Southside Bancshares, Inc. Announces Net Income for the Three Months Ended March 31, 2013

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TYLER, Texas, April 18, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Southside Bancshares, Inc. ("Southside" or the "Company") (Nasdaq:SBSI) today reported its financial results for the three months ended March 31, 2013.

Southside reported net income of $8.5 million for the three months ended March 31, 2013, a decrease of $1.6 million, or 15.9%, when compared to the same period in 2012. Diluted earnings per common share were $0.48 and $0.56 for the three months ended March 31, 2013 and March 31, 2012, respectively.

The return on average shareholders' equity for the three months ended March 31, 2013, was 13.38%, compared to 15.34% for the same period in 2012. The return on average assets was 1.08% for the three months ended March 31, 2013 compared to 1.26% for the same period in 2012.

The net interest margin and net interest spread was 3.20% and 3.02%, respectively, for the three-month period ending March 31, 2013 compared to 3.52% and 3.26% for the comparable three-month period in 2012. The net interest margin and net interest spread was 3.09% and 2.88%, respectively, for the three-month period ended December 31, 2012.

"We are pleased to report on the financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2013," stated Sam Dawson, President and Chief Executive Officer of Southside Bancshares, Inc. "On a linked quarter basis our net interest margin and spread increased as higher priced FHLB advances repriced, loans increased and we restructured a portion of the securities portfolio. During the first quarter we continued to experience an increase in loan demand as loans increased $18.7 million, or 1.48%. Our overall asset quality ratios remain sound and improved on a linked quarter basis as nonperforming assets to total assets declined to 0.38%. Our lending professionals continue to be excited about opportunities for additional loan growth."

"We expanded our footprint in March as we opened a second banking center in the high growth Austin market. Open just a few weeks, this banking center is already experiencing solid commercial loan demand. We anticipate this new Austin location will be an excellent source of commercial loan production and will complement our existing successful banking center in this outstanding market."

"Merger activity in Texas is beginning to increase. We continue to evaluate new markets and acquisition opportunities that would complement and strengthen our existing franchise. We anticipate the available opportunities may increase in the coming months. We have identified ways to improve our overall efficiency and will continue to actively review our cost structure."

"We strategically increased the securities portfolio approximately $165 million during the first quarter with most of the increase occurring during the later half of the quarter as interest rates were increasing. During the quarter we sold mortgage-backed securities ("MBS") with fast prepayments where the risk reward associated with continuing to hold those securities was not favorable. In addition we sold long duration, lower coupon municipal securities. Purchases included 5.00% coupon general market municipal securities and shorter duration bank qualified municipal securities. MBS purchases included U.S. Agency Commercial MBS with maturities less than ten years and short duration U.S. Agency MBS at lower premiums that created a favorable risk reward scenario. At March 31, 2013, total unamortized premium for our MBS has decreased to $41 million from $87 million at March 31, 2012. Given the current low interest rate environment, our portfolio decisions reflect our significant focus on interest rate risk."

"We will continue to manage the balance sheet with the knowledge that at some point we are likely to transition to a higher interest rate environment. We actively manage both sides of the balance sheet as we realize our funding decisions are a very important component of earnings, both in the short term and the longer term. On the funding side, our cost of funds is likely to continue to decline over the next twelve months as additional higher priced FHLB advances mature. During the first quarter, $66.8 million of FHLB advances with an average cost of 3.63% matured. We will realize the full benefit of this reduction in interest cost beginning in the second quarter. Subsequent to March 31, 2013, we prepaid $66.2 million of FHLB advances with an average rate of 4.03%. This represented all of our higher priced advances maturing through October 2013. We paid a prepayment fee of $604,000 which will be offset by gains on available for sale securities with yields well below the cost of these advances. We expect these prepayments to result in a positive impact to our net interest margin and spread. We will continue to purchase long-term FHLB advances as a hedge against future potential high interest rates."

"We are excited about the future of Southside. Our balance sheet is strong, the markets we serve are experiencing growth, and our investment in banking professionals has allowed us to assemble a strong team, all of which provide an excellent foundation to further strengthen our franchise and take advantage of potential expansion opportunities. Thank you for your continued support and encouragement. We look forward to a year of mutual growth and prosperity."

