THOMASVILLE, Ala., April 25, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- First US Bancshares, Inc. (Nasdaq:FUSB) (the “Company”) today reported net income of $0.4 million, or $0.06 per diluted share, for the quarter ended March 31, 2017.  The results represent an increase of $0.01 per diluted share compared to the first quarter of 2016. 

Financial Highlights – First Quarter 2017 Compared to First Quarter 2016

  • Revenue Growth – Increased first quarter earnings were driven by growth in revenue, including both interest and non-interest income, which increased on a combined basis by $0.5 million, or 6.0%, compared to the first quarter of 2016.  The increase in interest income resulted from loan growth that occurred in 2016 primarily at the Company’s banking subsidiary, First US Bank (the “Bank”).  Net loans totaled $317.7 million as of March 31, 2017, compared to $264.0 million as of March 31, 2016.  The increase in non-interest income resulted from increases in credit insurance income at the Company’s finance company subsidiary, Acceptance Loan Company (ALC), as well as increases in service and other charges on deposit accounts at the Bank. 
     
  • Provision for Loan Loss – The revenue growth experienced by the Company during the first quarter of 2017 was partially offset by an increase in the Company’s provision for loan losses of $0.3 million, comparing the first quarter of 2017 to the first quarter of 2016.  The increase resulted primarily from a negative provision of $0.3 million at the Bank during the first quarter of 2016 that was not repeated during the first quarter of 2017. Total provision expense, including both the Bank and ALC, was $0.5 million in the first quarter of 2017, compared to $0.2 million during the first quarter of 2016.         
     
  • Asset Quality Improvement – Non-performing assets, including loans in non-accrual status and other real estate owned, decreased to $6.8 million, or 1.10% of total assets, as of March 31, 2017, compared to $8.6 million, or 1.50% of total assets, as of March 31, 2016. 
     
  • Deposit Growth – Deposits, which represent the Company’s largest funding source, remained strong during the first quarter of 2017.  Deposits totaled $509.1 million as of March 31, 2017, compared to $485.5 million as of March 31, 2016, an increase of 4.8% over the 12-month period.   

“We are pleased to report year-over-year earnings improvement driven by growth in revenues, as well as continued improvement in asset quality,” stated James F. House, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company.  “During 2016, we reported growth in net loans of 26.4%.  That growth has enabled us to start 2017 in a stronger earnings position than we started 2016.  Although we do not expect to achieve the same level of loan growth each quarter, and indeed we saw a small decrease in our loan balances from the prior quarter, we remain optimistic about our prospects for growth over the remainder of 2017.  Our management team is committed to improving revenue through loan growth at the Bank and sustained performance at ALC,” continued Mr. House.   

Results of Operations

  • Pre-provision net interest income totaled $6.9 million in the first quarter of 2017, compared to $7.1 million in the prior quarter and $6.7 million in the first quarter of 2016.  Net yield on interest-earning assets was 5.05% for the first quarter, compared to 5.17% for the prior quarter, and 5.10% during the first quarter of 2016. The reduction in net yield in the first quarter of 2017 resulted primarily from a mix-shift in loan composition at ALC away from traditional consumer loans to point-of-sale retail lending, which provides higher credit quality, but at reduced yield.  This change in mix is generally more pronounced during the first quarter when ALC’s traditional consumer lending is typically lower than other quarters of the year.  Yield on ALC’s loans was 19.11% during the first quarter of 2017, compared to 19.94% and 19.60% for the fourth and first quarters of 2016, respectively.  At the Bank, yield on loans totaled 4.06% during the first quarter of 2017, compared to 4.02% and 4.47% during the fourth and first quarters of 2016, respectively.  The decrease in the Bank’s yield compared to the first quarter of 2016 resulted primarily from continued efforts by management to adhere to lending practices designed to improve the credit quality of the Bank’s portfolio.  The Company’s average cost of funds on deposits and borrowings was 0.54% during the first quarter of 2017, compared to 0.54% and 0.52% during the fourth and first quarters of 2016, respectively.
     
  • The provision for loan losses was $0.5 million for the first quarter of 2017, compared to $1.8 million and $0.2 million for the fourth and first quarters of 2016, respectively.  The allowance for loan losses as a percentage of loans was 1.51% as of March 31, 2017, compared to 1.48% as of December 31, 2016, and 1.26% as of March 31, 2016.  Loan growth at the Bank was the primary driver in increasing the allowance for loan losses during 2016. 
     
  • Non-interest income totaled $1.2 million in both the first quarter of 2017 and the fourth quarter of 2016, compared to $1.0 million during the first quarter of 2016.  The increase in the more recent quarters was the result of increases in credit insurance income on loans at ALC, as well as increased service charge income on deposit accounts at the Bank.     
     
  • Non-interest expense totaled $7.0 million in the first quarter of 2017, compared to $6.8 million and $7.1 million in the fourth and first quarters of 2016, respectively.    

