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C&F Financial Corporation Announces Net Income for First Quarter

WEST POINT, Va., April 23, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- C&F Financial Corporation (the Corporation) (CFFI), the one-bank holding company for C&F Bank, today reported consolidated net income of $3.8 million, or $1.08 per share, for the first quarter of 2019, compared to $3.9 million, or $1.11 per share, for the first quarter of 2018.  The following are key highlights of the first quarter of 2019 compared to the first quarter of 2018:

  • Return on average equity was 9.96 percent, compared to 11.05 percent;
  • Return on average assets was 1.00 percent, compared to 1.04 percent;
  • Dividends declared to shareholders increased 8.8 percent to 37 cents per share;
  • Retail banking segment average gross loans increased 5.7 percent, while net income was unchanged at $2.3 million;
  • Mortgage banking segment gains on loans held for sale decreased 4.6 percent, while net income increased 30.3 percent to $567,000;
  • Consumer finance segment net interest income declined, resulting in a decrease in net income of 14.2 percent to $1.3 million; and
  • The Corporation announced plans for three new financial centers in Williamsburg, Richmond, and Charlottesville, Virginia

“Despite a slight decrease in earnings compared to a very strong first quarter of 2018, we are encouraged by these results given a higher cost of deposits and borrowings in 2019,” said Tom Cherry, President and Chief Executive Officer of C&F Financial Corporation.  “We are also excited about our strategic initiatives underway throughout the company, which include three new financial centers and continued strengthening of our commercial lending team.”

Retail Banking Segment.  C&F Bank, which comprises the retail banking segment, reported net income of $2.3 million for both the first quarter of 2019 and the first quarter of 2018.

Positive factors affecting net income of C&F Bank for the first quarter of 2019 compared to the same period in 2018 included (1) higher interest income from loans, due to higher average loans outstanding and higher yields and (2) higher yields on excess cash balances. These factors were offset by (1) an increase in average rates on interest-bearing customer deposits, (2) higher operating expenses associated with C&F Bank (a) strengthening its technology infrastructure and (b) expanding its lending capabilities and administrative and compliance functions, and (3) lower service charges on deposit accounts resulting from fewer overdraft fees charged.

Average loans increased $41.6 million or 5.7 percent during the first quarter of 2019, compared to the same period in 2018, primarily due to growth in the commercial business lending and commercial real estate segments of the loan portfolio. C&F Bank’s total nonperforming assets were $1.8 million at March 31, 2019, compared to $1.7 million at December 31, 2018. Nonperforming assets at March 31, 2019 consisted primarily of $1.6 million in nonaccrual loans, compared to $1.5 million at December 31, 2018.

Mortgage Banking Segment.  C&F Mortgage Corporation, which comprises the mortgage banking segment, reported net income of $567,000 for the first quarter of 2019, compared to net income of $435,000 for the first quarter of 2018.

The increase in net income of the mortgage banking segment for the first quarter of 2019 compared to the same period in 2018 was due primarily to a decrease in operating expenses resulting from operational efficiencies and management of personnel costs, which was partially offset by lower gains on sales of loans, resulting primarily from lower loan production during the first quarter of 2019 compared to the first quarter of 2018 as competition for loans in the mortgage industry has increased since the first quarter of 2018. 

Consumer Finance Segment.  C&F Finance Company, which comprises the consumer finance segment, reported net income of $1.3 million for the first quarter of 2019, compared to net income of $1.5 million for the first quarter of 2018.

Factors contributing to the decrease in net income of C&F Finance Company for the first quarter of 2019 compared to the same period in 2018 included (1) lower loan yields resulting from competition in the non-prime automobile loan business and the acquisition of automobile loan contracts with higher credit metrics, as well as relatively lower yields on marine and recreational vehicle (RV) loans, and (2) higher-cost variable-rate borrowings resulting from increases in short-term interest rates since the first quarter of 2018, which were partially offset by a decline in the provision for loan losses of $905,000 as a result of lower charge-offs and improving credit quality of the portfolio, as discussed below.

