Southern Missouri Bancorp Reports Preliminary Results for Second Quarter of Fiscal 2017; Declares Quarterly Dividend of $0.10 Per Common Share; Schedules Conference Call to Discuss Results for Tuesday, January 24, at 3:30pm Central Time

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Poplar Bluff, MO, Jan. 23, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) --
   
   


Southern Missouri Bancorp, Inc. (“Company”) (NASDAQ: SMBC), the parent corporation of Southern Bank (“Bank”), today announced preliminary net income available to common stockholders for the second quarter of fiscal 2017 of $4.2 million, consistent with the same period of the prior fiscal year. The Company’s results were attributable to increased net interest income, a reduction in provision for income taxes, and the elimination of preferred dividends as a result of the October 2015 preferred share repurchase, partially offset by higher noninterest expenses, higher provision for loan losses, and lower noninterest income. Preliminary net income available to common stockholders was $.56 per fully diluted common share for the second quarter of fiscal 2017, unchanged as compared to the same period of the prior fiscal year.

Highlights for the second quarter of fiscal 2017:

  • Earnings per common share (diluted) were $.56, unchanged as compared to the same quarter a year ago, and up $.06, or 12.0%, as compared to the $.50 earned in the first quarter of fiscal 2017, the linked quarter.
     
  • Annualized return on average assets was 1.13%, while annualized return on average common equity was 12.9%, as compared to 1.27% and 14.0%, respectively, in the same quarter a year ago, and 1.03% and 11.6%, respectively, in the first quarter of fiscal 2017, the linked quarter.
     
  • Net loan growth for the second quarter of fiscal 2017 slowed to $6.1 million, and net loans are up $74.4 million for the fiscal year to date, an increase of 6.6%. Deposits were up $44.5 million for the second quarter, and $91.1 million, or 8.1%, for the fiscal year to date. Loan growth in the second quarter of the fiscal year is typically slower for the Company as our agricultural loan portfolio has passed its seasonal peak. To meet loan demand, the Company utilized brokered funding to contribute significantly to deposit growth during the first quarter; the second quarter’s deposit growth included $23.1 million in public unit deposits, much of which will be seasonal.
     
  • Net interest margin for the second quarter of fiscal 2017 was 3.70%, down from the 3.88% reported for the year ago period, and down from 3.81% for the first quarter of fiscal 2017, the linked quarter. Net interest margin decreased over the year ago period and linked quarter primarily as a result of reduced discount accretion on acquired loans.
     
  • Noninterest income (excluding available-for-sale securities gains) was down 3.3% for the second quarter of fiscal 2017, compared to the year ago period, and up 4.9% from the first quarter of fiscal 2017, the linked quarter. The year ago quarter included non-recurring benefits of $624,000, with no comparable benefits in the current period, discussed in more detail below.
     
  • Noninterest expense was up 6.6% for the second quarter of fiscal 2017, compared to the year ago period, and down 4.9% from the first of fiscal 2017, the linked quarter. The linked quarter’s results included a non-recurring charge of $335,000 attributable to the prepayment of Federal Home Loan Bank (“FHLB”) term advances.
     
  • Nonperforming assets were $9.0 million, or 0.60% of total assets, at December 31, 2016, as compared to $8.3 million, or 0.56% of total assets, at September 30, 2016.

Dividend Declared:

As the Company noted in a report on Form 8-k filed January 19, 2017, the Board of Directors, on January 17, 2017, declared a quarterly cash dividend on common stock of $0.10, payable February 28, 2017, to stockholders of record at the close of business on February 15, 2017, marking the 91st consecutive quarterly dividend since the inception of the Company. The Board of Directors and management believe the payment of a quarterly cash dividend enhances stockholder value and demonstrates our commitment to and confidence in our future prospects.

Other News:

As the Company noted in a report on Form 8-k filed January 13, 2017, we entered into an Agreement and Plan of Merger on January 11, 2017, with Tammcorp, Inc. (“Tammcorp”), which is the 91% owner of Capaha Bank (“Capaha”). The agreement provides that Tammcorp will merge with and into the Company and Capaha will merge with and into the Bank. Completion of the merger, subject to customary closing conditions including approval by regulatory authorities and Tammcorp shareholders, is targeted for June 2017.

