H&R Block Reports Fiscal 2008 Fourth Quarter and Full Year Results

  • Full Year Earnings from Continuing Operations Increase 21 Percent to $1.39 per Share(1)

  • Fiscal Fourth Quarter Earnings from Continuing Operations Increase 17 Percent to $2.11 per Share

  • Full Year and Fourth Quarter Loss from Discontinued Operations of $2.33 and $0.45 per Share, Respectively, an Improvement from $2.48 and $2.07 per Share in Prior Year

  • Full Year Consolidated Net Loss of $0.94 per Share Compared with Net Loss of $1.33 per Share in Prior Year

  • FY09 Earnings from Continuing Operations Expected to be $1.60 to $1.70 per Share

  • Dividend Increased by $0.03 per Share on an Annualized Basis



KANSAS CITY, Mo.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--June 30, 2008--H&R Block Inc. (NYSE:HRB) today reported that fiscal 2008 earnings from continuing operations grew 21 percent to $454.5 million, or $1.39 per share, compared to $374.3 million, or $1.15 per share for the prior year. Full year revenues rose 10 percent to $4.4 billion, primarily reflecting growth in Tax Services. For its fiscal fourth quarter ended April 30, 2008, earnings from continuing operations were $691.1 million, or $2.11 per share, up 17 percent compared with $591.2 million, or $1.81 per share, in the prior-year period. Fourth quarter revenues increased 11 percent to $2.6 billion.

During fiscal 2008, H&R Block served the tax needs of 23.5 million clients, the highest level in our history. Full year earnings per share from continuing operations exceeded our expectations, and reflect the best tax season for H&R Block since 1999, said Richard C. Breeden, Chairman of the Board of H&R Block.

These results also reflect significantly improved margins at our RSM McGladrey unit, one of the nation's largest providers of tax and other professional services to small and medium sized businesses. We enter FY09 focused on opportunities to improve upon performance in each of our businesses.

For fiscal 2008, net loss from discontinued operations was $763.1 million, or $2.33 per share, compared to a prior-period net loss of $808.0 million, or $2.48 per share. During the fourth quarter, the net loss from discontinued operations was $147.6 million, or $0.45 per share, compared with a loss of $676.8 million, or $2.07 per share in the prior year. The losses reflect provisions for loan repurchase obligations, impairments of residual interests and expenses related to the Company's exit from its subprime mortgage business. The Company previously announced the cessation of Option One's loan origination activities in December 2007, and it sold its mortgage servicing business effective April 30, 2008.

Consolidated net loss for the 12 months ended April 30, 2008 was $308.6 million, or $0.94 per share, compared with a net loss of $433.7 million, or $1.33 per share, for full year fiscal 2007. For the fiscal 2008 fourth quarter, consolidated net earnings were $543.6 million, or $1.66 per share, compared to a consolidated net loss of $85.6 million, or $0.26 per share in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2007.

Tax Services

Full year fiscal 2008 revenue in the Tax Services segment was $3.0 billion, an 11.3 percent increase over the prior year. Pretax income grew 11.4 percent to $785.8 million. H&R Block served a record 23.5 million clients, led by U.S. retail operations, and achieved a 4.3 percent increase in net average retail tax preparation fees per client.

During tax season 2008, H&R Block served approximately 290,000 clients who filed in order to qualify for the Economic Stimulus Package (ESP) payment. These one-time filers increased the reported client growth, but lowered the percentage of price increase from what would otherwise have been reported. Total U.S. retail clients served increased 3.8 percent overall, and 1.9 percent excluding ESP filers. This 1.9 percent growth in the number of core tax clients served compares with 0.9 percent in fiscal 2007. Overall client growth was 3.5 percent, reflecting growth of 1.9 percent in domestic retail, 6.1 percent in international, and 1.6 percent in overall digital clients (including free filers).

