SOURCE: The First Marblehead Corporation

The First Marblehead Corporation

February 01, 2011 16:44 ET

First Marblehead Announces Second Quarter Results; Comments on Completion of TMS Acquisition

BOSTON, MA--(Marketwire - February 1, 2011) - The First Marblehead Corporation (NYSE: FMD) today announced its financial and operating results for the second quarter of fiscal 2011 and for the six-month period ended December 31, 2010.

For the second quarter of fiscal 2011, the company recorded a net loss available to First Marblehead stockholders of $1.5 million, or $0.01 per share, compared to a net loss for the second quarter of fiscal 2010 of $11.7 million, or $0.12 per share. For the first six months of fiscal 2011, the net loss available to First Marblehead stockholders was $12.1 million, or ($.12) per share, compared to a net loss of $105.8 million, or ($1.07) per share, for the first six months of fiscal 2010.

The $0.01 per share net loss available to First Marblehead stockholders for the second quarter of fiscal 2011 included $8.1 million in gains related to the reorganization proceeding of TERI, partially offset by $1.1 million in acquisition costs, which had the net effect of reducing the quarterly net loss by $0.06 per share.

"We are pleased so far with the quality of the loans originated using our Monogram® platform," said Daniel Meyers, chairman and chief executive officer. "At the end of last quarter, we were on the lender lists at 77 colleges and universities. We are now on 119, and expect to reach our goal of 200 by the end of this fiscal year."

On December 31, 2010, the company successfully completed its previously announced acquisition of Tuition Management Systems ("TMS"), formerly a division of KeyBank National Association. TMS is one of the largest U.S. providers of outsourced tuition planning, billing, and payment technology services for universities, colleges and elementary and secondary schools.

"The acquisition of TMS allows First Marblehead to diversify its existing product offerings while generating additional stable, fee-based revenue streams," said Mr. Meyers. "The size and quality of its customer base provides an opportunity to expand our school relationships and offer complementary products and services in the future."

The assets and liabilities of TMS are reflected in the company's consolidated balance sheet as of December 31, 2010, however, the results of TMS are not reflected in the statement of operations for the three and six months ended December 31, 2010. Of the total purchase price premium of $46.8 million, approximately $27.6 million has been allocated to intangible assets and $19.2 million has been allocated to goodwill.

The presentation of financial results for the three and six months ended December 31, 2010 differs significantly from results presented for the same periods in the prior year due to the adoption of updates to the accounting standards in ASC 810 and ASC 860-40 (formerly referred to as FAS 166 and 167). As a result of these accounting rules, which were adopted July 1, 2010, on a prospective basis, the company has consolidated 14 formerly off-balance sheet securitization trusts and has deconsolidated UFSB Private Loan SPV, LLC ("UFSB-SPV"). These changes had the net effect of increasing assets by $7.9 billion and liabilities by $8.8 billion on the date of adoption. The statement of operations for the three and six months ended December 31, 2009 and the balance sheet as of June 30, 2010 has not been retrospectively adjusted to reflect these updates, and as a result, current fiscal year financial information is not comparable to that of prior fiscal years.

With the addition of the securitized trusts to our consolidated financial statements, the company now has two distinct reporting segments: Education Financing, formerly Loan Operations, and Securitization Trusts. The results for the Education Financing segment for the current periods are comparable to the results from prior periods, with the exception of the deconsolidation of UFSB-SPV. Effective December 31, 2010, results for the Education Financing segment will include the results of our newly acquired TMS operations. The Securitization Trusts segment reflects the results of the 14 consolidated trusts.

Education Financing Segment Results

The net loss available to First Marblehead stockholders was $2.4 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2010 compared to $12.4 million for the previous quarter. Trust updates for additional structural advisory fees and residuals improved $6.2 million quarter over quarter. In addition, the company recognized $8.1 million in gains related to the TERI reorganization in the quarter ended December 31, 2010.

