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World Acceptance Corporation Reports Fiscal 2019 First Quarter Results

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World Acceptance Corporation (NASDAQ: WRLD) today reported financial
results for its first fiscal quarter ended June 30, 2018.

Three-month results

Gross loans outstanding in the US increased to $1.06 billion as of
June 30, 2018, an 8.2% increase from the $981.8 million of gross loans
outstanding as of June 30, 2017. Our unique borrowers in the US
increased by 20,805 or 2.7% during the first quarter of fiscal 2019.
This is compared to an increase of 15,616 or 2.1% during the first
quarter of fiscal 2018.

As previously disclosed, we entered into an agreement to sell our Mexico
operations and intend to complete the sale by July 27th. As a result of
our decision to sell Mexico, we have classified the Mexican business as
held for sale on the balance sheet and reported the results as
discontinued operations. Net income from continuing operations for the
first quarter increased to $15.6 million, a 39.5% increase from the
$11.2 million reported for the same quarter of the prior year. Net
income from continuing operations per diluted share increased 33.1% to
$1.69 in the first quarter of fiscal 2019 compared to $1.27 in the prior
year quarter. In accordance with accounting principles generally
accepted in the US, we recognized a $31.3 million cumulative translation
loss in the first quarter of fiscal 2019, as a result of classifying our
Mexico operating segment as held for sale. This cumulative translation
loss is due to the devaluation of the Mexican Peso versus the US Dollar
since the date of our investment. The cumulative translation loss
increased our investment in Mexico from $51.6 million to $82.9 million
in the impairment analysis, which resulted in an impairment to reflect
an estimated fair value of $43.9 million. Accordingly, our US dollar
investment in Mexico less distributions from Mexico was $43.8 million as
of June 30, 2018. Due to this impairment, net income for the first
quarter of fiscal 2019 decreased $34.6 million to a $21.5 million loss
compared to the $13.1 million in net income reported for the same
quarter of the prior year. This resulted in a net loss of $2.32 per
diluted share compared to net income of $1.48 per share in the prior
year quarter.

Total revenues in the US for the first quarter increased to $122.8
million, a 5.3% increase from the $116.6 million reported for the same
quarter of the prior year. The revenues from the 1,147 offices open
throughout both quarterly periods increased by 5.7%. Interest and fee
income increased 4.9%, from $103.4 million in the first quarter of
fiscal 2018 to $108.4 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2019,
primarily due to an increase in average earning loans. Insurance and
other income increased by 8.1% to $14.3 million in the first quarter of
fiscal 2019 compared to $13.3 million in the first quarter of fiscal
2018. The increase was related to a $570,000 increase in insurance
revenue and a $500,000 increase in other income compared to the first
quarter of fiscal 2018. The increase in other income was primarily due
to an increase in tax preparation revenue.

Accounts in the US that were 61 days or more past due increased to 5.0%
on a recency basis at June 30, 2018, compared to 4.9% at June 30, 2017.
Accounts in the US that were 61 days or more past due on a contractual
basis were 6.6% at June 30, 2018 and 2017. Our allowance for loan losses
compared to net loans was 8.7% at June 30, 2018 and 2017.

Net charge-offs in the US as a percentage of average net loans on an
annualized basis increased from 14.1% to 15.1% when comparing the first
quarter of fiscal 2019 to the first quarter of fiscal 2018. The
provision for loan losses for the quarter increased by $2.9 million when
comparing the first quarter of fiscal 2019 to the first quarter of
fiscal 2018. Net charge-offs increased $3.6 million when comparing the
first quarter of fiscal 2019 to the first quarter of fiscal 2018. The
portion of the provision for loan losses related to a change in loans
outstanding increased by $850,000 in the first quarter of fiscal 2019,
as compared to the first quarter of fiscal 2018 due to faster growth in
outstanding loans in the US during the quarter. There was a $1.6 million
decrease in the US provision due to a decrease during the quarter in US
accounts that were 90 days past due when comparing the first quarter of
fiscal 2019 to the first quarter of fiscal 2018.

