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Select Bancorp Reports First Quarter 2017 Earnings

DUNN, N.C., May 04, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Select Bancorp, Inc. (the “Company”) (NASDAQ:SLCT), the holding company for Select Bank & Trust, reported another solid quarter of growth and earnings comparing quarter over quarter results. Results are reflective of an improving business climate in eastern North Carolina, and we have seen more deposit and loan activity as a result of the increased confidence in the local and state economy in our markets.

Select Bancorp, Inc. had strong growth in loans, deposits and total assets in the first quarter of 2017. Our expansion in our mature markets was complimented by growth in markets from branches acquired in December of 2015. Our total assets increased $32.9 million from $846.6 million at December 31, 2016 to $879.6 million at March 31, 2017. The majority of the increase in our assets was in our loan portfolio. Our loan portfolio increased by $29.6 million from $677.2 million at December 31, 2016 to $706.8 million at March 31, 2017. Strong customer demand coupled with hiring experienced and knowledgeable loan officers were the primary drivers in our year over year loan growth. Our emphasis on maintaining our high standards for asset quality has continued to be a primary focal point of our credit underwriting requirements for each customer relationship and has resulted in a decrease in non-performing loans.

In the last two quarters we have experienced notable increases in loan demand in response to a more pro-business economic climate. Many of our customers have a more positive outlook on the economy and have decided to expand their business operations, acquire new equipment or purchase real estate to enhance their company or operations. We have elevated the origination goals of our lenders and they are continuing to develop deeper relationships with their customers and explore other relationships within their markets. We pride ourselves on being able to make credit decisions swiftly to meet the customer’s funding needs in a timely manner.

Deposits have increased $33.5 million from $679.7 million at December 31, 2016 to $713.1 million at March 31, 2017. The majority of the increase in our deposits was in our time deposits. Our time deposits increased by $24.6 million from $303.5 million at December 31, 2016 to $328.1 million at March 31, 2017. Demand deposits increased by $3.7 million since year end and we also saw increases in our money market accounts of $5.9 million for the same time period.

Funding is stable, core deposits have reduced slightly from the prior quarter, but still remain very strong at 77.5%. The increase in time deposits was a blend of wholesale and organically originated deposits, with wholesale comprising $14.0 million of the $24.6 million increase.

During the quarter we had notable loan growth in three loan categories. Our commercial real estate (CRE) loans increased $11.2 million, construction loans increased $14.4 million and multi-family residential loans increased $3.1 million since year end. Most of this increase was originated in the Raleigh, Leland (Wilmington area), Greenville and Fayetteville markets. Our charge-offs in the first quarter of 2017 amounted to $337,000, which were offset by recoveries of $142,000 for net charge-offs of $195,000. Our allowance for loan loss is reflective of a conservative posture to account for loan growth, net charge-off history, loan risk grading and other indicators of inherent risk in our loan portfolio. Our allowance as a percentage of total loans was 1.14% at March 31, 2017 compared to 1.24% at year-end.

In the third quarter of 2016 we restructured and added personnel to our cash management team. As part of this project we also rolled out mobile banking software enhancements which have been well received by customers and staff. This included educational outreach through emails and newsletters that were used to streamline and simplify this initiative for customers and staff. After three quarters, we have increased the number of customers participating in our cash management program by almost 20%.

As a result of these efforts, today we reported net income for the quarter ended March 31, 2017 of $2.1 million and basic and diluted earnings per share of $0.18, compared to net income of $1.6 million and basic and diluted earnings per share of $0.14 for the quarter ended December 31, 2016.

For the three months ended March 31, 2017, return on average assets was 1.00% and return on average equity was 8.10%, compared to 0.76% and 6.12%, respectively, for the three months ended December 31, 2016.

Non-performing loans decreased to $8.0 million at March 31, 2017 from $9.4 million at December 31, 2016. Non-performing loans equaled 1.13% of loans at March 31, 2017, decreasing from 1.39% of loans at December 31, 2016. Foreclosed real estate equaled $883,000 at March 31, 2017, compared to $599,000 at December 31, 2016. For the quarter, net charge-offs were $195,000, or 0.12% of average loans, compared to net charge offs of $126,000, or 0.08% of average loans for the quarter ended December 31, 2016. At December 31, 2016, the allowance for loan losses was $8.4 million, or 1.24% of total loans, as compared to $8.0 million, or 1.14% of total loans, at March 31, 2017.

