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Significant progress from the second quarter of 2013:
CHAMPAIGN, Ill., July 22, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- First Busey Corporation's (Nasdaq:BUSE) net income for the second quarter of 2014 was $8.2 million and net income available to common stockholders was $8.0 million, or $0.09 per fully-diluted common share. Net income was notably higher than the second quarter of 2013, when the Company reported net income of $7.4 million and net income available to common stockholders of $6.5 million, or $0.08 per fully-diluted common share. The Company reported net income of $7.9 million and net income available to common stockholders of $7.7 million, or $0.09 per fully-diluted common share, for the first quarter of 2014. Net income available to common stockholders grew 3.9% on a linked-quarter basis.
The Company's year-to-date net income through June 30, 2014 was $16.1 million and net income available to common stockholders was $15.7 million, or $0.18 per fully-diluted common share, compared to net income of $13.9 million and net income available to common stockholders of $12.1 million, or $0.14 per fully-diluted common share, for the comparable period of 2013.
Growth in quarterly and year-to-date net income available to common stockholders over the same periods in 2013 was led by a reduction in preferred dividends, improved credit costs, and lower operating expenses as the Company remains focused on cost control and productivity. Robust loan growth during 2013 pushed Small Business Lending Fund ("SBLF") qualified credits above certain thresholds required to meaningfully reduce costs of the preferred stock dividend beginning in 2014. Dividends paid on the preferred stock totaled $0.4 million for the first six months of 2014 compared to $1.8 million for the comparable period of 2013.
Provision for loan loss of $1.0 million in the second quarter of 2014 was unchanged from the $1.0 million provision in the first quarter of 2014 but decreased from $2.0 million in the second quarter of 2013. For the first six months of 2014, the provision for loan loss was $2.0 million, compared to $4.0 million for the same period of 2013, as the Company's continued commitment to improving asset quality and building balance sheet strength continues to yield positive results.
Gross loans at June 30, 2014 increased $91.4 million from March 31, 2014 after overcoming seasonal slowness and extreme winter weather conditions that reduced loan demand in the first quarter of 2014. Gross loans increased to $2.324 billion at June 30, 2014 from $2.233 billion at March 31, 2014 and $2.159 billion at June 30, 2013. Commercial loans increased to $1.738 billion as of June 30, 2014, which represents an increase of 3.2% from March 31, 2014 and 10.0% from June 30, 2013.
Challenging conditions across the mortgage industry began to moderate during the second quarter of 2014 as gains on sales of loans and mortgage portfolio balances both increased from the first quarter of 2014. Mortgage production nearly doubled from the first quarter to the second quarter of 2014, with total retail real estate portfolio balances growing by $36.0 million from $540.6 million as of March 31, 2014 to $576.6 million as of June 30, 2014, including held for sale loans. Gain on sales of loans increased to $1.2 million for the second quarter of 2014, a 25.8% increase from the $1.0 million reported for the first quarter of 2014, but decreased from $2.8 million in the second quarter of 2013. Year-to-date gain on sales of loans through June 30, 2014 were $2.2 million compared to $6.3 million in the same period of 2013 due to lower refinance volume as a result of market-based influences and higher interest rates.
Overall deposit levels of $2.9 billion at June 30, 2014 held steady from March 31, 2014 and June 30, 2013, while deposit costs continued to trend favorably lower. Non-interest bearing deposits of $605.3 million rose from $578.1 million at March 31, 2014 and from $514.1 million at June 30, 2013. The Company remained strongly core deposit funded at 77.3% of total assets as of June 30, 2014, with solid liquidity and significant market share in the communities it serves.
Capital Strength: At the end of the second quarter of 2014, Busey Bank continued to exceed the capital adequacy requirements necessary to be considered "well-capitalized" under regulatory guidance. Further, First Busey Corporation's Tangible Common Equity (TCE) increased to $328.7 million at June 30, 2014 from $321.8 million at March 31, 2014 and from $310.1 million at June 30, 2013. TCE represented 9.44% of tangible assets at June 30, 2014 compared to 9.15% at March 31, 2014 and 8.90% at June 30, 2013.1
1Tangible Common Equity, a non-GAAP metric, is defined as common equity less tax effected goodwill and intangibles at the end of the reporting period. Tangible assets, a non-GAAP metric, is defined as total assets less tax effected goodwill and intangibles at the end of the reporting period.
Due to continued strong financial performance, the Company will pay a cash dividend on July 25, 2014 of $0.05 per common share to stockholders of record as of July 18, 2014, which represents a 25% increase from the quarterly dividend of $0.04 per common share paid in July 2013. First Busey Corporation has consistently paid dividends to its common stockholders since the bank holding company was originally organized in 1980.
