WARSAW, Ind., July 26, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Lakeland Financial Corporation (Nasdaq:LKFN), parent company of Lake City Bank, today reported record net income of $6.2 million for the second quarter of 2010. This net income performance represents a 39% increase over $4.5 million for the second quarter of 2009. Diluted net income per share for the quarter was $0.24 versus $0.29 for the comparable period of 2009. On a linked quarter basis, net income increased 3% compared to net income of $6.0 million, or $0.32 per diluted share, for the first quarter of 2010.

The Company further reported record net income of $12.2 million for the six months ended June 30, 2010 versus $8.3 million for the comparable period of 2009, an increase of 47%. Diluted net income per common share was $0.56 for the six months ended June 30, 2010 versus $0.58 for the comparable period of 2009.

Earnings per share for the three and six month periods ended June 30, 2010 were impacted by the Company's June 9, 2010 redemption of the 56,044 shares of TARP preferred stock issued to the Treasury in February 2009 under the Capital Purchase Program of the Economic Stabilization Act of 2008. As a result of the redemption, the Company recognized a non-cash reduction in net income available to common shareholders of $1.8 million, which represented the remaining unamortized accretion of the discount on the preferred shares. This non-cash item impacted net income available to common shareholders and earnings per share. Excluding the impact of this $1.8 million accretion, diluted earnings per share would have been $0.34 for the second quarter and $0.66 year-to-date versus $0.29 and $0.58, respectively, for the comparable periods in 2009.

Michael L. Kubacki, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, commented, "For four successive quarters, we have reported record quarterly net income. These results have contributed to a 47% increase in net income year-to-date. While we take great pride in this performance, our region has experienced many challenges over the past two years as we have suffered through a prolonged economic downturn. Unfortunately, this has impacted our customers and affected our performance. While we continue to see signs of economic recovery, we believe that these challenges will continue. Nonetheless, we're very pleased that we have consistently produced quality earnings in this very difficult operating environment."

Kubacki continued, "When we accepted TARP funding in 2009, we did so with the intent to ensure that we could continue to support the Indiana communities we serve with increased lending activity. Since year-end 2008, the quarter which preceded our Capital Purchase Program funding, we have increased total loans by $224 million, or 12%. Our stable core operating performance over the past year has contributed to a strong capital structure, which provides us with the ability to keep expanding our business without the cost of the TARP dividend. Our shareholders will benefit significantly from this redemption, as it will positively impact net income available to shareholders by approximately $3.3 million annually, or $0.20 per share based upon current shares outstanding, due to the elimination of the dividend and accretion related to the preferred stock."

The Company also announced that the Board of Directors approved a cash dividend for the second quarter of $0.155 per share, payable on August 5, 2010 to shareholders of record as of July 25, 2010. 

Average total loans for the second quarter of 2010 were $2.04 billion versus $1.89 billion for the second quarter of 2009 and $2.01 billion for the linked first quarter of 2010. The year-over-year average loan growth represented an increase of 8%, or $153 million. On a linked quarter basis, average loans increased by $35 million versus the first quarter of 2010. Total gross loans as of June 30, 2010 were $2.06 billion compared to $1.88 billion as of June 30, 2009 and $2.01 billion as of March 31, 2010. On a linked quarter basis, gross loans increased by $46 million, or 2% versus March 31, 2010.   

The Company's net interest margin was 3.75% in the second quarter of 2010 versus 3.45% for the second quarter of 2009 and 3.86% in the linked first quarter of 2010. This margin improvement for the year, which was driven by declines in the Company's cost of funds, contributed to an increase of 18% in the Company's net interest income to $23.2 million in the second quarter of 2010 versus $19.5 million in the second quarter of 2009. On a linked quarter basis, net interest income increased by 1% versus the first quarter of 2010, despite a 0.11% decline in the net interest margin. This linked quarter margin decline resulted primarily from higher costs of funds as the Company increased its reliance on deposits as a funding source and extended maturities on brokered deposits. For the six months ended June 30, 2010, the Company's net interest margin was 3.80% versus 3.29% for the comparable period in 2009.  

