United Security Bancshares, Inc. Reports Growth In Fourth Quarter And 2012 Net Income

United Security Bancshares, Inc. (Nasdaq: USBI) today reported an increase in net income attributable to USBI for the fourth quarter of 2012 to $883,000, or $0.15 per diluted share, compared with a net loss attributable to USBI of ($9.5 million), or ($1.58) per diluted share, for the fourth quarter of 2011. Net income attributable to USBI rose to $2.2 million, or $0.36 per diluted share, for the year ended December 31, 2012, compared with a net loss attributable to USBI of ($9.1 million), or ($1.51) per diluted share, in 2011.

“The fourth quarter of 2012 was our third consecutive quarter to report growth in net income, which resulted in large part from reduced non-interest expenses, charges related to other real estate and non-performing loans, including significant reductions in charge-offs and our provision for loan losses,” stated James F. House, President and CEO of United Security Bancshares, Inc. “We have been very successful over the past year in improving our asset quality, which has been a key driver in our improved earnings performance."

“We reduced non-performing loans by $8.8 million from the third quarter of 2012. We benefited from increased sales of other real estate owned (OREO) and successfully resolved a large loan that was placed on non-accrual status in the third quarter. We are pleased with our progress in reducing the level of non-performing assets, as highlighted by non-accrual loans declining $8.0 million to $23.6 million and OREO declining $0.3 million to $13.3 million from the third quarter of 2012. Our charge-offs and write-downs of OREO were also down from last year. In addition, our loans accruing 90-days past due declined $0.5 million to $1.6 million as of December 31, 2012, as compared to $2.1 million as of September 30, 2012. Although we made solid progress in reducing non-performing assets during 2012, they still remain at elevated levels, and we remain focused on resolving problem loans and selling OREO to improve our long-term profitability."

“Loan demand is still weak, but we are beginning to see some areas of recovery,” continued Mr. House. “Our challenge will be to grow our loan portfolio with quality loans. We believe that our strong capital base will continue to provide us with the capacity to make new loans and will provide us with a competitive advantage as the economy improves.”

Fourth Quarter Results

Net income attributable to USBI rose to $883,000, or $0.15 per diluted share, for the fourth quarter of 2012, compared with a net loss attributable to USBI of ($9.5 million), or ($1.58) per diluted share, for the fourth quarter of 2011. The 2011 fourth quarter’s results included a $4.1 million non-cash write-off of goodwill.

“Our improved profitability has added to our strong capital base, and we continue to be rated “well capitalized,” the highest regulatory rating,” continued Mr. House. “We maintained our ‘well capitalized,’ rating throughout the economic downturn and without any financial assistance from the Federal government. At December 31, 2012, our total risk based capital ratio rose to 17.1% for the Company and 17.2% for the Bank, both well above the regulatory requirement of 10.0% for a well-capitalized institution and a minimum regulatory requirement of 8.0%. In addition, our Tier 1 leverage ratio was 10.5% for the Company and 10.6% for the Bank, both measures significantly above the requirement of 5.0% for a well-capitalized institution and minimum regulatory requirement of 3.0%.”

Interest income totaled $9.7 million in the fourth quarter of 2012, compared with $10.6 million in the fourth quarter of 2011. The decrease in interest income was due primarily to lower earning assets, primarily loans, compared with the fourth quarter of 2011, partially offset by a 53 basis point increase in net interest margin to 6.66% in the fourth quarter of 2012, compared with 6.13% in the fourth quarter of 2011.

Net loans totaled $337.4 million in the fourth quarter of 2012, compared with $381.1 million in the fourth quarter of 2011. The decrease in net loans was due to loan payoffs and write-downs outpacing new loan demand. An overall weak economy in the bank’s markets, primarily centered in the real estate sector, has been a significant factor in lower loan demand over the past year.

Interest expense declined 46% to $888,000 in the fourth quarter of 2012, compared with $1.6 million in the fourth quarter of 2011. The decline in interest expense was due primarily to lower average rates paid on interest bearing deposits.

Net interest income declined 1.9% to $8.8 million in the fourth quarter of 2012, compared with $9.0 million in the fourth quarter of the prior year.

Provision for loan losses dropped to $1.2 million in the fourth quarter of 2012, compared with $13.6 million in the fourth quarter of 2011. Net charge-offs totaled $1.8 million in the fourth quarter of 2012, compared with $6.6 million in the fourth quarter of 2011.

