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Nelnet Reports Third Quarter 2012 Results

- Net income $1.12 per share for the quarter, excluding derivative market value and foreign currency adjustments

LINCOLN, Neb., Nov. 8, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Nelnet (NYSE: NNI) today reported net income of $53.1 million, or $1.12 per share, excluding derivative market value and foreign currency adjustments, for the third quarter of 2012, compared to $56.1 million, or $1.16 per share, for the same period a year ago. The decrease in year-over-year net income was expected as the company's student loan portfolio runs off due to Congress' elimination of the Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program in 2010. The decrease was partially offset by the growth of the company's fee-based businesses.

GAAP net income for the third quarter of 2012 was $36.8 million, or $0.78 per share, compared with GAAP net income for the third quarter of 2011, which was $47.5 million, or $0.98 per share. Derivative market value and foreign currency adjustments were an expense of $16.3 million, or $0.34 per share after tax, for the third quarter of 2012, compared to an expense of $8.6 million, or $0.18 per share after tax, for the third quarter of 2011.      

"We are consistently delivering strong results and making progress toward key objectives: Growing our core businesses, driving diversification around our core, and improving our customer's experiences," said Mike Dunlap, Nelnet Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, about the third quarter of 2012. "More specifically, we are excited to be ranked as the top servicer for the Department of Education for the past twelve-month period, which will significantly increase our servicing volume, and to have opportunities to purchase additional student loans."

Nelnet operates four primary business segments, earning interest income on student loans in its Asset Generation and Management operating segment, and fee-based revenue in its Student Loan and Guaranty Servicing, Tuition Payment Processing and Campus Commerce, and Enrollment Services operating segments. The company reported net interest income after provision for loan losses of $80.3 million for the third quarter of 2012, compared with $91.5 million for the same period a year ago. The company reported total revenue from its fee-based segments in the third quarters of 2012 and 2011 of $101.9 million and $94.8 million, respectively. Consolidated operating expenses for the third quarter of 2012 were $104.9 million, compared with $104.8 million for the third quarter of 2011.

Student Loan and Guaranty Servicing

Revenue from the company's Student Loan and Guaranty Servicing segment increased 25 percent, or $10.7 million, to $53.3 million for the third quarter of 2012 from $42.6 million for the third quarter of 2011. The increase in revenue is primarily the result of growth in servicing volume under the company's contract with the Department of Education (Department), remote hosting fees, and fee revenue from rehabilitated loans.

As of September 30, 2012, the company was servicing $63.6 billion of loans for 3.6 million borrowers on behalf of the Department, compared to $44.6 billion of loans for 3.0 million borrowers as of September 30, 2011. Revenue from this contract increased to $19.1 million for the third quarter of 2012, up from $12.8 million for the same period a year ago.

The Department ranks the performance of its servicers quarterly based on five performance metrics to determine the loan servicing volume allocation each servicer will receive in the following contract year. Based on these performance metrics, the company achieved the first place ranking for the 2011-2012 contract year, which results in a larger allocation of loan volume to the company for the fourth year of the servicing contract (the period of August 15, 2012 through August 14, 2013). The company is allocated 30 percent of new loan volume originated by the Department during this current contract year, up from 16 percent the prior two years. 

Tuition Payment Processing and Campus Commerce

For the third quarter of 2012, revenue from the company's Tuition Payment Processing and Campus Commerce segment was $17.9 million, an increase of $1.1 million, or 7 percent, from the same period in 2011.

Asset Management

As of September 30, 2012, net student loan assets were $22.6 billion. Substantially all of Nelnet's federal student loans are financed for the life of the loan at rates the company currently believes will generate significant future cash flow of $1.88 billion.

On July 1, 2010, the company stopped originating federal student loans because legislation eliminated the FFEL Program.  As a result, the company's student loan portfolio will run off over a period of several years. However, Nelnet continues to pursue opportunities to purchase student loans from third parties and has purchased $1.1 billion of FFEL Program loans since the end of the third quarter of 2012, and anticipates purchasing additional loans before the end of the year.

Historically low interest rates are continuing to provide an opportunity for the company to generate substantial near-term value and cash flow from its student loan portfolio. For the third quarter of 2012, Nelnet reported net interest income after provision for loan losses of $80.3 million, compared with $91.5 million for the same period a year ago.  Net interest income includes $34.7 million and $40.6 million of fixed rate floor income in the third quarters of 2012 and 2011, respectively.   

Board of Directors Declares Dividend

Today, Nelnet's Board of Directors declared a cash dividend on the company's outstanding shares of Class A and Class B common stock of $1.10 per share.  The dividend consists of a regular quarterly dividend of $0.10 per share, and a special cash dividend of $1.00 per share.  Both dividends will be paid on November 27, 2012, to shareholders of record at the close of business on November 19, 2012. Nelnet currently has 35.8 million shares of Class A common stock and 11.5 million shares of Class B common stock outstanding.

The company will continue to evaluate quarterly dividends based on future earnings, capital requirements, financial condition, and other factors.

Non-GAAP Performance Measures

Information regarding the company's operating results has historically been provided using "base net income," which consisted of GAAP net income excluding the derivative market value and foreign currency adjustments, amortization of intangible assets, compensation related to business combinations, and variable rate floor income, net of settlements on derivatives.  Due to the decrease in the number and dollar amount of differences between "base net income" and GAAP net income, the company has discontinued utilizing "base net income" when evaluating the performance and profitability of the company and reporting its operating results.

