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Macatawa Bank Corporation Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2014 Results

HOLLAND, Mich., Jan. 29, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Macatawa Bank Corporation (Nasdaq:MCBC) today announced its results for the fourth quarter and full year of 2014, reflecting continued improvement in financial performance.

  • Net income of $2.3 million in the fourth quarter 2014, up from fourth quarter 2013 net income of $2.2 million. Full year net income of $10.5 million, up from $9.5 million in 2013
  • Strong growth in total loans – up $63.7 million for the fourth quarter 2014 and $76.1 million for the full year 2014
  • Net interest income increase aided by growth in loans
  • Further expense reductions – total non-interest expense decreased by $1.9 million for 2014 compared to 2013
  • Total nonperforming assets decreased by $12.5 million, or 25.4%, from 2013
  • Past due loans at 0.25% of total loans at end of 2014, the lowest level in Company history
  • Strong loan collection results – 2014 was the second consecutive full year of net recoveries, and net recoveries in 4 of the previous 5 quarters

Macatawa reported net income of $2.3 million, or $0.07 per diluted share, in the fourth quarter 2014 compared to net income of $2.2 million, or ($0.56) per diluted share, for the fourth quarter 2013. For the full year of 2014, the Company reported net income of $10.5 million, or $0.31 per diluted share, compared to $9.5 million, or ($0.29) per diluted share, for the same period in 2013. The 2013 earnings per share information reflects the impact of the exchange of all of Macatawa's outstanding preferred stock for common stock and cash completed at the end of 2013.

"The Company is pleased to report improved earnings for both the fourth quarter and full year 2014 compared to the same periods in 2013", said Ronald L. Haan, President and CEO of the Company. "We had strong growth in the loan portfolio at the end of 2014 leading to higher net interest income, and our asset quality continued to improve. We are well positioned for continued profitable growth."

Mr. Haan continued: "Our collection efforts yielded strong loan recoveries again in 2014. Non-interest income increased in the fourth quarter 2014 and for the full year 2014. We made further progress toward eliminating the costs associated with holding and disposing of nonperforming assets, reducing these expenses by 44 percent in 2014. We also reduced several other core expense categories reflecting our ongoing focus on improving earnings performance."

Mr. Haan concluded: "We ended the year with excellent growth in our loan portfolios. Total performing loans increased by $63.7 million in the fourth quarter of 2014, after growing by $10.9 million in the third quarter of 2014. Our commercial loan pipeline remains strong, and we are well positioned for additional loan growth in 2015. We believe our strong financial condition and the loan growth we are seeing will provide the foundation for a continuation of improved earnings performance for our shareholders."

Operating Results

Net interest income for the fourth quarter 2014 totaled $10.5 million, an increase of $153,000 from the third quarter 2014 and an increase of $245,000 from the fourth quarter 2013. Net interest margin was 3.05 percent, up 1 basis point from the third quarter 2014 and up 10 basis points from the fourth quarter 2013. The Company believes that loan yield compression is bottoming and that recent loan portfolio growth will continue to benefit net interest margin in future quarters. Average interest earning assets for the fourth quarter 2014 increased $14.9 million from the third quarter 2014.

Non-interest income increased $30,000 in the fourth quarter 2014 compared to the third quarter 2014 and increased $317,000 from the fourth quarter 2013. The increase from the third quarter 2014 was due primarily to increased debit card interchange income, offset by a decrease in gains on sales of mortgage loans. The increase from the fourth quarter 2013 was due to increases in all non-interest income categories.

Non-interest expense was $12.1 million for the fourth quarter 2014, compared to $11.4 million for the third quarter 2014 and $12.0 million for the fourth quarter 2013. The largest fluctuations in non-interest expense related to costs associated with the administration and disposition of problem loans and non-performing assets, which decreased $8,000 compared to the third quarter 2014 and $599,000 compared to the fourth quarter 2013. The large decrease from the fourth quarter of 2013 related to an overall general decline in non-performing assets. Salaries and benefits were up $149,000 compared to the third quarter 2014 and were up $306,000 compared to the fourth quarter 2013 due to a higher level of claims experienced in the self-funded medical benefits plan in this current quarter compared to the prior quarters.

Federal income tax expense was $960,000 for the fourth quarter 2014 compared to $1.2 million for the third quarter 2014 and $958,000 for the fourth quarter 2013. The effective tax rate was 29.30 percent for the fourth quarter 2014, 30.39 percent for the third quarter 2014 and 30.01 percent for the fourth quarter 2013.

