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First Reliance Bancshares Reports Fourth Quarter 2020 Results

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FLORENCE, S.C., Jan. 28, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — First Reliance Bancshares, Inc. (OTC:FSRL), the holding company for First Reliance Bank (collectively, “First Reliance” or the “Company”), today announced its financial results for the fourth quarter of 2020.

Fourth Quarter and Year Ended 2020 Highlights

  • Net income for the fourth quarter of 2020 was $1.4 million, or $0.17 per diluted share, compared to $0.6 million, or $0.07 per diluted share, for the fourth quarter of 2019, representing an increase of 131.9%.  Net income for the year ended December 31, 2020 was $10.6 million, or $1.32 per diluted share, compared to $4.1 million, or $0.51 per diluted share, for the year ended December 31, 2019, representing an increase of 159.6%.
  • Pre-tax, pre-provision earnings for the fourth quarter of 2020 were $2.2 million, up $0.9 million, or 72.3%, from the same period in 2019.  Pre-tax, pre-provision earnings for the year ended December 31, 2020 were $16.8 million, up $10.5 million, or 165.6%, from the same period in 2019.
  • Mortgage volume remained near record levels and resulted in mortgage income (net of mortgage servicing rights amortization and valuation adjustment) of $5.0 million during the fourth quarter of 2020, an increase of $4.3 million, or 647.2%, from the fourth quarter of 2019.
  • Mortgage servicing rights were $12.0 million at December 31, 2020, representing a value of 0.96% of total mortgage loans being serviced, compared to $11.0 million at December 31, 2019, representing a value of 1.15% of total mortgage loans being serviced.
  • Asset quality remained strong, with non-performing assets as a percentage of total assets decreasing to 0.21% at December 31, 2020 compared to 0.28% at December 31, 2019.
  • Cost of funds for the fourth quarter of 2020 decreased to 0.60% from 0.71% on a linked quarter basis and from 1.33% for the same period in 2019. 
  • The Company paid off $55.0 million in Federal Home Loan Bank advances at the end of December 2020, resulting in prepayment penalties of $0.3 million.  These advances had a weighted average interest rate of 0.86% and a weighted average remaining life of 1.7 years.  The advances and the associated cash balances negatively impacted net interest margin by approximately 34 basis points for the fourth quarter of 2020.
  • The Company elected to forego development of a previously planned branch location in Forest Acres, SC and wrote off $0.5 million in capitalized assets associated with the site during the fourth quarter.

“We are pleased to report that First Reliance closed out a record-setting year with another strong quarter and ended with net income of $10.6 million, or $1.32 per diluted common share, for the year, which represents the best year in the Company's 21-year history.  While this year has presented many challenges, we believe our resilience and our commitment to superior customer service positions the Company for continued growth in our markets,” Rick Saunders, Chief Executive Officer, said.  “I would like to thank all of our team members, especially those on the frontlines, for their tireless work in meeting the needs of our customers and for their commitment to our core values during this challenging and tumultuous time.”

Mr. Saunders continued, “Given the strong performance and income during the year, the Company has taken the opportunity to fortify our balance sheet, as reflected by increased capital, liquidity, and loan loss reserve levels at the end of the year.  We have been intentional about our current balance sheet mix, which provides protection from the potential economic fallout from COVID-19 while also positioning us to deploy cash strategically as those risks begin to subside.  With additional economic stimulus as well as positive developments in vaccine efficacy, we intend to begin executing our strategy of funding high-quality interest-earning assets in the coming quarters.  We will also continue to focus on countering the potential negative implications of COVID-19 by diversifying our revenue streams, growing our core deposit base, and eliminating unnecessary expenses.”

Mr. Saunders concluded, “While this year has been challenging, it has also brought about immense positive change to our organization.  We've focused on bringing in highly qualified personnel across all areas of the Company, including executive management, lending and retail, finance, operations, and information technology.  We believe this team positions us to take on the inevitable challenges ahead and to create a very bright future for our organization.”

COVID-19 Update

The fourth quarter brought about significant new developments in the fight against COVID-19.  Positive trends in vaccine efficacy as well as additional economic stimulus provides defense against the worst economic outcomes from the pandemic.  The Company has already begun taking applications for the second round of Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans and we stand ready to continue providing assistance to our customers.  Our branch locations are back open to better serve our customers and we've taken the necessary precautions to ensure the safety of those customers as well as our team members.  As of December 31, 2020, total loan deferrals had fallen to $7.1 million on four loans, all on their second deferral, totaling 1.5% of total loans receivable. 

Financial Summary

Three Months Ended

Twelve Months Ended

($ in thousands, except per share data)

Dec 31
2020

Sept 30
2020

June 30
2020

Mar 31
2020

Dec 31
2019

Dec 31
2020

Dec 31
2019

Earnings:

Net income available to common shareholders

$     1,389

$     4,468

$     3,901

$          858

$          599

$   10,616

$      4,089

Earnings per common share, diluted

0.17

0.56

0.49

0.11

0.07

1.32

0.51

Total revenue(1)

10,858

14,820

13,241

7,542

7,502

46,461

31,600

Net interest margin

3.27%

3.86%

3.55%

4.09%

3.96%

3.69%

3.97%

Return on average assets(2)

0.72%

2.31%

2.12%

0.54%

0.37%

1.46%

0.66%

Return on average equity(2)

8.08%

27.73%

26.20%

5.89%

4.20%

16.91%

7.46%

Efficiency ratio(3)

80.05%

54.28%

54.40%

81.15%

84.09%

63.83%

79.98%

Footnotes to table located at the end of this release.

