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Encore Capital Group Announces Fourth Quarter and Full-Year 2016 Financial Results
  • Fourth quarter deployments of $210 million worldwide included $148 million in the U.S.
  • Estimated Remaining Collections increased to $5.8 billion
  • Encore and J.C. Flowers exploring a potential Cabot IPO

SAN DIEGO, Feb. 23, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Encore Capital Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:ECPG), an international specialty finance company, today reported consolidated financial results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2016.

“Encore continued to see the favorable trend of lower pricing driven by higher volume in the U.S. market during the fourth quarter,” said Kenneth A. Vecchione, the Company’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “We believe the turn we’ve been seeing in the domestic industry cycle continues as supply overtakes capacity and capital availability within the marketplace. Our consumer-centric liquidation programs, combined with lower pricing, continue to drive better returns.”

“Today we are announcing that we are exploring an initial public offering of Cabot Credit Management, which we believe will help crystallize the value we’ve created within our European franchise. Since we purchased Cabot with our partner J.C. Flowers, we believe Cabot’s equity value has grown through operational improvement, market consolidation and expansion into other European countries. We are in the very early stages of the IPO process, but we believe that it could be completed as early as the back end of 2017,” said Vecchione.

Financial Highlights for the Fourth Quarter of 2016: 

  • Estimated Remaining Collections (ERC) grew $129 million compared to the same period of the prior year, to $5.8 billion.
  • Gross collections were $397 million, compared to $417 million in the same period of the prior year.
  • Investment in receivable portfolios was $210 million, compared to $293 million in the same period of the prior year. Encore deployed $148 million in the U.S., $42 million in Europe and $20 million in other geographies during the fourth quarter of 2016.
  • Total revenues were $271 million, compared to $291 million in the same period of the prior year.
  • Total operating expenses decreased 11% to $184 million, compared to $206 million in the same period of the prior year. Adjusted operating expenses (defined as operating expenses excluding stock-based compensation expense, expenses related to non-portfolio purchasing and recovery business, acquisition, integration and restructuring related expenses and other charges or gains that are not indicative of ongoing operations) per dollar collected decreased to 38.4% compared to 41.5% in the same period of the prior year.
  • Total interest expense decreased to $48.4 million, compared to $50.2 million in the same period of the prior year.
  • GAAP net income from continuing operations attributable to Encore was $22.0 million, or $0.85 per fully diluted share, compared to $28.2 million, or $1.08 per fully diluted share, in the same period of the prior year.
  • Adjusted income from continuing operations attributable to Encore (defined as net income from continuing operations attributable to Encore excluding non-cash interest and issuance cost amortization, acquisition, integration and restructuring related expenses, settlement fees and related administrative expenses, amortization of certain acquired intangible assets and other charges or gains that are not indicative of ongoing operations, all net of tax) was $18.7 million, compared to $31.8 million in the same period of the prior year.
  • Adjusted income from continuing operations attributable to Encore per share (also referred to as Economic EPS) was $0.72, compared to $1.24 in the same period of the prior year.
  • Available capacity under Encore’s revolving credit facility, subject to borrowing base and applicable debt covenants, was $204 million as of December 31, 2016, not including the $250 million additional capacity provided by the facility’s accordion feature. Total debt was $2.8 billion as of December 31, 2016. Total debt fully consolidates the debt of Encore’s Cabot Credit Management subsidiary, which is non-recourse to Encore.

