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South Atlantic Bancshares, Inc. Reports Earnings of 95 cents per Diluted Common Share For the Year Ended December 31, 2020

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MYRTLE BEACH, S.C., Jan. 26, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- South Atlantic Bancshares, Inc. ("South Atlantic" or the "Company") (OTCQX: SABK), parent of South Atlantic Bank (the "Bank"), today reported net income of $7.2 million, or $0.95 per diluted common share, for the year ended December 31, 2020, compared to $6.1 million, or $0.80 per diluted common share, reported for the year ended December 31, 2019. Net income for the three months ended December 31, 2020 totaled $1.8 million, or $0.24 per diluted common share, compared to $1.3 million or $0.17 per diluted common shares, reported for the three months ended December 31, 2019. During the fourth quarter of 2020, net income attributable to the Company's participation in the Small Business Administration ("SBA") Paycheck Protection Program ("PPP"), created under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, was $898 thousand.

Financial Highlights

  • Return on average equity was 7.69 percent for the year ended December 31, 2020, compared to 7.21 percent for the year ended December 31, 2019.

  • Return on average assets was 0.83 percent for the year ended December 31, 2020, compared to 0.87 percent for the year ended December 31, 2019.

  • The net interest margin, on a tax-equivalent basis, was 3.79 percent for the year ended December 31, 2020, a 37-basis point decline from 4.16 percent for the year ended December 31, 2019.

  • Total loans grew 19.3 percent from $575.7 million at December 31, 2019 to $686.9 million at December 31, 2020.

  • Total deposits grew 35.4 percent from $616.8 million at December 31, 2019 to $834.9 million at December 31, 2020.

  • Total assets grew 31.8 percent from $718.4 million at December 31, 2019 to $946.5 million at December 31, 2020.

  • Mortgage Origination Impact: Secondary fee income was $4.2 million for the year ended December 31, 2020 compared to $1.9 million for the year ended December 31, 2019.

  • For the year ended December 31, 2020, the Company recognized $1.3 million of the $3.8 million in estimated fees generated by originating PPP loans. The Company expects the remaining balance will be recognized over the next three quarters.

  • Asset quality continues to be strong with non-performing assets to average total assets at 0.03 percent as of December 31, 2020 compared to 0.08 percent reported as of December 31, 2019.

The continued effects of the ongoing novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, including restrictions on social and economic activity designed to reduce and control the spread of COVID-19, continue to cause a loss of business for many of our customers and the effects continue to be felt throughout the markets we serve. Safeguards issued by state and local governmental authorities in light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic continue to create difficult operating environments for businesses in our market areas, especially in the hospitality industries. These measures, although necessary, will delay the efforts of businesses in our market areas to work toward normal operations until it is safe to do so.

Wayne Wicker, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of South Atlantic, said, "We as a Company met the challenges presented by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and its ensuing economic pressures. As we reported previously, we were a strong participating lender in the SBA's PPP, processing 1,013 loans totaling approximately $91.7 million during April and May of 2020. Our Company will again be a strong participating lender in the new round of the PPP signed into law in December 2020. In addition, we responded to the needs of our borrowers by granting short-term loan modifications to those who were unable to meet their contractual payment obligations because of the COVID-19 pandemic. We are glad to report that $61.5 million, or 91.6 percent, of the loans previously granted loan modifications or deferrals have returned to making contractual interest and principal payments. The remaining $5.7 million in loans that continue to have loan modifications or deferrals are anticipated to meet contractual payments at the end of the deferral periods. Our financial performance in 2020 reflects limited loan growth (exclusive of the PPP loans that we originated) through the first nine months of 2020 due to accelerated or early loan payoffs; however, the fourth quarter of 2020 has shown positive increases in our loan portfolio with an improving pipeline. Deposits have continued to grow each period as we have obtained new relationships and current customers have moved funds to a safer environment. The reductions in the federal funds rate by the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (the "Federal Reserve") and the governmental restrictions on non-essential businesses to help stop the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic continue to contribute to reduced financial ratios compared to the year ended December 31, 2019. Nevertheless, we believe we have positioned our balance sheet for growth when the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic wane."

Operating Results

Net income for the year ended December 31, 2020 totaled $7.2 million, or $0.95 per diluted common share, compared to $6.1 million, or $0.80 per diluted common share, reported for the year ended December 31, 2019. Net income for the three months ended December 31, 2020 totaled $1.8 million, or $0.24 per diluted common share, compared to $1.3 million or $0.17 per diluted common share, reported for the three months ended December 31, 2019.

