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Live Oak Bancshares, Inc. Reports Second Quarter 2016 Results

WILMINGTON, N.C., July 27, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Live Oak Bancshares, Inc. (Nasdaq:LOB) (“Live Oak” or “the Company”) today reported second quarter net earnings available to common shareholders of $123 thousand, or $0.00 per diluted share, compared to $3.9 million, or $0.13 per diluted share for the second quarter of 2015. The second quarter of 2016 included an incremental loan loss provision of $4.0 million, or $0.07 per diluted share, related to a strategic reclassification of $318.8 million in unguaranteed loans from held for sale to held for investment and $2.2 million, or $0.04 per diluted share, in stock based compensation expense related to restricted stock awards with an effective grant date of May 24, 2016 for key employee retention, as discussed in Note 10 of our March 31, 2016 Form 10-Q.

“Our business model is firing on all cylinders. We produced a record level of loan originations in the second quarter, up nearly 30% from a year ago. Growth is coming from both the older and newer industry verticals we focus on. We expect to comfortably exceed our targeted level of origination volumes for the full year. We continue to evolve the Live Oak franchise in pursuit of superior long term performance. Our recent success in significantly growing deposits in conjunction with our ample capital and cash position has allowed us to proceed with executing our strategic objective to retain more loans on the balance sheet as we’ve done this quarter. This will serve to accelerate growth in recurring revenues while reducing our exposure to market-related volatility,” said James S. Mahan, III, Chief Executive Officer of Live Oak.

Second Quarter 2016 Key Measures

(Dollars in thousands) Increase (Decrease)
Q2 2016 Q2 2015 Dollars Percent Q1 2016
Loan production:
Loans originated$356,865 $276,822 $80,043 29% $284,530
% Fully funded40.2% 38.8% n/a n/a 40.1%
Loan sales:
Guaranteed loans sold$135,555 $137,134 $(1,579) (1)% $155,643
Net gains on sales of loans14,555 15,719 (1,164) (7) 16,425
Average net gain on sale of loans, per million sold107.37 114.63 (7.26) (6) 105.53
Net interest and servicing revenues14,998 9,303 5,695 61 13,493
Net income attributable to Live Oak Bancshares, Inc.123 3,935 (3,812) (97) 4,691
Diluted earnings per share0.00 0.13 (0.13) n/a 0.13
Non-GAAP net income (1)3,883 3,935 (52) (1) 4,691
Non-GAAP diluted earnings per share (1)0.11 0.13 (0.02) (15) 0.13

(1) See accompanying GAAP to Non-GAAP Reconciliation.

Strategic Repositioning

The Company has implemented new policies designed to accelerate the ongoing growth of recurring revenues and reduce the market-related volatility of its revenue streams by increasing the level of loans retained on the balance sheet. Consequently, during the second quarter of 2016 the Company transferred $318.8 million in unguaranteed loans from being classified as held for sale to held for investment. Timing of the transfer was largely influenced by the intent and ability to retain quality credits with higher long term yields . Beginning in the third quarter, the Company also expects to retain a portion of its guaranteed loans where expectation for lifecycle revenues exceeds that of the sale alternative.

Net Interest Income

Net interest income for the second quarter of 2016 increased to $9.9 million compared to $5.4 million for the second quarter of 2015. The increase was driven by the significant growth in the combined held for sale and held for investment loan portfolios attributable to steadily rising loan originations and longer retention periods for certain loan types. The growth in net interest income also reflected a higher net interest margin which rose from 2.94% for the second quarter of 2015 to 3.26% for the second quarter of 2016, which benefited from higher loan rates along with reduced levels of higher-cost long term borrowings that were paid off during the third and fourth quarters of 2015. The decline from the first quarter 2016 margin of 3.52% was principally due to the large increase in interest-bearing deposits in the second quarter, following ongoing successful deposit gathering campaigns. This sustained deposit growth facilitates the Company's ability to retain more loans on the balance sheet and further grow net interest income.

