Medallion Financial Corp. (Nasdaq: TAXI), a specialty finance company with a leading position servicing the taxicab industry and other niche markets, announced that earnings, or net increase in net assets resulting from operations was $6,523,000 or $0.30 per diluted common share in the 2012 fourth quarter, up $891,000 or 16% from $5,632,000 or $0.32 per diluted common share in the 2011 fourth quarter. For the 2012 full year, net increase in net assets resulting from operations was a record $24,517,000 or $1.21 per diluted common share, up 28% from $19,163,000 or $1.09 per share in 2011.
Andrew Murstein, President of Medallion Financial stated, “We are extremely pleased with the fourth quarter and full year results. Total earnings for the year were the highest since the Company went public 16 years ago. We are also pleased that we will be increasing our dividend to $0.22 per share, the highest it’s been in 12 years. Over the last 10 years we have given our shareholders an annual return including dividends of over 24% per year. We are proud to have performed so well, and we feel confident in our future.”
Medallion Bank, the Company’s unconsolidated wholly-owned portfolio company, had net income of $5,282,000 in the 2012 fourth quarter, compared to $3,980,000 in the 2011 fourth quarter, an increase of $1,302,000 or 33%. For the 2012 full year, Medallion Bank earned $19,546,000, up 24% from $15,775,000 in 2011. As the Company continues to use Medallion Bank as a primary funding source, it refers more loans to Medallion Bank for origination to take advantage of current short term borrowing rates which are at historically low levels, and which are the Company’s least expensive source of funds.
Medallion Financial’s net interest margin was 6.43% for the 2012 fourth quarter and 4.89% for the full year, compared to 7.00% and 5.10% for the comparable 2011 periods. On a combined basis with Medallion Bank, the net interest margin was 6.48% and 6.31% in the quarter and full year, compared to 7.18% and 6.68% a year ago, reflecting the continued low cost of funds at the Bank, and the Bank’s higher-yielding loan portfolio. Both measures reflect the strong portfolio earning power of Medallion, as net interest margins remained at high levels compared to most other financial institutions.