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United Security Bancshares Reports 2021 Net Income of $10.1 Million

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FRESNO, Calif., January 26, 2022--(BUSINESS WIRE)--United Security Bancshares (Nasdaq: UBFO) today announced its unaudited financial results for the quarter and year ended December 31, 2021. The Company recognized net income of $10.1 million, or $0.59 per basic and diluted share, for the year ended December 31, 2021, compared to net income of $9.0 million, or $0.53 per basic and diluted share for the year ended December 31, 2020.

Fourth Quarter 2021 Highlights (at or for the quarter ended December 31, 2021, except where noted)

  • Net income for the quarter increased 75.3% to $3.4 million, compared to $1.9 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2020. The increase is primarily the result of an increase of $540,000 in loan interest income and fees, an increase of $341,000 in investment securities income, and a decrease of $512,000 in the fair value of a financial liability.

  • Total assets increased 21.81% to $1.3 billion, compared to $1.1 billion at December 31, 2020.

  • Total loans, net of unearned fees, increased 33.2% to $871.5 million, compared to $654.3 million at December 31, 2020.

  • Total investments increased 111.9%, or $96.5 million, to $182.6 million, compared to $86.2 million at December 31, 2020.

  • Total deposits increased 24.7% to $1.2 billion, compared to $952.7 million at December 31, 2020.

  • The allowance for credit losses as a percentage of gross loans decreased to 1.07%, compared to 1.30% at December 31, 2020. The decrease in the allowance for credit losses as a percentage of gross loans is principally due to a shift in loan mix. The loan mix change is primarily the result of growth in the purchased residential mortgage loan portfolio during the year.

  • Net interest income before the provision for credit losses increased 9.8% to $9.4 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2021, compared to $8.5 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2020.

  • Book value per share increased to $7.06, compared to $6.93 at December 31, 2020.

  • Net interest margin decreased to 3.08% from 3.36% for the quarter ended December 31, 2020.

  • Annualized average cost of deposits decreased to 0.17% from 0.19% for the quarter ended December 31, 2020.

  • Net charge-offs totaled $265,000, compared to net charge-offs of $817,000 for the quarter ended December 31, 2020.

  • Capital position remains well-capitalized with a 9.79% Tier 1 Leverage Ratio compared to 11.37% as of December 31, 2020.

  • Annualized return on average assets ("ROAA") was 1.03%, compared to 0.70% for the quarter ended December 31, 2020.

  • Annualized return on average equity ("ROAE") was 11.21%, compared to 6.41% for the quarter ended December 31, 2020.

Dennis Woods, President and Chief Executive Officer, stated: "We had a successful 2021 with growth in our balance sheet, core earnings, and improvement in credit quality. Total deposits grew 25% through the acquisition of new customers and the strengthening of existing customer relationships. Core net income, which is a non-GAAP measure, grew 19.1% over the prior year as a result of the successful execution of our 2021 cash deployment strategy. Our outlook on profitability going into 2022 is positive, as we look to build upon the growth achieved during the second half of 2021."

Provided at the end of this Press Release is a reconciliation of Core Net Income, as a non-GAAP measure, to Net Income. This reconciliation excludes Non-Core items such as the Fair Value Adjustment for TRUPs and gain or loss on sale of other real estate owned (OREO). Management believes that financial results are more comparative excluding the impact of such non-core items.

Results of Operations

Year Ended December 31, 2021:

Net income for the year ended December 31, 2021 increased $1,137,000 when compared to the year ended December 31, 2020. The increase is the result of an increase of $2.8 million in loan interest income and fees and $904,000 in investment income, partially offset by an increase of $888,000 in salary and employee benefits, a decrease of $491,000 in interest income resulting from the decrease in the amount of funds held in and rates paid on overnight deposits at FRB, and the change in the fair value of junior subordinated debentures. The change in fair value of junior subordinated debentures, which is caused by changes in LIBOR rates, was reflected as a $970,000 gain for the year ended December 31, 2020, compared to a $660,000 loss for the year ended December 31, 2021. The provision for credit losses was $2.1 million for the year ended December 31, 2021, compared to $2.8 million for the year ended December 31, 2020. ROAE for the year ended December 31, 2021 was 8.47%, compared to 7.55% for the year ended December 31, 2020. ROAA was 0.82% for the year ended December 31, 2021, compared to 0.86% for the year ended December 31, 2020.

