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H&R Block Reports Fiscal 2012 Second Quarter Results; Closes Sale of
RSM McGladrey

KANSAS CITY, MO, Dec 01, 2011 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) --

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

--  Net loss from continuing operations of $0.41 per share includes net
    charges of $0.03 per share
--  Total revenues increase 8 percent to $129 million
--  Company announces closure of RSM McGladrey sale
--  Company repurchases and retires 4.3 percent of outstanding shares at
    $13.61 per share

H&R Block, Inc. (NYSE: HRB) today reported a GAAP net loss from continuing operations for the fiscal second quarter ended Oct. 31, 2011, of $123.0 million, or $0.41 per share, compared to a net loss of $111.4 million, or $0.36 per share in the prior year period. Results for the quarter include net after-tax charges of $8.0 million, or $0.03 per share, primarily due to the previously announced discontinuation of its ExpressTax business, as well as increased litigation costs in Tax Services. Excluding these charges, the adjusted non-GAAP net loss from continuing operations of $115.0 million was essentially flat to the adjusted loss in the prior year. Total revenues increased 8 percent to $129.2 million, due primarily to results from the company's Australian tax operations.

"As we shift to focusing our efforts on growing clients and market share in our core tax business, we're disposing of non-core assets, such as RSM McGladrey and ExpressTax," said Bill Cobb, H&R Block's president and CEO. "While these moves have led to one-time charges in each of the past two quarters, they've also helped clear the decks for long-term earnings growth and improved margins. As next tax season approaches, we believe we're on the right path for continued market share gains."

For the six months ended Oct. 31, 2011, H&R Block reported a net loss from continuing operations of $242.2 million, or $0.80 per share, compared with a loss of $239.3 million, or $0.77 cents per share in the prior year period. Six-month revenues increased 4.7 percent to $229.8 million.

Sale of RSM McGladrey

On Nov. 30, 2011, H&R Block completed the sale of RSM McGladrey ("RSM") to McGladrey & Pullen, LLP ("M&P"). H&R Block will receive total proceeds of approximately $575 million, which includes closing cash proceeds of $487 million (including $12 million of cash on RSM's closing balance sheet), a note in the principal amount of $54 million, and approximately $34 million of cash which H&R Block expects to receive by calendar-year end. Proceeds are subject to further post-closing adjustments. M&P assumed substantially all liabilities of the RSM business, including contingent payments and lease obligations.

The final terms and conditions are consistent to those previously announced on Aug. 23, 2011. Differences from the previously announced purchase price of $610 million are the result of cash of approximately $35 million transferred by RSM to H&R Block prior to closing. In addition, the sale will trigger account distributions of approximately $80 million to RSM employees who were participants in an H&R Block sponsored deferred compensation plan.

"This sale is an important step toward refocusing the company on growing clients and market share in our core tax business and improving our margins," said Mr. Cobb. "For twelve years, our friends at McGladrey have been our partners and shared in the journey with H&R Block. I'm confident that the outstanding professionals at McGladrey will prosper in the years ahead."

H&R Block acquired RSM in 1999. Today, RSM employs nearly 6,500 associates and professionals in more than 70 offices nationwide. BofA Merrill Lynch acted as financial advisor and Husch Blackwell LLP acted as legal advisor for H&R Block.

Beginning in the second quarter, RSM's results are now being reported in discontinued operations.

Second Quarter Segment Results

Tax Services

Second quarter Tax Services revenues grew 9.1 percent to $121.0 million, primarily driven by results in the company's international tax operations. The segment reported a pretax loss of $174.0 million, compared to a loss of $154.4 million a year ago. The higher loss was primarily due to an $8 million increase in litigation costs and previously announced charges of approximately $9 million in connection with the discontinuation of ExpressTax.

Six-month segment revenues increased 4.9 percent to $212.4 million. The pretax loss for the first six months of fiscal 2012 increased to $343.4 million, compared to a loss of $329.0 million in the prior-year period, due primarily to litigation and impairment charges.

Corporate

Corporate includes support department costs, such as finance and legal, as well as net interest margin and other gains/losses associated with H&R Block Bank's mortgage portfolio. Corporate reported a pretax loss of $30.0 million for the second quarter ended October 31, 2011, compared to a loss of $29.2 million in the prior year. For the first six months of fiscal 2012, a pretax loss of $61.1 million was essentially flat to the prior year loss of $61.7 million.

