Medallion Financial Corp. (NASDAQ:TAXI), a specialty finance company with a leading position servicing the taxicab industry and other niche markets, announced that net increase in net assets resulting from operations, was $ 3,468,000 or $0.20 per diluted common share in the 2010 third quarter, up from $2,889,000 or $0.16 per diluted common share in the 2009 third quarter, an increase of 20%. Net investment income after income taxes was $2,368,000, or $0.13 per share in the 2010 third quarter, up from $2,001,000, or $0.11 per share in the 2009 third quarter, an increase of 18%. Net investment income after income taxes on a combined basis with Medallion Bank was $6,978,000, or $0.40 per share in the 2010 third quarter, up from $5,946,000, or $0.34 per share in the year ago quarter, an increase of 17%.

Medallion’s on balance sheet taxicab medallion loan portfolio was $327,425,000, down from $341,928,000 at the end of the 2009 third quarter. The decrease resulted primarily from placing more medallion loans into Medallion Bank, an unconsolidated wholly-owned portfolio investment, whose results are not consolidated with these numbers, but whose growth is noted below, and also from our continuing ability to participate these high-quality loans to financial institutions which desire safe and profitable loan growth, especially in this environment. In addition, Medallion earns fee income for originating and managing these loans. Our on balance sheet commercial loan portfolio was $65,158,000, down from $81,641,000 a year ago.

Medallion’s managed taxicab medallion loan portfolio, which includes Medallion Bank, and loans serviced for or by third parties, was $628,504,000 at quarter end, up from $578,489,000 a year ago. This was an all time high for the Company and reflects the Company’s continuing focus of growing the medallion business Our managed commercial loan portfolio was $119,266,000, down from $142,027,000 a year ago, and Medallion Bank’s consumer loan portfolio was $186,875,000, down from $191,766,000. Total assets under management increased to $1,059,666,000, up from $1,036,883,000, a year ago.

Andrew Murstein, President of Medallion stated, “We are very pleased with our continuing trends of increased growth, spreads, and profits. During this quarter, New York City medallion prices remained strong. The industry remains recession-resistant. Taxi medallion prices in New York reached $825,000 in October, which is an all time high. Very few assets have appreciated over the last few years, other than taxi medallions, and they are, and continue to be, a great investment. Medallion loans are our largest and fastest growing lending line today, and we can think of no better foundation to have in our investment portfolio.”

Larry Hall, CFO, stated, “The weighted average interest rate on our managed loan portfolio at the end of the 2010 third quarter was 8.95%, down from 9.64% a year ago. Those are very solid yields given the declining interest rate environment.

“Medallion continues to benefit from a low cost of funds. Our weighted average cost of borrowed funds was 4.10% in the quarter, compared to 4.15% a year ago, and was 2.79% on a managed basis, combined with Medallion Bank, compared to 3.47% a year ago. Our net interest margin was 4.77%, up from 4.63% in the 2009 quarter. Furthermore, the net interest margin on a combined basis, including Medallion Bank, was a strong 6.55%, from 6.30% last year,” Mr. Hall said.

“In addition, Medallion Bank’s current weighted average cost of funds at quarter end was 1.44%. However, new CD’s issued during September 2010 had an average coupon rate of 0.44%. Thus, as the older CD’s continue to mature and are replaced, spreads should increase, as long as rates remain at these low levels,” Mr. Hall added.

“Our loan quality, which continues to remain one of the hallmarks of Medallion, remains very strong. On a managed basis, including Medallion Bank, delinquent medallion loans 90 days or more past due were 0.1%, down from 0.3% one year ago. Delinquent consumer loans were 0.8%, down from 1% a year ago. Delinquent commercial loans were 8.7%, up from 7.7%, a year ago. On a combined basis for all loan types, the 90 day delinquency percentages were 1.6%, down from 1.8%, a year ago.”

“Lastly we believe that with a tangible book value of $9.23 per share, and a stock price of approximately $7.94 per share, which is below book value, our stock represents an attractive opportunity, especially with a dividend yield of approximately 7.6% on yesterday’s stock price. To that end, we repurchased shares in the quarter and will continue to repurchase shares pursuant to our stock repurchase program when favorable opportunities present themselves. We will be extending our stock buy back for a minimum of an additional six months.”

