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Press Release

MetaBank Provides Tax Season Update

Processes Record Number of Interest-Free Tax Advance Loans

Company Release - 3/7/2017 5:05 PM ET

SIOUX FALLS, S.D., March 07, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Meta Financial Group, Inc.® (Nasdaq:CASH) (the “Company”) announced today preliminary 2017 tax season results at its bank subsidiary, MetaBank®. From December 12, 2016 through February 28, 2017, MetaBank originated approximately $1.26 billion in interest-free tax advance loans across its multiple tax partners, of which approximately $686 million were sold to its various bank partners and $576 million were retained. During the 2016 tax season, MetaBank originated less than $100 million of interest-free tax advance loans. The Company also expects to process over 2.4 million refund transfers through its EPS Financial (“EPS”) and Refund Advantage (“RA”) divisions. MetaBank processed just over 1 million refund transfers in 2016 at its RA division.

“The 2017 tax season has been very exciting and we would like to highlight some of our many successes,” said Chairman and CEO J. Tyler Haahr. “While it was difficult to forecast loan volumes for this tax season, and some partners fell below and some above our forecasts, we were very pleased with the processing efficiency and effectiveness. In addition to our record breaking tax loan volumes, MetaBank was able to successfully integrate Specialty Consumer Services (“SCS”) and EPS into our existing business model and both are on track to meet our expectations. With the acquisition of SCS and their credit underwriting platform, we expect to be able to lower our loss rates across all of our channels relative to what we experienced last year. The infrastructure that we built performed extremely well this tax season and we believe MetaBank is well positioned to originate significantly more volume in the future.”

This press release and other important information about the Company are available at metafinancialgroup.com.

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The Company and MetaBank (the “Bank”) may from time to time make written or oral “forward-looking statements,” including statements contained in this press release, the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”), the Company’s reports to stockholders, and in other communications by the Company and the Bank, which are made in good faith by the Company pursuant to the “safe harbor” provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.

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The foregoing list of factors is not exclusive. We caution you not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements included in this press release speak only as of the date hereof. Additional discussions of factors affecting the Company’s business and prospects are reflected under the caption “Risk Factors” and in other sections of the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the Company’s fiscal year ended September 30, 2016, and in other filings made with the SEC. The Company expressly disclaims any intent or obligation to update any forward-looking statements, whether written or oral, that may be made from time to time by or on behalf of the Company or its subsidiaries, whether as a result of new information, changed circumstances or future events or for any other reason.

About Meta Financial Group
Meta Financial Group, Inc. ("MFG") is the holding company for MetaBank®, a federally chartered savings bank. MFG shares are traded on the NASDAQ Global Select Market® under the symbol CASH. Headquartered in Sioux Falls, SD, MetaBank operates in both the Banking and Payments industries through: MetaBank, its traditional retail banking operation; Meta Payment Systems, its electronic payments division; AFS/IBEX, its insurance premium financing division; and Refund Advantage, EPS and SCS, its tax-related financial solutions divisions.

Media Contact:
Katie LeBrun
Corporate Communications Director
605.362.5140
klebrun@metabank.com

Investor Relations Contact:
Brittany Kelley Elsasser
Investor Relations
605.362.2423
bkelley@metabank.com

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