FITZGERALD, Ga., April 23, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Colony Bankcorp, Inc. (Nasdaq:CBAN), today reported net income available to shareholders of $1,253,000, or $0.15 per diluted share for the first quarter of 2015 compared to $814,000, or $0.10 per diluted share for the comparable 2014 period. This marked improvement of 53.93 percent in net income from the comparable year ago period was primarily driven by an increase in noninterest income and a reduction in noninterest expense. "While we had significant improvement in earnings, we also are pleased to report continued asset quality improvement. Total non-performing assets were $26.77 million at March 31, 2015 which is a reduction of 6.88 percent from the prior quarter end and 31.65 percent from the year ago period. Substandard assets to tier one capital plus loan loss reserve now stands at 29.93 percent – down from the prior year end level of 32.39 percent," said Ed Loomis, President and Chief Executive Officer. "Of significance during the quarter was a spurt in loan activity as total loans increased to $753.24 million at March 31, 2015 compared to $745.73 million at December 31, 2014. We remain optimistic that the economic stabilization underway will allow solid loan growth in 2015."
Colony continues to maintain a strong regulatory capital position to be categorized as "well-capitalized" by regulatory benchmarks. At March 31, 2015, the Company's tier one leverage ratio, tier one and total risk-based capital ratios were 11.14 percent, 16.28 percent and 17.34 percent, respectively, compared to 11.18 percent, 16.78 percent and 17.95 percent, respectively, at December 31, 2014 and to 10.62 percent, 16.09 percent and 17.34 percent, respectively, at March 31, 2014. Effective January 1, 2015, new regulatory regulations (commonly referred to as Basel III capital regulation) required new risk-weighting of certain assets and an additional capital ratio to be calculated. The common equity tier one capital ratio at March 31, 2015 of 9.76 percent exceeded the minimum requirement of 4.50 percent. The Company's capital ratios were all in excess of regulatory minimums required to be classified as "well-capitalized".
Net Interest Margin
During the first quarter of 2015, the Company reported net interest income of $9.20 million and a net interest margin of 3.43 percent compared to $9.19 million and 3.47 percent, respectively, for the comparable year ago 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. Shifting on the balance sheet from lower yielding overnight funds and bonds into loans will be beneficial in margin improvement over the course of 2015.
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 $40.52 million at March 31, 2015 compared to $43.29 million and $54.12 million, respectively, at December 31, 2014 and March 31, 2014. Substandard assets adjusted for SBA guarantees to tier one capital plus loan loss reserve ratio was 29.93%, 32.39% and 38.40%, respectively, at March 31, 2015, December 31, 2014 and March 31, 2014. Non-performing assets decreased from the previous quarter end to $26.77 million or 3.50 percent of total loans and other real estate owned as of March 31, 2015. This compares to $28.74 million or 3.80 percent and $39.16 million or 5.21 percent, respectively, as of December 31, 2014 and March 31, 2014. With continued economic stabilization, we anticipate continued improvement in our substandard assets.
Other real estate ("OREO") totaled $11.98 million at March 31, 2015 compared to $10.40 million and $14.23 million, respectively, at December 31, 2014 and March 31, 2014. The increase during the quarter was primarily the result of Colony finally being successful after almost four years in bankruptcy court of gaining control of real estate pledged on a nonperforming loan. 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 first quarter of 2015 net charge-offs were $788 thousand, or 0.11 percent of average loans as compared to net charge-offs of $423 thousand, or 0.06 percent of average loans in first quarter 2014. The loan loss reserve was $8.38 million on March 31, 2015, or 1.11 percent of total loans compared to $8.80 million, or 1.18 percent on December 31, 2014 and to $11.71 million, or 1.59 percent on March 31, 2014. Loan loss reserve methodology resulted in three months ended March 31, 2015 provision for loan losses of $362 thousand compared to $327 thousand for the comparable 2014 period. Management believes that the 2015 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 March 31, 2015.
