United Security Bancshares earns 2015 profits of $6.8 million

Feb 01, 2016, 18:38 ET from United Security Bancshares

FRESNO, Calif., Feb. 1, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- United Security Bancshares (Nasdaq: UBFO), today announced its unaudited financial results for the quarter ended December 31, 2015. The Company reported consolidated net income of $1,634,000 or $0.10 per basic and diluted common share for the quarter ended December 31, 2015, as compared to $1,556,000 or $0.10 per basic and diluted common share for the quarter ended December 31, 2014.  The Company recognized net income of $6,810,000 for the year ended December 31, 2015, an improvement of $594,000, or 9.56%, relative to the net income of $6,216,000 recognized for the year ended December 31, 2014.  Basic and diluted earnings per share increased to $0.42 for the year ended December 31, 2015, as compared to $0.39 for the year ended December 31, 2014.

"2015 has been an exceptional year for United Security Bancshares as we grew our loan portfolio, core deposit base, and recognized a 22% year over year increase in core earnings, all while decreasing levels of nonperforming assets and maintaining strong capital and liquidity levels.  We look forward to continued success in 2016," said Dennis R. Woods, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company.  The Company defines core earnings as pretax income less gain or loss on sales, OREO expenses, provision or recovery of provision for loan loss, bonus expense, and gain or loss on fair value of financial liability.

Fourth Quarter 2015 Highlights (at or for the period ended December 31, 2015)

  • Net interest income increased to $6,745,000, compared to $6,633,000 in the preceding quarter and $6,105,000 for the quarter ended December 31, 2014.
  • Net interest margin decreased to 4.14%, when compared to 4.18% in the preceding quarter, and increased from the 3.99% for the quarter ended December 31, 2014.
  • Net charge-offs totaled $1,385,000, compared to net recoveries of $264,000 in the preceding quarter and net recoveries of $400,000 for the quarter ended December 31, 2014.
  • Total loans increased to $515,376,000, compared to $457,595,000 at December 31, 2014.
  • Nonperforming assets declined to $25,648,000, compared to $29,586,000 at December 31, 2014.
  • The allowance for credit losses as a percentage of gross loans declined to 1.88%, compared to 2.35% at December 31, 2014.
  • Total deposits increased to $621,805,000, compared to $565,373,000 at December 31, 2014.
  • Tangible book value per share increased to $5.30, compared to $5.08 at December 31, 2014.

Annualized return on average equity (ROAE) for the year ended December 31, 2015 was 7.88%, compared to 7.80% for the year ended December 31, 2014.  Annualized return on average assets (ROAA) was 0.98% for the year ended December 31, 2015, compared to 0.93% for the year ended December 31, 2014.  The increases in ROAE and ROAA for the year ended December 31, 2015 were primarily due to the growth in the loan portfolio during 2015 and the resulting favorable impact on interest income.  Net income increased for the year ended December 31, 2015 compared to the year ended December 31, 2014, and the Company's net interest margin strengthened from 4.01% for the year ended December 31, 2014 to 4.22% for the year ended December 31, 2015.  The 21 basis point increase in net interest margin in the period-to-period comparison resulted primarily from the growth of the loan portfolio, which is a higher yielding asset, compared to overnight investments with the Federal Reserve Bank.

Annualized return on average equity (ROAE) for the quarter ended December 31, 2015 was 7.27% compared to 7.51% for the same period in 2014.  Annualized return on average assets (ROAA) was 0.90% for the quarter ended December 31, 2015, compared to 0.90% for the same period in 2014.

The Board of Directors of United Security Bancshares declared a fourth quarter 2015 stock dividend of one percent (1%) on December 17, 2015. The stock dividend was payable to shareholders of record on January 4, 2016, and the shares were issued on January 15, 2016. This marks the 29th consecutive quarterly stock dividend since 2008.  The Company's Board of Directors has elected to issue stock dividends in order to preserve capital for future growth opportunities.  No assurances can be provided that future dividends, whether payable in stock or cash, will be declared and/or as to the timing of such future dividends, if any.

Total assets were up $62,475,000, or 9.42% for the year ended December 31, 2015, due to net growth of $57,781,000 in gross loan balances.  Loan volume was favorably impacted by the purchase of $18,924,000 in residential mortgage loans during the first quarter of 2015 in addition to increases in the commercial real estate, agricultural, and student loan portfolios.  Total deposits increased $56,432,000 or 9.98% to $621,805,000 during the year ended December 31, 2015.  The cost of average deposits declined from 0.20% for the quarter ended December 31, 2014 to 0.18% for the quarter ended December 31, 2015. Shareholders' equity at December 31, 2015 was $89,635,000, up $6,809,000 from shareholders' equity of $82,826,000 at December 31, 2014. 

