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Civista Bancshares Inc (NASDAQ:CIVB)
Q2 2019 Earnings Call
Jul 26, 2019, 1:00 p.m. ET

Contents:

  • Prepared Remarks
  • Questions and Answers
  • Call Participants

Prepared Remarks:

Operator

Good afternoon and welcome to the Civista Bancshares Inc. 2019 Second Quarter Earnings Call. All participants will be in listen only mode. [Operator Instructions]. After today's presentation, there will be an opportunity to ask questions. [Operator Instructions]. Please note this event is being recorded.

I would now like to turn the conference over to President and CEO, Dennis Shaffer. Please go ahead.

Dennis G. Shaffer -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Good afternoon. This is Dennis Shaffer, President and CEO of Civista Bancshares, and I would like to thank you for joining us for our second quarter 2019 earnings call. I'm joined today by Rich Dutton, SVP of the Company and Chief Operating Officer of the Bank; Chuck Parcher, SVP of the Company and Chief Lending Officer of the Bank; and other members of our executive team.

Before we begin, I would like to remind you that during today's call, including the question-and-answer period, you may hear forward looking statements related to the future financial results and business operations for Civista Bancshares Inc. Our actual results may differ materially from current management forecasts and projections, as a result of factors over which the company has no control. Information on these risks and additional information on forward-looking statements are included in our news release, and in the company's reports on file with the Securities and Exchange Commission. We will record this call and make it available on Civista Bancshares's website at civb.com.

Again, welcome to Civista Bancshares second quarter 2019 earnings call. I would like to begin by discussing our results which were issued this morning. At the conclusion of my remarks, we will take questions -- any questions that you may have.

This morning I am very pleased to announce that we reported another quarter of strong core earnings, with net income for the second quarter 2019 of $8.5 million or $0.51 per diluted share, and $18 million or $1.08 per diluted share for the six months ended June 30, 2019. If we add back the $3.2 million in pre-tax non-recurring expenses related to our acquisition of United Community Bancorp, that were included in the comparable periods for 2018, our diluted earnings per share would have been $0.44 for the quarter and $0.99 for the six months ended June 30, 2018, which means our 2019 diluted earnings per share would have increased by 15.9% for the quarter, and 9.1% for the year-to-date.

Our return on average assets was 1.58% for the quarter and 1.65% year-to-date, while our return on average equity was 11.01% for the quarter and 11.98% year-to-date.

Our core earnings continue to be driven by our strong net interest income. Net interest income for the quarter was consistent with the linked quarter, and increased 47.2% over the prior year. Our net interest margin remains very strong at 4.49% compared to 4.45% for the linked quarter and 4.47% year-to-date. If we were to eliminate the impact of accretion from purchase accounting adjustments, which accounted for 25 basis points of margin in the second quarter and 23 basis points year-to-date, our margins still would have been very respectable 4.24% for both the quarter and year-to-date compared to 4.21% and 4.13% a year ago.

There has been a lot of discussion about the Federal Reserve possibly cutting rates. If the Fed does reduce rates, we do anticipate a slight decline in our margin, but we believe it will be minimal. We increased non-interest income $714,000 for the quarter, and $1.4 million for the first six months of 2019, compared to the same periods last year. These increases are primarily due to increases in service charges and interchange fees, as a result of the UCB merger. Comparing to the linked quarter, is a bit more challenging due to the seasonality of our tax refund processing business. Removing the impact of the tax business, we increased non-interest income $470,000 with the largest increase being from gain on sale of loans.

We continue to be disciplined in controlling non-interest expense, which increased only 1.2% for the linked quarter and $8.1 million or 32.4% year-over-year, which we are pleased with, given that the acquisition of UCB increased our size by approximately 36%.

Our loan portfolio increased $25.6 million during the second quarter and $36.8 million year-to-date. That equates to an annualized growth rate of 6.5% for the quarter and 4.8% year-to-date. Our growth came in virtually every category, except farm real estate and consumer loans. Like most of the Midwest, we experienced a very wet spring, that delayed construction projects and we had $65.1 million in loan payoffs during the first six months of 2019, both of which had a negative impact on our loan growth. That said, we have a very strong loan pipeline of $126.6 million in approved undrawn construction loans. We anticipate growing our portfolio at slightly above a mid single digit annual rate for 2019.

On the funding side, our deposits increased $52.8 million since the beginning of the year. This increase was primarily the result of a $28.5 million increase in non-interest bearing demand, and an increase of $43 million in interest bearing demand accounts. These increases were partially offset by a $19.3 million decline in brokered deposits. We also reduced our wholesale funding by paying off $17.3 million of short term FHLB advances.

