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Suffolk Bancorp Reports First Quarter 2015 Results

First Quarter 2015 Highlights

  • Reported net income increased by 7.8% to $4.0 million versus first quarter 2014; Core net income increased by 29.5% versus the same period
  • Total loans outstanding increased 2.0% versus fourth quarter 2014 and 22.3% versus first quarter 2014
  • Demand deposits represented 42.9% of total deposits at March 31, 2015
  • Maintained exceptionally low cost of funds of 0.16% during first quarter 2015
  • Core efficiency ratio improves to 66.4% in first quarter 2015 versus 72.5% in first quarter 2014

RIVERHEAD, N.Y., April 22, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Suffolk Bancorp (the "Company") (Nasdaq:SUBK), parent company of Suffolk County National Bank (the "Bank"), today reported net income of $4.0 million, or $0.34 per diluted common share, for the first quarter of 2015 compared to $3.7 million, or $0.32 per diluted common share, a year ago.

The 7.8% increase in first quarter 2015 reported earnings versus the comparable 2014 period resulted principally from a $1.2 million increase in net interest income coupled with a $201 thousand reduction in total operating expenses in 2015. Partially offsetting these positive factors was a $1.0 million reduction in non-interest income in 2015 when compared to the first quarter of 2014. Excluding the first quarter 2014 gain on the sale of a closed branch building and an expense credit associated with branch consolidation costs previously recorded, core net income increased by 29.5% to $4.0 million in the first quarter of 2015 from $3.1 million in the comparable 2014 period. (See Non-GAAP Disclosure contained herein.)

President and CEO Howard C. Bluver stated, "We experienced a strong start to the year during the first quarter and I am pleased that we are continuing to benefit from the improving economy in our markets and the success of our aggressive expansion strategies.

"First, our lending businesses continue to perform well and are delivering strong, high quality loan growth. Quarter over quarter sequential growth in our loan portfolio was approximately $27 million, from $1.355 billion at the end of 2014, to $1.382 billion at March 31, 2015, a 2.0% increase. Total loans at the end of the first quarter represented a 22.3% increase from the comparable quarter in 2014. Considering the unusually harsh weather experienced in all our local markets during the quarter, this performance is particularly noteworthy. Many loans originally scheduled to close in the first quarter slipped into the second quarter, as many customers experienced delays in normal business activity as a consequence of the severe winter weather. As a result, our loan pipeline is currently at the highest level it has been in several years and we remain optimistic about the prospect for strong loan growth during 2015.

"I am also pleased to report that we expect our new business banking center in Long Island City, Queens, to open in early May. This office will serve the rapidly growing markets in Queens and nearby Brooklyn. The entire team that will staff this new office has been with us for several months now, is already generating significant business and has deep relationships with many small and middle market businesses in these attractive markets. We believe the opening of this new office and the success we have had in recruiting experienced bankers to staff it, is the perfect next step in our now proven strategy of protecting and enhancing our eastern Long Island lending franchise while we aggressively expand west into Nassau County and New York City."

Mr. Bluver continued, "Second, our deposit business performed particularly well during the quarter. The first quarter has traditionally been the slowest time of the year for deposit generation because of the seasonality associated with businesses on the east end of Long Island, including the Hamptons. But it is clear that, as we expand west and generate a growing percentage of our deposits from new lending customers, the seasonal winter downturn in overall deposit levels is becoming less pronounced. In this regard, I note that average demand deposits during the first quarter of 2015 were $669 million, compared to $611 million in the comparable quarter in 2014, representing a 9.5% increase. We also ended the first quarter of 2015 with $683 million in total demand deposits, compared to $633 million at the end of the first quarter of 2014, an increase of 7.8%.

"It is also important to note that, as we use up excess liquidity and our funding mix starts to reflect increased borrowings, growth in core deposits will become increasingly important to us. As a result, we have implemented new incentives for core deposit generation for both our lending and retail teams, and the initial results are encouraging. Total deposits were $1.592 billion at March 31, 2015, compared to $1.523 billion at March 31, 2014, a 4.5% increase. Most importantly, core deposits, consisting of demand, N.O.W., savings and money market funds, represented 86% of total deposits at March 31, 2015. As has been the case for many decades, we focus our deposit acquisition efforts on demand and low cost core deposits. As a result of this strategy, 43% of total deposits were demand deposits at March 31, 2015, resulting in an extraordinarily low cost of funds of 16 basis points and a strong net interest margin of 4.02% for the first quarter of 2015. We have one of the most attractive core deposit franchises in the entire community banking space, which will serve us well when interest rates inevitably rise.

"Third, credit quality during the first quarter was strong. Total non-accrual loans at March 31, 2015 declined to $12.3 million, or 0.89% of total loans, compared to $13.0 million, or 0.96% of total loans, at the end of 2014. As we have previously stated, a substantial majority of our non-accrual portfolio is performing under negotiated workout agreements that result in steady reductions in non-accrual balances as monthly payments are made. Early delinquencies (30-89 days past due), which we manage aggressively as a harbinger of future credit issues, continue to be well controlled at $1.1 million, or 0.08% of total loans, at March 31, 2015. Given the improving economic conditions in our markets, as well as the current profile of our loan portfolio, we also believe we are well reserved. Our allowance for loan losses at March 31, 2015 was $19.3 million, or 1.40% of total loans and 157% of total non-accrual loans.