The Company's provision for loan losses in the quarter of $5.8 million represented an increase of $814,000, or 16%, versus $4.9 million in the same period of 2009. In the first quarter of 2010, the provision was $5.5 million. The provision increase on a year-over-year basis was generally driven by higher levels of loan charge offs, economic conditions in the Company's markets and the related possible weaknesses in our borrowers' future performance and prospects, as well as by continued loan growth.

The Company's non-interest income was $5.4 million in the second quarter of 2010 versus $6.0 million in the second quarter of 2009 and $4.8 million for the first quarter of 2010. On a year-over-year basis, the decline of $663,000 was driven in large part by a change related to the processing of merchant credit card activities, which is reflected in merchant card fee income.   It declined $537,000 from $840,000 in the second quarter of 2009 to $303,000. Beginning in the second quarter of 2009, the Company began converting clients to a new third-party processor for this activity. As a result, only net revenues with the new processor are being recognized in merchant card fee income in non-interest income. 

Several other factors affected non-interest income in the second quarter of 2010 versus the comparable period in 2009, including a decrease in mortgage banking income of $542,000 and the recognition of non-cash, other than temporary impairment of $81,000 on available for sale securities. Overall, total revenue for the second quarter of 2010 increased 12% to $28.5 million versus $25.6 million for the comparable period of 2009.

The Company's non-interest expense decreased 5% to $13.4 million for the second quarter of 2010 compared to $14.2 million for the same period in 2009. On a linked quarter basis, non-interest expense increased 3% from $13.0 million in the first quarter of 2010. On a year-over-year basis, salaries and employee benefits increased from $7.1 million in the second quarter of 2009 to $7.6 million in the second quarter of 2010. This increase in the second quarter of 2010 was significantly driven by higher performance based compensation accruals, which resulted from a combination of strong performance versus corporate objectives in the second quarter of 2010 and lower performance versus these criteria in the second quarter of 2009. Credit card interchange expense decreased $474,000 due to the change in processing merchant credit card activities. In addition, other expense decreased by $663,000, primarily due to lower regulatory costs compared to the second quarter of 2009, as the Company was subject to special FDIC assessments in 2009. The Company's efficiency ratio for the second quarter of 2010 improved to 47% compared to 55% for the second quarter of 2009. 

For the three months ended June 30, 2010, Lakeland Financial's tangible equity to tangible assets ratio was 8.91% compared to 6.42% for the second quarter of 2009 and 8.74% for the first quarter of 2010. Equity was positively impacted by the sale of common stock during the fourth quarter of 2009, resulting in net proceeds to the Company of $57.9 million. Average total capital to average assets for the quarter ended June 30, 2010 was 10.44% versus 8.69% for the second quarter of 2009 and 11.07% for the first quarter of 2009. In addition to the fourth quarter 2009 sale of common stock, average total capital was impacted by the Company's June, 2010 redemption of $56.0 million in preferred shares issued to the Treasury under the TARP Capital Purchase Program. Average total deposits for the quarter ended June 30, 2010 were $2.13 billion versus $1.93 billion for the first quarter of 2010 and $1.85 billion for the second quarter of 2009.

Net charge-offs totaled $4.7 million in the second quarter of 2010, versus $1.3 million during both the second quarter of 2009 and the first quarter of 2010. Loan exposure to three borrowers represented $4.2 million, or 90%, of these charge offs. $2.2 million was related to an operating line of credit and term loan extended to a manufacturing company which terminated operations during the quarter. The Bank has no additional exposure to this borrower. The second loss of $1.1 million was a real estate loan connected to a manufacturing business that terminated operations. The Bank has remaining nonaccrual real estate loan exposure of $1.7 million to this borrower and expects that it will be transferred to other real estate in the third quarter of 2010 at the current carrying value. The third loss of $0.9 million was an operating line of credit related to a manufacturer that terminated operations. The Bank has no additional exposure to this borrower. Loan exposure to the first borrower was current as of March 31, 2010 and the second and third loans were on nonaccrual as of that date. 

