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Are Your Student Loan Payments Higher Than Necessary?

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If you’re among the millions of Americans who make student loan payments each month, it’s important to know all of the repayment options available to you. Certain plans could lower your monthly payments, freeing up more of your cash.

Here’s an overview of the most advantageous repayment plans, along with the pros and cons of reducing your payment.

The Pay As You Earn plan
The Pay As You Earn is designed to keep your payments low when you’re fresh out of school and not earning much money. Then, as your income grows, so do your repayments.

The required payment amount is actually quite low: It’s capped at either 10% of your discretionary income or what your payment would be under a standard 10-year repayment plan. For the purposes of this calculation, your discretionary income is the difference between your income and 150% of the poverty guidelines for your family size and state of residence.

As an example, let’s say you earn $60,000 per year, live in any of the 48 contiguous states or Washington, D.C. (the poverty guidelines are only different for Alaska and Hawaii), and are married with one child (family size of three). The poverty guideline for 2015 is $20,090, and 150% of that amount is $30,135. Therefore your discretionary income is $60,000 minus $30,135, which comes to $29,865. Divide this over 12 months and apply the 10% rule, and you can see that your monthly payment would be capped at about $250, no matter how high your student loan balance is.

Now, the most common concern I hear is that such a low payment may not even cover the interest on the loans, and therefore it could take decades to pay off the balance. However, under the Pay As You Earn plan, any remaining loan balance will be forgiven after 20 years of on-time payments, regardless of how much is left.

It’s also worth noting that Pay As You Earn isn’t available to all borrowers yet. It was announced last year that the program will be available to all borrowers by the end of 2015, but for now it’s only open to borrowers who took out their first loan after October 2007. For those who are currently ineligible, the Income-Based Repayment, or IBR, plan, offers similar benefits: The payment cap is slightly higher at 15% of discretionary income, and any remaining balance is forgiven after 25 years.

Extended repayment
If you’d prefer payments that stay the same over the years but find the 10-year repayment plan a little too expensive, there’s also the option of an extended repayment plan, which spreads your payments over a longer time frame (up to 25 years). This tends to be an appealing option for people who earn too much to take full advantage of the Pay As You Earn plan but find the 10-year payment amount to be too high to manage along with their other expenses.

Another advantage of the extended option is that your loan balance will go down over time, which can provide a nice boost to your credit score. According to the FICO scoring formula, 30% of your score comes from “amounts owed,” which takes into account, ;among other things, the remaining balances on your loan relative to the original loan amount.

The downsides of choosing the extended repayment plan are that you’ll never be eligible for loan forgiveness as you would with the Pay As You Earn plan, and you’ll end up paying a lot more interest over the life of the loan than you would under a standard 10-year repayment plan.

For example, if you owe $35,000 in student loans at 6% interest, your monthly payment under the standard 10-year plan would be $389 per month. So, over the life of the loan, you’ll pay $11,680 in interest. However, if you choose to pay it back over 25 years, your monthly payment falls to about $225, but you’ll end up paying $32,650 in interest.

The downside to lower payments
As with anything else in life, there are pros and cons to all repayment options, including Pay as You Earn and extended repayment. As I mentioned before, you’ll end up paying more interest with an extended repayment plan than with a standard repayment plan, and if your income increases over the years, this could be the case with Pay As You Earn as well.

And with Pay As You Earn, remember that your payments will rise in proportion to your income, and this could cause a rather sharp increase if you get a raise or a higher-paying job. In the earlier example of a borrower who earns $60,000 per year, a promotion to a job paying $80,000 per year (33% raise) would increase the allowable loan payment from $250 to $415 (67% increase). With a raise that size, a higher loan payment isn’t the end of the world, but it’s definitely something to keep in mind.

Aside from these drawbacks, the Pay as You Earn plan and the extended repayment plan can be excellent ways to manage your student loan expenses while still building up a solid payment history.

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Fitch Affirms Rhode Island Student Loan Authority 2009 Trust

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–

Fitch Ratings affirms the ratings of the bonds issued by the Rhode Island Student Loan Authority (RISLA) 2009 Trust at ‘Asf’. The Outlook remains Stable.

A detailed list of rating actions follows at the end of this press release.

The affirmations are based on a sufficient level of enhancement to cover the applicable risk factor stresses. The collateral consists of 100% private student loans.

KEY RATING DRIVERS

Adequate Collateral Quality: The trust is collateralized by approximately $147.1 million of private student loans as of September 2014. The loans were originated under the Rhode Island Family Education Loan program by RISLA. The projected rating defaults are expected to range between 9%-11% as a percentage of the current pool balance. A recovery rate of 55% was applied which was determined to be appropriate based on data provided by the issuer.

Sufficient Credit Enhancement (CE): CE is provided by overcollateralization (OC; the excess of trust’s asset balance over bond balance) and excess spread. Total parity is currently 110.36% as of September 2014. Cash may be released to the issuer until Dec. 1, 2017 provided that parity exceeds 121%.

Satisfactory Servicing Capabilities: Day-to-day servicing is provided by RISLA. Fitch believes the servicing operations are acceptable at this time.

RATING SENSITIVITIES

As Fitch’s base case default proxy is derived primarily from historical collateral performance, actual performance may differ from the expected performance, resulting in higher loss levels than the base case. This will result in a decline in CE and remaining loss coverage levels available to the notes and may make certain note ratings susceptible to potential negative rating actions, depending on the extent of the decline in coverage. Fitch will continue to monitor the performance of the trust.

A comparison of the transaction’s Representations, Warranties and Enforcement Mechanisms (RW&E) to those of typical RW&Es for that asset class is available at www.fitchratings.com

Fitch affirms the following ratings:

Rhode Island Student Loan Authority Series 2009

–Serial 2015 at ‘Asf’; Outlook Stable;

–Serial 2016 at ‘Asf’; Outlook Stable;

–Serial 2017 at ‘Asf’; Outlook Stable;

–Serial 2017* at ‘Asf’; Outlook Stable;

–Serial 2018 at ‘Asf’; Outlook Stable;

–Serial 2019 at ‘Asf’; Outlook Stable;

–Serial 2019* at ‘Asf’; Outlook Stable;

–Serial 2020 at ‘Asf’; Outlook Stable;

–Serial 2021 at ‘Asf’; Outlook Stable;

–Serial 2022 at ‘Asf’; Outlook Stable;

–Term 2030 at ‘Asf’; Outlook Stable.

Rhode Island Student Loan Authority Series 2010A

–Serial 2015 at ‘Asf’; Outlook Stable;

–Serial 2016 at ‘Asf’; Outlook Stable;

–Serial 2017 at ‘Asf’; Outlook Stable;

–Serial 2018 at ‘Asf’; Outlook Stable;

–Serial 2019 at ‘Asf’; Outlook Stable;

–Serial 2020 at ‘Asf’; Outlook Stable;

–Serial 2021 at ‘Asf’; Outlook Stable;

–Serial 2022 at ‘Asf’; Outlook Stable;

–Serial 2023 at ‘Asf’; Outlook Stable;

–Serial 2024 at ‘Asf’; Outlook Stable;

–Serial 2025 at ‘Asf’; Outlook Stable;

–Serial 2026 at ‘Asf’; Outlook Stable.

