The Company's financial performance continues to be dependent in large part upon the growth in its outstanding loans receivable, the maintenance of loan quality and acceptable levels of operating expenses. Since
March 31, 2018, gross loans receivable have increased at a 10.97% annual compounded rate from $1.00 billionto $1.52 billionat March 31, 2022. We believe we were able to improve our gross loans receivable growth rates through acquisitions, improved marketing processes, and analytics. The Company plans to enter into new markets through opening new branches and acquisitions as opportunities arise. The Company offers an income tax return preparation and electronic filing program in all but a few of its branches. The Company prepared approximately 81,000, 77,000, and 84,000 returns in each of the fiscal years 2022, 2021, and 2020, respectively. Revenues from the Company's tax preparation business in fiscal 2022 amounted to approximately $21.7 million, a 19.9% increase over the $18.1 millionearned during fiscal 2021. The following table sets forth certain information derived from the Company's consolidated statements of operations and balance sheets, as well as operating data and ratios, for the periods indicated: 29
Table of Contents Years Ended March 31, 2022 2021 2020 (Dollars in thousands) Gross loans receivable
$ 1,522,789 $ 1,104,746 $ 1,209,871Average gross loans receivable (1) $ 1,377,740 $ 1,143,186 $ 1,256,389Net loans receivable (2) $ 1,119,758 $ 825,382 $ 900,891Average net loans receivable (3) $ 1,014,984
Expenses as a percentage of total revenue: Provision for credit losses 32.0 % 16.4 % 30.8 % General and administrative 51.0 % 57.5 % 58.9 % Interest expense 5.7 % 4.9 % 4.4 % Operating income as a % of total revenue (4) 17.0 % 26.1 % 10.3 % Loan volume (5) 3,267,860 2,371,981 2,929,265
Net write-offs as a percentage of average net loans receivable 14.2%
14.1 % 18.0 % Return on average assets (trailing 12 months) 4.8 % 9.1 % 2.7 % Return on average equity (trailing 12 months) 13.4 % 22.8 % 6.1 % Branches opened or acquired (merged or closed), net (38) (38) 50 Branches open (at period end) 1,167 1,205 1,243
(1) Average gross loans receivable have been determined by averaging month-end gross loans receivable over the indicated period, excluding tax advances. (2) Net loans receivable is defined as gross loans receivable less unearned interest and deferred fees. (3) Average net loans receivable have been determined by averaging month-end gross loans receivable less unearned interest and deferred fees over the indicated period, excluding tax advances. (4) Operating income is computed as total revenue less provision for credit losses and general and administrative expenses. (5) Loan volume includes all loan balances originated by the Company. It does not include loans purchased through acquisitions.
Comparison of fiscal year 2022 to fiscal year 2021
Net income for fiscal 2022 was
$53.9 million, a 38.9% decrease from the $88.3 millionearned during fiscal 2021. The decrease in net income from was primarily due to a $100.0 millionincrease in the provision for credit losses partially offset by a $56.9 millionincrease in revenue.
Operating profit (revenue less provision for credit losses and general and administrative expenses) in fiscal year 2022 decreased
Total revenues increased
$56.9 million, or 10.8%, to $582.4 millionin fiscal 2022, from $525.5 millionin fiscal 2021. At March 31, 2022, the Company had 1,167 branches in operation, a decrease of 38 branches from March 31, 2021. Interest and fee income during fiscal 2022 increased by $34.6 million, or 7.7%, from fiscal 2021. The increase was primarily due to an increase in average net loans receivable. Net loans receivable outstanding at March 31, 2022increased 35.7% compared to March 31, 2021, and average net loans receivable outstanding increased 19.6% during fiscal 2022 compared to fiscal 2021. Interest and fee income was also impacted by decreasing yields as the portfolio mix shifted to larger lower rate loans during the year. We expect the portfolio to continue to shift towards larger lower rate loans in the near term which should continue to decrease interest and fee yields in the future. 30 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Table of Contents Insurance commissions and other income increased by $22.3 million, or 30.0%, from fiscal 2021 to fiscal 2022. Insurance commissions increased by $12.1 million, or 27.3%, from fiscal 2021 to fiscal 2022 due to an increase in loan volume in states where we offer our insurance products along with the shift towards larger loans. The sale of insurance products is limited to large loans in several states in which we operate. Other income increased by $10.2 million, or 33.9%, from fiscal 2021 to fiscal 2022 primarily due to an increase in tax preparation income of $3.6 millionand increase in revenue from the Company's motor club product of $6.9 million. The provision for losses during