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First Busey Announces 2012 Second Quarter Earnings

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

First Busey Announces 2012 Second Quarter Earnings14:03 EDT Tuesday, July 24, 2012 CHAMPAIGN, Ill., July 24, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Message from our President & CEO First Busey Corporation's (Nasdaq:BUSE) net income for the second quarter of 2012 was $4.9 million and net income available to common stockholders was $4.0 million, or $0.05 per fully-diluted common share, as compared to net income of $7.4 million and net income available to common stockholders of $6.2 million, or $0.07 per fully-diluted common share, for the second quarter of 2011. In comparison, the Company reported net income for the first quarter of 2012 of $7.6 million and net income available to common stockholders of $6.7 million, or $0.08 per fully-diluted common share. The Company's 2012 year-to-date net income through June 30 was $12.5 million and net income available to common stockholders was $10.7 million, or $0.12 per fully diluted share, compared to net income of $16.6 million, and net income available to common stockholders of $13.5 million, or $0.16 per fully diluted share, for the comparable period of 2011. Changes in net income between comparative periods were influenced by seasonal changes in agriculture-based products, large gains on the Company's private equity funds in the first quarter of 2012, one-time expenses, and increased investments in 2012 to support future balance sheet strength, profitability and growth. In addition, our 2012 results were impacted positively by our exit from the TARP program in August 2011, which reduced the year-to-date cost of preferred stock dividends by $0.7 million and the second quarter cost by $0.4 million. Also contributing to our lower year-to-date cost of preferred stock dividends was the March 2011 conversion of our Series B preferred stock, which had $0.5 million of associated preferred dividend costs in the first quarter of 2011. These reductions in preferred stock dividends favorably impacted net income available to common stockholders in 2012. Our previously announced loan growth initiative began showing positive results late in the second quarter and gross loan balances ended the quarter at $2.02 billion, which reflected an increase of $15.8 million over the prior quarter-end. Growth occurred in targeted portfolios with positive changes in mix. Commercial & Industrial loans grew $21.4 million while Commercial Real Estate and Construction loans declined $12.6 million in the aggregate. Loans related to residential real estate also rose $7.2 million, including $5.6 million in loans held for sale. Loans with the strongest risk grades exhibited positive growth, while loans with weaker grades declined during the quarter1. Our non-interest bearing deposits of $555.6 million at June 30, 2012 grew from $503.1 million at December 31, 2011 and $447.7 million at June 30, 2011. Furthermore, our core deposits of $2.7 billion at June 30, 2012 increased from $2.5 billion at December 31, 2011 and June 30, 2011. In addition, as of June 30, 2012, our services per household increased to five services per household, which is approximately 5% greater than June 30, 2011. We believe this growth is indicative of the success of our B5 relationship sales model, which includes improved cross-sales to our customer base. At the end of the second quarter of 2012, Busey Bank continued to exceed the capital adequacy requirements necessary to be considered "well-capitalized" under the regulatory guidance. Additionally, Tangible Common Equity (TCE) increased to $313.0 million at June 30, 2012 from $310.4 million at March 31, 2012 and $298.6 million at June 30, 2011. TCE represented 8.96% of tangible assets at June 30, 2012 compared to 8.85% at March 31, 2012 and 8.68% at June 30, 2011. On July 27, 2012, we will pay a cash dividend of $0.04 per common share to stockholders of record as of July 20, 2012. The Company has an uninterrupted history of paying quarterly dividends to its common stockholders since 1998, when it first began trading on the NASDAQ exchange. 1A detailed description of the loan grading policy can be found in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2011. Asset Quality: While much internal focus is currently being directed toward organic growth, our commitment to credit quality remains strong, as evidenced by another quarter of positive trends across a range of credit indicators. We expect to maintain gradual improvement in our overall asset quality during 2012; however, this continues to be dependent upon market-specific economic conditions. The key metrics are as follows: Non-performing loans decreased to $33.8 million at June 30, 2012 from $34.1 million at March 31, 2012 and $38.5 million at December 31, 2011. Illinois/Indiana non-performing loans decreased to $25.3 million at June 30, 2012 from $25.6 million at March 31, 2012 and $27.7 million at December 31, 2011. Florida non-performing loans of $8.5 million at June 30, 2012 remained consistent with the amount recorded at March 31, 