First Community Bancshares 10-K 2009
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UNITED STATES SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
ANNUAL REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
For the fiscal year ended December 31, 2008
Commission file number 000-19297
FIRST COMMUNITY BANCSHARES, INC.
Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:
Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(g) of the Act:
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Indicate by check mark whether the registrant (1) has filed all reports required to be filed by Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to file such reports), and (2) has been subject to such filing requirements for the past 90 days. þ Yes o No
Indicate by check mark if disclosure of delinquent filers pursuant to Item 405 of Regulation S-K is not contained herein, and will not be contained, to the best of the registrants knowledge, in definitive proxy or information statements incorporated by reference in Part III of this Form 10-K or any amendment to this Form 10-K. o
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Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a shell company (as defined in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act). o Yes þ No
State the aggregate market value of the voting and non-voting common equity held by non-affiliates computed by reference to the price at which the common equity was last sold, or the average bid and asked price of such common equity, as of the last business day of the registrants most recently completed second fiscal quarter.
Approximately $258.21 million based on the closing sales price at June 30, 2008.
Indicate the number of shares outstanding of each of the issuers classes of common stock, as of the latest practicable date.
Class Common Stock, $1.00 Par Value; 11,567,449 shares outstanding as of March 2, 2009
Portions of the Proxy Statement for the annual meeting of shareholders to be held April 28, 2009, are incorporated by reference in Part III of this Form 10-K.
First Community Bancshares, Inc. (the Company) is a bank holding company incorporated in the State of Nevada and serves as the holding company for First Community Bank, N. A. (the Bank), a national banking association that conducts commercial banking operations within the states of Virginia, West Virginia, North and South Carolina, and Tennessee. The Company also owns GreenPoint Insurance Group, Inc. (GreenPoint), a full-service insurance agency acquired in September 2007, and Investment Planning Consultants (IPC), an investment advisory. The Company had total consolidated assets of approximately $2.13 billion at December 31, 2008, and conducts its banking operations through fifty-nine locations.
The Company provides a mechanism for ownership of the subsidiary banking operations, provides capital funds as required, and serves as a conduit for distribution of dividends to stockholders. The Companys banking operations are expected to remain the principal business and major source of revenue for the Company. The Company also considers and evaluates options for growth and expansion of the existing subsidiary banking operations. The Company currently derives substantially all of its revenues from dividends paid by its subsidiary bank. Dividend payments by the Bank are determined in relation to earnings, asset growth and capital position and are subject to certain restrictions by regulatory agencies as described more fully under Regulation and Supervision of this item.
The Company and its subsidiaries employed 638 full-time equivalent employees at December 31, 2008. Management considers employee relations to be excellent.
The supervision and regulation of the Company and its subsidiaries by the banking agencies is intended primarily for the protection of depositors, the deposit insurance fund of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), and the banking system as a whole, and not for the protection of stockholders or creditors. The banking agencies have broad enforcement power over bank holding companies and banks, including the power to impose substantial fines and other penalties for violations of laws and regulations.
The following description summarizes some of the laws to which the Company and the Bank are subject. References in the following description to applicable statutes and regulations are brief summaries of these statutes and regulations, do not purport to be complete, and are qualified in their entirety by reference to such statutes and regulations.
The Company is a financial holding company pursuant to the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (GLB Act) and a bank holding company registered under the Bank Holding Company Act of 1956, as amended (BHCA). Accordingly, the Company is subject to supervision, regulation and examination by the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (Federal Reserve Board). The BHCA, the GLB Act, and other federal laws subject financial and bank holding companies to particular restrictions on the types of activities in which they may engage, and to a range of supervisory requirements and activities, including regulatory enforcement actions for violations of laws and regulations.
Regulatory Restrictions on Dividends; Source of Strength. It is the policy of the Federal Reserve Board that bank holding companies should pay cash dividends on common stock only from income available over the past year and only if prospective earnings retention is consistent with the organizations expected future needs and financial
condition. The policy provides that bank holding companies should not maintain a level of cash dividends that undermines the bank holding companys ability to serve as a source of strength to its banking subsidiaries.
Furthermore, under the Treasurys Capital Purchase Program, the Company must obtain the Treasurys consent for any increase in dividends declared on its common stock. This restriction applies until the third anniversary of the investment by the Treasury, unless prior to that time the Company redeems the Series A Preferred Stock that it issued to the Treasury or the Treasury transfers the Series A Preferred Stock to a third party.
Under Federal Reserve Board policy, a bank holding company is expected to act as a source of financial strength to each of its banking subsidiaries and commit resources to their support. Such support may be required at times when, absent this Federal Reserve Board policy, a holding company may not be inclined to provide it. As discussed below, a bank holding company in certain circumstances could be required to guarantee the capital plan of an undercapitalized banking subsidiary.
Scope of Permissible Activities. Under the BHCA, bank holding companies generally may not acquire a direct or indirect interest in or control of more than 5% of the voting shares of any company that is not a bank or bank holding company or from engaging in activities other than those of banking, managing or controlling banks or furnishing services to or performing services for its subsidiaries, except that it may engage in, directly or indirectly, certain activities that the Federal Reserve Board determined to be closely related to banking or managing and controlling banks as to be a proper incident thereto.
Notwithstanding the foregoing, the GLB Act, effective March 11, 2000, eliminated the barriers to affiliations among banks, securities firms, insurance companies and other financial service providers and permits bank holding companies to become financial holding companies and thereby affiliate with securities firms and insurance companies and engage in other activities that are financial in nature. The GLB Act defines financial in nature to include securities underwriting, dealing and market making; sponsoring mutual funds and investment companies; insurance underwriting and agency; merchant banking activities and activities that the Federal Reserve Board has determined to be closely related to banking. No regulatory approval is generally required for a financial holding company to acquire a company, other than a bank or savings association, engaged in activities that are financial in nature or incidental to activities that are financial in nature, as determined by the Federal Reserve Board.
Under the GLB Act, a bank holding company may become a financial holding company by filing a declaration with the Federal Reserve Board if each of its subsidiary banks is well-capitalized under the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation Improvement Act of 1991 (FDICIA) prompt corrective action provisions, is well managed and has at least a satisfactory rating under the Community Reinvestment Act of 1977 (CRA). The Company elected financial holding company status in December 2006.
Safe and Sound Banking Practices. Bank holding companies are not permitted to engage in unsafe and unsound banking practices. The Federal Reserve Board has broad authority to prohibit activities of bank holding companies and their nonbanking subsidiaries which represent unsafe and unsound banking practices or which constitute violations of laws or regulations, and can assess civil money penalties for certain activities conducted on a knowing and reckless basis, if those activities caused a substantial loss to a depository institution.
Anti-Tying Restrictions. Bank holding companies and their affiliates are prohibited from tying the provision of certain services, such as extensions of credit, to other services offered by a holding company or its affiliates.
Stock Repurchases. A bank holding company is required to give the Federal Reserve Board prior notice of any redemption or repurchase of its own equity securities, if the consideration to be paid, together with the consideration paid for any repurchases or redemptions in the preceding year, is equal to 10% or more of the companys consolidated net worth. The Federal Reserve Board may oppose the transaction if it believes that the transaction would constitute an unsafe or unsound practice or would violate any law or regulation.
The Companys ability to repurchase its shares also is restricted under the terms of the Purchase Agreement. The Treasurys consent is generally required for the Company to make any stock repurchases until the third anniversary of the investment by the Treasury unless prior to that time the Company redeems the Series A Preferred Stock that it issued to the Treasury or the Treasury transfers the Series A Preferred Stock to a third party. Further,
common, junior preferred or pari passu preferred shares may not be repurchased if the Company is in arrears on the Series A Preferred Stock dividends.
Capital Adequacy Requirements. The Federal Reserve Board has promulgated capital adequacy guidelines for use in its examination and supervision of bank holding companies. If a bank holding companys capital falls below minimum required levels, then the bank holding company must implement a plan to increase its capital, and its ability to pay dividends, make acquisitions of new banks or engage in certain other activities such as issuing brokered deposits may be restricted or prohibited.
The Federal Reserve Board currently uses two types of capital adequacy guidelines for holding companies, a two-tiered risk-based capital guideline and a leverage capital ratio guideline. The two-tiered risk-based capital guideline assigns risk weightings to all assets and certain off-balance sheet items of the holding companys operations, and then establishes a minimum ratio of the holding companys Tier 1 capital to the aggregate dollar amount of risk-weighted assets (which amount is usually less than the aggregate dollar amount of such assets without risk weighting) and a minimum ratio of the holding companys total capital (Tier 1 capital plus Tier 2 capital, as adjusted) to the aggregate dollar amount of such risk-weighted assets. The leverage ratio guideline establishes a minimum ratio of the holding companys Tier 1 capital to its total tangible assets (total assets less goodwill and certain identifiable intangibles), without risk-weighting.
Under both guidelines, Tier 1 capital (sometimes referred to as core capital) is defined to include: common shareholders equity (including retained earnings), qualifying non-cumulative perpetual preferred stock and related surplus, qualifying cumulative perpetual preferred stock and related surplus, trust preferred securities, and minority interests in the equity accounts of consolidated subsidiaries (limited to a maximum of 25% of Tier 1 capital). Goodwill and most intangible assets are deducted from Tier 1 capital. For purposes of the total risk-based capital guidelines, Tier 2 capital (sometimes referred to as supplementary capital) is defined to include: allowances for loan and lease losses (limited to 1.25% of risk-weighted assets), perpetual preferred stock not included in Tier 1 capital, intermediate-term preferred stock and any related surplus, certain hybrid capital instruments, perpetual debt and mandatory convertible debt securities, and intermediate-term subordinated debt instruments (subject to limitations). The maximum amount of qualifying Tier 2 capital is 100% of qualifying Tier 1 capital. For purposes of the total capital guideline, total capital equals Tier 1 capital, plus qualifying Tier 2 capital, minus investments in unconsolidated subsidiaries, reciprocal holdings of bank holding company capital securities, and deferred tax assets and other deductions. The Federal Reserve Boards current capital adequacy guidelines require that a bank holding company maintain a Tier 1 risk-based capital ratio of at least 4% and a total risk-based capital ratio of at least 8%. At December 31, 2008, the Companys ratio of Tier 1 capital to total risk-weighted assets was 11.92% and its ratio of total capital to risk-weighted assets was 12.91%.
In addition to the risk-based capital guidelines, the Federal Reserve Board uses a leverage ratio as an additional tool to evaluate the capital adequacy of bank holding companies. The leverage ratio is a companys Tier 1 capital divided by its average total consolidated assets. Certain highly rated bank holding companies may maintain a minimum leverage ratio of 3.0%, but other bank holding companies are required to maintain a leverage ratio of 4.0% or more, depending on their overall condition. At December 31, 2008, the Companys leverage ratio was 9.75%.
The federal banking agencies risk-based and leverage ratios are minimum supervisory ratios generally applicable to banking organizations that meet certain specified criteria, assuming that they have the highest regulatory rating. Banking organizations not meeting these criteria are expected to operate with capital positions well above the minimum ratios. The federal bank regulatory agencies may set capital requirements for a particular banking organization that are higher than the minimum ratios when circumstances warrant. Federal Reserve Board guidelines also provide that banking organizations experiencing internal growth or making acquisitions will be expected to maintain strong capital positions substantially above the minimum supervisory levels, without significant reliance on intangible assets.
Acquisitions by Bank Holding Companies. The BHCA requires every bank holding company to obtain the prior approval of the Federal Reserve Board before it may acquire all or substantially all of the assets of any bank, or ownership or control of any voting shares of any bank, if after such acquisition it would own or control, directly or indirectly, more than 5% of the voting shares of such bank. In approving bank acquisitions by bank holding
companies, the Federal Reserve Board is required to consider the financial and managerial resources and future prospects of the bank holding company and the banks concerned, the convenience and needs of the communities to be served, and various competitive factors.
The Bank is a national association and is subject to supervision and regulation by the Office of the Comptroller of Currency (OCC). Since the deposits of the Bank are insured by the FDIC, the Bank is also subject to supervision and regulation by the FDIC. Because the Federal Reserve Board regulates the Company, and because the Bank is a member of the Federal Reserve System, the Federal Reserve Board also has regulatory authority which directly affects the Bank.
Restrictions on Transactions with Affiliates and Insiders. Transactions between the Bank and its nonbanking subsidiaries and/or affiliates, including the Company, are subject to Section 23A of the Federal Reserve Act. In general, Section 23A imposes limits on the amount of such transactions, and also requires certain levels of collateral for loans to affiliated parties. It also limits the amount of advances to third parties which are collateralized by the securities or obligations of the Company or its subsidiaries.
Affiliate transactions are also subject to Section 23B of the Federal Reserve Act which generally requires that certain transactions between the Bank and its affiliates be on terms substantially the same, or at least as favorable to the Bank, as those prevailing at the time for comparable transactions with or involving other nonaffiliated persons. The Federal Reserve Board has issued Regulation W which codifies prior regulations under Sections 23A and 23B of the Federal Reserve Act and interpretive guidance with respect to affiliate transactions.
The restrictions on loans to directors, executive officers, principal shareholders and their related interests contained in the Federal Reserve Act and Regulation O apply to all insured institutions and their subsidiaries and holding companies. These restrictions include limits on loans to one borrower and conditions that must be met before such a loan can be made. There is also an aggregate limitation on all loans to such persons. These loans cannot exceed the institutions total unimpaired capital and surplus, and the FDIC may determine that a lesser amount is appropriate.
