Colony Bankcorp Reports First Quarter 2020 Results

FITZGERALD, Ga., April 24, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Colony Bankcorp, Inc. (Nasdaq: CBAN) (“Colony” or the “Company”) today reported net income of $1.6 million or $0.17 per diluted share for the first quarter of 2020 compared to $2.8 million or $0.34 per diluted share for the same period in 2019. The Company reported operating net income (a non‑GAAP financial measure) of $1.9 million or $0.17 per diluted share in the first quarter of 2020 versus $2.9 million or $0.34 per diluted share for the same period prior year. Operating net income excludes charges for acquisition-related expenses as well as gains on the sales of other real estate owned (“OREO”). See the reconciliation of non-GAAP financial measures included below.

Separately, the Company also announced that on April 22, 2020, the Board of Directors declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.10 per share, to be paid on its common stock on May 22, 2020, to shareholders of record as of the close of business on May 8, 2020.

Commenting on the announcement, Heath Fountain, President and Chief Executive Officer, said, “Despite operating in a very difficult economic environment, which contributed to decreases in year-over-year and sequential-quarter net income and operating net income, we are pleased with the strong underlying fundamentals in our business. We are also pleased to report that the first quarter saw growth in mortgage banking income as well as revenue contribution for the first time from our Small Business Specialty Lending Division. Furthermore, during the quarter, we signed a definitive agreement to acquire Cadence Bank’s East Georgia Homebuilder Finance Loan Portfolio to expand our presence in the Savannah and Augusta markets, creating a “one-stop-shop” for homebuilders coupled with our mortgage business.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has caused severe disruptions to the global economy and the markets in which we operate. Our top concerns have shifted to servicing the immediate liquidity needs of our clients, ensuring the health and well-being of our team members, and supporting the communities in which we live and serve. We are actively participating in the Small Business Administration (“SBA”) Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”) enacted as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act and expect to fund it with minimal capital impact. Through April 23rd, the Bank has obtained SBA approval for approximately 1,300 PPP loan requests totaling over $110 million. Furthermore, we have executed our strategic pandemic plan, which included implementing remote work arrangements, separating individual departments, reducing branch hours, and actively promoting social distancing in all aspects of our everyday business.

“Growth in net interest income of 23% year over year was partially offset by acquisition-related expenses associated with our purchases of LBC Bancshares, Inc. and PFB Mortgage. Net interest margin improved 17 basis points to 3.63% compared with the year-earlier period as our earnings mix improved through loan growth.

“Noninterest income saw very strong growth, increasing 91% year over year as a result of our efforts to diversify our revenue streams with mortgage fee income increasing to $1.3 million in the current quarter compared to $143,000 in the first quarter of 2019 due to the acquisition of PFB Mortgage. This increase in noninterest income was offset by increases in noninterest expense, such as salaries and employee benefits due to the additional headcount, as well as increases in occupancy and equipment.

“We took a higher provision for loan and leases losses of $2.0 million, a substantial increase from $131,000 in the first quarter of 2019, primarily due to the current operating environment. Our allowance for loan and lease losses now represents 0.85% of total loans outstanding, an increase from 0.84% in the year-earlier quarter and 0.71% on a sequential-quarter basis. Total nonperforming assets increased to 0.91% of total assets from 0.72% in the year-earlier quarter and 0.73% on a sequential-quarter basis. The increase is due primarily to a $2.1 million hotel loan in the Atlanta area that became troubled during the first quarter.

“In these very unusual times, our strength and resolve enable us to take exceptional care of our customers, team members and communities. Based on our capital levels, conservative underwriting policies, strong loan diversification, and current economic conditions within the markets we serve, we expect to navigate the uncertainties associated with the pandemic and remain well-capitalized. We will continue to monitor the changing economic conditions and make adjustments to our capital policy, including dividends, if our outlook for future earnings deteriorates,” concluded Fountain.

Capital

Colony continues to maintain a strong capital position, with ratios that exceed regulatory minimums required to be classified as “well-capitalized.”  At March 31, 2020, the Company’s preliminary tier one leverage ratio, tier one capital ratio, total risk-based capital ratio and common equity tier one capital ratio were 9.46%, 12.67%, 13.43% and 12.67%, respectively. In comparison, at March 31, 2019, the Company reported tier one leverage ratio, tier one capital ratio, total risk-based capital ratio and common equity tier one capital ratio of 10.18%, 15.31%, 16.09% and 12.52%, respectively.