Securitization Trusts Segment Results

The loss before income taxes was $28.5 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2010 compared to $49.1 million for the previous quarter. The provision for loan losses increased $17.8 million quarter over quarter as the company increased its default projections as a result of modifications to macroeconomic indicators used in its performance projection models. The loss before income taxes during the second fiscal quarter of fiscal 2011 was affected by the recognition of a $42.6 million gain related to the TERI reorganization. The $28.5 million loss before income taxes for the quarter ended December 31, 2010 was offset by the $30.2 million non-controlling interest for those trusts that the company consolidates but for which it has no ownership interest.

As of December 31, 2010, the company had $293.8 million in cash, cash equivalents, short-term investments and federal funds sold, compared to $328.6 million at September 30, 2010. The company's liquidity position as of December 31, 2010 reflected the receipt of a $45.1 million federal income tax refund during the quarter, $23.6 million in planned reductions in bank deposits held by its subsidiary Union Federal Savings Bank, and the net payment of $46.1 million for the acquisition of TMS. Net operating cash usage* was approximately $11.5 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2010, down from approximately $12.4 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2010. Loss before income taxes was $32.5 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2010, down from approximately $63.9 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2010.

*See below under the heading "Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures".

Quarterly Conference Call

First Marblehead will host a conference call on February 1, 2011 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern time to discuss its results. Investors and other interested parties are invited to listen to the conference call via a simultaneous internet broadcast on the company's website at www.firstmarblehead.com, under Investors, or by dialing (800) 573-4752 in the United States or (617) 224-4324 from abroad and entering the pass code 96681793.

About The First Marblehead Corporation -- First Marblehead helps meet the need for education financing by offering national and regional financial institutions and educational institutions the Monogram® platform, an integrated suite of design, implementation and credit risk management services for private label, customizable private education loan programs. Beginning January 1, 2011, First Marblehead also offers outsourced tuition planning, billing and payment technology services through its subsidiary Tuition Management Systems LLC. First Marblehead supports responsible lending and is a strong proponent of the smart borrowing principle, which encourages students to access scholarships, grants and federally-guaranteed loans before considering private education loans; please see www.SmartBorrowing.org. For more information, go to www.firstmarblehead.com.

Statements in this press release, including the financial tables, regarding First Marblehead's future financial and operating results and liquidity, as well as any other statements that are not purely historical, constitute forward-looking statements for purposes of the safe harbor provisions of The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements are based upon our historical performance, the historical performance of the securitization trusts that we have facilitated (the "Trusts") and on our plans, estimates and expectations as of February 1, 2011. The inclusion of this forward-looking information should not be regarded as a representation by us or any other person that the future results, plans, estimates, intentions or expectations expressed or implied by us will be achieved. You are cautioned that matters subject to forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties, including economic, legislative, regulatory, competitive and other factors, which may cause our actual financial or operational results, including the performance of the Trusts and resulting cash flows, facilitated loan volumes and resulting cash flows or financing-related revenues, or the timing of events, to be materially different than those expressed or implied by forward-looking statements. Important factors that could cause or contribute to such differences include: market acceptance of, and demand for, our Monogram platform and fee-based service offerings; the volume, timing and performance of facilitated loans; the size and structure of any credit enhancement provided by First Marblehead in connection with the Monogram platform; capital markets conditions and our ability to structure securitizations or alternative financings; the size, structure and timing of any such securitizations or alternative financings; any investigation, audit, claim, regulatory action or suit relating to the transfer of the trust certificate of NC Residuals Owners Trust or the asset services agreement between the purchaser and First Marblehead, including as a result of the audit being conducted by the Internal Revenue Service relating to tax refunds previously received; the estimates and assumptions we make in preparing our financial statements, including quantitative and qualitative factors used to estimate the fair value of additional structural advisory fees, asset servicing fees and residuals receivables; our success in integrating the operations of Tuition Management Systems LLC and realizing the anticipated benefits of our acquisition of TMS, including additional fee-based revenues: and the other factors set forth under the caption "Part II - Item 1A. Risk Factors" in First Marblehead's quarterly report on Form 10-Q filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on November 9, 2010. Important factors that could cause or contribute to future adjustments to the estimates and assumptions we make in preparing our financial statements include: actual transactions or market observations relating to asset-backed securities, loan portfolios or corporate debt securities; variance between our performance assumptions and the actual performance of the Trusts; economic, legislative, regulatory, competitive and other factors affecting discount, default, recovery and prepayment rates on loan portfolios held by the Trusts, including general economic conditions, the consumer credit environment and unemployment rates; management's determination of which qualitative and quantitative factors should be weighed in our estimates, and the weight to be given to such factors; capital markets receptivity to securities backed by private education loans; and interest rate trends. We specifically disclaim any obligation to update any forward-looking statements as a result of developments occurring after the date of this press release, even if our estimates change, and you should not rely on those statements as representing our views as of any date subsequent to the date of this press release.

