Southern Missouri Bancorp Reports Preliminary Fiscal 2013 Second Quarter And Year-to-date Results, Declares Dividend Of $0.15 Per Common Share, Schedules Conference Call To Discuss Results For January 29 At 3:30pm CST

Poplar Bluff, Missouri, Jan. 25, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Highlights:

·         Preliminary fiscal year 2013 second quarter earnings per common share (diluted) reported at $.72, down from $.95 in the year ago period, as average fully-diluted common shares outstanding increased from 2.7 million in the year ago period to 3.4 million in the current quarter, and net income available to common shareholders decreased to $2.4 million, as compared to $2.6 million in the year ago period.  The increase in average shares outstanding was a result of the common stock offering completed in November 2011.  Earnings per common share (diluted) were up $.01, as compared to the $.71 earned in the first quarter of fiscal 2013, the linked quarter.

·         For the second quarter of fiscal 2013, the Company generated an annualized return on average assets of 1.32% and an annualized return on average common equity of 12.5%, as compared to 1.44% and 17.1%, respectively, for the same period of the prior year.  In the first quarter of fiscal 2013, the linked quarter, the annualized return on average assets was 1.41%, and the annualized return on average common equity was 12.6%. 

·         Net interest margin for the second quarter of fiscal 2013 was 4.17%, up from the 4.12% reported for the year ago period, but down from the net interest margin of 4.30% for the first quarter of fiscal 2013, the linked quarter.

·         Noninterest income was up 24.3% for the second quarter of fiscal 2013, compared to the year ago period, and up 5.5% from the first quarter of fiscal 2013, the linked quarter.

·         Noninterest expense was up 14.3% for the second quarter of fiscal 2013, compared to the year ago period, and up 7.6% from the first quarter of fiscal 2013, the linked quarter.

·         The Company posted loan growth of $36.0 million, or 6.2%, during the first six months of fiscal 2013; deposits increased $21.6 million, or 3.7%.  Investment balances were up slightly, and cash balances decreased. 

·         Non-performing assets and non-performing loans increased in the first six months of fiscal 2013, but were down from totals reported for at September 30, 2012, as the Company worked through the resolution process of several previously classified credits.

Southern Missouri Bancorp, Inc. ("Company") (NASDAQ: SMBC), the parent corporation of Southern Bank ("Bank"), today announced preliminary net income available to common shareholders for the second quarter of fiscal 2013 of $2.4 million, a decrease of $122,000, or 4.8%, as compared to $2.6 million in net income available to common shareholders earned during the same period of the prior fiscal year.  The decrease was attributable primarily to an increase in noninterest expense and an increase in provision for loan losses, partially offset by decreases in provisions for income taxes and increases in noninterest income and net interest income.  Preliminary net income available to common shareholders was $.72 per fully diluted common share for the second quarter of fiscal 2013, a decrease of 24.2%, as compared to the $.95 per fully diluted common share earned during the same period of the prior fiscal year. The decrease was primarily the result of higher average fully diluted common shares outstanding following the common stock offering completed in November 2011.  Before the dividend on preferred shares of $50,000, preliminary net income for the first quarter of fiscal 2013 was $2.5 million, a decrease of $194,000, or 7.2%, as compared to the same period of the prior fiscal year. 

Dividend Declared:

The Company is pleased to announce that the Board of Directors, on January 22, 2013, declared its 75 th consecutive quarterly dividend on common stock since the inception of the Company.  The cash dividend of $.15 per common share will be paid on February 28, 2013, to common stockholders of record at the close of business on February 15 , 2013.  The Board of Directors and management believe the payment of a quarterly cash dividend enhances shareholder value and demonstrates our commitment to and confidence in our future prospects.

Conference Call:

The Company will host a conference call to review the information provided in this press release on Tuesday, January 29, 2013, at 3:30 p.m., CST (4:30 p.m., EST).  The call will be available live to interested parties by calling 1-888-317-6016 in the United States (Canada: 1-855-669-9657, international: 1-412-317-6016).  Following the call, telephone playback will be available one hour following the conclusion of the call, until 8:00 a.m., CST, on February 13, 2013.  The playback may be accessed by dialing 1-877-344-7529 (international: 1-412-317-0088), and using the conference passcode 10024377.