Rhode Island Student Loan Authority Series 2010B

–Serial 2015 at ‘Asf’; Outlook Stable;

–Serial 2016 at ‘Asf’; Outlook Stable;

–Serial 2017 at ‘Asf’; Outlook Stable;

–Serial 2018 at ‘Asf’; Outlook Stable;

–Serial 2019 at ‘Asf’; Outlook Stable;

–Serial 2020 at ‘Asf’; Outlook Stable;

–Serial 2021 at ‘Asf’; Outlook Stable;

–Serial 2022 at ‘Asf’; Outlook Stable;

–Serial 2023 at ‘Asf’; Outlook Stable;

–Serial 2024 at ‘Asf’; Outlook Stable;

–Serial 2025 at ‘Asf’; Outlook Stable.

Rhode Island Student Loan Authority Series 2012A

–Serial 2015 at ‘Asf’; Outlook Stable;

–Serial 2016 at ‘Asf’; Outlook Stable;

–Serial 2017 at ‘Asf’; Outlook Stable;

–Serial 2018 at ‘Asf’; Outlook Stable;

–Serial 2019 at ‘Asf’; Outlook Stable;

–Serial 2020 at ‘Asf’; Outlook Stable;

–Serial 2021 at ‘Asf’; Outlook Stable;

–Serial 2022 at ‘Asf’; Outlook Stable;

–Serial 2023 at ‘Asf’; Outlook Stable;

–Serial 2024 at ‘Asf’; Outlook Stable;

–Serial 2025 at ‘Asf’; Outlook Stable.

Rhode Island Student Loan Authority Series 2013A

–Serial 2015 at ‘Asf’; Outlook Stable;

–Serial 2016 at ‘Asf’; Outlook Stable;

–Serial 2017 at ‘Asf’; Outlook Stable;

–Serial 2018 at ‘Asf’; Outlook Stable;

–Serial 2019 at ‘Asf’; Outlook Stable;

–Serial 2020 at ‘Asf’; Outlook Stable;

–Serial 2021 at ‘Asf’; Outlook Stable;

–Serial 2022 at ‘Asf’; Outlook Stable;

–Serial 2023 at ‘Asf’; Outlook Stable;

–Serial 2024 at ‘Asf’; Outlook Stable;

–Serial 2025 at ‘Asf’; Outlook Stable;

–Serial 2026 at ‘Asf’; Outlook Stable;

–Serial 2027 at ‘Asf’; Outlook Stable;

–Serial 2028 at ‘Asf’; Outlook Stable;

Rhode Island Student Loan Authority Series 2014

–A(2015) at ‘Asf’; Outlook Stable;

–A(2016) at ‘Asf’; Outlook Stable;

–A(2017) at ‘Asf’; Outlook Stable;

–A(2018) at ‘Asf’; Outlook Stable;

–A(2019) at ‘Asf’; Outlook Stable;

–A(2020) at ‘Asf’; Outlook Stable;

–A(2021) at ‘Asf’; Outlook Stable;

–A(2022) at ‘Asf’; Outlook Stable;

–A(2023) at ‘Asf’; Outlook Stable;

–A(2024) at ‘Asf’; Outlook Stable;

–A(2025) at ‘Asf’; Outlook Stable;

–A(2026) at ‘Asf’; Outlook Stable;

–A(2027) at ‘Asf’; Outlook Stable;

–A(2028) at ‘Asf’; Outlook Stable;

–A(2029) at ‘Asf’; Outlook Stable.

Additional information is available at ‘www.fitchratings.com‘.

Applicable Criteria and Related Research:

–‘U.S. Private Student Loan ABS Criteria’ (Jan. 29, 2014);

–‘Global Structured Finance Rating Criteria’ (Aug. 4, 2014);

–‘Representations, Warranties, and Enforcement Mechanisms in Global Structured Finance Transactions’ (Oct. 31, 2014);

–‘Rhode Island Student Loan Authority 2014 Senior Series A–Appendix’ (April 1, 2014).

Applicable Criteria and Related Research:

U.S. Private Student Loan ABS Criteria

http://www.fitchratings.com/creditdesk/reports/report_frame.cfm?rpt_id=730956

Global Structured Finance Rating Criteria

http://www.fitchratings.com/creditdesk/reports/report_frame.cfm?rpt_id=754389

Representations, Warranties and Enforcement Mechanisms in Global Structured Finance Transactions

http://www.fitchratings.com/creditdesk/reports/report_frame.cfm?rpt_id=799248

Rhode Island Student Loan Authority 2014 Senior Series A — Appendix

http://www.fitchratings.com/creditdesk/reports/report_frame.cfm?rpt_id=739055

Additional Disclosure

Solicitation Status

http://www.fitchratings.com/gws/en/disclosure/solicitation?pr_id=978947

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Monarch Financial Reports Higher Income, Strong Loan Growth, and Declares Cash Dividend

CHESAPEAKE, Va., Jan. 30, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Monarch Financial Holdings, Inc. (MNRK), the bank holding company for Monarch Bank, reported improved fourth quarter and annual financial performance. The Board of Directors also announced a quarterly common stock cash dividend of $0.08 per common share, payable on February 27, 2015, to shareholders of record on February 10, 2015.

Annual 2014 highlights are:

Net income of $11,211,850, for Return on Equity of 10.95% Diluted earnings per share of $1.05 Cash dividends of $0.31 paid per share, up 29% from 2013 Loans held for investment grew $59.9 million, up 8.4% Non-performing assets at 0.28% of total assets Net Interest Margin was 4.25% $1.6 billion in mortgage loans closed, with 80% home purchases

Fourth quarter 2014 highlights are:

Quarterly net income of $2,683,163, up 24% Return on equity of 10.03% Diluted earnings per share of $0.25 Loans held for investment grew $58.9 million $446 million in mortgage loans closed with 69% home purchase

“We are pleased with our quarterly and annual financial performance, with very strong organic loan growth finally taking hold in the fourth quarter. Unlike many of our peers we have grown loans with our bankers, in our markets, and have not purchased loans to drive this growth. Mortgage production was in line with the previous year with our best year ever for purchase mortgage loan closings. We improved our performance in all three lines of business to include banking, mortgage, and wealth management,” stated Brad E. Schwartz, Chief Executive Officer. “Non-performing assets remained low, our margin improved due to asset mix and pricing discipline, and our capital grew stronger with our retention of earnings. The market has responded to our performance with price appreciation in our common stock that, when combined with the increase in our common stock dividends, produced a 14% total shareholder return for 2014.”

For 2014 net income was $11,211,850 compared to $11,091,007 for the same period in 2013, a 1% increase. The 2014 return on average equity (ROE) was 10.95%, and the return on average assets (ROA) was 1.13%. Annual diluted earnings per share were $1.05 compared to $1.08 in 2013, as our higher earnings were more than offset by the number of additional outstanding shares.

Net income was $2,683,163 for the fourth quarter of 2014 compared to $2,156,566 for the same period in 2013, a 24% increase. The quarterly annualized return on average equity (ROE) was 10.03%, and the annualized quarterly return on average assets (ROA) was 1.04 %, both metrics up from the same period a year ago. Diluted earnings per share for the fourth quarter were $0.25, up 25% from the previous year.

Total assets at December 31, 2014 were $1.07 billion, up 5% from the prior year. In 2014 loans held for investment grew 8% to $773 million and mortgage loans held for sale grew 48% to $148 million. The vast majority of the net loan growth occurred in the fourth quarter. Total deposits grew 3% to $919 million, with demand deposits growing $40 million or 15% for the year. Demand deposits now represent 33% of total deposits, an achievement driven by our dedicated cash management and banking office teams. While the current rate environment does not appropriately reward banks for a transaction-focused funding strategy, this strategy should deliver net interest margin protection when rates eventually rise.

