First Bancorp Reports First Quarter Results

TROY, N.C., May 3, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- First Bancorp (Nasdaq: FBNC), the parent company of First Bank, announced today first quarter net income available to common shareholders of $5.3 million compared to $3.4 million reported in the first quarter of 2010.  Earnings per diluted common share were $0.32 in the first quarter of 2011 compared to $0.20 in the first quarter of 2010.  

In the first quarter of 2011, the Company realized a $10.2 million bargain purchase gain related to the acquisition of The Bank of Asheville (see below).  This gain resulted from the difference between the purchase price and the acquisition-date fair value of the acquired assets and liabilities.  The after-tax impact of this gain was $6.2 million, or $0.37 per diluted common share.

Acquisition of The Bank of Asheville

On January 21, 2011, First Bank entered into a loss share purchase and assumption agreement with the FDIC to purchase substantially all of the assets and liabilities of The Bank of Asheville, which had been closed earlier that day.  The Bank of Asheville operated through five branches in Asheville, North Carolina, and had total assets of $198 million, including $161 million in loans and $192 million in deposits.

First Bank received a $23.9 million discount on the assets acquired and paid no deposit premium, which resulted in a receipt of cash from the FDIC of $29.9 million.  Based on preliminary estimates of fair value (including the cash received from the FDIC), First Bank recorded total assets of $208.6 million, including $102 million in loans, and liabilities of $198.4 million, including $193 million in deposits.  The $10.2 million difference between the fair value of the assets acquired and the liabilities assumed was recorded as a gain.  The fair value estimates and resulting gain are preliminary and are subject to change for a period of one year as information relative to closing date fair values becomes available.

Substantially all of the loans and foreclosed real estate purchased are covered by loss share agreements between the FDIC and First Bank, which affords First Bank significant loss protection.  Under the loss share agreements, the FDIC will cover 80% of loan and foreclosed real estate losses.  The Company has recorded an estimated receivable from the FDIC related to this transaction in the amount of $42.2 million, which represents the FDIC's portion of the losses that are expected to be incurred and reimbursed to the Company.

The operating results of First Bancorp for the period ended March 31, 2011 include the results of the acquired assets and assumed liabilities for the period subsequent to the acquisition date of January 21, 2011.  

Note Regarding Components of Earnings

In addition to the gain related to The Bank of Asheville acquisition, the Company's results of operation are significantly affected by the accounting for a FDIC-assisted failed bank acquisition completed in 2009.  In the discussion below, the term "covered" is used to describe assets included as part of FDIC loss share agreements, which generally result in the FDIC reimbursing the Company for 80% of losses incurred.

For covered loans that deteriorate in terms of repayment expectations, the Company records immediate allowances through the provision for loan losses.  For covered loans that experience favorable changes in credit quality compared to what was expected at the acquisition date, the Company records positive adjustments to interest income over the life of the respective loan.  For foreclosed properties that are sold at gains or losses or that are written down to lower values, the Company records the gains/losses within noninterest income.  

The adjustments discussed above are recorded within the income statement line items noted without consideration of the FDIC loss share agreements.  Because favorable changes in covered assets result in lower expected FDIC claims, and unfavorable changes in covered assets result in higher expected FDIC claims, the FDIC indemnification asset is adjusted to reflect those expectations.  The net increase or decrease in the indemnification asset is reflected within noninterest income.

The adjustments noted above can result in volatility within individual income statement line items.  Because of the FDIC loss share agreements and the associated indemnification asset, pretax income resulting from amounts recorded as provisions for loan losses, interest income, and losses from foreclosed properties is generally only impacted by 20% due to the corresponding adjustments made to the indemnification asset.

Net Interest Income and Net Interest Margin

Net interest income for the first quarter of 2011 amounted to $32.3 million, a 3.6% increase over the first quarter of 2010.  This increase was due to a higher net interest margin, which was partially offset by a lower level of average earning assets.

The Company's net interest margin (tax-equivalent net interest income divided by average earnings assets) in the first quarter of 2011 was 4.62%, a 46 basis point increase from the 4.16% margin realized in the first quarter of 2010.  The higher margin in 2011 was primarily a result of lower funding costs.  The Company has been able to lower rates on all categories of interest bearing deposits, including maturing time deposits that were originated in periods of higher interest rates.  Also, the Company has experienced declines in higher cost deposit categories.

