Prosperity Bancshares 10-K 2008
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SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
Commission File Number 0-25051
PROSPERITY BANCSHARES, INC.®
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
Registrants Telephone Number, Including Area Code: (713) 693-9300
Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:
Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(g) of the Act: None
Indicate by check mark if the registrant is a well-known seasoned issuer, as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act. Yes x No ¨
Indicate by check mark if the registrant is not required to file reports pursuant to Section 13 or Section 15 (d) of the Act. Yes ¨ No x
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. Yes x 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 registrants knowledge, in definitive proxy or information statements incorporated by reference in Part III of the Form 10-K or any amendment of this Form 10-K. ¨
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, a non-accelerated filer or a smaller reporting company. See the definitions of large accelerated filer, accelerated filer and smaller reporting company in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act. (Check One):
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a shell company (as defined in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act). Yes ¨ No x
The aggregate market value of the shares of Common Stock held by non-affiliates as of June 30, 2007, based on the closing price of the Common Stock on the NASDAQ Global Select Market on June 30, 2007 was approximately $1.25 billion.
As of February 26, 2008, the number of outstanding shares of Common Stock was 44,195,710.
Documents Incorporated by Reference:
Portions of the Companys Proxy Statement relating to the 2008 Annual Meeting of Shareholders, which will be filed within 120 days after December 31, 2007, are incorporated by reference into Part III, Items 10-14 of this Annual Report on Form 10-K.
2007 ANNUAL REPORT ON FORM 10-K
TABLE OF CONTENTS
ITEM 1. BUSINESS
Prosperity Bancshares, Inc.®, a Texas corporation (the Company), was formed in 1983 as a vehicle to acquire the former Allied Bank in Edna, Texas which was chartered in 1949 as The First National Bank of Edna. The Company is a registered financial holding company that derives substantially all of its revenues and income from the operation of its bank subsidiary, Prosperity Bank® (Prosperity Bank® or the Bank). The Bank provides a broad line of financial products and services to small and medium-sized businesses and consumers. As of December 31, 2007, the Bank operated one hundred twenty-four (124) full-service banking locations and one (1) loan production office; with forty (40) in the Greater Houston Consolidated Metropolitan Statistical Area (CMSA), thirty-three (33) in the South Texas area including Corpus Christi and Victoria, twenty-three (23) in the Central Texas area including Austin and Bryan/College Station,, two (2) in East Texas, twenty-six (26) in the Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas area and one (1) loan production office in San Antonio. The Greater Houston CMSA includes Austin, Brazoria, Chambers, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Liberty, Montgomery, San Jacinto and Waller counties. The Companys headquarters are located at Prosperity Bank Plaza, 4295 San Felipe in Houston, Texas and its telephone number is (713) 693-9300. The Companys website address is www.prosperitybanktx.com.
The Companys market consists of the communities served by its banking centers. The diverse nature of the economies in each local market served by the Company provides the Company with a varied customer base and allows the Company to spread its lending risk throughout a number of different industries including professional service firms and their principals, manufacturing, tourism, recreation, petrochemicals, farming and ranching. The Companys market areas outside of Houston, Dallas, Corpus Christi and Austin are dominated by either small community banks or branches of large regional banks. Management believes that the Company, as one of the few mid-sized financial institutions that combines responsive community banking with the sophistication of a regional bank holding company, has a competitive advantage in its market areas and excellent growth opportunities through acquisitions, new banking center locations and additional business development.
Operating under a community banking philosophy, the Company seeks to develop broad customer relationships based on service and convenience while maintaining its conservative approach to lending and strong asset quality. The Company has grown through a combination of internal growth, the acquisition of community banks, branches of banks and the opening of new banking centers. Utilizing a low cost of funds and employing stringent cost controls, the Company has been profitable in every full year of its existence, including the period of adverse economic conditions in Texas in the late 1980s. From 1988 to 1992, as a sound and profitable institution, the Company took advantage of this economic downturn and acquired the deposits and certain assets of failed banks in West Columbia, El Campo and Cuero, Texas and two failed banks in Houston, which diversified the Companys franchise and increased its core deposits. The Company opened a full-service banking center in Victoria, Texas in 1993 and the following year established a banking center in Bay City, Texas. The Company expanded its Bay City presence in 1996 with the acquisition of an additional branch location from Norwest Bank Texas (now Wells Fargo), and in 1997, the Company acquired the Angleton, Texas branch of Wells Fargo Bank. In 1998, the Company enhanced its West Columbia Banking Center with the purchase of a commercial bank branch located in West Columbia and acquired Union State Bank in East Bernard, Texas.
From December 31, 1998 through December 31, 2007, the Company grew through internal growth and the completion of the following acquisitions:
On January 31, 2007, the Company completed its acquisition of Texas United Bancshares, Inc., La Grange, Texas (TXUI). Under the terms of the merger agreement, TXUI was merged into the Company and subsequently each of TXUIs wholly owned subsidiary banks, State Bank, GNB Financial, n.a., Gateway National Bank and Northwest Bank, was merged into the Bank. The Company issued approximately 10.770 million shares of its common stock for all of the issued and outstanding capital stock of TXUI. In addition, options to acquire 179,956 shares of TXUI common stock were converted into options to acquire 179,956 shares of Company common stock. In connection with the acquisition, the Company assumed $44.8 million in junior subordinated debentures issued to five subsidiary trusts. TXUI was publicly traded and operated forty-three (43) banking offices in Texas. As of December 31, 2006, TXUI had, on a consolidated basis, total assets of $1.806 billion, loans (including loans held for sale) of $1.212 billion, deposits of $1.362 billion and shareholders equity of $161.9 million.
On September 1, 2007, the Company completed its acquisition of The Bank of Navasota, N.A., Navasota, Texas through the merger of the Bank of Navasota into the Bank. The Company issued approximately 251,000 shares of its common stock and paid approximately $8.6 million in cash for all of the issued and outstanding capital stock of the Bank of Navasota. The Bank of Navasota operated one banking office in
Navasota, Texas, which became a full-service banking center of Prosperity Bank. As of June 30, 2007, the Bank of Navasota had total assets of $73.4 million, loans of $33.0 million, deposits of $63.8 million and shareholders equity of $9.1 million.
Acquisition of Branches of Banco Popular North America
On January 10, 2008, the Company completed its acquisition of six (6) Houston retail branches from Banco Popular North America. In connection with the acquisition, the Company assumed approximately $125.0 million in deposits. Since January 11, 2008, all six (6) locations have been operating as full service banking centers of Prosperity Bank.
Acquisition of 1st Choice Bancorp, Inc.
On February 7, 2008, the Company announced the signing of a definitive agreement to acquire 1st Choice Bancorp, Inc and its wholly-owned subsidiary, 1st Choice Bank. 1st Choice Bancorp operates two (2) banking offices in Houston, Texas, with one location in South Houston and another in the Heights area. Prosperitys Heights banking center will be consolidated with the 1st Choice Bancorp Heights location, with the resulting banking center being located in 1st Choices Heights banking office. As of December 31, 2007, 1st Choice Bancorp had, on a consolidated basis, total assets of $303.1 million, loans of $190.7 million and deposits of $273.3 million. Under the terms of the definitive agreement, Prosperity will issue approximately 1,757,813 shares of Prosperity common stock plus approximately $18,750,000 in cash for all outstanding shares of 1st Choice Bancorp capital stock, subject to decrease in the event 1st Choice Bancorps equity capital is less than $26.0 million.
The Companys website address is www.prosperitybanktx.com. The Company makes available free of charge on or through its website its annual report on Form 10-K, quarterly reports on Form 10-Q, current reports on Form 8-K and all amendments to those reports filed or furnished pursuant to Section 13(a) or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, as soon as reasonably practicable after such material is electronically filed with or furnished to the Securities and Exchange Commission. Information contained on the Companys website is not incorporated by reference into this annual report on Form 10-K and is not part of this or any other report.
Officers and Associates
The Companys directors and officers are important to the Companys success and play a key role in the Companys business development efforts by actively participating in civic and public service activities in the communities served by the Company.
The Company has invested heavily in its officers and associates by recruiting talented officers in its market areas and providing them with economic incentive in the form of stock-based compensation and bonuses based on cross-selling performance. The senior management team has substantial experience in the Houston, Dallas, Austin, Corpus Christi and San Antonio markets and the surrounding communities in which the Company has a presence. Each banking center location is administered by a local president or manager with knowledge of the community and lending expertise in the specific industries found in the community. The Company entrusts its banking center Presidents and Managers with authority and flexibility within general parameters with respect to product pricing and decision making in order to avoid the bureaucratic structure of larger banks. The Company operates each banking center as a separate profit center, maintaining separate data with respect to each banking centers net interest income, efficiency ratio, deposit growth, loan growth and overall profitability. Banking center presidents and managers are accountable for performance in these areas and compensated accordingly.
The Companys local banking centers have no 1-800 telephone numbers. Each banking center has its own listed local business telephone number. Customers are served by a local banker with decision making authority.
As of December 31, 2007, the Company and the Bank had 1,359 full-time equivalent associates, 519 of whom were officers of the Bank. The Company provides medical and hospitalization insurance to its full-time associates. The Company considers its relations with associates to be excellent. Neither the Company nor the Bank is a party to any collective bargaining agreement.
The Company, through the Bank, offers a variety of traditional loan and deposit products to its customers, which consist primarily of consumers and small and medium-sized businesses. The Bank tailors its products to the specific needs of customers in a given market. At December 31, 2007, the Bank maintained approximately 280,000 separate deposit accounts and 39,000 separate loan accounts and 23.5% of the Banks total deposits were noninterest-bearing demand deposits. For the year ended December 31, 2007, the Companys average cost of funds was 2.80% and the Companys average cost of deposits (excluding all borrowings) was 2.60%.
The Company has been an active real estate lender, with commercial mortgage and 1-4 family residential loans comprising 34.3% and 16.7% of the Companys total loans as of December 31, 2007, respectively. The Company also offers commercial loans, loans for automobiles and other consumer durables, home equity loans, debit cards, internet banking and other cash management services and automated telephone banking. By offering certificates of deposit, interest checking accounts, savings accounts and overdraft protection at competitive rates, the Company gives its depositors a full range of traditional deposit products.
The businesses targeted by the Company in its lending efforts are primarily those that require loans in the $100,000 to $8.0 million range. The Company offers these businesses a broad array of loan products including term loans, lines of credit and loans for working capital, business expansion and the purchase of equipment and machinery, interim construction loans for builders and owner-occupied commercial real estate loans.
The Companys main objective is to increase deposits and loans internally, as well as through additional expansion opportunities, while maintaining efficiency and individualized customer service and maximizing profitability. To achieve this objective, the Company has employed the following strategic goals:
Continue Community Banking Emphasis. The Company intends to continue operating as a community banking organization focused on meeting the specific needs of consumers and small and medium-sized businesses in its market areas. The Company will continue to provide a high degree of responsiveness combined with a wide variety of banking products and services. The Company staffs its banking centers with experienced bankers with lending expertise in the specific industries found in the given community, and gives them authority to make certain pricing and credit decisions, avoiding the bureaucratic structure of larger banks.
Expand Market Share Through Internal Growth and a Disciplined Acquisition Strategy. The Company intends to continue seeking opportunities, both inside and outside its existing markets, to expand either by acquiring existing banks or branches of banks or by establishing new banking centers. All of the Companys acquisitions have been accretive to earnings within 12 months after acquisition date and generally have supplied the Company with relatively low-cost deposits which have been used to fund the Companys lending and investing activities. However, the Company makes no guarantee that future acquisitions, if any, will be accretive to earnings within any particular time period. Factors used by the Company to evaluate expansion opportunities include the similarity in management and operating philosophies, whether the acquisition will be accretive to earnings and enhance shareholder value, the ability to achieve economies of scale to improve the efficiency ratio and the opportunity to enhance the Companys market presence.
Increase Loan Volume and Diversify Loan Portfolio. While maintaining its conservative approach to lending, the Company has emphasized both new and existing loan products, focusing on growing its construction, commercial mortgage and commercial loan portfolios. During the two-year period from December 31, 2005 to December 31, 2007, the Companys construction loans grew from $206.7 million to $683.2 million, or 230.6%, and represented 13.4% and 21.7% of the total portfolio, respectively. The Companys commercial and industrial loans grew from $222.8 million to $436.3 million, or 95.9%, and represented 14.4% and 13.9% of the total portfolio, respectively. Commercial mortgages increased from $566.4 million to $1.08 billion, or 89.9%, and represented 36.7% and 34.3% of the total portfolio, respectively, for the same period. In addition, the Company targets professional service firms, including legal and medical practices, for both loans secured by owner-occupied premises and personal loans to their principals.