2012, but decreased from $10.8 million at December 31, 2011. Loans 30-89 days past due decreased to $4.2 million at June 30, 2012 from $15.9 million at March 31, 2012 and  $4.7 million at December 31, 2011. As discussed in our prior period release, the primary reason for the increase in the first quarter of 2012 related to two large commercial credits which have since been sold or reclassified to non- performing. Other non-performing assets, primarily consisting of other real estate owned, decreased to $7.8 million at June 30, 2012 from $8.7 million at March 31, 2012 and $8.5 million at December 31, 2011. The ratio of non-performing assets to total loans plus other non-performing assets at June 30, 2012 decreased to 2.05% from 2.13% at March 31, 2012 and 2.28% at December 31, 2011. The allowance for loan losses to non-performing loans ratio decreased to 150.42% at June 30, 2012 from 157.75% at March 31, 2012 and 151.91% at December 31, 2011. The allowance for loan losses to total loans ratio decreased to 2.52% at June 30, 2012 compared to 2.68% at March 31, 2012 and 2.85% at December 31, 2011. Net charge-offs of $7.5 million recorded in the second quarter of 2012 were lower than the $9.7 million recorded in the first quarter of 2012 and the $10.4 million recorded in the fourth quarter of 2011. Provision expense decreased to $4.5 million in the second quarter of 2012 from $5.0 million recorded in both the first quarter of 2012 and the fourth quarter of 2011.Operating Performance: We made great progress in 2011 to strengthen our balance sheet, and the Company is dedicated to continuing efforts actively underway to support organic growth. Our business outreach across our footprint has increased substantially, and we are encouraged by the volumes building in our loan pipeline and the new loan growth experienced in the second quarter of 2012. While our expenses increased as we continued to build out the infrastructure to support our growth strategy, we were able to maintain stable revenue generation through diversified sources during the quarter. Total revenue, net of interest expense and security gains, for the second quarter of 2012 was $41.0 million, compared to $43.6 million for the first quarter of 2012 and $41.6 million for the second quarter of 2011. Net of private equity fund gains of $2.1 million recorded in the first quarter of 2012, revenue was relatively steady on both a linked-quarter and year-over-year basis. Quarterly revenue was further impacted by seasonal changes in agriculture-based trust fees, declining by $1.4 million on a linked quarter basis in 2012. Total revenue for the first six months of 2012 was $84.6 million as compared to $85.5 million for the same period of 2011. Non-interest income revenue sources are helping offset declines in net interest income arising from slow asset growth and continuing margin pressure. Revenues from trust, brokerage and commissions, and remittance processing activities, which are primarily generated through Busey Wealth Management and FirsTech, represent 43% of non-interest income and approximately one third of total net income to the Company, providing a balance to traditional banking activities in a slow growth economy.  Busey Wealth Management's net income of $1.0 million for the second quarter of 2012 increased from $0.9 million for the first quarter of 2012, and was consistent with the amount earned in the second quarter of 2011. Busey Wealth Management's net income for the first six months of 2012 was $1.9 million as compared to $1.7 million for the first six months of 2011. FirsTech's net income of $0.2 million for the second quarter of 2012 decreased from $0.3 million for the first quarter of 2012 and $0.4 million for the second quarter of 2011. FirsTech's net income for the first six months of 2012 was $0.5 million as compared to $0.9 million for the same period of 2011. Other specific areas of operating performance are detailed as follows: Net interest income declined to $25.3 million in the second quarter of 2012 compared to $25.7 million in the first quarter of 2012 and $27.8 million in the second quarter of 2011. Net interest income for the first six months of 2012 was $51.0 million compared to $56.2 million for the same period of 2011. Net interest income declines were driven by decreases in average loan volumes, which have prompted recent initiatives to guide quality asset growth. Additional liquidity generated by our growing deposit base has primarily been deployed into our investment portfolio. Net interest margin decreased to 3.21% for the second quarter of 2012 as compared to 3.31% for the first quarter of 2012 and 3.54% for the second quarter of 2011. The net interest margin for the first six months of 2012 decreased to 3.26% compared to 3.54% for the same period of 2011. The Company continues to experience downward pressure on its yield on interest-earning assets resulting from a protracted period of historically low rates and heightened competition for assets, which is being experienced throughout the banking industry. Driven by strong loan production, an active market for refinancing and positive momentum in the home purchase