Medallion Financial Corp. Reports 2011 Second Quarter Results

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 $4,416,000 or $0.25 per diluted common share in the 2011 second quarter, up $1,381,000 or 45% from $3,035,000 or $0.17 per diluted common share in the 2010 second quarter.

Medallion Bank, the Company’s unconsolidated wholly-owned portfolio company, had net income of $4,132,000 for the 2011 second quarter, compared to $3,204,000 in the 2010 second quarter, an increase of $929,000 or 29%, primarily reflecting improved net interest income and reduced loan losses from the prior year. 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 averaged 0.97% for the quarter, with new borrowing rates as low as 0.40%.

Andrew Murstein, President of Medallion Financial stated, “We are extremely pleased with the quarter’s results. This was the highest our EPS has been in three years. Profits are rising, and we continued to see strong loan demand in all of our lines of business. Additionally, we continue to experience zero losses on any taxi medallion loan we have originated in the history of the company, and our loan to value ratio on our entire medallion portfolio is under 50%.”

Medallion Financial’s net interest margin was 4.33% for the 2011 second quarter, compared to 4.81% in the 2010 second quarter. On a combined basis with Medallion Bank, the net interest margin was 6.40%, compared to 6.69% a year ago, reflecting the continued low cost of funds at the bank, and the Bank’s higher-yielding loan portfolio. Net investment income after income taxes was $1,479,000 or $0.08 per diluted common share in the 2011 quarter, down $1,461,000 from $2,940,000 or $0.17 per diluted common share in the 2010 quarter, primarily as a result of the Company referring additional loans for origination to Medallion Bank whose earnings are not consolidated in Net Investment Income, but whose results and fair value are shown through the Company’s Net Increase in Net Assets.

Larry D. Hall, Chief Financial Officer of Medallion Financial stated, “We remain focused very intently on the credit quality of our loan portfolios. Unlike many other financial institutions, our credit quality has not only remained very good, but has improved, even in these turbulent times. Loans more than 90 days past due, on a combined basis with Medallion Bank, were at 1.2% at June 30, 2011, down from 1.4% at year end and 1.5% a year ago.

“Medallion Financial’s capital and liquidity levels remained strong with over $102,000,000 of availability from our existing cash and funding sources and Medallion Financial’s leverage continues to be well under the industry norms with a debt to equity ratio of only 2.20 to 1. In addition, Medallion Bank had about $60,000,000 of deposit-raising capacity, and during July received almost $4,000,000 of capital under the U.S. Treasury’s Small Business Lending Fund program, which can be further leveraged for another $27,000,000 of deposit growth. The Company and the Bank remain well-positioned for future growth.”

Medallion Financial’s on-balance sheet taxicab medallion loan portfolio decreased to $312,000,000 from $333,000,000 a year ago, due to the funding of most new loan originations by Medallion Bank, and the Company’s sale of loan participations to third party banks. As a result, total managed medallion loans increased 8% to $667,000,000 from $616,000,000 a year ago.

Medallion Financial’s on-balance sheet commercial loan portfolio was $66,000,000 at quarter end, down from $72,000,000 a year ago. The managed commercial loan portfolio decreased 1% to $126,000,000 from $128,000,000 in 2010. Medallion Bank’s consumer loan portfolio increased 4% to $195,000,000 from $187,000,000 a year ago. Overall, total managed assets increased 6% to $1.126 billion from $1.058 billion a year ago.

The Company’s net asset value per share increased to $9.49, up from $9.16 one year ago, in part due to improved profitability in Medallion Bank, which is a taxable C Corp. and is entitled to retain its after tax earnings. The Company also announced an increase in the dividend to $0.18 per share for the 2011 second quarter, up from $0.15 per share for the 2010 second quarter, bringing the total amount to $0.66 over the last four quarters. This equates to a yield of over 7% based on the most recent closing price of the Company’s stock. The current dividend will be paid on September 2, 2011, to shareholders of record on August 19, 2011. Since the Company’s initial public offering in 1996, the Company has paid in excess of $161,000,000 or $10.21 per share in dividends.