Asset Quality: While much internal focus has been directed toward organic growth, the Company's commitment to credit quality remains strong, as evidenced by another quarter of meaningful progress across a range of credit indicators. As of June 30, 2014, the Company reported non-performing loans of $11.5 million, which reflected the lowest level in over five years. Net charge-offs for the second quarter of 2014 also reflected yet another low at $1.0 million for the quarter, compared to $1.1 million for first quarter of 2014 and $1.3 million for the second quarter of 2013. Net charge-offs for the first six months of 2014 were $2.1 million compared to $3.5 million for the same period of 2013. The Company expects these levels to remain relatively stable for the remainder of 2014; however, this remains dependent upon market-specific economic conditions, and specific measures may fluctuate from quarter to quarter.
Fee-based Businesses: Busey Wealth Management's net income of $1.4 million for the second quarter of 2014 rose from $1.0 million for the first quarter of 2014 and $1.1 million for the second quarter of 2013. Busey Wealth Management's net income for the first six months of 2014 was $2.4 million as compared to $2.0 million for the first six months of 2013. Assets under care increased to $5.1 billion as of June 30, 2014 compared to $4.5 billion at June 30, 2013. FirsTech's net income of $0.3 million for the second quarter of 2014 was comparable to the first quarter of 2014 and was up from the second quarter of 2013 by 14.0%. FirsTech's year-to-date net income of $0.6 million increased from $0.5 million for the comparable period of 2013 on increased sales.
Revenues from trust, brokerage and commissions and remittance processing activities - which are primarily generated through Busey Wealth Management and FirsTech - represented 56% of the Company's non-interest income for the first six months of 2014, providing a balance to traditional banking activities. Furthermore, the Company believes the boutique services offered to ultra-high net worth clients by Trevett Capital Partners within its suite of wealth services broadens its business base and enhances its ability to further develop revenue sources.
Trust fees decreased to $5.1 million for the second quarter of 2014 compared to $5.6 million for the first quarter of 2014 but increased from $4.7 million for the second quarter of 2013. The decline from the first quarter of 2014 was due to seasonal farm management fees recorded in the first quarter 2014; however, other trust fees increased over the same period. Trust fees for the first six months of 2014 were $10.7 million compared to $9.9 million in the same period of 2013.
Operating Performance: The Company continues to prioritize strengthening its balance sheet, diversifying revenue streams and developing appropriate platforms to sustain profitable organic growth. An active business outreach across the Company's footprint continues to support ongoing business expansion. Specific areas of operating performance are detailed as follows:
Overview and Strategy:
We are pleased with the sustained earnings momentum and strong performances across a broad spectrum of our businesses. Net income in each of our operating segments was up by over 15.0% from the prior year-to-date period. Investment portfolio changes added incremental revenue to net interest income from the prior quarter and we are encouraged by the resurgence of loan growth in the second quarter of 2014. On a linked quarter basis, total revenues expanded for the second consecutive quarter. Comprehensive expense discipline continues driving improvement in operating costs and efficiency ratios. Sound asset quality management supported further balance sheet strength and credit cost reductions benefited our bottom line. In addition, retail branch transaction activity increased during the second quarter of 2014 representing positive customer trends and recovery from the harsh winter.
For the second consecutive year, First Busey Corporation was named by Forbes as one of America's most trustworthy companies. Our associates take great pride in being selected by Forbes as one of America's 50 Most Trustworthy Financial Companies2 for 2014. This ratings process suggests that its 50 Most Trustworthy Financial Companies have consistently demonstrated clear and conservative accounting practices and solid corporate governance, management and board supervision.
Further, Busey Bank was recognized among the Top 50 Community Bank Leaders in Social Media, presented by Independent Community Bankers of America in June 2014. Busey Bank was chosen based on engagement with fans and followers, content distributed and frequency of posting new content .
Our emphasis on maximizing stockholder value was evidenced in the first half of 2014 by the growth in earnings per share and increased quarterly dividend. With our strong capital position, a stable core funding base, and a sound credit foundation, we are actively engaged in growing our Company through both organic and external measures. As we take pride in our past and look confidently towards our future, we thank our associates for their efforts, our customers for their business and you, our shareholders, for your continued support.
