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United Security Bancshares, Inc. Reports First Quarter Results

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THOMASVILLE, Ala., April 29, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- United Security Bancshares, Inc. (Nasdaq: USBI) (the "Company") today reported net income of $0.3 million, or $0.05 per diluted share, for the quarter ended March 31, 2016.  The results represent a decrease of $0.02 per share compared to the prior quarter and a decrease of $0.08 per share compared to the first quarter of 2015. 

First Quarter Highlights

  • Loan growth - Net loans increased $8.5 million, or 13.3% on an annualized basis, compared to December 31, 2015.  The growth in loans was driven by increases at the Company's banking subsidiary, First US Bank ("FUSB" or the "Bank"), which grew net loans by $9.8 million.  This growth was partially offset by seasonal decreases at the Bank's finance company subsidiary, Acceptance Loan Company ("ALC"), of approximately $1.2 million.   
     
  • Asset quality improvement - Non-performing assets decreased by $0.5 million during the first quarter to $8.6 million as of March 31, 2016.  Non-performing assets as a percentage of total assets were reduced to 1.50% as of March 31, 2016, compared to 1.59% as of December 31, 2015 and 2.27% as of March 31, 2015. 
     
  • Branch expansion - During the first quarter, the Bank executed on initiatives to expand its presence in contiguous metropolitan markets by purchasing, for branch expansion, a parcel of land located along U.S. Highway 280 in the Birmingham, Alabama metropolitan area. It is expected that construction of a 40,000 square-foot office complex on the site will begin during the second quarter of 2016.  In addition to a retail branch, the office complex will house the Bank's Birmingham-based commercial lending team, as well as certain of the Bank's executive officers.  Approximately 25% of the square footage of the office complex will be utilized by the Bank, with the remainder to be leased to commercial tenants.  It is expected that the office complex will be operational by mid-2017.  Until the new branch becomes operational, the Birmingham commercial lending team will be housed at a newly-opened loan production office in Mountain Brook, Alabama.


"We are pleased to report a second consecutive quarter of loan growth, continued improvement in asset quality, and forward movement in expanding the Bank's presence in the Birmingham area" said James F. House, President and Chief Executive Officer of United Security Bancshares, Inc.  "The expansion of our presence in a larger metropolitan market is a significant milestone in our efforts to grow the Bank's commercial loan portfolio."    

"Although we have experienced solid growth in the Bank's loan portfolio during the last two quarters, earnings remain constrained. At both the Bank and ALC, management has focused intently over the past several years on problem asset resolution.  We have sacrificed some volume and yield as a result of these efforts; however, we believe that we have substantially improved the health of our balance sheet and are now well-positioned for growth at both entities.  We are also optimistic that the steps we have taken to open a new branch in Tuscaloosa during the fourth quarter of 2015, and now to expand our presence in Birmingham, will significantly enhance the Bank's opportunities to grow its commercial lending portfolio with high quality assets," continued Mr. House.  

Results of Operations

  • Pre-provision net interest income totaled $6.7 million in the first quarter of 2016, compared to $7.0 million in the prior quarter and $6.7 million in the first quarter of 2015.  The decrease compared to the prior quarter was primarily attributable to seasonal reductions in loan volume at ALC and, to a lesser extent, reduction in yield at both the Bank and ALC as management continued efforts to reduce exposure to loans with higher credit risk. 
     
  • The provision for loan losses totaled $0.2 million in the first quarter of 2016, compared to $0.4 million in the fourth quarter of 2015 and a negative provision (reduction in reserve) of $0.2 million in the first quarter of 2015.  The increases in loan loss provisions during the last two quarters have resulted primarily from growth in FUSB's loan portfolio.
     
  • Non-interest income totaled $1.0 million in the first quarter of 2016, compared to $1.2 million in the prior quarter and $1.3 million in the first quarter of 2015.  The decrease compared to both prior quarters resulted primarily from gains on sale or prepayment of securities that occurred in 2015 and that were not repeated in the first quarter of 2016. 
     
