NewBridge Reports 20% Increase in First Quarter Pre-Tax Core Operating Results

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First-Quarter 2014 Highlights

  • Net income totaled $3.5 million
  • Net interest income rose $1.6 million from the prior year
  • Loans grew $27 million for the quarter, an annualized rate of 8%
  • Core deposits expanded $27 million for the quarter, fully funding loan growth
  • Net loan chargeoffs fell 83% from the prior year
  • Classified assets declined 12%
  • Provision for credit losses declined 85% from the prior year
  • Remaining balance of preferred shares redeemed
  • Shareholders approved merger with CapStone Bank

Subsequent First-Quarter Events

  • Completed merger and systems conversion with CapStone Bank
  • Announced realignment of retail banking resources which is expected to result in a 5% reduction in the Company's work force

First-Quarter Results Include

  • Current year tax rates returned to a normalized rate of 36% versus 0% the prior year
  • Merger-related expense totaled $88,000 for the quarter
  • Reversed previously accrued interest income totaling $200,000 due to a rise in nonaccruing loans and accelerated premium amortization of $153,000 due to the early payoff of an investment security acquired at a premium
  • The reversed interest income lowered the net interest margin 8 basis points for the quarter to 3.75%

GREENSBORO, N.C., April 24, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- NewBridge Bancorp (Nasdaq:NBBC) today reported earnings for the quarter ended March 31, 2014. Net income available to common shareholders totaled $3.1 million compared to $4.0 million reported for the quarter ended March 31, 2013. Earnings per diluted common share for the current year were $0.11 compared to $0.13 per share reported a year ago. Prior year results benefitted from a 0% effective tax rate as the Company was recapturing an impairment valuation allowance against its deferred tax asset. Current year results are expected to be taxed at a normalized effective tax rate of 36%, resulting in a $1.9 million provision for taxes. Prior year results also benefitted from a net gain on the sale of securities totaling $208,000.

Pressley A. Ridgill, President and Chief Executive Officer said, "I am pleased to report our first quarter pre-tax core operating results improved by 20%, excluding the current year's merger costs and the prior year's securities gains. Pre-tax core net income improved to $5.4 million, a $916,000 increase over the prior year's results. We were able to achieve these results through the effective execution of our growth strategies, which rely heavily on organic growth bolstered by strategic acquisitions. From March of 2013 to March of 2014, the Company's total assets increased 19%, or $326 million. During this period, the Company also made efficient capital decisions such as redeeming the outstanding preferred shares and warrant. Average diluted common shares outstanding declined by 1.1 million shares from 2013, and preferred dividends declined 54% from the prior year. We are also pleased to report subsequent to quarter end, our merger with CapStone Bank was completed and its information systems were successfully converted to our legacy systems. This merger, along with our October 2013 acquisition of Security Savings Bank, and our recently announced realignment of retail banking resources are expected to significantly improve our performance efficiency."

Net Interest Income

Net interest income increased 10.5%, or $1.6 million, to $16.6 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2014 compared to the quarter ended March 31, 2013. The growth in net interest income was due primarily from a rise in the average balance of earning assets, principally loans, but was partially offset by a decline in the yield on loans. The average balance of earning assets increased 15.2%, or $238 million, to $1.81 billion during the quarter compared to the same period a year ago. Average loan balances grew $260 million from the same period last year, in part due to $131 million of average loans acquired from the Security Savings Bank merger. Growth in net interest income for the three months ended March 31, 2014 was partially offset by the reversal of $200,000 of accrued interest on loans placed on nonaccrual and $153,000 of accelerated premium amortization on investments combined with the interest cost on $15.5 million of newly issued subordinated debt. The accelerated premium amortization was due to the early payoff of a pool of securities that were held at a premium. The net interest margin on a linked-quarter basis declined 4 basis points to 3.75%; however, the above two interest adjustments resulted in an 8 basis point decline for the quarter. From the prior year, the net interest margin declined 17 basis points due to continued compression caused by the low interest rate environment. The yield on earning assets declined 20 basis points to 4.07% from the prior year, whereas the cost of interest bearing liabilities declined just 6 basis points to 0.38% compared to the prior year.

Noninterest Income

Noninterest income, excluding $208,000 of securities gains from the prior year, declined $139,000 to $4.3 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2014. The decline in noninterest revenue was caused by a $429,000 drop in mortgage revenue. Retail banking revenue, wealth management fees and other noninterest income grew over the prior year, offsetting much of the decline. Retail banking revenues increased $154,000, or 6.4%, wealth management revenue climbed $74,000, or 11.5%, and other sources of noninterest income increased $62,000, or 7.4%.

