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Southern Missouri Bancorp Reports Preliminary Results for First Quarter of Fiscal 2019; Declares Quarterly Dividend of $0.13 Per Common Share; Conference Call to Discuss Results Scheduled for Tuesday, October 23, at 3:30PM, Central Time

Company Release - 10/22/2018 5:30 PM ET

Poplar Bluff, Missouri, Oct. 22, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) --

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEContact: Matt Funke, CFO
 (573) 778-1800


Southern Missouri Bancorp, Inc. (“Company”) (NASDAQ: SMBC), the parent corporation of Southern Bank (“Bank”), today announced preliminary net income for the first quarter of fiscal 2019 of $6.8 million, an increase of $1.9 million, or 39.9%, as compared to the same period of the prior fiscal year. The increase was attributable to an increase in net interest income, decreases in provision for income taxes and provision for loan losses, and an increase in noninterest income, partially offset by an increase in noninterest expense. Preliminary net income per fully diluted common share was $.76, an increase of $.20 as compared to the $.56 per fully diluted common share reported for the same period of the prior fiscal year.

Highlights for the first quarter of fiscal 2019:

  • Annualized return on average assets was 1.43%, while annualized return on average equity was 13.4%, as compared to 1.12% and 11.1%, respectively, in the same quarter a year ago, and 1.21% and 11.4%, respectively, in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2018, the linked quarter.
     
  • Earnings per common share (diluted) were $.76, up $.20, or 35.7%, as compared to the same quarter a year ago, and up $.13, or 20.6%, from the fourth quarter of fiscal 2018, the linked quarter.
     
  • Net loan growth was $60.8 million, a solid result in the Company’s seasonally-strong first fiscal quarter. Deposit growth was $11.2 million, in what is typically a seasonally-weaker period, complicated by one-time factors and robust competition for funding.
     
  • Net interest margin was 3.92%, up from the 3.79% reported for the year ago period, and from 3.72% for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2018, the linked quarter. Discount accretion in the current quarter was up from both the year-ago period and from the linked quarter, as discussed in detail below.
     
  • Noninterest income, excluding securities gains, was up 4.9% compared to the year ago period, and down 2.3% as compared to the fourth quarter of fiscal 2018, the linked quarter.
     
  • Noninterest expense was up 6.5% compared to the year ago period, and up 1.5% from the fourth quarter of fiscal 2018, the linked quarter.
     
  • Nonperforming assets were $12.5 million, or 0.64% of total assets, at September 30, 2018, as compared to $13.1 million, or 0.69% of total assets, at June 30, 2018, and $6.0 million, or 0.34% of total assets, at September 30, 2017.

Dividend Declared:

The Board of Directors, on October 16, 2018, declared a quarterly cash dividend on common stock of $0.13, payable November 30, 2018, to stockholders of record at the close of business on November 15, 2018, marking the 98th consecutive quarterly dividend since the inception of the Company. The Board of Directors and management believe the payment of a quarterly cash dividend enhances stockholder value and demonstrates our commitment to and confidence in our future prospects.

Conference Call:

The Company will host a conference call to review the information provided in this press release on Tuesday, October 23, 2018, at 3:30 p.m. central time (4:30 p.m. eastern). The call will be available live to interested parties by calling 1-888-339-0709 in the United States (Canada: 1-855-669-9657, international: 1-412-902-4189). Participants should ask to be joined into the Southern Missouri Bancorp (SMBC) call. Telephone playback will be available beginning one hour following the conclusion of the call through November 5, 2018. The playback may be accessed by dialing 1-877-344-7529 (Canada: 1-855-669-9658, international: 1-412-317-0088), and using the conference passcode 10125753.

Balance Sheet Summary:

The Company experienced balance sheet growth in the first quarter of fiscal 2019, with total assets of $1.9 billion at September 30, 2018, reflecting an increase of $57.5 million, or 3.0%, as compared to June 30, 2018. Asset growth was comprised mainly of loan growth.

Available-for-sale (“AFS”) securities were $144.6 million at September 30, 2018, a decrease of $1.7 million, or 1.2%, as compared to June 30, 2018. Cash equivalents and time deposits were $24.1 million, a decrease of $4.2 million, or 14.8%, as compared to June 30, 2018.