Financial Highlights for the Full Year of 2016: 

  • Gross collections in 2016 were $1.69 billion, compared to $1.70 billion in 2015.
  • Investment in receivable portfolios in 2016 was $907 million, compared to $1.02 billion in 2015. Encore deployed $562 million in the U.S., $265 million in Europe and $80 million in other geographies during 2016.
  • Total revenues were $1.03 billion in 2016, compared to $1.13 billion in 2015.
  • Total operating expenses decreased 7% to $788 million in 2016, compared to $848 million in 2015. Adjusted operating expenses (defined as operating expenses excluding stock-based compensation expense, expenses related to non-portfolio purchasing and recovery business, and acquisition, integration and restructuring related expenses and other charges or gains that are not indicative of ongoing operations) per dollar collected in 2016 decreased to 38.5%, compared to 39.2% in 2015.
  • Total interest expense in 2016 was $198 million, compared to $187 million in 2015.
  • GAAP net income from continuing operations attributable to Encore was $78.9 million or $3.05 per fully diluted share. This compares to net income of $68.5 million or $2.57 per fully diluted share in 2015.
  • Adjusted income from continuing operations attributable to Encore (defined as net income from continuing operations attributable to Encore excluding non-cash interest and issuance cost amortization, acquisition, integration and restructuring related expenses, settlement fees and related administrative expenses, amortization of certain acquired intangible assets and other charges or gains that are not indicative of ongoing operations, all net of tax) was $90 million in 2016, compared to $126 million in 2015.
  • Adjusted income from continuing operations attributable to Encore per share (also referred to as Economic EPS) was $3.48 in 2016, compared to $4.85 in 2015.

This press release does not constitute or form part of, and should not be construed as, an offer or the solicitation of an offer to subscribe for or purchase the securities of Cabot Credit Management Group Limited or any of its affiliates. We cannot assure that any transaction will be consummated, or as to the timing or terms thereof.

Conference Call and Webcast

The Company will host a conference call and slide presentation today at 2:00 p.m. Pacific time / 5:00 p.m. Eastern time to discuss fourth quarter and full year results.

Members of the public are invited to access the live webcast via the Internet by logging on at the Investor Relations page of Encore's website at www.encorecapital.com. To access the live, listen-only telephone conference portion, please dial (855) 541-0982 or (704) 288-0606.

For those who cannot listen to the live broadcast, a telephonic replay will be available for seven days by dialing (800) 585-8367 or (404) 537-3406 and entering the conference number 72990225. A replay of the webcast will also be available shortly after the call on the Company's website.

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 adjusted income attributable to Encore and adjusted income from continuing operations attributable to Encore per share (also referred to as economic EPS when adjusted for certain shares associated with our convertible notes that will not be issued but are reflected in the fully diluted share count for accounting purposes) because management uses this measure to assess operating performance, in order to highlight trends in the Company’s business that may not otherwise be apparent when relying on financial measures calculated in accordance with GAAP. The Company has included information concerning adjusted operating expenses in order to facilitate a comparison of approximate cash costs to cash collections for the portfolio purchasing and recovery business in the periods presented. Adjusted income attributable to Encore, adjusted income from continuing operations attributable to Encore per share/economic EPS, and adjusted operating expenses have not been prepared in accordance with GAAP. These non-GAAP financial measures should not be considered as alternatives to, or more meaningful than, net income, net income per share, and total operating expenses as indicators of the Company’s operating performance. Further, these non-GAAP financial measures, as presented by the Company, may not be comparable to similarly titled measures reported by other companies. The Company has attached to this news release a reconciliation of these non-GAAP financial measures to their most directly comparable GAAP financial measures.

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 http://www.encorecapital.com.  More information about the Company's Cabot Credit Management subsidiary can be found at http://www.cabotcm.com. Information found on the company’s or Cabot’s website is not incorporated by reference.

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, 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.

FINANCIAL TABLES FOLLOW

 
ENCORE CAPITAL GROUP, INC.
 