The annualized net charge-off ratio for the first quarter of 2019 decreased to 3.79 percent from 4.69 percent for the first quarter of 2018. The decline reflects a lower number of charge-offs during 2019 as a result of C&F Finance Company’s purchasing automobile loan contracts with higher credit metrics beginning in 2016. At March 31, 2019, total delinquent loans as a percentage of total loans was 2.66 percent, compared to 4.76 percent at December 31, 2018 and 3.31 percent at March 31, 2018.  The allowance for loan losses was $22.6 million, or 7.54 percent of total loans at March 31, 2019, compared to $23.0 million, or 7.77 percent of total loans at December 31, 2018. The decrease in the level of the allowance for loan losses as a percentage of total loans was primarily due to lower net charge-offs on subprime automobile loans and was partially offset by loan growth during the first quarter of 2019.  At March 31, 2019, compared to December 31, 2018, the higher composition within the consumer finance segment’s loan portfolio of marine and RV loans accounted for approximately 4 basis points of the 23 basis points decrease in the ratio of the allowance for loan losses to total loans.

Capital and Dividends.  The Corporation declared a quarterly cash dividend of 37 cents per share during the first quarter of 2019, which was paid on April 1, 2019.  This dividend represents a payout ratio of 34.3 percent of earnings per share for the first quarter of 2019.  The Board of Directors of the Corporation continually reviews the amount of cash dividends per share and the resulting dividend payout ratio in light of changes in economic conditions, current and future capital requirements, and expected future earnings.

During the first quarter of 2019, the Corporation repurchased 32,407 shares of its common stock at an average price of $51.44 per share.  As of March 31, 2019, the Corporation has made aggregate repurchases of $2.8 million under the share repurchase program for the Corporation’s common stock, which was reauthorized by its Board of Directors in April 2018 for up to $5 million.

About C&F Financial Corporation.  C&F Financial Corporation’s common stock is listed for trading on The Nasdaq Stock Market under the symbol CFFI.  The common stock closed at a price of $51.73 per share on April 22, 2019.  At March 31, 2019, the book value of the Corporation was $44.41 per share.

C&F Bank operates 26 retail bank branches and three commercial loan offices located throughout the Hampton to Charlottesville corridor in Virginia and offers full investment services through its subsidiary C&F Wealth Management, Inc. C&F Mortgage Corporation  and its subsidiary C&F Select LLC provide mortgage loan origination services through offices located in Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina and West Virginia. C&F Finance Company provides automobile, marine and RV loans through indirect lending programs offered in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia through its offices in Richmond and Hampton, Virginia.

Additional information regarding the Corporation’s products and services, as well as access to its filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, are available on the Corporation’s web site at http://www.cffc.com.

Use of Certain Non-GAAP Financial Measures. The accounting and reporting policies of the Corporation conform to GAAP in the United States and prevailing practices in the banking industry. However, certain non-GAAP measures are used by management to supplement the evaluation of the Corporation’s performance. These include the following fully-taxable equivalent (FTE) measures: interest income on loans-FTE, interest income on securities-FTE, total interest income-FTE and net interest income-FTE.

Management believes that the use of these non-GAAP measures provide meaningful information about performance on a basis that is comparable for interest income from both taxable and tax-exempt sources. These non-GAAP financial measures should not be considered an alternative to GAAP-basis financial statements, and other bank holding companies may define or calculate these or similar measures differently. A reconciliation of the non-GAAP financial measures used by the Corporation to evaluate and measure the Corporation’s performance to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures is presented below.

