FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – January 23, 2019
Fairfax, VA — FVCBankcorp, Inc. ( NASDAQ:FVCB) (the “Company”) today reported fourth quarter 2018 net income of $1.4 million, or $0.10 diluted earnings per share, compared to $1.0 million, or $0.08 diluted earnings per share, for the quarterly period ended December 31, 2017. For the year ended December 31, 2018, net income was $10.9 million, or $0.85 per diluted share, compared to $7.7 million, or $0.67 per diluted share, for 2017.
On October 12, 2018, the Company completed its acquisition of Colombo Bank (“Colombo”), and incurred merger-related expenses of $2.7 million and $3.3 million, respectively, for the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2018, respectively. In addition, the Company sold $10.9 million in securities available-for-sale at a loss of $462 thousand and a book yield of approximately 1.50%, and reinvested those proceeds into higher yielding securities at approximately 3.20%. Excluding merger-related expenses and loss on sales of securities available-for-sale, net of tax, earnings for the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2018 were $3.9 million and $13.9 million, respectively. Excluding the effect of $2.0 million in write-downs of deferred tax assets due to enactment of the Tax Cut and Jobs Act (“TCJA”) and $704 thousand in gain on foreclosure of other real estate owned (“OREO”), net of tax, during the fourth quarter of 2017, earnings for the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2017 were $2.3 million and $9.0 million, respectively.
Diluted earnings per share excluding the above adjustments for the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2018 was $0.26 and $1.08, respectively, compared with $0.19 and $0.78, respectively, for the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2017. The Company believes the reporting of non-GAAP earnings to exclude merger-related expenses, losses on sales of securities, gain on foreclosure of OREO, and the tax impacts from the TCJA, are more reflective of the Company’s operating performance and future performance(“Operating Earnings”). On a GAAP basis, return on average assets was 0.42% and return on average equity was 3.65% for the fourth quarter of 2018. For the comparable December 31, 2017 period, return on average assets was 0.40% and return on average equity was 4.06%. On an Operating Earnings basis, return on average assets and return on average equity for the three months ended December 31, 2018 was 1.16% and 10.07%, respectively. On an Operating Earnings basis, return on average assets and return on average equity for the yearended December 31, 2018 was 1.20% and 11.87%, respectively.
- Strategic Bank Acquisition. On October 12, 2018, the Company completed its acquisition of Colombo and completed the systems conversions process. Quarterly income and expenses include the former Colombo operations since the October 12, 2018 combination
- Record Operating Earnings. Operating Earnings increased $1.6 million, or 69%, to $3.9 million for the fourth quarter of 2018 as compared to the same 2017 period. For the year ended December 31, 2018, Operating Earnings increased $4.9 million, or 54%, compared to 2017
- Improved Tangible Book Value. Tangible book value per share at December 31, 2018 was $10.93, a 21% increase from $9.03 at December 31, 2017
- Continued Loan Growth. Total loans, net of deferred fees, totaled $1.14 billion at December 31, 2018, an increase of $248.1 million, or 28%, from December 31, 2017. Excluding loans acquired from Colombo Bank, net loans increased $115.8, or 13%. Excluding acquired loans, average loan growth year-to-date 2018 was $134.8 million, or 17% of average loans receivable for 2018, enhancing the Company’s loan yield by 30 basis points for the year
- Sound Asset Quality. Asset quality remains strong with nonperforming loans and loans past due 90 days or more as a percentage of total assets being 0.28% at December 31, 2018, compared to 0.07% at December 31, 2017. Nonperforming loans and loans past due 90 days or more totaled $3.9 million at December 31, 2018, of which $870,000 were related to the acquisition
- Strong Core Deposit Growth. Total deposits increased $234.3 million, or 25%, from December 31, 2017 to December 31, 2018. Total deposits, excluding acquired deposits and wholesale deposits, increased $127.1 million year-over-year, or 16%
- Improved Efficiency Ratio. Efficiency ratio for the three months ended December 31, 2018 was 75.7%, and excluding merger-related expenses and losses on securities, the efficiency ratio improved to 54.3% for the quarter and 55.1% for 2018 year
“Fourth quarter 2018 was another milestone for our Company as we closed our acquisition of Colombo Bank and completed the systems integration within a five month period of time. As our physical footprint has expanded into Maryland and the District of Colombia, we are attracting new clients and expanding existing relationships, introducing them to our products and technology, which augments the customer experience. Additionally, during the fourth quarter following our over-subscribed IPO, we were added to the Russell 2000® Index, which will enhance our trading liquidity and investor visibility. We are thrilled with the opportunities we see for our Company as we enter 2019,” stated David W. Pijor, Chairman and CEO.
