Porter Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ: PBIB) ("the Company"), parent company of PBI Bank, today reported unaudited results for the first quarter of 2017. Per share amounts in this release have been adjusted to reflect the 1-for-5 reverse stock split of the Company's common shares that was effective on December 16, 2016.

The Company reported that net income attributable to common shareholders for the first quarter of 2017 was $1.6 million, or $0.27 per basic and diluted common share, compared with $1.4 million, or $0.27 per basic and diluted share, for the first quarter of 2016.

"We are pleased with the favorable financial results for the first quarter of 2017 which were largely driven by quality loan production and deposit growth," said John T. Taylor, President and CEO. "Non-interest expenses also continued to decline and normalize commensurate with improving asset quality trends. The $1.6 million in net income for the first quarter of 2017 compares favorably to net income of $1.4 million in the first quarter of 2016. Core earnings for the first quarter of 2017 outperformed the first quarter of 2016 as the first quarter of 2016 benefitted from $550,000 in negative loan loss provisioning and $203,000 in gains on security sales and calls."

Net Interest Income - Net interest income before provision expense increased to $7.7 million for the first quarter of 2017, compared with $7.3 million in the fourth quarter of 2016, and $7.7 million in the first quarter of 2016. Average loans increased to $649.3 million for the first quarter of 2017, compared with $619.6 million in the fourth quarter of 2016 and $620.1 million in the first quarter of 2016. Net interest margin increased to 3.55% in the first quarter of 2017, compared with 3.35% in the fourth quarter of 2016 and 3.53% in the first quarter of 2016.

Our yield on earning assets improved to 4.23% in the first quarter of 2017, compared to 4.01% in the fourth quarter of 2016 and remained consistent with 4.23% in the first quarter of 2016. Our cost of funds was 0.78% in the first quarter of 2017, as well as the fourth quarter of 2016, compared to 0.79% in the first quarter of 2016.

Loan Loss Provision and Allowance for Loan Losses - There was no provision for loan losses in the first quarter of 2017. Ongoing improvements in asset quality and management's assessment of risk in the loan portfolio led to negative provisions for loan losses of $550,000 for both the fourth quarter and first quarter of 2016.

The allowance for loan losses to total loans was 1.35% at March 31, 2017, compared to 1.40% at December 31, 2016, and 1.83% at March 31, 2016. The declining level of the allowance is primarily driven by declining historical charge-off levels, growth in the portfolio, and improving trends in credit quality. Net loan charge-offs were $1,000 for the first quarter of 2017, compared to net recoveries of $28,000 for the fourth quarter of 2016, and net charge-offs of $151,000 for the first quarter of 2016. The allowance for loan losses for loans evaluated collectively for impairment was 1.32% at March 31, 2017, compared with 1.37% at December 31, 2016, and 1.83% at March 31, 2016.

Non-performing Assets - Non-performing assets, which include loans past due 90 days and still accruing, loans on nonaccrual, and other real estate owned ("OREO"), decreased to $14.7 million, or 1.56% of total assets at March 31, 2017, compared with $16.0 million, or 1.70% of total assets at December 31, 2016, and $29.0 million, or 3.09% of total assets at March 31, 2016.

Non-performing loans decreased to $8.1 million, or 1.22% of total loans at March 31, 2017, compared with $9.2 million, or 1.44% of total loans at December 31, 2016, and decreased from $11.1 million, or 1.79% of total loans at March 31, 2016. The decrease from the previous quarter was primarily driven by $1.5 million in principal payments received on nonaccrual loans. OREO at March 31, 2017, decreased to $6.6 million, compared with $6.8 million at December 31, 2016, and $17.9 million at March 31, 2016. The Company acquired $100,000 in OREO and sold $388,000 in OREO during the first quarter of 2017. There were no fair value write-downs arising from lower marketing prices or new appraisals in the first quarter of 2017, compared with $210,000 in the fourth quarter of 2016, and $500,000 in the first quarter of 2016.

