MISSISSAUGA, ONTARIO - (Marketwire - Nov. 12, 2012) - easyhome Ltd. (TSX:EH) (the "Company" or "easyhome"), Canada's largest merchandise leasing company and a growing provider of financial services, today announced its results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2012.
easyhome delivered strong revenue growth during the third quarter of 2012. Revenue for the quarter increased 5.8% to $49.3 million, driven primarily by the expansion of the easyfinancial Services business and the related growth of its consumer loans receivable portfolio. Net income for the quarter was $2.6 million, up from $1.9 million reported in the third quarter of 2011. Reported earnings per share for the quarter was 22 cents compared to 16 cents for the third quarter of 2011.
During the third quarter of 2012 and as previously announced, the Company entered into a new $20 million credit facility to support the growth of easyfinancial Services. In conjunction with this financing, the Company amended the terms and extended the maturity date of its revolving operating facility with a syndicate of banks. These actions, when taken together, will provide the Company with the capital necessary to achieve its growth objectives as it continues to build upon positive momentum in its easyfinancial Services business.
"We are pleased with our financial performance and with the completion of several strategic initiatives during the quarter," said David Ingram, easyhome's President and Chief Executive Officer. "The restructuring of our easyhome leasing operations that occurred in the second quarter of this year delivered the expected results. Our easyfinancial Services business continued to produce higher earnings and margin expansion. This was achieved while migrating to our new loan management system without negatively impacting customers. Finally, we secured additional financing which will allow us to grow unencumbered throughout 2013."
For the third quarter ended September 30, 2012, easyhome generated revenues of $49.3 million, an increase from $46.6 million in the third quarter of 2011. At the store level, including easyfinancial, same store revenue growth for the quarter was a strong 9.8%, up from 5.1% in the third quarter of 2011.
On a segmented basis, easyfinancial Services revenues increased 52% to $9.8 million from $6.4 million for the same period last year. The improvement is a result of the increase in the consumer loans receivable portfolio from $42.7 million to $59.6 million. The Company's leasing operations recorded revenues of $39.1 million, down from $39.8 for the same period last year and franchising operations recorded revenues of $0.3 million, relatively unchanged from the same period last year.
Operating income, which is income before interest expense and income taxes, increased 27% to $4.3 million from $3.3 million in the third quarter of 2011. As a percentage of revenue, operating income was 8.7% compared to 7.2% in the third quarter of 2011.
Net income increased to $2.6 million or 22 cents per share for the third quarter of 2012, compared with net income of $1.9 million or 16 cents per share for the third quarter of 2011.
For the nine months of the year, easyhome recorded revenues of $148.0 million, up 6.4% compared with $139.0 million in the first nine months of 2011. Operating income for the period was $10.5 million compared with $10.0 million in the first nine months of 2011. Adjusted operating earnings for the nine months of 2012, excluding the restructuring and other charges, was $12.4 million, an increase of 11.6% over the first nine months of 2011. Diluted earnings per share increased from 59 cents to 61 cents. Adjusted net income, adjusted for unusual items, was $7.6 million compared with $7.0 million for the same period last year. On a per share basis and excluding unusual items, diluted earnings per share was 63 cents compared with 59 cents a year ago.
Cash flow provided by operating activities for the nine months ended September 30, 2012 was $42.5 million. Included in these cash flows was a net investment in the easyfinancial Services consumer loans receivable portfolio of $17.9 million. If this net investment in the loan portfolio was treated as cash flow from investing activities, cash flow from operating activities would be $60.4 million. This cash flow from operating activities enabled the Company to invest in the portfolios to drive future revenue growth of all business units and maintain its total dividend payments for the quarter.
"We believe that our business is well positioned for continued success," commented David Ingram. "easyhome leasing took the difficult but necessary steps in the second quarter of this year to restructure its operations and return the focus of field staff from administrative processes to leasing, collecting and customer relationships. Over the past 24 months, easyfinancial has tripled the size of its consumer loans receivable portfolio and has a Canadian leadership position as an alternative provider of term financing to consumers. We have completed the build out of our corporate infrastructure to support the growth plans of all of our business units. Finally, we have secured the financing that is necessary for the Company to achieve its growth objectives."
Based on these assumptions, we are targeting total revenue growth of 8-12%. The achievement of these targets by the Company, however, is predicated on a number of factors, including the pace of expansion of easyfinancial.
Donald K. Johnson, Chairman of the Board, commented, "The Company has seen significant change over the past two years, especially as easyfinancial has grown into a significant and sustainable business. The Board is pleased with the progress and the results for the first nine months of 2012 and looks forward to continued growth in the future."
The Board of Directors has approved a quarterly dividend payment of $0.085 per share payable on January 9, 2013 to the holders of common shares of record as at the close of business on December 1, 2012.