Restrictions on Distribution of Subsidiary Bank Dividends and Assets. Dividends paid by the Bank have provided the Companys operating funds and for the foreseeable future it is anticipated that dividends paid by the Bank to the Company will continue to be the Companys primary source of operating funds.
Capital adequacy requirements of the OCC limit the amount of dividends that may be paid by the Bank. The Bank cannot pay a dividend if, after paying the dividend, it would be classified as undercapitalized. In addition, without the OCCs approval, dividends may not be paid by the Bank in an amount in any calendar year which exceeds its total net profits for that year, plus its retained profits for the preceding two years, less any required transfers to capital surplus. National banks also may not pay dividends in excess of total retained profits, including current years earnings after deducting bad debts in excess of reserves for loan losses. In some cases, the OCC may find a dividend payment that meets these statutory requirements to be an unsafe or unsound practice.
Because the Company is a legal entity separate and distinct from its subsidiaries, its right to participate in the distribution of assets of any subsidiary upon the subsidiarys liquidation or reorganization will be subject to the prior claims of the subsidiarys creditors. In the event of a liquidation or other resolution of an insured depository institution, the claims of depositors and other general or subordinated creditors are entitled to a priority of payment over the claims of holders of any obligation of the institution to its shareholders, including any depository institution holding company or any shareholder or creditor thereof.
Examinations. Under the FDICIA, all insured institutions must undergo regular on-site examination by their appropriate banking agency and such agency may assess the institution for its costs of conducting the examination. The OCC periodically examines and evaluates national banks, such as the Bank. These examinations review areas such as capital adequacy, reserves, loan portfolio quality and management, consumer and other compliance issues, investments, information systems, disaster recovery and contingency planning and management practices. Based upon such an evaluation, the OCC may revalue the assets of a bank and require that it establish specific reserves to compensate for the difference between the OCC-determined value and the book value of such assets.
Capital Adequacy Requirements. The OCC has adopted regulations establishing minimum requirements for the capital adequacy of insured national banks. The OCC may establish higher minimum requirements if, for example, a bank has previously received special attention or has a high susceptibility to interest rate risk.
The OCCs risk-based capital guidelines generally require national banks to have a minimum ratio of Tier 1 capital to total risk-weighted assets of 4.0% and a ratio of total capital to total risk-weighted assets of 8.0%. The capital categories have the same definitions for the Bank as for the Company. At December 31, 2008, the Banks ratio of Tier 1 capital to total risk-weighted assets was 10.69% and its ratio of total capital to total risk-weighted assets was 11.69%.
The OCCs leverage guidelines require national banks to maintain Tier 1 capital of no less than 4.0% of average total assets, except in the case of certain highly rated banks for which the requirement is 3.0% of average total assets. At December 31, 2008, the Banks leverage ratio was 8.71%.
Corrective Measures for Capital Deficiencies. The federal banking regulators are required to take prompt corrective action with respect to capital-deficient institutions. Agency regulations define, for each capital category, the levels at which institutions are well-capitalized, adequately capitalized, undercapitalized, significantly undercapitalized and critically undercapitalized. A well-capitalized bank has a total risk-based capital ratio of 10.0% or higher; a Tier 1 risk-based capital ratio of 6.0% or higher; a leverage ratio of 5.0% or higher; and is not subject to any written agreement, order or directive requiring it to maintain a specific capital level for any capital measure. An adequately capitalized bank has a total risk-based capital ratio of 8.0% or higher; a Tier 1 risk-based capital ratio of 4.0% or higher; a leverage ratio of 4.0% or higher (3.0% or higher if the bank was rated a composite 1 in its most recent examination report and is not experiencing significant growth); and does not meet the criteria for a well-capitalized bank. A bank is undercapitalized if it fails to meet any one of the ratios required to be adequately capitalized. The Bank is classified as well-capitalized for purposes of the FDICs prompt corrective action regulations.
In addition to requiring undercapitalized institutions to submit a capital restoration plan, agency regulations contain broad restrictions on certain activities of undercapitalized institutions including asset growth, acquisitions, branch establishment and expansion into new lines of business. With certain exceptions, an insured depository institution is prohibited from making capital distributions, including dividends, and is prohibited from paying management fees to control persons if the institution would be undercapitalized after any such distribution or payment.
As an institutions capital decreases, the federal regulators enforcement powers become more severe. A significantly undercapitalized institution is subject to mandated capital raising activities, restrictions on interest rates paid and transactions with affiliates, removal of management and other restrictions. The FDIC has limited discretion in dealing with a critically undercapitalized institution and is generally required to appoint a receiver or conservator. Similarly, within 90 days of a national bank becoming critically undercapitalized, the OCC must appoint a receiver or conservator unless certain findings are made with respect to the institutions continued viability.
Banks with risk-based capital and leverage ratios below the required minimums may also be subject to certain administrative actions, including the termination of deposit insurance upon notice and hearing, or a temporary suspension of insurance without a hearing in the event the institution has no tangible capital.
Deposit Insurance Assessments. The Banks deposits are insured up to applicable limits by the Deposit Insurance Fund (DIF) of the FDIC and are subject to deposit insurance assessments to maintain the DIF. The FDIC utilizes a risk-based assessment system to evaluate the risk of each financial institution based on three primary sources of information: (1) its supervisory rating, (2) its financial ratios, and (3) its long-term debt issuer rating, if the institution has one. The FDIC also adopted a new base schedule of rates that it can adjust up or down, depending on the needs of the DIF, and set premiums for 2008 that range from 5 basis points in the lowest risk category to 43 basis points for banks in the highest risk category.
In an effort to restore capitalization levels and to ensure the DIF will adequately cover projected losses from future bank failures, the FDIC, in October 2008, proposed a rule to alter the way in which it differentiates for risk in the risk-based assessment system and to revise deposit insurance assessment rates, including base assessment rates.
The FDIC also proposes to introduce three adjustments that could be made to an institutions initial base assessment rate, including (i) a potential decrease of up to 2 basis points for long-term unsecured debt, including senior and subordinated debt, (ii) a potential increase for secured liabilities in excess of 15% of domestic deposits and (iii) a potential increase for brokered deposits in excess of 10% of domestic deposits. In addition, the FDIC proposed raising the current rates uniformly by 7 basis points for the assessment for the first quarter of 2009 resulting in a minimum annualized assessment rate of 12 basis points. The proposal for first quarter 2009 assessment rates was adopted as a final rule in December 2008. The FDIC also proposed, effective April 1, 2009, an initial minimum base assessment rate of 10 basis points. A final rule related to this proposal is expected to be issued during the first quarter of 2009. The Company cannot provide any assurance as to the amount of any proposed increase in its deposit insurance premium rate, should such an increase occur, as such changes are dependent upon a variety of factors, some of which are beyond the Companys control.
FDIC insurance expense totaled $202 thousand and $164 thousand in 2008 and 2007, respectively. FDIC insurance expense includes deposit insurance assessments and Financing Corporation (FICO) assessments related to outstanding FICO bonds. The FICO is a mixed-ownership government corporation established by the Competitive Equality Banking Act of 1987 whose sole purpose was to function as a financing vehicle for the now defunct Federal Savings & Loan Insurance Corporation. Under the Federal Deposit Insurance Reform Act of 2005, the Bank received a one-time assessment credit of $1.13 million to be applied against future deposit insurance assessments, subject to certain limitations. This credit was utilized to offset $693 thousand and $356 thousand of deposit insurance assessments during 2008 and 2007, respectively.
On February 26, 2009, the FDIC adopted an interim rule, with request for comment, to impose a one-time 20 basis point emergency special assessment effective on June 30, 2009 and to be collected on September 30, 2009. Based on the Companys most recent FDIC deposit insurance assessment base, the emergency special assessment of 20 basis points, if implemented, would increase our FDIC deposit insurance premiums by approximately $2.87 million in 2009. The FDIC has indicated that it may consider reducing the emergency special assessment by half to 10 basis points if, among other factors, Congress enacts legislation to expand the FDICs line of credit with the Treasury.
On February 26, 2009, the FDIC adopted another interim rule, with request for comment, to have the option to impose a further special assessment of up to 10 basis points on an institutions assessment base on the last day of any calendar quarter after June 30, 2009 to be collected at the same time the risk-based assessments are collected. The assessment will be imposed if the FDIC determines the DIF reserve ratio will fall to a level that would adversely affect public confidence or to a level close to zero or negative, among other factors. These interim rules are be subject to change and may or may not be enacted.
The Company cannot provide any assurance as to the amount of any proposed increase in its deposit insurance premium rate, as such changes are dependent upon a variety of factors, some of which are beyond the Companys control. Given the enacted and proposed increases in assessments for insured financial institutions in 2009, the Company anticipates that FDIC assessments on deposits will have a significantly greater impact upon operating expenses in 2009 compared to 2008, and could affect its reported earnings, liquidity and capital for the period.
Under the FDIA, the FDIC may terminate deposit insurance upon a finding that the institution has engaged in unsafe and unsound practices, is in an unsafe or unsound condition to continue operations, or has violated any applicable law, regulation, rule, order or condition imposed by the FDIC.
Temporary Liquidity Guarantee Program. In November 2008, the FDIC adopted a final rule relating to the Temporary Liquidity Guarantee Program (TLG Program). Under the TLG Program, the FDIC will (i) guarantee, through the earlier of maturity or June 30, 2012, certain newly issued senior unsecured debt issued by participating institutions on or after October 14, 2008, and before June 30, 2009 and (ii) provide full FDIC deposit insurance coverage for non-interest bearing transaction deposit accounts, Negotiable Order of Withdrawal (NOW) accounts paying less than 0.5% interest per annum and Interest on Lawyers Trust Accounts held at participating FDIC-insured institutions through December 31, 2009. Coverage under the TLG Program was available for the first 30 days without charge. The fee assessment for coverage of senior unsecured debt ranges from 50 basis points to 100 basis points per annum, depending on the initial maturity of the debt. The fee assessment for deposit insurance
coverage is 10 basis points per quarter on amounts in covered accounts exceeding $250,000. In December 2008, the Company elected to participate in both guarantee programs.
Enforcement Powers. The FDIC and the other federal banking agencies have broad enforcement powers, including the power to terminate deposit insurance, impose substantial fines and other civil and criminal penalties and appoint a conservator or receiver. Failure to comply with applicable laws, regulations and supervisory agreements could subject the Company or the Bank, as well as officers, directors and other institution-affiliated parties of these organizations, to administrative sanctions and potentially substantial civil money penalties. The appropriate federal banking agency may appoint the FDIC as conservator or receiver for a banking institution (or the FDIC may appoint itself, under certain circumstances) if any one or more of a number of circumstances exist, including, without limitation, the fact that the banking institution is undercapitalized and has no reasonable prospect of becoming adequately capitalized; fails to become adequately capitalized when required to do so; fails to submit a timely and acceptable capital restoration plan; or materially fails to implement an accepted capital restoration plan.
Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008. On October 3, 2008, the President signed into law EESA, which, among other measures, authorized the Secretary of the Treasury to establish the TARP. Pursuant to TARP, the Treasury has the authority to, among other things, purchase up to $700 billion of mortgages, mortgage-backed securities and certain other financial instruments from financial institutions for the purpose of stabilizing and providing liquidity to the U.S. financial markets. In addition, under TARP, the Treasury created the Capital Purchase Plan, pursuant to which it provides access to capital that will serve as Tier 1 capital to financial institutions through a standardized program to acquire preferred stock (accompanied by warrants) from eligible financial institutions. On November 21, 2008, the Company sold $41.50 million of Series A Preferred Stock to the Treasury under the Capital Purchase Program.
On February 17, 2009, the President signed into law the ARRA, which is intended, among other things, to provide a stimulus to the U.S. economy in the wake of the economic downturn brought about by the subprime mortgage crisis and the resulting dislocations in the financial markets. ARRA also includes numerous non-economic recovery related items, including a limitation on executive compensation of certain of the most highly-compensated employees and executive officers of financial institutions, such as the Company, that participated in the TARP Capital Purchase Program. Compliance requirements under ARRA for TARP recipients, which will be further described in rules to be adopted by the SEC and standards to be established by the Treasury, include restrictions on executive compensation and corporate governance requirements.
Comprehensive Financial Stability Plan of 2009. On February 10, 2009, the Secretary of the Treasury announced a new comprehensive financial stability plan (the Financial Stability Plan), which builds upon existing programs and earmarks the second $350 billion of unused funds originally authorized under the EESA. The major elements of the Financial Stability Plan include: (i) a capital assistance program that will invest in convertible preferred stock of certain qualifying institutions, (ii) a consumer and business lending initiative to fund new consumer loans, small business loans and commercial mortgage asset-backed securities issuances, (iii) a new public-private investment fund that will leverage public and private capital with public financing to purchase up to $500 billion to $1 trillion of legacy toxic assets from financial institutions, and (iv) assistance for homeowners to reduce mortgage payments and interest rates and establishing loan modification guidelines for government and private programs. In addition, all banking institutions with assets over $100 billion will be required to undergo a comprehensive stress test to determine if they have sufficient capital to continue lending and to absorb losses that could result from a more severe decline in the economy than projected. Institutions receiving assistance under the Financial Stability Plan going forward will be subject to higher transparency and accountability standards, including restrictions on dividends, acquisitions and executive compensation and additional disclosure requirements.
