Equity Bancshares, Inc. Reports Record Second Quarter and Record Year-to-Date 2017 Results

Announcement Comes Days After Two Oklahoma-Based Bank Mergers Announced

WICHITA, Kan., July 20, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Equity Bancshares, Inc. (NASDAQ:EQBK) (“Equity”, “we”, “us”, “our”), the Wichita-based holding company of Equity Bank, reported its results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2017, including record net income allocable to common stockholders of $6.4 million and record diluted earnings per share of $0.51 for the second quarter. Year-to-date 2017 net income allocable to common stockholders was $11.2 million and $0.91 per diluted share, also both records.

Brad Elliott, Chairman and CEO of Equity, said, “Our operating teams, including new teammates from Arkansas and Western Kansas, worked diligently and tenaciously to successfully integrate our new markets, while continuing to serve customers. Realizing synergies immediately after mergers is important to our earnings success. We are proud of how well our teams execute, as evidenced by our record quarterly and year-to-date earnings.”

Mr. Elliott added, “We also continue to position our self for growth opportunities, including our recent announcement of two mergers in Oklahoma. It’s a credit to the innovative collaboration among our Equity employees, and future Oklahoma team members, that we’re able to continue to add strong community banks to our footprint, while refining delivery and developing new solutions for our business and consumer customers.”

On July 17, 2017, Equity announced that it entered into definitive merger agreements with Eastman National Bancshares, Inc. (“Eastman”) of Newkirk and Ponca City, Oklahoma, parent company of Eastman National Bank, and Cache Holdings, Inc. (“Patriot”), parent company of Patriot Bank of Tulsa, Oklahoma. After the mergers conclude, which are expected to occur during the fourth quarter of 2017, Equity will have completed 13 successful integrations in its first 15 years and five mergers since the Company’s initial public offering (“IPO”) on November 11, 2015.

These newest mergers add a fourth state – Oklahoma – to Equity’s Midwestern footprint, and each is within close proximity to Equity’s corporate office in Wichita. Eastman’s headquarters is 55 miles from Wichita and 10 miles from the Kansas and Oklahoma border. Tulsa is 170 miles from Wichita.

Equity completed its merger with Prairie State Bancshares, Inc. (“Prairie”) of Hoxie, Kansas, on Friday, March 10, 2017, and completed its merger with Community First Bancshares, Inc. (“Community”) of Harrison, Arkansas, on November 10, 2016. Results of operations of Prairie are included in Equity’s second-quarter results subsequent to its merger, and results of Equity’s Arkansas locations are fully included in 2017 results.

Equity continued to bolster its teams in the second quarter, and on May 22, 2017 announced the promotion of Julie Huber to a new leadership role as Executive Vice President, Strategic Initiatives – directing merger implementation and other strategic plans and opportunities for Equity. Huber served in a variety of leadership roles for Equity Bank since 2003, including management of operations, risk and credit. In addition, the Company added Scott Smits as Executive Vice President and Chief Credit Officer of Equity Bank to its leadership team. Smits joined Equity after 9 years in executive credit and risk management positions for Standard Bank and Trust Co. in Hickory Hills, Illinois, and has more than 30 years of experience in commercial lending, strategic planning, and risk management functions within the financial industry.

Financial Results for Six Months Ended June 30, 2017

Net income allocable to common stockholders was $11.2 million for the six months ended June 30, 2017, as compared to $6.3 million for the six months ended June 30, 2016, an increase of $4.9 million or 78.5%. Financial results reflect the merger of Community, beginning November 11, 2016, and the merger of Prairie beginning March 11, 2017. The merger of Community added five branch locations in northern Arkansas with total assets of $503.7 million and the merger of Prairie added three branch locations in western Kansas with total assets of $153.1 million. During the six months ended June 30, 2017, there was $136 thousand in merger expenses related to the Community merger and $926 thousand in merger expenses related to the Prairie merger.

Diluted earnings per share were $0.91 for the six-month period ended June 30, 2017, as compared to $0.75 for the comparable period of 2016. Weighted average fully diluted shares were 12,264,156 and 8,326,615 for the six months ended June 30, 2017 and 2016. The increase in weighted average fully diluted shares reflect the issuance of 2,689,690 shares in connection with the November 2016 merger with Community, 770,000 shares issued on December 20, 2016 in a private placement, and 479,465 shares issued in connection with the March 2017 merger with Prairie.

