United Security Bancshares, Inc. Reports First Quarter Results

THOMASVILLE, Ala., April 29, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- United Security Bancshares, Inc. (Nasdaq:USBI) (the "Company") today reported net income of $0.3 million, or $0.05 per diluted share, for the quarter ended March 31, 2016.  The results represent a decrease of $0.02 per share compared to the prior quarter and a decrease of $0.08 per share compared to the first quarter of 2015. 

First Quarter Highlights
  • Loan growth - Net loans increased $8.5 million, or 13.3% on an annualized basis, compared to December 31, 2015.  The growth in loans was driven by increases at the Company's banking subsidiary, First US Bank ("FUSB" or the "Bank"), which grew net loans by $9.8 million.  This growth was partially offset by seasonal decreases at the Bank's finance company subsidiary, Acceptance Loan Company ("ALC"), of approximately $1.2 million.    
  • Asset quality improvement - Non-performing assets decreased by $0.5 million during the first quarter to $8.6 million as of March 31, 2016.  Non-performing assets as a percentage of total assets were reduced to 1.50% as of March 31, 2016, compared to 1.59% as of December 31, 2015 and 2.27% as of March 31, 2015.   
  • Branch expansion - During the first quarter, the Bank executed on initiatives to expand its presence in contiguous metropolitan markets by purchasing, for branch expansion, a parcel of land located along U.S. Highway 280 in the Birmingham, Alabama metropolitan area. It is expected that construction of a 40,000 square-foot office complex on the site will begin during the second quarter of 2016.  In addition to a retail branch, the office complex will house the Bank's Birmingham-based commercial lending team, as well as certain of the Bank's executive officers.  Approximately 25% of the square footage of the office complex will be utilized by the Bank, with the remainder to be leased to commercial tenants.  It is expected that the office complex will be operational by mid-2017.  Until the new branch becomes operational, the Birmingham commercial lending team will be housed at a newly-opened loan production office in Mountain Brook, Alabama.

"We are pleased to report a second consecutive quarter of loan growth, continued improvement in asset quality, and forward movement in expanding the Bank's presence in the Birmingham area" said James F. House, President and Chief Executive Officer of United Security Bancshares, Inc.  "The expansion of our presence in a larger metropolitan market is a significant milestone in our efforts to grow the Bank's commercial loan portfolio."    

"Although we have experienced solid growth in the Bank's loan portfolio during the last two quarters, earnings remain constrained. At both the Bank and ALC, management has focused intently over the past several years on problem asset resolution.  We have sacrificed some volume and yield as a result of these efforts; however, we believe that we have substantially improved the health of our balance sheet and are now well-positioned for growth at both entities.  We are also optimistic that the steps we have taken to open a new branch in Tuscaloosa during the fourth quarter of 2015, and now to expand our presence in Birmingham, will significantly enhance the Bank's opportunities to grow its commercial lending portfolio with high quality assets," continued Mr. House.  

Results of Operations
  • Pre-provision net interest income totaled $6.7 million in the first quarter of 2016, compared to $7.0 million in the prior quarter and $6.7 million in the first quarter of 2015.  The decrease compared to the prior quarter was primarily attributable to seasonal reductions in loan volume at ALC and, to a lesser extent, reduction in yield at both the Bank and ALC as management continued efforts to reduce exposure to loans with higher credit risk.   
  • The provision for loan losses totaled $0.2 million in the first quarter of 2016, compared to $0.4 million in the fourth quarter of 2015 and a negative provision (reduction in reserve) of $0.2 million in the first quarter of 2015.  The increases in loan loss provisions during the last two quarters have resulted primarily from growth in FUSB's loan portfolio. 
  • Non-interest income totaled $1.0 million in the first quarter of 2016, compared to $1.2 million in the prior quarter and $1.3 million in the first quarter of 2015.  The decrease compared to both prior quarters resulted primarily from gains on sale or prepayment of securities that occurred in 2015 and that were not repeated in the first quarter of 2016.   
  • Non-interest expense totaled $7.1 million in the first quarter of 2016, remaining relatively consistent with the results in previous quarters, which totaled $7.2 million in the fourth quarter of 2015 and $7.0 million in the first quarter of 2015. 

