• Quarter-to-date basic and diluted EPS of $0.18 and $0.17, respectively, year-to-date of $1.01 and $0.95
  • Nonperforming assets at 0.19% of total assets at September 30, 2017
  • Continued growth in deposit and bankcard fees, 10.0% over the same quarter in 2016
  • Acquisition of Resurgens Bancorp completed September 1, 2017

WEST POINT, Ga., Nov. 07, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Charter Financial Corporation (the "Company") (NASDAQ:CHFN) today reported net income of $2.6 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2017, or $0.18 and $0.17 per basic and diluted share, respectively, compared with net income of $3.8 million, or $0.27 and $0.26 per basic and diluted share, respectively, for the quarter ended September 30, 2016.

Additionally, as announced on September 1, 2017, the Company completed its acquisition of Resurgens Bancorp ("Resurgens") during the quarter ended September 30, 2017, the next phase in its Atlanta Metro expansion strategy. The transaction brought in $128.8 million of loans, $138.0 million of deposits and $177.5 million of total assets to the Company's balance sheet for cash proceeds of $25.8 million.

"We are excited to officially be in business with the former Resurgens team in DeKalb County," said Chairman and CEO Robert L. Johnson. "This move continues our strategic expansion into the Atlanta area. Our first month together has gone smoothly and we look forward to continuing our expansion into Atlanta with this talented group, as we feel Resurgens was one of the most attractive banks available in that region. Charter has grown from four branches in the Atlanta Metro area two years ago to 11 after our acquisitions and Buckhead branch opening. The MSA now accounts for 56.0% and 52.8% of our loan and deposit portfolios, respectively."

Net income for the current-year quarter decreased $1.3 million from the prior-year quarter. The difference was attributable to $1.9 million of merger-related costs from the Resurgens acquisition, primarily in data processing, offset in part by $903,000 of growth in loans receivable income. Additional merger-related costs are expected to be incurred in fiscal 2018 as the full conversion of Resurgens is not expected to be completed until February 2018.

Net income for the twelve months ended September 30, 2017 was $14.4 million, or $1.01 and $0.95 per basic and diluted share, respectively, compared with net income of $11.9 million, or $0.83 and $0.79 per basic and diluted share, respectively, for the twelve months ended September 30, 2016.

Quarterly Operating Results

Quarterly earnings for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2017 compared with the fourth quarter of fiscal 2016 were positively impacted by:
  • An increase in loans receivable income of $903,000, or 7.1%, to $13.6 million for the 2017 fourth quarter, compared with $12.7 million for the same quarter in 2016.
  • An increase in deposit and bankcard fee income of $319,000, or 10.0%.
  • Interest on interest-bearing deposits in other financial institutions increased $230,000.
  • One-time items including recoveries on loans formerly covered by loss-sharing agreements of $163,000, recoveries of former nonaccrual interest of $169,000 and additional loan accretion due to payoffs of $193,000.

Quarterly earnings for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2017 compared with the fourth quarter of fiscal 2016 were negatively impacted by:
  • Nonrecurring deal costs from the Resurgens acquisition of $1.9 million, largely concentrated in data processing, legal and professional fees, and severance costs. Deal costs of $124,000 related to the acquisition of CBS Financial Corporation ("CBS") were recorded in the same period in 2016.
  • An increase in interest expense on deposits of $169,000, or 15.1%, due to higher balances as well as an increase of four basis points in the Company's cost of deposits due to higher-costing deposits from Resurgens assumed in September 2017, adding to our already increased legacy deposit rates.

Financial Condition

Total assets increased $201.8 million to $1.6 billion at September 30, 2017, from $1.4 billion at September 30, 2016, attributable to the $177.5 million of total assets acquired in the purchase of Resurgens. Net loans grew $155.2 million, or 15.6%, to $1.1 billion at September 30, 2017, from $994.1 million at September 30, 2016, also primarily as a result of the Resurgens acquisition, which brought in $128.8 million of loans.

"Over the past two years we have grown total assets by 60%, through acquisitions and organic growth," Mr. Johnson said. "As our loan portfolio has expanded we've also been able to modify our loan mix, to an extent, as we've seen expansion in our commercial and industrial portfolio, particularly in our new markets. We will continue to seek out the most attractive options with the proper risk profile to provide the returns we want for our shareholders."

Total deposits increased $177.3 million to $1.3 billion during the twelve months ended September 30, 2017 as a result of the Resurgens acquisition as well as strong legacy deposit growth in the first two quarters of the current year. Transaction and certificate of deposit accounts increased $89.2 million and $49.2 million, respectively, from September 30, 2016.

From September 30, 2016 to September 30, 2017, total stockholders' equity increased $11.0 million to $214.2 million from $203.1 million due primarily to $14.4 million of net income, partially offset by a $2.2 million decrease in accumulated other comprehensive income on the Company's portfolio of investment securities available for sale and increased dividends of $3.6 million during the current year. Book value per share increased to $14.17 at September 30, 2017 from $13.52 at September 30, 2016 due to the Company's retention of earnings, while tangible book value per share, a non-GAAP financial measure (see Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Measures for further information) decreased from $11.36 to $11.33, due to the increased intangible assets acquired in the purchase of Resurgens.

Net Interest Income and Net Interest Margin

Net interest income increased $1.1 million to $13.3 million for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2017, compared with $12.2 million for the prior-year period. Total interest income increased $1.2 million. Both increases were largely attributable to increased loan balances and loans receivable income as a result of the Resurgens acquisition, as well as legacy loan growth during the year. Loans receivable income, excluding accretion of acquired loan discounts, a non-GAAP financial measure, increased $1.5 million to $13.1 million during the current quarter from $11.6 million during the prior-year quarter. The Company also experienced increases of $230,000 in interest income on interest bearing deposits in other financial institutions and $121,000 in interest on taxable investment securities during the current-year quarter. The Company also saw one-time gains of $169,000 and $193,000 in nonaccrual interest recoveries and additional discount accretion due to payoffs. Total interest expense increased $140,000 to $1.8 million for the current quarter, largely due to increased balances of higher-costing deposits from CBS and Resurgens. These increases were offset in part by a $43,000 decline in interest expense on FHLB borrowings due to a restructuring of one of the Company's $25.0 million advances in March of 2017 from an interest rate of 4.30% to 3.43%.

