SEACOAST BANKING CORP OF FLORIDA 10-K 2008
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SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
WASHINGTON, DC 20549
PURSUANT TO SECTIONS 13 OR 15(d) OF THE
SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
Commission File No. 0-13660
SEACOAST BANKING CORPORATION OF FLORIDA
(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in Its Charter)
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The aggregate market value of Seacoast Banking Corporation of Florida Common Stock, par value $0.10 per share, held by non-affiliates, computed by reference to the price at which the stock was last sold on February 29, 2008, as reported on the Nasdaq Global Select Market, was $10.00.
The number of shares outstanding of Seacoast Banking Corporation of Florida Common Stock, par value $0.10 per share, as of February 29, 2008, was 19,106,896.
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REGARDING FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS
Certain of the statements made herein under the captions Managements Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations, Risk Factors and elsewhere, including information incorporated herein by reference to other documents, are forward-looking statements within the meaning and protections of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the Exchange Act).
Forward-looking statements include statements with respect to our beliefs, plans, objectives, goals, expectations, anticipations, assumptions, estimates, intentions, and future performance, and involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors, which may be beyond our control, and which may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of Seacoast Banking Corporation of Florida (Seacoast or the Company) to be materially different from future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements.
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
Item 1. Business
Seacoast is a bank holding company registered under the Bank Holding Company Act of 1956, as amended (the BHC Act), and its principal subsidiary is Seacoast National Bank (Seacoast National). Seacoast National commenced its operations in 1933, and operated prior to 2006 as First National Bank & Trust Company of the Treasure Coast.
Seacoast and its subsidiaries offer a full array of deposit accounts and retail banking services, engages in consumer and commercial lending and provides a wide variety of trust and asset management services, as well as securities and annuity products. Seacoast National had 43 banking offices in 14 counties in Florida at year-end 2007.
Seacoast has 25 branches in the Treasure Coast, including the counties of Martin, St. Lucie and Indian River on Floridas southeastern coast. In April 2005, Seacoast acquired a bank in Orlando, Florida and in April 2006, acquired a bank with nine offices in seven counties, including DeSoto, Glades, Hardee, Hendry, Highlands, Okeechobee, and St. Lucie Counties. De novo banking offices were opened in Palm Beach County in May 2006, Brevard County in February 2007, and Broward County in October 2007. Seacoast National closed its Port St. Lucie Wal-Mart location in St. Lucie County in December 2007 and its Ft. Pierce Wal-Mart location in St. Lucie County in February 2008. The Company operates banking offices in the following cities:
Seacoast National plans to open five new banking offices over the next year. Five other banking locations in Martin, St. Lucie and Palm Beach County will be closed in 2008 and relocated to new banking offices. See Item 2. Properties.
Most of our banking offices have one or more automated teller machine (ATMs) that provide customers with 24-hour access to their deposit accounts. Seacoast is a member of the Star System, the largest electronic funds transfer organization in the United States, which permits banking customers access to their accounts at 1.9 million participating ATM and retail locations throughout the United States.
Seacoast Nationals MoneyPhone system allows customers to access information on their loan or deposit account balances, to transfer funds between linked accounts, to make loan payments, and to verify deposits or checks that may have cleared. This service is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
In addition, customers may access information via Seacoast Nationals Customer Service Center (CSC). From 7 A.M. to 7 P.M., Monday through Friday, and on Saturdays from 9 A.M. to 4 P.M., our CSC staff is available to open accounts, take applications for certain types of loans, resolve account issues and offer information on other bank products and services to existing and potential customers.
We also offer Internet banking. Our Internet service allows customers to access transactional information on their deposit accounts, review loan and deposit balances, transfer funds between linked accounts and make loan payments from a deposit account, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
In February 2000, we opened an office of Seacoast Marine Finance Division, a division of Seacoast National, in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Seacoast Marine is staffed with experienced marine lending professionals with a marketing emphasis on marine loans of $200,000 and greater with the majority of loan production sold to correspondent banks on a non recourse basis. In November 2002, the Seacoast Marine Finance Division added offices and key personnel in California to serve the western markets.
Seacoast has six indirect, wholly-owned subsidiaries:
With the exception of FNB Property Holdings, Inc. and FNB RE Services, Inc., the operations of each of these direct and indirect subsidiaries contribute less than 10% of the consolidated assets and revenues of Seacoast.
As a bank holding company, Seacoast is a legal entity separate and distinct from its subsidiaries, including Seacoast National. Seacoast coordinates the financial resources of the consolidated enterprise and maintains financial, operational and administrative systems that allow centralized evaluation of subsidiary operations and coordination of selected policies and activities. Seacoasts operating revenues and net income are derived primarily from Seacoast National through dividends and fees for services performed. See Supervision and Regulation.
As of December 31, 2007, Seacoast had total consolidated assets of approximately $2,420 million, total deposits of approximately $1,987 million, total consolidated liabilities, including deposits, of approximately $2,205 million and consolidated shareholders equity of approximately $214 million. Seacoasts operations are discussed in more detail under Managements Discussion and Analysis of Consolidated Financial Condition and Results of Operations incorporated by reference from our 2007 Annual Report.
Seacoasts and Seacoast Nationals principal offices are located at 815 Colorado Avenue, Stuart, Florida 34994, and the telephone number at that address is (772) 287-4000. Seacoast and Seacoast National maintain Internet websites at www.seacoastbanking.com and www.seacoastnational.com, respectively. Seacoast files annual, quarterly and current reports, proxy statements, and other information with the SEC. You may read and copy any document we file with the SEC at the SECs public reference room at 100 F Street, N.E., Washington, DC 20549. Please call the SEC at 1-800-SEC-0330 for more information on the operation of the public reference rooms. Our SEC filings are also available to the public free of charge from the SECs web site at www.sec.gov.
In addition, Seacoast makes available, free of charge, its annual report on Form 10-K, quarterly reports on Form 10-Q, current reports on Form 8-K, and any amendments to those reports, as soon as reasonably practicable after Seacoast electronically files such material with or furnishes it to the SEC. Seacoast is not incorporating the information on its or Seacoast Nationals website into this report, and none of these websites nor the information appearing on these websites is included or incorporated in, or is a part of, this report.
As of December 31, 2007, Seacoast and its subsidiaries employed 464 full-time equivalent employees. Seacoast considers its employee relations to be good, and it has no collective bargaining agreements with any employees.
Expansion of Business
Seacoast has expanded its products and services to meet the changing needs of the various segments of its market, and it presently expects to continue this strategy. Prior to 1991, Seacoast had expanded geographically primarily through the addition of branches, including the acquisition of a branch in St. Lucie County. Seacoast also from time to time has acquired banks, bank branches and deposits, and has opened new branches and facilities.
In 2002, we entered Palm Beach County by establishing a new branch office. On April 30, 2005, Seacoast acquired Century National Bank, a commercial bank headquartered in Orlando, Florida.
Century National Bank operated as a wholly owned subsidiary of Seacoast until August 2006 when it was merged with Seacoast National.
In April 2006, Seacoast acquired Big Lake National Bank (Big Lake), a commercial bank headquartered in Okeechobee, Florida, inland from our Treasure Coast markets. Big Lake was merged with Seacoast National in June 2006.
Florida law permits statewide branching, and Seacoast National has expanded, and anticipates future expansion, by opening additional bank offices and facilities, as well as by acquisition of other financial institutions and branches. Since 2002, we have opened and acquired 18 net new offices in 12 Counties of Florida. The Seacoast Marine Finance Division operates loan production offices, or LPOs, in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, Newport Beach and Alameda, California, and Melbourne, Florida. See Item 2. Properties.
Seacoast regularly evaluates possible mergers, acquisitions and other expansion opportunities.
Seacoast believes its commercial banking operations are not generally seasonal in nature. Investment management fees and deposits often peak in the first and second quarters, and often are lowest in the third quarter. Public deposits tend to increase with tax collections in the second and fourth quarters and decline with spending thereafter.
Due to Hurricanes Frances and Jeanne in the fall of 2004, Seacoasts deposits increased as insurers disbursed insurance proceeds and hurricane-related damage began to be repaired. In the fall of 2005, Hurricane Wilma had a much smaller effect on us. No major hurricanes occurred in 2006 and 2007, and deposits were more normal.
Commercial and residential real estate activity, demand, prices and sales volumes vary based upon various factors including economic conditions, interest rates and credit availability.
Seacoast and its subsidiaries operate in the highly competitive markets of Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River, Brevard, Palm Beach and Broward Counties, in southeastern Florida and in the Orlando metropolitan statistical area. We also operate in six competitive counties in central Florida near Lake Okeechobee. Seacoast National not only competes with other banks in its markets, but also competes with various other types of financial institutions for deposits, commercial, fiduciary and investment services and various types of loans and other financial services. Seacoast National also competes for interest-bearing funds with a number of other financial intermediaries and investment alternatives, including mutual funds, brokerage and insurance firms, governmental and corporate bonds, and other securities.
Seacoast and its subsidiaries compete not only with financial institutions based in the State of Florida, but also with a number of large out-of-state and foreign banks, bank holding companies and other financial institutions that have an established market presence in the State of Florida, or that offer products by mail, telephone or over the Internet. Many of Seacoasts competitors are engaged in local, regional, national and international operations and have greater assets, personnel and other resources than Seacoast. Some of these competitors are subject to less regulation and/or more favorable tax treatment than Seacoast. Many of these institutions have greater resources, broader geographic markets and higher lending limits than Seacoast and may offer various services that Seacoast does not offer. In addition, these institutions may be able to better afford and make broader use of media advertising, support services, and electronic and other technology than Seacoast. To offset these competitive disadvantages, Seacoast depends on its reputation as an independent, super community bank headquartered locally, its personal service, its greater community involvement and its ability to make credit and other business decisions quickly and locally.
Supervision and Regulation
Bank holding companies and banks are extensively regulated under federal and state law. This discussion is qualified in its entirety by reference to the particular statutory and regulatory provisions referred to below and is not intended to be an exhaustive description of the statutes or regulations applicable to the Companys and its bank subsidiarys business. Supervision, regulation, and examination of the Company and Seacoast National and its respective subsidiaries by the bank regulatory agencies are intended primarily for the protection of bank depositors rather than holders of Company capital stock. Any change in applicable law or regulation may have a material effect on the Companys business.
Seacoast is required to comply with various corporate governance and financial reporting requirements under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, as well as new rules and regulations adopted by the SEC, the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board and Nasdaq. In particular, Seacoast is required to include management and independent auditor reports on internal controls as part of its annual report on Form 10-K pursuant to Section 404 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act. Seacoast has evaluated its controls, including compliance with the SEC rules on internal controls, and has and expects to continue to spend significant amounts of time and money on compliance with these rules. Seacoasts failure to comply with these internal control rules may materially adversely affect its reputation, ability to obtain the necessary certifications to financial statements, and the values of its securities. The assessments of our financial reporting controls as of December 31, 2007 are included elsewhere in this report with no material weaknesses reported.
