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The Southern Banc Company, Inc. Announces First Quarter Earnings

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GADSDEN, Ala., Nov. 09, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Southern Banc Company, Inc. (OTCBB: SRNN), the holding company for The Southern Bank Company, formerly First Federal Savings and Loan Association of Gadsden, Alabama, announced a net income of $242,982, or $0.32 per basic and diluted share, for the quarter ended September 30, 2021, as compared to a net income $28,984, or $0.04 per basic and diluted share, for the quarter ended September 30, 2020.

Gates Little, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company stated that the Company’s net interest margins increased by $391,327 or 41.51% during the quarter as compared to the same period in 2020. For the three-months ended September 30, 2021 total interest income increased $264,036 or 21.99% as compared to the same period in 2020. Total interest expense decreased $127,292 or (49.35%) for the three-months ended September 30, 2021 as compared to the same period in 2020. There were no provisions for loan and lease losses during the quarters ended September 30, 2021 and 2020. For the quarter ended September 30, 2021, total non-interest income increased $53,020 or 91.65% while total non-interest expense increased $156,102 or 16.27% as compared to the same three-month period in 2020. The increase in non-interest income was primarily attributable to an increase in miscellaneous income of $45,956 or 151.08% and customer service fees of $7,063 or 25.75%. The increase in non-interest expense was primarily attributable to increases in salaries and benefits of $74,549 or 13.65%, professional service expenses of $19,033 or 21.56%, office occupancy expenses of $7,608 or 13.00% and data processing expenses of $23,816 or 16.41%.

President Little continued, “the Company’s interest margins increased due to an increase in interest and fees on loans primarily from the activities of the banks Commercial Finance Division and a decrease in interest expense on deposits in a falling rate environment.”

The Company’s total assets at September 30, 2021 were $110.7 million, as compared to $112.4 million at June 30, 2021. Total stockholders’ equity was approximately $12.5 million at September 30, 2021 or 11.31% of total assets as compared to approximately $12.4 million at June 30, 2021 or approximately 11.08% of total assets.

The Bank has four offices located in Gadsden, Albertville, Guntersville, and Centre, Alabama. The stock of The Southern Banc Company, Inc. trades in the over-the-counter market under the symbol “SRNN”.

Certain statements in this release contain “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, which statements can generally be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology, such as “may,” “will,” “expect,” “estimate,” “anticipate,” “believe,” “target,” “plan,” “project,” “continue,” or the negatives thereof, or other variations thereon or similar terminology, and are made on the basis of management’s plans and current analyses of the Company, its business and the industry as a whole. These forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties, including, but not limited to, economic conditions, competition, interest rate sensitivity and exposure to regulatory and legislative changes. The above factors, in some cases, have affected, and in the future could affect the Company’s financial performance and could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied in such forward-looking statements, even if experience or future changes make it clear that any projected results expressed or implied therein will not be realized.

(Selected financial data on following pages)

THE SOUTHERN BANC COMPANY, INC.
UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF FINANCIAL CONDITION
(Dollar Amounts in Thousands)

September 30,

June 30,

2021

2021

Unaudited

Audited

ASSETS

CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS

$

11,243

$

11,417

SECURITIES AVAILABLE FOR SALE, at fair value

44,126

44,608

FEDERAL HOME LOAN BANK STOCK

141

141

LOANS RECEIVABLE, net of allowance for loan losses

of $896 and $827, respectively

53,069

54,127

PREMISES AND EQUIPMENT, net

727

727

ACCRUED INTEREST AND DIVIDENDS RECEIVABLE

256

276

PREPAID EXPENSES AND OTHER ASSETS

1,092

1,128

TOTAL ASSETS

$

110,654

$

112,425

LIABILITIES

DEPOSITS

$

93,890

$

93,839

FHLB ADVANCES

0

430

OTHER LIABILITIES

4,251

5,701

TOTAL LIABILITIES

98,141

99,970

STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY:

Preferred stock, par value $.01 per share

500,000 shares authorized; no shares issued
and outstanding

0

0

Common stock, par value $.01 per share,

3,500,000 authorized, 1,454,750 shares issued

15

15

Additional paid-in capital

13,924

13,922

Shares held in trust, 48,793 and 45,243 shares at cost,

respectively

(786

)

(761

)

Retained earnings

8,313

8,070

Treasury stock, at cost, 648,664 shares

(8,825

)

(8,825

)

Accumulated other comprehensive (loss) income

(128

)

35

TOTAL STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY

12,513

12,454

TOTAL LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY

$

110,654

$

112,425

THE SOUTHERN BANC COMPANY, INC.
UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME
(Dollar Amounts in Thousands, except per share data)

Three Months Ended

September 30,

2021

2020

(Unaudited)

(Unaudited)

INTEREST INCOME:

Interest and fees on loans

$

1,307

$

1,049

Interest and dividends on securities

156

150

Other interest income

2

2

Total interest income

1,465

1,201

INTEREST EXPENSE:

Interest on deposits

131

258

Interest on borrowings

0

0

Total interest expense

131

258

Net interest income before provision for loan losses

1,334

943

Provision for loan losses

0

0

Net interest income after provision for loan losses

1,334

943

NON-INTEREST INCOME:

Fees and other non-interest income

35

28

Net gain on sale of securities

0

0

Miscellaneous income

76

30

Total non-interest income

111

58

NON-INTEREST EXPENSE:

Salaries and employee benefits

621

546

Office building and equipment expenses

66

59

Professional Services Expense

107

88

Data Processing Expense

169

145

Other operating expense

153

122

Total non-interest expense

1,116

960

Income before income tax expense

329

41

INCOME TAX EXPENSE

86

12

Net Income

$

243

$

29

LOSS PER SHARE:

Basic

$

0.32

$

0.04

Diluted

$

0.32

$

0.04

DIVIDENDS DECLARED PER SHARE

$

0.00

$

0.00

AVERAGE SHARES OUTSTANDING:

Basic

757,563

764,146

Diluted

758,337

764,146

Contact:
Gates Little
(256) 543-3860


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