Net interest margin was 4.14% for the quarter ending March 31, 2017, as compared to 3.98% for the quarter ended December 31, 2016.

We have previously stated, since our merger with Legacy Select, that we intend to actively pursue expanding our market footprint, by primarily focusing on higher growth North Carolina markets. As a result of our new location in the Raleigh market and our recent entrance in the Leland (Wilmington area) and the Morehead City area, we experienced growth in new markets as well as market expansion in our established branch footprint. With our branch restructuring complete, we believe we have the capital necessary to focus on continued growth in these and other promising markets. As consolidation in our industry continues, we are attracting new customers who are not happy with larger financial institutions, and we are also attracting experienced and knowledgeable employees from these consolidations.

The executive management team is diligently working to increase our efficiencies and effectiveness while delivering outstanding service to our customers and business partners. We have implemented our growth strategy in a progressive and positive approach while maintaining our core values. The execution of this plan is the fundamental essence of our primary core business strategy. To that end, our valued shareholders have seen appreciation in their investment in us, due to this “Future Thinking / Future Focused” approach to banking.

Select Bank & Trust has branch offices in these North Carolina communities: Dunn, Burlington, Clinton, Elizabeth City, Fayetteville, Goldsboro, Greenville, Leland, Lillington, Lumberton, Morehead City, Raleigh and Washington.

The information as of and for the quarter ended March 31, 2017, as presented is unaudited. This news release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including, without limitation, (i) statements regarding certain of our goals and expectations with respect to earnings, earnings per share, revenue, expenses and the growth rate in such items, as well as other measures of economic performance, including statements relating to estimates of credit quality trends and market share growth, and (ii) statements preceded by, followed by or that include the words “may,” “could,” “should,” “would,” “believe,” “anticipate,” “estimate,” “expect,” “intend,” “plan,” “projects,” “outlook” or similar expressions. The actual results might differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements for various reasons, including, but not limited to, our ability to manage growth, substantial changes in financial markets, regulatory changes, changes in interest rates, loss of deposits and loan demand to other savings and financial institutions, and changes in real estate values and the real estate market. Additional information concerning factors that could cause actual results to materially differ from those in the forward-looking statements is contained in the Company’s SEC filings, including its periodic reports under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, copies of which are available upon request from the Company. Except as required by law, the Company assumes no obligation to update the forward-looking statements publicly or to update the reasons actual results could differ materially from those anticipated in the forward-looking statements, even if new information becomes available in the future.


