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StellarOne Corporation Reports Third Quarter Earnings and Increases Quarterly Dividend Rate

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va., Oct. 25, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- StellarOne Corporation (Nasdaq: STEL) ("StellarOne"), today reported third quarter 2012 net income available to common shareholders of $5.6 million, or $0.24 net income per diluted common share. This represents a 41.7% increase over net income available to common shareholders of $3.9 million or $0.17 per diluted common share recognized during the same quarter in the prior year.

For the first nine months of 2012, StellarOne reported net income available to common shareholders of $15.9 million, an increase of 65.5% compared to the first nine months of last year. Earnings per diluted common share totaled $0.69 for the first nine months of 2012, an increase of 64.3% compared to 2011.

"We are pleased with our steady progress this quarter, with notable improvement in operating efficiency and credit costs, and a significantly larger earnings contribution from our mortgage line of business. While we had loan growth this quarter, it continues to be a real challenge in this business environment," said O. R. Barham, Jr., President and Chief Executive Officer.

In light of the earnings improvement, StellarOne's Board of Directors has approved a quarterly cash dividend of $0.08 per share payable on November 27, 2012 to shareholders of record as of November 6, 2012. The payment represents a 33% increase over the previous quarterly dividend rate, a 100% increase over the dividend rate for the same quarter last year, and an annual yield to shareholders of approximately 2.5% based on the closing price of StellarOne stock on October 23, 2012.

Commenting on the dividend announcement, O. R. Barham, Jr., President and Chief Executive Officer, said, "We are pleased to increase the dividend in light of continuing improvements in earnings and the fact that we are one of the strongest capitalized institutions in the Commonwealth. We are committed to maintaining our history of a robust dividend payout, and believe that we can continue to increase the dividend in the coming quarters as supported by the continued improvement in our financial performance."

Third quarter financial performance highlights included:

  • Net revenues amounted to $33.0 million, up $987 thousand or 3.1% as compared to $32.0 million for third quarter last year.
  • Pre-tax, pre-provision earnings were $10.2 million, up $578 thousand or 6.0% over $9.6 million for the third quarter last year.
  • Nonperforming asset levels improved to $43.1 million, a decrease of $9.4 million or 17.9% from 2011, lowering the ratio of non-performing assets as a percentage of total assets to 1.46% as of September 30, 2012, compared to 1.77% as of September 30, 2011.
  • Annualized net charge-offs as a percentage of average loans receivable amounted to 0.42% for the third quarter of 2012, down from 0.56% for the second quarter of 2012 and down from 0.73% for same quarter last year.
  • Efficiency ratio was 67.94% for the quarter versus 69.01% for the same quarter last year.

Net Interest Margin Contracts Modestly

The net interest margin was 3.77% for the third quarter of 2012, compared to 3.84% for the second quarter of 2012 and 3.77% for the third quarter of 2011. The current low interest rate environment, market loan pricing pressures and the U.S. fiscal policy environment has accelerated asset yield compression, resulting in some margin compression. The average yield on earning assets for the current quarter decreased 12 basis points to 4.45% on a sequential basis. Investment yields and loan yields contracted 24 basis points and 10 basis points, respectively, on a sequential basis. Investment yields contracted due to lower yields realized on the recent investment activity in the current low rate environment. Loan yields contracted due to re-pricing within the current portfolio and reduced yields on new production. Due to lower rates paid on deposits, a 6 basis point improvement in the cost of interest bearing liabilities was noted sequentially, moving from 0.89% during the second quarter of 2012 to 0.83% during the third quarter of 2012. Higher earning assets offset the margin compression experienced during the quarter as net interest income on a tax-equivalent basis remained stable at $25.0 million for the third quarter of 2012, compared to $25.1 million for the third quarter last year and $24.9 million in the second quarter of 2012.

Operating Noninterest Income Increase Driven by Mortgage Revenues

On an operating basis, which excludes gains and losses from sales and impairments of securities and other assets, total non-interest income amounted to $8.7 million for the third quarter of 2012, up $499 thousand or 6.1% on a sequential basis compared to $8.2 million for the second quarter of 2012, and up $937 thousand or 12.1% compared to the third quarter last year. Both the sequential quarter and year over year increases in operating noninterest income stemmed largely from continued strong production volumes from our mortgage segment.

Mortgage banking-related fees totaled $2.3 million for the third quarter of 2012, or up $583 thousand or 33.3% compared to $1.8 million for the second quarter of 2012 and up $368 thousand or 18.7% when compared to the same quarter in 2011. The increase is primarily volume driven and not margin related as loans sold in the third quarter of 2012 totaled $70.8 million or up $15.8 million or 28.7% from the $55.0 million sold during the second quarter of 2012. The volume increase during the third quarter is attributable to our ability to capitalize on the market demand for mortgage refinancing driven by the low rate environment. In addition to this revenue increase, a sequential decrease in mortgage indemnification expense of $174 thousand contributed to a significant improvement in earnings contribution from the mortgage segment, with after-tax earnings of $588 thousand representing $0.03 per common diluted share.

Losses on foreclosed assets increased $162 thousand sequentially for the quarter, reflecting an increase in OREO balances as well as the impact of updated valuations on significant underlying properties, which necessitated valuation adjustments. Other operating income decreased $103 thousand during the quarter due to lower seasonal revenues from pass through insurance investments, which was offset by $411 thousand in commercial lending loan swap fee income booked to this line item for the quarter.

Retail banking fee income remained flat at $3.8 million for the third quarter of 2012, an increase of $32 thousand compared to the second quarter of 2012. The revenue mix from this line of business had a slight uptick in overdraft revenue with an offsetting decrease in interchange income.

