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Sturgis Bancorp Reports Earnings for Second Quarter 2021

STURGIS, MI / ACCESSWIRE / July 21, 2021 / Sturgis Bancorp, Inc. (OTCQX:STBI) today announced net income of $1.4 million for the second quarter of 2021 and $2.7 million for the first half of 2021.

Sturgis Bancorp is the holding company for Sturgis Bank & Trust Company (Bank), and its subsidiaries Oakleaf Financial Services, Oak Mortgage, Ayres/Oak Insurance, and Oak Title Services. The Bank provides a full array of trust, commercial and consumer banking services from banking centers in Sturgis, Bangor, Bronson, Centreville, Climax, Colon, Portage, South Haven, St. Joseph, Three Rivers and White Pigeon, MI. Oakleaf Financial Services offers a complete range of investment and financial-advisory services. Oak Mortgage offers residential mortgages in all markets of the Bank. Ayres/Oak Insurance offers various competitive commercial and consumer insurance products. Oak Title Services offers commercial and consumer title insurance.

Key Highlights for the first half of 2021:

  • Credit quality is very strong, with 99.84% of loans performing according to loan agreements.
  • The Bank maintained strong capital ratios, exceeding "well-capitalized" requirements, with Tier 1 leverage capital at 8.62%.
  • Sales of $71.0 million residential mortgages generated $1.9 million of noninterest income in 2021, compared to $1.9 million on $70.0 million of sales in 2020.
  • Total assets increased 9.8% to $706.7 million.
  • Net loans increased 12.2% to $499.2 million, including $39.9 million increase in residential mortgages.
  • An interest rate swap was terminated, generating $407,000 gain.
  • Total deposits increased 12.4% to $571.0 million.
  • Allowance for loan losses was 1.39% of loans.

Eric L. Eishen, President and CEO, stated, "The Bank had a strong first half. Few loans were delinquent and loans with COVID-related accommodations in the past year have paid off or returned to normal payments. Earnings were positively impacted by strong Mortgage Banking activity and the gain on swap termination. Paycheck Protection Program loan originations also continued strong through the first half of 2021, serving local employers and introducing some new customers to the Bank. At the end of 2020, the Company issued $15 million of subordinated debt and immediately invested $10 million of the proceeds in the Bank. The debt was issued in anticipation of strong growth opportunities in Berrien County, Michigan. Two branch offices have recently been opened in St. Joseph, Michigan to service those opportunities, and the Portage, Michigan loan production office was converted to a full service branch. In 2021, the Company invested an additional $3 million in the Bank, supporting further successful growth in southwest Michigan."

Three months ended June 30, 2021 vs. three months ended June 30, 2020 - Net income for the three months ended June 30, 2021 was $1,380,000, or $0.65 per share, compared to net income of $1,355,000, or $0.64 per share, for the three months ended June 30, 2020. The tax equivalent net interest margin increased to 2.95% in the first three months of 2021 from 2.92% in the first three months of 2020.

Net interest income increased to $4.7 million in 2021 from $4.2 million in 2020. The growth was primarily due to loan interest income, which increased by $726,000 to $5.3 million. Total interest income increased $713,000 to $5.8 million in 2021, and interest expense only increased $120,000 to $1.0 million in 2021.

The Company provided $357,000 to the allowance for loan losses in the three months ended June 30, 2021, compared to $974,000 in the same quarter of 2020. The higher 2020 provision was due to COVID uncertainties at that time. Net charge-offs were ($43,000) in the second quarter of 2021 and ($2,000) in the second quarter of 2020.

Noninterest income was $2.0 million in the second quarter of 2021, compared to $2.3 million in the second quarter of 2020. Most of the decrease was due to mortgage banking activities. Loan sales were $19.5 million in the second quarter of 2021 and $36.9 million in the second quarter of 2020. Investment brokerage commission income increased to $483,000 in 2021 from $323,000 in 2020.

Noninterest expense was $4.8 million in 2021, compared to $3.9 million in 2020. Salaries and employee benefits, the largest component of noninterest expense, increased $529,000, or 22.8%. The higher compensation expense includes staff for the Bank's expansion into southwest Michigan.

Six months ended June 30, 2021 vs. six months ended June 30, 2020 - Net income for the six months ended June 30, 2021 was $2,743,000, or $1.29 per share, compared to net income of $2,863,000, or $1.35 per share, for the six months ended June 30, 2020. The tax equivalent net interest margin decreased to 2.86% in the first half of 2021 from 3.44% in the first half months of 2020.

