LAKEWOOD, Colo., Jan. 25, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Solera National Bancorp, Inc. (OTC:SLRK), the holding company for Solera National Bank, a business-focused bank primarily serving the Denver metropolitan area, today reported financial results for the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2016.
Highlights for the quarter ended December 31, 2016 include:
- Ninth consecutive profitable quarter
- Net loan growth of $4.9 million, or 5.0% versus linked-quarter
- Strong asset quality; no nonperforming assets and modest level of criticized assets
- Full reversal of Deferred Tax Asset Valuation Allowance
- Loss Contingency recorded for breach of contract lawsuit brought by former CEO
- Return on Average Assets and Return on Average Equity of 5.46% and 37.43%, respectively
For the three months ended December 31, 2016, the Company reported net income of $2.09 million, or $0.77 per share, compared to net income of $266,000, or $0.10 per share, for the three months ended September 30, 2016, and $319,000, or $0.12 per share, for the three months ended December 31, 2015. The Company’s net income for the year ended December 31, 2016 was $3.13 million, or $1.15 per share, compared to a net income of $1.78 million, or $0.65 per share, for the twelve months ended December 31, 2015.
The fourth quarter 2016 results included a full reversal of the Company’s deferred tax asset valuation allowance resulting in a one-time tax benefit of $2.21 million, or $0.81 per share. The Company has concluded that as of December 31, 2016, it is more likely than not that it will generate sufficient taxable income within the applicable carry-forward periods to realize its net deferred tax assets. Several factors, including Solera’s ninth consecutive quarter of core profitability and a forecast of future profitability under various potential scenarios, combined to facilitate the full recovery of the deferred tax asset valuation allowance.
Partially offsetting this one-time income tax benefit was a loss contingency of $514,000, or $0.19 per share, as a result of a recent jury verdict awarding a severance payment and related interest to our former CEO. The Company is in the process of obtaining regulatory guidance whether the judgment can legally be paid but has concluded that, at this time, the accounting guidance requires recognition of this potential liability. Excluding the impact of the release of the deferred tax asset valuation allowance and the loss contingency during the quarter, net income was $390,000, or $0.14 per share (non-GAAP).
Martin P. May, President and CEO, commented: “The Company is performing well, delivering our ninth consecutive quarterly profit. We continued to grow our loan and deposit portfolios organically and our capital ratios significantly exceed all regulatory guidelines for a well-capitalized bank.”
Net interest income after provision for loan and lease losses was $1.11 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2016 compared to $1.07 million and $1.05 million in the quarters ended September 30, 2016 and December 31, 2015, respectively. For the twelve months of 2016, net interest income after provision for loan and lease losses was $4.18 million compared to $4.26 million for the twelve months of 2015. The Company recorded no provision for loan and lease losses in 2016 compared to a $50,000 credit to the provision for loan and lease losses in 2015.
The Company's net interest margin in fourth quarter 2016 was 3.04% compared to 2.96% in the linked-quarter and 3.10% in the fourth quarter 2015. The Company's net interest margin for the twelve months of 2016 was 2.99% compared to 3.13% for the twelve months of 2015. The decline in net interest margin for the twelve months of 2016 compared to the twelve months of 2015 is largely attributed to a 10 basis point increase in the cost of funds due to a shift from less expensive savings and money market accounts to more expensive, longer-term time deposits.
Total noninterest income in fourth quarter 2016 was $58,000 compared to $96,000 in third quarter 2016 and $75,000 in fourth quarter 2015. The decrease versus the linked-quarter is due to no gain on the sale of available-for-sale securities in fourth quarter 2016 versus $36,000 in the linked-quarter. Noninterest income was $522,000 for the twelve months ended December 31, 2016 compared to $745,000 for the twelve months ended December 31, 2015. This decline was due to a one-time bank owned life insurance benefit of $293,000 along with a higher gain on the sale of available-for-sale securities in 2015, partially offset by a gain on loans sold of $125,000 in 2016.
The Company continues to prudently manage expenses. However, fourth quarter 2016 was adversely impacted by the loss contingency of $514,000 recorded for the jury verdict awarding a severance payment and related interest to our former CEO. As a result, total noninterest expense of $1.29 million in fourth quarter 2016 compared unfavorably with $897,000 in the linked-quarter and $808,000 in the fourth quarter of 2015. For the twelve months of 2016, noninterest expense increased to $3.78 million compared to $3.22 million for the twelve months of 2015 principally due to the loss contingency and related legal expenses incurred to defend the lawsuit. Excluding the costs associated with the lawsuit and loss contingency, noninterest expense would have been $3.13 million, a $95,000, or 2.9%, decline from the prior year.
As a result of reversing the full deferred tax asset valuation allowance and recording an income tax benefit of $2.21 million this quarter, the Company expects to record income tax expense in future quarters assuming the Company continues to generate pre-tax earnings.
Balance Sheet Review and Asset Quality Strength
Total assets of $156.09 million at December 31, 2016 increased from $149.28 million at September 30, 2016 and $146.07 million at December 31, 2015. The increase versus the linked-quarter was due to solid growth in gross loans along with the release of the deferred tax asset valuation allowance.