Conference Call:

The Company will host a conference call to review the information provided in this press release on Tuesday, January 24, 2017, at 3:30 p.m. central time (4:30 p.m. eastern). The call will be available live to interested parties by calling 1-888-339-0709 in the United States (Canada: 1-855-669-9657, international: 1-412-902-4189). Telephone playback will be available beginning one hour following the conclusion of the call through February 7, 2017. 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 10100237. Participants should ask to be joined into the Southern Missouri Bancorp (SMBC) call.

Balance Sheet Summary:

The Company experienced balance sheet growth in the first half of fiscal 2017, with total assets of $1.5 billion at December 31, 2016, reflecting an increase of $88.4 million, or 6.3%, as compared to June 30, 2016. Balance sheet growth was funded through deposit growth.

Available-for-sale (“AFS”) securities were $132.1 million at December 31, 2016, an increase of $2.9 million, or 2.2%, as compared to June 30, 2016. The increase was attributable primarily to residential mortgage-backed securities purchases. Cash equivalents and time deposits were $30.9 million, an increase of $7.6 million, or 32.6%, as compared to June 30, 2016.

Loans, net of the allowance for loan losses, were $1.2 billion at December 31, 2016, an increase of $74.4 million, or 6.6%, as compared to June 30, 2016. The increase was primarily attributable to growth in commercial real estate and residential real estate loan balances, partially offset by a decline in drawn construction loan balances. The increase in commercial real estate loans was attributable to growth in loans secured by nonresidential properties, the increase in residential real estate loans was attributable primarily to multifamily loan originations, and the decline in construction loan balances was primarily attributable to construction loan balances which were retained and moved to permanent financing. Loans anticipated to fund in the next 90 days stood at $40.9 million at December 31, 2016, as compared to $55.4 million at September 30, 2016, and $35.2 million at December 31, 2015.

Nonperforming loans were $5.7 million, or 0.47% of gross loans, at December 31, 2016, as compared to $5.7 million, or 0.50% of gross loans, at June 30, 2016. Nonperforming loans had declined slightly in the first quarter of fiscal 2017, before increasing somewhat in the second quarter of the fiscal year. Nonperforming assets were $9.0 million, or 0.60% of total assets, at December 31, 2016, as compared to $9.0 million, or 0.64% of total assets, at June 30, 2016. Nonperforming assets had also declined in the first quarter of fiscal 2017, before increasing in the second quarter of the fiscal year, primarily reflecting the changes in nonperforming loans. Our allowance for loan losses at December 31, 2016, totaled $15.0 million, representing 1.22% of gross loans and 265% of nonperforming loans, as compared to $13.8 million, or 1.20% of gross loans, and 244% of nonperforming loans, at June 30, 2016. 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, 2016, is adequate, based on that measurement.

Total liabilities were $1.4 billion at December 31, 2016, an increase of $84.1 million, or 6.6%, as compared to June 30, 2016.

Deposits were $1.2 billion at December 31, 2016, an increase of $91.1 million, or 8.1%, as compared to June 30, 2016. The increase was primarily attributable to growth in interest-bearing transaction accounts, certificates of deposit, and money market deposit accounts. Specifically, the Company’s public unit deposits have increased $17.4 million, brokered certificates of deposits increased $38.2 million, and brokered nonmaturity deposits increased $10.0 million since June 30, 2016, excluding brokered deposits originated through reciprocal arrangements. The average loan-to-deposit ratio for the second quarter of fiscal 2017 was 103.0%, as compared to 99.2% for the same period of the prior fiscal year.

FHLB advances were $107.5 million at December 31, 2016, a decrease of $2.7 million, or 2.5%, as compared to June 30, 2016, as the Company prepaid $16.5 million in term advances during the first quarter of fiscal 2017, partially offset by an increase in overnight funding, from $69.8 million at June 30, 2016, to $83.7 million at December 31, 2016. The decrease in total FHLB advances was attributable to the increase in deposit balances, including brokered funding and public unit deposits, some of which is seasonal, partially offset by strong loan demand in the first half of fiscal 2017, some of which is also seasonal. Securities sold under agreements to repurchase totaled $22.5 million at December 31, 2016, a decrease of $4.5 million, or 16.8%, as compared to June 30, 2016. At both dates, the full balance of repurchase agreements was due to local small business and government counterparties.

