CHAMPAIGN, Ill., July 24, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) --
Message from our President & CEO
First Busey Corporation's (Nasdaq:BUSE) net income for the second quarter of 2012 was $4.9 million and net income available to common stockholders was $4.0 million, or $0.05 per fully-diluted common share, as compared to net income of $7.4 million and net income available to common stockholders of $6.2 million, or $0.07 per fully-diluted common share, for the second quarter of 2011. In comparison, the Company reported net income for the first quarter of 2012 of $7.6 million and net income available to common stockholders of $6.7 million, or $0.08 per fully-diluted common share.
The Company's 2012 year-to-date net income through June 30 was $12.5 million and net income available to common stockholders was $10.7 million, or $0.12 per fully diluted share, compared to net income of $16.6 million, and net income available to common stockholders of $13.5 million, or $0.16 per fully diluted share, for the comparable period of 2011.
Changes in net income between comparative periods were influenced by seasonal changes in agriculture-based products, large gains on the Company's private equity funds in the first quarter of 2012, one-time expenses, and increased investments in 2012 to support future balance sheet strength, profitability and growth. In addition, our 2012 results were impacted positively by our exit from the TARP program in August 2011, which reduced the year-to-date cost of preferred stock dividends by $0.7 million and the second quarter cost by $0.4 million. Also contributing to our lower year-to-date cost of preferred stock dividends was the March 2011 conversion of our Series B preferred stock, which had $0.5 million of associated preferred dividend costs in the first quarter of 2011. These reductions in preferred stock dividends favorably impacted net income available to common stockholders in 2012.
Our previously announced loan growth initiative began showing positive results late in the second quarter and gross loan balances ended the quarter at $2.02 billion, which reflected an increase of $15.8 million over the prior quarter-end. Growth occurred in targeted portfolios with positive changes in mix. Commercial & Industrial loans grew $21.4 million while Commercial Real Estate and Construction loans declined $12.6 million in the aggregate. Loans related to residential real estate also rose $7.2 million, including $5.6 million in loans held for sale. Loans with the strongest risk grades exhibited positive growth, while loans with weaker grades declined during the quarter1.
Our non-interest bearing deposits of $555.6 million at June 30, 2012 grew from $503.1 million at December 31, 2011 and $447.7 million at June 30, 2011. Furthermore, our core deposits of $2.7 billion at June 30, 2012 increased from $2.5 billion at December 31, 2011 and June 30, 2011. In addition, as of June 30, 2012, our services per household increased to five services per household, which is approximately 5% greater than June 30, 2011. We believe this growth is indicative of the success of our B5 relationship sales model, which includes improved cross-sales to our customer base.
At the end of the second quarter of 2012, Busey Bank continued to exceed the capital adequacy requirements necessary to be considered "well-capitalized" under the regulatory guidance. Additionally, Tangible Common Equity (TCE) increased to $313.0 million at June 30, 2012 from $310.4 million at March 31, 2012 and $298.6 million at June 30, 2011. TCE represented 8.96% of tangible assets at June 30, 2012 compared to 8.85% at March 31, 2012 and 8.68% at June 30, 2011.
On July 27, 2012, we will pay a cash dividend of $0.04 per common share to stockholders of record as of July 20, 2012. The Company has an uninterrupted history of paying quarterly dividends to its common stockholders since 1998, when it first began trading on the NASDAQ exchange.
1A detailed description of the loan grading policy can be found in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2011.
Asset Quality: While much internal focus is currently being directed toward organic growth, our commitment to credit quality remains strong, as evidenced by another quarter of positive trends across a range of credit indicators. We expect to maintain gradual improvement in our overall asset quality during 2012; however, this continues to be dependent upon market-specific economic conditions. The key metrics are as follows:
- Illinois/Indiana non-performing loans decreased to $25.3 million at June 30, 2012 from $25.6 million at March 31, 2012 and $27.7 million at December 31, 2011.
- Florida non-performing loans of $8.5 million at June 30, 2012 remained consistent with the amount recorded at March 31, 2012, but decreased from $10.8 million at December 31, 2011.