market, gains on sales of residential mortgage loans increased to $3.3 million in the second quarter of 2012 compared to $2.4 million in the first quarter of 2012 and $1.8 million in the second quarter of 2011. During the first six months of 2012, gains on sales of mortgage loans increased to $5.7 million from $4.5 million for the first six months of 2011. Other non-interest income declined to $1.4 million in the second quarter of 2012 compared to $3.4 million in the first quarter of 2012, but increased from $0.8 million in the second quarter of 2011. Other non-interest income for the first six months of 2012 increased to $4.8 million from $2.0 million for the comparable period of 2011. As discussed in the prior period release, the Company recorded a net gain of $2.1 million in the first quarter of 2012 from income earned on private equity funds. The majority of this gain was non-ordinary; therefore, a decline in non-interest income for the second quarter of 2012 had been expected. Increases in other non-interest income from the second quarter of 2011 were primarily attributable to current quarter gains of $0.2 million in private equity funds and $0.2 million in the cash surrender value of BOLI policies, as well as a loss of $0.2 million on the sale of fixed assets recorded during the comparable period in 2011.  Salaries and wages and employee benefits increased to $16.3 million in the second quarter of 2012 compared to $15.0 million in the first quarter of 2012 and $12.5 million in the second quarter of 2011. In the first six months of 2012, salaries and wages and employee benefits totaled $31.3 million as compared to $24.9 million for the same period of 2011. These expenses were at a four-year low in the first six months of 2011, and the planned increase in 2012 represents the investment in talent to drive future business expansion as discussed in prior earnings releases. The primary investment is related to our commercial banking segment to support profitable asset growth through value-added services to commercial clients in our existing and surrounding footprint. Busey Wealth Management has undertaken a similar strategy to support a diversified revenue stream and expanded client service capabilities. One-time charges during the quarter related to insurance and other benefits also increased expenses by approximately $0.3 million. Total non-interest expense was impacted favorably by a decline in regulatory expense as a result of a change in the FDIC's rate assessment methodology. Regulatory expense for the second quarter of 2012 declined to $0.6 million from $1.3 million for the second quarter of 2011. For the first six months of 2012, regulatory expense was $1.2 million as compared to $3.2 million for the same period of 2011. In addition, various other expenses rose during the second quarter of 2012 by approximately $0.7 million compared to the first quarter of 2012 and the second quarter of 2011 from one-time charges related to other real estate owned and strategic technology initiatives. Our quarterly efficiency ratio increased to 69.68% for the second quarter of 2012 from 59.79% for the first quarter of 2012 and 57.80% for the second quarter of 2011 due to planned expense increases as part of our growth strategy and the one-time charges discussed in the preceding paragraphs. The efficiency ratio for the first six months of 2012 was 64.59%, as compared to 56.81% for the same period of 2011. Peer data from Federal Reserve system sources suggests that the Company has historically compared favorably to similarly-sized companies in terms of efficiency ratios, with averages for peers ranging between 65% and 67% during 2011 and the first quarter of 2012.   Overview and Strategy: Our results this quarter reflect the culmination of months of planning and focused effort to retool our teams and rebuild our balance sheet in constructive ways for the long-term benefit of the Company. We understood that this commitment would require the deployment of capital to support our investment in the future, and earnings thus far in 2012 have aligned with estimates of the short-term effects of our long-term strategy.  Positive changes are occurring in our balance sheet, with the initial inflection of loan volumes in areas specifically targeted for growth and the consistent strengthening in our mix of funding through non-interest bearing deposits. Capital and asset quality continue to trend favorably, and the marriage of old competencies and new is melding together to create a more diverse organization. We have embraced forward-looking practices regarding sustainability and were recently awarded certification through the Illinois Green Business Association (IGBA), a non-profit organization dedicated to helping business reduce their ecological footprint by attaining certification. To date, Busey is the largest organization to earn this achievement through the IGBA. Environmentally responsible business reduces costs and renews our commitment as a good steward to our communities.  