Southern National Bancorp
Oct 20, 2016

Southern National Bancorp of Virginia Inc. reports earnings of $2.8 million for the third quarter and $8.1 million for the first nine months of 2016, up from $2.5 million (an increase of 11.45%) and $7.0 million (an increase of 16.82%) during the comparable periods last year. The Board also declared a regular dividend of $.08

MCLEAN, Va., Oct. 20, 2016 (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, 2016 was $2.8 million and $8.1 million, respectively, compared to $2.5 million and $7.0 million during the third quarter and the first nine months of 2015. Third quarter diluted earnings per share were $.22 compared to $.20 in the third quarter of last year.

The Board of Directors declared a dividend of $.08 per share payable November 18, 2016 to shareholders of record on November 7, 2016. This will be Southern National's twentieth consecutive quarterly dividend. Based on SONA's average stock price for the quarter ended September 30, 2016, that is an annualized dividend yield of 2.52%.

Highlights of the Bank's performance were as follows:

Southern National's Total Risk-Based Capital Ratio at the end of September 2016 was 13.24% and the Tier 1 Risk-Based Capital Ratio was 12.33%.  Both ratios are significantly above regulatory minimums to be well capitalized. The Corporation's tangible book value per share at December 31, 2015 was $8.83 and had increased to $9.27 at September 30, 2016.

Net Interest Income

Net interest income was $10.4 million in the quarter ended September 30, 2016 compared to $9.2 million during the same period last year.  Average loans during the third quarter of 2016 were $907.3 million compared to $777.0 million during the same period last year. Sonabank's net interest margin was 4.04% in the third quarter of 2016 compared to 3.87% in the third quarter of 2015. The accretion of the discount on loans acquired in the acquisitions of Greater Atlantic Bank, HarVest and Prince Georges Federal Savings Bank (PGFSB) contributed $536 thousand to net interest income during the three months ended September 30, 2016 compared to $573 thousand during the third quarter of 2015.

Net interest income was $30.3 million during the nine months ended September 30, 2016, compared to $27.1 million during the comparable period in the prior year. Average loans during the nine months ended September 30, 2016 were $879.6 million compared to $747.5 million during the same period last year. Sonabank's net interest margin was 4.05% during the nine months ended September 30, 2016 compared to 4.07% during the nine months ended September 30, 2015. The loan discount accretions on our three acquisitions were $1.6 million in the nine months ended September 30, 2016 compared to $2.0 million in the same period last year.

Noninterest Income

During the third quarter of 2016 Sonabank had noninterest income of $1.2 million compared to noninterest income of $964 thousand during the third quarter of 2015. We recognized income from our investment in STM in the amount of $749 thousand compared to $492 thousand during the same quarter last year.

Noninterest income decreased to $2.7 million in the first nine months of 2016 from $3.1 million in the first nine months of 2015. Much of the non-interest income in the nine months of 2015 resulted from the fact that we transferred from our held-to-maturity (HTM) portfolio all of the trust preferred securities and a non-government sponsored residential collateralized mortgage obligation (CMO) that had previously been classified as other than temporarily impaired to the available-for-sale (AFS) classification.  We sold five of these trust preferred securities and the CMO recognizing a net gain of $520 thousand in the nine month period ended September 30, 2015.

Noninterest Expense

Noninterest expenses were $5.4 million and $17.0 million during the third quarter and the first nine months of 2016, respectively, compared to $5.6 million and $17.0 million during the same periods in 2015.  During the first nine months of 2016, we had losses of $275 thousand because of impairment recognized on three OREO properties.  This was partially offset by gains on the sale of four properties in the amount of $201 thousand, resulting in a net loss of $74 thousand.  During the nine months ended September 30, 2015, we had losses on Other Real Estate Owned (OREO) of $640 thousand because of impairment recognized on five OREO properties.  This was partially offset by gains on the sale of two properties in the amount of $280 thousand, resulting in a net loss of $360 thousand.   Employee compensation increased by $222 thousand compared to the first nine months of 2015, due to increases in the normal course of business.

Loan Portfolio

The composition of Sonabank's loan portfolio consisted of the following at September 30, 2016 and December 31, 2015:

         
 Covered Non-coveredTotal  Covered Non-coveredTotal  
  Loans (1) Loans Loans  Loans (1) Loans Loans 
 September 30, 2016 December 31, 2015 
Loans secured by real estate:         
Commercial real estate - owner-occupied $- $141,969 $141,969  $- $141,521 $141,521  
Commercial real estate - non-owner-occupied  -  301,688  301,688   -  256,513  256,513  
Secured by farmland  -  552  552   -  578  578  
Construction and land loans  -  78,352  78,352   -  67,832  67,832  
Residential 1-4 family  11,421  202,526  213,947   12,994  165,077  178,071  
Multi- family residential  -  32,979  32,979   -  25,501  25,501  
Home equity lines of credit  18,140  10,682  28,822   21,379  13,798  35,177  
Total real estate loans  29,561  768,748  798,309   34,373  670,820  705,193  
         
Commercial loans  -  115,590  115,590   -  124,985  124,985  
Consumer loans  -  916  916   -  1,366  1,366  
Gross loans  29,561  885,254  914,815   34,373  797,171  831,544  
         
Less deferred fees on loans  -  (1,984) (1,984)  -  (2,119) (2,119) 
Loans, net of deferred fees $29,561 $883,270 $912,831  $34,373 $795,052 $829,425  
         
(1) Covered Loans were acquired in the Greater Atlantic transaction and are covered under an FDIC loss-share agreement. The agreement covering non-single family loans expired in December 2014. 
  

