Select Bancorp Reports Third Quarter 2018 Earnings

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DUNN, N.C., Oct. 22, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Select Bancorp, Inc. (the “Company” NASDAQ: SLCT), the holding company for Select Bank & Trust Company (the “Bank”), today reported net income for the quarter ended September 30, 2018 of $4.3 million with basic and diluted earnings per share of $0.27, compared to net income of $1.8 million and basic and diluted earnings per share of $0.15 for the comparative quarter ended September 30, 2017. On a linked-quarter basis, the Company reported a $1.2 million increase in net income to $4.3 million for the third quarter ended September 30, 2018 from $3.1 million for the second quarter ended June 30, 2018. Net income for the quarter ended September 30, 2018 included a $459,000 reverse provision for loan losses. 

The Company’s total assets have increased $58.0 million from $1.19 billion at December 31, 2017 to $1.25 billion at September 30, 2018. The increase in assets was primarily attributable to a $65.7 million increase in the Company’s interest-earning deposits in other banks and a $2.2 million increase in cash and due from banks from a follow-on common stock offering completed in August 2018. Gross loans increased by $11.5 million from $982.6 million at December 31, 2017 to $994.1 million at September 30, 2018.

Deposits decreased $20.9 million from $995.0 million at December 31, 2017 to $974.2 million at September 30, 2018. The Company’s time deposits decreased by $26.2 million and other deposit products increased by $5.3 million from December 31, 2017 to September 30, 2018 primarily due to a $39.9 million reduction in wholesale time deposits.

“The Company had an eventful third quarter. We had record earnings this quarter of $4.3 million, which was partly due to the economies of scale related to our December 2017 acquisition of Premara Financial, Inc. and its subsidiary, Carolina Premier Bank. In late August, we completed a successful common stock offering that resulted in net proceeds to the Company of approximately $60.0 million. Then in mid-September, Hurricane Florence made landfall near Wilmington, North Carolina as a Category 1 storm. Those counties surrounding and inland from the landfall witnessed record rain totals resulting in major flooding for those areas. I am very pleased to report damages to our branches are expected to be less than $40,000,” President and Chief Executive Officer William L. Hedgepeth II stated. “We are in the process of reaching out to our customers in the affected areas to assess the level of impact Hurricane Florence had on them. It is very early in the recovery process, but so far, the vast majority of the customers we have contacted had little or no damage and have resumed normal operations. There are a few customers that sustained damage affecting their operations and we are working with those customers to determine a plan of action. Most of those customers with higher damage levels have insurance coverage that will be used to return those customers to operational status.”

Net income for the nine months ended September 30, 2018 was $9.3 million and basic earnings per share of $0.64 and diluted earnings per share were $0.63, compared to net income of $5.2 million, and basic and diluted earnings per share of $0.45 for the nine months ended September 30, 2017.

For the three months ended September 30, 2018, return on average assets was 1.41% and return on average equity was 10.65%, compared to 1.02% and 8.92%, respectively, for the three months ended June 30, 2018.

Non-performing loans increased to $11.2 million at September 30, 2018 from $10.1 million at June 30, 2018. Non-performing loans equaled 1.12% of total loans at September 30, 2018, increasing from 1.02% of total loans at June 30, 2018. Foreclosed real estate equaled $1.0 million at September 30, 2018, compared to $1.5 million at June 30, 2018. For the quarter, net recoveries were $20,000, or (0.01)% of average loans, compared to net recoveries of $13,000, or (0.01)% of average loans for the quarter ended June 30, 2018.

At September 30, 2018, the allowance for loan and lease losses (the “ALLL”) was $9.1 million or 0.92% of gross loans, compared to $9.5 million or 0.96% of gross loans at June 30, 2018, a net decrease of $439,000. The decrease was due to $20,000 in net charge offs and a reverse provision for loan losses of $459,000. The reverse provision positively impacted net income for the third quarter.

Net interest margin was 4.20% for the quarter ending September 30, 2018, as compared to 4.41% for the quarter ending June 30, 2018.

Hedgepeth went on to say, “We believe our loan pipeline is strong for the fourth quarter and we are expecting to see our gross loans increase as we approach year-end. In addition, we downstreamed $25.0 million of the proceeds from our August 2018 common stock offering to the Bank in September to improve our commercial real estate and construction loan concentration ratios and to provide additional capital to support our loan growth initiatives. The downstreamed capital also resulted in a reassessment of the qualitative factors associated with our loan concentrations in our ALLL calculation, which was the primary driver in the reverse provision. In addition, we are continuing efforts to accumulate more information related to the damage due to Hurricane Florence. At this time, we are waiting to see what the amount of proceeds will be from our customers’ insurance claims and to see if there are additional customers who have experienced damage. We believe our ALLL of $9.1 million is adequate to provide for potential losses within the loan portfolio at September 30, 2018.” 