"Finally, we continue to work hard to reduce operating expenses and increase our efficiency. The expansion strategies that have resulted in the strong financial performance of the last few years require significant investment, particularly in technology upgrades, office space as we move west, regulatory resources and, most importantly, attracting the best lending and credit professionals to drive performance. Nevertheless, we have been successful in finding ways to fund these investments by reducing expenses in other areas. For example, total operating expenses during the first quarter of 2015 were $13.1 million, compared to $13.3 million in the first quarter of 2014, a reduction of $201 thousand notwithstanding the significant investments made over the last year to generate increased revenues. This improvement in operating leverage translated into an improvement in our core operating efficiency ratio during the first quarter of 2015 to 66.4%, from 72.5% during the first quarter of 2014. As we move forward, we will continue to balance the need for investment to generate revenue with expense saves in other areas. We have proven our ability to do this and believe it will build shareholder value over the long term."

Performance and Other Highlights

  • Asset Quality – Total non-accrual loans were $12.3 million or 0.89% of loans outstanding at March 31, 2015 versus $13.0 million or 0.96% of loans outstanding at December 31, 2014 and $14.1 million or 1.24% of loans outstanding at March 31, 2014. Total accruing loans delinquent 30 days or more were 0.08% of loans outstanding at March 31, 2015 as compared to 0.10% of loans outstanding at December 31, 2014 and 0.33% of loans outstanding at March 31, 2014. Net loan charge-offs of $125 thousand were recorded in the first quarter of 2015 versus net loan recoveries of $150 thousand in the fourth quarter of 2014 and net loan recoveries of $224 thousand in the first quarter of 2014. The allowance for loan losses totaled $19.3 million at March 31, 2015 versus $19.2 million at December 31, 2014 and $17.7 million at March 31, 2014, representing 1.40%, 1.42% and 1.57% of total loans, respectively, at such dates. The allowance for loan losses as a percentage of non-accrual loans was 157%, 148% and 126% at March 31, 2015, December 31, 2014 and March 31, 2014, respectively. The Company held no other real estate owned ("OREO") during any of the reported periods.
  • Capital Strength – The Company's capital ratios continue to exceed all regulatory requirements. The Company's tier 1 leverage ratio was 10.13% at March 31, 2015 versus 10.04% at December 31, 2014 and 10.27% at March 31, 2014. The Company's total risk-based capital ratio was 13.77% at March 31, 2015 as compared to 13.35% at December 31, 2014 and 14.82% at March 31, 2014. The Company's tangible common equity to tangible assets ratio ("TCE ratio") (non-GAAP financial measure) was 9.77% at March 31, 2015 versus 9.50% at December 31, 2014 and 9.99% at March 31, 2014.
  • Core Deposits – Core deposits, consisting of demand, N.O.W., savings and money market accounts, totaled $1.4 billion at March 31, 2015 versus $1.3 billion at December 31, 2014 and March 31, 2014. Core deposits represented 86% of total deposits at March 31, 2015 and December 31, 2014 and 85% of total deposits at March 31, 2014. Demand deposits were $683 million at March 31, 2015, an increase of 7.8% from $633 million at March 31, 2014. Demand deposits were $684 million at December 31, 2014. Demand deposits represented 43%, 44% and 42% of total deposits at March 31, 2015, December 31, 2014 and March 31, 2014, respectively.
  • Loans – Loans outstanding at March 31, 2015 increased by $252 million, or 22.3%, to $1.38 billion when compared to March 31, 2014 and increased by $27 million, or 2.0%, when compared to December 31, 2014.
  • Net Interest Margin – Net interest margin was 4.02% in the first quarter of 2015 versus 3.96% in the fourth quarter of 2014 and 4.21% in the first quarter of 2014. Excluding the receipt of interest income on loans returning to accrual status, the Company's core net interest margin was 4.01% in the first quarter of 2015 as compared to 3.96% in the fourth quarter of 2014 and 4.12% in the first quarter of 2014. (See Non-GAAP Disclosure contained herein.) The average cost of funds was 0.16% in the first quarter of 2015 versus 0.15% in the fourth quarter of 2014 and 0.17% in the first quarter of 2014.
  • Performance Ratios – Return on average assets and return on average common stockholders' equity were 0.85% and 8.79%, respectively, in the first quarter of 2015 versus 0.88% and 8.73%, respectively, in the fourth quarter of 2014, and 0.89% and 8.81%, respectively, in the first quarter of 2014.

Earnings Summary for the Quarter Ended March 31, 2015

The Company recorded net income of $4.0 million during the first quarter of 2015 versus $3.7 million in the comparable year ago period. The 7.8% improvement in first quarter 2015 net income resulted principally from a $1.2 million increase in net interest income coupled with a $201 thousand decrease in total operating expenses in 2015. Partially offsetting the foregoing improvements was a $1.0 million decrease in non-interest income in the first quarter of 2015, largely the result of a $642 thousand gain on the sale of a branch building in the first quarter of 2014 and a $279 thousand reduction in fiduciary fee income due to the sale of the Company's wealth management business in the fourth quarter of 2014. The Company's effective tax rate increased nominally to 23.6% in 2015 from 23.0% a year ago. A $250 thousand provision for loan losses was recorded in the first quarters of 2015 and 2014.

