Colony Bankcorp Reports Third Quarter 2021 Results

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Declares Quarterly Cash Dividend of $0.1025 Per Share

FITZGERALD, Ga., October 21, 2021--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Colony Bankcorp, Inc. (Nasdaq: CBAN) ("Colony" or the "Company") today reported net income of $5.6 million, or $0.45 per diluted share, for the quarter ended September 30, 2021, compared with $3.1 million, or $0.33 per diluted share, for the quarter ended September 30, 2020. The Company reported operating net income of $7.1 million, or $0.57 per diluted share, for the quarter ended September 30, 2021, compared with $3.7 million, or $0.39 per diluted share, for the same period in 2020. Operating net income for quarter ended September 30, 2021 and 2020 excludes pre-tax acquisition related expenses, and the net income tax benefit for these adjustments (See Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Measures).

For the nine months ended September 30, 2021, the Company reported net income of $14.5 million, or $1.39 per diluted share, compared to $6.9 million, or $0.73 per diluted share, for the same period in 2020. The Company reported operating net income of $16.7 million, or $1.60 adjusted earnings per diluted share, for the nine months ended September 30, 2021, compared to $7.9 million, or $0.84 adjusted earnings per diluted share, for the same period in 2020 (See Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Measures).

Third Quarter 2021 Financial Highlights:

  • Net income was $5.6 million, or $0.45 per diluted share, compared to $3.1 million, or $0.33 per diluted share, for the third quarter of 2020.

  • Operating net income of $7.1 million, or $0.57 per diluted share (see Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Measures).

  • $150,000 in provision for loan losses was recorded in third quarter of 2021, a decrease of $956,000, or 86%, compared to the third quarter of 2020.

  • Mortgage production was $89.4 million, with $21.2 million in refinances, and $68.1 million in purchases.

  • Small Business Specialty Lending ("SBSL") closed $26.1 million in Small Business Administration ("SBA") loans and sold $12.9 million in SBA loans.

  • Total borrowings at September 30, 2021 totaled $88.9 million, a decrease of $120.4 million, or 57.5%, compared to the same period in 2020.

The Company also announced that on October 21, 2021, the Board of Directors declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.1025 per share, to be paid on its common stock on November 17, 2021, to shareholders of record as of the close of business on November 3, 2021. Outstanding shares as of October 20, 2021 were 13,674,198.

Commenting on the announcement, Heath Fountain, President and Chief Executive Officer, said, "As the economy continues to open, Colony’s results remain strong and demonstrate solid growth despite the dampening effect of the Delta variant and supply chain disruptions. I am pleased to report solid earnings growth for the third quarter of 2021 compared to the same period last year. Diluted earnings per share increased 36% for the third quarter to $0.45 per diluted share, despite significantly higher acquisition related expenses associated with successfully completing the acquisition of SouthCrest Financial Group, Inc (SouthCrest"). Our continued efforts to diversify our revenue streams resulted in non-interest income growth of 25% year-over-year with mortgage fee income increasing 19% as a result of continued low interest rates, consumer demand and the dedication and hard work of our associates. Diluted earnings per share increased on a sequential quarter basis as well. Additionally, adjusted earnings increased for the year-over- year period to $0.57 from $0.39, and increased 16% from the prior quarter.

"We have continued to be very busy at Colony and have made important investments during the quarter, including strategic and add-on acquisitions that will drive our Company’s future prospects and position it to grow and prosper. During the quarter, we successfully closed the acquisitions of SouthCrest and formed Colony Insurance in conjunction with acquiring The Barnes Agency and related tuck-in acquisitions. Management and our Board of Directors continue to analyze utilizing our balance sheet for synergistic opportunities and becoming a more efficient organization. Increasing non-interest income has been of paramount importance to us and we believe will continue to grow with the addition of new customers and cross-selling of our range of product lines.