Continue Focus on Efficiency. The Company plans to maintain its stringent cost control practices and policies. The Company has invested significantly in the infrastructure required to centralize many of its critical operations, such as data processing and loan processing. For its banking centers, which the Company operates as independent profit centers, the Company supplies complete support in the areas of loan review, internal audit, compliance and training. Management believes that this centralized infrastructure can accommodate additional growth while enabling the Company to minimize operational costs through economies of scale.
Enhance Cross-Selling. The Company recognizes that its customer base provides significant opportunities to cross-sell various products and it seeks to develop broader customer relationships by identifying cross-selling opportunities. The Company uses incentives and friendly competition to encourage cross-selling efforts and increase cross-selling results among its associates. Officers and associates have access to each customers existing and related account relationships and are better able to inform customers of additional products when customers visit or call the various banking centers or use their drive-in facilities. In addition, the Company includes product information in monthly statements and other mailings.
Maintain Strong Asset Quality. The Company continues to maintain the strong asset quality that has been representative of its historical loan portfolio. As the Company diversifies and increases its lending activities and acquires loans in acquisitions, it may face higher risks of nonpayment and increased risks in the event of economic downturns. The Company intends to continue to employ the strict underwriting guidelines and comprehensive loan review process that have contributed to its low incidence of nonperforming assets and its minimal charge-offs in relation to its size.
The banking business is highly competitive, and the profitability of the Company depends principally on its ability to compete in its market areas. The Company competes with other commercial banks, savings banks, savings and loan associations, credit unions, finance companies, mutual funds, insurance companies, brokerage and investment banking firms, asset-based nonbank lenders and certain other nonfinancial entities, including retail stores which may maintain their own credit programs and certain governmental organizations which may offer more favorable financing than the Company. The Company believes it has been able to compete effectively with other financial institutions by emphasizing customer service, technology and responsive decision-making with respect to loans; by establishing long-term customer relationships and building customer loyalty; and by providing products and services designed to address the specific needs of its customers.
Supervision and Regulation
The supervision and regulation of bank holding companies and their subsidiaries 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 the bank holding company shareholders 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 this annual report on Form 10-K to applicable statutes and regulations are brief summaries thereof, 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 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 Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act, the BHCA 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 out of 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.
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.
In the event of a bank holding companys bankruptcy under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code, the trustee will be deemed to have assumed and is required to cure immediately any deficit under any commitment by the debtor holding company to any of the federal banking agencies to maintain the capital of an insured depository institution. Any claim for breach of such obligation will generally have priority over most other unsecured claims.
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 has determined to be closely related to banking or managing and controlling banks as to be a proper incident thereto. In approving acquisitions or the addition of activities, the Federal Reserve considers, among other things, whether the acquisition or the additional activities can reasonably be expected to produce benefits to the public, such as greater convenience, increased competition, or gains in efficiency, that outweigh such possible adverse effects as undue concentration of resources, decreased or unfair competition, conflicts of interest or unsound banking practices.
Notwithstanding the foregoing, the Gramm-Leach-Bliley 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 Gramm-Leach- Bliley 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 will be 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 Gramm-Leach-Bliley 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 prompt corrective action provisions, is well managed, and has at least a satisfactory rating under the Community Reinvestment Act of 1977. The Company became a financial holding company on April 18, 2000.
While the Federal Reserve Board is the umbrella regulator for financial holding companies and has the power to examine banking organizations engaged in new activities, regulation and supervision of activities which are financial in nature or determined to be incidental to such financial activities will be handled along functional lines. Accordingly, activities of subsidiaries of a financial holding company will be regulated by the agency or authorities with the most experience regulating that activity as it is conducted in a financial holding company.
Safe and Sound Banking Practices. Bank holding companies are not permitted to engage in unsafe and unsound banking practices. The Federal Reserve Boards Regulation Y, for example, generally requires a holding company 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. Depending upon the circumstances, the Federal Reserve Board could take the position that paying a dividend would constitute an unsafe or unsound banking practice.
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. The penalties can be as high as $1.0 million for each day the activity continues.
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.
Capital Adequacy Requirements. The Federal Reserve Board has adopted a system using risk-based capital guidelines to evaluate the capital adequacy of bank holding companies. Under the guidelines, specific categories of assets are assigned different risk weights, based generally on the perceived credit risk of the asset. These risk weights are multiplied by corresponding asset balances to determine a risk-weighted asset base. The guidelines require a minimum ratio of total capital to total tangible risk-weighted assets of 8.0% (of which at least 4.0% is required to consist of Tier 1 capital elements). Total capital is the sum of Tier 1 and Tier 2 capital. As of December 31, 2007, the Companys ratio of Tier 1 capital to total tangible risk-weighted assets was 13.13% and its ratio of total capital to total tangible risk-weighted assets was 14.11%. Tangible risk-weighted assets are calculated as total risk-weighted assets less intangible assets such as goodwill and core deposit intangibles.
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 tangible 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%. As of December 31, 2007, the Companys leverage ratio was 8.09%.
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.
Imposition of Liability for Undercapitalized Subsidiaries. Bank regulators are required to take prompt corrective action to resolve problems associated with insured depository institutions whose capital declines below certain levels. In the event an institution becomes undercapitalized, it must submit a capital restoration plan. The capital restoration plan will not be accepted by the regulators unless each company having control of the undercapitalized institution guarantees the subsidiarys compliance with the capital restoration plan up to a certain specified amount. Any such guarantee from a depository institutions holding company is entitled to a priority of payment in bankruptcy.
The aggregate liability of the holding company of an undercapitalized bank is limited to the lesser of 5% of the institutions assets at the time it became undercapitalized or the amount necessary to cause the institution to be adequately capitalized. The bank regulators have greater power in situations where an institution becomes significantly or critically undercapitalized or fails to submit a capital restoration plan. For example, a bank holding company controlling such an institution can be required to obtain prior Federal Reserve Board approval of proposed dividends, or might be required to consent to a consolidation or to divest the troubled institution or other affiliates.
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, among other things, 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.
Control Acquisitions. The Change in Bank Control Act prohibits a person or group of persons from acquiring control of a bank holding company unless the Federal Reserve Board has been notified and has not objected to the transaction. Under a rebuttable presumption established by the Federal Reserve Board, the acquisition of 10% or more of a class of voting stock of a bank holding company with a class of securities registered under Section 12 of the Exchange Act, such as the Company, would, under the circumstances set forth in the presumption, constitute acquisition of control of the Company.
In addition, any entity is required to obtain the approval of the Federal Reserve Board under the BHCA before acquiring 25% (5% in the case of an acquiror that is a bank holding company) or more of the outstanding Common Stock of the Company, or otherwise obtaining control or a controlling influence over the Company.
The Bank is a Texas-chartered banking association, the deposits of which are insured by the Deposit Insurance Fund (DIF) of the FDIC. The Bank is not a member of the Federal Reserve System; therefore, the Bank is subject to supervision and regulation by the FDIC and the Texas Banking Department. Such supervision and regulation subject the Bank to special restrictions, requirements, potential enforcement actions and periodic examination by the FDIC and the Texas Banking Department. Because the Federal Reserve Board regulates the bank holding company parent of the Bank, the Federal Reserve Board also has supervisory authority which directly affects the Bank.
Equivalence to National Bank Powers. The Texas Constitution, as amended in 1986, provides that a Texas-chartered bank has the same rights and privileges that are or may be granted to national banks domiciled in
Texas. To the extent that the Texas laws and regulations may have allowed state-chartered banks to engage in a broader range of activities than national banks, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation Improvement Act of 1991 (FDICIA) has operated to limit this authority. FDICIA provides that no state bank or subsidiary thereof may engage as principal in any activity not permitted for national banks, unless the institution complies with applicable capital requirements and the FDIC determines that the activity poses no significant risk to the insurance fund. In general, statutory restrictions on the activities of banks are aimed at protecting the safety and soundness of depository institutions.
Financial Modernization. Under the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act, a national bank may establish a financial subsidiary and engage, subject to limitations on investment, in activities that are financial in nature, other than insurance underwriting as principal, insurance company portfolio investment, real estate development, real estate investment, annuity issuance and merchant banking activities. To do so, a bank must be well capitalized, well managed and have a Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) rating of satisfactory or better. Subsidiary banks of a financial holding company or national banks with financial subsidiaries must remain well capitalized and well managed in order to continue to engage in activities that are financial in nature without regulatory actions or restrictions, which could include divestiture of the financial in nature subsidiary or subsidiaries. In addition, a financial holding company or a bank may not acquire a company that is engaged in activities that are financial in nature unless each of the subsidiary banks of the financial holding company or the bank has a CRA rating of satisfactory of better.
Although the powers of state chartered banks are not specifically addressed in the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act, Texas-chartered banks such as the Bank, will have the same if not greater powers as national banks through the parity provision contained in the Texas Constitution.
Branching. Texas law provides that a Texas-chartered bank can establish a branch anywhere in Texas provided that the branch is approved in advance by the Texas Banking Department. The branch must also be approved by the FDIC, which considers a number of factors, including financial history, capital adequacy, earnings prospects, character of management, needs of the community and consistency with corporate powers.
Restrictions on Transactions with Affiliates and Insiders. Transactions between the Bank and its nonbanking 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 has also 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 (collectively referred to herein as insiders) 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 insiders and their related interests. These loans cannot exceed the institutions total unimpaired capital and surplus, and the FDIC may determine that a lesser amount is appropriate. Insiders are subject to enforcement actions for knowingly accepting loans in violation of applicable restrictions.
Restrictions on Distribution of Subsidiary Bank Dividends and Assets. Dividends paid by the Bank have provided a substantial part of 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 principal source of operating
funds. Capital adequacy requirements serve to limit the amount of dividends that may be paid by the Bank. Under federal law, the Bank cannot pay a dividend if, after paying the dividend, the Bank will be undercapitalized. The FDIC may declare a dividend payment to be unsafe and unsound even though the Bank would continue to meet its capital requirements after the dividend. 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 (such as the Company) or any shareholder or creditor thereof.
Examinations. The FDIC periodically examines and evaluates insured banks. Based on such an evaluation, the FDIC may revalue the assets of the institution and require that it establish specific reserves to compensate for the difference between the FDIC-determined value and the book value of such assets. The Texas Banking Department also conducts examinations of state banks but may accept the results of a federal examination in lieu of conducting an independent examination. In addition, the FDIC and Texas Banking Department may elect to conduct a joint examination.
Audit Reports. Insured institutions with total assets of $500 million or more must submit annual audit reports prepared by independent auditors to federal and state regulators. In some instances, the audit report of the institutions holding company can be used to satisfy this requirement. Auditors must receive examination reports, supervisory agreements and reports of enforcement actions. For institutions with total assets of $1 billion or more, financial statements prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles, managements certifications concerning responsibility for the financial statements, internal controls and compliance with legal requirements designated by the FDIC, and an attestation by the auditor regarding the statements of management relating to the internal controls must be submitted. For institutions with total assets of more than $3 billion, independent auditors may be required to review quarterly financial statements. FDICIA requires that independent audit committees be formed, consisting of outside directors only. The committees of such institutions must include members with experience in banking or financial management, must have access to outside counsel, and must not include representatives of large customers.
Capital Adequacy Requirements. The FDIC has adopted regulations establishing minimum requirements for the capital adequacy of insured institutions. The FDIC 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 FDICs risk-based capital guidelines generally require state banks to have a minimum ratio of Tier 1 capital to total tangible risk-weighted assets of 4.0% and a ratio of total capital to total tangible risk-weighted assets of 8.0%. The capital categories have the same definitions for the Bank as for the Company. As of December 31, 2007, the Banks ratio of Tier 1 capital to total tangible risk-weighted assets was 12.70% and its ratio of total capital to total tangible risk-weighted assets was 13.68%.
The FDICs leverage guidelines require state banks to maintain Tier 1 capital of no less than 4.0% of average total tangible assets, except in the case of certain highly rated banks for which the requirement is 3.0% of average total assets. The Texas Banking Department has issued a policy which generally requires state chartered banks to maintain a leverage ratio (defined in accordance with federal capital guidelines) of 5.0%. As of December 31, 2007, the Banks ratio of Tier 1 capital to average total assets (leverage ratio) was 7.82%.
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, under capitalized, significantly under capitalized and critically under capitalized. 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 under capitalized 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 FDICs 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 only very limited discretion in dealing with a critically undercapitalized institution and is virtually required to appoint a receiver or conservator.
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 Bank must pay assessments to the FDIC for deposit insurance protection. The FDIC maintains the DIF by designating a reserve ratio between a range of 1.15% to 1.50%. If the reserve ratio falls below 1.15%, the FDIC must adopt a restoration plan that provides that the DIF will return to 1.15% generally within 5 years. If the reserve ratio exceeds 1.35%, the FDIC must generally dividend to DIF members half of the amount above the amount necessary to maintain the DIF at 1.35%. The FDIC declares a 50% dividend when the reserve ratio reaches 1.35% and a 100% dividend when the reserve ratio reaches above 1.50%. The designated reserve ratio is currently set at 1.25%. The FDIC has the discretion to price deposit insurance according to the risk for all insured institutions regardless of the level of the reserve ratio.