 

As of

($ in thousands, except per share data)

Dec 31
2020

Sept 30
2020

June 30
2020

Mar 31
2020

Dec 31
2019

Balance Sheet:

Total assets

$       710,168

$       781,655

$       762,647

$       660,886

$       661,612

Total loans receivable

477,968

478,745

512,384

480,573

480,183

Total deposits

641,439

595,767

582,361

506,225

505,088

Total transaction deposits(4)to total deposits

48.51%

47.30%

49.62%

49.06%

44.84%

Loans to deposits

80.47%

80.36%

87.98%

94.93%

95.07%

Bank Capital Ratios:

Total risk-based capital ratio

15.67%

14.75%

13.31%

12.45%

11.54%

Tier 1 risk-based capital ratio

14.52%

13.72%

12.48%

11.75%

10.88%

Tier 1 leverage ratio

10.31%

9.96%

9.68%

10.29%

9.23%

Common equity tier 1 capital ratio

14.52%

13.72%

12.48%

11.75%

10.88%

Asset Quality Ratios:

Nonperforming assets as a percentage of
   total assets

0.21%

0.19%

0.21%

0.26%

0.28%

Allowance for loan losses as a percentage of
   total loans receivable

1.29%

1.20%

0.92%

0.81%

0.74%

Footnotes to table located at the end of this release.

 

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED INCOME STATEMENTS – Unaudited

Three Months Ended

Twelve Months Ended

Dec 31

Sept 30

June 30

Mar 31

Dec 31

December 31

(in thousands, except per share data)

2020

2020

2020

2020

2019

2020

2019

Interest income

Loans

$        6,156

$        7,403

$        6,650

$        6,568

$        6,760

$     26,777

$     26,190

Investment securities

231

218

299

323

327

1,071

1,335

Other interest income

75

67

41

90

91

273

329

Total interest income

6,462

7,688

6,990

6,981

7,178

28,121

27,854

Interest expense

Deposits

376

519

652

828

1,043

2,375

4,635

Other interest expense

388

400

371

336

397

1,495

1,322

Total interest expense

764

919

1,023

1,164

1,440

3,870

5,957

Net interest income

5,698

6,769

5,967

5,817

5,738

24,251

21,897

Provision for loan losses

350

1,000

1,178

380

470

2,908

984

Net interest income after provision for loan
   losses

5,348

5,769

4,789

5,437

5,268

21,343

20,913

Noninterest income

Mortgage banking income

5,916

8,270

8,062

4,274

1,798

26,522

6,901

Mortgage servicing rights amortization and
   valuation adjustment

(902)

(1,155)

(1,429)

(3,512)

(1,127)

(6,998)

(1,307)

Service fees on deposit accounts

315

290

242

463

447

1,310

1,682

Debit card and other service charges,
   commissions, and fees

427

426

429

315

408

1,597

1,548

Income from bank owned life insurance

101

103

102

103

96

409

386

Gain (loss) on sale of securities, net

8

(211)

(9)

1

(212)

37

Loss on extinguishment of debt

(287)

(287)

Loss on disposal of fixed assets

(528)

(528)

Other income

110

117

79

91

141

397

456

Total noninterest income

5,160

8,051

7,274

1,725

1,764

22,210

9,703

Noninterest expense

Compensation and benefits

5,359

4,892

4,395

3,583

3,718

18,229

15,369

Occupancy

641

628

619

612

603

2,500

2,377

Furniture and equipment

616

572

585

537

435

2,310

1,822

Electronic data processing

241

231

200

194

190

866

926

Professional fees

400

230

329

267

377

1,226

1,124

Marketing

155

122

56

77

84

410

304

Other

1,280

1,288

771

778

838

4,117

3,352

Total noninterest expense

8,692

7,963

6,955

6,048

6,245

29,658

25,274

Income before provision for income taxes

1,816

5,857

5,108

1,114

787

13,895

5,342

Income tax expense

427

1,389

1,207

256

188

3,279

1,253

Net income available to common shareholders

$        1,389

$        4,468

$        3,901

$             858

$             599

$     10,616

$        4,089

Weighted average common shares – basic

7,931

7,929

7,915

7,901

7,903

7,919

7,938

Weighted average common shares – diluted

8,089

8,015

7,998

8,014

8,047

8,038

8,062

Basic income per common share

$           0.18

$           0.56

$           0.49

$           0.11

$           0.08

$           1.34

$           0.52

Diluted income per common share

$           0.17

$           0.56

$           0.49

$           0.11

$           0.07

$           1.32

$           0.51

Net income for the three months ended December 31, 2020 was $1.4 million, or $0.17 per diluted common share, compared to $0.6 million, or $0.07 per diluted common share, for the three months ended December 31, 2019.  Net income for the twelve months ended December 31, 2020 totaled $10.6 million, or $1.32 per diluted common share, compared to $4.1 million, or $0.51 per diluted common share for the nine months ended December 31, 2019.

