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Southern Missouri Bancorp Reports Preliminary Third Quarter Results, Declares Quarterly Dividend of $0.09 Per Common Share, Schedules Conference Call to Discuss Results for Tuesday, April 26, at 3:30pm Cdt

Poplar Bluff, April 25, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) --
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEContact: Matt Funke, CFO
April 25, 2016(573) 778-1800

SOUTHERN MISSOURI BANCORP REPORTS PRELIMINARY THIRD QUARTER RESULTS,
DECLARES QUARTERLY DIVIDEND OF $0.09 PER COMMON SHARE,
SCHEDULES CONFERENCE CALL TO DISCUSS RESULTS FOR TUESDAY, APRIL 26, AT 3:30PM CDT

Southern Missouri Bancorp, Inc. (“Company”) (NASDAQ: SMBC), the parent corporation of Southern Bank (“Bank”), today announced preliminary net income available to common shareholders for the third quarter of fiscal 2016 of $3.3 million, an increase of $6,000, or 0.2%, as compared to the same period of the prior fiscal year. The increase was attributable to reduced provision for loan losses, increased noninterest income, and the elimination of preferred dividends as a result of the October 2015 preferred share repurchase, partially offset by lower net interest income, higher noninterest expense, and higher provision for income taxes. Preliminary net income available to common shareholders was $.45 per fully diluted common share for the third quarter of fiscal 2016, an increase of $0.01, or 2.3%, as compared to the same period of the prior fiscal year, adjusted for the two-for-one common stock split in the form of a 100% common stock dividend paid in January 2015.

Highlights for the third quarter of fiscal 2016:

  • Earnings per common share (diluted) were $.45, up $.01, or 2.3%, as compared to $.44 earned in the same quarter a year ago (adjusted for the January 2015 stock split), and down $.11, or 19.6%, as compared to the $.56 earned in the second quarter of fiscal 2016, the linked quarter, which included benefits from larger non-recurring items.
  • Annualized return on average assets was 0.99%, while annualized return on average common equity was 11.0%, as compared to 1.04% and 11.9%, respectively, in the same quarter a year ago, and 1.27% and 14.0%, respectively, in the second quarter of fiscal 2016, the linked quarter.
  • Net loan growth for the first nine months of fiscal 2016 was $41.6 million, or 4.0%. Deposits were up $66.9 million, or 6.3%.
  • Net interest margin for the third quarter of fiscal 2016 was 3.72%, down from the 3.89% reported for the year ago period, and down from 3.88% for the second quarter of fiscal 2016, the linked quarter.
  • Noninterest income (excluding available-for-sale securities gains) was up 4.0% for the third quarter of fiscal 2016, compared to the year ago period, and down 22.0% from the second quarter of fiscal 2016, the linked quarter, which included benefits from larger non-recurring items.
  • Noninterest expense was up 2.1% for the third quarter of fiscal 2016, compared to the year ago period, and up 1.1% from the second quarter of fiscal 2016, the linked quarter.
  • Nonperforming assets were $8.3 million, or 0.62% of total assets, at March 31, 2016, as compared to $7.6 million, or 0.57% of total assets, at December 31, 2015.

Dividend Declared:

As the Company noted in a report on Form 8-k filed April 21, 2016, the Board of Directors, on April 19, 2016, was pleased to declare its 88th consecutive quarterly dividend on common stock since the inception of the Company. The cash dividend of $.09 per common share will be paid May 31, 2016, to stockholders of record at the close of business on May 13, 2016. The Board of Directors and management believe the payment of a quarterly cash dividend enhances shareholder value and demonstrates our commitment to and confidence in our future prospects.

Conference Call:

The Company will host a conference call to review the information provided in this press release on Tuesday, April 26, 2016, at 3:30 p.m. central time (4:30 p.m. eastern). The call will be available live to interested parties by calling 1-888-339-0709 in the United States (Canada: 1-855-669-9657, international: 1-412-902-4189). Telephone playback will be available beginning one hour following the conclusion of the call through May 9, 2016. The playback may be accessed by dialing 1-877-344-7529 (Canada: 1-855-669-9658, international: 1-412-317-0088), and using the conference passcode 10085280. Participants should ask to be joined into the Southern Missouri Bancorp (SMBC) call.

