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First Cash Reports 16% Increase In Third Quarter Earnings Per Share To $0.67; Pawn Growth In Mexico Drives Record Earnings; With Completed Fast Cash Acquisition, YTD Store Additions Total 139


Free Cash Flow

For purposes of its internal liquidity assessments, the Company considers free cash flow, which is defined as cash flow from the operating activities of continuing and discontinued operations reduced by purchases of property and equipment and net cash outflow from pawn and consumer loans. Free cash flow is commonly used by investors as a measure of cash generated by business operations that will be used to repay scheduled debt maturities and can be used to invest in future growth through new business development activities or acquisitions, repurchase stock, or repay debt obligations prior to their maturities. These metrics can also be used to evaluate the Company's ability to generate cash flow from business operations and the impact that this cash flow has on the Company's liquidity. The following table reconciles "net cash flow from operating activities" to "free cash flow" (in thousands):
  Trailing Twelve Months Ended
  September 30,
  2012 2011
Cash flow from operating activities, including discontinued operations  $ 80,233  $ 78,506
Cash flow from investing activities:    
Pawn and consumer loans  (13,793)  (18,113)
Purchases of property and equipment  (24,079)  (26,540)
Free cash flow  $ 42,361  $ 33,853

Constant Currency

Certain performance metrics discussed in this release are presented on a "constant currency" basis, which may be considered a non-GAAP financial measurement of financial performance under GAAP. The Company's management uses constant currency results to evaluate operating results of certain business operations in Mexico, which are transacted primarily in Mexican pesos. Pawn scrap jewelry in Mexico is sold in U.S. dollars and, accordingly, does not require a constant currency adjustment. Constant currency results reported herein are calculated by translating certain balance sheet and income statement items denominated in Mexican pesos using the exchange rate from the prior-year comparable period, as opposed to the current comparable period, in order to exclude the effects of foreign currency rate fluctuations for purposes of evaluating period-over-period comparisons. For balance sheet items, the closing exchange rate at the end of the applicable prior-year period (September 30, 2011) of 13.5 to 1 was used, compared to the current end of period (September 30, 2012) exchange rate of 12.9 to 1. For income statement items, the average closing daily exchange rate for the appropriate period was used. The average exchange rate for the prior-year quarter ended September 30, 2011 was 12.3 to 1, compared to the current-quarter rate of 13.2 to 1. The average exchange rate for the prior-year nine-month period ended September 30, 2011 was 12.0 to 1, compared to the current year-to-date rate of 13.2 to 1. 
CONTACT: Gar Jackson
         Phone: (949) 873-2789
         Rick Wessel, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
         Doug Orr, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
         Phone: (817) 505-3199

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