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Earnings DateJan 21, 2021 - Jan 25, 2021
Forward Dividend & Yield0.26 (1.86%)
Ex-Dividend DateOct 02, 2020
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  • Investar (ISTR) Q3 Earnings and Revenues Beat Estimates
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    Investar (ISTR) Q3 Earnings and Revenues Beat Estimates

    Investar (ISTR) delivered earnings and revenue surprises of 12.90% and 5.30%, respectively, for the quarter ended September 2020. Do the numbers hold clues to what lies ahead for the stock?

  • Investar Holding Corporation Announces 2020 Third Quarter Results
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    Investar Holding Corporation Announces 2020 Third Quarter Results

    BATON ROUGE, La., Oct. 22, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Investar Holding Corporation (NASDAQ: ISTR) (the “Company”), the holding company for Investar Bank, National Association (the “Bank”), today announced financial results for the quarter ended September 30, 2020. The Company reported net income of $4.5 million, or $0.41 per diluted common share, for the third quarter of 2020, compared to $4.3 million, or $0.39 per diluted common share, for the quarter ended June 30, 2020, and $4.7 million, or $0.46 per diluted common share, for the quarter ended September 30, 2019. On a non-GAAP basis, core earnings per diluted common share for the third quarter of 2020 were $0.35 compared to $0.32 for the quarter ended June 30, 2020 and $0.48 for the quarter ended September 30, 2019. Core earnings exclude certain non-operating items including, but not limited to, gain on sale of investment securities, net, acquisition expense and severance (refer to the Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures table for a reconciliation of GAAP to non-GAAP metrics).Investar Holding Corporation President and Chief Executive Officer John D’Angelo said:“I am very pleased with our results for the third quarter of 2020, which are a testament to both the overall strength of our organization and our customers that we serve. Since the pandemic began, we have been internally focused on our operations and financial condition. During the first nine months of the year, we have made significant changes to our deposit mix, margin, cost of funds and loan loss reserve. We have worked to develop and strengthen areas that were once weaknesses when compared to our peers. At the same time, we continue to control our expense structure and maintain a strong credit culture. Our customer relationship model of banking and multi-state strategy continue to build franchise value. We believe our geographic revenue diversification will continue to benefit the Bank in future years.I am amazed at the resiliency of our employees, customers and earnings capacity during the pandemic as we continue to build a strong balance sheet. Our capital levels remain strong and uniquely position Investar for the future. We continue to exhibit our faith in our strategy by repurchasing over 600,000 shares of Investar stock since January of 2020. Our goal will remain to control the things that will create shareholder value as we come to the end of 2020.”Third Quarter Highlights * Total revenues, or interest and noninterest income, for the quarter ended September 30, 2020 totaled $26.8 million, a decrease of $0.9 million, or 3.4%, compared to the quarter ended June 30, 2020, and an increase of $2.3 million, or 9.5%, compared to the quarter ended September 30, 2019. * Total loans increased $15.7 million, or 0.9%, to $1.83 billion at September 30, 2020, compared to $1.81 billion at June 30, 2020, and increased $243.3 million, or 15.3%, compared to $1.59 billion at September 30, 2019. Excluding loans acquired from Bank of York on November 1, 2019 and PlainsCapital Bank on February 21, 2020 with a total balance of $75.9 million at September 30, 2020, total loans increased $167.5 million, or 10.6%, compared to September 30, 2019. Beginning in the second quarter of 2020, the Bank participated as a lender in the Small Business Administration’s (“SBA”) and U.S. Department of Treasury’s Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”) as established by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act”). The PPP loans are generally 100% guaranteed by the SBA. At September 30, 2020, the balance of PPP loans was $110.3 million compared to $109.5 million at June 30, 2020. * In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, in the first quarter of 2020, the Bank instituted a 90-day loan deferral program for affected customers and continues to offer assistance to those experiencing financial hardships as a result of the pandemic. At September 30, 2020, the Company had $56.5 million, or 3.1% of the total loan portfolio, on the deferral program. As of October 20, 2020, the balance of loans remaining on the 90-day deferral plan was approximately $30.7 million, or 1.7% of the total loan portfolio. * The allowance for loan losses to total loans increased to 1.04% at September 30, 2020, compared to 0.92% at June 30, 2020 and 0.65% at September 30, 2019, representing a 60% increase in the allowance for loan losses to total loans compared to September 30, 2019. * Time deposits as a percentage of total deposits decreased to 32.2% compared to 35.5% at June 30, 2020 and 43.1% at September 30, 2019. * The Bank recorded $2.5 million in provision for loan losses for the quarters ended September 30, 2020 and June 30, 2020 compared to $0.5 million for the quarter September 30, 2019. The increases in the provision for loan losses in both the second and third quarters of 2020 compared to the quarter ended September 30, 2019 are primarily a result of the deterioration of market conditions which have been adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic the related uncertainty regarding the pandemic’s future. * Cost