Net interest margin was 3.85% for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2017, compared to 3.82% for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2016. The Company's net interest margin, excluding the effects of purchase accounting, a non-GAAP financial measure, increased to 3.71% for the quarter ended September 30, 2017, from 3.47% for the quarter ended September 30, 2016. Both increases were attributable to increased loan income, both from acquisitions and from legacy loan growth, as well as increased yields on the Company's Federal Reserve deposits due to rate increases.

Net interest income for the twelve months ended September 30, 2017, increased $7.0 million, or 16.6%, to $49.1 million, compared to $42.2 million for the prior-year period. Interest income increased $8.1 million to $55.9 million due to increased loan balances as a result of the CBS acquisition early in the third quarter of fiscal 2016 and the Resurgens acquisition late in the fourth quarter of 2017. There was also a $677,000 increase in interest bearing deposits in other financial institutions, primarily the result of increased cash balances and the Federal Reserve's increases of interest rates. Loan interest income, excluding accretion of acquired loan discounts, a non-GAAP financial measure, increased $9.4 million, while net purchase discount accretion decreased $2.6 million.

At September 30, 2017, the Company had $4.1 million of remaining loan discount accretion related to the CBS and Resurgens acquisitions, which will be accreted over the lives of the loans acquired.

Provision for Loan Losses

The Company recorded provisions for loan losses of $0 and $(900,000) in the quarter and year ended September 30, 2017, respectively, due to the continued positive credit quality trends of its loan portfolio and net recoveries of previously charged-off loans. Provisions of $(150,000) and $(250,000) were recorded in the quarter and year ended September 30, 2016, respectively.

Noninterest Income and Expense

Noninterest income increased $153,000 to $5.1 million in the fiscal 2017 fourth quarter compared to $4.9 million in the same period of 2016. The increase was primarily due to a $319,000, or 10.0% increase in deposit and bankcard fees, reflecting the continued success of the Company's signature debit card transaction marketing and deposit growth, and a nonrecurring gain of $163,000 on recoveries of loans formerly covered under loss sharing agreements with the FDIC. These increases were offset in part by a $207,000 decrease in gain on sale of loans due to reduced activity.

Noninterest expense for the quarter ended September 30, 2017, increased $3.0 million to $14.4 million, compared with $11.4 million for the prior-year quarter, primarily due to $1.9 million of merger costs from the Resurgens acquisition, which were largely concentrated in data processing, legal and professional fees and severance costs. Net benefit of operations of real estate owned decreased $269,000 due to reduced sales activity in the current quarter as the balance of real estate owned has fallen to minimal levels.

"Our core income components continued strong in the fourth quarter despite several one-time expense items related to the acquisition of Resurgens," Mr. Johnson continued. "While our fourth quarter efficiency ratio of 78.31% for the current quarter is high due to acquisition expenses, we've seen nice improvement in our year-to-date ratio of 68.04%, as compared to 71.93% last year. As we move toward conversion, we will continue our efforts to improve our operating efficiency and build on our existing income streams."

Noninterest income for the twelve months ended September 30, 2017, decreased $1.7 million to $19.2 million, compared with $21.0 million for the prior-year period. In the fiscal 2017 period, the Company recorded $413,000 of recoveries on loans formerly covered by FDIC loss sharing agreements, compared to $3.6 million of such recoveries in the prior-year period. The decrease in recoveries was partially offset by increased service charge and bankcard fees of $1.2 million, gains on the sale of loans of $300,000, gains on investment securities available for sale of $199,000 and brokerage commissions of $75,000 during the current-year period.

Noninterest expense for the twelve months ended September 30, 2017 increased $1.1 million to $46.5 million compared with $45.4 million for the prior-year period due primarily to increased ongoing operational costs from the CBS acquisition in salary, occupancy and data processing. During the year ended September 30, 2017, the Company recorded $1.9 million of acquisition expenses related to the Resurgens merger, while $4.2 million of such expenses were recorded in 2016 related to the CBS acquisition. These increases were partly offset by decreases of $450,000, or 19.5%, in legal and professional fees and $99,000 in federal insurance premiums and other regulatory fees.

Asset Quality

Nonperforming assets at September 30, 2017 were at 0.19% of total assets, down from 0.45% at September 30, 2016. The decline was primarily due to payoffs of two long-standing, high-balance, non-performing loans in the first quarter, as well as increased, high-quality loan balances from acquisitions and continued positive asset quality trends. The allowance for loan losses was at 0.96% of total loans and 649.13% of nonperforming loans at September 30, 2017, compared to 1.03% and 277.66%, respectively, at September 30, 2016. Not included in the allowance at September 30, 2017 was $4.1 million in yield and credit discounts on the CBS- and Resurgens-acquired loans. At September 30, 2017, the allowance for loan losses was 1.22% of legacy loans, compared to 1.35% at September 30, 2016. The Company recorded net loan recoveries of $278,000 and $1.6 million in its allowance for loan losses for the quarter and year ended September 30, 2017, respectively, compared with net loan recoveries of $404,000 and $1.1 million for the same periods in the prior year.

Capital Management

From the first quarter of fiscal 2014 through the first quarter of fiscal 2017, the Company has repurchased 8.1 million shares, or 35.6%, of its common stock, for $91.9 million. No shares were repurchased during the second, third, or fourth quarter of fiscal 2017.

