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Severn Bancorp, Inc. Announces Fourth Quarter Earnings

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ANNAPOLIS, Md., Feb. 1, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Severn Bancorp, Inc. (the Company) (NASDAQ: SVBI), the parent company of Severn Bank (the Bank), reported net income of $2.5 million for the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2020 and $6.7 million for the year ended December 31, 2020 compared to $1.2 million and $8.3 million for the same periods in 2019. Earnings per share on a fully diluted basis were $0.20 for the fourth quarter and $0.52 per share for the year ended 2020, down from $0.09 and $0.64 per share, respectively, from the fourth quarter and year ended 2019.

Severn Bank logo
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Response to COVID-19
The Company continues to monitor the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and is attempting to keep employees and customers safe through remote working, social distancing, wearing masks, appointment-only branch banking, and following other protocols that are designed to avoid COVID-19 exposure.

The Company is closely monitoring the effects of the pandemic on our loan and deposit customers. Our management team is focused on assessing the risks in our loan portfolio and working with customers to minimize losses. The Company also continued to participate in the SBA Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) to help disburse loans to our business customers to provide them with additional working capital.

"The Company had a successful fourth quarter, our best quarter of 2020. The continued high volume of residential mortgage originations and growth of commercial relationships and new personal accounts has contributed well to earnings. The Bank continues to be a strong resource to the local business community, while originating a record amount of residential mortgages," said Alan J. Hyatt, President and Chief Executive Officer. "Even at a time of economic uncertainty, Severn Bank emerged strong and well poised to weather any upcoming economic challenges," Mr. Hyatt said.

Income Statement
Net interest income was $7.6 million for the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2020 and $27.5 million for the year ended December 31, 2020 compared to $6.9 million and $30.5 million for the same periods in 2019. The year over year decreases in interest income was driven by lower volumes of earning assets, particularly from significantly lower interest rates earned on medical-use cannabis related deposits that were invested in fed funds or interest bearing deposits with other banks and earned higher interest income during 2019. Also, loan interest income decreased from lower average loan volumes as well as lower yielding PPP loans, which was slightly offset by a reduction in interest expense from lower deposit rates and less reliance on borrowings.

Provision expense was $50 thousand for the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2020 and $900 thousand for the year ended December 31, 2020 compared to no provision and a negative provision of $500 thousand for the same periods in 2019. The ratio of the allowance for loan losses to gross loans was 1.35% at December 31, 2020. Excluding PPP loans, the ratio of the allowance for loan losses to gross loans was 1.42% at December 31, 2020, higher than the 1.11% level at December 31, 2019. The primary drivers of the increased percentage of the allowance to total loans were increases in qualitative factors from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and net recoveries during the year.

Noninterest income was $4.8 million for the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2020 and $15.8 million for the year ended December 31, 2020 compared to $2.6 million and $10.3 million for the same periods in 2019. Growth in mortgage banking production continued to contribute significantly to the increases in noninterest income.

Noninterest expense was $9.0 million for the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2020 and $33.1 million for the year ended December 31, 2020 compared to $7.7 million and $29.7 million for the same periods in 2019. There were higher commissions paid to mortgage loan officers from increased production and higher occupancy and staffing costs as a result of a new branch in Crofton being opened during the 4th quarter of 2019.

Balance Sheet
Total assets increased $127 million to $953 million at December 31, 2020 from $826 million at December 31, 2019. The increase in assets was primarily in federal funds and interest bearing deposits in other banks as well an increased bond portfolio and higher loans held for sale. Deposits also increased by $145 million from December 31, 2019. The increase in deposits was primarily the result of short term, medical-use cannabis related funds that account holders maintain at the Bank prior to pursuing other longer term investment opportunities. Management is aware of the short term nature of certain medical-use cannabis related deposits and offset those funds by maintaining short term liquidly to meet any deposit outflows.

About Severn Bank
Founded in 1946, Severn Bank is a full-service community bank offering a wide array of personal and commercial banking products as well as residential and commercial mortgage lending. It offers seven branches located in Annapolis, Edgewater, Severna Park, Lothian/Wayson's Corner, Crofton, and Glen Burnie, Maryland. The Bank specializes in exceptional customer service and holds itself and its employees to a high standard of community contribution. Severn Bank is on the Web at www.severnbank.com.

Forward Looking Statements
In addition to the historical information contained herein, this press release contains forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties that may be affected by various factors that may cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements contained herein include, but are not limited to, those with respect to management's determination of the amount of loan loss reserve and statements about the economy. The words "anticipate," "believe," "estimate," "expect," "intend," "may," "plan," "will," "would," "could," "should," "guidance," "potential," "continue," "project," "forecast," "confident," and similar expressions are typically used to identify forward-looking statements. The Company's operations and actual results could differ significantly from those discussed in the forward-looking statements. Some of the factors that could cause or contribute to such differences include, but are not limited to, changes in the economy and interest rates both in the nation and in the Company's general market area, federal and state regulation, competition, the rapidly changing uncertainties related to the Covid-19 pandemic including, but not limited to, the potential adverse effect of the pandemic on the economy, our employees and customers, and our financial performance, and other factors detailed from time to time in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC"), including "Item 1A. Risk Factors" contained in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2019.

