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SPRINGFIELD, Mo., April 18, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) --
“The year is off to a strong start with earnings per share growth of 57% over the prior year quarter. First quarter results position us well for future growth in 2019. Expansion of our deposit focus and market presence continues as we approach a strategic growth goal of one billion dollars in total assets. For our shareholders, our capital position continues to grow at a steady pace as we achieve these results, while also increasing our dividend. We look forward to the balance of 2019 as we continue to focus on steady growth, profitability, improved liquidity and serving our valued customers.”
- Shaun A. Burke, President and Chief Executive Officer
Financial Condition – March 31, 2019 versus December 31, 2018
Results of Operations – First quarter ended March 31, 2019 versus the same quarter in 2018
Select Quarterly Financial Data
Below are selected financial results for the Company’s first quarter of 2019, compared to the fourth quarter of 2018 and the first quarter of 2018.
|March 31,||December 31,||March 31,|
|(Dollar amounts in thousands, except per share data)|
|Net income available to common shareholders||$||2,120||$||2,385||$||1,356|
|Diluted income per common share||$||0.47||$||0.53||$||0.30|
|Common shares outstanding||4,454,388||4,426,131||4,403,965|
|Average common shares outstanding , diluted||4,498,962||4,494,063||4,466,786|
|Annualized return on average assets||0.90||%||1.00||%||0.70||%|
|Annualized return on average common equity||10.47||%||11.79||%||7.25||%|
|Net interest margin||3.50||%||3.83||%||3.28||%|
|Common equity to assets ratio||8.42||%||8.34||%||9.40||%|
|Tangible common equity to tangible assets||8.02||%||7.92||%||9.40||%|
|Book value per common share||$||18.55||$||18.18||$||17.22|
|Tangible book value per common share||$||17.58||$||17.18||$||17.22|
|Nonperforming assets to total assets||1.38||%||1.47||%||1.21||%|
The following were items impacting the first quarter operating results as compared to the same quarter in 2018 and the financial condition results compared to December 31, 2018:
Interest income – Total interest income increased $3,141,000 (39%) during the quarter. The increase is primarily driven by the addition of earning assets as a result of the Hometown acquisition. The average balance of interest-earning assets increased $154.5 million (21%), while the yield on average interest earning assets increased 68 basis points to 5.00%. Compared to the first quarter of 2018, the average loan balance portfolio increased $137.4 million, loan yields increased by 70 basis points to 5.36% and $373,000 in loan accretion was recognized on loans acquired from Hometown compared to none in the same quarter in 2018.
Interest expense - Total interest expense increased $1,397,000 (73%) during the quarter. The increase is primarily driven by the addition of interest-bearing deposits as a result of Hometown. The average balance of interest-bearing liabilities increased $139.5 million (22%), while the average cost of interest-bearing liabilities increased 51 basis points to 1.74%. The liquidity challenges among institutions in our markets have created significant competitive pressures on deposit rates. To fund its asset growth and maintain prudent liquidity levels going forward, the Company will continue to utilize a cost-effective mix of retail and commercial core deposits along with non-core, wholesale funding.
See the Analysis of Net Interest Income and Margin table below for the first quarter.
Asset Quality, Provision for Loan Loss Expense and Allowance for Loan Losses – The Company’s nonperforming assets decreased to $13.5 million as of March 31, 2019, compared to $14.2 million as of December 31, 2018.
Based on its reserve analysis and methodology, the Company did not record a provision for loan losses expenses during the quarter compared to $225,000 recorded during the prior year quarter. The lack of provision expense was primarily due to a decline in overall loan balances. At March 31, 2019, the allowance for loan losses of $7.8 million was 1.02% of gross loans outstanding (excluding mortgage loans held for sale), consistent with the 1.02% reserved as of December 31, 2018.