“We are actively seeking new branch locations in the Raleigh/Wake County area and Charlotte, and we will enhance our presence in those areas,” Hedgepeth noted. “With the proceeds from our capital raise, we have placed additional emphasis on organic loan growth in our current markets while continuing to evaluate possible strategic acquisition opportunities near our market footprint in the surrounding areas. This year has been and is shaping up to continue to be an exciting year for Select Bank & Trust. With our market expanded and the strong desire to grow, the team is very energized and we are working diligently to expand our relationships with our current customers and to establish new relationships with prospective customers.”

Select Bank & Trust has 18 branch offices in these North Carolina communities: Dunn, Burlington, Charlotte, Clinton, Elizabeth City, Fayetteville, Goldsboro, Greenville, Leland, Lillington, Lumberton, Morehead City, Raleigh, Washington, and Wilmington; and in the following South Carolina communities: Blacksburg, Rock Hill and Six Mile.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

Certain financial measures we use to evaluate our performance and discuss in this release and the accompanying tables are identified as being “non-GAAP financial measures.” In accordance with the rules of the Securities and Exchange Commission, or the SEC, we classify a financial measure as being a non-GAAP (generally accepted accounting principles) financial measure if that financial measure excludes or includes amounts, or is subject to adjustments that have the effect of excluding or including amounts, that are included or excluded, as the case may be, in the most directly comparable measure calculated and presented in accordance with GAAP as in effect from time to time in the United States in our statements of operations, balance sheet or statements of cash flows. Non-GAAP financial measures do not include operating and other statistical measures or ratios or statistical measures calculated using exclusively either financial measures calculated in accordance with GAAP, operating measures or other measures that are not non-GAAP financial measures or both.

The non-GAAP financial measures that we discuss in this release should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for the most directly comparable or other financial measures calculated in accordance with GAAP. Moreover, the manner in which we calculate the non-GAAP financial measures that we discuss in this release may differ from that of other companies reporting measures with similar names. You should understand how such other banking organizations calculate their financial measures similar or with names similar to the non-GAAP financial measures we have discussed in this release when comparing such non-GAAP financial measures.

Tangible book value per share is a non-GAAP measure generally used by financial analysts and investment bankers to evaluate financial institutions. We calculate: (a) tangible common equity as stockholders’ equity less goodwill and core deposit intangibles; and (b) tangible book value per share as tangible common equity (as described in clause (a)) divided by shares of common stock outstanding. For tangible book value per share, the most directly comparable financial measure calculated in accordance with GAAP is our book value per common share. A reconciliation of tangible book value per share to book value per share is included following the “Selected Financial Information and Other Data” table below. 

We believe that this measure is important to many investors in the marketplace who are interested in changes from period to period in book value per common share exclusive of changes in intangible assets. Goodwill and other intangible assets have the effect of increasing total book value while not increasing our tangible book value.

Important Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

The information as of and for the quarter ended September 30, 2018, as presented is unaudited. This news release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including, without limitation, (i) statements regarding certain of our goals and expectations with respect to earnings, revenue, expenses and the growth rate in such items, as well as other measures of economic performance, including statements relating to anticipated market share growth, and (ii) statements preceded by, followed by or that include the words “may,” “could,” “should,” “would,” “believe,” “anticipate,” “estimate,” “expect,” “intend,” “plan,” “projects,” “outlook” or similar expressions. The actual results might differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements for various reasons, including, but not limited to: our ability to manage growth; substantial changes in financial markets; our ability to obtain the synergies and expense efficiencies anticipated from our recent merger with Premara Financial, Inc. and Carolina Premier Bank; regulatory changes; changes in interest rates; loss of deposits and loan demand to other savings and financial institutions; and changes in real estate values and the real estate market. Additional information concerning factors that could cause actual results to materially differ from those in the forward-looking statements is contained in the Company’s SEC filings, including its periodic reports under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, copies of which are available upon request from the Company. Except as required by law, the Company assumes no obligation to update the forward-looking statements publicly or to update the reasons actual results could differ materially from those anticipated in the forward-looking statements, even if new information becomes available in the future.

