HOLLAND, Mich., July 26, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Macatawa Bank Corporation (NASDAQ:MCBC) today announced its results for the second quarter of 2018, reflecting continued strong financial performance.

  • Net income of $6.7 million in second quarter 2018 versus $4.8 million in second quarter 2017 – up 41%
  • Growth in net interest income – up 15% from second quarter 2017
  • Overhead expense increase held to 2% over second quarter 2017
  • Loan portfolio balances and bond financing to businesses up by $90.4 million (7%), from a year ago
  • Core deposit balances up by $120.5 million (8%), from a year ago
  • Asset quality metrics remained strong

Macatawa reported net income of $6.7 million, or $0.20 per diluted share, in the second quarter 2018 compared to $4.8 million, or $0.14 per diluted share, in the second quarter 2017.  For the first six months of 2018, Macatawa reported net income of $12.5 million, or $0.37 per diluted share, compared to $9.2 million, or $0.27 per diluted share, for the same period in 2017.  Macatawa’s 2018 earnings were positively impacted by continued earning asset growth, net interest margin improvement and a lower corporate federal income tax rate, due to tax reform enacted at the end of 2017. 

"Macatawa Bank Corporation achieved consistent and profitable growth in the second quarter of 2018.  Trends noted in the first quarter continued and strengthened into the second quarter of 2018,” said Ronald L. Haan, President and CEO of the Company.  “Revenue growth, primarily higher net interest income, along with a reduction in the federal corporate income tax rate and continued expense management resulted in a 41 percent increase in net income compared to the second quarter of 2017.  Continued growth in our balances of loans and bond financing to businesses, along with increases in market interest rates have positively affected our net interest income.  While net interest income grew by 15 percent, our core operating expenses, excluding problem asset costs, increased by only 2 percent.” 

Mr. Haan concluded:  "Our commitment to providing excellent service while operating a well-disciplined company continues to produce strong and consistent financial performance for our shareholders.  While our service quality standards have resulted in additional business and revenue from our customers, our credit quality and expense discipline continue to allow more of that revenue to drop to the bottom line.  These results demonstrate that Macatawa Bank Corporation remains well-positioned for continued growth and success in the second half of 2018.”

Operating Results
Net interest income for the second quarter 2018 totaled $14.7 million, an increase of $471,000 from the first quarter 2018 and an increase of $1.9 million from the second quarter 2017.  Net interest margin was 3.37 percent, up 3 basis points from the first quarter 2018, and up 13 basis points from the second quarter 2017. 

Average interest earning assets for the second quarter 2018 increased $26.3 million from the first quarter 2018 and were up $162.1 million from the second quarter 2017.  This growth along with increases in yields on interest earning assets were the primary contributors to the improvement in net interest income.    

Non-interest income increased $336,000 in the second quarter 2018 compared to the first quarter 2018 and decreased $10,000 from the second quarter 2017.  These changes were largely due to fluctuations in gains on sales of mortgage loans.  Gains on sales of mortgage loans in the second quarter 2018 were up $81,000 compared to the first quarter 2018 and down $254,000 from the second quarter 2017.  While overall mortgage volume was down in the second quarter 2018 compared to the second quarter 2017, the reduction in gains was also significantly impacted by the Bank holding more of 2018 production in portfolio.  The Bank originated $18.8 million in portfolio mortgage loans in the second quarter 2018 compared to $16.1 million in the first quarter 2018 and $12.2 million in the second quarter 2017.  The Bank originated $8.4 million in mortgage loans for sale in the second quarter 2018 compared to $5.1 million in the first quarter 2018 and $16.8 million in the second quarter 2017.  Also positively impacting non-interest income in the second quarter 2018 was a $135,000 increase in debit card and interchange income compared to the first quarter 2018 and an increase of $75,000 compared to the second quarter 2017.

