Southern Missouri Bancorp Reports Preliminary Second Quarter Results, Declares $0.16 Per Share Dividend, Schedules Conference Call to Discuss Results for Wednesday, January 29, at 3:30PM CST

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| Source: Southern Missouri Bancorp, Inc.

Poplar Bluff, Jan. 27, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Highlights:

·         Preliminary fiscal year 2014 second quarter earnings per common share (diluted) reported at $.73, up from $.72 in the year ago period, as net income available to common shareholders increased to $2.5 million, compared to $2.4 million in the year ago period. Earnings per common share (diluted) were down $.01, as compared to the $.74 earned in the first quarter of fiscal 2014, the linked quarter.

·         For the second quarter of fiscal 2014, the Company generated an annualized return on average assets of 1.09% and an annualized return on average common equity of 11.7%, as compared to 1.32% and 12.5%, respectively, for the same period of the prior fiscal year. In the first quarter of fiscal 2014, the linked quarter, the annualized return on average assets was 1.27%, and the annualized return on average common equity was 12.2%. Profitability was negatively impacted by charges related to the acquisition and data conversion of the Bank of Thayer. The transaction closed in October and systems conversion was completed in December, 2013.

·         The Company posted loan growth of $102.3 million, or 15.6%, during the first six months of fiscal 2014; deposits increased $97.4 million, or 15.4%. Available-for-sale (AFS) securities were up $33.3 million, and cash and time deposit balances were up $7.1 million. The October 2013 acquisition of the Bank of Thayer accounted for $39.4 million in loan growth, $68.2 million in deposit growth, and $34.3 million in AFS securities growth.

·         Net interest margin for the second quarter of fiscal 2014 was 3.83%, down from the 4.17% reported for the year ago period, and from the net interest margin of 3.90% for the first quarter of fiscal 2014, the linked quarter.

·         Noninterest income was up 49.0% for the second quarter of fiscal 2014, compared to the year ago period, and up 30.1% from the first quarter of fiscal 2014, the linked quarter. The current period's noninterest income included $109,000 in realized gains on AFS securities.

·         Noninterest expense was up 40.2% for the second quarter of fiscal 2014, compared to the year ago period, and up 36.3% from the first quarter of fiscal 2014, the linked quarter. The current period's noninterest expense included $563,000 attributable to legal and data conversion charges related to the acquisition of the Bank of Thayer, and $57,000 in legal charges related to the acquisition of Citizens State Bank.

·         Non-performing assets were $4.8 million, or 0.51% of total assets, at December 31, 2013, as compared to $4.6 million, or 0.58% of total assets, at June 30, 2013. At the previous quarter end, September 30, 2013, non-performing assets were $3.6 million, or 0.43% of total assets.

Southern Missouri Bancorp, Inc. ("Company") (NASDAQ: SMBC), the parent corporation of Southern Bank ("Bank"), today announced preliminary net income available to common shareholders for the second quarter of fiscal 2014 of $2.5 million, an increase of $38,000, or 1.6%, as compared to $2.4 million in the same period of the prior fiscal year. The increase was attributable to increases in net interest income and noninterest income, as well as reductions in provisions for loan losses and income taxes, and was partially offset by an increase in noninterest expense. Preliminary net income available to common shareholders was $.73 per fully diluted common share for the second quarter of fiscal 2014, an increase of 1.4% as compared to the $.72 per fully diluted common share earned during the same period of the prior fiscal year.

Preliminary net income available to common shareholders for the first six months of fiscal 2014 was announced at $5.0 million, an increase of $156,000, or 3.2%, as compared to $4.8 million in the same period of the prior fiscal year. The increase was attributable to increases in net interest income and noninterest income, as well as reductions in provisions for loan losses and income taxes, and was partially offset by an increase in noninterest expense. Preliminary net income available to common shareholders was $1.47 per fully diluted common share for the first six months of fiscal 2014, an increase of 2.8% as compared to the $1.43 per fully diluted common share earned during the same period of the prior fiscal year.

Dividend Declared:

The Company is pleased to announce that the Board of Directors, on January 21, 2014, declared its 79th consecutive quarterly dividend on common stock since the inception of the Company. The cash dividend of $.16 per common share will be paid on February 28, 2014 to common stockholders of record at the close of business on February 14, 2014. The Board of Directors and management believe the payment of a quarterly cash dividend enhances shareholder value and demonstrates our commitment to and confidence in our future prospects.