Forward-Looking Statements.  Statements in this press release which express “belief,” “intention,” “expectation,” “potential” and similar expressions, identify forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are based on the beliefs of the Corporation’s management, as well as assumptions made by, and information currently available to, the Corporation’s management. These statements are inherently uncertain, and there can be no assurance that the underlying assumptions will prove to be accurate. Actual results could differ materially from those anticipated or implied by such statements. Forward-looking statements in this release may include, without limitation, statements regarding expected future financial performance, strategic business initiatives and the anticipated effects thereof, including the expansion of the indirect lending program to include marine and recreational vehicles, margin compression, technology initiatives, asset quality, adequacy of allowances for loan losses and the level of future charge-offs, capital levels, the effect of future market and industry trends and the effects of future interest rate fluctuations. Factors that could have a material adverse effect on the operations and future prospects of the Corporation include, but are not limited to, changes in: (1) interest rates, such as volatility in yields on U.S. Treasury bonds and increases or volatility in mortgage rates, (2) general business conditions, as well as conditions within the financial markets, (3) general economic conditions, including unemployment levels, slowdowns in economic growth and a prolonged federal government shutdown, (4) the legislative/regulatory climate, regulatory initiatives with respect to financial institutions, products and services, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and the regulatory and enforcement activities of the CFPB, and the application of the Basel III capital standards to the Corporation and C&F Bank, (5) the effect of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act  (the Act) and changes in the effect of the Act due to issuance of interpretive regulatory guidance or enactment of corrective or supplemental legislation, (6) monetary and fiscal policies of the U.S. Government, including policies of the U.S. Treasury and the Federal Reserve Board, and the effect of these policies on interest rates and business in our markets, (7) the value of securities held in the Corporation’s investment portfolios, (8) the quality or composition of the loan portfolios and the value of the collateral securing those loans, (9) the inventory level and pricing of used automobiles, including sales prices of repossessed vehicles, (10) the level of net charge-offs on loans and the adequacy of our allowance for loan losses, (11) the level of indemnification losses related to mortgage loans sold, (12) demand for loan products, (13) deposit flows, (14) the strength of the Corporation’s counterparties and the economy in general, (15) competition from both banks and non-banks, including competition in the non-prime automobile finance markets, (16) demand for financial services in the Corporation’s market area, (17) reliance on third parties for key services, (18) the commercial and residential real estate markets, (19) demand in the secondary residential mortgage loan markets, (20) the Corporation’s branch and market expansions and technology initiatives, (21) cyber threats, attacks or events, (22) expansion of C&F Bank’s product offerings and (23) accounting principles, policies and guidelines, and elections by the Corporation thereunder. These risks and uncertainties should be considered in evaluating the forward-looking statements contained herein, and readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on any forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this release.  For additional information on risk factors that could affect the forward-looking statements contained herein, see the Corporation’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2018 and other reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

   
Contact: Jason Long, Chief Financial Officer
  (804) 843-2360


C&F Financial Corporation

Selected Financial Information
(in thousands, except for share and per share data)
                     
Financial Condition   3/31/2019   12/31/2018   3/31/2018  
    (unaudited)     *    (unaudited)   
Interest-bearing deposits in other banks   $  125,674   $  100,875   $  135,688  
Investment securities - available for sale, at fair value      209,007      214,910      218,408  
Loans held for sale, at fair value      36,035      41,895      39,654  
Loans, net:                    
Retail Banking segment      762,200      752,063      721,684  
Mortgage Banking segment      2,854      2,881      2,720  
Consumer Finance segment      276,998      273,153      268,101  
Restricted stock, at cost      3,257      3,247      3,498  
Total assets      1,549,360      1,521,411      1,532,015  
Deposits      1,202,194      1,181,661      1,193,182  
Repurchase agreements      17,024      14,917      19,741  
Borrowings      144,783      144,774      147,248  
Equity attributable to C&F Financial Corporation      154,410      151,958      142,699  
Noncontrolling interest      490      -      -  

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*Derived from audited consolidated financial statements.


