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Encore Capital Group Announces Third Quarter 2023 Financial Results

  • Global collections of $465 million
  • Portfolio purchases of $231 million including $179 million in the U.S.
  • Portfolio supply growth and pricing improvement continues in U.S. market
  • GAAP EPS of $0.79

SAN DIEGO, Nov. 01, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Encore Capital Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: ECPG), an international specialty finance company, today reported consolidated financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2023.

“The third quarter was another period of strong purchasing for our U.S. business at attractive returns while our collections performance remained stable in each of our key markets,” said Ashish Masih, President and Chief Executive Officer. “The continued growth in U.S. portfolio supply, driven by credit card lending growth and rising charge off rates, has led to improved portfolio pricing and returns. As a result, our MCM business deployed $179 million in Q3 at an attractive 2.4x purchase price multiple(1).”

“Our third quarter global collections of $465 million were in line with expectations and continue to reflect normalized consumer behavior and a stable collections environment.”

“In Europe, the portfolio purchasing market remains very competitive. We continue to constrain Cabot portfolio purchases, reallocating capital to the U.S. market, as we believe European market pricing still does not yet fully reflect the higher cost of capital caused by higher interest rates.”

“With growing supply and improving pricing in the U.S. debt buying market, we expect 2023 will be a record year of capital deployment for our MCM business at strong returns. Looking ahead, we see a robust supply pipeline in the U.S. for 2024 at even better returns.”

“Given our outlook for the favorable purchasing environment in the U.S. continuing for the foreseeable future, we added approximately $175 million of liquidity since the end of the third quarter at attractive terms. Our ability to incrementally improve our purchasing capacity amid challenging capital market conditions is a testament to the strength of our global balance sheet.”

“As a result of the continued, disciplined execution of our strategy and both higher portfolio purchases and strengthening returns in the U.S., we expect to see steady growth in ERC and earnings. We also remain committed to the critical role we play in the consumer credit ecosystem and to helping consumers restore their financial health," said Masih.


(1)   Purchase price multiple is calculated as (cumulative collections + ERC) ÷ purchase price.

Financial Highlights for the Third Quarter of 2023:

 Three Months Ended September 30,
(in thousands, except percentages and earnings per share) 2023  2022 Change
Portfolio purchases(1)$230,559 $232,652 (1)%
Estimated Remaining Collections (ERC)$7,877,621 $7,312,336 8%
Collections$465,339 $458,256 2%
Revenues$309,619 $307,752 1%
Operating expenses$234,101 $227,235 3%
GAAP net income$19,339 $31,494 (39)%
GAAP earnings per share$0.79 $1.22 (35)%


(1)   Includes U.S. purchases of $179.3 million and $176.6 million, and Europe purchases of $51.3 million and $56.1 million in Q3 2023 and Q3 2022, respectively.

Conference Call and Webcast

Encore will host a conference call and slide presentation today, November 1, 2023, at 2:00 p.m. Pacific / 5:00 p.m. Eastern time, to present and discuss third quarter results.

Members of the public are invited to access the live webcast via the Internet by logging in on the Investor Relations page of Encore's website at To access the live conference call by telephone, please pre-register using this link. Registrants will receive confirmation with dial-in details.

For those who cannot listen to the live broadcast, a replay of the webcast will be available on the Company's website shortly after the call concludes.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

This news release includes certain financial measures that exclude the impact of certain items and therefore have not been calculated in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”). The Company has included information concerning adjusted EBITDA because management utilizes this information in the evaluation of its operations and believes that this measure is a useful indicator of the Company’s ability to generate cash collections in excess of operating expenses through the liquidation of its receivable portfolios. Adjusted EBITDA has not been prepared in accordance with GAAP and should not be considered as an alternative to, or more meaningful than, net income and net income per share as indicators of the Company’s operating performance. Further, this non-GAAP financial measure, as presented by the Company, may not be comparable to similarly titled measures reported by other companies. A reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA to its most directly comparable GAAP financial measure is below.

About Encore Capital Group, Inc.

Encore Capital Group is an international specialty finance company that provides debt recovery solutions and other related services for consumers across a broad range of financial assets. Through its subsidiaries around the globe, Encore purchases portfolios of consumer receivables from major banks, credit unions, and utility providers.

