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KS Bancorp, Inc. (KSBI) Announces Fourth Quarter 2014 Financial Results

SMITHFIELD, N.C., Jan. 28, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- KS Bancorp, Inc. (the "Company") (OTCBB:KSBI), parent company of KS Bank, Inc. (the "Bank"), announced unaudited financial results for the fourth quarter and the twelve months ended December 31, 2014.

In addition, the Company also announced today that its Board of Directors voted to declare an annual dividend based on 2014 earnings of $.06 per share for stockholders of record on January 28, 2015 with payment to be made on February 11, 2015.

The Company reported net income available to common shareholders of $404,000, or $.31 per diluted share, for the three months ended December 31, 2014, compared to a net income available to common shareholders of $153,000, or $.12 per diluted share, for the three months ended December 31, 2013. For the twelve months ended December 31, 2014, the Company reported net income available to common shareholders of $994,000, or $.76 per diluted share, compared to $788,000, or $.60 per diluted share, for the twelve months ended December 31, 2013.

For the three months ended December 31, 2014, net interest income after the provision for loan losses was $2.7 million compared to $2.5 million for the three months ended December 31, 2013. Non-interest income for the three months ended December 31, 2014 was $534,000, compared to $603,000 for the same period ended December 31, 2013. The decrease is primarily attributable to the decrease in fees from presold mortgages.

For the twelve months ended December 31, 2014, net interest income after provision for loan losses was $10.1 million, compared to $9.5 million for the twelve months ended December 31, 2013. Non-interest income was $2.0 million for the twelve months ended December 31, 2014, compared to $2.3 million for the twelve months ended December 31, 2013. The decrease in non-interest income is primarily attributable to a decrease in fees from presold mortgages. Non-interest expenses decreased slightly to $10.3 million for the twelve months ended December 31, 2014, compared to $10.5 million for the twelve months ended December 31, 2013.

The Company's unaudited consolidated total assets increased $13.1 million to $318.5 million at December 31, 2014, compared to $305.4 million at December 31, 2013. Net loan balances increased $27.8 million with a balance of $221.4 million at December 31, 2014, compared to $193.6 million at December 31, 2013. Funding for the growth in the loan portfolio was provided by cash flows from the investment portfolio and an increase of core deposit accounts. The Company's investment securities decreased $11.4 million to $72.9 million at December 31, 2014, compared to $84.3 million at December 31, 2013. Total deposits have increased $18.8 million to $248.9 million at December 31, 2014, compared to $230.1 million at December 31, 2013. For the twelve months ended December 31, 2014, short-term borrowings decreased $5.4 million to $1.8 million compared to $7.2 million at December 31, 2013. Total stockholders' equity decreased $2.5 million from $24.3 million at December 31, 2013, to $21.8 million at December 31, 2014. In 2014, the Company redeemed and retired $4.2 million cumulative perpetual preferred stock and issued $2.0 million subordinated debt.

Nonperforming assets, which includes nonaccrual loans and foreclosed real estate and repossessions, declined $1.2 million from $7.7 million at December 31, 2013 to $6.5 million at December 31, 2014. The nonperforming assets consist of $2.1 million in foreclosed real estate and repossessions, and $4.4 million in nonaccrual loans. For the twelve months ended December 31, 2014, there was no provision for loan losses compared to $161,000 for the twelve months ended December 31, 2013. The allowance for loan losses at December 31, 2014 totaled $3.5 million, or 1.56% of all outstanding loans.

KS Bank continues to be well-capitalized according to regulatory standards with total risk-based capital of 15.41%, tier 1 risk-based capital of 14.15%, and a leverage ratio of 9.80% at December 31, 2014. The minimum levels to be considered well capitalized for each of these ratios are 10%, 6%, and 5%, respectively.

Commenting on the fourth quarter of 2014 results, Mr. Keen, President and CEO, stated, "During 2014, the Bank was able to improve its financial position most notably with a 26% increase in income available to common stockholders. We have also been fortunate to experience increased loan demand in many of our markets as shown by the increase in outstanding loans of $27.8 million, or 14.2%. In addition, we continue to grow our core deposit base and build long-term franchise value. We look forward to 2015 and we are committed to our communities where we live, work and volunteer."

KS Bancorp, Inc. is a Smithfield, North Carolina-based single bank holding company. KS Bank, Inc., a state-chartered savings bank, is KS Bancorp's sole subsidiary. KS Bank is a full service community bank serving the citizens of eastern North Carolina since 1924 by providing business and personal banking, commercial lending and wealth management services. There are nine full service branches located in Kenly, Selma, Clayton, Garner, Goldsboro, Wilson, Wendell, Smithfield, and Four Oaks, North Carolina plus a mortgage servicing location in Greenville, NC. For more information, visit www.ksbankinc.com.

