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United Security Bancshares - Fourth Quarter Profits: $2.9 million

FRESNO, Calif., Jan. 28, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- United Security Bancshares (http://www.unitedsecuritybank.com/) (Nasdaq Global Select: UBFO) reported today unaudited consolidated net income of $2,945,000 or $0.20 per basic and diluted common share for the quarter ended December 31, 2013 and $7,269,000 or $0.49 per basic and diluted common share for the year ended December 31, 2013, as compared to $1,479,000 or $0.09 per basic and diluted common shares for the quarter ended December 31, 2012 and $6,069,000 or $0.41 per basic and diluted shares for the year ended December 31, 2012.

Annualized return on average equity (ROAE) for the quarter ended December 31, 2013 was 15.8%, compared to 8.56% for the same period in 2012, and was 10.09% for the year ended December 31, 2013, compared to 9.20% for the year ended December 31, 2012. Annualized return on average assets (ROAA) was 1.79% for the three months ended December 31, 2013, compared to 0.93% for the same period in 2012, and was 1.13% for the year ended December 31, 2013 compared to 0.97% for the year ended December 31, 2012.

Change in net income on a quarter-to-quarter comparative basis between the fourth quarters of 2013 and 2012 is largely the result of a $2,686,000 reversal of valuation allowance on deferred tax during the quarter ended December 31, 2013.  Partially offsetting the reversal of valuation allowance during the quarter ended December 31, 2013, compared to the same period ended December 31, 2012, was a decrease of $209,000 in interest income.  On a twelve month comparative basis, changes in income were the result of a $2,117,000 decrease in provision for credit losses, a $2,686,000 reversal on valuation allowance on deferred tax, and a $663,000 decrease in net cost of operation on OREO, offset by a decrease of $1,739,000 on gains realized on the sale of other investments and a $2,149,000 decrease in total interest income.

The Board of Directors of United Security Bancshares declared a fourth quarter 2013 stock dividend of one percent (1%) on December 17, 2013. The stock dividend was payable to shareholders of record on January 10, 2014, and the shares will be issued on January 22, 2014.

Dennis R. Woods, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company, states, "2013 provided a great deal of positive momentum for the Bank with reductions in non-performing assets and stronger net income. The reversal of all $2.7 million of the allowance for deferred taxes is a further indication that the dynamics of the Company are improving. We continue to see improvements in both the local and the national economy and look forward to continued success in 2014."  Shareholders' equity at December 31, 2013 was $76,543,000, up $7,102,000 from shareholders' equity of $69,441,000 at December 31, 2012. 

Net interest income before provision for credit losses for the quarter ended December 31, 2013 totaled $5,362,000 and $21,391,000 for the year ended December 31, 2013, a decrease of $62,000 from $5,424,000 reported for the quarter ended December 31, 2012 and a decrease of $1,699,000 from the $23,090,000 reported for the year ended December 31, 2012, respectively. The net interest margin was 3.72% for the quarter ended December 31, 2013, and 3.87% for the year ended December 31, 2013, as compared to 4.03% for the quarter ended December 31, 2012 and 4.40% for the year ended December 31, 2012. The Company continues to experience a decline in net interest margin due to decreases in loan and investment income.

Noninterest income for the quarter ended December 31, 2013 totaled $929,000, reflecting an increase of $478,000 from $451,000 in noninterest income reported for the quarter ended December 31, 2012. Noninterest income for the year ended December 31, 2013 totaled $3,968,000, reflecting a decrease of $1,508,000 from $5,476,000 in noninterest income reported for the year ended December 31, 2012. Customer service fees continue to provide the majority of the Company's noninterest income, totaling $902,000 for the quarter ended December 31, 2013, as compared to $883,000 for the quarter ended December 31, 2012, and $3,456,000 and $3,583,000 for the year ended December 31, 2013 and 2012, respectively. Changes in noninterest income on a quarter-to-quarter comparative basis between the fourth quarters of 2013 and 2012 are largely the result of $233,000 in reduction in losses on fair value option of financial assets during the quarter ended December 31, 2013. The Company recorded a $68,000 impairment loss on investments during the quarter ended December 31, 2012, compared to no loss for the same period ended December 31, 2013.   On a year over year comparative basis, non-interest income decreased primarily due to a $1,739,000 gain on sale of investment during the year ended December 31, 2012, compared to no gain for the same period ended December 31, 2013.

Noninterest expense totaled $5,902,000 for the quarter ended December 31, 2013, a increase of $358,000 as compared to $5,544,000 reported for the quarter ended December 31, 2012. For the year ended December 31, 2013, noninterest expense totaled $19,083,000, a decrease of $862,000 as compared to $19,945,000 for the year ended December 31, 2012. Between the fourth quarters of 2013 and 2012, professional fees and regulatory assessments decreased $476,000 and $233,000, respectively, partially offset by increases in salaries expense and loss on tax credit partnership.  On a twelve month comparative basis, noninterest expense decreased primarily due to a $271,000 net cost on OREO during the year ended December 31, 2013, compared to a net cost on OREO of $934,000 for the same period ended December 31, 2012.