Loans, net of the allowance for loan losses, were $1.6 billion at September 30, 2018, an increase of $60.8 million, or 3.9%, as compared to June 30, 2018. The portfolio saw growth in commercial loans, commercial real estate loans, drawn balances in construction loans, and residential real estate loans, partially offset by a decline in consumer loans. The increase in commercial loan balances was attributable to growth in commercial & industrial lending, and agricultural operating loans. The Company typically experiences stronger loan growth in the first fiscal quarter due to seasonality of agricultural financing. Commercial real estate loans increased due to growth in loans secured by nonresidential properties, partially offset by declines in agricultural real estate lending. The decrease in consumer loans was attributable to loans secured by deposits; reductions in these deposit-secured loan balances had been anticipated based on short-term originations included in figures reported for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2018. Residential real estate growth was attributable to growth in loans secured by multifamily properties, partially offset by a decline in loans secured by 1-4 family properties. Loans anticipated to fund in the next 90 days stood at $114.5 million at September 30, 2018, as compared to $80.8 million at June 30, 2018, and $85.4 million at September 30, 2017.

Nonperforming loans were $7.6 million, or 0.47% of gross loans, at September 30, 2018, as compared to $9.2 million, or 0.59% of gross loans, at June 30, 2018. Nonperforming assets were $12.5 million, or 0.64% of total assets, at September 30, 2018, as compared to $13.1 million, or 0.69% of total assets, at June 30, 2018. The decrease in nonperforming loans was attributed to principal repayment of approximately $1.4 million received on a nonaccrual credit relationship secured by commercial collateral, commercial real estate, and agricultural real estate, combined with Bank foreclosure on property securing what was previously a nonaccrual $1.0 million multifamily relationship, partially offset by various smaller balance credit relationships which migrated to nonaccrual status during the quarter. The decrease in nonperforming assets was attributable to the decrease in nonaccrual loans, discussed above, partially offset an increase in foreclosed real estate, as a result of the foreclosure noted above. Our allowance for loan losses at September 30, 2018, totaled $18.8 million, representing 1.14% of gross loans and 249% of nonperforming loans, as compared to $18.2 million, or 1.15% of gross loans and 199% of nonperforming loans, at June 30, 2018. For all impaired loans, the Company has measured impairment under ASC 310-10-35. Management believes the allowance for loan losses at September 30, 2018, is adequate, based on that measurement.

Total liabilities were $1.7 billion at September 30, 2018, an increase of $52.1 million, or 3.1%, as compared to June 30, 2018.

Deposits were $1.6 billion at September 30, 2018, an increase of $11.2 million, or 0.7%, as compared to June 30, 2018. Deposit balances saw growth in certificates of deposit and money market deposit accounts, while interest-bearing transaction accounts, passbook and statement savings accounts, and noninterest bearing transaction accounts declined. Since June 30, 2018, the Company’s public unit deposits decreased $22.6 million, brokered certificates of deposit increased $37.9 million, and brokered nonmaturity deposits increased $901,000. The Company utilized brokered funding in addition to overnight borrowings to fund loan growth during what is often our seasonal peak in loan demand and a weaker period for deposit growth, and to maintain pricing discipline for retail deposits, the competition for which has increased notably. Our discussion of brokered deposits excludes those brokered deposits originated through reciprocal arrangements, as our reciprocal brokered deposits are primarily originated by our public unit depositors and utilized as an alternative to pledging securities against those deposits. The average loan-to-deposit ratio for the first quarter of fiscal 2019 was 101.6%, as compared to 97.8% for the same period of the prior fiscal year.

FHLB advances were $118.3 million at September 30, 2018, an increase of $41.7 million, or 54.3%, as compared to June 30, 2018, with the increase primarily attributable to the Company’s use of overnight funding to provide for loan growth in excess of deposit growth. The Company also increased term advances somewhat.

The Company’s stockholders’ equity was $206.1 million at September 30, 2018, an increase of $5.4 million, or 2.7%, as compared to June 30, 2018. The increase was attributable to the retention of net income, partially offset by the payment of dividends on common stock and a decrease in accumulated other comprehensive income, which is due to an increase in market interest rates.

Income Statement Summary:

The Company’s net interest income for the three-month period ended September 30, 2018, was $17.2 million, an increase of $2.1 million, or 13.7%, as compared to the same period of the prior fiscal year. The increase was attributable to a 9.9% increase in the average balance of interest-earning assets, combined with an increase in net interest margin to 3.92% in the current three-month period, from 3.79% in the three-month period a year ago.