               
    For The  
    Quarter Ended  
Results of Operations   3/31/2019   3/31/2018  
           
    (unaudited)  
Interest income   $  22,951   $  22,744  
Interest expense      3,304      2,576  
Provision for loan losses:              
Retail Banking segment      -      -  
Mortgage Banking segment      -      -  
Consumer Finance segment      2,395      3,300  
Noninterest income:              
Gains on sales of loans      2,136      2,239  
Other      4,967      4,207  
Noninterest expenses:              
Salaries and employee benefits      11,907      10,733  
Other      7,770      7,806  
Income tax expense      907      883  
Net income      3,771      3,892  
Net income attributable to C&F Financial Corporation      3,771      3,892  
Earnings per share - basic and diluted      1.08      1.11  
               
Fully-taxable equivalent (FTE) amounts*              
Interest income on loans-FTE      20,926      20,824  
Interest income on securities-FTE      1,597      1,654  
Total interest income-FTE      23,112      22,942  
Net interest income-FTE      19,808      20,366  

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*For more information about these non-GAAP financial measures, please see “Use of Certain Non-GAAP Financial Measures” and “Reconciliation of Certain Non-GAAP Financial Measures.”


               
    For The  
    Quarter Ended  
Segment Information   3/31/2019   3/31/2018  
           
    (unaudited)  
Net Income (Loss)              
Retail Banking   $  2,290     $  2,312    
Mortgage Banking      567        435    
Consumer Finance      1,285        1,498    
Other      (371 )      (353 )  
Mortgage loan originations - Mortgage Banking      138,705        143,903    
Mortgage loans sold - Mortgage Banking      144,565        159,633    


               
    For The  
    Quarter Ended  
Average Balances   3/31/2019   3/31/2018  
           
    (unaudited)  
               
Interest-bearing deposits in other banks   $  103,807   $  128,031  
Investment securities - available for sale, at amortized cost      212,962      220,263  
Loans held for sale, at fair value      27,391      32,244  
Loans:              
Retail Banking segment      772,632      731,011  
Mortgage Banking segment      3,463      3,440  
Consumer Finance segment      296,152      292,454  
Restricted stock, at cost      3,247      3,448  
Total earning assets      1,419,654      1,410,891  
Total assets      1,513,497      1,502,595  
               
Time, checking and savings deposits      909,729      919,314  
Borrowings      159,986      166,769  
Total interest-bearing liabilities      1,069,715      1,086,083  
Noninterest-bearing demand deposits      263,000      249,100  
Equity attributable to C&F Financial Corporation      151,507      140,871  


                     
Asset Quality   3/31/2019   12/31/2018   3/31/2018  
    (unaudited)   *   (unaudited)  
Retail Banking                    
Loans, excluding purchased and affiliate loans   $  734,857   $  723,779   $  687,967  
Purchased performing loans1      35,882      36,874      41,611  
Purchased credit impaired loans1      1,859      1,835      2,883  
Total loans   $  772,598   $  762,488   $  732,461  
                     
Total nonaccrual loans2   $  1,577   $  1,464   $  3,687  
Other real estate owned (OREO)      246      246      168  
Total nonperforming assets   $  1,823   $  1,710   $  3,855  
                     
Accruing loans past due for 90 days or more   $  328   $  324   $  414  
                     
Troubled debt restructurings (TDRs)2   $  4,682   $  5,451   $  8,974  
                     
Allowance for loan losses (ALL)   $  10,398   $  10,425   $  10,777  
Nonperforming assets to loans and OREO      0.24    0.22    0.53
ALL to total loans, excluding purchased credit impaired loans      1.35    1.37    1.48
ALL to total nonaccrual loans      659.35    712.09    292.30
Annualized net charge-offs to average loans      0.01    0.06    -
                     
Mortgage Banking                    
Nonaccrual loans   $  37   $  37   $  39  
Total Loans   $  3,452   $  3,479   $  3,318  
ALL   $  598   $  598   $  598  
Nonperforming loans to total loans      1.07    1.06    1.18
ALL to loans      17.32    17.19    18.02
                     
Consumer Finance                    
Nonaccrual loans   $  520   $  712   $  563  
Repossessed automobiles available for sale   $  391   $  371   $  290  
Accruing loans past due for 90 days or more   $  -   $  -   $  -  
Total loans   $  299,591   $  296,153   $  292,326  
ALL   $  22,593   $  23,000   $  24,225  
Nonaccrual loans to total loans      0.17    0.24    0.19
ALL to total loans      7.54    7.77    8.29
Annualized net charge-offs to average total loans      3.79    4.14    4.69

