• $0.04 Net Income Per Diluted Share for the first quarter of 2019 as compared to $0.12 for the first quarter of 2018
  • Adjusted Net Income Per Diluted Share excluding merger expenses, accretion of loan and deposit fair market values, and amortization of core deposit intangibles, was $0.18 for the first quarter of 2019 as compared to $0.12 for the first quarter of 2018 (a non-GAAP measure)

LINCOLNTON, N.C., May 03, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Carolina Trust BancShares, Inc. (the “Company”) (NASDAQ - CART) reports its financial results today for the most recently completed fiscal quarter.  In the quarter that ended March 31, 2019 (“1Q19”), the Company’s net income was $337,000 or $0.04 per diluted share as compared to $581,000 or $0.12 per diluted share in the quarter ended March 31, 2018 (“1Q18”), a decrease of $244,000 or $0.08 per diluted share.  The diluted average common shares outstanding increased to 9.4 million shares in 1Q19 from 4.8 million shares in 1Q18 following the completion of the Company’s stock offering in the second quarter of 2018 and an acquisition on January 1, 2019, which is discussed below.

On January 1, 2019, the Company completed its previously announced merger with Clover Community Bankshares, Inc. (“Clover”), parent company of Clover Community Bank.  Also under the merger agreement, Clover Community Bank merged with Carolina Trust Bank (the “Bank”), the wholly owned banking subsidiary of the Company.  Pursuant to the merger agreement, each share of Clover  common stock and preferred stock was converted into the right to receive, at the election of each Clover shareholder, either 2.7181 shares of Company common stock or $22.00 in cash, subject to proration procedures that resulted in an aggregate 80% stock and 20% cash consideration mix.  Total consideration was $20.4 million in stock and cash.  Overall, the Company issued 2,123,858 shares of common stock in exchange for 80% of Clover’s shares and paid $3,008 in lieu of fractional Company shares.  Cash consideration paid in exchange for 20% of Clover’s shares totaled $4,298,360.  The stock consideration was valued at $7.58 per share, the most recent closing price at the effective time of the merger.  In accordance with the merger agreement, cash paid in lieu of fractional shares was valued at a rate of $7.6305 per share, the average of the closing sales prices of the Company’s common stock as reported on Nasdaq for the twenty consecutive full trading days ending on the trading day immediately prior to the closing date of the merger.  The fair market value of loans and deposits acquired on the merger date was $64 million and $112 million, respectively.  The Bank recorded $5.4 million in goodwill, reflecting the amount of consideration given in excess of the fair market value of net assets acquired.  In addition, the Bank recognized $3.2 million in core deposit intangibles, the premium recognized for Clover Community Bank’s deposits, which is amortized over the estimated life of those deposits.

During 1Q19 the Company incurred $1,722,000 in merger-related expenses.  If the merger expenses, and certain other income statement items including accretion of premiums recorded on loans and deposits and amortization of the core deposit intangibles, net of tax, were excluded, net income for 1Q19 would have been $1,710,000 or $0.18 per diluted share, which is a non-GAAP (Generally Accepted Accounting Principles) measurement.  Please refer to “Note Regarding Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures” and the non-GAAP reconciliation tables below for additional information.

The table below summarizes the key components of net income for 1Q19 and 1Q18.

$ in thousandsFor the 3 months ended  
 March 31,
2019
March 31,
2018
Increase
(Decrease)
% Change
Interest income$7,080 $4,827 $2,253 47%
Interest expense 1,422  1,060  362 34%
Net interest income 5,658  3,767  1,891 50%
Provision for (recovery of) loan loss 77  252  (175)(69%)
Noninterest income 620  330  290 88%
Noninterest expense, excluding merger expenses 4,069  3,096  973 31%
Merger expenses 1,722  -0-  1,722 NM 
Pre-tax income 410  749  (339)(45%)
Income tax expense 73  168  (95)(57%)
Net income (loss)$337 $581 $(244)(42%)
     
Non-GAAP measurements:    
Net income (loss)$337 $581   
Adjustments:    
+ Merger expenses 1,722  -   
- Accretion of purchased loan discounts (117) (2)  
- Accretion of purchased time deposit discounts 12  -   
+ Amortization of core deposit intangible 161  9   
- Net tax effect of adjustments (405) (1)  
= Adjusted net income$1,710 $587 $1,123 191%
     