The Company had a provision for loan loss of $22,000 for the quarter ended December 31, 2013 and a negative provision for loan loss of $1,098,000 for the year ended December 31, 2013, compared to a provision of $9,000 for the quarter ended December 31, 2012 and $1,019,000 for the year ended December 31, 2012. Net loan recoveries totaled $414,000 for the quarter ended December 31, 2013 and $302,000 for the year ended December 31, 2013, as compared to net recoveries of $615,000 for the quarter ended December 31, 2012, and net charge-offs of $2,883,000 for the year ended December 31, 2012. With a modest recovery in the economy and real estate markets within our service area, we have maintained an adequate allowance for loan losses which totaled 2.78% of total loans at December 31, 2013 compared to 2.95% of total loans at December 31, 2012. In determining the adequacy of the allowance for loan losses, Management's judgment is the primary determining factor for establishing the amount of the provision for loan losses and management considers the allowance for loan and lease losses at December 31, 2013 to be adequate.

Non-performing assets, comprised of nonaccrual loans, troubled debt restructures (TDR), other real estate owned through foreclosure (OREO), and loans more than 90 days past due and still accruing interest, decreased approximately $15,026,000 between December 31, 2012 and December 31, 2013. Additionally, nonperforming assets as a percentage of total assets decreased from 7.25% at December 31, 2012 to 5.04% at December 31, 2013. Nonaccrual loans decreased $1,084,000 between December 31, 2012 and December 31, 2013, while OREO, decreased $9,986,000 during the same period. Impaired loans totaled $18,132,000 at December 31, 2013, a decrease of $3,799,000 from the balance of $21,931,000 at December 31, 2012.

United Security Bancshares is a $630+ million bank holding company headquartered in Fresno, California. United Security Bank, its principal subsidiary is a California state chartered bank with 11 branches serving the Central Valley and Campbell, and is a member of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco.

FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS
This news release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended and the Company intends such statements to be covered by the safe harbor provisions for forward-looking statements contained in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.

Forward-looking statements are based on management's knowledge and belief as of today and include information concerning the Company's possible or assumed future financial condition, and its results of operations, business and earnings outlook. These forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties. A number of factors, some of which are beyond the Company's ability to control or predict, could cause future results to differ materially from those contemplated by such forward-looking statements. These factors include (1) changes in interest rates, (2) significant changes in banking laws or regulations, (3) increased competition in the company's market, (4) other-than-expected credit losses, (5) earthquake or other natural disasters impacting the condition of real estate collateral, (6) the effect of acquisitions and integration of acquired businesses, (7) the impact of proposed and/or recently adopted changes in laws, and regulations on the Company and its business; (8) changing bank regulatory conditions, policies, whether arising as new legislation or regulatory initiatives or changes in our regulatory classifications, that could lead to restrictions on activities of banks generally or as to the Bank, including specifically the formal order between the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco and the Company and the Bank, (9) failure to comply with the written regulatory agreement under which the Company is subject and (10) unknown economic impacts caused by the State of California's budget issues, including the effect on Federal spending do to sequestration required by the Budget Control Act of 2011. Management cannot predict at this time the severity or duration of the effects of the recent business slowdown on our specific business activities and profitability. Weaker or a further decline in capital and consumer spending, and related recessionary trends could adversely affect our performance in a number of ways including decreased demand for our products and services and increased credit losses. Likewise, changes in interest rates, among other things, could slow the rate of growth or put pressure on current deposit levels and affect the ability of borrowers to repay loans. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they are made, and the company does not undertake to update forward-looking statements to reflect circumstances or events that occur after the date the statements are made, or to update earnings guidance including the factors that influence earnings. For a more complete discussion of these risks and uncertainties, see the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2012, and particularly the section of Management's Discussion and Analysis.  Readers should carefully review all disclosures we file from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC").