Asset Quality

As a result of the consistent improvements in nonperforming loans and past due loans over the past several quarters, and the reduction in historical loan loss ratios, a negative provision for loan losses of $600,000 was recorded in the fourth quarter 2014. Net loan charge offs for the fourth quarter 2014 were $67,000, compared to third quarter 2014 net loan recoveries of $330,000 and fourth quarter 2013 net loan recoveries of $526,000. The Bank has experienced net loan recoveries in 4 of the past 5 quarters and for the past two full years. Total loans past due on payments by 30 days or more amounted to $2.8 million at December 31, 2014, down 45.1 percent from $5.1 million at September 30, 2014 and down 49.1 percent from $5.5 million at December 31, 2013. Delinquency as a percentage of total loans was 0.25 percent at December 31, 2014, the lowest quarterly level in Bank history.

The allowance for loan losses of $19.0 million was 1.70 percent of total loans at December 31, 2014, compared to 1.86 percent of total loans at September 30, 2014, and 2.00 percent at December 31, 2013. The coverage ratio of allowance for loan losses to nonperforming loans continued to be strong and significantly exceeded 1-to-1 coverage at 225.04 percent as of December 31, 2014, compared to 232.99 percent at September 30, 2014, and 168.61 percent at December 31, 2013.

At December 31, 2014, the Company's nonperforming loans were $8.4 million, representing 0.75 percent of total loans. This compares to $8.4 million (0.80 percent of total loans) at September 30, 2014 and $12.3 million (1.18 percent of total loans) at December 31, 2013. Other real estate owned and repossessed assets were $28.3 million at December 31, 2014, compared to $28.8 million at September 30, 2014, and were down significantly from $36.8 million at December 31, 2013. Total nonperforming assets, including other real estate owned and nonperforming loans, have decreased by $12.5 million, or 25.4 percent, from December 31, 2013 to December 31, 2014.

A break-down of non-performing loans is shown in the table below.

December 31, September 30, June 30, March 31, December 31,
Dollars in 000s 2014 2014 2014 2014 2013
Commercial Real Estate $ 5,605 $ 3,499 $ 3,955 $ 6,299 $ 5,706
Commercial and Industrial 2,023 4,372 3,485 8,077 5,625
Total Commercial Loans 7,628 7,871 7,440 14,376 11,331
Residential Mortgage Loans 305 144 142 762 639
Consumer Loans 493 410 483 410 365
Total Non-Performing Loans $ 8,426 $ 8,425 $ 8,065 $ 15,548 $ 12,335
Residential Developer Loans (a) $ 245 $ 2,245 $ 2,249 $ 2,205 $ 2,591
(a) Represents the amount of loans to residential developers secured by single family residential property which is included in non-performing commercial loans secured by real estate.

Total non-performing assets were $36.7 million, or 2.32 percent of total assets, at December 31, 2014. A break-down of non-performing assets is shown in the table below.

December 31, September 30, June 30, March 31, December 31,
Dollars in 000s 2014 2014 2014 2014 2013
Non-Performing Loans $ 8,426 $ 8,425 $ 8,065 $ 15,548 $ 12,335
Other Repossessed Assets 38 38 48 42 40
Other Real Estate Owned 28,242 28,763 31,523 34,035 36,796
Total Non-Performing Assets $ 36,706 $ 37,226 $ 39,636 $ 49,625 $ 49,171

Balance Sheet, Liquidity and Capital

Total assets were $1,583.8 million at December 31, 2014, an increase of $94.1 million from $1,489.7 million at September 30, 2014 and an increase of $66.4 million from $1,517.4 million at December 31, 2013. Total loans were $1,118.5 million at December 31, 2014, an increase of $63.7 million from $1,054.8 million at September 30, 2014 and an increase of $76.1 million from $1,042.4 million at December 31, 2013.

Commercial loans increased by $71.8 million during the full year of 2014, and the Company also had an increase of $4.3 million in our residential mortgage and consumer loan portfolios. Commercial real estate loans increased by $18.2 million and commercial and industrial loans increased by $53.6 million during the same period as the Company continues its efforts to increase this segment of the commercial loan portfolio.