fiscal 2022 increased by $100.0 million, or 115.9%, from the previous year. This increase can mostly be attributed to overall growth in the portfolio along with an increase in delinquency and charge-off rates during the year. Accounts that were 91 days or more past due represented 4.5% and 3.1% of our loan portfolio on a recency basis at March 31, 2022and March 31, 2021, respectively. The Company's year-over-year charge-off ratio (net charge-offs as a percentage of average net loans receivable) increased from 14.1% for the year ended March 31, 2021to 14.2% for the year ended March 31, 2022. Customers who are new borrowers to the Company (less than two years since their first origination at the time of their current loan) as a percentage of the year-end portfolio have increased a relative 2.2% year over year. These "new to World" customers now account for 31.7% of the portfolio, an increase from 31.0% last year. Customers who were with the Company for less than five months have increased 56.0% from 8.4% to 13.1%. This increased weighting of new borrowers, our riskiest customer type, in the portfolio contributed to the increase in delinquency and charge-off rates of the overall portfolio. In addition to the increase in portfolio weighting towards less tenured customers during the last 12 months. Charge-off rate for the past ten fiscal years averaged 15.0%, with a high of 18.0% (fiscal 2020) and a low of 12.8% (fiscal 2015). In fiscal 2022 the charge-off rate was 14.2%. The following table presents the Company's charge-off ratios since 2012. [[Image Removed: wrld-20220331_g2.jpg]]
2015 In fiscal 2015 the Company's net charge-off rate decreased to 12.8%. The net charge-off rate benefited from a change in branch level incentives during the year, which allows managers to continue collection efforts on accounts that are 91 days or more past due without having their monthly bonus negatively impacted. As expected, the change resulted in an increase in accounts 91 days or 31 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Table of Contents more past due and fewer charge-offs during fiscal 2015. We estimate the net charge-off rate would have been approximately 14.0% for fiscal 2015 excluding the impact of the change. General and administrative expenses during fiscal 2022 decreased by
$5.0 million, or 1.7%, over the previous fiscal year. General and administrative expenses, when divided by average open branches, decreased 1.0% from fiscal 2021 to fiscal 2022 and, overall, general and administrative expenses as a percent of total revenues decreased to 51.0% in fiscal 2022 from 57.5% in fiscal 2021. The change in general and administrative expense is explained in greater detail below. Personnel expense totaled $183.1 millionfor fiscal 2022, a $1.6 million, or 0.8%, decrease over fiscal 2021. The decrease was largely due to a $2.5 milliondecrease related to the deferred origination payroll expense under ASC 310 as a result of higher originations during the year. Regular payroll expense decreased $1.7 millionyear over year primarily due to decreases in headcount and benefit expense increased $0.2 million. Occupancy and equipment expense totaled $52.1 millionfor fiscal 2022, a $4.1 million, or 7.3%, decrease over fiscal 2021. Occupancy and equipment expense is generally a function of the number of branches the Company has open throughout the year. In fiscal 2022 the expense per average open branch decreased to $43.4 thousand, down from $45.5 thousandin fiscal 2021. Occupancy and equipment expense decreased by $2.5 milliondue to the timing of write down of signage as a result of rebranding our branch offices beginning in fiscal 2021. Advertising expense totaled $18.3 millionfor fiscal 2022, a $1.1 million, or 6.4%, increase over fiscal 2021. The increase was primarily due to increased spending in our digital marketing. Amortization of intangible assets totaled $5.0 millionfor fiscal 2022, a $0.5 million, or 8.5%, decrease over fiscal 2021, which primarily relates to a corresponding decrease in total intangible assets during the comparative periods due to acquisition activity during the current and prior year.
Other expenses totaled
Interest expense increased by
$7.7 million, or 30.1%, during fiscal 2022 when compared to the previous fiscal year as a result of an increase in average debt outstanding of 33.1% partially offset by a decrease in the effective interest rate from 5.8% to 5.7%. Income tax expense decreased $11.5 million, or 49.6% for fiscal 2022 compared to the prior fiscal year. The effective tax rate decreased to 17.8% for fiscal 2022 compared to 20.8% for fiscal 2021. The decrease was primarily due to an increase in the permanent tax benefit related to non-qualified stock option exercises and vesting of restricted stock and state tax credits recognized in the current fiscal year. This was partially offset by an increase in the disallowed executive compensation under Section 162(m) in the current year.
