Heritage Bankshares, Inc. Announces First Quarter 2010 Earnings; Declares Dividend

NORFOLK, Va., April 28 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Heritage Bankshares, Inc. ("Heritage"; the "Company") (OTC Bulletin Board: HBKS), the parent of Heritage Bank (the "Bank"), today announced unaudited financial results for the first quarter of 2010.  Net income for the quarter ended March 31, 2010 was $361,000, compared to net income of $151,000 for the first quarter of 2009, an increase of $210,000 or 138.6%.

After the effect of dividends on preferred stock related to TARP funds of $146,000, net income available to common stockholders was $215,000, or $0.09 per diluted share for the quarter ending March 31, 2010.  In the quarter ending March 31, 2009, the Company had no preferred stock outstanding and, accordingly, there were no preferred stock dividends; thus, net income available to common stockholders equaled our net income of $151,000, or $0.07 per diluted share for the first quarter of 2009.  Comparing the first quarter of 2010 with the first quarter of 2009, net income available to common stockholders increased by $64,000, or 41.9%, and earnings per share increased by $0.02 per diluted share, or 28.6%.

Michael S. Ives, President and CEO of the Company and the Bank, commented:

"Our Company had another solid quarter.  Our net income for the first quarter of 2010 showed a significant increase over our net income for the first quarter of 2009.  Our asset quality remains excellent.  Our deposit mix continues to improve with our relentless focus on growing our core deposits, particularly our noninterest-bearing deposits.

"Given our strong balance sheet and asset quality, we are seeking to originate more loans that meet our credit quality standards to grow our loan portfolio.  If we are successful in redeploying a substantial portion of our existing cash and cash equivalents into loans, this redeployment of assets should have a significant impact on our net interest income because of the substantial difference between the yield on loans and the yield on cash equivalents.

"In the prevailing business environment, however, loan growth is quite a challenge.  Quality loans are difficult to find because loans for new business opportunities are scarce and refinance opportunities are limited by prepayment penalties on existing loans and prior overleveraging of the assets securing existing loans.   Nevertheless, we will be aggressive in seeking new loan opportunities because of the substantial benefit we expect to realize in our net interest income as a result of increasing the size of our loan portfolio."

Comparison of Operating Results for the Three Months Ended March 31, 2010 and 2009

Overview.  The Company's pretax income was $563,000 for the first quarter of 2010, compared to a pretax income of $197,000 for the first quarter of 2009, an increase of $366,000.  Compared to the first quarter of 2009, net interest income increased by $205,000, provision for loan losses decreased by $55,000, noninterest income increased by $293,000, and noninterest expense increased by $187,000.

Net Interest Income.  The Company's net interest income before provision for loan losses increased by $205,000 to $2.4 million in the first quarter of 2010 compared to $2.2 million in the first quarter of 2009.  This increase in net interest income was primarily attributable to a decrease in average interest-bearing liabilities of $15.3 million, augmented by an increase in average interest-earning assets of $8.1 million, between the first quarter of 2009 and the first quarter of 2010; these quarter over quarter changes resulted in a net interest spread increase of 28 basis points, from 3.19% for the three months ended March 31, 2009 to 3.47% for the three months ended March 31, 2010.

Additionally, net interest margin increased by 22 basis points, from 3.63% in the first quarter of 2009 to 3.85% in the first quarter of 2010.   This increase was driven primarily by a $12.3 million decrease in average interest-bearing deposits, augmented by a $13.6 million increase in average non-interest bearing deposits.

Provision for Loan Losses.  There was no provision for loan losses in the first quarter of 2010, compared to a provision of $55,000 in the first quarter of 2009.  In the first quarter of 2010 there were net charge-offs of $23,000, compared to net recoveries of $2,000 in the first quarter of 2009.  The balance of nonperforming loans at March 31, 2010 was $150,000, of which $99,000 has now been collected during the month of April.

Noninterest Income.  Total noninterest income increased by $293,000, from $161,000 in the first quarter of 2009 to $454,000 in the first quarter of 2010, largely attributable to a $254,000 gain on the sale of investment securities.  These securities were sold in anticipation of loan growth.  

Noninterest Expense.  Total noninterest expense increased by $187,000, from $2.0 million in the first quarter of 2009 to $2.2 million in the first quarter of 2010.  This increase in noninterest expense was driven primarily by a $179,000 increase in compensation expense.  

