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Select Bancorp Reports Third Quarter 2017 Earnings

DUNN, N.C., Nov. 03, 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.

The Company’s total assets increased $16.2 million from $906.5 million at June 30, 2017 to $922.7 million at September 30, 2017. The majority of the increase in assets was in the Company’s loan portfolio. The loan portfolio increased by $25.4 million from $738.0 million at June 30, 2017 to $763.4 million at September 30, 2017.

Deposits have increased $15.4 million from $739.7 million at June 30, 2017 to $775.0 million at September 30, 2017. The majority of the increase in deposits was in time deposits. The Company’s time deposits increased by $13.2 million from $361.7 million at June 30, 2017 to $374.9 million at September 30, 2017.

Deposits have increased by $95.4 million or 14.0% through the first nine months of 2017. Loans have increased by $86.2 million or 12.7% through the first nine months of 2017.

“The Company’s strong third quarter results reflect our ongoing commitment to deliver exceptional service to our customers and profitable growth to shareholders,” President and Chief Executive Officer William L. Hedgepeth II stated. “Our positive earnings equipped us to seek areas of growth and expansion for the Bank. Our newest branch in Wilmington opened in October of this year and we look forward to serving New Hanover County and beyond.”

The Wilmington branch will celebrate a ribbon cutting and grand opening on November 16 at 4 p.m. at the new location, 1001 Military Cutoff, Suite 100. The Bank also plans to open a Mortgage Division before the end of 2017, adding to its products and services for customers.

Additionally the Company announced during the third quarter an agreement to acquire Premara Financial, Inc. (“Premara”) and its subsidiary bank, Carolina Premier Bank, headquartered in Charlotte, N.C. This merger, which remains subject to both shareholder and regulatory approval, would put the combined company at approximately $1.1 billion in assets. The merger of Carolina Premier Bank into Select Bank will bring Select Bank’s total number of branches to 18, adding branch locations in Charlotte, N.C. as well as Blacksburg, Rock Hill and Six Mile, S.C. and a SBA Division.

Net income for the quarter ended September 30, 2017 was $1.8 million and basic and diluted earnings per share of $0.15, compared to net income of $1.3 million and basic and diluted earnings per share of $0.11 for the quarter ended June 30, 2017.

For the three months ended September 30, 2017, return on average assets was 0.77% and return on average equity was 6.44%, compared to 0.60% and 4.96%, respectively, for the three months ended June 30, 2017.

Non-performing loans remained stable with $6.2 million at both September 30, 2017 and at June 30, 2017. On a relative basis, non-performing loans equaled 0.81% of loans at September 30, 2017, decreasing from 0.83% of loans at June 30, 2017. Foreclosed real estate equaled $2.1 million at September 30, 2017, compared to $2.7 million at June 30, 2017. For the quarter, net charge-offs were $37,000, or 0.02% of average loans, compared to net charge offs of $618,000, or 0.35% of average loans for the quarter ended June 30, 2017.

Net interest margin was 4.19% for the quarter ending September 30, 2017, as compared to 4.18% for the quarter ending June 30, 2017.

Select Bank & Trust currently has branch offices in these North Carolina communities: Dunn, Burlington, Clinton, Elizabeth City, Fayetteville, Goldsboro, Greenville, Leland, Lillington, Lumberton, Morehead City, Raleigh, Washington and Wilmington. The information as of and for the quarter ended September 30, 2017, as presented in this release is unaudited.

Important Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
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 anticipated 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; our ability to obtain regulatory and shareholder approval of the merger with Premara; 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.

Additional Information About the Merger and Where to Find It
Communications in this press release do not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy any securities or a solicitation of any vote or approval. In connection with the proposed merger of Premara with and into the Company, the Company has filed with the SEC a Registration Statement on Form S-4 that includes a Joint Proxy Statement of the Company and Premara and a Prospectus of the Company, as well as other relevant documents concerning the proposed merger.

SHAREHOLDERS OF THE COMPANY AND PREMARA ARE URGED TO READ THE REGISTRATION STATEMENT AND THE JOINT PROXY STATEMENT/PROSPECTUS REGARDING THE PROPOSED MERGER AND ANY OTHER RELEVANT DOCUMENTS FILED WITH THE SEC, AS WELL AS ANY AMENDMENTS OR SUPPLEMENTS TO THOSE DOCUMENTS, BECAUSE THEY WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THE PROPOSED MERGER.

The Joint Proxy Statement/Prospectus and other relevant materials, and any other documents that the Company has filed with the SEC, may be obtained free of charge at the SEC's internet site, http://www.sec.gov. Copies of the documents that the Company has filed with the SEC may also be obtained, free of charge, by directing a written request to either Select Bancorp, Inc., 700 W. Cumberland Street, Dunn, NC 28443, Attention: Mark Jeffries, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, or Premara Financial, Inc., 13024 Ballantyne Corporate Pl, Suite 100, Charlotte, NC 28277, Attention: David P. Barksdale, President and Chief Executive Officer.

The Company, Premara and their respective directors and executive officers may be deemed to be “participants” in the solicitation of proxies from the shareholders of the Company and Premara with respect to the merger. Information concerning such participants' interests in the proposed merger are set forth in the Joint Proxy Statement/Prospectus.