-financial tables to follow-

           The First Marblehead Corporation and Subsidiaries
           Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations
      For the Three and Six Months Ended December 31, 2010 and 2009
                            (Unaudited)
       (dollars and shares in thousands, except per share amounts)




                              Three months ended       Six months ended
                                 December 31,            December 31,
                            ----------------------  ----------------------
                               2010        2009        2010        2009
                            ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------
 Revenues:
 Net interest income:
  Interest income           $   85,023  $    5,454  $  172,964  $   13,936
  Interest expense             (16,284)     (3,953)    (34,710)     (7,995)
                            ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------
   Net interest income          68,739       1,501     138,254       5,941
  Provision for loan losses   (125,078)         (3)   (232,201)         47
                            ----------  ----------  ----------  ---------- 
    Net interest income
     (loss) after provision
     for loan losses           (56,339)      1,498     (93,947)      5,988
 Non-interest revenues:
  Asset servicing fees:
   Fee income                      781       1,777       1,759       3,879
   Fee updates                  (1,127)        203      (1,036)        363
                            ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------
    Total asset servicing
     fees                         (346)      1,980         723       4,242
  Additional structural
   advisory fees and
   residuals -- trust
    updates                        297       1,731        (335)      2,918
  Administrative and other
   fees                          1,997       4,932       4,250      10,529
                            ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------
   Total non-interest
    revenues                     1,948       8,643       4,638      17,689
                            ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------
   Total revenues              (54,391)     10,141     (89,309)     23,677

 Non-interest expenses:
  Compensation and benefits      8,154       8,206      16,025      16,343
  General and
   administrative expenses      20,616      12,352      41,713      30,541
  Losses on education loans
   held for sale                    --      10,688          --     134,614
                            ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------
   Total non-interest
    expenses                    28,770      31,246      57,738     181,498
                            ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------
 Loss from operations          (83,161)    (21,105)   (147,047)   (157,821)
 Other income - gains from
  TERI settlements              50,681          --      50,681          --
                            ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------
   Loss before income taxes    (32,480)    (21,105)    (96,366)   (157,821)
   Income tax benefit             (796)     (9,386)     (3,381)    (52,036)
                            ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------
   Net loss                    (31,684)    (11,719)    (92,985)   (105,785)
 Net loss attributable to
  non-controlling interests     30,234          --      80,914          --
                            ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------
   Net loss available to
    First Marblehead
    stockholders            $   (1,450) $  (11,719) $  (12,071) $ (105,785)
                            ==========  ==========  ==========  ==========


 Net loss per share
  available to First
  Marblehead stockholders:
  Basic                     $    (0.01) $    (0.12) $    (0.12) $    (1.07)
  Diluted                        (0.01)      (0.12)      (0.12)      (1.07)