A number of factors have contributed to the increase in compensation expense.  The first quarter of 2010 includes $72,000 of expense related primarily to annual salary increases.  Further, the portion of compensation expense that we are required to defer under generally accepted accounting principles was $34,000 less than the first quarter of last year.  Finally, accruals for vacation earned but not taken increased by $96,000, mostly as a result of overall salary increases.  Offsetting these increases to some extent was a $49,000 decrease in expense for stock based compensation, as a result of non-recurring expenses from the repricing of certain options held by executive officers that was completed in the first quarter of 2009.  

Income Taxes.  The Company's income tax expense for the first quarter of 2010 was $202,000, which represented an effective tax rate of 35.9%, compared to income tax expense of $46,000 for the first quarter of 2009, which represented an effective tax rate of 23.3%.  The lower effective tax rate for the first quarter of 2009 was primarily attributable to a $48,000 tax benefit resulting from an increase in nonqualified stock options related to certain stock options that were repriced in the first quarter of 2009.

Financial Condition of the Company

Total Assets.  The Company's total assets decreased by $2.0 million, or 0.7%, from $270.1 million at March 31, 2009 to $268.1 million at March 31, 2010.  The decrease in assets resulted primarily from a $4.4 million, or 5.7%, decrease in liquid assets, comprised of cash and cash equivalents and investment securities available for sale, which was partially offset by an increase of $1.8 million, or 1.0%, in the ending balance of loans held for investment.

Liquid Assets.  Cash and cash equivalents and investment securities available for sale were $73.0 million at March 31, 2010, compared to $77.4 million at March 31, 2009, a decrease of $4.4 million.  Cash and cash equivalents increased by $23.4 million, from $15.7 million at March 31, 2009 to $39.1 million at March 31, 2010.  This increase is largely attributable to receipt of TARP funds of $10.1 million in September 2009 and to the amortization, prepayment, and sale of investment securities (investment securities available for sale decreased by $27.8 million, from $61.7 million to $33.9 million, over the comparable quarters), offset by the elimination of overnight FHLB borrowings.  The net increase in cash has been maintained on a short term basis in interest-bearing deposits in other banks in anticipation of loan growth.      

Loans.  Loans held for investment, net, were $178.5 million at March 31, 2010, which represents an increase of $1.8 million, or 1.0%, from the loan balance of $176.7 million at March 31, 2009.  

Asset Quality.  The Company's total nonperforming assets increased to $310,000, or 0.12% of assets, at March 31, 2010, compared to $202,000, or 0.07% of assets, at March 31, 2009, attributable to an increase in the balance of nonaccrual loans.  

Deposits.  At March 31, 2010, increases in noninterest-bearing deposits of $19.7 million more than offset decreases in interest-bearing deposits of $17.4 million compared to March 31, 2009, for a net increase in total deposits of $2.3 million, or 1.1%, from $216.8 million at March 31, 2009 to $219.1 million at March 31, 2010.  Core deposits, which are comprised of noninterest-bearing, money market, NOW and savings deposits, increased by $4.4 million, or 2.7%, from $163.3 million at March 31, 2009 to $167.7 million at March 31, 2010.  Certificates of deposit decreased by $2.1 million between the comparable three-month periods.  

Average total deposits increased by $1.2 million, or 0.6%, from $216.1 million during the three months ended March 31, 2009 to $217.3 million during the three months ended March 31, 2010.  Average core deposits increased by $6.1 million between the comparable quarters, partially offset by a $4.9 million decrease in certificates of deposit.  In addition, the mix of noninterest-bearing deposits to total deposits increased from 26.6% to 32.7% between the first quarters of 2009 and 2010, thereby contributing to the improvement in our net interest spread and net interest margin of 28 basis points and 22 basis points, respectively.

Borrowed Funds.  Borrowed funds decreased by $15.1 million, from $25.5 million at March 31, 2009 to $10.4 million at March 31, 2010.  Increases in liquid assets between March 31, 2009 and March 31, 2010 were utilized to reduce FHLB overnight advances to zero, leaving only a $5.0 million FHLB medium term advance and $5.4 million in securities sold under agreements to repurchase with deposit clients of the Bank.  By comparison, at March 31, 2009, borrowed funds were comprised of  $17.6 million in FHLB overnight advances, $5.0 million in a medium term FHLB advance, and $2.9 million in securities sold under agreements to repurchase.