Wealth management revenues from trust and brokerage fees for the third quarter of 2012 were $1.3 million or essentially flat on a sequential quarter basis and up $95 thousand or 7.9% when compared to the third quarter of 2011. The year over year increase is primarily due to higher fee realizations attributable to new asset growth and to a lesser extent increases in the market value of underlying assets. Fiduciary assets increased sequentially by $8.5 million or 1.9% amounting to $466.9 million at September 30, 2012, compared to $458.4 million at June 30, 2012. These increases were driven by both market value improvement and growth from new assets.

Net Charge-Offs Decrease and Overall Asset Quality Remains Stable

Non-performing assets totaled $43.1 million at September 30, 2012, up $583 thousand or 1.4% sequentially from $42.5 million at June 30, 2012 and down $9.4 million or 17.9% compared to $52.5 million at September 30, 2011. The ratio of non-performing assets as a percentage of total assets remained stable sequentially at 1.46% as of September 30, 2012, compared to 1.43% as of June 30, 2012 and was down compared to 1.77% at September 30, 2011.

Net charge-offs for the third quarter of 2012 totaled $2.2 million, down $691 thousand or 24.1% compared to the $2.9 million for the second quarter of 2012 and down $1.6 million or 42.1% when compared to $3.8 million for the third quarter of 2011. Annualized net charge-offs as a percentage of average loans receivable amounted to 0.42% for the third quarter of 2012, down from 0.56% for the second quarter of 2012 and down from 0.73% for the third quarter of 2011.

Foreclosed assets totaled $7.9 million at September 30, 2012, up $893 thousand or 12.7% compared to $7.0 million at June 30, 2012 and down $1.1 million or 12.2% compared to $9.0 million at September 30, 2011.

Included in the loan portfolio at September 30, 2012, are loans classified as troubled debt restructurings ("TDRs") totaling $27.6 million or 1.4% of total loans. TDRs were reduced sequentially by 7.2% or $2.1 million as compared to $29.8 million at June 30, 2012. At September 30, 2012, $25.0 million or 90.5% of total TDRs were performing under the modified terms.

StellarOne recorded a provision for loan losses of $1.9 million for the third quarter of 2012, an increase of $500 thousand compared to the $1.4 million recognized for the second quarter of 2012 and a decrease of $1.4 million compared to the third quarter of 2011. The decreased provisioning in the first three quarters of 2012 is reflective of the continued improvement in underlying credit quality metrics used in measuring the risk inherent in the loan portfolio. The allowance as a percentage of non-performing loans was 84.9% at September 30, 2012, or essentially unchanged from 85.0% at June 30, 2012. The third quarter 2012 provision compares to net charge-offs of $2.2 million, resulting in an allowance for loan losses of $29.9 million at September 30, 2012, a decrease of $282 thousand when compared to $30.1 million at June 30, 2012. The allowance as a percentage of total loans was 1.45% at September 30, 2012, compared to 1.48% at June 30, 2012. 

Operating Expenses

Noninterest expenses were $23.6 million for the third quarter of 2012, down sequentially by $734 thousand or 3.0% compared to $24.3 million in the second quarter of 2012, and up $336 thousand or 1.4% compared to third quarter of 2011.

The sequential quarter decrease in noninterest expense was driven primarily by a previously disclosed one-time severance charge taken during the second quarter in conjunction with phase one of our cost save initiative. Our core compensation and benefits run rate, which excludes mortgage commissions, severance payments, and corporate incentives decreased $260 thousand or 2.2% sequentially from $11.9 million to $11.7 million. As previously disclosed, some of the savings associated with phase one of our cost save initiative have been redeployed to organic growth initiatives in Charlottesville, Richmond and Hampton Roads. Compensation and benefits related to our new offices amounted to $215 thousand for the quarter.

Compensation and benefits increased $245 thousand when compared to the same period in the prior year. This increase was caused by increased mortgage commission and production incentives totaling $391 thousand and increased medical premiums of $262 thousand, which were offset by a decrease in salaries of $405 thousand. During the first nine months of 2012, FTE's were reduced by 65 to 746 FTE at September 30, 2012. This includes both the FTE's eliminated during phase one of our cost initiative, which was effective July 2, 2012 and purposeful reductions managed through attrition and branch closings. Marketing expenses remained elevated sequentially and were associated with the grand opening of two new retail locations in Richmond and Tidewater. Professional fees decreased $296 thousand sequentially due primarily to lower legal fees associated with employment matters and loan workouts, while fees for consulting services related to CEO succession planning and phase two of our efficiency initiative continued throughout the third quarter.

The efficiency ratio was 67.94% for the third quarter of 2012, compared to 71.72% for the second quarter of 2012 and 69.01% for the same quarter in 2011. The sequential quarter decrease in the efficiency ratio reflects the absence of the $824 thousand one-time charge associated with severance costs incurred during the second quarter along with improved noninterest income revenues. The year over year decrease is a result of increased revenues from noninterest income.

Phase two of our efficiency initiative is well underway, which contains strategies to enhance revenues and streamline processes in order to achieve further improvement in efficiency and effectiveness. Phase three of the initiative has begun and will serve to align our real estate holdings and associated expense structure with our current and future needs. We view these as longer-term commitments which will facilitate some immediate enhancements while other strategies implemented will be realized over a twelve to eighteen month horizon.

Effective Tax Rate

The provision for income taxes was $2.0 million for the third quarter of 2012 compared to $1.8 million for the second quarter of 2012. This produced an effective tax rate for the third quarter of 2012 of 26.0% compared to 26.6% for the prior quarter. The decrease in the current quarter's effective tax rate was due to an adjustment increasing our estimated realization of pass through tax credits anticipated to be utilized during 2012. For the first nine months of 2012 the effective rate was 26.8%, which is slightly higher than 26.3%, which represents our anticipated effective rate for the remainder of 2012.

