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FRESNO, Calif., October 20, 2021--(BUSINESS WIRE)--United Security Bancshares (Nasdaq: UBFO) today announced its unaudited financial results for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2021. The Company recognized net income of $6.7 million, or $0.40 per basic and diluted share, for the nine months ended September 30, 2021, compared to net income of $7.0 million, or $0.41 per basic and diluted share for the nine months ended September 30, 2020.

Third Quarter 2021 Highlights (at or for the quarter ended September 30, 2021, except where noted)

  • Net income for the quarter increased 15.0% to $2.6 million, compared to $2.3 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2020. The increase is primarily the result of an increase of $1,470,000 in loan interest income and fees and an increase of $307,000 in investment securities income, partially offset by an increase of $449,000 to the provision for credit losses.

  • Total assets increased 18.3% to $1.29 billion, compared to $1.09 billion at December 31, 2020.

  • Total loans, net of unearned fees, increased 23.7% to $809.1 million, compared to $654.3 million at December 31, 2020.

  • Total investments increased 92.0%, or $79.3 million, to $165.5 million, compared to $86.2 million at December 31, 2020.

  • Total deposits increased 20.8% to $1.15 billion, compared to $952.7 million at December 31, 2020.

  • The allowance for credit losses as a percentage of gross loans decreased to 1.13%, compared to 1.30% at December 31, 2020. The decrease in the allowance for credit losses as a percentage of gross loans is from a change in loan mix. The loan mix change is primarily a result of an increase in residential mortgage loans purchased during the previous quarter.

  • Net interest income before the provision for credit losses increased 22.9% to $9.3 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2021, compared to $7.6 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2020.

  • Book value per share increased to $7.00, compared to $6.93 at December 31, 2020.

  • Net interest margin increased to 3.17% from 3.02% for the quarter ended September 30, 2020.

  • Annualized average cost of deposits decreased to 0.17% from 0.19% for the quarter ended September 30, 2020.

  • Net charge-offs totaled $509,000, compared to net charge-offs of $157,000 for the quarter ended September 30, 2020.

  • Capital position remains well-capitalized with a 9.96% Tier 1 Leverage Ratio compared to 11.37% as of December 31, 2020.

  • Annualized return on average assets ("ROAA") was 0.82%, compared to 0.83% for the quarter ended September 30, 2020.

  • Annualized return on average equity ("ROAE") was 8.62%, compared to 7.61% for the quarter ended September 30, 2020.

Dennis Woods, President and Chief Executive Officer, stated: "We realized the full impact of the first phase of our 2021 Strategy in our earnings during the third quarter. As part of the second phase of the 2021 Strategy, we invested an additional $55 million in our mortgage loan portfolio, which will settle during the fourth quarter. Core net income, which is a non-GAAP measure, grew 9.3% during 2021, compared to the nine months ended September 30, 2020 despite the challenging interest rate environment. Our outlook on growth and profitability for the remainder of 2021 remains upbeat."

Results of Operations

Nine Months Ended September 30, 2021:

Net income for the nine months ended September 30, 2021 decreased $311,000 when compared to the nine months ended September 30, 2020. The decrease is the result of the change in the fair value of junior subordinated debentures, partially offset by a reduced provision for credit losses, and an increase of $1,902,000 in loan interest income and fees. The change in fair value of junior subordinated debentures, which is caused by changes in LIBOR rates, was reflected as a $1.5 million gain for the nine months ended September 30, 2020, compared to a $691,000 loss for the nine months ended September 30, 2021. The provision for credit losses was $1.7 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2021, compared to $2.1 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2020. ROAE for the nine months ended September 30, 2021 was 7.55%, compared to 7.93% for the nine months ended September 30, 2020. ROAA was 0.75% for the nine months ended September 30, 2021, compared to 0.93% for the nine months ended September 30, 2020.

The annualized average cost of deposits was 0.17% for the nine months ended September 30, 2021, a decrease from 0.24% for the nine months ended September 30, 2020. The decrease in the cost of deposits is primarily attributed to decreases in deposit rates made during the second quarter of 2020, which have held throughout 2021. Average interest-bearing deposits increased 20.58% between the periods ended September 30, 2020 and 2021 from $523.1 million to $630.8 million, respectively.

