Nicholas Financial Reports 2nd Quarter Results

CLEARWATER, Fla., Nov. 02, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Nicholas Financial, Inc. (NASDAQ:NICK) announced that for the three months ended September 30, 2016, diluted earnings per share decreased 40% to $0.25 as compared to $0.42 for the three months ended September 30, 2015. Net earnings were $1,970,000 and $3,257,000 for the three months ended September 30, 2016 and 2015, respectively. Revenue remained relatively flat at $22,647,000 for the three months ended September 30, 2016 as compared to $22,687,000 for the three months ended September 30, 2015.

For the six months ended September 30, 2016, per share diluted net earnings decreased 30% to $0.62 as compared to $0.89 for the six months ended September 30, 2015. Net earnings were $4,873,000 and $6,927,000 for the six months ended September 30, 2016 and 2015, respectively. Revenue increased 2% to $45,562,000 for the six months ended September 30, 2016 as compared to $44,712,000 for the six months ended September 30, 2015.

Our net earnings for the three and six months ended September 30, 2016 were adversely affected primarily by an increase in the provision for credit losses due to higher charge-offs and past-due accounts along with a reduction in the gross portfolio yield. Conversely, our results were favorably impacted due to a change in the fair value of the interest rate swaps.

"During our second quarter, new loan origination continued to be below Company expectations due to numerous companies looking to acquire automobile retail installment contracts. Some of these companies are willing to acquire loans at riskier pricing, which we believe will ultimately leave those companies with unprofitable portfolios. During our second quarter, we closed three branch locations as a result of these respective markets not meeting the Company's operating criteria to remain viable branch locations. Also, as previously disclosed, effective October 1, 2016, the Company has moved all loan-servicing operations from the branch locations to a centralized location within its Corporate Headquarters in Clearwater, FL. We continue to evaluate the various markets in which we operate; however, we do not expect any significant changes to the number of branches or other operations during our third quarter which ends December 31, 2016," stated Ralph T. Finkenbrink, the Company's President and CEO.   

Nicholas Financial, Inc. is one of the largest publicly 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 7,779,000 shares of common stock outstanding. For an index of Nicholas Financial, Inc.'s news releases or to obtain a specific release, 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, 2016. 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 September 30, Six months ended September 30,
      2016       2015       2016       2015
Revenue:          
Interest and fee income on finance receivables   $ 22,647     $ 22,687     $ 45,562     $ 44,712
           
Expenses:          
OperatingProfessional fees     8,852371       8,483377       17,526618       16,906825
Provision for credit losses     8,144       6,178       15,170       11,167
Interest expense     2,243       2,273       4,487       4,439
Change in fair value of interest rate swaps     (121 )     79       (103 )     123
      19,489       17,390       37,698       33,460
           
Operating income before income taxes     3,158       5,297       7,864       11,252
Income tax expense     1,188       2,041       2,991       4,326
Net income   $ 1,970     $ 3,256     $ 4,873     $ 6,926
           
Earnings per share:          
Basic   $ 0.25     $ 0.43     $ 0.63     $ 0.91
Diluted   $ 0.25     $ 0.42     $ 0.62     $ 0.89
           
Weighted average shares     7,672,000       7,622,000       7,672,000       7,619,000
           
Weighted average shares and assumed dilution     7,733,000       7,752,000       7,733,000       7,748,000
         

         
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets(Unaudited, In Thousands)
         
      September 30,         March 31,
        2016           2016
Cash     $ 3,799           $ 1,849
Finance receivables, net       312,727             311,837
Other assets       12,255             11,623
         
Total assets     $ 328,781           $ 325,309
         
Line of credit     $ 209,000           $ 211,000
Other liabilities       11,755             11,460
         
Total liabilities       220,755             222,460
         
Shareholders' equity       108,026             102,849
         
Total liabilities and        
shareholders' equity     $ 328,781           $ 325,309
                       

      Three months ended  September 30, (In thousands) Six months ended  September 30, (In thousands)  
Portfolio Summary       2016     2015     2016     2015  
                             
