AUGUSTA, Ga., Jan. 30, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Southeastern Bank Financial Corp. (OTCQB:SBFC), the holding company for Georgia Bank & Trust Company of Augusta (GB&T), today reported record quarterly net income of $4.4 million for the three months ended Dec. 31, 2014, or $0.66 in diluted earnings per share, compared to $4.4 million, or $0.65 in diluted earnings per share, in the fourth quarter of 2013. For the full year, the company reported record net income of $16.6 million, or $2.49 per diluted share, compared to net income of $16.3 million, or $2.45 per diluted share, for 2013.
"A record fourth quarter finished out another record year that produced both loan and deposit growth. We are pleased to have continued our consistent, solid performance for 2014," said President and Chief Operating Officer Ronald L. Thigpen. "We continued to grow net interest income in a historically low interest rate environment. Our strong performance also reflects further improved asset quality and growth in capital."
Total assets at Dec. 31, 2014, were $1.7 billion, an increase of $43.5 million from Dec. 31, 2013. Loans outstanding at the end of the fourth quarter were $984.7 million, an increase of $68.3 million from Dec. 31, 2013. Total deposits were $1.5 billion at Dec. 31, 2013, an increase of $9.1 million from Dec. 31, 2013. Cash and cash equivalents totaled $36.0 million at the end of the fourth quarter of 2014.
Net interest income for the fourth quarter of 2014 totaled $13.4 million, an increase of $327 thousand from the same period in 2013. Noninterest income for the fourth quarter totaled $5.2 million, a significant increase from $3.6 million for the same period a year ago, due to higher mortgage origination volume and gains on investment securities. Noninterest expense was $11.7 million in the fourth quarter of 2014, a $2.6 million increase from a year ago resulting from higher personnel, occupancy and other operating expenses.
The net interest margin was 3.20 percent for the quarter-ended Dec. 31, 2014, an improvement from 3.16 percent for the third quarter of 2014, and 3.21 percent for the same period a year ago. Annualized return on average assets (ROA) was 0.98 percent for the fourth quarter of 2014, a slight decrease from 1.01% from the same period a year ago, and annualized return on average shareholder's equity (ROE) was 11.46 percent, compared to 13.02 percent from the fourth quarter of 2013, decreasing primarily from increased capital levels.
Nonperforming assets at Dec. 31, 2014, were 1.26 percent of total assets, compared to 1.09 percent at Sept. 30, 2014, and 1.58 percent at Dec. 31, 2013. Net charge-offs for the fourth quarter of 2014 totaled 0.74 percent of average loans on an annualized basis, compared to 0.43 percent annualized in the third quarter of 2014 and 0.68 percent annualized in the fourth quarter of 2013. The company held $1.1 million in OREO at Dec. 31, 2014, compared to $1.0 million at December 31, 2013.
The company's loan-loss provision expense was $548 thousand in the fourth quarter of 2014, a 37.5 percent decrease from $877 thousand in the third quarter of 2014, and a 60.6 percent decrease from $1.4 million in the fourth quarter a year ago. The allowance for loan losses at Dec. 31, 2014, was $25.5 million, or 2.64 percent of loans outstanding, compared to $26.4 million, or 2.92 percent of loans outstanding, at Dec. 31, 2013.
Net interest income for the 12 months ended Dec. 31, 2014, was $52.1 million, a 1.4 percent decrease from $52.8 million in the full year 2013. Noninterest income was $19.0 million for the 12 months ended Dec. 31, 2014, a 2.9 percent increase from $18.5 million in the same period of 2013, due to increased gain on investment securities, retail investment income and trust income, offsetting a decrease in mortgage income for the year as the bank placed approximately $30.0 million of residential mortgages on its balance sheet. Noninterest expense was $43.5 million for the full year 2014, compared to $40.4 million in the same period in 2013.
"The Company is focused on improving operating efficiency and increasing noninterest income by expanding its trust and retail investment as evidenced by the consolidation and relocation of retail investments late in the year," said Thigpen. "We are keeping with our consistent long term approach to our business and look forward to another year of long term relationships meeting the needs of our customers."
On January 14, 2015, the Board of Directors of Southeastern Bank Financial Corp. declared a regular quarterly cash dividend of $0.15 per share of common stock payable on February 13, 2015, to shareholders of record as of January 30, 2015. This is a $0.02 cents or 15.4 percent increase in the quarterly dividend from the previous rate of $0.13 cents per share. Based on the share price of $27.00 at the close of business on Thursday, January 29, 2015, this dividend represents an annualized yield to shareholders of 2.22%.
About Southeastern Bank Financial Corp.
Southeastern Bank Financial Corp. is the $1.7 billion-asset bank holding company of Georgia Bank & Trust Company of Augusta (GB&T). GB&T is the largest locally owned and operated community bank in the Augusta metro market, with nine full-service Augusta-area offices, three full-service offices in Aiken County, S.C., operating as Southern Bank & Trust and one limited service Loan Production Office in Athens, Ga. The company also has mortgage operations in Augusta and Savannah. The banks focus primarily on real estate, commercial and consumer loans to individuals, small to medium-sized businesses and professionals, and also provide wealth management and trust services. The company's common stock is publicly traded under the symbol SBFC on OTCQB. Investors can find Real-Time quotes and market information for the Company on www.otcmarkets.com or by visiting the Company's Web site, www.georgiabankandtrust.com.
