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The Southern Banc Company, Inc. Announces Preliminary Fourth Quarter Earnings

GADSDEN, Ala., Sept. 26, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Gates Little, President and Chief Executive Officer of The Southern Banc Company, Inc. (OTCBB:SRNN), the holding company for The Southern Bank Company, announced preliminary unaudited results (subject to audit adjustments following the year-end audit) of operations for the fourth quarter and year ended June 30, 2016:

  • For the three months ended June 30, 2016, the Company reported net loss of approximately $1,242,000, or $(1.61) per basic and diluted share as compared to a net loss of approximately $57,000, or $(0.07) per basic and diluted share, for the three months ended June 30, 2015.
  • For the fiscal year ended June 30, 2016, the Company recorded a net loss of approximately $1,358,000, or $(1.76) per basic and diluted share, as compared to a net loss of approximately $410,000, or $(0.53) per basic and diluted share, for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2015.
  • For the three months ended June 30, 2016, net interest income before provision for loan losses increased approximately $71,000, or 10.19% as compared to the same period in 2015. The increase in the net interest income for the three month period was primarily attributable to an increase in interest and fees on loans in the amount of approximately $128,000 offset by a decrease in interest and dividends on securities of approximately $57,000. For the three months ended June 30, 2016, interest paid on deposits and borrowings increased approximately $9,000 as compared to the same period in 2015.
  • For the fiscal year ended June 30, 2016, net interest income before provision for loan losses increased approximately $471,000, or 17.87% as compared to fiscal year 2015. The increase in the net interest margin for the fiscal year was primarily attributable to an increase in total interest income of approximately $517,000, or 15.23% offset by an increase in total interest expense of approximately $46,000, or 6.11%. For the fiscal year ended June 30, 2016 provision for loan losses increased approximately $1,579,000. The provision for loan losses for fiscal year 2015 was $280,000.
  • For the fiscal year ended June 30, 2016, non-interest income decreased $112,000, or 27.74% as compared to fiscal year 2015. The decrease in non-interest income was primarily attributable to a decrease in miscellaneous income of $101,000 and a decrease in fees of approximately $10,000. The decrease in miscellaneous income for the fiscal year was primarily attributable to the receipt of a bond prepayment penalty in January 2015. The decrease in fees was primarily attributable to decreases in customer service fees.
  • For the three months ended June 30, 2016 total non-interest expenses increased approximately $201,000, or 23.00%, as compared to the same three month period in 2015. The increase in non-interest expense for the three month period was primarily attributable to increases in salaries and benefits of approximately $84,000 or 17.91% due to the hiring of additional sales staff along with increases in professional service expense of approximately $71,000 or 77.43% from increases in advertising and legal expense.
  • For the fiscal year ended June 30, 2016, total non-interest expenses increased approximately $313,000, or 9.13%, as compared to fiscal year 2015. The increase in non-interest expense for the fiscal year was primarily attributable to increases in other operating expenses of approximately $129,000, professional services expense of approximately $70,000, data processing expenses of approximately $27,000 and salary and benefit expenses of approximately $88,000. The increase in other operating expenses was primarily due to increases in advertising expense. The increase in salary and benefits was primarily due to increases in sales staff.

The Company’s total assets at June 30, 2016 were approximately $98.1 million, as compared to $97.2 million at June 30, 2015. Total stockholders’ equity was approximately $13.2 million, or 13.4% of assets and $14.2 million, or 14.6% of assets at June 30, 2016 and 2015, respectively.

The unaudited financial information for the three and twelve months ended June 30, 2016 and 2015, has been prepared on the same basis as our audited financial information and includes, in the opinion of management, all adjustments necessary to present the data for such periods. The Company expects to release its final year end results and its related audited financial statements in October 2016, following completion of the year end audit. Historical results are not necessarily indicative of future results. The Bank has four full service banking offices located in Gadsden, Albertville, Guntersville, and Centre, AL, and one loan production office in Birmingham, AL. The stock of The Southern Banc Company, Inc. is listed on the OTC Bulletin Board under the symbol “SRNN”.