Operating Performance: We made great progress in 2011 to strengthen our balance sheet, and the Company is dedicated to continuing efforts actively underway to support organic growth. Our business outreach across our footprint has increased substantially, and we are encouraged by the volumes building in our loan pipeline and the new loan growth experienced in the second quarter of 2012.
While our expenses increased as we continued to build out the infrastructure to support our growth strategy, we were able to maintain stable revenue generation through diversified sources during the quarter. Total revenue, net of interest expense and security gains, for the second quarter of 2012 was $41.0 million, compared to $43.6 million for the first quarter of 2012 and $41.6 million for the second quarter of 2011. Net of private equity fund gains of $2.1 million recorded in the first quarter of 2012, revenue was relatively steady on both a linked-quarter and year-over-year basis. Quarterly revenue was further impacted by seasonal changes in agriculture-based trust fees, declining by $1.4 million on a linked quarter basis in 2012.
Total revenue for the first six months of 2012 was $84.6 million as compared to $85.5 million for the same period of 2011. Non-interest income revenue sources are helping offset declines in net interest income arising from slow asset growth and continuing margin pressure. Revenues from trust, brokerage and commissions, and remittance processing activities, which are primarily generated through Busey Wealth Management and FirsTech, represent 43% of non-interest income and approximately one third of total net income to the Company, providing a balance to traditional banking activities in a slow growth economy.
Busey Wealth Management's net income of $1.0 million for the second quarter of 2012 increased from $0.9 million for the first quarter of 2012, and was consistent with the amount earned in the second quarter of 2011. Busey Wealth Management's net income for the first six months of 2012 was $1.9 million as compared to $1.7 million for the first six months of 2011. FirsTech's net income of $0.2 million for the second quarter of 2012 decreased from $0.3 million for the first quarter of 2012 and $0.4 million for the second quarter of 2011. FirsTech's net income for the first six months of 2012 was $0.5 million as compared to $0.9 million for the same period of 2011.
Other specific areas of operating performance are detailed as follows:
Overview and Strategy:
Our results this quarter reflect the culmination of months of planning and focused effort to retool our teams and rebuild our balance sheet in constructive ways for the long-term benefit of the Company. We understood that this commitment would require the deployment of capital to support our investment in the future, and earnings thus far in 2012 have aligned with estimates of the short-term effects of our long-term strategy.
Positive changes are occurring in our balance sheet, with the initial inflection of loan volumes in areas specifically targeted for growth and the consistent strengthening in our mix of funding through non-interest bearing deposits. Capital and asset quality continue to trend favorably, and the marriage of old competencies and new is melding together to create a more diverse organization.
We have embraced forward-looking practices regarding sustainability and were recently awarded certification through the Illinois Green Business Association (IGBA), a non-profit organization dedicated to helping business reduce their ecological footprint by attaining certification. To date, Busey is the largest organization to earn this achievement through the IGBA. Environmentally responsible business reduces costs and renews our commitment as a good steward to our communities.
Early stage success in building a stronger balance sheet structure is generally a positive leading indicator for future profitability. We are realistic that our strategies will take time to produce results and are working diligently to expand fee-based aspects of our business to counter headwinds the industry is collectively facing due to pressures on net interest margins.
As we move forward into future phases of our strategic evolution, we thank our associates for their efforts, our customers for their business and you, our stockholders, for your continued support of Busey.