Net Interest Margin

During the first quarter of 2020, the Company reported net interest income of $12.7 million compared with $10.4 million for the comparable 2019 quarter. Net interest margin for the first quarter of 2020 was 3.63%, down nine basis points on a sequential-quarter basis and up 17 basis points compared with the year-earlier quarter.

Asset Quality

Asset quality remained solid with continued improvement from a year ago. Substandard assets, which include nonperforming assets, totaled $23.9 million at March 31, 2020, compared with $24.3 million at March 31, 2019. Substandard assets adjusted for SBA guarantees to tier one capital plus loan loss reserve ratio was 16.07% and 16.89% at March 31, 2020 and March 31, 2019, respectively. Nonperforming assets increased to $13.8 million, or 1.39% of total loans and OREO at March 31, 2020, from $9.2 million or 1.17% at March 31, 2019. OREO totaled $847,000 at March 31, 2020, reflecting a 48.2% decrease from $1.6 million at March 31, 2019.

In the first quarter of 2020, net loan charge-offs were $67,000 or 0.03% of average loans compared with $818,000 or 0.10% of average loans in the first quarter of 2019. The loan loss reserve was $8.4 million or 0.85% of total loans on March 31, 2020, compared with $6.6 million or 0.84% of total loans at March 31, 2019. The loan loss reserve methodology resulted in the Company recording a $2.0 million provision for loan loss at March 31, 2020, compared with $131,000 for the comparable 2019 period.

Noninterest Income

Total noninterest income in the first quarter of 2020 totaled $4.4 million, an increase of $2.1 million or 91.0% from the first quarter of 2019. The increase during the first quarter 2020 is primarily a result of significant increases in mortgage loan production because of consumers continuing to refinance due to the Federal Reserve rate cuts.

Noninterest Expense

Total noninterest expense totaled $13.3 million, an increase of $4.2 million or 46.9% during the first quarter ended March 31, 2020, compared to the same period in 2019. Salaries and employee benefit expenses increased 39.6%, occupancy expense increased 28.6% and other noninterest expense increased 69.0% from the comparable 2019 period. The efficiency ratio increased to 77.3% for the three months ended March 31, 2020, from 71.1% in the comparable 2019 period. The increase is attributable to an increase in salary and benefits of $880,000 connected with the Calumet merger and additional headcount with Colony Bank Mortgage, or 16.4% of the overall salary and benefit increase. Acquisition-related expenses increased noninterest expense by $287,000 or 11.0% of the overall increase in other noninterest expense from the same period in 2019. The operating efficiency ratio decreased 168 basis points to 75.6% for the three months ended March 31, 2020, as a result of adjustments for nonrecurring, non-GAAP acquisition-related expenses, compared to an operating efficiency ratio of 70.1% for the same period in 2019.

About Colony Bankcorp

Colony Bankcorp, Inc. is the bank holding company for Colony Bank. Founded in 1975 and headquartered in Fitzgerald, Georgia, Colony operates 33 locations throughout Georgia. The Homebuilder Finance Division helps the local construction industry with building and construction loans, and the Small Business Specialty Lending Division assists small businesses with government guaranteed loans. The Bank also helps its customers achieve their goal of home ownership through Colony Bank Mortgage. Colony’s common stock is traded on the NASDAQ Global Market under the symbol “CBAN.” For more information, please visit www.colony.bank.  You can also follow the Company on Facebook or on Twitter @colony_bank.

Forward-Looking Statements

Certain statements contained in the preceding release that are not statements of historical fact constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 (the “Act”), notwithstanding that such statements are not specifically identified. In addition, certain statements may be contained in the Company’s future filings with the SEC, in press releases, and in oral and written statements made by or with the approval of the Company that are not statements of historical fact and constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Act. Examples of forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to: (i) projections of revenues, income or loss, earnings or loss per share, the payment or nonpayment of dividends, capital structure and other financial items; (ii) statement of plans and objectives of Colony Bankcorp, Inc. or its management or Board of Directors, including those relating to products or services; (iii) statements of future economic performance; (iv) statements regarding the potential effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the Company’s business and financial results and conditions; and (v) statements of assumptions underlying such statements. Words such as “believes,” “anticipates,” “expects,” “intends,” “targeted” and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements but are not the exclusive means of identifying such statements.

