Guaranty Bancshares, Inc. Reports Third Quarter 2021 Financial Results
October 18, 2021 at 07:00 AM EDT
Guaranty Bancshares, Inc. (NASDAQ: GNTY), the parent company of Guaranty Bank & Trust, N.A. (the "Bank"), today reported financial results for the fiscal quarter ended September 30, 2021. The Company's net income available to common shareholders was $9.3 million, or $0.77 per basic share, for the quarter ended September 30, 2021, compared to $10.4 million, or $0.87 per basic share, for the quarter ended June 30, 2021 and $10.1 million, or $0.84 per basic share, for the quarter ended September 30, 2020. Return on average assets and average equity for the third quarter of 2021 were 1.24% and 12.44%, respectively, compared to 1.42% and 14.64%, respectively, for the second quarter of 2021 and 1.53% and 15.21%, respectively, for the third quarter of 2020. The decrease in earnings during the third quarter of 2021, compared to the second quarter of 2021, was primarily due to lower origination fee income during the quarter for the Paycheck Protection Program - round one (“PPP1”) and round two (“PPP2”) loans and higher noninterest expense, which was partially offset by a reverse provision for credit losses of $700,000. Our net core earnings†, excluding provisions for credit losses, income taxes and PPP1/PPP2 net income, as well as our core net interest margin, adjusted to exclude the effects of PPP1/PPP2 loans, are described further in tables below.
"We are very pleased with third quarter and year-to-date financial results. Our loan pipeline was robust and, excluding PPP loans, resulted in 7.5% loan growth during the third quarter and 9.8% year-to-date. Our pipeline continues to be strong with increased demand across most loan types and regions. PPP loan forgiveness is progressing well with a remaining portfolio of $75.3 million from the total $310.4 million that we loaned under the program. Our non-performing assets are very low and all of our borrowers who received a COVID-related deferral are back on contractual payment schedules. Like all banks, we have experienced some headwinds in our net interest margin but we have been able to defend our margin and provide a strong earnings stream that we expect will only improve in the future as rates start to normalize," commented Ty Abston, the Company's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.
RESULTS OF OPERATIONS
Participation in the PPP1 and PPP2 program, as well as large provisions for credit losses in the second quarter of 2020 resulting from effects of COVID-19, have created temporary extraordinary results in the calculation of net earnings and related performance ratios. With some continued uncertainty as a result of COVID-19 and other economic factors, the following table illustrates net earnings and net core earnings results, which are pre-tax, pre-provision and pre-extraordinary PPP1/PPP2 income, as well as performance ratios for the prior five quarters:
Net interest income, before the provision for credit losses, in the third quarter of 2021 and 2020 was $23.6 million and $22.3 million, respectively, an increase of $1.3 million, or 5.8%. The increase was primarily due to a decrease in interest expense of $1.0 million, or 37.8%, compared to an increase in interest income of $279,000, or 1.1%. The decrease in interest expense is primarily attributable to lower deposit-related interest expense of $937,000, or 41.0%, compared to the same quarter of the prior year.
Net interest margin, on a taxable equivalent basis, for the third quarter of 2021 and 2020 was 3.40% and 3.61%, respectively. Net interest margin decreased 21 basis points despite increases in loan yield from 4.59% for the third quarter of 2020 to 4.67% for the third quarter of 2021, a change of eight basis points, and decreases in the cost of interest-bearing deposits from 0.63% to 0.33% during the same period, a change of 30 basis points. The decrease in net interest margin was due to a decrease in the average yield on interest-bearing deposits in other banks, which consists of fed funds sold, from 0.12% in the third quarter of 2020 to 0.10% in the current quarter, while the average balance increased 228.3% from the prior year average balance. The decrease in average deposit rate was primarily due to continued reductions in interest rates for interest-bearing deposits as market conditions have allowed.
