KS Bancorp, Inc. (KSBI) Announces Fourth Quarter 2023 Financial Results and Cash Dividend

SMITHFIELD, NC / ACCESSWIRE / January 31, 2024 / KS Bancorp, Inc. (the "Company") (OTC PINK:KSBI), parent company of KS Bank, Inc. (the "Bank"), announced unaudited results for the fourth quarter of 2023.

The Company reported net income of $1.5 million or $1.35 per diluted share, for the three months ended December 31, 2023, compared to net income of $2.3 million or $2.11 per diluted share, for the three months ended December 31, 2022. The decrease in net income of $833,000 was primarily attributable to the increased cost of funds as a result of the rising rate environment of 2022 and 2023.

For the twelve months ended December 31, 2023, the Company reported net income $6.2 million, or $5.60 per diluted share compared to $7.6 million, or $6.82 per diluted share for the twelve months ended December 31, 2021.

Net interest income before the provision for credit losses for the three months ended December 31, 2023 was $5.0 million compared to $5.9 million at December 31, 2022. Noninterest income for the three months ended December 31, 2023 was $840,000, compared to $782,000 for the comparable period ended December 31, 2022. Noninterest expense was $3.9 million for the three months ended December 31, 2023, compared to $3.7 million in the comparable period in 2022.

For the twelve months ended December 31, 2023, net interest income before the provision for credit losses was $20.3 million, compared to $20.4 million for the twelve months ended December 31, 2022. Noninterest income was $3.2 million for the twelve month period ending December 31, 2023 compared to $3.3 million for the same period ended December 31, 2022. Included in the noninterest income for the twelve months ended December 31, 2022 was a one time gain of $230,000 on the sale of other real estate owned, and a $82,000 gain on the prepayment of Federal Home Loan Bank advances. For the twelve months ended December 31, 2023, noninterest expenses was $15.3 million, compared to $14.1 million for the same period ending December 31, 2022. This increase is primarily attributable to increases in staffing, compensation, and benefits.

The Company's unaudited consolidated total assets increased $67.2 million, to $613.6 million at December 31, 2023, compared to $546.4 million at December 31, 2022. Net loan balances increased by $59.2 million to $472.9 million at December 31, 2023, compared to $413.7 million at December 31, 2022. The Company's investment securities totaled $98.0 million at December 31, 2023, compared to $98.5 million at December 31, 2022. Total deposits increased $63.4 million to $545.0 million at December 31, 2023, compared to $481.6 million at December 31, 2022. The increase deposits included a $40.8 million increase in core deposits. For the twelve months ended December 31, 2023, short-term borrowings decreased $5.0 million. Total stockholders' equity increased $8.2 million to $40.4 million at December 31, 2023, from $32.2 million at December 31, 2022. The increase in stockholders equity is primarily attributable to $6.2 million increase in retained earnings as a result of net income. In addition, accumulated other comprehensive income declined $2.0 million for twelve months ended December 31, 2023, as compared to December 31, 2022.

At December 31, 2023, nonperforming assets consisted of nonaccrual loans of $892,000, which represented less than 0.20% of the Company's total assets. There were no foreclosed real estate owned at December 31, 2023. The allowance for credit losses at December 31, 2023 totaled $3.8 million, or 0.79% of total loans.

Commenting on the fourth quarter results, Earl W. Worley, Jr., President and CEO of the Company, "KS Bank had a tremendous year in terms of balance sheet growth. Net total assets increased $67.2 million or 12.3% for the year. Our net loans and deposits increased $59.2 million or 14.3% and $63.4 million or 13.2%, respectively. We are proud of the new relationships that we continue to build within each community we serve that is fueling our asset growth. In addition, while net income decreased primarily due to the significant increase in net interest expense, the net income result of $6.2 million for 2023 was the second highest reported net income in the history of the company. The significant increase in interest rates and the pace of increase during late 2022 and 2023 have been challenging. As interest rates moderate, we are poised to continue to generate positive results for all of our stakeholders."

In addition, the Company announced today that its Board of Directors has declared a quarterly dividend of $0.25 per share for stockholders of record as of January 29, 2024 with payment to be made on February 8, 2024.

KS Bank continues to be well capitalized according to regulatory standards with a Community Bank Leverage Ratio of 9.67%, compared to 9.44% at December 31, 2022.

