SOURCE: Park Sterling Corporation

Park Sterling Corporation

April 23, 2015 07:00 ET

Park Sterling Corporation Announces Results for First Quarter 2015

CHARLOTTE, NC--(Marketwired - April 23, 2015) - Park Sterling Corporation (NASDAQ: PSTB), the holding company for Park Sterling Bank, today released unaudited results of operations and other financial information for the first quarter of 2015. Highlights at and for the three months ended March 31, 2015 include:

Highlights

  • Net income increased $327,000 (9%) to $3.8 million, or $0.09 per share, compared to $3.5 million, or $0.08 per share, in the quarter ended December 31, 2014
  • Organic loan growth of $34.2 million, or 9% annualized growth rate
  • Core deposit growth of $39.4 million, or 10% annualized growth rate
  • Nonperforming assets decreased to 0.83% of total assets from 0.89% at December 31, 2014
  • Reported net recoveries of $148,000, or 0.04% of average loans (annualized)
  • Tangible common equity to tangible assets increased to 10.15% from 10.13% at December 31, 2014
  • Received regulatory approval for a second de novo branch in Greater Richmond
  • Engaged consulting firm to complete comprehensive performance benchmarking study
  • Announced closure of branches in Prosperity, SC and Anderson, SC (April 2015)
  • Declared quarterly cash dividend on common shares of $0.03 per share (April 2015)

"Park Sterling made significant progress during the first quarter toward our stated objective of leveraging recent investments in origination bankers, new product capabilities and new offices to enhance profitability," said James C. Cherry, Chief Executive Officer. "For the three months ended March 31, 2015, we reported a $327,000, or 9%, increase in net income to $3.8 million, or $0.09 per share, compared to net income of $3.5 million, or $0.08 per share, reported last quarter. Total revenues increased $1.0 million, or 4%, to $24.9 million, compared to total revenues of $23.9 million in the prior quarter. Noninterest expenses decreased $168,000, or 1%, to $19.1 million, compared to $19.3 million in the prior quarter. We did report provision expense of $180,000 during the period compared to a net release of $420,000 in the prior quarter. However, this expense reflects the first quarter's $34.2 million, or 9% annualized, organic loan growth, rather than deterioration in the portfolio. Asset quality remains strong, as we posted net recoveries of $148,000, or 0.04% of average loans (annualized) during the quarter and nonperforming assets to total assets decreased six basis points to 0.83% compared to December 31, 2014.

"As part of our effort to enhance operating performance, we are announcing today the closure of our branches in Prosperity, SC and Anderson, SC (Anderson-Main) and consolidation of those customer relationships into our nearby Newberry, SC and Anderson, SC (Highway 81) locations, respectively. Financial results for the first quarter include a $233,000 write-down of the associated fixed assets to their estimated fair value less costs to sell in preparation for moving the facilities to other real estate owned, which is expected to occur upon discontinuation of banking activities in these locations in the third quarter.

"Also as part of our effort to enhance operating performance, we engaged an experienced consulting firm to complete a comprehensive peer group performance benchmarking study. The study, which will include productivity measures related to profit centers and support areas, should be completed in the second quarter. We expect the study to identify both potential revenue enhancement and expense management opportunities.

"On the capital management front, yesterday the board declared a quarterly dividend of $0.03 per common share, payable on May 18, 2015 to all shareholders of record as of the close of business on May 4, 2015. Future dividends will be subject to board approval. In addition, during the first quarter we purchased 3,800 shares under our previously announced 2.2 million share repurchase program. We remain very well capitalized with tangible common equity to tangible assets of 10.15% at March 31, 2015.

"Overall, we are pleased to report these strong financial results and believe that Park Sterling is well positioned to continue pursuing our vision of building a full-service regional banking franchise across the Carolinas and Virginia."

Financial Results

Income Statement - Three Months Ended March 31, 2015

Park Sterling reported net income of $3.8 million, or $0.09 per share, for the three months ended March 31, 2015 ("2015Q1"). This compares to net income of $3.5 million, or $0.08 per share, for the three months ended December 31, 2014 ("2014Q4") and net income of $3.6 million, or $0.08 per share, for the three months ended March 31, 2014 ("2014Q1"). The increase in net income from 2014Q4 resulted from the combination of higher noninterest income levels and lower noninterest expense, which were partially offset by higher provision expense. The increase in net income from 2014Q1 resulted from both higher net interest and noninterest income levels, which were partially offset by higher provision and noninterest expenses.

Park Sterling reported adjusted net income, which excludes merger-related expenses and gain or loss on sale of securities, of $3.9 million, or $0.09 per share, in 2015Q1. This compares to adjusted net income of $3.9 million, or $0.09 per share, in 2014Q4 and adjusted net income of $3.4 million, or $0.08 per share, in 2014Q1. Compared to 2014Q4, adjusted net income reflects both higher provision and noninterest expense levels, which were largely offset by an increase in noninterest income. Compared to 2014Q1, adjusted net income reflects both higher net interest and noninterest income levels, which were partially offset by higher provision and noninterest expenses.

Net interest income totaled $20.4 million in 2015Q1, which represents a $130,000, or 1%, decrease from $20.6 million in 2014Q4. This decrease is attributable both to having two fewer days in 2015Q1 and to a decrease in loan yields, which were partially offset by additional interest income from the early redemption of two investment securities held by the company at a discount to their redemption prices. Net interest income increased $3.2 million, or 18%, from $17.3 million in 2014Q1, resulting from higher average earning assets. Average total earning assets increased $48.9 million, or 2%, in 2015Q1 to $2.2 billion, compared to $2.1 billion in 2014Q4 and increased $391.8 million, or 22%, compared to $1.76 billion in 2014Q1. The increase in average total earning assets in 2015Q1 from 2014Q4 resulted from a $41.2 million, or 3%, increase in average loans. The increase in average total earnings assets in 2015Q1 from 2014Q1 resulted primarily from a $93.4 million, or 23%, increase in average marketable securities, a $297.3 million, or 23%, increase in average loans (including loans held for sale) and a $1.1 million, or 2%, increase in average other earning assets, driven by both organic growth and the acquisition of Provident Community Bancshares, Inc. ("Provident Community") in May 2014.