Balance Sheet Management

  • Net loans totaled $317.7 million as of March 31, 2017, compared to $322.8 million as of December 31, 2016.  The decrease included reductions of $4.3 million and $0.8 million at the Bank and ALC, respectively. The majority of the Bank’s reduction occurred in the non-farm, non-residential real estate portfolio and was due primarily to scheduled maturity of loans. The reduction in this category was partially offset by growth in the Bank’s real estate construction loan category. ALC’s reduction occurred in its consumer and real estate portfolios. A decrease in consumer loans at ALC is generally expected during the first quarter due to the seasonal nature of traditional consumer finance lending. Real estate lending was previously discontinued at ALC as part of management’s efforts to improve credit quality. Accordingly, ALC’s real estate portfolio is expected to decrease each quarter. The reductions in these portfolio categories were partially offset by increases in ALC’s indirect sales portfolio during the quarter. 

  • As a result of the decrease in loan volume, excess funds were redeployed into the investment securities portfolio. Investment securities totaled $213.5 million as of March 31, 2017, compared to $207.8 million as of December 31, 2016. Investment securities serve to both enhance interest income and provide an additional source of liquidity available to fund loan growth and capital expenditures. Management has structured the investment portfolio to provide cash flows through interest earned and the maturity or payoff of securities in the portfolio on a monthly basis. In the current environment, it is expected that cash flows from the investment portfolio will continue to serve as a significant source of liquidity available for the funding of future loan growth.

  • Liabilities increased to $542.5 million as of March 31, 2017, compared to $530.7 million as of December 31, 2016. The increase resulted from an increase in deposits of $11.5 million and an increase in short-term borrowings of $0.6 million.  These increases were partially offset by a decrease in other liabilities of approximately $0.3 million.  Deposits generated through the Bank’s branch system are considered the Company’s primary funding source to meet short- and long-term liquidity needs.  Deposit levels fluctuate throughout the year based on seasonality, as well as specific circumstances impacting deposit customers. In addition to deposits, significant external sources of liquidity are available to the Bank, including access to funding through federal funds lines, Federal Home Loan Bank advances and brokered deposits.

  • Shareholders’ equity increased to $77.3 million, or $12.77 per outstanding common share, as of March 31, 2017, compared to $76.2 million, or $12.62 per outstanding common share, as of December 31, 2016.  The increase in shareholders’ equity resulted primarily from continued growth in retained earnings and increases in other comprehensive income resulting from changes in the fair value of investment securities available-for-sale.

  • The Company declared a cash dividend of $0.02 per share on its common stock in the first quarter of 2017.  This amount is consistent with the Company’s quarterly dividend declarations for each quarter of 2016.

  • During the first quarter, the Bank continued to maintain capital ratios at higher levels than the ratios required to be considered a “well-capitalized” institution under applicable banking regulations.  As of March 31, 2017, the Bank’s common equity Tier 1 capital and Tier 1 risk-based capital ratios were each 18.98%. Its total capital ratio was 20.23%, and its Tier 1 leverage ratio was 12.15%.

About First US Bancshares, Inc.

First US Bancshares, Inc. is a bank holding company that operates banking offices in Alabama through First US Bank.  In addition, the Company’s operations include Acceptance Loan Company, Inc., a consumer loan company, and FUSB Reinsurance, Inc., an underwriter of credit life and credit accident and health insurance policies sold to the Bank’s and ALC’s consumer loan customers.  The Company’s stock is traded on the Nasdaq Capital Market under the symbol “FUSB.”

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements, as defined by federal securities laws. Statements contained in this press release that are not historical facts are forward-looking statements.  These statements may address issues that involve significant risks, uncertainties, estimates and assumptions made by management.  The Company undertakes no obligation to update these statements following the date of this press release, except as required by law.  In addition, the Company, through its senior management, may make from time to time forward-looking public statements concerning the matters described herein.  Such forward-looking statements are necessarily estimates reflecting the best judgment of the Company’s senior management based upon current information and involve a number of risks and uncertainties.  Certain factors that could affect the accuracy of such forward-looking statements are identified in the public filings made by the Company with the Securities and Exchange Commission, and forward-looking statements contained in this press release or in other public statements of the Company or its senior management should be considered in light of those factors.  Specifically, with respect to statements relating to loan demand, growth and earnings potential, geographic expansion and the adequacy of the allowance for loan losses for the Company, these factors include, but are not limited to, the rate of growth (or lack thereof) in the economy generally and in the Bank’s and ALC’s service areas, the availability of quality loans in the Bank’s and ALC’s service areas, the relative strength and weakness in the consumer and commercial credit sectors and in the real estate markets and collateral values.  There can be no assurance that such factors or other factors will not affect the accuracy of such forward-looking statements.