/s/ Van A. Dukeman
President & Chief Executive Officer
First Busey Corporation
2 ©2014, Forbes Media LLC. Used with Permission.
|SELECTED FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS1|
|(dollars in thousands, except per share data)|
|As of and for the||As of and for the|
|Three Months Ended||Six Months Ended|
|June 30,||March 31,||December 31,||June 30,||June 30,||June 30,|
|EARNINGS & PER SHARE DATA|
|Net income||$ 8,185||$ 7,887||$ 6,920||$ 7,440||$ 16,072||$ 13,873|
|Income available to common stockholders2||8,004||7,705||6,012||6,532||15,709||12,057|
|Fully-diluted earnings per share||0.09||0.09||0.07||0.08||0.18||0.14|
|Cash dividends paid per share4||0.05||0.04||0.04||0.04||0.09||0.04|
|Net income by operating segment|
|Busey Bank||$ 7,436||$ 7,279||$ 6,173||$ 6,487||$ 14,715||$ 12,280|
|Busey Wealth Management||1,401||1,002||1,116||1,133||2,403||1,953|
|Cash and due from banks||$ 239,372||$ 283,358||$ 250,573||$ 326,600||$ 261,244||$ 336,732|
|Non-interest bearing deposits||592,066||568,145||541,242||533,816||580,171||528,068|
|Securities sold under agreements to repurchase||134,237||131,645||157,610||133,708||132,948||131,911|
|Tangible stockholders' equity-common5||320,186||315,102||312,169||307,976||317,658||306,228|
|Return on average assets6||0.91%||0.89%||0.68%||0.74%||0.90%||0.68%|
|Return on average common equity6||9.19%||9.06%||6.96%||7.70%||9.12%||7.17%|
|Return on average tangible common equity6||10.03%||9.92%||7.64%||8.51%||9.97%||7.94%|
|Net interest margin6, 7||3.13%||3.13%||3.12%||3.17%||3.13%||3.14%|
|Non-interest revenue as a % of total revenues3||37.50%||37.83%||35.99%||38.47%||37.67%||39.42%|
|1 Results are unaudited|
|2 Net income available to common stockholders, net of preferred dividend|
|3 Interest income plus non-interest income, net of interest expense and security gains/losses|
|4 The Company accelerated payment of its first quarter 2013 dividend to December 2012 to provide stockholders with certainty as to the tax treatment|
|of such dividend|
|5 Tangible stockholders' equity-common, a non-GAAP metric, is defined as average common equity less average goodwill and intangibles|
|6 Annualized and calculated on net income available to common stockholders|
|7 On a tax-equivalent basis, assuming a federal income tax rate of 35%|
|8 Net of security gains and losses and intangible charges|
|Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets1||As of|
|(in thousands, except per share data)||June 30,||March 31,||December 31,||June 30,|
|Cash and due from banks||$ 182,032||$ 288,554||$ 231,603||$ 251,204|
|Held for sale loans||20,286||7,046||13,840||40,874|
|Allowance for loan loss||(47,428)||(47,426)||(47,567)||(48,491)|
|Premises and equipment||64,562||65,029||65,827||69,377|
|Goodwill and other intangibles||28,778||29,510||30,257||31,824|
|Total assets||$ 3,507,449||$ 3,542,061||$ 3,539,575||$ 3,511,389|
|Liabilities & Stockholders' Equity|
|Non-interest-bearing deposits||$ 605,346||$578,081||$ 547,531||$ 514,118|
|Interest checking, savings, and money market deposits||1,718,057||1,789,592||1,739,236||1,725,236|
|Total deposits||$ 2,861,528||$ 2,927,173||$ 2,869,138||$ 2,870,936|
|Securities sold under agreements to repurchase||140,563||117,238||172,348||148,238|
|Junior subordinated debt owed to unconsolidated trusts||55,000||55,000||55,000||55,000|
|Total liabilities||$ 3,080,682||$ 3,121,727||$ 3,124,211||$ 3,101,359|
|Total stockholders' equity||$ 426,767||$ 420,334||$ 415,364||$ 410,030|
|Total liabilities & stockholders' equity||$ 3,507,449||$ 3,542,061||$ 3,539,575||$ 3,511,389|
|Book value per common share||$ 4.08||$ 4.00||$ 3.95||$ 3.89|
|Tangible book value per common share2||$ 3.75||$ 3.66||$ 3.60||$ 3.52|
|Ending number of common shares outstanding||86,831||86,819||86,804||86,698|
|Asset Quality1||As of and for the Three Months Ended|
|(dollars in thousands)||June 30,||March 31,||December 31,||June 30,|
|Gross loans||$ 2,324,068||$ 2,232,632||$ 2,295,300||$ 2,159,098|
|Loans 90+ days past due||235||--||195||771|
|Non-performing loans, segregated by geography|
|Loans 30-89 days past due||1,766||4,005||6,114||3,683|
|Other non-performing assets||1,622||1,937||2,133||2,617|
|Non-performing assets to total loans and non-performing assets||0.56%||0.73%||0.85%||1.09%|
|Allowance as a percentage of non-performing loans||413.60%||330.73%||274.02%||230.42%|
|Allowance for loan losses to loans||2.04%||2.12%||2.07%||2.25%|
