Clearwater, Florida – Nicholas Financial, Inc., that for the three months ended September 30, 2011 net earnings increased 39% to $5,520,000 as compared to $3,982,000 for the three months ended September 30, 2010. Per share diluted net earnings increased 35% to $0.46 as compared to $0.34 for the three months ended September 30, 2010. Revenue increased 9% to $17,211,000 for the three months ended September 30, 2011 as compared to $15,732,000 for the three months ended September 30, 2010.
For the six months ended September 30, 2011 net earnings increased 43% to $10,823,000 as compared to $7,558,000 for the six months ended September 30, 2010. Per share diluted net earnings increased 41% to $0.90 as compared to $0.64 for the six months ended September 30, 2010. Revenue increased 10% to $33,845,000 for the six months ended September 30, 2011 as compared to $30,684,000 for the six months ended September 30, 2010.
“Our strong growth in earnings per share for the three and six months ended September 30, 2011 were primarily the results of an increase in the average finance receivables and a reduction in the net charge-off rate,” stated Peter L. Vosotas, Chairman and CEO. We also recently opened our 58th branch location in Huntsville, AL and continue to develop additional markets. We expect to open between 2-4 new branch locations during the remainder of our current fiscal year, which ends March 31, 2012.
As a result of our continued earnings growth and stable capital position, the Board of Directors has voted to continue issuing a quarterly dividend equal to $.10 per common share, to be paid on December 20th to shareholders of record as of December 13th.
Nicholas Financial, Inc. is one of the largest publicly traded specialty consumer finance companies based in the Southeastern states. The Company presently operates 58 branch locations in both the Southeastern and the Midwestern states. The Company has approximately 12,000,000 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 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, 2011. 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.