Southern National Bancorp
Feb 7, 2012

Southern National Bancorp of Virginia Inc. Announces a Restatement of 2009, 2010 and 2011 Financial Statements, Reports Earnings of $5.5 Million for 2011 and Declares Its First Dividend

MCLEAN, Va., Feb. 7, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Southern National Bancorp of Virginia, Inc. ("Southern National") announced today that net income for the year ended December 31, 2011 was $5.5 million compared to $3.3 million (as restated) for the year ended December 31, 2010. All 2010 amounts set forth in this press release, as applicable, reflect the restatement of previously issued financial statements discussed in the paragraph below. In addition, the Board of Directors declared a dividend of $.015 per share payable to shareholders of record as of February 9, 2012. This is Southern National's first dividend since its founding over six years ago.

Separately, Southern National has filed a Form 8-K disclosing that it will restate its financial statements for the year ended December 31, 2009, the interim quarterly periods and year ended December 31, 2010 and the interim quarterly periods through September 30, 2011. In December 2009, we acquired Greater Atlantic Bank from the FDIC. We have identified errors in the purchase accounting related to that acquisition. The most significant adjustment involves the initial estimate of the fair value of the FDIC indemnification asset. Based on current estimates, we believe the as reported amount of $19.4 million at December 31, 2009 was overstated by approximately $10.6 million. We expect that the restatement will result in the reversal of the entire gain of $11.2 million recognized during the fourth quarter of 2009. Based on current estimates, the restatement will result in a Tier I Risk Based Capital Ratio as of December 31, 2009 of 16.06% compared with 17.32% previously reported and a Tier I Risk Based Capital Ratio of 19.53% as of December 31, 2010 compared with 20.52% previously reported. Several other corrections to the purchase accounting will also be made. Correcting the errors in the original purchase accounting impacts accretion and amortization amounts recorded in 2010 and 2011 and certain balance sheet amounts as of the end of the aforementioned accounting periods. We expect that the restatement will result in net income of $3.3 million for the year ended December 31, 2010, compared with $1.8 million previously reported and net income of $4.1 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2011 compared with $3.7 million previously reported. We have provided our analysis of the errors to our former independent registered public accounting firm and our former advisor that assisted with the calculation of the fair value of the assets acquired and liabilities assumed for the Greater Atlantic Bank acquisition and expect that our former public accounting firm will agree will agree with our analysis.    

Overview

Net income for the year ended December 31, 2011 was $5.5 million, up from $3.3 million for the year ended December 31, 2010. Net income during 2010 and the fourth quarter of 2010 were adversely affected by a fourth quarter loan loss provision of $5.3 million and corresponding charge-offs on two Kluge related loans discussed in previous press releases.

Southern National's efficiency ratio was 51.7% for the year ended December 31, 2010 compared to 51.5% for the year ended December 31, 2011.

Fourth quarter 2011 earnings were $1.4 million compared to a net loss of $1.2 million in the fourth quarter of 2010 attributable primarily to the loan loss provisions related to the Kluge properties noted above.

Total assets of Southern National Bancorp of Virginia were $611.7 million as of December 31, 2011, up from $585.6 million as of December 31, 2010. During 2011, we did not acquire any securities as we were unable to identify investment securities that met our yield and stability thresholds. We continued to experience repayments on the covered portfolio. The covered portfolio decreased from $95.3 million at the end of 2010 to $82.1 at the end of 2011. Loan closings in the non-covered portfolio were a robust $46.6 million during the fourth quarter of 2011, only a portion of which was reflected in increased outstanding balances.  Non-covered loans were up to $410.9 million at the end of 2011 compared to $367.3 million at the end of 2010.

Net Interest Income

Net interest income was $27.3 million during the year ended December 31, 2011, compared to $27.8 million during the prior year. Average loans during 2011 were $477.1 million compared to $462.8 million last year. The net interest margin was 5.07% in 2011, up from 5.03% in 2010.

Net interest income was $7.0 million in the quarter ended December 31, 2011 up from $6.4 million during the same period last year. Average loans during the fourth quarter of 2011 were $491.7 million compared to $457.8 million during the same period last year. The net interest margin was 5.03% in the fourth quarter of 2011, up from 4.60% in 2010.

