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Southern Missouri Bancorp, Inc. (Southern Missouri or Company) is a Missouri corporation and owns all of the outstanding stock of Southern Bank (the Bank). The Company is a Missouri corporation originally organized for the principal purpose of becoming the holding company of the Bank. The principal business of Southern Bank consists of attracting deposits from the communities it serves and investing those funds in loans secured by one- to four-family residences and commercial real estate, as well as commercial business and consumer loans, investment securities, mortgage-backed securities (MBS), U.S. government and federal agency obligations and other permissible investments.
The Bank was originally chartered by the State of Missouri in 1887 and converted from a state-chartered stock savings and loan association to a Federally chartered stock savings bank in 1995. In 1998, the Bank converted its charter to a state-chartered stock savings bank. Finally, in 2004, the Bank converted to a state chartered trust company with banking powers. The Bank’s deposit accounts are generally insured up to a maximum of $250,000 per depositor under current law by the Deposit Insurance Fund (DIF), which is administered by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC).
Currently, the Bank conducted its business through its home office located in Poplar Bluff, sixteen full service branch facilities in Poplar Bluff (2), Dexter, Doniphan, Kennett, Matthews, Qulin, Sikeston, Springfield, and Van Buren, Missouri, and Batesville, Brookland, Jonesboro, Leachville, Paragould, and Searcy, Arkansas. Additionally, the bank operates a loan production office in Little Rock, Arkansas.
Southern Bank’s results of operations are primarily dependent on the levels of its net interest margin and noninterest income, and its ability to control operating expenses. Net interest margin is dependent primarily on the difference or spread between the average yield earned on interest-earning assets (including loans, mortgage-related securities, and investments) and the average rate paid on interest-bearing liabilities (including deposits, securities sold under agreements to repurchase, and borrowings), as well as the relative amounts of these assets and liabilities. Southern Bank is subject to interest rate risk to the degree that its interest-earning assets mature or reprice at different times, or on a varying basis, from its interest-bearing liabilities.
Southern Bank’s noninterest income consists primarily of fees charged on transaction and loan accounts, interchange income from customer debit and ATM card use, gains on sales of loans to the secondary market, and increased cash surrender value of bank owned life insurance (“BOLI”). Southern Bank’s operating expenses include: employee compensation and benefits, occupancy expenses, legal and professional fees, federal deposit insurance premiums, amortization of intangible assets, and other general and administrative expenses.
Southern Bank’s operations are significantly influenced by general economic conditions including monetary and fiscal policies of the U.S. government and the Federal Reserve Board. Additionally, Southern Bank is subject to policies and regulations issued by financial institution regulatory agencies including the Federal Reserve, the Missouri Division of Finance, and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation. Each of these factors may influence interest rates, loan demand, prepayment rates and deposit flows. Interest rates available on competing investments as well as general market interest rates influence the Bank’s cost of funds. Lending activities are affected by the demand for real estate and other types of loans, which in turn is affected by the interest rates at which such financing may be offered. Lending activities are funded through the attraction of deposit accounts consisting of checking accounts, passbook and statement savings accounts, money market deposit accounts, certificate of deposit accounts with terms of 60 months or less, securities sold under agreements to repurchase, advances from the Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines, and, to a lesser extent, brokered deposits. The Bank intends to continue to focus on its lending programs for one- to four-family residential real estate, commercial real estate, commercial business and consumer financing on loans secured by properties or collateral located primarily in southeast Missouri and northeast and north central Arkansas.