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CURO Group Holdings Corp. Announces Second Quarter 2021 Financial Results

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WICHITA, Kan., July 28, 2021--(BUSINESS WIRE)--CURO Group Holdings Corp. (NYSE: CURO) ("CURO" or the "Company"), a tech-enabled, omni-channel consumer finance company serving a full spectrum of non-prime and prime consumers in the U.S. and Canada, today announced financial results for its second quarter ended June 30, 2021.

"The second quarter was very busy for us as we made significant strides on every value-creation front – growth, profitability, margins, capital and scale. We are pleased to continue to mitigate risk while driving long-term value for our stakeholders," said Don Gayhardt, CURO's Chief Executive Officer. "Our Canadian operations remained a bright spot in the second quarter, as our Canada Direct Lending and Canada POS segments delivered sequential loan growth of 5.1% and 9.9%, respectively. Our U.S. segment posted modest sequential loan growth in the second quarter that exceeded our expectations. With our acquisition of Flexiti in the first quarter of 2021 and the continued growth in our Canada Direct Lending segment, 76% of our company owned gross loans receivable are in Canada as of June 30, 2021, compared to 56% as of June 30, 2020."

"On June 1, 2021, we announced a major milestone for Flexiti with the signing of LFL Group, Canada's largest home furnishings retailer, to a 10-year exclusive point-of-sale merchant agreement. We believe this relationship generates more than C$800 million of annualized point-of-sale finance beginning in mid-2022 when fully on-boarded. We believe that this agreement positions Flexiti to become the largest point-of-sale financing provider in Canada and are confident that it will create significant value for us. Flexiti's originations for the second quarter increased by more than 115% year over year. We look forward to capitalizing on the significant growth that Flexiti brings to our business and to serving a larger number of Canadian consumers across all the ways through which they access credit."

"During the second quarter, we also began to monetize our investment in Katapult with the closing of the Katapult and FinServ merger on June 9, 2021. We received cash of $146.9 million and stock representing 20.7% fully-diluted ownership in the new public company. Our investment in Katapult allows us to continue to participate in the rapidly growing U.S. e-commerce point-of-sale finance space and we are pleased to maintain representation on the company’s board of directors."

"We announced on July 13, 2021, the difficult decision to close 49 U.S. stores, or about 25% of our total U.S. stores, during the second and third quarters to manage local store market density and to respond to our customers’ evolving usage patterns. The impacted locations generated only 8% of our U.S. store revenue in 2020. CURO remains highly focused on serving the needs of all customers through our store and online channels. This was a consolidation of underperforming stores, not a departure from our commitment to leveraging our omni-channel competitive advantage. Since our platform allows customers to transition seamlessly online, to an adjacent store or to contact centers, this consolidation reduces annual operating costs by approximately $20 million while maximizing the likelihood of retaining a large percentage of customers from the impacted stores."

"We priced on July 16, 2021 a Senior Secured Notes offering of $750 million at 7.5%. This replaces our Senior Secured Notes due 2025, extends maturities to 2028, lowers the coupon by 75 bps and provides additional capital structure flexibility, particularly as it relates to the financing of our growing Canadian businesses."

"Finally, we continued to strengthen our management team and are pleased to announce that Dan Kirsche joined us this week as our new EVP and Chief Technology Officer. Dan has a great background leading software engineering for digital marking and consumer lending organizations and is very well-suited to help us execute on our technology priorities."

Consolidated Summary Results - Unaudited

Three Months Ended June 30,

Six Months Ended June 30,

(in thousands, except per share data)

2021

2020

Variance

2021

2020

Variance

Revenue

$ 187,693

$ 182,509

2.8

%

$ 384,244

$ 463,315

(17.1)

%

Net Revenue

142,528

131,816

8.1

%

302,934

299,086

1.3

%

Company Owned gross loans receivable

769,228

456,512

68.5

%

769,228

456,512

68.5

%

Unrestricted Cash

276,367

269,342

2.6

%

276,367

269,342

2.6

%

Net income

104,517

22,073

373.5

%

130,252

58,378

#

Adjusted Net Income (1)

17,394

22,170

(21.5)

%

47,522

54,446

(12.7)

%

Diluted Earnings per Share from continuing operations

$ 2.39

$ 0.51

#

$ 2.99

$ 1.37

#

Adjusted Diluted Earnings per Share from continuing operations (1)

$ 0.40

$ 0.53

(24.5)

%

$ 1.09

$ 1.31

(16.8)

%

EBITDA (1)

169,564

44,876

#

228,247

104,687

#

Adjusted EBITDA (1)

50,302

51,129

(1.6)

%

114,077

116,916

(2.4)

%

Weighted Average Shares — diluted

43,672

41,545

43,556

41,686

# - Variance greater than 100% or not meaningful

(1) These are non-GAAP metrics. For a reconciliation of each non-GAAP metric to the nearest GAAP metric, see the applicable reconciliations contained under "Results of Operations." For a description of each non-GAAP metric, see "Non-GAAP Financial Measures."

Second quarter 2021 and recent developments include:

  • Year-over-year growth in Company Owned gross loans receivable and combined gross loans receivable of $312.7 million, or 68.5%, and $315.7 million, or 64.4%, respectively.

  • Canada Direct Lending gross loans receivable grew $104.5 million, or 40.7%, year over year, and Canada point-of-sale ("POS") Lending gross loans receivable were $221.5 million. The Canada POS Lending segment was added with the acquisition of Flexiti Financial Inc. ("Flexiti") on March 10, 2021.

  • U.S. Company Owned gross loans receivable declined $13.2 million, or 6.6%, year over year. Excluding the runoff of impacted loan portfolios in California and Virginia, U.S. Company Owned gross loans receivable grew $35.8 million, or 28.3%, compared to the same period in the prior year.

  • Sequentially, (described within this release as the change from the first quarter to the second quarter) Company Owned gross loans receivable and gross combined loans receivable increased $38.2 million, or 5.2%, and $42.9 million, or 5.6%, respectively.

  • Revenue and Net Revenue increased $ 5.2 million, or 2.8%, and $10.7 million, or 8.1%, respectively year over year.

  • Consolidated net charge-off ("NCO") rates for U.S. and Canada Direct Lending improved 540 bps year over year and 50 bps sequentially. U.S. and Canada Direct Lending past-due loans improved 150 bps year over year and remained stable sequentially.

  • Diluted Earnings per Share from continuing operations of $2.39 compared to $0.51 in the prior-year quarter, primarily affected by the closing of the Katapult Holdings Inc. ("Katapult") merger. Adjusted Diluted Earnings per Share of $0.40 compared to $0.53 for the second quarter of 2020.

  • Katapult's merger with FinServ Acquisition Corp. ("FinServ") closed on June 9, 2021. As a result, we received cash of $146.9 million and Katapult (NASDAQ: KPLT) stock with a value of $192.0 million as of July 27, 2021. Our fully-diluted ownership of Katapult as of June 30, 2021 was 20.7%, including potential earn-out shares.

  • On June 1, 2021, Flexiti signed a 10-year agreement to become the exclusive POS financing partner to the LFL Group ("LFL"), Canada's largest home furnishings retailer. LFL operates over 300 stores in Canada under multiple banners including Leon's and The Brick. Flexiti estimates that the LFL POS relationship will generate over C$800 million in annual financed sales beginning in mid-2022 when fully on-boarded.

  • Under the terms of our $50.0 million share repurchase program announced in April 2021, we purchased in the open market 375,880 shares through July 27, 2021.

  • Our Board of Directors declared an $0.11 per share dividend payable on August 19, 2021 to stockholders of record as of August 9, 2021.

  • Closed, or announced the closing of, 49 U.S. stores to better align with changing customer trends and preferences for online transactions.

  • Priced and upsized to $750 million a 7.50% Senior Secured Notes Offering due 2028. The proceeds will be used to (i) redeem our 8.25% Senior Secured Notes due 2025, (ii) to pay fees, expenses, premiums and accrued interest therewith and (iii) for general corporate purposes.

Year-to-date 2021 developments include:

  • Revenue decreased $79.1 million, or 17.1%, compared to the prior year, due to the effect of COVID-19 and two rounds of significant U.S. government stimulus that reduced U.S. loan balances.

  • Net Revenue increased $3.8 million, or 1.3%, year over year as the negative effect on revenue of lower average loan balances was mitigated by significant improvements in credit quality and the effect of changes in loan balances on loan loss provisioning.

  • Diluted Earnings per Share from continuing operations of $2.99 compared to $1.37 in the prior year. Adjusted Diluted Earnings per Share of $1.09 compared to $1.31 for 2020.

From the second quarter of 2020 through the first quarter of 2021, we experienced lower customer demand, good credit performance, increased or accelerated repayments and favorable payment trends as customers were aided by government stimulus programs while periodically enduring pandemic lockdowns (collectively "COVID-19 Impacts"). Second quarter of 2021 was impacted less by COVID-19 Impacts but was still affected by loan demand in the U.S. than pre-COVID-19 levels and additional pandemic lockdowns in Canada.

Consolidated Revenue by Product and Segment

The following table summarizes revenue by product, including credit services organization ("CSO") fees, for the period indicated:

Three Months Ended

June 30, 2021

June 30, 2020

(in thousands, unaudited)

U.S.

Canada Direct Lending

Canada POS Lending

Total

% of Total

U.S.

Canada Direct Lending

Canada POS Lending

Total

% of Total

Revolving LOC

$ 24,091

$ 37,450

$ 6,495

$ 68,036

36.3

%

$ 30,917

$ 25,819

$ —

$ 56,736

31.1

%

Installment

90,826

10,541

101,367

54.0

%

102,861

9,701

112,562

61.7

%

Ancillary

3,877

13,889

524

18,290

9.7

%

3,542

9,669

13,211

7.2

%

Total revenue

$ 118,794

$ 61,880

$ 7,019

$ 187,693

100.0

%

$ 137,320

$ 45,189

$ —

$ 182,509

100.0

%

During the three months ended June 30, 2021, total revenue increased $5.2 million, or 2.8%, to $187.7 million, compared to the prior-year period. The year-over-year increase was primarily due to an increase in Canada Direct Lending revenue of $16.7 million, or 36.9%, and $7.0 million of Canada POS Lending revenue from a full post-acquisition quarter for Flexiti. This increase was partially offset by a decrease in U.S. revenue of $18.5 million, or 13.5%.