Noninterest Income

Noninterest income increased to $2.1 million during 2011 from $1.4 million in 2010. The increase was largely attributable to an $800 thousand insurance benefit resulting from the death of an officer covered by bank-owned life insurance in the second quarter of 2011.

During the fourth quarter of 2011 noninterest income was $422 thousand, up from $351 thousand in the fourth quarter of 2010. Most of the increase was attributable to the sale of SBA loans during the quarter which resulted in a gain of $395 thousand. This was partially offset by an other than temporary impairment (OTTI) charge for credit on one of the trust preferred securities in the amount of $216 thousand and a write down of an other real estate owned (OREO) property in the amount of $150 thousand.

Noninterest Expense

Noninterest expense was $14.9 million in 2011 compared to $15.3 million in 2010. During 2010 recoveries from the FDIC reduced the indemnification asset in the amount of $1.1 million and more than offset any accretion of the indemnification asset. Legal expense increased by $260 thousand during 2011 compared to 2010. There was noninterest expense of approximately $82 thousand related to the Midlothian Branch which was acquired in October 2011.

Loan Portfolio

The composition of our loan portfolio consisted of the following at December 31, 2011 and 2010 (in thousands):

 

 Covered Non-covered Total Covered Non-covered Total 
  Loans Loans Loans Loans Loans Loans
 December 31, 2011December 31, 2010
 Mortgage loans on real estate:             
 Commercial real estate - owner-occupied   $ 4,854  $ 82,450  $ 87,304  $ 5,427  $ 81,487  $ 86,914
 Commercial real estate - non-owner-occupied   11,118  117,059  128,177  14,377  76,068  90,445
 Secured by farmland   --   1,506  1,506  --   3,522  3,522
 Construction and land loans   2,883  39,565  42,448  3,249  39,480  42,729
 Residential 1-4 family   25,307  49,288  74,595  28,733  58,900  87,633
 Multi- family residential   629  19,553  20,182  629  19,177  19,806
 Home equity lines of credit   35,067  9,434  44,501  40,287  10,532  50,819
 Total real estate loans   79,858  318,855  398,713  92,702  289,166  381,868
             
 Commercial loans   2,122  91,247  93,369  2,443  76,644  79,087
 Consumer loans   108  1,868  1,976  143  2,010  2,153
 Gross loans   82,088  411,970  494,058  95,288  367,820  463,108
             
 Less deferred fees on loans   --   (1,088)  (1,088)  --   (554)  (554)
 Loans, net of unearned income   $ 82,088  $ 410,882  $ 492,970  $ 95,288  $ 367,266  $ 462,554

The increase in the loan portfolio was achieved despite continuing repayments in the covered portfolio and the sale of $4.3 million in SBA loans during the fourth quarter.

Loan Loss Provision/Asset Quality

Our provision for loan losses for the fourth quarter of 2011 was $1.7 million. In the fourth quarter of 2010 it was $5.3 million and was primarily related to charge-offs of a similar amount on two Kluge related loans, one a development loan and one a residential mortgage on a house in the development. In the fourth quarter of 2011 we sold two of the tracts included in the Kluge development loan to a neighbor.

Non-covered OREO as of December 31, 2011 was $13.6 million compared to $3.9 million as of the end of the previous year. During the year we had ten foreclosures (seven commercial real estate loans and three residential mortgage loans) in an aggregate amount of $12.0 million and OREO sales of $2.0 million including part of the Kluge property. Non-covered OREO was comprised of the Culpeper lots, a horse facility and an estate in Charlottesville and two small commercial properties in Charlottesville, a construction/land project, a commercial property in southwest Virginia and three residential properties.

Non-covered nonaccrual loans were $2.1 million (excluding $2.5 million of loans fully covered by SBA guarantees) at December 31, 2011 down from $8.2 million (excluding $1.4 million of loans fully covered by SBA guarantees) at the end of last year.  The ratio of non-covered non-performing assets to total non-covered assets increased from 2.47% (excluding the SBA guaranteed loans) at the end of 2010 to 2.97% (excluding the SBA guaranteed loans) at December 31, 2011. The portions of these SBA loans that were unguaranteed were charged off.

