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Mercantile Bank Corporation Reports Strong First Quarter 2013 Results

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., April 16, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Mercantile Bank Corporation (NASDAQ: MBWM) ("Mercantile") reported net income attributable to common shares of $4.4 million, or $0.50 per diluted share, for the first quarter of 2013, compared with net income attributable to common shares of $2.6 million, or $0.28 per diluted share, for the prior-year period.

The first quarter was highlighted by:

  • Improved profitability as asset quality continued to improve
  • Nonperforming assets declined 64 percent from a year ago; currently represent 1.4 percent of total assets
  • Level of loans in the 30- to 89-days delinquent category remained very low
  • Net interest margin remained steady and well above historical average level
  • New loan originations of approximately $50 million during the first quarter
  • Announced second quarter cash dividend of $0.11 per common share, or a current yield of 2.6 percent, up from first quarter cash dividend of $0.10 per common share

"Mercantile started 2013 by continuing the performance that marks our company as an industry leader," said Michael Price, Chairman and CEO of Mercantile.  "The positive trends from 2012 have continued, led by improved net income and earnings per share, a stronger balance sheet and momentum in new business development.  We feel very confident that our performance is an indicator of the opportunities available to us over the remainder of 2013."

Operating Results

Total revenue, which consists of net interest income and noninterest income, was $13.3 million during the first quarter of 2013, down $0.5 million or 3.8 percent from the $13.8 million generated during the prior-year first quarter.  The decline in total revenue during the 2013 period compared to the 2012 period resulted from decreased net interest income and a slight decline in noninterest income.  Net interest income during the first quarter of 2013 was $11.5 million, down $0.4 million or 3.5 percent from the first quarter of 2012, reflecting a 1.2 percent decrease in average earning assets and a 5-basis point decline in the net interest margin versus the prior period.  The reduction in average earning assets in the 2013 period compared to the 2012 period primarily resulted from the continuation of management's strategic initiative to reduce commercial real estate exposure and migrate certain high risk loans out of the loan portfolio.  The net interest margin during the first quarter of 2013 was 3.68 percent, down from 3.73 percent during the comparable 2012 period but still well above the historical average level.

Noninterest income during the first quarter of 2013 was $1.8 million, down 5.5 percent from $1.9 million during the prior-year first quarter.  The decrease in noninterest income during the 2013 period compared to the respective 2012 period primarily resulted from lower bank owned life insurance income and residential mortgage banking fee income.

Mercantile recorded a negative $1.5 million provision for loan losses during the first quarter of 2013 compared to no provision expense for the first quarter of 2012.  The negative provision expense is the result of several factors, including continued progress towards loan recoveries and collections as well as a reduced level of loan-rating downgrades and ongoing loan-rating upgrades as the quality of the loan portfolio continues to improve.  Loan recoveries totaled $1.3 million during the first quarter of 2013, while loan charge-offs not specifically reserved for in prior periods amounted to $0.4 million, resulting in a net positive impact of $0.9 million on provision expense.  Of the $2.4 million in loans charged-off during the first three months of 2013, $2.0 million, or about 83 percent, represents the elimination of specific reserves that were established through provision expense in earlier periods.

Noninterest expense totaled $8.6 million during the first quarter of 2013, down $1.1 million or 11.1 percent from the prior-year first quarter.  Costs associated with the administration and resolution of problem assets, including legal expenses, property tax payments, appraisal costs and write-downs on foreclosed properties, totaled $0.1 million during the first quarter of 2013, down $1.2 million or 89.7 percent from the $1.3 million expensed during the first quarter of 2012.  Gains on sales of other real estate, which are netted against nonperforming asset costs, totaled $0.7 million during the first quarter of 2013.  The reduction in nonperforming asset costs reflects the continuation of Mercantile's aggressive approach to managing and resolving problem assets.

Mr. Price continued: "Our first quarter results provide a strong start to 2013, and we believe represent the foundation for another full year of impressive performance for Mercantile.  Our improved earnings performance and strengthened capital position have added to our ability to be flexible and opportunistic as we pursue disciplined growth for long-term performance.  Our strength is further recognized by our customers and the value Mercantile brings as a partner in their growth." 