Acquisition of Colombo Bank
On October 12, 2018, the Company completed its previously announced acquisition of Colombo. In connection with the transaction, 763,051 shares of the Company’s common stock were issued to Colombo’s shareholders, along with $18.3 million in cash. The Company added $199.5 million of total assets to its balance sheet, including $142.6 million of loans, net of negative $3.0 million of fair value adjustments, and $138.3 million of deposits, including a negative $327 thousand fair value adjustment to the CD portfolio. Additionally, the Company recorded $6.9 million of goodwill and $2.0 million of core deposit intangibles. During the year, the Company incurred legal and accounting costs, contract termination expenses, system conversion and integration expenses, plus employee retention and severance payments related to the acquisition. As of December 31, 2018, all merger-related expenses have been recognized and the Company has implemented cost savings in excess of the 35% anticipated for the merger.
Total assets increased to $1.35 billion compared to $1.05 billion as of December 31, 2018 and 2017, respectively, an increase of $298.7 million, or 28%. Loans receivable, net of deferred fees, totaled $1.14 billion as of December 31, 2018, compared to $888.7 million as of December 31, 2017, a year-over-year increase of $248.1 million, or 28%. Excluding the loans acquired from Colombo, loans grew $115.8 million, or 13% year-over-year, and average loans grew $134.8 million, or 17%. Excluding the loans acquired from Colombo, loans increased $25.7 for the quarter, or 12% on an annualized basis, and average loans grew $26.2 million, or 11% on an annualized basis. Mr. Pijor added, “We consider average loan growth a better measure of the loan portfolio growth, as it directly correlates with interest income growth. This becomes increasingly important as the bank’s portfolio reflects higher levels of C&I lending, including government contract lending, in which balances outstanding can fluctuate at period ends.”
During the quarter, loan originations totaled approximately $95 million, of which $36 million funded during the quarter. Construction loans and C&I loan closings represented a larger portion of originations during the quarter ended December 31, 2018; consequently a large amount of loan commitments were not funded by year end. Further, during the quarter, the Company experienced large payoffs outside of the expected loan repayments and curtailments, totaling an additional $22 million, which resulted in lower than expected net loan growth for the quarter.
Investment securities increased $7.6 million to $125.3 million at December 31, 2018, compared to $117.7 million at December 31, 2017. During the fourth quarter of 2018, the Company sold $24.4 million in investment securities, including $13.5 million that were acquired from Colombo, repositioning its securities portfolio to replace lower yielding securities with market rate securities to improve future incremental income.
Total deposits increased to $1.16 billion as of December 31, 2018 compared to $928.2 million as of December 31, 2017, an increase of $234.3 million, or 25%. Total deposits, excluding acquired deposits and wholesale deposits, increased $127.1 million year-over-year, or 16%. Core deposits, which represent total deposits less wholesale deposits, increased $265.4 million or 33% year-over-year. Wholesale deposits totaled $84.4 million, or 7% of total deposits at December 31, 2018, a decrease of $31.1 million from December 31, 2017. Noninterest-bearing deposits increased 33% to $233.3 million at December 31, 2018, or 20% of total deposits, compared to $175.4 million at December 31, 2017. Excluding deposits recorded at acquisition, noninterest bearing deposits increased 18% year-over-year, or $38.8 million.
The Company has expanded its core deposit growth through the acquisition of Colombo and five additional branches in Maryland and the District of Columbia. The Company continues its relationship-driven business strategy through enhanced cash management products and a team based approach to building and maintaining customer relationships.
Net interest income totaled $11.8 million, an increase of $3.4 million, or 40%, for the quarter ended December 31, 2018, compared to the year ago quarter. The Company’s net interest margin was 3.59% and 3.43% for the quarters ended December 31, 2018 and 2017, respectively. On a linked quarter basis, net interest income increased $1.9 million, or 20%, and the margin increased 5 basis points from 3.54% for the three months ended September 30, 2018, a result of increases in yields on earning assets and strong growth in core deposit mix offset by an increase in the cost of funds. The contribution of the assets and liabilities from Colombo added approximately $1.3 million to net interest income and 0.02% to the margin for the fourth quarter.