Capital Ratios

Risk-based capital ratios continue to substantially exceed published regulatory standards for well-capitalized banks. The period-end tangible common equity ratio was 10.90% at September 30, 2012 compared to 10.60% at June 30, 2012. Tier 1 risk-based and total risk-based capital ratios were 15.65% and 16.90%, respectively, at September 30, 2012 compared to 15.53% and 16.78% at June 30, 2012. Shareholders' equity represented 14.5% of total assets at September 30, 2012, while book value per common share was $18.71 per share.

Balance Sheet Trends

Period end loans increased $17.9 million, sequentially or 0.9% to the second quarter of 2012, while average loans for the third quarter of 2012 were $2.07 billion, up $15.4 million or 0.8% compared to the second quarter of 2012.  Period end commercial real estate loans grew sequentially by $36.6 million or 4.2%. While loan contraction has stabilized during 2012, soft demand, pricing competition for quality loans and increased curtailments continue to be obstacles we face while continuing our focus on growing the loan portfolio. Average securities were $548.3 million for the third quarter, up $37.1 million or 7.2% from $511.3 million for the second quarter of 2012. Average deposits for the third quarter of 2012 were $2.44 billion or up $29.6 million or 1.2% on a sequential quarter basis compared to the second quarter of 2012. Average interest and noninterest bearing demand deposit accounts were $947.1 million at September 30, 2012, a $14.7 million or 1.6% increase over June 30, 2012. At September 30, 2012, total period end assets were $2.96 billion, compared to $2.98 billion at June 30, 2012. Period end cash and cash equivalents were $54.9 million at September 30, 2012, a decrease of $18.6 million or 25.3% compared to $73.5 million at June 30, 2012. 

About StellarOne

StellarOne Corporation is a traditional community bank, offering a full range of business and consumer banking services, including trust and wealth management services. Through the activities of our sole subsidiary, StellarOne Bank, we operate over 50 full-service financial centers, two loan production offices, and over 60 ATMs serving the New River Valley, Roanoke Valley, Shenandoah Valley, and Central and North Central Virginia.

Earnings Webcast

To hear a live webcast of StellarOne's third quarter 2012 earnings conference call at 10:00 a.m. (EDT) on Thursday, October 25, 2012, please visit our website at www.StellarOne.com and click on the Investor Relations section for detailed instructions on how to participate. Replays of the conference call will be available from 1:00 p.m. (EDT) on Thursday, October 25, 2012 through 11:59 PM (EDT) on Thursday, November 1, 2012, by dialing toll free (855) 859 2056 and using passcode #37746949.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

This report refers to the efficiency ratio, which is computed by calculating noninterest expense less amortization of intangibles and goodwill impairments and dividing this by the sum of net interest income on a tax equivalent basis and non-interest income excluding gains on securities and losses on foreclosed assets. The report also refers to operating noninterest income, which reflects noninterest income adjusted for non-recurring expenses associated with asset gains and losses or expenses that are unusual in nature. Comparison of our efficiency ratio and operating earnings with those of other companies may not be possible because other companies may calculate them differently. Pre-tax, pre-provision earnings, which adjusts for tax equivalent items and adds back provision and tax expense to net income, is used to demonstrate a more representative comparison of operational performance without the volatility of credit quality that is typically present in times of economic stress. The tangible common equity ratio is used by management to assess the quality of capital and management believes that investors may find it useful in their analysis of the company. This capital measure is not necessarily comparable to similar capital measures that may be presented by other companies. Such information is not in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles in the United States ("GAAP") and should not be construed as such. These are non-GAAP financial measures that management believes provide investors with important information regarding operational efficiency. Management believes such financial information is meaningful to the reader in understanding operating performance, but cautions that such information should not be viewed as a substitute for GAAP. StellarOne, in referring to its net income, is referring to income under GAAP.

Forward-Looking Statements

In addition to historical information, this press release contains forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements are subject to certain risks and uncertainties, which could cause actual results to differ materially from historical results, or those anticipated. When we use words such as "believes," "expects," "anticipates" or similar expressions, we are making forward-looking statements. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which reflect management's analysis only as of the date thereof. StellarOne wishes to caution the reader that factors, such as those listed below, in some cases have affected and could affect StellarOne's actual results, causing actual results to differ materially from those in any forward-looking statement. These factors include: (i) expected cost savings from StellarOne's acquisitions and dispositions, (ii) competitive pressure in the banking industry or in StellarOne's markets may increase significantly, (iii) changes in the interest rate environment may reduce margins, (iv) general economic conditions, either nationally or regionally, may be less favorable than expected, resulting in, among other things, credit quality deterioration, (v) changes may occur in banking legislation and regulation, (vi) changes may occur in general business conditions, and (vii) changes may occur in the securities markets, Please refer to StellarOne's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission for additional information, which may be accessed at www.StellarOne.com.

NOTE: Risk-based capital ratios are preliminary.

