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AMERIS BANCORP ANNOUNCES FINANCIAL RESULTS FOR SECOND QUARTER 2022

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Highlights of the Company's results for the second quarter of 2022 include the following:

  • Net income of $90.1 million, or $1.30 per diluted share

  • Growth in tangible book value of $1.05 per share, or 15.7% annualized, to $27.89 at June 30, 2022

  • Adjusted total revenue grew $14.2 million, or 5.7%, when compared to last quarter

  • Improvement in net interest margin of 31bps, from 3.35% last quarter to 3.66% this quarter

  • Adjusted return on average assets of 1.40%

  • Adjusted return on average tangible common equity of 17.18%

  • Adjusted efficiency ratio of 53.66%, compared with 56.95% last quarter

  • Organic growth in loans of $1.4 billion, or 35.1% annualized

  • Continued growth in noninterest bearing deposits, representing 41.98% of total deposits, from 40.18% at March 31, 2022 and 38.25% a year ago

ATLANTA, July 26, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Ameris Bancorp (Nasdaq: ABCB) (the "Company") today reported net income of $90.1 million, or $1.30 per diluted share, for the quarter ended June 30, 2022, compared with $88.3 million, or $1.27 per diluted share, for the quarter ended June 30, 2021. The Company reported adjusted net income of $81.5 million, or $1.18 per diluted share, for the quarter ended June 30, 2022, compared with $87.5 million, or $1.25 per diluted share, for the same period in 2021. Adjusted net income excludes after-tax merger and conversion charges, servicing right valuation adjustments, gain on bank owned life insurance ("BOLI") proceeds and gain/loss on sale of bank premises.

Ameris Bancorp logo. (PRNewsFoto/Ameris Bancorp)
Ameris Bancorp logo. (PRNewsFoto/Ameris Bancorp)

For the year-to-date period ending June 30, 2022, the Company reported net income of $171.8 million, or $2.47 per diluted share, compared with $213.3 million, or $3.06 per diluted share, for the same period in 2021.  The Company reported adjusted net income of $156.5 million, or $2.25 per diluted share, for the six months ended June 30, 2022, compared with $203.3 million, or $2.91 per diluted share, for the same period in 2021.  Adjusted net income for the year-to-date period excludes the same items listed above for the Company's quarter-to-date period.

Commenting on the Company's results, Palmer Proctor, the Company's Chief Executive Officer, said, "Our strong second quarter financial results are attributable to our solid banking fundamentals. We grew revenue, improved our margin, expanded our earning asset base and grew tangible book value by $1.05 per share this quarter.   We are well positioned for future interest rate hikes, and we continue to monitor our loan growth and credit metrics very closely. Southeastern markets where we operate continue to provide opportunities for responsible growth.  We remain focused on our core fundamentals going into the third quarter."

Increase in Net Interest Income and Net Interest Margin
Net interest income on a tax-equivalent basis (TE) increased to $192.3 million in the second quarter of 2022, an increase of $18.8 million, or 10.8%, from last quarter and an increase of $29.3 million, or 18.0%, compared to the second quarter of 2021.  Interest income on a tax-equivalent basis increased by $19.2 million, or 10.4%, in the current quarter while interest expense increased only $374,000, or 3.5%, compared to the first quarter of 2022.

The Company's net interest margin improved significantly to 3.66% for the second quarter of 2022, up from 3.35% reported for the first quarter of 2022 and 3.34% reported for the second quarter of 2021.  While average earning assets remained consistent at $21.1 billion from the previous quarter, the mix of earning assets expanded the margin as the Company began to deploy excess liquidity through the investment portfolio and organic loan growth.

