CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) _ Nicholas Financial Inc. (NICK) on Thursday reported fiscal first-quarter earnings of $1.4 million.

The Clearwater, Florida-based company said it had profit of 18 cents per share.

The specialized consumer finance company posted revenue of $18.8 million in the period.

Nicholas Financial shares have risen 7.5 percent since the beginning of the year. In the final minutes of trading on Thursday, shares hit $9.46, an increase of slightly more than 6 percent in the last 12 months.


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