Southern National Bancorp
Oct 23, 2014

Southern National Bancorp of Virginia Inc. Reports Earnings of $2.1 Million for the Third Quarter and $5.5 Million for the First Nine Months of 2014. Board Declares a Special Dividend of $.30 and the Regular Dividend Remains at $.08

MCLEAN, Va., Oct. 23, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Southern National Bancorp of Virginia Inc. (Nasdaq:SONA), the holding company for Sonabank, announced today that net income for the third quarter and nine months ended September 30, 2014 was $2.1 million and $5.5 million, respectively, compared to $1.8 million and $4.9 million during the third quarter and the first nine months of 2013. Third quarter diluted earnings per share were $.17 compared to $.15 last quarter and $.15 in the third quarter of last year.

The merger with Prince George's FSB closed on July 31st and the investment in Southern Trust Mortgage (STM) closed the previous quarter. As a consequence, both are largely included in this quarter's results. The results speak for themselves.

The Bank's tangible capital ratio at the end of September 2014 was 11.65% and the Tier 1 Risk based capital ratio was 16.36% after accounting for the Prince George's FSB merger and the investment in STM. Both ratios are significantly above regulatory minimums to be well capitalized.

In view of continued strong earnings and strong capital ratios, the Board of Directors has declared a special dividend and maintained the regular dividend. The special dividend will be $.30 per share and the regular dividend will be $.08 per share as it was last quarter. Both will be payable November 21, 2014 to shareholders of record on November 12, 2014. Georgia Derrico, Chairman and CEO commented: "We are pleased to be able to declare the special dividend. It is a concrete way to thank our shareholders for their continued support and confidence."

Net Interest Income

Net interest income was $8.8 million in the quarter ended September 30, 2014 up from $7.7 million during the same period last year. Sonabank's net interest margin was 4.59% in the third quarter of 2014, compared to 4.85% in the third quarter of 2013. Although we are seeing some egregious examples from new participants in the Richmond market in regards to low loan rates, the irrational exuberance of a year to a year and a half ago has largely subsided. Average loans were $642.6 million in the third quarter of 2014 compared to $562.5 million in the second quarter of 2014. Approximately $62.6 million of the increase was attributable to the Prince George's FSB acquisition.

We have been loath to invest in securities for some time, believing that yields adjusted for interest rate risk would not adequately compensate us for the inherent risk. Average securities outstanding in the third quarter of 2014 were $91.4 million, compared to $88.2 million last quarter and to $84.2 million in the third quarter of last year. We are well positioned to withstand a rise in interest rates based on the interest sensitivity on our balance sheet. However, during the fourth quarter we will need to expand our securities portfolio modestly for liquidity and collateral purposes.

Net interest income was $24.3 million during the nine months ended September 30, 2014, compared to $22.9 million during the same period in the prior year. Average loans during the first nine months of 2014 were $583.4 million compared to $513.6 million during the same period last year. The Greater Atlantic Bank loan discount accretion contributed $1.5 million to net interest income during the first nine months of 2014, compared to $1.2 million during the nine months ended September 30, 2013. The loan discount accretion on the HarVest Bank portfolio contributed $734 thousand during the nine months ended September 30, 2014, compared to $1.5 million in same period last year. The accretion of the Prince George's FSB discount contributed $95 thousand during the two months since the closing.

The net interest margin excluding the accretion on the acquired portfolios was 4.16% during the third quarter of 2014 versus 4.25% during the second quarter of 2014.

Noninterest Income

During the third quarter of 2014 Sonabank had noninterest income of $609 thousand compared to noninterest income of $375 thousand during the third quarter of 2013. We recognized income from our investment in STM in the amount of $176 thousand.

Noninterest income increased to $1.9 million in the first nine months of 2014 from $1.4 million  in the first nine months of 2013. In addition to income from the STM investment in the amount of $507 thousand, we sold part of our investment in CapitalSouth Partners Fund III, a Small Business Investment Company, for a gain of $202 thousand. 

Noninterest Expense

Noninterest expenses were $5.3 million and $15.5 million during the third quarter and the first nine months of 2014, respectively, compared to $4.3 million and $14.0 million during the same periods in 2013. Merger expenses were $64 thousand in the third quarter of 2014 and $487 thousand during the first nine months of 2014. There were no such expenses in 2013.  