Return on assets 0.23% 0.55% (0.32%) 
Return on equity 2.05% 8.00% (5.95%) 
Net interest margin 4.09% 3.79% 0.30% 
Efficiency ratio 1 92% 76% 16% 
Adjusted return on assets 2 1.14% 0.55% 0.59% 
Adjusted return on equity 2 10.41% 8.07% 2.34% 
Adjusted net interest margin 2 4.01% 3.79% 0.22% 
Adjusted efficiency ratio 2 63% 75% (9%) 
Average assets$607,689 $430,727 $176,962 41%
Average loans 464,755  360,518  104,237 29%
Average deposits 509,091  357,259  151,832 42%
Average equity 3 66,593  29,475  37,118 126%
Book value per share as of the end of the period$7.25 $6.30   
Tangible book value per share as of the end of the Period$6.34 $6.29   
         

1 Efficiency ratio = Noninterest expense / (Net interest income + Noninterest income)
2 Adjusted returns on assets and equity, adjusted net interest margin and adjusted efficiency ratios are non-GAAP measures.  A reconciliation to GAAP is included at the end of this release.
3 Note:  The common stock offering completed in April 2018 added $18.4 million to common equity.  The acquisition of Clover in January 2019 added $16.1 million to common equity

Comparing 1Q19 with 1Q18, the $339,000 (-45%) decrease in pre-tax income was due mostly to merger expenses mentioned previously and to a $973,000 (+31%) increase in noninterest expenses, excluding merger expenses.  These unfavorable comparisons were offset by an increase in net interest income of $1,891,000 (+50%), an increase in noninterest income of $290,000 (+88%) and a decrease in loan loss provision of $175,000 (-69%).  Income tax expense decreased by $95,000 (-57%) as a result of the decrease in pre-tax income.

Net interest income increased from $3,767,000 in 1Q18 to $5,658,000 in 1Q19, primarily due to the loan and deposit growth from the acquisition of Clover and, secondarily, to loan growth in existing branches.  Average loans increased by $104 million, or 29%, from 1Q18 to 1Q19 and included $64 million acquired from Clover.  The remaining $40 million in year-over-year average loan growth was concentrated in the Mooresville and Hickory offices and the Salisbury loan production office, which combined for $34 million of the growth, followed by the Denver and Forest City offices with growth totaling $8 million.  The offices with the highest average loan balances in 1Q19 were Gastonia ($83 million), Mooresville ($78 million), Hickory ($72 million), and Lincolnton Main ($68 million).

The net interest margin increased by 30 basis points from 3.79% in 1Q18 to 4.09% in 1Q19.  The yield on earning assets increased by 25 basis points from 4.86% in 1Q18 to 5.11% in 1Q19.  Comparatively, the cost of funds, including deposits, borrowings and holding company debt, was flat at 1.08% from 1Q18 to 1Q19.  The improvement in the yield on earning assets and the net interest margin was softened by the shift in the earning asset mix, as the ratio of average loans to average earning assets declined from 89% in 1Q18 to 83% in 1Q19.  The additional liquidity maintained in interest earning cash and securities resulted in those categories increasing from 11% to 17% as a percentage of earning assets for the same periods.

The margin and asset yield increases were attributed primarily to the 45 basis point increase in loan yield from 5.15% in 1Q18 to 5.60% in 1Q19.     Loan yields were positively impacted by prime rate increases of 25 basis points each in March 2018, June 2018, September 2018, and December 2018.  The loan yields also benefited from accretion of the discounts on purchased loans and were partially offset by accretion of the discounts on acquired time deposits. The net of loan and deposit accretion added 8 basis points to the net interest margin.

In a linked quarter comparison, the net interest margin improved by 15 basis points from 3.94% in 4Q18 to 4.09% in 1Q19.  The earning asset yield grew by 6 basis points as compared to the cost of funds that decreased by 10 basis points.  The earning asset yield increase from 4Q18 to 1Q19 was attributable to the loan yield growing by 19 basis points and the investment yield increasing by 16 basis points, which more than offset the lower percentage of loans to earning assets in 1Q19.

Noninterest income increased by $290,000 from $330,000 in 1Q18 to $620,000 in 1Q19.  The increase was due mostly to mortgage fee income increasing by $110,000 or 733%, overdraft fees increasing by $60,000 or 43% and a $34,000 or 74% increase in interchange fee income.  Gains on securities increased by $30,000 as the value of equity holdings appreciated.  The growth in mortgage fee income result was partially attributed to experienced mortgage specialists who were previously with Clover and to a renewed emphasis to meeting the demand for mortgages in Bank’s markets.  Overdraft fees and interchange fees increased as a result of an increase in the Bank’s checking account customer base for which the average total balance grew by 68% from 1Q18 to 1Q19, primarily due to the acquisition of Clover.

