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Nicholas Financial Reports Record 1st Quarter Revenue And Earnings

CLEARWATER, Fla., July 29, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Nicholas Financial, Inc. (Nasdaq:NICK) announced that for the three months ended June 30, 2010, net earnings, excluding change in fair value of interest rate swaps, increased 65% to $3,426,000 as compared to $2,081,000 for the three months ended June 30, 2009. Per share diluted net earnings, excluding change in fair value of interest rate swaps, increased 61% to $0.29 as compared to $0.18 for the three months ended June 30, 2009. See reconciliations of the Non-GAAP measures on page 2. Revenue increased 9% to $14,952,000 for the three months ended June 30, 2010 as compared to $13,694,000 for the three months ended June 30, 2009.

According to Peter L. Vosotas, Chairman and CEO, "We are pleased to report record 1 st quarter revenue and earnings. Our results were primarily impacted by an increase in revenues, a reduction in the net charge-off rate and an increase in the cost of borrowed funds. During the first quarter we have added four branch offices to our 12 state branch network, bringing the total to 54 locations. The Company continues to evaluate additional markets for future branch locations and subject to market conditions, could open additional branch locations during the year. The Company remains open to acquisitions should an opportunity present itself."

The Company will hold its Annual Shareholders Meeting at the Innisbrook Golf Resort in Palm Harbor, Florida on August 11 th at 10:00am.

Nicholas Financial, Inc. is one of the largest publicly traded specialty consumer finance companies based in the Southeastern states. The Company presently operates 54 branch locations in both the Southeastern and the Midwestern states. The Company has approximately 11,800,000 shares of common stock outstanding. For an index of Nicholas Financial, Inc.'s news releases or to obtain a specific release, visit our web site at www.nicholasfinancial.com .

The Nicholas Financial, Inc. logo is available at http://www.globenewswire.com/newsroom/prs/?pkgid=6776

Except for the historical information contained herein, the matters discussed in this news release include forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties including general economic conditions, access to bank financing, and other risks detailed from time to time in the Company's filings and reports with the Securities and Exchange Commission including the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended March 31, 2010. Such statements are based on the beliefs of the Company's management as well as assumptions made by and information currently available to Company management. Actual events or results may differ materially. All forward looking statements and cautionary statements included in this document are made as of the date hereby based on information available to the Company as of the date hereof, and the Company assumes no obligation to update any forward looking statement or cautionary statement.

This press release contains disclosures of non-GAAP financial measures including: net earnings, excluding change in fair value of interest rate swaps and per share diluted net earnings, excluding change in fair value of interest rate swaps. These measures utilize the GAAP terms "net income" and "diluted earnings per share" and adjust the GAAP terms to exclude the effect of mark to market adjustments and reclassifications of previously recorded accumulated comprehensive losses associated with interest rate swaps. Management believes this presentation provides additional and meaningful measures for the assessment of the Company's ongoing results and performance. Prior to the three months ended December 31, 2008, the Company reported changes in the fair value of interest rate swaps through other comprehensive income under hedge accounting. Management believes that the inclusion of this non-GAAP measure provides consistency in its financial reporting and facilitates investors' understanding of the Company's historic operating trends by providing an additional basis for comparisons to prior periods. Management recognizes that the use of non-GAAP measures has limitations, including the fact that they may not be directly comparable with similar non-GAAP financial measures used by other companies. All non-GAAP financial measures are intended to supplement the applicable GAAP disclosures and should not be considered in isolation from, or as substitute for, financial information prepared in accordance with GAAP. For a reconciliation of non-GAAP measures from GAAP reported amounts, please see the supplemental information included with this press release.

Nicholas Financial, Inc. Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures (Unaudited)

The following tables include reconciliations of GAAP reported net income to the non-GAAP measure, net earnings, excluding change in fair value of interest rate swaps as well as GAAP reported diluted earnings per share to the non-GAAP measure, per share diluted net earnings, excluding change in fair value of interest rate swaps. The non-GAAP measures exclude the effect of mark-to-market adjustments and reclassifications of previously recorded accumulated comprehensive losses associated with interest rate swaps.

  Three months ended June 30,
  2010 2009
Net income, GAAP $3,575,838 $2,263,899
Mark-to-market gain on interest rate swaps, net of tax expense of $94,027, and $114,441, respectively (150,338) (182,863)
Net earnings, excluding change in fair value of interest rate swaps (a) $3,425,500 $2,081,036
     
  Three months ended June 30,
  2010 2009
Diluted earnings per share, GAAP $    0.30 $ 0.20
Per diluted share mark-to-market gain on interest rate swaps $   (0.01) $ (0.02)
Per share diluted net earnings, excluding change in fair value of interest rate swaps (a) $    0.29 $ 0.18

(a) Represents a non-GAAP financial measure. See information on non-GAAP financial measures above.

Nicholas Financial, Inc. Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income (Unaudited, Dollars in Thousands, Except Share and Per Share Amounts)

  Three months ended June 30,
  2010 2009
Revenue:    
Interest and fee income on finance receivables $ 14,943 $ 13,673
Sales 9 21
  14,952 13,694
Expenses:    
Operating 6,249 5,714
Provision for credit losses 1,596 3,323
Interest expense 1,539 1,273
Change in fair value of interest rate swaps (244) (297)
  9,140 10,013
     
Operating income before income taxes 5,812 3,681
Income tax expense 2,236 1,417
Net income $ 3,576 $ 2,264
     
Earnings per share:    
Basic $ 0.31 $ 0.20
Diluted $ 0.30 $ 0.20
     
Weighted average shares 11,555,000 11,400,000
     
Weighted average shares and assumed dilution 11,807,000 11,556,000

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets (Unaudited, In Thousands)

  June 30, March 31,
  2010 2010
Cash $2,321 $1,534
Finance receivables, net 211,111 202,440
Other assets 10,462 10,162
     
Total assets $223,894 $214,136
     
Line of credit $110,022 $107,275
Other liabilities 12,511 9,424
     
Total liabilities 122,533 116,699
     
Shareholders' equity 101,361 97,437
     
Total liabilities and shareholders' equity  $223,894  $214,136
  Three months ended  June 30,
Portfolio Summary 2010 2009
Average finance receivables, net of unearned interest (1)   $238,314,417 $215,721,582
Average indebtedness (2) $108,246,360 $102,991,423
Interest and fee income on finance receivables (3) $ 14,942,905 $ 13,673,272
Interest expense 1,539,373 1,272,677
Net Interest and fee income on finance receivables $ 13,403,532 $ 12,400,595
Weighted average contractual rate (4) 23.54% 23.93%
Average cost of borrowed funds (2) 5.69% 4.94%
  Gross portfolio yield (5) 25.08% 25.35%
  Interest expense as a percentage of average finance receivables, net of unearned interest 2.58% 2.36%
  Provision for credit losses as a percentage of average finance receivables, net of unearned interest  2.68% 6.16%
Net portfolio yield (5) 19.82% 16.83%
  Marketing, salaries, employee benefits, depreciation and administrative expenses as a percentage of average finance receivables, net of unearned interest (6) 10.39% 10.49%
  Pre-tax yield as a percentage of average finance receivables, net of unearned interest (7) 9.43% 6.34%
Write-off to liquidation (8) 6.49% 10.80%
Net charge-off percentage (9) 4.59% 7.72%

Note: All three month key performance indicators expressed as percentages have been annualized.

(1) Average finance receivables, net of unearned interest, represents the average of gross finance receivables, less unearned interest throughout the period.

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