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
September 30, June 30, March 31, December 31, September 30, December 31, December 31, December 31,
20172017201720162016201620152014
Summary of Operations:
Total interest income$10,042 $9,469 $9,125 $8,877 $8,755 $34,709 $33,341 $26,104
Total interest expense 1,357 1,197 1,047 985 909 3,733 3,542 4,519
Net interest income 8,685 8,272 8,078 7,892 7,846 30,976 29,799 21,585
Provision for (recovery of) loan losses 202 1,083 (194) 669 337 1,516 890 (194)
Net interest income after provision 8,483 7,189 8,272 7,223 7,509 29,460 28,909 21,779
Noninterest income 778 778 730 740 785 3,222 3,292 2,675
Merger/Acquisition related expenses 278 - - - - - 378 1,941
Noninterest expense 6,161 5,980 5,805 5,511 5,631 22,281 21,852 18,719
Income before income taxes 2,822 1,987 3,197 2,452 2,663 10,401 9,971 3,794
Provision for income taxes 1,043 651 1,082 847 924 3,647 3,418 1,437
Net Income 1,779 1,336 2,115 1,605 1,739 6,754 6,553 2,357
Dividends on Preferred Stock - - - - - 4 77 38
Net income available to common shareholders$1,779 $1,336 $2,115 $1,605 $1,739 $6,750 $6,476 $2,319
Share and Per Share Data:
Earnings per share - basic$0.15 $0.11 $0.18 $0.14 $0.15 $0.58 $0.56 $0.26
Earnings per share - diluted$0.15 $0.11 $0.18 $0.14 $0.15 $0.58 $0.56 $0.26
Book value per share$9.42 $9.26 $9.14 $8.95 $8.87 $8.95 $8.38 $8.59
Tangible book value per share$8.78 $8.61 $8.48 $8.29 $8.20 $8.29 $7.67 $7.83
Ending shares outstanding 11,662,621 11,662,471 11,661,571 11,645,413 11,632,192 11,645,413 11,583,011 11,377,980
Weighted average shares outstanding:
Basic 11,662,580 11,662,117 11,652,612 11,636,647 11,627,270 11,610,705 11,502,800 8,870,114
Diluted 11,717,533 11,727,110 11,714,336 11,677,958 11,666,280 11,655,111 11,567,811 8,974,384
Selected Performance Ratios:
Return on average assets(2) 0.77% 0.60% 1.00% 0.76% 0.85% 0.81% 0.86% 0.37%
Return on average equity(2) 6.44% 4.96% 8.10% 6.12% 6.71% 6.61% 6.42% 3.12%
Net interest margin 4.19% 4.18% 4.14% 3.98% 4.27% 4.06% 4.38% 3.88%
Efficiency ratio (1) 65.11% 66.08% 65.91% 63.84% 65.24% 65.15% 66.04% 77.16%
Period End Balance Sheet Data:
Gross Loans$763,432 $738,021 $706,758 $677,195 $651,743 $677,195 $617,398 $552,038
Total interest earning assets 833,766 816,008 809,164 770,288 746,349 770,288 726,408 698,266
Goodwill 6,931 6,931 6,931 6,931 6,931 6,931 6,931 6,931
Core Deposit Intangible 547 629 716 810 909 810 1,241 1,625
Total Assets 922,749 906,524 879,624 846,640 844,774 846,640 817,015 766,121
Deposits 775,022 739,653 713,138 679,661 677,121 679,661 651,161 618,902
Short term debt 22,366 33,559 33,306 37,090 38,175 37,090 29,673 20,733
Long term debt 12,372 22,839 22,939 22,039 22,372 23,039 28,703 25,591
Shareholders' equity 109,819 108,017 106,562 104,273 103,191 104,273 104,702 97,685
Selected Average Balances:
Gross Loans$748,699 $715,366 $686,800 $663,213 $641,531 $639,412 $578,759 $430,571
Total interest earning assets 826,595 799,240 776,496 778,477 737,295 744,024 686,663 565,264
Core Deposit Intangible 589 673 764 862 965 1,020 1,330 884
Total Assets 914,986 887,412 856,712 844,162 818,284 829,315 765,284 631,905
Deposits 754,169 719,976 689,795 679,404 653,016 665,764 607,214 523,954
Short term debt 32,703 33,413 35,048 33,032 34,573 32,111 32,316 9,957
Long term debt 15,633 22,871 22,989 23,089 23,189 25,739 20,147 20,494
Shareholders' equity 109,537 108,071 105,860 104,404 103,026 102,110 102,068 74,365
Asset Quality Ratios:
Nonperforming loans$6,153 $6,159 $7,956 $9,430 $7,565 $9,430 $8,712 $11,876
Other real estate owned 2,093 2,702 883 599 548 599 1,401 1,585
Allowance for loan losses 8,647 8,488 8,022 8,411 7,889 8,411 7,021 6,844
Nonperforming loans (3) to period-end loans 0.81% 0.83% 1.13% 1.39% 1.16% 1.39% 1.41% 2.15%
Allowance for loan losses to period-end loans 1.13% 1.15% 1.14% 1.24% 1.21% 1.24% 1.14% 1.24%
Delinquency Ratio (4) 0.38% 0.07% 0.21% 0.44% 0.16% 0.44% 0.40% 0.91%
Net loan charge-offs (recoveries) to average loans (2) 0.02% 0.35% 0.12% 0.08% (0.01%) 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.