Lakeland Financial's allowance for loan losses as of June 30, 2010 was $37.4 million, compared to $25.1 million as of June 30, 2009 and $36.3 million as of March 31, 2010. The allowance for loan losses increased to 1.82% of total loans as of June 30, 2010 versus 1.33% at June 30, 2009 and 1.81% as of March 31, 2010.

Nonperforming assets were $31.1 million as of June 30, 2010 versus $33.0 million as of March 31, 2010. The decrease during the second quarter resulted primarily from the charge-offs of $2.0 million taken on the two nonaccrual commercial credits discussed above. The ratio of nonperforming assets to total assets declined from 1.26% at March 31, 2010 to 1.18% on June 30, 2010. The allowance for loan losses represented 122% of nonperforming loans as of June 30, 2010 versus 127% at June 30, 2009 and 113% at March 31, 2010.    

Kubacki continued, "Our clients have continued to demonstrate a resiliency reflective of the entrepreneurial spirit of the region. Yet, our markets continue to face a challenging period of economic recovery. As a result, we have grown our allowance for loan losses by 98% from $18.9 million at the end of 2008 to $37.4 million today. As we've said before, we do not believe that our markets have experienced any consequential economic rebound and we're hopeful that the recovery will pick up steam through the balance of 2010," Kubacki added.  

The Company will be presenting at the Keefe, Bruyette and Woods Community Bank Investor Conference at 1:30pm EDT on Tuesday, July 27 th. The presentation will be accessible to the public via webcast at: http://www.kbw.com/news/conferenceCommunity2010_Webcast.html

Lakeland Financial Corporation is a $2.6 billion bank holding company headquartered in Warsaw, Indiana. Lake City Bank serves Northern Indiana with 43 branches located in the following Indiana counties: Kosciusko, Elkhart, Allen, St. Joseph, DeKalb, Fulton, Huntington, LaGrange, Marshall, Noble, Pulaski and Whitley. The Company also has a Loan Production Office in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Lakeland Financial Corporation may be accessed on its home page at www.lakecitybank.com . The Company's common stock is traded on the Nasdaq Global Select Market under "LKFN". Market makers in Lakeland Financial Corporation common shares include Automated Trading Desk Financial Services, LLC, B-Trade Services, LLC, Citadel Securities, LLC, Citigroup Global Markets Holdings, Inc., Domestic Securities, Inc., E*TRADE Capital Markets LLC, FTN Financial Securities Corp., FTN Equity Capital Markets Corp., Goldman Sachs & Company, Howe Barnes Hoefer & Arnett, Inc., Keefe, Bruyette & Woods, Inc., Knight Equity Markets, L.P., Morgan Stanley & Co., Inc., Stifel Nicolaus & Company, Inc., Susquehanna Capital Group and UBS Securities LLC.

In addition to the results presented in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles in the United States of America, this press release contains certain non-GAAP financial measures. Lakeland Financial believes that providing non-GAAP financial measures provides investors with information useful to understanding Lakeland Financial's financial performance. Additionally, these non-GAAP measures are used by management for planning and forecasting purposes, including measures based on "tangible equity" which is "common stockholders' equity" excluding intangible assets, net of deferred tax. A reconciliation of these non-GAAP measures to the most comparable GAAP equivalent is included in the attached financial tables where the non-GAAP measure is presented.

This document contains, and future oral and written statements of the Company and its management may contain, forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 with respect to the financial condition, results of operations, plans, objectives, future performance and business of the Company. Forward-looking statements, which may be based upon beliefs, expectations and assumptions of the Company's management and on information currently available to management, are generally identifiable by the use of words such as "believe," "expect," "anticipate," "plan," "intend," "estimate," "may," "will," "would," "could," "should" or other similar expressions. Additionally, all statements in this document, including forward-looking statements, speak only as of the date they are made, and the Company undertakes no obligation to update any statement in light of new information or future events.  Additional information concerning the Company and its business, including factors that could materially affect the Company's financial results, is included in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the Company's Annual Report on form 10-K.
LAKELAND FINANCIAL CORPORATION
SECOND QUARTER 2010 FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS
(Unaudited – Dollars in thousands except share and per share data)
           