Balance Sheet Summary:

The Company experienced balance sheet growth in the first nine months of fiscal 2016, with total assets of $1.3 billion at March 31, 2016, reflecting an increase of $44.4 million, or 3.4%, as compared to June 30, 2015. Balance sheet growth was funded primarily through deposit growth.

Available-for-sale (AFS) securities were $128.7 million at March 31, 2016, a decrease of $858,000, or 0.7%, as compared to June 30, 2015. The decrease was attributable to reductions in mortgage-backed securities and agency bonds, partially offset by increases in municipal and other securities. Cash equivalents and time deposits were $18.5 million, a decrease of $202,000, or 1.1%, as compared to June 30, 2015.

Loans, net of the allowance for loan losses, were $1.1 billion at March 31, 2016, an increase of $41.6 million, or 4.0%, as compared to June 30, 2015. The increase was primarily attributable to growth in commercial real estate, construction, and residential loan balances, partially offset by a reduction in commercial loan balances. The increase in commercial real estate loans was attributable to nonresidential and agricultural real estate loan originations. The increase in residential real estate loans was attributable primarily to multifamily real estate loan originations. The decrease in commercial loan balances was attributable to repayments from both commercial & industrial borrowers and agricultural borrowers. Loans anticipated to fund in the next 90 days stood at $59.4 million at March 31, 2016, as compared to $35.2 million at December 31, 2015, and $19.7 million at March 31, 2015.

Nonperforming loans were $5.0 million, or 0.45% of gross loans, at March 31, 2016, as compared to $3.8 million, or 0.36% of gross loans, at June 30, 2015. The increase in nonperforming loans was attributed primarily to a single commercial loan acquired in the FDIC-assisted acquisition of First Southern Bank in December 2010. Nonperforming assets were $8.3 million, or 0.62% of total assets, at March 31, 2016, as compared to $8.3 million, or 0.64% of total assets, at June 30, 2015. Our allowance for loan losses at March 31, 2016, totaled $13.7 million, representing 1.24% of gross loans and 276% of nonperforming loans, as compared to $12.3 million, or 1.15% of gross loans, and 323% of nonperforming loans, at June 30, 2015. For all impaired loans, the Company has measured impairment under ASC 310-10-35, and management believes the allowance for loan losses at March 31, 2016, is adequate, based on that measurement.

Total liabilities were $1.2 billion at March 31, 2016, an increase of $54.8 million, or 4.7%, as compared to June 30, 2015.

Deposits were $1.1 billion at March 31, 2016, an increase of $66.9 million, or 6.3%, as compared to June 30, 2015. The increase was primarily attributable to growth in interest-bearing transaction accounts, money market deposit accounts, and noninterest-bearing transaction accounts, partially offset by declines in savings accounts and certificates of deposit. The average loan-to-deposit ratio for the third quarter of fiscal 2016 was 96.9%, as compared to 97.6% for the same period of the prior fiscal year.

FHLB advances were $48.6 million at March 31, 2016, a decrease of $16.1 million, or 24.9%, as compared to June 30, 2015. The decrease was attributable to the Company’s reduction in overnight borrowings due to strong deposit growth during the fiscal year to date. Securities sold under agreements to repurchase totaled $31.6 million at March 31, 2016, an increase of $4.2 million, or 15.5%, as compared to June 30, 2015. At both dates, the full balance of repurchase agreements was due to local small business and government counterparties.

The Company’s stockholders’ equity was $122.2 million at March 31, 2016, a decrease of $10.4 million, or 7.8%, as compared to June 30, 2015. The decrease was attributable to the redemption of the Company’s $20.0 million in preferred stock which had been issued in July 2011 under the U.S. Treasury’s Small Business Lending Fund program and payment of dividends on common and preferred stock, partially offset by retention of net income and an increase in accumulated other comprehensive income.

Income Statement Summary:

The Company’s net interest income for the three-month period ended March 31, 2016, was $11.5 million, a decrease of $189,000, or 1.6%, as compared to the same period of the prior fiscal year. The decrease was attributable to a decrease in net interest margin, to 3.72% in the current three-month period, as compared to 3.89% in the three-month period ended March 31, 2015, partially offset by a 2.7% increase in the average balance of interest-earning assets.

