KNOXVILLE, TN – October 26, 2016 – SmartFinancial, Inc. (“SmartFinancial”; NASDAQ: SMBK), announced today net income of $1.6 million in its third quarter of 2016, compared to $(0.1) million a year ago. In the third quarter 2015, SmartFinancial successfully completed the merger of two holding companies, legacy SmartFinancial, Inc. and Cornerstone Bancshares, Inc., and carried forward the name “SmartFinancial, Inc.” In the first quarter of 2016, SmartFinancial completed the merger of Cornerstone Community Bank with and into SmartBank. This quarter completes the fourth full quarter’s results from the combined company and the second full quarter’s results of the merged bank.
Billy Carroll, President & CEO, stated: “We are pleased to see the hard work of our associates materialize in the form of improved results for our shareholders with increases in earnings per share, return on equity and return on assets this quarter. Loan growth was over 12 percent annualized, which was the second quarter it grew at a double digit pace. Our non-interest income is improving thanks to the results from our mortgage business and higher deposit service charges driven by balance growth. Our non interest expense reduction was primarily due to merger efficiencies. We are excited to put our merger expenses behind us and concentrate on the successful execution of our 2016 goals.”
SmartFinancial’s Chairman, Miller Welborn, concluded: “It is exciting to see the internal achievements we have made as a company translate into improved external results. To be able to grow while maintaining a strong margin, improving asset quality, and increasing efficiencies is a testament to leadership at all levels of our company. Every day we strive to achieve our goals of being a best place to work, a great place to bank and especially rewarding for our shareholders. ”
- Net income available to common shareholders totaled $1.3 million or $0.23 per share during the third quarter of 2016.
- Annualized return on average assets equaled 0.63 percent in the third quarter of 2016, compared to 0.48 percent in the previous quarter.
- Annualized net loan growth was approximately 12.42 percent in the third quarter of 2016, with a healthy mix of construction & development, residential real estate, and commercial real estate loan growth.
- Asset quality was outstanding with nonperforming assets to total assets dropping to just 0.41 percent.
- Non interest income as a percent of average assets increased to 0.47 percent as the sale of mortgage and SBA loans increased over 45 percent.
Third Quarter 2016 compared to Second Quarter 2016
Net operating earnings available to common shareholders, which excludes purchased loans accounting adjustments, securities gains, merger and conversion costs, and foreclosed assets gains and losses, totaled $1,131 thousand in the third quarter of 2016 compared to $634 thousand in the previous quarter. Net income available to common shareholders totaled $1.3 million in the third quarter of 2016, or $0.22 per diluted share, compared to $0.9 million, or $0.15 per diluted share, in the second quarter of 2016.
Net interest income to average assets of 3.79 percent for the quarter decreased from 3.87 percent in the second quarter of 2016. Net interest income totaled $9.7 million in the third quarter of 2016 compared to $9.6 million in the second quarter of 2016. Net interest income was positively impacted during the quarter by increased loan balances. Net interest margin, taxable equivalent, fell slightly from 4.11 percent in the second quarter of 2016 to 4.03 percent in the third quarter of 2016 primarily as a result of a reduction in purchased loan accounting adjustments and lower balances and yields in the securities portfolio.
Provision for loan losses was $261 thousand in the third quarter of 2016, compared to $218 thousand in the second quarter of 2016 . The increase in provision for loan losses was primarily due to the growth of the loan portfolio during the quarter. Annualized net charge-offs remained the same at 0.01 percent of average loans in the second third quarter of 2016.
The ALLL was $5.0 million, or 0.62 percent of total loans as of September 30, 2016, compared to $4.7 million, or 0.61 percent of total loans, as of June 30, 2016. Adjusted ALLL, which includes the ALLL as well as net acquisition accounting fair value adjustments for acquired loans, was 1.93 percent of total loans as of September 30, 2016, which was down from 2.00 percent as of June 30, 2016. The reduction in adjusted ALLL resulted from continued accretion of fair value discounts.
Nonperforming loans as a percentage of total loans was 0.21 percent as of September 30, 2016, which was down from 0.29 percent in the prior quarter. Total nonperforming assets (which include nonaccrual loans, loans past due 90 days or more and still accruing, and foreclosed assets) as a percentage of total assets was 0.41 percent as of September 30, 2016, compared to 0.69 percent as of June 30, 2016.
Non-interest income to average assets of 0.47 percent for the quarter increased from 0.39 percent in the second quarter of 2016. Non-interest income totaled $1.2 million in the third quarter of 2016, compared to $961 thousand in the second quarter of 2016. The increase in non-interest income was primarily due to higher service charges and fees, higher gains on the sale of SBA and mortgage loans, and gains on sale of foreclosed assets.