Net interest income was $41.1 million for the six months ended June 30, 2017 as compared to $25.0 million for the six months ended June 30, 2016, a $16.1 million or 64.7% increase. The increase in net interest income was primarily driven by growth in loan and securities balances, partially offset by an increase in interest expense as we funded the increase in earning assets with increased deposits and borrowings.

Our net interest margin was 3.93% for the six months ended June 30, 2017 as compared to 3.25% for the six months ended June 30, 2016. The increase in net interest margin was primarily due to the increase in overall volume and yield on interest-earning assets including an increase in accretion of purchase accounting discounts mainly attributable to loans acquired in the Community and Prairie mergers partially offset by an increase in overall cost of interest-bearing liabilities of 16 basis points. Also, during the first six months of 2016 we utilized a “leverage” or “spread” opportunity. The spread opportunity involved borrowing overnight on our line of credit with the FHLB and investing the proceeds in FHLB stock, federal funds sold and other overnight assets, such as money market accounts in other financial institutions. Our net interest margin, without the spread opportunity, would have been approximately 3.55% for the six months ended June 30, 2016. The Company suspended the utilization of this strategy effective October 1, 2016; therefore, there was no impact to net interest margin for the six months ended June 30, 2017 as a result of the spread opportunity.

The provision for loan losses was $1.7 million for the six months ended June 30, 2017 as compared to $1.3 million for the six months ended June 30, 2016. Net charge-offs for the six months ended June 30, 2017 were $587 thousand compared to net charge-offs of $731 thousand for the comparable period of 2016.

Total non-interest income was $7.3 million for the six months ended June 30, 2017 as compared to $5.2 million for the six months ended June 30, 2016. Increases in service charges and fees, debit card income, and mortgage banking are principally attributable to the addition of accounts and higher transaction volumes associated with the Community and Prairie acquisitions. Non-interest income includes increase in value of bank owned life insurance of $709 thousand and $497 thousand for the six-month periods ended June 30, 2017 and 2016, and net gains from securities transactions of $96 thousand and $479 thousand in the same respective time periods.

Total non-interest expense was $30.4 million for the six months ended June 30, 2017 as compared to $19.6 million for the six months ended June 30, 2016. These results primarily reflect the effect of the Community and Prairie mergers and increased data processing costs principally associated with increased debit card volumes. Non-interest expense also includes merger expense primarily related to the Prairie merger.

Equity’s effective tax rate for the six-month period ended June 30, 2017 was 31.2% as compared to 31.8% for the six-month period ended June 30, 2016.  The effective tax rates for each of the comparable periods reflect the levels of tax-exempt interest income, non-taxable life insurance income, non-deductible facilitative merger expenses, and other non-deductible expenses included in income before income taxes as well as federal income tax credits in Equity’s financial results for the respective periods.  The lower effective tax rate in the first six months of 2017 is principally attributable to $216 thousand of excess tax benefits associated with the exercise of stock options during the period. In accordance with ASU 2016-09, Improvements to Employee Share-Based Payment Accounting, excess tax benefits generated when the tax-return deductible compensation expense for share-based awards exceeds the cumulative compensation cost recognized for financial reporting purposes are recorded as an income tax benefit in the income statement in the period in which they occur. Prior to the adoption of ASU 2016-09, in the first quarter of 2017, excess tax benefits associated with the exercise of stock options were recognized as additional paid-in capital.

Financial Results for Quarter Ended June 30, 2017

Net income allocable to common stockholders was $6.4 million for the three months ended June 30, 2017, as compared to $2.8 million for the three months ended June 30, 2016, an increase of $3.5 million or 123.3%.

Diluted earnings per share were $0.51 for the three months ended June 30, 2017, as compared to $0.34 for the comparable period of 2016. Weighted average fully diluted shares were 12,444,859 and 8,329,299 for the three months ended June 30, 2017 and 2016. The increase in weighted average fully diluted shares reflect the issuance of 2,689,690 shares in connection with the November 2016 merger with Community, 770,000 shares issued on December 20, 2016, in a private placement, and 479,465 shares issued in connection with the March 2017 merger with Prairie.

Net interest income was $21.2 million for the three months ended June 30, 2017, as compared to $12.2 million for the three months ended June 30, 2016, a $9.0 million or 73.8% increase. The increase in net interest income was primarily driven by growth in loan and securities balances, partially offset by an increase in interest expense as we funded the increase in earning assets with increased deposits and borrowings.

