Medallion Financial Corp.
• Third quarter earnings of $7,312,000, or $0.30 per diluted common share, increased 9% from the 2014 third quarter
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• 75% of year-to-date earnings came from our consumer lending businesses
• Consumer loans originated by Medallion Bank grew 31% from a year ago
• Managed assets were $1.621 billion, including $1.073 billion at Medallion Bank, both all-time highs
• Net interest margin was 6.89% on a combined basis
• Quarterly distribution of $0.25 per share declared
Medallion Financial Corp. (Nasdaq:TAXI) announced that earnings, or net increase in net assets resulting from operations, were $7,312,000 or $0.30 per diluted common share and $22,466,000 or $0.92 in the 2015 third quarter and nine months, up $618,000 or 9% and $1,902,000 or 9% from $6,694,000 or $0.27 per share and $20,564,000 or $0.82 in the 2014 third quarter and nine months, primarily reflecting higher net realized/unrealized gains, partially offset by lower net interest income and noninterest income higher operating expenses in the quarter and higher net interest income in the nine months.
Medallion Bank, the Company’s unconsolidated wholly-owned portfolio company, had net income of $6,956,000 in the 2015 third quarter, compared to $6,747,000 in the 2014 period, an increase of $209,000 or 3%. Medallion Bank’s consumer lending portfolio grew 31% over the last year, including 10% in the third quarter, all with a decrease in delinquencies from a year ago, and with loss rates remaining at low levels.
Medallion Financial’s net interest margin was 5.92% for the 2015 third quarter, compared to 7.20% in the third quarter of 2014, and was 6.58% in the nine months, compared with 6.51% in the 2014 period, primarily reflecting higher levels of interest, dividends from Medallion Bank, and portfolio growth, partially offset by lower levels of interest recoveries. On a combined basis with Medallion Bank, the net interest margin was 6.89% in the quarter and 6.99% in the nine months, compared to 7.40% and 7.16% a year ago. The net interest margins demonstrate the strong portfolio earning power of Medallion and the Bank, and such margins remained at high levels.
Andrew Murstein, President of Medallion Financial stated, “We are extremely pleased with the 2015 third quarter and year-to-date results which is the highest in the history of the Company. While taxi medallion lending continues to have virtually zero losses and remains profitable, the majority of our earnings now arise from non-taxi related loan products, primarily from our consumer lending businesses, which was responsible for 75% of our earnings in the 2015 nine months. We anticipate that this area will contribute to earnings at an increasing rate as we continue to grow these portfolios.”
Larry D. Hall, Chief Financial Officer of Medallion Financial, stated, “All the important indicators of our business continue to demonstrate the quality of Medallion’s operations, including continued growth and profitability, very solid credit performance by the portfolios, and an experienced management team.”
“On a combined basis with Medallion Bank, loans 90 days or more past due were 1.5%, compared to 1.0% last quarter,” said Mr. Hall. “Medallion loans 90 days or more past due were 2.5% of the combined medallion loan portfolio, up from 1.3% last quarter. This rate is still down from historical levels, such as during the first 10 years of being a public company when delinquencies averaged 3%, yet the Company still experienced virtually no losses on medallion loans during such period. The current loan to value of our combined taxi medallion portfolio was 74% last quarter. Additionally, we also have personal guarantees on virtually all of these loans. Our net unrealized appreciation on the loan and equity portfolios was 2.35%, compared to 1.94% last quarter. Medallion Bank had aggregate loan loss reserves of 2.07%, essentially unchanged from 2.10% last quarter and 1.99% a year ago,” said Mr. Hall.
Medallion Financial had realized gains of 2.16% in the 2015 nine months, compared to losses of 0.28% in the year ago period, and Medallion Bank had a net loss rate of 0.99% in the 2015 nine months, compared to 0.73% in the 2014 period, both further evidencing the solid credit performance of our businesses.
“Medallion’s debt to equity ratio was 1.36 to 1, providing room for increasing our leverage and growing our businesses down the road,” said Mr. Hall.
Mr. Hall continued, “We continue to look for opportunities to replace higher cost borrowings with lower cost fixed and floating rate debt, further enhancing our profitability and lowering our cost of borrowed funds. We see additional opportunities to continue this as rates remain near historic lows.”
