-- Operating income increases 51% year-over-year -- Net charge off percentage decrease to 8.80% -- Accounts 61+ days delinquent decreased to 3.6%, excluding Chapter 13 bankruptcy accounts -- New CFO hired during the quarter -- RSM US, LLP appointed as Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm

CLEARWATER, Fla., Aug. 02, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Nicholas Financial, Inc. (NASDAQ: NICK) announced that its net income for the three months ending June 30, 2018 was $1.4 million compared to $0.8 million for the three months ending June 30, 2017. Diluted net earnings per share increased to $0.18 for the three months ended June 30, 2018 as compared to $0.10 for the three months ended June 30, 2017. Although, revenue decreased 15.5% to $18.8 million for the three months ended June 30, 2018 as compared to $22.2 million for the three months ended June 30, 2017, the Company’s operating income before income taxes increased for the three months ending June 30, 2018 to $2.0 million compared to $1.3 million for the three months ending June 30, 2017.

“Although we have a long way to go and much more to accomplish, we are pleased with the significant headway we have made thus far,” commented Doug Marohn, President and CEO. “We improved overall operating results in the first quarter and reduced delinquency and charge-off performance year-over-year, which allowed for us to enjoy a nice increase to the bottom line. We not only improved our financial results over the first quarter of fiscal 2018, but also surpassed our internal expectations. Our focus on financing primary transportation to and from work for the subprime borrower continues to contribute to improved metrics in terms of increased yield, smaller amounts financed and shorter terms.”

The Company began modifying its underwriting guidelines half way through fiscal 2018, to improve the quality of contracts being purchased. These changes led to a decrease in the dollar amount of Contracts purchased by approximately $5.0 million, or 18.4%, during the three months ended June 30, 2018 as compared to the three months ended June 30, 2017. However, the number of Contracts purchased only decreased by 176, or 7.5%, over the same period of time. The revenue decrease during the three months ended June 30, 2018 as compared to the three months ended June 30, 2017, was a result of this reduction in Contracts. With tighter underwriting guidelines and a decreasing portfolio, the Company’s provision for credit losses saw a 44.4% improvement for the three months ended June 30, 2018 compared to the three months ended June 30, 2017.

Number of Principal Amount Average Average Average Average Fiscal Year /Quarter Contracts purchased Financed APR* Discoun Term* purchased t%* --------- ---------------- -------- ------- ------ ------- 2019 1 2,173 22,173,011 10,204 23.69 % 8.32 % 48 2018 9,767 109,575,099 11,219 22.4 % 7.4 % 54 4 2,814 29,253,725 10,396 23.3 % 7.9 % 50 3 2,365 27,378,449 11,577 21.7 % 6.9 % 54 2 2,239 25,782,056 11,515 22.0 % 7.3 % 55 1 2,349 27,160,869 11,563 22.3 % 7.6 % 55 2017 14,619 171,941,206 11,693 22.2 % 7.1 % 57 4 3,677 42,629,274 11,593 22.3 % 7.3 % 56 3 3,846 45,941,459 11,945 22.0 % 6.9 % 57 2 3,592 41,540,401 11,565 22.3 % 7.0 % 57 1 3,504 40,830,072 11,609 22.4 % 7.2 % 57

*The averages included in the table are calculated as a simple average.

“In addition to our improved operating control, we continue to revamp our corporate operations to build for the future. In this past quarter we were able to bring in our new CFO, Kelly Malson, and the Audit Committee appointed RSM US, LLP, as our independent registered public accounting firm” added Marohn. “We will continue to remain dedicated to the branch-based model but will also continuously evaluate all aspects of our operations to try and find more and better ways to meet the increasing challenges posed by the competitive market.”

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 7.9 million 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 risk relating to competition and our ability to increase and maintain yield and profitability at desirable levels, as well as risks relating to 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, 2018. 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 from those anticipated, estimated or expect. All forward-looking statements and cautionary statements included in this document are made as of the date hereof 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 June 30, ------------------ 2018 2017 -------- --------- Revenue: Interest and fee income on finance receivables $ 18,759 $ 22,198 Expenses: Operating 8,801 8,669 Provision for credit losses 5,426 9,752 Interest expense 2,540 2,455 Change in fair value of interest rate swaps - 9 - ------ - ------- 16,767 20,885 Operating income before income taxes 1,992 1,313 Income tax expense 572 500 - ------ - ------- Net income $ 1,420 $ 813 - ------ - ------- Earnings per share: Basic $ 0.18 $ 0.10 - ------ - ------- Diluted $ 0.18 $ 0.10 - ------ - -------

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets(Unaudited, In Thousands)