“We are pleased to deliver over 8% quarterly and year over year loan growth. We are equally proud that we produced each and every loan and have not been tempted by participation loans or other loan purchase programs we see in the marketplace,” stated E. Neal Crawford Jr., President of Monarch Bank. “We continue to hire talented bankers and expect to continue expanding the banking team into 2015. Our Richmond and Peninsula expansion is driving quality loan growth and deposit growth while our cash management and private banking teams continue to focus on growing core deposits.”

Non-performing assets were 0.28% as of December 31, 2014 compared to 0.25% one year prior, and non-performing loans to loans held for investment were 0.37% compared to 0.31% one year prior. Non-performing assets were $3.0 million, comprised of $175 thousand 90 days or more past due and still accruing interest, $2.7 million in non-accrual loans and $144,000 in one parcel of other real estate owned that is already under contract for sale. The allowance for loan losses represents 1.16% of total loans held for investment and 311% of non-performing loans.

Average equity to average assets rose to 10.39% at year-end 2014, an increase from 9.73% one year prior. Cash dividends of $0.08 per share were paid in the fourth quarter of 2014, and a total of $0.31 per share was paid during the year, an increase of 29% over 2013. Total risk-based capital to risk weighted assets at Monarch Bank equaled 13.79%, significantly higher than the required level to meet the highest rating of “Well Capitalized” by federal banking regulators. We also already meet the new Basel III capital standards for a well-capitalized bank. Monarch was again awarded the highest 5-Star “Superior” rating by Bauer Financial, an independent third-party bank rating agency that rates banks on safety and soundness.

Net interest income, our number one driver of profitability, was flat for the year driven by the large volume of mortgage loans held for sale in the first six months of 2013 compared to the balances carried in 2014. These balances are driven by mortgage loan closings. Excluding the mortgage loans held for sale volatility, the net interest income from core banking operations increased 5.9% or $1.9 million. Our net interest margin for 2014 was 4.25%, up from 4.10% due to asset mix, loan and deposit pricing, mortgage loans held for sale pricing, fee income capture, and the additional income from loans previously on non-accrual status. Loan growth that occurred late in the year had minimal impact on net interest income even though it should contribute to net interest income on a going forward basis.

Non-interest income decreased $2.8 million in 2014 over the previous year driven by lower mortgage revenues, which was more than offset by a reduction of $3.6 million in commissions and incentives. Net overhead, or the difference between non-interest income and non-interest expenses, increased only $372 thousand or 1.7% due to increased spending for facilities, technology, technology risk management, compliance and marketing. Salaries and benefits were held flat for the year, a significant accomplishment with our increased benefits costs. Investment revenues related to Monarch Bank Private Wealth totaled $1.6 million for the year compared to $1.1 million the previous year, a noteworthy increase. The Company is recognized by Raymond James Financial Services as a top performing bank investment program, with $235 million in assets under management accumulated since the formation of Monarch Bank Private Wealth in the third quarter of 2012.

Mortgage revenue remains the number one driver of non-interest income. $446 million in mortgage loans were closed during the fourth quarter of 2014 (69% purchase) compared to $350 million in the fourth quarter of 2013 (80% purchase). Monarch closed $1.6 billion in mortgage loans during 2014 compared to $2.0 billion in 2012. While volumes year over year declined approximately 20%, revenues from mortgage lending declined only 5% due to a strong focus on loan product mix, secondary market pricing, and fee income.

“Our focus on the purchase market paid off in 2014 when we had the best year of purchase mortgage business in our history. We closed $1.3 billion in home purchase loans and $0.3 billion in refinances, and altogether closed over 6,000 loans during the year,” stated William T. Morrison, CEO of Monarch Mortgage. “The year 2015 is beginning with an attractive rate environment and a much stronger pipeline of activity, and we expect it to be a great year for our mortgage operations.”

Monarch Financial Holdings, Inc. is the one-bank holding company for Monarch Bank. Monarch Bank is a community bank with ten banking offices in Chesapeake, Virginia Beach, Norfolk, and Williamsburg, Virginia. Monarch Bank also has loan production offices in Newport News and Richmond, Virginia. OBX Bank, a division of Monarch Bank, operates offices in Kitty Hawk and Nags Head, North Carolina. Monarch Mortgage and our affiliated mortgage companies have over thirty offices with locations in Virginia, North Carolina, Maryland, and South Carolina. Our subsidiaries/ divisions include Monarch Bank, OBX Bank, Monarch Mortgage (secondary mortgage origination), OBX Bank Mortgage (secondary mortgage origination), Coastal Home Mortgage, LLC (secondary mortgage origination), Monarch Bank Private Wealth (investment, trust, planning and private banking), Monarch Investments (investment and insurance solutions), Real Estate Security Agency, LLC (title agency) and Monarch Capital, LLC (commercial mortgage brokerage). The shares of common stock of Monarch Financial Holdings, Inc. are publicly traded on the Nasdaq Capital Market under the symbol “MNRK”.

This press release may contain “forward-looking statements,” within the meaning of federal securities laws that involve significant risks and uncertainties. Statements herein are based on certain assumptions and analyses by the Company and are factors it believes are appropriate in the circumstances. Actual results could differ materially from those contained in or implied by such statements for a variety of reasons including, but not limited to: changes in interest rates; changes in accounting principles, policies, or guidelines; significant changes in the economic scenario: significant changes in regulatory requirements; and significant changes in securities markets. Consequently, all forward-looking statements made herein are qualified by these cautionary statements and the cautionary language in the Company’s most recent Form 10-K and 10-Q reports and other documents filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The Company does not undertake to update forward-looking statements to reflect circumstances or events that occur after the date the forward-looking statements are made.

Consolidated Balance Sheets Monarch Financial Holdings, Inc. and Subsidiaries (In thousands) Unaudited

December 31, September 30, June 30, March 31, December 31,
2014 2014 2014 2014 2013 ASSETS:

Cash and due from banks $ 14,503 $ 21,083 $ 19,661 $ 18,510 $ 18,971 Interest bearing bank balances 49,761 58,207 37,166 37,033 31,955 Federal funds sold 1,135 3,938 29,761 84,232 53,985

Investment securities, at fair value 23,725 25,137 23,773 23,197 48,822

Mortgage loans held for sale 147,690 138,590 156,584 92,839 99,718

Loans held for investment, net of unearned income 772,590 713,667 700,159 715,088 712,671 Less: allowance for loan losses (8,949) (8,977) (9,070) (9,213) (9,061) Net loans 763,641 704,690 691,089 705,875 703,610

Bank premises and equipment, net 30,247 30,368 31,407 29,902 28,882 Restricted equity securities, at cost 3,633 3,179 3,169 3,156 3,683 Bank owned life insurance 9,687 9,587 7,526 7,467 7,409 Goodwill 775 775 775 775 775 Intangible assets, net — — 15 60 104 Accrued interest receivable and other assets 21,940 23,688 22,973 19,673 18,786 Total assets $ 1,066,737 $ 1,019,242 $ 1,023,899 $ 1,022,719 $ 1,016,700

LIABILITIES:

Demand deposits–non-interest bearing $ 235,301 $ 252,286 $ 240,348 $ 221,357 $ 206,891 Demand deposits–interest bearing 66,682 53,093 51,563 55,949 55,528 Money market deposits 369,221 365,041 377,096 367,590 374,462 Savings deposits 20,003 25,211 24,539 24,327 22,137 Time deposits 228,207 189,142 197,747 224,947 234,100 Total deposits 919,414 884,773 891,293 894,170 893,118

