C&F Financial Corporation Announces 43 Percent Increase in First Quarter Net Income

Globe Newswire 17-Apr-2018 2:29 PM

WEST POINT, Va., April 17, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) --

C&F Financial Corporation (the Corporation) (NASDAQ:CFFI), the one-bank holding company for C&F Bank (the Bank), today reported net income of $3.9 million for the first quarter of 2018, or $1.11 per common share assuming dilution, compared with $2.7 million, or $0.78 per common share assuming dilution, for the first quarter of 2017.

The Corporation's annualized returns on average common equity (ROE) and on average assets (ROA) for the first quarter of 2018 were 11.05 percent and 1.04 percent, respectively, compared to 7.86 percent and 0.76 percent, respectively, for the first quarter of 2017.  The increases in ROE and ROA for the first quarter of 2018, compared to the first quarter of 2017, resulted from higher earnings.

"We are very pleased to report a $1.2 million, or 43 percent, increase in net income for the first quarter of 2018 over the first quarter of 2017," said Tom Cherry, President of C&F Financial Corporation. "While a portion of the increase was attributable to the reduction in the corporate federal income tax rate beginning in 2018, pre-tax income for each of our major business segments increased by at least 20 percent. These increases were driven by loan growth at the retail banking segment, higher loan production at the mortgage banking segment and lower net charge-offs at the consumer finance segment."

Retail Banking Segment.  C&F Bank, which comprises the retail banking segment, reported net income of $2.3 million for the first quarter of 2018, compared to net income of $1.8 million for the first quarter of 2017.

Positive factors influencing net income of the retail banking segment for the first quarter of 2018 included: (1) the effect of loan growth on interest income, as average loans at C&F Bank increased $38.2 million or 5.5 percent during the first quarter of 2018 over the first quarter of 2017, (2) higher net accretion of acquisition accounting adjustments and (3) a decline in the provision for loan losses attributable to the improvement in nonperforming assets. Partially offsetting these factors were (1) a decline in the yield on the investment portfolio due to the reinvestment of proceeds from higher-yielding matured and called securities in securities at relatively lower rates and (2) higher operating expenses associated with strengthening C&F Bank's technology infrastructure, expanding its product offerings and promoting brand awareness.

The first quarter results for 2018 and 2017 for the retail banking segment included the acquisition accounting adjustments recorded in connection with the 2013 acquisition of Central Virginia Bank. The net accretion attributable to these adjustments was $829,000 ($655,000 net of taxes) for the first quarter of 2018, compared to $324,000 ($214,000 net of taxes) for the first quarter of 2017. The increase in 2018 was due to higher accretion of the acquisition discount on purchased credit impaired loans resulting from pay-offs and the collection of amounts charged off prior to acquisition.

C&F Bank's total nonperforming assets were $3.9 million at March 31, 2018, compared to $5.4 million at December 31, 2017. Nonperforming assets at March 31, 2018 consisted primarily of $3.7 million in nonaccrual loans, compared to $5.3 million at December 31, 2017. The decline in nonaccrual loans during the first quarter of 2018 resulted primarily from a partial repayment of one commercial relationship from the sale of a portion of the collateral.

Mortgage Banking Segment.  C&F Mortgage Corporation, which comprises the mortgage banking segment, reported net income of $435,000 for the first quarter of 2018, compared to net income of $297,000 for the first quarter of 2017.

Positive factors influencing net income of the mortgage banking segment for the first quarter of 2018 included a 2.0 percent increase in loan production, coupled with an increase in sales margins, which resulted in higher gains on sales of loans.

Consumer Finance Segment.  C&F Finance Company, which comprises the consumer finance segment, reported net income of $1.5 million for the first quarter of 2018, compared to net income of $942,000 for the first quarter of 2017. 

Positive factors influencing net income of the consumer finance segment for the first quarter of 2018 included: (1) a $1.0 million decline in the provision for loan losses and (2) lower personnel and operating expenses resulting from underwriting efficiencies and the purchase of loans with higher credit metrics. Partially offsetting these factors were (1) lower interest income attributable to a decline in average loans and (2) net interest margin compression attributable to (a) lower loan yields resulting from competition in the non-prime automobile loan business and the acquisition of loan contracts with higher credit metrics and (b) higher-cost variable-rate borrowings resulting from increases in short-term interest rates since the first quarter of 2017.

