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First Reliance Bancshares, Inc. Reports 1st Quarter 2018 Results And Completes Systems Integration Of Independence Bancshares

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First Reliance Bancshares, Inc. Reports 1st Quarter 2018 Results And Completes Systems Integration Of Independence Bancshares

- $0.10 Net Income per Diluted Share, excluding a $0.09 per share charge related to non-recurring merger related expenses (a non-GAAP financial measure)

- $0.01 Net Income Per Diluted Share (as reported under Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP))

- Core operating earnings for the quarter grew by more than 24.0% as compared to the same period one year ago

- $0.10 Net Income per Diluted Share, excluding a $0.09 per share charge related to non recurring merger related expenses (a non GAAP financial measure)

PR Newswire

FLORENCE, S.C., May 8, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- First Reliance Bancshares, Inc. (OTC:FSRL), the holding company (the "Company") for First Reliance Bank (the "Bank"), reported first quarter 2018 net income of $88,072, or $0.01 per diluted share.  The Company's core operating earnings were $786,170, or $0.10 per diluted share.  Core operating earnings is a non-GAAP measure comprised of net income exclusive of non-recurring merger related expenses.  Non-recurring merger related expenses incurred in the first quarter were $698,098, or $0.09 per diluted share. 

First Reliance Bancshares

According to Rick Saunders, the Company's Chief Executive Officer, "We continue to see the impact of solid organic growth and acquisitions on earnings.  Core operating earnings for the first quarter of 2018 continued to improve with an increase of 84.4% compared to fourth quarter of 2017.  We remain laser-focused on our business model that outlines our value proposition and have made excellent progress on growing core deposits, market expansion, and customer acquisition."

Several new significant developments have transpired for First Reliance over the past nine months, including:

  • raising $25.1 million of additional capital in September 2017;
  • Jack McElveen joining the bank in September 2017 as Chief Credit Officer;
  • Kemper Kenan joining the bank as City Executive for Greenville, South Carolina in late 2017;
  • David Barksdale joining the bank as President of North Carolina and Andy McDowell joining the bank as City Executive for Winston-Salem in early 2018;
  • Ben Brazell being named as President of South Carolina in early 2018; and
  • receiving regulatory approval to open our Myrtle Beach branch location and hiring Ron Paige as City Executive for the Myrtle Beach market early in the first quarter of 2018.

In addition, we expect to receive regulatory approval to convert the Winston Salem loan production office into a full service branch and will open a loan production office in the Lake Norman area of north Charlotte, North Carolina in the second quarter of 2018.

Acquisition of Independence Bancshares Inc.

On January 22, 2018, we completed the acquisition of Independence Bancshares, Inc. and its subsidiary, Independence National Bank ("Independence").  The systems conversion was completed on March 5, 2018.  This expansion into the attractive Greenville market will continue to broaden our footprint throughout South Carolina.  The acquisition was accounted for under the acquisition method of accounting.  The assets and liabilities of Independence have been recorded at their estimated fair values and added to those of the Company as of the merger date.  Included in the March 31, 2018 consolidated balance sheet were approximately $50.5 million of acquired loans, net of purchase accounting adjustments, $727,654 of recognized goodwill, $828,748 of recognized core deposit intangible asset, and $71.0 million of acquired deposits.  The Company may continue to refine its valuation of acquired assets and liabilities for up to one year following merger date.  Merger related expenses for the acquisition (fourth quarter 2017 and first quarter 2018) totaled $1.2 million

Financial Highlights

  • Net interest income improved 37.2% at $1.3 million for the three months ended March 31, 2018, compared to the same period of 2017.
  • Excluding loans and deposits acquired, loan and deposit growth were $8.0 million and $12.8 million respectively, for the quarter ending March 31, 2018;
  • Other real estate owned, or OREO, declined by $945,550 from $1,706,765 to $727,654 due to the sale of parcels during the quarter;
  • Total loans increased by $58.5 million as a result of acquired loans of $50.5 million and organic loan growth of $8.0 million;
  • Total deposits increased by $83.8 million as a result of acquired deposits acquisition which contributed $71.0 million and organic deposit growth of $12.8 million;
  • Non-interest bearing checking accounts increased $14.6 million and comprised 23% of total deposits at March 31, 2018; and
  • Net interest margin was 4.30% for the three months ended March 31, 2018, as the Company continued to leverage its low cost of funds of 46 bps.