We had charge-offs totaling $6.3 million during the year ended December 31, 2011. During 2010 we had charge-offs of $8.8 million of which $5.1 million was related to the Kluge loans described above. We had recoveries totaling $200 thousand during 2011 and $167 thousand during 2010.

Southern National Bancorp of Virginia's allowance for loan losses as a percentage of non-covered total loans at December 31, 2011 was 1.53%, compared to 1.52% at the end of 2010.  Management believes the allowance is adequate at this time but monitors trends in past due and non-performing loans to determine whether the allowance should be increased.

Securities Portfolio

Investment securities, available for sale and held to maturity, were $45.0 million at December 31, 2011 compared to $56.0 million at the end of 2010. The decline was the result of prepayments. There were no purchases during 2011. During the year it was very difficult to find securities where the prospective earnings outweighed potential losses in the event of a backup in interest rates.

The pooled trust preferred securities portfolio was comprised of the following:

                       
                     Previously   
                     Recognized   
                     Cumulative   
    Ratings         Estimated Current  Other   
  Tranche When Purchased Current Ratings   Fair Defaults and  Comprehensive   
Security Level Moody's Fitch Moody's Fitch Par Value Book Value Value Deferrals   Loss (1)   
            (in thousands)      
ALESCO VII A1B Senior Aaa AAA Baa3 BB  $ 7,075  $ 6,348  $ 3,733  $ 107,400  $ 303  
MMCF III B Senior Sub A3 A- Ba1 CC  437  427  303  37,000  10  
             7,512  6,775  4,036    $ 313  
                       
                    Cumulative Cumulative
                    Other Comprehensive  OTTI Related to 
Other Than Temporarily Impaired:                   Loss (2)  Credit Loss (2) 
TPREF FUNDING II Mezzanine A1 A- Caa3 C  1,500  383  364  134,100  763  $ 354
TRAP 2007-XII C1 Mezzanine A3 A C C  2,081  128  230  157,205  1,374  579
TRAP 2007-XIII D Mezzanine NR A- NR C  2,039  --   31  218,750  7  2,032
MMC FUNDING XVIII Mezzanine A3 A- Ca C  1,057  32  32  121,682  335  690
ALESCO V C1 Mezzanine A2 A C C  2,104  465  383  90,000  978  661
ALESCO XV C1 Mezzanine A3 A- C C  3,135  29  262  246,100  547  2,559
ALESCO XVI C Mezzanine A3 A- C C  2,087  116  424  82,400  791  1,180
             14,003  1,153  1,726    $ 4,795  $ 8,055
                       
Total            $ 21,515  $ 7,928  $ 5,762      
                       
                       
(1) Pre-tax, and represents unrealized losses at date of transfer from available-for-sale to held-to-maturity, net of accretion
(2) Pre-tax                      

During the quarter there were three factors impacting the trust preferred securities portfolio:

Other than the trust preferred securities at December 31, 2011 the securities portfolio (held to maturity and available for sale) was comprised of the following:

Branch Acquisition

On October 1, 2011, we completed the acquisition of the Midlothian Branch of the Bank of Hampton Roads. We assumed deposits in the amount of $42.2 million. Goodwill in the amount of $436 thousand and a premium on time deposits of $303 thousand were recorded.   No core deposit intangible asset was recorded. We also acquired the office building, furniture and equipment in the amount of $1.7 million.

Deposits

Total deposits were $461.1 million at December 31, 2011 compared to $431.0 million at December 31, 2010. We completed the assumption of $42.2 million of deposits of the Midlothian Branch of the Bank of Hampton Roads in October 2011. Certificates of deposit increased $50.7 million during 2011, including $32.2 million from the Midlothian Branch acquisition. This was partially offset by a decrease in money market accounts of $20.9 million during 2011. We assumed money market deposits totaling $9.3 million from the Midlothian Branch acquisition. We had no brokered certificates of deposit at December 31, 2011, compared to $27 million as of December 31, 2010. Noninterest-bearing deposits were $32.6 million at December 31, 2011 and $34.5 million at December 31, 2010. We assumed noninterest-bearing deposits totaling $550 thousand from the Midlothian Branch acquisition. The total of noninterest-bearing deposits and NOW accounts was $50.1 million as of December 31, 2011, compared to $50.5 million at the end of 2010.