Consumer Laws and Regulations. In addition to the laws and regulations discussed herein, the Bank is also subject to certain consumer laws and regulations that are designed to protect consumers in transactions with banks. While the list set forth herein is not exhaustive, these laws and regulations include the Truth in Lending Act, the Truth in Savings Act, the Electronic Funds Transfer Act, the Expedited Funds Availability Act, the Equal Credit Opportunity Act, and the Fair Housing Act, and various state counterparts. These laws and regulations mandate certain disclosure requirements and regulate the manner in which financial institutions must deal with customers
when taking deposits or making loans to such customers. The Bank must comply with the applicable provisions of these consumer protection laws and regulations as part of their ongoing customer relations.
In addition, federal law currently contains extensive customer privacy protection provisions. Under these provisions, a financial institution must provide to its customers, at the inception of the customer relationship and annually thereafter, the institutions policies and procedures regarding the handling of customers nonpublic personal financial information. These provisions also provide that, except for certain limited exceptions, a financial institution may not provide such personal information to unaffiliated third parties unless the institution discloses to the customer that such information may be so provided and the customer is given the opportunity to opt out of such disclosure.
USA PATRIOT Act of 2001. The Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism Act of 2001 (Patriot Act) was enacted in October 2001. The Patriot Act has broadened existing anti-money laundering legislation while imposing new compliance and due diligence obligations on banks and other financial institutions, with a particular focus on detecting and reporting money laundering transactions involving domestic or international customers. The U.S. Treasury Department has issued and will continue to issue regulations clarifying the Patriot Acts requirements. The Patriot Act requires all financial institutions, as defined, to establish certain anti-money laundering compliance and due diligence programs. Recently, the regulatory agencies have intensified their examination procedures in light of the Patriot Acts anti-money laundering and Bank Secrecy Act requirements. The Company believes that its controls and procedures are in compliance with the Patriot Act.
On November 21, 2008, the Company entered into a Letter Agreement, which incorporates by reference the Securities Purchase Agreement Standard Terms (the Purchase Agreement), with the U.S. Department of the Treasury (Treasury). Pursuant to the terms of the Purchase Agreement, the Company issued and sold to the Treasury (i) 41,500 shares of the Companys Fixed Rate Cumulative Perpetual Preferred Stock, Series A (the Series A Preferred Stock) and (ii) a warrant (the Warrant) to purchase 176,546 shares of the Companys common stock, par value $1.00 per share (the Common Stock), for an aggregate purchase price of $41.50 million in cash.
The Series A Preferred Stock qualifies as Tier 1 capital and will pay cumulative dividends at a rate of 5.00% per annum for the first five years, and 9.00% per annum thereafter. The Series A Preferred Stock is generally non-voting. The Warrant has a 10-year term and is immediately exercisable upon its issuance, with an initial per share exercise price of $35.26. Pursuant to the Purchase Agreement, Treasury has agreed not to exercise voting power with respect to any share of Common Stock issued upon exercise of the Warrant.
The Series A Preferred Stock and the Warrant were issued in a private placement exempt from registration pursuant to Section 4(2) of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended. In accordance with the terms of the Purchase Agreement, the Company registered the Series A Preferred Stock, the Warrant, and the shares of Common Stock underlying the Warrant with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the SEC). Neither the Series A Preferred Stock nor the Warrant are subject to any contractual restrictions on transfer, except that Treasury may only transfer or exercise one-half of the Warrant Shares prior to the earlier of the redemption of 100% of the Series A Preferred Stock and December 31, 2009.
Pursuant to the terms of the Purchase Agreement, upon issuance of the Series A Preferred Stock, the ability of the Company to declare or pay dividends or distributions on, or purchase, redeem or otherwise acquire for consideration, shares of its Common Stock is subject to restrictions, including a restriction against increasing cash dividends above the amount of the last quarter cash dividend per share declared prior to October 14, 2008, which was $0.28 per share, without express permission of the Treasury. These restrictions will terminate on the earlier of (a) the third anniversary date of the Series A Preferred Stock and (b) the date on which the Series A Preferred Stock has been redeemed in whole or the Treasury has transferred all of the Series A Preferred Stock to third parties.
In the Purchase Agreement, the Company agreed that, until such time as Treasury ceases to own any debt or equity securities of the Company acquired pursuant to the Purchase Agreement, the Company will take all
necessary action to ensure that its benefit plans with respect to its senior executive officers comply with Section 111(b) of the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 (the EESA) as implemented by any guidance or regulation under the EESA that has been issued and is in effect as of the date of issuance of the Series A Preferred Stock and the Warrant, and has agreed to not adopt any benefit plans with respect to, or which covers, its senior executive officers that do not comply with the EESA, and the applicable executives have consented to the foregoing.
On February 17, 2009, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (the ARRA) was signed into law. Section 7001 of the ARRA amended Section 111 of the EESA in its entirety. While the Treasury must promulgate regulations to implement the restrictions and standards set forth in Section 7001, the ARRA, among other things, significantly expands the executive compensation restrictions previously imposed by the EESA. Such restrictions apply to any entity that has received or will receive financial assistance under the Troubled Asset Recovery Program (TARP), and will generally continue to apply for as long as any obligation arising from financial assistance provided under TARP, including preferred stock issued under the Capital Purchase Program, remains outstanding. As a result of the Companys participation in the Capital Purchase Program, the restrictions and standards set forth in Section 7001 of the ARRA are applicable to the Company. In addition, Section 7001(g) of the ARRA, provides that the Secretary of the Treasury shall permit, subject to appropriate federal banking agency approval, a TARP recipient to repay such assistance previously provided under the TARP, without regard to whether the recipient has replaced such funds from any other source or to any waiting period. ARRA further provides that when the TARP recipient repays such assistance, the Secretary of the Treasury shall liquidate the warrants associated with the assistance at the current market price.
The Company makes available free of charge on its website at www.fcbinc.com its Annual Report on Form 10-K, Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and Current Reports on Form 8-K, and all amendments thereto, as soon as reasonably practicable after the Company files such reports with, or furnishes them to, the SEC. Investors are encouraged to access these reports and the other information about the Companys business on its website. Information found on the Companys website is not part of this Annual Report on Form 10-K. The Company will also provide copies of its Annual Report on Form 10-K, free of charge, upon written request of its Investor Relations Department at the Companys main address, P.O. Box 989, Bluefield, VA 24605.
Also posted on the Companys website, and available in print upon request of any shareholder to our Investor Relations Department, are the charters of the standing committees of its Board of Directors, the Standards of Conduct governing our directors, officers, and employees, and the Companys Insider Trading & Disclosure Policy.
This Annual Report on Form 10-K may include forward-looking statements, which are made in good faith by the Company pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements include, among others, statements with respect to the Companys beliefs, plans, objectives, goals, guidelines, expectations, anticipations, estimates and intentions that are subject to significant risks and uncertainties and are subject to change based on various factors, many of which are beyond the Companys control. The words may, could, should, would, believe, anticipate, estimate, expect, intend, plan and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. The following factors, among others, could cause the Companys financial performance to differ materially from that expressed in such forward-looking statements: the strength of the United States economy in general and the strength of the local economies in which the Company conducts operations; the effects of, and changes in, trade, monetary and fiscal policies and laws, including interest rate policies of the Federal Reserve Board; inflation, interest rate, market and monetary fluctuations; the timely development of competitive new products and services of the Company and the acceptance of these products and services by new and existing customers; the willingness of customers to substitute competitors products and services for the Companys products and services and vice versa; the impact of changes in financial services laws and regulations (including laws concerning taxes, banking, securities and insurance); technological changes; the effect of acquisitions, including, without limitation, the failure to achieve the expected revenue growth and/or expense savings from such acquisitions; the growth and profitability of the Companys
noninterest or fee income being less than expected; unanticipated regulatory or judicial proceedings; changes in consumer spending and saving habits; and the success of the Company at managing the risks involved in the foregoing.
The Company cautions that the foregoing list of important factors is not all-inclusive. If one or more of the factors affecting these forward-looking statements proves incorrect, then the Companys actual results, performance, or achievements could differ materially from those expressed in, or implied by, forward-looking statements contained in this Annual Report on Form 10-K. Therefore, the Company cautions you not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements.
The Company does not intend to update these forward-looking statements, whether written or oral, to reflect change. All forward-looking statements attributable to the Company are expressly qualified by these cautionary statements.
The current economic environment poses significant challenges for the Company and could adversely affect its financial condition and results of operations.
The Company is operating in a challenging and uncertain economic environment, including generally uncertain national and local conditions. Financial institutions continue to be affected by sharp declines in the real estate market and constrained financial markets. Dramatic declines in the housing market over the past year, with falling home prices and increasing foreclosures and unemployment, have resulted in significant write-downs of asset values by financial institutions. Continued declines in real estate values, home sales volumes, and financial stress on borrowers as a result of the uncertain economic environment could have an adverse effect on the Companys borrowers or their customers, which could adversely affect the Companys financial condition and results of operations. A worsening of these conditions would likely exacerbate the adverse effects on the Company and others in the financial institutions industry. For example, further deterioration in local economic conditions in the Companys markets could drive losses beyond that which is provided for in its allowance for loan losses. The Company may also face the following risks in connection with these events:
As the these conditions or similar ones continue to exist or worsen, the Company could experience continuing or increased adverse effects on its financial condition.
The Company and its subsidiary business are subject to interest rate risk and variations in interest rates may negatively affect its financial performance.
The Companys earnings and cash flows are largely dependent upon its net interest income. Net interest income is the difference between interest income earned on interest-earning assets, such as loans and securities, and interest expense paid on interest-bearing liabilities, such as deposits and borrowed funds. Interest rates are highly
sensitive to many factors that are beyond our control, including general economic conditions and policies of various governmental and regulatory agencies and, in particular, the Federal Reserve Board. Changes in monetary policy, including changes in interest rates, could influence not only the interest the Company receives on loans and securities and the amount of interest it pays on deposits and borrowings, but such changes could also affect (i) the Companys ability to originate loans and obtain deposits, and (ii) the fair value of the Companys financial assets and liabilities. If the interest rates paid on deposits and other borrowings increase at a faster rate than the interest rates received on loans and other investments, the Companys net interest income, and therefore earnings, could be adversely affected. Earnings could also be adversely affected if the interest rates received on loans and other investments fall more quickly than the interest rates paid on deposits and other borrowings.
The Banks ability to pay dividends is subject to regulatory limitations which, to the extent the Company requires such dividends in the future, may affect the Companys ability to pay its obligations and pay dividends.
The Company is a separate legal entity from the Bank and its subsidiaries and does not have significant operations of its own. The Company currently depends on the Banks cash and liquidity as well as dividends to pay the Companys operating expenses and dividends to shareholders. No assurance can be made that in the future the Bank will have the capacity to pay the necessary dividends and that the Company will not require dividends from the Bank to satisfy the Companys obligations. The availability of dividends from the Bank is limited by various statutes and regulations. It is possible, depending upon the financial condition of the Bank and other factors, that the OCC, the Banks primary regulator, could assert that payment of dividends or other payments by the Bank are an unsafe or unsound practice. In the event the Bank is unable to pay dividends sufficient to satisfy the Companys obligations or is otherwise unable to pay dividends to the Company, the Company may not be able to service its obligations as they become due, including payments required to be made to the FCBI Capital Trust, a business trust subsidiary of the Company, or pay dividends on the Companys common stock. Consequently, the inability to receive dividends from the Bank could adversely affect the Companys financial condition, results of operations, cash flows and prospects.
The Company is subject to restrictions on its ability to declare or pay dividends and repurchase its shares as a result of its participation in the Treasurys TARP Capital Purchase Program.
On November 21, 2008, the Company issued to the Treasury for aggregate consideration of $41.50 million (i) 41,500 shares of Series A Preferred Stock and (ii) a Warrant to purchase 176,546 shares of the Companys Common Stock pursuant to the terms of the Purchase Agreement. Under the terms of the Purchase Agreement, the Companys ability to declare or pay dividends on any of its shares is restricted. Specifically, the Company may not declare dividend payments on common, junior preferred or pari passu preferred shares if it is in arrears on the dividends on the Series A Preferred Stock. Further, the Company may not increase the dividends on its Common Stock above the amount of the last quarter cash dividend per share declared prior to October 13, 2009, which was $0.28 per share, without the Treasurys approval until the third anniversary of the investment unless all of the Series A Preferred Stock has been redeemed or transferred.
The Companys ability to repurchase its shares is also restricted under the terms of the Purchase Agreement. The Treasurys consent generally is required for the Company to make any stock repurchases until the third anniversary of the investment by the Treasury unless all of the Series A Preferred Stock has been redeemed or transferred. Further, common, junior preferred or pari passu preferred shares may not be repurchased if the Company is in arrears on the Series A Preferred Stock dividends.
Like all financial institutions, the Bank maintains an allowance for loan losses to provide for probable losses. The Banks allowance for loan losses may not be adequate to cover actual loan losses, and future provisions for loan losses could materially and adversely affect the Banks operating results. The Banks allowance for loan losses is determined by analyzing historical loan losses, current trends in delinquencies and charge-offs, plans for problem loan resolution, changes in the size and composition of the loan portfolio, and industry information. Also included in managements estimates for loan losses are considerations with respect to the impact of economic events, the
outcome of which are uncertain. The amount of future losses is susceptible to changes in economic, operating and other conditions, including changes in interest rates, that may be beyond the Banks control, and these losses may exceed current estimates. Federal regulatory agencies, as an integral part of their examination process, review the Banks loans and allowance for loan losses. Although we believe that the Banks allowance for loan losses is adequate to provide for probable losses, we cannot assure you that we will not need to increase the Banks allowance for loan losses or that regulators will not require us to increase this allowance. Either of these occurrences could materially and adversely affect the Companys earnings and profitability.
