SquareTwo Financial Reports Second Quarter 2014 Financial Results

Company reports solid financial results for second quarter

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Denver, CO (PRWEB) August 14, 2014

SquareTwo Financial Corporation, a leader in the $100 billion asset recovery and management industry, today reported consolidated financial results for the quarter ended June 30, 2014.

“For the second quarter, SquareTwo Financial produced solid financial results,” said president and CEO, Paul A. Larkins. “We continue to enhance our operations and compliance capabilities to further strengthen standardization across the organization, and improve our ability to deliver the Fair Square Promise.”

For the quarter ended June 30, 2014:

  •     Cash proceeds on purchased debt were $111.9 million, a 23.9% decrease from the $147.0 million in the second quarter of 2013.
  •     Investment in purchased debt was $42.1 million, to purchase $340.8 million in face value of debt, compared to $95.0 million to purchase $1,050.4 million in face value of debt in the second quarter of 2013. The total investment in purchased debt was a $52.9 million decrease from the second quarter of 2013.
  •     Revenue recognized on purchased debt, net was $66.8 million, a decrease of $23.7 million from the $90.5 million recognized in the second quarter of 2013.
  •     Costs to collect on purchased debt including gross court costs were $48.7 million or 44.2% of collections for the quarter. This was an increase of 149 basis points from the second quarter of 2013. Costs to collect excluding court costs were $38.4 million or 34.9% of collections, which represented an increase of 71 basis points from the second quarter of 2013.
  •     EBITDA was $7.3 million, compared to $19.9 million in the second quarter of 2013.
  •     Net loss was $7.5 million, compared to net income of $4.4 million in the second 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 $53.8 million, a 31.8% decrease from the $79.0 million in the second quarter of 2013.

The following table summarizes our results of operations for the quarter ended June 30, 2014:

Quarter Ended June 30, 2014    
Total revenues    : $66,847    
Total operating expenses: 61,131    
Operating income: 5,716    
Total other expenses: 11,162    
Loss before income taxes: (5,446)
Income tax expense: (2,071)
Net loss: $(7,517)

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

Quarter Ended June 30, 2014
Adjusted EBITDA ($ in thousands)            
Voluntary, non-legal collections: $50,658    
Legal collections: 54,388    
Other collections(1): 4,965    
Sales, recourse & bankruptcy proceeds: 1,893    
Contribution of other business activities(2): 1,615    
Total inflows: 113,519    

Purchased debt expense: 34,495    
Court costs, net: 9,958    
Other direct operating expense: 3,904    
Salaries, general and administrative expenses: 11,068    
Other(3): 482    
Total outflows: 59,907    
Adjustments(4): 198    
Adjusted EBITDA: $53,810    

(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 June 30, 2014
Reconciliation of Net Loss to Adjusted EBITDA ($ in thousands)        
Net loss: $(7,517)
Interest expense: 11,075    
Interest income: (38)
Income tax expense: 2,071    
Depreciation and amortization: 1,706    
EBITDA: 7,297    
Adjustments related to purchased debt accounting            
Proceeds applied to purchased debt principal(1): 46,633    
Purchased debt valuation allowance reversals(2): (318)
Certain other or non-cash expenses            
Stock option expense(3): 25    
Other(4): 173    
Adjusted EBITDA: $53,810    

(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:

Six Months Ended June 30, 2014
Reconciliation of Cash Flow from Operations to Adjusted EBITDA ($ in thousands)            
Net cash (used in) provided by operating activities: $(10,003)
Proceeds applied to purchased debt principal(1): 88,900    
Interest expense to be paid in cash(2): 20,618    
Interest income: (57)
Amortization of prepaid and other non-cash expenses: (2,084)
Changes in operating assets and liabilities and deferred taxes:            
Restricted cash(3): 822    
Other operating assets and liabilities and deferred taxes(4): 5,942    
Income tax expense: 3,108    
Other(5): 756    
Adjusted EBITDA: $108,002    

(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 June 30, 2014, the Company recorded $0.3 million in net reversals of non-cash valuation allowances on its purchased debt assets. Comparatively, the Company recorded $2.4 million in reversals of non-cash valuation allowances on its purchased debt assets in the quarter ended June 30, 2013.

Subsequent Event:

  •     On August 1, 2014 the company announced two internal appointments to the Senior Leadership Team of SquareTwo Financial. John Lowe, CFA, CPA was promoted to Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, advancing from his most recent role as Treasurer and Vice President of Finance. Also, Alan Singer was promoted to Senior Vice President, General Counsel of SquareTwo Financial. Together, John and Alan have served SquareTwo for nearly 20 years and now will continue to leverage their expertise and experience to enhance critical functions for the company.

Conference Call
The Company will hold a conference call today at 8:30 AM Mountain time / 10:30 AM Eastern time to discuss our second quarter 2014 results. Please download our Q2 2014 Financial Results Presentation which is located under the “About Us” header within the “Investor Relations” section of our website, http://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 78058392 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 June 30, 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 June 30, 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 http://www.squaretwofinancial.com for more information.


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