of deposits decreased 23 basis points to 0.97% for the quarter ended September 30, 2020 compared to 1.20% for the quarter ended June 30, 2020, and decreased 64 basis points compared to 1.61% for the quarter ended September 30, 2019. Our overall cost of funds decreased 20 and 57 basis points to 1.16% compared to 1.36% and 1.73% for the quarters ended June 30, 2020 and September 30, 2019, respectively. * Net interest margin remained stable at 3.46% for the quarters ended September 30, 2020 and June 30, 2020. * Tangible book value per common share increased to $19.27 at September 30, 2020, or 2.4% (9.6% annualized), compared to $18.82 at June 30, 2020. Tangible book value per common share increased 3.8% compared to $18.56 at September 30, 2019. * The Company and Bank remain well capitalized with all capital ratios above the regulatory requirements. The total risk-based capital ratio for the Company and Bank was 14.62% and 13.50%, respectively, at September 30, 2020, compared to 14.61% and 13.25%, respectively, at June 30, 2020. * The Company repurchased 211,132 shares of its common stock through its stock repurchase program at an average price of $13.92 per share during the quarter ended September 30, 2020, leaving 285,729 shares authorized for repurchase under the current stock repurchase plan after the Company’s board of directors approved, on August 26, 2020, an additional 300,000 shares for repurchase. The Company has repurchased 640,605 shares of its common stock at an average price of $16.80 during the nine months ended September 30, 2020.LoansTotal loans were $1.83 billion at September 30, 2020, an increase of $15.7 million, or 0.9%, compared to June 30, 2020, and an increase of $243.3 million, or 15.3%, compared to September 30, 2019. Excluding loans acquired from Bank of York on November 1, 2019 and PlainsCapital Bank on February 21, 2020 with a total balance of $75.9 million at September 30, 2020, total loans increased $167.5 million, or 10.6%, compared to September 30, 2019.The following table sets forth the composition of the total loan portfolio as of the dates indicated (dollars in thousands).       Linked Quarter Change Year/Year Change Percentage of Total Loans  9/30/2020 6/30/2020 9/30/2019 $ % $ % 9/30/2020 9/30/2019 Mortgage loans on real estate                        Construction and development$206,751 $199,419 $176,674 $7,332  3.7% $30,077  17.0% 11.3% 11.1% 1-4 Family339,364 326,102 310,298 13,262  4.1  29,066  9.4  18.6  19.6  Multifamily57,734 60,617 58,243 (2,883) (4.8) (509) (0.9) 3.2  3.7  Farmland26,005 28,845 24,629 (2,840) (9.8) 1,376  5.6  1.4  1.6  Commercial real estate                        Owner-occupied379,490 371,783 339,240 7,707  2.1  40,250  11.9  20.7  21.4  Nonowner-occupied404,748 411,776 353,910 (7,028) (1.7) 50,838  14.4  22.1  22.3  Commercial and industrial392,955 390,085 293,152 2,870  0.7  99,803  34.0  21.5  18.4  Consumer22,633 25,344 30,196 (2,711) (10.7) (7,563) (25.0) 1.2  1.9  Total loans$1,829,680 $1,813,971 $1,586,342 $15,709  0.9% $243,338  15.3% 100% 100%                          In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, in the first quarter of 2020, the Bank instituted a 90-day loan deferral program for customers who are impacted by the pandemic and is continuing to offer assistance to support customers experiencing financial hardships related to the pandemic. As of September 30, 2020, the balance of loans participating in the 90-day deferral program was approximately $56.5 million, or 3.1% of the total loan portfolio, compared to $490.3 million, or 27.0% of the total loan portfolio, at June 30, 2020. Of the loans participating in the deferral program at September 30, 2020, 65% have deferrals of principal and interest, 31% have deferrals of principal only, and 4% have deferrals of interest only. As 90-day loan deferrals have expired, most customers have returned to their regular payment schedules. As of October 20, 2020, the balance of loans participating in the 90-day deferral plan was approximately $30.7 million, or 1.7% of the total loan portfolio. This balance includes loans with a deferral period that had not yet expired, and is inclusive of $25.3 million of loans to borrowers who requested a second 90-day deferral period. The Bank continues to support borrowers experiencing financial hardships related to the pandemic and expects to process additional deferrals requested by qualified borrowers. Therefore, we may experience fluctuations in the balance of loans participating in the deferral program.In addition, in the second quarter of 2020, the Bank began participating as a lender in the PPP as established by the CARES Act. The PPP loans are generally 100% guaranteed by the SBA, have an interest rate of 1%, and are eligible to be forgiven based on certain criteria, with the SBA remitting any applicable forgiveness amount to the lender. At September 30, 2020, the balance of the Bank’s PPP loans was $110.3 million, compared to $109.5 million at June 30, 2020. Eighty-six percent of the total number of PPP loans we have originated have principal balances of $150,000 or less. Excluding PPP loans, total loans increased $15.0 million, or 0.9%, at September 30, 2020 compared to June 30, 2020, and increased $133.1 million, or 8.4%, compared to September 30, 2019.At September 30, 2020, the Company’s total business lending portfolio, which consists of loans secured by owner-occupied commercial real estate properties and commercial and industrial loans, was $772.4 million, an increase of $10.6 million, or 1.4%, compared to the business lending portfolio of $761.9 million at June 30, 2020, and an increase of $140.1 million, or 22.1%, compared to the business lending portfolio of $632.4 million at September 30, 2019. The increase in the business lending portfolio compared to June 30, 2020 was driven by the increase in owner-occupied commercial real estate loans. The