Our net interest margin was 3.91% for the three months ended June 30, 2017, as compared to 3.18% for the same time period in 2016. The increase in net interest margin was primarily due to an overall increase in volume and yield of interest-earning assets including an increase in accretion of purchase accounting discounts related to the Community and Prairie mergers, partially offset by an overall increase in volumes and cost of interest-bearing liabilities. During the three months ended June 30, 2016, the Company utilized a “leverage” or “spread” opportunity. The spread opportunity involved borrowing overnight on our line of credit with the FHLB and investing the proceeds in FHLB stock, federal funds sold and other overnight assets, such as money market accounts in other financial institutions. Our net interest margin, without the spread opportunity, would have been approximately 3.48% for the three months ended June 30, 2016. The Company suspended the utilization of this strategy effective October 1, 2016; therefore, there was no impact to net interest margin for the three months ended June 30, 2017.

The provision for loan losses was $628 thousand for the three months ended June 30, 2017, as compared to $532 thousand for the three months ended June 30, 2016. Net charge-offs for the three months ended June 30, 2017, were $108 thousand compared to net charge-offs of $482 thousand for the comparable period of 2016.

Total non-interest income was $4.0 million for the three months ended June 30, 2017, as compared to $2.5 million for the three months ended June 30, 2016. Increases in service charges and fees, debit card income and mortgage banking are principally attributable to the addition of accounts and higher transaction volumes associated with the Community merger and to a lesser extent, the March 2017 Prairie merger. Non-interest income includes increase in value of bank owned life insurance of $354 thousand and $246 thousand for the three-month periods ended June 30, 2017 and 2016, and net gains from securities transactions of $83 thousand and $59 thousand for the same respective time periods.

Total non-interest expense was $15.1 million for the three months ended June 30, 2017, as compared to $9.9 million for the three months ended June 30, 2016. These results primarily reflect the effect of the November 2016 Community merger, which added five locations in Arkansas, the March 2017 Prairie merger, which added three additional Kansas locations, and increased data processing costs principally associated with increased debit card volumes.

Equity’s effective tax rate for the three months ended June 30, 2017, was 32.4% as compared to 31.8% for the comparable period ended June 30, 2016. The effective tax rates for each of the comparable periods reflect the levels of tax-exempt interest income, non-taxable life insurance income, non-deductible facilitative merger expenses, and other non-deductible expenses included in income before income taxes as well as federal income tax credits in Equity’s financial results for the respective periods.

Loans, Deposits, and Total Assets

Loans held for investment were $1.53 billion at June 30, 2017, compared to $1.38 billion at December 31, 2016, an increase of $145.8 million.  The increase in loans held for investment includes $130.1 million of net loans acquired in the Prairie merger in March of 2017 and $15.7 million of other loan growth.

As of June 30, 2017, Equity’s allowance for loan losses to total loans was 0.49%, compared to 0.46% at December 31, 2016. Net loans of $1.52 billion at June 30, 2017, includes $7.6 million of allowance for loan losses and $11.3 million of acquisition related discounts. Nonperforming assets of $37.6 million as of June 30, 2017, were 1.56% to total assets, and included $8.2 million of nonperforming assets acquired in the Prairie merger. Nonperforming assets at December 31, 2016, were $31.3 million or 1.43% of total assets. Nonperforming assets at June 30, 2017, not including the nonperforming assets from the Prairie merger were $29.4 million, a decrease of $2.0 million from year end.

Total deposits were $1.82 billion at June 30, 2017, as compared to $1.63 billion at December 31, 2016. Total deposits increased $189.2 million between December 31, 2016, and June 30, 2017, including $125.4 million of deposits assumed in the Prairie merger and $63.9 million, or 3.9%, of non-acquisition related deposit growth, primarily due to our ongoing business development efforts. Signature Deposits were $1.16 billion at June 30, 2017, as compared to $1.08 billion at December 31, 2016.

At June 30, 2017, Equity had consolidated total assets of $2.41 billion, compared to $2.19 billion at December 31, 2016, an increase of $216.4 million.  The increase in total assets includes $153.1 million of total assets acquired in the Prairie merger.

Capital and Borrowings

In connection with the Prairie merger, Equity issued 479,465 shares valued at $31.79 per share, Equity’s closing price on March 10, 2017. Net of $329 thousand of stock issuance costs, the Prairie merger added $14.9 million to stockholders’ equity.

At June 30, 2017, common stockholders’ equity totaled $286.1 million, $23.44 per common share, compared to $258.0 million, $22.09 per common share, at December 31, 2016. Tangible common equity was $214.5 million and tangible book value per common share was $17.57 at June 30, 2017. Tangible common equity was $194.4 million and tangible book value per common share was $16.64 at December 31, 2016. The ratio of common equity tier 1 capital to risk-weighted assets was approximately 13.13% and the total capital to risk-weighted assets was approximately 14.40% at June 30, 2017.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

This press release includes certain non-GAAP financial measures intended to supplement, not substitute for, comparable GAAP measures. Reconciliations of non-GAAP financial measures to GAAP financial measures are provided at the end of this press release.

