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Macatawa Bank Corporation Reports First Quarter 2018 Results

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HOLLAND, Mich., April 26, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Macatawa Bank Corporation (NASDAQ:MCBC) today announced its results for the first quarter of 2018, reflecting continued strong financial performance.

  • Net income of $5.8 million in first quarter 2018 versus $4.5 million in first quarter 2017 – up 29%
  • Growth in net interest income – up 13% from first quarter 2017
  • Loan portfolio balances and bond financing to businesses up by $85 million (7%), from a year ago
  • Core deposit balances up by $128 million (9%), from a year ago
  • Asset quality metrics remained strong
  • First quarter 2018 dividend was up 50% over first quarter 2017

Macatawa reported net income of $5.8 million, or $0.17 per diluted share, in the first quarter 2018 compared to $4.5 million, or $0.13 per diluted share, in the first quarter 2017.  First quarter 2018 earnings were positively impacted by continued growth and a lower corporate federal income tax rate, due to tax reform enacted at the end of 2017. 

"We are pleased to report strong and consistent performance for the first quarter of 2018," said Ronald L. Haan, President and CEO of the Company.  "Revenue growth, primarily higher net interest income, along with a reduction in the federal corporate income tax rate and continued expense management resulted in a 29 percent increase in net income compared to the first quarter of 2017.  Continued growth in our balances of loans and bond financing to businesses, along with the recent increases in interest rates have positively affected our net interest income.  While net interest income grew by 13%, our core operating expenses, excluding problem asset costs, increased by only 2%." 

Mr. Haan concluded:  "Our commitment to operating a well-disciplined company that delivers superior financial services to the communities of Western Michigan has again produced strong and consistent financial performance for our shareholders.  We are grateful for all of our team members and for their integrity, their caring and their professionalism in all of our interactions with customers."

Operating Results
Net interest income for the first quarter 2018 totaled $14.2 million, an increase of $665,000 from the fourth quarter 2017 and an increase of $1.6 million from the first quarter 2017.  Net interest margin was 3.34 percent, up 9 basis points from the fourth quarter 2017, and up 8 basis points from the first quarter 2017.  Net interest income for the first quarter 2017 benefitted from a payoff of a loan that had been on nonaccrual, resulting in recognition of $267,000 in interest income that had been deferred, compared to $56,000 in such income recognized in first quarter 2018.

Average interest earning assets for the first quarter 2018 increased $49.3 million from the fourth quarter 2017 and were up $150.8 million from the first quarter 2017.  This growth was the primary contributor to the improvement in net interest income.    

Non-interest income decreased $278,000 in the first quarter 2018 compared to the fourth quarter 2017 and decreased $99,000 from the first quarter 2017.  These changes were primarily due to fluctuations in gains on sales of mortgage loans.  Gains on sales of mortgage loans in the first quarter 2018 were down $160,000 compared to the fourth quarter 2017 and down $287,000 from the first quarter 2017.  While overall mortgage volume was down in the first quarter 2018, the reduction in gains in the first quarter was also significantly impacted by the Bank holding more of first quarter 2018 production in portfolio.  The Bank originated $16.1 million in portfolio mortgage loans in the first quarter 2018 compared to $20.5 million in the fourth quarter 2017 and $9.1 million in the first quarter 2017.  The Bank originated $5.1 million in mortgage loans for sale in the first quarter 2018 compared to $12.0 million in the fourth quarter 2017 and $17.0 million in the first quarter 2017. 

Non-interest expense was $11.4 million for the first quarter 2018, compared to $11.3 million for the fourth quarter 2017 and $10.9 million for the first quarter 2017.  The largest component of non-interest expense was salaries and benefit expenses.  Salaries and benefit expenses were down $234,000 compared to the fourth quarter 2017 and were up $195,000 compared to the first quarter 2017.  The increase compared to the first quarter 2017 was due to annual merit and inflationary increases in salaries as well as higher costs associated with medical insurance, partially offset by lower variable based compensation from mortgage production and investment services volume.  The decrease from the fourth quarter 2017 was due to additional costs related to annual incentive awards recognized in the fourth quarter 2017. 

Nonperforming asset expenses increased $256,000 compared to the fourth quarter 2017 and increased $366,000 compared to the first quarter 2017.  The first quarter 2017 total was unusually low due to net gains on sales of foreclosed properties of $149,000, while net losses were incurred on sale in the first quarter 2018 and fourth quarter 2017.  Additionally, writedowns on other real estate totaled $280,000 in the first quarter 2018 compared to $45,000 in fourth quarter 2017 and $64,000 in first quarter 2017.  Other categories of non-interest expense were relatively flat compared to the fourth quarter 2017 and the first quarter 2017. 