  • Non-interest expense totaled $7.1 million in the first quarter of 2016, remaining relatively consistent with the results in previous quarters, which totaled $7.2 million in the fourth quarter of 2015 and $7.0 million in the first quarter of 2015. 

Balance Sheet Management

  • Net loans increased to $264.0 million as of March 31, 2016, compared to $255.4 million as of December 31, 2015.  The loans were funded through the Bank's available cash balances.  In addition, the Bank funded the purchase of land in the Birmingham area, as discussed above, from available cash balances.  The purchase price totaled approximately $3.0 million.  Total cash and cash equivalents were reduced to $30.5 million as of March 31, 2016, compared to $44.1 million as of December 31, 2015.
     
  • Investment securities were maintained at consistent levels during the first quarter of 2016, totaling $231.5 million as of March 31, 2016, compared to $231.2 million as of December 31, 2015.  In addition, the Company held $3.0 million in federal funds sold as of March 31, 2016.  No amounts were held in federal funds sold as of December 31, 2015.  The investment securities portfolio and federal funds sold serve to both enhance interest income and provide additional sources of liquidity.
     
  • Deposit levels increased $6.2 million during the first quarter, totaling $485.5 million as of March 31, 2016, compared to $479.3 million as of December 31, 2015.  In addition to deposits, the Bank maintains significant external sources of liquidity, including access to funding through federal funds lines, Federal Home Loan Bank advances and brokered deposits. 
     
  • Shareholders' equity increased to $77.7 million, or $12.87 per common share, at March 31, 2016, compared to $76.3 million, or $12.65 per common share, at December 31, 2015.  The increase in shareholders' equity resulted from continued growth in retained earnings, increases in other comprehensive income related to changes in the fair value of investment securities available-for-sale, and the classification of accruals for deferred compensation in equity. 
     
  • The Bank maintained capital ratios at a higher level than the ratios required to be considered a "well-capitalized" institution under applicable regulations.  As of March 31, 2016, the Bank's common equity Tier 1 capital and Tier 1 risk-based capital ratios were 21.66%, its total capital ratio was 22.67%, and its Tier 1 leverage ratio was 12.76%.
     
  • The Company declared a cash dividend of $0.02 per share on its common stock in the first quarter of 2016.  This amount is consistent with the Company's quarterly dividend declarations for each quarter of 2015.

About United Security Bancshares, Inc.

United Security Bancshares, Inc. is a bank holding company that operates twenty-one 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 "USBI."

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.


UNITED SECURITY BANCSHARES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES 
SELECTED FINANCIAL DATA – LINKED QUARTERS 
(Dollars in Thousands, Except Per Share Data)

 Quarter Ended
 20162015
 March
31,
December
31,
September
30,
June
30,
March
31,
      
Results of Operations:     
Interest income$7,196 $7,513 $7,328 $7,735 $7,321 
Interest expense 535  549  561  565  614 
Net Interest income 6,661  6,964  6,767  7,170  6,707 
Provision (reduction in reserve) for loan losses 167  415  (78) 45  (166)
Net interest income after provision (reduction in reserve) for loan losses 6,494  6,549  6,845  7,125  6,873 
Non-interest income 989  1,176  996  1,068  1,291 
Non-interest expense 7,066  7,203  7,090  7,107  6,977 
Income before income taxes 417  522  751  1,086  1,187 
Provision for income taxes 100  81  207  312  351 
Net income$317 $441 $544 $774 $836 
Per Share Data:     
Basic net income per share$0.05 $0.07 $0.09 $0.13 $0.14 
Diluted net income per share$0.05 $0.07 $0.09 $0.12 $0.13 
Dividends declared$0.02 $0.02 $0.02 $0.02 $0.02 
      
