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Green Bancorp, Inc. Reports Fourth Quarter 2015 and Record Full Year 2015 Earnings

2015 Fourth Quarter Highlights

  • Fourth quarter 2015 earnings per share (diluted) were $0.07 and excluding one-time acquisition expenses would have been $0.13 per share
  • Net income was $2.6 million and would have been $4.6 million excluding one-time acquisition expenses
  • Pre-tax, pre-provision adjusted net income was $19.7 million for the fourth quarter 2015 compared to $8.8 million in the fourth quarter 2014, a 122.6% increase
  • Completed the merger of Patriot Bancshares, Inc. (“Patriot”) on October 1, 2015 and integration is close to complete
  • Recorded $12.5 million in provision for loan losses related to energy which raises the level of allowance for the Company’s energy related loans to 6%

2015 Full Year Highlights

  • Full year 2015 earnings per share (diluted) were $0.53 and excluding one-time acquisition expenses would have been $0.67
  • Net income for the year December 31, 2015 was $15.4 million and excluding one-time acquisition expenses would have increased to $19.5 million
  • Loans increased $1.3 billion or 74.0% to $3.1 billion compared with December 31, 2014 with $250 million or 13.9% achieved from organic growth
  • Deposits increased $1.3 billion or 68.0% to $3.1 billion compared with December 31, 2014

HOUSTON, Jan. 29, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Green Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:GNBC), the bank holding company (“Green Bancorp” or the “Company”) that operates Green Bank, N.A. (“Green Bank”), today announced results for its fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2015.  The Company reported net income for the quarter of $2.6 million, or $0.07 per diluted common share, compared to net income of $2.0 million or $0.08 per diluted common share reported for the same period in 2014.  Excluding one-time acquisition expenses, net income for the fourth quarter 2015 would have been $4.6 million or $0.13 per diluted common share, compared to $4.8 million or $0.18 per diluted common share reported for the same period in 2014.

Manny Mehos, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Green Bancorp said, “While the drop in oil prices has resulted in a moderation of growth in the local Houston economy, we continue to experience opportunities for attractively priced loan generation in industries that are not directly impacted by the slowing energy sector.  We have immediately recognized significant bottom-line impact from the Patriot merger and we believe we enter 2016 poised to post strong earnings.”

Geoff Greenwade, President of Green Bancorp and Chief Executive Officer of Green Bank remarked, “We are very pleased with the merger with Patriot and the integration of the bank, so far.  We have quickly made the necessary personnel decisions and achieved significantly all of the 40% costs saves that we previously outlined.”

Results of operations for the quarter ended December 31, 2015

Net income for the quarter ended December 31, 2015 was $2.6 million, compared with $2.0 million for the same period in 2014. Net income per diluted common share was $0.07 for the quarter ended December 31, 2015, compared with $0.08 for the same period in 2014. The increase in net income was principally due to increased interest income resulting from growth in loans offset by the increase in provision for loan losses and noninterest expense due to the Patriot merger.  Excluding the one-time acquisition expenses, net income for the quarter would have been $4.6 million, or $0.13 per diluted common share.  Returns on average assets and average common equity, each on an annualized basis, for the three months ended December 31, 2015 were 0.27% and 2.38%, respectively. Green Bancorp’s efficiency ratio, which represents noninterest expense divided by the sum of net interest income and noninterest income, was 54.66% for the three months ended December 31, 2015.  Excluding the impact of one-time acquisition expenses, returns on average assets and average common equity, each on an annualized basis, would have been 0.49% and 4.28%, respectively, and the efficiency ratio would have been 49.96% for the three months ended December 31, 2015.

Net interest income before provision for loan losses for the quarter ended December 31, 2015, was $35.0 million, an increase of $14.7 million, or 72.6%, compared with $20.3 million during the same period in 2014. The increase was primarily due to a 75.7% increase in average loan volume largely driven by the Patriot merger. The net interest margin for the quarter ended December 31, 2015 was 3.92%, compared with 3.92% for the same period in 2014. Average noninterest-bearing deposits for the quarter ended December 31, 2015 were $648.0 million, an increase of $229.3 million compared with the same period in 2014, and an increase of $166.1 million compared to the quarter ended September 30, 2015. Average shareholders’ equity for the quarter ended December 31, 2015 was $429.5 million, an increase of $142.9 million compared with the same period in 2014, and an increase of $128.2 million compared to the quarter ended September 30, 2015.

Net interest income before provision for loan losses during the quarter ended December 31, 2015 increased 65.4% or $13.8 million, compared with $21.2 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2015, primarily due to a 58.6% increase in average loan volume primarily driven by the Patriot merger. The net interest margin for the quarter ended December 31, 2015 of 3.92% increased from 3.63% for the quarter ended September 30, 2015.  Increases in noninterest-bearing deposits and shareholders’ equity contributed to the improvement in the net interest margin. The increase in net interest margin from the prior quarter was primarily due to higher loan yield resulting from higher discount accretion.  

Noninterest income for the quarter ended December 31, 2015 was $4.3 million, an increase of $2.2 million, or 100.1%, compared with $2.1 million for the same period in 2014. This increase was primarily due to a $772 thousand gain on sale of available-for-sale securities, a $482 thousand increase in customer service fees and a $377 thousand increase in gain on sale of guaranteed portion of loans. When comparing the quarter ended December 31, 2015 to the quarter ended September 30, 2015, noninterest income increased $1.4 million, or 48.9%, from $2.9 million.

Noninterest expense for the quarter ended December 31, 2015 was $21.5 million, an increase of $3.6 million, or 20.1%, compared with $17.9 million for the same period in 2014. The increase was primarily due to increases related to ongoing acquired Patriot operations.  Other increases in noninterest expense were offset by the $2.4 million decrease in one-time acquisition expenses.  When comparing the quarter ended December 31, 2015 to the quarter ended September 30, 2015, noninterest expense increased 49.4%, or $7.1 million, from $14.4 million, primarily due to increases related to ongoing acquired Patriot operations.

Loans held for investment at December 31, 2015 were $3.1 billion, an increase of $1.3 billion, or 74.0%, compared with $1.8 billion at December 31, 2014, primarily due to the Patriot merger, which was finalized at the beginning of the fourth quarter 2015 and continued opportunities for our portfolio bankers to generate new loans and expand existing relationships within our target markets.  Loans held for investment at December 31, 2015 increased $1.1 billion, or 57.9%, from September 30, 2015 primarily due to the Patriot merger.  Excluding loans acquired in the Patriot merger based on the merger date balance, loans increased $67.3 million or 3.4% and $250.4 million or 13.9% from September 30, 2015 and December 31, 2014, respectively.  Average loans held for investment increased 75.7% or $1.3 billion to $3.0 billion for the quarter ended December 31, 2015, compared with $1.7 billion for the same period in 2014. Average loans held for investment for the quarter ended December 31, 2015 increased 58.6% or $1.1 billion from the quarter ended September 30, 2015.

