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Macatawa Bank Corporation Reports First Quarter 2019 Results

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HOLLAND, Mich., April 25, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Macatawa Bank Corporation (NASDAQ: MCBC) today announced its results for the first quarter of 2019, reflecting continued strong financial performance.

  • Net income of $7.6 million in first quarter 2019 versus $5.8 million in first quarter 2018 – up 33%
  • Growth in net interest income – up $1.8 million (13%) from first quarter 2018
  • Net interest margin of 3.54% in first quarter 2019, up from 3.34% in first quarter 2018
  • Decrease in total non-interest expense – down $196,000 (-2%) from first quarter 2018
  • Loan portfolio balances up by $59 million (4%) from first quarter 2018
  • Core deposit balances up by $57 million (4%) from first quarter 2018
  • Asset quality metrics remained strong

Macatawa reported net income of $7.6 million, or $0.22 per diluted share, in the first quarter 2019 compared to $5.8 million, or $0.17 per diluted share, in the first quarter 2018. 

"We are pleased to report a continuation of strong performance for the first quarter of 2019,” said Ronald L. Haan, President and CEO of the Company.  “Revenue growth, primarily from higher net interest income, along with a reduction in total non-interest expense resulted in a 33 percent increase in net income compared to the first quarter of 2018.  Continued growth in our balances of loans has positively affected our net interest income while expenses have remained well-controlled.” 

Mr. Haan concluded:  "Our commitment to operating a well-disciplined company that delivers superior financial services to the communities of Western Michigan has again resulted in strong and consistent financial performance for our shareholders.  The banking environment in Western Michigan remains highly competitive, and our continued success is a result of the efforts of a strong and committed team of professional bankers.”

Operating Results 
Net interest income for the first quarter 2019 totaled $16.0 million, an increase of $392,000 from the fourth quarter 2018 and an increase of $1.8 million from the first quarter 2018.  Net interest margin was 3.54 percent, up 8 basis points from the fourth quarter 2018, and up 20 basis points from the first quarter 2018.  Net interest income for the first quarter 2019 benefitted from the collection of $251,000 in prepayment fees on commercial loans, primarily related to one commercial relationship.  Prepayment fees were only $16,000 in the fourth quarter 2018 and $2,000 in the first quarter 2018.

Average interest earning assets for the first quarter 2019 increased $27.7 million from the fourth quarter 2018 and were up $103.3 million from the first quarter 2018.  This growth along with the improvement in net interest margin from rising rates and the prepayment fees discussed above were the primary contributors to the improvement in net interest income.

Non-interest income decreased $77,000 in the first quarter 2019 compared to the fourth quarter 2018 and increased $196,000 from the first quarter 2018.  These changes were largely due to fluctuations in gains on sales of mortgage loans.  Gains on sales of mortgage loans in the first quarter 2019 were down $80,000 compared to the fourth quarter 2018 and were up $70,000 from the first quarter 2018.  The Bank originated $6.8 million in mortgage loans for sale in the first quarter 2019 compared to $9.9 million in the fourth quarter 2018 and $5.1 million in the first quarter 2018.  The Bank originated $6.2 million in portfolio mortgage loans in the first quarter 2019 compared to $16.4 million in the fourth quarter 2018 and $16.1 million in the first quarter 2018.  Investment service fees were up $30,000 in the first quarter 2019 compared to the fourth quarter 2018 and were up $72,000 compared to the first quarter 2018.

Non-interest expense was $11.2 million for the first quarter 2019, compared to $10.4 million for the fourth quarter 2018 and $11.4 million for the first quarter 2018.  The largest component of non-interest expense was salaries and benefit expenses.  Salaries and benefit expenses were down $21,000 compared to the fourth quarter 2018 and were up $50,000 compared to the first quarter 2018.  The increase compared to the first quarter 2018 was due to annual merit and inflationary increases in salaries.  The decrease from the fourth quarter 2018 was due to a higher level of variable based compensation in the fourth quarter 2018.

Nonperforming asset expenses increased $635,000 in the first quarter 2019 compared to the fourth quarter 2018 and decreased $408,000 compared to the first quarter 2018.  Net losses of $126,000 were incurred on sales of foreclosed properties in the first quarter 2018, while net gains of $45,000 and $689,000 were incurred on sales in the first quarter 2019 and in the fourth quarter 2018, respectively.  Net gains in the fourth quarter of 2018 were unusually high due to the sale of a property obtained upon default of a loan for a gain of $675,000. Additionally, writedowns on other real estate totaled $10,000 in the first quarter 2019 compared to $32,000 in fourth quarter 2018 and $280,000 in first quarter 2018.  Other categories of non-interest expense were relatively flat compared to the fourth quarter 2018 and the first quarter 2018 due to a continued focus on expense management. 

