FITZGERALD, Ga., Jan. 23, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Colony Bankcorp, Inc. (Nasdaq:CBAN), today reported net income available to shareholders of $1,310,000, or $0.16 per diluted share for the fourth quarter of 2014 compared to $1,241,000, or $0.15 per diluted share for the comparable 2013 period, while net income available to shareholders for twelve months ended December 31, 2014 was $4,843,000, or $0.57 per diluted share compared to $3,120,000, or $0.37 per share for the comparable 2013 period. This increase of 55.22 percent in net income for the comparable twelve month period was primarily driven by a reduction in provision for loan losses, an increase in net interest income and an increase in noninterest income. "Much was accomplished during 2014 as Colony had significant improvement in earnings and asset quality. Total non-performing assets were $28.74 million at December 31, 2014 which is a 27.44 percent reduction from the previous year end of $39.61 million. Substandard assets to tier one capital plus loan loss reserve now stands at 32.39 percent – down from the prior year end level of 39.22 percent," said Ed Loomis, President and Chief Executive Officer. "Of significance during the quarter, we received regulatory approval to reinstate payments on our trust preferred securities and preferred stock which had been in deferred status. As we look to 2015, we believe we are positioned to continue to improve on earnings and asset quality, which in turn will enhance shareholder value."
Colony continues to maintain a strong regulatory capital position to be categorized as "well-capitalized" by regulatory benchmarks. At December 31, 2014, the Company's tier one leverage ratio, tier one and total risk-based capital ratios were 11.18 percent, 16.73 percent and 17.89 percent, respectively, compared to 11.01 percent, 16.51 percent and 17.76 percent, respectively, at September 30, 2014 and to 10.57 percent, 15.81 percent and 17.06 percent, respectively, at December 31, 2013. The Company's capital ratios were all in excess of regulatory minimums required to be classified as "well-capitalized".
Net Interest Margin
During the fourth quarter of 2014, the Company reported net interest income of $9.50 million and a net interest margin of 3.59 percent compared to $9.69 million and 3.68 percent, respectively, for fourth quarter 2013, while net interest income for twelve months ended December 31, 2014 was $37.96 million and a net interest margin of 3.60 percent compared to $37.69 million and 3.61 percent, respectively, for the comparable 2013 period. Though the low interest rate environment continues to be challenging for the banking industry, the company continues to focus on maximizing its net interest margin through deposit and loan pricing guidance and balance sheet restructuring.
The Company continues to closely monitor our substandard and non-performing assets and focus on problem asset resolution. Substandard assets that include non-performing assets totaled $43.29 million at December 31, 2014 compared to $43.49 million and $53.45 million, respectively, at September 30, 2014 and December 31, 2013. Substandard assets adjusted for SBA guarantees to tier one capital plus loan loss reserve ratio was 32.39%, 30.23% and 39.22%, respectively, at December 31, 2014, September 30, 2014 and December 31, 2013. Non-performing assets decreased significantly from the previous year end to $28.74 million or 3.80 percent of total loans and other real estate owned as of December 31, 2014. This compares to $24.01 million or 3.18 percent and $39.61 million or 5.17 percent, respectively, as of September 30, 2014 and December 31, 2013. Loan loss reserve methodology resulted in three months ended December 31, 2014 provision for loan losses of $0 compared to $285 thousand for the comparable 2013 period, while in twelve months ended December 31, 2014 the provision for loan losses was $1.31 million compared to $4.49 million for the comparable 2013 period. With continued stabilization in the economy, we expect continued improvement in our substandard assets.
Other real estate ("OREO") totaled $10.40 million at December 31, 2014 compared to $10.83 million and $15.50 million, respectively, at September 30, 2014 and December 31, 2013. We continue to devote much time and effort in reducing our level of OREO properties and the current balance is at the lowest level in a number of quarters. Colony has established a target of twelve months to liquidate improved properties due to the high carrying cost of taxes, insurance, maintenance and repairs associated with holding these properties on our books.