\s\ Van A. Dukeman
President & Chief Executive Officer
First Busey Corporation
|SELECTED FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS|
|(dollars in thousands, except per share data)|
As of and for the
Three Months Ended
As of and for the
Six Months Ended
|EARNINGS & PER SHARE DATA|
|Net income||$ 4,888||$ 7,643||$ 7,447||$ 12,531||$ 16,557|
|Income available to common stockholders1||3,980||6,735||6,164||10,715||13,498|
|Fully-diluted earnings per share||0.05||0.08||0.07||0.12||0.16|
|Cash dividends paid per share||0.04||0.04||0.04||0.08||0.08|
|Net income by operating segment|
|Busey Bank||$ 4,187||$ 6,030||$ 7,096||$ 10,217||$ 15,916|
|Busey Wealth Management||1,004||863||974||1,867||1,668|
|Assets||$ 3,521,800||$ 3,465,407||$ 3,491,237||$ 3,493,603||$ 3,540,399|
|Stockholders' equity - common||340,575||337,665||325,608||339,120||307,641|
|Tangible stockholders' equity - common||305,012||301,274||286,586||303,143||268,176|
|Return on average assets3||0.45%||0.78%||0.71%||0.62%||0.77%|
|Return on average common equity3||4.70%||8.02%||7.59%||6.35%||8.85%|
|Return on average tangible common equity3||5.25%||8.99%||8.63%||7.11%||10.15%|
|Net interest margin3||3.21%||3.31%||3.54%||3.26%||3.54%|
|Non-interest income as a % of total revenues2||38.33%||41.03%||33.05%||39.72%||34.26%|
|Gross loans||$ 2,021,931||$ 2,006,157||$ 2,168,240|
|Allowance for loan losses||50,866||53,835||69,329|
|Allowance for loan losses to loans||2.52%||2.68%||3.20%|
|Allowance as a percentage of non-performing loans||150.42%||157.75%||128.94%|
|Loans 90+ days past due||57||363||1,314|
|Loans 30-89 days past due||4,240||15,930||17,057|
|Other non-performing assets||7,783||8,719||6,855|
|1 Net income, net of preferred dividends and discount accretion|
|2 Total revenue, net of interest expense and security gains|
|3 Quarterly ratios annualized and calculated on net income available to common stockholders|
|4 Net of security gains and intangible charges|
|Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets|
|(Unaudited, in thousands, except per share data)||
|Cash and due from banks||$ 320,349||$ 315,053||$ 357,193|
|Net loans, including loans held for sale||1,971,065||1,992,838||2,098,911|
|Premises and equipment||70,119||69,398||71,162|
|Goodwill and other intangibles||35,050||36,704||38,474|
|Total assets||$ 3,524,723||$ 3,402,122||$ 3,470,888|
|Liabilities & Stockholders' Equity|
|Non-interest bearing deposits||$ 555,560||$ 503,118||$ 447,650|
|Total deposits||$ 2,895,110||$ 2,763,454||$ 2,813,841|
|Securities sold under agreements to repurchase||119,115||127,867||126,796|
|Junior subordinated debt owed to unconsolidated trusts||55,000||55,000||55,000|
|Total liabilities||$ 3,109,876||$ 2,992,855||$ 3,041,112|
|Total stockholders' equity||$ 414,847||$ 409,267||$ 429,776|
|Total liabilities & stockholders' equity||$ 3,524,723||$ 3,402,122||$ 3,470,888|
|Per Share Data|
|Book value per common share||$ 3.95||$ 3.89||$ 3.81|
|Tangible book value per common share1||$ 3.55||$ 3.46||$ 3.36|
|Ending number of common shares outstanding||86,631||86,617||86,597|
|1 Total common equity less goodwill and other intangibles divided by shares outstanding as of period end|
|Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations|
|(Unaudited, in thousands, except per share data)||Three Months Ended June 30,||Six Months Ended June 30,|
|Interest and fees on loans||$ 24,512||$ 29,173||$ 50,038||$ 59,681|
|Interest on investment securities||4,713||4,700||9,283||9,098|
|Total interest income||$ 29,225||$ 33,873||$ 59,321||$ 68,779|
|Interest on deposits||3,318||4,820||7,066||10,079|
|Interest on short-term borrowings||85||110||172||231|
|Interest on long-term debt||220||486||446||982|
|Junior subordinated debt owed to unconsolidated trusts||328||616||665||1,299|
|Total interest expense||$ 3,951||$ 6,032||$ 8,349||$ 12,591|
|Net interest income||$ 25,274||$ 27,841||$ 50,972||$ 56,188|
|Provision for loan losses||4,500||5,000||9,500||10,000|
|Net interest income after provision for loan losses||$ 20,774||$ 22,841||$ 41,472||$ 46,188|
|Commissions and brokers' fees||564||479||1,070||920|
|Fees for customer services||4,316||4,523||8,508||8,852|
|Gain on sales of loans||3,256||1,835||5,669||4,467|
|Net security gains (losses)||64||--||64||(2)|
|Total non-interest income||$ 15,770||$ 13,746||$ 33,650||$ 29,285|
|Salaries and wages||13,148||10,028||25,259||19,588|
|Net occupancy expense||2,156||2,136||4,361||4,551|
|Furniture and equipment expense||1,310||1,340||2,582||2,664|
