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News Article | April 25, 2017
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FOUR OAKS, N.C.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Four Oaks Fincorp, Inc. (OTCQX: FOFN) (the “Company”), the holding company for Four Oaks Bank & Trust Company, today announced that the Board of Directors of the Company declared a cash dividend of $0.01 per share payable on or after May 23, 2017, to shareholders of record on May 8, 2017. This is the first dividend since the Company suspended dividends in the fourth quarter of 2010 following the economic crisis. President and Chief Executive Officer David H. Rupp stated, “Prior to 2010, we had a long tradition of paying quarterly dividends. Following a solid first quarter of earnings and thanks to the hard work of our employees, the loyalty of our customers, and the support of our shareholders, we are happy that the Company is again in the position to return a portion of the bank’s earnings to our shareholders.” With $736.7 million in total assets as of March 31, 2017, the Company, through its wholly-owned subsidiary, Four Oaks Bank & Trust Company, offers a broad range of financial services through its fifteen offices in Four Oaks, Clayton, Smithfield, Garner, Benson, Fuquay-Varina, Wallace, Holly Springs, Harrells, Zebulon, Dunn, Raleigh (LPO) and Apex (LPO), North Carolina. Four Oaks Fincorp, Inc. trades through its market makers under the symbol of FOFN.


News Article | April 27, 2017
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MIDDLEFIELD, Ohio--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Middlefield Banc Corp. (NASDAQ: MBCN) today reported financial results for the 2017 first quarter ended March 31, 2017. 2017 First Quarter Financial Highlights Include (on a year-over-year basis unless noted): “The 2017 first quarter represents the completion and successful integration of the Liberty Bank, N.A. acquisition,” stated Thomas G. Caldwell, President and Chief Executive Officer. “Liberty’s immediate financial contribution was significant in the first quarter, which helped Middlefield achieve significant growth in profitability, loans, and deposits. While we are encouraged by the near-term financial success the Liberty acquisition represents, we are excited about the acquisition’s long-term potential. Through Liberty, we have enhanced our management team, added three highly productive branches, and expanded our geographic reach to Cuyahoga and Summit Counties. Middlefield’s larger scale and improved scope allow the company to improve profitability, while offering customers a broader range of community-oriented financial products. We also continue to be encouraged by our organic loan growth, which increased 4.8% from December 31, 2016 and 20.4% from March 31, 2016.” Net income for the 2017 first quarter was $2.1 million, or $0.78 per diluted share, compared to net income for the 2016 first quarter of $1.5 million, or $0.79 per diluted share. Annualized returns on average equity (“ROE”) and average assets (“ROA”) for the 2017 first quarter were 8.73% and 0.84%, respectively, compared with 10.57% and 0.92% for the 2016 first quarter. During the 2017 first quarter, Middlefield incurred one-time costs associated with the Liberty acquisition of $249,032, or $0.06 per share. Adjusted for these one-time acquisition costs, Middlefield had net income of .84 per diluted share, ROE of 8.9%, and ROA of 0.85% for the 2017 first quarter. Mr. Caldwell continued: “Over the past two years, there has been a significant amount of consolidation of banks across the state of Ohio. We believe this creates gaps in the local markets for community-oriented banks, such as Middlefield, to serve customers who desire local, personalized, and results-oriented financial products and services. Middlefield has created a strong and unique platform to capitalize on this trend and expand our market share throughout our two distinct and compelling Ohio markets. I am encouraged by the successful integration of Liberty, the performance of our new Sunbury branch and Mentor LPO, and the talented team of proven, experienced, and motivated bankers we have assembled. As a result, I am pleased with the direction we are headed and expect 2017 to be another good year for Middlefield.” Net interest income for the 2017 first quarter was $8.8 million, compared to nearly $6.3 million for the 2016 first quarter. The 38.5% increase in net interest income for the 2017 first quarter was primarily a result of a 48.7% increase in interest and fees on loans. The net interest margin for the 2017 first quarter was 3.84%, compared to 3.87% for the same period of 2016. Noninterest income for the 2017 first quarter was up 66.2% to $1.5 million, primarily a result of gains on the sales of investments and loans, as well as on earnings on bank-owned life insurance. Noninterest expense for the 2017 first quarter was $7.3 million, an increase of approximately $1.9 million from the 2016 first quarter. The higher noninterest expenses were primarily because of additional operating expenses as a result of the Liberty acquisition, higher salaries, employee benefits, and operating expenses to support