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Farmers Capital Bank Corporation Announces Second Quarter Earnings

FRANKFORT, Ky., July 17, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Farmers Capital Bank Corporation (Nasdaq:FFKT) (the "Company") reported net income of $3.5 million or $. 41 per common share for the second quarter and $7.3 million or $. 85 per common share for the first six months of 2013. Net income for the current quarter decreased $245 thousand or 6.5% compared with the linked quarter, which represents a decrease of $. 03 per common share. Compared to a year earlier, net income increased $400 thousand or 12.7% for the current quarter and $883 thousand or 13.7% for the first six months. On a per common share basis, net income increased $. 05 or 13.9% and $. 11 or 14.9% over the prior-year three and six month periods, respectively.

"The overall result from the quarter is another positive step for our Company and shareholders," says Lloyd C. Hillard, Jr., President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company. "Although loan balances are down $13.2 million from the prior quarter, $7.1 million or 54% of the decrease is attributed to a decline in nonperforming loans – primarily nonaccrual loans. Repossessed real estate is down $2.7 million or 5.4%, which includes $5.5 million of properties sold at book value," Mr. Hillard continues. "Total nonperforming assets are down $9.8 million or 9.4% during the quarter. Net loan charge offs were relatively low and the allowance for loan losses remains strong."

A summary of nonperforming assets is as follows for the periods indicated.

 
(In thousands) June 30,
 2013
March 31,
 2013
December 31,
 2012
September 30,
 2012
June 30,
 2012
Nonaccrual loans $21,259 $27,994 $27,408 $43,150 $54,598
Loans 90 days or more past due and still accruing -- 82 103 28 29
Restructured loans 26,238 26,529 26,349 26,449 17,540
Total nonperforming loans 47,497 54,605 53,860 69,627 72,167
           
Other real estate owned 46,465 49,130 52,562 47,480 39,566
Other foreclosed assets -- -- -- -- 16
Total nonperforming assets $93,962 $103,735 $106,422 $117,107 $111,749
           
Ratio of total nonperforming loans to total loans (net of unearned income) 4.7% 5.4% 5.4% 6.8% 6.9%
Ratio of total nonperforming assets to total assets 5.2  5.8  5.9  6.3  6.0 

Activity during the current quarter for nonaccrual loans, restructured loans, and other real estate owned is as follows:

 
(In thousands) Nonaccrual
Loans
Restructured
Loans
Other Real
Estate Owned
Balance at March 31, 2013 $27,994 $26,529 $49,130 
Loans placed on nonaccrual status 677  -- --
Loans restructured -- 32  --
Principal paydowns (3,468) (323) --
Transfers to performing status (56) -- --
Transfers to other real estate owned (3,557) -- 3,905 
Charge-offs/write-downs (331) -- (1,029)
Proceeds from sales -- -- (5,552)
Net gain on sales/other -- -- 11 
Balance at June 30, 2013 $21,259 $26,238 $46,465 

For nonaccrual loans, principal paydowns during the quarter include $2.8 million related to three commercial credits. Two of these paydowns totaling $2.4 million relate to loans secured by real estate. The decrease in other real estate owned during the quarter was led by the sale of three larger-balance properties with an aggregate carrying amount of $2.8 million. Out of the $2.8 million larger-balance properties sold, $1.8 million represents real estate development properties and $1.0 million represents commercial real estate. In total, the Company received proceeds of $5.6 million during the quarter from the sale of other real estate that resulted in a net gain of $11 thousand. Additions to other real estate owned during the quarter include properties in the aggregate amount of $3.1 million that previously secured three credits, of which $2.0 million relates to commercial real estate and $1.1 million to residential real estate. Each of these credits was classified as nonaccrual prior to the Company acquiring the underlying collateral.

The allowance for loan losses was $22.9 million or 2.28% of loans (net of unearned income) outstanding at June 30, 2013. At March 31, 2013 and year-end 2012, the allowance for loan losses was $23.6 million or 2.31% of net loans outstanding and $24.4 million or 2.43% of net loans outstanding, respectively. Net loan charge-offs were $257 thousand in the current three months, relatively unchanged from $250 thousand in the linked quarter. Net charge-offs as a percentage of outstanding loans (net of unearned income) were .03% and .02% in the current and linked quarters, respectively.