The annualized net charge-off ratio for the first quarter of 2018 was 4.69 percent, compared to 6.87 percent for the fourth quarter of 2017 and 6.07 percent for the first quarter of 2017. The decline reflects a lower number of charge-offs during the first quarter of 2018. At March 31, 2018, total delinquent loans as a percentage of total loans was 3.31 percent, compared to 5.17 percent at December 31, 2017 and 3.34 percent at March 31, 2017. At March 31, 2018, repossessed vehicles available for sale totaled $290,000, compared to $250,000 at December 31, 2017 and $417,000 at March 31, 2017. The allowance for loan losses was $24.2 million, or 8.29 percent of total loans, at March 31, 2018, compared $24.4 million, or 8.34 percent of total loans, at December 31, 2017. Management believes the lower number of charge-offs is indicative of overall improvement in the credit quality of the portfolio thus far in 2018. However, if factors influencing the consumer finance segment result in a higher net charge-off ratio in the future, or if the consumer finance segment's loan portfolio should grow, the segment may need to increase the level of its allowance for loan losses, which would negatively affect future earnings.

During the first quarter of 2018, C&F Finance Company began the expansion of its indirect lending programs to include boats and recreational vehicles (RVs), which are prime contracts priced at rates lower than its non-prime automobile portfolio. While these loans may contribute to net interest margin compression in future periods, management expects they will require a lower allowance for loan losses and provisions for loan losses than the consumer finance segment's non-prime automobile loans.

Other Segments. Other segments, which principally includes the Corporation's holding company operations and wealth management subsidiary, reported an aggregate net loss of $353,000 for the first quarter of 2018, compared to a net loss of $330,000 for the first quarter of 2017.  The higher net loss during the first quarter of 2018, compared to the first quarter of 2017, included higher operating expenses at the holding company, which were offset in part by higher earnings at the Corporation's wealth management subsidiary.

Capital and Dividends.  The Corporation declared a quarterly cash dividend of 34 cents per share during the first quarter of 2018, which was paid on April 1, 2018.  This dividend equates to a payout ratio of 30.6 percent of first quarter earnings per share. The Board of Directors of the Corporation continually reviews the amount of cash dividends per share and the resulting dividend payout ratio in light of changes in economic conditions, current and future capital requirements, and expected future earnings.

About C&F Financial Corporation.  C&F Financial Corporation's common stock is listed for trading on The Nasdaq Stock Market under the symbol CFFI.  The common stock closed at a price of $53.00 per share on April 16, 2018.  At March 31, 2018, the book value of the Corporation was $40.74 per common share.

C&F Bank operates 26 retail bank branches and three commercial loan offices located throughout the Hampton to Charlottesville corridor in Virginia and offers full investment services through its subsidiary C&F Wealth Management, Inc. C&F Mortgage Corporation provides mortgage loan origination services through offices located in Virginia, Maryland, and North Carolina. C&F Finance Company provides automobile, boat and RV loans through indirect lending programs offered in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia through its offices in Richmond and Hampton, Virginia, and in Nashville, Tennessee.

Additional information regarding the Corporation's products and services, as well as access to its filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, are available on the Corporation's web site at http://www.cffc.com.

Use of Certain Non-GAAP Financial Measures. The accounting and reporting policies of the Corporation conform to generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) in the United States and prevailing practices in the banking industry. However, certain non-GAAP measures are used by management to supplement the evaluation of the Corporation's performance. These include the following fully-taxable equivalent (FTE) measures: interest income on loans-FTE, interest income on securities-FTE, total interest income-FTE and net interest income-FTE.

Management believes that FTE measures provide users of the Corporation's financial information a presentation of the performance of interest earning assets on a basis that is comparable within the banking industry. Management reviews interest income of the Corporation on an FTE basis. In this non-GAAP presentation, interest income is adjusted to reflect tax-exempt interest income on an equivalent before-tax basis. This measure ensures the comparability of net interest income arising from both taxable and tax-exempt sources.

These non-GAAP financial measures should not be considered an alternative to GAAP-basis financial statements, and other bank holding companies may define or calculate these or similar measures differently. A reconciliation of the non-GAAP financial measures used by the Corporation to evaluate and measure the Corporation's performance to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures is presented below.

