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Sierra Bancorp Announces Record 2021 Earnings

  • Net income of $43.0 million for the year ended December 31, 2021, as compared to $35.4 million for the same period in 2020, an increase of $7.6 million or 21%.

  • Return on average assets was 1.29%, return on average equity was 12.05%, and diluted earnings per share were $2.80 for the twelve months ended 2021.

  • Deposit growth of $157.0 million, or 6% during the year ended 2021.

  • Hired several new commercial lenders with diverse experience in the fourth quarter of 2021.

PORTERVILLE, Calif., January 24, 2022--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sierra Bancorp (Nasdaq: BSRR), parent of Bank of the Sierra, today announced its unaudited financial results for the three-and twelve-month periods ended December 31, 2021. Sierra Bancorp reported consolidated net income in the fourth quarter of 2021 of $9.6 million, or $0.63 per diluted share, compared to net income of $9.0 million, or $0.58 per diluted share, in the fourth quarter of 2020. The Company's fourth quarter 2021 return on average assets and return on average equity was 1.10% and 10.47%, respectively, as compared to 1.12% and 10.49%, respectively, for the same comparative period in 2020.

For the year ended 2021, the Company recognized net income of $43.0 million, or $2.80 per diluted share, as compared to $35.4 million, or $2.32 per diluted share, for the same period in 2020. The Company’s financial performance metrics for the year ended 2021 include an annualized return on average assets and a return on average equity of 1.29% and 12.05%, respectively, compared to 1.22% and 10.80%, respectively, for the same period in 2020.

"We are proud of our efforts to help our customers and communities through these challenging times. Our tireless work is reflected in our fourth quarter results that complete a record-breaking year for income," stated Kevin McPhaill, President and CEO. "Henry Ford said it best, ‘Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.’ With 2021 now complete, we look forward to opportunities in 2022 and beyond!" McPhaill concluded.

Financial Highlights

Quarterly Changes (comparisons to the fourth quarter of 2020)

  • Net income for the fourth quarter of 2021 increased $0.6 million to $9.6 million, there was a $1.2 million negative provision for loan and lease losses in the fourth quarter of 2021, lower salary and benefit costs for $0.8 million partially offset by an increase in litigation expense and related legal reserves. Compared to 2020, there was a $2.2 million provision for loan and lease losses; the $3.4 million decrease in provision being attributable to the impact of continued improvements in the overall economy, a reduction in historical loss rates, a decline in specific reserves on impaired loans, net loan recoveries in 2021, a change in the mix of loans, and lower outstanding balances of net loans and leases; lower FTE was responsible for the decrease in salaries and benefits.

  • Net interest income for the fourth quarter of 2021 decreased by $2.3 million mostly due to a 57 bps decline in the yield on earning assets and a shift in mix due to higher levels of cash invested overnight with the Federal Reserve Bank and increased lower yielding investment balances.

  • Noninterest income for the fourth quarter of 2021 increased $1.1 million, or 18%, due to a $0.3 million increase in debit card interchange income from increased usage, $0.4 million in life insurance proceeds and $0.3 million from the sale of underlying assets within an investment in a Small Business Investment Company. Noninterest expense for the fourth quarter of 2021 increased by $1.4 million due mostly to a $1.3 million increase in legal expenses.

Year to-Date Changes (comparisons to the year ended 2020)

  • Net income for 2021 increased by $7.6 million, or 21%. The most significant line-item changes were a $12.2 million decrease in the provision for loan and lease losses, and an increase of $4.2 million or 4% in net interest income, due mostly to higher average loan balances and a continued favorable deposit mix with cost of funds decreasing 10 bps. These items were partially offset by a $7.6 million increase in noninterest expense in 2021 as compared to the prior year due to higher salary & benefits expense, data processing expenses, debit card processing costs, and professional services expense.

  • Noninterest income for 2021 increased by $1.9 million, or 7%, due to greater interchange fee income, increases in BOLI income, and increases in the fair market value of equity securities partially offset by nonrecurring gains in 2020 from the sales of investments, and the sale of assets within a low-income housing tax credit fund in 2020 that did not reoccur in 2021.

Balance Sheet Changes (comparisons to December 31, 2020)

  • Total assets increased by $150.3 million, or 5%, to $3.4 billion, during 2021.

  • Cash and due from banks increased $186.1 million, to $257.5 million for the year due mostly to higher deposit balances coupled with lower loan balances.