The Companys business is subject to various lending and other economic risks that could adversely impact the Companys results of operations and financial condition.
Changes in economic conditions, particularly an economic slowdown, could hurt the Companys business. The Companys business is directly affected by political and market conditions, broad trends in industry and finance, legislative and regulatory changes, and changes in governmental monetary and fiscal policies and inflation, all of which are beyond the Companys control. A deterioration in economic conditions, in particular an economic slowdown within the Companys geographic region, could result in the following consequences, any of which could have a material adverse effect on the Companys business:
The Companys business activities and credit exposure are concentrated in Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina, Tennessee and the surrounding region. A continued downturn in this regional real estate market could hurt the Companys business because of the geographic concentration within this regional area. If there is a significant decline in real estate values, the collateral for the Companys loans will provide less security. As a result, the Companys ability to recover on defaulted loans by selling the underlying real estate would be diminished, and we would be more likely to suffer losses on defaulted loans.
The Companys level of credit risk is increasing due to its focus on commercial lending, and the concentration on small businesses and middle market customers with heightened vulnerability to economic conditions.
Commercial business and commercial real estate loans generally are considered riskier than single-family residential loans because they have larger balances to a single borrower or group of related borrowers. Commercial business and commercial real estate loans involve risks because the borrowers ability to repay the loans typically depends primarily on the successful operation of the businesses or the properties securing the loans. Most of the Banks commercial business loans are made to small business or middle market customers who may have a heightened vulnerability to economic conditions. Moreover, a portion of these loans have been made or acquired by the Company in recent years and the borrowers may not have experienced a complete business or economic cycle.
The Bank seeks to mitigate the risks inherent in the Banks loan portfolio by adhering to specific underwriting practices. These practices include analysis of a borrowers prior credit history, financial statements, tax returns and cash flow projections, valuation of collateral based on reports of independent appraisers and verification of liquid assets. Although the Bank believes that its underwriting criteria are appropriate for the various kinds of loans it makes, the Bank may incur losses on loans that meet its underwriting criteria, and these losses may exceed the amounts set aside as reserves in the Banks allowance for loan losses.
The Company and its subsidiaries are subject to extensive regulation which could adversely affect them.
The Company and its subsidiaries operations are subject to extensive regulation and supervision by federal and state governmental authorities and are subject to various laws and judicial and administrative decisions imposing requirements and restrictions on part or all of the Companys operations. Banking regulations governing the Companys operations are primarily intended to protect depositors funds, federal deposit insurance funds and the banking system as a whole, not security holders. Congress and federal regulatory agencies continually review banking laws, regulations and policies for possible changes. Changes to statutes, regulations or regulatory policies, including changes in interpretation or implementation of statutes, regulations or policies, could affect the Company in substantial and unpredictable ways. Such changes could subject the Company to additional costs, limit the types of financial services and products the Company may offer and/or increase the ability of non-banks to offer competing financial services and products, among other things. Failure to comply with laws, regulations or policies could result in sanctions by regulatory agencies, civil money penalties and/or reputation damage, which could have a material adverse effect on the Companys business, financial condition and results of operations. While the Company has policies and procedures designed to prevent any such violations, there can be no assurance that such violations will not occur. These laws, rules and regulations, or any other laws, rules or regulations, that may be adopted in the future, could make compliance more difficult or expensive, restrict the Companys ability to originate, broker or sell loans, further limit or restrict the amount of commissions, interest or other charges earned on loans originated or sold by the Bank and otherwise adversely affect the Companys business, financial condition or prospects.
On October 3, 2008, the EESA was signed into law. Pursuant to the EESA, the Treasury was granted the authority to take a range of actions for the purpose of stabilizing and providing liquidity to the U.S. financial markets and has proposed several programs, including the purchase by the Treasury of certain troubled assets from financial institutions and the direct purchase by the Treasury of equity of financial institutions. There can be no assurance, however, as to the actual impact that the foregoing or any other governmental program will have on the financial markets. The failure of the financial markets to stabilize and a continuation or worsening of current financial market conditions could materially and adversely affect the Companys business, financial condition, results of operations, access to credit or the trading price of its Common Stock. In addition, current initiatives of President Obamas Administration and the possible enactment of recently proposed bankruptcy legislation may adversely affect the Companys financial condition and results of operations.
The financial services industry is likely to face increased regulation and supervision as a result of the existing financial crisis, and there may be additional requirements and conditions imposed on the Company as a result of its participation in the TARP Capital Purchase Program. Such additional regulation and supervision may increase the Companys costs and limit its ability to pursue business opportunities. The affects of such recently enacted, and proposed, legislation and regulatory programs on the Company cannot reliably be determined at this time.
The Company faces strong competition from other financial institutions, financial service companies and other organizations offering services similar to those offered by the Company and its subsidiaries, which could hurt the Companys business.
The Companys business operations are centered primarily in Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina, Tennessee and the surrounding region. Increased competition within this region may result in reduced loan originations and deposits. Ultimately, we may not be able to compete successfully against current and future competitors. Many competitors offer the types of loans and banking services that we offer. These competitors include other savings associations, national banks, regional banks and other community banks. The Company also faces competition from many other types of financial institutions, including finance companies, brokerage firms, insurance companies, credit unions, mortgage banks and other financial intermediaries. In particular, the Banks competitors include other state and national banks and major financial companies whose greater resources may afford them a marketplace advantage by enabling them to maintain numerous banking locations and mount extensive promotional and advertising campaigns.
Additionally, banks and other financial institutions with larger capitalization and financial intermediaries not subject to bank regulatory restrictions have larger lending limits and are thereby able to serve the credit needs of
larger clients. These institutions, particularly to the extent they are more diversified than the Company, may be able to offer the same loan products and services that the Company offers at more competitive rates and prices. If the Company is unable to attract and retain banking clients, the Company may be unable to continue the Banks loan and deposit growth and the Companys business, financial condition and prospects may be negatively affected.
The Company may seek merger or acquisition partners that are culturally similar and have experienced management and possess either significant market presence or have potential for improved profitability through financial management, economies of scale or expanded services. Acquiring other banks, businesses, or branches involves various risks commonly associated with acquisitions, including, among other things:
The Company regularly evaluates merger and acquisition opportunities and conducts due diligence activities related to possible transactions with other financial institutions and financial services companies. As a result, merger or acquisition discussions and, in some cases, negotiations may take place and future mergers or acquisitions involving cash, debt or equity securities may occur at any time. Acquisitions typically involve the payment of a premium over book and market values, and, therefore, some dilution of the Companys tangible book value and net income per common share may occur in connection with any future transaction. Furthermore, failure to realize the expected revenue increases, cost savings, increases in geographic or product presence, and/or other projected benefits from an acquisition could have a material adverse effect on the Companys financial condition and results of operations.
In the fourth quarter of 2008, the Company completed its acquisition of Coddle Creek Financial Corp., the holding company for Mooresville Savings Bank, Inc., SSB, located in Mooresville, North Carolina. In addition, the Companys wholly owned insurance subsidiary, GreenPoint, acquired Carr & Hyde Insurance, based in Warrenton, Virginia, among other agencies. Details of these transactions are presented in Note 2 in the Notes to the Consolidated Financial Statements included in Item 8 hereof.
The Companys ability to retain key officers and employees may be negatively impacted by recent legislation and regulation affecting the financial services industry. On February 17, 2009, the ARRA was signed into law. While the Treasury must promulgate regulations to implement the restrictions and standards set forth in the new law, the ARRA, among other things, significantly expands the executive compensation restrictions previously imposed by the EESA. Such restrictions apply to any entity that has received or will receive financial assistance under the TARP, and will generally continue to apply for as long as any obligation arising from financial assistance provided under TARP, including preferred stock issued under the Capital Purchase Program, remains outstanding. As a result of the Companys participation in the TARP Capital Purchase Program, the restrictions and standards set forth in the ARRA are applicable to the Company. Such restrictions and standards may impact managements ability to retain key officers and employees as well as the Companys ability to compete with financial institutions that are not subject to the same limitations as the Company under the ARRA.
The Company has no unresolved staff comments as of the filing date of this 2008 Annual Report on Form 10-K.
The Company generally owns its offices, related facilities, and unimproved real property. The principal offices of the Company are located at One Community Place, Bluefield, Virginia, where the Company owns and occupies approximately 36,000 square feet of office space. As of December 31, 2008, the Company operated in 61 locations throughout the five states of Virginia, West Virginia, North and South Carolina, and Tennessee. The Company owns 47 of its banking offices while others are leased or are located on leased land. The Company also operates ten insurance offices throughout North Carolina and Virginia, including its headquarters in High Point, North Carolina. The Company owns one of its insurance offices and leases the remaining locations. There are no mortgages or liens against any property of the Company. A complete listing of all branches and ATM sites can be found on the Internet at www.fcbresource.com. Information on such website is not part of this Annual Report on Form 10-K.
The Company is currently a defendant in various legal actions and asserted claims involving lending and collection activities and other matters in the normal course of business. Although the Company and legal counsel are unable to assess the ultimate outcome of each of these matters with certainty, they are of the belief that the resolution of these actions should not have a material adverse affect on the financial position or the results of operations of the Company.
No matters were submitted to a vote of security holders during the fourth quarter of 2008.
The number of common stockholders of record on December 31, 2008, was 2,461 and outstanding shares totaled 11,567,449. The number of common stockholders is measured by the number of recordholders. The Companys common stock trades on the NASDAQ Global Select market under the symbol FCBC.
Cash dividends for 2008 totaled $1.12 per share and $1.08 per share 2007. Total dividends paid for the current and prior years totaled $12.45 million and $12.08 million, respectively.
The following table sets forth the high and low stock prices, book value per share, and dividends paid per share on the Companys common stock during the periods indicated.
As a condition to the Companys participation in the Treasurys Capital Purchase Program, the Companys ability to declare or pay dividends on any of its shares is restricted. Specifically, the Company may not declare dividend payments on common, junior preferred, or pari passu preferred shares if it is in arrears on the dividends on the Series A Preferred Stock. Further, the Company may not increase the dividends on its Common Stock above the amount of the last quarterly cash dividend per share declared prior to October 14, 2008, which was $0.28 per share, without the Treasurys approval until the third anniversary of the investment unless all of the Series A Preferred Stock has been redeemed or transferred.
The Companys stock repurchase plan, as amended, allows the purchase and retention of up to 1,100,000 shares. The plan has no expiration date, remains open and no plans have expired during the reporting period. No determination has been made to terminate the plan or to stop making purchases. The Company made no open market purchases of its equity securities during the fourth quarter of 2008. The maximum number of shares that may yet be purchased under the plan was 616,215 at December 31, 2008.
As a condition to the Companys participation in the Treasurys Capital Purchase Program, the Company is restricted from repurchasing shares of its Common Stock until the earlier of the third anniversary of the date of the issuance of the Series A Preferred Stock and the date on which the Series A Preferred Stock has been redeemed in whole or the Treasury has transferred all of the Series A Preferred Stock. As such, the Company does not anticipate purchasing any shares of its Common Stock under its repurchase plan during 2009.
The following chart was compiled by SNL Securities LC, and compares cumulative total shareholder return of the Companys Common Stock for the five-year period ended December 31, 2008, with the cumulative total return of the S&P 500 Index, the NASDAQ Composite index, and the Asset Size & Regional Peer Group. The Asset Size & Regional Peer Group consists of 53 bank holding companies that are traded on the NASDAQ, OTC Bulletin Board, and pink sheets with total assets between $1 billion and $5 billion and are located in the Southeast Region of the United States. The cumulative returns include payment of dividends by the Company.
Total Return Performance
First Community Bancshares, Inc. is a bank holding company that, through its bank subsidiary, provides commercial banking services and has positioned itself as a regional community bank and a financial services alternative to larger banks which often provide less emphasis on personal relationships, and smaller community banks which lack the capital and resources to efficiently serve customer needs. The Company has focused its growth efforts on building financial partnerships and more enduring and complete relationships with businesses and individuals through a very personal and local approach to banking and financial services. The Company and its operations are guided by a strategic plan which includes growth through acquisitions and through office expansion in new market areas including strategically identified metro markets in Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee. While the Companys mission remains that of a community bank, management believes that entry into new markets will accelerate the Companys growth rate by diversifying the demographics of its customer base and customer prospects and by generally increasing its sales and service network.
The local economies in which the Company operates are diverse and span a five-state region. West Virginia and Southwest Virginia continue to benefit from expanding coal and natural gas operations. These economies have significant exposure to extractive industries, such as coal and natural gas, which become more active and lucrative when oil prices rise. The local economies in the central portion of North Carolina have suffered in recent years due to foreign competition in both furniture and textiles, as well as consolidation in the financial services industry. Despite these detractions, the economies in this region continue to benefit from national companies relocating and expanding in the Triad and Central Piedmont areas. The Eastern Virginia local economies have, in recent years, benefited from a wide array of corporate and government activities and relocations.
The economies in each of the regions within the Companys markets have experienced significant declines in residential development and construction, consistent with national trends. These declines have led to contraction in residential land development and construction, which have historically been important components of the Companys lending activities. The economies of our legacy markets have remained relatively stable and unemployment levels are among the lowest in the nation as of December 31, 2008.