During the quarter ended September 30, 2017, the Company paid $25.8 million in the acquisition of Resurgens, and paid a $0.07 per-share dividend. The Company announced on October 24, 2017 it would pay a dividend of $0.075 per share on November 21, 2017 to shareholders of record as of November 10, 2017. This will be the fifth consecutive quarterly dividend increase.

Mr. Johnson concluded, "Our 2013 MHC stock conversion pushed our tangible common equity ratio (a non-GAAP measure) to 24.78% and lowered our return on average tangible equity (a non-GAAP measure) to 3.06%. Our subsequent capital leveraging included aggressive buybacks of stock, increasing dividends, organic growth and M&A growth. In fiscal 2016, we continued our push into attractive growth markets with the acquisition of CBS. In fiscal 2017 we opened the Buckhead branch and purchased Resurgens Bank. We have increased our dividend for five consecutive quarters. With a tangible common equity ratio of 10.72% at September 30, 2017, we have leveraged a significant portion of our excess capital and improved return on average tangible equity to 8.18% for the year ended September 30, 2017. We are very pleased with our progress toward becoming a fully leveraged bank with market returns to stockholders but acknowledge we still have some work to complete that transition."

About Charter Financial Corporation

Charter Financial Corporation is a savings and loan holding company and the parent company of CharterBank, a full-service community bank and a federal savings institution. CharterBank is headquartered in West Point, Georgia, and operates branches in Metro Atlanta, the I-85 corridor south to Auburn, Alabama, and the Florida Gulf Coast. CharterBank's deposits are insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation. Investors may obtain additional information about Charter Financial Corporation and CharterBank on the internet at www.charterbk.com under About Us.

Forward-Looking Statements

This release may contain "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the federal securities laws. These statements may be identified by use of such words as "believe," "expect," "anticipate," "should," "well-positioned," "planned," "intend," "strive," "probably," "focused on," "estimated," "working on," "continue to," "seek," "leverage," "building," and "potential." Examples of forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements regarding future growth, profitability, expense reduction, improvements in income and margins, increasing stockholder value, and estimates with respect to our financial condition and results of operation and business that are subject to various factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from these estimates. These factors include but are not limited to the Company's inability to implement its business strategy; general and local economic conditions; changes in interest rates, deposit flows, demand for mortgages and other loans, real estate values, and competition; changes in loan defaults and charge-off rates; changes in the value of securities and other assets, adequacy of loan loss reserves, or deposit levels necessitating an increase in borrowing to fund loans and investments; the changing exposure to credit risk; the inability to identify suitable future acquisition targets; the potential inability to effectively manage the new businesses and lending teams that transitioned from Community Bank of the South and Resurgens Bank; the inability to properly leverage the expansion into the North Atlanta market; changes in legislation or regulation; other economic, competitive, governmental, regulatory, and technological factors affecting our operations, pricing, products, and services; the effect of cyberterrorism and system failures; the uncertainty in global markets resulting from the new administration; and the effects of geopolitical instability and risks such as terrorist attacks, the effects of weather and natural disasters such as floods, droughts, wind, tornadoes and hurricanes, and the effect of any damage to our reputation resulting from developments relating to any of the factors listed herein. Any or all forward-looking statements in this release and in any other public statements we make may turn out to be wrong. They can be affected by inaccurate assumptions we might make or known or unknown risks and uncertainties. Consequently, no forward-looking statements can be guaranteed. Except as required by law, the Company disclaims any obligation to subsequently revise or update any forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date of such statements or to reflect the occurrence of anticipated or unanticipated events. Additional information concerning factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those forward-looking statements is contained from time to time in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The Company refers you to the section entitled "Risk Factors" contained in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2016. Copies of each filing may be obtained from the Company or the Securities and Exchange Commission.

The risks included here are not exhaustive and undue reliance should not be placed on any forward-looking statements, which are based on current expectations. All written and oral forward-looking statements attributable to the Company, its management, or persons acting on their behalf are qualified in their entirety by these cautionary statements. Further, forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they are made, and the Company undertakes no obligation to update or revise forward-looking statements to reflect changed assumptions, the occurrence of unanticipated events or changes to future operating results over time unless otherwise required by law.
 
Charter Financial Corporation Condensed Consolidated Statements of Financial Condition (unaudited)
 
  September 30,2017   September 30,2016 (1)
Assets
Cash and amounts due from depository institutions $ 25,455,465     $ 14,472,867  
Interest-earning deposits in other financial institutions 126,882,924     77,376,632  
Cash and cash equivalents 152,338,389     91,849,499  
Loans held for sale, fair value of $1,998,988 and $2,991,756 1,961,185     2,941,982  
Certificates of deposit held at other financial institutions 7,514,630     14,496,410  
Investment securities available for sale 183,789,821     206,336,287  
Federal Home Loan Bank stock 4,054,400     3,361,800  
Restricted securities, at cost 279,000     279,000  
Loans receivable 1,161,519,752     1,005,702,737  
Unamortized loan origination fees, net (1,165,148 )   (1,278,830 )
Allowance for loan losses (11,078,422 )   (10,371,416 )
Loans receivable, net 1,149,276,182     994,052,491  
Other real estate owned 1,437,345     2,706,461  
Accrued interest and dividends receivable 4,197,708     3,442,051  
Premises and equipment, net 29,578,513     28,078,591  
Goodwill 39,347,378     29,793,756  
Other intangible assets, net of amortization 3,614,833     2,639,608  
Cash surrender value of life insurance 53,516,317     49,268,973  
Deferred income taxes 5,914,446     4,366,522  
Other assets 3,338,413     4,775,805  
Total assets $ 1,640,158,560     $ 1,438,389,236  
Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity
Liabilities:      
Deposits $ 1,339,143,287     $ 1,161,843,586  
Long-term borrowings 60,023,100     50,000,000  
Floating rate junior subordinated debt 6,724,646     6,587,549  
Advance payments by borrowers for taxes and insurance 2,956,441     2,298,513  
Other liabilities 17,112,581     14,510,052  
Total liabilities 1,425,960,055     1,235,239,700  
Stockholders' equity:      
Common stock, $0.01 par value; 15,115,883 shares issued and outstanding at September 30,2017 and 15,031,076 shares issued and outstanding at September 30, 2016 151,159     150,311  
Preferred stock, $0.01 par value; 50,000,000 shares authorized at September 30, 2017 andSeptember 30, 2016      
Additional paid-in capital 85,651,391     83,651,623  
Unearned compensation - ESOP (4,673,761 )   (5,106,169 )
Retained earnings 134,207,368     123,349,890  
Accumulated other comprehensive (loss) income (1,137,652 )   1,103,881  
Total stockholders' equity 214,198,505     203,149,536  
    Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $ 1,640,158,560     $ 1,438,389,236  

