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Bank First Announces Net Income for the First Quarter of 2019


MANITOWOC, Wis., April 17, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Bank First National Corporation (NASDAQ: BFC) ("Bank First"), the holding company for Bank First, N.A., reported net income of $6.6 million, or $1.00 per share, for the first quarter of 2019, compared with net income of $7.1 million, or $1.05 per share, for the respective prior-year period.

Operating Results
Net interest income during the first quarter of 2019 was $15.2 million, down $0.3 million and $1.1 million from the fourth and first quarters of 2018, respectively.

Interest income related to purchased loan accounting entries, resulting from our purchase of Waupaca Bancorporation, Inc. ("Waupaca") during the fourth quarter of 2017, increased net income (after tax) during the first quarter of 2019 by $0.8 million, or $0.11 per share, compared to $0.8 million, or $0.12 per share, and $1.5 million, or $0.22 per share, for the fourth and first quarters of 2018, respectively.

Net interest margin was 3.82% for the first quarter of 2019, compared to 3.85% for the previous quarter and 4.04% for the first quarter of 2018. The aforementioned purchase loan accounting entries added 0.25%, 0.26% and 0.49% to net interest margin for each of these periods, respectively. As noted in the balance sheet discussion below, deposit growth has outpaced loan growth over the last twelve months. Excess funds as a result of this trend are primarily invested in fed funds sold at an effective interest rate of 2.40%. While these funds are marginally accretive to net interest income, they have a detrimental impact on net interest margin due to a slim resulting interest rate spread.

Bank First recorded a provision for loan losses of $0.6 million during the first quarter of 2019, compared to $0.8 million and $0.5 million during the fourth and first quarters of 2018, respectively.

Noninterest income was $3.3 million during the first quarter of 2019, compared to $2.6 million and $3.4 million during the fourth and first quarters of 2018, respectively. The largest change in noninterest income, both quarter-over-quarter and year-over-year, was in regards to income received from Bank First's investment in Ansay & Associates, LLC (Ansay). Due to a change in accounting standards, income from Ansay, which has historically been concentrated in the first two quarters of every year, will be realized much more ratably throughout the year for 2019 and years thereafter. As a result of this change, year-over-year income contribution by this investment decreased by $0.3 million for the first quarter. Also, while quarter-over-quarter contribution to income by Ansay increased by $0.7 million, this was less than historical increases from the final quarter of a prior year to the first quarter of a current year. Full-year contributions to income by Ansay are not expected to be negatively impacted by this change in its accounting methods. Other noninterest income was positively impacted during the quarter by the revaluing of an investment Bank First holds in common stock of another financial institution, historically recorded at its cost basis, to fair value based on recent observable prices in orderly stock transactions, resulting in income of $0.6 million.

Noninterest expense was $9.3 million in the first quarter of 2019, compared to $9.9 million and $10.0 million during the fourth and first quarters of 2018, respectively. Occupancy expense saw a year-over-year decline of $0.5 million, the result of significant investments in facilities and equipment which were required in the first quarter of 2018 while Bank First integrated the new offices acquired in the Waupaca acquisition, a cost which was not repeated in the first quarter of 2019. Sales of other real estate owned during the first quarter of 2019 resulted in minimal losses, compared to a net gain of $0.1 million in the prior quarter and a net loss of $0.1 million in the first quarter of 2018. Bank First sold an investment in common stock of another financial institution during the first quarter of 2019 which it had originally acquired during 2016, resulting in a realized gain of $0.2 million which offset noninterest expense. Finally, outside service fees totaled $0.7 million during the first quarter of 2019, down from the prior quarter by $0.2 million and higher than the first quarter of 2018 by $0.2 million. The fourth quarter of 2018 contained significant expenses arising from the process of becoming a fully-public reporting entity and up-listing Bank First's common stock to the Nasdaq, leading to the decline quarter-over-quarter.

Balance Sheet
Total assets were $1.81 billion at March 31, 2019, up $12.2 million from December 31, 2018, and up $101.8 million from March 31, 2018. Total loans were $1.43 billion at March 31, 2019, up $3.6 million from December 31, 2018, and up $26.8 million from March 31, 2018. Continuing a trend of recent quarters, Bank First's legacy markets experienced loan growth of 6.6% year-over-year, while loan balances in markets acquired in the Waupaca transaction saw year-over-year contraction of $41.9 million, or approximately 15.0%. Total deposits, nearly all of which remain core deposits, were $1.57 billion at March 31, 2019, up $16.5 million from December 31, 2018, and up $105.0 million from March 31, 2018. Deposit growth outpaced loan growth by $78.2 million over the trailing twelve-month period. Noninterest-bearing demand deposits increased $72.0 million year-over-year, comprising 29.6% of total deposits at March 31, 2019 compared to 26.8% one year earlier.

