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Select Bancorp Reports Fourth Quarter and Year-End 2018 Earnings

DUNN, N.C., Jan. 25, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Select Bancorp, Inc. (the “Company” NASDAQ: SLCT), the holding company for Select Bank & Trust Company (the “Bank”), today reported net income for the year ended December 31, 2018 of $13.8 million and basic and diluted earnings per share of $0.87, compared to net income of $3.2 million and basic and diluted earnings per share of $0.27 for the year ended December 31, 2017.

For the fourth quarter of 2018, the Company reported net income of $4.5 million, and basic and diluted earnings per share of $0.23, compared to a net loss of $2.0 million and basic and diluted loss per share of $0.17 for the fourth quarter of 2017.

Total assets, deposits, and gross loans for the Company as of December 31, 2018 were $1.3 billion, $980.4 million, and $986.0 million, respectively, compared to total assets of $1.2 billion, deposits of $995.0 million, and gross loans of $982.6 million as of the same date in 2017. The year-over-year changes represented an increase of $64.4 million in total assets and $3.4 million in gross loans with a reduction of $14.6 million in deposits which was primarily related to a reduction in wholesale deposits.

President and Chief Executive Officer William L. Hedgepeth II stated, “The Company, for the third quarter in a row, had record earnings this quarter of $4.5 million, which was partly due to the December 2017 acquisition of Premara Financial, Inc. and its subsidiary, Carolina Premier Bank. For the last half of the year, net loan growth in the North and South Carolina markets has been challenging for the industry and the Bank as a result of Hurricane Florence and the record flooding in our markets. Loan production has been impacted from the effects of the hurricane, but our pipeline has remained active over the last few months. In 2018, we also experienced an increased number of loan repayments as customers have been selling portions of their real estate holdings.”

For the twelve months ended December 31, 2018, return on average assets was 1.12% and return on average equity was 8.51%, compared to 0.35% and 2.93%, respectively, for the twelve months ended December 31, 2017. Non-performing loans increased to $11.6 million at December 31, 2018 from $7.0 million at December 31, 2017. Non-performing loans equaled 1.18% of loans at December 31, 2018, increasing from 0.71% of loans at December 31, 2017. Foreclosed real estate equaled $1.1 million at December 31, 2018, compared to $1.3 million at December 31, 2017. For the year ended December 31, 2018, net charge-offs were $10,000, or 0.00% of average loans, compared to net charge offs of $944,000, or 0.13% of average loans in 2017. At December 31, 2018, the allowance for loan losses was $8.7 million, or 0.88% of total loans, as compared to $8.8 million, or 0.90% of total loans, at December 31, 2017.

Net interest margin was 4.19% and 4.03% for the year and quarter ending December 31, 2018, as compared to 4.09% and 4.14% for the year and quarter ending December 31, 2017. For 2018, the Company reported an efficiency ratio of 62.83% compared to an efficiency ratio of 66.93% for 2017.

Hedgepeth continued, “We completed a number of initiatives during 2018. We successfully integrated Carolina Premier Bank, realizing our projected cost saves, expanded our mortgage department, started our SBA department, had a successful capital raise of approximately $60 million in net proceeds, received regulatory approval and announced the soon-to-be-open Holly Springs branch in our Raleigh market. During 2019, we plan to continue to pursue other expansion opportunities through acquisition in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia near our current market footprint and organic growth in the Charlotte and Raleigh markets.”

“Even with the completion of these important initiatives,” Hedgepeth stated, “we saw notable increases in our earnings, Earnings per Share, and Return on Assets, plus improvement in our efficiency ratio, and maintained a net interest margin over 4%, among other improvements. Our mortgage and SBA departments are growing and are adding to our non-interest income. We are looking forward to continuing these trends in 2019. As you would expect, our team is very energized and we are working diligently to expand our relationships with our current customers and to establish new relationships with prospective customers.”

The information as of and for the quarter and year ended December 31, 2018, and other quarterly periods, as presented in this release is unaudited.

About Select Bancorp, Inc.