Second Quarter 2013 Compared to First Quarter 2013

  • Net income was $3.5 million or $. 41 per common share for the second quarter of 2013, a decrease of $245 thousand or $. 03 per common share compared to the linked quarter. The decrease in net income is primarily attributed to higher net other real estate expenses of $593 thousand or 66.5% and a lower credit to the provision for loan losses of $270 thousand or 42.7%. All other pre-tax noninterest expenses decreased $380 thousand or 2.8%. Income tax expense decreased $191 thousand or 14.5%.
  • The $593 thousand increase in net other real estate expenses was driven by higher operating costs related to repossessed properties of $339 thousand. Other real estate expenses for the quarter also include net gains on the sale of repossessed properties of $11 thousand compared to a net gain of $269 thousand for the linked quarter. Impairment charges were relatively unchanged at $1.0 million.
  • The decrease in other noninterest expenses were made up primarily of the following declines: data processing and communications expense of $153 thousand or 13.9%, deposit insurance expense of $145 thousand or 22.6%, and salaries and employee benefits of $93 thousand or 1.3%.
  • Net interest income was relatively unchanged at $13.6 million in the comparison. Interest expense decreased $128 thousand or 4.0%, partially offset by lower interest income of $111 thousand or 0.7%.
  • Net interest margin was 3.40% for the current quarter, a decrease of four basis points from 3.44% in the linked quarter. Net interest spread was 3.23% and 3.27% in the current and linked quarter, respectively. Overall cost of funds decreased five basis points to 0.90%.
  • Noninterest income was relatively unchanged at $5.4 million, increasing $30 thousand or less than 1.0%. Nondeposit service charges, commissions, and fees increased $72 thousand or 6.0% and service charges and fees on deposits increased $58 thousand or 3.0%. The Company recorded a loss on the sale of investment securities of $60 thousand during the quarter and net gains from the sale of loans decreased $47 thousand or 13.9% related to lower sales volume.
  • Income tax expense was $1.1 million for the current quarter, a decrease of $191 thousand or 14.5% compared to $1.3 million for the linked quarter. The effective income tax rates were 24.1% and 25.8% for the current and linked quarter, respectively.

Second Quarter 2013 Compared to Second Quarter 2012

  • Net income was $3.5 million or $. 41 per common share for the second quarter of 2013, an increase of $400 thousand or $. 05 per common share compared to the second quarter of 2012. The more significant impacts on net income include the following: a decrease in the provision for loan losses of $1.7 million or 127%; a decrease from net gains on the sale of investment securities and legal expenses of $745 thousand or 109% and $329 thousand or 64.9%, respectively; an increase in net other real estate expenses and salaries and employee benefits of $781 thousand or 111% and $372 thousand or 5.4%, respectively; and an increase in income tax expense of $237 thousand or 26.6%.
  • The decrease in the provision for loan losses is attributed to an overall improvement in the credit quality of the loan portfolio. Nonperforming loans, loans past due, and watch list loans have all declined as of June 30, 2013 compared to a year earlier. Historical loss rates have also improved as lower recent charge-off activity has replaced higher levels that spiked upward toward the early part of the Company's rolling three year look-back period used when evaluating the allowance for loan losses.
  • The Company recorded a $60 thousand net loss on the sale of investment securities in the current quarter compared with a net gain of $685 thousand a year earlier. The net loss for the current quarter is mainly attributed to premium amortization related to a single municipal bond that was called by the issuer in the current quarter. The net gain recorded in the prior year is attributed to normal asset/liability management strategies, whereby the Company periodically sells investment securities to lock in gains, increase yield, restructure expected future cash flows, and/or enhance its capital position.
  • The $329 thousand decrease in legal expenses relates primarily to problem loans in the normal course of business. The second quarter of 2012 also includes $122 thousand related to registering the Company's Series A preferred shares in order for them to be sold by the U.S. Treasury to third party investors.
  • The $781 thousand increase in net other real estate expenses was driven by higher impairment charges and operating costs of $388 thousand or 60.5% and $268 thousand or 135%, respectively. Other real estate expenses for the quarter also include net gains on the sale of repossessed properties of $11 thousand compared to a net gain of $136 thousand for the prior year second quarter.
  • The $372 thousand increase in salaries and employee benefits is driven by a $284 thousand or 25.1% increase in benefit expenses primarily related to higher health insurance claims.
  • Net interest margin was 3.40% for the current quarter, an increase of 19 basis points from 3.21% in the same period of 2012. Net interest spread was 3.23% and 3.00% in the current and prior year second quarter, respectively. Overall cost of funds decreased 41 basis points to 0.90%.
  • Income tax expense was $1.1 million for the current quarter, an increase of $237 thousand or 26.6% compared to $890 thousand for the same quarter of 2012. The effective income tax rates were 24.1% and 22.0% for the current and year-ago quarters, respectively.