The following table details past due loans and non-performing assets as of:

    March 31,

2017
    December 31,

2016
    September 30,

2016
    June 30,

2016
    March 31,

2016
(in thousands)
Past due loans:

 
30 - 59 days $ 972 $ 2,302 $ 2,335 $ 2,401 $ 1,829
60 - 89 days 289 315 273 336 62
90 days or more
Nonaccrual loans   8,102   9,216   10,099   11,599   11,119

Total past due and nonaccrual loans

$

9,363

$

11,833
$ 12,707 $ 14,336 $ 13,010
 
Loans past due 90 days

or more

$

$

$ $ $
Nonaccrual loans 8,102 9,216 10,099 11,599 11,119
OREO 6,571 6,821 7,098 12,322 17,861
Other repossessed assets          

Total non-performing assets

$

14,673

$

16,037
$ 17,197 $ 23,921 $ 28,980
 

In addition to nonaccrual loans and OREO, loans classified as Troubled Debt Restructures (TDRs) and on accrual totaled $1.2 million at March 31, 2017, compared to $5.4 million at December 31, 2016 and $14.9 million at March 31, 2016.

Non-interest Income - Non-interest income for the first quarter of 2017 decreased $323,000 to $1.1 million compared with $1.4 million for the first quarter of 2016. The decrease from the first quarter of 2016 was primarily due to reductions in OREO income of $256,000 and reductions in the gains on sales and calls of securities of $203,000. As income producing OREO has been sold, no income was collected in the first quarter of 2017. Additionally, there were no investment security sales or calls in the first quarter of 2017. These reductions were partially offset by a $72,000 increase in service charges on deposit accounts in the first quarter of 2017 compared to the first quarter of 2016.

Non-interest Expense - Non-interest expense decreased $962,000 to $7.1 million for the first quarter of 2017, compared with $8.1 million for the first quarter of 2016. The decrease from the first quarter of 2016 was primarily due to a reduction in OREO expenses of approximately $684,000, a reduction of FDIC insurance expense of $181,000, a reduction of professional fees of $82,000, and a reduction of litigation and loan collection expenses of $79,000.

Capital - At March 31, 2017, PBI Bank's Tier 1 leverage ratio was 6.37% compared with 6.24% at December 31, 2016, and its Total risk-based capital ratio was 9.89% at March 31, 2017, compared with 9.88% at December 31, 2016, which are below the minimums of 9.0% and 12.0% required by the Bank's Consent Order.

At March 31, 2017, Porter Bancorp's leverage ratio was 5.43%, compared with 5.27% at December 31, 2016, and its Total risk-based capital ratio was 10.15%, compared with 10.21% at December 31, 2016. At March 31, 2017, PBI Bank's Common equity Tier I risk-based capital ratio was 8.33%, and Porter Bancorp's Common equity Tier I risk-based capital ratio was 5.29%.

Deferred Tax Assets and Liabilities - The Company has a net deferred tax asset of $53.3 million at March 31, 2017, which is currently subject to a 100% valuation allowance. Deferred tax assets and liabilities were due to the following as of:

    March 31,     December 31,
2017 2016
(in thousands)
Deferred tax assets:
Net operating loss carry-forward $ 44,630 $ 42,094
Allowance for loan losses 3,138 3,139
Other real estate owned write-down 3,366 3,366
Other   3,560     7,607  
  54,694     56,206  
 
Deferred tax liabilities:
FHLB stock dividends 928 928
Other   500     1,229  
  1,428     2,157  
Net deferred tax assets before valuation allowance   53,266     54,049  
Valuation allowance   (53,266 )   (54,049 )
Net deferred tax asset $   $  
 

Our ability to utilize deferred tax assets depends upon generating sufficient future levels of taxable income. The determination to restore a deferred tax asset and eliminate a valuation allowance depends upon the evaluation of both positive and negative evidence regarding the likelihood of achieving sufficient future taxable income levels. We established a valuation allowance for all deferred tax assets as of December 31, 2011, and the valuation allowance remains in effect as of March 31, 2017.