The 4.62% net interest margin realized in the first quarter of 2011 was a 17 basis point decrease from the 4.79% margin realized in the fourth quarter of 2010.  The decline was primarily a result of less accretion of the loan discount on loans assumed in the Company's June 2009 failed-bank acquisition.  See page 4 of the Financial Summary for a table that presents the impact of all purchase accounting adjustments.

Provision for Loan Losses and Asset Quality

The Company's provision for loan losses amounted to $11.3 million in the first quarter of 2011 compared to $7.6 million in the first quarter of 2010.  The 2011 provision for loan losses was comprised of $7.5 million related to non-covered loans and $3.8 million related to covered loans, whereas in the comparable period of 2010, the entire $7.6 million provision for loan losses related to non-covered loans.  As previously discussed, the provision for loan losses related to covered loans was offset by an 80% increase to the FDIC indemnification asset, which increased noninterest income.

Nonperforming asset levels have remained fairly stable over each of the past three quarter ends.  Non-covered nonperforming assets were between $116-$118 million over that period, or approximately 4.1% of total non-covered assets.  Covered nonperforming assets have amounted to between $168-$181 million over that same period, with the $169 million at March 31, 2011 being impacted by the nonperforming assets assumed in The Bank of Asheville acquisition.  The Company's outlook for nonperforming assets is consistent with the recent trend, with the Company not expecting material improvement, nor deterioration, in the near future.

Noninterest Income

Total noninterest income was $14.2 million in the first quarter of 2011 compared to $5.7 million for the first quarter of 2010.  The increase in 2011 was primarily caused by the previously discussed $10.2 million bargain purchase gain recorded in the acquisition of The Bank of Asheville.  Other significant factors affecting 2011 noninterest income were – 1) $4.9 million of write-downs of covered foreclosed properties, 2) $1.4 million of write-downs on non-covered foreclosed properties, and 3) $5.0 million of indemnification asset income due to increased amounts expected from the FDIC related to the provision for loan losses on covered loans and the write-downs of covered foreclosed properties recorded in 2011.

For the three month period ended March 31, 2011, service charges on deposits were $3.0 million compared to $3.5 million for the same period in 2010.  The decline was primarily due to lower overdraft fees, which began declining in the second half of 2010 as result of fewer instances of customers overdrawing their accounts.  This was partially a result of new regulations that took effect in the third quarter of 2010 that limit the Company's ability to charge overdraft fees.

Noninterest Expenses

Noninterest expenses amounted to $25.0 million in the first quarter of 2011, a 12.4% increase from the $22.3 million recorded in the same period of 2010.  Operating expenses related to The Bank of Asheville acquisition were $1.0 million in 2011, and additionally, the Company recorded $0.4 million in merger expenses related to this transaction.  For each of three month periods ended March 31, 2011 and 2010, the Company recorded approximately $0.6 million in expense related to separate frauds.

Other significant factors playing a role in the increased expenses were – 1) $0.6 million in higher employee medical claims incurred by the Company's self-funded health plan, and 2) collection expenses on non-covered assets, which amounted to $0.8 million in 2011 compared to $0.4 million for the comparable period in 2010.

Balance Sheet and Capital

Total assets at March 31, 2011 amounted to $3.4 billion, a 0.3% increase from a year earlier.  Total loans at March 31, 2011 amounted to $2.5 billion, a 4.6% decrease from a year earlier, and total deposits amounted to $2.8 billion at March 31, 2011, a 0.9% decrease from a year earlier.

Excluding acquisition growth, the Company continues to experience general declines in loans and deposits, which began with the onset of the recession.  Although the Company originates and renews a significant amount of loans each month, normal paydowns of loans and loan foreclosures have been exceeding new loan growth.  Overall, loan demand remains weak in most of the Company's market areas.  The declining loan balances have provided the Company with the liquidity to allow less reliance on high cost deposits, which has improved funding costs.

