Nicholas Financial Reports 3rd Quarter Results

CLEARWATER, Fla., Jan. 30, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Nicholas Financial, Inc. (Nasdaq:NICK) announced that for the three months ended December 31, 2012 net earnings decreased 15% to $4,566,000 as compared to $5,363,000 for the three months ended December 31, 2011. Per share diluted net earnings decreased 18% to $0.37 as compared to $0.45 for the three months ended December 31, 2011. Revenue increased 4% to $17,889,000 for the three months ended December 31, 2012 as compared to $17,140,000 for the three months ended December 31, 2011.

For the nine months ended December 31, 2012, net earnings decreased 7% to $15,101,000 as compared to $16,186,000 for the nine months ended December 31, 2011. Per share diluted net earnings decreased 9% to $1.24 as compared to $1.35 for the nine months ended December 31, 2011. Revenue increased 4% to $52,940,000 for the nine months ended December 31, 2012 as compared to $50,985,000 for the nine months ended December 31, 2011.

"During the three months ended December 31, 2012, our results were affected by an increase in the net charge-off rate and an after-tax charge of $747,000 or $0.06 per share, which is related to a 5% withholding tax associated with the one-time special cash dividend of $2.00 per share paid in December 2012. The withholding is required under the Canada-United States Income Tax Convention. While competition remains fierce, we are committed to maintaining our conservative underwriting principles. We will continue to develop additional markets and expect to continue our branch network expansion," stated Peter L. Vosotas, Chairman and CEO.

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 12,100,000 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 .

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, 2012. 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.
 
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Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income
(Unaudited, Dollars in Thousands, Except Share and Per Share Amounts)
         
  Three months ended  Nine months ended 
  December 31, December 31,
  2012 2011 2012 2011
Revenue:        
Interest and fee income on finance receivables $17,879 $17,127 $52,911 $50,950
Sales 10 13 29 35
  17,889 17,140 52,940 50,985
Expenses:        
Operating 7,120 6,695 21,453 20,109
Dividend tax 1,287 60 1,419 120
Provision for credit losses 819 455 1,138 712
Interest expense 1,275 1,237 3,717 3,703
Change in fair value of interest rate swaps (37) -- 646 --
  10,464 8,447 28,373 24,644
         
Operating income before income taxes 7,425 8,693 24,567 26,341
Income tax expense 2,859 3,330 9,466 10,155
Net income $4,566 $5,363 $15,101 $16,186
         
Earnings per share:        
Basic $0.38 $0.46 $1.26 $1.38
Diluted $0.37 $0.45 $1.24 $1.35
Dividends declared per share $2.12 $0.10 $2.34 $0.20
         
Weighted average shares 11,982,000 11,783,000 11,962,000 11,733,000
         
Weighted average shares and assumed dilution 12,193,000 12,050,000 12,192,000 12,015,000
 
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(Unaudited, In Thousands)
     
  December 31, March 31,
  2012 2012
Cash $4,667 $2,803
Finance receivables, net 246,343 242,349
Other assets 12,455 12,084
     
Total assets $263,465 $257,236
     
Line of credit $130,500 $112,000
Other liabilities 9,025 9,297
     
Total liabilities 139,525 121,297
     
Shareholders' equity 123,940 135,939
     
Total liabilities and shareholders' equity $263,465 $257,236
  Three months ended Nine months ended
  December 31, December 31,
Portfolio Summary 2012 2011 2012 2011
Average finance receivables, net of unearned interest (1) Average Net Finance Receivables (1) $281,553,866 $274,595,968 $281,242,951 $272,213,775
Average indebtedness (2) $114,131,239 $116,000,000 $111,293,746 $116,668,640
Interest and fee income on finance receivables (3) $17,878,745 $17,126,855 $52,910,831 $50,950,173
Interest expense 1,275,015 1,236,866 3,717,386 3,702,737
Net interest and fee income on finance receivables $16,603,730 $15,889,989 $49,193,445 $47,247,436
Weighted average contractual rate (4) 23.34% 23.79% 23.55% 23.87%
Average cost of borrowed funds (2) 4.47% 4.27% 4.45% 4.23%
Gross portfolio yield (5) 25.40% 24.95% 25.08% 24.96%
Interest expense as a percentage of average finance receivables, net of unearned interest 1.81% 1.80% 1.76% 1.81%
Provision for credit losses as a percentage of average finance receivables, net of unearned interest  1.16% 0.66% 0.54% 0.35%
Net portfolio yield (5) 22.43% 22.49% 22.78% 22.80%
Marketing, salaries, employee benefits, depreciation, dividend tax and administrative expenses as a percentage of average finance receivables, net of unearned interest (6) 11.86% 9.76% 10.76% 9.82%
Pre-tax yield as a percentage of average finance receivables, net of unearned interest (7) 10.57% 12.73% 12.02% 12.98%
Write-off to liquidation (8) 7.94% 7.16% 6.82% 5.96%
Net charge-off percentage (9) 6.75% 5.70% 5.74% 4.69%

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.

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