ARLINGTON, Texas, July 21, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- First Cash Financial Services, Inc. (Nasdaq:FCFS) today announced record-setting revenue, net income and earnings per share for the three months ended June 30, 2010. The Company reported second quarter earnings per share from continuing operations of $0.36, a 20% increase over the prior year. The Company is increasing fiscal 2010 earnings guidance to a range of $1.58 to $1.62 per share. In addition, the Company announced that it completed, in early July, the acquisitions of six pawn stores in existing U.S. markets. Earnings Highlights
- Diluted earnings per share from continuing operations for the second quarter of 2010 were $0.36, an increase of 20%, compared to $0.30 in the second quarter of 2009. Net income from continuing operations for the second quarter increased by 22% to $11.2 million, compared to $9.1 million in the prior-year quarter.
- Year-to-date diluted earnings per share from continuing operations for the six months ended June 30, 2010 were $0.72, an increase of 18% over the prior year-to-date period. Net income from continuing operations through June 30, 2010 was $22.2 million, compared to $18.4 million in the prior year.
- Total diluted earnings per share, including income from discontinued operations, were $0.38 for the second quarter of 2010 and $0.78 year-to-date. Earnings per share from discontinued operations, primarily the former Auto Master operation, were $0.02 for the second quarter and $0.06 year-to-date.
- Consolidated second quarter revenue increased by 19% over last year, totaling $98 million. Year-to-date revenue was $195 million, a 20% increase over the prior year.
- Same-store revenue increased by 12% for both the second quarter and year-to-date periods. By region, same-store pawn revenue increased in the current quarter by 14% in Mexico and 10% in the United States.
- On a geographic basis, the Company's revenue continue to be diversified between the United States and Mexico, with 52% of second quarter revenue being generated in Mexico and 48% derived from domestic operations. In Mexico, second quarter revenue increased by 26% over last year, reflecting contributions from both new and maturing stores. U.S. pawn revenue increased by 12% in the second quarter, the result of continuing strong same-store revenue growth.
- On a product-line basis, second quarter revenue from service fees on pawn loans increased 25%, which reflected ongoing consumer demand for micro-credit products in both the United States and Mexico. Overall pawn merchandise sales increased by 18% for the quarter, driven by especially strong retail sales in Mexico (up 39%) and jewelry scrap sales in the United States (up 27%).
- Total short-term loan and credit services revenue increased by 15% in the second quarter; even with this increase, revenue from the Company's remaining short-term loan and credit services operations in the United States represented only 13% of total revenue.
- Pawn receivables, from which the Company earns service fees and future inventories for sale, totaled $61 million at June 30, 2010, an increase of 16%, driven largely by 26% pawn growth in Mexico. The significant increase in Mexico reflected continued store expansion and product demand.
- The gross margin on retail pawn merchandise sales was 42% for the quarter, a sequential improvement over the first quarter margin of 41% and approaching the prior-year margin of 43%. Margins on wholesale scrap jewelry sales were 33% for the second quarter, comparable to prior-year margins of 36%. Inventory turns improved in the second quarter to 4.4x, compared to 4.0x in the prior year.
- Even with the addition of 56 new stores over the past twelve months, consolidated store-level operating profit margins were 28% for the second quarter of 2010, which equaled the prior-year margin. The net operating margin (pre-tax income) was 18% for the second quarter of 2010 and 2009. Return on equity for the trailing twelve months was 21%, while return on assets was 17%.
- Over 80% of the Company's customer receivables are pawn loans, which are fully collateralized. For the remainder of the receivable portfolio, which is comprised of short-term loans and credit services products, credit losses were reduced in the second quarter to 26% of related revenue, compared to 28% in the prior-year quarter. Credit losses declined over the trailing twelve months to 25% of related revenue, compared to 27% in the comparable prior-year period.
- A total of 12 new store locations were opened during the second quarter of 2010, all of which were new pawn stores located in Mexico. The majority of the new locations were in expansion markets in central Mexico, including the State of Mexico.
- The Company now has 354 total store locations in 20 states in Mexico, an 18% increase in the year-over-year store count. The Company's store base in Mexico is still maturing, as 44% of the stores are less than three years old.
- In early July, the Company completed the acquisitions of six pawnshops in existing U.S. markets. The combined purchase price for the six stores was $7.6 million and was comprised of $5.6 million in cash and notes payable to the selling shareholders of $2.0 million. The transactions and operating results will be included in the consolidated results beginning in the third quarter of 2010.
- With these acquisitions, the Company now has a total of 103 U.S. pawn stores, compared to 97 at the beginning of the year.
- Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization ("EBITDA") from continuing operations totaled $84 million for the trailing twelve months ended June 30, 2010, an increase of 20% over the comparable prior-year period. The EBITDA margin was 21% for the current and prior-year periods. A detailed reconciliation of EBITDA and free cash flow, both non-GAAP financial measures, is provided elsewhere in this release.
- Free cash flow for the trailing twelve months was $55 million, compared to $38 million in the prior year. The Company's free cash flow has been used to reduce outstanding debt by $48 million over the past twelve months. At the same time, cash balances have increased to $46 million at June 30, 2010, compared to $22 million at the same time last year.
- As of June 30, 2010, the Company had no amounts drawn on its $25 million unsecured revolving credit facility and only $7 million of total interest bearing debt is currently outstanding.
- As of June 30, 2010, the ratio of total liabilities to stockholders' equity was 0.2 to 1, compared to 0.4 to 1 at June 30, 2009.
- The Company is increasing its fiscal 2010 guidance for earnings per share from continuing operations to a range of $1.58 to $1.62 per share, which represents 14% to 17% growth over 2009 earnings. The previous guidance was $1.53 to $1.59 per share.
- The majority of 2010 revenue will be derived from pawn operations, with only 12% to 14% of revenue expected to be from U.S. short-term loan and credit services operations.
- In 2010, the Company is on target to add 65 to 75 new stores, the majority of which will be in Mexico. All of the anticipated 2010 store additions will be pawn stores.
With regard to growth and expansion, Mr. Wessel noted, "The Company continues to successfully execute its pawn-focused growth strategy through consistent new store openings and opportunistic acquisitions. Through store openings and acquisitions through early July, we have added 32 stores this year, and we remain on target to add 65 to 75 total stores for the full year. Our new stores in Mexico are ramping quickly to profitability, and the six U.S. pawn store acquisitions will complement the Company's existing base of pawn operations in its key U.S. markets."The Company's cash flows and balance sheet continue to strengthen. All of the store openings and receivables growth is currently being funded from operating cash flows. There are no amounts outstanding on the Company's $25 million unsecured credit facility and net investable cash balances have increased almost $20 million year to date. In summary, Mr. Wessel said, "We believe that First Cash remains well-positioned to deliver continued profitability and long-term earnings growth. Our business model has proven to be recession-resistant to date and demand for our credit and retail products continues to grow. We have taken significant steps to reduce the Company's exposure to regulatory risks and our collateralized lending model limits inherent credit risk. We believe that strong cash flows will continue to support growth through our robust store expansion strategy. In addition, our significantly under-levered balance sheet provides us tremendous strategic flexibility and will allow us to generate potential additional returns for our shareholders. We are optimistic about our future and remain committed to increasing shareholder value." Forward-Looking Information This release may contain forward-looking statements about the business, financial condition and prospects of the Company. Forward-looking statements, as that term is defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as "believes," "projects," "expects," "may," "estimates," "should," "plans," "targets," "intends," "could," or "anticipates," or the negative thereof, or other variations thereon, or comparable terminology, or by discussions of strategy or objectives. Forward-looking statements can also be identified by the fact that these statements do not relate strictly to historical or current matters. Rather, forward-looking statements relate to anticipated or expected events, activities, trends or results. Because forward-looking statements relate to matters that have not yet occurred, these statements are inherently subject to risks and uncertainties. Forward-looking statements in this release include, without limitation, the Company's expectations of earnings per share, earnings growth, income and losses related to discontinued operations, collections results, future tax benefits, expansion strategies, store openings, liquidity, cash flow, credit losses and related provisions, debt repayments, consumer demand for the Company's products and services, competition, regulatory risks, and other performance results. These statements are made to provide the public with management's current assessment of the Company's business. Although the Company believes that the expectations reflected in forward-looking statements are reasonable, there can be no assurances that such expectations will prove to be accurate. Security holders are cautioned that such forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties. The forward-looking statements contained in this release speak only as of the date of this statement, and the Company expressly disclaims any obligation or undertaking to report any updates or revisions to any such statement to reflect any change in the Company's expectations or any change in events, conditions or circumstances on which any such statement is based. Certain factors may cause results to differ materially from those anticipated by some of the statements made in this release. Such factors are difficult to predict and many are beyond the control of the Company and may include changes in regional, national or international economic conditions, changes in the inflation rate, changes in the unemployment rate, changes in consumer purchasing, borrowing and repayment behaviors, changes in credit markets, the ability to renew and/or extend the Company's existing bank line of credit, credit losses, changes or increases in competition, the ability to locate, open and staff new stores, the availability or access to sources of inventory, inclement weather, the ability to successfully integrate acquisitions, the ability to hire and retain key management personnel, the ability to operate with limited regulation as a credit services organization, new federal, state or local legislative initiatives or governmental regulations (or changes to existing laws and regulations) affecting short-term/payday loan businesses, credit services organizations and pawn businesses (in both the United States and Mexico), changes in import/export regulations and tariffs or duties, unforeseen litigation, changes in interest rates, monetary inflation, changes in tax rates or policies, changes in gold prices, changes in energy prices, cost of funds, changes in foreign currency exchange rates, future business decisions, public health issues and other uncertainties. These and other risks, uncertainties and regulatory developments are further and more completely described in the Company's 2009 Annual Report on Form 10-K and updated in subsequent releases on Form 10-Q.
