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easyhome Ltd. Reports 2012 Third Quarter Results

Revenue Growth of 5.8%, Net Income Growth of 39%

Monday, November 12, 2012

easyhome Ltd. Reports 2012 Third Quarter Results18:38 EST Monday, November 12, 2012MISSISSAUGA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 12, 2012) -easyhome Ltd. (TSX:EH) (the "Company" or "easyhome"), Canada's largest merchandise leasing company and a growing provider of financial services, today announced its results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2012. easyhome delivered strong revenue growth during the third quarter of 2012. Revenue for the quarter increased 5.8% to $49.3 million, driven primarily by the expansion of the easyfinancial Services business and the related growth of its consumer loans receivable portfolio. Net income for the quarter was $2.6 million, up from $1.9 million reported in the third quarter of 2011. Reported earnings per share for the quarter was 22 cents compared to 16 cents for the third quarter of 2011.During the third quarter of 2012 and as previously announced, the Company entered into a new $20 million credit facility to support the growth of easyfinancial Services. In conjunction with this financing, the Company amended the terms and extended the maturity date of its revolving operating facility with a syndicate of banks. These actions, when taken together, will provide the Company with the capital necessary to achieve its growth objectives as it continues to build upon positive momentum in its easyfinancial Services business.Other highlights for the third quarter of 2012 include:easyhome LeasingStabilization of the operating income, arresting the year over year decline experienced in prior quartersSame store revenue growth excluding easyfinancial Services of 3.1% Delivery growth for same stores of 6.8% compared to the third quarter of 2011Successful integration of second quarter store closures and the migration of the leasing portfolios from closed stores to nearby locationsExcluding the impact of changes to the store network, the lease portfolio as measured by potential monthly lease revenue increased by $0.3 million year over yeareasyfinancial ServicesThe consumer loans receivable portfolio closed at $59.6 million, representing a year- over-year increase of 40%Revenue for the third quarter of 2012 increased 52% compared to the third quarter of 2011Operating margin of 33.8%Successful implementation of, and migration to the new loan management system supporting easyfinancial Serviceseasyhome FranchisingFranchise system wide revenue increased 35% compared to the third quarter of 2011 Shortly after the end of the third quarter of 2012, the last of the three original Be-A- Contender franchise locations that were funded by easyhome obtained independent financing and now all three original Be-A-Contender franchise locations have repaid their debts to easyhomeOverallSame store revenue growth of 9.8%Excluding the impact of variable compensation plan expenses, corporate expenses for the third quarter of 2012 are consistent with corporate expenses for the third quarter of 2011 Operating income increased 28% from the third quarter of 2011Operating margin of 8.7% and EBITDA margin of 11.0% Cash flow from operating activities of $16.3 million"We are pleased with our financial performance and with the completion of several strategic initiatives during the quarter," said David Ingram, easyhome's President and Chief Executive Officer. "The restructuring of our easyhome leasing operations that occurred in the second quarter of this year delivered the expected results. Our easyfinancial Services business continued to produce higher earnings and margin expansion. This was achieved while migrating to our new loan management system without negatively impacting customers. Finally, we secured additional financing which will allow us to grow unencumbered throughout 2013."Third Quarter ResultsFor the third quarter ended September 30, 2012, easyhome generated revenues of $49.3 million, an increase from $46.6 million in the third quarter of 2011. At the store level, including easyfinancial, same store revenue growth for the quarter was a strong 9.8%, up from 5.1% in the third quarter of 2011.On a segmented basis, easyfinancial Services revenues increased 52% to $9.8 million from $6.4 million for the same period last year. The improvement is a result of the increase in the consumer loans receivable portfolio from $42.7 million to $59.6 million. The Company's leasing operations recorded revenues of $39.1 million, down from $39.8 for the same period last year and franchising operations recorded revenues of $0.3 million, relatively unchanged from the same period last year.Operating income, which is income before interest expense and income taxes, increased 27% to $4.3 million from $3.3 million in the third quarter of 2011. As a percentage of revenue, operating income was 8.7% compared to 7.2% in the third quarter of 2011.Net income increased to $2.6 million or 22 cents per share for the third quarter of 2012, compared with net income of $1.9 million or 16 cents per share for the third quarter of 2011.Nine Months ResultsFor the nine months of the year, easyhome recorded revenues of $148.0 million, up 6.4% compared with $139.0 million in the first nine months of 2011. Operating income for the period was $10.5 million compared with $10.0 million in the first nine months of 2011. Adjusted operating earnings for the nine months of 2012, excluding the restructuring and other charges, was $12.4 million, an increase of 11.6% over the first nine months of 2011. Diluted earnings per share increased from 59 cents to 61 cents. Adjusted net income, adjusted for unusual items, was $7.6 million compared with $7.0 million for the same period last year. On a per share basis and excluding unusual items, diluted earnings per share was 63 cents compared with 59 cents a year ago.Cash flow provided by operating activities for the nine months ended September 30, 2012 was $42.5 million. Included in these cash flows was a net investment in the easyfinancial Services consumer loans receivable portfolio of $17.9 million. If this net investment in the loan portfolio was treated as cash flow from investing activities, cash flow from operating activities would be $60.4 million. This cash flow from operating activities enabled the Company