Exhibit 99.1
RESTON, Va., Jan. 19, 2011
—Sallie Mae (NYSE: SLM), the nation’s No. 1 financial services company specializing in education, today announced its fourth-quarter and full-year operating results, achieving higher earnings and substantially enhancing its liquidity and capital position from one year ago.
Sallie Mae’s core earnings were $401 million ($.75 diluted earnings per share) for the fourth-quarter 2010, compared to $268 million ($.44 diluted earnings per share) for the year-ago quarter. These results include the following after-tax items: $74 million of debt repurchase gains, $27 million of restructuring costs, and $52 million of losses from the discontinuation of the purchased paper business. The change from the year-ago quarter is driven by decreases in loan loss provisions and discontinued operations losses, and increases in loan margins, loan sale gains, debt repurchase gains, and restructuring costs.
For the full-year 2010, core earnings rose to $1.03 billion ($1.92 per diluted share), compared to $807 million ($1.40 per diluted share) in 2009. The increase from the prior year was primarily driven by improved federal student loan margins and decreased provisions for loan losses.
On a GAAP basis, fourth-quarter 2010 net income was $447 million ($.84 diluted earnings per share), vs. $309 million ($.52 diluted earnings per share) in the same quarter last year. For the full-year 2010, GAAP net income was $530 million ($.94 per diluted share), compared to $324 million ($.38 per diluted share) in 2009.
“We entered 2011 financially strong, and ready to serve our customers and bring value to our shareholders,” said Albert L. Lord, vice chairman and CEO.
Funding and Liquidity
During the quarter, the company repurchased $1.3 billion of debt with gains of $118 million realized. Debt repurchased in 2010 totaled $4.9 billion and generated gains of $317 million.
Subsequent to year end, the company raised $2 billion in senior unsecured debt.
New Reporting Segments
With the elimination of the federally guaranteed student loan origination business last July, the company updated its reporting to reflect the primary operating segments described below. Management believes investors value the federally guaranteed loan segment on the cash it generates, and therefore the


The following information was filed by Slm Corp (SLM) on Wednesday, January 19, 2011 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-K Annual Report statement of earnings and operation as management may choose to highlight particular information in the press release.

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