Comparison of fiscal year 2021 to fiscal year 2020
For a comparison of our results of operations for the years ended
March 31, 2021and March 31, 2020, see Part II, Item 7, "Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations" of our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2021(which was filed with the SECon June 2, 2021), which comparison is incorporated herein by reference.
Investigation in Mexico
As previously disclosed, the Company voluntarily contacted the
SECand DOJ in June 2017to advise both agencies that an internal investigation of its historical operations in Mexicowas underway. The Company has fully cooperated with both agencies. The Company sold its Mexican subsidiaries in 2018 and the Company and its subsidiaries no longer operate in Mexico.
32 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Table of Contents In connection with the resolution of the investigations, the Company agreed to the terms contained in a Declination Letter with the DOJ, dated
August 5, 2020(the "Declination Letter"). Pursuant to the terms of the Declination Letter, the DOJ declined to prosecute the Company and closed its investigation into the Company citing as the bases for this decision, among other things, the following: prompt, voluntary self-disclosure of the misconduct; full and proactive cooperation in this matter (including its provision of all known relevant facts about the misconduct); and full remediation, including the additional FCPA training added to the Company's compliance program, separation from executives under whom the misconduct took place; and discontinuing relationships with third parties in Mexicoinvolved in the misconduct. The SECapproved the Offer of Settlement on August 6, 2020and issued an Order Instituting Cease-and-Desist Proceedings Pursuant to Section 21C of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, Making Findings, and Imposing a Cease-and-Desist Order (the "SEC Order"). Pursuant to the terms of the SECOrder, the Company consented to 1) cease and desist from committing or causing any violations and any future violations of Sections 30A, 13(b)(2)(A) and 13(b)(2)(B) of the Exchange Act of 1934, and 2) pay disgorgement, prejudgment interest and civil penalties totaling $21,726,000to the SEC.
CFPB Regulatory Initiative
October 5, 2017, the CFPBissued a final rule (the "Rule") imposing limitations on (i) short-term consumer loans, (ii) longer-term consumer installment loans with balloon payments, and (iii) higher-rate consumer installment loans repayable by a payment authorization. The Rule originally required lenders originating short-term loans and longer-term balloon payment loans to evaluate whether each consumer has the ability to repay the loan along with current obligations and expenses ("ability to repay requirements"), however the ability to repay requirements was rescinded in July 2020. The Rule also curtails repeated unsuccessful attempts to debit consumers' accounts for short-term loans, balloon payment loans, and installment loans that involve a payment authorization and an annual percentage rate over 36% ("payment requirements"). Implementation of the Rule's payment requirements may require changes to the Company's practices and procedures for such loans, which could materially and adversely affect the Company's ability to make such loans, the cost of making such loans, the Company's ability to, or frequency with which it could, refinance any such loans, and the profitability of such loans. In July 2020, the CFPBrescinded provisions of the Rule governing the ability to repay requirements. Currently, the payment requirements are scheduled to take effect in June 2022. Any regulatory changes could have effects beyond those currently contemplated that could further materially and adversely impact our business and operations. Unless rescinded or otherwise amended, the Company will have to comply with the Rule's payment requirements if it continues to allow consumers to set up future recurring payments online for certain covered loans such that it meets the definition of having a "leveraged payment mechanism" under the Rule. If the payment provisions of the Rule apply, the Company will have to modify its loan payment procedures to comply with the required notices and mandated timeframes set forth in the final rule. The CFPBalso has stated that it expects to conduct separate rulemaking to identify larger participants in the installment lending market for purposes of its supervision program. This initiative was classified as "inactive" on the CFPB'sSpring 2018 rulemaking agenda and has remained inactive since, but the CFPBindicated that such action was not a decision on the merits. Though the likelihood and timing of any such rulemaking is uncertain, the Company believes that the implementation of such rules would likely bring the Company's business under the CFPB'ssupervisory authority which, among other things, would subject the Company to reporting obligations to, and on-site compliance examinations by, the CFPB. See Part I, Item 1, "Business - Government Regulation - Federal legislation," for a further discussion of these matters and the federal regulations to which the Company's operations are subject and Part I, Item 1A, "Risk Factors," for more information regarding these regulatory and related risks.