On December 22, 2017, "H.R.1", formerly known as the "Tax Cuts and Jobs Act", was signed into law.  This new tax law, among other items, reduced the Company's federal corporate tax rate from 35% to 21% effective January 1, 2018. Since the enactment took place in December 2017, the Company revalued downward its net deferred tax assets in its reporting periods ended December 31, 2017 resulting in a $2.5 million increase to federal income tax expense in the fourth quarter 2017.

Federal income tax expense was $1.2 million for the first quarter 2018 compared to $4.5 million for the fourth quarter 2017 and $2.0 million for the first quarter 2017.  The effective tax rate was 17.6 percent for the first quarter 2018, compared to 67.1 percent for the fourth quarter 2017 and 30.6 percent for the first quarter 2017.  The effective tax rate in the first quarter 2018 reflects the impact of the lower federal corporate tax rates from the enactment of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.  The fourth quarter 2017 effective tax rate reflects the $2.5 million expense to revalue the Company's net deferred tax assets at December 31, 2017.

Asset Quality
As a result of the consistent improvements in nonperforming loans and past due loans over the past several quarters, the continued low historical loan loss ratios, and net loan recoveries experienced in the first quarter 2018, a negative provision for loan losses of $100,000 was recorded in the first quarter 2018.  Net loan recoveries for the first quarter 2018 were $175,000, compared to fourth quarter 2017 net loan recoveries of $166,000 and first quarter 2017 net loan recoveries of $234,000.  The Company has experienced net loan recoveries in each of the past thirteen quarters. Total loans past due on payments by 30 days or more amounted to $1.6 million at March 31, 2018, up 39 percent from $995,000 at December 31, 2017 and up 13 percent from $915,000 at March 31, 2017.  Delinquency as a percentage of total loans was 0.12 percent at March 31, 2018, well below the Company's peer level.

The allowance for loan losses of $16.7 million was 1.26 percent of total loans at March 31, 2018, compared to 1.26 percent of total loans at December 31, 2017, and 1.32 percent at March 31, 2017.  The coverage ratio of allowance for loan losses to nonperforming loans continued to be strong and significantly exceeded 1-to-1 coverage at 51.5-to-1 as of March 31, 2018.

At March 31, 2018, the Company's nonperforming loans had declined to $324,000, representing 0.02 percent of total loans.  This compares to $395,000 (0.03 percent of total loans) at December 31, 2017 and $401,000 (0.02 percent of total loans) at March 31, 2017.  Other real estate owned and repossessed assets were $5.2 million at March 31, 2018, compared to $5.8 million at December 31, 2017 and $12.1 million at March 31, 2017. Total nonperforming assets, including other real estate owned and nonperforming loans, have decreased by $6.9 million, or 55 percent, from March 31, 2017 to March 31, 2018.

A break-down of non-performing loans is shown in the table below.

 

Dollars in 000s
  Mar 31,
2018
  Dec 31,
2017
  Sept 30,
2017
  Jun 30,
2017
  Mar 31,
2017
 
                               
Commercial Real Estate   $ 121   $ 385   $ 440   $ 436   $ 252  
Commercial and Industrial     201     4     4     6     127  
Total Commercial Loans     322     389     444     442     379  
Residential Mortgage Loans     2     2     58     206     2  
Consumer Loans     ---     4     19     22     20  
Total Non-Performing Loans   $ 324   $ 395   $ 521   $ 670   $ 401  

Total non-performing assets were $5.5 million, or 0.30 percent of total assets, at March 31, 2018.  A break-down of non-performing assets is shown in the table below.

 

Dollars in 000s
  Mar 31,
2018
  Dec 31,
2017
  Sept 30,
2017
  Jun30,
2017
  Mar 31,
2017
 
                               
Non-Performing Loans   $ 324   $ 395   $ 521   $ 670   $ 401  
Other Repossessed Assets     ---     11     ---     ---     ---  
Other Real Estate Owned     5,223     5,767     6,661     7,097     12,074  
Total Non-Performing Assets   $ 5,547   $ 6,173   $ 7,182   $ 7,767   $ 12,475  

Balance Sheet, Liquidity and Capital
Total assets were $1.86 billion at March 31, 2018, a decrease of $26.5 million from $1.89 billion at December 31, 2017 and an increase of $114.9 million from $1.75 billion at March 31, 2017.  Year end assets typically increase due to year end seasonal inflow of business and municipal deposits.   Total loans were $1.33 billion at March 31, 2018, an increase of $5.2 million from $1.32 billion at December 31, 2017 and an increase of $59.4 million from $1.27 billion at March 31, 2017.