Provision for loan losses

The provision for loan losses for the second quarter of 2016 increased to $3.5 million compared to $1.4 million for the first quarter of 2016 and $50 thousand for the second quarter of 2015. Upon transfer from held for sale classification, loans held for investment become subject to the allowance for loan loss review process. As a result of this process, the above mentioned $318.8 million loan reclassification necessitated a $4.0 million increase in the provision for loan losses during the second quarter of 2016.

During the second quarter of 2016, the Company also implemented enhancements to the methodology for estimating the allowance for loan losses, including refinements to the measurement of qualitative factors in the estimation process. Management believes these enhancements will improve the precision of the process for estimating the allowance. The Company estimates that these revisions to the allowance methodology resulted in an approximately $390 thousand reduction in the provision for loan losses during the second quarter of 2016.

Noninterest Income

Noninterest income for the second quarter of 2016 totaled $19.3 million, compared to $18.1 million for the second quarter of 2015. Driving this increase were higher servicing revenues of $1.2 million combined with lower valuation expense adjustments to the servicing asset of $494 thousand. Net gains on sales of loans for the second quarter of 2016 totaled $14.6 million compared to $15.7 million for the second quarter of 2015 and $16.4 million for the first quarter of 2016. The decline in net gains on sales of loans in the second quarter of 2016 was principally related to the timing of settlements on contracted loan sales.

Noninterest Expense

Noninterest expense for the second quarter of 2016 was $25.1 million compared to $16.8 million for the second quarter of 2015. Salaries and employee benefits increased to $15.4 million from $9.3 million for the second quarter of 2015, as a result of increased staffing to support growing loan demand and multiple new initiatives of the Company, and $2.2 million in stock based compensation expense related to restricted stock awards with an effective grant date of May 24, 2016 for key employee retention, as discussed in Note 10 of our March 31, 2016 Form 10-Q. Total stock based compensation expense in the second quarter of 2016 was $2.9 million compared to $659 thousand for the first quarter of 2016 and $184 thousand for the second quarter of 2015. Data processing expense increased $682 thousand compared to the second quarter of 2015, related to growth in the Company’s loan and deposit portfolios and the development of an expanded deposit platform.

Loans and Asset Quality

The increase in the held for investment portfolio and decrease in the held for sale portfolio in the second quarter is principally the result of the aforementioned reclassification of $318.8 million of unguaranteed loans. Net loans held for investment increased $373.2 million, or 122.4%, to $678.2 million at June 30, 2016, from $305.0 million at March 31, 2016. Loans held for sale decreased $208.1 million, or 38.7%, to $329.2 million at June 30, 2016, from $537.3 million at March 31, 2016. Strong growth in loan origination activities further enhanced the increase in loans held for investment from the reclassification of unguaranteed loans while at the same time significantly offset the reduction in loans held for sale from the same reclassification. Loans held for sale are largely influenced by multi-advancing loans that are expected to be sold in the secondary market when fully funded. The combined total loan portfolio of $1.02 billion at June 30, 2016, rose by 71.6% above its level a year ago. The combined total loan portfolio at June 30, 2016 and March 31, 2016, of $1.02 billion and $850.9 million were comprised of approximately 64.9% and 68.2% of unguaranteed loans, respectively.

Average loans were $939.1 million during the second quarter of 2016 compared to $825.7 million during the first quarter of 2016.

The allowance for loan losses increased $3.7 million, or 42.9%, to $12.3 million at June 30, 2016, from $8.6 million at March 31, 2016. The increase in the allowance for loan losses was largely attributable to the above mentioned reclassification of unguaranteed loans from held for sale to held for investment during the second quarter of 2016 combined with continued growth in the loan portfolio, partially offset by positive credit conditions outlined below. By transferring a pool of performing unguaranteed credits into the held for investment portfolio, the allowance for loan losses as a percentage of total loans held for investment declined from 2.75% at March 31, 2016 to 1.78% at June 30, 2016.

Credit quality remained relatively stable as the unguaranteed exposure of nonperforming loans decreased to $2.2 million at June 30, 2016, from $2.4 million at March 31, 2016. Total nonperforming loans decreased to $12.9 million from $14.8 million at the end of the prior quarter.