Stockholders' Equity 

On an as restated basis, total stockholders' equity increased from $93.3 million as of December 31, 2010 to $99.1 million at December 31, 2011 as a result of the retention of earnings. Our Tier 1 Risk Based Capital Ratios were 19.35% and 18.60% for Southern National Bancorp of Virginia, Inc. and Sonabank, respectively, as of December 31, 2011.

Southern National Bancorp of Virginia, Inc. is a bank holding company with assets of $611.7 million at December 31, 2011. Sonabank provides a range of financial services to individuals and small and medium sized businesses. Sonabank has 14 branches in Virginia, located in Fairfax County (Reston, McLean and Fairfax), in Charlottesville, Warrenton (2), Middleburg, Leesburg (2), South Riding, Front Royal, New Market, Richmond and Clifton Forge, and one branch in Rockville, Maryland.    

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 that relate to future events or the future performance of Southern National Bancorp of Virginia, Inc. Forward-looking statements are not guarantees of performance or results. These forward-looking statements are based on the current beliefs and expectations of the respective management of Southern National Bancorp and Sonabank and are inherently subject to significant business, economic and competitive uncertainties and contingencies, many of which are beyond their respective control. In addition, these forward-looking statements are subject to assumptions with respect to future business strategies and decisions that are subject to change. Actual results may differ materially from the anticipated results discussed or implied in these forward-looking statements because of numerous possible uncertainties. Words like "may," "plan," "contemplate," "anticipate," "believe," "intend," "continue," "expect," "project," "predict," "estimate," "could," "should," "would," "will," and similar expressions, should be considered as identifying forward-looking statements, although other phrasing may be used. Such forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties and may not be realized due to a variety of factors. Additional factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed in the forward-looking statements are discussed in the Annual Reports on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2010 and other reports and statements filed by Southern National Bancorp of Virginia, Inc. with the SEC. You should consider such factors and not place undue reliance on such forward-looking statements. No obligation is undertaken by Southern National Bancorp of Virginia, Inc. to update such forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances occurring after the issuance of this press release.

Southern National Bancorp of Virginia, Inc.
McLean, Virginia
     
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(Unaudited)
(in thousands)   
 December 31,December 31,
 20112010
   (As Restated)
Assets    
Cash and cash equivalents  $ 5,035  $ 9,745
Investment securities-available for sale  9,905  11,068
Investment securities-held to maturity  35,075  44,895
Stock in Federal Reserve Bank and Federal Home Loan Bank  6,653  6,350
Loans receivable, net of unearned income  492,970  462,554
Allowance for loan losses  (6,295)  (5,599)
Net loans  486,675  456,955
Intangible assets  11,155  11,638
Bank premises and equipment, net  6,350  4,659
Bank-owned life insurance  17,575  14,568
FDIC indemnification asset  6,437  7,195
Other real estate owned  14,256  4,577
Other assets  12,601  13,948
Total assets  $ 611,717  $ 585,598
     
Liabilities and stockholders' equity  
Noninterest-bearing deposits  $ 32,582  $ 34,529
Interest-bearing deposits  428,513  396,445
Securities sold under agreements to repurchase and other 
 short-term borrowings  14,236  23,908
Federal Home Loan Bank advances  33,500  35,000
Other liabilities  3,770  2,441
Total liabilities  512,601  492,323
Stockholders' equity  99,116  93,275
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity  $ 611,717  $ 585,598
     
 
 
 
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income
(Unaudited)
 (in thousands)        
 For the Quarters EndedFor the Years Ended
 December 31,December 31,
 2011201020112010
   (As Restated)  (As Restated)
         
