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H&R Block Reports Fiscal 2012 Results; Update on Share Repurchases


June 26, 2012 - Kansas City, MO

H&R Block, Inc. (NYSE: HRB)

  • Fiscal 2012 GAAP diluted earnings per share(1) from continuing operations of $1.16, above prior outlook of $1.09 to $1.15 per share
  • Total revenues of $2.9 billion, in line with prior outlook
  • Total worldwide tax returns prepared up 1.1 million, or 4.3 percent, to record 25.6 million
  • Total Emerald Card units issued up 24 percent to 2.9 million, with $9.5 billion in total deposits
  • Achieved share growth in both assisted and digital categories for second consecutive year
  • Repurchased and retired 8 percent of shares outstanding, or 22.8 million shares, since fiscal third quarter ended Jan. 31, 2012

H&R Block, Inc. (NYSE: HRB) today reported GAAP net income from continuing operations for the fiscal year ended April 30, 2012 of $346.0 million, or $1.16 per share. These results include after-tax charges of $30.8 million, or 10 cents per share, largely related to a previously announced strategic realignment and litigation expenses. Total revenues of $2.9 billion were down 1.7 percent compared to the prior year.

"I am very pleased that we served a record 25.6 million clients this year," said Bill Cobb, H&R Block's President and Chief Executive Officer. "We achieved our top goal this fiscal year by growing clients and share in both the assisted and digital categories for the second consecutive year. During my first year as CEO, we also rationalized our cost structure and shed non-core assets to drive higher margins and to refocus the business on what we do best -- tax preparation. Today, we believe we're running a better, nimbler, and more client-centric company, which positions us well for long-term client and earnings growth."

Tax Services

Based on preliminary data, the company believes total filings at the IRS during tax season 2012 increased by approximately 2 percent to 133.5 million returns. The company estimates it gained 30 basis points of total U.S. market share, including 75 basis points of share in the do-it-yourself category and 10 basis points of share in the assisted category.

Total tax returns prepared worldwide in fiscal 2012 grew by 4.3 percent, or 1.1 million, to a record 25.6 million. In the U.S., total returns prepared grew by 4.2 percent, or nearly 900,000. Total international returns prepared grew 5.3 percent to 3.2 million, with strong growth in both Canada and Australia.

Total segment revenues declined 1.7 percent from the prior year to $2.9 billion. Tax preparation and related revenues increased 1.2 percent, or $23.5 million. Higher tax preparation revenues were offset by a decline in financial product revenues. To attract and retain more early-season tax clients, the company offered free refund anticipation checks (RACs), to clients electing to deposit their refunds on the H&R Block Emerald Prepaid MasterCard®. This promotion resulted in a 24 percent increase in total Emerald Card units issued, but a decline of $49.3 million in RAC revenues. The company also changed its underwriting criteria for its Emerald Advance program in fiscal 2012. While this change led to a $34.6 million decline in interest income, associated credit losses fell by $71.0 million. Prior year results also included $17.2 million of non-recurring revenue from a terminated refund anticipation loan contract.

The Tax Services segment reported pretax income of $704.0 million compared to $767.5 million in the prior year. The decline in profitability was primarily due to lower revenues from financial products, increased marketing expense, and a decline in gains from the sale of company-owned offices, partially offset by lower credit losses.

Corporate

Corporate includes costs incurred by support departments, such as finance and legal, as well as net interest margin and other gains/losses associated with H&R Block Bank's mortgage loan portfolio. For fiscal 2012, the pretax loss in corporate operations improved to $127.9 million compared to a loss of $139.8 million in the prior year. A shrinking loan portfolio and moderation of delinquency and severity rates resulted in an $11.5 million reduction in loss provisions on mortgage loans held for investment at H&R Block Bank.

The company's effective tax rate for continuing operations in fiscal 2012 was 39.9 percent compared to 37.5 percent in the prior year. The higher effective tax rate was primarily due to increased tax expense related to changes in the value of investments held within company-owned life insurance (COLI) policies. The company also expects to surrender certain COLI policies over the next 12 months, which triggered a one-time tax expense for prior year gains in fiscal 2012. Excluding discrete items, the company expects its effective tax rate in fiscal 2013 to approximate 39 percent.

