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Nelnet Reports Fourth Quarter 2013 Results

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SOURCE Nelnet

- GAAP net income $1.52 per share, $1.51 per share excluding adjustments

- 16 percent increase in revenue from Student Loan and Guaranty Servicing segment

- Net student loan assets of $25.9 billion

LINCOLN, Neb., Feb. 27, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Nelnet (NYSE: NNI) today reported GAAP net income of $70.5 million, or $1.52 per share, for the fourth quarter of 2013, compared with GAAP net income of $56.6 million, or $1.20 per share, for the same period a year ago.

Excluding derivative market value and foreign currency adjustments, net income was $70.1 million, or $1.51 per share, for the fourth quarter of 2013, compared with $48.1 million, or $1.02 per share, for the same period in 2012.  The company reported income from derivative market value and foreign currency adjustments of $0.4 million after tax, or $0.01 per share, for the fourth quarter of 2013, compared with income of $8.5 million after tax, or $0.18 per share, for the fourth quarter of 2012.

The increase in net income in 2013 compared with 2012 was due to increases in net interest income earned on the company's student loan portfolio and increases in income from the company's fee-based businesses and other investments.

"2013 was a record financial year for us; we achieved the highest earnings in our history," said Jeff Noordhoek, Nelnet chief executive officer.  "We continue to deliver consistent results, grow and diversify around our core businesses, and purchase student loan portfolios.  In 2014, our focus will be on effectively deploying capital and making investments in core businesses and diversification."

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.

Asset Generation and Management

A substantial portion of Nelnet's student loans are financed for the life of the loan at terms the company has estimated (as of December 31, 2013) will generate significant undiscounted future cash flow of approximately $2.17 billion.  During the fourth quarter of 2013, the company purchased $1.9 billion of student loans. As of December 31, 2013, net student loan assets were $25.9 billion.

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 fourth quarter of 2013, Nelnet reported net interest income of $108.7 million, compared with $90.6 million for the same period a year ago. Net interest income included $38.8 million and $35.5 million of fixed rate floor income in the fourth quarters of 2013 and 2012, respectively.   Core student loan spread increased to 1.56 percent for the fourth quarter of 2013, compared with 1.44 percent for the same period in 2012.  This increase was due to the improved relationship between the interest rate indices governing what the company earns on its loans (one-month LIBOR) and what the company pays to fund such loans (three-month LIBOR).

Fee-Based Operating Segments

The company reported total revenue from its fee-based operating segments in the fourth quarters of 2013 and 2012 of $103.9 million and $98.2 million, respectively. Net income from fee-based operating segments was $12.0 million for the fourth quarter of 2013, up from $9.0 million for the same period in 2012.  Certain intangible assets within the company's fee-based operating segments became fully amortized in 2012, which improved net income by $2.9 million during the fourth quarter of 2013, compared with the same period in 2012.

Revenue from the company's Student Loan and Guaranty Servicing segment increased 16 percent, or $8.6 million, to $63.2 million for the fourth quarter of 2013, up from $54.6 million for the fourth quarter of 2012. The increase in revenue was the result of growth in servicing volume under the company's contract with the U.S. Department of Education (Department) and collection revenue from guaranty agencies.

As of December 31, 2013, the company was servicing $110.5 billion of loans for 5.3 million borrowers on behalf of the Department, compared with $68.8 billion of loans for 3.9 million borrowers as of December 31, 2012. Revenue from this contract increased to $28.9 million for the fourth quarter of 2013, up from $19.4 million for the same period a year ago.

For the fourth quarter of 2013, revenue from the company's Tuition Payment Processing and Campus Commerce segment was $19.0 million, an increase of $1.3 million, or 7 percent, from the same period in 2012. The company reported fourth quarter of 2013 revenue from its Enrollment Services segment of $21.7 million, compared with $25.9 million for the same period in 2012.

Other Income

Other income increased $9.0 million to $16.0 million for the fourth quarter of 2013, compared with $7.0 million for the same period in 2012.  The increase was due to increases in investment advisory fee revenue, which totaled $5.9 million for the fourth quarter of 2013, compared with $0.6 million for the same period in 2012, and in net realized and unrealized gains on investments, which totaled $3.9 million for the fourth quarter of 2013, compared with $0.9 million for the same period in 2012.

Operating Expenses

The company reported consolidated operating expenses of $111.6 million for the fourth quarter of 2013, compared with $109.2 million for the same period in 2012.

Year End Results

GAAP net income for the year ended December 31, 2013 was $302.7 million, or $6.50 per share, compared with GAAP net income of $178.0 million, or $3.76 per share, for 2012.  Excluding derivative market value and foreign currency adjustments, net income in 2013 was $272.5 million, or $5.85 per share, compared with $207.4 million, or $4.38 per share, for 2012.  The derivative market value and foreign currency adjustments were income of $30.1 million after tax, or $0.65 per share, during 2013, compared with an expense of $29.4 million after tax, or $0.62 per share, for 2012.