Net charge-offs (recoveries) amounted to $(240) thousand in the second quarter of 2016 compared to $232 thousand in the first quarter of 2016. Net charge-offs (recoveries) as a percentage of average loans held for investment on an annualized basis were (0.18%) for the second quarter of 2016 compared to 0.30% for the first quarter of 2016.

Foreclosed assets decreased $49 thousand to $3.0 million at June 30, 2016 from March 31, 2016. Of this decrease, $5 thousand was associated with foreclosed assets relating to portions of loans not guaranteed by the Small Business Administration.

Deposits

Total deposits increased significantly by $125.3 million, or 12.3%, to $1.14 billion at June 30, 2016, compared to $1.02 billion at March 31, 2016, following successful deposit gathering campaigns. Average total deposits for the second quarter of 2016 increased $222.6 million, or 25.9%, to $1.08 billion, compared to $860.2 million for the first quarter of 2016. The ratio of average total loans to average deposits was 86.7% for the second quarter of 2016, compared to 96.0% for the first quarter of 2016.

Conference Call

Live Oak will host a conference call to discuss second quarter results at 9:00 a.m. ET tomorrow morning (July 28, 2016). Media representatives, analysts and the public are invited to listen to this discussion by calling (844) 743-2494 (domestic) or (661) 378-9528 (international) with conference ID 46727674. A live webcast of the conference call along with presentation materials referenced during the conference call will be available on the Investor Relations page of the Company’s website at http://investor.liveoakbank.com. After the conference call, a replay will be available until 5:00 p.m. ET August 26, 2016, and can be accessed by dialing (855) 859-2056 (domestic) or (404) 537-3406 (international).

Important Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

Statements in this press release that are based on other than historical data or that express the Company’s plans or expectations regarding future events or determinations are forward-looking within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Statements based on historical data are not intended and should not be understood to indicate the Company’s expectations regarding future events. Forward-looking statements provide current expectations or forecasts of future events or determinations. These forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance or determinations, nor should they be relied upon as representing management’s views as of any subsequent date. Forward-looking statements involve significant risks and uncertainties, and actual results may differ materially from those presented, either expressed or implied, in this press release. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed in the forward-looking statements include changes in Small Business Administration (“SBA”) rules, regulations or loan products, including the Section 7(a) program, changes in SBA standard operating procedures or changes in Live Oak Banking Company's status as an SBA Preferred Lender; a reduction in or the termination of the Company's ability to use the technology-based platform that is critical to the success of its business model, including a failure in or a breach of operational or security systems; competition from other lenders; the Company's ability to attract and retain key personnel; market and economic conditions and the associated impact on the Company; operational, liquidity and credit risks associated with the Company's business; the impact of heightened regulatory scrutiny of financial products and services and the Company's ability to comply with regulatory requirements and expectations; and the other factors discussed in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) and available at the SEC’s Internet site (http://www.sec.gov). Except as required by law, the Company specifically disclaims any obligation to update any factors or to publicly announce the result of revisions to any of the forward-looking statements included herein to reflect future events or developments.

About Live Oak Bancshares, Inc.

Live Oak Bancshares, Inc. (Nasdaq:LOB) is the parent company and registered bank holding company of Live Oak Banking Company, a national online platform for small business lending.


Live Oak Bancshares, Inc.
Quarterly Statements of Income (unaudited)
(Dollars in thousands, except per share data)