 

United Security Bancshares




Consolidated Balance Sheets (unaudited)




(in thousands)





December 31, 2013


December 31, 2012

Assets




Cash and noninterest-bearing deposits in other banks

20,193



27,481


Cash and due from Federal Reserve Bank

115,019



114,146


Cash and cash equivalents

135,212



141,627


Interest-bearing deposits in other banks

1,515



1,507


Investment securities (AFS at market value)

43,616



31,844


Loans and leases, net of unearned fees

395,013



400,033


Less: Allowance for credit losses

(10,988)



(11,784)


Net loans

384,025



388,249


Premises and equipment - net

12,122



12,262


Other real estate owned

13,946



23,932


Goodwill and intangible assets

4,550



4,737


Cash surrender value of life insurance

17,203



16,681


Deferred income taxes

11,630



9,724


Other assets

12,110



18,314


Total assets

635,929



648,877


Deposits:




Noninterest bearing demand deposits

214,317



217,014


Money market, NOW, and savings

244,686



246,888


Time

83,486



99,385


Total deposits

542,489



563,287


Accrued interest payable

44



71


Other liabilities

5,728



6,010


Junior subordinated debentures (at fair value)

11,125



10,068


Total liabilities

559,386



579,436


Shareholders' equity:








Common stock, no par value 20,000,000 shares authorized, 14,799,888 issued and outstanding at December 31, 2013, and 14,217,303 at December 31, 2012

45,778



43,173


Retained earnings

30,884



26,179


Accumulated other comprehensive income

(119)



89


Total shareholders' equity

76,543



69,441


Total liabilities and shareholders' equity

$

635,929



$

648,877










 

United Security Bancshares







Consolidated Statements of Income (unaudited)






(in thousands, except per share amounts)















Three Months Ended December 31,



Twelve Months Ended December 31,



2013



2012



2013



2012

Interest income:












Interest and fees on loans

$

5,414


$

5,507


$

21,979


$

23,184

Interest on investment securities


208



347



703



1,720

Interest on deposits in FRB


89



67



312



224

Interest on deposits in other banks


2



1



8



23

Total interest income


5,713



5,922



23,002



25,151

Interest expense:












Interest on deposits


287



435



1,330



1,791

Interest on other borrowed funds


64



63



281



270

Total interest expense


351



498



1,611



2,061

Net interest income before provision for credit losses


5,362



5,424



21,391



23,090

Provision for credit losses


22



9



(1,098)



1,019

Net interest income


5,340



5,415



22,489



22,071

Non-interest income:












Customer service fees


902



883



3,456



3,583

Increase in cash surrender value of bank owned life insurance


139



137



556



564

Impairment loss on investment securities, other than temporary loss




(68)





(284)

Loss on Fair Value Option of Financial Assets


(257)



(490)



(776)



(774)

Loss on sale of securities




(185)





(195)

Gain on sale of other investment








1,739

Other non-interest income


145



174



732



843

Total non-interest income


929



451



3,968



5,476

Non-interest expense:












Salaries and employee benefits


2,530



2,406



9,214



9,082

Occupancy expense


985



940



3,678



3,548

Data processing


59



24



185



77

Professional fees


139



615



1,275



1,707

Regulatory assessments


118



351



1,150



1,409

Director fees


57



60



232



256

Amortization of intangibles


47



56



187



304

Correspondent bank service charges


58



78



287



313

Loss (gain) on California tax credit partnership


102



(168)



253



39

Net cost on operation of OREO


1,307



696



271



934

Other non-interest expense


500



486



2,351



2,276

Total non-interest expense


5,902



5,544



19,083



19,945

Income before income tax provision


367



322



7,374



7,602

Provision for (Benefit from) income taxes


(2,578)



(1,157)



105



1,533

Net Income

$

2,945


$

1,479


$

7,269


$

6,069

 

United Security Bancshares







Selected Financial Data (unaudited)







(in thousands, except per share amounts)













Three Months Ended December 31,



Twelve Months Ended December 31,


2013


2012


2013


2012

Basic earnings per share

$0.20


$0.09


$0.49


$0.41

Diluted earnings per share

$0.20


$0.09


$0.49


$0.41

Weighted average basic shares for EPS

14,799,888


14,789,001


14,798,135


14,789,001

Weighted average diluted shares for EPS

14,804,338


14,789,001


14,799,037


14,789,001









Annualized return on:








Average assets

1.79%


0.93%


1.13%


0.97%

Average equity

15.80%


8.56%


10.09%


9.20%

Yield on interest-earning assets

3.96%


4.40%


4.15%


4.79%

Cost of interest-bearing liabilities

0.40%


0.56%


0.47%


0.60%

Net interest margin

3.72%


4.03%


3.87%


4.40%

Annualized net charge-offs (recoveries) to average loans

(0.42)%


(0.64)%


(0.08)%


0.74%


























December 31, 2013


December 31, 2012





Shares outstanding - period end

14,799,888



14,217,303






Book value per share

$5.17



$4.88






Tangible book value per share

$4.86



$4.55






Efficiency ratio

73.45%



70.47%






Total nonperforming assets

$32,048



$47,074






Nonperforming assets to total assets

5.04%



7.25%






Total Impaired loans

$18,132



$21,931






Total nonaccrual loans

$12,341



$13,425






Allowance for credit losses to total loans

2.78%



2.95%






















 

SOURCE United Security Bancshares

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