Commercial loans increased by $44.8 million from March 31, 2017 to March 31, 2018, along with an increase of $21.5 million in our residential mortgage portfolio, partially offset by a decrease of $6.9 million in our consumer loan portfolio.  Commercial real estate loans increased by $21.1 million while commercial and industrial loans increased by $23.8 million during the same period. 

The composition of the commercial loan portfolio is shown in the table below:

 

Dollars in 000s
  Mar 31,
2018
  Dec 31,
2017
  Sept 30,
2017
  Jun 30,
2017
  Mar 31,
2017
 
                               
Construction and Development   $ 81,948   $ 92,241   $ 84,659   $ 82,317   $ 78,910  
Other Commercial Real Estate     447,922     449,694     445,703     432,223     429,898  
Commercial Loans Secured
by Real Estate
     

529,870
     

541,935
     

530,362
     

514,540
     

508,808
 
Commercial and Industrial     477,088     465,208     418,838     435,218     453,311  
Total Commercial Loans   $ 1,006,958   $ 1,007,143   $ 949,200   $ 949,758   $ 962,119  
                                 

Bond financing to commercial customers increased by $25.9 million from March 31, 2017 to March 31, 2018.  This financing combined with the loan portfolio led to a total growth rate of 7% from March 31, 2017 to March 31, 2018. 

Total deposits were $1.56 billion at March 31, 2018, down $18.1 million from $1.58 billion at December 31, 2017 and were up $127.7 million, or 9 percent, from $1.43 billion at March 31, 2017.  The decrease in total deposits from December 31, 2017 was primarily in demand deposits (down $48.1 million) as municipal and business customers deployed their seasonal increase of year-end deposits in the first quarter 2018.  Money market deposits, savings deposits and certificates of deposit were all up in the first quarter 2018 compared to December 31, 2017 and March 31, 2017.  The Bank continues to be successful at attracting and retaining core deposit customers.  Customer deposit accounts remain insured to the highest levels available under FDIC deposit insurance.

The Bank's risk-based regulatory capital ratios were higher at March 31, 2018 compared to March 31, 2017 and December 31, 2017 due to earnings growth, and continue to be at levels comfortably above those required to be categorized as "well capitalized" under applicable regulatory capital guidelines.  As such, the Bank was categorized as "well capitalized" at March 31, 2018.

About Macatawa Bank
Headquartered in Holland, Mich., Macatawa Bank offers a full range of banking, retail and commercial lending, wealth management and ecommerce services to individuals, businesses and governmental entities from a network of 26 full-service branches located throughout communities in Kent, Ottawa and northern Allegan counties.  The bank is recognized for its local management team and decision making, along with providing customers excellent service, a rewarding experience and superior financial products. Macatawa Bank has been recognized for the past five consecutive years as "West Michigan's 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For". For more information, visit www.macatawabank.com.

CAUTIONARY STATEMENT:  This press release contains forward-looking statements that are based on management's current beliefs, expectations, assumptions, estimates, plans and intentions.  Forward-looking statements are identifiable by words or phrases such as "anticipates," "believe," "expect," "may," "should," "will," "intend," "continue," "improving," "additional," "focus," "forward," "future," "efforts," "strategy," "momentum," "positioned," and other similar words or phrases.  Such statements are based upon current beliefs and expectations and involve substantial risks and uncertainties which could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements.  These statements include, among others, statements related to trends in our key operating metrics and financial performance, future levels of earnings and profitability, future levels of earning assets, future asset quality, future growth, and future net interest margin.  All statements with references to future time periods are forward-looking.  Management's determination of the provision and allowance for loan losses, the appropriate carrying value of intangible assets (including deferred tax assets) and other real estate owned and the fair value of investment securities (including whether any impairment on any investment security is temporary or other-than-temporary and the amount of any impairment) involves judgments that are inherently forward-looking. Our ability to sell other real estate owned at its carrying value or at all, reduce non-performing asset expenses, utilize our deferred tax asset, reduce future tax liabilities, successfully implement new programs and initiatives, increase efficiencies, maintain our current level of deposits and other sources of funding, maintain liquidity, respond to declines in collateral values and credit quality, improve profitability, and produce consistent core earnings is not entirely within our control and is not assured.  The future effect of changes in the real estate, financial and credit markets and the national and regional economy on the banking industry, generally, and Macatawa Bank Corporation, specifically, are also inherently uncertain.  These statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve certain risks, uncertainties and assumptions ("risk factors") 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 in or implied by such forward-looking statements. Macatawa Bank Corporation does not undertake to update forward-looking statements to reflect the impact of circumstances or events that may arise after the date of the forward-looking statements.

