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World Acceptance Corporation Reports Second Quarter

Thursday, October 25, 2012

World Acceptance Corporation Reports Second Quarter06:30 EDT Thursday, October 25, 2012 GREENVILLE, S.C. (Business Wire) -- World Acceptance Corporation (NASDAQ: 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 EndedSeptember 30,September 30,2012201120122011   Interest & fees $121,818 $ 116,233 $237,117 $ 223,581 Insurance & other 17,580 15,906 35,117 31,714 Total revenues 139,398 132,139 272,234 255,295 Expenses: Provision for loan losses 32,402 30,057 56,017 52,896 General and administrative expenses Personnel 44,670 40,742 93,083 85,377 Occupancy & equipment 9,138 8,720 17,781 16,939 Advertising 2,801 2,699 5,446 5,482 Intangible amortization 339 434 708 867 Other 9,210 8,869 18,299 17,312 66,158 61,464 135,317 125,977 Interest expense 4,066 3,947 7,992 7,331 Total expenses 102,626 95,468 199,326 186,204 Income before taxes 36,772 36,671 72,908 69,091 Income taxes 13,871 13,367 27,392 25,605 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 outstanding 13,287 15,328 13,596 15,619       Consolidated Balance Sheets (unaudited and in thousands)   September 30, March 31, September 30, 201220122011ASSETS Cash $ 12,704 $ 10,768 $ 13,061 Restricted cash - - 77,000 Gross loans receivable 1,087,902 972,723 964,955 Less: Unearned interest & fees (297,407) (257,638 ) (258,484 ) Allowance for loan losses (61,329) (54,507 ) (54,164 ) Loans receivable, net 729,166 660,578 652,307 Property and equipment, net 24,319 23,486 23,199 Deferred income taxes 25,599 18,474 17,958 Goodwill 5,896 5,691 5,635 Intangibles 4,928 5,479 5,885 Other assets 10,349   10,527   9,308   $ 812,961   $ 735,003   $ 804,353     LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY Liabilities: Notes payable 386,600 279,250 359,600 Income tax payable 6,626 11,528 11,615 Accounts payable and accrued expenses 22,345   25,350   20,494   Total liabilities 415,571 316,128 391,709 Shareholders' equity 397,390   418,875   412,644   $ 812,961   $ 735,003   $ 804,353                         Selected Consolidated Statistics (dollars in thousands)   Three Months EndedSix Months EndedSeptember 30,September 30,2012201120122011   Expenses as a percent of total revenues: Provision for loan losses 23.2% 22.7 % 20.6% 20.7 % General and administrative expenses 47.5% 46.5 % 49.7% 49.3 % Interest expense 2.9% 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 loans 13.9% 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, net 28 21 36 41   Offices open at end of period 1,173 1,108 1,173 1,108 World Acceptance CorporationKelly Malson, 864-298-9800Chief Financial Officer