Prospective investors are cautioned that any such forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties. Factors that might cause such differences include, but are not limited to: the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the Company’s assets, business, cash flows, financial condition, liquidity, prospects and results of operations; potential increases in the provision for loan losses resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic; the Company’s ability to implement its various strategic initiatives; competitive pressures among financial institutions increasing significantly; economic conditions, either nationally or locally, in areas in which the Company conducts operations being less favorable than expected; interest rate risk; legislation or regulatory changes which adversely affect the ability of the consolidated Company to conduct business combinations or new operations, including changes to statutes, regulations or regulatory policies or practices as a result of, or in response to COVID-19; adverse results from current or future litigation, regulatory examinations or other legal and/or regulatory actions, including as a result of the Company’s participation in and execution of government programs related to the COVID-19 pandemic; and risks that the anticipated benefits from the transactions with LBC Bancshares, Inc. and PFB Mortgage are not realized in the time frame anticipated or at all as a result of changes in general economic and market conditions or other unexpected factors or events. These and other factors, risks and uncertainties could cause the actual results, performance or achievements of the Company to be materially different from the future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Many of these factors are beyond the Company’s ability to control or predict.

Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date on which such statements are made. These forward-looking statements are based upon information presently known to the Company’s management and are inherently subjective, uncertain and subject to change due to any number of risks and uncertainties, including, without limitation, the risks and other factors set forth in the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2019, under the captions “Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements” and “Risk Factors,” and in the Company’s quarterly reports on Form 10-Q and current reports on Form 8-K. The Company undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statement to reflect events or circumstances after the date on which such statement is made, or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements.

Explanation of Certain Unaudited Non-GAAP Financial Measures

The measures entitled operating noninterest expense; operating net income; tangible book value per common share and operating efficiency ratio are not measures recognized under U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) and therefore are considered non-GAAP financial measures. The most comparable GAAP measures are noninterest expense, net income, book value per common share and efficiency ratio, respectively.

Management uses these non-GAAP financial measures in its analysis of the Company’s performance and believes these presentations provide useful supplemental information, and a clearer understanding of the Company’s performance, and if not provided would be requested by the investor community. The Company believes the non-GAAP measures enhance investors’ understanding of the Company’s business and performance. These measures are also useful in understanding performance trends and facilitate comparisons with the performance of other financial institutions. The limitations associated with operating measures are the risk that persons might disagree as to the appropriateness of items comprising these measures and that different companies might calculate these measures differently.

These disclosures should not be considered an alternative to GAAP. The computations of operating noninterest expense; operating net income; tangible book value per common share and operating efficiency ratio and the reconciliation of these measures to noninterest expense, net income, book value per common share and efficiency ratio are set forth in the table below.

For additional information, contact:
Tracie Youngblood
EVP & Chief Financial Officer
(229) 426-6000 (Ext 6003)

Colony Bankcorp, Inc.
Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Measures
  Three Months Ended
  March 31,
(in thousands, except per share data) 2020 2019
Operating noninterest expense reconciliation    
Noninterest expense (GAAP) $13,251    $9,021   
Acquisition-related expenses (287)   (128)  
Operating noninterest expense $12,964    $8,893   
     
Operating net income reconciliation    
Net income (GAAP) $1,603    $2,835   
Acquisition-related expenses 287    128   
Income tax benefit of acquisition-related expenses (60)   (27)  
Operating net income $1,830    $2,936   
     
Tangible book value per common share reconciliation    
Book value per common share (GAAP) $14.35    $11.97   
Effect of goodwill and other intangibles (2.06)   (0.09)  
Tangible book value per common share $12.29    $11.88   
     
Operating efficiency ratio calculation    
Efficiency ratio (GAAP) 77.32 %  71.11  
Acquisition-related expenses 1.68    1.01   
Operating efficiency ratio 75.64   70.10  
  