Balance Sheet Summary:

The Company experienced balance sheet growth in the first six months of fiscal 2013, with total assets increasing $31.0 million, or 4.2%, to $770.2 million at December 31, 2012, as compared to $739.2 million at June 30, 2012.  Balance sheet growth was primarily due to growth in loan balances, funded by deposit growth, reductions in cash equivalent balances, and by increases in securities sold under agreements to repurchase. 

Available-for-sale investments increased $2.5 million, or 3.3%, to $77.6 million at December 31, 2012, as compared to $75.1 million at June 30, 2012.  Increases in US agency obligations and municipal obligations were partially offset by decreases in mortgage-backed securities.  Cash and equivalents were down $16.3 million, redeployed into earning assets, primarily loans.

Loans, net of the allowance for loan losses, increased $36.0 million, or 6.2%, to $619.4 million at December 31, 2012, as compared to $583.5 million at June 30, 2012.  Loan balances were up due primarily to increases in commercial real estate and residential (primarily multifamily) real estate loans, partially offset by decreases in equipment and operating lines for agricultural and commercial borrowers, as well as decreases in construction loan balances.  The decrease in agricultural operating lines is primarily seasonal and would be expected to continue through the March 31 quarter.

Non-performing loans were $2.2 million, or 0.35% of gross loans, at December 31, 2012, as compared to $2.4 million, or 0.41% of gross loans, at June 30, 2012; non-performing assets were $5.9 million, or 0.77% of total assets, at December 31, 2012, as compared to $4.0 million, or 0.54% of total assets, at June 30, 2012. Our allowance for loan losses at December 31, 2012, totaled $7.9 million, representing 1.26% of gross loans and 359% of non-performing loans, as compared to $7.5 million, or 1.27% of gross loans, and 312% of non-performing loans, at June 30, 2012.  The increase in non-performing assets was due primarily to a single relationship which accounted for $2.4 million in foreclosed real estate balances at December 31, 2012; the majority of the foreclosed property value is commercial real estate.  (The loan relationship had migrated from classified to non-accrual status during the quarter ended September 30, 2012.)  For all impaired loans, the Company has measured impairment under ASC 310-10-35, and management believes the allowance for loan losses at September 30, 2012, is adequate, based on that measurement.

Total liabilities increased $26.8 million to $671.3 million at December 31, 2012, an increase of 4.2% as compared to $644.5 million at June 30, 2012.  This growth was primarily the result of an increase in deposit accounts and securities sold under agreements to repurchase.    

Deposits increased $21.6 million, or 3.7%, to $606.4 million at December 31, 2012, as compared to $584.8 million at June 30, 2012.  Of the increase, $7.8 million was attributable to public unit funds, and was somewhat seasonal in nature.  Increased balances were noted in interest-bearing checking, noninterest checking, and certificate of deposit balances, partially offset by a decline in savings accounts.  The average loan-to-deposit ratio for the second quarter of fiscal 2013 was 105.8%, as compared to 94.6% for the same period of the prior fiscal year. 

FHLB advances were $24.5 million at December 31, 2012, unchanged in comparison to June 30, 2012; however, overnight FHLB advances were utilized during the first six months of fiscal 2013 (the average amount of overnight borrowings was $11.5 million).  Securities sold under agreements to repurchase totaled $30.9 million at December 31, 2012, as compared to $25.6 million at June 30, 2012, an increase of 20.7%, attributable mostly to seasonal inflows from public units.  At both dates, the full balance of repurchase agreements was held by local small business and government counterparties. 

The Company's stockholders' equity increased $4.2 million, or 4.4%, to $98.9 million at December 31, 2012, from $94.7 million at June 30, 2012.  The increase was due primarily to retention of net income, partially offset by cash dividends paid on common and preferred stock.

Income Statement Summary:

The Company's net interest income for the three-month period ended December 31, 2012, was $7.3 million, an increase of $9,000, or 0.1%, as compared to the same period of the prior fiscal year.  For the six-month period ended December 31, 2012, net interest income was $14.8 million, a decrease of $49,000, or 0.3%, as compared to the same period of the prior fiscal year.  For the three-month period, the increase, as compared to the prior fiscal year, was attributable to an increase in net interest margin, from 4.12% to 4.17%, partially offset by a 1.1% decline in the average balance of interest-earning assets.  For the six-month period, the decrease, as compared to the prior fiscal year, was attributable to a decline in the net interest margin, from 4.27% to 4.23%, partially offset by a 0.4% increase in average interest-earning assets.  In December 2010, the Company acquired from the FDIC, as receiver, most of the assets and substantially all of the liabilities of the former First Southern Bank (the Acquisition).  Accretion of fair value discount on loans and amortization of fair value premiums on time deposits related to the Acquisition declined from $1.0 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2012 to $366,000 in the second quarter of fiscal 2013.  The change in this component reduced net interest income by $637,000 and net interest margin by 36 basis points for the current quarter as compared to the year ago period.  Accretion of fair value discount on loans and amortization of fair value premiums on time deposits related to the Acquisition declined from $2.2 million in the first six months of fiscal 2012 to $895,000 in the first six months of fiscal 2013.  The change in this component reduced net interest income by $1.3 million and net interest margin by 36 basis points for the current fiscal year to date as compared to the year ago period.  The Company expects the impact of the fair value discount accretion to continue to decline, over time, as the assets acquired at a discount continue to mature or prepay.

The provision for loan losses for the three- and six-month periods ended December 31, 2012, was $462,000 and $1.1 million, respectively, as compared to $345,000 and $862,000, respectively, in the same periods of the prior fiscal year.  As a percentage of average loans outstanding, provision for the current three-and six-month periods represented annualized charges of 0.30% and 0.35%, respectively, as compared to 0.25% and 0.31%, respectively, for the same periods of the prior fiscal year.  The increase in provision for the three- and six-month periods ended December 31, 2012, as compared to the same periods of the prior fiscal year, was attributed to higher net charge offs, strong loan growth, and an increase in nonperforming credits.  Net charge offs for the six-month period ended December 31, 2012, were 0.21% of average loans, as compared to 0.09% for the same period of the prior fiscal year.

The Company's noninterest income for the three- and six-month periods ended December 31, 2012, was $1.1 million and $2.2 million, respectively, increases of $219,000, or 24.3%, and $162,000, or 8.1%, respectively, as compared to the same periods of the prior fiscal year.  The increase was attributed primarily to increased deposit account charges and fees (resulting from transaction account growth and increased NSF activity), increases in the cash value of bank-owned life insurance (resulting from an additional investment in such policies in March 2012), and higher bank card network interchange revenues (resulting from additional bank card transaction volume).  The three-month period comparison was additionally improved as a result of better secondary market loan sales, while the six-month period comparison was less favorable as a result of inclusion in the prior period's result of the settlement of a legal claim obtained in the Acquisition.

Noninterest expense for the three- and six-month periods ended December 31, 2012, was $4.4 million and $8.6 million, respectively, increases of $557,000, or 14.3%, and $912,000, or 11.9%, respectively, as compared to the same periods of the prior fiscal year.  The increases were primarily attributable to higher compensation and occupancy expenses, additional expenses related to foreclosed property, and smaller gains on the sale of foreclosed property, partially offset by a decline in the cost of providing internet and mobile banking services.  The efficiency ratio for the three- and six-month periods ended December 31, 2012, was 52.6% and 50.7%, respectively, as compared to 47.2%  and 45.6%, respectively, for the same periods of the prior fiscal year.  The deterioration for the three- and six-month ratios resulted from increases of 14.3% and 11.9%, respectively, in expenses, partially offset by increases of 2.8% and 0.7%, respectively, in revenues. 

The income tax provision for the three- and six-month periods ended December 31, 2012, was $1.1 million and $2.2 million, respectively, decreases of $252,000, or 19.1%, and $556,000, or 20.1%, respectively, as compared to the same periods of the prior fiscal year.  The declines were attributed primarily to a decrease in pre-tax income, as well as a decline in the effective tax rate, from 33.0% and 33.3%, respectively,  in the three- and six-month periods ended December 31, 2011, to 30.0% and 30.3%, respectively, in the three- and six-month periods ended December 31, 2012.  The decreases in the effective tax rates were attributed to continued investments in tax-advantaged assets, and the lower level of pre-tax income.  

