SVB&T Corporation, Parent Company of Springs Valley Bank & Trust Company, Reports 2019 Year to Date and Third Quarter Earnings

JASPER, IN / ACCESSWIRE / October 29, 2019 / SVB&T Corporation (OTCQX:SVBT), parent company of Springs Valley Bank & Trust Company, announced today unaudited net income for the nine months ended September 30, 2019 of $3.0 Million or $5.30 earnings per share (EPS), a 5.02% decrease over the same period 2018 EPS. This also compares unfavorably in total dollars to $3.1 Million of net income over the same period in 2018. These year to date (YTD) September 30, 2019 results translate to a return on average assets (ROAA) of 0.92%, compared to the same period 2018 of 1.06%.

Book value has risen from $72.70 per share at December 31, 2018 to $80.79 at September 30, 2019 or an 11.13% increase. The SVB&T Corporation stock closed at $79.51 per share on the OTCQX exchange on October 28, 2019.

Total assets increased $52.6 Million to $453.6 Million at September 30, 2019 compared to December 31, 2018 assets of $401.0 Million. Total Loans before allowances increased $36.5 Million to $346.4 Million at September 30, 2019 from $309.9 Million at December 31, 2018. The considerable loan growth experienced in the first two quarters of 2019 slowed to some degree in the third quarter. The year to date loan growth was primarily generated in commercial real estate and commercial lines of credit with agriculture real estate and lines of credit being the largest contributors. This has been a strategic focus of Springs Valley Bank & Trust Company throughout 2019 as we continue to leverage the expertise of our agriculture lending and underwriting staff while focusing on borrowers with significant equity positions and the wherewithal to prosper even in an environment of low crop yields and pricing. Additionally, as part of our effort to fund this substantial loan growth, during September, the investment subsidiary of Springs Valley Bank & Trust Company, SVB&T Holdings Inc., sold $8.6 million of investments, primarily municipal bonds, generating a $406,000 gain and subsequently paid a $6.0 million dividend to Springs Valley Bank & Trust Company from the sale proceeds. Springs Valley Bank & Trust Company will use the funds to reduce high cost funding, primarily Brokered CD’s and Federal Home Loan Bank Advances, and/or fund future loan growth, dependent upon loan demand throughout the remainder of 2019, in an effort to bolster net interest margin by generating higher yielding assets while reducing cost of funds. On the liability side of the balance sheet, total deposits increased $23.0 Million to $354.9 Million at September 30, 2019 from $331.9 Million at December 31, 2018. The deposit growth has been generated primarily in higher rate products such as the money market savings, as well as an increase in brokered time deposits, as local competition for deposits continues, resulting in increased pricing on rate sensitive products.

Net interest income before provision expense for the nine months ended September 30, 2019 was $10.2 Million compared to $9.6 Million for the same period 2018, an increase of $627,000. This increase was primarily a result of growth in earnings assets during the first nine months of the year as well as higher yields on earning assets which generated an increase in interest income of $1.9 Million over the same prior year period. However, cost of funds increased by $1.3 Million due to higher deposit balances, rate increases resulting from local competition for deposits, and increased borrowings to fund the gap between our loan and deposit growth, which negated some of the positive impact to net interest income. Total non-interest income increased $428,000 to $4.4 Million YTD September 2019 from $4.0 Million YTD for the same period 2018. This increase was primarily a result of the rebalancing opportunity from sold bonds in the investment portfolio, providing a pretax gain of $406,000 in the third quarter.

Non-interest expense increased $1.3 Million to $10.5 Million YTD September 2019 from $9.2 Million YTD for the same period 2018. As noted in the prior quarter’s earnings release, this expense increase was primarily driven by various overhead components that have been necessary to build out the infrastructure to support the future growth of Springs Valley Bank & Trust Company. Some of the largest components of this expense have been increased staffing, additional premises and equipment, and additional information technology initiatives, including further developing our digital service offering, implementing an integrated teller machine (ITM) network, and data processing support.