The $1.2 million or 8.0% improvement in first quarter 2015 net interest income resulted from a $199 million increase in average total interest-earning assets, offset in part by a 19 basis point contraction in the Company's net interest margin to 4.02% in 2015 from 4.21% in 2014. The Company's first quarter 2015 average total interest-earning asset yield was 4.17% versus 4.38% in the comparable 2014 quarterly period. A lower average yield on the Company's loan portfolio in the first quarter of 2015 versus the first quarter of 2014, down 49 basis points to 4.35%, was the primary driver of the reduction in the interest-earning assets yield. The Company's average balance sheet mix continued to improve as average loans increased by $284 million (26.1%) versus first quarter 2014 and low-yielding overnight interest-bearing deposits and federal funds sold declined by $34 million (56.8%) during the same period. Federal funds sold and interest-bearing deposits represented 1% of average total interest-earning assets in the first quarter of 2015 versus 4% a year ago. The average securities portfolio decreased by $56 million to $359 million in the first quarter of 2015 versus the comparable 2014 period. The average yield on the investment portfolio was 3.81% in the first quarter of 2015 versus 3.76% a year ago. At March 31, 2015, tax-exempt municipal securities, at 42%, made up the largest component of the Company's investment portfolio. The available for sale securities portfolio had an unrealized pre-tax gain of $6.1 million and the entire securities portfolio had an estimated weighted average life of 4.5 years at March 31, 2015.

The Company's average cost of total interest-bearing liabilities declined by two basis points to 0.27% in the first quarter of 2015 versus 0.29% in the first quarter of 2014. The Company's total cost of funds, among the lowest in the industry, declined to 0.16% in the first quarter of 2015 from 0.17% a year ago, largely because of the Company's continued focus on lower-cost core deposits. Average core deposits increased $78 million to $1.4 billion during the first quarter of 2015 as compared to the comparable 2014 period, with average demand deposits representing 43% of first quarter 2015 average total deposits. Total deposits increased by $68 million or 4.5% to $1.6 billion at March 31, 2015 versus March 31, 2014. Core deposit balances, which represented 86% of total deposits at March 31, 2015, grew by $73 million or 5.7% during the same period. Average borrowings increased $124 million during the first quarter of 2015 compared to 2014 and were used to fund the growth in the Company's loan portfolio, which increased $284 million on average during that same period.

The $201 thousand reduction in total operating expenses in the first quarter of 2015 versus 2014 was principally the result of a $255 thousand (2.9%) reduction in compensation and benefits expense and a $213 thousand (38.7%) reduction in consulting and professional fees. Excluding a $170 thousand expense credit recorded in the first quarter of 2014 related to branch closures, total operating expenses declined by $371 thousand or 2.8% in the first quarter of 2015 versus the comparable 2014 period. The Company's core operating efficiency ratio improved to 66.4% in the first quarter of 2015 from 72.5% a year ago.

The $250 thousand provision for loan losses recorded during the first quarter of 2015 was primarily due to the growth in the loan portfolio experienced during the past three months. The Company also recorded a provision for loan losses of $250 thousand in the first quarter of 2014.

Non-interest income declined by $1.0 million or 32.4% in the first quarter of 2015 versus the comparable 2014 period. This reduction was due principally to a $642 thousand pre-tax gain recorded in 2014 on the sale of a closed branch facility coupled with a $279 thousand reduction in fiduciary fee income. Excluding the impact of these two items, non-interest income declined by $80 thousand or 3.7% in 2015. This decline was principally due to a reduction in deposit service charge income resulting from lower overdraft and DDA analysis fees in 2015. Fiduciary fees declined as a result of the Company's decision to exit the wealth management market during the fourth quarter of 2014 through the sale of its wealth management business. Partially offsetting the foregoing reductions in non-interest income were increases in net gain on the sale of portfolio loans (up $198 thousand) and net gain on the sale of mortgage loans originated for sale (up $51 thousand).

The Company recorded income tax expense of $1.2 million in the first quarter of 2015 resulting in an effective tax rate of 23.6% versus an income tax expense of $1.1 million and an effective tax rate of 23.0% in the comparable period a year ago.

Asset Quality

Non-accrual loans totaled $12.3 million or 0.89% of loans outstanding at March 31, 2015 versus $13.0 million or 0.96% of total loans outstanding at December 31, 2014 and $14.1 million or 1.24% of loans outstanding at March 31, 2014. The allowance for loan losses as a percentage of total non-accrual loans amounted to 157%, 148% and 126% at March 31, 2015, December 31, 2014 and March 31, 2014, respectively. Total accruing loans delinquent 30 days or more amounted to $1 million or 0.08% of loans outstanding at March 31, 2015 as compared to $1 million or 0.10% of loans outstanding at December 31, 2014 and $4 million or 0.33% of loans outstanding at March 31, 2014.

Total criticized and classified loans were $44 million at March 31, 2015 versus $40 million at December 31, 2014 and March 31, 2014. Criticized loans are those loans that are not classified but require some degree of heightened monitoring. Classified loans were $25 million at March 31, 2015 as compared to $30 million at December 31, 2014 and $33 million at March 31, 2014. The allowance for loan losses as a percentage of total classified loans was 77%, 64% and 53%, respectively, at the same dates.

At March 31, 2015, the Company had $19 million in troubled debt restructurings ("TDRs"), primarily consisting of commercial and industrial loans, commercial real estate loans and residential mortgages totaling $3 million, $10 million and $4 million, respectively. The Company had TDRs amounting to $20 million at December 31, 2014 and $16 million at March 31, 2014.

At March 31, 2015, the Company's allowance for loan losses amounted to $19.3 million or 1.40% of period-end loans outstanding. The allowance as a percentage of loans outstanding was 1.42% and 1.57% at December 31, 2014 and March 31, 2014, respectively. The Company recorded net loan charge-offs of $125 thousand in the first quarter of 2015 versus net loan recoveries of $150 thousand in the fourth quarter of 2014 and net loan recoveries of $224 thousand in the first quarter of 2014. As a percentage of average total loans outstanding, these net amounts represented, on an annualized basis, 0.04% for the first quarter of 2015, (0.05%) for the fourth quarter of 2014 and (0.08%) for the first quarter of 2014.