Loans and Deposits

For the three months ended March 31, 2013, total loans increased by $18.7 million, or 1.5%, when compared to December 31, 2012. During the three months ended March 31, 2013, real estate 1-4 family increased $7.6 million, real estate other increased $5.8 million, municipal loans decreased $5.1 million, construction loans increased $5.6 million, commercial loans increased $773,000, and loans to individuals increased $4.0 million.

Nonperforming assets decreased during the first three months of 2013 by $2.1 million, or 14.5%, to $12.6 million, or 0.38% of total assets at March 31, 2013, when compared to 0.45% at December 31, 2012. This decrease is primarily a result of decreases in nonaccrual loans and repossessed assets.

During the three months ended March 31, 2013, deposits, net of brokered deposits, decreased $14.7 million, or 0.6%, compared to December 31, 2012. During this three-month period public fund deposits decreased $20.3 million.

Net Interest Income for the Three Months

Net interest income decreased $3.1 million, or 12.8%, to $20.9 million for the three months ended March 31, 2013, when compared to $24.0 million for the same period in 2012. For the three months ended March 31, 2013, our net interest spread decreased to 3.02% when compared to 3.26% for the same period in 2012. The net interest margin decreased to 3.20% for the three months ended March 31, 2013 compared to 3.52% for the same period in 2012. The primary reason for the decrease in the net interest spread and net interest margin was an increase in prepayments on the mortgage-backed securities which resulted in increased amortization expense.

Net Income for the Three Months

Net income decreased $1.6 million, or 15.9%, for the three months ended March 31, 2013, to $8.5 million when compared to the same period in 2012. The decrease was primarily the result of a decrease in net interest income of $3.1 million coupled with an increase in salary and benefit expense of $1.4 million, which was partially offset by a $2.6 million decrease in provision for loan losses.

Noninterest expense increased $1.8 million, or 9.7%, for the three months ended March 31, 2013, compared to the same period in 2012 primarily due to the increase in salaries and employee benefits expense.

About Southside Bancshares, Inc.

Southside Bancshares, Inc. is a bank holding company with approximately $3.31 billion in assets that owns 100% of Southside Bank. Southside Bank currently has 50 banking centers in Texas and operates a network of 49 ATMs.

To learn more about Southside Bancshares, Inc., please visit our investor relations website at Our investor relations site provides a detailed overview of our activities, financial information and historical stock price data. To receive e-mail notification of company news, events and stock activity, please register on the E-mail Notification portion of the website. Questions or comments may be directed to Susan Hill at (903) 531-7220, or

Forward-Looking Statements

Certain statements of other than historical fact that are contained in this document and in other written material, press releases and oral statements issued by or on behalf of the Company, a bank holding company, may be considered to be "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of and subject to the protections of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance, nor should they be relied upon as representing management's views as of any subsequent date. These statements may include words such as "expect," "estimate," "project," "anticipate," "appear," "believe," "could," "should," "may," "likely," "intend," "probability," "risk," "target," "objective," "plans," "potential," and similar expressions. Forward-looking statements are statements with respect to the Company's beliefs, plans, expectations, objectives, goals, anticipations, assumptions, estimates, intentions and future performance and are subject to significant known and unknown risks and uncertainties, which could cause the Company's actual results to differ materially from the results discussed in the forward-looking statements. For example, discussions about trends in asset quality, capital, liquidity, growth and earnings and certain market risk disclosures, including the impact of interest rate and other economic uncertainty, are based upon information presently available to management and are dependent on choices about key model characteristics and assumptions and are subject to various limitations. By their nature, certain of the market risk disclosures are only estimates and could be materially different from what actually occurs in the future. As a result, actual income gains and losses could materially differ from those that have been estimated.

Additional information concerning the Company and its business, including additional factors that could materially affect the Company's financial results, is included in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2012 under "Forward-Looking Information" and Item 1A. "Risk Factors," and in the Company's other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The Company disclaims any obligation to update any factors or to announce publicly the result of revisions to any of the forward-looking statements included herein to reflect future events or developments.

