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World Acceptance Corporation Reports Record Fourth Quarter and Fiscal 2013 Results

Thursday, April 25, 2013

World Acceptance Corporation Reports Record Fourth Quarter and Fiscal 2013 Results

06:30 EDT Thursday, April 25, 2013

GREENVILLE, S.C. (Business Wire) -- World Acceptance Corporation (NASDAQ: WRLD) today reported record results for its fourth fiscal quarter and fiscal year ended March 31, 2013.

Fourth quarter 2013 diluted earnings per share rose 18.5% to $3.01 and revenues were up 8.7% to $161.8 million, compared with the fourth quarter of fiscal 2012. Fiscal 2013 results also reached record levels with diluted earnings per share rising 19.6% to $7.88, revenues increasing 8.1% to $583.7 million and gross loan balances growing 9.7% to $1.1 billion compared with fiscal 2012.

Strong growth in earnings per share benefited from the Company's share repurchase program over the past year. During the fourth quarter of fiscal 2013, the Company repurchased 551,920 shares at an aggregate cost of $42.0 million. During the fiscal year ended March 31, 2013, the Company repurchased 2,569,597 shares at an aggregate cost of $183.0 million.

Total revenues increased to $161.8 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2013, an 8.7% increase over the $148.9 million reported in the fourth quarter ended March 31, 2012. Interest and fee income increased 9.8%, fueled by a 10.4% increase in net average loans. Insurance commissions and other income increased by 2.8% to $23.8 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2013 from $23.1 million in the prior year quarter. Tax preparation revenue rose to $8.1 million during the fourth quarter of fiscal 2013 compared to $7.4 million during the fourth quarter of fiscal 2012.

Gross loans outstanding increased to $1.1 billion at March 31, 2013, a 9.7% increase from $972.7 million at March 31, 2012. Fourth quarter provision for loan losses increased to $20.9 million in fiscal 2013 compared with $16.7 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2012. The Company's delinquencies remained stable through the end of the fiscal year. Accounts that were 61+ days past due increased slightly from 2.5% to 2.7% on a recency basis and from 4.0% to 4.4% on a contractual basis when comparing the two year end statistics. However, the fourth quarter charge-off ratio increased on a year-over-year basis for the first time in 16 consecutive quarters. Net charge-offs to average net loans on an annualized basis increased from 12.7% in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2102 to 13.7% in the current quarter.

The Company's general and administrative expenses rose 10.4% to $75.6 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2013 compared with $68.5 million in the fourth quarter of the prior fiscal year. The increase included $2.9 million of additional stock compensation associated with the current year grants to certain key officers of the Company. In addition, general and administrative expenses increased due to a 6% increase in the Company's branch network compared with the prior fiscal year. Total general and administrative expenses as a percent of total revenues increased slightly from 46.0% during the fourth quarter last year to 46.7% during the current year quarter.

Full Year Results

For the year ended March 31, 2013, net income rose 3.4% to $104.1 million compared with $100.7 million in the prior fiscal year.

Total revenues for fiscal 2013 rose to $583.7 million, an 8.1% increase over the $540.2 million in fiscal 2012. Net charge-offs as a percent of average net loans declined to 13.9% in fiscal 2013 compared with 14.0% during the prior year. Total general and administrative expenses as a percent of revenue increased from 48.3% in fiscal 2012 to 48.9% in fiscal 2013.

Key return ratios for the fiscal year included a 13.0% return on average assets and a 27.0% return on average equity.

During fiscal 2013, the Company opened 67 offices, acquired three offices and merged four offices for a total of 1,203 offices at March 31, 2013.

About World Acceptance Corporation

World Acceptance Corporation is one of the largest small-loan consumer finance companies, operating 1,203 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.

Fourth 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. Interested parties may participate in this call by dialing 1-888-504-7963, passcode 4872274. A simulcast of the conference call is also available on the Internet at 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 Ended Year Ended
March 31, March 31,
2013 2012 2013 2012
Interest & fees $ 138,066 $ 125,787 $ 505,495 $ 466,481
Insurance & other 23,777 23,134 78,223 73,681
Total revenues 161,843 148,921 583,718 540,162
Provision for loan losses 20,911 16,700 114,323 105,705
General and administrative expenses
Personnel 53,021 47,928 194,423 175,403
Occupancy & equipment 9,387 8,583 36,278 33,865
Advertising 2,869 2,892 14,850 14,228
Intangible amortization 328 416 1,365 1,698
Other 9,990 8,655 38,794 35,491
75,595 68,474 285,710 260,685
Interest expense 4,998 3,230 17,394 13,899
Total expenses 101,504 88,404 417,427 380,289
Income before taxes 60,339 60,517 166,291 159,873
Income taxes 22,440 22,891 62,201 59,179
Net income $ 37,899 $ 37,626 $ 104,090 $ 100,694
Diluted earnings per share $ 3.01 $ 2.54 $ 7.88 $ 6.59
Diluted weighted average shares outstanding 12,583 14,803 13,214 15,289
Consolidated Balance Sheets
(unaudited and in thousands)
March 31, March 31,
2013 2012
Cash $ 11,625 $ 10,768
Gross loans receivable 1,067,052 972,723
Less: Unearned interest & fees (284,956) (257,638)
Allowance for loan losses (59,981) (54,507)
Loans receivable, net 722,115 660,578
Property and equipment, net 23,935 23,486
Deferred tax benefit 29,416 18,474
Goodwill 5,896 5,691
Intangibles 4,625 5,479
Other assets 11,713 10,527
$ 809,325 $ 735,003
Notes payable $ 400,250 $ 279,250
Income tax payable 13,942 11,528
Accounts payable and accrued expenses 28,737 25,350
Total liabilities 442,929 316,128
Shareholders' equity 366,396 418,875
$ 809,325 $ 735,003
Selected Consolidated Statistics
(dollars in thousands)
Three Months Ended Year ended
March 31, March 31,
2013 2012 2013 2012
Expenses as a percent of total revenues:
Provision for loan losses 12.9% 11.2% 19.6% 19.6%
General and administrative expenses 46.7% 46.0% 48.9% 48.3%
Interest expense 3.1% 2.2% 3.0% 2.6%
Average gross loans receivable $ 1,122,658 $ 1,011,104 $ 1,072,500 $ 965,044
Average net loans receivable $ 819,695 $ 742,437 $ 782,212 $ 707,244
Loan volume $ 606,128 $ 597,401 $ 2,985,336 $ 2,819,590
Net charge-offs as percent of average loans 13.7% 12.7% 13.9% 14.0%
Return on average assets (rolling 12 month period) 13.0% 13.9% 13.0% 13.9%
Return on average equity (rolling 12 month period) 27.0% 23.6% 27.0% 23.6%
Offices opened (closed) during the period, net 17 17 66 70
Offices open at end of period 1,203 1,137 1,203 1,137

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

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