SmartFinancial Reports Record $0.30 Earnings per Common Share for the First Quarter 2018
Net operating earnings per common share was $0.35 for the quarter
Record high net income of $3.4 million for the quarter, up 108 percent from a year ago.
ROAA of 0.80 percent, a new record, for the quarter and net operating ROAA of 0.91 percent.
Organic loan growth of $51 million, over 15 percent annualized during the quarter.
Transaction accounts are over 37 percent of total deposits, a new high point for the company.
Efficiency ratio decreased to 72.66 percent, a new record and down by more than 3 percentage points from a year ago.
Net interest margin, taxable equivalent, of 4.38 percent which is up 0.31 percent from a year ago.
Asset quality was outstanding with nonperforming assets to total assets decreasing to just 0.26 percent.
KNOXVILLE, TN - April 24, 2018 - SmartFinancial, Inc. ("SmartFinancial"; NASDAQ: SMBK), announced today net income of $3.4 million in its first quarter of 2018, compared to $1.6 million a year ago. Diluted net income per common share was$0.30 for first quarter of 2018, compared to $0.19 during the first quarter of 2017.
Billy Carroll, President & CEO, stated: "We had a great first quarter with a new record high return on average assets and earnings per share. We achieved these milestones by growing loans at over a 15 percent pace while simultaneously maintaining a very strong net margin. Demand deposits increased significantly, and while a large portion was conversion related reclassifications, organic demand deposit growth for the quarter was over $25 million. As an organization we continue to improve on our efficiencies as we capture further economies of scale, even with over half a million in merger related costs. Our team has done a great job of integrating Capstone, planning for the Tennessee Bancshares acquisition, and growing the core bank."
SmartFinancial's Chairman, Miller Welborn, concluded: "We are looking forward to completing the acquisition of Tennessee Bancshares in the second quarter. Our resulting company will have assets approaching $2.0 billion by quarter end, setting us up for the next stage of growth. The opportunities before the company and in turn for our shareholders have never been greater. We are well on our way in creating one of the Southeast’s next great community banking franchises."
First Quarter 2018 compared to Fourth Quarter 2017
Net income available to common shareholders totaled $3.4 million in the first quarter of 2018, or $0.30 per diluted share, compared to $38 thousand, or $0.00 per diluted share, in the fourth quarter of 2017, which was negatively impacted by the revaluation and write down of deferred tax assets due to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act which resulted in a lower federal tax rate for corporations. Net operating earnings available to common shareholders (Non-GAAP), which excludes securities gains, foreclosed assets gains and losses, and merger and conversion costs, totaled $3.9 million in the first quarter of 2018 compared to $3.7 million in the previous quarter.
Net interest income to average assets of 3.93 percent for the quarter was down 4.09 percent from the fourth quarter of 2017. Net interest income totaled $16.8 million in the first quarter of 2018 compared to $15.3 million in the fourth quarter of 2017. Net interest income was negatively impacted approximately $368 thousand due to the two less days in the current period. Net interest margin, taxable equivalent, decreased from 4.51 percent in the fourth quarter of 2017 to 4.38 percent in the first quarter of 2018 primarily as a result of less income from purchase accounting adjustments on acquired loans and increases on the cost of interest-bearing liabilities.
Provision for loan losses was $689 thousand in the first quarter of 2018, compared to $442 thousand in the fourth quarter of 2017. The increase in provision for loan losses was due to higher loan growth during the period. The allowance for loan losses and leases
The following information was filed by Smartfinancial Inc. (SMBK) on Tuesday, April 24, 2018 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-Q Quarterly Report statement of earnings and operation as management may choose to highlight particular information in the press release.