Non-interest expense was $11.3 million for the second quarter 2018, compared to $11.4 million for the first quarter 2018 and $10.8 million for the second quarter 2017.  The largest component of non-interest expense was salaries and benefit expenses.  Salaries and benefit expenses were up $195,000 compared to the first quarter 2018 and were up $236,000 compared to the second quarter 2017.  The increase compared to the first quarter 2018 and the second quarter 2017 was due to annual performance-related increases in salaries, partially offset by lower variable based compensation from mortgage production volume. 

Nonperforming asset expenses decreased $378,000 compared to the first quarter 2018 and increased $241,000 compared to the second quarter 2017.  The second quarter 2017 total was unusually low due to net gains on sales of foreclosed properties of $321,000, while net losses were incurred on sales in the second quarter 2018 and first quarter 2018.  Additionally, writedowns on other real estate totaled $11,000 in the second quarter 2018 compared to $280,000 in first quarter 2018 and $21,000 in second quarter 2017.  Other categories of non-interest expense were relatively flat compared to the first quarter 2018 and the second quarter 2017. 

On December 22, 2017, “H.R.1”, formerly known as the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act”, was signed into law.  This new tax law, among other items, reduced the Company’s federal corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 21 percent effective January 1, 2018. Since the enactment took place in December 2017, the Company revalued downward its net deferred tax assets in its reporting periods ended December 31, 2017 resulting in a $2.5 million increase to federal income tax expense in the fourth quarter 2017.

Federal income tax expense was $1.4 million for the second quarter 2018 compared to $1.2 million for the first quarter 2018 and $2.1 million for the second quarter 2017.  The effective tax rate was 17.6 percent for the second quarter 2018, compared to 17.6 percent for the first quarter 2018 and 30.9 percent for the second quarter 2017.  The effective tax rate in the first and second quarters of 2018 reflect the impact of the lower federal corporate tax rates from the enactment of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act at the end of 2017. 

Asset Quality
As a result of the consistent improvements in nonperforming loans and past due loans over the past several quarters, the continued low historical loan loss ratios, and net loan recoveries experienced in the second quarter 2018, a negative provision for loan losses of $300,000 was recorded in the second quarter 2018.  Net loan recoveries for the second quarter 2018 were $320,000, compared to first quarter 2018 net loan recoveries of $175,000 and second quarter 2017 net loan recoveries of $374,000.  The Company has experienced net loan recoveries in each of the past fourteen quarters. Total loans past due on payments by 30 days or more amounted to $525,000 at June 30, 2018, down 47 percent from $995,000 at December 31, 2017 and down 36 percent from $815,000 at June 30, 2017.  Delinquency as a percentage of total loans was 0.04 percent at June 30, 2018.

The allowance for loan losses of $16.7 million was 1.26 percent of total loans at June 30, 2018, compared to 1.26 percent of total loans at December 31, 2017, and 1.32 percent at June 30, 2017.  The coverage ratio of allowance for loan losses to nonperforming loans continued to be strong and significantly exceeded 1-to-1 coverage at 134-to-1 as of June 30, 2018.

At June 30, 2018, the Company's nonperforming loans had declined to $125,000, representing 0.01 percent of total loans.  This compares to $395,000 (0.03 percent of total loans) at December 31, 2017 and $670,000 (0.05 percent of total loans) at June 30, 2017.  Other real estate owned and repossessed assets were $3.9 million at June 30, 2018, compared to $5.8 million at December 31, 2017 and $7.1 million at June 30, 2017. Total nonperforming assets, including other real estate owned and nonperforming loans, have decreased by $3.8 million, or 49 percent, from June 30, 2017 to June 30, 2018.

A break-down of non-performing loans is shown in the table below.



Dollars in 000s
 Jun 30,
2018
 Mar 31,
2018
 Dec 31,
2017
 Sept 30,
2017
 Jun 30,
2017
               
Commercial Real Estate $121 $121 $385 $440 $436
Commercial and Industrial  2  201  4  4  6
Total Commercial Loans  123  322  389  444  442
Residential Mortgage Loans  2  2  2  58  206
Consumer Loans  ---  ---  4  19  22
Total Non-Performing Loans $125 $324 $395 $521 $670


Total non-performing assets were $4.0 million, or 0.21 percent of total assets, at June 30, 2018.  A break-down of non-performing assets is shown in the table below.