The net gain on Other Real Estate Owned (OREO) for the three months ended September 30, 2014 was $194 thousand compared to a net gain on OREO of $698 thousand for the same period in 2013. During the three months ended September 30, 2014, we sold three OREO properties resulting in gains of $354 thousand and recognized impairment in the amount of $160 thousand on two OREO properties. The gain of $698 thousand in the third quarter of 2013 consisted of a gain of $1.1 million on two OREO properties and loss and impairment charges totaling $410 thousand on four OREO properties.

The net gain on OREO for the nine months ended September 30, 2014 was $433 thousand compared to a gain on OREO of $580 thousand for the first nine months of 2013. The gain in 2014 resulted from the sale of eight OREO properties at a gain of $1.1 million, the sale of three properties at a loss of $466 thousand, and impairment of $160 thousand on two properties.   The gain of $580 thousand in 2013 consisted of a gain of $1.3 million on four OREO properties and losses and impairment totaling $733 thousand on six OREO properties.

As a result of the analysis of the FDIC indemnification asset in the second quarter of 2014, the amortization expense of the indemnification asset increased from $350 thousand for the nine months ended September 30, 2013, to $837 thousand for the nine months ended September 30, 2014. For the quarter ended September 30, 2014, the amortization expense was $403 thousand compared to $113 thousand for the third quarter of 2013.

Loan Portfolio

Since July 31, 2014 Sonabank's loans have included the loans of Prince George's FSB which were brought over at fair value as determined by an outside third party. In addition, Sonabank sold a portfolio of non-performing loans acquired in the Prince George's merger with a book value of $4.6 million at a price of $3.6 million which was the fair value of the non-performing loans on August 1, 2014. In addition, there were four OREO properties which the buyer of the non-performing loan portfolio declined to take which had been written down by $725 thousand.  Since the loan portfolio was booked at fair value, there was no addition to the allowance for loan and lease losses.  

Loan growth has been strong in 2014. The loan portfolio, excluding the Prince George's FSB acquisition, grew by 10.8% ($58.9 million) from December 31, 2013, mostly in commercial real estate and commercial loans. The Prince George's FSB acquisition added another $60.9 million, or 11.1%.

The loan portfolio including the Prince George's FSB transaction was as follows at September 30, 2014:

 Covered Non-coveredTotal Covered Non-coveredTotal 
  Loans (1) Loans Loans Loans (1) Loans Loans
 September 30, 2014December 31, 2013
 Loans secured by real estate:             
 Commercial real estate - owner-occupied   $ 1,363  $ 115,971  $ 117,334  $ 1,603  $ 106,225  $ 107,828
 Commercial real estate - non-owner-occupied   5,791  182,138  187,929  5,829  150,008  155,837
 Secured by farmland   --   580  580  100  508  608
 Construction and land loans   --   53,302  53,302  1  39,068  39,069
 Residential 1-4 family   15,358  118,423  133,781  16,631  66,482  83,113
 Multi- family residential   295  22,481  22,776  585  21,496  22,081
 Home equity lines of credit   24,341  10,353  34,694  25,769  6,431  32,200
 Total real estate loans   47,148  503,248  550,396  50,518  390,218  440,736
             
 Commercial loans   755  114,329  115,084  1,097  104,284  105,381
 Consumer loans   78  2,015  2,093  81  1,308  1,389
 Gross loans   47,981  619,592  667,573  51,696  495,810  547,506
             
 Less deferred fees on loans   8  (1,747)  (1,739)  5  (1,453)  (1,448)
 Loans, net of deferred fees   $ 47,989  $ 617,845  $ 665,834  $ 51,701  $ 494,357  $ 546,058
             
(1) Covered Loans were acquired in the Greater Atlantic transaction and are covered under an FDIC loss-share agreement.

The large increase in the residential 1-4 family portfolio from year-end 2013 to September 30, 2014 was attributable to the Prince George's FSB merger ($50.6 million), and to loans purchased from STM ($7.3 million). As of September 30, 2014, there was $11.3 million in the pipeline with STM.

Loan Loss Provision/Asset Quality

The loan loss provision for the third quarter and the nine months ended September 30, 2014 was $975 thousand and $2.3 million, respectively, compared to $1.2 million and $3.0 million for the same periods last year. Charge offs for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2014 were $1.2 million and $2.4 million, respectively, compared to $1.2 million and $3.0 million for the same periods in 2013.

Non-covered OREO as of September 30, 2014 was $11.5 million compared to $9.6 million as of the end of the previous year.