About First CashFirst Cash Financial Services, Inc. is a leading specialty retailer and provider of consumer financial services. Its pawn stores make small loans secured by pledged personal property and retail a wide variety of jewelry, electronics, tools and other merchandise. The Company's short-term loan locations provide various combinations of financial services products, including short-term loans, check cashing, and credit services. The Company owns and operates 577 stores in eight U.S. states and 20 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 and closings for the three and six months ended June 30, 2010:
|U.S. Locations||Mexico Locations||Total Locations|
|Three Months Ended June 30, 2010|
|Total locations, beginning of period||216||343||559|
|New locations opened||--||12||12|
|Locations closed or consolidated||--||(1)||(1)|
|Total locations, end of period||216||354||570|
|Six Months Ended June 30, 2010|
|Total locations, beginning of period||217||329||546|
|New locations opened||--||26||26|
|Locations closed or consolidated||(1)||(1)||(2)|
|Total locations, end of period||216||354||570|
First Cash is also an equal partner in Cash & Go, Ltd., a joint venture, which owns and operates 39 check cashing and financial services kiosks located inside convenience stores in the United States.
|FIRST CASH FINANCIAL SERVICES, INC.|
|CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME|
|Three Months Ended June 30,||Six Months Ended June 30,|
|(in thousands, except per share amounts)|
|Pawn merchandise sales||$59,598||$50,457||$120,372||$100,063|
|Pawn service fees||23,518||18,840||46,340||36,448|
|Short-term loan and credit services fees||14,290||12,434||27,552||25,230|
|Cost of revenue:|
|Cost of goods sold||36,022||29,962||73,550||58,506|
|Short-term loan and credit services loss provision||3,761||3,426||5,859||5,649|
|Expenses and other income:|
|Store operating expenses||28,293||23,866||56,042||48,227|
|Depreciation and amortization||2,580||2,436||5,114||4,858|
|Income from continuing operations before income taxes||17,533||14,488||35,064||29,055|
|Provision for income taxes||6,336||5,340||12,823||10,700|
|Income from continuing operations||11,197||9,148||22,241||18,355|
|Income from discontinued operations, net of tax||586||2,402||1,624||4,438|
|Basic income per share:|
|Income from continuing operations||$0.37||$0.31||$0.74||$0.63|
|Income from discontinued operations||0.02||0.08||0.05||0.15|
|Net income per basic share||$0.39||$0.39||$0.79||$0.78|
|Diluted income per share:|
|Income from continuing operations||$0.36||$0.30||$0.72||$0.61|
|Income from discontinued operations||0.02||0.08||0.06||0.15|
|Net income per diluted share||$0.38||$0.38||$0.78||$0.76|
|Weighted average shares outstanding:|
|FIRST CASH FINANCIAL SERVICES, INC.|
|CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS|
|June 30,||December 31,|
|Cash and cash equivalents||$45,838||$22,206||$26,777|
|Service fees receivable||9,386||7,907||8,263|
|Short-term loan receivables, net of allowance||2,792||2,772||3,076|
|Total current assets||159,981||129,208||136,586|
|Property and equipment, net||51,433||44,777||47,980|
|Goodwill and intangible assets, net||70,582||76,530||70,252|
|LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY|
|Current portion of notes payable||$3,057||$4,612||$4,111|
|Revolving credit facility||--||43,500||--|
|Accounts payable and accrued liabilities||24,704||18,921||19,984|
|Income taxes payable and deferred tax liabilities||7,568||5,744||10,958|
|Total current liabilities||35,329||73,596||35,291|
|Notes payable, net of current portion||4,008||7,067||5,265|
|Deferred tax liabilities||3,641||1,328||3,290|
|Total liabilities and stockholders' equity||$283,593||$265,690||$256,285|
|Three Months Ended June 30,||Increase/(Decrease) Constant Currency|
|Pawn retail merchandise sales||$15,380||$15,016||$364||2 %||2 %|
|Pawn scrap jewelry sales||8,339||6,550||1,789||27 %||27 %|
|Pawn service fees||9,802||8,468||1,334||16 %||16 %|