Bank Holding Company Regulation
The Company, as a bank holding company, is subject to supervision and regulation by the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (Federal Reserve) under the BHC Act. Bank holding companies generally are limited to the business of banking, managing or controlling banks, and other activities that the Federal Reserve determines to be closely related to banking, or managing or controlling banks and a proper incident thereto. The Company is required to file with the Federal Reserve periodic reports and such other information as the Federal Reserve may request. The Federal Reserve examines the Company, and may examine the Companys non-bank subsidiaries.
The BHC Act requires prior Federal Reserve approval for, among other things, the acquisition by a bank holding company of direct or indirect ownership or control of more than 5% of the voting shares or substantially all the assets of any bank, or for a merger or consolidation of a bank holding company with another bank holding company. With certain exceptions, the BHC Act prohibits a bank holding company from acquiring direct or indirect ownership or control of voting shares of any company which is not a bank or bank holding company, and from engaging directly or indirectly in any activity other than banking or managing or controlling banks or performing services for its authorized subsidiaries. A holding company, may, however, engage in or acquire an interest in a company that engages in activities which the Federal Reserve has determined by regulation or order to be so closely related to banking or managing or controlling banks as to be a proper incident thereto.
The Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act of 1999 (GLB) substantially revised the statutory restrictions separating banking activities from certain other financial activities. Under GLB, bank holding companies that are well-capitalized and well-managed, as defined in Federal Reserve Regulation Y, which have and maintain satisfactory Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) ratings, and meet certain other conditions, can elect to become financial holding companies. Financial holding companies and their
subsidiaries are permitted to acquire or engage in activities such as insurance underwriting, securities underwriting, travel agency activities, broad insurance agency activities, merchant banking, and other activities that the Federal Reserve determines to be financial in nature or complementary thereto. In addition, under the merchant banking authority added by GLB and Federal Reserve regulation, financial holding companies are authorized to invest in companies that engage in activities that are not financial in nature, as long as the financial holding company makes its investment with the intention of limiting the term of its investment and does not manage the company on a day-to-day basis, and the invested company does not cross-market with any of the financial holding companys controlled depository institutions. Financial holding companies continue to be subject to the overall oversight and supervision of the Federal Reserve, but GLB applies the concept of functional regulation to the activities conducted by subsidiaries. For example, insurance activities would be subject to supervision and regulation by state insurance authorities. While the Company has not become a financial holding company, it may elect to do so in the future in order to exercise the broader activity powers provided by GLB. Banks may also engage in similar financial activities through subsidiaries. GLB also includes consumer privacy provisions, and the federal bank regulatory agencies have adopted extensive privacy rules implementing these statutory provisions.
The Company is a legal entity separate and distinct from Seacoast National and its other subsidiaries. Various legal limitations restrict its banking subsidiaries from lending or otherwise supplying funds to the Company or its non-bank subsidiaries. The Company and its banking subsidiaries are subject to Section 23A of the Federal Reserve Act and Federal Reserve Regulation W thereunder. Section 23A defines covered transactions to include extensions of credit, and limits a banks covered transactions with any affiliate to 10% of such banks capital and surplus. All covered and exempt transactions between a bank and its affiliates must be on terms and conditions consistent with safe and sound banking practices, and banks and their subsidiaries are prohibited from purchasing low-quality assets from the banks affiliates. Finally, Section 23A requires that all of a banks extensions of credit to its affiliates be appropriately secured by acceptable collateral, generally United States government or agency securities. The Company and its bank subsidiaries also are subject to Section 23B of the Federal Reserve Act, which generally requires covered and other transactions among affiliates to be on terms, including credit standards, that are substantially the same or at least as favorable to the bank or its subsidiary as those prevailing at the time for similar transactions with unaffiliated companies.
The BHC Act permits acquisitions of banks by bank holding companies, such that Seacoast and any other bank holding company, whether located in Florida or elsewhere, may acquire a bank located in any other state, subject to certain deposit-percentage, age of bank charter requirements, and other restrictions. Federal law also permits national and state-chartered banks to branch interstate through acquisitions of banks in other states. Floridas Interstate Branching Act (the Florida Branching Act) permits interstate branching. Under the Florida Branching Act, with the prior approval of the Florida Department of Banking and Finance, a Florida bank may establish, maintain and operate one or more branches in a state other than the State of Florida pursuant to a merger transaction in which the Florida bank is the resulting bank. In addition, the Florida Branching Act provides that one or more Florida banks may enter into a merger transaction with one or more out-of-state banks, and an out-of-state bank resulting from such transaction may maintain and operate the branches of the Florida bank that participated in such merger. An out-of-state bank, however, is not permitted to acquire a Florida bank in a merger transaction, unless the Florida bank has been in existence and continuously operated for more than three years.
Federal Reserve policy requires a bank holding company to act as a source of financial strength and to preserve and protect its bank subsidiaries in situations where additional investments in a troubled bank may not otherwise be warranted. In addition, under the Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery and Enforcement Act of 1989 (FIRREA), where a bank holding company has more than one bank or thrift
subsidiary, each of the bank holding companys subsidiary depository institutions are responsible for any losses to the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) resulting from an affiliated depository institutions failure. Accordingly, a bank holding company may be required to loan money to its subsidiaries in the form of capital notes or other instruments that qualify as capital under bank regulatory rules. However, any loans from the holding company to such subsidiary banks likely will be unsecured and subordinated to such banks depositors and perhaps to other creditors of the bank.
Bank and Bank Subsidiary Regulation
Seacoast National is subject to supervision, regulation, and examination by the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (the OCC), which monitors all areas of operations, including reserves, loans, mortgages, the issuance of securities, payment of dividends, establishing branches, capital adequacy, and compliance with laws. Seacoast National is a member of the FDIC and, as such, its deposits are insured by the FDIC to the maximum extent provided by law. See FDIC Insurance Assessments.
Under Florida law, Seacoast National may establish and operate branches throughout the State of Florida, subject to the maintenance of adequate capital and the receipt of OCC approval.
The OCC has adopted the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Councils (FFIEC) rating system and assigns each financial institution a confidential composite rating based on an evaluation and rating of six essential components of an institutions financial condition and operations including Capital Adequacy, Asset quality, Management, Earnings, Liquidity and Sensitivity to market risk, as well as the quality of risk management practices. For most institutions, the FFIEC has indicated that market risk primarily reflects exposures to changes in interest rates. When regulators evaluate this component, consideration is expected to be given to: managements ability to identify, measure, monitor, and control market risk; the institutions size; the nature and complexity of its activities and its risk profile, and the adequacy of its capital and earnings in relation to its level of market risk exposure. Market risk is rated based upon, but not limited to, an assessment of the sensitivity of the financial institutions earnings or the economic value of its capital to adverse changes in interest rates, foreign exchange rates, commodity prices, or equity prices; managements ability to identify, measure, monitor, and control exposure to market risk; and the nature and complexity of interest rate risk exposure arising from nontrading positions.
FNB Brokerage, a Seacoast National subsidiary, is registered as a securities broker-dealer under the Exchange Act and is regulated by the Securities and Exchange Commission (Commission or SEC). It also is subject to examination and supervision of its operations, personnel and accounts by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. (FINRA). FNB Brokerage is a separate and distinct entity from Seacoast National, and must maintain adequate capital under the SECs net capital rule. The net capital rule limits FNB Brokerages ability to reduce capital by payment of dividends or other distributions to Seacoast National. FNB Brokerage is also authorized by the State of Florida to act as a securities dealer and an investment advisor.
FNB Insurance, a Seacoast National subsidiary, is authorized by the State of Florida to market insurance products as an agent. FNB Insurance is a separate and distinct entity from Seacoast National and is subject to supervision and regulation by state insurance authorities.
The Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (the Code), as amended, provides requirements that must be met with respect to Seacoast Nationals indirect subsidiary, FNB RE Services, Inc., which has elected to be taxed as a real estate investment trust under the Code.
Community Reinvestment Act
The Company and its banking subsidiaries are subject to the provisions of the Community Reinvestment Act of 1977, as amended (the CRA) and related federal bank regulatory agencies regulations. Under the CRA, all banks and thrifts have a continuing and affirmative obligation, consistent with their safe and sound operation, to help meet the credit needs for their entire communities, including low and moderate income neighborhoods. The CRA requires a depository institutions primary federal regulator, in connection with its examination of the institution, to assess the institutions record of assessing and meeting the credit needs of the communities served by that institution, including low- and moderate-income neighborhoods. The bank regulatory agencys assessment of the institutions record is made available to the public. Further, such assessment is required of any institution which has applied to: (i) charter a national bank; (ii) obtain deposit insurance coverage for a newly-chartered institution; (iii) establish a new branch office that accepts deposits; (iv) relocate an office; (v) merge or consolidate with, or acquire the assets or assume the liabilities of, a federally regulated financial institution, or (vi) expand other activities, including engaging in financial services activities authorized by GLB. A less than satisfactory CRA rating will slow, if not preclude, expansion of banking activities and prevent a company from becoming or remaining a financial holding company.
Following GLB, CRA agreements with private parties must be disclosed and annual CRA reports must be made to a banks primary federal regulator. A bank holding company will not be permitted to become or remain a financial holding company and no new activities authorized under GLB may be commenced by a holding company or by a bank financial subsidiary if any of its bank subsidiaries received less than a satisfactory CRA rating in its latest CRA examination. Federal CRA regulations require, among other things, that evidence of discrimination against applicants on a prohibited basis, and illegal or abusive lending practices be considered in the CRA evaluation.
Seacoast National is also subject to, among other things, the provisions of the Equal Credit Opportunity Act (the ECOA) and the Fair Housing Act (the FHA), both of which prohibit discrimination based on race or color, religion, national origin, sex, and familial status in any aspect of a consumer or commercial credit or residential real estate transaction. The Department of Justice (the DOJ), and the federal bank regulatory agencies have issued an Interagency Policy Statement on Discrimination in Lending in order to provide guidance to financial institutions in determining whether discrimination exists, how the agencies will respond to lending discrimination, and what steps lenders might take to prevent discriminatory lending practices. The DOJ has increased its efforts to prosecute what it regards as violations of the ECOA and FHA.
Payments of Dividends
The Company is a legal entity separate and distinct from Seacoast National and other subsidiaries. The Companys primary source of cash, other than securities offerings, is dividends from Seacoast National. The prior approval of the OCC is required if the total of all dividends declared by a national bank (such as Seacoast National) in any calendar year will exceed the sum of such banks net profits for that year and its retained net profits for the preceding two calendar years, less any required transfers to surplus. Federal law also prohibits any national bank from paying dividends that would be greater than such banks undivided profits after deducting statutory bad debts in excess of such banks allowance for possible loan losses.