Consolidated Statements of Financial Condition
(In Thousands, Except Par Value Amounts)
 
  December 31,
 2016
  December 31,
 2015
Assets      
Cash and cash equivalents $ 149,765     $ 123,993  
Investment in receivable portfolios, net 2,382,809     2,440,669  
Property and equipment, net 72,257     72,546  
Deferred court costs, net 65,187     75,239  
Other assets 215,447     148,762  
Goodwill 785,032     924,847  
Assets associated with discontinued operations     388,763  
Total assets $ 3,670,497     $ 4,174,819  
Liabilities and equity      
Liabilities:      
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities $ 234,398     $ 290,608  
Debt 2,805,983     2,944,063  
Other liabilities 29,601     59,226  
Liabilities associated with discontinued operations     232,434  
Total liabilities 3,069,982     3,526,331  
Commitments and contingencies      
Redeemable noncontrolling interest 45,755     38,624  
Redeemable equity component of convertible senior notes 2,995     6,126  
Equity:      
Convertible preferred stock, $.01 par value, 5,000 shares authorized, no shares issued and outstanding      
Common stock, $.01 par value, 50,000 shares authorized, 25,593 shares and 25,288 shares issued and outstanding as of December 31, 2016 and December 31, 2015, respectively 256     253  
Additional paid-in capital 103,392     110,533  
Accumulated earnings 560,567     543,489  
Accumulated other comprehensive loss (104,911 )   (57,822 )
Total Encore Capital Group, Inc. stockholders’ equity 559,304     596,453  
Noncontrolling interest (7,539 )   7,285  
Total equity 551,765     603,738  
Total liabilities, redeemable equity and equity $ 3,670,497     $ 4,174,819  
               

The following table includes assets that can only be used to settle the liabilities of the Company’s consolidated variable interest entities (“VIEs”) and the creditors of the VIEs have no recourse to the Company. These assets and liabilities are included in the consolidated statements of financial condition above.

  December 31,
 2016
  December 31,
 2015
Assets      
Cash and cash equivalents $ 55,823     $ 50,483  
Investment in receivable portfolios, net 972,841     1,197,513  
Property and equipment, net 19,284     19,767  
Deferred court costs, net 22,760     33,296  
Other assets 79,767     31,679  
Goodwill 584,868     706,812  
Liabilities      
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities $ 99,689     $ 142,375  
Debt 1,514,799     1,665,009  
Other liabilities 1,921     839  


ENCORE CAPITAL GROUP, INC.
 
Consolidated Statements of Income
(In Thousands, Except Per Share Amounts)
 
  (Unaudited)
Three Months Ended
December 31,
  Year Ended
 December 31,
  2016   2015   2016   2015
Revenues              
Revenue from receivable portfolios, net $ 249,535     $ 272,502     $ 946,615     $ 1,072,436  
Other revenues 21,849     18,107     82,643     57,531  
Total revenues 271,384     290,609     1,029,258     1,129,967  
Operating expenses              
Salaries and employee benefits 68,173     68,165     281,097     262,281  
Cost of legal collections 42,808     59,013     200,855     229,847  
Other operating expenses 25,317     24,932     100,737     93,210  
Collection agency commissions 7,899     9,326     36,141     37,858  
General and administrative expenses 31,002     35,733     134,046     191,357  
Depreciation and amortization 8,740     9,102     34,868     33,160  
Total operating expenses 183,939     206,271     787,744     847,713  
Income from operations 87,445     84,338     241,514     282,254  
Other (expense) income              
Interest expense (48,447 )   (50,187 )   (198,367 )   (186,556 )
Other (expense) income (130 )   647     14,228     2,235  
Total other expense (48,577 )   (49,540 )   (184,139 )   (184,321 )
Income from continuing operations before income taxes 38,868     34,798     57,375     97,933  
Provision for income taxes (28,374 )   (3,988 )   (38,205 )   (27,162 )
Income from continuing operations 10,494     30,810     19,170     70,771  
Income (loss) from discontinued operations, net of tax 829     (29,214 )   (2,353 )   (23,387 )
Net income 11,323     1,596     16,817     47,384  
Net loss (income) attributable to noncontrolling interest 11,489     (2,584 )   59,753     (2,249 )
Net income (loss) attributable to Encore Capital Group, Inc. stockholders $ 22,812     $ (988 )   $ 76,570     $ 45,135  
Amounts attributable to Encore Capital Group, Inc.:              
Income from continuing operations $ 21,983     $ 28,226     $ 78,923     $ 68,522  
Income (loss) from discontinued operations, net of tax 829     (29,214 )   (2,353 )   (23,387 )
Net income (loss) $ 22,812     $ (988 )   $ 76,570     $ 45,135  
Earnings (loss) per share attributable to Encore Capital Group, Inc.:              
Basic earnings (loss) per share from:              
Continuing operations $ 0.85     $ 1.11     $ 3.07     $ 2.66  
Discontinued operations $ 0.03     $ (1.15 )   $ (0.09 )   $ (0.91 )
Net basic earnings (loss) per share $ 0.88     $ (0.04 )   $ 2.98     $ 1.75  
Diluted earnings (loss) per share from:              
Continuing operations $ 0.85     $ 1.08     $ 3.05     $ 2.57  
Discontinued operations $ 0.03     $ (1.12 )   $ (0.09 )   $ (0.88 )
Net diluted earnings (loss) per share $ 0.88     $ (0.04 )   $ 2.96     $ 1.69  
Weighted average shares outstanding:              
Basic 25,792     25,489     25,713     25,722  
Diluted 25,993     26,017     25,909     26,647  