Noninterest expense increased by $2,695,000 (+87%), from $3,096,000 in 1Q18 to $5,791,000 in 1Q19.  This increase included merger expenses for the acquisition of Clover, which totaled $1,722,000 in 1Q19 as compared to $0 in 1Q18.  There were smaller increases in salaries and benefits, up $556,000 (+30%), and in amortization of core deposit intangibles, up $152,000 (+1,689%), both of which were attributed primarily to the acquisition of Clover.  Merger expenses included $1,224,000 paid to former Clover employees in accordance with change-in-control agreements or severance packages and the related payroll taxes. The other merger expenses included $242,000 for data processing due to the system conversion to the Bank’s core system and processes and $173,000 due to various products and services including investment banking services, debit cards and product brochure for previous Clover customers, and training for former Clover employees.  Salaries and wages were up by $463,000 or 36%, as new employees joined the Bank in conjunction with the acquisition of Clover.  This increase included $52,000 for several employees whose employment ended as planned after conversion of Clover’s operating system to the Bank’s operating system in mid-February.  Overtime salaries were up $21,000 or 141% from 1Q18 to 1Q19, which was in part due to the effort to convert Clover to the Bank’s core system and processes.

Comparison of Financial Condition at March 31, 2019 with December 31, 2018

The balance sheet growth from December 31, 2018 to March 31, 2019 was mostly attributed to the acquisition of Clover.  Assets increased by $146 million (+31%) from December 31, 2018 to March 31, 2019, as funding from deposits increased by $128 million (+32%), and shareholders’ equity grew by $17 million (+34%).  The asset growth was concentrated in loans, up $81 million (+21%).  Investment securities increased by $37 million (+114%).  Cash and due from banks increased $3 million (+24%), and interest-earning deposits with banks increased by $8 million (+37%).  Intangible assets increased by $9 million (+20,629%), and foreclosed assets increased by $1 million (+89%).

The increase in loans since December 31, 2018 included $64 million acquired from Clover on the merger date, January 1, 2019, and $17 million in additional growth.  The increase in deposits included  $112 million acquired from Clover on the merger date and $16 million in net growth during the first quarter of 2019.

Asset quality measurements remained strong during the first quarter of 2019.  The ratio of non-performing assets to total assets was 0.52% on March 31, 2019 as compared to 0.46% on December 31, 2018.  Nonperforming loans to total loans improved by 5 basis points to 0.22% at March 31, 2019. Net recoveries to average loans on an annualized basis was (0.01%) for the quarters ended March 31, 2019 and December 31, 2018, and the net charge offs to average loans on annualized basis for the quarter ended March 31, 2018 was 0.08%.

Regulatory capital ratios for the Company’s wholly owned subsidiary, Carolina Trust Bank, decreased slightly from December 31, 2018 to March 31, 2019.  The growth in risk-weighted assets was slightly more than additional risk-based capital from the Clover acquisition and first quarter earnings.  The Bank’s total risk-based capital ratio at March 31, 2019 was 13.25%, a 9 basis-point decrease from 13.34% at December 31, 2018. 

About Carolina Trust BancShares, Inc.
Carolina Trust BancShares, Inc. is a bank holding company and the parent company of Carolina Trust Bank.  Carolina Trust Bank is a full service, state-chartered bank headquartered in Lincolnton, N.C.  The bank operates in eleven full-service offices and one loan production office in the Piedmont and Mountain Regions of the Carolinas to the north and west of Charlotte, NC.

Caution Regarding Forward-Looking Statements: This news release contains forward-looking statements. Words such as “anticipates,” “ believes,” “estimates,” “expects,” “intends,” “should,” “will,” variations of such words and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. These statements reflect management’s current beliefs as to the expected outcomes of future events and are not guarantees of future performance. These statements involve certain risks, uncertainties and assumptions that are difficult to predict with regard to timing, extent, likelihood and degree of occurrence. Therefore, actual results and outcomes may materially differ from what may be expressed or forecasted in such forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause a difference in actual results and outcomes include, among others: the impact of changes in tax law and regulations, including the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017; changes in the national and local economies or market conditions; changes in interest rates, deposit flows, loan demand and asset quality, including real estate and other collateral values; changes in banking regulations and accounting principles, policies or guidelines; the impact of competition from traditional or new sources; and the impact of acquisitions, including the risks that (1) the business related to acquisitions may not be integrated successfully or such integration may take longer to accomplish than expected; (2) the expected cost savings and any revenue synergies from acquisitions may not be fully realized within expected timeframes; and (3) disruption from acquisitions may make it more difficult to maintain relationships with clients, associates, or suppliers. These and other factors that may emerge could cause decisions and actual results to differ materially from current expectations. The Company undertakes no obligation to revise, update, or clarify forward-looking statements to reflect events or conditions after the date of this release.