Net interest income, before the provision for credit losses, for the nine months ended September 30, 2021 totaled $26.3 million, an increase of $2,231,000, or 9.28%, from $24.0 million for the same period ended September 30, 2020. The Company's net interest margin contracted from 3.46% for the nine months ended September 30, 2020 to 3.18% for the nine months ended September 30, 2021. The decrease was the result of decreases in yields on loans and interest-bearing deposits held at the federal reserve resulting from the low interest rate environment. This decrease is partially offset by a decrease in the yield on interest-bearing liabilities. Loan yields decreased from 5.08% to 4.60% between the two periods. The yield on interest-bearing liabilities decreased from 0.45% to 0.32% between the two periods. Included in interest income for the nine months ended September 30, 2021 were $778,000 in fees related to SBA PPP loans. For the nine months ended September 30, 2020, the Company had recognized no fees related to SBA PPP loans.

Noninterest income for the nine months ended September 30, 2021 totaled $2.1 million, a decrease of $2.6 million when compared to the $4.7 million reported for the nine months ended September 30, 2020. On a year-over-year comparative basis, noninterest income decreased primarily due to a loss on the fair value of junior subordinated debentures (TRUPs) of $691,000 for the nine months ended September 30, 2021, compared to a gain of $1.5 million for the same period in 2020. The change in the fair value of TRUPs reflected in noninterest income was caused by fluctuations in the LIBOR yield curve. Noninterest income for the nine month ended September 30, 2020, includes a $310,000 gain in proceeds from bank-owned life insurance. Customer service fees totaled $2.1 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2021 and $2.0 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2020.

For the nine months ended September 30, 2021, noninterest expense totaled $17.3 million, an increase of $560,000 compared to $16.8 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2020. On a year-over-year comparative basis, noninterest expense increased due to increases in salaries and employee benefits of $673,000 and regulatory assessment fees of $264,000, partially offset by decreases in OREO expense of $901,000 related to the write-down of $727,000 recognized during 2020.

The efficiency ratio for the nine months ended September 30, 2021 increased to 61.1%, compared to 58.3% for the nine months ended September 30, 2020. The increase is attributed to the decrease in noninterest income and increase in noninterest expense.

The Company recorded an income tax provision of $2.7 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2021, compared to $2.8 million for the same period in 2020. The effective tax rate for the nine months ended September 30, 2021 was 28.28%, compared to 28.46% for the nine months ended September 30, 2020.

Quarter Ended September 30, 2021:

For the quarter ended September 30, 2021, the Company reported net income of $2.6 million and earnings per basic and diluted share of $0.15, compared to net income of $2.3 million and $0.13 per basic and diluted share for the same period ended September 30, 2020. Net income for the quarter ended June 30, 2021 was $2.7 million and $0.16 per basic and diluted share.

Net interest income, before the provision for credit losses, was $9.3 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2021, representing a $1.7 million, or 22.9%, increase from the $7.6 million reported at September 30, 2020. The increase in net interest income was driven by growth in the loan and investment portfolios. The Company's net interest margin increased from 3.02% to 3.17% between the quarters ended September 30, 2020 and September 30, 2021, respectively. The increase in net interest margin was driven by growth in average loan and investment balances, increases in yields on investment securities, and decreases in average rates paid on deposits, partially offset by decreases in loan yields. Net interest income during the quarter ended September 30, 2021 increased 5.0% from the $8.9 million reported during the quarter ended June 30, 2021.

Noninterest income for the quarter ended September 30, 2021 totaled $0.9 million, an increase of $19,000 from the $911,000 in non-interest income reported for the quarter ended September 30, 2020. The increase is primarily attributed to an increase of $77,000 in customer services fees. Noninterest income decreased $392,000 from the $1.3 million reported for the quarter ended June 30, 2021. The decrease is attributed to the change in the fair value of junior subordinated debentures, which was reported as a $377,000 gain during the quarter ended June 30, 2021.

Noninterest expense for the quarter ended September 30, 2021 totaled $6.2 million, reflecting a $824,000 increase over $5.3 million reported for the quarter ended September 30, 2020, and a $559,000 increase from the $5.6 million reported fro the quarter ended June 30, 2021. The increase between the quarters ended September 30, 2021 and 2020 resulted partially from increases of $166,000 in salaries and employee benefits, $137,000 in regulatory assessments due to a higher assessment rate, a $161,000 increase in provision for unfunded commitments, and $126,000 in occupancy expense.

The Company recorded an income tax provision of $1.0 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2021, compared to $894,000 for the quarter ended September 30, 2020, and $1,077,000 for the quarter ended June 30, 2021. The effective tax rate for the quarter ended September 30, 2021 was 28.5%, compared to 28.2% and 28.5% for the quarters ended September 30, 2020 and June 30, 2021, respectively.