Discontinued Operations

Discontinued operations includes the results of RSM and Sand Canyon Corporation ("SCC"), formerly known as Option One Mortgage Corporation. SCC ceased originating mortgage loans in December 2007 and, in April 2008, sold its servicing assets and discontinued its remaining operations.

Discontinued operations reported a second quarter net loss of $18.7 million compared to net income of $2.4 million in the prior-year period. SCC recorded a $20 million pretax provision for estimated losses on contingent loan repurchase obligations during the quarter, in connection with increased third-party activity. For the first six months of fiscal 2012, the net loss in discontinued obligations increased to $74.7 million, or $0.25 per share, largely due to a first quarter impairment charge which stemmed from the sale of RSM.

During the second quarter, SCC received new claims for alleged breaches of representation and warranties in the principal amount of $483 million. SCC reviewed $61 million of claims during the quarter, with incurred losses totaling $3 million. At Oct. 31, 2011, total claims of $537 million remain subject to review.

"We believe SCC's decision to increase its reserve is prudent in light of second quarter activity," said Mr. Cobb. "SCC has been and continues to be operated as a separate legal entity from H&R Block. We believe SCC's financial position is sufficient to satisfy all valid claims."

At quarter end, SCC had net equity of approximately $287 million, in addition to an accrual for representation and warranty liabilities of $143 million.

Share Repurchases

During the second quarter, H&R Block repurchased and retired 4.3 percent of its outstanding shares at a total cost of $177.5 million, or an average purchase price of $13.61 per share. At Oct. 31, 2011, 292.9 million shares were outstanding. Approximately $1.2 billion remains under the company's existing share repurchase authorization.

"I'm very pleased that we were able to take advantage of the market volatility this past quarter to repurchase more than 13 million shares. We remain fully committed to returning capital to shareholders through both dividends and share repurchase," said Mr. Cobb.

Conference Call

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

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

Conference ID: 26294201

The call will also be webcast in a listen-only format for the media and public. The link to the webcast can be accessed on the company's investor relations Web site at www.hrblock.com

A replay of the call will be available beginning at 6:30 p.m. Eastern on Dec. 1 and continuing until Dec. 15, 2011, by dialing (855) 859-2056 (U.S./Canada) or (404) 537-3406 (International). The conference ID is 26294201. The webcast will be available for replay beginning on Dec. 2.

Forward Looking Statements This announcement may contain forward-looking statements, which are any statements that are not historical facts. These forward-looking statements, as well as the Company's guidance, are based upon the Company's current expectations and there can be no assurance that such expectations will prove to be correct. Because forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties and speak only as of the date on which they are made, the Company's actual results could differ materially from these statements. These risks and uncertainties relate to, among other things, uncertainties regarding the Company's ability to attract and retain clients; meet its prepared returns targets; uncertainties and potential contingent liabilities arising from our former mortgage loan origination and servicing business; uncertainties in the residential mortgage market and its impact on loan loss provisions; uncertainties pertaining to the commercial debt market; competitive factors; the Company's effective income tax rate; litigation defense expenses and costs of judgments or settlements; uncertainties regarding the level of share repurchases; and changes in market, economic, political or regulatory conditions. Information concerning these risks and uncertainties is contained in Item 1A of the Company's 2011 annual report on Form 10-K and in other filings by the Company with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The Company does not undertake any duty to update any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.

About H&R Block H&R Block Inc. (NYSE: HRB) has prepared more than 575 million tax returns worldwide since 1955, making it the country's largest tax services provider. In fiscal 2011, H&R Block had annual revenues of $3.8 billion and prepared more than 24.5 million tax returns worldwide, including Canada and Australia. Tax return preparation services are provided in company-owned and franchise retail tax offices by approximately 100,000 professional tax preparers, and through H&R Block At Home(TM) digital products. H&R Block Bank provides affordable banking products and services. For more information, visit the H&R Block Online Press Center.



