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Encore Capital Group Agrees to Acquire Controlling Interest in Grove Capital Management

- Transaction Expands Encore's UK Footprint through New Asset Class -

SAN DIEGO, Feb. 25, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Encore Capital Group, Inc. (Encore), an international specialty finance company (NASDAQ: ECPG), today announced that it has entered into an agreement to take a controlling stake in Grove Capital Management (Grove), an investment group that purchases credit portfolios and has a focus on UK insolvencies and Spanish assets. The transaction, which is subject to regulatory approval, is expected to close late in the first quarter or early in the second quarter of 2014.

Encore Capital Group, Inc.

The Grove transaction will broaden Encore's presence in the UK and enable it to bring a full range of offerings to issuers in the UK market. Grove's largest business is the purchase and management of insolvencies, consisting primarily of individual voluntary arrangements (IVA), and bankruptcy receivables. An IVA is a formal, voluntary repayment plan negotiated with creditors and entered into by individuals or businesses that wish to avoid a bankruptcy.

"The proposed transaction with Grove is yet another example of Encore's purposeful expansion into new geographies and asset classes," said Ken Vecchione, Chief Executive Officer of Encore. "Through this transaction, Encore will broaden the suite of services it offers in the UK, while also gaining access to another channel through which to deploy capital."  

Grove differentiates itself and drives strong collections performance through its sophisticated analytics, deep knowledge of the consumer, and strong relationship with TDX Group, the largest servicing platform for IVAs in the UK. As a result, Grove has quickly grown to be among the leading investors in UK insolvency assets.

Kevin Fuller, Chief Executive Officer of Grove, said, "The agreement with Encore shows the value of Grove's market position and represents the start of an exciting new stage in our growth. With access to Encore's strong capital position, we can be a stronger partner for our UK clients and accelerate our growth in Spain and other European markets, while maintaining the agility and responsiveness that have been key to our success."

Vecchione said, "We believe this transaction, along with our other recent acquisitions, provides us with increased optionality by enabling us to allocate capital in multiple asset classes in multiple geographies, to bring our shareholders the best returns."

About Grove Capital Management
Grove Capital Management is a specialist fund management firm, focused on investment in consumer receivables. Launched in 2010 to capitalize on growth in debt portfolio sales in the UK, Spain and other markets, Grove has invested over £100 million in its first 3 years of operations. Through its deep market knowledge, access to superior data and agile servicing approach, Grove sources and acquires portfolios at attractive forecast returns and drives further collection performance post-purchase, delivering strong investor results.

About Encore Capital Group, Inc.    
Encore Capital Group, an international specialty finance company with operations spanning seven countries, provides debt recovery solutions for consumers and property owners across a broad range of assets. Through its subsidiaries, the Company purchases portfolios of consumer receivables from major banks, credit unions, and utility providers, and partners with individuals as they repay their obligations and work toward financial recovery. Through its Propel Financial Services subsidiary, the Company assists property owners who are delinquent on their property taxes by structuring affordable monthly payment plans and purchases delinquent tax liens directly from select taxing authorities. Through its subsidiaries in the United Kingdom, Cabot Credit Management and Marlin Financial Services, the Company is a market-leading acquirer and manager of consumer debt in the United Kingdom and Ireland. Through its Refinancia subsidiary, the Company services distressed consumer debt in Colombia and Peru. Encore's success and future growth are driven by its sophisticated and widespread use of analytics, its broad investments in data and behavioral science, the significant cost advantages provided by its highly efficient operating model and proven investment strategy, and the Company's demonstrated commitment to conducting business ethically and in ways that support its consumers' financial recovery.

Headquartered in San Diego, Encore is a publicly traded NASDAQ Global Select company (ticker symbol: ECPG) and a component stock of the Russell 2000, the S&P SmallCap 600, and the Wilshire 4500. More information about the Company can be found at www.encorecapital.com.

Encore Capital Group's website and the information contained therein, is not incorporated into and is not a part of this press release.

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Contacts:

Encore Investor Relations
Paul Grinberg
Tel 858-309-6904
[email protected]

Adam Sragovicz
Tel 858-309-9509
[email protected]

Encore Media Relations
Katie Lilley, Hillenby
Tel 703-722-3061
[email protected]

SOURCE Encore Capital Group, Inc.

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