International tax operations also performed well in fiscal 2008, driven by strong results in Canada, with a 6.1 percent increase in clients served, 29 percent growth in revenues, and a 60 percent improvement in pretax income. More than one-half of the revenue increase and one-third of the profit increase is attributable to favorable exchange rates.

The Company's digital tax business consists of online filing services through hrblock.com and other online products, as well as the Company's TaxCut(R) software. The Company's digital tax business grew online customers by 14 percent and increased revenues 10 percent year-over-year. The digital business also significantly increased its profitability through revenue increases and cost control. These positives were offset by a decline in software customers, driven by aggressive marketing by a major competitor. Total digital customers - representing filers who paid H&R Block a fee as well as those who did not - grew 1.6 percent for the full year. Paid digital clients declined 4.3 percent.

For the quarter ended April 30, revenue in the Tax Services segment grew 13.4 percent to $2.2 billion and pretax income increased 15.2 percent to $1.1 billion.

Business Services

The Company's RSM McGladrey unit, the nation's fifth largest accounting firm, reported fiscal 2008 revenues of $941.7 million, and a 54 percent increase in pretax income to $88.8 million. McGladrey improved pretax operating margins in 2008 by 52 percent to 9.4 percent, compared with 6.2 percent in the prior year. Overall revenues at McGladrey were up 1 percent over the prior year, although revenue growth was approximately 8 percent prior to a change in the manner of recording revenues relating to the TBS business acquired from American Express. Revenues for McGladrey's tax and consulting practices grew by 8 percent and 13 percent, respectively.

For the fourth quarter, Business Services had pretax income of $72.3 million, an increase of 16 percent over the same period a year ago. Pretax operating margin in the fourth quarter grew to 23 percent, compared with 20 percent in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2007. Fourth quarter revenues of $317.9 million were essentially flat compared with the same quarter last year.

Consumer Financial Services

The Consumer Financial Services segment includes H&R Block Bank and H&R Block Financial Advisors. Segment revenues from continuing operations for fiscal 2008 grew 19 percent to $460 million compared to the prior year, driven by an 85 percent increase in H&R Block Bank revenues. Pretax income fell 49 percent to $10.1 million, reflecting increased loan loss reserves at H&R Block Bank as well as reduced profitability at HRBFA in the latter half of the fiscal year due largely to lower interest rates.

For the quarter ended April 30, segment revenues were $127.2 million, up 5.8 percent from $120.2 million in the prior year period. Pretax income fell to $15 thousand compared with $14.2 million in the prior year period due to the factors described above.

H&R Block Bank's revenue for FY08 grew 85 percent to $142.7 million, reflecting strong growth in the Bank's business with the Company's tax customer base. Pretax income was $11.5 million, down 50 percent, after an increase of $38.4 million in loan loss reserves relating to the Bank's portfolio of mortgage loans held for investment. Mortgage loans held for investment were $966.3 million at April 30, 2008, compared with $1.4 billion at the prior year end, a decline of $391.9 million, or 29 percent. The Bank anticipates continuing strong runoff of the total dollar amount of this portfolio through prepayments and other payments. Total assets of the Bank at year end fell to $1.1 billion, down 28 percent from $1.5 billion.

H&R Block Bank's fourth quarter revenues grew 46 percent year-over-year to $53.1 million, primarily due to higher Emerald Card volume and the introduction of the new Emerald Advance line of credit. The Bank reported a pretax loss of $1.3 million for the fourth quarter due to a $29.4 million increase in loss loan provisions, largely relating to its portfolio of mortgage loans held for investment.

During the tax season, the Bank increased the number of Emerald Cards issued by 30 percent to more than 2.6 million. The new Emerald Advance line of credit introduced in fiscal 2008 is a non-RAL credit product targeted exclusively at meeting the financial needs of tax customers without the disadvantages and costs traditionally associated with RAL products in the marketplace. The Bank approved just under one million Emerald Advance lines of credit in fiscal 2008, and approximately 91 percent of these customers returned to H&R Block for paid tax preparation. The Bank is anticipating a continued shift to use of Emerald Advance lines of credit in the future, with increases in both the number of customers and the aggregate available credit per customer as a gradual transition to a post-RAL world continues.

