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First Community Corporation Announces First Quarter Results and Cash Dividend

LEXINGTON, S.C., April 17, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- 

Highlights

  • Net income of $2.5 million
  • Diluted EPS of $0.32 per common share
  • Net interest margin, on an adjusted basis, increased linked quarter and has increased ten of past eleven quarters 
  • Excellent key credit quality metrics with a net recovery of $2 thousand and non-performing assets of 0.38% for the quarter
  • Cash dividend of $0.11 per common share, the 69th consecutive quarter of cash dividends paid to common shareholders
  • Opening of Downtown Greenville Banking Office

Today, First Community Corporation (Nasdaq:  FCCO), the holding company for First Community Bank, reported net income for the first quarter of 2019 of $2.50 million as compared to $2.71 million in the first quarter of 2018.  Diluted earnings per common share were $0.32 for the first quarter of 2019 as compared to $0.35 for the first quarter of 2018.

First Community President and CEO, Mike Crapps, commented, "The decrease in earnings is primarily attributable to two items.  The first is our strategic decision to invest in the future of our franchise with two new offices in the Augusta market and the recently opened full-service office in downtown Greenville.  We believe these investments in experienced bankers and facilities will payoff in the future.  The second item is the lack of growth in the loan portfolio, which follows nearly two years of quarterly increases.  We experienced softer demand along with greater than normal payoff/paydown activity."

Cash Dividend and Capital

The Board of Directors has approved a cash dividend for the first quarter of 2019.  The company will pay an $0.11 per share dividend to holders of the company's common stock.  This dividend is payable May 15, 2019 to shareholders of record as of April 30, 2019.  Mr. Crapps commented, "Our entire board is pleased that our performance enables the company to continue its cash dividend for the 69th consecutive quarter." 

In 2018, the Federal Reserve increased the asset size to qualify as a small bank holding company.  As a result of this change, the company is generally not subject to the Federal Reserve capital requirements unless advised otherwise.  The bank remains subject to capital requirements including a minimum leverage ratio and a minimum ratio of "qualifying capital" to risk weighted assets.  These requirements are essentially the same as those that applied to the company prior to the change in the definition of a small bank holding company.  Each of the regulatory capital ratios for the bank exceed the well capitalized minimum levels currently required by regulatory statute.  At March 31, 2019, the bank's regulatory capital ratios (Leverage, Tier I Risk Based and Total Risk Based) were 10.19%, 13.30%, and 14.07%, respectively.  This compares to the same ratios as of March 31, 2018 of 9.70%, 13.15%, and 13.93%, respectively. As of March 31, 2019, the bank's Common Equity Tier One ratio was 13.30% compared to 13.15% at March 31, 2018.  

Asset Quality 

Key credit quality metrics continue to be excellent.  There was a net loan recovery for the quarter of $2 thousand.  The non-performing assets ratio, at 0.38% of total assets, is an area of strength for the company.  The ratio of classified loans plus OREO now stands at 5.85% of total regulatory risk-based capital as of March 31, 2019.  Loans past due 30-89 days were $1.3 million or 0.18% of loans this quarter. 

Balance Sheet
(Numbers in millions) 


Quarter
Ended

3/31/19

Quarter
Ended

12/31/18

$ Variance

% Variance

Assets





     Investments

$248.9

$256.0

($7.1)

(2.8%)

     Loans

718.4

718.5

(0.1)

(0.01%)






Liabilities





     Total Pure Deposits

$770.1

$777.2

($7.1)

(0.9%)

     Certificates of Deposit

149.7

148.4

1.3

0.9%

Total Deposits

$919.8

$925.6

(5.8)

(0.6%)






Customer Cash Management

$32.0

$28.0

$4.0

14.3%

FHLB Advances

2.2

0.2

2.0

1000.0%






Total Funding

$954.0

$953.8

$ 0.2

0.02%

Cost of Funds

     (including demand deposits)

0.57%

0.49%


8bps

Cost of Deposits

0.45%

0.39%


6bps

Crapps commented, "Pure deposits which are typically down at the beginning of the year did not rebound as quickly as in prior years; however, momentum in deposit growth increased toward the end of the quarter and we are encouraged by recent activity." 