PPP Loans

Beginning in the fourth quarter of 2020, the Company began to receive PPP loan forgiveness payments from the SBA. As of December 31, 2020, we have received forgiveness payments for 178 PPP loans totaling $17.8 million, or 19.4 percent, which is reflected in the table below.

The Economic Aid Act, signed into law on December 27, 2020, authorized an additional $284.5 billion in new PPP funding and extends the authority of lenders to make PPP loans through March 31, 2021. Under the revised terms of the PPP, loans may be made to first time borrowers as well as certain businesses that previously received a PPP loan and experienced a significant reduction in revenue. The Company intends to participate in the new round of the PPP by offering first and second draw loans.

As of 12/31/2020







($'s in millions)












Forgiveness Received

Loan Size

# of Loans

$ of Loans

SBA Fee
%

$ fee

# of Loans

$ of Loans








<350K

966

$ 58.0

5.00%

$ 2.9

167

$ 9.80

$350 K - $2.0 MM

45

$ 29.0

3.00%

$ 0.87

11

$ 8.00

>$2.0 MM

2

$ 4.7

1.00%

$.047

0

$ -








Total

1,013

$ 91.7

4.31%

$ 3.8

178

$ 17.8

Net Interest Income

Net interest income increased $3.2 million, or 12.0 percent, to $30.0 million for the year ended December 31, 2020, compared to $26.8 million for the year ended December 31, 2019, and increased $1.5 million, or 22.5 percent, to $8.2 million for the three months ended December 31, 2020, compared to $6.7 million for the same three-month period in 2019. The increase during the year ended December 31, 2020 compared to the same period in 2019 resulted from a 22.9 percent increase in interest-earning average asset balances due primarily to increased interest income from loan growth of 19.3 percent for the year ended December 31, 2020. Net interest income to average assets was 3.48 percent for the year ended December 31, 2020, compared to 3.83 percent for the same period in 2019, and was 3.44 percent for the three months ended December 31, 2020, compared to 3.70 percent for the same three-month period in 2019. The decline during the year ended December 31, 2020 compared to the same period in 2019 is due primarily to a 22.9 percent increase in average assets and a 17.9 percent decline in our earning asset yield.

Net Interest Margin

Net interest margin, on a tax-equivalent basis ("net interest margin"), decreased 37 basis points on a year-over-year comparison (and decreased 39 basis points excluding PPP loans) from 4.16 percent at December 31, 2019 to 3.79 percent at December 31, 2020. The decrease in net interest margin is primarily the result of the 150-basis point cut in the federal funds rate by the Federal Reserve in March 2020, resulting in a 108 basis point drop in loan yield year-over-year from December 31, 2019 to December 31, 2020. The cost of deposits declined from 89 basis points at December 31, 2019 to 31 basis points at December 31, 2020. We may continue to experience margin compression due to the sustained decline in loan yields, slower cost of deposit declines, higher levels of liquidity related to the COVID-19 pandemic and possible interest reversals. Offsets to our net interest margin compression are our lower cost on deposits, increased non-interest bearing deposits and the impact of our participation in the SBA's PPP.

Net interest income and net interest margin are affected by purchase accounting accretion and amortization entries associated with the fair value measurements recorded effective June 1, 2018. Interest income on loans totaling $348 thousand were recorded for the year ended December 31, 2020, compared to $429 thousand for the year ended December 31, 2019. Purchase loan accretion amounts vary from period to period as a result of periodic cash flow re-estimations, loan payoffs, and payment performance.

Cost of Deposits

The cost of deposits was 89 basis points as of December 31, 2019 and 31 basis points as of December 31, 2020. Our cost of deposits was reduced significantly to offset the decline in loan yields primarily due to the 150-basis point cut in the federal funds rate by the Federal Reserve in March 2020.

