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Southside Bancshares, Inc. Announces Financial Results for the First Quarter Ended March 31, 2020

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  • First quarter provision for credit losses of $25.2 million; largely worsening economic forecast, COVID-19 related;
  • Linked quarter loans increased $32.8 million, or 0.9%, to $3.60 billion from $3.57 billion;
  • Linked quarter nonperforming assets as a percent of total assets decreased to 0.24% from 0.26%;
  • Linked quarter tax-equivalent net interest margin(1) increased 5 basis points to 3.03% from 2.98%.

TYLER, Texas, May 05, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Southside Bancshares, Inc. ("Southside" or the "Company") (NASDAQ:SBSI) today reported its financial results for the quarter ended March 31, 2020. Southside reported net income of $4.0 million for the three months ended March 31, 2020, a decrease of $14.9 million, or 79.0%, compared to $18.8 million for the same period in 2019. Earnings per diluted common share decreased $0.44, or 78.6%, to $0.12 for the three months ended March 31, 2020, from $0.56 for the same period in 2019. The annualized return on average shareholders' equity for the three months ended March 31, 2020 was 1.93%, compared to 10.35% for the same period in 2019. The annualized return on average assets was 0.23% for the three months ended March 31, 2020, compared to 1.21% for the same period in 2019.

"Our financial results reflect the strength of our sound credit quality, liquidity, capital position and solid operating fundamentals," stated Lee R. Gibson, President and Chief Executive Officer of Southside. "We are pleased to report net income of $4.0 million, and earnings per share of $0.12, after adopting ASU 2016-13(2) ("CECL") and recording a $25.2 million provision for credit losses due largely to a worsening economic forecast related to COVID-19. On a linked quarter basis, nonperforming assets as a percent of total assets decreased to 0.24%, and the tax equivalent net interest margin improved five basis points. COVID-19 significantly impacted business operations throughout the United States in the first quarter, banking included, and is expected to continue to impact our business, as well as our customers' businesses. I am proud of how our Southside team embraced the necessary and evolving changes and continued to provide outstanding customer service. Through the Paycheck Protection Program ("PPP"), implemented in April, the Southside team processed approximately 2,000 small business loans, totaling just over $300 million as of April 30, 2020. Additionally, we are assisting our borrowers that may be experiencing financial hardship due to COVID-19 related challenges with payment deferrals, generally for up to three months. As of April 30, 2020, payment deferrals represented $176.7 million of our outstanding loan balances with the largest categories including commercial real estate loans of $112.7 million and 1-4 family residential loans of $47.2 million."

"While loans increased $32.8 million during the quarter, at this time, other than short-term PPP loan growth, we do not anticipate meaningful loan growth for the remainder of the year due to the current COVID-19 related economic forecast for 2020. Due to the reduced expectations for 2020 loan growth and the significant declines in short and long-term interest rates, we increased our securities portfolio approximately $450 million and entered into an additional $400 million of swaps to lock in long-term interest rates on funding. The interest rate swap contracts had an average interest rate of 0.32% with an average weighted maturity of 5.2 years at March 31, 2020. During March, as volatility in equity markets persisted, U.S. agency mortgage-backed securities and highly rated municipal bonds also began to experience volatility primarily due to illiquidity. When this occurred, we increased the securities portfolio by purchasing $491 million of largely AAA rated municipal bonds of which $8 million were taxable, at levels we believe are attractive. Other security purchases and sales during the quarter were designed to increase the overall yield of the securities portfolio. Due to the timing of these transactions the full impact on interest income and expense will be reflected in future quarters."

"As the COVID-19 pandemic began to unfold during the quarter, our primary concern was and remains, the safety of our customers and employees, and to that end, we implemented various plans and procedures to achieve that priority as well as continue to provide the quality of service our customers have grown accustomed to. While some of our methods and delivery channels of services have changed temporarily, the high level of quality service our customers expect and deserve has continued. At this time when our country has suffered record job losses, I am very thankful to be able to report that we have not furloughed or laid off any employees as a result of COVID-19. Later in 2020, Southside will celebrate its 60th Anniversary. Over the course of these 60 years, we have seen growth not only in our balance sheet and capital position, but also in the relationships we have formed in the communities we serve. As a result, we believe we are well positioned to navigate these difficult times and emerge eager and ready to help our customers achieve their financial goals."

Operating Results for the Three Months Ended March 31, 2020

Net income was $4.0 million for the three months ended March 31, 2020, compared to $18.8 million for the same period in 2019, a decrease of $14.9 million, or 79.0%. Earnings per diluted common share were $0.12 for the three months ended March 31, 2020, compared to $0.56 for the same period in 2019, a decrease of 78.6%. The decrease in net income was driven by increases in the provision for credit losses and noninterest expense, partially offset by increases in interest income and noninterest income as well as decreases in interest expense and income tax expense. The increase in the provision for credit losses for the quarter was primarily due to the recent developments related to COVID-19 and the resulting impact on the economic assumptions used in the CECL model. The adoption of CECL(2) replaced the incurred loss model with an expected credit loss methodology. Annualized returns on average assets and average shareholders' equity for the three months ended March 31, 2020 were 0.23% and 1.93%, respectively. Our efficiency ratio (FTE)(1) was 51.91% for the three months ended March 31, 2020.

Net interest income for the three months ended March 31, 2020 was $44.7 million, compared to $41.1 million during the same period in 2019, an increase of $3.6 million, or 8.7%. Linked quarter, net interest income increased $1.5 million, or 3.5%, compared to $43.2 million during the three months ended December 31, 2019. The increase in net interest income compared to the same period in 2019 and the linked quarter, was due primarily to the decrease in interest expense on our interest bearing liabilities, a result of lower funding costs on our interest bearing liabilities, and an increase in interest income due to a higher average balance of our interest earning assets during the three months ended March 31, 2020.

