Income before taxes36,77236,67172,90869,091
Income taxes13,87113,36727,39225,605
Net income$22,901$23,304$45,516$43,486
Diluted earnings per share$1.72$1.52$3.35$2.78
Diluted weighted average shares outstanding13,28715,32813,59615,619
   
Consolidated Balance Sheets
(unaudited and in thousands)
 
September 30,March 31,September 30,

2012

2012

2011

ASSETS
Cash$12,704$10,768$13,061
Restricted cash--77,000
Gross loans receivable1,087,902972,723964,955
Less: Unearned interest & fees(297,407)(257,638)(258,484)
Allowance for loan losses(61,329)(54,507)(54,164)
Loans receivable, net729,166660,578652,307
Property and equipment, net24,31923,48623,199
Deferred income taxes25,59918,47417,958
Goodwill5,8965,6915,635
Intangibles4,9285,4795,885
Other assets10,349 10,527 9,308 
$812,961 $735,003 $804,353 
 
LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY
Liabilities:
Notes payable386,600279,250359,600
Income tax payable6,62611,52811,615
Accounts payable and accrued expenses22,345 25,350 20,494 
Total liabilities415,571316,128391,709
Shareholders' equity397,390 418,875 412,644 
$812,961 $735,003 $804,353 
           
Selected Consolidated Statistics
(dollars in thousands)
 
Three Months EndedSix Months Ended
September 30,September 30,

2012

2011

2012

2011

 
Expenses as a percent of total revenues:
Provision for loan losses23.2%22.7%20.6%20.7%
General and administrative expenses47.5%46.5%49.7%49.3%
Interest expense2.9%3.0%2.9%2.9%
 
Average gross loans receivable$1,063,271$957,903$1,032,306$931,122
 
Average loans receivable$773,450$699,978$753,254$682,096
 
Loan volume$760,709$703,505$1,513,702$1,406,097
 
Net charge-offs as percent of average loans13.9%14.8%13.1%13.7%
 
Return on average assets (trailing 12 months)13.4%13.7%13.4%13.7%
 
Return on average equity (trailing 12 months)25.1%23.0%25.1%23.0%
 
Offices opened (closed) during the period, net28213641
 
Offices open at end of period1,1731,1081,1731,108



World Acceptance Corporation
Kelly Malson, 864-298-9800
Chief Financial Officer

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