The Company held no OREO during any of the reported periods.

Capital

Total stockholders' equity was $188 million at March 31, 2015 compared to $183 million at December 31, 2014 and $174 million at March 31, 2014. The increase in stockholders' equity versus March 31, 2014 was due to net income, net of dividends paid, recorded during the past twelve months. The Company's return on average common stockholders' equity was 8.79% for the three months ended March 31, 2015 versus 8.81% for the comparable 2014 period.

The Bank's tier 1 leverage, common equity tier 1 risk-based, tier 1 risk-based and total risk-based capital ratios were 10.02%, 12.38%, 12.38% and 13.63%, respectively, at March 31, 2015. Each of these ratios exceeds the regulatory guidelines for a "well capitalized" institution, the highest regulatory capital category.

The Company's capital ratios also exceeded all regulatory requirements at March 31, 2015. The Company's TCE ratio (non-GAAP financial measure) was 9.77% at March 31, 2015 versus 9.50% at December 31, 2014 and 9.99% at March 31, 2014.

Corporate Information

Suffolk Bancorp is a one-bank holding company engaged in the commercial banking business through Suffolk County National Bank, a full service commercial bank headquartered in Riverhead, New York and Suffolk Bancorp's wholly owned subsidiary. Organized in 1890, the Bank has 26 branch offices in Nassau and Suffolk Counties, New York. For more information about the Bank and its products and services, please visit www.scnb.com.

Non-GAAP Disclosure

This discussion includes non-GAAP financial measures of the Company's TCE ratio, tangible common equity, tangible assets, core net income, core FTE net interest income, core FTE net interest margin, core operating expenses, core non-interest income, core FTE non-interest income and core operating efficiency ratio. A non-GAAP financial measure is a numerical measure of historical or future financial performance, financial position or cash flows that excludes or includes amounts that are required to be disclosed in the most directly comparable measure calculated and presented in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles in the United States ("U.S. GAAP"). The Company believes that these non-GAAP financial measures provide both management and investors a more complete understanding of the underlying operational results and trends and the Company's marketplace performance. The presentation of this additional information is not meant to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for the numbers prepared in accordance with U.S. GAAP and may not be comparable to similarly titled measures used by other financial institutions.

With respect to the calculations of core net income, core FTE net interest income and core FTE net interest margin for the periods presented in this discussion, reconciliations to the most comparable U.S. GAAP measures are provided in the following tables. Such reconciliations for the TCE ratio, tangible common equity, tangible assets, core operating expenses, core non-interest income, core FTE non-interest income and core operating efficiency ratio are provided elsewhere herein.

Three Months Ended March 31,
(in thousands) 2015 2014
CORE NET INCOME:
Net income, as reported $ 4,009 $ 3,720
Less:
Gain on sale of branch building -- (642)
Branch consolidation costs (credits) -- (170)
Total adjustments, before income taxes -- (812)
Adjustment for reported effective income tax rate -- (187)
Total adjustments, after income taxes -- (625)
Core net income $ 4,009 $ 3,095
Three Months Ended March 31,
($ in thousands) 2015 2014
CORE NET INTEREST INCOME/MARGIN:
Net interest income/margin (FTE), as reported $ 17,496 4.02% $ 16,273 4.21%
Less:
Interest on loans returning to accrual status 20 0.01% 341 0.09%
Core net interest income/margin (FTE) $ 17,476 4.01% $ 15,932 4.12%

Safe Harbor Statement Pursuant to the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995

Certain statements contained in this discussion are "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These can include remarks about the Company, the banking industry, the economy in general, expectations of the business environment in which the Company operates, projections of future performance, and potential future credit experience. These remarks are based upon current management expectations, and may, therefore, involve risks and uncertainties that cannot be predicted or quantified, that are beyond the Company's control and that could cause future results to vary materially from the Company's historical performance or from current expectations. These remarks may be identified by such forward-looking statements as "should," "expect," "believe," "view," "opportunity," "allow," "continues," "reflects," "typically," "usually," "anticipate," or similar statements or variations of such terms. Factors that could affect the Company include particularly, but are not limited to: increased capital requirements mandated by the Company's regulators; the Company's ability to raise capital; competitive factors, including price competition; changes in interest rates; increases or decreases in retail and commercial economic activity in the Company's market area; variations in the ability and propensity of consumers and businesses to borrow, repay, or deposit money, or to use other banking and financial services; results of regulatory examinations or changes in law, regulations or regulatory practices; the Company's ability to attract and retain key management and staff; any failure by the Company to maintain effective internal control over financial reporting; larger-than-expected losses from the sale of assets; and the potential that net charge-offs are higher than expected or for further increases in our provision for loan losses. Further, it could take the Company longer than anticipated to implement its strategic plans to increase revenue and manage non-interest expense, or it may not be possible to implement those plans at all. Finally, new and unanticipated legislation, regulation, or accounting standards may require the Company to change its practices in ways that materially change the results of operations. We have no obligation to update any forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date of this document. For more information, see the risk factors described in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K and other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Financial Highlights Follow