Deposits at December 31, 2015 were $3.1 billion, an increase of $1.3 billion, or 68.0%, compared to December 31, 2014, primarily due to $1.1 billion related to the Patriot merger and $117.4 million increase in our commercial deposits.  Deposits at December 31, 2015 increased $1.2 billion or 59.7% from September 30, 2015 due primarily to the Patriot merger.  Excluding the deposits acquired through the Patriot merger, period-end deposits at December 31, 2015 increased $73.1 million or 3.8% and $168.5 million or 9.1% from September 30, 2015 and December 31, 2014, respectively. Noninterest-bearing deposits at December 31, 2015 were $643.4 million, an increase of $211.4 million, or 48.9%, compared to December 31, 2014 and an increase of $144.3 million, or 28.9%, compared to September 30, 2015.  Average deposits increased 69.8% or $1.2 billion to $3.0 billion for the quarter ended December 31, 2015, compared with the same period of 2014. Average noninterest bearing deposits for the quarter ended December 31, 2015 were $648.0 million, an increase of $229.3 million compared with the same period in 2014, and an increase of $166.1 million compared with the quarter ended September 30, 2015.

Results of operations for the year ended December 31, 2015

Net income for the year ended December 31, 2015 was $15.4 million, compared with $14.7 million for the same period in 2014. Net income per diluted common share was $0.53 for the year ended December 31, 2015, compared with $0.64 for the same period in 2014. The increase in net income was principally due to increased interest income resulting from growth in loans.  The increase was offset by an increase in provision for loan losses and an increase in noninterest expense primarily resulting from the Patriot merger.  Returns on average assets and average common equity, each on an annualized basis, for the year ended December 31, 2015 were 0.58% and 4.68%, respectively. Green Bancorp’s efficiency ratio was 60.27% for the year ended December 31, 2015. Excluding the impact of the one-time acquisition expenses, returns on average assets and average common equity, would have been 0.73% and 5.90% and the efficiency ratio would have been 55.83% for the twelve months ended December 31, 2015. 

Net interest income before provision for loan losses for the year ended December 31, 2015, was $97.6 million an increase of $27.4 million, or 39.1%, compared with $70.2 million during the same period in 2014. The increase was primarily due to a 43.4% increase in average loan volume due to organic loan growth, the SharePlus acquisition, the Patriot merger and a 13 basis point decrease in the costs of interest-bearing deposits, partially offset by a 16 basis point decrease in loan yields. The net interest margin for the year ended December 31, 2015 decreased to 3.84%, compared with 3.88% for the same period in 2014. Average noninterest-bearing deposits for the year ended December 31, 2015 were $513.5 million, an increase of $166.2 million compared with the same period in 2014. Average shareholders’ equity for the year ended December 31, 2015 was $330.0 million, an increase of $97.1 million compared with the same period in 2014.

Noninterest income for year ended December 31, 2015 was $12.2 million, an increase of $4.1 million, or 51.3%, compared with $8.1 million for the same period in 2014. This increase was primarily due to a $1.3 million increase in customer service fees, a $772 thousand gain on sale of available for sale securities, a $617 thousand increase in gain on sale of the guaranteed portion of certain loans, a $452 thousand increase in loan fees and a $377 thousand increase in gain on sale of held for sale loans.

Noninterest expense for the year ended December 31, 2015, was $66.2 million, an increase of $13.7 million, or 26.2%, compared with $52.4 million for the same period in 2014. The increase in noninterest expense is mainly due to recurring expenses related to the Patriot merger, the SharePlus acquisition, and related to being a public company.

Average loans held for investment increased 43.3% or $648.7 million to $2.1 billion for year ended December 31, 2015, compared with $1.5 billion for the same period in 2014.  Average deposits increased 38.2% or $603.0 million to $2.2 billion for the year ended December 31, 2015, compared with the same period of 2014.

Asset Quality

Nonperforming assets totaled $57.2 million or 1.51% of period end total assets at December 31, 2015, up from $12.0 million or 0.55% of period end total assets at December 31, 2014, and $36.3 million or 1.50% of period end total assets at September 30, 2015. The increases were due primarily to energy-related migration to nonperforming during the third and fourth quarter 2015 and the addition of $10.5 million in real estate acquired through foreclosure that was acquired through the Patriot merger. Accruing loans classified as troubled debt restructures and included in the nonperforming asset totals were $6.0 million at December 31, 2015, compared with $2.3 million at December 31, 2014 and $6.0 million at September 30, 2015.

The allowance for loan losses was 1.05% of total loans at December 31, 2015, compared with 0.87% of total loans at December 31, 2014 and 1.05% of total loans at September 30, 2015.  The increase in the percentage when compared to December 31, 2014 was largely due to an increase in specific reserves.  At December 31, 2015, the Company’s allowance for loans losses to total loans excluding acquired loans that are accounted for under ASC 310-20 and ASC 310-30 was 1.70%.  Further, the allowance for loan losses plus acquired loan net discount to total loans adjusted for acquired loan net discount was 1.85% as of December 31, 2015.

The Company recorded a provision for loan losses of $12.5 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2015 up from the $3.1 million provision for the loan losses recorded for the quarter ended September 30, 2015.  The fourth quarter provision reflects the addition of specific reserves on energy related credits.  The provision for loan losses was $17.9 million for year ended December 31, 2015, compared with $2.7 million for the year ended December 31, 2014.

Net charge offs were $277 thousand for the quarter ended December 31, 2015, compared with net charge offs of $622 thousand for the quarter ended September 30, 2015, and net charge offs of $907 thousand for the quarter ended December 31, 2014. Net charge offs were $522 thousand, or 0.02% of average loans outstanding, for year ended December 31, 2015, compared with net charge offs of $3.4 million for the year ended December 31, 2014.

Acquisition of SP Bancorp, Inc.

On October 17, 2014, Green Bancorp acquired SP Bancorp, Inc. (“SP Bancorp”) and its wholly-owned subsidiary, SharePlus Bank (“SharePlus”) headquartered in Plano, Texas.  Pursuant to the terms of the merger agreement, we paid $46.4 million in cash for all outstanding shares of SP Bancorp capital stock, which resulted in goodwill of $14.5 million.

Merger with Patriot Bancshares, Inc.

On October 1, 2015, Green Bancorp completed the previously announced merger of Patriot Bancshares, Inc. (“Patriot”) and its wholly-owned subsidiary, Patriot Bank. Patriot, headquartered in Houston, TX, operated six locations in Houston, two in Dallas and one in Fannin County, Texas.  As of September 30, 2015, Patriot, on a consolidated basis, reported total assets of $1.4 billion, total loans of $1.1 billion, total deposits of $1.1 billion and total shareholders’ equity of $125.2 million.

Under the terms of the merger agreement, the Company issued 10.4 million shares of Green Bancorp common stock for all outstanding shares of Patriot common stock, including the converted Series D and Series F preferred stock.  In addition, Patriot’s $27.3 million Series B and Series C preferred stock were redeemed in connection with the closing.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

Green Bancorp’s management uses certain non−GAAP (generally accepted accounting principles) financial measures to evaluate its performance. Specifically, Green Bancorp reviews tangible book value per common share, the tangible common equity to tangible assets ratio, allowance for loan losses to total loans excluding acquired loans, allowance for loan losses plus acquired loans net discount to total loans adjusted for acquired loan net discount, selected metrics excluding one-time acquisition expenses and pre-tax, pre-provision adjusted net income.  Green Bancorp has included in this Earnings Release information related to these non-GAAP financial measures for the applicable periods presented. Please refer to the “Notes to Financial Highlights” at the end of this Earnings Release for a reconciliation of these non-GAAP financial measures.

