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Encore Capital Group, Inc. Announces Public Offering Of Common Stock By Selling Stockholder

SAN DIEGO, Nov. 2, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Encore Capital Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: ECPG) (the "Company") today announced that JCF FPK I LP, one of the Company's stockholders (the "selling stockholder"), intends to offer an aggregate of 3,610,000 shares of common stock in an underwritten public offering. The selling stockholder also expects to grant the underwriter a 30-day option to purchase up to an additional 361,315 shares to cover over-allotments, if any. The Company will not receive any proceeds from the sale of the shares by the selling stockholder.

The Company's board of directors consists of nine members, one of whom, Mr. Oros, is affiliated with the selling stockholder.  Mr. Oros has indicated that he intends to remain on the board following the conclusion of the offering and to facilitate an orderly transition of his board seat.

Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC is acting as the sole book-running manager for the offering.

The shares will be sold pursuant to a prospectus supplement and accompanying prospectus as part of an effective shelf registration statement filed by the Company with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC"). Copies of the registration statement can be accessed through the SEC's website at A copy of the prospectus supplement and accompanying prospectus for this offering may be obtained from the offices of Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC, Attention: Prospectus Department, 180 Varick Street, 2nd Floor, New York, New York 10014, by email at, or by phone at (866) 718-1649. Any offer or sale will be made only by means of the prospectus supplement and accompanying prospectus.

This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy, nor shall there be any sale of these securities, in any state or jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such state or jurisdiction.

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