Total non-interest income was $1.5 million in the fourth quarter of 2012, compared with $3.7 million in the fourth quarter of 2011. The decline in non-interest income was due primarily to lower gains on the sale of investment securities in the fourth quarter of 2012 compared with the fourth quarter of 2011.

Non-interest expense declined to $7.7 million in the fourth quarter of 2012, compared with $14.1 million in the fourth quarter of 2011. The 2011 fourth quarter’s results included a $4.1 million impairment charge to goodwill and higher expenses related to other real estate. Total expenses related to other real estate declined $2.7 million to $0.6 million in the fourth quarter of 2012, compared with $3.3 million in the fourth quarter of 2011.

Twelve Month Results

For the year ended December 31, 2012, net income attributable to USBI increased to $2.2 million, or $0.36 per diluted share, compared with a net loss attributable to USBI of ($9.1 million), or ($1.51) per diluted share, for the year ended December 31, 2011.

Net interest income declined to $34.2 million in 2012, compared with $35.3 million in 2011. The decline in net interest income was due primarily to lower interest earning assets, primarily loans, in 2012 compared with the prior year. Net loans were down $43.7 million to $337.4 million at December 31, 2012, compared with $381.1 million at December 31, 2011. Net interest margin increased to 6.21% in 2012 from 6.17% in 2011. The growth in net interest margin in 2012 resulted from a lower cost of funds compared with 2011.

Provision for loan losses declined to $4.3 million in 2012, or 1.15% annualized of average loans, compared with $18.8 million, or 4.63% annualized of average loans, in 2011. Net charge-offs totaled $7.3 million in 2012, compared with $17.5 million in 2011.

Non-interest income declined to $5.6 million in 2012, compared with $8.7 million in 2011, primarily due to lower gains on the sale of investment securities in 2012 compared with 2011.

Non-interest expense declined 19.4% to $32.5 million in 2012, compared with $40.3 million in 2011. Non-interest expense declined in every major category in 2012 compared with the prior year except for salary expense, which was up 0.7%, and furniture and equipment expense, which was up 0.8%, as compared with 2011. Impairment on other real estate declined $2.8 million from 2011.

About United Security Bancshares, Inc.

United Security Bancshares, Inc. is a bank holding company that operates nineteen banking offices in Alabama through First United Security Bank. In addition, the Company’s operations include Acceptance Loan Company, Inc., a consumer loan company, and FUSB Reinsurance, Inc., an underwriter of credit life and credit accident and health insurance policies sold to the Bank’s and ALC’s consumer loan customers. The Company’s stock is traded on the Nasdaq Capital Market under the symbol “USBI.”

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements, as defined by federal securities laws. Statements contained in this press release that are not historical facts are forward-looking statements. These statements may address issues that involve significant risks, uncertainties, estimates and assumptions made by management. USBI undertakes no obligation to update these statements following the date of this press release, except as required by law. In addition, USBI, through its senior management, may make from time to time forward-looking public statements concerning the matters described herein. Such forward-looking statements are necessarily estimates reflecting the best judgment of USBI’s senior management based upon current information and involve a number of risks and uncertainties. Certain factors that could affect the accuracy of such forward-looking statements are identified in the public filings made by USBI with the Securities and Exchange Commission, and forward-looking statements contained in this press release or in other public statements of USBI or its senior management should be considered in light of those factors. Specifically, with respect to statements relating to loan demand and the adequacy of the allowance for loan losses for USBI, these factors include, but are not limited to, the rate of growth (or lack thereof) in the economy, the relative strength and weakness in the consumer and commercial credit sectors and in the real estate markets and collateral values. There can be no assurance that such factors or other factors will not affect the accuracy of such forward-looking statements.
 