Overall, HRBFA increased revenues by 2 percent in fiscal 2008 to $317.2 million, while the pretax loss improved to $1.4 million from $3.3 million for the prior year. HRBFA results reflect a 6 percent increase in average productivity per advisor year-over-year and positive trends in recruiting and retention. However, these improvements were offset by the impact of declining market interest rates and lower underwriting fees in the second half of the fiscal year.

Fiscal 2008 fourth quarter revenues at HRBFA declined 11.6 percent to $74.1 million, compared to the prior year period. Pretax income for the fourth quarter was $1.3 million compared to $1.2 million a year ago.

Discontinued Operations

During the fourth quarter, the Company incurred a pretax loss of $191 million on discontinued operations, including the effect of increasing loss-severity on repurchased loans. However the expected loss on each dollar of repurchased loans has grown from 26 percent in the fourth quarter of FY07 to 62 percent in the fourth quarter of FY08, reflecting market deterioration. During the fourth quarter, the Company added approximately $203 million to its reserves in anticipation of future representation and warranty repurchases, bringing the total level of such reserves to more than $240 million. The Company believes this amount is adequate in current circumstances, based on the best information available to it regarding existing and currently anticipated claims, although there can be no assurance that further reserves will not be required.

Outlook

The Company expects fiscal 2009 earnings from continuing operations to be in the range of $1.60 to $1.70 per share. During fiscal 2009, the Company anticipates increasing marketing expenditures and making other investments to continue driving market share growth in core retail tax services, and to enhance market share in online and other digital tax solutions. The Company also has embarked on a program to refresh and upgrade the technology available in retail tax offices.

At the same time, the Company anticipates further steps to enhance margins in its field operations that it believes will yield considerable cost savings or margin improvements over the next three years. This program will include savings in occupancy expense through conversion of some locations from Company-operated full service locations to franchisee-operated Express Tax locations, improved controls on discounting, enhanced managerial efficiency and other steps to enhance margins without impairing customer growth patterns. The Company also anticipates continuing margin growth at its McGladrey unit, with pretax margins increasing to more than 12 percent in FY09. Margin expansion opportunities also exist with both H&R Block Bank and HRBFA.

We are prudently managing all our businesses for better performance and improved margins, said Alan Bennett, Interim Chief Executive Officer. While we are not providing earnings guidance beyond fiscal 2009, we are confident that for the three-year horizon through fiscal 2011, we can realize significant gains in earnings per share through unit growth, greater efficiency in our tax and other operations, and capital deployment, rather than relying solely on annual price increases for growth, added Bennett.

Dividends

H&R Block's Board of Directors has voted to increase the annual cash dividend by three cents per share to 60 cents per share, resulting in a quarterly dividend of 15 cents per share beginning with the dividend payable Oct. 1, 2008. This will represent the 11th consecutive year of dividend increases by the Company. The increase of three cents per share in dividends will result in an additional cash payout to shareowners of approximately $10 million per year.

Share Repurchases



The Company's Board of Directors has reviewed the Company's record and outlook for financial results and financial condition. The Company had net debt as of April 30, 2008, of $441.2 million, a reduction of $750.5 million or 63 percent since April 30, 2007. However, losses suffered by the Company during the last two years from its discontinued subprime mortgage operations also reduced stockholders' equity below historic levels. After considering all relevant factors, the board voted to authorize $2 billion of share repurchases during the four-year period FY09 - FY12, although the Company expects to be particularly disciplined in FY09 as it rebuilds its balance sheet. Initial purchases are not anticipated prior to the fourth quarter of fiscal 2009.

The new authorization replaces and increases the prior remaining repurchase authorizations of 22 million shares. This is an authorization only, and there can be no assurance as to the actual volume of share repurchases in any given year, if any, which will depend on results of operations, financial condition and market conditions at any given time.