Balance Sheet Management
  • Net loans increased to $264.0 million as of March 31, 2016, compared to $255.4 million as of December 31, 2015.  The loans were funded through the Bank's available cash balances.  In addition, the Bank funded the purchase of land in the Birmingham area, as discussed above, from available cash balances.  The purchase price totaled approximately $3.0 million.  Total cash and cash equivalents were reduced to $30.5 million as of March 31, 2016, compared to $44.1 million as of December 31, 2015. 
  • Investment securities were maintained at consistent levels during the first quarter of 2016, totaling $231.5 million as of March 31, 2016, compared to $231.2 million as of December 31, 2015.  In addition, the Company held $3.0 million in federal funds sold as of March 31, 2016.  No amounts were held in federal funds sold as of December 31, 2015.  The investment securities portfolio and federal funds sold serve to both enhance interest income and provide additional sources of liquidity. 
  • Deposit levels increased $6.2 million during the first quarter, totaling $485.5 million as of March 31, 2016, compared to $479.3 million as of December 31, 2015.  In addition to deposits, the Bank maintains significant external sources of liquidity, including access to funding through federal funds lines, Federal Home Loan Bank advances and brokered deposits.   
  • Shareholders' equity increased to $77.7 million, or $12.87 per common share, at March 31, 2016, compared to $76.3 million, or $12.65 per common share, at December 31, 2015.  The increase in shareholders' equity resulted from continued growth in retained earnings, increases in other comprehensive income related to changes in the fair value of investment securities available-for-sale, and the classification of accruals for deferred compensation in equity.   
  • The Bank maintained capital ratios at a higher level than the ratios required to be considered a "well-capitalized" institution under applicable regulations.  As of March 31, 2016, the Bank's common equity Tier 1 capital and Tier 1 risk-based capital ratios were 21.66%, its total capital ratio was 22.67%, and its Tier 1 leverage ratio was 12.76%.  
  • The Company declared a cash dividend of $0.02 per share on its common stock in the first quarter of 2016.  This amount is consistent with the Company's quarterly dividend declarations for each quarter of 2015.

About United Security Bancshares, Inc.

United Security Bancshares, Inc. is a bank holding company that operates twenty-one banking offices in Alabama through First US 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.  The Company undertakes no obligation to update these statements following the date of this press release, except as required by law.  In addition, the Company, 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 the Company'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 the Company with the Securities and Exchange Commission, and forward-looking statements contained in this press release or in other public statements of the Company or its senior management should be considered in light of those factors.  Specifically, with respect to statements relating to loan demand, growth and earnings potential, geographic expansion and the adequacy of the allowance for loan losses for the Company, these factors include, but are not limited to, the rate of growth (or lack thereof) in the economy generally and in the Bank's and ALC's service areas, the availability of quality loans in the Bank's and ALC's service areas, 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  SELECTED FINANCIAL DATA - LINKED QUARTERS  (Dollars in Thousands, Except Per Share Data)
  Quarter Ended
  2016 2015
  March 31, December 31, September 30, June 30, March 31,
           
Results of Operations:          
Interest income $ 7,196   $ 7,513   $ 7,328   $ 7,735   $ 7,321  
Interest expense   535     549     561     565     614  
Net Interest income   6,661     6,964     6,767     7,170     6,707  
Provision (reduction in reserve) for loan losses   167     415     (78 )   45     (166 )
Net interest income after provision (reduction in reserve) for loan losses   6,494     6,549     6,845     7,125     6,873  
Non-interest income   989     1,176     996     1,068     1,291  
Non-interest expense   7,066     7,203     7,090     7,107     6,977  
Income before income taxes   417     522     751     1,086     1,187  
Provision for income taxes   100     81     207     312     351  
Net income $ 317   $ 441   $ 544   $ 774   $ 836  
Per Share Data:          
Basic net income per share $ 0.05   $ 0.07   $ 0.09   $ 0.13   $ 0.14  
Diluted net income per share $ 0.05   $ 0.07   $ 0.09   $ 0.12   $ 0.13  
Dividends declared $ 0.02   $ 0.02   $ 0.02   $ 0.02   $ 0.02  
           
