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Nicholas Financial Reports 2nd Quarter Results

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CLEARWATER, Fla., Oct. 31, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Nicholas Financial, Inc. (Nasdaq:NICK) announced that for the three months ended September 30, 2013 net earnings decreased 16% to $4,317,000 as compared to $5,150,000 for the three months ended September 30, 2012. Per share diluted net earnings decreased 17% to $0.35 as compared to $0.42 for the three months ended September 30, 2012. Revenue increased 1% to $20,949,000 for the three months ended September 30, 2012 as compared to $20,705,000 for the three months ended September 30, 2012.

For the six months ended September 30, 2013 net earnings decreased 5% to $10,017,000 as compared to $10,558,000 for the six months ended September 30, 2012. Per share diluted net earnings decreased 6% to $0.82 as compared to $0.87 for the six months ended September 30, 2012. Revenue increased 1% to $41,425,000 for the six months ended September 30, 2013 as compared to $41,133,000 for the six months ended September 30, 2012.

"Our results for the three months ended September 30, 2013 were adversely affected by a non-cash charge related to the change in fair value of interest rate swap agreements, an increase in operating expenses as a percentage of finance receivables, net, and an increase in the net charge-off rate," stated Peter L. Vosotas, Chairman and CEO. "We continue to develop additional markets and expect to open between 1-3 new branch locations during the remainder of our current fiscal year, which ends March 31, 2014."

Nicholas Financial, Inc. is one of the largest publically traded specialty consumer finance companies in North America. The Company operates branch locations in both the Southeastern and the Midwestern states. The Company has approximately 12,200,000 shares of common stock outstanding. For an index of Nicholas Financial, Inc. news releases and public filings please visit our web site at www.nicholasfinancial.com .

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, 2013. 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  Six months ended 
  September 30, September 30,
  2013 2012 2013 2012
Revenue:        
Interest and fee income on finance receivables $20,943 $20,696 $41,413 $41,114
Sales 6 9 12 19
  20,949 20,705 41,425 41,133
Expenses:        
Operating 8,080 7,330 16,077 14,465
Provision for credit losses 3,973 3,262 6,615 6,365
Interest expense 1,443 1,250 2,848 2,442
Change in fair value of interest rate swap agreements 250 474 -583 683
  13,746 12,316 24,957 23,955
         
Operating income before income taxes 7,203 8,389 16,468 17,178
Income tax expense 2,886 3,238 6,451 6,620
Net income $4,317 $5,150 $10,017 $10,558
         
Earnings per share:        
Basic $0.36 $0.43 $0.83 $0.88
Diluted $0.35 $0.42 $0.82 $0.87
         
Weighted average shares 12,092,000 11,964,000 12,079,000 11,956,000
         
Weighted average shares and assumed dilution 12,315,000 12,182,000 12,274,000 12,189,000
 
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(Unaudited, In Thousands)
     
  September 30, March 31,
  2013 2013
Cash $4,474 $2,798
Finance receivables, net 260,494 249,826
Other assets 11,634 11,211
     
Total assets $276,602 $263,835
     
Line of credit $131,000 $125,500
Other liabilities 10,855 11,370
     
Total liabilities 141,855 136,870
     
Shareholders' equity 134,747 126,965
     
Total liabilities and shareholders' equity $276,602 $263,835
     
  Three months ended Six months ended
  September 30, September 30,
Portfolio Summary 2013 2012 2013 2012
Average finance receivables, net of unearned interest (1) $290,071,860 $282,424,703 $287,854,928 $281,087,493
Average indebtedness (2) $125,880,390 $109,000,000 $127,067,884 $109,875,000
Interest and fee income on finance receivables (3)* $20,943,161 $20,696,241 $41,412,533 $41,114,198
Interest expense 1,442,898 1,250,231 2,847,804 2,442,371
Net interest and fee income on finance receivables* $19,500,263 $19,446,010 $38,564,729 $38,671,827
Weighted average contractual rate (4) 23.30% 23.48% 23.14% 23.64%
Average cost of borrowed funds (2) 4.58% 4.59% 4.48% 4.45%
Gross portfolio yield (5)* 28.88% 29.31% 28.77% 29.25%
Interest expense as a percentage of average finance receivables, net of unearned interest 1.99% 1.77% 1.98% 1.74%
Provision for credit losses as a percentage of average finance receivables, net of unearned interest* 5.48% 4.62% 4.60% 4.53%
Net portfolio yield (5)* 21.41% 22.92% 22.19% 22.98%
Marketing, salaries, employee benefits, depreciation and administrative expenses as a percentage of average finance receivables, net of unearned interest (6) 11.07% 10.31% 11.10% 10.20%
Pre-tax yield as a percentage of average finance receivables, net of unearned interest (7)* 10.34% 12.61% 11.09% 12.78%
Write-off to liquidation (8) 8.19% 7.54% 7.05% 6.25%
Net charge-off percentage (9) 7.10% 6.39% 6.13% 5.23%
         
Note: All three and six 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 automobile finance installment contracts purchased and direct consumer 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 $48,000 and $50,000 during the three-month periods ended September 30, 2013 and 2012 and $103,000 and $117,000 during the six-month periods ended September 30, 2013 and 2012, respectively.
(7) Pre-tax yield represents net portfolio yield minus administrative 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 and 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 amounts for the three and six months periods ended September 30, 2012 have been revised as discussed in Note 2 to the consolidated financial statements.

The following tables present certain information regarding the delinquency rates experienced by the Company with respect to automobile finance installment contracts ("Contracts") and direct consumer loans ("Direct Loans"):  

       
      Delinquencies
Contracts Gross Balance Outstanding 31 – 60 days 61 – 90 days 90 + days Total
September 30, 2013 $400,057,098 $15,756,362 $3,239,528 $3,767,037 $22,762,927
    3.94% 0.81% 0.94% 5.69%
September 30, 2012 $388,783,924 $15,310,139 $3,879,087 $1,739,015 $20,928,241
    3.94% 1.00% 0.44% 5.38%
Direct Loans Gross Balance Outstanding 31 – 60 days 61 – 90 days 90 + days Total
September 30, 2013 $10,623,932 $104,983 $37,604 $30,877 $173,464
    0.99% 0.35% 0.29% 1.63%
September 30, 2012 $8,075,902 $94,770 $6,822 $11,024 $112,616
    1.17% 0.08% 0.14% 1.39%

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

     
  Three months ended Six months ended
  September 30, September 30,
Contracts 2013 2012 2013 2012
Purchases $41,958,515 $39,244,000 $83,841,229 $76,475,932
Weighted APR 23.05% 23.31% 22.93% 23.48%
Average discount 8.51% 8.14% 8.43% 8.57%
Weighted average term (months) 52 49 52 49
Average loan $10,685 $10,352 $10,664 $10,136
Number of contracts 3,927 3,791 7,862 7,545
CONTACT: Ralph Finkenbrink
         Sr. Vice President, CFO
         Ph # 727-726-0763

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