Encore partners with individuals as they repay their debt obligations, helping them on the road to financial recovery and ultimately improving their economic well-being. Encore is the first and only company of its kind to operate with a Consumer Bill of Rights that provides industry-leading commitments to consumers. Headquartered in San Diego, Encore is a publicly traded NASDAQ Global Select company (ticker symbol: ECPG) and a component stock of the Russell 2000, the S&P Small Cap 600 and the Wilshire 4500. More information about the company can be found at

Forward Looking Statements

The statements in this press release that are not historical facts, including, most importantly, those statements preceded by, or that include, the words “will,” “may,” “believe,” “projects,” “expects,” “anticipates” or the negation thereof, or similar expressions, constitute “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 (the “Reform Act”). These statements may include, but are not limited to, statements regarding our future operating results, performance, supply and pricing, liquidity, ability to access capital markets, business plans or prospects. For all “forward-looking statements,” the Company claims the protection of the safe harbor for forward-looking statements contained in the Reform Act. Such forward-looking statements involve risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause actual results, performance or achievements of the Company and its subsidiaries to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. These risks, uncertainties and other factors are discussed in the reports filed by the Company with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the most recent reports on Forms 10-K and 10-Q, each as it may be amended from time to time. The Company disclaims any intent or obligation to update these forward-looking statements.


Bruce Thomas
Encore Capital Group, Inc.
Vice President, Global Investor Relations
(858) 309-6442

SOURCE: Encore Capital Group, Inc.


Condensed Consolidated Statements of Financial Condition
(In Thousands, Except Par Value Amounts)

 September 30,
 December 31,
Cash and cash equivalents$144,711  $143,912 
Investment in receivable portfolios, net 3,320,544   3,088,261 
Property and equipment, net 102,208   113,900 
Other assets 366,815   341,073 
Goodwill 826,010   821,214 
Total assets$4,760,288  $4,508,360 
Liabilities and Equity   
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities$190,646  $198,217 
Borrowings 3,114,175   2,898,821 
Other liabilities 256,684   231,695 
Total liabilities 3,561,505   3,328,733 
Commitments and Contingencies   
Convertible preferred stock, $0.01 par value, 5,000 shares authorized, no shares issued and outstanding     
Common stock, $0.01 par value, 75,000 shares authorized, 23,529 and 23,323 shares issued and outstanding as of September 30, 2023 and December 31, 2022, respectively 235   233 
Additional paid-in capital 8,106    
Accumulated earnings 1,319,933   1,278,210 
Accumulated other comprehensive loss (129,491)  (98,816)
Total stockholders’ equity 1,198,783   1,179,627 
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity$4,760,288  $4,508,360 

The following table presents certain assets and liabilities of consolidated variable interest entities (“VIEs”) included in the condensed consolidated statements of financial condition above. Most assets in the table below include those assets that can only be used to settle obligations of consolidated VIEs. The liabilities exclude amounts where creditors or beneficial interest holders have recourse to the general credit of the Company.

 September 30,
 December 31,
Cash and cash equivalents$1,470 $1,344
Investment in receivable portfolios, net 445,653  431,350
Other assets 1,107  3,627
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities 116  150
Borrowings 408,680  423,522
Other liabilities 18  105


Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income
(In Thousands, Except Per Share Amounts)

 Three Months Ended
September 30,
 Nine Months Ended
September 30,
  2023   2022   2023   2022 
Revenue from receivable portfolios$302,687  $297,219  $899,545  $907,606 
Changes in recoveries (17,067)  (13,080)  (30,054)  179,293 
Total debt purchasing revenue 285,620   284,139   869,491   1,086,899 
Servicing revenue 19,893   21,992   63,486   71,926 
Other revenues 4,106   1,621   12,316   5,526 
Total revenues 309,619   307,752   945,293   1,164,351 
Operating expenses       
Salaries and employee benefits 95,067   89,241   294,772   285,077 
Cost of legal collections 56,274   52,891   167,525   163,756 
General and administrative expenses 35,559   37,274   108,053   105,775 
Other operating expenses 27,959   28,286   81,864   82,718 
Collection agency commissions 8,046   7,884   26,583   27,412 
Depreciation and amortization 11,196   11,659   32,768   35,134 
Total operating expenses 234,101   227,235   711,565   699,872 
Income from operations 75,518   80,517   233,728   464,479 
Other expense       
Interest expense (50,558)  (39,308)  (147,376)  (110,995)
Other income, net 5,103   1,205   5,080   3,392 
Total other expense (45,455)  (38,103)  (142,296)  (107,603)
Income before income taxes 30,063   42,414   91,432   356,876 
Provision for income taxes (10,724)  (10,920)  (27,162)  (89,194)
Net income$19,339  $31,494  $64,270  $267,682 
Earnings per share:       
Basic$0.82  $1.31  $2.72  $11.00 
Diluted$0.79  $1.22  $2.62  $10.06 
Weighted average shares outstanding:       
Basic 23,712   23,958   23,644   24,344 
Diluted 24,382   25,919   24,535   26,601 


Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
(Unaudited, In Thousands)

 Nine Months Ended September 30,
  2023   2022 
Operating activities:   
Net income$64,270  $267,682 
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:   
Depreciation and amortization 32,768   35,134 
Other non-cash interest expense, net 12,526   11,984 
Stock-based compensation expense 11,017   12,231 
Deferred income taxes 952   2,127 
Changes in recoveries 30,054   (179,293)
Other, net (1,958)  14,319 
Changes in operating assets and liabilities   
Other assets (21,820)  36,768 
Accounts payable, accrued liabilities and other liabilities (11,598)  (46,076)
Net cash provided by operating activities 116,211   154,876 
Investing activities:   
Purchases of receivable portfolios, net of put-backs (772,101)  (569,032)
Collections applied to investment in receivable portfolios 504,672   567,775 
Purchases of asset held for sale (24,645)  (38,604)
Purchases of property and equipment (16,765)  (21,068)
Other, net 38,113   20,257 
Net cash used in investing activities (270,726)  (40,672)
Financing activities:   
Payment of loan and debt refinancing costs (8,224)  (1,659)
Proceeds from credit facilities 630,079   637,342 
Repayment of credit facilities (446,724)  (432,424)
Repayment of senior secured notes (29,310)  (29,310)
Proceeds from issuance of convertible senior notes 230,000    
Repayment of convertible and exchangeable senior notes (212,480)  (221,153)
Proceeds from convertible hedge instruments, net 12,421    
Repurchase and retirement of common stock    (76,753)
Other, net (16,890)  (16,735)
Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities 158,872   (140,692)
Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents 4,357   (26,488)
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents (3,558)  (16,122)
Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period 143,912   189,645 
Cash and cash equivalents, end of period$144,711  $147,035 
Supplemental disclosure of cash information:   
Cash paid for interest$120,113  $94,828 
Cash paid for taxes, net of refunds$50,605  $63,710 


Supplemental Financial Information
Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Metrics

Adjusted EBITDA

 Three Months Ended
September 30,
 Nine Months Ended
September 30,
(in thousands, unaudited) 2023   2022   2023   2022 
GAAP net income, as reported$19,339  $31,494  $64,270  $267,682 
Interest expense 50,558   39,308   147,376   110,995 
Interest income (1,315)  (749)  (3,382)  (1,774)
Provision for income taxes 10,724   10,920   27,162   89,194 
Depreciation and amortization 11,196   11,659   32,768   35,134 
Stock-based compensation expense 3,092   3,191   11,017   12,231 
Net gain on derivative instruments(1) (3,512)     (3,512)   
Acquisition, integration and restructuring related expenses(2) 594   13   6,574   1,179 
Adjusted EBITDA$90,676  $95,836  $282,273  $514,641 
Collections applied to principal balance(3)$188,872  $179,163  $562,511  $402,842 

(1)   Amount represents a $3.7 million gain recognized as a result of the partial dedesignation in September 2023 of a derivative instrument previously designated as a hedging instrument, net of a $0.2 million loss recognized on the change in fair value of the portion of the derivative that is not designated as a hedging instrument after the dedesignation. We adjust for this amount because we believe the gain or loss on derivative contracts is not indicative of ongoing operations.
(2)   Amount represents acquisition, integration and restructuring related expenses. We adjust for this amount because we believe these expenses are not indicative of ongoing operations; therefore, adjusting for these expenses enhances comparability to prior periods, anticipated future periods, and our competitors’ results. For the three and nine months ended   September 30, 2023 amount represents costs related to headcount reductions in Europe. The remainder of the costs relating to the headcount reductions in Europe are included in stock-based compensation expense.
(3)   Amount represents (a) gross collections from receivable portfolios less (b) debt purchasing revenue, plus (c) proceeds applied to basis from sales of real estate owned (“REO”) assets and other receivable portfolios. A reconciliation of “collections applied to investment in receivable portfolios, net” to “collections applied to principal balance” is available in the Form 10-Q for the period ending September 30, 2023.

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