Sat, 24 Jul 2021

Sturgis Bancorp Reports Earnings for Second Quarter 2021

ACCESSWIRE
22 Jul 2021, 01:31 GMT+10

STURGIS, MI / ACCESSWIRE / July 21, 2021 / Sturgis Bancorp, Inc. (OTCQX:STBI) today announced net income of $1.4 million for the second quarter of 2021 and $2.7 million for the first half of 2021.

Sturgis Bancorp is the holding company for Sturgis Bank & Trust Company (Bank), and its subsidiaries Oakleaf Financial Services, Oak Mortgage, Ayres/Oak Insurance, and Oak Title Services. The Bank provides a full array of trust, commercial and consumer banking services from banking centers in Sturgis, Bangor, Bronson, Centreville, Climax, Colon, Portage, South Haven, St. Joseph, Three Rivers and White Pigeon, MI. Oakleaf Financial Services offers a complete range of investment and financial-advisory services. Oak Mortgage offers residential mortgages in all markets of the Bank. Ayres/Oak Insurance offers various competitive commercial and consumer insurance products. Oak Title Services offers commercial and consumer title insurance.

Key Highlights for the first half of 2021:

  • Credit quality is very strong, with 99.84% of loans performing according to loan agreements.
  • The Bank maintained strong capital ratios, exceeding 'well-capitalized' requirements, with Tier 1 leverage capital at 8.62%.
  • Sales of $71.0 million residential mortgages generated $1.9 million of noninterest income in 2021, compared to $1.9 million on $70.0 million of sales in 2020.
  • Total assets increased 9.8% to $706.7 million.
  • Net loans increased 12.2% to $499.2 million, including $39.9 million increase in residential mortgages.
  • An interest rate swap was terminated, generating $407,000 gain.
  • Total deposits increased 12.4% to $571.0 million.
  • Allowance for loan losses was 1.39% of loans.

Eric L. Eishen, President and CEO, stated, 'The Bank had a strong first half. Few loans were delinquent and loans with COVID-related accommodations in the past year have paid off or returned to normal payments. Earnings were positively impacted by strong Mortgage Banking activity and the gain on swap termination. Paycheck Protection Program loan originations also continued strong through the first half of 2021, serving local employers and introducing some new customers to the Bank. At the end of 2020, the Company issued $15 million of subordinated debt and immediately invested $10 million of the proceeds in the Bank. The debt was issued in anticipation of strong growth opportunities in Berrien County, Michigan. Two branch offices have recently been opened in St. Joseph, Michigan to service those opportunities, and the Portage, Michigan loan production office was converted to a full service branch. In 2021, the Company invested an additional $3 million in the Bank, supporting further successful growth in southwest Michigan.'

Three months ended June 30, 2021 vs. three months ended June 30, 2020 - Net income for the three months ended June 30, 2021 was $1,380,000, or $0.65 per share, compared to net income of $1,355,000, or $0.64 per share, for the three months ended June 30, 2020. The tax equivalent net interest margin increased to 2.95% in the first three months of 2021 from 2.92% in the first three months of 2020.

Net interest income increased to $4.7 million in 2021 from $4.2 million in 2020. The growth was primarily due to loan interest income, which increased by $726,000 to $5.3 million. Total interest income increased $713,000 to $5.8 million in 2021, and interest expense only increased $120,000 to $1.0 million in 2021.

The Company provided $357,000 to the allowance for loan losses in the three months ended June 30, 2021, compared to $974,000 in the same quarter of 2020. The higher 2020 provision was due to COVID uncertainties at that time. Net charge-offs were ($43,000) in the second quarter of 2021 and ($2,000) in the second quarter of 2020.

Noninterest income was $2.0 million in the second quarter of 2021, compared to $2.3 million in the second quarter of 2020. Most of the decrease was due to mortgage banking activities. Loan sales were $19.5 million in the second quarter of 2021 and $36.9 million in the second quarter of 2020. Investment brokerage commission income increased to $483,000 in 2021 from $323,000 in 2020.