Canada POS Lending revenue includes merchant discount revenue ("MDR"), which is recognized over the life of the underlying loan term. The Flexiti gross acquired loan portfolio ("Acquired Portfolio"), prior to the fair value discount recorded as a result of purchase accounting, was $208.6 million as of March 10, 2021 (date of acquisition). The Acquired Portfolio was remeasured at fair value of $196.1 million as of the date of acquisition. The fair value discount is based on estimated future net cash flows and is recognized in net revenue over the expected life of the Acquired Portfolio (approximately 12 months). This amortization resulted in an increase in revenue and an increase in loan loss provision of $1.6 million and $1.5 million, respectively, for the three months ended June 30, 2021. The Acquired Portfolio also included $14.1 million of unearned MDR, annual and administrative fees, which are recognized over the expected life of the Acquired Portfolio. Since those unrecognized amounts do not represent future cash flows from the Acquired Portfolio, the unearned MDR, annual and administrative fees were not included in the opening balance sheet as of March 10, 2021, and thus, are not amortized to revenue for the Acquired Portfolio. For the second quarter of 2021, Canada POS Lending revenue and net revenue was lower by $5.6 million and $5.5 million, respectively, ("acquisition-related adjustments") compared to what would have been reported if the unearned MDR and fees had been recognized over the expected life of the Acquired Portfolio. To assist users of our financial statements in analyzing the expected future performance of the Flexiti loan portfolio (for example, expected yields for loans originated post-acquisition) and earnings, we have provided results with and without these acquisition-related adjustments. See "Reconciliation of Net Income from Continuing Operations and Diluted Earnings per Share to Adjusted Net Income and Adjusted Diluted Earnings per Share" for additional detail. The acquisition-related adjustments will decline each quarter with the Acquired Portfolio and will be fully amortized by the second quarter of 2022.

From a product perspective, Revolving LOC revenue for the three months ended June 30, 2021 increased $11.3 million, or 19.9%, year over year, primarily driven by growth in Canada Direct Lending revenue of $11.6 million, or 45.0%, and Canada POS lending of $6.5 million, partially offset by a decline in U.S. revenue of $6.8 million, or 22.1%. Excluding the effects of the Virginia runoff portfolio, U.S. Revolving LOC revenue decreased $0.3 million, or 1.3% for the three months ended June 30, 2021 compared to the prior-year period.

For the three months ended June 30, 2021, Installment revenue decreased $11.2 million, or 9.9%, compared to the prior-year period. Excluding the effects of the impacted California Installment loan portfolios, U.S. Installment revenue decreased $0.5 million, or 0.6%.

Ancillary revenue increased $5.1 million, or 38.4% versus the prior-year period, primarily due to the sale of insurance products to Revolving LOC and Installment loan customers in Canada.

The following table summarizes revenue by product, including CSO fees, for the period indicated:

Six Months Ended

June 30, 2021

June 30, 2020

(in thousands, unaudited)

U.S.

Canada Direct Lending

Canada POS Lending

Total

% of Total

U.S.

Canada Direct Lending

Canada POS Lending

Total

% of Total

Revolving LOC

$ 51,014

$ 71,818

$ 7,939

$ 130,771

34.0

%

$ 72,907

$ 54,811

$ —

$ 127,718

27.6

%

Installment

196,767

20,988

217,755

56.7

%

278,130

28,284

306,414

66.1

%

Ancillary

7,505

27,514

699

35,718

9.3

%

8,051

21,132

29,183

6.3

%

Total revenue

$ 255,286

$ 120,320

$ 8,638

$ 384,244

100.0

%

$ 359,088

$ 104,227

$ —

$ 463,315

100.0

%

Year-over-year comparisons were also influenced by COVID-19 Impacts. For the six months ended June 30, 2021, total revenue declined $79.1 million, or 17.1%, to $384.2 million, compared to the prior year. Geographically, U.S. revenues declined 28.9% while Canada Direct Lending revenues increased 15.4% due to the continued popularity and growth of Revolving LOC loans in Canada. For the six months ended June 30, 2021, Canada POS Lending revenue was $8.6 million, which included a $4.0 million reduction related to acquisition-related adjustments for the period.

From a product perspective, Revolving LOC revenues increased $3.1 million, or 2.4%, compared to the prior year, primarily due to growth in Canada Direct Lending revenue of $17.0 million, or 31.0%, and Canada POS Lending of $7.9 million, partially offset by declines in U.S. revenue of $21.9 million, or 30.0%. Excluding the effects of the Virginia runoff portfolio, U.S. Revolving LOC revenue decreased $7.2 million, or 13.7%, for the six months ended June 30, 2021 compared to the prior-year period.

For the six months ended June 30, 2021, Installment revenues decreased $88.7 million, or 28.9%, compared to the prior year. Excluding the effects of the impacted California Installment loan portfolios, Installment revenue decreased 23.1%.

Ancillary revenues increased $6.5 million, or 22.4%, versus the prior year from the sale of insurance products to Revolving LOC and Installment loan customers in Canada.

The following table presents online revenue and online transaction compositions, including CSO fees, of the products and services that we currently offer within the U.S. and Canada Direct Lending segments:

Three Months Ended June 30,

Six Months Ended June 30,

2021

2020

2021

2020

Online revenue as a percentage of consolidated revenue

47.6

%

47.1

%

49.3

%

47.3

%

Online transactions as a percentage of consolidated transactions

58.3

%

57.6

%

60.1

%

51.8

%

Online revenue as a percentage of consolidated revenue increased during the three and six months ended June 30, 2021 due to COVID-19 Impacts and the resulting transition of customers using our online channel which allows for a safe and contactless option.

Consolidated Loans Receivable

The following table reconciles Company Owned gross loans receivable, a GAAP-basis balance sheet measure, to Gross combined loans receivable, a non-GAAP measure(1). Gross combined loans receivable includes loans originated by third-party lenders through CSO programs, which are not included in the Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements but from which we earn revenue by providing a guarantee to the unaffiliated lender.

As of

(in thousands, unaudited)

June 30,
2021

March 31,
2021

December 31,
2020

September 30,
2020

June 30,
2020

U.S.

Revolving LOC

$ 47,277

$ 43,387

$ 55,561

$ 56,727

$ 53,239

Installment - Company Owned

139,234

142,396

167,890

148,569

146,495

Canada Direct Lending

Revolving LOC

337,700

319,307

303,323

265,507

231,917

Installment

23,564

24,385

26,948

26,639

24,861

Canada POS Lending

Revolving LOC

221,453

201,539

Company Owned gross loans receivable

$ 769,228

$ 731,014

$ 553,722

$ 497,442

$ 456,512

Gross loans receivable Guaranteed by the Company

37,093

32,439

44,105

39,768

34,092

Gross combined loans receivable (1)

$ 806,321

$ 763,453

$ 597,827

$ 537,210

$ 490,604

(1) See "Non-GAAP Financial Measures" at the end of this release for definition and more information.

Gross combined loans receivable increased $315.7 million, or 64.4%, to $806.3 million as of June 30, 2021, from $490.6 million as of June 30, 2020. The increase was driven by Canada Direct Lending growth of $104.5 million, or 40.7%, and Canada POS Lending gross loans receivables of $221.5 million. Excluding Flexiti loan balances, gross combined loans receivable increased $94.3 million, or 19.2% year over year. U.S. gross combined loans receivable declined $10.2 million, or 4.4%, due to (i) COVID-19 Impacts, (ii) the runoff of California Installment and Virginia Revolving LOC loans as a result of regulatory impacts, and (iii) additional government stimulus in the first half of 2021. Excluding the California and Virginia runoff portfolios, U.S. gross combined loans receivable grew 24.2%.

Sequentially, gross combined loans receivable increased $42.9 million, or 5.6%, as markets continued to reopen and consumer demand increased. Geographically, U.S. and Canada grew sequentially by 2.5% and 6.9%, respectively, primarily driven by Canada POS Lending growth of $19.9 million, or 9.9% and Canada Direct Lending Revolving LOC growth of $18.4 million, or 5.8%. Gross combined loans receivable performance by product is described further in the following sections.

Results of Consolidated Operations

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations

(in thousands, unaudited)

Three Months Ended June 30,

Six Months Ended June 30,

2021

2020

Change $

Change %

2021

2020

Change $

Change %

Revenue

$ 187,693

$ 182,509

$ 5,184

2.8

%

$ 384,244

$ 463,315

($ 79,071)

(17.1)

%

Provision for losses

45,165

50,693

(5,528)

(10.9)

%

81,310

164,229

(82,919)

(50.5)

%

Net revenue

142,528

131,816

10,712

8.1

%

302,934

299,086

3,848

1.3

%

Advertising

7,043

5,750

1,293

22.5

%

15,127

17,969

(2,842)

(15.8)

%

Non-advertising costs of providing services

50,834

49,567

1,267

2.6

%

101,144

104,919

(3,775)

(3.6)

%

Total cost of providing services

57,877

55,317

2,560

4.6

%

116,271

122,888

(6,617)

(5.4)

%

Gross margin

84,651

76,499

8,152

10.7

%

186,663

176,198

10,465

5.9

%

Operating expense (income)

Corporate, district and other expenses

59,621

36,781

22,840

62.1

%

108,461

79,588

28,873

36.3

%

Interest expense

23,440

18,311

5,129

28.0

%

42,979

35,635

7,344

20.6

%

(Income) loss from equity method investment

(1,712)

(741)

(971)

#

(2,258)

877

(3,135)

#

Gain on equity method investment

(135,387)

(135,387)

#

(135,387)

(135,387)

#

Total operating (income) expense

(54,038)

54,351

(108,389)

#

13,795

116,100

(102,305)

(88.1)

%

Income from continuing operations before income taxes

138,689

22,148

116,541

#

172,868

60,098

112,770

#

Provision for income taxes

34,172

1,068

33,104

#

42,616

3,005

39,611

#

Net income from continuing operations

104,517

21,080

83,437

#

130,252

57,093

73,159

#

Net income from discontinued operations, net of tax

993

(993)

#

1,285

(1,285)

...

#

Net income

$ 104,517

$ 22,073

$ 82,444

#

$ 130,252

$ 58,378

$ 71,874

#

# - Variance greater than 100% or not meaningful

Reconciliation of Net Income from Continuing Operations and Diluted Earnings per Share to Adjusted Net Income and Adjusted Diluted Earnings per Share, non-GAAP measures

(in thousands, except per share data, unaudited)

Three Months Ended

June 30,

...