origination of PPP loans, which are included in the commercial and industrial loan portfolio, was the primary driver of the increase in the business lending portfolio compared to September 30, 2019.Consumer loans totaled $22.6 million at September 30, 2020, a decrease of $2.7 million, or 10.7%, compared to $25.3 million at June 30, 2020, and a decrease of $7.6 million, or 25.0%, compared to $30.2 million at September 30, 2019. The decrease in consumer loans is mainly attributable to the scheduled paydowns of the indirect auto lending portfolio and is consistent with our business strategy.Our loan portfolio includes loans to businesses in certain industries that may be more significantly affected by the pandemic than others. These loans, including loans related to oil and gas, food services, hospitality, and entertainment, represent approximately 6.6% of our total portfolio, or 5.6% excluding PPP loans, at September 30, 2020, compared to 6.8% of our total portfolio, or 5.8% excluding PPP loans, at June 30, 2020, as shown in the table below.Industry Percentage of Loan Portfolio September 30, 2020 Percentage of Loan Portfolio September 30, 2020 (excluding PPP loans) Percentage of Loan Portfolio June 30, 2020 Percentage of Loan Portfolio June 30, 2020 (excluding PPP loans) Oil and gas 3.5% 2.7% 3.5% 2.7% Food services 2.3  2.1  2.4  2.2  Hospitality 0.4  0.4  0.4  0.4  Entertainment 0.4  0.4  0.5  0.5  Total 6.6% 5.6% 6.8% 5.8%               Credit QualityNonperforming loans were $12.4 million, or 0.68% of total loans, at September 30, 2020, a decrease of $0.7 million compared to $13.1 million, or 0.72% of total loans, at June 30, 2020, and an increase of $6.7 million compared to $5.7 million, or 0.36% of total loans, at September 30, 2019. The increase in nonperforming loans compared to September 30, 2019 is mainly attributable to one commercial and industrial oil and gas loan relationship totaling $6.0 million at September 30, 2020. Included in nonperforming loans are acquired loans with a balance of $3.8 million at September 30, 2020, or 31% of nonperforming loans. Under the CARES Act and guidance from regulatory agencies, certain loans modified due to pandemic-related hardships are not accounted for as past due or nonaccrual.The allowance for loan losses was $19.0 million, or 153.8% and 1.04% of nonperforming and total loans, respectively, at September 30, 2020, compared to $16.7 million, or 127.6% and 0.92%, respectively, at June 30, 2020, and $10.3 million, or 182.4% and 0.65%, respectively, at September 30, 2019.The provision for loan losses was $2.5 million for the quarters ended September 30, 2020 and June 30, 2020 compared to $0.5 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2019. Additional provision for loan losses was recorded in the second and third quarters of 2020 primarily as a result of the deterioration of market conditions which have been adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Although we have not yet experienced charge-offs directly related to the pandemic, the Company continues to assess the impact the pandemic may have on its loan portfolio to determine the need for additional reserves.DepositsTotal deposits at September 30, 2020 were $1.83 billion, a decrease of $55.1 million, or 2.9%, compared to June 30, 2020, and an increase of $249.1 million, or 15.7%, compared to September 30, 2019. The decrease in total deposits compared to June 30, 2020 was driven by a $79.9 million decrease in time deposits. The COVID-19 pandemic has created a significant amount of excess liquidity in the market, and, as a result, we experienced large increases in both noninterest and interest-bearing demand deposits, and savings accounts compared to September 30, 2019. The Company acquired approximately $37.0 million in deposits from PlainsCapital Bank in the first quarter of 2020 and $84.8 million in deposits from Bank of York in the fourth quarter of 2019. The remaining increase compared to September 30, 2019 is due to organic growth. Our deposit mix has improved and reflects our consistent focus on relationship banking and growing our commercial relationships, as well as the effects of the pandemic on consumer and business spending.The following table sets forth the composition of deposits as of the dates indicated (dollars in thousands).       Linked Quarter Change  Year/Year Change  Percentage of Total Deposits  9/30/2020 6/30/2020 9/30/2019 $ % $ % 9/30/2020 9/30/2019 Noninterest-bearing demand deposits$452,070 $469,095 $291,039 $(17,025) (3.6)% $161,031  55.3% 24.6% 18.4% Interest-bearing demand deposits473,819 437,821 305,361 35,998  8.2  168,458  55.2  25.8  19.2  Money market deposit accounts179,133 183,371 194,757 (4,238) (2.3) (15,624) (8.0) 9.8  12.3  Savings accounts139,153 129,157 110,636 9,996  7.7  28,517  25.8  7.6  7.0  Time deposits590,274 670,144 683,564 (79,870) (11.9) (93,290) (13.6) 32.2  43.1  Total deposits$1,834,449 $1,889,588 $1,585,357 $(55,139) (2.9)% $249,092  15.7% 100.0% 100.0%                          Interest-bearing demand deposits experienced the largest increases compared to June 30, 2020 and September 30, 2019. These increases were primarily driven by government stimulus payments, reduced spending by consumer and business customers related to the COVID-19 pandemic, and increases in PPP borrowers’ deposit accounts. We believe these factors may be temporary depending on the future economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. As the state of the economy and financial markets deteriorated during the first three quarters of 2020 in response to the global pandemic, some customers desired increased security of funds and transferred holdings into fully-insured checking accounts, or our Assured Checking product, shown in interest-bearing demand deposits in the table above.Management also made a strategic decision to either reprice or run-off higher yielding time deposits