The DIF reserve ratio is maintained by assessing depository institutions an insurance premium based upon statutory factors that include the balance of insured deposits as well as the degree of risk the institution poses to the insurance fund. Under a risk-based assessment system required by the FDICIA, FDIC-insured depository institutions pay quarterly insurance premiums at rates based on their risk classification. Institutions assigned to higher-risk classifications (that is, institutions that pose a greater risk of loss to their respective deposit insurance funds) pay assessments at higher rates than institutions that pose a lower risk. An institutions risk classification is assigned based on its capital levels and the level of supervisory concern the institution poses to regulators. An institutions risk assignment includes assignment to Risk Category I, II, III, or IV, and, within Risk Category I, assignment to an assessment rate or rates.
Assessment rates range from 5 to 7 basis points for Risk Category I institutions, 10 basis points for Risk Category II institutions, 28 basis points for Risk Category III institutions, and 43 basis points for Risk Category IV institutions. Institutions with $1 billion or more in assets have its assessment base determined using average daily balances, as opposed to utilizing quarter-end balances. Institutions with less than $1 billion in assets have the option of continuing to use quarter-end balances to determine their assessment bases. Assessments are paid quarterly by all institutions and are based upon the assessment base that an institution reports at the end of that quarter. Risk assessments remain in effect for future assessment periods until changed by the FDIC.
Brokered Deposit Restrictions. Adequately capitalized institutions cannot accept, renew or roll over brokered deposits except with a waiver from the FDIC, and are subject to restrictions on the interest rates that can be paid on such deposits. Undercapitalized institutions may not accept, renew, or roll over brokered deposits.
Cross-Guarantee Provisions. The Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery and Enforcement Act of 1989 (FIRREA) contains a cross-guarantee provision which generally makes commonly controlled insured depository institutions liable to the FDIC for any losses incurred in connection with the failure of a commonly controlled depository institution.
Community Reinvestment Act. The CRA and the regulations issued thereunder are intended to encourage banks to help meet the credit needs of their service area, including low and moderate income neighborhoods, consistent with the safe and sound operations of the banks. These regulations also provide for regulatory assessment of a banks record in meeting the needs of its service area when considering applications to establish branches, merger applications and applications to acquire the assets and assume the liabilities of another bank. FIRREA requires federal banking agencies to make public a rating of a banks performance under the CRA. In the case of a bank holding company, the CRA performance record of the banks involved in the transaction are reviewed in connection with the filing of an application to acquire ownership or control of shares or assets of a bank or to merge with any other bank holding company. An unsatisfactory record can substantially delay or block the transaction.
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, among others. 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.
Anti-Money Laundering and Anti-Terrorism Legislation. Congress enacted the Bank Secrecy Act of 1970 (BSA) to require financial institutions, including the Company and the Bank, to maintain certain records and to report certain transactions to prevent such institutions from being used to hide money derived from criminal activity and tax evasion. The BSA establishes, among other things, (1) record keeping requirements to assist government enforcement agencies in tracing financial transactions and flow of funds; (2) reporting requirements for Suspicious Activity Reports and Currency Transaction Reports to assist government enforcement agencies in detecting patterns of criminal activity; (3) enforcement provisions authorizing criminal and civil penalties for illegal activities and violations of the BSA and its implementing regulations; and (4) safe harbor provisions that protect financial institutions from civil liability for their cooperative efforts.
Title III of the Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism Act of 2001 (Patriot Act) enacted in October 2001 amended the BSA and incorporates anti-terrorist financing provisions into the requirements of the BSA and its implementing regulations. Among other things, the Patriot Act requires all financial institutions, including the Company and the Bank, to institute and maintain a risk-based anti-money laundering compliance program that (i) includes a customer identification program, (ii) provides for information sharing with law enforcement and between certain financial institutions by means of an exemption from the privacy provisions of the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act, (iii) prohibits U.S. banks and broker-dealers from maintaining accounts with foreign shell banks, (iv) establishes due diligence and enhanced due diligence requirements for certain foreign correspondent banking and foreign private banking accounts and (v) imposes additional record keeping requirements for certain correspondent banking arrangements. The Patriot Act also grants broad authority to the Secretary of the Treasury to take actions to
combat money laundering, and federal bank regulators are required to evaluate the effectiveness of an applicant in combating money laundering in determining whether to approve any application submitted by a financial
institution. The Company and the Bank have adopted policies, procedures and controls designed to comply with the BSA and the Patriot Act.
The Department of the Treasurys Office of Foreign Asset Control (OFAC) administers and enforces economic and trade sanctions against targeted foreign countries, entities and individuals based on U.S. foreign policy and national security goals. As a result, financial institutions, including the Company and the Bank, must scrutinize transactions to ensure that they do not represent obligations of, or ownership interests in, entities owned or controlled by sanctioned targets. In addition, the Company and the Bank restrict transactions with certain targeted countries except as permitted by OFAC.
Privacy. In addition to expanding the activities in which banks and bank holding companies may engage, the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act also imposed new requirements on financial institutions with respect to customer privacy. The Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act generally prohibits disclosure of customer information to non-affiliated third parties unless the customer has been given the opportunity to object and has not objected to such disclosure. Financial institutions are further required to disclose their privacy policies to customers annually. Financial institutions, however, will be required to comply with state law if it is more protective of customer privacy than the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act.
From time to time, various legislative and regulatory initiatives are introduced in Congress and State Legislatures. Such initiatives may change banking statutes and the operating environment of the Company and its banking subsidiaries in substantial and unpredictable ways. The Company cannot determine the ultimate effect that any potential legislation, if enacted, or implementing regulations with respect thereto, would have, upon the financial condition or results of operations of the Company or its subsidiaries. A change in statutes, regulations or regulatory policies applicable to the Company or any of its subsidiaries could have a material effect on the financial condition, results of operations or business of the Company and its subsidiaries.
Enforcement Powers of Federal and State Banking Agencies
The 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 and their subsidiaries, as well as officers, directors, and other institution-affiliated parties of these organizations, to administrative sanctions and potentially substantial civil money penalties. In addition to the grounds discussed above under The BankCorrective Measures for Capital Deficiencies, 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. The Texas Department of Banking also has broad enforcement powers over the Bank, including the power to impose orders, remove officers and directors, impose fines and appoint supervisors and conservators.
Effect on Economic Environment
The policies of regulatory authorities, including the monetary policy of the Federal Reserve Board, have a significant effect on the operating results of bank holding companies and their subsidiaries. Among the means available to the Federal Reserve Board to affect the money supply are open market operations in U.S. government securities, changes in the discount rate on member bank borrowings, and changes in reserve
requirements against member bank deposits. These means are used in varying combinations to influence overall growth and distribution of bank loans, investments and deposits, and their use may affect interest rates charged on loans or paid for deposits.
Federal Reserve Board monetary policies have materially affected the operating results of commercial banks in the past and are expected to continue to do so in the future. The nature of future monetary policies and the effect of such policies on the business and earnings of the Company and its subsidiaries cannot be predicted.
ITEM 1A. RISK FACTORS
An investment in the Companys Common Stock involves risks. The following is a description of the material risks and uncertainties that the Company believes affect its business and an investment in the Common Stock. Additional risks and uncertainties that the Company is unaware of, or that it currently deems immaterial, also may become important factors that affect the Company and its business. If any of the risks described in this annual report on Form 10-K were to occur, the Companys financial condition, results of operations and cash flows could be materially and adversely affected. If this were to happen, the value of the Common Stock could decline significantly and you could lose all or part of your investment.
Risks Associated with the Companys Business
If the Company is not able to continue its historical levels of growth, it may not be able to maintain its historical earnings trends.
To achieve its past levels of growth, the Company has initiated internal growth programs and completed a number of acquisitions. The Company may not be able to sustain its historical rate of growth or may not be able to grow at all. In addition, the Company may not be able to obtain the financing necessary to fund additional growth and may not be able to find suitable candidates for acquisition. Various factors, such as economic conditions and competition, may impede or prohibit the opening of new banking centers. Further, the Company may be unable to attract and retain experienced bankers, which could adversely affect its internal growth. If the Company is not able to continue its historical levels of growth, it may not be able to maintain its historical earnings trends.
If the Company is unable to manage its growth effectively, its operations could be negatively affected.
Companies that experience rapid growth face various risks and difficulties, including:
In addition, in order to manage its growth and maintain adequate information and reporting systems within its organization, the Company must identify, hire and retain additional qualified employees, particularly in the accounting and operational areas of its business.
If the Company does not manage its growth effectively, its business, financial condition, results of operations and future prospects could be negatively affected, and the Company may not be able to continue to implement its business strategy and successfully conduct its operations.
If the Company is unable to identify and acquire other financial institutions and successfully integrate its acquired businesses, its business and earnings may be negatively affected.
The market for acquisitions remains highly competitive, and the Company may be unable to find acquisition candidates in the future that fit its acquisition and growth strategy. To the extent that the Company is unable to find suitable acquisition candidates, an important component of its growth strategy may be lost.
Acquisitions of financial institutions involve operational risks and uncertainties and acquired companies may have unforeseen liabilities, exposure to asset quality problems, key employee and customer retention problems and other problems that could negatively affect the Companys organization. The Company may not be able to complete future acquisitions and, if completed, the Company may not be able to successfully integrate the operations, management, products and services of the entities that it acquires and eliminate redundancies. The integration process could result in the loss of key employees or disruption of the combined entitys ongoing business or inconsistencies in standards, controls, procedures and policies that adversely affect the Companys ability to maintain relationships with customers and employees or achieve the anticipated benefits of the transaction. The integration process may also require significant time and attention from the Companys management that they would otherwise direct at servicing existing business and developing new business. The Companys failure to successfully integrate the entities it acquires into its existing operations may increase its operating costs significantly and adversely affect its business and earnings.
The Companys dependence on loans secured by real estate subjects it to risks relating to fluctuations in the real estate market and related interest rates and legislation that could require additional capital and could adversely affect its financial condition, results of operations and cash flows.
Approximately 80% of the Companys total loans as of December 31, 2007 consisted of loans included in the real estate loan portfolio. The real estate collateral in each case provides an alternate source of repayment in the event of default by the borrower and may deteriorate in value during the time the credit is extended. A weakening of the real estate market in the Companys primary market areas could have an adverse effect on the demand for new loans, the ability of borrowers to repay outstanding loans, the value of real estate and other collateral securing the loans and the value of real estate owned by the Company. If real estate values decline, it is also more likely that the Company would be required to increase its allowance for credit losses, which could adversely affect its financial condition, results of operations and cash flows.
As of December 31, 2007, the Company had $683.2 million or 21.7% of total loans in construction and land development loans. Construction loans are subject to risks during the construction phase that are not present in standard residential real estate and commercial real estate loans. These risks include:
Real estate construction loans also present risks of default in the event of declines in property values or volatility in the real estate market during the construction phase. If the Company is forced to foreclose on a project prior to completion, it may not be able to recover the entire unpaid portion of the loan, may be required to fund additional amounts to complete a project and may have to hold the property for an indeterminate amount of time. If any of these risks were to occur, it could adversely affect the Companys financial condition, results of operations and cash flows.
In December 2006, banking regulators issued guidance regarding high concentrations of commercial and real estate construction loans within bank loan portfolios. The guidance requires institutions that exceed certain levels of real estate lending to maintain higher capital ratios than institutions with lower concentrations if they do
not have appropriate risk management policies and practices in place. If there is any deterioration in the Companys commercial mortgage or construction and land development portfolios or if its regulators conclude that the Company has not implemented appropriate risk management policies and practices, it could adversely affect the Companys business and result in a requirement of increased capital levels, and such capital may not be available at that time.
The Companys business is subject to interest rate risk and fluctuations in interest rates may adversely affect its earnings and capital levels.
The majority of the Companys assets are monetary in nature and, as a result, the Company is subject to significant risk from changes in interest rates. Changes in interest rates can impact the Companys net interest income as well as the valuation of its assets and liabilities. The Companys earnings and cash flows are significantly dependent on its net interest income. Net interest income is the difference between the interest income earned on loans, investment securities and other interest-earning assets and the interest expense paid on deposits, borrowings and other interest-bearing liabilities. Therefore, any change in general market interest rates, such as a change in the monetary policy of the Federal Reserve Board or otherwise, can have a significant effect on the Companys net interest income. The Companys assets and liabilities may react differently to changes in overall market rates or conditions because there may be mismatches between the repricing or maturity characteristics of the assets and liabilities.
The Companys profitability depends significantly on local economic conditions.