Early stage success in building a stronger balance sheet structure is generally a positive leading indicator for future profitability. We are realistic that our strategies will take time to produce results and are working diligently to expand fee-based aspects of our business to counter headwinds the industry is collectively facing due to pressures on net interest margins. As we move forward into future phases of our strategic evolution, we thank our associates for their efforts, our customers for their business and you, our stockholders, for your continued support of Busey. \s\ Van A. Dukeman President & Chief Executive Officer First Busey CorporationSELECTED FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS (dollars in thousands, except per share data)       As of and for the Three Months EndedAs of and for the Six Months Ended June 30, 2012March 31, 2012June 30, 2011June 30, 2012June 30, 2011EARNINGS & PER SHARE DATA           Net income$ 4,888 $ 7,643 $ 7,447$ 12,531 $ 16,557 Income available to common stockholders13,980 6,735 6,16410,715 13,498 Revenue240,980 43,578 41,58784,558 85,475 Fully-diluted earnings per share0.05 0.08 0.070.12 0.16 Cash dividends paid per share0.04 0.04 0.040.08 0.08             Net income by operating segment           Busey Bank$ 4,187 $ 6,030 $ 7,096$ 10,217 $ 15,916 Busey Wealth Management1,004 863 9741,867 1,668 FirsTech244 265 422509 872         AVERAGE BALANCES           Assets$ 3,521,800 $ 3,465,407 $ 3,491,237$ 3,493,603 $ 3,540,399 Earning assets3,239,363 3,183,248 3,209,9613,211,305 3,251,797 Deposits2,878,173 2,815,795 2,823,1362,846,984 2,860,618 Interest-bearing liabilities2,559,924 2,526,097 2,569,5202,543,010 2,611,737 Stockholders' equity - common340,575 337,665 325,608339,120 307,641 Tangible stockholders' equity - common305,012 301,274 286,586303,143 268,176          PERFORMANCE RATIOS           Return on average assets30.45% 0.78% 0.71%0.62% 0.77% Return on average common equity34.70% 8.02% 7.59%6.35% 8.85% Return on average tangible common equity35.25% 8.99% 8.63%7.11% 10.15% Net interest margin33.21% 3.31% 3.54%3.26% 3.54% Efficiency ratio469.68% 59.79% 57.80%64.59% 56.81% Non-interest income as a % of total revenues238.33% 41.03% 33.05%39.72% 34.26%         ASSET QUALITY           Gross loans$ 2,021,931 $ 2,006,157 $ 2,168,240     Allowance for loan losses50,866 53,835 69,329     Net charge-offs7,469 9,671 10,52017,140 16,709 Allowance for loan losses to loans2.52% 2.68% 3.20%     Allowance as a percentage of non-performing loans150.42% 157.75% 128.94%     Non-performing loans           Non-accrual loans33,760 33,763 52,456     Loans 90+ days past due57 363 1,314     Geographically           Illinois/ Indiana25,365 25,675 34,260     Florida8,452 8,451 19,510     Loans 30-89 days past due4,240 15,930 17,057     Other non-performing assets7,783 8,719 6,855                1 Net income, net of preferred dividends and discount accretion    2 Total revenue, net of interest expense and security gains          3 Quarterly ratios annualized and calculated on net income available to common stockholders    4 Net of security gains and intangible charges                  Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets      (Unaudited, in thousands, except per share data)June 30,  2012 December 31, 2011 June 30, 2011Assets       Cash and due from banks $ 320,349  $ 315,053  $ 357,193 Investment securities 980,785  831,749  742,793 Net loans, including loans held for sale 1,971,065   1,992,838  2,098,911 Premises and equipment 70,119  69,398  71,162 Goodwill and other intangibles 35,050  36,704  38,474 Other assets 147,355  156,380  162,355Total assets $ 3,524,723  $ 3,402,122  $ 3,470,888        Liabilities & Stockholders' Equity       Non-interest bearing deposits $ 555,560  $ 503,118  $ 447,650 Interest-bearing deposits 2,339,550  2,260,336  2,366,191 Total deposits $ 2,895,110  $ 2,763,454  $ 2,813,841         Securities sold under agreements to repurchase 119,115  127,867  126,796 Long-term debt 14,417  19,417  19,834 Junior subordinated debt owed to unconsolidated trusts 55,000  55,000  55,000 Other liabilities 26,234  27,117  25,641Total liabilities $ 3,109,876  $ 2,992,855  $ 3,041,112Total stockholders' equity $ 414,847  $ 409,267  $ 429,776Total liabilities & stockholders' equity $ 3,524,723  $ 3,402,122  $ 3,470,888        Per Share Data      Book value per common share $ 3.95  $ 3.89  $ 3.81 Tangible book value per common share1 $ 3.55  $ 3.46  $ 3.36 Ending number of common shares outstanding 86,631  86,617  86,597        1 Total common equity less goodwill and other intangibles divided by shares outstanding as of period end                Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations        (Unaudited, in thousands, except per share data)Three Months Ended June 30,Six Months Ended June 30,  2012 20112012 2011           Interest and fees on loans$ 24,512 $ 29,173$ 50,038 $ 59,681 Interest on investment securities4,713 4,7009,283 9,098Total interest income$ 29,225 $ 33,873$ 59,321 $ 68,779           Interest on deposits3,318 4,8207,066 10,079 Interest on short-term borrowings85 110172 231 Interest on long-term debt220 486446 982 Junior subordinated debt owed to unconsolidated trusts328 616665 1,299Total interest expense$ 3,951 $ 6,032$ 8,349 $ 