Our asset quality remains strong, which translated into another quarter without the need to make a provision. Our non-performing loans declined to $8.4 million from $9.9 million at the end of 2018, which represented 0.38% of total assets. The ratio of allowance for loan losses to loans was 0.86% at June 30th, 2019, compared to 0.88% at December 31st, 2018. The allowance for loan losses to non-performing loans increased to 164.69% at June 30th, 2019 from 137.87% at the end of 2018. We continue to be disciplined in how we originate loans, and believe this is reflected in our continued strong credit metrics.

We have been working diligently to implement the new CECL standard, with the recent FASB proposal to delay CECL, we believe we will qualify for the delay until 2023. Again, we're pleased with another strong quarter fueled by solid core earnings, and are confident in our disciplined approach to managing Civista and our long term focus on driving shareholder value will continue to yield positive results.

In closing, while the lending and deposit environments remain competitive, we are confident that our continued focus on relationships will allow Civista to grow both loans and deposits, without relaxing our standards.

Thank you for your attention this afternoon, and now we will be happy to address any questions that you may have.

Questions and Answers:

 

Operator

We will now begin the question-and-answer session. [Operator Instructions]. Our first question comes from Nick Cucharale with Sandler O'Neill and Partners. Please go ahead.

Nicholas Cucharale -- Sandler O'Neill -- Analyst

Good afternoon guys, how are you?

Dennis G. Shaffer -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Hey Nick.

So first, Dennis, I appreciate your commentary on the margin. Can you give us some color on deposit pricing in your markets? Have you seen some easing, or is it still as competitive as ever?

There has been some easing, I would say. I mean, you still see some outliers. I mean, you can pick up the Cleveland Plain Dealer or The Columbus Dispatch, and you'll still see somebody advertising a 3% CD rate or a 2.75% money market rate. So you still see some outliers. We tend to kind of ignore the outliers, really focus in on deepening relationships, and we've stayed pretty disciplined on our pricing, where we handle most pricing -- a lot of the public funds, things we had on a one off basis. So -- but there is still a little bit -- it's amazing to me to still see, given the fact there's all this talk about a rate reduction, you're picking up the paper -- the Sunday paper and you're seeing rates like that.

Nicholas Cucharale -- Sandler O'Neill -- Analyst

Okay, great. And then on expenses, just a modest rise this quarter. You do expect a $16.6 million to be a good run rate going forward?

Dennis G. Shaffer -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Yes, we do. There are still maybe a couple of open positions. We've always got open positions. But $16.6 million, $16.9 million is kind of what we're modeling for the balance of the year, Nick.

Nicholas Cucharale -- Sandler O'Neill -- Analyst

Okay. That's helpful. And then lastly, guys, with your capital levels very strong, could you share with us how you're thinking about your priorities for capital deployment?

Dennis G. Shaffer -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Sure. While we continue to position ourselves, we want to be a consolidator of choice, we feel leveraging our capital and acquisitions, similar to our most recent UCB transaction, provides us the best return to our shareholders at this point. That said, we do have the stock repurchase plan in place. While we currently view that sort of as a defensive tool, should we continue to create capital at the rate we're creating with our earnings, we might see a scenario where we get a little bit more aggressive, in our efforts to repurchase shares. But predominantly right now, we still would like to be in the M&A game, and be a consolidator of choice.

Nicholas Cucharale -- Sandler O'Neill -- Analyst

Great. Thanks for taking my questions.

Operator

Our next question comes from Michael Perito with KBW. Please go ahead.

Michael Perito -- KBW -- Analyst

Hey, good afternoon guys. Happy Friday.

Dennis G. Shaffer -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Hey Mike.

Michael Perito -- KBW -- Analyst

I want to spend a little bit more time on the margin. As I think about your name on the way up, it's not like you guys were super tied to LIBOR or anything, it was more -- at least, as I recall, more the favorable positioning on the balance sheet, the short duration asset book, longer duration liability book. So I mean, is it -- when I think about your comments that the NIM should be modestly compressed. I mean, that's upfront right. But as we move into what is potentially a more down rate environment, longer term you know, how do you expect your margin to perform?

Dennis G. Shaffer -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Well, I think -- I guess, short term, and I don't know what you're looking at long term. But short term, I'm looking at the next quarter or maybe the -- potentially the next two quarters with a 25 to 50 basis point decrease. I think it's going to contract -- still minimally contract, less than 5 basis points. I think there are things that we can do, you have to -- we don't have a lot of CDs. So anything that we do, if we get a 0.25% reduction in our rates, we can reduce, particularly some of the public fund stuff, some of the private banking stuff that we have out there. We can make reductions to that pretty quickly. We've already lowered kind of our CD forecast going out, but that doesn't mean that -- what new we are putting on the books. But I think, if it's a 0.25% to 0.50%, there are certain things that we can do. We've run some models and it shows less than a 5% -- I mean, it's 5 basis point change in the margin.