Loan discount accretion and deposit premium amortization related to the Company’s August 2014 acquisition of Peoples Bank of the Ozarks (Peoples), the June 2017 acquisition of Capaha Bank (Capaha), and the February 2018 acquisition of Southern Missouri Bank of Marshfield (SMB-Marshfield) resulted in an additional $1.2 million in net interest income for the three-month period ended September 30, 2018, as compared to $465,000 in net interest income for the same period a year ago, as the Company was able to favorably resolve specific acquired impaired credits from the Peoples and Capaha acquisitions, and as discount accretion from the SMB-Marshfield acquisition had no comparable item in the same period a year ago. Combined, these components of net interest income contributed 27 basis points to net interest margin in the three-month period ended September 30, 2018, as compared to a contribution of 12 basis points for the same period of the prior fiscal year. For the linked quarter, ended June 30, 2018, when net interest margin was 3.72%, comparable discount accretion contributed eight basis points to the net interest margin. Generally, the Company expects this component of net interest income to continue to decline, though periodic resolution of specific credit impaired loans from the Peoples and Capaha acquisitions have resulted in notably higher levels of discount accretion in the current period, and in the second and third quarters of fiscal 2018.

The provision for loan losses for the three-month period ended September 30, 2018, was $682,000, as compared to $868,000 in the same period of the prior fiscal year. Decreased provisioning was attributed primarily to principal repayment on loans for which an allowance for loan losses had been established under ASC 310-10-35, partially offset by stronger loan growth. As a percentage of average loans outstanding, the provision for loan losses in the current three-month period represented a charge of 0.17% (annualized), while the Company recorded net charge offs during the period of 0.03% (annualized). During the same period of the prior fiscal year, the provision for loan losses as a percentage of average loans outstanding represented a charge of 0.24% (annualized), while the Company recorded net charge offs of 0.01% (annualized).

The Company’s noninterest income for the three-month period ended September 30, 2018, was $3.4 million, an increase of $159,000, or 4.9%, as compared to the same period of the prior fiscal year. The increase was attributable primarily to increased bank card interchange income and deposit account service charges, partially offset by weaker loan origination fees, servicing income, and late charges, and a reduction in gains realized on the sale of residential loans originated for sale into the secondary market.

Noninterest expense for the three-month period ended September 30, 2018, was $11.4 million, an increase of $694,000, or 6.5%, as compared to the same period of the prior fiscal year. The increase was attributable primarily to increases in occupancy expenses, bank card network expense, compensation and benefits, advertising, and other expenses, including expenses related to and losses on disposition of foreclosed real estate, as well as higher expenses related to electronic banking. Expenses related to mergers and acquisitions totaled $175,000 in the current quarter, as compared to $222,000 in the year-ago period. Provisioning for off-balance sheet credit exposure increased to $23,000 in the current quarter, as compared to $2,000 in the year ago period. The efficiency ratio for the three-month period ended September 30, 2018, was 55.6%, as compared to 58.5% in the same period of the prior fiscal year.

The income tax provision for the three-month period ended September 30, 2018, was $1.7 million, a decrease of $223,000, or 11.8%, as compared to the same period of the prior fiscal year, attributable to a decrease in the effective tax rate, to 19.7%, as compared to 28.0% in the year-ago period, partially offset by an increase in pre-tax income. The lower effective tax rate was attributed primarily to the December 2017 enactment of a reduction in the federal corporate income tax rate.

Forward-Looking Information:

Except for the historical information contained herein, the matters discussed in this press release may be deemed to be forward-looking statements that are subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties, and other factors that could cause the actual results to differ materially from the forward-looking statements, including: expected cost savings, synergies and other benefits from our merger and acquisition activities might not be realized to the extent anticipated, within the anticipated time frames, or at all, and costs or difficulties relating to integration matters, including but not limited to customer and employee retention, might be greater than expected; the strength of the United States economy in general and the strength of the local economies in which we conduct operations; fluctuations in interest rates and in real estate values; monetary and fiscal policies of the FRB and the U.S. Government and other governmental initiatives affecting the financial services industry; the risks of lending and investing activities, including changes in the level and direction of loan delinquencies and write-offs and changes in estimates of the adequacy of the allowance for loan losses; our ability to access cost-effective funding; the timely development of and acceptance of our new products and services and the perceived overall value of these products and services by users, including the features, pricing and quality compared to competitors' products and services; fluctuations in real estate values and both residential and commercial real estate markets, as well as agricultural business conditions; demand for loans and deposits; legislative or regulatory changes that adversely affect our business; changes in accounting principles, policies, or guidelines; results of regulatory examinations, including the possibility that a regulator may, among other things, require an increase in our reserve for loan losses or write-down of assets; the impact of technological changes; and our success at managing the risks involved in the foregoing. Any forward-looking statements are based upon management’s beliefs and assumptions at the time they are made. We undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements or to update the reasons why actual results could differ from those contained in such statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. In light of these risks, uncertainties and assumptions, the forward-looking statements discussed might not occur, and you should not put undue reliance on any forward-looking statements.