In addition, the Company and Seacoast National are subject to various general regulatory policies and requirements relating to the payment of dividends, including requirements to maintain adequate capital above regulatory minimums. The appropriate federal bank regulatory authority may prohibit the payment of dividends where it has determined that the payment of dividends would be an unsafe or
unsound practice and to prohibit payment thereof. The OCC and the Federal Reserve have indicated that paying dividends that deplete a national or state member banks capital base to an inadequate level would be an unsound and unsafe banking practice. The OCC and the Federal Reserve have each indicated that depository institutions and their holding companies should generally pay dividends only out of current operating earnings. In 2007, Seacoast National paid 116% of its net profits in dividends to the Company.
Prior approval by the OCC is required if the total of all dividends declared by a national bank in any calendar year exceeds the banks profits, as defined, for that year combined with its retained net profits for the preceding two calendar years. Under this restriction the Companys subsidiary bank could distribute as dividends to the Company, without prior approval of the Comptroller of the Currency, approximately $24.6 million as of December 31, 2007.
The Federal Reserve and the OCC have risk-based capital guidelines for bank holding companies and national banks, respectively. These guidelines require a minimum ratio of capital to risk-weighted assets (including certain off-balance-sheet activities, such as standby letters of credit) of 8%. At least half of the total capital must consist of common equity, retained earnings and a limited amount of qualifying preferred stock, less goodwill and certain core deposit intangibles (Tier 1 capital). The remainder may consist of non-qualifying preferred stock, qualifying subordinated, perpetual, and/or mandatory convertible debt, term subordinated debt and intermediate term preferred stock and up to 45% of pretax unrealized holding gains on available for sale equity securities with readily determinable market values that are prudently valued, and a limited amount of any loan loss allowance (Tier 2 capital and, together with Tier 1 capital, Total Capital). The Federal Reserve has stated that Tier 1 voting common equity should be the predominant form of capital.
In addition, the Federal Reserve and the OCC have established minimum leverage ratio guidelines for bank holding companies and national banks, which provide for a minimum leverage ratio of Tier 1 capital to adjusted average quarterly assets (leverage ratio) equal to 3%, plus an additional cushion of 1.0% to 2.0%, if the institution has less than the highest regulatory rating. The guidelines also provide that institutions 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. All bank holding companies and banks are expected to hold capital commensurate with the level and nature of their risks, including the volume and severity of their problem loans, and higher capital may be required as a result of an institutions risk profile. Lastly, the Federal Reserves guidelines indicate that the Federal Reserve will continue to consider a tangible Tier 1 leverage ratio (deducting all intangibles) in evaluating proposals for expansion or new activity. Recently, the federal bank regulatory agencies have begun seeking higher capital levels than the minimums due to market conditions, and the OCC has indicated that Seacoast National, in light of risks in its loan portfolio and local economic conditions, especially in the real estate markets, should hold capital commensurate with such risks.
The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation Improvement Act of 1991 (FDICIA), among other things, requires the federal bank regulatory agencies to take prompt corrective action regarding depository institutions that do not meet minimum capital requirements. FDICIA establishes five capital tiers: well capitalized, adequately capitalized, undercapitalized, significantly undercapitalized, and critically undercapitalized. A depository institutions capital tier will depend upon how its capital levels compare to various relevant capital measures and certain other factors, as established by regulation.
All of the federal bank regulatory agencies have adopted regulations establishing relevant capital measures and relevant capital levels for federally insured depository institutions. The relevant minimum capital measures are the Total Capital ratio, Tier 1 capital ratio, and the leverage ratio. Under the
regulations, a national bank will be (i) well capitalized if it has a Total Capital ratio of 10% or greater, a Tier 1 capital ratio of 6% or greater, and a leverage ratio of at least 5%, and is not subject to any written agreement, order, capital directive, or prompt corrective action directive by a federal bank regulatory agency to meet and maintain a specific capital level for any capital measure, (ii) adequately capitalized if it has a Total Capital ratio of 8% or greater, a Tier 1 capital ratio of 4% or greater, and a leverage ratio of 4% or greater (3% in certain circumstances), (iii) undercapitalized if it has a Total Capital ratio of less than 8%, a Tier 1 capital ratio of less than 4% (3% in certain circumstances), (iv) significantly undercapitalized if it has a total capital ratio of less than 6% or a Tier I capital ratio of less than 3%, or a leverage ratio of less than 3%, or (v) critically undercapitalized if its tangible equity is equal to or less than 2% of average quarterly tangible assets. The federal bank regulatory agencies have authority to require additional capital.
As of December 31, 2007, the consolidated capital ratios of the Company and Seacoast National were as follows:
FDICIA directs that each federal bank regulatory agency prescribe standards for depository institutions and depository institution holding companies relating to internal controls, information systems, internal audit systems, loan documentation, credit underwriting, interest rate exposure, asset growth compensation, a maximum ratio of classified assets to capital, minimum earnings sufficient to absorb losses, a minimum ratio of market value to book value for publicly traded shares, and such other standards as the federal bank regulatory agencies deem appropriate.
FDICIA generally prohibits a depository institution from making any capital distribution (including payment of a dividend) or paying any management fee to its holding company if the depository institution would thereafter be undercapitalized. Undercapitalized depository institutions are subject to growth limitations and are required to submit a capital restoration plan for approval. For a capital restoration plan to be acceptable, the depository institutions parent holding company must guarantee that the institution will comply with such capital restoration plan. The aggregate liability of the parent holding company is limited to the lesser of 5% of the depository institutions total assets at the time it became undercapitalized and the amount necessary to bring the institution into compliance with applicable capital standards. If a depository institution fails to submit an acceptable plan, it is treated as if it is significantly undercapitalized. If the controlling holding company fails to fulfill its obligations under FDICIA and files (or has filed against it) a petition under the federal Bankruptcy Code, the claim for such liability would be entitled to a priority in such bankruptcy proceeding over third party creditors of the bank holding company. Significantly undercapitalized depository institutions may be subject to a number of requirements and restrictions, including orders to sell sufficient voting stock to become adequately capitalized, requirements to reduce total assets, and cessation of receipt of deposits from correspondent banks. Critically undercapitalized institutions are subject to the appointment of a receiver or conservator. Because the Company and Seacoast National exceed applicable capital requirements, the respective managements of the Company and Seacoast National do not believe that the provisions of FDICIA have had any material effect on the Company and Seacoast National or their respective operations.
FDICIA also contains a variety of other provisions that may affect the operations of the Company and Seacoast National, including reporting requirements, regulatory standards for real estate lending, truth in savings provisions, the requirement that a depository institution give 90 days prior notice to customers and regulatory authorities before closing any branch, and a prohibition on the acceptance or renewal of brokered deposits by depository institutions that are not well capitalized, or are adequately capitalized and have not received a waiver from the FDIC. Seacoast National is well capitalized, and brokered deposits are not restricted.
Enforcement Policies and Actions
The Federal Reserve and the OCC monitor compliance with laws and regulations. Violations of laws and regulations, or other unsafe and unsound practices, may result in these agencies imposing fines or penalties, cease and desist orders, or taking other enforcement actions. Under certain circumstances, these agencies may enforce these remedies directly against officers, directors, employees and others participating in the affairs of a bank or bank holding company.
The International Money Laundering Abatement and Anti-Terrorism Funding Act of 2001 specifies know your customer requirements that obligate financial institutions to take actions to verify the identity of the account holders in connection with opening an account at any U.S. financial institution. Banking regulators will consider compliance with the Acts money laundering provisions in acting upon acquisition and merger proposals, and sanctions for violations of the Act can be imposed in an amount equal to twice the sum involved in the violating transaction, up to $1 million.
The Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism (USA PATRIOT) Act of 2001. Under the USA PATRIOT Act, financial institutions are subject to prohibitions against specified financial transactions and account relationships as well as enhanced due diligence and know your customer standards in their dealings with foreign financial institutions and foreign customers.
The USA PATRIOT Act requires financial institutions to establish anti-money laundering programs. The USA PATRIOT Act sets forth minimum standards for these programs, including:
Fiscal and Monetary Policy
Banking is a business that depends on interest rate differentials. In general, the difference between the interest paid by a bank on its deposits and its other borrowings, and the interest received by a bank on its loans and securities holdings, constitutes the major portion of a banks earnings. Thus, the earnings and growth of Seacoast and its bank subsidiary are subject to the influence of economic conditions generally, both domestic and foreign, and also to the monetary and fiscal policies of the United States and its agencies, particularly the Federal Reserve. The Federal Reserve regulates the supply of money through various means, including open market dealings in United States government securities, the discount rate at which banks may borrow from the Federal Reserve, and the reserve requirements on deposits. The nature and timing of any changes in such policies and their effect on Seacoast and its subsidiary cannot be predicted.
FDIC Insurance Assessments
Seacoast Nationals deposits are insured by the FDICs Deposit Insurance Fund (DIF), and Seacoast National is subject to FDIC assessments for its deposit insurance, as well as assessments by the FDIC to pay interest on Financing Corporation (FICO) bonds. During 2005 through 2007, the FDICs risk-based deposit insurance assessment schedule ranged from zero to 43 basis points per annum. During these three years, Seacoast National, including its predecessors from their date of acquisition, paid no FDIC deposit insurance premiums. FICO assessments of approximately $225,000, $325,000 and $225,000 were paid to the FDIC in 2005, 2006 and 2007, respectively.
Congress passed the Federal Deposit Insurance Reform Act (the Reform Act) in February 2006. Deposits remain insured up to a maximum of $100,000, but the amount of deposit insurance will be adjusted every five years based upon inflation. Retirement accounts will be insured for up to $250,000, and a bank that is less than adequately capitalized will not be able to accept employee benefit deposits. This law also changes the way FDIC insurance assessments and credits are calculated.
The FDIC has adopted new risk-based deposit premium rules following the Reform Act, to achieve the new targeted designated reserve ratio specified in the Reform Act. The new rules set forth the following risk categories and initial deposit insurance assessment rates:
Seacoast National expects that it will pay FDIC deposit insurance assessments in 2008 based upon the expiration of a one-time credit provided by the Reform Act and FDIC rules for deposit insurance premiums previously paid. At the beginning of 2007, this credit totaled approximately $1,240,000. FDIC insurance assessments for 2007 were approximately $840,000 which were offset entirely by an equivalent amount of the credit during 2007. Although assessments will change with the levels of our deposits and as a result of quarterly changes by the FDIC in its assessment rates or changes in Seacoast Nationals risk category, the credits unused in 2007 of approximately $400,000 may be applied to reduce up to 90% of deposit insurance assessments in 2008. We believe this credit will be fully utilized and expire sometime during the second quarter of 2008. We believe that as a result of the risks in our local markets and their effects on the risks of our loan portfolio, especially our real estate loans, that our FDIC insurance assessment rate will increase for 2008.
