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Guaranty Federal Bancshares, Inc. Announces Preliminary Second Quarter 2019 Financial Results

92 Days ago

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., July 18, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) --

CEO Comments

“As we recently celebrated the one-year anniversary of integrating Hometown Bank, the merits of the acquisition are evident in our financial performance in several key areas.  Deposit growth, a sset quality and a strong equity position highlight our balance sheet.  A more robust footprint in our markets along with efficiencies gained from the acquisition have led to a steady increase in earnings and earnings per share.  L iquidity and earnings ratios both improved during the quarter despite continued competitive and interest rate pressures .  Even with these many positive results, our share price is not fully reflecting what we feel is its intrinsic value.  As such, we began repurchasing our shares during the second quarter under an existing stock repurchase plan.  W e enter the second half of 2019 in a strong position to grow by focusing on being a trusted business partner to our valued customers while continuing to return value to our shareholders.”  

- Shaun A. Burke, President and Chief Executive Officer

2019 Second Quarter Highlights

  • In a Form 8-K previously filed on July 5, 2019, the Company announced that $6.1 million of Hometown Bancshares subordinated debentures (assumed with the prior year merger) will be fully redeemed during the third quarter of 2019.  This will reduce annual interest expense by approximately $200,000.
  • The Company declared its 21st consecutive quarterly dividend on June 28, 2019.
  • The Company resumed repurchases of its common stock under an existing repurchase plan.  During the quarter, the Company repurchased 13,608 shares at an average price of $22.99.

Financial Condition – June 30, 2019 versus December 31, 2018

  • Total assets increased $12.3 million (1%) to $977.4 million.
  • Total cash and investments increased $27.7 million (23%).
  • Total gross loans decreased $27.0 million (3%).
  • Total deposits increased $52.9 million (7%). 
  • Loan to deposit ratio changed from 105% to 95%.
  • Stockholders’ equity increased by $3.3 million (4%). 
  • Nonperforming assets decreased by $1.7 million (12%).

Results of Operations – Second quarter ended June 30, 2019 versus the same quarter in 2018

  • Return on Average Assets improved to 1.00% from (0.14%).         
  • Return on Average Equity improved to 11.62% from (1.48%). 
  • Efficiency ratio improved to 69.77% from 102.99%.
  • Net interest margin decreased five basis points to 3.49%.
  • Net income (loss) available to common shareholders for the quarter was $2,429,000 as compared to ($343,000) in the second quarter of 2018 for a change of $2,772,000 (808%).  Diluted earnings (loss) per common share was $0.54 for the quarter as compared to ($0.08) during the second quarter of 2018.   

Select Quarterly Financial Data

Below are selected financial results for the Company’s second quarter of 2019, compared to the first quarter of 2019 and the second quarter of 2018.

  Quarter ended
   June 30, 2019    March 31, 2019    June 30, 2018
   
  (Dollar amounts in thousands, except per share data)
Net income (loss) available to common shareholders $ 2,429     $ 2,120     $ (343 )
           
Diluted income (loss) per common share $ 0.54     $ 0.47     $ (0.08 )
Common shares outstanding   4,442,216       4,454,388       4,406,432  
Average common shares outstanding, diluted   4,503,964       4,498,962       4,471,893  
           
Annualized return on average assets   1.00%       0.90%       -0.14%  
Annualized return on average common equity   11.62%       10.47%       -1.48%  
Net interest margin   3.49%       3.50%       3.54%  
Efficiency ratio   69.77%       73.28%       102.99%  
           
Common equity to assets ratio   8.57%       8.42%       7.83%  
Tangible common equity to tangible assets   8.17%       8.02%       7.26%  
Book value per common share $ 18.85     $ 18.55     $ 17.08  
Tangible book value per common share $ 17.91     $ 17.58     $ 15.73  
Nonperforming assets to total assets   1.28%       1.38%       1.42%  

The following were items impacting the second 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 $921,000 (9%) during the quarter.  The increase is primarily driven by higher interest rates on earning assets when compared to the prior year quarter.  The average balance of interest-earning assets decreased $0.7 million (< 1%), while the yield on average interest earning assets increased 42 basis points to 5.03%.  Compared to the second quarter of 2018, the average loan balance portfolio decreased $28.9 million, with loan yields increasing by 49 basis points to 5.43%.   Loan accretion of $452,000 was recognized on loans acquired from Hometown compared to $455,000 in the same quarter in 2018. 

Interest expense - Total interest expense increased $1,042,000 (43%) during the quarter primarily driven by higher interest rates on all deposit accounts. The liquidity challenges among institutions in our markets have created significant competitive pressures on deposit rates.  The average balance of interest-bearing liabilities decreased $9.1 million (1%), while the average cost of interest-bearing liabilities increased 55 basis points to 1.79%.    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 $12.5 million as of June 30, 2019, compared to $14.2 million as of December 31, 2018. 