Three months ended
2Q 2016 1Q 2016 4Q 2015 3Q 2015 2Q 2015
Interest income
Loans and fees on loans$12,902 $11,005 $10,474 $8,728 $7,408
Investment securities, taxable252 251 224 211 200
Other interest earning assets248 138 80 84 70
Total interest income13,402 11,394 10,778 9,023 7,678
Interest expense
Deposits3,243 2,444 2,105 1,997 1,801
Borrowings242 241 203 395 444
Total interest expense3,485 2,685 2,308 2,392 2,245
Net interest income9,917 8,709 8,470 6,631 5,433
Provision for loan losses3,453 1,433 1,467 1,212 50
Net interest income after provision for loan losses6,464 7,276 7,003 5,419 5,383
Noninterest income
Loan servicing revenue5,081 4,784 4,404 4,216 3,870
Loan servicing asset revaluation(1,604) (26) (1,996) (2,650) (2,098)
Net gains on sales of loans14,555 16,425 20,781 15,424 15,719
Gain on sale of securities available-for-sale 1 12
Construction supervision fee income667 630 745 344 317
Other noninterest income649 619 433 424 327
Total noninterest income19,348 22,432 24,368 17,770 18,135
Noninterest expense
Salaries and employee benefits15,411 12,993 12,700 9,949 9,319
Travel expense2,330 1,846 1,465 2,200 2,238
Professional services expense910 528 752 493 548
Advertising and marketing expense1,365 963 1,156 1,051 1,118
Occupancy expense1,055 1,193 1,555 703 736
Data processing expense1,404 1,208 1,195 773 722
Equipment expense534 551 646 642 388
Other loan origination and maintenance expense621 574 685 673 234
Other expense1,502 1,855 1,979 1,579 1,514
Total noninterest expense25,132 21,711 22,133 18,063 16,817
Income before taxes680 7,997 9,238 5,126 6,701
Income tax expense557 3,314 3,523 2,228 2,766
Net income123 4,683 5,715 2,898 3,935
Net loss attributable to noncontrolling interest 8 1 3
Net income attributable to Live Oak Bancshares, Inc.$123 $4,691 $5,716 $2,901 $3,935
Earnings per share
Basic$0.00 $0.14 $0.17 $0.09 $0.14
Diluted$0.00 $0.13 $0.16 $0.09 $0.13
Weighted average shares outstanding
Basic34,189,217 34,176,753 34,169,855 32,824,587 28,636,182
Diluted35,206,125 34,954,592 35,079,486 33,917,282 29,498,399

Live Oak Bancshares, Inc.
Quarterly Balance Sheets (unaudited)
(Dollars in thousands)

As of the quarter ended
2Q 2016 1Q 2016 4Q 2015 3Q 2015 2Q 2015
Assets
Cash and due from banks$175,506 $226,556 $102,607 $129,881 $131,487
Certificates of deposit with other banks8,500 9,000 10,250 10,000 10,000
Investment securities available-for-sale66,804 55,674 53,762 51,628 50,719
Loans held for sale329,206 537,293 480,619 443,871 356,481
Loans held for investment690,517 313,633 279,969 259,552 237,612
Allowance for loan losses(12,309) (8,616) (7,415) (6,153) (5,183)
Net loans678,208 305,017 272,554 253,399 232,429
Premises and equipment, net61,064 61,839 62,653 62,641 57,310
Foreclosed assets2,971 3,020 2,666 1,258 747
Servicing assets48,454 47,377 44,230 40,590 39,983
Other assets24,591 22,765 23,281 19,498 20,259
Total assets$1,395,304 $1,268,541 $1,052,622 $1,012,766 $899,415
Liabilities and Shareholders’ Equity
Liabilities
Deposits:
Noninterest-bearing$22,942 $21,125 $21,502 $20,420 $15,756
Interest-bearing1,117,855 994,340 783,286 742,208 711,590
Total deposits1,140,797 1,015,465 804,788 762,628 727,346
Long term borrowings28,173 28,271 28,375 42,079 54,490
Other liabilities18,984 20,372 19,971 13,963 14,198
Total liabilities1,187,954 1,064,108 853,134 818,670 796,034
Shareholders’ equity
Non-cumulative perpetual preferred stock (Series A), no shares authorized, issued or outstanding at June 30, 2016, March 31, 2016 and December 31, 2015, 6,800 shares authorized, issued and outstanding for other periods presented
Preferred stock, no par value, 1,000,000 shares authorized, none issued or outstanding
Class A common stock (voting)141,181 138,199 137,492 136,852 49,122
Class B common stock (non-voting)50,015 50,015 50,015 50,015 50,015
Retained earnings15,928 16,147 12,140 7,108 4,206
Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss)201 47 (192) 87 1
Total shareholders’ equity attributed to Live Oak Bancshares, Inc.207,325 204,408 199,455 194,062 103,344
Noncontrolling interest25 25 33 34 37
Total equity207,350 204,433 199,488 194,096 103,381
Total liabilities and shareholders’ equity$1,395,304 $1,268,541 $1,052,622 $1,012,766 $899,415

