Earnings Grow 16.8 Percent
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, April 16, 2018 – South Atlantic Bancshares, Inc. (the “Company”) (OTCQX: SABK), parent of South Atlantic Bank, today reported net income of $801,345 or $0.12 per diluted share for the three months ended March 31, 2018, compared to $686,134 or $0.10 per diluted share reported for the same period a year ago. Net income increased 16.8 percent from March 31, 2017 to March 31, 2018.
- Credit quality remains strong with no net charge-offs and nonperforming assets to average total assets of just 0.07 percent as of March 31, 2018.
- Noninterest income grew 12.90 percent for the first quarter.
- The net interest margin improved to 4.07 percent as of March 31, 2018.
- Total loans grew 5.95 percent, from $404.9 million at March 31, 2017 to $428.9 million at March 31, 2018.
- Total deposits grew 12.76 percent, from $414.8 million at March 31, 2017 to $467.7 million at March 31, 2018.
- Total assets grew 10.35 percent, from $482.8 million at March 31, 2017 to $532.8 million at March 31, 2018.
“An improved net interest margin compared to year end 2017 and continued excellent asset quality positioned us for the first quarter performance. Our loan growth for the quarter of 5.95% was down compared to growth in the first quarter of 2017 primarily due to the improved economy, pay off of existing loans and increased cash holdings of borrowers. The increased customer deposits along with deposit rate increases has grown interest-bearing deposits in all markets. Noninterest income, led by our Mortgage Division continues to improve. Anticipated loan growth for the second quarter, improved non-interest income and expense control should fuel our earnings during 2018.” K. Wayne Wicker, chairman of the board and chief executive officer of the Company said.
In other news, on April 2, 2018, South Atlantic Bancshares, Inc. closed the acquisition of Atlantic Bancshares, Inc., which was announced in December. The transaction is valued at $17.1 million, and added offices in Bluffton and Hilton Head Island, SC. The Company now has nine offices serving South Carolina’s desirable coastal markets.
About South Atlantic Bank
South Atlantic Bank, the subsidiary bank of South Atlantic Bancshares, Inc. (OTCQX: SABK), is a $532.7 million financial institution that is locally owned, controlled, and operated. The bank is headquartered in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, with additional offices in Murrells Inlet, Pawleys Island, Georgetown, North Myrtle Beach, Mount Pleasant, Bluffton and Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. South Atlantic Bank offers a wide variety of services for businesses and consumers, including South Atlantic Bank goMobile, its mobile banking app. The bank also offers internet banking, no-fee ATM access, checking, CD, and money market accounts, merchant services, mortgage loans, remote deposit capture, and more. For more information, visit SouthAtlantic.bank.
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Information contained herein, other than information at December 31, 2017, and for the twelve months then ended, is unaudited. All financial data should be read in conjunction with the notes to the consolidated financial statements of the Company and South Atlantic Bank as of and for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2017, as contained in the Company’s 2017 Annual Report located on the Company’s website.