ENCORE CAPITAL GROUP, INC.
 
Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
(In Thousands)
 
  Year Ended December 31,
  2016   2015   2014
Operating activities:          
Net income $ 16,817     $ 47,384     $ 98,278  
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:          
Loss (income) from discontinued operations, net of income taxes 2,353     23,387     (6,816 )
Depreciation and amortization 34,868     33,160     27,100  
Other non-cash expense, net 30,623     35,104     27,660  
Stock-based compensation expense 12,627     22,008     17,181  
Gain on derivative instruments, net (7,816 )        
Deferred income taxes (52,905 )   (16,665 )   (48,078 )
Excess tax benefit from stock-based payment arrangements     (1,724 )   (11,928 )
Provision for (reversal of) allowances on receivable portfolios, net 84,177     (6,763 )   (17,407 )
Changes in operating assets and liabilities          
Deferred court costs and other assets (20,364 )   (33,430 )   (11,282 )
Prepaid income tax and income taxes payable 25,417     (29,504 )   22,180  
Accounts payable, accrued liabilities and other liabilities 2,439     43,135     9,832  
Net cash provided by operating activities from continuing operations 128,236     116,092     106,720  
Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities from discontinued operations 2,096     (1,667 )   4,824  
Net cash provided by operating activities 130,332     114,425     111,544  
Investing activities:          
Cash paid for acquisitions, net of cash acquired (675 )   (276,575 )   (446,165 )
Proceeds from divestiture of business, net of cash divested 106,041          
Purchases of assets held for sale (19,874 )        
Purchases of receivable portfolios, net of put-backs (907,413 )   (749,760 )   (862,997 )
Collections applied to investment in receivable portfolios, net 659,321     635,899     633,960  
Purchases of property and equipment (31,668 )   (28,624 )   (23,084 )
Proceeds from derivative instruments, net 8,800          
Other, net 1,994     (1,233 )   (5,102 )
Net cash used in investing activities from continuing operations (183,474 )   (420,293 )   (703,388 )
Net cash provided by (used in) used in investing activities from discontinued operations 14,685     (52,416 )   (51,809 )
Net cash used in investing activities (168,789 )   (472,709 )   (755,197 )
Financing activities:          
Payment of loan costs (32,338 )   (17,995 )   (20,101 )
Proceeds from credit facilities 586,016     1,084,393     1,343,417  
Repayment of credit facilities (615,857 )   (898,086 )   (1,184,244 )
Proceeds from senior secured notes 442,610     332,693     288,645  
Repayment of senior secured notes (352,549 )   (15,000 )   (15,000 )
Proceeds from issuance of convertible senior notes         161,000  
Proceeds from issuance of securitized notes         134,000  
Repayment of securitized notes (935 )   (44,251 )   (29,753 )
Purchases of convertible hedge instruments         (33,576 )
Repurchase of common stock     (33,185 )   (16,815 )
Taxes paid related to net share settlement of equity awards (4,829 )   (6,289 )   (20,324 )
Excess tax benefit from stock-based payment arrangements     1,724     11,928  
Proceeds from other debt 36,172          
Other, net (15,037 )   (2,159 )   7,146  
Net cash provided by financing activities 43,253     401,845     626,323  
Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents 4,796     43,561     (17,330 )
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents (8,624 )   (14,131 )   15,280  
Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period 153,593     124,163     126,213  
Cash and cash equivalents, end of period 149,765     153,593     124,163  
Cash and cash equivalents of discontinued operations, end of period     29,600     32,644  
Cash and cash equivalents of continuing operations, end of period $ 149,765     $ 123,993     $ 91,519  
Supplemental disclosures of cash flow information:          
Cash paid for interest $ 147,899     $ 151,946     $ 95,034  
Cash paid for income taxes, net 60,071     84,101     69,948  
Supplemental schedule of non-cash investing and financing activities:          
Fixed assets acquired through capital lease $ 55     $ 2,220     $ 8,341  