Unidentified Speaker --

Mike, kind of the way we look at it. And I think it makes sense. I mean, if you kind of look at the way our margin behaved going up over the last 18 months or two years, I mean, I don't see those kind of cuts near-term. But I think if we get a 25 basis cut here next week and maybe one more before the end of the year, I would think that our margin going back down, would behave kind of like it did going up. I mean, really, we don't see huge movements. There will be compression. But again, like Dennis said, we don't see anything -- significant is the right word, but they are not going to be big movements in our margins.

Michael Perito -- KBW -- Analyst

Yeah, that's kind of what I was going after -- consistent with what I was thinking as well.

Richard J. Dutton -- Senior Vice President

The new loans Mike, the new loans that we were putting on for April, May and June, our core portfolio on the lending side is 5.05%. We've been putting consistently new loans on above that rate, slightly above that rate, 5.0%. I think June was 5.08%, May was 5.06% and April was 5.20%. So they've been above what the portfolio -- the loan portfolio is, so --

Charles A. Parcher -- Senior Vice President

Well, the other piece of that too is, Mike, when you look backwards, this is Chuck. You know that the nice part is, a lot of the stuff that's rolling, that was -- we put on the books at three and five years, they were done at rates similar to what they are today. So we're not seeing a decrease in the roll when some of those things rolled on a 5.05 or whatever, they roll and they're like relatively consistent to where they were, when they were originally onset.

Michael Perito -- KBW -- Analyst

Helpful, thank you, guys. And then on the M&A front, you know, I mean, it seems like, you know -- I cover a few of your competitors in the area and there's a lot of acquirers. Your sellers unfortunately seem to be much [Indecipherable] . And obviously what you see the -- you guys kind of moved over a little bit into next door. And I'm just curious, as you see your M&A pipeline, where are the majority of the opportunities? More specifically, do you see yourself maybe broadening the footprint? Maybe not, you know, jumping to new markets here and there. But just, you know, looking maybe less so in the core Ohio footprint, where it seems like some of the sellers have been a bit stubborn to move and maybe looking at other areas, where there are other opportunities.

Dennis G. Shaffer -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Yeah, I would say, you know, we've been pretty consistent in finding that market and not only Ohio, but, you know, Southern Michigan, you know, south of Detroit. Maybe we have to expand that slightly. Indiana, you know, all up and down that border. There may be more opportunity in those markets. So we continue to you know -- we continue to have dialogue. We have seen a couple of opportunities. But, you know, there have been smaller deals that really didn't meet any of our metrics. So we've just passed on those deals.

Michael Perito -- KBW -- Analyst

Okay. And then just lastly in the non-interest income side of things, can you just maybe give us a couple remarks? You know, I think that the mortgage gain on sale a little better this quarter and the wealth was up year-on-year again. Just maybe some outlook thoughts on both those line items would be helpful?

Dennis G. Shaffer -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Yeah, I think the mortgage piece, Chuck, you can chime in, but I think that's been fairly consistent for us.

Charles A. Parcher -- Senior Vice President

Fairly consistent. We are really still -- we're still predominantly a sales [Phonetic] provider, not a refinance provider. We have started to see a little bit of refinance business with this last kind of decrease in rates. But we are still probably in that 78% purchase business, 78% to 80% usually on a monthly basis. So -- but we're hoping that, if rates do continue to fall a little bit, we might pick up a little bit more of purchase business there. We've been consistent we've had nice -- we have had nice production across all our markets and actually bringing on of UCB has added to our mortgage business quite a bit as well.

Dennis G. Shaffer -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Yeah. On the wellness side too Mike, I think we'll see -- we continue to see a little bit of slight improvement there. Again, the UCB addition, we were successful in hiring a proven producer out of that market, that was with one of the larger competitors. He's already moved over now, $75 million in assets. So I think he'll continue to bring in some new business. Where we really or I think I see uplift or where we can bring some penetration there is on the Treasury management side. We've added two new Treasury reps, both in Cleveland and Columbus. Those were areas we really were trying to cover with one guy. I think we're going to see some nice uptick there. Just because, our lenders now have proven treasury professionals to take out on the calls with them. So I think you'll see a little bit of uptick there, and in the private banking realm, as we deepen these relationships, our private bankers continue to bring in some nice deposits for us.