Non-covered nonaccrual loans were $886 thousand (excluding $3.3 million of loans fully covered by SBA guarantees) at September 30, 2014 compared to $6.0 million (excluding $1.9 million of loans fully covered by SBA guarantees) at the end of last year. The ratio of non-covered non-performing assets (excluding the SBA guaranteed loans) to non-covered assets decreased from 2.35% at the end of 2013 to 1.47% at September 30, 2014. The portions of these SBA loans that were unguaranteed were charged off.

Southern National Bancorp of Virginia's allowance for loan losses as a percentage of non-covered loans at September 30, 2014 was 1.15%, compared to 1.42% at the end of 2013. The ratio has declined largely because the loans acquired from Prince George's FSB were booked at fair value and are not subject to a loan loss reserve. At September 30, 2014, the allowance for loan losses as a percentage of non-covered loans less the acquired Prince George's FSB loans was 1.28%. 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 $92.3 million at September 30, 2014 and $84.4 million at December 31, 2013. The increase was primarily due to the purchases of $11.0 million in callable agency securities and $1.3 million in municipal bonds net of repayments in the first nine months of 2014.

Securities in our investment portfolio are as follows:

Deposits

Total deposits increased to $698.1 million at September 30, 2014 from $540.4 million as of December 31, 2013 largely as a result of the Prince George's FSB acquisition. Notably, non-interest bearing demand deposits increased from a year-end 2013 level of $44.6 million to $70.7 million as of September 30, 2014. Similarly, savings account balances increased from $17.0 million to $41.0 million, and money market account balances increased from $130.9 million to $138.4 million over the same period. Prince George's FSB was an 83 year old institution with deep relationships in its communities.

Stockholders' Equity

Total stockholders' equity increased from $106.6 million at December 31, 2013 to $116.4 million at September 30, 2014 as a result of the retention of earnings and the merger with Prince George's FSB. Our Tier 1 Risk Based Capital Ratios were 16.36% and 16.11% for Southern National Bancorp of Virginia, Inc. and Sonabank, respectively, as of September 30, 2014.

Southern National Bancorp of Virginia, Inc. is a bank holding company with assets of $883.0 million at September 30, 2014. Sonabank provides a range of financial services to individuals and small and medium sized businesses. Sonabank has fifteen branches in Virginia, located in Fairfax County (Reston, McLean and Fairfax), in Charlottesville, Warrenton (2), Middleburg, Leesburg (2), South Riding, Front Royal, New Market, Haymarket, Richmond and Clifton Forge, and nine branches in Maryland, in Rockville, Shady Grove, Germantown, Frederick, Bethesda, Upper Marlboro, Brandywine, Owings and Huntingtown. 

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 of Virginia, Inc. 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 reports (such as Annual Reports on Form 10-K, Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q) filed by Southern National Bancorp of Virginia, Inc. 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)        
 September 30,December 31,    
 20142013    
Assets        
Cash and cash equivalents  $ 45,803  $ 20,856    
Investment securities-available for sale  2,271  1,993    
Investment securities-held to maturity  89,993  82,443    
Stock in Federal Reserve Bank and Federal Home Loan Bank  6,131  5,915    
Loans receivable, net of unearned income  665,834  546,058    
Allowance for loan losses  (7,124)  (7,090)    
Net loans  658,710  538,968    
Intangible assets  13,497  9,973    
Bank premises and equipment, net  9,443  6,324    
Bank-owned life insurance  20,829  18,374    
FDIC indemnification asset  3,970  5,804    
Other assets  32,372  25,535    
Total assets  $ 883,019  $ 716,185    
         
Liabilities and stockholders' equity        
Demand deposits  $ 94,337  $ 68,940    
Money market accounts  138,390  130,855    
Savings accounts  41,047  16,999    
Time deposits  424,311  323,565    
Securities sold under agreements to repurchase and other short-term borrowings  37,779  39,795    
Federal Home Loan Bank advances  25,000  25,000    
Other liabilities  5,775  4,417    
Total liabilities  766,639  609,571    
Stockholders' equity  116,380  106,614    
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity  $ 883,019  $ 716,185    
     
     
 
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income
(Unaudited)
 (in thousands)        
 For the Quarters EndedFor the Nine Months Ended
 September 30,September 30,
 2014201320142013
         