Balance Sheet

As of March 31, 2013, total assets were $1.39 billion, down $37.6 million or 2.6 percent from December 31, 2012; total loans declined $18.2 million, or 1.8 percent, to $1.02 billion over the same time period.  Compared to March 31, 2012, total assets declined $16.2 million, or 1.2 percent, and total loans declined $28.7 million, or 2.7 percent.  Although total loans declined during the first quarter of 2013, continuing relationship building efforts have led to increased lending opportunities, and despite competitive pressures, approximately $50 million in loans to existing and new borrowers were originated during the current quarter. 

Commercial-related real estate loans continue to comprise a majority of Mercantile's loan portfolio, representing approximately 66 percent of total loans as of March 31, 2013.  Non-owner occupied commercial real estate ("CRE") loans, totaling $328 million or 32.0 percent of total loans as of March 31, 2013, increased $8.6 million or 2.7 percent during the last twelve months.  Owner-occupied CRE loans, totaling $253 million or 24.7 percent of total loans at the end of the current year first quarter, declined $18.2 million or 6.7 percent since March 31, 2012.  Commercial and industrial loans totaled $273 million or 26.7 percent of total loans as of March 31, 2013, up from $260 million or 24.7 percent of total loans as of March 31, 2012.

 

LOAN COMPOSITION












($000s)


3/31/13


12/31/12


9/30/12


6/30/12


3/31/12












Commercial:











   Commercial & Industrial

$

272,890

$

285,322

$

271,814

$

277,428

$

259,705

   Land Development &











      Construction


45,174


48,099


56,622


58,774


61,262

   Owner Occupied CRE


253,089


259,277


276,185


276,361


271,337

   Non-Owner Occupied CRE


327,776


324,886


299,356


318,476


319,157

   Multi-Family & Residential











      Rental Properties


50,035


50,922


53,434


56,452


64,991

         Total Commercial


948,964


968,506


957,411


987,491


976,452












Retail:











   1-4 Family Mortgages


35,735


33,766


38,454


32,622


33,282

   Home Equity & Other











      Consumer Loans


38,257


38,917


39,423


40,883


41,940

         Total Retail


73,992


72,683


77,877


73,505


75,222












      Total

$

1,022,956

$

1,041,189

$

1,035,288

$

1,060,996

$

1,051,674

Mercantile has continued its efforts to improve liquidity by growing local deposits and reducing wholesale funding.  As of March 31, 2013, total deposits were $1.09 billion, down slightly from March 31, 2012.  By comparison, local deposits increased $73.5 million to $860 million over the past year, representing 78.7 percent of total deposits compared to 71.9 percent at March 31, 2012.  Growth in local deposits was driven primarily by the introduction of innovative new products, various deposit-gathering initiatives and enhanced advertising and branding campaigns.  Local deposits decreased slightly from $865 million at year-end 2012 to $860 million at March 31, 2013, as increased funds garnered from new and certain existing relationships were more than offset by customers' withdrawing funds for a variety of purposes, including tax and bonus payments. 

Wholesale funds were $268 million, or 22.4 percent of total funds, as of March 31, 2013, compared to $305 million, or 24.7 percent of total funds, as of December 31, 2012, and $352 million, or 29.4 percent of total funds, as of March 31, 2012.

Short-term investments, consisting of federal funds sold and interest-bearing bank deposits, averaged $97.0 million during the first quarter of 2013.  In addition to its short-term investments, Mercantile had approximately $174 million of borrowing capacity through various established lines of credit to meet potential funding needs, as well as approximately $35 million of unpledged U.S. Government securities as of March 31, 2013.

Asset Quality

Nonperforming assets ("NPAs") at March 31, 2013 were $18.9 million, or 1.4 percent of total assets, compared to $25.9 million as of December 31, 2012, and $52.2 million as of March 31, 2012 (1.8 percent and 3.7 percent of total assets, respectively).  This represents a decline of $7.0 million or 27.1 percent from the end of 2012, and a decline of $33.3 million or 63.8 percent from the year-ago quarter-end.