Live Oak Bancshares, Inc.
Quarterly Selected Financial Data
(Dollars in thousands, except per share data)

As of and for the three months ended
2Q 2016 1Q 2016 4Q 2015 3Q 2015 2Q 2015
Income Statement Data
Net income attributable to Live Oak Bancshares, Inc.$123 $4,691 $5,716 $2,901 $3,935
Per Common Share
Net income, basic$0.00 $0.14 $0.17 $0.09 $0.14
Net income, diluted0.00 0.13 0.16 0.09 0.13
Dividends declared0.01 0.02 0.01 0.01 0.03
Book value6.06 5.98 5.84 5.68 3.61
Tangible book value (1)6.06 5.98 5.84 5.68 3.60
Performance Ratios
Return on average assets (annualized)0.04% 1.67% 2.18% 1.19% 1.87%
Return on average equity (annualized)0.24 9.38 11.60 7.15 16.54
Net interest margin3.26 3.52 3.66 3.11 2.94
Efficiency ratio (1)85.88 69.72 67.40 74.06 71.36
Noninterest income to total revenue66.11 72.03 74.21 72.81 76.95
Selected Loan Metrics
Loans originated$356,865 $284,530 $330,798 $302,962 $276,822
Guaranteed loans sold135,555 155,643 219,328 147,377 137,134
Average net gain on sale of loans107.37 105.53 94.75 104.66 114.63
Held for sale guaranteed loans (note amount) (2)639,356 541,595 497,875 499,303 431,232
Quarterly increase (decrease) in note amount of held for sale guaranteed loans97,761 42,292 (1,428) 68,071 62,018
Estimated net gain to be recognized on quarterly increase in guaranteed loans held for sale (3)10,497 4,463 N/A 7,124 7,109
Asset Quality Ratios
Allowance for loan losses to loans held for investment1.78% 2.75% 2.65% 2.37% 2.18%
Net (recoveries) charge-offs to average loans held for investment(0.18) 0.30 0.30 0.40 0.17
Nonperforming loans$12,902 $14,829 $12,367 $18,384 $19,662
Foreclosed assets2,971 3,020 2,666 1,258 747
Nonperforming loans (unguaranteed exposure)2,174 2,421 2,037 2,562 3,089
Foreclosed assets (unguaranteed exposure)433 438 373 48 34
Nonperforming loans not guaranteed by the SBA and foreclosures2,607 2,859 2,410 2,610 3,123
Nonperforming loans and foreclosures, not guaranteed by the SBA, to total assets0.19% 0.23% 0.23% 0.26% 0.35%
Capital Ratios
Common equity tier 1 capital (to risk-weighted assets)18.26% 20.61% 23.22% 24.40% 13.94%
Total capital (to risk-weighted assets)19.43 21.54 24.12 25.21 14.73
Tier 1 risk based capital (to risk-weighted assets)18.26 20.61 23.22 24.40 13.94
Tier 1 leverage capital (to average assets)14.32 17.09 18.36 19.07 10.96

Notes to Quarterly Selected Financial Data

(1) See accompanying GAAP to Non-GAAP Reconciliation.

(2) Includes the entire note amount, including undisbursed funds for the multi-advance loans.

(3) The estimated revenue from the sale of the quarterly increase in guaranteed loans is based on the average net gain on sale of loans for that quarter.



Live Oak Bancshares, Inc.
GAAP to Non-GAAP Reconciliation
(Dollars in thousands)