"Credit metrics in our balance sheet continued to be strong. We took a $150,000 provision for loan and lease losses, a substantial decrease from $1.1 million in the same period last year. Core loan growth increased 7% with total loans increasing 19% versus the same period last year, and deposits increased 52% to $2.2 billion over the same period, primarily due to the acquisition of SouthCrest. Average interest earning assets increased $442.8 million, or 25% from the quarter ended September 30, 2020, while total assets increased to $2.5 billion. Average interest-bearing deposits increased $400.8 million year-over-year with most of the increase in lower-yielding demand and savings accounts.

"Net interest income increased 29% year over year as a result of increases in average interest earning assets and lower costs of interest bearing liabilities. Demand and savings deposits rate was down six basis points to 0.11% and total average deposits cost this quarter decreased 23 basis points to 0.19% from the same period last year. Despite operating in a highly competitive market, I am pleased to report our net interest margin increased to 3.48% from 3.34% year over year.

"Noninterest income saw very strong growth, increasing 25% year over year, with mortgage fee income increasing to $3.1 million in the current quarter compared to $2.6 million in the third quarter of 2020. The increase in noninterest income was offset by increases in noninterest expense, such as salaries and employee benefits, information technology expenses as well as elevated acquisition related expenses and professional fees.

"Our allowance for loan and lease losses now represents 0.98% of total loans outstanding, a decrease from 1.00% in the year-earlier quarter and 1.26% on a sequential-quarter basis. Total nonperforming assets decreased to 0.52% of total assets from 0.67% in the year-earlier quarter and from 0.54% on a sequential-quarter basis."

In closing, Fountain added, "This is a very exciting time for all of us at Colony. As the largest community bank in Georgia and the continued execution of our strategic priorities, we see substantial opportunities to leverage our best-in-class products and services, and deliver enhanced shareholder value for years to come. The team has done a remarkable job, and I couldn't be prouder of how they stepped up to support our clients and new customers to deliver another quarter of outstanding results."

Balance Sheet

  • Total assets were $2.5 billion at September 30, 2021, an increase of $753.1 million, or 42.8%, compared to the same period in 2020. The increase was primarily related to acquisition of SouthCrest.

  • Total loans, including loans held for sale, totaled $1.34 billion at September 30, 2021, an increase of $235.0 million, or 20.3% from the same period in 2020. Legacy loan growth was up $60.4 million or 6.9% compared to the same period in 2020. The increase in loans was a primarily a result of the acquisition of SouthCrest offset by the forgiveness of loans under the Paycheck Protection Program.

  • Deposits totaled $2.20 billion at September 30, 2021, an increase of $778.7 million, or 55.0%, compared to the same period in 2020. The increase was in all types of deposits and was primarily the result of the acquisition of SouthCrest.

  • Total borrowings at September 30, 2021 totaled $88.6 million, a decrease of $120.6 million, or 57.6%, compared to the same period in 2020.

Capital

  • Colony continues to maintain a strong capital position, with ratios that exceed regulatory minimums required to be classified as "well-capitalized."

  • Preliminary tier one leverage ratio, tier one capital ratio, total risk-based capital ratio and common equity tier one capital ratio were 8.45%, 12.09%, 12.91%, and 10.60%, respectively at September 30, 2021.

Third Quarter Results of Operations

  • Net interest income, on a tax-equivalent basis, for the third quarter of 2021 totaled $18.0 million, compared to $13.9 million for the third quarter 2020. The increase during the quarter is primarily attributable to loan fee income recognized on Paycheck Protection Program ("PPP") loans forgiven and a decrease in the cost of interest-bearing liabilities.

  • Net interest margin decreased 20 basis points over the sequential quarter primarily driven by a decrease in deferred fee income recognized on PPP loans. During the quarter ended September 30, 2021, PPP loans totaling approximately $44.6 million were forgiven through the SBA.