Dollars in 000s
 Jun 30,
2018
 Mar 31,
2018
 Dec 31,
2017
 Sept 30,
2017
 Jun 30,
2017
               
Non-Performing Loans $125 $324 $395 $521 $670
Other Repossessed Assets  ---  ---  11  ---  ---
Other Real Estate Owned  3,872  5,223  5,767  6,661  7,097
Total Non-Performing Assets $3,997 $5,547 $6,173 $7,182 $7,767

Balance Sheet, Liquidity and Capital
Total assets were $1.87 billion at June 30, 2018, an increase of $8.8 million from $1.86 billion at March 31, 2018 and an increase of $113.5 million from $1.76 billion at June 30, 2017.  Total loans were $1.33 billion at June 30, 2018, an increase of $2.1 million from $1.33 billion at March 31, 2018 and an increase of $76.3 million from $1.25 billion at June 30, 2017.

Commercial loans increased by $55.7 million from June 30, 2017 to June 30, 2018, along with an increase of $25.7 million in our residential mortgage portfolio, partially offset by a decrease of $5.1 million in our consumer loan portfolio.  Commercial real estate loans increased by $32.5 million while commercial and industrial loans increased by $23.3 million during the same period. 

The composition of the commercial loan portfolio is shown in the table below:



Dollars in 000s
 Jun 30,
2018
 Mar 31,
2018
 Dec 31,
2017
 Sept 30,
2017
 Jun 30,
2017
               
Construction and Development $85,193 $81,948 $92,241 $84,659 $82,317
Other Commercial Real Estate  461,808  447,922  449,694  445,703  432,223
Commercial Loans Secured
by Real Estate
  547,001  529,870  541,935  530,362  514,540
Commercial and Industrial  458,468  477,088  465,208  418,838  435,218
Total Commercial Loans $1,005,469 $1,006,958 $1,007,143 $949,200 $949,758
                

Bond financing to commercial customers increased by $14.1 million from June 30, 2017 to June 30, 2018.  This financing combined with the loan portfolio led to a total growth rate of 7 percent from June 30, 2017 to June 30, 2018. 

Total deposits were $1.58 billion at June 30, 2018, up $19.6 million from $1.56 billion at March 31, 2018 and were up $120.5 million, or 8 percent, from $1.46 billion at June 30, 2017.  Demand deposits, money market deposits, savings deposits and certificates of deposit were all up in the second quarter 2018 compared to March 31, 2018 and June 30, 2017.  The Bank continues to be successful at attracting and retaining core deposit customers.  Customer deposit accounts remain insured to the highest levels available under FDIC deposit insurance.

The Bank's risk-based regulatory capital ratios were higher at June 30, 2018 compared to March 31, 2018 and June 30, 2017 due to earnings growth, and continue to be at levels comfortably above those required to be categorized as “well capitalized” under applicable regulatory capital guidelines.  As such, the Bank was categorized as "well capitalized" at June 30, 2018.

About Macatawa Bank
Headquartered in Holland, Mich., Macatawa Bank offers a full range of banking, retail and commercial lending, wealth management and ecommerce services to individuals, businesses and governmental entities from a network of 26 full-service branches located throughout communities in Kent, Ottawa and northern Allegan counties.  The bank is recognized for its local management team and decision making, along with providing customers excellent service, a rewarding experience and superior financial products. Macatawa Bank has been recognized for the past eight consecutive years as one of “West Michigan’s 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For”. For more information, visit www.macatawabank.com.

