Nicholas Financial Inc. has a market cap of $143.8 million; its shares were traded at around $12.19 with a P/E ratio of 8.6 and P/S ratio of 2.3. Nicholas Financial Inc. had an annual average earning growth of 6% over the past 10 years. GuruFocus rated Nicholas Financial Inc. the business predictability rank of 2.5-star.
Highlight of Business Operations: The Company currently originates direct loans in Florida and North Carolina. Direct loans are loans originated directly between the Company and the consumer. These loans are typically for amounts ranging from $1,000 to $8,000 and are generally secured by a lien on an automobile, watercraft or other permissible tangible personal property. The average loan made to date by the Company had an initial principal balance of approximately $3,000. The Company does not expect the average loan size to increase significantly within the foreseeable future. The majority of direct loans are originated with current or former customers under the Companys automobile financing program. The typical direct loan represents a significantly better credit risk than our typical Contract due to the customers historical payment history with the Company. The Company does not have a direct loan license in Alabama, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, or Virginia, and none is presently required in Georgia (as long as the direct loan is greater than $3,000). The Company is currently not pursuing direct loans in Georgia. Typically, the Company allows for a seasoning process to occur in a new market prior to determining whether to pursue a direct loan license there. The Company does not expect to pursue a direct loan license in any other state during the fiscal year ending March 31, 2012. The size of the loan and maximum interest rate that can be charged vary from state to state. In deciding whether or not to make a loan, the Company considers the individuals credit history, job stability, income and impressions created during a personal interview with a Company loan officer. Additionally, because most of the direct consumer loans made by the Company to date have been made to borrowers under Contracts previously purchased by the Company, the payment history of the borrower under the Contract is a significant factor in making the loan decision. The Companys direct loan program was implemented in April 1995 and currently accounts for approximately 2% of annual consolidated revenues for the Company. As of March 31, 2011, loans made by the Company pursuant to its direct loan program constituted approximately 2% of the aggregate principal amount of the Companys loan portfolio.
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