The Companys success depends primarily on the general economic conditions of the primary markets in Texas in which it operates. Unlike larger banks that are more geographically diversified, the Company provides banking and financial services to customers primarily in the greater Houston, Dallas and the central, north central, south central and southeast areas of Texas. The local economic conditions in these areas have a significant impact on the Companys commercial, real estate and construction and land development loans, the ability of its borrowers to repay their loans and the value of the collateral securing these loans. In addition, if the population or income growth in the Companys market areas is slower than projected, income levels, deposits and housing starts could be adversely affected and could result in a reduction of the Companys expansion, growth and profitability. If the Companys market areas experience a downturn or a recession for a prolonged period of time, the Company would likely experience significant increases in nonperforming loans, which could lead to operating losses, impaired liquidity and eroding capital. A significant decline in general economic conditions, caused by inflation, recession, acts of terrorism, outbreak of hostilities or other international or domestic calamities, unemployment or other factors could impact these local economic conditions and negatively affect the Companys financial results.
The Companys allowance for credit losses may not be sufficient to cover actual credit losses, which could adversely affect its earnings.
As a lender, the Company is exposed to the risk that its loan customers may not repay their loans according to the terms of these loans and the collateral securing the payment of these loans may be insufficient to fully compensate the Company for the outstanding balance of the loan plus the costs to dispose of the collateral. Management makes various assumptions and judgments about the collectibility of the Companys loan portfolio, including the diversification by industry of its commercial loan portfolio, the amount of nonperforming loans and related collateral, the volume, growth and composition of its loan portfolio, the effects on the loan portfolio of current economic indicators and their probable impact on borrowers and the evaluation of its loan portfolio through its internal loan review process and other relevant factors.
The Company maintains an allowance for credit losses in an attempt to cover credit losses inherent in its loan portfolio. Additional credit losses will likely occur in the future and may occur at a rate greater than the Company has experienced to date. In determining the size of the allowance, the Company relies on an analysis of
its loan portfolio, its historical loss experience and its evaluation of general economic conditions. If the Companys assumptions prove to be incorrect or if it experiences significant loan losses, its current allowance may not be sufficient to cover actual loan losses and adjustments may be necessary to allow for different economic conditions or adverse developments in its loan portfolio. A material addition to the allowance could cause net income to decrease.
In addition, federal and state regulators periodically review the Companys allowance for credit losses and may require the Company to increase its provision for credit losses or recognize further charge-offs, based on judgments different than those of the Companys management. Any increase in the Companys allowance for credit losses or charge-offs as required by these regulatory agencies could have a material adverse effect on the Companys operating results, financial condition and cash flows.
The Companys small to medium-sized business target market may have fewer financial resources to weather a downturn in the economy.
The Company targets its business development and marketing strategy primarily to serve the banking and financial services needs of small to medium-sized businesses. These small to medium-sized businesses generally have fewer financial resources in terms of capital or borrowing capacity than larger entities, may be more vulnerable to economic downturns, often need substantial additional capital to expand or compete and may experience significant volatility in operating results. Any one or more of these factors may impair the borrowers ability to repay a loan. In addition, the success of a small to medium-sized business often depends on the management talents and efforts of one or two persons or a small group of persons, and the death, disability or resignation of one or more of these persons could have a material adverse impact on the business and its ability to repay a loan. Economic downturns and other events that negatively impact the Companys market areas could cause the Company to incur substantial credit losses that could negatively affect the Companys results of operations, financial condition and cash flows may be negatively affected.
An interruption in or breach in security of the Companys information systems may result in a loss of customer business and have an adverse affect on the Companys results of operations, financial condition and cash flows.
The Company relies heavily on communications and information systems to conduct its business. Any failure, interruption or breach in security of these systems could result in failures or disruptions in the Companys customer relationship management, general ledger, deposits, servicing or loan origination systems. Although the Company has policies and procedures designed to prevent or minimize the effect of a failure, interruption or breach in security of its communications or information systems, there can be no assurance that any such failures, interruptions or security breaches will not occur, or if they do occur, that they will be adequately addressed by the Company. The occurrence of any such failures, interruptions or security breaches could result in a loss of customer business and have a negative effect on the Companys results of operations, financial condition and cash flows.
The business of the Company is dependent on technology and the Companys inability to invest in technological improvements may adversely affect its results of operations, financial condition and cash flows.
The financial services industry is undergoing rapid technological changes with frequent introductions of new technology driven products and services. In addition to better serving customers, the effective use of technology increases efficiency and enables financial institutions to reduce costs. The Companys future success depends in part upon its ability to address the needs of its customers by using technology to provide products and services that will satisfy customer demands for convenience as well as create additional efficiencies in its operations. Many of the Companys competitors have substantially greater resources to invest in technological improvements. The Company may not be able to effectively implement new technology driven products and
services or be successful in marketing these products and services to its customers, which may negatively affect the Companys results of operations, financial condition and cash flows.
The Company operates in a highly regulated environment and, as a result, is subject to extensive regulation and supervision and changes in federal, state and local laws and regulations could adversely affect its financial performance.
The Company and the Bank are subject to extensive regulation, supervision and examination by federal and state banking authorities. Any change in applicable regulations or federal or state legislation could have a substantial impact on the Company, its subsidiary bank, and their respective operations. Additional legislation and regulations may be enacted or adopted in the future that could significantly affect the Companys powers, authority and operations, or the powers, authority and operations of the Bank, which could have a material adverse effect on the Companys financial condition and results of operations. Further, regulators have significant discretion and power to prevent or remedy unsafe or unsound practices or violations of laws by banks and bank holding companies in the performance of their supervisory and enforcement duties. The exercise of this regulatory discretion and power may have a negative impact on the Company.
Risks Associated with the Companys Common Stock
The Companys corporate organizational documents and the provisions of Texas law to which it is subject may delay or prevent a change in control of the Company that you may favor.
The Companys amended and restated articles of incorporation and amended and restated bylaws contain various provisions which may delay, discourage or prevent an attempted acquisition or change of control of the Company. These provisions include:
The Companys articles of incorporation provide for noncumulative voting for directors and authorize the board of directors to issue shares of its preferred stock without shareholder approval and upon such terms as the board of directors may determine. The issuance of the Companys preferred stock could have the effect of making it more difficult for a third party to acquire, or of discouraging a third party from acquiring, a controlling interest in the Company. In addition, certain provisions of Texas law, including a provision which restricts certain business combinations between a Texas corporation and certain affiliated shareholders, may delay, discourage or prevent an attempted acquisition or change in control of the Company.
The holders of the Companys junior subordinated debentures have rights that are senior to those of the Companys shareholders.
As of December 31, 2007, the Company had $112.9 million in junior subordinated debentures outstanding that were issued to the Companys unconsolidated subsidiary trusts. The subsidiary trusts purchased the junior subordinated debentures from the Company using the proceeds from the sale of trust preferred securities to third party investors. Payments of the principal and interest on the trust preferred securities are conditionally
guaranteed by the Company to the extent not paid or made by each trust, provided the trust has funds available for such obligations.
The junior subordinated debentures are senior to the Companys shares of Common Stock. As a result, the Company must make interest payments on the junior subordinated debentures (and the related trust preferred securities) before any dividends can be paid on its Common Stock and, in the event of the Companys bankruptcy, dissolution or liquidation, the holders of the debentures must be satisfied before any distributions can be made to the holders of the Common Stock. Additionally, the Company has the right to defer periodic distributions on the junior subordinated debentures (and the related trust preferred securities) for up to five years, during which time the Company would be prohibited from paying dividends on its Common Stock. The Companys ability to pay the future distributions depends upon the earnings of the Bank and dividends from the Bank to the Company, which may be inadequate to service the obligations.
ITEM 2. PROPERTIES
As of December 31, 2007, the Company conducted business at one hundred twenty-four (124) full-service banking centers and one (1) loan production office. The Companys headquarters are located at Prosperity Bank Plaza, 4295 San Felipe, in the Galleria area in Houston, Texas. The Company owns all of the buildings in which its banking centers are located other than those listed below. The expiration dates of the leases range from 2008 to 2015 and do not include renewal periods which may be available at the Companys option.
The following table sets forth specific information regarding the banking centers located in each of the Companys geographical market areas at December 31, 2007:
ITEM 3. LEGAL PROCEEDINGS
Neither the Company nor the Bank is currently a party to any material legal proceeding.
ITEM 4. SUBMISSION OF MATTERS TO A VOTE OF SECURITY HOLDERS
No matters were submitted to a vote of the Companys security holders during the fourth quarter of 2007.
ITEM 5. MARKET FOR REGISTRANTS COMMON EQUITY, RELATED SHAREHOLDER MATTERS AND ISSUER PURCHASES OF EQUITY SECURITIES
Common Stock Market Prices
The Companys Common Stock is listed on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol PRSP. As of February 26, 2008, there were 44,195,710 shares outstanding and 2,197 shareholders of record. The number of beneficial owners is unknown to the Company at this time.
The following table presents the high and low intra-day sales prices for the Common Stock as reported by NASDAQ during the two years ended December 31, 2007:
Holders of Common Stock are entitled to receive dividends when, as and if declared by the Companys Board of Directors out of funds legally available therefor. While the Company has declared dividends on its Common Stock since 1994, and paid quarterly dividends aggregating $0.4625 per share in 2007 and $0.4125 share in 2006, there is no assurance that the Company will continue to pay dividends in the future. Future dividends on the Common Stock will depend upon the Companys earnings and financial condition, liquidity and capital requirements, the general economic and regulatory climate, the Companys ability to service any equity or debt obligations senior to the Common Stock and other factors deemed relevant by the board of directors of the Company.
As a holding company, the Company is ultimately dependent upon its subsidiaries to provide funding for its operating expenses, debt service and dividends. Various banking laws applicable to the Bank limit the payment of dividends and other distributions by the Bank to the Company, and may therefore limit the Companys ability to pay dividends on its Common Stock. If required payments on the Companys outstanding junior subordinated debentures held by its unconsolidated subsidiary trusts are not made or suspended, the Company will be prohibited from paying dividends on its Common Stock. Regulatory authorities could impose administratively stricter limitations on the ability of the Bank to pay dividends to the Company if such limits were deemed appropriate to preserve certain capital adequacy requirements.
The cash dividends declared per share by quarter (and paid on the first business day of the subsequent quarter) for the Companys last two fiscal years were as follows:
Recent Sales of Unregistered Securities
Securities Authorized for Issuance under Equity Compensation Plans
As of December 31, 2007, the Company had outstanding stock options granted under three stock option plans, all of which were approved by the Companys shareholders. As of such date, the Company also had outstanding stock options granted under stock option plans that it assumed in connection with various acquisition transactions. The following table provides information as of December 31, 2007 regarding the Companys equity compensation plans under which the Companys equity securities are authorized for issuance:
Purchases of Equity Securities by the Issuer and Affiliated Purchasers
The following Performance Graph compares the cumulative total shareholder return on the Companys Common Stock for the period beginning at the close of trading on December 31, 2002 to December 31, 2007, with the cumulative total return of the S&P 500 Total Return Index and the Nasdaq Bank Index for the same period. Dividend reinvestment has been assumed. The Performance Graph assumes $100 invested on December 31, 2002 in the Companys Common Stock, the S&P 500 Total Return Index and the Nasdaq Bank Index. The historical stock price performance for the Companys Common Stock shown on the graph below is not necessarily indicative of future stock performance.
Comparison of 5 year Cumulative Total Return
Prosperity Bancshares, Inc., the S&P 500 Index
and the Nasdaq Bank Index
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ITEM 6. SELECTED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL DATA
The following selected consolidated financial data of the Company for, and as of the end of, each of the years in the five-year period ended December 31, 2007 is derived from and should be read in conjunction with the Companys consolidated financial statements and the notes thereto appearing elsewhere in this Annual Report on Form 10-K.
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ITEM 7. MANAGEMENTS DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS OF FINANCIAL CONDITION AND RESULTS OF OPERATIONS
Special Cautionary Notice Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
Statements and financial discussion and analysis contained in this annual report on Form 10-K that are not statements of historical fact constitute forward-looking statements made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements are based on assumptions and involve a number of risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond the Companys control. Many possible events or factors could affect the future financial results and performance of the Company and could cause such results or performance to differ materially from those expressed in the forward-looking statements. These possible events or factors include, but are not limited to:
A forward-looking statement may include a statement of the assumptions or bases underlying the forward-looking statement. The Company believes it has chosen these assumptions or bases in good faith and that they are
reasonable. However, the Company cautions you that assumptions or bases almost always vary from actual results, and the differences between assumptions or bases and actual results can be material. Therefore, the Company cautions you not to place undue reliance on its forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements are made as of the date the statement is made. The Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update or otherwise revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.
Managements Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations analyzes the major elements of the Companys balance sheets and statements of income. This section should be read in conjunction with the Companys consolidated financial statements and accompanying notes and other detailed information appearing elsewhere in this Annual Report on Form 10-K.
