SBT Bancorp, Inc. (Connecticut) :SBTB-US: Earnings Analysis: Q1, 2017 By the Numbers : May 19, 2017

SBT Bancorp, Inc. (Connecticut) reports financial results for the quarter ended March 31, 2017.

We analyze the earnings along side the following peers of SBT Bancorp, Inc. (Connecticut) – Orrstown Financial Services, Inc., American River Bankshares, SB Financial Group, Inc., TriCo Bancshares, Union Bankshares, Inc., Southwest Georgia Financial Corporation and Old Second Bancorp, Inc. (ORRF-US, AMRB-US, SBFG-US, TCBK-US, UNB-US, SGB-US and OSBC-US) that have also reported for this period.

Highlights

  • Summary numbers: Revenues of USD 4.22 million, Net Earnings of USD 0.50 million.
  • Net interest income margins widened from 83.03% to 84.19% compared to the same period last year.
  • Net loan assets changed 17.31% compared to same period last year and -0.54% from previous period, total deposits changed 11.44% compared to same period last year and 3.21% from previous period.
  • Year-on-year change in operating cash flow of 1,529.33% is about the same as the change in earnings, likely no significant movement in accruals or reserves.
  • Earnings growth from operating margin improvements as well as from 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):

2017-03-31 2016-12-31 2016-09-30 2016-06-30 2016-03-31
Relevant Numbers (Quarterly)
Revenues (mil) 4.22 4.57 4.49 4.25 3.84
Revenue Growth (%YOY) 9.97 17.49 15.95 14.86 12.38
Earnings (mil) 0.5 0.6 0.43 0.25 0.21
Earnings Growth (%YOY) 143.69 65.93 22.1 -28.29 -39.94
Net Margin (%) 11.88 13.23 9.59 5.91 5.36
EPS 0.37 0.45 0.32 0.19 0.15
Return on Equity (%) 6.58 7.89 5.58 3.28 2.74
Return on Assets (%) 0.39 0.48 0.35 0.21 0.18

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Market Share Versus Profits

Revenues History
Earnings History

SBTB-US‘s change in revenue this period compared to the same period last year of 9.97% 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 SBTB-US is holding onto its market share. Also, for comparison purposes, revenues changed by -7.51% and earnings by -16.89% 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 83.03% to 84.19%. However, the company’s loan loss provisions have prevented it from fully capitalizing on these net interest income margin improvements. SBTB-US‘s net interest income after provisions margin showed no improvement. Loan loss provisions as a percentage of net interest income were 7.03% this period, and 4.11% 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 both the relative increase in the levels of net loan assets and the level of total deposits as a percentage of equity. On an absolute basis, net loan assets changed 17.31% compared to the same period last year and -0.54% from the previous period. Total deposits changed 11.44% compared to the same period last year and 3.21% from the previous period.

Cash Versus Earnings – Sustainable Performance?

It is important to examine a company�s cash versus earnings numbers to gauge whether its performance is sustainable.

SBTB-US‘s change in operating cash flow of 1,529.33% 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

The company’s earnings growth has also been influenced by the following factors: (1) Improvements in operating margins from 10.21% to 14.39% and (2) one-time items. The company’s pretax margins are now 14.39%, compared to 5.18% for the same period last year.

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

SBT Bancorp, Inc. operates as a bank holding company for The Simsbury Bank & Trust Co., Inc. It offers commercial banking services to residents and businesses in its primary and secondary markets through a variety of commercial loans and residential mortgage programs as well as home equity lines and loans, FDIC-insured checking, savings, and IRA accounts, 401K rollover accounts, as well as safe deposit and other customary non-deposit banking services. The company was founded on February 17, 2006 and is headquartered in Simsbury, CT.

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