Discontinued Operations

Discontinued operations include the results of RSM McGladrey (RSM) and Sand Canyon Corporation, formerly known as Option One Mortgage Corporation, and its subsidiaries (SCC).

Discontinued operations reported a fourth quarter net loss of $5.6 million, compared to net income of $15.7 million in the prior-year period. For fiscal 2012, the net loss of $80.0 million compared to net income of $13.6 million in the prior-year period. The variance to the prior fiscal year is primarily due to a $36.9 million net loss on the sale of RSM, a previously announced settlement by SCC with the Securities and Exchange Commission, and higher loss provisions for representation and warranty claims that were recorded in the second quarter of fiscal 2012.

As previously announced on April 25, SCC received new claims for alleged breaches of representation and warranties in the principal amount of $543 million during the fiscal fourth quarter. Claims in the principal amount of $329 million were reviewed during the quarter, of which 4 percent were determined to be valid. Incurred losses totaling $12.9 million during the quarter were charged against SCC's accrual for representation and warranty liabilities.

Total claims of $618 million remain subject to review as of April 30. SCC ended fiscal 2012 with net equity of approximately $265 million, in addition to an accrual of $130 million for representation and warranty liabilities.

"This incremental claim activity does not change how we think about Sand Canyon's exposure to rep and warrant related claims or how H&R Block thinks about capital allocation. Sand Canyon is a separate legal entity from H&R Block and we believe our legal position is strong on any potential corporate veil-piercing arguments," said Cobb.

Balance Sheet

At April 30, 2012, the Company had unrestricted cash of $1.9 billion and total outstanding debt of $1.0 billion. Shareholder equity at April 30 was $1.3 billion.

Share Repurchases and Dividends

In fiscal 2012, the company repurchased and retired 14.6 million shares of its common stock at an aggregate price of $200.0 million, or $13.74 per share, including the repurchase of 1.5 million shares during the fourth quarter. At April 30, 292.1 million shares were outstanding.

During the first quarter of fiscal 2013 to-date, the company has repurchased and retired an additional 21.3 million shares at an aggregate price of $315.0 million, or $14.82 per share. As of today, 270.9 million shares are outstanding.

"Since I became CEO in May 2011, we have returned $723 million to shareholders through share repurchases and dividends. Over that 13 month span, we repurchased 12 percent of outstanding shares and raised our annual dividend by 33 percent. We believe these actions demonstrate that we have a lot of confidence in our business and that our philosophy on capital allocation is shareholder friendly," added Cobb.

The company completed these share repurchases under a $2.0 billion share repurchase program approved by the company's board of directors in June 2008. Under this program, the company has repurchased shares of its common stock for an aggregate purchase price of $1.1 billion. Although the share repurchase program was originally scheduled to expire on June 30, 2012, the company's board recently voted to extend the expiration of the program until June 30, 2015.

A previously announced quarterly cash dividend of 20 cents per share is payable on July 2, 2012 to shareholders of record as of June 11, 2012.

Conference Call

At 4:30 p.m. Eastern time today, the company will host a conference call for analysts, institutional investors and shareholders. To access the call, please dial the number below approximately 5 to 10 minutes prior to the scheduled starting time:

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

Conference ID: 81619408

The call will also be webcast in a listen-only format for the media and public. The link to the webcast can be accessed directly at http://investors.hrblock.com.

A replay of the call will be available beginning at 6:30 p.m. Eastern on June 26 and continuing until July 10, 2012, by dialing (855) 859-2056 (U.S./Canada) or (404) 537-3406 (International). The conference ID is 81619408. The webcast will be available for replay beginning on June 27 at http://investors.hrblock.com.