The composition of the commercial loan portfolio is shown in the table below:

December 31, September 30, June 30, March 31, December 31,
Dollars in 000s 2014 2014 2014 2014 2013
Construction and Development $ 81,296 $ 82,485 $ 84,448 $ 84,875 $ 86,413
Other Commercial Real Estate 409,235 385,432 380,146 378,322 385,927
Commercial Loans Secured by Real Estate 490,531 467,917 464,594 463,197 472,340
Commercial and Industrial 327,674 285,833 284,152 271,924 274,099
Total Commercial Loans $ 818,205 $ 753,750 $ 748,746 $ 735,121 $ 746,439
Residential Developer Loans (a) $ 29,804 $ 32,441 $ 33,622 $ 33,970 $ 35,164
(a) Represents the amount of loans to residential developers secured by single family residential property which is included in commercial loans secured by real estate.

Total deposits were $1,306.3 million at December 31, 2014, up $56.6 million from $1,249.7 million at December 31, 2013. Since December 31, 2013, balances in noninterest checking increased by $59.6 million, interest bearing checking increased by $52.6 million, savings and money market accounts decreased $27.3 million and certificates of deposit decreased $28.3 million. The Bank continues to be successful at attracting and retaining core deposit customers. Customer deposit accounts remain insured to the highest levels available under FDIC deposit insurance.

At December 31, 2014, the Bank's regulatory capital continued to be at levels among the highest in Bank history, comfortably above levels required to be categorized as "well capitalized" under applicable regulatory capital guidelines. The Bank was categorized as "well capitalized" at December 31, 2014.

About Macatawa Bank

Headquartered in Holland, Michigan, Macatawa Bank Corporation is the parent company for Macatawa Bank. Through its banking subsidiary, the Company offers a full range of banking, investment and trust services to individuals, businesses, and governmental entities from a network of 26 full service branches located in communities in Kent County, Ottawa County, and northern Allegan County. Services include commercial, consumer and real estate financing, business and personal deposit services, ATMs and Internet banking services, trust and employee benefit plan services, and various investment services. The Company emphasizes its local management team and decision making, along with providing customers excellent service and superior financial products.

CAUTIONARY STATEMENT: This press release contains forward-looking statements that are based on management's current beliefs, expectations, assumptions, estimates, plans and intentions. Forward-looking statements are identifiable by words or phrases such as "believe," "may," "will," "continue," "improving," "additional," "focus," "future," "well positioned," and other similar words or phrases. Such statements are based upon current beliefs and expectations and involve substantial risks and uncertainties which could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. These statements include, among others, statements related to trends in our key operating metrics and financial performance, future levels of earnings and profitability, future levels of earning assets, future asset quality, future growth, future yield compression and future net interest margin. All statements with references to future time periods are forward-looking. Management's determination of the provision and allowance for loan losses, the appropriate carrying value of intangible assets (including deferred tax assets) and other real estate owned and the fair value of investment securities (including whether any impairment on any investment security is temporary or other-than-temporary and the amount of any impairment) involves judgments that are inherently forward-looking. Our ability to sell other real estate owned at its carrying value or at all, utilize our deferred tax asset, successfully implement new programs and initiatives, increase efficiencies, maintain our current level of deposits and other sources of funding, maintain liquidity, respond to declines in collateral values and credit quality, improve profitability, and produce consistent core earnings is not entirely within our control and is not assured. The future effect of changes in the real estate, financial and credit markets and the national and regional economy on the banking industry, generally, and Macatawa Bank Corporation, specifically, are also inherently uncertain. These statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve certain risks, uncertainties and assumptions ("risk factors") that are difficult to predict with regard to timing, extend, likelihood and degree of occurrence. Therefore, actual results and outcomes may materially differ from what may be expressed in or implied by such forward-looking statements. Macatawa Bank Corporation does not undertake to update forward-looking statements to reflect the impact of circumstances or events that may arise after the date of the forward-looking statements.

Risk factors include, but are not limited to, the risk factors described in "Item 1A - Risk Factors" of our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2013. These and other factors are representative of the risk factors that may emerge and could cause a difference between an ultimate actual outcome and a preceding forward-looking statement.

