TAMPA, Fla., July 16, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- First Citrus Bancorporation, Inc. (OTC Pink:FCIT), the parent bank holding company for First Citrus Bank, has released its financial results for the second quarter of 2018, with quarterly earnings of $1,089,000, or $.56 per share.

Second Quarter 2018 Highlights (compared to second quarter 2017)

  • Net earnings growth of 100%;
  • Book value per share growth of 12.7%;
  • Asset growth of 12%;
  • Loan growth of 7%;
  • Demand deposit balance growth of 33%;
  • Earnings per share growth of 70%;
  • Return on equity growth of 60%.

Net income for the six months ended June 30, 2018 was $1,698,000, or $0.88 per share, compared to net income of $1,105,000, or $0.67 per share for the six months ended June 30, 2017. 

Book value per share at June 30, 2018 was $16.64, an increase of 12.7% over the $14.76 book value per share at June 30, 2017.

Total assets were $373.7 million at June 30, 2018, an increase of $39.6 million, or 12% from $334.1 million at June 30, 2017.

Total loans grew to $302.8 million at June 30, 2018, an increase of $19.6 million, or 7% from $283.2 million at June 30, 2017.  DDA balances for June 30, 2018 were $106.8 million, an increase of $26.6 million, or 33% over 2017.  DDA balances represented 35% of 2018 total deposits.

“With profits doubling quarter over quarter and demand deposit growth strong, our bankers are doing a terrific job capitalizing on market conditions,” said John M. Barrett, President and Chief Executive Officer.  “We’re on track with budget and excited for the second half of 2018.”

Comparative Consolidated Balance Sheet
(Unaudited)
    
Assets   6/30/2018     6/30/2017  Percent
Change
Cash and Due From Banks$54,486,910  35,083,702  55%
Investment Securities & Fed Funds Sold 2,115,431  2,063,273  3%
    
Total Loans 302,819,437  283,221,221  7%
Allowance for Loan Losses (2,412,484) (2,571,398) (6%)
Net Loans 300,406,953  280,649,823  7%
    
Premises and Equipment, Net 7,671,516  7,865,960  (2%)
Cash Surrender Value of Bank-Owned Life Insurance 5,446,762  5,275,484  3%
Other Assets 3,545,658  3,203,757  (11%)
Total Assets$373,673,230  334,141,999  12%
    
Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity   
Deposits$304,665,474  273,475,323  11%
    
FHLB Advances and Fed Funds Purchased 30,000,000  30,000,000  0%
Subordinated Debentures 4,942,000  4,897,000  1%
Other Liabilities 2,029,871  1,432,317  42%
Total Deposits and Liabilities 341,637,345  309,804,640  10%
    
Shareholders' Equity 32,035,885  24,337,359  32%
    
Total Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity$373,673,230  334,141,999  12%


 
Comparative Consolidated Statements of Earnings
(Unaudited - dollars in thousands except per share data)
       
 Second Quarter  Six Months Ended
June 30
  2018  2017   2018   2017
Interest Income$4,002  3,503  $7,920   6,766
Interest Expense  654  490   1,302   929
Net Interest Income 3,348  3,013   6,617   5,837
Provision for Loan Losses 86  120   220   480
Net Interest Income After Provision 3,262  2,893   6,397   5,357
Noninterest Income 599  295   1,062   964
Noninterest Expense 2,405  2,328   5,197   4,577
Earnings Before Income Taxes 1,456  860   2,262   1,744
Income Taxes 367  316   564   639
Net Earnings$1,089  544  $1,698   1,105
Earnings Per Share$0.56  0.33  $0.88   0.67
Book Value Per Share at End of Period$16.64  14.76  $16.64   14.76
Shares Outstanding 1,925,303  1,648,569   1,925,303   1,648,569
Dividends   -  -  $0.20 $ 0.10

About First Citrus Bancorporation, Inc.
First Citrus Bancorporation, Inc. is a Florida corporation and the parent bank holding company for First Citrus Bank, a Florida commercial bank.  First Citrus Bancorporation, Inc. is headquartered in Tampa, Florida.  Ranked as the third best performing regional bank stock in the Southeastern United States for the past five years by S&P Global Market Intelligence.  Stock trades on the OTC Pink under ticker symbol “FCIT.”

About First Citrus Bank
First Citrus Bank, a $382 million commercial bank, was established in 1999 and is headquartered in Tampa.  Ranked as one of the Top 25 Commercial Loan Producers in the Nation by the magazine IB Independent Banker, it serves businesses and individuals through a range of tailored financial solutions.  Specializing in retail and commercial banking services, First Citrus Bank has five locations throughout Tampa Bay.

First Citrus Bank enhances vibrancy throughout Tampa Bay by helping families become more financially secure and businesses economically successful.  For additional information, please visit http://www.firstcitrus.com.

Information in this release relating to the Company’s future prospects which are forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially, including, but not limited to, the following: (1) operating, legal and regulatory risks, such as continued levels of loan quality and origination volume, continued relationships with major customers and technological changes; (2) economic, political and competitive forces affecting our banking business, such as changes in economic conditions, especially in our market area, interest rate fluctuations, competitive product and pricing pressures within our market, personal and corporate bankruptcies, monetary policy and inflation; (3) our ability to grow internally or through acquisitions; and (4) the risk that management’s analyses of these risks and forces could be incorrect and/or that the strategies developed to address them could be unsuccessful. Forward-looking statements may be identified by the use of words such as “expects,” “believe,” “will,” “intends,” “will be” or “would.” First Citrus Bancorporation assumes no obligation to update the forward-looking information in this announcement, except as required under applicable law.

For more information contact:
John Linton, EVP & Chief Financial Officer
813.792.7177
jlinton@firstcitrus.com