Recent Developments:

The Company previously announced on November 7, 2013, the signing of a definitive merger agreement whereby Citizens State Bankshares of Bald Knob, Inc., and its subsidiary, Citizens State Bank, Bald Knob, Arkansas, will be acquired in an all-cash transaction.  The acquired financial institution will be merged with and into Southern Bank.  The transaction is expected to close in April, 2014.

Conference Call:

The Company will host a conference call to review the information provided in this press release on Wednesday, January 29, 2014, at 3:30 p.m., CST (4:30 p.m., EST). The call will be available live to interested parties by calling 1-888-317-6016 in the United States (Canada: 1-855-669-9657, international: 1-412-317-6016). Telephone playback will be available one hour following the conclusion of the call, through February 13, 2014. 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 10040314.

Balance Sheet Summary:

The Company experienced balance sheet growth in the first six months of fiscal 2014, with total assets increasing $153.8 million, or 19.3%, to $950.2 million at December 31, 2013, as compared to $796.4 million at June 30, 2013. Balance sheet growth was primarily due to growth in loan and available-for-sale securities balances. Balance sheet growth was funded primarily with Federal Home Loan Bank (FHLB) advances and increases in deposit balances.  Balance sheet growth was attributable primarily to organic loan growth and the October acquisition of the Bank of Thayer, which accounted for approximately $74.9 million in asset growth.

Available-for-sale investments increased $33.3 million, or 41.6%, to $113.3 million at December 31, 2013, as compared to $80.0 million at June 30, 2013. The increase was primarily attributable to the October acquisition of the Bank of Thayer, which included $34.3 million in securities balances.  The increase consisted of investments in mortgage-backed securities and municipal bonds. Cash equivalents and time deposits increased $7.1 million, or 51.5%, as compared to June 30, 2013.

Loans, net of the allowance for loan losses, increased $101.6 million, or 15.7%, to $748.7 million at December 31, 2013, as compared to $647.2 million at June 30, 2013. The increase was primarily attributable to organic growth and the October acquisition of the Bank of Thayer, which included $39.4 million in loans, at fair value.  The increase consisted of residential real estate and commercial real estate loans.  The increase in residential real estate loans was split roughly equally between 1-to-4 family and multi-family collateral.

Non-performing loans were $1.7 million, or 0.22% of gross loans, at December 31, 2013, as compared to $1.4 million, or 0.22% of gross loans, at June 30, 2013; non-performing assets were $4.8 million, or 0.51% of total assets, at December 31, 2013, as compared to $4.6 million, or 0.58% of total assets, at June 30, 2013. Our allowance for loan losses at December 31, 2013, totaled $9.1 million, representing 1.20% of gross loans and 548% of non-performing loans, as compared to $8.4 million, or 1.28% of gross loans, and 584% of non-performing loans, at June 30, 2013. The increase in non-performing assets was attributable primarily to foreclosed real estate obtained in the October acquisition of the Bank of Thayer, consisting mostly of commercial real estate, and was partially offset by sales of legacy foreclosed real estate. For one relationship, which accounted for $2.1 million in foreclosed real estate balances at June 30, 2013, the sale of certain properties reduced the carrying amount to $1.7 million at December 31, 2013, with that remaining balance comprised entirely of commercial real estate. For all impaired loans, the Company has measured impairment under ASC 310-10-35, and management believes the allowance for loan losses at December 31, 2013, is adequate, based on that measurement.

Total liabilities increased $150.7 million to $845.2 million at December 31, 2013, an increase of 21.7% as compared to $694.6 million at June 30, 2013. This growth was attributable to the October acquisition of the Bank of Thayer, organic deposit growth, and the use of FHLB advances to fund organic loan growth.

Deposits increased $97.4 million, or 15.4%, to $729.8 million at December 31, 2013, as compared to $632.4 million at June 30, 2013. The increase was primarily attributable to the October acquisition of the Bank of Thayer, which included $68.2 million in deposits, at fair value, and organic growth. The increase consisted of interest-bearing checking, certificates of deposit, noninterest-bearing checking accounts, money market deposit accounts, and savings accounts.  The average loan-to-deposit ratio for the second quarter of fiscal 2014 was 103.6%, as compared to 105.8% for the same period of the prior fiscal year.

