Xenith Bankshares, Inc. (NASDAQ:XBKS) Reports Third Quarter and Year-to-Date 2016 Results, How Will Investors React?

Parent company of Xenith Bank, Xenith Bankshares, Inc. (NASDAQ:XBKS), announces financial results for Q3, 2016.

RICHMOND, Va., Nov. 14, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Xenith Bankshares, Inc. (XBKS), parent company of Xenith Bank, formerly known as Hampton Roads Bankshares, Inc. (HMPR) and Bank of Hampton Roads, respectively, today announced financial results for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2016.  

The company reported net income of $47.9 million, or $0.23 per common share, for the third quarter of 2016 compared to $303 thousand, or less than $0.01 per common share, in the third quarter of 2015. Net income in the 2016 period included the effect of merger-related costs of $12.9 million in connection with the previously announced merger of legacy Xenith with and into HMPR and an income tax benefit that included $60.0 million resulting from the reversal of substantially all of the company’s remaining deferred tax asset valuation allowance.

The company reported net income of $51.9 million, or $0.28 per common share, for the nine months ended September 30, 2016 compared to net income of $4.4 million, or $0.03 per common share, in the nine months ended September 30, 2015. Net income in the 2016 period included merger-related costs of $15.6 million and an income tax benefit resulting from the reversal of substantially all of the company’s remaining deferred tax asset valuation allowance of $60.0 million. 

Information contained herein as of the period ended September 30, 2016 includes the balances of legacy Xenith; information contained herein as of periods prior to September 30, 2016 does not include the balances of legacy Xenith.  Information for the three and nine month periods ended September 30, 2016 includes the operations of legacy Xenith only for the period immediately following the effective date of the merger (July 29, 2016) through September 30, 2016.

On September 16, 2016, the company announced its plans to cease operations of its mortgage banking business conducted through its wholly-owned subsidiary, Gateway Bank Mortgage, Inc. (“GBMI”), and had entered into a definitive asset purchase agreement to sell certain assets of GBMI to an unrelated party (the “GBMI Sale”). The decision to exit the mortgage origination business was based on a number of factors, including the substantial costs of regulatory compliance in the post-Dodd Frank world and the absolute scale required to be competitive in today’s mortgage banking market. For purposes of the third quarter and year-to-date results, the operations of GBMI have been reported as discontinued operations. The completion of the GBMI Sale occurred on October 17, 2016.

  1. Gaylon Layfield, III, the company’s Chief Executive Officer, commented:

“We are off to a good start combining the strengths of Hampton Roads Bankshares and legacy Xenith into the new Xenith Bankshares.  First and foremost, our management team and Board have quickly coalesced around what we believe are our key priorities.  These include revenue growth and careful management of our net interest margin and expense levels in line with high performing banks of comparable asset size.  In addition to emphasizing organic growth, we will continue to examine strategic opportunities that we believe can help build franchise value.

I am also pleased to report on a number of other accomplishments, including the roll out across the company of our shared Mission, Vision and Values. At its core, banking is a people business, and I am excited about our talented and motivated team. Loan and deposit growth are off to a strong start as we are already beginning to see the benefits of our increased scale.  We have seen solid loan growth in our commercial and Industrial and commercial real estate loan portfolios as well as our Marine division, Shore Premium Finance.  

In mid-November, we expect to convert legacy Xenith customers to the company’s combined core operating system.  Finally, as we begin to look toward 2017, we are sharply focused on managing operating expenses by aligning people, processes and technology to drive growth, always in the context of first-rate enterprise risk management practices.”          

Third Quarter and Year-to-Date 2016 Highlights

    Income before income tax from continuing operations in the three months ended September 30, 2016 was a loss of $17.3 million compared to a loss of $376 thousand in the same period of 2015, while income before income tax from continuing operations for the nine months ended September 30, 2016 was a loss of $12.4 million compared to income of $2.5 million in the same period of 2015.

    Net interest income in the three months ended September 30, 2016 was $23.0 million compared to $15.4 million in the same period of 2015, while net interest income in the nine month ended September 30, 2016 was $52.7 million compared to $45.5 million for the same period in 2015. Accretion of acquired loan discounts in the 2016 periods was $1.5 million compared to no amounts in the same periods of 2015.

    Provision for loan losses was $10.7 million for the three months ended September 30, 2016 compared to a benefit of $15 thousand in the same period of 2015.  In the nine months ended September 30, 2016 and 2015, provision expense was $10.7 million and $622 thousand, respectively.