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

                                   ----------------------------------------
                                        Three months ended October 31,
                                   ----------------------------------------
                                         Revenues          Income (loss)
                                   ------------------- --------------------
                                      2011      2010      2011       2010
                                   --------- --------- ---------  ---------

Tax Services                       $ 121,018 $ 110,921 $(173,966) $(154,355)
Corporate and Eliminations             8,176     8,669   (29,963)   (29,161)
                                   --------- --------- ---------  ---------
                                   $ 129,194 $ 119,590  (203,929)  (183,516)
                                   ========= =========
Income tax benefit                                       (80,916)   (72,072)
                                                       ---------  ---------
Net loss from continuing
 operations                                             (123,013)  (111,444)
Net income (loss) from
 discontinued operations                                 (18,711)     2,395
                                                       ---------  ---------
Net loss                                               $(141,724) $(109,049)
                                                       =========  =========

Basic and diluted loss per share:
  Net loss from continuing
   operations                                          $   (0.41) $   (0.36)
  Net loss from discontinued
   operations                                              (0.06)         -
                                                       ---------  ---------
  Net loss                                             $   (0.47) $   (0.36)
                                                       =========  =========

Basic and diluted shares
 outstanding                                             299,895    306,804


                                   ----------------------------------------
                                          Six months ended October 31,
                                   ----------------------------------------
                                         Revenues          Income (loss)
                                   ------------------- --------------------
                                      2011      2010      2011       2010
                                   --------- --------- ---------  ---------

Tax Services                       $ 212,443 $ 202,566 $(343,449) $(328,979)
Corporate and Eliminations            17,374    16,859   (61,081)   (61,688)
                                   --------- --------- ---------  ---------
                                   $ 229,817 $ 219,425  (404,530)  (390,667)
                                   ========= =========
Income tax benefit                                      (162,362)  (151,415)
                                                       ---------  ---------
Net loss from continuing
 operations                                             (242,168)  (239,252)
Net loss from discontinued
 operations                                              (74,654)      (478)
                                                       ---------  ---------
Net loss                                               $(316,822) $(239,730)
                                                       =========  =========

Basic and diluted loss per share:
  Net loss from continuing
   operations                                          $   (0.80) $   (0.77)
  Net loss from discontinued
   operations                                              (0.25)         -
                                                       ---------  ---------
  Net loss                                             $   (1.05) $   (0.77)
                                                       =========  =========

Basic and diluted shares
 outstanding                                             302,693    313,247




            NOTES TO CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

Basic earnings per share is computed using the two-class method and is based on the weighted average number of shares outstanding. The dilutive effect of potential common shares is included in diluted earnings per share, except in those periods with a loss from continuing operations.

In August 2011, our Board of Directors approved a non-binding letter of intent to sell substantially all assets of RSM McGladrey, Inc. (RSM) to McGladrey and Pullen LLP (M&P) and, on November 30, 2011, the sale of RSM was completed. At closing we received cash proceeds totaling $475.0 million, a short-term receivable of $34.0 million and a note in the principal amount of $54.0 million. The final purchase price is subject to further post-closing adjustments. M&P also assumed substantially all liabilities of RSM, including contingent payments and lease obligations. We have indemnified M&P for certain litigation matters and certain obligations related primarily to previously sold RSM subsidiaries. In the first quarter we recorded an $85.4 million impairment of goodwill in connection with the sale of RSM. The net loss ultimately resulting from the divestiture of RSM will be based on post-closing adjustments to the purchase price, as well as the additional realization of tax benefits related to the sale. In the first quarter, we also announced we were evaluating strategic alternatives for RSM EquiCo, Inc. (EquiCo), and recorded a $14.3 million impairment of goodwill related to this business.

As of October 31, 2011, these businesses are presented as discontinued operations and the assets and liabilities of the businesses being sold are presented as held-for-sale in the condensed consolidated financial statements. All periods presented in our condensed consolidated balance sheets and statements of operations have been reclassified to reflect our discontinued operations.



H&R BLOCK
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
Unaudited, amounts in thousands, except per share data

                                                   -----------  -----------
                                                   October 31,   April 30,
                                                       2011         2011
                                                   -----------  -----------
                      ASSETS
Current assets:
  Cash and cash equivalents                        $   572,611  $ 1,677,844
  Cash and cash equivalents - restricted                37,524       48,383
  Receivables, net                                     128,062      230,172
  Prepaid expenses and other current assets            218,054      191,360
  Assets of discontinued operations, held for sale     729,153      900,328
                                                   -----------  -----------
    Total current assets                             1,685,404    3,048,087