Asset Quality
Nonperforming assets at March 31, 2019, totaled $19.4 million, down from $23.3 million and $24.5 million at the end of the fourth and first quarters of 2018, respectively. Nonperforming assets to total assets ended the first quarter of 2019 at 1.07%, down from 1.30% at the end of the previous quarter. Excluding relationships and foreclosed properties acquired in the Waupaca acquisition, the Bank First's nonperforming assets to total assets equaled 0.14% at March 31, 2019. "We are very pleased with our progress working through the troubled assets which were acquired as part of the Waupaca transaction. Classified assets to total risk-based capital spiked to 46.4% immediately following this transaction in October 2017. This ratio ended the first quarter of 2019 at 28.4%," stated Mike Molepske, Chief Executive Officer.

Capital Position
Stockholders' equity totaled $179.2 million at March 31, 2019, an increase of $4.9 million from the previous quarter and $17.4 million from March 31, 2018. Strong earnings served to increase capital while being offset by dividends totaling $4.8 million and repurchases of Bank First stock into treasury totaling $6.9 million during the trailing twelve months. In addition to these items, Ansay recorded an adjustment at the end of 2018 to comply with new revenue recognition accounting standards which resulted in a direct increase to equity of $1.6 million.

Partnership Bank Acquisition
Bank First's acquisition of Partnership Bank is tentatively scheduled to close on July 12, 2019, with all data systems converted over that weekend. The necessary regulatory approvals are in process, with the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency already formally approving the transaction. "We are very pleased with the progress made by the transition teams of both Partnership Bank and Bank First as we push towards our scheduled closing date," stated Molepske. "Excitement is building for the new products and services which will be available to current customers of Partnership Bank as they join Bank First."

Dividend Declaration
Bank First's Board of Directors approved a quarterly cash dividend of $0.20 per common share, payable on July 8, 2019, to shareholders of record as of June 24, 2019.

Bank First National Corporation provides financial services through its subsidiary, Bank First, which was incorporated in 1894. The Bank is an independent community bank with 18 banking locations in Manitowoc, Brown, Sheboygan, Outagamie, Winnebago, Waupaca and Barron counties. The Bank has grown through both acquisitions and de novo branch expansion. The Bank offers loan, deposit and treasury management products at each of its banking offices. Insurance services are available through our bond with Ansay & Associates, LLC. Trust, investment advisory and other financial services are offered through the Bank's partnership with Legacy Private Trust, an alliance with Morgan Stanley and an affiliation with McKenzie Financial Services, LLC. The Bank is a co-member of a data processing subsidiary, UFS, LLC, which provides data and technology services for over 50 Midwest banks. The Company employs approximately 247 full-time equivalent staff and has assets of $1.81 billion as of March 31, 2019. Further information about Bank First National Corporation is available by clicking on the Investor Relations tab at www.BankFirstWI.bank.

Forward Looking Statements: This news release may contain certain "forward-looking statements" that represent Bank First National Corporation's expectations or beliefs concerning future events. Such forward-looking statements are about matters that are inherently subject to risks and uncertainties. Because of the risks and uncertainties inherent in forward looking statements, readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on them, whether included in this news release or made elsewhere from time to time by Bank First National Corporation or on its behalf. Bank First National Corporation disclaims any obligation to update such forward-looking statements. In addition, statements regarding historical stock price performance are not indicative of or guarantees of future price performance.

For further information, contact:
Kevin M LeMahieu, Chief Financial Officer
Phone: (920) 652-3200  /  klemahieu@bankfirstwi.bank

Bank First National Corporation

Consolidated Financial Summary (Unaudited)















At or for the Three Months Ended

(In thousands, except per share data)



3/31/2019


12/31/2018


9/30/2018


6/30/2018


3/31/2018













Results of Operations:
























Interest income


$

19,723

$

19,753

$

19,510

$

19,372

$

19,309

Interest expense



4,523


4,240


3,974


3,604


3,027













Net interest income



15,200


15,513


15,536


15,768


16,282

Provision for loan losses



625


750


800


900


485













Net interest income after provision for loan losses



14,575


14,763


14,736


14,868


15,797













Noninterest income



3,306


2,553


2,508


3,027


3,443

Noninterest expense



9,302


9,893


9,708


10,064


9,977













Income before income tax expense



8,579


7,423


7,536


7,831


9,263

Income tax expense



1,992


1,362


1,604


1,431


2,200













Net income


$

6,587

$

6,061

$

5,932

$

6,400

$

7,063













Earnings per common share - Basic


$

1.00

$

0.91

$

0.89

$

0.96

$

1.05

Earnings per common share - Diluted



1.00


0.91


0.89


0.96


1.05













Common Shares:
























