SBT Bancorp, Inc. Reports Record Earnings

SIMSBURY, Conn.--()--SBT Bancorp, Inc., (OTCBB: SBTB), holding company for Simsbury Bank & Trust Company, today announced net income of $604,000 for the fourth quarter of 2012 compared to $367,000 for the fourth quarter of 2011, an increase of $237,000 or 65%. Net income available to common stockholders after preferred stock dividends and amortization totaled $579,000 for the fourth quarter of 2012, or $0.66 per diluted share, compared to $311,000, or $0.35 per diluted share, for the fourth quarter of 2011, an 89% increase in diluted earnings per share.

For the year ended December 31, 2012, net income totaled $2,044,000, compared to $909,000 for the year ended December 31, 2011, an increase of $1,135,000 or 125%. Net income available to common stockholders after preferred dividends and amortization was $1,898,000 or $2.18 per diluted share for the year ended December 31, 2012, compared to $550,000 or $0.63 per diluted share for the year ended December 31, 2011, a 246% increase in diluted earnings per share. Total assets on December 31, 2012 were $375 million, compared to $377 million on December 31, 2011.

SBT Bancorp’s prior year (2011) results were impacted by one-time charges related to the formation of SBT Passive Investment Company (PIC) in the first quarter of 2011 and repayment of Capital Purchase Program (CPP) funding in the third quarter of 2011. Excluding these one-time charges, prior year (2011) earnings would have been: net income $1,081,000, net income available to common stockholders after preferred dividends and amortization $827,000, and diluted earnings per share $0.95. Compared to these pro forma 2011 results, for the year ending December 31, 2012 net income increased by $963,000 or 89% and diluted earnings per share increased by $1.23 or 129%.

Key financial highlights for the fourth quarter of 2012 and for the year ending December 31, 2012 include significant growth in earnings, continued loan and deposit growth, favorable asset quality, and a well capitalized regulatory capital position:

  • Fourth quarter 2012 net income of $604 thousand was the highest level of quarterly net income in the history of SBT Bancorp
  • Annual net income exceeded $2 million for the first time in the history of SBT Bancorp
  • Annual earnings per share increased by 246%, or 129% on a pro forma basis
  • Annual non-interest income increased by $1.7 million or 70%
  • Loans outstanding grew by $19 million or 9%
  • Asset quality remained very favorable with total non-accrual loans and loans 30 or more days past due decreasing from 1.30% of loans outstanding on December 31, 2011 to 0.76% of loans outstanding on December 31, 2012
  • The Bank’s Total Risk Based Capital ratio ended the year at 14.68%.

“Strong growth in revenue, loans and deposits combined with continued excellent asset quality produced the best quarter and the best year of earnings in the history of SBT Bancorp,” stated SBT Bancorp President and CEO, Martin J. Geitz. “We are fortunate to have an outstanding team of professionals who are implementing our strategic plan with great success. Our team’s work produces high customer satisfaction that drives our growth and financial results. We look forward to growing the company’s revenue and building shareholder value in 2013 and beyond.”

Total revenues, consisting of net interest and dividend income plus noninterest income, were $14.6 million in 2012 compared to $12.6 million a year ago, an increase of $2.0 million or 16%. Net interest and dividend income increased in 2012 by $333 thousand or 3% while noninterest income increased by $1.7 million or 70% primarily due to an increase in gain on loans sold and an increase in service charges and fees.

The net interest margin decreased 8 basis points from 3.25% in 2011 to 3.17% in 2012. The yield on interest earning assets decreased 24 basis points to 3.48% while cost of funds decreased 22 basis points to 0.40% in 2012. The Bank experienced a greater decline in yield on assets as compared to the decline in cost of funds.

Total non-interest expenses for 2012 were $11.5 million with an increase of $751 thousand or 7% over 2011. The increase in expenses was primarily attributable to expenses associated with growing the Bank’s revenues. Salaries and employee benefit expenses and advertising and promotions fees increased by a total of $813 thousand during 2012 compared to 2011. Professional fees and FDIC insurance assessment decreased by a total of $362 thousand in 2012 compared to 2011. All other operating expenses were up by $300 thousand in 2012 compared to 2011. The provision for loan losses was $320 thousand in 2012 compared to $495 thousand in 2011, a decline of $175 thousand or 35%.