|Short-term loan and credit services fees||13,155||11,558||1,597||14 %||14 %|
|46,942||41,859||5,083||12 %||12 %|
|Pawn retail merchandise sales||26,366||19,032||7,334||39 %||30 %|
|Pawn scrap jewelry sales||9,513||9,859||(346)||(4)%||(4)%|
|Pawn service fees||13,716||10,372||3,344||32 %||24 %|
|Short-term loan fees||1,135||876||259||30 %||22 %|
|50,734||40,150||10,584||26 %||20 %|
|Pawn retail merchandise sales||41,746||34,048||7,698||23 %||18 %|
|Pawn scrap jewelry sales||17,852||16,409||1,443||9 %||9 %|
|Pawn service fees||23,518||18,840||4,678||25 %||21 %|
|Short-term loan and credit services fees||14,290||12,434||1,856||15 %||14 %|
|$97,676||$82,009||$15,667||19 %||16 %|
|Six Months Ended June 30,||Increase/(Decrease) Constant Currency|
|Pawn retail merchandise sales||$33,838||$32,073||$1,765||6 %||6 %|
|Pawn scrap jewelry sales||18,405||13,318||5,087||38 %||38 %|
|Pawn service fees||20,574||17,165||3,409||20 %||20 %|
|Short-term loan and credit services fees||25,357||23,543||1,814||8 %||8 %|
|98,788||86,771||12,017||14 %||14 %|
|Pawn retail merchandise sales||48,676||35,676||13,000||36 %||25 %|
|Pawn scrap jewelry sales||19,453||18,996||457||2 %||2 %|
|Pawn service fees||25,766||19,283||6,483||34 %||22 %|
|Short-term loan fees||2,195||1,687||508||30 %||19 %|
|96,101||75,660||20,441||27 %||18 %|
|Pawn retail merchandise sales||82,514||67,749||14,765||22 %||16 %|
|Pawn scrap jewelry sales||37,858||32,314||5,544||17 %||17 %|
|Pawn service fees||46,340||36,448||9,892||27 %||21 %|
|Short-term loan and credit services fees||27,552||25,230||2,322||9 %||8 %|
|$194,889||$162,431||$32,458||20 %||16 %|
|Balance at June 30,||Increase/(Decrease) Constant Currency|
|Domestic customer receivables:|
|Pawn receivables||$29,939||$28,056||$1,883||7 %||7 %|
|Short-term loan receivables, net of allowance||1,901||1,937||(36)||(2)%||(2)%|
|CSO short-term loans held by independent third-party (1)||12,833||10,910||1,923||18 %||18 %|
|44,673||40,903||3,770||9 %||9 %|
|Foreign customer receivables:|
|Pawn receivables||31,025||24,629||6,396||26 %||22 %|
|Short-term loan receivables, net of allowance||891||835||56||7 %||4 %|
|31,916||25,464||6,452||25 %||22 %|
|Total customer receivables:|
|Pawn receivables||60,964||52,685||8,279||16 %||14 %|
|Short-term loan receivables, net of allowance||2,792||2,772||20||1 %||--|
|CSO short-term loans held by independent third-party (1)||12,833||10,910||1,923||18 %||18 %|
|$76,589||$66,367||$10,222||15 %||14 %|
|(1) CSO short-term loans outstanding are comprised of the principal portion of active CSO loans outstanding from an independent third-party lender, which are not included on the Company's balance sheet, net of the Company's estimated fair value of its liability under the letters of credit guaranteeing the loans.|
Free Cash FlowFor 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 short-term/payday loan customer receivables. 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" (unaudited, in thousands):
|Trailing Twelve Months Ended June 30,|
|Cash flow from operating activities||$78,521||$67,207|
|Cash flow from investing activities:|
|Pawn and short-term loan receivables||(7,702)||(11,478)|
|Purchases of property and equipment||(15,347)||(17,485)|
|Free cash flow||$55,472||$38,244|
|Trailing Twelve Months Ended June 30,|
|Income from continuing operations||$45,737||$37,195|
|Depreciation and amortization||10,329||9,910|
|Earnings from continuing operations before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization||$83,769||$69,763|
|EBITDA margin calculated as follows:|
|Total revenue from continuing operations||$398,412||$332,026|
|Earnings from continuing operations before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization||83,769||69,763|
|EBITDA as a percent of revenue||21%||21%|
CONTACT: First Cash Financial Services, Inc. Rick Wessel, Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Doug Orr, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer (817) 505-3199 email@example.com www.firstcash.com