The Company remains well-capitalized by all regulatory standards with a Total Risk-Based Capital Ratio of 16.76% compared to the 10.00% minimum to be considered well-capitalized.  The Company's tangible common equity to tangible assets ratio was 6.42% at March 31, 2011, an increase of 11 basis points from a year earlier.

The Company continues to maintain $65 million in preferred stock that was issued to the US Treasury in January 2009 under the Capital Purchase Program (TARP).  The Company has applied to participate in the Treasury's Small Business Lending Fund (SBLF), which would result in the repayment of its TARP funding by the simultaneous issuance of a similar amount of preferred stock under the terms of the SBLF.  Participation in the SBLF could result in the dividend rate on the preferred stock being reduced from 5% to as low as 1% if certain loan growth targets are met.  In the event it is accepted, the Company has developed a business plan to grow the types of loans targeted by the SBLF.

Comments of the President and Other Business Matters

Jerry L. Ocheltree, President and CEO of First Bancorp, commented on today's report, "Although we were saddened by the failure of The Bank of Asheville and the concern that its closure caused to its customers and employees, we believe that First Bank was a great fit to assume the closed branches and continue its tradition of community bank service.  We are working hard to prove ourselves to our new customers and consider it a privilege to be of service."

Mr. Ocheltree continued, "With solid fundamentals, including a strong net interest margin, low overhead expense and high capital levels, we continue to be in a great position to grow and to achieve high levels of profits when the economy improves."

Mr. Ocheltree noted the following corporate developments:

  • The conversion of The Bank of Asheville's computer systems to First Bank is scheduled to occur over Memorial Day weekend at the end of May.  

  • On February 23, 2011, the Company announced a quarterly cash dividend of $0.08 per share payable on April 25, 2011 to shareholders of record on March 31, 2011.  This is the same dividend rate as the Company declared in the first quarter of 2010.

First Bancorp is a bank holding company headquartered in Troy, North Carolina with total assets of approximately $3.4 billion.  Its principal activity is the ownership and operation of First Bank, a state-chartered community bank that now operates 97 branches, with 82 branches operating in North Carolina, 9 branches in South Carolina (Cheraw, Dillon, Florence, Latta, Jefferson, and Little River), and 6 branches in Virginia (Abingdon, Christiansburg, Dublin, Fort Chiswell, Radford, and Wytheville), where First Bank does business as First Bank of Virginia. First Bank also has a loan production office in Blacksburg, Virginia. First Bancorp's common stock is traded on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol "FBNC."

Please visit our website at www.FirstBancorp.com.

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, which statements are inherently subject to risks and uncertainties.  Forward-looking statements are statements that include projections, predictions, expectations or beliefs about future events or results or otherwise are not statements of historical fact.  Such statements are often characterized by the use of qualifying words (and their derivatives) such as "expect," "believe," "estimate," "plan," "project," "anticipate," or other statements concerning opinions or judgments of the Company and its management about future events.  Factors that could influence the accuracy of such forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, the financial success or changing strategies of the Company's customers, the Company's level of success in integrating acquisitions, actions of government regulators, the level of market interest rates, and general economic conditions.  For additional information about the factors that could affect the matters discussed in this paragraph, see the "Risk Factors" section of the Company's most recent annual report on Form 10-K.

First Bancorp - Financial Summary




Three Months Ended

March 31,


Percent

($ in thousands except per share data - unaudited)

2011

2010

Change





INCOME STATEMENT








Interest income




  Interest and fees on loans

$           36,807

38,218


  Interest on investment securities

1,932

1,884


  Other interest income

90

207


     Total interest income

38,829

40,309

(3.7%)

Interest expense




  Interest on deposits

6,003

8,560


  Other, primarily borrowings

512

572


     Total interest expense

6,515

9,132

(28.7%)

       Net interest income

32,314

31,177

3.6%

Provision for loan losses – non-covered loans   

7,570

7,623

(0.7%)

Provision for loan losses – covered loans      

3,773

 −

                 n/m

Total provision for loan losses     

11,343

7,623

48.8%

Net interest income after provision

     for loan losses

20,971

23,554

(11.0%)