Revenue

Net Interest Income/Net Interest Margin
Net interest income was $9.0 million for the first quarter of 2019, down from $9.4 million in the fourth quarter of 2018.  First quarter 2019 net interest margin, on a tax equivalent basis, was 3.73%, up from 3.70% in the fourth quarter of 2018. As discussed previously, during the fourth quarter of 2018, the company experienced a credit mark and non-accrual interest recovery that positively impacted net interest margin, on a tax equivalent basis, by 9 basis points.  Excluding this benefit, the net interest margin, on a tax equivalent basis for the fourth quarter would have been 3.70%. Crapps noted, "During the first quarter, yields on the loan and securities portfolios increased, but this was offset somewhat by the rising cost of deposits.  We are pleased with the increase in net interest margin on a linked quarter basis and that we have seen an increase, adjusted as noted above, in net interest margin in ten of the past eleven quarters."

Non-Interest Income
Non-interest income, adjusted for securities gains and losses, was flat on a linked quarter basis with $2.538 million in the first quarter of 2019 compared to 2.592 million in the fourth quarter of 2018.  Fee revenue from the mortgage line of business was $844 thousand in the first quarter of 2019, up on a linked quarter basis from $769 thousand in the fourth quarter of 2018, however, is slightly lower than the $951 thousand generated in the first quarter of 2018.  Income from the financial planning and investment advisory line of business was $438 thousand for the quarter down slightly from $476 in the fourth quarter of 2018 but up from $383 thousand in the first quarter of 2018. 

Non-Interest Expense
Non-interest expense increased on a linked quarter basis to $8.3 million from $8.2 million in the fourth quarter of 2018.  The majority of the increase was salaries and employee benefit costs, occupancy costs and other expenses.  The increase in salaries and benefits was due in part to higher medical benefit costs and additional staffing for new banking offices and the financial planning line of business.   Expenses associated with the bank's new downtown Greenville banking office contributed to an increase in occupancy costs during the first quarter.  Marketing and public relations expenses decreased on a linked quarter basis primarily due to the cost of the development of new advertising creative materials expensed in the fourth quarter of 2018. 

First Community Corporation common stock trades on the NASDAQ Capital Market under the symbol "FCCO" and is the holding company for First Community Bank, a local community bank based in the Midlands of South Carolina.  First Community Bank operates twenty banking offices located in the Midlands, Upstate and Aiken, South Carolina and Augusta, Georgia.  The bank also has two other lines of business, First Community Bank Mortgage and First Community Financial Consultants, a financial planning/investment advisory division.

FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

Certain statements in this news release contain "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, such as statements relating to future plans, goals, projections and expectations, and are thus prospective. Such forward-looking statements are subject to risks, uncertainties, and other factors which could cause actual results to differ materially from future results expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements.  Such risks, uncertainties and other factors, include, among others, the following: (1) competitive pressures among depository and other financial institutions may increase significantly and have an effect on pricing, spending, third-party relationships and revenues; (2) the strength of the United States economy in general and the strength of the local economies in which we conduct operations may be different than expected resulting in, among other things, a deterioration in the credit quality or a reduced demand for credit, including the resultant effect on the company's loan portfolio and allowance for loan losses; (3) the rate of delinquencies and amounts of charge-offs, the level of allowance for loan loss, the rates of loan growth, or adverse changes in asset quality in our loan portfolio, which may result in increased credit risk-related losses and expenses; (4) changes in the U.S. legal and regulatory framework; (5) adverse conditions in the stock market, the public debt markets and other capital markets (including changes in interest rate conditions) could have a negative impact on the company; (6) technology and cybersecurity risks, including potential business disruptions, reputational risks, and financial losses, associated with potential attacks on or failures by our computer systems and computer systems of our vendors and other third parties; and (7) risks, uncertainties and other factors disclosed in our most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the SEC, or in any of our Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q or Current Reports on Form 8-K filed with the SEC since the end of the fiscal year covered by our most recently filed Annual Report on Form 10-K, which are available at the SEC's Internet site (http://www.sec.gov).

Although we believe that the assumptions underlying the forward-looking statements are reasonable, any of the assumptions could prove to be inaccurate. We can give no assurance that the results contemplated in the forward-looking statements will be realized. The inclusion of this forward-looking information should not be construed as a representation by our company or any person that the future events, plans, or expectations contemplated by our company will be achieved. We undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.