FICO assessments are set by the FDIC quarterly and ranged from 1.44 basis points of FDIC assessable deposits in the first quarter of 2005 to 1.34 basis points in last quarter of 2005, 1.32 basis points in the first quarter of 2006 to 1.24 basis points in the last quarter of 2006, and 1.22 basis points in the first quarter of 2007 to 1.14 basis points in the last quarter of 2007. The FICO assessment rate for the first quarter of 2008 is 1.14 basis points.
Recent Legislative and Regulatory Changes
Legislative and regulatory proposals regarding changes in banking, and the regulation of banks, thrifts and other financial institutions and bank and bank holding company powers are being considered by the executive branch of the Federal government, Congress and various state governments, including Florida. Certain of these proposals, if adopted, could significantly change the regulation or operations of banks and the financial services industry. It cannot be predicted whether any of these proposals will be adopted, and, if adopted, how these proposals will affect the Company and its bank subsidiary.
During 2006, the federal bank regulatory agencies released guidance on Concentrations in Commercial Real Estate Lending (the Guidance). The Guidance defines commercial real estate (CRE) loans as exposures secured by raw land, land development and construction (including 1-4 family residential construction), multi-family property, and non-farm nonresidential property where the primary or a significant source of repayment is derived from rental income associated with the property (that is, loans for which 50% or more of the source of repayment comes from third party, non-affiliated, rental income) or the proceeds of the sale, refinancing, or permanent financing of the property. Loans to REITs and unsecured loans to developers that closely correlate to the inherent risks in CRE markets would also be considered CRE loans under the Guidance. Loans on owner occupied CRE are generally excluded.
The Guidance requires that appropriate processes be in place to identify, monitor and control risks associated with real estate lending concentrations. This could include enhanced strategic planning, CRE underwriting policies, risk management, internal controls, portfolio stress testing and risk exposure limits as well as appropriately designed compensation and incentive programs. Higher allowances for loan losses and capital levels may also be required. The Guidance is triggered when CRE loan concentrations exceed either:
The Guidance also applies when a bank has a sharp increase in CRE loans or has significant concentrations of CRE secured by a particular property type.
The Guidance applies to the Companys CRE lending activities due to its concentration in construction and land development loans. At December 31, 2007, the Company had outstanding $537.5 million in commercial construction and residential land development loans and $72.1 in residential construction loans to individuals, which represents approximately 284% of our capital at December 31, 2007. The Company has always had significant exposures to loans secured by commercial real estate due to the nature of its growing markets and the loan needs of both its retail and commercial customers. The Company believes its long term experience in CRE lending, underwriting policies, internal controls, and other policies currently in place, as well as its loan and credit monitoring and administration procedures, are generally appropriate to managing its concentrations as required under the Guidance. The federal bank regulators are looking more closely at the risks of various assets and asset categories and risk management, and the need for additional rules regarding liquidity, as well as capital rules that better reflects risk.
Certain statistical and financial information (as required by Guide 3) is included in response to Item 7 of this Annual Report on Form 10-K. Certain statistical information is also included in response to Item 6 and Item 8 of this Annual Report on Form 10-K.
Item 1A. Risk Factors
Any of the following risks could harm our business, results of operations and financial condition and an investment in our stock. The risks discussed below also include forward-looking statements, and our actual results may differ substantially from those discussed in these forward-looking statements.
Risks Related to Our Business
We could encounter operational difficulties as a result of our growth.
Our loans, deposits, fee businesses and employees have increased rapidly as a result of our organic growth and acquisitions. Our failure to successfully manage and support this growth with sufficient human resources, training and operational, financial and technology resources could have a material adverse effect on our operating results and financial condition. We may not be able to sustain or manage our growth.
Future acquisitions and expansion activities may disrupt our business, dilute shareholder value and adversely affect our operating results.
We regularly evaluate potential acquisitions and expansion opportunities. To the extent that we grow through acquisitions, we cannot assure you that we will be able to adequately or profitably manage this growth. Acquiring other banks, branches or businesses, as well as other geographic and product expansion activities, involve various risks including:
We are required to maintain capital to meet regulatory requirements, and if we fail to maintain sufficient capital, our financial condition, liquidity and results of operations would be adversely affected.
Both the Company and Seacoast National must meet regulatory capital requirements and maintain sufficient liquidity. If we fail to meet these capital and other regulatory requirements, our financial condition, liquidity and results of operations would be materially and adversely affected. Our failure to remain well capitalized and well managed for bank regulatory purposes could affect customer confidence, our ability to grow, our costs of funds and FDIC insurance costs, our ability to pay dividends on common stock, and our ability to make acquisitions, and we would no longer meet the requirements to become a financial holding company.
Our growth or currently unanticipated losses may require us to raise additional capital in the future, but that capital may not be available when it is needed or on favorable terms, and could dilute our existing shareholders.
We anticipate that our current capital resources will satisfy our capital requirements for the foreseeable future, absent any adverse regulatory action requiring additional capital. We may, however, need to raise additional capital to support our growth, currently unanticipated losses, or regulatory requirements. Our ability to raise additional capital, if needed, will depend, among other things, on conditions in the capital markets at that time, which are currently disrupted and limited by events outside our control, and on our financial performance. If we cannot raise additional capital on acceptable terms when needed, our ability to further expand our operations through internal growth and acquisitions could be limited. Any issuances of our common stock or securities convertible into or exchangeable for our common stock could dilute the interests of our existing common shareholders.
Weakness in the real estate markets, including the secondary market for residential mortgage loans have adversely affected us and may continue to adversely affect us.
The effects of ongoing mortgage market challenges, combined with the ongoing correction in residential real estate market prices and reduced levels of home sales, could result in further price reductions in single family home values, further adversely affecting the liquidity and value of collateral securing commercial loans for residential acquisition, construction and development, as well as residential mortgage loans that we hold, mortgage loan originations and gains on sale of mortgage loans. Declining real estate prices and higher interest rates charged on mortgage loans have caused higher delinquencies and losses on certain mortgage loans, generally, particularly second lien mortgages and home equity lines of credit. Significant ongoing disruptions in the secondary market for residential mortgage loans have limited the market for and liquidity of most residential mortgage loans other than conforming Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac loans. These trends could continue. Continued declines in real estate values, home sales volumes and financial stress on borrowers as a result of job losses, interest rate resets on adjustable rate mortgage loans or other factors could have further adverse effects on borrowers that result in higher delinquencies and greater charge-offs in future periods, which would adversely affect our financial condition, including capital and liquidity, or results of operations. In the event our allowance for loan losses is insufficient to cover such losses, our earnings, capital and liquidity could be adversely affected. As a result of the foregoing, our bank regulators could impose formal enforcement actions upon us, which among other possible things, would limit our business, and may require us to maintain higher levels of capital. Any formal enforcement actions would require prior regulatory approval of changes in our senior executive officers and directors and limit payments to our directors and officers upon termination.
Our real estate portfolios are exposed to weakness in the Florida housing market and the overall state of the economy.
The declines in home prices in the Florida housing market, along with the reduced availability of mortgage credit, have resulted in increases in delinquencies and losses in our portfolios of home equity lines and loans, and commercial loans related to residential real estate acquisition, construction and development. Further declines in home prices coupled with an economic recession and associated rises in unemployment levels could drive losses beyond that which is provided for in the allowance for loan losses. In that event, our earnings, financial condition, including our capital and liquidity could be adversely affected.
Regulatory Risks of Real Estate Lending and Concentrations
Commercial real estate (CRE) is cyclical and poses risks of possible loss due to concentration levels and similar risks of the asset, especially since the Company had 55.6% of its portfolio in CRE loans at year-end 2007 and 52.9% for 2006. The banking regulators are giving CRE lending greater scrutiny, and may require banks with higher levels of CRE loans to implement improved underwriting, internal controls, risk management policies and portfolio stress testing, as well as possibly higher levels of allowances for possible losses and capital levels as a result of CRE lending growth and exposures. During 2007, the Company added $12.7 million in provisions for loan losses compared to $3.3 million in 2006, in part reflecting collateral evaluations in response to recent changes in the market value for residential real estate collateralizing land and acquisition and development loans. Sales of residential real estate and mortgage loan production fell in 2006 and 2007, adversely affecting loan demand, deposit growth, fee income from mortgage production and sale, and liquidity of certain of our collateral. Real estate activity and values in our market have declined in recent periods, and these conditions persist.
Attractive acquisition opportunities may not be available to us in the future.
While we seek continued organic growth, we will continue to consider the acquisition of other businesses. We expect that other banking and financial companies, many of which have significantly greater resources, will compete with us to acquire financial services businesses. This competition could increase prices for potential acquisitions that we believe are attractive. Also, acquisitions are subject to various regulatory approvals. If we fail to receive the appropriate regulatory approvals, we will not be able to consummate an acquisition that we believe is in our best interests. Among other things, our regulators consider our capital, liquidity, profitability, regulatory compliance and levels of goodwill and intangibles when considering acquisition and expansion proposals. Any acquisition could be dilutive to our earnings and shareholders equity per share of our common stock.
Our cost of funds may increase as a result of general economic conditions, interest rates and competitive pressures.
Our cost of funds may increase as a result of general economic conditions, interest rates and competitive pressures. We have traditionally obtained funds principally through local deposits and we have a base of lower cost transaction deposits. Our deposits also increased due to acquisitions in 2005 and 2006, and insurance and other payments received by our customers as a result of hurricanes in 2004 and 2005. Generally, we believe local deposits are a cheaper and more stable source of funds than other borrowings because interest rates paid for local deposits are typically lower than interest rates charged for borrowings from other institutional lenders and reflect a mix of transaction and time deposits, whereas brokered deposits typically are higher cost time deposits. Disruption in the capital markets have reduced the availability of funds for financial services companies and increased the cost of and adversely affected the terms and costs of such funds. Our costs of funds and our profitability and liquidity are likely to be adversely affected to the extent we have to rely upon higher cost borrowings from other institutional lenders or brokers to fund loan demand, and changes in our deposit mix and growth could adversely affect our profitability and the ability to expand our loan portfolio.
Our profitability and liquidity may be affected by changes in interest rates and economic conditions.