Select Bancorp, Inc. is a bank holding company headquartered in Dunn, North Carolina. The Company primarily conducts operations through its wholly owned subsidiary, Select Bank & Trust Company, a North Carolina-chartered commercial bank that provides a full suite of banking services through its offices in North Carolina and South Carolina. The Company’s common stock is listed on the Nasdaq Global Market under the symbol “SLCT”.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

Certain financial measures we use to evaluate our performance and discuss in this release and the accompanying tables are identified as being “non-GAAP financial measures.” In accordance with the rules of the Securities and Exchange Commission, or the SEC, we classify a financial measure as being a non-GAAP (generally accepted accounting principles) financial measure if that financial measure excludes or includes amounts, or is subject to adjustments that have the effect of excluding or including amounts, that are included or excluded, as the case may be, in the most directly comparable measure calculated and presented in accordance with GAAP as in effect from time to time in the United States in our statements of operations, balance sheet or statements of cash flows. Non-GAAP financial measures do not include operating and other statistical measures or ratios or statistical measures calculated using exclusively either financial measures calculated in accordance with GAAP, operating measures or other measures that are not non-GAAP financial measures or both.

The non-GAAP financial measures that we discuss in this release should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for the most directly comparable or other financial measures calculated in accordance with GAAP. Moreover, the manner in which we calculate the non-GAAP financial measures that we discuss in this release may differ from that of other companies reporting measures with similar names. You should understand how such other banking organizations calculate their financial measures similar or with names similar to the non-GAAP financial measures we have discussed in this release when comparing such non-GAAP financial measures.

Tangible book value per share is a non-GAAP measure generally used by financial analysts and investment bankers to evaluate financial institutions. We calculate: (a) tangible common equity as shareholders’ equity less goodwill and core deposit intangibles; and (b) tangible book value per share as tangible common equity (as described in clause (a)) divided by shares of common stock outstanding. For tangible book value per share, the most directly comparable financial measure calculated in accordance with GAAP is our book value per common share. A reconciliation of tangible book value per share to book value per share is included following the “Selected Financial Information and Other Data” table below.

We believe that this measure is important to many investors in the marketplace who are interested in changes from period to period in book value per common share exclusive of changes in intangible assets. Goodwill and other intangible assets have the effect of increasing total book value while not increasing our tangible book value.

Important Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

This news release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including, without limitation, (i) statements regarding certain of our goals and expectations with respect to earnings, revenue, expenses and the growth rate in such items, as well as other measures of economic performance, including statements relating to anticipated market share growth, and (ii) statements preceded by, followed by or that include the words “may,” “could,” “should,” “would,” “believe,” “anticipate,” “estimate,” “expect,” “intend,” “plan,” “projects,” “outlook” or similar expressions. The actual results might differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements for various reasons, including, but not limited to: our ability to manage growth; substantial changes in financial markets; our ability to obtain the synergies and expense efficiencies anticipated from mergers and acquisitions; regulatory changes; changes in interest rates; loss of deposits and loan demand to other savings and financial institutions; and changes in real estate values and the real estate market. Additional information concerning factors that could cause actual results to materially differ from those in the forward-looking statements is contained in the Company’s SEC filings, including its periodic reports under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, copies of which are available upon request from the Company. Except as required by law, the Company assumes no obligation to update the forward-looking statements publicly or to update the reasons actual results could differ materially from those anticipated in the forward-looking statements, even if new information becomes available in the future.

Select Bancorp, Inc.
Selected Financial Information and Other Data
($ in thousands, except share and per share data)

At or for the three months ended (unaudited)

At or for the twelve months ended

December 31,
2018

September 30,
2018

June 30,
2018

March 31,
2018

December 31,
2017

December 31,
2018
(unaudited)

December 31,
2017

December 31,
2016

Summary of Operations:

Total interest income

$

14,544

$

14,382

$

14,187

$

13,722

$

10,981

$

56,835

$

39,617

$

34,709

Total interest expense

2,644

2,530

2,258

2,018

1,505

9,450

5,106

3,733

Net interest income

11,900

11,852

11,929

11,704

9,476

47,385

34,511

30,976

Provision for loan losses

(395

)

