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H & R Block

December 01, 2011 16:05 ET

H&R Block Reports Fiscal 2012 Second Quarter Results; Closes Sale of RSM McGladrey

KANSAS CITY, MO--(Marketwire - Dec 1, 2011) - H&R Block, Inc. (NYSE: HRB)

  • Net loss from continuing operations of $0.41 per share includes net charges of $0.03 per share
  • Total revenues increase 8 percent to $129 million
  • Company announces closure of RSM McGladrey sale
  • Company repurchases and retires 4.3 percent of outstanding shares at $13.61 per share

H&R Block, Inc. (NYSE: HRB) today reported a GAAP net loss from continuing operations for the fiscal second quarter ended Oct. 31, 2011, of $123.0 million, or $0.41 per share, compared to a net loss of $111.4 million, or $0.36 per share in the prior year period. Results for the quarter include net after-tax charges of $8.0 million, or $0.03 per share, primarily due to the previously announced discontinuation of its ExpressTax business, as well as increased litigation costs in Tax Services. Excluding these charges, the adjusted non-GAAP net loss from continuing operations of $115.0 million was essentially flat to the adjusted loss in the prior year. Total revenues increased 8 percent to $129.2 million, due primarily to results from the company's Australian tax operations.

"As we shift to focusing our efforts on growing clients and market share in our core tax business, we're disposing of non-core assets, such as RSM McGladrey and ExpressTax," said Bill Cobb, H&R Block's president and CEO. "While these moves have led to one-time charges in each of the past two quarters, they've also helped clear the decks for long-term earnings growth and improved margins. As next tax season approaches, we believe we're on the right path for continued market share gains."

For the six months ended Oct. 31, 2011, H&R Block reported a net loss from continuing operations of $242.2 million, or $0.80 per share, compared with a loss of $239.3 million, or $0.77 cents per share in the prior year period. Six-month revenues increased 4.7 percent to $229.8 million.

Sale of RSM McGladrey

On Nov. 30, 2011, H&R Block completed the sale of RSM McGladrey ("RSM") to McGladrey & Pullen, LLP ("M&P"). H&R Block will receive total proceeds of approximately $575 million, which includes closing cash proceeds of $487 million (including $12 million of cash on RSM's closing balance sheet), a note in the principal amount of $54 million, and approximately $34 million of cash which H&R Block expects to receive by calendar-year end. Proceeds are subject to further post-closing adjustments. M&P assumed substantially all liabilities of the RSM business, including contingent payments and lease obligations.

The final terms and conditions are consistent to those previously announced on Aug. 23, 2011. Differences from the previously announced purchase price of $610 million are the result of cash of approximately $35 million transferred by RSM to H&R Block prior to closing. In addition, the sale will trigger account distributions of approximately $80 million to RSM employees who were participants in an H&R Block sponsored deferred compensation plan.

"This sale is an important step toward refocusing the company on growing clients and market share in our core tax business and improving our margins," said Mr. Cobb. "For twelve years, our friends at McGladrey have been our partners and shared in the journey with H&R Block. I'm confident that the outstanding professionals at McGladrey will prosper in the years ahead."

H&R Block acquired RSM in 1999. Today, RSM employs nearly 6,500 associates and professionals in more than 70 offices nationwide. BofA Merrill Lynch acted as financial advisor and Husch Blackwell LLP acted as legal advisor for H&R Block.

Beginning in the second quarter, RSM's results are now being reported in discontinued operations.

Second Quarter Segment Results

Tax Services

Second quarter Tax Services revenues grew 9.1 percent to $121.0 million, primarily driven by results in the company's international tax operations. The segment reported a pretax loss of $174.0 million, compared to a loss of $154.4 million a year ago. The higher loss was primarily due to an $8 million increase in litigation costs and previously announced charges of approximately $9 million in connection with the discontinuation of ExpressTax.

Six-month segment revenues increased 4.9 percent to $212.4 million. The pretax loss for the first six months of fiscal 2012 increased to $343.4 million, compared to a loss of $329.0 million in the prior-year period, due primarily to litigation and impairment charges.

Corporate

Corporate includes support department costs, such as finance and legal, as well as net interest margin and other gains/losses associated with H&R Block Bank's mortgage portfolio. Corporate reported a pretax loss of $30.0 million for the second quarter ended October 31, 2011, compared to a loss of $29.2 million in the prior year. For the first six months of fiscal 2012, a pretax loss of $61.1 million was essentially flat to the prior year loss of $61.7 million.

Discontinued Operations

Discontinued operations includes the results of RSM and Sand Canyon Corporation ("SCC"), formerly known as Option One Mortgage Corporation. SCC ceased originating mortgage loans in December 2007 and, in April 2008, sold its servicing assets and discontinued its remaining operations.

