BIRMINGHAM, Ala., Oct. 30, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- First US Bancshares, Inc. (Nasdaq:FUSB) (the “Company”) today reported net income of $635,000, or $0.10 per diluted share, for the quarter ended September 30, 2017, compared to $550,000, or $0.09 per diluted share, for the corresponding period of 2016.  For the nine months ended September 30, 2017, the Company reported net income of $1.5 million, or $0.22 per diluted share, compared to $1.3 million, or $0.21 per diluted share, for the corresponding period of 2016. The improved results were achieved despite reductions in certain non-routine income sources for the nine months ended September 30, 2017 compared to the same period in 2016. These reductions, which totaled $679,000, included a decrease of $429,000 in gains on sale and prepayments of investment securities and the collection of a judgment on a nonaccrual asset, which resulted in $100,000 and $150,000 of interest income and non-interest income, respectively, that was recognized during the third quarter of 2016.

Financial Highlights

  • Interest Income – Interest and fees on loans increased by $736,000 during the nine months ended September 30, 2017, compared to the corresponding period of 2016.  The increase resulted from increased average loan volume and was partially offset by a decrease of $157,000 in interest on investment securities as proceeds from the scheduled maturity of investments were redeployed into the loan portfolio.
     
  • Loan Growth – Net loans increased $15.3 million, or 6.3% on an annualized basis, during the nine months ended September 30, 2017.  Growth in the Company’s banking subsidiary, First US Bank (the “Bank”), totaled $11.5 million during the nine months ended September 30, 2017, while the Company’s finance company subsidiary, Acceptance Loan Company, Inc. (“ALC”), grew its loan portfolio by $3.8 million.  The third quarter represented the most significant growth quarter of the first nine months of 2017, with total growth in net loans of $7.5 million, or 9.1% on an annualized basis.  Growth in net loans at the Bank totaled $6.2 million, while ALC’s growth totaled $1.3 million during the quarter.
     
  • Asset Quality Improvement – Non-performing assets, including loans in non-accrual status and other real estate owned (OREO), decreased to $5.8 million, or 0.94% of total assets, as of September 30, 2017, compared to $7.3 million, or 1.20% of total assets, as of December 31, 2016.   

“We are pleased to report continued improvement in earnings during the third quarter of 2017,” stated James F. House, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company. “The third quarter represents our strongest quarter to date this year from an earnings standpoint.  We continue to realize earnings growth built through expansion of our loan portfolio and focus on expense control,” continued Mr. House.    

Results of Operations

  • Pre-provision net interest income totaled $7.1 million in the third quarter of 2017, compared to $7.2 million in the third quarter of 2016.  The decrease was due primarily to the collection of interest associated with the previously mentioned judgment filed on a nonaccrual asset totaling approximately $100,000 in 2016 that was not repeated in 2017.  Average loans totaled $331.2 million during the third quarter of 2017, compared to $312.5 million during the third quarter of 2016.  Net yield on interest-earning assets was 5.11% for the third quarter of 2017, compared to 5.20% during the third quarter of 2016.  For the nine months ended September 30, 2017, pre-provision net interest income totaled $21.1 million, compared to $20.8 million during the same period of 2016.  Average loans totaled $327.3 million and $283.0 million during the nine months ended September 30, 2017 and 2016, respectively.  Net yield on interest-earning assets was 5.08% during the first nine months of 2017, compared to 5.16% during the first nine months of 2016.
     
  • The provision for loan losses was $373,000 for the third quarter of 2017, compared to $680,000 during the third quarter of 2016.  The decrease resulted in large part from the resolution of an impaired loan relationship at the Bank during the third quarter of 2017.  The resolution of this loan allowed the Bank’s reserve to be reduced by $130,000 during the quarter.   For the nine months ended September 30, 2017, the provision for loan losses totaled $1.5 million, compared to $1.4 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2016.  The Company’s allowance for loan losses as a percentage of loans was 1.40% as of September 30, 2017, compared to 1.48% as of December 31, 2016.
     
  • Non-interest income totaled $1.2 million in the third quarter of 2017, compared to $1.6 million in the third quarter of 2016.  For the nine months ended September 30, 2017, non-interest income totaled $3.3 million, compared to $4.0 million for the first nine months of the previous year.  The decrease in non-interest income in both the three- and nine-month periods of 2017 resulted from reductions in gains on the sale and prepayment of investment securities at the Bank, as well as reductions in credit insurance revenues and other ancillary revenues at ALC.  Additionally, approximately $150,000 in settlement amounts associated with the previously mentioned judgment on a nonaccrual asset was recognized as other income during the third quarter of 2016 and not repeated in 2017.   
     