     
STELLARONE CORPORATION (NASDAQ: STEL)    
SELECTED FINANCIAL DATA (UNAUDITED)    
(Dollars in thousands, except per share data)    
         
         
SUMMARY INCOME STATEMENT Three Months Ended September 30, Nine Months Ended September 30,
  2012 2011 2012 2011
Interest income - taxable equivalent  $ 29,586  $ 31,210  $ 88,960  $ 93,378
Interest expense  4,544  6,151  14,361  18,919
Net interest income - taxable equivalent  25,042  25,059  74,599  74,459
Less: taxable equivalent adjustment  743  816  2,225  2,310
Net interest income  24,299  24,243  72,374  72,149
Provision for loan and lease losses  1,900  3,300  4,150  10,950
Net interest income after provision for loan and lease losses  22,399  20,943  68,224  61,199
Noninterest income  8,707  7,776  24,926  22,792
Noninterest expense  23,594  23,258  71,375  69,839
Income tax expense  1,952  1,242  5,833  3,036
Net income  5,560  4,219  15,942  11,116
Dividends and accretion on preferred stock  --   (296)  --   (1,482)
Net income available to common shareholders  $ 5,560  $ 3,923  $ 15,942  $ 9,634
         
Earnings per share available to common shareholders      
Basic  $ 0.24  $ 0.17  $ 0.69  $ 0.42
Diluted  $ 0.24  $ 0.17  $ 0.69  $ 0.42
         
SUMMARY AVERAGE BALANCE SHEET Three Months Ended September 30, Nine Months Ended September 30,
  2012 2011 2012 2011
Total loans  $ 2,066,911  $ 2,064,789  $ 2,057,773  $ 2,084,621
Total investment securities  548,345  446,323  507,109  403,175
Total earning assets  2,643,968  2,638,763  2,610,999  2,613,205
Total assets  2,973,511  2,953,313  2,936,311  2,927,458
Total deposits  2,438,057  2,419,559  2,406,920  2,389,024
Shareholders' equity  424,686  429,676  420,811  427,570
         
PERFORMANCE RATIOS Three Months Ended September 30, Nine Months Ended September 30,
  2012 2011 2012 2011
Return on average assets 0.74% 0.57% 0.73% 0.51%
Return on average equity 5.21% 3.90% 5.06% 3.48%
Return on average realized equity (A) 5.34% 3.95% 5.27% 3.52%
Net interest margin (taxable equivalent) 3.77% 3.77% 3.82% 3.81%
Efficiency (taxable equivalent) (B) 67.94% 69.01% 69.80% 69.88%
         
CAPITAL MANAGEMENT September 30,  
  2012 2011    
Tier 1 risk-based capital ratio 15.65% 16.26%    
Tangible equity ratio 10.90% 11.05%    
Tangible common equity ratio 10.90% 10.25%    
Period end shares issued and outstanding  22,881,857  22,815,936    
Book value per common share  18.71  18.02    
Tangible book value per common share  13.54  12.80    
         
  Three Months Ended September 30, Nine Months Ended September 30,
  2012 2011 2012 2011
Shares issued (cancelled)  (8,278)  15,535  78,753  40,203
Average common shares issued and outstanding  23,104,631  22,869,271  23,086,118  22,853,560
Average diluted common shares issued and outstanding  23,105,549  22,869,498  23,086,465  22,856,406
Cash dividends paid per common share  $ 0.06  $ 0.04  $ 0.18  $ 0.12
         
SUMMARY ENDING BALANCE SHEET September 30,  
  2012 2011    
Total loans  $ 2,055,099  $ 2,027,081    
Total investment securities  557,138  480,787    
Total earning assets  2,647,905  2,661,419    
Total assets  2,959,846  2,957,841    
Total deposits  2,421,735  2,417,988    
Shareholders' equity  428,077  432,865    
         
OTHER DATA        
End of period full-time equivalent employees 746 819    
         
NOTES:         
(A) Excludes the effect on average stockholders' equity of unrealized gains (losses) that result from changes in market values of securities and other comprehensive pension expense.
(B) Comparison of our efficiency ratio with those of other companies may not be possible, because other companies may calculate the efficiency ratio differently. See Non-GAAP reconciliation for detail.
         
 
STELLARONE CORPORATION (NASDAQ: STEL)
QUARTERLY PERFORMANCE SUMMARY (UNAUDITED)
(Dollars in thousands)
           
CREDIT QUALITY Three Months Ended September 30,   Nine Months Ended September 30,
  2012 2011   2012 2011
Allowance for loan losses:          
Beginning of period  $ 30,142  $ 35,736    $ 32,588  $ 37,649
Provision for loan losses  1,900  3,300    4,150  10,950
Charge-offs  (2,733)  (4,085)    (8,528)  (14,883)
Recoveries  551  317    1,650  1,552
Net charge-offs  (2,182)  (3,768)    (6,878)  (13,331)
End of period  $ 29,860  $ 35,268    $ 29,860  $ 35,268
           
Accruing Troubled Debt Restructurings  $ 25,003  $ 32,293      
           
Loans greater than 90 days past due still accruing  $ 2  $ 566      
           
  September 30,      
  2012 2011      
Non accrual loans  $ 32,544  $ 35,025      
Non accrual TDR's  2,628  8,445      
Total non-performing loans  35,172  43,470      
Foreclosed assets  7,907  9,009      
Total non-performing assets  $ 43,079  $ 52,479      
Nonperforming assets as a % of total assets 1.46% 1.77%      
Nonperforming assets as a % of loans plus foreclosed assets 2.09% 2.58%      
Allowance for loan losses as a % of total loans 1.45% 1.74%      
Annualized net charge-offs as a % of average loans outstanding - 3 months 0.42% 0.73%      
Annualized net charge-offs as a % of average loans outstanding - year to date 0.45% 0.85%      
           