FHLB advances were $80.9 million at December 31, 2013, an increase of $56.4 million, or 230.2%, as compared to $24.5 million at June 30, 2013. The increase was attributable primarily to the use of overnight borrowings to fund asset growth. Securities sold under agreements to repurchase totaled $21.8 million at December 31, 2013, as compared to $27.8 million at June 30, 2013, a decrease of 21.5%. At both dates, the full balance of repurchase agreements was due to local small business and government counterparties. The Company has encouraged these counterparties to migrate to a swept deposit product that places their funds in other FDIC-insured depositories, while providing funding to our institution under a reciprocal arrangement, in order to improve the Company's liquidity.

The Company's stockholders' equity increased $3.2 million, or 3.1%, to $105.0 million at December 31, 2013, from $101.8 million at June 30, 2013. The increase was due primarily to retention of net income, partially offset by cash dividends paid on common and preferred stock, and by a decrease in accumulated other comprehensive income, as the market value of the available-for-sale investment portfolio declined, net of tax, as a result of a general increase in market interest rates.

Income Statement Summary:

The Company's net interest income for the three-month and six-month periods ended December 31, 2013, was $8.3 million and $15.7 million, respectively, increases of $1.0 million, or 13.6%, and $954,000, or 6.5%, respectively, as compared to the same periods of the prior fiscal year. The increase in the three-month period was attributable to a 23.6% increase in the average balance of interest-earning assets, partially offset by a decrease in net interest margin, from 4.17% to 3.83%. The increase in the six-month period was attributable to a 16.7% increase in the average balance of interest-earning assets, partially offset by a decrease in the net interest margin, from 4.23% to 3.86%.

In December 2010, the Company acquired from the FDIC, as receiver, most of the assets and assumed substantially all of the liabilities of the former First Southern Bank, Batesville, Arkansas (the Acquisition). Accretion of fair value discount on loans and amortization of fair value premiums on time deposits related to the Acquisition declined to $168,000 and $372,000, respectively, for the three- and six-month periods ended December 31, 2013, as compared to $366,000 and $895,000, respectively, in the same periods of the prior fiscal year.  This component of net interest income contributed eight and nine basis points, respectively, to net interest margin in the three- and six-month periods ended December 31, 2013, as compared to 21 and 26 basis points, respectively, in the same periods of the prior fiscal year.  The Company expects the impact of the fair value discount accretion to continue to decline, over time, as the assets acquired at a discount continue to mature or prepay.

The provision for loan losses for the three- and six-month periods ended December 31, 2013, was $295,000 and $794,000, respectively, as compared to $462,000 and $1.1 million, respectively, in the same period of the prior fiscal year. As a percentage of average loans outstanding, provision for loan losses in the current three- and six-month periods represented an annualized charge of .16% and .23%, respectively, as compared to .30% and .35%, respectively, for the same periods of the prior fiscal year. The decrease in the provision was attributed primarily to low levels of net charge offs, as well as low classified and delinquent loan balances, partially offset by an increase in loan balances. Net charge offs for the three-month period ended December 31, 2013, were immaterial, and net charge offs for the six-month period ended December 31, 2013, were an annualized .03% of average loans, as compared to 0.13% for both fiscal year 2012 and fiscal year 2013.

The Company's noninterest income for the three- and six-month periods ended December 31, 2013, was $1.7 million and $2.9 million, respectively, increases of $548,000, or 49.0%, and $768,000, or 35.3%, respectively, as compared to the same periods of the prior fiscal year. The increases were attributed primarily to increased deposit account charges and fees (resulting from the October 2013 acquisition of the Bank of Thayer, transaction account growth and increased NSF activity), $109,000 in gains realized on AFS securities, gains on sales of residential loans into the secondary market, increased loan fees, and increased bank card interchange income.

Noninterest expense for the three- and six-month periods ended December 31, 2013, was $6.2 million and $10.8 million, respectively, increases of $1.8 million, or 40.2%, and $2.2 million, or 25.8%, respectively, as compared to the same periods of the prior fiscal year. The increases included $620,000 and $745,000, respectively, in merger-related charges recognized in the three- and six-month periods ended December 31, 2013, related to the completed acquisition of Bank of Thayer and the pending acquisition of Citizens State Bank, Bald Knob, and were attributable primarily to legal and professional fees, employee compensation and benefits, occupancy, advertising, telecommunications, bank card interchange expense, internet banking charges, and additional amortization of a core deposit intangible resulting from the acquisition of the Bank of Thayer. The efficiency ratio, excluding securities gains or losses, for the three- and six-month periods ended December 31, 2013, was 63.0% and 58.2%, respectively, as compared to 52.6% and 50.7%, respectively, for the same periods of the prior fiscal year. The deterioration resulted from increases of 40.2% and 25.8%, respectively, in noninterest expense, partially offset by combined 17.0% and 9.5% increases, respectively, in net interest income and noninterest income, and was attributable primarily to merger-related charges and the decreased accretion of fair value discount on loans resulting from the acquisition.

