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easyhome Ltd. Reports 2011 Third Quarter Results

Tuesday, November 08, 2011

easyhome Ltd. Reports 2011 Third Quarter Results19:39 EST Tuesday, November 08, 2011MISSISSAUGA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 8, 2011) -easyhome Ltd. (TSX:EH), Canada's largest merchandise leasing Company and a growing provider of financial services, today announced its results for the third quarter and nine months ended September 30, 2011.easyhome Ltd. ("easyhome") continued to show strong revenue increases during the third quarter of 2011. Revenue for the quarter increased 7.7% to $46.6 million, driven primarily by the expansion of the easyfinancial Services business and the related growth of its consumer loans receivable portfolio. Reported net income for the quarter was $1.9 million, a decrease of 22.4% over the third quarter of 2010. The Company reported diluted earnings per share of $0.16, compared to $0.23 for the third quarter of 2010.During the third quarter, easyhome made significant investments in advertising and other promotional activities that were designed to retain our customers through the challenging summer months and increase the number of lease agreements through the early fall. Although negatively impacting quarterly earnings per share by approximately $0.08, these investments successfully grew the lease asset portfolio (as measured by potential monthly lease revenue which reflects the revenue our lease asset portfolio could generate in a month) by $0.2 million during the quarter. This represents a significant turnaround as the lease asset portfolio declined by $0.3 million in the third quarter of 2010. As at September 30, 2011, the lease asset portfolio was $0.4 million larger than at September 30, 2010, an improvement of almost $0.6 million during the quarter. The $0.4 million increased size of the lease asset portfolio has the potential to generate approximately $1.3 million in increased quarterly revenue going forward.Additional items impacting earnings per share in the third quarter of 2011 include the following:New locations across the different business units opened during the third quarter of 2011 negatively impacted earnings per share by approximately $0.03. We expect the performance of these locations to improve as they mature. The 20.8% growth during the quarter of the consumer loans receivable portfolio represented a year-over-year increase of 110% and an ending gross consumer loans receivable portfolio of $42.7 million, allowing easyfinancial Services to contribute an additional $0.05 per share when compared to normalized results for the third quarter of 2010. Offsetting the greater contribution of easyfinancial Services are increased corporate and administrative costs of $0.05 per share that were put in place to support future growth.Commenting on the results, David Ingram, easyhome's President and Chief Executive Officer stated "We experienced mixed results for the quarter. We are disappointed with the earnings per share which were affected by the previously mentioned advertising and promotional activities and our increased corporate and administrative costs. However, we are pleased with our commercial results which were strong as the leasing business had its highest potential monthly lease revenue growth of any third quarter in recent history, driven by an 18% increase in the number of leased units delivered. easyfinancial Services also grew the size of its consumer loans receivable portfolio by $7.4 million. As such, our two largest business units are now poised for improved performance going into the crucial fourth quarter holiday season."Third Quarter ResultsFor the third quarter ended September 30, 2011, easyhome generated revenues of $46.6 million, an increase from $43.2 million in the third quarter of 2010. At the store level, including easyfinancial, same store revenue growth for the quarter was 5.1% compared with a growth of 4.9% for the third quarter of 2010.On a segmented basis, the Company's leasing operations recorded revenues of $39.8 million, unchanged from the same period last year. Franchising contributed revenues of $0.3 million, an increase of $0.1 million from the same period last year. easyfinancial Services revenues increased to $6.4 million from $3.2 million for the same period last year. The improvement is a result of the increase in the consumer loans receivable portfolio from $20.4 million to $42.7 million.Operating income, which is income before interest expense and income