 Weighted average shares
  outstanding:
  Basic                        100,833      99,247     100,802      99,224
  Diluted                      100,833      99,247     100,802      99,224




              The First Marblehead Corporation and Subsidiaries
                   Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
                  As of December 31, 2010 and June 30, 2010
                                (Unaudited)
                          (dollars in thousands)




                                                 December 31,    June 30,
                                                     2010          2010
                                                 ------------  ------------
 ASSETS
 Cash and cash equivalents                       $    241,839  $    329,047
 Short-term investments and federal funds sold,
  at cost                                              52,000        52,000
 Restricted cash and guaranteed investment
  contracts, at cost                                  303,992         1,026
 Investments available for sale, at fair value          3,998         4,471
 Education loans held for sale, at lower of cost
  or fair value                                            --       105,082
 Education loans held to maturity, net of
  allowance of $500,429 and $24,804                 7,277,060           391
 Mortgage loans held to maturity, net of
  allowance of $634 and $367                            7,947         8,118
 Interest receivable                                   86,168         2,457
 Deposits for participation interest accounts,
  at fair value                                         8,492            --
 Service revenue receivables, at fair value            14,547        53,279
 Income taxes receivable                                   --        17,560
 Net deferred tax asset                                 5,929        41,915
 Goodwill                                              19,170            --
 Intangible assets, net of accumulated
  amortization                                         28,512         1,194
 Other assets                                          41,842        16,830
                                                 ------------  ------------
   Total assets                                  $  8,091,496  $    633,370
                                                 ============  ============

 LIABILITIES AND EQUITY
 Liabilities:
  Deposits                                       $     55,900  $    108,732
  Restricted funds due to tuition payment
   processing clients                                 146,989            --
  Accounts payable, accrued expenses and other
   liabilities                                         32,034        36,764
  Income taxes payable                                 25,847            --
  Education loan warehouse facility                        --       218,059
  Long-term borrowings                              8,568,971            --
                                                 ------------  ------------
   Total liabilities                                8,829,741       363,555
 Commitments and contingencies
 Equity:
  Total First Marblehead stockholders' equity         321,626       269,815
  Non-controlling interests                        (1,059,871)           --
                                                 ------------  ------------
   Total (deficit) equity                            (738,245)      269,815
                                                 ------------  ------------
   Total liabilities and equity                  $  8,091,496  $    633,370
                                                 ============  ============


 Supplemental Information - Assets and liabilities of consolidated variable
 interest entities (VIEs), included in the consolidated balance sheet
 above, after elimination of intercompany balances.

 Assets available to settle obligations of
  consolidated VIEs:
 Restricted cash and guaranteed investment
  contracts, at cost                             $    157,003  $         --
 Education loans held to maturity, net of
  allowance of $498,723                             7,276,967            --
 Interest receivable                                   86,076            --
 Other assets                                          28,687            --
                                                 ------------  ------------
                                                 $  7,548,733  $         --
                                                 ============  ============


 Liabilities to third parties of consolidated VIEs, for which creditors do
 not have recourse to the general credit of First Marblehead:
 Accounts payable, accrued expenses and other
  liabilities                                    $     11,079  $         --
 Long-term borrowings                               8,568,971            --
                                                 ------------  ------------
                                                 $  8,580,050  $         --
                                                 ============  ============


         The First Marblehead Corporation and Subsidiaries
          Condensed Consolidating Statements of Operations
        For the Three Months Ended December 31, 2010 and 2009
                             (Unaudited)
                        (dollars in thousands)


                                      Three months ended December 31,
                                ------------------------------------------
                                                   2010
                                ------------------------------------------