Forward-Looking Statements
This press release may contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the federal securities laws. Forward-looking statements can be identified by the fact that they do not relate strictly to historical or current facts. They often include words or variation of words such as "expects," "anticipates," "intends," "plans," "believes," "seeks," "estimates," "would," "will," "should," "could" or "may." Forward-looking statements provide management's current expectations or predictions of future conditions, events or results. They may include estimates of revenues, income, earnings per share, capital expenditures, dividends, liquidity, capital structure or other financial items, descriptions of management's plans or objectives for future operations, products or services, or descriptions of assumptions underlying any of the above. All forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they are made and reflect the company's good faith beliefs, assumptions and expectations, but they are not guarantees of future performance. Furthermore, the company disclaims any obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement to reflect changes in underlying assumptions or factors, of new information, data or methods, future events or other changes, except as required by federal securities laws. By their nature, forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties. For a discussion of these and other factors that could cause the company's future results to differ materially from any forward-looking statements, see the section entitled "Risk Factors" in the company's Annual Report on Form 10-K and in other filings by the company with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

About H&R Block
H&R Block, Inc. (NYSE: HRB) is the world's largest tax services provider, having prepared more than 600 million tax returns worldwide since 1955. In fiscal 2012, H&R Block had annual revenues of $2.9 billion and prepared 25.6 million tax returns worldwide. Tax return preparation services are provided in company-owned and franchise retail tax offices by nearly 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.

(1) All per share amounts are based on fully diluted shares




H&R BLOCK
KEY OPERATING RESULTS
Unaudited, amounts in thousands, except per share data

Three months ended April 30,
------------------------------------------------
Revenues Income (loss)
----------------------- ------------------------
2012 2011 2012 2011
----------- ----------- ----------- -----------

Tax Services $ 1,994,234 $ 2,036,985 $ 1,015,735 $ 1,092,363
Corporate and Eliminations 6,440 8,274 (34,109) (48,025)
----------- ----------- ----------- -----------
$ 2,000,674 $ 2,045,259 981,626 1,044,338
=========== ===========
Income taxes 389,923 401,505
----------- -----------
Net income from continuing
operations 591,703 642,833
Net income (loss) from
discontinued operations (5,600) 15,728
----------- -----------
Net income $ 586,103 $ 658,561
=========== ===========

Basic earnings (loss) per
share:
Net income from
continuing operations $ 2.02 $ 2.10
Net income (loss) from
discontinued operations (0.02) 0.05
----------- -----------
Net income $ 2.00 $ 2.15
=========== ===========

Basic shares outstanding 293,103 305,283

Diluted earnings (loss)
per share:
Net income from
continuing operations $ 2.01 $ 2.09
Net income (loss) from
discontinued operations (0.02) 0.05
----------- -----------
Net income $ 1.99 $ 2.14
=========== ===========

Diluted shares outstanding 293,985 306,118



Year ended April 30,
------------------------------------------------
Revenues Income (loss)
----------------------- ------------------------
2012 2011 2012 2011
----------- ----------- ----------- -----------

Tax Services $ 2,862,378 $ 2,912,361 $ 704,002 $ 767,498
Corporate and Eliminations 31,393 32,619 (127,932) (139,795)
----------- ----------- ----------- -----------
$ 2,893,771 $ 2,944,980 576,070 627,703
=========== ===========
Income taxes 230,102 235,156
----------- -----------
Net income from continuing
operations 345,968 392,547
Net income (loss) from
discontinued operations (80,036) 13,563
----------- -----------
Net income $ 265,932 $ 406,110
=========== ===========

Basic earnings (loss) per
share:
Net income from
continuing operations $ 1.16 $ 1.27
Net income (loss) from
discontinued operations (0.27) 0.04
----------- -----------
Net income $ 0.89 $ 1.31
=========== ===========

Basic shares outstanding 297,863 309,230

Diluted earnings (loss)
per share:
Net income from
continuing operations $ 1.16 $ 1.27
Net income (loss) from
discontinued operations (0.27) 0.04
----------- -----------
Net income $ 0.89 $ 1.31
=========== ===========

Diluted shares outstanding 298,601 309,777

NOTES TO CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

In November 2011, we sold RSM McGladrey, Inc. (RSM) to McGladrey & Pullen LLP (M&P) for net cash proceeds of $523.1 million. We also received at the time of sale a long-term note in the amount of $54.0 million. M&P assumed substantially all liabilities of RSM, including contingent payments and lease obligations. We have indemnified M&P for certain litigation matters. The net after tax loss on the sale of RSM totaled $36.9 million, which includes an $85.4 million impairment of goodwill recorded in our first quarter and tax benefits associated with capital loss carry-forwards utilized.