Forward-Looking Statements.  Statements in this press release which express "belief," "intention," "expectation," "potential" and similar expressions, identify forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are based on the beliefs of the Corporation's management, as well as assumptions made by, and information currently available to, the Corporation's management. These statements are inherently uncertain, and there can be no assurance that the underlying assumptions will prove to be accurate. Actual results could differ materially from those anticipated or implied by such statements. Forward-looking statements in this release may include, without limitation, statements regarding expected future financial performance, strategic business initiatives, including the expansion of the indirect lending program to include boats and RVs, margin compression, development of our digital platform, asset quality, adequacy of allowances for loan losses and the level of future charge-offs, capital levels, the effect of future market and industry trends and the effects of future interest rate fluctuations. Factors that could have a material adverse effect on the operations and future prospects of the Corporation include, but are not limited to, changes in: (1) interest rates, such as volatility in yields on U.S. Treasury bonds and increases or volatility in mortgage rates, (2) general business conditions, as well as conditions within the financial markets, (3) general economic conditions, including unemployment levels, (4) the legislative/regulatory climate, regulatory initiatives with respect to financial institutions, products and services, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and the regulatory and enforcement activities of the CFPB, and the application of the Basel III capital standards to the Corporation and the Bank, (5) the effect of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (the Act) and changes in the effect of the Act due to issuance of interpretive regulatory guidance or enactment of corrective or supplemental legislation, (6) monetary and fiscal policies of the U.S. Government, including policies of the U.S. Treasury and the Federal Reserve Board, and the effect of these policies on interest rates and business in our markets, (7) the value of securities held in the Corporation's investment portfolios, (8) the quality or composition of the loan portfolios and the value of the collateral securing those loans, (9) the inventory level and pricing of used automobiles, including sales prices of repossessed vehicles, (10) the level of net charge-offs on loans and the adequacy of our allowance for loan losses, (11) the level of indemnification losses related to mortgage loans sold, (12) demand for loan products, (13) deposit flows, (14) the strength of the Corporation's counterparties and the economy in general, (15) competition from both banks and non-banks, including competition in the non-prime automobile finance markets, (16) demand for financial services in the Corporation's market area, (17) reliance on third parties for key services, (18) the commercial and residential real estate markets, (19) demand in the secondary residential mortgage loan markets, (20) the Corporation's branch and market expansions and technology initiatives, (21) expansion of the Bank's product offerings and (22) accounting principles, policies and guidelines, and elections by the Corporation thereunder. These risks and uncertainties should be considered in evaluating the forward-looking statements contained herein, and readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on any forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this release.  For additional information on risk factors that could affect the forward-looking statements contained herein, see the Corporation's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2017 and other reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

 
 
C&F Financial Corporation
Selected Financial Information
(in thousands, except for share and per share data)
 
                   
Financial Condition   3/31/2018   12/31/2017   3/31/2017
    (unaudited)     *    (unaudited) 
Interest-bearing deposits in other banks   $ 135,688   $ 105,353   $ 108,567
Investment securities - available for sale, at fair value     218,408     218,976     213,079
Loans held for sale, at fair value     39,654     55,384     41,277
Loans, net:                  
Retail Banking segment     721,684     721,726     688,162
Mortgage Banking segment     2,720     2,685     2,648
Consumer Finance segment     268,101     267,651     273,283
Restricted stocks, at cost     3,498     3,443     3,443
Total assets     1,532,015     1,509,056     1,464,464
Deposits     1,193,182     1,171,429     1,132,524
Repurchase agreements     19,741     20,621     18,561
Borrowings     147,248     147,239     147,212
Shareholders' equity     142,699     141,702     141,386

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*Derived from audited consolidated financial statements.

             
    For The
    Quarter Ended
Results of Operations   3/31/2018   3/31/2017
    (unaudited)
Interest income   $ 22,744   $ 22,021
Interest expense     2,576     2,270
Provision for loan losses:            
Retail Banking segment     -     100
Mortgage Banking segment     -     -
Consumer Finance segment     3,300     4,300
Noninterest income:            
Gains on sales of loans     2,239     1,943
Other     4,207     4,327
Noninterest expenses:            
Salaries and employee benefits     10,733     10,793
Other     7,806     7,176
Income tax expense     883     921
Net income     3,892     2,731
Earnings per common share - assuming dilution     1.11     0.78
Earnings per common share - basic     1.11     0.78
             
Fully-taxable equivalent (FTE) amounts*            
Interest income on loans-FTE     20,824     20,382
Interest income on securities-FTE     1,654     1,888
Total interest income-FTE     22,942     22,479
Net interest income-FTE     20,366     20,209

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*For more information about these non-GAAP financial measures, please see "Use of Certain Non-GAAP Financial Measures" and "Reconciliation of Certain Non-GAAP Financial Measures."