Southern Missouri Bancorp, Inc.
UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL INFORMATION
      
Summary Balance Sheet Data as of: September 30,  June 30,  March 31,  December 31,  September 30,
  (dollars in thousands, except per share data)   2018    2018    2018    2017    2017  
      
Cash equivalents and time deposits$   24,086 $  28,279 $  32,730 $  35,734 $  25,849 
Available for sale securities   144,625    146,325    146,127    148,353    147,680 
FHLB/FRB membership stock   11,007    9,227    7,731    7,504    8,384 
Loans receivable, gross   1,642,946    1,581,594    1,539,708    1,469,842    1,465,917 
  Allowance for loan losses   18,790    18,214    17,263    16,867     16,357 
Loans receivable, net   1,624,156    1,563,380    1,522,445    1,452,975    1,449,560 
Bank-owned life insurance   37,794    37,547    37,188    34,795    34,562 
Intangible assets   19,634    19,996    20,213    14,752    15,071 
Premises and equipment   54,669    54,832    55,495    53,479    54,129 
Other assets   27,657     26,529      27,864     29,105     28,256  
  Total assets$  1,943,628  $  1,886,115  $  1,849,793  $  1,776,697  $  1,763,491  
      
Interest-bearing deposits$   1,392,006 $  1,376,385 $  1,377,423 $  1,316,703 $  1,276,943 
Noninterest-bearing deposits   199,120    203,517    196,914    192,266     194,747 
Securities sold under agreements to repurchase   3,631    3,267    3,769    3,697    6,627 
FHLB advances   118,307    76,652    50,850    59,914    84,654 
Note payable   3,000    3,000    3,000    3,000    3,000 
Other liabilities   6,533    7,655    6,420    5,721    5,613 
Subordinated debt   14,969      14,945     14,921     14,896     14,872  
  Total liabilities   1,737,566     1,685,421     1,653,297     1,596,197     1,586,456  
      
Common stockholders' equity   206,062     200,694     196,496     180,500     177,035  
  Total stockholders' equity   206,062     200,694     196,496     180,500     177,035  
      
  Total liabilities and stockholders' equity$  1,943,628  $  1,886,115  $  1,849,793  $  1,776,697  $   1,763,491  
      
Equity to assets ratio 10.60% 10.64% 10.62% 10.16% 10.04%
      
Common shares outstanding   8,995,884    8,996,584    8,993,084    8,588,338    8,591,363 
  Less: Restricted common shares not vested   27,200     28,700     29,200     10,600     17,975  
Common shares for book value determination   8,968,684    8,967,884    8,963,884    8,577,738    8,573,388 
      
Book value per common share$  22.98 $  22.38 $  21.92 $   21.04 $  20.65 
Closing market price   37.27    39.02    36.60    37.59    36.49 
      
Nonperforming asset data as of: September 30,  June 30,  March 31,  December 31,  September 30,
  (dollars in thousands)   2018    2018    2018    2017    2017  
      
Nonaccrual loans$  7,557 $  9,172 $  6,218 $  1,635 $  2,307 
Accruing loans 90 days or more past due   -      -      -      5,681      303  
  Total nonperforming loans   7,557    9,172    6,218    7,316    2,610 
Other real estate owned (OREO)   4,926     3,874    4,067    3,653    3,357 
Personal property repossessed   51     50     75      71     67  
  Total nonperforming assets$  12,534  $  13,096  $  10,360  $  11,040  $  6,034  
      
Total nonperforming assets to total assets 0.64% 0.69% 0.56% 0.62% 0.34%
Total nonperforming loans to gross loans 0.47% 0.59% 0.41% 0.50% 0.18%
Allowance for loan losses to nonperforming loans 248.64% 198.58% 277.63% 230.55% 626.70%
Allowance for loan losses to gross loans 1.14% 1.15% 1.12% 1.15% 1.12%
      
Performing troubled debt restructurings (1)$  11,168 $  11,685 $  11,847 $  8,472 $  10,738 
      
  (1) Nonperforming troubled debt restructurings are included with nonaccrual loans or accruing loans 90 days or more past due.