Interest and dividend income  $ 8,504  $ 8,449  $ 33,423  $ 36,290
Interest expense  1,487  2,094  6,087  8,513
Net interest income  7,017  6,355  27,336  27,777
Provision for loan losses  1,650  5,250  6,790  9,025
Net interest income after provision for loan losses  5,367  1,105  20,546  18,752
Account maintenance and deposit service fees  198  214  833  900
Income from bank-owned life insurance  139  138  1,336  554
Gain on sale of loans  395  --   395  -- 
Gain on sales of securities available for sale  --   --   --   142
Gain (loss) on other real estate owned, net  (150)  123  (297)  (274)
Net impairment losses recognized in earnings  (216)  (151)  (329)  (288)
Other   56  27  207  341
Noninterest income (loss)  422  351  2,145  1,375
Employee compensation and benefits  1,720  1,388  6,787  6,186
Occupancy expenses  723  656  2,796  2,692
FDIC assessment  125  165  522  705
Change in FDIC indemnification asset  (14)  (27)  (99)  1,040
Other expenses  1,189  1,091  4,890  4,674
Noninterest expense  3,743  3,273  14,896  15,297
Income before income taxes  2,046  (1,817)  7,795  4,830
Income tax expense   670  (663)  2,273  1,500
Net income  $ 1,376  $ (1,154)  $ 5,522  $ 3,330
 
 
 
Financial Highlights
(Unaudited)
(Dollars in thousands except per share data)        
         
         
 For the Quarters EndedFor the Years Ended
 December 31,December 31,
 2011201020112010
   (As Restated)  (As Restated)
         
Per Share Data :        
Earnings per share - Basic  $ 0.12  $ (0.10)  $ 0.48  $ 0.29
Earnings per share - Diluted  $ 0.12  $ (0.10)  $ 0.48  $ 0.29
Book value per share      $ 8.55  $ 8.05
Tangible book value per share      $ 7.59  $ 7.04
Weighted average shares outstanding - Basic  11,590,212  11,590,212  11,590,212  11,590,212
Weighted average shares outstanding - Diluted  11,590,359  11,592,836  11,591,156  11,592,865
Shares outstanding at end of period    11,590,212  11,590,212
         
Selected Performance Ratios and Other Data:      
Return on average assets 0.89% -0.76% 0.93% 0.55%
Return on average equity 5.54% -4.82% 5.72% 3.56%
Yield on earning assets 6.10% 6.12% 6.20% 6.57%
Cost of funds 1.23% 1.76% 1.31% 1.79%
Cost of funds including non-interest bearing deposits 1.15% 1.66% 1.22% 1.68%
Net interest margin 5.03% 4.60% 5.07% 5.03%
Efficiency ratio (1) 50.51% 48.60% 51.52% 51.73%
Net charge-offs (recoveries) to average loans 0.29% 1.13% 1.28% 1.86%
Amortization of intangibles  $ 230  $ 235  $ 919  $ 943
         
         
     As of
     December 31,December 31,
     20112010
       (As Restated)
         
Stockholders' equity to total assets   16.20% 15.93%
Tier 1 risk-based captial ratio     19.35% 19.53%
Intangible assets:        
Goodwill      $ 9,160  $ 8,723
Core deposit intangible      1,995  2,915
 Total      $ 11,155  $ 11,638
         
Non-covered loans and other real estate owned (2):    
Nonaccrual loans (3)      $ 2,079  $ 8,175
Loans past due 90 days and accruing interest    32  -- 
Other real estate owned      13,620  3,901
Total nonperforming assets       $ 15,731  $ 12,076
Allowance for loan losses to total non-covered loans 1.53% 1.52%
Nonperforming assets including SBA guaranteed loans to total     
 non-covered assets     3.44% 2.75%
Nonperforming assets excluding SBA guaranteed loans to total     
 non-covered assets     2.97% 2.47%
Nonperforming assets excluding SBA guaranteed loans to total     
 non-covered loans and OREO     3.69% 3.25%
         
(1) Excludes gains and write-downs on OREO, gains on sale of loans, gains/losses on sale of securities, 
 impairment losses recognized in earnings and nonrecurring income on bank-owned life insurance .
(2) Applies only to non-covered Sonabank loans and other real estate owned.  
(3) Nonaccrual loans exclude SBA guaranteed amounts totaling $2.5 million and $1.4 million at December 31, 2011 and December 31, 2010, respectively.
CONTACT: R. Roderick Porter, President

         Phone: 202-464-1130 ext. 2406

         Fax: 202-464-1134

         Southern National Bancorp, NASDAQ Symbol SONA

         Website: www.sonabank.com