The capital markets have experienced significant illiquidity throughout 2008 and continuing through the date of this report. This has had an adverse effect on the valuation of debt securities, including portions of the Companys investment securities portfolio.
As the Company competes for increased market share and growth in both loans and deposits it continues to encounter strong competition from many sources. Bank expansion through de novo branches and loan production offices has grown in popularity as a means of reaching out to new markets. Many of the markets targeted by the Company are also being entered by other banks in nearby markets and, in some cases, from more distant markets. The expansion of banks and credit unions over recent years, coupled with liquidity pressures brought on in 2008 from the credit market turmoil and recessionary economy, has intensified competitive pressures on core deposit generation and retention. These pressures on core deposits have continued to put pressure on net interest margin. Despite strong competition from other banks, credit unions and mortgage companies, the Company has seen success in newly established offices in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, as well as other markets in both Virginia and North Carolina. The Company attributes this measure of success to its recruitment of local, established bankers and loan personnel in those targeted markets. Competitive forces impact the Company through pressure on interest yields, product fees and loan structure and terms; however, the Company has countered these pressures with its relationship style of banking, competitive pricing and a disciplined approach to loan underwriting.
The Companys consolidated financial statements are prepared in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) and conform to general practices within the banking industry. The Companys financial position and results of operations are affected by managements application of accounting policies, including judgments made to arrive at the carrying value of assets and liabilities and amounts reported for revenues, expenses and related disclosures. Different assumptions in the application of these policies could result in material changes in the Companys consolidated financial position and consolidated results of operations.
Estimates, assumptions, and judgments are necessary principally when assets and liabilities are required to be recorded at estimated fair value, when a decline in the value of an asset carried on the financial statements at fair value warrants an impairment write-down or valuation reserve to be established, or when an asset or liability needs to be recorded based upon the probability of occurrence of a future event. Carrying assets and liabilities at fair value inherently results in more financial statement volatility. The fair values and the information used to record valuation adjustments for certain assets and liabilities are based either on quoted market prices or are provided by third party sources, when available. When third party information is not available, valuation adjustments are estimated by management primarily through the use of financial modeling techniques and appraisal estimates.
The Companys accounting policies are fundamental to understanding Managements Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operation. The following is a summary of the Companys more subjective and complex critical accounting policies. In addition, the disclosures presented in the Notes to the Consolidated Financial Statements and in Managements Discussion and Analysis provide information on how significant assets and liabilities are valued in the financial statements and how those values are determined. Based on the valuation techniques used and the sensitivity of financial statement amounts to the methods, assumptions, and estimates underlying those amounts, management has identified investment security valuation, determination of the allowance for loan losses, accounting for acquisitions and intangible assets, and accounting for income taxes as the accounting areas that require the most subjective or complex judgments.
Management performs an extensive review of the investment securities portfolio quarterly to determine the cause of declines in the fair value of each security within each segment of the portfolio. The Company uses inputs provided by an independent third party to determine the fair values of its investment securities portfolio. Inputs provided by the third party are reviewed and corroborated by management. Evaluations of the causes of the unrealized losses are performed to determine whether the impairment is temporary or other-than-temporary in nature. Considerations such as the Companys intent and ability to hold the securities, recoverability of the invested amounts over the Companys intended holding period, severity in pricing decline and receipt of amounts contractually due, for example, are applied in determining whether a security is other-than-temporarily impaired. If a decline in value is determined to be other-than-temporary, the value of the security is reduced and a corresponding charge to earnings is recognized.
The impairment evaluations noted above are consistent with the accounting guidance in EITF 99-20 Recognition of Interest Income and Impairment on Purchased Beneficial Interests and Beneficial Interests That Continue to Be Held by a Transferor in Securitized Financial Assets, as amended, SFAS 115 Accounting for Certain Investments in Debt and Equity Securities, FASB Staff Position No. 115-1, The Meaning of Other-Than-Temporary Impairment and Its Application to Certain Investments, and SEC Staff Accounting Bulletin No. 59, Other Than Temporary Impairment of Certain Investments in Debt and Equity Securities, to determine if a security is other than temporarily impaired. Securities deemed to be other than temporarily impaired are written-down to their current fair values with a charge to earnings. The review process uses a combination of the severity of pricing declines and the present value of the expected cash flows and compares those results to the current carrying value. Significant inputs provided by the independent third party such as default and loss severity are reviewed internally for reasonableness.
The allowance for loan losses is maintained at levels management deems adequate to absorb probable losses inherent in the portfolio, and is based on managements evaluation of the risks in the loan portfolio and changes in the nature and volume of loan activity. The Company consistently applies a review process to periodically evaluate loans for changes in credit risk. This process serves as the primary means by which the Company evaluates the adequacy of the allowance for loan losses.
The Company determines the allowance for loan losses by making specific allocations to impaired loans that exhibit inherent weaknesses and various credit risk factors, and general allocations to commercial, residential real estate, and consumer loans are developed giving weight to risk ratings, historical loss trends and managements judgment concerning those trends and other relevant factors. These factors may include, among others, actual versus estimated losses, regional and national economic conditions, business segment and portfolio concentrations, industry competition and consolidation, and the impact of government regulations. The foregoing analysis is performed by management to evaluate the portfolio and calculate an estimated valuation allowance through a quantitative and qualitative analysis that applies risk factors to those identified risk areas.
This risk management evaluation is applied at both the portfolio level and the individual loan level for commercial loans and credit relationships while the level of consumer and residential mortgage loan allowance is determined primarily on a total portfolio level based on a review of historical loss percentages and other qualitative factors including concentrations, industry specific factors and economic conditions. The commercial portfolio requires more specific analysis of individually significant loans and the borrowers underlying cash flow, business conditions, capacity for debt repayment and the valuation of secondary sources of payment, such as collateral. This analysis may result in specifically identified weaknesses and corresponding specific impairment allowances. While allocations are made to specific loans and classifications within the various categories of loans, the allowance for loan losses is available for all loan losses.
The use of various estimates and judgments in the Companys ongoing evaluation of the required level of allowance can significantly impact the Companys results of operations and financial condition and may result in either greater provisions against earnings to increase the allowance or reduced provisions based upon managements current view of portfolio and economic conditions and the application of revised estimates and assumptions.
Differences between actual loan loss experience and estimates are reflected through adjustments either increasing or decreasing the loan loss provision based upon current measurement criteria.
The Company may, from time to time, engage in business combinations with other companies. The acquisition of a business is generally accounted for under purchase accounting rules promulgated by the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB). Purchase accounting requires the recording of underlying assets and liabilities of the entity acquired at their fair market value. Any excess of the purchase price of the business over the net assets acquired and any identified intangibles is recorded as goodwill. Fair values are assigned based on quoted prices for similar assets, if readily available, or appraisal by qualified independent parties for relevant asset and liability categories. Financial assets and liabilities are typically valued using discount models which apply current discount rates to streams of cash flow. All of these valuation methods require the use of assumptions which can result in alternate valuations and varying levels of goodwill and, in some cases, amortization expense or accretion income.
Management must also make estimates of useful or economic lives of certain acquired assets and liabilities. These lives are used in establishing amortization and accretion of some intangible assets and liabilities, such as the intangible associated with core deposits acquired in the acquisition of a commercial bank.
Goodwill is recorded as the excess of the purchase price, if any, over the fair value of the revalued net assets. Goodwill is tested annually in the month of November for possible impairment by comparing the fair value of the unit with its book value, including goodwill. If the fair value of the Company is greater than its book value, no goodwill impairment exists. However, if the book value of the Company is greater than its determined fair value, goodwill impairment may exist and further testing is required to determine the amount, if any, of the actual impairment loss. Further testing would use a discounted cash flow model applied to the anticipated stream of cash flows from operations of the business or segment being tested. Impairment testing necessarily uses estimates in the form of growth and attrition rates, anticipated rates of return, and discount rates. These estimates have a direct bearing on the results of the impairment testing and serve as the basis for managements conclusions as to impairment.
The establishment of provisions for federal and state income taxes is a complex area of accounting which also involves the use of judgments and estimates in applying relevant tax statutes. The Company operates in multiple state tax jurisdictions and this requires the appropriate allocation of income and expense to each state based on a variety of apportionment or allocation bases. Management strives to keep abreast of changes in tax law and the issuance of regulations which may impact tax reporting and provisions for income tax expense. The Company is also subject to audit by federal and state tax authorities. Results of these audits may produce indicated liabilities which differ from Company estimates and provisions. The Company continually evaluates its exposure to possible tax assessments arising from audits and records its estimate of possible exposure based on current facts and circumstances.
In November 2008, the Company acquired Coddle Creek Financial Corp. (Coddle Creek), headquartered in Mooresville, North Carolina. Coddle Creek had three full service branch offices located in Mooresville, Cornelius, and Huntersville, North Carolina. At acquisition, Coddle Creek had total assets of $158.66 million, total loans of $136.99 million and total deposits of $137.06 million. Under the terms of the merger agreement, shares of Coddle Creek common stock were exchanged for .9046 shares of the Companys common stock and $19.60 in cash. The total deal value, including the cash-out of outstanding stock options, was approximately $32.29 million. Concurrent with the Coddle Creek acquisition, Mooresville Savings Bank, Inc., SSB, the wholly-owned subsidiary of Coddle Creek, was merged into the Bank. As a result of the acquisition and preliminary purchase price allocation, approximately $14.41 million in goodwill was recorded which represents the excess of the purchase price over the fair market value of the net assets acquired and identified intangibles.
In September 2007, the Company acquired GreenPoint Insurance Group (GreenPoint), an insurance agency located in High Point, North Carolina. As of September 30, 2007, GreenPoint had annualized commission revenues of approximately $4.60 million. In connection with the initial payment of approximately $1.66 million, the Company issued 49,088 shares of common stock. Under the terms of the stock purchase agreement, former shareholders of GreenPoint are entitled to additional consideration aggregating up to $1.45 million in the form of cash or the Companys common stock, valued at the time of issuance, if certain future operating performance targets are met. If those operating targets are met, the value of the consideration ultimately paid will be added to the cost of the acquisition, which will increase the amount of goodwill related to the acquisition. The acquisition of GreenPoint added $7.19 million of goodwill and intangibles to the Companys balance sheet. The Company also assumed $5.57 million in debt in connection with the acquisition, of which approximately $5.00 million was retired at closing.
Throughout 2008, GreenPoint acquired a total of five insurance agencies. The two largest acquisitions were Carr & Hyde in Warrenton, Virginia, and REL in Greensboro, North Carolina. GreenPoint issued aggregate cash consideration of approximately $2.04 million through 2008 in connection with these acquisitions. Acquisition terms in all instances call for issuing further cash consideration if certain operating performance targets are met. If those targets are met, the value of the consideration ultimately paid will be added to the cost of the acquisitions. GreenPoints 2008 acquisitions added approximately $2.04 million of goodwill and intangibles to the Companys balance sheet.
In December 2006, the Company completed the sale of its Rowlesburg, West Virginia, branch location. At the time of the sale, the branch had deposits and repurchase agreements totaling approximately $10.6 million and loans of approximately $2.2 million. The transaction resulted in a pre-tax gain of approximately $333 thousand.
In November 2006, the Company completed the acquisition of Investment Planning Consultants, Inc. (IPC), a registered investment advisory firm located in Bluefield, West Virginia. In connection with the initial payment of approximately $1.47 million, the Company issued 39,874 shares of common stock. Under the terms of the stock purchase agreement, former shareholders of IPC are entitled to additional consideration of $1.43 million in the form of the Companys common stock if certain future operating performance targets are met. If those operating targets are met, portions of the value of the consideration ultimately paid will be added to the cost of the acquisition, which will increase the amount of goodwill related to the acquisition. In December 2008 and 2007, the Company issued 8,361 and 13,401 shares of its common stock, respectively, in connection with the acquisition of IPC.
In June 2006, the Company completed the sale of its Drakes Branch, Virginia, branch location. At the time of the sale, the branch had deposits and repurchase agreements totaling approximately $16.4 million and loans of approximately $1.9 million. The transaction resulted in a pre-tax gain of approximately $702 thousand.
The Company opened seven branches during 2007 and one during 2008. New branches included two offices in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, two offices in Richmond, Virginia, and new offices in Daniels, Princeton, and Summersville, West Virginia.
Net income for 2008 was $2.83 million, a decrease of $26.81 million from $29.63 million in 2007. Basic and diluted earnings per share for 2008 were $0.26 and $0.25, respectively, compared with basic and diluted earnings per share of $2.64 and $2.62, respectively, in 2007. The significant decline in earnings in 2008 reflect a fourth quarter non-cash pre-tax impairment charge of $29.92 million on certain investment securities. The Companys key profitability ratios are return on average assets and return on average equity. Returns on average assets for 2008 and 2007 were 0.14% and 1.40%, respectively.
The Company acquired Coddle Creek, a $158.66 million bank holding company, in November 2008. Accordingly, the operations of Coddle Creek were not significant to the 2008 results of operations.
The primary source of the Companys earnings is net interest income, the difference between income on earning assets and the cost of funds supporting those assets. Significant categories of earning assets are loans and securities while deposits and borrowings represent the major portion of interest-bearing liabilities. For purposes of the following discussion, comparison of net interest income is performed on a tax equivalent basis, which provides a common basis for comparing yields on earning assets exempt from federal income taxes to those assets which are fully taxable (see the table titled Average Balance Sheets and Net Interest Income Analysis).