On December 31, 2012 loans outstanding were $236 million, an increase of $19 million or 9% over a year ago. The allowance for loan losses ended the year at $2.6 million or 1.10% of total loans. This compares to an allowance for loan losses of $2.5 million or 1.14% of loans on December 31, 2011. The profile of the Company’s loan portfolio remained relatively low-risk throughout 2012. At year end, 70% of total loans were conventionally underwritten residential mortgages and consumer home equity lines and loans. Commercial loans represent 26% of the Company’s total loans. Other consumer loans comprise 4% of total loans. The Company’s exposure to commercial real estate concentrations is relatively low. Total exposure to builder and land development loans and non-owner occupied commercial real estate was $11 million at year end, 5% of total loans and 37% of total stockholders’ equity. The Company had non-accrual loans totaling $1.2 million equal to 0.53% of total loans on December 31, 2012 compared to non-accrual loans of $2.3 million or 1.07% of total loans a year ago. Total non-accrual loans and loans 30 or more days past due decreased from 1.30% of loans outstanding on December 31, 2011 to 0.76% of loans outstanding on December 31, 2012.

Total deposits on December 31, 2012 were $340 million, compared to $345 million in total deposits on December 31, 2011. Prior year-end (December 31, 2011) total deposits included a business checking account short-term deposit of $19 million that was deposited in late December 2011 and was withdrawn in early January 2012. Excluding this prior year-end anomaly, total deposits for the year 2012 increased by $14 million or 4%. This growth was all in Core deposits (Demand, Savings and NOW accounts). Compared to December 31, 2011, demand deposits, adjusting for the prior year-end anomaly, increased $8 million or 9%, savings and NOW deposits increased $11 million or 7%, and time deposits decreased by $5 million or 6%. At year-end 2012, 27% of total deposits were in non-interest bearing demand accounts, 52% were in low-cost savings and NOW accounts, and 21% were in time deposits.

Capital levels for the Simsbury Bank & Trust Company on December 31, 2012 were above those required to meet the regulatory “well-capitalized” designation.

Simsbury Bank is an independent publicly held community bank for consumers and businesses based in Connecticut’s Farmington Valley. The bank serves customers locally through branches in Avon, Bloomfield, Granby and Simsbury and regionally through mortgage and commercial bankers active throughout Southern New England. Simsbury Bank customers enjoy full online banking services at www.simsburybank.com and online mortgage applications at www.simsburybank.com/mortgages; free ATM access at thousands of machines across the country through the SUM program; and 24 hour telephone banking. The Bank offers financial planning, investment and insurance products through LPL Financial and its affiliates, member FINRA/SIPC. Simsbury Bank’s parent company is SBT Bancorp whose stock is traded under the ticker symbol SBTB.

Certain statements in this press release, including statements regarding the intent, belief or current expectations of SBT Bancorp, Inc., The Simsbury Bank & Trust Company, or their directors or officers, are “forward-looking” statements (as such term is defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995). Because such statements are subject to risks and uncertainties, actual results may differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements.

SBT Bancorp, Inc and Subsidiary
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
December 31, 2012 and 2011
           

(Dollars in thousands, except for per share amounts)

 
12/31/2012 12/31/2011

 

ASSETS

Cash and due from banks $ 12,372 $ 19,217

Interest-bearing deposits with Federal Reserve Bank of Boston and Federal Home Loan Bank

19,276 65,293
Money market mutual funds 2,094 5,346
Federal funds sold   358     2,024  
Cash and cash equivalents 34,100 91,880
 
Interest-bearing time deposits with other bank 3,789 4,728
Investments in available-for-sale securities (at fair value) 91,820 56,859
Federal Home Loan Bank stock, at cost 589 660
 
Loans outstanding 235,884 216,553
Less allowance for loan losses   2,594     2,469  
Loans, net   233,290     214,084  
 
Premises and equipment 824 679
Accrued interest receivable 1,019 964
Other real estate owned 213 -
Bank owned life insurance 6,520 4,172
Other assets   2,855     3,013  
Total other assets   11,431     8,828  
 