Non-GAAP Performance Measures

The company provides additional non-GAAP financial information related to specific items management believes to be important in the evaluation of its operating results, including specifically, 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 financial instruments that are subject to interest and currency rate fluctuations, and items whose timing and/or amount cannot be reasonably estimated in advance, affect the period to period comparability of the results of the company's fundamental business operations on a recurring basis.  Accordingly, the company provides operating results excluding these items for comparability purposes.

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 portfolio 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; risks related to the availability of government funds and actual extension of the company's loan servicing contract with the Department for an additional five years and the company's ability to maintain and increase volumes under that contract to service federally owned student loans; changes in the educational credit and services marketplace resulting from changes in applicable laws, regulations, and government programs and budgets; risks related to the expected reduction in government payments to guaranty agencies to rehabilitate defaulted FFELP loans and services in support of those activities; 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 fourth quarter ended December, 31, 2013.  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.

 

Consolidated Statements of Income

(Dollars in thousands, except share data)




Three months ended


Year ended


December 31,
 2013


September 30,
 2013


December 31,
 2012


December 31, 2013


December 31, 2012


(unaudited)


(unaudited)


(unaudited)





Interest income:










Loan interest

$

165,865



158,675



154,663



638,142



609,237


Investment interest

2,006



1,562



1,326



6,668



4,616


  Total interest income

167,871



160,237



155,989



644,810



613,853


Interest expense:










Interest on bonds and notes payable

59,135



55,315



65,391



230,935



268,566


  Net interest income

108,736



104,922



90,598



413,875



345,287


Less provision for loan losses

3,500



5,000



3,500



18,500



21,500


  Net interest income after provision for loan losses

105,236



99,922



87,098



395,375



323,787


Other income (expense):










Loan and guaranty servicing revenue

63,167



64,582



54,584



243,428



209,748


Tuition payment processing and campus commerce revenue

18,988



19,927



17,735



80,682



74,410


Enrollment services revenue

21,735



22,563



25,890



98,078



117,925


Other income

15,981



8,613



7,023



46,298



39,476


Gain on sale of loans and debt repurchases

799



2,138



3,009



11,699



4,139


Derivative settlements, net

(6,407)



(6,688)



(7,112)



(29,636)



(14,022)


Derivative market value and foreign currency adjustments, net

752



(9,960)



13,769



48,593



(47,394)


  Total other income

115,015



101,175



114,898



499,142



384,282


Operating expenses:










Salaries and benefits

52,120



48,712



48,633



196,169



192,826


Cost to provide enrollment services

13,864



14,668



16,172



64,961



78,375


Depreciation and amortization

5,274



4,340



8,861



18,311



33,625


Other

40,349



39,887



35,578



149,542



128,738


  Total operating expenses

111,607



107,607



109,244



428,983



433,564


  Income before income taxes

108,644



93,490



92,752



465,534



274,505


Income tax expense

37,556



30,444



36,099



161,193



96,077


Net income

71,088



63,046



56,653



304,341



178,428


Net income attributable to noncontrolling interest

568



216



19



1,669



431


Net income attributable to Nelnet, Inc.

$

70,520



62,830



56,634



302,672



177,997


Earnings per common share:










Net income attributable to Nelnet, Inc. shareholders - basic and diluted

$

1.52



1.35



1.20



6.50



3.76


Weighted average common shares outstanding -    basic and diluted

46,502,028



46,496,612



47,277,427



46,570,314



47,369,331


 

 

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

(Dollars in thousands)




As of


As of


As of


December 31, 2013


September 31, 2013


December 31, 2012




(unaudited)



Assets:






Student loans receivable, net

$

25,907,589



24,701,112



24,830,621


Non-federally insured student loans receivable - held for sale

-



28,480



-


Cash, cash equivalents, and investments

255,307



284,054



149,343


Restricted cash and investments

902,699



768,621



911,978


Goodwill and intangible assets, net

123,250



124,050



126,511


Other assets

582,004



630,611



589,442


  Total assets

$

27,770,849



26,536,928



26,607,895


Liabilities:






Bonds and notes payable

$

25,955,289



24,858,455



25,098,835


Other liabilities

371,570



300,560



343,847


  Total liabilities

26,326,859



25,159,015



25,442,682


Equity:






Total Nelnet, Inc. shareholders' equity

1,443,662



1,377,863



1,165,208


Noncontrolling interest

328



50



5


  Total equity

1,443,990



1,377,913



1,165,213


Total liabilities and equity

$

27,770,849



26,536,928



26,607,895


 

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