The income tax provision for the three- and six-month periods ended December 31, 2013, was $957,000, and $2.0 million, decreases of $107,000, or 10.1%, and $225,000, or 10.2%, as compared to the same period of the prior fiscal year. The decreases were attributed to lower pre-tax income, as well as a decline in the effective tax rate, to 27.5% and 28.0%, respectively, in the current three- and six-month periods, as compared to 30.0% and 30.3%, respectively, in the same periods of the prior fiscal year. The decline in the effective tax rate was attributed to continued additional investments in tax-advantaged assets.

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: 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 Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System 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; expected cost savings, synergies and other benefits from the Company's merger and acquisition activities might not be realized 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; fluctuations in real estate values and both residential and commercial real estate market conditions; demand for loans and deposits in our market area; legislative or regulatory changes that adversely affect our business; results of examinations of us by our regulators, including the possibility that our regulators may, among other things, require us to increase our reserve for loan losses or to write-down 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:         December 31, 2013 June 30, 2013
             
Cash equivalents and time deposits          $              20,865,000  $              13,769,000
Available for sale (AFS) securities                        113,298,000                  80,004,000
Membership stock                            5,273,000                    3,011,000
Loans receivable, gross                        757,815,000                655,552,000
   Allowance for loan losses                            9,085,000                    8,386,000
Loans receivable, net                        748,730,000                647,166,000
Bank-owned life insurance                          16,726,000                  16,467,000
Intangible assets                            3,667,000                    1,040,000
Premises and equipment                          19,843,000                  17,516,000
Other assets                          21,809,000                  17,418,000
   Total assets          $            950,211,000  $            796,391,000
             
Interest-bearing deposits          $            671,531,000  $            586,937,000
Noninterest-bearing deposits                          58,260,000                  45,442,000
Securities sold under agreements to repurchase                          21,801,000                  27,788,000
FHLB advances                          80,888,000                  24,500,000
Other liabilities                            3,022,000                    2,678,000
Subordinated debt                            9,714,000                    7,217,000
   Total liabilities                        845,216,000                694,562,000
Preferred stock                          20,000,000                  20,000,000
Common stockholders' equity                          84,995,000                  81,829,000
   Total stockholders' equity                        104,995,000                101,829,000
   Total liabilities and stockholders' equity          $            950,211,000  $            796,391,000
             
Equity to assets ratio         11.05% 12.79%
             
Common shares outstanding                            3,300,000                    3,294,000
   Less: Restricted common shares not vested                                 32,000                         32,000
Common shares for book value determination                            3,268,000                    3,262,000
             
Book value per common share          $                       26.01  $                       25.09
Closing market price                                   33.27                           25.67
             
Nonperforming asset data as of:         December 31, 2013 June 30, 2013
             
Nonaccrual loans          $                1,659,000  $                1,437,000
Accruing loans 90 days or more past due                                         -                                   -  
Nonperforming troubled debt restructurings (1)                                         -                                   -  
   Total nonperforming loans                            1,659,000                    1,437,000
Other real estate owned (OREO)                            3,004,000                    3,030,000
Personal property repossessed                                 48,000                         46,000
Nonperforming investment securities                               125,000                       125,000
   Total nonperforming assets          $                4,836,000  $                4,638,000
             
Total nonperforming assets to total assets         0.51% 0.58%
Total nonperforming loans to gross loans         0.22% 0.22%
Allowance for loan losses to nonperforming loans         547.62% 583.58%
Allowance for loan losses to gross loans         1.20% 1.28%
Performing troubled debt restructurings         $                4,756,000  $                4,883,000
             
(1) reported here only if not otherwise listed as nonperforming (i.e., nonaccrual or 90+ days past due) 
 


 
 For the three-month period ended  For the six-month period ended
Average Balance Sheet Data:  December 31, 2013  December 31, 2012  December 31, 2013  December 31, 2012
         
