C&F Financial Corporation Announces Third Quarter Earnings

Oct 26, 2011, 14:00 ET from C&F Financial Corporation

WEST POINT, Va., Oct. 26, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- C&F Financial Corporation (NASDAQ:  CFFI), the one-bank holding company for C&F Bank, today reported net income of $3.51 million for the third quarter of 2011, compared with $2.59 million for the third quarter of 2010.  Net income available to common shareholders for the third quarter of 2011 was $3.06 million, or 96 cents per common share assuming dilution, compared with $2.30 million, or 74 cents per common share assuming dilution, for the third quarter of 2010.  The corporation's net income was $9.57 million for the first nine months of 2011, compared with $5.73 million for the first nine months of 2010.  Net income available to common shareholders for the first nine months of 2011 was $8.53 million, or $2.69 per common share assuming dilution, compared with $4.87 million, or $1.57 per common share assuming dilution, for the first nine months of 2010.

For the third quarter of 2011, the corporation's return on average common equity and return on average assets, on an annualized basis, were 15.86 percent and 1.42 percent, respectively, compared to 12.65 percent and 1.02 percent, respectively, for the third quarter of 2010.  For the first nine months of 2011, on an annualized basis, the corporation's return on average common equity was 14.92 percent and its return on average assets was 1.28 percent, compared to a 9.19 percent return on average common equity and a 0.73 percent return on average assets for the first nine months of 2010.

"We are pleased to report the corporation's third consecutive quarter-over-quarter increase in net income," said Larry Dillon, president and chief executive officer of C&F Financial Corporation.  "The corporation's 2011 third quarter financial performance resulted from a continuation of strong earnings at our consumer finance segment, modest profitability at our mortgage banking segment and a slight net loss at our retail banking segment."

"For the consumer finance segment, increases in net income of $963,000 for the third quarter of 2011 and $2.6 million for the first nine months of 2011, over the comparable periods of 2010, was in part due to growth in the segment's average loans of 17.3 percent for the third quarter of 2011 and 16.9 percent for the first nine months of 2011, as compared to the same periods of 2010, as well as sustained low funding costs on its variable-rate borrowings.  In addition, asset quality in this segment remains strong as a result of our prudent underwriting criteria for new loans and effective collection processes, which along with a higher recovery rate on sales of repossessed vehicles have resulted in lower charge-offs in 2011."

"For the retail banking segment, its modest net losses for the third quarter and the first nine months of 2011 were improvements over the comparable periods of 2010," said Dillon.  "These results included higher quarterly and year-to-date loan loss provisions in 2011 as we continued to focus our attention on proactively identifying risks within our loan portfolio.  In addition, the retail banking segment has experienced a decline in loans to non-affiliates during 2011 because demand for new loans has remained weak and competition for the limited loan demand has intensified.  Therefore, loan originations are not keeping pace with payments on existing loans, charge-offs and transfers to foreclosed properties.  In the coming months, it will be challenging to maintain the retail banking segment's net interest margin at its current level if funds obtained from loan repayments and from deposit growth cannot be fully used to originate new loans and instead are reinvested in lower-yielding earning assets, and if the reduction in earning asset yields exceeds the interest rate decline in interest-bearing liabilities."

"The retail banking segment's nonperforming assets decreased from $18.1 million at December 31, 2010 to $14.9 million at September 30, 2011," continued Dillon.  "This decline was attributable to a $3.9 million net decrease in foreclosed properties.  Sales of foreclosed properties were $7.4 million during the first nine months of 2011."

"For the mortgage banking segment, net income of $477,000 for the third quarter of 2011 was a slight decline from the comparable quarter of 2010.  However, net income for the first nine months of 2011 showed significant improvement over 2010.  The decline in third quarter 2011 results was primarily due to lower gains on sales of loans, which declined $583,000 as a result of lower loan origination and sales volumes.  The 2011 year-to-date results were similarly affected by lower gains on sales of loans, which declined $1.5 million.  However, the lower gains on sales of loans were mitigated by decreased expenses associated with loan indemnifications.  As we have previously disclosed, the mortgage banking segment reached an agreement with one of its largest purchasers of loans that resolved all known and unknown indemnification obligations related to loans sold to the purchaser prior to 2010.  This agreement has resulted in reduced provisions for indemnification losses since we entered into it in June 2010."