The increase in loan yield was primarily due to higher recognized PPP origination fee income during the current quarter. Loan yield, excluding the effect of PPP loans, was 4.73% in the third quarter of 2021, compared to 4.90% in the same quarter of the prior year, a decrease of 17 basis points. In addition, 66.3% of the loan portfolio, or $1.26 billion, has interest rate floors and 60.8% of those loans are currently at their floors. The weighted average interest rate of loans currently at their floor is 4.33%.
Net interest income in the second quarter of 2021 was $23.5 million, resulting in an increase of $93,000, or 0.4%, from the prior quarter through the current quarter. The increase resulted primarily from a decrease in interest expense of $142,000 during the quarter.
Net interest margin, on a taxable equivalent basis, decreased from 3.44% for the second quarter of 2021 to 3.40% for the third quarter of 2021. Loan yield decreased from 4.79% for the second quarter of 2021 to 4.67% for the third quarter of 2021, a change of 12 basis points. Loan yield, excluding the effect of PPP loans, decreased nine basis points from 4.82% in the second quarter of 2021 to 4.73% in the current quarter. The average yield on interest-bearing deposits in other banks increased four basis points from 0.06% in the second quarter of 2021, while the average balance decreased by $14.0 million or 3.3%, in the current quarter. The cost of interest-bearing deposits decreased from 0.37% to 0.33% during the same period, a change of four basis points. The decrease was due primarily to the maturity of higher-rate CDs during the third quarter of 2021, as well as continued reductions in interest rates for non-maturing deposits as market conditions have allowed.
The Bank’s continued participation in the PPP program has created temporary extraordinary results in the calculation of net interest margin. To illustrate core net interest margin, the table below excludes PPP1 and PPP2 loans and their associated fees and costs for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2021:
During the year ended December 31, 2020, a total allowance for credit losses provision of $13.2 million was recorded primarily to account for the estimated impact of COVID-19 on credit quality and resulted largely from changes to individual loan risk ratings, as well as COVID-specific qualitative factors. We recorded no provision in the first quarter, a $1.0 million reverse provision in the second quarter and a $700,000 reverse provision in the third quarter of 2021. These provision reversals capture the improvements that have occurred to macro-economic factors evaluated at the onset of the pandemic as part of the aforementioned COVID-specific qualitative factors, as well as risk rating upgrades for specific loans, which impact the reserve calculations within our model, offset by growth in our overall loan portfolio. Although management is cautiously optimistic about improving vaccination and hospitalization rates and economic trends, it is very likely that the economic effects of the pandemic will continue into 2022.
Noninterest income decreased $214,000, or 3.2%, in the third quarter of 2021 to $6.4 million, compared to $6.7 million for the third quarter of 2020. The decrease from the same quarter in 2020 was due primarily to a decrease in the gain on sale of loans of $355,000, or 16.8%, a $127,000, or 46.7%, decrease in mortgage fee income and a $92,000, or 31.9%, decrease in warehouse lending fees compared to the same quarter of the prior year. These decreases were partially offset by an increase in service charges of $286,000, or 39.9%.
Noninterest expense increased $2.5 million, or 15.1%, in the third quarter of 2021 to $19.3 million, compared to the third quarter of 2020. The increase in noninterest expense in the third quarter of 2021 was driven primarily by a $1.6 million, or 16.5%, increase in employee compensation and benefits due to increased salaries, higher insurance expense accruals due to increased claims experienced, higher payroll tax expense due to bonuses paid in July and bonus accruals. Additionally, there was a one-time expense of $434,000 included in other non-interest expense to terminate two swap agreements associated with our trust preferred securities, a $194,000, or 64.5%, increase in advertising and promotions expense, a $165,000, or 15.1%, increase in software and technology expense, and a $141,000, or 5.4%, increase in occupancy expenses compared to the third quarter of 2020.