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 loans in other commercial industries, and its wholly-owned portfolio company, Medallion Bank, also originates and services consumer loans. The Company and its subsidiaries have lent over $3.9 billion to its taxicab industry, small business, and other customers.

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 2010 Annual Report on Form 10-K.
 

MEDALLION FINANCIAL CORP.

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
 
    Three Months Ended June 30,     Six Months Ended June 30,
(Dollars in thousands, except per share data)     2011     2010     2011     2010
Total investment income $ 8,413     $ 9,360     $ 18,010     $ 18,590
Total interest expense   3,343       3,740         6,845       7,255  
Net interest income   5,070       5,620         11,165       11,335  
 
Total noninterest income   326       1,151         735       1,947  
 
Salaries and benefits 1,752 2,750 3,959 5,807
Professional fees 193 687 523 1,277
Occupancy expense 225 346 452 680
Other operating expenses   1,747       48         2,646       347  
Total operating expenses   3,917       3,831         7,580       8,111  
 
Net investment income before income taxes 1,479 2,940 4,320 5,171
Income tax (provision) benefit   -       -         -       -  
Net investment income after income taxes   1,479       2,940         4,320       5,171  
 
Net realized gains (losses) on investments   575       (668 )       584       (8,890 )
 
Net change in unrealized appreciation (depreciation) on investments 311 (945 ) 95 (2,188 )
Net change in unrealized appreciation on Medallion Bank and other controlled subsidiaries   2,051       1,708         3,696       9,051  
Net unrealized appreciation on investments   2,362       763         3,791       6,863  
Net realized/unrealized gains (losses) on investments   2,937       95         4,375       (2,027 )
 
Net increase in net assets resulting from operations     $ 4,416     $ 3,035       $ 8,695     $ 3,144  
Net investment income after income taxes per common share
Basic $ 0.08 $ 0.17 $ 0.25 $ 0.29
Diluted       0.08       0.17         0.25       0.29  
Net increase in net assets resulting from operations per common share
Basic $ 0.25 $ 0.17 $ 0.50 $ 0.18
Diluted       0.25       0.17         0.49       0.18  
Dividends declared per share     $ 0.18     $ 0.15       $ 0.35     $ 0.30  
Weighted average common shares outstanding
Basic 17,404,288 17,560,352 17,402,272 17,568,072
Diluted       17,609,550       17,685,988         17,578,804       17,700,334  
 

MEDALLION FINANCIAL CORP.

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
 
(Dollars in thousands, except per share data)     June 30, 2011     December 31, 2010
Assets        
Medallion loans, at fair value $ 312,139 $ 323,126
Commercial loans, at fair value 65,851 76,866
Investment in Medallion Bank and other controlled subsidiaries, at fair value 82,772 78,735
Equity investments, at fair value 4,663 4,789
Investment securities, at fair value   -       -
Net investments 465,425 483,516
 
Cash and cash equivalents 22,664 17,303
Accrued interest receivable 1,320 1,441
Fixed assets, net 409 419
Goodwill, net 5,069 5,069
Other assets, net       43,910       42,564
Total assets     $ 538,797     $ 550,312
 
Liabilities
Accounts payable and accrued expenses $ 5,646 $ 5,102
Accrued interest payable 1,849 1,913
Funds borrowed   365,457       380,532
Total liabilities       372,952       387,547
 
Commitments and contingencies - -
       
Total shareholders' equity (net assets)       165,845       162,765
Total liabilities and shareholders' equity     $ 538,797     $ 550,312
 
Number of common shares outstanding 17,475,948 17,400,233
Net asset value per share     $ 9.49     $ 9.35
 
Total managed loans $ 987,496 $ 967,690
Total managed assets       1,125,924       1,093,379

Copyright Business Wire 2010

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