Risk factors include, but are not limited to, the risk factors described in "Item 1A - Risk Factors" of our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2017.  These and other factors are representative of the risk factors that may emerge and could cause a difference between an ultimate actual outcome and a preceding forward-looking statement.

 

 
MACATAWA BANK CORPORATION
CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL SUMMARY
(Unaudited)
(Dollars in thousands except per share information)
                       
            Quarterly  
            1st Qtr   4th Qtr   1st Qtr  
EARNINGS SUMMARY         2018       2017       2017    
Total interest income       $   16,019     $   15,159     $   13,848    
Total interest expense           1,837         1,642         1,265    
  Net interest income           14,182         13,517         12,583    
Provision for loan losses           (100 )       -          (500 )  
  Net interest income after provision for loan losses     14,282         13,517         13,083    
                       
NON-INTEREST INCOME                  
Deposit service charges           1,049         1,125         1,060    
Net gains on mortgage loans         141         301         428    
Trust fees             925         866         778    
Other                2,017         2,118         1,965    
  Total non-interest income           4,132         4,410         4,231    
                       
NON-INTEREST EXPENSE                
Salaries and benefits           6,194         6,440         5,999    
Occupancy             1,072         926         1,026    
Furniture and equipment           805         772         732    
FDIC assessment           132         135         136    
Problem asset costs, including losses and (gains)     461         205         95    
Other               2,770         2,775         2,900    
  Total non-interest expense         11,434         11,253         10,888    
Income before income tax           6,980         6,674         6,426    
Income tax expense           1,225         4,480         1,966    
Net income         $   5,755     $   2,194     $   4,460    
                       
Basic earnings per common share     $   0.17     $   0.06     $   0.13    
Diluted earnings per common share     $   0.17     $   0.06     $   0.13    
Return on average assets          1.25 %     0.49 %     1.05 %  
Return on average equity         13.24 %     5.03 %     10.86 %  
Net interest margin (fully taxable equivalent)     3.34 %     3.25 %     3.26 %  
Efficiency ratio           62.43 %     62.77 %     64.76 %  
                       
BALANCE SHEET DATA      March 31   December 31   March 31  
Assets             2018       2017       2017    
Cash and due from banks       $   26,954     $   34,945     $   30,631    
Federal funds sold and other short-term investments     103,898         126,522         83,118    
Debt securities available for sale         214,269         220,720         184,605    
Debt securities held to maturity         90,513         85,827         68,473    
Federal Home Loan Bank Stock         11,558         11,558         11,558    
Loans held for sale           -          1,208         2,767    
Total loans             1,325,545         1,320,309         1,266,128    
Less allowance for loan loss         16,675         16,600         16,696    
  Net loans             1,308,870         1,303,709         1,249,432    
Premises and equipment, net         46,110         46,629         49,832    
Bank-owned life insurance           40,494         40,243         39,524    
Other real estate owned           5,223         5,767         12,074    
Other assets             15,891         13,104         16,839    
                       
Total Assets         $   1,863,780     $   1,890,232     $   1,748,853    
                       
Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity              
Noninterest-bearing deposits     $   453,993     $   490,583     $   466,415    
Interest-bearing deposits           1,106,879         1,088,427         966,731    
  Total deposits             1,560,872         1,579,010         1,433,146    
Other borrowed funds           80,667         92,118         102,785    
Long-term debt             41,238         41,238         41,238    
Other liabilities             5,627         4,880         5,539    
Total Liabilities             1,688,404         1,717,246         1,582,708    
                       
Shareholders' equity           175,376         172,986         166,145    
                       
Total Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity   $   1,863,780     $   1,890,232     $   1,748,853    
                       

 

 
MACATAWA BANK CORPORATION
SELECTED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL DATA
(Unaudited)
(Dollars in thousands except per share information)
                       
    Quarterly  
                       
    1st Qtr   4th Qtr   3rd Qtr   2nd Qtr   1st Qtr  
      2018       2017       2017       2017       2017    
EARNINGS SUMMARY
                 
Net interest income $   14,182     $   13,517     $   13,138     $   12,705     $   12,583    
Provision for loan losses     (100 )       -          (350 )       (500 )       (500 )  
Total non-interest income     4,132         4,410         4,300         4,478         4,231    
Total non-interest expense     11,434         11,253         10,756         10,792         10,888    
Federal income tax expense     1,225         4,480         2,157         2,129         1,966    
Net income $   5,755     $   2,194     $   4,875     $   4,762     $   4,460    
                       