Severn Bancorp, Inc.

Consolidated Balance Sheets

(dollars in thousands)

(Unaudited)





















December 31, 2020

December 31, 2019*

$ Change

% Change

Balance Sheet Data:













ASSETS







Cash


$ 4,819

$ 2,892

$ 1,927

67%


Federal funds and interest bearing deposits in other banks

151,790

85,301

66,489

78%


Certificates of deposit held as investment

3,580

7,540

(3,960)

-53%


Investment securities available for sale, at fair value

65,098

12,906

52,192

404%


Investment securities held to maturity

15,943

25,960

(10,017)

-39%


Loans held for sale, at fair value

36,299

10,910

25,389

233%


Loans receivable

642,882

645,685

(2,803)

0%


Allowance for loan losses

(8,670)

(7,138)

(1,532)

21%


Accrued interest receivable

2,576

2,458

118

5%


Foreclosed real estate, net

1,010

2,387

(1,377)

-58%


Premises and equipment, net

20,940

22,144

(1,204)

-5%


Restricted stock investments

1,236

2,431

(1,195)

-49%


Bank owned life insurance

5,517

5,377

140

3%


Deferred income taxes, net

1,145

863

282

33%


Prepaid expenses and other assets

8,388

6,318

2,070

33%










Total Assets

$ 952,553

$ 826,034

$ 126,519

15%









LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS EQUITY






Deposits

$ 806,456

$ 661,049

$ 145,407

22%


Borrowings

10,000

35,000

(25,000)

-71%


Subordinated debentures

20,619

20,619

-

0%


Accounts payable and accrued expenses

5,831

4,779

1,052

22%










Total Liabilities

842,906

721,447

121,459

17%










Common stock

128

128

-

0%


Additional paid-in capital

66,251

65,944

307

0%


Retained earnings

43,216

38,560

4,656

12%


Accumulated comprehensive income (loss)

52

(45)

97

-216%










Total Stockholders' Equity

109,647

104,587

5,060

5%










Total Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity

$ 952,553

$ 826,034

$ 126,519

15%


* During 2020, the Company corrected an immaterial accounting error related to $885,000 of deferred tax assets ("DTAs") recorded in years prior to 2020 by the holding company. These DTAs were related to state net operating losses which accumulated over the span of many years. As the holding company has not previously generated taxable income and continues to generate no taxable income it has no ability to utilize the NOLs. To correct this immaterial accounting error, the Company recorded an adjustment to 2019's opening retained earnings in the amount of $793,000 and additional tax expense of $22,000 and $92,000 (the amounts deemed applicable for 2019) for the quarter and year ended December 31, 2019, respectively.


Severn Bancorp, Inc.

Consolidated Income Statements

(dollars in thousands)

(Unaudited)









Quarterly income statement results:

Three Months Ended December 31,







2020

2019*

$ Change

% Change









Interest Income














Interest on loans

$ 8,313

$ 8,662

$ (348)

-4%


Interest on securities

327

206

121

59%


Other interest income

53

321

(268)

-83%










Total interest income

8,693

9,189

(496)

-5%









Interest Expense














Interest on deposits

930

1,851

(921)

-50%


Interest on long term borrowings

173

410

(237)

-58%










Total interest expense

1,103

2,261

(1,158)

-51%










Net interest income

7,590

6,928

662

10%










Provision for loan losses

50

-

50

0%










Net interest income after provision for loan losses

7,540

6,928

612

9%









Noninterest Income














Mortgage-banking revenue

2,920

832

2,088

251%


Real Estate Commissions

357

544

(187)

-34%


Real Estate Management Income

176

157

19

12%


Other noninterest income

1,386

1,043

343

33%










Total noninterest income

4,839

2,576

2,263

88%










Net interest income plus noninterest income after provision for loan losses

12,379

9,504

2,875

30%









Noninterest Expense














Compensation and related expenses

6,505

5,239

1,266

24%


Net Occupancy & Depreciation

432

520

(88)

-17%


Net Costs of Foreclosed Real Estate

(65)

(82)

17

-21%


Other


2,079

2,051

28

1%










Total noninterest expense

8,951

7,728

1,223

16%










Income before income tax provision

3,428

1,776

1,652

93%










Income tax provision

922

591

331

56%










Net income

$ 2,506

$ 1,185

$ 1,321

111%


* During 2020, the Company corrected an immaterial accounting error related to $885,000 of deferred tax assets ("DTAs") recorded in years prior to 2020 by the holding company. These DTAs were related to state net operating losses which accumulated over the span of many years. As the holding company has not previously generated taxable income and continues to generate no taxable income it has no ability to utilize the NOLs. To correct this immaterial accounting error, the Company recorded an adjustment to 2019's opening retained earnings in the amount of $793,000 and additional tax expense of $22,000 and $92,000 (the amounts deemed applicable for 2019) for the quarter and year ended December 31, 2019, respectively.