Medallion loans outstanding were $309,432,000 at quarter end, up $5,930,000 or 2% from $303,502,000 a year ago, representing 54% of the investment portfolio compared to 60% a year ago, and were yielding 4.08%, compared to 4.06% a year ago, reflecting portfolio growth and the repricing of the existing portfolio to higher current market interest rates. The increase in outstandings primarily reflected portfolio growth in New York. The managed medallion portfolio, which includes loans at Medallion Bank and those serviced for third parties, was $678,933,000 at quarter end, down $37,793,000 or 5% from $716,726,000 a year ago. The decrease in managed medallion loan outstandings primarily reflected management’s decision to cull weaker and less profitable credits from the portfolio.
The commercial loan portfolio was $72,292,000 at quarter end, compared to $64,256,000 a year ago, an increase of $8,036,000 or 13%, and represented 13% of the investment portfolio in both periods. The increase primarily reflected growth in the high-yield mezzanine portfolio. Commercial loans yielded 12.34% at quarter end, up 7% from 11.49% a year ago, primarily reflecting changes in the portfolio mix and higher yields on the mezzanine portfolio. The net managed commercial loan portfolio, which includes loans at Medallion Bank and those serviced for or by third parties, was $114,389,000 at quarter end, up $6,930,000 or 6% from $107,459,000 a year ago, primarily reflecting the changes described above and increases in the asset-based loan portfolio at Medallion Bank, partially offset by an increase in asset-based loan participations purchased.
Investments in Medallion Bank and other controlled subsidiaries were $154,456,000 at quarter end, up $26,748,000 or 21% from $127,708,000 a year ago, primarily reflecting our equity in the earnings of Medallion Bank and other portfolio company investments, capital contributions made, dividends paid, portfolio sales, and net appreciation, and which represented 27% of the investment portfolio, compared to 25% a year ago, and which yielded 14.57% at quarter end, compared to 10.69% a year ago, primarily reflecting the dividends from Medallion Bank.
Equity investments were $5,435,000 at quarter end, down $2,393,000 or 31% from $7,828,000 a year ago, primarily reflecting increased equity investments offset by portfolio depreciation, and which represented 1% of the investment portfolio, compared to 2% a year ago, and had a dividend yield of 1.06%, compared to 0.61% a year ago. Investment securities were $29,963,000 at quarter end, compared to $0 a year ago, representing 5% of the net investment portfolio, and had a yield of 0.45%, reflecting new investment activity.
Medallion Bank’s consumer loan portfolio increased $139,715,000 or 31% to $596,405,000 at quarter end from $456,690,000 a year ago, and represented 41% of the managed loan portfolio, compared with 35% a year ago. The consumer loan portfolio yielded 14.19% compared to 14.94% a year ago, primarily reflecting changes in the portfolio mix to loans with higher credit scores including our home improvement lending division where average FICO scores exceed 750. The increase in outstandings reflected increases in all product lines, particularly the home improvement and recreational vehicle lending portfolios.
Overall total managed assets increased $136,000,000 or 9% to $1,621,000,000 at quarter end, up from $1,485,000,000 a year ago. The Company’s net asset value, or book value per share, increased 3% from $11.05 a year ago to $11.37 at September 30, 2015. This increase is primarily a result of the ability of Medallion Bank to retain earnings in addition to it providing a steady dividend source to its parent company, Medallion Financial.
The Company also announced a distribution of $0.25 per share for the 2015 third quarter, up from $0.24 per share a year ago. This brings the total distributions declared over the last four quarters to $0.99, up 4% from $0.95 in the prior four quarters, and equates to a yield of 11% based on the closing price of the Company’s stock on November 3, 2015. The current distribution will be paid on November 20, 2015 to shareholders of record on November 13, 2015. Since the Company’s initial public offering in 1996, the Company has paid or declared in excess of $248,000,000 or $14.06 per share in distributions.
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 2014 Annual Report on Form 10-K.
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Medallion Financial Corp.
437 Madison Avenue
New York, New York 10022
Andrew M. Murstein, President
Larry D. Hall, CFO
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Medallion Financial Corp. Reports 2015 Third Quarter Results