Third quarter 2019 unaudited earnings of $1.3 Million or $2.30 EPS, was a 42.86% increase over the same period 2018 EPS. This also compares favorably in total dollars to $900,000 of unaudited earnings over the same period in 2018. This third quarter 2019 performance translates to a return on average assets (ROAA) of 1.15%, compared to the same prior year period of 0.89%. Following the year to date trend, third quarter net interest income experienced an uptick over the prior year third quarter with increased loan balances and higher average rates driving income higher, but this bump was muted to some degree as our cost of funding also increased. The bank did, along with an increase in non-interest income, more than offset the elevated non-interest expense leading to the increase in net income for the quarter as noted above. Factors driving higher non-interest income for the quarter, in addition to the bond sale from the investment portfolio, included fee income from both sold mortgages and sold SBA loans as these two sources of revenue significantly outpaced both the third quarter of 2018 by $91,000 and the trailing quarter by $198,000. This is an ongoing point of focus for the bank as we continue to strategically diversify revenue streams with specific emphasis on these sources of fee income to help mitigate reliance on margin via net interest income generation. Financial Advisory Group income (including both Trust and Brokerage services) has rebounded as well with third quarter 2019 income surpassing both the third quarter of 2018 by $59,000 and the trailing quarter by $63,000. The current third quarter over trailing quarter earnings increased approximately $297,000 or 29.96%. However, third quarter earnings, adjusted for the one-time, after tax gain on sale of bonds in 2019, were $967,000 or $24,000 lower than the trailing second quarter 2019 earnings, primarily resulting from higher non-interest expense, following the same theme as discussed in the year to date narrative above.

Other notable developments in the third of quarter of 2019 included the opening of our Washington Banking Center in Washington, IN. We are extremely excited to be a part of the Washington community and Daviess County with the addition of our branch to the area. We look forward to a prosperous partnership with Daviess County residents. As we continue to focus on this new banking center, we have also begun another venture; this one into the Gibson County area with a prospective branch opening in Princeton, IN by the beginning of 2020. We are equally excited about our entrance into Princeton and Gibson County as we continue to utilize resources to expand our community bank footprint into these high quality, community oriented areas in Southern Indiana.

“In the third quarter, Management rolled up our sleeves and went to work proactively to counter-balance some of the challenges incurred earlier in the year that had dampened the corporation’s ability to deliver results at budget,” stated President & CEO Jamie Shinabarger. “2019 has definitely proven to be one of the most challenging years since we began our winning streak (best seven consecutive years in the franchise history from 2012-2018). We have navigated around and managed through an inverted yield curve, an early-in-the-year volatile equities market, and the resources required to spin-up two new banking centers in entirely new markets,” Mr. Shinabarger concluded.

As budgeting season shifts into high gear, Management’s 2020 strategy is focused on taking a pause from the fast and furious pace of digital product implementation to digest and assimilate the myriad of electronic solutions the bank has invested in over the past 18 months. In addition, an intense concentration on lowering the cost of funding, strategically controlling the balance sheet make-up, and diversifying the bank’s income statement are high on the list of key 2020 initiatives.

For more information contact: Darrell Blocker, Treasurer & CFO, SVB&T Corporation, at 812.634.4803 or dblocker@svbt.com. On the OTCQX trading platform, find us under ticker symbol SVBT at www.otcmarkets.com.

Information conveyed in this press release regarding SVB&T Corporation and its subsidiaries’ anticipated future performance is forward-looking and therefore involves risks and uncertainties that could cause the results or developments to differ significantly from those indicated in these statements. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, risks and uncertainties inherent in general and local banking, as well as mortgage conditions, competitive factors specific to markets in which the corporation and its subsidiaries operate, future interest rate levels, changes in local real estate markets, legislative and regulatory decisions, capital market conditions, and other factors.

SVB&T Corporation is headquartered at 8482 West State Road 56, French Lick, Indiana 47432, with administrative offices at 1500 Main Street, Jasper, Indiana 47546. Springs Valley has two locations in both Dubois and Orange Counties and one location in Daviess County. Its subsidiary, Springs Valley Bank & Trust Company, offers full-service bank and trust services. Springs Valley has products and services for all types of individuals, families and businesses: checking and savings accounts, certificates of deposit, electronic services, online mortgage applications, and a variety of other loan options. In addition, Springs Valley Bank & Trust Company has a full-service trust department managed by experienced, talented professionals specializing in estate planning, tax planning, and wealth management. Investment Services are also offered by a licensed, professional Springs Valley representative. Springs Valley Bank & Trust Company’s online address is www.svbt.bank and phone number is 800.843.4947.

Springs Valley Bank is a member of FDIC and is an Equal Housing Lender.