the company’s growth objectives. “Asset quality remains strong as a result of Middlefield’s focus on proactive risk management and stable economic trends within our local markets,” said Donald L. Stacy, Chief Financial Officer. “Despite a 37.8% increase in our loan portfolio, nonperforming loans declined 23.7% over the twelve-month period ended March 31, 2017. We had $64.4 million in cash and cash equivalents on our balance sheet at March 31, 2017 and loans to deposits were 98.5%. I am pleased with the 577 basis point improvement in total loans to assets, which increased from 72.33% at March 31, 2016 to 78.1% at the end of the 2017 first quarter. Middlefield incurred nearly $250,000 of one-time expenses associated with the Liberty merger. We believe we will experience improved leverage of our fixed operating expenses as we benefit from the Liberty acquisition and grow our new Sunbury branch and Mentor LPO. In addition, we continue to focus on improving noninterest income to diversify our income streams and offset higher operating expenses.” Total assets at March 31, 2017 increased 46.2% to $1,071.5 million, from $732.9 million at March 31, 2016. Net loans at March 31, 2017 were $830.4 million, compared to $524.0 million at March 31, 2016. The 58.5% year-over-year improvement in net loans was across all loan categories, and was a result of organic growth and the contribution of the Liberty acquisition. Specifically, commercial mortgage loans increased 80.9%, residential mortgage loans increased 26.0%, commercial and industrial loans increased 93.5%, real estate construction loans increased 39.2%, and consumer installment loans increased 305.6%. Total deposits at March 31, 2017 increased 34.6% to $849.9 million from $631.4 million at March 31, 2016. The company continues to proactively manage its cost of funds and control deposit growth. The investment portfolio, which is entirely classified as available for sale, was $110.5 million at March 31, 2017, compared with $142.6 million at March 31, 2016. Tangible stockholders’ equity increased 36.5% to $80.6 million for the 2017 first quarter, compared to $59.1 million at March 31, 2016. On a per-share basis, tangible stockholders’ equity was $28.15 at March 31, 2017, compared to $31.42 at March 31, 2016. At March 31, 2017, the company had a Tier 1 leverage ratio of 8.95%, compared to 8.73% at March 31, 2016. During the 2017 first quarter, the company paid cash dividends of $0.27 per share, which represents a dividend payout ratio of 36.0%. The provision for loan losses was $0.2 million for the 2017 first quarter, compared to $0.1 million for the same period a year ago. Nonperforming assets at March 31, 2017 were $9.7 million, compared to $12.0 million at March 31, 2016. Net charge-offs for the 2017 first quarter were $0.4 million, or 0.02% of average loans, annualized compared to $0.1 million, or 0.10% of average loans, annualized at March 31, 2016. The allowance for loan losses at March 31, 2017 stood at $6.7 million, or 0.80% of total loans, compared to $6.4 million or 1.20% of total loans at March 31, 2016. The following table provides a summary of asset quality and reserve coverage ratios. Middlefield Banc Corp., headquartered in Middlefield, Ohio, is a bank holding company with total assets of $1,071.5 million at March 31, 2017. The bank operates 14 full-service banking centers and an LPL Financial® brokerage office serving Beachwood, Chardon, Cortland, Dublin, Garrettsville, Mantua, Middlefield, Newbury, Orwell, Solon, Sunbury, Twinsburg, and Westerville. The Bank also operates a Loan Production Office in Mentor, Ohio. Additional information is available at www.middlefieldbank.bank. This press release of Middlefield Banc Corp. and the reports Middlefield Banc Corp. files with the Securities and Exchange Commission often contain “forward-looking statements” relating to present or future trends or factors affecting the banking industry and, specifically, the financial operations, markets and products of Middlefield Banc Corp. These forward-looking statements involve certain risks and uncertainties. There are a number of important factors that could cause Middlefield Banc Corp.’s future results to differ materially from historical performance or projected performance. These factors include, but are not limited to: (1) a significant increase in competitive pressures among financial institutions; (2) changes in the interest rate environment that may reduce interest margins; (3) changes in prepayment speeds, charge-offs and loan loss provisions; (4) less favorable than expected general economic conditions; (5) legislative or regulatory changes that may adversely affect businesses in which Middlefield Banc Corp. is engaged; (6) technological issues which may adversely affect Middlefield Banc Corp.’s financial operations or customers; (7) changes in the securities markets; or (8) risk factors mentioned in the reports and registration statements Middlefield Banc Corp. files with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Middlefield Banc Corp. undertakes no obligation to release revisions to these forward-looking statements or to reflect events or circumstances after the date of this press release.