"Based upon the current short-term economic outlook, we believe that we will continue to have strong earnings at the consumer finance segment, modestly improving results at the retail banking segment conditioned upon asset quality improvement and net interest margin stability, and moderate profitability at the mortgage banking segment, with the corporation's overall financial performance tempered by the effects of new and pending laws and regulations and the costs of complying with them," concluded Dillon.

Retail Banking Segment.  C&F Bank reported a net loss of $217,000 for the third quarter of 2011, compared to a net loss of $333,000 for the third quarter of 2010.  For the first nine months of 2011, C&F Bank reported a net loss of $495,000, compared to a net loss of $646,000 for the first nine months of 2010.

Factors affecting the losses for the three months and the nine months ended September 30, 2011 were (1) decreases in average loans to non-affiliates to $406.00 million for the third quarter of 2011 from $423.41 million for the third quarter of 2010 and to $406.60 million for the first nine months of 2011 from $434.74 million for the first nine months of 2010 resulting from weak demand in the current economic environment, loan charge-offs and transfers of loans to foreclosed properties, (2) increases in loan loss provisions, (3) higher personnel costs principally attributable to the increasing complexity of routine compliance, regulatory and asset quality issues, and (4) higher occupancy expenses associated with depreciation and maintenance of technology investments related to expanding the banking products we offer to our customers and to improving our operational efficiency.  Partially offsetting these negative factors were an increase in activity-based interchange income, a decline in FDIC insurance premiums and a decline in write-downs associated with foreclosed properties.

The Bank's nonperforming assets were $14.86 million at September 30, 2011, compared to $18.06 million at December 31, 2010.  Nonperforming assets at September 30, 2011 included $8.42 million in nonaccrual loans, compared to $7.77 million at December 31, 2010, and $6.44 million in foreclosed properties, compared to $10.30 million at December 31, 2010.  Troubled debt restructurings were $15.53 million at September 30, 2011, compared to $9.77 million at December 31, 2010.  The increase in troubled debt restructurings was primarily due to two commercial loan relationships totaling $5.45 million for which modified repayment schedules were negotiated.  While these relationships were also in nonaccrual status at September 30, 2011, the borrowers are servicing the loans in accordance with the modified terms.  Nonaccrual loans primarily consist of loans secured by residential properties and commercial loans secured by non-residential properties.  Specific reserves of $1.45 million have been established for nonaccrual loans.  Management believes it has provided adequate loan loss reserves for all of the retail banking segment's loans.  Foreclosed properties at September 30, 2011 consist of both residential and non-residential properties.  These properties have been written down to their estimated fair values less selling costs.  

Mortgage Banking Segment.  For the quarter ended September 30, 2011, C&F Mortgage Corporation reported net income of $477,000, compared to net income of $656,000 for the quarter ended September 30, 2010.  For the first nine months of 2011, C&F Mortgage Corporation reported net income of $1.05 million, compared to a net loss of $124,000 for the first nine months of 2010.

The decline in net income for the third quarter of 2011, as compared to the third quarter of 2010, was primarily attributable to lower gains on sales of loans, which were $4.28 million for the third quarter of 2011, compared to $4.87 million for the third quarter of 2010.  Loan origination volume for the third quarter of 2011 decreased to $154.65 million, compared to $201.82 million for the third quarter of 2010.  This decline was offset in part by lower production-based compensation, which is also related to lower mortgage loan originations in 2011.

The improvement in net income for nine months ended September 30, 2011, as compared to the same period in 2010, was primarily attributable to a decrease of $2.96 million in the provision for indemnification losses.  During the second quarter of 2010, the mortgage banking segment entered into an agreement with one of its largest investors that resolved all known and unknown indemnification obligations for loans sold to that investor prior to 2010.  As expected, with this agreement in place, there has been a reduction in indemnification expense in 2011.

Loan origination volume for the first nine months of 2011 decreased to $427.71 million from $545.18 million for the first nine months of 2010.  The decline in origination volume is a result of fluctuations in mortgage rates, a continued overall weakness in the housing market due to the challenging economic conditions and the expiration of the homebuyer tax credits, which were available during the first half of 2010.  Lower loan originations in 2011 resulted in lower gains on sales of loans, which were $11.78 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2011 compared to $13.29 million for nine months ended September 30, 2010, respectively.  In addition to the decline in gains on sales of loans, the mortgage banking segment's earnings for the first nine months of 2011 included increases of $377,000 in non-production salaries expense in order to manage the increasingly complex regulatory environment and $104,000 in professional fees due to increased legal and compliance costs. Partially offsetting these revenue declines was lower production-based and income-based compensation for the nine months ended September 30, 2011, compared to the same period of 2010.