  • Investment securities increased $429.3 million, or 79%, to $973.3 million primarily due to bond purchases.

  • During 2020, gross loans increased by $700.5 million, or 40%. Following this tremendous loan growth in 2020, overall loan balances declined $473.4 million, or 19%. For the two-year period of 2020 and 2021, overall loan balances increased by $227.2 million, or 13%. The decline in loan balances during 2021 was due mostly to lower utilization of mortgage warehouse lines resulting in a $206.5 million decline in overall mortgage warehouse outstanding balances due primarily to reduced refinancing activity. Other significant declines included a $155.7 million decline in real estate loans mostly due to lower commercial real estate and construction loan balances, and a $99.3 million decrease in commercial and industrial loans, which was predominately due to Small Business Administration Paycheck Protection Program ("SBA PPP") loan forgiveness.

  • Deposits totaled $2.8 billion at December 31, 2021, representing a year-to-date increase of $157.0 million, or 6%. The growth in deposits came primarily from core transaction and savings accounts, while higher-cost time and wholesale brokered deposits decreased by $159.0 million, or 31%.

  • Short-term debt decreased to $106.9 million at December 31, 2021. While overnight repurchase agreements increased $67.8 million to $106.9 million, FHLB borrowings and overnight fed funds decreased to zero, from $143.0 million.

  • Long-term debt increased to $49.1 million at December 31, 2021 from the issuance of $50 million in ten year 3.25% fixed to floating subordinated notes in the third quarter of 2021.

Other financial highlights are reflected in the following table.

FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS

(Dollars in Thousands, Except per Share Data, Unaudited)

At or For the

At or For the

Three Months Ended

Twelve Months Ended

12/31/2021

9/30/2021

12/31/2020

12/31/2021

12/31/2020

Net income

$

9,621

$

10,605

$

8,979

$

43,012

$

35,444

Diluted earnings per share

$

0.63

$

0.69

$

0.58

$

2.80

$

2.32

Return on average assets

1.10

%

1.26

%

1.12

%

1.29

%

1.22

%

Return on average equity

10.47

%

11.62

%

10.49

%

12.05

%

10.80

%

Net interest margin (tax-equivalent)

3.31

%

3.46

%

3.91

%

3.56

%

3.95

%

Yield on average loans and leases

4.59

%

4.61

%

4.41

%

4.57

%

4.65

%

Cost of average total deposits

0.08

%

0.08

%

0.09

%

0.09

%

0.16

%

Efficiency ratio (tax-equivalent)¹

64.86

%

59.75

%

58.68

%

59.92

%

57.18

%

Total assets

$

3,371,014

$

3,442,739

$

3,220,742

$

3,371,014

$

3,220,742

Loans & leases net of deferred fees

$

1,987,861

$

2,137,214

$

2,459,964

$

1,987,861

$

2,459,964

Noninterest demand deposits

$

1,084,544

$

1,111,411

$

943,664

$

1,084,544

$

943,664

Total deposits

$

2,781,572

$

2,820,646

$

2,624,606

$

2,781,572

$

2,624,606

Noninterest-bearing deposits over total deposits

39.0

%

39.4

%

36.0

%

39.0

%

36.0

%

Shareholders' equity / total assets

10.8

%

10.6

%

10.7

%

10.8

%

10.7

%

Tangible Common equity ratio

9.9

%

9.8

%

9.8

%

9.9

%

9.8

%

Book value per share

$

23.74

$

23.70

$

22.35

$

23.74

$

22.35

Tangible book value per share

$

21.73

$

21.69

$

20.29

$

21.73

$

20.29

(1) Noninterest expense as a percentage of the sum of net interest income and noninterest income excluding net gains (losses) from securities.

INCOME STATEMENT HIGHLIGHTS

Net Interest Income

Net interest income was $26.6 million for the fourth quarter of 2021, a $2.3 million decrease, or 8%, over the fourth quarter of 2020, and increased $4.2 million, or 4%, to $109.0 million for the year ended 2021 relative to the same period in 2020.

For the fourth quarter of 2021, growth in average interest-earning assets totaled $267.2 million, or 9%, as compared to the fourth quarter of 2020. The yield on these balances was 57 basis points lower for the same period due mostly to a shift in the mix of earning assets to lower yielding investment securities, and cash held overnight at the Federal Reserve Bank.