Forward-Looking Information:

Except for the historical information contained herein, the matters discussed in this press release may be deemed to be forward-looking statements that are subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties, and other factors that could cause the actual results to differ materially from the forward-looking statements, including: the strength of the United States economy in general and the strength of the local economies in which we conduct operations; fluctuations in interest rates and in real estate values; monetary and fiscal policies of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System and the U.S. Government and other governmental initiatives affecting the financial services industry; the risks of lending and investing activities, including changes in the level and direction of loan delinquencies and write-offs and changes in estimates of the adequacy of the allowance for loan losses; our ability to access cost-effective funding; the timely development of and acceptance of our new products and services and the perceived overall value of these products and services by users, including the features, pricing and quality compared to competitors' products and services; expected cost savings, synergies and other benefits from the Company's merger and acquisition activities might not be realized within the anticipated time frames or at all, and costs or difficulties relating to integration matters, including but not limited to customer and employee retention, might be greater than expected; fluctuations in real estate values and both residential and commercial real estate market conditions; demand for loans and deposits in our market area; legislative or regulatory changes that adversely affect our business; results of examinations of us by our regulators, including the possibility that our regulators may, among other things, require us to increase our reserve for loan losses or to write-down assets; the impact of technological changes; and our success at managing the risks involved in the foregoing. Any forward-looking statements are based upon management's beliefs and assumptions at the time they are made. We undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements or to update the reasons why actual results could differ from those contained in such statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. In light of these risks, uncertainties and assumptions, the forward-looking statements discussed might not occur, and you should not put undue reliance on any forward-looking statements.
Southern Missouri Bancorp, Inc.  
UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL INFORMATION  
             
Summary Balance Sheet Data as of:          December 31, 2012  June 30, 2012  
               
Cash and equivalents          $             18,452,000  $             34,694,000  
Available for sale securities                         77,635,000                 75,127,000  
Membership stock (1)                           3,019,000                   3,019,000  
Loans receivable, gross                       627,330,000               590,957,000  
   Allowance for loan losses                           7,920,000                   7,492,000  
Loans receivable, net                       619,410,000               583,465,000  
Bank-owned life insurance                         16,212,000                 15,957,000  
Intangible assets                           1,249,000                   1,458,000  
Premises and equipment                         15,302,000                 11,347,000  
Other assets                         18,913,000                 14,122,000  
   Total assets          $           770,192,000  $           739,189,000  
               
Interest-bearing deposits          $           544,951,000  $           530,001,000  
Noninterest-bearing deposits                         61,454,000                 54,813,000  
Securities sold under agreements to repurchase                         30,945,000                 25,642,000  
FHLB advances                         24,500,000                 24,500,000  
Other liabilities                           2,200,000                   2,288,000  
Subordinated debt                           7,217,000                   7,217,000  
   Total liabilities                       671,267,000               644,461,000  
               
Preferred stock                         20,000,000                 20,000,000  
Common stockholders' equity                         78,925,000                 74,728,000  
   Total stockholders' equity                         98,925,000                 94,728,000  
               
   Total liabilities and stockholders' equity          $           770,192,000  $           739,189,000  
               
Equity to assets ratio         12.84% 12.82%  
Common shares outstanding                           3,254,000                   3,248,000  
Book value per common share          $                       24.25  $                       23.01  
Closing market price                                  22.45                          21.50  
               
Nonperforming asset data as of:          December 31, 2012  June 30, 2012  
               
Nonaccrual loans          $               2,191,000  $               2,398,000  
Accruing loans 90 days or more past due                                18,000                                -    
Nonperforming troubled debt restructurings (2)                                        -                                  -    
   Total nonperforming loans                           2,209,000                   2,398,000  
Other real estate owned (OREO)                           3,462,000                   1,426,000  
Personal property repossessed                              114,000                          9,000  
Nonperforming investment securities                              125,000                      125,000  
   Total nonperforming assets          $               5,910,000  $               3,958,000  
               
Total nonperforming assets to total assets         0.77% 0.54%  
Total nonperforming loans to gross loans         0.35% 0.41%  
Allowance for loan losses to nonperforming loans         358.53% 312.43%  
Allowance for loan losses to gross loans         1.26% 1.27%  
               
Performing troubled debt restructurings          $               3,515,000  $               3,138,000  
             
      (1) Federal Home Loan Bank and Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis membership stock    
      (2) reported here only if not otherwise listed as nonperforming (i.e., nonaccrual or 90+ days past due)    
                               
     For the three-month period ended    For the six-month period ended
Average Balance Sheet Data:    December 31, 2012  December 31, 2011    December 31, 2012  December 31, 2011
             
