MidSouth Bancorp, Inc. Reports Third Quarter 2011 Results - Reported EPS of $.03 per share; operating EPS of $0.14 per share

- Significant items impacting 3rd quarter results: merger related charges of $0.06 per share and repayment of TARP of $0.05 per share

- Nonperforming assets down 40% YOY and down 6% from linked-quarter

- Linked-quarter loan growth up $17.1 million or 10% annualized, net of acquired loans

LAFAYETTE, La., Oct. 25, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- MidSouth Bancorp, Inc. (“MidSouth”) (NYSE Amex: MSL) today reported net earnings available to common shareholders of $296,000 for the third quarter of 2011, compared to net earnings available to common shareholders of $939,000 reported for the third quarter of 2010 and $1.1 million in net earnings available to common shareholders for the second quarter of 2011.  Diluted earnings for the third quarter of 2011 were $0.03 per common share, down from the $0.09 per common share for the third quarter of 2010 and the $0.10 per common share reported for the second quarter of 2011.

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Rusty Cloutier, commenting on third quarter results, remarked “Reported results for the third quarter were negatively impacted by acquisition charges and charges associated with our repayment of TARP.  Excluding these non-operating items, we had strong operating earnings per share in the quarter of $0.14 versus $0.09 a year ago.  During the third quarter, we completed the acquisition and systems conversion of Jefferson Bank and we are experiencing positive momentum from the Dallas market. We also closed on our Small Business Lending Fund this quarter, which puts us in an even stronger position to lend to small business borrowers.”

Third quarter 2011 net earnings available to common shareholders were impacted by the repayment of $20.0 million in Series A Preferred Stock issued to the Treasury under the Capital Purchase Plan (“CPP”) with funds from the U.S. Treasury’s Small Business Lending Fund (“SBLF”) authorized by Congress under the Small Business Jobs Act of 2010.  Repayment of the Series A Preferred Stock under the CPP resulted in accelerated accretion of discount on the preferred stock of approximately $444,000 in the third quarter of 2011, or approximately $0.05 per share.  In August 2011, the Company issued $32.0 million in Series B Preferred Stock to the Treasury in connection with the SBLF.  Dividends paid on the Series A Preferred Stock was $150,000 and dividends on the Series B Preferred Stock totaled $160,000 for the third quarter of 2011.  The dividend rate on the Series B Preferred Stock going forward will be between 1% and 5% based on our level of qualified small business loans.  Additionally, the Company incurred $876,000 in acquisition and conversion costs associated with the Jefferson Bank branch acquisition during the third quarter of 2011 that reduced diluted earnings per share by $0.06 on an after-tax basis.  

For the nine months ended September 30, 2011, net income available to common shareholders totaled $1.8 million compared to earnings of $3.0 million for the first nine months of 2010.  Diluted earnings per share were $0.18 for the first nine months of 2011, compared to $0.31 for the first nine months of 2010.

Balance Sheet

Total consolidated assets at September 30, 2011 were $1.2 billion, compared to $992.8 million at September 30, 2010 and $1.0 billion at December 31, 2010.  Deposits totaled $989.0 million as of September 30, 2011, compared to $779.6 million at September 30, 2010 and $800.8 million at December 31, 2010.  Total loans were $673.4 million at September 30, 2011 compared to $598.3 million at September 30, 2010 and $580.8 million at December 31, 2010.  

The Company’s subsidiary, MidSouth Bank, N.A. (“the Bank”) completed the acquisition of five Jefferson Bank branches in the Dallas-Fort Worth market from First Bank and Trust Company of Lubbock, Texas on July 29, 2011.  The Bank acquired $68.9 million in performing loans, including $59.8 million of Jefferson Bank loans and $9.1 million of participation loans from First Bank and Trust.  Jefferson Bank deposits assumed with the purchase totaled $164.3 million.

Linked quarter loan growth during the third quarter of 2011 was $17.1  million, or 10.4% on an annualized basis, excluding the loans acquired from and participated with First Bank and Trust.