Critical accounting policies
The Company's accounting and reporting policies are in accordance with GAAP and conform to general practices within the finance company industry. The significant accounting policies used in the preparation of the Consolidated Financial Statements are discussed in Note 1 to the Consolidated Financial Statements. Certain critical accounting policies involve significant judgment by the Company's management, including the use of estimates and assumptions which affect the reported amounts of assets, liabilities, revenues, and expenses. As a result, changes in these estimates and assumptions could significantly affect the Company's financial position and results of operations. The Company considers its policies regarding the allowance for credit losses, share-based compensation, and income taxes to be its most critical accounting policies due to the significant degree of management judgment involved. 33 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Table of Contents Allowance for Credit Losses Accounting policies related to the allowance for credit losses are considered to be critical as these policies involve considerable subjective judgement and estimation by management. As discussed in Note 1 to the Consolidated Financial Statements included in this report, our policies related to the allowances for credit losses changed on
April 1, 2020in connection with the adoption of a new accounting standard update as codified in ASC 326. In the case of loans, the allowance for credit losses is a contra-asset valuation account, calculated in accordance with ASC 326 that is deducted from the amortized cost basis of loans to present the net amount expected to be collected. The amount of the allowance account represents management's best estimate of current expected credit losses on these financial instruments considering available information, from internal and external sources, relevant to assessing exposure to credit loss over the contractual term of the instrument. Relevant available information includes historical credit loss experience, current conditions, and reasonable and supportable forecasts.
The Company measures compensation cost for share-based awards at fair value and recognizes compensation over the service period for awards expected to vest. The fair value of restricted stock is based on the number of shares granted and the quoted price of our common stock at the time of grant, and the fair value of stock options is determined using the Black-Scholes valuation model. The Black-Scholes model requires the input of highly subjective assumptions, including expected volatility, risk-free interest rate and expected life, changes to which can materially affect the fair value estimate. Actual results, and future changes in estimates, may differ substantially from our current estimates.
Management uses certain assumptions and estimates in determining income taxes payable or refundable, deferred income tax liabilities and assets for events recognized differently in its financial statements and income tax returns, and income tax expense. Determining these amounts requires analysis of certain transactions and interpretation of tax laws and regulations. Management exercises considerable judgment in evaluating the amount and timing of recognition of the resulting income tax liabilities and assets. These judgments and estimates are re-evaluated on a periodic basis as regulatory and business factors change. No assurance can be given that either the tax returns submitted by management or the income tax reported on the Consolidated Financial Statements will not be adjusted by either adverse rulings, changes in the tax code, or assessments made by the Internal Revenue Service or by state or foreign taxing authorities. The Company is subject to potential adverse adjustments including, but not limited to: an increase in the statutory federal or state income tax rates, the permanent non-deductibility of amounts currently considered deductible either now or in future periods, and the dependency on the generation of future taxable income in order to ultimately realize deferred income tax assets. Under FASB ASC 740, the Company includes the current and deferred tax impact of its tax positions in the financial statements when it is more likely than not (likelihood of greater than 50%) that such positions will be sustained by taxing authorities, with full knowledge of relevant information, based on the technical merits of the tax position. While the Company supports its tax positions by unambiguous tax law, prior experience with the taxing authority, and analysis that considers all relevant facts, circumstances and regulations, management must still rely on assumptions and estimates to determine the overall likelihood of success and proper quantification of a given tax position.