Our tax equivalent net interest margin(1) was 3.03% for the three months ended March 31, 2020, compared to 3.07% for the same period in 2019. The decrease was due to the decrease in average yield on interest earning assets of 27 basis points, partially offset by a decrease in average rate paid on interest bearing liabilities. Our tax equivalent net interest margin increased five basis points compared to 2.98% for the three months ended December 31, 2019. This increase was due to a decrease in the average rate paid on interest bearing liabilities of 16 basis points and the increase in average interest earning assets.

Noninterest income was $15.5 million for the three months ended March 31, 2020, an increase of 62.5%, compared to $9.5 million for the same period in 2019. The increase was primarily due to increases in net gain on sale of securities available for sale, other noninterest income and deposit services income, partially offset by decreases in trust fees. On a linked quarter basis, noninterest income increased $5.0 million, or 48.1%, due to a $5.5 million increase in net gain on sale of securities available for sale, partially offset by decreases in deposit services income and trust fees.

Noninterest expense was $30.5 million for the three months ended March 31, 2020, compared to $29.6 million for the same period in 2019, an increase of $0.9 million, or 3.0%. The increase was primarily due to increases in salaries and employee benefits, partially offset by decreases in FDIC insurance, other noninterest expense and amortization of intangibles. On a linked quarter basis, noninterest expense decreased $0.4 million, or 1.4%, compared to the three months ended December 31, 2019. The decrease was due to a decrease in losses incurred on the disposition of certain assets of approximately $0.6 million, included in other noninterest expense, partially offset by increases in salaries and employee benefits.

Income tax expense decreased $2.7 million for the three months ended March 31, 2020, compared to the same period in 2019. Our effective tax rate ("ETR") was approximately 10.8% and 14.3% for the three months ended March 31, 2020 and 2019, respectively. On a linked quarter basis, income tax expense decreased $2.4 million, or 83.2%, compared to the three months ended December 31, 2019. The lower ETR for the three months ended March 31, 2020, as compared to the same period in 2019, was primarily due to an increase in tax-exempt income as a percentage of pre-tax income.

Balance Sheet Data

At March 31, 2020, we had $7.27 billion in total assets, compared to $6.75 billion at December 31, 2019 and $6.22 billion at March 31, 2019.

Loans at March 31, 2020 were $3.60 billion, an increase of $295.9 million, or 9.0%, compared to $3.31 billion at March 31, 2019. Linked quarter loans increased $32.8 million, or 0.9%, from $3.57 billion at December 31, 2019. The linked quarter net increase in our loans consisted primarily of an increase of $100.6 million of commercial real estate loans, partially offset by decreases of $41.0 million of construction loans, $17.5 million of commercial loans, $8.0 million of municipal loans and $1.6 million of loans to individuals.

Securities at March 31, 2020 were $2.95 billion, an increase of $923.8 million, or 45.7%, compared to $2.02 billion at March 31, 2019. Approximately half of the increase occurred during the first quarter of 2020, with the remainder of the increase occurring during each of the last three quarters of 2019. Linked quarter, securities increased $454.1 million, or 18.2%, from $2.49 billion at December 31, 2019 due to the purchase of tax free municipal bonds and to a lesser extent, taxable municipal bonds.

Deposits at March 31, 2020 were $4.74 billion, an increase of $171.2 million, or 3.7%, compared to $4.57 billion at March 31, 2019. Linked quarter, deposits increased $36.4 million, or 0.8%, from $4.70 billion at December 31, 2019, primarily due to an increase in public fund deposits.

On March 12, 2020, the Board of the Company increased its authorization under the Stock Repurchase Plan (the "Plan"), previously authorized in September 2019, by an additional 1.0 million shares, for a total authorization to repurchase up to 2.0 million shares. As of March 31, 2020, we purchased 895,338 shares at an average price of $29.82, resulting in approximately 1.1 million authorized shares remaining. Subsequent to March 31, 2020, there have been no additional purchases.

CECL Adoption and Asset Quality

During the first quarter, we adopted ASU 2016-13, Financial Instruments - Credit Losses, often referred to as CECL. Upon the adoption of CECL, we recorded a cumulative-effect adjustment that decreased retained earnings by $7.8 million, net of tax. This adjustment was the result of a $5.3 million increase in the allowance for loan losses, from $24.8 million at December 31, 2019 to $30.1 million upon adoption, including $0.2 million for purchased loans with credit deterioration, and a $4.8 million increase in other liabilities related to the allowance for off-balance-sheet credit exposures.

Based on the credit quality of our securities portfolio, the adoption of CECL did not result in the recording of an allowance for credit losses on our held-to-maturity securities.

Nonperforming assets at March 31, 2020 were $17.4 million, or 0.24% of total assets, a decrease of $20.7 million, or 54.3%, compared to $38.1 million, or 0.61% of total assets, at March 31, 2019, and a slight decrease from $17.4 million, or 0.26% of total assets, at December 31, 2019. During the three months ended March 31, 2020, nonaccrual loans increased $0.3 million, or 5.2%.

The allowance for loan losses increased to $53.6 million, or 1.49% of total loans at March 31, 2020, compared to $24.8 million, or 0.69% of total loans, at December 31, 2019, due to the adoption of CECL and the economic uncertainty related to the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting expected losses.

For the three months ended March 31, 2020, we recorded provision for credit losses on loans of $24.1 million, compared to a reversal of provision for loan losses of $0.9 million for the three months ended March 31, 2019 and a provision for loan losses of $2.5 million for the three months ended December 31, 2019. The increase during the first quarter of 2020 was primarily due to the application of the CECL model and the economic impact of COVID-19 on macroeconomic factors used in the CECL methodology, including the potential for credit deterioration. If the COVID-19 pandemic and economic impact is prolonged, it is likely that credit losses and nonperforming assets may increase. Net charge-offs were $0.5 million for the three months ended March 31, 2020, compared to net charge-offs of $1.9 million for the three months ended March 31, 2019 and $2.8 million of net charge-offs for the three months ended December 31, 2019.