The Company’s stockholders’ equity was $130.4 million at December 31, 2016, an increase of $4.4 million, or 3.5%, as compared to June 30, 2016. The increase was attributable to retention of net income, partially offset by a decrease in accumulated other comprehensive income and payment of dividends on common stock.

Income Statement Summary:

The Company’s net interest income for the three-month period ended December 31, 2016, was $12.6 million, an increase of $671,000, or 5.6%, as compared to the same period of the prior fiscal year. The increase was attributable to a 10.7% increase in the average balance of interest-earning assets, partially offset by a decrease in net interest margin to 3.70% in the current three-month period, as compared to 3.88% in the three-month period ended December 31, 2015.

Accretion of fair value discount on acquired loans and amortization of fair value premiums on assumed time deposits related to the Company’s acquisition of Peoples Service Company and its subsidiary, Peoples Bank of the Ozarks in August 2014 (the “Peoples Acquisition”), decreased to $267,000 for the three-month period ended December 31, 2016, as compared to $557,000 for the same period of the prior fiscal year. This component of net interest income contributed eight basis points to net interest margin in the three-month period ended December 31, 2016, as compared to a contribution of 18 basis points for the same period of the prior fiscal year. For the linked quarter, ended September 30, 2016, discount accretion on loans and premium amortization on time deposits related to the Peoples Acquisition amounted to $601,000, contributing 18 basis points to net interest margin. The dollar impact of this component of net interest income has generally been declining each sequential quarter as assets from the Peoples Acquisition mature or prepay; however, increases were noted in the three-month periods ended September 30, 2016; June 30, 2016; and December 31, 2015, due to the inclusion in those quarters’ results of principal payments received on purchased credit-impaired loans which exceeded the carrying value of such loans.

The provision for loan losses for the three-month period ended December 31, 2016, was $656,000, as compared to $496,000 in the same period of the prior fiscal year. Increased provisioning was attributed to increased balances within the loan portfolio and an increase in non-performing and classified loans. As a percentage of average loans outstanding, provision for loan losses in the current three-month period represented a charge of .22% (annualized), while the Company recorded net charge offs during the period of .04% (annualized). During the same period of the prior fiscal year, provision for loan losses as a percentage of average loans outstanding represented a charge of .18% (annualized), while the Company recorded net charge offs of .05% (annualized).

The Company’s noninterest income for the three-month period ended December 31, 2016, was $2.7 million, a decrease of $89,000, or 3.2%, as compared to the same period of the prior fiscal year. The decrease was attributable to nonrecurring items included in the results for the three-month period ended December 31, 2015, of $323,000 related to bank-owned life insurance and $301,000 related to the Company’s ownership of stock in the Ozark Trust and Investment Corporation, which was acquired by Simmons First National Corporation during that period. The bank-owned life insurance benefit was not subject to income tax. Other than these categories, the Company saw increases in most noninterest income items, including loan fees; gains realized on the sale of residential loans originated for that purpose; bank card interchange income; deposit account service charges; and recurring increases in the cash value of bank-owned life insurance.

Noninterest expense for the three-month period ended December 31, 2016, was $8.7 million, an increase of $540,000, or 6.6%, as compared to the same period of the prior fiscal year. The increase was attributable to higher occupancy expenses, legal expenses, and compensation expenses, partially offset by a reduction in charges to amortize core deposit and other intangibles, deposit insurance premiums, and other expenses. The efficiency ratio for the three-month period ended December 31, 2016, was 57.0%, as compared to 55.6% in the same period of the prior fiscal year.

The income tax provision for the three-month period ended December 31, 2016, was $1.7 million, a decrease of $85,000, or 4.7%, as compared to the same period of the prior fiscal year, attributable primarily to a decrease in the effective tax rate, to 29.4% from 30.2%, combined with a decrease in pre-tax income. The lower effective tax rate was attributed primarily to formation by the Company’s bank subsidiary of a Real Estate Investment Trust (“REIT”) to hold certain qualified assets in order to minimize state tax liability, partially offset by inclusion in the prior period’s results of the tax advantaged bank-owned life insurance benefit.