Balance Sheet Review

Total assets increased $200.1 million, or 18.3%, between September 30, 2021 and December 31, 2020. Gross loan balances increased $152.5 million and investment securities increased $79.3 million. As a result of purchases of securities for investment and additions to the loan portfolio, total cash and cash equivalents decreased $34.6 million between December 31, 2020 and September 30, 2021. Unfunded loan commitments increased from $216.8 million at December 31, 2020 to $223.1 million at September 30, 2021. OREO balances decreased from $5.0 million at December 31, 2020 to $4.6 million at September 30, 2021. The reduction is attributed to the sale of one OREO property during the quarter.

Total deposits increased $198.1 million, or 20.8%, to $1.15 billion during the nine months ended September 30, 2021. This increase was due to increases of $112.3 million in NOW and money market accounts, $63.7 million in noninterest bearing deposits, $13.3 million in savings accounts, and $8.7 million in time deposits. In total, NOW, money market and savings accounts increased 25.2% to $624.9 million at September 30, 2021, compared to $499.2 million at December 31, 2020. Noninterest bearing deposits increased 16.3% to $455.6 million at September 30, 2021, compared to $391.9 million at December 31, 2020. Core deposits, which are made up of the balance of noninterest bearing deposits, NOW, money market, savings, and time deposits accounts less than $250,000, increased $196.7 million.

Shareholders’ equity at September 30, 2021 was $119.1 million, an increase of $1.3 million from shareholders’ equity of $117.8 million at December 31, 2020. This increase in equity was the result of increases in retained earnings and decreases in the accumulated other comprehensive loss. At September 30, 2021 there was an accumulated other comprehensive loss of $668,000, as compared to an accumulated other comprehensive loss of $728,000 at December 31, 2020. The decrease in the loss was primarily the result of a decrease in the loss on junior subordinated debentures (TRUPs) caused by a change in market credit spreads during the nine month period ended September 30, 2021, and was partially offset by a decrease in unrealized gains on investment securities,

The Board of Directors of United Security Bancshares declared a cash dividend on common stock of $0.11 per share on September 28, 2021. The dividend is payable on October 25, 2021, to shareholders of record as of October 12, 2021. No assurances can be provided that future dividends will be declared and/or as to the timing of such future dividends, if any. The Company continues to be well capitalized and expects to maintain adequate capital levels.

Credit Quality

The Company recorded a provision for credit losses of $1.7 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2021, compared to a provision of $2.1 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2020. Net loan charge-offs totaled $1.0 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2021, as compared to net loan charge-offs of $1.3 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2020. Net charge-offs totaled $509,000 for the quarter ended September 30, 2021, compared to $157,000 and $174,000 for the quarters ended September 30, 2020 and June 30, 2021, respectively. The provision recorded during the year is attributed to loan portfolio growth, agricultural loan downgrades,and student loan charge-offs, partially offset by the continuation of the positive trend in commercial loss factor adjustments. For the nine months ended September 30, 2020, the provision recorded was attributed to growth of the loan portfolio, net charge-offs, and economic uncertainty resulting from COVID-19. In 2020, the Company had executed a total of 28 payment deferrals or modifications on outstanding loan balances of $70.0 million in connection with the COVID-19 relief provided by the CARES Act and interagency guidance issued in March 2020. The Company has not recognized any losses on the loan modifications and as of September 30, 2021, there were no modifications outstanding.

The Company's allowance for loan loss totaled 1.13% of the loan portfolio at September 30, 2021, compared to 1.30% at December 31, 2020. The decrease in the allowance for credit losses as a percentage of gross loans is the result of a change in loan mix from an increase in residential mortgage loans purchased during the previous quarter. The reserve required on the residential mortgage loan segment is lower than reserves required for other loan segments due to lower historical loss rates. In determining the adequacy of the allowance for loan losses, the judgment of the Company's management is a significant factor. Management considers the allowance for credit losses at September 30, 2021 to be adequate.

Non-performing assets, comprised of nonaccrual loans, troubled debt restructures (TDRs), other real estate owned through foreclosure (OREO), and loans more than 90 days past due and still accruing interest, decreased $899,000 between December 31, 2020 and September 30, 2021 to $16.6 million. Nonperforming assets as a percentage of total assets decreased from 1.61% at December 31, 2020 to 1.29% at September 30, 2021. The decrease in nonperforming assets is attributed to the reduction in past due loans more than 90 days and still accruing interest from $513,000 at December 31, 2020 to $318,000 at September 30, 2021, and decreases in total restructured loans of $664,000 between December 31, 2020 and September 30, 2021. OREO balances decreased from $5.0 million at December 31, 2020 to $4.6 million at September 30, 2021. Nonaccrual loans increased $55,000 between December 31, 2020 and September 30, 2021.