Loan growth slowed during the third quarter. After growing 4.97% during the first quarter and 4.10% during the second, third quarter growth was only 0.72%. Originations remained strong but we experienced higher than normal prepayments. One $8 million loan was refinanced with a specialized lender without recourse despite having to pay us a prepayment penalty of over $300 thousand.

Loan Loss Provision/Asset Quality

The loan loss provision for the quarter ended September 30, 2016 was $2.1 million, compared to $850 thousand for the same period last year.  For the nine months ended September 30, 2016, the loan loss provision was $4.1 million compared to $2.9 million for the same period last year. Charge offs for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2016 were $2.2 million and $4.2 million, respectively. Charge offs for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2015 were $766 thousand and $2.4 million, respectively.  The increased level of charge-offs in 2016 was mainly due to a single borrower mentioned above.

Non-covered OREO as of September 30, 2016 was $9.3 million compared to $10.1 million as of the end of the previous year. During the first nine months of 2016 we disposed of two non-covered properties, and there were no transfers from loans to OREO.

Non-covered nonaccrual loans were $3.9 million, of which $1.7 million were fully covered by SBA guarantees at September 30, 2016 compared to $4.2 million ($3.5 million of which were 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 improved from 1.07% at the end of 2015 to 1.04% at September 30, 2016. 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 total loans at September 30, 2016 was 0.96%, compared to 1.06% at the end of 2015.  Management believes the allowance is adequate at this time but continues to monitor trends in environmental factors which may potentially affect future losses.

Securities Portfolio

Investment securities, available for sale and held to maturity, were $90.9 million at September 30, 2016 down from $101.0 million at December 31, 2015. 

Securities in our investment portfolio as of September 30, 2016 were as follows:

During the first nine months of 2016, we purchased $44.0 million of callable agency securities and a fixed rate residential government-sponsored mortgage-backed security in the amount of $2.0 million. Callable agency securities in the amount of $52.1 million were called during the nine months ended September 30, 2016.

In the second quarter of 2015, we transferred seven of the trust preferred securities and a non-government sponsored residential CMO that had been other than temporarily impaired from the held-to-maturity classification to the available-for-sale classification.  We sold five of these trust preferred securities and the CMO recognizing a net gain of $520 thousand in the second quarter of 2015.  The two trust preferred securities we retained in the AFS classification have a fair value of $1.6 million as of September 30, 2016.  We also have two trust preferred securities that we retained in the HTM classification in the amount of $4.1 million, one of which is the above-mentioned Alesco VII.  These two securities have never been other than temporarily impaired.

Deposits

Total deposits were $915.3 million at September 30, 2016 compared to $825.3 million at December 31, 2015.   Demand deposits and NOW accounts were $132.4 million at September 30, 2016 up from $111.8 million at December 31, 2015. Our savings accounts were up from $49.9 million at December 31, 2015 to $51.1 million at September 30, 2016. On the other hand, our money market accounts were down from $131.7 million at December 31, 2015 to $129.7 million at September 30, 2016 as one of our high profile competitors began paying 1.00% on internet money market accounts marketed through their branches.

Stockholders' Equity

Total stockholders' equity increased from $119.6 million at December 31, 2015 to $125.0 million at September 30, 2016 as a result of the retention of earnings. Our Tier 1 Risk Based Capital Ratios were 12.33% and 12.19% for Southern National Bancorp of Virginia, Inc. and Sonabank, respectively, as of September 30, 2016.

Southern National Bancorp of Virginia, Inc. is a bank holding company with assets of $1.1 billion at September 30, 2016.  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 eight branches in Maryland, in Rockville, Shady Grove, 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,     
    2016   2015      
Assets         
Cash and cash equivalents $50,406  $30,336      
Investment securities-available for sale  3,908   4,209      
Investment securities-held to maturity  86,958   96,780      
Stock in Federal Reserve Bank and Federal Home Loan Bank  7,504   6,929      
Loans receivable, net of unearned income  912,831   829,425      
Allowance for loan losses  (8,469)  (8,421)     
 Net loans  904,362   821,004      
Intangible assets  11,439   11,607      
Bank premises and equipment, net  8,389   8,882      
Bank-owned life insurance  23,650   23,126      
FDIC indemnification asset  2,306   2,922      
Other assets  36,514   30,312      
 Total assets $1,135,436  $1,036,107      
           