  September 30, 2012    
 

Loans
Outstanding


Nonaccrual
Loans
Nonaccrual
Loans to
Loans
Outstanding
   
Construction and land development:          
Commercial  $ 136,611  $ 8,151 5.97%    
Residential  52,257  1,257 2.41%    
Total construction and land development  188,868  9,408 4.98%    
Commercial real estate:          
Commercial real estate - owner occupied  291,442  4,267 1.46%    
Commercial real estate - non-owner occupied  510,319  1,920 0.38%    
Farmland  11,314  466 4.12%    
Multifamily, nonresidential and junior liens  100,249  4,751 4.74%    
Total commercial real estate  913,324  11,404 1.25%    
Consumer real estate:          
Home equity lines  253,446  3,006 1.19%    
Secured by 1-4 family residential, secured by first deeds of trust  448,759  10,586 2.36%    
Secured by 1-4 family residential, secured by second deeds of trust  36,259  120 0.33%    
Total consumer real estate  738,464  13,712 1.86%    
Commercial and industrial loans (except those secured by real estate)  185,041  625 0.34%    
Consumer and other:          
Consumer installment loans  25,595  12 0.05%    
Deposit overdrafts  2,194  --  0.00%    
All other loans   1,613  11 0.68%    
Total consumer and other  29,402  23 0.08%    
Total loans  $ 2,055,099  $ 35,172 1.71%    
 
STELLARONE CORPORATION (NASDAQ: STEL)
QUARTERLY PERFORMANCE SUMMARY (UNAUDITED)
(Dollars in thousands, except per share data)
       
      Percent
      Increase
SELECTED BALANCE SHEET DATA 9/30/2012 9/30/2011 (Decrease)
       
Assets      
Cash and cash equivalents  $ 54,857  $ 157,587 -65.19%
Investment securities, at fair value  557,138  480,787 15.88%
Mortgage loans held for sale  26,006  34,032 -23.58%
       
Loans:      
Construction and land development  188,868  212,010 -10.92%
Commercial real estate  913,324  852,886 7.09%
Consumer real estate  738,464  759,425 -2.76%
Commercial and industrial loans (except those secured by real estate)  185,041  177,678 4.14%
Consumer and other  29,402  25,082 17.22%
Total loans  2,055,099  2,027,081 1.38%
Deferred loan costs  (191)  457 > 100%
Allowance for loan losses  (29,860)  (35,268) -15.33%
Net loans  2,025,048  1,992,270 1.65%
       
Premises and equipment, net  72,195  75,307 -4.13%
Core deposit intangibles, net  3,773  5,424 -30.44%
Goodwill  113,652  113,652 0.00%
Bank owned life insurance  43,736  32,085 36.31%
Foreclosed assets  7,907  9,009 -12.23%
Other assets  55,534  57,688 -3.73%
       
Total assets  2,959,846  2,957,841 0.07%
       
Liabilities      
Deposits:      
Noninterest bearing deposits  349,099  314,880 10.87%
Money market & interest checking  1,030,434  1,016,113 1.41%
Savings  317,077  286,882 10.53%
CD's and other time deposits  725,125  800,113 -9.37%
Total deposits  2,421,735  2,417,988 0.15%
       
Federal funds purchased and securities sold under agreements to repurchase  870  1,042 -16.51%
Federal Home Loan Bank advances  55,000  60,000 -8.33%
Subordinated debt  32,991  32,991 0.00%
Deferred income tax liability  4,012  1,604 > 100%
Other liabilities  17,161  11,351 51.18%
       
Total liabilities  2,531,769  2,524,976 0.27%
       
Stockholders' equity      
Preferred stock  --   21,798 -100.00%
Common stock  22,882  22,816 0.29%
Additional paid-in capital  271,537  270,846 0.26%
Retained earnings  122,726  108,065 13.57%
Accumulated other comprehensive income  10,932  9,340 17.04%
       
Total stockholders' equity  428,077  432,865 -1.11%
       
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity  $ 2,959,846  $ 2,957,841 0.07%
 
 
STELLARONE CORPORATION (NASDAQ: STEL)
QUARTERLY PERFORMANCE SUMMARY (UNAUDITED)
(Dollars in thousands)
      Percent
  For the three months ended Increase
  9/30/2012 9/30/2011 (Decrease)
Interest Income      
Loans, including fees  $ 25,812  $ 27,018 -4.46%
Federal funds sold and deposits in other banks  24  78 -69.23%
Investment securities:      
Taxable  1,725  1,829 -5.69%
Tax-exempt  1,282  1,469 -12.73%
Total interest income  28,843  30,394 -5.10%
       
Interest Expense      
Deposits  3,779  5,357 -29.46%
Federal funds purchased and securities sold under agreements to repurchase  8  8 0.00%
Federal Home Loan Bank advances   413  523 -21.03%
Subordinated debt  344  263 30.80%
       
Total interest expense  4,544  6,151 -26.13%
       
Net interest income  24,299  24,243 0.23%
Provision for loan losses  1,900  3,300 -42.42%
Net interest income after provision for loan losses  22,399  20,943 6.95%
       
Noninterest Income      
Retail banking fees  3,844  4,019 -4.35%
Commissions and fees from fiduciary activities  901  821 9.74%
Brokerage fee income  389  374 4.01%
Mortgage banking-related fees  2,335  1,967 18.71%
(Losses) gains on mortgage indemnifications and repurchases  (28)  31 > 100%
Gains (losses) on sale of premises and equipment  17  (9) > 100%
Gains on securities available for sale  9  41 -78.05%
Losses on sale / impairments of foreclosed assets  (381)  (311) 22.51%
Income from bank owned life insurance  445  327 36.09%
Other operating income  1,176  516 > 100%
Total noninterest income  8,707  7,776 11.97%
       