Net interest income for the year ended December 31, 2015 totaled $26,129,000, an increase of $2,512,000 from the net interest income of $23,617,000 for the year ended December 31, 2014.  The net interest margin was 4.22% for the year ended December 31, 2015, as compared to 4.01% for the year ended December 31, 2014.   The improvement in the net interest margin was primarily due to a shift within average interest-earning assets from low-yielding overnight investments to higher-yielding loans.  Net interest income for the quarter ended December 31, 2015 totaled $6,745,000, an increase of $640,000 from the $6,105,000 reported for the quarter ended December 31, 2014. The net interest margin increased to 4.14% for the quarter ended December 31, 2015, as compared to 3.99% for the quarter ended December 31, 2014. The improvement in the net interest margin on a quarterly comparison basis was primarily due to the reinvestment of overnight investments into loans, partially offset by a 13 basis point decrease in yields on the loan portfolio.

Non-interest income for the year ended December 31, 2015 totaled $4,735,000, reflecting a decrease of $426,000 from $5,161,000 in non-interest income reported for the year ended December 31, 2014.  Customer service fees continued to provide the majority of the Company's non-interest income, totaling $3,620,000 and $3,473,000 for the twelve months ended December 31, 2015 and 2014, respectively.  On a year-over-year comparative basis, non-interest income decreased primarily due to a gain of $691,000 on the sale of an investment in 2014 which did not recur in 2015, partially offset by the $147,000 increase in customer service fees.  Non-interest income for the quarter ended December 31, 2015 totaled $822,000, reflecting a decrease of $208,000 from $1,030,000 in non-interest income reported for the quarter ended December 31, 2014.  This decrease was primarily due to $417,000 in losses recorded on the fair value option of financial liabilities for the quarter ended December 31, 2015, and was partially offset by the $126,000 increase in customer service fees.  Customer service fees totaled $960,000 for the quarter ended December 31, 2015, as compared to $834,000 for the quarter ended December 31, 2014.

For the year ended December 31, 2015, non-interest expense totaled $19,598,000, an increase of $383,000 compared to $19,215,000 for the year ended December 31, 2014.  On a year-over-year comparative basis, non-interest expense increased due primarily to increases of $282,000 in occupancy expense and $268,000 in salaries and employee benefit expenses, compared to the same period ended December 31, 2014.  Partially offsetting this increase was a $319,000 decrease in professional fees.  Non-interest expense totaled $5,195,000 for the quarter ended December 31, 2015, an increase of $133,000 as compared to $5,062,000 reported for the quarter ended December 31, 2014.

The Company recorded a recovery of provision for credit losses of $41,000 for the year ended December 31, 2015 compared with a recovery of provision of $845,000 for the year ended December 31, 2014.  The Company had a recovery of provision for loan loss of $475,000 for the quarter ended December 31, 2015, compared to a recovery of provision of $745,000 for the quarter ended December 31, 2014.  Net loan losses totaled $1,017,000 for the year ended December 31, 2015, as compared to net recoveries of $629,000 for the year ended December 31, 2014. Net loan charge-offs totaled $1,385,000 for the quarter ended December 31, 2015, as compared to net loan recoveries of $400,000 for the quarter ended December 31, 2014.  For the quarter ended December 31, 2015, the Company recorded charge-offs totaling $1,426,000 related to two borrower relationships that had been fully reserved for since first quarter 2015.  

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 1.88% of total loans at December 31, 2015, a decline compared to 2.35% of total loans at December 31, 2014.  The decline in our allowance for loan losses has been driven by the growth in our loan portfolio and a decrease in our historical loss percentages due to lower levels of loan charge-offs and improved credit quality.  In determining the adequacy of the allowance for loan losses, the judgment of the Company's management is a significant factor and management considers the allowance for credit losses at December 31, 2015 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 $3,938,000 between December 31, 2014 and December 31, 2015 to $25,648,000.  Nonperforming assets as a percentage of total assets decreased from 4.46% at December 31, 2014 to 3.53% at December 31, 2015.  Nonaccrual loans decreased $1,742,000 between December 31, 2014 and December 31, 2015 to $8,193,000.  Impaired loans totaled $23,572,000 at December 31, 2015, an increase of $7,535,000 from the balance of $16,037,000 at December 31, 2014. OREO totaled $12,873,000 at December 31, 2015, a decrease of $1,137,000 from the balance of $14,010,000 at December 31, 2014.