  Mortgage loans held for investment, net              450,137      485,008
  Investments in available-for-sale securities         306,310      163,836
  Property and equipment, net                          257,870      255,298
  Intangible assets, net                               262,106      275,342
  Goodwill                                             438,403      434,151
  Other assets                                         576,283      627,731
                                                   -----------  -----------
Total assets                                       $ 3,976,513  $ 5,289,453
                                                   ===========  ===========

       LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY
Current liabilities:
  Customer banking deposits                        $   723,318  $   852,220
  Accounts payable, accrued expenses and other
   current liabilities                                 581,069      550,982
  Accrued salaries, wages and payroll taxes             46,588      208,748
  Accrued income taxes                                 135,858      458,911
  Current portion of long-term debt                     30,735          557
  Commercial paper borrowings                           39,990            -
  Federal Home Loan Bank borrowings                     25,000       25,000
  Liabilities of discontinued operations, held for
   sale                                                199,030      241,562
                                                   -----------  -----------
    Total current liabilities                        1,781,588    2,337,980

  Long-term debt                                     1,009,196    1,039,527
  Other noncurrent liabilities                         322,907      462,372
                                                   -----------  -----------
    Total liabilities                                3,113,691    3,839,879
                                                   -----------  -----------

Stockholders' equity:
  Common stock, no par, stated value $.01 per
   share                                                 3,994        4,124
  Additional paid-in capital                           799,270      812,666
  Accumulated other comprehensive income                 4,359       11,233
  Retained earnings                                  2,080,162    2,658,103
  Less treasury shares, at cost                     (2,024,963)  (2,036,552)
                                                   -----------  -----------
    Total stockholders' equity                         862,822    1,449,574
                                                   -----------  -----------
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity         $ 3,976,513  $ 5,289,453
                                                   ===========  ===========



H&R BLOCK
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
Unaudited, amounts in thousands, except per share data

                                 ------------------------------------------
                                  Three months ended     Six months ended
                                      October 31,           October 31,
                                 --------------------  --------------------
                                    2011       2010       2011       2010
                                 ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------
Revenues:
  Service revenues               $ 109,983  $  99,840  $ 193,003  $ 181,355
  Product and other revenues         9,290      9,253     16,553     17,416
  Interest income                    9,921     10,497     20,261     20,654
                                 ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------
                                   129,194    119,590    229,817    219,425
                                 ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------

Expenses:
  Cost of revenues:
    Compensation and benefits       61,438     61,859    108,659    120,764
    Occupancy and equipment         86,551     88,318    170,054    171,188
    Depreciation and
     amortization of property
     and equipment                  16,652     18,468     33,124     36,881
    Provision for bad debt and
     loan losses                     8,200      9,365     15,491     18,726
    Interest                        22,873     22,992     45,809     45,887
    Other                           31,899     30,973     67,060     64,204
                                 ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------
                                   227,613    231,975    440,197    457,650
  Impairment of goodwill             4,257          -      4,257          -
  Selling, general and
   administrative expenses         103,755     74,983    196,408    159,562
                                 ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------
                                   335,625    306,958    640,862    617,212
                                 ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------

Operating loss                    (206,431)  (187,368)  (411,045)  (397,787)
Other income, net                    2,502      3,852      6,515      7,120
                                 ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------

Loss from continuing operations
 before tax benefit               (203,929)  (183,516)  (404,530)  (390,667)
Income tax benefit                 (80,916)   (72,072)  (162,362)  (151,415)
                                 ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------

Net loss from continuing
 operations                       (123,013)  (111,444)  (242,168)  (239,252)
Net income (loss) from
 discontinued operations           (18,711)     2,395    (74,654)      (478)
                                 ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------

Net loss                         $(141,724) $(109,049) $(316,822) $(239,730)
                                 =========  =========  =========  =========

Basic and diluted loss per
 share:
    Net loss from continuing
     operations                  $   (0.41) $   (0.36) $   (0.80) $   (0.77)
    Net loss from discontinued
     operations                      (0.06)         -      (0.25)         -
                                 ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------
    Net loss                     $   (0.47) $   (0.36) $   (1.05) $   (0.77)
                                 =========  =========  =========  =========

  Basic and diluted shares
   outstanding                     299,895    306,804    302,693    313,247



                                      39.7%      39.3%      40.1%      38.8%

H&R BLOCK
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
Unaudited, amounts in thousands

                                               ----------------------------
                                               Six months ended October 31,
                                               ----------------------------
                                                    2011           2010
                                               -------------  -------------

