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Nicholas Financial Reports 1st Quarter Results

August 6, 2014

CLEARWATER, Fla., Aug. 6, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Nicholas Financial, Inc. (Nasdaq:NICK) announced that for the three months ended June 30, 2014 net earnings decreased 14% to $4,909,000 as compared to $5,700,000 for the three months ended June 30, 2013. Per share diluted net earnings decreased 13% to $0.40 as compared to $0.46 for the three months ended June 30, 2013. Revenue increased 4% to $21,333,000 for the three months ended June 30, 2014 as compared to $20,476,000 for the three months ended June 30, 2013.

"Our results for the three months ended June 30, 2014 were negatively affected by a reduction in the gross portfolio yield, an increase in the provision for credit losses and an increase in operating expenses compared to the corresponding period ended June 30, 2013. Results were further impacted negatively by a change in the fair value of interest rate swap agreements which resulted in a loss of $212,000 for the three months ended June 30, 2014 compared to a gain of $833,000 for the period ended June 30, 2013. Finally, for the period ended June 30, 2014, professional fees associated with the previously announced potential sale of the Company, that were not deductible for income tax purposes, will now be deductible as a result of the termination of the Arrangement Agreement as announced on July 1, 2014, resulting in a decrease in income tax expense of $804,000. We will continue to develop additional markets and we may open additional branch locations during the remainder of our current fiscal year, which ends March 31, 2015," stated Ralph T. Finkenbrink, President and CEO.

Nicholas Financial, Inc. is one of the largest publicly traded specialty consumer finance companies based in the Southeastern states. The Company presently operates 66 branch locations in both the Southeastern and the Midwestern states. The Company has approximately 12,274,000 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, 2014. 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
June 30,
20142013
Revenue:
Interest and fee income on finance receivables$21,333$20,476
Expenses:
Operating 8,091 7,529
Professional fees 618 468
Provision for credit losses 4,232 2,642
Interest expense 1,449 1,405
Change in fair value of interest rate swaps 212 (833)
14,602 11,211
Operating income before income taxes 6,731 9,265
Income tax expense 1,822 3,565
Net income$4,909$5,700
Earnings per share:
Basic$0.40$0.47
Diluted$0.40$0.46
Dividends declared per share$0.00$0.12
Weighted average shares 12,178,000 12,065,000
Weighted average shares and assumed dilution 12,363,000 12,287,000
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(Unaudited, In Thousands)
June 30,March 31,
20142014
Cash$2,291$2,635
Finance receivables, net 278,173 269,344
Other assets 10,821 11,451
Total assets$291,285$283,430
Line of credit$131,400$127,900
Other liabilities 12,814 13,592
Total liabilities 144,214 141,492
Shareholders' equity 147,071 141,938
Total liabilities and shareholders' equity$291,285$283,430
Three months ended
June 30,
Portfolio Summary20142013
Average finance receivables, net of unearned interest (1)Average Net Finance Receivables (1)$304,915,588$285,637,997
Average indebtedness (2)$129,837,500$125,880,390
Interest and fee income on finance receivables$21,332,514$20,475,735
Interest expense 1,448,586 1,404,906
Net interest and fee income on finance receivables$19,879,012$19,064,466
Weighted average contractual rate (3) 23.12% 23.28%
Average cost of borrowed funds (2) 4.46% 4.46%
Gross portfolio yield (4) 27.98% 28.66%
Interest expense as a percentage of average finance receivables, net of unearned interest 1.90% 1.97%
Provision for credit losses as a percentage of average finance receivables, net of unearned interest 5.55% 3.70%
Net portfolio yield (4) 20.53% 22.99%
Marketing, salaries, employee benefits, depreciation, administrative, dividend tax expense and professional fees as a percentage of average finance receivables, net of unearned interest (5) 11.42% 11.12%
Pre-tax yield as a percentage of average finance receivables, net of unearned interest (6) 9.11% 11.87%
Write-off to liquidation (7) 6.44% 5.90%
Net charge-off percentage (8) 5.34% 5.15%
Note: All three 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)Weighted average contractual rate represents the weighted average annual percentage rate (APR) of all Contracts and Direct Loans.
(4) 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.
(5) The numerators include expenses associated with the potential sale of the Company and include taxes associated with the payments of cash dividends. Absent these expenses, the percentages would have been 11.00% and 10.69% for the three months ended June 30, 2014 and 2013, respectively.
(6) Pre-tax yield represents net portfolio yield minus operating expenses as a percentage of average finance receivables, net of unearned interest.
(7) 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.
(8) 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 bankrupt accounts:
ContractsGross Balance Outstanding31 60 days61 90 daysOver 90Total
June 30, 2014$425,896,471$16,433,351$4,346,201$1,543,475$22,323,027
3.86% 1.02% 0.36% 5.24%
June 30, 2013$391,977,580$12,506,882$3,138,575$1,331,851$16,977,308
3.19% 0.80% 0.34% 4.33%
Direct LoansGross Balance Outstanding31 60 days61 90 daysOver 90Total
June 30, 2014$11,175,661$183,159$41,491$15,840$240,490
1.64% 0.37% 0.14% 2.15%
June 30, 2013$9,654,947$79,552$27,046$14,037$120,635
0.82% 0.28% 0.15% 1.25%
The following table presents selected information on Contracts purchased by the Company, net of unearned interest:
Three months ended
June 30,
Contracts20142013
Purchases$46,769,602$41,882,714
Weighted APR 23.01% 22.81%
Average discount 8.19% 8.35%
Weighted average term (months) 54 51
Average loan$11,020$10,576
Number of contracts 4,244 3,960

CONTACT: Katie MacGillivary CFO & VP Finance Ph # - 727-726-0763 Web site: www.nicholasfinancial.com



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