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CONDITION
(unaudited, dollars in thousands, except per share data)
March 31, 2015 December 31, 2014 March 31, 2014
ASSETS
Cash and cash equivalents
Cash and non-interest-bearing deposits due from banks $ 46,886 $ 41,140 $ 52,422
Interest-bearing deposits due from banks 12,138 13,376 33,743
Federal funds sold -- 1,000 1,038
Total cash and cash equivalents 59,024 55,516 87,203
Interest-bearing time deposits in other banks 10,000 10,000 10,000
Federal Reserve Bank, Federal Home Loan Bank and other stock 6,800 8,600 2,863
Investment securities:
Available for sale, at fair value 291,557 298,670 364,148
Held to maturity (fair value $65,414, $64,796 and $46,008, respectively) 62,191 62,270 45,479
Total investment securities 353,748 360,940 409,627
Loans 1,382,160 1,355,427 1,129,818
Allowance for loan losses 19,325 19,200 17,737
Net loans 1,362,835 1,336,227 1,112,081
Loans held for sale 2,836 26,495 190
Premises and equipment, net 23,219 23,641 24,523
Bank owned life insurance 45,418 45,109 44,109
Deferred taxes 14,886 15,714 12,269
Accrued interest and loan fees receivable 6,482 5,676 6,322
Goodwill and other intangibles 3,043 2,991 2,994
Other assets 3,666 4,374 3,635
TOTAL ASSETS $ 1,891,957 $ 1,895,283 $ 1,715,816
LIABILITIES & STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY
Demand deposits $ 682,593 $ 683,634 $ 633,496
Savings, N.O.W. and money market deposits 685,891 653,667 661,599
Subtotal core deposits 1,368,484 1,337,301 1,295,095
Time deposits 223,188 218,759 228,339
Total deposits 1,591,672 1,556,060 1,523,434
Borrowings 90,000 130,000 --
Unfunded pension liability 6,192 6,303 167
Capital leases 4,483 4,511 4,588
Other liabilities 12,050 15,676 13,456
TOTAL LIABILITIES 1,704,397 1,712,550 1,541,645
COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENT LIABILITIES
STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY
Common stock (par value $2.50; 15,000,000 shares authorized; issued 13,891,390 shares, 13,836,508 shares and 13,738,752 shares at March 31, 2015, December 31, 2014 and March 31, 2014, respectively; outstanding 11,725,652 shares, 11,670,770 shares and 11,573,014 shares at March 31, 2015, December 31, 2014 and March 31, 2014, respectively) 34,728 34,591 34,348
Surplus 44,495 44,230 43,445
Retained earnings 119,478 116,169 105,993
Treasury stock at par (2,165,738 shares) (5,414) (5,414) (5,414)
Accumulated other comprehensive loss, net of tax (5,727) (6,843) (4,201)
TOTAL STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY 187,560 182,733 174,171
TOTAL LIABILITIES & STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY $ 1,891,957 $ 1,895,283 $ 1,715,816
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(unaudited, dollars in thousands, except per share data)
Three Months Ended March 31,
2015 2014
INTEREST INCOME
Loans and loan fees $ 14,569 $ 12,877
U.S. Government agency obligations 541 628
Obligations of states and political subdivisions 1,335 1,505
Collateralized mortgage obligations 182 250
Mortgage-backed securities 445 501
Corporate bonds 38 90
Federal funds sold and interest-bearing deposits due from banks 23 46
Dividends 60 38
Total interest income 17,193 15,935
INTEREST EXPENSE
Savings, N.O.W. and money market deposits 274 292
Time deposits 294 345
Borrowings 108 --
Total interest expense 676 637
Net interest income 16,517 15,298
Provision for loan losses 250 250
Net interest income after provision for loan losses 16,267 15,048
NON-INTEREST INCOME
Service charges on deposit accounts 747 1,003
Other service charges, commissions and fees 593 679
Fiduciary fees -- 279
Net gain on sale of securities available for sale 26 --
Net gain on sale of portfolio loans 198 --
Net gain on sale of mortgage loans originated for sale 144 93
Net gain on sale of premises and equipment -- 642
Income from bank owned life insurance 309 354
Other operating income 74 42
Total non-interest income 2,091 3,092
OPERATING EXPENSES
Employee compensation and benefits 8,606 8,861
Occupancy expense 1,462 1,435
Equipment expense 385 449
Consulting and professional services 338 551
FDIC assessment 290 267
Data processing 570 573
Branch consolidation costs (credits) -- (170)
Other operating expenses 1,457 1,343
Total operating expenses 13,108 13,309
Income before income tax expense 5,250 4,831
Income tax expense 1,241 1,111
NET INCOME $ 4,009 $ 3,720
EARNINGS PER COMMON SHARE - BASIC $ 0.34 $ 0.32
EARNINGS PER COMMON SHARE - DILUTED $ 0.34 $ 0.32
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
QUARTERLY TREND
(unaudited, dollars in thousands, except per share data)
Three Months Ended
March 31, December 31, September 30, June 30, March 31,
2015 2014 2014 2014 2014
INTEREST INCOME
Loans and loan fees $ 14,569 $ 14,094 $ 13,396 $ 13,203 $ 12,877
U.S. Government agency obligations 541 548 553 591 628
Obligations of states and political subdivisions 1,335 1,390 1,428 1,489 1,505
Collateralized mortgage obligations 182 188 198 224 250
Mortgage-backed securities 445 461 474 500 501