Discontinued operations reported a second quarter net loss of $18.7 million compared to net income of $2.4 million in the prior-year period. SCC recorded a $20 million pretax provision for estimated losses on contingent loan repurchase obligations during the quarter, in connection with increased third-party activity. For the first six months of fiscal 2012, the net loss in discontinued obligations increased to $74.7 million, or $0.25 per share, largely due to a first quarter impairment charge which stemmed from the sale of RSM.

During the second quarter, SCC received new claims for alleged breaches of representation and warranties in the principal amount of $483 million. SCC reviewed $61 million of claims during the quarter, with incurred losses totaling $3 million. At Oct. 31, 2011, total claims of $537 million remain subject to review.

"We believe SCC's decision to increase its reserve is prudent in light of second quarter activity," said Mr. Cobb. "SCC has been and continues to be operated as a separate legal entity from H&R Block. We believe SCC's financial position is sufficient to satisfy all valid claims."

At quarter end, SCC had net equity of approximately $287 million, in addition to an accrual for representation and warranty liabilities of $143 million.

Share Repurchases

During the second quarter, H&R Block repurchased and retired 4.3 percent of its outstanding shares at a total cost of $177.5 million, or an average purchase price of $13.61 per share. At Oct. 31, 2011, 292.9 million shares were outstanding. Approximately $1.2 billion remains under the company's existing share repurchase authorization.

"I'm very pleased that we were able to take advantage of the market volatility this past quarter to repurchase more than 13 million shares. We remain fully committed to returning capital to shareholders through both dividends and share repurchase," said Mr. Cobb.

Conference Call

At 4:30 p.m. Eastern, the company will host a conference call for analysts, institutional investors and shareholders. To access the call, please dial the number below approximately five to 10 minutes prior to the scheduled starting time:

U.S./Canada (877) 809-6980 or International (706) 634-7287
Conference ID: 26294201

The call will also be webcast in a listen-only format for the media and public. The link to the webcast can be accessed on the company's investor relations Web site at www.hrblock.com

A replay of the call will be available beginning at 6:30 p.m. Eastern on Dec. 1 and continuing until Dec. 15, 2011, by dialing (855) 859-2056 (U.S./Canada) or (404) 537-3406 (International). The conference ID is 26294201. The webcast will be available for replay beginning on Dec. 2.

Forward Looking Statements
This announcement may contain forward-looking statements, which are any statements that are not historical facts. These forward-looking statements, as well as the Company's guidance, are based upon the Company's current expectations 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 regarding the Company's ability to attract and retain clients; meet its prepared returns targets; uncertainties and potential contingent liabilities arising from our former mortgage loan origination and servicing business; uncertainties in the residential mortgage market and its impact on loan loss provisions; uncertainties pertaining to the commercial debt market; competitive factors; the Company's effective income tax rate; litigation defense expenses and costs of judgments or settlements; uncertainties regarding the level of share repurchases; and changes in market, economic, political or regulatory conditions. Information concerning these risks and uncertainties is contained in Item 1A of the Company's 2011 annual report on Form 10-K and in other filings by the Company with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The Company does not undertake any duty to update any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.

About H&R Block
H&R Block Inc. (NYSE: HRB) has prepared more than 575 million tax returns worldwide since 1955, making it the country's largest tax services provider. In fiscal 2011, H&R Block had annual revenues of $3.8 billion and prepared more than 24.5 million tax returns worldwide, including Canada and Australia. Tax return preparation services are provided in company-owned and franchise retail tax offices by approximately 100,000 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.

H&R BLOCK
KEY OPERATING RESULTS
Unaudited, amounts in thousands, except per share data
Three months ended October 31,
Revenues Income (loss)
2011 2010 2011 2010
Tax Services $ 121,018 $ 110,921 $ (173,966 ) $ (154,355 )
Corporate and Eliminations 8,176 8,669 (29,963 ) (29,161 )
$ 129,194 $ 119,590 (203,929 ) (183,516 )
Income tax benefit (80,916 ) (72,072 )
Net loss from continuing operations (123,013 ) (111,444 )
Net income (loss) from discontinued operations (18,711 ) 2,395
Net loss $ (141,724 ) $ (109,049 )
Basic and diluted loss per share:
Net loss from continuing operations $ (0.41 ) $ (0.36 )
Net loss from discontinued operations (0.06 ) -
Net loss $ (0.47 ) $ (0.36 )
Basic and diluted shares outstanding 299,895 306,804
Six months ended October 31,
Revenues Income (loss)
2011 2010 2011 2010
Tax Services $ 212,443 $ 202,566 $ (343,449 ) $ (328,979 )
Corporate and Eliminations 17,374 16,859 (61,081 ) (61,688 )
$ 229,817 $ 219,425 (404,530 ) (390,667 )
Income tax benefit (162,362 ) (151,415 )
Net loss from continuing operations (242,168 ) (239,252 )
Net loss from discontinued operations (74,654 ) (478 )
Net loss $ (316,822 ) $ (239,730 )
Basic and diluted loss per share:
Net loss from continuing operations $ (0.80 ) $ (0.77 )
Net loss from discontinued operations (0.25 ) -
Net loss $ (1.05 ) $ (0.77 )
Basic and diluted shares outstanding 302,693 313,247
NOTES TO CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

Basic earnings per share is computed using the two-class method and is based on the weighted average number of shares outstanding. The dilutive effect of potential common shares is included in diluted earnings per share, except in those periods with a loss from continuing operations.

