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SquareTwo Financial Reports First Quarter 2014 Financial Results

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SOURCE SquareTwo Financial Corporation

DENVER, May 8, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- SquareTwo Financial Corporation, a leader in the $100 billion asset recovery and management industry, today reported consolidated financial results for the quarter ended March 31, 2014.

"For the first quarter, SquareTwo's financial results were consistent with our expectations," said president and CEO, Paul A. Larkins. "Operational and compliance enhancements we've made over the last few years give us confidence that SquareTwo Financial is well-positioned to capitalize on opportunities as the market continues to stabilize over the next year."

For the quarter ended March 31, 2014:

  • Cash proceeds on purchased debt were $112.2 million, a 23.6% decrease from the $146.9 million in the first quarter of 2013.
  • Investment in purchased debt was $25.8 million, to purchase $220.8 million in face value of debt, compared to $62.3 million to purchase $794.0 million in face value of debt in the first quarter of 2013. The total investment in purchased debt was a $36.5 million decrease from the first quarter of 2013.
  • Revenue recognized on purchased debt, net was $71.5 million, a decrease of $17.7 million from the $89.1 million recognized in the first quarter of 2013.
  • Costs to collect purchased debt including gross court costs were $48.6 million or 44.0% of collections for the quarter. This was an increase of 218 basis points from the first quarter of 2013. Costs to collect excluding court costs were $39.1 million or 35.4% of collections, which represented an increase of 106 basis points from the first quarter of 2013.
  • EBITDA was $11.5 million, compared to $17.7 million in the first quarter of 2013.
  • Net loss was $2.1 million, compared to net income of $3.3 million in the first quarter of 2013.
  • Adjusted EBITDA, defined as net income before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization, valuation allowances and amortization of purchased debt, and certain adjustments, was $54.2 million, a 31.2% decrease from the $78.8 million in the first quarter of 2013.

 

The following table summarizes our results of operations for the quarter ended March 31, 2014:

 


Quarter Ended


March 31,


2014

Total revenues


$

71,509

Total operating expenses


61,503

Operating income


10,006

Total other expenses


11,115

Loss before income taxes


(1,109)

Income tax expense


(1,037)

Net loss


$

(2,146)

 

 

The following table represents cash generated by operating activities, less operating and other cash expenses, resulting in Adjusted EBITDA:

 


Quarter Ended


March 31,

Adjusted EBITDA ($ in thousands)


2014

Voluntary, non-legal collections


$

52,253

Legal collections


52,875

Other collections(1)


5,282

Sales, recourse & bankruptcy proceeds


1,830

Contribution of other business activities(2)


1,699

Total inflows


113,939


Purchased debt expense


35,172

Court costs, net


9,183

Other direct operating expense


3,906

Salaries, general and administrative expenses


11,600

Other(3)


493

Total outflows


60,354

Adjustments(4)


607

Adjusted EBITDA


$

54,192

 

(1)

Other includes collections and court cost recoveries on commercial, student loan, and medical accounts.

(2)

Includes royalties on purchased debt and other revenue.

(3)

Represents certain other items consistent with our debt covenant calculation.

(4)

Consistent with the covenant calculations within our revolving credit facility, adjustments include the non-cash expense related to option grants of CA Holding's equity granted to our employees, directors and branch office owners, branch office note reserves, lease breakup costs, certain consulting fees, management fees paid to KRG Capital Management, L.P., certain transaction expenses, recruiting expense, severance expense, and certain non-recurring items.

 

 

The following table reconciles Net Loss to Adjusted EBITDA:

 



Quarter Ended



March 31,

Reconciliation of Net Loss to Adjusted EBITDA ($ in thousands)


2014

Net loss


$

(2,146)

Interest expense


11,009

Interest income


(19)

Income tax expense


1,037

Depreciation and amortization


1,642

EBITDA


11,523

Adjustments related to purchased debt accounting

Proceeds applied to purchased debt principal(1)


42,267

Purchased debt valuation allowance reversals(2)


(205)

Certain other or non-cash expenses

Stock option expense(3)


24

Other(4)


583

Adjusted EBITDA


$

54,192

 

(1)

Cash proceeds applied to purchased debt principal rather than recorded as revenue.

(2)

Represents net non-cash valuation allowance reversals on purchased debt.

(3)

Represents the non-cash expense related to option grants of CA Holding's equity granted to certain employees, directors and branch office owners.

(4)

Consistent with the covenant calculations within our revolving credit facility, other includes branch office note reserves, lease breakup costs, certain consulting fees, management fees paid to KRG Capital Management L.P., certain transaction expenses, recruiting expense, severance expense, and certain non-recurring items.