Colony Bankcorp, Inc.
Segment Reporting (Unaudited)
  Three Months Ended
(dollars in thousands, except per share data) March 31, 2020 March 31, 2019
Banking Division    
Net interest income $12,656    $10,357   
Provision for loan losses 1,956    131   
Noninterest income 2,922    2,334   
Noninterest expenses 11,540    9,026   
Income taxes 368    699   
Segment profit $1,714    $2,835   
     
Total segment assets $1,497,789    $1,279,077   
     
Mortgage Banking Division    
Net interest income $34    $—   
Provision for loan losses —    —   
Noninterest income 1,253    —   
Noninterest expenses 1,195    —   
Income taxes 11    —   
Segment profit $81    $—   
     
Total segment assets $11,082    $—   
     
Small Business Specialty Lending Division    
Net interest income $14    $—   
Provision for loan losses —    —   
Noninterest income 259    —   
Noninterest expenses 516    —   
Income taxes (51)  —   
Segment (loss) $(192)  $—   
     
Total segment assets $1,178    $—   
     
Total Consolidated    
Net interest income $12,704    $10,357   
Provision for loan losses 1,956    131   
Noninterest income 4,434    2,334   
Noninterest expenses 13,251    9,026   
Income taxes 328    699   
Segment profit $1,603    $2,835   
     
Total segment assets $1,510,049    $1,279,077   



Colony Bankcorp, Inc.
Consolidated Balance Sheets
  March 31, 2020 December 31, 2019
(dollars in thousands, except per share data) (unaudited) (audited)
ASSETS    
Cash and due from banks $20,616    $15,570   
Interest-bearing deposits in banks and federal funds sold 75,211    88,522   
Cash and cash equivalents 95,827    104,092   
Investment securities available for sale, at fair value 333,814    347,332   
Other investments, at cost 3,162    4,288   
Loans held for sale 11,022    10,076   
Loans, net of unearned income 989,026    968,814   
Allowance for loan losses (8,384)  (6,863) 
Loans, net 980,642    961,951   
Premises and equipment 32,515    32,482   
Other real estate 847    1,320   
Goodwill and other intangible assets 19,360    19,533   
Other assets 32,859    34,239   
Total assets $1,510,048    $1,515,313   
     
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY    
Liabilities:    
Deposits:    
Noninterest-bearing $235,269    $232,635   
Interest-bearing 1,057,807    1,061,107   
Total deposits 1,293,076    1,293,742   
Federal Home Loan Bank advances 36,500    47,000   
Subordinated deferrable interest debentures 24,229    24,229   
Other borrowed money 14,563    14,563   
Accrued expenses and other liabilities 5,608    5,273   
Total  liabilities 1,373,976    1,384,807   
     
Stockholders’ equity    
Common stock, $1 par value; 20,000,000 shares authorized, 9,498,783 issued and outstanding, respectively 9,499    9,499   
Paid in capital 43,675    43,667   
Retained earnings 77,631    76,978   
Accumulated other comprehensive income, net of tax 5,267    362   
Total stockholders’ equity 136,072    130,506   
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity $1,510,048    $1,515,313   


Colony Bankcorp, Inc.
Consolidated Statements of Income
  Three Months Ended
  March 31,
  2020 2019
(dollars in thousands, except per share data) (unaudited) (unaudited)
Interest income:    
Loans, including fees $13,290   $10,470  
Investment securities, including tax exempt of $2 and $3 1,994   2,269  
Deposits in banks and short term investments 284   282  
Total interest income 15,568   13,021  
     
Interest expense:    
Deposits 2,218   2,122  
Federal Home Loan Bank advances 257   260  
Other borrowings 389   274  
Total interest expense 2,864   2,656  
Net interest income 12,704   10,365  
Provision for loan losses 1,956   131  
Net interest income after provision for loan losses 10,748   10,234  
     
Noninterest income:    
Service charges on deposits 1,304   964  
Other service charges, commissions and fees 1,263   987  
Mortgage fee income 1,262   143  
Gain on sale of SBA loans 210   —  
Gain on sale of securities 293   —  
Other 102   227  
Total noninterest income 4,434   2,321  
     