Conference Call and Webcast

Equity Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Brad Elliott, and Chief Financial Officer, Greg Kossover, will hold a conference call and webcast to discuss second quarter 2017 results on Friday, July 21, 2017 at 9 a.m. central time.

Investors, news media and other participants should register for the call or audio webcast at investor.equitybank.com. On Friday, July 21, 2017, participants may dial into the call toll-free at (844) 534-7311 from anywhere in the U.S. or (574) 990-1419 internationally, using conference ID no. 37238820.

Participants are encouraged to dial into the call or access the webcast approximately 10 minutes prior to the start time. Presentation slides to pair with the call or webcast will be posted one hour prior to the call at investor.equitybank.com.

A replay of the call and webcast will be available two hours following the close of the call until July 28, 2017, accessible at (855) 859-2056 with conference ID no. 37238820 or investor.equitybank.com.

About Equity Bancshares, Inc.

Equity Bancshares, Inc. is the holding company for Equity Bank, offering a full range of financial solutions, including commercial loans, consumer banking, mortgage loans, and treasury management services. As of June 30, 2017, Equity had $2.41 billion in consolidated total assets, with 37 locations throughout Kansas, Missouri, and Arkansas, including its corporate office in Wichita and branches throughout the Kansas City metropolitan area. Learn more at www.equitybank.com.

Equity provides an enhanced banking experience for customers through a suite of sophisticated banking products and services tailored to their needs, while delivering the high-quality, relationship-based customer service of a community bank. Equity’s common stock is traded on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol “EQBK.”

Special Note Concerning Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains “forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. These forward-looking statements reflect the current views of Equity’s management with respect to, among other things, future events and Equity’s financial performance. These statements are often, but not always, made through the use of words or phrases such as “may,” “should,” “could,” “predict,” “potential,” “believe,” “will likely result,” “expect,” “continue,” “will,” “anticipate,” “seek,” “estimate,” “intend,” “plan,” “project,” “forecast,” “goal,” “target,” “would” and “outlook,” or the negative variations of those words or other comparable words of a future or forward-looking nature. These forward-looking statements are not historical facts, and are based on current expectations, estimates and projections about Equity’s industry, management’s beliefs and certain assumptions made by management, many of which, by their nature, are inherently uncertain and beyond Equity’s control. Accordingly, Equity cautions you that any such forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and are subject to risks, assumptions and uncertainties that are difficult to predict. Although Equity believes that the expectations reflected in these forward-looking statements are reasonable as of the date made, actual results may prove to be materially different from the results expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements.  Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from Equity’s expectations include competition from other financial institutions and bank holding companies; the effects of and changes in trade, monetary and fiscal policies and laws, including interest rate policies of the Federal Reserve Board; changes in the demand for loans; fluctuations in value of collateral and loan reserves; inflation, interest rate, market and monetary fluctuations; changes in consumer spending, borrowing and savings habits; and acquisitions and integration of acquired businesses, and similar variables. The foregoing list of factors is not exhaustive.

For discussion of these and other risks that may cause actual results to differ from expectations, please refer to “Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements” and “Risk Factors” in Equity’s Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) on March 16, 2017 and any updates to those risk factors set forth in Equity’s subsequent Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q or Current Reports on Form 8-K, Form S-3 or Form S-4. If one or more events related to these or other risks or uncertainties materialize, or if Equity’s underlying assumptions prove to be incorrect, actual results may differ materially from what Equity anticipates. Accordingly, you should not place undue reliance on any such forward-looking statements. Any forward-looking statement speaks only as of the date on which it is made, and Equity does not undertake any obligation to publicly update or review any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future developments or otherwise. New risks and uncertainties arise from time to time, and it is not possible for us to predict those events or how they may affect us. In addition, Equity cannot assess the impact of each factor on Equity’s business or the extent to which any factor, or combination of factors, may cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking statements. All forward-looking statements, expressed or implied, included in this press release are expressly qualified in their entirety by this cautionary statement. This cautionary statement should also be considered in connection with any subsequent written or oral forward-looking statements that Equity or persons acting on Equity’s behalf may issue.

