Fourth Quarter Earnings 2017

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CONTACT: Doyle M. Thigpen, Chief Financial Officer (252) 317-2804
DATE: January 31, 2018

Union Bank Releases Fourth Quarter Earnings

Greenville, NC – (Business Wire) – January 31, 2018 – Union Bank (OTCQX: UBNC) reports earnings results for the quarter and twelve months ended December 31, 2017. The little bank acquired Union Bank Corp. and its subsidiary Union Bank and Trust, on July 7, 2017, and as part of the merger agreement changed its name to Union Bank.

Union Bank (the “Bank”) is pleased to report earnings results for the quarter and twelve months ended December 31, 2017. Unaudited net income for the twelve months ended December 31, 2017 was $2,653,000 or $.58 per basic share, compared to $3,085,000, or $.89 per basic share in the prior year. These results included a one time fourth quarter charge of $960,000 to income tax expense specifically related to tax reform enacted in December 2017. Merger and conversion related expenses, included in these earnings results, totaled approximately $1,800,000 for the twelve month period. Core earnings, a non-GAAP measure, which excludes merger and conversion related expenses and the one time tax expense adjustment related to tax reform, were approximately $4,794,000 for the twelve months ended December 31, 2017, compared to core earnings of $3,294,000 for the prior year. This represents a 45.5% increase in core earnings.

Unaudited net income for the fourth quarter of 2017 was $470,000, or $.08 per basic share, compared to $623,000, or $.18 per basic share for the quarter ended December 31, 2016. For the quarter ended December 31, 2017, core earnings were $1,521,000, or $.26 per basic share, compared to core earnings of $832,000, or $.24 per basic share, for the fourth quarter of 2016, an increase of 82.8%. Based on core earnings, return on average assets (“ROAA”) and return on average equity (“ROAE”) was .86% and 8.24%, respectively, for the quarter.

The acquisition of Union Bank & Trust, and its holding company, Union Banc Corp., during the third quarter, resulted in significant increases in the Bank’s total assets, loans and deposits. Total assets as of December 31, 2017 were $701.7 million, compared to total assets of $362.0 million as of December 31, 2016. Total loans, net of reserves, were $505.0 million and deposits were $593.7 million, as of December 31, 2017. As of December 31, 2017, 5,812,638 shares of common stock were issued and outstanding. Fourth quarter financial activity also included measurement period adjustments to recognize $1,038,000 in tax assets related to the acquisition of Union Bank & Trust. Legacy Union Bank and Trust experienced a financial loss during the period ended July 7, 2017. Recognition of this income tax asset resulted in a decrease in goodwill. This has the net effect of increasing tangible book capital.

Rob Jones, President and Chief Executive Officer stated, “We are pleased to present this positive earnings report for the quarter and the fiscal year end.”   Jones further stated “While the quarterly earnings were negatively impacted by the revaluation of our deferred tax assets due to the changes in the tax law, we expect lower tax rates in future periods will more than offset the deferred tax revaluation that occurred in 2017. We look forward to 2018 earnings that are not impacted by merger/conversion expenses or tax law changes.”

Union Bank is headquartered in Greenville, North Carolina and operates 15 branches located in 11 counties throughout Eastern and Central North Carolina. Union Bank stock is traded on the OTCQX trading under the symbol UBNC.

This press release includes certain forward-looking statements in reliance on the “safe-harbor” provisions of The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Any such forward-looking statements are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties. Actual results may differ materially from those anticipated in any such forward-looking statements. The Company undertakes no obligation to update or revise any such forward-looking statements. This press release contains financial information determined by methods other than in accordance with GAAP. The Company’s management uses these non-GAAP financial measures in their analysis of the Company’s performance. These measures typically adjust GAAP performance measures to exclude the effects of transactions that are infrequent in nature.   Management believes presentations of these non-GAAP financial measures provide useful supplemental information that is essential to a proper understanding of the operating results of the Company’s core businesses.

Union Bank Summary of Operations (un-audited) (000’s omitted except per share data)

Three Months
December 31, 2017
Three Months
December 31, 2016
Nine Months
December 31, 2017
Nine Months
December 31, 2016
Interest Income$7,433$3,296$21,480$13,203
Interest Expense7793192,1701,283
Net Interest Income6,6542,97719,31011,920
Provision for loan losses15004600
Net interest income after Provision for losses6,5042,97718,85011,920
Non-interest income7784012,4371,751
Non-interest expense5,1542,52915,8319,174
Income before taxes2,1288495,4564,497
Income taxes1,6582262,8031,412
Net Income$470$623$2,653$3,085
Net Income available per basic common share$0.08$0.18$0.58$0.89

Union Bank Balance Sheets (000’s omitted except per share data)

December 31, 2017
September 30, 2017
December 31, 2016
Cash and due from banks$21,427  $16,805$9,085
Overnight investments7,176 23,6166,070
Investment securities AFS113,242114,88985,744
Less Allowance for loan losses(3,501)(3,361)(3,444)
Net Loans505,040503,927243,078
Premises and Equipment, net17,09017,1734,464
Other Real Estate Owned62754950
Core Deposit Intangibles2,8173,0590
Bank-Owned Life Insurance16,00415,8899,016
Other Assets7,2467,3444,502
Total Assets$701,658$715,127$362,009
Liabilities & Stockholders’ Equity
FHLB Advances34,00029,00024,000
Other liabilities7631,039837
Total Liabilities628,489641,412325,411
Stockholders’ Equity
Common stock, no par value69,02766,23931,507
Retained earnings4,6437,4445,544
Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss)(501)32(453)
Total stockholders’ equity$73,169$73,715$36,598
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity$701,658$715,127$362,009

*Derived from audited financial statements