Based on its reserve analysis and methodology, the Company recorded a provision for loan loss expenses during the quarter of $100,000 compared to $500,000 recorded during the prior year quarter.  At June 30, 2019, the allowance for loan losses of $7.7 million was 1.01% of gross loans outstanding (excluding mortgage loans held for sale), compared to 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 $1.6 million at June 30, 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 Non-interest income decreased $21,000 (1%) during the quarter compared to the same quarter in 2018.  This was primarily due to a reduction in service charge income of $133,000 (24%), and a decline in both income from the sale of mortgage loans of $55,000 (9%) and realized gains on foreclosed assets of $36,000 (47%) when compared to 2018.  Offsetting these items were increased gains realized from the sale of available-for-sale securities of $89,000 (860%) and an increase of $79,000 (17%) from interchange and related debit card income when compared to the same period in 2018.  

Non-interest Expense – Non-interest expenses decreased $3,397,000 (33%) compared to the same period in 2018.  This was primarily due to merger expenses decreasing from the prior year quarter by $3,170,000 (99%).    Other decreases noted were in salaries and employee benefits of $149,000 (4%) and data processing expenses of $44,000 (10%), respectively, both due to efficiencies gained following the merger.  Core deposit intangible expense decreased $101,000 (46%) compared to 2018.  The primary increase in this category was in occupancy expenses of $69,000 (7%) due to additional leasehold improvement expenses and facility upgrades incurred after the Hometown acquisition.

Capital – At June 30, 2019, stockholders’ equity increased to $83.7 million compared to $80.5 million at December 31, 2018.  On a per common share basis, tangible book value increased to $17.91 at June 30, 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

Operating income is a non-GAAP financial measure that adjusts net income for the following non-operating items:

  • Gains (losses) on sales of investment securities
  • Gains (losses) on foreclosed assets held for sale
  • Provision for loan loss expense
  • Provision for income taxes
  • Merger costs

A reconciliation of the Company’s net income to its operating income for the three and six months ended June 30, 2019 and 2018 is set forth below.

                 
    Quarter ended   Six months ended
    June 30   June 30
      2019       2018       2019       2018  
     
    (Dollar amounts are in thousands)
                 
  Net income (loss) $ 2,429     $ (343 )   $ 4,549     $ 1,013  
                 
  Add back:              
  Provision for income taxes   429       (454 )     804       (160 )
  Income before income taxes   2,858       (797 )     5,353       853  
                 
  Add back/(subtract):              
  Net loss (gain) on investment securities   (79 )     10       (48 )     7  
  Net gain on foreclosed assets held for sale   (40 )     (76 )     (21 )     (121 )
  Merger costs   22       3,192       39       3,420  
  Provision for loan losses   100       500       100       725  
      3       3,626       70       4,031  
                 
  Operating income $ 2,861     $ 2,829     $ 5,423     $ 4,884  
                 

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 32,000 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:

  • the strength of the United States economy in general and the strength of the local economies in which we conduct operations;
  • the effects of, and changes in, trade, monetary and fiscal policies and laws, including interest rate policies of the Federal Reserve, inflation, interest rates, market and monetary fluctuations;
  • the timely development of and acceptance of new products and services and the perceived overall value of these products and services by users, including the features, pricing and quality compared to competitors’ products and services;
  • the willingness of users to substitute competitors’ products and services for our products and services;
  • our success in gaining regulatory approval of our products and services, when required;
  • the impact of changes in financial services laws and regulations (including laws concerning taxes, banking, securities and insurance);
  • technological changes;
  • the ability to successfully manage and integrate any future acquisitions if and when our board of directors and management conclude any such acquisitions are appropriate;
  • changes in consumer spending and saving habits;
  • our success at managing the risks resulting from these factors; and
  • other factors set forth in reports and other documents filed by the Company with the SEC from time to time.
  Financial Highlights:              
                 
  Operating Data: Quarter ended   Six months ended
    June 30,   June 30,
      2019       2018       2019       2018  
     
    (Dollar amounts are in thousands, except per share data)
                 