Capital Management

The Basel III Capital Rules adopted by the federal regulatory authorities in 2013 substantially revised the risk-based capital requirements applicable to Green Bancorp and Green Bank. The Basel III Capital Rules became effective for Green Bancorp on January 1, 2015, subject to a phase-in period for certain provisions. Among other things, the Basel III Capital Rules introduced a new capital measure called “Common Equity Tier 1,” which is a comparison of the sum of certain equity capital components to total risk-weighted assets, and revised the risk-weighting approach of the capital ratios with a more risk-sensitive approach that expanded the risk-weighting categories from the previous Basel I derived categories to a much larger and more risk-sensitive number of categories, depending on the nature of the assets.

Conference Call

As previously announced, Green Bancorp will hold a conference call today, January 29, 2016, to discuss its fourth quarter 2015 results at 9:00 a.m. (Eastern Time).  The conference call can be accessed live over the phone by dialing 1-877-407-0789, or for international callers, 1-201-689-8562 and requesting to be joined to the Green Bancorp Fourth Quarter 2015 Earnings Conference Call.  A replay will be available starting at 12:00 pm Eastern Time on January 29, 2016 and can be accessed by dialing 1-877-870-5176, or for international callers, 1-858-384-5517. The passcode for the replay is 13628482.  The replay will be available until 11:59 pm Eastern Time on February 5, 2016.

Interested investors and other parties may also listen to a simultaneous webcast of the conference call by logging onto the investor relations section of the Company's website at investors.greenbank.com.  The online replay will remain available for a limited time beginning immediately following the call.

To learn more about Green Bancorp, please visit the Company's web site at www.greenbank.comGreen Bancorp uses its web site as a channel of distribution for material Company information. Financial and other material information regarding Green Bancorp is routinely posted on the Company's web site and is readily accessible.

About Green Bancorp, Inc.
Headquartered in Houston, Texas, Green Bancorp is a bank holding company that operates Green Bank in Houston, Dallas and Austin. Commercial-focused, Green Bank is a nationally chartered bank regulated by the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, a division of the Department of the Treasury of the United States.

Forward Looking Statement
The information presented herein and in other documents filed with or furnished to the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”), in press releases or other public shareholder communications, or in oral statements made with the approval of an authorized executive officer contains forward looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 giving Green Bancorp’s expectations or predictions of future financial or business performance or conditions. Forward-looking statements are typically identified by words such as “believe,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “intend,” “target,” “estimate,” “continue,” “positions,” “prospects” or “potential,” by future conditional verbs such as “will,” “would,” “should,” “could” or “may”, or by variations of such words or by similar expressions. These forward-looking statements are subject to numerous assumptions, risks and uncertainties which change over time. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they are made and we assume no duty to update forward-looking statements. 

You are cautioned not to place undue reliance on any forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date such statements are made. These statements may relate to future financial performance, strategic plans or objectives, revenues or earnings projections, or other financial information. By their nature, these statements are subject to numerous uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated in the statements. Statements about the expected timing, completion and effects of the proposed transactions and all other statements in this release other than historical facts constitute forward-looking statements. 

In addition to factors previously disclosed in Green Bancorp’s reports filed with the SEC and those identified elsewhere in this communication, the following factors among others, could cause actual results to differ materially from forward-looking statements: difficulties and delays in integrating the Green Bancorp and Patriot businesses or fully realizing cost savings and other benefits; business disruption following the merger; changes in asset quality and credit risk; the inability to sustain revenue and earnings growth; changes in interest rates and capital markets; inflation; customer borrowing, repayment, investment and deposit practices; customer disintermediation; the introduction, withdrawal, success and timing of business initiatives; competitive conditions; the inability to realize cost savings or revenues or to implement integration plans and other consequences associated with mergers, acquisitions and divestitures; economic conditions; and the impact, extent and timing of technological changes, capital management activities, and other actions of the Federal Reserve Board and legislative and regulatory actions and reforms. 

Annualized, pro forma, projected and estimated numbers are used for illustrative purpose only, are not forecasts and may not reflect actual results.

                               
                               
    Dec 31, 2015   Sep 30, 2015   Jun 30, 2015   Mar 31, 2015   Dec 31, 2014
    (Dollars in thousands)
Period End Balance Sheet Data:                              
Cash and cash equivalents   $    124,906     $    96,451     $    168,416     $    129,108     $    68,923  
Securities        318,151          249,558          258,882          228,035          238,278  
Other investments        20,986          16,977          10,831          10,000          11,365  
Loans held for sale        384          192          1,287          939          573  
Loans held for investment        3,130,669          1,982,280          1,894,742          1,810,842          1,799,155  
Allowance for loan losses        (32,947 )        (20,724 )        (18,292 )        (17,542 )        (15,605 )
Goodwill        85,291          30,129          30,129          30,129          30,129  
Core deposit intangibles, net        11,562          3,704          3,852          4,000          4,148  
Real estate acquired through foreclosure        12,122          1,665          4,488          4,863          4,863  
Premises and equipment, net        27,736          24,766          24,773          24,817          25,200  
Other assets        87,297          30,989          29,843          27,474          29,106  
Total assets   $    3,786,157     $    2,415,987     $    2,408,951     $    2,252,665     $    2,196,135  
                               
Noninterest-bearing deposits   $    643,354     $    499,101     $    604,073     $    459,100     $    431,942  
Interest-bearing transaction and savings deposits        1,104,630          792,957          758,123          809,300          777,431  
Certificates and other time deposits        1,352,764          649,082          662,335          663,451          636,340  
Total deposits        3,100,748          1,941,140          2,024,531          1,931,851          1,845,713  
Securities sold under agreements to repurchase        3,073          3,080          9,858          13,012          4,605  
Other borrowed funds        223,265          158,893          67,309          7,323          47,586  
Subordinated debentures        13,187          -          -          -          -  
Other liabilities        16,482          9,645          8,601          6,709          9,826  
Total liabilities        3,356,755          2,112,758          2,110,299          1,958,895          1,907,730  
Shareholders' equity        429,402          303,229          298,652          293,770          288,405  
Total liabilities and equity   $    3,786,157     $    2,415,987     $    2,408,951     $    2,252,665     $    2,196,135  


                                           
                                           
    For the Quarter Ended   For the
 Year Ended
    Dec 31, 2015   Sep 30, 2015   Jun 30, 2015   Mar 31, 2015   Dec 31, 2014   Dec 31, 2015   Dec 31, 2014
    (Dollars in thousands)
Income Statement Data:                                          
Interest income:                                          
Loans, including fees   $  37,693   $  22,601   $  22,252   $  21,659   $    21,414     $  104,205   $  75,121
Securities      1,079      809      838      878        986        3,604      3,993
Other investments      119      111      113      110        111        453      352
Federal funds sold      2      -      -      -        -        2      -
Deposits in financial institutions      104      78      53      55        47        290      139
Total interest income      38,997      23,599      23,256      22,702        22,558        108,554      79,605
                                           
