ASB Bancorp, Inc. :ASBB-US: Earnings Analysis: Q4, 2016 By the Numbers : February 1, 2017

ASB Bancorp, Inc. reports financial results for the quarter ended December 31, 2016.

We analyze the earnings along side the following peers of ASB Bancorp, Inc. – Home Bancorp, Inc., Charter Financial Corporation and HomeTrust Bancshares, Inc. (HBCP-US, CHFN-US and HTBI-US) that have also reported for this period.

Highlights

  • Summary numbers: Revenues of USD 8 million, Net Earnings of USD -3.32 million.
  • Net interest income margins narrowed from 75.74% to 75.74% compared to the same period last year.
  • Net loan assets changed 4.78% compared to same period last year and 0.94% from previous period, total deposits changed 2.65% compared to same period last year and 0.78% from previous period.
  • Earnings decline from worsening in operating margins as well as one-time items.

The table below shows the preliminary results and recent trends for key metrics such as revenues and net income (See complete table at the end of this report):

2016-12-31 2016-09-30 2016-06-30 2016-03-31 2015-12-31
Relevant Numbers (Quarterly)
Revenues (mil) 8 8.4 8.38 7.88 7.48
Revenue Growth (%YOY) 6.94 9.59 13.56 14.15 8.09
Earnings (mil) -3.32 1.73 1.7 1.12 0.95
Earnings Growth (%YOY) -451.37 51.05 96.07 80.23 47.35
Net Margin (%) -41.55 20.53 20.25 14.22 12.65
EPS -0.97 0.48 0.45 0.3 0.24
Return on Equity (%) -14.57 7.41 7.26 4.93 4.02
Return on Assets (%) -1.67 0.86 0.85 0.57 0.48

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Market Share Versus Profits

Revenues History
Earnings History

ASBB-US‘s change in revenue this period compared to the same period last year of 6.94% is almost the same as its change in earnings, and is about average among the announced results thus far in its peer group, suggesting that ASBB-US is holding onto its market share. Also, for comparison purposes, revenues changed by -4.77% and earnings by -292.70% compared to the immediate last period.

Revenues Growth Versus Earnings Growth

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Leader, Earnings Focus, Laggard, Revenues Focus

Earnings Growth Analysis

ASBB-US‘s year-on-year decline in earnings was influenced by a weakening of net interest income margins from 75.74% to 75.74% as well as issues with loan loss provisions. As a result, net interest income after provisions margins went from 76.93% to 74.03% in this period. For comparison, net interest income margins were 72.74% and net interest income after provisions margins 73.84% in the last period. In addition, loan loss provisions as a percentage of net interest income were 2.26% this period and -1.57% a year ago.

Net Interest Income Margin Versus Loan Loss Provisions Margin

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High Risk; High Reward Loans, Risky Loan Portfolio, Conservative Loan Portfolio, Safer Loan Portfolio
Net Interest Income Margin History
Loan Loss Provisions Margin History

Net Loans and Total Deposits

A financial institution’s core operations represented by Net Interest Income and Net Interest Income after Provisions are dependent on both the growth and quality of its deposits as well as the growth and quality of its loans. A firm could boost its interest income in the short-term by just increasing its loan assets with less concern about their quality – but this would eventually lead to greater loan loss provisions. Similarly a drive to increase deposits could result in higher interest expenses and eventually effect the firm’s equity. It is thus important to understand net interest income performance in context to loan loss provisions, loan assets and deposits.

Loan Assets Growth Rate History (Qtr YOY)
Total Deposits Growth Rate History (Qtr YOY)

The firm’s decline in net interest income margins came despite the relative increase in the levels of net loan assets. In addition, total deposits as a percentage of equity went from 7.03% to 7.11%. On an absolute basis, net loan assets changed 4.78% compared to the same period last year and 0.94% from the previous period. Total deposits changed 2.65% compared to the same period last year and 0.78% from the previous period.

Margins

The company’s decline in earnings has been influenced by the following factors: (1) Contraction of operating margins from 22.47% to -66.600% and (2) One-time items that contributed to a decrease in pretax margins from 22.47% to -66.600%

EBIT Margin History
PreTax Margin History
EBIT Margin Versus PreTax Margin

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Operation driven Earnings, One-time Favorables, Low Earnings Base, One-time Unfavorables

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Company Profile

ASB Bancorp, Inc. operates as a holding company for Asheville Savings Bank. The company through its subsidiary attracts deposits from the general public and use those funds to originate primarily one-to four- loans and commercial real estate loans, and, to a lesser extent, home equity loans and lines of credit, consumer loans, construction and land development loans, and commercial and industrial loans. ASB Bancorp was founded on May 12, 2011 and is headquartered in Asheville, NC.

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