Corporate bonds 38 38 38 87 90
Federal funds sold and interest-bearing deposits due from banks 23 27 35 42 46
Dividends 60 37 42 35 38
Total interest income 17,193 16,783 16,164 16,171 15,935
INTEREST EXPENSE
Savings, N.O.W. and money market deposits 274 292 291 287 292
Time deposits 294 305 322 337 345
Borrowings 108 41 2 5 --
Total interest expense 676 638 615 629 637
Net interest income 16,517 16,145 15,549 15,542 15,298
Provision for loan losses 250 250 250 250 250
Net interest income after provision for loan losses 16,267 15,895 15,299 15,292 15,048
NON-INTEREST INCOME
Service charges on deposit accounts 747 847 887 944 1,003
Other service charges, commissions and fees 593 735 778 892 679
Fiduciary fees -- 199 265 280 279
Net gain (loss) on sale of securities available for sale 26 31 11 (23) --
Net gain on sale of portfolio loans 198 -- 217 -- --
Net gain on sale of mortgage loans originated for sale 144 69 51 70 93
Net (loss) gain on sale of premises and equipment -- (1) -- 110 642
Income from bank owned life insurance 309 319 316 366 354
Other operating income 74 381 25 39 42
Total non-interest income 2,091 2,580 2,550 2,678 3,092
OPERATING EXPENSES
Employee compensation and benefits 8,606 8,583 8,628 8,488 8,861
Occupancy expense 1,462 1,394 1,295 1,411 1,435
Equipment expense 385 429 418 434 449
Consulting and professional services 338 743 693 639 551
FDIC assessment 290 294 202 268 267
Data processing 570 523 549 559 573
Branch consolidation costs (credits) -- -- -- (279) (170)
Other operating expenses 1,457 1,756 1,451 1,632 1,343
Total operating expenses 13,108 13,722 13,236 13,152 13,309
Income before income tax expense 5,250 4,753 4,613 4,818 4,831
Income tax expense 1,241 687 875 1,047 1,111
NET INCOME $ 4,009 $ 4,066 $ 3,738 $ 3,771 $ 3,720
EARNINGS PER COMMON SHARE - BASIC $ 0.34 $ 0.35 $ 0.32 $ 0.33 $ 0.32
EARNINGS PER COMMON SHARE - DILUTED $ 0.34 $ 0.35 $ 0.32 $ 0.32 $ 0.32
STATISTICAL SUMMARY
(unaudited, dollars in thousands, except per share data)
Three Months Ended March 31,
2015 2014
EARNINGS:
Earnings per common share - diluted $ 0.34 $ 0.32
Net income 4,009 3,720
Net interest income 16,517 15,298
Cash dividends per common share 0.06 --
AVERAGE BALANCES:
Total assets $ 1,905,403 $ 1,695,486
Loans 1,372,365 1,088,253
Investment securities 359,413 415,385
Interest-earning assets 1,766,276 1,567,052
Demand deposits 668,613 610,739
Core deposits (1) 1,357,241 1,279,680
Total deposits 1,572,401 1,505,871
Borrowings 124,111 --
Stockholders' equity 184,942 171,192
FINANCIAL PERFORMANCE RATIOS:
Return on average assets 0.85% 0.89%
Return on average stockholders' equity 8.79% 8.81%
Average loans/average deposits 87.28% 72.27%
Average core deposits/average deposits 86.32% 84.98%
Average demand deposits/average deposits 42.52% 40.56%
Net interest margin (FTE) 4.02% 4.21%
Operating efficiency ratio (2) 66.33% 67.98%
Core operating efficiency ratio (3) 66.39% 72.49%
(1) Demand, savings, N.O.W. and money market deposits.
(2) The operating efficiency ratio is calculated by dividing operating expenses, excluding net gains and losses on sales and writedowns of OREO, by the sum of fully taxable equivalent ("FTE") net interest income and non-interest income, excluding net gains and losses on bulk sales of loans and available for sale securities.
(3) The core operating efficiency ratio is calculated by making certain adjustments to the operating efficiency ratio calculation. The core operating efficiency ratio is not required by U.S. GAAP or by applicable bank regulatory requirements, but is a metric used by management to evaluate core operating efficiency. Since there is no authoritative requirement to calculate this ratio, our ratio is not necessarily comparable to similar efficiency measures disclosed or used by other companies in the financial services industry. The core operating efficiency ratio is a non-GAAP financial measure and should be considered in addition to, not as a substitute for or superior to, financial measures determined in accordance with U.S. GAAP. The reconciliation of core FTE net interest income to FTE net interest income is provided elsewhere herein. With respect to the calculation of the actual unaudited core operating efficiency ratio as of the reported periods, the reconciliation of core operating expenses to U.S. GAAP total operating expenses and core non-interest income to U.S. GAAP total non-interest income and the calculation of the core operating efficiency ratio are set forth below:
Core operating expenses:
Total operating expenses $ 13,108 $ 13,309
Adjust for branch consolidation costs (credits) -- 170
Core operating expenses 13,108 13,479
Core non-interest income:
Total non-interest income 2,091 3,092
Adjust for gain on sale of branch building -- (642)
Core non-interest income 2,091 2,450
Adjust for tax-equivalent basis 202 212
Core FTE non-interest income 2,293 2,662
Core operating efficiency ratio:
Core operating expenses 13,108 13,479
Core FTE net interest income 17,476 15,932
Core FTE non-interest income 2,293 2,662
