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First Bancshares, Inc. Announces Second Quarter 2019 Results

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MOUNTAIN GROVE, Mo., July 19, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- First Bancshares, Inc. (OTCPink - FstBksh: FBSI) (“Company”), the holding company for Stockmens Bank (“Bank”), today announced its financial results for the quarter ended June 30, 2019.

For the quarter ended June 30, 2019, the Company had net income of $835,000, or $0.33 per share-diluted, compared to $780,000, or $0.31 per share diluted, for the comparable period in 2018. The $55,000 increase in net income for the quarter ended June 30, 2019 compared to the quarter ended June 30, 2018 was attributable to a $177,000 decrease in non-interest expense, a $444,000 increase in non-interest income, and a $21,000 decrease in year to date tax expense offset by a $587,000 decrease in net interest income after provisions for loan losses due to a $635,000 increase in provision expenses. Provisions for loan losses totaled $710,000 in the quarter ended June 30, 2019 compared to $75,000 in the same quarter 2018. As a consequence of purchase accounting dating back to the 2017 merger, adjustments to the loan discount were applied this quarter. Further, growth in the loan portfolio in 2019 required additional provisions to the loan loss reserve.

Year to date 2019, the Company has net income of $1.79 million, or $0.71 per share diluted, compared to $1.40 million, or $0.55 per share diluted, for the six months ended 2018. Total provisions came to $785,000, resulting in net interest income after provisions of $5.53 million, compared to $266,000 in provisions and $5.85 million in net interest income after provision over the same period in 2018.

As of June 30, 2019, non-performing assets including loans 30 days past due and loans in nonaccrual status totaled $1.86 million or 0.50% of total assets and the allowance for loan and lease losses was 1.07% of total loans, resting at $2.98 million.

Consolidated total assets at June 30, 2019 were $368.72 million, compared to $345.32 million at December 31, 2018. During the first half of the year, net loans increased 7.49% to $279.93 million, total deposits increased 7.30% to $319.24 million, and total capital increased to $35.83 million, or 9.72% of total assets, compared to $33.82 million, or 9.79% of total assets, at December 31, 2018.

The Bank continues to meet all regulatory requirements for “well-capitalized” status and reports Tier 1 Leverage Ratio of 9.13%, Common Equity Tier 1 Capital Ratio of 11.39%, Tier 1 Capital Ratio of 11.39%, Total Risk Based Capital Ratio of 13.29%, and a Capital Conservation Buffer of 5.45%. Regulatory requirements for these ratios respectively are 5.00%, 6.50%, 8.00%, 10.00%, and 2.50%.

About the Company

First Bancshares, Inc. is the holding company for Stockmens Bank, a FDIC-insured commercial bank chartered by the State of Colorado that conducts business from its home office in Colorado Springs, Colorado, eight full service Missouri offices in Mountain Grove, Marshfield, Ava, Kissee Mills, Gainesville, Sparta, Crane and Springfield, and a full service office in Bartley, Nebraska.

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

The Company and its wholly-owned subsidiary, Stockmens Bank, may from time to time make written or oral “forward-looking statements” in its reports to shareholders, and in other communications by the Company, which are made in good faith by the Company pursuant to the “safe harbor” provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.

These forward-looking statements include statements with respect to the Company’s beliefs, expectations, estimates and intentions that are subject to significant risks and uncertainties, and are subject to change based on various factors, some of which are beyond the Company’s control. Such statements address the following subjects: future operating results; customer growth and retention; loan and other product demand; earnings growth and expectations; new products and services; credit quality and adequacy of reserves; results of examinations by our bank regulators, technology, and our employees. The following factors, among others, could cause the Company’s financial performance to differ materially from the expectations, estimates and intentions expressed in such forward-looking statements: the strength of the United States economy in general and the strength of the local economies in which the Company conducts operations; the effects of, and changes in, trade, monetary, and fiscal policies and laws, including interest rate policies of the Federal Reserve Board; inflation, interest rate, market, and monetary fluctuations; the timely development and acceptance of new products and services of the Company and the perceived overall value of these products and services by users; the impact of changes in financial services’ laws and regulations; technological changes; acquisitions; changes in consumer spending and savings habits; and the success of the Company at managing and collecting assets of borrowers in default and managing the risks of the foregoing.

The foregoing list of factors is not exclusive. The Company does not undertake, and expressly disclaims any intent or obligation, to update any forward-looking statement, whether written or oral, that may be made from time to time by or on behalf of the Company.

Contact: Robert M. Alexander, Chairman and CEO - (719) 955-2800

First Bancshares, Inc. and Subsidiaries

Financial Highlights

(In thousands, except per share amounts)

Quarter Ended

Six Months Ended

June 30,

June 30,

2019

2018

2019

2018

Operating Data:

Total interest income

$

3,997

$

3,709

$

7,923

$

7,254

Total interest expense

851

611

1,611

1,136

Net interest income

3,146

3,098

6,312

6,118

Provision for loan losses

710

75

785

266

Net interest income after provision for loan losses

2,436

3,023

5,527

5,852

Gain (loss) on sale of investments

-

-

-

(1

)

Non-interest income

773

329

1,095

634

Non-interest expense

2,126

2,303

4,278

4,604

Income before taxes

1,083

1,049

2,344

1,881

Income tax expense

248

269

554

479

Net income

$

835

$

780

$

1,790

$

1,402

Earnings per share

$

0.33

$

0.31

$

0.71

$

0.55

At

At

June 30,

December 31,

Financial Condition Data:

2019

2018

Cash and cash equivalents

$

13,342

$

15,719

(excludes CDs)

Investment securities

52,708

47,760

(includes CDs)

Loans receivable, net

279,927

260,411

Goodwill and intangibles

2,301

2,372

Total assets

368,720

345,324

Deposits

319,244

297,531

Repurchase agreements

6,491

5,566

FHLB advances

1,500

4,000

Stockholders' equity

35,829

33,817

Book value per share

$

14.12

$

13.29