to invest in the portfolios to drive future revenue growth of all business units and maintain its total dividend payments for the quarter.Outlook"We believe that our business is well positioned for continued success," commented David Ingram. "easyhome leasing took the difficult but necessary steps in the second quarter of this year to restructure its operations and return the focus of field staff from administrative processes to leasing, collecting and customer relationships. Over the past 24 months, easyfinancial has tripled the size of its consumer loans receivable portfolio and has a Canadian leadership position as an alternative provider of term financing to consumers. We have completed the build out of our corporate infrastructure to support the growth plans of all of our business units. Finally, we have secured the financing that is necessary for the Company to achieve its growth objectives."easyhome has established the following targets for 2013:easyhome leasing does not plan to open any new corporate stores but we expect to open 3-4 new Be-A-Contender franchise stores that are consolidated for financial reporting purposesopen 3-5 new franchise storesopen 25-35 new easyfinancial locations with most of these being stand-alone locations easyfinancial consumer loans receivable portfolio growing to $90-$100 millionBased on these assumptions, we are targeting total revenue growth of 8-12%. The achievement of these targets by the Company, however, is predicated on a number of factors, including the pace of expansion of easyfinancial.Donald K. Johnson, Chairman of the Board, commented, "The Company has seen significant change over the past two years, especially as easyfinancial has grown into a significant and sustainable business. The Board is pleased with the progress and the results for the first nine months of 2012 and looks forward to continued growth in the future."The Board of Directors has approved a quarterly dividend payment of $0.085 per share payable on January 9, 2013 to the holders of common shares of record as at the close of business on December 1, 2012.About easyhomeAs of November 12th, easyhome Ltd. operated 206 easyhome leasing stores (including 8 consolidated franchise locations), 101 easyfinancial locations and had 46 franchise locations.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 and prepaid cards, through its easyfinancial Services business. easyhome Ltd. is listed on the TSX under the symbol 'EH'. For more information, visit www.easyhome.ca.The above analysis refers to certain financial measures, including same store revenue growth, gross consumer loans receivable, adjusted earnings, adjusted operating earnings and adjusted EBITDA, which 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. These measures are defined in our Management's Discussion and Analysis for the period which is available on SEDAR or on the Company's website at www.easyhome.ca 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, react to uncertainties related to regulatory actions, raise capital under favourable terms, manage the impact of litigation (including shareholder 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.(tables follow)easyhome Ltd.INTERIM CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF FINANCIAL POSITION(Unaudited)(expressed in thousands of Canadian dollars)As atAs atSeptember 30,December 31,20122011ASSETSCurrent assetsCash1,0411,019Amounts receivable3,7265,893Income taxes recoverable-600Consumer loans receivable (note 4)35,54832,619Prepaid expenses1,1591,316Total current assets41,47441,447Amounts receivable8051,365Consumer loans receivable (note 4)20,56012,319Lease assets63,68166,996Property and equipment (note 5)13,26812,612Deferred tax assets (note 10)5,5782,933Intangible assets5,4754,126Goodwill17,32517,325TOTAL ASSETS168,166159,123LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITYCurrent liabilitiesBank revolving credit facility (note 6)32,21233,123Accounts payable and accrued liabilities19,48419,504Income taxes payable6,483-Dividends payable (note 7)1,0121,007Deferred lease inducement541598Unearned revenue3,9104,562Provisions (note 9)32524Total current liabilities63,96758,818Accounts payable and accrued liabilities552727Deferred lease inducements1,6821,959Provisions (note 9)24677Total liabilities66,44761,581Contingencies (note 13)Shareholders' equityShare capital (note 7)60,66760,207Contributed surplus3,0143,171Accumulated other comprehensive loss(441)(52)Retained earnings38,47934,216Total shareholders' equity101,71997,542TOTAL LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY168,166159,123See accompanying notes to the interim condensed consolidated financial statementseasyhome Ltd.INTERIM CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME(Unaudited)(expressed in thousands of Canadian dollars except earnings per share)Three months endedNine months endedSeptember 30,September 30,September 30,September 30,2012201120122011REVENUELease revenue38,01439,040116,925119,198Interest income6,5034,36917,53310,681Other4,7723,15713,5219,15449,28946,566147,979139,033EXPENSES BEFORE DEPRECIATION AND AMORTIZATIONSalaries and benefits (note 8)16,37815,30448,40345,129Advertising and promotion1,7021,7485,8585,214Bad debts2,4341,7296,7604,243Occupancy6,3206,14519,36718,819Distribution and travel1,8211,9935,5355,932Other3,3763,90410,05510,492Restructuring and other items (note 9)--436-32,03130,82396,41489,829DEPRECIATION AND AMORTIZATIONDepreciation of lease assets11,84711,56336,04535,375Depreciation of property and equipment1,0079142,9782,538Amortization of intangible assets119120348397Impairment (net) (note 5)(7)(202)275(173)12,96612,39539,64638,137Total operating expenses44,99743,218136,060127,966Operating income4,2923,34811,91911,067Interest expense4814231,4281,056Income before income taxes3,8112,92510,49110,011Income tax expense (recovery) (note 10)Current1,3946115,845162Deferred(221)414(2,645)2,8531,1731,0253,2003,015Net income2,6381,9007,2916,996Basic earnings per share (note 11)0.220.160.610.59Diluted earnings per share (note 11)0.220.160.610.59See accompanying notes to the interim condensed consolidated financial statementsFOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT: Contact Information: easyhome Ltd.David IngramPresident & Chief Executive Officer(905) 272-2788easyhome Ltd.Steve GoertzSenior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer(905) 272-2788