Total noninterest income increased in the comparable periods as noninterest income for three months ended March 31, 2015 was $2.21 million compared to $2.06 million in the comparable 2014 period, or an increase of 7.27 percent. The significant increase was debit card interchange fees and ATM fees increasing $85 thousand, or 15.54 percent. Also, mortgage fee income increased $46 thousand, or 68.66 percent. Offsetting the increases was service charge fee income on deposit accounts decreasing $80 thousand, or 7.50 percent.
Total noninterest expense decreased in the comparable periods as noninterest expense for three months ended March 31, 2015 was $8.29 million compared to $8.87 million for the comparable 2014 period, or a decrease of 6.54 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 $204 thousand in three months ended March 31, 2015 compared to $955 thousand in the comparable 2014 period, or a decrease of 78.64 percent. Salaries and employee benefit expenses remained relatively flat with an increase of 1.27 percent. Occupancy expenses decreased to $0.99 million in the three twelve month period ended March 31, 2015 compared to $1.02 million in the comparable 2014 period, or a decrease of 2.65 percent. Other noninterest expense decreased to $2.83 million compared to $3.43 million, or a decrease of 17.73 percent. While much of this reduction relates to the credit-related expense noted above, the Company also had a significant reduction in telephone expense which decreased $69 thousand, or 28.16 percent from the year ago period. Implementation of VOIP telephone system was a recent initiative that should continue to reap benefits on-going. Another initiative is the promotion of e-statements versus mailing out statements which resulted in a reduction of $16 thousand in postage expense from the year ago period, or a reduction of 18.60 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||$9,202||$9,194||$9,202||$9,194|
|Provision for Loan Losses||362||327||362||327|
|Preferred Stock Dividend||630||643||630||643|
|Net Income Available to Common Shareholders||1,253||814||1,253||814|
|PER COMMON SHARE SUMMARY||03/31/2015||03/31/2014||03/31/2015||03/31/2014|
|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)||$0.15||$0.10||$0.15||$0.10|
|Earnings Per Diluted Share (b)||$0.15||$0.10||$0.15||$0.10|
|Common Book Value Per Share||$8.81||$7.62||$8.81||$7.62|
|Tangible Common Book Value Per Share||$8.79||$7.60||$8.79||$7.60|
|OPERATING RATIOS (1)||03/31/2015||03/31/2014||03/31/2015||03/31/2014|
|Net Interest Margin (a)||3.43%||3.47%||3.43%||3.47%|
|Return on Average Assets (b)||0.44%||0.29%||0.44%||0.29%|
|Return on Average Total Equity (b)||4.98%||3.55%||4.98%||3.55%|
|(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||744,866||726,125|
|Allowance for Loan Losses||8,377||11,710|
|Common Shareholders' Equity||74,363||64,348|
|Common Equity to Total Assets||6.43%||5.64%|
|Total Equity to Total Assets||8.85%||8.09%|
|Loans, Net of Reserves||743,457||728,640||743,457||728,640|
|Common Shareholders' Equity||72,627||63,661||72,627||63,661|
|Net Loan Chg-offs (Recoveries)||788||423||788||423|
|Reserve for Loan Loss to Total Loans||1.11%||1.59%||1.11%||1.59%|
|Reserve for Loan Loss to Non- performing Loans||56.65%||46.96%||56.65%||46.96%|
|Reserve for Loan Loss to Non-performing Assets||31.30%||29.90%||31.30%||29.90%|
|Net Loan Chg-offs (Recoveries) to Avg. Total Loans||0.11%||0.06%||0.11%||0.06%|
|Nonperforming Loans to Total Loans||1.96%||3.38%||1.96%||3.38%|