Under Section 382 of the Internal Revenue Code, as amended ("Section 382"), the Company's net operating loss carryforwards ("NOLs") and other deferred tax assets can generally be used to offset future taxable income and therefore reduce federal income tax obligations. However, the Company's ability to use its NOLs would be limited if there was an "ownership change" as defined by Section 382. This would occur if shareholders owning (or deemed to own under the tax rules) 5% or more of the Company's voting and non-voting common shares increase their aggregate ownership of the Company by more than 50 percentage points over a defined period of time.

In 2015, the Company took two measures to preserve the value of its NOLs. First, we adopted a tax benefits preservation plan designed to reduce the likelihood of an "ownership change" occurring as a result of purchases and sales of the Company's common shares. Any shareholder or group that acquires beneficial ownership of 5% or more of the Company (an "acquiring person") could be subject to significant dilution in its holdings if the Company's Board of Directors does not approve such acquisition. Existing shareholders holding 5% or more of the Company will not be considered acquiring persons unless they acquire additional shares, subject to certain exceptions described in the plan. In addition, the Board of Directors has the discretion to exempt certain transactions and certain persons whose acquisition of securities is determined by the Board not to jeopardize the Company's deferred tax assets. The rights will expire upon the earlier of (i) June 29, 2018, (ii) the beginning of a taxable year with respect to which the Board of Directors determines that no tax benefits may be carried forward, (iii) the repeal or amendment of Section 382 or any successor statute, if the Board of Directors determines that the plan is no longer needed to preserve the tax benefits, and (iv) certain other events as described in the plan.

On September 23, 2015, our shareholders approved an amendment to the Company's articles of incorporation to further help protect the long-term value of the Company's NOLs. The amendment provides a means to block transfers of our common shares that could result in an ownership change under Section 382. The transfer restrictions will expire on the earlier of (i) September 23, 2018, (ii) the beginning of a taxable year with respect to which the Board of Directors determines that no tax benefit may be carried forward, (iii) the repeal of Section 382 or any successor statute if our Board determines that the transfer restrictions are no longer needed to preserve the tax benefits of our NOLs, or (iv) such date as the Board otherwise determines that the transfer restrictions are no longer necessary.

Forward-Looking StatementsStatements in this press release relating to Porter Bancorp's plans, objectives, expectations or future performance are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. The words "believe," "may," "should," "anticipate," "estimate," "expect," "intend," "objective," "possible," "seek," "plan," "strive" or similar words, or negatives of these words, identify forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are based on management's current expectations. Porter Bancorp's actual results in future periods may differ materially from those indicated by forward-looking statements due to various risks and uncertainties, including our ability to reduce our level of higher risk loans such as commercial real estate and real estate development loans, reduce our level of non-performing loans and other real estate owned, and increase net interest income in a low interest rate environment, as well as our need to increase capital. These and other risks and uncertainties are described in greater detail under "Risk Factors" in the Company's Form 10-K and subsequent periodic reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The forward-looking statements in this press release are made as of the date of the release and Porter Bancorp does not assume any responsibility to update these statements.

Additional InformationUnaudited supplemental financial information for the first quarter ending March 31, 2017, follows.
 

PORTER BANCORP, INC.