For the Years Ended December 31, 2007, 2006 and 2005
The Company generates the majority of its revenues from interest income on loans, service charges on customer accounts and income from investment in securities. The revenues are partially offset by interest expense paid on deposits and other borrowings and non-interest expenses such as administrative and occupancy expenses. Net interest income is the difference between interest income on earning assets such as loans and securities and interest expense on liabilities such as deposits and borrowings which are used to fund those assets. Net interest income is the Companys largest source of revenue. The level of interest rates and the volume and mix of earning assets and interest-bearing liabilities impact net interest income and margin. The Company has recognized increased net interest income due primarily to an increase in the volume of interest-earning assets.
Three principal components of the Companys growth strategy are internal growth, stringent cost control practices and strategic merger transactions. The Company focuses on continual internal growth. Each banking center is operated as a separate profit center, maintaining separate data with respect to its net interest income, efficiency ratio, deposit growth, loan growth and overall profitability. Banking center presidents and managers are accountable for performance in these areas and compensated accordingly. The Company also focuses on maintaining stringent cost control practices and policies. The Company has invested significantly in the infrastructure required to centralize many of its critical operations, such as data processing and loan processing. Management believes that this centralized infrastructure can accommodate substantial additional growth while enabling the Company to minimize operational costs through certain economies of scale. The Company also intends to continue to seek expansion opportunities. During 2005, twenty-seven (27) banking centers were acquired in the acquisition of First Capital Bankers, Inc. (the First Capital acquisition) on March 1, 2005, two of which was subsequently closed and consolidated into existing banking centers of the Company. Two (2) additional banking centers were acquired in the acquisition of Grapeland Bancshares, Inc. (the Grapeland acquisition) on December 1, 2005. On April 1, 2006, the Company acquired SNB Bancshares, Inc. (the SNB Bancshares acquisition) which added five (5) banking centers. At the time of acquisition, SNB had an additional banking office under construction in Katy, Texas, which became a full-service banking center of the Company upon completion in July 2006. During 2007, forty-one (41) banking centers were acquired in the acquisition of Texas United Bancshares, Inc. (the TXUI acquisition). The acquisition of The Bank of Navasota, N.A. (the Navasota acquisition) was completed on September 1, 2007 and added one (1) banking center.
Net income was $84.2 million, $61.7 million and $47.9 million for the years ended December 31, 2007, 2006 and 2005, respectively, and diluted earnings per share were $1.94, $1.94 and $1.77, respectively, for these same periods. Net income growth during both 2007 and 2006 resulted principally from an increase in loan volume and acquisitions, including the TXUI acquisition in January 2007 and the SNB acquisition in April 2006. Net income growth during 2005 also resulted principally from an increase in loan volume and acquisitions, including the First Capital acquisition. The Company posted returns on average assets of 1.38%, 1.44% and 1.42% and returns on average equity of 8.09%, 10.24% and 11.56% for the years ended December 31, 2007,
2006 and 2005, respectively. The Companys efficiency ratio was 46.29% in 2007, 45.29% in 2006 and 48.93% in 2005. The efficiency ratio is calculated by dividing total noninterest expense (excluding credit loss provisions) by net interest income plus noninterest income (excluding net gains and losses on the sale of securities and assets and impairment write-down on securities). Additionally, taxes are not part of this calculation.
The Company recognized an other-than-temporary impairment charge of $10.0 million pre-tax ($6.5 million after tax) on Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation (FHLMC or Freddie Mac) and on Federal National Mortgage Association (FNMA or Fannie Mae) government sponsored, investment grade perpetual callable preferred securities. The other-than-temporary-impairment charge was recorded on six perpetual preferred stock issues classified as available for sale investment securities with a total book value (prior to recognition of the impairment charge) of $24.0 million. The Company reclassified the unrealized mark-to-market loss on these investment grade securities to an other-than-temporary impairment charge because of the recent significant decline in the market value of these securities and because management believes it is unlikely that these securities will recover their original book value within a reasonable amount of time. Both FHLMC and FNMA securities were investment grade at the time of purchase and remain investment grade with ratings of AA- by S&P and Aa3 by Moodys. The securities continue to perform according to their contractual terms and all dividend payments are current. Market value decreases on available for sale securities which are not other-than-temporary are recorded as an unrealized mark-to-market loss and reflected as a reduction to shareholders equity through other comprehensive income. Accordingly, the reclassification of the unrealized after tax loss to an other-than-temporary impairment non-cash charge did not affect shareholders equity or tangible shareholders equity.
Total assets at December 31, 2007 and 2006 were $6.372 billion and $4.587 billion, respectively. Total deposits at December 31, 2007 and 2006 were $4.966 billion and $3.726 billion, respectively. Total loans were $3.143 billion at December 31, 2007, an increase of $966.5 million or 44.4% compared with $2.177 billion at December 31, 2006. At December 31, 2007, the Company had $5.1 million in nonperforming loans and its allowance for credit losses was $32.5 million compared with $948,000 in nonperforming loans and an allowance for credit losses of $24.0 million at December 31, 2006. Shareholders equity was $1.127 billion and $664.4 million at December 31, 2007 and 2006, respectively.
Acquisition of Branches of Banco Popular North America
On January 10, 2008, the Company completed its acquisition of six (6) Houston retail branches from Banco Popular North America. In connection with the acquisition, the Company assumed approximately $125.0 million in deposits. Since January 11, 2008, all six (6) locations have been operating as full service banking centers of Prosperity Bank.
Acquisition of 1st Choice Bancorp, Inc.
On February 7, 2008, the Company announced the signing of a definitive agreement to acquire 1st Choice Bancorp, Inc and its wholly- owned subsidiary, 1st Choice Bank. 1st Choice Bancorp operates two (2) banking offices in Houston, Texas, with one location in South Houston and another in the Heights area. Prosperitys Heights banking center will be consolidated with the 1st Choice Bancorp Heights location, with the resulting banking center being located in 1st Choices Heights banking office. As of December 31, 2007, 1st Choice Bancorp had, on a consolidated basis, total assets of $303.1 million, loans of $190.7 million and deposits of $273.3 million. Under the terms of the definitive agreement, Prosperity will issue approximately 1,757,813 shares of Prosperity common stock plus approximately $18,750,000 in cash for all outstanding shares of 1st Choice Bancorp capital stock, subject to decrease in the event 1st Choice Bancorps equity capital is less than $26.0 million.
Critical Accounting Policies
The Companys significant accounting policies are integral to understanding the results reported. The Companys accounting policies are described in detail in Note 1 to the consolidated financial statements. The Company believes that of its significant accounting policies, the following may involve a higher degree of judgment and complexity:
Allowance for Credit LossesThe allowance for credit losses is established through charges to earnings in the form of a provision for credit losses. Management has established an allowance for credit losses which it believes is adequate for estimated losses in the Companys loan portfolio. Based on an evaluation of the loan portfolio, management presents a monthly review of the allowance for credit losses to the Banks Board of Directors, indicating any change in the allowance since the last review and any recommendations as to adjustments in the allowance. In making its evaluation, management considers factors such as historical loan loss experience, industry diversification of the Companys commercial loan portfolio, the amount of nonperforming assets and related collateral, the volume, growth and composition of the Companys loan portfolio, current economic changes that may affect the borrowers ability to pay and the value of collateral, the evaluation of the Companys loan portfolio through its internal loan review process and other relevant factors. Portions of the allowance may be allocated for specific credits; however, the entire allowance is available for any credit that, in managements judgment, should be charged off. Charge-offs occur when loans are deemed to be uncollectible. The allowance for credit losses includes allowance allocations calculated in accordance with Statement of Financial Accounting Standards (SFAS) No. 114, Accounting by Creditors for Impairment of a Loan, as amended by SFAS 118, and allowance allocations determined in accordance with SFAS No. 5, Accounting for Contingencies.
Goodwill and Intangible AssetsGoodwill and intangible assets that have indefinite useful lives are subject to an impairment test at least annually and more frequently if circumstances indicate their value may not be recoverable. Goodwill is tested for impairment using a two-step process that begins with an estimation of the fair value of each of the Companys reporting units compared with its carrying value. If the carrying amount exceeds the fair value of a reporting unit, a second test is completed comparing the implied fair value of the reporting units goodwill to its carrying value to measure the amount of impairment. Intangible assets that are not amortized will be tested for impairment at least annually by comparing the fair values of those assets to their carrying values. Other identifiable intangible assets that are subject to amortization are amortized on an accelerated basis over the years expected to be benefited, which the Company believes is between eight and ten years. These amortizable intangible assets are reviewed for impairment if circumstances indicate their value may not be recoverable based on a comparison of fair value to carrying value. Based on the Companys annual goodwill impairment test as of September 30, 2007, management does not believe any of its goodwill is impaired as of December 31, 2007. While the Company believes no impairment existed at December 31, 2007 under accounting standards applicable at that date, different conditions or assumptions, or changes in cash flows or profitability, if significantly negative or unfavorable, could have a material adverse effect on the outcome of the Companys impairment evaluation and financial condition or future results of operations.
Stock-Based CompensationThe Company adopted the provisions of SFAS No. 123R Share-Based Payment (Revised 2004), on January 1, 2006 and its adoption did not have a material impact on the Companys financial statements. The Company had previously adopted SFAS No. 123 on January 1, 2003. Among other things, SFAS No. 123R eliminates the ability to account for stock-based compensation using the intrinsic value based method of accounting and requires that such transactions be recognized as compensation expense in the income statement based on their fair values on the date of the grant. SFAS No. 123R requires that management make assumptions including stock price volatility and employee turnover that are utilized to measure compensation expense. The fair value of stock options granted is estimated at the date of grant using the Black-Scholes option-pricing model. This model requires the input of subjective assumptions.
Valuation of SecuritiesThe Companys available for sale securities portfolio is reported at fair value. When the fair value of a security is below its amortized cost, and depending on the length of time the condition
exists and the extent the fair value is below amortized cost, additional analysis is performed to determine whether an impairment exists. Available for sale and held to maturity securities are analyzed quarterly for possible other-than-temporary impairment. The analysis considers the financial condition and near-term prospects of the issuer, as well as the value of any security we may have in the investment. Often, the information available to conduct these assessments is limited and rapidly changing, making estimates of fair value subject to judgment. If actual information or conditions are different than estimated, the extent of the impairment of the security may be different than previously estimated, which could have a material effect on the Companys results of operations and financial condition.
Results of Operations
Net Interest Income
The Companys operating results depend primarily on its net interest income, which is the difference between interest income on interest-earning assets, including securities and loans, and interest expense incurred on interest-bearing liabilities, including deposits and other borrowed funds. Interest rate fluctuations, as well as changes in the amount and type of earning assets and liabilities, combine to affect net interest income. The Companys net interest income is affected by changes in the amount and mix of interest-earning assets and interest-bearing liabilities, referred to as a volume change. It is also affected by changes in yields earned on interest-earning assets and rates paid on interest-bearing deposits and other borrowed funds, referred to as a rate change.
2007 versus 2006. Net interest income before the provision for credit losses for the year ended December 31, 2007 was $200.4 million compared with $138.1 million for the year ended December 31, 2006, an increase of $62.3 million or 45.1%. The improvement in net interest income for 2007 was principally due to a $1.332 billion or 36.2% increase in average interest-earning assets to $5.014 billion at December 31, 2007 compared with $3.682 billion at December 31 2006. The increase in average interest-earning assets was primarily due to the TXUI acquisition. The improvement in net interest income for 2007 was also partially due to an increase in the yield on interest-earning assets. The rate paid on interest-bearing liabilities increased 37 basis points from 3.26% for the year ended December 31, 2006 to 3.63% for the year ended December 31, 2007 and total yield on interest-earning assets increased 50 basis points from 6.29% at December 31, 2006 to 6.79% at December 31, 2007. At December 31, 2007, period end demand deposits represented an important component of funding sources and was 23.5% of total period end deposits compared with 22.4% at December 31, 2006.
Net interest margin on a tax equivalent basis, defined as net interest income divided by average interest-earning assets, for 2007 was 4.06%, up 26 basis points from 3.80% for 2006. The increase was primarily due to the TXUI acquisition.
2006 versus 2005. Net interest income before the provision for credit losses for the year ended December 31, 2006 was $138.1 million compared with $110.9 million for the year ended December 31, 2005, an increase of $27.2 million or 24.6%. The improvement in net interest income for 2006 was principally due to a $732.8 million or 24.8% increase in average interest-earning assets to $3.682 billion at December 31, 2006 from $2.949 billion at December 31 2005. The increase in average interest-earning assets was primarily due to the SNB acquisition. The improvement in net interest income for 2006 was also partially due to an increase in the yield on interest-earning assets. The rate paid on interest-bearing liabilities increased 105 basis points from 2.21% for the year ended December 31, 2005 to 3.26% for the year ended December 31, 2006 and total yield on interest-earning assets increased 79 basis points from 5.50% at December 31, 2005 to 6.29% at December 31, 2006. At December 31, 2006, period end demand deposits represented an important component of funding sources and was 22.4% of total period end deposits compared with 23.1% at December 31, 2005.