|Data processing expense||2,639||2,170||4,798||4,280|
|Other operating expenses||5,447||4,678||10,548||9,232|
|Total non-interest expense||$ 29,779||$ 25,185||$ 56,981||$ 50,850|
|Income before income taxes||$ 6,765||$ 11,402||$ 18,141||$ 24,623|
|Net income||$ 4,888||$ 7,447||$ 12,531||$ 16,557|
|Preferred stock dividends and discount accretion||$ 908||$ 1,283||$ 1,816||$ 3,059|
|Income available for common stockholders||$ 3,980||$ 6,164||$ 10,715||$ 13,498|
|Per Share Data|
|Basic earnings per common share||$ 0.05||$ 0.07||$ 0.12||$ 0.16|
|Fully-diluted earnings per common share||$ 0.05||$ 0.07||$ 0.12||$ 0.16|
|Diluted average common shares outstanding||86,637||86,617||86,633||84,001|
First Busey Corporation is a $3.5 billion financial holding company headquartered in Champaign, Illinois. Busey Bank, First Busey Corporation's wholly-owned bank subsidiary, is headquartered in Champaign, Illinois and has thirty-one full service and four limited service banking centers serving Illinois, a full service banking center in Indianapolis, Indiana, and seven full service banking centers serving southwest Florida. Busey Bank had total assets of $3.5 billion as of June 30, 2012.
Busey Wealth Management is a wholly-owned subsidiary of First Busey Corporation. Through Busey Trust Company, Busey Wealth Management provides asset management, investment and fiduciary services to individuals, businesses and foundations. As of June 30, 2012, Busey Wealth Management managed approximately $4.0 billion in assets.
Through Busey Bank, First Busey Corporation owns a retail payment processing subsidiary, FirsTech, Inc., which processes over 22 million transactions per year through online bill payments, lockbox processing and walk-in payments through its 3,100 agent locations in 38 states.
Busey Bank also provides electronic delivery of financial services through its website, www.busey.com.
Special Note Concerning Forward-Looking Statements
This document may contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 with respect to the financial condition, results of operations, plans, objectives, future performance and business of the Company. Forward-looking statements, which may be based upon beliefs, expectations and assumptions of the Company's management and on information currently available to management, are generally identifiable by the use of words such as "believe," "expect," "anticipate," "plan," "intend," "estimate," "may," "will," "would," "could," "should" or other similar expressions. Additionally, all statements in this document, including forward-looking statements, speak only as of the date they are made, and the Company undertakes no obligation to update any statement in light of new information or future events. A number of factors, many of which are beyond the ability of the Company to control or predict, could cause actual results to differ materially from those in its forward-looking statements. These factors include, among others, the following: (i) the strength of the local and national economy; (ii) the economic impact of any future terrorist threats or attacks; (iii) changes in state and federal laws, regulations and governmental policies concerning the Company's general business (including the impact of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act and the extensive regulations to be promulgated thereunder); (iv) changes in interest rates and prepayment rates of the Company's assets; (v) increased competition in the financial services sector and the inability to attract new customers; (vi) changes in technology and the ability to develop and maintain secure and reliable electronic systems; (vii) the loss of key executives or employees; (viii) changes in consumer spending; (ix) unexpected results of acquisitions; (x) unexpected outcomes of existing or new litigation involving the Company; and (xi) changes in accounting policies and practices. These risks and uncertainties should be considered in evaluating forward-looking statements and undue reliance should not be placed on such statements. Additional information concerning the Company and its business, including additional factors that could materially affect the Company's financial results, is included in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
David B. White, CFO 217-365-4047
First Busey Corporation
Urbana, Illinois, UNITED STATES
David B. White, CFO 217-365-4047
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