Six Months Ended

June 30,

2021

2020

Change $

Change %

2021

2020

Change $

Change %

Net income from continuing operations

$ 104,517

$ 21,080

$ 83,437

#

$ 130,252

$ 57,093

$ 73,159

#

Adjustments:

Restructuring costs (1)

5,763

5,763

Legal and other costs (2)

847

1,750

(Income) loss from equity method investment (3)

(1,712)

(741)

(2,258)

877

Gain from equity method investment (4)

(135,387)

(135,387)

Transaction costs (5)

3,181

91

6,341

337

Acquisition-related adjustments (6)

5,495

5,495

Share-based compensation (7)

3,467

3,310

6,150

6,504

Intangible asset amortization (8)

1,866

759

2,697

1,496

Canada GST adjustment (9)

2,160

2,160

Income tax valuations (10)

(3,472)

(3,472)

Impact of tax law changes (11)

(9,114)

Cumulative tax effect of adjustments (12)

30,204

(1,864)

28,469

(3,185)

Adjusted Net Income

$ 17,394

$ 22,170

($ 4,776)

(22)

%

$ 47,522

$ 54,446

($ 6,924)

(13)

%

Net income from continuing operations

$ 104,517

$ 21,080

$ 130,252

$ 57,093

Diluted Weighted Average Shares Outstanding

43,672

41,545

43,556

41,686

Diluted Earnings per Share from continuing operations

$ 2.39

$ 0.51

$ 1.88

#

$ 2.99

$ 1.37

$ 1.62

#

Per Share impact of adjustments to Net income from continuing operations

(1.99)

0.02

(1.90)

(0.06)

Adjusted Diluted Earnings per Share

$ 0.40

$ 0.53

($ 0.13)

(24.5)

%

$ 1.09

$ 1.31

($ 0.22)

(16.8)

%

Note: Footnotes follow Reconciliation of Net income table on the next page

Reconciliation of Net Income from Continuing Operations to EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA, Non-GAAP Measures

Three Months Ended

June 30,

Six Months Ended

June 30,

(in thousands, unaudited)

2021

2020

Change $

Change %

2021

2020

Change $

Change %

Net income from continuing operations

$ 104,517

$ 21,080

$ 83,437

#

$ 130,252

$ 57,093

$ 73,159

#

Provision for income taxes

34,172

1,068

33,104

#

42,616

3,005

39,611

#

Interest expense

23,440

18,311

5,129

28.0

%

42,979

35,635

7,344

20.6

%

Depreciation and amortization

7,435

4,417

3,018

68.3

%

12,400

8,954

3,446

38.5

%

EBITDA

169,564

44,876

124,688

#

228,247

104,687

123,560

#

Restructuring costs (1)

5,763

5,763

Legal and other costs (2)

847

1,750

(Income) loss from equity method investment (3)

(1,712)

(741)

(2,258)

877

Gain from equity method investment (4)

(135,387)

(135,387)

Transaction costs (5)

3,181

91

6,341

337

Acquisition-related adjustments (6)

5,495

5,495

Share-based compensation (7)

3,467

3,310

6,150

6,504

Canada GST adjustment (9)

2,160

2,160

Other adjustments (13)

(69)

586

(274)

601

Adjusted EBITDA

$ 50,302

$ 51,129

($ 827)

(1.6)

%

$ 114,077

$ 116,916

($ 2,839)

(2.4)

%

Adjusted EBITDA Margin

26.8

%

28.0

%

29.7

%

25.2

%

# - Change greater than 100% or not meaningful

(1)

Restructuring costs for the three and six months ended June 30, 2021 resulted from U.S. store closures and consisted of (i) severance costs for store employees, (ii) lease termination costs, and (iii) accelerated depreciation, partially offset by the net write-off of ROU assets and lease liabilities.

(2)

Legal and other costs for the six months ended June 30, 2020 included (i) settlement costs related to certain legal matters (ii) costs for certain securities litigation and related matters and (iii) severance costs for certain corporate employees.

(3)

The amount reported is our share of the estimated U.S. GAAP net (income) loss of Katapult.

(4)

During the three months ended June 30, 2021, we recorded an additional gain on our investment in Katapult of $135.4 million. The gain represents cash we received, net of the basis of our investment in Katapult, upon the completion of the business combination between Katapult and FinServ. Refer to "Katapult Update for the Three and Six Months Ended June 30, 2021 and 2020" below for additional details.

(5)

Transaction costs for the six months ended June 30, 2021 relate to Katapult and FinServ business combination and the Flexiti acquisition.

Transaction costs for the six months ended June 30, 2020 relate to the acquisition of Ad Astra.

(6)

Acquisition-related adjustments for the six months ended June 30, 2021 relate to the acquired Flexiti loan portfolio as of March 10, 2021. Refer to "Consolidated Revenue by Product and Segment" for additional details.

(7)

The estimated fair value of share-based awards is recognized as non-cash compensation expense on a straight-line basis over the vesting period.

(8)

Intangible asset amortization primarily include amortization of identifiable intangible assets established in connection with the acquisition of Flexiti.

(9)

We received a Notice of Adjustment from Canadian tax authority auditors in the second quarter 2020 related to the treatment of certain expenses in prior years for purposes of calculating the Goods and Services Tax ("GST") due.

(10)

In the second quarter of 2020, a Texas court ruling related to the apportionment of income to the state for another company resulted in a change in estimate regarding the realization of a tax benefit previously taken. Accordingly, we recorded a $1.1 million liability for our estimated exposure related to this position, which was settled in April 2021. Also in the second quarter of 2020, we released a $4.6 million valuation allowance related to Net Operating Losses ("NOLs") for certain entities in Canada.

(11)

On March 27, 2020, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act ("CARES Act") was enacted by the U.S. Federal government in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The CARES Act, among other things, allows NOLs incurred in 2018, 2019 and 2020 to be carried back to each of the five preceding taxable years to generate a refund of previously paid income taxes. For the six months ended June 30, 2020, we recorded an income tax benefit of $9.1 million related to the carryback of NOL from tax years 2018 and 2019.

(12)

Cumulative tax effect of adjustments included in Reconciliation of Net income from continuing operations Adjusted Net Income table is calculated using the estimated incremental tax rate by country.

(13)

Other adjustments primarily include the intercompany foreign-currency exchange impact.

For the Three Months Ended June 30, 2021 and 2020

Revenue and Net Revenue

Revenue increased $5.2 million, or 2.8%, to $187.7 million for the three months ended June 30, 2021, from $182.5 million for the three months ended June 30, 2020, due to an increase in Canada Direct Lending revenues of $16.7 million, or 36.9% ($9.6 million, or 21.4% on a constant currency basis), and $7.0 million of Canada POS Lending revenue from a full-post acquisition quarter for Flexiti, partially offset by a decrease in U.S. revenues of $18.5 million, or 13.5%. Excluding the impacted California and Virginia loans, total revenue increased $23.4 million and 15.0% for the three months ended June 30, 2021 compared to the three months ended June 30, 2020.

Provision for losses decreased by $5.5 million, or 10.9%, for the three months ended June 30, 2021 compared to the prior-year period. The decrease in provision for loan losses was due to (i) relative sequential change in loan balances, (ii) favorable adjustments to allowance for loan losses ("ALL") as a percentage of gross loans receivable ("allowance coverage") from continued improved credit quality, and (iii) significantly improved NCO rates year over year in both U.S. and Canada, as discussed in more detail in the "Segment Analysis" sections.

Cost of Providing Services

Advertising costs increased $1.3 million, or 22.5%, year over year in response to product demand changes during the three months ended June 30, 2021 compared to the three months ended June 30, 2020. Quarter-over-quarter application volume and quality improved this quarter as the prior-year quarter was influenced by April 2020 government stimulus and pandemic-induced lockdowns.

Non-advertising costs of providing services increased $1.3 million, or 2.6%, to $50.8 million in the three months ended June 30, 2021, compared to $49.6 million in the three months ended June 30, 2020. The increase was due to (i) volume-driven variable costs, such as underwriting data and financial services fees, (ii) timing and level of performance-based variable compensation and (iii) severance costs as described above in "Reconciliation of Net Income from Continuing Operations to EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA." These increases were partially offset by lower store operating costs and collection costs.

Corporate, District and Other Expenses

Corporate, district and other expenses were $59.6 million for the three months ended June 30, 2021, an increase of $22.8 million, or 62.1%, compared to the three months ended June 30, 2020. The year-over-year increase was primarily due to (i) $5.8 million of restructuring costs as described above in "Reconciliation of Net Income from Continuing Operations to EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA," (ii) $3.2 million of transaction costs related to the merger of Katapult and FinServ and the Flexiti acquisition also described previously, (iii) $9.9 million of Flexiti operating expenses and (iv) the timing and extent of performance-based variable compensation compared to the prior-year period. Refer to the "Segment Analysis" sections below for further details.

Equity Method Investment

Refer to the "Katapult Update for the Three and Six Months Ended June 30, 2021 and 2020" below for details.

Interest Expense

Interest expense for the three months ended June 30, 2021 increased $5.1 million, or 28.0%, primarily due to interest on debt acquired with the acquisition of Flexiti, and modestly higher year-over-year non-recourse borrowings in the U.S.

Provision for Income Taxes

The effective income tax rate for the three months ended June 30, 2021 was 24.6%. The effective income tax rate was lower compared to the federal and state/provincial statutory rates of approximately 26%, primarily as a result of proportionally more income in lower rate jurisdictions, driven by the gain on the Katapult transaction of $146.9 million. The transaction resulted in (i) a current cash tax liability related to the $146.9 million cash consideration and (ii) a deferred tax asset related to the recognized tax gain over book gain, combined with the release of the valuation allowance established prior to the gain. The effective income tax rate of adjusted tax expense included in the Adjusted Net Income for the three months ended June 30, 2021 was 18.6%.

For the Six Months Ended June 30, 2021 and 2020

Revenue and Net Revenue

Revenue decreased $79.1 million, or 17.1%, to $384.2 million for the six months ended June 30, 2021 from $463.3 million for the six months ended June 30, 2020 as a result of the declines in combined gross loans receivables in the U.S. from COVID-19 Impacts, partially offset by growth in Canada Direct Lending and the addition of Canada POS Lending as discussed previously. Year over year, U.S. revenue decreased 28.9%. Excluding the impacted California and Virginia loans, U.S. revenue decreased 20.7% for the six months ended June 30, 2021 compared to the prior-year period. Canada Direct Lending revenue increased 15.4% (5.6% on a constant-currency basis) as a result of growth in Revolving LOC loans. For the six months ended June 30, 2021, we also recognized $8.6 million of Canada POS Lending revenue, which included a $4.0 million reduction related to acquisition-related adjustments for the period.

Provision for losses decreased by $82.9 million, or 50.5%, for the six months ended June 30, 2021 compared to the prior year. The decrease in provision for loan losses was primarily due to (i) relative sequential change in loan balances, (ii) favorable adjustments to allowance coverage from continued improved credit quality, and (iii) improved NCO rates in both the U.S. and Canada as discussed in "Loan Volume and Portfolio Performance Analysis" and "Segment Analysis" sections.

