US Metro Bank Announces First Quarter 2018 Financial Results

48% Annual Increase in Assets

GARDEN GROVE, Calif.--()--US Metro Bank (OTC Pink: USMT) Mr. Dong Il Kim, President and CEO, announced the bank’s financial results for the first quarter 2018, reporting net income of $1,192,000 for the three months ending March 31, 2018 compared to $4,268,000 reported for the same three months in 2017. Earnings per share (EPS) of $0.07 per share on 16,230,000 shares for the quarter ended March 31, 2018 compares to EPS of $0.26 per share on 16,130,000 shares for the same time period in 2017. Included in the three months’ 2017 income was the net of the tax benefit from reversing a $4.1 million valuation allowance for the deferred tax asset and the adjustment of $1.1 million in the deferred tax asset for the change in the Federal tax rate. The first quarter 2018 earnings reflect the lower federal tax rate, effective January 1, 2018.

“The Board of Directors is pleased with the continued growth and profitability of the Bank while absorbing the new Wilshire Branch, Seattle LPO and the Fashion District Branch in Downtown Los Angeles”

The Bank reported total assets of $329.9 million as of March 31, 2018, representing a 48.3% increase compared to the reporting period ending March 31, 2017 and a 1.4% increase over the fourth quarter 2017. In 2017 the Bank opened a branch office on April 3, 2017 on Wilshire Boulevard in Koreatown, Los Angeles and a Loan Production Office (LPO) on June 15, 2017 in Seattle, Washington. A new branch in downtown Los Angeles’ Fashion District opened on November 1, 2017. As of March 31, 2018 the Wilshire branch recorded a total deposit base of $68.3 million including $12.5 million in non-interest bearing deposits. The new Fashion District Branch had $34.6 million in total deposits at March 31, 2018 including $9.6 million in non-interest bearing deposits. Total Bank loans totaled $228.2 million compared to $153.8 million a year earlier at March 31, 2017, a 48.4% increase and increased from $218.5 million at December 31, 2017, a 4.4% increase. Total Bank deposits ended the quarter at $276.8 million, a 57.9% increase from $175.3 million at March 31, 2017 and compares to $269.1 million at December 31, 2017, a 2.9% increase.

SBA loan originations for the quarter ending March 31, 2018 were $19.0 million compared to $16.4 million for the first quarter in 2017. The Bank sold $18.4 million in SBA loans for a net gain of $1.3 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2018 compared to $15.0 million in SBA loan sales and a net gain of $1.2 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2017.

Loan quality remains good with non-performing assets as a percent of total assets of 0.05% compared to 0.0% as of March 31, 2017. The Bank had no Other Real Estate Owned at March 31, 2018. Allowance for loan and lease losses (ALLL) to gross loans has decreased from 2.15% as of March 31, 2017 to 1.50% as of March 31, 2018. The reason for the decrease is a 48.4% annual growth in loans from March 31, 2017. Accordingly the Bank booked $100,000 of provision expense in the first quarter, 2018 as a result of the loan growth.

“The Board of Directors is pleased with the continued growth and profitability of the Bank while absorbing the new Wilshire Branch, Seattle LPO and the Fashion District Branch in Downtown Los Angeles,” said CEO Kim. “We are excited about continuing the growth of the Bank in 2018 and look forward to the future profitable deployment our new capital.”

US Metro Bank is a California chartered, full service commercial nonmember bank headquartered in Garden Grove, California, with four branch offices in California - Garden Grove, Anaheim, Koreatown/Los Angeles, Fashion District/Los Angeles - and loan production offices in Dallas, Texas, and Seattle, Washington. The Bank opened for business on September 15, 2006, and offers deposit and loan products (including commercial real estate, commercial and industrial and SBA loans), as well as related banking services to its targeted client base of executives, professionals, and small to medium-sized businesses, generally in the Southern California area.