FHLB borrowings 1,075 1,100 1,125 1,150 1,175 Federal funds 10,000 — — — — Trust preferred subordinated debt 10,000 10,000 10,000 10,000 10,000 Accrued interest payable and other liabilities 18,710 18,145 18,650 17,422 14,661 Total liabilities 959,199 914,018 921,068 922,742 918,954

STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY:

Common stock 51,864 51,735 51,624 51,584 51,432 Capital in excess of par value 8,336 7,966 7,675 7,357 7,069 Retained earnings 47,354 45,523 43,566 41,232 39,437 Accumulated other comprehensive loss (102) (135) (159) (314) (419) Total Monarch Financial Holdings, Inc. stockholders’ equity 107,452 105,089 102,706 99,859 97,519 Noncontrolling interest 86 135 125 118 227 Total equity 107,538 105,224 102,831 99,977 97,746 Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity $ 1,066,737 $ 1,019,242 $ 1,023,899 $ 1,022,719 $ 1,016,700

Common shares outstanding at period end 10,652,475 10,646,873 10,624,668 10,619,444 10,502,323

Nonvested shares of common stock included in commons shares outstanding 279,750 299,910 299,910 302,710 215,960

Book value per common share at period end (1) $ 10.10 $ 9.87 $ 9.67 $ 9.40 $ 9.29 Tangible book value per common share at period end (2) $ 10.02 $ 9.80 $ 9.59 $ 9.33 $ 9.20 Closing market price $ 13.75 $ 12.56 $ 11.72 $ 12.26 $ 12.31

Total risk based capital – Consolidated company 13.79% 14.16% 14.29% 14.27% 13.91% Total risk based capital – Bank 13.81% 14.18% 14.31% 14.30% 13.95%

(1) Book value per common share is defined as stockholders’ equity divided by common shares outstanding. (2) Tangible book value per common share is defined as stockholders’ equity less goodwill and other intangibles divided by commons shares outstanding

Consolidated Statements of Income Monarch Financial Holdings, Inc. and Subsidiaries Unaudited
Three Months Ended Year Ended
December 31, December 31,
2014 2013 2014 2013 INTEREST INCOME:

Interest on federal funds sold $ 4,980 $ 42,283 $ 84,850 $ 115,963 Interest on other bank accounts 92,156 28,626 244,702 58,027 Dividends on equity securities 33,545 67,540 106,955 277,700 Interest on investment securities 100,957 60,311 359,604 230,496 Interest on mortgage loans held for sale 1,376,920 1,090,070 4,866,818 7,021,186 Interest and fees on loans held for investment 9,752,472 9,388,407 37,327,978 36,645,065 Total interest income 11,361,030 10,677,237 42,990,907 44,348,437 INTEREST EXPENSE:

Interest on deposits 722,537 905,970 3,185,965 3,936,203 Interest on trust preferred subordinated debt 46,337 122,850 416,233 491,910 Interest on other borrowings 16,615 15,002 58,966 358,345 Total interest expense 785,489 1,043,822 3,661,164 4,786,458 NET INTEREST INCOME 10,575,541 9,633,415 39,329,743 39,561,979 PROVISION FOR LOAN LOSSES — — — —

NET INTEREST INCOME AFTER PROVISION FOR LOAN LOSSES 10,575,541 9,633,415 39,329,743 39,561,979

NON-INTEREST INCOME:

Mortgage banking income 16,210,774 13,276,836 62,440,013 65,672,402 Service charges and fees 489,974 502,373 2,058,262 1,941,926 Title income 216,895 124,774 669,785 789,253 Investment and insurance income 382,774 336,002 1,592,398 1,053,429 Other income 72,366 111,924 318,783 425,261 Total non-interest income 17,372,783 14,351,909 67,079,241 69,882,271 NON-INTEREST EXPENSE:

Salaries and employee benefits 8,798,996 8,772,157 34,134,998 34,112,834 Commissions and incentives 6,926,507 5,248,131 24,754,633 28,344,347 Occupancy and equipment 2,412,086 2,220,634 9,548,543 8,449,912 Loan expense 1,676,134 1,526,317 6,652,007 7,891,835 Marketing expense 990,383 807,717 3,111,535 2,873,259 Data processing 715,057 459,681 2,272,785 1,696,535 Telephone 296,396 314,984 1,226,389 1,184,894 Other expenses 1,789,789 1,212,731 6,778,966 6,357,202 Total non-interest expense 23,605,348 20,562,352 88,479,856 90,910,818

INCOME BEFORE TAXES 4,342,976 3,422,972 17,929,128 18,533,432 Income tax provision (1,616,093) (1,179,017) (6,490,273) (6,386,040) NET INCOME 2,726,883 2,243,955 11,438,855 12,147,392

Less: Net income attributable to noncontrolling interest (43,720) (87,389) (227,005) (1,056,385) NET INCOME ATTRIBUTABLE TO MONARCH FINANCIAL HOLDINGS, INC $2,683,163 $2,156,566 $11,211,850 $11,091,007

NET INCOME PER COMMON SHARE:

Basic $ 0.25 $ 0.21 $ 1.06 $ 1.09 Diluted $ 0.25 $ 0.20 $ 1.05 $ 1.08

Weighted average basic shares outstanding 10,648,184 10,486,056 10,619,443 10,167,156 Weighted average diluted shares outstanding 10,689,219 10,535,313 10,658,600 10,299,471

Return on average assets 1.04% 0.86% 1.13% 1.07% Return on average stockholders’ equity 10.03% 8.88% 10.95% 11.97%

Financial Highlights Monarch Financial Holdings, Inc. and Subsidiaries
(Dollars in thousands, For the Quarter Ended except per share data) December 31, September 30, June 30, March 31, December 31,
2014 2014 2014 2014 2013 EARNINGS

Interest income $ 11,361 $ 10,639 $ 10,557 $ 10,434 $ 10,677 Interest expense (786) (928) (977) (971) (1,044) Net interest income 10,575 9,711 9,580 9,463 9,633 Provision for loan losses — — — — — Noninterest income – mortgage banking income 16,211 16,658 17,369 12,202 13,277 Noninterest income – other 1,162 1,241 1,130 1,106 1,075 Noninterest expense (23,605) (23,121) (23,007) (18,747) (20,562) Pre-tax net income 4,343 4,489 5,072 4,024 3,423 Minority interest in net income (44) (46) (121) (16) (87) Income taxes (1,616) (1,635) (1,767) (1,471) (1,179) Net income $ 2,683 $ 2,808 $ 3,184 $ 2,537 $ 2,157

PER COMMON SHARE

Earnings per share – basic $ 0.25 $ 0.26 $ 0.30 $ 0.24 $ 0.21 Earnings per share – diluted 0.25 0.26 0.30 0.24 0.20 Common stock – per share dividends 0.08 0.08 0.08 0.07 0.07 Average Basic Shares Outstanding 10,648,184 10,635,275 10,620,869 10,600,766 10,486,056 Average Diluted Shares Outstanding 10,689,219 10,670,507 10,660,217 10,641,782 10,535,313

ALLOWANCE FOR LOAN LOSSES

Beginning balance $ 8,977 $ 9,070 $ 9,213 $ 9,061 $ 11,228 Provision for loan losses — — — — — Charge-offs (174) (181) (184) (12) (2,252) Recoveries 146 88 41 164 85 Net charge-offs (28) (93) (143) 152 (2,167) Ending balance $ 8,949 $ 8,977 $ 9,070 $ 9,213 $ 9,061