and other interest-bearing deposit products during the nine months ended September 30, 2020, which contributed to our decreased cost of deposits compared to the quarters ended June 30, 2020 and September 30, 2019.Net Interest IncomeNet interest income for the third quarter of 2020 totaled $18.7 million, an increase of $0.4 million, or 2.0%, compared to the second quarter of 2020, and an increase of $2.3 million, or 14.3%, compared to the third quarter of 2019. Included in net interest income for the quarters ended September 30, 2020, June 30, 2020 and September 30, 2019 is $0.2 million, $0.4 million and $0.4 million, respectively, of interest income accretion from the acquisition of loans. Also included in net interest income for the quarters ended September 30, 2020 and September 30, 2019 are interest recoveries of $16,000 and $24,000, respectively, on acquired loans.The Company’s net interest margin was 3.46% for the quarters ended September 30, 2020 and June 30, 2020, compared to 3.48% for the quarter ended September 30, 2019. The yield on interest-earning assets was 4.33% for the quarter ended September 30, 2020 compared to 4.49% for the quarter ended June 30, 2020 and 4.86% for the quarter ended September 30, 2019. The decrease in the yield on interest-earning assets compared to the quarter ended June 30, 2020 was driven by lower loan yields, as well as a large decrease in the yield earned on investment securities. In response to the pandemic, during March 2020, the Federal Reserve reduced the federal funds rate 150 basis points to 0 to 0.25 percent, which has affected the yields that we earn on our interest-earning assets. In addition, the PPP loans originated in the second and third quarters of 2020 have a contractual interest rate of 1% and origination fees based on the loan amount, which impacts the yield on our loan portfolio. Exclusive of PPP loans, which had an average balance of $114.7 million and related interest and fee income of $0.8 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2020 and an average balance of $78.9 million and related interest and fee income of $0.8 million for the quarter ended June 30, 2020, adjusted net interest margin was 3.50% for the quarter ended September 30, 2020, compared to an adjusted net interest margin of 3.44% for the quarter ended June 30, 2020.The stability in the net interest margin for the quarter ended September 30, 2020 compared to the quarter ended June 30, 2020 was driven by the improvement in our cost of funds. The decrease in net interest margin for the quarter ended September 30, 2020 compared to the quarter ended September 30, 2019 was driven by a 53 basis point decrease in the yield on interest-earning assets.Exclusive of the interest income accretion from the acquisition of loans, discussed above, as well as interest recoveries of $16,000 and $24,000 in the quarters ended September 30, 2020 and September 30, 2019, respectively, adjusted net interest margin increased three basis points to 3.42% for the quarter ended September 30, 2020 compared to 3.39% for the quarters ended June 30, 2020 and September 30, 2019. The adjusted yield on interest-earning assets was 4.29% for the quarter ended September 30, 2020 compared to 4.43% and 4.77% for the quarters ended June 30, 2020 and September 30, 2019, respectively.The cost of deposits decreased 23 basis points to 0.97% for the quarter ended September 30, 2020 compared to 1.20% for the quarter ended June 30, 2020 and decreased 64 basis points compared to 1.61% for the quarter ended September 30, 2019. The decrease in the cost of deposits compared to the quarters ended June 30, 2020 and September 30, 2019 reflects the decrease in rates paid for all categories of interest-bearing deposits.The overall costs of funds for the quarter ended September 30, 2020 decreased 20 basis points to 1.16% compared to 1.36% for the quarter ended June 30, 2020 and decreased 57 basis points compared to 1.73% for the quarter ended September 30, 2019. The decrease in the cost of funds for the quarter ended September 30, 2020 compared to the quarters ended June 30, 2020 and September 30, 2019 resulted from both lower cost of deposits and short-term borrowings, the costs of which are driven by the Federal Reserve’s federal funds rates.Noninterest IncomeNoninterest income for the third quarter of 2020 totaled $3.4 million, a decrease of $0.5 million compared to the second quarter of 2020 and an increase of $1.8 million compared to the third quarter of 2019. The decrease in noninterest income for the quarter ended September 30, 2020 compared to the quarter ended June 30, 2020 was driven by decreases in the fair value of equity securities and the gain on sale of investments securities. The increase in noninterest income for the quarter ended September 30, 2020 compared to the quarter ended September 30, 2019 is primarily attributable to the large increases in the gain on sale of investment securities and other operating income. Other operating income includes, among other things, credit card and ATM fees, and derivative fee income.Noninterest ExpenseNoninterest expense for the third quarter of 2020 totaled $14.1 million, a decrease of $0.4 million, or 3.0%, compared to the second quarter of 2020, and an increase of $2.4 million, or 20.3%, compared to the third quarter of 2019.The decrease in noninterest expense for the quarter ended September 30, 2020 compared to the quarter ended June 30, 2020 is mainly attributable to the $0.3 million decrease in salaries and employee benefits and the $0.2 million decrease in acquisition expense. The quarter ended June 30, 2020 included a severance charge of $0.3 million and $0.3 million in acquisition expenses related to the operational conversion of Bank of York.The increase in noninterest expense for the third quarter of 2020 compared to the third quarter of 2019 is primarily attributable to the $0.9 million