Six-month Comparison

  • Net income was $7.3 million or $. 85 per common share for the first six months of 2013, an increase of $883 thousand or $. 11 per common share compared to the same period of 2012. The increase in net income is primarily attributed to a decrease in the provision for loan losses of $3.3 million or 143% in the comparison, which offset lower noninterest income of $1.6 million or 12.8% and higher income tax expense of $1.2 million or 96.2%. Net interest income was up $595 thousand or 2.2%.
  • The decrease in the provision for loan losses is attributed to the overall improvement in the credit quality of the loan portfolio. Nonperforming loans, loans past due, and watch list loans have all declined as of June 30, 2013 compared to a year earlier. Historical loss rates have declined as lower recent charge-off activity has replaced the higher levels that had been included in the early part of the Company's rolling three year look-back period used when evaluating the allowance for loan losses.
  • The larger components that drove the decrease in noninterest income are attributed to investment securities activity and income from company-owned life insurance. The Company recorded a $60 thousand net loss on the sale of investment securities for the current year compared with a net gain of $688 thousand a year earlier. The net loss for the current year is mainly attributed to premium amortization related to a single municipal bond that was called by the issuer. The net gain recorded in the prior year is attributed to normal asset/liability management strategies, whereby the Company periodically sells investment securities to lock in gains, increase yield, restructure expected future cash flows, and/or enhance its capital position. Income from company-owned life insurance for the prior year includes a nonrecurring gain in the amount of $529 thousand related to death benefit proceeds.
  • Noninterest expenses were relatively unchanged at $29.2 million, which represents an increase of $237 thousand or less than 1.0%. The more significant decreases include $372 thousand or 50.4% related to legal fees, $237 thousand or 46.7% attributed to intangible asset amortization, and $233 thousand or 17.0% for deposit insurance expense.
  • The decrease in legal expenses relates primarily to problem loans in the normal course of business. The prior year also includes $122 thousand related to registering the Company's Series A preferred shares in order for them to be sold by the U.S. Treasury to third party investors. The decrease in intangible asset amortization is the result of actuarial determined reductions related to core deposit and customer relationship intangible assets arising from previous business transactions. Deposit insurance expense decreased mainly from the improved risk rating by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation of one of the Company's bank subsidiaries. The improved rating reduced the assessment rate applicable in determining the amount payable for deposit insurance.
  • The more significant increases in noninterest expense include $711 thousand or 42.7% related to other real estate and $575 thousand or 4.1% related to salaries and employee benefits. The increase in net other real estate expenses was driven by higher impairment charges of $912 thousand or 79.3% to adjust the carrying value down to estimated fair value less costs to sell. Other real estate expenses also include net gains on the sale of repossessed properties of $280 thousand compared to a net loss of $106 thousand for the prior year. The increase in salaries and employee benefits was driven by a $352 thousand or 14.6% increase in benefit expenses related primarily to higher health insurance claims.
  • Net interest margin was 3.41% for the first six months, an increase of 23 basis points from 3.18% for the same period of 2012. Net interest spread was 3.25% and 2.96% in the current and prior year period, respectively. Overall cost of funds decreased 45 basis points to 0.92%.
  • Income tax expense was $2.4 million for the current six months, an increase of $1.2 million or 96.2% compared to $1.2 million for 2012. The effective income tax rates were 25.0% and 16.2% for the first six months of 2013 and 2012, respectively.