                                Education Securitization       Consolidated
                                Financing   Trusts   Eliminations   FMD
                                ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------
Revenues:
Net interest income:
 Interest income                $     441  $  84,572  $      10  $  85,023
 Interest expense                    (234)   (16,050)         -    (16,284)
                                ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------
  Net interest income                 207     68,522         10     68,739
Provision for loan losses            (208)  (124,870)         -   (125,078)
                                ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------
   Net interest income (loss)
    after provision for loan
    losses                             (1)   (56,348)        10    (56,339)
Non-interest revenues:
 Asset servicing fees:
  Fee income                          781          -          -        781
  Fee updates                      (1,127)         -          -     (1,127)
                                ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------
   Total asset servicing fees        (346)         -          -       (346)
 Additional structural advisory
  fees and residuals -- trust
  updates                           5,469          -     (5,172)       297
 Administrative and other fees      4,138        282     (2,423)     1,997
                                ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------
  Total non-interest revenues       9,261        282     (7,595)     1,948
                                ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------
  Total revenues                    9,260    (56,066)    (7,585)   (54,391)
Non-interest expenses:
 Compensation and benefits          8,154          -          -      8,154
 General and administrative
  expenses                         12,365     15,037     (6,786)    20,616
 Losses on education loans held
  for sale                              -          -          -          -
                                ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------
  Total non-interest expenses      20,519     15,037     (6,786)    28,770
                                ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------
Loss from operations              (11,259)   (71,103)      (799)   (83,161)
Other income - gains from TERI
 settlements                        8,112     42,569          -     50,681
                                ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------
  Loss before income taxes         (3,147)   (28,534)      (799)   (32,480)
Income tax benefit                   (796)         -          -       (796)
                                ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------
  Net loss                         (2,351)   (28,534)      (799)   (31,684)
Net loss attributable to
 non-controlling interests              -     30,234          -     30,234
                                ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------
  Net (loss) income available
   to First Marblehead
   stockholders                 $  (2,351) $   1,700  $    (799) $  (1,450)
                                =========  =========  =========  =========



                                    Three months ended December 31,
                                ---------------------------------------
                                                  2009
                                ---------------------------------------
                                          Deconsolidation
                                Education      and         Consolidated
                                Financing  Eliminations        FMD
                                ---------  -------------  -------------
Revenues:
Net interest income:
 Interest income                $   1,446  $       4,008  $       5,454
 Interest expense                    (763)        (3,190)        (3,953)
                                ---------  -------------  -------------
  Net interest income                 683            818          1,501
Provision for loan losses              (3)             -             (3)
                                ---------  -------------  -------------
   Net interest income (loss)
    after provision for loan
    losses                            680            818          1,498
Non-interest revenues:
 Asset servicing fees:
  Fee income                        1,777              -          1,777
  Fee updates                         203              -            203
                                ---------  -------------  -------------
   Total asset servicing fees       1,980              -          1,980
 Additional structural advisory
  fees and residuals -- trust
  updates                           1,731              -          1,731
 Administrative and other fees      5,095           (163)         4,932
                                ---------  -------------  -------------
  Total non-interest revenues       8,806           (163)         8,643
                                ---------  -------------  -------------
  Total revenues                    9,486            655         10,141
Non-interest expenses:
 Compensation and benefits          8,206              -          8,206
 General and administrative
  expenses                         12,334             18         12,352
 Losses on education loans held
  for sale                          3,170          7,518         10,688
                                ---------  -------------  -------------
  Total non-interest expenses      23,710          7,536         31,246
                                ---------  -------------  -------------
Loss from operations              (14,224)        (6,881)       (21,105)
Other income - gains from TERI
 settlements                            -              -              -
                                ---------  -------------  -------------
  Loss before income taxes        (14,224)        (6,881)       (21,105)
Income tax benefit                 (4,806)        (4,580)        (9,386)
                                ---------  -------------  -------------
  Net loss                         (9,418)        (2,301)       (11,719)
Net loss attributable to
 non-controlling interests              -              -              -
                                ---------  -------------  -------------
  Net (loss) income available
   to First Marblehead
   stockholders                 $  (9,418) $      (2,301) $     (11,719)
                                =========  =============  =============