FIRST US BANCSHARES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
SELECTED FINANCIAL DATA – LINKED QUARTERS
(Dollars in Thousands, Except Per Share Data)
 
 Quarter Ended
(Unaudited)
  2017   2016 
                     
  March
31,
   December
31,

   September
30,
   June
30,
   March
31,
 
                  
Results of Operations:            
Interest income$7,510  $7,721  $7,760  $7,478  $7,196 
Interest expense 591   588   587   561   535 
                     
Net interest income 6,919   7,133   7,173   6,917   6,661 
Provision for loan losses 515   1,814   680   536   167 
                     
Net interest income after provision for loan losses 6,404   5,319   6,493   6,381   6,494 
Non-interest income 1,167   1,165   1,567   1,480   989 
Non-interest expense 7,037   6,826   7,348   7,255   7,066 
                     
Income (loss) before income taxes 534   (342)   712   606   417 
Provision for (benefit from) income taxes 130   (237)   162   144   100 
                     
Net income (loss)$404  $(105)  $550  $462  $317 
                     
Per Share Data:        
Basic net income (loss) per share$0.07  $(0.02)  $0.09  $0.08  $0.05 
Diluted net income (loss) per share$0.06  $(0.02)  $0.09  $0.07  $0.05 
Dividends declared$0.02  $0.02  $0.02  $0.02  $0.02 
                     
         
Period-End Balance Sheet:        
Total assets$619,827  $606,892  $600,307  $601,754  $575,582 
Loans, net of allowance for loan losses 317,677   322,772   317,121   298,901   263,975 
Allowance for loan losses 4,879   4,856   3,668   3,591   3,375 
Investment securities, net 213,497   207,814   209,566   213,165   231,466 
Total deposits 509,078   497,556   493,828   495,618   485,537 
Long-term debt 15,000   15,000   15,000   15,000   5,000 
Total shareholders’ equity 77,297   76,241   78,848   78,525   77,727 
         
         
Key Ratios:        
Return on average assets (annualized) 0.27%  (0.07)%  0.36%  0.31%  0.22%
Return on average equity (annualized) 2.12%  (0.53)%  2.78%  2.30%  1.65%
Loans to deposits 62.4%  64.9%  64.2%  60.3%  54.4%
Allowance for loan losses as % of loans 1.51%  1.48%  1.14%  1.19%  1.26%
Nonperforming assets as % of total assets 1.10%  1.20%  1.28%  1.33%  1.50%
         


FIRST US BANCSHARES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
INTERIM CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(Dollars in Thousands, Except Share and Per Share Data)
 
 March
31,
 December
31,
  2017   2016 
 (Unaudited)  
ASSETS
Cash and due from banks$5,701  $7,018 
Interest-bearing deposits in banks 27,204   16,512 
Total cash and cash equivalents 32,905   23,530 
Investment securities available-for-sale, at fair value 183,858   181,910 
Investment securities held-to-maturity, at amortized cost 29,639   25,904 
Federal Home Loan Bank stock, at cost 1,609   1,581 
Loans, net of allowance for loan losses of $4,879 and $4,856, respectively 317,677   322,772 
Premises and equipment, net 22,192   18,340 
Cash surrender value of bank-owned life insurance 14,683   14,603 
Accrued interest receivable 1,924   1,987 
Other real estate owned 4,587   4,858 
Other assets 10,753   11,407 
Total assets$619,827  $606,892 
    
LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY
Deposits$509,078  $497,556 
Accrued interest expense 229   241 
Other liabilities 7,473   7,735 
Short-term borrowings 10,750   10,119 
Long-term debt 15,000   15,000 
Total liabilities 542,530   530,651 
    
Shareholders’ equity:   
Common stock, par value $0.01 per share, 10,000,000 shares authorized;   
7,341,061 and 7,329,060 shares issued, respectively; 6,055,103 and 6,043,102 shares outstanding, respectively 73   73 
Surplus 10,826   10,786 
Accumulated other comprehensive income, net of tax (543)  (1,277)
Retained earnings 87,717   87,434 
Less treasury stock: 1,285,958 shares at cost (20,764)  (20,764)
Noncontrolling interest (12)  (11)
    
Total shareholders’ equity 77,297   76,241 
    
Total liabilities and shareholders’ equity$619,827  $606,892 
    


FIRST US BANCSHARES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
INTERIM CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(Dollars in Thousands, Except Per Share Data)
 
 Three Months Ended
 March 31,
  2017 2016
      
 (Unaudited)
Interest income:   
Interest and fees on loans$6,496 $6,053
Interest on investment securities 1,014  1,143
Total interest income 7,510  7,196
    
Interest expense:   
Interest on deposits 528  523
Interest on borrowings 63  12
Total interest expense 591  535
    
Net interest income 6,919  6,661
    
Provision for loan losses 515  167
    
Net interest income after provision for loan losses 6,404  6,494
    
Non-interest income:   
Service and other charges on deposit accounts 464  417
Credit insurance income 256  152
Net gain on sales and prepayments of investment securities 49  2
Other income, net 398  418
Total non-interest income 1,167  989
    
Non-interest expense:   
Salaries and employee benefits 4,398  4,164
Net occupancy and equipment 777  769
Other real estate/foreclosure expense, net 84  117
Other expense 1,778  2,016
Total non-interest expense 7,037  7,066
    
Income before income taxes 534  417
Provision for income taxes 130  100
Net income$404 $317
Basic net income per share$0.07 $0.05
Diluted net income per share$0.06 $0.05
Dividends per share$0.02 $0.02
    
Contact:
Thomas S. Elley
334-636-5424