KNOXVILLE, TN - January 17, 2017 - SmartFinancial, Inc. ("SmartFinancial"; NASDAQ: SMBK), announced today net income of $1.6 million in its fourth quarter of 2016, compared to $1.2 million a year ago. In the first quarter of 2016, SmartFinancial completed the merger of Cornerstone Community Bank with and into SmartBank. This quarter completes the third full quarter's results of the merged bank.
Billy Carroll, President & CEO, stated: "We are extremely proud of the achievements of our associates during our first full year as a combined company. We had outstanding organic loan growth of over $85 million, increased demand deposits by over $33 million, and maintained a net interest margin of over 4.00 percent for the year. We generated over $4 million in non-interest income during the year thanks to increased revenues from the sale of mortgage and SBA loans and higher revenues from deposit account services. We are successfully capturing our post merger efficiency gains as demonstrated by two consecutive quarterly decreases in noninterest expense to average assets. As a result we have generated increases in both net income and return on assets the last two quarters and look forward to continuing the trend of quarterly improvements into 2017.”
SmartFinancial's Chairman, Miller Welborn, concluded: "The only thing more exciting than what we as a company have accomplished over the last year are the opportunities we have before us heading into 2017. We have added a veteran team of bankers in Bradley County, Tennessee to go along with our planned branch acquisition in that market and as part of our organic growth strategy we are opening a new branch in Panama City, Florida, and that is just to start the year. We will continue to execute our objectives of growing the company while maintaining a strong margin, rigorous underwriting standards, and increasing efficiency. Every day we strive to achieve our goals of being a great place to work, a great place to bank, and making our company a rewarding investment for our shareholders. "
Net income available to common shareholders totaled $1.4 million or $0.23 per share during the fourth quarter of 2016 which is up from $1.2 million or $0.20 per share in the fourth quarter of 2015.
Annualized return on average assets equaled 0.64 percent in the fourth quarter of 2016, compared to 0.63 percent in the third quarter of 2016.
Annualized net loan growth was approximately 8 percent in the fourth quarter and 12 percent for the full year 2016.
Asset quality was outstanding with nonperforming assets to total assets of just 0.43 percent.
Net interest margin, taxable equivalent, increased to 4.06 percent in the quarter as the asset sensitive balance sheet reacted to the increases in interest rates and as the percentage of earning-assets to total assets increased.
Fourth Quarter 2016 compared to Third Quarter 2016
Net income available to common shareholders totaled $1.4 million in the fourth quarter of 2016, or $0.22 per diluted share, compared to $1.3 million, or $0.22 per diluted share, in the third quarter of 2016. Net operating earnings available to common shareholders, which excludes purchased loans accounting adjustments, securities gains, merger and conversion costs, and foreclosed assets gains and losses, totaled $1.4 million in the fourth quarter of 2016 compared to $1.1 million in the previous quarter.
The following information was filed by Smartfinancial Inc. (SMBK) on Tuesday, January 17, 2017 as an 8K 2.02 statement, which is an earnings press release pertaining to results of operations and financial condition. It may be helpful to assess the quality of management by comparing the information in the press release to the information in the accompanying 10-K Annual Report statement of earnings and operation as management may choose to highlight particular information in the press release.
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Ticker: SMBK CIK: 1038773 Form Type:10-K Annual Report Accession Number: 0001038773-17-000003 Submitted to the SEC: Fri Mar 31 2017 4:27:46 PM EST Accepted by the SEC: Fri Mar 31 2017 Period: Saturday, December 31, 2016 Industry: National Commercial Banks