Our profitability depends upon net interest income, which is the difference between interest earned on assets, and interest expense on interest-bearing liabilities, such as deposits and borrowings. Net interest income will be adversely affected if market interest rates change such that the interest we pay on deposits and borrowings increases faster than the interest earned on loans and investments. Interest rates,
and consequently our results of operations, are affected by general economic conditions (domestic and foreign) and fiscal and monetary policies. Monetary and fiscal policies may materially affect the level and direction of interest rates. From June 2004 to mid-2006, the Federal Reserve raised the federal funds rate from 1.0% to 5.25%. Since then, beginning in September 2007, the Federal Reserve decreased the federal funds rates by 100 basis points to 4.25% over the remainder of 2007, and has since reduced the rate by an additional 125 basis points to 3.00% in January 2008. Decreases in interest rates generally increase the market values of fixed-rate, interest-bearing investments and loans held. However, the production of mortgages and other loans and the value of collateral securing our loans, are dependent on demand within the markets we serve, as well as interest rates. The levels of sales, as well as the values of real estate in our markets have declined. Declining rates are indicative of efforts by the Federal Reserve to stimulate the economy and may or may not be effective in the short term, affecting our liquidity and earnings.
Our future success is dependent on our ability to compete effectively in highly competitive markets.
We operate in the highly competitive markets of Martin, St. Lucie, Brevard, Indian River, Palm Beach and Broward Counties in southeastern Florida, the Orlando, Florida metropolitan statistical area, as well as in more rural counties in the Lake Okeechobee, Florida region. Our future growth and success will depend on our ability to compete effectively in these markets. We compete for loans, deposits and other financial services in geographic markets with other local, regional and national commercial banks, thrifts, credit unions, mortgage lenders, and securities and insurance brokerage firms. Many of our competitors offer products and services different from us, and have substantially greater resources, name recognition and market presence than we do, which benefits them in attracting business. In addition, larger competitors may be able to price loans and deposits more aggressively than we can, and have broader customer and geographic bases to draw upon.
We operate in a heavily regulated environment.
Seacoast and its subsidiaries are regulated by several regulators, including the Federal Reserve, the OCC, the SEC, the FDIC and FINRA. Our success is affected by state and federal regulations affecting banks and bank holding companies, and the securities markets and securities and insurance regulators. Banking regulations are primarily intended to protect depositors, not shareholders. The financial services industry also is subject to frequent legislative and regulatory changes and proposed changes, the effects of which cannot be predicted. Federal bank regulatory agencies are evaluating the regulation of bank capital, liquidity and risk management, and changes, if any, could require us to maintain more capital and liquidity, which could adversely affect our growth and profitability.
We are subject to internal control reporting requirements that increase compliance costs and failure to comply timely could adversely affect our reputation and the value of our securities.
We are required to comply with various corporate governance and financial reporting requirements under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, as well as rules and regulations adopted by the SEC, the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board and Nasdaq. In particular, we are required to include management and independent auditor reports on internal controls as part of our annual report on Form 10-K pursuant to Section 404 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act. We expect to continue to spend significant amounts of time and money on compliance with these rules. Our failure to comply with these internal control rules may materially adversely affect our reputation, ability to obtain the necessary certifications to financial statements, and the value of our securities.
Technological changes affect our business, and we may have fewer resources than many competitors to invest in technological improvements.
The financial services industry is undergoing rapid technological changes with frequent introductions of new technology-driven products and services. In addition to serving clients better, the effective use of technology may increase efficiency and may enable financial institutions to reduce costs. Our future success will depend, in part, upon our ability to use technology to provide products and services that provide convenience to customers and to create additional efficiencies in operations. We may need to make significant additional capital investments in technology in the future, and we may not be able to effectively implement new technology-driven products and services. Many competitors have substantially greater resources to invest in technological improvements.
The anti-takeover provisions in our articles of incorporation and under Florida law may make it more difficult for takeover attempts that have not been approved by our board of directors.
Florida law and Seacoasts articles of incorporation include anti-takeover provisions, such as provisions that encourage persons seeking to acquire control of Seacoast to consult with our board, and which enable the board to negotiate and give consideration on behalf of Seacoast and our shareholders and other constituencies to the merits of any offer made. Such provisions, as well as supermajority voting and quorum requirements and a staggered board of directors, may make any takeover attempts and other acquisitions of interests in Seacoast that have not been approved by our board of directors more difficult and more expensive. These provisions may discourage possible business combinations that a majority of our shareholders may believe to be desirable and beneficial.
Hurricanes or other adverse weather events would negatively affect Seacoasts local economies or disrupt Seacoasts operations, which would have an adverse effect on Seacoasts business or results of operations.
Seacoasts market areas in Florida are susceptible to hurricanes and tropical storms and related flooding and wind damage. Such weather events can disrupt operations, result in damage to properties and negatively affect the local economies in the markets where they operate. Seacoast cannot predict whether or to what extent damage that may be caused by future hurricanes will affect its operations or the economies in Seacoasts current or future market areas, but such weather events could result in a decline in loan originations, a decline in the value or destruction of properties securing our loans and an increase in the delinquencies, foreclosures or loan losses. Our business or results of operations may be adversely affected by these and other negative effects of future hurricanes or tropical storms, including flooding and wind damage. Many of our customers have incurred significantly higher property and casualty insurance premiums on their properties located in our markets, which may adversely affect real estate sales and values in our markets.
Our allowance for loan losses may prove inadequate or we may be negatively affected by credit risk exposures.
Our business depends on the creditworthiness of our customers. We periodically review our allowance for loan losses for adequacy considering economic conditions and trends, collateral values and credit quality indicators, including past charge-off experience and levels of past due loans and nonperforming assets. We cannot be certain that our allowance for loan losses will be adequate over time to cover credit losses in our portfolio because of unanticipated adverse changes in the economy, market conditions or events adversely affecting specific customers, industries or markets. If the credit quality of our customer base materially decreases, if the risk profile of a market, industry or group of customers changes materially or weaknesses in the real estate markets persist or worsen, or if our allowance for loan losses is not adequate, our business, financial condition, including our liquidity and capital, and results of operations could be materially adversely affected.
Item 1B. Unresolved Staff Comments
Item 2. Properties
Seacoast and Seacoast Nationals main office occupies approximately 62,000 square feet of a 68,000 square foot building in Stuart, Florida. This building, together with an adjacent 10-lane drive-through banking facility and an additional 27,000 square foot office building, are situated on approximately eight acres of land in the center of Stuart zoned for commercial use. The building and land are owned by Seacoast National, which leases out portions of the building not utilized by Seacoast and Seacoast National to unaffiliated third parties.
Adjacent to the main office, Seacoast National leases approximately 21,400 square feet of office space to house operational departments, consisting primarily of information systems and retail support. Seacoast National owns its equipment, which is used for servicing bank deposits and loan accounts as well as on-line banking services, and providing tellers and other customer service personnel with access to customers records. In addition, Seacoast National acquired Big Lakes operations center as a result of the acquisition of Big Lake on April 1, 2006. The operations center is situated on 3.25 acres in a 4,939 square foot building in Okeechobee, Florida, all owned by Seacoast National. The site is used as an auxiliary operations center, and can be utilized as a disaster recovery site should natural disasters or other events preclude use of Seacoast Nationals primary operations center.
In February 2000, Seacoast National opened a lending office in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida for its Seacoast Marine Finance Division. In November 2002, additional office space was acquired for the Seacoast Marine Finance Division in Alameda, California (430 square feet of leased space), and Newport Beach, California (1,200 square feet of leased space). Since January 2005, the Ft. Lauderdale, Florida office has been in a 2,009 square feet leased facility. The furniture and equipment at these locations is owned by Seacoast National.
In June 2004, Seacoast National also opened a loan production office in Melbourne, Florida. Located in a three story waterfront office building, this office occupies 1,533 square feet of leased space on the third floor. This office was closed in February 2007 coinciding with the opening of our Viera branch location in Brevard County. Personnel at the loan production office now occupy space in the new branch office.
As of December 31, 2007, the net carrying value of branch offices of Seacoast National (excluding the main office) was approximately $24.6 million. Seacoast Nationals branch offices are described as follows:
Jensen Beach, opened in 1977, is a free-standing facility located in the commercial district of a residential community contiguous to Stuart. The 1,920 square foot bank building and land are owned by Seacoast National. Improvements include three drive-in teller lanes and one drive-up ATM, as well as a parking lot and landscaping.
East Ocean Boulevard, was originally opened in 1978 and relocated in 1995. This office is located on the main thoroughfare between downtown Stuart and Hutchinson Islands beachfront residential developments. This branch is housed in a four-story office condominium. The 2,300 square foot branch area on the first floor operates as a full service branch including five drive-in lanes and a drive-up ATM. The remaining 2,300 square feet on the ground floor was sold in June 1996, the third floor was sold in December 1995, and the second floor was sold in December 1998.
Cove Road, opened in late 1983, is conveniently located close to housing developments in the residential areas south of Stuart known as Port Salerno and Hobe Sound. South Branch Building, Inc., a subsidiary of Seacoast National, is a general partner in a partnership that entered into a long-term land lease for approximately four acres of property on which it constructed a 7,500 square foot building. Seacoast National leases the building and utilizes 3,450 square feet of the available space. Remaining space is sublet by Seacoast National to other business tenants. Seacoast National has improved the premises with three drive-in lanes, bank equipment, and furniture and fixtures, all of which are owned by Seacoast National. A drive-up ATM was added in early 1997.
Hutchinson Island, opened on December 31, 1984, is in a shopping center located on a coastal barrier island, close to numerous oceanfront condominium developments. In 1993, the branch was expanded from 2,800 square feet to 4,000 square feet and is under a long-term lease to Seacoast National. Seacoast National has improved the premises with bank equipment, a walk-up ATM and three drive-in lanes, all owned by Seacoast National.
Rivergate, opened October 28, 1985, originally occupied 1,700 square feet of leased space in the Rivergate Shopping Center, Port St. Lucie, Florida. Seacoast National moved the branch to larger facilities in the shopping center in April 1999. Furniture and bank equipment located in the prior facilities were moved to the new facility, which occupies approximately 3,400 square feet, with three drive-in lanes and a drive-up ATM. This office will be closing in the second quarter of 2008, simultaneous with the opening of Seacoast Nationals new Westmoreland branch office (across the street from Rivergate). The Westmoreland office will be situated in a stand alone building owned by Seacoast National with 4,468 square feet of space (2,821 square feet to be occupied by the branch, the remainder to be leased to tenants) on leased land, with three drive-in lanes, a drive-up ATM, and furniture and equipment, all owned by Seacoast National. Located on the corner of a heavily traversed thoroughfare, the new location is more prominent than the existing store front location in the shopping plaza.
Wedgewood Commons, opened in April 1988, is located on an out-parcel under a long-term ground lease in the Wedgewood Commons Shopping Center, south of Stuart on U.S. Highway 1. The property consists of a 2,800 square foot building that houses four drive-in lanes, a walk-up ATM and various bank equipment, all of which are owned by Seacoast National. This office is expected to close late in the fourth quarter of 2008, with its relocation to a new stand alone building on a leased out-parcel in the same shopping center, but with a greater presence on the corner of U.S. 1 and offering better ingress and egress. The new building owned by Seacoast National will contain 5,477 square feet of space (2,836 square feet to be occupied by the branch, the remainder to be leased to tenants), with four drive-in lanes, a drive-up ATM, and furniture and equipment, all of which are owned by Seacoast National.