Period-End Balance Sheet:     
Total assets$575,582 $575,782 $548,537 $560,650 $564,882 
Loans, net of allowance for loan losses 263,975  255,432  237,715  244,993  239,218 
Allowance for loan losses 3,375  3,781  4,345  5,008  5,401 
Investment securities, net 231,466  231,202  239,009  246,176  249,864 
Total deposits 485,537  479,258  463,266  471,141  475,288 
Long-term debt 5,000  5,000  -  5,000  5,000 
Total shareholders' equity 77,727  76,316  76,283  75,783  75,745 
      
Performance Ratios:     
Return on average assets (annualized) 0.22% 0.31% 0.39% 0.55% 0.59%
Return on average equity (annualized) 1.65% 2.28% 2.84% 4.09% 4.47%
      
Asset Quality:     
Allowance for loan losses as % of loans 1.26% 1.46% 1.80% 2.00% 2.21%
Nonperforming assets as % of total assets 1.50% 1.59% 1.98% 1.96% 2.27%
      

 
UNITED SECURITY BANCSHARES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
INTERIM CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS 
(Dollars in Thousands, Except Share and Per Share Data)

 March
31,
 December
31,
 2016 2015
 (Unaudited)  
ASSETS
Cash and due from banks$  8,479  $  7,088 
Interest-bearing deposits in banks 22,007   36,984 
    Total cash and cash equivalents 30,486   44,072 
Federal funds sold 3,000   - 
Investment securities available-for-sale, at fair value 199,488   198,843 
Investment securities held-to-maturity, at amortized cost 31,978   32,359 
Federal Home Loan Bank stock, at cost 730   1,025 
Loans, net of allowance for loan losses of $3,375 and $3,781, respectively 263,975   255,432 
Premises and equipment, net 15,058   12,084 
Cash surrender value of bank-owned life insurance 14,370   14,292 
Accrued interest receivable 1,756   1,833 
Other real estate owned 5,356   6,038 
Other assets 9,385   9,804 
    Total assets$  575,582  $  575,782 
    
LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY
Deposits$  485,537  $  479,258 
Accrued interest expense 179   180 
Other liabilities 6,693   7,674 
Short-term borrowings 446   7,354 
Long-term debt 5,000   5,000 
    Total liabilities 497,855   499,466 
    
Shareholders' equity:   
Common stock, par value $0.01 per share, 10,000,000 shares authorized;   
  7,329,060 shares issued; 6,038,554 shares outstanding 73   73 
Surplus 10,649   9,844 
Accumulated other comprehensive income, net of tax 946   536 
Retained earnings 86,889   86,693 
Less treasury stock: 1,290,506 shares at cost (20,817)  (20,817)
Noncontrolling interest (13)  (13)
    
    Total shareholders' equity 77,727   76,316 
    
    Total liabilities and shareholders' equity$  575,582  $  575,782 
    


UNITED SECURITY BANCSHARES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

INTERIM CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(Dollars in Thousands, Except Per Share Data)

 Three Months Ended
 March 31,
 2016 2015
 (Unaudited)
Interest income:   
Interest and fees on loans$  6,053  $  6,135 
Interest on investment securities 1,143   1,186 
Total interest income 7,196   7,321 
    
Interest expense:   
Interest on deposits 523   607 
Interest on borrowings 12   7 
Total interest expense 535   614 
    
Net interest income 6,661   6,707 
    
Provision (reduction in reserve) for loan losses 167   (166)
    
Net interest income after provision (reduction in reserve) for loan losses 6,494   6,873 
    
Non-interest income:   
Service and other charges on deposit accounts 417   454 
Credit insurance income 152   75 
Other income 420   762 
Total non-interest income 989   1,291 
    
Non-interest expense:   
Salaries and employee benefits 4,164   4,192 
Net occupancy and equipment 769   823 
Other real estate/foreclosure expense, net 117   220 
Other expense 2,016   1,742 
Total non-interest expense 7,066   6,977 
    
Income before income taxes 417   1,187 
Provision for income taxes 100   351 
Net income$  317  $  836 
Basic net income per share$  0.05  $  0.14 
Diluted net income per share$  0.05  $  0.13 
Dividends per share$  0.02  $  0.02 
    
Thomas S. Elley 334-636-5424
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