General and administrative ("G&A") expenses amounted to $67.8 million in
the first quarter of fiscal 2019, compared to $66.2 million in the same
quarter of the prior fiscal year. As a percentage of revenues, G&A
expenses decreased from 56.8% during the first quarter of fiscal 2018 to
55.2% during the first quarter of fiscal 2019. G&A expenses per average
open office increased by 1.6% when comparing the two fiscal quarters,
primarily due to an increase in personnel and occupancy expense.
Personnel expense increased $500,000 or 1.3% during the first quarter of
fiscal 2019, as compared to the first quarter of fiscal 2018. Occupancy
and equipment expense increased $500,000, or 5.5% relative to the same
quarter last year.

Interest expense for the quarter ended June 30, 2018, decreased by
$21,000 or 0.5% from the corresponding quarter of the previous year. The
decrease in interest expense is due to a 17.6% decrease in the average
debt outstanding, from $292.0 million to $240.7 million for the quarters
ended June 30, 2017 and 2018, respectively. The Company disbursed $17.1
million in cash from our Mexico operating segment to our US operating
segment at the end of the quarter and used this cash to pay down
outstanding debt. The Company's debt to equity ratio decreased from
0.6:1 at June 30, 2017 to 0.5:1 at June 30, 2018.

Other key return ratios for the first quarter of fiscal 2019 included a
6.8% return on average assets and a return on average equity of 11.1%
(both on a trailing 12-month basis).

Other matters

As previously disclosed, we have retained outside legal counsel and
forensic accountants to conduct an investigation of our operations in
Mexico, focusing on the legality under the U.S. Foreign Corrupt
Practices Act and certain local laws of certain payments related to
loans, the maintenance of the Company's books and records associated
with such payments, and the treatment of compensation matters for
certain employees. We promptly retained outside legal counsel and
forensic accountants upon receipt of an anonymous letter regarding
compliance matters, and we have voluntarily contacted the U.S.
Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") and the U.S. Department of
Justice ("DOJ") to advise both agencies that an investigation is
underway. We are committed to compliance with applicable laws and
regulations and intend to cooperate fully with both the SEC and the DOJ.

About World Acceptance Corporation

World Acceptance Corporation is one of the largest small-loan consumer
finance companies, operating 1,181 offices in 15 states as of June 30,
2018, excluding branches held for sale in Mexico.

First 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 simulcast of the conference call will be available
on the Internet at https://www.webcaster4.com/Webcast/Page/1118/26555.
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 the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of
1995, 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," intend,"
"plan," "expect," "project," "believe," "may," "will," "should,"
"would," "could" and 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, including the effect of changes in tax law, such as the
effect of the TCJA that was enacted on December 22, 2017; the nature and
scope of regulatory authority, particularly discretionary authority,
that may be exercised by regulators, including, but not limited to, the
U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC"), U.S. Department of
Justice ("DOJ"), U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau ("CFPB"), and
individual state regulators having jurisdiction over the Company; the
unpredictable nature of regulatory proceedings and litigation;
developments in, and the outcome of, our ongoing investigation into
certain transactions and payments in Mexico, including any legal
proceedings or government enforcement actions which could arise out of
the matters under review, and any remedial actions we may take in
connection therewith; any determinations, findings, claims or actions
made or taken by regulators or other third parties in connection with or
resulting from our ongoing investigation or the SEC's formal order of
investigation; the recent sale of our Mexico subsidiaries, including
claims or litigation resulting therefrom; uncertainties associated with
management turnover and the effective succession of senior management;
the impact of changes in accounting rules and regulations, or their
interpretation or application, which could materially and adversely
affect the Company's reported consolidated financial statements or
necessitate material delays or changes in the issuance of the Company's
audited consolidated financial statements; the Company's assessment of
its internal control over financial reporting; changes in interest
rates; risks relating to expansion; risks inherent in making loans,
including repayment risks and value of collateral; our dependence on
debt and the potential impact of limitations in the Company's amended
revolving credit facility; the timing and amount of revenues that may be
recognized by the Company; changes in current revenue and expense trends
(including trends affecting delinquency and charge-offs); changes in the
Company's markets and general changes in the economy (particularly in
the markets served by the Company).

