April 20, 2012

MetroCorp Bancshares, Inc. Announces Net Income of $2.8 Million for First Quarter 2012, an Increase of 30%. Earnings of $0.16 per Diluted Common Share Compared with $0.12 in 2011.

HOUSTON, April 20, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- MetroCorp Bancshares, Inc. (Nasdaq: MCBI), a Texas corporation, which provides community banking services through its subsidiaries, MetroBank, N.A., serving Texas, and Metro United Bank, serving California, today announced the operating results for the first quarter of 2012.    

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Financial Highlights

  • Net income of $2.8 million for the first quarter of 2012 improved 30.2% compared with $2.1 million for the first quarter of 2011.
  • Earnings per diluted common share of $0.16 increased 33.3% for the first quarter of 2012 compared with $0.12 for the first quarter of 2011. 
  • Total nonperforming assets at March 31, 2012 declined $6.5 million or 10.1% to $57.4 million compared with $63.9 million at December 31, 2011. 
  • The ratio of nonperforming assets to total assets declined to 3.83% at March 31, 2012 compared with 4.27% at December 31, 2011.
  • Net interest margin was 3.93% for the first quarter of 2012 compared with 3.85% for the first quarter of 2011.
  • Total risk-based capital ratio increased to 17.59% at March 31, 2012 compared with 17.30% at December 31, 2011.

George M. Lee, Executive Vice Chairman, President and CEO of MetroCorp Bancshares, Inc. stated, "It is always encouraging to be able to start a new year with a solid first quarter of performance.  The financial highlights outlined above were consistent with the goals we had set for ourselves; a stronger start for the first quarter of 2012 as compared to the first quarter of 2011, especially with regard to the Company's net income and net interest margin.  Net income increased from $2.1 million for the first quarter 2011 to $2.8 million for the first quarter 2012, with an improved net interest margin of 3.93% for the first quarter of 2012 as compared to 3.85% for the first quarter of 2011.

"The Company's asset quality improvement trend also continued with consistent quarterly progress as evidenced by the $6.5 million decline in nonperforming assets between the quarter ending December 31, 2011 and quarter ending March 31, 2012.  In addition, a $7.3 million non-accruing hotel loan in Texas was sold after the end of the first quarter.

"With a solid foundation to begin the new year, management is looking forward to a year of healthy and well-balanced loan growth in both Texas and California."

Interest income and expense
Net interest income for the three months ended March 31, 2012 was $13.6 million, a decrease of $56,000 or 0.4% compared with $13.7 million for the same period in 2011. The decrease for the three months ended March 31, 2012 was due primarily to a decline in average total loans, partially offset by lower cost and volume of deposits.  On a linked-quarter basis, net interest income increased $72,000 to $13.6 million compared with the three months ended December 31, 2011. 

The net interest margin for the three months ended March 31, 2012 was 3.93%, an increase of eight basis points compared with 3.85% for the same period in 2011. The yield on average earning assets decreased 17 basis points, and the cost of average earning assets decreased 25 basis points for the same periods.  On a linked-quarter basis, the net interest margin for the three months ended March 31, 2012 increased six basis points compared with 3.87% for the three months ended December 31, 2011. The yield on average earning assets increased three basis points, and the cost of average earning assets decreased three basis points compared with the yields at December 31, 2011.

Interest income for the three months ended March 31, 2012 was $16.4 million, down $1.1 million or 6.0% compared with $17.5 million for the same period in 2011, primarily due to lower loan volume and lower yield on securities, partially offset by an increase in the yield of federal funds sold and other short-term investments.  Average earning assets decreased $48.6 million or 3.4% to $1.40 billion for the first quarter of 2012, compared with $1.44 billion for the same period in 2011.  Average total loans decreased $77.1 million or 6.8% to $1.05 billion for the first quarter of 2012 compared with $1.13 billion for the first quarter of 2011. The yield on average earning assets for the first quarter of 2012 was 4.73% compared with 4.90% for the first quarter of 2011.

Interest expense for the three months ended March 31, 2012 was $2.8 million, down $997,000 or 26.6% compared with $3.8 million for the same period in 2011, primarily due to lower deposit cost and lower time deposit volume. Average interest-bearing deposits were $1.00 billion for the first quarter of 2012, a decrease of $49.5 million or 4.7% compared with $1.05 billion for the same period of 2011. The cost of interest-bearing deposits for the first quarter of 2012 was 0.87% compared with 1.21% for the first quarter of 2011.  Average other borrowings, excluding junior subordinated debentures, were $26.0 million for the first quarter of 2012, a decrease of $30.6 million or 54.0% compared with $56.6 million for the first quarter of 2011.  The cost of other borrowings for the first quarter of 2012 was 3.82% compared with 2.01% for the first quarter of 2011, primarily due to borrowings with a lower cost being paid off.