increases in salaries and employee benefits and other operating expenses. The increase in salaries and employee benefits is mainly attributable to the increased number of employees as a result of our growth, both organically and through acquisition. With the acquisitions of Bank of York and the PlainsCapital Bank branches, which together added four branch locations and related staff, as well as the opening of two de novo branches in the fourth quarter of 2019, the Company had 318 full-time equivalent employees at September 30, 2020, compared to 285 at September 30, 2019. The increase in other operating expenses is also attributable to the Bank’s acquisition activity and de novo branches discussed above.TaxesThe Company recorded income tax expense of $1.1 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2020, which equates to an effective tax rate of 19.6%, compared to effective tax rates of 19.2% for the quarters ended June 30, 2020 and September 30, 2019. Management expects the Company’s effective tax rate to approximate 20% in 2020.Basic and Diluted Earnings Per Common ShareThe Company reported basic and diluted earnings per common share of $0.41 for the quarter ended September 30, 2020, an increase of $0.02 compared to basic and diluted earnings per common share of $0.39 for the quarter ended June 30, 2020, and a decrease of $0.05 compared to basic and diluted earnings per common share of $0.46 for the quarter ended September 30, 2019.Supplemental ReportA supplemental report for the current period is available, with this earning release, in the Investors section of our website.About Investar Holding CorporationInvestar Holding Corporation, headquartered in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, provides full banking services, excluding trust services, through its wholly-owned banking subsidiary, Investar Bank, National Association. The Bank currently operates 30 branch locations serving south Louisiana, southeast Texas, and southwest Alabama. At September 30, 2020, the Company had 318 full-time equivalent employees and total assets of $2.3 billion.Non-GAAP Financial MeasuresThis press release contains financial information determined by methods other than in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles in the United States of America, or GAAP. These measures and ratios include “tangible common equity,” “tangible assets,” “tangible equity to tangible assets,” “tangible book value per common share,” “core noninterest income,” “core earnings before noninterest expense,” “core noninterest expense,” “core earnings before income tax expense,” “core income tax expense,” “core earnings,” “core efficiency ratio,” “core return on average assets,” “core return on average equity,” “core basic earnings per share,” and “core diluted earnings per share.” Management believes these non-GAAP financial measures provide information useful to investors in understanding the Company’s financial results, and the Company believes that its presentation, together with the accompanying reconciliations, provide a more complete understanding of factors and trends affecting the Company’s business and allow investors to view performance in a manner similar to management, the entire financial services sector, bank stock analysts and bank regulators. These non-GAAP measures should not be considered a substitute for GAAP basis measures and results, and the Company strongly encourages investors to review its consolidated financial statements in their entirety and not to rely on any single financial measure. Because non-GAAP financial measures are not standardized, it may not be possible to compare these financial measures with other companies’ non-GAAP financial measures having the same or similar names. A reconciliation of the non-GAAP financial measures disclosed in this press release to the comparable GAAP financial measures is included at the end of the financial statement tables.Forward-Looking and Cautionary StatementsThis press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 that reflect the Company’s current views with respect to, among other things, future events and financial performance. The Company generally identifies forward-looking statements by terminology such as “outlook,” “believes,” “expects,” “potential,” “continues,” “may,” “will,” “could,” “should,” “seeks,” “approximately,” “predicts,” “intends,” “plans,” “estimates,” “anticipates,” or the negative version of those words or other comparable words. In addition, any of the following matters related to the pandemic may impact our financial results in future periods, and such impacts may be material depending on the length and severity of the pandemic and government and societal responses to it: * borrowers may default on loans and economic conditions could deteriorate requiring further increases to the allowance for loan losses; * demand for our loans and other banking services, and related income and fees, may be reduced; * the value of collateral securing our loans may deteriorate; and * lower market interest rates will have an adverse impact on our variable rate loans and reduce our income.Any forward-looking statements contained in this press release are based on the historical performance of the Company and its subsidiaries or on the Company’s current plans, estimates and expectations. The inclusion of this forward-looking information should not be regarded as a representation by the Company that the future plans, estimates or expectations by the Company will be achieved. Such forward-looking statements are subject to various risks and uncertainties and assumptions relating to the Company’s operations, financial results, financial condition, business prospects, growth strategy and liquidity. If one or more of these or other risks or uncertainties materialize, or if the Company’s underlying assumptions prove to be incorrect, the Company’s actual results may