Noninterest income in the third quarter of 2021 increased by $479,000, or 8.0%, from $6.0 million in the second quarter of 2021 due primarily to an increase in gains on sales of loans of $515,000, or 41.4%, an increase in service charges of $148,000, or 17.3%, partially offset by decrease in merchant and debit card fees of $302,000, or 15.7%.
Noninterest expense increased $1.6 million, or 8.9%, in the third quarter of 2021, from $17.7 million in the quarter ended June 30, 2021. The increase was primarily due to a $794,000, or 7.8%, increase in employee compensation and benefits primarily related to bonuses paid during July 2021, a one-time expense of $434,000, included in other non-interest expense, to terminate two swap agreements associated with our trust preferred securities, a $203,000, or 19.2%, increase in software and technology expense and a $157,000, or 46.4%, increase in advertising and promotion expense during the quarter. These were partially offset by a $95,000, or 3.4%, decrease in occupancy expenses, a $103,000, or 13.8%, decrease in legal and professional fees and an $83,000, or 24.7%, decrease in amortization expense during the third quarter of 2021.
The company’s efficiency ratio in the third quarter of 2021 was 64.25%, compared to 60.12% in the prior quarter and 57.90% in the third quarter of 2020. Adjusted to remove the effects of PPP-related transactions, the company’s efficiency ratio† for the third quarter of 2021 was 66.47%, was 64.66% for the second quarter of 2021 and was 60.22% for the third quarter of 2020.
† Non-GAAP financial metric. Calculations of this metric and reconciliations to GAAP are included in the schedules accompanying this release.
Consolidated assets for the company totaled $2.97 billion at September 30, 2021, compared to $2.93 billion at June 30, 2021 and $2.66 billion at September 30, 2020.
Gross loans increased 4.3%, or $80.7 million, to $1.97 billion at September 30, 2021, compared to loans of $1.89 billion at June 30, 2021. The increase in gross loans from the second to the third quarter of 2021 is primarily due to increased loan originations and advances, and were partially offset by continued forgiveness of PPP loans, which decreased $52.1 million during the quarter. Excluding PPP loans, gross loans increased $132.8 million, or 7.5%, from the prior quarter.
Gross loans increased 0.6%, or $12.2 million, from $1.96 billion at September 30, 2020. The increase in gross loans during the third quarter of 2021 compared to the third quarter of 2020 resulted primarily from organic loan growth and was partially offset by a $134.3 million reduction in PPP loan balances during the period. Excluding PPP loans, gross loans increased $146.6 million, or 8.4%, from the same quarter of the prior year.
Total deposits increased by 1.2%, or $30.0 million, to $2.56 billion at September 30, 2021, compared to $2.53 billion at June 30, 2021, and increased 15.3%, or $340.0 million, from $2.22 billion at September 30, 2020. Changes in deposits during these periods were heavily impacted by the deposit of PPP loan proceeds into demand accounts at the Bank, as well as apparent changes in depositor spending habits in these periods resulting from economic and other uncertainties due to COVID-19.
Shareholders' equity totaled $297.4 million as of September 30, 2021, compared to $287.7 million at June 30, 2021 and $266.9 million at September 30, 2020. The increase from the previous quarter resulted primarily from net income of $9.3 million, offset by the payment of dividends of $2.4 million and an increase in other comprehensive income of $2.2 million during the third quarter of 2021 resulting from the transfer of securities from available-for-sale to held-to-maturity accounting classifications during the period.
Nonperforming assets as a percentage of total assets were 0.11% at September 30, 2021 compared to 0.13% at June 30, 2021, and 0.53% at September 30, 2020. The Bank’s nonperforming assets consist primarily of nonaccrual loans. During 2020, nonperforming assets included three SBA 7(a), partially guaranteed (75%) loans that were acquired in the June 2018 acquisition of Westbound Bank, with combined book balances of $8.7 million as of September 30, 2020. During the first quarter of 2021, one of these loans was resolved when the underlying collateral, a hotel, was sold to a third party. The bank charged off $475,000 in connection with the sale, all of which had previously been specifically reserved within the allowance for credit losses, or ACL. The other two loans, both to one borrower and collateralized by the same hotel, were resolved through a bankruptcy judgement during the first quarter of 2021 that allows the borrower to adequately service their debt coverage. The bankruptcy order resulted in a charge-off of $270,000, which had previously been fully reserved in the ACL. These loans were internally identified as problem assets prior to COVID-19 and were properly reserved.