  • Non-interest expense totaled $7.2 million in the third quarter of 2017, compared to $7.3 million in the third quarter of 2016.  For the nine months ended September 30, 2017 and 2016, non-interest expense totaled $21.1 million and $21.7 million, respectively.  The decrease in non-interest expense in both periods resulted primarily from reductions in regulatory assessments, insurance expense, occupancy and equipment expense, professional services fees and impairment charges associated with closed branches.  These reductions were partially offset by increases in salaries and benefits expense, telephone and data communications expense and write-downs of OREO. 

Balance Sheet Management

  • Net loans totaled $338.0 million as of September 30, 2017, compared to $322.8 million as of December 31, 2016. The increase in net loans included increases of $11.5 million and $3.8 million at the Bank and ALC, respectively.  The growth in loan volume was funded primarily through cash flows generated from the scheduled maturity of investment securities.  Investment securities totaled $185.8 million as of September 30, 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, the Company expects cash flows from the investment portfolio to continue to serve as a significant source of liquidity available for the funding of future loan growth.
     
  • Premises and equipment increased by $7.9 million during the nine months ended September 30, 2017 due to capital expenditures associated with the construction of an office complex in the Birmingham, Alabama area.  Initial construction of the office complex was completed during the third quarter, and the complex houses a new retail branch of the Bank that became operational during the same period.  At the end of the third quarter, the Company and the Bank relocated their headquarters to the complex.
     
  • Liabilities increased to $535.7 million as of September 30, 2017, compared to $530.7 million as of December 31, 2016. The increase resulted from an increase in deposits of $10.8 million, partially offset by decreases in short-term borrowings and long-term debt totaling $4.5 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 $78.9 million, or $12.98 per outstanding common share, as of September 30, 2017, compared to $76.2 million, or $12.62 per outstanding common share, as of December 31, 2016. The increase in shareholders’ equity resulted from continued growth in retained earnings and increases in other comprehensive income due to 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 third quarter of 2017.  This amount is consistent with the Company’s quarterly dividend declarations for the first and second quarters of 2017 and each quarter of 2016.
     
  • During the third 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 September 30, 2017, the Bank’s common equity Tier 1 capital and Tier 1 risk-based capital ratios were each 19.02%. Its total capital ratio was 20.24%, and its Tier 1 leverage ratio was 12.32%.

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  
 2017
2016 
 September
30,
 June
30,
 March
31,
 December
31,
 September
30,
 
      
   
Results of Operations:     
Interest income$  7,820 $  7,683 $  7,510 $  7,721 $  7,760 
Interest expense   685    626    591    588    587 
      
Net interest income 7,135  7,057  6,919  7,133  7,173 
Provision for loan losses 373  576  515  1,814  680 
      
Net interest income after provision for loan losses 6,762  6,481  6,404  5,319  6,493 
Non-interest income 1,236  930  1,167  1,165  1,567 
Non-interest expense 7,190  6,863  7,037  6,826  7,348 
      
Income (loss) before income taxes 808  548  534  (342) 712 
Provision for (benefit from) income taxes 173  132  130  (237) 162 
      
Net income (loss)$  635 $  416 $  404 $  (105)$  550 
      
Per Share Data:     
Basic net income (loss) per share$  0.10 $  0.07 $  0.07 $  (0.02)$  0.09 
      
Diluted net income (loss) per share$  0.10 $  0.06 $  0.06 $  (0.02)$  0.09 
      
Dividends declared$  0.02 $  0.02 $  0.02 $  0.02 $  0.02 
      
      
Period-End Balance Sheet:     
Total assets$  614,599 $  616,218 $  619,827 $  606,892 $  600,307 
Loans, net of allowance for loan losses 338,026  330,526  317,677  322,772  317,121 
Allowance for loan losses 4,808  4,905  4,879  4,856  3,668 
Investment securities, net 185,802  200,831  213,497  207,814  209,566 
Total deposits 508,385  509,245  509,078  497,556  493,828 
Short-term borrowings 10,635  10,692  10,750  10,119  5,337 
Long-term debt 10,000  10,000  15,000  15,000  15,000 
Total shareholders’ equity 78,854  78,373  77,297  76,241  78,848 
      