 

FIRST COMMUNITY CORPORATION




BALANCE SHEET DATA






(Dollars in thousands, except per share data)







As of




March 31,

December 31,

March 31,




2019

2018

2018







  Total Assets



$ 1,097,396

$   1,091,595

$    1,070,539

  Other Short-term Investments (1)


22,677

17,940

25,683

  Investment Securities



248,909

256,022

272,637

  Loans held for sale



7,299

3,223

7,546

  Loans



718,420

718,462

668,583

  Allowance for Loan Losses



6,354

6,263

5,986

  Total Deposits



919,773

925,523

919,898

  Securities Sold Under Agreements to Repurchase

32,007

28,022

21,959

  Federal Home Loan Bank Advances


2,226

231

245

  Junior Subordinated Debt



14,964

14,964

14,964

  Shareholders' equity



116,434

112,497

105,483







  Book Value Per Common Share


$       15.19

$         14.74

$          13.88

  Tangible Book Value Per Common Share 


$       13.04

$         12.56

$          11.64

  Equity to Assets



10.61%

10.31%

9.85%

  Tangible common equity to tangible assets


9.24%

8.92%

8.40%

  Loan (Incl Held for Sale) to Deposit Ratio


78.90%

77.98%

73.50%

  Allowance for Loan Losses/Loans


0.88%

0.87%

0.90%

  Regulatory Ratios (Bank):






   Leverage Ratio



10.19%

9.98%

9.70%

   Tier 1 Capital Ratio



13.30%

13.19%

13.15%

   Total Capital Ratio



14.07%

13.96%

13.93%

   Common Equity Tier 1 ratio



13.30%

13.19%

13.15%

  Tier 1 Regulatory Capital



$    109,556

$      107,806

$       100,764

  Total Regulatory Capital



$    115,910

$      114,069

$       106,750

  Common Equity Capital



$    109,556

$      107,806

$       100,764

(1) Includes federal funds sold, securities sold under agreement to resell and interest-bearing deposits

Quarterly Average Balances:









Three months ended




March 31,

December 31,

March 31, 




2019

2018

2018







  Average Total Assets



$ 1,089,318

$   1,091,208

$    1,054,505

  Average Loans (Incl Held for Sale)


724,060

713,135

658,227

  Average Earning Assets



993,459

995,721

957,912

  Average Deposits



908,740

923,930

891,282

  Average Other Borrowings



57,582

49,006

50,087

  Average shareholder's equity



113,785

109,144

105,591







Asset Quality;



As of




March 31,

December 31,

March 31,




2019

2018

2018







        Non-accrual loans



$       2,641

$         2,546

$          3,127

        Other real estate owned and repossessed assets

1,460

1,460

1,907

        Accruing loans past due 90 days or more

22

31

34

           Total nonperforming assets


$       4,123

$         4,037

$          5,068

Accruing trouble debt restructurings


$       1,991

$         1,835

$          1,794







Loan Risk Rating by Category (End of Period)





       Special Mention



$       5,871

$         7,230

$          9,348

       Substandard



5,322

4,326

7,033

       Doubtful



-

-

-

       Pass



707,227

706,906

652,202




$    718,420

$      718,462

$       668,583










Three months ended




March 31,

December 31,

March 31, 




2019

2018

2018

  Loans charged-off



$            10

$              26

$                 8

  Overdrafts charged-off



23

29

40

  Loan recoveries



(12)

(3)

(28)

  Overdraft recoveries



(7)

(9)

(7)

     Net Charge-offs



$            14

$              43

$               13

  Net charge-offs to average loans


0.00%

0.01%

0.00%







 

 

FIRST COMMUNITY CORPORATION

















QUARTERLY INCOME STATEMENT DATA









(Dollars in thousands, except per share data)






























Three months ended




March 31,


December 31,


March 31,





2019


2018


2018












  Interest income


$       10,374


$       10,594


$        9,331



  Interest expense


1,354


1,202


797



  Net interest income


9,020


9,392


8,534



  Provision for loan losses


105


94


202



  Net interest income after provision


8,915


9,298


8,332












  Non Interest Income









    Deposit service charges


411


449


463



    Mortgage banking income


844


769


951



    Investment advisory fees and non-deposit commissions

438


476


383



    Gain (loss) on sale of securities


(29)


(332)


(104)



    Gain on sale of other real estate owned


-


16


15



    Other


845


882


923



  Total Non Interest Income


2,509


2,260


2,631



  Non Interest Expense









    Salaries and employee benefits


5,170


4,978


4,577



    Occupancy


655


572


614



    Equipment


386


346


381



    Marketing and public relations


175


459


89



    FDIC assessment


74


117


81



    Other real estate expense


29


12


18



    Amortization of intangibles


132


136


142



    Other


1,702


1,550


1,692



 Total Non Interest Expense


8,323


8,170


7,594



 Income before taxes


3,101


3,388


3,369



  Income tax expense


606


702


660



 Net income 


$         2,495


$        2,686


$        2,709












  Primary earnings per common share


$          0.33


$          0.35


$         0.36



  Diluted earnings per common share


$          0.32


$          0.35


$         0.35












Average number of shares outstanding basic


7,633,908


7,598,531


7,569,038



Average number shares outstanding diluted


7,724,780


7,732,100


7,712,534



Shares outstanding period end


7,664,967


7,633,512


7,600,690












  Return on Average Assets


0.93

%

0.98

%

1.04

%


  Return on Average Common Equity


8.89

%

9.76

%

10.40

%


  Return on Average Common Tangible Equity


10.41

%

11.53

%

12.41

%


  Net Interest Margin


3.68

%

3.74

%

3.61

%


  Net Interest Margin (Tax Equivalent)