Noninterest income for the three months ended December 31, 2020 was $5.2 million, a $3.4 million increase from $1.8 million for the same period in 2019.  Noninterest income is largely driven by the Company's mortgage banking division, which produced income of $5.0 million on $172 million in mortgage volume during the three months ended December 31, 2020.  That represents an increase of $4.3 million in income from the same period in 2019.  Noninterest income for the three months ended December 31, 2020 was also affected by the Company's decision to pay off Federal Home Loan Bank advances and dispose of previously capitalized assets related to a planned branch site, resulting in one-time losses of $0.3 million and $0.5 million, respectively.

Noninterest expense increased by $2.4 million or 39.2%, for the three months ended December 31, 2020 compared to the same period in 2019.  The increase in noninterest expense is largely driven by an increase of $1.6 million in compensation and benefits.  The increase in compensation and benefits is driven by an increase in mortgage incentives as well as the addition of personnel throughout the year.

NET INTEREST INCOME AND MARGIN – Unaudited

For the Three Months Ended

December 31, 2020

December 31, 2019

Average

Income/

Yield/

Average

Income/

Yield/

(dollars in thousands)

Balance

Expense

Rate

Balance

Expense

Rate

Assets

Interest-earning assets

Federal funds sold and interest-bearing deposits

$   134,396

$                 33

0.10%

$       19,378

$              71

1.46%

Investment securities

34,175

231

2.69%

46,443

327

2.81%

Nonmarketable equity securities

3,261

42

5.01%

2,237

20

3.65%

Loans held for sale

48,984

367

3.01%

36,852

363

3.94%

Loans

476,253

5,789

4.86%

474,153

6,397

5.40%

Total interest-earning assets

697,069

6,462

3.71%

579,063

7,178

4.96%

Allowance for loan losses

(6,111)

(2,528)

Noninterest-earning assets

77,828

72,772

Total assets

$   768,786

$    649,307

Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity

Interest-bearing liabilities

NOW accounts

$   115,304

$                 13

0.04%

$       86,536

$              10

0.05%

Savings & money market

160,555

77

0.20%

121,712

133

0.43%

Time deposits

146,406

286

0.79%

170,875

900

2.11%

Total interest-bearing deposits

422,265

376

0.36%

379,123

1,043

1.10%

FHLB advances and other borrowings

67,242

164

0.96%

38,872

209

2.17%

Subordinated debentures

20,757

224

4.28%

15,310

188

4.91%

Total interest-bearing liabilities

510,264

764

0.60%

433,305

1,440

1.33%

Noninterest bearing deposits

179,037

131,281

Other Liabilities

10,720

27,654

Shareholders' equity

68,765

57,067

Total liabilities and shareholders' equity

$   768,786

$    649,307

Net interest income (tax equivalent) / interest
  rate spread

$         5,698

3.11%

$       5,738

3.63%

Net Interest Margin

3.27%

3.96%

 

For the Twelve Months Ended

December 31, 2020

December 31, 2019

Average

Income/

Yield/

Average

Income/

Yield/

(dollars in thousands)

Balance

Expense

Rate

Balance

Expense

Rate

Assets

Interest-earning assets

Federal funds sold and interest-bearing deposits

$      78,452

$              126

0.16%

$         14,280

$            261

1.83%

Investment securities

39,237

1,071

2.73%

47,992

1,335

2.78%

Nonmarketable equity securities

3,422

147

4.29%

1,441

68

4.73%

Loans held for sale

46,546

1,485

3.19%

25,479

1,019

4.00%

Loans

489,218

25,292

5.17%

462,881

25,171

5.44%

Total interest-earning assets

656,875

28,121

4.28%

552,073

27,854

5.05%

Allowance for loan losses

(4,707)

(2,788)

Noninterest-earning assets

76,419

72,394

Total assets

$   728,587

$      621,679

Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity

Interest-bearing liabilities

NOW accounts

$   105,621

$                 47

0.04%

$         82,455

$               37

0.05%

Savings & money market

138,210

379

0.27%

118,984

525

0.44%

Time deposits

151,918

1,949

1.28%

187,177

4,073

2.18%

Total interest-bearing deposits

395,749

2,375

0.60%

388,616

4,635

1.19%

FHLB advances and other borrowings

71,870

681

0.95%

19,889

541

2.72%

Subordinated debentures

18,382

814

4.43%

15,310

781

5.11%

Total interest-bearing liabilities

486,001

3,870

0.80%

423,815

5,957

1.41%

Noninterest bearing deposits

168,859

119,712

Other Liabilities

10,941

23,346

Shareholders' equity

62,786

54,806

     Total liabilities and shareholders' equity

$   728,587

$      621,679

Net interest income (tax equivalent) / interest
  rate spread

$      24,251

3.48%

$    21,897

3.64%

Net Interest Margin

3.69%

3.97%

Net interest income decreased $40 thousand, or 0.7%, to $5.7 million for the three months ended December 31, 2020 compared to the three months ended December 31, 2019.  The minimal change in net interest income over the period was caused by a decrease in both the yield on interest-earning assets and the cost of interest-bearing liabilities.   Yield on interest-earning assets decreased to 3.71% for the three months ended December 31, 2020 from 4.96% for three months ended December 31, 2019.  The decrease was mainly driven by a change in balance sheet mix, which was strategically positioned to be cash-heavy during the quarter.  Yield was also negatively affected to a lesser degree by decreases in the federal funds target rate.  The Company continues to reduce its cost of funds, which decreased to 0.60% for the three months ended December 31, 2020 from 1.33% for the same period in 2019.  Transaction deposits increased by $76.5 million, to $294.3 million at December 31, 2020 from $217.8 million at December 31, 2019 and were aided in part by deposit growth as a result of participating in the PPP. 