 

 

The following table reconciles net cash used in operating activities to Adjusted EBITDA:

 


Quarter Ended

Reconciliation of Cash Flow from Operations to Adjusted EBITDA ($ in thousands)


March 31,

2014

Net cash used in operating activities


$

(14,377)

Proceeds applied to purchased debt principal(1)


42,267

Interest expense to be paid in cash(2)


10,277

Interest income


(19)

Amortization of prepaid and other non-cash expenses


(919)

Changes in operating assets and liabilities and deferred taxes:

Restricted cash(3)


19,024

Other operating assets and liabilities and deferred taxes(4)


(3,681)

Income tax expense


1,037

Other(5)


583

Adjusted EBITDA


$

54,192

 

(1)

Cash proceeds applied to purchased debt principal are shown in the investing activities section of the condensed consolidated statements of cash flows.

(2)

Represents interest expense, excluding non-cash amortization of loan origination fees and debt discount.

(3)

Represents the change in restricted cash balances for the period due to the timing of payments on our lines of credit and semi-annual interest payments on our Senior Second Lien Notes.

(4)

The amount represents timing differences due to the recognition of certain expenses and revenue items on a cash versus accrual basis.

(5)

Consistent with the covenant calculations within our revolving credit facility, other includes branch office note reserves, lease breakup costs, certain consulting fees, management fees paid to KRG Capital Management L.P., certain transaction expenses, recruiting expense, severance expense, and certain non-recurring items.

 

Additional Financial Information:

  • In the quarter ended March 31, 2014, the Company recorded $0.2 million in net reversals of non-cash valuation allowances on its purchased debt assets. Comparatively, the Company recorded $1.4 million in reversals of non-cash valuation allowances on its purchased debt assets in the quarter ended March 31, 2013.

 

 

Conference Call

The Company will hold a conference call today at 8:30 AM Mountain time / 10:30 AM Eastern time to discuss our first quarter 2014 results. Please download our Q1 2014 Financial Results Presentation which is located under the "About Us" header within the "Investor Relations" section of our website, www.squaretwofinancial.com.

Members of the public are invited to listen to the event. To access the live telephone conference line, please dial (877) 522-6079 for domestic access, and (706) 643-9734 for international access. Please reference Conference ID 34988978 for the call.

For those who cannot listen to the live broadcast, a replay will be available shortly thereafter within the Investor Relations section of the Company's website.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

Adjusted EBITDA, as presented in this report, is a supplemental measure of our performance that is not required by, or presented in accordance with, accounting principles generally accepted in the U.S. ("GAAP"). This is not a measurement of our financial performance under GAAP and should not be considered as alternatives to net income or any other performance measures derived in accordance with GAAP, or as alternatives to cash flows from operating activities or a measure of our liquidity.

Adjusted EBITDA is calculated as net income before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (including amortization of the carrying value on our purchased debt), as adjusted by several items discussed more fully in "Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations" in our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q as of March 31, 2014. Adjusted EBITDA generally represents cash proceeds on our owned charged-off receivables plus the contribution of our other business activities less operating expenses (other than non-cash expenses, such as depreciation and amortization) as adjusted. Adjusted EBITDA, which is a non-GAAP financial measure, should not be considered an alternative to, or more meaningful than, net income prepared on a GAAP basis.

We present Adjusted EBITDA because we consider it to be an important supplemental measure of our performance. We believe Adjusted EBITDA is representative of our cash flow generation that can be used to purchase charged-off receivables, pay down or service debt, pay income taxes, and for other uses. We believe that Adjusted EBITDA is frequently used by investors and other interested parties in the evaluation of companies in our industry. In addition, the instruments governing our indebtedness use Adjusted EBITDA to measure our compliance with certain covenants and, in certain circumstances, our ability to make certain borrowings. Our board of directors and management use Adjusted EBITDA to measure our performance, and our current management incentive compensation plans are based largely on Adjusted EBITDA. Adjusted EBITDA, as computed by us, may not be comparable to similar metrics used by other companies in our industry.

The SEC has adopted rules to regulate the use in filings with the SEC and public disclosures and press releases of non-GAAP financial measures, such as Adjusted EBITDA, that are derived on the basis of methodologies other than in accordance with GAAP. The non-GAAP financial measures presented in this report may not comply with these rules. The reader is cautioned not to place undue reliance on Adjusted EBITDA and ERP.

The information in this subsection is a summary and should be read in conjunction with "Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations" and our condensed consolidated financial statements and footnotes in our 10-Q as of March 31, 2014.

About SquareTwo Financial
SquareTwo Financial is a leader in the $100 billion asset recovery and management industry. Through its award-winning technology, industry-leading security and compliance practices, SquareTwo Financial creates a more effective way for companies and consumers to resolve their debt commitments. SquareTwo Financial is a trusted business partner of the Fortune 1000. For more than two decades many of the world's most respected companies have sold their debt portfolios to SquareTwo Financial. In all of its recovery efforts, SquareTwo Financial is committed to delivering the FAIR SQUARE PROMISE, the company's pledge to treat each Customer with fairness and respect. SquareTwo Financial is based in Denver, Colorado. Visit www.squaretwofinancial.com for more information.

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