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Nicholas Financial Reports Record 3rd Quarter Revenue And Earnings

CLEARWATER, Fla., Jan. 27, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Nicholas Financial, Inc. (Nasdaq:NICK) announced that for the three months ended December 31, 2010 net earnings increased 54% to $4,475,000 as compared to $2,909,000 for the three months ended December 31, 2009. Per share diluted net earnings increased 52% to $0.38 as compared to $0.25 for the three months ended December 31, 2009. Revenue increased 11% to $15,995,000 for the three months ended December 31, 2010 as compared to $14,365,000 for the three months ended December 31, 2009.

For the nine months ended December 31, 2010, net earnings increased 58% to $12,033,000 as compared to $7,605,000 for the nine months ended December 31, 2009. Per share diluted net earnings increased 55% to $1.01 as compared to $0.65 for the nine months ended December 31, 2009. Revenue increased 11% to $46,679,000 for the nine months ended December 31, 2010 as compared to $42,216,000 for the nine months ended December 31, 2009.

According to Peter L. Vosotas, Chairman and CEO, "We are pleased to report record 3rd quarter revenue and earnings. Our results were favorably impacted by an increase in revenues and a reduction in the net charge-off rate. In the third quarter the Company entered the Illinois and Missouri markets, where we have signed leases for new branch locations in Chicago and St. Louis. We expect these new locations to be fully operational by the end of the fourth quarter. The Company will then operate in fourteen states with a total of 56 branch locations.

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.

Nicholas Financial, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income
(Unaudited, Dollars in Thousands, Except Share and Per Share Amounts)
     
  Three months ended December 31, Nine months ended December 31,
  2010 2009 2010 2009
Revenue:        
Interest and fee income on finance receivables $15,985 $14,354 $46,650 $42,166
Sales 10 11 29 50
  15,995 14,365 46,679 42,216
Expenses:        
Operating 6,244 5,788 18,735 17,424
Provision for credit losses 1,201 3,020 4,509 9,597
Interest expense 1,383 1,079 4,372 3,645
Change in fair value of interest rate swaps (96) (265) (478) (797)
  8,732 9,622 27,138 29,869
         
Operating income before income taxes 7,263 4,743 19,541 12,347
Income tax expense 2,788 1,834 7,508 4,742
Net income $ 4,475 $ 2,909 $12,033 $ 7,605
         
Earnings per share:        
Basic $ 0.39 $ 0.25 $ 1.04 $ 0.67
Diluted $ 0.38 $ 0.25 $ 1.01 $ 0.65
         
Weighted average shares 11,604,000 11,510,000 11,606,000 11,400,000
         
Weighted average shares and assumed dilution 11,900,000 11,725,000 11,867,000 11,617,000
 
 
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(Unaudited, In Thousands)
     
  December 31, March 31,
  2010 2010
Cash $ 3,352 $ 1,534
Finance receivables, net             222,309 202,440
Other assets 11,066 10,162
     