Net interest margin on a tax equivalent basis for 2006 was 3.80%, down 1 basis point from 3.81% for 2005.
The following table presents, for the periods indicated, the total dollar amount of average balances, interest income from average interest-earning assets and the resultant yields, as well as the interest expense on average interest-bearing liabilities, expressed both in dollars and rates. Except as indicated in the footnotes, no tax-equivalent adjustments were made and all average balances are daily average balances. Any nonaccruing loans have been included in the table as loans carrying a zero yield.
The following table presents information regarding the dollar amount of changes in interest income and interest expense for the periods indicated for each major component of interest-earning assets and interest-bearing liabilities and distinguishes between the changes attributable to changes in volume and changes in interest rates. For purposes of this table, changes attributable to both rate and volume which cannot be segregated have been allocated to rate.
Provision for Credit Losses
The Companys provision for credit losses is established through charges to income in the form of the provision in order to bring the Companys allowance for credit losses to a level deemed appropriate by management based on the factors discussed under Financial ConditionAllowance for Credit Losses. The allowance for credit losses at December 31, 2007 was $32.5 million, representing 1.04% of outstanding loans as of such date. The provision for credit losses for the year ended December 31, 2007 was $760,000 compared with $504,000 for the year ended December 31, 2006. Net charge-offs for the year ended December 31, 2007 were $5.6 million compared with $771,000 in net charge-offs for the year ended December 31, 2006. The increased charge-offs were mainly due to the TXUI acquisition. The provision for credit losses for the year ended December 31, 2006 was $504,000 compared with $480,000 for the year ended December 31, 2005. Net charge-offs for the year ended December 31, 2005 were $410,000.
The Companys primary sources of recurring noninterest income are service charges on deposit accounts and other banking service related fees. Noninterest income does not include loan origination fees which are recognized over the life of the related loan as an adjustment to yield using the interest method. Banking related service fees include check cashing fees, official check fees, safe deposit box rent and currency handling fees. For the year ended December 31, 2007, noninterest income totaled $52.9 million, an increase of $18.9 million or 55.7% compared with $34.0 million in 2006. The increase was primarily due to an increase in insufficient funds
charges and customer service charges which resulted from an increase in the number of accounts due to the TXUI acquisition completed in January 2007 and the Navasota acquisition completed in September 2007. As of December 31, 2007, the two acquisitions added approximately 88,000 deposit accounts and over 35,000 debit cards. Noninterest income for 2006 was $34.0 million, an increase of $4.0 million or 13.2% compared with $30.0 million in 2005, resulting largely from an increase in service charges due to the additional deposit accounts from the SNB acquisition completed in April 2006 and the First Capital acquisition in March 2005.
Trust and investment income increased $994,000 to $1.2 million for the year ended December 31, 2007 compared with $208,000 for the year ended December 31, 2006. The increase was primarily due to the addition of a trust and investment department acquired in February 2007 in conjunction with the TXUI acquisition. The trust department of TXUI was dissolved in 2007.
Income from leased assets increased $248,000 from $1.1 million for the year ended December 31, 2006 to $1.3 million for the year ended December 31, 2007. Additional leased assets were acquired in the TXUI acquisition. The expiration dates of the leased assets range from 2009 to 2011 and the related depreciation expense for the leased assets was $1.0 million and $756,000 for the years ended December 31, 2007 and 2006, respectively. Income from Bank Owned Life Insurance (BOLI) increased $1.4 million from $500,000 for the year ended December 31, 2006 to $1.9 million for the year ended December 31, 2007. Additional bank owned life insurance was acquired in the TXUI acquisition.
The $1.3 million gain on held for sale loans for the year ended December 31, 2007 resulted from the sale of mortgage loans. The loans were originated for the purpose of sale into the secondary market in connection with mortgage banking activities acquired in the TXUI acquisition. The Company does not intend to continue to originate loans for sale into the secondary market, and does not expect to have significant gains from this activity going forward.
The following table presents, for the periods indicated, the major categories of noninterest income:
For the year ended December 31, 2007, noninterest expense totaled $126.8 million, an increase of $49.2 million or 63.3% compared with $77.7 million for the same period in 2006. This increase was principally due to increases in salaries and employee benefits, net occupancy, depreciation costs, and core deposit intangibles amortization primarily as a result of the TXUI acquisition and the $10.0 million impairment write-down on Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac preferred stock discussed further under Securities,. For the year ended December 31, 2006, noninterest expense totaled $77.7 million, an increase of $8.7 million or 12.6% compared with $69.0 million for the same period in 2005. The increase was primarily attributable to the additional general operating costs associated with the acquisition completed in 2006 and the full year effect of the acquisitions completed in 2005. These items and other changes in the various components of noninterest expense are discussed in more detail below.
The following table presents, for the periods indicated, the major categories of noninterest expense:
Salaries and Employee Benefits. Salaries and employee benefits increased $22.6 million to $63.9 million at December 31, 2007 compared with $41.3 million at December 31, 2006 primarily due to increased staff added with the TXUI acquisition in January 2007. The number of associates employed by the Company increased from 908 at December 31, 2006 to 1,359 at December 31, 2007. Salaries and employee benefits increased $4.6 million from $36.7 million at December 31, 2005 to $41.3 million at December 31, 2006 primarily due to increased staff added with the SNB acquisition. The number of associates employed by the Company increased from 859 at December 31, 2005 to 908 at December 31, 2006. In accordance with the Companys adoption of SFAS 123R, total noninterest expense for the year ended December 31, 2007 includes $2.0 million in stock-based compensation expense compared with $850,000 and $751,000 recorded for the years ended December 31, 2006 and 2005, respectively.
Net Occupancy and Depreciation Expenses. Net occupancy expense increased $2.7 million or 33.6% to $10.5 million for the year ended December 31, 2007 compared with $7.9 million for the year ended December 31, 2006. Depreciation expense increased $2.6 million to $7.6 million compared with $5.0 million for the same periods. These increases were primarily attributable to the addition of forty-two (42) banking centers. Net occupancy expense increased $1.2 million or 18.3% to $7.9 million for the year ended December 31, 2006 compared with $6.7 million for the year ended December 31, 2005. Depreciation expense increased $586,000 to
$5.0 million compared with $4.5 million for the same periods. These increases were primarily attributable to the additional banking centers acquired in 2005 and 2006.
Communications Expense. Communications expense includes telephone, data circuits, postage and courier expenses. Communications expense increased $2.0 million or 46.4% from $4.3 million for the year ended December 31, 2006 to $6.4 million for the year ended December 31, 2007. The increase was primarily associated with the TXUI acquisition. Communications expense was $4.3 million for the year ended December 31, 2006 compared with $3.8 million for the same period in 2005, an increase of $557,000 or 14.7%. The increase was primarily associated with the addition of six banking centers in 2006.
Core Deposit Intangibles Amortization. Core deposit intangibles amortization increased $5.0 million or 103.7% from $4.9 million for the year December 31, 2006 to $9.9 million for the year ended December 31, 2007. The increase was associated with the addition of $31.0 million in core deposit intangible assets related to the TXUI acquisition and $2.0 million in core deposit intangible assets related to the Navasota acquisition. Core deposit intangibles amortization was $4.9 million for the year ended December 31, 2006 compared with $3.9 million for the same period in 2005, an increase of $1.0 million or 24.5%. The increase was associated with the addition of $5.7 million in core deposit intangible assets related to the SNB acquisition. Core deposit intangibles are being amortized on an accelerated basis over an estimated life of eight to ten years.
Other Noninterest Expense. Other operating expenses increased $2.8 million or 36.8% from $7.7 million at December 31, 2006 to $10.5 million for the year ended December 31, 2007. The increase was primarily attributable to the additional general expenses incurred due to the TXUI acquisition. Other operating expenses of $7.7 million for the year ended December 31, 2006 represented a decrease of $830,000 or 9.8% compared with $8.5 million in 2005. The decrease was primarily attributable to a decrease in advertising expense which is a component of other expenses
Efficiency Ratio. The efficiency ratio is a supplemental financial measure utilized in managements internal evaluation of the Company and is not defined under generally accepted accounting principles. The efficiency ratio is calculated by dividing total noninterest expense, excluding credit loss provisions and impairment write-down on available for sale securities, by net interest income plus noninterest income, excluding net gains and losses on the sale of securities and on the sale of assets. Taxes are not part of this calculation. An increase in the efficiency ratio indicates that more resources are being utilized to generate the same volume of income, while a decrease would indicate a more efficient allocation of resources. The Companys efficiency ratio was 46.29% at December 31, 2007, an increase from 45.29% at December 31, 2006. The Companys efficiency ratio was 48.93% at December 31, 2005.
The amount of federal income tax expense is influenced by the amount of taxable income, the amount of tax-exempt income, the amount of nondeductible interest expense and the amount of other nondeductible expenses. For the year ended December 31, 2007, income tax expense was $41.6 million compared with $32.2 million for the year ended December 31, 2006 and $23.6 million for the year ended December 31, 2005. The increases were primarily attributable to higher pretax net earnings which resulted from an increase in net interest income for the year ended December 31, 2007 compared with the same period in 2006 and 2005. The effective tax rate for the years ended December 31, 2007, 2006 and 2005 was 33.1%, 34.3% and 33.0%, respectively. The effective income tax rates differed from the U.S. statutory rate of 35% during the comparable periods primarily due to the effect of tax-exempt income from loans and securities.
Impact of Inflation
The Companys consolidated financial statements and related notes included in this annual report on Form 10-K have been prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles. These require the
measurement of financial position and operating results in terms of historical dollars, without considering changes in the relative purchasing power of money over time due to inflation.
Unlike many industrial companies, substantially all of the Companys assets and liabilities are monetary in nature. As a result, interest rates have a more significant impact on the Companys performance than the effects of general levels of inflation. Interest rates may not necessarily move in the same direction or in the same magnitude as the prices of goods and services. However, other expenses do reflect general levels of inflation.
At December 31, 2007, total loans were $3.143 billion, an increase of $966.5 million or 44.4% compared with $2.177 billion at December 31, 2006. The growth in loans was primarily attributable to the TXUI and Navasota acquisitions. At December 31, 2007, total loans at the banking centers acquired in 2007 totaled $987.6 million. At December 31, 2007, total loans were 63.3% of deposits and 49.3% of total assets. At December 31, 2006, total loans were 58.4% of deposits and 47.5% of total assets. Loans increased 41.1% during 2006 from $1.542 billion at December 31, 2005 to $2.177 billion at December 31, 2006. The growth in loans was primarily attributable to internal growth and the SNB acquisition.
The following table summarizes the Companys loan portfolio by type of loan as of the dates indicated:
The Company is focused on growing its construction and land development, commercial mortgage and commercial and industrial loan portfolios. The Companys construction and land development loans grew from $433.2 million at December 31, 2006 to $683.2 million at December 31, 2007, an increase of $250.0 million or 57.7%. The Companys commercial mortgages grew from $803.1 million at December 31, 2006 to $1.075 billion at December 31, 2007, an increase of $272.1 million or 33.9%. The Companys commercial and industrial loans grew from $281.0 million at December 31, 2006 to $436.3 million at December 31, 2007, an increase of $155.4 million or 55.3%. The Company offers a variety of commercial lending products including term loans and lines of credit. The Company offers a broad range of short to medium-term commercial loans, primarily collateralized, to businesses for working capital (including inventory and receivables), business expansion (including acquisitions of real estate and improvements) and the purchase of equipment and machinery. Historically, the
Company has originated loans for its own account and has not securitized its loans. The purpose of a particular loan generally determines its structure. All loans in the 1-4 family residential category were originated by the Company.
All loans over $500,000 and below $1.0 million are evaluated and acted upon on a daily basis by two of the Companys regional loan concurrence officers. All loans over $1.0 million and below $2.5 million are evaluated and acted upon on a daily basis by two of the Companys six company-wide loan concurrence officers. All loans above $2.5 million are evaluated and acted upon by an officers loan committee, which meets weekly. In addition to the officers loan committee evaluation, loans from $15.0 million to $25.0 million are evaluated and acted upon by the directors loan committee, which consists of three directors of the Bank and meets as necessary. Loans over $25.0 million are evaluated and acted upon by the Banks board of directors either at a regularly scheduled monthly board meeting or by teleconference or written consent.