For the three months ended March 31, 2020, we recorded provision for credit losses on off-balance-sheet credit exposures of $1.2 million, compared to a reversal of provision of $56,000 for the three months ended March 31, 2019 and a reversal of provision of $85,000 for the three months ended December 31, 2019. The balance of the allowance for off-balance-sheet credit exposures at March 31, 2020 was $7.5 million, and is included in other liabilities.

Dividend

Southside Bancshares, Inc. declared a first quarter cash dividend of $0.31 per share on February 6, 2020, which was paid on March 5, 2020, to all shareholders of record as of February 20, 2020.

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(1) Refer to "Non-GAAP Financial Measures" below and to "Non-GAAP Reconciliation" at the end of the financial statement tables in this Earnings Release for a reconciliation of this non-GAAP financial measure to the nearest GAAP financial measure.

(2) We adopted ASU 2016-13, "Financial Instruments - Credit Losses (Topic 326): Measurement of Credit Losses on Financial Instruments" on January 1, 2020. ASU 2016-13 replaced the incurred loss model with an expected loss methodology that is referred to as current expected credit loss. Adoption of this guidance on January 1, 2020, resulted in a cumulative-effect adjustment to reduce retained earnings by $7.8 million, net of tax. Due to the adoption of the guidance under the modified retrospective approach, prior periods have not been adjusted and thus may not be comparable.

Conference Call

Southside's management team will host a conference call to discuss its first quarter ended March 31, 2020 financial results on Tuesday, May 5, 2020 at 9:00 a.m. CDT. The call can be accessed by dialing 844-775-2540 and by identifying the conference ID number 3290996 or by identifying "Southside Bancshares, Inc., First Quarter 2020 Earnings Call." To listen to the call via webcast, register at https://investors.southside.com.

For those unable to listen to the conference call live, a recording will be available from approximately 12:00 p.m. CDT May 5, 2020 through 12:00 p.m. CDT May 17, 2020 by accessing the company website, https://investors.southside.com.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

Our accounting and reporting policies conform to generally accepted accounting principles ("GAAP") in the United States and prevailing practices in the banking industry. However, certain non-GAAP measures are used by management to supplement the evaluation of our performance. These include the following fully taxable-equivalent measures ("FTE"): (i) Net interest income (FTE), (ii) Net interest margin (FTE), (iii) Net interest spread (FTE), and (iv) Efficiency ratio (FTE), which include the effects of taxable-equivalent adjustments using a federal income tax rate of 21% for the three months ended March 31, 2020 and 2019 to increase tax-exempt interest income to a tax-equivalent basis. Interest income earned on certain assets is completely or partially exempt from federal income tax. As such, these tax-exempt instruments typically yield lower returns than taxable investments.

Net interest income (FTE), Net interest margin (FTE) and Net interest spread (FTE). Net interest income (FTE) is a non-GAAP measure that adjusts for the tax-favored status of net interest income from certain loans and investments. We believe this measure to be the preferred industry measurement of net interest income and it enhances comparability of net interest income arising from taxable and tax-exempt sources. The most directly comparable financial measure calculated in accordance with GAAP is our net interest income. Net interest margin (FTE) is the ratio of net interest income (FTE) to average earning assets. The most directly comparable financial measure calculated in accordance with GAAP is our net interest margin. Net interest spread (FTE) is the difference in the average yield on average earning assets on a tax-equivalent basis and the average rate paid on average interest bearing liabilities. The most directly comparable financial measure calculated in accordance with GAAP is our net interest spread.

Efficiency ratio (FTE). The efficiency ratio (FTE) is a non-GAAP measure that provides a measure of productivity in the banking industry. This ratio is calculated to measure the cost of generating one dollar of revenue. The ratio is designed to reflect the percentage of one dollar which must be expended to generate that dollar of revenue. We calculate this ratio by dividing noninterest expense, excluding amortization expense on intangibles and certain nonrecurring expense by the sum of net interest income (FTE) and noninterest income, excluding net gain (loss) on sale of securities available for sale and certain nonrecurring impairments. The most directly comparable financial measure calculated in accordance with GAAP is our efficiency ratio.

These non-GAAP financial measures should not be considered alternatives to GAAP-basis financial statements and other bank holding companies may define or calculate these non-GAAP measures or similar measures differently. Whenever we present a non-GAAP financial measure in an SEC filing, we are also required to present the most directly comparable financial measure calculated and presented in accordance with GAAP and reconcile the differences between the non-GAAP financial measure and such comparable GAAP measure.

Management believes adjusting net interest income, net interest margin and net interest spread to a fully taxable-equivalent basis is a standard practice in the banking industry as these measures provide useful information to make peer comparisons. Tax-equivalent adjustments are reflected in the respective earning asset categories as listed in the "Average Balances with Average Yields and Rates" tables.

A reconciliation of our non-GAAP financial measures to the comparable GAAP financial measures is included at the end of the financial statement tables.

About Southside Bancshares, Inc.

Southside Bancshares, Inc. is a bank holding company with approximately $7.27 billion in assets as of March 31, 2020, that owns 100% of Southside Bank. Southside Bank currently has 60 branches in Texas and operates a network of 82 ATMs/ITMs.

During March 2020, the World Health Organization declared the novel strain of coronavirus ("COVID-19") a global pandemic in response to the rapidly growing outbreak of the virus. COVID-19 has significantly impacted local, national and global economies due to stay-at-home orders and social distancing guidelines. In compliance with social distancing guidelines issued by federal, state and local governments, we closed all of our grocery store branches. As stay-at-home orders were issued by local governments in our market areas to combat the spread of the virus, we closed all traditional lobbies and wealth management and trust offices to walk-in customers, however, most of these traditional locations are offering certain services by appointment only. All other banking services, including our motor banks, ATMs/ITMs and automated telephone, internet and mobile banking products are available to serve our customers.