Noninterest expense was $4.8 million in 2021, compared to $3.9 million in 2020. Salaries and employee benefits, the largest component of noninterest expense, increased $529,000, or 22.8%. The higher compensation expense includes staff for the Bank's expansion into southwest Michigan.

Six months ended June 30, 2021 vs. six months ended June 30, 2020 - Net income for the six months ended June 30, 2021 was $2,743,000, or $1.29 per share, compared to net income of $2,863,000, or $1.35 per share, for the six months ended June 30, 2020. The tax equivalent net interest margin decreased to 2.86% in the first half of 2021 from 3.44% in the first half months of 2020.

Net interest income increased to $9.1 million in 2021 from $8.3 million in 2020. The growth was primarily due to loan interest income, which increased by $986,000 to $10.1 million. Total interest income increased $1.0 million to $11.2 million in 2021, and interest expense only increased $257,000 to $2.0 million in 2021.

The Company provided $993,000 to the allowance for loan losses in the six months ended June 30, 2021, compared to $1.1 million in the first half of 2020. Provisions in 2021 were primarily due to growth of the loan portfolio. The 2020 provision was primarily due to COVID uncertainties at that time. Net charge-offs were $208,000 in the first half of 2021 and $62,000 in the first half of 2020.

Noninterest income was $4.8 million in the first half of 2021, compared to $4.1 million in the first half of 2020. Most of the increase was due to $407,000 gain on termination of an interest rate swap. Investment brokerage commission income increased to $931,000 in 2021 from $685,000 in 2020.

Noninterest expense was $9.5 million in the first half of 2021, compared to $7.9 million in the first half of 2020. Salaries and employee benefits, the largest component of noninterest expense, increased $900,000, or 18.6%. The higher compensation expense includes staff for the Bank's expansion into southwest Michigan.

Total assets increased to $706.7 million on June 30, 2021 from $643.6 million on December 31, 2020, primarily in loans. Loans increased $54.1 million from December 31, 2020, primarily in residential mortgages.

Interest-bearing deposits increased to $427.2 million on June 30, 2021 from $383.5 million on December 31, 2020. The increase in deposit accounts is partially due increased market penetration in southwest Michigan. Brokered deposits, a component of interest-bearing deposits, decreased $20.0 million to $41.2 million in the first half of 2021.

Total equity was $49.8 million on June 30, 2021, compared to $47.1 million on December 31, 2020. The regular quarterly dividend was maintained during 2020 and into the first half of 2021 at a record-high $0.16 per share. Book value per share was $23.40 ($19.34 tangible) on June 30, 2021.

This release contains statements that constitute forward-looking statements. These statements appear in several places in this release and include statements regarding intent, belief, outlook, objectives, efforts, estimates or expectations of Bancorp, primarily with respect to future events and the future financial performance of the Bancorp. Any such forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future events or performance and involve risks and uncertainties, and actual results may differ materially from those in the forward-looking statement. Factors that could cause a difference between an ultimate actual outcome and a preceding forward-looking statement include, but are not limited to, changes in interest rates and interest rate relationships; demand for products and services; the degree of competition by traditional and non-traditional competitors; changes in banking laws and regulations; changes in tax laws; changes in prices, levies, and assessments; the impact of technological advances; government and regulatory policy changes; the outcome of any pending and future litigation and contingencies; trends in consumer behavior and ability to repay loans; and changes of the world, national and local economies. Bancorp undertakes no obligation to update, amend or clarify forward-looking statements as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise. The numbers presented herein are unaudited.

For additional information, visit our website at www.sturgisbank.com.

Contacts:

Sturgis Bancorp - Eric Eishen, President & CEO, or Brian P. Hoggatt, CFO - P: 269 651-9345

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SOURCE: Sturgis Bancorp, Inc.



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