CAUTIONARY STATEMENT:  This press release contains forward-looking statements that are based on management's current beliefs, expectations, assumptions, estimates, plans and intentions.  Forward-looking statements are identifiable by words or phrases such as “anticipates,” "believe," "expect," "may," "should," "will," ”intend,” "continue," "improving," "additional," "focus," "forward," "future," "efforts," "strategy," "momentum," "positioned," and other similar words or phrases.  Such statements are based upon current beliefs and expectations and involve substantial risks and uncertainties which could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements.  These statements include, among others, statements related to trends in our key operating metrics and financial performance, future levels of earnings and profitability, future levels of earning assets, future asset quality, future growth, and future net interest margin.  All statements with references to future time periods are forward-looking.  Management's determination of the provision and allowance for loan losses, the appropriate carrying value of intangible assets (including deferred tax assets) and other real estate owned and the fair value of investment securities (including whether any impairment on any investment security is temporary or other-than-temporary and the amount of any impairment) involves judgments that are inherently forward-looking. Our ability to sell other real estate owned at its carrying value or at all, reduce non-performing asset expenses, utilize our deferred tax asset, reduce future tax liabilities, successfully implement new programs and initiatives, increase efficiencies, maintain our current level of deposits and other sources of funding, maintain liquidity, respond to declines in collateral values and credit quality, improve profitability, and produce consistent core earnings is not entirely within our control and is not assured.  The future effect of changes in the real estate, financial and credit markets and the national and regional economy on the banking industry, generally, and Macatawa Bank Corporation, specifically, are also inherently uncertain.  These statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve certain risks, uncertainties and assumptions ("risk factors") that are difficult to predict with regard to timing, extent, likelihood and degree of occurrence.  Therefore, actual results and outcomes may materially differ from what may be expressed in or implied by such forward-looking statements. Macatawa Bank Corporation does not undertake to update forward-looking statements to reflect the impact of circumstances or events that may arise after the date of the forward-looking statements.

Risk factors include, but are not limited to, the risk factors described in "Item 1A - Risk Factors" of our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2017.  These and other factors are representative of the risk factors that may emerge and could cause a difference between an ultimate actual outcome and a preceding forward-looking statement.

MACATAWA BANK CORPORATION
CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL SUMMARY
(Unaudited)
(Dollars in thousands except per share information)
    
 Quarterly
 Six Months Ended
 2nd Qtr  1st Qtr  2nd Qtr  June 30
EARNINGS SUMMARY2018  2018  2017  2018  2017 
Total interest income$  16,836  $  16,019  $  14,042  $  32,855  $  27,890 
Total interest expense2,183  1,837  1,337  4,019  2,602 
Net interest income14,653  14,182  12,705  28,836  25,288 
Provision for loan losses(300) (100) (500) (400) (1,000)
Net interest income after provision for loan losses14,953  14,282  13,205  29,236  26,288 
               
NON-INTEREST INCOME              
Deposit service charges1,060  1,049  1,110  2,110  2,170 
Net gains on mortgage loans222  141  476  363  904 
Trust fees945  925  833  1,870  1,611 
Other2,241  2,017  2,059  4,256  4,024 
Total non-interest income4,468  4,132  4,478  8,599  8,709 
               
NON-INTEREST EXPENSE              
Salaries and benefits6,389  6,194  6,153  12,583  12,152 
Occupancy973  1,072  991  2,045  2,017 
Furniture and equipment773  805  750  1,578  1,482 
FDIC assessment132  132  134  264  270 
Problem asset costs, including losses and (gains)83  461  (158) 544  (63)
Other2,909  2,770  2,922  5,679  5,821 
Total non-interest expense11,259  11,434  10,792  22,693  21,679 
Income before income tax8,162  6,980  6,891  15,142  13,318 
Income tax expense1,434  1,225  2,129  2,659  4,095 
Net income$  6,728  $  5,755  $  4,762  $  12,483  $  9,223 
               
Basic earnings per common share$  0.20  $  0.17  $  0.14  $  0.37  $  0.27 
Diluted earnings per common share$  0.20  $  0.17  $  0.14  $  0.37  $  0.27 
Return on average assets1.44%  1.25%  1.11%  1.34%  1.08% 
Return on average equity15.23%  13.24%  11.32%  14.24%  11.09% 
Net interest margin (fully taxable equivalent)3.37%  3.34%  3.24%  3.35%  3.25% 
Efficiency ratio58.88%  62.43%  62.81%  60.62%  63.77% 
               