Net interest income increased $2.4 million, or 10.8%, to $24.3 million for the twelve months ended December 31, 2020 compared to $21.9 for the twelve months ended December 31, 2019.  The increase is mainly driven by lower cost of funds, which decreased to 0.80% for the twelve months ended December 31, 2020 compared to 1.41% for the twelve months ended December 31, 2019.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS – Unaudited

As of

Dec 31

Sept 30

Jun 30

March 31

Dec 31

($ in thousands, except per share data)

2020

2020

2020

2020

2019

Assets

Cash and cash equivalents:

Cash and due from banks

$                 5,521

$                 5,133

$                 4,952

$              16,869

$              12,945

Interest-bearing deposits with banks

93,167

134,592

78,299

18,667

27,395

Total cash and cash equivalents

98,688

139,725

83,251

35,536

40,340

Time deposits in other banks

256

256

255

255

254

Investment securities:

Investment securities available for sale

32,759

35,567

28,237

34,842

35,715

Investment securities held to maturity

9,318

9,767

10,417

Other investments

1,076

3,839

4,264

2,989

2,423

Total investment securities

33,835

39,406

41,819

47,598

48,555

Mortgage loans held for sale

35,642

57,853

57,329

34,042

27,901

Loans receivable:

Loans

477,968

478,745

512,384

480,573

480,183

Less allowance for loan losses

(6,173)

(5,721)

(4,715)

(3,877)

(3,547)

Loans receivable, net

471,795

473,024

507,669

476,696

476,636

Property and equipment, net

18,491

20,548

20,523

20,528

19,967

Mortgage servicing rights

12,021

11,000

9,698

8,421

11,023

Bank owned life insurance

18,102

18,001

17,898

17,796

17,692

Deferred income taxes

3,452

3,872

5,068

6,156

6,581

Other assets

17,886

17,970

19,137

13,858

12,663

Total assets

710,168

781,655

762,647

660,886

661,612

Liabilities

Deposits

$           594,000

$           595,767

$           582,361

$           506,225

$           505,088

Federal Home Loan Bank advances

10,000

75,000

85,000

55,000

43,300

Federal funds and repurchase agreements

5,523

12,591

2,464

16,530

31,137

Subordinated debentures

10,459

10,427

10,358

4,835

4,881

Junior subordinated debentures

10,310

10,310

10,310

10,310

10,310

Other liabilities

11,147

10,178

9,814

9,971

9,811

Total liabilities

641,439

714,273

700,307

602,871

604,527

Shareholders' equity

Preferred stock – Series D non-cumulative, no par
  value

1

1

1

1

1

Common Stock – $.01 par value; 20,000,000 shares
  authorized

82

81

81

81

80

Non-Voting Common Stock, $.01 par value;
  430,000 shares authorized

4

4

4

4

4

Treasury stock, at cost

(1,680)

(1,488)

(1,478)

(1,402)

(1,283)

Nonvested restricted stock

(1,487)

(1,577)

(1,748)

(1,757)

(1,254)

Additional paid-in capital

51,972

51,824

51,822

51,652

51,137

Accumulated other comprehensive income

1,128

1,217

806

606

308

Retained earnings

18,709

17,320

12,852

8,830

8,092

Total shareholders' equity

68,729

67,382

62,340

58,015

57,085

Total liabilities and shareholders' equity

$           710,168

$           781,655

$           762,647

$           660,886

$           661,612

 

COMMON STOCK SUMMARY – Unaudited

As of

Dec 31

Sept 30

Jun 30

Mar 31

Dec 31

(shares in thousands)

2020

2020

2020

2020

2019

Voting common shares outstanding

8,154

8,129

8,133

8,103

8,034

Non-voting common shares outstanding

410

410

410

410

410

Treasury shares outstanding

(234)

(202)

(200)

(187)

(184)

  Total common shares outstanding

8,330

8,337

8,343

8,326

8,260

Tangible book value per common share(5)

$                     8.12

$                     7.95

$                     7.34

$                     6.83

$                     6.76

Stock price:

  High

$                     7.80

$                     6.05

$                     5.50

$                     7.82

$                     7.90

  Low

$                     5.55

$                     4.85

$                     4.93

$                     5.50

$                     7.60

  Period end

$                     7.75

$                     6.05

$                     5.07

$                     5.50

$                     7.82

Footnotes to table located at the end of this release.