To learn more about Southside Bancshares, Inc., please visit our investor relations website at https://investors.southside.com. Our investor relations site provides a detailed overview of our activities, financial information and historical stock price data. To receive e-mail notification of company news, events and stock activity, please register on the E-mail Notification portion of the website. Questions or comments may be directed to Lindsey Bailes at (903) 630-7965, or lindsey.bailes@southside.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

Certain statements of other than historical fact that are contained in this press release and in other written material, documents and oral statements issued by or on behalf of the Company may be considered to be "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of and subject to the safe harbor protections of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance, nor should they be relied upon as representing management's views as of any subsequent date. These statements may include words such as "expect," "estimate," "project," "anticipate," "appear," "believe," "could," "should," "may," "likely," "intend," "probability," "risk," "target," "objective," "plans," "potential," and similar expressions. Forward-looking statements are statements with respect to the Company's beliefs, plans, expectations, objectives, goals, anticipations, assumptions and estimates about the Company's future performance and are subject to significant known and unknown risks and uncertainties, which could cause the Company's actual results to differ materially from the results discussed in the forward-looking statements. For example, discussions about trends in asset quality, capital, liquidity, the pace of loan and revenue growth, the Company's ability to sell nonperforming assets, expense reductions, planned operational efficiencies, earnings, successful integration of completed acquisitions and certain market risk disclosures, including the impact of interest rates, tax reform and other economic factors, are based upon information presently available to management and are dependent on choices about key model characteristics and assumptions and are subject to various limitations. By their nature, certain of the market risk disclosures are only estimates and could be materially different from what actually occurs in the future. The most recent factor that could cause future results to differ materially from those anticipated by our forward-looking statements include the negative impact of the novel coronavirus ("COVID-19") pandemic on our business, financial position, operations and prospects, including our ability to continue our business activities in certain communities we serve, the duration of the pandemic and its continued effects on financial markets, a reduction in financial transactions and business activities resulting in decreased deposits and reduced loan originations, increases in unemployment rates impacting our borrowers' ability to repay their loans, our ability to manage liquidity in a rapidly changing and unpredictable market, additional interest rate changes by the Federal Reserve and other government actions in response to the pandemic, including additional quarantines, regulations or laws enacted to counter the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the economy.

Additional information concerning the Company and its business, including additional factors that could materially affect the Company's financial results, is included in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2019, under "Part I - Item 1. Forward Looking Information" and "Part I - Item 1A. Risk Factors" and in the Company's other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The Company disclaims any obligation to update any factors or to announce publicly the result of revisions to any of the forward-looking statements included herein to reflect future events or developments.


Southside Bancshares, Inc.
Consolidated Financial Summary (Unaudited)
(Dollars in thousands)

  As of
  2020   2019
  Mar 31,   Dec 31,   Sep 30,   Jun 30,   Mar 31,
ASSETS                  
Cash and due from banks $ 71,727     $ 66,949     $ 92,300     $ 77,319     $ 81,981  
Interest earning deposits 40,486     43,748     22,524     54,642     184,612  
Federal funds sold             560     3,350  
Securities available for sale, at estimated fair value 2,813,024     2,358,597     2,240,381     2,088,787     1,876,255  
Securities held to maturity, at net carrying value 134,491     134,863     140,955     147,091     147,431  
Total securities 2,947,515     2,493,460     2,381,336     2,235,878     2,023,686  
Federal Home Loan Bank stock, at cost 54,696     50,087     45,039     44,718     35,269  
Loans held for sale 1,830     383     1,000     1,812     384  
Loans 3,601,002     3,568,204     3,499,917     3,460,143     3,305,110  
Less: Allowance for loan losses (53,638 )   (24,797 )   (25,129 )   (24,705 )   (24,155 )
Net loans 3,547,364     3,543,407     3,474,788     3,435,438     3,280,955  
Premises & equipment, net 146,212     143,912     141,683     140,105     138,290  
Goodwill 201,116     201,116     201,116     201,116     201,116  
Other intangible assets, net 12,381     13,361     14,391     15,471     16,600  
Bank owned life insurance 101,066     100,498     99,916     99,294     98,704  
Other assets 149,245     91,992     67,982     66,517     152,249  
Total assets $ 7,273,638     $ 6,748,913     $ 6,542,075     $ 6,372,870     $ 6,217,196  
                   
LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY                  
Noninterest bearing deposits $ 1,065,708     $ 1,040,112     $ 1,038,695     $ 1,028,861     $ 1,038,116  
Interest bearing deposits 3,673,415     3,662,657     3,452,072     3,450,395     3,529,777  
Total deposits 4,739,123     4,702,769     4,490,767     4,479,256     4,567,893  
Other borrowings and Federal Home Loan Bank borrowings 1,492,270     1,001,102     988,577     849,821     628,498  
Subordinated notes, net of unamortized debt
issuance costs
98,619     98,576     98,532     98,490     98,448  
Trust preferred subordinated debentures, net of unamortized debt issuance costs 60,251     60,250     60,249     60,248     60,247  
Other liabilities 87,575     81,636     93,497     97,290     104,077  
Total liabilities 6,477,838     5,944,333     5,731,622     5,585,105     5,459,163  
Shareholders' equity 795,800     804,580     810,453     787,765     758,033  
Total liabilities and shareholders' equity $ 7,273,638     $ 6,748,913     $ 6,542,075     $ 6,372,870     $ 6,217,196  


Southside Bancshares, Inc.
Consolidated Financial Highlights (Unaudited)
(Dollars and shares in thousands, except per share data)