Cost of Providing Services

Advertising costs decreased $2.8 million, or 15.8%, year over year, influenced by COVID-19 Impacts. Year over year, application volume and quality improved in the second quarter of 2021 while the second quarter of 2020 and first quarter of 2021 were influenced by U.S. government stimulus and pandemic-induced lockdowns.

Non-advertising costs of providing services decreased $3.8 million, or 3.6%, to $101.1 million in the six months ended June 30, 2021, compared to $104.9 million in the six months ended June 30, 2020. The decrease was primarily driven by lower collection costs resulting from stimulus-related pay-downs and lower variable costs as a result of lower demand in the U.S., partially offset by timing and level of performance-based variable compensation.

Corporate, District and Other Expenses

Corporate, district and other expenses were $108.5 million for the six months ended June 30, 2021, an increase of $28.9 million, or 36.3%, compared to the six months ended June 30, 2020. The year-over-year increase was primarily due to (i) $ 5.8 million of restructuring costs as described above in "Reconciliation of Net Income from Continuing Operations to EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA," (ii) $ 6.3 million of transaction costs related to the merger of Katapult and FinServ and the acquisition of Flexiti also as described previously, and (iii) $12.5 million of Flexiti operating expenses post-closing. Excluding these costs, comparable corporate, district and other expenses increased $4.3 million, or 5.4% year over year, primarily due to the timing and level of performance-based variable compensation compared to the prior-year period. Refer to the "Segment Analysis" sections below for further details.

Equity Method Investment

Refer to the "Katapult Update for the Three and Six Months Ended June 30, 2021 and 2020" below for details.

Interest Expense

Interest expense for the six months ended June 30, 2021 increased $7.3 million, or 20.6%, primarily due to interest on debt acquired with the acquisition of Flexiti, and modestly higher year-over-year non-recourse borrowings in the U.S.

Provision for Income Taxes

The effective income tax rate for the six months ended June 30, 2021 was 24.7%. The effective income tax rate was lower compared to the federal and state/provincial statutory rates of approximately 26%, primarily as a result of proportionally more income in lower rate jurisdictions, driven by the gain on the Katapult transaction of $146.9 million. The transaction resulted in (i) a current cash tax liability related to the $146.9 million cash consideration and (ii) a deferred tax asset related to the recognized tax gain over book gain, combined with the release of the valuation allowance established prior to the gain. The effective income tax rate of adjusted tax expense included in Adjusted Net Income for the six-months ended June 30, 2021 was 23.3%.

Katapult Update for the Three and Six Months Ended June 30, 2021 and 2020

Katapult is accounted for using the equity method of accounting and is included in "Investments in Katapult" on the unaudited Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheet. Our share of Katapult's earnings was $1.7 million for the three months ended June 30, 2021 and $2.3 million for the six months ended June 30, 2021. We recognize our share of Katapult’s earnings on a one-quarter lag.

The Katapult and FinServ merger closed in June 2021. As part of the merger, we received cash consideration of $146.9 million and retained ownership through shares after the merger. Based on market prices as of July 27, 2021, the total market value of the retained shares is $192.0 million. As of June 30, 2021, our total cash investment in Katapult is $27.5 million. After closing of the merger, we now maintain a 20.7% fully diluted ownership in the newly formed public company.

The table below presents select financial information for Katapult for the periods indicated:

For the Three Months Ended March 31,(1)

(in thousands, unaudited)

2021

2020

Revenue

$ 80,635

$ 42,888

Cost of revenue

52,882

27,333

Gross profit

27,753

15,555

Operating expenses

13,340

8,821

Interest and other

4,498

2,985

Income before income taxes

9,915

3,749

Net income

$ 8,090

$ 3,670

Originations

$ 63,765

$ 37,213

As of

March 31, 2021

December 31, 2020

Cash and restricted cash

$ 70,665

$ 69,597

Gross property held for lease

$ 210,666

$ 213,838

(1) Source: Katapult's Registration Statement on Form S-1, pages F-54, and F-55, F-67 and 38, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on June 30, 2021.

Segment Analysis

Following our acquisition of Flexiti on March 10, 2021, and beginning in the first quarter of 2021, we report financial results for three reportable segments: U.S., Canada Direct Lending and Canada POS Lending. Following is a summary of portfolio performance and results of operations for the segment and period indicated.

U.S. Portfolio Performance

(in thousands, except percentages)

Q2 2021

Q1 2021

Q4 2020

Q3 2020

Q2 2020

Gross combined loans receivable (1)

Revolving LOC

$ 47,277

$ 43,387

$ 55,561

$ 56,727

$ 53,239

Installment loans - Company Owned

139,234

142,396

167,890

148,569

146,495

Total U.S. Company Owned gross loans receivable

186,511

185,783

223,451

205,296

199,734

Installment loans - Guaranteed by the Company (2)

37,093

32,439

44,105

39,768

34,092

Total U.S. gross combined loans receivable (1)

$ 223,604

$ 218,222

$ 267,556

$ 245,064

$ 233,826

Lending Revenue:

Revolving LOC

$ 24,091

$ 26,923

$ 31,111

$ 30,431

$ 30,917

Installment loans - Company Owned

55,918

64,516

68,927

62,215

65,104

Installment loans - Guaranteed by the Company (2)

34,908

41,425

42,972

36,731

37,757

Total U.S. lending revenue

$ 114,917

$ 132,864

$ 143,010

$ 129,377

$ 133,778

Lending Provision:

Revolving LOC

$ 6,621

$ 5,039

$ 11,583

$ 11,904

$ 11,984

Installment loans - Company Owned

14,048

11,159

24,629

16,259

17,550

Installment loans - Guaranteed by the Company (2)

12,583

9,648

22,621

14,936

11,713

Total U.S. lending provision

$ 33,252

$ 25,846

$ 58,833

$ 43,099

$ 41,247

Lending Net Revenue

Revolving LOC

$ 17,470

$ 21,884

$ 19,528

$ 18,527

$ 18,933

Installment loans - Company Owned

41,870

53,357

44,298

45,956

47,554

Installment loans - Guaranteed by the Company (2)

22,325

31,777

20,351

21,795

26,044

Total U.S. lending net revenue

$ 81,665

$ 107,018

$ 84,177

$ 86,278

$ 92,531

NCOs

Revolving LOC

$ 7,271

$ 9,904

$ 12,500

$ 10,595

$ 20,090

Installment loans - Company Owned

18,617

17,313

19,620

16,758

29,905

Installment loans - Guaranteed by the Company (2)

12,044

12,150

21,590

13,902

15,738

Total U.S. NCOs

$ 37,932

$ 39,367

$ 53,710

$ 41,255

$ 65,733

NCO rate (3)

Revolving LOC

16.0%

20.0%

22.3%

19.3%

31.7%

Installment loans - Company Owned

13.2%

11.2%

12.4%

11.4%

16.6%

Total U.S. Company Owned NCO rate

13.9%

13.3%

15.0%

13.5%

20.5%

Installment loans - Guaranteed by the Company (2)

34.6%

31.7%

51.5%

37.6%

35.0%

Total U.S. NCO rate

17.2%

16.2%

21.0%

17.2%

22.8%

ALL and CSO Liability for Losses (4)

Revolving LOC

$ 13,669

$ 14,319

$ 19,185

$ 20,101

$ 18,793

Installment loans - Company Owned

21,246

25,815

31,971

26,961

27,112

Installment loans - Guaranteed by the Company (2)

5,265

4,727

7,228

6,198

5,164

Total U.S. ALL and CSO Liability for Losses

$ 40,180

$ 44,861

$ 58,384

$ 53,260

$ 51,069

ALL and CSO Liability for Losses rate (5)

Revolving LOC

28.9%

33.0%

34.5%

35.4%

35.3%

Installment loans - Company Owned

15.3%

18.1%

19.0%

18.1%

18.5%

Total U.S. Company Owned ALL rate

18.7%

21.6%

22.9%

22.9%

23.0%

Installment loans - Guaranteed by the Company (2)

14.2%

14.6%

16.4%

15.6%

15.1%

Total ALL and CSO Liability for Losses rate

18.0%

20.6%

21.8%

21.7%

21.8%

Past-due rate (5)

Revolving LOC

26.6%

26.3%

30.7%

27.9%

26.6%

Installment loans - Company Owned

18.7%

18.0%

19.0%

16.6%

17.6%

Total U.S. Company Owned past-due rate

20.7%

19.9%

21.9%

19.8%

20.0%

Installment loans - Guaranteed by the Company (2)

17.4%

12.8%

14.1%

15.4%

12.1%

(1) Non-GAAP measure. For a description of each non-GAAP metric, see "Non-GAAP Financial Measures."

(2) Includes loans originated by third-party lenders through CSO programs. Installment gross loans receivable Guaranteed by the Company are not included in the Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements.

(3) We calculate NCO rate as total NCOs divided by Average gross loans receivables.

(4) We report ALL as a contra-asset reducing gross loans receivable and the CSO Liability for Losses as a liability on the Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets.

(5) We calculate (i) ALL and CSO Liability for losses rate and (ii) past-due rate as the respective totals divided by gross loans receivable at each respective quarter end.

U.S. Net Revenue

U.S. revenues decreased by $18.5 million, or 13.5%, to $118.8 million, compared to the prior-year period for the three months ended June 30, 2021, primarily as a result of the COVID-19 impacts on gross combined loans receivable and the runoff of California Installment and Virginia Revolving LOC loans due to regulatory changes. See the loan performance discussions below for further details.

The provision for losses decreased $7.9 million, or 19.0%, primarily as a result of (i) relative sequential change in loan balances, (ii) favorable adjustments to allowance coverage from continued improved credit quality and (iii) improved NCO rates year over year. U.S. NCOs, including loans Guaranteed by the Company, decreased by $27.8 million, or 42.3% year over year, and $1.4 million, or 3.6%, sequentially. For the three months ended June 30, 2021, U.S. NCO rate improved 550 bps, or 24.5% year over year, and increased 100 bps, or 5.9%, sequentially.

U.S. Revolving LOC loan performance

U.S. Revolving LOC loan balances as of June 30, 2021 decreased $6.0 million, or 11.2%, compared to the prior year, resulting in a related revenue decrease of $6.8 million, or 22.1%, primarily due to the runoff of Virginia Revolving LOC loans. Excluding the impacted Virginia loans, U.S. Revolving LOC gross loans receivable increased $4.9 million or 12.8%, year over year. The Revolving LOC allowance coverage decreased year over year from 35.3% to 28.9% for the three months ended June 30, 2021. The decrease was due to sustained favorable past-due rates and improved NCO trends. For the three months ended June 30, 2021, NCO rates improved from 31.7% to 16.0% year over year and from 20.0% to 16.0% sequentially.