Note Regarding Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures:  This news release presents certain non-GAAP financial measures including, without limitation, adjusted net income, adjusted net income per share, and tangible book value per share.  Non-GAAP financial measures include numerical measures of a company’s historical financial performance, financial position, or cash flows that exclude (or include) amounts, or that are subject to adjustments that have the effect of excluding (or including) amounts, that are included (or, as applicable, excluded) in the most directly comparable measures calculated and presented in accordance with GAAP.  The Company has presented the adjustments to reconcile from the applicable GAAP financial measures to the non-GAAP financial measures where applicable.  The Company considers these adjustments to the GAAP financial measures to be relevant to ongoing operating results.  The Company believes that excluding the amounts associated with these adjustments to present the non-GAAP financial measures provides a meaningful base for the period-to-period comparisons, which will assist investors and analysts in analyzing the operating results or financial position of the Company.  The non-GAAP financial measures are used by management to assess the performance of the Company’s business, including for presentations of Company performance to investors.  The Company further believes that presenting the non-GAAP financial measures will permit investors and analysts to assess the performance of the Company on the same basis as that applied by management.  Non-GAAP financial measures have inherent limitations, are not required to be uniformly applied, and are not audited.  Although non-GAAP financial measures are frequently used by investors to evaluate a company, they have limitations as an analytical tool and should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for analysis of results reported under GAAP.  Reconciliations of non-GAAP financial measures to the most directly comparable GAAP measures are included with this release.

 
Carolina Trust BancShares, Inc.
Selected Financial Highlights
Dollars in thousands
 
 Unaudited(a)UnauditedUnauditedUnaudited
 3/31/1912/31/189/30/186/30/183/31/18
Balance Sheet Data:     
Total Assets$621,279 $475,104 $465,171 $470,854 $446,610 
Total Loans 474,239  393,282  380,746  374,026  367,039 
Allowance for Loan Loss 4,069  3,978  3,925  3,844  3,780 
Total Deposits 523,390  395,149  386,497  393,279  372,902 
Total Shareholders’ Equity 67,378  50,261  48,954  48,201  29,379 
                

(a)  Unless otherwise noted, all financial information presented in the accompanying tables as of and for the year ending December 31, 2018, is derived from audited financial statements.

 
Carolina Trust BancShares, Inc.
Comparative Income Statements
For the Three Months Ended
Dollars in thousands, except share and per share data
 
 Unaudited
3/31/19
Unaudited
3/31/18
Variance
$
Variance
 %
Income and Per Share Data:    
Interest Income$7,080 $4,827 $2,253 47%
Interest Expense 1,422  1,060  362 34%
Net Interest Income 5,658  3,767  1,891 50%
Provision for (Recovery of) Loan Loss 77  252  (175)(69%)
Net Interest Income After Provision 5,581  3,515  2,066 59%
Non-interest Income 620  330  290 88%
Non-interest Expense, Excluding Merger Expenses 4,069  3,096  973 31%
Merger Expenses 1,722  -0-  1,722 NM 
Income Before Taxes 410  749  (339)(45%)
Income Tax Expense 73  168  (95)(57%)
Net Income (Loss) Available to Common Shareholders$337 $581 ($244)(42%)
     
Net Income (Loss) Per Common Share:    
Basic$0.04 $0.12   
Diluted$0.04 $0.12   
Average Common Shares Outstanding:    
Basic 9,290,811  4,660,325   
Diluted 9,361,612  4,764,274   
         


  
Carolina Trust BancShares, Inc. 
Quarterly Income Statement 
Dollars in thousands, except share and per share data
 