Noninterest income and expense
Noninterest income for the three months ended March 31, 2012 was $1.8 million an increase of $144,000 or 8.7% compared with $1.7 million for the same period in 2011. The increase for the three months ended March 31, 2012 was primarily due to losses sustained on securities transactions during the first quarter of 2011, and an increase in service fees combined with a decline in net impairments on securities during the first quarter of 2012.

Noninterest expense for the three months ended March 31, 2012 was $10.9 million, a decrease of $830,000 or 7.1% compared with $11.8 million for the same period in 2011.  The decrease was mainly the result of decreases in other noninterest expense and FDIC assessments, partially offset by increases in salaries and employee benefits and expenses related to ORE.  Other noninterest expense declined primarily due to a decrease in the provision for unfunded commitments.

Salaries and employee benefits expense for the three months ended March 31, 2012 was $5.9 million, an increase of $676,000 or 12.9% compared with $5.2 million for the same period in 2011. The increase was primarily due to increases in bonus accruals and employee healthcare benefits expense. 

Provision for loan losses
The following table summarizes the provision for loan losses and net charge-offs as of and for the quarters indicated:



March 31, 2012


December 31, 2011


September 30, 2011


June 30, 2011


March 31, 2011



(dollars in thousands)

Allowance for Loan Losses











Balance at beginning of quarter


$28,321


$29,969


$30,393


$31,883


$ 33,757

Provision for loan losses for quarter


400


1,275


875


1,245


330

Net charge-offs for quarter


(655)


(2,923)


(1,299)


(2,735)


(2,204)

Balance at end of quarter


$28,066


$28,321


$29,969


$30,393


$31,883












Total loans


$1,046,549


$1,044,616


$1,059,165


$1,065,167


$1,096,207












Allowance for loan losses to total  loans


2.68%


2.71%


2.83%


2.85%


2.91%

Net charge-offs to total  loans


0.06%


0.28%


0.12%


0.26%


0.20%

The provision for loan losses for the three months ended March 31, 2012 was $400,000, an increase of $70,000 compared with $330,000 for the same period in 2011.  On a linked-quarter basis, the provision for loan losses in the first quarter of 2012 decreased $875,000 to $400,000 compared with $1.3 million for the fourth quarter of 2011, primarily as a result of lower net charge-offs and a reduction in nonperforming assets.

Net charge-offs for the three months ended March 31, 2012 were $655,000 or 0.06% of total loans compared with net charge-offs of $2.2 million or 0.20% of total loans for the three months ended March 31, 2011. The net charge-offs for the first quarter of 2012 primarily consisted of $535,000 in loans from Texas and $120,000 in loans from California. 

Asset Quality
The following table summarizes nonperforming assets as of the dates indicated:



March 31,

  2012


December 31,  2011


September 30,

  2011



(dollars in thousands)

Nonperforming Assets







Nonaccrual loans


$        25,704


$        31,099


$        29,664

Accruing loans 90 days or more past due


-


-


28

Troubled debt restructurings - accruing


-


-


-

Troubled debt restructurings -  nonaccruing


16,073


13,763


18,660

Other real estate ("ORE")


15,638


19,018


23,844

Total nonperforming assets


57,415


63,880


72,196








Total nonperforming assets to total assets


3.83%


4.27%


4.82%


Total nonperforming assets at March 31, 2012 were $57.4 million ($40.0 million from Texas and $17.4 million from California) compared with $63.9 million at December 31, 2011 ($46.2 million from Texas and $17.7 million from California), a decrease of $6.5 million or 10.1%. The ratio of total nonperforming assets to total assets decreased to 3.83% at March 31, 2012 from 4.27% at December 31, 2011. The decrease in nonperforming assets in Texas consisted primarily of a net decline of $2.6 million in combined nonaccrual loans and nonaccrual troubled debt restructurings ("TDRs"), and a $3.5 million decline in ORE. In Texas, nonaccrual loans decreased primarily due to $1.5 million received in payoffs, a $1.2 million note sale and $992,000 in charge-offs, partially offset by the addition of two loans totaling $1.7 million. The decrease in nonperforming assets in California primarily consisted of decreases of $338,000 in nonaccrual loans and $156,000 in nonaccrual TDRs, partially offset by an increase in ORE. 

ORE, at March 31, 2012, decreased $3.4 million compared with December 31, 2011, which included a decrease of $3.5 million in Texas, partially offset by an increase of $165,000 in California.  The decrease in Texas was primarily the result of the sale of two properties.  The increase in California was primarily the result of one loan that was transferred to ORE.

Approximately $39.8 million or 95.3% of nonaccrual loans and nonaccruing TDRs at March 31, 2012, are collateralized by real estate.  Management is closely monitoring the loan portfolio and actively working on problem loan resolutions but uncertain economic conditions could further impact the loan portfolio.