U.S. Installment loan performance - Company Owned

U.S. Installment loan balances as of June 30, 2021 decreased $7.3 million, or 5.0%, and revenue decreased $9.2 million, or 14.1%, compared to the prior year, primarily due to COVID-19 Impacts and regulatory changes in California, effective January 1, 2020 that affected Installment products. Excluding the impacted California loans, U.S. Installment loans increased $30.9 million, or 35.1%, year over year, and related revenue increased $2.4 million, or 5.0%. The Installment loans allowance coverage decreased from 18.5% in the prior year to 15.3% as of June 30, 2021, largely due to sustained favorable trends in NCOs, which improved year over year by 335 bps. Sequentially, allowance coverage decreased from 18.1% to 15.3% primarily from a decline in troubled debt restructuring ("TDR") loans as a percentage of total gross loans receivable and the run-off of Verge Installment loans.

We launched Verge installment loans originated by Stride Bank in the fourth quarter of 2019 and executed pilot programs in several states. After testing various offers, rates, terms and approval criteria, Stride informed us in the first quarter of 2021 that it plans to focus on near-prime loans as they represent a larger addressable market and offer greater opportunity to scale. As a result, Stride discontinued new Verge Credit loans in April 2021. Verge loan balances totaled $21.5 million as of June 30, 2021. We expect an orderly run-off of these balances over the next 21 months. We continue to maintain various relationships with Stride and are working together to develop additional products that meet customer needs.

U.S. Installment loan performance - Guaranteed by the Company

U.S. Installment loans Guaranteed by the Company increased $3.0 million, or 8.8%, year over year. The allowance rate decreased 95 bps year over year due to sustained favorable NCO and past-due rates as a result of government stimulus-related pay-downs. Sequentially, allowance coverage declined from 14.6% to 14.2% for the three months ended June 30, 2021 primarily from a decline in TDR loans as a percentage of total gross loans receivable.

Following is a summary of results of operations for the U.S. segment for the periods indicated.

U.S. Results of Operations

Three Months Ended June 30,

Six Months Ended June 30,

(dollars in thousands, unaudited)

2021

2020

Change $

Change %

2021

2020

Change $

Change %

Revenue

$ 118,794

$ 137,320

($ 18,526)

(13.5)

%

$ 255,286

$ 359,088

($ 103,802)

(28.9)

%

Provision for losses

33,622

41,530

(7,908)

(19.0)

%

59,678

127,571

(67,893)

(53.2)

%

Net revenue

85,172

95,790

(10,618)

(11.1)

%

195,608

231,517

(35,909)

(15.5)

%

Advertising

6,089

5,269

820

15.6

%

13,230

16,214

(2,984)

(18.4)

%

Non-advertising costs of providing services

31,837

33,661

(1,824)

(5.4)

%

63,992

70,903

(6,911)

(9.7)

%

Total cost of providing services

37,926

38,930

(1,004)

(2.6)

%

77,222

87,117

(9,895)

(11.4)

%

Gross margin

47,246

56,860

(9,614)

(16.9)

%

118,386

144,400

(26,014)

(18.0)

%

Corporate, district and other expenses

43,730

29,631

14,099

47.6

%

84,327

67,281

17,046

25.3

%

Interest expense

17,338

16,113

1,225

7.6

%

33,696

30,959

2,737

8.8

%

(Income) loss from equity method investment

(1,712)

(741)

(971)

#

(2,258)

877

(3,135)

#

Gain from equity method investment

(135,387)

(135,387)

#

(135,387)

(135,387)

#

Total operating expense

(76,031)

45,003

(121,034)

#

(19,622)

99,117

(118,739)

#

Segment operating income

123,277

11,857

111,420

#

138,008

45,283

92,725

#

Interest expense

17,338

16,113

1,225

7.6

%

33,696

30,959

2,737

8.8

%

Depreciation and amortization

3,008

3,309

(301)

(9.1)

%

6,134

6,686

(552)

(8.3)

%

EBITDA (1)

143,623

31,279

112,344

#

177,838

82,928

94,910

#

Restructuring costs

5,763

5,763

5,763

5,763

Legal and other costs

847

(847)

1,750

(1,750)

(Income) loss from equity method investment

(1,712)

(741)

(971)

(2,258)

877

(3,135)

Gain from equity method investment

(135,387)

(135,387)

(135,387)

(135,387)

Transaction costs

3,181

91

3,090

6,341

337

6,004

Share-based compensation

3,467

3,310

157

6,150

6,504

(354)

Other adjustments

(159)

305

(464)

(405)

164

(569)

Adjusted EBITDA (1)

$ 18,776

$ 35,091

($ 16,315)

(46.5)

%

$ 58,042

$ 92,560

($ 34,518)

(37.3)

%

(1) These are non-GAAP metrics. For a description of each non-GAAP addback, see the applicable reconciliations contained under "Results of Consolidated Operations." For a description of each non-GAAP metric, see "Non-GAAP Financial Measures."

# - Variance greater than 100% or not meaningful.

U.S. Segment Results - For the Three Months Ended June 30, 2021 and 2020

For a discussion of revenue, provision for losses and related gross combined loans receivables, see "U.S. Portfolio Performance," above.

Advertising costs increased $0.8 million, or 15.6%, year over year in response to product demand changes during the three months ended June 30, 2021 compared to the three months ended June 30, 2020. Quarter-over-quarter application volume and quality improved this quarter as the prior-year quarter was influenced by April 2020 government stimulus and pandemic-induced lockdowns.

Non-advertising costs of providing services for the three months ended June 30, 2021 were $31.8 million, a decrease of $1.8 million, or 5.4%, compared to $33.7 million for the three months ended June 30, 2020, primarily driven by lower store operating and collection costs year over year.

Corporate, district and other expenses were $43.7 million for the three months ended June 30, 2021, an increase of $14.1 million, or 47.6%, compared to the prior-year period. The year-over-year increase was primarily due to (i) $ 5.8 million of restructuring costs as described further below and in "Reconciliation of Net Income from Continuing Operations to EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA," (ii) $3.2 million of transaction costs related to the merger of Katapult and FinServ and the Flexiti acquisition also as described previously, and (iii) the timing and level of performance-based variable compensation compared to the prior-year period.

As previously announced, we closed or announced the intent to close 49 U.S. stores, 19 of which occurred in the second quarter, in response to evolving customer channel preferences that were accelerated by the impacts of COVID-19. The store closures represent nearly 25% of the Company’s U.S. stores and, other than Illinois, which were closed earlier in the year due to regulatory changes, reflect strategic consolidation of locations in dense local markets. As CURO’s omni-channel platform allows customers to transition seamlessly online, to an adjacent store or to contact centers, this consolidation reduces annual operating costs by approximately $20 million while maximizing the likelihood of retaining a large percentage of customers that had utilized the impacted stores.

The 19 U.S. stores closed during the second quarter of 2021 were in Illinois (8), Oregon (2), Colorado (2), Washington (1) and Texas (6) ("Q2 2021 U.S. Store Closures"). CURO exited Illinois given the legislative changes that eliminated its product offerings. The store closure decisions in other states were made after extensive analysis and in response to ongoing migration of customer transactions toward the online channel and the impact of COVID-19 on store traffic and profitability. CURO incurred $5.8 million of total one-time charges associated with the Q2 2021 U.S. Store Closures consisting of (i) severance and employee costs of $0.9 million, (ii) lease termination costs of $0.6 million and (iii) net accelerated depreciation and write-off of ROU assets and liabilities of $4.3 million.

During July 2021, we announced the remaining 30 of the 49 U.S. stores were closing in Texas (25), California (2), Louisiana (1), Nevada (1) and Tennessee (1) ("Q3 2021 U.S. Store Closures"). In connection with the Q3 2021 U.S. Store Closures, CURO currently expects to incur $5.7 million of total one-time charges consisting of (i) severance and employee costs of $2.5 million, (ii) lease termination costs of $0.9 million and (iii) net accelerated depreciation and write-off of ROU assets and liabilities of $2.3 million. These costs will be reflected in the third quarter 2021 results.

The store closure decisions followed an extensive evaluation that considered (i) comprehensive store-level score cards, (ii) market-level store density and the related addressable local market, (iii) the lingering and potential future COVID-19 impacts on store volume, traffic and profitability and (iv) continued migration of customer transactions toward the online channel. Of the stores closed in Texas in both quarters, 25 were from The Money Box acquisition in 2012. While historically successful, these stores did not have the high-profile, high-traffic advantages of our Speedy/Rapid Cash stores, so their profitability has declined more through COVID. All of the impacted stores are scheduled to be closed by the end of August 2021. Following these closures, CURO will operate 160 stores in the U.S. and 202 stores in Canada.

U.S. interest expense for the three months ended June 30, 2021 increased $1.2 million, or 7.6%, primarily related to the Non-Recourse U.S. SPV Facility, which we entered into in April 2020.

As previously described, we recognize our share of Katapult’s income on a one-quarter lag. We recorded income of $1.7 million for the three months ended June 30, 2021. As a result of the merger between Katapult and FinServ, which closed during the second quarter of 2021, we recorded an additional gain of $135.4 million for the three months ended June 30, 2021, which represents cash we received, net of the basis of our investment in Katapult.

U.S. Segment Results - For the Six Months Ended June 30, 2021 and 2020

U.S. revenues decreased $103.8 million, or 28.9%, compared to the prior-year period for the six months ended June 30, 2021 as a result of decreases in combined gross loans receivable from COVID-19 impacts and the continued run-off of California Installment loans due to regulatory changes. Excluding the aforementioned impact of California Installment and Virginia Revolving LOC loan runoff, U.S. revenues decreased $61.1 million, or 20.7%.

The provision for losses decreased $67.9 million, or 53.2%, for the six months ended June 30, 2021, compared to the prior-year period, primarily as a result of (i) relative sequential change in loan balances, (ii) favorable adjustments to allowance coverage from continued improved credit quality, and (iii) improved NCO rates year over year.

Non-advertising costs of providing services for the six months ended June 30, 2021 were $64.0 million, a decrease of $6.9 million, or 9.7%, compared to $70.9 million for the six months ended June 30, 2020. The decrease was primarily driven by lower collection costs resulting from stimulus-related pay-downs and lower variable costs as a result of lower demand, partially offset by higher performance-based variable compensation.

Advertising costs were $13.2 million for the six months ended June 30, 2021, a decrease of $3.0 million, or 18.4%, compared to the prior-year period as the full effect of COVID-19 did not impact our advertising spend until the second quarter of 2020.