COMPOSITION OF RISK ASSETS

Nonperforming loans:

90 days past due $ 175 $ 243 $ 499 $ 759 $ 472 Nonaccrual loans 2,705 2,180 3,028 1,718 1,740 OREO 144 767 144 302 302 Nonperforming assets 3,024 3,190 3,671 2,779 2,514

ASSET QUALITY RATIOS

Nonperforming assets to total assets 0.28% 0.31% 0.36% 0.27% 0.25% Nonperforming loans to total loans 0.37 0.34 0.50 0.35 0.31 Allowance for loan losses to total loans held for investment 1.16 1.26 1.30 1.29 1.27 Allowance for loan losses to nonperforming loans 310.73 370.49 257.16 371.94 409.63 Annualized net charge-offs to average loans held for investment 0.02 0.05 0.08 -0.09 1.25

FINANCIAL RATIOS

Return on average assets 1.04% 1.11% 1.29% 1.06% 0.86% Return on average stockholders’ equity 10.03 10.72 12.63 10.46 8.88 Net interest margin (FTE) 4.42 4.18 4.18 4.25 4.13 Non-interest revenue/Total revenue 60.5 62.7 63.7 56.1 57.3 Efficiency – Consolidated 84.5 83.7 81.8 82.1 85.5 Efficiency – Bank only 61.2 61.7 63.9 59.9 60.4 Average equity to average assets 10.39 10.40 10.18 10.13 9.73

PERIOD END BALANCES (Amounts in thousands)

Total mortgage loans held for sale $ 147,690 $ 138,590 $ 156,584 $ 92,839 $ 99,718 Total loans held for investment 772,590 713,667 700,159 715,088 712,671 Interest-earning assets 1,003,332 945,697 949,872 956,160 952,981 Assets 1,066,737 1,019,242 1,023,899 1,022,719 1,016,700 Total deposits 919,414 884,773 891,293 894,170 893,118 Other borrowings 21,075 11,100 11,125 11,150 11,175 Stockholders’ equity 107,451 105,089 102,706 99,859 97,519

AVERAGE BALANCES (Amounts in thousands)

Total mortgage loans held for sale $ 131,471 $ 138,382 $ 116,851 $ 70,856 $ 104,104 Total loans held for investment 725,093 701,137 698,851 704,917 695,074 Interest-earning assets 958,904 930,420 927,552 910,929 935,059 Assets 1,021,591 999,358 993,003 970,815 990,734 Total deposits 883,478 867,980 867,217 848,969 869,113 Other borrowings 14,575 11,124 11,150 11,174 11,199 Stockholders’ equity 106,088 103,908 101,092 98,374 96,415

MORTGAGE PRODUCTION (Amounts in thousands)

Dollar volume of mortgage loans closed $ 445,846 $ 440,784 $ 446,863 $ 271,233 $ 349,695 Percentage of refinance based on dollar volume 30.9% 16.0% 15.0% 19.1% 20.3%

Financials IndustryBanking & Budgetingmortgage loans Contact:

Brad E. Schwartz - (757) 389-5111, www.monarchbank.com

[…]

Banks say no room to cut loan rates despite RBI's rate cut

Only three of the country’s 45 commercial banks have cut base lending rates since the Reserve Bank of India’s (RBI) surprise easing on January 15, hurting the government’s drive to lift business investment.

Bank executives insist they cannot lower loan rates despite the official interest rate cut because cash conditions are tight, and money markets are little changed since the cut, but RBI insiders see that as more an excuse to protect profit margins.

The failure to pass on the rate cut to businesses and consumers has both diluted the impact of monetary policy and weakened the push by the government to quickly unlock more credit and spur investments as the economy struggles to recover from its slowest growth rates since the 1980s.

“We are already providing liquidity higher than what the banking system requires. We do not plan to increase that amount,” said a senior policymaker with knowledge of the central bank’s cash management strategy.

“Banks need to manage their assets and liabilities more efficiently,” he added.

Bankers say the average funds the RBI provides the market has been steady at around Rs 1 lakh crore ($16.2 billion) a day since the repurchase (repo) rate was cut by 25 basis points to 7.75 per cent.

The slashed rate has had little impact in financial markets, suggesting a blockage in policy transmission.

The interbank overnight cash rate, a key measure of cash conditions that tends to track the repo rate, has remained around 8 per cent despite the rate cut.

Furthermore, three-month wholesale deposit rates have held near 8.50 per cent and the one-year wholesale deposit rate has risen 10 basis points to 8.60 per cent.

The Reserve Bank manages the amount of liquidity in the market to aid transmission of its rate decisions. The next scheduled policy review is on Tuesday, but analysts do not expect it to ease again at least until after the Union Budget at the end of February.

“If RBI provided slightly more liquidity than what it is providing now, it will force banks to cut their base lending rates,” said CVR Rajendran, chairman and managing director at state-run Andhra Bank.

Analysts say the RBI will eventually have to inject more funds, although may not as much as lenders want, if it continues easing monetary policy.

Bank of America-Merrill Lynch believes the central bank will need to inject around US $49 billion in new money to the banking system during 2015-16 (April-March) if lenders are to lower lending rates enough to meet the brokerage’s projections for a recovery in credit growth to 17.5 per cent in the comig 2015-16 financial year.

Credit grew at an annual rate of 10.7 per cent in early January, near decade lows, and the Narendra Modi government has been seeking lower interest rates to help spark a revival in lending to business.

Earlier in January, the RBI mandated that lenders change the methodology used to compute the base rate, or the minimum lending rate, in a bid to spur more lending.

Banks continue to suffer from deteriorating asset quality, which is pressuring earnings. Bank of Baroda, the country’s second-biggest lender by assets, on Friday posted a 69 per cent fall in quarterly profit due to higher provisions for bad loans and a surge in tax expenses.

An executive at a public sector bank acknowledged profit was a factor in the reluctance to lower lending rates but said liquidity was a bigger issue.

“There is a lot of micro-management of liquidity by RBI. Banks are taking their own time to cut lending rates because we are still not sure about RBI’s liquidity policy,” he said.

“Typically banks are faster in raising lending rates than cutting to enjoy fat interest margins,” the executive added.

(Reuters)

[…]

Fitch to Rate Dryden 37 Senior Loan Fund/LLC; Issues Presale

CHICAGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–

Fitch Ratings expects to assign the following rating and Rating Outlook to Dryden 37 Senior Loan Fund/LLC:

–$320,000,000 class A notes ‘AAAsf’; Outlook Stable.

Fitch does not expect to rate the class B, C, D, E, or F notes, or the subordinated notes.

TRANSACTION SUMMARY

Dryden 37 Senior Loan Fund (the issuer) and Dryden 37 Senior Loan Fund LLC (the co-issuer) represent an arbitrage cash flow collateralized loan obligation (CLO) that will be managed by Prudential Investment Management, Inc. (Prudential). Net proceeds from the issuance of notes will be used to purchase a portfolio of approximately $500 million of leveraged loans. The CLO will have a four-year reinvestment period.

KEY RATING DRIVERS

Sufficient Credit Enhancement: Credit enhancement (CE) of 36% for class A, in addition to excess spread, is sufficient to protect against portfolio default and recovery rate projections in the ‘AAAsf’ stress scenario. The level of CE for the class A notes is below the average for recent CLO issuances.