Bayshore, opened in September 1990, occupies 3,520 square feet of a 50,000 square foot shopping center located in Port St. Lucie. Seacoast National has leased the premises under a long-term lease agreement and has made improvements to the premises, including the addition of three drive-in lanes and a walk-up ATM, all of which are owned by Seacoast National.
Hobe Sound, acquired in December 1991 from the Resolution Trust Corporation, is a two-story facility containing 8,000 square feet and is centrally located in Hobe Sound. Of 2,800 square feet on the second floor, 1,225 square feet is utilized by local community organizations. Improvements include two drive-in teller lanes, a drive-up ATM, and equipment and furniture, all of which are owned by Seacoast National.
Fort Pierce, acquired in December 1991, is a 2,895 square foot facility owned by Seacoast National in the heart of Fort Pierce that has three drive-in lanes and a drive-up ATM. Equipment and furniture at this location are all owned by Seacoast National. In August 2007, Seacoast National sold this building, realizing a gain of $280,000. Under the terms of the sales agreement, Seacoast National obtained an accommodation whereby it can continue to occupy the location until construction of its new Ft. Pierce location is completed. The new location on U.S. 1 will be situated on leased land with 5,477 square feet of space (2,836 square feet to be occupied by the branch, the remainder to be leased to tenants), with three drive-in lanes, a drive-up ATM, and furniture and equipment, all of which are owned by Seacoast National. The new location is not expected to open until December 2008.
Martin Downs, acquired in February 1992, is a 3,960 square foot bank building owned by Seacoast National located at a high traffic intersection in Palm City, an emerging commercial and residential community west of Stuart. Improvements include three drive-in teller lanes, a drive-up ATM, equipment and furniture.
Tiffany, acquired in May 1992 and owned by Seacoast National, is a two-story facility containing 8,250 square feet and is located on a corner of U.S. Highway 1 in Port St. Lucie offering excellent exposure in one of the fastest growing residential areas in the region. Seacoast National uses the second story space to house brokerage and loan origination personnel, a training facility and conference area. Three drive-in teller lanes, a walk-up ATM, equipment and furniture are utilized and owned by Seacoast National.
Vero Beach, acquired in February 1993 and owned by Seacoast National, is a 3,300 square foot bank building located in Vero Beach on U.S. Highway 1 at the intersection with 12th Street. Seacoast National holds a long-term ground lease on the property. Improvements include three drive-in teller lanes, a walk-up ATM, equipment and furniture, all of which are owned by Seacoast National.
Beachland, opened in February 1993, consists of 4,150 square feet of leased space located in a three-story commercial building on Beachland Boulevard, the main beachfront thoroughfare in Vero Beach, Florida. This facility has 2 drive-in teller lanes, a drive-up ATM, and furniture and equipment, all owned by Seacoast National.
Sandhill Cove, opened in September 1993, is a leased facility in an upscale life-care retirement community. The 135 square foot office is located within the community facilities on a 36-acre development in Palm City, Florida. This community contains approximately 168 private residences.
St. Lucie West, opened in November 1994 in a different location, was moved to the Renar Centre, located at 1100 SW St. Lucie West Blvd., Port St. Lucie, Florida, in June 1997, where Seacoast National leases 4,320 square feet on the first floor. The facility includes three drive-in teller lanes, a drive-up ATM, and furniture and equipment.
Mariner Square, acquired in April 1995, is a 3,600 square foot leased space located on the ground floor of a three-story office building located on U.S. Highway 1 between Hobe Sound and Port Salerno. Approximately 700 square feet of the space is sublet to a third party. The space occupied by Seacoast National has been improved to be a full service branch with two drive-in lanes, one serving as a drive-up ATM lane as well as a drive-in teller lane, all owned by Seacoast National. Seacoast National intends to close this location by the end of March 2008.
Sebastian, opened in May 1996, is located within a 174,000 square foot Wal-Mart Superstore on U.S. Highway 1 in northern Indian River County. The leased space occupied by Seacoast National totals 865 square feet. The facility has a walk-up ATM, owned by Seacoast National.
South Vero Square, opened in May 1997 in a 3,150 square foot building owned by Seacoast National on South U.S. Highway 1 in Vero Beach. The facility includes three drive-in teller lanes, a drive-up ATM, and furniture and equipment, all owned by Seacoast National.
Oak Point, opened in June 1997, occupies 12,000 square feet of leased space on the first and second floors of a 19,700 square foot three-story building in Indian River County. The office is in close proximity to Indian River Memorial Hospital and the peripheral medical community adjacent to the hospital. The facility includes three drive-in teller lanes, a walk-up ATM, and furniture and equipment, all owned by Seacoast National. Seacoast National sublets 2,270 square feet of space on the second floor to a third party.
Route 60 Vero, opened in July 1997. Similar to the Sebastian office, this facility is housed in a Wal-Mart Superstore in western Vero Beach in Indian River County. The branch occupies 750 square feet of leased space and includes a walk-up ATM.
Sebastian West, opened in March 1998 in a 3,150 square foot building owned by Seacoast National. It is located at the intersection of Fellsmere Road and Roseland Road in Sebastian. The facility includes three drive-in teller lanes, a drive-up ATM, and furniture and equipment, all owned by Seacoast National.
Jensen West, opened in July 2000, is located on an out parcel under a long-term ground lease on U.S. Highway 1 in northern Martin County. The facility consists of a 3,930 square foot building, with four drive-up lanes, a drive-up ATM and furniture and equipment, all of which are owned by Seacoast National and are located on the leased property. This office replaced Seacoast Nationals U.S. Highway 1 and Port St. Lucie Boulevard office, one-half mile north of this location, which originally opened in June 1997.
Ft. Pierce Wal-Mart, opened in June 2001, was another Wal-Mart Superstore location. The branch occupied 540 square feet of leased space and included a walk-up ATM, a night depository, and furniture and equipment, all owned by Seacoast National. This location was closed at the end of February 2008.
Port St. Lucie Wal-Mart, opened in October 2002, occupied 695 square feet of leased space in a Wal-Mart Superstore on U.S. Highway 1. The branch included a walk-up ATM, a night depository, and furniture and equipment, all owned by Seacoast National. This location was closed at the end of December 2007.
Jupiter, located on U.S. Highway 1 in Jupiter, Florida, this office opened as a loan production office in August 2002 and converted to a full-service branch during 2003. Commercial and residential lending personnel as well as certain executive offices were maintained at this location until May 2006 when the Companys PGA Blvd. location opened. In May 2006 this office was closed. Seacoast Nationals obligation for 3,718 square feet of leased space under lease expired at the end of July 2007. No ATM or night depository existed for this location and all furniture and equipment at the branch has been removed.
Tequesta, opened in January 2003, is a 3,500 square foot building acquired and owned by Seacoast National located on U.S. Highway 1 on property subject to a long-term ground lease. The Tequesta location has two drive-up lanes, a drive-up ATM, a night depository, and furniture and equipment, all owned by Seacoast National.
Jupiter Indiantown, opened in December 2004, is a free-standing office located on Indiantown Road, a prime thoroughfare in Jupiter, Florida. Seacoast National owns the building and leases the land. The building is 2,881 square feet and includes three drive-up lanes, a drive-up ATM, a night depository, and furniture and equipment, all owned by Seacoast National.
Juno Beach was acquired during 2004. Seacoast Nationals Jupiter Bluffs branch was relocated to this facility at the end of December 2004, following renovation of the building. The building is 2,891 square feet, located on U.S. Highway 1 in Juno Beach, and includes three drive-up lanes, a drive-up ATM, a night depository, and furniture and equipment, all owned by Seacoast National. The Company intends to close this location by the end of March 2008.
60 West was acquired in January 2005 from another financial institution. Seacoast National owns the land and the 2,500 square foot building at this location on Route 60 in Vero Beach. The office has three drive-up lanes, a drive-up ATM, a night depository, and furniture and equipment, all owned by Seacoast National.
Northlake, is a 2,881 square foot location built on land owned by Seacoast National and opened in February 2005. Located on a bustling east / west thoroughfare in northern Palm Beach County, the facility includes 3 drive-up lanes, a drive-up ATM, a night depository, and furniture and equipment, all owned by Seacoast National.
Downtown Orlando, acquired in April 2005, is a 6,752 square foot leased facility occupying the ground floor of a six-floor 62,100 square-foot commercial office building on Orange Avenue in the heart of downtown Orlando. The location includes a walk-up ATM, a night depository, and furniture and equipment, all owned by Seacoast National.
Maitland/Winter Park, acquired in April 2005, occupies 4,536 square feet of leased space on the first floor of a three-story 32,975 square foot office building on Orlando Avenue. The location includes 3 drive-up lanes, a drive-up ATM, a night depository, and furniture and equipment, all owned by Seacoast National.
Longwood, acquired in April 2005, occupies 4,596 square feet of leased space on the first floor of a three-story 35,849 square foot office building on North State Road 434. The location includes 3 drive-up lanes, a drive-up ATM, a night depository, and furniture and equipment, all owned by Seacoast National.
PGA Blvd., a signature Palm Beach County headquarters office opened in May 2006 in Palm Beach Gardens in northern Palm Beach County. Located across the street from the Gardens Mall on PGA Blvd., this leased office is in a high-rise office building. Seacoast National occupies a total of 13,454 square feet: 5,600 square feet on the first floor and 7,854 square feet on the second floor. The office has three drive-up lanes, a drive-up ATM and night depository.
Offices acquired from Big Lake include branches in eight locations in central Florida. Some locations are leased, others owned. The eight locations are as follows:
South Parrott, acquired in April 2006, located in Okeechobee County, this office is comprised of an 8,232 square foot two-story building on approximately 3 acres of land, all owned by Seacoast National. The office was constructed in 1986 and has eight drive-up lanes, a drive-up ATM, a night depository, and furniture and equipment, all owned by Seacoast National.
North Parrott, acquired in April 2006, located in Okeechobee County, is a 3,920 square foot one-story building built in 2004 on 2 acres of land. The office and land are owned by Seacoast National. The office has 4 drive-up lanes, a drive-up ATM, a night depository, and furniture and equipment, all owned by Seacoast National.
Arcadia, acquired in April 2006, located in DeSoto County, is a 1,681 square foot one-story branch on approximately 1.5 acres, all owned by Seacoast National. Built in 1984, the office has 3 drive-up lanes, a walk-up ATM, a night depository, and furniture and equipment, all owned by Seacoast National. An expansion of this office adding 1,575 square feet will likely be completed in June 2008.