Important Additional Information

In connection with the proposed mergers between Equity and each of Eastman and Patriot, Equity intends to file registration statements on Form S-4 with the SEC, and will file other documents regarding the proposed transactions with the SEC. Each of the respective registration statements will include a proxy statement of Eastman or Patriot, as applicable, and will constitute a prospectus of Equity, which Patriot and Eastman will send to their respective shareholders.  BEFORE MAKING ANY VOTING OR INVESTMENT DECISION, INVESTORS AND SECURITY HOLDERS OF EASTMAN AND PATRIOT ARE URGED TO CAREFULLY READ THE ENTIRE REGISTRATION STATEMENT AND PROXY STATEMENT/PROSPECTUS, WHEN THEY BECOME AVAILABLE, AS WELL AS ANY AMENDMENTS OR SUPPLEMENTS TO THESE DOCUMENTS AND ANY OTHER RELEVANT DOCUMENTS FILED WITH THE SEC, BECAUSE THEY WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THE PROPOSED TRANSACTIONS.

When filed, these document and other documents relating to the transactions filed by Equity can be obtained free of charge from the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov. These documents also can be obtained free of charge by accessing Equity’s investor relations website at investor.equitybank.com.  Alternatively, these documents, when available, can be obtained free of charge from Equity by directing a request to Equity Bancshares, Inc., 7701 East Kellogg, Wichita, Kansas 67207, Attention: John J. Hanley, SVP and Director of Investor Relations, Telephone: (316) 612-6000; or to Eastman National Bancshares, Inc., Attention: Mark T. Detten, President & CEO, Telephone: (580) 718-9990; or to Cache Holdings Inc., 9292 Delaware Avenue, Tulsa, Oklahoma, Attention: Michael Bezanson, Chairman & CEO, Telephone: (918) 209-5200.

Participants in the Transactions

Equity, Eastman, Patriot, and certain of their respective directors and executive officers may be deemed under the rules of the SEC to be participants in the solicitation of proxies from the respective shareholders of Eastman or Patriot in connection with the proposed transaction. Certain information regarding the interests of these participants and a description of their direct and indirect interests, by security holdings or otherwise, will be included in the proxy statement/prospectus regarding each of the proposed transactions when it becomes available. Additional information about Equity and its directors and officers may be found in the definitive proxy statement of Equity relating to its 2017 Annual Meeting of Stockholders filed with the SEC on March 22, 2017 and Equity’s annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2016 filed with the SEC on March 16, 2017. Free copies of these documents may be obtained as described in the preceding paragraphs.

No Offer or Solicitation

This communication shall not constitute an offer to sell, a solicitation of an offer to sell, or the solicitation or an offer to buy any securities. There will be no sale of securities in any jurisdiction in which such an offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such jurisdiction. No offer of securities shall be made except by means of a prospectus meeting the requirement of Section 10 of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended.

Unaudited Financial Tables

  • Table 1. Selected Financial Highlights
  • Table 2. Consolidated Balance Sheets
  • Table 3. Consolidated Statements of Income
  • Table 4. Non-GAAP Financial Measures

TABLE 1. SELECTED FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS (Unaudited)
(Dollars in thousands, except per share data)

                     
    As of and for the three months ended
    June 30,   March 31,   December 31,   September 30,   June 30,
    2017       2017       2016       2016       2016  
Statement of Income Data                    
Net interest income    $ 21,199     $ 19,893     $ 15,663     $ 11,982     $ 12,194  
Provision for loan losses      628       1,095       760       104       532  
Net gains from securities transactions      83       13       —        —        59  
Total non-interest income      3,962       3,339       2,789       2,527       2,452  
Merger expenses      136       926       5,057       237       —   
Total non-interest expense      15,131       15,226       16,711       10,734       9,941  
Income before income taxes      9,402       6,911       981       3,671       4,173  
Provision for income taxes      3,048       2,047       564       1,000       1,327  
Net income      6,354       4,864       417       2,671       2,846  
Net income allocable to common stockholders      6,354       4,864       417       2,671       2,846  
Basic earnings per share      0.52       0.41       0.04       0.32       0.35  
Diluted earnings per share      0.51       0.4       0.04       0.32       0.34  
                     