‘B+/B’ Asset Quality: The average credit quality of the indicative portfolio is ‘B+/B’, which is slightly better than that of recent CLOs. Issuers rated in the ‘B’ rating category denote relatively weak credit quality; however, in Fitch Ratings’ opinion, the class A notes are unlikely to be affected by the foreseeable level of defaults. The class A notes are robust against default rates of up to 57.0%.

Strong Recovery Expectations: The indicative portfolio consists of 96.3% first-lien senior-secured loans. Approximately 83% of the indicative portfolio has either strong recovery prospects or a Fitch-assigned recovery rating of ‘RR2’ or higher, resulting in a base case recovery assumption of 76.2%. In determination of the class A note rating, Fitch stressed the indicative portfolio by assuming a higher portfolio concentration of assets with lower recovery prospects and further reduced recovery assumptions for higher rating stress assumptions. The analysis of Dryden 37 class A notes assumed a 34.7% recovery rate in Fitch’s ‘AAAsf’ scenario.

RATING SENSITIVITIES

Fitch evaluated the structure’s sensitivity to the potential variability of key model assumptions including decreases in weighted average spread or recovery rates and increases in default rates or correlation. Fitch expects the class A notes to remain investment grade even under the most extreme sensitivity scenarios. Results under these sensitivity scenarios ranged between ‘A-sf’ and ‘AAAsf’ for the class A notes.

The expected ratings are based on information provided to Fitch as of Jan. 29, 2015. Sources of information used to assess these ratings were provided by the arranger, J.P. Morgan Securities LLC, and the public domain.

Key Rating Drivers and Rating Sensitivities are further detailed in the accompanying presale report, available at ‘www.fitchratings.com‘ or by clicking on the link.

Additional information is available at ‘www.fitchratings.com‘.

Applicable Criteria & Related Research:

–‘Global Structured Finance Rating Criteria’ (Aug. 4, 2014);

–‘Global Rating Criteria for Corporate CDOs’ (July 25, 2014);

–‘Criteria for Interest Rate Stresses in Structured Finance Transactions and Covered Bonds’ (Dec. 19, 2014);

–‘Counterparty Criteria for Structured Finance and Covered Bonds’ (May 14, 2014).

Applicable Criteria and Related Research: Dryden 37 Senior Loan Fund/LLC

http://www.fitchratings.com/creditdesk/reports/report_frame.cfm?rpt_id=861208

Global Structured Finance Rating Criteria

http://www.fitchratings.com/creditdesk/reports/report_frame.cfm?rpt_id=754389

Global Rating Criteria for Corporate CDOs

http://www.fitchratings.com/creditdesk/reports/report_frame.cfm?rpt_id=753057

Criteria for Interest Rate Stresses in Structured Finance Transactions and Covered Bonds

http://www.fitchratings.com/creditdesk/reports/report_frame.cfm?rpt_id=838868

Counterparty Criteria for Structured Finance and Covered Bonds

http://www.fitchratings.com/creditdesk/reports/report_frame.cfm?rpt_id=744158

Additional Disclosure

Solicitation Status

http://www.fitchratings.com/gws/en/disclosure/solicitation?pr_id=978867

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Security Upgrades & DowngradesInvestment & Company InformationFitch Ratings Contact:

Fitch Ratings

Primary Analyst

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Fitch Ratings, Inc.

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or

Secondary Analyst

Cristina Feracota

Associate Director

+1-312-606-2300

or

Committee Chairperson

Derek Miller

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sandro.scenga@fitchratings.com […]

Cash America Announces New Share Repurchase Authorization for up to 4 Million Shares

FORT WORTH, Texas–(BUSINESS WIRE)–

Cash America International, Inc. (CSH) announced today that its board of directors, at its regularly scheduled meeting, authorized the repurchase of up to 4.0 million shares of the Company’s outstanding common stock, par value $0.10 per share. The share repurchase authorization does not have an expiration date, and the amount and prices paid for any future share purchases under the new authorization will be based on market conditions and other factors at the time of the purchase. Repurchases under the share repurchase program will be made through open market purchases or private transactions, in accordance with applicable federal securities laws. This new authorization cancels and replaces a previous authorization to purchase up to 2.5 million shares of common stock, under which approximately 41% of the authorized shares had been repurchased as of December 31, 2014.

Repurchased shares will be held as treasury stock for general corporate purposes. As of December 31, 2014, there were approximately 29 million shares of Cash America common stock issued and outstanding; therefore, the new authorization represents approximately 14% of the currently issued and outstanding shares of common stock.

In a separate release today, the Company also announced that its board of directors increased the quarterly cash dividend to 5 cents per share from 3.5 cents per share. The dividend will be payable on February 25, 2015 to shareholders of record on February 11, 2015. See the separate press release for additional details.

About the Company

As of December 31, 2014 Cash America International, Inc. (the “Company”) operated 943 total locations offering specialty financial services to consumers, which included the following:

859 lending locations in 21 states in the United States primarily under the names “Cash America Pawn,” “SuperPawn,” “Cash America Payday Advance,” and “Cashland;” and 84 check cashing centers (all of which are unconsolidated franchised check cashing centers) operating in 12 states in the United States under the name “Mr. Payroll.”

For additional information regarding Cash America International, Inc. visit its website located at www.cashamerica.com.

Safe Harbor Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995

This release contains forward-looking statements about the business, financial condition, operations and prospects of the Company. The actual results of the Company could differ materially from those indicated by the forward-looking statements because of various risks and uncertainties including, without limitation: the effect of, compliance with or changes in domestic pawn, consumer credit, tax and other laws and governmental rules and regulations applicable to the Company’s business or changes in the interpretation or enforcement thereof; the regulatory and examination authority of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, including the effect of and compliance with a consent order the Company entered into with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in November 2013; risks related to the separation of the Company and Enova International, Inc.; a claim relating to the terms of the Company’s 5.75% senior notes; the actions of third parties who provide, acquire or offer products and services to, from or for the Company; public and regulatory perception of the Company’s business, including its consumer loan business and its business practices; the effect of any current or future litigation proceedings or any judicial decisions or rule-making that affect the Company, its products or its arbitration agreements; fluctuations, including a sustained decrease, in the price of gold or deterioration in economic conditions; a prolonged interruption in the Company’s operations of its facilities, systems and business functions, including its information technology and other business systems; changes in demand for the Company’s services and changes in competition; impairment risk related to the Company’s goodwill and intangible assets; the Company’s ability to attract and retain qualified executive officers; the ability of the Company to open new locations in accordance with its plans or to successfully integrate newly acquired businesses into the Company’s operations; interest rate fluctuations; changes in the capital markets, including the debt and equity markets; changes in the Company’s ability to satisfy its debt obligations or to refinance existing debt obligations or obtain new capital to finance growth; security breaches, cyber-attacks or fraudulent activity; acts of God, war or terrorism, pandemics and other events; the effect of any of such changes on the Company’s business or the markets in which it operates; and other risks and uncertainties indicated in the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. These risks and uncertainties are beyond the ability of the Company to control, nor can the Company predict, in many cases, all of the risks and uncertainties that could cause its actual results to differ materially from those indicated by the forward-looking statements. When used in this release, terms such as “believes,” “estimates,” “should,” “could,” “would,” “plans,” “expects,” “anticipates,” “may,” “forecasts,” “projects” and similar expressions and variations as they relate to the Company or its management are intended to identify forward-looking statements. The Company disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances occurring after the date of this release.