          The First Marblehead Corporation and Subsidiaries
           Condensed Consolidating Statements of Operations
          For the Six Months Ended December 31, 2010 and 2009
                              (Unaudited)
                        (dollars in thousands)


                                    Six months ended December 31,
                            ----------------------------------------------
                                                 2010
                            ----------------------------------------------

                            Education Securitization           Consolidated
                            Financing     Trusts   Eliminations     FMD
                            ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------
Revenues:
Net interest income:
 Interest income            $      921  $  172,023  $       20  $  172,964
 Interest expense                 (617)    (34,093)          -     (34,710)
                            ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------
  Net interest income              304     137,930          20     138,254
Provision for loan losses         (267)   (231,934)          -    (232,201)
                            ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------
   Net interest income
    (loss) after provision
    for loan losses                 37     (94,004)         20     (93,947)
Non-interest revenues:
 Asset servicing fees:
  Fee income                     1,759           -           -       1,759
  Fee updates                   (1,036)          -           -      (1,036)
                            ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------
   Total asset servicing
    fees                           723           -           -         723
 Additional structural
  advisory fees and
  residuals -- trust updates     4,759           -      (5,094)       (335)
 Administrative and other
  fees                           8,785         575      (5,110)      4,250
                            ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------
  Total non-interest
   revenues                     14,267         575     (10,204)      4,638
                            ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------
  Total revenues                14,304     (93,429)    (10,184)    (89,309)
Non-interest expenses:
 Compensation and benefits      16,025           -           -      16,025
 General and administrative
  expenses                      24,525      26,807      (9,619)     41,713
 Losses on education loans
  held for sale                      -           -           -           -
                            ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------
  Total non-interest
   expenses                     40,550      26,807      (9,619)     57,738
                            ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------
Loss from operations           (26,246)   (120,236)       (565)   (147,047)
Other income - gains from
 TERI settlements                8,112      42,569           -      50,681
                            ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------
  Loss before income taxes     (18,134)    (77,667)       (565)    (96,366)
Income tax benefit              (3,381)          -           -      (3,381)
                            ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------
  Net loss                     (14,753)    (77,667)       (565)    (92,985)
Net loss attributable to
 non-controlling interests           -      80,914           -      80,914
                            ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------
  Net (loss) income
   available to First
   Marblehead stockholders  $  (14,753) $    3,247  $     (565) $  (12,071)
                            ==========  ==========  ==========  ==========



                                  Six months ended December 31,
                            ----------------------------------------
                                              2009
                            ----------------------------------------
                                        Deconsolidation
                            Education        and       Consolidated
                            Financing    Eliminations      FMD
                            ----------  -------------  -------------
Revenues:
Net interest income:
 Interest income            $    5,900  $       8,036  $      13,936
 Interest expense               (1,604)        (6,391)        (7,995)
                            ----------  -------------  -------------
  Net interest income            4,296          1,645          5,941
Provision for loan losses           47              -             47
                            ----------  -------------  -------------
   Net interest income
    (loss) after provision
    for loan losses              4,343          1,645          5,988
Non-interest revenues:
 Asset servicing fees:
  Fee income                     3,879              -          3,879
  Fee updates                      363              -            363
                            ----------  -------------  -------------
   Total asset servicing
    fees                         4,242              -          4,242
 Additional structural
  advisory fees and
  residuals -- trust
  updates                        2,918              -          2,918
 Administrative and other
  fees                          10,863           (334)        10,529
                            ----------  -------------  -------------
  Total non-interest
   revenues                     18,023           (334)        17,689
                            ----------  -------------  -------------
  Total revenues                22,366          1,311         23,677
Non-interest expenses:
 Compensation and benefits      16,343              -         16,343
 General and administrative
  expenses                      29,988            553         30,541
 Losses on education loans
  held for sale                 63,573         71,041        134,614
                            ----------  -------------  -------------
  Total non-interest
   expenses                    109,904         71,594        181,498
                            ----------  -------------  -------------
Loss from operations           (87,538)       (70,283)      (157,821)
Other income - gains from
 TERI settlements                    -              -              -
                            ----------  -------------  -------------
  Loss before income taxes     (87,538)       (70,283)      (157,821)
Income tax benefit             (22,013)       (30,023)       (52,036)
                            ----------  -------------  -------------
  Net loss                     (65,525)       (40,260)      (105,785)
Net loss attributable to
 non-controlling interests           -              -              -
                            ----------  -------------  -------------
  Net (loss) income
   available to First
   Marblehead stockholders  $  (65,525) $     (40,260) $    (105,785)
                            ==========  =============  =============