Noninterest income




  Service charges on deposit accounts

2,954

3,465


  Other service charges, commissions, and fees

1,606

1,377


  Fees from presold mortgages

295

372


  Commissions from financial product sales

355

422


  Gain from business acquisition

10,196


  Foreclosed property losses and write-downs – covered

(4,934)


  Foreclosed property losses and write-downs – non-covered

(1,353)


  Indemnification asset income, net

5,040


  Securities gains

14

9


  Other gains

20

49


     Total noninterest income

14,193

5,694

149.3%

Noninterest expenses




  Personnel expense

12,913

11,100


  Occupancy and equipment expense

2,734

3,027


  Intangibles amortization

224

215


  Merger expenses

351


  Other operating expenses

8,821

7,938


     Total noninterest expenses

25,043

22,280

12.4%

Income before income taxes

10,121

6,968

45.2%

Income tax expense

3,746

2,530

48.1%

Net income

6,375

4,438

43.6%





Preferred stock dividends and accretion

(1,042)

(1,027)






Net income available to common shareholders

$              5,333

3,411

56.3%









Earnings per common share – basic

$               0.32

0.20

60.0%

Earnings per common share – diluted

0.32

0.20

60.0%





ADDITIONAL INCOME STATEMENT INFORMATION





  Net interest income, as reported

$            32,314

31,177


  Tax-equivalent adjustment (1)

385

295


  Net interest income, tax-equivalent

$            32,699

31,472

3.9%


(1)  This amount reflects the tax benefit that the Company receives related to its tax-exempt loans and securities, which carry interest rates lower than similar taxable investments due to their tax-exempt status.  This amount has been computed assuming a 39% tax rate and is reduced by the related nondeductible portion of interest expense.



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Three Months Ended

March 31,

PERFORMANCE RATIOS (annualized)

2011

2010

Return on average assets (1)

0.65%

0.40%

Return on average common equity (2)

7.54%

4.91%

Net interest margin – tax-equivalent (3)

4.62%

4.16%

Net charge-offs to average loans – non-covered

1.97%

1.01%




COMMON SHARE DATA



Cash dividends declared – common

$         0.08

0.08

Stated book value – common

16.90

16.76

Tangible book value – common

12.72

12.52

Common shares outstanding at end of period

16,824,489

16,739,005

Weighted average shares outstanding – basic

16,813,941

16,732,518

Weighted average shares outstanding – diluted

16,841,787

16,763,110




CAPITAL RATIOS



Tangible equity to tangible assets

8.37%

8.27%

Tangible common equity to tangible assets

6.42%

6.31%

Tier I leverage ratio

10.04%

9.60%

Tier I risk-based capital ratio

15.50%

14.32%

Total risk-based capital ratio

16.76%

15.58%




AVERAGE BALANCES ($ in thousands)



Total assets

$ 3,346,690

3,440,537

Loans

2,502,011

2,627,638

Earning assets

2,872,041

3,065,134

Deposits

2,791,250

2,910,543

Interest-bearing liabilities

2,638,476

2,799,549

Shareholders' equity

351,952

346,526




(1)  Calculated by dividing annualized net income available to common shareholders by average assets.

(2)  Calculated by dividing annualized net income available to common shareholders by average common equity.

(3)  See footnote 1 on page 1 of Financial Summary for discussion of tax-equivalent adjustments.



TREND INFORMATION

($ in thousands except per share data)

For the Three Months Ended


INCOME STATEMENT

March 31, 2011

Dec. 31,  2010

Sept. 30,  2010

June 30,  2010

March 31, 2010







Net interest income – tax-equivalent (1)

$     32,699

33,931

31,401

31,867

31,472

Taxable equivalent adjustment (1)

385

361

330

331

295

Net interest income

32,314

33,570

31,071

31,536

31,177

Provision for loan losses – non-covered

7,570

9,629

8,391

8,003

7,623

Provision for loan losses – covered

3,773

20,916

Noninterest income

14,193

14,918

3,957

4,537

5,694

Noninterest expense

25,043

22,008

20,711

21,957

22,280

Income (loss) before income taxes

10,121

(4,065)

5,926

6,113

6,968

Income tax expense (benefit)