Balance Sheet Data (at period end)                    
Securities available-for-sale    $ 92,435     $ 103,178     $ 95,732     $ 102,391     $ 74,976  
Securities held-to-maturity      532,159       519,239       465,709       349,915       317,509  
Gross loans held for investment      1,529,396       1,518,576       1,383,605       956,070       980,110  
Allowance for loan losses      7,568       7,048       6,432       6,080       6,030  
Goodwill and core deposit intangibles, net      70,306       70,475       63,589       19,419       19,506  
Total assets      2,408,624       2,399,256       2,192,192       1,557,082       1,544,857  
Total deposits      1,819,677       1,821,090       1,630,451       1,177,732       1,196,767  
Non-time deposits      1,163,904       1,199,266       1,077,293       740,623       753,168  
Borrowings      292,302       288,521       293,909       203,569       179,801  
Total liabilities      2,122,566       2,120,050       1,934,228       1,395,834       1,386,669  
Total stockholders’ equity      286,058       279,206       257,964       161,248       158,188  
Tangible common equity*      214,450       207,416       194,352       141,804       138,656  
                     
Selected Average Balance Sheet Data (quarterly average)                    
Total gross loans receivable    $ 1,519,289     $ 1,403,076     $ 1,175,300     $ 968,402     $ 950,243  
Investment securities      613,914       580,467       516,988       414,376       412,095  
Interest-earning assets      2,175,517       2,036,177       1,729,927       1,555,511       1,541,405  
Total assets      2,382,886       2,236,252       1,886,002       1,668,534       1,655,317  
Interest-bearing deposits      1,539,763       1,458,107       1,210,571       1,022,155       1,045,784  
Borrowings      309,588       289,074       256,329       314,181       284,631  
Total interest-bearing liabilities      1,849,351       1,747,181       1,466,900       1,336,336       1,330,415  
Total deposits      1,781,181       1,673,249       1,412,587       1,184,717       1,204,861  
Total liabilities      2,099,698       1,971,516       1,681,229       1,508,647       1,498,914  
Total stockholders’ equity      283,187       264,736       204,773       159,887       156,403  
Tangible common equity      211,467       199,551       160,629       136,771       135,094  
                     
Performance ratios                    
Return on average assets (ROAA) annualized      1.07 %     0.88 %     0.09 %     0.64 %     0.69 %
Return on total average stockholders equity (ROAE) annualized      9.00 %     7.45 %     0.81 %     6.65 %     7.32 %
Return on average tangible common equity (ROATCE) annualized*      12.36 %     10.17 %     1.28 %     7.94 %     8.64 %
Yield on loans annualized      5.45 %     5.61 %     5.21 %     4.72 %     4.89 %
Cost of interest-bearing deposits annualized      0.75 %     0.72 %     0.68 %     0.66 %     0.64 %
Cost of total deposits annualized      0.65 %     0.62 %     0.58 %     0.57 %     0.56 %
Net interest margin annualized      3.91 %     3.96 %     3.60 %     3.06 %     3.18 %
Efficiency ratio*      59.79 %     61.59 %     63.16 %     72.35 %     68.15 %
Non-interest income / average assets      0.67 %     0.61 %     0.59 %     0.60 %     0.60 %
Non-interest expense / average assets      2.55 %     2.76 %     3.52 %     2.56 %     2.42 %
                     
Capital Ratios                    
Tier 1 Leverage Ratio      10.15 %     10.52 %     11.81 %     9.42 %     9.32 %
Common Equity Tier 1 Capital Ratio      13.13 %     12.69 %     13.34 %     13.57 %     13.04 %
Tier 1 Risk Based Capital Ratio      13.95 %     13.51 %     14.25 %     14.45 %     13.90 %
Total Risk Based Capital Ratio      14.40 %     13.93 %     14.67 %     15.02 %     14.45 %
Total stockholders’ equity to total assets      11.88 %     11.64 %     11.77 %     10.36 %     10.24 %
Tangible common equity to tangible assets*      9.18 %     8.91 %     9.13 %     9.22 %     9.09 %
Book value per common share    $ 23.44     $ 22.88     $ 22.09     $ 19.62     $ 19.25  
Tangible book value per common share*    $ 17.57     $ 17.00     $ 16.64     $ 17.25     $ 16.87  
Tangible book value per diluted common share*     $ 17.24     $ 16.66     $ 16.37     $ 16.95     $ 16.64  
 
* The value noted is considered a Non-GAAP financial measure.  For a reconciliation of Non-GAAP financial measures, see Table 4. Non-GAAP Financial Measures. 
 