Total assets $ 236,727 $ 214,136
     
Line of credit $ 118,017 $ 107,275
Other liabilities 8,511 9,424
     
Total liabilities 126,528 116,699
     
Shareholders' equity 110,199 97,437
     
Total liabilities and shareholders' equity           $ 236,727 $ 214,136
     
     
  Three months ended  December 31, Nine months ended  December 31,
Portfolio Summary 2010 2009 2010 2009
Average finance receivables, net of unearned interest (1)  $255,571,347 $226,321,020 $247,650,478 $221,581,423
Average indebtedness (2) $117,009,444 $110,060,915 $112,860,116 $106,465,014
Interest and fee income on finance receivables (3) $ 15,984,880 $ 14,354,022 $ 46,649,661 $ 42,166,002
Interest expense 1,382,950 1,079,044 4,372,080 3,645,282
Net interest and fee income on finance receivables $ 14,601,930 $ 13,274,978 $ 42,277,581 $ 38,520,720
Weighted average contractual rate (4) 23.48% 23.41% 23.45% 23.60%
Average cost of borrowed funds (2) 4.73% 3.92% 5.17% 4.57%
  Gross portfolio yield (5) 25.02% 25.37% 25.12% 25.37%
  Interest expense as a percentage of average finance receivables, net of unearned interest 2.16% 1.91% 2.35% 2.19%
  Provision for credit losses as a percentage of average finance receivables, net of unearned interest  1.88% 5.34% 2.43% 5.77%
Net portfolio yield (5) 20.98% 18.12% 20.34% 17.41%
  Marketing, salaries, employee benefits, depreciation and administrative expenses as a percentage of average finance receivables, net of unearned interest (6) 9.69% 10.12% 9.99% 10.38%
  Pre-tax yield as a percentage of average finance receivables, net of unearned interest (7) 11.29% 8.00% 10.35% 7.03%
Write-off to liquidation (8) 7.20% 11.27% 6.97% 11.07%
Net charge-off percentage (9) 5.39% 8.39% 5.11% 8.12%
         
Note:  All three and nine 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.
(2) Average indebtedness represents the average outstanding borrowings under the Line. Average cost of borrowed funds represents interest expense as a percentage of average indebtedness.
(3) Interest and fee income on finance receivables does not include revenue generated by Nicholas Data Services, Inc., ("NDS") the wholly-owned software subsidiary of Nicholas Financial, Inc.
(4) Weighted average contractual rate represents the weighted average annual percentage rate (APR) of all Contracts purchased and direct loans originated during the period.
(5) Gross portfolio yield represents interest and fee income on finance receivables as a percentage of average finance receivables, net of unearned interest. Net portfolio yield represents interest and fee income on finance receivables minus (a) interest expense and (b) the provision for credit losses as a percentage of average finance receivables, net of unearned interest.
(6) Administrative expenses included in the calculation above are net of administrative expenses associated with NDS which approximated $55,000 for both the three-month periods ended December 31, 2010 and 2009 and $173,000 and $164,000 during the nine-month periods ended December 31, 2010 and 2009, respectively.
(7)  Pre-tax yield represents net portfolio yield minus operating expenses as a percentage of average finance receivables, net of unearned interest.
(8)  Write-off to liquidation percentage is defined as net charge-offs divided by liquidation. Liquidation is defined as beginning receivable balance plus current period purchases minus voids and refinances minus ending receivable balance.
(9)  Net charge-off percentage represents net charge-offs divided by average finance receivables, net of unearned interest, outstanding during the period.

The following tables present certain information regarding the delinquency rates experienced by the Company with respect to Contracts and under its direct loan program:

    Delinquencies
Contracts Gross Balance Outstanding 30 – 59 days 60 – 89 days 90 + days Total
December 31, 2010 $353,963,564 $10,065,353 $2,807,904 $ 935,688 $13,808,945
    2.84% 0.79% 0.26% 3.89%
December 31, 2009 $310,682,358 $11,437,840 $3,810,954 $1,819,393 $17,068,187
    3.68% 1.23% 0.59% 5.50%
Direct Loans Gross Balance Outstanding 30 – 59 days 60 – 89 days 90 + days Total
December 31, 2010 $5,252,546 $ 63,680 $18,491 $14,378 $ 96,549
    1.21% 0.35% 0.27% 1.83%
December 31, 2009 $5,599,857 $141,300 $83,097 $44,320 $268,717
    2.52% 1.48% 0.79% 4.79%

The following table presents selected information on Contracts purchased by the Company, net of unearned interest:

  Three months ended December 31, Nine months ended December 31,
Contracts 2010 2009 2010 2009
Purchases $31,865,984 $26,227,449 $105,346,702 $87,579,696
Weighted APR 23.48% 23.27% 23.45% 23.50%
Average discount 8.74% 9.08% 8.76% 9.07%
Weighted average term (months) 49 48 49 48
Average loan $ 9,841 $ 9,486 $ 9,869 $ 9,465
Number of contracts 3,238 2,765 10,675 9,253
CONTACT: Ralph Finkenbrink
         Sr. Vice President, CFO
         727-726-0763
         www.nicholasfinancial.com

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