 
     



  For the three-month period ended
Quarterly Average Balance Sheet Data: September 30,  June 30,  March 31,  December 31,  September 30,
  (dollars in thousands)   2018    2018    2018    2017    2017  
      
Interest-bearing cash equivalents$  3,196 $  4,316 $  3,898 $  3,027 $   2,268 
Available for sale securities
  and membership stock
   161,552    158,765    159,875    157,101    153,872 
Loans receivable, gross    1,585,741     1,547,635     1,513,674     1,463,054     1,436,156  
  Total interest-earning assets   1,750,489    1,710,716    1,677,447    1,623,182    1,592,296 
Other assets   150,038     152,200     144,828     141,666     140,660  
  Total assets$  1,900,527  $  1,862,916  $  1,822,275  $  1,764,848  $  1,732,956  
      
Interest-bearing deposits$  1,363,570 $  1,375,333 $  1,368,235 $  1,293,165 $  1,280,842 
Securities sold under agreements to repurchase   3,649    3,802    3,611    4,585    9,492 
FHLB advances   105,081    60,246    40,268    70,797    55,063 
Note payable   3,000    3,000    3,000    3,000    3,000 
Subordinated debt    14,957     14,933     14,909     14,884     14,860  
  Total interest-bearing liabilities   1,490,257    1,457,314    1,430,023     1,386,431    1,363,257 
Noninterest-bearing deposits   198,140    196,476    195,880    193,028    187,330 
Other noninterest-bearing liabilities    8,696     10,711     7,871     6,657     7,367  
  Total liabilities   1,697,093     1,664,501     1,633,774      1,586,116     1,557,954  
      
Common stockholders' equity   203,434     198,415     188,501     178,732     175,002  
  Total stockholders' equity    203,434     198,415     188,501     178,732     175,002  
      
  Total liabilities and stockholders' equity$  1,900,527  $  1,862,916  $  1,822,275  $  1,764,848  $  1,732,956  
      
  For the three-month period ended
Quarterly Summary Income Statement Data: September 30,  June 30,  March 31,  December 31,  September 30,
  (dollars in thousands, except per share data)   2018    2018    2018    2017    2017  
      
Interest income:     
  Cash equivalents$  25 $  26 $  22 $  11 $   10 
  Available for sale securities
  and membership stock
   1,101    1,028    1,026    984    946 
  Loans receivable    20,916     19,093     18,337     18,236     17,455  
  Total interest income   22,042     20,147     19,385     19,231     18,411  
Interest expense:     
  Deposits   4,009    3,656    3,281    3,025    2,862 
  Securities sold under
  agreements to repurchase
   8    8    8    8    14 
  FHLB advances    599    332    199    284    226 
  Note payable   35    33     30    29    28 
  Subordinated debt   224     215     192     182     178  
  Total interest expense   4,875     4,244     3,710     3,528     3,308  
Net interest income   17,167    15,903    15,675    15,703    15,103 
Provision for loan losses   682    987    550    642     868 
Securities gains   -     43    254    37    -  
Other noninterest income   3,430    3,511    3,616    3,137    3,271 
Noninterest expense   11,449    11,275    11,927    10,519    10,755 
Income taxes   1,666     1,559     1,810     2,546     1,889  
  Net income available
  to common stockholders
$  6,800  $  5,636  $  5,258  $  5,170  $  4,862  
      
Basic earnings per common share$  0.76 $  0.63 $  0.60 $  0.60 $  0.57 
Diluted earnings per common share   0.76    0.63    0.60    0.60     0.56 
Dividends per common share   0.13    0.11    0.11    0.11    0.11 
Average common shares outstanding:     
  Basic   8,996,000    8,995,000    8,762,000    8,589,000    8,591,000 
  Diluted   9,006,000    9,006,000    8,775,000    8,619,000     8,620,000 
      
Return on average assets 1.43% 1.21% 1.15% 1.17% 1.12%
Return on average common
  stockholders' equity
 13.4% 11.4% 11.2% 11.6% 11.1%
      
Net interest margin 3.92% 3.72% 3.74% 3.87% 3.79%
Net interest spread 3.73% 3.55% 3.58% 3.72% 3.66%
      
Efficiency ratio 55.6% 58.1% 61.8% 55.8% 58.5%

Southern Missouri Bancorp

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