Net Income Shows Improvement for South Atlantic Bancshares
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, April 19, 2016 – South Atlantic Bancshares, Inc. (OTCQX: SABK), parent of South Atlantic Bank, today reported net income of $496,913 or $0.14 per diluted share for the three months ended March 31, 2016, compared to $482,504 or $0.12 per diluted share reported for the same period a year ago. This represents a 3.0% increase in net income year over year.
- The first quarter 2016 was the company's 21st consecutive profitable quarter, continuing a string of strong performances that began with the first quarter 2011.
- Credit quality remains strong with no net charge-offs and nonperforming assets to average total assets of just 0.10 percent.
- Excluding securities gains, pre-tax net income grew 51.6 percent year over year.
- Excluding securities gains, noninterest income grew 21.7 percent year over year.
- Strong performance continued even as the company absorbed the full effect of North Myrtle Beach expansion during the first quarter.
- The net interest margin improved to 4.0 percent.
- Total loans grew 22.5 percent, from $269.3 million at March 31, 2015 to $329.9 million at March 31, 2016.
- Total deposits grew 12.5 percent, from $322.5 million reported at March 31, 2015, to $362.8 million at March 31, 2016.
- Total assets grew 17.2 percent, from $356.7 million at March 31, 2015, to $418.2 million at March 31, 2016.
"Several factors drove the company's financial performance in the first quarter," said K. Wayne Wicker, chairman of the board and chief executive officer. "Loan growth was solid throughout our geographic footprint, fueling gains in net interest income. The net interest margin improved to four percent for the first time in our history. Our mortgage area reported its strongest quarter in the bank's history, reaching highs for both earnings and volume. Additionally, core deposits continued to grow, comprising nearly thirty-three percent of total deposits.
In other news, we will break ground on a new office in Mount Pleasant on Johnnie Dodds Boulevard during the second quarter and expect to occupy the facility by mid-2017. Until then, banking operations will continue at our current location at 1027 Queensborough Boulevard," Wicker said.
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Van Wagner and Byrd Transition to new Posts
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, March 1, 2016 – South Atlantic Bank’s Alison Van Wagner is now a banking officer and will serve as an assistant branch manager at the Main Office. Van Wagner will move from her position as a customer service representative (CSR) in the Murrells Inlet office. Kelly Byrd will fill that position, transferring from the Pawleys Island office where she served as the primary CSR.
Van Wagner originally joined the bank as a teller in Murrells Inlet in January 2014. Prior to South Atlantic Bank, she served as a personal banker at First Federal. Alison is a graduate of Coastal Carolina University with a B.A. degree in communications. She has resided in Myrtle Beach for the past nine years.
Byrd joined South Atlantic Bank in December 2014 as a teller and secondary customer service representative in Pawleys Island. She brought with her 11 years of business experience, including three years spent at Bank of America. Byrd relocated to Murrells Inlet from Virginia Beach, Virginia in 2008.
South Atlantic Bancshares Net Income up 11.8 Percent Assets Cross $400 Million Mark
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, January 28, 2016 – South Atlantic Bancshares, Inc. (OTCQX: SABK), parent of South Atlantic Bank, today reported net income of $2,240,817 or $0.63 per diluted share for the year ended December 31, 2015, compared to $2,004,218 or $0.56 per diluted share reported for the same period a year ago. These figures represent an 11.8 percent increase in net income.
- Year-end 2015 represents the company’s fifth consecutive profitable year.
- Credit quality remains strong with net charge-offs to average total assets of 0.01 percent and zero past due loans for 2015.
- Net interest margin is 3.80 percent.
- Total loans grew 19.7 percent in 2015, from $262.6 million at December 31, 2014 to $314.3 million at December 31, 2015.
- Total deposits grew 3.3 percent, from $326.6 million reported at December 31, 2014, to $337.4 million at December 31, 2015.
- Total assets grew 10.2 percent, from $363.3 million at December 31, 2014, to $400.2 million at December 31, 2015.
“It has been a year of outstanding achievement for our company,” said K. Wayne Wicker, chairman of the board and chief executive officer. “Our financial performance continues to improve, fueled by growth in the loan portfolio in all the markets we serve. Additionally, the merchant services and mortgage loan areas of the bank contributed to our results, helping noninterest income grow fifty-four percent this year.
The company also met several goals in 2015. We further developed our branch network with expansion to North Myrtle Beach and plans for a new and larger office in the Mount Pleasant market. We moved our website from the dot com domain to the dot bank domain, which provides greater safeguards for online commerce. We also continued to upgrade customer services including our goMobile banking app,” Wicker said.
Additionally, the company completed a private placement offering for its common stock, raising $4.6 million to be used for general corporate purposes and to support the growth and capital position of the bank. In October, the company’s stock began to trade on the OTCQX Marketplace, creating greater visibility and accessibility. Lastly, a 10 percent stock dividend – the second in the company’s brief history – took place in December.
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Everyone can Protect Themselves Against Fraud
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, January 6, 2016 – As the holiday season comes to a close, many consumers nationwide have felt the pain that comes with compromised debit cards and fraudulent charges. Debit card fraud can occur in many different ways, the most popular including physical theft of the card, a stolen PIN/card number by an observer from behind, identity theft, hacking, and falsifying or duplicating cards. Cardholders are vulnerable because funds for debit card purchases come directly from their checking accounts.
To help protect consumers from fraud, South Atlantic Bank now offers a free text messaging service to its debit cardholders called smsGuardian®. Senior Vice President and Director of Branch and Deposit Operations Tiffany Suggs says the service is a huge step in the right direction. “Banks are constantly working to prevent fraud. smsGuardian provides cardholders with instant information and easier access to their accounts, helping us stop thieves in their tracks,” explains Suggs.
Here’s how it works: the program sends a text to the mobile device registered with the customer’s account any time specific card transactions are made. This list includes: purchasing fuel; making international, phone, online, and out of state transactions; any declined authorizations; purchases of more than $100; and purchasing more than three items in a 24 hour time period. These sorts of transactions have a higher risk of fraud. The text is sent within seconds of the card swipe and the customer needs to respond to the text only if he or she did not make the transaction in question.
South Atlantic Bank provides this service for free to its debit cardholders.
“We decided to offer the service for free because it’s in everyone’s best interest to deter fraud before it happens. With smsGuardian, we’ve enlisted our customers in the fight. By carefully monitoring their accounts and using a service such as smsGuardian, consumers can help protect themselves,” says Suggs.
The bank employs other safeguards for debit cards including a live, real-time monitoring system that watches for suspicious activity. In the event of fraud, South Atlantic Bank requires customers to provide notification of the transactions within two business days. Customers will lose no more than $50 if someone used their card and/or code without their permission. They will not be liable for any charges if the proper steps have been taken to safeguard the card.
To enroll, visit your local South Atlantic Bank!