MidSouth’s leverage capital ratio was 12.54% at September 30, 2011 compared to 14.00% at December 31, 2010.  Tier 1 risk-weighted capital and total risk-weighted capital ratios were 18.06% and 19.02% at September 30, 2011, compared to 21.11% and 22.36% at December 31, 2010, respectively.  The Tier 1 common equity leverage ratio at September 30, 2011 was 8.34% and tangible book value was $10.45 per common share for the same period.  Tangible common equity totaled $101.7 million at September 30, 2011, compared to $107.9 million at December 31, 2010.  Tangible common equity declined as a result of goodwill and intangibles added with the purchase of the Jefferson Bank branches.

Asset Quality

Nonperforming assets declined 40.3% in year-over-year comparison, 26.8% from the year-end 2010 level, and 5.6% in linked-quarter comparison as the Company continued to work problem assets off the balance sheet.  Total nonperforming assets were reduced from $25.6 million at September 30, 2010 to $15.3 million at September 30, 2011, a $10.3 million reduction that included five commercial credits.  Specific reserves of $2.8 million related to two of the credits were charged off in the first quarter of 2011.  The two credits were later transferred into Other Real Estate (“ORE”) during the second and third quarters of 2011. Additionally, a $3.9 million credit paid off in the fourth quarter of 2010, a $1.6 million credit was sold in the first quarter of 2011 and a $2.7 million national participation credit was sold in the third quarter of 2011 to further reduce nonperforming assets.

Allowance coverage for nonperforming loans was 91.32% at September 30, 2011, compared to 34.91% at September 30, 2010 and 44.81% at December 31, 2010.  Annualized net charge-offs for the three months ended September 30, 2011 were 0.38% of total loans compared to 1.02% for the three months ended September 30, 2010 and 0.35% for the fourth quarter of 2010.  The ALL/total loans ratio was 1.09% for the quarter ended September 30, 2011, compared to 1.41% at September 30, 2010 and 1.52% at December 31, 2010.  Year-to-date annualized net charge-offs/total loans ratio of 0.92% and the ALL/total loans ratio of 1.09% at September 30, 2011 were both impacted by the $2.8 million in specific reserves charged-off during the first quarter of 2011.  Additionally, the ALL/total loans ratio was affected by the $68.9 million of performing loans acquired in the third quarter of 2011, which had the impact of reducing the ALL/total loans ratio by 13 basis points versus the ratio at the quarter ended June 30, 2011.  

Loans past due 90 days or more and still accruing totaled $87,000 at September 30, 2011, a decrease of $537,000 from September 30, 2010 and an increase of $21,000 from December 31, 2010.  Total nonperforming assets to total loans plus ORE and other assets repossessed were 2.25% at September 30, 2011, compared to 4.28% at September 30, 2010 and 3.59% at December 31, 2010.  Loans classified as troubled debt restructurings totaled $461,000 at September 30, 2011.  Classified assets, including ORE, decreased $4.2 million, or 11.7% during the third quarter of 2011, from $36.0 million at June 30, 2011 to $31.8 million at September 30, 2011.  

Mr. Cloutier, commenting on MidSouth’s asset quality, remarked, “We are pleased with the improvement in asset quality in the third quarter, as well as over the course of this year.  Two of the three largest non-performing assets going into this year were liquidated and the third is in ORE producing positive cash flow from net rental income on a monthly basis.”

Earnings

Third Quarter 2011 vs. Third Quarter 2010 Earnings Comparison

Third quarter 2011 net earnings before dividends on preferred stock totaled $1.1 million compared to $1.2 million for the third quarter of 2010.  Net earnings decreased despite a $1.4 million increase in net interest income and an $850,000 decrease in the provision for loan losses primarily due to a $2.1 million increase in non-interest expense and a $0.3 million decline in non-interest income.  Included in the $1.4 million increase in net interest income is $334,000 of net interest income earned from the Jefferson Bank branches acquired on July 29, 2011.  The decrease in earnings was partially impacted by a $338,000 decrease in non-interest income.  Service charges on deposit accounts decreased $646,000 primarily as a result of fewer insufficient funds (“NSF”) transactions processed.  The decrease in service charges on deposit accounts was partially offset by a $105,000 increase in ATM/debit card income and by $196,000 in other non-interest income recorded on ORE.  Non-interest expense increased $2.1 million in prior year quarterly comparison and included $876,000 in merger and conversion expenses related to the Jefferson Bank branch acquisition. Operating expenses recorded for the Jefferson Bank branches during the third quarter 2011 totaled $497,000.   Other increases in non-interest expenses (exclusive of Jefferson Bank merger, conversion, and operating costs) included $373,000 in expenses on ORE and repossessed assets, $292,000 in salary expense and $174,000 in benefit costs.  Other increases in marketing expenses ($154,000) and occupancy expenses ($163,000) were offset by decreases in internet banking processing costs ($287,000) and FDIC fees ($146,000).  