BALANCE SHEET DATA       June 30  March 31  June 30 
Assets      2018  2018  2017 
Cash and due from banks      $  37,105  $  26,954  $  31,165 
Federal funds sold and other short-term investments      107,416  103,898  114,104 
Debt securities available for sale      218,770  214,269  183,283 
Debt securities held to maturity      79,569  90,513  68,818 
Federal Home Loan Bank Stock      11,558  11,558  11,558 
Loans held for sale      61  -  3,184 
Total loans      1,327,686  1,325,545  1,251,355 
Less allowance for loan loss      16,695  16,675  16,570 
Net loans      1,310,991  1,308,870  1,234,785 
Premises and equipment, net      45,907  46,110  48,626 
Bank-owned life insurance      40,744  40,494  39,781 
Other real estate owned      3,872  5,223  7,097 
Other assets      16,548  15,891  16,662 
               
Total Assets      $  1,872,541  $  1,863,780  $  1,759,063 
               
Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity              
Noninterest-bearing deposits      $  496,605  $  453,993  $  481,769 
Interest-bearing deposits      1,083,856  1,106,879  978,221 
Total deposits      1,580,461  1,560,872  1,459,990 
Other borrowed funds      65,667  80,667  82,785 
Long-term debt      41,238  41,238  41,238 
Other liabilities      5,461  5,627  4,875 
Total Liabilities      1,692,827  1,688,404  1,588,888 
               
Shareholders' equity      179,714  175,376  170,175 
               
Total Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity      $  1,872,541  $  1,863,780  $  1,759,063 
               


MACATAWA BANK CORPORATION
SELECTED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL DATA
(Unaudited)
(Dollars in thousands except per share information)
 
 Quarterly
 Year to Date
                     
 2nd Qtr  1st Qtr  4th Qtr  3rd Qtr  2nd Qtr       
 2018  2018  2017  2017  2017  2018  2017 
EARNINGS SUMMARY                    
Net interest income$  14,653  $  14,182  $  13,517  $  13,138  $  12,705  $  28,836  $  25,288 
Provision for loan losses(300) (100) -  (350) (500) (400) (1,000)
Total non-interest income4,468  4,132  4,410  4,300  4,478  8,599  8,709 
Total non-interest expense11,259  11,434  11,253  10,756  10,792  22,693  21,679 
Federal income tax expense1,434  1,225  4,480  2,157  2,129  2,659  4,095 
Net income$  6,728  $  5,755  $  2,194  $  4,875  $  4,762  $  12,483  $  9,223 
                     
Basic earnings per common share$  0.20  $  0.17  $  0.06  $  0.14  $  0.14  $  0.37  $  0.27 
Diluted earnings per common share$  0.20  $  0.17  $  0.06  $  0.14  $  0.14  $  0.37  $  0.27 
                     
MARKET DATA                    
Book value per common share$  5.28  $  5.16  $  5.10  $  5.11  $  5.01  $  5.28  $  5.01 
Tangible book value per common share$  5.28  $  5.16  $  5.10  $  5.11  $  5.01  $  5.28  $  5.01 
Market value per common share$  12.14  $  10.27  $  10.00  $  10.26  $  9.54  $  12.14  $  9.54 
Average basic common shares34,016,679  34,010,396  33,958,992  33,942,248  33,942,318  34,013,555  33,941,668 
Average diluted common shares34,016,679  34,011,592  33,965,344  33,947,269  33,948,127  34,014,152  33,948,371 
Period end common shares34,014,319  34,017,525  33,972,977  33,941,953  33,938,486  34,014,319  33,938,486 
                     