Balance Sheet

  • Total assets were $1.8 billion at June 30, 2013, an increase of $3.1 million or 0.2% from March 31, 2013. Cash and cash equivalents increased $19.9 million or 25.6%, partially offset by a decrease in loans (net of unearned income) of $13.2 million or 1.3% and investment securities of $7.8 million or 1.4%. Other real estate owned decreased $2.7 million or 5.4%.
  • A decrease in nonperforming loans accounted for 54.0% of the decrease in net loans during the current quarter. Nonperforming loans decreased $7.1 million or 13.0%, including principal paydowns of $3.8 million and reclassifying $3.6 million to other real estate owned upon repossession of related collateral.
  • The decrease in investment securities was driven by a decline in the unrealized gain on available for sale securities in the amount of $15.8 million, partially offset by net purchases of $9.5 million. The decrease in the value of the available for sale securities portfolio during the quarter is attributed to a general shift downward in bond prices, particularly for the 5-10 year maturity periods. Lower bond prices during the quarter are primarily the result of the market's response to changing perceptions about monetary tightening by the Federal Reserve through its level and timing of bond purchasing activity. The resulting higher rates also increased volatility, furthering the price declines. As market interest rates increase, the value of fixed rate investments decreases.
  • Other real estate owned was $46.5 million at quarter end, a decrease of $2.7 million or 5.4% during the quarter. The decrease was driven by the sale of repossessed properties during the current quarter having an aggregate recorded investment of $5.5 million.
  • Total deposits increased $7.7 million or 0.6% in the linked quarter comparison. Interest bearing deposit balances increased $4.3 million or 0.4% and noninterest bearing deposits increased $3.4 million or 1.4%.
  • Short-term borrowings increased $3.1 million or 12.1% primarily related to short-term repurchase agreements with commercial depositors in the normal course of business.
  • The allowance for loan losses was $22.9 million or 2.28% of loans outstanding (net of unearned income) at June 30, 2013 compared to $23.6 million or 2.31% at March 31, 2013. Net loan charge-offs were $257 thousand and $250 thousand for the current three months and linked quarter, respectively. Net charge-offs as a percentage of outstanding loans (net of unearned income) were .03% and .02% in the current and linked quarters, respectively.
  • The ratio of nonperforming loans to loans outstanding (net of unearned income) improved to 4.7% at June 30, 2013 compared to 5.4% at March 31, 2013.
  • On a consolidated basis, the Company's regulatory capital levels remain in excess of "well-capitalized" as defined by bank regulators. Likewise, the regulatory capital for the Company's subsidiary banks exceeds the targets established in the agreements with their regulatory agencies.

Dividend Status

Under an agreement with its banking regulatory authorities entered into during the fourth quarter of 2009, the Company has agreed not to pay dividends on its common or preferred stock (or to make interest payments on its trust preferred securities) without the prior approval of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis ("Federal Reserve") and the Kentucky Department of Financial Institutions ("KDFI"). Representatives of the Federal Reserve and KDFI have indicated that any such approval for the payment of dividends will be predicated on a demonstration of adequate, normalized earnings on the part of the Company's subsidiaries sufficient to support quarterly payments on the Company's trust preferred securities and quarterly dividends on the Company's common and preferred stock. While both regulatory agencies have granted approval of all subsequent quarterly Company requests to make interest payments on its trust preferred securities and dividends on its preferred stock, the Company has not (based on the assessment by Company management of both the Company's capital position and the earnings of its subsidiaries) sought regulatory approval for the payment of common stock dividends since the fourth quarter of 2009. Moreover, the Company will not pay any such dividends on its common stock until the Company's assessment of its capital position and earnings trends yield the conclusion that the payment of a common stock dividend is warranted.

Farmers Capital Bank Corporation is a bank holding company headquartered in Frankfort, Kentucky. The Company operates 36 banking locations in 23 communities throughout Central and Northern Kentucky, a data processing company, and an insurance company. Its stock is publicly traded on the NASDAQ Stock Market LLC exchange in the Global Select Market tier under the symbol: FFKT.