Consumer Finance Segment.  For the quarter ended September 30, 2011, C&F Finance Company reported net income of $3.37 million, compared to net income of $2.41 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2010.  For the first nine months of 2011, C&F Finance Company reported net income of $9.48 million, compared to net income of $6.90 million for the first nine months of 2010.

The increases in 2011 net income were a result of (1) increases in average loans outstanding of 17.30 percent and 16.93 percent for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2011, respectively, compared to the same periods of 2010, (2) the sustained low cost of the consumer finance segment's variable-rate borrowings, and (3) decreases of $375,000 and $650,000 in the provision for loan losses for the third quarter and first nine months of 2011, respectively.  The reduction in the provision for loan losses for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2011 was attributable to lower charge-offs at the consumer finance segment resulting from well-defined underwriting criteria, effective collection processes and higher recovery rates on the sale of repossessed vehicles.  These items were partially offset by an increase in personnel costs of $190,000 and $572,000 for the three months and nine months ended September 30, 2011, respectively, which was a result of an increase in the number of personnel to manage the growth in loans outstanding, as well as higher variable compensation resulting from increased profitability, loan growth and portfolio performance.  The allowance for loan losses as a percentage of loans remained approximately the same, 7.89 percent at September 30, 2011, compared to 7.90 percent at December 31, 2010.  Management believes that the current allowance for loan losses is adequate to absorb probable losses in the loan portfolio.

Capital and Dividends.  The corporation's capital and liquidity positions remain strong.  While the corporation continues its participation in the TARP Capital Purchase Program ("CPP"), on July 27, 2011, it completed the redemption of $10.00 million of the $20.00 million of preferred shares issued to the United States Department of the Treasury under the CPP.  This redemption was accomplished using funds from existing financial resources of the corporation, thus resulting in no dilution to the corporation's common shareholders for this redemption.  As a result of this redemption, annual preferred stock dividends will be reduced by $500,000.  However, the corporation accelerated the accretion of a portion of its preferred stock discount, the effect of which reduced net income available to common shareholders by approximately $213,000 in the third quarter of 2011.  Management and the Board of Directors continue to assess on-going participation in the CPP based upon the economic and regulatory environment and the corporation's capital levels.  

The corporation paid a quarterly cash dividend of 25 cents per common share during each of the first three quarters of 2011.  The Board of Directors of the corporation continues to review the dividend payout ratio, which was 25.77 percent and 27.57 percent of net income available to common shareholders during the third quarter and first nine months of 2011, respectively, in light of changes in economic conditions, capital levels and expected future levels of earnings.

About C&F Financial Corporation.  C&F Financial Corporation's common stock is listed for trading on The Nasdaq Stock Market under the symbol CFFI.  The common stock closed at a price of $23.35 per share on October 25, 2011.  At September 30, 2011, the book value of the corporation was $26.58 per common share.  The corporation's market makers include Davenport & Company LLC, FTN Financial Securities Corporation, McKinnon & Company, Inc. and Scott & Stringfellow, Inc.

C&F Bank operates 18 retail bank branches located throughout the Hampton to Richmond corridor in Virginia and offers full investment services through its subsidiary C&F Investment Services, Inc.  C&F Mortgage Corporation provides mortgage, title and appraisal services through 22 offices located in Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina, Delaware, Pennsylvania and New Jersey.  C&F Finance Company provides automobile loans in Virginia, Tennessee, Maryland, North Carolina, Georgia, Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, Alabama and West Virginia through its offices in Richmond and Hampton, Virginia, in Nashville, Tennessee and in Towson, Maryland.

Additional information regarding the corporation's products and services, as well as access to its filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, are available on the corporation's web site at http://www.cffc.com.