    Net loans were $2.4 billion at September 30, 2016 compared to $1.5 billion at December 31, 2015 and $1.5 billion at September 30, 2015.

    Average interest-earning assets in the three and nine months ended September 30, 2016 were $2.6 billion and $2.1 billion, respectively. Average interest-earning assets in the same periods of 2015 were $1.8 billion and $1.9 billion, respectively.  

    Total assets at September 30, 2016 were $3.3 billion compared to $2.1 billion at December 31, 2015.

    Total deposits at September 30, 2016 were $2.6 billion compared to $1.7 billion at December 31, 2015.

    At September 30, 2016, the ratio of nonperforming assets to total assets was 1.50% compared to 2.32% as of December 31, 2015, the ratio of nonperforming loans to gross loans was 1.76% compared to 2.31% as of December 31, 2015, and the ratio of the company’s allowance for loan losses (ALL) to nonaccrual loans was 77.7%.

    Net charge-offs as a percentage of average loans were insignificant for the three and nine month periods ended September 30, 2016. ALL as a percentage of gross loans was 1.37%, at September 30, 2016, and this ratio including fair value adjustments (Credit Mark Adjusted ALL/Gross Loans) was 1.77%1. 

    Other real estate owned and repossessed asset balance was $6.3 million at September 30, 2016 compared to $12.4 million at December 31, 2015.

    The company’s capital ratios remained well above regulatory standards for “well-capitalized” banks, with a Common Equity Tier 1 Capital Ratio of 12.14%, a Tier 1 Leverage Ratio of 12.50%, a Tier 1 Risk-Based Capital Ratio of 12.14%, and a Total Risk-Based Capital Ratio of 13.62% at September 30, 2016. Xenith Bank had a Common Equity Tier 1 Capital Ratio of 11.20%, a Tier 1 Leverage Ratio of 11.55%, a Tier 1 Risk-Based Capital Ratio of 11.20%, and a Total Risk-Based Capital Ratio of 12.39%. These capital ratios exclude the disallowed portion of the company’s net operating losses of approximately $65 million.

    Total shareholders’ equity was $465.0 million at September 30, 2016 compared to $290.6 million at December 31, 2015. Tangible book value at September 30, 2016 was $1.881 per share of common stock compared to $1.701 at December 31, 2015. Return on average assets was 6.67% and return on average common equity was 51.42% for the three months ended September 30, 2016.

Operating Results

Third Quarter 2016 compared to Third Quarter 2015

Total interest income for the three months ended September 30, 2016 was $27.4 million compared to $18.6 million for the three months ended September 30, 2015. For the three-month period of 2016, total interest income reflected average interest-earning assets of $2.6 billion compared to $1.8 billion in interest-earning assets in the same period of 2015. Asset yields in the 2016 period were 4.26% compared to yields of 4.03 % in the 2015 period. Asset yields in the 2016 period included accretion of $1.5 million. There was no accretion in the third quarter of 2015.

Total interest expense for the three months ended September 30, 2016 was $4.4 million compared to $3.2 million for the three months ended September 30, 2015. Average interest-bearing liabilities in the three-month period of 2016 increased to $2.0 billion from $1.4 billion in the same period of 2015. The cost of total interest-bearing liabilities was 0.85% and 0.88% for the three-month periods ended September 30, 2016 and 2015, respectively.

Net interest margin in the third quarter 2016 was 3.59% compared to 3.35% in the third quarter 2015. Net interest margin excluding accretion was 3.36% in the third quarter of 2016.

Net interest income after provision for loan losses was $12.3 million for the three months ended September 30, 2016 compared to $15.4 million in the same period of 2015. Net interest income after provision for loan losses in the 2016 period reflected $10.7 million in loan loss provision expense compared to $15 thousand of provision benefit in the 2015 period. Higher provision expense in the 2016 period was primarily due to specific reserves related to two relationships. In each case, the additional reserve is primarily attributable to impairments against the remaining collateral securing the specific loan.

Total noninterest income was $2.9 million in the third quarter of 2016 compared to $2.7 million in the third quarter of 2015.

Noninterest expense in the third quarter of 2016 was $32.5 million compared to $18.5 million in the third quarter of 2015. Noninterest expense in the third quarter of 2016 included $12.9 million of merger-related costs, while noninterest expense in the 2015 period included one-time separation costs of $2.2 million. 