Moore Haven, acquired in April 2006, located in Glades County, is a 640 square foot office. The office is under a lease, the initial term of which expired in 2003 and now is renewed annually in November. The office is a storefront location, with a walk-up ATM, and furniture and equipment, all owned by Seacoast National.
Wauchula, acquired in April 2006, located in Hardee County, is a 4,278 square foot office. It is leased under a 10-year lease that expires in 2008, with a renewal option for an additional five years to 2013. The office has 2 drive-up lanes, a walk-up ATM, a night depository, and furniture and equipment, all owned by Seacoast National.
Clewiston, acquired in April 2006, located in Hendry County, consists of a 5,661 square foot building that is 32 years old on 2 plus acres. The land and building are owned. It has 4 drive-up lanes, a drive-up ATM, a night depository, and furniture and equipment, all owned by Seacoast National.
LaBelle, acquired in April 2006, located in Hendry County, is a one-story building consisting of 2,361 square feet on approximately one acre of land. The land and building are owned by Seacoast National. The building is 21 years old. The office has three drive-up lanes, a drive-up ATM, a night depository, and furniture and equipment, all owned by Seacoast National.
Lake Placid, acquired in April 2006, located in Highlands County, is a 2,125 square foot building. The building and land (approximately one-half acre) are owned by Seacoast National. It has a drive-up window, a walk-up ATM, a night depository, and furniture and equipment, all owned by Seacoast National.
Two de novo offices were opened in 2007:
Viera-The Avenues, which opened in February 2007, is Seacoast Nationals first branch location in Brevard County, located in the Viera area. The branch is 5,999 square feet in size, with 3 drive-up lanes, a drive-up ATM, night depository, and furniture and equipment, all owned by Seacoast National. This location is under a ground lease.
Middle River was opened in October 2007 in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida on U.S. 1. The location occupies 2,350 square feet of leased space on the first floor of a brand new one-story building. The location has a night depository, and furniture and equipment, all owned by Seacoast National. The location replaces 1,089 square feet of space acquired on a short term lease in early 2007 in Boca Raton, Florida, temporarily housing a new loan production office. All personnel are now located at the new full service branch location at the Middle River site.
For additional information regarding our properties, please refer to Notes G and K of the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements in Seacoasts 2007 Annual Report, certain portions of which are incorporated herein by reference pursuant to Part II, Item 8 of this report.
New and planned offices projected to open in 2008 include offices that are replacing existing branch locations (see Rivergate, Wedgewood Commons and Ft. Pierce above). In addition, de novo branches to open in 2008 are as follows:
Murrell Road, located in Brevard County, will be Seacoast Nationals second office in this market. The branch will be a two-story office owned by Seacoast National with 9,041 square feet, of which 4,307 square feet on the first floor will house banking and loan offices and 4,264 square feet on the second floor will be leased to outside parties. The branch will have 3 drive-up lanes, a drive-up ATM, a night depository, and furniture and equipment, all owned by Seacoast National. This location is under a ground lease and will open in March 2008.
Gatlin Boulevard, located in St. Lucie County, also will open March 2008 on an out parcel directly in front of a Sams Club and adjacent to a Wal-Mart, both presently open. The office will be two stories, with 2,782 square feet on the first floor occupied by Seacoast National and 2,518 square feet on the second floor available for leasing to outside parties. Seacoast National owns the land and building. The branch will have 4 drive-up lanes, a drive-up ATM, a night depository, and furniture and equipment, all owned by Seacoast National.
Item 3. Legal Proceedings
The Company and its subsidiaries are subject, in the ordinary course, to litigation incident to the businesses in which they are engaged. Management presently believes that none of the legal proceedings to which it is a party are likely to have a material adverse effect on the Companys consolidated financial position, operating results or cash flows, although no assurance can be given with respect to the ultimate outcome of any such claim or litigation.
We have incurred no penalties for failing to include on our tax returns any information required to be disclosed under Section 6011 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the Code) with respect to a reportable transaction under the Code and that is required to be reported under Code Section 6707A(e).
Item 4. Submission of Matters to a Vote of Security Holders
Item 5. Market For Registrants Common Equity, Related Stockholder Matters and Issuer Purchases of Equity Securities
Holders of Seacoast common stock are entitled to one vote per share on all matters presented to shareholders as provided in the Companys Amended and Restated Articles of Incorporation.
Our common stock is traded under the symbol SBCF on the Nasdaq Global Select Market which is a national securities exchange (Nasdaq). As of February 29, 2008, there were 19,106,896 shares of Seacoast common stock outstanding, held by approximately 1,477 record holders.
The table below sets forth the high and low sale prices per share of Seacoast common stock on Nasdaq and the dividends paid per share of Seacoast common stock for the indicated periods.
Dividends from Seacoast National are Seacoasts primary source of funds to pay dividends on Seacoast common stock. Under the National Bank Act, national banks may in any calendar year, without the approval of the OCC, pay dividends to the extent of net profits for that year, plus retained net profits for the preceding two years (less any required transfers to surplus). The need to maintain adequate capital in Seacoast National also limits dividends that may be paid to Seacoast. Additional information regarding restrictions on the ability of Seacoast National to pay dividends to Seacoast is contained in Note C of the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements in Seacoasts 2007 Annual Report, portions of which are incorporated by reference herein, including in Part II, Item 8 of this report. See Supervision and Regulation contained in Part I, Item 1 of this report.
The OCC and Federal Reserve have the general authority to limit the dividends paid by insured national banks and bank holding companies, respectively, if such payment may be deemed to constitute an unsafe or unsound practice. If, in the particular circumstances, either of these federal regulators determine that the payment of dividends would constitute an unsafe or unsound banking practice, either of these regulators may, among other things, issue a cease and desist order prohibiting the payment of dividends. See Supervision and Regulation contained in Part I, Item 1 of this report.
Securities Authorized for Issuance Under Equity Compensation Plans
See the information included under Part III, Item 12, which is incorporated in response to this item by reference.
See the information referred to as Performance Graph, included under Part III, Item 11, which is incorporated in response to this item by reference.
Recent Sales of Unregistered Securities
During 2007, the Company did not issue or sell any of its securities in transactions not registered under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended.
Issuer Purchases of Equity Securities
The Companys board of directors authorized a plan to repurchase up to 825,000 shares of Seacoast common stock on September 18, 2001. The following table sets forth the shares of Seacoast common stock repurchased by the Company during the fourth quarter of 2007.
Item 6. Selected Financial Data
Selected financial data of the Company is set forth under the caption Financial Highlights in the 2007 Annual Report and is incorporated herein by reference.
Item 7. Managements Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations
Managements Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations is set forth under the caption Financial Review 2007 Managements Discussion and Analysis in the 2007 Annual Report and is incorporated herein by reference.
Item 7A. Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk
The narrative under the heading of Market Risk in the 2007 Annual Report is incorporated herein by reference. Table 19, Interest Rate Sensitivity Analysis, the narrative under the heading of Securities, and the narrative under the heading of Interest Rate Sensitivity in the 2007 Annual Report are incorporated herein by reference. The information regarding securities owned by the Company set forth in Table 15, Securities Held for Sale and Securities Held for Investment, in the 2007 Annual Report is incorporated herein by reference.
Risk Management Derivative Financial Instruments
Risk Management Derivative Financial Instruments Expected Maturities
Item 8. Financial Statements and Supplementary Data
The report of KPMG LLP, an independent registered public accounting firm, and the Consolidated Financial Statements are included in the 2007 Annual Report and are incorporated herein by reference. Selected Quarterly Information Consolidated Quarterly Average Balances, Yields & Rates and Quarterly Consolidated Income Statements are included in the 2007 Annual Report and are incorporated herein by reference.
Item 9. Changes in and Disagreements With Accountants on Accounting and Financial Disclosure
Item 9A. Controls and Procedures
Disclosure Controls and Procedures. The Company maintains disclosure controls and procedures that are designed to ensure that information required to be disclosed in the Companys reports under the Exchange Act is recorded, processed, summarized and reported within the time periods specified in the SECs rules and forms, and that such information is accumulated and communicated to management, including the Companys Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Chief Financial Officer (CFO), as appropriate, to allow timely decisions regarding required disclosure. In designing and evaluating the disclosure controls and procedures, as defined in SEC Rule 13a-15 under the Exchange Act, management recognized that any controls and procedures, no matter how well designed and operated, can provide only reasonable assurance of achieving the desired control objectives.
In connection with the preparation of this Annual Report on Form 10-K, as of the end of the period covered by this report, an evaluation was performed, with the participation of the CEO and CFO, of the effectiveness of our disclosure controls and procedures, as required by Rule 13a-15 of the Exchange Act. Based upon that evaluation, the CEO and CFO concluded that our disclosure controls and procedures were effective as of the end of the period covered by this report.
Internal Control over Financial Reporting. Management is responsible for establishing and maintaining adequate internal control over financial reporting. Seacoasts internal control system was designed to provide reasonable assurance to our management and board of directors regarding the reliability of financial reporting and the preparation of financial statements for external purposes.
Management conducted an assessment of the effectiveness of our internal control over financial reporting as of December 31, 2007. This assessment was based on the criteria set forth by the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission in Internal ControlIntegrated Framework. Based on this assessment, management believes that, as of December 31, 2007, the Companys internal control over financial reporting was effective.
The Companys independent registered public accounting firm, KPMG LLP, has issued an attestation report on the Companys internal control over financial reporting, which is included in exhibit 23.1 to this report.
Change in Internal Control Over Financial ReportingThere were no changes in the Companys internal control over financial reporting that occurred during the Companys last fiscal quarter that have materially affected, or are reasonably likely to materially affect, the Companys internal control over financial reporting.
Item 9B. Other Information.
Item 10. Directors, Executive Officers and Corporate Governance
Information concerning the directors and executive officers of Seacoast is set forth under the headings Proposal 1 Election of Directors and Corporate Governance in the 2008 Proxy Statement, as well as under the heading Section 16(a) Beneficial Ownership Reporting Compliance in the 2008 Proxy Statement and is incorporated herein by reference.
Item 11. Executive Compensation
Information regarding the compensation paid by Seacoast to its directors and executive officers is set forth under the headings Executive Compensation, Compensation Discussion & Analysis, Salary and Benefits Committee Report, Director Compensation and Performance Graph in the 2008 Proxy Statement, incorporated herein by reference.
Item 12. Security Ownership of Certain Beneficial Owners and Management and Related Stockholder Matters
The following table sets forth information about the Seacoast common stock that may be issued under all of the Companys existing compensation plans as of December 31, 2007.