MACATAWA BANK CORPORATION
CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL SUMMARY
(Unaudited)
(Dollars in thousands except per share information)
Three Months Ended Twelve Months Ended
December 31 December 31
EARNINGS SUMMARY 2014 2013 2014 2013
Total interest income $ 11,816 $ 11,961 $ 46,988 $ 48,620
Total interest expense 1,359 1,749 5,596 7,337
Net interest income 10,457 10,212 41,392 41,283
Provision for loan losses (600) (1,000) (3,350) (4,250)
Net interest income after provision for loan losses 11,057 11,212 44,742 45,533
NON-INTEREST INCOME
Deposit service charges 1,115 1,088 4,334 4,129
Net gains on mortgage loans 534 409 1,939 2,554
Trust fees 699 615 2,701 2,413
Other 1,985 1,904 7,240 7,045
Total non-interest income 4,333 4,016 16,214 16,141
NON-INTEREST EXPENSE
Salaries and benefits 5,959 5,653 23,137 23,012
Occupancy 1,003 997 3,840 3,756
Furniture and equipment 796 810 3,190 3,224
FDIC assessment 284 325 1,218 1,458
Administration and disposition of problem assets 853 1,452 3,071 5,524
Other 3,218 2,799 11,454 10,881
Total non-interest expense 12,113 12,036 45,910 47,855
Income before income tax 3,277 3,192 15,046 13,819
Income tax expense 960 958 4,573 4,270
Net income $ 2,317 $ 2,234 $ 10,473 $ 9,549
Net income attributable to common shareholders $ 2,317 $ (15,340) $ 10,473 $ (8,026)
Basic earnings per common share $ 0.07 $ (0.56) $ 0.31 $ (0.29)
Diluted earnings per common share $ 0.07 $ (0.56) $ 0.31 $ (0.29)
Return on average assets 0.61% 0.58% 0.70% 0.63%
Return on average equity 6.54% 6.54% 7.58% 7.11%
Net interest margin 3.05% 2.95% 3.07% 3.05%
Efficiency ratio 81.90% 84.59% 79.70% 83.34%
BALANCE SHEET DATA December 31 December 31
Assets 2014 2013
Cash and due from banks $ 31,503 $ 38,714
Federal funds sold and other short-term investments 97,952 118,178
Interest-bearing time deposits in other financial institutions 20,000 25,000
Securities available for sale 161,874 139,659
Securities held to maturity 31,585 19,248
Federal Home Loan Bank Stock 11,238 11,236
Loans held for sale 2,347 1,915
Total loans 1,118,483 1,042,377
Less allowance for loan loss 18,962 20,798
Net loans 1,099,521 1,021,579
Premises and equipment, net 52,894 53,641
Bank-owned life insurance 28,195 27,517
Other real estate owned 28,242 36,796
Other assets 18,495 23,922
Total Assets $ 1,583,846 $ 1,517,405
Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity
Noninterest-bearing deposits $ 404,143 $ 344,550
Interest-bearing deposits 902,182 905,184
Total deposits 1,306,325 1,249,734
Other borrowed funds 88,107 89,991
Long-term debt 41,238 41,238
Other liabilities 5,657 3,920
Total Liabilities 1,441,327 1,384,883
Shareholders' equity 142,519 132,522
Total Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity $ 1,583,846 $ 1,517,405
MACATAWA BANK CORPORATION
SELECTED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL DATA
(Unaudited)
(Dollars in thousands except per share information)
Quarterly Year to Date
4th Qtr 3rd Qtr 2nd Qtr 1st Qtr 4th Qtr
2014 2014 2014 2014 2013 2014 2013
EARNINGS SUMMARY
Net interest income $ 10,457 $ 10,304 $ 10,156 $ 10,475 $ 10,212 $ 41,392 $ 41,283
Provision for loan losses (600) (750) (1,000) (1,000) (1,000) (3,350) (4,250)
Total non-interest income 4,333 4,303 4,068 3,510 4,016 16,214 16,141
Total non-interest expense 12,113 11,389 11,238 11,169 12,036 45,910 47,855
Federal income tax expense (benefit) 960 1,206 1,231 1,177 958 4,573 4,270
Net income $ 2,317 $ 2,762 $ 2,755 $ 2,639 $ 2,234 $ 10,473 $ 9,549