      
Key Ratios:     
Return on average assets (annualized) 0.41% 0.27% 0.27% (0.07%) 0.36%
Return on average equity (annualized) 3.21% 2.14% 2.12% (0.53%) 2.78%
Loans to deposits 66.5% 64.9% 62.4% 64.9% 64.2%
Allowance for loan losses as % of loans 1.40% 1.46% 1.51% 1.48% 1.14%
Nonperforming assets as % of total assets 0.94% 1.01% 1.10% 1.20% 1.28%
      


FIRST US BANCSHARES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
INTERIM CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(Dollars in Thousands, Except Per Share Data)
    
 September
30,
 December
31,
 2017 2016
 (Unaudited)  
ASSETS
Cash and due from banks$  8,705  $  7,018 
Interest-bearing deposits in banks 23,849   16,512 
  Total cash and cash equivalents 32,554   23,530 
Investment securities available-for-sale, at fair value 158,425   181,910 
Investment securities held-to-maturity, at amortized cost 27,377   25,904 
Federal Home Loan Bank stock, at cost 1,396   1,581 
Loans, net of allowance for loan losses of $4,808 and $4,856, respectively 338,026   322,772 
Premises and equipment, net 26,242   18,340 
Cash surrender value of bank-owned life insurance 14,843   14,603 
Accrued interest receivable 1,877   1,987 
Other real estate owned 3,819   4,858 
Other assets 10,040   11,407 
  Total assets$  614,599  $  606,892 
    
LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY
Deposits$  508,385  $  497,556 
Accrued interest expense 281   241 
Other liabilities 6,444   7,735 
Short-term borrowings 10,635   10,119 
Long-term debt 10,000   15,000 
  Total liabilities 535,745   530,651 
    
Shareholders’ equity:   
Common stock, par value $0.01 per share, 10,000,000 shares authorized;   
  7,341,556 and 7,329,060 shares issued, respectively; 6,077,354 and 6,043,102 shares
  outstanding,  respectively
 73   73 
Surplus 10,657   10,786 
Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss), net of tax 25   (1,277)
Retained earnings 88,525   87,434 
Less treasury stock: 1,264,202 and 1,285,958 shares at cost, respectively (20,414)  (20,764)
Noncontrolling interest (12)  (11)
    
  Total shareholders’ equity 78,854   76,241 
    
  Total liabilities and shareholders’ equity$  614,599  $  606,892 
    


FIRST US BANCSHARES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
INTERIM CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(Dollars in Thousands, Except Per Share Data)
    
 Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended
 September 30, September 30,
 2017 2016 2017 2016
 (Unaudited)
Interest income:       
   Interest and fees on loans$  6,802 $  6,773 $  19,928 $  19,192
Interest on investment securities 1,018  987  3,085  3,242
Total interest income 7,820  7,760  23,013  22,434
        
Interest expense:       
   Interest on deposits 617  532  1,713  1,568
   Interest on borrowings 68  55  189  115
Total interest expense 685  587  1,902  1,683
        
Net interest income 7,135  7,173  21,111  20,751
        
Provision for loan losses 373  680  1,464  1,383
        
Net interest income after provision for loan losses 6,762  6,493  19,647  19,368
        
Non-interest income:       
  Service and other charges on deposit accounts 481  463  1,406  1,306
  Credit insurance income 160  256  459  570
  Net gain on sales and prepayments of investment securities 178  259  228  657
  Other income, net 417  589  1,240  1,503
Total non-interest income 1,236  1,567  3,333  4,036
        
Non-interest expense:       
  Salaries and employee benefits 4,370  4,334  13,048  12,734
  Net occupancy and equipment 806  830  2,276  2,381
  Other real estate/foreclosure expense, net 244  124  461  370
  Other expense 1,770  2,060  5,305  6,184
Total non-interest expense 7,190  7,348  21,090  21,669
        
Income before income taxes 808  712  1,890  1,735
Provision for income taxes 173  162  435  406
Net income$  635 $  550 $  1,455 $  1,329
Basic net income per share$  0.10 $  0.09 $  0.24 $  0.22
Diluted net income per share$  0.10 $  0.09 $  0.22 $  0.21
Dividends per share$  0.02 $  0.02 $  0.06 $  0.06
        

Thomas S. Elley
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