vary materially from those indicated in these statements. The Company does not undertake any obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future developments or otherwise. A number of important factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those indicated by the forward-looking statements. These factors include, but are not limited to, the following, any one or more of which could materially affect the outcome of future events: * the ongoing impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on economic conditions in general and on the Bank’s markets in particular, and on the Bank’s operations and financial results; * ongoing disruptions in the oil and gas industry due to the significant decrease in the price of oil; * business and economic conditions generally and in the financial services industry in particular, whether nationally, regionally or in the markets in which we operate; * increased cyber and payment fraud risk, as cybercriminals attempt to profit from the disruption, given increased online and remote activity; * our ability to achieve organic loan and deposit growth, and the composition of that growth; * our ability to identify and enter into agreements to combine with attractive acquisition candidates, finance acquisitions, complete acquisitions after definitive agreements are entered into, and successfully integrate acquired operations; * changes (or the lack of changes) in interest rates, yield curves and interest rate spread relationships that affect our loan and deposit pricing; * possible cessation or market replacement of LIBOR and the related effect on our LIBOR-based financial products and contracts, including, but not limited to, hedging products, debt obligations, investments and loans; * the extent of continuing client demand for the high level of personalized service that is a key element of our banking approach as well as our ability to execute our strategy generally; * our dependence on our management team, and our ability to attract and retain qualified personnel; * changes in the quality or composition of our loan or investment portfolios, including adverse developments in borrower industries or in the repayment ability of individual borrowers; * inaccuracy of the assumptions and estimates we make in establishing reserves for probable loan losses and other estimates; * the concentration of our business within our geographic areas of operation in Louisiana, Texas and Alabama; and * concentration of credit exposure.These factors should not be construed as exhaustive. Additional information on these and other risk factors can be found in Item 1A. “Risk Factors” and in the “Special Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements” in Item 7. “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2019, in Part II Item 1A. “Risk Factors” and in the “Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements” in Part I. Item 2. “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” in the Company’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31, 2020, and in Part II Item 1A. “Risk Factors” and in the “Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements” in Part I. Item 2. “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” in the Company’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended June 30, 2020, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”).For further information contact:Investar Holding Corporation                                                                                                         Chris Hufft Chief Financial Officer (225) 227-2215 Chris.Hufft@investarbank.com                INVESTAR HOLDING CORPORATION SUMMARY FINANCIAL INFORMATION (Amounts in thousands, except share data) (Unaudited)                  As of and for the three months ended  9/30/2020 6/30/2020 9/30/2019 Linked Quarter Year/Year EARNINGS DATA               Total interest income$23,394  $23,802  $22,854  (1.7)% 2.4% Total interest expense4,688  5,463  6,488  (14.2) (27.7) Net interest income18,706  18,339  16,366  2.0  14.3  Provision for loan losses2,500  2,500  538  —  364.7  Total noninterest income3,401  3,931  1,618  (13.5) 110.2  Total noninterest expense14,051  14,480  11,682  (3.0) 20.3  Income before income taxes5,556  5,290  5,764  5.0  (3.6) Income tax expense1,089  1,016  1,107  7.2  (1.6) Net income$4,467  $4,274  $4,657  4.5  (4.1)                 AVERAGE BALANCE SHEET DATA               Total assets$2,320,501  $2,296,082  $1,999,240  1.1% 16.1% Total interest-earning assets2,149,946  2,130,236  1,864,218  0.9  15.3  Total loans1,816,014  1,789,863  1,560,841  1.5  16.3  Total interest-bearing deposits1,390,443  1,403,168  1,284,646  (0.9) 8.2  Total interest-bearing liabilities1,613,049  1,615,422  1,488,776  (0.1) 8.3  Total deposits1,836,168  1,827,512  1,570,289  0.5  16.9  Total stockholders’ equity239,822  236,651  208,957  1.3  14.8                  PER SHARE DATA               Earnings:               Basic earnings per common share$0.41  $0.39  $0.46  5.1% (10.9)% Diluted earnings per common share0.41  0.39  0.46  5.1  (10.9) Core Earnings(1):               Core basic earnings per common share(1)0.35  0.32  0.48  9.4  (27.1) Core diluted earnings per common share(1)0.35  0.32  0.48  9.4  (27.1) Book value per common share22.32  21.84  21.19  2.2  5.3  Tangible book value per common share(1)19.27  18.82  18.56  2.4  3.8  Common shares outstanding10,629,586  10,839,977  9,929,860  (1.9) 7.0  Weighted average common shares outstanding - basic10,759,791  10,882,084  9,935,221  (1.1) 8.3  Weighted average common shares outstanding - diluted10,761,617  10,882,084  10,037,934  (1.1) 7.2                  PERFORMANCE RATIOS               Return on average assets0.77% 0.75% 0.92% 2.7% (16.3)% Core return on average assets(1)0.65  0.62  0.95  4.8  (31.6) Return on average equity7.41  7.26  8.84  2.1  (16.2) Core return on average equity(1)6.29  6.00  9.13  4.8  (31.1) Net interest margin3.46  3.46  3.48  —  (0.6) Net interest income to average assets3.21  3.21  3.25  —  (1.2) Noninterest expense to average assets2.41  2.54  2.32  (5.1) 3.9  Efficiency ratio(2)63.56  65.02  64.96  (2.2) (2.2) Core efficiency ratio(1)65.97  67.03  63.95  (1.6) 3.2  Dividend payout ratio15.85  15.38  13.04  3.1  21.5  Net charge-offs to average loans0.01  —  0.01  100.0  —                  (1) Non-GAAP financial measure. See reconciliation. (2) Efficiency ratio represents noninterest expenses divided by the sum of net interest income (before provision for loan losses) and noninterest income.   