Noninterest expense:    
Salaries and employee benefits 7,498   5,371  
Occupancy and equipment 1,318   1,025  
Other 4,435   2,625  
Total noninterest expense 13,251   9,021  
Income before income taxes 1,931   3,534  
Income taxes 328   699  
Net income $1,603   $2,835  
Earnings per common share:    
Basic $0.17   $0.34  
Diluted 0.17   0.34  
Weighted average common shares outstanding:    
Basic 9,498,783   8,440,357  
Diluted 9,498,783   8,440,357  


Colony Bankcorp, Inc.
Selected Financial Information
  Three Months Ended
  March 31,
(dollars in thousands, except per share data) 2020 2019
EARNINGS SUMMARY    
Net interest income $12,704   $10,365  
Provision for loan losses 1,956   131  
Non-interest income 4,434   2,321  
Non-interest expense 13,251   9,021  
Income taxes 328   699  
Net income 1,603   2,835  
     
PERFORMANCE MEASURES    
Per common share:    
Common shares outstanding 9,498,783   8,444,908  
Weighted average basic shares 9,495,801   8,440,357  
Weighted average diluted shares 9,495,801   8,440,357  
Earnings per basic share $0.17   $0.34  
Earnings per diluted share 0.17   0.34  
Cash dividends declared per share 0.10   0.075  
Common book value per share 14.35   11.97  
Tangible common book value per share 12.29   11.88  
     
Performance ratios:    
Net interest margin (a) 3.63 % 3.46 %
Return on average assets 0.42   0.90  
Return on average total equity 4.79   11.76  
Efficiency ratio 77.32   71.11  
Operating efficiency ratio (b) 75.64   70.10  
     
ASSET QUALITY     
Nonperforming loans (NPLs) $12,936   $7,541  
Other real estate owned 847   1,635  
Total nonperforming assets (NPAs) 13,783   9,176  
Substandard assets 23,940   24,257  
Net loan charge-offs 67   818  
Allowance for loan losses to total loans 0.85 % 0.84 %
Allowance for loan losses to total NPLs 64.81   87.38  
Allowance for loan losses to total NPAs 60.83   71.85  
Net charge-offs to average loans  0.03   0.10  
NPLs to total loans 1.31   0.97  
NPAs to total assets 0.91   0.72  
NPAs to total loans and other real estate owned 1.39   1.17  
Substandard assets to Tier 1 capital and allowance for loan losses 16.07   16.89  
     
AVERAGE BALANCES     
Total assets $1,516,191   $1,258,649  
Loans, net 974,614   772,741  
Deposits 1,293,784   1,091,118  
Total stockholders’ equity 134,304   96,396  
(a) Computed using fully taxable-equivalent net income.
(b) Non-GAAP measure - see “Explanation of Certain Unaudited Non-GAAP Financial Measures” for more information and reconciliation to GAAP


Colony Bankcorp, Inc.
Quarterly Comparison
(in thousands, except per share data) 1Q2020 4Q2019 3Q2019 2Q2019 1Q2019
Assets $1,510,049   $1,515,313   $1,477,682   $1,506,972   $1,279,077  
Loans, net 980,642   961,696   951,559   927,917   772,889  
Deposits 1,293,076   1,293,742   1,251,273   1,297,723   1,111,678  
Total equity 136,072   130,506   129,651   126,509   101,066  
Net income 1,603   2,757   2,518   2,101   2,835  
Net income per basic share 0.17   0.29   0.27   0.23   0.34  
           
Key Performance Ratios:          
Return on average assets 0.42% 0.73% 0.67% 0.60% 0.90%
Return on average total equity 4.79% 8.47% 7.86% 7.43% 11.76%
Total equity to total assets 9.01% 8.61% 8.77% 8.39% 7.90%
Tangible equity to tangible assets 7.83% 7.42% 7.56% 7.19% 7.85%
Net interest margin 3.63% 3.72% 3.64% 3.57% 3.46%


Colony Bankcorp, Inc.
Quarterly Loan Comparison
(in thousands) 1Q2020 4Q2019 3Q2019 2Q2019 1Q2019
Legacy $839,021   $848,088   $826,309   $796,045   $763,462  
Purchased 150,005   120,726   132,414   139,226   16,529  
Total $989,026   $968,814   $958,723   $935,271   $779,991  

 

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