As of April 30, 2012, the results of operations of this business are presented as discontinued operations in the consolidated financial statements. All periods presented in our consolidated balance sheets and statements of income have been reclassified to reflect our discontinued operations.

In April 2012, we announced a strategic realignment which eliminated approximately 350 positions and closed approximately 200 underperforming company-owned offices. We recorded $31.2 million in severance costs and $5.5 million in lease termination costs and impairment charges in the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2012.

 H&R BLOCKCONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETSUnaudited, amounts in thousands, except per share data April 30, April 30, 2012 2011 ----------- ----------- ASSETSCurrent assets: Cash and cash equivalents $ 1,944,334 $ 1,677,844 Cash and cash equivalents - restricted 48,100 48,383 Receivables, net 193,858 230,172 Prepaid expenses and other current assets 314,702 191,360 Assets of discontinued operations, held for sale - 900,328 ----------- ----------- Total current assets 2,500,994 3,048,087 Mortgage loans held for investment, net 406,201 485,008 Investments in available-for-sale securities 371,315 163,836 Property and equipment, net 252,985 255,298 Intangible assets, net 264,451 275,342 Goodwill 427,566 434,151 Other assets 426,055 627,731 ----------- -----------Total assets $ 4,649,567 $ 5,289,453 =========== =========== LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITYCurrent liabilities: Customer banking deposits $ 827,549 $ 852,220 Accounts payable, accrued expenses and other current liabilities 567,079 550,982 Accrued salaries, wages and payroll taxes 163,992 208,748 Accrued income taxes 336,374 458,911 Current portion of long-term debt 631,434 557 Federal Home Loan Bank borrowings - 25,000 Liabilities of discontinued operations, held for sale - 241,562 ----------- ----------- Total current liabilities 2,526,428 2,337,980 Long-term debt 409,115 1,039,527 Other noncurrent liabilities 388,132 462,372 ----------- ----------- Total liabilities 3,323,675 3,839,879 ----------- ----------- Stockholders' equity: Common stock, no par, stated value $.01 per share 3,979 4,124 Additional paid-in capital 796,784 812,666 Accumulated other comprehensive income 12,145 11,233 Retained earnings 2,523,997 2,658,103 Less treasury shares, at cost (2,011,013) (2,036,552) ----------- ----------- Total stockholders' equity 1,325,892 1,449,574 ----------- -----------Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $ 4,649,567 $ 5,289,453 =========== =========== H&R BLOCKCONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOMEUnaudited, amounts in thousands, except per share data Three months ended Year ended April 30, April 30, ------------------------ ------------------------ 2012 2011 2012 2011 ----------- ----------- ----------- -----------Revenues: Service revenues $ 1,717,064 $ 1,732,835 $ 2,434,307 $ 2,428,104 Product and other revenues 243,547 255,430 359,664 383,216 Interest income 40,063 56,994 99,800 133,660 ----------- ----------- ----------- ----------- 2,000,674 2,045,259 2,893,771 2,944,980 ----------- ----------- ----------- -----------Expenses: Cost of revenues: Compensation and benefits 512,634 503,246 828,773 830,980 Occupancy and equipment 118,122 123,674 381,200 385,515 Provision for bad debt and loan losses 23,734 55,872 92,157 174,626 Interest 22,737 23,634 92,089 94,183 Depreciation and amortization of property and equipment 18,416 18,258 69,310 73,183 Other 110,615 99,564 238,166 218,295 ----------- ----------- ----------- ----------- 806,258 824,248 1,701,695 1,776,782 Impairment of goodwill 3,152 - 7,409 22,700 Selling, general and administrative expenses 210,231 178,958 618,375 529,159 ----------- ----------- ----------- ----------- 1,019,641 1,003,206 2,327,479 2,328,641 ----------- ----------- ----------- ----------- Operating income 981,033 1,042,053 566,292 616,339Other income, net 593 2,285 9,778 11,364 ----------- ----------- ----------- ----------- Income from continuing operations before taxes 981,626 1,044,338 576,070 627,703Income taxes 389,923 401,505 