Basic earnings per common share $   0.17     $   0.06     $   0.14     $   0.14     $   0.13    
Diluted earnings per common share $   0.17     $   0.06     $   0.14     $   0.14     $   0.13    
                       
MARKET DATA                   
Book value per common share $   5.16     $   5.10     $   5.11     $   5.01     $   4.89    
Tangible book value per common share $   5.16     $   5.10     $   5.11     $   5.01     $   4.89    
Market value per common share $   10.27     $   10.00     $   10.26     $   9.54     $   9.88    
Average basic common shares     34,010,396         33,958,992         33,942,248         33,942,318         33,941,010    
Average diluted common shares     34,011,592         33,965,344         33,947,269         33,948,127         33,948,584    
Period end common shares     34,017,525         33,972,977         33,941,953         33,938,486         33,944,788    
                       
PERFORMANCE RATIOS                  
Return on average assets   1.25 %     0.49 %     1.10 %     1.11 %     1.05 %  
Return on average equity   13.24 %     5.03 %     11.34 %     11.32 %     10.86 %  
Net interest margin (fully taxable equivalent)   3.34 %     3.25 %     3.21 %     3.24 %     3.26 %  
Efficiency ratio   62.43 %     62.77 %     61.68 %     62.81 %     64.76 %  
Full-time equivalent employees (period end)   332       340       343       344       338    
                       
ASSET QUALITY                  
Gross charge-offs $   97     $   45     $   55     $   139     $   26    
Net charge-offs/(recoveries) $   (175 )   $   (166 )   $   (214 )   $   (374 )   $   (234 )  
Net charge-offs to average loans (annualized)   -0.05 %     -0.05 %     -0.07 %     -0.12 %     -0.07 %  
Nonperforming loans $   324     $   395     $   521     $   670     $   401    
Other real estate and repossessed assets $   5,223     $   5,778     $   6,661     $   7,097     $   12,074    
Nonperforming loans to total loans   0.02 %     0.03 %     0.04 %     0.05 %     0.03 %  
Nonperforming assets to total assets   0.30 %     0.33 %     0.40 %     0.44 %     0.71 %  
Allowance for loan losses $   16,675     $   16,600     $   16,434     $   16,570     $   16,696    
Allowance for loan losses to total loans   1.26 %     1.26 %     1.30 %     1.32 %     1.32 %  
Allowance for loan losses to nonperforming loans   5146.60 %     4202.53 %     3154.32 %     2473.13 %     4163.34 %  
                       
CAPITAL                   
Average equity to average assets   9.42 %     9.68 %     9.69 %     9.76 %     9.63 %  
Common equity tier 1 to risk weighted assets (Consolidated)   11.67 %     11.31 %     11.70 %     11.60 %     11.28 %  
Tier 1 capital to average assets (Consolidated)   11.83 %     11.88 %     12.04 %     12.21 %     12.11 %  
Total capital to risk-weighted assets (Consolidated)   15.36 %     14.99 %     15.50 %     15.45 %     15.12 %  
Common equity tier 1 to risk weighted assets (Bank)   13.87 %     13.54 %     13.99 %     13.89 %     13.60 %  
Tier 1 capital to average assets (Bank)   11.50 %     11.56 %     11.72 %     11.87 %     11.79 %  
Total capital to risk-weighted assets (Bank)   14.96 %     14.62 %     15.10 %     15.02 %     14.73 %  
Tangible common equity to assets   9.42 %     9.15 %     9.63 %     9.70 %     9.51 %  
                       
END OF PERIOD BALANCES                  
Total portfolio loans $   1,325,545     $   1,320,309     $   1,260,037     $   1,251,355     $   1,266,128    
Earning assets     1,751,315         1,767,752         1,680,458         1,633,383         1,617,331    
Total assets     1,863,780         1,890,232         1,803,046         1,759,063         1,748,853    
Deposits     1,560,872         1,579,010         1,506,178         1,459,990         1,433,146    
Total shareholders' equity     175,376         172,986         173,464         170,175         166,145    
                       
AVERAGE BALANCES                  
Total portfolio loans $   1,314,838     $   1,285,688     $   1,252,075     $   1,260,051     $   1,264,835    
Earning assets     1,730,576         1,681,297         1,652,028         1,594,849         1,579,758    
Total assets     1,845,911         1,802,386         1,775,302         1,723,575         1,706,643    
Deposits     1,537,376         1,497,213         1,481,539         1,419,775         1,397,596    
Total shareholders' equity     173,913         174,427         171,987         168,240         164,317    
                       


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Jon Swets, CFO 
616-494-7645

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