Less net gain on sale of securities available for sale (26) --
Core operating expenses/sum of other items above 66.39% 72.49%
STATISTICAL SUMMARY (continued)
(unaudited, dollars in thousands)
RECONCILIATION OF BASIC AND DILUTED WEIGHTED AVERAGE COMMON SHARES OUTSTANDING:
Three Months Ended March 31,
2015 2014
Weighted average common shares outstanding 11,602,924 11,573,014
Weighted average unvested restricted shares 91,503 --
Weighted average shares for basic earnings per share 11,694,427 11,573,014
Additional diluted shares:
Stock options 68,672 58,448
Weighted average shares for diluted earnings per share 11,763,099 11,631,462
CAPITAL RATIOS:
March 31, December 31, September 30, June 30, March 31,
2015 2014 2014 2014 2014
Suffolk Bancorp:
Tier 1 leverage ratio 10.13% 10.04% 10.21% 10.27% 10.27%
Common equity tier 1 risk-based capital ratio 12.52% N/A N/A N/A N/A
Tier 1 risk-based capital ratio 12.52% 12.10% 12.84% 13.28% 13.57%
Total risk-based capital ratio 13.77% 13.35% 14.09% 14.53% 14.82%
Tangible common equity ratio (1) 9.77% 9.50% 10.07% 10.06% 9.99%
Total stockholders' equity/total assets (2) 9.91% 9.64% 10.22% 10.21% 10.15%
Suffolk County National Bank:
Tier 1 leverage ratio 10.02% 9.96% 10.11% 10.19% 10.20%
Common equity tier 1 risk-based capital ratio 12.38% N/A N/A N/A N/A
Tier 1 risk-based capital ratio 12.38% 12.00% 12.72% 13.19% 13.48%
Total risk-based capital ratio 13.63% 13.25% 13.97% 14.44% 14.73%
Tangible common equity ratio (1) 9.66% 9.40% 9.97% 9.98% 9.92%
Total stockholders' equity/total assets (2) 9.80% 9.55% 10.12% 10.14% 10.08%
(1) The ratio of tangible common equity to tangible assets, or TCE ratio, is calculated by dividing total common stockholders' equity by total assets, after reducing both amounts by intangible assets. The TCE ratio is not required by U.S. GAAP or by applicable bank regulatory requirements, but is a metric used by management to evaluate the adequacy of our capital levels. Since there is no authoritative requirement to calculate the TCE ratio, our TCE ratio is not necessarily comparable to similar capital measures disclosed or used by other companies in the financial services industry. Tangible common equity and tangible assets are non-GAAP financial measures and should be considered in addition to, not as a substitute for or superior to, financial measures determined in accordance with U.S. GAAP. With respect to the calculation of the actual unaudited TCE ratios as of March 31, 2015, reconciliations of tangible common equity to U.S. GAAP total common stockholders' equity and tangible assets to U.S. GAAP total assets are set forth below:
Suffolk Bancorp:
Total stockholders' equity $ 187,560 Total assets $ 1,891,957 9.91%
Less: intangible assets (3,043) Less: intangible assets (3,043)
Tangible common equity $ 184,517 Tangible assets $ 1,888,914 9.77%
Suffolk County National Bank:
Total stockholders' equity $ 185,384 Total assets $ 1,891,599 9.80%
Less: intangible assets (3,043) Less: intangible assets (3,043)
Tangible common equity $ 182,341 Tangible assets $ 1,888,556 9.66%
(2) The ratio of total stockholders' equity to total assets is the most comparable U.S. GAAP measure to the non-GAAP tangible common equity ratio presented herein.
STATISTICAL SUMMARY (continued)
(unaudited, dollars in thousands, except per share data)
Periods Ended
March 31, December 31, September 30, June 30, March 31,
2015 2014 2014 2014 2014
LOAN DISTRIBUTION (1):
Commercial and industrial $ 178,812 $ 177,813 $ 180,399 $ 181,318 $ 165,019
Commercial real estate 579,873 560,524 512,341 487,901 477,199
Multifamily 322,229 309,666 274,352 245,122 221,841
Mixed use commercial 35,333 34,806 27,476 26,132 12,759
Real estate construction 24,608 26,206 21,615 15,601 14,940
Residential mortgages 184,977 187,828 185,856 176,370 173,347
Home equity 49,440 50,982 52,001 54,197 55,250
Consumer 6,888 7,602 8,021 8,855 9,463
Total loans $ 1,382,160 $ 1,355,427 $ 1,262,061 $ 1,195,496 $ 1,129,818
Sequential quarter growth rate 1.97% 7.40% 5.57% 5.81% 5.70%
Period-end loans/deposits ratio 86.84% 87.11% 79.84% 76.23% 74.16%
FUNDING DISTRIBUTION:
Demand $ 682,593 $ 683,634 $ 681,306 $ 676,415 $ 633,496
N.O.W. 131,934 121,046 115,846 101,914 114,831
Savings 312,101 298,653 302,470 298,811 303,355
Money market 241,856 233,968 256,721 262,064 243,413
Total core deposits 1,368,484 1,337,301 1,356,343 1,339,204 1,295,095
Time 223,188 218,759 224,426 228,999 228,339
Total deposits 1,591,672 1,556,060 1,580,769 1,568,203 1,523,434
Borrowings 90,000 130,000 10,000 -- --
Total funding sources $ 1,681,672 $ 1,686,060 $ 1,590,769 $ 1,568,203 $ 1,523,434
Sequential quarter growth rate - total deposits 2.29% (1.56%) 0.80% 2.94% 0.89%
Period-end core deposits/total deposits ratio 85.98% 85.94% 85.80% 85.40% 85.01%
Period-end demand deposits/total deposits ratio 42.89% 43.93% 43.10% 43.13% 41.58%
Cost of funds for the quarter 0.16% 0.15% 0.16% 0.16% 0.17%
EQUITY:
Common shares outstanding 11,725,652 11,670,770 11,667,590 11,653,098 11,573,014