230,102 235,156 ----------- ----------- ----------- ----------- Net income from continuing operations 591,703 642,833 345,968 392,547Net income (loss) from discontinued operations (5,600) 15,728 (80,036) 13,563 ----------- ----------- ----------- ----------- Net income $ 586,103 $ 658,561 $ 265,932 $ 406,110 =========== =========== =========== =========== Basic earnings (loss) per share: Net income from continuing operations $ 2.02 $ 2.10 $ 1.16 $ 1.27 Net income (loss) from discontinued operations (0.02) 0.05 (0.27) 0.04 ----------- ----------- ----------- ----------- Net income $ 2.00 $ 2.15 $ 0.89 $ 1.31 =========== =========== =========== =========== Basic shares outstanding 293,103 305,283 297,863 309,230 Diluted earnings (loss) per share: Net income from continuing operations $ 2.01 $ 2.09 $ 1.16 $ 1.27 Net income (loss) from discontinued operations (0.02) 0.05 (0.27) 0.04 ----------- ----------- ----------- ----------- Net income $ 1.99 $ 2.14 $ 0.89 $ 1.31 =========== =========== =========== =========== Diluted shares outstanding 293,985 306,118 298,601 309,777 H&R BLOCKCONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWSUnaudited, amounts in thousands Year ended April 30, ------------------------ 2012 2011 ----------- ----------- Net cash provided by operating activities $ 362,049 $ 512,503 ----------- ----------- Cash flows from investing activities: Available-for-sale securities: Purchases of available-for-sale securities (256,173) (138,824) Maturities of and payments received on available-for-sale securities 66,382 16,797 Principal payments on mortgage loans held for investment, net 49,142 58,471 Purchases of property and equipment (82,457) (62,959) Payments made for business acquisitions, net of cash acquired (15,258) (54,171) Proceeds from sales of businesses, net 560,499 71,083 Franchise loans: Loans funded (46,246) (92,455) Payments received 56,591 57,552 Other, net 19,387 34,349 ----------- ----------- Net cash provided by (used in) investing activities 351,867 (110,157) ----------- ----------- Cash flows from financing activities: Repayments of commercial paper (664,167) (4,818,766) Proceeds from issuance of commercial paper 664,167 4,818,766 Repayments of other borrowings (25,000) (50,000) Customer banking deposits, net (26,091) (11,440) Dividends paid (208,801) (186,802) Repurchase of common stock, including shares surrendered (180,592) (283,534) Proceeds from exercise of stock options 12,275 424 Other, net (16,853) (3,039) ----------- ----------- Net cash used in financing activities (445,062) (534,391) ----------- ----------- Effects of exchange rates on cash (2,364) 5,844 Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents 266,490 (126,201)Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of the period 1,677,844 1,804,045 ----------- -----------Cash and cash equivalents at end of the period $ 1,944,334 $ 1,677,844 =========== =========== Supplementary cash flow data: Income taxes paid, net of refunds received $ 218,444 $ 244,917 Interest paid on borrowings 69,681 73,791 Interest paid on deposits 6,843 8,541 Transfers of foreclosed loans to other assets 10,308 16,463 Accrued purchase of common stock 22,484 - 

 H&R BLOCKU.S. Tax Operating Data(in thousands) Fiscal Year Fiscal Year to Date as of to Date as of Percent 4/30/12 4/30/11 change ------------- ------------- -------------Total returns prepared: (1) Company-owned operations 9,207 9,079 1.4% Franchise operations 5,693 5,677 0.3% ------------- ------------- ------------- Total retail operations 14,900 14,756 1.0% ------------- ------------- ------------- Software 2,158 2,201 -2.0% Online 4,419 3,722 18.7% ------------- ------------- ------------- Sub-total 6,577 5,923 11.0% ------------- ------------- ------------- Free File Alliance 861 767 12.3% ------------- ------------- ------------- Total digital tax solutions 7,438 6,690 11.2% ------------- ------------- ------------- 22,338 21,446 4.2% ============= ============= ============= (1) Prior year numbers have been reclassified between company-owned and franchise operations for offices which were refranchised during either year.

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