Net interest income for the comparative year-to-date periods increased due to a $415.4 million, or 15%, growth in average interest-earning assets. The yield on these average balances was 46 basis points lower for the same period but was partially offset by a 10 basis point drop in interest paid on liabilities. The net impact of this lower rate was a 39 basis point decrease in our net interest margin for the year ending December 31, 2021 as compared to the same period in 2020.

Loan income during the fourth quarter 2021 included $0.5 million related to fee income, net of origination costs, recognized on SBA PPP loans. Similarly, SBA PPP loan fees, net of origination costs of $3.8 million were recognized for the year ended December 31, 2021. At December 31, 2021, approximately $1.1 million of unearned fees, net of origination costs related to SBA PPP loans, remains on the balance sheet.

At December 31, 2021, approximately 20% of the bank’s loan portfolio is scheduled to mature or reprice within twelve months with another 11% repricing within three years. In addition, approximately $332 million of the securities portfolio consists of floating rate bonds.

Interest expense was $1.3 million for the fourth quarter of 2021, an increase of $0.4 million, or 43%, relative to the fourth quarter of 2020. For the year ended 2021, compared to the same period in 2020, interest expense declined $1.4 million, or 25%, to $4.1 million. The increase in interest expense for the quarterly comparison is attributable to the issuance of subordinated notes, as the interest expense on deposit accounts was mainly flat. For the year ended 2021, compared to the year ended 2020, the average balance of higher cost time deposits fell by $58.6 million or 12%, while lower or no cost transaction and savings accounts increased $430.0 million or 22%, contributing to the positive year to date variance.

Our net interest margin was significantly impacted by the additional overnight cash balances resulting from increased liquidity from deposit growth in 2021 coupled with lower loan balances. This additional liquidity was deployed in overnight funding and lower yielding investment bonds. Average overnight cash balances were $311.3 million during the fourth quarter 2021 and $269.9 million for the year ended December 31, 2021. This overnight funding earned an average rate of 15 and 14 basis points, respectively, for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2021. The average balance of investment accounts increased $315.6 million for the fourth quarter of 2021 as compared to the same period in 2020 and $69.9 million for the year ended 2021 as compared to the year ended 2020. The yield on investment balances declined 65 bps for the fourth quarter of 2021 as compared to the same period in 2020 and declined 67 bps for the year ended December 31, 2021 as compared to the same period in 2020.

Provision for Loan and Lease Losses

The Company recorded a net benefit related to loan and lease loss provision of $1.2 million in the fourth quarter of 2021 relative to a provision of $2.2 million in the fourth quarter of 2020, and a year-to-date net benefit for loan and lease loss provision of $3.7 million in 2021 as compared to $8.6 million loan and lease loss provision expense for the same period in 2020. The Company's $3.4 million, favorable decline in provision for loan and lease losses in the fourth quarter of 2021 as compared to the fourth quarter of 2020, and the $12.2 million favorable decrease, for the year ending 2021 compared to the same period in 2020 is due mostly to lower historical loan loss rates, a decline in outstanding balances on loans, a change in the mix of loans, and net year-to-date 2021 recoveries of previously charged-off loan balances. During 2021, management adjusted its qualitative risk factors under our current incurred loss model for improved economic conditions, improvements in the severity and volume of past due loans, and a reduction in the level of concentrations of credit in non-owner occupied real estate loans.

The Company elected to defer the adoption of the Current Expected Credit Loss ("CECL") accounting method under Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) Accounting Standards Update 2016-03 and related amendments, Financial Instruments – Credit Losses (Topic 326) to January 1, 2022. The Company’s decision to defer the adoption of CECL was done primarily to provide additional time to better assess the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the expected lifetime credit losses. At the time the decision was made, there was a significant change in economic uncertainty on the local, regional, and national levels as a result of local and state stay-at-home orders, as well as relief measures provided at a national, state, and local level. Further, the Company has taken actions to serve our communities during the pandemic, including permitting short-term payment deferrals to current customers, as well as originating bridge loans and SBA PPP loans. Upon adoption of CECL, the Company was required to make an adjustment to equity, net of taxes, equal to the difference between the allowance for credit losses calculated under the CECL method and the allowance for loan and lease losses as calculated under the incurred loss method as of December 31, 2021. Therefore, on January 1, 2022, the Company recorded a $10.4 million increase in the allowance for credit losses, which includes a $0.9 million reserve for unfunded commitments as an adjustment to equity, net of deferred taxes.