News Article | April 20, 2017
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FOUR OAKS, N.C.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Four Oaks Fincorp, Inc. (OTCQX: FOFN) (the “Company”), the holding company for Four Oaks Bank & Trust Company (the “Bank”), today announced earnings for the first quarter ended March 31, 2017. The Company reported net income of $1.2 million or $0.18 per diluted share compared to net income of $831,000 or $0.13 per diluted share for the same period in 2016, an increase of $357,000 or $0.05 per diluted share. The Company recorded income tax expense of $653,000 for the three months ended March 31, 2017 as compared to $463,000 for the same period in 2016. President and Chief Executive Officer David H. Rupp stated, "In the first quarter, our performance continued to improve with a notable increase in earnings. We are pleased with the customer relationships that are driving robust deposit growth, which in turn have led to solid loan growth. Asset quality remains strong and we believe we have positioned Four Oaks Bank for a successful 2017." On March 8, 2017, the previously announced one for five reverse stock split of the Company’s outstanding common stock (the “Reverse Stock Split”) was effective. As a result of the Reverse Stock Split, every five shares of the Company’s common stock issued and outstanding were consolidated into one issued and outstanding share of common stock. All share and share-related information presented in this press release has been retroactively adjusted to reflect the decreased number of shares resulting from the Reverse Stock Split. Net interest margin annualized for the three months ended March 31, 2017 was 3.97% compared to 3.69% as of March 31, 2016. Net interest income totaled $6.4 million for the three months ended March 31, 2017 as compared to $5.9 million for the same period in 2016, an increase of $538,000 or 9.1%. Interest income totaled $7.6 million for the three months ended March 31, 2017 compared to $7.1 million for the same period in 2016, an increase of $487,000 or 6.8%. Interest expense remained flat at $1.2 million for the three months ended March 31, 2017 and 2016. The primary driver of the improved margins and overall net interest income was the increase in interest earned on loans offset by a decrease in interest earned on investment securities. Both of these fluctuations were driven primarily by changes in average balances as interest rates remained fairly constant over both periods. Non-interest income was $1.3 million for the three months ended March 31, 2017 compared to $1.2 million for the same period in 2016. Increases were seen in all categories of non-interest income as compared to the prior year. Service charges and fees increased $55,000 while other non-interest income increased $45,000. Additionally, the Company invested in a new bank owned life insurance policy during the fourth quarter of 2016, which increased fee income for the three months ended March 31, 2017 by $55,000. Non-interest expense totaled $5.9 million for the three months ended March 31, 2017 compared to $5.8 million for the same period in 2016. Other operating expenses increased $210,000 due primarily to the normalization of card processing expenses as all card-related conversions are now complete. There was additionally an increase in total compensation expenses, which totaled $110,000. The primary drivers of this increase were changes in the vesting expectations for performance based restricted stock awards and an increase in the Company match on employee 401K plans that was implemented late in the first quarter of 2016. These increases were offset by improvements in asset quality related expenses, which led to reductions in FDIC assessment rates as well as collection and foreclosure related expenses. Total assets were $736.7 million at March 31, 2017 compared to $719.9 million at December 31, 2016, an increase of $16.8 million or 2.3%, primarily due to increased cash and loan growth. Cash, cash equivalents, and investments were $175.3 million at March 31, 2017 compared to $163.6 million at December 31, 2016, an increase of $11.7 million or 7.1%. Outstanding gross loans grew to $513.0 million at March 31, 2017 compared to $507.0 million at December 31, 2016, an increase of $6.0 million or 1.2%. Total liabilities were $667.1 million at March 31, 2017, an increase of $15.2 million or 2.3%, from $651.9 million at December 31, 2016. Total deposits increased $6.5 million or 1.2% during the three month period ended March 31, 2017, from $553.5 million at December 31, 2016, to $560.0 million at March 31, 2017. Demand, savings, and money market deposit accounts increased $16.4 million or 4.6% during the three month period ended March 31, 2017 totaling $368.6 million compared to $352.2 million as of December 31, 2016. This growth was offset by reductions in time deposits of $9.9 million or 4.9%, which totaled $191.4 million as of March 31, 2017 compared to $201.3 million at December 31, 2016. Long-term borrowings were $80.0 million at March 31, 2017 compared to $70.0 million at December 31, 2016, an increase of $10.0 million or 14.3%. Total shareholders’ equity increased $1.5 million or 2.3%, from $68.0 million at December 31, 2016, to $69.5 million at March 31, 2017. This increase resulted primarily from net income generated during the first quarter, as well as increases in accumulated other comprehensive income on the available for sale securities portfolio. Asset quality measures have continued to be positive and management believes asset quality is now at stabilized levels. Nonperforming assets totaled $6.1 million or 0.82% of total assets at March 31, 2017 compared to $6.0 million or 0.84% of total assets at December 31, 2016. The allowance for loan and lease losses remained flat at $9.6 million for the periods ended March 31, 2017 and December 31, 2016. The allowance for loan and lease losses as a percentage of gross loans was 1.88% and 1.90% at March 31, 2017 and December 31, 2016, respectively. The Company reported a classified asset to capital ratio of 8.4% as of March 31, 2017 compared to 8.9% as of December 31, 2016. The Bank remains well capitalized at March 31, 2017 and reports total risk based capital of 15.5%, Tier 1 risk based capital of 14.2%, a leverage ratio of 11.2%, and common equity Tier 1 capital of 14.2%. At December 31, 2016, the Bank had total risk based capital of 15.4%, Tier 1 risk based capital of 14.1%, a leverage ratio of 11.0%, and common equity Tier 1 capital of 14.1%. With $736.7 million in total assets as of March 31, 2017, the Company, through its wholly-owned subsidiary, Four Oaks Bank & Trust Company, offers a broad range of financial services through its fifteen offices in Four Oaks, Clayton, Smithfield, Garner, Benson, Fuquay-Varina, Wallace, Holly Springs, Harrells, Zebulon, Dunn, Raleigh (LPO) and Apex (LPO), North Carolina. Four Oaks Fincorp, Inc. trades through its market makers under the symbol of FOFN. Information in this press release may contain forward-looking statements. These statements involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially, including without limitation, the failure of assumptions underlying the establishment of the allowance for loan losses, the risks of changes in interest rates on the level and composition of deposits, the effects of future economic conditions, government fiscal and monetary policies, legislative and regulatory changes, our ability to maintain compliance with the Written Agreement we entered with the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond in July 2015, the effects of competition from other financial institutions, and the low trading volume of the Company's common stock. Additional factors that could cause actual results to differ materially are discussed in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including without limitation its Annual Report on Form 10-K, its Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, and its Current Reports on Form 8-K. The Company does not undertake a duty to update any forward-looking statements in this press release.