  Three Months Ended Six Months Ended
  Jun. 30, 2010 Mar. 31, 2010 Jun. 30, 2009 Jun. 30, 2010 Jun. 30, 2009
END OF PERIOD BALANCES          
Assets  $ 2,633,509   $ 2,618,635   $ 2,404,140   $ 2,633,509   $ 2,404,140 
Deposits  2,131,131   2,031,152   1,735,136   2,131,131   1,735,136 
Loans  2,057,727   2,011,443   1,882,106   2,057,727   1,882,106 
Allowance for Loan Losses  37,364   36,332   25,090   37,364   25,090 
Total Equity  238,052   286,633   212,193   238,052   212,193 
Tangible Common Equity  234,210   228,543   154,144   234,210   154,144 
AVERAGE BALANCES          
Total Assets  $ 2,648,057   $ 2,572,694   $ 2,426,602   $ 2,610,584   $ 2,406,024
Earning Assets  2,514,648   2,445,158   2,304,684   2,480,095   2,280,319
Investments  427,573   413,987   395,711   420,818   392,492 
Loans  2,044,330   2,009,808   1,891,724   2,027,164   1,868,277 
Total Deposits  2,127,249   1,927,872   1,852,776   2,028,111   1,880,566 
Interest Bearing Deposits  1,874,218   1,687,187   1,630,532   1,781,219   1,660,573 
Interest Bearing Liabilities  2,102,193   2,031,015   1,972,947   2,066,801   1,974,016 
Total Equity  276,393   284,784   210,824   280,565   192,201 
INCOME STATEMENT DATA          
Net Interest Income  $ 23,152   $ 22,961   $ 19,538   $ 46,113   $ 36,553 
Net Interest Income-Fully Tax Equivalent  23,511   23,293   19,844   46,804   37,171 
Provision for Loan Losses  5,750   5,526   4,936   11,276   9,452 
Noninterest Income  5,359   4,847   6,022   10,206   11,592 
Noninterest Expense  13,425   13,048   14,153   26,473   26,840 
Net Income  6,219   6,021   4,460   12,240   8,330 
Net Income Available to Common Shareholders  3,837   5,216   3,660   9,053   7,240 
PER SHARE DATA          
Basic Net Income Per Common Share  $ 0.24   $ 0.32   $ 0.29   $ 0.56   $ 0.58 
Diluted Net Income Per Common Share  0.24   0.32   0.29   0.56   0.58 
Cash Dividends Declared Per Common Share  0.155   0.155   0.155   0.31   0.31 
Book Value Per Common Share (equity per share issued)  14.76   14.44   12.75   14.76   12.75 
Market Value – High  22.17   19.18   21.04   22.17   23.87 
Market Value – Low  18.95   17.00   17.10   17.00   14.14 
Basic Weighted Average Common Shares Outstanding  16,114,408   16,091,626   12,416,710   16,103,080   12,409,146 
Diluted Weighted Average Common Shares Outstanding  16,212,460   16,176,406   12,515,196   16,195,254   12,512,890 
KEY RATIOS          
Return on Average Assets  0.94%   0.95%   0.74%   0.95%   0.70% 
Return on Average Total Equity  9.03   8.57   8.49   8.80   8.74 
Efficiency (Noninterest Expense / Net Interest Income plus Noninterest Income)  47.08   46.92   55.37   47.01   55.75 
Average Equity to Average Assets  10.44   11.07   8.69   10.75   7.99 
Net Interest Margin  3.75   3.86   3.45   3.80   3.29 
Net Charge Offs to Average Loans  0.93   0.26   0.27   0.60   0.35 
Loan Loss Reserve to Loans  1.82   1.81   1.33   1.82   1.33 
Nonperforming Loans to Loans  1.49   1.60   1.05   1.49   1.05 
Nonperforming Assets to Assets  1.18   1.26   0.85   1.18   0.85 
Tier 1 Leverage  9.92   12.25   10.19   9.92   10.19 
Tier 1 Risk-Based Capital  11.76   14.35   11.89   11.76   11.89 
Total Capital  13.02   15.61   13.10   13.02   13.10 
Tangible Capital  8.91   8.74   6.42   8.91   6.42 
ASSET QUALITY          
Loans Past Due 30 - 89 Days  $ 4,566   $ 7,237   $ 13,805   $ 4,566   $ 13,805 
Loans Past Due 90 Days or More  533   1,069   253   533   253 
Non-accrual Loans  30,192   31,209   19,446   30,192   19,446 
Nonperforming Loans  30,725   32,278   19,699   30,725   19,699 
Other Real Estate Owned  382   700   711   382   711 
Other Nonperforming Assets  14   15   59   14   59 
Total Nonperforming Assets  31,121   32,993   20,469   31,121   20,469 
Impaired Loans  41,008   38,711   18,967   41,008   18,967 
Total Watch List Loans  172,550   180,696   131,118   172,550   131,118 
Net Charge Offs/(Recoveries)  4,718   1,267   1,264   5,985   3,222 