This release contains certain forward-looking statements with respect to the financial condition, results of operations and business of the Company. These forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties and are based on the beliefs and assumptions of management of the Company and on the information available to management at the time that these disclosures were prepared. These statements can be identified by the use of words like "expect," "anticipate," "estimate" and "believe," variations of these words and other similar expressions. Readers should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements as a number of important factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements. The Company undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements.

KS Bancorp, Inc. and Subsidiary
Consolidated Statements of Financial Condition
Dec 31 2014 December 31,
(unaudited) 2013*
(Dollars in thousands)
ASSETS
Cash and due from banks:
Interest-earning $ 1,327 $ 5,737
Noninterest-earning 4,188 1,441
Time Deposit 100 100
Investment securities available for sale, at fair value 72,944 84,292
Federal Home Loan Bank stock, at cost 1,785 1,953
Loans 224,912 197,032
Less allowance for loan losses (3,510) (3,390)
Net loans 221,402 193,642
Accrued interest receivable 994 1,032
Foreclosed real estate and repossessions, net 2,121 2,948
Property and equipment, net 8,161 8,468
Other assets 5,429 5,782
Total assets $ 318,451 $ 305,395
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY
Liabilities
Deposits $ 248,915 $ 230,083
Short-term borrowings 1,837 7,214
Long-term borrowings 43,248 41,248
Accrued interest payable 339 329
Accrued expenses and other liabilities 2,344 2,183
Total liabilities 296,683 281,057
Stockholder's Equity:
Cumulative perpetual preferred stock (Series A), no par value
1,800 shares authorized, issued and outstanding $ -- $ 3,964
Cumulative perpetual preferred stock (Series B), no par value
200 shares authorized, issued and outstanding -- 205
Common stock, no par value, authorized 20,000,000 shares;
1,309,501 shares issued and outstanding in 2014 and 2013 1,607 1,607
Retained earnings, substantially restricted 20,171 19,178
Accumulated other comprehensive income (10) (616)
Total stockholders' equity 21,768 24,338
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $ 318,451 $ 305,395
* Derived from audited financial statements
KS Bancorp, Inc. and Subsidiary
Consolidated Statements of Income (Unaudited)
Three Months Ended Twelve Months Ended
Dec 31, Dec 31,
2014 2013 2014 2013
( In thousands, except per share data)
Interest and dividend income:
Loans $ 2,869 $ 2,672 $ 10,866 $ 10,685
Investment securities
Taxable 319 337 1,273 1,327
Tax-exempt 90 126 441 511
Dividends 44 26 80 52
Interest-bearing deposits 2 2 4 9
Total interest and dividend income 3,324 3,163 12,664 12,584
Interest expense:
Deposits 292 333 1,139 1,468
Borrowings 373 360 1,430 1,497
Total interest expense 665 693 2,569 2,965
Net interest income 2,659 2,470 10,095 9,619
Provision for loan losses (59) (60) -- 161
Net interest income after provision for loan losses 2,718 2,530 10,095 9,458
Noninterest income:
Service charges on deposit accounts 310 312 1,251 1,249
Fees from presold mortgages 19 61 148 481
Gain on sale of investments 25 -- 91 139
Other income 180 230 490 447
Total noninterest income 534 603 1,980 2,316
Noninterest expenses:
Compensation and benefits 1,505 1,576 5,991 5,928
Occupancy and equipment 265 271 1,038 1,046
Data processing & outside service fees 228 216 896 828
Advertising 16 10 66 42
Net foreclosed real estate 64 240 269 564
Other 477 515 2,055 2,051
Total noninterest expenses 2,555 2,828 10,315 10,459
Income before income taxes 697 305 1,760 1,315
Income tax (benefit) 231 86 490 266
Net income 466 219 1,270 1,049
Dividends on preferred stock (62) (55) (246) (218)
Accretion of discount on preferred stock, net -- (11) (30) (43)
Income available to common stockholders $ 404 $ 153 $ 994 $ 788
Basic and Diluted earnings per share $ 0.31 $ 0.12 $ 0.76 $ 0.60

CONTACT: Harold T. Keen President and Chief Executive Officer (919) 938-3101 Regina J Smith Chief Financial Officer (919) 938-3101

Source:KS Bancorp