Noninterest Expense      
Compensation and employee benefits  12,772  12,527 1.96%
Net occupancy   2,223  2,104 5.66%
Equipment   1,885  2,018 -6.59%
Amortization-intangible assets  413  413 0.00%
Marketing  376  153 > 100%
State franchise taxes  564  596 -5.37%
FDIC insurance   490  590 -16.95%
Data processing  765  729 4.94%
Professional fees  587  641 -8.42%
Telecommunications  420  406 3.45%
Other operating expenses  3,099  3,081 0.58%
Total noninterest expense  23,594  23,258 1.44%
       
Income before income taxes  7,512  5,461 37.56%
Income tax expense  1,952  1,242 57.17%
Net income  $ 5,560  $ 4,219 31.78%
 
 
STELLARONE CORPORATION (NASDAQ: STEL)
QUARTERLY PERFORMANCE SUMMARY
(Dollars in thousands)
      Percent
  For the nine months ended Increase
  9/30/2012 9/30/2011 (Decrease)
Interest Income      
Loans, including fees  $ 77,705  $ 81,365 -4.50%
Federal funds sold and deposits in other banks  90  211 -57.35%
Investment securities:      
Taxable  5,054  5,373 -5.94%
Tax-exempt  3,886  4,119 -5.66%
Total interest income  86,735  91,068 -4.76%
       
Interest Expense      
Deposits  12,053  16,424 -26.61%
Federal funds purchased and securities sold under agreements to repurchase  20  24 -16.67%
Federal Home Loan Bank advances   1,260  1,681 -25.04%
Subordinated debt  1,028  790 30.13%
       
Total interest expense  14,361  18,919 -24.09%
       
Net interest income  72,374  72,149 0.31%
Provision for loan losses  4,150  10,950 -62.10%
Net interest income after provision for loan losses  68,224  61,199 11.48%
       
Noninterest Income      
Retail banking fees  11,450  11,415 0.31%
Commissions and fees from fiduciary activities  2,702  2,572 5.05%
Brokerage fee income  1,254  1,315 -4.64%
Mortgage banking-related fees  6,272  5,563 12.74%
Losses on mortgage indemnifications and repurchases  (584)  (232) >100%
Gains (losses) on sale of premises and equipment  10  (6) >100%
Gains on securities available for sale  88  62 41.94%
Losses on sale / impairments of foreclosed assets  (1,051)  (981) 7.14%
Income from bank owned life insurance  1,323  969 36.53%
Other operating income  3,462  2,115 63.69%
Total noninterest income  24,926  22,792 9.36%
       
Noninterest Expense      
Compensation and employee benefits  38,728  37,186 4.15%
Net occupancy   6,382  6,154 3.70%
Equipment   6,255  6,202 0.85%
Amortization-intangible assets  1,238  1,238 0.00%
Marketing  1,004  737 36.23%
State franchise taxes  1,691  1,788 -5.43%
FDIC insurance   1,673  2,108 -20.64%
Data processing  2,142  2,029 5.57%
Professional fees  2,152  1,873 14.90%
Telecommunications  1,256  1,221 2.87%
Other operating expenses  8,854  9,303 -4.83%
Total noninterest expense  71,375  69,839 2.20%
       
Income before income taxes  21,775  14,152 53.87%
Income tax expense  5,833  3,036 92.13%
Net income  $ 15,942  $ 11,116 43.41%
 
 
STELLARONE CORPORATION (NASDAQ: STEL)
CONSOLIDATED AVERAGE BALANCES, YIELDS AND RATES (UNAUDITED)
THREE MONTHS ENDED SEPTEMBER 30, 2012 AND 2011
(Dollars in thousands)
             
  For the Three Months Ended September 30,
  2012 2011
  Average Interest Average Average Interest Average
Dollars in thousands Balance Inc/Exp Rates Balance Inc/Exp Rates
             
Assets            
Loans receivable, net (1)  $ 2,066,911  $ 25,865 4.98%  $ 2,064,789  $ 27,044 5.20%
Investment securities            
Taxable  414,806  1,725 1.63%  292,359  1,829 2.45%
Tax exempt (1)  133,539  1,972 5.78%  153,964  2,260 5.74%
Total investments  548,345  3,697 2.64%  446,323  4,089 3.58%
             
Federal funds sold and deposits in other banks  28,712  24 0.33%  127,651  77 0.24%
   577,057  3,721 2.53%  573,974  4,166 2.84%
             
Total earning assets  2,643,968  $ 29,586 4.45%  2,638,763  $ 31,210 4.69%
             
Total nonearning assets  329,543      314,550    
             
Total assets  $ 2,973,511      $ 2,953,313    
             
Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity            
Interest-bearing deposits            
 Interest checking  $ 604,102  $ 309 0.20%  $ 573,871  $ 538 0.37%
 Money market  437,761  506 0.46%  445,187  970 0.86%
 Savings  316,922  219 0.27%  280,640  423 0.60%
 Time deposits:            
  Less than $100,000  484,365  1,699 1.40%  537,180  2,185 1.61%
 $100,000 and more  251,863  1,046 1.65%  267,116  1,241 1.84%
Total interest-bearing deposits  2,095,013  3,779 0.72%  2,103,994  5,357 1.01%
             
Federal funds purchased and securities sold under agreements to repurchase  1,920  8 1.55%  1,075  8 2.91%
Federal Home Loan Bank advances  55,000  413 2.94%  60,000  523 3.41%
Subordinated debt  32,991  344 4.09%  32,991  263 3.12%
             
   89,911  765 3.33%  94,066  794 3.30%
             
 Total interest-bearing liabilities  2,184,924   4,544 0.83%  2,198,060  6,151 1.11%
             
 Total noninterest-bearing liabilities  363,901      325,577    
             
Total liabilities  2,548,825      2,523,637    
Stockholders' equity  424,686      429,676    
             
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity  $ 2,973,511      $ 2,953,313    
             
             
Net interest income (tax equivalent)    $ 25,042      $ 25,059  
 Average interest rate spread     3.62%     3.58%
 Interest expense as percentage of average earning assets     0.68%     0.92%
 Net interest margin     3.77%     3.77%
             
(1) Income and yields are reported on a taxable equivalent basis using a 35% tax rate.
 