Provided at the end of this Press Release is a reconciliation of Core Net Income, as a non-GAAP measure, to Net Income. This reconciliation excludes Non-Core items such as the Fair Value Adjustment for TRUPs and gain or loss on sale of other real estate owned (OREO). Management believes that financial results are more comparative excluding the impact of such non-core items.

About United Security Bancshares

United Security Bancshares (NASDAQ: UBFO) is the holding company for United Security Bank, which was founded in 1987. United Security Bank is headquartered in Fresno and operates 12 full-service branch offices in Fresno, Bakersfield, Campbell, Caruthers, Coalinga, Firebaugh, Mendota, Oakhurst, San Joaquin, and Taft, California. Additionally, United Security Bank operates Commercial Real Estate Construction, Commercial Lending, and Consumer Lending departments. For more information, please visit www.unitedsecuritybank.com.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

This press release and the accompanying financial tables contain a non-GAAP financial measure (Net Income before Non-Core) within the meaning of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Regulation G. In the accompanying financial tables, the Company has provided a reconciliation of this non-GAAP financial measure to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure. The Company’s management believes that this non-GAAP financial measure provides useful information about the Company’s results of operations and/or financial position to both investors and management. The Company provides this non-GAAP financial measure to investors to assist them in performing their analysis of its historical operating results. The non-GAAP financial measure shows the Company's operating results before consideration of certain adjustments and, consequently, this non-GAAP financial measure should not be construed as an alternative to net income (loss) as an indicator of the Company's operating performance, as determined in accordance with GAAP. The Company may calculate this non-GAAP financial measure differently than other companies.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release may contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and the Company intends such statements to be covered by the safe harbor provisions for forward-looking statements contained in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements can be identified by the fact that they do not relate strictly to historical or current facts and often include the words "believe," "expect," "anticipate," "intend," "plan," "estimate," or words of similar meaning, or future or conditional verbs such as "will," "would," "should," "could," or "may." Forward-looking statements are based on management’s knowledge and belief as of today and are not guarantees of future performance, nor should they be relied upon as representing management's views as of any subsequent date. Forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties and actual results may differ materially from those presented. Factors that might cause such differences, some of which are beyond the Company’s ability to control or predict, include, but are not limited to: (1) the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, or other similar outbreaks, including the effects of the steps being taken to address the pandemic and their impact on the Company’s markets, customers and employees, (2) changes in general economic and financial market conditions, either nationally or locally, (3) changes in interest rates, (4) changes in banking laws or regulations, (5) increased competition in the Company's markets, impacting the ability to execute its business plans, (6) loss of key personnel, (7) unanticipated credit losses, (8) drought, earthquakes or other natural disasters impacting the local economy and/or the condition of real estate collateral, (9) the impact of technological changes and the ability to develop and maintain secure and reliable electronic systems, (10) uncertainty regarding the replacement of LIBOR, and (11) changes in accounting policies or procedures.

The Company undertakes no obligation to publicly revise these forward-looking statements to reflect subsequent events or circumstances. For a more complete discussion of these risks and uncertainties, see the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K, for the year ended December 31, 2020, and particularly the section entitled "Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations." Readers should carefully review all disclosures the Company files from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

United Security Bancshares

Consolidated Balance Sheets (unaudited)

(in thousands)

September 30, 2021

December 31, 2020

September 30, 2020

Assets

Cash and non-interest-bearing deposits in other banks

$

42,172

$

29,490

$

29,197

Due from Federal Reserve Bank ("FRB")

217,256

264,579

294,135

Cash and cash equivalents

259,428

294,069

323,332

Investment securities (at fair value)

Available-for-sale ("AFS") securities

161,732

82,341

87,917

Marketable equity securities

3,776

3,851

3,865

Total investment securities

165,508

86,192

91,782

Loans

807,937

655,411

661,482

Unearned fees and unamortized loan origination costs - net

1,177

(1,064

)

(1,038

)

Allowance for credit losses

(9,144

)

(8,522

)

(8,708

)

Net loans

799,970

645,825

651,736

Premises and equipment - net

9,113

9,110

9,379

Accrued interest receivable

8,246

8,164

10,099

Other real estate owned

4,582

5,004

5,018

Goodwill

4,488

4,488

4,488

Deferred tax assets - net

3,086

2,907

2,631

Cash surrender value of life insurance

22,043

20,715

20,403

Operating lease right-of-use assets

2,743

2,864

2,914

Other assets

13,574

13,316

12,165

Total assets

$

1,292,781

$

1,092,654

$

1,133,947

Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity

Deposits

Non-interest-bearing

$

455,584

$

391,897

$

430,028

Interest-bearing

695,131

560,754

564,755

Total deposits

1,150,715

952,651

994,783

Operating lease liabilities

2,852

2,967

3,017

Other liabilities

8,791

8,305

8,013

Junior subordinated debentures (at fair value)