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  1. Financial information at September 30, 2016 has been derived from audited financial statements.

       
Charter Financial Corporation Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income (unaudited)
       
  Three Months Ended  September 30,   Twelve Months Ended  September 30,
  2017   2016   2017   2016 (1)
Interest income:              
Loans receivable $ 13,583,671     $ 12,680,420     $ 50,333,085     $ 43,548,848  
Taxable investment securities 1,060,019     938,603     4,296,231     3,742,085  
Nontaxable investment securities 4,397     4,955     18,111     11,657  
Federal Home Loan Bank stock 42,656     40,778     162,088     154,272  
Interest-earning deposits in other financial institutions 333,732     103,924     893,787     216,736  
Certificates of deposit held at other financial institutions 34,696     50,999     147,053     105,451  
Restricted securities 2,900     2,510     11,007     5,013  
Total interest income 15,062,071     13,822,189     55,861,362     47,784,062  
Interest expense:              
Deposits 1,286,518     1,117,586     4,792,943     3,452,758  
Borrowings 344,358     386,975     1,422,003     1,955,445  
Floating rate junior subordinated debt 131,135     117,801     504,608     221,571  
Total interest expense 1,762,011     1,622,362     6,719,554     5,629,774  
    Net interest income 13,300,060     12,199,827     49,141,808     42,154,288  
Provision for loan losses     (150,000 )   (900,000 )   (250,000 )
    Net interest income after provision for loan losses 13,300,060     12,349,827     50,041,808     42,404,288  
Noninterest income:              
Service charges on deposit accounts 2,080,623     1,860,824     7,641,351     7,043,693  
Bankcard fees 1,418,191     1,318,650     5,510,387     4,953,645  
Gain on investment securities available for sale         247,780     48,885  
Bank owned life insurance 310,469     332,594     1,195,445     1,225,422  
Gain on sale of loans 601,424     808,228     2,418,272     2,118,012  
Brokerage commissions 149,940     198,670     726,177     650,727  
Recoveries on acquired loans previously covered under FDIC-assisted acquisitions 162,586         412,586     3,625,000  
Other 347,042     398,791     1,086,775     1,298,746  
Total noninterest income 5,070,275     4,917,757     19,238,773     20,964,130  
Noninterest expenses:              
Salaries and employee benefits 7,688,488     6,634,984     26,431,145     25,655,810  
Occupancy 1,502,868     1,397,882     5,202,675     5,139,533  
Data processing 1,925,199     903,769     4,929,336     4,427,636  
Legal and professional 808,233     462,627     1,864,218     2,314,519  
Marketing 479,438     421,130     1,631,795     1,590,171  
Federal insurance premiums and other regulatory fees 198,728     239,912     759,834     859,125  
Net benefit of operations of real estate owned (40,345 )   (309,222 )   (367,710 )   (334,954 )
Furniture and equipment 275,522     239,817     880,218     870,675  
Postage, office supplies and printing 211,993     276,588     929,768     868,674  
Core deposit intangible amortization expense 139,873     157,773     560,776     415,617  
Other 1,196,527     928,310     3,700,824     3,591,408  
Total noninterest expenses 14,386,524     11,353,570     46,522,879     45,398,214  
Income before income taxes 3,983,811     5,914,014     22,757,702     17,970,204  
Income tax expense 1,424,017     2,103,296     8,321,597     6,106,884  
    Net income $ 2,559,794     $ 3,810,718     $ 14,436,105     $ 11,863,320  
Basic net income per share $ 0.18     $ 0.27     $ 1.01     $ 0.83  
Diluted net income per share $ 0.17     $ 0.26     $ 0.95     $ 0.79  
Weighted average number of common shares outstanding 14,384,118     14,185,824     14,316,609     14,371,126  
Weighted average number of common and potential common sharesoutstanding 15,240,907     14,798,042     15,153,373     14,983,344  

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  1. Financial information for the twelve months ended September 30, 2016 has been derived from audited financial statements.

