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H&R Block Bank Divestiture Transaction Receives Regulatory Approvals

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August 05, 2015


  • Company expects to close its bank divestiture transaction with BofI Federal Bank (“BofI”) no later than September 30, 2015
  • Company expects that shortly after closing, H&R Block will cease to be regulated as a savings and loan holding company
  • Net, ongoing financial impact of transaction expected to dilute H&R Block earnings by approximately $0.08 to $0.10 per share annually beginning in fiscal year 2016. Additionally, one-time charges of approximately $0.02 to $0.03 per share expected to be incurred in fiscal year 2016. All per share amounts are based on current fully diluted shares outstanding

H&R Block, Inc. (NYSE: HRB), the world’s largest consumer tax services provider, today announced that H&R Block, H&R Block Bank and BofI have received regulatory approvals from the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) and the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (Federal Reserve) to proceed with the purchase and assumption agreement previously announced on April 10, 2014. Under the agreement, H&R Block Bank has agreed to sell certain assets and transfer certain liabilities, including all of its deposit liabilities, to BofI.

“We are very pleased that we were able to obtain approvals from the OCC and the Federal Reserve to proceed with this agreement,” said Bill Cobb, H&R Block’s president and chief executive officer. “Then, promptly after closing, we expect to receive approval from the Federal Reserve to deregister, and cease being regulated, as a savings and loan holding company. This transaction is another positive step in our multiyear efforts to exit noncore businesses and is in the best interests of our company and our shareholders. We’ve selected a great partner in BofI, and I’m confident that together we’ll continue to deliver best-in-class service and tremendous value for our clients.”

At the time of closing of the purchase and assumption transaction, the parties will enter into a program management agreement under which BofI will offer H&R Block-branded financial services products to our customers: Emerald Prepaid MasterCard®, Refund Transfers and Emerald Advance® lines of credit through H&R Block’s retail and digital channels. Material terms of the purchase and assumption agreement and the program management agreement have been agreed upon and were disclosed in Form 8-Ks filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on April 10, 2014 and today. The transaction is expected to close no later than September 30, 2015.

H&R Block expects the ongoing annual net financial impact to be dilutive by approximately $0.08 to $0.10 per share beginning in fiscal year 2016. The company also expects to incur one-time charges for transaction and related costs of approximately $0.02 to $0.03 per share in fiscal year 2016. All per share amounts are based on current fully diluted shares outstanding.

Additional information regarding this transaction, as well as amendments to the relevant agreements, are included in a Form 8-K filed today with the SEC. In addition to the information contained in the Form 8-K, please note the cautionary language and risks described in the paragraph under “Forward-Looking Statements” set forth below.

Conference Call

Discussion of the planned divestiture of H&R Block Bank and other related matters will occur during a conference call for analysts, institutional investors, and shareholders. The call is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. Eastern time on August 5, 2015. To access the call, please dial the number below approximately 10 minutes prior to the scheduled starting time:

U.S./Canada (888) 895-5260 or International (443) 842-7595

Conference ID: 94549461

A replay of the call will be available beginning at 12:00 p.m. Eastern time on August 5, 2015, and continuing until September 5, 2015, by dialing (855) 859-2056 (U.S./Canada) or (404) 537-3406 (International). The conference ID is 94549461.

Forward-Looking Statements

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For Further Information

Investor Relations: Colby Brown, (816) 854-4559, colby.brown@hrblock.com

Media Relations: Gene King, (816) 854-4672, gene.king@hrblock.com

About H&R Block

H&R Block, Inc. (NYSE: HRB) is the world’s largest consumer tax services provider. More than 680 million tax returns have been prepared worldwide by and through H&R Block since 1955. In fiscal 2015, H&R Block had annual revenues of nearly $3.1 billion with 24.2 million tax returns prepared worldwide. Tax return preparation services are provided by professional tax preparers in approximately 12,000 company-owned and franchise retail tax offices worldwide, and through H&R Block Tax Software products. H&R Block Bank provides affordable financial services products. For more information, visit the H&R Block Newsroom at http://newsroom.hrblock.com/.