Net interest income increased to $9.1 million in 2021 from $8.3 million in 2020. The growth was primarily due to loan interest income, which increased by $986,000 to $10.1 million. Total interest income increased $1.0 million to $11.2 million in 2021, and interest expense only increased $257,000 to $2.0 million in 2021.

The Company provided $993,000 to the allowance for loan losses in the six months ended June 30, 2021, compared to $1.1 million in the first half of 2020. Provisions in 2021 were primarily due to growth of the loan portfolio. The 2020 provision was primarily due to COVID uncertainties at that time. Net charge-offs were $208,000 in the first half of 2021 and $62,000 in the first half of 2020.

Noninterest income was $4.8 million in the first half of 2021, compared to $4.1 million in the first half of 2020. Most of the increase was due to $407,000 gain on termination of an interest rate swap. Investment brokerage commission income increased to $931,000 in 2021 from $685,000 in 2020.

Noninterest expense was $9.5 million in the first half of 2021, compared to $7.9 million in the first half of 2020. Salaries and employee benefits, the largest component of noninterest expense, increased $900,000, or 18.6%. The higher compensation expense includes staff for the Bank's expansion into southwest Michigan.

Total assets increased to $706.7 million on June 30, 2021 from $643.6 million on December 31, 2020, primarily in loans. Loans increased $54.1 million from December 31, 2020, primarily in residential mortgages.

Interest-bearing deposits increased to $427.2 million on June 30, 2021 from $383.5 million on December 31, 2020. The increase in deposit accounts is partially due increased market penetration in southwest Michigan. Brokered deposits, a component of interest-bearing deposits, decreased $20.0 million to $41.2 million in the first half of 2021.

Total equity was $49.8 million on June 30, 2021, compared to $47.1 million on December 31, 2020. The regular quarterly dividend was maintained during 2020 and into the first half of 2021 at a record-high $0.16 per share. Book value per share was $23.40 ($19.34 tangible) on June 30, 2021.

This release contains statements that constitute forward-looking statements. These statements appear in several places in this release and include statements regarding intent, belief, outlook, objectives, efforts, estimates or expectations of Bancorp, primarily with respect to future events and the future financial performance of the Bancorp. Any such forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future events or performance and involve risks and uncertainties, and actual results may differ materially from those in the forward-looking statement. Factors that could cause a difference between an ultimate actual outcome and a preceding forward-looking statement include, but are not limited to, changes in interest rates and interest rate relationships; demand for products and services; the degree of competition by traditional and non-traditional competitors; changes in banking laws and regulations; changes in tax laws; changes in prices, levies, and assessments; the impact of technological advances; government and regulatory policy changes; the outcome of any pending and future litigation and contingencies; trends in consumer behavior and ability to repay loans; and changes of the world, national and local economies. Bancorp undertakes no obligation to update, amend or clarify forward-looking statements as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise. The numbers presented herein are unaudited.

For additional information, visit our website at www.sturgisbank.com.

Contacts:

Sturgis Bancorp - Eric Eishen, President & CEO, or Brian P. Hoggatt, CFO - P: 269 651-9345

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(Amounts in thousands, except share and per share data)


June 30, Dec. 31,
2021 2020
ASSETS


Cash and due from banks
$12,692 $12,060
Other short-term investments
48,897 55,782
Total cash and cash equivalents
61,589 67,842
Interest-earning deposits in banks
1,241 1,241
Securities - available for sale
92,549 73,072
Federal Home Loan Bank stock, at cost
6,026 4,917
Loans held for sale, at fair value
5,058 6,832
Loans, net of allowance of $7,016 and $6,231
499,182 445,091
Premises and equipment, net
12,265 11,844
Goodwill
5,834 5,834
Core deposit intangibles
62 77
Originated mortgage servicing rights
2,735 2,245
Real estate owned
210 341
Bank-owned life insurance
11,234 11,091
Accrued interest receivable
2,163 2,458
Other assets
6,586 10,721
Total assets
$706,734 $643,606

LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY
Liabilities
Deposits
Noninterest-bearing
$143,783 $124,434
Interest-bearing
427,215 383,464
Total deposits
570,998 507,898
Federal Home Loan Bank advances and other borrowings
61,500 61,500
Subordinated debentures - $15,000 face amount (less unamortized
debt issuance costs of $369 at June 30, 2021 and $400 at
December 31, 2020)
14,631 14,600
Accrued interest payable
429 477
Other liabilities
9,391 12,019
Total liabilities
656,949 596,494