Accretion of fair value discount on acquired loans and amortization of fair value premiums on assumed time deposits related to the Company’s acquisition of Peoples Service Company and its subsidiary, Peoples Bank of the Ozarks in August 2014 (the “Peoples Acquisition”), decreased to $322,000 for the three-month period ended March 31, 2016, as compared to $558,000 in the same period of the prior fiscal year. This component of net interest income contributed ten basis points to net interest margin in the three-month period ended March 31, 2016, as compared to a contribution of 19 basis points both for the same period of the prior fiscal year, and for the three-month period ended December 31, 2015, the linked quarter. The dollar impact of this component of net interest income has generally been declining each sequential quarter as assets from the Peoples Acquisition mature or prepay; however, the decline from the three-month period ended December 31, 2015, was larger as a result of inclusion in that quarter’s results of the resolution of a purchased credit-impaired loan with a carrying value significantly less than the payoff realized.

The provision for loan losses for the three-month period ended March 31, 2016, was $563,000, as compared to $837,000 in the same period of the prior fiscal year. As a percentage of average loans outstanding, provision for loan losses in the current three-month period represented a charge of .21% (annualized), while the Company recorded net charge offs during the period of .02% (annualized). During the same period of the prior fiscal year, provision for loan losses as a percentage of average loans outstanding represented a charge of .32% (annualized), while the Company recorded net charge offs of .02% (annualized).

The Company’s noninterest income for the three-month period ended March 31, 2016, was $2.2 million, an increase of $84,000, or 4.0%, as compared to the same period of the prior fiscal year. The increase was attributable primarily to deposit account service charges, bank card interchange income, loan origination fees, and gains realized on secondary market loan originations, partially offset by a decrease in loan late charges.

Noninterest expense for the three-month period ended March 31, 2016, was $8.3 million, an increase of $166,000, or 2.1%, as compared to the same period of the prior fiscal year. The increase was attributable primarily to higher occupancy expenses and employee compensation and benefits, partially offset by lower charges to amortize core deposit and other intangibles, legal and professional fees, and advertising expenses. The efficiency ratio for the three-month period ended March 31, 2016, was 60.3%, as compared to 58.7% for the same period of the prior fiscal year. The deterioration resulted from the increase in noninterest expense and the decrease in net interest income, partially offset by the increase in noninterest income.

The income tax provision for the three-month period ended March 31, 2016, was $1.5 million, an increase of $47,000, or 3.1%, as compared to the same period of the prior fiscal year, attributable to an increase in the effective tax rate, from 30.8% to 31.7%, while pre-tax income was relatively unchanged. The general trend in the effective tax rate has been upward, as the Company’s taxable income has grown at a rate faster than its investments in tax advantaged assets.

Forward-Looking Information:

Except for the historical information contained herein, the matters discussed in this press release may be deemed to be forward-looking statements that are subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties, and other factors that could cause the actual results to differ materially from the forward-looking statements, including: the strength of the United States economy in general and the strength of the local economies in which we conduct operations; fluctuations in interest rates and in real estate values; monetary and fiscal policies of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System and the U.S. Government and other governmental initiatives affecting the financial services industry; the risks of lending and investing activities, including changes in the level and direction of loan delinquencies and write-offs and changes in estimates of the adequacy of the allowance for loan losses; our ability to access cost-effective funding; the timely development of and acceptance of our new products and services and the perceived overall value of these products and services by users, including the features, pricing and quality compared to competitors' products and services; expected cost savings, synergies and other benefits from the Company’s merger and acquisition activities might not be realized to the extent anticipated or within the anticipated time frames, if at all, and costs or difficulties relating to integration matters, including but not limited to customer and employee retention, might be greater than expected; fluctuations in real estate values and both residential and commercial real estate market conditions; demand for loans and deposits in our market area; legislative or regulatory changes that adversely affect our business; results of examinations of us by our regulators, including the possibility that our regulators may, among other things, require us to increase our reserve for loan losses or to write-down assets; the impact of technological changes; and our success at managing the risks involved in the foregoing. Any forward-looking statements are based upon management’s beliefs and assumptions at the time they are made. We undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements or to update the reasons why actual results could differ from those contained in such statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. In light of these risks, uncertainties and assumptions, the forward-looking statements discussed might not occur, and you should not put undue reliance on any forward-looking statements.