 

Select Bancorp, Inc.
Selected Financial Information and Other Data
($ in thousands, except per share data)
 
  At or for the three months ended (unaudited)   At or for the twelve months ended
  September 30,   June 30,   March 31,   December 31,   September 30,   December 31,   December 31,   December 31,
2018 2018 2018 2017 2017 2017 2016 2015
                           
Summary of Operations:                          
Total interest income $ 14,382     $ 14,187     $ 13,722     $ 10,981     $ 10,042     $ 39,617     $ 34,709     $ 33,341  
Total interest expense   2,530       2,258       2,018       1,505       1,357       5,106       3,733       3,542  
Net interest income   11,852       11,929       11,704       9,476       8,685       34,511       30,976       29,799  
Provision for loan losses   (459     557       141       276       202       1,367       1,516       890  
Net interest income after provision   12,311       11,372       11,563       9,200       8,483       33,144       29,460       28,909  
Noninterest income   1,066       1,226       1,165       786       778       3,072       3,222       3,292  
Merger/Acquisition related expenses               1,826       1,888       278       2,166             378  
Noninterest expense   7,800       8,602       8,458       7,207       6,161       25,153       22,281       21,852  
Income before income taxes   5,577       3,996       2,444       891       2,822       8,897       10,401       9,971  
Provision (reverse) for income taxes   1,256       886       547       2,936       1,043       5,712       3,647       3,418  
Net Income (loss)   4,321       3,110       1,897       (2,045     1,779       3,185       6,654       6,553  
Dividends on Preferred Stock                                       4       77  
Net income available to common shareholders (loss) $ 4,321     $ 3,110     $ 1,897     $ (2,045   $ 1,779     $ 3,185     $ 6,750     $ 6,476  
                                               
Share and Per Share Data:                                              
Earnings (loss) per share – basic $ 0.27     $ 0.22     $ 0.14     $ (0.17   $ 0.15     $ 0.27     $ 0.58     $ 0.56  
Earnings (loss) per share – diluted $ 0.27     $ 0.22     $ 0.13     $ (0.17 )   $ 0.15     $ 0.27     $ 0.58     $ 0.56  
Book value per share $ 10.61     $ 10.03     $ 9.82     $ 9.72     $ 9.42     $ 9.72     $ 8.95     $ 8.38  
Tangible book value per share(5) $ 9.21     $ 8.1     $ 7.87     $ 7.72     $ 8.78     $ 7.72     $ 8.29     $ 7.67  
Ending shares outstanding   19,296,121       14,024,887       14,013,917       14,009,137       11,662,621       14,009,137       11,645,413       11,583,011  
Weighted average shares outstanding:                                              
Basic   15,858,455       14,019,273       14,011,707       12,071,392       11,662,580       11,763,050       11,610,705       11,502,800  
Diluted   15,916,734       14,086,671       14,081,776       12,071,392       11,717,533       11,826,977       11,655,111       11,567,811  
                                               
Selected Performance Ratios:                                              
Return on average assets(2)   1.40 %     1.02 %     0.64 %     (0.81 )%     0.77 %     0.35 %     0.81 %     0.86 %
Return on average equity(2)   10.53 %     8.92 %     5.61 %     (7.00 )%     6.44 %     2.93 %     6.61 %     6.42 %
Net interest margin   4.20 %     4.41 %     4.45 %     4.14 %     4.19 %     4.09 %     4.06 %     4.38 %
Efficiency ratio (1)   60.38 %     65.39 %     65.72 %     70.23 %     65.11 %     66.93 %     65.15 %     66.04 %
                                               
Period End Balance Sheet Data:                                              
Gross Loans $ 992,805     $ 992,885     $ 978,275     $ 982,626     $ 763,432     $ 982,626     $ 677,195     $ 617,398  
Total interest earning assets   1,078,871       1,107,695       1,094,694       1,063,322       833,766       1,063,322       770,288       726,408  
Goodwill   24,579       24,579       24,579       24,904       6,931       24,904       6,931       6,931  
Core Deposit Intangible   2,318       2,564       2,826       3,101       547       3,101       810       1,241  
Total Assets   1,252,156       1,216,731       1,222,551       1,194,135       922,749       1,194,135       846,640       817,015  
Deposits   974,161       993,484       1,009,481       995,044       775,022       995,044       679,661       651,161  
Short-term debt   11,002       21,071       32,173       28,279       22,366       28,279       37,090       29,673  
Long-term debt   57,372       57,372       39,372       19,372       12,372       19,372       23,039       28,703  
Shareholders’ equity   204,705       140,702       137,673       136,115       109,819       136,115       104,273       104,702  
                                               