Net interest margin was 3.84% in 2015Q1, representing a 3 basis point decrease from 3.87% in 2014Q4 and a 13 basis point decrease from 3.97% in 2014Q1. The reduction in net interest margin from 2014Q4 resulted primarily from an 11 basis point decrease in yield on loans to 4.84%, driven by continued competitive pricing pressures, which offset a 19 basis point increase in yield on marketable securities to 2.41%, driven by $267,000 in additional income from the early redemption of two investment securities held by the company at a discount to their redemption prices, and an 8 basis point increase in yield on other earning assets to 0.97%. The reduction in net interest margin from 2014Q1 resulted primarily from a 42 basis point decrease in yield on loans, due primarily to lower interest rates on new loans, offset by a 14 basis point decrease in the cost of interest-bearing liabilities.

Adjusted net interest margin, which excludes accelerated accretion from net acquisition accounting fair market value adjustments and income from the aforementioned early bond redemptions, was 3.78% in 2015Q1, representing a 7 basis point decrease from 3.85% in 2014Q4 and a 19 basis point decrease from 3.97% in 2014Q1. Accelerated accretion of net acquisition accounting fair market value adjustments ($79,000 in 2015Q1, $134,000 in 2014Q4 and $18,000 in 2014Q1) reflects accelerated accretion of credit and interest rate marks resulting from borrowers repaying performing acquired loans faster than required by their contractual terms and/or restructuring loans in such a way as to effectively result in a new loan under the contractual cash flow method of accounting, both of which result in the associated remaining credit and interest rate marks being fully accreted into interest income. Income from the early redemption of investment securities ($267,000 in 2015Q1, $0 in 2014Q4 and $0 in 2014Q1) reflects gains recorded on two bonds carried by the company at discounts to their respective redemption prices. The reduction in adjusted net interest margin from both 2014Q4 and 2014Q1 resulted primarily from the decrease in loan yields discussed above.

The company reported a $180,000 provision for loan losses in 2015Q1, compared to a net release of $420,000 in 2014Q4 and a net release of $17,000 in 2014Q1. The current period provision was driven primarily by organic loan growth.

Noninterest income increased $1.2 million, or 34%, to $4.5 million in 2015Q1, compared to $3.4 million in 2014Q4 and increased $1.0 million, or 29%, compared to $3.5 million in 2014Q1. The increase from 2014Q4 included (i) a $249,000, or 167%, increase in income from capital market activities, (ii) a $277,000, or 56%, increase in income from bank owned life insurance, including a $272,000 nontaxable bank-owned life insurance ("BOLI") death benefit; and (iii) an $830,000, or 68%, decrease in amortization on the FDIC loss share indemnification asset, reflecting lower expected claims and the expiration of the Bank of Hiawassee ("BOH") non-single family agreement at March 31, 2015. The increase from 2014Q1 reflects higher service charges on deposit accounts and ATM and card income, in part due to the acquisition of Provident Community, as well as higher mortgage banking income, higher income from capital markets and lower amortization on the FDIC loss share indemnification asset, which were partially offset by a $352,000 decrease in BOLI income (which included a $651,000 nontaxable death benefit in 2014Q1) and a $276,000 decrease in gain on sale of securities.

Noninterest expense decreased $168,000, or 1%, in 2015Q1 to $19.1 million compared to $19.3 million in 2014Q4, and increased $3.4 million, or 22%, compared to $15.7 million in 2014Q1. Adjusted noninterest expenses, which exclude merger-related expenses ($122,000 in 2015Q1, $712,000 in 2014Q4 and $81,000 in 2014Q1), increased $422,000, or 2%, to $19.0 million in 2015Q1 compared to $18.6 million in 2014Q4, and increased $3.4 million, or 21%, compared to $15.7 million in 2014Q1. The increase in adjusted noninterest expenses from 2014Q4 resulted primarily from (i) $225,000 in severance expense related to staff rationalization efforts across various business units, as well as the announced branch closures, (ii) $233,000 in fixed asset write-downs related to the announced branch closures, and (iii) $385,000 in operational charge-offs related to bankcard activities. These increases were partially offset by reduced deposit charges and FDIC insurance costs, lower loan and collection expenses, and decreased net cost of operation of OREO. The increase in adjusted noninterest expense from 2014Q1 resulted primarily from increased expenses as a result of the Provident Community acquisition.

The company's effective tax rate increased to 32.5% in 2015Q1 compared to 31.2% in 2014Q4, which benefitted from a favorable annual true-up of the tax accrual. The company's effective tax rate increased compared to 29.4% in 2014Q1, due primarily to the larger nontaxable BOLI death benefit in 2014Q1.

Balance Sheet

Total assets increased $38.6 million, or 2%, to $2.40 billion at 2015Q1 compared to total assets of $2.36 billion at 2014Q4. Cash and equivalents increased $11.7 million, or 23%, to $63.1 million reflecting an increase in core deposits. Total securities, including non-marketable securities, increased $71 thousand, to $503.0 million. Total securities included one investment in a senior tranche of a collateralized loan obligation ("CLO") totaling $5.0 million in fair value at 2015Q1, with respect to which the collateral eligibility requirements have not yet been amended to comply with the new bank investment criteria under the Volcker Rule. The security had a net unrealized loss of $49,000 at 2015Q1 that could result in the company recognizing other than temporary impairment should it ultimately be determined not to comply with the Volcker Rule. The company held no other securities potentially affected by the Volcker Rule at 2015Q1. The company held a second investment in a CLO totaling $9.8 million in fair value at 2014Q4 that was amended to comply with the Volcker Rule during 2015Q1.

Total loans, excluding loans held for sale, increased $34.2 million, or 9% annualized, to $1.61 billion at 2015Q1. The company's metropolitan markets, which include Charlotte, Raleigh and Wilmington, North Carolina, Greenville and Charleston, South Carolina and Richmond, Virginia, reported a $27.7 million, or 14% annualized, increase in total loans to $850.4 million, due to continued success in origination efforts. The community markets reported a $9.9 million, or 10% annualized, decrease in total loans to $396.1 million, primarily due to expected runoff in acquired loans. The company's central business units, which primarily include mortgage, builder finance, private banking and special assets, reported a $16.4 million, or 19% annualized, increase in total loans to $368.3 million, as growth in mortgage, private banking and builder finance more than offset reductions in special asset loans, including covered loans.