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 that are based upon current expectations, but are subject to certain risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to differ materially. Among the risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially are economic conditions generally and in the Company's market areas, overall loan demand, changes in the level of nonperforming assets, increased competition in the financial services industry which could negatively impact the ability of the subject entities to increase total earning assets, and retention of key personnel. Actions by the Federal Reserve Board and changes in interest rates, loan prepayments by, and the financial health of, borrowers, and other factors described in the reports filed by the Company with the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") could also impact current expectations. For more information about these factors please see the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K on file with the SEC. All of these factors should be carefully reviewed, and readers should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements.

These forward-looking statements were based on information, plans and estimates at the date of this press release, and the Company expressly disclaims any intent or obligation to update any forward-looking statements to reflect changes in underlying assumptions or factors, new information, future events or other changes.

Consolidated Financial Highlights-Unaudited            
(In thousands except per share data)    
  Three Months Ended   Six Months Ended
  June 30,
2013
March 31,
2013
June 30,
2012
  June 30,
2013
June 30,
2012
Interest income $  16,631  $ 16,742  $  18,087    $ 33,373   $ 36,497  
Interest expense 3,038  3,166  4,720    6,204  9,923 
 Net interest income 13,593  13,576  13,367    27,169  26,574 
Provision for loan losses (362) (632) 1,341    (994) 2,318 
 Net interest income after provision for loan losses  13,955  14,208  12,026    28,163  24,256 
Noninterest income 5,441  5,411  6,412    10,852  12,440 
Noninterest expenses 14,722  14,509  14,401    29,231  28,994 
 Income before income tax expense 4,674  5,110  4,037    9,784  7,702 
Income tax expense  1,127  1,318  890    2,445  1,246 
 Net income $ 3,547   $  3,792  $ 3,147     $   7,339   $   6,456  
             
Net income $ 3,547   $  3,792  $ 3,147     $   7,339   $   6,456  
Less preferred stock dividends and discount accretion 487  485  480    972  958 
Net income available to common shareholders $ 3,060  $ 3,307  $ 2,667    $ 6,367  $ 5,498 
             
Basic and diluted net income per common share $  .41  $ .44  $  .36    $ .85   $ .74  
             
Averages            
Loans, net of unearned interest $ 1,012,267  $1,005,775  $1,041,927    $1,009,039  $ 1,050,012 
Total assets 1,802,628  1,793,359  1,866,154    1,798,019  1,872,753 
Deposits 1,398,435  1,395,328  1,422,278    1,396,890  1,428,272 
Shareholders' equity 171,396  168,999  163,262    170,204  161,331 
             
Weighted average shares outstanding – basic and diluted 7,473  7,470  7,454    7,471  7,450 
             
Return on average assets .79%  .86% .68%    .82%  .69% 
Return on average equity 8.30%  9.10% 7.75%    8.70%  8.05% 
             
      June 30,
 2013
March 31,
2013
December 31,
2012
Cash and cash equivalents   $ 97,589 $ 77,726 $ 95,855
Investment securities   562,326 570,122 573,928
Loans, net of allowance of $22,943, $23,563, and $24,445   981,823 994,414 980,550
Other assets   155,882 152,272 156,899
Total assets   $1,797,620 $1,794,534 $1,807,232
         
Deposits   $1,402,515 $1,394,809 $1,410,810
Federal funds purchased and other short-term borrowings   28,810 25,705 24,083
Other borrowings   176,174 176,229 178,267
Other liabilities   26,556 27,200 26,051
Total liabilities   1,634,055 1,623,943 1,639,211
         
Shareholders' equity   163,565 170,591 168,021
Total liabilities and shareholders' equity   $1,797,620 $1,794,534 $1,807,232
                 
End of period tangible book value per common share1     $ 17.75 $ 18.69 $ 18.35
End of period per common share closing price     21.69 18.80 12.25

1Represents total common equity less intangible assets divided by the number of common shares outstanding at the end of the period.

CONTACT: Farmers Capital Bank Corporation
         Doug Carpenter
         502-227-1686

Source: Farmers Capital Bank Corporation
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