Quarterly information and seasonality
The Company's loan volume and corresponding loans receivable follow seasonal trends. The Company's highest loan demand typically occurs from October through December, its third fiscal quarter. Loan demand has generally been the lowest and loan repayment highest from January to March, its fourth fiscal quarter. Loan volume and average balances typically remain relatively level during the remainder of the year. This seasonal trend affects quarterly operating performance through corresponding fluctuations in interest and fee income and insurance commissions earned and the provision for loan losses recorded, as well as fluctuations in the Company's cash needs. Consequently, operating results for the Company's third fiscal quarter generally are significantly lower than in other quarters and operating results for its fourth fiscal quarter are significantly higher than in other quarters. 34
The following table sets forth, on a quarterly basis, certain items included in the Company's unaudited Consolidated Financial Statements and shows the number of branches open during fiscal years 2022 and 2021. At or for the Three Months Ended 2022 2021 June September December March June September December March 30, 30, 31, 31, 30, 30, 31, 31, (Dollars in thousands) Total revenues
$ 129,659 $ 137,827$
Provision for credit losses
$ 28,857 $ 5,636General and administrative $ 73,351 $ 74,989 $ 74,229 $ 74,607 $ 71,608 $ 75,293 $ 77,875 $ 77,411expenses Net income $ 15,771 $ 12,439 $ 7,327 $ 18,382 $ 15,509 $ 13,398 $ 14,491 $ 44,884
Gross loans receivable
$ 1,264,530 $ 1,104,746Number of branches open 1,205 1,202 1,202 1,167 1,240 1,232 1,230 1,205
Cash and capital resources
The Company has financed and continues to finance its operations, acquisitions and branch expansion through a combination of cash flows from operations and borrowings from its institutional lenders. The Company has generally applied its cash flows from operations to fund its loan volume, fund acquisitions, repay long-term indebtedness and repurchase its common stock. As the Company's gross loans receivable increased from
$1.13 billionat March 31, 2019to $1.52 billionat March 31, 2022, net cash provided by operating activities for fiscal years 2022, 2021, and 2020 was $281.5 million, $217.3 million, and $281.0 million, respectively. On September 27, 2021, we issued $300 millionin aggregate principal amount of 7.0% senior notes due 2026 (the "Notes"). The Notes were sold in a private placement in reliance on Rule 144A and Regulation S under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended. The Notes are unconditionally guaranteed, jointly and severally, on a senior unsecured basis by all of the Company's existing and certain of its future subsidiaries that guarantee the revolving credit facility. Interest on the notes is payable semi-annually in arrears on May 1and November 1of each year, commencing May 1, 2022. At any time prior to November 1, 2023, the Company may redeem the Notes, in whole or in part, at a redemption price equal to 100% of the principal amount plus a make-whole premium, as described in the indenture, plus accrued and unpaid interest, if any, to, but not including, the date of redemption. At any time on or after November 1, 2023, the Company may redeem the Notes at redemption prices set forth in the indenture, plus accrued and unpaid interest, if any, to, but not including, the date of redemption. In addition, at any time prior to November 1, 2023, the Company may use the proceeds of certain equity offerings to redeem up to 40% of the aggregate principal amount of the Notes issued under the indenture at a redemption price equal to 107.0% of the principal amount of Notes redeemed, plus accrued and unpaid interest, if any, to, but not including, the date of redemption.
We used the net proceeds of this offering to repay a portion of the indebtedness outstanding under our revolving credit facility and for general corporate purposes.
The indenture governing the Notes contains certain covenants that, among other things, limit the Company's ability and the ability of its restricted subsidiaries to (i) incur additional indebtedness or issue certain disqualified stock and preferred stock; (ii) pay dividends or distributions or redeem or purchase capital stock; (iii) prepay subordinated debt or make certain investments; (iv) transfer and sell assets; (v) create or permit to exist liens; (vi) enter into agreements that restrict dividends, loans and other distributions from their subsidiaries; (vii) engage in a merger, consolidation or sell, transfer or otherwise dispose of all or substantially all of their assets; and (viii) engage in transactions with affiliates. However, these covenants are subject to a number of important detailed qualifications and exceptions. 35 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Table of Contents The Company continues to believe stock repurchases are a viable component of the Company's long-term financial strategy and an excellent use of excess cash when the opportunity arises. However, our revolving credit facility and the Notes limit share repurchases to