Management conference call.  On Monday, April 23, 2012, the Company will hold a conference call at 10:00 a.m. Central (11:00 a.m. Eastern) to discuss the first quarter 2012 results.  A brief management presentation will be followed by a question and answer period.  To participate by phone, U.S. callers may dial 1.877.407.8291 (International callers may dial 1.201.689.8345) and ask for the MetroCorp conference.  The call will be webcast by Shareholder.com  and can be accessed at MetroCorp's web site at www.metrobank-na.com.  An audio archive of the call will be available approximately one hour after the call and will be accessible at www.metrobank-na.com in the Investor Relations section.

MetroCorp Bancshares, Inc., provides a full range of commercial and consumer banking services through its wholly owned subsidiaries, MetroBank, N.A. and Metro United Bank. The Company has thirteen full-service banking locations in the greater Houston and Dallas, Texas metropolitan areas, and six full service banking locations in the greater San Diego, Los Angeles and San Francisco, California metropolitan areas. As of December 31, 2011, the Company had consolidated assets of $1.5 billion.  For more information, visit the Company's web site at www.metrobank-na.com.

The statements contained in this release that are not historical facts may constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.  Forward-looking statements describe the Company's future plans, projections, strategies and expectations, are based on assumptions and involve a number of risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond the Company's control.  Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from the results anticipated or projected include, but are not limited to, the following: (1) general business and economic conditions in the markets the Company serves may be less favorable than expected which could decrease the demand for loan, deposit and other financial services and increase loan delinquencies and defaults; (2) changes in the interest rate environment which could reduce the Company's net interest margin; (3) the failure of or changes in management's assumptions regarding the adequacy of the allowance for loan losses; (4) an adverse change in the real estate market in the Company's primary market areas; (5) legislative or regulatory developments including changes in laws concerning taxes, banking, securities, insurance and other aspects of the financial services industry; (6) the effect of compliance, or failure to comply within stated deadlines, with the provisions of the Formal Agreement between MetroBank and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency; (7) the effect of compliance, or failure to comply within stated deadlines, with the provisions of the Consent Order between Metro United Bank and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and the California Department of Financial Institutions; (8) increases in the level of nonperforming assets; (9) changes in the availability of funds which could increase costs or decrease liquidity; (10) the effects of competition from other financial institutions operating in the Company's market area and elsewhere, including institutions operating locally, regionally, nationally and internationally, together with such competitors offering banking products and services by mail, telephone, computer and the Internet; (11) changes in accounting principles, policies or guidelines; (12) a deterioration or downgrade in the credit quality and credit agency ratings of the securities in the Company's securities portfolio; (13) the incurrence and possible impairment of goodwill associated with an acquisition; (14) the Company's ability to raise additional capital; (15) the inability to fully realize the Company's net deferred tax asset; and (16) the Company's ability to adapt successfully to technological changes to meet customers' needs and developments in the marketplace. All written or oral forward-looking statements are expressly qualified in their entirety by these cautionary statements.  These and other risks and factors are further described from time to time in the Company's 2011 Annual Report on Form 10-K and other reports and other documents filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

For more information contact:
MetroCorp Bancshares, Inc., Houston
George Lee, Executive Vice Chairman, President & CEO, (713) 776-3876, or
David Choi, Executive Vice President& CFO, (713) 776-3876

 

MetroCorp Bancshares, Inc.

(In thousands, except share amounts)

(Unaudited)







March 31,


December 31,



2012


2011


Consolidated Balance Sheets





Assets





Cash and due from banks

$     25,692


$       28,798


Federal funds sold and other short-term investments

157,620


164,811



Total cash and cash equivalents

183,312


193,609


Securities available-for-sale, at fair value

191,215


172,389


Securities held-to-maturity, at cost (fair value $4,577 at March 31, 2012 and $4,536 at December 31, 2011)

4,046


4,046


Other investments 

6,375


6,484


Loans, net of allowance for loan losses of $28,066 and $28,321, respectively

1,018,483


1,015,095


Loans, held-for-sale

-


1,200


Accrued interest receivable

4,367


4,327


Premises and equipment, net

4,496


4,697


Goodwill

14,327


14,327


Core deposit intangibles

101


115


Deferred tax asset

14,785


14,995


Customers' liability on acceptances

5,075


5,152


Foreclosed assets, net

15,638


19,018


Cash value of bank owned life insurance

31,775


31,427


Prepaid FDIC assessment

4,822


5,204


Other assets

2,190


2,446



Total assets

$1,501,007


$  1,494,531






Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity





Deposits:






