NEW YORK--()--Medallion Financial Corp. (Nasdaq: TAXI), a specialty finance company with a leading position servicing the taxicab industry and other niche markets, announced that earnings, or net increase in net assets resulting from operations was $6,523,000 or $0.30 per diluted common share in the 2012 fourth quarter, up $891,000 or 16% from $5,632,000 or $0.32 per diluted common share in the 2011 fourth quarter. For the 2012 full year, net increase in net assets resulting from operations was a record $24,517,000 or $1.21 per diluted common share, up 28% from $19,163,000 or $1.09 per share in 2011.
Andrew Murstein, President of Medallion Financial stated, “We are extremely pleased with the fourth quarter and full year results. Total earnings for the year were the highest since the Company went public 16 years ago. We are also pleased that we will be increasing our dividend to $0.22 per share, the highest it’s been in 12 years. Over the last 10 years we have given our shareholders an annual return including dividends of over 24% per year. We are proud to have performed so well, and we feel confident in our future.”
Medallion Bank, the Company’s unconsolidated wholly-owned portfolio company, had net income of $5,282,000 in the 2012 fourth quarter, compared to $3,980,000 in the 2011 fourth quarter, an increase of $1,302,000 or 33%. For the 2012 full year, Medallion Bank earned $19,546,000, up 24% from $15,775,000 in 2011. As the Company continues to use Medallion Bank as a primary funding source, it refers more loans to Medallion Bank for origination to take advantage of current short term borrowing rates which are at historically low levels, and which are the Company’s least expensive source of funds.
Medallion Financial’s net interest margin was 6.43% for the 2012 fourth quarter and 4.89% for the full year, compared to 7.00% and 5.10% for the comparable 2011 periods. On a combined basis with Medallion Bank, the net interest margin was 6.48% and 6.31% in the quarter and full year, compared to 7.18% and 6.68% a year ago, reflecting the continued low cost of funds at the Bank, and the Bank’s higher-yielding loan portfolio. Both measures reflect the strong portfolio earning power of Medallion, as net interest margins remained at high levels compared to most other financial institutions.
Larry D. Hall, Chief Financial Officer of Medallion Financial stated, “Even with our higher share count, we were still able to sustain and grow our per share earnings due in part to continued strong loan demand, very solid credit performance by the portfolio, and controlled operating expenses. In addition, delinquencies remain at exceptionally low levels. Medallion’s capital and liquidity levels remained strong, with over $61,000,000 of deposit-raising capacity at Medallion Bank, in addition to over $96,000,000 of availability in our other funding sources. Medallion’s debt to equity ratio is only 1.49 to 1, providing ample room for increasing our leverage and growing our businesses down the road.”
Mr. Hall continued, “In addition, during 2012 we have continued to replace higher cost borrowings with lower cost fixed and floating rate debt, further enhancing our profitability, lowering our cost of borrowed funds by 31 basis points from 2011. We see additional opportunities to continue this as rates remain near historic lows. For example, much of our $60,000,000 of SBA debentures carries higher than market rates, and can be refinanced to current lower levels, subject to SBA approval, which if it occurs, should be accretive to subsequent earnings.”
Medallion Financial’s on-balance sheet taxicab medallion loan portfolio was $294,000,000 at year end, down $13,000,000 or 4% from $307,000,000 a year ago, primarily due to the funding of most new medallion loan originations at Medallion Bank. Total managed medallion loans increased $12,000,000 or 2% to $688,000,000 at year end, up from $676,000,000 a year ago.
Medallion Financial’s on-balance sheet commercial loan portfolio was $57,000,000 at year end, up $3,000,000 or 5% from $54,000,000 a year ago. The managed commercial loan portfolio was $113,000,000 at year end, down $2,000,000 or 2% from $115,000,000 last year. Medallion Bank’s consumer loan portfolio increased $66,000,000 or 34% to $259,000,000 at year end from $193,000,000 a year ago. Overall, total managed assets increased $77,000,000 or 7% to $1,219,000,000 at year end, up from $1,142,000,000 a year ago.