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 to the extent anticipated or within the anticipated time frames, if 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,  September 30,  June 30,  March 31,  December 31,
  (dollars in thousands, except per share data)    2016      2016      2016      2016      2015  
           
Cash equivalents and time deposits $    30,865   $   21,978   $   23,277   $   18,517   $   25,794  
Available for sale securities     132,116       124,249       129,224       128,735        129,085  
FHLB/FRB membership stock     8,256       9,121       8,352       5,886       6,238  
Loans receivable, gross     1,224,828       1,218,228       1,149,244       1,108,452       1,092,599  
  Allowance for loan losses     14,992       14,456       13,791       13,693       13,172  
Loans receivable, net     1,209,836       1,203,772       1,135,453       1,094,759       1,079,427  
Bank-owned life insurance     30,491       30,282       30,071       19,897       19,754  
Intangible assets     7,478       7,657       7,851       8,027       8,238  
Premises and equipment     46,371        46,615       46,943       46,670       45,505  
Other assets     26,936       26,138       22,739       21,981       23,631  
  Total assets $   1,492,349   $   1,469,812   $   1,403,910   $   1,344,472   $   1,337,672  
           
Interest-bearing deposits $   1,075,792   $   1,032,810   $   988,696   $   997,110   $    990,103  
Noninterest-bearing deposits     136,024       134,540       131,997       125,033       127,118  
Securities sold under agreements to repurchase     22,542        25,450       27,085       31,575       23,066  
FHLB advances     107,502       129,184       110,216       48,647       58,929  
Other liabilities     5,336       4,156       5,197       5,131       4,543  
Subordinated debt     14,800       14,776       14,753        14,729       14,705  
  Total liabilities     1,361,996       1,340,916       1,277,944       1,222,225       1,218,464  
           
Preferred stock     -         -        -        -        -   
Common stockholders' equity     130,353       128,896       125,966       122,247       119,208  
  Total stockholders' equity     130,353       128,896       125,966       122,247       119,208  
           
  Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $   1,492,349   $   1,469,812   $   1,403,910   $   1,344,472   $   1,337,672  
           
Equity to assets ratio   8.73 %   8.77 %   8.97 %   9.09 %   8.91 %
Common shares outstanding     7,450,041       7,436,866       7,437,616       7,437,616       7,428,416  
  Less: Restricted common shares not vested     33,175       36,000       36,800       52,750       53,150  
Common shares for book value determination     7,416,866       7,400,866       7,400,816       7,384,866       7,375,266  
           
Book value per common share $   17.58   $   17.42   $   17.02   $   16.55   $   16.16  
Closing market price     35.38       24.90       23.53       24.02       23.90  
           
Nonperforming asset data as of:  December 31,  September 30,  June 30,  March 31,  December 31,
  (dollars in thousands)    2016      2016      2016      2016      2015  
           
Nonaccrual loans $   5,572   $   4,969   $   5,624   $    4,890   $   3,803  
Accruing loans 90 days or more past due     85       54       36       70       79  
  Total nonperforming loans     5,657       5,023       5,660       4,960       3,882  
Other real estate owned (OREO)     3,310       3,182       3,305       3,244       3,617  
Personal property repossessed     39       45       61       90        118  
  Total nonperforming assets $   9,006   $   8,250   $   9,026   $   8,294   $   7,617  
           
Total nonperforming assets to total assets   0.60 %   0.56 %   0.64 %   0.62 %   0.57 %
Total nonperforming loans to gross loans   0.47 %   0.42 %   0.50 %   0.45 %   0.36 %
Allowance for loan losses to nonperforming loans   265.02 %   287.80 %   243.66 %   276.07 %   339.31 %
Allowance for loan losses to gross loans   1.22 %   1.19 %   1.20 %   1.24 %   1.21 %
           
Performing troubled debt restructurings (1) $   7,673   $   7,853   $   6,078   $   5,871   $   5,548  
           
  (1) Nonperforming troubled debt restructurings are included with nonaccrual loans or accruing loans 90 days or more past due.
           