Southern Missouri Bancorp, Inc.
UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL INFORMATION
Summary Balance Sheet Data as of: March 31, December 31, September 30, June 30, March 31,
(dollars in thousands, except per share data) 2016 2015 2015 2015 2015
Cash equivalents and time deposits$ 18,517 $ 25,794 $ 20,250 $ 18,719 $ 23,496
Available for sale (AFS) securities 128,735 129,085 127,485 129,593 133,637
FHLB/FRB membership stock 5,886 6,238 7,162 6,467 6,475
Loans receivable, gross 1,108,452 1,092,599 1,081,899 1,065,443 1,061,267
Allowance for loan losses 13,693 13,172 12,812 12,297 11,743
Loans receivable, net 1,094,759 1,079,427 1,069,087 1,053,146 1,049,524
Bank-owned life insurance 19,897 19,754 19,836 19,692 19,549
Intangible assets 8,027 8,238 8,470 8,757 9,007
Premises and equipment 46,670 45,505 42,788 39,726 37,490
Other assets 21,981 23,631 24,715 23,964 23,680
Total assets$ 1,344,472 $ 1,337,672 $ 1,319,793 $ 1,300,064 $ 1,302,858
Interest-bearing deposits$ 997,110 $ 990,103 $ 935,375 $ 937,771 $ 935,347
Noninterest-bearing deposits 125,033 127,118 122,341 117,471 121,647
Securities sold under agreements to repurchase 31,575 23,066 24,429 27,332 27,960
FHLB advances 48,647 58,929 82,110 64,794 65,080
Other liabilities 5,131 4,543 4,981 5,395 5,232
Subordinated debt 14,729 14,705 14,682 14,658 14,635
Total liabilities 1,222,225 1,218,464 1,183,918 1,167,421 1,169,901
Preferred stock - - 20,000 20,000 20,000
Common stockholders' equity 122,247 119,208 115,875 112,643 112,957
Total stockholders' equity 122,247 119,208 135,875 132,643 132,957
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity$ 1,344,472 $ 1,337,672 $ 1,319,793 $ 1,300,064 $ 1,302,858
Equity to assets ratio 9.09% 8.91% 10.30% 10.20% 10.21%
Common shares outstanding 7,437,616 7,428,416 7,424,666 7,419,666 7,413,666
Less: Restricted common shares not vested 52,750 53,150 54,800 55,600 73,200
Common shares for book value determination 7,384,866 7,375,266 7,369,866 7,364,066 7,340,466
Book value per common share$ 16.55 $ 16.16 $ 15.72 $ 15.30 $ 15.39
Closing market price 24.02 23.90 20.72 18.85 18.87
Nonperforming asset data as of: March 31, December 31, September 30, June 30, March 31,
(dollars in thousands) 2016 2015 2015 2015 2015
Nonaccrual loans$ 4,890 $ 3,803 $ 4,021 $ 3,758 $ 4,200
Accruing loans 90 days or more past due 70 79 50 45 137
Nonperforming troubled debt restructurings (1) - - - - -
Total nonperforming loans 4,960 3,882 4,071 3,803 4,337
Other real estate owned (OREO) 3,244 3,617 4,392 4,440 4,291
Personal property repossessed 90 118 109 64 36
Total nonperforming assets$ 8,294 $ 7,617 $ 8,572 $ 8,307 $ 8,664
Total nonperforming assets to total assets 0.62% 0.57% 0.65% 0.64% 0.66%
Total nonperforming loans to gross loans 0.45% 0.36% 0.38% 0.36% 0.41%
Allowance for loan losses to nonperforming loans 276.07% 339.31% 314.71% 323.35% 270.76%
Allowance for loan losses to gross loans 1.24% 1.21% 1.18% 1.15% 1.11%
Performing troubled debt restructurings$ 5,871 $ 5,548 $ 6,949 $ 6,548 $ 3,620
(1) reported here only if not otherwise listed as nonperforming (i.e., nonaccrual or 90+ days past due)