The annualized average cost of deposits was 0.17% for the year ended December 31, 2021, a decrease from 0.22% for the year ended December 31, 2020. Average interest-bearing deposits increased 21.17% between the periods ended December 31, 2020 and 2021 from $535.8 million to $649.2 million, respectively.

Net interest income, before the provision for credit losses, for the year ended December 31, 2021 totaled $35.7 million, an increase of $3.4 million, or 10.45%, from $32.3 million for the same period ended December 31, 2020. The Company's net interest margin contracted from 3.41% for the year ended December 31, 2020 to 3.16% for the year ended December 31, 2021. The decrease was the result of earning assets repricing in the current low interest rate environment. This decrease was partially offset by a decrease in the yield on interest-bearing liabilities. Loan yields decreased from 5.06% to 4.51% between the two periods. The yield on interest-bearing liabilities decreased from 0.42% to 0.31% between the two periods. Included in interest income for the year ended December 31, 2021 were $920,000 in fees related to SBA PPP loans, compared to $515,000 for the same period ended December 31, 2020.

Noninterest income for the year ended December 31, 2021 totaled $3.4 million, a decrease of $1.8 million when compared to the $5.2 million reported for the year ended December 31, 2020. On a year-over-year comparative basis, noninterest income decreased primarily due to a loss on the fair value of junior subordinated debentures (TRUPs) of $660,000 for the year ended December 31, 2021, compared to a gain of $970,000 for the same period in 2020. The change in the fair value of TRUPs reflected in noninterest income was caused by fluctuations in the LIBOR yield curve. Noninterest income for the year ended December 31, 2020, includes a $310,000 gain in proceeds from bank-owned life insurance. Customer service fees totaled $2.8 million for the year ended December 31, 2021 and $2.7 million for the year ended December 31, 2020.

For the year ended December 31, 2021, noninterest expense totaled $23.6 million, an increase of $1.3 million compared to $22.3 million for the year ended December 31, 2020. On a year-over-year comparative basis, noninterest expense increased due to increases in salaries and employee benefits of $888,000, increases in professional fees of $245,000, and increases in regulatory assessments of $284,000 due to an increase in FDIC assessment rate, partially offset by a decrease in other real estate owned ("OREO") expense of $716,000 related to the write-down of $727,000 recognized during 2020. Salaries and employee benefits expense was lower in 2020 due to a reduction in branch and employee hours that occurred as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The efficiency ratio for the year ended December 31, 2021 increased to 60.50%, compared to 59.46% for the year ended December 31, 2020. The increase is attributed to the increase in noninterest expense outpacing the growth in revenue.

The Company recorded an income tax provision of $3.2 million for the year ended December 31, 2021, compared to $3.5 million for the same period in 2020. The effective tax rate for the year ended December 31, 2021 was 24.16%, compared to 27.80% for the year ended December 31, 2020. The effective tax rate for 2021 reflects an increase in favorable permanent differences on the Company's filed tax returns and during the year, resulting in lower provision expense.

Quarter Ended December 31, 2021:

For the quarter ended December 31, 2021, the Company reported net income of $3.4 million and earnings per basic and diluted share of $0.20, compared to net income of $1.9 million and $0.11 per basic and diluted share for the same period ended December 31, 2020. Net income for the quarter ended September 30, 2021 was $2.6 million and $0.15 per basic and diluted share.