Severn Bancorp, Inc.

Consolidated Income Statements

(dollars in thousands)

(Unaudited)









Year-to-Date income statement results:

Year Ended December 31,







2020

2019*

$ Change

% Change









Interest Income














Interest on loans

$ 32,330

$ 36,201

$ (3,871)

-11%


Interest on securities

1,034

930

104

11%


Other interest income

547

2,679

(2,132)

-80%










Total interest income

33,911

39,810

(5,899)

-15%









Interest Expense














Interest on deposits

5,252

7,350

(2,098)

-29%


Interest on long term borrowings

1,139

1,953

(814)

-42%










Total interest expense

6,391

9,303

(2,912)

-31%










Net interest income

27,520

30,507

(2,987)

-10%










Provision for loan losses

900

(500)

1,400

-280%










Net interest income after provision for loan losses

26,620

31,007

(4,387)

-14%









Noninterest Income














Mortgage-banking revenue

9,466

3,747

5,719

153%


Real Estate Commissions

1,213

1,834

(621)

-34%


Real Estate Management Income

646

627

19

3%


Other noninterest income

4,489

4,056

433

11%










Total noninterest income

15,814

10,264

5,550

54%










Net interest income plus noninterest income after provision for loan losses

42,434

41,271

1,164

3%









Noninterest Expense














Compensation and related expenses

23,183

19,738

3,446

17%


Net Occupancy & Depreciation

1,780

1,703

77

4%


Net Costs of Foreclosed Real Estate

(23)

172

(195)

-113%


Other


8,112

8,048

64

1%










Total noninterest expense

33,052

29,661

3,391

11%










Income before income tax provision

9,382

11,610

(2,228)

-19%










Income tax provision

2,676

3,328

(652)

-20%










Net income

$ 6,706

$ 8,282

$ (1,576)

-19%




* During 2020, the Company corrected an immaterial accounting error related to $885,000 of deferred tax assets ("DTAs") recorded in years prior to 2020 by the holding company. These DTAs were related to state net operating losses which accumulated over the span of many years. As the holding company has not previously generated taxable income and continues to generate no taxable income it has no ability to utilize the NOLs. To correct this immaterial accounting error, the Company recorded an adjustment to 2019's opening retained earnings in the amount of $793,000 and additional tax expense of $22,000 and $92,000 (the amounts deemed applicable for 2019) for the quarter and year ended December 31, 2019, respectively.

Severn Bancorp, Inc.

Selected Financial Data

(dollars in thousands, except per share data)

(Unaudited)














Year Ended December 31,


Three Months Ended December 31,





2020

2019***


2020

2019***

Per Share Data:





.


Basic earnings per share

$ 0.52

$ 0.65


$ 0.20

$ 0.09


Diluted earnings per share

$ 0.52

$ 0.64


$ 0.20

$ 0.09


Average basic shares outstanding

12,816,415

12,780,980


12,827,030

12,798,480


Average diluted shares outstanding

12,831,787

12,855,351


12,837,972

12,859,916










Performance Ratios:







Return on average assets

0.77%

0.91%


1.11%

0.53%


Return on average equity

6.24%

8.07%


9.34%

4.51%


Net interest margin

3.29%

3.50%


3.50%

3.26%


Efficiency ratio**

76.32%

72.33%


72.54%

82.17%























December 31, 2020

December 31, 2019




Asset Quality Data:







Non-accrual loans

$ 4,380

$ 4,242





Foreclosed real estate

$ 1,010

$ 2,387






Total non-performing assets

$ 5,390

$ 6,629





Total non-accrual loans to total loans

0.68%

0.66%





Total non-accrual loans to total assets

0.46%

0.51%





Allowance for loan losses

$ 8,670

$ 7,138





Allowance for loan losses to total loans

1.35%

1.11%





Allowance for loan losses to loans, net of PPP loans

1.42%

1.11%





Allowance for loan losses to total








non-accrual loans

197.9%

168.3%





Total non-performing assets to total assets

0.57%

0.80%





Non-accrual troubled debt restructurings (included above)

$ 163

$ 85





Performing troubled debt restructurings

$ 6,589

$ 8,858





Loan to deposit ratio

79.7%

97.7%













** This non-GAAP financial measure is calculated as noninterest expenses less OREO expenses divided by net interest income plus noninterest income



*** Earnings per share amounts, performance ratios, and the ratio of nonperforming assets to total assets for 2019 have been updated to reflect the immaterial correction of an error described above.

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