The company's loan mix shifted slightly at 2015Q1 compared to 2014Q4. Total consumer loans increased to 29% from 28% of total loans, with residential mortgages and home equity lines of credit holding at 13% and 10% of total, respectively. The combination of commercial and industrial and owner-occupied real estate loans held at 32% of total loans. Investor owned commercial real estate decreased to 29% from 30% of total loans. Acquisition, construction and development held at 10% of total loans.

In terms of accounting designations, compared to 2014Q4: (i) non-acquired loans, which include certain renewed and/or restructured acquired performing loans that are re-designated as non-acquired, increased $71.2 million, or 27% annualized, to $1.15 billion; (ii) acquired performing loans decreased $23.7 million, or 26% annualized, to $341.1 million; and (iii) purchase credit impaired ("PCI") loans decreased $13.3 million, or 40% annualized, to $119.9 million. At 2015Q1, noncovered performing acquired loans (which totaled $339.3 million) included a $2.7 million net acquisition accounting fair market value adjustment, representing a 0.8% "mark;" noncovered PCI loans (which totaled $84.3 million) included a $20.7 million adjustment, representing an 19.7% "mark;" and covered performing acquired and PCI loans (which totaled $37.4 million) included an $8.9 million adjustment, representing a 19.2% "mark."

On March 31, 2015, the company's FDIC loss share agreement related to the BOH non-single family assets, which was assumed in connection with the acquisition of Citizens South Banking Corporation in October 2012, expired. On April 1, 2015, the remaining balance of $19.6 million in loans and $817,000 thousand in OREO associated with the BOH non-single family agreement were transferred from a "covered" designation to a "non-covered" designation on the company's balance sheet. The company will no longer benefit from FDIC indemnification on future losses, if any, on the related BOH non-single family loans and OREO. The FDIC loss share agreement related to BOH single family assets expires March 31, 2020.

Total deposits increased $32.8 million, or 7% annualized, to $1.88 billion at 2015Q1, compared to $1.85 billion at 2014Q4, reflecting strong results in both retail and commercial banking. Noninterest bearing demand deposits increased $20.5 million, or 26% annualized, to $341.5 million (18% of total deposits). Non-brokered money market, NOW and savings deposits increased $25.0 million, or 11% annualized, to $949.8 million (51% of total deposits). Local time deposits decreased $5.7 million, or 5% annualized, to $458.1 million (24% of total deposits). Finally, brokered deposits decreased $7.0 million, or 20% annualized, to $134.7 million (7% of total deposits). The managed decrease in local time deposits and brokered deposits reflects the company's continued emphasis on growing transaction account relationships. Core deposits, which exclude time deposits greater than $250,000 and brokered deposits, represented 90.1% of total deposits at 2015Q1 and 89.6% of total deposits at 2014Q4.

Total borrowings increased $169,000, or 0%, to $203.8 million at 2015Q1 compared to $203.6 million at 2014Q4. Borrowings at 2015Q1 included $180 million in FHLB borrowings and $23.8 million of acquired trust preferred securities, net of acquisition accounting fair market value adjustments.

Total shareholders' equity increased $4.0 million, or 1%, to $279.1 million at 2015Q1 compared to $275.1 million at 2014Q4, driven by retained earnings and lower unrealized losses in the marketable securities portfolio. The company's ratio of tangible common equity to tangible assets increased to 10.15% at 2015Q1 from 10.13% at 2014Q4.

On January 1, 2015, the Basel III federal regulatory standards became effective. As permitted for regulated institutions that are not designated as "advanced approach" banking organizations (those with assets greater than $250 billion or with foreign exposures greater than $10 billion), the company made a one-time, permanent election to opt out of the requirement to include most components of accumulated other comprehensive income ("AOCI") in regulatory capital. The company's estimated Common Equity Tier 1 ("CET1") ratio was 14.18% at 2015Q1. The company's estimated Tier 1 leverage ratio was 11.00% at 2015Q1 compared to 10.17% at 2014Q4, reflecting the benefit of a phase-in of the capital reductions related to certain intangibles, deferred tax assets and deferred tax liabilities under Basel III as compared to their treatment under Basel II.

Asset Quality

Asset quality remains a point of strength for the company. Nonperforming assets decreased $931,000 to $20.0 million at 2015Q1, or 0.83% of total assets, compared to $20.9 million at 2014Q4, or 0.89% of total assets. Nonperforming loans increased $776,000, or 9%, to $9.7 million at 2015Q1, but remain a modest 0.60% of total loans, compared to $8.9 million at 2014Q4, or 0.56% of total loans. The company reported a net recovery of $148,000, or 0.04% of average loans (annualized), in 2015Q1, compared to net charge-offs of $776,000, or 0.20% of average loans (annualized), in 2014Q4.

The allowance for loan losses increased $328,000, or 4%, to $8.6 million, or 0.53% of total loans, at 2015Q1, compared to $8.3 million, or 0.52% of total loans, at 2014Q4. The increase in allowance included (i) a $391,000, or 13%, decrease in the quantitative component, resulting from lower historic loss rates, (ii) a $690,000, or 15%, increase in the qualitative component, and (iii) a $29,000, or 4%, increase in the specific component. Overall the increase in the allowance was due to organic loan growth and additional provision related to acquired performing loans.

During the first quarter of 2011, and as contemplated in Park Sterling Bank's 2010 public offering, 568,260 shares of restricted stock were issued but will not vest until the company's share price achieves certain performance thresholds above the equity offering price (these restricted stock awards, of which 554,400 remained outstanding at 2015Q1, vest one-third each when the share price reaches, for 30 consecutive days, $8.125, $9.10 and $10.40 per share, respectively). These performance thresholds have not yet been achieved. Accordingly, these additional shares have been excluded from earnings and tangible book value per share calculations.

Conference Call

A conference call will be held at 8:30 a.m., Eastern Time this morning (April 23, 2015). The conference call can be accessed by dialing (888) 317-6016 and requesting the Park Sterling Corporation earnings call. Listeners should dial in 10 minutes prior to the start of the call. The live webcast and presentation slides will be available on www.parksterlingbank.com under Investor Relations, "Investor Presentations."