  
 For the three months ended:
Income and Per Share Data:Unaudited
3/31/19
Unaudited
12/31/18
Unaudited
9/30/18
Unaudited
6/30/18
Unaudited
3/31/18
Interest Income$7,080 $5,645 $5,419 $5,198 $4,827 
Interest Expense 1,422  1,233  1,176  1,155  1,060 
Net Interest Income 5,658  4,412  4,243  4,043  3,767 
Provision for (Recovery of) Loan Loss 77  (9) 75  88  252 
Net Interest Income After Provision 5,581  4,421  4,168  3,955  3,515 
Non-interest Income 620  186  374  366  330 
Non-interest Expense, Excluding Merger Expenses 4,069  3,093  3,170  3,297  3,096 
Merger Expenses 1,722  264  157  323 -0- 
Income Before Taxes 410  1,250  1,215  701  749 
Income Tax Expense 73  304  300  191  168 
Net Income (Loss) Available to Common Shareholders$  337 $  946 $  915 $  510 $  581 
       
Net Income (Loss) Per Common Share:      
Basic$0.04 $0.13 $0.13 $0.08 $0.12 
Diluted$0.04 $0.13 $0.13 $0.08 $0.12 
Average Common Shares Outstanding:      
Basic 9,290,811  7,156,987  7,156,987  6,583,719  4,660,325 
Diluted 9,361,612  7,239,698  7,243,875  6,598,542  4,764,274 


Non-GAAP Measure
Adjusted Net Income (excludes accretion of purchased loan discounts and purchased time deposit discounts, amortization of core deposit intangibles, and merger expenses, adjusted for the effect of income taxes):
Income Before Taxes$410 $1,250 $1,215 $701 $749 
Less: Accretion of purchased loan Discount (117) (1) (2) (2) (2)
Add:  Accretion of purchased time deposit discounts 12  -  -  -  - 
Add:  Amortization of core deposit Intangibles 161  7  9  9  9 
Add:  Merger Expenses 1,722  264  157  323  - 
Adjusted Income Before Taxes 2,188  1,520  1,379  1,031  756 
Less:  Income Tax Expense 73  304  300  191  168 
Less: Income Tax Effect of Adjustments 405  43  17  43  1 
Adjusted Net Income Available to Common Shareholders$1,710 $ 1,173 $ 1,062 $  797 $  587 


Adjusted Net Income Per Common Share:
Basic$0.18 $0.16 $0.15 $0.12 $0.13 
Diluted$0.18 $0.16 $0.15 $0.12 $0.12 
Average Common Shares Outstanding:     
Basic 9,290,811  7,156,987  7,156,987  6,583,719  4,660,325 
Diluted 9,361,612  7,239,698  7,243,875  6,598,542  4,764,274 
                


 
Carolina Trust BancShares, Inc.
Selected Financial Highlights
Dollars in thousands, except share and per share data
 
 3/31/1912/31/189/30/186/30/183/31/18
Capital Ratios:     
Common equity tier 1 capital ratio 112.45%12.36%12.21%12.16%10.43%
Tier 1 capital ratio 112.45%12.36%12.21%12.16%10.43%
Total capital ratio 113.25%13.34%13.19%13.14%11.41%
Tier 1 leverage ratio 110.64%10.85%10.56%10.45%9.49%
      
Tangible Common Equity (*)$58,983 $50,221 $48,907 $48,145 $29,315 
Common Shares Outstanding9,296,977 7,156,987 7,156,987 7,156,987 4,660,987 
Book Value per Common Share$7.25 $7.02 $6.84 $6.73 $6.30 
Tangible Book Value per Common Share (*)
$6.34 $7.02 $6.83 $6.73 $6.29 
           
Performance Ratios for the Three Months Ended (annualized):     
Return on Average Assets0.23% 20.80% 30.78% 40.44% 50.55% 6
Return on Average Common Equity2.05% 27.54% 37.42% 44.69% 58.00% 6
Net Interest Margin4.09%3.94%3.82%3.76%3.79%
      
Asset Quality:     
Delinquent Loans (30-89 days accruing interest)$  819 $  459 $  754 $  957 $  430 
      
Delinquent Loans (90 days or more and accruing)1 5 -0- 25 -0- 
Non-accrual Loans1,034 1,046 1,057 1,080 1,125 
OREO and Repossessed property2,190 1,157 1,782 1,971 2,215 
Total Nonperforming Assets3,225 $2,208 $2,839 $3,076 $3,340 
      
Restructured Loans$3,755 $3,856 $3,925 $4,006 $4,096 
Nonperforming Assets / Total Assets0.52%0.46%0.61%0.65%0.75%
Nonperforming Assets / Equity & Allowance for Loan Loss4.51%4.07%5.37%5.91%10.07%
Allowance for Loan Loss / Nonperforming Assets126%180%138%125%113%
Allowance for Loan Loss  / Total Loans0.86%1.01%1.03%1.03%1.03%
Net Loan Charge-offs (Recoveries)($14)($62)($6)$23 $71 
Net Loan Charge-offs (Recoveries) /Average Loans (annualized)(0.01%)(0.06%)(0.01%)0.03%0.08%
      