June 30, March 31, 2018 2018 --------- --------- Cash $ 4,981 $ 2,626 Finance receivables, net 256,590 269,876 Deferred income taxes 5,966 6,289 Other assets 5,373 5,371 - ------- - ------- Total assets $ 272,910 $ 284,162 - ------- - ------- Line of credit $ 151,000 $ 165,750 Other liabilities 11,922 9,975 - ------- - ------- Total liabilities 162,922 175,725 Shareholders' equity 109,988 108,437 - ------- - ------- Total liabilities and shareholders’ equity $ 272,910 $ 284,162 - ------- - -------

Three months ended June 30, (In thousands) ----------------------- Portfolio Summary 2018 2017 ----------- ----------- Average finance receivables (1) $ 296,502 $ 346,277 - ------- - - ------- - Average indebtedness (2) $ 162,226 $ 210,494 - ------- - - ------- - Interest and fee income on finance receivables $ 18,758 $ 22,198 Interest expense 2,540 2,455 - ------- - - ------- - Net interest and fee income on finance receivables $ 16,218 $ 19,743 - ------- - - ------- - Gross portfolio yield (3) 25.31 % 25.64 % Interest expense as a percentage of average finance receivables 3.43 % 2.84 % Provision for credit losses as a percentage of average finance receivables 7.32 % 11.26 % - ------- - - ------- - Net portfolio yield (3) 14.56 % 11.54 % operating expenses as a percentage of average finance receivables 11.87 % 10.01 % - ------- - - ------- - Pre-tax yield as a percentage of average finance receivables (4) 2.59 % 1.53 % - ------- - - ------- - Write-off to liquidation (5) 10.90 % 12.16 % Net charge-off percentage (6) 8.80 % 9.54 % Allowance percentage (7) 6.43 % 5.53 %

Note: All three-month statement of income performance indicators expressed as percentages have been annualized.

(1) Average finance receivables.

(2) Average indebtedness represents the average outstanding borrowings under the Line.

(3) Gross portfolio yield represents interest and fee income on finance receivables as a percentage of average finance receivables. Net portfolio yield represents (a) interest and fee income on finance receivables minus (b) interest expense minus (c) the provision for credit losses, as a percentage of average finance receivables.

(4) Pre-tax yield represents net portfolio yield minus operating expenses (marketing, salaries, employee benefits, depreciation, and administrative), as a percentage of average finance receivables.

(5) 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 and originations minus ending receivable balance.

(6) Net charge-off percentage represents net charge-offs (charge-offs less recoveries) divided by average finance receivables outstanding during the period.

(7) Allowance percentage represents the allowance for credit losses divided by average finance receivables 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”), excluding any Chapter 13 bankruptcy accounts:

(In thousands, except percentages)

Balance 31 – 60 61 – 90 91-120 Over Contracts Outstandindays days days 120 Total g days --------- June 30, 2018 $ 275,326 $ 17,333 $ 6,281 $ 2,074 $ 1,704 $ 27,392 6.30% 2.28% 0.75% 0.62% 9.95% June 30, 2017 $ 326,518 $ 21,490 $ 10,095 $ 4,208 $ 3,138 $ 38,931 6.65% 3.12% 1.30% 0.97% 12.04% Balance 31 – 60 61 – 90 Over 90 Over Direct Loans Outstandindays days days 120 Total g days --------- June 30, 2018 $ 7,522 $ 171 $ 83 $ 32 $ 115 $ 401 2.28% 1.10% 0.43% 1.52% 5.33% June 30, 2017 $ 8,259 $ 237 $ 81 $ 48 $ 71 $ 437 2.87% 0.98% 0.58% 0.86 5.29% ------------- --------- - ------ - ------ - ----- - ----- - ------

The following table presents selected information on Contracts purchased by the Company(1):

Three months ended June 30, 2018, (Purchases in thousands) ------------------------ Contracts 2018 2017 - ------ - ------ ----- Purchases $ 22,173 $ 27,161 Weighted APR 23.55% 22.31% Weighted Average discount 8.19% 7.56% Weighted average term (months) 49 55 Average loan $ 10,204 $ 11,563 Number of contracts 2,173 2,349 - ------ - ------ -----

The following table presents selected information on the entire Contract portfolio of the Company(1):

As of June 30, --------------- Portfolio 2018 2017 ------ ------ Weighted APR 22.38% 22.34% Weighted average discount 7.44% 7.38% Weighted average term (months) 54 57 Number of active contracts 32,069 36,174 ------ ------

(1) The table does not include any selected information on Direct Loans; which only accounts for approximately 5% of the Company’s total receivable portfolio.

Contact: Kelly Malson CFO Ph # - 727-726-0763 Web site: www.nicholasfinancial.com