  Total interest income $ 11,300     $ 10,379     $ 22,397     $ 18,335  
  Total interest expense   3,449       2,407       6,771       4,332  
  Net interest income   7,851       7,972       15,626       14,003  
  Provision for loan losses   100       500       100       725  
  Net interest income after              
  provision for loan losses   7,751       7,472       15,526       13,278  
  Noninterest income              
  Service charges   419       552       821       869  
  Gain on sale of loans held for sale   562       617       988       997  
  Gain on sale of Small Business Administration loans   247       225       497       396  
  Net gain (loss) on foreclosed assets   40       76       21       121  
  Other income   665       484       1,170       890  
      1,933       1,954       3,497       3,273  
  Noninterest expense              
  Salaries and employee benefits   3,953       4,102       7,912       7,275  
  Occupancy   1,107       1,038       2,240       1,808  
  Merger costs   22       3,192       39       3,420  
  Amortization of core deposit intangible   119       220       238       220  
  Other expense   1,625       1,671       3,241       2,975  
      6,826       10,223       13,670       15,698  
  Income before income taxes   2,858       (797 )     5,353       853  
  Provision for income taxes   429       (454 )     804       (160 )
  Net income $ 2,429     $ (343 )   $ 4,549     $ 1,013  
  Net income per common share-basic $ 0.55     $ (0.08 )   $ 1.02     $ 0.23  
  Net income per common share-diluted $ 0.54     $ (0.08 )   $ 1.01     $ 0.23  
                 
  Annualized return on average assets   1.00%       -0.14%       0.95%       0.23%  
  Annualized return on average equity   11.62%       -1.48%       11.05%       2.42%  
  Net interest margin   3.49%       3.54%       3.50%       3.43%  
  Efficiency ratio   69.77%       102.99%       71.49%       90.87%  


Financial Condition Data: As of
  June 30,   December 31,
    2019       2018  
Cash and cash equivalents $ 53,026     $ 34,122  
Available-for-sale securities   95,031       86,266  
Loans, net of allowance for loan losses      
6/30/2019 - $7,671; 12/31/2018 - $7,996   753,105       779,815  
Goodwill   1,435       1,435  
Core deposit intangible   2,742       2,981  
Premises and equipment, net   19,736       20,095  
Lease right-of-use assets   9,335       -  
Bank owned life insurance   20,423       20,198  
Other assets   22,611       20,226  
Total assets $ 977,444     $ 965,138  
       
Deposits $ 802,478     $ 749,619  
Advances from correspondent banks   50,000       105,300  
Subordinated debentures   21,717       21,761  
Other borrowed funds   5,000       5,000  
Lease liabilities   9,365       -  
Other liabilities   5,146       2,979  
Total liabilities   893,706       884,659  
Stockholders' equity   83,738       80,479  
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $ 977,444     $ 965,138  
Common equity to assets ratio   8.57%       8.34%  
Tangible common equity to tangible assets ratio (1)   8.17%       7.92%  
Book value per common share $ 18.85     $ 18.18  
Tangible book value per common share (2) $ 17.91     $ 17.18  
Nonperforming assets $ 12,475     $ 14,209  
       

(1) Total Assets less Goodwill and Core Deposit Intangible divided by Tangible 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 6/30/2019   Three months ended 6/30/2018
  Average
Balance
  Interest   Yield /
Cost
  Average
Balance
  Interest   Yield /
Cost
 ASSETS                      
Interest-earning:                      
Loans $ 768,176   $ 10,395     5.43 %   $ 797,034   $ 9,819     4.94 %
 Investment securities     96,422       681     2.83 %       88,755       493     2.23 %
Other assets   37,253     224     2.41 %     16,725     67     1.61 %
Total interest-earning   901,851     11,300     5.03 %     902,514     10,379     4.61 %
Noninterest-earning   68,080                   64,965              
  $ 969,931                 $ 967,479              
 LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY                                      
Interest-bearing:                                      
Savings accounts $ 40,598     32     0.32 %   $ 43,012     26     0.24 %
Transaction accounts   417,536     1,551     1.49 %     425,153     1,126     1.06 %
Certificates of deposit   234,515     1,216     2.08 %     211,246     568     1.08 %
FHLB advances   51,677     289     2.24 %     77,991     406     2.09 %
Other borrowed funds   5,000     64     5.13 %     1,109     4     0.00 %
Subordinated debentures   21,731     297     5.48 %     21,651     277     5.13 %
Total interest-bearing   771,057     3,449     1.79 %     780,162     2,407     1.24 %
Noninterest-bearing   115,033                   94,344              
Total liabilities   886,090                   874,506              
Stockholders’ equity   83,841                   92,973              
  $ 969,931                 $ 967,479              
Net earning balance $ 130,794                 $ 122,352              
Earning yield less costing rate               3.24 %                 3.38 %
Net interest income, and net yield spread                                      
on interest earning assets       $ 7,851     3.49 %         $ 7,972     3.54 %
Ratio of interest-earning assets to                                      
interest-bearing liabilities         117 %                 116 %      
                                       

Contacts: Shaun A. Burke (CEO) or Carter M. Peters (CFO), 1-833-875-2492 

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