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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

Stocks in this article: FCFS

About First Cash

First Cash Financial Services, Inc. is a leading international specialty retailer and provider of consumer financial services. Its retail pawn locations buy and sell a wide variety of jewelry, electronics, tools and other merchandise, and make small customer loans secured by pledged personal property. The Company's focus is serving cash and credit constrained consumers through deep value retailing and offering small loans and other financial products. In total, the Company owns and operates 812 stores in twelve U.S. states and 24 states in Mexico. 

First Cash was named by Fortune Magazine as one of America's 100 fastest growing companies for 2011. First Cash is also a component company in both the Standard & Poor's SmallCap 600 Index ® and the Russell 2000 Index ® . First Cash's common stock (ticker symbol " FCFS") is traded on the Nasdaq Global Select Market, which has the highest initial listing standards of any stock exchange in the world based on financial and liquidity requirements. 

The First Cash Financial Services, Inc. logo is available at http://www.globenewswire.com/newsroom/prs/?pkgid=3365

STORE COUNT ACTIVITY

The following table details store openings for the three months ended September 30, 2012: 

  Pawn Locations Consumer  
  Large Small Loan Total
  Format (1) Format (2) Locations (3) Locations
United States:        
Total locations, beginning of period  164  27  72  263
New locations opened  2  --   --   2
Locations acquired  16  --   --   16
Discontinued consumer loan operations   --   --   (7)  (7)
Total locations, end of period  182  27  65  274
         
Mexico:        
Total locations, beginning of period  465  19  34  518
New locations opened  18  --   --   18
Total locations, end of period  483  19  34  536
         
Total:        
Total locations, beginning of period  629  46  106  781
New locations opened  20  --   --   20
Locations acquired  16  --   --   16
Discontinued consumer loan operations  --   --   (7)  (7)
Total locations, end of period   665  46  99  810

(1) The large format locations include retail showrooms and accept a broad array of pawn collateral including jewelry, electronics, appliances, tools and other consumer hard goods. At September 30, 2012, 111 of the U.S. large format pawn stores also offered consumer loans or credit services products, which includes the 24 locations acquired from Mister Money.

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