Net cash used in operating activities          $    (582,628) $    (548,001)
                                               -------------  -------------

Cash flows from investing activities:
  Purchases of available-for-sale securities        (155,159)             -
  Principal repayments on mortgage loans held
   for investment, net                                22,978         30,829
  Purchases of property and equipment, net           (40,510)       (35,005)
  Payments made for business acquisitions, net
   of cash acquired                                   (8,164)       (43,310)
  Proceeds from sales of businesses, net              37,036         58,834
  Franchise loans:
    Loans funded                                     (27,682)       (64,851)
    Payments received                                  7,447          8,673
  Other, net                                          36,934         28,195
                                               -------------  -------------
    Net cash used in investing activities           (127,120)       (16,635)
                                               -------------  -------------

Cash flows from financing activities:
  Repayments of commercial paper                     (37,989)       (75,000)
  Proceeds from commercial paper                      77,979        114,490
  Customer banking deposits, net                    (129,285)        77,023
  Dividends paid                                     (91,446)       (95,068)
  Repurchase of common stock, including shares
   surrendered                                      (180,222)      (283,470)
  Proceeds from exercise of stock options, net          (430)         1,493
  Other, net                                         (28,057)       (21,352)
                                               -------------  -------------
    Net cash used in financing activities           (389,450)      (281,884)
                                               -------------  -------------

Effects of exchange rates on cash                     (6,035)         2,221

Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents         (1,105,233)      (844,299)
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of the
 period                                            1,677,844      1,804,045
                                               -------------  -------------
Cash and cash equivalents at end of the period $     572,611  $     959,746
                                               =============  =============

Supplementary cash flow data:
  Income taxes paid, net of refunds received   $     122,832  $     103,803
  Interest paid on borrowings                         27,748         30,933
  Interest paid on deposits                            3,323          3,828
  Transfers of foreclosed loans to other
   assets                                              4,438         11,185
  Accrued additions to property and equipment         10,798          4,141

H&R BLOCK
NON-GAAP RECONCILIATION
Unaudited, amounts in millions, except per share amounts

We report our financial results in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP). However, we believe certain non-GAAP performance measures and ratios used in managing the business may provide additional meaningful comparisons between current year results and prior periods. Reconciliations to GAAP financial measures are provided below. These non-GAAP financial measures should be viewed in addition to, not as an alternative for, our reported GAAP results.


                             ----------------------------------------------
                                     Three months ended October 31,
                             ----------------------------------------------
                                      2011                    2010
                             ----------------------  ----------------------
                              After-tax   Per share   After-tax   Per share
                             ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------

Net loss from continuing
 operations - as reported    $   (123.0) $    (0.41) $   (111.4) $    (0.36)
                             ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------

Add back (net of tax):
  Goodwill and intangibles
   impairment                       5.0        0.02           -           -
  Loss contingencies -
   litigation                       4.9        0.02         0.5           -
  Other (1)                        (1.9)      (0.01)       (4.7)      (0.02)
                             ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------
                                    8.0        0.03        (4.2)      (0.02)
                             ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------

                             ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------
Net loss from continuing
 operations - as adjusted    $   (115.0) $    (0.38) $   (115.6) $    (0.38)
                             ==========  ==========  ==========  ==========

Basic and diluted shares                      299.9                   306.8

                             ----------------------------------------------
                                      Six months ended October 31,
                             ----------------------------------------------
                                      2011                    2010
                             ----------------------  ----------------------
                              After-tax   Per share   After-tax   Per share
                             ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------

Net loss from continuing
 operations - as reported    $   (242.2) $    (0.80) $   (239.3) $    (0.77)
                             ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------

Add back (net of tax):
  Goodwill and intangibles
   impairment                       5.0        0.02           -           -
  Loss contingencies -
   litigation                      13.9        0.05         0.5           -
  Severance                           -           -        16.9        0.05
  Other (1)                        (3.2)      (0.01)       (6.3)      (0.03)
                             ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------
                                   15.7        0.06        11.1        0.02
                             ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------

                             ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------
Net loss from continuing
 operations - as adjusted    $   (226.5) $    (0.74) $   (228.2) $    (0.75)
                             ==========  ==========  ==========  ==========

Basic and diluted shares                      302.7                   313.2

(1) Represents gains on sales of certain company-owned offices and gains on
 residual interests in securitizations.



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