WOODSTOCK, GA – Brian D. Schmitt, Chief Executive Officer of SouthCrest Financial Group, Inc. (SCSG:PK) announced today that the Company reported preliminary net income of $930,000 or $0.11/share for the first quarter ended March 31, 2017.
“I think the first quarter’s results are a good barometer of where the Company stands. On a net basis our core earnings and un-adjusted earnings are effectively the same. We were excited to recently announce the dividend expense savings created by the final Series A and Series B Preferred share redemption (former TARP shares), and we are starting to see the impact of recent Atlanta metro region lending hires as we get ready to move into our Midtown headquarters during May,” Schmitt said.
“Unfortunately, we did have a delay in the closing of our Alabama branch sale due to regulatory schedules,” Schmitt continued. “This is a top focus of senior management, and we are very confident that the deal will be completed even if the timeline has been stretched.
“The Company has two former locations in OREO and awaiting sale, which could cause additional one-time expenses during the next several quarters. Outside of that, management continues to push on expenses while taking the next steps to improve the loan book and overall profitability of the Bank. Our long term profitability target, which could be hit on a quarterly basis as early as late 2018, remains 1.0% ROAA,” Schmitt added.
Core pre-tax earnings for the quarter were $1.36 million, with net unusual items during the quarter totaling $32,000 of pre-tax income. On a core basis, expenses for the quarter were $4.4 million, flat with the past few quarters, but down over 15% from 1Q16.
Loan balances were down less than 1% from 4Q16 and up 3% from 1Q16, with the weakness in growth due to a slow start to the quarter combining with the welcome payoff of the largest substandard loan in the portfolio at no loss. Activity late in the quarter improved and should lead to a good second quarter result. The Company continues to look for additional bankers who can drive both loan and deposit growth in the metro Atlanta area.
Deposits were lower year over year and linked quarter by 2%, which was consistent with historic seasonality. Overall deposit mix continues to improve with balances in transaction accounts up 3% year over year, with a 7% year over year decline in CD balances.
The estimated Tier 1 Leverage ratio at the end of the quarter for SouthCrest Bank declined to 8.82% as a result of the $3.9 million dividend to the holding company as part of the preparation to redeem the former TARP shares. On a fully converted basis (including the conversion of all preferred equity), TBV/share ended the quarter at $7.19 per share. This metric will continue to be influenced by OCI changes resulting from the swings in interest rates. Currently, the negative impact to TBV by OCI is $0.13/share. The current fully converted share count at the end of the quarter is 8.39 million shares. In addition, the Company still retains a small deferred tax asset valuation allowance related to state taxes that totals approximately $0.06/fully converted share.
Asset quality remained solid with the aforementioned payoff of a nearly $3 million substandard loan. The Company maintains $2.1 million of former bank buildings that are projected to be sold over the next several quarters in OREO. Excluding these buildings, 1Q17 NPAs/total assets was flat at 0.84% of assets, including the buildings the number level was 1.23%. Excluding the impact of the Bank buildings in OREO, OREO balances were down to $499,000.
SouthCrest Financial Group, Inc. is a $550 million asset bank holding company headquartered in Atlanta, Ga. The company operates an 11-branch network in Georgia through its subsidiary bank, SouthCrest Bank, N.A., an Atlanta-based mid-market bank catering to businesses up to $100 million in revenue. The bank provides a full suite of retail, high-net-worth, entrepreneurial and commercial banking services, in addition to cutting edge treasury management services.
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