Yields on earning assets increased 32 basis points during the quarter to 3.88%, compared with 3.56% in the first quarter of 2022, and increased 30 basis points from 3.58% in the second quarter of 2021.  Yields on loans decreased to 4.32% during the second quarter of 2022, compared with 4.37% for the first quarter of 2022 and 4.33% for the second quarter of 2021. Loan yields in the second quarter of 2022 were negatively impacted approximately four basis points by declines in fee income on Paycheck Protection Program ("PPP") loans compared with the first quarter of 2022. In addition, the Company incurred net accretion expense in the second quarter of $379,000, compared with accretion income of $1.0 million in the first quarter of 2022 and $4.5 million for the second quarter of 2021.

Loan production in the banking division during the second quarter of 2022 was $1.07 billion, with weighted average yields of 5.24%, compared with $805.5 million and 5.17%, respectively, in the first quarter of 2022 and $911.3 million and 3.75%, respectively, in the second quarter of 2021.  Loan production in the lines of business (including retail mortgage, warehouse lending, SBA and premium finance) amounted to an additional $5.3 billion during the second quarter of 2022, with weighted average yields of 4.29%, compared with $4.7 billion and 3.63%, respectively, during the first quarter of 2022 and $6.4 billion and 3.36%, respectively, during the second quarter of 2021.

The Company's total cost of funds was unchanged at 0.22% in the second quarter of 2022 as compared with the first quarter of 2022.  Deposit costs increased just one basis point during the second quarter of 2022 to 0.10%, compared with 0.09% in the first quarter of 2022.  Costs of interest-bearing deposits increased during the quarter from 0.14% in the first quarter of 2022 to 0.17% in the second quarter of 2022.

Noninterest Income
Noninterest income decreased $3.1 million, or 3.5%, in the second quarter of 2022 to $83.8 million, compared with $86.9 million for the first quarter of 2022, primarily as a result of decreased mortgage banking activity, which declined by $4.2 million, or 6.6%, to $58.8 million in the second quarter of 2022, compared with $62.9 million for the first quarter of 2022.  Gain on sale spreads decreased to 2.36% in the second quarter of 2022 from 2.94% for the first quarter of 2022. Total production in the retail mortgage division increased to $1.73 billion in the second quarter of 2022, compared with $1.53 billion for the first quarter of 2022. The retail mortgage open pipeline was $832.3 million at the end of the second quarter of 2022, compared with $1.41 billion at March 31, 2022.  Mortgage banking activity included a $10.8 million recovery of servicing right impairment recorded in the second quarter of 2022, compared with a recovery of $9.7 million for the first quarter of 2022.

Other noninterest income increased $683,000, or 5.7%, in the second quarter of 2022 to $12.7 million, compared with $12.0 million for the first quarter of 2022, primarily as a result of a $1.6 million impact from the recently acquired Balboa Capital. Also contributing to the increase were increases in swap income of $326,000 and BOLI income of $179,000, partially offset by a decrease in gains on sale of SBA loans of $1.2 million.

Noninterest Expense
Noninterest expense decreased $1.6 million, or 1.1%, to $142.2 million during the second quarter of 2022, compared with $143.8 million for the first quarter of 2022.  During the second quarter of 2022, the Company recorded a net gain of $39,000 related to bank premises, compared with a net gain on bank premises of $6,000 and merger and conversion charges of $977,000 during the first quarter of 2022.  Excluding those charges, adjusted expenses decreased approximately $614,000, or 0.4%, to $142.2 million in the second quarter of 2022, from $142.8 million in the first quarter of 2022.  The decrease in adjusted expenses resulted from cyclical payroll tax and 401(k) expenses in the first quarter of 2022, partially offset by an increase in advertising and marketing expenses.

Management continues to focus its efforts on improving the operating efficiency of the Company.   The adjusted efficiency ratio decreased to 53.66% in the second quarter of 2022, compared with 56.95% in the first quarter of 2022.

Income Tax Expense
The Company's effective tax rate for the second quarter of 2022 was 23.7%, compared with 25.3% in the first quarter of 2022.  The decreased rate for the second quarter of 2022 was primarily a result of a discrete charge to the Company's state tax liability and nondeductible merger expenses incurred in the first quarter of 2022.