 

ASSET QUALITY MEASURES – Unaudited

Ending Balance

(dollars in thousands)

Dec 31
2020

Sept 30
2020

June 30
2020

Mar 31
2020

Dec 31
2019

Nonperforming Assets

Commercial

Owner occupied RE

$                     394

$                     404

$                     413

$                       416

$                   425

Non-owner occupied RE

Construction

Commercial business

135

12

39

Consumer

Real estate

461

346

345

356

411

Home equity

Construction

Other

242

299

206

246

256

Nonaccruing troubled debt restructurings

270

291

318

298

344

Total nonaccrual loans

$                1,367

$                1,340

$                1,417

$                  1,328

$                   1,475

Other real estate owned

164

164

209

392

347

Total nonperforming assets

$                1,531

$                1,504

$                1,626

$                  1,720

$                   1,822

Nonperforming assets as a percentage of:

Total assets

0.21%

0.19%

0.21%

0.26%

0.28%

Total loans receivable

0.32%

0.31%

0.32%

0.36%

0.38%

Accruing troubled debt restructurings

$                1,584

$                2,508

$                2,620

$                  3,502

$                   3,584

Quarter Ended

(dollars in thousands)

Dec 31
2020

Sept 30
2020

June 30
2020

March 31
2020

Dec 31
2019

Allowance for Loan Losses

Balance, beginning of period

$                5,721

$                4,715

$                3,877

$                  3,547

$                   3,251

Loans charged-off

43

76

452

168

222

Recoveries of loans previously charged-off

145

82

112

118

48

Net charge-offs (recoveries)

(102)

(6)

340

50

174

Provision for loan losses

350

1,000

1,178

380

470

Balance, end of period

$                6,173

$                5,721

$                4,715

$                  3,877

$                   3,547

Allowance for loan losses to gross loans receivable

1.29%

1.20%

0.92%

0.81%

0.74%

Allowance for loan losses to nonaccrual loans

451.57%

426.94%

332.75%

291.94%

240.47%

Our asset quality continued to be strong through December 31, 2020, with nonperforming assets decreasing to $1.5 million at December 31, 2020 from $1.8 million at December 31, 2019.  The ratio of nonperforming assets to total assets declined to 0.21% at December 31, 2020, a decrease of 7 basis points compared to December 31, 2019.  Other real estate owned and repossessed assets remain nominal.  The allowance for loan losses as a percentage of total loans receivable increased to 1.29% at December 31, 2020, compared to 0.74% at December 31, 2019, primarily due to provisioning associated with the potential economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Company had net recoveries of $102 thousand for the three months ended December 31, 2020 compared to net charge-offs of $174 thousand for the three months ended December 31, 2019. “While we have not seen increased delinquencies and do not anticipate a significant impact to our asset quality, we believe it is prudent to reflect the COVID-19 pandemic in our allowance models.  During Q4 2020, we made provisions for loan losses totaling $0.4 million, which brings our total provisions for 2020 to $2.9 million, an increase of $1.9 million compared to 2019.  We are actively performing stress tests on our loan portfolio, monitoring the political and regulatory landscape, and monitoring COVID-19 hotspots and the impact it may have on the markets we serve.  The Company has minimal exposure to those industries that may have an elevated exposure to COVID-19,” said Mr. Saunders.  

LOAN COMPOSITION – Unaudited

Quarter Ended

Dec 31

Sept 30

June 30

Mar 31

Dec 31

(dollars in thousands)

2020

2020

2020

2020

2019

Commercial

Owner occupied RE

$             106,721

$             104,173

$             113,205

$             115,711

$             116,244

Non-owner occupied RE

88,560

79,838

70,748

69,474

59,287

Construction

29,099

35,579

35,029

29,523

33,196

Business

57,512

63,163

62,464

63,522

61,129

PPP

30,211

Total commercial loans

281,892

282,753

311,657

278,230

269,856

Consumer

Real Estate

96,458

97,904

99,565

97,465

99,394

Home equity

19,456

20,244

21,895

21,362

21,987

Construction

13,892

12,831

11,642

9,617

8,205

Other

66,270

65,013

67,625

73,899

80,741

Total consumer loans

196,076

195,992

200,727

202,343

210,327

Total loans, net of deferred fees

477,968

478,745

512,384

480,573

480,183

Less allowance for loan losses

6,173

5,721

4,715

3,877

3,547

Total loans, net

$             471,795

$             473,024

$             507,669

$             476,696

$             476,636

 

DEPOSIT COMPOSITION – Unaudited

Quarter Ended

Dec 31

Sept 30

June 30

Mar 31 

Dec 31

(dollars in thousands)

2020

2020

2020

2020

2019

Non-interest bearing

$        167,274

$        173,628

$        185,208

$        144,359

$        137,312

Interest bearing:

NOW accounts

120,891

108,152

103,732

104,003

89,169

Money market accounts

119,716

113,203

101,083

94,778

94,742

Savings

46,688

41,549

34,392

26,270

25,730

Time, less than $250,000

105,327

122,139

120,782

104,841

121,818

     Time, $250,000 and over

34,104

37,096

37,164

31,974

36,317

Total Deposits

$        594,000

$        595,767

$        582,361

$        506,225

$        505,088

 

Footnotes to tables:

(1)

Total revenue is the sum of net interest income and noninterest income.

(2)

Annualized for the respective three-month period.

(3)

Noninterest expense divided by the sum of net interest income and noninterest income annualized for respective three-month period.

(4)

Includes noninterest-bearing and interest-bearing NOW accounts.

(5)

The tangible book value per share is calculated as total shareholders' equity less intangible assets, divided by period-end outstanding common shares. 