Federal income tax expense was $1.7 million for the first quarter 2019 compared to $1.7 million for the fourth quarter 2018 and $1.2 million for the first quarter 2018.  The effective tax rate was 18.3 percent for the first quarter 2019, compared to 19.8 percent for the fourth quarter 2018 and 17.6 percent for the first quarter 2018. 

Asset Quality
As a result of the consistent improvements in nonperforming loans and past due loans over the past several quarters, the continued low historical loan loss ratios, and net loan recoveries experienced in the first quarter 2019, a negative provision for loan losses of $250,000 was recorded in the first quarter 2019.  Net loan recoveries for the first quarter 2019 were $266,000, compared to fourth quarter 2018 net loan charge-offs of $776,000 and first quarter 2018 net loan recoveries of $175,000.  The Company has experienced net loan recoveries in sixteen of the past seventeen quarters. Total loans past due on payments by 30 days or more amounted to $674,000 at March 31, 2019, down 23 percent from $877,000 at December 31, 2018 and down 59 percent from $1.6 million at March 31, 2018.  Delinquency as a percentage of total loans was 0.05 percent at March 31, 2019, well below the Company’s peer level.

The allowance for loan losses of $16.9 million was 1.22 percent of total loans at March 31, 2019, compared to 1.20 percent of total loans at December 31, 2018, and 1.26 percent at March 31, 2018.  The coverage ratio of allowance for loan losses to nonperforming loans continued to be strong and significantly exceeded 1-to-1 coverage at 41.3-to-1 as of March 31, 2019.

At March 31, 2019, the Company's nonperforming loans were $409,000, representing 0.03 percent of total loans.  This compares to $1.3 million (0.09 percent of total loans) at December 31, 2018 and $324,000 (0.02 percent of total loans) at March 31, 2018.  Other real estate owned and repossessed assets were $3.3 million at March 31, 2019, compared to $3.4 million at December 31, 2018 and $5.2 million at March 31, 2018. Total nonperforming assets, including other real estate owned and nonperforming loans, decreased by $1.9 million, or 34 percent, from March 31, 2018 to March 31, 2019.

A break-down of non-performing loans is shown in the table below.

Dollars in 000s   Mar 31,
2019
  Dec 31,
2018
  Sept 30,
2018
  Jun 30,
2018
  Mar 31,
2018
 
                               
Commercial Real Estate   $ 213   $ 318   $ 121   $ 121   $ 121  
Commercial and Industrial     ---     873     ---     2     201  
Total Commercial Loans     213     1,191     121     123     322  
Residential Mortgage Loans     195     112     2     2     2  
Consumer Loans     1     1     ---     ---     ---  
Total Non-Performing Loans   $ 409   $ 1,304   $ 123   $ 125   $ 324  
                                 

Total non-performing assets were $3.7 million, or 0.19 percent of total assets, at March 31, 2019.  A break-down of non-performing assets is shown in the table below.

Dollars in 000s   Mar 31,
2019
  Dec 31,
2018
  Sept 30,
2018
  Jun 30,
2018
  Mar 31,
2018
 
                               
Non-Performing Loans   $ 409   $ 1,304   $ 123   $ 125   $ 324  
Other Repossessed Assets     ---     ---     ---     ---     ---  
Other Real Estate Owned     3,261     3,380     3,465     3,872     5,223  
Total Non-Performing Assets   $ 3,670   $ 4,684   $ 3,588   $ 3,997   $ 5,547  
                                 

Balance Sheet, Liquidity and Capital
Total assets were $1.93 billion at March 31, 2019, a decrease of $49.2 million from $1.98 billion at December 31, 2018 and an increase of $62.1 million from $1.86 billion at March 31, 2018.  Year-end assets typically increase due to seasonal inflow of business and municipal deposits.   Total loans were $1.38 billion at March 31, 2019, a decrease of $21.1 million from $1.41 billion at December 31, 2018 and an increase of $59.0 million from $1.33 billion at March 31, 2018.

Commercial loans increased by $59.7 million from March 31, 2018 to March 31, 2019, along with an increase of $2.8 million in the residential mortgage portfolio, partially offset by a decrease of $3.5 million in the consumer loan portfolio.  Commercial real estate loans increased by $42.9 million while commercial and industrial loans increased by $16.8 million during the same period. 