First Nine Months of 2016 compared to First Nine Months of 2015

Total interest income for the nine months ended September 30, 2016 and 2015 was $63.4 million and $55.2 million, respectively. For the nine months ended September 30, 2016, total interest income reflected average interest-earning assets of $2.1 billion compared to $1.9 billion in interest-earning assets in the same period of 2015. Asset yields were 4.12% and 3.96% in the nine months ended September 30, 2016 and 2015, respectively. Asset yields in the 2016 period included accretion of $1.5 million. There was no accretion in the 2015 period.

Total interest expense for the nine months ended September 30, 2016 and 2015 was $10.7 million and $9.8 million, respectively. Average interest-bearing liabilities in the nine-month period of 2016 were $1.6 billion and $1.5 billion in the 2015 period. The cost of total interest-bearing liabilities was 0.87% in both periods.    

Net interest margin for the nine months ended September 30, 2016 was 3.43% compared to 3.27% for the same period of 2015. Net interest margin excluding accretion was 3.33% in the nine months ended September 30, 2016.

Net interest income after provision for loan losses was $42.0 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2016 compared to $44.9 million in the same period of 2015. Net interest income after provision for loan losses in the 2016 period reflects the $10.7 million in loan loss provision expense, as previously discussed, compared to $622 thousand of loan loss provision expense in the 2015 period.

Total noninterest income was $8.0 million in the nine months ended September 30, 2016 compared to $7.4 million in the nine months ended September 30, 2015.

Noninterest expense in the nine months ended September 30, 2016 was $62.4 million compared to $49.9 million in the same period of 2015. Noninterest expense in the 2016 period included $15.6 million of merger-related costs. Excluding merger-related costs, noninterest expense declined $3.0 million, or 6%, when comparing the 2016 period to the 2015 period.

Asset and Credit Quality

At September 30, 2016, the ratio of nonperforming assets to total assets was 1.50%, the ratio of nonperforming loans to gross loans was 1.76%, and the ratio of the company’s allowance for loan losses (ALL) to nonaccrual loans was 77.7%. Net charge-offs as a percentage of average loans were insignificant for the nine months ended September 30, 2016, as recoveries nearly offset charge-offs during the period. ALL as a percentage of gross loans was 1.37%, at September 30, 2016, and this ratio including fair value adjustments (Credit Mark Adjusted ALL/Gross Loans) was 1.77%1.  

Capital and Shareholder Value Measures

The company’s combined capital ratios remained well above regulatory standards for “well-capitalized” banks, with a Common Equity Tier 1 Capital Ratio of 12.14%, a Tier 1 Leverage Ratio of 12.50%, a Tier 1 Risk-Based Capital Ratio of 12.14%, and a Total Risk-Based Capital Ratio of 13.62% at September 30, 2016. Capital ratios for Xenith Bank were also strong, with a Common Equity Tier 1 Capital Ratio of 11.20%, a Tier 1 Leverage Ratio of 11.55%, a Tier 1 Risk-Based Capital Ratio of 11.20%, and a Total Risk-Based Capital Ratio of 12.39% at September 30, 2016.  These ratios exclude approximately $65 million in disallowed net operating losses as required by Basel III rules.  

Total shareholders’ equity was $465.0 million at September 30, 2016 compared to $290.6 million at December 31, 2015. The increase in equity was primarily the result of the issuance of common stock in connection with the merger and the reversal of most of the remaining valuation allowance on the deferred tax asset. Tangible book value at September 30, 2016 was $1.881 per share of common stock compared to $1.701 at December 31, 2015. Return on average assets was 6.67% and return on average common equity was 51.42%, both explained by the deferred tax asset valuation allowance reversal.

Outlook

Layfield concluded: “As CEO of legacy Xenith, I frequently talked about the challenges banks face in the marketplace today: low rates, increased regulatory burdens, uncertain economies, the need for scale and the pressure for consolidation, just to name a few.  As CEO of the new Xenith, I can tell you that all those challenges still exist.  However, our company is in a different league now. We have the combination of strong teams and talented bankers across attractive markets to drive both core deposit growth and organic loan growth.  We are focused on three business lines: Middle Market Commercial Banking, including commercial real estate, Business Banking, primarily serving companies with annual sales of less than $10 million, and Retail Banking. In all three businesses, we believe we now have the people and capital to compete effectively in our markets and are in a position to attract and retain top-notch talent.  As we continue our early progress following the merger, we remain well aware of the metrics for top performing banks in our size range and while we won’t get there overnight, we are working every day to meet those metrics”        

About Xenith Bankshares, Inc.