Interest-bearing cash equivalents  $                6,897,000  $                8,350,000  $                6,453,000  $              10,129,000
AFS securities and membership stock                124,617,000                  77,466,000                105,669,000                  76,257,000
Loans receivable, gross                737,502,000                617,495,000                700,499,000                610,245,000
   Total interest-earning assets                869,016,000                703,311,000                812,621,000                696,631,000
Other assets                  55,904,000                  50,471,000                  52,061,000                  47,714,000
   Total assets  $            924,920,000  $            753,782,000  $            864,682,000  $            744,345,000
         
Interest-bearing deposits  $            654,865,000  $            527,902,000  $            622,098,000  $            524,331,000
Securities sold under agreements to repurchase                  23,478,000                  26,858,000                  23,173,000                  25,713,000
FHLB advances                  73,950,000                  37,918,000                  55,348,000                  36,024,000
Subordinated debt                    9,388,000                    7,217,000                    8,302,000                    7,217,000
   Total interest-bearing liabilities                761,681,000                599,895,000                708,921,000                593,285,000
Noninterest-bearing deposits                  56,739,000                  55,519,000                  50,989,000                  53,816,000
Other noninterest-bearing liabilities                    2,102,000                       358,000                    1,476,000                       336,000
   Total liabilities                820,522,000                655,772,000                761,386,000                647,437,000
         
Preferred stock                  20,000,000                  20,000,000                  20,000,000                  20,000,000
Common stockholders' equity                  84,398,000                  78,010,000                  83,296,000                  76,908,000
   Total stockholders' equity                104,398,000                  98,010,000                103,296,000                  96,908,000
         
   Total liabilities and stockholders' equity  $            924,920,000  $            753,782,000  $            864,682,000  $            744,345,000
   For the three-month period ended  For the six-month period ended
Summary Income Statement Data:  December 31, 2013  December 31, 2012  December 31, 2013  December 31, 2012
         
   Interest income:        
Cash equivalents  $                       3,000  $                     11,000  $                       6,000  $                     30,000
AFS securities and membership stock                       723,000                       457,000                    1,220,000                       945,000
Loans receivable                    9,512,000                    8,730,000                  18,177,000                  17,584,000
      Total interest income                  10,238,000                    9,198,000                  19,403,000                  18,559,000
   Interest expense:        
Deposits                    1,505,000                    1,497,000                    2,954,000                    3,077,000
Securities sold under agreements to repurchase                         31,000                         54,000                         63,000                       102,000
FHLB advances                       286,000                       259,000                       541,000                       513,000
Subordinated debt                         85,000                         58,000                       141,000                       117,000
      Total interest expense                    1,907,000                    1,868,000                    3,699,000                    3,809,000
Net interest income                    8,331,000                    7,330,000                  15,704,000                  14,750,000
Provision for loan losses                       295,000                       462,000                       794,000                    1,073,000
Securities gains                       109,000                                 -                         109,000                                 -  
Noninterest income                    1,557,000                    1,118,000                    2,837,000                    2,178,000
Noninterest expense                    6,226,000                    4,441,000                  10,793,000                    8,578,000
Income taxes                       957,000                    1,065,000                    1,981,000                    2,206,000
Net income                    2,519,000                    2,480,000                    5,082,000                    5,071,000
   Less: effective dividend on preferred shares                         50,000                         50,000                       100,000                       245,000
Net income available to common shareholders  $                2,469,000  $                2,430,000  $                4,982,000  $                4,826,000
         
Basic earnings per common share  $                          0.75  $                          0.74  $                          1.51  $                          1.47
Diluted earnings per common share                             0.73                             0.72                             1.47                             1.43
Dividends per common share                             0.16                             0.15                             0.32                             0.30
Average common shares outstanding:        
   Basic                    3,297,000                    3,289,000                    3,295,000                    3,289,000
   Diluted                    3,402,000                    3,384,000                    3,389,000                    3,382,000
         
Return on average assets 1.09% 1.32% 1.18% 1.36%
Return on avg. common shareholders' equity 11.7% 12.5% 12.0% 12.6%
Net interest margin 3.83% 4.17% 3.87% 4.23%
Net interest spread 3.71% 3.98% 3.74% 4.05%
Efficiency ratio, excluding AFS gains or losses 63.0% 52.6% 58.2% 50.7%
Matt Funke
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