ABOUT FIRST RELIANCE

Founded in 1999, First Reliance Bancshares, Inc. (OTC: FSRL.OB), is based in Florence, South Carolina and has assets of approximately $710 million.  The Company employs more than 170 professionals and has locations throughout South Carolina and central North Carolina.  First Reliance has redefined community banking with a commitment to making customers lives better, its founding principle.  Customers of the company have given it a 93% customer satisfaction rating well above the bank industry average of 81%.  First Reliance is also one of three companies throughout South Carolina to receive the Best Places To Work in South Carolina award all 15 years since the program began.  We believe that this recognition confirms that our associates are engaged and committed to our brand and the communities we serve.  In addition to offering a full range of personalized community banking products and services for individuals, small businesses, and corporations, First Reliance offers two unique community-customers programs, which include:  Hometown Heroes, a package of benefits for those serving our communities and Check N Save, an outreach program for the unbanked or under-banked.  We also offer a full suite of digital banking services, a Customer Service Guaranty, a Mortgage Service Guaranty, and are open on most traditional holidays.

FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

Certain statements in this news release contain “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, such as statements relating to future plans and expectations, and are thus prospective.  Such forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements with respect to our plans, objectives, expectations and intentions and other statements that are not historical facts, and other statements identified by words such as “believes,” “expects,” “anticipates,” “estimates,” “intends,” “plans,” “targets,” and “projects,” as well as similar expressions.  Such statements are subject to risks, uncertainties, and other factors which could cause actual results to differ materially from future results expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements.  Although we believe that the assumptions underlying the forward-looking statements are reasonable, any of the assumptions could prove to be inaccurate.  Therefore, we can give no assurance that the results contemplated in the forward-looking statements will be realized.  The inclusion of this forward-looking information should not be construed as a representation by the Company or any person that the future events, plans, or expectations contemplated by the Company will be achieved.

The following factors, among others, could cause actual results to differ materially from the anticipated results or other expectations expressed in the forward-looking statements:  (1) competitive pressures among depository and other financial institutions may increase significantly and have an effect on pricing, spending, third-party relationships and revenues; (2) the strength of the United States economy in general and the strength of the local economies in which we conduct operations may be different than expected resulting in, among other things, a deterioration in the credit quality or a reduced demand for credit, including the resultant effect on the Company's loan portfolio and allowance for loan losses; (3) the rate of delinquencies and amounts of charge-offs, the level of allowance for loan loss, the rates of loan growth, or adverse changes in asset quality in our loan portfolio, which may result in increased credit risk-related losses and expenses; (4) the risk that the preliminary financial information reported herein and our current preliminary analysis will be different when our review is finalized; (5) changes in the U.S. legal and regulatory framework including, but not limited to, the Dodd-Frank Act and regulations adopted thereunder; (6) adverse conditions in the stock market, the public debt market and other capital markets (including changes in interest rate conditions) could have a negative impact on the Company, including the value of its MSR asset; (7) the business related to acquisitions may not be integrated successfully or such integration may take longer to accomplish than expected; (8) the expected cost savings and any revenue synergies from acquisitions may not be fully realized within expected timeframes; and (9) disruption from acquisitions may make it more difficult to maintain relationships with clients, associates or suppliers.  Moreover, a trade war or other governmental action related to tariffs or international trade agreements or policies, as well as Covid-19 or other potential epidemics or pandemics, have the potential to negatively impact ours and/or our customers' costs, demand for our customers' products, and/or the U.S. economy or certain sectors thereof and, thus, adversely affect our business, financial condition, and results of operations.  All subsequent written and oral forward-looking statements concerning the Company or any person acting on its behalf are expressly qualified in their entirety by the cautionary statements above.  We do not undertake any obligation to update any forward-looking statement to reflect circumstances or events that occur after the date the forward-looking statements are made.

Contact:
Robert Haile
SEVP & Chief Financial Officer
(843) 656-5000
[email protected]

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Angel Capital Summit Looks to the Future of Angel Investing

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DENVER, Feb. 25, 2021 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — The Angel Capital Summit, Colorado's largest angel investing event, is taking place virtually on March 23 and 24.

Now in its 14th year, the Angel Capital Summit, hosted by the Rockies Venture Club, has become Colorado's largest angel investing event. With over 350 people in attendance, including an international audience, the Summit is a celebration of startups, investors, and big ideas. Since 2014, companies that have pitched at the Angel Capital Summit have received funding at nearly 10 times the national average.

This year, the Summit will focus on the future of angel investing. Angel investing is changing faster than ever and the role of angel investors is changing along with it. Major trends, including the proliferation of seed stage funds, Series A rounds moving farther into the future for startups, bigger seed stage rounds, new fund structures, and an awareness of the benefits of diversity and inclusion in angel investors and startups, have all changed the landscape and strategy for investors and startup teams. The virtual event features influential keynote speakers, pitches from innovative early-stage startups seeking funding, panels focusing on climate change investing, syndication, local and international investing, and alternative investing models, and networking opportunities with founders, funders, and service providers across the country.

The 2021 Angel Capital Summit will present experts from across the country to shine a light on where angel investing is going. Keynote speaker Avlok Kohli, the CEO of AngelList Venture, is on the forefront of innovation in VC and angel investing. AngelList Venture has facilitated the funding of over 5,000 startups including 47 unicorns and is home to 4,300 funds and syndicates with $2.2B in assets under management. The company also recently launched Rolling Funds, a new kind of venture fund which is poised to have a significant impact on the future of early-stage ventures.