 
Charter Financial Corporation Supplemental Financial Data (unaudited) in thousands except per share data
         
  Quarter to Date     Year to Date
  9/30/2017   6/30/2017   3/31/2017   12/31/2016   9/30/2016 (1)     9/30/2017   9/30/2016 (1)
                             
Consolidated balance sheet data:                            
Total assets $ 1,640,159     $ 1,480,122     $ 1,484,796     $ 1,461,667     $ 1,438,389       $ 1,640,159     $ 1,438,389  
Cash and cash equivalents 152,338     120,144     140,285     131,849     91,849       152,338     91,849  
Loans receivable, net 1,149,276     1,032,108     1,007,552     990,635     994,052       1,149,276     994,052  
Other real estate owned 1,437     1,938     1,957     2,161     2,706       1,437     2,706  
Securities available for sale 183,790     187,655     191,483     196,279     206,336       183,790     206,336  
Transaction accounts 567,213     510,810     513,294     481,841     478,028       567,213     478,028  
Total deposits 1,339,143     1,194,254     1,201,731     1,186,347     1,161,844       1,339,143     1,161,844  
Borrowings 66,748     56,690     56,656     56,622     56,588       66,748     56,588  
Total stockholders' equity 214,199     212,080     208,413     205,500     203,150       214,199     203,150  
                             
Consolidated earnings summary:                            
Interest income $ 15,062     $ 13,626     $ 13,307     $ 13,866     $ 13,822       $ 55,861     $ 47,784  
Interest expense 1,762     1,639     1,652     1,666     1,622       6,719     5,630  
Net interest income 13,300     11,987     11,655     12,200     12,200       49,142     42,154  
Provision for loan losses         (150 )   (750 )   (150 )     (900 )   (250 )
Net interest income after provision for loan losses 13,300     11,987     11,805     12,950     12,350       50,042     42,404  
Noninterest income 5,070     4,639     4,546     4,983     4,918       19,239     20,964  
Noninterest expense 14,386     11,096     10,750     10,290     11,354       46,523     45,398  
Income tax expense 1,424     2,016     2,284     2,597     2,103       8,322     6,107  
Net income $ 2,560     $ 3,514     $ 3,317     $ 5,046     $ 3,811       $ 14,436     $ 11,863  
                             
Per share data:                            
Earnings per share - basic $ 0.18     $ 0.24     $ 0.23     $ 0.36     $ 0.27       $ 1.01     $ 0.83  
Earnings per share - fully diluted $ 0.17     $ 0.23     $ 0.22     $ 0.33     $ 0.26       $ 0.95     $ 0.79  
Cash dividends per share $ 0.070     $ 0.065     $ 0.060     $ 0.055     $ 0.050       $ 0.250     $ 0.200  
                             
Weighted average basic shares 14,384     14,353     14,322     14,207     14,186       14,317     14,371  
Weighted average diluted shares 15,241     15,257     15,340     15,065     14,798       15,153     14,983  
Total shares outstanding 15,116     15,112     15,061     15,031     15,031       15,116     15,031  
                             
Book value per share $ 14.17     $ 14.03     $ 13.84     $ 13.67     $ 13.52       $ 14.17     $ 13.52  
Tangible book value per share (2) $ 11.33     $ 11.92     $ 11.70     $ 11.52     $ 11.36       $ 11.33     $ 11.36  

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  1. Financial information at and for the year ended September 30, 2016 has been derived from audited financial statements.
  2. Non-GAAP financial measure, calculated as total stockholders' equity less goodwill and other intangible assets divided by period-end shares outstanding.

 
Charter Financial Corporation Supplemental Information (unaudited) dollars in thousands
         
  Quarter to Date     Year to Date
  9/30/2017   6/30/2017   3/31/2017   12/31/2016   9/30/2016     9/30/2017   9/30/2016
                             
Loans receivable:                            
1-4 family residential real estate $ 232,040     $ 222,904     $ 223,216     $ 223,609     $ 236,940       $ 232,040     $ 236,940  
Commercial real estate 697,071     624,926     608,206     595,207     595,157       697,071     595,157  
Commercial 103,673     79,695     73,119     73,182     71,865       103,673     71,865  
Real estate construction 88,792     75,941     77,332     79,136     80,500       88,792     80,500  
Consumer and other 39,944     40,675     37,300     31,212     21,241       39,944     21,241  
Total loans receivable $ 1,161,520     $ 1,044,141     $ 1,019,173     $ 1,002,346     $ 1,005,703       $ 1,161,520     $ 1,005,703  
                             
Allowance for loan losses:                            
Balance at beginning of period $ 10,800     $ 10,505     $ 10,499     $ 10,371     $ 10,118       $ 10,371     $ 9,489  
Charge-offs (76 )   (73 )   (103 )   (50 )   (1 )     (303 )   (228 )
Recoveries 354     368     259     928     404       1,910     1,360  
Provision         (150 )   (750 )   (150 )     (900 )   (250 )
Balance at end of period $ 11,078     $ 10,800     $ 10,505     $ 10,499     $ 10,371       $ 11,078     $ 10,371  
                             
Nonperforming assets: (1)                            
Nonaccrual loans $ 1,661     $ 1,549     $ 1,610     $ 1,527     $ 3,735       $ 1,661     $ 3,735  
Loans delinquent 90 days or greaterand still accruing 46     291         238           46      
Total nonperforming loans 1,707     1,840     1,610     1,765     3,735       1,707     3,735  
Other real estate owned 1,437     1,938     1,957     2,161     2,706       1,437     2,706  
Total nonperforming assets $ 3,144     $ 3,778     $ 3,567     $ 3,926     $ 6,441       $ 3,144     $ 6,441  
                             
Troubled debt restructuring:                            
Troubled debt restructurings - accruing $ 4,951     $ 5,007     $ 5,073     $ 4,761     $ 4,585       $ 4,951     $ 4,585  
Troubled debt restructurings - nonaccrual 92     107     137     192     1,760       92     1,760  
Total troubled debt restructurings $ 5,043     $ 5,114     $ 5,210     $ 4,953     $ 6,345       $ 5,043     $ 6,345  

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  1. Loans being accounted for under purchase accounting rules which have associated accretion income established at the time of acquisition remaining to recognize, that were greater than 90 days delinquent or otherwise considered nonperforming loans are excluded from this table.