Corporate, district and other expenses were $84.3 million for the six months ended June 30, 2021, an increase of $17.0 million, or 25.3%, compared to the six months ended June 30, 2020. For the six months ended June 30, 2021, as described in our Reconciliation of Net Income from Continuing Operations to EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA, Non-GAAP Measures above, corporate, district and other costs included (i) $6.3 million of transaction costs (ii) $6.2 million of share-based compensation costs, and (iii) $5.8 million of restructuring costs. For the six months ended June 30, 2020, corporate, district and other expenses included (i) $1.8 million of legal and other costs and (ii) share-based compensation costs of $6.5 million. Excluding these items, comparable corporate, district and other expenses increased $7.0 million year over year, primarily due to the timing and level of performance-based variable compensation, partially offset by certain cost reductions, including work-from-home initiatives, to manage COVID-19 Impacts for the six months ended June 30, 2021.

As previously described, we recognize our share of Katapult’s income on a one-quarter lag and recorded income of $2.3 million for the six months ended June 30, 2021. As a result of the merger between Katapult and FinServ, which closed during the second quarter of 2021, we recorded an additional gain of $135.4 million as of June 30, 2021, which represents cash we received, net of the basis of our investment in Katapult.

U.S. interest expense for the six months ended June 30, 2021 increased $2.7 million, or 8.8%, as a result of higher borrowings year-over-year, including the new Non-Recourse U.S. SPV Facility, which we entered into in April 2020.

Canada Direct Lending and Canada POS Lending Portfolio Performance

(in thousands, except percentages)

Q2 2021

Q1 2021

Q4 2020

Q3 2020

Q2 2020

Gross loans receivable

Canada Direct Lending Revolving LOC

$ 337,700

$ 319,307

$ 303,323

$ 265,507

$ 231,917

Canada Direct Lending Installment loans

23,564

24,385

26,948

26,639

24,861

Total Canada Direct Lending gross loans receivable

$ 361,264

$ 343,692

$ 330,271

$ 292,146

$ 256,778

Total Canada POS Lending gross loans receivable

221,453

$ 201,539

$ —

$ —

$ —

Lending Revenue:

Canada Direct Lending Revolving LOC

$ 37,450

$ 34,368

$ 31,962

$ 28,280

$ 25,819

Canada Direct Lending Installment loans

10,541

10,447

11,106

10,238

9,701

Total Canada Direct Lending - lending revenue

$ 47,991

$ 44,815

$ 43,068

$ 38,518

$ 35,520

Canada POS Lending - lending revenue

$ 6,495

$ 1,383

$ —

$ —

$ —

Lending Provision:

Canada Direct Lending Revolving LOC

$ 7,066

$ 7,909

$ 8,679

$ 9,751

$ 9,357

Canada Direct Lending Installment loans

1,438

1,234

1,972

1,426

(263)

Total Canada Direct Lending - lending provision

$ 8,504

$ 9,143

$ 10,651

$ 11,177

$ 9,094

Canada POS Lending - lending provision

$ 2,986

$ 855

$ —

$ —

$ —

Lending Net Revenue

Canada Direct Lending Revolving LOC

$ 30,384

$ 26,459

$ 23,283

$ 18,529

$ 16,462

Canada Direct Lending Installment loans

9,103

9,213

9,134

8,812

9,964

Total Canada Direct Lending - lending net revenue

$ 39,487

$ 35,672

$ 32,417

$ 27,341

$ 26,426

Canada POS Lending - lending net revenue

$ 3,509

$ 528

$ —

$ —

$ —

NCOs

Canada Direct Lending Revolving LOC

$ 10,838

$ 11,097

$ 8,907

$ 7,568

$ 11,594

Canada Direct Lending Installment loans

1,513

1,669

2,060

1,289

1,393

Total Canada Direct Lending NCOs

$ 12,351

$ 12,766

$ 10,967

$ 8,857

$ 12,987

Canada POS Lending NCOs (1)

$ 1,509

$ 213

$ —

$ —

$ —

NCO rate (2)

Canada Direct Lending Revolving LOC

3.3%

3.6%

3.1%

3.0%

4.9%

Canada Direct Lending Installment loans

6.3%

6.5%

7.7%

5.0%

4.6%

Total Canada Direct Lending NCO rate

3.5%

3.8%

3.5%

3.2%

4.9%

Canada POS Lending NCO rate

0.7%

NM (3)

—%

—%

—%

ALL (4)

Canada Direct Lending Revolving LOC

$ 26,602

$ 29,916

$ 32,773

$ 31,316

$ 28,526

Canada Direct Lending Installment loans

1,767

1,819

2,233

2,204

2,024

Total Canada Direct Lending ALL

$ 28,369

$ 31,735

$ 35,006

$ 33,520

$ 30,550

Canada POS Lending ALL (5)

$ 4,577

$ 519

$ —

$ —

$ —

ALL rate (6)

Canada Direct Lending Revolving LOC

7.9

%

9.4

%

10.8

%

11.8

%

12.3

%

Canada Direct Lending Installment loans

7.5

%

7.5

%

8.3

%

8.3

%

8.1

%

Total Canada Direct Lending ALL rate

7.9

%

9.2

%

10.6

%

11.5

%

11.9

%

Canada POS Lending ALL rate

2.1

%

0.3

%

%

%

%

Past-due rate (6)

Canada Direct Lending Revolving LOC

5.8

%

6.4

%

6.8

%

6.0

%

7.3

%

Canada Direct Lending Installment loans

2.3

%

2.1

%

2.1

%

2.9

%

3.7

%

Total Canada Direct Lending past-due rate

5.5

%

6.1

%

6.4

%

5.7

%

7.0

%

Canada POS Lending past-due rate

5.4

%

5.7

%

%

%

%

(1) For the second quarter of 2021, NCO's presented above include $2.4 million of NCO's related to the fair value discount, which are excluded from provision.

(2) We calculate NCO rate as total NCOs divided by Average gross loans receivables.

(3) Not material or not meaningful.

(4) We report ALL as a contra-asset reducing gross loans receivable on the Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets.

(5) Loans originated pre-acquisition have been adjusted to fair value at the acquisition date and included estimates of future losses. The ALL represents estimated incurred losses for loans originated after acquisition plus incurred losses for acquired loans in excess of the remaining fair value discount.

(6) We calculate ALL rate and past-due rate as the respective totals divided by gross loans receivable at each respective quarter end.

Canada Direct Lending Net Revenue

Canada Direct Lending revenue increased year over year by $16.7 million, or 36.9%, ($9.6 million, or 21.4%, on a constant-currency basis), for the three months ended June 30, 2021, due to the continued popularity and growth of Revolving LOC loans in Canada. Sequentially, Canada Direct Lending revenue increased $3.4 million, or 5.9%, driven by increases in Revolving LOC and ancillary revenue, partially offset by a decrease in Installment revenue.

The provision for losses decreased $0.6 million, or 6.6%, ($1.6 million, or 17.1%, on a constant-currency basis), to $8.6 million for the three months ended June 30, 2021, compared to $9.2 million in the prior-year period. The decrease in provision for loan losses was the result of lower NCOs and the related impact of changes in allowance coverage due to improved credit quality for Revolving LOC loans. As of June 30, 2021, allowance coverage decreased sequentially by 140 basis points, or 15.0%. On a quarterly basis, NCO rates improved approximately 140 bps, or 28.1%, year over year.

Canada Direct Lending Revolving LOC loan performance

Canada Direct Lending Revolving LOC gross loans receivable increased $105.8 million, or 45.6%, ($75.1 million, or 32.4%, on a constant-currency basis) year over year and $18.4 million, or 5.8% ($14.0 million, or 4.4%, on a constant-currency basis) sequentially. Revolving LOC revenue increased $11.6 million, or 45.0%, year over year and $3.1 million, or 9.0%, sequentially ($7.4 million, or 28.5%, and $2.0 million, or 5.7%, respectively, on a constant-currency basis). The allowance coverage decreased year over year from 12.3% to 7.9% as of June 30, 2021 due to sustained favorable trends in NCOs and continued lower past-due balances as a percentage of total gross loans receivable. The year-over-year NCO rate and past-due rate for Revolving LOC gross loans receivable improved by 160 bps and 155 bps, respectively.

Canada Direct Lending Installment loan performance

Canada Direct Lending Installment revenue increased $0.8 million, or 8.7%, (and decreased $0.4 million, or 3.7%, on a constant-currency basis) year over year. Installment gross loans receivable decreased $1.3 million, or 5.2% ($3.4 million, or 13.8%, on a constant-currency basis) year over year. The decreases in Installment loans and related revenue were due to a continued shift to Revolving LOC loans, as well as COVID-19 related constraints on demand, particularly as related to store-driven Installment loans. The Installment allowance coverage decreased year over year from 8.1% to 7.5% as a result of favorable trends in past-due balances. The year-over-year past-due rate for Installment loans improved by 145 bps. Sequentially, Installment gross loans receivable decreased $0.8 million, or 3.4%, ($1.1 million, or 4.6%, on a constant-currency basis) and related revenue increased $0.1 million, or 0.9% (and decreased $0.2 million, or 1.9%, on a constant-currency basis).

Canada POS Lending Revolving LOC loan performance

Canada POS Lending Revolving LOC gross loans receivable as of June 30, 2021 was $221.5 million, including a discount of $8.9 million related to purchase accounting adjustments ($230.4 million prior to purchase accounting adjustments). For the three months ended June 30, 2021, Canada POS Lending revenue was $7.0 million, which included a $4.0 million reduction as a result of acquisition-related adjustments for the period. For a full discussion of the purchase accounting and acquisition-related adjustments, refer to "Consolidated Revenue by Product and Segment" earlier within this release. Revolving LOC gross loans receivable generally charge-off at 180 days past due. NCOs were $1.5 million for the three months ended June 30, 2021. The Canada Lending NCO and past-due rates for the quarter were 0.7% and 5.4%, respectively.

Originations for the three months ended June 30, 2021 were $103.9 million in Canadian dollars ("C$"), an increase of C$56.2 million, or 117.8%, from the prior-year period of C$47.7 million. Sequentially, Canada POS Revolving LOC gross loans receivable increased $19.9 million, or 9.9%.