  • Noninterest income totaled $9.4 million for the third quarter ended September 30, 2021, an increase of $1.9 million, or 24.9%, compared to the same period in 2020. The increase was primarily attributable to growth in mortgage production income as a result of increased loan demand resulting from a historically low interest rate environment along with SBSL loan sales.

  • Noninterest expense totaled $21.2 million for the third quarter ended September 30, 2021, compared to $16.3 million for the same period in 2020. The increase in noninterest expense primarily resulted from a $2.7 million increase in salary expense and $1.8 million in acquisition expenses related to the acquisitions of SouthCrest and The Barnes Agency ("Barnes").

  • Tax expense totaled $362,000 for the third quarter ended September 30, 2021, a decrease of $522,000, or 59.0%, compared the same period in 2020. This decrease is primarily due to repricing of deferred taxes, recognition of state tax credits, and the integration of SouthCrest. The effective tax rate for the fourth quarter of 2021 is expected to be approximately 22.0%.

Asset Quality

  • Nonperforming assets totaled $13.1 million and $9.5 million at September 30, 2021 and June 30, 2021, respectively.

  • OREO and repossessed assets totaled $810,000 at September 30, 2021, an increase of $511,000, or 63% compared to June 30, 2021, primarily related to the acquisition of SouthCrest.

  • Net loan charge-offs were $144,000, or 0.05% of average loans for the third quarter of 2021, compared to net recoveries of $178,000 or (0.09)% in the second quarter of 2021.

  • The loan loss reserve was $12.9 million, or 0.98% of total loans, at September 30, 2021, compared to $12.9 million, or 1.26% of total loans, at June 30, 2021.

Asset quality remains strong as indicated by the overall improvement in asset quality ratios as of the third quarter 2021 on a year-over-year comparison along with a decrease in nonperforming assets.

About Colony Bankcorp

Colony Bankcorp, Inc. is the bank holding company for Colony Bank. Founded in 1975 and headquartered in Fitzgerald, Georgia, Colony operates 39 locations throughout Georgia. At Colony Bank, we offer a wide range of banking services including personal banking, business banking, mortgage solutions, government guaranteed lending solutions, and more. We have expanded our services to also include consumer insurance products, such as automotive, homeowners, and other insurance needs for our community. Colony’s common stock is traded on the NASDAQ Global Market under the symbol "CBAN." For more information, please visit www.colony.bank. You can also follow the Company on social media.

Forward-Looking Statements

Certain statements contained in this press release that are not statements of historical fact constitute "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of, and subject to the protections of, Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. In addition, certain statements may be contained in the Company’s future filings with the SEC, in press releases, and in oral and written statements made by or with the approval of the Company that are not statements of historical fact and constitute "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of, and subject to the protections of, Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Examples of forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to: (i) projections and/or expectations of revenues, income or loss, earnings or loss per share, the payment or nonpayment of dividends, capital structure and other financial items; (ii) statement of plans and objectives of Colony Bankcorp, Inc. or its management or Board of Directors, including those relating to products or services; (iii) statements of future economic performance; (iv) statements regarding growth strategy, capital management, liquidity and funding, and future profitability; (v) statements regarding the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and related variants on the Company’s business and financial results and conditions; (vi) statements relating to the timing, benefits, costs, and synergies of the recently completed acquisitions of SouthCrest (the "Merger") and Barnes; and (vii) statements of assumptions underlying such statements. Words such as "believes," "anticipates," "expects," "intends," "targeted" and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements but are not the exclusive means of identifying such statements.

