First Bancshares, Inc. Announces Third Quarter 2018 Results

MOUNTAIN GROVE, Miss., Oct. 12, 2018 — First Bancshares, Inc. (OTCPink – FstBksh: FBSI), the holding company for Stockmens Bank (“Bank”), today announced its financial results for the quarter ended September 30, 2018.

Stockmens Bank, the wholly owned subsidiary of First Bancshares, Inc. turned in net income after provisions and tax expense of $938,000 for the quarter ended September 30, 2018. The holding company has accrued additional general and administrative expenses totaling approximately  $132,000 for net income at the holding company of $806,000, or $0.32 per share – diluted, compared to net income of $57,000, or $0.02 per share – diluted for the quarter ended September 30, 2017. Currently, the allowance for loan and lease losses rests at 0.83% of total loans.

Year to date net interest income increased 70.79% from the nine months ended September 30, 2017 to $9.26 million from $5.42 million, non-interest income has increased to $935,000 from $739,000 and non-interest expenses have increased to $6.90 million from $5.69 million. Tax expenses have increased to $725,000 from $125,000 resulting in net income after tax of $2.21 million, a 855.84% increase from September 30, 2017 results of $231,000.

Consolidated total assets for the quarter ended September 30, 2018 were $354.01 million, compared to $355.99 million at December 31, 2017. Net loans increased 2.98% and totaled $256.71 million, total deposits decreased 0.79% to $305.56 million, and total capital rested at $32.68 million, or 9.23% of total assets at September 30, 2018, compared to $31.07 million or 8.73% of total assets at December 31, 2017. The Bank continues to meet all regulatory requirements for “well-capitalized” status and reports Tier 1 Leverage Ratio of 8.72%, Common Equity Tier 1 Capital Ratio of 11.53%, Tier 1 Capital Ratio of 11.53%, and Total Risk Based Capital Ratio of 13.27%, and a Capital Conservation Buffer of 5.27%. Regulatory requirements for these ratios respectively are 5.00%, 6.50%, 8.00%, 10.00%, and 2.50%.

First Bancshares, Inc. is the holding company for Stockmens Bank, a FDIC-insured commercial bank chartered by the State of Colorado that conducts business from its home office in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and eight full service Missouri offices in Mountain Grove, Marshfield, Ava, Kissee Mills, Gainesville, Sparta, Crane and Springfield, and a full service office in Bartley, Nebraska.

The Company and its wholly-owned subsidiary, Stockmens Bank, may from time to time make written or oral “forward-looking statements” in its reports to shareholders, and in other communications by the Company, which are made in good faith by the Company pursuant to the “safe harbor” provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.

These forward-looking statements include statements with respect to the Company’s beliefs, expectations, estimates and intentions that are subject to significant risks and uncertainties, and are subject to change based on various factors, some of which are beyond the Company’s control. Such statements address the following subjects: future operating results; customer growth and retention; loan and other product demand; earnings growth and expectations; new products and services; credit quality and adequacy of reserves; results of examinations by our bank regulators, technology, and our employees. The following factors, among others, could cause the Company’s financial performance to differ materially from the expectations, estimates and intentions expressed in such forward-looking statements: the strength of the United States economy in general and the strength of the local economies in which the Company conducts operations; the effects of, and changes in, trade, monetary, and fiscal policies and laws, including interest rate policies of the Federal Reserve Board; inflation, interest rate, market, and monetary fluctuations; the timely development and acceptance of new products and services of the Company and the perceived overall value of these products and services by users; the impact of changes in financial services’ laws and regulations; technological changes; acquisitions; changes in consumer spending and savings habits; and the success of the Company at managing and collecting assets of borrowers in default and managing the risks of the foregoing. 

The foregoing list of factors is not exclusive. The Company does not undertake, and expressly disclaims any intent or obligation, to update any forward-looking statement, whether written or oral, that may be made from time to time by or on behalf of the Company.

Contact:  Robert M. Alexander, Chairman and CEO – (719) 955-2800

First Bancshares, Inc. and Subsidiaries
Financial Highlights
(In thousands, except per share amounts)
      Quarter Ended   Nine Months Ended
      September 30,   September 30,
        2018     2017     2018       2017  
Operating Data:                
Total interest income   $   3,802   $   2,765   $   11,057     $   6,501  
Total interest expense       661       444       1,797         1,079  
  Net interest income       3,141       2,321       9,260         5,422  
Provision for loan losses       100       10       366         100  
  Net interest income after provision for loan losses       3,041       2,311       8,894         5,322  
Gain (loss) on sale of investments       –       4       (1 )       (20 )
Non-interest income       301       297       935         739  
Non-interest expense       2,290       2,519       6,895         5,685  
Income before taxes       1,052       93       2,933         356  
Income tax expense        246       36       725         125  
  Net income    $   806   $   57   $   2,208     $   231  
  Earnings per share   $   0.32   $   0.02   $   0.86     $   0.13  
       At     At         
       September 30,     December 31,         
Financial Condition Data:    2018    2017        
Cash and cash equivalents   $ 25,566   $ 20,674        
  (excludes CDs)            
Investment securities        49,415       63,820        
  (includes CDs)            
Loans receivable, net       256,709       249,278        
Goodwill and intangibles       2,408       2,641        
Total assets       354,009       355,993        
Deposits       305,564       307,996        
Repurchase agreements       6,190       4,609        
FHLB advances       5,500       7,997        
Stockholders’ equity       32,683       31,066        
Book value per share   $   12.80   $   12.17