   For the three-month period ended
Quarterly Average Balance Sheet Data:  December 31,  September 30,  June 30,  March 31,  December 31,
  (dollars in thousands)    2016      2016      2016      2016      2015  
           
Interest-bearing cash equivalents $   1,599   $   7,730   $   8,883   $   14,475   $   10,352  
Available for sale securities and membership stock     139,183       135,188       134,823       132,913       135,044  
Loans receivable, gross     1,216,607       1,178,067       1,126,630        1,088,833       1,080,526  
  Total interest-earning assets     1,357,389       1,320,985       1,270,336       1,236,221       1,225,922  
Other assets     123,287       115,277        109,506       100,507       96,411  
  Total assets $   1,480,676   $   1,436,262   $   1,379,842   $   1,336,728   $   1,322,333  
           
Interest-bearing deposits $   1,043,542   $   994,518   $   996,760   $   995,555   $   963,510  
Securities sold under agreements to repurchase     24,323       26,723       29,305       29,496       24,861  
FHLB advances     124,834       132,107       80,155       41,987       70,107  
Subordinated debt     14,788       14,765        14,741       14,717       14,694  
  Total interest-bearing liabilities     1,207,487       1,168,113       1,120,961       1,081,755       1,073,172  
Noninterest-bearing deposits     137,468       133,601       127,687       128,284       125,759  
Other noninterest-bearing liabilities     5,874       7,082       7,091        5,765       755  
  Total liabilities     1,350,829       1,308,796       1,255,739       1,215,804       1,199,686  
           
Preferred stock     -        -        -        -        3,261  
Common stockholders' equity     129,847       127,466       124,103       120,924       119,386  
  Total stockholders' equity     129,847       127,466       124,103       120,924       122,647  
           
  Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $   1,480,676   $   1,436,262   $   1,379,842   $   1,336,728   $   1,322,333  
           
   For the three-month period ended
Quarterly Summary Income Statement Data:  December 31,  September 30,  June 30,  March 31,  December 31,
  (dollars in thousands, except per share data)    2016      2016      2016      2016      2015  
           
Interest income:          
  Cash equivalents $   4   $   4   $   7   $    12   $   9  
  Available for sale securities and membership stock     848       851       849       853        864  
  Loans receivable     14,229       14,250       13,405       12,984       13,362  
  Total interest income     15,081       15,105        14,261       13,849       14,235  
Interest expense:          
  Deposits     2,043       1,932       1,903       1,872       1,847  
  Securities sold under agreements to repurchase     25       27       30       32       29  
  FHLB advances      282       418       341       293       320  
  Subordinated debt     160       152       149        144       139  
  Total interest expense     2,510       2,529       2,423       2,341       2,335  
Net interest income      12,571       12,576       11,838       11,508       11,900  
Provision for loan losses     656       925       817        563       496  
Securities gains     2       -        5       -        -   
Other noninterest income     2,700       2,575       2,582       2,178       2,791  
Noninterest expense     8,706       9,159        8,273       8,257       8,168  
Income taxes     1,735       1,358       1,653       1,544       1,820  
Net income      4,176       3,709       3,682       3,322       4,207  
  Less: effective dividend on preferred shares      -        -         -        -        35  
  Net income available to common stockholders $   4,176   $   3,709   $   3,682   $   3,322   $    4,172  
           
Basic earnings per common share $   0.56   $   0.50   $   0.50   $   0.45   $   0.56  
Diluted earnings per common share      0.56       0.50       0.49       0.45       0.56  
Dividends per common share     0.10       0.10       0.09       0.09       0.09  
Average common shares outstanding:          
  Basic     7,441,000       7,437,000       7,438,000       7,435,000       7,425,000  
  Diluted      7,467,000       7,466,000       7,468,000       7,464,000       7,460,000  
           
Return on average assets   1.13 %   1.03 %   1.07 %   0.99 %   1.27 %
Return on average common stockholders' equity   12.9 %   11.6 %   11.9 %   11.0 %   14.0 %
           
Net interest margin   3.70 %   3.81 %   3.73 %   3.72 %   3.88 %
Net interest spread   3.61 %   3.70 %   3.63 %   3.61 %   3.77 %
           
Efficiency ratio   57.0 %   60.5 %   57.4 %   60.3 %   55.6 %

Matt Funke, CFO
573-778-1800