Stockholders' equity
Preferred stock - $1 par value: authorized - 1,000,000 shares
issued and outstanding - 0 shares
- -
Common stock - $1 par value: authorized - 9,000,000 shares
issued and outstanding 2,127,791 shares at June 30, 2021
and 2,123,291 at December 31, 2020
2,128 2,123
Additional paid-in capital
8,130 8,050
Retained earnings
40,903 38,840
Accumulated other comprehensive loss
(1,376) (1,901)
Total stockholders' equity
49,785 47,112

Total liabilities and stockholders' equity
$706,734 $643,606

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME
(Amounts in thousands, except share and per share data)


Three Months

Ended June 30,

2021 2020
Interest income


Loans
$5,304 $4,578
Investment securities:
Taxable
289 232
Tax-exempt
134 165
Dividends
84 123
Total interest income
5,811 5,098

Interest expense
Deposits
654 484
Borrowed funds
392 442
Total interest expense
1,046 926

Net interest income
4,765 4,172

Provision (benefit) for loan losses
357 974

Net interest income after provision (benefit) for loan losses
4,408 3,198

Noninterest income:
Service charges and other fees
295 270
Interchange income
305 219
Investment brokerage commission income
483 323
Mortgage banking activities
737 1,122
Trust fee income
101 103
Earnings on cash value of bank-owned life insurance
72 73
Gain (loss) on sale of real estate owned
2 -
Gain on sale of securities
- 157
Gain on termination of interest rate swap
- -
Other income
14 15
Total noninterest income
2,009 2,282

Noninterest expenses:
Salaries and employee benefits
2,851 2,322
Occupancy and equipment
596 499
Interchange expenses
126 97
Data processing
226 220
Professional services
71 52
Real estate owned expense
3 1
Advertising
124 58
FDIC premiums
77 41
Other expenses
675 566
Total noninterest expenses
4,749 3,856

Income before income tax expense
1,668 1,624

Income tax expense
288 269

Net income
$1,380 $1,355

Earnings per share
$0.65 $0.64
Dividends per share
$0.16 $0.16

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME
(Amounts in thousands, except share and per share data)


Six Months

Ended June 30,

2021 2020
Interest income


Loans
$10,073 $9,087
Investment securities:
Taxable
500 489
Tax-exempt
274 394
Dividends
315 174
Total interest income
11,162 10,144

Interest expense
Deposits
1,309 999
Borrowed funds
777 830
Total interest expense
2,086 1,829

Net interest income
9,076 8,315

Provision (benefit) for loan losses
993 1,125

Net interest income after provision (benefit) for loan losses
8,083 7,190

Noninterest income:
Service charges and other fees
593 595
Interchange income
556 430
Investment brokerage commission income
931 685
Mortgage banking activities
1,854 1,898
Trust fee income
185 201
Earnings on cash value of bank-owned life insurance
143 146
Gain (loss) on sale of real estate owned
41 (2)
Gain on sale of securities
- 157
Gain on termination of interest rate swap
407 -
Other income
40 36
Total noninterest income
4,750 4,146

Noninterest expenses:
Salaries and employee benefits
5,747 4,847
Occupancy and equipment
1,204 1,009
Interchange expenses
239 198
Data processing
440 422
Professional services
185 185
Real estate owned expense
6 3
Advertising
230 127
FDIC premiums
141 86
Other expenses
1,331 1,033
Total noninterest expenses
9,523 7,910

Income before income tax expense
3,310 3,426

Income tax expense
567 563

Net income
$2,743 $2,863

Earnings per share
$1.29 $1.35
Dividends per share
$0.32 $0.32

OTHER FINANCIAL INFORMATION
(Amounts in thousands)


Three Months

Ended June 30,

2021 2020
Sturgis Bank & Trust Company:


Average noninterest-bearing deposits
$ 141,526 $ 109,060
Average interest-bearing deposits
427,529 298,697
Average total assets
705,217 579,891
Sturgis Bancorp:
Average equity
49,089 43,013
Average total assets
705,376 580,008

Financial ratios for Sturgis Bancorp:
Return on average assets
0.78% 0.94%
Return on average equity
11.15% 12.67%
Net interest margin
2.91% 2.87%
Tax equivalent net interest margin
2.95% 2.92%

Six Months

Ended June 30,

2021 2020
Sturgis Bank & Trust Company:


Average noninterest-bearing deposits
$136,487 $97,916
Average interest-bearing deposits
423,729 285,925
Average total assets
696,284 540,293
Sturgis Bancorp:
Average equity
48,423 43,250
Average total assets
696,421 540,364

Financial ratios for Sturgis Bancorp:
Return on average assets
0.79% 1.07%
Return on average equity
11.36% 13.31%
Net interest margin
2.83% 3.39%
Tax equivalent net interest margin
2.86% 3.44%

SOURCE: Sturgis Bancorp, Inc.



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