$90.0 millionfrom March 26, 2021through June 30, 2022plus up to 50% of consolidated adjusted net income for the period commencing January 1, 2019. As of March 31, 2022, subject to further approval from our Board of Directors, we could repurchase approximately $32.9 millionof shares under the terms of our debt facilities. Additional share repurchases can be made subject to compliance with, among other things, applicable restricted payment covenants under the revolving credit facility and the Notes. The Company did not acquire any branches during fiscal 2022. The Company believes that attractive opportunities to acquire new branches or receivables from its competitors or to acquire branches in communities not currently served by the Company will continue to become available as conditions in local economies and the financial circumstances of owners change. The Company has a revolving credit facility with a syndicate of banks. The revolving credit facility provides for revolving borrowings of up to the lesser of (a) the aggregate commitments under the facility and (b) a borrowing base, and it includes a $300,000letter of credit under a $1.5 millionsubfacility. In March of 2021, the credit facility was amended and restated to, among other things, (i) reduced the applicable margin to 3.50% rather than adjusting it from 3.50% to 4.50% based on the Company's EBITDA ratio; (ii) permit the Company to purchase its equity securities or make other distributions in respect of its equity securities in the amount of $90 millionthrough June 30, 2022plus up to 50% of consolidated adjusted net income for the period commencing on January 1, 2019, subject to certain restrictions; and (iii) extend the maturity date of the amended and restated revolving credit agreement to June 7, 2024. In September of 2021, the credit facility was amended in connection with the Company's Notes offering to permit the issuance of the Notes. Subject to a borrowing base formula, the Company may borrow at the rate of LIBOR plus 3.5% with a minimum rate of 4.5%. The Company's amended and restated revolving credit agreement provides procedures for determining a replacement or alternative rate in the event LIBOR is unavailable or discontinued or if the administrative agent elects to replace LIBOR prior to its discontinuation. There can be no assurances as to whether such replacement or alternative rate will be more or less favorable than LIBOR. We intend to monitor the developments with respect to the phasing out of LIBOR and will work to limit any negative impacts that could result during any transition away from LIBOR. At March 31, 2022, the aggregate commitments under the revolving credit facility were $685.0 million. The $300,000letter of credit outstanding under the subfacility expires on December 31, 2022; however, it automatically extends for one year on the expiration date. The borrowing base limitation is equal to the product of (a) the Company's eligible finance receivables, less unearned finance charges, insurance premiums and insurance commissions, and (b) an advance rate percentage that ranges from 74% to 80% based on a collateral performance indicator, as more completely described below. Further, under the amended and restated revolving credit agreement, the administrative agent has the right to set aside reasonable reserves against the available borrowing base in such amounts as it may deem appropriate, including, without limitation, reserves with respect to certain regulatory events or any increased operational, legal, or regulatory risk of the Company and its subsidiaries. For the year ended March 31, 2022, the effective interest rate, including the commitment fee, on borrowings under the revolving credit facility was 5.0%. The Company pays a commitment fee equal to 0.50% per annum of the daily unused portion of the commitments. On March 31, 2022 $397.0 millionwas outstanding under this facility, and there was $287.7 millionof unused borrowing availability under the borrowing base limitations. The Company's obligations under the revolving credit facility, together with treasury management and hedging obligations owing to any lender under the revolving credit facility or any affiliate of any such lender, are required to be guaranteed by each of the Company's wholly-owned subsidiaries. The obligations of the Company and the subsidiary guarantors under the revolving credit facility, together with such treasury management and hedging obligations, are secured by a first-priority security interest in substantially all assets of the Company and the subsidiary guarantors. The agreement governing the Company's revolving credit facility contains affirmative and negative covenants, including covenants that restrict the ability of the Company and its subsidiaries to, among other things, incur or guarantee indebtedness, incur liens, pay dividends and repurchase or redeem capital stock, dispose of assets, engage in mergers and consolidations, make acquisitions or other investments, redeem or prepay subordinated debt, amend subordinated debt documents, make changes in the nature of its business, and engage in transactions with affiliates. The agreement allows the Company to incur subordinated debt that matures after the termination date for the revolving credit facility and that contains specified subordination terms, subject to limitations on amount imposed by the financial covenants under the agreement. The agreement's financial covenants include (i) a minimum consolidated net worth of $325.0 millionon and after December 31, 2020; (ii) a maximum ratio of total debt to consolidated adjusted net worth of 2.5 to 1.0; (iii) a maximum collateral performance indicator of 24% as of the end of each calendar month; and (iv) a minimum fixed charges coverage ratio as further discussed below. 