taxes, decreased 7.7% to $3.3 million from $3.6 million in the third quarter of 2010. Quarterly revenue increases were offset by additional costs resulting from additional stores and easyfinancial locations, significant advertising expenditures during the quarter and a greater level of corporate costs to support sustainable growth. As a percentage of revenue, operating income was 7.2% compared to 8.4% in the third quarter of 2010.Net income decreased 22.4% to $1.9 million for the third quarter of 2011, compared with $2.4 million for the third quarter of 2010. On a per share basis, earnings were $0.16 compared with $0.23. Adjusted for the bad debt expenses related to the employee fraud in the prior year, earnings were $2.7 million, or $0.26 per share, a year ago.Nine Months ResultsFor the first nine months of the year, easyhome recorded revenues of $139.0 million, up 7.7% compared with $129.1 million in the first nine months of 2010. Operating income for the period was $11.1 million, an increase of 7.8% compared with $10.3 million in the first nine months of 2010. Diluted earnings per share decreased from $0.61 to $0.59. Net income, adjusted for unusual items, was $7.0 million compared with $7.5 million for the same period last year. On a per share basis and excluding unusual items, diluted earnings per share was $0.59 compared with $0.72 a year ago.Cash flow provided by operating activities for the nine months ended September 30, 2011 was $26.4 million. Included in these cash flows was a net investment in the easyfinancial Services consumer loans receivable portfolio of $22.9 million. If this net investment in the loan portfolio was treated as cash flow from investing activities, cash flow from operating activities would be $49.3 million. This cash flow enabled the Company to invest in the portfolios to drive future revenue growth of all business units, strengthen the management and infrastructure to support sustainable growth and maintain its total dividend payments for the quarter. In the third quarter of 2011, and as previously announced, the Company increased its bank revolving credit facility by $10 million which will provide additional funding to further the growth of the easyfinancial Services business.OutlookDavid Ingram commented, "We believe that uncertain economic conditions will continue into the new year. As a result, we will continue to be cautious as it relates to the opening of new stores and easyfinancial Services locations. We will, however, leverage the improvements that were made in the current year to both our internal processes and infrastructure which will result in further revenue growth and margin enhancement, particularly at easyfinancial."easyhome has established the following targets for 2012: easyhome leasing to open 1-2 new corporate stores plus 4-7 new franchise stores that are consolidated for financial reporting purposes, the opening of 5-10 new franchise stores, and the opening of 15-20 new easyfinancial locations. Based on these assumptions, we are targeting total revenue growth of 10-15%. The achievement of these targets by the Company are predicated on a number of factors, including the availability of sufficient capital.Donald K. Johnson, Chairman of the Board, commented, "The Company has seen significant change over the past 12 months as management has taken the necessary steps to support the Company's strategy for sustainable growth. The Board looks forward to improved results in the future."The Board of Directors has approved a quarterly dividend payment of $0.085 per share payable on January 5, 2012 to common shareholders of record as at the close of business on December 1, 2011.About easyhomeAs at September 30, 2011, easyhome Ltd. had 261 stores, including 43 franchised/licensed locations. The Company also operated 77 easyfinancial kiosks within existing easyhome stores, two stand-alone easyfinancial locations and one national loan office.easyhome Ltd. is Canada's largest merchandise leasing Company and the third largest in North America, offering top quality, brand-name household furnishings, appliances and home electronic products to consumers under weekly or monthly leasing agreements through both corporate and franchise stores. In addition, the Company offers a variety of financial services, including loans, prepaid cards and cheque cashing through its easyfinancial services business. easyhome Ltd. is listed on the TSX under the symbol 'EH'. For more information, visit above analysis refers to certain financial measures that are not determined in