|Nonperforming Assets to Total Assets||2.31%||3.43%||2.31%||3.43%|
|Nonperforming Assets to Total Loans And Other Real Estate||3.50%||5.21%||3.50%||5.21%|
|Substandard Assets to Tier One Capital and Allowance for Loan Losses||29.93%||38.40%||29.93%||38.40%|
|Quarterly Comparative Data (in thousands, except per share data)|
|Common Shareholders' Equity||74,363||71,027||68,272||67,210||64,348|
|Net Income Available to Common Shareholders||1,253||1,310||1,384||1,335||814|
|Net Income Per Share||0.15||0.16||0.16||0.16||0.10|
|Key Performance Ratios||1Q2015||4Q2014||3Q2014||2Q2014||1Q2014|
|Return on Average Assets (1)||0.44%||0.46%||0.49%||0.47%||0.29%|
|Return on Average Total Equity (1)||4.98%||5.37%||5.78%||5.69%||3.55%|
|Common Equity to Total Assets||6.43%||6.18%||6.13%||6.01%||5.64%|
|Total Equity to Total Assets||8.85%||8.62%||8.64%||8.51%||8.09%|
|Net Interest Margin||3.43%||3.59%||3.73%||3.61%||3.47%|
|(1) Computed using net income available to shareholders|
|Consolidated Balance Sheets Colony Bankcorp, Inc.|
|Mar. 31, 2015||Dec. 31, 2014||Mar. 31, 2014|
|Cash and Cash Equivalents|
|Cash and Due from Banks||$20,407||$24,473||$20,592|
|Federal Funds Sold||--||20,132||18,183|
|Available for Sale, at Fair Value||279,139||274,594||278,957|
|Held for Maturity, at Cost (Fair Value of $31, $30 and $38 as of Mar. 31, 2015, Dec. 31, 2014, and Mar. 31, 2014, Respectively)||31||30||38|
|Federal Home Loan Bank Stock, at Cost||2,731||2,831||2,831|
|Allowance for Loan Losses||(8,377)||(8,802)||(11,710)|
|Unearned Interest and Fees||(391)||(362)||(359)|
|Premises and Equipment||24,745||24,960||24,637|
|Other Real Estate||11,979||10,402||14,227|
|Other Intangible Assets||143||152||179|
|LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY|
|Other Borrowed Money||40,000||40,000||40,000|
|Preferred Stock, Stated Value $1,000 a Share; Authorized 10,000,000 Shares, Issued 28,000 Shares||28,000||28,000||28,000|
|Common Stock, Par Value $1 a share; Authorized 20,000,000 Shares, Issued 8,439,258 Shares as of Mar. 31, 2015, Dec. 31, 2014 and Mar. 31, 2014, Respectively||8,439||8,439||8,439|
|Paid in Capital||29,145||29,145||29,145|
|Accumulated Other Comprehensive Loss, Net of Tax||(2,763)||(4,845)||(7,495)|
|Total Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity||$1,156,711||$1,146,898||$1,141,836|
|Consolidated Statements of Income Colony Bankcorp, Inc.|
|(in thousands except per share data)|
|Three Months Ended||Three Months Ended|
|Loans, Including Fees||$9,709||$9,689||$9,709||$9,689|
|Federal Funds Sold||15||9||15||9|
|Deposits with Other Banks||17||13||17||13|
|U. S. Government Agencies||1,070||1,184||1,070||1,184|
|State, County and Municipal||25||28||25||28|
|Dividends on Other Investments||30||30||30||30|
|Net Interest Income||9,202||9,194||9,202||9,194|
|Provision for Loan Losses||362||327||362||327|
|Net Interest Income After Provision for Loan Losses||8,840||8,867||8,840||8,867|
|Service Charges on Deposits||987||1,067||987||1,067|
|Other Service Charges, Commissions and Fees||662||581||662||581|
|Mortgage Fee Income||113||67||113||67|
|Securities Gains (Losses)||3||--||3||--|
|Salaries and Employee Benefits||4,468||4,412||4,468||4,412|
|Occupancy and Equipment||993||1,020||993||1,020|
|Income Before Income Taxes||2,766||2,063||2,766||2,063|
|Preferred Stock Dividends||630||643||630||643|
|Net Income Available to Common Shareholders||$1,253||$814||$1,253||$814|
|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.