As of November 12th, easyhome Ltd. operated 206 easyhome leasing stores (including 8 consolidated franchise locations), 101 easyfinancial locations and had 46 franchise locations.
easyhome Ltd. is Canada's largest merchandise leasing Company and the third largest in North America, offering top quality, brand-name household furnishings, appliances and home electronic products to consumers under weekly or monthly leasing agreements through both corporate and franchise stores. In addition, the Company offers a variety of financial services, including loans and prepaid cards, through its easyfinancial Services business. easyhome Ltd. is listed on the TSX under the symbol 'EH'. For more information, visit www.easyhome.ca.
The above analysis refers to certain financial measures, including same store revenue growth, gross consumer loans receivable, adjusted earnings, adjusted operating earnings and adjusted EBITDA, which are not determined in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards ("IFRS"). These measures do not have standardized meanings and may not be comparable to similar measures presented by other companies. These measures are defined in our Management's Discussion and Analysis for the period which is available on SEDAR or on the Company's website at www.easyhome.ca or can be determined by reference to our financial statements. We discuss these measures because we believe that they facilitate the understanding of the results of our operations and financial position.
This news release includes forward-looking statements about easyhome Ltd., including its business operations, strategy and expected financial performance and condition. Forward-looking statements include statements that are predictive in nature, depend upon or refer to future events or conditions, or include words such as 'expects', 'anticipates', 'intends', 'plans', 'believes' or negative versions thereof and similar expressions. In addition, any statement that may be made concerning future financial performance (including revenue, earnings or growth rates), ongoing business strategies or prospects about future events is also a forward-looking statement. Forward- looking statements are based on certain factors and assumptions, including expected growth, results of operations and business prospects and are inherently subject to, among other things, risks, uncertainties and assumptions about our operations, economic factors and the industry generally. They are not guarantees of future performance, and actual events and results could differ materially from those expressed or implied by forward-looking statements made by us, due to, but not limited to important factors such as our ability to enter into new lease and/or financing agreements, collect on existing lease and/or financing agreements, open new locations on favourable terms, secure new franchised locations, purchase products which appeal to our customers at a competitive rate, cope with changes in legislation, react to uncertainties related to regulatory actions, raise capital under favourable terms, manage the impact of litigation (including shareholder litigation), control costs at all levels of the organization and maintain and enhance our system of internal controls. We caution that the foregoing list is not exhaustive. The reader is cautioned to consider these and other factors carefully and not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements, which may not be appropriate for other purposes. We are under no obligation (and expressly disclaim any such obligation) to update or alter the forward-looking statements whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, unless otherwise required by law.
INTERIM CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF FINANCIAL POSITION
(expressed in thousands of Canadian dollars)
|As at||As at|
|September 30,||December 31,|
|Income taxes recoverable||-||600|
|Consumer loans receivable (note 4)||35,548||32,619|
|Total current assets||41,474||41,447|
|Consumer loans receivable (note 4)||20,560||12,319|
|Property and equipment (note 5)||13,268||12,612|
|Deferred tax assets (note 10)||5,578||2,933|
|LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY|
|Bank revolving credit facility (note 6)||32,212||33,123|
|Accounts payable and accrued liabilities||19,484||19,504|
|Income taxes payable||6,483||-|
|Dividends payable (note 7)||1,012||1,007|
|Deferred lease inducement||541||598|
|Provisions (note 9)||325||24|
|Total current liabilities||63,967||58,818|
|Accounts payable and accrued liabilities||552||727|
|Deferred lease inducements||1,682||1,959|
|Provisions (note 9)||246||77|
|Contingencies (note 13)|
|Share capital (note 7)||60,667||60,207|
|Accumulated other comprehensive loss||(441||)||(52||)|
|Total shareholders' equity||101,719||97,542|
|TOTAL LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY||168,166||159,123|
See accompanying notes to the interim condensed consolidated financial statements
INTERIM CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME
(expressed in thousands of Canadian dollars except earnings per share)
|Three months ended||Nine months ended|
|September 30,||September 30,||September 30,||September 30,|
|EXPENSES BEFORE DEPRECIATION AND AMORTIZATION|
|Salaries and benefits (note 8)||16,378||15,304||48,403||45,129|
|Advertising and promotion||1,702||1,748||5,858||5,214|
|Distribution and travel||1,821||1,993||5,535||5,932|
|Restructuring and other items (note 9)||-||-||436||-|
|DEPRECIATION AND AMORTIZATION|
|Depreciation of lease assets||11,847||11,563||36,045||35,375|
|Depreciation of property and equipment||1,007||914||2,978||2,538|
|Amortization of intangible assets||119||120||348||397|
|Impairment (net) (note 5)||(7||)||(202||)||275||(173||)|
|Total operating expenses||44,997||43,218||136,060||127,966|
|Income before income taxes||3,811||2,925||10,491||10,011|
|Income tax expense (recovery) (note 10)|
|Basic earnings per share (note 11)||0.22||0.16||0.61||0.59|
|Diluted earnings per share (note 11)||0.22||0.16||0.61||0.59|
See accompanying notes to the interim condensed consolidated financial statements
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