  Three Months Ended
  2020   2019
  Mar 31,   Dec 31,   Sep 30,   Jun 30,   Mar 31,
Income Statement:                  
Total interest income $ 60,752     $ 60,533     $ 60,555     $ 60,672     $ 59,027  
Total interest expense 16,051     17,357     18,182     17,541     17,902  
Net interest income 44,701     43,176     42,373     43,131     41,125  
Provision for credit losses (1) 25,247     2,508     1,005     2,506     (918 )
Net interest income after provision for credit losses 19,454     40,668     41,368     40,625     42,043  
Noninterest income                  
Deposit services 6,279     6,647     6,753     6,652     5,986  
Net gain on sale of securities available for sale 5,541     42     42     416     256  
Gain on sale of loans 170     104     131     181     93  
Trust fees 1,305     1,685     1,523     1,520     1,541  
Bank owned life insurance 569     582     622     559     544  
Brokerage services 580     531     555     477     517  
Other 1,054     874     1,485     1,449     601  
Total noninterest income 15,498     10,465     11,111     11,254     9,538  
Noninterest expense                  
Salaries and employee benefits 19,643     19,406     18,388     17,891     18,046  
Net occupancy 3,311     3,234     3,430     3,289     3,175  
Advertising, travel & entertainment 832     791     593     733     847  
ATM expense 224     236     232     246     180  
Professional fees 1,195     1,142     1,192     1,069     1,314  
Software and data processing 1,227     1,259     1,116     1,086     1,076  
Communications 493     485     480     489     487  
FDIC insurance 25             437     422  
Amortization of intangibles 980     1,030     1,080     1,129     1,179  
Other (1) 2,590     3,361     2,515     3,331     2,901  
Total noninterest expense 30,520     30,944     29,026     29,700     29,627  
Income before income tax expense 4,432     20,189     23,453     22,179     21,954  
Income tax expense 479     2,854     3,661     3,569     3,137  
Net income $ 3,953     $ 17,335     $ 19,792     $ 18,610     $ 18,817  
                   
Common Share Data:      
Weighted-average basic shares outstanding 33,691     33,790     33,773     33,726     33,697  
Weighted-average diluted shares outstanding 33,805     33,934     33,901     33,876     33,846  
Common shares outstanding end of period 33,012     33,823     33,795     33,749     33,718  
Earnings per common share                  
Basic $ 0.12     $ 0.51     $ 0.59     $ 0.55     $ 0.56  
Diluted 0.12     0.51     0.58     0.55     0.56  
Book value per common share 24.11     23.79     23.98     23.34     22.48  
Tangible book value per common share (2) 17.64     17.45     17.60     16.92     16.02  
Cash dividends paid per common share 0.31     0.34     0.31     0.31     0.30  
                   
Selected Performance Ratios:                  
Return on average assets 0.23 %   1.03 %   1.23 %   1.20 %   1.21 %
Return on average shareholders' equity 1.93     8.42     9.78     9.68     10.35  
Return on average tangible common equity (2) 3.11     11.97     13.96     14.12     15.44  
Average yield on earning assets (FTE) (2) 4.06     4.12     4.28     4.42     4.33  
Average rate on interest bearing liabilities 1.30     1.46     1.60     1.61     1.62  
Net interest spread (FTE) (2) 2.76     2.66     2.68     2.81     2.71  
Net interest margin (FTE) (2) 3.03     2.98     3.03     3.17     3.07  
Average earning assets to average interest bearing liabilities 126.22     128.00     128.33     128.99     127.70  
Noninterest expense to average total assets 1.78     1.85     1.80     1.91     1.91  
Efficiency ratio (FTE) (2) 51.91     53.87     50.53     51.44     53.66  


(1)   Upon adoption of CECL on January 1, 2020, the provision for credit losses is the sum of the provision for loan losses and the provision for off-balance-sheet credit exposures. Prior to the adoption of CECL, the provision for off-balance-sheet credit exposures was included in other noninterest expense.
(2)   Refer to "Non-GAAP Reconciliation" at the end of the financial statement tables in this Earnings Release for a reconciliation of this non-GAAP financial measure to the nearest GAAP financial measure.

 


Southside Bancshares, Inc.
Consolidated Financial Highlights (Unaudited)
(Dollars in thousands)

  Three Months Ended
  2020   2019
  Mar 31,   Dec 31,   Sep 30,   Jun 30,   Mar 31,
Nonperforming Assets: $ 17,403     $ 17,449     $ 29,747     $ 29,363     $ 38,111  
Nonaccrual loans (1) 5,221     4,963     17,148     16,376     17,691  
Accruing loans past due more than 90 days (1)                 7,927  
Troubled debt restructured loans (2) 11,448     12,014     11,683     11,918     11,490  
Other real estate owned 734     472     912     1,069     978  
Repossessed assets         4         25  
                   
Asset Quality Ratios:                  
Nonaccruing loans to total loans 0.14 %   0.14 %   0.49 %   0.47 %   0.54 %
Allowance for loan losses to nonaccruing loans 1,027.35     499.64     146.54     150.86     136.54  
Allowance for loan losses to nonperforming assets 308.21     142.11     84.48     84.14     63.38  
Allowance for loan losses to total loans 1.49     0.69     0.72     0.71     0.73  
Nonperforming assets to total assets 0.24     0.26     0.45     0.46     0.61  
Net charge-offs (recoveries) to average loans 0.06     0.32     0.07     0.23     0.24  
                   
Capital Ratios:                  
Shareholders' equity to total assets 10.94     11.92     12.39     12.36     12.19  
Common equity tier 1 capital 12.81     14.07     14.19     14.02     14.38  
Tier 1 risk-based capital 14.13     15.46     15.61     15.46     15.88  
Total risk-based capital 17.35     18.43     18.65     18.52     19.06  
Tier 1 leverage capital 9.45     10.18     10.46     10.48     10.18  
Period end tangible equity to period end tangible assets (3) 8.25     9.03     9.40     9.28     9.01  
Average shareholders' equity to average total assets 11.94     12.28     12.54     12.36     11.70  


(1)   Prior to the adoption of CECL, excluded purchased credit impaired loans measured at fair value at acquisition if the timing and amount of cash flows expected to be collected from those sales could be reasonably estimated.
(2)   Prior to the adoption of CECL, included $0.8 million, $0.8 million, $0.8 million and $0.7 million in PCI loans restructured as of December 31, 2019, September 30, 2019, June 30, 2019 and March 31, 2019, respectively.
(3)   Refer to the "Non-GAAP Reconciliation" at the end of the financial statement tables in this Earnings Release for a reconciliation of this non-GAAP financial measure to the nearest GAAP financial measure.