Also speaking at the event is Marcia Dawood, upcoming Chair of the Board at the Angel Capital Association (ACA) and angel investor in over 100 early-stage private companies. Her work investing in women at Next Wave Impact, Portfolia, and in her own investments, as well as her leadership with the Angel Capital Association, provide insight into what trends she sees in how angels and angel groups are operating.

Juliana Garaizar, President of the Business Angel Minority Association (baMa), will also shed light on diversity, equity, and inclusion in angel investing. Angel investors are becoming increasingly more aware of the broader context of the impact of their investments, and also of how they hold themselves out to the community. Angel groups themselves are working to become more diverse in order to help attract top quality deal flow that reflects the diversity of the communities in which they operate.

Along with these speakers, the Summit will feature pitches from up-and-coming startups seeking funding, an investor forum for accredited angels to discuss those deals, and many opportunities to network with angel investors and entrepreneurs in the national angel investing and startup community.

Sponsorship opportunities are still available. To register or learn more about the Angel Capital Summit, please visit http://www.AngelCapitalSummit.org.

The conference is open to the public and free to RVC active, corporate and keystone members. Visit http://www.rockiesvc.org for more information on membership options. The Angel Capital Summit will be offered virtually this year with an emphasis on networking and engagement for audience members, wherever they may be.

About the Rockies Venture Club: Rockies Venture Club is the longest-running and one of the largest Angel Groups in the U.S.A., founded in 1985, whose mission is to advance economic development by actively connecting investments with the most promising entrepreneurial companies with Angel investors, venture capitalists, and other community members. Every year Rockies Venture Club offers over 140 educational programs, mastermind groups, angel forums, and two major conferences for both investors and entrepreneurs leading to 25 investments per year.

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Pomerantz Law Firm Announces the Filing of a Class Action against FuboTV, Inc. and Certain Officers – FUBO

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NEW YORK, Feb. 25, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Pomerantz LLP announces that a class action lawsuit has been filed against FuboTV, Inc. (“Fubo” or the “Company”) (NYSE: FUBO) and certain of its officers.   The class action, filed in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, and docketed under 21-cv-01641, is on behalf of a class consisting of all persons and entities other than Defendants that purchased or otherwise, acquired common shares of Fubo stock between March 23, 2020 and January 4, 2021, both dates inclusive (the “Class Period”), seeking to recover damages caused by Defendants' violation of the federal securities laws under Sections 10(b) and 20(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the “Exchange Act”) and Rule 10b-5 promulgated thereunder, against the Company and certain of its top officials.

If you are a shareholder who purchased FuboTV securities during the Class Period, you have until April 19, 2021 to ask the Court to appoint you as Lead Plaintiff for the class.  A copy of the Complaint can be obtained at www.pomerantzlaw.com.   To discuss this action, contact Robert S. Willoughby at [email protected] or 888.476.6529 (or 888.4-POMLAW), toll-free, Ext. 7980. Those who inquire by e-mail are encouraged to include their mailing address, telephone number, and the number of shares purchased. 

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Fubo is a multichannel video programming distributor (“vMVPD”), offering subscribers access to thousands of live sporting events as well as news and entertainment content.  Fubo's platform allows customers to access content through streaming devices, and on SmartTVs, mobile phones, tablets and computers.  It streams its services to United States, Canada and Spain.  In its regulatory filings and public statements, Fubo positions itself as a content distributor at the intersection of three “megatrends”: cord-cutting, connected TV advertising, and online sports wagering.  Fubo revenues are almost entirely derived from the sale of subscription services and advertising in the United States.

Throughout the Class Period, Defendants disseminated false and misleading statements that misrepresented Fubo's financial health and its operating condition.  These misleading statements included representations relating to a variety of Fubo's business operations and performance metrics, including, among others, Fubo's ability to grow subscription levels and future profitability, seasonality factors, cost escalations and potentially shrinking addressable market, ability to attract and generate advertising revenue, the Company's valuation, and its prospects of entering the arena of online sports wagering.  For example, one of the Company's unrealistic promises included courageous claims of the Company's plans to scale its sport wagering business by, among other things, acquiring Balto Sports, which significantly inflated the price of Fubo securities, and also created a false basis for its valuation and revenue projections.  In reality, the Company's prospects of scaling the sports wagering business was far from realistic given its size and market share, a fact that investors were never apprised of.  As some analysts later described Fubo's strategy, it amounted to “putting a lipstick on a pig.”

Investors learned the truth gradually through a series of research reports beginning on December 23, 2020.  Those reports revealed, among others things, that (i) Fubo's growth in subscriber and profitability was unsustainable past the one-time seasonal surge; (ii) Fubo's offering of products would be subject to cost escalation; (iii) Fubo could not successfully compete and perform as sports book operator and could not capitalize on its online sports wagering opportunity; (iv) Fubo's data and inventory was not differentiated to allow Fubo to achieve its long-term advertising growth goals; (v) Fubo's valuation was overstated in light of its total revenue and subscription levels; and (vi) the acquisition of Balto Sports did not provide the stated synergies and internal expertise, and did not expand the Company's addressable market into sports wagering.