Conference Call

At 8 a.m. EDT on Tuesday, July 1, 2008, the company will host a conference call for analysts, institutional investors and shareholders. Richard C. Breeden, chairman of the board, Alan Bennett, interim chief executive officer, Tim Gokey, president of retail tax services, and Becky Shulman, chief financial officer, will discuss the results and future expectations and will be joined by other members of senior management to respond to questions.

To access the call, please dial the number below approximately five to 10 minutes prior to the scheduled starting time:

  • U.S./Canada (866) 356-4441 - Participant Passcode: 75261140

  • International (617) 597-5396 - Participant Passcode: 75261140


The call also will be webcast in a listen-only format for the media and public. The link to the webcast and a supporting slide presentation can be accessed directly at http://investor-relations.hrblock.com.

A replay of the call will be available beginning at 10 a.m. EDT July 1, 2008, and continuing until July 11, 2008, by dialing (888) 286-8010 (U.S./Canada) or (617) 801-6888 (international). The replay passcode is 67248224. The webcast will be available for replay on the company's Investor Relations Web site at http://investor-relations.hrblock.com.

Forward Looking Statements

This announcement may contain forward-looking statements, which are any statements that are not historical facts. These forward-looking statements are based upon the current expectations of the company and there can be no assurance that such expectations will prove to be correct. Because forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties and speak only as of the date on which they are made, the company's actual results could differ materially from these statements. These risks and uncertainties relate to, among other things, uncertainties in the subprime mortgage industry and its impact on potential litigation and other contingent liabilities arising from Option One Mortgage Corporation's historical and ongoing operations; uncertainties in the residential mortgage market and its impact on loan loss provisions; uncertainties pertaining to the commercial debt market; competitive factors; regulatory capital requirements; the company's effective income tax rate; litigation; uncertainties associated with engaging a new auditor; and changes in market, economic, political or regulatory conditions. Information concerning these risks and uncertainties is contained in Item 1A of the company's 2008 annual report on Form 10-K and in other filings by the company with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

About H&R Block

H&R Block Inc. (NYSE:HRB) is the world's preeminent tax services provider, having served more than 400 million clients since 1955 and generating annual revenues of $4.4 billion in fiscal year 2008. H&R Block provides income tax return preparation and related services and products via a nationwide network of approximately 13,000 company-owned and franchised offices and through TaxCut(R) online and software solutions. The company also provides business services through RSM McGladrey and certain consumer financial services. For more information visit our Online Press Center at www.hrblock.com.


(1)all per share amounts are based on fully diluted shares.

H&R BLOCK
KEY OPERATING RESULTS
Unaudited, amounts in thousands, except per share data

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Three Months Ended April 30,
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Revenues Income (loss)
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2008 2007 2008 2007
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Tax Services $2,166,163 $1,910,370 $1,111,398 $ 965,145
Business Services 317,931 316,027 72,308 62,397
Consumer Financial
Services 127,215 120,202 15 14,239
Corporate and
Eliminations 3,924 4,643 (35,303) (35,515)
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$2,615,233 $2,351,242 1,148,418 1,006,266
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Income taxes 457,298 415,037
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Net income from
continuing operations 691,120 591,229
Net loss from
discontinued operations (147,558) (676,793)
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Net income (loss) $ 543,562 $ (85,564)
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Basic earnings (loss)
per share:
Net income from
continuing operations $ 2.12 $ 1.83
Net loss from
discontinued
operations (0.45) (2.09)
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Net income (loss) $ 1.67 $ (0.26)
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Basic shares outstanding 325,610 322,991

Diluted earnings (loss)
per share:
Net income from
continuing operations $ 2.11 $ 1.81
Net loss from
discontinued
operations (0.45) (2.07)
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Net income (loss) $ 1.66 $ (0.26)
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Diluted shares
outstanding 328,028 326,195