 
LAKELAND FINANCIAL CORPORATION
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
As of June 30, 2010 and December 31, 2009
(in thousands, except share data)
     
  June 30, 2010 December 31, 2009
  (Unaudited)  
ASSETS    
Cash and due from banks  $ 51,652   $ 48,964 
Short-term investments 5,217  7,019 
Total cash and cash equivalents 56,869  55,983 
     
Securities available for sale (carried at fair value) 432,025  410,028 
Real estate mortgage loans held for sale 1,472  1,521 
     
Loans, net of allowance for loan losses of $37,364 and $32,073 2,020,363  1,979,937 
     
Land, premises and equipment, net 29,249  29,576 
Bank owned life insurance 37,175  36,639 
Accrued income receivable 9,178  8,600 
Goodwill 4,970  4,970 
Other intangible assets 180  207 
Other assets 42,028  44,044 
Total assets  $ 2,633,509   $ 2,571,505 
     
LIABILITIES AND EQUITY    
     
LIABILITIES    
Noninterest bearing deposits  $ 264,817   $ 259,415 
Interest bearing deposits 1,866,314  1,591,710 
Total deposits 2,131,131  1,851,125 
     
Short-term borrowings    
Federal funds purchased 71,300  9,600 
Securities sold under agreements to repurchase 104,958  127,118 
U.S. Treasury demand notes 2,427  2,333 
Other short-term borrowings 215,000 
Total short-term borrowings 178,685  354,051 
     
Accrued expenses payable 13,638  14,040 
Other liabilities 1,034  1,236 
Long-term borrowings 40,041  40,042 
Subordinated debentures 30,928  30,928 
Total liabilities 2,395,457  2,291,422 
     
EQUITY    
Cumulative perpetual preferred stock: 1,000,000 shares authorized, no par value, $56,044 liquidation value 56,044 shares issued and outstanding as of December 31, 2009 54,095 
Common stock: 90,000,000 shares authorized, no par value 16,126,619 shares issued and 16,023,797 outstanding as of June 30, 2010 16,078,461 shares issued and 15,977,352 outstanding as of December 31, 2009 85,009  83,487 
Retained earnings 153,995  149,945 
Accumulated other comprehensive loss 520  (5,993)
Treasury stock, at cost (2010 - 102,822 shares, 2009 - 101,109 shares) (1,561) (1,540)
Total stockholders' equity 237,963  279,994 
     
Noncontrolling interest 89  89 
Total equity 238,052  280,083 
Total liabilities and equity  $ 2,633,509   $ 2,571,505 

 
LAKELAND FINANCIAL CORPORATION
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME
For the Three Months and Six Months Ended June 30, 2010 and 2009
(in thousands except for share and per share data)
(unaudited)
         
  Three Months Ended June 30, Six Months Ended June 30,
  2010 2009 2010 2009
NET INTEREST INCOME        
Interest and fees on loans        
Taxable  $ 25,945   $ 23,751   $ 51,295   $ 46,540 
Tax exempt  19   30   38   100 
Interest and dividends on securities        
Taxable  4,113   4,433   8,341   8,896 
Tax exempt  708   604   1,353   1,207 
Interest on short-term investments  27   12   41   28 
Total interest income  30,812   28,830   61,068   56,771 
         