Third Quarter 2011 vs. Second Quarter 2011 Earnings Comparison

In linked-quarter comparison, net earnings before dividends on preferred stock decreased $253,000 as a $1.1 million increase in net interest income and a $250,000 decrease in provision for loan loss was offset by a $1.9 million increase in non-interest expenses.  Non-interest expenses increased primarily due to the $1.4 million in merger, conversion and operating expenses related to the Jefferson Bank branch acquisition.  Other increases in noninterest expenses (exclusive of Jefferson Bank merger, conversion, and operating costs) included primarily $545,000 in salary and benefits costs and $149,000 in occupancy expenses.

Year-Over-Year Earnings Comparison

In year-over-year comparison, net earnings before dividends on preferred stock decreased $730,000 as a result of a $1.8 million reduction in non-interest income and a $2.1 million increase in non-interest expense that offset a $1.9 million improvement in net interest income and a $1.0 million decrease in provision for loan loss.  The $1.8 million decrease in non-interest income was driven by a $2.4 million reduction in NSF fee income due to a lower volume of NSF transactions processed.  Regulatory changes governing our ability to collect NSF fees implemented in the second half of 2010, combined with proactive steps taken during the first quarter of 2011 in response to guidance issued by the FDIC, have significantly lowered our NSF fee income.  Additional regulatory changes regarding electronic transactions could further reduce our non-interest income earned in future periods.  Other increases in non-interest expense (exclusive of Jefferson Bank merger, conversion, and operating costs) included primarily $721,000 in expenses on ORE and repossessed assets and $480,000 in salary and benefits costs, which were partially offset by a $355,000 reduction in internet banking processing costs.  

Net Interest Income Analysis

Fully taxable-equivalent (“FTE”) net interest income totaled $12.0 million and $10.7 million for the quarters ended September 30, 2011 and 2010, respectively.  The FTE net interest income increased $1.3 million in prior year comparison primarily due to a $140.7 million increase in the volume of average earning assets as a result of the Jefferson Bank branch acquisition.  The average volume of loans increased $55.0 million in quarterly comparison and the average yield on loans fell 15 basis points, from 6.82% to 6.67%.  Discount accretion on acquired loans added 7 basis points to the average yield on loans for the third quarter of 2011.  Net of the impact of discount accretion, average loan yields declined 22 basis points in prior year quarterly comparison to 6.60%.  Loan yields have declined primarily due to lower repricing rates as a result of a competitive environment and lower market interest rates.  The average volume of investment securities increased $44.9 million in quarterly comparison as a portion of excess cash flow from the acquisition was placed primarily in agency mortgage-backed securities.  The average yield on investment securities decreased 19 basis points, from 3.44% to 3.25% primarily due to lower reinvestment rates and a reduction in the volume and yield on tax exempt securities within the portfolio. The average volume of overnight interest bearing deposits earning 0.26% increased $40.7 million also as a result of cash absorbed with the acquisition.  The average yield on all earning assets decreased 39 basis points in prior year quarterly comparison, from 5.52% for the third quarter of 2010 to 5.13% for the third quarter of 2011.   Net of the impact of discount accretion, the average yield on total earning assets declined 44 basis points, from 5.52% to 5.08% for the three month periods ended September 30, 2010 and 2011, respectively.