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News Article | April 19, 2017
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RICHMOND, Va., April 19, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Union Bankshares Corporation (the “Company” or “Union”) (NASDAQ:UBSH) today reported net income of $19.1 million and earnings per share of $0.44 for its first quarter ended March 31, 2017.  The quarterly results represent an increase of $2.2 million, or 12.8%, in net income and an increase of $0.06, or 15.8%, in earnings per share compared to the first quarter of 2016. “I am pleased with Union’s start to the year as we delivered strong first quarter financial results,” said John C. Asbury, president and chief executive officer of Union Bankshares Corporation.  “During the quarter, loans grew by 3.9% from the prior quarter, or 16% on an annualized basis, and deposits grew by 3.7% from the prior quarter, or 15% on an annualized basis, as we continued to generate sustainable, profitable growth for our shareholders.  I’m also pleased to note that we made solid progress during the quarter in each of our four 2017 key focus areas of diversifying our loan portfolio and income streams, growing core deposits to fund loan growth, improving efficiency, and finalizing our readiness to cross the $10 billion asset threshold. Going forward, we remain committed to achieving top tier financial performance and providing our shareholders with above average returns on their investment.” Select highlights for the first quarter of 2017 include: Tax-equivalent net interest income was $69.1 million, a decrease of $2.4 million from the fourth quarter of 2016, driven by a lower day count, lower yields on earning assets, and higher costs of interest-bearing liabilities.  The first quarter tax-equivalent net interest margin decreased 12 basis points to 3.66% from 3.78% in the previous quarter.  Core tax-equivalent net interest margin (which excludes the 8 basis point impact of acquisition accounting accretion in both the current and prior quarters) decreased by 12 basis points to 3.58% from 3.70% in the previous quarter.  The decrease in the core tax-equivalent net interest margin was principally due to the 2 basis point decrease in interest-earning asset yields and by the 10 basis point increase in cost of funds.  The increase in cost of funds was primarily driven by the full quarter impact of the subordinated debt issued in December of 2016. The Company’s tax-equivalent net interest margin includes the impact of acquisition accounting fair value adjustments.  During the first quarter, net accretion related to acquisition accounting decreased $116,000, or 7.2%, from the prior quarter to $1.5 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2017.  The fourth quarter of 2016, first quarter of 2017, and remaining estimated net accretion impact are reflected in the following table (dollars in thousands): Overview During the first quarter of 2017, the Company experienced declines in past due loan levels as well as in net charge-off levels from the prior quarter and the first quarter of 2016.  Nonaccrual loan levels increased in the current quarter, primarily related to two credit relationships.  The loan loss provision and allowance for loan loss increased from the prior quarter due to loan growth and increased specific reserves related to increases in nonaccrual loans. All nonaccrual and past due loan metrics discussed below exclude purchased credit impaired (“PCI”) loans totaling $57.8 million (net of fair value mark of $13.7 million). Nonperforming Assets (“NPAs”) At March 31, 2017, NPAs totaled $31.9 million, an increase of $4.6 million, or 16.8%, from March 31, 2016 and an increase of $11.9 million, or 59.3%, from December 31, 2016.  In addition, NPAs as a percentage of total outstanding loans increased 2 basis points from 0.47% a year earlier and increased 17 basis points from 0.32% last quarter to 0.49% in the first quarter of 2017.  The following table shows a summary of asset quality balances at the quarter ended (dollars in thousands): The following table shows the activity in nonaccrual loans for the quarter ended (dollars in thousands): The nonaccrual additions primarily relate to two unrelated commercial and industrial and commercial real estate-non-owner occupied credit relationships. The following table shows the activity in other real estate owned ("OREO") for the quarter ended (dollars in thousands): Past Due Loans Past due loans still accruing interest totaled $26.9 million, or 0.41% of total loans, at March 31, 2017 compared to $35.1 million, or 0.61%, a year ago and $27.9 million, or 0.44%, at December 31, 2016.  At March 31, 2017, loans past due 90 days or more and accruing interest totaled $2.3 million, or 0.04% of total loans, compared to $5.7 million, or 0.10%, a year ago and $3.0 million, or 0.05%, at December 31, 2016. Net Charge-offs For the first quarter of 2017, net charge-offs were $788,000, or 0.05% of total average loans on an annualized basis, compared to $2.2 million, or 0.15%, for the same quarter last year and $824,000, or 0.05%, for the prior quarter. Provision The provision for loan losses for the current quarter was $2.0 million, a decline of $494,000 compared to the same quarter a year ago and an increase of $536,000 compared to the previous quarter.  The increase in provision for loan losses in the current quarter compared to the fourth quarter of 2016 was primarily driven by higher loan balances and increases in specific reserves related to nonaccrual loans.  