TABLE 2. CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS (Unaudited)
(Dollars in thousands)

         
    June 30,   December 31, 
   2017    2016
ASSETS        
Cash and due from banks    $ 24,193     $ 34,137  
Federal funds sold      19       958  
         
Cash and cash equivalents      24,212       35,095  
         
Interest-bearing time deposits in other banks      4,241       3,750  
Available-for-sale securities      92,435       95,732  
Held-to-maturity securities, fair value of $531,297 and $461,156      532,159       465,709  
Loans held for sale      3,463       4,830  
Loans, net of allowance for loan losses of $7,568 and $6,432      1,521,828       1,377,173  
Other real estate owned, net      11,714       8,656  
Premises and equipment, net      54,693       50,515  
Bank owned life insurance      48,765       48,055  
Federal Reserve Bank and Federal Home Loan Bank stock      19,795       16,652  
Interest receivable      9,062       6,991  
Goodwill      64,587       58,874  
Core deposit intangible, net      5,719       4,715  
Other      15,951       15,445  
         
Total assets    $ 2,408,624     $ 2,192,192  
         
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY        
Deposits        
Demand    $ 262,508     $ 207,668  
         
Total non-interest bearing deposits      262,508       207,668  
         
Savings, NOW, and money market      901,396       869,625  
Time      655,773       553,158  
         
Total interest-bearing deposits      1,557,169       1,422,783  
         
Total deposits      1,819,677       1,630,451  
         
Federal funds purchased and retail repurchase agreements      21,069       20,637  
Federal Home Loan Bank advances      257,408       259,588  
Subordinated debentures      13,825       13,684  
Contractual obligations      2,211       2,504  
Interest payable and other liabilities      8,376       7,364  
Total liabilities      2,122,566       1,934,228  
         
         
Stockholders’ equity        
Common stock      137       132  
Additional paid-in capital      252,469       236,103  
Retained earnings      55,546       44,328  
Accumulated other comprehensive loss      (2,269     (2,702 )
Employee stock loans      (170     (242 )
Treasury stock      (19,655     (19,655 )
Total stockholders’ equity      286,058       257,964  
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity    $ 2,408,624     $ 2,192,192  
     
     

TABLE 3. CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME (Unaudited)
(Dollars in thousands, except per share data)

    Three Months Ended   Six Months Ended
    June 30,   June 30,
     2017    2016    2017    2016
Interest and dividend income                
Loans, including fees    $ 20,662   $ 11,551     $ 40,062   $ 23,392  
Securities, taxable      3,224     1,987       5,948     4,196  
Securities, nontaxable      862     332       1,647     660  
Federal funds sold and other      334     510       640     994  
                 
Total interest and dividend income      25,082     14,380       48,297     29,242  
                 
Interest expense                
Deposits      2,894     1,670       5,470     3,277  
Federal funds purchased and retail repurchase agreements      13     14       25     26  
Federal Home Loan Bank advances      734     345       1,236     677  
Subordinated debentures      242     157       474     310  
                 
Total interest expense      3,883     2,186       7,205     4,290  
                 
Net interest income      21,199     12,194       41,092     24,952  
Provision for loan losses      628     532       1,723     1,255  
                 
Net interest income after provision for loan losses      20,571     11,662       39,369     23,697  
Non-interest income                
Service charges and fees      1,224     807       2,376     1,586  
Debit card income      1,205     728       2,210     1,405  
Mortgage banking      540     335       1,025     577  
Increase in value of bank owned life insurance      354     246       709     497  
Net gains from securities transactions      83     59       96     479  
Other      556     277       885     606  
                 
Total non-interest income      3,962     2,452       7,301     5,150  
                 
Non-interest expense                
Salaries and employee benefits      8,236     5,246       16,042     10,458  
Net occupancy and equipment      1,519     1,068       3,018     2,162  
Data processing      1,191     869       2,352     1,707  
Professional fees      462     568       978     1,017  
Advertising and business development      624     330       1,142     548  
Telecommunications      330     287       691     518  
FDIC insurance      219     255       325     513  
Courier and postage      236     158       462     303  
Free nation-wide ATM cost      233     163       445     315  
Amortization of core deposit intangible      235     86       444     173  
Loan expense      282     168       459     260  
Other real estate owned      70     (58 )     275     8  
Loss on debt extinguishment      —      —        —      58  
Merger expenses      136     —        1,062     —   
Other      1,358     801       2,662     1,590  
                 
Total non-interest expense      15,131     9,941       30,357     19,630  
                 
Income before income taxes      9,402     4,173       16,313     9,217  
Provision for income taxes      3,048     1,327       5,095     2,931  
                 
Net income      6,354     2,846       11,218     6,286  
Dividends and discount accretion on preferred stock          —            (1 )
                 
Net income allocable to common stockholders    $ 6,354   $ 2,846     $ 11,218   $ 6,285  
                 
