AB&T growth gets boost from federal PPP loan participation

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May 3—ALBANY — Community Capital Bancshares Inc. recently announced results for its first quarter of 2021. Highlights for the first quarter of 2021 compared to first quarter 2020 include:

—Net income increased 46.4%.

—Net revenue grew 6.4%.

—Non-interest income for the quarter was down 14.7% due to lower account service charges and secondary market mortgage revenue.

—Non-interest expense declined 7.0% due to better expense control.

—Average loans increased 8.3%.

—Average deposits grew 42.6%, and average non-interest-bearing demand deposits were up 56.0%.

—Asset quality remained strong with a 1.52% allowance for losses on loans and leases as a percent of total loans.

—Fully diluted earnings per share increased 46.2% to $0.46 for the quarter.

—Fully diluted book value per share stood at $14.76 at the end of the first quarter 2021, up 12.0% from the end of the first quarter 2020. AB&T's trend of growing net income and earnings per share continued in the first quarter of 2021 as net income was 46.4% and earnings per fully-diluted share were 46.2% above the same quarter in 2020. The combination of higher net interest income and lower non-interest expense resulted in record net income for a fiscal quarter.

Average Loans were higher than 1Q '20 by 8.3% and average deposits jumped 42.6%. for the same period. Average non-interest-bearing deposits grew 56.0% compared to the same period in 2020. The growth in loans and deposits was fueled, in part, by the bank's active participation in the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), which was created by Congress to mitigate the economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, the first quarter of 2021 saw an increase in deposits from new relationships coming to the bank.

The bank's asset quality also remained strong with non-performing assets as a percent of total assets standing at only 0.05% at quarter-end. The bank's allowance for losses on loans and leases as a percent of total loans at quarter-end was 1.52% of total loans, including PPP loans. Net charge-offs for 1Q '21 were 0.0%.

In spite of the growth in average stockholders' equity of 12.3% from 1Q '20 to 1Q '21, the phenomenal growth in deposits produced a decline in Tier 1 capital to 7.67% as a percentage of average assets. However, the common equity Tier 1 ratio and total capital ratio improved to 12.45% and 13.71%, respectively, at quarter-end.

As of March 31, the bank reported fully diluted book value per share of $14.76.

As Georgia, the United States and the world began to emerge from the pandemic, AB&T continued its march toward providing superior financial returns to shareholders. The bank was an active participant in the third round of PPP, providing more than $8 million in additional loans to help customers navigate the late-stage economic consequences of the pandemic. The bank's ability to efficiently and effectively operate through the pandemic is a testament to the character of its associates and their passion for going above and beyond to help the bank's clients and community traverse these unprecedented times.

At AB&T, all our efforts will continue to be focused on realizing our vision of becoming the Gold Standard of community banking.