Net interest income, before the provision for credit losses, was $9.4 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2021, representing a $836,000, or 9.8%, increase from the $8.5 million reported at December 31, 2020. The increase in net interest income was driven by growth in the loan and investment portfolios. The Company's net interest margin decreased from 3.36% to 3.08% between the quarters ended December 31, 2020 and December 31, 2021, respectively. The decrease in the net interest margin was due to decreases in yields on loans and investment securities and was partially offset by a decrease in average rates paid on deposits and an increase in yields on interest-bearing deposits at FRB. Net interest income during the quarter ended December 31, 2021 increased 0.4% from the $9.3 million reported during the quarter ended September 30, 2021.

Noninterest income for the quarter ended December 31, 2021 totaled $1.3 million, an increase of $824,000 from the $467,000 in non-interest income reported for the quarter ended December 31, 2020. The increase is primarily attributed to an increase of $512,000 in the fair value of junior subordinated debentures between the two quarters and $303,000 in income received from an investment in a limited partnership during the fourth quarter of 2021 reported in other noninterest income. Noninterest income increased $361,000 from the $930,000 reported for the quarter ended September 30, 2021. This was primarily due to the income received from the limited partnership.

Noninterest expense for the quarter ended December 31, 2021 totaled $6.3 million, reflecting a $477,000 increase over $5.8 million reported for the quarter ended December 31, 2020, and a $118,000 increase from the $6.2 million reported from the quarter ended September 30, 2021. The increase between the quarters ended December 31, 2021 and 2020 resulted partially from increases of $215,000 in salaries and employee benefits and $185,000 in the net cost of OREO, partially offset by a decrease of $188,000 in professional fees. Included in OREO expense for the quarter ended December 31, 2021 is $155,000 in settlement expenses to resolve litigation related to OREO.

The Company recorded an income tax provision of $564,000 for the quarter ended December 31, 2021, compared to $651,000 for the quarter ended December 31, 2020, and $1.0 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2021. The effective tax rate for the quarter ended December 31, 2021 was 14.34%, compared to 25.3% and 28.5% for the quarters ended December 31, 2020 and September 30, 2021, respectively. The effective tax rate for the quarter ended December 31, 2021 reflects an increase in favorable permanent differences on the Company's filed tax returns and during the year, resulting in lower provision expense.

Balance Sheet Review

Total assets increased $238.3 million, or 21.81%, between December 31, 2021 and December 31, 2020. Gross loan balances increased $213.9 million and investment securities increased $96.5 million. As a result of purchases of securities for investment and additions to the loan portfolio, total cash and cash equivalents decreased $74.9 million between December 31, 2020 and December 31, 2021. Unfunded loan commitments increased from $216.8 million at December 31, 2020 to $239.1 million at December 31, 2021. OREO balances decreased from $5.0 million at December 31, 2020 to $4.6 million at December 31, 2021. The reduction is attributed to the sale of one OREO property during the year.

Total deposits increased $235.5 million, or 24.72%, to $1.19 billion during the year ended December 31, 2021. This increase was due to increases of $127.3 million in NOW and money market accounts, $84.9 million in noninterest bearing deposits, $17.3 million in savings accounts, and $6.1 million in time deposits. In total, NOW, money market and savings accounts increased 28.95% to $643.8 million at December 31, 2021, compared to $499.2 million at December 31, 2020. Noninterest bearing deposits increased 21.65% to $476.7 million at December 31, 2021, compared to $391.9 million at December 31, 2020. Core deposits, which are made up of the balance of noninterest bearing deposits, NOW, money market, savings, and time deposits accounts less than $250,000, increased $235.7 million.