Period-End Balance Sheet:          
Total assets $ 575,582   $ 575,782   $ 548,537   $ 560,650   $ 564,882  
Loans, net of allowance for loan losses   263,975     255,432     237,715     244,993     239,218  
Allowance for loan losses   3,375     3,781     4,345     5,008     5,401  
Investment securities, net   231,466     231,202     239,009     246,176     249,864  
Total deposits   485,537     479,258     463,266     471,141     475,288  
Long-term debt   5,000     5,000     -     5,000     5,000  
Total shareholders' equity   77,727     76,316     76,283     75,783     75,745  
           
Performance Ratios:          
Return on average assets (annualized)   0.22 %   0.31 %   0.39 %   0.55 %   0.59 %
Return on average equity (annualized)   1.65 %   2.28 %   2.84 %   4.09 %   4.47 %
           
Asset Quality:          
Allowance for loan losses as % of loans   1.26 %   1.46 %   1.80 %   2.00 %   2.21 %
Nonperforming assets as % of total assets   1.50 %   1.59 %   1.98 %   1.96 %   2.27 %
           

  UNITED SECURITY BANCSHARES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIESINTERIM CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS  (Dollars in Thousands, Except Share and Per Share Data)
  March 31,   December 31,
  2016   2015
  (Unaudited)    
ASSETS
Cash and due from banks $   8,479     $   7,088  
Interest-bearing deposits in banks   22,007       36,984  
    Total cash and cash equivalents   30,486       44,072  
Federal funds sold   3,000       -  
Investment securities available-for-sale, at fair value   199,488       198,843  
Investment securities held-to-maturity, at amortized cost   31,978       32,359  
Federal Home Loan Bank stock, at cost   730       1,025  
Loans, net of allowance for loan losses of $3,375 and $3,781, respectively   263,975       255,432  
Premises and equipment, net   15,058       12,084  
Cash surrender value of bank-owned life insurance   14,370       14,292  
Accrued interest receivable   1,756       1,833  
Other real estate owned   5,356       6,038  
Other assets   9,385       9,804  
    Total assets $   575,582     $   575,782  
       
LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY
Deposits $   485,537     $   479,258  
Accrued interest expense   179       180  
Other liabilities   6,693       7,674  
Short-term borrowings   446       7,354  
Long-term debt   5,000       5,000  
    Total liabilities   497,855       499,466  
       
Shareholders' equity:      
Common stock, par value $0.01 per share, 10,000,000 shares authorized;      
  7,329,060 shares issued; 6,038,554 shares outstanding   73       73  
Surplus   10,649       9,844  
Accumulated other comprehensive income, net of tax   946       536  
Retained earnings   86,889       86,693  
Less treasury stock: 1,290,506 shares at cost   (20,817 )     (20,817 )
Noncontrolling interest   (13 )     (13 )
       
    Total shareholders' equity   77,727       76,316  
       
    Total liabilities and shareholders' equity $   575,582     $   575,782  
       

UNITED SECURITY BANCSHARES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES INTERIM CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS (Dollars in Thousands, Except Per Share Data)
  Three Months Ended
  March 31,
  2016   2015
  (Unaudited)
Interest income:      
Interest and fees on loans $   6,053     $   6,135  
Interest on investment securities   1,143       1,186  
Total interest income   7,196       7,321  
       
Interest expense:      
Interest on deposits   523       607  
Interest on borrowings   12       7  
Total interest expense   535       614  
       
Net interest income   6,661       6,707  
       
Provision (reduction in reserve) for loan losses   167       (166 )
       
Net interest income after provision (reduction in reserve) for loan losses   6,494       6,873  
       
Non-interest income:      
Service and other charges on deposit accounts   417       454  
Credit insurance income   152       75  
Other income   420       762  
Total non-interest income   989       1,291  
       
Non-interest expense:      
Salaries and employee benefits   4,164       4,192  
Net occupancy and equipment   769       823  
Other real estate/foreclosure expense, net   117       220  
Other expense   2,016       1,742  
Total non-interest expense   7,066       6,977  
       
Income before income taxes   417       1,187  
Provision for income taxes   100       351  
Net income $   317     $   836  
Basic net income per share $   0.05     $   0.14  
Diluted net income per share $   0.05     $   0.13  
Dividends per share $   0.02     $   0.02  
       
Thomas S. Elley 334-636-5424