A replay of the webcast will be available on www.parksterlingbank.com under Investor Relations, "Investor Presentations" shortly following the call. A replay of the conference call can be accessed approximately one hour after the call by dialing (877) 344-7529 and requesting conference number 10063542.

About Park Sterling Corporation

Park Sterling Corporation, the holding company for Park Sterling Bank, is headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina. Park Sterling, a regional community-focused financial services company with approximately $2.4 billion in assets, is the largest community bank headquartered in the Charlotte area and has 53 banking offices stretching across the Carolinas and into North Georgia, as well as in Richmond, Virginia. The bank serves professionals, individuals, and small and mid-sized businesses by offering a full array of financial services, including deposit, mortgage banking, cash management, consumer and business finance, capital markets and wealth management services with a commitment to "Answers You Can Bank On℠." Park Sterling prides itself on being large enough to help customers achieve their financial aspirations, yet small enough to care that they do. Park Sterling is focused on building a banking franchise that is noted for sound risk management, strong community focus and exceptional customer service. For more information, visit www.parksterlingbank.com. Park Sterling Corporation shares are traded on NASDAQ under the symbol PSTB.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

Tangible assets, tangible common equity, tangible book value, adjusted net income, adjusted net interest margin, adjusted noninterest income, adjusted noninterest expenses, adjusted allowance for loan losses, and related ratios and per share measures, including adjusted return on average assets and adjusted return on average equity, as used throughout this release, are non-GAAP financial measures. For additional information, see "Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures" in the accompanying tables.

Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward Looking Statements

This news release contains, and Park Sterling and its management may make, certain statements that constitute "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements can be identified by the fact that they do not relate strictly to historical or current facts and often use words such as "may," "plan," "contemplate," "anticipate," "believe," "intend," "continue," expect," "project," "predict," "estimate," "could," "should," "would," "will," "goal," "target" and similar expressions. These forward-looking statements express management's current expectations or forecasts of future events and, by their nature, are subject to risks and uncertainties and there are a number of factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in such statements. Factors that might cause such a difference include, but are not limited to: increases in expected costs or decreases in expected savings or difficulties related to merger integration matters; inability to identify and successfully negotiate and complete additional combinations with other potential merger partners or to successfully integrate such businesses into Park Sterling, including the company's ability to adequately estimate or to realize the benefits and cost savings from and limit any unexpected liabilities acquired as a result of any such business combinations; failure to generate an adequate return on investment related to new branches or other hiring initiatives; inability to generate future organic growth in loan balances, retail banking, wealth management, mortgage banking or capital markets results through the hiring of new personnel, development of new products, opening of de novo branches or otherwise; inability to capitalize on identified revenue enhancements or expense management opportunities; variability in the performance of covered loans and associated loss-share related expenses; the effects of negative or soft economic conditions, including stress in the commercial real estate markets or failure of continued recovery in the residential real estate markets; changes in consumer and investor confidence and the related impact on financial markets and institutions; changes in interest rates; failure of assumptions underlying noninterest expense levels; failure of assumptions underlying the establishment of allowances for loan losses; deterioration in the credit quality of the loan portfolio or in the value of the collateral securing those loans; deterioration in the value of securities held in the investment securities portfolio; the possibility of recognizing other than temporary impairments on holdings of collateralized loan obligation securities as a result of the Volcker Rule; the impacts on Park Sterling of a potential increasing rate environment; the potential impacts of any government shutdown or debt ceiling impasse, including the risk of a U.S. credit rating downgrade or default, or continued global economic instability, which could cause disruptions in the financial markets, impact interest rates, and cause other potential unforeseen consequences; fluctuations in the market price of the common stock, regulatory, legal and contractual requirements of Park Sterling, other uses of capital, the company's financial performance, market conditions generally, and future actions by the board of directors, in each case impacting repurchases of common stock or declaration of dividends; legal and regulatory developments, including changes in the federal risk-based capital rules; increased competition from both banks and nonbanks; changes in accounting standards, rules and interpretations, inaccurate estimates or assumptions in accounting, including acquisition accounting fair market value assumptions and accounting for purchased credit-impaired loans, and the impact on Park Sterling's financial statements; and management's ability to effectively manage credit risk, market risk, operational risk, legal risk, and regulatory and compliance risk.

Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they are made, and Park Sterling undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statement to reflect the impact of circumstances or events that arise after the date the forward-looking statement was made.

  
PARK STERLING CORPORATION  
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED INCOME STATEMENT  
THREE MONTH RESULTS  
($ in thousands, except per share amounts) March 31,  December 31,  September 30,  June 30,  March 31,  
  2015  2014  2014  2014  2014  
  (Unaudited)  (Unaudited)  (Unaudited)  (Unaudited)  (Unaudited)  
Interest income                
 Loans, including fees $19,111  $19,482  $19,725  $18,734  $16,926  
 Taxable investment securities  2,791   2,598   2,597   2,152   1,971  
 Tax-exempt investment securities  138   138   138   133   222  
 Nonmarketable equity securities  127   108   103   85   66  
 Interest on deposits at banks  18   22   22   53   21  
 Federal funds sold  -   -   1   -   -  
  Total interest income  22,185   22,348   22,586   21,157   19,206  
Interest expense                     
 Money market, NOW and savings deposits  520   538   570   615   547  
 Time deposits  707   725   771   828   831  
 Short-term borrowings  76   -   1   1   -  
 FHLB advances  128   179   162   128   127  
 Subordinated debt  328   350   350   506   426  
  Total interest expense  1,759   1,792   1,854   2,078   1,931  
  Net interest income  20,426   20,556   20,732   19,079   17,275  
Provision for loan losses  180   (420 ) (484 ) (365 ) (17 )
  Net interest income after provision  20,246   20,976   21,216   19,444   17,292  
Noninterest income                     
 Service charges on deposit accounts  1,019   1,109   1,137   1,001   633  
 Mortgage banking income  951   922   822   653   244  
 Income from wealth management activities  862   869   783   773   775  
 Income from capital market activities  398   149   364   35   97  
 ATM and card income  694   727   631   726   548  
 Income from bank-owned life insurance  768   491   552   525   1,120  
 Gain (loss) on sale of securities available for sale  -   -   (63 ) (33 ) 276  
 Amortization of indemnification asset and true-up liability expense  (394 ) (1,224 ) (1,345 ) (738 ) (482 )
 Other noninterest income  203   308   257   1,036   275  
  Total noninterest income  4,501   3,351   3,138   3,978   3,486  
Noninterest expenses                     
 Salaries and employee benefits  10,431   10,386   10,240   9,684   9,228  
 Occupancy and equipment  2,555   2,627   3,527   2,249   2,005  
 Data processing and outside service fees  1,648   1,652   1,907   1,544   1,346  
 Legal and professional fees  798   816   887   1,122   661  
 Deposit charges and FDIC insurance  392   442   441   368   240  
 Loss on disposal of fixed assets  237   2   317   80   1  
 Communication fees  578   519   480   538   436  
 Postage and supplies  149   146   176   170   175  
 Loan and collection expense  154   461   298   304   288  
 Core deposit intangible amortization  347   348   347   317   257  
 Advertising and promotion  374   474   564   223   233  
 Net cost of operation of other real estate owned  35   215   343   206   53  
 Other noninterest expense  1,441   1,219   1,121   1,431   820  
  Total noninterest expenses  19,139   19,307   20,648   18,236   15,743  
  Income before income taxes  5,608   5,020   3,706   5,186   5,035  
Income tax expense  1,825   1,564   1,254   1,760   1,480  
  Net income $3,783  $3,456  $2,452  $3,426  $3,555  
   
