United Security Bancshares - First Quarter Profits: $908 thousand

FRESNO, Calif., April 17, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- United Security Bancshares (http://www.unitedsecuritybank.com/) (Nasdaq Global Select: UBFO) reported today unaudited consolidated net income of $908,000 or $0.06 per basic and diluted common share for the three months ended March 31, 2014, as compared to $1,075,000 or $0.07 per basic and diluted shares for the three months ended March 31, 2013.

Annualized return on average equity (ROAE) for the three months ended March 31, 2014 was 4.77%, compared to 6.20% for the three months ended March 31, 2013. Annualized return on average assets (ROAA) was 0.55% for the three months ended March 31, 2014, compared to 0.68% for the three months ended March 31, 2013.

On a year to date comparative basis, changes in income were the result of an increase of $722,000 in non-interest expense, partially offset by a $148,000 decrease in interest expense, an increase of $198,000 in non-interest income, and a $57,000 increase in total interest income.

The Board of Directors of United Security Bancshares declared a first quarter 2014 stock dividend of one percent (1%) on March 26, 2014. The stock dividend was payable to shareholders of record on April 11, 2014, and the shares will be issued on April 23, 2014.

Dennis R. Woods, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company, states, "We continue to see improving trends with growth in loan demand, positive net earnings, increased capital, and reductions in non-performing assets. During the first quarter of 2014, we have grown our loan portfolio by $16.4 million and look forward to strengthening our core earnings during the remainder of 2014." Shareholders' equity at March 31, 2014 was $77,440,000, up $897,000 from shareholders' equity of $76,543,000 at December 31, 2013.

Net interest income before provision for credit losses for the three months ended March 31, 2014 totaled $5,465,000, an increase of $205,000 from the $5,260,000 reported for the three months ended March 31, 2013. The net interest margin was 3.81% for the three months ended March 31, 2014, as compared to 3.95% for the three months ended March 31, 2013. The Company continues to experience a decline in net interest margin due to decreases in yields on investments as well as an increase in the balance of low-yielding overnight federal funds sold as a percentage of total earning assets.

Noninterest income for the three months ended March 31, 2014 totaled $717,000, reflecting an increase of $198,000 from $519,000 in noninterest income reported for the three months ended March 31, 2013. Customer service fees continue to provide the majority of the Company's noninterest income, totaling $794,000 and $779,000 for the three months ended March 31, 2014 and 2013, respectively. On a year over year comparative basis, non-interest income increased primarily due to a decrease of $212,000 on loss on fair value option of financial assets during the three months ended March 31, 2014.

For the three months ended March 31, 2014, noninterest expense totaled $4,795,000, an increase of $722,000 as compared to $4,073,000 for the three months ended March 31, 2013. On a year over year comparative basis, noninterest expense increased primarily due to a $281,000 net cost on OREO during the three months ended March 31, 2014, compared to a net gain on OREO of $882,000 for the same period ended March 31, 2013. Partially offsetting the increase due to net cost on OREO were reductions in professional fees and regulatory assessments.

The Company had a negative provision for loan loss of $47,000 for the three months ended March 31, 2014, compared to a negative provision of $9,000 for the three months ended March 31, 2013. Net loan recoveries totaled $143,000 for the three months ended March 31, 2014, as compared to net charge-offs of $371,000 for the three months ended March 31, 2013. With a modest recovery in the economy and real estate markets within the Bank's service area, the Company has maintained an adequate allowance for loan losses which totaled 2.69% of total loans at March 31, 2014, compared to 2.78% of total loans at December 31, 2013. In determining the adequacy of the allowance for loan losses, Management's judgment is the primary determining factor for establishing the amount of the provision for loan losses and management considers the allowance for loan and lease losses at March 31, 2014 to be adequate.

Non-performing assets, comprised of nonaccrual loans, troubled debt restructures (TDR), other real estate owned through foreclosure (OREO), and loans more than 90 days past due and still accruing interest, decreased approximately $2,340,000 between December 31, 2013 and March 31, 2014. Additionally, nonperforming assets as a percentage of total assets decreased from 5.04% at December 31, 2013 to 4.48% at March 31, 2014. Nonaccrual loans decreased $1,834,000 between December 31, 2013 and March 31, 2014, while OREO increased $516,000 during the same period. Impaired loans totaled $15,269,000 at March 31, 2014, a decrease of $2,863,000 from the balance of $18,132,000 at December 31, 2013.

United Security Bancshares is a $660+ million bank holding company headquartered in Fresno, California. United Security Bank, its principal subsidiary, is a California state chartered bank with 11 branches serving the Central Valley and Campbell, and is a member of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco.

FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS
This news release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended and the Company intends such statements to be covered by the safe harbor provisions for forward-looking statements contained in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements are based on management's knowledge and belief as of today and include information concerning the Company's possible or assumed future financial condition, and its results of operations, business and earnings outlook. These forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties. A number of factors, some of which are beyond the Company's ability to control or predict, could cause future results to differ materially from those contemplated by such forward-looking statements. These factors include (1) changes in interest rates, (2) significant changes in banking laws or regulations, (3) increased competition in the company's market, (4) other-than-expected credit losses, (5) earthquake or other natural disasters impacting the condition of real estate collateral, (6) the effect of acquisitions and integration of acquired businesses, (7) the impact of proposed and/or recently adopted changes in laws, and regulations on the Company and its business; (8) changing bank regulatory conditions, policies, whether arising as new legislation or regulatory initiatives or changes in our regulatory classifications, that could lead to restrictions on activities of banks generally or as to the Bank, including specifically the formal order between the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco and the Company and the Bank, (9) failure to comply with the written regulatory agreement under which the Company is subject and (10) unknown economic impacts caused by the State of California's budget issues, including the effect on Federal spending do to sequestration required by the Budget Control Act of 2011. Management cannot predict at this time the severity or duration of the effects of the recent business slowdown on the Company's specific business activities and profitability. Weaker or a further decline in capital and consumer spending, and related recessionary trends could adversely affect the Company's performance in a number of ways including decreased demand for our products and services and increased credit losses. Likewise, changes in interest rates, among other things, could slow the rate of growth or put pressure on current deposit levels and affect the ability of borrowers to repay loans. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they are made, and the Company does not undertake to update forward-looking statements to reflect circumstances or events that occur after the date the statements are made, or to update earnings guidance including the factors that influence earnings. For a more complete discussion of these risks and uncertainties, see the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2013, and particularly the section of Management's Discussion and Analysis. Readers should carefully review all disclosures the Company files from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC").

United Security Bancshares

Consolidated Balance Sheets (unaudited)

(in thousands)


March 31, 2014


December 31, 2013

Assets




Cash and noninterest-bearing deposits in other banks

$

20,149


$

20,193

Cash and due from Federal Reserve Bank

116,458


115,019

Cash and cash equivalents

136,607


135,212

Interest-bearing deposits in other banks

1,516


1,515

Investment securities (AFS at market value)

52,741


43,616

Loans and leases, net of unearned fees

411,423


395,013

Less: Allowance for credit losses

(11,084)


(10,988)

Net loans

400,339


384,025

Premises and equipment - net

12,007


12,122

Other real estate owned

14,462


13,946

Goodwill and intangible assets

4,504


4,550

Cash surrender value of life insurance

17,330


17,203

Deferred income taxes

11,786


11,630

Other assets

11,617


12,110

Total assets

$

662,909


$

635,929

Deposits:




Noninterest bearing demand deposits

$

236,502


$

214,317

Money market, NOW, and savings

246,424


244,686

Time

85,356


83,486

Total deposits

568,282


542,489

Accrued interest payable

42


44

Other liabilities

5,613


5,728

Junior subordinated debentures (at fair value)

11,532


11,125

Total liabilities

585,469


559,386

Shareholders' equity:








Common stock, no par value 20,000,000 shares authorized,14,947,834 issued and outstanding at March 31, 2014, and 14,799,888 at December 31, 2013

46,640


45,778

Retained earnings

30,939


30,884

Accumulated other comprehensive loss

(139)


(119)

Total shareholders' equity

77,440


76,543

Total liabilities and shareholders' equity

$

662,909


$

635,929

 

United Security Bancshares

Consolidated Statements of Income (unaudited)

(in thousands)


Three Months Ended March 31,


2014


2013

Interest income:




Interest and fees on loans

$

5,475


$

5,466

Interest on investment securities

228


198

Interest on deposits in FRB

83


65

Interest on deposits in other banks

2


2

Total interest income

5,788


5,731

Interest expense:




Interest on deposits

262


411

Interest on other borrowed funds

61


60

Total interest expense

323


471

Net interest income before provision for credit losses

5,465


5,260

Provision for credit losses

(47)


(9)

Net interest income

5,512


5,269

Non-interest income:




Customer service fees

794


779

Increase in cash surrender value of bank owned life insurance

127


137

Loss on Fair Value Option of Financial Assets

(345)


(557)

Other non-interest income

141


160

Total non-interest income

717


519

Non-interest expense:




Salaries and employee benefits

2,526


2,361

Occupancy expense

873


905

Data processing

41


60

Professional fees

180


445

Regulatory assessments

233


359

Director fees

56


58

Amortization of intangibles

47


47

Correspondent bank service charges

29


76

Loss on California tax credit partnership

23


33

Net cost (gain) on operation of OREO

281


(882)

Other non-interest expense

506


611

Total non-interest expense

4,795


4,073

Income before income tax provision

1,434


1,715

Provision for income taxes

526


640

Net Income

$

908


$

1,075

 

United Security Bancshares




Selected Financial Data (unaudited)




(dollars in thousands, except per share amounts)





Three Months Ended March 31,


2014


2013

Basic earnings per share

$0.06


$0.07

Diluted earnings per share

$0.06


$0.07

Weighted average basic shares for EPS

14,947,834


14,942,421

Weighted average diluted shares for EPS

14,954,862


14,944,356





Annualized return on:




Average assets

0.55%


0.68%

Average equity

4.77%


6.20%

Yield on interest-earning assets

4.03%


4.29%

Cost of interest-bearing liabilities

0.38%


0.54%

Net interest margin

3.81%


3.94%

Annualized net charge-offs (recoveries) to average loans

(0.15)%


0.38%










March 31, 2014


December 31, 2013

Shares outstanding - period end

14,947,834


14,799,888

Book value per share

$5.18


$5.17

Tangible book value per share

$4.88


$4.86

Efficiency ratio

72.26%


70.47%

Total nonperforming assets

$29,708


$32,048

Nonperforming assets to total assets

4.48%


5.04%

Total impaired loans

$15,269


$18,132

Total nonaccrual loans

$10,507


$12,341

Allowance for credit losses to total loans

2.69%


2.78%

 

SOURCE United Security Bancshares



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