Interest-bearing cash equivalents    $               8,350,000  $             80,800,000    $             10,129,000  $             62,540,000
Available for sale securities and          membership stock                   77,466,000                 70,080,000                   76,257,000                 68,429,000
Loans receivable, gross                 617,495,000               559,925,000                 610,245,000               562,946,000
   Total interest-earning assets                 703,311,000               710,805,000                 696,631,000               693,915,000
Other assets                   50,471,000                 30,801,000                   47,714,000                 29,328,000
   Total assets    $           753,782,000  $           741,606,000    $           744,345,000  $           723,243,000
             
Interest-bearing deposits    $           527,902,000  $           550,620,000    $           524,331,000  $           541,335,000
Securities sold under agreements to          repurchase                   26,858,000                 27,087,000                   25,713,000                 26,438,000
FHLB advances                   37,918,000                 33,500,000                   36,024,000                 33,500,000
Subordinated debt                     7,217,000                   7,217,000                     7,217,000                   7,217,000
   Total interest-bearing liabilities                 599,895,000               618,424,000                 593,285,000               608,490,000
Noninterest-bearing deposits                   55,519,000                 41,382,000                   53,816,000                 39,175,000
Other noninterest-bearing liabilities                        358,000                   1,996,000                        336,000                   3,205,000
   Total liabilities                 655,772,000               661,802,000                 647,437,000               650,870,000
             
Preferred stock                   20,000,000                 20,000,000                   20,000,000                 18,682,000
Common stockholders' equity                   78,010,000                 59,804,000                   76,908,000                 53,691,000
   Total stockholders' equity                   98,010,000                 79,804,000                   96,908,000                 72,373,000
             
   Total liabilities and stockholders'          equity    $           753,782,000  $           741,606,000    $           744,345,000  $           723,243,000
     For the three-month period ended    For the six-month period ended
Summary Income Statement Data:    December 31, 2012  December 31, 2011    December 31, 2012  December 31, 2011
             
Interest income:            
   Cash equivalents    $                    11,000  $                    52,000    $                    30,000  $                    81,000
      Available for sale securities and          membership stock   457,000 634,000   945,000 1,263,000
   Loans receivable                     8,730,000                   9,257,000                   17,584,000                 18,813,000
      Total interest income                     9,198,000                   9,943,000                   18,559,000                 20,157,000
Interest expense:            
   Deposits                     1,497,000                   2,163,000                     3,076,000                   4,446,000
   Securities sold under agreements          to repurchase                          54,000                        59,000                        102,000                      119,000
   FHLB advances                        259,000                      339,000                        513,000                      679,000
   Subordinated debt                          58,000                        60,000                        117,000                      114,000
      Total interest expense                     1,868,000                   2,621,000                     3,808,000                   5,358,000
Net interest income                     7,330,000                   7,322,000                   14,751,000                 14,799,000
Provision for loan losses                        462,000                      345,000                     1,073,000                      862,000
Noninterest income                     1,118,000                      899,000                     2,178,000                   2,016,000
Noninterest expense                     4,440,000                   3,884,000                     8,579,000                   7,667,000
Income taxes                     1,065,000                   1,317,000                     2,206,000                   2,761,000
Net income                     2,481,000                   2,675,000                     5,071,000                   5,525,000
   Less: effective dividend on          preferred shares                          50,000                      122,000                        245,000                      352,000
      Net income available to          common shareholders    $               2,431,000  $               2,553,000    $               4,826,000  $               5,173,000
             
Basic earnings per common share    $                         0.75  $                         0.98    $                         1.49  $                         2.21
Diluted earnings per common          share                              0.72                            0.95                              1.43                            2.12
Dividends per common share                              0.15                            0.12   0.30 0.24
Average common shares          outstanding:            
   Basic                     3,249,000                   2,595,000                     3,249,000                   2,345,000
   Diluted                     3,383,000                   2,687,000                     3,382,000                   2,434,000
             
Return on average assets   1.32% 1.44%   1.36% 1.53%
Return on average common          shareholders' equity   12.5% 17.1%   12.6% 19.3%
             
Net interest margin   4.17% 4.12%   4.23% 4.27%
Net interest spread   3.98% 3.90%   4.05% 4.05%
             
Efficiency ratio   52.6% 47.2%   50.7% 45.6%
CONTACT: Matt Funke 573-778-1800

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