             
             
    For The
    Quarter Ended
Segment Information   3/31/2018   3/31/2017
    (unaudited)
Net Income (Loss)            
Retail Banking   $ 2,312     $ 1,822  
Mortgage Banking     435       297  
Consumer Finance     1,498       942  
Other     (353 )     (330 )
Mortgage loan originations - Mortgage Banking     143,903       141,097  
Mortgage loans sold - Mortgage Banking     159,633       151,847  


               
    For The  
    Quarter Ended  
Average Balances   3/31/2018   3/31/2017  
    (unaudited)  
               
Interest-bearing deposits in other banks   $  128,031   $  107,092  
Investment securities - available for sale, at amortized cost      220,263      208,638  
Loans held for sale, at fair value      32,244      29,685  
Loans:              
Retail Banking segment      731,011      692,821  
Mortgage Banking segment      3,440      3,258  
Consumer Finance segment      292,454      299,310  
Restricted stocks, at cost      3,448      3,407  
Total earning assets      1,410,891      1,344,211  
Total assets      1,502,595      1,441,103  
               
Time, checking and savings deposits      919,314      892,237  
Borrowings      166,769      164,747  
Total interest-bearing liabilities      1,086,083      1,056,984  
Demand deposits      249,100      220,732  
Shareholders' equity      140,871      139,006  


                     
Asset Quality   3/31/2018   12/31/2017   3/31/2017  
    (unaudited)   *   (unaudited)  
Retail Banking                    
Loans, excluding purchased loans   $ 687,967   $ 686,605   $ 640,787  
Purchased performing loans1     41,611     42,793     51,024  
Purchased credit impaired loans1     2,883     3,103     7,409  
Total loans   $ 732,461   $ 732,501   $ 699,220  
                     
Nonaccrual loans   $ 3,542   $ 5,111   $ 6,627  
Purchased performing-nonaccrual loans2     145     161     2,076  
Total nonaccrual loans3     3,687     5,272     8,703  
Other real estate owned (OREO)4     168     168     376  
Total nonperforming assets5   $ 3,855   $ 5,440   $ 9,079  
                     
Accruing loans past due for 90 days or more6   $ 414   $ 306   $ 1,406  
                     
Troubled debt restructurings (TDRs), excluding purchased loans3   $ 7,833   $ 9,748   $ 9,210  
Purchased performing TDRs7     1,141     1,148     846  
Total TDRs3   $ 8,974   $ 10,896   $ 10,056  
                     
Allowance for loan losses (ALL)   $ 10,777   $ 10,775   $ 11,058  
Nonperforming assets to loans and OREO     0.53 %   0.74 %   1.30 %
ALL to total loans, excluding purchased credit impaired loans     1.48 %   1.48 %   1.60 %
ALL to total nonaccrual loans     292.30 %   204.38 %   127.06 %
Net charge-offs (recoveries) to average loans     - %   0.08 %   0.09 %
                     
Mortgage Banking                    
Nonaccrual loans   $ 39   $ 39   $ 41  
Total Loans   $ 3,318   $ 3,283   $ 3,246  
ALL   $ 598   $ 598   $ 598  
Nonperforming loans to total loans     1.18 %   1.19 %   1.26 %
ALL to loans     18.02 %   18.22 %   18.42 %
                     
Consumer Finance                    
Nonaccrual loans   $ 563   $ 764   $ 384  
Repossessed automobiles available for sale   $ 290   $ 250     417  
Accruing loans past due for 90 days or more   $ -   $ -   $ -  
Total loans   $ 292,326   $ 292,004   $ 298,361  
ALL   $ 24,225   $ 24,353   $ 25,078  
Nonaccrual loans to total loans     0.19 %   0.26 %   0.13 %
ALL to total loans8     8.29 %   8.34 %   8.41 %
Net charge-offs to average total loans9     4.69 %   5.82 %   6.07 %