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Year Ended April 30,
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Revenues Income (loss)
--------------------- -----------------------
2008 2007 2008 2007
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Tax Services $2,988,617 $2,685,858 $ 785,839 $ 705,171
Business Services 941,686 932,361 88,797 57,661
Consumer Financial
Services 459,953 388,090 10,128 19,811
Corporate and
Eliminations 13,621 14,965 (139,543) (146,845)
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$4,403,877 $4,021,274 745,221 635,798
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Income taxes 290,745 261,461
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Net income from
continuing operations 454,476 374,337
Net loss from
discontinued operations (763,123) (807,990)
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Net loss $ (308,647) $ (433,653)
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Basic earnings (loss)
per share:
Net income from
continuing operations $ 1.40 $ 1.16
Net loss from
discontinued
operations (2.35) (2.50)
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Net loss $ (0.95) $ (1.34)
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Basic shares outstanding 324,810 322,688

Diluted earnings (loss)
per share:
Net income from
continuing operations $ 1.39 $ 1.15
Net loss from
discontinued
operations (2.33) (2.48)
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Net loss $ (0.94) $ (1.33)
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Diluted shares
outstanding 327,468 326,154

H&R BLOCK
NOTES TO CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
Unaudited

Basic earnings per share is based on the weighted average number of
shares outstanding. The dilutive effect of potential common shares is
included in diluted earnings per share.

Effective November 2006, our Board of Directors approved a plan to
exit the mortgage business operated through our subsidiary, OOMC, and
we began reporting that business as discontinued operations. During
fiscal year 2007, we also committed to a plan to sell and/or
completed the wind-down of three smaller lines of business previously
reported in our Business Services segment, as well as our tax
operations in the United Kingdom previously reported in Tax Services.
These businesses are presented as discontinued operations in the
consolidated financial statements for all periods presented.

During the third fiscal quarter ended January 31, 2008, OOMC ceased
all loan origination activities, and initiated a plan to sell its
remaining servicing operations. On April 30, 2008, OOMC sold its loan
servicing assets to an affiliate of WL Ross & Co. LLC (WL Ross)
pursuant to a previously announced agreement dated March 17, 2008.
After repayment of debt outstanding under OOMC's servicing advance
facility totaling $986.2 million, OOMC realized net cash proceeds of
$212.5 million from WL Ross and $19.9 million previously held in
escrow pursuant to the servicing advance facility, for a total of
$232.4 million at closing. OOMC also retained a receivable relating
to certain servicing assets of $117.4 million. At January 31, 2008 we
had an impairment relating to the estimated loss upon disposition of
OOMC equal to $304.9 million, including $193.4 million recorded in
fiscal year 2007. OOMC incurred an actual loss upon sale of the
servicing assets of $233.3 million. Impairments were reversed in the
fourth quarter, resulting in net impairments for fiscal year 2008
totaling $39.9 million. As OOMC is a wholly-owned subsidiary,
earnings and losses recognized at OOMC are reflected in our
consolidated financial statements. The sale is subject to certain
post-closing adjustments.

H&R BLOCK
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
Amounts in thousands, except share data

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April 30, April 30,
2008 2007
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ASSETS
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents $ 726,845 $ 921,838
Cash and cash equivalents - restricted 219,031 332,646
Receivables from customers, brokers,
dealers and clearing organizations, net 438,899 410,522
Receivables, net 552,871 556,255
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 443,934 208,564
Current assets of discontinued operations,
held for sale - 1,024,467
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Total current assets 2,381,580 3,454,292

Mortgage loans held for investment 966,301 1,358,222
Property and equipment, net 380,738 379,066
Intangible assets, net 147,368 181,413
Goodwill, net 1,005,268 993,919
Other assets 742,170 454,646
Noncurrent assets of discontinued
operations, held for sale - 722,492
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Total assets $ 5,623,425 $ 7,544,050
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LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY
Current liabilities:
Commercial paper and other short-term
borrowings $ 25,000 $ 1,567,082
Customer banking deposits 785,624 1,129,263
Accounts payable to customers, brokers and
dealers 559,658 633,189
Accounts payable, accrued expenses and
other 782,280 519,372
Accrued salaries, wages and payroll taxes 393,148 307,854
Accrued income taxes 439,380 439,472
Current portion of long-term debt 111,286 9,304
Current liabilities of discontinued
operations, held for sale - 615,373
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Total current liabilities 3,096,376 5,220,909