The composition of the commercial loan portfolio is shown in the table below:

Dollars in 000s   Mar 31,
2019
  Dec 31,
2018
  Sept 30,
2018
  Jun 30,
2018
  Mar 31,
2018
 
                               
Construction and Development   $ 102,133   $ 99,867   $ 93,794   $ 85,193   $ 81,948  
Other Commercial Real Estate     470,667     468,840     459,146     461,808     447,922  
Commercial Loans Secured by Real Estate     572,800     568,707     552,940     547,001     529,870  
Commercial and Industrial     493,891     513,347     467,703     458,468     477,088  
Total Commercial Loans   $ 1,066,691   $ 1,082,054   $ 1,020,643   $ 1,005,469   $ 1,006,958  
                                 

Bond financing to commercial customers decreased by $9.9 million from March 31, 2018 to March 31, 2019.  This decrease in bond financing combined with loan portfolio growth led to a total growth rate of 4% from March 31, 2018 to March 31, 2019. 

Total deposits were $1.62 billion at March 31, 2019, down $58.9 million from $1.68 billion at December 31, 2018 and were up $57.0 million, or 4 percent, from $1.56 billion at March 31, 2018.  The decrease in total deposits from December 31, 2018 was primarily in demand deposits (down $68.6 million) as municipal and business customers deployed their seasonal increase of year-end deposits in the first quarter 2019.  Demand deposits were up $21.9 million in the first quarter 2019 compared to the first quarter 2018.  Money market deposits and savings deposits were down $5.0 million from the fourth quarter 2018 and were down $10.2 million from the first quarter 2018.  Certificates of deposit were up $14.7 million in the first quarter 2019 compared to December 31, 2018 and were up $45.4 million compared to March 31, 2018.  As deposit rates have risen, the Bank has experienced some shifting between deposit types.  The Bank continues to be successful at attracting and retaining core deposit customers.  Customer deposit accounts remain insured to the highest levels available under FDIC deposit insurance.

The Bank's risk-based regulatory capital ratios were higher at March 31, 2019 compared to March 31, 2018 and December 31, 2018 due to earnings growth, and continue to be at levels comfortably above those required to be categorized as “well capitalized” under applicable regulatory capital guidelines.  As such, the Bank was categorized as "well capitalized" at March 31, 2019.

About Macatawa Bank
Headquartered in Holland, Mich., Macatawa Bank offers a full range of banking, retail and commercial lending, wealth management and ecommerce services to individuals, businesses and governmental entities from a network of 26 full-service branches located throughout communities in Kent, Ottawa and northern Allegan counties.  The bank is recognized for its local management team and decision making, along with providing customers excellent service, a rewarding experience and superior financial products. Macatawa Bank has been recognized for the past five consecutive years as “West Michigan’s 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For”. For more information, visit www.macatawabank.com.

CAUTIONARY STATEMENT:  This press release contains forward-looking statements that are based on management's current beliefs, expectations, assumptions, estimates, plans and intentions.  Forward-looking statements are identifiable by words or phrases such as “anticipates,” "believe," "expect," "may," "should," "will," ”intend,” "continue," "improving," "additional," "focus," "forward," "future," "efforts," "strategy," "momentum," "positioned," and other similar words or phrases.  Such statements are based upon current beliefs and expectations and involve substantial risks and uncertainties which could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements.  These statements include, among others, statements related to trends in our key operating metrics and financial performance, future levels of earnings and profitability, future levels of earning assets, future asset quality, future growth, and future net interest margin.  All statements with references to future time periods are forward-looking.  Management's determination of the provision and allowance for loan losses, the appropriate carrying value of intangible assets (including deferred tax assets) and other real estate owned and the fair value of investment securities (including whether any impairment on any investment security is temporary or other-than-temporary and the amount of any impairment) involves judgments that are inherently forward-looking. Our ability to sell other real estate owned at its carrying value or at all, reduce non-performing asset expenses, utilize our deferred tax asset, successfully implement new programs and initiatives, increase efficiencies, maintain our current level of deposits and other sources of funding, maintain liquidity, respond to declines in collateral values and credit quality, improve profitability, and produce consistent core earnings is not entirely within our control and is not assured.  The future effect of changes in the real estate, financial and credit markets and the national and regional economy on the banking industry, generally, and Macatawa Bank Corporation, specifically, are also inherently uncertain.  These statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve certain risks, uncertainties and assumptions ("risk factors") that are difficult to predict with regard to timing, extent, likelihood and degree of occurrence.  Therefore, actual results and outcomes may materially differ from what may be expressed in or implied by such forward-looking statements. Macatawa Bank Corporation does not undertake to update forward-looking statements to reflect the impact of circumstances or events that may arise after the date of the forward-looking statements.