Noninterest Income

Total noninterest income reflects increases of $1.1 million, or 18%, for the quarter ended December 31, 2021 as compared to the same quarter in 2020, and $1.9 million, or 7%, for the year ended December 31, 2021 as compared to the same period in 2020. The quarterly and year-to-date comparisons were primarily impacted by higher interchange income, life insurance proceeds and a gain on the sale of underlying limited partnership assets, however, the comparable year-to-date periods also included an increase of $0.4 million in the valuation gain of restricted equity investments owned by the Company, a $0.4 million favorable fluctuation in income on Bank-Owned Life Insurance (BOLI) associated with deferred compensation plans, and a $0.6 million favorable change in low-income housing tax credit fund expenses. The year-to-date increases were offset by a $0.4 million gain on the sale of debt securities from the restructuring of the portfolio in 2020 and a $1.6 million nonrecurring gain on the wrap up of low-income housing tax credit funds also in 2020.

Service charges on customer deposit account income increased $0.2 million, or 5%, to $3.2 million in the fourth quarter of 2021 as compared to the fourth quarter of 2020. This increase is primarily due to increases in analysis fee and overdraft income during the comparable periods. This service charge income was $0.1 million higher, or 1%, for the year ending December 31, 2021, as compared to the same period in 2020. The increase for the year-to-date comparison is primarily a result of increases in ATM fees and service charges on money service business accounts partially offset by decreases in overdraft income.

Noninterest Expense

Total noninterest expense increased by $1.4 million, or 7%, in the fourth quarter of 2021 relative to the fourth quarter of 2020, and by $7.6 million, or 10%, for the year ended 2021 as compared to the same period in 2020.

Salaries and Benefits were $0.8 million, or 7%, lower in the fourth quarter of 2021 as compared to the fourth quarter of 2020 and $2.3 million, or 6%, higher for the year ended 2021 compared to the same period in 2020. Overall full-time equivalent employees were 480 at December 31, 2021 as compared to 501 at December 31, 2020. This decline accounted for the favorable quarterly variance while a $2.3 million decline in salary expense deferrals related to the decrease in loan originations were primarily responsible for the negative year to date variance.

Occupancy expenses were $0.1 million lower for the fourth quarter of 2021 as compared to the same quarter in 2020 and unchanged for the year ended 2021 as compared to the same period in 2020. The primary reason for decrease in the quarterly comparison was the closure of five branch facilities earlier in the year, which included the early termination of two leases immediately.

Other noninterest expense increased $2.3 million, or 32% for the fourth quarter 2021 as compared to the fourth quarter in 2020, and increased $5.4 million, or 21% for the year ended 2021 as compared to the same period in 2020. The variance for the fourth quarter of 2021 compared to the same period in 2020 was primarily driven by an increase of $1.7 million in legal and accounting costs due mostly to an increase in legal costs, related legal reserves, and additional costs related to the outsourcing of certain audit functions. Additionally, there were increases of $0.2 million in data processing costs resulting from increases in core banking system expenses, and $0.4 million in increase in debit card processing costs due to higher debit card usage. These higher costs were partially offset by a $0.2 million decrease in foreclosed assets costs, due to the sale of all but two bank owned properties and a $0.2 million decrease in ATM servicing costs. For the year-over-year comparison the categories of increase were the same as with the quarterly comparison, along with increases in FDIC assessments for $0.4 million, a $0.3 million in data communications, and a $0.4 million increase in director’s expense, $0.2 million of which is linked to the changes in BOLI income, partially offset by a $0.4 million decrease in ATM servicing costs. All the Company’s ATM machines were either upgraded or replaced in 2021, resulting in lower servicing costs.

The Company's provision for income taxes was 24.2% of pre-tax income in the fourth quarter of 2021 relative to 24.6% in the fourth quarter of 2020, and 24.8% of pre-tax income for the year ended December 31, 2021 relative to 23.8% for the same period in 2020. The increase in effective tax rate in the fourth quarter and year to date 2021 is due to tax credits and tax-exempt income representing a smaller percentage of total taxable income.