|1 Results are unaudited except for amounts reported as of December 31, 2013|
|2Total common equity less goodwill and intangibles divided by shares outstanding as of period end|
|Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations|
|(Unaudited, in thousands, except per share data)|
|For the||For the|
|Three Months Ended June 30,||Six Months Ended June 30,|
|Interest and fees on loans||$ 22,437||$ 23,200||$ 44,970||$ 46,161|
|Interest on investment securities||4,219||4,260||7,937||8,414|
|Total interest income||$ 26,656||$ 27,460||$ 52,907||$ 54,575|
|Interest on deposits||1,306||1,824||2,668||3,921|
|Interest on short-term borrowings||35||46||74||99|
|Interest on long-term debt||--||44||--||125|
|Junior subordinated debt owed to unconsolidated trusts||294||301||587||602|
|Total interest expense||$ 1,635||$ 2,215||$ 3,329||$ 4,747|
|Net interest income||$ 25,021||$ 25,245||$ 49,578||$ 49,828|
|Provision for loan losses||1,000||2,000||2,000||4,000|
|Net interest income after provision for loan losses||$ 24,021||$ 23,245||$ 47,578||$ 45,828|
|Commissions and brokers' fees||676||569||1,347||1,109|
|Fees for customer services||4,729||4,550||8,912||8,716|
|Gain on sales of loans||1,234||2,763||2,215||6,260|
|Net security gains (losses)||(3)||--||40||--|
|Total non-interest income||$ 15,012||$ 15,783||$ 29,998||$ 32,424|
|Salaries and wages||12,578||12,781||24,827||26,341|
|Net occupancy expense||2,055||2,103||4,298||4,285|
|Furniture and equipment expense||1,153||1,222||2,357||2,476|
|Data processing expense||2,687||2,568||5,499||5,207|
|Other operating expenses||4,679||4,722||8,574||9,455|
|Total non-interest expense||$ 26,823||$ 27,801||$ 53,441||$ 57,368|
|Income before income taxes||$ 12,210||$ 11,227||$ 24,135||$ 20,884|
|Net income||$ 8,185||$ 7,440||$ 16,072||$ 13,873|
|Preferred stock dividends||$ 181||$ 908||$ 363||$ 1,816|
|Income available for common stockholders||$ 8,004||$ 6,532||$ 15,709||$ 12,057|
|Per Share Data|
|Basic earnings per common share||$ 0.09||$ 0.08||$ 0.18||$ 0.14|
|Fully-diluted earnings per common share||$ 0.09||$ 0.08||$ 0.18||$ 0.14|
|Diluted average common shares outstanding||87,263||86,730||87,245||86,717|
First Busey Corporation (Nasdaq:BUSE) is a $3.5 billion financial holding company headquartered in Champaign, Illinois. Busey Bank, First Busey Corporation's wholly-owned bank subsidiary, is also headquartered in Champaign, Illinois and has twenty-eight banking centers serving Illinois, a banking center in Indianapolis, Indiana, and seven banking centers serving southwest Florida. Trevett Capital Partners, a wealth management division of Busey Bank, provides asset management, investment and fiduciary services to high net worth clients in southwest Florida. The wealth management professionals of Trevett Capital Partners can be reached through trevettcapitalpartners.com. Busey Bank had total assets of $3.5 billion as of June 30, 2014.
In addition, First Busey Corporation owns a retail payment processing subsidiary, FirsTech, Inc., through Busey Bank, which processes over 22 million transactions per year using online bill payment, lockbox processing and walk-in payments at its 3,100 agent locations in 38 states. More information about FirsTech, Inc. can be found at firstechinc.com.
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, 2014, Busey Wealth Management's assets under care were approximately $5.1 billion.
Busey Bank and Busey Wealth Management deliver financial services through 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) 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, as well as the rules adopted by the federal bank regulatory agencies to implement Basel III); (iii) changes in interest rates and prepayment rates of the Company's assets; (iv) increased competition in the financial services sector and the inability to attract new customers; (v) changes in technology and the ability to develop and maintain secure and reliable electronic systems; (vi) the loss of key executives or employees; (vii) changes in consumer spending; (viii) unexpected results of acquisitions; (ix) unexpected outcomes of existing or new litigation involving the Company; (x) the economic impact of any future terrorist threats or attacks; (xi) the economic impact of exceptional weather occurrences such as tornadoes, hurricanes, floods, and blizzards; and (xii) 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.
Robin N. Elliott, CFO 217-365-4120