FinanceInvestment & Company Information Contact:

Cash America International, Inc.
Thomas A. Bessant, Jr., 817-335-1100

[…]

Cash America Announces Dividend Increase and Declares Quarterly Dividend

FORT WORTH, Texas–(BUSINESS WIRE)–

Cash America International, Inc. (CSH) reported today that the Board of Directors, at its regularly scheduled quarterly meeting, increased the cash dividend amount to $0.05 (5 cents) per share on common stock outstanding. The newly declared dividend represents a 43% increase in the Company’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.035 (3.5 cents) per share paid each quarter since the first quarter of 2007. The Company has consistently paid a quarterly dividend since 1989. The dividend will be paid at the close of business on February 25, 2015 to shareholders of record on February 11, 2015.

Commenting on the board’s decision, Daniel R. Feehan, President and Chief Executive Officer said, “We are pleased to provide our shareholders with this increase in our quarterly cash dividend, which demonstrates our efforts to provide shareholders with a regular cash return based on the healthy cash flow generating capability of their Company.”

In a separate release today, the Company also announced that the board of directors approved a new open market share repurchase authorization for up to 4 million shares of the Company’s common stock. See the separate press release for additional details.

About the Company

As of December 31, 2014 Cash America International, Inc. (the “Company”) operated 943 total locations offering specialty financial services to consumers, which included the following:

859 lending locations in 21 states in the United States primarily under the names “Cash America Pawn,” “SuperPawn,” “Cash America Payday Advance,” and “Cashland;” and 84 check cashing centers (all of which are unconsolidated franchised check cashing centers) operating in 12 states in the United States under the name “Mr. Payroll.”

For additional information regarding Cash America International, Inc. visit its website located at www.cashamerica.com.

Safe Harbor Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995

This release contains forward-looking statements about the business, financial condition, operations and prospects of the Company. The actual results of the Company could differ materially from those indicated by the forward-looking statements because of various risks and uncertainties including, without limitation: the effect of, compliance with or changes in domestic pawn, consumer credit, tax and other laws and governmental rules and regulations applicable to the Company’s business or changes in the interpretation or enforcement thereof; the regulatory and examination authority of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, including the effect of and compliance with a consent order the Company entered into with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in November 2013; risks related to the separation of the Company and Enova International, Inc.; a claim relating to the terms of the Company’s 5.75% senior notes; the actions of third parties who provide, acquire or offer products and services to, from or for the Company; public and regulatory perception of the Company’s business, including its consumer loan business and its business practices; the effect of any current or future litigation proceedings or any judicial decisions or rule-making that affect the Company, its products or its arbitration agreements; fluctuations, including a sustained decrease, in the price of gold or deterioration in economic conditions; a prolonged interruption in the Company’s operations of its facilities, systems and business functions, including its information technology and other business systems; changes in demand for the Company’s services and changes in competition; impairment risk related to the Company’s goodwill and intangible assets; the Company’s ability to attract and retain qualified executive officers; the ability of the Company to open new locations in accordance with its plans or to successfully integrate newly acquired businesses into the Company’s operations; interest rate fluctuations; changes in the capital markets, including the debt and equity markets; changes in the Company’s ability to satisfy its debt obligations or to refinance existing debt obligations or obtain new capital to finance growth; security breaches, cyber-attacks or fraudulent activity; acts of God, war or terrorism, pandemics and other events; the effect of any of such changes on the Company’s business or the markets in which it operates; and other risks and uncertainties indicated in the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. These risks and uncertainties are beyond the ability of the Company to control, nor can the Company predict, in many cases, all of the risks and uncertainties that could cause its actual results to differ materially from those indicated by the forward-looking statements. When used in this release, terms such as “believes,” “estimates,” “should,” “could,” “would,” “plans,” “expects,” “anticipates,” “may,” “forecasts,” “projects” and similar expressions and variations as they relate to the Company or its management are intended to identify forward-looking statements. The Company disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances occurring after the date of this release.

FinanceInvestment & Company InformationCompany Contact:

Cash America International, Inc.

Thomas A. Bessant, Jr., 817-335-1100

[…]

Capital Senior Living Corporation Acquires Two Communities and Closes on Sale of Four Non-Core Communities

DALLAS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–

Capital Senior Living Corporation (the “Company”) (CSU), one of the nation’s largest operators of senior living communities, today announced the completion of three transactions that will strengthen the Company’s operating portfolio and enhance its cash position to provide for further growth: the acquisition of two senior living communities, the disposition of four non-core communities and the refinance of an existing community loan. The Company also announced that it recently executed early rate locks on refinancing transactions associated with two communities at an average interest rate of approximately 3.85%, both of which are expected to close by the end of the first quarter of 2015.

“We are extremely pleased to add two high-occupancy communities with excellent financial and operating metrics to our consolidated operations and to complete the sale of the four communities that are not core to Capital Senior,” said Lawrence A. Cohen, the Company’s Chief Executive Officer. “The completed loan refinance reflects the appreciation in value of this owned community and allows the Company to continue to benefit from historically low interest rates and fix this debt at attractive rates while extending the maturity to 2025, as do the two additional refinancings which will be completed in the first quarter. On a net basis, the completed and upcoming transactions announced today provide us with $35 million in incremental cash proceeds that we will use to continue to invest in the acquisition of high-performing communities, enhance our cash reserves and pay off short-term bridge loans.”

The two acquired communities were purchased for $32.8 million. One of the transactions was completed in mid-December and the other in mid-January. They are comprised of 127 assisted living units and are located in regions in which the Company already has extensive operations. The communities are financed with $24.5 million of 10-year fixed-rate debt that is non-recourse to the Company with a blended interest rate of 4.41%.

The Company is conducting due diligence on additional acquisitions of high-quality senior living communities in states with extensive existing operations totaling approximately $45 million. Subject to completion of customary closing conditions, the acquisitions are expected to close in the first half of 2015.

In January, the Company sold the four non-core communities for $36.5 million and will receive approximately $18.0 million in net proceeds after relieving the debt associated with the communities and paying customary transaction and closing costs. The communities sold were comprised of 547 independent living units. The net effect of the reinvestment of these proceeds in high-quality communities is expected to be accretive.

In December, the Company refinanced the debt associated with one community, lowering the interest rate and yielding $9.3 million in incremental cash proceeds from the new loan after customary transaction and closing costs. The new mortgage is $18.9 million with a 4.46% fixed interest rate and matures in January 2025. The new mortgage replaced $8.4 million of fixed-rate debt with an interest rate of 5.75% that was set to mature in March 2017.

The Company executed early rate lock agreements on $45.0 million of mortgage debt for two communities at an interest rate of approximately 3.85% with a 10-year maturity. These new mortgages will close by the end of the first quarter of 2015. This debt will refinance an existing mortgage of $8.0 million with an interest rate of 5.46% due to mature in August 2015 and one short-term bridge loan of $21.6 million with floating rate interest of 2.92% due to mature July 2016. Net proceeds from these two refinance transactions will total approximately $15.0 million. The Company plans to use these proceeds to pay off two short-term, floating-rate bridge loans totaling $14.0 million.

Additional highlights of the acquisitions, refinance and rate locks include:

Acquired Communities

Increases annual revenue by $5.2 million Increases CFFO by $1.2 million, or $0.04 per share Improves earnings by $0.4 million, or $0.02 per share Average monthly rent for the communities is approximately $3,606

Mortgage Debt Refinance

$18.9 million of 10-year fixed-rate mortgage debt at 4.46% 129 basis point reduction in the fixed-debt interest rate Cash proceeds to the Company of $9.3 million Extends maturity to 2025

Mortgage Rate Locks

$45.0 million of 10-year fixed-rate mortgage debt at 3.85% Net proceeds of $15.0 million upon the refinance of the two mortgages Proceeds used to pay off short-term bridge loans of $14.0 million

The Company also noted that the previously-announced plan to convert 360 independent living units to assisted living units at certain communities remains on or ahead of schedule. As of December 31, 2014, approximately 207 units had been converted with the remainder expected to be completed by the middle of 2015.