Commercial and Industrial Loans. In nearly all cases, the Companys commercial loans are made in the Companys market areas and are underwritten on the basis of the borrowers ability to service the debt from income. As a general practice, the Company takes as collateral a lien on any available real estate, equipment or other assets owned by the borrower and obtains a personal guaranty of the borrower or principal. Working capital loans are primarily collateralized by short-term assets whereas term loans are primarily collateralized by long-term assets. In general, commercial loans involve more credit risk than residential mortgage loans and commercial mortgage loans and, therefore, usually yield a higher return. The increased risk in commercial loans is due to the type of collateral securing these loans. The increased risk also derives from the expectation that commercial loans generally will be serviced principally from the operations of the business, and those operations may not be successful. Historical trends have shown these types of loans to have higher delinquencies than mortgage loans. As a result of these additional complexities, variables and risks, commercial loans require more thorough underwriting and servicing than other types of loans.
Commercial Mortgages. The Company makes commercial mortgage loans collateralized by real estate to finance the purchase of real estate. The Companys commercial mortgage loans are collateralized by first liens on real estate, typically have variable interest rates and amortize over a ten to 15 year period. Payments on loans secured by such properties are often dependent on the successful operation or management of the properties. Accordingly, repayment of these loans may be subject to adverse conditions in the real estate market or the economy to a greater extent than other types of loans. The Company seeks to minimize these risks in a variety of ways, including giving careful consideration to the propertys operating history, future operating projections, current and projected occupancy, location and physical condition in connection with underwriting these loans. The underwriting analysis also includes credit verification, appraisals and a review of the financial condition of the borrower.
1-4 Family Residential Loans. The Companys lending activities also includes the origination of 1-4 family residential mortgage loans collateralized by owner-occupied residential properties located in the Companys market areas. The Company offers a variety of mortgage loan products which generally are amortized over five to 25 years. Loans collateralized by 1-4 family residential real estate generally have been originated in amounts of no more than 90% of appraised value or have mortgage insurance. The Company requires mortgage title insurance and hazard insurance. Other than with respect to mortgage banking activities acquired in the TXUI acquisition, the Company has elected to keep all 1-4 family residential loans for its own account rather than selling such loans into the secondary market. By doing so, the Company is able to realize a higher yield on these loans; however, the Company also incurs interest rate risk as well as the risks associated with nonpayments on such loans.
Construction Loans. The Company makes loans to finance the construction of residential and, to a limited extent, nonresidential properties. Construction loans generally are collateralized by first liens on real estate and have floating interest rates. The Company conducts periodic inspections, either directly or through an agent, prior to approval of periodic draws on these loans. Underwriting guidelines similar to those described above are also used in the Companys construction lending activities. Construction loans involve additional risks attributable to the fact that loan funds are advanced upon the security of a project under construction, and the project is of uncertain value prior to its completion. Because of uncertainties inherent in estimating construction costs, the market value of the completed project and the effects of governmental regulation on real property, it can be difficult to accurately evaluate the total funds required to complete a project and the related loan to value ratio.
As a result of these uncertainties, construction lending often involves the disbursement of substantial funds with repayment dependent, in part, on the success of the ultimate project rather than the ability of a borrower or guarantor to repay the loan. If the Company is forced to foreclose on a project prior to completion, there is no assurance that the Company will be able to recover all of the unpaid portion of the loan. In addition, the Company may be required to fund additional amounts to complete a project and may have to hold the property for an indeterminate period of time. While the Company has underwriting procedures designed to identify what it believes to be acceptable levels of risks in construction lending, no assurance can be given that these procedures will prevent losses from the risks described above.
Agriculture Loans. The Company provides agriculture loans for short-term crop production, including rice, cotton, milo and corn, farm equipment financing and agriculture real estate financing. The Company evaluates agriculture borrowers primarily based on their historical profitability, level of experience in their particular agriculture industry, overall financial capacity and the availability of secondary collateral to withstand economic and natural variations common to the industry. Because agriculture loans present a higher level of risk associated with events caused by nature, the Company routinely makes on-site visits and inspections in order to monitor and identify such risks.
Consumer Loans. Consumer loans made by the Company include direct A-credit automobile loans, recreational vehicle loans, boat loans, home improvement loans, home equity loans, personal loans (collateralized and uncollateralized) and deposit account collateralized loans. The terms of these loans typically range from 12 to 120 months and vary based upon the nature of collateral and size of loan. Generally, consumer loans entail greater risk than do real estate secured loans, particularly in the case of consumer loans that are unsecured or collateralized by rapidly depreciating assets such as automobiles. In such cases, any repossessed collateral for a defaulted consumer loan may not provide an adequate source of repayment for the outstanding loan balance. The remaining deficiency often does not warrant further substantial collection efforts against the borrower beyond obtaining a deficiency judgment. In addition, consumer loan collections are dependent on the borrowers continuing financial stability, and thus are more likely to be adversely affected by job loss, divorce, illness or personal bankruptcy. Furthermore, the application of various federal and state laws may limit the amount which can be recovered on such loans.
The contractual maturity ranges of the 1-4 family residential, home equity, commercial and industrial, commercial mortgage, construction and land development and agriculture portfolios and the amount of such loans with predetermined interest rates and floating rates in each maturity range as of December 31, 2007 are summarized in the following table:
The Company has several procedures in place to assist it in maintaining the overall quality of its loan portfolio. The Company has established underwriting guidelines to be followed by its officers and the Company also monitors its delinquency levels for any negative or adverse trends. There can be no assurance, however, that the Companys loan portfolio will not become subject to increasing pressures from deteriorating borrower credit due to general economic conditions.
The Company generally places a loan on nonaccrual status and ceases accruing interest when the payment of principal or interest is delinquent for 90 days, or earlier in some cases, unless the loan is in the process of collection and the underlying collateral fully supports the carrying value of the loan. The Company generally charges off such loans before attaining nonaccrual status.
The Company requires appraisals on loans collateralized by real estate. With respect to potential problem loans, an evaluation of the borrowers overall financial condition is made to determine the need, if any, for possible writedowns or appropriate additions to the allowance for credit losses.
The Companys conservative lending approach has resulted in strong asset quality. The Company had $15.4 million in nonperforming assets at December 31, 2007 compared with $1.1 million at December 31, 2006 and $1.4 million at December 31, 2005. The nonperforming assets at December 31, 2007 consisted of ninety-two (92) separate credits or ORE properties, of which 54 credits were related to loans acquired in the Companys 2007 acquisitions. If interest on nonaccrual loans had been accrued under the original loan terms, approximately $47,000, $30,000 and $35,000 would have been recorded as income for the years ended December 31, 2007, 2006 and 2005, respectively.
The following table presents information regarding past due loans and nonperforming assets at the dates indicated:
Allowance for Credit Losses
The following table presents, as of and for the periods indicated, an analysis of the allowance for credit losses and other related data:
The allowance for credit losses is a valuation established through charges to earnings in the form of a provision for credit losses. Management has established an allowance for credit losses which it believes is adequate for estimated losses in the Companys loan portfolio. Based on an evaluation of the loan portfolio, management presents a quarterly review of the allowance for credit losses to the Banks Board of Directors, indicating any change in the allowance since the last review and any recommendations as to adjustments in the allowance. In making its evaluation, management considers factors such as historical loan loss experience, industry diversification of the Companys commercial loan portfolio, the amount of nonperforming assets and related collateral, the volume, growth and composition of the Companys loan portfolio, current economic changes that may affect the borrowers ability to pay and the value of collateral, the evaluation of the Companys loan portfolio through its internal loan review process and other relevant factors. Charge-offs occur when loans are deemed to be uncollectible.
The Company considers risk elements attributable to particular loan types or categories in assessing the quality of individual loans. Some of the risk elements include:
In addition, for each category, the Company considers secondary sources of income and the financial strength and credit history of the borrower and any guarantors.
The Company follows a loan review program to evaluate the credit risk in the loan portfolio. Through the loan review process, the Company maintains an internal list of impaired loans which, along with the delinquency list of loans, helps management assess the overall quality of the loan portfolio and the adequacy of the allowance for credit losses. For each impaired loan, the Company allocates a specific loan loss reserve primarily based on the value of the collateral securing the impaired loan in accordance with Statement of Financial Accounting Standards (SFAS) No. 114, Accounting by Creditors for Impairment of a Loan, as amended.
Federal and state bank regulators also require that a bank maintain an allowance that is sufficient to absorb an estimated amount of unidentified potential losses to the portfolio based on managements perception of economic conditions, loan portfolio growth, historical charge-off experience and exposure concentrations. This unallocated allowance is also established based on the Companys historical charge-off experience and existing general economic and business conditions affecting the key lending areas of the Company, credit quality trends, collateral values, loan volume, concentrations and seasoning of the loan portfolio and factors associated with the Companys acquisitions. The Company then charges to operations a provision for credit losses to maintain the allowance for credit losses at an adequate level determined by the foregoing methodology.
At December 31, 2007, the allowance for credit losses totaled $32.5 million, or 1.04% of total loans. At December 31, 2006, the allowance aggregated $24.0 million or 1.10% of total loans and at December 31, 2005, the allowance was $17.2 million or 1.12% of total loans.
The following tables describe the allocation of the allowance for credit losses among various categories of loans and certain other information as of the dates indicated. The allocation is made for analytical purposes and is not necessarily indicative of the categories in which future losses may occur. The total allowance is available to absorb losses from any loan category.
The Company believes that the allowance for credit losses at December 31, 2007 is adequate to cover losses inherent in the loan portfolio as of such date. There can be no assurance, however, that the Company will not sustain losses in future periods, which could be substantial in relation to the size of the allowance at December 31, 2007.
The Company uses its securities portfolio as a source of income, as a source of liquidity for cash requirements and to manage interest rate risk. At December 31, 2007, investment securities totaled $1.857 billion, an increase of $267.3 million or 16.8% compared with $1.590 billion at December 31, 2006. The increase in securities was primarily due to the TXUI acquisition. Securities increased to $1.590 billion at December 31, 2006 from $1.573 billion at December 31, 2005, an increase of $17.8 million or 1.1%. At December 31, 2007, securities represented 29.1% of total assets compared with 34.7% of total assets at December 31, 2006.
At the date of purchase, the Company is required to classify debt and equity securities into one of three categories: held-to-maturity, trading or available-for-sale. At each reporting date, the appropriateness of the classification is reassessed. Investments in debt securities are classified as held-to-maturity and measured at amortized cost in the financial statements only if management has the positive intent and ability to hold those securities to maturity. Securities that are bought and held principally for the purpose of selling them in the near term are classified as trading and measured at fair value in the financial statements with unrealized gains and losses included in earnings. Investments not classified as either held-to-maturity or trading are classified as available-for-sale and measured at fair value in the financial statements with unrealized gains and losses reported, net of tax, in a separate component of shareholders equity until realized.
The following table summarizes the amortized cost of securities as of the dates shown (available-for-sale securities are not adjusted for unrealized gains or losses):
The following table summarizes the contractual maturity of securities and their weighted average yields as of December 31, 2007. The contractual maturity of a mortgage backed security is the date at which the last underlying mortgage matures. Available-for-sale securities are shown at fair value and held-to-maturity securities are shown at amortized cost. Other securities are included in the corporate debt securities category. For purposes of the table below, tax-exempt states and political subdivisions are calculated on a tax equivalent basis. The QZAB bond is not calculated on a tax equivalent basis and it generates a tax credit of 7.18%, which is included in gross income.
The contractual maturity of mortgage-backed securities and collateralized mortgage obligations is not a reliable indicator of their expected life because borrowers have the right to prepay their obligations at any time. Mortgage-backed securities monthly pay downs cause the average lives of the securities to be much different than their stated lives. The weighted average life of the Companys complete portfolio is 4.1 years with an effective duration of 3.2 years at December 31, 2007. The 70% non-taxable preferred stock includes investments in FNMA (Fannie Mae) and FHLMC (Freddie Mac) preferred stock.
At December 31, 2007 and 2006, the Company did not own securities of any one issuer (other than the U.S. government and its agencies) for which aggregate adjusted cost exceeded 10% of the consolidated shareholders equity at such respective dates.
The average yield of the securities portfolio was 4.84% in 2007 compared with 4.51% in 2006 and 4.14% in 2005. The 33 basis point increase in 2007 was primarily due to the Company reinvesting funds at higher rates in 2007 compared to 2006. The overall growth in the securities portfolio over the comparable periods was primarily funded by deposit growth and securities acquired in acquisitions.
The following table summarizes the carrying value by classification of securities as of the dates shown:
The following tables present the amortized cost and fair value of securities classified as available-for-sale at December 31, 2007, 2006 and 2005:
The following tables present the amortized cost and fair value of securities classified as held-to-maturity at December 31, 2007, 2006 and 2005:
As part of its regular quarterly review for impairment of marketable securities, the Company recognized an other-than-temporary impairment charge of $10.0 million pre-tax on Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac government sponsored, investment grade perpetual callable preferred securities as of December 31, 2007. The other-than-temporary-impairment charge was recorded on six perpetual preferred stock issues classified as available for sale investment securities, which are included in the tables above as 70% non-taxable preferred stock, with a total book value of $24.0 million prior to recognition of the impairment charge and $14.0 million after the charge. The Company reclassified the unrealized mark-to-market loss on these investment grade securities to an other-than-temporary impairment charge because of the recent significant decline in the market value of these securities and because management believes it is unlikely that these securities will recover their original book value within a reasonable amount of time. Both Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac securities were investment grade at the time of purchase and remain investment grade with ratings of AA- by S&P and Aa3 by Moodys. The securities continue to perform according to their contractual terms and all dividend payments are current.