Cost of deposits for the fourth quarter of 2018 was 1.16%, compared to 0.87% for the fourth quarter of 2017, a 33% year-over-year increase, reflecting the Company’s continued management of its funding costs in a year where the Federal Reserve hiked its benchmark short-term interest rate a total of 100 basis points. Loan yields for the fourth quarter of 2018 were 5.22% compared to 4.63% for the year ago quarter.
Noninterest income totaled $166 thousand and $1.5 million for the quarters ended December 31, 2018 and 2017, respectively. Noninterest income excluding loss on sales of securities and gain on other real estate owned was $628 thousand and $397 thousand for the respective quarters, an increase of 58%. Fee income from fees on loans, service charges on deposits, and other fee income was $519 thousand, an increase of 106% for the quarter ended December 31, 2018 compared to 2017. Included in loan income are fees from interest rate swaps totaling $229 thousand for the fourth quarter of 2018. In addition, the Colombo transaction added approximately $31 thousand to non-interest income for the fourth quarter of 2018. Losses on sales of securities available-for-sale totaled $462,000 during the fourth quarter of 2018 as a result of the aforementioned reinvestment strategy. During the fourth quarter of 2017, the Company recorded $1.1 million related to a gain on other real estate owned.
Noninterest expense totaled $9.4 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2018, compared to $4.9 million for the same three-month period of 2017. Approximately $800 thousand of the increase in noninterest expense from the year ago quarter is attributable to expenses associated with Colombo’s former operations, in addition to merger-related expenses of $2.7 million for the three months ended December 31, 2018. During the year, the Company strategically hired business development officers and back office staff to support the Company’s growth plans, and retained several employees from Colombo, including lending and branch personnel. As a result, salary and compensation related expenses increased $1.1 million, or 40%, for the quarter endedDecember 31, 2018, compared to the same three-month period of 2017. Occupancy and equipment expense increased $195 thousand year-over-year primarily as a result of the branch locations acquired from Colombo. Professional fees increased slightly year-over-year as a result of implementation costs related to regulatory compliance over the Company’s internal control environment. Increases in data processing and network administration, franchise taxes and other operating expenses for the quarter ended December 31, 2018 compared to the same three-month period of 2017 is primarily growth related. On a linked quarter basis, noninterest expense excluding non-recurring merger-related expenses and the noninterest expenses associated with the addition of Colombo, increased 5% from the three months ended September 30, 2018. The efficiency ratio for the quarter ended December 31, 2018 was 75.7%, or 54.3% excluding merger-related expenses and securities losses, a decrease from 55.9% from the year ago quarter.
Asset quality remains strong as nonperforming loans and loans ninety days or more past due totaled $3.9 million, or 0.28% of total assets, of which $870 thousand related to acquired loans. Performing troubled debt restructurings (“TDR”) decreased to $203,000 at December 31, 2018, compared to $1.7 million at December 31, 2017. Nonperforming assets (including TDRs and other real estate owned) to total assets was 0.61% and 0.58% at December 31, 2018 and 2017, respectively. The allowance for loan losses to total loans was 0.81% at December 31, 2018, a decrease from 0.88% at September 30, 2018. This ratio decrease was primarily the result of the addition of $142.6 million of acquired loans. The allowance for loan losses on the Company’s legacy portfolio was 0.92% of loan outstanding at December 31, 2018. The increase in the legacy allowance was primarily attributable to modest charge-offs and specific reserves added to the allowance during the quarter.
About FVCBankcorp Inc.
FVCBankcorp, Inc. is the holding company for FVCbank, a wholly-owned subsidiary of FVCB which commenced operations in November 2007. FVCbank is a $1.35 billion Virginia-chartered community bank serving the banking needs of commercial businesses, nonprofit organizations, professional service entities, their owners and employees located in the greater Baltimore, Washington D.C., metropolitan areas. Locally owned and managed, FVCbank is based in Fairfax, Virginia, and has 11 full-service offices in Arlington, Ashburn, Fairfax, Manassas, Reston and Springfield, Virginia, Washington D.C., and Baltimore, Bethesda, Rockville and Silver Spring, Maryland.
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