Risk factors include, but are not limited to, the risk factors described in "Item 1A - Risk Factors" of our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2018.  These and other factors are representative of the risk factors that may emerge and could cause a difference between an ultimate actual outcome and a preceding forward-looking statement.

MACATAWA BANK CORPORATION
CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL SUMMARY
(Unaudited)
(Dollars in thousands except per share information)
                       
            1st Qtr   4th Qtr   1st Qtr  
EARNINGS SUMMARY             2019       2018       2018    
Total interest income           $ 19,189     $ 18,496     $ 16,019    
Total interest expense             3,169       2,868       1,837    
Net interest income             16,020       15,628       14,182    
Provision for loan losses             (250 )     850       (100 )  
Net interest income after provision for loan losses             16,270       14,778       14,282    
                       
NON-INTEREST INCOME                      
Deposit service charges             1,050       1,135       1,049    
Net gains on mortgage loans             211       291       141    
Trust fees             890       884       925    
Other             2,177       2,095       2,017    
Total non-interest income             4,328       4,405       4,132    
                       
NON-INTEREST EXPENSE                      
Salaries and benefits             6,244       6,265       6,194    
Occupancy             1,093       948       1,072    
Furniture and equipment             844       787       805    
FDIC assessment             120       127       132    
Problem asset costs, including losses and (gains)             53       (582 )     461    
Other             2,884       2,852       2,770    
Total non-interest expense             11,238       10,397       11,434    
Income before income tax             9,360       8,786       6,980    
Income tax expense             1,714       1,743       1,225    
Net income           $ 7,646     $ 7,043     $ 5,755    
                       
Basic earnings per common share           $ 0.22     $ 0.21     $ 0.17    
Diluted earnings per common share           $ 0.22     $ 0.21     $ 0.17    
Return on average assets             1.57 %     1.47 %     1.25 %  
Return on average equity             15.81 %     15.12 %     13.24 %  
Net interest margin (fully taxable equivalent)             3.54 %     3.46 %     3.34 %  
Efficiency ratio             55.23 %     51.90 %     62.43 %  
                       
BALANCE SHEET DATA           March 31   December 31   March 31  
Assets             2019       2018       2018    
Cash and due from banks           $ 28,143     $ 40,526     $ 26,954    
Federal funds sold and other short-term investments             115,843       130,758       103,898    
Debt securities available for sale             224,645       226,986       214,269    
Debt securities held to maturity             70,336       70,334       90,513    
Federal Home Loan Bank Stock             11,558       11,558       11,558    
Loans held for sale             512       415       -    
Total loans             1,384,567       1,405,658       1,325,545    
Less allowance for loan loss             16,892       16,876       16,675    
Net loans             1,367,675       1,388,782       1,308,870    
Premises and equipment, net             44,805       44,862       46,110    
Bank-owned life insurance             41,433       41,185       40,494    
Other real estate owned             3,261       3,380       5,223    
Other assets             17,669       16,338       15,891    
                       
Total Assets           $ 1,925,880     $ 1,975,124     $ 1,863,780    
                       
Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity                      
Noninterest-bearing deposits           $ 466,631     $ 485,530     $ 453,993    
Interest-bearing deposits             1,151,233       1,191,209       1,106,879    
Total deposits             1,617,864       1,676,739       1,560,872    
Other borrowed funds             60,000       60,000       80,667    
Long-term debt             41,238       41,238       41,238    
Other liabilities             8,812       6,294       5,627    
Total Liabilities             1,727,914       1,784,271       1,688,404    
                       
Shareholders' equity             197,966       190,853       175,376    
                       
Total Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity           $ 1,925,880     $ 1,975,124     $ 1,863,780    
                       


MACATAWA BANK CORPORATION
SELECTED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL DATA
(Unaudited)
(Dollars in thousands except per share information)
                       
    Quarterly  
                       
    1st Qtr   4th Qtr   3rd Qtr   2nd Qtr   1st Qtr  
      2019       2018       2018       2018       2018    
EARNINGS SUMMARY                      
Net interest income   $ 16,020     $ 15,628     $ 15,162     $ 14,653     $ 14,182    
Provision for loan losses     (250 )     850       -       (300 )     (100 )  
Total non-interest income     4,328       4,405       4,499       4,468       4,132    
Total non-interest expense     11,238       10,397       11,239       11,259       11,434    
Federal income tax expense     1,714       1,743       1,570       1,434       1,225    
Net income   $ 7,646     $ 7,043     $ 6,852     $ 6,728     $ 5,755    
                       
Basic earnings per common share   $ 0.22     $ 0.21     $ 0.20     $ 0.20     $ 0.17    
Diluted earnings per common share   $ 0.22     $ 0.21     $ 0.20     $ 0.20     $ 0.17    
                       