 
Charter Financial Corporation Supplemental Information (unaudited)
         
  Quarter to Date     Year to Date
  9/30/2017   6/30/2017   3/31/2017   12/31/2016   9/30/2016     9/30/2017   9/30/2016
                             
Return on equity (annualized)  4.77  %   6.65  %   6.40  %   9.84  %   7.55  %     6.89  %   5.90  %
Return on assets (annualized) 0.67  %   0.96  %   0.91  %   1.39  %   1.07  %     0.98  %   0.98  %
Net interest margin (annualized) 3.85  %   3.60  %   3.52  %   3.71  %   3.82  %     3.67  %   3.89  %
Net interest margin, excluding the effects of purchase accounting (1) 3.71  %   3.55  %   3.41  %   3.48  %   3.47  %     3.53  %   3.47  %
Holding company tier 1 leverage ratio (2) 12.05  %   13.08  %   12.92  %   12.83  %   12.68  %     12.05  %   12.68  %
Holding company total risk-based capital ratio (2) 15.79  %   17.98  %   17.93  %   17.38  %   16.74  %     15.79  %   16.74  %
Bank tier 1 leverage ratio (2) (3) 10.96  %   12.06  %   11.84  %   11.70  %   11.51  %     10.96  %   11.51  %
Bank total risk-based capital ratio (2) 14.45  %   16.67  %   16.53  %   15.91  %   15.26  %     14.45  %   15.26  %
Effective tax rate 35.75  %   36.46  %   40.78  %   33.98  %   35.56  %     36.57  %   33.98  %
Yield on loans 5.04  %   4.79  %   4.74  %   5.01  %   5.07  %     4.90  %   5.15  %
Cost of deposits 0.50  %   0.47  %   0.46  %   0.46  %   0.46  %     0.47  %   0.43  %
                             
Asset quality ratios: (4)                            
Allowance for loan losses as a %of total loans (5) 0.96  %   1.04  %   1.04  %   1.05  %   1.03  %     0.96  %   1.03  %
Allowance for loan losses as a %of nonperforming loans 649.13  %   586.83  %   652.47  %   594.81  %   277.66  %     649.13  %   277.66  %
Nonperforming assets as a % oftotal loans and OREO 0.27  %   0.36  %   0.35  %   0.39  %   0.64  %     0.27  %   0.64  %
Nonperforming assets as a % oftotal assets 0.19  %   0.26  %   0.24  %   0.27  %   0.45  %     0.19  %   0.45  %
Net charge-offs (recoveries) as a% of average loans (annualized) (0.10 )%   (0.12 )%   (0.06 )%   (0.35 )%   (0.16 )%     (0.16 )%   (0.13 )%

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  1. Net interest income excluding accretion and amortization of acquired loans divided by average net interest earning assets excluding average loan accretable discounts, a non-GAAP measure, in the amount of $2.6 million, $2.0 million, $2.2 million, $2.9 million and $3.8 million for the quarters ended September 30, 2017, June 30, 2017, March 31, 2017, December 31, 2016, and September 30, 2016, respectively.
  2. Current period bank and holding company capital ratios are estimated as of the date of this earnings release.
  3. During the quarter ended September 30, 2017, a net upstream of capital was made between the bank and the holding company in the amount of $2.7 million as part of the Company's acquisition of Resurgens.
  4. Ratios for the three months ended September 30, 2017, June 30, 2017, March 31, 2017, December 31, 2016, and September 30, 2016 include all assets with the exception of FAS ASC 310-30 loans that are excluded from nonperforming loans due to the ongoing recognition of accretion income established at the time of acquisition.
  5. Excluding former CBS and Resurgens loans totaling $254.2 million, $154.0 million, $166.5 million, $191.9 million and $236.4 million at September 30, 2017, June 30, 2017, March 31, 2017, December 31, 2016, and September 30, 2016, respectively, which were recorded at acquisition date fair value, the allowance approximated 1.22%, 1.22%, 1.24%, 1.30%, and 1.35% of all other loans at September 30, 2017, June 30, 2017, March 31, 2017, December 31, 2016, and September 30, 2016, respectively.

   
Charter Financial Corporation Average Balances, Interest Rates and Yields (unaudited) dollars in thousands
   
  Quarter to Date
  9/30/2017   9/30/2016
  Average Balance   Interest   Average Yield/Cost (10)   Average Balance   Interest   Average Yield/Cost (10)
Assets:                      
Interest-earning assets:                      
Interest-earning deposits in other financial institutions $ 106,057     $ 334     1.26 %   $ 85,687     $ 104     0.49 %
Certificates of deposit held at other financial institutions 7,580     35     1.83     16,395     51     1.24  
FHLB common stock and other equity securities 3,670     43     4.65     3,362     41     4.85  
Taxable investment securities 186,043     1,060     2.28     169,555     939     2.21  
Nontaxable investment securities (1) 1,505     4     1.17     1,607     5     1.23  
Restricted securities 279     3     4.16     279     3     3.60  
Loans receivable (1)(2)(3)(4) 1,077,617     13,097     4.86     1,001,096     11,590     4.63  
Accretion, net, of acquired loan discounts (5)     486     0.18         1,090     0.43  
Total interest-earning assets 1,382,751     15,062     4.36     1,277,981     13,823     4.33  
Total noninterest-earning assets 148,678             148,359          
Total assets $ 1,531,429             $ 1,426,340          
Liabilities and Equity:                      
Interest-bearing liabilities:                      
Interest bearing checking $ 266,133     $ 122     0.18 %   $ 239,141     $ 97     0.15 %
Bank rewarded checking 53,992     27     0.20     50,566     24     0.19  
Savings accounts 65,784     7     0.04     63,196     7     0.04  
Money market deposit accounts 253,260     209     0.33     241,286     180     0.30  
Certificate of deposit accounts 394,078     922     0.94     373,197     810     0.87  
Total interest-bearing deposits 1,033,247     1,287     0.50     967,386     1,118     0.46  
Borrowed funds 53,290     344     2.58     50,000     387     3.10  
Floating rate junior subordinated debt 6,702     131     7.83     6,564     118     7.18  
Total interest-bearing liabilities 1,093,239     1,762     0.64     1,023,950     1,623     0.63  
Noninterest-bearing deposits 204,608             180,015          
Other noninterest-bearing liabilities 19,094             20,605          
Total noninterest-bearing liabilities 223,702             200,620          
Total liabilities 1,316,941             1,224,570          
Total stockholders' equity 214,488             201,770          
  Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $ 1,531,429             $ 1,426,340          
     Net interest income     $ 13,300             $ 12,200      
     Net interest earning assets (6)     $ 289,512             $ 254,031      
Net interest rate spread (7)         3.72 %           3.69 %
Net interest margin (8)         3.85 %           3.82 %
Net interest margin, excluding the effects of purchaseaccounting (9)         3.71 %           3.47 %
Ratio of average interest-earning assets to average interest-bearing liabilities         126.48 %           124.81 %