Southside Bancshares, Inc.
Consolidated Financial Highlights (Unaudited)
(Dollars and shares in thousands, except per share data)


  Three Months Ended
  2020   2019
Loan Portfolio Composition Mar 31,   Dec 31,   Sep 30,   Jun 30,   Mar 31,
Real Estate Loans:                  
Construction $ 603,952     $ 644,948     $ 621,040     $ 579,565     $ 603,411  
1-4 Family Residential 787,875     787,562     792,638     782,073     786,198  
Commercial 1,350,818     1,250,208     1,236,307     1,251,248     1,104,378  
Commercial Loans 383,984     401,521     382,077     389,521     367,995  
Municipal Loans 375,934     383,960     366,906     357,028     343,026  
Loans to Individuals 98,439     100,005     100,949     100,708     100,102  
Total Loans $ 3,601,002     $ 3,568,204     $ 3,499,917     $ 3,460,143     $ 3,305,110  
                   
Summary of Changes in Allowances:                  
Allowance for Loan Losses                  
Balance at beginning of period $ 24,797     $ 25,129     $ 24,705     $ 24,155     $ 27,019  
Impact of CECL adoption (1) - cumulative effect adjustment 5,072                  
Impact of CECL adoption - purchased loans with credit deterioration 231                  
Loans charged-off (995 )   (3,251 )   (1,000 )   (2,397 )   (2,285 )
Recoveries of loans charged-off 451     411     419     441     339  
Net loans (charged-off) recovered (544 )   (2,840 )   (581 )   (1,956 )   (1,946 )
Provision (reversal) for loan losses 24,082     2,508     1,005     2,506     (918 )
Balance at end of period $ 53,638     $ 24,797     $ 25,129     $ 24,705     $ 24,155  
                   
Allowance for Off-Balance-Sheet Credit Exposures                  
Balance at beginning of period $ 1,455     $ 1,540     $ 1,859     $ 1,834     $ 1,890  
Impact of CECL adoption (1) 4,840                  
Provision (reversal) for off-balance-sheet credit exposures (2) 1,165     (85 )   (319 )   25     (56 )
Balance at end of period $ 7,460     $ 1,455     $ 1,540     $ 1,859     $ 1,834  
Total Allowance for Credit Losses $ 61,098     $ 26,252     $ 26,669     $ 26,564     $ 25,989  


(1)   We adopted ASU 2016-13, "Financial Instruments - Credit Losses (Topic 326): Measurement of Credit Losses on Financial Instruments" on January 1, 2020. ASU 2016-13 replaced the incurred loss model with an expected loss methodology that is referred to as current expected credit losses ("CECL"). Adoption of this guidance on January 1, 2020, resulted in a cumulative-effect adjustment to reduce retained earnings by $7.8 million, net of tax. 
(2)   Prior to the adoption of CECL on January 1, 2020, the provision for off-balance-sheet credit exposures was included in other noninterest expense.

 

Southside Bancshares, Inc.
Average Balances and Average Yields and Rates (Annualized) (Unaudited)
(Dollars in thousands)

The tables that follow show average earning assets and interest bearing liabilities together with the average yield on the earning assets and the average rate of the interest bearing liabilities for the periods presented. The interest and related yields presented are on a fully taxable-equivalent basis and are therefore non-GAAP measures. See "Non-GAAP Financial Measures" and "Non-GAAP Reconciliation" for more information.

  Three Months Ended
  March 31, 2020   December 31, 2019
  Average
Balance
  Interest   Average
Yield/Rate
  Average
Balance
  Interest   Average
Yield/Rate
ASSETS                      
Loans (1) $ 3,587,143     $ 42,554     4.77 %   $ 3,540,274     $ 43,166     4.84 %
Loans held for sale 831     9     4.36 %   1,114     9     3.21 %
Securities:                      
Taxable investment securities (2) 70,293     512     2.93 %   10,083     86     3.38 %
Tax-exempt investment securities (2) 888,906     7,837     3.55 %   699,868     6,431     3.65 %
Mortgage-backed and related securities (2) 1,598,374     11,534     2.90 %   1,674,503     12,197     2.89 %
Total securities 2,557,573     19,883     3.13 %   2,384,454     18,714     3.11 %
Federal Home Loan Bank stock, at cost, and equity investments 62,976     425     2.71 %   59,743     437     2.90 %
Interest earning deposits 40,236     180     1.80 %   44,039     247     2.23 %
Federal funds sold                      
Total earning assets 6,248,759     63,051     4.06 %   6,029,624     62,573     4.12 %
Cash and due from banks 76,739             72,018          
Accrued interest and other assets 611,017             574,124          
Less: Allowance for loan losses (30,373 )           (25,618 )        
Total assets $ 6,906,142             $ 6,650,148          
LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY                      
Savings accounts $ 384,863     237     0.25 %   $ 372,798     262     0.28 %
Certificates of deposits 1,362,427     6,346     1.87 %   1,204,392     6,172     2.03 %
Interest bearing demand accounts 1,975,837     3,336     0.68 %   1,936,969     4,067     0.83 %
Total interest bearing deposits 3,723,127     9,919     1.07 %   3,514,159     10,501     1.19 %
Federal Home Loan Bank borrowings 999,070     3,974     1.60 %   1,019,844     4,716     1.83 %
Subordinated notes, net of unamortized debt issuance costs 98,597     1,411     5.76 %   98,554     1,426     5.74 %
Trust preferred subordinated debentures, net of unamortized debt issuance costs 60,234     600     4.01 %   60,250     643     4.23 %
Other borrowings 69,846     147     0.85 %   17,874     71     1.58 %
Total interest bearing liabilities 4,950,874     16,051     1.30 %   4,710,681     17,357     1.46 %
Noninterest bearing deposits 1,042,341             1,049,211          
Accrued expenses and other liabilities 88,168             73,408          
Total liabilities 6,081,383             5,833,300          
Shareholders' equity 824,759             816,848          
Total liabilities and shareholders' equity $ 6,906,142             $ 6,650,148          
Net interest income (FTE)     $ 47,000             $ 45,216      
Net interest margin (FTE)         3.03 %           2.98 %
Net interest spread (FTE)         2.76 %           2.66 %


(1)   Interest on loans includes net fees on loans that are not material in amount.
(2)   For the purpose of calculating the average yield, the average balance of securities is presented at historical cost.