Purchased Credit Impaired Loans (gross)$4,000 -0- -0- -0- -0- 
Discount on Purchased Credit Impaired Loans673 -0- -0- -0- -0- 
Purchased Credit Impaired Loan (carrying value)3,327 -0- -0- -0- -0- 
          
Purchased Non-Credit Impaired Loans (gross)$55,798 -0- -0- -0- -0- 
Discount on Purchased Non-Credit Impaired Loans857 -0- -0- -0- -0- 
Purchased Non-Credit Impaired Loans (carrying value)54,941 -0- -0- -0- -0- 
Note:  Financial information is unaudited.      
      

Capital ratios are presented for Carolina Trust Bank which reports these ratios to the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council on form FFIEC 051.
2 For the three months ended March 31, 2019, excluding merger expenses, accretion of discounts on purchased loans and time deposits, and amortization of core deposit intangibles, all net of tax, would result in an annualized ROA of 1.14% and an annualized ROE of 10.41%.
For the three months ended December 31, 2018, excluding merger expenses, accretion of purchased loan discounts and amortization of core deposit intangibles, net of tax, would result in an annualized ROA of 0.99% and an annualized ROE of 9.35%.
4  For the three months ended September 30, 2018, excluding merger expenses, accretion of purchased loan discounts and amortization of core deposit intangibles, net of tax, would result in an annualized ROA of 0.90% and an annualized ROE of 8.61%.
5  For the three months ended June 30, 2018, excluding merger expenses, accretion of purchased loan discounts and amortization of core deposit intangibles, net of tax, would result in an annualized ROA of 0.69% and an annualized ROE of 7.34%.
6  For the three months ended March 31, 2018, excluding accretion of purchased loan discounts and amortization of core deposit intangibles, net of tax, would result in an annualized ROA of 0.55% and an annualized ROE of 8.07%.

        
(*)        
Reconciliation of GAAP to non-GAAP (Dollars in Thousands, except share and per share data): 3/31/1912/31/189/30/186/30/183/31/18
Shareholders’ equity (GAAP)$67,378 $50,261 $48,954 $48,201 $29,379 
Less:  Goodwill 5,355  -  -  -  - 
Less:  Core deposit intangible 3,039  40  47  56  64 
Tangible Common Equity (non-GAAP) 58,984  50,221  48,907  48,145  29,315 
Common Shares Outstanding 9,296,977  7,156,987  7,156,987  7,156,987  4,660,987 
Tangible Book Value per Common Share (non-GAAP)$6.34 $7.02 $6.83 $6.73 $6.29 


1 Note from Page 2  
Dollars in Thousands  
Reconciliation of GAAP to non-GAAP:   1Q19     1Q18 
Net income (loss)$337  $581 
Less:  Accretion of purchased loan discounts (117)  (2)
Add:  Accretion of purchased time deposit discounts 12   - 
Add:  Amortization of core deposit intangibles 161   9 
Add:  Merger expenses 1,722   - 
Tax effect of adjustments (405)  (1)
Adjusted net income$1,710  $587 
   
Average diluted shares 9,361,612   4,764,274 
Adjusted diluted earnings per share$0.18  $0.12 
   
Average assets$607,689  $430,727 
Adjusted return on assets (annualized) 1.14%  0.55%
   
Average equity$66,593  $29,475 
Adjusted return on equity (annualized) 10.41%  8.07%
   
Net interest income$5,658  $3,767 
Less:  Accretion of purchased loan discounts (117)  (1)
Add:  Accretion of purchased time deposit discounts 12   - 
Adjusted net interest income$5,553  $3,766 
Average earning assets 561,608   402,918 
Adjusted net interest margin (annualized) 4.01%  3.79%
   
Noninterest expenses$5,791  $3,096 
Less: Amortization of core deposit intangibles (161)  - 
Less:  Merger expenses (1,722)   (9)
Adjusted noninterest expenses (a) 3,908   3,087 
   
   
Adjusted net interest income (see above) 5,553   3,766 
Noninterest income 620   330 
Adjusted net revenues (b) 6,173   4,096 
Adjusted efficiency ratio = (a) / (b) 63%  75%
        

Contact:
Jerry L. Ocheltree
President and CEO
Carolina Trust BancShares, Inc.
(704) 735-1104