Robert B. Kaminski, Jr., Mercantile's Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, noted: "We are very pleased with our multi-year success in improving asset quality and the dramatic decline in nonperforming loans in the first quarter.  The actions taken over the past several years reflect our aggressive stance to move troubled assets off our balance sheet.  Nonperforming assets now represent 1.4 percent of our total assets and our 30-to 89-day delinquent loans remain very low at $0.2 million. We continue to be grateful to the entire Mercantile team for all their hard work on this initiative, while staying true to our community banking roots, maintaining a steady focus on meeting the needs of our existing customers and driving the growth of new relationships in our market.  While the market remains competitive, we are benefiting from our robust sales programs and marketing initiatives and the overall value that Mercantile brings to clients as evidenced by the $50 million in new loans we originated in the first quarter." 

Nonperforming loans ("NPLs") totaled $12.4 million as of March 31, 2013, down $6.6 million and $26.3 million, respectively, from the linked quarter-end and the year-ago quarter-end, while foreclosed real estate and repossessed assets declined $0.5 million and $7.0 million, respectively, from the linked and year-ago quarter-ends.  CRE loans represented 54.3 percent of NPLs, or $6.7 million at March 31, 2013.  Investor-owned nonperforming CRE loans accounted for $5.0 million of total CRE nonperforming loans, while owner-occupied CRE nonperforming loans accounted for $1.7 million.  Owner-occupied and rental residential NPLs totaled $3.3 million or 26.6 percent of total NPLs as of March 31, 2013.

 

NONPERFORMING ASSETS












($000s)


3/31/13


12/31/12


9/30/12


6/30/12


3/31/12

 

Residential Real Estate:











   Land Development

$

1,370

$

2,362

$

3,318

$

3,946

$

3,762

   Construction


448


476


645


965


1,242

   Owner Occupied / Rental


4,027


4,812


5,426


5,982


6,437



5,845


7,650


9,389


10,893


11,441












Commercial Real Estate:











   Land Development


755


789


1,158


1,174


1,531

   Construction


0


0


0


0


403

   Owner Occupied 


2,708


3,534


6,395


6,850


7,687

   Non-Owner Occupied


8,722


13,232


17,613


19,386


28,954



12,185


17,555


25,166


27,410


38,575












Non-Real Estate:











   Commercial Assets


869


734


1,386


1,765


2,144

   Consumer Assets


1


1


1


1


14



870


735


1,387


1,766


2,158












      Total

$

18,900

$

25,940

$

35,942

$

40,069

$

52,174

During the first quarter of 2013, Mercantile added only $0.7 million of NPAs to its problem asset portfolio, while disposing of $7.7 million through a combination of principal payments and asset sales ($5.4 million), loan charge-offs ($2.1 million), and foreclosed asset valuation write-downs ($0.2 million). In total, NPAs decreased by a net $7.0 million during the first quarter of 2013.

 

NONPERFORMING ASSETS RECONCILIATION












($000s)


1Q 2013


4Q 2012


3Q 2012


2Q 2012


1Q 2012












Beginning balance

$

25,940

$

35,942

$

40,069

$

52,174

$

60,356

Additions


692


3,691


158


3,306


9,651

Returns to performing











   status


0


(37)


0


0


(737)

Principal payments


(3,512)


(6,960)


(1,245)


(11,357)


(5,533)

Sale proceeds


(1,887)


(4,858)


(1,190)


(1,586)


(9,282)

Loan charge-offs


(2,116)


(1,202)


(1,003)


(1,337)


(1,691)

Valuation write-downs


(217)


(636)


(847)


(1,131)


(590)












      Total

$

18,900

$

25,940

$

35,942

$

40,069

$

52,174

Net loan charge-offs were $1.1 million during the first quarter of 2013, or an annualized 0.5 percent of average loans, compared with net loan charge-offs of $5.6 million (2.1 percent annualized) for the prior-year first quarter.