Review of Income Statement

Net interest income improved 37.2% at $1.3 million for the three months ended March 31, 2018, compared to the same period of 2017.  The increase in net interest income was due principally to growth in earning assets while net interest margins were 4.30% for the three months ended March 31, 2018 compared to 4.26% for the same period 2017.                  

Noninterest income remained steady at $2.4 million for the three months ended March 31, 2018.  Consolidated mortgage production volume increased $4.2 million to $60.3 million for the three months ended March 31, 2018 compared to $56.2 million for the same period 2017.  Fees from retail banking activities were $116,550 for the three months ended March 31, 2018 compared to $235,073 for the same period one year ago.  Fees from correspondent and wholesale mortgage channels were $302,576 for the three months ended March 31, 2018 compared to $503,778 for the same period one year ago. 

Balance Sheet and Asset Quality

Total assets increased $112.3 million, or 26.7% to $532.3 million at March 31, 2018, compared to $420.0 million from March 31, 2017.   

Loans receivable grew by $88.5 million, or 29.3%, to $389.7 million at March 31, 2018, compared to $301.2 million, at March 31, 2017 due to acquired loans totaling $50.5 million and organic loan growth of $38.0 million including commercial portfolios, 1-4 family mortgage portfolios and our consumer loan portfolios.  1-4 family mortgage portfolio loans were up 28%, commercial real estate loans were up 29%, and consumer loans were up 25%, year over year.  Mr. Saunders added, "Continued earning asset growth and yield expansion is our focus throughout 2018 with emphasis on consumer and commercial loans throughout the branch network and commercial loan growth in our new markets which include Winston-Salem, Charlotte, and Myrtle Beach."

Transaction and savings deposits increased by $46.6 million, or 16.9%, to $322.9 million at March 31, 2018, from $276.2 million one year ago.  Household checking accounts increased by 4.5% reflecting our strong year-over-year branch sales growth.  "We continue to improve our products and services involving customer controls of debit card and online banking features and plan to add financial planning, budgeting, and other money management tools to further enhance the exceptional customer experience," said Mr. Saunders.

Nonperforming assets declined $2.3 million to $2.6 million at March 31, 2018 compared to one year ago.  The Company reduced OREO by $1.7 million via third party sales over the past twelve months to $761,215.  The ratio of nonperforming assets to total assets declined to 0.46% at March 31, 2018, compared to 0.80% one year earlier.  The allowance for loan losses as a percentage of loans was 0.62% at March 31, 2018 (adjusted for purchase accounting marks on acquired loans), compared to 0.90% one year earlier.  For the first quarter of 2018, loan charge offs were nominal and largely offset by the bank recoveries. 

Capital

The Company downstreamed $15 million into the Bank in the first quarter 2018.  First Reliance Bank continues to remain well capitalized under all regulatory measures with capital ratios exceeding the statutory well-capitalized thresholds by an ample margin.  At March 31, 2018, capital ratios were as follows:

 

Ratio

First Reliance Bank            

Well-capitalized Minimum

Tier 1 leverage ratio             

10.53%

5.00%

Common equity tier 1 capital     

12.63%

6.50%

Tier 1 capital ratio                      

12.63%

8.00%

Total capital ratio             

13.23%

10.00%

 

Customers of the bank have given it a 95% customer satisfaction rating for five consecutive years.  First Reliance Bank is also one of three companies throughout South Carolina who have received the Best Places To Work in South Carolina award all twelve years since the program began.  We believe that this recognition confirms that our associates are engaged and committed to the Bank's brand and the communities we serve.

ABOUT FIRST RELIANCE BANCSHARES, INC.