Unaudited Financial Information

(in thousands, except share and per share data)
 
    Three Months Ended
3/31/17     12/31/16     3/31/16

 

 

 
Income Statement Data
Interest income $ 9,225 $ 8,781 $ 9,185
Interest expense   1,484     1,465     1,534  

 

 
Net interest income 7,741 7,316 7,651
Provision (negative provision) for loan losses       (550 )   (550 )

 
Net interest income after provision 7,741 7,866 8,201
 
Service charges on deposit accounts 501 536 429
Bank card interchange fees 213 212 202
Other real estate owned income 5 256
Bank owned life insurance income 102 101 96
Gains on sales and calls of securities, net 29 203
Other   252     233     205  

 

 
Non-interest income 1,068 1,116 1,391
 
Salaries & employee benefits 3,947 3,884 3,822
Occupancy and equipment 821 1,013 854
Professional fees 303 317 385
FDIC insurance 342 202 523
Data processing expense 292 298 297
State franchise and deposit tax 225 200 255
Other real estate owned expense (16 ) 257 668
Litigation and loan collection expense 3 8,230 82
Other   1,212     1,219     1,205  

 
Non-interest expense 7,129 15,620 8,091
 
Income (loss) before income taxes 1,680 (6,638 ) 1,501
Income tax expense (benefit)           21  

 

 

 
Net income (loss) 1,680 (6,638 ) 1,480
Less:
Earnings (losses) allocated to participating securities   44     (202 )   51  
 
Net income (loss) attributable to common $ 1,636   $ (6,436 ) $ 1,429  

 

 

 
 
Weighted average shares - Basic 6,063,026 6,035,403 5,205,066
Weighted average shares - Diluted 6,063,026 6,035,403 5,205,066
 
Basic earnings (loss) per common share $ 0.27 $ (1.07 ) $ 0.27
Diluted earnings (loss) per common share $ 0.27 $ (1.07 ) $ 0.27
Cash dividends declared per common share $ 0.00 $ 0.00 $ 0.00
 

 

PORTER BANCORP, INC.

Unaudited Financial Information

(in thousands, except share and per share data)
 
    Three Months Ended
3/31/17     12/31/16     3/31/16

 

 

 
Average Balance Sheet Data
Assets $ 937,616 $ 925,721 $ 937,378
Loans 649,325 619,640 620,077
Earning assets 892,292 878,470 881,635
Deposits 853,556 847,168 865,125
Long-term debt and advances 35,956 27,753 28,033
Interest bearing liabilities 767,461 748,159 779,438
Stockholders' equity 33,732 42,696 33,546
 
 
Performance Ratios
Return on average assets 0.73 % (2.85 )% 0.64 %
Return on average equity 20.20 (61.85 ) 17.74
Yield on average earning assets (tax equivalent) 4.23 4.01 4.23
Cost of interest bearing liabilities 0.78 0.78 0.79
Net interest margin (tax equivalent) 3.55 3.35 3.53
Efficiency ratio 80.93 185.89 91.54
 
 
Loan Charge-off Data
Loans charged-off $ (326 ) $ (547 ) $ (749 )
Recoveries   325     575     598  
Net recoveries (charge-offs) $ (1 ) $ 28 $ (151 )
 
 
Nonaccrual Loan Activity
Nonaccrual loans at beginning of period $ 9,216 $ 10,099 $ 14,087
Net principal pay-downs (1,452 ) (1,251 ) (2,712 )
Charge-offs (229 ) (434 ) (644 )
Loans foreclosed and transferred to OREO (100 ) (30 ) (441 )
Loans returned to accrual status (136 ) (283 ) (84 )
Loans placed on nonaccrual during the period   803     1,115     913  
Nonaccrual loans at end of period $ 8,102   $ 9,216   $ 11,119  
 
 
Troubled Debt Restructurings (TDRs)
Accruing $ 1,244 $ 5,350 $ 14,867
Nonaccrual   3,374     3,374     3,479  
Total $ 4,618 $ 8,724 $ 18,346
 
 
Other Real Estate Owned (OREO) Activity
OREO at beginning of period $ 6,821 $ 7,098 $ 19,214
Real estate acquired 100 30 441
Valuation adjustment write-downs (210 ) (500 )
Proceeds from sales of properties (388 ) (98 ) (1,349 )
Gain (loss) on sales, net   38     1     55  
OREO at end of period $ 6,571   $ 6,821   $ 17,861  
 

 

PORTER BANCORP, INC.