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*  Derived from audited consolidated financial statements.
1   The loans acquired from CVB are tracked in two separate categories: "purchased performing" and "purchased credit impaired." The remaining discount for the purchased performing loans was $2.2 million at 3/31/18, $2.3 million at 12/31/17 and $2.7 million at 3/31/17. The remaining discount for the purchased credit impaired loans was $9.2 million at 3/31/18, $9.8 million at 12/31/17 and $10.1 million at 3/31/17.
2   Purchased performing-nonaccrual loans are presented net of the remaining interest and credit marks totaling $137 thousand at 3/31/18, $137 thousand at 12/31/17 and $188 thousand at 3/31/17.
3   Total nonaccrual loans include nonaccrual TDRs of $2.2 million at 3/31/18, $3.9 million at 12/31/17 and $4.7 million at 3/31/17.
4   OREO is recorded at its estimated fair value less cost to sell.
5   As required by acquisition accounting, purchased credit impaired loans that were considered nonaccrual and TDRs prior to the acquisition lose these designations and are not included in post-acquisition nonperforming assets as presented in the Asset Quality section of the Selected Financial Information.
6   Accruing loans past due for 90 days or more include purchased credit impaired loans of $157 thousand at 3/31/18, $90 thousand at 12/31/17 and $194 thousand at 3/31/17.
7   Accruing purchased performing TDRs are presented net of the remaining interest and credit marks totaling $16 thousand at 3/31/18, $18 thousand at 12/31/17 and $10 thousand at 3/31/17.
8   The consumer finance loan portfolio purchased during the second quarter of 2015 had the effect of decreasing the allowance to total loans ratio by four basis points at 3/31/18, six basis points at 12/31/17 and 11 basis points at 3/31/17.
9   The consumer finance loan portfolio purchased during the second quarter of 2015 had the effect of decreasing the net charge-off ratio by five basis points for the quarter ended 3/31/18 and increasing the net charge-off ratio by six basis points for the year ended 12/31/17 and by 23 basis points for the quarter ended 3/31/17.

               
               
    As Of and For The  
    Quarter Ended  
Other Data and Ratios   3/31/2018   3/31/2017  
    (unaudited)  
Annualized return on average assets     1.04 %   0.76 %
Annualized return on average common equity     11.05 %   7.86 %
Annualized net interest margin     5.85 %   6.09 %
Dividends declared per common share   $ 0.34   $ 0.33  
Weighted average common shares outstanding - assuming dilution     3,501,164     3,483,323  
Weighted average common shares outstanding - basic     3,501,164     3,483,007  
Market value per common share at period end   $ 52.60   $ 46.30  
Book value per common share at period end   $ 40.74   $ 40.56  
Price to book value ratio at period end     1.29     1.14  
Price to earnings ratio at period end (ttm)     23.69     11.72  
               
               


                Minimum Capital  
Capital Ratios *   3/31/2018   3/31/2017   Requirements**  
    (unaudited)   (unaudited)        
C&F Financial Corporation                    
Total capital (to risk-weighted assets)     14.7 %   14.3 %   8.0 %
Tier 1 capital (to risk-weighted assets)     13.4 %   13.0 %   6.0 %
Common equity tier 1 capital (to risk-weighted assets)     11.3 %   10.9 %   4.5 %
Tier 1 capital (to average assets)     10.6 %   10.5 %   4.0 %
                     
C&F Bank                    
Total capital (to risk-weighted assets)     14.5 %   14.4 %   8.0 %
Tier 1 capital (to risk-weighted assets)     13.2 %   13.2 %   6.0 %
Common equity tier 1 capital (to risk-weighted assets)     13.2 %   13.2 %   4.5 %
Tier 1 capital (to average assets)     10.5 %   10.6 %   4.0 %
                     

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*    All ratios at March 31, 2018 are estimates and subject to change pending the Corporation's filing of its FR Y9-C and C&F Bank's filing of its Call Report.  All ratios at March 31, 2017 are presented as filed.
**  The ratios presented for minimum capital requirements are those to be considered adequately capitalized.

 
 
C&F Financial Corporation
Reconciliation of Certain Non-GAAP Financial Measures
(in thousands)
    For The
    Quarter Ended
    3/31/2018     3/31/2017
    (unaudited)
Fully Taxable Equivalent Net Interest Income (1)              
Interest income on loans   $ 20,817     $ 20,368
FTE adjustment     7       14
FTE interest income on loans   $ 20,824     $ 20,382
               
Interest income on securities   $ 1,463     $ 1,444
FTE adjustment     191       444
FTE interest income on securities   $ 1,654     $ 1,888
               
Total interest income   $ 22,744     $ 22,021
FTE adjustment     198       458
FTE interest income   $ 22,942     $ 22,479
               
Net interest income   $ 20,168     $ 19,751
FTE adjustment     198       458
FTE net interest income   $ 20,366     $ 20,209

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(1)  Assuming a tax rate of 21% for the quarter ended March 31, 2018 and 34% for the quarter ended March 31, 2017.

Contact:
Tom Cherry, President
Jason Long, Chief Financial Officer
(804) 843-2360

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