First Reliance Bancshares, Inc. is the holding company for First Reliance Bank.  The Bank was founded in 1999, employs approximately 170 highly-talented associates and serves the Columbia, Lexington, Greenville, Charleston, Mount Pleasant, Summerville, Loris, Myrtle Beach, and Florence markets in South Carolina and Winston-Salem and Charlotte, North Carolina.  First Reliance Bank offers several unique customer programs which include a Hometown Heroes package of benefits for those who are serving our communities, Check 'N Save, a community outreach program for the unbanked or under-banked, a Moms First program, and an iMatter program targeted to young people.  The Bank also offers a Customer Service Guaranty, a Mortgage Service Guaranty, FREE Coin Machines, Mobile Banking, Mobile mortgage applications, and is open on most traditional bank holidays.  Its commitment to making customers' lives better and the idea that "There's More to Banking Than Money" has earned the Bank a customer satisfaction rating of 95%.

The common stock of First Reliance Bancshares, Inc. is traded under the symbol FSRL.OB.  Additional information about the Company is available on the Company's web site at www.firstreliance.com.

Certain statements in this news release contain "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, such as statements relating to future plans and expectations, and are thus prospective.  Such forward-looking statements include but are not limited to statements with respect to our plans, objectives, expectations and intentions and other statements that are not historical facts, and other statements identified by words such as "believes," "expects," "anticipates," "estimates," "intends," "plans," "targets," and "projects," as well as similar expressions.  Such statements are subject to risks, uncertainties, and other factors which could cause actual results to differ materially from future results expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements.  Although we believe that the assumptions underlying the forward-looking statements are reasonable, any of the assumptions could prove to be inaccurate.  Therefore, we can give no assurance that the results contemplated in the forward-looking statements will be realized.  The inclusion of this forward-looking information should not be construed as a representation by the Company or any person that the future events, plans, or expectations contemplated by the Company will be achieved.

The following factors, among others, could cause actual results to differ materially from the anticipated results or other expectations expressed in the forward-looking statements: (1) competitive pressures among depository and other financial institutions may increase significantly and have an effect on pricing, spending, third-party relationships and revenues; (2) the strength of the United States economy in general and the strength of the local economies in which we conduct operations may be different than expected resulting in, among other things, a deterioration in the credit quality or a reduced demand for credit, including the resultant effect on the Company's loan portfolio and allowance for loan losses; (3) the rate of delinquencies and amounts of charge-offs, the level of allowance for loan loss, the rates of loan growth, or adverse changes in asset quality in our loan portfolio, which may result in increased credit risk-related losses and expenses; (4) the risk that the preliminary financial information reported herein and our current preliminary analysis will be different when our review is finalized; (5) changes in the U.S. legal and regulatory framework including, but not limited to, the Dodd-Frank Act and regulations adopted thereunder; (6) adverse conditions in the stock market, the public debt market and other capital markets (including changes in interest rate conditions) could have a negative impact on the Company; (7) the business related to the acquisition of Independence may not be integrated successfully or such integration may take longer to accomplish than expected; (8) the expected cost savings and any revenue synergies from the Independence acquisition may not be fully realized within expected timeframes; and (9) disruption from the Independence acquisition may make it more difficult to maintain relationships with clients, associates, or suppliers.  All subsequent written and oral forward-looking statements concerning the Company or any person acting on its behalf are expressly qualified in their entirety by the cautionary statements above.  We do not undertake any obligation to update any forward-looking statement to reflect circumstances or events that occur after the date the forward-looking statements are made.

Contact Jeffrey A. Paolucci, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, (888)543-5510.