Balance Sheet Trends
Total assets at June 30, 2022 were $23.69 billion, compared with $23.86 billion at December 31, 2021.  While total assets have not materially changed, the Company improved the earning asset mix through a shift in reinvestment of excess liquidity to the securities portfolio and loans held for investment. Debt securities available-for-sale increased $459.6 million, or 77.6%, from $592.6 million at December 31, 2021 to $1.05 billion at June 30, 2022.  Loans, net of unearned income, increased $1.69 billion, or 21.4% annualized, to $17.56 billion at June 30, 2022, compared with $15.87 billion at December 31, 2021.  Organic loan growth in the second quarter of 2022 was $1.4 billion, or 35.1% annualized, which included managed growth in residential mortgage loans of $555 million and seasonal increases in mortgage warehouse and agricultural loans of $217 million and $40.5 million, respectively. As a result of the purposeful origination of residential mortgage loans into the portfolio, loans held for sale decreased $699.0 million from $1.25 billion at December 31, 2021 to $555.7 million at June 30, 2022.

At June 30, 2022, total deposits amounted to $19.68 billion, or 97.3% of total funding, compared with $19.67 billion and 95.8%, respectively, at December 31, 2021.  At June 30, 2022, noninterest-bearing deposit accounts were $8.26 billion, or 42.0% of total deposits, compared with $7.77 billion, or 39.5% of total deposits, at December 31, 2021.  Non-rate sensitive deposits (including noninterest-bearing, NOW and savings) totaled $13.06 billion at June 30, 2022, compared with $12.52 billion at December 31, 2021.  These funds represented 66.3% of the Company's total deposits at June 30, 2022, compared with 63.6% at the end of 2021, which continues to positively impact the cost of funds sensitivity in a rising rate environment.

Shareholders' equity at June 30, 2022 totaled $3.07 billion, an increase of $106.9 million, or 3.6%, from December 31, 2021.  The increase in shareholders' equity was primarily the result of earnings of $171.8 million during the first six months of 2022, partially offset by dividends declared, share repurchases and the impact to other comprehensive income resulting from rising rates on our investment portfolio.  The Company repurchased 118,157 shares of the Company's common stock at a cost of $5.0 million during the second quarter of 2022.  The Company recorded dilution of $0.16 per share, or less than 0.6%, to tangible book value this quarter from other comprehensive income related to the increase in net unrealized losses on the securities portfolio.  Tangible book value per share was $27.89 at June 30, 2022, compared with $26.26 at December 31, 2021.  Tangible common equity as a percentage of tangible assets was 8.58% at June 30, 2022, compared with 8.05% at the end of 2021.

Credit Quality
Credit quality remains strong in the Company.  During the second quarter of 2022, the Company recorded a provision for credit losses of $14.9 million, compared with a provision of $6.2 million in the first quarter of 2022.  This provision was primarily attributable to the $1.4 billion in organic loan growth during the quarter.  Nonperforming assets as a percentage of total assets increased nine basis points to 0.56% during the quarter.  The net charge-off ratio was four basis points for the second quarter of 2022, compared with nine basis points in the first quarter of 2022 and seven basis points in the second quarter of 2021.

Conference Call
The Company will host a teleconference at 9:00 a.m. Eastern time on Wednesday, July 27, 2022, to discuss the Company's results and answer appropriate questions. The conference call can be accessed by dialing 1-844-200-6205 (or 1-929-526-1599 for international participants).  The conference call access code is 603616.  A replay of the call will be available one hour after the end of the conference call until August 10, 2022.  To listen to the replay, dial 1-866-813-9403.  The conference replay access code is 568609.  The financial information discussed will also be available on the Investor Relations page of the Ameris Bank website at ir.amerisbank.com.

About Ameris Bancorp
Ameris Bancorp is a bank holding company headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia.  The Company's banking subsidiary, Ameris Bank, had 164 locations in Georgia, Alabama, Florida, North Carolina and South Carolina at the end of the most recent quarter.