 
STELLARONE CORPORATION (NASDAQ: STEL)
CONSOLIDATED AVERAGE BALANCES, YIELDS AND RATES (UNAUDITED)
NINE MONTHS ENDED SEPTEMBER 30, 2012 AND 2011
(Dollars in thousands)
             
  For the Nine Months Ended September 30,
  2012 2011
  Average Interest Average Average Interest Average
Dollars in thousands Balance Inc/Exp Rates Balance Inc/Exp Rates
             
Assets            
Loans receivable, net (1)  $ 2,057,773  $ 77,836 5.05%  $ 2,084,621  $ 81,457 5.22%
Investment securities            
Taxable  370,541  5,054 1.79%  260,266  5,373 2.72%
Tax exempt (1)  136,568  5,980 5.75%  142,909  6,337 5.85%
Total investments  507,109  11,034 2.86%  403,175  11,710 3.83%
             
Federal funds sold and deposits in other banks  46,117  90 0.26%  125,409  211 0.22%
   553,226  11,124 2.64%  528,584  11,921 2.97%
             
Total earning assets  2,610,999  $ 88,960 4.55%  2,613,205  $ 93,378 4.78%
             
Total nonearning assets  325,312      314,253    
             
Total assets  $ 2,936,311      $ 2,927,458    
             
Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity            
Interest-bearing deposits            
 Interest checking  $ 593,817  $ 1,101 0.25%  $ 567,188  $ 1,601 0.38%
 Money market  421,755  1,551 0.49%  430,565  3,064 0.95%
 Savings  307,840  800 0.35%  275,404  1,306 0.63%
 Time deposits:            
 Less than $100,000  495,902  5,381 1.45%  539,790  6,710 1.66%
 $100,000 and more  255,595  3,220 1.68%  265,587  3,743 1.88%
Total interest-bearing deposits  2,074,909  12,053 0.78%  2,078,534  16,424 1.06%
             
Federal funds purchased and securities sold under agreements to repurchase  1,209  20 2.17%  1,091  24 2.95%
Federal Home Loan Bank advances  55,785   1,260 2.97%  66,593  1,681 3.33%
Subordinated debt  32,991  1,028 4.09%  32,991  790 3.16%
             
   89,985  2,308 3.37%   100,675  2,495 3.27%
             
 Total interest-bearing liabilities  2,164,894  14,361 0.89%  2,179,209  18,919 1.16%
             
 Total noninterest-bearing liabilities   350,606      320,679    
             
Total liabilities  2,515,500      2,499,888    
Stockholders' equity  420,811      427,570    
             
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity  $  2,936,311      $ 2,927,458    
             
             
Net interest income (tax equivalent)    $ 74,599      $ 74,459  
 Average interest rate spread     3.66%     3.62%
 Interest expense as percentage of average earning assets     0.73%     0.97%
 Net interest margin     3.82%     3.81%
             
(1) Income and yields are reported on a taxable equivalent basis using a 35% tax rate.
 
 
STELLARONE CORPORATION (NASDAQ: STEL)
FINANCIAL INFORMATION - FOUR QUARTER TREND (UNAUDITED)
(Dollars in thousands, except per share data)
         
  2012 2011
  Quarter Ended
  September 30, June 30, March 31, December 31,
         
Interest income  $ 28,843  $ 28,934  $ 28,958  $ 29,793
Interest expense  4,544  4,754  5,062  5,520
Net interest income  24,299  24,180  23,896  24,273
Provision for loan losses   1,900  1,400  850  1,750
Total net interest income after provision  22,399  22,780  23,046  22,523
Non interest income  8,707  8,197  8,125  8,259
Non interest expense  23,594  24,328  23,557  24,445
Income before income taxes  7,512  6,649  7,614  6,337
Income tax expense  1,952  1,768  2,114  1,568
Net income  $ 5,560  $ 4,881  $ 5,500  $ 4,769
Preferred stock dividends  --  --  --  (271)
Accretion of preferred stock discount  --  --  --  (702)
Net income available to common shareholders  $ 5,560  $ 4,881  $ 5,500  $ 3,796
Net income per share        
basic  $ 0.24  $ 0.21  $ 0.24  $ 0.17
diluted  $ 0.24  $  0.21  $ 0.24  $ 0.17
 
 
STELLARONE CORPORATION (NASDAQ: STEL)
SEGMENT INFORMATION (UNAUDITED)
(Dollars in thousands)
             
At and for the Three Months Ended September 30, 2012
             
  Commercial Mortgage Wealth   Intersegment  
  Bank Banking Management Other Elimination Consolidated
Net interest income  $ 24,482  $  161  $ --  $ (344)  $ --  $ 24,299
Provision for loan losses  1,900  --  --   --  --  1,900
Noninterest income  6,242  2,426  1,290  27  (1,278)   8,707
Noninterest expense  21,772  1,747  1,059  294  (1,278)  23,594
Provision for income taxes   1,848  252  69  (217)  --  1,952
Net income (loss)  $ 5,204  $ 588  $ 162  $ (394)  $ --  $ 5,560
             
Total Assets  $ 2,925,559  $ 26,309  $ 636  $ 466,591  $ (459,249)  $  2,959,846
Average Assets  $ 2,945,031  $ 20,368  $ 617  $ 462,947  $ (455,452)  $ 2,973,511
             