36 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Table of Contents As further discussed in Note 18 to the Consolidated Financial Statements, on May 3rd, 2022, the Company entered into the Seventh Amendment to its Amended and Restated Revolving Credit Agreement (the "Seventh Amendment") to, among other things, reduce the required ratio for Net Income Available for Fixed Charges to Fixed Charges from 2.75 to 1.0 to 2.10 to 1.0 for each fiscal quarter from March 31, 2022to June 30, 2023, with the ratio increasing to 2.75 to 1.0 for each fiscal quarter thereafter. The collateral performance indicator is equal to the sum of (a) a three-month rolling average rate of receivables at least sixty days past due and (b) an eight-month rolling average net charge-off rate. The Company was in compliance with these covenants at March 31, 2022and does not believe that these covenants will materially limit its business and expansion strategy. The agreement contains events of default including, without limitation, nonpayment of principal, interest or other obligations, violation of covenants, misrepresentation, cross-default to other debt, bankruptcy and other insolvency events, judgments, certain ERISA events, actual or asserted invalidity of loan documentation, invalidity of subordination provisions of subordinated debt, certain changes of control of the Company, and the occurrence of certain regulatory events (including the entry of any stay, order, judgment, ruling or similar event related to the Company's or any of its subsidiaries' originating, holding, pledging, collecting or enforcing its eligible finance receivables that is material to the Company or any subsidiary) which remains unvacated, undischarged, unbonded or unstayed by appeal or otherwise for a period of 60 days from the date of its entry and is reasonably likely to cause a material adverse change. The Company believes that cash flow from operations and borrowings under its revolving credit facility or other sources will be adequate to fund the expected cost of opening or acquiring new branches, including funding initial operating losses of new branches and funding loans receivable originated by those branches and the Company's other branches (for the next 12 months and for the foreseeable future beyond that). Except as otherwise discussed in this report including, but not limited to, any discussions in Part 1, Item 1A, "Risk Factors" (as supplemented by any subsequent disclosures in information the Company files with or furnishes to the SECfrom time to time), management is not currently aware of any trends, demands, commitments, events or uncertainties that it believes will or could result in, or are or could be reasonably likely to result in, any material adverse effect on the Company's liquidity.
Share buyback program
February 24, 2022, the Board of Directors authorized the Company to repurchase up to $30.0 millionof the Company's outstanding common stock, inclusive of the amount that remains available for repurchase under prior repurchase authorizations. As of March 31, 2022, the Company had $15.4 millionin aggregate remaining repurchase capacity under its current share repurchase program. The timing and actual number of shares of common stock repurchased will depend on a variety of factors, including the stock price, corporate and regulatory requirements, restrictions under the Company's debt agreements and other market and economic conditions. The Company continues to believe stock repurchases are a viable component of the Company's long-term financial strategy and an excellent use of excess cash when the opportunity arises. Under the terms of our revolving credit facility and the Notes, we have, subject to certain restrictions, the ability to make total share repurchases of at least $90.0 millionfrom March 26, 2021through June 30, 2022. Additional share repurchases can be made subject to compliance with, among other things, applicable restricted payment covenants under the revolving credit facility and the Notes. Our first priority is to ensure we have enough capital to fund loan growth. To the extent we have excess capital, we may repurchase stock, if appropriate and as authorized by our Board of Directors. As of March 31, 2022, the Company's debt outstanding was $697.0 millionand its shareholders' equity was $373.0 millionresulting in a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.9:1.0. Management will continue to monitor the Company's debt-to-equity ratio and is committed to maintaining a debt level that will allow the Company to continue to execute its business objectives, while not putting undue stress on its consolidated balance sheet.
The Company does not believe that inflation, within reasonably anticipated rates, will have a materially adverse effect on its financial condition. Although inflation would increase the Company's operating costs in absolute terms, the Company expects that the same decrease in the value of money would result in an increase in the size of loans demanded by its customer base. It is reasonable to anticipate that such a change in customer preference would result in an increase in total loan receivables and an increase in absolute revenues to be generated from that larger amount of loans receivable. The Company believes that this increase in absolute revenues should offset any increase in operating costs. In addition, because the Company's loans have a relatively short contractual term and average life, it is unlikely that loans made at any given point in time will be repaid with significantly inflated dollars. Legal Matters 37
From time to time, the Company becomes involved in litigation related to claims arising from its business in the normal course of business. See Part I, Item 3, “Legal Proceedings” and Note 16 to our audited consolidated financial statements for further discussion of legal matters.
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