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 for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2018 filed with the 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 AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONSOLIDATED
STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(unaudited and in thousands,
except per share amounts)

 
 
    Three months ended
June 30,
2018   2017
Revenues:
Interest and fee income $ 108,444 103,367
Insurance income, net and other income 14,346   13,271
Total revenues 122,790   116,638
 
Expenses:
Provision for loan losses 30,591   27,710
General and administrative expenses:
Personnel 41,569 41,044
Occupancy and equipment 10,052 9,528
Advertising 4,850 4,637
Amortization of intangible assets 263 186
Other 11,042   10,813
Total general and administrative expenses 67,776   66,208
 
Interest expense 4,225   4,247
Total expenses 102,592   98,165
 
Income from continuing operations before income taxes 20,198 18,473
Income taxes 4,559   7,265
Income from continuing operations $ 15,639   11,208
 
Discontinued operations (1)
Loss from discontinued operations before income taxes (including an
impairment loss of $39.0 million)
(36,665 ) 2,432
Income taxes 476   572
Loss from discontinued operations (37,141 ) 1,860
 
Net (loss) income $ (21,502 ) 13,068
 
Net income per common share from continuing operations (diluted) $ 1.69   $ 1.27
Net (loss) income per common share from discontinued operations
(diluted)
$ (4.01 ) $ 0.21
Net (loss) income per common share (diluted) $ (2.32 ) $ 1.48
Weighted average diluted shares outstanding 9,253   8,827
 

(1) As previously disclosed, we executed an agreement to sell our
Mexico operations and intend to complete the sale by July 27,
2018. As a result of our decision to sell our Mexico subsidiaries,
we have reported the results of our Mexico operating segment as
discontinued operations.

 
 
 

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(unaudited and in
thousands)

 
 
    June 30, 2018   March 31, 2018   June 30, 2017
ASSETS
Cash and cash equivalents $ 10,263 $ 12,474 $ 12,145
Gross loans receivable 1,062,673 1,004,233 981,824
Less:
Unearned interest, insurance and fees (280,887 ) (258,991 ) (257,556 )
Allowance for loan losses (68,030 ) (66,088 ) (63,298 )
Loans receivable, net 713,756 679,154 660,970
Property and equipment, net 23,255 22,786 20,948
Deferred income taxes, net 19,808 20,175 32,795
Other assets, net 12,467 13,244 12,191
Goodwill 7,035 7,035 8,432
Intangible assets, net 6,381 6,644 4,584
Assets of discontinued operations (1) 19,013   79,475   74,699  
Total assets $ 811,978   $ 840,987   $ 826,764  
 
LIABILITIES & SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY
Liabilities:
Senior notes payable 239,840 244,900 300,550
Income taxes payable 17,846 14,098 13,870
Accounts payable and accrued expenses 30,600 33,503 29,293
Liabilities of discontinued operations (1) 6,419   7,378   4,588  
Total liabilities 294,705 299,879 348,301
 
Shareholders' equity 517,273   541,108   478,463  
Total liabilities and shareholders' equity $ 811,978   $ 840,987   $ 826,764  
 

(1) As previously disclosed, we executed an agreement to sell our
Mexico operations and intend to complete the sale by July 27,
2018. As a result of our decision to sell our Mexico subsidiaries,
we have reported the results of our Mexico operating segment as
discontinued operations.

 

 
 
 

SELECTED CONSOLIDATED STATISTICS (1)
(unaudited and in
thousands, except percentages and branches)

 
 
    Three months ended June 30,
2018   2017
 
Gross loans receivable $ 1,062,673 $ 981,824
Average gross loans receivable $ 1,028,071 $ 956,287
Net loans receivable $ 781,786 $ 724,268
Average net loans receivable $ 760,176 $ 709,465
 
Expenses as a percent of total revenues:
Provision for loan losses 24.9 % 23.8 %
General and administrative expenses 55.2 % 56.8 %
Interest expense 3.4 % 3.6 %
Operating income as a % of total revenue 19.9 % 19.5 %
 
Loan volume $ 672.242 $ 619.927
 
Net charge-offs as percent of average loans 15.1 % 14.1 %
 
Return on average assets (trailing 12 months) 6.8 % 8.3 %
 
Return on average equity (trailing 12 months) 11.1 % 15.3 %
 
Branches opened (merged) or acquired, net 4
 
Branches open at (end of period) 1,181 1,169
 

(1) As previously disclosed, we executed an agreement to sell our
Mexico operations and intend to complete the sale by July 27,
2018. As a result of our decision to sell our Mexico subsidiaries,
the above statistics are for of our US operating segment only.

 
 
 

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