Additionally, a $112,000 provision was recorded during the current quarter related to off-balance sheet credit exposures, resulting in a total of $2.1 million in provision for credit losses for the quarter. Allowance for Loan Losses The allowance for loan losses (“ALL”) increased $1.2 million from December 31, 2016 to $38.4 million at March 31, 2017 primarily due to loan growth and increases in specific reserves related to nonaccrual loans during the quarter.  The ALL as a percentage of the total loan portfolio was 0.59% at March 31, 2017, 0.59% at December 31, 2016, and 0.60% at March 31, 2016.  The ALL as a percentage of the total loan portfolio, adjusted for acquisition accounting (non-GAAP), was 0.84% at March 31, 2017, a decrease from 0.86% at December 31, 2016 and a decrease from 0.95% at March 31, 2016.  In acquisition accounting, there is no carryover of previously established allowance for loan losses, as acquired loans are recorded at fair value. The ratio of the ALL to nonaccrual loans was 172.0% at March 31, 2017, compared to 372.9% at December 31, 2016 and 262.8% at March 31, 2016.  The current level of the allowance for loan losses reflects specific reserves related to nonperforming loans, current risk ratings on loans, net charge-off activity, loan growth, delinquency trends, and other credit risk factors that the Company considers important in assessing the adequacy of the allowance for loan losses. Noninterest income increased $789,000, or 4.4%, to $18.8 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2017 from $18.1 million in the prior quarter, primarily driven by higher bank owned life insurance income and gains on sales of securities. Mortgage banking income decreased $604,000, or 23.0%, to $2.0 million in the first quarter of 2017 compared to $2.6 million in the fourth quarter of 2016, related to decreased mortgage loan originations.  Mortgage loan originations declined by $45.1 million, or 31.0%, in the current quarter to $100.2 million from $145.3 million in the fourth quarter of 2016.  The majority of the decrease was related to refinance loans, which dropped by $37.1 million from the prior quarter. Of the mortgage loan originations in the current quarter, 34.3% were refinances compared with 49.2% in the prior quarter. Noninterest income increased $2.9 million, or 18.4%, to $18.8 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2017 from $15.9 million for the first quarter of 2016.  For the first quarter of 2017, bank owned life insurance income increased $753,000; fiduciary and asset management fees were $656,000 higher due to the acquisition of Old Dominion Capital Management, Inc. ("ODCM") in the second quarter of 2016; loan-related swap fees increased $518,000; customer-related fee income increased $347,000 primarily related to increases in debit card interchange fees; and gains on sales of securities were $338,000 higher, in each case as compared to the first quarter of 2016. Noninterest expense increased $1.1 million, or 2.0%, to $57.4 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2017 from $56.3 million in the prior quarter.  Salaries and benefits expenses increased by $2.1 million primarily related to seasonal increases in payroll taxes and annual merit adjustments as well as increased group insurance and equity-based compensation.  This increase was partially offset by declines in FDIC and other insurance expenses of $697,000 and marketing expenses of $206,000. Noninterest expense increased $3.1 million, or 5.8%, to $57.4 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2017 from $54.3 million in the first quarter of 2016.  Salaries and benefits expenses increased by $4.1 million primarily related to annual merit adjustments; increases in group insurance, incentive compensation, and equity-based compensation; and increases related to investments in the Company's growth with the ODCM acquisition and opening on the North Carolina LPO.  This increase was partially offset by lower FDIC and other insurance expenses of $656,000 and declines in professional fees of $331,000 due to lower legal and consulting fees. At March 31, 2017, total assets were $8.7 billion, an increase of $243.1 million from December 31, 2016 and an increase of $837.3 million from March 31, 2016.  The increase in assets was mostly related to loan growth. At March 31, 2017, loans held for investment were $6.6 billion, an increase of $247.0 million, or 15.7% (annualized), from December 31, 2016, while average loans increased $169.8 million, or 10.9% (annualized), from the prior quarter.  