Equity Compensation Plan Information
Additional information regarding the ownership of Seacoasts common stock is set forth under the headings Proposal 1 Election of Directors and Principal Shareholders in the 2008 Proxy Statement, and is incorporated herein by reference.
Item 13. Certain Relationships and Related Transactions, and Director Independence
Information regarding certain relationships and transactions between Seacoast and its officers, directors and significant shareholders is set forth under the heading Salary and Benefits Committee Interlocks and Insider Participation and Certain Transactions and Business Relationships and Corporate Governance in the 2008 Proxy Statement and is incorporated herein by reference.
Item 14. Principal Accountant Fees and Services
Information concerning the Companys principal accounting fees and services is set forth under the heading Independent Auditors in the 2008 Proxy Statement and is incorporated herein by reference.
Item 15. Exhibits and Financial Statement Schedules
(a)(1) List of all financial statements
The following consolidated financial statements and reports of independent registered public accounting firms of Seacoast, included in the 2007 Annual Report, are incorporated by reference into Part II, Item 8 of this Annual Report on Form 10-K.
Reports of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firms Consolidated Balance Sheets as of December 31, 2007 and 2006 Consolidated Statements of Income for the years ended December 31, 2007, 2006 and 2005 Consolidated Statements of Shareholders Equity for the years ended December 31, 2007, 2006 and 2005 Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows for the years ended December 31, 2007, 2006 and 2005 Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements
(a)(2) List of financial statement schedules
All schedules normally required by Form 10-K are omitted, since either they are not applicable or the required information is shown in the financial statements or the notes thereto.
(a)(3) Listing of Exhibits
PLEASE NOTE: It is inappropriate for readers to assume the accuracy of, or rely upon any covenants, representations or warranties that may be contained in agreements or other documents filed as Exhibits to, or incorporated by reference in, this report. Any such covenants, representations or warranties may have been qualified or superseded by disclosures contained in separate schedules or exhibits not filed with or incorporated by reference in this report, may reflect the parties negotiated risk allocation in the particular transaction, may be qualified by materiality standards that differ from those applicable for securities law purposes, may not be true as of the date of this report or any other date, and may be subject to waivers by any or all of the parties. Where exhibits and schedules to agreements filed or incorporated by reference as Exhibits hereto are not included in these Exhibits, such exhibits and schedules to agreements are not included or incorporated by reference herein.
The following Exhibits are attached hereto or incorporated by reference herein (unless indicated otherwise, all documents referenced below were filed pursuant to the Exchange Act by Seacoast Banking Corporation of Florida, Commission File No. 0-13660):
Exhibit 3.1 Amended and Restated Articles of Incorporation
Incorporated herein by reference from the Companys Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q, dated May 10, 2006.
Exhibit 3.2 Amended and Restated By-laws of the Corporation
Incorporated herein by reference from the Companys Annual Report on Form 10-K, dated March 28, 2003.
Exhibit 4.1 Specimen Common Stock Certificate
Incorporated herein by reference from the Companys Annual Report on Form 10-K, dated March 28, 2003.
Exhibit 4.2 Junior Subordinated Indenture, dated as of March 31, 2005, between the Company and Wilmington Trust Company, as Trustee (including the form of the Floating Rate Junior Subordinated Note, which appears in Section 2.1 thereof)
Incorporated herein by reference from the Companys Form 8-K dated March 31, 2005.
Exhibit 4.3 Guarantee Agreement dated as of March 31, 2005 between the Company, as Guarantor, and Wilmington Trust Company, as Guarantee Trustee
Incorporated herein by reference from the Companys Form 8-K dated March 31, 2005.
Exhibit 4.4 Amended and Restated Trust Agreement, dated as of March 31, 2005, among the Company, as Depositor, Wilmington Trust Company, as Property Trustee, Wilmington Trust Company, as Delaware Trustee and the Administrative Trustees named therein, as Administrative Trustees (including exhibits containing the related forms of the SBCF Capital Trust I Common Securities Certificate and the Preferred Securities Certificate)
Incorporated herein by reference from the Companys Form 8-K dated March 31, 2005.
Exhibit 4.5 Indenture, dated as of December 16, 2005, between the Company and U.S. Bank National Association, as Trustee (including the form of the Junior Subordinated Debt Security, which appears as Exhibit A to the Indenture)
Incorporated herein by reference from the Companys Form 8-K dated December 16, 2005.
Exhibit 4.6 Guarantee Agreement, dated as of December 16, 2005, between the Company, as Guarantor, and U.S. Bank National Association, as Guarantee Trustee
Incorporated herein by reference from the Companys Form 8-K dated December 16, 2005.
Exhibit 4.7 Amended and Restated Declaration of Trust, dated as of December 16, 2005, among the Company, as Sponsor, Dennis S. Hudson, III and William R. Hahl, as Administrators, and U.S. Bank National Association, as Institutional Trustee (including exhibits containing the related forms of the SBCF Statutory Trust II Common Securities Certificate and the Capital Securities Certificate)
Incorporated herein by reference from the Companys Form 8-K dated December 16, 2005.
Exhibit 4.8 Indenture, dated June 29, 2007, between the Company and LaSalle Bank, as Trustee (including the form of the Junior Subordinated Debt Security, which appears as Exhibit A to the Indenture)
Incorporated herein by reference from the Companys Form 8-K dated June 29, 2007.
Exhibit 4.9 Guarantee Agreement, dated June 29, 2007, between the Company, as Guarantor, and LaSalle Bank, as Guarantee.
Incorporated herein by reference from the Companys Form 8-K dated June 29, 2007.
Exhibit 4.10 Amended and Restated Declaration of Trust, dated June 29, 2007, among the Company, as Sponsor, Dennis S. Hudson, III and William R. Hahl, as Administrators, and LaSalle Bank, as Institutional Trustee (including exhibits containing the related forms of the SBCF Statutory Trust III Common Securities Certificate and the Capital Securities Certificate)
Incorporated herein by reference from the Companys Form 8-K dated June 29, 2007.
Exhibit 10.1 Amended and Restated Retirement Savings Plan, with Amendments*
Incorporated herein by reference from the Companys Annual Report on Form 10-K, dated March 28, 2003.
Exhibit 10.2 Employee Stock Purchase Plan*
Incorporated herein by reference from the Companys Registration Statement on Form S-8 File No. 33-25627, dated November 18, 1988.
Exhibit 10.3 Amendment #1 to the Employee Stock Purchase Plan*
Incorporated herein by reference from the Companys Annual Report on Form 10-K, dated March 29, 1991.
Exhibit 10.4 Executive Employment Agreement*
Dated March 22, 1991 between A. Douglas Gilbert and the Bank, incorporated herein by reference from the Companys Annual Report on Form 10-K, dated March 29, 1991.
Exhibit 10.5 Executive Employment Agreement*
Dated January 18, 1994 between Dennis S. Hudson, III and the Bank, incorporated herein by reference from the Companys Annual Report on Form 10-K, dated March 28, 1995.
Exhibit 10.6 Executive Employment Agreement*
Dated July 31, 1995 between C. William Curtis, Jr. and the Bank, incorporated herein by reference from the Companys Annual Report on Form 10-K, dated March 28, 1996.
Exhibit 10.8 1991 Stock Option & Stock Appreciation Rights Plan*
Incorporated herein by reference from the Companys Registration Statements on Form S-8 File No. 33-61925, dated August 18, 1995, and File No. 33-46504 dated March 18, 1992.
Exhibit 10.9 1996 Long-Term Incentive Plan*
Incorporated herein by reference from the Companys Registration Statement on Form S-8 File No. 333-91859, dated December 1, 1999.
Exhibit 10.10 Non-Employee Director Stock Compensation Plan*
Incorporated herein by reference from the Companys Registration Statement on Form S-8 File No. 333-70399 dated January 11, 1999.
Exhibit 10.11 2000 Long-Term Incentive Plan*
Incorporated herein by reference from the Companys Registration Statement on Form S-8 File No. 333-49972, dated November 15, 2000.
Exhibit 10.12 Executive Deferred Compensation Plan
Incorporated herein by reference from the Companys Annual Report on Form 10-K, dated March 30, 2001.
Exhibit 10.13 Line of Credit Agreement
Incorporated herein by reference from the Companys Annual Report on Form 10-K, dated March 28, 2003.
Exhibit 10.14 Change of Control Employment Agreement*
Dated December 24, 2003 between Dennis S. Hudson, III and the Registrant, incorporated herein by reference from the Companys Form 8-K, dated December 24, 2003.
Exhibit 10.15 Change of Control Employment Agreement*
Dated December 24, 2003 between A. Douglas Gilbert and the Registrant, incorporated herein by reference from the Companys Form 8-K, dated December 24, 2003.
Exhibit 10.16 Change of Control Employment Agreement*
Dated December 24, 2003 between C. William Curtis, Jr. and the Registrant, incorporated herein by reference from the Companys Form 8-K, dated December 24, 2003.
Exhibit 10.17 Change of Control Employment Agreement*
Dated December 24, 2003 between William R. Hahl and the Company, incorporated herein by reference from the Companys Form 8-K, dated December 24, 2003.
Exhibit 10.18 Change of Control Employment Agreement*
Dated December 24, 2003 between Jean Strickland and the Company, incorporated herein by reference from the Companys Form 8-K, dated January 7, 2004.
Exhibit 10.19 Directors Deferred Compensation Plan*
Dated June 15, 2004, but effective July 1, 2004, incorporated herein by reference from the Companys Annual Report on Form 10-K, filed on March 17, 2005.
Exhibit 10.20 Amended & Restated Revolving & Term Loan Agreement
Dated as of February 17, 2006, by and between the Company and SunTrust Bank, incorporated herein by reference from the Companys Current Report on Form 8-K, filed on March 8, 2006.
Exhibit 13 2007 Annual Report.
The following portions of the 2007 Annual Report are incorporated herein by reference:
Financial Review Managements Discussion and Analysis
Selected Quarterly Information Quarterly Consolidated Income Statements
Selected Quarterly Information Consolidated Quarterly Average Balances, Yields & Rates
Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements
Financial Statements Report of Independent Certified Public Accountants
Exhibit 21 Subsidiaries of Registrant
Exhibit 23.1 Consent of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm
Exhibit 31.1 Certification of Chief Executive Officer pursuant to Section 302 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002
Exhibit 31.2 Certification of Chief Financial Officer pursuant to Section 302 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002
Exhibit 32.1** Certification of Chief Executive Officer pursuant to Section 906 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002
Exhibit 32.2** Certification of Chief Financial Officer pursuant to Section 906 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002
The response to this portion of Item 15 is submitted above.
(c) Financial Statement Schedules
Pursuant to the requirements of Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned, thereunto duly authorized, in the City of Stuart, State of Florida, as of the 14th day of March 2008.
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, this report has been signed below by the following persons on behalf of the registrant and in the capacities and on the dates indicated.