Net loans, after allowance for loan and lease losses, were $103.38 million at December 31, 2016 compared to $98.48 million at September 30, 2016 and $80.59 million at December 31, 2015. Net loan growth was $4.91 million during the fourth quarter of 2016 from loan originations of $6.72 million offset by payoffs and pay downs totaling $1.81 million. Net loans increased $22.79 million for the twelve months ended 2016 from loan originations of $28.18 million, coupled with a $15.0 million purchased participation interest in a pool of rehabilitated student loans. These were partially offset by loan payoffs and pay downs totaling $20.39 million.
The allowance for loan and lease losses at December 31, 2016 was $1.60 million, or 1.52% of gross loans, compared to $1.58 million, or 1.58% of gross loans at September 30, 2016, and $1.52 million, or 1.85% of gross loans at December 31, 2015. The decline in the allowance for loan and lease losses as a percentage of gross loans versus the prior year is primarily due to the participation interest in a pool of rehabilitated student loans which come with minimal risk of loss given a U.S. government guarantee.
Total investment securities available-for-sale were $36.13 million at December 31, 2016 compared to $36.32 million at September 30, 2016 and $48.37 million at December 31, 2015. Investment securities held-to-maturity of $4.5 million remained unchanged at December 31, 2016 compared to September 30, 2016 and December 31, 2015.
Total deposits at December 31, 2016 were $126.33 million compared to $122.13 million at September 30, 2016 and $120.84 million at December 31, 2015. Noninterest-bearing demand deposits and time deposits increased $1.99 million and $3.28 million versus the prior year, respectively.
The Company continues to experience sound asset quality metrics substantially outperforming its peer group. At December 31, 2016, the Company had no non-performing loans, non-performing assets or other real estate owned. Total criticized assets of $6.12 million at December 31, 2016, or 3.92% of total assets, increased modestly from $4.91 million, or 3.36% of total assets at December 31, 2015.
The Company had no past due commercial loans as of December 31, 2016. However, $5.54 million of the student loan participation pool were 30 days+ past due at December 31, 2016, of which $3.60 million were 90 days+ past due. The student loans are backed by an approximately 97.5% guarantee of the U.S. Treasury under the Higher Education Act of 1965. This guarantee includes all principal and interest so net credit losses in this portfolio are expected to be minimal. Additionally, the Bank purchased this pool at a discount making the Bank’s maximum exposure to credit losses slightly less than 1%.
The Company’s earnings continue to generate capital, and its capital ratios are well in excess of the highest required regulatory benchmark levels. As of December 31, 2016, the Bank’s Tier 1 leverage ratio was 14.0%, Tier 1 risk-based capital was 18.7%, and total risk-based capital was 20.0%.
Tangible book value per share, including accumulated other comprehensive income, was $8.39 at December 31, 2016, compared to $7.80 at September 30, 2016 and $7.18 at December 31, 2015. Total stockholders' equity was $23.07 million at December 31, 2016 compared to $21.49 million at September 30, 2016 and $19.84 million at December 31, 2015. Total stockholders' equity at December 31, 2016 included an accumulated other comprehensive loss of $426,000 compared to a gain of $89,000 at September 30, 2016 as a result of a decrease in the fair value of the Bank's available-for-sale investment portfolio due to an increase in longer-term interest rates.
May concluded: "The Company has now generated two successive years of core earnings. The Bank maintains strong capital and liquidity levels, our asset quality remains solid, and we are competing aggressively in a healthy and vibrant metropolitan area. During 2016, we made investments in both our business development team and technology platforms, and will build upon that in 2017 with the launch of consumer mobile deposit capture. The Company is well positioned to continue building shareholder value over the coming year and beyond."
About Solera National Bancorp, Inc.
Solera National Bancorp, Inc. was incorporated in 2006 to organize and serve as the holding company for Solera National Bank, which opened for business in September 2007. Solera National Bank is a community bank serving emerging businesses primarily in the Front Range of Colorado. At the core of Solera National Bank is welcoming, inclusive and respectful customer service, a focus on supporting a growing and diverse Colorado economy, and a passion to serve our community through service, education and volunteerism. For more information, please visit http://www.SoleraBank.com.
This press release contains statements that may constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. The statements contained in this release, which are not historical facts and that relate to future plans or projected results of Solera National Bancorp, Inc. ("Company") and its wholly-owned subsidiary, Solera National Bank ("Bank"), are forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected, anticipated or implied. We undertake no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statement. Readers of this release are cautioned not to put undue reliance on forward-looking statements.