12,591          Net interest income$ 25,274 $ 27,841$ 50,972 $ 56,188 Provision for loan losses4,500 5,0009,500 10,000Net interest income after provision for loan losses$ 20,774 $ 22,841$ 41,472 $ 46,188           Trust fees4,090 3,7579,285 8,305 Commissions and brokers' fees564 4791,070 920 Fees for customer services4,316 4,5238,508 8,852 Remittance processing2,111 2,4034,278 4,784 Gain on sales of loans3,256 1,8355,669 4,467 Net security gains (losses)64  -- 64 (2) Other1,369 7494,776 1,959Total non-interest income$ 15,770 $ 13,746$ 33,650 $ 29,285           Salaries and wages13,148 10,02825,259 19,588 Employee benefits3,122 2,5066,018 5,265 Net occupancy expense2,156 2,1364,361 4,551 Furniture and equipment expense1,310 1,3402,582 2,664 Data processing expense2,639 2,1704,798 4,280 Amortization expense827 8841,654 1,768 Regulatory expense620 1,3081,246 3,155 OREO expense510 135515 347 Other operating expenses5,447 4,67810,548 9,232Total non-interest expense$ 29,779 $ 25,185$ 56,981 $ 50,850           Income before income taxes$ 6,765 $ 11,402$ 18,141 $ 24,623 Income taxes1,877 3,9555,610 8,066Net income$ 4,888 $ 7,447$ 12,531 $ 16,557 Preferred stock dividends and discount accretion$ 908 $ 1,283$ 1,816 $ 3,059Income available for common stockholders$ 3,980 $ 6,164$ 10,715 $ 13,498          Per Share Data       Basic earnings per common share$ 0.05 $ 0.07$ 0.12 $ 0.16 Fully-diluted earnings per common share$ 0.05 $ 0.07$ 0.12 $ 0.16 Diluted average common shares outstanding86,637 86,61786,633 84,001Corporate Profile First Busey Corporation is a $3.5 billion financial holding company headquartered in Champaign, Illinois. Busey Bank, First Busey Corporation's wholly-owned bank subsidiary, is headquartered in Champaign, Illinois and has thirty-one full service and four limited service banking centers serving Illinois, a full service banking center in Indianapolis, Indiana, and seven full service banking centers serving southwest Florida.  Busey Bank had total assets of $3.5 billion as of June 30, 2012. Busey Wealth Management is a wholly-owned subsidiary of First Busey Corporation. Through Busey Trust Company, Busey Wealth Management provides asset management, investment and fiduciary services to individuals, businesses and foundations.  As of June 30, 2012, Busey Wealth Management managed approximately $4.0 billion in assets. Through Busey Bank, First Busey Corporation owns a retail payment processing subsidiary, FirsTech, Inc., which processes over 22 million transactions per year through online bill payments, lockbox processing and walk-in payments through its 3,100 agent locations in 38 states. Busey Bank also provides electronic delivery of financial services through its website, www.busey.com. Special Note Concerning Forward-Looking Statements This document may contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 with respect to the financial condition, results of operations, plans, objectives, future performance and business of the Company. Forward-looking statements, which may be based upon beliefs, expectations and assumptions of the Company's management and on information currently available to management, are generally identifiable by the use of words such as "believe," "expect," "anticipate," "plan," "intend," "estimate," "may," "will," "would," "could," "should" or other similar expressions. Additionally, all statements in this document, including forward-looking statements, speak only as of the date they are made, and the Company undertakes no obligation to update any statement in light of new information or future events. A number of factors, many of which are beyond the ability of the Company to control or predict, could cause actual results to differ materially from those in its forward-looking statements. These factors include, among others, the following: (i) the strength of the local and national economy; (ii) the economic impact of any future terrorist threats or attacks; (iii) changes in state and federal laws, regulations and governmental policies concerning the Company's general business (including the impact of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act and the extensive regulations to be promulgated thereunder); (iv) changes in interest rates and prepayment rates of the Company's assets; (v) increased competition in the financial services sector and the inability to attract new customers; (vi) changes in technology and the ability to develop and maintain secure and reliable electronic systems; (vii) the loss of key executives or employees; (viii) changes in consumer spending; (ix) unexpected results of acquisitions; (x) unexpected outcomes of existing or new litigation involving the Company; and (xi) changes in accounting policies and practices. These risks and uncertainties should be considered in evaluating forward-looking statements and undue reliance should not be placed on such statements. Additional information concerning the Company and its business, including additional factors that could materially affect the Company's financial results, is included in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.CONTACT: David B. White, CFO 217-365-4047