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  1. Tax exempt or tax-advantaged securities and loans are shown at their contractual yields and are not shown at a tax equivalent yield.
  2. Includes net loan fees deferred and accreted pursuant to applicable accounting requirements.
  3. Interest income on loans is interest income as recorded in the income statement and does not include interest income on nonaccrual loans.
  4. Interest income on loans excludes discount accretion.
  5. Accretion of accretable purchase discount on loans acquired.
  6. Net interest-earning assets represent total average interest-earning assets less total average interest-bearing liabilities.
  7. Net interest rate spread represents the difference between the weighted average yield on interest-earning assets and the weighted average cost of interest-bearing liabilities.
  8. Net interest margin represents net interest income as a percentage of average interest-earning assets.
  9. Net interest margin, excluding the effects of purchase accounting, a non-GAAP measure, represents net interest income excluding accretion and amortization of acquired loans receivable as a percentage of average net interest earning assets excluding loan accretable discounts in the amount of $2.6 million and $3.8 million for the quarters ended September 30, 2017 and September 30, 2016, respectively.
  10. Annualized.

   
Charter Financial Corporation Average Balances, Interest Rates and Yields (unaudited) dollars in thousands
   
  Fiscal Year to Date
  9/30/2017   9/30/2016
  AverageBalance   Interest   Average Yield/Cost (10)   AverageBalance   Interest   Average Yield/Cost (10)
Assets:                      
Interest-earning assets:                      
Interest-earning deposits in other financial institutions $ 103,483     $ 894     0.86 %   $ 52,667     $ 217     0.41 %
Certificates of deposit held at other financial institutions 10,457     147     1.41     8,946     105     1.18  
FHLB common stock and other equity securities 3,478     162     4.66     3,222     154     4.79  
Taxable investment securities 191,236     4,296     2.25     173,888     3,742     2.15  
Nontaxable investment securities (1) 1,567     18     1.16     997     12     1.17  
Restricted securities 279     11     3.95     129     5     3.89  
Loans receivable (1)(2)(3)(4) 1,028,097     48,591     4.73     845,014     39,178     4.64  
Accretion and amortization of acquired loan discounts (5)     1,742     0.17         4,371     0.52  
Total interest-earning assets 1,338,597     55,861     4.17     1,084,863     47,784     4.40  
Total noninterest-earning assets 139,897             122,056          
Total assets $ 1,478,494             $ 1,206,919          
Liabilities and Equity:                      
Interest-bearing liabilities:                      
Interest bearing checking $ 255,863     $ 406     0.16 %   $ 206,985     $ 278     0.13 %
Bank rewarded checking 53,556     105     0.20     49,077     97     0.20  
Savings accounts 63,927     25     0.04     56,963     23     0.04  
Money market deposit accounts 252,148     777     0.31     185,818     522     0.28  
Certificate of deposit accounts 384,304     3,480     0.91     297,270     2,533     0.85  
Total interest-bearing deposits 1,009,798     4,793     0.47     796,113     3,453     0.43  
Borrowed funds 50,832     1,422     2.80     51,181     1,955     3.82  
Floating rate junior subordinated debt 6,651     505     7.59     3,022     222     7.33  
Total interest-bearing liabilities 1,067,281     6,720     0.63     850,316     5,630     0.66  
Noninterest-bearing deposits 184,825             140,423          
Other noninterest-bearing liabilities 16,846             15,028          
Total noninterest-bearing liabilities 201,671             155,451          
Total liabilities 1,268,952             1,005,767          
Total stockholders' equity 209,542             201,152          
  Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $ 1,478,494             $ 1,206,919          
     Net interest income     $ 49,141             $ 42,154      
     Net interest earning assets (6)     $ 271,316             $ 234,547      
Net interest rate spread (7)         3.54 %           3.74 %
Net interest margin (8)         3.67 %           3.89 %
Net interest margin, excluding the effects of purchaseaccounting (9)         3.53 %           3.47 %
Ratio of average interest-earning assets to average interest-bearing liabilities         125.42 %           127.58 %

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  1. Tax exempt or tax-advantaged securities and loans are shown at their contractual yields and are not shown at a tax equivalent yield.
  2. Includes net loan fees deferred and accreted pursuant to applicable accounting requirements.
  3. Interest income on loans is interest income as recorded in the income statement and does not include interest income on nonaccrual loans.
  4. Interest income on loans excludes discount accretion.
  5. Accretion of accretable purchase discount on loans acquired.
  6. Net interest-earning assets represent total average interest-earning assets less total average interest-bearing liabilities.
  7. Net interest rate spread represents the difference between the weighted average yield on interest-earning assets and the weighted average cost of interest-bearing liabilities.
  8. Net interest margin represents net interest income as a percentage of average interest-earning assets.
  9. Net interest margin, excluding the effects of purchase accounting, a non-GAAP measure, represents net interest income excluding accretion and amortization of acquired loans receivable as a percentage of average net interest earning assets excluding loan accretable discounts in the amount of $2.4 million and $3.4 million for the twelve months ended September 30, 2017 and September 30, 2016, respectively.
  10. Annualized.