Unaudited Financial Information

(in thousands, except share and per share data)
 
    As of
3/31/17     12/31/16     9/30/16     6/30/16     3/31/16
 
Assets
Loans $ 664,183 $ 639,236 $ 621,697 $ 624,136 $ 619,827
Allowance for loan losses   (8,966 )   (8,967 )   (9,489 )   (10,104 )   (11,340 )
Net loans 655,217 630,269 612,208 614,032 608,487
Loans held for sale 134 113
Securities held to maturity 41,752 41,818 41,883 41,948 42,011
Securities available for sale 156,001 152,790 142,433 143,145 141,525
Federal funds sold & interest bearing deposits 32,329 56,867 57,578 49,313 72,209
Cash and due from financial institutions 5,456 9,449 6,266 8,289 8,097
Premises and equipment 17,687 17,848 18,481 18,618 18,751
Bank owned life insurance 14,935 14,838 14,741 14,646 14,531
FHLB Stock 7,323 7,323 7,323 7,323 7,323
Other real estate owned 6,571 6,821 7,098 12,322 17,861
Accrued interest receivable and other assets   5,083     7,154     7,135     6,916     7,251  
Total Assets $ 942,354   $ 945,177   $ 915,280   $ 916,552   $ 938,159  
 
Liabilities and Equity
Certificates of deposit $ 470,029 $ 444,639 $ 454,742 $ 461,183 $ 478,965
Interest checking 104,811 103,876 88,386 90,806 96,465
Money market 122,434 142,497 140,995 135,643 134,684
Savings   36,380     34,518     33,816     34,616     35,197  
Total interest bearing deposits 733,654 725,530 717,939 722,248 745,311
Demand deposits   127,049     124,395     119,005     117,843     120,302  
Total deposits 860,703 849,925 836,944 840,091 865,613
FHLB advances 17,313 22,458 2,619 2,775 2,932
Junior subordinated debentures 23,925 24,150 24,375 24,600 24,825
Accrued interest payable and other liabilities   4,908     15,911     7,721     7,651     10,181  
Total liabilities 906,849 912,444 871,659 875,117 903,551
 
Preferred stockholders' equity 2,771 2,771 2,771 2,771 2,771
Common stockholders' equity   32,734     29,962     40,850     38,664     31,837  
Total stockholders' equity   35,505     32,733     43,621     41,435     34,608  
Total Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity $ 942,354   $ 945,177   $ 915,280   $ 916,552   $ 938,159  
 
Ending shares outstanding 6,247,520 6,224,533 6,222,994 6,223,661 5,388,836
Book value per common share $ 5.24 $ 4.81 $ 6.56 $ 6.21 $ 5.91
Tangible book value per common share 5.23 4.79 6.53 6.16 5.83
 

 

PORTER BANCORP, INC.

Unaudited Financial Information

(in thousands, except share and per share data)
 
    As of
3/31/17     12/31/16     9/30/16     6/30/16     3/31/16
Asset Quality Data
Loan 90 days or more past due still on accrual $ $ $ $ $
Nonaccrual loans   8,102     9,216     10,099     11,599     11,119  
Total non-performing loans 8,102 9,216 10,099 11,599 11,119
Real estate acquired through foreclosures 6,571 6,821 7,098 12,322 17,861
Other repossessed assets                    
Total non-performing assets $ 14,673   $ 16,037   $ 17,197   $ 23,921   $ 28,980  
 
Non-performing loans to total loans 1.22 % 1.44 % 1.62 % 1.86 % 1.79 %
Non-performing assets to total assets 1.56 1.70 1.88 2.61 3.09
Allowance for loan losses to non-performing loans 110.66 97.30 93.96 87.11 101.99
 