Interest and dividend income  $ 9,984  $ 8,847  $ 27,551  $ 26,419
Interest expense  1,172  1,123  3,293  3,551
Net interest income  8,812  7,724  24,258  22,868
Provision for loan losses  975  1,197  2,344  3,015
Net interest income after provision for loan losses  7,837  6,527  21,914  19,853
Account maintenance and deposit service fees  220  198  594  593
Income from bank-owned life insurance  159  147  455  445
Equity income from mortgage affiliate  176  --   507  -- 
Net impairment losses recognized in earnings  --   --   (41)  (3)
Net gain on sale of available for sale securities  --   --   --   142
Gain on other assets  --   --   202  13
Other   54  30  145  169
Noninterest income   609  375  1,862  1,359
Employee compensation and benefits  2,671  2,338  7,487  6,760
Occupancy expenses  999  965  2,906  2,804
FDIC assessment  149  218  401  676
Change in FDIC indemnification asset  403  113  837  350
Net (gain) loss on other real estate owned, net  (194)  (698)  (433)  (580)
Other expenses  1,261  1,325  4,255  3,999
Noninterest expense  5,289  4,261  15,453  14,009
Income before income taxes  3,157  2,641  8,323  7,203
Income tax expense   1,049  861  2,801  2,341
Net income  $ 2,108  $ 1,780  $ 5,522  $ 4,862
 
         
Financial Highlights
(Unaudited)
(Dollars in thousands except per share data)        
         
 For the Quarters EndedFor the Nine Months Ended
 September 30,September 30,
 2014201320142013
         
Per Share Data :        
Earnings per share - Basic  $ 0.18  $ 0.15  $ 0.47  $ 0.42
Earnings per share - Diluted  $ 0.17  $ 0.15  $ 0.47  $ 0.42
Book value per share      $ 9.54  $ 9.14
Tangible book value per share      $ 8.44  $ 8.27
Weighted average shares outstanding - Basic  11,970,734  11,590,290  11,724,245  11,590,238
Weighted average shares outstanding - Diluted  12,062,656  11,636,997  11,772,080  11,625,207
Shares outstanding at end of period      12,194,570  11,590,212
         
Selected Performance Ratios and Other Data:        
Return on average assets 1.00% 1.01% 0.97% 0.92%
Return on average equity 7.48% 6.67% 6.77% 6.20%
Yield on earning assets 5.21% 5.55% 5.30% 5.53%
Yield on earning assets excluding discount accretion on loans acquired in GAB, HarVest and PGFSB acquisitions 4.77% 4.83% 4.86% 4.95%
Cost of funds 0.71% 0.82% 0.74% 0.87%
Cost of funds including non-interest bearing deposits 0.65% 0.76% 0.68% 0.80%
Net interest margin 4.59% 4.85% 4.67% 4.79%
Net interest margin excluding discount accretion on loans acquired in GAB, HarVest and PGFSB acquisitions 4.16% 4.13% 4.23% 4.21%
Efficiency ratio (1) 58.20% 61.23% 61.20% 60.60%
Net charge-offs to average loans 0.18% 0.20% 0.39% 0.51%
Amortization of intangibles  $ 61  $ 123  $ 151  $ 368
 
         
     As of
     September 30,December 31,
     20142013
         
Stockholders' equity to total assets     13.18% 14.89%
Tier 1 risk-based capital ratio     16.36% 18.56%
Intangible assets:        
Goodwill      $ 12,073  $ 9,160
Core deposit intangible      1,424  813
Total      $ 13,497  $ 9,973
         
Non-covered loans and other real estate owned (2):        
Nonaccrual loans (3)      $ 4,148  $ 7,814
Loans past due 90 days and accruing interest      --   -- 
Other real estate owned      11,505  9,579
Total nonperforming assets       $ 15,653  $ 17,393
Allowance for loan losses to total non-covered loans     1.15% 1.42%
Nonperforming assets excluding SBA guaranteed loans to total non-covered assets     1.47% 2.35%
         
(1) Excludes gains and write-downs on OREO, gains on sale of loans, gains/losses on sale of securities and impairment losses recognized in earnings. 
(2) Applies only to non-covered Sonabank loans and other real estate owned.
(3) Nonaccrual loans include SBA guaranteed amounts totaling $3.2 million and $1.9 million at September 30, 2014 and December 31, 2013, respectively.
CONTACT: R. Roderick Porter, President

         Phone: 202-464-1130 ext. 2406

         Fax: 202-464-1134

         Southern National Bancorp of Virginia Inc.

         NASDAQ Symbol SONA

         Website: www.sonabank.com