Interest on deposits  6,933   8,278   13,448   18,033 
Interest on borrowings        
Short-term  188   265   437   573 
Long-term  539   749   1,070   1,612 
Total interest expense  7,660   9,292   14,955   20,218 
NET INTEREST INCOME  23,152   19,538   46,113   36,553 
Provision for loan losses  5,750   4,936   11,276   9,452 
NET INTEREST INCOME AFTER PROVISION FOR LOAN LOSSES  17,402   14,602   34,837   27,101 
         
NONINTEREST INCOME        
Wealth advisory fees  833   727   1,625   1,466 
Investment brokerage fees  471   432   1,016   890 
Service charges on deposit accounts  2,202   2,110   4,060   4,020 
Loan, insurance and service fees  1,074   860   1,994   1,644 
Merchant card fee income  303   840   583   1,643 
Other income  483   437   1,015   953 
Mortgage banking income  74   616   165   976 
Impairment on available-for-sale securities (includes total losses of $81, net of $0 recognized in other comprehensive income, pre-tax)  (81)  0   (252)  0 
Total noninterest income  5,359   6,022   10,206   11,592 
NONINTEREST EXPENSE        
Salaries and employee benefits  7,559   7,089   15,070   13,189 
Occupancy expense  699   720   1,488   1,641 
Equipment costs  522   517   1,051   1,017 
Data processing fees and supplies  960   1,005   1,926   1,984 
Credit card interchange  49   523   113   1,051 
Other expense  3,636   4,299   6,825   7,958 
Total noninterest expense  13,425   14,153   26,473   26,840 
         
INCOME BEFORE INCOME TAX EXPENSE  9,336   6,471   18,570   11,853 
Income tax expense  3,117   2,011   6,330   3,523 
NET INCOME  $ 6,219   $ 4,460   $ 12,240   $ 8,330 
Dividends and accretion of discount on preferred stock  2,382   800   3,187   1,090 
NET INCOME AVAILABLE TO COMMON SHAREHOLDERS  $ 3,837   $ 3,660   $ 9,053   $ 7,240 
BASIC WEIGHTED AVERAGE COMMON SHARES  16,114,408   12,416,710   16,103,080   12,409,146 
BASIC EARNINGS PER COMMON SHARE  $ 0.24   $ 0.29   $ 0.56   $ 0.58 
DILUTED WEIGHTED AVERAGE COMMON SHARES  16,212,460   12,515,196   16,195,254   12,512,890 
DILUTED EARNINGS PER COMMON SHARE  $ 0.24   $ 0.29   $ 0.56   $ 0.58 

 
LAKELAND FINANCIAL CORPORATION
LOAN DETAIL
SECOND QUARTER 2010
(unaudited in thousands)
             
  June 30, 2010 December 31, 2009 June 30, 2009
Commercial and industrial loans  $ 727,047   35.3%   $ 693,579   34.5%   $ 673,886   35.8% 
Commercial real estate - owner occupied  361,618   17.6   348,812   17.3   333,852   17.7 
Commercial real estate - nonowner occupied  253,158   12.3   257,374   12.8   235,357   12.5 
Commercial real estate - multifamily loans  25,153   1.2   26,558   1.3   26,623   1.4 
Commercial real estate construction loans  195,990   9.5   166,959   8.3   136,440   7.2 
Agri-business and agricultural loans  183,137   8.9   206,252   10.2   167,614   8.9 
Residential real estate mortgage loans  90,118   4.4   95,211   4.7   98,814   5.3 
Home equity loans  167,420   8.1   161,594   8.0   152,804   8.1 
Installment loans and other consumer loans  55,280   2.7   57,478   2.9   57,720   3.1 
 Subtotal  2,058,921   100.0%   2,013,817   100.0%   1,883,110   100.0% 
Less: Allowance for loan losses  (37,364)    (32,073)    (25,090)  
 Net deferred loan (fees)/costs  (1,194)    (1,807)    (1,004)  
Loans, net  $ 2,020,363     $ 1,979,937     $ 1,857,016   
CONTACT:  Lake City Bank          David M. Findlay, Executive Vice President-           Administration and Chief Financial Officer          (574) 267-9197          david.findlay@lakecitybank.com