Selected Consolidated Financial Data of SVB&T Corporation
(In Thousands, Except Shares Outstanding and Per Share Data)

             
 
  Unaudited     Audited  
 
  30-Sep     31-Dec  
 
  2019     2018     2018  
Assets
                 
Cash and Due From Banks
  $ 13,957     $ 12,375     $ 8,931  
Interest Bearing Time Deposits
    1,200       2,425       1,175  
Fed Funds Sold
    15,063       5,648       7,068  
Available for Sale Securities
    57,548       53,770       55,644  
Other Investments
    2,281       2,236       2,169  
Loans held for sale
    880       (32 )     150  
Loans net of allowance for loan losses
    341,041       302,852       305,879  
Premises and Equipment
    5,900       5,284       5,273  
Bank-owned Life Insurance
    8,179       8,008       8,052  
Accrued Interest Receivable
    2,309       2,035       1,824  
Foreclosed Assets Held for Sale
    49       65       58  
Other Assets
    5,213       4,952       4,730  
Total Assets
    453,620       399,618       400,953  
 
                       
Liabilities and Stockholders Equity
                       
Non-interest bearing deposits
    51,164       49,198       52,178  
Interest bearing deposits
    303,698       278,538       279,676  
Borrowed Funds
    43,876       23,821       19,710  
Subordinated Debentures
    5,000       5,000       5,000  
Accrued interest payable and other liabilities
    4,709       3,430       3,738  
Total Liabilities
    408,447       359,987       360,302  
 
                       
Stockholders’ equity – substantially restricted
    45,173       39,631       40,651  
Total Liabilities and Shareholders’ Equity
    453,620       399,618       400,953  
                         
                         
 
  Three Months Ended     Nine Months Ended  
 
  30-Sep     30-Sep  
 
  2019     2018     2019     2018  
Operating Data:
                       
Interest & Dividend Income
  $ 4,926     $ 4,271     $ 14,315     $ 12,354  
Interest Expense
    1,487       1,059       4,073       2,739  
 
                               
Net Interest Income
  $ 3,439     $ 3,212     $ 10,242     $ 9,615  
Provision for Loan Loss
    235       232       728       669  
Net Interest Income after Provision for Loan Losses
  $ 3,204     $ 2,980     $ 9,514     $ 8,946  
Fiduciary activitities
    774       714       2,176       2,213  
Customer service fees
    319       337       959       950  
Increase in cash surender value of life insurance
    41       43       127       131  
Other income
    751       231       1,126       666  
Total noninterest income
    1,885       1,325       4,388       3,960  
Salary & employee benefits
    2,019       1,714       6,036       5,112  
Occupancy
    395       372       1,213       1,107  
Data processing
    360       312       1,041       926  
Deposit insurance premium
    (44 )     34       22       108  
Professional fees
    245       313       655       679  
Other expenses
    607       503       1,533       1,290  
Total noninterest expense
    3,582       3,248       10,500       9,222  
Income before Income Taxes
    1,507       1,057       3,402       3,684  
Income Tax Expense
    219       157       440       566  
Net Income
  $ 1,288     $ 900     $ 2,962     $ 3,118  
 
                               
Shares Outstanding
    559,136       558,865       559,136       558,865  
Average Shares – Basic
    559,136       558,865       559,136       558,855  
Average Shares – Diluted
    559,136       559,136       559,136       559,136  
Basic Earnings per Share
  $ 2.30     $ 1.61     $ 5.30     $ 5.58  
Diluted Earnings per Share
  $ 2.30     $ 1.61     $ 5.30     $ 5.58  
 
                               
 
                               
Other Data:
                               
Yield on all Interest-earning Average Assets
    4.61 %     4.47 %     4.70 %     4.42 %
Cost on all Interest-earning Average Assets
    1.39 %     1.11 %     1.34 %     0.98 %
Interest Rate Spread
    3.22 %     3.36 %     3.36 %     3.44 %
 
                               
Net Interest Margin
    3.22 %     3.36 %     3.36 %     3.44 %
 
                               
Number of Full Service Banking Centers
    5       4       5       4  
 
                               
Return on Average Assets (net income divided by average total assets)
    1.15 %     0.89 %     0.92 %     1.06 %
Average Assets
  $ 448,987     $ 403,606     $ 427,953     $ 393,784  
 
                               
Return on Average Equity (net income divided by average total equity)
    11.65 %     9.15 %     9.30 %     10.85 %
Average Equity
  $ 44,209     $ 39,326     $ 42,468     $ 38,328  
 
                               
Equity to Assets Ratio (EOP)
    9.96 %     9.92 %     9.96 %     9.92 %
 
                               
Book Value per Share
  $ 80.79     $ 70.91     $ 80.79     $ 70.91  
 
                               
Market Value per Share – End of Period Close
  $ 79.51     $ 81.66     $ 79.51     $ 81.66  
                                 

SOURCE: SVB&T Corporation

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