(459

)

557

141

276

(156

)

1,367

1,516

Net interest income after provision

12,295

12,311

11,372

11,563

9,200

47,541

33,144

29,460

Noninterest income

1,244

1,066

1,226

1,165

786

4,701

3,072

3,222

Merger/acquisition related expenses

-

-

-

1,826

1,888

1,826

2,166

-

Noninterest expense

7,864

7,800

8,602

8,458

7,207

32,724

25,153

22,281

Income before income taxes

5,675

5,577

3,996

2,444

891

17,692

8,897

10,401

Provision for income taxes

1,221

1,256

886

547

2,936

3,910

5,712

3,647

Net Income (loss)

4,454

4,321

3,110

1,897

(2,045

)

13,782

3,185

6,654

Dividends on Preferred Stock

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

4

Net income available to common shareholders (loss)

$

4,454

$

4,321

$

3,110

$

1,897

$

(2,045

)

$

13,782

$

3,185

$

6,750

Share and Per Share Data:

Earnings (loss) per share - basic

$

0.23

$

0.27

$

0.22

$

0.14

$

(0.17

)

$

0.87

$

0.27

$

0.58

Earnings (loss) per share - diluted

$

0.23

$

0.27

$

0.22

$

0.13

$

(0.17

)

$

0.87

$

0.27

$

0.58

Book value per share

$

10.85

$

10.61

$

10.03

$

9.82

$

9.72

$

10.85

$

9.72

$

8.95

Tangible book value per share(1)

$

9.47

$

9.21

$

8.10

$

7.87

$

7.72

$

9.47

$

7.72

$

8.29

Ending shares outstanding

19,311,505

19,296,121

14,024,887

14,013,917

14,009,137

19,311,505

14,009,137

11,645,413

Weighted average shares outstanding:

Basic

19,302,263

15,858,455

14,019,273

14,011,707

12,071,392

15,812,585

11,763,050

11,610,705

Diluted

19,360,050

15,916,734

14,086,671

14,081,776

12,071,392

15,877,633

11,826,977

11,655,111

Selected Performance Ratios:

Return on average assets(2)

1.39

%

1.40

%

1.02

%

0.64

%

(0.81

)%

1.12

%

0.35

%

0.81

%

Return on average equity(2)

8.52

%

10.53

%

8.92

%

5.61

%

(7.00

)%

8.51

%

2.93

%

6.61

%

Net interest margin

4.03

%

4.20

%

4.41

%

4.45

%

4.14

%

4.19

%

4.09

%

4.06

%

Efficiency ratio (3)

59.83

%

60.38

%

65.39

%

65.72

%

70.23

%

62.83

%

66.93

%

65.15

%

Period End Balance Sheet Data:

Gross loans

$

986,040

$

992,805

$

992,885

$

978,275

$

982,626

$

986,040

$

982,626

$

677,195

Total interest-earning assets

1,119,344

1,078,871

1,107,695

1,094,694

1,063,322

1,119,344

1,063,322

770,288

Goodwill

24,579

24,579

24,579

24,579

24,904

24,579

24,904

6,931

Core deposit intangible

2,085

2,318

2,564

2,826

3,101

2,085

3,101

810

Total assets

1,258,525

1,252,156

1,216,731

1,222,551

1,194,135

1,258,525

1,194,135

846,640

Deposits

980,427

974,161

993,484

1,009,481

995,044

980,427

995,044

679,661

Short-term debt

7,000

11,002

21,071

32,173

28,279

7,000

28,279

37,090

Long-term debt

57,372

57,372

57,372

39,372

19,372

57,372

19,372

23,039

Shareholders' equity

209,611

204,705

140,702

137,673

136,115

209,611

136,115

104,273

Selected Average Balances:

Gross Loans

$

990,504

$

988,479

$

990,036

$

979,420

$

809,608

$

987,634

$

732,089

$

639,412

Total interest-earning assets

1,141,604

1,073,285

1,087,683

1,073,890

901,324

1,119,344

813,773

744,024

Core Deposit Intangible

2,171

2,411

2,661

2,955

1,007

2,547

640

1,020

Total Assets

1,267,479

1,228,259

1,219,225

1,198,588

997,450

1,228,576

898,943

829,315

Deposits

987,180

986,174

1,004,571

981,403

827,408

989,838

738,310

665,764

Short-term debt

10,348

17,542

21,289

36,726

23,476

21,393

34,523

32,111

Long-term debt

57,372

57,372

37,620

19,880

13,676

49,357

14,239

25,739

Shareholders' equity

207,331

162,799

139,810

137,092

115,874

161,953

108,709

102,110

Asset Quality Ratios:

Nonperforming loans (4)

$

11,635

$

11,162

$

10,118

$

8,338

$

6,978

$

11,635

$

6,978

$

9,430

Other real estate owned

1,088

1,020

1,497

1,525

1,258

1,088

1,258

599

Allowance for loan losses

8,669

9,089

9,528

8,957

8,835

8,669

8,835

8,411

Nonperforming loans (4) to period-end loans

1.18

%

1.12

%

1.02

%

0.85

%

0.71

%

1.18

%

0.71

%

1.02

%

Allowance for loan losses to period-end loans

0.88

%

0.92

%

0.96

%

0.92

%

0.90

%

0.88

%

0.90

%

1.24

%

Delinquency ratio (5)

0.51

%

0.53

%

0.51

%

0.25

%

0.63

%

0.51

%

0.63

%

0.44

%

Net loan charge-offs (recoveries) to average loans (2)

0.00

%

(0.01

)%

(0.01

)%

0.01

%

0.05

%

0.00

%

0.13

%

0.02

%

(1) Tangible book value per share (a non-GAAP measure) is equal to total shareholders’ equity less goodwill, preferred stock and core deposit intangibles, divided by the number of outstanding shares of our common stock at the end of the relevant period. Please refer to the table below for a reconciliation of this non-GAAP measure.

(2) Annualized.

(3) Efficiency ratio is calculated as non-interest expenses divided by the sum of net interest income and non-interest income.

(4) Nonperforming loans consist of non-accrual loans and restructured loans.

(5) Delinquency Ratio includes loans 30–89 days past due and excludes non-accrual loans.


Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Measures
($ in thousands, except share and per share data)
(Unaudited)

December 31,
2018

September 30,
2018

June 30,
2018

March 31,
2018

December 31,
2017

December 31,
2016

Tangible common equity

Total shareholders’ equity

$

209,611

$

204,705

$

140,702

$

137,673

$

136,115

$

104,273

Adjustments:

Goodwill

24,579

24,579

24,579

24,579

24,904

6,931

Core deposit intangibles

2,085

2,318

2,564

2,826

3,101

810

Tangible common equity

$

182,947

$

177,808

$

113,559

$

110,268

$

108,110

$

96,532

Common shares outstanding(1)

19,311,505

19,296,121

14,024,887

14,013,917

14,009,137

11,645,413

Book value per common share(2)

$

10.85

$

10.61

$

10.03

$

9.82

$

9.72

$

8.95

Tangible book value per common share(3)

$

9.47

$

9.21

$

8.10

$

7.87

$

7.72

$

8.29


(1) Excludes the dilutive effect of common stock issuable upon exercise of outstanding stock options. The number of exercisable options outstanding was 57,787 as of December 31, 2018; 58,279 as of September 30, 2018; 67,398 as of June 30, 2018; 70,069 as of March 31, 2018; 63,927 as of December 31, 2017; and 44,406 as of December 31, 2016.

(2) We calculate book value per common share as shareholders’ equity less preferred stock at the end of the relevant period divided by the outstanding number of shares of our common stock at the end of the relevant period.

(3) We calculate tangible book value per common share as total shareholders’ equity less goodwill, preferred stock and core deposit intangibles, divided by the number of outstanding shares of our common stock at the end of the relevant period.


Mark A. Jeffries
Executive Vice President
Chief Financial Officer
Office: 910-892-7080 and Direct: 910-897-3603
markj@SelectBank.com
SelectBank.com