 

NET LOAN CHARGE-OFFS (RECOVERIES)












($000s)


1Q 2013


4Q 2012


3Q 2012


2Q 2012


1Q 2012

 

Residential Real Estate:











   Land Development

$

690

$

(119)

$

77

$

(110)

$

38

   Construction


0


0


0


10


0

   Owner Occupied / Rental


479


16


166


50


237



1,169


(103)


243


(50)


275












Commercial Real Estate:











   Land Development


(210)


55


16


(7)


103

   Construction


0


0


0


0


0

   Owner Occupied 


54


515


86


(164)


793

   Non-Owner Occupied


61


(112)


1,317


(1,525)


4,341



(95)


458


1,419


(1,696)


5,237












Non-Real Estate:











   Commercial Assets


69


(935)


(148)


(14)


81

   Consumer Assets


(1)


(35)


13


14


(4)



68


(970)


(135)


0


77












      Total

$

1,142

$

(615)

$

1,527

$

(1,746)

$

5,589

Capital Position

Shareholders' equity totaled $150 million as of March 31, 2013, an increase of $3.1 million from year-end 2012. The Bank remains "well-capitalized" with a total risk-based capital ratio of 15.4 percent as of March 31, 2013, compared to 14.7 percent at December 31, 2012.  At March 31, 2013, the Bank had approximately $62.4 million in excess of the 10.0 percent minimum regulatory threshold required to be considered a "well-capitalized" institution.  Mercantile reported 8,705,412 total shares outstanding at March 31, 2013.

With the continued strength of Mercantile's operating performance and capital position, on April 11, 2013, the Board of Directors declared a cash dividend of $0.11 per common share, which is payable in the second quarter of 2013.  The $0.11 cash dividend represents an increase of 10 percent from the $0.10 cash dividend paid to common shareholders during the first quarter of 2013 and an increase of 22 percent from the $0.09 cash dividend paid to common shareholders during the fourth quarter of 2012.

Mr. Price concluded: "Mercantile is in a very strong position as we look ahead to the remainder of 2013.  We have learned much from our 15-year journey, and have evolved into a stronger and more efficient organization.  We view the ongoing recovery in the Michigan economy and the strong relationships we have developed in the communities we serve as tailwinds for our business.  We believe these relationships in particular, and the value we provide to our customers, will provide a good pipeline of new business for the second quarter and beyond.  Armed with improved financial performance, a stronger capital position and sustained earnings momentum, we are optimistic about our ability to deliver disciplined growth and increasing value to our shareholders." 

About Mercantile Bank Corporation

Based in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Mercantile Bank Corporation is the bank holding company for Mercantile Bank of Michigan. Founded in 1997 to provide banking services to businesses, individuals and governmental units, the Bank differentiates itself on the basis of service quality and the expertise of its banking staff. Mercantile has seven full-service banking offices in Grand Rapids, Holland and Lansing, Michigan. Mercantile Bank Corporation's common stock is listed on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol "MBWM."

Forward-Looking Statements

This news release contains comments or information that constitute forward-looking statements (within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995) that are based on current expectations that involve a number of risks and uncertainties. Actual results may differ materially from the results expressed in forward-looking statements. Factors that might cause such a difference include changes in interest rates and interest rate relationships; demand for products and services; the degree of competition by traditional and nontraditional competitors; changes in banking regulation or actions by bank regulators; changes in tax laws; changes in prices, levies, and assessments; the impact of technological advances; governmental and regulatory policy changes; the outcomes of contingencies; trends in customer behavior as well as their ability to repay loans; changes in local real estate values; changes in the national and local economies; and other factors, including risk factors, disclosed from time to time in filings made by Mercantile with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Mercantile undertakes no obligation to update or clarify forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

 

Mercantile Bank Corporation







First Quarter 2013 Results







MERCANTILE BANK CORPORATION

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS










MARCH 31,


DECEMBER 31,


MARCH 31,



2013


2012


2012



(Unaudited)


(Audited)


(Unaudited)








ASSETS







Cash and due from banks

$

14,382,000

$

20,302,000

$

13,642,000

Interest-bearing deposit balances


10,801,000


10,822,000


10,344,000

Federal funds sold


89,594,000


104,879,000


61,022,000

Total cash and cash equivalents


114,777,000


136,003,000


85,008,000








Securities available for sale


140,013,000


138,314,000


149,981,000

Federal Home Loan Bank stock


11,961,000


11,961,000


11,961,000








Loans


1,022,956,000


1,041,189,000


1,051,674,000

Allowance for loan losses


(26,035,000)