Average finance receivables, net of unearned interest (1)     $ 343,542   $ 334,701   $ 343,327   $ 329,628  
                             
Average indebtedness (2)     $ 208,461   $ 207,446   $ 209,437   $ 204,275  
                             
Interest and fee income on finance receivables     $ 22,647   $ 22,687   $ 45,562   $ 44,712  
                             
Interest expense       2,243     2,273     4,487     4,439  
                             
Net interest and fee income on finance receivables     $ 20,404   $ 20,414   $ 41,075   $ 40,273  
                             
Gross portfolio yield (3)       26.37 %   27.11 %   26.54 %   27.13 %
                             
Interest expense as a percentage of average finance                              
   receivables, net of unearned interest       2.61 %   2.72 %   2.61 %   2.69 %
                             
Provision for credit losses as a percentage of average finance                            
   receivables, net of unearned interest       9.48 %   7.38 %   8.84 %   6.78 %
                             
Net portfolio yield (3)       14.28 %   17.01 %   15.09 %   17.66 %
                             
Marketing, salaries, employee benefits, depreciation,                            
   administrative, and professional fees as a percentage of                            
   average finance receivables, net of unearned interest       10.74 %   10.59 %   10.57 %   10.76 %
                             
Pre-tax yield as a percentage of average finance receivables,                            
   net of unearned interest (4)       3.54 %   6.42 %   4.52 %   6.90 %
                             
Write-off to liquidation (5)       11.41 %   9.64 %   10.42 %   8.34 %
                             
Net charge-off percentage (6)       9.36 %   8.03 %   8.43 %   6.95 %

Note: All three-month 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) 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. 

(4) Pre-tax yield represents net portfolio yield minus administrative expenses (marketing, salaries, employee benefits, depreciation, administrative, and professional fees) as a percentage of average finance receivables, net of unearned interest.

(5) 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 minus ending receivable balance.

(6) Net charge-off percentage represents net charge-offs divided by average finance receivables, net of unearned interest, outstanding during the period.

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"), excluding any Chapter 13 bankruptcy accounts:  
             
(In thousands, except percentages)
             
Contracts   Gross BalanceOutstanding   31 - 60 days   61 - 90 days   Over 90   Total
September 30, 2016   $ 484,479   $ 29,327     $ 10,654     $ 7,310     $ 47,291  
          6.05 %     2.20 %     1.51 %       9.76 %
September 30, 2015   $ 475,089   $ 19,746     $   5,603     $ 2,575     $ 27,924  
          4.16 %     1.18 %     0.54 %     5.88 %
Direct Loans   Gross BalanceOutstanding   31 - 60 days   61 - 90 days   Over 90   Total
September 30, 2016   $   11,088   $   296     $     87     $   71     $   454  
          2.67 %     0.78 %     0.64 %     4.09 %
September 30, 2015   $   11,673   $   156     $    28     $   26     $  210  
          1.34 %     0.24 %     0.22 %     1.80 %

                                                                                              

The following table presents selected information on Contracts purchased by the Company, net of unearned interest (1):

  Three months ended September 30, (Purchases in thousands) Six months ended September 30, (Purchases in thousands)
Contracts   2016     2015             2016     2015  
Purchases $   41,540   $   48,189           $   82,370   $   100,564  
Weighted APR   22.26 %   22.76 %           22.32 %   22.71 %
Average discount   7.01 %   7.57 %           7.08 %   7.55 %
Weighted average term (months)   57     56             57     56  
Average loan $   11,565   $   11,357           $   11,608   $   11,370  
Number of contracts   3,592     4,243             7,096     8,845  
                                 

The following table presents selected information on the entire Contract portfolio of the Company (1):
  As of September 30,
Portfolio   2016     2015  
Weighted APR   22.53 %   22.77 %
Weighted average discount   7.39 %   8.01 %
Weighted average term (months)   57     55  
Number of active contracts   37,383     38,124  

(1) The following table does not include any selected information on Direct Loans; which only accounts for approximately 2% of the Company's total receivable portfolio.
Contact: Katie MacGillivaryVice President, CFOPh # - 727-726-0763www.nicholasfinancial.com

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