Kenneth H. Maloy, President and CEO of SouthCrest Financial Group, Inc. (OTCBB:SCSG) announced today that the company reported preliminary net income for the second quarter of 2015 of $479,000. “We are happy to announce earnings of nearly half a million dollars for the second quarter. While these are the best results the company has had on a core basis since prior to the financial crisis, we continue to strive for increased loan balances and cost efficiencies. We have cut non-interest expenses by over $3 million per year over the past six months, and expect to achieve similar additional savings over the next 12 months. Our focus has been on right-sizing our institution after consolidation last March. This has been a difficult but necessary process to achieve appropriate returns on equity and assets and long term shareholder value.”
Loan growth improved during the quarter with $5 million of organic loan growth (7% linked quarter annualized) augmented with the purchase of a $14 million 1-4 family mortgage portfolio, made up of whole loans, purchased servicing released, located in our home markets of Georgia and Alabama. Organic loan growth remained steady during the quarter and management expects to report similar results in 3Q.
Expense control remains a primary focus for management. During the quarter the company completed a core processing conversion that will drive $1.0 million in additional annualized technology savings phasing in over the next three quarters. We also expect significant savings in occupancy expenses to occur by 2Q16 along with other core non-interest expense declines.
The estimated Tier 1 Leverage ratio at the end of the quarter was 8.81%. On a fully converted basis (including the conversion of all preferred equity) TBV/share ended the quarter at $5.58 per share. The current fully converted share count at the end of the quarter is 8.380 million shares. In addition, the company still retains a deferred tax asset valuation allowance that totals approximately $11.5 million ($1.37/fully converted share).
Asset quality remained stable with 1Q15 at 1.68% NPAs/total assets.
SouthCrest Financial Group, Inc. is a $550 million asset bank holding company headquartered in Peachtree City, Georgia. The company operates a 12 branch network throughout Georgia and Alabama through its subsidiary bank, SouthCrest Bank, N.A. The bank provides retail and commercial banking services, SBA lending, mortgage banking, and online banking services.
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