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*      Derived from audited consolidated financial statements.
1          Acquired loans are tracked in two separate categories: “purchased performing” and “purchased credit impaired.” The remaining discount for the purchased performing loans was $1.8 million at 3/31/19, $1.9 million at 12/31/18 and $2.2 million at 3/31/18. The remaining discount for the purchased credit impaired loans was $7.7 million at 3/31/19, $7.9 million at 12/31/18 and $9.2 million at 3/31/18.
2          Total nonaccrual loans include nonaccrual TDRs of $139,000 at 3/31/19, $166,000 at 12/31/18 and $2.2 million at 3/31/18.


               
    As Of and For The  
    Quarter Ended  
Other Data and Ratios   3/31/2019   3/31/2018  
           
    (unaudited)  
Annualized return on average assets      1.00    1.04 %
Annualized return on average equity      9.96    11.05 %
Annualized net interest margin      5.66    5.85 %
Dividends declared per share   $  0.37   $  0.34  
Weighted average shares outstanding - basic and diluted      3,484,592      3,501,164  
Market value per share at period end   $  50.60   $  52.60  
Book value per share at period end   $  44.41   $  40.74  
Price to book value ratio at period end      1.14      1.29  
Annualized price to earnings ratio at period end      11.50      11.67  


                     
                Minimum Capital
Capital Ratios   3/31/2019   12/31/2018   Requirements3
    (unaudited)   *        
C&F Financial Corporation1                    
Total capital (to risk-weighted assets)      15.0 %    15.2 %    8.0 %
Tier 1 capital (to risk-weighted assets)      13.8 %    14.0 %    6.0 %
Common equity tier 1 capital (to risk-weighted assets)      11.8 %    11.9 %    4.5 %
Tier 1 capital (to average assets)      11.3 %    11.3 %    4.0 %
                     
C&F Bank2                    
Total capital (to risk-weighted assets)      14.7 %    15.1 %    8.0 %
Tier 1 capital (to risk-weighted assets)      13.4 %    13.8 %    6.0 %
Common equity tier 1 capital (to risk-weighted assets)      13.4 %    13.8 %    4.5 %
Tier 1 capital (to average assets)      11.0 %    11.2 %    4.0 %
                     

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*       Derived from audited consolidated financial statements.
1       The Corporation, a small bank holding company under applicable regulations and guidance, is not subject to the minimum regulatory capital regulations for bank holding companies.  The regulatory requirements that apply to bank holding companies that are subject to regulatory capital requirements are presented above, along with the Corporation’s capital ratios as determined under those regulations.
2       All ratios at March 31, 2019 are estimates and subject to change pending regulatory filings.  All ratios at December 31, 2018 are presented as filed.
3       The ratios presented for minimum capital requirements are those to be considered adequately capitalized.


C&F Financial Corporation
Reconciliation of Certain Non-GAAP Financial Measures
(in thousands, except for share and per share data)
                 
    For The  
    Quarter Ended  
    3/31/2019     3/31/2018  
             
    (unaudited)  
Fully Taxable Equivalent Net Interest Income1                
Interest income on loans   $  20,920     $  20,817  
FTE adjustment      6        7  
FTE interest income on loans   $  20,926     $  20,824  
                 
Interest income on securities   $  1,442     $  1,463  
FTE adjustment      155        191  
FTE interest income on securities   $  1,597     $  1,654  
                 
Total interest income   $  22,951     $  22,744  
FTE adjustment      161        198  
FTE interest income   $  23,112     $  22,942  
                 
Net interest income   $  19,647     $  20,168  
FTE adjustment      161        198  
FTE net interest income   $  19,808     $  20,366  

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1          Assuming a tax rate of 21% for the quarter ended March 31, 2019 and 2018.