accordance with international financial reporting standards ("IFRS"). These measures do not have standardized meanings and may not be comparable to similar measures presented by other companies. Although measures such as operating income and same store revenue growth do not have standardized meanings prescribed by IFRS, these measures are defined in our management discussion and analysis which is available on SEDAR or on the Company's website at or can be determined by reference to our financial statements. We discuss these measures because we believe that they facilitate the understanding of the results of our operations and financial position.Forward-Looking StatementsThis news release includes forward-looking statements about easyhome Ltd. including its business operations, strategy and expected financial performance and condition. Forward-looking statements include statements that are predictive in nature, depend upon or refer to future events or conditions, or include words such as 'expects', 'anticipates', 'intends', 'plans', 'believes' or negative versions thereof and similar expressions. In addition, any statement that may be made concerning future financial performance (including revenue, earnings or growth rates), ongoing business strategies or prospects about future events is also a forward-looking statement. Forward- looking statements are based on certain factors and assumptions, including expected growth, results of operations and business prospects and are inherently subject to, among other things, risks, uncertainties and assumptions about our operations, economic factors and the industry generally. They are not guarantees of future performance, and actual events and results could differ materially from those expressed or implied by forward-looking statements made by us, due to, but not limited to important factors such as our ability to enter into new lease and/or financing agreements, collect on existing lease and/or financing agreements, open new locations on favourable terms, secure new franchised locations, purchase products which appeal to our customers at a competitive rate, cope with changes in legislation, raise capital under favourable terms, manage the impact of litigation, control costs at all levels of the organization and maintain and enhance our system of internal controls. We caution that the foregoing list is not exhaustive. The reader is cautioned to consider these and other factors carefully and not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements, which may not be appropriate for other purposes. We are under no obligation (and expressly disclaim any such obligation) to update or alter the forward-looking statements whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, unless otherwise required by law.INTERIM CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF FINANCIAL POSITION(Unaudited) (expressed in thousands of Canadian dollars)As at September 30, 2011As at December 31, 2010ASSETS (note 6)Current assetsCash638731Amounts receivable4,3084,809Income taxes recoverable175-Consumer loans receivable (note 4)30,84418,162Prepaid expenses1,7031,296Total current assets37,66824,998Amounts receivable1,0931,062Consumer loans receivable (note 4)9,6283,667Lease assets65,70568,622Property and equipment (note 5)12,67912,953Deferred tax assets (note 9)5,1908,047Intangible assets3,7723,093Goodwill17,32517,325TOTAL ASSETS153,060139,767 LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITYCurrent liabilitiesBank revolving credit facility (note 6)29,38115,649Accounts payable and accrued liabilities17,76319,322Income taxes payable-65Dividends payable (note 7)1,007892Deferred lease inducements559578Unearned revenue4,4465,310Term loan (note 6)-2,602Provisions113421Total current liabilities53,26944,839Accounts payable and accrued liabilities946450Deferred lease inducements1,7291,881Provisions159407Total liabilities56,10347,577 Shareholders' equityShare capital (note 7)60,20760,074Contributed surplus3,1493,061Accumulated comprehensive loss316(257)Retained earnings33,28529,312Total shareholders' equity96,95792,190TOTAL LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY153,060139,767See accompanying notes to the interim condensed consolidated financial statementseasyhome Ltd.INTERIM CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME(Unaudited)(expressed in thousands of Canadian dollars except earnings per share)Three months endedNine months endedSeptember 30, 2011September 30, 2010September 30, 2011September 30, 2010REVENUELease revenue39,04039,159119,198119,525Interest