Shareholders’ equity at December 31, 2021 was $120.2 million, an increase of $2.4 million from shareholders’ equity of $117.8 million at December 31, 2020. This increase in equity was the result of an increase in retained earnings and was partially offset by an increase in accumulated other comprehensive loss. At December 31, 2021 there was an accumulated other comprehensive loss of $1.2 million, as compared to an accumulated other comprehensive loss of $728,000 at December 31, 2020. The increase in the loss was primarily the result of an increase in unrealized losses on investment securities, offset by a decrease in the loss on junior subordinated debentures (TRUPs) caused by a change in market credit spreads during the years ended December 31, 2021.

The Board of Directors of United Security Bancshares declared a cash dividend on common stock of $0.11 per share on December 12, 2021. The dividend was payable on January 18, 2022, to shareholders of record as of January 3, 2022. No assurances can be provided that future dividends will be declared and/or as to the timing of such future dividends, if any. The Company continues to be well capitalized and expects to maintain adequate capital levels.

Credit Quality

The Company recorded a provision for credit losses of $2.1 million for the year ended December 31, 2021, compared to a provision of $2.8 million for the year ended December 31, 2020. Net loan charge-offs totaled $1.3 million for the year ended December 31, 2021, as compared to net loan charge-offs of $2.2 million for the year ended December 31, 2020. Net charge-offs totaled $265,000 for the quarter ended December 31, 2021, compared to $817,000 and $508,000 for the quarters ended December 31, 2020 and September 30, 2021, respectively. The provision recorded during the year is attributed to loan portfolio growth, agricultural loan downgrades,and student loan charge-offs, partially offset by the continuation of the positive trend in the economic environment. For the year ended December 31, 2020, the provision recorded was attributed to growth of the loan portfolio, net charge-offs, and economic uncertainty resulting from COVID-19. In 2020, the Company had executed a total of 28 payment deferrals or modifications on outstanding loan balances of $70.0 million in connection with the COVID-19 relief provided by the CARES Act and interagency guidance issued in March 2020. The Company has not recognized any losses on the loan modifications and as of December 31, 2021, there were no modifications outstanding.

The Company's allowance for loan loss totaled 1.07% of the loan portfolio at December 31, 2021, compared to 1.30% at December 31, 2020. The decrease in the allowance for credit losses as a percentage of gross loans is primarily the result of a change in loan mix from an increase in residential mortgage loans purchased during the year. The reserve required on the residential mortgage loan segment is lower than reserves required for other loan segments due to lower historical loss rates. Management considers the allowance for credit losses at December 31, 2021 to be adequate.

Non-performing assets, comprised of nonaccrual loans, troubled debt restructures (TDRs), other real estate owned through foreclosure, and loans more than 90 days past due and still accruing interest, decreased $899,000 between December 31, 2020 and December 31, 2021 to $16.6 million. Nonperforming assets as a percentage of total assets decreased from 1.61% at December 31, 2020 to 1.25% at December 31, 2021. The decrease in nonperforming assets is attributed to the reduction in past due loans more than 90 days and still accruing interest from $513,000 at December 31, 2020 to $453,000 at December 31, 2021, and decreases in total restructured loans of $833,000 between December 31, 2020 and December 31, 2021. OREO balances decreased from $5.0 million at December 31, 2020 to $4.6 million at December 31, 2021. Nonaccrual loans decreased $58,000 between December 31, 2020 and December 31, 2021.

About United Security Bancshares

United Security Bancshares (NASDAQ: UBFO) is the holding company for United Security Bank, which was founded in 1987. United Security Bank is headquartered in Fresno and operates 12 full-service branch offices in Fresno, Bakersfield, Campbell, Caruthers, Coalinga, Firebaugh, Mendota, Oakhurst, San Joaquin, and Taft, California. Additionally, United Security Bank operates Commercial Real Estate Construction, Commercial Lending, and Consumer Lending departments. For more information, please visit www.unitedsecuritybank.com.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