Michael Perito -- KBW -- Analyst

Great, helpful color, guys. Thanks. Have a good weekend and see you next week.

Operator

[Operator Instructions]. Our next question comes from Kevin Reevey with D.A. Davidson. Go ahead.

Kevin Reevey -- D.A. Davidson -- Analyst

Good afternoon.

Dennis G. Shaffer -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Hi, Kevin.

Charles A. Parcher -- Senior Vice President

Hey Kevin.

Kevin Reevey -- D.A. Davidson -- Analyst

So I just wanted to follow-up on Mike Perito's question earlier, Rich, when you talked about the impact on your margin from a 25 and 50 basis point cut, you said it was a 5 basis point contraction. Is that from the second quarter to the third quarter or is that from the -- is that a year-over-year comparison? I just want to get some clarity there. Thanks.

Richard J. Dutton -- Senior Vice President

Yes. Kevin. No. Obviously, we need to make a little because what we did, we modeled, we said, okay. We followed the Blue Chip rate forecast and what they're telling us. The last time they issued one was that, we can expect a 25 basis rate cut next week when they meet, and then another rate cut in December. We modeled that and we modeled that the impact through the balance of the year is something less than a 5 basis point contraction in our margin.

Kevin Reevey -- D.A. Davidson -- Analyst

So that's first -- second half versus first half of the year?

Richard J. Dutton -- Senior Vice President

Yes, correct. Yes.

Kevin Reevey -- D.A. Davidson -- Analyst

Got it. Okay. I just wanted to make sure that that I was hearing you correctly. And then how should we think about the -- the tax rate going forward for the rest of the year?

Richard J. Dutton -- Senior Vice President

So the effective rate that we had this quarter is probably more indicative of what you'll see the rest of the year. We have so much income in the first quarter, it kind of meets the impact of our tax preference items, if you will. So that kind of drives our effective rate up a little bit. But I think what we had this year and I'm trying to find my number in front of me --

Dennis G. Shaffer -- President and Chief Executive Officer

15.1%.

Richard J. Dutton -- Senior Vice President

So 16% is probably a good effective tax rate for us.

Kevin Reevey -- D.A. Davidson -- Analyst

That's helpful. And then earlier in your comments, you mentioned a $126.6 million pipeline. Is that just commercial, is that commercial in everything else, and is that what it is today or what it was going into the second quarter?

Charles A. Parcher -- Senior Vice President

That Kevin that $126.6 million is what we refer to is the availability on our construction portfolio at 6.30% [Phonetic]. So that would include both our commercial and our residential -- on the books, residential availability on those lines draw. Our total pipeline -- go ahead.

Kevin Reevey -- D.A. Davidson -- Analyst

Yeah. And I'm sorry, how does that compare to what it was the comparable -- how does it compare to what it was the prior quarter? (multiple speakers).

Dennis G. Shaffer -- President and Chief Executive Officer

I will give you two numbers. At June -- at the same period last year, that number was $69.5 million. And at the beginning of the year, just roughly over $100 million. You know, and I think that -- that number has ballooned up a little because of two reasons. Obviously, one, because of -- we've got some increased production from UCB -- to bring UCB on into production, we're getting down in that Southeast Indiana-Cincinnati market. And then the other reason I think it's so large as -- as you know, in Ohio, we had a very wet spring, and some of the construction projects are just behind where they would normally be at this time, which has caused that availability to drop. But we feel like we're really positioned well for growth in the second half, because we have that excess availability on that portfolio right now.

Kevin Reevey -- D.A. Davidson -- Analyst

Excellent. Thank you very much. Have a good weekend.

Dennis G. Shaffer -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Thank you.

Richard J. Dutton -- Senior Vice President

Thanks Kevin.

Operator

[Operator Instructions]. Our next question comes from Scott Beury with Boenning and Scattergood. Please go ahead.

Scott Beury -- Boenning & Scattergood Inc -- Analyst

Hey, good afternoon, guys.

Dennis G. Shaffer -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Hey Scott.

Scott Beury -- Boenning & Scattergood Inc -- Analyst

Couple of questions. So first, on the NIM this quarter, you had 25 bps accretion in there from purchase accounting. I was wondering out of that 25 basis points, you know, my back of the envelope math says that something like $1.2 million, $1.3 million. Out of that, how much of that is is kind of scheduled accretion, and how much was like prepayments? I'm kind of trying to thinking about the run rate of what to expect, the accretion on that could be going forward?