Note: As of March 31, 2020 and December 31, 2019, loans totaling $5.2 million and $5.0 million, respectively, were on nonaccrual status. Our policy is to reverse previously accrued but unpaid interest on nonaccrual loans; thereafter, interest income is recorded to the extent received when appropriate.


Southside Bancshares, Inc.
Average Balances and Average Yields and Rates (Annualized) (Unaudited)
(Dollars in thousands)

  Three Months Ended
  September 30, 2019   June 30, 2019
  Average Balance   Interest   Average Yield/Rate   Average Balance   Interest   Average Yield/Rate
ASSETS                      
Loans (1) $ 3,477,187     $ 43,780     5.00 %   $ 3,387,323     $ 43,559     5.16 %
Loans held for sale 2,497     26     4.13 %   1,965     21     4.29 %
Securities:                      
Taxable investment securities (2) 3,000     26     3.44 %   3,000     27     3.61 %
Tax-exempt investment securities (2) 555,835     5,328     3.80 %   459,996     4,513     3.94 %
Mortgage-backed and related securities (2) 1,660,331     12,569     3.00 %   1,680,109     13,246     3.16 %
Total securities 2,219,166     17,923     3.20 %   2,143,105     17,786     3.33 %
Federal Home Loan Bank stock, at cost, and equity investments 57,108     422     2.93 %   52,311     440     3.37 %
Interest earning deposits 26,746     206     3.06 %   66,017     411     2.50 %
Federal funds sold             3,365     39     4.65 %
Total earning assets 5,782,704     62,357     4.28 %   5,654,086     62,256     4.42 %
Cash and due from banks 73,815             78,757          
Accrued interest and other assets 570,657             534,835          
Less: Allowance for loan losses (24,938 )           (24,838 )        
Total assets $ 6,402,238             $ 6,242,840          
LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY                      
Savings accounts $ 367,615     270     0.29 %   $ 365,205     262     0.29 %
Certificates of deposit 1,118,410     6,011     2.13 %   1,119,464     5,861     2.10 %
Interest bearing demand accounts 1,966,764     5,085     1.03 %   1,969,593     5,334     1.09 %
Total interest bearing deposits 3,452,789     11,366     1.31 %   3,454,262     11,457     1.33 %
Federal Home Loan Bank borrowings 881,088     4,647     2.09 %   755,748     3,899     2.07 %
Subordinated notes, net of unamortized debt issuance costs 98,511     1,425     5.74 %   98,469     1,410     5.74 %
Trust preferred subordinated debentures, net of unamortized debt issuance costs 60,248     685     4.51 %   60,247     718     4.78 %
Other borrowings 13,401     59     1.75 %   14,530     57     1.57 %
Total interest bearing liabilities 4,506,037     18,182     1.60 %   4,383,256     17,541     1.61 %
Noninterest bearing deposits 1,020,325             1,014,746          
Accrued expenses and other liabilities 72,923             73,494          
Total liabilities 5,599,285             5,471,496          
Shareholders' equity 802,953             771,344          
Total liabilities and shareholders' equity $ 6,402,238             $ 6,242,840          
Net interest income (FTE)     $ 44,175             $ 44,715      
Net interest margin (FTE)         3.03 %           3.17 %
Net interest spread (FTE)         2.68 %           2.81 %


(1)   Interest on loans includes net fees on loans that are not material in amount.
(2)   For the purpose of calculating the average yield, the average balance of securities is presented at historical cost.

Note: As of September 30, 2019 and June 30, 2019, loans totaling $17.1 million and $16.4 million, respectively, were on nonaccrual status. Our policy is to reverse previously accrued but unpaid interest on nonaccrual loans; thereafter, interest income is recorded to the extent received when appropriate.


Southside Bancshares, Inc.
Average Balances and Average Yields and Rates (Annualized) (Unaudited)
(Dollars in thousands)

 

  Three Months Ended
  March 31, 2019
  Average
Balance
  Interest   Average
Yield/Rate
ASSETS          
Loans (1) $ 3,296,665     $ 42,210     5.19 %
Loans held for sale 611     7     4.65 %
Securities:          
Taxable investment securities (2) 3,000     28     3.79 %
Tax-exempt investment securities (2) 659,187     5,732     3.53 %
Mortgage-backed and related securities (2) 1,647,564     12,474     3.07 %
Total securities 2,309,751     18,234     3.20 %
Federal Home Loan Bank stock, at cost, and equity investments 53,764     355     2.68 %
Interest earning deposits 64,690     386     2.42 %
Federal funds sold 7,635     47     2.50 %
Total earning assets 5,733,116     61,239     4.33 %
Cash and due from banks 83,147          
Accrued interest and other assets 513,738          
Less: Allowance for loan losses (27,060 )        
Total assets $ 6,302,941          
LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY          
Savings accounts $ 360,664     258     0.29 %
Certificates of deposit 1,154,203     5,697     2.00 %
Interest bearing demand accounts 1,982,891     5,286     1.08 %
Total interest bearing deposits 3,497,758     11,241     1.30 %
Federal Home Loan Bank borrowings 816,389     4,457     2.21 %
Subordinated notes, net of unamortized debt issuance costs 98,428     1,400     5.77 %
Trust preferred subordinated debentures, net of unamortized debt issuance costs 60,246     729     4.91 %
Other borrowings 16,788     75     1.81 %
Total interest bearing liabilities 4,489,609     17,902     1.62 %
Noninterest bearing deposits 986,343          
Accrued expenses and other liabilities 89,768          
Total liabilities 5,565,720          
Shareholders' equity 737,221          
Total liabilities and shareholders' equity $ 6,302,941          
Net interest income (FTE)     $ 43,337      
Net interest margin (FTE)         3.07 %
Net interest spread (FTE)         2.71 %


(1)   Interest on loans includes net fees on loans that are not material in amount.
(2)   For the purpose of calculating the average yield, the average balance of securities is presented at historical cost.