 

 

First Reliance Bancshares, Inc. and Subsidiary





Consolidated Balance Sheets











March 31

December 31

March 31



2018

2017

2017


Assets





Cash and cash equivalents:





Cash and due from banks

$            4,229,533

$            3,494,469

$           5,148,814


Interest-bearing deposits with other banks

23,862,041

21,136,350

18,048,484


Total cash and cash equivalents

28,091,574

24,630,819

23,197,298







Time deposits in other banks

2,752,252

102,020

101,919







Securities available-for-sale

25,748,692

26,894,719

17,571,229


Securities held-to-maturity (Estimated fair value of $18,870,274.81, $17,372,835.21,





and $19,602,624.30 at March 31, 2018, December 31, 2017, and March 31, 2017)

16,273,831

17,018,132

19,242,080


Nonmarketable equity securities

1,006,800

1,359,200

806,700


Total investment securities

43,029,323

45,272,051

37,620,009







Mortgage loans held for sale

8,964,502

7,885,938

7,087,154







Loans receivable

392,270,200

333,675,253

304,024,206


Less allowance for loan losses

(2,493,665)

(2,453,875)

(2,785,916)


Loans, net

389,776,535

331,221,378

301,238,290







Premises, furniture and equipment, net

20,178,871

18,463,156

18,702,546


Accrued interest receivable

1,090,420

1,094,740

867,318


Other real estate owned

761,215

1,706,765

2,414,662


Cash surrender value life insurance

17,012,489

14,293,702

14,046,700


Net deferred tax assets

8,535,933

4,461,063

8,158,865


Mortgage servicing rights

7,142,777

6,357,666

4,702,803


Goodwill

727,654

-

-


Core deposit intangible

828,748

-

-


Other assets

3,463,924

3,132,443

1,910,134


Total assets

$         532,356,217

$         458,621,741

$      420,047,698


Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity





Liabilities





Deposits

$         322,836,766

$           46,603,364

$      276,233,402


Noninterest-bearing transaction accounts

$         100,824,151

$           86,209,099

$       84,866,269


Interest-bearing transaction accounts

84,618,230

70,642,041

74,571,228


Savings

137,394,385

118,996,069

116,795,905


Time deposits $250,000 and over

26,396,238

13,874,405

9,649,918


Other time deposits

87,742,736

63,372,449

57,778,166


Total deposits

436,975,740

353,094,063

343,661,486







Securities sold under agreement to repurchase

16,980,383

13,929,651

14,727,395


Advances from Federal Home Loan Bank

10,000,000

22,000,000

9,000,000


Notes Payable

-

-

7,000,000


Junior subordinated debentures

10,310,000

10,310,000

10,310,000


Subordinated debentures

4,873,264

4,911,963

4,804,997


Accrued interest payable

181,378

253,679

213,673


Other liabilities

3,049,650

3,969,060

2,781,224


Total liabilities

482,370,415

408,468,416

392,498,775







Shareholders' Equity





Preferred stock





Series A cumulative perpetual preferred stock -0  shares issued and outstanding  at March 31, 2018, December 31, 2017 and March 31, 2017

-

-

-


Series B cumulative perpetual preferred stock - 0 shares issued and outstanding  at March, 31, 2018, December 31, 2017 and March 31, 2017

-

-

-


Series D preferred stock - 587, 599 and 599 shares issued and outstanding at
March 31, 2018, December 31, 2017 and March 31, 2017, respectively

587

599

599


Series E preferred stock -  410,499, 410,499 and 0 shares issued and outstanding at
March 31, 2018, December 31, 2017 and March 31, 2017, respectively

2,955,593

2,955,593

-


Common stock, $0.01 par value; 20,000,000 shares authorized,





8,004,772, 7,887,486 and 4,708,891 shares issued and outstanding





at March 31, 2018, December 31, 2017 and  March 31, 2017

80,047

78,875

47,089


Capital surplus

81,170,550

46,941,229

25,241,707


Treasury stock, at cost, 41,032, 40,583 and 39,069 shares at March 31, 2018,





December 31, 2017 and March 31, 2017, respectively

(233,192)

(229,844)

(219,106)


Nonvested restricted stock

(1,664,674)

(868,399)

(247,932)


Retained Earnings/Deficit

(31,671,363)

1,573,382

2,896,784


Accumulated other comprehensive loss

(651,747)

(298,110)

(170,218)