Earnings per common share, fully diluted  0.09  $0.08  $0.06  $0.08  $0.08  
Weighted average diluted common shares  44,326,833   44,323,628   44,233,532   44,213,802   44,264,178  
  
  
PARK STERLING CORPORATION  
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS  
($ in thousands) March 31,  December 31,  September 30,  June 30,  March 31,  
  2015  2014*  2014**  2014**  2014  
  (Unaudited)     (Unaudited)  (Unaudited)  (Unaudited)  
ASSETS                
Cash and due from banks $17,402  $16,549  $16,505  $21,117  $14,226  
Interest-earning balances at banks  45,396   34,356   41,883   47,623   90,620  
Investment securities available for sale  382,946   375,683   367,262   349,532   340,215  
Investment securities held to maturity  108,918   115,741   117,463   119,302   51,303  
Nonmarketable equity securities  11,163   11,532   9,731   5,906   5,242  
Federal funds sold  325   485   465   280   -  
Loans held for sale  9,987   11,602   4,763   6,388   2,063  
Loans - Non-covered  1,576,760   1,538,354   1,503,558   1,419,366   1,237,653  
Loans - Covered  38,092   42,339   49,834   55,532   65,173  
Allowance for loan losses  (8,590 ) (8,262 ) (9,458 ) (9,178 ) (9,076 )
 Net loans  1,606,262   1,572,431   1,543,934   1,465,720   1,293,750  
                 
Premises and equipment, net  58,796   59,247   59,334   59,362   55,893  
FDIC receivable for loss share agreements  2,333   3,964   5,078   6,993   9,209  
Other real estate owned - non-covered  8,570   8,979   8,570   10,774   8,874  
Other real estate owned - covered  1,713   3,011   4,703   5,234   6,652  
Bank-owned life insurance  57,494   57,712   57,293   56,831   47,840  
Deferred tax asset  33,241   35,623   37,487   37,575   34,183  
Goodwill  29,240   29,240   29,240   29,240   26,420  
Core deposit intangible  10,612   10,960   11,307   11,654   8,372  
Other assets  13,466   12,115   11,279   12,023   10,382  
                 
 Total assets $2,397,864  $2,359,230  $2,326,297  $2,245,554  $2,005,244  
                 
LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY                     
                 
Deposits:                     
Demand noninterest-bearing $341,488  $321,019  $322,097  $331,866  $265,929  
Money market, NOW and savings  1,008,743   988,954   984,448   942,070   835,169  
Time deposits  533,906   541,381   558,063   588,771   536,363  
 Total deposits  1,884,137   1,851,354   1,864,608   1,862,707   1,637,461  
                 
Short-term borrowings  125,000   -   -   8,575   2,287  
FHLB advances  55,000   180,000   140,000   55,000   55,000  
Subordinated debt  23,752   23,583   23,413   23,244   22,171  
Accrued expenses and other liabilities  30,857   29,188   27,105   26,481   22,359  
 Total liabilities  2,118,746   2,084,125   2,055,126   1,976,007   1,739,278  
                 
Shareholders' equity:                     
 Common stock  44,877   44,860   44,851   44,833   44,726  
 Additional paid-in capital  223,139   222,819   222,507   222,195   222,412  
 Retained earnings  11,338   8,901   6,341   4,787   2,254  
 Accumulated other comprehensive loss  (236 ) (1,475 ) (2,528 ) (2,268 ) (3,426 )
 Total shareholders' equity  279,118   275,105   271,171   269,547   265,966  
                 
Total liabilities and shareholders' equity $2,397,864  $2,359,230  $2,326,297  $2,245,554  $2,005,244  
                 
 Common shares issued and outstanding  44,877,194   44,859,798   44,850,813   44,833,516   44,726,416  
* Derived from audited financial statements.
** Revised to reflect measurement period adjustments to goodwill.
 
