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First Cash Reports 35% Increase In Fourth Quarter Earnings Per Share To $0.93; Pawn Revenue Growth In Both The U.S. And Mexico Drives Record Earnings; Company Announces New Share Buyback Authorization

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 824 stores in twelve U.S. states and 24 states in Mexico. 

First Cash is 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 December 31, 2012:

    Pawn Locations  Consumer  
    Large Small  Loan Total
    Format (1) Format (2)  Locations (3) Locations
Domestic:          
Total locations, beginning of period   182 27 65 274
Locations acquired   2 2
Total locations, end of period   184 27 65 276
           
International:          
Total locations, beginning of period   483 19 34 536
New locations opened   2 2
Total locations, end of period   485 19 34 538
           
Total:          
Total locations, beginning of period   665 46 99 810
New locations opened   2 2
Locations acquired   2 2
Total locations, end of period   669 46 99 814

(1)     The large format locations include retail showrooms and accept a broad array of pawn collateral including electronics, appliances, tools, jewelry and other consumer hard goods. At December 31, 2012, 112 of the U.S. large format pawn stores also offered consumer loans or credit services products.

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