Total shareholders' equity

49,985,802

50,153,325

27,548,923


Total liabilities and shareholders' equity

$         532,356,217

$         458,621,741

$       420,047,698


 

 

First Reliance Bancshares, Inc. and Subsidiary





Consolidated Statements of Operations











Three Months Ended

Three Months Ended

Three Months Ended



March 31, 2018

December 31, 2017

March 31, 2017


Interest income:





Loans, including fees

$              5,092,527

$             4,288,116

$          3,675,451







Investment securities:





Taxable

245,539

218,397

198,657


Tax exempt

38,910

34,476

28,201


Other interest income

62,124

84,235

37,558


Total

5,439,100

4,625,224

3,939,867


Interest expense:





Time deposits

334,231

236,411

128,501


Other deposits

108,360

101,606

91,899


Other interest expense

268,081

195,758

271,751


Total

710,672

533,775

492,151







Net interest income

4,728,428

4,091,449

3,447,716


Provision for loan losses

20,477

-

151,500


Net interest income after provision for loan losses

4,707,951

4,091,449

3,296,216







Noninterest income:





Service charges on deposit accounts

371,154

394,392

345,947


Gain on sale of mortgage loans

1,498,497

1,044,773

1,608,433


Income from bank owned life insurance

96,734

81,560

81,715


Other service charges, commissions, and fees

348,271

344,319

325,294


Other

120,685

90,683

70,918


Total

2,435,341

1,955,727

2,432,307







Noninterest expenses:





Salaries and benefits

3,839,036

3,185,613

2,835,033


Occupancy

540,574

433,315

400,632


Furniture and equipment related expenses

578,132

427,176

400,637


Other

1,345,636

1,621,888

1,155,058


Merger Related Expenses

698,098

501,265

-


Total

7,001,476

6,169,257

4,791,360


Income before income taxes

141,816

(122,081)

937,163


Income Expense

53,744

2,597,546

303,121


Net (loss) income

88,072

(2,719,627)

634,042


Net (loss)  income available to common shareholders

$                   88,072

$             (2,719,627)

$               634,042







Average common shares outstanding, basic

7,994,494

7,847,201

4,585,048


Average common shares outstanding, diluted

8,075,546

7,997,597

4,718,546







Income (loss)  per common share:





Basic (loss) income per share

$                       0.01

$                      (0.35)

$                     0.14


Diluted (loss) income per share

$                       0.01

$                      (0.34)

$                     0.13







Non-GAAP financial measurements (unaudited)










Net (loss) income available to common shareholders before adjustments

$                   88,072

$             (2,719,627)

$               634,042


Adjustments





Income tax expense - tax rate change

-

2,644,628

-


Merger related costs

698,098

501,265

-


Total Adjustments

698,098

3,145,893

-







Net income after adjustments (non-GAAP)

$                 786,170

$                 426,266

$               634,042







Adjusted Income per common share:





Basic (loss) income per share  (non-GAAP)

$                       0.10

$                       0.05

$                     0.14


Diluted (loss) income per share  (non-GAAP)

$                       0.10

$                       0.05

$                     0.13


 

 

First Reliance Bancshares, Inc. and Subsidiary




Consolidated Statements of Operations













March 31, 2018

December 31, 2017

March 31, 2017

Interest income:




Loans, including fees

$                       5,092,527

$                        16,321,881

$                     3,675,451





Investment securities:




Taxable

245,539

802,815

198,657

Tax exempt

38,910

118,969

28,201

Other interest income

62,124

225,924

37,558

Total

5,439,100

17,469,589

3,939,867

Interest expense:




Time deposits

334,231

732,399

128,501

Other deposits

108,360

410,459

91,899

Other interest expense

268,081

1,028,926

271,751

Total

710,672

2,171,784

492,151





Net interest income

4,728,428

15,297,805

3,447,716

Provision for loan losses

20,477

-

151,500

Net interest income after provision for loan losses

4,707,951

15,297,805

3,296,216





Noninterest income:




