• Accounts 60+ days delinquent remained flat at approximately 3.3%, excluding Chapter 13 bankruptcy accounts
  • Average APR on new contracts purchased during the quarter continued to increase to 23.5% compared to 23.3% during the prior year fourth quarter
  • Interest and fee income on finance receivables decreased 17.4% due to a 21.5% decrease in average finance receivables, compared to prior year fourth quarter
  • The charge-off policy changed to 121+ days, resulting in a one-time increase in the provision for credit losses of approximately $4.9 million in the current year fourth quarter

CLEARWATER, Fla., May 29, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Nicholas Financial, Inc. (NASDAQ: NICK) announced a net loss for the three months ended March 31, 2019 of $4.7 million compared to a net income of $0.6 million for the three months ended March 31, 2018.  Diluted net loss per share was $0.60 for the three months ended March 31, 2019 as compared to net  income per share of $0.08 for the three months ended March 31, 2018. Revenue decreased 17.4% to $16.4 million for the three months ended March 31, 2019 as compared to $19.9 million for the three months ended March 31, 2018. The Company reported an operating loss before income taxes for the three months ended March 31, 2019 of $6.0 million compared to operating income of $0.5 million for the three months ended March 31, 2018.   The Company recorded an income tax benefit of approximately $1.2 million during the current quarter compared to $0.2 million during the three months ended March 31, 2018.  This change was attributed to the Company reporting an operating loss for the current quarter. 

“Fiscal Year 2019 was a transitional year for Nicholas Financial,” said Doug Marohn, president and CEO.  “We have worked hard to return to underwriting primary transportation to and from work for subprime customers, making for improved overall loan metrics.  At  a loan level, we reduced the amount financed and term, while increasing the APR and discount rate, resulting in a higher yield.    We also put a significant amount of attention to the way we service our portfolio,” continued Marohn.  “We returned to a 121+ day charge off policy and now include Chapter 13 bankrupt accounts in that policy, which is more in line with industry standard.  As a result, the Company charge-off approximately $6.4 million dollars, resulting in a  one-time $4.9 million charge to the provision for credit losses in the fourth quarter, which resulted in our fourth quarter and fiscal 2019 net loss.” 

“We have also made great strides in attacking our overall operating expenses.  We have exited the unsuccessful Texas and Virginia markets, as well as have consolidated several offices in a few markets with multiple branches,” Marohn went on to say,  “the acceleration of rent and severance expenses created a one-time increase of approximately $308,000 in operating expense for the  fourth quarter, but will result in future savings.  We will continue to evaluate every market based on profit and performance expectations.  We are also evaluating several market expansions and plan to add new offices where warranted.  We are grateful for, and proud of, all of our employees who worked so hard to get us to this point.  And we are excited about the potential for this new fiscal year.” In addition, during the fourth quarter, the Company expensed approximately $140,000 related to an attempt to purchase of a pool of loans. 

Marohn commented, “We are pleased and proud of the successful completion of our senior secured revolving credit facility, which closed on March 29. We are also happy to announce that the board recently authorized an $8 million stock repurchase program.” 

Net loss for the year ended March 31, 2019 was $3.6 million compared to a net loss of $1.1 million for the year ended March 31, 2018.  Diluted net loss per share was $0.46 for the year ended March 31, 2019 as compared to a $0.14 net loss for the year ended March 31, 2018. Revenue decreased 15.0% to $71.3 million for the year ended March 31, 2019 as compared to $83.9 million for the year ended March 31, 2018.

                      
          Key Performance
Indicators on
           
  Number of     Contracts Purchased         
  Contracts  Principal Amount  Average Amount  Average  Average  Average
Fiscal Year /Quarter purchased  purchased  Financed*  APR*  Discount%*  Term*
2019  7,684  $77,498,829  $10,086   23.5%  8.2% 47
4  2,151   21,233,193   9,871   23.5%  8.0% 46
3  1,625   16,475,956   10,139   23.5%  8.1% 47
2  1,761   17,844,587   10,133   23.5%  8.4% 47
1  2,147   21,945,093   10,221   23.7%  8.3% 48
2018  9,767  $109,575,099  $11,219   22.4%  7.4% 54
4  2,814   29,253,725   10,396   23.3%  7.9% 50
3  2,365   27,378,449   11,577   21.7%  6.9% 54
2  2,239   25,782,056   11,515   22.0%  7.3% 55
1  2,349   27,160,869   11,563   22.3%  7.6% 55
2017  14,619  $170,941,206  $11,693   22.2%  7.1% 57
4  3,677   42,629,274   11,593   22.3%  7.3% 56
3  3,846   45,941,459   11,945   22.0%  6.9% 57
2  3,592   41,540,401   11,565   22.3%  7.0% 57
1  3,504   40,830,072   11,609   22.4%  7.2% 57

*The averages included in the table are calculated as a simple average.

The Company began modifying its underwriting guidelines in January 2018 to improve the quality of Contracts being purchased. These changes led to a decrease in the dollar amount of Contracts purchased by approximately $32.1 million, or 29.3%, during the year ended March 31, 2019, as compared to the year ended March 31, 2018. However, the number of Contracts purchased only decreased by 2,083, or 21.3%, over the same time period, as illustrated in the table above.  The revenue decrease during the year ended March 31, 2019, as compared to the year ended March 31, 2018, was a result of this reduction in the dollar amount of Contracts purchased partially offset by an increase in the average APR.   

