Atlantic Capital Bancshares, Inc. Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2019 Results
January 30, 2020 at 16:12 PM EST
ATLANTA, Jan. 30, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Atlantic Capital Bancshares, Inc. (NASDAQ: ACBI) announced net income from continuing operations for the quarter ended December 31, 2019 of $7.1 million, or $0.32 per diluted share, compared to $7.5 million, or $0.29 per diluted share, for the fourth quarter of 2018 and $7.6 million, or $0.33 per diluted share, for the third quarter of 2019. Diluted earnings per share from continuing operations for 2019 totaled $1.20, an increase of $0.13, or 12%, compared to 2018.
“For the fourth quarter of 2019 and for all of 2019, Atlantic Capital reported strong growth in earnings per share, average core deposits, and loans, while maintaining sound credit quality and a fortress balance sheet. We begin 2020 with strong momentum and tremendous opportunity in all of our businesses,” remarked Douglas Williams, President and Chief Executive Officer.
Taxable equivalent net interest income from continuing operations totaled $20.7 million for the fourth quarter of 2019, a decrease of $431,000, or 2%, from the fourth quarter of 2018, and an increase of $646,000, or 13% annualized, from the third quarter of 2019. The linked quarter increase in taxable equivalent net interest income was driven by a combination of growth in loans, deposits, investment securities, and excess cash.
Taxable equivalent net interest margin from continuing operations was 3.38% in the fourth quarter of 2019, a decrease of 28 basis points from the fourth quarter of 2018 and a decrease of 14 basis points from the third quarter of 2019. The decrease in the fourth quarter of 2019 compared to the third quarter of 2019 was primarily the result of an increase in excess cash due to strong deposit growth and lower loan yields due to lower short-term interest rates. This was partially offset by a drop in the cost of interest bearing deposits and an increase in noninterest bearing deposits.
The yield on loans from continuing operations in the fourth quarter of 2019 was 4.95%, a decrease of 36 basis points from the fourth quarter of 2018 and a decrease of 23 basis points from the third quarter of 2019. The decrease in loan yields was due primarily to the repricing of our variable rate loans as a result of declines in 1 month LIBOR during 2019.
The cost of deposits from continuing operations in the fourth quarter of 2019 was 0.90%, a decrease of 3 basis points from the fourth quarter of 2018 and a decrease of 16 basis points from the third quarter of 2019. The cost of interest bearing deposits from continuing operations decreased 4 basis points to 1.36% from the fourth quarter of 2018, and decreased 22 basis points from the third quarter of 2019.
(1) Commentary is on a fully taxable-equivalent basis unless otherwise noted. Consistent with SEC guidance in Industry Guide 3 that contemplates the calculation of tax-exempt income on a tax equivalent basis, net interest income and net interest margin are provided on a fully taxable-equivalent basis, which generally assumes a 21% marginal tax rate. We provide detailed reconciliations in the Non-GAAP Performance and Financial Measures Reconciliation table on page 15.
The provision for loan losses from continuing operations was $787,000 in the fourth quarter of 2019 compared to $502,000 in the fourth quarter of 2018 and $413,000 in the third quarter of 2019. Annualized net charge-offs were 0.07% of average loans in the fourth quarter of 2019 and 0.11% for the full year of 2019.
Noninterest income from continuing operations totaled $2.7 million in the fourth quarter of 2019 compared to
Derivatives income totaled $315,000 compared to a loss of $293,000 in the third quarter of 2019 due to credit valuation adjustments on the customer swap portfolio. SBA income totaled $846,000, a decrease from $1.2 million in the third quarter of 2019 primarily as a result of fewer SBA loan sales during the quarter.
Noninterest expense from continuing operations totaled $13.4 million in the fourth quarter of 2019, an increase of
The overall effective tax rate from continuing operations was 21.3% for the fourth quarter of 2019 and for the full year of 2019.
Total loans held for investment were $1.87 billion at December 31, 2019, an increase of $145.5 million, or 8%, from December 31, 2018 and an increase of $37.9 million, or 8% annualized, from September 30, 2019. Mortgage warehouse loan participations decreased $14.0 million from December 31, 2018 and $9.3 million from September 30, 2019. Multifamily loans increased $38.0 million in the fourth quarter of 2019 and included $28.0 million in construction loans that moved to permanent funding.
At December 31, 2019, the allowance for loan losses was $18.5 million, or 0.99% of loans held for investment compared to 1.03% at December 31, 2018 and 0.98% at September 30, 2019. Non-performing assets from continuing operations totaled $7.6 million, or 0.26% of total assets as of December 31, 2019 compared to 0.20% of total assets as of December 31, 2018 and 0.29% of total assets as of September 30, 2019.