Long-term debt 1,031,784 537,134
Other noncurrent liabilities 507,447 371,508
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Total liabilities 4,635,607 6,129,551
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Stockholders' equity:
Common stock, no par, stated value $.01
per share 4,359 4,359
Additional paid-in capital 695,959 676,766
Accumulated other comprehensive income
(loss) 2,486 (1,320)
Retained earnings 2,384,449 2,886,440
Less cost of 109,879,996 and 112,671,610
shares of common stock in treasury (2,099,435) (2,151,746)
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Total stockholders' equity 987,818 1,414,499
------------ ------------
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $ 5,623,425 $ 7,544,050
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H&R BLOCK
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED INCOME STATEMENTS
Unaudited, amounts in thousands, except per share data

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Three Months Ended Year Ended April 30,
April 30,
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2008 2007 2008 2007
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Revenues:
Service revenues $2,191,745 $1,956,680 $3,663,636 $3,356,418
Other revenues:
Product and other
revenues 364,726 351,187 541,387 529,835
Interest income 58,762 43,375 198,854 135,021
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2,615,233 2,351,242 4,403,877 4,021,274
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Operating expenses:
Cost of services 1,073,440 1,000,681 2,489,726 2,340,395
Cost of other
revenues 113,198 69,158 312,826 182,262
Selling, general and
administrative 286,167 272,744 881,886 838,755
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1,472,805 1,342,583 3,684,438 3,361,412
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Operating income 1,142,428 1,008,659 719,439 659,862
Interest expense -
acquisition debt (148) (10,628) (2,019) (46,920)
Other income, net 6,138 8,235 27,801 22,856
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Income from continuing
operations before
taxes 1,148,418 1,006,266 745,221 635,798
Income taxes 457,298 415,037 290,745 261,461
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Net income from
continuing operations 691,120 591,229 454,476 374,337
Net loss from
discontinued
operations (147,558) (676,793) (763,123) (807,990)
----------- ----------- ----------- -----------

Net income (loss) $ 543,562 $ (85,564) $ (308,647) $ (433,653)
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Basic earnings (loss)
per share:
Net income from
continuing
operations $ 2.12 $ 1.83 $ 1.40 $ 1.16
Net loss from
discontinued
operations (0.45) (2.09) (2.35) (2.50)
----------- ----------- ----------- -----------
Net income (loss) $ 1.67 $ (0.26) $ (0.95) $ (1.34)
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Basic shares
outstanding 325,610 322,991 324,810 322,688

Diluted earnings
(loss) per share:
Net income from
continuing
operations $ 2.11 $ 1.81 $ 1.39 $ 1.15
Net loss from
discontinued
operations (0.45) (2.07) (2.33) (2.48)
----------- ----------- ----------- -----------
Net income (loss) $ 1.66 $ (0.26) $ (0.94) $ (1.33)
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Diluted shares
outstanding 328,028 326,195 327,468 326,154

H&R BLOCK
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
Unaudited, amounts in thousands