NON-GAAP RECONCILING TABLES
Tangible Book Value per Common Share
Net Core Earnings and Net Core Earnings per Common Share
Net Core Earnings to Average Assets, as Adjusted, and Average Equity
NON-GAAP RECONCILING TABLES
Total Non-Performing Assets to Total Loans, Excluding PPP
Total Interest-Earning Assets, Net of PPP Effects
NON-GAAP RECONCILING TABLES
Net Interest Income and Net Interest Margin, Net of PPP Effects
Efficiency Ratio, Net of PPP Effects
NON-GAAP RECONCILING TABLES
Loan Yield, Net of PPP Effects
ACL to Total Loans, Excluding PPP
About Non-GAAP Financial Measures
Certain of the financial measures and ratios we present, including “tangible book value per share”, “net core earnings,” “core net interest margin,” and PPP-adjusted metrics are supplemental measures that are not required by, or are not presented in accordance with, U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP). We refer to these financial measures and ratios as “non-GAAP financial measures.” We consider the use of select non-GAAP financial measures and ratios to be useful for financial and operational decision making and useful in evaluating period-to-period comparisons. We believe that these non-GAAP financial measures provide meaningful supplemental information regarding our performance by excluding certain expenditures or assets that we believe are not indicative of our primary business operating results or by presenting certain metrics on a fully taxable equivalent basis. We believe that management and investors benefit from referring to these non-GAAP financial measures in assessing our performance and when planning, forecasting, analyzing and comparing past, present and future periods.
These non-GAAP financial measures should not be considered a substitute for financial information presented in accordance with GAAP and you should not rely on non-GAAP financial measures alone as measures of our performance. The non-GAAP financial measures we present may differ from non-GAAP financial measures used by our peers or other companies. We compensate for these limitations by providing the equivalent GAAP measures whenever we present the non-GAAP financial measures and by including a reconciliation of the impact of the components adjusted for in the non-GAAP financial measure so that both measures and the individual components may be considered when analyzing our performance.
A reconciliation of non-GAAP financial measures to the comparable GAAP financial measures is included at the end of the financial statement tables.
Conference Call Information
The Company will hold a conference call to discuss third quarter 2021 financial results on Monday, October 18, 2021 at 10:00 am Central time. The conference call will be hosted by Ty Abston, Chairman and CEO, Cappy Payne, SEVP and CFO, and Shalene Jacobson, EVP and CRO. All conference attendees must register before the call at gnty.com/register. The conference materials will be available by accessing the Investor Relations page on our website, gnty.com. A recording of the conference call will be available by 1:00 pm Central time the day of the call and remain available through October 31, 2021 on our Investor Relations webpage.
About Guaranty Bancshares, Inc.
Guaranty Bancshares, Inc. is a bank holding company that conducts commercial banking activities through its wholly-owned subsidiary, Guaranty Bank & Trust, N.A. As one of the oldest regional community banks in Texas, Guaranty Bank & Trust provides its customers with a full array of relationship-driven commercial and consumer banking products and services, as well as mortgage, trust, and wealth management services. Guaranty Bank & Trust has 32 banking locations across 26 Texas communities located within the East Texas, Dallas/Fort Worth, greater Houston and Central Texas regions of the state. As of September 30, 2021, Guaranty Bancshares, Inc. had total assets of $2.97 billion, total loans of $1.97 billion and total deposits of $2.56 billion. Visit gnty.com for more information.
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