Total average deposits from continuing operations were $2.15 billion for the fourth quarter of 2019, an increase of $366.5 million, or 21%, from the fourth quarter of 2018 and an increase of $197.0 million, or 40% annualized, from the third quarter of 2019. This included increases in large, year-end deposits that the Company anticipates to decrease in the first quarter of 2020.
Noninterest bearing deposits were 33.5% of total average deposits from continuing operations in the fourth quarter of 2019, compared to 33.6% in the fourth quarter of 2018 and 32.7% in the third quarter of 2019.
Tangible common equity to tangible assets was 10.6% at December 31, 2019, a decrease from 12.9% at September 30, 2019, due to the balance sheet impact from the increase in year-end deposits. The estimated total risk based capital ratio was 15.0% at December 31, 2019 compared to 14.2% at December 31, 2018 and 15.5% at September 30, 2019.
Earnings Conference Call
The Company will host a conference call at 9:00 a.m. EST on Friday, January 31, 2020, to discuss the financial results for the quarter ended December 31, 2019. Individuals wishing to participate in the conference call may do so by dialing 866-777-2509 from the United States. The call will also be available live via webcast on the Investor Relations page of the Company's website, www.atlanticcapitalbank.com.
Non-GAAP Financial Measures
Statements included in this press release include non-GAAP financial measures and should be read along with the accompanying tables, which provide a reconciliation of non-GAAP financial measures to GAAP financial measures. Atlantic Capital management uses non-GAAP financial measures, including: (i) taxable equivalent interest income; (ii) taxable equivalent net interest income; (iii) taxable equivalent net interest margin; (iv) taxable equivalent income before income taxes; (v) taxable equivalent income tax expense; (vi) tangible assets; (vii) tangible common equity; and (viii) tangible book value per common share, in its analysis of the Company's performance. Tangible common equity excludes goodwill and other intangible assets from shareholders' equity.
Management believes that non-GAAP financial measures provide a greater understanding of ongoing performance and operations, and enhance comparability with prior periods. Non-GAAP financial measures should not be considered as an alternative to any measure of performance or financial condition as determined in accordance with GAAP, and investors should consider Atlantic Capital’s performance and financial condition as reported under GAAP and all other relevant information when assessing the performance or financial condition of the Company. Non-GAAP financial measures have limitations as analytical tools, and investors should not consider them in isolation or as a substitute for analysis of the results or financial condition as reported under GAAP. Non-GAAP financial measures may not be comparable to non-GAAP financial measures presented by other companies.
This press release contains “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. These forward-looking statements represent plans, estimates, objectives, goals, guidelines, expectations, intentions, projections and statements of our beliefs concerning future events, business plans, objectives, expected operating results and the assumptions upon which those statements are based. Forward-looking statements include without limitation, any statement that may predict, forecast, indicate or imply future results, performance or achievements, and are typically identified with words such as “may,” “could,” “should,” “will,” “would,” “believe,” “anticipate,” “estimate,” “project,” “expect,” “intend,” “plan,” or words or phases of similar meaning. Forward-looking statements may include, among other things, statements about Atlantic Capital’s confidence in its strategies and its expectations about financial performance, market growth, market and regulatory trends and developments, acquisitions and divestitures, new technologies, services and opportunities and earnings. The forward-looking statements are based largely on Atlantic Capital’s expectations and are subject to a number of known and unknown risks and uncertainties that are subject to change based on factors which are, in many instances, beyond Atlantic Capital’s control. Atlantic Capital undertakes no obligation to publicly update any forward-looking statement to reflect developments occurring after the statement is made, except as otherwise required by law. Actual results, performance or achievements could differ materially from those contemplated, expressed, or implied by the forward-looking statements as a result of, among other factors, the risks and uncertainties described in “Risk Factors” and “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” in Atlantic Capital’s Annual Report on Form 10-K and Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q. Please refer to the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov where you can review those documents.
About Atlantic Capital Bancshares
Atlantic Capital Bancshares, Inc. is a $2.9 billion publicly traded bank holding company headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia. Atlantic Capital offers commercial and not-for-profit banking services, specialty corporate financial services, private banking services and commercial real estate finance solutions to privately held companies and individuals in the Atlanta area, as well as specialized financial services for select clients nationally.
ATLANTIC CAPITAL BANCSHARES, INC.
(1) Interest revenue on tax-exempt securities has been increased to reflect comparable interest on taxable securities. The rate used was 21%, reflecting the statutory federal income tax rate.
(2) Tax equivalent net interest income divided by total interest-earning assets using the appropriate day count convention based on the type of interest-earning asset.