Nicholas Financial Reports 3rd Quarter Results

Nicholas Financial Reports 3rd Quarter Results  CLEARWATER, Fla., Feb. 4, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Nicholas Financial, Inc. (Nasdaq:NICK) announced that for the three months ended December 31, 2013 net earnings decreased 17% to $3,827,000 as compared to $4,596,000 for the three months ended December 31, 2012. Per share diluted net earnings decreased 18% to $0.31 as compared to $0.38 for the three months ended December 31, 2012. Revenue increased 1% to $20,761,000 for the three months ended December 31, 2013 as compared to $20,605,000 for the three months ended December 31, 2012.  For the nine months ended December 31, 2013 net earnings decreased 9% to $13,844,000 as compared to $15,154,000 for the nine months ended December 31, 2012. Per share diluted net earnings decreased 9% to $1.13 as compared to $1.24 for the nine months ended December 31, 2012. Revenue increased 1% to $62,186,000 for the nine months ended December 31, 2013 as compared to $61,738,000 for the nine months ended December 31, 2012.  "Our results for the three months ended December 31, 2013 were adversely affected by a reduction in the gross portfolio yield and professional fees of $821,000 associated with the previously announced sale of the Company. Also, after-tax earnings were increasingly impacted as a significant portion of the professional fees were not deductible for income tax purposes resulting in a higher effective tax rate and after-tax impact of $0.07 per share. Our results for the three months ended December 31, 2012 were affected by an after-tax charge of $747,000 or $0.06 per share related to a 5% withholding tax associated with the one-time special cash dividend of $2.00 per share paid in December 2012," stated Peter L. Vosotas, Chairman and CEO. "We continue to develop additional markets and expect to open one additional location during the fourth quarter, 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    Nine months ended                                   December 31,          December 31,                                   2013       2012       2013       2012 Revenue:                                                          Interest and fee income on finance $20,756    $20,595    $62,169    $61,709 receivables Sales                              5          10         17         29                                   20,761     20,605     62,186     61,738 Expenses:                                                         Operating                          7,515      6,933      22,498     20,814 Dividend taxes                     --         1,287      143        1,419 Professional fees                  1,061      187        2,012      639 Provision for credit losses        4,183      3,485      10,798     9,850 Interest expense                   1,441      1,275      4,289      3,717 Change in fair value of interest   (99)       (37)       (682)      646 rate swap agreements                                   14,101     13,130     39,058     37,085                                                                  Operating income before income     6,660      7,475      23,128     24,653 taxes Income tax expense                 2,833      2,879      9,284      9,499 Net income                         $3,827     $4,596     $13,844    $15,154                                                                  Earnings per share:                                               Basic                              $0.32      $0.38      $1.15      $1.27 Diluted                            $0.31      $0.38      $1.13      $1.24 Dividends declared per share       --         $2.12      $0.24      $2.34                                                                  Weighted average shares            12,109,000 11,982,000 12,089,000 11,962,000                                                                  Weighted average shares and        12,334,000 12,193,000 12,286,000 12,192,000 assumed dilution                                                         Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets (Unaudited, In Thousands)                                                                                                  December 31, March 31,                                           2013         2013 Cash                                       $4,089       $2,798 Finance receivables, net                   261,254      249,826 Other assets                               10,743       11,211                                                        Total assets                               $276,086     $263,835                                                        Line of credit                             $127,000     $125,500 Other liabilities                          10,271       11,370                                                        Total liabilities                          137,271      136,870                                                        Shareholders' equity                       138,815      126,965                                                        Total liabilities and shareholders' equity $276,086     $263,835                                                                         Three months ended           Nine months ended                      December 31,                 December 31, Portfolio Summary     2013           2012          2013          2012 Average finance receivables, net of   $291,620,270   $281,553,866  $289,110,042  $281,242,951 unearned interest (1) Average indebtedness  $128,500,000   $114,131,239  $127,545,256  $111,293,746 (2) Interest and fee income on finance     $20,756,034    $20,594,614   $62,168,566   $61,708,812 receivables (3)* Interest expense      1,441,175      1,275,015     4,288,979     3,717,386 Net interest and fee income on finance     $19,314,859    $19,319,599   $57,879,587   $57,991,426 receivables* Weighted average      23.33%         23.34%        23.20%        23.55% contractual rate (4) Average cost of       4.49%          4.47%         4.48%         4.45% borrowed funds (2) Gross portfolio yield 28.47%         29.26%        28.67%        29.26% (5)* Interest expense as a percentage of average finance receivables,  1.98%          1.81%         1.98%         1.76% net of unearned interest Provision for credit losses as a percentage of average 5.74%          4.95%         4.98%         4.67% finance receivables, net of unearned interest* Net portfolio yield   20.75%         22.50%        21.71%        22.83% (5)* Marketing, salaries, employee benefits, depreciation, administrative and professional expenses 11.68%         11.86%        11.29%        10.76% and dividend taxes as a percentage of average finance receivables, net of unearned interest (6) Pre-tax yield as a percentage of average finance receivables,  9.07%          10.64%        10.42%        12.07% net of unearned interest (7)* Write-off to          7.62%          7.94%         7.24%         6.82% liquidation (8) Net charge-off        6.34%          6.75%         6.20%         5.74% percentage (9)                                                               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. (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 $58,000 and $54,000 during the three-month periods ended December 31, 2013 and 2012 and $161,000 and $172,000 during the nine-month periods ended December 31, 2013 and 2012, respectively.For the three and nine months ended December 31, 2013, the numerators include expenses associated with the potential sale of the Company. Absent these expenses, the percentages would have been 10.55% and 10.75%, respectively. For the three and nine months ended December 31, 2012, the numerators include a tax associated with cash dividends. Absent the dividend tax, the percentages would have been 10.03% and 10.08%, 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 gross receivable balance plus current period purchases minus voids and refinances and ending gross 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 nine months periods ended December 31, 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 31 – 60 days 61 – 90 days 90 + days  Total                 Outstanding December 31,    $399,785,114  $18,740,543  $5,200,159   $5,194,114 $29,134,816 2013                             4.69%        1.30%        1.30%      7.29% December 31,    $380,519,395  $17,287,813  $4,529,766   $2,254,123 $24,071,702 2012                             4.54%        1.19%        0.59%      6.32% Direct Loans    Gross Balance 31 – 60 days 61 – 90 days 90 + days  Total                 Outstanding December 31,    $11,319,887   $176,446     $40,887      $42,592    $259,925 2013                             1.56%        0.36%        0.38%      2.30% December 31,    $8,861,098   $116,251     $29,295      $22,501    $168,047 2012                             1.31%        0.33%        0.25%      1.89%  The following table presents selected information on Contracts purchased by the Company, net of unearned interest:                               Three months ended      Nine months ended                             December 31,            December 31, Contracts                    2013        2012        2013         2012 Purchases                    $36,241,261 $31,417,597 $120,082,490 $107,893,529 Weighted APR                 23.05%      23.10%      22.96%       23.37% Average discount             8.58%       8.64%       8.47%        8.59% Weighted average term        52          50          52           49 (months) Average loan                 $10,578     $10,549     $10,638      $10,228 Number of contracts          3,426       3,004       11,288       10,549  CONTACT: Ralph Finkenbrink          Sr. Vice President, CFO          Ph # 727-726-0763          Web site: www.nicholasfinancial.com  Nicholas Financial, Inc. 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