Upon the publication of the research reports, the price of Fubo securities declined 54% from a close of $52.59 on December 23, 2020 to a close of $24.24 on January 4, 2021.

The Pomerantz Firm, with offices in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, and Paris is acknowledged as one of the premier firms in the areas of corporate, securities, and antitrust class litigation. Founded by the late Abraham L. Pomerantz, known as the dean of the class action bar, the Pomerantz Firm pioneered the field of securities class actions. Today, more than 80 years later, the Pomerantz Firm continues in the tradition he established, fighting for the rights of the victims of securities fraud, breaches of fiduciary duty, and corporate misconduct. The Firm has recovered numerous multimillion-dollar damages awards on behalf of class members. See www.pomerantzlaw.com

CONTACT:
Robert S. Willoughby
Pomerantz LLP
[email protected]
888-476-6529 ext. 7980

 

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Foreigners Enjoy the Spring Festival in China

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BEIJING, Feb. 25, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — A report from Science and Technology Daily:

Compared with the spring festivals before the COVID-19 pandemic, the celebration in this year is quite different. Many Chinese people chose not to go back to hometown as people are encouraged to stay where they are and celebrate the Spring Festival, so did a group of foreigners who work in China.

Two foreigners shared their stories of how they have celebrated the Spring Festival.

Vikash Kumar Singh: I finished the translation of Qinqiang, and I like to be a messenger of cultural exchange between China and India

Coming from India, Vikash Kumar Singh has been living in China for more than ten years and speaks Chinese very fluently. He now works as a teacher of Hindi at Beijing Foreign Studies University.

Vikash had been translating Qinqiang, a critically acclaimed novel by Jia Pingwa, for almost two years. When the winter holiday began, Vikash had more time to work on the translation and managed to finish it before the Chinese new year.

As part of a Chinese and Indian literature translation and publication program supported by both governments, Vikash thought that the translation of literary works like Qinqiang into Indian languages would open a window for Indian people, through which they can have a better understanding of China.

“I would like to thank for the support from both governments for this program,” said Vikash, “this is quite helpful for the mutual understanding of people from both countries.”

Getting this long-lasting work done, Vikash felt very relaxed.

A lot of people chose to stayed in Beijing for the Spring Festival, which made the city more lively. Shopping malls, cinemas and restaurants were quite full.

Vikash told the reporter that most of his friends also stayed in Beijing. They visited each other and talked about how they celebrate new year in their home country such as Indonesia and Bulgaria. And they felt it was also cool to stay in Beijing and enjoy the Spring Festival like this.

As a typical “Haidian District” parent who highly values children's education and future development, Vikash often actively interacts with the parents of his child's classmates. According to Vikash, they even conducted heated discussion on the topic of “helping children to get admitted to the primary school” during the holiday.

The cunning novel coronavirus has haunted people for almost one year. To contain COVID-19, people have been encouraged to stay where they are for the upcoming Spring Festival in China. “This is for the sake of personal and public safety.” Vikash said, “If these are not considered, it will cause a lot of trouble.”

Vikash also spoke to his family in India about his experience of the unique holiday by phone. Besides, he introduced the customs of celebrating the spring festival in detail.

Through the transnational dissemination of traditions and cultures, such as festivals and novels, Vikash deepened the mutual understanding of people from China and India with his profession. To some extent, he is becoming an “messenger of cultural exchange” in the new era.

Jose Roberto : The Cooperation Between China and Brazil Fighting Against COVID-19 Warms People's Heart

Jose Roberto, who has a nice Chinese name Fan Tianyang, is the science and technology counsellor at the Embassy of the Federation Republic of Brazil in Beijing. This is the first time that he celebrated the Spring Festival in China since he came to China in 2019.

Roberto enjoys walking around Ritan Park, near his working place. “China's anti-pandemic measures have been successful in reducing the number of cases,” he said.

Roberto told Science and Technology Daily that he has spent the whole year of 2020 in China. He believes that Beijing now has a very high degree of urban economic activity because of the government's prompt response and effective measure. “I see changes happening in China every day.” He noted. Although there are occasional COVID-19 cases emerging, the government can take timely measures and people observe the rules. As a result, people's daily life is getting back to normal gradually.

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused trouble for the whole world. Roberto believes that people have to be patient, and keep on doing their own job well when the pandemic hits. “We also learned from the experience here. I mean the first control measures, the scientific articles that have been published in key magazines,” Roberto said, regarding the fight against COVID-19, “at the very beginning, Brazil sent supplies here to China. We sent masks and then we received masks as well. This shows that we work together.”

Roberto said: “I would emphasize the health agencies' collaboration as very effective under a difficult environment. “Sometimes we could not send or speed up all the supplies as fast as we wanted. The whole world had logistical limits at that time, but we did work together and that was a very good example of collaboration. And this is still ongoing.”

Two of the main vaccines being used in Brazil depend on supplies made in China Roberto expressed his appreciation: “Thanks to this collaboration and other efforts, vaccines are available in Brazil and other countries.”

When talking about his vision for 2021, Roberto noted, although the world is still suffering from the COVID-19 pandemic, he has full confidence in the close communication between China and Brazil in the coming year.

Authors: Fang Linlin, Yu Haoyuan, Lu Zijian, Long Yun, Zhang Jiaxin

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