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Encore Capital Group, Inc. Announces The Exercise Of Underwriter's Over-Allotment Option From Selling Stockholders' Shares

SAN DIEGO, Sept. 12, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Encore Capital Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: ECPG) (the "Company") today announced that the underwriter of the previously announced public offering has exercised its over-allotment option to purchase an additional 182,000 shares of the Company's common stock from Red Mountain Capital Partners II, L.P. and Red Mountain Capital Partners III, L.P. (the "Selling Stockholders"). Together with the shares sold pursuant to the over-allotment option, the Selling Stockholders have sold a total of 1,395,799 shares of the Company's common stock in the underwritten public offering. The Company did not receive any proceeds from the sale of the shares by the Selling Stockholders.

Immediately after the exercise of the over-allotment option, the Selling Stockholders owned, in the aggregate, 982,036 shares of the Company's common stock, or approximately 3.96% of the Company's outstanding shares. 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.

The Selling Stockholders have been stockholders of the Company since April 2006.

JMP Securities LLC acted as the sole book-running manager for the offering.

The shares were 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, 10th 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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