Balance Sheet Summary

Balance sheet changes for the year ended December 31, 2021 include an increase in total assets of $150.3 million, or 5%, primarily a result of increases in cash and due from banks and investments securities of $186.1 million and $429.3 million, respectively, net of a $468.6 million decrease in net loan balances.

The increase in investment securities of $429.3 million in 2021 consisted primarily of increases in municipal bonds of $76.5 million, corporate securities of $28.5 million, and AAA and AA tranches of collateralized loan obligations of $332.2 million. The purchases of AAA and AA tranches of collateralized loan obligations ("CLOs") in 2021 is primarily a balance sheet diversification strategy as management continues to utilize available liquidity. In addition to providing asset class diversification given the high level of real estate backed earning assets on the balance sheet, these floating rate CLOs are more asset sensitive which complements the longer-term fixed-rate earning assets.

Gross loan balances decreased $473.4 million during the year ended December 31, 2021, primarily as a result of a $206.5 million decline in mortgage warehouse line utilization, an $87.6 million decline in SBA PPP loans due mostly to forgiveness of such loans, and a net decrease of $155.7 million in real estate secured loans, primarily from construction and other commercial real estate loans.

During 2021, in an effort to reduce its concentration risk, the Company strategically lowered its regulatory commercial real estate concentration ratio from 378% at December 31, 2020 to 248% at December 31, 2021. The ratio at December 31, 2021 would have been 265% if not for a $25.0 million capital infusion from the Company to the Bank in the fourth quarter of 2021. During 2022, the Company expects the ratio to increase.

The overall decline in real estate secured loans during 2021 was partially offset by an increase of $149.6 million in 1-4 family residential real estate loans due to the $208.0 million purchase of mortgage loans during the second half of 2021. These loan purchases were designed as a bridge to organic loan growth as the Bank’s core loan pipeline continues to improve with the recent hiring of strategic lending team lift-outs as detailed below:

  • The Bank’s mortgage warehouse team program will be refreshed and rebuilt under the direction and leadership of a new Mortgage Warehouse Market President, Tim McAvenia, who was hired for this role in the fourth quarter of 2021.

  • The Real Estate Industries Group (REIG) hired two new commercial real estate loan officers who are expected to continue the Bank’s commitment to serving the commercial real estate markets. John Penrith, VP & Commercial Loan Officer and Sean Hart, VP & Senior Commercial Loan Officer were appointed to complement the REIG. In addition, further lending teams are currently being recruited along with additional underwriters to support the REIG.

  • Expansion of the agricultural lending and commercial & industrial (C&I) lending capabilities of the Bank is a key third element. In December 2021, Matt Dusi was hired as the new Agricultural and Commercial Lending President. Matt is actively recruiting additional lenders to expand the Agricultural and C&I teams with key lender lift outs across our footprint. Like the other groups, these relationship managers will be complemented with a team of portfolio managers who will assist with underwriting support, portfolio management, and identification of opportunities for additional credit extensions. It is recognized that we cannot rely upon relationship managers alone for loan growth. Instead, a full team to support prudently underwritten loans is needed to minimize risk.

Unused commitments, excluding mortgage warehouse and consumer overdraft lines, were $242.3 million at December 31, 2021, compared to $260.0 million at December 31, 2020. Total line utilization, excluding mortgage warehouse and consumer overdraft lines, was 55% at December 31, 2021 and 57% at December 31, 2020. Mortgage warehouse utilization declined significantly to 33% at December 31, 2021, as compared to 71% at December 31, 2020.

The Company participated in the SBA PPP as authorized by the CARES Act. We began accepting and funding loans under this program in April 2020. There were 438 loans for $31.8 million outstanding at December 31, 2021, compared to 1,274 loans for $117.2 million at December 31, 2020. There were 723 new SBA PPP loans for $49.6 million made during the year ended December 31, 2021. During the same period the SBA forgave $137.9 million of SBA PPP loans and honored their guaranty for $0.7 million.

Deposit balances reflect growth of $157.0 million, or 6%, during the year ended December 31, 2021. Core non-maturity deposits increased by $316.0 million, or 15%, while customer time deposits decreased by $119.1 million, or 29%. Wholesale brokered deposits decreased by $40.0 million to $60.0 million. Overall noninterest-bearing deposits as a percent of total deposits at December 31, 2021, increased to 39.0%, as compared to 36.0% at December 31, 2020.