Basic earnings per share    $ 0.52   $ 0.35     $ 0.93   $ 0.77  
                 
Diluted earnings per share    $ 0.51   $ 0.34     $ 0.91   $ 0.75  
     
     

TABLE 4. Non-GAAP Financial Measures (Unaudited)
(Dollars in thousands, except per share data)

                     
    As of and for the three months ended
    June 30,   March 31,   December 31,   September 30,   June 30,
    2017       2017       2016       2016       2016  
Total stockholders’ equity    $ 286,058     $ 279,206     $ 257,964     $ 161,248     $ 158,188  
Less: goodwill      64,587       64,521       58,874       18,130       18,130  
Less: core deposit intangibles, net      5,719       5,954       4,715       1,289       1,376  
Less: mortgage servicing asset, net      20       22       23       25       26  
Less: naming rights, net      1,282       1,293                    
                     
Tangible common equity    $ 214,450     $ 207,416     $ 194,352     $ 141,804     $ 138,656  
                     
Common shares outstanding at period end      12,206,319       12,202,237       11,680,308       8,219,415       8,219,415  
                     
Diluted common shares outstanding at period end      12,441,429       12,450,315       11,873,480       8,365,283       8,334,445  
                     
Book value per common share    $ 23.44     $ 22.88     $ 22.09     $ 19.62     $ 19.25  
                     
Tangible book value per common share    $ 17.57     $ 17.00     $ 16.64     $ 17.25     $ 16.87  
                     
Tangible book value per diluted common share    $ 17.24     $ 16.66     $ 16.37     $ 16.95     $ 16.64  
                     
Total assets    $ 2,408,624     $ 2,399,256     $ 2,192,192     $ 1,557,082     $ 1,544,857  
Less: goodwill      64,587       64,521       58,874       18,130       18,130  
Less: core deposit intangibles, net      5,719       5,954       4,715       1,289       1,376  
Less: mortgage servicing asset, net      20       22       23       25       26  
Less: naming rights, net      1,282       1,293                    
                     
Tangible assets    $ 2,337,016     $ 2,327,466     $ 2,128,580     $ 1,537,638     $ 1,525,325  
                     
Total stockholders’ equity to total assets      11.88 %     11.64 %     11.77 %     10.36 %     10.24 %
                     
Tangible common equity to tangible assets      9.18 %     8.91 %     9.13 %     9.22 %     9.09 %
                     
Total average stockholders’ equity    $ 283,187     $ 264,736     $ 204,773     $ 159,887     $ 156,403  
Less: average intangible assets and preferred stock      71,720       65,185       44,144       23,116       21,309  
                     
Average tangible common equity    $ 211,467     $ 199,551     $ 160,629     $ 136,771     $ 135,094  
                     
Net income allocable to common stockholders    $ 6,354     $ 4,864     $ 417     $ 2,671     $ 2,846  
Amortization of intangible assets      247       218       155       88       88  
Less: Tax effect of intangible assets amortization      86       76       54       31       31  
                     
Adjusted net income allocable to common stockholders    $ 6,515     $ 5,006     $ 518     $ 2,728     $ 2,903  
                     
Return on total average stockholders’ equity (ROAE)      9.00 %     7.45 %     0.81 %     6.65 %     7.32 %
annualized           
                     
Return on average tangible common equity (ROATCE) annualized      12.36 %     10.17 %     1.28 %     7.94 %     8.64 %
                     
Non-interest expense    $ 15,131     $ 15,226     $ 16,711     $ 10,734     $ 9,941  
Less: merger expenses      136       926       5,057       237        
                     
Non-interest expense, excluding merger expenses    $ 14,995     $ 14,300     $ 11,654     $ 10,497     $ 9,941  
                     
Net interest income    $ 21,199     $ 19,893     $ 15,663     $ 11,982     $ 12,194  
                     
Non-interest income    $ 3,962     $ 3,339     $ 2,789     $ 2,527     $ 2,452  
Less: net gains from securities transactions      83       13                   59  
                     
Non-interest income, excluding net gains from securities transactions    $ 3,879     $ 3,326     $ 2,789     $ 2,527     $ 2,393  
                     
Net interest income plus non-interest income, excluding net gains from securities transactions    $ 25,078     $ 23,219     $ 18,452     $ 14,509     $ 14,587  
Non-interest expense to net interest income plus non-interest income      60.14 %     65.54 %     90.56 %     73.98 %     67.88 %
                     
Efficiency ratio      59.79 %     61.59 %     63.16 %     72.35 %     68.15 %
                     
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