Allowance for loans evaluated individually $ 332 $ 399 $ 339 $ 146 $ 464
Loans evaluated individually for impairment 9,891 15,131 16,214 25,535 26,236
Allowance as % of loans evaluated individually 3.36 % 2.64 % 2.09 % 0.57 % 1.77 %
 
Allowance for loans evaluated collectively $ 8,634 $ 8,568 $ 9,150 $ 9,958 $ 10,876
Loans evaluated collectively for impairment 654,292 624,105 605,483 598,601 593,591
Allowance as % of loans evaluated collectively 1.32 % 1.37 % 1.51 % 1.66 % 1.83 %
 
Allowance for loan losses to total loans 1.35 % 1.40 % 1.53 % 1.62 % 1.83 %
 
Loans by Risk Category
Pass $ 617,361 $ 586,430 $ 551,075 $ 547,853 $ 534,451
Watch 26,442 30,431 46,049 50,024 59,265
Special Mention 492 497 603 622 1,383
Substandard 19,888 21,878 23,970 25,637 24,728
Doubtful                    
Total $ 664,183 $ 639,236 $ 621,697 $ 624,136 $ 619,827
 
Risk-based Capital Ratios - Company
Tier I leverage ratio 5.43 % 5.27 % 6.21 % 5.87 % 5.03 %
Common equity Tier I risk-based capital ratio 5.29 5.20 6.37 6.11 5.21
Tier I risk-based capital ratio 7.09 6.99 8.48 8.16 7.03
Total risk-based capital ratio 10.15 10.21 11.57 11.31 10.46
 
Risk-based Capital Ratios - PBI Bank
Tier I leverage ratio 6.37 % 6.24 % 6.97 % 6.65 % 6.39 %
Common equity Tier I risk-based capital ratio 8.33 8.28 9.53 9.22 8.94
Tier I risk-based capital ratio 8.33 8.28 9.53 9.22 8.94
Total risk-based capital ratio 9.89 9.88 11.18 10.87 10.64
 
FTE employees 230 238 233 239 246
 

Non-GAAP Financial Measures ReconciliationTangible book value per common share is a non-GAAP financial measure derived from GAAP-based amounts. We calculate tangible book value per common share by excluding the balance of intangible assets from common stockholders' equity. We calculate tangible book value per common share by dividing tangible common equity by common shares outstanding, as compared to book value per common share, which we calculate by dividing common stockholders' equity by common shares outstanding. We believe this is consistent with bank regulatory agency treatment, which excludes tangible assets from the calculation of risk-based capital.

The efficiency ratio is a non-GAAP measure of expense control relative to revenue from net interest income and fee income. We calculate the efficiency ratio by dividing total non-interest expenses as determined under GAAP by net interest income and total non-interest income, but excluding net gains on the sale of securities from the calculation. We believe this provides a reasonable measure of primary banking expenses relative to primary banking revenue.
    As of
3/31/17     12/31/16     9/30/16     6/30/16     3/31/16
Tangible Book Value Per Share (in thousands, except share and per share data)
 
Common stockholder's equity $ 32,734 $ 29,962 $ 40,850 $ 38,664 $ 31,837
Less: Intangible assets   42     140     239     337   435
Tangible common equity 32,692 29,822 40,611 38,327 31,402
 
Shares Outstanding   6,247,520     6,224,533     6,222,994     6,223,661   5,388,836
Tangible book value per common share $ 5.23 $ 4.79 $ 6.53 $ 6.16 $ 5.83
Book value per common share 5.24 4.81 6.56 6.21 5.91
 
Three Months Ended
3/31/17 12/31/16 3/31/16
Efficiency Ratio (in thousands)
 
Net interest income $ 7,741 $ 7,316 $ 7,651
Non-interest income 1,068 1,116 1,391
Less: Net gain on securities       29     203  
Revenue used for efficiency ratio   8,809     8,403     8,839  
Non-interest expense 7,129 15,620 8,091
 
Efficiency ratio 80.93 % 185.89 %

91.54

%

 

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