March 31,

December 31,
March 31,

(dollars in thousands)
Selected Financial Condition Data (at end of period):
Total assets $ 3,312,097 $ 3,237,403 $ 3,217,444
Loans 1,281,647 1,262,977 1,140,893
Allowance for loan losses 18,542 20,585 20,074
Mortgage-backed and related securities:
Available for sale, at estimated fair value 905,107 806,360 1,133,701
Held to maturity, at amortized cost 234,245 245,538 349,248
Investment securities:
Available for sale, at estimated fair value 685,794 617,707 291,928
Held to maturity, at amortized cost 1,008 1,009 1,010
Federal Home Loan Bank stock, at cost 25,415 27,889 32,407
Deposits 2,337,237 2,351,897 2,310,452
Long-term obligations 450,115 429,408 341,929
Shareholders' equity 255,712 257,763 259,879
Nonperforming assets 12,581 14,717 13,909
Nonaccrual loans 8,570 10,314 11,088
Accruing loans past due more than 90 days 2 15 1
Restructured loans 3,317 2,998 2,119
Other real estate owned 584 686 538
Repossessed assets 108 704 163
Asset Quality Ratios:
Nonaccruing loans to total loans 0.67% 0.82% 0.97%
Allowance for loan losses to nonaccruing loans 216.36 199.58 181.04
Allowance for loan losses to nonperforming assets 147.38 139.87 144.32
Allowance for loan losses to total loans 1.45 1.63 1.76
Nonperforming assets to total assets 0.38 0.45 0.43
Net charge-offs to average loans 0.81 0.74 0.55
Capital Ratios:
Shareholders' equity to total assets 7.72 7.96 8.08
Average shareholders' equity to average total assets 8.04 8.17 8.20

Loan Portfolio Composition

The following table sets forth loan totals by category for the periods presented:

At At At
March 31, December 31, March 31,
2013 2012 2012
(in thousands)
Real Estate Loans:
Construction $ 119,326 $ 113,744 $ 111,924
1-4 Family Residential 376,421 368,845 291,020
Other 242,571 236,760 208,536
Commercial Loans 160,831 160,058 145,730
Municipal Loans 215,869 220,947 206,230
Loans to Individuals 166,629 162,623 177,453
Total Loans $ 1,281,647 $ 1,262,977 $ 1,140,893
At or For the
Three Months Ended
March 31,
2013 2012
(dollars in thousands)
Selected Operating Data:
Total interest income $ 26,031 $ 31,716
Total interest expense 5,101 7,720
Net interest income 20,930 23,996
Provision for loan losses 492 3,052
Net interest income after provision for loan losses 20,438 20,944
Noninterest income
Deposit services 3,753 3,748
Gain on sale of securities available for sale 4,365 5,972
Loss on sale of securities carried at fair value through income (485)
Total other-than-temporary impairment losses (52)
Portion of loss recognized in other comprehensive income (before taxes) 10 (141)
Net impairment losses recognized in earnings (42) (141)
FHLB advance option impairment charges (472)
Gain on sale of loans 319 131
Trust income 720 677
Bank owned life insurance income 254 266
Other 891 1,111
Total noninterest income 10,260 10,807
Noninterest expense
Salaries and employee benefits 13,209 11,833
Occupancy expense 1,871 1,758
Advertising, travel & entertainment 641 604
ATM and debit card expense 381 279
Director fees 264 268
Supplies 250 159
Professional fees 640 691
Telephone and communications 451 406
FDIC insurance 421 470
Other 2,191 2,054
Total noninterest expense 20,319 18,522
Income before income tax expense 10,379 13,229
Provision for income tax expense 1,854 3,090
Net income $ 8,525 $ 10,139
Common share data:
Weighted-average basic shares outstanding 17,857 18,191
Weighted-average diluted shares outstanding 17,877 18,204
Net income per common share
Basic $ 0.48 $ 0.56
Diluted 0.48 0.56
Book value per common share 14.33 14.28
Cash dividend paid per common share 0.20 0.18
At or For the
Three Months Ended
March 31,
2013 2012
Selected Performance Ratios:
Return on average assets 1.08% 1.26%
Return on average shareholders' equity 13.38 15.34
Average yield on interest earning assets 3.89 4.56
Average yield on interest bearing liabilities 0.87 1.30
Net interest spread 3.02 3.26
Net interest margin 3.20 3.52
Average interest earnings assets to average interest bearing liabilities 126.81 125.28
Noninterest expense to average total assets 2.56 2.30
Efficiency ratio 68.21 57.18


The analysis below shows average interest earning assets and interest bearing liabilities together with the average yield on the interest earning assets and the average cost of the interest bearing liabilities.