11,295

10,924

10,081

Total liabilities

1,173,653

974,847

1,015,894

Shareholders' Equity

Common stock, no par value; 20,000,000 shares authorized; issued and outstanding: 17,010,288 at September 30, 2021, 17,009,883 at December 31, 2020, and 16,977,239 at September 30, 2020.

59,549

59,397

59,289

Retained earnings

60,247

59,138

59,084

Accumulated other comprehensive loss

(668

)

(728

)

(320

)

Total shareholders' equity

119,128

117,807

118,053

Total liabilities and shareholders' equity

$

1,292,781

$

1,092,654

$

1,133,947

United Security Bancshares

Consolidated Statements of Income (unaudited)

(in thousands - except per share data)

Three Months Ended

Nine Months Ended September 30,

September 30,
2021

June 30,
2021

September 30,
2020

2021

2020

Interest Income:

Interest and fees on loans

$

9,163

$

8,708

$

7,693

$

25,942

$

24,040

Interest on investment securities

650

654

343

1,691

1,127

Interest on deposits in FRB

64

42

62

168

667

Total interest income

9,877

9,404

8,098

27,801

25,834

Interest Expense:

Interest on deposits

496

468

451

1,391

1,562

Interest on other borrowed funds

44

45

49

136

229

Total interest expense

540

513

500

1,527

1,791

Net Interest Income

9,337

8,891

7,598

26,274

24,043

Provision for Credit Losses

453

826

4

1,654

2,138

Net Interest Income after Provision for Credit Losses

8,884

8,065

7,594

24,620

21,905

Noninterest Income:

Customer service fees

745

692

668

2,094

2,014

Increase in cash surrender value of bank-owned life insurance

139

138

124

408

382

Unrealized (loss) gain on fair value of marketable equity securities

(14

)

4

(75

)

89

Gain on proceeds from bank-owned life insurance

310

Gain (loss) on fair value of junior subordinated debentures

(35

)

377

(18

)

(691

)

1,451

Gain on sale of assets

(5

)

8

Other

100

115

133

349

460

Total noninterest income

930

1,322

911

2,093

4,706

Noninterest Expense:

Salaries and employee benefits

2,888

2,893

2,722

8,804

8,131

Occupancy expense

1,013

837

887

2,705

2,609

Data processing

147

148

139

382

386

Professional fees

833

865

854

2,524

2,399

Regulatory assessments

258

123

121

547

283

Director fees

91

92

94

275

282

Correspondent bank service charges

22

23

19

65

52

Net cost on operation and sale of OREO

24

18

35

67

968

Other

888

606

469

1,964

1,663

Total noninterest expense

6,164

5,605

5,340

17,333

16,773

Income Before Provision for Taxes

3,650

3,782

3,165

9,380

9,838

Provision for Taxes on Income

1,039

1,077

894

2,653

2,800

Net Income

2,611

2,705

2,271

$

6,727

$

7,038

Basic earnings per common share

$

0.15

$

0.16

$

0.13

$

0.40

$

0.41

Diluted earnings per common share

$

0.15

$

0.16

$

0.13

$

0.40

$

0.41

Weighted average basic shares for EPS

17,010,288

17,010,288

16,977,239

17,010,236

16,975,648

Weighted average diluted shares for EPS

17,035,533

17,032,878

17,000,501

17,027,671

16,993,180

United Security Bancshares

Average Balances and Rates (unaudited)

(in thousands)

Three Months Ended

Nine Months Ended September 30,

September 30,
2021

June 30,
2021

September 30,
2020

2021

2020

Average Balances:

Loans (1)

$

826,754

$

762,090

$

656,501

$

753,424

$

632,221

Investment securities

170,408

164,908

94,076

146,434

91,140

Interest-bearing deposits in FRB

172,073

180,061

248,722

203,366

203,574

Total interest-earning assets

1,169,235

1,107,059

999,299

1,103,224

926,935

Allowance for credit losses

(9,203

)

(8,552

)

(8,917

)

(8,762

)

(8,650

)

Cash and due from banks

44,804

48,415

32,106

44,968

Other real estate owned

4,716

4,965

5,204

4,917

6,033

Other non-earning assets

60,771

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