As of and for the three months ended
2Q 2016 1Q 2016 4Q 2015 3Q 2015 2Q 2015
Total shareholders’ equity$207,350 $204,433 $199,488 $194,096 $103,381
Less:
Goodwill
Other intangible assets 103 103
Tangible shareholders’ equity (a)$207,350 $204,433 $199,488 $193,993 $103,278
Shares outstanding (c)34,192,382 34,183,878 34,172,899 34,167,500 28,654,860
Total assets$1,395,304 $1,268,541 $1,052,622 $1,012,766 $899,415
Less:
Goodwill
Other intangible assets 103 103
Tangible assets (b)$1,395,304 $1,268,541 $1,052,622 $1,012,663 $899,312
Tangible shareholders’ equity to tangible assets (a/b)14.86% 16.12% 18.95% 19.16% 11.48%
Tangible book value per share (a/c)$6.06 $5.98 $5.84 $5.68 $3.60
Efficiency ratio:
Noninterest expense (d)$25,132 $21,711 $22,133 $18,063 $16,817
Net interest income9,917 8,709 8,470 6,631 5,433
Noninterest income19,348 22,432 24,368 17,770 18,135
Less: gain on sale of securities 1 12
Adjusted operating revenue (e)$29,265 $31,141 $32,837 $24,389 $23,568
Efficiency ratio (d/e)85.88% 69.72% 67.40% 74.06% 71.36%

Live Oak Bancshares, Inc.
GAAP to Non-GAAP Reconciliation (Continued)
(Dollars in thousands)

Three months ended Six months ended
6/30/2016 3/31/2016 6/30/2015 6/30/2016 6/30/2015
Reconciliation of net income to non-GAAP net income for non-routine income and expenses:
Net income attributable to Live Oak Bancshares, Inc.$123 $4,691 $3,935 $4,814 $12,008
Gain on sale of investment in non-consolidated affiliate (3,782)
Provision for loans reclassified as held for investment4,023 4,023
Stock based compensation expense for restricted stock awards with an effective grant date of May 24, 2016, as discussed in Note 10 of our March 31, 2016 Form 10-Q2,243 2,243
Income tax effects and adjustments for non-GAAP items *(2,506) (2,506) 1,513
Non-GAAP net income$3,883 $4,691 $3,935 $8,574 $9,739
* Estimated at 40.0%
Non-GAAP earnings per share:
Basic$0.11 $0.14 $0.14 $0.25 $0.34
Diluted$0.11 $0.13 $0.13 $0.24 $0.33
Weighted-average shares outstanding:
Basic34,189,217 34,176,753 28,636,182 34,183,004 28,628,177
Diluted35,206,125 34,954,592 29,498,399 35,079,660 29,439,822
Reconciliation of financial statement line items as reported to adjusted for non-routine income and expenses:
Noninterest income, as reported$19,348 $22,432 $18,135 $41,780 $42,190
Gain on sale of investment in non-consolidated affiliate (3,782)
Noninterest income, as adjusted19,348 22,432 18,135 41,780 38,408
Provision for loan losses, as reported3,453 1,433 50 4,886 1,127
Provision for loans reclassified as held for investment(4,023) (4,023)
Provision for loan losses, as adjusted(570) 1,433 50 863 1,127
Noninterest expense, as reported25,132 21,711 16,817 46,843 31,519
Stock based compensation expense(2,243) (2,243)
Noninterest expense, as adjusted22,889 21,711 16,817 44,600 31,519
Income tax expense, as reported557 3,314 2,766 3,871 8,044
Income tax effects and adjustments for non-recurring income and expenses(2,506) (2,506) 1,513
Income tax (benefit) expense, as adjusted$(1,949) $3,314 $2,766 $1,365 $9,557

This press release presents the non-GAAP financial measures previously shown. The adjustments to reconcile from the applicable GAAP financial measure to the non-GAAP financial measures are included where applicable in financial results presented in accordance with GAAP. The Company considers these adjustments to be relevant to ongoing operating results. The Company believes that excluding the amounts associated with these adjustments to present the non-GAAP financial measures provides a meaningful base for period-to-period comparisons, which will assist regulators, investors, and analysts in analyzing the operating results or financial position of the Company. The non-GAAP financial measures are used by management to assess the performance of the Company’s business for presentations of Company performance to investors, and for other reasons as may be requested by investors and analysts. The Company further believes that presenting the non-GAAP financial measures will permit investors and analysts to assess the performance of the Company on the same basis as that applied by management. Non-GAAP financial measures have inherent limitations, are not required to be uniformly applied, and are not audited. Although non-GAAP financial measures are frequently used by shareholders to evaluate a company, they have limitations as an analytical tool and should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for analysis of results reported under GAAP.

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