3,746

(1,820)

2,078

2,172

2,530

Net income (loss)

6,375

(2,245)

3,848

3,941

4,438

Preferred stock dividends and accretion

1,042

1,027

1,027

1,026

1,027

Net income (loss) available to common shareholders

5,333

(3,272)

2,821

2,915

3,411







Earnings (loss) per common share – basic

0.32

(0.19)

0.17

0.17

0.20

Earnings (loss) per common share – diluted

0.32

(0.19)

0.17

0.17

0.20

(1)  See footnote 1 on page 1 of Financial Summary for discussion of tax-equivalent adjustments.



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CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

($ in thousands)


At Mar. 31,

2011


At Dec. 31,

2010


At Mar. 31,

2010


One Year

Change

Assets





Cash and due from banks

$         59,985

56,821

51,827

15.7%

Interest bearing deposits with banks

197,035

155,181

203,291

-3.1%

    Total cash and cash equivalents

257,020

212,002

255,118

0.7%






Investment securities

249,815

235,200

213,093

17.2%

Presold mortgages

2,696

3,962

1,494

80.5%






Loans – non-covered

2,045,998

2,083,004

2,117,873

-3.4%

Loans – covered by FDIC loss share agreements

440,212

371,128

488,259

-9.8%

    Total loans

2,486,210

2,454,132

2,606,132

-4.6%

Allowance for loan losses – non-covered

(35,773)

(38,275)

(39,690)

-9.9%

Allowance for loan losses – covered

(7,002)

(11,155)

         −

           n/m

    Total allowance for loan losses

(42,775)

(49,430)

(39,690)

7.8%

    Net loans

2,443,435

2,404,702

2,566,442

-4.8%






Premises and equipment

67,879

67,741

54,009

25.7%

FDIC indemnification asset

140,937

123,719

117,003

20.5%

Intangible assets

70,410

70,358

71,017

-0.9%

Other real estate owned – non-covered

26,961

21,081

10,818

149.2%

Other real estate owned – covered

95,868

94,891

68,044

40.9%

Other assets

47,442

45,276

36,150

31.2%

    Total assets

$    3,402,463

3,278,932

3,393,188

0.3%











Liabilities





Deposits:





    Non-interest bearing demand

$       332,168

292,759

282,298

17.7%

    NOW accounts

349,677

292,623

313,975

11.4%

    Money market accounts

513,553

498,312

537,296

-4.4%

    Savings accounts

161,869

153,325

155,603

4.0%

    Brokered deposits

194,178

143,554

90,061

115.6%

    Internet time deposits

51,075

46,801

77,209

-33.8%

    Other time deposits > $100,000

593,625

602,371

711,231

-16.5%

    Other time deposits

648,296

622,768

702,879

-7.8%

         Total deposits

2,844,441

2,652,513

2,870,552

-0.9%






Repurchase agreements

72,951

54,460

67,394

8.2%

Borrowings

108,833

196,870

76,695

41.9%

Other liabilities

26,848

30,486

32,918

-18.4%

    Total liabilities

3,053,073

2,934,329

3,047,559

0.2%






Shareholders' equity





Preferred stock

65,000

65,000

65,000

0.0%

Discount on preferred stock

(2,703)

(2,932)

(3,575)

-24.4%

Common stock

99,989

99,615

98,440

1.6%

Common stock warrants

4,592

4,592

4,592

0.0%

Retained earnings

187,401

183,413

184,982

1.3%

Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss)

(4,889)

(5,085)

(3,810)

-28.3%

    Total shareholders' equity

349,390

344,603

345,629

1.1%

Total liabilities and shareholders' equity

$    3,402,463

3,278,932

3,393,188

0.3%














First Bancorp - Financial Summary – Page 4


For the Three Months Ended


YIELD INFORMATION

March 31,
2011

December 31,
2010

September 30,
2010

June 30,
2010

March 31,
2010







Yield on loans

5.97%

6.16%

5.79%

5.86%

5.90%

Yield on securities – tax-equivalent (1)