In the fourth quarter of 2014 net charge-offs were $0.99 million, or 0.13 percent of average loans as compared to net charge-offs of $1.43 million, or 0.19 percent of average loans in fourth quarter 2013, while net charge-offs for twelve months ended December 31, 2014 were $4.31 million, or 0.58 percent of average loans as compared to net charge-offs of $5.42 million, or 0.73 percent of average loans for the comparable 2013 period. The loan loss reserve was $8.80 million on December 31, 2014, or 1.18 percent of total loans compared to $9.79 million, or 1.32 percent on September 30, 2014 and to $11.81 million, or 1.57 percent on December 31, 2013. Management believes that the 2014 contributions to Allowance for Loan Losses address the level of non-performing assets and the related level of substandard assets to be adequately reserved at December 31, 2014.
Total noninterest income increased in the comparable periods as noninterest income for twelve months ended December 31, 2014 was $9.13 million compared to $8.38 million in the comparable 2013 period, or an increase of 8.93 percent. The significant increase was debit card interchange fees and ATM fees increasing $702 thousand, or 42.26 percent. Also, security gains were $24 thousand for 2014 compared to a loss of $364 thousand for 2013. Offsetting the increases were service charge fee income on deposit accounts decreasing $123 thousand, or 2.62 percent, mortgage fee income decreasing $64 thousand, or 13.22 percent and gains on the sale of SBA/USDA loans decreasing $635 thousand, or 100.00 percent.
Total noninterest expense remained relatively flat as noninterest expense for twelve months ended December 31, 2014 was $34.98 million compared to $34.62 million for the comparable 2013 period, or an increase of 1.05 percent. Credit-related expenses continue to be a strain on earnings as write down and losses on OREO property and repossessed assets along with repossession and foreclosure expenses totaled $2.69 million in twelve months ended December 31, 2014 compared to $3.92 million in the comparable 2013 period, or a decrease of 31.49 percent. Salaries and employee benefit expenses increased to $17.51 million in twelve months ended December 31, 2014 compared to $16.69 million in the comparable 2013 period, or an increase of 4.89 percent. Occupancy expenses increased to $4.06 million in the twelve month period ended December 31, 2014 compared to $3.79 million in the comparable 2013 period, or an increase of 7.09 percent. Other noninterest expense decreased to $13.41 million compared to $14.13 million, or a decrease of 5.11 percent. A significant reduction in noninterest expense is FDIC insurance assessment which has decreased to $0.97 million in 2014 from $1.32 million from the comparable 2013 period, or 26.94 percent.
Colony Bankcorp, Inc. is a bank holding company headquartered in Fitzgerald, Georgia that consists of one operating subsidiary, Colony Bank. Colony Bank conducts a general full service commercial, consumer and mortgage banking business through twenty-nine offices located in the central, southern and coastal Georgia cities of Albany, Ashburn, Broxton, Centerville, Chester, Columbus, Cordele, Douglas, Eastman, Fitzgerald, Leesburg, Moultrie, Pitts, Quitman, Rochelle, Savannah, Soperton, Sylvester, Thomaston, Tifton, Valdosta and Warner Robins, Georgia.
Colony Bankcorp, Inc. Common Stock is quoted on the Nasdaq Global Market under the symbol "CBAN".
Certain statements contained in the preceding release that are not statements of historical fact constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 (the "Act"), notwithstanding that such statements are not specifically identified. In addition, certain statements may be contained in the Company's future filings with the SEC, in press releases, and in oral and written statements made by or with the approval of the Company that are not statements of historical fact and constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Act. Examples of forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to: (i) projections of revenues, income or loss, earnings or loss per share, the payment or nonpayment of dividends, capital structure and other financial items; (ii) statement of plans and objectives of Colony Bankcorp, Inc. or its management or Board of Directors, including those relating to products or services; (iii) statements of future economic performance; and (iv) statements of assumptions underlying such statements. Words such as "believes," "anticipates," "expects," "intends," "targeted" and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements but are not the exclusive means of identifying such statements.