Selected Average Balances:                                              
Gross Loans $ 988,479     $ 990,036     $ 979,420     $ 809,608     $ 748,669     $ 732,089     $ 639,412     $ 578,759  
Total interest earning assets   1,073,285       1,087,683       1,073,890       901,324       826,595       813,773       744,024       686,663  
Core Deposit Intangible   2,411       2,661       2,955       1,007       589       640       1,020       1,330  
Total Assets   1,228,259       1,219,225       1,198,588       997,450       914,986       898,943       829,315       765,284  
Deposits   986,174       1,004,571       981,403       827,408       754,169       738,310       665,764       607,214  
Short-term debt   17,542       21,289       36,726       23,476       32,703       34,523       32,111       32,316  
Long-term debt   57,372       37,620       19,880       13,676       15,633       14,239       25,739       20,147  
Shareholders’ equity   162,799       139,810       137,092       115,874       109,537       108,709       102,110       102,068  
                                               
Asset Quality Ratios:                                              
Nonperforming loans $ 11,162     $ 10,118     $ 8,338     $ 6,978     $ 6,153     $ 6,978     $ 9,430     $ 8,712  
Other real estate owned   1,020       1,497       1,525       1,258       2,093       1,258       599       1,401  
Allowance for loan losses   9,089       9,528       8,957       8,835       8,647       8,835       8,411       7,021  
Nonperforming loans (3) to period-end loans   1.12 %     1.02 %     0.85 %     0.71 %     0.81 %     0.71 %     1.02 %     1.41 %
Allowance for loan losses to period-end loans   0.92 %     0.96 %     0.92 %     0.90 %     1.13 %     0.90 %     1.24 %     1.14 %
Delinquency Ratio (4)   0.53 %     0.51 %     0.25 %     0.63 %     0.38 %     0.63 %     0.44 %     0.40 %
Net loan charge-offs (recoveries) to average loans (2)   (0.01 )%     (0.01 )%     0.01 %     0.05 %     0.02 %     0.13 %     0.02 %     0.12 %

  (1)  Efficiency ratio is calculated as non-interest expenses divided by the sum of net interest income and non-interest income.
  (2) Annualized.
  (3) Nonperforming loans consist of non-accrual loans and restructured loans.
  (4) Delinquency Ratio includes loans 30-89 days past due and excludes non-accrual loans.
  (5) Tangible book value per share (a non-GAAP measure) is equal to total stockholders’ equity less goodwill, preferred stock and core deposit intangibles, divided by the number of outstanding shares of our common stock at the end of the relevant period. Please refer to the table below for a reconciliation of this non-GAAP measure.

Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Measures
($ in thousands, except per share data)
(Unaudited)

    September 30,
2018
  June 30,
2018
  March 31,
2018
  December 31,
2017
  September 30,
2017
  December 31,
2017
  December 31,
2016
  December 31,
2015
Tangible common equity                                
Total shareholders’ equity   $ 204,705   $ 140,702   $ 137,673   $ 136,115   $ 109,819   $ 136,115   $ 104,273   $ 104,702
Adjustments:                                
Goodwill     24,579     24,579     24,579     24,904     6,931     24,904     6,931     6,931
Core deposit intangibles     2,318     2,564     2,826     3,101     547     3,101     810     1,241
Tangible common equity   $ 177,808   $ 113,559   $ 110,268   $ 108,110   $ 102,341   $ 108,110   $ 96,532   $ 96,530
Common shares outstanding(1)     19,296,121     14,024,887     14,013,917     14,009,137     11,662,621     14,009,137     11,645,413     11,583,011
Book value per common share(2)   $ 10.61   $ 10.03   $ 9.82   $ 9.72   $ 9.42   $ 9.72   $ 8.95   $ 8.38
Tangible book value per common share(3)   $ 9.21   $ 8.10   $ 7.87   $ 7.72   $ 8.78   $ 7.72   $ 8.29   $ 7.67

  (1)  Excludes the dilutive effect of common stock issuable upon exercise of outstanding stock options. The number of exercisable options outstanding was 58,279 as of September 30, 2018; 67,398 as of June 30, 2018; 70,069 as of March 31, 2018; 63,927 as of December 31, 2017; 54,953 as of September 30, 2017; 63,927 as of December 31, 2017; 44,406 as of December 31, 2016; and 65,011 as of December 31, 2015.
  (2) We calculate book value per common share as shareholders’ equity less preferred stock at the end of the relevant period divided by the outstanding number of shares of our common stock at the end of the relevant period.
  (3) We calculate tangible book value per common share as total stockholders’ equity less goodwill, preferred stock and core deposit intangibles, divided by the number of outstanding shares of our common stock at the end of the relevant period.

Mark A. Jeffries
Executive Vice President
Chief Financial Officer
Office: 910-892-7080 and Direct: 910-897-3603
[email protected]
SelectBank.com