-------------------------
Year Ended April 30,
-------------------------
2008 2007
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Cash flows from operating activities:
Net loss $ (308,647) $ (433,653)
Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net
cash provided by (used) in operating
activities:
Depreciation and amortization 146,011 150,215
Provision for bad debt 175,264 66,697
Stock-based compensation 44,118 41,338
Operating cash flows provided by
discontinued operations:
Loss on sale of discontinued operations 45,510 -
Other 95,518 72,696
Other net changes in working capital, net
of acquisitions 18,013 (482,017)
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Net cash provided by (used in) operating
activities 215,787 (584,724)
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Cash flows from investing activities:
Mortgage loans originated or purchased for
investment, net 207,606 (954,281)
Purchases of property and equipment (105,910) (161,091)
Payments made for business acquisitions,
net of cash acquired (24,872) (57,554)
Investing cash flows provided by (used in)
discontinued operations:
Proceeds from sale of operating units, net
of cash 1,114,535 -
Other (67,339) 15,362
Other, net 23,269 (812)
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Net cash provided by (used in) investing
activities 1,147,289 (1,158,376)
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Cash flows from financing activities:
Repayments of commercial paper (5,125,279) (8,264,561)
Proceeds from issuance of commercial paper 4,133,197 9,256,643
Repayments of other short-term borrowings (9,055,426) (6,010,432)
Proceeds from other short-term borrowings 8,505,426 6,689,432
Repayments of long-term debt - (500,000)
Proceeds from issuance of long-term debt 599,376 -
Customer banking deposits (345,391) 1,129,263
Dividends paid (183,628) (171,966)
Acquisition of treasury shares (7,280) (188,802)
Proceeds from exercise of stock options 23,322 25,703
Financing cash flows provided by (used in)
discontinued operations (53,888) 52,421
Other, net (48,498) (26,590)
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Net cash provided by (used in) financing
activities (1,558,069) 1,991,111
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Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash
equivalents (194,993) 248,011
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of
the year 921,838 673,827
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Cash and cash equivalents at end of the year $ 726,845 $ 921,838
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Supplementary cash flow data:
Income taxes paid, net of refunds received $ (238,803) $ 405,445
Interest paid on borrowings 173,181 151,436
Interest paid on deposits 44,501 27,475

H&R BLOCK
SELECTED OPERATING DATA
Unaudited
(in thousands, except average fee)
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U.S. Tax Operations For the year ended April 30,
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2008 2007 (2) Change
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Net tax preparation fees: (1)
Company-owned operations $ 1,935,703 $ 1,780,007 8.7%
Franchise operations 880,561 823,370 6.9%
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$ 2,816,264 $ 2,603,377 8.2%
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Total clients served:
United States:
Company-owned operations 10,709 10,350 3.5%
Franchise operations 5,706 5,467 4.4%
Early-season loan only 83 77 7.8%
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Total retail offices 16,498 15,894 3.8%
Digital tax solutions 4,231 4,421 -4.3%
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20,729 20,315 2.0%
International (3) 2,725 2,569 6.1%
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23,454 22,884 2.5%
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Net average fee - retail: (4)
Company-owned operations $ 181.37 $ 172.45 5.2%
Franchise operations 154.91 151.06 2.5%
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$ 172.18 $ 165.06 4.3%
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Consumer
Financial Year
Services Ended Three months ended
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4/30/2008 4/30/2008 4/30/2007 % change 1/31/2008 % change
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Broker-dealer:
Traditional
brokerage
accounts (5) 373,905 373,905 386,902 -3.4%
Average assets
per
traditional
brokerage
account $ 85,746 $ 85,746 $ 85,518 0.3%
Ending balance
of assets
under
administration
(billions) $ 32.1 $ 32.1 $ 33.1 -3.0%
Average
customer
margin
balances
(millions) $ 378 $ 391 $ 373 4.8%
Average
payables to
customers
(millions) $ 531 $ 514 $ 573 -10.3%
Advisors 984 984 918 7.2%

Banking:
Efficiency
ratio (6) 53% 52% 37% 41.6%
Annualized net
interest
margin (7) 5.54% 9.40% 2.62% 259.0%
Annualized
pretax return
on average
assets (8) 0.80% -0.31% 3.42% -109.0%
Total ending
assets
(millions) $ 1,078 $ 1,078 $ 1,501 -28.2%