Select Bancorp, Inc.
Selected Financial Information and Other Data
($ in thousands, except per share data)
At or for the three months ended (unaudited) At or for the twelve months ended
March 31,
2017
December 31,
2016
September 30,
2016
June 30,
2016
March 31,
2016
December 31,
2016
December 31,
2015
December 31,
2014
Summary of Operations:
Total interest income$9,125 $8,877 $8,755 $8,645 $8,432 $34,709 $33,341 $26,104
Total interest expense 1,047 985 909 912 927 3,733 3,542 4,519
Net interest income 8,078 7,892 7,846 7,733 7,505 30,976 29,799 21,585
Provision for (recovery of) loan losses (194) 669 337 158 352 1,516 890 (194)
Net interest income after provision 8,272 7,223 7,509 7,575 7,153 29,460 28,909 21,779
Noninterest income 730 740 785 831 866 3,222 3,292 2,675
Merger/Acquisition related expenses - - - - - - 378 1,941
Noninterest expense 5,805 5,511 5,631 5,519 5,620 22,281 21,852 18,719
Income before income taxes 3,197 2,452 2,663 2,887 2,399 10,401 9,971 3,794
Provision for income taxes 1,082 847 924 980 896 3,647 3,418 1,437
Net Income 2,115 1,605 1,739 1,907 1,503 6,754 6,553 2,357
Dividends on Preferred Stock - - - - 4 4 77 38
Net income available to common shareholders$2,115 $1,605 $1,739 $1,907 $1,499 $6,750 $6,476 $2,319
Share and Per Share Data:
Earnings per share - basic$0.18 $0.14 $0.15 $0.16 $0.13 $0.58 $0.56 $0.26
Earnings per share - diluted$0.18 $0.14 $0.15 $0.16 $0.13 $0.58 $0.56 $0.26
Book value per share$9.14 $8.95 $8.87 $8.74 $8.56 $8.95 $8.38 $8.59
Tangible book value per share$8.48 $8.29 $8.20 $8.05 $7.87 $8.29 $7.67 $7.83
Ending shares outstanding 11,661,571 11,645,413 11,632,192 11,619,184 11,584,011 11,645,413 11,583,011 11,377,980
Weighted average shares outstanding:
Basic 11,652,612 11,636,647 11,627,270 11,594,995 11,583,440 11,610,705 11,502,800 8,870,114
Diluted 11,714,336 11,677,958 11,666,280 11,642,726 11,626,609 11,655,111 11,567,811 8,974,384
Selected Performance Ratios:
Return on average assets (2) 1.00% 0.76% 0.85% 0.93% 0.73% 0.81% 0.86% 0.37%
Return on average equity (2) 8.10% 6.12% 6.71% 7.62% 6.03% 6.61% 6.42% 3.12%
Net interest margin 4.14% 3.98% 4.27% 4.24% 4.14% 4.06% 4.38% 3.88%
Efficiency ratio (1) 65.91% 63.84% 65.24% 64.44% 67.14% 65.15% 66.04% 77.16%
Period End Balance Sheet Data:
Gross Loans$706,758 $677,195 $651,743 $632,187 $629,619 $677,195 $617,398 $552,038
Total Earning Assets 809,164 770,288 746,349 749,956 753,726 770,288 726,408 698,266
Goodwill 6,931 6,931 6,931 6,931 6,931 6,931 6,931 6,931
Core Deposit Intangible 716 810 909 1,014 1,125 810 1,241 1,625
Total Assets 879,624 846,640 844,774 826,588 830,395 846,640 817,015 766,121
Deposits 713,138 679,661 677,121 661,274 667,654 679,661 651,161 618,902
Short term debt 33,306 37,090 38,175 40,714 32,218 37,090 29,673 20,733
Long term debt 22,939 23,039 22,372 18,205 28,559 23,039 28,703 25,591
Shareholders' equity 106,562 104,273 103,191 101,531 99,210 104,273 104,702 97,685
Selected Average Balances:
Gross Loans$686,800 $663,213 $641,531 $629,333 $623,286 $639,412 $578,759 $430,571
Total Earning Assets 776,496 778,477 737,295 739,002 734,859 744,024 686,663 565,264
Core Deposit Intangible 764 862 965 1,072 1,186 1,020 1,330 884
Total Assets 856,712 844,162 818,284 822,036 832,738 829,315 765,284 631,905
Deposits 689,795 679,404 653,016 658,476 672,151 665,764 607,214 523,954
Short term debt 35,048 33,032 34,573 30,366 30,472 32,111 32,316 9,957
Long term debt 22,989 23,089 23,189 28,289 28,389 25,739 20,147 20,494
Shareholders' equity 105,860 104,404 103,026 100,664 100,312 102,110 102,068 74,365
Asset Quality Ratios:
Nonperforming loans$7,956 $9,430 $7,565 $8,788 $8,750 $9,430 $8,712 $11,876
Other real estate owned 883 599 548 716 1,888 599 1,401 1,585
Allowance for loan losses 8,022 8,411 7,889 7,692 7,527 8,411 7,021 6,844
Nonperforming loans (3) to period-end loans 1.13% 1.39% 1.16% 1.39% 1.39% 1.39% 1.41% 2.15%
Allowance for loan losses to period-end loans 1.14% 1.24% 1.21% 1.22% 1.20% 1.24% 1.14% 1.24%
Delinquency Ratio (4) 0.21% 0.44% 0.16% 0.23% 0.45% 0.44% 0.40% 0.91%
Net loan charge-offs (recoveries) to average loans (2) 0.12% 0.08% (0.01%) 0.00% (0.10%) 0.02% 0.12% (0.03%)


(1)Efficiency ratio is calculated as non-interest expenses divided by the sum of net interest income and non-interest income.
(2)Annualized.
(3)Nonperforming loans consist of non-accrual loans and restructured loans.
(4)Delinquency Ratio includes loans 30-89 days past due and excludes non-accrual loans.


Mark A. Jeffries Executive Vice President Chief Financial Officer Office: 910-892-7080 and Direct: 910-897-3603 markj@SelectBank.com SelectBank.com

Source:Select Bancorp Inc.