INVESTAR HOLDING CORPORATION SUMMARY FINANCIAL INFORMATION (Amounts in thousands, except share data) (Unaudited)                  As of and for the three months ended  9/30/2020 6/30/2020 9/30/2019 Linked Quarter Year/Year ASSET QUALITY RATIOS               Nonperforming assets to total assets0.54% 0.56% 0.29% (3.6)% 86.2% Nonperforming loans to total loans0.68  0.72  0.36  (5.6) 88.9  Allowance for loan losses to total loans1.04  0.92  0.65  13.0  60.0  Allowance for loan losses to nonperforming loans153.80  127.62  182.40  20.5  (15.7)                 CAPITAL RATIOS               Investar Holding Corporation:               Total equity to total assets10.21% 10.03% 10.43% 1.8% (2.1)% Tangible equity to tangible assets(1)8.94  8.77  9.25  1.9  (3.4) Tier 1 leverage ratio9.29  9.31  9.60  (0.2) (3.2) Common equity tier 1 capital ratio(2)10.95  11.02  10.93  (0.6) 0.2  Tier 1 capital ratio(2)11.30  11.37  11.32  (0.6) (0.2) Total capital ratio(2)14.62  14.61  13.04  0.1  12.1  Investar Bank:               Tier 1 leverage ratio10.23  10.09  10.58  1.4  (3.3) Common equity tier 1 capital ratio(2)12.46  12.33  12.47  1.1  (0.1) Tier 1 capital ratio(2)12.46  12.33  12.47  1.1  (0.1) Total capital ratio(2)13.50  13.25  13.09  1.9  3.1                  (1) Non-GAAP financial measure. See reconciliation. (2) Estimated for September 30, 2020.                 INVESTAR HOLDING CORPORATION CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS (Amounts in thousands, except share data) (Unaudited)         September 30, 2020 June 30, 2020 September 30, 2019 ASSETS      Cash and due from banks$32,856  $31,725 $26,442 Interest-bearing balances due from other banks17,697  99,239 2,559 Cash and cash equivalents50,553  130,964 29,001        Available for sale securities at fair value (amortized cost of $275,288, $242,175, and $258,811, respectively)278,906  246,886 261,179 Held to maturity securities at amortized cost (estimated fair value of $13,737, $14,265, and $15,386, respectively)13,542  14,053 15,318 Loans, net of allowance for loan losses of $19,044, $16,657, and $10,339, respectively1,810,636  1,797,314 1,576,003 Equity securities20,927  19,398 18,767 Bank premises and equipment, net of accumulated depreciation of $14,971, $14,022, and $11,741, respectively57,074  56,767 49,088 Other real estate owned, net69  69 126 Accrued interest receivable13,057  13,701 7,130 Deferred tax asset2,160  1,515 — Goodwill and other intangible assets, net32,471  32,715 26,117 Bank-owned life insurance38,672  38,437 29,390 Other assets5,178  7,544 5,895 Total assets$2,323,245  $2,359,363 $2,018,014        LIABILITIES      Deposits:      Noninterest-bearing$452,070  $469,095 $291,039 Interest-bearing1,382,379  1,420,493 1,294,318 Total deposits1,834,449  1,889,588 1,585,357 Advances from Federal Home Loan Bank178,500  158,500 181,725 Repurchase agreements5,923  4,908 2,143 Subordinated debt42,874  42,854 18,250 Junior subordinated debt5,936  5,923 5,884 Accrued taxes and other liabilities18,296  20,884 14,198 Total liabilities2,085,978  2,122,657 1,807,557        STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY      Preferred stock, no par value per share; 5,000,000 shares authorized—  — — Common stock, $1.00 par value per share; 40,000,000 shares authorized; 10,629,586, 10,839,977, and 9,929,860 shares outstanding, respectively10,630  10,840 9,930 Surplus159,410  161,729 140,944 Retained earnings67,536  63,767 57,547 Accumulated other comprehensive (loss) income(309) 370 2,036 Total stockholders’ equity237,267  236,706 210,457 Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity$2,323,245  $2,359,363 $2,018,014            INVESTAR HOLDING CORPORATION CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME (Amounts in thousands, except share data) (Unaudited)         For the three months ended  September 30, 2020 June 30, 2020 September 30, 2019 INTEREST INCOME      Interest and fees on loans$21,866  $22,118 $20,844  Interest on investment securities1,356  1,455 1,848  Other interest income172  229 162  Total interest income23,394  23,802 22,854         INTEREST EXPENSE      Interest on deposits3,404  4,190 5,198  Interest on borrowings1,284  1,273 1,290  Total interest expense4,688  5,463 6,488  Net interest income18,706  18,339 16,366         Provision for loan losses2,500  2,500 538  Net interest income after provision for loan losses16,206  15,839 15,828         NONINTEREST INCOME      Service charges on deposit accounts441  405 462  Gain on sale of investment securities, net939  1,178 —  Loss on sale of fixed assets, net(5) — —  Gain on sale of other real estate owned, net—  — 1  Servicing fees and fee income on serviced loans85  96 142  Interchange fees387  347 294  Income from bank owned life insurance234  233 186  Change in the fair value of equity securities(31) 248 (9) Other operating income1,351  1,424 542  Total noninterest income3,401  3,931 1,618  Income before noninterest expense19,607  19,770 17,446         NONINTEREST EXPENSE      Depreciation and amortization1,203  1,149 882  Salaries and employee benefits8,228  8,572 7,325  Occupancy604  536 445  Data processing816  786 675  Marketing88  78 86  Professional fees343  429 326  Acquisition expenses52  255 177  Other operating expenses2,717  2,675 