Interest expense:                                          
Transaction and savings deposits      1,030      696      695      682        684        3,103      2,539
Certificates and other time deposits      2,505      1,651      1,607      1,474        1,553        7,237      6,747
Subordinated debentures      227      -      -      -        -        227      -
Other borrowed funds      228      90      31      30        38        379      142
Total interest expense      3,990      2,437      2,333      2,186        2,275        10,946      9,428
                                           
Net interest income      35,007      21,162      20,923      20,516        20,283        97,608      70,177
Provision for loan losses      12,500      3,054      805      1,505        1,250        17,864      2,693
Net interest income after provision for loan losses      22,507      18,108      20,118      19,011        19,033        79,744      67,484
                                           
Noninterest income:                                          
Customer service fees      1,278      867      917      863        796        3,925      2,655
Loan fees      647      680      671      371        483        2,369      1,917
Gain on sale of available-for-sale securities, net      772      -      -      -        -        772      -
Gain on sale of held for sale loans, net      60      113      157      75        28        405      28
Gain on sale of guaranteed portion of loans, net      971      908      960      645        594        3,484      2,867
Other      548      303      250      131        236        1,232      589
Total noninterest income      4,276      2,871      2,955      2,085        2,137        12,187      8,056
                                           
Noninterest expense:                                          
Salaries and employee benefits      11,913      8,562      8,878      8,757        8,891        38,110      31,102
Occupancy      2,743      1,332      1,562      1,460        1,585        7,097      5,028
Professional and regulatory fees      1,863      1,988      3,605      1,467        1,612        8,923      5,647
Data processing      1,261      610      583      644        4,173        3,098      5,353
Software license and maintenance      738      352      392      362        418        1,844      1,424
Marketing      331      160      152      148        95        791      654
Loan related      628      185      263      109        220        1,185      523
Real estate acquired by foreclosure, net      352      339      382      13        (30 )      1,086      286
Other      1,643      844      761      796        916        4,044      2,416
Total noninterest expense      21,472      14,372      16,578      13,756        17,880        66,178      52,433
                                           
Income before income taxes      5,311      6,607      6,495      7,340        3,290        25,753      23,107
Provision for income taxes      2,738      2,528      2,357      2,691        1,243        10,314      8,365
Net income   $  2,573   $  4,079   $  4,138   $  4,649   $    2,047     $  15,439   $  14,742


                                             
    As of and For the Quarter Ended   As of and For the
Year Ended
 
    Dec 31, 2015   Sep 30, 2015   Jun 30, 2015   Mar 31, 2015   Dec 31, 2014   Dec 31, 2015   Dec 31, 2014  
    (In thousands, except per share data)  
Per Share Data (Common Stock):                                            
Basic earnings per common share   $  0.07   $  0.16   $  0.16   $  0.18   $  0.08   $  0.54   $  0.65  
Diluted earnings per share      0.07      0.15      0.16      0.18      0.08      0.53      0.64  
Book value per common share      11.67      11.54      11.37      11.22      11.02      11.67      11.02  
Tangible book value per common share (1)      9.04      10.25      10.08      9.92      9.71      9.04      9.71  
                                             
Common Stock Data:                                            
Shares outstanding at period end      36,788      26,277      26,270      26,176      26,176      36,788      26,176  
Weighted average basic shares outstanding for the period      36,623      26,274      26,199      26,176      26,171      28,839      22,625  
Weighted average diluted shares outstanding for the period      36,854      26,551      26,518      26,359      26,592      29,096      22,915  
                                             
Selected Performance Metrics:                                            
Return on average assets      0.27 %    0.68 %    0.73 %    0.85 %    0.38 %    0.58 %    0.79 %
Return on average equity      2.38      5.37      5.60      6.46      2.83      4.68      6.33  
Efficiency ratio      54.66      59.80      69.43      60.86      79.75      60.27      67.02  
Loans to deposits ratio      100.96      102.12      93.59      93.74      97.48      100.96      97.48  
Noninterest expense to average assets      2.27      2.38      2.93      2.53      3.32      2.49      2.80  
                                             
Capital Ratios:                                            
Average shareholders’ equity to average total assets      11.4 %    12.6 %    13.0 %    13.2 %    13.4 %    12.4 %    12.4 %
Tier 1 capital to average assets (leverage)      9.2      12.1      11.9      12.0      12.1      9.2      12.1  
Common equity tier 1 capital(2)      9.6      12.2      12.5      13.0     N/A      9.6     N/A  
Tier 1 capital to risk-weighted assets      9.6      12.2      12.5      13.0      13.1      9.6      13.1  
Total capital to risk-weighted assets      10.5      13.2      13.4      13.9      14.0      10.5      14.0  
Tangible common equity to tangible assets (1)      9.0      11.3      11.1      11.7      11.8      9.0      11.8  
                                             
Selected Other Metrics:                                            
Number of full time equivalent employees      353      258      266      267      272      353      272  
Number of portfolio bankers      63      52      55      53      53      63      53  
Period end actual loan portfolio average per portfolio banker   $  46,822   $  36,601   $  33,191   $  32,721   $  31,500   $  46,822   $  31,500  
Period end target loan portfolio average per portfolio banker   $  60,584   $  52,299   $  47,348   $  46,679   $  44,698   $  60,584   $  44,698  
Estimated remaining capacity to target loan portfolio size      22.72 %    30.02 %    29.90 %    29.90 %    29.53 %    22.72 %    29.53 %
_______________________________________                                            
(1) Refer to “Notes to Financial Highlights” at the end of this Earnings Release for a reconciliation of this non-GAAP financial measure.
(2) Common equity tier 1 capital ratio is a new ratio required under the Basel III Capital Rules effective January 1, 2015.



                                                       
    For the Quarter Ended  
    December 31, 2015     September 30, 2015     December 31, 2014  
    Average
Outstanding
Balance
  Interest
Earned/
Interest
Paid
  Average
Yield/
Rate
    Average
Outstanding
Balance
  Interest
Earned/
Interest
Paid
  Average
Yield/
Rate
    Average
Outstanding
Balance
  Interest
Earned/
Interest
Paid
  Average
Yield/
Rate
 
    (Dollars in thousands)  
Assets                                                      
Interest-Earning Assets:                                                      
Loans   $    3,043,384     $  37,693    4.91 %   $    1,918,999     $  22,601    4.67 %   $    1,732,607     $  21,414    4.90 %
Securities        340,381        1,079    1.26          257,930        809    1.24          245,504        986    1.59  
Other investments        22,530        119    2.10          15,909        111    2.77          11,322        111    3.89  
Federal funds sold        5,001        2    0.16          959        -    -          713        -    -  
Interest earning deposits in financial institutions        130,396        104    0.32          117,465        78    0.26          61,929        47    0.30  
Total interest-earning assets        3,541,692        38,997    4.37 %        2,311,262        23,599    4.05 %        2,052,075        22,558    4.36 %
                                                       