Other interest-bearing liabilities of $106.9 million on December 31, 2021 consists exclusively of customer repurchase agreements. Other interest-bearing liabilities at December 31, 2020 of $182.0 million consisted of $100.0 million of fed funds purchased, $39.1 million of customer repurchase agreements, $37.9 million of FHLB overnight borrowings and $5.0 million of FHLB short term borrowings.

Long term debt increased to $49.1 million for the year ended December 31, 2021, from the issuance of $50 million in 3.25% fixed – floating subordinated debt with a ten-year maturity in the third quarter of 2021. The Company contributed $25 million of additional capital to the Bank in the fourth quarter of 2021 and is utilizing the remainder of the funds for general corporate purposes, which includes repurchasing shares of common stock, among other things.

Additionally, subordinated debentures totaled $35.3 million and $35.1 million at December 31, 2021 and December 31, 2020, respectively, in the form of long-term borrowings from trust subsidiaries formed specifically to issue trust preferred securities.

The Company continues to have substantial liquidity. At December 31, 2021, and December 31, 2020, the Company had the following sources of primary and secondary liquidity ($ in thousands):

Primary and Secondary Liquidity Sources

December 31, 2021

December 31, 2020

Cash and due from banks

$

257,528

$

71,417

Unpledged investment securities

806,132

311,983

Excess pledged securities

47,024

52,892

FHLB borrowing availability

787,519

535,404

Unsecured lines of credit

305,000

230,000

Funds available through fed discount window

50,608

58,127

Totals

$

2,253,811

$

1,259,823

Total capital of $362.5 million at December 31, 2021 reflects an increase of $18.6 million, or 5%, relative to year-end 2020. The increase in equity during the year ended December 31, 2021 was due to the addition of $43.0 million in net income, offset by a $7.2 million unfavorable swing in accumulated other comprehensive income/loss, $13.2 million in dividends paid, and $5.2 million in share repurchases. The remaining difference is related to stock options exercised and restricted stock granted during the year.

Asset Quality

Total nonperforming assets, comprised of nonaccrual loans and foreclosed assets, decreased by $4.0 million to $4.6 million for the year ended December 31, 2021. The Company's ratio of nonperforming loans to gross loans decreased to 0.23% at December 31, 2021 from 0.31% at December 31, 2020. All the Company's impaired assets are periodically reviewed and are either well-reserved based on current loss expectations or are carried at the fair value of the underlying collateral, net of expected disposition costs.

The Company's allowance for loan and lease losses was $14.3 million at December 31, 2021, as compared to a balance of $17.7 million at December 31, 2020. The allowance was 0.72% of total loans at both December 31, 2021 and December 31, 2020.

The $3.5 million decrease in the allowance for loan and lease losses during the year ended December 31, 2021, resulted from the $3.7 million benefit associated with loan and lease loss provision combined with net loan recoveries of previously charged off loan balances for $0.2 million. For further information regarding the Company's decision to defer the implementation of CECL under Section 4014 of the CARES Act, as well as further detail on the decrease loan and lease loss provision during the fourth quarter and year ended 2021, please see the discussion above under Provision for Loan and Lease Losses.

Management's detailed analysis indicates that the Company's allowance for loan and lease losses should be sufficient to cover credit losses inherent in loan and lease balances outstanding as of December 31, 2021, but no assurance can be given that the Company will not experience substantial future losses relative to the size of the loan and lease loss allowance.

The Company provided loan modification deferrals to customers under Section 4013 of the CARES Act, which are not treated as troubled debt restructured loans. As of December 31, 2021, we had three remaining loans for one customer relationship totaling $10.4 million. All these loans are fully secured by real estate collateral.

About Sierra Bancorp

Sierra Bancorp is the holding company for Bank of the Sierra (www.bankofthesierra.com), which is in its 45th year of operations and is the largest independent bank headquartered in the South San Joaquin Valley. Bank of the Sierra is a community-centric regional bank, which offers a broad range of retail and commercial banking services through full-service branches located within the counties of Tulare, Kern, Kings, Fresno, Ventura, San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara. The Bank also maintains an online branch and provides specialized lending services through an agricultural credit center, an SBA center and a dedicated loan production office in Roseville, California. In 2021, Bank of the Sierra was recognized as one of the strongest community banks in the country, with a 5‑star rating from Bauer Financial.