ENCORE CAPITAL GROUP, INC.
Supplemental Financial Information
 
Reconciliation of Adjusted Income Attributable to Encore to GAAP Net Income Attributable to Encore and Adjusted
Operating Expenses Related to Portfolio Purchasing and Recovery Business to GAAP Total Operating Expenses
(In Thousands, Except Per Share amounts) (Unaudited)
 
  Three Months Ended December 31,
  2016   2015
  $   Per Diluted
Share—
Accounting
  Per  Diluted
Share—
Economic
  $   Per Diluted
Share—
Accounting
  Per  Diluted
Share—
Economic
GAAP net income from continuing operations attributable to Encore, as reported $ 21,983     $ 0.85     $ 0.85     $ 28,226     $ 1.08     $ 1.10  
Adjustments:                      
Convertible notes non-cash interest and issuance cost amortization 3,017     0.12     0.12     2,887     0.11     0.11  
Acquisition, integration and restructuring related expenses(1) 7,457     0.29     0.29     2,635     0.10     0.10  
Gain on reversal of contingent consideration(2) (8,111 )   (0.31 )   (0.31 )            
Amortization of certain acquired intangible assets(4) 415     0.02     0.02              
Income tax effect of the adjustments(5) (3,693 )   (0.15 )   (0.15 )   (1,687 )   (0.06 )   (0.06 )
Adjustments attributable to noncontrolling interest(6) (2,402 )   (0.10 )   (0.10 )   (292 )   (0.01 )   (0.01 )
Adjusted income from continuing operations attributable to Encore $ 18,666     $ 0.72     $ 0.72     $ 31,769     $ 1.22     $ 1.24  
                                               
  Year Ended December 31,
  2016   2015
  $   Per Diluted
Share—
Accounting
  Per  Diluted
Share—
Economic
  $   Per Diluted
Share—
Accounting
  Per  Diluted
Share—
Economic
GAAP net income from continuing operations attributable to Encore, as reported $ 78,923     $ 3.05     $ 3.05     $ 68,522     $ 2.57     $ 2.64  
Adjustments:                      
Convertible notes non-cash interest and issuance cost amortization 11,830     0.46     0.46     11,332     0.43     0.44  
Acquisition, integration and restructuring related expenses(1) 17,630     0.68     0.68     16,933     0.64     0.65  
Gain on reversal of contingent consideration(2) (8,111 )   (0.31 )   (0.31 )            
Settlement fees and related administrative expenses(3) 6,299     0.24     0.24     63,019     2.36     2.43  
Amortization of certain acquired intangible assets(4) 2,593     0.10     0.10              
Income tax effect of the adjustments(5) (12,577 )   (0.49 )   (0.49 )   (28,514 )   (1.07 )   (1.11 )
Adjustments attributable to noncontrolling interest(6) (6,461 )   (0.25 )   (0.25 )   (5,273 )   (0.20 )   (0.20 )
Adjusted income from continuing operations attributable to Encore $ 90,126     $ 3.48     $ 3.48     $ 126,019     $ 4.73     $ 4.85  