Safe Harbor Statement - Forward-Looking Statements
Statements made in this release by Southeastern Bank Financial Corporation (The Company) other than those concerning historical information, should be considered forward-looking and subject to various risks and uncertainties. Such forward-looking statements are made based upon management's belief as well as assumptions made by, and information currently available to, management pursuant to "safe harbor" provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. The Company's actual results may differ materially from the results anticipated in forward-looking statements due to a variety of factors, including: unanticipated changes in the Bank's local economy and in the national economy; governmental monetary and fiscal policies; deposit levels, loan demand, loan collateral values and securities portfolio values; difficulties in interest rate risk management; difficulties in operating in a variety of geographic areas; the effects of competition in the banking business; changes in governmental regulation relating to the banking industry, including regulations relating to branching and acquisitions; failure of assumptions underlying the establishment of reserves for loan losses, including the value of collateral underlying delinquent loans; and other factors. The Company cautions that such factors are not exclusive. The Company does not undertake to update any forward-looking statement that may be made from time to time by, or on behalf of, the Company.
|SOUTHEASTERN BANK FINANCIAL CORPORATION|
|Consolidated Balance Sheets|
|December 31, 2014 and 2013|
|Assets||(Dollars in thousands, except share data)|
|Cash and due from banks||$ 33,286||36,766|
|Interest-bearing deposits in other banks||2,709||10,570|
|Cash and cash equivalents||35,995||47,336|
|Loans held for sale||18,365||10,638|
|Less allowance for loan losses||25,506||26,409|
|Premises and equipment, net||27,842||27,003|
|Accrued interest receivable||5,898||6,221|
|Bank-owned life insurance||36,908||35,745|
|Restricted equity securities||4,398||4,870|
|Other real estate owned||1,107||1,014|
|Deferred tax asset||15,263||21,023|
|Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity|
|Money management accounts||15,824||16,065|
|Time deposits of $100 or more||299,299||293,004|
|Other time deposits||76,509||84,992|
|Securities sold under repurchase agreements||10,678||808|
|Advances from Federal Home Loan Bank||64,000||64,000|
|Accrued interest payable and other liabilities||18,953||16,599|
|Preferred stock, no par value; 10,000,000 shares|
|authorized; 0 shares outstanding in 2014|
|and 2013, respectively||—||—|
|Common stock, $3.00 par value; 10,000,000 shares|
|authorized; 6,744,891 and 6,680,225 shares issued in|
|2014 and 2013, respectively; 6,744,160 and 6,679,982|
|shares outstanding in 2014 and 2013, respectively||20,235||20,041|
|Additional paid-in capital||63,096||62,863|
|Treasury stock, at cost; 731 and 243 shares in|
|2014 and 2013, respectively||(18)||(3)|
|Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss), net||71||(10,101)|
|Total stockholders' equity||155,286||131,569|
|SOUTHEASTERN BANK FINANCIAL CORPORATION|
|Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income (Loss)|
|Three Months Ended||Twelve Months Ended|
|December 31,||December 31,|
|(Dollars in thousands, except share data)|
|Loans, including fees||$ 11,812||11,376||46,444||46,479|
|Interest-bearing deposits in other banks||20||21||67||71|
|Total interest income||15,601||15,407||60,950||62,314|
|Securities sold under repurchase agreements||1||1||5||6|
|Total interest expense||2,195||2,328||8,886||9,514|
|Net interest income||13,406||13,079||52,064||52,800|
|Provision for loan losses||548||1,392||3,492||7,438|
|Net interest income after provision for loan losses||12,858||11,687||48,572||45,362|
|Service charges and fees on deposits||1,856||1,839||7,180||7,155|
|Gain on sales of loans||1,555||1,127||5,465||6,843|
|Gain on sale of fixed assets, net||37||4||64||26|
|Investment securities gains (losses), net||333||(703)||825||(895)|
|Retail investment income||580||554||2,188||2,099|
|Trust services fees||340||295||1,310||1,185|
|Earnings from cash surrender value of bank-owned|
|Total noninterest income||5,200||3,595||19,030||18,497|
|Salaries and other personnel expense||6,842||5,028||25,047||23,079|
|Other real estate losses, net||2||14||228||642|
|Other operating expenses||3,793||3,154||14,213||12,923|
|Total noninterest expense||11,679||9,103||43,488||40,366|
|Income before income taxes||6,379||6,179||24,114||23,493|
|Income tax expense||1,979||1,813||7,482||7,147|
|Net income||$ 4,400||4,366||16,632||16,346|
|Other comprehensive income (loss):|
|Unrealized gain (loss) on derivatives||(521)||344||(1,191)||1,648|
|Unrealized gain (loss) on securities available-for-sale||4,215||(7,233)||18,664||(32,090)|
|Reclassification adjustment for realized (gain) loss|
|on securities, net of OTTI||(333)||703||(825)||895|
|Total other comprehensive income (loss)||2,054||(3,780)||10,172||(18,053)|
|Comprehensive income (loss)||$ 6,454||586||26,804||(1,707)|
|Basic net income per share||$ 0.66||0.65||2.49||2.45|
|Diluted net income per share||0.66||0.65||2.49||2.45|
|Weighted average common shares outstanding||6,681,238||6,679,982||6,681,220||6,678,914|
| Weighted average number of common and |
common equivalent shares outstanding
CONTACT: For More Information: Ronald L. Thigpen President and COO Southeastern Bank Financial Corp. 706-481-1014Source:Southeastern Bank Financial Corp.