In August 2011, our Board of Directors approved a non-binding letter of intent to sell substantially all assets of RSM McGladrey, Inc. (RSM) to McGladrey and Pullen LLP (M&P) and, on November 30, 2011, the sale of RSM was completed. At closing we received cash proceeds totaling $475.0 million, a short-term receivable of $34.0 million and a note in the principal amount of $54.0 million. The final purchase price is subject to further post-closing adjustments. M&P also assumed substantially all liabilities of RSM, including contingent payments and lease obligations. We have indemnified M&P for certain litigation matters and certain obligations related primarily to previously sold RSM subsidiaries. In the first quarter we recorded an $85.4 million impairment of goodwill in connection with the sale of RSM. The net loss ultimately resulting from the divestiture of RSM will be based on post-closing adjustments to the purchase price, as well as the additional realization of tax benefits related to the sale. In the first quarter, we also announced we were evaluating strategic alternatives for RSM EquiCo, Inc. (EquiCo), and recorded a $14.3 million impairment of goodwill related to this business.

As of October 31, 2011, these businesses are presented as discontinued operations and the assets and liabilities of the businesses being sold are presented as held-for-sale in the condensed consolidated financial statements. All periods presented in our condensed consolidated balance sheets and statements of operations have been reclassified to reflect our discontinued operations.

H&R BLOCK
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
Unaudited, amounts in thousands, except per share data
October 31, April 30,
2011 2011
ASSETS
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents $ 572,611 $ 1,677,844
Cash and cash equivalents - restricted 37,524 48,383
Receivables, net 128,062 230,172
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 218,054 191,360
Assets of discontinued operations, held for sale 729,153 900,328
Total current assets 1,685,404 3,048,087
Mortgage loans held for investment, net 450,137 485,008
Investments in available-for-sale securities 306,310 163,836
Property and equipment, net 257,870 255,298
Intangible assets, net 262,106 275,342
Goodwill 438,403 434,151
Other assets 576,283 627,731
Total assets $ 3,976,513 $ 5,289,453
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY
Current liabilities:
Customer banking deposits $ 723,318 $ 852,220
Accounts payable, accrued expenses and other current liabilities 581,069 550,982
Accrued salaries, wages and payroll taxes 46,588 208,748
Accrued income taxes 135,858 458,911
Current portion of long-term debt 30,735 557
Commercial paper borrowings 39,990 -
Federal Home Loan Bank borrowings 25,000 25,000
Liabilities of discontinued operations, held for sale 199,030 241,562
Total current liabilities 1,781,588 2,337,980
Long-term debt 1,009,196 1,039,527
Other noncurrent liabilities 322,907 462,372
Total liabilities 3,113,691 3,839,879
Stockholders' equity:
Common stock, no par, stated value $.01 per share 3,994 4,124
Additional paid-in capital 799,270 812,666
Accumulated other comprehensive income 4,359 11,233
Retained earnings 2,080,162 2,658,103
Less treasury shares, at cost (2,024,963 ) (2,036,552 )
Total stockholders' equity 862,822 1,449,574
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $ 3,976,513 $ 5,289,453