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

In addition to providing financial measurements based on accounting principles generally accepted in the United States ("GAAP"), the company has included in this press release an additional financial metric, "net operating cash usage," that was not prepared in accordance with GAAP. Legislative and regulatory guidance discourage the use of and emphasis on non-GAAP financial metrics and require companies to explain why a non-GAAP financial metric is relevant to management and investors.

First Marblehead believes that the inclusion of the non-GAAP financial metric helps investors to gain a better understanding of the company's quarterly and annual results, including non-interest expenses, and quarter-end liquidity position, particularly in light of dislocations in the private education loan industry and the capital markets that have affected the company. Management uses the non-GAAP financial metric, in addition to GAAP financial measures, as a basis for measuring and forecasting the company's core operating performance and comparing such performance to that of prior periods. The non-GAAP financial measure is also used by management in its financial and operational decision-making.

There are limitations associated with reliance on the non-GAAP financial measure because it is specific to First Marblehead's operations and financial performance, which makes comparisons with other companies' financial results more challenging. Nevertheless, by providing both GAAP and non-GAAP financial measures, the company believes that investors are able to compare the company's GAAP results to those of other companies, while also gaining a better understanding of the company's operating performance, consistent with management's evaluation.

First Marblehead defines "net operating cash usage" to mean approximate cash used in operations, before tax payments and acquisitions. In accordance with the requirements of Regulation G promulgated by the Securities and Exchange Commission, the table below presents the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure, loss before income taxes, for the last four fiscal quarters, and reconciles the GAAP measure to the comparable non-GAAP financial metric:

                                            Three Months Ended
                                ------------------------------------------
                                December   September    June       March
                                31, 2010   30, 2010   30, 2010    31, 2010
                                ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------
                                          (dollars in thousands)
Loss before income taxes        $ (32,480) $ (63,886) $ (13,195) $ (44,828)
Non-controlling interest           30,234     50,680         --         --
Additional structural advisory
 fees - trust updates included
 in Education Financing segment    (4,363)      (146)        --         --
Net income from Securitization
 Trusts segment                    (1,700)    (1,547)        --         --
                                ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------
Adjusted operating loss            (8,309)   (14,899)   (13,195)   (44,828)
Non-cash gains from TERI
 Settlements                       (5,021)        --         --         --
Depreciation and amortization       1,920      2,527      2,711      3,355
Stock-based compensation
 Expense                            1,199      1,051      8,482      1,492
Losses (gains) on education
 loans held for sale                   --         --     (7,839)     4,180
Cash receipts from education
 Loans                                299        163      3,719      3,311
Cash receipts from trust
 distributions                        134        294        200        382
Interest income accruals from
 education loans                      (93)       (74)    (4,310)    (3,974)
Asset servicing fees                  346     (1,069)       345        502
Residuals and additional
 structural advisory fees - trust
 updates                             (297)       632     (1,651)    21,531
Other                              (1,702)    (1,050)      (890)     1,589
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Non-GAAP net operating cash
 Usage                          $ (11,524) $ (12,425) $ (12,428) $ (12,460)
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    Investor Relations
    First Marblehead
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