Charter Financial Corporation Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Measures (unaudited)

Statements included in this press release include non-GAAP financial measures and should be read along with the accompanying tables, which provide a reconciliation of non-GAAP financial measures to GAAP financial measures. Charter Financial management uses non-GAAP financial measures, including loans receivable income excluding accretion, net interest margin excluding the effects of purchase accounting, tangible book value per share, tangible common equity ratio, and return on average tangible equity, in its analysis of the Company's performance. Loans receivable income excluding accretion excludes the following from loans receivable income: accretion from purchase discounts related to acquired loans. Net interest margin excluding the effects of purchase accounting excludes the following from net interest margin: net purchase discount accretion and the average balance of purchase discounts. Tangible book value per share excludes the following from book value per share: the balance of goodwill and other intangible assets. Tangible common equity ratio excludes the following from total equity to total assets: the balance of goodwill and other intangible assets in both total equity and total assets. Return on average tangible equity excludes the following from return on average equity: the average balance of goodwill and other intangible assets.

Management believes that non-GAAP financial measures provide additional useful information that allows readers to evaluate the ongoing performance of the Company and provide meaningful comparison to its peers. Non-GAAP financial measures should not be considered as an alternative to any measure of performance or financial condition as promulgated under GAAP, and investors should consider the Company's performance and financial condition as reported under GAAP and all other relevant information when assessing the performance or financial condition of the Company. Non-GAAP financial measures have limitations as analytical tools, and investors should not consider them in isolation or as a substitute for analysis of the results or financial condition as reported under GAAP.
   
  For the Quarters Ended
  9/30/2017   6/30/2017   3/31/2017   12/31/2016   9/30/2016
Loans Receivable Income Excluding Accretion                  
Loans receivable income $ 13,583,671     $ 12,276,095     $ 11,903,416     $ 12,569,903     $ 12,680,420  
Net purchase discount accretion 486,471     173,014     358,031     724,109     1,090,886  
Loans receivable income excludingaccretion (Non-GAAP) $ 13,097,200     $ 12,103,081     $ 11,545,385     $ 11,845,794     $ 11,589,534  
                   
Net Interest Margin Excluding the Effects of Purchase Accounting                  
Net Interest Margin 3.85 %   3.6 %   3.52 %   3.71 %   3.82 %
Effect to adjust for net purchase discount accretion (0.14 )   (0.05 )   (0.11 )   (0.23 )   (0.35 )
Net interest margin excluding the effectsof purchase accounting (Non-GAAP) 3.71 %   3.55 %   3.41 %   3.48 %   3.47 %
                   
Tangible Book Value Per Share                  
Book value per share $ 14.17     $ 14.03     $ 13.84     $ 13.67     $ 13.52  
Effect to adjust for goodwill and other intangible assets (2.84 )   (2.11 )   (2.14 )   (2.15 )   (2.16 )
Tangible book value per share (Non-GAAP) $ 11.33     $ 11.92     $ 11.70     $ 11.52     $ 11.36  
                   
Tangible Common Equity Ratio                  
Total equity to total assets 13.06 %   14.33 %   14.04 %   14.06 %   14.12 %
Effect to adjust for goodwill and other intangible assets (2.34 )   (1.90 )   (1.90 )   (1.94 )   (1.98 )
Tangible common equity ratio (Non-GAAP) 10.72 %   12.43 %   12.14 %   12.12 %   12.14 %
                   
Return On Average Tangible Equity                  
Return on average equity 4.77 %   6.65 %   6.40 %   9.84 %   7.55 %
Effect to adjust for goodwill and other intangible assets 0.95     1.19     1.18     1.85     1.46  
Return on average tangible equity (Non-GAAP) 5.72 %   7.84 %   7.58 %   11.69 %   9.01 %
 

   
  For the Twelve Months Ended
  9/30/2017   9/30/2016
Loans Receivable Income Excluding Accretion      
Loans receivable income $ 50,333,085     $ 43,548,848  
Net purchase discount accretion 1,741,625     4,371,087  
Loans receivable income excluding accretion (Non-GAAP) $ 48,591,460     $ 39,177,761  
       
Net Interest Margin Excluding the Effects of Purchase Accounting      
Net Interest Margin 3.67 %   3.89 %
Effect to adjust for net purchase discount accretion (0.14 )   (0.42 )
Net interest margin excluding the effects of purchase accounting (Non-GAAP) 3.53 %   3.47 %
       
Tangible Book Value Per Share      
Book value per share $ 14.17     $ 13.52  
Effect to adjust for goodwill and other intangible assets (2.84 )   (2.16 )
Tangible book value per share (Non-GAAP) $ 11.33     $ 11.36  
       
Tangible Common Equity Ratio      
Total equity to total assets 13.06 %   14.12 %
Effect to adjust for goodwill and other intangible assets (2.34 )   (1.98 )
Tangible common equity ratio (Non-GAAP) 10.72 %   12.14 %
       
Return On Average Tangible Equity      
Return on average equity 6.89 %   5.90 %
Effect to adjust for goodwill and other intangible assets 1.29     0.56  
Return on average tangible equity (Non-GAAP) 8.18 %   6.46 %

     
Contact:    
Robert L. Johnson, Chairman & CEO   Dresner Corporate Services
Curt Kollar, CFO   Steve Carr
706-645-1391   312-780-7211
bjohnson@charterbank.net or   scarr@dresnerco.com
ckollar@charterbank.net