Net interest income was $65.84 million for 2008, compared with $68.32 million for 2007. Tax-equivalent net interest income totaled $69.97 million for 2008, a decrease of $2.82 million from the $72.79 million reported for 2007. The decrease is attributable to a $4.61 million decrease due to volume and a $1.79 million increase due to rate changes on the underlying assets and liabilities.
During 2008, average earning assets decreased $114.59 million while average interest-bearing liabilities decreased $45.79 million, in each case over the comparable period. The yield on average earning assets decreased 51 basis points to 6.38% for 2008 from 6.89% for 2007. Short-term market interest rates decreased precipitously throughout 2008, culminating in a move by the Federal Reserve to create a range of zero to 25 basis points as its target for federal funds. During 2008, the target federal funds rate decreased 400 basis points, and the average bank prime loan rate decreased in concert. Those decreases were the largest driver in the overall decrease in the Companys yield on average earning assets.
Total cost of average interest-bearing liabilities decreased 78 basis points to 2.79% during 2008. The Companys time deposit portfolio experienced significant downward repricing during 2008, as many of the higher-rate certificates were not renewed. The net result was an increase of 27 basis points to net interest rate spread, or the difference between interest income on earning assets and expense on interest-bearing liabilities. Spread for 2008 was 3.59% compared with 3.32% for 2007. The Companys tax-equivalent net interest margin of 3.88% for 2008 represents an increase of eight basis points from 3.80% in 2007.
Loan interest income decreased $13.26 million during 2008 as compared with 2007 as volume declined, while the yield on loans decreased 78 basis points. During 2008, the tax-equivalent yield on available-for-sale securities increased three basis points to 5.80% while the average balance decreased by $48.55 million as compared with 2007.
Average interest-bearing balances with banks declined $9.17 million during 2008 to $15.49 million, while the yield decreased 278 basis points to 1.98%. These balances consist primarily of overnight liquidity, and the yield on these balances is largely affected by changes in the target federal funds rate.
The average total cost of interest-bearing deposits decreased 72 basis points in 2008 compared with 2007. The average rate paid on interest-bearing demand deposits decreased 14 basis points, while the average rate paid on savings, which includes money market and savings accounts, decreased 71 basis points. The Company was successful in keeping rates paid on interest-bearing checking accounts relatively stable and increased money market account rates to remain competitive and retain deposit funding. In 2008, average time deposits decreased $26.27 million while the average rate paid decreased 75 basis points to 3.69% as compared with 2007. The level of average non interest-bearing demand deposits decreased $16.79 million to $211.79 million in 2008 compared with the prior year.
Average federal funds purchased increased $10.17 million in 2008, while the average rate paid on those funds also decreased, as they are closely tied to the target federal funds rate. Average retail repurchase agreements decreased $24.20 million in 2008, while the average rate paid on those funds decreased, as they are closely tied to the target federal funds rate and 3-month LIBOR. Average Federal Home Loan Bank (FHLB) advances and other borrowings decreased $13.84 million while the rate paid on those borrowings decreased 59 basis points in 2008. The Company reduced end-of-period FHLB advances by $75.00 million during 2008. Other borrowings include the Companys trust preferred issuance of $15.46 million, which is indexed to 3-month LIBOR.
Average Balance Sheets and Net Interest Income Analysis
Rate and Volume Analysis of Interest
The following table summarizes the changes in interest earned and paid resulting from changes in volume of earning assets and paying liabilities and changes in their interest rates. In this analysis, the changes in interest due to both rate and volume have been allocated to the volume and rate columns in proportion to dollar amounts.
The provision for loan losses for 2008 was $7.42 million, an increase of $6.71 million when compared with 2007. The increase in loan loss provision between the periods is primarily attributable to rising loss factors as net charge-offs escalated during 2008. Qualitative risk factors were also higher, reflective of the higher risk of inherent loan losses due to rising unemployment, recessionary pressures, and devaluations of various categories of collateral, including real estate and marketable securities, Net charge-offs for 2008 and 2007 were $5.45 million and $2.43 million, respectively. Expressed as a percentage of average loans, net charge-offs increased to 0.45% for 2008 from 0.19% in 2007.
Noninterest income consists of all revenues which are not included in interest and fee income related to earning assets. Noninterest income for 2008, exclusive of the $29.92 million other-than-temporary impairment charge, was $32.30 million compared with $24.83 million in 2007. Non-interest income for 2008 was bolstered by the addition of insurance revenues from 2008 acquisitions, as well as significantly higher deposit service charges, a result of new retail marketing strategies.
Wealth management income, which includes fees for trust services and commission and fee income generated by IPC, increased $220 thousand in 2008 compared with 2007, largely a result of the increases in revenues at IPC. Service charges on deposit accounts increased $2.68 million as a result of increased transaction fees and a larger
number of fee-based deposit accounts. Other service charges, commissions and fees reflected an increase of $648 thousand in 2008 compared with 2007, due mainly to increased debit card interchange income and ATM service fees.
Insurance commissions earned were $4.99 million in 2008, compared with $1.14 million in 2007. The Company acquired its insurance subsidiary, GreenPoint Insurance Group, Inc., in September 2007. Income for the insurance subsidiary is derived primarily from commissions earned on the sale of policies.
Other operating income for 2008 was $3.00 million, a decrease of $1.42 million from 2007. The largest components of that difference are a decreases in revenue from bank-owned life insurance and FHLB stock dividends of $470 thousand and $332 thousand, respectively, as well as a one-time gain of $298 thousand resulting from the Companys exit from a state banking association insurance partnership in 2007.
During 2008, the Company also recognized securities gains of $1.90 million, an increase of $1.49 million over gains recognized in 2007.
Total noninterest expense was $60.52 million for 2008, an increase of $10.05 million over 2007. Salaries and benefits increased approximately $4.03 million. During 2008, total full-time equivalent employees increased to 638 from 615 at December 31, 2007. Full-time equivalent employees are calculated using the number of hours worked. Greenpoint accounted for approximately 50 full-time equivalent employees at year-end 2008 compared with 51 at year-end 2007. Total full-time equivalent employees at the Bank and IPC remained relatively stable increasing by only the 22 full-time equivalent employees in acquisition of Coddle Creek. Health insurance costs increased $660 thousand, or 39.77%, and 401(k) employer matching costs increased $288 thousand, or 30.54%, both due mostly to the addition of GreenPoint. The Company also deferred $1.10 million less in loan origination costs than in 2007.
Occupancy expenses increased $922 thousand compared with 2007, due to the full year effect of new branches, the full-year impact of GreenPoint and its acquisitions, and the partial year effect of Coddle Creek. Furniture and equipment expenses increased $370 thousand, due mainly to a increase of $609 thousand in depreciation and amortization expense from 2007 to 2008.
During 2008, the Company prepaid a $25.00 million FHLB advance. The expense associated with that prepayment was $1.65 million. The Company also repaid $50.00 million without a prepayment penalty.
All other operating expense accounts increased $3.09 million in 2008 compared with 2007. Contributing to the increase in operating expenses were increased advertising and new account promotions of $550 thousand and consulting expense of $821 thousand. Legal fees also increased $267 thousand in 2008 compared with 2007 as the Company realized increased expenses relating to its acquisition transactions and the issuance of new preferred stock. Professional fees also increased $241 thousand as the Company outsourced its internal audit function near mid-year 2007.
The Company uses an efficiency ratio that is a non-GAAP financial measure of operating expense control and efficiency of operations. Management believes this ratio better focuses attention on the core operating performance of the Company over time than does a GAAP-based ratio, and is highly useful in comparing period-to-period operating performance of the Companys core business operations. It is used by management as part of its assessment of its performance in managing noninterest expenses. However, this measure is supplemental and is not a substitute for an analysis of performance based on GAAP measures. The reader is cautioned that the efficiency ratio used by the Company may not be comparable to efficiency ratios reported by other financial institutions.
In general, the efficiency ratio used by the Company is noninterest expenses as a percentage of net interest income plus noninterest income. Noninterest expenses used in the calculation exclude amortization of intangibles and non-recurring expenses. Income for the ratio is increased for the favorable effect of tax-exempt income (see Average Balance Sheets and Net Interest Income Analysis), and excludes securities gains and losses, which vary widely from period to period without appreciably affecting operating expenses, non-recurring gains and losses, and other-than-temporary impairment charges. The measure is different from the GAAP-based efficiency ratio, which also is presented in this report, which is calculated using noninterest expense and income amounts as shown on the
face of the Consolidated Statements of Income. Both types of efficiency ratio calculations are set forth and are reconciled in the table below.
Our (non-GAAP) efficiency ratios for continuing operations for 2008, 2007, and 2006 were 57.54%, 51.20%, and 51.05%, respectively. The following table details the components used in calculation of the efficiency ratios.
Income tax expense is comprised of federal and state current and deferred income taxes on pre-tax earnings of the Company. Income taxes as a percentage of pre-tax income may vary significantly from statutory rates due to items of income and expense which are excluded, by law, from the calculation of taxable income. These items are commonly referred to as permanent differences. The most significant permanent differences for the Company include income on state and municipal securities which are exempt from federal income tax, certain dividend payments which are deductible by the Company, and tax credits generated by investments in low income housing and historical building rehabilitation.
Consolidated income taxes for 2008 was a benefit of $2.81 million compared with an expense of $12.33 million in 2007. The effective tax rate for 2008 is not meaningful due to the level of pre-tax income and the effective tax rate for 2007 was 29.39%.
Net income for 2007 was $29.63 million, up $684 thousand from $28.95 million in 2006. Basic and diluted earnings per share for 2007 were $2.64 and $2.62, respectively, compared with basic and diluted earnings per share of $2.58 and $2.57, respectively, in 2006.
The Companys key profitability ratios are return on average assets and return on average equity. Returns on average assets for 2007 and 2006 were 1.39% and 1.46%, respectively. The returns on average equity for 2007 and 2006 were 13.54% and 14.32%, respectively.
The primary source of the Companys earnings is net interest income, the difference between income on earning assets and the cost of funds supporting those assets. Significant categories of earning assets are loans and securities while deposits and borrowings represent the major portion of interest-bearing liabilities. For purposes of the following discussion, comparison of net interest income is performed on a tax equivalent basis, which provides a common basis for comparing yields on earning assets exempt from federal income taxes to those assets which are fully taxable (see the table titled Average Balance Sheets and Net Interest Income Analysis).
Net interest income was $68.32 million for 2007, compared with $71.65 million for 2006. Tax-equivalent net interest income totaled $72.79 million for 2007, a decrease of $2.87 million from the $75.66 million reported for 2006. The decrease is attributable to a $338 thousand decrease due to volume and a $2.53 million decrease due to rate changes on the underlying assets and liabilities.
During 2007, average earning assets increased $122.68 million while average interest-bearing liabilities increased $136.71 million, in each case over the comparable period. The yield on average earning assets decreased three basis points to 6.89% for 2007 from 6.92% for 2006. Short-term market interest rates were very stable from August 2006 through July 2007. That stability positively impacted the rate earned on loans and securities, as new loan production and new securities purchased through September 2007 were being added at rates generally higher than those added in 2006. During, the last four months of 2007, the Federal Reserves target federal funds rate was decreased 100 basis points, and the average bank prime loan rate decreased in concert. Those decreases were the largest driver in the slight decrease in the Companys yield on average earning assets.
Total cost of average interest-bearing liabilities increased 39 basis points to 3.57% during 2007. The Companys time deposit portfolio experienced significant upward repricing during 2007, as many of the certificates written in a lower market rate environment matured and then repriced at a higher interest rate. The net result was a decrease of 42 basis points to net interest rate spread, or the difference between interest income on earning assets and expense on interest-bearing liabilities. Spread for 2007 was 3.32% compared with 3.74% for 2006. The Companys tax-equivalent net interest margin of 3.80% for 2007 represents a decrease of 42 basis points from 4.22% in 2006.
Loan interest income decreased $3.94 million during 2007 as compared with 2006 as volume declined, while the yield on loans increased seven basis points. During 2007, the tax-equivalent yield on available-for-sale securities increased 27 basis points to 5.77% while the average balance increased by $196.83 million as compared with 2006. The average tax-equivalent yield increased due to the addition of higher-rate securities and the sales, maturities, and calls of lower-rate securities.
Average interest-bearing balances with banks declined $2.63 million during 2007 to $24.66 million, while the yield increased 20 basis points to 4.76%. These balances include overnight liquidity and a small portfolio of time deposits purchased in 2002. The yield on these balances is largely affected by changes in the target federal funds rate.
The average total cost of interest-bearing deposits rose 40 basis points in 2007 compared with 2006. The average rate paid on interest-bearing demand deposits decreased one basis point, while the average rate paid on savings, which includes money market and savings accounts, increased 22 basis points. The Company was successful in keeping rates paid on interest-bearing checking accounts relatively stable and increased money market account rates to remain competitive and retain deposit funding. In 2007, average time deposits decreased $17.62 million while the average rate paid increased 54 basis points to 4.44% as compared with 2006. The level of average non interest-bearing demand deposits decreased $9.13 million to $228.58 million in 2007 compared with the prior year.