Asset quality remained very strong, with managed loans 90 days or more past due of only 0.4% at year end, down from 1.8% a year ago, and 1.4% at the end of 2010.
Medallion Financial also announced a dividend of $0.22 per share for the 2012 fourth quarter, up from $0.20 per share in the 2011 fourth quarter. This brings the total dividends declared over the last four quarters to $0.85, up 15% from $0.74 cents in 2011, and equates to a yield of approximately 6.5% based on the closing price of the Company’s stock on March 4, 2013. The current dividend will be paid on March 28, 2013, to shareholders of record on March 21, 2013. Since the Company’s initial public offering in 1996, the Company has paid or declared in excess of $185,506,000 or $11.45 per share in dividends.
Medallion Financial Corp. is a specialty finance company with a leading position in the origination and servicing of loans financing the purchase of taxicab medallions and related assets. The Company also originates and services loans in other commercial industries, and its wholly-owned portfolio company, Medallion Bank, also originates and services consumer loans. The Company and its subsidiaries have lent approximately $5 billion to the taxicab industry and other small businesses.
Please note that this press release contains forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties relating to business performance, cash flow, costs, sales, net investment income, earnings, and growth. Medallion’s actual results may differ significantly from the results discussed in such forward-looking statements. Factors that might cause such a difference include, but are not limited to, those factors discussed under the heading “Risk Factors,” in Medallion’s 2011 Annual Report on Form 10-K.
MEDALLION FINANCIAL CORP.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
|Year Ended December 31,|
|(Dollars in thousands, except per share data)||2012||2011|
|Total investment income||$32,344||$37,227|
|Total interest expense||10,858||13,538|
|Net interest income||21,486||23,689|
|Total noninterest income||1,135||1,185|
|Salaries and benefits||8,862||8,480|
|Other operating expenses||2,785||3,205|
|Total operating expenses||13,856||14,111|
|Net investment income before income taxes||8,765||10,763|
|Income tax (provision) benefit||-||-|
|Net investment income after income taxes||8,765||10,763|
|Net realized losses on investments||(6,731)||(546)|
|Net change in unrealized appreciation on investments||14,587||1,278|
|Net change in unrealized appreciation on Medallion Bank and other controlled subsidiaries||7,896||7,668|
|Net unrealized appreciation on investments||22,483||8,946|
|Net realized/unrealized gains on investments||15,752||8,400|
|Net increase in net assets resulting from operations||$24,517||$19,163|
|Net investment income after income taxes per common share|
|Net increase in net assets resulting from operations per common share|
|Dividends declared per share||$0.85||$0.74|
|Weighted average common shares outstanding|
MEDALLION FINANCIAL CORP.
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
|(Dollars in thousands, except per share data)||December 31, 2012||December 31, 2011|
|Medallion loans, at fair value||$||294,388||$||307,167|
|Commercial loans, at fair value||56,919||54,159|
|Investment in Medallion Bank and other controlled subsidiaries, at fair value||99,083||85,932|
|Equity investments, at fair value||4,620||4,577|
|Investment securities, at fair value||-||-|
|Cash and cash equivalents||26,875||29,352|
|Accrued interest receivable||957||1,120|
|Fixed assets, net||601||466|
|Other assets, net||54,953||49,189|
|Accounts payable and accrued expenses||$||3,144||$||6,040|
|Accrued interest payable||1,233||1,708|
|Commitments and contingencies||-||-|
|Total shareholders' equity (net assets)||216,318||171,504|
|Total liabilities and shareholders' equity||$||543,465||$||537,031|
|Number of common shares outstanding||21,651,204||17,719,570|
|Net asset value per share||$||9.99||$||9.68|
|Total managed loans||$||1,060,693||$||984,576|
|Total managed assets||1,219,224||1,141,806|