FINANCIAL TABLES FOLLOW
|SOLERA NATIONAL BANCORP, INC.|
|CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS|
|Cash and due from banks||$||719||$||825||$||678||$||521||$||749|
|Federal funds sold||80||—||1,755||3,130||1,740|
|Interest-bearing deposits with banks||261||261||261||751||750|
|Investment securities, available-for-sale||36,133||36,324||36,159||43,752||48,374|
|Investment securities, held-to-maturity||4,500||4,500||4,500||4,500||4,500|
|FHLB and Federal Reserve Bank stocks, at cost||879||1,027||853||860||874|
|Net deferred (fees)/expenses||(260||)||(270||)||(201||)||(54||)||(15||)|
|Allowance for loan and lease losses||(1,599||)||(1,584||)||(1,577||)||(1,557||)||(1,518||)|
|Loans held for sale||—||—||—||—||1,039|
|Premises and equipment, net||1,831||1,861||1,884||1,902||1,918|
|Accrued interest receivable||798||768||616||531||570|
|Bank-owned life insurance||4,495||4,464||4,433||4,401||4,369|
|LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY|
|Noninterest-bearing demand deposits||5,941||5,189||4,156||4,069||3,954|
|Interest-bearing demand deposits||8,374||6,997||7,913||7,644||8,405|
|Savings and money market deposits||42,569||38,558||36,798||38,151||42,320|
|Accrued interest payable||103||144||127||112||88|
|Short-term FHLB borrowings||2,415||1,125||—||—||—|
|Long-term FHLB borrowings||3,400||4,000||4,000||5,000||5,000|
|Accounts payable and other liabilities||776||390||317||333||309|
|Additional paid-in capital||27,170||27,160||27,149||27,143||27,137|
|Accumulated other comprehensive gain (loss)||(426||)||89||248||17||(501||)|
|Treasury stock, at cost||(156||)||(156||)||(156||)||(156||)||(156||)|
|TOTAL STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY||23,072||21,492||21,374||20,815||19,837|
|TOTAL LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY||$||156,091||$||149,277||$||142,841||$||140,559||$||146,073|
|SOLERA NATIONAL BANCORP, INC.|
|CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS (unaudited)|
|Three Months Ended||Twelve Months Ended|
|($000s, except per share data)||12/31/2016||9/30/2016||6/30/2016||3/31/2016||12/31/2015||12/31/2016||12/31/2015|
|Interest and dividend income|
|Interest and fees on loans||$||1,175||$||1,144||$||1,011||$||1,054||$||1,060||$||4,384||$||4,237|
|Dividends on bank stocks||12||12||11||10||11||45||46|
|Total interest income||1,442||1,400||1,275||1,360||1,357||5,477||5,342|
|Total interest expense||335||333||318||314||305||1,300||1,135|
|Net interest income||1,107||1,067||957||1,046||1,052||4,177||4,207|
|Provision for loan and lease losses||—||—||—||—||—||—||(50||)|
|Net interest income after|
provision for loan and lease losses
|Customer service and other fees||26||28||24||24||25||102||110|
|Gain on loans sold||—||—||—||125||—||125||—|
|Gain on sale of available-for-sale securities||—||36||70||51||6||157||186|
|Total noninterest income||58||96||126||242||75||522||745|
|Employee compensation and benefits||425||410||376||406||410||1,617||1,581|
|Other general and administrative||762||299||298||292||307||1,651||1,235|
|Total noninterest expense||1,289||897||761||834||808||3,781||3,224|
|Net (Loss)/Income Before Taxes||$||(124||)||$||266||$||322||$||454||$||319||$||918||$||1,778|
|Income Tax Benefit||$||2,209||$||-||$||-||$||-||$||-||$||2,209||$||-|
|Income Per Share||$||0.77||$||0.10||$||0.12||$||0.17||$||0.12||$||1.15||$||0.65|
|Tangible Book Value Per Share||$||8.39||$||7.80||$||7.75||$||7.54||$||7.18||$||8.39||$||7.18|
|Net Interest Margin||3.04||%||2.96||%||2.87||%||3.09||%||3.10||%||2.99||%||3.13||%|
|Return on Average Assets||5.46||%||0.73||%||0.91||%||1.27||%||0.89||%||2.12||%||1.25||%|
|Return on Average Equity||37.43||%||4.96||%||6.11||%||8.93||%||6.43||%||14.42||%||9.12||%|
|Non-performing loans to gross loans||—||%||—||%||—||%||—||%||0.16||%|
|Non-performing assets to total assets||—||%||—||%||—||%||—||%||0.09||%|
|Allowance for loan losses to gross loans||1.52||%||1.58||%||1.70||%||1.95||%||1.85||%|
|Total criticized loans||$||5,528||$||5,919||$||5,594||$||6,112||$||3,773|
|Other real estate owned||—||—||—||—||—|
|Total criticized assets||$||6,123||$||6,515||$||6,191||$||7,248||$||4,913|
|Criticized assets to total assets||3.92||%||4.36||%||4.33||%||5.16||%||3.36||%|
|Selected Financial Ratios: (Solera National Bank Only)|
|Tier 1 leverage ratio||14.0||%||13.2||%||13.8||%||13.5||%||13.2||%|
|Tier 1 risk-based capital ratio||18.7||%||19.1||%||18.6||%||19.4||%||18.8||%|
|Total risk-based capital ratio||20.0||%||20.4||%||19.8||%||20.7||%||20.0||%|
Contact: Martin P. May, President & CEO (303) 937-6422 -or- Melissa K. Larkin, EVP & CFO (303) 937-6423
Source:Solera National Bank