 
PARK STERLING CORPORATION
SUMMARY OF LOAN PORTFOLIO
($ in thousands)
  March 31,  December 31,  September 30,  June 30,  March 31,  
  2015  2014*  2014  2014  2014  
BY LOAN TYPE (Unaudited)     (Unaudited)  (Unaudited)  (Unaudited)  
Commercial:                
Commercial and industrial $186,295  $173,786  $173,309  $142,973  $125,018  
 Commercial real estate (CRE) - owner-occupied  337,739   333,782   330,303   306,514   265,128  
 CRE - investor income producing  470,555   470,647   464,390   459,467   409,898  
 Acquisition, construction and development (AC&D) - 1-4 Family Construction  28,650   29,401   32,932   28,549   19,268  
 AC&D - Lots and land  50,372   55,443   55,360   43,861   42,459  
 AC&D - CRE construction  84,116   71,590   53,459   62,688   60,477  
 Other commercial  5,931   5,045   5,281   6,580   4,573  
  Total commercial loans  1,163,658   1,139,694   1,115,034   1,050,632   926,821  
                 
Consumer:                     
 Residential mortgage  209,384   205,150   198,968   194,847   172,378  
 Home equity lines of credit  154,415   155,297   154,792   153,944   143,123  
 Residential construction  59,233   55,882   56,482   48,903   39,798  
 Other loans to individuals  25,845   22,586   26,444   25,066   19,665  
  Total consumer loans  448,877   438,915   436,686   422,760   374,964  
   Total loans  1,612,535   1,578,609   1,551,720   1,473,392   1,301,785  
 Deferred costs (fees)  2,317   2,084   1,672   1,506   1,041  
   Total loans, net of deferred costs (fees) $1,614,852  $1,580,693  $1,553,392  $1,474,898  $1,302,826  
                 
* Derived from audited financial statements.  
                 
  March 31,  December 31,  September 30,  June 30,  March 31,  
  2015  2014*  2014  2014  2014  
BY ACQUIRED AND NON-ACQUIRED (Unaudited)     (Unaudited)  (Unaudited)  (Unaudited)  
Acquired loans - performing $341,078  $364,789  $388,243  $409,812  $375,675  
Acquired loans - purchase credit impaired  119,943   133,241   149,652   164,196   149,502  
 Total acquired loans  461,021   498,030   537,895   574,008   525,177  
Non-acquired loans, net of deferred costs (fees)**  1,153,831   1,082,663   1,015,497   900,890   777,649  
 Total loans $1,614,852  $1,580,693  $1,553,392  $1,474,898  $1,302,826  
* Derived from audited financial statements.
** Includes loans transferred from acquired pools following release of acquisition accounting FMV adjustments.
 
 
PARK STERLING CORPORATION          
ALLOWANCE FOR LOAN LOSSES          
THREE MONTH RESULTS          
($ in thousands) March 31,  December 31,  September 30,  June 30,  March 31,  
  2015  2014  2014  2014  2014  
  (Unaudited)  (Unaudited)  (Unaudited)  (Unaudited)  (Unaudited)  
Beginning of period allowance $8,262  $9,458  $9,178  $9,076  $8,831  
Loans charged-off  (265 ) (984 ) (175 ) (411 ) (520 )
Recoveries of loans charged-off  413   208   939   871   1,069  
 Net charge-offs  148   (776 ) 764   460   549  
                
Provision expense (release)  180   (420 ) (484 ) (356 ) (304 )
Benefit attributable to FDIC loss share agreements  -   -   -   (9 ) 287  
 Total provision expense charged to operations  180   (420 ) (484 ) (365 ) (17 )
Provision expense recorded through FDIC loss share receivable  -   -   -   7   (287 )
 End of period allowance $8,590  $8,262  $9,458  $9,178  $9,076  
                 
Net charge-offs (recoveries) $(148 )$776  $(764 )$(460 )$(549 )
Net charge-offs (recoveries) to average loans (annualized) -0.04 0.20 % -0.20 -0.13 -0.17 
  
  
PARK STERLING CORPORATION  
AVERAGE BALANCE SHEETS AND NET INTEREST ANALYSIS  
THREE MONTHS  
($ in thousands)  March 31, 2015         March 31, 2014         
   Average
Balance
 Income/
Expense
 Yield/
Rate (3)
  Average
Balance
  Income/
Expense
 Yield/
Rate (3)
 
Assets                      
Interest-earning assets:                      
 Loans and loans held for sale, net (1)(2)  $1,602,483  $19,111  4.84 % $1,305,157   $16,926  5.26 %
 Fed funds sold   460   -  0.00 %  447    -  0.00 %
 Taxable investment securities   479,731   2,791  2.33 %  383,613    1,971  2.06 %
 Tax-exempt investment securities   12,851   138  4.30 %  15,595    222  5.69 %
 Other interest-earning assets   60,470   145  0.97 %  59,355    87  0.59 %
                     
  Total interest-earning assets   2,155,995   22,185  4.17 %  1,764,167    19,206  4.42 %
                     
Allowance for loan losses   (8,369 )         (9,365 )        
Cash and due from banks   16,937           14,379          
Premises and equipment   59,350           55,935          
Goodwill   29,240           26,420          
Intangible assets   10,778           8,457          
Other assets   119,575           116,648          
                     
  Total assets  $2,383,506          $1,976,641          
                     
Liabilities and shareholders' equity                          
Interest-bearing liabilities:                          
 Interest-bearing demand  $407,900  $67  0.07 % $292,373   $63  0.09 %
 Savings and money market   517,344   395  0.31 %  462,457    434  0.38 %
 Time deposits - core   461,304   588  0.52 %  436,385    684  0.64 %
 Brokered deposits   140,563   177  0.51 %  166,391    197  0.48 %
  Total interest-bearing deposits   1,527,111   1,227  0.33 %  1,357,606    1,378  0.41 %
 Federal Home Loan Bank advances   204,111   204  0.41 %  55,533    127  0.93 %
 Subordinated debt   23,664   328  5.62 %  22,108    426  7.81 %
 Other borrowings   -   -  0.00 %  930    -  0.00 %
  Total borrowed funds   227,775   532  0.95 %  78,571    553  2.85 %
                      
  Total interest-bearing liabilities   1,754,886   1,759  0.41 %  1,436,177    1,931  0.55 %
                     
Net interest rate spread       20,426  3.77 %       17,275  3.87 %
                     
Noninterest-bearing demand deposits   319,414           252,865          
Other liabilities   31,019           22,068          
Shareholders' equity   278,187           265,531          
                     
Total liabilities and shareholders' equity  $2,383,506          $1,976,641          
                     
Net interest margin          3.84 %          3.97 %
(1) Nonaccrual loans are included in the average loan balances.
(2) Interest income and yields for the three months ended March 31, 2015 and 2014 include accretion from acquisition accounting adjustments associated with acquired loans.
(3) Yield/ rate calculated on Actual/Actual day count basis, except for yield on investments which is calculated on a 30/360 day count basis.
            