Service charges on deposit accounts

371,154

1,502,286

345,947

Gain on sale of mortgage loans

1,498,497

4,845,075

1,608,433

Income from bank owned life insurance

96,734

328,716

81,715

Other service charges, commissions, and fees

348,271

1,341,171

325,294

Other

120,685

324,003

70,918

Total

2,435,341

8,341,251

2,432,307





Noninterest expenses:




Salaries and benefits

3,839,036

12,075,338

2,835,033

Occupancy

540,574

1,685,622

400,632

Furniture and equipment related expenses

578,132

1,646,687

400,637

Other

1,345,636

501,265

1,155,058

Merger Related Expense

698,098

4,803,246

-

Total

7,001,476

20,712,158

4,791,360

Income before income taxes

141,816

2,926,898

937,163

Income tax expense 

53,744

3,616,258

303,121

Net (loss) income

88,072

(689,360)

634,042

Net (loss) income available to common shareholders

$                              88,072

$                       (689,360)

$                        634,042





Average common shares outstanding, basic

7,994,494

5,465,868

4,585,048

Average common shares outstanding, diluted

8,075,546

5,606,149

4,718,546





Income (loss) per common share:




Basic (loss) income per share

$                                  0.01

$                             (0.13)

$                             0.14

Diluted (loss) income per share

$                                  0.01

$                             (0.12)

$                             0.13





Non-GAAP financial measurements (unaudited)








Net (loss) income available to common shareholders before adjustments

$                               88,072

$                              (689,360)

$                        634,042

Adjustments




Income tax expense - tax rate change

-

2,644,628

-

Merger related costs

698,098

501,265

-

Total Adjustments

698,098

3,145,893

-





Net income after adjustments (non-GAAP)

$                             786,170

$                           2,456,533

$                        634,042





Adjusted Income per common share:




Basic (loss) income per share  (non-GAAP)

$                                 0.10

$                                    0.45

$                              0.14

Diluted (loss) income per share  (non-GAAP)

$                                  0.10

$                                    0.44

$                              0.13

 

 

Asset Quality and Capital Adequacy








(dollars in thousands, except asset quality and per share data)

  As of and for the Three Months Ended


March 31, 2018

December 31, 2017

March 31, 2017

Asset Quality




Loans 90 days past due & still accruing

-

-

-

Nonaccrual loans

1,836

1,353

2,440













Total nonperforming loans

1,836

1,353

2,440

OREO and repossessed assets

761

1,707

2,415

Total Nonperforming Assets

2,597

3,060

4,855





Nonperforming loans to loans

0.47%

0.41%

0.80%

Nonperforming assets to total assets

0.46%

0.67%

1.16%

Allowance for loan losses to total loans

0.62%

0.72%

0.90%

Allowance for loan losses to nonperforming loans

135.82%

181.37%

114.18%

Capital Data (at quarter end)




Book value per share

5.91

6.01

5.90

Tangible book value per share

5.91

6.01

5.90





Per Share Data




QTD Weighted Average Shares Outstanding- basic

7,994,494

7,847,201

4,585,048

QTD Weighted Average Shares Outstanding- diluted

8,075,546

7,997,597

4,718,546

Earning Per Share - basic

$             0.01

$            (0.35)

$               0.14

Earning Per Share -diluted

0.01

(0.34)

0.13





Profitability Ratios




Net Interest Margin

4.30%

4.29%

4.26%

Return on Assets

0.07%

-2.40%

0.61%

Return on Equity

0.71%

-21.99%

9.33%





Capital Adequacy- Bank Only




Tier 1 leverage ratio

10.53%

9.50%

10.11%

Common Equity Tier 1 capital

12.63%

11.64%

11.88%

Tier 1 capital ratio

12.63%

11.64%

11.88%

Total capital ratio

13.23%

12.32%

12.71%

Total risk weighted assets

429,548

365,136

338,089

 

 

Contact: 
Jeffrey A. Paolucci, EVP & CFO
(888) 543-5510
jpaolucci@firstreliance.com

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