About United Security Bancshares

United Security Bancshares (NASDAQ: UBFO) is the holding company for United Security Bank, which was founded in 1987. United Security Bank is headquartered in Fresno and operates 11 full-service branch offices in Fresno, Bakersfield, Campbell, Caruthers, Coalinga, Firebaugh, Oakhurst, San Joaquin, and Taft.  Additionally, United Security Bank operates Commercial Real Estate Construction, Commercial Lending, Consumer Lending, and Financial Services departments.  For more information, please visit www.unitedsecuritybank.com.

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, 2014, 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)

December 31, 2015

December 31, 2014

Assets

Cash and non-interest-bearing deposits in other banks

$

29,733

$

21,348

Cash and due from Federal Reserve Bank

96,018

82,229

Cash and cash equivalents

125,751

103,577

Interest-bearing deposits in other banks

1,528

1,522

Investment securities available for sale (at fair value)

30,893

48,301

Loans and leases, net of unearned fees

515,376

457,595

Less: Allowance for credit losses

(9,713)

(10,771)

Net loans

505,663

446,824

Premises and equipment - net

10,800

11,550

Other real estate owned

12,873

14,010

Goodwill and intangible assets

4,488

4,488

Cash surrender value of life insurance

18,337

17,717

Deferred income taxes

5,228

6,853

Other assets

10,083

8,327

Total assets

$

725,644

$

663,169

Deposits

Non-interest bearing demand deposits

$

262,168

$

215,439

Money market, NOW, and savings

290,478

271,789

Time

69,159

78,145

Total deposits

621,805

565,373

Accrued interest payable

29

40

Other liabilities

5,875

4,815

Junior subordinated debentures (at fair value)

8,300

10,115

Total liabilities

636,009

580,343

Shareholders' equity

Common stock, no par value 20,000,000 shares authorized, 16,051,406 issued and outstanding at December 31, 2015, and 15,425,086 at December 31, 2014

52,572

49,271

Retained earnings

37,265

33,730

Accumulated other comprehensive loss

(202)

(175)

Total shareholders' equity

89,635

82,826

Total liabilities and shareholders' equity

$

725,644

$

663,169

 

United Security Bancshares

Consolidated Statements of Income (unaudited)

(in thousands)

Three Months Ended December 31,

Twelve Months Ended December 31,

2015

2014

2015

2014

Interest income:

Interest and fees on loans

$

6,828

$

6,175

$

26,469

$

23,777

Interest on investment securities

167

212

722

901

Interest on deposits in FRB

75

67

213

277

Interest on deposits in other banks

1

2

6

7

Total interest income

7,071

6,456

27,410

24,962

Interest expense:

Interest on deposits

277

292

1,056

1,104

Interest on other borrowed funds

49

59

225

241

Total interest expense

326

351

1,281

1,345

Net interest income

6,745

6,105

26,129

23,617

(Recovery of provision) provision for credit losses

(475)

(745)

(41)

(845)

Net interest income after (recovery of provision) provision for credit losses

7,220

6,850

26,170

24,462

Non-interest income:

Customer service fees

960

834

3,620

3,473

Increase in cash surrender value of bank-owned life insurance

130

130

519

514

(Loss) on Fair Value of Financial Liability

(417)

(68)

(73)

(102)

Gain on redemption of JR subordinated debentures

78

(Loss) gain on sale of other investment

(23)

691

Gain on sale of fixed assets

10

10

25

Other non-interest income

139

134

604

560

Total non-interest income

822

1,030

4,735

5,161

Non-interest expense:

Salaries and employee benefits

2,877

2,546

9,921

9,653

Occupancy expense

1,021

965

4,042

3,760

Data processing

36

33

126

134

Professional fees

260

498

1,137

1,456

Regulatory assessments

254

243

959

943

Director fees

75

55

277

232

Amortization of intangibles

62

Correspondent bank service charges

19

29

75

117

Gain on California tax credit partnership

13

54

73

39

Net cost on operation and sale of OREO

25

91

619

571

Other non-interest expense

615

548

2,369

2,248

Total non-interest expense

5,195

5,062

19,598

19,215

Income before income tax provision

2,847

2,818

11,307

10,408

Provision for income taxes

1,213

1,262

4,497

4,192

Net income

$

1,634

$

1,556

$

6,810

$

6,216

Basic earnings per common share

$

0.10

$

0.10

$

0.42

$

0.39

Diluted earnings per common share

$

0.10

$

0.10

$

0.42

$

0.39

Weighted average basic shares for EPS

16,051,406

16,051,406

16,051,406

16,035,581

Weighted average diluted shares for EPS

16,053,873

16,053,333

16,053,426

16,040,865

United Security Bancshares

Average Balances and Rates (unaudited)