KS Bancorp, Inc. is a Smithfield, North Carolina-based single bank holding company. KS Bank, Inc., a state-chartered savings bank, is KS Bancorp's sole subsidiary. The Bank is a full service community bank serving the citizens of eastern North Carolina since 1924. The Bank offers a broad range of personal and business banking products and services, mortgage products and trust services. There are nine full service branches located in Kenly, Selma, Clayton, Garner, Goldsboro, Wilson, Wendell, Smithfield, and Four Oaks, North Carolina. There is a loan production office in Dunn, NC which opened in April, 2022. Additionally, the Bank has received regulatory approval to build a full service branch in Dunn, NC to be completed by the end second quarter of 2024. For more information, visit www.ksbankinc.com.

This release contains certain forward-looking statements with respect to the financial condition, results of operations and business of the Company. These forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties and are based on the beliefs and assumptions of management of the Company and on the information available to management at the time that these disclosures were prepared. These statements can be identified by the use of words like "expect," "anticipate," "estimate" and "believe," variations of these words and other similar expressions. Readers should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements as a number of important factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements. The Company undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements.

Contact: Earl W. Worley, Jr.
President and Chief Executive Officer
(919) 938-3101

Regina J Smith
Chief Financial Officer
(919) 938-3101

KS Bancorp, Inc. and Subsidiary
Consolidated Statements of Financial Condition
December 31, 2023
(unaudited)
December 31, 2022*
(Dollars in thousands)
ASSETS
Cash and due from banks:
Interest-earning
$15,962 $4,558
Noninterest-earning
2,983 3,162
Time Deposit
500 5,100
Investment securities available for sale, at fair value
98,047 98,576
Federal Home Loan Bank stock, at cost
978 1,021
Loans
476,679 418,809
Less allowance for loan losses
(3,765) (5,069)
Net loans
472,914 413,740
Accrued interest receivable
2,389 2,093
Foreclosed assets, net
- -
Property and equipment, net
11,050 9,347
Other assets
8,788 8,753
Total assets
$613,611 $546,350
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY
Liabilities
Deposits
$545,038 $481,565
Short-term borrowings
$12,000 $17,028
Long-term borrowings
11,248 11,248
Accrued interest payable
432 117
Accrued expenses and other liabilities
4,415 4,156
Total liabilities
573,133 514,114
Stockholder's Equity:

Preferred stock, no par value, 500,000 shares authorized; none issued and outstanding

Common stock, no par value, 3,500,000 shares authorized; 1,107,776 shares issued and outstanding at December 31, 2023 and 2022, respectively
1,359 1,359
Retained earnings, substantially restricted
47,659 41,453
Accumulated other comprehensive Income (loss)
(8,540) (10,576)

Total stockholders' equity
40,478 32,236

Total liabilities and stockholders' equity
$613,611 $546,350

* Derived from audited financial statements
KS Bancorp, Inc and Subsidiary
Consolidated Statements of Income (Unaudited)
Three Months Ended Twelve Months Ended
31-Dec 31-Dec
2023 2022 2023 2022
(In thousands, except per share data)
Interest and dividend income:
Loans
$6,927 $5,481 $25,580 $18,802
Investment securities
Taxable
511 476 1,956 1709
Tax-exempt
203 206 815 773
Dividends
10 14 25 22
Interest-bearing deposits
212 269 1,026 747
Total interest and dividend income
7,863 6,446 $29,402 22,053
Interest expense:
Deposits
2,673 398 8,386 1,051
Borrowings
196 155 761 599
Total interest expense
2,869 553 9,147 1,650
Net interest income
4,994 5,893 20,255 20,403
Provision for loan losses
- - 290 -
Net interest income after
provision for loan losses
4,994 5,893 19,965 20,403
Noninterest income:
Service charges on deposit accounts
332 323 1,317 1,259
Fees from presold mortgages
5 4 18 21
Other income
503 455 1,884 1,996
Total noninterest income
840 782 3,219 3,276
Noninterest expenses:
Compensation and benefits
2,384 2,252 9,480 8,603
Occupancy and equipment
570 584 2,161 2,159
Data processing & outside service fees
237 208 870 826
Advertising
65 49 243 137
Other
693 614 2,592 2,381
Total noninterest expenses
3,949 3,707 15,346 14,106
Income before income taxes
1,885 2,968 7,838 9,573
Income tax
385 635 1,629 2,016
Net income
$1,500 $2,333 $6,209 $7,557
Basic and Diluted earnings per share
$1.35 $2.11 $5.60 $6.82

SOURCE: KS Bancorp, Inc.



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