Margin Analysis



Average Yield and Rate

Interest Income/Expense



MTD
Actual
Dec 2020

MTD
Actual
Dec 2019

Change

MTD
Actual
Dec 2020

MTD
Actual
Dec 2019

Change

Earning Assets








Loans


3.99

5.07

-1.08

2,316,242

2,453,161

-136,920

Loan fees


0.8

0.1

0.7

462,161

48,973

413,188

Loans with fees


4.78

5.17

-0.39

2,778,403

2,502,134

276,269

Mortgage held for sale


2.82

3.52

-0.7

92,417

17,260

75,157

Federal funds sold


0.11

1.69

-1.58

1,438

9,563

-8,125

Deposits with banks


0.23

0.81

-0.58

3,588

2,864

724

Investment - taxable


2.36

2.94

-0.58

180,334

158,391

21,943

Investment - tax-exempt


3.24

4.17

-0.93

60,167

26,886

33,281

Total Earning Assets


4.21

4.86

-0.65

3,116,347

2,717,099

399,248

Interest bearing liabilities








Interest bearing demand


0.11

0.31

-0.2

9,534

18,755

-9,221

Savings and Money Market


0.28

0.99

-0.71

82,558

215,420

-132,862

Time deposits - Retail


1.27

2.11

-0.84

104,018

214,082

-110,064

Time Deposits - Wholesale


0.75

2.14

-1.39

20,871

17,703

3,168

Total interest bearing deposits


0.44

1.2

-0.76

216,980

465,960

-248,979

Other borrowings


0

2.48

-2.48

0

568

-568

Total borrowed funds


0

2.48

-2.48

0

568

-568

Total interest-bearing liabilities

0.44

1.2

-0.76

216,980

466,527

-249,547

Net interest rate spread


3.77

3.66

0.11

2,899,366

2,250,572

648,795

Effect of NIBD


-0.13

-0.31

0.18




Cost of funds


0.31

0.89

-0.58




Net interest margin


3.92

4.03

-0.11




Noninterest Income and Expense

Noninterest income totaled $8.0 million for the year ended December 31, 2020, compared to $4.9 million for the year ended December 31, 2019. Noninterest income for the three months ended December 31, 2020 totaled $2.1 million, compared to $1.1 million for the three months ended December 31, 2019. The increase in noninterest income during the year ended December 31, 2020 was primarily related to increased mortgage origination resulting in fee income of $4.2 million and gains on the restructure of the Company's investment portfolio totaling $1.0 million for the year ended December 31, 2020 compared to $1.9 million and $409 thousand, respectively, for the year ended December 31, 2019. For the year ended December 31, 2020, noninterest expense increased $4.1 million to $27.5 million, compared to $23.4 million for the year ended December 31, 2019. For the three months ended December 31, 2020, noninterest expense increased $1.5 million to $7.4 million, compared to $5.9 million for the three months ended December 31, 2019. The increase in noninterest expense for the year ended December 31, 2020 compared to the same period in 2019 is primarily related to increases in compensation, including commissions paid for mortgage origination, benefits and occupancy related to the COVID-19 pandemic and an expansion of our market presence during the period. Expense control measures continue to be implemented by the Company where feasible. However, ongoing costs of working remotely and the deep cleaning of offices due to the COVID-19 pandemic continue to offset some of the Company's expense control measures.

Loan Loss Provision

Our provision for loan losses for the years ended December 31, 2020 and 2019 was $1.7 million and $810 thousand, respectively. This increase in the provision for loan losses for the year ended December 31, 2020 is due primarily to the increase in loan growth from December 31, 2019 to December 31, 2020, in addition to management's estimation of the anticipated economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. For the three months ended December 31, 2020, the provision for loan losses was $665 thousand, compared to $315 thousand for the same period in 2019. The provision for the three months ended December 31, 2020 consisted of $1.5 million in general factor increases primarily related to the potential impact of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic on credit risk, among other factors.

We continue to closely monitor our loan portfolio and may make provision adjustments based on modeling and loan portfolio performance. The allowance for loan and lease losses at December 31, 2020 was $6.8 million, or 0.99 percent of total loans (or 1.11 percent, excluding PPP loans), compared to $5.2 million, or 0.91 percent of total loans at December 31, 2019.

In addition, we have granted loan modifications or deferrals to certain borrowers on a short-term basis of three to year. As of June 30, 2020, we had granted short-term modifications or payment deferrals for 90 loans totaling $67.2 million, or 11 percent of our total loan portfolio. As of December 31, 2020, the number of loans granted short-term modifications or payment deferrals decreased to 5 loans totaling $5.7 million, or 0.92 percent of our total loan portfolio, excluding PPP loans. As of December 31, 2020, modifications of principal payments only make up $4.6 million of loans, or 0.75 percent of total loans outstanding, excluding PPP loans, while $1 million of loans, or 0.16 percent of total loans outstanding, excluding PPP loans, are interest and principal deferrals. The remaining loans that continue to have loan modifications or deferrals are anticipated to meet contractual payments at the end of their respective deferral periods.