(in thousands)

Three Months Ended December 31,

Twelve Months Ended December 31,

2015

2014

2015

2014

Average Balances:

Loans (1)

$

506,699

$

446,717

$

493,375

$

422,760

Investment Securities – taxable

32,429

49,169

40,616

49,219

Interest-bearing deposits in other banks

1,528

1,521

1,525

1,518

Interest-bearing deposits in FRB

105,033

109,509

83,709

115,395

Total interest-earning assets

645,689

606,916

619,225

588,892

Allowance for credit losses

(11,603)

(11,216)

(11,357)

(11,118)

Cash and due from banks

23,733

21,847

22,279

20,447

Other real estate owned

12,697

14,314

13,466

14,188

Other non-earning assets

52,650

57,319

52,861

58,624

Total average assets

723,166

689,180

696,474

671,033

Interest bearing deposits

366,321

358,438

355,553

340,830

Junior subordinated debentures

7,858

9,992

9,410

10,681

Total interest-bearing liabilities

374,179

368,430

364,963

351,511

Non-interest-bearing deposits

251,610

228,016

237,034

230,876

Other liabilities

8,242

10,532

8,078

8,954

Total liabilities

634,031

606,978

610,075

591,341

Total equity

89,135

82,202

86,399

79,692

Total liabilities and equity

$

723,166

$

689,180

$

696,474

$

671,033

Average Rates:

Loans (1)

5.35

%

5.48

%

5.36

%

5.62

%

Investment securities- taxable

2.04

%

1.71

%

1.78

%

1.83

%

Interest-bearing deposits in other banks

0.26

%

0.52

%

0.39

%

0.46

%

Interest-bearing deposits in FRB

0.28

%

0.24

%

0.25

%

0.24

%

Earning assets

4.34

%

4.22

%

4.43

%

4.24

%

Interest bearing deposits

0.30

%

0.32

%

0.30

%

0.32

%

Junior subordinated debentures

2.47

%

2.34

%

2.39

%

2.26

%

Total interest-bearing liabilities

0.35

%

0.38

%

0.35

%

0.38

%

Net interest margin

4.14

%

3.99

%

4.22

%

4.01

%

(1) Loan amounts include nonaccrual loans, but the related interest income has been included only if collected for the period prior to the loan being placed on a nonaccrual basis.

 

United Security Bancshares

Credit Quality (unaudited)

(dollars in thousands)

December 31, 2015

December 31, 2014

Commercial and industrial

$

328

$

433

Real estate - mortgage

1,635

4,361

RE construction & development

5,580

5,141

Agricultural

Installment/other

650

Total Nonaccrual Loans

$

8,193

$

9,935

Loans past due 90 days and still accruing

Restructured Loans

4,582

5,641

Total nonperforming loans

$

12,775

$

15,576

Other real estate owned

12,873

14,010

Total nonperforming assets

$

25,648

$

29,586

Nonperforming assets to total gross loans

4.98

%

6.47

%

Nonperforming assets to total assets

3.53

%

4.46

%

Allowance for loan losses to nonperforming loans

76.03

%

69.15

%

 

United Security Bancshares

Selected Financial Data (unaudited)

(dollars in thousands, except per share amounts)

Three Months Ended December 31,

Twelve Months Ended December 31,

2015

2014

2015

2014

Annualized return on average assets

0.90

%

0.90

%

0.98

%

0.93

%

Annualized return on average equity

7.27

%

7.51

%

7.88

%

7.80

%

Annualized net charge-offs (recoveries) to average loans

1.08

%

(0.36)

%

0.21

%

(0.15)

%

December 31, 2015

December 31, 2014

Shares outstanding - period end

16,051,406

15,425,086

Book value per share

$5.58

$5.37

Tangible book value per share

$5.30

$5.08

Efficiency ratio

61.49

%

64.57

%

Total impaired loans

$23,572

$16,037

Loan to deposit ratio

82.88

%

80.94

%

Allowance for credit losses to total loans

1.88

%

2.35

%

Total capital to risk weighted assets

Company

16.65

%

17.29

%

Bank

16.69

%

16.91

%

Tier 1 capital to risk-weighted assets

Company

15.40

%

16.03

%

Bank

15.43

%

15.65

%

Common equity tier 1 capital to risk-weighted assets

Company

14.10

%

N/A         

Bank

14.87

%

N/A         

Tier 1 capital to adjusted average assets (leverage)

Company

12.95

%

12.49

%

Bank

12.94

%

12.25

%

 

SOURCE United Security Bancshares



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