Interest expense decreased due to a 36 basis point reduction in the average rate paid on interest bearing liabilities, from 1.11% at September 30, 2010 to 0.75% at September 30, 2011.  The average volume of interest-bearing deposits increased $116.9 million in prior year quarterly comparison primarily due to deposits acquired with the Jefferson Bank branch purchase.  Net of premium amortization on acquired certificates of deposit, the average rate paid on interest bearing liabilities was 0.87% for the third quarter of 2011 compared to 1.11% for the third quarter of 2010.  The average rate paid on interest bearing liabilities has decreased as offering rates on interest bearing deposits and repurchase agreements with bank customers have been adjusted closer to market rates over the past 12 months.

As a result of these changes in volume and yield on earning assets and interest bearing liabilities, the FTE net interest margin decreased 15 basis points, from 4.72% for the third quarter of 2010 to 4.57% for the third quarter of 2011.  Net of a 13 basis point effect of discount accretion on acquired loans and premium amortization on acquired certificates of deposit, the FTE margin decreased 28 basis points, from 4.72% for the third quarter of 2010 to 4.44% for the third quarter of 2011.  

In year-to-date comparison, FTE net interest income increased $1.7 million primarily due to a $1.4 million reduction in interest expense.  Interest expense decreased primarily due to a 36 basis point reduction in the average rate paid on interest-bearing liabilities, from 1.18% at September 30, 2010 to 0.82% at September 30, 2011, driven by a decrease in the average rate paid on interest-bearing deposits and repurchase agreements.  Net of a 4 basis point effect of premium amortization on acquired certificates of deposit from Jefferson Bank, the average rate paid on interest-bearing liabilities was 0.86% at September 30, 2011.   Interest income on average earning assets increased $284,000 in year-to-date comparison, as an $83.1 million increase in the average volume of earning assets offset a 44 basis point reduction in the average yield on earning assets, from 5.60% at September 30, 2010 to 5.16% at September 30, 2011, driven by lower loan and investment yields.  Net of a 2 basis point effect of discount accretion on acquired loans, the average yield on earning assets was 5.14% at September 30, 2011.  The FTE net interest margin declined 17 basis points, from 4.73% for the nine months ended September 30, 2010 to 4.56% for the nine months ended September 30, 2011.  Net of purchase accounting adjustments, the FTE net interest margin declined 21 basis points, from 4.73% to 4.52% for the nine months ended September 30, 2010 and 2011, respectively.

In linked-quarter comparison, FTE net interest income increased $1.1 million, primarily due to a $94.5 million increase in the average volume of earning assets as a result of the Jefferson Bank branch acquisition.  Average loan volume increased $63.8 million and the average yield on loans, net of discount accretion on acquired loans, decreased 15 basis points from 6.75% at June 30, 2011 to 6.60% at September 30, 2011.  The average volume of interest bearing liabilities increased $95.4 million in linked-quarter comparison, and the average rate paid increased 3 basis points, net of premium amortization on acquired certificates of deposit, from 0.84% at June 30, 2011 to 0.87% at September 30, 2011.  Accordingly, the FTE margin decreased 17 basis points, net of purchase accounting adjustments, from 4.61% for the second quarter of 2011 to 4.44% for the third quarter of 2011.

Mergers and Acquisition Activity

During the third quarter, the Bank executed agreements with Beacon Federal in Tyler, Texas and First Louisiana National Bank (“FLNB”) in Breaux Bridge, Louisiana.  On October 25, 2011, the shareholders of the parent holding company of FLNB approved the Bank’s acquisition of substantially all the assets of FLNB.  Pending receipt of the remaining necessary regulatory approvals and satisfaction of other customary closing conditions, both transactions are expected to close late in the fourth quarter of 2011.  Additional information on the two pending transactions and on third quarter 2011 results can be found under the Investor Relations tab of our website at www.midsouthbank.com.

About MidSouth Bancorp, Inc.

MidSouth Bancorp, Inc. is a bank holding company headquartered in Lafayette, Louisiana, with assets of $1.2 billion as of September 30, 2011. Through its wholly owned subsidiary, MidSouth Bank, N.A., MidSouth offers a full range of banking services to commercial and retail customers in Louisiana and Texas.  MidSouth Bank has 39 locations in Louisiana and Texas and is connected to a worldwide ATM network that provides customers with access to more than 43,000 surcharge-free ATMs. More corporate information is available at www.midsouthbank.com.

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