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

SAN DIEGO, Aug. 7, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Encore Capital Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: ECPG) (the "Company") today announced that Red Mountain Capital Partners II, L.P. and Red Mountain Capital Partners III, L.P. (together, the "Selling Stockholders") intend to offer an aggregate of 1,213,799 shares of common stock of the Company in an underwritten public offering. The Selling Stockholders also expect to grant the underwriter a 30-day option to purchase up to an additional 182,070 shares of common stock of the Company to cover over-allotments, if any. The Company will not receive any proceeds from the sale of the shares by the Selling Stockholders.

The Company's board of directors consists of eight members, two of whom, Messrs. Mesdag and Teets, are affiliated with the Selling Stockholders. Messrs. Mesdag and Teets have indicated that they intend to remain on the board following the conclusion of the offering.

JMP Securities 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 www.sec.gov. A copy of the prospectus supplement and accompanying prospectus for this offering may be obtained from the offices of JMP Securities LLC, Attention: Prospectus Department, 600 Montgomery Street, 10 th Floor, San Francisco, California 94111, by email at ccornell@jmpsecurities.com, or by phone at (415) 835-8985. 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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