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Guaranty Federal Bancshares, Inc. Announces Preliminary Second Quarter 2017 Financial Results

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo., July 19, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Guaranty Federal Bancshares, Inc., (NASDAQ:GFED), the holding company (the "Company") for Guaranty Bank (the "Bank"), today announces the following preliminary results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2017. 

Second Quarter Highlights

  • Diluted earnings per share increased to $0.36 compared to $0.32 for the first quarter of 2017 (a 13% increase) and $0.28 for the second quarter of 2016 (a 29% increase).
  • Return on average assets improved to .85% compared to .80% for the first quarter of 2017 and .75% for the second quarter of 2016.
  • Return on average equity increased to 8.68% compared to 8.12% for the first quarter of 2017 and 7.26% for the second quarter of 2016.
  • Efficiency ratio improved to 62.95% compared to 64.74% for the first quarter of 2017 and 67.79% for the second quarter of 2016.
  • Fixed-rate mortgage loan income increased 37% over the same quarter in 2016.
  • Net loans increased $22.6 million during the quarter primarily in commercial real estate.
  • The Joplin Loan Production Office (LPO) continued its growth with $10.4 million in new loan balances generated during the quarter.  Since inception in April 2016, this LPO has produced $47.6 million in gross loan balances for the Company.
  • Nonperforming assets, as a percentage of total assets, declined to 1.47%.

Below are selected financial highlights of the Company's second quarter of 2017, compared to the first quarter of 2017 and the second quarter of 2016.

               
    Quarter ended  
    June 30, 2017    March 31, 2017    June 30, 2016  
                           
    (Dollar amounts in thousands, except per share data)  
  Net income available to common shareholders $ 1,593     $ 1,429     $ 1,256    
               
  Diluted income per common share $ 0.36     $ 0.32     $ 0.28    
  Common shares outstanding   4,374,725       4,374,725       4,367,018    
  Average common shares outstanding , diluted   4,426,411       4,420,023       4,420,484    
               
  Annualized return on average assets   0.85%       0.80%       0.75%    
  Annualized return on average equity   8.68%       8.12%       7.26%    
  Net interest margin   3.34%       3.34%       3.33%    
  Efficiency ratio   62.95%       64.74%       67.79%    
               
  Tangible common equity to tangible assets   9.75%       9.77%       10.30%    
  Tangible book value per common share $ 16.76     $ 16.34     $ 16.03    
  Nonperforming assets to total assets   1.47%       1.58%       2.07%    
               

Select Quarterly Financial Data

The following key issues contributed to the second quarter operating results as compared to the same quarter in 2016 and the financial condition results compared to December 31, 2016:

Interest income – Total interest income increased $1,038,000 (17%) during the quarter.  The average balance of interest-earning assets increased $81,614,000 (13%), while the yield on average interest earning assets increased 12 basis points to 4.11%.  The Company experienced strong loan activity during the second quarter, in which loan balances increased $22.6 million. However, pricing on loans remains very competitive on new and renewing credits. This pricing pressure has impacted the ability to maintain loan yield compared to 2016.  The yield on loans declined 10 basis points to 4.45% for the second quarter when compared to the same quarter in 2016.   

Interest expense - Total interest expense increased $325,000 (32%) during the quarter.  The average balance of interest-bearing liabilities increased $62,042,000 (11%), while the average cost of interest-bearing liabilities increased 14 basis points to 0.90%.  To fund its asset growth going forward, the Company will continue to utilize a cost effective mix of retail and commercial deposits along with non-core, wholesale funding.

Provision for loan loss expense and allowance for loan losses –Based on its reserve analysis and methodology, the Company recorded a provision for loan loss expense of $575,000 during the quarter, an increase from the $375,000 recognized during the prior year quarter.  The provision for the quarter was primarily due to the increased loan balances and increased reserves on a few small problem credits.

At June 30, 2017, the allowance for loan losses of $6.6 million was 1.08% of gross loans outstanding (excluding mortgage loans held for sale). Management believes the allowance for loan losses is at a sufficient level to provide for loan losses in the Bank's existing loan portfolio.

Non-interest incomeNon-interest income increased $188,000 during the quarter compared to the same quarter in 2016 primarily due to the Company's mortgage division experiencing another strong quarter resulting in an increase of $141,000 in gains on sales of fixed-rate mortgage loans.  The Company also had an increase of $42,000 in gains on sale of Small Business Administration ("SBA") loans compared to the same quarter in 2016. 

Non-interest expense – Non-interest expenses increased $259,000 over the prior year quarter.  This was primarily due to salaries and employee benefits increasing $229,000.  The Company's recent expansion in the Joplin, Missouri market has created the need for additions of commercial and mortgage staff.  The Company has also experienced increases in other key areas of operations, technology and health/retirement benefits. 

Provision for income taxes – The increase in the provision for income taxes for the quarter is a direct result of the Company's increase in taxable income.

Capital – At June 30, 2017, stockholders' equity increased to $73.3 million compared to $70.0 million at December 31, 2016.  Net income for the six months ended June 30, 2017 exceeded dividends paid or declared by $2.1 million.  The equity portion of the Company's unrealized losses on available-for-sale securities and derivatives improved by $1.0 million at June 30, 2017 as compared to December 31, 2016.  On a per common share basis, stockholders' equity increased to $16.76 at June 30, 2017 as compared to $16.09 as of December 31, 2016.

From a regulatory capital standpoint, all capital ratios for both the Company and the Bank remain strong and above regulatory requirements.

Asset Quality – The Company's nonperforming assets decreased to $11.0 million as of June 30, 2017 as compared to $11.3 million as of December 31, 2016. Non-performing assets as a percentage of total assets decreased to 1.47% as of June 30, 2017 as compared to 1.64% as of December 31, 2016. 

Non-Generally Accepted Accounting Principle (GAAP) Financial Measures

In addition to the GAAP financial results presented in this press release, the Company presents non-GAAP financial measures discussed below.  These non-GAAP measures are provided to enhance investors' overall understanding of the Company's current financial performance.  Additionally, Company management believes that this presentation enables meaningful comparison of financial performance in various periods.  However, the non-GAAP financial results presented should not be considered a substitute for results that are presented in a manner consistent with GAAP.  A limitation of the non-GAAP financial measures presented is that the adjustments concern gains, losses or expenses that the Company does expect to continue to recognize; the adjustments of these items should not be construed as an inference that these gains or expenses are unusual, infrequent or non-recurring.  Therefore, Company management believes that both GAAP measures of its financial performance and the respective non-GAAP measures should be considered together. 

Operating Income
Operating income is a non-GAAP financial measure that adjusts net income for the following non-operating items:

  • Gains on sales of available-for-sale securities
  • Gains on sales of SBA loans
  • Gains and losses on foreclosed assets held for sale
  • Provision for loan loss expense
  • Provision for income taxes

A reconciliation of the Company's net income to its operating income for the periods ended June 30, 2017 and 2016 is set forth below.

                   
    Quarter ended   Six months ended  
    June 30, 2017   June 30, 2016   June 30, 2017   June 30, 2016  
    (Dollar amounts are in thousands)  
                   
  Net income $ 1,593     $ 1,256     $ 3,022     $ 2,532    
                   
  Add back:                
  Provision for income taxes   521       416       1,024      
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