income4,3691,75510,6813,948Other3,1572,3229,1545,65246,56643,236139,033129,125EXPENSESSalaries and benefits (note 8)15,30413,04545,12939,595Advertising and promotion1,7489295,2143,682Bad debts1,7291,8544,2432,964Occupancy6,1456,15118,81918,296Distribution and travel1,9931,4725,9324,735Other3,9043,17710,4928,719Restructuring items---64130,82326,62889,82978,632DEPRECIATION AND AMORTIZATIONDepreciation of lease assets11,56311,96135,37536,238Depreciation of property and equipment (note 5)9149232,5382,846Amortization of intangible assets12058397245Impairment (net) (note 5)(202)37(173)90012,39512,97938,13740,229 Operating income3,3483,62911,06710,264 Interest expense (note 11)4233041,056853 Income before income taxes2,9253,32510,0119,411 Income tax expense (note 9)Current6111,0041621,460Deferred414(126)2,8531,5131,0258783,0152,973Net income1,9002,4476,9966,438Basic earnings per share (note 10) earnings per share (note 10) accompanying notes to the interim condensed consolidated financial statementseasyhome Ltd.INTERIM CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME(Unaudited)(expressed in thousands of Canadian dollarsThree months endedNine months endedSeptember 30, 2011September 30, 2010September 30, 2011September 30, 2010Net income1,9002,4476,9966,438Other comprehensive income (loss) for the periodForeign currency translation reserve920(288)573(140)Comprehensive income2,8202,1597,5696,298See accompanying notes to the interim condensed consolidated financial statementseasyhome Ltd.INTERIM CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CHANGES IN SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY(Unaudited)(expressed in thousands of Canadian dollars)Issued CapitalContributed SurplusTotal CapitalRetained EarningsAccumulated Other Compre-hensive Income (Loss)Total EquityBalance, January 1, 201160,0743,06163,13529,312(257)92,190Shares issued133(190)(57)--(57)Stock-based compensation (note 8)-278278--278Comprehensive income, net of tax---6,9965737,569Dividends paid (note 7)---(3,023)-(3,023)Balance, September 30, 201160,2073,14963,35633,28531696,957Balance, January 1, 201048,8803,14252,02226,801-78,823Shares issued286(132)154--154Stock-based compensation (note 8)-(228)(228)--(228)Comprehensive income, net of tax---6,438(140)6,298Dividends paid (note 7)---(2,668)-(2,668)Balance, September 30, 201049,1662,78251,94830,571(140)82,379See accompanying notes to the interim condensed consolidated financial statementseasyhome Ltd.INTERIM CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS(Unaudited)(expressed in thousands of Canadian dollars)Three months endedNine months endedSeptember 30, 2011September 30, 2010September 30, 2011September 30, 2010OPERATING ACTIVITIESNet income1,9002,4476,9966,438Add (deduct) items not affecting cashDepreciation of lease assets11,56311,96135,37536,238Depreciation of property and equipment (note 5)9149232,5382,846Impairment (net) (note 5)(202)37(173)900Amortization of intangible assets12058397245Stock-based compensation (note 8)72(553)278(228)Bad debt expense (note 4)1,7291,8544,2432,964Deferred tax expense414(126)2,8531,513Gain on sale of property and equipment423(424)(382)16,51416,62452,08350,534Net change in non-cash working capital balances related to operations (note 11)2,725(4,102 )(2,831)(132 )Net issuance of consumer loans receivable(8,704)(3,676)(22,886)(12,541)Cash provided by operating activities10,5358,84626,36637,861INVESTING ACTIVITIESNet purchase of lease assets(10,506)(11,124)(31,885)(31,313)Purchase of property and equipment(1,411)(2,095)(2,836)(6,234)Purchase of intangible assets(670)(77)(892)(224)Proceeds on sale of property and equipment2131,0339871,257Cash used in investing activities(12,374)(12,263)(34,626)(36,514)FINANCING ACTIVITIESAdvances (payments) of bank revolving credit facility3,5735,60013,7324,048Payments of term loan (note 6)(867)(891)(2,602)(2,646)Payment of common share dividends (note 7)(1,007)(884)(2,906)(2,661)Redemption of deferred share units--(57)-Issuance of common shares on exercise of options-15-154Cash provided by (used in) financing activities1,6993,8408,167(1,105)Net increase (decrease) in cash during the period(140)423(93)242Cash, beginning of period778110731291Cash, end of period638533638533See accompanying notes to the interim condensed consolidated financial statementsFOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT: David Ingrameasyhome Ltd.President & Chief Executive Officer(905) 272-2788ORSteve Goertzeasyhome Ltd.Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer(905) 272-2788