3.87%

4.00%

4.26%

4.38%

4.13%

Yield on other earning assets

0.29%

0.41%

0.32%

0.32%

0.38%

  Yield on all interest earning assets

5.54%

5.75%

5.36%

5.46%

5.37%







Rate on interest bearing deposits

0.99%

1.06%

1.16%

1.22%

1.32%

Rate on other interest bearing liabilities

1.24%

1.30%

1.52%

1.54%

1.41%

  Rate on all interest bearing liabilities

1.00%

1.07%

1.17%

1.23%

1.32%

    Total cost of funds

0.89%

0.96%

1.06%

1.11%

1.20%







       Net interest margin – tax-equivalent (2)

4.62%

4.79%

4.30%

4.35%

4.16%

       Average prime rate

3.25%

3.25%

3.25%

3.25%

3.25%







(1)  See footnote 1 on page 1 of Financial Summary for discussion of tax-equivalent adjustments.

(2)  Calculated by dividing annualized tax-equivalent net interest income by average earning assets for the period.  See footnote 1 on page 1 of Financial Summary for discussion of tax-equivalent adjustments.




NET INTEREST INCOME PURCHASE ACCOUNTING ADJUSTMENTS



For the Three Months Ended


March 31,

2011

December 31,

2010

September 30,

2010

June 30,

2010

March 31,

2010


Positive (negative) impact on net interest income







Interest income – reduced by premium amortization on loans

$          (105)

(49)

(49)

(49)

(49)

Interest income – increased by accretion of loan discount

2,515

3,233

1,231

1,659

1,484

Interest expense – reduced by premium amortization of deposits

53

296

731

1,184

Interest expense – reduced by premium amortization of borrowings

37

37

72

116

116

    Impact on net interest income

$       2,500

3,221

1,550

2,457

2,735




First Bancorp - Financial Summary – Page 5








ASSET QUALITY DATA ($ in thousands)

March 31, 2011

Dec. 31, 2010

Sept. 30, 2010

June 30, 2010

March 31, 2010







Non-covered nonperforming assets






Nonaccrual loans

$     69,250

62,326

80,318

73,152

63,415

Restructured loans - accruing

19,843

33,677

20,447

20,392

27,207

Accruing loans > 90 days past due

    Total non-covered nonperforming loans

89,093

96,003

100,765

93,544

90,622

Other real estate

26,961

21,081

17,475

14,690

10,818

Total non-covered nonperforming assets

$   116,054

117,084

118,240

108,234

101,440







Covered nonperforming assets (1)






Nonaccrual loans (2)

$     56,862

58,466

75,116

98,669

105,043

Restructured loans - accruing

16,238

14,359

4,160

8,450

11,379

Accruing loans > 90 days past due

    Total covered nonperforming loans

73,100

72,825

79,276

107,119

116,422

Other real estate

95,868

94,891

101,389

80,074

68,044

Total covered nonperforming assets

$  168,968

167,716

180,665

187,193

184,466







    Total nonperforming assets

$  285,022

284,800

298,905

295,427

285,906


Asset Quality Ratios – All Assets






Net charge-offs to average loans – annualized

2.92%

4.17%

0.88%

0.85%

0.81%

Nonperforming loans to total loans

6.52%

6.88%

7.17%

7.86%

7.94%

Nonperforming assets to total assets

8.38%

8.69%

8.90%

8.90%

8.43%

Allowance for loan losses to total loans

1.72%

2.01%

1.79%

1.65%

1.52%







Asset Quality Ratios – Based on Non-covered Assets only






Net charge-offs to average loans – non-covered – annualized

1.97%

3.10%

1.06%

1.04%

1.01%

Non-covered nonperforming loans to non-covered loans

4.35%

4.61%

4.81%

4.46%

4.28%

Non-covered nonperforming assets to total non-covered assets

4.05%

4.16%

4.16%

3.89%

3.58%

Allowance for loan losses to non-covered loans

1.75%

1.84%

2.15%

2.01%

1.87%







(1)  Covered nonperforming assets consist of assets that are included in loss share agreements with the FDIC.

(2)  At March 31, 2011, the contractual balance of the nonaccrual loans covered by the FDIC loss share agreements was $106.5 million.




SOURCE First Bancorp



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