Bank of South Carolina Corp. :BKSC-US: Earnings Analysis: Q3, 2016 By the Numbers : November 8, 2016

Bank of South Carolina Corp. reports financial results for the quarter ended September 30, 2016.

We analyze the earnings along side the following peers of Bank of South Carolina Corp. – First Bancorp, First Community Corporation and Ameris Bancorp (FBNC-US, FCCO-US and ABCB-US) that have also reported for this period.

Highlights

  • Summary numbers: Revenues of USD 4.62 million, Net Earnings of USD 1.43 million.
  • Net interest income margins widened from 83.97% to 85.14% compared to the same period last year.
  • Net loan assets changed 10.37% compared to same period last year and -1.56% from previous period, total deposits changed 6.30% compared to same period last year and -4.40% from previous period.
  • Year-on-year change in operating cash flow of 303.99% is about the same as the change in earnings, likely no significant movement in accruals or reserves.
  • Earnings grew despite decline in operating margins and pre-tax margins compared to same period last year.

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):

2015-09-30 2015-12-31 2016-03-31 2016-06-30 2016-09-30
Relevant Numbers (Quarterly)
Revenues (mil) 4.13 4.32 4.33 4.41 4.62
Revenue Growth (%YOY) 5.02 4.83 5.32 2.03 11.86
Earnings (mil) 1.2 1.23 1.2 1.31 1.43
Earnings Growth (%YOY) 5.01 2.99 -0.77 4.68 18.97
Net Margin (%) 29.03 28.43 27.61 29.77 30.87
EPS 0.24 0.24 0.24 0.26 0.28
Return on Equity (%) 12.47 12.56 12.04 12.82 13.65
Return on Assets (%) 1.27 1.25 1.19 1.27 1.37

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Market Share Versus Profits

Revenues History
Earnings History

BKSC-US‘s change in revenue this period compared to the same period last year of 11.86% 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 BKSC-US is holding onto its market share. Also, for comparison purposes, revenues changed by 4.83% and earnings by 8.71% compared to the immediate last period.

Revenues Growth Versus Earnings Growth

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Leader, Earnings Focus, Laggard, Revenues Focus

Earnings Growth Analysis

The company’s earnings growth was influenced by the year-on-year improvement in net interest income margins from 83.97% to 85.14%. However, the company’s loan loss provisions have prevented it from fully capitalizing on these net interest income margin improvements. BKSC-US‘s net interest income after provisions margin showed no improvement. Loan loss provisions as a percentage of net interest income were 5.34% this period, and 0.22% 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 improvement in net interest income margins was influenced by the relative increase in the level of net loan assets. In addition, total deposits as a percentage of equity went from 8.81% to 8.69%. On an absolute basis, net loan assets changed 10.37% compared to the same period last year and -1.56% from the previous period, while total deposits changed 6.30% compared to the same period last year and -4.40% from the previous period.

Cash Versus Earnings – Sustainable Performance?

BKSC-US‘s change in operating cash flow of 303.99% compared to the same period last year is about the same as its change in earnings this period. Additionally, this change in operating cash flow is about average among its peer group. This suggests that the company did not use accruals or reserves to manage earnings this period, and that, all else being equal, the earnings number is sustainable.

Operating Cash Flow Growth Versus Earnings Growth

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Cash Flow based Earnings, Likely Non-cash Earnings, Low Cash Flow Base, Likely Undeclared Earnings

Margins

Despite a decline in operating’s margins as well as a decline in pretax margins, the company’s earnings rose.

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

Bank of South Carolina Corp. operates as a holding company for Bank of South Carolina. It offers deposit services, including checking accounts, NOW Accounts, savings accounts and other time deposits of various types, ranging from daily money market accounts to longer-term certificates of deposit. It also offers full range of commercial and personal loans. It also offers internet banking including online bill pay, and remote deposit capture and credit cards are offered through a correspondent banking service, including MasterCard and Visa. The company was founded on April 17, 1995 and is headquartered in Charleston, SC.

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