Loans held for investment increased $773.5 million, or 13.4%, from March 31, 2016, while quarterly average loans increased $673.9 million, or 11.8%, from the prior year. At March 31, 2017, total deposits were $6.6 billion, an increase of $234.7 million, or 14.7% (annualized), from December 31, 2016, while average deposits increased $97.3 million, or 6.2% (annualized), from the prior quarter. Total deposits grew $668.2 million, or 11.2%, from March 31, 2016, while quarterly average deposits increased $507.9 million, or 8.6%, from the prior year. At March 31, 2017, December 31, 2016, and March 31, 2016, respectively, the Company had a common equity Tier 1 capital ratio of 9.55%, 9.72%, and 10.25%; a Tier 1 capital ratio of 10.77%, 10.97%, and 11.63%; a total capital ratio of 13.29%, 13.56%, and 12.16%; and a leverage ratio of 9.79%, 9.87%, and 10.25%. The Company’s common equity to total assets ratios at March 31, 2017, December 31, 2016, and March 31, 2016 were 11.71%, 11.88%, and 12.52%, respectively, while its tangible common equity to tangible assets ratio was 8.36%, 8.41%, and 8.86%, respectively. During the first quarter of 2017, the Company declared and paid cash dividends of $0.20 per common share, consistent with the prior quarter and an increase of $0.01, or 5.3%, compared the same quarter in the prior year. Headquartered in Richmond, Virginia, Union Bankshares Corporation (NASDAQ:UBSH) is the holding company for Union Bank & Trust, which has 113 banking offices and approximately 184 ATMs located throughout Virginia. Non-bank affiliates of the holding company include: Union Mortgage Group, Inc., which provides a full line of mortgage products, Old Dominion Capital Management, Inc., which provides investment advisory services, and Union Insurance Group, LLC, which offers various lines of insurance products. Additional information on the Company is available at http://investors.bankatunion.com. Union Bankshares Corporation will hold a conference call on Wednesday, April 19th, at 9:00 a.m. Eastern Time during which management will review earnings and performance trends.  Callers wishing to participate may call toll-free by dialing (877) 668-4908; international callers wishing to participate may do so by dialing (973) 453-3058.  The conference ID number is 3879232. In reporting the results of the quarter ended March 31, 2017, the Company has provided supplemental performance measures on a tangible or tax-equivalent basis.  These measures are a supplement to GAAP used to prepare the Company’s financial statements and should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for comparable measures calculated in accordance with GAAP.  In addition, the Company’s non-GAAP measures may not be comparable to non-GAAP measures of other companies. Certain statements in this press release may constitute “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.  Forward-looking statements are statements that include projections, predictions, expectations, or beliefs about future events or results or otherwise are not statements of historical fact, are based on certain assumptions as of the time they are made, and are inherently subject to risks and uncertainties, some of which cannot be predicted or quantified.  Such statements are often characterized by the use of qualified words (and their derivatives) such as “expect,” “believe,” “estimate,” “plan,” “project,” “anticipate,” “intend,” “will,” “may,” “view,” “opportunity,” “potential,” or words of similar meaning or other statements concerning opinions or judgment of the Company and its management about future events.  Although the Company believes that its expectations with respect to forward-looking statements are based upon reasonable assumptions within the bounds of its existing knowledge of its business and operations, there can be no assurance that actual results, performance, or achievements of the Company will not differ materially from any projected future results, performance, or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements.  Actual future results and trends may differ materially from historical results or those anticipated depending on a variety of factors, including, but not limited to, the effects of or changes in: More information on risk factors that could affect the Company’s forward-looking statements is available on the Company’s website, http://investors.bankatunion.com or the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2016 and other reports filed with the SEC. The information on the Company’s website is not a part of this press release. All risk factors and uncertainties described in those documents should be considered in evaluating forward-looking statements and undue reliance should not be placed on such statements. The Company does not intend or assume any obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements that may be made from time to time by or on behalf of the Company. (1) Net interest income (FTE), which is used in computing net interest margin (FTE) and efficiency ratio (FTE), provides valuable additional insight into the net interest margin and the efficiency ratio by adjusting for differences in tax treatment of interest income sources.  The entire FTE adjustment is attributable to interest income on earning assets, which is used in computing yield on earning assets.  Interest expense and the related cost of interest-bearing liabilities and cost of funds ratios are not affected by the FTE components. (2)  Tangible common equity is used in the calculation of certain profitability, capital, and per share ratios.  