Xenith Bankshares, Inc. (“XBKS”) is the holding company for Xenith Bank, a full-service commercial bank headquartered in Richmond, Virginia.  XBKS is the fifth largest community bank by deposits headquartered in the Commonwealth of Virginia.  Xenith Bank specifically targets the banking needs of middle market and small businesses, local real estate developers and investors, and retail banking clients.  XBKS also offers marine finance floorplan and end-user products through its Shore Premium Finance division of Xenith Bank.  Xenith Bank’s regional area of operations spans from Baltimore, Maryland and Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, to Raleigh and eastern North Carolina, complementing its significant presence in Greater Washington, D.C., Greater Richmond, Virginia, Greater Hampton Roads, Virginia and on the Eastern Shore of Maryland and Virginia.  Xenith Bank has 42 full-service branches and five loan production offices located across these areas with its headquarters centrally-located in Richmond. XBKS’s common stock trades on The NASDAQ Stock Market under the symbol “XBKS.”

Additional information about XBKS and its subsidiaries can be found at www.xenithbank.com.

Caution About Forward-Looking Statements

All statements other than statements of historical facts contained in this press release are forward-looking statements.  Forward-looking statements made in this press release reflect beliefs, assumptions and expectations of future events or results, taking into account the information currently available to XBKS.  These beliefs, assumptions and expectations may change as a result of many possible events, circumstances or factors, not all of which are currently known to XBKS.  If a change occurs, XBKS’s business, financial condition, liquidity, results of operations and prospects may vary materially from those expressed in, or implied by, the forward-looking statements.  Accordingly, you should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements.  Factors related to the Gateway Bank Mortgage, Inc. (“GBMI”) transaction that may cause actual results to differ materially from those contemplated by these forward-looking statements include among others a higher than expected number of GBMI employees leaving GBMI prior to the closing, funding and sale of loans currently in process.  Additional factors include among others: difficulties and delays in integrating the combination of the Hampton Roads Bankshares, Inc. and legacy Xenith Bankshares, Inc. businesses or fully-realizing cost savings and other benefits; business disruptions following the merger; changes in asset quality and credit risk; the inability to sustain revenue and earnings growth; changes in interest rates and capital markets; inflation; customer borrowing, repayment, investment and deposit practices; customer disintermediation; the introduction, withdrawal, success and timing of business initiatives; competitive conditions; the inability to realize cost savings or revenues or to implement integration plans and other consequences associated with mergers, acquisitions and divestitures; economic conditions; the inability to realize deferred tax assets within expected time frames or at all; and the impact, extent and timing of technological changes, capital management activities and other actions of the Federal Reserve Board and legislative and regulatory actions and reforms; and the risks discussed in XBKS’s public filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including those outlined under “Risk Factors” in XBKS’s registration statement on Form S-4 (Registration Statement No: 333-210643).  Except as required by applicable law or regulations, XBKS does not undertake, and specifically disclaims any obligation, to update or revise any forward-looking statement.

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Xenith Bankshares, Inc. (NASDAQ:XBKS) shares are trading +2.92% on the news and in the range of $2.37 – 2.50 during the current trading session.  When taking a look at which direction the stock might be headed, investors often look to brokerage analysts who cover the stock.  Sell-side research firms on Wall Street currently have a consensus one-year price target of $7.88 on the stock.  This is according to brokerage analysts polled by Thomson Reuters First Call.

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Sell-side analysts are projecting earnings per share of $0.02 for the next fiscal quarter.  For the current year, analysts are predicting earnings of $0.32 per share according to First Call.

In looking at where the stock is trading on a technical level, the stock is trading +6.84% away from its 50-day moving average of $2.31.  Based on the most recent available data, the equity is -7.14% off of its 52-week high of $2.66 and +59.35% away from its 52-week low which is $1.55.

In taking a look at the company’s valuation, the firm’s price to earnings ratio stands at 4.57.  This is a crucial indicator investors watch as higher ratios compared to peers, would suggest higher future earnings growth potential for the stock.  The price to current year EPS estimates from research analysts currently stands at 35.29.  In looking further ahead, potential investors should note that the company’s price to next year’s EPS estimates is $24.70.

Today, the stock opened at $2.40 and the last bid at the time of writing stood at $2.47.  During the session thus far, the equity dipped down to $2.37 and touched $2.50 as the high point.  Xenith Bankshares, Inc. (NASDAQ:XBKS) has a market cap of $570.00M and has seen an average daily volume of 213,788 over the past three months.

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