Broker-dealer:
Traditional
brokerage
accounts (5) 378,399 -1.2%
Average assets
per
traditional
brokerage
account $ 84,133 1.9%
Ending balance
of assets
under
administration
(billions) $ 31.8 0.9%
Average
customer
margin
balances
(millions) $ 398 -1.8%
Average
payables to
customers
(millions) $ 522 -1.5%
Advisors 971 1.3%

Banking:
Efficiency
ratio (6) 63% -11.0%
Annualized net
interest
margin (7) 7.28% 2.1%
Annualized
pretax return
on average
assets (8) 3.47% -3.8%
Total ending
assets
(millions) $ 2,395 -55.0%


(1)Gross tax preparation fees less coupons and discounts.
(2)Prior year numbers have not been reclassified between company-owned
and franchise offices for offices which commenced company-owned
operations during fiscal year 2008, although certain services have
been reclassified from digital to company-owned and franchise
operations.
(3)In fiscal years 2008 and 2007 the Canadian tax season ended on
April 30.
(4)Calculated as net tax preparation fees divided by retail tax
preparation and related clients served.
(5)Includes only accounts with a positive period-end balance.
(6)Non-interest expenses divided by total revenue less interest
expense. See reconciliation of non-GAAP financial measures.
(7)Annualized net interest revenue divided by average bank earning
assets. See reconciliation of non-GAAP financial measures.
(8)Annualized pretax banking income divided by average bank assets.
See reconciliation of non-GAAP financial measures.

H&R BLOCK
RECONCILIATION OF NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES
Unaudited, dollars in thousands

----------- ----------------------------------------
Year Ended Three Months Ended
----------- ----------------------------------------
April 30, April 30, April 30,
2008 2008 2007 ##############
----------- ----------- ----------- ----------------
Efficiency Ratio:
Total Consumer
Financial
Services
expenses $ 449,825 $ 127,200 $ 105,963 $ 104,124
Less: Interest
and non-
banking
expenses (387,229) (95,007) (97,496) (81,516)
----------- ----------- ----------- ----------------
Non-interest
banking
expenses $ 62,596 $ 32,193 $ 8,467 $ 22,608
=========== =========== =========== ================

Total Consumer
Financial
Services
revenues $ 459,953 $ 127,215 $ 120,202 $ 117,112
Less: Non-
banking
revenues and
interest
expense (341,658) (65,362) (97,162) (81,355)
----------- ----------- ----------- ----------------
Banking
revenue net
of interest
expense $ 118,295 $ 61,853 $ 23,040 $ 35,757
=========== =========== =========== ================

53% 52% 37% 63%
=========== =========== =========== ================

Annualized Net
Interest Margin:
Net interest
revenue -
banking (1) $ 78,498 $ 37,817 $ 9,654 $ 25,531

Net interest
revenue -
banking
(annualized) $ 78,498 $ 151,268 $ 38,616 $ 101,870
=========== =========== =========== ================

Divided by
average bank
earning
assets $1,417,366 $1,609,700 $1,475,196 $ 1,398,583
=========== =========== =========== ================

5.54% 9.40% 2.62% 7.28%
=========== =========== =========== ================

Annualized Return
on Average
Assets:
Total Consumer
Financial
Services
pretax income $ 10,128 $ 15 $ 14,239 $ 12,988
Less: Non-
banking
pretax income
(loss) (1,356) 1,282 1,195 670
----------- ----------- ----------- ----------------
Pretax banking
income $ 11,484 $ (1,267) $ 13,044 $ 12,318
=========== =========== =========== ================

Pretax banking
income -
annualized $ 11,484 $ (5,068) $ 52,176 $ 49,272
=========== =========== =========== ================

Divided by
average bank
assets $1,442,868 $1,644,325 $1,525,662 $ 1,420,599
=========== =========== =========== ================

0.80% -0.31% 3.42% 3.47%
=========== =========== =========== ================


(1)Excludes revenue sharing with Tax Services on Emerald Advance
activities.



SOURCE: H&R Block Inc.

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