Basic weighted average



6,574,362


6,647,586


6,661,337


6,672,344


6,714,347

Diluted weighted average



6,608,273


6,647,586


6,661,337


6,672,344


6,714,347

Outstanding



6,577,045


6,610,358


6,659,021


6,662,292


6,692,407













Noninterest income / noninterest expense:
























Service charges


$

679

$

890

$

971

$

786

$

846

Income from Ansay



875


180


176


562


1,196

Income from UFS



594


708


660


586


609

Loan servicing income



223


372


260


604


242

Net gain on sales of mortgage loans



87


188


144


128


157

Noninterest income from strategic alliances



19


22


24


21


23

Other noninterest income



829


193


273


340


370













Total noninterest income


$

3,306

$

2,553

$

2,508

$

3,027

$

3,443













Personnel expense


$

5,310

$

5,532

$

5,205

$

5,446

$

5,317

Occupancy, equipment and office



849


799


817


532


1,350

Data processing



913


899


856


925


939

Postage, stationery and supplies



123


156


138


159


167

Net (gain) loss on sales of other real estate owned



36


(79)


233


(38)


136

Net (gain) loss on sales of securities



(234)


-


(19)


47


(3)

Advertising



74


78


36


54


52

Charitable contributions



131


121


169


322


373

Outside service fees



684


899


817


896


520

Amortization of intangibles



161


189


189


189


189

Other noninterest expense



1,255


1,299


1,267


1,532


937













Total noninterest expense


$

9,302

$

9,893

$

9,708

$

10,064

$

9,977













Period-end balances:
























Loans


$

1,432,094

$

1,428,494

$

1,441,477

$

1,434,504

$

1,405,245

Allowance for loan losses



12,213


12,248


11,560


13,047


12,113

Investment securities available-for-sale, at fair value



122,761


118,906


119,623


121,550


124,238

Investment securities held-to-maturity, at cost



40,769


40,768


40,882


41,203


39,082

Goodwill and other intangibles, net



20,160


20,321


20,425


20,614


20,413

Total assets



1,805,408


1,793,165


1,735,754


1,741,874


1,703,623

Deposits



1,573,677


1,557,167


1,486,470


1,495,424


1,468,713

Stockholders' equity



179,177


174,323


169,133


165,200


161,795

Book value per common share



27.24


26.37


25.40


24.80


24.18

Tangible book value per common share



24.65


23.76


22.78


22.15


21.52













Average balances:
























Loans


$

1,434,283

$

1,435,745

$

1,437,832

$

1,424,604

$

1,404,766

Interest-earning assets



1,652,106


1,637,080


1,654,966


1,676,017


1,671,358

Total assets



1,773,345


1,755,835


1,772,768


1,794,227


1,786,306

Deposits



1,548,306


1,510,978


1,487,865


1,474,952


1,470,579

Interest-bearing liabilities



1,141,177


1,144,202


1,185,391


1,215,923


1,211,571

Goodwill and other intangibles, net



20,259


20,377


20,610


20,474


20,503

Stockholders' equity



175,058


170,992


167,651


162,860


161,331













Financial ratios:
























Return on average assets



1.49%


1.37%


1.33%


1.42%


1.57%

Return on average common equity



15.05%


14.06%


14.04%


15.59%


17.37%

Average equity to average assets



9.87%


9.74%


9.46%


9.08%


9.03%

Stockholders' equity to assets



9.92%


9.72%


9.74%


9.48%


9.50%

Tangible equity to tangible assets



9.06%


8.85%


8.83%


8.56%


8.54%

Loan yield



5.15%


5.09%


4.98%


5.04%


5.12%

Earning asset yield



4.93%


4.88%


4.76%


4.72%


4.77%

Cost of funds



1.61%


1.47%


1.33%


1.19%


1.01%

Net interest margin, taxable equivalent



3.82%


3.85%


3.81%


3.86%


4.04%

Net loan charge-offs to average loans



0.18%


0.00%


0.16%


0.00%


0.00%

Nonperforming loans to total loans



1.14%


1.44%


1.99%


1.43%


1.45%

Nonperforming assets to total assets



1.07%


1.30%


1.79%


1.32%


1.44%

Allowance for loan losses to loans



0.85%


0.86%


0.80%


0.91%


0.86%

 

SOURCE Bank First National Corporation


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