            
PARK STERLING CORPORATION               
SELECTED RATIOS               
($ in thousands, except per share amounts)  March 31,  December 31,  September 30,  June 30,  March 31,  
   2015  2014  2014  2014  2014  
   Unaudited  Unaudited  Unaudited  Unaudited  Unaudited  
ASSET QUALITY                 
 Nonaccrual loans  $6,397  $5,585  $5,894  $5,205  $5,092  
 Troubled debt restructuring (and still accruing)   3,273   3,289   4,315   3,550   3,562  
 Past due 90 days plus (and still accruing)   10   30   2,485   775   493  
 Nonperforming loans   9,680   8,904   12,694   9,530   9,147  
 OREO   10,283   11,990   13,273   16,008   15,526  
 Nonperforming assets   19,963   20,894   25,967   25,538   24,673  
 Past due 30-59 days (and still accruing)   1,285   619   1,973   2,028   160  
 Past due 60-89 days (and still accruing)   457   289   1,788   3,299   646  
                  
 Nonperforming loans to total loans   0.60 % 0.56 % 0.82 % 0.65 % 0.70 %
 Nonperforming assets to total assets   0.83 % 0.89 % 1.12 % 1.14 % 1.23 %
 Allowance to total loans   0.53 % 0.52 % 0.61 % 0.62 % 0.70 %
 Allowance to nonperforming loans   88.74 % 92.79 % 74.51 % 96.31 % 99.22 %
 Allowance to nonperforming assets   43.03 % 39.54 % 36.42 % 35.94 % 36.79 %
 Past due 30-89 days (accruing) to total loans   0.11 % 0.06 % 0.24 % 0.36 % 0.06 %
 Net charge-offs (recoveries) to average loans (annualized)   -0.04 % 0.20 % -0.20 % -0.13 % -0.17 %
                  
CAPITAL                      
 Book value per common share  $6.30  $6.21  $6.13  $6.10  $6.01  
 Tangible book value per common share**  $5.44  $5.35  $5.25  $5.21  $5.26  
 Common shares outstanding   44,877,194   44,859,798   44,850,813   44,833,516   44,726,416  
 Average dilutive common shares outstanding   44,326,833   44,323,628   44,233,532   44,213,802   44,264,178  
                   
 Common Equity Tier 1 (CET1) capital  $242,197   n/a   n/a   n/a   n/a  
 Tier 1 capital   256,843  $231,088  $225,456  $222,489  $225,702  
 Tier 2 capital   8,836   8,469   9,660   9,429   16,223  
 Total risk based capital   265,679   239,557   235,116   231,918   241,925  
 Risk weighted assets   1,707,551   1,717,003   1,693,196   1,620,786   1,417,813  
 Average assets for leverage ratio   2,334,285   2,273,275   2,235,267   2,099,906   1,923,622  
                   
 Common Equity Tier 1 (CET1) ratio   14.18 % n/a   n/a   n/a   n/a  
 Tier 1 ratio   15.04 % 13.46 % 13.32 % 13.73 % 15.92 %
 Total risk based capital ratio   15.56 % 13.95 % 13.89 % 14.31 % 17.06 %
 Tier 1 leverage ratio   11.00 % 10.17 % 10.09 % 10.60 % 11.73 %
 Tangible common equity to tangible assets**   10.15 % 10.13 % 10.09 % 10.37 % 11.73 %
                  
LIQUIDITY                      
 Net loans to total deposits   85.25 % 84.93 % 82.80 % 78.69 % 79.01 %
 Reliance on wholesale funding   16.21 % 16.81 % 14.94 % 11.80 % 14.13 %
                  
INCOME STATEMENT (THREE MONTH RESULTS; ANNUALIZED)                     
 Return on Average Assets   0.64 % 0.59 % 0.42 % 0.63 % 0.73 %
 Return on Average Common Equity   5.52 % 5.01 % 3.58 % 5.16 % 5.43 %
 Net interest margin (non-tax equivalent)   3.84 % 3.87 % 3.98 % 3.90 % 3.97 %
                  
INCOME STATEMENT (ANNUAL RESULTS)                      
 Return on Average Assets   n/a   0.59 % n/a   n/a   n/a  
 Return on Average Equity   n/a   4.78 % n/a   n/a   n/a  
 Net interest margin (non-tax equivalent)   n/a   3.94 % n/a   n/a   n/a  
                   
 ** Non-GAAP financial measure                      

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

Tangible assets, tangible common equity, tangible book value, adjusted net income, adjusted net interest margin, adjusted noninterest income, adjusted noninterest expenses, adjusted allowance for loan losses, and related ratios and per share measures, including adjusted return on average assets and adjusted return on average equity, as used throughout this release, are non-GAAP financial measures. Management uses (i) tangible assets, tangible common equity and tangible book value (which exclude goodwill and other intangibles from equity and assets), and related ratios, to evaluate the adequacy of shareholders' equity and to facilitate comparisons with peers; (ii) adjusted allowance for loan losses (which includes net FMV adjustments related to acquired loans) as supplemental information for comparing the combined allowance and fair market value adjustments to the combined acquired and non-acquired loan portfolios (fair market value adjustments are available only for losses on acquired loans);; and (iii) adjusted net income, adjusted noninterest income and adjusted noninterest expenses (which exclude merger-related expenses and gain or loss on sale of securities, as applicable), adjusted net interest margin (which excludes accelerated accretion of net acquisition accounting fair market value adjustments and income from early redemption of investment securities), and adjusted return on average assets and adjusted return on average equity (which exclude merger-related expenses and gain on or loss sale of securities) to evaluate core earnings and to facilitate comparisons with peers.