The Company believes tangible common equity and the related ratios are meaningful measures of capital adequacy because they provide a meaningful base for period-to-period and company-to-company comparisons, which the Company believes will assist investors in assessing the capital of the Company and its ability to absorb potential losses. (3) Core net interest income (FTE), which is used in computing core net interest margin (FTE), provides valuable additional insight into the net interest margin by adjusting for differences in tax treatment of interest income sources as well as the net accretion of acquisition-related fair value marks. (4) All ratios at March 31, 2017 are estimates and subject to change pending the Company’s filing of its FR Y9-C. All other periods are presented as filed. (5) The allowance for loan losses ratio, adjusted for acquisition accounting (non-GAAP), includes an adjustment for the fair value mark on purchased performing loans. The purchased performing loans are reported net of the related fair value mark in loans, net of deferred fees, on the Company’s Consolidated Balance Sheet; therefore, the fair value mark is added back to the balance to represent the total loan portfolio. The adjusted allowance for loan losses, including the fair value mark, represents the total reserve on the Company’s loan portfolio. The PCI loans, net of the respective fair value mark, are removed from the loans, net of deferred fees, as these PCI loans are not covered by the allowance established by the Company unless changes in expected cash flows indicate that one of the PCI loan pools are impaired, at which time an allowance for PCI loans will be established. GAAP requires the acquired allowance for loan losses not be carried over in an acquisition or merger. The Company believes the presentation of the allowance for loan losses ratio, adjusted for acquisition accounting, is useful to investors because the acquired loans were purchased at a market discount with no allowance for loan losses carried over to the Company, and the fair value mark on the purchased performing loans represents the allowance associated with those purchased loans. The Company believes that this measure is a better reflection of the reserves on the Company’s loan portfolio.


News Article | January 25, 2017
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ATLANTA, Jan. 25, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- DTI, a global legal process outsourcing (LPO) company providing eDiscovery, managed services, litigation support, and court reporting, and Epiq, a leading global provider of integrated technology and services for the legal profession, today announced their participation at Legaltech New York. Brandon Mack, director of advanced technologies at Epiq, will introduce Dr. Erwin Chemerinsky, founding dean and distinguished professor of law & Raymond Pryke professor of first amendment law at University of California, Irvine School of Law. Chemerinsky will deliver an update on the Federal and Supreme Court. The session takes place on Tuesday, Jan. 31 at 11 a.m. ET and is CLE eligible. The companies will exhibit at booth No. 310 Jan. 31 through Feb. 2 at the New York Hilton Midtown, and showcase their eDiscovery business intelligence platform DMX™ (DocuMatrix®). “We are continually focused on improving the client hosting experience and equipping our clients with the essential discovery management tools needed to achieve efficient, intelligent processing, assessment, review and production,” said John Davenport, Jr., chief executive officer. “We want to arm legal practitioners with a platform that offers unprecedented insight into case data, and is platform-agnostic to deliver actionable insights across and within case portfolios.” Electronic discovery experts will be on hand to share knowledge spanning the entire eDiscovery process with attendees, from data protection, legal hold and forensic collection to data preservation and processing, through document review and production. eDiscovery and product experts will be available for demonstrations at booth No. 310, or by requesting a demo directly. To request a demo, click here. About Legaltech New York Legaltech® provides an in-depth look at what the technological world has in store for you and your practice and offers an expansive exhibit floor with the most extensive gathering of innovative products designed to meet your current and future technology needs. About DTI DTI is a leading legal process outsourcing (LPO) company serving law firms, corporations and government entities around the globe. DTI helps its clients accelerate the changes they must make to remain competitive. DTI is a preeminent leader in the management of information and processes. The company manages risks and minimizes costs associated with complex litigation and compliance functions. The extensive experience in eDiscovery, managed services, litigation support, and court reporting is unmatched in the industry. To learn more about DTI’s global footprint, flexibility, capacity and world-class project management, visit www.DTIGlobal.com. About Epiq Epiq is a leading global provider of integrated technology and services for the legal profession, including eDiscovery, managed services, bankruptcy, class action and mass tort administration, federal regulatory actions and data breach responses. Our innovative solutions are designed to streamline the administration of litigation, investigations, financial transactions, regulatory compliance and other legal matters. Epiq’s subject-matter experts bring clarity to complexity, create efficiency through expertise and deliver confidence to our clients around the world. For more information, visit us at www.epiqsystems.com.


News Article | February 16, 2017
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NEW YORK, Feb. 16, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Integreon, a leading global provider of outsourced legal, document, business and research support, today announced the appointment of legal process outsourcing (LPO) industry veteran, and contract lifecycle management (CLM) expert, Rachita Maker to...