Allowance for loan losses        (20,726 )                    (18,892 )                    (15,686 )            
Noninterest-earning assets        240,084                      103,186                      98,425              
Total assets   $    3,761,050                 $    2,395,556                 $    2,134,814              
                                                       
Liabilities and Shareholders’ Equity                                                      
Interest-bearing liabilities:                                                      
Interest-bearing demand and savings deposits   $    1,088,605     $  1,030    0.38 %   $    769,454     $  696    0.36 %   $    741,918     $  684    0.37 %
Certificates and other time deposits        1,290,885        2,505    0.77          651,334        1,651    1.01          622,636        1,553    0.99  
Securities sold under agreements to repurchase        4,362        2    0.18          7,483        3    0.16          5,654        2    0.14  
Other borrowed funds        270,149        226    0.33          174,531        87    0.20          49,460        36    0.29  
Subordinated debentures        12,982        227    6.94          -        -    -          -        -    -  
Total interest-bearing liabilities        2,666,983        3,990    0.60 %        1,602,802        2,437    0.60 %        1,419,668        2,275    0.64 %
                                                       
Noninterest-bearing liabilities:                                                      
Noninterest-bearing demand deposits        647,997                      481,947                      418,741              
Other liabilities        16,543                      9,437                      9,745              
Total liabilities        3,331,523                      2,094,186                      1,848,154              
Shareholders’ equity        429,527                      301,370                      286,660              
Total liabilities and  shareholders’ equity   $    3,761,050                 $    2,395,556                 $    2,134,814              
                                                       
Net interest rate spread                 3.77 %                3.45 %                3.73 %
Net interest income and margin(1)         $  35,007    3.92 %         $  21,162    3.63 %         $  20,283    3.92 %
_______________________________                                              
(1) Net interest margin is equal to net interest income divided by interest-earning assets.


                                     
    For the Year Ended December 31,  
    2015     2014  
    Average
Outstanding
Balance
  Interest
Earned/
Interest
Paid
  Average
Yield/
Rate
    Average
Outstanding
Balance
  Interest
Earned/
Interest
Paid
  Average
Yield/
Rate
 
    (Dollars in thousands)  
Assets                                    
Interest-Earning Assets:                                    
Loans   $    2,148,268     $  104,205    4.85 %   $    1,498,450     $  75,121    5.01 %
Securities        274,780        3,604    1.31          251,731        3,993    1.59  
Other investments        14,740        453    3.07          9,573        352    3.68  
Federal funds sold        1,911        2    0.10          719        -    -  
Interest earning deposits in financial institutions        102,719        290    0.28          50,291        139    0.28  
Total interest-earning assets        2,542,418        108,554    4.27 %        1,810,764        79,605    4.40 %
                                     
Allowance for loan losses        (18,462 )                    (15,916 )            
Noninterest-earning assets        138,963                      78,315              
Total assets   $    2,662,919                 $    1,873,163              
                                     
Liabilities and Shareholders’ Equity                                    
Interest-bearing liabilities:                                    
Interest-bearing demand and savings deposits   $    855,869     $  3,103    0.36 %   $    646,564     $  2,539    0.39 %
Certificates and other time deposits        812,255        7,237    0.89          584,771        6,747    1.15  
Securities sold under agreements to repurchase        9,649        15    0.16          5,870        8    0.14  
Other borrowed funds        128,135        364    0.28          48,503        134    0.28  
Subordinated debentures        3,272        227    6.94          -        -    -  
Total interest-bearing liabilities        1,809,180        10,946    0.61 %        1,285,708        9,428    0.73 %
                                     
Noninterest-bearing liabilities:                                    
Noninterest-bearing demand deposits        513,453                      347,268              
Other liabilities        10,279                      7,319              
Total liabilities        2,332,912                      1,640,295              
Shareholders’ equity        330,007                      232,868              
Total liabilities and  shareholders’ equity   $    2,662,919                 $    1,873,163              
                                     
Net interest rate spread                 3.66 %                3.66 %
Net interest income and margin(1)         $  97,608    3.84 %         $  70,177    3.88 %
___________________________________                                    
(1) Net interest margin is equal to net interest income divided by interest-earning assets.


Yield Trend

                       
                       
    For the Quarter Ended  
    Dec 31, 2015   Sep 30, 2015   Jun 30, 2015   Mar 31, 2015   Dec 31, 2014  
                       
Average yield on interest-earning assets:                      
Loans, including fees    4.91 %  4.67 %  4.86 %  4.92 %  4.90 %
Securities    1.26    1.24    1.27    1.51    1.59  
Other investments    2.10    2.77    4.56    4.28    3.89  
Federal funds sold    0.16    -    -    -    -  
Interest-earning deposits in financial institutions    0.32    0.26    0.28    0.26    0.30  
Total interest-earning assets    4.37 %  4.05 %  4.27 %  4.35 %  4.36 %
                       
Average rate on interest-bearing liabilities:                      
Interest bearing transaction and savings    0.38 %  0.36 %  0.36 %  0.35 %  0.37 %
Certificates and other time deposits    0.77    1.01    0.97    0.94    0.99  
Other borrowed funds    0.33    0.20    0.30    0.24    0.27  
Subordinated debentures    6.94    -    -    -    -  
Total interest-bearing liabilities    0.60 %  0.60 %  0.63 %  0.60 %  0.64 %
                       
Net interest rate spread    3.77 %  3.45 %  3.63 %  3.75 %  3.73 %
Net interest margin (1)    3.92 %  3.63 %  3.84 %  3.93 %  3.92 %
____________________________________                      
(1) Net interest margin is equal to net interest income divided by interest-earning assets.

Supplemental Yield Trend

                       
                       
    For the Quarter Ended  
    Dec 31, 2015   Sep 30, 2015   Jun 30, 2015   Mar 31, 2015   Dec 31, 2014  
                       
Average yield on loans, excluding fees (2)    4.22 %  4.37 %  4.47 %  4.50 %  4.48 %
Average cost of interest-bearing deposits    0.59    0.66    0.64    0.61    0.65  
Average cost of total deposits, including noninterest-bearing    0.46    0.49    0.48    0.47    0.50  
______________________________________________                      
(2) Average yield on loans, excluding fees is equal to loan interest income divided by average loan principal.