 
TOTAL ASSETS $ 375,019   $ 377,039  
 

LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY

Deposits:
Demand deposits $ 92,670 $ 103,778
Savings and NOW deposits 175,268 164,318
Time deposits   72,471     76,681  
Total deposits 340,409 344,777
 
Securities sold under agreements to repurchase 3,569 3,548
Other liabilities   1,604     1,271  
Total liabilities   345,582     349,596  
 
Stockholders' equity:

Preferred Stock, senior non-cumulative perpetual, Series C, no par; 9,000 shares issued and outstanding at December 31, 2012 and 2011; liquidation value of $1,000 per share

8,964

8,952

Common Stock, no par value; authorized 2,000,000 shares; issued and outstanding 888,724 shares and 888,310 shares, respectively, in 2012 and 876,808 shares and 876,394 shares, respectively, in 2011

9,901 9,620
Retained earnings 9,819 8,360
Treasury Stock, 414 shares (7 ) (7 )
Unearned compensation restricted stock awards (368 ) (199 )
Accumulated other comprehensive income   1,128     717  
Total stockholders' equity   29,437     27,443  
TOTAL LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY $ 375,019   $ 377,039  
 

SBT Bancorp, Inc
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income
                 

(Dollars in thousands, except for per share amounts)

 
For the quarter ended For the Twelve months ended
12/31/2012 12/31/2011 12/31/2012 12/31/2011
 
Interest and dividend income:
Interest and fees on loans

$

2,368

$ 2,499 $ 9,656 $ 9,975
Investment securities 316 375 1,662 1,451
Federal funds sold and overnight deposits   168   41   249   284
Total interest and dividend income   2,852   2,915   11,567   11,710
 
Interest expense:
Deposits 253 309 1,037 1,489
Repurchase agreements   1   7   4   28
Total interest expense   254   316   1,041   1,517
 
Net interest and dividend income 2,598 2,599 10,526 10,193
 
Provision for loan losses   110   165   320   495
 
Net interest and dividend income after
provision for loan losses   2,488   2,434   10,206   9,698
 
Noninterest income:
Service charges on deposit accounts 134 134 495 511
Gain on sales of investments 35 61 113 445
Gain on sale of mortgages 775 234 2,266 428
Investment services fees and commissions 51 40 171 178
Other service charges and fees 240 203 798 651
Increase in cash surrender value
of life insurance policies 56 40 208 160
Other income   0   2   2   9
Total noninterest income   1,291   714   4,053   2,382
 
Noninterest expense:
Salaries and employee benefits 1,623 1,411 6,271 5,623
Occupancy expense 257 265 1,059 1,098
Equipment expense 75 64 275 254
Loss on sale of other real estate owned 38 - 38 28
Advertising and promotions 149 133 655 490
Forms and supplies 35 52 173 187
Professional fees 139 135 577 753
Directors' fees 59 67 229 197
Correspondent charges 77 82 344 312
Postage 25 17 93 82
FDIC Assessment 62 63 176 361
Data Processing Fees 133 118 502 446
Other expenses   279   266   1,116   925
Total noninterest expense   2,951   2,673   11,508   10,756
 
Income before income taxes 828 475 2,751 1,325
Income tax provision   224   108   707   416
 
Net income $ 604 $ 367 $ 2,044 $ 909
 
Net income available to common shareholders $ 579 $ 311 $ 1,898 $ 550
 
Average shares outstanding, basic 869,931 865,015 867,087 864,986
Earnings per common share, basic $ 0.67 $ 0.36 $ 2.19 $ 0.64
 
Average shares outstanding, assuming dilution 876,000 876,514 872,206 869,536
Earnings per common share, assuming dilution $ 0.66 $ 0.35 $ 2.18 $ 0.63
 

Contacts

The Simsbury Bank & Trust Company
Anthony F. Bisceglio, 860-408-5493
EVP & CFO
860-408-4679 (fax)
abisceglio@simsburybank.com

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Contacts

The Simsbury Bank & Trust Company
Anthony F. Bisceglio, 860-408-5493
EVP & CFO
860-408-4679 (fax)
abisceglio@simsburybank.com