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SmartFinancial announces record earnings with third quarter 2018 net income of $4.3 million


Performance Highlights

• Return on average assets of 0.85 percent and net operating return on average assets (non-GAAP) of 0.98 percent.
• Yield on earning assets, taxable equivalent, of 5.03 percent, an increase of 0.33 percentage points from a year ago.
• Noninterest expense to average assets of 2.90 percent, a decrease of 0.44 percentage points from a year ago.
• Completed subordinated debt offering of $40 million during the quarter.

KNOXVILLE - SmartFinancial, Inc. ("SmartFinancial"; NASDAQ: SMBK), has announced a net income of $4.3 million for the third quarter of 2018, compared to $1.7 million a year ago. Diluted net income per share was $0.34 for the third quarter of 2018, compared to $0.20 during the third quarter of 2017. Net operating earnings (Non-GAAP), which excludes securities gains and merger expenses, totaled $5.0 million in the third quarter of 2018 compared to $1.8 million in the third quarter of 2017.

Billy Carroll, President & CEO, stated: "I am pleased to report a very solid quarter with record earnings for SmartFinancial. As we execute on our growth strategy, we continue to make strides on building a very solid foundation for our company. We had another successful conversion, as we integrated and rebranded the middle Tennessee and northern Alabama offices of Tennessee Bancshares , Inc. while planning for our upcoming acquisition of east Tennessee-based Foothills Bancorp, Inc. Also highlighting this quarter was our successful $40 million subordinated debt raise that positions the company for our next phase of growth."

SmartFinancial's Chairman, Miller Welborn, concluded: “I am excited about our continued growth and accomplishments this quarter. Also, being assigned an investment grade BBB senior unsecured debt rating and BBB- subordinated debt rating from the Kroll Bond Rating Agency during the quarter is an accolade we are extremely proud to obtain. We also have all necessary approvals for the acquisition of Foothills Bancorp, Inc. and anticipate a closing of November 1.”


Third Quarter 2018 compared to Second Quarter 2018

Net income was $4.3 million for the third quarter of 2018, compared to $3.9 million in the prior quarter. Diluted net income per share was $0.34 for the third quarter of 2018, compared to $0.32 during the second quarter of 2018. Net operating earnings (non-GAAP), which is net income excluding securities gains and merger expenses, totaled $5.0 million in the third quarter of 2018 compared to $4.8 million in the previous quarter.

Net interest income to average assets of 3.70 percent for the quarter decreased from 4.03 percent in the second quarter of 2018, primarily due to lower accretion on acquired loans. Net interest income totaled $18.9 million in the third quarter of 2018, compared to $19.5 million in the second quarter of 2018. Net interest margin, taxable equivalent, decreased from 4.54 percent in the second quarter of 2018 to 4.11 percent in the third quarter of 2018 as a result of lower accretion income on acquired loans and higher deposit costs.

Provision for loan losses was $302 thousand in the third quarter of 2018, compared to $617 thousand in the second quarter of 2018. The decrease in provision for loan losses was due to slower growth of the organic loan portfolio during the period. The allowance for loan losses and leases ("ALLL") was $7.2 million, or 0.45 percent of total loans as of September 30, 2018, compared to $7.1 million, or 0.45 percent of total loans, as of June 30, 2018.

Nonperforming loans as a percentage of total loans was 0.16 percent as of September 30, 2018, which was an increase from 0.11 percent in the prior quarter. Total nonperforming assets (which include nonaccrual loans, loans past due 90 days or more and still accruing, and foreclosed assets) as a percentage of total assets was 0.27 percent as of September 30, 2018, compared to 0.25 percent as of June 30, 2018.

Noninterest income to average assets of 0.36 percent for the period increased slightly from 0.33 percent in the second quarter of 2018. Noninterest income totaled $1.9 million in the third quarter of 2018, compared to $1.6 million in the second quarter of 2018, primarily due to higher gains on sale of loans and other assets.

Noninterest expense to average assets of 2.90 percent for the quarter decreased from 3.15 percent in the second quarter of 2018. Noninterest expense totaled $14.8 million in the third quarter of 2018, a decrease of $0.5 million from the second quarter of 2018, primarily due to lower merger expenses. Income tax expense was $1.3 million in the third quarter of 2018 compared to $1.3 million in the second quarter of 2018. The company's effective tax rate decreased to 23.2 percent in the third quarter of 2018 compared to 24.8 percent in the second quarter of 2018, due to lower nondeductible merger expenses and an increase in exercised options with associated tax benefits.


Third Quarter 2018 compared to Third Quarter 2017

Net income totaled $4.3 million in the third quarter of 2018, or $0.34 per diluted share, compared to $1.7 million, or $0.20 per diluted share, in the third quarter of 2017. Net operating earnings (non-GAAP), which excludes securities gains and merger expenses, totaled $5.0 million in the third quarter of 2018 compared to $1.8 million in the third quarter of 2017.

Net interest income to average assets of 3.70 percent for the quarter decreased from 3.81 percent in the third quarter of 2017. Net interest income totaled $18.9 million in the third quarter of 2018, compared to $10.9 million in the third quarter of 2017. Net interest income was positively impacted compared to the prior year due to increases in loan and securities balances and increases in the yields of the loan and securities portfolios. Net interest margin, taxable equivalent, decreased from 4.17 percent in the third quarter of 2017 to 4.11 percent in the third quarter of 2018 as a result of increases on the cost of deposits.

Provision for loan losses was $302 thousand in the third quarter of 2018, compared to $30 thousand in the third quarter of 2017. The increase in provision for loan losses was due to faster growth of the organic loan portfolio during the period. The ALLL was $7.2 million, or 0.45 percent of total loans as of September 30, 2018, compared to $5.4 million, or 0.62 percent of total loans, as of September 30, 2017.

Nonperforming loans as a percentage of total loans was 0.16 percent as of September 30, 2018, an increase from 0.15 percent in the prior year. Total nonperforming assets (which include nonaccrual loans, loans past due 90 days or more and still accruing, and foreclosed assets) as a percentage of total assets was 0.27 percent as of September 30, 2018, compared to 0.37 percent as of September 30, 2017.

Noninterest income to average assets of 0.36 percent for the quarter decreased from 0.43 percent in the third quarter of 2017. Noninterest income totaled $1.9 million in the third quarter of 2018, compared to $1.2 million in the third quarter of 2017.

Noninterest expense to average assets of 2.90 percent for the quarter decreased from 3.34 percent in the third quarter of 2017. Noninterest expense totaled $14.8 million in the third quarter of 2018, compared to $9.6 million in the third quarter of 2017. The increases in noninterest expense over the prior year in salaries and employee benefits and occupancy expense were primarily due to the acquisitions of Capstone Bancshares, Inc. in the fourth quarter of 2017 and Tennessee Bancshares, Inc. in the second quarter of 2018. The company's effective tax rate was 23.2 percent in the third quarter of 2018 compared to 34.4 percent in the third quarter of 2017, primarily due to the decrease in the federal tax rate for 2018.


About SmartFinancial, Inc.

SmartFinancial, Inc., based in Knoxville, Tennessee, is the bank holding company for SmartBank. SmartBank is a full-service commercial bank founded in 2007, with 25 branches across Tennessee, Alabama, and the Florida Panhandle. Recruiting the best people, delivering exceptional client service, strategic branching, and a disciplined approach to lending have contributed to SmartBank’s success. More information about SmartFinancial can be found on its website: www.smartfinancialinc.com.

Source: SmartFinancial, Inc.


Published November 7, 2018








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