Nicholas Financial Reports Record 3rd Quarter Revenue and Earnings

/ Source: GlobeNewswire

CLEARWATER, Fla., Jan. 27, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Nicholas Financial, Inc. (Nasdaq:NICK) announced that for the three months ended December 31, 2010 net earnings increased 54% to $4,475,000 as compared to $2,909,000 for the three months ended December 31, 2009. Per share diluted net earnings increased 52% to $0.38 as compared to $0.25 for the three months ended December 31, 2009. Revenue increased 11% to $15,995,000 for the three months ended December 31, 2010 as compared to $14,365,000 for the three months ended December 31, 2009.

For the nine months ended December 31, 2010, net earnings increased 58% to $12,033,000 as compared to $7,605,000 for the nine months ended December 31, 2009. Per share diluted net earnings increased 55% to $1.01 as compared to $0.65 for the nine months ended December 31, 2009. Revenue increased 11% to $46,679,000 for the nine months ended December 31, 2010 as compared to $42,216,000 for the nine months ended December 31, 2009.

According to Peter L. Vosotas, Chairman and CEO, "We are pleased to report record 3rd quarter revenue and earnings. Our results were favorably impacted by an increase in revenues and a reduction in the net charge-off rate. In the third quarter the Company entered the Illinois and Missouri markets, where we have signed leases for new branch locations in Chicago and St. Louis. We expect these new locations to be fully operational by the end of the fourth quarter. The Company will then operate in fourteen states with a total of 56 branch locations.

Nicholas Financial, Inc. is one of the largest publicly traded specialty consumer finance companies based in the Southeastern states. The Company presently operates 54 branch locations in both the Southeastern and the Midwestern states. The Company has approximately 11,800,000 shares of common stock outstanding. For an index of Nicholas Financial, Inc.'s news releases or to obtain a specific release, visit our web site at .

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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, 2010. 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.

The following tables present certain information regarding the delinquency rates experienced by the Company with respect to Contracts and under its direct loan program:

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

CONTACT: Ralph Finkenbrink Sr. Vice President, CFO 727-726-0763 www.nicholasfinancial.com