Certain statements in this release contain “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, which statements can generally be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology, such as “may,” “will,” “expect,” “estimate,” “anticipate,” “believe,” “target,” “plan,” “project,” “continue,” or the negatives thereof, or other variations thereon or similar terminology, and are made on the basis of management’s plans and current analyses of the Company, its business and the industry as a whole. These forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties, including, but not limited to, economic conditions, competition, interest rate sensitivity and exposure to regulatory and legislative changes. The above factors, in some cases, have affected, and in the future could affect the Company’s financial performance and could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied in such forward-looking statements, even if experience or future changes make it clear that any projected results expressed or implied therein will not be realized.

(Selected financial data attached)

THE SOUTHERN BANC COMPANY, INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF FINANCIAL CONDITION
(Dollar Amounts in Thousands)
June 30, June 30,
2016 2015
(Unaudited)
ASSETS

CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS $ 1,463 $ 8,396
SECURITIES AVAILABLE FOR SALE, at fair value 36,103 42,443
SECURITIES HELD TO MATURITY, at amortized cost,
fair value of $0 and $1,281, respectively
0 1
FEDERAL HOME LOAN BANK (FHLB) STOCK 388 391
LOANS AND LEASES RECEIVABLE,
net of allowance for loan losses of $757,516 and $551,103, respectively
57,370 43,936
PREMISES AND EQUIPMENT, net 811 847
ACCRUED INTEREST AND DIVIDENDS RECEIVABLE 247 274
PREPAID EXPENSES AND OTHER ASSETS 1,754 877
TOTAL ASSETS $ 97,136 $ 97,165
LIABILITIES

DEPOSITS $ 78,771 $ 75,279
FHLB ADVANCES 5,190 7,156
OTHER LIABILITIES 976 498
TOTAL LIABILITIES 84,937 82,933
STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY:
Preferred stock, par value $.01 per share
500,000 shares authorized, shares issued
and outstanding—none
0 0
Common stock, par value $.01 per share,
3,500,000 authorized, 1,454,750 shares issued,
806,086 shares outstanding
15 15
Additional paid-in capital 13,887 13,887
Shares held in trust, at cost,
32,643 shares
(640) (640)
Retained earnings 8,166 9,524
Treasury stock, at cost,
648,664 shares
(8,825) (8,825)
Accumulated other comprehensive income 596 271


TOTAL STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY
13,199 14,232


TOTAL LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY


$
98,136 $ 97,165

THE SOUTHERN BANC COMPANY, INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME
(Dollar Amounts in Thousands, except per share data)
Three Months Ended Year Ended
June 30, June 30,
2016
(Unaudited)
2015 2016
(Unaudited)
2015
INTEREST INCOME:

Interest and fees on loans $ 751 $ 622 $ 2,923 $ 2,282
Interest and dividends on securities 209 266 968 1,092
Other interest income 5 6 20 20


Total interest income
965 894

3,911


3,394


INTEREST EXPENSE:
Interest on deposits 187 178 758 682
Interest on borrowings 10 19 49 78
Total interest expense 197 197 807 760
Net interest income before provision for loan losses 768 697 3,104 2,634
Provision for loan losses 1,733 115 1,859 280
Net interest income after provision for loan losses (965) 582 1,245 2,354


NON-INTEREST INCOME:
Fees and other non-interest income 18 19 110 120
Gain on sale of securities, net 0 160 158 160
Miscellaneous income 4 9 25 125
Total non-interest income 22 188 293 405


NON-INTEREST EXPENSE:
Salaries and employee benefits 556 471 2,067 1,979
Equipment and Occupancy expenses 62 60 244 245
Professional Services Expense 162 92 426 356
Data Processing Expense 113 110 446 419
Other operating expense 182 141 560 431
Total non-interest expense 1,075 874 3,743 3,430
Loss before income taxes
(2,018


)

(104


)

(2,205


)
(671)
BENEFIT FOR INCOME TAXES
(776


)
(47) (847) (261)
Net Loss $
(1,242


)
$ (57) $
(1,358


)
$ (410)
LOSS PER SHARE:
Basic $ (1.61) $ (0.07) $ (1.76)$ (0.53)
Diluted $ (1.61) $ (0.07) $ (1.76)$ (0.53)


DIVIDENDS DECLARED PER SHARE


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AVERAGE SHARES OUTSTANDING:
Basic 773,443 773,443 773,443 773,443
Diluted 773,443 773,443 773,443 773,443


Contact: Gates Little (256) 543-3860

Source:The Southern Banc Company, Inc.