Richard J. Dutton -- Senior Vice President

I'm not sure exactly, Scott. I know the first quarter it was 23 bps I think and in the second quarter, it was 25 bps. Something probably between 20 bps and 23 bps is probably a decent number for the rest of the year. I will find that number out and get it to you. I don't now.

Scott Beury -- Boenning & Scattergood Inc -- Analyst

Excellent. And then, in terms of the loan growth this quarter, you're really strong in most categories. You may have mentioned this, but was there anything specific driving the reduction in your non-owner occupied book?

Dennis G. Shaffer -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Not really. There is nothing in particular that is driving that, to be honest with you. That's kind of [Indecipherable] came in this quarter.

Scott Beury -- Boenning & Scattergood Inc -- Analyst

All right. And in terms of the growth on the positive side, what was the geographic breakdown of kind of where you saw the bulk of the growth?

Dennis G. Shaffer -- President and Chief Executive Officer

I would tell you is across the Board. But from a purely -- you said point to point, I would say the two markets we grew the most were Cleveland and the Cincinnati-Southeast Indiana marketplace. Columbus, we had a lot of production, but we're doing a lot of development lending out there, so that's -- we're putting it on. We are even -- [Indecipherable] taking out of the permanent market or it's being sold. So the two markets where we've got the most stickiness, I guess, from a balance perspective are Cleveland and that greater Cincinnati market.

Scott Beury -- Boenning & Scattergood Inc -- Analyst

Okay, excellent. So yes, period end more Cleveland and Southeast Indiana. But, looking at average balances, you're getting a good contribution from Columbus as well. (Multiple speakers)

Dennis G. Shaffer -- President and Chief Executive Officer

From a production perspective, I don't have that number right front of me. But those three markets are very similar from a production perspective. A little bit different mix (multiple speakers).

Scott Beury -- Boenning & Scattergood Inc -- Analyst

That's really helpful. And then just one more for me kind of higher level, I know this is a difficult area for you to talk about on a go forward basis, but just kind of quarter in, quarter out with your growth, trying to be conservative on the provision line item. But, you've had a -- quite a long trend of coming in with zero provision. So with the stable to improving credit quality metrics in mind, realistically, when do you expect a modest provision to kind of come into the P&L here, with your growth expectations.

Charles A. Parcher -- Senior Vice President

Well, we keep modeling -- we keep saying we're going to contribute each quarter. We have some of our models build out. It's designed as we grow, to continue to put it. We follow [Indecipherable] well, model and it is so far has not allowed us to put anything in. There are some qualitative adjustments there that we we've tried to look at, to see where we can tweak those. But again, I think, you know, from a -- from a coverage ratio of our non-performing loans, we cover our non-performing loans, you know, 165% -- yeah 165% or so. So Paul, do you have anything to add?

Paul J. Stark -- Senior Vice President

Scott, this is Paul Stark. I think you know, really the biggest shift is improving asset quality that offset the growth in this quarter.

Charles A. Parcher -- Senior Vice President

Right.

Paul J. Stark -- Senior Vice President

And I think, we continue to grow at almost a third -- [Indecipherable] as you can get, as far as the portfolio does. But we have made a good run so far, and we continue to work at it. So -- I don't know, I think the answer to your question is, that we will look at it quarter-to-quarter and do what makes sense.

Scott Beury -- Boenning & Scattergood Inc -- Analyst

Got it, that's helpful. I appreciate it. That's all for me. Thanks guys.

Dennis G. Shaffer -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Thanks Scott.

Operator

[Operator Instructions]. Okay, if there are no further questions, I would like to turn the call back over to Mr. Dennis Shaffer for closing remarks.

Dennis G. Shaffer -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Thank you. So in closing, I just want to thank everyone for listening today and for those that participated in the call. Again, we are extremely pleased with our second quarter results and how we're integrating the UCB acquisition. I'm also very proud of the production that we've had across all of our business lines, and in the strong, low cost core deposit franchise that we've created here, with our disciplined relationship pricing approach. We look forward to continued success for the balance of 2019, and to talking to you guys again in a few months, as we share our third quarter results. So thank you for your time today.

Operator

[Operator Closing Remarks]

Duration: 29 minutes

Call participants:

Dennis G. Shaffer -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Nicholas Cucharale -- Sandler O'Neill -- Analyst

Michael Perito -- KBW -- Analyst

Unidentified Speaker --

Richard J. Dutton -- Senior Vice President

Charles A. Parcher -- Senior Vice President

Kevin Reevey -- D.A. Davidson -- Analyst

Scott Beury -- Boenning & Scattergood Inc -- Analyst

Paul J. Stark -- Senior Vice President

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