Noninterest-bearing

$   258,043


$     259,397



Interest-bearing

998,784


992,178




Total deposits

1,256,827


1,251,575


Junior subordinated debentures

36,083


36,083


Other borrowings

26,000


26,315


Accrued interest payable

285


310


Acceptances outstanding

5,075


5,152


Other liabilities

9,341


9,913



Total liabilities

1,333,611


1,329,348


Commitments and contingencies

-


-


Shareholders' Equity:






Preferred stock, $1.00 par value, 2,000,000 shares authorized; 45,000 shares issued and outstanding at March 31, 2012 and December 31, 2011, respectively

45,039


45,003



Common stock, $1.00 par value, 50,000,000 shares authorized; 13,346,815 and 13,340,815 shares issued; 13,333,047 and 13,340,815 shares outstanding at March 31, 2012 and December 31, 2011, respectively

13,347


13,341



Additional paid-in-capital

33,874


33,816



Retained earnings

75,357


73,188



Accumulated other comprehensive loss

(109)


(165)



Treasury stock, at cost

(112)


-




Total shareholders' equity

167,396


165,183




Total liabilities and shareholders' equity

$1,501,007


$   1,494,531







Nonperforming Assets and Asset Quality Ratios





Nonaccrual loans

$     25,704


$        31,099


Accruing loans 90 days or more past due

-


-


Troubled debt restructurings - accrual

-


-


Troubled debt restructurings - nonaccrual

16,073


13,763


Other real estate ("ORE")

15,638


19,018


Total nonperforming assets

57,415


63,880







Total nonperforming assets to total assets

3.83

%

4.27

%

Total nonperforming assets to total loans and ORE

5.41

%

6.01

%

Allowance for loan losses to total loans

2.68

%

2.71

%

Allowance for loan losses to total nonperforming loans

67.18

%

63.13

%

Net year-to-date charge-offs to total loans 

0.06

%

0.88

%

Net year-to-date charge-offs

$          655


$          9,161


Total loans to total deposits

83.27

%

83.46

%






 

 

MetroCorp Bancshares, Inc.

(In thousands, except per share amounts)

(Unaudited)















For the Three Months







Ended March  31,







2012


2011


Average Balance Sheet Data






Total assets


$1,493,413


$1,539,437


Securities


184,531


179,198


Total loans


1,048,717


1,125,832


Allowance for loan losses


28,707


34,632


Net loans


1,020,010


1,091,200


Total interest-earning assets


1,395,329


1,443,913


Total deposits


1,247,878


1,272,603


Other borrowings and junior subordinated debt


62,090


92,672


Total shareholders' equity


167,029


160,094











Income Statement Data






Interest income:







Loans


$      14,999


$      16,002



Securities:








Taxable


1,027


1,228




Tax-exempt


117


98



Federal funds sold and other short-term investments

255


123





Total interest income


16,398


17,451


Interest expense:







Time deposits


1,536


2,226



Demand and savings deposits


635


920



Other borrowings


583


605





Total interest expense


2,754


3,751


Net interest income


13,644


13,700


Provision for loan losses


400


330


Net interest income after provision for loan losses


13,244


13,370


Noninterest income:







Service fees


1,117


1,056



Other loan-related fees


70


97



Letters of credit commissions and fees


197


184



Gain (loss) on securities, net


12


(50)












Total other-than-temporary impairment ("OTTI") on securities


(39)


(105)




Less: Noncredit portion of OTTI


-


(17)





Net impairments on securities


(39)


(88)



Other noninterest income


446


460





Total noninterest income


1,803


1,659


Noninterest expense:







Salaries and employee benefits


5,921


5,245



Occupancy and equipment


1,689


1,802



Foreclosed assets, net


1,001


675



FDIC assessment


397


861



Other noninterest expense


1,925


3,180





Total noninterest expense


10,933


11,763


Income before provision for income taxes


4,114


3,266


Provision for income taxes


1,346


1,140


Net income 


$        2,768


$        2,126











Dividends and discount - preferred stock


$         (598)


$         (605)


Net income applicable to common stock


$        2,170


$        1,521











Per Share Data






Earnings per share - basic


$          0.16


$          0.12


Earnings per share - diluted


0.16


0.12


Weighted average shares outstanding:







Basic


13,169


13,136



Diluted


13,309


13,205


 Dividends per common share 


$              -


$              -











Performance Ratio Data






Return on average assets


0.75

%

0.56

%

Return on average shareholders' equity


6.67

%

5.39

%

Net interest margin


3.93

%

3.85

%

Efficiency ratio (1)


66.96

%

67.87

%

Equity to assets (average)


11.18

%

10.40

%











(1) The efficiency ratio is calculated by dividing total noninterest expense, excluding loan loss provisions, goodwill impairment, provisions for unfunded commitments, writedowns on foreclosed assets and gains and losses on sales of foreclosed assets, by net interest income plus noninterest income, excluding impairment on securities.










 

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