Stockholders' equity $ 187,560 $ 182,733 $ 183,197 $ 180,305 $ 174,171
Book value per common share 16.00 15.66 15.70 15.47 15.05
Tangible common equity 184,517 179,742 180,210 177,319 171,177
Tangible book value per common share 15.74 15.40 15.45 15.22 14.79
(1) Excluding loans held for sale.
ASSET QUALITY ANALYSIS
(unaudited, dollars in thousands)
Three Months Ended
March 31, December 31, September 30, June 30, March 31,
2015 2014 2014 2014 2014
Non-performing assets (1):
Non-accrual loans:
Commercial and industrial $ 3,035 $ 4,060 $ 4,946 $ 4,891 $ 4,843
Commercial real estate 6,647 6,556 6,650 6,776 6,936
Residential mortgages 2,074 2,020 2,457 1,734 1,840
Home equity 414 303 557 501 431
Consumer 122 42 44 9 9
Total non-accrual loans 12,292 12,981 14,654 13,911 14,059
Loans 90 days or more past due and still accruing -- -- -- -- --
Total non-performing loans 12,292 12,981 14,654 13,911 14,059
Non-accrual loans held for sale -- -- -- -- --
OREO -- -- -- -- --
Total non-performing assets $ 12,292 $ 12,981 $ 14,654 $ 13,911 $ 14,059
Total non-accrual loans/total loans (2) 0.89% 0.96% 1.16% 1.16% 1.24%
Total non-performing loans/total loans (2) 0.89% 0.96% 1.16% 1.16% 1.24%
Total non-performing assets/total assets 0.65% 0.68% 0.82% 0.79% 0.82%
Troubled debt restructurings (2) (3) $ 18,741 $ 19,673 $ 19,677 $ 21,994 $ 16,076
Activity in the allowance for loan losses:
Balance at beginning of period $ 19,200 $ 18,800 $ 18,478 $ 17,737 $ 17,263
Less: charge-offs 493 22 119 234 117
Recoveries 368 172 191 725 341
Provision for loan losses 250 250 250 250 250
Balance at end of period $ 19,325 $ 19,200 $ 18,800 $ 18,478 $ 17,737
Allowance for loan losses/non-accrual loans (1) (2) 157% 148% 128% 133% 126%
Allowance for loan losses/non-performing loans (1) (2) 157% 148% 128% 133% 126%
Allowance for loan losses/total loans (1) (2) 1.40% 1.42% 1.49% 1.55% 1.57%
Net charge-offs (recoveries):
Commercial and industrial $ 149 $ (133) $ (56) $ (11) $ (177)
Commercial real estate (7) (11) (11) (485) (12)
Residential mortgages (11) (4) (4) 28 (4)
Home equity (2) (2) (3) (18) (27)
Consumer (4) -- 2 (5) (4)
Total net charge-offs (recoveries) $ 125 $ (150) $ (72) $ (491) $ (224)
Net charge-offs (recoveries) (annualized)/average loans 0.04% (0.05%) (0.02%) (0.17%) (0.08%)
Delinquencies and non-accrual loans as a % of total loans (1):
Loans 30 - 59 days past due 0.05% 0.07% 0.22% 0.24% 0.32%
Loans 60 - 89 days past due 0.03% 0.03% 0.03% 0.12% 0.01%
Loans 90 days or more past due and still accruing -- -- -- -- --
Total accruing past due loans 0.08% 0.10% 0.25% 0.36% 0.33%
Non-accrual loans 0.89% 0.96% 1.16% 1.16% 1.24%
Total delinquent and non-accrual loans 0.97% 1.06% 1.41% 1.52% 1.57%
(1) At period end.
(2) Excluding loans held for sale.
(3) Troubled debt restructurings on non-accrual status included here and also included in total non-accrual loans are $9,323, $10,293, $11,483, $12,204 and $5,445 at March 31, 2015, December 31, 2014, September 30, 2014, June 30, 2014 and March 31, 2014, respectively.
NET INTEREST INCOME ANALYSIS
For the Three Months Ended March 31, 2015 and 2014
(unaudited, dollars in thousands)
2015 2014
Average Average Average Average
Balance Interest Yield/Cost Balance Interest Yield/Cost
Assets:
Interest-earning assets:
Investment securities (1) $ 359,413 $ 3,378 3.81% $ 415,385 $ 3,850 3.76%
Federal Reserve Bank, Federal Home Loan Bank and other stock 8,335 60 2.92 2,863 38 5.38
Federal funds sold and interest-bearing deposits 26,163 23 0.36 60,551 46 0.31
Loans (2) 1,372,365 14,711 4.35 1,088,253 12,976 4.84
Total interest-earning assets 1,766,276 $ 18,172 4.17% 1,567,052 $ 16,910 4.38%
Non-interest-earning assets 139,127 128,434
Total assets $ 1,905,403 $ 1,695,486
Liabilities and stockholders' equity:
Interest-bearing liabilities:
Savings, N.O.W. and money market deposits $ 688,628 $ 274 0.16% $ 668,941 $ 292 0.18%
Time deposits 215,160 294 0.55 226,191 345 0.62
Total savings and time deposits 903,788 568 0.25 895,132 637 0.29
Borrowings 124,111 108 0.35 -- -- --
Total interest-bearing liabilities 1,027,899 676 0.27 895,132 637 0.29
Demand deposits 668,613 610,739
Other liabilities 23,949 18,423
Total liabilities 1,720,461 1,524,294
Stockholders' equity 184,942 171,192
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $ 1,905,403 $ 1,695,486
Total cost of funds 0.16% 0.17%
Net interest rate spread 3.90% 4.09%
Net interest income/margin 17,496 4.02% 16,273 4.21%
Less tax-equivalent basis adjustment (979) (975)
Net interest income $ 16,517 $ 15,298
(1) Interest on securities includes the effects of tax-equivalent basis adjustments of $837 and $876 in 2015 and 2014, respectively.
(2) Interest on loans includes the effects of tax-equivalent basis adjustments of $142 and $99 in 2015 and 2014, respectively.

CONTACT: Press: Frank D. Filipo Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer (631) 208-2400 Investor: Brian K. Finneran Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer (631) 208-2400

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