This press release and the accompanying financial tables contain a non-GAAP financial measure (Net Income before Non-Core) within the meaning of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Regulation G. In the accompanying financial tables, the Company has provided a reconciliation of this non-GAAP financial measure to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure. The Company’s management believes that this non-GAAP financial measure provides useful information about the Company’s results of operations and/or financial position to both investors and management. The Company provides this non-GAAP financial measure to investors to assist them in performing their analysis of its historical operating results. The non-GAAP financial measure shows the Company's operating results before consideration of certain adjustments and, consequently, this non-GAAP financial measure should not be construed as an alternative to net income (loss) as an indicator of the Company's operating performance, as determined in accordance with GAAP. The Company may calculate this non-GAAP financial measure differently than other companies.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release may contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and the Company intends such statements to be covered by the safe harbor provisions for forward-looking statements contained in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements can be identified by the fact that they do not relate strictly to historical or current facts and often include the words "believe," "expect," "anticipate," "intend," "plan," "estimate," or words of similar meaning, or future or conditional verbs such as "will," "would," "should," "could," or "may." Forward-looking statements are based on management’s knowledge and belief as of today and are not guarantees of future performance, nor should they be relied upon as representing management's views as of any subsequent date. Forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties and actual results may differ materially from those presented. Factors that might cause such differences, some of which are beyond the Company’s ability to control or predict, include, but are not limited to: (1) the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, or other similar outbreaks, including the effects of the steps being taken to address the pandemic and their impact on the Company’s markets, customers and employees, (2) changes in general economic and financial market conditions, either nationally or locally, (3) changes in interest rates, (4) changes in banking laws or regulations, (5) increased competition in the Company's markets, impacting the ability to execute its business plans, (6) loss of key personnel, (7) unanticipated credit losses, (8) drought, earthquakes or other natural disasters impacting the local economy and/or the condition of real estate collateral, (9) the impact of technological changes and the ability to develop and maintain secure and reliable electronic systems, (10) uncertainty regarding the replacement of LIBOR, and (11) changes in accounting policies or procedures.

The Company undertakes no obligation to publicly revise these forward-looking statements to reflect subsequent events or circumstances. For a more complete discussion of these risks and uncertainties, see the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K, for the year ended December 31, 2020, and particularly the section entitled "Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations." Readers should carefully review all disclosures the Company files from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

United Security Bancshares

Consolidated Balance Sheets (unaudited)

(in thousands)

December 31, 2021

December 31, 2020

Assets

Cash and non-interest-bearing deposits in other banks

$

31,057

$

29,490

Due from Federal Reserve Bank ("FRB")

188,162

264,579

Cash and cash equivalents

219,219

294,069

Investment securities (at fair value)

Available-for-sale ("AFS") securities

178,902

82,341

Marketable equity securities

3,744

3,851

Total investment securities

182,646

86,192

Loans

869,314

655,411

Unearned fees and unamortized loan origination costs - net

2,219

(1,064

)

Allowance for credit losses

(9,333

)

(8,522

)

Net loans

862,200

645,825

Premises and equipment - net

8,950

9,110

Accrued interest receivable

7,530

8,164

Other real estate owned

4,582

5,004

Goodwill

4,488

4,488

Deferred tax assets - net

3,615

2,907

Cash surrender value of life insurance

22,338

20,715

Operating lease right-of-use assets

2,594

2,864

Other assets

12,782

13,316

Total assets

$

1,330,944

$

1,092,654

Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity

Deposits

Non-interest-bearing

$

476,749

$

391,897

Interest-bearing

711,357

560,754

Total deposits

1,188,106

952,651

Operating lease liabilities

2,705

2,967

Other liabilities

8,737

8,305

Junior subordinated debentures (at fair value)

11,189

10,924

Total liabilities

1,210,737

974,847

Shareholders' Equity

Common stock, no par value; 20,000,000 shares authorized; issued and outstanding: 17,028,239 at December 31, 2021 and 17,009,883 at December 31, 2020.

