Exhibit 99.1

 

LOGO      

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

  
  

Contact: Katie MacGillivary

                Vice President, CFO    

                      Ph # - 727-726-0763

  

NASDAQ: NICK

Web site: www.nicholasfinancial.com

  
        

 

Nicholas Financial, Inc.

        

Corporate Headquarters

2454 McMullen-Booth Rd.

        
Building C, Suite 501         
Clearwater, FL 33759         

Nicholas Financial Reports

3rd Quarter Results

February 5, 2018 – Clearwater, Florida - Nicholas Financial, Inc. (NASDAQ: NICK) announced that its pretax income for the three months ending December 31, 2017 was $.8 million. In the month of December 2017, the Company had a

one-time income tax expense adjustment of $3.4 million relating to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (“TCJA”) which reduced net income to a net loss. The net loss for the three months ended December 31, 2017 was $2.9 million.

For the three months ended December 31, 2016 the Company had pretax earnings of $2.6 million and net earnings of $1.6 million. Diluted net loss per share decreased to $0.37 for the three months ended December 31, 2017 as compared to diluted earnings per share of $0.21 for the three months ended December 31, 2016. Revenue decreased 7% to $20.5 million for the three months ended December 31, 2017 as compared to $22.0 million for the three months ended December 31, 2016.

The Company announced that its pretax income for the nine months ending December 31, 2017 was $2.7 million. In the month of December 2017, the Company had a one-time income tax expense adjustment of $3.4 million relating to the TCJA which reduced net income to a net loss. The net loss for the nine months ended December 31, 2017 was $1.7 million.

For the nine months ended December 31, 2016 the Company had pretax earnings of $10.5 million and net earnings of $6.5 million. Diluted net loss per share decreased to $0.22 for the nine months ended December 31, 2017 as compared to diluted earnings per share of $0.83 for the nine months ended December 31, 2016. Revenue decreased 5% to $64.1 million for the nine months ended December 31, 2017 as compared to $67.6 million for the nine months ended December 31, 2016.

On December 22, 2017, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act was passed into law (“TCJA”). The TCJA includes a broad range of tax reform including changes to tax rates and deductions that are effective January 1, 2018. The decrease in the enacted corporate tax rate expected to apply when our temporary differences are realized or settled ultimately resulted in a one-time revaluation of our net deferred tax asset of $3.4 million in December 2017 with a corresponding charge to income tax expense. The tax effects of the TCJA increased income tax expense to a level that reduced net income to a net loss for both the three and nine-month periods ending December 31, 2017.

As noted in prior filings the Company began modifying its underwriting guidelines, including the use of alternative data, in an effort to improve the quality of contracts being purchased. These changes led to approximately a 39% and 36% reduction in Contracts acquired during the three and nine months ended December 31, 2017, respectively, as compared to the three and nine months ended December 31, 2016. The reduction in Contracts purchased during these periods resulted in a reduction of revenue during both the three and nine months ended December 31, 2017 as compared to the three and nine months ended December 31, 2016.

Our net earnings for the nine months ended December 31, 2017 were also affected by a $4.9 million increase in the provision for credit losses as compared to the nine months ended December 31, 2016 due to continued higher charge-offs and past-due accounts.

“Although we are still very aware of excessive competition and its impact on the industry, Nicholas is now more focused on our own operations, procedures and performance. Since I returned to the Company in December 2017, we have recommitted ourselves to the Branch model and all the benefits that model offers. Along with that comes a recommitment to the underwriting discipline and pricing controls that made Nicholas a very successful company for decades. These are the same disciplines and controls that will help us regain control of our portfolio, minimize loses and increase returns,” said Doug Marohn, President and CEO.

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 7,885,000 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.

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The following information was filed by Nicholas Financial Inc (NICK) on Monday, February 5, 2018 as an 8K 2.02 statement, which is an earnings press release pertaining to results of operations and financial condition. It may be helpful to assess the quality of management by comparing the information in the press release to the information in the accompanying 10-Q Quarterly Report statement of earnings and operation as management may choose to highlight particular information in the press release.

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