(dollars in thousands)
Three Months Ended
March 31, 2013 March 31, 2012
Loans (1) (2) $ 1,267,371 $ 18,628 5.96% $ 1,109,652 $ 17,690 6.41%
Loans Held For Sale 2,266 16 2.86% 1,706 17 4.01%
Investment Securities (Taxable)(4) 90,231 364 1.64% 4,674 31 2.67%
Investment Securities (Tax-Exempt)(3)(4) 513,094 5,804 4.59% 249,405 3,990 6.43%
Mortgage-backed and Related Securities (4) 1,039,671 3,936 1.54% 1,578,892 12,163 3.10%
Total Securities 1,642,996 10,104 2.49% 1,832,971 16,184 3.55%
FHLB stock and other investments, at cost 26,912 65 0.98% 33,905 79 0.94%
Interest Earning Deposits 66,487 43 0.26% 21,275 6 0.11%
Total Interest Earning Assets 3,006,032 28,856 3.89% 2,999,509 33,976 4.56%
Cash and Due From Banks 48,660 42,895
Bank Premises and Equipment 50,128 50,593
Other Assets 129,731 169,151
Less: Allowance for Loan Loss (20,003) (19,057)
Total Assets $ 3,214,548 $ 3,243,091
Savings Deposits $ 104,420 36 0.14% $ 92,767 37 0.16%
Time Deposits 622,244 1,162 0.76% 861,133 2,477 1.16%
Interest Bearing Demand Deposits 1,061,190 872 0.33% 855,379 881 0.41%
Total Interest Bearing Deposits 1,787,854 2,070 0.47% 1,809,279 3,395 0.75%
Short-term Interest Bearing Liabilities 154,291 1,250 3.29% 256,701 1,592 2.49%
Long-term Interest Bearing Liabilities – FHLB Dallas 368,003 1,419 1.56% 267,935 1,903 2.86%
Long-term Debt (5) 60,311 362 2.43% 60,311 830 5.54%
Total Interest Bearing Liabilities 2,370,459 5,101 0.87% 2,394,226 7,720 1.30%
Demand Deposits 538,697 528,956
Other Liabilities 46,999 54,065
Total Liabilities 2,956,155 2,977,247
SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY 258,393 265,844
Total Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity $ 3,214,548 $ 3,243,091
NET INTEREST INCOME $ 23,755 $ 26,256
(1) Interest on loans includes fees on loans that are not material in amount.
(2) Interest income includes taxable-equivalent adjustments of $979 and $937 for the three months ended March 31, 2013 and March 31, 2012, respectively.
(3) Interest income includes taxable-equivalent adjustments of $1,846 and $1,323 for the three months ended March 31, 2013 and March 31, 2012, respectively.
(4) For the purpose of calculating the average yield, the average balance of securities is presented at historical cost.
(5) Represents junior subordinated debentures issued by us to Southside Statutory Trust III, IV, and V in connection with the issuance by Southside Statutory Trust III of $20 million of trust preferred securities, Southside Statutory Trust IV of $22.5 million of trust preferred securities, Southside Statutory Trust V of $12.5 million of trust preferred securities and junior subordinated debentures issued by Fort Worth Bancshares, Inc. to Magnolia Trust Company I in connection with the issuance by Magnolia Trust Company I of $3.5 million of trust preferred securities.
Note: As of March 31, 2013 and March 31, 2012, loans totaling $8,570 and $11,088, respectively, were on nonaccrual status. The policy is to reverse previously accrued but unpaid interest on nonaccrual loans; thereafter, interest income is recorded to the extent received when appropriate.

CONTACT: Susan Hill (903) 531-7220

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