(28,677,000)


(30,943,000)

Loans, net


996,921,000


1,012,512,000


1,020,731,000








Premises and equipment, net


25,665,000


25,919,000


26,467,000

Bank owned life insurance


50,386,000


50,048,000


48,927,000

Accrued interest receivable


3,899,000


3,874,000


4,427,000

Other real estate owned and repossessed assets


6,506,000


6,970,000


13,506,000

Net deferred tax asset


20,482,000


22,015,000


25,105,000

Other assets


14,745,000


15,310,000


15,483,000








Total assets

$

1,385,355,000

$

1,422,926,000

$

1,401,596,000















LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY







Deposits:







Noninterest-bearing

$

189,477,000

$

190,241,000

$

151,617,000

Interest-bearing


903,313,000


944,963,000


941,817,000

Total deposits


1,092,790,000


1,135,204,000


1,093,434,000








Securities sold under agreements to repurchase


68,744,000


64,765,000


57,440,000

Federal Home Loan Bank advances


35,000,000


35,000,000


45,000,000

Subordinated debentures


32,990,000


32,990,000


32,990,000

Other borrowed money


1,525,000


1,444,000


1,414,000

Accrued expenses and other liabilities


4,614,000


6,933,000


4,234,000

Total liabilities


1,235,663,000


1,276,336,000


1,234,512,000








SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY







Preferred stock, net of discount


0


0


20,396,000

Common stock


165,353,000


166,074,000


174,010,000

Retained earnings (deficit)


(16,734,000)


(21,134,000)


(30,087,000)

Accumulated other comprehensive income


1,073,000


1,650,000


2,765,000

Total shareholders' equity


149,692,000


146,590,000


167,084,000








Total liabilities and shareholders' equity

$

1,385,355,000

$

1,422,926,000

$

1,401,596,000








 

 

Mercantile Bank Corporation








First Quarter 2013 Results








MERCANTILE BANK CORPORATION

CONSOLIDATED REPORTS OF INCOME










THREE MONTHS ENDED


THREE MONTHS ENDED


March 31, 2013


March 31, 2012



(Unaudited)




(Unaudited)


INTEREST INCOME








Loans, including fees

$

12,846,000



$

13,813,000


Investment securities


1,302,000




1,702,000


Federal funds sold


54,000




32,000


Interest-bearing deposit balances


7,000




6,000


Total interest income


14,209,000




15,553,000










INTEREST EXPENSE








Deposits


2,320,000




3,008,000


Short-term borrowings


20,000




49,000


Federal Home Loan Bank advances


118,000




389,000


Other borrowed money


297,000




238,000


Total interest expense


2,755,000




3,684,000










Net interest income


11,454,000




11,869,000










Provision for loan losses


(1,500,000)




0










Net interest income after provision for loan losses

12,954,000




11,869,000










NONINTEREST INCOME








Service charges on accounts


374,000




386,000


Other income


1,453,000




1,548,000


Total noninterest income


1,827,000




1,934,000










NONINTEREST EXPENSE








Salaries and benefits


4,857,000




4,691,000


Occupancy


658,000




678,000


Furniture and equipment


256,000




308,000


Nonperforming asset costs


131,000




1,275,000


FDIC insurance costs


245,000




304,000


Other expense


2,437,000




2,398,000


Total noninterest expense


8,584,000




9,654,000










Income before federal income tax expense


6,197,000




4,149,000










Federal income tax expense


1,797,000




1,269,000










Net income


4,400,000




2,880,000










Preferred stock dividends and accretion


0




328,000










Net income attributable to common shares

$

4,400,000



$

2,552,000










Basic earnings per share


$0.51




$0.30


Diluted earnings per share


$0.50




$0.28










Average basic shares outstanding


8,705,677




8,605,484


Average diluted shares outstanding


8,718,601




8,991,422


  