Noninterest Expense

Noninterest expense increased 10.3%, or $1.4 million, to $15.5 million for the quarter ending March 31, 2014 compared to $14.0 million for the prior year period. The rise in noninterest expense was due in large part to six new office locations added through the merger with Security Savings Bank. Expenses associated with other real estate owned ("OREO") increased from $36,000 in the March 2013 quarter to $398,000 in the March 2014 quarter. The rise in OREO expense was primarily attributed to losses on the sale of OREO. Partially offsetting the rise in noninterest expense, legal fees and FDIC insurance assessments declined a combined $191,000 from the prior year. The decline in legal fees is primarily a result of lower cost associated with lower problem loan assets. Merger-related expense associated with the closing of Security Savings Bank and CapStone Bank totaled $88,000 for the quarter.

Balance Sheet

Total assets increased $73.0 million for the quarter to $2.04 billion at March 31, 2014. Loans held for investment increased $27.1 million, or 1.9%, for the quarter while investments increased $41.3 million. Growth in the loan portfolio was due primarily to continued growth from commercial lending activities. Commercial and construction lending accounted for all of the $27 million of growth during the quarter, whereas residential and consumer loans in total were largely unchanged. The Company expanded the investment portfolio $41 million during the quarter through blended purchases of government agency mortgage backed securities and select corporate debt securities. Primarily, the investments were purchased as held to maturity investments. These investments had an average duration of 5.1 years and a weighted average yield of 2.70%.

Total liabilities increased $83 million during the quarter, including a $68 million increase in deposits. Total deposits were $1.62 billion at March 31, 2014. Seventy percent of the Company's deposits are core transaction, savings and money market accounts. These core accounts increased $27.3 million, or 2.5%, during the quarter and completely funded new loan growth. The weighted average cost of the Company's $1.1 billion of core accounts was 0.12% at March 31, 2014. Time deposit balances increased $41 million during the quarter due to an increase in brokered deposits. Non-deposit liabilities increased $14.8 million during the quarter due to the issuance of $15.5 million of subordinated debt. The debt was issued as an efficient form of regulatory tier 2 eligible capital, and the proceeds were used for redemption of the balance of the preferred securities. The interest rate on this debt is 7.25%; however, the after tax cost is below 5%.

Shareholders' equity declined $10.0 million due to the redemption of $15.0 million of preferred securities in March. Common equity increased $5.0 million on retained earnings of $3.1 million and $1.8 million of changes in comprehensive income. The Company's tangible book value per share increased from $5.05 per share at December 31, 2013 to $5.22 at March 31, 2014.

Asset Quality

Asset quality improved during the quarter as total classified assets declined $6.1 million, or 12%, to $45.2 million. Classified assets totaled 24.8% of the Bank's total capital at March 31, 2014. Nonperforming assets increased $1.5 million due primarily to a rise in nonaccruing loans, which increased $3.7 million. Net chargeoffs for the quarter ending March 31, 2014 totaled $259,000, or 0.07% of loans (annualized). Compared to the prior year, net loan chargeoffs declined 83%. Likewise, provision expense declined 85% from the prior year to $144,000 for the current quarter. Nonperforming assets to total assets were largely unchanged at 0.91%; however, the percentage of nonperforming loans increased from 0.66% at December 31, 2013 to 0.89%. OREO declined $1.9 million during the quarter to $5.6 million. The allowance for credit losses was $24.4 million at March 31, 2014, or 1.69% of total loans held for investment and 190% of nonperforming loans.

Outlook

On April 1, 2014 the Company completed the acquisition of CapStone Bank, and the Company's total assets increased 16% to $2.4 billion. We remain focused on building efficiencies and obtaining additional earnings power both organically and through opportunistic but carefully considered acquisitions.  We believe the Company's net interest margin will generally remain under pressure from an interest rate environment that likely will be unchanged for 2014.

On April 21, 2014, the Company announced an initiative to realign retail banking resources. Our goal is to improve the versatility of our sales team while providing them with better technology and an improved suite of products. We are replacing our traditional branch staffing model of a manager surrounded by client service representatives with a simpler model consisting entirely of client service managers. Non-client focused operations will be centralized away from the branches, freeing our retail staff to focus exclusively on client engagement. Over time, these changes will result in an estimated 5% reduction in the Company's work force.