Basic earnings per common share $ 0.07 $ 0.08 $ 0.08 $ 0.08 $ (0.56) $ 0.31 $ (0.29)
Diluted earnings per common share $ 0.07 $ 0.08 $ 0.08 $ 0.08 $ (0.56) $ 0.31 $ (0.29)
MARKET DATA
Book value per common share $ 4.21 $ 4.15 $ 4.09 $ 4.00 $ 3.92 $ 4.21 $ 3.92
Tangible book value per common share $ 4.21 $ 4.15 $ 4.09 $ 4.00 $ 3.92 $ 4.21 $ 3.92
Market value per common share $ 5.44 $ 4.80 $ 5.07 $ 5.04 $ 5.00 $ 5.44 $ 5.00
Average basic common shares 33,837,334 33,795,384 33,788,431 33,790,542 27,276,722 33,803,030 27,161,888
Average diluted common shares 33,837,334 33,795,384 33,788,431 33,790,542 27,276,722 33,803,030 27,161,888
Period end common shares 33,866,789 33,803,823 33,788,431 33,788,431 33,801,097 33,866,789 33,801,097
PERFORMANCE RATIOS
Return on average assets 0.61% 0.74% 0.75% 0.71% 0.58% 0.70% 0.63%
Return on average equity 6.54% 7.94% 8.03% 7.85% 6.54% 7.58% 7.11%
Net interest margin (fully taxable equivalent) 3.05% 3.04% 3.06% 3.15% 2.95% 3.07% 3.05%
Efficiency ratio 81.90% 77.97% 79.01% 79.86% 84.59% 79.70% 83.34%
Full-time equivalent employees (period end) 355 352 348 354 361 355 361
ASSET QUALITY
Gross charge-offs $ 382 $ 120 $ 92 $ 82 $ 508 $ 676 $ 2,203
Net charge-offs $ 67 $ (330) $ (666) $ (585) $ (526) $ (1,514) $ (1,309)
Net charge-offs to average loans (annualized) 0.02% -0.13% -0.26% -0.23% -0.20% -0.14% -0.13%
Nonperforming loans $ 8,426 $ 8,425 $ 8,065 $ 15,548 $ 12,335 $ 8,426 $ 12,335
Other real estate and repossessed assets $ 28,280 $ 28,801 $ 31,571 $ 34,077 $ 36,836 $ 28,280 $ 36,836
Nonperforming loans to total loans 0.75% 0.80% 0.77% 1.51% 1.18% 0.75% 1.18%
Nonperforming assets to total assets 2.32% 2.50% 2.66% 3.33% 3.24% 2.32% 3.24%
Allowance for loan losses $ 18,962 $ 19,629 $ 20,049 $ 20,383 $ 20,798 $ 18,962 $ 20,798
Allowance for loan losses to total loans 1.70% 1.86% 1.92% 1.98% 2.00% 1.70% 2.00%
Allowance for loan losses to nonperforming loans 225.04% 232.99% 248.59% 131.10% 168.61% 225.04% 168.61%
CAPITAL
Average equity to average assets 9.40% 9.29% 9.29% 9.01% 8.95% 9.25% 8.90%
Tier 1 capital to average assets 11.61% 11.55% 11.43% 11.06% 10.61% 11.61% 10.61%
Total capital to risk-weighted assets 15.55% 16.27% 16.33% 16.11% 15.69% 15.55% 15.69%
Tier 1 capital to average assets (Bank) 11.41% 11.36% 11.26% 10.99% 10.45% 11.41% 10.45%
Total capital to risk-weighted assets (Bank) 15.27% 15.98% 16.06% 16.00% 15.45% 15.27% 15.45%
Tangible common equity to assets 9.05% 9.49% 9.34% 9.15% 8.82% 9.05% 8.82%
END OF PERIOD BALANCES
Total portfolio loans $ 1,118,483 $ 1,054,788 $ 1,043,529 $ 1,030,111 $ 1,042,377 $ 1,118,483 $ 1,042,377
Earning assets 1,442,651 1,355,635 1,340,438 1,337,512 1,359,686 1,442,651 1,359,686
Total assets 1,583,845 1,489,664 1,491,142 1,490,899 1,517,405 1,583,845 1,517,405
Deposits 1,306,325 1,216,089 1,215,724 1,216,778 1,249,734 1,306,325 1,249,734
Total shareholders' equity 142,519 140,469 138,092 135,188 132,522 142,519 132,522
AVERAGE BALANCES
Total portfolio loans $ 1,072,585 $ 1,043,774 $ 1,040,413 $ 1,037,678 $ 1,026,603 $ 1,048,496 $ 1,030,766
Earning assets 1,373,157 1,358,219 1,337,822 1,349,971 1,380,510 1,354,865 1,355,853
Total assets 1,508,441 1,497,386 1,477,114 1,493,201 1,527,910 1,494,086 1,509,840
Deposits 1,232,343 1,224,041 1,205,194 1,223,928 1,255,221 1,221,407 1,234,598
Total shareholders' equity 141,720 139,107 137,163 134,488 136,718 138,142 134,341

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