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|COLONY BANKCORP, INC.|
|FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS (UNAUDITED)|
|DOLLARS IN THOUSANDS, EXCEPT PER SHARE DATA|
|Net Interest Income||$9,503||$9,694||$37,963||37,689|
|Provision for Loan Losses||0||285||1,308||4,485|
|Preferred Stock Dividend||668||385||2,689||1,509|
|Net Income Available to Common Shareholders||1,310||1,241||4,843||3,120|
|PER COMMON SHARE SUMMARY||12/31/14||12/31/13||12/31/14||12/31/13|
|Common Shares Outstanding||8,439,258||8,439,258||8,439,258||8,439,258|
|Weighted Average Basic Shares||8,439,258||8,439,258||8,439,258||8,439,258|
|Weighted Average Diluted Shares||8,439,258||8,439,258||8,439,258||8,439,258|
|Earnings Per Basic Share (b)||$0.16||$0.15||$0.57||$0.37|
|Earnings Per Diluted Share (b)||$0.16||$0.15||$0.57||$0.37|
|Common Book Value Per Share||$8.42||$7.34||$8.42||$7.34|
|Tangible Common Book Value Per Share||$8.40||$7.32||$8.40||$7.32|
|OPERATING RATIOS (1)||12/31/14||12/31/13||12/31/14||12/31/13|
|Net Interest Margin (a)||3.59%||3.68%||3.60%||3.61%|
|Return on Average Assets (b)||0.46%||0.44%||0.43%||0.28%|
|Return on Average Total Equity (b)||5.37%||5.43%||5.11%||3.34%|
|(a) Computed using fully taxable-equivalent net income|
|(b) Computed using net income available to shareholders|
|(c) Computed by dividing non-interest expense by the sum of fully taxable-equivalent net interest income and non-interest income and excluding security gains/losses.|
|Loans, Net of Reserves||736,930||739,052|
|Allowance for Loan Losses||8,802||11,806|
|Common Shareholders' Equity||71,027||61,954|
|Common Equity to Total Assets||6.18%||5.38%|
|Total Equity to Total Assets||8.62%||7.81%|
|Loans, Net of Reserves||736,797||740,538||730,643||731,280|
|Common Shareholders' Equity||69,650||63,526||66,751||65,446|
|Net Loan Chg-offs (Recoveries)||986||1,430||4,312||5,416|
|Reserve for Loan Loss to Total Loans||1.18%||1.57%||1.18%||1.57%|
|Reserve for Loan Loss to Non- performing Loans||47.99%||48.97%||47.99%||48.97%|
|Reserve for Loan Loss to Non-performing Assets||30.62%||29.80%||30.62%||29.80%|
|Net Loan Chg-offs (Recoveries) to Avg. Total Loans||0.13%||0.19%||0.58%||0.73%|
|Nonperforming Loans to Total Loans||2.46%||3.21%||2.46%||3.21%|
|Nonperforming Assets to Total Assets||2.51%||3.44%||2.50%||3.44%|
|Nonperforming Assets to Total Loans And Other Real Estate||3.80%||5.17%||3.80%||5.17%|
|Substandard Assets to Tier One Capital and Allowance for Loan Losses||32.39%||39.22%||32.39%||39.22%|
|Quarterly Comparative Data (in thousands, except per share data)|
|Common Shareholders' Equity||71,027||68,272||67,210||64,348||61,954|
|Net Income Available to Common Shareholders||1,310||1,384||1,335||814||1,241|
|Net Income Per Share||0.16||0.16||0.16||0.10||0.15|
|Key Performance Ratios||4Q2014||3Q2014||2Q2014||1Q2014||4Q2013|
|Return on Average Assets (1)||0.46%||0.49%||0.47%||0.29%||0.44%|
|Return on Average Total Equity (1)||5.37%||5.78%||5.69%||3.55%||5.43%|
|Common Equity to Total Assets||6.18%||6.13%||6.01%||5.64%||5.38%|