In accordance with generally accepted accounting principles for acquisition accounting, the loans acquired through the acquisition of Hometown were recorded at fair value; therefore, there was no allowance associated with Hometown’s loans at acquisition. Management continues to evaluate the allowance needed on the acquired Hometown loans factoring in the net remaining discount of $2.1 million at March 31, 2019.
Management believes the allowance for loan losses is at a sufficient level to provide for loan losses in the Bank’s existing loan portfolio.
Non-interest Income – Noninterest income increased $245,000 (19%) during the quarter compared to the same quarter in 2018. This was primarily due to increases in service charge income and income from the sale of SBA and mortgage loans. Offsetting these items were increased realized losses on foreclosed assets and available-for-sale securities compared to the first quarter of 2018. Fee income from deposits service charges increased $85,000 (27%) and debit card interchange income increased $90,000 (43%). These areas were positively impacted by additional deposit accounts from the Hometown acquisition. Income from sales of SBA and mortgage loans increased $79,000 (46%) and $46,000 (12%), respectively, compared to the first quarter of 2018. Losses on the sale of foreclosed assets increased $63,000 (143%) as well as on the sale of investment securities by $34,000 (1,063%) when compared to 2018.
Non-interest Expense – Noninterest expenses increased $1,368,000 (25%) due to a few significant factors discussed below.
Salaries and employee benefits increased $786,000 (25%) compared to the same quarter in 2018 due to the Hometown acquisition and the Company’s continuing expansion in the Joplin, Missouri market, pre-acquisition.
Occupancy expenses and data processing expenses increased $363,000 (47%) and $86,000 (29%), respectively, for the quarter due to additional facilities, equipment and transactions related to the Hometown acquisition.
Other expenses increased from the prior year quarter by $311,000 (24%). An increase in professional service expenses of $80,000 (48%) was due to the Company meeting thresholds to be considered an accelerated filer with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, (including increased auditor attestation requirements) and implementation of new accounting standards. Increases in other areas were primarily due to the Hometown integration.
Core deposit intangible amortization increased $119,000 (100%) from the prior year quarter due to the Hometown acquisition.
Merger expenses decreased from the prior year quarter by $211,000 (93%).
Capital – At March 31, 2019, stockholders’ equity increased to $82.6 million compared to $80.5 million at December 31, 2018. On a per common share basis, tangible book value increased to $17.58 at March 31, 2019 as compared to $17.18 as of December 31, 2018.
From a regulatory capital standpoint, all capital ratios for the Bank remain strong and above regulatory requirements.
Non-Generally Accepted Accounting Principle (GAAP) Financial Measures
In addition to the GAAP financial results presented in this press release, the Company presents non-GAAP financial measures discussed below. These non-GAAP measures are provided to enhance investors’ overall understanding of the Company’s current financial performance. Additionally, Company management believes that this presentation enables meaningful comparison of financial performance in various periods. However, the non-GAAP financial results presented should not be considered a substitute for results that are presented in a manner consistent with GAAP. A limitation of the non-GAAP financial measures presented is that the adjustments concern gains, losses or expenses that the Company does expect to continue to recognize; the adjustments of these items should not be construed as an inference that these gains or expenses are unusual, infrequent or non-recurring. Therefore, Company management believes that both GAAP measures of its financial performance and the respective non-GAAP measures should be considered together.
Operating income is a non-GAAP financial measure that adjusts net income for the following non-operating items:
A reconciliation of the Company’s net income to its operating income for the quarters ended March 31, 2019 and 2018 is set forth below.
|(Dollar amounts are in thousands)|
|Provision for income taxes||375||293|
|Income before income taxes||2,495||1,649|
|Net loss (gain) on investment securities||31||(3||)|
|Net loss (gain) on foreclosed assets held for sale||19||(44||)|
|Provision for loan losses||-||225|
About Guaranty Federal Bancshares, Inc.