UNITED SECURITY BANCSHARES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF FINANCIAL CONDITION

(Dollars in Thousands, Except Per Share Data)
 
    December 31,     December 31,
2012 2011
(Unaudited)
ASSETS
 
Cash and Due from Banks $ 12,181 $ 9,491
Interest-Bearing Deposits in Banks   41,945     43,306  
Total Cash and Cash Equivalents 54,126 52,797
Federal Funds Sold 5,000 -
Investment Securities Available-for-Sale, at fair market value 92,614 122,170
Investment Securities Held-to-Maturity, at cost 21,136 1,170
Federal Home Loan Bank Stock, at cost 936 2,861
Loans, net of allowance for loan losses of $19,278 and $22,267, respectively 337,400 381,085
Premises and Equipment, net 8,902 9,050
Cash Surrender Value of Bank-Owned Life Insurance 13,303 12,922
Accrued Interest Receivable 3,101 3,958
Investment in Limited Partnerships 836 1,456
Other Real Estate Owned 13,286 16,774
Other Assets   16,492     17,567  
Total Assets $ 567,132   $ 621,810  
 
LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY
Deposits $ 489,034 $ 527,073
Accrued Interest Expense 413 790
Short-Term Borrowings 638 356
Long-Term Debt - 20,000
Other Liabilities   8,400     7,383  
Total Liabilities   498,485     555,602  
 
Shareholders’ Equity:

Common Stock, par value $0.01 per share, 10,000,000 shares authorized; 7,327,560 and 7,322,560 shares issued, respectively; 6,023,622 and 6,015,737 shares outstanding, respectively

73

73
Surplus 9,284 9,259
Accumulated Other Comprehensive Income, net of tax 3,139 3,005
Retained Earnings 77,286 75,091
Less Treasury Stock: 1,303,938 and 1,306,823 shares at cost, respectively (21,123 ) (21,208 )
Noncontrolling Interest   (12 )   (12 )
 
Total Shareholders’ Equity   68,647     66,208  
 
Total Liabilities and Shareholders’ Equity $ 567,132   $ 621,810  
 

 

UNITED SECURITY BANCSHARES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(Dollars in Thousands, Except Per Share Data)
 
    Three Months Ended     Twelve Months Ended
December 31, December 31,
2012     2011 2012     2011
 
INTEREST INCOME:
Interest and Fees on Loans $ 8,919 $ 9,365 $ 35,373 $ 37,064
Interest on Investment Securities   748   1,231     3,380   5,282  
Total Interest Income 9,667 10,596 38,753 42,346
 
INTEREST EXPENSE:
Interest on Deposits 884 1,518 4,433 6,260
Interest on Borrowings   4   127     123   759  
Total Interest Expense   888   1,645     4,556   7,019  
 
NET INTEREST INCOME 8,779 8,951 34,197 35,327
 
PROVISION FOR LOAN LOSSES   1,163   13,626     4,338   18,802  
 

NET INTEREST INCOME (LOSS) AFTER PROVISION FOR LOAN LOSSES

 

7,616

 

(4,675

 

)

 

29,859

 

16,525
 
NON-INTEREST INCOME:

Service and Other Charges on Deposit Accounts

652

719

2,522

2,888
Credit Life Insurance Income 342 348 955 924
Other Income   513   2,681     2,088   4,916  
Total Non-Interest Income 1,507 3,748 5,565 8,728
 
NON-INTEREST EXPENSE:
Salaries and Employee Benefits 3,678 3,253 14,590 14,491
Occupancy Expense 483 460 1,899 1,922
Furniture and Equipment Expense 323 331 1,293 1,282
Impairment on Other Real Estate Owned 342 2,548 3,583 6,390
Goodwill Impairment - 4,098 - 4,098
Loss on Sale of Other Real Estate 251 771 1,283 1,607
Other Expense   2,575   2,648     9,836   10,497  
Total Non-Interest Expense   7,652   14,109     32,484   40,287  
 

INCOME (LOSS) BEFORE INCOME TAXES

1,471

(15,036

)

2,940

(15,034

)

PROVISION FOR (BENEFIT FROM) INCOME TAXES
 

588
 

(5,547

)
 

745
 

(5,958

)
NET INCOME (LOSS) $ 883 $ (9,489 ) $ 2,195 $ (9,076 )

Less: Net Loss Attributable to Noncontrolling Interest
 

-
 

-
   

-
 

(1

)

NET INCOME (LOSS) ATTRIBUTABLE TO USBI

$

883

$

(9,489

)

$

2,195

$

(9,075

)

BASIC AND DILUTED NET INCOME (LOSS) ATTRIBUTABLE TO USBI PER SHARE

$

0.15

$

(1.58

)

$

0.36

$

(1.51

)
 
DIVIDENDS PER SHARE $ 0.00 $ 0.00   $ 0.00 $ 0.04  
 

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