Franchise Services of North America Inc.
TSX VENTURE : FSN

Franchise Services of North America Inc.

August 26, 2011 14:44 ET

Franchise Services of North America Inc. Announces Third Quarter Results for the Period Ending June 30, 2011, New Ontario Franchise

Continued Improvement in Insurance Market Creates Favorable Trends

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - Aug. 26, 2011) - FRANCHISE SERVICES OF NORTH AMERICA INC. (TSX VENTURE:FSN) ("FSNA" or the "Company") announced today its third quarter results for the period ended June 30, 2011. Revenue and the net loss for the three months ended June 30, 2011 were $3.9 million and $22,775 respectively, as compared to revenue of $4.0 million and a net loss of $191,839 for three months ended June 30, 2010.

The Company also announced the sale of the Elliot Lake, Ontario franchise under the Practicar brand. The transaction was completed after the end of the third quarter, thus the financial results of the transaction are not included in the reported quarter.

Bob Barton, the Company's President and Chief Operating Officer, stated, "We are quite pleased with the improvement in the quarterly results as compared to the prior year. While we continue to experience some unanticipated incremental run-off claims from the insurance portfolio that was moved to a first dollar program, overall the Company has performed in line with our own internal expectations. Without these run-off claims, the Company would have been profitable for the quarter. Franchise sales activity has been challenging as of late, as the company seeks to expand its airport and neighborhood presence. Candidates are continuing to find challenges in the credit markets to obtain adequate fleet financing. We are, however, very pleased to announce the addition of the Elliot Lake, Ontario franchisee to our Practicar system in Canada. Our insurance book of business is trending favorably and the results from our new professional liability program, where we act as the Managing General Agent for the program, have continued to exceed our initial expectations."

About FSNA

FSNA is a publicly traded company listed on the TSX Venture Exchange. The Company and its subsidiaries own the following brands: U-Save Car & Truck Rental, U-Save Car Sales, Rent-A-Wreck of Canada, Practicar, Auto Rental Resource Center ("ARRC"), Xpress Rent A Car and Peakstone Financial Services.

U-Save, together with its subsidiary ARRC, has over 1,100 locations throughout the United States and is one of North America's largest franchise car rental companies. Having primarily serviced the local market for the past 30 years, the Company is expanding into the airport market with plans for the opening of airport locations in the top 30 markets in the United States and the major airports in Canada. U-Save currently services 31 airport markets in 12 different states and 7 countries. U-Save Car Sales is an expansion of the U-Save brand into the car sales market, and provides goods and services to car sales operators looking to affiliate with a national brand.

Practicar Systems Inc. (a wholly owned subsidiary of FSNA) owns the rights to the Rent-A-Wreck® and the PractiCar® trademarks for all of Canada. The Rent-A-Wreck® system operates a network of 62 franchises from coast-to-coast in Canada, providing a range of vehicle rental, leasing and sales options to its customers. The Rent-A-Wreck® system has been in continuous operation in Canada since 1976.

Forward-Looking Information

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Neither TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

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