PERFORMANCE RATIOS                    
Return on average assets1.44% 1.25% 0.49% 1.10% 1.11% 1.34% 1.08%
Return on average equity15.23% 13.24% 5.03% 11.34% 11.32% 14.24% 11.09%
Net interest margin (fully taxable equivalent)3.37% 3.34% 3.25% 3.21% 3.24% 3.35% 3.25%
Efficiency ratio58.88% 62.43% 62.77% 61.68% 62.81% 60.62% 63.77%
Full-time equivalent employees (period end)339  332  340  343  344  339  344 
                     
ASSET QUALITY                    
Gross charge-offs$  30  $  97  $  45  $  55  $  139  $  126  $  165 
Net charge-offs/(recoveries)$  (320) $  (175) $  (166) $  (214) $  (374) $  (495) $  (608)
Net charge-offs to average loans (annualized)-0.10%  -0.05%  -0.05%  -0.07%  -0.12%  -0.07%  -0.10% 
Nonperforming loans$  125  $  324  $  395  $  521  $  670  $  125  $  670 
Other real estate and repossessed assets$  3,872  $  5,223  $  5,778  $  6,661  $  7,097  $  3,872  $  7,097 
Nonperforming loans to total loans0.01% 0.02% 0.03% 0.04% 0.05% 0.01% 0.05%
Nonperforming assets to total assets0.21% 0.30% 0.33% 0.40% 0.44% 0.21% 0.44%
Allowance for loan losses$  16,695  $  16,675  $  16,600  $  16,434  $  16,570  $  16,695  $  16,570 
Allowance for loan losses to total loans1.26% 1.26% 1.26% 1.30% 1.32% 1.26% 1.32%
Allowance for loan losses to nonperforming loans13356.00% 5146.60% 4202.53% 3154.32% 2473.13% 13356.00% 2473.13%
                     
CAPITAL                    
Average equity to average assets9.44% 9.42% 9.68% 9.69% 9.76% 9.44% 9.76%
Common equity tier 1 to risk weighted assets (Consolidated)11.83% 11.67% 11.31% 11.70% 11.60% 11.83% 11.60%
Tier 1 capital to average assets (Consolidated)11.91% 11.83% 11.88% 12.04% 12.21% 11.91% 12.21%
Total capital to risk-weighted assets (Consolidated)15.49% 15.36% 14.99% 15.50% 15.45% 15.49% 15.45%
Common equity tier 1 to risk weighted assets (Bank)14.01% 13.87% 13.54% 13.99% 13.89% 14.01% 13.89%
Tier 1 capital to average assets (Bank)11.58% 11.50% 11.56% 11.72% 11.87% 11.58% 11.87%
Total capital to risk-weighted assets (Bank)15.09% 14.96% 14.62% 15.10% 15.02% 15.09% 15.02%
Tangible common equity to assets9.60% 9.42% 9.15% 9.63% 9.70% 9.60% 9.70%
                     
END OF PERIOD BALANCES                    
Total portfolio loans$  1,327,686  $  1,325,545  $  1,320,309  $  1,260,037  $  1,251,355  $  1,327,686  $  1,251,355 
Earning assets1,751,167  1,751,315  1,767,752  1,680,458  1,633,383  1,751,167  1,633,383 
Total assets1,872,541  1,863,780  1,890,232  1,803,046  1,759,063  1,872,541  1,759,063 
Deposits1,580,461  1,560,872  1,579,010  1,506,178  1,459,990  1,580,461  1,459,990 
Total shareholders' equity179,714  175,376  172,986  173,464  170,175  179,714  170,175 
                     
AVERAGE BALANCES                    
Total portfolio loans$  1,327,408  $  1,314,838  $  1,285,688  $  1,252,075  $  1,260,051  $  1,321,158  $  1,262,430 
Earning assets1,756,909  1,730,576  1,681,297  1,652,028  1,594,849  1,743,815  1,587,345 
Total assets1,872,559  1,845,911  1,802,386  1,775,302  1,723,575  1,859,309  1,715,156 
Deposits1,575,408  1,537,376  1,497,213  1,481,539  1,419,775  1,556,497  1,408,747 
Total shareholders' equity176,749  173,913  174,427  171,987  168,240  175,339  166,289