The following table shows the number and amount of loans provided with short-term modifications and is organized by NCIAS sector code:

Deferrals and Modifications



6/30/2020

6/30/2020

9/30/2020

9/30/2020

12/31/2020

12/31/2020

SECTOR

DESCRIPTION

# OF
LOANS

$ DOLLAR

# OF
LOANS

$ DOLLAR

# of Loans

$ Dollars

23

Construction

4

$ 1,357

0

$ -

0

$ -

45-45

Retail Trade

6

$ 1,025

0

$ -

0

$ -

48-49

Transportation and Warehousing

5

$ 1,290

1

$ 483

0

$ -

52

Finance and Insurance

3

$ 1,024

0

$ -

0

$ -

53

Real Estate and Rental and Leasing

40

$ 9,914

8

$ 10,852

2

$ 1,721

62

Health Care and Social Assistance

3

$ 1,164

0

$ -

0

$ -

71

Arts, Entertainment and Recreation

6

$ 2,240

2

$ 784

1

$ 363

72

Accomodation and Food Service

8

$ 13,978

3

$ 5,250

1

$ 2,920

82

Religious Organizations

0

$ -

0

$ -

1

$ 649


Consumer

15

$ 5,186

0

$ -

0

$ -


TOTAL

90

$ 67,178

14

$ 17,369

5

$ 5,653

Nonperforming Assets

Nonperforming assets as a percentage of total assets was 0.03 percent as of December 31, 2020, compared to 0.08 percent as of December 31, 2019.

Capital Position

Shareholders' equity totaled $97.8 million as of December 31, 2020, an increase of $9.4 million from December 31, 2019. The Bank's capital position remains above the minimum regulatory thresholds required to be considered "well-capitalized," with a total risk-based capital ratio of 12.05 percent at December 31, 2020. At December 31, 2020, the Bank had approximately $14.2 million in excess of the 10.0 percent minimum regulatory threshold required to be considered a "well-capitalized" institution. In addition, the Company reported $10.8 million in additional capital available for contribution to the Bank. During the year ended December 31, 2020, the Company contributed $3.5 million to the Bank to maintain a minimum 8.0 percent leverage ratio. This capital contribution was the result of increased average assets due primarily to the $91.7 million in PPP loans originated by the Bank during the year ended December 31, 2020. The Company reported a total of 7,509,333 total common stock outstanding at December 31, 2020.

SELECTED FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS



Quarter Ended

Year Ended


December
31

September
30

June 30

March 31

December
31

December
31

December
31


2020

2020

2020

2020

2019

2020

2019









Earnings Breakdown (In Thousands, except share and per share amounts)




Total interest income

8,830

8,388

8,327

8,039

8,042

33,584

32,244

Total interest expense

665

738

821

1,332

1,379

3,557

5,429

Net interest income

8,165

7,650

7,506

6,706

6,663

30,028

26,815

Total noninterest income

2,138

1,980

2,234

1,630

1,131

7,982

4,859

Total noninterest expense

7,418

7,120

6,494

6,464

5,871

27,497

23,358

Provision for loan losses

665

165

610

245

315

1,685

810

Income before taxes

2,220

2,345

2,636

1,627

1,608

8,827

7,506

Taxes

376

376

540

340

342

1,631

1,440

Net income

1,844

1,969

2,096

1,287

1,266

7,196

6,066

Diluted earnings per share

0.24

0.26

0.28

0.17

0.17

0.95

0.80

Common Stock period end

7,509,333

7,504,040

7,504,040

7,504,040

7,504,040

7,509,333

7,504,040

Weighted average shares o/s








Common stock - basic

7,504,098

7,504,040

7,504,040

7,504,040

7,504,040

7,504,055

7,504,040

Common stock - diluted

7,561,005

7,530,222

7,529,952

7,588,124

7,603,468

7,552,776

7,601,903









Balance Sheet (In Thousands)







Total Assets

946,541

935,306

923,918

744,843

718,402

946,541

718,402

Investment securities

125,229

113,111

85,513

73,402

76,399

125,229

76,399

Mortgage loans held-for-sale

36,676

37,141

13,119

8,437

4,904

36,676

4,904

Loans

686,894

673,766

680,265

594,133

575,721

686,894

575,721

Allowance for loan losses

(6,824)

(6,243)

(6,100)

(5,490)

(5,237)

(6,824)

(5,237)

Goodwill

5,349

5,349

5,349

5,349

5,349

5,349

5,349

Deposit intangible

859

919

981

1,045

1,111

859

1,111

Deposits

834,854

823,996

815,010

635,631

616,807

834,854

616,807

Shareholders' equity

97,822

96,001

93,541

90,071

88,406

97,822

88,406









Selected Ratios (%)








