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Aquesta 2Q net up 19.4%

July 29. Aquesta Bank net income rose 19.4 percent to $1.42 million during the second quarter ended June 30, up from $1.19 million during the same period last year.

Jim Engel, CEO of Aquesta, said there was solid loan and deposit growth during the period.

“We continue to perform well despite the continuing negative effects the COVID-19 pandemic is having on the global economy,” Engel said.

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Aquesta provided 1,046 Payroll Protection Program (“PPP”) loans totaling $147.1 million, making Aquesta one of the leading community banks participating in PPP lending.

Highlights

Total assets were $678.3 million representing the first time Aquesta has exceeded $600 million in total assets. This growth was driven by PPP loan originations critical to the communities and businesses we serve.

Approximately 16,000 families were helped by Aquesta’s PPP efforts.

Total loan growth of $143.1 million for the first six months of 2020 (annualized 69.0 percent). Loan growth was due to PPP loans as Aquesta focused resources on helping our communities. The increase in total loan portfolio size is expected to be temporary and will decrease as the PPP loans are forgiven and/or paid down.

Total core deposit growth of $77.6 million for the first six months of 2020 (annualized 41.6 percent). Core deposit growth was due to the large number of new deposit customers brought to Aquesta by PPP loans and organic growth.

Earnings growth for the second quarter of 2020 increased by 19.4 percent compared to the second quarter of 2019.

Balance Sheet Growth
At June 30, Aquesta’s total assets were $678.3 million compared to $523.0 million at year-end 2019. Total loans were $558.2 million at June 30, compared to $415.1 million at Dec. 31 last year. Second-quarter loan growth was driven by PPP loan production, which totaled $147.1 million. Core deposits were $451.2 million at June 30, 2020 compared to $373.6 million at December 31, 2019.

Return on Average Assets as of June 30 was 0.77% compared to 0.89% as of June 30, 2019. Decrease in ROA is primarily related to the temporary increase in assets related to the influx of PPP loans with a maximum yield of 1% as mandated by the CARES Act.

Asset Quality
Nonperforming assets were at $10.5 million as of June 30, 2020 compared to $1.2 million as of December 31, 2019. Aquesta had $8.2 million in non-accrual loans as of June 30, 2020 compared to $1.2 million as of December 31, 2019. The increase of both nonperforming assets and non-accrual loans is primarily related to a small concentration of customers. Aquesta held no Other Real Estate Owned at the end of the 2nd quarter 2020 or at the end of the 4th quarter 2019.

Net Interest Income
Net interest income was $8.7 million for the six months ended June 30, 2020 compared to $8.1 million for the six months ended June 30, 2019. This is an increase of $656 thousand or 8.14%. The increase in net interest income is associated with an increased reliance on lower cost core deposits replacing higher cost funding. Additionally, Aquesta was able to accrete $347 thousand of PPP fees into interest income for PPP loans that were held during the quarter. Aquesta deferred $3.7 million of PPP fee income which will be recognized in subsequent quarters as PPP loans are forgiven or paid down.

Provision for Loan Losses
The provision for loan losses was $1.1 million for the six months ended June 30, 2020 compared to $205 thousand for the six months ended June 30, 2019. This is an increase of $928 thousand. The increase is due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and management’s estimation of potential losses in the loan portfolio.

As of June 30, 2020, there were 128 loans on deferral totaling $90.0 million in unpaid principal balance. Of these, 62 loans representing $37.9 million in unpaid principal balance are SBA guaranteed loans not associated with the PPP program.

The ratio of ALLL to total loans is 0.89% as of June 30, 2020. The ratio of ALLL to total loans, excluding PPP loans, is 1.20% as of June 30, 2020. The ratio of ALLL to total loans, excluding PPP loans and balances guaranteed by the SBA, is 1.35% as of June 30, 2020.

Non Interest Income
Non interest income was $1.3 million for the six months ended June 30, 2020 compared to $1.4 million for the six months ended June 30, 2019. The decrease in non-interest income relates to bank owned life insurance death benefits recognized in the 1st quarter 2019 of $127 thousand with no corresponding amount in the current period.

Non Interest Expense
Non interest expense was $5.9 million for the six months ended June 30, 2020 compared to $6.4 million for the six months ended June 30, 2019.

Personnel expense was at $3.1 million as of June 30, 2020 compared to $3.8 million as of June 30, 2019. The decrease in personnel expense is due to the offsetting of salary related costs with PPP origination fees pursuant to ASC 310-20 stemming from the closing and funding of PPP loans.

Occupancy expense increased by $82,000 for the six months ended June 30, 2020 compared to the six months ending June 30, 2019. The increase is due to the addition of the Rae Farms branch and the adoption of new lease accounting standards which required the recognition of additional rental expense in 2020.

Aquesta had gains on the sale of OREO of $13,000 for the six months ended June 30, 2020 compared to gains on sales of $18 thousand for the six months ended June 30, 2019.

Below are the financial highlights for comparison:

Aquesta Financial Holdings, Inc.
Select Financial Highlights
(Dollars in thousands, except per share data)
06/30/20 12/31/19
(unaudited) (audited)
Period End Balance Sheet Data:
Loans $ 558,170 $ 415,071
Allowance for loan and lease losses 4,944 3,868
Investment securities 36,294 56,688
Total assets 678,305 523,010
Core deposits 451,200 373,557
CDs and IRAs 68,453 46,413
Shareholders equity 56,210 53,367
Ending shares outstanding* 5,473,729 5,450,585
Book value per share* 10.27 9.79
Tangible book value per share* 10.27 9.79
*assumes conversion of Series A Convertible Perpetual Preferred Stock
For the three months ended For the six months ended
06/30/20 06/30/19 06/30/20 06/30/19
(unaudited) (audited) (unaudited) (audited)
Income and Per Share Data:
Interest income $ 5,668 $ 5,632 $ 11,344 $ 11,077
Interest expense 1,208 1,474 2,627 3,016
Net interest income 4,460 4,158 8,717 8,061
Provision for loan losses 808 35 1,133 205
Net interest income after
provision for loan losses 3,652 4,123 7,584 7,856
Non interest income 657 612 1,287 1,389
Non interest expense 2,503 3,212 5,947 6,374
Income before income taxes 1,806 1,523 2,924 2,871
Income tax expense 387 335 624 616
Net Income 1,419 1,188 2,300 2,255
For the three months ended For the six months ended
06/30/20 06/30/19 06/30/20 06/30/19
(unaudited) (audited) (unaudited) (audited)
Earnings per share – basic* $ 0.26 $ 0.22 $ 0.42 $ 0.44
Earnings per share – diluted* 0.25 0.21 0.40 0.41
Weighted average shares – basic* 5,473,727 5,412,195 5,469,360 5,170,857
Weighted average shares – diluted* 5,749,853 5,751,734 5,787,407 5,515,013
* assumes conversion of Series A Convertible Perpetual Preferred Stock
06/30/20 12/31/19
(unaudited) (audited)
Select performance ratios:
Return on average assets 0.77 % 0.89 %
Return on average equity 8.40 % 10.03 %
Asset quality data:
90 days or more and accruing $ 2,371 $
Non accrual loans 8,179 1,192
Other real estate loans
Total non performing assets 10,550 1,192
Troubled debt restructurings $ 68 $ 84
Non performing assets / total assets 1.56 % 0.23 %
Allowance for loan losses / total loans 0.89 % 0.93 %

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