This release contains forward-looking statements, including our expectations with respect to future events that are subject to various risks and uncertainties. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from managements projections, forecasts, estimates and expectations include: fluctuation in market rates of interest and loan and deposit pricing, adverse changes in the overall national economy as well as adverse economic conditions in our specific market areas, maintenance and development of well-established and valued client relationships and referral source relationships, and acquisition or loss of key production personnel. Other risks that can affect the Bank are detailed from time to time in our annual reports. We caution readers that the list of factors above is not exclusive. The forward-looking statements are made as of the date of this release, and we may not undertake steps to update the forward-looking statements to reflect the impact of any circumstances or events that arise after the date the forward-looking statements are made. In addition, our past results of operations are not necessarily indicative of future performance.

 
FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS (unaudited)
 
    At or for the Three Months Ended
    3/31/2018   12/31/2017   % Change   3/31/2017   % Change
Net Income   $ 1,192   $ 480   148.33 %   $ 4,268   -72.07 %
Net Income Per Share (Basic) $ 0.07 $ 0.03 133.33 % $ 0.26 -73.08 %
ROAA (Annualized) 1.46 % 0.66 % 0.80 % 8.50 % -7.04 %
ROAE (Annualized) 9.67 % 3.93 % 5.74 % 58.71 % -49.04 %
Assets $ 329,888 $ 325,326 1.40 % $ 222,452 48.30 %
Gross Loans $ 228,154 $ 218,490 4.42 % $ 153,785 48.36 %
Net Loans $ 224,735 $ 215,173 4.44 % $ 150,485 49.34 %
Deposits $ 276,822 $ 269,093 2.87 % $ 175,305 57.91 %
Non-Interest Bearing Deposits $ 63,112 $ 54,355 16.11 % $ 37,561 68.03 %
Efficiency Ratio 63.71 % 60.93 % 2.78 % 60.56 % 3.15 %
Net Interest Margin 3.85 % 4.12 % -0.27 % 3.83 % 0.02 %
 
 
BALANCE SHEET (unaudited)                
(All amounts in thousands except per share information)        
Assets   3/31/2018   3/31/2017   Y-O-Y Change
Cash and Due From Bank $ 8,452 $ 5,062 $ 3,390 67.0 %
Investments and Fed Funds Sold $ 86,967 $ 59,362 27,605 46.5 %
Loans Outstanding 228,154 153,785 74,369 48.4 %
Loan Loss Reserve (3,419 ) (3,300 ) (119 ) 3.6 %
Other Assets   9,734     7,543     2,191     29.0 %
Total Assets $ 329,888   $ 222,452   $ 107,436     48.3 %
                 
Liabilities and Capital   3/31/2018   3/31/2017   Y-O-Y Change
Deposits $ 276,822 $ 175,305 $ 101,517 57.9 %
Borrowings 1,500 - 1,500 N/A
Other Liabilities 1,607 1,278 329 25.7 %
Equity   49,959     45,869     4,090     8.9 %

Total Liabilities and Capital

$ 329,888   $ 222,452   $ 107,436     48.3 %
 
 
STATEMENT OF OPERATIONS   Three Months Ended        
Income Statement   3/31/2018   3/31/2017   Q-O-Q Change
Interest Income $ 3,606 $ 2,174 $ 1,432 65.9 %
Interest Expense   604     299     305     102.0 %
Net Interest Income   3,002     1,875     1,127     60.1 %
Provision for Loan Losses 100 - 100 N/A
Other Income 1,691 1,462 229 15.7 %
Operating Expenses 2,890 2,021 869 43.0 %
Tax   511     (2,952 )   3,463     -117.3 %
Net Income $ 1,192   $ 4,268   $ (3,076 )   -72.1 %
Net Income Per Share (Basic) $ 0.07 $ 0.26
Ending Common Shares O/S 16,230,000 16,130,000
 
             
Ratios   3/31/2018   3/31/2017   Y-O-Y Change
Net Loan to Deposits 81.18 % 85.84 % -4.66 %
ALLL/Gross Loans -1.50 % -2.15 % 0.65 %
NPAs/Total Assets 0.05 % 0.00 % 0.05 %
Tier One Leverage Ratio 14.71 % 22.49 % -7.77 %
Book Value Per Share (Basic) $ 3.08 $ 2.84 $ 0.23
YTD ROAA (annualized) 1.46 % 8.50 % -7.04 %
YTD ROAE (annualized) 9.67 % 58.71 % -49.04 %
 

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Dong Il Kim
(714) 620-8888

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