Prospective investors are cautioned that any such forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties. Factors that might cause such differences include, but are not limited to: the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and related variants on the Company’s assets, business, cash flows, financial condition, liquidity, prospects and results of operations; potential increases in the provision for loan losses resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic and related variants; the Company’s ability to implement its various strategic and growth initiatives; competitive pressures among financial institutions increasing significantly; economic conditions, either nationally or locally, in areas in which the Company conducts operations being less favorable than expected; interest rate risk; legislation or regulatory changes which adversely affect the ability of the consolidated Company to conduct business combinations or new operations, including changes to statutes, regulations or regulatory policies or practices as a result of, or in response to, COVID-19 and related variants; adverse results from current or future litigation, regulatory examinations or other legal and/or regulatory actions, including as a result of the Company’s participation in and execution of government programs related to the COVID-19 pandemic and related variants; the risk that the cost savings and any revenue synergies from the Merger and the acquisition of Barnes may not be realized or take longer than anticipated; the risk of successful integration of SouthCrest’s and Barnes’ businesses into the Company; the reaction of each of the Company’s, SouthCrest’s and Barnes’ customers, suppliers, employees or other business partners to the Merger and the Barnes acquisition; the risk that the integration of SouthCrest’s operations into the operations of the Company will be materially delayed or will be more costly or difficult than expected; the timing and achievement of expected cost reductions following the Merger; the timing and achievement of the recovery of the reduction of tangible book value resulting from the Merger; the risks associated with the Company’s pursuit of future acquisitions; and general competitive, economic, political and market conditions or other unexpected factors or events. These and other factors, risks and uncertainties could cause the actual results, performance or achievements of the Company to be materially different from the future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Many of these factors are beyond the Company’s ability to control or predict.

Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date on which such statements are made. These forward-looking statements are based upon information presently known to the Company’s management and are inherently subjective, uncertain and subject to change due to any number of risks and uncertainties, including, without limitation, the risks and other factors set forth in the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2020, under the captions "Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements" and "Risk Factors," and in the Company’s quarterly reports on Form 10-Q and current reports on Form 8-K. The Company undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statement to reflect events or circumstances after the date on which such statement is made, or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements.

Explanation of Certain Unaudited Non-GAAP Financial Measures

The measures entitled operating net income; adjusted earnings per diluted share; tangible book value per common share; and operating efficiency ratio; are not measures recognized under U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) and therefore are considered non-GAAP financial measures. The most comparable GAAP measures are net income, diluted earnings per share, book value per common share, and efficiency ratio, respectively. Operating net income and operating efficiency ratio both exclude acquisition-related expenses. Adjusted earnings per diluted share includes the adjustments to operating net income. Tangible book value per common share excludes goodwill and other intangibles.

Management uses these non-GAAP financial measures in its analysis of the Company's performance and believes these presentations provide useful supplemental information, and a clearer understanding of the Company's performance, and if not provided would be requested by the investor community. The Company believes the non-GAAP measures enhance investors' understanding of the Company's business and performance. These measures are also useful in understanding performance trends and facilitate comparisons with the performance of other financial institutions. The limitations associated with operating measures are the risk that persons might disagree as to the appropriateness of items comprising these measures and that different companies might calculate these measures differently.

These disclosures should not be considered an alternative to GAAP. The computations of operating net income; adjusted earnings per diluted share; tangible book value per common share; and operating efficiency ratio and the reconciliation of these measures to net income, diluted earnings per share, book value per common share, efficiency ratio, are set forth in the table below.

Colony Bankcorp, Inc.

Selected Financial Information

2021

2020

(dollars in thousands, except per share data)

Third
Quarter

Second
Quarter

First
Quarter

Fourth
Quarter

Third
Quarter

EARNINGS SUMMARY

Net interest income

$

17,868

$

15,069

$

14,283

$

15,151

$

13,848

Provision for loan losses

150

500

1,296

1,106

Non-interest income

9,438

7,751

8,576

8,039

7,554

Non-interest expense

21,211

17,465

15,782

15,986

16,313

Income taxes

362

1,358

1,658

1,008

884

Net income

5,583

3,997

4,919

4,900

3,099

PERFORMANCE MEASURES

Per common share:

Common shares outstanding

13,674,198

9,498,783

9,498,783

9,498,783

9,498,783

Weighted average basic shares

12,344,926

9,498,783

9,498,783

9,498,783

9,498,783

Weighted average diluted shares

12,344,926

9,498,783

9,498,783

9,498,783

9,498,783

Earnings per basic share

$

0.45

$

0.42

$

0.52

$

0.52

$

0.33

Earnings per diluted share

0.45

0.42

0.52

0.52

0.33

Adjusted earnings per diluted share(b)

0.57

0.49

0.53

0.44

0.39

Cash dividends declared per share

0.1025

0.1025

0.1025

0.1000

0.1000

Common book value per share

17.59

15.46

15.11

15.21

14.78

Tangible book value per common share(b)

12.65

13.50

13.14

13.26

12.82

Performance ratios:

Net interest margin (a)

3.48

%

3.68

%

3.50

%

3.58

%

3.34

%

Return on average assets

1.00

0.91

1.12

1.08

0.70

Return on average total equity

11.49

11.14

13.71

13.73

8.80

Efficiency ratio

77.68

76.53

69.04

68.93

76.22

Operating efficiency ratio (b)

74.91

73.10

68.58

71.49

72.53

ASSET QUALITY

Nonperforming loans (NPLs)

$

12,246

$

9,205

$

10,676

$

9,128

$

9,926

Other real estate owned

807

270

518

1,006

1,875

Repossessed assets

3

29

29

30

11

Total nonperforming assets (NPAs)

13,056

9,504

11,223

10,164

11,812

Classified loans

30,300

30,852

35,182

30,404

21,388

Criticized loans

61,857

64,818

80,288

75,633

72,076

Net loan (recoveries)/charge-offs

144

(178

)

(66

)

189

375

Allowance for loan losses to total loans

0.98

%

1.26

%

1.19

%

1.14

%

1.00

%

Allowance for loan losses to total NPLs

105.15

140.15

118.89

132.85

111.02

Allowance for loan losses to total NPAs

98.63

135.73

113.10

119.31

93.29

Net (recoveries)/charge-offs to average loans

0.05

(0.09

)

(0.02

)

0.07

0.13

NPLs to total loans

0.93

0.90

1.00

0.86

0.90

NPAs to total assets

0.52

0.54

0.62

0.58

0.67

NPAs to total loans and other real estate owned

1.00

0.93

1.06

0.96

1.07

AVERAGE BALANCES

Total assets

$

2,272,904

$

1,777,559

$

1,774,123

$

1,797,749

$

1,766,717

Loans, net

1,243,066

1,076,784

1,079,007

1,151,872

1,140,486

Deposits

1,975,418

1,547,139

1,475,944

1,456,287

1,417,724

Total stockholders’ equity

197,109

144,761

145,515

141,570

139,721

(a) Computed using fully taxable-equivalent net income.

(b) Non-GAAP measure - see "Explanation of Certain Unaudited Non-GAAP Financial Measures" for more information and reconciliation to GAAP

Colony Bankcorp, Inc.

Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Measures

2021

2020

(dollars in thousands, except per share data)

Third
Quarter

Second
Quarter

First
Quarter

Fourth
Quarter

Third
Quarter

Operating net income reconciliation

Net income (GAAP)

$

5,583

$

3,997

$

4,919

$

4,900

$

3,099

Acquisition-related expenses

1,994

865

176

148

207

Thomaston building write down

582

Gain on sale of Thomaston branch

(1,026

)

Income tax expense (benefit)

(518

)

(225

)

(46

)

184

(166

)

Operating net income

$

7,059

$

4,637

$

5,049

$

4,206

$

3,722

Weighted average diluted shares

12,344,926

9,498,783

9,498,783

9,498,783

9,498,783

Adjusted earnings per diluted share

$

0.57

$

0.49

$

0.53

$

0.44

$

0.39

Tangible book value per common share reconciliation

Book value per common share (GAAP)

$

17.59

$

15.46

$

15.11

$

15.21

$

14.78

Effect of goodwill and other intangibles

(4.94

)

(1.89

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