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Nicholas Financial Reports 2nd Quarter Results

/EIN News/ -- CLEARWATER, Fla., Nov. 08, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Nicholas Financial, Inc. (NASDAQ:NICK) announced that for the three months ended September 30, 2017, diluted earnings per share decreased 84% to $0.04 as compared to $0.25 for the three months ended September 30, 2016. Net earnings were $0.3 million and $2.0 million for the three months ended September 30, 2017 and 2016, respectively. Revenue decreased 6% to $21.3 million for the three months ended September 30, 2017 as compared to $22.6 million for the three months ended September 30, 2016.

For the six months ended September 30, 2017, per share diluted net earnings decreased 76% to $0.15 as compared to $0.62 for the six months ended September 30, 2016. Net earnings were $1.2 million and $4.9 million for the six months ended September 30, 2017 and 2016, respectively. Revenue decreased 5% to $43.5 million for the six months ended September 30, 2017 as compared to $45.6 million for the six months ended September 30, 2016.

Our net earnings for the three and six months ended September 30, 2017 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.

In March 2017, the Company began modifying its underwriting guidelines, including the use of alternative credit data, to improve pricing for proper risk.   This, along with the impact of Hurricane Irma, has led to a 35% reduction in Contracts acquired during the six months ended September 30, 2017 as compared to the six months ended September 30, 2016. 

Nicholas Financial, Inc. is one of the largest publicly-traded specialty consumer finance companies in North America. The Company operates branch locations in both Southeastern and Midwestern U.S. states. The Company has approximately 7,883,000 shares of voting 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, 2017. Such statements are based on the beliefs of Company 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,
    2017   2016     2017   2016  
Revenue:        
Interest and fee income on finance receivables $ 21,338 $ 22,647   $ 43,536 $ 45,562  
 

Expenses:
       
  Operating   8,177   9,223     16,846   18,144  
Provision for credit losses   10,146   8,144     19,898   15,170  
Interest expense   2,443   2,243     4,898   4,487  
Change in fair value of interest rate swaps     8     (121 )     17     (103 )
    20,774   19,489     41,659   37,698  
         
Operating income before income taxes   564   3,158     1,877   7,864  
Income tax expense   220   1,188     720   2,991  
Net income $  344 $  1,970   $  1,157 $  4,873  
         
Earnings per share:        
Basic $  0.04 $  0.25   $  0.15 $  0.63  
Diluted $  0.04 $  0.25   $  0.15 $  0.62  


Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

(Unaudited, In Thousands)

  September 30,
2017
March 31,
2017
Cash $ 3,672 $ 2,855
Finance receivables, net   290,656   317,205
Other assets   14,583   13,552
     
Total assets $308,911 $333,612
     
Line of credit $188,000 $213,000
Other liabilities   10,426   11,752
     
Total liabilities   198,426   224,752
     
Shareholders' equity   110,485   108,860
     
Total liabilities and    
shareholders’ equity $308,911 $333,612


  Three months ended
 September 30,
(In thousands) 
Six months ended
 September 30,
(In thousands)
Portfolio Summary   2017     2016     2017     2016    
Average finance receivables, net of unearned interest (1)   $332,402   $343,542   $339,431   $343,327    
Average indebtedness (2) $195,883   $208,461   $203,145   $209,437    
Interest and fee income on finance receivables $ 21,338   $ 22,647   $ 43,536   $ 45,562    
Interest expense   2,443     2,243     4,898     4,487    
Net interest and fee income on finance receivables $18,895   $  20,404   $ 38,638   $ 41,075    
Gross portfolio yield (3)   25.68%     26.37%     25.65%     26.54%    
Interest expense as a percentage of average finance  receivables, net of unearned interest   2.94%     2.61%     2.89%     2.61%    
Provision for credit losses as a percentage of average finance receivables, net of unearned interest    12.21%     9.48%     11.72%     8.84%    
Net portfolio yield (3)   10.53%     14.28%     11.04%     15.09%    
Marketing, salaries, employee benefits, depreciation, and administrative expenses as a percentage of average finance receivables, net of unearned interest   9.85%     10.60%     9.94%     10.51%    
Pre-tax yield as a percentage of average finance receivables, net of unearned interest (4)   0.68%     3.68%     1.10%     4.58%    
Write-off to liquidation (5)   13.23%     11.41%     12.68%     10.42%    
Net charge-off percentage (6)   10.29%     9.36%     9.90%     8.43%    
Allowance percentage (7)   6.24%     3.99%     6.11%     3.99%    

Note: All three-month and six-month statement of income 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.

(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 (a) interest and fee income on finance receivables minus (b) interest expense minus (c) 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, and administrative), 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 and originations minus ending receivable balance.

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

(7) Allowance percentage represents the allowance for credit losses 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”) on a gross basis which includes unearned interest, excluding any Chapter 13 bankruptcy accounts:  

(In thousands, except percentages)

Contracts Gross Balance
Outstanding
31 – 60 days 61 – 90 days 91 – 120 days Over 120 Total
September 30, 2017 $456,135 $27,260   $13,022   $7,501   $5,343   $53,126  
      5.98%     2.85%     1.65%     1.17%         11.65%  
September 30, 2016 $484,479 $29,327   $10,654   $5,249   $2,061   $47,291  
      6.05%     2.20%     1.08%     0.43%     9.76%  
Direct Loans Gross Balance
Outstanding
31 – 60 days 61 – 90 days 91 – 120 days Over 120 Total
September 30, 2017 $10,566 $273   $59   $71   $  146   $  549  
      2.59%     0.56%     0.67%     1.38%     5.20%  
September 30, 2016 $11,088 $296   $  87   $54   $  17   $  454  
      2.67%     0.78%     0.49%     0.15%     4.09%  


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   2017     2016     2017     2016  
Purchases $   25,782   $   41,540   $   52,943   $   82,370  
Weighted APR   21.99%     22.26%     22.15%     22.32%  
Average discount   7.27%     7.01%     7.41%     7.08%  
Weighted average term (months)   55     57     55     57  
Average loan $   11,515   $   11,565   $   11,539   $  11,608  
Number of contracts   2,239     3,592     4,588     7,096  

The following table presents selected information on the entire Contract portfolio of the Company (1):

  As of
September 30,
Portfolio 2017   2016  
Weighted APR 22.28%   22.53%  
Weighted average discount 7.32%   7.39%  
Weighted average term (months) 57   57  
Number of active contracts 34,935   37,383  

(1) The 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 MacGillivary                         
Vice President, CFO
Ph # - 727-726-0763


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