The company will continue to provide additional information related to specific items management believes to be important in the evaluation of its financial position and performance, including specifically, but not limited to, the impact of unrealized gains and losses resulting from changes in fair values of derivative instruments which do not qualify for "hedge treatment" under GAAP, and foreign currency transaction gains or losses resulting from the re-measurement of the company's Euro-denominated bonds to U.S. dollars.  The company believes these point-in-time estimates of asset and liability values related to these financial instruments that are subject to interest and currency rate fluctuations affect the period-to-period comparability of the results of operations.

Forward-looking and Cautionary Statements  

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of federal securities laws.  These statements are based on management's current expectations as of the date of this release and are subject to known and unknown risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results or performance to differ materially from those expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements.  Such risks include, among others, risks related to the company's student loan portfolios such as interest rate basis and repricing risk and the use of derivatives to manage exposure to interest rate fluctuations; the company's funding requirements to satisfy asset financing needs; the company's ability to maintain and increase volumes under its loan servicing contract with the Department to service federally owned student loans; changes in the student loan and educational credit and services marketplace resulting from the implementation of or changes in applicable laws, regulations, and government programs; changes in the demand or preferences for educational financing and related services by educational institutions, students, and their families; uncertainties inherent in forecasting future cash flows from student loan assets and related asset-backed securitizations; and changes in general economic and credit market conditions. For more information, see the "Risk Factors" sections and other cautionary discussions of risks and uncertainties included in documents filed or furnished by the company with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the cautionary information about forward-looking statements contained in the company's supplemental financial information for the third quarter ended September 30, 2012.  All information in this release is as of the date of this release. Although the company may from time to time voluntarily update or revise its forward-looking statements to reflect actual results or changes in the company's expectations, the company disclaims any commitment to do so except as required by securities laws.

 





Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income (unaudited)

(Dollars in thousands, except share data) 






Three months ended


Nine months ended


September 30,

2012


June 30,

2012


September 30,

2011


September 30,

2012


September 30,

2011

Interest Income:










Loan interest

$

150,528



150,988



156,955



454,574



433,247


Investment interest

1,140



1,055



672



3,290



2,254


Total interest income

151,668



152,043



157,627



457,864



435,501


Interest expense:










Interest on bonds and notes payable

66,402



67,476



60,866



203,175



164,227


Net interest income

85,266



84,567



96,761



254,689



271,274


Less provision for loan losses

5,000



7,000



5,250



18,000



14,250


Net interest income after provision for loan losses

80,266



77,567



91,511



236,689



257,024


Other income (expense):










Loan and guaranty servicing revenue

53,285



52,391



42,549



155,164



124,697


Tuition payment processing and campus commerce revenue

17,928



16,834



16,774



56,675



50,904


Enrollment services revenue

30,661



29,710



35,505



92,035



101,688


Other income

12,699



8,800



3,931



32,453



17,249


Gain on sale of loans and debt repurchases

195



935





1,130



8,307


Derivative market value and foreign currency adjustments, net

(26,224)



(19,532)



(13,888)



(61,163)



(29,585)


Derivative settlements, net

(5,051)



(2,086)



257



(6,910)



(7,417)


Total other income

83,493



87,052



85,128



269,384



265,843


Operating expenses:










Salaries and benefits

46,395



48,703



44,132



144,193



130,925


Cost to provide enrollment services

20,151



20,374



23,825



62,203



68,804


Depreciation and amortization

8,402



8,226



7,917



24,764



21,462


Other

29,989



30,908



28,904



93,160



83,776


Total operating expenses

104,937



108,211



104,778



324,320



304,967


Income before income taxes

58,822



56,408



71,861



181,753



217,900


Income tax expense

(21,870)



(14,878)



(24,410)



(59,978)



(78,444)


Net income

36,952



41,530



47,451



121,775



139,456


Net income attributable to noncontrolling interest

124



136





412




Net income attributable to Nelnet, Inc.

$

36,828



41,394



47,451



121,363



139,456


Earnings per common share:










Net income attributable to Nelnet, Inc.    shareholders - basic

$

0.78



0.87



0.98



2.56



2.88


Net income attributable to Nelnet, Inc.    shareholders - diluted

$

0.77



0.87



0.98



2.55



2.87


Weighted average common shares outstanding:










Basic

47,086,098



47,049,055



48,059,747



47,042,035



48,177,539


Diluted

47,321,797



47,292,147



48,253,888



47,267,036



48,367,923


 







Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

(Dollars in thousands)








As of


As of


As of


September 30,

2012


December 31,
2011


September 30, 2011


(unaudited)




(unaudited)

Assets:






Student loans receivable, net

$

22,559,341



24,297,876



24,641,614


Cash, cash equivalents, and investments

186,534



93,350



141,928


Restricted cash and investments

1,003,888



724,131



653,518


Goodwill

117,118



117,118



117,118


Intangible assets, net

14,360



28,374



33,074


Other assets

527,603



591,368



648,975


Total assets

$

24,408,844



25,852,217



26,236,227


Liabilities:






Bonds and notes payable

$

22,884,096



24,434,540



24,926,512


Other liabilities

348,510



351,472



298,232


Total liabilities

23,232,606



24,786,012



25,224,744


Equity:






Total Nelnet, Inc. shareholders' equity

1,175,821



1,066,205



1,011,483


Noncontrolling interest

417






Total equity

1,176,238



1,066,205



1,011,483


Total liabilities and equity

$

24,408,844



25,852,217



26,236,227














SOURCE Nelnet

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