Use of Non-GAAP Measures

Tangible common shareholders' equity percentages have become a focus of some investors. Because tangible common shareholders' equity is not formally defined by generally accepted accounting principles in the United States ("GAAP"), this measure is considered to be a non-GAAP financial measure, and other entities may calculate it differently. Since analysts and banking regulators may assess our capital adequacy using tangible common shareholders' equity, management believes that it is useful to provide investors with the ability to assess the Company's capital adequacy on the same basis.

About NewBridge Bancorp

NewBridge Bancorp is the bank holding company for NewBridge Bank, a full service, state-chartered community bank headquartered in Greensboro, North Carolina. The stock of NewBridge Bancorp trades on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol "NBBC."

NewBridge Bank is one of the largest community banks in North Carolina. NewBridge Bank serves small to midsize businesses, professionals and consumers with a comprehensive array of financial services, including retail and commercial banking, private banking, wealth management and mortgage banking. NewBridge Bank currently has assets of approximately $2.4 billion with 40 branches and several loan production offices throughout North Carolina.

Disclosures About Forward Looking Statements

The discussions included in this document and its exhibits may contain forward looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933. Such statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause actual results to differ materially. For the purposes of these discussions, any statements that are not statements of historical fact may be deemed to be forward looking statements. Such statements are often characterized by the use of qualifying words such as "expects," "anticipates," "believes," "estimates," "plans," "projects," or other statements concerning opinions or judgments of NewBridge and its management about future events. The accuracy of such forward looking statements could be affected by factors including, but not limited to, the financial success or changing conditions or strategies of NewBridge's customers or vendors, fluctuations in interest rates, actions of government regulators, the availability of capital and personnel or general economic conditions. These forward looking statements express management's current expectations, plans or forecasts of future events, results and condition, including financial and other estimates and expectations regarding the acquisitions of Security Savings Bank and CapStone Bank and the general business strategy of engaging in bank acquisitions. Additional factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated by forward looking statements are discussed in NewBridge's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including without limitation its annual report on Form 10-K, quarterly reports on Form 10-Q and current reports on Form 8-K. NewBridge undertakes no obligation to revise or update these statements following the date of this press release.     

FINANCIAL SUMMARY    
     
  Three Months Ended March 31
  2014 2013
Income Statement Data    
(Dollars in thousands, except share data)    
Interest income:    
Loans  $ 15,111  $ 13,426
Investment securities  2,952  2,991
Other  1  7
Total interest income  18,064  16,424
Interest expense:    
Deposits  857  788
Borrowings from the FHLB  186  253
Other  385  326
Total interest expense  1,428  1,367
Net interest income  16,636  15,057
Provision for credit losses  144  979
Net interest income after provision for credit losses  16,492  14,078
Noninterest income:    
Retail banking  2,579  2,425
Mortgage banking services  129  558
Wealth management services  716  642
Gain on sale of investment securities  --  208
Bank-owned life insurance  448  460
Other  454  380
Total noninterest income  4,326  4,673
Noninterest expense:    
Personnel  8,341  7,827
Occupancy  1,186  1,014
Furniture and equipment  907  819
Technology and data processing  1,117  986
Legal and professional  538  673
FDIC insurance  397  453
Other real estate owned  398  36
Merger related expense  88  --
Other  2,495  2,212
Total noninterest expense  15,467  14,020
Income before income taxes  5,351  4,731
Income tax expense  1,900  --
Net income  3,451  4,731
Dividends and accretion on preferred stock  (337)  (730)
Net income available to common shareholders  $ 3,114  $ 4,001
Net income per share - basic $0.11 $0.19
Net income per share - diluted $0.11 $0.13
           
FINANCIAL SUMMARY          
           
  2014 2013
  First Fourth Third Second First
  Quarter Quarter Quarter Quarter Quarter
Period-End Balance Sheet          
(Dollars in thousands)          
Assets          
Loans held for sale  $ 3,486  $ 3,530  $ 3,744  $ 5,908  $ 2,439
Loans held for investment  1,443,841  1,416,703  1,266,361  1,199,711  1,169,887
Allowance for credit losses  (24,435)  (24,550)  (25,385)  (26,395)  (26,067)
Net loans held for investment  1,419,406  1,392,153*   1,240,976  1,173,316  1,143,820
Investment securities  410,122  368,866  357,537  378,011  398,382
Other earning assets  4,075  3,915  24,583  2,109  11,752
Intangible assets  8,046  8,315  2,535  2,711  2,893
Other non-earning assets  193,134  188,453  172,967  168,040  152,793
Total Assets  $ 2,038,269  $ 1,965,232  $ 1,802,342  $ 1,730,095  $ 1,712,079
           
Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity          
Noninterest-bearing deposits  $ 258,058  $ 240,979  $ 241,246  $ 225,089  $ 214,642
Savings deposits  65,386  62,353  48,794  49,008  47,050
NOW accounts  454,198  439,624  413,268  425,129  425,307
Money market accounts  351,797  359,174  334,091  345,482  324,864
Time deposits  492,809  451,866  374,611  320,759  341,091
Total deposits  1,622,248  1,553,996**   1,412,010  1,365,467  1,352,954
Total borrowings  244,774  229,774  209,474  185,074  138,774
Other liabilities  14,422  14,670  18,012  18,856  20,393
Shareholders' equity - preferred  --  15,000  14,981  14,961  52,163
Shareholders' equity - common  156,825  151,792  147,865  145,737  147,795
Total Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity  $ 2,038,269  $ 1,965,232  $ 1,802,342  $ 1,730,095  $ 1,712,079
           
* Includes $121.5 million from Security Savings Bank acquisition
** Includes $154.3 million from Security Savings Bank acquisition
           
ASSET QUALITY DATA          
           
(Dollars in thousands)          
Loans identified as impaired  $ 8,954  $ 5,879  $ 9,607  $ 10,610  $ 15,772
Other nonperforming loans  3,883  3,519  1,896  3,207  3,613
Total nonperforming loans  $ 12,837  $ 9,398  $ 11,503  $ 13,817  $ 19,385
           
Total nonperforming loans  $ 12,837  $ 9,398  $ 11,503  $ 13,817  $ 19,385
Other real estate owned  5,633  7,566  2,695  4,508  4,781
Total nonperforming assets  $ 18,470  $ 16,964  $ 14,198  $ 18,325  $ 24,166
           
Net chargeoffs  259  1,477  1,043  709  1,542
Allowance for credit losses  24,435  24,550  25,385  26,395  26,067
Allowance for credit losses to loans held for investment 1.69% 1.73% 2.00% 2.20% 2.23%
Nonperforming loans to loans held for investment 0.89 0.66 0.91 1.15 1.66
Nonperforming assets to total assets 0.91 0.86 0.79 1.06 1.41
Nonperforming loans to total assets 0.63 0.48 0.64 0.80 1.13
Net chargeoff percentage (annualized)  0.07 0.42 0.34 0.24 0.54
Allowance for credit losses to nonperforming loans 190.35 261.23 220.68 191.03 134.47
           
Allowance for credit losses rollforward Three Months Ended March 31      
  2014 2013      
           
Beginning balance  $ 24,550  $ 26,630      
Chargeoffs  958  2,016      
Recoveries  699  474      
Net chargeoffs  259  1,542      
Provision for credit losses  144  979      
Ending balance  $ 24,435  $ 26,067      
             
INVESTMENT PORTFOLIO            
             
(Dollars in thousands)  As of March 31, 2014 
   Amortized   Gross   Gross   Estimated  Average Average
   Cost   Unrealized gain   Unrealized loss   Fair value   Yield (%)  Duration (years)
             
Available for Sale*            
US Agency  $ 49,095  $ --  $ (3,281)  $ 45,814  2.07%  7.45
Agency mortgage backed securities  13,258  1,223  --  14,481  5.02  2.90
Collateralized mortgage obligations  6,170  319  --  6,489  5.53  2.34
Commercial mortgage backed securities  34,979  1,377  (69)  36,287  3.34  3.22
Covered bonds  49,947  2,912  (165)  52,694  3.49  2.68
Corporate bonds  113,761  4,496  (264)  117,993  3.77  3.92
Municipal obligations  14,465  274  (75)  14,664  6.19**   5.07
Total debt securities  281,675  10,601  (3,854)  288,422  3.60**   4.21
Federal Home Loan Bank stock  9,687  --  --  9,687    
Other  8,700  533  (320)  8,913    
Total Available for Sale  $ 300,062  $ 11,134  $ (4,174)  $ 307,022    
             