Guaranty Federal Bancshares, Inc. (NASDAQ:GFED) has a subsidiary corporation offering full banking services. The principal subsidiary, Guaranty Bank, is headquartered in Springfield, Missouri, and has 16 full-service branches in Greene, Christian, Jasper and Newton Counties and a Loan Production Office in Webster County. Guaranty Bank is a member of the MoneyPass and TransFund ATM networks which provide its customers surcharge free access to over 24,000 ATMs nationwide. For more information visit the Guaranty Bank website: www.gbankmo.com.
The Company may from time to time make written or oral “forward-looking statements,” including statements contained in the Company’s filings with the SEC, in its reports to stockholders and in other communications by the Company, which are made in good faith by the Company pursuant to the “safe harbor” provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Words such as “anticipates,” “estimates,” “believes,” “expects,” and similar expressions are intended to identify such forward-looking statements but are not the exclusive means of identifying such statements.
These forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties, such as statements of the Company’s plans, objectives, expectations, estimates and intentions, that are subject to change based on various important factors (some of which are beyond the Company’s control). The following factors, among others, could cause the Company’s financial performance to differ materially from the plans, objectives, expectations, estimates and intentions expressed in such forward-looking statements:
|Operating Data:||Quarter ended|
|(Dollar amounts are in thousands, except per share data)|
|Total interest income||$||11,097||$||7,956|
|Total interest expense||3,322||1,925|
|Net interest income||7,775||6,031|
|Provision for loan losses||-||225|
|Net interest income after provision for loan losses||7,775||5,806|
|Gain on sale of loans held for sale||426||380|
|Gain on sale of Small Business Administration loans||250||171|
|Net gain (loss) on foreclosed assets||(19||)||44|
|Salaries and employee benefits||3,959||3,173|
|Amortization of core deposit intangible||119||-|
|Income before income taxes||2,495||1,649|
|Provision for income taxes||375||293|
|Net income per common share-basic||$||0.48||$||0.31|
|Net income per common share-diluted||$||0.47||$||0.30|
|Annualized return on average assets||0.90||%||0.70||%|
|Annualized return on average equity||10.47||%||7.25||%|
|Net interest margin||3.50||%||3.28||%|
|Financial Condition Data:||As of|
|March 31,||December 31,|
|Cash and cash equivalents||$||43,049||$||34,122|
|Loans, net of allowance for loan losses|
|3/31/2019 - $7,846; 12/31/2018 - $7,996||763,393||779,815|
|Core deposit intangible||2,862||2,981|
|Premises and equipment, net||19,778||20,095|
|Lease right-of-use assets||9,927||-|
|Bank owned life insurance||20,309||20,198|
|Advances from correspondent banks||52,100||105,300|
|Other borrowed funds||5,000||5,000|
|Total liabilities and stockholders' equity||$||981,469||$||965,138|
|Common equity to assets ratio||8.42||%||8.34||%|
|Tangible common equity to tangible assets ratio (1)||8.02||%||7.92||%|
|Book value per common share||$||18.55||$||18.18|
|Tangible book value per common share (2)||$||17.58||$||17.18|
(1) Total Assets less Goodwill and Core Deposit Intangible divided by Stockholders’ Equity
(2) Stockholders’ Equity less Goodwill and Core Deposit Intangible divided by Common Shares Outstanding
|Analysis of Net Interest Income and Margin|
|Three months ended 3/31/2019||Three months ended 3/31/2018|
|Average Balance||Interest||Yield / Cost||Average Balance||Interest||Yield / Cost|
|LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY|
|Certificates of deposit||239,248||1,101||1.87||%||155,525||472||1.23||%|
|Other borrowed funds||5,000||68||5.52||%||-||-||-|
|Net earning balance||$||124,568||$||109,527|
|Earning yield less costing rate||3.26||%||3.10||%|
|Net interest income, and net yield spread on interest earning assets||$||7,775||3.50||%||$||6,031||3.28||%|
|Ratio of interest-earning assets to interest-bearing liabilities||116||%||117||%|
Contacts: Shaun A. Burke (CEO) or Carter M. Peters (CFO), 1-833-875-2492