Canada Direct Lending Results of Operations

Three Months Ended June 30,

Six Months Ended June 30,

(dollars in thousands, unaudited)

2021

2020

Change $

Change %

2021

2020

Change $

Change %

Revenue

$ 61,880

$ 45,189

$ 16,691

36.9

%

$ 120,320

$ 104,227

$ 16,093

15.4

%

Provision for losses

8,556

9,163

(607)

(6.6)

%

17,790

36,658

(18,868)

(51.5)

%

Net revenue

53,324

36,026

17,298

48.0

%

102,530

67,569

34,961

51.7

%

Advertising

778

481

297

61.7

%

1,682

1,755

(73)

(4.2)

%

Non-advertising costs of providing services

18,683

15,906

2,777

17.5

%

36,765

34,016

2,749

8.1

%

Total cost of providing services

19,461

16,387

3,074

18.8

%

38,447

35,771

2,676

7.5

%

Gross margin

33,863

19,639

14,224

72.4

%

64,083

31,798

32,285

#

Corporate, district and other expenses

6,022

7,150

(1,128)

(15.8)

%

11,640

12,307

(667)

(5.4)

%

Interest expense

2,498

2,198

300

13.6

%

4,853

4,676

177

3.8

%

Total operating expense

8,520

9,348

(828)

(8.9)

%

16,493

16,983

(490)

(2.9)

%

Segment operating income

25,343

10,291

15,052

#

47,590

14,815

32,775

#

Interest expense

2,498

2,198

300

13.6

%

4,853

4,676

177

3.8

%

Depreciation and amortization

1,144

1,108

36

3.2

%

2,270

2,268

2

0.1

%

EBITDA (1)

28,985

13,597

15,388

#

54,713

21,759

32,954

#

Canada GST adjustment

2,160

(2,160)

2,160

(2,160)

Other adjustments

107

281

(174)

148

437

(289)

Adjusted EBITDA (1)

$ 29,092

$ 16,038

$ 13,054

81.4

%

$ 54,861

$ 24,356

$ 30,505

125.2

%

# - Variance greater than 100% or not meaningful.

(1) These are non-GAAP metrics. For a description of each non-GAAP addback, see the applicable reconciliations contained under "Results of Consolidated Operations." For a description of each non-GAAP metric, see "Non-GAAP Financial Measures."

Canada Direct Lending Segment Results - For the Three Months Ended June 30, 2021 and 2020

For a discussion of revenue, provision for losses and related gross combined loans receivables, see "Canada Direct Lending and Canada POS Lending Portfolio Performance," above.

Canada Direct Lending cost of providing services were $19.5 million for the three months ended June 30, 2021, an increase of $3.1 million, or 18.8% ($0.9 million or 5.2%, on a constant currency basis), compared to the prior year, primarily due to timing and level of performance-based variable compensation and higher store operating costs.

Canada Direct Lending operating expenses decreased to $8.5 million for the three months ended June 30, 2021 compared to $9.3 million for the three months ended June 30, 2020.

Canada Direct Lending Segment Results - For the Six Months Ended June 30, 2021 and 2020

Canada Direct Lending revenue increased $16.1 million, or 15.4% ($5.8 million, or 5.6%, on a constant currency basis), to $120.3 million for the six months ended June 30, 2021, from $ 104.2 million in the prior year, primarily due to higher consumer demand as COVID-19 Impacts lessen. Canada Direct Lending Revolving LOC gross loans receivable grew $105.8 million, or 45.6%, year over year, contributing to related revenue growth of $17.0 million, or 31.0% for the six months ended June 30, 2021 compared to the prior-year period.

The provision for losses decreased $18.9 million, or 51.5%, ($20.3 million, or 55.4% on a constant currency basis), to $17.8 million for the six months ended June 30, 2021, compared to $36.7 million in the prior-year period. The decrease in provision for loan losses was the result of lower NCOs and the related impact of changes in allowance coverage due to an increase in credit quality for Revolving LOC loans. Refer to "Canada Direct Lending and Canada POS Lending Portfolio Performance," above for additional details on quarterly loss and allowance rates.

Canada Direct Lending cost of providing services for the six months ended June 30, 2021 were $38.4 million, an increase of $2.7 million, or 7.5% ($0.6 million, or 1.7%, on a constant-currency basis), compared to $35.8 million for the six months ended June 30, 2020, primarily related to volume-driven variable costs, such as underwriting data and financial services fees and higher store operating costs for the six months ended June 30, 2021 compared to the six months ended June 30, 2020.

Canada Direct Lending operating expenses for the six months ended June 30, 2021 were $16.5 million for the six months ended June 30, 2021 compared to $17.0 million for the six months ended June 30, 2020.

Canada POS Lending Results of Operations

Three Months Ended June 30,

Six Months Ended June 30,

(dollars in thousands, unaudited)

2021

2021

Revenue

$ 7,019

$ 8,638

Provision for losses

2,987

3,842

Net revenue

4,032

4,796

Advertising

176

215

Non-advertising costs of providing services

314

387

Total cost of providing services

490

602

Gross margin

3,542

4,194

Corporate, district and other expenses

9,869

12,494

Interest expense

3,604

4,430

Total operating expense

13,473

16,924

Segment operating loss

(9,931)

(12,730)

Interest expense

3,604

4,430

Depreciation and amortization

3,283

3,996

EBITDA (1)

(3,044)

(4,304)

Acquisition accounting adjustment

5,495

5,495

Other adjustments

(17)

(17)

Adjusted EBITDA (1)

$ 2,434

$ 1,174

# - Variance greater than 100% or not meaningful.

(1) These are non-GAAP metrics. For a description of each non-GAAP addback, see the applicable reconciliations contained under "Results of Consolidated Operations." For a description of each non-GAAP metric, see "Non-GAAP Financial Measures."

Canada POS Lending Segment Results - For the Three and Six Months Ended June 30, 2021

For a discussion of revenue, provision for losses and related gross loans receivables, see the "Canada Direct Lending and Canada POS Lending Portfolio Performance," above for the three months ended June 30, 2021. Canada POS Lending segment revenue includes revenue from merchant discounts and ancillary products. MDR represents the discount merchant partners provide to help facilitate customer credit card purchases at merchant locations. The fee is recognized over the estimated average loan term of 12 months. Ancillary revenue includes administrative fees, annual fees, insurance product fees and other fees charged to customers.

For the six months ended June 30, 2021, Canada POS Lending revenues were $8.6 million, and included a $4.0 million reduction as a result of acquisition-related adjustments. For a full discussion of acquisition-related adjustments, refer to "Consolidated Revenue by Product and Segment" earlier within this release.

Provision for losses for the six months ended June 30, 2021 was $3.8 million. Refer to "Canada Direct Lending and Canada POS Lending Portfolio Performance," above for additional details on quarterly loss and allowance rates.

CURO GROUP HOLDINGS CORP. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(in thousands)

June 30, 2021 (unaudited)

December 31, 2020

ASSETS

Cash and cash equivalents

$ 276,367

$ 213,343

Restricted cash (includes restricted cash of consolidated VIEs of $43,553 and $31,994 as of June 30, 2021 and December 31, 2020, respectively)

69,299

54,765

Gross loans receivable (includes loans of consolidated VIEs of $592,283 and $360,431 as of June 30, 2021 and December 31, 2020, respectively)

769,228

553,722

Less: Allowance for loan losses (includes allowance for losses of consolidated VIEs of $44,605 and $54,129 as of June 30, 2021 and December 31, 2020, respectively)

(67,861)

(86,162)

Loans receivable, net

701,367

467,560

Income taxes receivable

2,175

32,062

Prepaid expenses and other (includes prepaid expenses and other of consolidated VIEs of $0 and $388 as of June 30, 2021 and December 31, 2020, respectively)

31,209

27,994

Property and equipment, net

51,170

59,749

Investment in Katapult

16,501

27,370

Right of use asset - operating leases

106,698

115,032

Deferred tax assets

6,264

Goodwill and Intangibles, net

274,119

176,516

Other assets

9,296

8,595

Total Assets

$ 1,544,465

$ 1,182,986

LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY

Liabilities

Accounts payable and accrued liabilities (includes accounts payable and accrued liabilities of consolidated VIEs of $6,078 and $34,055 as of June 30, 2021 and December 31, 2020, respectively)

$ 64,406

$ 49,624

Deferred revenue

10,394

5,394

Lease liability - operating leases

113,415

122,648

Contingent consideration related to acquisition

21,239

Accrued interest (includes accrued interest of consolidated VIEs of $1,435 and $1,147 as of June 30, 2021 and December 31, 2020, respectively)

20,411

20,123

Liability for losses on CSO lender-owned consumer loans

5,265

7,228

Debt (includes debt and issuance costs of consolidated VIEs of $349,311 and $11,077 as of June 30, 2021 and $147,427 and $7,766 as of December 31, 2020, respectively)

1,019,127

819,661

Other long-term liabilities

13,796

15,382

Deferred tax liabilities

9,710

11,021

Total Liabilities

$ 1,277,763

$ 1,051,081

Stockholders' Equity

Total Stockholders' Equity

$ 266,702

$ 131,905

Total Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity

$ 1,544,465

$ 1,182,986

Balance Sheet Changes - June 30, 2021 Compared to December 31, 2020

Cash and cash equivalents - The increase in Cash and cash equivalents from December 31, 2020 was primarily due to the one-time cash inflow of $146.9 million from the merger of Katapult and FinServ, partially offset by increased demand for loan products as COVID-19 Impacts lessened during the first half of 2021.

Restricted cash - The increase in Restricted cash from December 31, 2020 was primarily due to our Non-Recourse U.S. SPV Facility, our new Non-Recourse Flexiti SPE Facility entered into as part of our acquisition in March 2021, and growth in Opt+ products.

Gross loans receivable and Allowance for loan losses - The increase in Gross loans receivable from December 31, 2020 was primarily due to the acquisition of Flexiti, which accounted for $221.5 million of gross loans receivable as of June 30, 2021, and growth in the Canada Direct Lending Revolving LOC loans. The increase was partially offset by a decline in the U.S. Refer to "Consolidated Loans Receivable" and "Portfolio Performance Analysis" above for additional details.

Investment in Katapult - The change in Investment in Katapult from December 31, 2020 was due to the Katapult and FinServ merger, which closed on June 9, 2021, impacting our ownership in Katapult. After the merger, we now maintain a 20.7% ownership in Katapult, compared to 47.7% before the merger. Refer to the "Katapult Update for the Three and Six Months Ended June 30, 2021 and 2020" for additional details.

Goodwill and Intangible Assets - The increases in Goodwill and Intangible assets from December 31, 2020 were due to our acquisition of Flexiti on March 10, 2021, which accounted for $95.7 million of goodwill and intangible assets.

Debt - The increase in debt from December 31, 2020 is primarily due to our new Non-Recourse Flexiti SPE Facility entered into as part of our acquisition in March 2021.