Return on average assets

0.78

0.85

1.00

0.69

0.70

0.83

0.87

Return on average equity

7.58

8.20

9.19

5.74

5.74

7.69

7.21

Net interest income to total AA

3.45

3.30

3.59

3.62

3.70

3.48

3.83

Efficiency ratio

72.00

73.94

66.68

77.54

75.33

72.34

73.74

Loan loss reserve to total loans

0.99

0.93

0.90

0.92

0.91

0.99

0.91

Nonperforming assets to total AA

0.02

0.03

0.04

0.07

0.07

0.03

0.08

Net charge-offs to total average loans

0.05

0.01

0.00

(0.01)

(0.01)

0.02

0.00

Net interest margin

3.74

3.59

3.93

3.98

4.03

3.79

4.16









Holding Company Capital Ratios







Total risk-based capital ratio

13.84

13.67

13.63

14.23

14.63

13.84

14.63

Tier 1 risk-based capital ratio

12.83

12.73

12.70

13.33

13.73

12.83

13.73

Leverage ratio

9.30

9.30

9.98

10.95

11.26

9.30

11.26

Common equity tier 1 ratio

12.83

12.73

12.70

13.33

13.73

12.83

13.73

Tangible common equity

9.72

9.63

9.47

11.29

11.47

9.72

11.47









Average Balances (In Thousands)







Total assets

942,248

922,732

839,809

745,609

714,442

862,982

700,692

Earning assets

878,944

859,381

774,202

682,017

660,346

799,022

648,191

Investment securities

122,124

100,765

77,172

72,684

73,594

93,286

60,611

Loans, net of unearned income

681,191

678,222

662,651

583,497

565,184

651,545

553,036

Deposits

830,220

812,283

727,021

640,492

611,566

752,880

599,031

Shareholders' equity

96,804

95,510

91,691

90,150

87,415

93,553

84,186

About South Atlantic Bancshares, Inc.

South Atlantic Bancshares, Inc. (OTCQX: SABK) is a registered bank holding company based in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina with $947 million in total assets. The Company's banking subsidiary, South Atlantic Bank, is a full-service financial institution spanning the entire coastal area of South Carolina, and is locally owned, controlled and operated. The Bank operates ten offices in Myrtle Beach, Carolina Forest, North Myrtle Beach, Murrells Inlet, Pawleys Island, Georgetown, Mount Pleasant, Charleston, Bluffton and Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. The Bank specializes in providing personalized community banking services to individuals, small businesses and corporations. Services include a full range of consumer and commercial banking products, including mortgage, and treasury management, including South Atlantic Bank goMobile, the Bank's mobile banking app. The Bank also offers internet banking, no-fee ATM access, checking, CD and money market accounts, merchant services, mortgage loans, remote deposit capture, and more. For more information, visit www.SouthAtlantic.bank.

Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains, among other things, certain statements about future events that constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including, without limitation, statements regarding the effects of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, statements with references to a future period or statements preceded by, followed by, or that include the words "may," "could," "should," "would," "believe," "anticipate," "estimate," "expect," "intend," "plan," "project," "outlook" or similar terms or expressions. These statements are based upon the current beliefs and expectations of the Company's management team and are subject to significant risks and uncertainties that are subject to change based on various factors (many of which are beyond the Company's control). These risks, uncertainties and other factors may cause the actual results, performance, and achievements of the Company to be materially different from the anticipated future results, performance or achievements expressed in, or implied by, the forward-looking statements. Although the Company believes that the assumptions underlying the forward-looking statements are reasonable, any of the assumptions could prove to be inaccurate. Therefore, the Company 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 the Company or any person that the future events, plans, or expectations contemplated by the Company will be achieved and readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on the forward-looking statements contained in this press release. All subsequent written and oral forward-looking statements attributable to the Company or any person acting on its behalf are expressly qualified in their entirety by the cautionary statements above. Any forward-looking statements contained in this press release are made as of the date hereof, and the Company does not undertake any obligation to update any forward-looking statement to reflect circumstances or events that occur after the date the forward-looking statements are made, except as required by law.

Information contained herein, other than information as of December 31, 2019 is unaudited. All financial data should be read in conjunction with the notes to the consolidated financial statements of the Company and the Bank as of and for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2019, as contained in the Company's 2019 Annual Report located on the Company's website.

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Contacts: K. Wayne Wicker, Chairman & CEO, 843-839-4410
Dick Burch, EVP & CFO 843-839-4412

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