KANSAS CITY, MO -- (Marketwired) -- 04/25/13 -- H&R Block, Inc. (NYSE: HRB)
H&R Block, Inc. (NYSE: HRB), the world's largest consumer tax services provider, today released its U.S. tax return volume through April 18. Total U.S. returns decreased 0.9(1) percent compared to the prior year to 22.0 million.
"The industry experienced unprecedented delays and changes to the timing of taxpayer filings this tax season which created significant challenges," said Bill Cobb, H&R Block's president and chief executive officer. "I am pleased that we remained focused and executed well as we closed the tax season. We remain committed to our long-term growth initiatives for fiscal 2014 and beyond," added Cobb.
Total tax returns prepared through the company's H&R Block At Home™ digital products increased 3.2 percent through April 18, led by strong online unit growth of 10.4 percent. Total U.S. assisted returns prepared fell 2.8 percent due in part to lower overall IRS filings than expected as well as changes in the company's Free Federal 1040EZ promotion, which was offered for a limited time through February 15 this tax season.
Based on available data through April 18, the company's preliminary analysis suggests that its share of total U.S. tax returns was essentially flat compared to the prior year as share gains of approximately 50 basis points in the digital online category were offset by an approximate 30 basis point decline in share in the assisted category.
"By executing on our strategic initiatives, we continue to strengthen our position in the key digital online category. Our overall mix of digital clients improved this year and we gained online market share for the third consecutive year," said Cobb.
The company will announce fiscal 2013 results on Wednesday, June 12, 2013, after the New York Stock Exchangemarket close. At that time, a copy of the press release will be available on the company's investor relations website at http://investors.hrblock.com.
At 4:30 p.m. Eastern on June 12, 2013, the company will host a conference call for analysts, institutional investors and shareholders. To access the call, please dial the number below approximately 5 to 10 minutes prior to the scheduled starting time:
U.S./Canada (877) 809-6980 or International (706) 758-0071
Conference ID: 57796144
The call will also be webcast in a listen-only format for the media and public. The link to the webcast can be accessed directly at http://investors.hrblock.com.
A replay of the call will be available beginning at 6:30 p.m. Eastern on June 12, 2013, and continuing until July 12, 2013, by dialing (855) 859-2056 (U.S./Canada) or (404) 537-3406 (International). The conference ID is 57796144. The webcast will be available for replay June 13, 2013 at http://investors.hrblock.com.
H&R Block, Inc. (NYSE: HRB) is the world's largest consumer tax services provider. More than 600 million tax returns have been prepared worldwide by and through H&R Block since 1955. In fiscal 2012, H&R Block had annual revenues of $2.9 billion with 25.6 million tax returns prepared worldwide. Tax return preparation services are provided in company-owned and franchise retail tax offices by approximately 90,000 professional tax preparers, and through H&R Block At Home™ digital products. H&R Block Bank provides affordable banking products and services. For more information, visit the H&R Block Online Press Center.
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1 Unless otherwise noted, all comparisons, including those made to the "prior year," refer to the current period compared to the prior year period.
|U.S. Tax Operating Data|
|Fiscal Year to Date through 4/18/13||Fiscal Year to Date through 4/18/12||Percent
|Total returns prepared: (1)|
|H&R Block Company-owned operations||8,879||9,205||-3.5%|
|H&R Block Franchise operations||5,560||5,657||-1.7%|
|Total H&R Block assisted returns||14,439||14,862||-2.8%|
|H&R Block At Home Desktop||1,978||2,115||-6.5%|
|H&R Block At Home Online||4,857||4,400||10.4%|
|H&R Block Free File Alliance||769||856||-10.2%|
|Total H&R Block at Home||7,604||7,371||3.2%|
|Total H&R Block U.S. Returns||22,043||22,233||-0.9%|
|(1) Prior year numbers have been reclassified between company-owned and franchise operations for offices that were refranchised during either year.|
Source: H & R Block