Liabilities and stockholders' equity         
Demand deposits and NOW accounts $132,424  $111,849      
Money market accounts  129,664   131,731      
Savings accounts  51,114   49,939      
Time deposits  602,069   531,775      
Total deposits  915,271   825,294      
Securities sold under agreements to repurchase  -   10,381      
Federal Home Loan Bank advances - short term  75,000   59,000      
Federal Home Loan Bank advances - long term  10,000   15,000      
Other liabilities  10,120   6,796      
 Total liabilities  1,010,391   916,471      
Stockholders' equity  125,045   119,636      
 Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $1,135,436  $1,036,107      
           
           
           
  
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income 
(Unaudited) 
 (in thousands)         
   For the Quarters Ended For the Nine Months Ended 
   September 30, September 30, 
    2016   2015   2016   2015  
           
Interest and dividend income $12,619  $11,148  $36,583  $32,315  
Interest expense  2,246   1,965   6,324   5,181  
 Net interest income  10,373   9,183   30,259   27,134  
Provision for loan losses  2,050   850   4,062   2,875  
 Net interest income after provision for loan losses  8,323   8,333   26,197   24,259  
Account maintenance and deposit service fees  225   243   675   703  
Income from bank-owned life insurance  175   160   524   464  
Equity income from mortgage affiliate  749   492   1,381   1,270  
Net gain on sale of available for sale securities  -   -   -   520  
Gain on sale of other assets  -   -   -   7  
Other  37   69   117   164  
 Noninterest income  1,186   964   2,697   3,128  
Employee compensation and benefits  2,699   2,892   8,753   8,531  
Occupancy expenses  1,066   1,001   3,097   3,132  
FDIC assessment  165   174   478   502  
Amortization of FDIC indemnification asset  187   105   606   351  
Net (gain) loss on other real estate owned, net  (9)  97   74   360  
Other expenses  1,261   1,302   4,009   4,105  
 Noninterest expense  5,369   5,571   17,017   16,981  
 Income before income taxes  4,140   3,726   11,877   10,406  
Income tax expense  1,375   1,245   3,757   3,455  
 Net income $2,765  $2,481  $8,120  $6,951  
           
           
           
           
Financial Highlights 
(Unaudited) 
(Dollars in thousands except per share data)         
           
   For the Quarters Ended For the Nine Months Ended 
   September 30, September 30, 
    2016   2015   2016   2015  
           
Per Share Data :         
Earnings  per share - Basic $0.23  $0.20  $0.66  $0.56  
Earnings  per share - Diluted $0.22  $0.20  $0.65  $0.56  
Book value per share     $10.20  $9.86  
Tangible book value per share     $9.27  $8.90  
Weighted average shares outstanding - Basic  12,258,270   12,222,173   12,248,025   12,316,143  
Weighted average shares outstanding - Diluted  12,429,366   12,341,084   12,401,699   12,435,144  
Shares outstanding at end of period      12,261,643   12,202,243  
           
Selected Performance Ratios and Other Data (1):         
Return on average assets  1.00%  0.97%  1.01%  0.96% 
Return on average equity  8.88%  8.22%  8.88%  7.93% 
Yield on earning assets  4.91%  4.70%  4.90%  4.84% 
Cost of funds  1.03%  0.96%  0.99%  0.90% 
Net interest margin  4.04%  3.87%  4.05%  4.07% 
Efficiency ratio (2)  46.53%  53.95%  51.41%  55.90% 
Net charge-offs to average loans  0.22%  0.09%  0.46%  0.29% 
Amortization of intangibles $44  $66  $168  $196  
           
           
       As of 
       September 30, December 31, 
        2016   2015  
           
Stockholders' equity to total assets      11.01%  11.55% 
Tier 1 risk-based capital ratio      12.33%  13.13% 
Intangible assets:         
 Goodwill     $10,514  $10,514  
 Core deposit intangible      925   1,093  
 Total     $11,439  $11,607  
           
Non-covered loans and other real estate owned (3):         
Nonaccrual loans (4)     $3,922  $4,173  
Loans past due 90 days and accruing interest      -   -  
Other real estate owned      9,341   10,096  
Total nonperforming assets     $13,263  $14,269  
Allowance for loan losses to total non-covered  loans      0.96%  1.06% 
Nonperforming assets excluding SBA guaranteed loans to total         
non-covered assets      1.04%  1.07% 
           
(1) Selected performance ratios and other data are annualized except for the efficiency ratio, net charge offs and amortization of intangibles. 
(2) Excludes gains and write-downs on OREO, gains on sale of loans, gains/losses on sale of securities and impairment losses recognized in earnings. 
(3) Applies only to non-covered Sonabank loans and other real estate owned.       
(4) Nonaccrual loans include SBA guaranteed amounts totaling $1.7 million and $3.5 million at September 30, 2016 and December 31, 2015, 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