This news release contains certain performance measures determined by methods other than in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America ("GAAP"). The Company's management uses these non-GAAP measures in its analysis of the Company's performance. These measures are useful when evaluating the underlying performance and efficiency of the Company's operations and balance sheet. The Company's management believes that these non-GAAP measures provide a greater understanding of ongoing operations, enhance comparability of results with prior periods and demonstrate the effects of significant gains and charges in the current period. The Company's management believes that investors may use these non-GAAP financial measures to evaluate the Company's financial performance without the impact of unusual items that may obscure trends in the Company's underlying performance. These disclosures should not be viewed as a substitute for financial measures determined in accordance with GAAP, nor are they necessarily comparable to non-GAAP performance measures that may be presented by other companies.

This news release contains forward-looking statements, as defined by federal securities laws, including, among other forward-looking statements, certain plans, expectations and goals.  Words such as "may," "believe," "expect," "anticipate," "intend," "will," "should," "plan," "estimate," "predict," "continue" and "potential" or the negative of these terms or other comparable terminology, as well as similar expressions, are meant to identify forward-looking statements.  The forward-looking statements in this news release are based on current expectations and are provided to assist in the understanding of potential future performance.  Such forward-looking statements involve numerous assumptions, risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied in any such statements, including, without limitation, the following:  general competitive, economic, unemployment, political and market conditions and fluctuations, including real estate market conditions, and the effects of such conditions and fluctuations on the creditworthiness of borrowers, collateral values, asset recovery values and the value of investment securities; movements in interest rates and their impacts on net interest margin; expectations on credit quality and performance; legislative and regulatory changes; changes in U.S. government monetary and fiscal policy; the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the general economy, our customers and the allowance for loan losses; the benefits that may be realized by our customers from government assistance programs and regulatory actions related to the COVID-19 pandemic; the potential impact of the phase-out of the London Interbank Offered Rate ("LIBOR") or other changes involving LIBOR; competitive pressures on product pricing and services; the cost savings and any revenue synergies expected to result from acquisition transactions, which may not be fully realized within the expected timeframes if at all; the success and timing of other business strategies; our outlook and long-term goals for future growth; and natural disasters, geopolitical events, acts of war or terrorism or other hostilities, public health crises and other catastrophic events beyond our control. For a discussion of some of the other risks and other factors that may cause such forward-looking statements to differ materially from actual results, please refer to the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2021 and the Company's subsequently filed periodic reports and other filings.  Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they are made, and the Company undertakes no obligation to update or revise forward-looking statements.

 

AMERIS BANCORP AND SUBSIDIARIES

FINANCIAL TABLES















Financial Highlights

Table 1


Three Months Ended


Six Months Ended


Jun


Mar


Dec


Sep


Jun


Jun


Jun

(dollars in thousands except per share data)

2022


2022


2021


2021


2021


2022


2021

EARNINGS














Net income

$    90,066


$    81,698


$    81,944


$    81,680


$    88,327


$  171,764


$  213,289

Adjusted net income

$    81,473


$    75,039


$    81,544


$    83,861


$    87,548


$  156,512


$  203,294















COMMON SHARE DATA














Earnings per share available to common
shareholders














Basic

$        1.30


$        1.18


$        1.18


$        1.18


$        1.27


$        2.48


$        3.07

Diluted

$        1.30


$        1.17


$        1.18


$        1.17


$        1.27


$        2.47


$        3.06

Adjusted diluted EPS

$        1.18


$        1.08


$        1.17


$        1.20


$        1.25


$        2.25


$        2.91

Cash dividends per share

$        0.15


$        0.15


$        0.15


$        0.15


$        0.15


$        0.30


$        0.30

Book value per share (period end)

$      44.31


$      43.31


$      42.62


$      41.66


$      40.66


$      44.31


$      40.66

Tangible book value per share (period end)