Forward-Looking Statements.   Statements in this press release which express "belief," "intention," "expectation," and similar expressions identify forward-looking statements.  These forward-looking statements are based on the beliefs of the corporation's management, as well as assumptions made by, and information currently available to, the corporation's management.  These statements are inherently uncertain, and there can be no assurance that the underlying assumptions will prove to be accurate.  Actual results could differ materially from those anticipated by such statements.  Forward-looking statements in this release include, without limitation, statements regarding expected future financial performance, net interest margin, asset quality and future actions to manage asset quality, adequacy of reserves for loan losses and indemnification losses, expected future indemnification obligations, capital levels and the corporation's continued participation in the CPP, and the future economic, regulatory and employment environment.  Factors that could have a material adverse effect on the operations and future prospects of the corporation include, but are not limited to, changes in:  (1) interest rates, (2) general business conditions, as well as conditions within the financial markets, (3) general economic conditions, including unemployment levels, (4) the legislative/regulatory climate, including the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act and regulations promulgated thereunder and the effect of restrictions imposed on the corporation as a participant in the Capital Purchase Program, (5) monetary and fiscal policies of the U.S. Government, including policies of the Treasury and the Federal Reserve Board, (6) the value of securities held in the corporation's investment portfolios, (7) the quality or composition of the loan portfolios and the value of the collateral securing those loans, (8) the inventory level and pricing of used automobiles, (9) the level of net charge-offs on loans and the adequacy of our allowance for loan losses, (10) the level of indemnification losses related to mortgage loans sold, (11) demand for loan products, (12) deposit flows, (13) the strength of the corporation's counterparties, (14) competition from both banks and non-banks, (15) demand for financial services in the corporation's market area, (16) technology, (17) reliance on third parties for key services, (18) the commercial and residential real estate markets, (19) demand in the secondary residential mortgage loan markets, (20) the corporation's expansion and technology initiatives, and (21) accounting principles, policies and guidelines.  Further, there can be no assurance that the actions taken by the U.S. Government will stabilize the U.S. financial system or alleviate the industry or economic factors that may adversely affect the corporation's business and financial performance.  These risks and uncertainties should be considered in evaluating the forward-looking statements contained herein, and readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on such statements, which speak only as of date of this release.

C&F Financial Corporation

Selected Financial Information

(in thousands, except for share and per share data)









Balance Sheets



9/30/11

12/31/10

9/30/10





(unaudited)


(unaudited)

Interest-bearing deposits with other banks and







federal funds sold



$        18,859

$          2,530

$          2,690

Investment securities - available for sale, at fair value



141,793

130,275

129,918

Loans held for sale, net



36,377

67,153

77,415

Loans, net:







Retail Banking segment



392,417

400,865

406,142


Mortgage Banking segment



2,302

2,568

2,659


Consumer Finance segment



228,202

203,311

197,342

Federal Home Loan Bank stock



3,798

3,887

3,887

Total assets



908,899

904,137

911,813

Deposits



637,366

625,134

621,493

Borrowings



159,424

164,140

169,345

Shareholders' equity



93,272

92,777

94,027


















For The

For The




Quarter Ended

Nine Months Ended

Statements of Income


9/30/11

9/30/10

9/30/11

9/30/10




(unaudited)

(unaudited)

Interest income


$        18,918

$        17,736

$        54,919

$        51,690

Interest expense


2,931

3,334

8,963

10,028

Provision for loan losses:







Retail Banking segment


2,000

1,450

4,550

4,050


Mortgage Banking segment


200

19

235

19


Consumer Finance segment


1,875

2,250

5,500

6,150

Other operating income:







Gains on sales of loans


4,282

4,865

11,778

13,292


Other


2,858

2,959

7,936

7,608

Other operating expenses:







Salaries and employee benefits


7,965

8,811

24,887

25,474


Other


5,958

5,993

16,713

19,128

Income tax expense


1,616

1,117

4,220

2,008

Net income


3,513

2,586

9,565

5,733

Net income available to common shareholders


3,055

2,298

8,528

4,872

Earnings per common share - assuming dilution


0.96

0.74

2.69

1.57

Earnings per common share - basic


0.97

0.74

2.72

1.58


















For The

For The




Quarter Ended

Nine Months Ended

Segment Information


9/30/11

9/30/10

9/30/11

9/30/10




(unaudited)

(unaudited)

Net income (loss) - Retail Banking


$            (217)

$           (333)

$           (495)

$           (646)

Net income (loss) - Mortgage Banking


477

656

1,046

(124)

Net income - Consumer Finance


3,371

2,408

9,481

6,898

Net loss - Other and Eliminations


(118)