Capital.  Stockholders' equity increased by $10.8 million, or 41.5%, from $26.0 million at March 31, 2009 to $36.8 million at March 31, 2010.  Stockholders' equity increased primarily as a result of an infusion of $10.1 million in TARP funding and a $478,000 increase in retained earnings related to 2009 earnings.

Certain reclassifications have been made to prior period financial statements to conform them to the current period presentation.

The unaudited financial statements and accompanying information contained in this press release reflect the impact of corrections to FDIC insurance expense related to prior periods.  Specifically, as a result of such corrections to prior-period FDIC insurance expense, retained earnings at March 31, 2009 decreased by $77,438 compared to the originally-reported amount.  Further, net income for the three months ended March 31, 2009 decreased by $30,048, from $181,000, as originally reported, to $151,000 (earnings decreased from $0.08 per diluted share to $0.07 per diluted share after the correction).

The tables incorporated within this release present in greater detail certain of the unaudited financial information described above.

Dividend

On April 28, 2010, Heritage's Board of Directors declared a $0.06 per share dividend on Heritage's common stock.  The dividend will be paid on May 20, 2010 to shareholders of record on May 10, 2010.

The same day, the Board of Directors also declared quarterly dividends on the preferred stock issued by Heritage in connection with its participation in the TARP Capital Purchase Program.  Specifically, the Board declared (a) a cash dividend in the aggregate amount of $126,287.50 on the outstanding shares of its Fixed Rate Cumulative Perpetual Preferred Stock, Series A, and (b) a cash dividend in the aggregate amount of $6,817.50 on the outstanding shares of its Fixed Rate Cumulative Perpetual Preferred Stock, Series B (collectively, the "Preferred Dividends").  The Preferred Dividends are payable on May 17, 2010 to the U.S. Department of the Treasury, the sole holder of record of such preferred stock.

About Heritage

Heritage is the parent company of Heritage Bank (www.heritagebankva.com).  Heritage Bank has four full-service branches in the city of Norfolk and two full-service branches in the city of Virginia Beach.  Heritage Bank provides a full range of banking services including business, personal and mortgage loans.

Forward Looking Statements

The press release contains statements that constitute "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended.  Forward-looking statements address future events, developments or results and typically use words such as believe, anticipate, expect, intend, plan, forecast, outlook, or estimate.  Such forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause Heritage's actual results, performance, achievements, and business strategy to differ materially from the anticipated results, performance, achievements or business strategy expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements.  Factors that could cause such actual results, performance, achievements and business strategy to differ materially from anticipated results, performance, achievements and business strategy include:  general and local economic conditions, competition, significant increases in capital requirements or other significant changes in regulatory requirements, customer demand for Heritage's banking products and services, and the risks and uncertainties described in Heritage's most recent Form 10-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.  Heritage disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

HERITAGE BANKSHARES, INC.

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(in thousands)


At  March 31,


2010


2009


(unaudited)


(audited)

ASSETS








Cash and due from banks

$       4,156


$     5,230

Interest-bearing deposits in other banks

32,920


4,441

Federal funds sold

2,050


6,036

  Total cash and cash equivalents

39,126


15,707

Securities available for sale, at fair value

33,882


61,721

Loans, net




  Held for investment, net of allowance for loan losses

178,455


176,722

  Held for sale

-


-

Accrued interest receivable

600


689

Stock in Federal Reserve Bank, at cost

587


324

Stock in Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta, at cost

1,476


1,493

Premises and equipment, net

11,774


12,210

Other real estate owned

160


178

Other assets

2,051


1,039

Total assets

$   268,111


$ 270,083





LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY




Liabilities








Deposits




Noninterest-bearing

$     78,707


$   58,974

Interest-bearing

140,349


157,788

Total deposits

219,056


216,762





Federal Home Loan Bank Advances

5,000


22,550

Securities sold under agreements to repurchase

5,389


2,917

Accrued interest payable

135


209

Other liabilities

1,726


1,626

Total liabilities

231,306


244,064





Stockholders' equity




Preferred stock, no par value - 1,000,000 shares authorized:




  Fixed rate cumulative perpetual preferred stock, Series A,




  10,103 and 0 shares issued and outstanding at March 31,




  2010 and March 31, 2009, respectively

10,103


-





  Fixed rate cumulative perpetual preferred stock, Series B,




  303 and 0 shares issued and outstanding at March 31,




  2010 and March 31, 2009, respectively

303


-





Common stock, $5 par value - 6,000,000 shares authorized;




2,298,652 and 2,279,252 shares issued and outstanding




at March 31, 2010 and March 31, 2009, respectively

11,493


11,396

Additional paid-in capital

6,527


6,415

Retained earnings

7,931


7,453

Discount on preferred stock

(275)


-

Accumulated other comprehensive income, net

723


755

Total stockholders' equity

36,805


26,019

Total liabilities and stockholders' equity

$   268,111


$ 270,083



HERITAGE BANKSHARES, INC.





CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME





(in thousands, except per share data)


Three Months Ended



March 31



2010


2009



(unaudited)


(audited)

Interest income





Loans and fees on loans


$      2,299


$      2,209

Taxable investment securities


400


566

Dividends on FRB and FHLB stock


9


5

Interest on federal funds sold


-


1

Other interest income


36


10

Total interest income


2,744


2,791






Interest expense





Deposits


355


602

Borrowings


34


39

Total interest expense


389


641






Net interest income


2,355


2,150






Provision for loan losses


-


55






Net interest income after provision for loan losses

2,355


2,095






Noninterest income





Service charges on deposit accounts


117


92

Late charges and other fees on loans


15


12

Gain on sale of investment securities


254


-

Other


68


57

Total noninterest income


454


161






Noninterest expense





Compensation


1,228


1,049

Data processing


137


127

Occupancy


194


219

Furniture and equipment


150


160

Taxes and licenses


86


67

Professional fees


106


127

FDIC assessment


78


80

Recruiting


34


1

Marketing


31


28

Telephone


23


29

Stationery and supplies


15


22

Loss on sale of other real estate owned


33


-

Other


131


150

Total noninterest expense


2,246


2,059






Income before provision for income taxes


563


197






Provision for income taxes


202


46






Net income


$         361


$         151

Preferred stock dividend and accretion of discount

$       (146)


$              -

Net income available to common stockholders


$         215


$         151






Earnings per common share





Basic


$        0.09


$        0.07

Diluted


$        0.09


$        0.07

Dividends per share


$        0.06


$        0.06






Weighted average shares outstanding - basic


2,291,800


2,279,252

Effect of dilutive stock options


7,187


10,442

Weighted average shares outstanding - diluted


2,298,987


2,289,694



HERITAGE BANKSHARES, INC.




OTHER SELECTED FINANCIAL INFORMATION




(Unaudited)




(in thousands, except share and per share data)





Three Months Ended


March 31,


2010


2009

Financial ratios




Annualized return on average assets

0.33%


0.24%

Annualized return on average equity

2.35%


2.37%

Average equity to average assets

13.88%


10.04%

Equity to assets, at period-end

13.73%


9.63%

Net interest margin

3.85%


3.63%





Per common share




Earnings per share - basic

$            0.09


$            0.07

Earnings per share - diluted

$            0.09


$            0.07

Book value per share

$          11.60


$          11.42

Dividends declared per share

$            0.06


$            0.06





Common stock outstanding

2,298,652


2,279,252

Weighted average shares outstanding - basic

2,291,800


2,279,252

Weighted average shares outstanding - diluted

2,298,987


2,289,694





Asset quality




Nonaccrual loans

$             150


$               16

Accruing loans past due 90 days or more

-


8

Total nonperforming loans

150


24





Other real estate owned, net

160


178





Total nonperforming assets

$             310


$             202





Nonperforming assets to total assets

0.12%


0.07%









Allowance for loan losses




Balance, beginning of period

$          1,773


$          1,652

Provision for loan losses

-


55

Loans charged-off

(24)


(8)

Recoveries

1


10

Balance, end of period

$          1,750


$          1,709













Allowance for loan losses to gross loans held for




     investment, net of unearned fees and costs

0.97%


0.96%



SOURCE Heritage Bankshares, Inc.



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