News Article | February 16, 2017
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FOUR OAKS, N.C.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Four Oaks Fincorp, Inc. (OTCQX:FOFN) (the “Company”), the holding company for Four Oaks Bank & Trust Company, today announced that its Board of Directors (the “Board”) has approved a one for five reverse stock split of its outstanding common stock (the “Reverse Stock Split”) to take effect at approximately 5:00 pm, Eastern Time, on March 1, 2017 (the “Effective Time”). The Reverse Stock Split was approved by the Company’s shareholders at the special meeting of shareholders held on November 8, 2016. As a result of the Reverse Stock Split, every five shares of the Company’s common stock issued and outstanding at the Effective Time will be consolidated into one issued and outstanding share of common stock. The Company will not issue fractional shares in connection with the Reverse Stock Split. Instead, shareholders who otherwise would be entitled to receive fractional shares because they hold a number of shares not evenly divisible by five will automatically be entitled to receive an additional fraction of a share of common stock to round up to the next whole post-split share. In connection with the Reverse Stock Split, there will be no change in the par value per share of $1.00. Trading of the Company’s common stock on the OTCQX is expected to continue, on a split-adjusted basis, with the opening of the markets on Thursday, March 2, 2017, under the existing trading symbol “FOFN” with a new CUSIP number. Based on the number of shares currently outstanding, the Reverse Stock Split will reduce the number of shares of the Company’s common stock outstanding from approximately 35 million shares prior to the Reverse Stock Split to approximately 7 million shares following the Reverse Stock Split. Computershare Trust Company, N.A., the Company’s transfer agent, will act as the exchange agent for the Reverse Stock Split and will send instructions to shareholders of record regarding the exchange of certificates for book-entry shares of common stock. President and Chief Executive Officer David H. Rupp stated, “After two solid years of performance, this reverse stock split represents the next step in our plan to improve balance sheet efficiency for our Company. We have been fortunate to have a loyal and supportive shareholder base and are working every day to create shareholder value for them.” With $719.9 million in total assets as of December 31, 2016, the Company, through its wholly-owned subsidiary, Four Oaks Bank & Trust Company, offers a broad range of financial services through its fifteen offices in Four Oaks, Clayton, Smithfield, Garner, Benson, Fuquay-Varina, Wallace, Holly Springs, Harrells, Zebulon, Dunn, Raleigh (LPO) and Apex (LPO), North Carolina. Four Oaks Fincorp, Inc. trades through its market makers under the symbol of FOFN. This press release includes “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. These forward-looking statements are based on the Company’s current beliefs and assumptions and are intended to qualify for the safe harbor from liability established by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements about our plans, objectives, representations, and contentions and are not historical facts and typically are identified by use of terms such as “may,” “will,” “should,” “could,” “expect,” “plan,” “anticipate,” “believe,” “estimate,” “predict,” “continue,” and similar words, although some forward-looking statements are expressed differently. Such statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that are often difficult to predict, are beyond the Company’s control, and which may cause results to differ materially from expectations. For a discussion of the most significant risks and uncertainties associated with the Company’s business, please review the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2015 and subsequent reports. You are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which are based on the Company’s expectations as of the date of this press release and speak only as of the date of this press release. The Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.


ATLANTA, Feb. 14, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- DTI, a global legal process outsourcing (LPO) company providing eDiscovery, managed services, litigation support, and court reporting, announced today that the company has successfully attained the ISO 27001:2013 Security Certification of their Seattle and Atlanta data center environments. ISO 27001 verifies that the DTI Atlanta and Seattle data centers, along with its certified operations in London, have the infrastructure and processes required to protect client information with a high degree of security. "Our clients require the highest levels of security and availability for their networks," said Tony Bennet, security and compliance officer at DTI. "ISO 27001 certification assures clients that DTI has met the necessary requirements, and this critical achievement testifies to the lengths to which DTI will go to support the security requirements of our clients." “The certification of our Seattle and Atlanta data center environments further validates our commitment to judiciously protecting and managing our clients’ information assets,” said Shaun Cutter, chief technology officer at DTI. The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) sets the standards by which organizations ensure their materials, products, processes and services are reliable and secure. ISO is a network of national standards institutes from 163 countries working in partnership with international organizations, governments, industry, business and consumer representatives. ISO 27001:2013 is considered the gold standard of information assurance for many global organizations around the world. About DTI DTI is a leading legal process outsourcing (LPO) company serving law firms, corporations and government entities around the globe. DTI helps its clients accelerate the changes they must make to remain competitive. DTI is a preeminent leader in the management of information and processes. The company manages risks and minimizes costs associated with complex litigation and compliance functions. The extensive experience in eDiscovery, managed services, litigation support, and court reporting is unmatched in the industry. To learn more about DTI’s global footprint, flexibility, capacity and world-class project management, visit www.DTIGlobal.com.

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