59,636

59,397

Retained earnings

61,745

59,138

Accumulated other comprehensive loss

(1,174

)

(728

)

Total shareholders' equity

120,207

117,807

Total liabilities and shareholders' equity

$

1,330,944

$

1,092,654

United Security Bancshares

Consolidated Statements of Income (unaudited)

(in thousands - except per share data)

Three Months Ended

Year Ended

December 31, 2021

September 30, 2021

December 31, 2020

December 31, 2021

December 31, 2020

Interest Income:

Interest and fees on loans

$

9,212

$

9,163

$

8,672

$

35,154

$

32,404

Interest on investment securities

647

650

306

2,337

1,433

Interest on deposits in FRB

71

64

63

239

730

Total interest income

9,930

9,877

9,041

37,730

34,567

Interest Expense:

Interest on deposits

508

496

452

1,899

2,014

Interest on other borrowed funds

44

44

47

180

276

Total interest expense

552

540

499

2,079

2,290

Net Interest Income

9,378

9,337

8,542

35,651

32,277

Provision for Credit Losses

453

453

631

2,107

2,769

Net Interest Income after Provision for Credit Losses

8,925

8,884

7,911

33,544

29,508

Noninterest Income:

Customer service fees

699

745

648

2,793

2,663

Increase in cash surrender value of bank-owned life insurance

147

139

122

555

504

Unrealized (loss) gain on fair value of marketable equity securities

(32

)

(14

)

(14

)

(106

)

74

Gain on proceeds from bank-owned life insurance

310

Gain (loss) on fair value of junior subordinated debentures

31

(35

)

(481

)

(660

)

970

Recovery on investment

64

Loss (gain) on sale of assets

(5

)

8

Other

446

100

128

795

653

Total noninterest income

1,291

930

467

3,385

5,174

Noninterest Expense:

Salaries and employee benefits

2,909

2,888

2,694

11,713

10,825

Occupancy expense

832

1,013

865

3,537

3,475

Data processing

183

147

107

565

493

Professional fees

1,048

833

1,236

3,572

3,327

Regulatory assessments

197

258

176

743

459

Director fees

109

91

94

385

376

Correspondent bank service charges

23

22

19

88

71

Net cost on operation and sale of OREO

189

24

4

256

972

Other

792

888

610

2,756

2,272

Total noninterest expense

6,282

6,164

5,805

23,615

22,270

Income Before Provision for Taxes

3,934

3,650

2,573

13,314

12,412

Provision for Taxes on Income

564

1,039

651

3,216

3,451

Net Income

3,370

2,611

1,922

$

10,098

$

8,961

Basic earnings per common share

$

0.20

$

0.15

$

0.11

$

0.59

$

0.53

Diluted earnings per common share

$

0.20

$

0.15

$

0.11

$

0.59

$

0.53

Weighted average basic shares for EPS

17,014,766

17,010,288

16,979,845

17,011,379

16,976,704

Weighted average diluted shares for EPS

17,042,236

17,035,533

17,017,265

17,030,874

16,998,585

United Security Bancshares

Average Balances and Rates (unaudited)

(in thousands)

Three Months Ended

Year Ended

December 31, 2021

September 30, 2021

December 31, 2020

December 31, 2021

December 31, 2020

Average Balances:

Loans (1)

$

855,146

$

826,754

$

662,445

$

779,062

$

639,815

Investment securities

163,552

170,408

89,331

150,748

90,685

Interest-bearing deposits in FRB

188,467

172,073

258,071

199,610

217,273

Total interest-earning assets

1,207,165

1,169,235

1,009,847

1,129,420

947,773

Allowance for credit losses

(9,170

)

(9,203

)

(8,687

)

(8,866

)

(8,661

)

Cash and due from banks

42,194

44,804

31,348

44,269

30,300

Other real estate owned

4,641

4,716

5,165

4,847

5,815

Other non-earning assets

62,574

60,771

61,525

63,800

61,742

Total average assets

$

1,307,404

$

1,270,323

$

1,099,198

$

1,233,470

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