First Bancshares, Inc. Announces Robust Operating Results For the Quarter and Year Ended December 31, 2022

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MOUNTAIN GROVE, Miss., Jan. 20, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- First Bancshares, Inc. (OTCQX: FBSI) (Company), the holding company for Stockmens Bank (Bank), today announced its financial results for the quarter and year ended December 31, 2022.

For the quarter ended December 31, 2022, the Company reported net income, of $1,195,000 or $0.49 per share-diluted, compared to $1,378,000, or $0.54 per share-diluted for the comparable period in 2021. Year to date the Company reported net income of $5,283,000 or $2.16 per share compared to $5,093,000 or $1.96 per share the same period 2021. Year to date changes from the year ended December 31, 2021 include a $1,550,000 increase in net interest income after provision for loan losses, along with a $126,000 increase in non-interest income, offset by a $1,118,000 increase in non-interest expense, a $239,000 increase in income tax expense and no gain/loss on investments in 2022 compared to a $128,000 gain during the same period in 2021. This resulted in a $190,000 increase in net income for the year ended December 31, 2022, compared to the year ended December 31, 2021. The increase in non-interest expenses is primarily due to operating cost and wage inflation with the increases in wages being necessary to compete with employee demand in the marketplace.

Consolidated total assets increased 5.96% to $471.58 million as of December 31, 2022, compared to $445.03 million on December 31, 2021. Since year end 2021, Net loans increased 18.90% to $405.19 million, total deposits increased 6.19% to $420.67 million, and total capital rested at $47.59 million, or 10.09% of total assets compared to $44.16 million, or 9.92% of total assets, on December 31, 2021. The capital changes are primarily driven by the Companys payment of a cash dividend to shareholders and unrealized losses in the securities portfolio which increased from $212,000 on December 31, 2021 to $1,288,000 on December 31, 2022 as market volatility has been at an all-time high following persistent inflation, rapid interest rate hikes along with continued political and economic unrest.

The Bank meets all regulatory requirements for well-capitalized status.

About the Company

First Bancshares, Inc. is the holding company for Stockmens Bank, a FDIC-insured commercial bank chartered by the State of Colorado that conducts business from its home office in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and eight full-service Missouri offices in Mountain Grove, Marshfield, Ava, Kissee Mills, Gainesville, Crane, Hartville and Springfield, and full-service offices in Bartley, Nebraska and Akron, Colorado.

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

The Company and its wholly owned subsidiary, Stockmens Bank, may from time to time make written or oral forward-looking statements in its reports to shareholders, and in other communications by the Company, which are made in good faith by the Company pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.

These forward-looking statements include statements with respect to the Companys beliefs, expectations, estimates and intentions that are subject to significant risks and uncertainties, and are subject to change based on various factors, some of which are beyond the Companys control. Such statements address the following subjects: future operating results; customer growth and retention; loan and other product demand; earnings growth and expectations; new products and services; credit quality and adequacy of reserves; results of examinations by our bank regulators, technology, and our employees. The following factors, among others, could cause the Companys financial performance to differ materially from the expectations, estimates and intentions expressed in such forward-looking statements: the strength of the United States economy in general and the strength of the local economies in which the Company conducts operations; the effects of, and changes in, trade, monetary, and fiscal policies and laws, including interest rate policies of the Federal Reserve Board; inflation, interest rate, market, and monetary fluctuations; the timely development and acceptance of new products and services of the Company and the perceived overall value of these products and services by users; the impact of changes in financial services laws and regulations; technological changes; acquisitions; changes in consumer spending and savings habits; and the success of the Company at managing and collecting assets of borrowers in default and managing the risks of the foregoing.

The foregoing list of factors is not exclusive. The Company does not undertake, and expressly disclaims any intent or obligation, to update any forward-looking statement, whether written or oral, that may be made from time to time by or on behalf of the Company.

First Bancshares, Inc. and Subsidiaries
Financial Highlights
(In thousands, except per share amounts)
Quarter Ended Year Ended
December 31, December 31,
2022 2021 2022 2021
Operating Data:
Total interest income $ 5,617 $ 4,456 $ 19,388 $ 17,567
Total interest expense 694 252 1,650 1,137
Net interest income 4,923 4,204 17,738 16,430
Provision for loan losses 425 225 1,100 1,342
Net interest income after provision for loan losses 4,498 3,979 16,638 15,088
Gain (loss) on sale of investments - - - 128
Non-interest income 482 492 1,723 1,597
Non-interest expense 3,035 2,700 11,221 10,103
Income before taxes 1,945 1,771 7,139 6,710
Income tax expense 750 393 1,856 1,617
Net income $ 1,195 $ 1,378 $ 5,283 $ 5,093
Earnings per share $ 0.49 $ 0.54 $ 2.16 $ 1.96
At At
December 31, December 31,
Financial Condition Data: 2022 2021
Cash and cash equivalents $ 21,781 $ 60,604
(excludes CDs)
Investment securities 13,831 15,531
(includes CDs)
Loans receivable, net 405,188 340,767
Goodwill and intangibles 1,800 1,943
Total assets 471,575 445,034
Deposits 420,666 396,137
Repurchase agreements 864 490
Borrowings - 1,500
Stockholders' equity 47,586 44,161
Book value per share $ 19.50 $ 18.08

CONTACT: Contact: Robert M. Alexander, Chairman and CEO - (719) 955-2800

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