At and for the Three Months Ended September 30, 2011
             
  Commercial Mortgage Wealth   Intersegment  
  Bank Banking Management Other Elimination Consolidated
Net interest income  $ 24,323  $  183  $ --  $ (263)  $ --  $ 24,243
Provision for loan losses  3,300  --  --   --  --  3,300
Noninterest income  5,711  2,035  1,195  28  (1,193)   7,776
Noninterest expense  21,162  1,909  1,040  340  (1,193)  23,258
Provision for income taxes   1,309  93  47  (207)  --  1,242
Net income (loss)  $ 4,263  $ 216  $ 108  $ (368)  $ --  $ 4,219
             
Total Assets  $ 2,915,016  $ 35,167  $ 451  $ 469,579  $ (462,372)  $  2,957,841
Average Assets  $ 2,922,570  $ 22,524  $ 494  $ 466,416  $ (458,691)  $ 2,953,313
             
At and for the Nine Months Ended September 30, 2012
             
  Commercial Mortgage Wealth   Intersegment  
  Bank Banking Management Other Elimination Consolidated
Net interest income  $ 72,863  $ 538  $ --  $ (1,027)  $ --  $ 72,374
Provision for loan losses  4,150  --  --   --  --  4,150
Noninterest income  18,687  5,924  4,006  80  (3,771)  24,926
Noninterest expense  65,980  5,015  3,364  787  (3,771)  71,375
Provision for income taxes  5,828  434  192  (621)  --  5,833
Net income (loss)  $ 15,592  $ 1,013  $ 450  $ (1,113)  $ --  $ 15,942
             
Average Assets  $ 2,908,031  $ 20,585  $ 525  $ 458,776  $ (451,606)  $ 2,936,311
             
At and for the Nine Months Ended September 30, 2011
             
  Commercial Mortgage Wealth   Intersegment  
  Bank Banking Management Other Elimination Consolidated
Net interest income  $ 72,356  $ 583  $ --  $ (790)  $ --  $ 72,149
Provision for loan losses  10,950  --  --  --  --  10,950
Noninterest income  16,928  5,474  3,887   79  (3,576)  22,792
Noninterest expense  63,930  5,451  3,295  739  (3,576)  69,839
Provision for income taxes  3,202  182  178  (526)  --  3,036
Net income (loss)  $ 11,202  $  424  $ 414  $ (924)  $ --  $ 11,116
             
Average Assets  $ 2,897,661  $ 20,653  $ 540  $  464,177  $ (455,573)  $ 2,927,458
 
 
STELLARONE CORPORATION (NASDAQ: STEL)
NON-GAAP RECONCILIATION (UNAUDITED)
(Dollars in thousands)
           
  For the three months ended For the nine months ended
  September 30, 2012 June 30, 2012 September 30, 2011 September 30, 2012 September 30, 2011
Noninterest expense  $ 23,594  $  24,328  $ 23,258  $ 71,375  $ 69,839
Less:          
Amortization of intangible assets  413  413   413  1,238  1,238
Adjusted noninterest expense  23,181  23,915  22,845  70,137  68,601
           
Net interest income (tax equivalent)  25,042  24,935  25,059  74,599  74,459
Noninterest income   8,707  8,197  7,776  24,926  22,792
Less:          
Gains on sale of securities available for sale  9  7  41  88  62
Losses / impairments on foreclosed assets  (381)  (219)   (311)  (1,051)  (981)
Net revenues  $ 34,121  $ 33,344  $ 33,105  $ 100,488  $ 98,170
           
Efficiency ratio 67.94% 71.72% 69.01% 69.80% 69.88%
           
  For the three months ended For the nine months ended
  September 30, 2012 June 30, 2012 September 30, 2011 September 30, 2012 September 30, 2011
Noninterest income  $ 8,707  $ 8,197  $ 7,776  $ 24,926  $ 22,792
Less:          
Gains on securities available for sale  9  7  41  88  62
Gains (losses) on sale of premises and equipment  17  8  (9)  10  (6)
Operating earnings  $ 8,681  $ 8,182  $ 7,744  $ 24,828  $ 22,736
           
  For the three months ended For the nine months ended
  September 30, 2012 June 30, 2012 September 30, 2011 September 30, 2012 September 30, 2011
Net income  $ 5,560  $ 4,881  $ 4,219  $ 15,942  $ 11,116
Plus:          
Income tax expense  1,952  1,768  1,242  5,833  3,036
Provision for loan losses  1,900   1,400  3,300  4,150  10,950
Tax equivalent adjustment  743  755  816  2,225  2,310
Pre-tax pre-provision earnings  $ 10,155  $ 8,804  $ 9,577  $ 28,150  $ 27,412
           
   For the three months ended  
  September 30, 2012 June 30, 2012 September 30, 2011    
Total stockholders' equity  $ 428,077  $ 422,034  $ 432,865    
Less:          
Preferred stock  --   --   21,798    
Core deposit intangibles, net  3,773  4,186  5,424    
Goodwill  113,652  113,652  113,652    
Net other intangibles  886  984  1,282    
Tangible common equity  309,766  303,212  290,709    
           
Total assets  2,959,846  2,979,866  2,957,841    
Less:          
Core deposit intangibles, net  3,773  4,186  5,424    
Goodwill  113,652  113,652   113,652    
Net other intangibles  886  984  1,282    
Tangible assets  $ 2,841,535  $ 2,861,044  $ 2,837,483    
           
Tangible common equity ratio 10.90% 10.60% 10.25%    
CONTACT: Jeffrey W. Farrar Executive Vice President and CFO (434) 964-2217 jfarrar@stellarone.com
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