Held to Maturity*            
US Agency  $ 28,739  $ 25  $ (1,220)  $ 27,544  2.13%   6.49
Agency mortgage backed securities  55,266  391  (59)  55,598  2.55  5.78
Covered bonds  4,981  --  (39)  4,942  2.08  4.63
Corporate bonds  12,964  22  (5)  12,981  4.57  6.49
Municipal obligations  1,150  --  (24)  1,126  4.28**   13.65
Total Held to Maturity  $ 103,100  $ 438  $ (1,347)  $ 102,191  2.68**   6.10
             
* Available for sale securities are carried at fair value on the balance sheet while held to maturity securities are carried at amortized cost.
** Fully taxable equivalent basis
           
COMMON STOCK DATA          
           
  2014 2013
  First Fourth Third Second First
  Quarter Quarter Quarter Quarter Quarter
           
Market value:          
End of period  $ 7.14  $ 7.43  $ 7.29  $ 5.99  $ 5.89
High  7.62  7.92  9.17  6.41  6.48
Low  6.55  6.40  5.96  5.55  4.50
Book value  5.50  5.33  5.19  5.12  5.19
Tangible book value  5.22  5.05  5.10  5.02  5.09
Average shares outstanding  28,487,709  28,478,316  28,478,316  28,461,665  21,055,250
Average diluted shares outstanding  28,597,530  28,584,755  28,572,565  29,139,456  29,702,488
Class A shares at end of period  25,303,820  25,291,568  25,291,568  25,291,568  25,257,130
Class B shares at end of period  3,186,748  3,186,748  3,186,748  3,186,748  3,186,748
     
OTHER DATA    
     
  Three Months Ended March 31
  2014 2013
     
Tangible common equity  $ 148,779  $ 144,693
Return on average assets  0.71%   1.13% 
Return on average equity  8.27  9.74
Net yield on earning assets  3.75  3.92
Average loans to assets  72.28  68.65
Average loans to deposits  90.21  87.38
Average noninterest - bearing deposits to total deposits  15.47  15.66
Average equity to assets  8.56  11.57
Total capital as a percentage of total risk weighted assets  11.64  16.88
Tangible common equity as a percentage of tangible assets  7.33  8.47
Tangible common equity as a percentage of total risk weighted assets  9.37  10.79
             
ANALYSIS OF YIELDS AND RATES            
             
  Three Months Ended March 31, 2014 Three Months Ended March 31, 2013
  Average Interest Income/ Average Yield/ Average Interest Income/ Average Yield/
  Balance Expense* Rate Balance Expense* Rate
(Fully taxable equivalent basis, dollars in thousands)            
Earning Assets            
Loans receivable  $ 1,428,862  $ 15,111 4.29%  $ 1,168,844  $ 13,426 4.66%
Investment securities  377,690  3,029 3.21%  388,546  3,091 3.18%
Other earning assets  1,223  1 0.33%  11,999  7 0.24%
Total Earning Assets  1,807,775  18,141 4.07%  1,569,389  16,524 4.27%
Non-Earning Assets  169,058      133,234    
Total Assets  $ 1,976,833  18,141    $ 1,702,623  16,524  
             
Interest-Bearing Liabilities            
Deposits  $ 1,338,911  857 0.26%  $ 1,128,121  788 0.28%
Borrowings  207,798  571 1.11%  147,572  579 1.59%
Total Interest-Bearing Liabilities  1,546,709  1,428 0.38%  1,275,693  1,367 0.44%
Noninterest-bearing deposits  244,968      209,522    
Other liabilities  15,842      20,354    
Shareholders' equity  169,314      197,054    
Total Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity  $ 1,976,833  1,428    $ 1,702,623  1,367  
Net Interest Income    $ 16,713      $ 15,157  
Net Interest Margin     3.75%     3.92%
Interest Rate Spread     3.69%     3.83%
             
* Income related to securities exempt from federal income taxes is stated on a fully taxable-equivalent basis, assuming a federal income tax rate of 35%, and is then reduced by the non-deductible portion of interest expense. The adjustments made to convert to a fully taxable-equivalent basis were $77 for 2014 and $100 for 2013.
     
NON-GAAP MEASURES    
     
Pre-tax core net income    
(Dollars in thousands)    
  Three Months Ended March 31
  2014 2013
     
Pre-tax net income  $ 5,351  $ 4,731
Less gain on sale of investment securities  --  (208)
Less merger-related expense  88  --
Pre-tax core net income  $ 5,439  $ 4,523
Investors may contact:

Ramsey Hamadi, Chief Financial Officer
336-369-0975

Richard Cobb, Controller & Chief Accounting Officer
336-369-0914

David Barksdale, Chief Strategy Officer
336-369-0939