Contingent Consideration related to acquisition - The acquisition of Flexiti on March 10, 2021 included an up-front purchase price as well as a cash earn-out of up to approximately $32.8 million. The cash earn-out is recorded at fair value based on discounted expected cash flows and remeasured periodically.

Debt Capitalization Summary

(in thousands, net of deferred financing costs)

Capacity

Interest Rate

Maturity

Counter-parties

Balance as of June 30, 2021 (in USD)

Non-Recourse Canada SPV Facility (1)

C$175.0 million

3-Mo CDOR + 6.75%

September 2, 2023

Waterfall Asset Management

$ 98,881

Senior Secured Revolving Credit Facility

$50.0 million

1-Mo LIBOR + 5.00%

June 30, 2022

BayCoast Bank; Stride Bank; Hancock-Whitney Bank; Metropolitan Commercial Bank

Non-Recourse U.S. SPV Facility

$200.0 million

1-Mo LIBOR + 6.25%(2)

April 8, 2024

Atalaya Capital Management, MetaBank

44,489

Non-Recourse Flexiti SPE Facility (1)(3)

C$500.0 million

3-Mo CDOR + 4.40%

March 10, 2024

Credit Suisse (Class A); SPF (Class B)

194,864

Cash Money Revolving Credit Facility (1)

C$10.0 million

Canada Prime Rate +1.95%

On-demand

Royal Bank of Canada

8.25% Senior Secured Notes (due 2025) (4)

$690.0 million

8.25%

September 1, 2025

680,893

(1) Capacity amounts are denominated in Canadian dollars, while outstanding balances as of June 30, 2021 are denominated in U.S. dollars.

(2) The Non-Recourse U.S. SPV Facility initially provided for $100.0 million of borrowing capacity, which increased to $200.0 million on July 31, 2020 following additional commitments. As of June 30, 2021 interest accrues at an annual rate of one-month LIBOR (with a floor of 1.65%) plus 6.25%.

(3) The current Non-Recourse Flexiti SPE Facility was entered into concurrent with the Flexiti acquisition. Interest accrues at an annual rate of three-month CDOR plus 4.40%.

(4) On July 16, 2021, we announced the pricing of our $750 million aggregate principal amount of new 7.50% Senior Secured Notes, which will be used to redeem our $690.0 million 8.25% Senior Secured Notes upon the expected closing on July 30, 2021.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

In addition to the financial information prepared in conformity with U.S. GAAP, we provide certain "non-GAAP financial measures," including:

  • Adjusted Net Income and Adjusted Earnings Per Share, or the Adjusted Earnings Measures (net income from continuing operations plus or minus certain legal and other costs, income or loss from equity method investment, goodwill and intangible asset impairments, transaction-related costs, restructuring costs, adjustments related to acquisition accounting, share-based compensation, intangible asset amortization, certain tax adjustments and impacts from tax law changes and cumulative tax effect of applicable adjustments, on a total and per share basis);

  • EBITDA (earnings before interest, income taxes, depreciation and amortization);

  • Adjusted EBITDA (EBITDA plus or minus certain non-cash and other adjusting items);

  • Adjusted effective income tax rate (effective tax rate plus or minus certain non-cash and other adjusting items); and

  • Gross Combined Loans Receivable (includes loans originated by third-party lenders through CSO programs which are not included in the Consolidated Financial Statements).

We believe that presentation of non-GAAP financial information is meaningful and useful in understanding the activities and business metrics of the Company's operations. We believe that these non-GAAP financial measures reflect an additional way of viewing aspects of the business that, when viewed with the Company's U.S. GAAP results, provide a more complete understanding of factors and trends affecting the business.

We believe that investors regularly rely on non-GAAP financial measures, such as Adjusted Net Income, Adjusted Earnings per Share, EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA, to assess operating performance and that such measures may highlight trends in the business that may not otherwise be apparent when relying on financial measures calculated in accordance with U.S. GAAP. In addition, we believe that the adjustments shown above are useful to investors in order to allow them to compare our financial results during the periods shown without the effect of each of these income or expense items. In addition, we believe that Adjusted Net Income, Adjusted Earnings per Share, EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA are frequently used by securities analysts, investors and other interested parties in the evaluation of public companies in our industry, many of which present Adjusted Net Income, Adjusted Earnings per Share, EBITDA and/or Adjusted EBITDA when reporting their results.

In addition to reporting loans receivable information in accordance with U.S. GAAP, we provide Gross Combined Loans Receivable consisting of owned loans receivable plus loans originated by third-party lenders through the CSO programs, which we guarantee but do not include in the Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements. Management believes this analysis provides investors with important information needed to evaluate overall lending performance.

We provide non-GAAP financial information for informational purposes and to enhance understanding of the U.S. GAAP Consolidated Financial Statements. Adjusted Net Income, Adjusted Earnings per Share, EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA and Gross Combined Loans Receivable should not be considered as alternatives to income from continuing operations, segment operating income, or any other performance measure derived in accordance with U.S. GAAP, or as an alternative to cash flows from operating activities or any other liquidity measure derived in accordance with U.S. GAAP. Readers should consider the information in addition to, but not instead of or superior to, the financial statements prepared in accordance with U.S. GAAP. This non-GAAP financial information may be determined or calculated differently by other companies, limiting the usefulness of those measures for comparative purposes.

Description and Reconciliations of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

Adjusted Net Income, Adjusted Earnings per Share, EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA Measures have limitations as analytical tools, and you should not consider these measures in isolation or as a substitute for analysis of our income or cash flows as reported under U.S. GAAP. Some of these limitations are:

  • they do not include cash expenditures or future requirements for capital expenditures or contractual commitments;

  • they do not include changes in, or cash requirements for, working capital needs;

  • they do not include the interest expense, or the cash requirements necessary to service interest or principal payments on debt;

  • depreciation and amortization are non-cash expense items reported in the statements of cash flows; and

  • other companies in our industry may calculate these measures differently, limiting their usefulness as comparative measures.

We calculate Adjusted Earnings per Share utilizing diluted shares outstanding at year-end. If the Company records a loss from continuing operations under U.S. GAAP, shares outstanding utilized to calculate Diluted Earnings per Share from continuing operations are equivalent to basic shares outstanding. Shares outstanding utilized to calculate Adjusted Earnings per Share from continuing operations reflect the number of diluted shares the Company would have reported if reporting net income from continuing operations under U.S. GAAP.

As noted above, Gross Combined Loans Receivable includes loans originated by third-party lenders through CSO programs which are not included in the consolidated financial statements but from which we earn revenue and for which we provide a guarantee to the lender. Management believes this analysis provides investors with important information needed to evaluate overall lending performance.

We believe Adjusted Net Income, Adjusted Earnings per Share, EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA are used by investors to analyze operating performance and to evaluate our ability to incur and service debt and the capacity for making capital expenditures. Adjusted EBITDA is also useful to investors to help assess our estimated enterprise value. The computation of Adjusted EBITDA as presented in this release may differ from the computation of similarly-titled measures provided by other companies.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements include projections, estimates and assumptions about the contributions of the LFL Group POS financing agreement; growth in Flexiti’s originations; reduced operating costs following store consolidations; increased liquidity from our new senior secured notes; the run-off of Verge loan balances; the operational and financial impact of our store consolidations; and our belief in the usefulness of the various non-GAAP financial measures used in this release. In addition, words such as "guidance," "estimate," "anticipate," "believe," "forecast," "step," "plan," "predict," "focused," "project," "is likely," "expect," "intend," "should," "will," "confident," variations of such words and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Our ability to achieve these forward-looking statements is based on certain assumptions, judgments and other factors, both within and outside of our control, that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements, including: errors in our internal forecasts; the effects of competition on the Company’s business; our ability to attract and retain customers; market, financial, political and legal conditions; actions of regulators and the negative impact of those actions on our business; the future impact of COVID-19 pandemic or any other similar wide-spread event on the Company’s business and the global economy; our dependence on third-party lenders to provide the cash we need to fund our loans and our ability to affordably access third-party financing; our level of indebtedness; our ability to integrate acquired businesses; our ability to protect our proprietary technology and analytics and keep up with that of our competitors; disruption of our information technology systems that adversely affect our business operations; ineffective pricing of the credit risk of our prospective or existing customers; inaccurate information supplied by customers or third parties that could lead to errors in judging customers’ qualifications to receive loans; improper disclosure of customer personal data; failure of third parties who provide products, services or support to us; any failure of third-party lenders upon whom we rely to conduct business in certain states; disruption to our relationships with banks and other third-party electronic payment solutions providers as well as other factors discussed in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. These projections, estimates and assumptions may prove to be inaccurate in the future. These forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties that are difficult to predict with regard to timing, extent, likelihood and degree of occurrence. There may be additional risks that CURO presently does not know or that it currently believes are immaterial that could also cause actual results to differ from those contained in the forward-looking statements. Given these risks and uncertainties, investors should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements as a prediction of actual future results. We undertake no obligation to update, amend or clarify any forward-looking statement for any reason.

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About CURO

CURO Group Holdings Corp. (NYSE: CURO) serves the evolving needs of the financial consumer. In 1997, the Company was founded in Riverside, California by three Wichita, Kansas childhood friends to meet the growing consumer need for short-term loans. Their success led to opening stores across the United States, later expanding to offer online loans and financial services in the United States and Canada and now broadening into a full-spectrum consumer lender through the point-of-sale / buy-now-pay-later channel. CURO combines its market expertise with a fully integrated technology platforms, an omni-channel approach and advanced credit decisioning to provide an array of credit products across all mediums. CURO operates under a number of brands including Speedy Cash®, Rapid Cash®, Cash Money®, LendDirect®, Flexiti®, Avío Credit®, Opt+® and Revolve Finance®. With over 20 years of operating experience, CURO provides financial freedom to non-prime consumers.

Conference Call

CURO will host a conference call to discuss these results at 8:15 a.m. Eastern Time on Thursday, July 29, 2021. The live webcast of the call can be accessed at the CURO Investor Relations website at http://ir.curo.com/.

You may access the call at 1-844-407-9500 (1-862-298-0850 for international callers). Please ask to join the CURO Group Holdings call. A replay of the conference call will be available until August 4, 2021, at 8:15 a.m. Eastern Time. An archived version of the webcast will be available on the CURO Investors website for 90 days. You may access the conference call replay at 1-877-481-4010 (1-919-882-2331 for international callers). The replay access code is 42287.

Final Results

The financial results presented and discussed herein are on a preliminary and unaudited basis; final unaudited data will be included in the Company’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the three and six months ended June 30, 2021.

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Contacts

Investor Relations:
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Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Acting Chief Accounting Officer
Phone: 844-200-0342
Email: IR@curo.com

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