|Total Equity to Total Assets||8.62%||8.64%||8.51%||8.09%||7.81%|
|Net Interest Margin||3.59%||3.73%||3.61%||3.47%||3.68%|
|(1) Computed using net income available to shareholders|
|Consolidated Balance Sheets Colony Bankcorp, Inc.|
|Dec. 31, 2014||Dec. 31, 2013||Dec. 31, 2012|
|Cash and Cash Equivalents|
|Cash and Due from Banks||$24,473||$25,692||$29,244|
|Federal Funds Sold||20,132||20,495||20,002|
|Available for Sale, at Fair Value||274,595||263,258||268,301|
|Held for Maturity, at Cost (Fair Value of $30, $37 and $42 as of Dec. 31, 2014, Dec. 31, 2013, and Dec. 31, 2012, Respectively)||30||37||41|
|Federal Home Loan Bank Stock, at Cost||2,831||3,164||3,364|
|Allowance for Loan Losses||(8,802)||(11,806)||(12,737)|
|Unearned Interest and Fees||(362)||(360)||(234)|
|Premises and Equipment||24,960||24,876||24,916|
|Other Real Estate||10,402||15,502||15,941|
|Other Intangible Assets||152||188||224|
|LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY|
|Other Borrowed Money||40,000||40,000||35,000|
|Preferred Stock, Stated Value $1,000 a Share; Authorized 10,000,000 Shares, Issued 28,000 Shares||28,000||28,000||27,827|
|Common Stock, Par Value $1 a share; Authorized 20,000,000 Shares, Issued 8,439,258 Shares as of Dec. 31, 2014, Dec. 31, 2013 and Dec. 31, 2012, Respectively||8,439||8,439||8,439|
|Paid in Capital||29,145||29,145||29,145|
|Accumulated Other Comprehensive Loss, Net of Tax||(4,845)||(9,075)||(150)|
|Total Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity||$1,146,898||$1,148,551||$1,139,397|
|Consolidated Statements of Income Colony Bankcorp, Inc.|
|(in thousands except per share data)|
|Three Months Ended||Twelve Months Ended|
|Loans, Including Fees||$9,920||$10,327||$39,735||$41,350|
|Federal Funds Sold||9||12||32||39|
|Deposits with Other Banks||10||6||42||27|
|U. S. Government Agencies||1,164||1,063||4,738||3,517|
|State, County and Municipal||25||30||100||124|
|Corporate Obligations/Asset-Backed Sec.||--||5||--||47|
|Dividends on Other Investments||30||23||115||82|
|Net Interest Income||9,503||9,694||37,963||37,689|
|Provision for Loan Losses||0||285||1,308||4,485|
|Net Interest Income After Provision for Loan Losses||9,503||9,409||36,655||33,204|
|Service Charges on Deposits||1,199||1,207||4,568||4,691|
|Other Service Charges, Commissions and Fees||627||436||2,469||1,725|
|Mortgage Fee Income||109||107||420||484|
|Securities Gains (Losses)||23||(362)||24||(364)|
|Salaries and Employee Benefits||4,359||4,196||17,508||16,692|
|Occupancy and Equipment||994||952||4,063||3,794|
|Income Before Income Taxes||2,621||2,429||10,800||6,964|
|Preferred Stock Dividends||668||385||2,689||1,509|
|Net Income Available to Common Shareholders||$1,310||$1,241||$4,843||$3,120|
|Net Income Per Share of Common Stock|
|Weighted Average Basic Shares Outstanding||8,439,258||8,439,258||8,439,258||8,439,258|
|Weighted Average Diluted Shares Outstanding||8,439,258||8,439,258||8,439,258||8,439,258|
CONTACT: Terry L. Hester Chief Financial Officer (229) 426-6000 (Ext 6002)Source:Colony Bankcorp, Inc.