Average federal funds purchased and repurchase agreements increased $72.29 million in 2007, due mostly to increases in the balances of repurchase agreements. The average rate paid on those funds also increased, as they are
closely tied to the target federal funds rate and 3-month LIBOR. Average Federal Home Loan Bank (FHLB) advances increased $57.98 million while the rate paid on those borrowings increased one basis point in 2007. Other borrowings remained steady in 2007, but the rate paid increased 111 basis points because the majority of such borrowings consist of the Companys trust preferred borrowing, which is indexed to 3-month LIBOR.
The provision for loan losses for 2007 was $717 thousand, a decrease of $1.99 million when compared with 2006. The decrease in loan loss provision between the periods is primarily attributable to changes in specific allocations, decreases in commercial and consumer installment loan volume, reductions in net charge-offs, overall improved asset quality, and changes in various qualitative risk factors. Net charge-offs for 2007 and 2006 were $2.43 million and $2.89 million, respectively. Expressed as a percentage of average loans, net charge-offs decreased to 0.19% for 2007 from 0.22% in 2006.
Noninterest income consists of all revenues which are not included in interest and fee income related to earning assets. Noninterest income for 2007 was $24.83 million compared with $21.32 million in 2006. Wealth management income, which includes fees for trust services and commission and fee income generated by IPC, increased $1.07 million in 2007 compared with 2006, largely a result of the November 2006 acquisition of IPC.
Service charges on deposit accounts increased $1.15 million as a result of increased transaction fees and a larger number of fee-based deposit accounts. Other service charges, commissions and fees reflected an increase of $608 thousand in 2007 compared with 2006, due mainly to increased debit card interchange income and ATM service fees.
The Company acquired its insurance subsidiary, GreenPoint Insurance Group, Inc., in September 2007. Essentially all income for the insurance subsidiary is derived from commissions earned on the sale of policies. Since acquisition, commissions earned on the sale of policies by GreenPoint in 2007 were $1.14 million.
Other operating income for 2007 includes a gain of $298 thousand resulting from the Companys departure from a state banking association insurance operation. The Company was contractually required to exit the operation upon acquisition of GreenPoint. Other operating income for 2006 includes $1.04 million in gains from the sale of branch locations, as well as a $676 thousand recovery relating to a 1997 payment system fraud loss. The remaining components of other operating income increased $621 thousand compared with 2006. During 2007, the Company also recognized securities gains of $411 thousand, an increase of $336 thousand over gains recognized in 2006.
Total noninterest expense was $50.46 million for 2007, an increase of $626 thousand over 2006. Salaries and benefits decreased approximately $1.02 million due to the Companys efforts on expense control and efficiency and the implementation of a branch staffing model. During 2007, total full-time equivalent employees decreased to 615 from 624 at December 31, 2006. Full-time equivalent employees are calculated using the number of hours worked. Greenpoint accounted for approximately 51 full-time equivalent employees at year-end 2007. Total full-time equivalent employees at the Bank and IPC decreased by 60 compared with 2006.
Occupancy expenses increased $112 thousand compared with 2006, as the Company opened new branches and acquired GreenPoint. Furniture and equipment expenses decreased $96 thousand, due mainly to a decrease of $90 thousand in depreciation and amortization expense from 2006 to 2007.
All other operating expense accounts increased $1.63 million in 2007 compared with 2006. Contributing to the increase in operating expenses were increased new account promotions of $245 thousand and consulting expense of $728 thousand. In 2007, service fees related to clearing costs for IPC also increased $339 thousand compared with 2006 and reflecting the full year impact in 2007. Professional fees also increased $207 thousand in 2007 compared with 2006 as the Company outsourced its internal audit function near mid-year 2007.
Income tax expense is comprised of federal and state current and deferred income taxes on pre-tax earnings of the Company. Income taxes as a percentage of pre-tax income may vary significantly from statutory rates due to items of income and expense which are excluded, by law, from the calculation of taxable income. These items are commonly referred to as permanent differences. The most significant permanent differences for the Company include income on state and municipal securities which are exempt from federal income tax, certain dividend payments which are excludable from taxable income, and tax credits generated by investments in low income housing and historical building rehabilitation.
Consolidated income taxes for 2007 were $12.33 million, a 29.39% effective tax rate, compared with $11.48 million, a 28.39% effective tax rate for 2006. The effective tax rate was higher during 2007 due mostly to lower levels of available tax credits than in 2006.
Available-for-sale securities were $520.72 million at December 31, 2008, compared with $664.12 million at December 31, 2007, a decrease of $143.40 million. The decrease is result of lower security valuations and net portfolio reductions of $29.27 million. At December 31, 2008, the average life and duration of the portfolio were 5.0 years and 3.6, respectively. Average life and duration improved from December 31, 2007, at 6.9 years and 4.7, respectively.
Available-for-sale and held-to-maturity securities are reviewed quarterly for possible other-than-temporary impairment. This review includes an analysis of the facts and circumstances of each individual investment such as the length of time the fair value has been below cost, timing and amount of contractual cash flows, the expectation for that securitys performance, the creditworthiness of the issuer and the Companys intent and ability to hold the security to recovery or maturity. A decline in value that is considered to be other-than-temporary would be recorded as a loss within noninterest income in the Consolidated Statements of Income.
As of December 31, 2008, the Company recognized a pre-tax non-cash impairment charge of $14.47 million which stems from a 2006 vintage collateralized mortgage obligation. The Companys analysis of the bond showed probable losses of $1.69 million, or 6.76%, of the $25.00 million par value of the security. U.S. GAAP requires banks to write down securities with probable losses to estimated market values, irrespective of the portion of the loss in value attributable to credit quality.
The Company performed extensive cash flow analyses of each of its pooled trust preferred investment securities. As of December 31, 2008, one of the securities demonstrated probable adverse change in cash flow. This resulted in a pre-tax other-than-temporary impairment charge of $15.46 million. Total pre-tax, non-cash impairment charges of $29.92 million are reflected in non-interest income for the year ending December 31, 2008.
The Company does not believe any unrealized loss remaining in the investment portfolio, individually or in the aggregate, as of December 31, 2008, represents other-than-temporary impairment. The Company has the intent and ability to hold these securities until such time as the value recovers or the securities mature. Based on currently available information, the Company believes the recorded declines in the value of these securities at December 31, 2008 and 2007, are attributable to changes in market interest rates, a weakened outlook for the banking system, and the severe market dislocation experienced throughout 2008.
Included in available-for-sale securities is a portfolio of trust-preferred securities with a total market value of approximately $66.05 million as of December 31, 2008. That portfolio is comprised of single-issue securities and pooled trust-preferred securities. The single-issue securities are trust-preferred issuances from large banking institutions, A-rated or higher, and had a total market value of approximately $33.54 million as of December 31, 2008, compared with their adjusted cost basis of approximately $55.49 million.
At December 31, 2008, the total market value of the pooled trust-preferred securities was approximately $32.51 million, compared with an adjusted cost basis of approximately $93.27 million. The collateral underlying these securities is comprised 86% of bank trust-preferred securities and subordinated debt issuances of over 500
banks nationwide. The remaining collateral is from insurance companies and real estate investment trusts. The securities carry variable rate structures that float at a prescribed margin over 3-month LIBOR. During 2008, certain of these experienced a credit rating downgrade from one rating agency, and certain of these securities are on negative watch by one or more rating firms. The Company has modeled the expected cash flows from the pooled trust-preferred securities and, at present, does not expect any of the remaining securities to have an adverse cash flow effect under any of the scenarios modeled due to the existence of other subordinate classes within the pools.
The following table provides details regarding the type and credit ratings within the securities portfolios as of December 31, 2008. In the case of different ratings, the lower rating was utilized.
Although the Company has both the intent and ability to hold the securities to maturity or recovery, the Company closely monitors this portfolio due to the substantial market discounts. The market discounts reflect the
credit market disruption in bank subordinated debt instruments and the possibility of future negative credit events within the banking sector, which could affect collateral within certain of the pools and single-issue securities. Monitoring for other-than-temporary impairment (OTI) is dependent on the aforementioned assumptions regarding future credit events and the general strength of the banking industry as it deals with credit losses in the current recessionary real estate market. Acceleration of bank losses and the possibility of unforeseen bank failures could result in changes in the Companys outlook for these securities and possible future OTI. Accordingly, there can be no assurance that continued deterioration of credit portfolios within certain of those banks will not lead to unanticipated deferrals of interest payments and defaults beyond those assumed in the Companys impairment testing. At present, cash flow modeling indicates varying ability to absorb additional deferrals and defaults before incurring breaks in interest or principal for the various pools.
At December 31, 2008, the Company held separate issuances of trust preferred securities from one issuer which had book and market values of $28.68 million and $17.64 million, respectively.
The following table details amortized cost and fair value of available-for-sale securities as of December 31, 2008, 2007, and 2006.
Investment securities classified as held-to-maturity are comprised primarily of high-grade state and municipal bonds. The portfolio totaled $8.67 million at December 31, 2008, compared with $12.08 million at December 31, 2007. This decrease is reflective of continuing maturities and calls within the portfolio. The market value of held-to-maturity investment securities was 101.52% and 101.85% of book value at December 31, 2008 and 2007, respectively.
The average final maturity of the held-to-maturity investment portfolio decreased to 4.3 years at December 31, 2008, from 5.5 years at December 31, 2007, with the tax-equivalent yield increasing to 7.97% at December 31, 2008, from 7.94% at year-end 2007. The weighted-average expected maturity, based on market assumptions for prepayment, was five months and six months at December 2008 and 2007, respectively. The average maturity data differs from final maturity data because of the use of assumptions as to anticipated prepayments, and is generally a more accurate indicator of true average life of the investment.
The following table details amortized cost and fair value of held-to-maturity securities at December 31, 2008, 2007, and 2006.
To mitigate interest rate risk, the Company sells most of the long-term, fixed-rate mortgage loans it originates in the secondary market. At December 31, 2008, the Company held $1.02 million of loans for sale to the secondary market, up from $811 thousand at December 31, 2007. The gross notional amount of outstanding commitments to originate mortgage loans for customers at December 31, 2008, was $10.48 million on 71 loans. The Company sells these mortgages on a best-efforts basis and generates non-interest income through origination fees and yield spread gains.
Total loans held for investment increased $72.66 million to $1.30 billion at December 31, 2008, from $1.23 billion at December 31, 2007, primarily as a result of the addition of $136.99 million in Coddle Creek loans, which was partially offset by lower loan production and large payoffs throughout 2008. The average loan to deposit ratio decreased to 87.48% for 2008, compared with 89.02% for 2007. Average loans held for investment for 2008 of $1.20 billion decreased $51.95 million when compared with the average for 2007 of $1.25 billion.
The held for investment loan portfolio continues to be diversified among loan types and industry segments. The following table presents the various loan categories and changes in composition at year-end 2004 through 2008.
Loan Portfolio Summary
The Company maintained no foreign loans in the periods presented. Although the Companys loans are made primarily in the five-state region in which it operates, the Company had no concentrations of loans to one borrower or industry representing 10% or more of outstanding loans at December 31, 2008.
The following table details the maturities and rate sensitivity of the Companys loan portfolio at December 31, 2008.
The allowance for loan losses is increased by charges to earnings in the form of provisions charged to current earnings and by recoveries of prior loan charge-offs, and decreased by loan charge-offs. The provisions are calculated to bring the allowance to a level, which, according to a systematic process of measurement, is reflective of the amount that management deems adequate to absorb probable losses. Additional information regarding the determination of the allowance for loan losses can be found in Note 1 of the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements, included in Item 8 hereof.
The allowance for loan losses was $15.98 million at December 31, 2008, compared with $12.83 million at December 31, 2007, an increase of $3.15 million. The increase in the allowance was primarily influenced by the affect of net charge-off activity during the year, which totaled $5.45 million as of December 31, 2008, as compared to $2.43 million as of December 31, 2007, on provision expense. Three loan relationships accounted for approximately $1.8 million of total 2008 net charge-offs. The three relationships had been previously identified as impaired by management with a combined specific reserve allocation established equivalent to the amount charged-off. Collection activity continues on all three relationships. Additionally, the allowance methodology takes into consideration trends in delinquency and non-accrual loans; both of which exhibited an increasing trend during the year. Management considers the allowance adequate based upon its analysis of the portfolio as of December 31, 2008; however, no assurance can be made that additions to the allowance for loan losses will not be required in future periods.
The following table details loan charge-offs and recoveries by loan type for the five years ended December 31, 2004 through 2008.
The following table details the allocation of the allowance for loan losses and the percent of loans in each category to total loans for the five years ended December 31, 2008.
Non-performing assets include loans on non-accrual status, loans contractually past due 90 days or more and still accruing interest, and other real estate owned. The levels of non-performing assets for the last five years ending December 31, 2008, are presented in the following table.
Total non-performing assets were $14.09 million at December 31, 2008, compared with $3.47 million at December 31, 2007, an increase of $10.62 million. Non-accrual loans increased by $9.84 million to $12.76 million at December 31, 2008, compared with 2007. The increase in non-accrual loans was largely driven by the addition of two commercial loan relationships and the Coddle Creek acquisition. The first of the two commercial loan relationships is a $2.92 million hotel loan secured by a hotel facility in North Carolina. The bank has established a specific reserve allocation based upon its impairment analysis and anticipates liquidation of the collateral to be completed late in the first quarter. The second commercial loan relationship is to a commercial and residential land developer in the Richmond, Virginia, area that is principally comprised of three loans totaling $2.41 million. The bank had previously evaluated the loans for impairment and had established specific reserve allocations accordingly. At year-end, the loans were written down in amount equivalent to the specific allocation. Liquidation of two of the loans is anticipated to be completed late in the first quarter. Approximately $2.81 million in non-accrual loans were acquired in the Coddle Creek loan portfolio, with the largest non-accrual loan totaling $261 thousand. The non-accrual loan balance was anticipated as a result of pre-acquisition due diligence.