Non-interest expense to average assets of 3.16 percent for the quarter was down from 3.41 percent in the second quarter of 2016. Non-interest expense totaled $8.0 million in the third quarter of 2016, which was down $422 thousand from the second quarter of 2016 primarily due to normalized post merger data processing costs, the completion of repairs at one branch, and a drop in salary and employee benefit expenses. Occupancy expense of $965 thousand was down $172 thousand from the previous quarter due to the completion of a repair project at one branch. Data processing expenses decreased $98 thousand compared to the second quarter in the absence of merger related costs.
Income tax expense was $947 thousand in the third quarter of 2016 compared to $691 thousand in the second quarter of 2016. The company’s effective tax rate was 37.02 percent in the third quarter of 2016 compared to 36.71 percent in the second quarter of 2016.
Third Quarter 2016 compared to Third Quarter 2015
Net operating earnings available to common shareholders, which excludes purchased loans accounting adjustments, securities gains, merger and conversion costs, and foreclosed assets gains and losses, totaled $1.1 million in the third quarter of 2016 compared to $154 thousand in the third quarter of 2015. Net income available to common shareholders totaled $1.3 million in the third quarter of 2016, or $0.22 per diluted share, compared to $(107) thousand, or $(0.03) per diluted share, in the third quarter of 2015. The company’s operations and financial performance were significantly impacted in nearly every respect by the merger of SmartFinancial, Inc. and Cornerstone Bancshares, Inc. on August 31, 2015. Therefore, financial results in 3Q 2016 are not comparable to results reported for 3Q 2015.
About SmartFinancial, Inc.
SmartFinancial, Inc., based in Knoxville, Tennessee, is the bank holding company for SmartBank. SmartBank is a full-service commercial bank founded in 2007, with twelve branches, two loan production offices, and one mortgage production office located in East Tennessee, the Florida Panhandle, and North Georgia. Recruiting the best people, delivering exceptional client service, strategic branching and a conservative and disciplined approach to lending have all given rise to SmartBank’s success. More information about SmartFinancial can be found on its website: www.smartbank.com.
This release contains forward-looking statements. SmartFinancial cautions you that a number of important factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those currently anticipated in any forward-looking statement. Such factors include, but are not limited to: changes in management’s plans for the future, prevailing economic and political conditions, particularly in our market area; credit risk associated with our lending activities; changes in interest rates, loan demand, real estate values and competition; changes in accounting principles, policies, and guidelines; changes in any applicable law, rule, regulation or practice with respect to tax or legal issues; and other economic, competitive, governmental, regulatory and technological factors affecting our operations, pricing, products and services and other factors that may be described in our Annual Reports on Form 10-K and Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q as filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission from time to time.
The forward-looking statements are made as of the date of this release, and, except as may be required by applicable law or regulation, SmartFinancial assumes no obligation to update the forward-looking statements or to update the reasons why actual results could differ from those projected in the forward-looking statements.
Statements included in this press release include non-GAAP financial measures and should be read along with the accompanying tables, which provide a reconciliation of non-GAAP financial measures to GAAP financial measures. SmartFinancial management uses non-GAAP financial measures, including: (i) net operating earnings available to common shareholders; (ii) operating efficiency ratio; (iii) adjusted allowance for loan losses to loans; and (iv) tangible common equity, in its analysis of the company’s performance. Net operating earnings available to common shareholders excludes the following from net income available to common shareholders: securities gains and losses, merger and conversion costs, OREO gain and losses, and the income tax effect of adjustments. The operating efficiency ratio excludes securities gains and losses, merger and conversion costs, and adjustment for OREO gains and losses from the efficiency ratio. Adjusted allowance for loan losses adds net acquisition accounting fair value discounts to the allowance for loan losses. Tangible common equity excludes total preferred stock, preferred stock paid in capital, goodwill, and other intangible assets.
Management believes that non-GAAP financial measures provide additional useful information that allows readers to evaluate the ongoing performance of the company and provide meaningful comparisons to its peers. Non-GAAP financial measures should not be considered as an alternative to any measure of performance or financial condition as promulgated under GAAP, and investors should consider SmartFinancial’s performance and financial condition as reported under GAAP and all other relevant information when assessing the performance or financial condition of the company. Non-GAAP financial measures have limitations as analytical tools, and investors should not consider them in isolation or as a substitute for analysis of the results or financial condition as reported under GAAP.