$      27.89


$      26.84


$      26.26


$      27.46


$      26.45


$      27.89


$      26.45

Weighted average number of shares














Basic

69,136,046


69,345,735


69,398,594


69,439,845


69,496,666


69,246,084


69,447,503

Diluted

69,316,258


69,660,990


69,738,426


69,756,135


69,791,670


69,484,508


69,764,923

Period end number of shares

69,360,461


69,439,084


69,609,228


69,635,435


69,767,209


69,360,461


69,767,209

Market data














High intraday price

$      46.28


$      55.62


$      56.64


$      53.63


$      59.85


$      55.62


$      59.85

Low intraday price

$      39.37


$      43.56


$      46.20


$      44.92


$      47.44


$      39.37


$      36.60

Period end closing price

$      40.18


$      43.88


$      49.68


$      51.88


$      50.63


$      40.18


$      50.63

Average daily volume

446,121


471,858


350,119


392,533


429,233


458,990


444,733















PERFORMANCE RATIOS














Return on average assets

1.54 %


1.42 %


1.41 %


1.47 %


1.64 %


1.48 %


2.03 %

Adjusted return on average assets

1.40 %


1.31 %


1.40 %


1.51 %


1.63 %


1.35 %


1.94 %

Return on average common equity

11.87 %


11.06 %


11.06 %


11.27 %


12.66 %


11.47 %


15.66 %

Adjusted return on average tangible common
equity

17.18 %


16.38 %


16.88 %


17.65 %


19.46 %


16.79 %


23.41 %

Earning asset yield (TE)

3.88 %


3.56 %


3.39 %


3.44 %


3.58 %


3.72 %


3.71 %

Total cost of funds

0.22 %


0.22 %


0.23 %


0.24 %


0.26 %


0.22 %


0.28 %

Net interest margin (TE)

3.66 %


3.35 %


3.18 %


3.22 %


3.34 %


3.51 %


3.45 %

Noninterest income excluding securities
transactions, as a percent of total revenue (TE)

29.09 %


32.05 %


31.31 %


30.32 %


33.78 %


30.52 %


36.92 %

Efficiency ratio

51.67 %


55.43 %


55.66 %


57.59 %


54.07 %


53.49 %


53.28 %

Adjusted efficiency ratio (TE)

53.66 %


56.95 %


54.85 %


56.56 %


54.07 %


55.26 %


54.36 %















CAPITAL ADEQUACY (period end)














Shareholders' equity to assets

12.97 %


12.76 %


12.43 %


12.87 %


12.96 %


12.97 %


12.96 %

Tangible common equity to tangible assets

8.58 %


8.32 %


8.05 %


8.88 %


8.83 %


8.58 %


8.83 %















EQUITY TO ASSETS RECONCILIATION














Tangible common equity to tangible assets

8.58 %


8.32 %


8.05 %


8.88 %


8.83 %


8.58 %


8.83 %

Effect of goodwill and other intangibles

4.39 %


4.44 %


4.38 %


3.99 %


4.13 %


4.39 %


4.13 %

Equity to assets (GAAP)

12.97 %


12.76 %


12.43 %


12.87 %


12.96 %


12.97 %


12.96 %















OTHER DATA (period end)














Full time equivalent employees














Banking Division

2,050


2,033


2,008


1,821


1,817


2,050


1,817

Retail Mortgage Division

712


714


739


749


759


712


759

Warehouse Lending Division

9


10


12


12


12


9


12

SBA Division

36


35


34


29


30


36


30

Premium Finance Division

78


77


72


67


68


78


68

Total Ameris Bancorp FTE headcount

2,885


2,869


2,865


2,678


2,686


2,885


2,686















Assets per Banking Division FTE

$    11,555


$    11,589


$    11,882


$    12,374


$    12,046


$    11,555


$    12,046

Branch locations

164


165


165


165


165


164


165

Deposits per branch location

$  120,030


$  118,718


$  119,185


$  114,142


$  110,655


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