Forward-Looking Statements

The statements contained in this release that are not historical facts are forward-looking statements based on management's current expectations and beliefs concerning future developments and their potential effects on the Company. Readers are cautioned not to unduly rely on forward-looking statements. Actual results may differ from those projected. These forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties including but not limited to our borrowers' actual payment performance as loan deferrals related to the COVID-19 pandemic expire, changes to statutes, regulations, or regulatory policies or practices as a result of, or in response to COVID-19, including the potential adverse impact of loan modifications and payment deferrals implemented consistent with recent regulatory guidance, the health of the national and local economies, the Company's ability to attract and retain skilled employees, customers' service expectations, the Company's ability to successfully deploy new technology, the success of acquisitions and branch expansion, changes in interest rates, loan portfolio performance, and other factors detailed in the Company's SEC filings, including the "Risk Factors" and "Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations" sections of the Company's most recent Form 10-K and Form 10-Q.

STATEMENT OF CONDITION

(Dollars in Thousands, Unaudited)

ASSETS

12/31/2021

9/30/2021

6/30/2021

3/31/2021

12/31/2020

Cash and due from banks

$

257,528

$

422,350

$

373,902

$

346,211

$

71,417

Investment securities

973,314

732,312

607,474

552,931

543,974

Real estate loans

1-4 family residential construction

21,369

34,720

37,165

36,818

48,565

Other construction/land

25,299

25,512

27,682

50,433

71,980

1-4 family - closed-end

289,457

220,240

106,599

126,949

139,836

Equity lines

26,588

31,341

33,334

36,276

38,075

Multi-family residential

53,458

55,628

58,230

58,324

61,865

Commercial real estate - owner occupied

334,446

345,116

359,021

359,777

343,199

Commercial real estate - non-owner occupied

882,888

995,921

1,048,153

1,071,532

1,062,498

Farmland

106,706

124,446

125,783

126,157

129,905

Total real estate loans

1,740,211

1,832,924

1,795,967

1,866,266

1,895,923

Agricultural production loans

33,990

43,296

42,952

45,476

44,872

Commercial & industrial

109,791

132,292

150,632

183,762

209,048

Mortgage warehouse lines

101,184

126,486

150,351

187,940

307,679

Consumer loans

4,550

4,828

4,894

5,024

5,589

Gross loans & leases

1,989,726

2,139,826

2,144,796

2,288,468

2,463,111

Deferred loan & lease fees

(1,865

)

(2,612

)

(3,835

)

(3,717

)

(3,147

)

Allowance for loan & lease losses

(14,256

)

(15,617

)

(16,421

)

(18,319

)

(17,738

)

Net loans & leases

1,973,605

2,121,597

2,124,540

2,266,432

2,442,226

Bank premises & equipment

23,571

24,490

25,949

26,795

27,505

Other assets

142,996

141,990

140,183

133,668

135,620

Total assets

$

3,371,014

$

3,442,739

$

3,272,048

$

3,326,037

$

3,220,742

LIABILITIES & CAPITAL

Noninterest demand deposits

$

1,084,544

$

1,111,411

$

1,073,833

$

1,020,350

$

943,664

Interest-bearing transaction accounts

744,553

765,823

752,137

770,271

668,346

Savings deposits

450,785

451,248

435,076

415,230

368,420

Money market deposits

147,793

141,348

133,977

136,653

131,232

Customer time deposits

293,897

290,816

295,891

411,388

412,944

Wholesale brokered deposits

60,000

60,000

85,000

100,000

100,000

Total deposits

2,781,572

2,820,646

2,775,914

2,853,892

2,624,606

Long-term debt

49,141

49,221

-

-

-

Junior subordinated debentures

35,302

35,258

35,213

35,169

35,124

Other interest-bearing liabilities

106,937

92,553

70,535

56,527

182,038

Total deposits & interest-bearing liabilities

2,972,952

2,997,678

2,881,662

2,945,588

2,841,768

Other liabilities

35,568

80,554

32,657

32,468

35,078

Total capital

362,494

364,507

357,729

347,981

343,896

Total liabilities & capital

$

3,371,014

$

3,442,739

$

3,272,048

$

3,326,037

$

3,220,742

GOODWILL & INTANGIBLE ASSETS

(balances in $000's, unaudited)

12/31/2021

9/30/2021

6/30/2021

3/31/2021

12/31/2020

Goodwill

$

27,357

$

27,357

$

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