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World Acceptance Corporation Reports Record First Quarter

World Acceptance Corporation (NASDAQ: WRLD) today reported record financial results for its first fiscal quarter ended June 30, 2013.

Net income for the first quarter rose 2.2% to $23.1 million compared with $22.6 million for the same quarter of the prior year. Net income per diluted share increased 14.7% to $1.87 from $1.63 when comparing the two quarterly periods.

“World Acceptance’s financial results reached record levels in the first quarter. Our net income per dilutive share benefitted from our ongoing share repurchase program,” stated Sandy McLean, CEO. In the first quarter, the Company repurchased approximately 413,000 shares. Combined with the 2.6 million shares repurchased during fiscal 2013, the Company has reduced its weighted average diluted shares outstanding by 11.2% when comparing the two quarterly periods.

Total revenues increased to $145.3 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2014, a 9.4% increase over the $132.8 million reported in the first quarter last year. Interest and fee income increased 11.0%, from $115.3 million to $128.0 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2014 due to continued growth in loan volume and expansion of offices. Insurance and other income was down 1.4% to $17.3 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2014 compared with $17.5 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2013.

The provision for loan losses rose 21.5% to $28.7 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2014 compared to the prior year first quarter. Annualized net charge-offs as a percent of average net loans were 13.5% for the three month period ended June 30, 2013, compared with 12.2% for the first quarter of last fiscal year. “Although this is our second consecutive quarter with increased charge-off ratios, we remain focused on managing our credit risks as this is a key driver of our earnings,” continued Mr. McLean.

Gross loans outstanding increased 9.6% to $1.1 billion at June 30, 2013, up from $1.0 billion at June 30, 2012.

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