Management believes that the unrealized losses in the Companys securities portfolio at December 31, 2007 were primarily due to interest rate increases. Because the decline in market value of such securities was primarily attributable to changes in interest rates and not credit quality, and because the Company has the ability and intent to hold such securities until a recovery of fair value, which may be at maturity, the Company does not consider such securities to be other-than-temporarily impaired at December 31, 2007.
Mortgage-backed securities are securities that have been developed by pooling a number of real estate mortgages and which are principally issued by federal agencies such as Government National Mortgage Association (Ginnie Mae), Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. These securities are deemed to have high credit ratings, and minimum regular monthly cash flows of principal and interest are guaranteed by the issuing agencies.
Unlike U.S. Treasury and U.S. government agency securities, which have a lump sum payment at maturity, mortgage-backed securities provide cash flows from regular principal and interest payments and principal prepayments throughout the lives of the securities. Mortgage-backed securities which are purchased at a premium will generally suffer decreasing net yields as interest rates drop because home owners tend to refinance their mortgages. Thus, the premium paid must be amortized over a shorter period. Therefore, these securities purchased at a discount will obtain higher net yields in a decreasing interest rate environment. As interest rates rise, the opposite will generally be true. During a period of increasing interest rates, fixed rate mortgage-backed securities do not tend to experience heavy prepayments of principal and consequently, the average life of this security will be lengthened. If interest rates begin to fall, prepayments will increase, thereby shortening the estimated life of this security. At December 31, 2007, 62.6% of the mortgage-backed securities held by the Company had contractual final maturities of more than ten years with a weighted average life of 3.81 years.
Collateralized mortgage obligations (CMOs) are bonds that are backed by pools of mortgages. The pools can be Ginnie Mae, Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac pools or they can be private-label pools. CMOs are designed so
that the mortgage collateral will generate a cash flow sufficient to provide for the timely repayment of the bonds. The mortgage collateral pool can be structured to accommodate various desired bond repayment schedules, provided that the collateral cash flow is adequate to meet scheduled bond payments. This is accomplished by dividing the bonds into classes to which payments on the underlying mortgage pools are allocated in different order. The bonds cash flow, for example can be dedicated to one class of bondholders at a time, thereby increasing call protection to bondholders. In private-label CMOs, losses on underlying mortgages are directed to the most junior of all classes and then to the classes above in order of increasing seniority, which means that the senior classes have enough credit protection to be given the highest credit rating by the rating agencies.
The Companys lending and investment activities are primarily funded by deposits. The Company offers a variety of deposit accounts having a wide range of interest rates and terms including demand, savings, money market and time accounts. The Company relies primarily on competitive pricing policies and customer service to attract and retain these deposits. The Company does not have or accept any brokered deposits.
Total deposits at December 31, 2007 were $4.97 billion, an increase of $1.24 billion or 33.3% compared with $3.73 billion at December 31, 2006. The increase was primarily attributable to the TXUI and Navasota acquisitions in 2007. As of December 31, 2007, the banking centers acquired in 2007 had approximately $1.22 billion in total deposits. Noninterest-bearing deposits were $1.17 million at December 31, 2007, an increase of $332.2 million or 39.7% compared with $835.9 million at December 31, 2006. Noninterest-bearing deposits at December 31, 2006 were $835.9 million compared with $674.4 million at December 31, 2005. Interest-bearing deposits at December 31, 2007 were $3.80 billion, up $908.5 million or 31.4% compared with $2.89 billion at December 31, 2006. Interest-bearing deposits at December 31, 2006 of $2.89 billion represented a $64.0 million increase compared with $2.25 billion at December 31, 2005. Total deposits at December 31, 2005 were $2.92 billion. There were no major concentrations of deposits at December 31, 2007, 2006 or 2005.
The daily average balances and weighted average rates paid on deposits for each of the years ended December 31, 2007, 2006 and 2005 are presented below:
The Companys ratio of average noninterest-bearing deposits to average total deposits for the years ended December 31, 2007, 2006, and 2005 was 24.2%, 22.7%, and 21.8%, respectively.
The following table sets forth the amount of the Companys certificates of deposit that are $100,000 or greater by time remaining until maturity:
The Company utilizes borrowings to supplement deposits to fund its lending and investment activities. Borrowings consist of funds from the Federal Home Loan Bank (FHLB) and correspondent banks. FHLB advances are considered short-term, overnight borrowings. At December 31, 2007, the Company had no FHLB advances and $31.5 million in FHLB borrowings, all of which consisted of long-term FHLB notes payable compared with $26.4 million in FHLB borrowings at December 31, 2006, all of which consisted of long-term FHLB notes payable. The $5.1 million increase was primarily attributable to the TXUI acquisition. The weighted average interest rate paid on the FHLB notes payable at period end was 5.3%. The maturity dates on the FHLB notes payable range from the years 2008 to 2028 and have interest rates ranging from 3.08% to 6.26%. The highest outstanding balance of FHLB advances during 2007 was $240.0 million compared with $116.0 million during 2006. The Company had no federal funds purchased at December 31, 2007 or 2006.
At December 31, 2007, the Company had $84.6 million in securities sold under repurchase agreements compared with $47.2 million at December 31, 2006, an increase of $37.4 million or 79.1%. The increase was primarily attributable to normal customer activity and the TXUI acquisition.
The following table presents the Companys borrowings at December 31, 2007 and December 31, 2006:
At December 31, 2007 and 2006, the Company had outstanding $112.9 million and $100.5 million, respectively, in junior subordinated debentures issued to the Companys unconsolidated subsidiary trusts. The increase of $12.4 million was due to the Companys assumption on January 31, 2007 of $44.8 million in junior subordinated debentures issued by TXUI to its five subsidiary trusts, partially offset by the redemption of the debentures held by First Capital Statutory Trust I in the amount of $20.6 million on June 26, 2007, the redemption of the debentures held by Gateway Statutory Trust I in the amount of $4.1 million on June 26, 2007 and the redemption of the debentures held by First Capital Statutory Trust II in the amount $7.7 million on September 26, 2007. The debentures redeemed on June 26, 2007 bore interest at a floating rate of 3 month LIBOR + 3.60% and the debentures redeemed on September 26, 2007 bore interest at a floating rate of 3 month LIBOR + 3.40%. The trusts in turn redeemed in full the trust preferred securities and common securities they issued.
A summary of pertinent information related to the Companys ten issues of junior subordinated debentures outstanding at December 31, 2007 is set forth in the table below:
Each of the trusts is a capital or statutory business trust organized for the sole purpose of issuing trust securities and investing the proceeds in the Companys junior subordinated debentures. The preferred trust securities of each trust represent preferred beneficial interests in the assets of the respective trusts and are subject to mandatory redemption upon payment of the junior subordinated debentures held by the trust. The common securities of each trust are wholly-owned by the Company. Each trusts ability to pay amounts due on the trust preferred securities is solely dependent upon the Company making payment on the related junior subordinated debentures. The debentures, which are the only assets of each trust, are subordinate and junior in right of payment to all of the Companys present and future senior indebtedness. The Company has fully and unconditionally guaranteed each trusts obligations under the trust securities issued by such trust to the extent not paid or made by each trust, provided such trust has funds available for such obligations.
Under the provisions of each issue of the debentures, the Company has the right to defer payment of interest on the debentures at any time, or from time to time, for periods not exceeding five years. If interest payments on either issue of the debentures are deferred, the distributions on the applicable trust preferred securities and common securities will also be deferred.
Interest Rate Sensitivity and Market Risk
The Companys asset liability and funds management policy provides management with the necessary guidelines for effective funds management, and the Company has established a measurement system for monitoring its net interest rate sensitivity position. The Company manages its sensitivity position within established guidelines.
As a financial institution, the Companys primary component of market risk is interest rate volatility. Fluctuations in interest rates will ultimately impact both the level of income and expense recorded on most of the Companys assets and liabilities, and the market value of all interest-earning assets and interest-bearing liabilities, other than those which have a short term to maturity. Interest rate risk is the potential of economic losses due to future interest rate changes. These economic losses can be reflected as a loss of future net interest income and/or a loss of current fair market values. The objective is to measure the effect on net interest income and to adjust the balance sheet to minimize the inherent risk while at the same time maximizing income.
The Company manages its exposure to interest rates by structuring its balance sheet in the ordinary course of business. The Company does not enter into instruments such as leveraged derivatives, interest rate swaps, financial options, financial future contracts or forward delivery contracts for the purpose of reducing interest rate risk. Based upon the nature of the Companys operations, the Company is not subject to foreign exchange or commodity price risk. The Company does not own any trading assets.
The Companys exposure to interest rate risk is managed by the Asset Liability Committee (ALCO), which is composed of senior officers of the Company, in accordance with policies approved by the Companys Board of Directors. The ALCO formulates strategies based on appropriate levels of interest rate risk. In determining the appropriate level of interest rate risk, the ALCO considers the impact on earnings and capital of the current outlook on interest rates, potential changes in interest rates, regional economies, liquidity, business strategies and other factors. The ALCO meets regularly to review, among other things, the sensitivity of assets and liabilities to interest rate changes, the book and market values of assets and liabilities, unrealized gains and losses, purchase and sale activities, commitments to originate loans and the maturities of investments and borrowings. Additionally, the ALCO reviews liquidity, cash flow flexibility, maturities of deposits and consumer and commercial deposit activity. Management uses two methodologies to manage interest rate risk: (1) an analysis of relationships between interest-earning assets and interest-bearing liabilities; and (2) an interest rate shock simulation model. The Company has traditionally managed its business to reduce its overall exposure to changes in interest rates.
An interest rate sensitive asset or liability is one that, within a defined time period, either matures or experiences an interest rate change in line with general market interest rates. The management of interest rate risk is performed by analyzing the maturity and repricing relationships between interest-earning assets and interest-bearing liabilities at specific points in time (GAP) and by analyzing the effects of interest rate changes on net interest income over specific periods of time by projecting the performance of the mix of assets and liabilities in varied interest rate environments. Interest rate sensitivity reflects the potential effect on net interest income of a movement in interest rates. A company is considered to be asset sensitive, or having a positive GAP, when the amount of its interest-earning assets maturing or repricing within a given period exceeds the amount of its interest-bearing liabilities also maturing or repricing within that time period. Conversely, a company is considered to be liability sensitive, or having a negative GAP, when the amount of its interest-bearing liabilities maturing or repricing within a given period exceeds the amount of its interest-earning assets also maturing or repricing within that time period. During a period of rising interest rates, a negative GAP would tend to affect net interest income adversely, while a positive GAP would tend to result in an increase in net interest income. During a period of falling interest rates, a negative GAP would tend to result in an increase in net interest income, while a positive GAP would tend to affect net interest income adversely.
The following table sets forth the Companys interest rate sensitivity analysis at December 31, 2007:
While the GAP position is a useful tool in measuring interest rate risk and contributes toward effective asset and liability management, it is difficult to predict the effect of changing interest rates solely on that measure, without accounting for alterations in the maturity or repricing characteristics of the balance sheet that occur during changes in market interest rates. For example, the GAP position reflects only the prepayment assumptions pertaining to the current rate environment. Assets tend to prepay more rapidly during periods of declining interest rates than during periods of rising interest rates. Because of this and other risk factors not contemplated by the GAP position, an institution could have a matched GAP position in the current rate environment and still have its net interest income exposed to increased rate risk. Additionally, the Company had $1.168 billion in noninterest-bearing deposits at December 31, 2007 which are not reflected in the table above and are not directly impacted by interest rate changes.
The assumptions used are inherently uncertain and, as a result, the model cannot precisely measure future net interest income or precisely predict the impact of fluctuations in market interest rates on net interest income. Actual results will differ from the models simulated results due to timing, magnitude and frequency of interest rate changes as well as changes in market conditions and the application and timing of various management strategies.
In addition to GAP analysis, the Company uses an interest rate risk simulation model and shock analysis to test the interest rate sensitivity of net interest income and the balance sheet, respectively. Contractual maturities and repricing opportunities of loans are incorporated in the model as are prepayment assumptions, maturity data and call options within the investment portfolio. Assumptions based on past experience are incorporated into the model for nonmaturity deposit accounts. The assumptions used are inherently uncertain and, as a result, the model cannot precisely measure future net interest income or precisely predict the impact of fluctuations in market interest rates on net interest income. Actual results will differ from the models simulated results due to timing, magnitude and frequency of interest rate changes as well as changes in market conditions and the application and timing of various management strategies.