MARKET DATA                      
Book value per common share   $ 5.81     $ 5.61     $ 5.41     $ 5.28     $ 5.16    
Tangible book value per common share   $ 5.81     $ 5.61     $ 5.41     $ 5.28     $ 5.16    
Market value per common share   $ 9.94     $ 9.62     $ 11.71     $ 12.14     $ 10.27    
Average basic common shares     34,040,380       34,031,454       34,014,319       34,016,679       34,010,396    
Average diluted common shares     34,040,380       34,031,454       34,014,319       34,016,679       34,011,592    
Period end common shares     34,044,149       34,045,411       34,014,319       34,014,319       34,017,525    
                       
PERFORMANCE RATIOS                      
Return on average assets     1.57 %     1.47 %     1.43 %     1.44 %     1.25 %  
Return on average equity     15.81 %     15.12 %     15.12 %     15.23 %     13.24 %  
Net interest margin (fully taxable equivalent)     3.54 %     3.46 %     3.37 %     3.37 %     3.34 %  
Efficiency ratio     55.23 %     51.90 %     57.16 %     58.88 %     62.43 %  
Full-time equivalent employees (period end)     332       334       332       339       332    
                       
ASSET QUALITY                      
Gross charge-offs   $ 157     $ 1,179     $ 30     $ 30     $ 97    
Net charge-offs/(recoveries)   $ (266 )   $ 776     $ (108 )   $ (320 )   $ (175 )  
Net charge-offs to average loans (annualized)     -0.08 %     0.23 %     -0.03 %     -0.10 %     -0.05 %  
Nonperforming loans   $ 409     $ 1,304     $ 123     $ 125     $ 324    
Other real estate and repossessed assets   $ 3,261     $ 3,380     $ 3,465     $ 3,872     $ 5,223    
Nonperforming loans to total loans     0.03 %     0.09 %     0.01 %     0.01 %     0.02 %  
Nonperforming assets to total assets     0.19 %     0.24 %     0.19 %     0.21 %     0.30 %  
Allowance for loan losses   $ 16,892     $ 16,876     $ 16,803     $ 16,695     $ 16,675    
Allowance for loan losses to total loans     1.22 %     1.20 %     1.25 %     1.26 %     1.26 %  
Allowance for loan losses to nonperforming loans     4130.07 %     1293.18 %     13660.98 %     13356.00 %     5146.60 %  
                       
CAPITAL                      
Average equity to average assets     9.93 %     9.71 %     9.47 %     9.44 %     9.42 %  
Common equity tier 1 to risk weighted assets (Consolidated)     12.55 %     12.01 %     12.13 %     11.83 %     11.67 %  
Tier 1 capital to average assets (Consolidated)     12.22 %     12.12 %     11.90 %     11.91 %     11.83 %  
Total capital to risk-weighted assets (Consolidated)     16.14 %     15.54 %     15.79 %     15.49 %     15.36 %  
Common equity tier 1 to risk weighted assets (Bank)     14.66 %     14.09 %     14.28 %     14.01 %     13.87 %  
Tier 1 capital to average assets (Bank)     11.90 %     11.78 %     11.56 %     11.58 %     11.50 %  
Total capital to risk-weighted assets (Bank)     15.73 %     15.13 %     15.36 %     15.09 %     14.96 %  
Tangible common equity to assets     10.29 %     9.67 %     9.59 %     9.60 %     9.42 %  
                       
END OF PERIOD BALANCES                      
Total portfolio loans   $ 1,384,567     $ 1,405,658     $ 1,344,683     $ 1,327,686     $ 1,325,545    
Earning assets     1,809,469       1,849,630       1,804,672       1,751,167       1,751,315    
Total assets     1,925,880       1,975,124       1,919,273       1,872,541       1,863,780    
Deposits     1,617,864       1,676,739       1,617,743       1,580,461       1,560,872    
Total shareholders' equity     197,966       190,853       183,976       179,714       175,376    
                       
AVERAGE BALANCES                      
Total portfolio loans   $ 1,399,464     $ 1,363,548     $ 1,325,268     $ 1,327,408     $ 1,314,838    
Earning assets     1,833,924       1,806,229       1,799,600       1,756,909       1,730,576    
Total assets     1,948,301       1,918,543       1,915,655       1,872,559       1,845,911    
Deposits     1,646,268       1,618,861       1,614,151       1,575,408       1,537,376    
Total shareholders' equity     193,463       186,361       181,329       176,749       173,913    
                       

Contact:
Jon Swets, CFO
616-494-7645

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