(145)

(467)

(395)

Mortgage loan originations - Mortgage Banking


154,648

201,821

427,710

545,176

Mortgage loans sold - Mortgage Banking


160,761

188,024

458,486

496,517

























For The

For The




Quarter Ended

Nine Months Ended

Average Balances


9/30/11

9/30/10

9/30/11

9/30/10




(unaudited)

(unaudited)

Interest-bearing deposits in other banks and







federal funds sold


$        12,486

$        11,932

$        21,295

$        14,082

Investment securities - available for sale, at amortized cost


135,506

122,717

134,228

120,464

Loans held for sale


34,221

52,742

32,292

39,608

Loans:







Retail Banking segment


405,946

423,408

406,601

434,736


Mortgage Banking segment


2,697

2,824

2,752

2,703


Consumer Finance segment


246,329

210,007

235,509

201,417

FHLB stock


3,818

3,887

3,853

3,887

Total earning assets


841,003

827,517

836,530

816,897








Time, checking and savings deposits


535,812

524,507

535,505

518,434

Borrowings


159,743

169,092

159,720

168,294

Total interest-bearing liabilities


695,555

693,599

695,225

686,728

Demand deposits


95,691

91,627

92,409

88,961

Shareholders' equity


93,995

92,662

95,135

90,643















Asset Quality



9/30/11

12/31/10

9/30/10





(unaudited)


(unaudited)

Retail and Mortgage Banking Segments






Nonaccrual loans* - Retail Banking



$          8,416

$          7,765

$          6,755

Nonaccrual loans - Mortgage Banking



104

-

-

Real estate owned** - Retail Banking



6,442

10,295

11,159

Real estate owned** - Mortgage Banking



-

379

414


Total nonperforming assets



$        14,962

$        18,439

$        18,328

Accruing loans past due for 90 days or more



$                 2

$          1,030

$             557

Troubled debt restructurings*



$        15,527

$          9,769

$          3,657

Total loans - Retail and Mortgage Banking segments



$      407,767

$      414,831

$      418,613

Allowance for loan losses - Retail and Mortgage Banking segments



$        13,048

$        11,398

$          9,812

Nonperforming assets to loans and real estate owned



3.61%

4.33%

4.26%

Allowance for loan losses to loans



3.20%

2.75%

2.34%

Allowance for loan losses to nonaccrual loans



153.15%

146.79%

145.26%

Net charge-offs to average loans



1.02%

0.97%

1.02%








*

Nonaccrual loans include nonaccrual troubled debt restructurings of $6.78 million at 9/30/11, $402 thousand at




12/31/10, and zero at 9/30/10.






**

Real estate owned is recorded at its estimated fair market value less cost to sell.











Consumer Finance Segment






Nonaccrual loans



$             595

$             151

$             340

Accruing loans past due for 90 days or more



$                  -

$                  -

$                  -

Total loans



$      247,745

$      220,753

$      214,265

Allowance for loan losses



$        19,542

$        17,442

$        16,923

Nonaccrual consumer finance loans to total







consumer finance loans



0.24%

0.07%

0.16%

Allowance for loan losses to total consumer







finance loans



7.89%

7.90%

7.90%

Net charge-offs to average total consumer finance loans



1.92%

2.89%

2.77%


















As Of and For The

As Of and For The




Quarter Ended

Nine Months Ended

Other Data and Ratios


9/30/11

9/30/10

9/30/11

9/30/10




(unaudited)

(unaudited)

Annualized return on average assets


1.42%

1.02%

1.28%

0.73%

Annualized return on average common equity


15.86%

12.65%

14.92%

9.19%

Dividends declared per common share


$            0.25

$            0.25

$            0.75

$            0.75

Weighted average common shares outstanding - assuming dilution


3,174,369

3,096,990

3,166,930

3,099,442

Weighted average common shares outstanding - basic


3,141,926

3,089,211

3,132,332

3,082,384

Market value per common share at period end


$          23.34

$          18.48

$          23.34

$          18.48

Book value per common share at period end


$          26.58

$          23.97

$          26.58

$          23.97

Price to book value ratio at period end


0.88

0.77

0.88

0.77

Price to earnings ratio at period end (ttm)


6.95

11.07

6.95

11.07



SOURCE C&F Financial Corporation



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