 
 
PARK STERLING CORPORATION
RECONCILIATION OF NON-GAAP MEASURES
($ in thousands, except per share amounts)
(three month and period end results)  March 31,  December 31,  September 30,  June 30,  March 31,  
   2015  2014  2014  2014  2014  
   (Unaudited)  (Unaudited)  (Unaudited)  (Unaudited)  (Unaudited)  
Adjusted net income (three months)                 
 Pretax income (as reported)  $5,608  $5,020  $3,706  $5,186  $5,035  
 Plus: merger-related expenses   122   712   2,229   594   81  
  (gain) loss on sale of securities   -   -   63   33   (276 )
  Adjusted pretax income   5,730   5,732   5,998   5,813   4,840  
 Tax expense   1,867   1,786   2,030   1,972   1,414  
  Adjusted net income  $3,863  $3,946  $3,968  $3,841  $3,426  
                  
 Divided by: weighted average diluted shares   44,326,833   44,323,628   44,233,532   44,213,802   44,264,178  
  Adjusted net income per share  $0.09  $0.09  $0.09  $0.09  $0.08  
 Estimated tax rate for adjustment   34.23 % 31.15 % 33.85 % 33.93 % 29.21 %
                  
Adjusted net interest margin                      
 Net interest income (as reported)  $20,426  $20,556  $20,732  $19,079  $17,275  
 Less: accelerated mark accretion   (79 ) (134 ) (173 ) (86 ) (18 )
 Less: income from early redemption of investment securities   (267 ) -   -   -   -  
  Adjusted net interest income   20,080   20,422   20,559   18,993   17,257  
 Divided by: average earning assets   2,155,995   2,107,073   2,066,906   1,938,459   1,764,187  
 Multiplied by: annualization factor   4.06   3.97   3.97   4.01   4.06  
  Adjusted net interest margin   3.78 % 3.85 % 3.95 % 3.93 % 3.97 %
  Net interest margin   3.84 % 3.87 % 3.98 % 3.95 % 3.97 %
                  
Adjusted noninterest income                      
 Noninterest income (as reported)  $4,501  $3,351  $3,138  $3,978  $3,486  
 Less: (gain) loss on sale of securities   -   -   63   33   (276 )
  Adjusted noninterest income  $4,501  $3,351  $3,201  $4,011  $3,210  
                  
Adjusted noninterest expense                      
 Noninterest expense (as reported)  $19,139  $19,307  $20,648  $18,236  $15,743  
 Less: merger-related expenses   (122 ) (712 ) (2,229 ) (594 ) (81 )
  Adjusted noninterest expense  $19,017  $18,595  $18,419  $17,642  $15,662  
  
  
PARK STERLING CORPORATION  
RECONCILIATION OF NON-GAAP MEAS URES  
($ in thousands, except per share amounts)  
(three month and period end results)  March 31,  December 31,  September 30,  June 30,  March 31,  
   2015  2014  2014  2014  2014  
   (Unaudited)  (Unaudited)  (Unaudited)  (Unaudited)  (Unaudited)  
Adjusted return on average assets                 
 Adjusted net income available to common shareholders  $3,863  $3,946  $3,968  $3,841  $3,426  
 Divided by: average assets   2,383,506   2,342,657   2,304,501   2,168,914   1,976,654  
 Multiplied by: annualization factor   4.06   3.97   3.97   4.01   4.06  
  Adjusted return on average assets   0.66 % 0.67 % 0.68 % 0.71 % 0.70 %
  Return on average assets   0.64 % 0.59 % 0.42 % 0.63 % 0.73 %
                  
Adjusted return on average equity                      
 Adjusted net income available to common shareholders  $3,863  $3,946  $3,968  $3,841  $3,426  
 Divided by: average common equity   278,187   273,669   271,853   266,304   265,544  
 Multiplied by: annualization factor   4.06   3.97   3.97   4.01   4.06  
  Adjusted return on average equity   5.63 % 5.72 % 5.79 % 5.79 % 5.23 %
  Return on average equity   5.52 % 5.01 % 3.58 % 5.16 % 5.43 %
                  
Tangible common equity to tangible assets                      
 Total assets  $2,397,864  $2,359,230  $2,326,297  $2,245,554  $2,005,244  
 Less: intangible assets   (39,852 ) (40,200 ) (40,547 ) (40,894 ) (34,792 )
  Tangible assets  $2,358,012  $2,319,030  $2,285,750  $2,204,660  $1,970,452  
                  
 Total common equity  $279,118  $275,105  $271,171  $269,547  $265,966  
 Less: intangible assets   (39,852 ) (40,200 ) (40,547 ) (40,894 ) (34,792 )
  Tangible common equity  $239,266  $234,905  $230,624  $228,653  $231,174  
                  
 Tangible common equity  $239,266  $234,905  $230,624  $228,653  $231,174  
 Divided by: tangible assets  $2,358,012  $2,319,030  $2,285,750  $2,204,660  $1,970,452  
  Tangible common equity to tangible assets   10.15 % 10.13 % 10.09 % 10.37 % 11.73 %
  Common equity to assets   11.64 % 11.66 % 11.66 % 12.00 % 13.26 %
                  
Tangible book value per share                      
 Issued and outstanding shares   44,877,194   44,859,798   44,850,813   44,833,516   44,726,416  
 Less: nondilutive restricted stock awards   (882,178 ) (921,097 ) (931,465 ) (919,216 ) (796,399 )
  Period end dilutive shares   43,995,016   43,938,701   43,919,348   43,914,300   43,930,017  
                  
 Tangible common equity  $239,266  $234,905  $230,624  $228,653  $231,174  
 Divided by: period end dilutive shares   43,995,016   43,938,701   43,919,348   43,914,300   43,930,017  
  Tangible common book value per share  $5.44  $5.35  $5.25  $5.21  $5.26  
  Common book value per share  $6.34  $6.26  $6.17  $6.14  $6.05  
                  
Adjusted allowance for loan losses                      
 Allowance for loan losses  $8,590  $8,262  $9,458  $9,178  $9,076  
 Plus: acquisition accounting FM V adjustments to acquired loans   32,209   35,419   37,746   39,715   34,664  
  Adjusted allowance for loan losses  $40,799  $43,681  $47,204  $48,893  $43,740  
 Divided by: total loans (excluding LHFS)  $1,614,852  $1,580,693  $1,553,392  $1,474,898  $1,302,826  
  Adjusted allowance for loan losses to total loans   2.53 % 2.76 % 3.04 % 3.32 % 3.36 %
  Allowance for loan losses to total loans   0.53 % 0.52 % 0.61 % 0.62 % 0.70 %

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