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Nicholas Financial Reports 2nd Quarter Results

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CLEARWATER, Fla., Oct. 31, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Nicholas Financial, Inc. (Nasdaq:NICK) announced that for the three months ended September 30, 2012 net earnings decreased 7% to $5,161,000 as compared to $5,520,000 for the three months ended September 30, 2011. Per share diluted net earnings decreased 9% to $0.42 as compared to $0.46 for the three months ended September 30, 2011. Revenue increased 3% to $17,771,000 for the three months ended September 30, 2012 as compared to $17,211,000 for the three months ended September 30, 2011.

For the six months ended September 30, 2012 net earnings decreased 3% to $10,535,000 as compared to $10,823,000 for the six months ended September 30, 2011. Per share diluted net earnings decreased 4% to $0.86 as compared to $0.90 for the six months ended September 30, 2011. Revenue increased 4% to $35,051,000 for the six months ended September 30, 2012 as compared to $33,845,000 for the six months ended September 30, 2011.

"Our results for the three months ended September 30, 2012 were adversely affected by a non-cash charge related to interest rate swaps (mark-to-market) and an increase in operating expenses as a percentage of net finance receivables," stated Peter L. Vosotas, Chairman and CEO. "We continue to develop additional markets and expect to open between 2-4 new branch locations during the remainder of our current fiscal year, which ends March 31, 2013."

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 12,100,000 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.

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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, 2012. 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 Six months ended
September 30, September 30,
2012 2011 2012 2011
Revenue:
Interest and fee income on finance receivables $17,762 $17,199 $35,032 $33,823
Sales 9 12 19 22
17,771 17,211 35,051 33,845
Expenses:
Operating 7,331 6,779 14,465 13,474
Provision for credit losses 309 178 319 257
Interest expense 1,250 1,237 2,442 2,466
Change in fair value of interest rate swaps 474 -- 683 --
9,364 8,194 17,909 16,197
Operating income before income taxes 8,407 9,017 17,142 17,648
Income tax expense 3,246 3,497 6,607 6,825
Net income $5,161 $5,520 $10,535 $10,823
Earnings per share:
Basic $0.43 $0.47 $0.88 $0.92
Diluted $0.42 $0.46 $0.86 $0.90
Weighted average shares 11,964,000 11,773,000 11,956,000 11,710,000
Weighted average shares and assumed dilution 12,182,000 12,027,000 12,189,000 12,002,000
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(Unaudited, In Thousands)
September 30, March 31,
2012 2012
Cash $3,723 $2,803
Finance receivables, net 249,072 242,349
Other assets 12,327 12,084
Total assets $265,122 $257,236
Line of credit $110,000 $112,000
Other liabilities 10,398 9,297
Total liabilities 120,398 121,297
Shareholders' equity 144,724 135,939
Total liabilities and shareholders' equity $265,122 $257,236
Three months ended
September 30,
Six months ended
September 30,
Portfolio Summary 2012 2011 2012 2011
Average finance receivables, net of unearned interest (1) $282,424,703 $272,906,536 $281,087,493 $ 271,022,679
Average indebtedness (2) $109,000,000 $116,505,921 $109,875,000 $117,002,960
Interest and fee income on finance receivables (3) $17,761,998 $17,199,730 $35,032,086 $33,823,318
Interest expense 1,250,231 1,236,893 2,442,371 2,465,871
Net interest and fee income on finance receivables $16,511,767 $15,962,837 $32,589,715 $31,357,447
Weighted average contractual rate (4) 23.48% 23.94% 23.64% 23.91%
Average cost of borrowed funds (2) 4.59% 4.25% 4.45% 4.22%
Gross portfolio yield (5) 25.16% 25.21% 24.93% 24.96%
Interest expense as a percentage of average finance receivables, net of unearned interest 1.77% 1.81% 1.74% 1.82%
Provision for credit losses as a percentage of average finance receivables, net of unearned interest 0.44% 0.26% 0.23% 0.19%
Net portfolio yield (5) 22.95% 23.14% 22.96% 22.95%
Marketing, salaries, employee benefits, depreciation and administrative expenses as a percentage of average finance receivables, net of unearned interest (6) 10.31% 9.85% 10.20% 9.85%
Pre-tax yield as a percentage of average finance receivables, net of unearned interest (7) 12.64% 13.29% 12.76% 13.10%
Write-off to liquidation (8) 7.54% 5.93% 6.25% 5.34%
Net charge-off percentage (9) 6.39% 4.74% 5.23% 4.18%
Note: All three 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) 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 $50,000 and $53,000 during the three-month periods ended September 30, 2012 and 2011 and $117,000 and $113,000 during the six-month periods ended September 30, 2012 and 2011, 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 receivable balance plus current period purchases minus voids and refinances minus ending 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 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
Outstanding
31 – 60 days 61 – 90 days 90 + days Total
September 30, 2012 $388,783,924 $15,310,139 $3,879,087 $1,739,015 $20,928,241
3.94% 1.00% 0.44% 5.38%
September 30, 2011 $377,297,796 $10,934,539 $3,188,022 $1,041,238 $15,163,799
2.90% 0.84% 0.28% 4.02%
Direct Loans Gross Balance
Outstanding
31 – 60 days 61 – 90 days 90 + days Total
September 30, 2012 $8,075,902 $94,770 $6,822 $11,024 $112,616
1.17% 0.08% 0.14% 1.39%
September 30, 2011 $5,721,768 $22,229 $20,229 $15,558 $58,016
0.39% 0.35% 0.27% 1.01%

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

Three months ended
September 30,
Six months ended
September 30,
Contracts 2012 2011 2012 2011
Purchases $39,243,999 $35,093,489 $76,475,932 $71,555,929
Weighted APR 23.31% 23.83% 23.48% 23.80%
Average discount 7.41% 8.45% 7.83% 8.48%
Weighted average term (months) 49 49 49 49
Average loan $10,352 $9,922 $10,136 $9,900
Number of contracts 3,791 3,537 7,545 7,228
CONTACT: Ralph Finkenbrink Sr. Vice President, CFO Ph # 727-726-0763

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