H&R BLOCK
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
Unaudited, amounts in thousands, except per share data
Three months ended October 31, Six months ended October 31,
2011 2010 2011 2010
Revenues:
Service revenues $ 109,983 $ 99,840 $ 193,003 $ 181,355
Product and other revenues 9,290 9,253 16,553 17,416
Interest income 9,921 10,497 20,261 20,654
129,194 119,590 229,817 219,425
Expenses:
Cost of revenues:
Compensation and benefits 61,438 61,859 108,659 120,764
Occupancy and equipment 86,551 88,318 170,054 171,188
Depreciation and amortization of property and equipment 16,652 18,468 33,124 36,881
Provision for bad debt and loan losses 8,200 9,365 15,491 18,726
Interest 22,873 22,992 45,809 45,887
Other 31,899 30,973 67,060 64,204
227,613 231,975 440,197 457,650
Impairment of goodwill 4,257 - 4,257 -
Selling, general and administrative expenses 103,755 74,983 196,408 159,562
335,625 306,958 640,862 617,212
Operating loss (206,431 ) (187,368 ) (411,045 ) (397,787 )
Other income, net 2,502 3,852 6,515 7,120
Loss from continuing operations before tax benefit (203,929 ) (183,516 ) (404,530 ) (390,667 )
Income tax benefit (80,916 ) (72,072 ) (162,362 ) (151,415 )
Net loss from continuing operations (123,013 ) (111,444 ) (242,168 ) (239,252 )
Net income (loss) from discontinued operations (18,711 ) 2,395 (74,654 ) (478 )
Net loss $ (141,724 ) $ (109,049 ) $ (316,822 ) $ (239,730 )
Basic and diluted loss per share:
Net loss from continuing operations $ (0.41 ) $ (0.36 ) $ (0.80 ) $ (0.77 )
Net loss from discontinued operations (0.06 ) - (0.25 ) -
Net loss $ (0.47 ) $ (0.36 ) $ (1.05 ) $ (0.77 )
Basic and diluted shares outstanding 299,895 306,804 302,693 313,247
39.7 % 39.3 % 40.1 % 38.8 %

H&R BLOCK
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
Unaudited, amounts in thousands
Six months ended October 31,
2011 2010
Net cash used in operating activities $ (582,628 ) $ (548,001 )
Cash flows from investing activities:
Purchases of available-for-sale securities (155,159 ) -
Principal repayments on mortgage loans held for investment, net 22,978 30,829
Purchases of property and equipment, net (40,510 ) (35,005 )
Payments made for business acquisitions, net of cash acquired (8,164 ) (43,310 )
Proceeds from sales of businesses, net 37,036 58,834
Franchise loans:
Loans funded (27,682 ) (64,851 )
Payments received 7,447 8,673
Other, net 36,934 28,195
Net cash used in investing activities (127,120 ) (16,635 )
Cash flows from financing activities:
Repayments of commercial paper (37,989 ) (75,000 )
Proceeds from commercial paper 77,979 114,490
Customer banking deposits, net (129,285 ) 77,023
Dividends paid (91,446 ) (95,068 )
Repurchase of common stock, including shares surrendered (180,222 ) (283,470 )
Proceeds from exercise of stock options, net (430 ) 1,493
Other, net (28,057 ) (21,352 )
Net cash used in financing activities (389,450 ) (281,884 )
Effects of exchange rates on cash (6,035 ) 2,221
Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents (1,105,233 ) (844,299 )
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of the period 1,677,844 1,804,045
Cash and cash equivalents at end of the period $ 572,611 $ 959,746
Supplementary cash flow data:
Income taxes paid, net of refunds received $ 122,832 $ 103,803
Interest paid on borrowings 27,748 30,933
Interest paid on deposits 3,323 3,828
Transfers of foreclosed loans to other assets 4,438 11,185
Accrued additions to property and equipment 10,798 4,141

H&R BLOCK
NON-GAAP RECONCILIATION
Unaudited, amounts in millions, except per share amounts

We report our financial results in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP). However, we believe certain non-GAAP performance measures and ratios used in managing the business may provide additional meaningful comparisons between current year results and prior periods. Reconciliations to GAAP financial measures are provided below. These non-GAAP financial measures should be viewed in addition to, not as an alternative for, our reported GAAP results.

Three months ended October 31,
2011 2010
After-tax Per share After-tax Per share
Net loss from continuing operations - as reported $ (123.0 ) $ (0.41 ) $ (111.4 ) $ (0.36 )
Add back (net of tax):
Goodwill and intangibles impairment 5.0 0.02 - -
Loss contingencies - litigation 4.9 0.02 0.5 -
Other (1) (1.9 ) (0.01 ) (4.7 ) (0.02 )
8.0 0.03 (4.2 ) (0.02 )
Net loss from continuing operations - as adjusted $ (115.0 ) $ (0.38 ) $ (115.6 ) $ (0.38 )
Basic and diluted shares 299.9 306.8
Six months ended October 31,
2011 2010
After-tax Per share After-tax Per share
Net loss from continuing operations - as reported $ (242.2 ) $ (0.80 ) $ (239.3 ) $ (0.77 )
Add back (net of tax):
Goodwill and intangibles impairment 5.0 0.02 - -
Loss contingencies - litigation 13.9 0.05 0.5 -
Severance - - 16.9 0.05
Other (1) (3.2 ) (0.01 ) (6.3 ) (0.03 )
15.7 0.06 11.1 0.02
Net loss from continuing operations - as adjusted $ (226.5 ) $ (0.74 ) $ (228.2 ) $ (0.75 )
Basic and diluted shares 302.7 313.2
(1) Represents gains on sales of certain company-owned offices and gains on residual interests in securitizations.

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