3.73

%

3.79

%

3.66

%


  Efficiency ratio


72.01

%

67.52

%

67.39

%


 

 

FIRST COMMUNITY CORPORATION

Yields on Average Earning Assets and Rates 

on Average Interest-Bearing Liabilities










Three months ended March 31, 2019


Three months ended March 31, 2018


Average

Interest 

Yield/


Average

Interest 

Yield/


Balance

Earned/Paid

Rate


Balance

Earned/Paid

Rate

Assets








Earning assets








  Loans

$            724,060

$           8,609

4.82%


$            658,227

$           7,617

4.69%

  Securities:

251,920

1,656

2.67%


278,666

1,643

2.39%

  Other short-term investments

17,479

109

2.53%


21,019

71

1.37%

        Total earning assets

993,459

10,374

4.23%


957,912

9,331

3.95%

Cash and due from banks

13,359




13,671



Premises and equipment

35,524




35,566



Intangibles

16,576




17,083



Other assets

36,713




36,141



Allowance for loan losses

(6,313)




(5,868)



       Total assets

$         1,089,318




$         1,054,505



Interest-bearing liabilities








  Interest-bearing transaction accounts

194,401

149

0.31%


186,042

68

0.15%

  Money market accounts

179,376

341

0.77%


177,692

144

0.33%

  Savings deposits

107,921

35

0.13%


106,541

38

0.14%

  Time deposits

180,152

476

1.07%


193,221

297

0.62%

  Other borrowings

56,604

353

2.53%


50,087

250

2.02%

     Total interest-bearing liabilities

718,454

1,354

0.76%


640,239

797

0.45%

Demand deposits

246,890




227,785



Other liabilities

10,189




7,546



Shareholders' equity

113,785




105,591



   Total liabilities and shareholders' equity

$         1,089,318




$         1,054,505



















Cost of funds including demand deposits



0.57%




0.34%

Net interest spread 



3.47%




3.50%

Net interest income/margin


$           9,020

3.68%



$           8,534

3.61%

Net interest income/margin (taxable equivalent)


$           9,134

3.73%



$           8,652

3.66%

 

The tables below provide a reconciliation of non GAAP measures to GAAP for the periods indicated:















 

March 31,



December
31,



March 31,


Tangible book value per common share



2019



2018



2018


Tangible common equity per common share (non‑GAAP)


$

13.04


$

12.56


$

11.64


Effect to adjust for intangible assets



2.15



2.18



2.24


Book value per common share (GAAP)


$

15.19


$

14.74


$

13.88


Tangible common shareholders' equity to tangible assets











Tangible common equity to tangible assets (non‑GAAP)



9.24

%


8.92

%


8.40

%

Effect to adjust for intangible assets



1.37

%


1.39

%


1.45

%

Common equity to assets (GAAP)



10.61

%


10.31

%


9.85

%

 




Three months ended




March 31,

December 31,

March 31,

Return on average tangible common equity



2019


2018


2018


Return on average tangible common equity (non‑GAAP)



10.41

%

11.53

%

12.41

%

Effect to adjust for intangible assets



(1.52)

%

(1.77)

%

(2.01)

%

Return on average common equity (GAAP)



8.89

%

9.76

%

10.40

%

Certain financial information presented above is determined by methods other than in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles ("GAAP"). These non-GAAP financial measures include "tangible book value at period end," "return on average tangible common equity" and "tangible common shareholders' equity to tangible assets." "Tangible book value at period end" is defined as total equity reduced by recorded intangible assets divided by total common shares outstanding. "Tangible common shareholders' equity to tangible assets" is defined as total common equity reduced by recorded intangible assets divided by total assets reduced by recorded intangible assets. Our management believes that these non-GAAP measures are useful because they enhance the ability of investors and management to evaluate and compare our operating results from period-to-period in a meaningful manner. Non-GAAP measures have limitations as analytical tools, and investors should not consider them in isolation or as a substitute for analysis of the Company's results as reported under GAAP.

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