Mercantile Bank Corporation









First Quarter 2013 Results









MERCANTILE BANK CORPORATION

CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS

(Unaudited)



Quarterly



1st Qtr


4th Qtr


3rd Qtr


2nd Qtr


1st Qtr

(dollars in thousands except per share data)

2013


2012


2012


2012


2012












EARNINGS











   Net interest income

$

11,454


11,737


11,584


11,511


11,869

   Provision for loan losses

$

(1,500)


300


(400)


(3,000)


0

   Noninterest income

$

1,827


2,063


2,057


1,940


1,934

   Noninterest expense

$

8,584


9,180


10,185


10,604


9,654

   Net income before federal income











      tax expense

$

6,197


4,320


3,856


5,847


4,149

   Net income

$

4,400


3,049


2,616


3,991


2,880

   Net income common shares

$

4,400


3,049


2,616


3,288


2,552

   Basic earnings per share

$

0.51


0.35


0.30


0.38


0.30

   Diluted earnings per share

$

0.50


0.35


0.30


0.36


0.28

   Average basic shares outstanding 


8,705,677


8,662,034


8,622,719


8,610,181


8,605,484

   Average diluted shares outstanding 


8,718,601


8,674,342


8,653,751


9,043,791


8,991,422












PERFORMANCE RATIOS











   Return on average assets


1.28%


0.85%


0.75%


0.94%


0.73%

   Return on average equity


12.07%


8.27%


7.19%


8.46%


6.14%

   Net interest margin (fully tax-equivalent)


3.68%


3.62%


3.67%


3.63%


3.73%

   Efficiency ratio


64.63%


66.52%


74.66%


78.83%


69.94%

   Full-time equivalent employees


231


232


230


231


225












CAPITAL











   Period-ending equity to assets


10.81%


10.30%


10.41%


10.80%


11.92%

   Tier 1 leverage capital ratio


12.01%


11.31%


11.40%


11.42%


12.66%

   Tier 1 risk-based capital ratio


14.12%


13.37%


13.34%


13.33%


14.87%

   Total risk-based capital ratio


15.38%


14.64%


14.61%


14.59%


16.14%

   Book value per share

$

17.20


16.84


16.74


17.38


16.97

   Cash dividend per share

$

0.10


0.09


0.00


0.00


0.00












ASSET QUALITY











   Gross loan charge-offs

$

2,415


1,469


1,891


1,708


7,576

   Net loan charge-offs

$

1,142


(615)


1,527


(1,746)


5,589

   Net loan charge-offs to average loans


0.45%


(0.24%)


0.58%


(0.66%)


2.10%

   Allowance for loan losses

$

26,035


28,677


27,762


29,689


30,943

   Allowance for loan losses to total loans


2.55%


2.75%


2.68%


2.80%


2.94%

   Nonperforming loans

$

12,394


18,970


24,782


28,524


38,668

   Other real estate and repossessed assets

$

6,506


6,970


11,160


11,545


13,506

   Nonperforming assets to total assets


1.36%


1.82%


2.59%


2.89%


3.72%












END OF PERIOD BALANCES











   Loans

$

1,022,956


1,041,189


1,035,288


1,060,996


1,051,674

   Total earning assets (before allowance)

$

1,275,325


1,307,165


1,271,593


1,264,609


1,284,982

   Total assets

$

1,385,355


1,422,926


1,388,364


1,385,245


1,401,596

   Deposits

$

1,092,790


1,135,204


1,107,566


1,105,630


1,093,434

   Shareholders' equity

$

149,692


146,590


144,558


149,662


167,084












AVERAGE BALANCES











   Loans

$

1,032,066


1,022,047


1,042,370


1,067,933


1,065,285

   Total earning assets (before allowance)

$

1,278,824


1,299,623


1,269,836


1,290,066


1,294,380

   Total assets

$

1,388,900


1,417,621


1,387,519


1,407,400


1,409,953

   Deposits

$

1,098,996


1,127,706


1,109,817


1,109,160


1,095,147

   Shareholders' equity

$

147,783


146,244


144,251


155,931


166,846

 


SOURCE Mercantile Bank Corporation

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