Nicholas Financial, Inc. is a publicly-traded specialty consumer finance company, operating branch locations in both Southeastern and Midwestern U.S. states. The Company has approximately 7.9 million 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

Cautionary Note regarding Forward-Looking Statements

Except for the historical information contained herein, the matters discussed in this news release include forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties including risk relating to competition and our ability to increase and maintain yield and profitability at desirable levels, as well as risks relating to  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, 2018.  When used in this document, the words “anticipate”, “estimate”, “expect”, “will”, “may”, “plan,” “believe”, “intend” and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements.  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 from those anticipated, estimated or expect. All forward-looking statements and cautionary statements included in this document are made as of the date hereof 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  Twelve months ended 
  March 31,  March 31, 
  2019  2018  2019  2018 
Revenue:                 
Interest and fee income on finance receivables $16,397  $19,855  $71,300   $83,917 
Expenses:                 
Operating expenses  8,934   8,165   33,548    33,150 
Provision for credit losses  11,165   8,563   32,836    37,450 
Interest expense  2,275   2,654   9,504    10,154 
Total expenses  22,374   19,382   75,888    80,754 
Operating (loss) income before income taxes  (5,977)  473   (4,588)   3,163 
Income tax expense (benefit)  (1,232)  (171)  (940)   4,261 
Net (loss) income $(4,745) $644  $(3,648)  $(1,098)
Earnings (loss) per share:                 
Basic $(0.60) $0.08  $(0.46)  $(0.14)
Diluted $(0.60) $0.08  $(0.46)  $(0.14)
                  


 
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(Unaudited, In Thousands)
       
  March 31,  March 31, 
  2019  2018 
Cash and restricted cash $37,642  $2,626 
Finance receivables, net  202,042   266,573 
Other assets  12,736   11,660 
Total assets $252,420  $280,859 
Line of credit $142,619  $165,750 
Other liabilities  4,916   6,672 
Total liabilities  147,535   172,422 
Shareholders’ equity  104,885   108,437 
Total liabilities and shareholders’ equity $252,420  $280,859 
Book value per share $13.26  $13.73 
         


        
  Three months ended  Twelve months ended  
  March 31,  March 31,  
  (In thousands)  (In thousands)  
Portfolio Summary 2019  2018  2019  2018  
Average finance receivables (1) $243,462  $310,207  $270,106   $327,832  
Average indebtedness (2) $114,532  $171,875  $136,386   $189,375  
Interest and fee income on finance receivables $16,397  $19,855  $71,300   $83,917  
Interest expense $2,275  $2,654  $9,504   $10,154  
Net interest and fee income on finance receivables $14,122  $17,201  $61,796   $73,763  
Portfolio yield (3)  26.94 % 25.60 % 26.40 %  25.60 %
Interest expense as a percentage of average finance receivables  3.74 % 3.42 % 3.52 %  3.10 %
Provision for credit losses as a percentage of average finance receivables  18.34 % 11.04 % 12.16 %  11.42 %
Net portfolio yield (3)  4.86 % 11.14 % 10.72 %  11.08 %
Operating expenses as a percentage of average finance receivables  14.68 % 10.53 % 12.42 %  10.11 %
Pre-tax yield as a percentage of average finance receivables (4)  (9.82)% 0.61 % (1.70)%  0.96 %
Write-off to liquidation (5)  32.09 % 13.76 % 23.02 %  13.92 %
Net charge-off percentage (6)  23.00 % 12.26 % 13.39 %  10.65 %
Allowance percentage (7)  6.97 % 6.53 % 6.28 %  6.18 %
                   

Note: All three-month statement of income performance indicators expressed as percentages have been annualized.               

(1)  Average finance receivables represents the average of finance receivables throughout the period.
(2)  Average indebtedness represents the average outstanding borrowings under the Line.
(3)  Portfolio yield represents interest and fee income on finance receivables as a percentage of average finance receivables. 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.
(4)  Pre-tax yield represents net portfolio yield minus operating expenses, as a percentage of average finance receivables.
(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, outstanding during the period.
(7)  Allowance percentage represents the allowance for credit losses divided by average finance receivables 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 Balance                         
Contracts Outstanding  30 – 59 days  60 – 89 days   90 – 119 days   120+   Total  
March 31, 2019 $220,995  $14,897  $5,155   $2,288   $10   $22,350  
       6.74 % 2.33 %  1.04 %  0.00 %  10.11 %
March 31, 2018 $290,616  $15,828  $5,711   $2,124   $1,668   $25,331  
       5.45 % 1.97 %  0.73 %  0.57 %  8.72 %
       
Direct Loans Balance                         
Direct Loans Outstanding  30 – 59 days  60 – 89 days   90 – 119 days   120+   Total  
March 31, 2019 $7,999  $197  $79   $31   $0   $307  
       2.46 % 0.99 %  0.39 %  0.00 %  3.84 %
March 31, 2018 $7,835  $189  $77   $62   $78   $406  
       2.41 % 0.98 %  0.79 %  1.00 %  5.18 %
                             

The following table presents selected information on Contracts purchased by the Company (1):    

  Three months ended  Twelve months ended  
  March 31,  March 31,  
  (Purchases in thousands)  (Purchases in thousands)  
Contracts 2019  2018  2019  2018  
Purchases $21,233  $29,254  $77,499   $109,575  
Average APR 23.46 %23.33 %23.52 % 22.35 %
Average discount 8.03 %7.91 %8.22 % 7.41 %
Average term (months)  46   50   47    54  
Average loan $9,871  $10,396  $10,086   $11,219  
Number of contracts  2,151   2,814   7,684    9,767  
                   

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

  As of  
  March 31,  
Portfolio 2019  2018  
Average APR  22.70 %22.29 %
Average discount 7.47 %7.37 %
Average term (months) 53  57  
Number of active contracts  27,106   33,137  
          

(1)  The table does not include any selected information on Direct Loans; which only accounts for approximately 3% of the Company’s total receivable portfolio.

Contact:
Kelly Malson
CFO
Ph # (727)-726-0763
Web site: www.nicholasfinancial.com