Ongoing activity within the classification and categories of non-performing loans continues to include collections on delinquent loans, foreclosures, and movements into or out of the non-performing classification as a result of changing customer business conditions. There were no loans 90 days past due and still accruing at December 31, 2008 and 2007. Other real estate owned increased $781 thousand to $1.33 million at December 31, 2008, and is carried at the lesser of estimated net realizable value or cost.
Certain loans included in the non-accrual category have been written down to the estimated realizable value or have been assigned specific reserves within the allowance for loan losses based upon managements estimate of loss upon ultimate resolution.
The Company has considered all impaired loans in the evaluation of the adequacy of the allowance for loan losses at December 31, 2008. The following table presents additional detail of non-performing and restructured
loans for the five years ended December 31, 2008. Additional information regarding nonperforming loans can be found in Note 5 of the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements, included in Item 8 hereof.
There are no outstanding commitments to lend additional funds to borrowers related to restructured loans.
Total deposits were $1.50 billion at December 31, 2008, an increase of $110.32 million from $1.39 billion at December 31, 2007. $137.06 million of the increase is attributable to the acquisition of Coddle Creek. Noninterest-bearing demand deposits decreased during 2008 by $24.38 million while interest-bearing demand deposits increased $31.55 million. Savings deposits, which consist of money market accounts and savings accounts, decreased $18.11 million during 2008 while time deposits increased $121.26 million, primarily attributable to Coddle Creek. Movement among product types during the year reflects a general migration toward interest-bearing and higher yielding account types as customers searched for yield opportunities in a falling rate environment.
Average total deposits decreased slightly to $1.37 billion for 2008. Average interest-bearing demand deposits increased $26.95 million during 2008. Average noninterest-bearing demand deposits and savings deposits decreased $16.79 million and $18.61 million during 2008, respectively. Average time deposits decreased $26.27 million in 2008. In 2008, the average rate paid on interest bearing deposits was 2.57%, down 72 basis points from 3.29% in 2007. Throughout 2008, the Company decreased its higher-rate certificates of deposit and money market accounts. The increase in interest-bearing demand deposits can be attributed to growth in the Companys fee-based, interest-bearing checking accounts and associated rewards program.
The Companys borrowings consist primarily of overnight federal funds purchased from the FHLB and other sources, securities sold under agreements to repurchase, and term FHLB borrowings. This category of liabilities represents wholesale sources of funding and liquidity for the Company.
Short-term borrowings decreased on average approximately $14.03 million for 2008 compared with the prior year as a result of decreasing funding needs. There were no federal funds purchased at December 31, 2008, and $18.50 million, at December 31, 2007. Repurchase agreements were $165.91 million and $207.43 million at December 31, 2008 and 2007, respectively. Retail repurchase agreements are sold to customers as an alternative to available deposit products and commercial treasury accounts. At December 31, 2008 and 2007, wholesale repurchase agreements totaled $50.00 million. The weighted-average rate of those long-term, wholesale repurchase agreements was 4.32% and 4.30% at December 31, 2008 and 2007, respectively. The underlying securities included in retail repurchase agreements remain under the Companys control during the effective period of the agreements.
Short-term borrowings include overnight federal funds and repurchase agreements. Balances and rates paid on short-term borrowings used in daily operations are summarized as follows:
At December 31, 2008, FHLB borrowings included $200.00 million in convertible and callable advances. The weighted-average interest rate of all advances was 3.70% and 4.38% at December 31, 2008 and 2007, respectively. $50.00 million of the advances are hedged by an interest rate swap to approximate a fixed rate of 4.34%. After considering the effect of the interest rate swap, the weighted-average interest rate of all advances was 3.84% at December 31, 2008. At December 31, 2008, the FHLB advances had maturities between eight and thirteen years.
Also included in other indebtedness is $15.46 million of junior subordinated debentures issued by the Company in October 2003 through FCBI Capital Trust, an unconsolidated trust subsidiary, with an interest rate of three-month LIBOR plus 2.95%. The debentures mature in October 2033 and are currently callable.
Liquidity represents the Companys ability to respond to demands for funds and is primarily derived from maturing investment securities, overnight investments, periodic repayment of loan principal, and the Companys ability to generate new deposits. The Company also has the ability to attract short-term sources of funds and draw on credit lines that have been established at financial institutions to meet cash needs.
Total liquidity of $392.34 million at December 31, 2008, is comprised of the following: cash on hand and deposits with other financial institutions of $46.44 million; unpledged available-for-sale securities of $143.17 million; held-to-maturity securities due within one year of $452 thousand; FHLB credit availability of $106.28 million; federal funds lines availability of $76.00 million; and holding company line of credit availability of $20.00 million. As a result of the continuing national credit crisis which developed in 2008, the Companys FHLB credit availability declined as the FHLB increased collateral pledging requirements.
Liquidity management is both a daily and long-term function of business management. Excess liquidity is generally used to pay down short-term borrowings. On a longer-term basis, the Company maintains a strategy of investing in securities, mortgage-backed obligations and loans with varying maturities. The Company uses these funds to meet ongoing commitments, to pay maturing savings certificates and savings withdrawals, fund loan commitments and maintain a portfolio of securities.
Since the Company is a holding company and does not conduct operations, its primary sources of liquidity are dividends upstreamed from the Bank and borrowings from outside sources. Banking regulations limit the amount of dividends that may be paid by the Bank. See Note 15 Regulatory Capital Requirements and Restrictions of the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements included in Item 8 hereof regarding such dividends. At December 31, 2008, the Company had liquid assets, including cash and investment securities, totaling $13.65 million, and a holding company line of credit of $20.00 million. Additionally, as a result of the Companys participation in the TARP Capital Purchase Program, the ability of the Company to declare or pay dividends or distributions on shares of its Common Stock is subject to restrictions, including a restriction against increasing cash dividends above the amount of the last quarterly cash dividend per share declared prior to October 14, 2008, which was $0.28 per share, without the express permission of the Treasury. These restrictions will terminate on the earlier of (a) the third anniversary of the date of issuance of the Series A Preferred Stock and (b) the date on which the Series A Preferred Stock has been redeemed in whole or the Treasury has transferred all of the Series A Preferred Stock to third parties.
At December 31, 2008, approved loan commitments outstanding amounted to $167.32 million. Certificates of deposit scheduled to mature in one year or less totaled $515.74 million. Management believes that the Company has adequate resources to fund outstanding commitments and could either adjust rates on certificates of deposit in order
to retain or attract deposits in changing interest rate environments or replace such deposits with advances from the FHLB or other funds providers if it proved to be cost effective to do so.
The following table presents contractual cash obligations as of December 31, 2008.
The following table presents detailed information regarding the Companys off-balance sheet arrangements at December 31, 2008.
The Company has a pay fixed and receive variable interest rate swap that effectively fixes $50.00 million of FHLB borrowings at 4.34% for a period of five years. The derivative transaction is effective and performing as originally expected.
Total stockholders equity increased $3.24 million to $220.34 million at December 31, 2008. The increase in equity in 2008 was due mainly to comprehensive net loss of $42.15 million less preferred and common dividends of $255 thousand and $12.45 million, respectively, and net additions of treasury stock at a cost of $1.76 million. Issuance of the Series A Preferred Stock to the Treasury added $40.42 million, net, to stockholders equity, and the acquisition of Coddle Creek added approximately $19.14 million.
Risk-based capital guidelines and the leverage ratio measure capital adequacy of banking institutions. At December 31, 2008, the Companys Tier I capital ratio was 11.92% compared with 11.45% in 2007. The Companys total risk-based capital-to-asset ratio was 12.91% at December 31, 2008, compared with 12.34% at December 31, 2007. Both of these ratios are well above the current minimum level of 8% prescribed for bank holding companies by the Federal Reserve Board. The leverage ratio is the measurement of total tangible equity to total assets. The Companys leverage ratio at December 31, 2008, was 9.75% versus 8.09% at December 31, 2007, both of which are well above the minimum levels prescribed by the Federal Reserve Board. See Note 15 of the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements in Item 8 hereof.
As part of its community banking services, the Company offers trust management and estate administration services through its Trust and Financial Services Division (Trust Division). The Trust Division reported market value of assets under management of $416 million and $480 million at December 31, 2008 and 2007, respectively. The decrease in assets under management is largely due to decreases in the market value of account assets throughout 2008. The Trust Division manages inter vivos trusts and trusts under will, develops and administers employee benefit plans and individual retirement plans and manages and settles estates. Fiduciary fees for these services are charged on a schedule related to the size, nature and complexity of the account.
The Company also offers investment advisory services through the Banks wholly-owned subsidiary, IPC, which reported assets under management of $432 million and $360 million at December 31, 2008 and 2007, respectively. The increase over 2007 includes the addition of several large accounts. IPC utilizes the Raymond James investment platform, which provides all settlement and clearing services.
The Company offers insurance services through its subsidiary GreenPoint. Revenues are derived mainly from commissions paid on policies sold. Commission revenue was $4.99 million for 2008 compared to $1.14 million for 2007. The Company acquired GreenPoint late in 2007. GreenPoint is an acquisitive agency taking advantage of a number of local independent insurance agencies with principals evaluating exit strategies. GreenPoint made two large acquisitions during 2008, REL Insurance in Greensboro, North Carolina, and Carr & Hyde in Warrenton, Virginia. Those two agencies added combined annualized revenues of over $3 million.
The Companys profitability is dependent to a large extent upon its net interest income, which is the difference between its interest income on interest-earning assets, such as loans and securities, and its interest expense on interest-bearing liabilities, such as deposits and borrowings. The Company, like other financial institutions, is subject to interest rate risk to the degree that its interest-earning assets reprice differently than its interest-bearing liabilities. The Company manages its mix of assets and liabilities with the goals of limiting its exposure to interest rate risk, ensuring adequate liquidity, and coordinating its sources and uses of funds while maintaining an acceptable level of net interest income given the current interest rate environment.
The Companys primary component of operational revenue, net interest income, is subject to variation as a result of changes in interest rate environments in conjunction with unbalanced repricing opportunities on earning assets and interest-bearing liabilities. Interest rate risk has four primary components including repricing risk, basis risk, yield curve risk and option risk. Repricing risk occurs when earning assets and paying liabilities reprice at differing times as interest rates change. Basis risk occurs when the underlying rates on the assets and liabilities the institution holds change at different levels or in varying degrees. Yield curve risk is the risk of adverse consequences as a result of unequal changes in the spread between two or more rates for different maturities for the same instrument. Lastly, option risk is the result of embedded options, often called put or call options, given or sold to holders of financial instruments.
In order to mitigate the effect of changes in the general level of interest rates, the Company manages repricing opportunities and thus, its interest rate sensitivity. The Company seeks to control its interest rate risk (IRR) exposure to insulate net interest income and net earnings from fluctuations in the general level of interest rates. To measure its exposure to IRR, quarterly simulations of net interest income are performed using financial models that project net interest income through a range of possible interest rate environments including rising, declining, most likely and flat rate scenarios. The results of these simulations indicate the existence and severity of IRR in each of those rate environments based upon the current balance sheet position, assumptions as to changes in the volume and mix of interest-earning assets and interest-paying liabilities, managements estimate of yields to be attained in those future rate environments, and rates that will be paid on various deposit instruments and borrowings. Specific strategies for management of IRR have included shortening the amortized maturity of new fixed-rate loans, increasing the volume of adjustable-rate loans to reduce the repricing term of the Banks interest-earning assets, and monitoring the term structure of liabilities to maintain a balanced mix of maturity and repricing to mitigate the potential exposure. The simulation model used by the Company captures all earning assets, interest-bearing liabilities and all off-balance sheet financial instruments and combines the various factors affecting rate sensitivity into an earnings outlook. Based upon the latest simulation, the Company believes that it is in a neutral sensitivity position.
The Company has established policy limits for tolerance of interest rate risk that allow for no more than a 10% reduction in the next twelve months projected net interest income based on the income simulation compared with forecasted results. In addition, the policy addresses exposure limits to changes in the economic value of equity according to predefined policy guidelines. The most recent simulation indicates that current exposure to interest rate risk is within the Companys defined policy limits.
The following table summarizes the impact of immediate and sustained rate shocks in the interest rate environment on net interest income and the economic value of equity as of December 31, 2008 and 2007. The model simulates plus and minus 200 basis point changes from the base case rate simulation. This table, which illustrates the prospective effects of hypothetical interest rate changes, is based upon numerous assumptions including relative and estimated levels of key interest rates over a twelve-month time period. This modeling technique, although useful, does not take into account all strategies that management might undertake in response to a sudden and sustained rate shock as depicted. Also, as market conditions vary from those assumed in the sensitivity analysis, actual results will also differ due to prepayment and refinancing levels likely deviating from those assumed, the varying impact of interest rate change caps or floors on adjustable rate assets, the potential effect of changing debt service levels on customers with adjustable rate loans, depositor early withdrawals and product preference changes, and other internal and external variables. As of December 31, 2008, the Federal Open Market Committee set a target range for federal funds of 0 to 25 basis points, rendering a complete downward shock of 200 basis points as not realistic and not meaningful. In the downward rate shocks presented, benchmark interest rates are dropped with floors near 0%.
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