For the three-month period ended
Quarterly Average Balance Sheet Data: March 31, December 31, September 30, June 30, March 31,
(dollars in thousands) 2016 2015 2015 2015 2015
Interest-bearing cash equivalents$ 14,475 $ 10,352 $ 9,488 $ 12,398 $ 16,148
AFS securities and membership stock 132,913 135,044 135,706 136,063 147,433
Loans receivable, gross 1,088,833 1,080,526 1,063,851 1,050,087 1,040,371
Total interest-earning assets 1,236,221 1,225,922 1,209,045 1,198,548 1,203,952
Other assets 100,507 96,411 91,437 91,493 92,966
Total assets$ 1,336,728 $ 1,322,333 $ 1,300,482 $ 1,290,041 $ 1,296,918
Interest-bearing deposits$ 995,555 $ 963,510 $ 935,089 $ 933,444 $ 943,035
Securities sold under agreements to repurchase 29,496 24,861 25,885 27,442 26,256
FHLB advances 41,987 70,107 68,844 56,377 57,596
Subordinated debt 14,717 14,694 14,670 14,647 14,626
Total interest-bearing liabilities 1,081,755 1,073,172 1,044,488 1,031,910 1,041,513
Noninterest-bearing deposits 128,284 125,759 120,283 124,436 123,033
Other noninterest-bearing liabilities 5,765 755 1,472 802 754
Total liabilities 1,215,804 1,199,686 1,166,243 1,157,148 1,165,300
Preferred stock - 3,261 20,000 20,000 20,000
Common stockholders' equity 120,924 119,386 114,239 112,893 111,618
Total stockholders' equity 120,924 122,647 134,239 132,893 131,618
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity$ 1,336,728 $ 1,322,333 $ 1,300,482 $ 1,290,041 $ 1,296,918
For the three-month period ended
Quarterly Summary Income Statement Data: March 31, December 31, September 30, June 30, March 31,
(dollars in thousands, except per share data) 2016 2015 2015 2015 2015
Interest income:
Cash equivalents$ 12 $ 9 $ 7 $ 18 $ 16
AFS securities and membership stock 853 864 865 843 918
Loans receivable 12,984 13,362 13,098 12,955 12,975
Total interest income 13,849 14,235 13,970 13,816 13,909
Interest expense:
Deposits 1,872 1,847 1,785 1,800 1,756
Securities sold under agreements to repurchase 32 29 29 32 30
FHLB advances 293 320 317 304 301
Subordinated debt 144 139 135 134 125
Total interest expense 2,341 2,335 2,266 2,270 2,212
Net interest income 11,508 11,900 11,704 11,546 11,697
Provision for loan losses 563 496 618 659 837
Securities gains - - - - 3
Other noninterest income 2,178 2,791 2,202 2,398 2,091
Noninterest expense 8,257 8,168 7,988 8,002 8,091
Income taxes 1,544 1,820 1,665 1,718 1,497
Net income 3,322 4,207 3,635 3,565 3,366
Less: effective dividend on preferred shares - 35 50 50 50
Net income available to common shareholders$ 3,322 $ 4,172 $ 3,585 $ 3,515 $ 3,316
Basic earnings per common share (2)$ 0.45 $ 0.56 $ 0.48 $ 0.47 $ 0.45
Diluted earnings per common share (2) 0.45 0.56 0.48 0.47 0.44
Dividends per common share (2) 0.090 0.090 0.090 0.085 0.085
Average common shares outstanding (2):
Basic 7,435,000 7,425,000 7,422,000 7,418,000 7,413,000
Diluted 7,464,000 7,460,000 7,454,000 7,524,000 7,604,000
Return on average assets 0.99% 1.27% 1.12% 1.11% 1.04%
Return on average common shareholders' equity 11.0% 14.0% 12.6% 12.5% 11.9%
Net interest margin 3.72% 3.88% 3.87% 3.85% 3.89%
Net interest spread 3.61% 3.77% 3.75% 3.73% 3.77%
Efficiency ratio 60.3% 55.6% 57.4% 57.4% 58.7%
(2) adjusted to reflect the 2-for-1 stock split in the form of a 100% stock dividend paid January 30, 2015

Source:Southern Missouri Bancorp, Inc.