Portfolio Composition

                                                             
    Dec 31, 2015     Sep 30, 2015     Jun 30, 2015     Mar 31, 2015     Dec 31, 2014  
                                                             
    (Dollars in thousands)  
Period End Balances                                                            
                                                             
Commercial & industrial   $  1,206,452    38.5 %   $  820,337    41.4 %   $  795,483    42.0 %   $  744,380    41.1 %   $  788,410    43.8 %
Real Estate:                                                            
Owner occupied commercial      353,889    11.3        183,224    9.2        176,453    9.2        166,604    9.1        163,592    9.1  
Commercial      904,115    28.9        483,628    24.4        383,863    20.3        367,071    20.3        339,006    18.8  
Construction, land & land development      358,813    11.5        252,206    12.8        290,469    15.3        273,125    15.1        240,666    13.4  
Residential mortgage      293,483    9.4        230,796    11.6        234,026    12.4        249,591    13.8        257,066    14.3  
Consumer and Other      13,917    0.4        12,089    0.6        14,448    0.8        10,071    0.6        10,415    0.6  
Total loans held for investment   $  3,130,669    100.0 %   $  1,982,280    100.0 %   $  1,894,742    100.0 %   $  1,810,842    100.0 %   $  1,799,155    100.0 %
                                                             
Deposits:                                                            
Noninterest-bearing   $  643,354    20.7 %   $  499,101    25.7 %   $  604,073    29.9 %   $  459,100    23.8 %   $  431,942    23.4 %
Interest-bearing transaction      172,737    5.6        132,604    6.8        133,584    6.6        142,442    7.4        134,448    7.3  
Money market      793,808    25.6        604,912    31.2        567,613    28.0        607,033    31.4        581,346    31.5  
Savings      138,085    4.5        55,441    2.9        56,926    2.8        59,825    3.1        61,637    3.3  
Certificates and other time deposits      1,352,764    43.6        649,082    33.4        662,335    32.7        663,451    34.3        636,340    34.5  
Total deposits   $  3,100,748    100.0 %   $  1,941,140    100.0 %   $  2,024,531    100.0 %   $  1,931,851    100.0  %   $  1,845,713    100.0  %
                                                             
Loan to Deposit Ratio      101.0 %          102.1 %          93.6 %          93.7 %          97.5 %    


Asset Quality

                                             
    As of and for the Quarter Ended   As of and for the
 Year Ended
 
    Dec 31, 2015   Sep 30, 2015   Jun 30, 2015   Mar 31, 2015   Dec 31, 2014   Dec 31, 2015   Dec 31, 2014  
    (Dollars in thousands)  
Nonperforming Assets:                                            
Nonaccrual loans   $    37,541     $    22,762     $    4,402     $    3,789     $    2,127     $    37,541     $    2,127    
Accruing loans 90 or more days past due        52          4,233          -          7          16          52          16    
Restructured loans—nonaccrual        1,464          1,623          1,712          3,113          2,717          1,464          2,717    
Restructured loans—accrual        5,988          6,048          681          2,390          2,257          5,988          2,257    
Total nonperforming loans        45,045          34,666          6,795          9,299          7,117          45,045          7,117    
Real estate acquired through foreclosure        12,122          1,665          4,488          4,863          4,863          12,122          4,863    
Total nonperforming assets   $    57,167     $    36,331     $    11,283     $    14,162     $    11,980     $    57,167     $    11,980    
                                             
Charge-offs:                                            
Commercial and industrial   $    (362 )   $    (981 )   $    (1,227 )   $    (77 )   $    (960 )   $    (2,647 )   $    (2,927 )  
Residential mortgage        (22 )        (41 )        -          -          -          (63 )        -    
Other consumer        (17 )        (12 )        (12 )        (105 )        (10 )        (146 )        (1,297 )  
Total charge-offs        (401 )        (1,034 )        (1,239 )        (182 )        (970 )        (2,856 )        (4,224 )  
                                             
Recoveries:                                            
Commercial and industrial   $    94     $    331     $    1,163     $    597     $    53     $    2,185     $    118    
Owner occupied commercial real estate        -          -          -          -          -          -          14    
Commercial real estate        1          75          -          1          -          77          1    
Construction, land & land development        5          -          -          -          -          5          -    
Residential mortgage        14          4          6          12          5          36          20    
Other consumer        10          2          15          4          5          31          622    
Total recoveries        124          412          1,184          614          63          2,334          775    
                                             
Net recoveries (charge-offs)   $    (277 )   $    (622 )   $    (55 )   $    432     $    (907 )   $    (522 )   $    (3,449 )  
                                             
Allowance for loan losses at end of period   $    32,947     $    20,724     $    18,292     $    17,542     $    15,605     $    32,947     $    15,605    
                                             
Asset Quality Ratios:                                            
Nonperforming assets to total assets        1.51   %      1.50   %      0.47   %      0.63   %      0.55   %      1.51   %      0.55   %
Nonperforming loans to total loans        1.44          1.75          0.36          0.51          0.40          1.44          0.40    
Total classified assets to total regulatory capital        37.59          28.19          19.03          10.93          11.76          37.59          11.76    
Allowance for loan losses to total loans        1.05          1.05          0.97          0.97          0.87          1.05          0.87    
Net charge-offs (recoveries) to average loans outstanding        0.01          0.03          0.00          (0.02 )        0.05          0.02          0.23    


We identify certain financial measures discussed in this release as being “non‑GAAP financial measures.” In accordance with the SEC’s rules, we classify a financial measure as being a non‑GAAP financial measure if that financial measure excludes or includes amounts, or is subject to adjustments that have the effect of excluding or including amounts, that are included or excluded, as the case may be, in the most directly comparable measure calculated and presented in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles as in effect from time to time in the United States in our statements of income, balance sheet or statements of cash flows. Non‑GAAP financial measures do not include operating and other statistical measures or ratios or statistical measures calculated using exclusively either financial measures calculated in accordance with GAAP, operating measures or other measures that are not non‑GAAP financial measures or both.

The non‑GAAP financial measures that we discuss in this release should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for the most directly comparable or other financial measures calculated in accordance with GAAP. Moreover, the manner in which we calculate the non‑GAAP financial measures that we discuss in this release may differ from that of other companies reporting measures with similar names. You should understand how such other banking organizations calculate their financial measures similar or with names similar to the non‑GAAP financial measures we have discussed in this release when comparing such non‑GAAP financial measures.

Tangible Book Value Per Common Share.  Tangible book value is a non‑GAAP measure generally used by financial analysts and investment bankers to evaluate financial institutions. We calculate: (a) tangible common equity as shareholders’ equity less goodwill and core deposit intangibles, net of accumulated amortization; and (b) tangible book value per common share as tangible common equity (as described in clause (a)) divided by shares of common stock outstanding. For tangible book value, the most directly comparable financial measure calculated in accordance with GAAP is our book value.

We believe that this measure is important to many investors in the marketplace who are interested in changes from period to period in book value per common share exclusive of changes in intangible assets. Goodwill and other intangible assets have the effect of increasing total book value while not increasing our tangible book value.

The following table reconciles, as of the dates set forth below, total shareholders’ equity to tangible common equity and presents our tangible book value per common share compared with our book value per common share:

                                 
    Dec 31, 2015   Sep 30, 2015   Jun 30, 2015   Mar 31, 2015   Dec 31, 2014  
    (In thousands, except per share data)
Tangible Common Equity                                
Total shareholders’ equity   $  429,402   $  303,229   $  298,652   $  293,770   $  288,405  
Adjustments:                                
Goodwill      85,291      30,129      30,129      30,129      30,129  
Core deposit intangibles      11,562      3,704      3,852      4,000      4,148  
Tangible common equity   $  332,549   $  269,396   $  264,671   $  259,641   $  254,128  
Common shares outstanding (1)      36,788      26,277      26,270      26,176      26,176  
Book value per common share (1)   $  11.67   $  11.54   $  11.37   $  11.22   $  11.02  
Tangible book value per common share (1)   $  9.04   $  10.25   $  10.08   $  9.92   $  9.71  
                                 
(1) Excludes the dilutive effect of common stock issuable upon exercise of outstanding stock options.  The number of exercisable options outstanding was 875,007 as of Dec 31, 2015; 939,576 as of Sep 30, 2015; 938,927 as of Jun 30, 2015; 1,021,555 as of Mar 31, 2015; and 1,020,743 as of Dec 31, 2014.