The Company announced that its Board of Directors declared a dividend of $0.15 per share on its common stock for the 2010 third quarter. The dividend is payable on November 23, 2010 to shareholders of record on November 16, 2010. The Company also announced that commencing with the tax year beginning January 1, 2010, the Company intends to treat losses recognized on loans written off as ordinary losses rather than as capital losses. In the event losses from such loans are treated as ordinary losses, those losses will offset taxable income in the taxable year in which such losses are recognized. Since the Company’s initial public offering in 1996, the Company has paid out over $152,105,000 in dividends, or $9.70 per share.

Medallion Financial Corp. is a specialty finance company with a leading position in the origination and servicing of loans financing the purchase of taxicab medallions and related assets. The Company also originates and services other commercial loans in targeted niche industries and its wholly owned portfolio company Medallion Bank also originates and services consumer loans. The Company and its subsidiaries have lent over $3 billion.

Please note that this press release contains forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties relating to business performance, cash flow, costs, sales, net investment income, earnings, and growth. Medallion's actual results may differ significantly from the results discussed in such forward-looking statements. Factors that might cause such a difference include, but are not limited to, those factors discussed under the heading "Risk Factors," in Medallion's 2009 Annual Report on Form 10-K.



Three Months Ended September 30,     Nine Months Ended September 30,
( Dollars in thousands, except per share data)   2010     2009     2010     2009
Total investment income $ 9,553     $ 10,196 $ 28,143     $ 31,544
Total interest expense   3,838         4,174         11,093         13,056  
Net interest income   5,715         6,022         17,050         18,488  
Total noninterest income   1,340         963         3,287         2,427  
Salaries and benefits 2,722 2,857 8,529 8,846
Professional fees 451 467 1,729 1,546
Occupancy expense 352 308 1,032 882
Other operating expenses   1,162         1,352         1,509         3,615  
Total operating expenses   4,687         4,984         12,799         14,889  
Net investment income before income taxes 2,368 2,001 7,538 6,026
Income tax (provision) benefit   -         -         -         -  
Net investment income after income taxes   2,368         2,001         7,538         6,026  
Net realized gains (losses) on investments   (186 )       486         (9,076 )       (1,404 )
Net change in unrealized appreciation (depreciation) on investments (689 ) (841 ) (2,877 ) 1,208

Net change in unrealized appreciation on Medallion Bank and other controlled subsidiaries

  1,975         1,243         11,026         951  
Net unrealized appreciation on investments   1,286         402         8,149         2,159  
Net realized/unrealized gains (losses) on investments   1,100         888         (927 )       755  
Net increase in net assets resulting from operations   $ 3,468       $ 2,889       $ 6,611       $ 6,781  
Net investment income after income taxes per common share
Basic $ 0.14 $ 0.11 $ 0.43 $ 0.34
Diluted     0.13         0.11         0.43         0.34  
Net increase in net assets resulting

from operations per common share
Basic $ 0.20 $ 0.16 $ 0.38 $ 0.39
Diluted     0.20         0.16         0.37         0.38  
Dividends declared per share   $ 0.15       $ 0.19       $ 0.45       $ 0.57  
Weighted average common shares outstanding
Basic 17,472,385 17,575,877 17,535,826 17,567,602
Diluted     17,579,269         17,708,892         17,659,628         17,683,571  



( Dollars in thousands, except per share data)   September 30, 2010     December 31, 2009
Medallion loans, at fair value $ 327,425 $ 321,915
Commercial loans, at fair value 65,158 77,922
Investment in Medallion Bank and other controlled subsidiaries, at fair value 75,759 72,279
Equity investments, at fair value 3,588 3,017
Investment securities, at fair value   -       -
Net investments 471,930 475,133
Cash and cash equivalents 21,525 33,401
Accrued interest receivable 1,613 1,661
Fixed assets, net 408 302
Goodwill, net 5,069 5,069
Other assets, net     41,060       39,608
Total assets   $ 541,605     $ 555,174
Accounts payable and accrued expenses $ 6,461 $ 7,468
Accrued interest payable 821 2,207
Funds borrowed   373,679       382,522
Total liabilities     380,961       392,197
Commitments and contingencies - -
Total shareholders' equity (net assets)     160,644       162,977
Total liabilities and shareholders' equity   $ 541,605     $ 555,174
Number of common shares outstanding 17,398,033 17,575,877
Net asset value per share   $ 9.23     $ 9.27
Total managed loans $ 934,645 $ 907,116
Total managed assets     1,059,666       1,039,840

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