Note: As of March 31, 2019, loans totaling $17.7 million were on nonaccrual status. Our policy is to reverse previously accrued but unpaid interest on nonaccrual loans; thereafter, interest income is recorded to the extent received when appropriate.


Southside Bancshares, Inc.
Non-GAAP Reconciliation (Unaudited)
(Dollars and shares in thousands, except per share data)


The following tables set forth the reconciliation of return on average common equity to return on average tangible common equity, book value per share to tangible book value per share, net interest income to net interest income adjusted to a fully taxable-equivalent basis assuming a 21% marginal tax rate for interest earned on tax-exempt assets such as municipal loans and investment securities, along with the calculation of total revenue, adjusted noninterest expense, efficiency ratio (FTE), net interest margin (FTE) and net interest spread (FTE) for the applicable periods presented.

    Three Months Ended
    2020   2019
    Mar 31,   Dec 31,   Sep 30,   Jun 30,   Mar 31,
Reconciliation of return on average common equity to return on average tangible common equity:                    
Net income   $ 3,953     $ 17,335     $ 19,792     $ 18,610     $ 18,817  
After-tax amortization expense   774     814     853     892     931  
Adjusted net income available to common shareholders   $ 4,727     $ 18,149     $ 20,645     $ 19,502     $ 19,748  
                     
Average shareholders' equity   $ 824,759     $ 816,848     $ 802,953     $ 771,344     $ 737,221  
Less: Average intangibles for the period   (214,104 )   (215,101 )   (216,169 )   (217,266 )   (218,438 )
Average tangible shareholders' equity   $ 610,655     $ 601,747     $ 586,784     $ 554,078     $ 518,783  
                     
Return on average tangible common equity   3.11 %   11.97 %   13.96 %   14.12 %   15.44 %
                     
Reconciliation of book value per share to tangible book value per share:                    
Common equity at end of period   $ 795,800     $ 804,580     $ 810,453     $ 787,765     $ 758,033  
Less: Intangible assets at end of period   (213,497 )   (214,477 )   (215,507 )   (216,587 )   (217,716 )
Tangible common shareholders' equity at end of period   $ 582,303     $ 590,103     $ 594,946     $ 571,178     $ 540,317  
                     
Total assets at end of period   $ 7,273,638     $ 6,748,913     $ 6,542,075     $ 6,372,870     $ 6,217,196  
Less: Intangible assets at end of period   (213,497 )   (214,477 )   (215,507 )   (216,587 )   (217,716 )
Tangible assets at end of period   $ 7,060,141     $ 6,534,436     $ 6,326,568     $ 6,156,283     $ 5,999,480  
                     
Period end tangible equity to period end tangible assets   8.25 %   9.03 %   9.40 %   9.28 %   9.01 %
                     
Common shares outstanding end of period   33,012     33,823     33,795     33,749     33,718  
Tangible book value per common share   $ 17.64     $ 17.45     $ 17.60     $ 16.92     $ 16.02  
                     
Reconciliation of efficiency ratio to efficiency ratio (FTE), net interest margin to net interest margin (FTE) and net interest spread to net interest spread (FTE):                    
Net interest income (GAAP)   $ 44,701     $ 43,176     $ 42,373     $ 43,131     $ 41,125  
Tax equivalent adjustments:                    
Loans   668     653     641     598     598  
Tax-exempt investment securities   1,631     1,387     1,161     986     1,614  
Net interest income (FTE) (1)   47,000     45,216     44,175     44,715     43,337  
Noninterest income   15,498     10,465     11,111     11,254     9,538  
Nonrecurring income (2)   (5,541 )   (42 )   (42 )   (557 )   171  
Total revenue   $ 56,957     $ 55,639     $ 55,244     $ 55,412     $ 53,046  
                     
Noninterest expense   $ 30,520     $ 30,944     $ 29,026     $ 29,700     $ 29,627  
Pre-tax amortization expense   (980 )   (1,030 )   (1,080 )   (1,129 )   (1,179 )
Nonrecurring expense (3)   29     56     (33 )   (67 )   18  
Adjusted noninterest expense   $ 29,569     $ 29,970     $ 27,913     $ 28,504     $ 28,466  
                     
Efficiency ratio   54.10 %   55.92 %   52.23 %   52.95 %   56.00 %
Efficiency ratio (FTE) (1)   51.91 %   53.87 %   50.53 %   51.44 %   53.66 %
                     
Average earning assets   $ 6,248,759     $ 6,029,624     $ 5,782,704     $ 5,654,086     $ 5,733,116  
                     
Net interest margin   2.88 %   2.84 %   2.91 %   3.06 %   2.91 %
Net interest margin (FTE) (1)   3.03 %   2.98 %   3.03 %   3.17 %   3.07 %
                     
Net interest spread   2.61 %   2.52 %   2.55 %   2.69 %   2.56 %
Net interest spread (FTE) (1)   2.76 %   2.66 %   2.68 %   2.81 %   2.71 %


(1)   These amounts are presented on a fully taxable-equivalent basis and are non-GAAP measures.
(2)   These adjustments may include net gain and loss on sale of securities available for sale and loss on fair value hedges, in the periods where applicable.
(3)   These adjustments may include foreclosure expenses, in the periods where applicable.

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