Tangible Common Equity to Tangible Assets.  Tangible common equity to tangible assets is a non‑GAAP measure generally used by financial analysts and investment bankers to evaluate financial institutions. We calculate: (a) tangible common equity as shareholders’ equity less goodwill and core deposit intangibles, net of accumulated amortization; (b) tangible assets as total assets less goodwill and core deposit intangibles, net of accumulated amortization; and (c) tangible common equity to tangible assets as tangible common equity (as described in clause (a)) divided by tangible assets (as described in clause (b)). For common equity to tangible assets, the most directly comparable financial measure calculated in accordance with GAAP is total shareholders’ equity to total assets.

We believe that this measure is important to many investors in the marketplace who are interested in the relative changes from period to period in common equity and total assets, each exclusive of changes in intangible assets. Goodwill and other intangible assets have the effect of increasing both total shareholders’ equity and assets while not increasing our tangible common equity or tangible assets.

The following table reconciles, as of the dates set forth below, total shareholders’ equity to tangible common equity and total assets to tangible assets and presents our tangible common equity to tangible assets:

                                 
                                 
    Dec 31, 2015   Sep 30, 2015   Jun 30, 2015   Mar 31, 2015   Dec 31, 2014  
    (Dollars in thousands)
Tangible Common Equity                                
Total shareholders’ equity   $  429,402   $  303,229   $  298,652   $  293,770   $  288,405  
Adjustments:                                
Goodwill      85,291      30,129      30,129      30,129      30,129  
Core deposit intangibles      11,562      3,704      3,852      4,000      4,148  
Tangible common equity   $  332,549   $  269,396   $  264,671   $  259,641   $  254,128  
Tangible Assets                                
Total assets   $  3,786,157   $  2,415,987   $  2,408,951   $  2,252,665   $  2,196,135  
Adjustments:                                
Goodwill      85,291      30,129      30,129      30,129      30,129  
Core deposit intangibles      11,562      3,704      3,852      4,000      4,148  
Tangible assets   $  3,689,304   $  2,382,154   $  2,374,970   $  2,218,536   $  2,161,858  
Tangible Common Equity to Tangible Assets      9.0 %    11.3 %    11.1 %    11.7 %    11.8 %


Allowance for Loan Losses to Total Loans excluding Acquired Loans.  The allowance for loan losses to total loans excluding acquired loans is a non‑GAAP measure used by management to evaluate the Company’s financial condition. Due to the application of purchase accounting, we use this non-GAAP ratio that excludes that impact of these items to evaluate our allowance for loan losses to total loans.  We calculate: (a) total loans excluding acquired loans as total loans less the fair value of acquired loans accounted for under ASC topics 310-20 and 310-30; and (b) allowance for loan losses to total loans excluding acquired loans as the allowance for loan losses divided by total loans excluding acquired loans (as described in clause (a)).  For allowance for loan losses to total loans excluding acquired loans, the most directly comparable financial measure calculated in accordance with GAAP is allowance for loan losses to total loans.

We believe that this measure is important to many investors in the marketplace who are interested in the relative changes from period to period in the allowance for loan losses to total loans excluding acquired loans.  The acquired loans may have a premium or discount associated with them that includes a potential credit loss component with similar characteristics to the allowance for loan losses.  This measure reports the allowance for loan loss coverage to only those loans not accounted for pursuant to ASC topics 310-20 and 310-30 which may assist the investor in evaluating the allowance coverage of loans excluding acquired loans.

The following table reconciles, as of the dates set forth below, allowance for loan losses to total loans excluding acquired loans:

                                 
                                 
    Dec 31, 2015   Sep 30, 2015   Jun 30, 2015   Mar 31, 2015   Dec 31, 2014  
    (Dollars in thousands)
Allowance for loan losses   $  32,947   $  20,724   $  18,292   $  17,542   $  15,605  
Total loans excluding acquired loans                                
Total loans   $  3,130,669   $  1,982,280   $  1,894,742   $  1,810,842   $  1,799,155  
Less: Fair value of acquired loans accounted for under ASC Topics 310-20 and 310-30      1,197,112      172,645      190,815      214,689      238,424  
Total loans excluding acquired loans   $  1,933,557   $  1,809,635   $  1,703,927   $  1,596,153   $  1,560,731  
Allowance for loan losses to total loans excluding acquired loans     1.70 %   1.15 %   1.07 %   1.10 %   1.00 %


Allowance for Loan Losses plus Acquired Loan Net Discount to Total Loans adjusted for Acquired Loan Net Discount. 
Allowance for loan losses plus acquired loan net discount to total loans adjusted for acquired loan net discount is a non‑GAAP measure used by management to evaluate the Company’s financial condition. We calculate: (a) allowance for loan losses plus acquired loan net discount as allowance for loan losses plus acquired loan net discount, net of accumulated amortization; (b) total loans adjusted for acquired loan net discount as total loans plus acquired loan net discount, net of accumulated amortization; and (c) allowance for loan losses plus acquired loan net discount to total loans adjusted for acquired loan net discount as allowance for loan losses plus acquired loan net discount (as calculated in clause (a)) divided by total loans adjusted for acquired loan net discount (as calculated in clause (b)).

We believe that this measure is important to many investors in the marketplace who are interested in the relative changes from period to period in the allowance for loan losses plus the acquired loan net discount to total loans adjusted for the acquired loan net discount.  This measure reports the combined allowance for loan loss and acquired loan net discount (or premium) as a percentage of loans inclusive of the acquired loan net discount (or premium) which may assist the investor in evaluating allowance coverage on loans inclusive of additional discount or premium resulting from purchase accounting adjustments.