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(1) 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.
(2) Amount represents a gain recognized as a result of reversing a liability for contingent consideration that was established in October 2015 when we acquired a debt solution service provider in Europe. We have adjusted for this amount because we do not believe this is indicative of ongoing operations.
(3) Amount represents litigation and government settlement fees and related administrative expenses. For the year ended December 31, 2016 amount consists of settlement and administrative fees related to certain TCPA settlements.  For the year ended December 31, 2015, amount relates to the consent order with the CFPB that we entered into in September 2015. We believe these fees and expenses are not indicative of ongoing operations; therefore adjusting for these expenses enhances comparability to prior periods, anticipated future periods, and our competitors’ results.
(4) As we continue to acquire debt solution service providers around the world, the acquired intangible assets, such as trade names and customer relationships, have grown substantially, particularly in recent quarters. These intangible assets are valued at the time of the acquisition and amortized over their estimated lives. We believe that amortization of acquisition-related intangible assets, especially the amortization of an acquired company’s trade names and customer relationships, is the result of pre-acquisition activities. In addition, the amortization of these acquired intangibles is a non-cash static expense that is not affected by operations during any reporting period. As a result, the amortization of certain acquired intangible assets is excluded from our adjusted income from continuing operations attributable to Encore and adjusted income from continuing operations per share.
(5) Amount represents the total income tax effect of the adjustments, which is calculated based on the applicable marginal tax rate of the jurisdiction in which the portion of the adjustment occurred.
(6) Certain of the above pre-tax adjustments include expenses recognized by our partially-owned subsidiaries. This adjustment represents the portion of the non-GAAP adjustments that are attributable to noncontrolling interest.

  Three Months Ended December 31,   Year Ended December 31,
  2016   2015   2016   2015
GAAP total operating expenses, as reported $ 183,939     $ 206,271     $ 787,744     $ 847,713  
Adjustments:              
Stock-based compensation expense (3,125 )   (4,749 )   (12,627 )   (22,008 )
Operating expenses related to non-portfolio purchasing and recovery business(1) (29,291 )   (26,144 )   (110,875 )   (88,548 )
Acquisition, integration and restructuring related operating expenses(2) (7,457 )   (2,635 )   (17,630 )   (15,528 )
Gain on reversal of contingent consideration(3) 8,111         8,111      
Settlement fees and related administrative expenses(4)         (6,299 )   (54,697 )
Adjusted operating expenses related to portfolio purchasing and recovery business $ 152,177     $ 172,743     $ 648,424     $ 666,932  

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(1) Operating expenses related to non-portfolio purchasing and recovery business include operating expenses from other operating segments that primarily engage in fee-based business, as well as corporate overhead not related to our portfolio purchasing and recovery business.
(2) Amount represents acquisition, integration and restructuring related operating 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.
(3) Amount represents a gain recognized as a result of reversing a liability for contingent consideration that was established in October 2015 when we acquired a debt solution service provider in Europe. We have adjusted for this amount because we do not believe this is indicative of ongoing operations.
(4) Amount represents litigation and government settlement fees and related administrative expenses. For the year ended December 31, 2016 amount consists of settlement and administrative fees related to certain TCPA settlements.  For the year ended December 31, 2015, amount relates to the consent order with the CFPB that we entered into in September 2015. We believe these fees and expenses are not indicative of ongoing operations; therefore adjusting for these expenses enhances comparability to prior periods, anticipated future periods, and our competitors’ results.

Contact:
Bruce Thomas
Encore Capital Group, Inc.
Vice President, Investor Relations
(858) 309-6442
bruce.thomas@encorecapital.com

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