1,766  Total noninterest expense14,051  14,480 11,682  Income before income tax expense5,556  5,290 5,764  Income tax expense1,089  1,016 1,107  Net income$4,467  $4,274 $4,657         EARNINGS PER SHARE      Basic earnings per common share$0.41  $0.39 $0.46  Diluted earnings per common share$0.41  $0.39 $0.46  Cash dividends declared per common share$0.07  $0.06 $0.06              INVESTAR HOLDING CORPORATION CONSOLIDATED AVERAGE BALANCE SHEET, INTEREST EARNED AND YIELD ANALYSIS (Amounts in thousands) (Unaudited)                     For the three months ended  September 30, 2020 June 30, 2020 September 30, 2019  Average Balance Interest Income/ Expense  Yield/ Rate Average Balance Interest Income/ Expense  Yield/ Rate Average Balance Interest Income/ Expense Yield/ Rate Assets                  Interest-earning assets:                  Loans$1,816,014  $21,866 4.79% $1,789,863  $22,118 4.97% $1,560,841  $20,844 5.30% Securities:                  Taxable262,088  1,199 1.82  244,703  1,253 2.06  240,339  1,649 2.72  Tax-exempt22,504  157 2.77  29,150  202 2.79  31,688  199 2.49  Interest-bearing balances with banks49,340  172 1.39  66,520  229 1.38  31,350  162 2.05  Total interest-earning assets2,149,946  23,394 4.33  2,130,236  23,802 4.49  1,864,218  22,854 4.86  Cash and due from banks28,225      25,900      23,395      Intangible assets32,563      32,561      26,233      Other assets126,581      121,706      95,436      Allowance for loan losses(16,814)     (14,321)     (10,042)     Total assets$2,320,501      $2,296,082      $1,999,240                         Liabilities and stockholders’ equity                  Interest-bearing liabilities:                  Deposits:                  Interest-bearing demand deposits$627,715  $755 0.48  $597,022  $827 0.56  $507,293  $1,358 1.06  Savings deposits133,701  91 0.27  125,680  94 0.30  111,279  127 0.45  Time deposits629,027  2,558 1.62  680,466  3,269 1.93  666,074  3,713 2.21  Total interest-bearing deposits1,390,443  3,404 0.97  1,403,168  4,190 1.20  1,284,646  5,198 1.61  Short-term borrowings95,316  248 1.03  84,447  233 1.11  117,345  624 2.11  Long-term debt127,290  1,036 3.24  127,807  1,040 3.27  86,785  666 3.04  Total interest-bearing liabilities1,613,049  4,688 1.16  1,615,422  5,463 1.36  1,488,776  6,488 1.73  Noninterest-bearing deposits445,725      424,344      285,643      Other liabilities21,905      19,665      15,864      Stockholders’ equity239,822      236,651      208,957      Total liability and stockholders’ equity$2,320,501      $2,296,082      $1,999,240      Net interest income/net interest margin  $18,706 3.46%   $18,339 3.46%   $16,366 3.48%                          INVESTAR HOLDING CORPORATION RECONCILIATION OF NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES (Amounts in thousands, except share data) (Unaudited)         September 30, 2020 June 30, 2020 September 30, 2019 Tangible common equity      Total stockholders’ equity$237,267  $236,706  $210,457  Adjustments:      Goodwill28,144  28,144  21,902  Core deposit intangible4,227  4,471  4,115  Trademark intangible100  100  100  Tangible common equity$204,796  $203,991  $184,340  Tangible assets      Total assets$2,323,245  $2,359,363  $2,018,014  Adjustments:      Goodwill28,144  28,144  21,902  Core deposit intangible4,227  4,471  4,115  Trademark intangible100  100  100  Tangible assets$2,290,774  $2,326,648  $1,991,897         Common shares outstanding10,629,586  10,839,977  9,929,860  Tangible equity to tangible assets8.94% 8.77% 9.25% Book value per common share$22.32  $21.84  $21.19  Tangible book value per common share19.27  18.82  18.56            INVESTAR HOLDING CORPORATION RECONCILIATION OF NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES (Amounts in thousands, except share data) (Unaudited)              Three months ended   9/30/2020 6/30/2020 9/30/2019 Net interest income(a)$18,706  $18,339  $16,366  Provision for loan losses 2,500  2,500  538  Net interest income after provision for loan losses 16,206  15,839  15,828             Noninterest income(b)3,401  3,931  1,618  Gain on sale of investment securities, net (939) (1,178) —  Gain on sale of other real estate owned, net —  —  (1) Loss on sale of fixed assets, net 5  —  —  Change in the fair value of equity securities 31  (248) 9  Core noninterest income(d)2,498  2,505  1,626             Core earnings before noninterest expense 18,704  18,344  17,454             Total noninterest expense(c)14,051  14,480  11,682  Acquisition expense (52) (255) (177) Severance (10) (253) —  Core noninterest expense(f)13,989  13,972  11,505             Core earnings before income tax expense 4,715  4,372  5,949  Core income tax expense(1) 924  840  1,143  Core earnings $3,791  $3,532  $4,806             Core basic earnings per common share 0.35  0.32  0.48             Diluted earnings per common share (GAAP) $0.41  $0.39  $0.46  Gain on sale of investment securities, net (0.07) (0.09) —  Gain on sale of other real estate owned, net —  —  —  Loss on sale of fixed assets, net —  —  —  Change in the fair value of equity securities —  (0.02) —  Acquisition expense 0.01  0.02  0.02  Severance —  0.02  —  Core diluted earnings per common share $0.35  $0.32  $0.48             Efficiency ratio(c) / (a+b)63.56% 65.02% 64.96% Core efficiency ratio(f) / (a+d)65.97% 67.03% 63.95% Core return on average assets(2) 0.65% 0.62% 0.95% Core return on average equity(2) 6.29% 6.00% 9.13% Total average assets $2,320,501  $2,296,082  $1,999,240  Total average stockholders’ equity 239,822  236,651  208,957             (1)Core income tax expense is calculated using the effective tax rates of 19.6% for the quarter ended September 30, 2020 and 19.2% for the quarters ended June 30, 2020 and September 30, 2019. (2) Core earnings used in calculation. No adjustments were made to average assets or average equity.

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