The following table reconciles, as of the dates set forth below, allowance for loan losses plus acquired loans net discount to total loans adjusted for acquired loan net discount:

                                 
                                 
    Dec 31, 2015   Sep 30, 2015   Jun 30, 2015   Mar 31, 2015   Dec 31, 2014  
                                 
    (Dollars in thousands)
Allowance for loan losses plus acquired loan net discount                                
Allowance for loan losses at end of period   $  32,947   $  20,724   $  18,292   $  17,542   $  15,605  
Plus: Net discount on acquired loans      25,348      2,580      2,771      3,474      4,081  
Total allowance plus acquired loan net discount   $  58,295   $  23,304   $  21,063   $  21,016   $  19,686  
                                 
Total loans adjusted for acquired loan net discount                                
Total loans   $  3,130,669   $  1,982,280   $  1,894,742   $  1,810,842   $  1,799,155  
Plus: Net discount on acquired loans      25,348      2,580      2,771      3,474      4,081  
Total loans adjusted for acquired loan net discount   $  3,156,017   $  1,984,860   $  1,897,513   $  1,814,316   $  1,803,236  
Allowance for loan losses plus acquired loan net discount loans to total loans adjusted for acquired loan net discount     1.85 %   1.17 %   1.11 %   1.16 %   1.09 %


Selected Metrics Excluding One-time Acquisition Expenses. 
The selected metrics excluding one-time acquisition expenses are non‑GAAP measures used by management to evaluate the Company’s performance. We calculate: (a) noninterest expense excluding one-time acquisition expenses as total noninterest expense less the one-time acquisition expenses; (b) net income excluding one-time acquisition expenses as net income plus one-time acquisition expenses, net of taxes; (c) diluted earnings per share excluding one-time acquisition expenses as net income excluding one-time acquisition expenses (as calculated in clause (b)) divided by the weighted average diluted shares outstanding; (d) return on average assets excluding one-time acquisition expenses as net income excluding one-time acquisition expenses (as calculated in clause (b)) divided by average total assets; (e) return on average equity excluding one-time acquisition expenses as net income excluding one-time acquisition expenses (as calculated in clause (b)) divided by average total shareholders’ equity; and (f) efficiency ratio excluding one-time acquisition expenses as noninterest expense excluding one-time acquisition expenses (as calculated in clause (a)) divided by the sum of net interest income and noninterest income.  For noninterest expense excluding one-time acquisition expenses, the most comparable financial measure calculated in accordance with GAAP is noninterest expense. For net income excluding one-time acquisition expenses, the most comparable financial measure calculated in accordance with GAAP is net income. For diluted earnings per share excluding one-time acquisition expenses, the most comparable financial measure calculated in accordance with GAAP is diluted earnings per share. For return on average assets excluding one-time acquisition expenses, the most comparable financial measure calculated in accordance with GAAP is return on average assets. For return on average equity excluding one-time acquisition expenses, the most comparable financial measure calculated in accordance with GAAP is return on average equity. For the efficiency ratio excluding one-time acquisition expenses, the most comparable financial measure calculated in accordance with GAAP is the efficiency ratio.

We believe that these measures are important to many investors in the marketplace who are interested in changes from period to period in noninterest expense, net income, diluted earnings per share, return on average assets, return on average equity and efficiency ratio with the exclusion of one-time acquisition expenses.

The following table reconciles, as of the dates set forth below, the selected metrics excluding one-time acquisition expenses:

                                             
                                             
    For the Quarter Ended   For the
 Year Ended
 
    Dec 31, 2015   Sep 30, 2015   Jun 30, 2015   Mar 31, 2015   Dec 31, 2014   Dec 31, 2015   Dec 31, 2014  
                                             
    (In thousands, except per share data)  
Noninterest Expense Excluding One-time Acquisition Expenses                                            
Total noninterest expense   $  21,472   $  14,372   $  16,578   $  13,756   $  17,880   $  66,178   $  52,433  
Less: One-time acquisition expenses      1,846      808      1,996      226      4,290      4,876      5,226  
Noninterest expense excluding one-time acquisition expenses   $  19,626   $  13,564   $  14,582   $  13,530   $  13,590   $  61,302   $  47,207  
                                             
Net Income Excluding One-time Acquisition Expenses                                            
Net Income   $  2,573   $  4,079   $  4,138   $  4,649   $  2,047   $  15,439   $  14,742  
Plus: One-time acquisition expenses, net of taxes      2,057      525      1,297      147      2,788      4,026      3,397  
Net income excluding one-time acquisition expenses   $  4,630   $  4,604   $  5,435   $  4,796   $  4,835   $  19,465   $  18,139  
                                             
Weighted average diluted shares outstanding      36,854      26,551      26,518      26,359      26,592      29,096      22,915  
Diluted earnings per share   $  0.07   $  0.15   $  0.16   $  0.18   $  0.08   $  0.53   $  0.64  
Diluted earnings per share, excluding one-time acquisition expenses      0.13      0.17      0.20      0.18      0.18      0.67      0.79  
                                             
Average Total Assets   $  3,761,050   $  2,395,556   $  2,273,297   $  2,207,869   $  2,134,814   $  2,662,919   $  1,873,163  
Return on average assets      0.27 %    0.68 %    0.73 %    0.85 %    0.38 %    0.58 %    0.79 %
Return on average assets, excluding one-time acquisition expenses      0.49      0.76      0.96      0.88      0.90      0.73      0.97  
                                             
Average Common Shareholders' equity   $  429,527   $  301,370   $  296,259   $  291,674   $  286,660   $  330,007   $  232,868  
Return on average equity      2.38 %    5.37 %    5.60 %    6.46 %    2.83 %    4.68 %    6.33 %
Return on average equity, excluding one-time acquisition expenses      4.28      6.06      7.36      6.67      6.69      5.90      7.79  
                                             
Net interest income   $  35,007   $  21,162   $  20,923   $  20,516   $  20,283   $  97,608   $  70,177  
Noninterest Income   $  4,276   $  2,871   $  2,955   $  2,085   $  2,137   $  12,187   $  8,056  
                                             
Efficiency ratio      54.66 %    59.80 %    69.43 %    60.86 %    79.75 %    60.27 %    67.02 %
Efficiency ratio, excluding one-time acquisition expenses      49.96      56.44      61.07      59.86      60.62      55.83      60.34  


Pre-tax, Pre-provision Adjusted Net Income. 
Pre-tax, pre-provision adjusted net income is a non‑GAAP measure used by management to evaluate the Company’s financial condition. We calculate pre-tax, pre-provision adjusted net income as net income plus provision for income taxes, plus provision for loan losses, plus one-time acquisition expenses.  For pre-tax, pre-provision adjusted net income, the most directly comparable financial measure calculated in accordance with GAAP is net income.

We believe that this measure is important to many investors in the marketplace who are interested in understanding the operating performance of the company before provision for loan losses, which can vary from quarter to quarter, and income taxes.   

The following table reconciles, as of the dates set forth below, pre-tax, pre-provision adjusted net income:

                                           
    For the Quarter Ended   For the
 Year Ended
    Dec 31, 2015   Sep 30, 2015   Jun 30, 2015   Mar 31, 2015   Dec 31, 2014   Dec 31, 2015   Dec 31, 2014
                                           
    (Dollars in thousands)            
Pre-Tax, Pre-Provision Adjusted Net Income                                          
Net Income   $  2,573   $  4,079   $  4,138   $  4,649   $  2,047   $  15,439   $  14,742
Plus: Provision on income taxes      2,738      2,528      2,357      2,691      1,243      10,314      8,365
Plus: Provision for loan losses      12,500      3,054      805      1,505      1,250      17,864      2,693
Plus: One-time acquisition expenses      1,846      808      1,996      226      4,290      4,876      5,226
Total pre-tax, pre-provision adjusted net income   $  19,657   $  10,469   $  9,296   $  9,071   $  8,830   $  48,493   $  31,026

 

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