ABOUT THE COMPANY

Capital Senior Living Corporation is one of the nation’s largest operators of residential communities for senior adults. The Company’s operating strategy is to provide value to residents by providing quality senior living services at reasonable prices. The Company’s communities emphasize a continuum of care, which integrates independent living, assisted living, and home care services, to provide residents the opportunity to age in place. The Company operates 114 senior living communities in geographically concentrated regions with an aggregate capacity of approximately 15,000 residents.

Contact Carey Hendrickson, Chief Financial Officer, at 972-770-5600 for more information.

FinanceInvestment & Company Informationinterest rate Contact:

Capital Senior Living Corporation

Carey Hendrickson, 1-972-770-5600

Chief Financial Officer

[…]

Fitch Upgrades Nelnet Student Loan Trust 2013-2 Sub Note; Affirms Sr Note

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–

Fitch Ratings has affirmed the senior note issued by Nelnet Student Loan Trust 2013-2 at ‘AAAsf’. In addition, Fitch upgrades the subordinate note to ‘AAsf’ from ‘Asf’. The upgrade is driven by stable performance, increased parity and seasoning of the collateral. The Rating Outlook remains Stable for both classes.

KEY RATING DRIVERS

High Collateral Quality: The trust collateral consists of 100% Federal Family Education Loan Program (FFELP) loans, including approximately 21% of rehabilitated (rehab) FFELP loans. The credit quality of the trust collateral is high, in Fitch’s opinion, based on the guarantees provided by the transaction’s eligible guarantors and reinsurance provided by the U.S. Department of Education (ED) for at least 97% of principal and accrued interest. The current U.S. sovereign rating is ‘AAA’ with a Stable Outlook.

Sufficient Credit Enhancement (CE): While both the senior and subordinate notes will benefit from overcollateralization (OC) and future excess spread, the senior notes also benefit from subordination provided by the class B note. As of November 2014, total parity is 101.01% (1% CE) and senior parity is 104.92% (4.68% CE). The trust is releasing cash as long as the specified OC (greater of 1.0% of the Adjusted Pool Balance and $2,000,000) is maintained.

Adequate Liquidity Support: Liquidity support for note is provided by a reserve account (0.25% of pool balance or $1,156,000).

Acceptable Servicing Capabilities: Nelnet, Inc. (Nelnet) is servicing approximately 77% of the portfolio and Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) is servicing approximately 23%. Fitch considers both servicers to be acceptable servicers of FFELP loans.

RATING SENSITIVITIES

Since FFELP student loan ABS rely on the U.S. government to reimburse defaults, ‘AAAsf’ FFELP ABS ratings will likely move in tandem with the ‘AAA’ U.S. sovereign rating. Aside from the U.S. sovereign rating, defaults and basis risk account for the majority of the risk embedded in FFELP student loan transactions. Additional defaults and basis shock beyond Fitch’s published stresses could result in future downgrades. Likewise, a buildup of credit enhancement driven by positive excess spread given favorable basis factor conditions could lead to future upgrades.

A comparison of the transaction’s representations, warranties, and enforcement mechanisms (RW&Es) to those of typical RW&Es for FFELP asset-backed securities is available in the presale appendix. This presale appendix and Fitch’s special report on ‘Representations, Warranties, and Enforcement Mechanisms on Global Structured Finance Transactions,’ may be accessed via the links provided below.

Fitch has taken the following rating actions:

Nelnet Student Loan Trust 2013-2:

–Class A affirmed at ‘AAAsf’; Outlook Stable;

–Class B upgraded to ‘AAsf’ from ‘Asf’; Outlook Stable.

Additional information is available at ‘www.fitchratings.com‘.

Applicable Criteria and Related Research:

–‘Global Structured Finance Rating Criteria’ (May 20, 2014);

–‘Rating U.S. Federal Family Education Loan Program Student Loan ABS Criteria’ (June 23, 2014);

–‘Nelnet Student Loan Trust 2013-2 — Appendix’ (Feb. 19, 2013);

–‘Representations, Warranties, and Enforcement Mechanisms in Global Structured Finance Transactions’ (October 31, 2014).

Applicable Criteria and Related Research:

Representations, Warranties and Enforcement Mechanisms in Global Structured Finance Transactions

http://www.fitchratings.com/creditdesk/reports/report_frame.cfm?rpt_id=799248

Nelnet Student Loan Trust 2013-2 — Appendix

http://www.fitchratings.com/creditdesk/reports/report_frame.cfm?rpt_id=702153

Rating U.S. Federal Family Education Loan Program Student Loan ABS Criteria

http://www.fitchratings.com/creditdesk/reports/report_frame.cfm?rpt_id=750530

Global Structured Finance Rating Criteria

http://www.fitchratings.com/creditdesk/reports/report_frame.cfm?rpt_id=754389

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Solicitation Status

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Community Groups Fight For More Protections From Payday Loan …

In an effort to control the damage being done to individuals and communities by payday lenders, community activists rallied outside payday lending storefronts in 10 states Tuesday to increase awareness of the lack of protection many states offer individuals against purveyors of short-term, high-interest loans. National People’s Action (NPA) helped coordinate the protests along with several other organizations.

There were 11 actions across Idaho, Michigan, Colorado, Iowa, Missouri, Kansas, Maine, Minnesota, Illinois and Nevada calling out the toxic effect payday lenders have on communities. Members wore hazmat suits and taped off payday loan stores as part of a grassroots movement that an NPA statement said was in support of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) providing “stronger protections against devastating loans.”

Thirty-five states across the country authorize some form of payday lending, and federal laws offer very few restrictions on payday lenders. According to an NPA press release, “Each year, payday lenders make more than $10 billion in fees by trapping an estimated 12 million consumers in a cycle of debt, with annual interest rates near 400 percent. Payday lenders have been known to use tactics like threats, harassment and intimidation in order to push customers to take out more loans.”

Payday lenders’ standard operating procedures are designed to bleed people as much as possible, said Liz Ryan Murray, policy director at National People’s Action. “Their business model is making you a loan and when you can’t pay it back they offer you another loan.”

“We’d also like [the CFPB] to look at where the money’s coming from,” she said, noting how payday lenders “pull the money out of people’s checking accounts whether they have it or not.”

Organizations invested in helping affected people and communities are pushing the CFPB to take concrete steps against predatory lenders. The CFPB is expected to make its first decision to regulate the industry in the coming days.

Participating organizations are against anything “that’s going to say maybe its OK or the first couple loans are OK. That can’t be on the table. Especially in those states where it has been effectively stamped out, a rule like that could open the door for them to get back into those states,” Murray said.

“We look at where payday loans are located and they’re highly concentrated in low income communities of color” Murray said. “I think that they’re preying on the most vulnerable, maybe the lowest political clout and they’re often the most desperate people. They deserve good credit just like everyone else. We often call it back-of-the bus credit.”

If you’re interested in learning more about the issue view NPA’s video on payday loans and view photos from Tuesday’s events. Please sign the petition telling CFPB to offer protections against predatory lenders and email alerts on different steps being taken to combat this issue here.

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