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Middleburg Financial Corporation Announces 2012 Fourth Quarter Earings

Middleburg Financial Corporation, parent company of Middleburg Bank, today reported its financial results for the fourth quarter of 2012.


MIDDLEBURG, Va., Feb. 1, 2013  -- Middleburg Financial Corporation (the "Company") (Nasdaq: MBRG), today announced net income of $1.4 million or $0.20 per share for the fourth quarter of 2012.
 
"We are pleased to see the $1.5 million improvement in our net income compared to last year, representing a 31% increase for Middleburg Financial Corporation. Moreover, each of our three primary subsidiaries, Middleburg Bank, Middleburg Investment Group and Southern Trust Mortgage each contributed to the bottom line leading to the continued earnings improvements," commented Gary R. Shook, president and CEO of Middleburg Financial Corporation. " Our management team and employees remain focused upon improving both top line revenue as well as overall efficiency of the Company. The trends we saw in 2012 are positive indicators of the success of these efforts."
 
Fourth Quarter 2012 Highlights:
 
 
Total Revenue
Total revenue was $17.5 million in the quarter ended December 31, 2012, unchanged compared to the previous quarter and a decrease of $309,000 or 1.7% from the quarter ended December 31, 2011. Although the non interest income was lower compared to the previous quarter, this was offset by the higher net interest income. This balance between spread and fee income enables the Company to grow revenues in challenging low yield environments which have continued to pressure net interest income.
 
The net interest margin for the three months ended December 31, 2012 was 3.42%, compared to 3.28% for the previous quarter, and 3.67% for the quarter ended December 31, 2011, representing an increase of 14 basis points from the previous quarter and a decrease of 15 basis points compared to the quarter ended December 31, 2011.
 
Net interest income was $9.6 million during the three months ended December 31, 2012, which was 3.6% higher than the quarter ended September 30, 2012 and a decrease of 2.4% compared to the quarter ended December 31, 2011. The yield on average earning assets was 4.08% for the quarter ended December 31, 2012 compared to 4.03% for the previous quarter and 4.55% for the quarter ended December 31, 2011, representing an increase of 5 basis points from the previous quarter and a decrease of 47 basis points from the quarter ended December 31, 2011. Loan yields increased by 3 basis points while the yield for the securities portfolio decreased by 8 basis points from the previous quarter.
 
The average annualized cost of interest bearing liabilities was 0.82% for the quarter ended December 31, 2012, compared to 0.93% in the previous quarter, and 1.07% for the quarter ended December 31, 2011, representing a decrease of 11 basis points from the previous quarter and a decrease of 25 basis points from the quarter ended December 31, 2011. Annualized costs for interest bearing retail deposits decreased by 12 basis points from the previous quarter to 0.72% from 0.84% and decreased by 27 basis points from the same quarter last year. The decline in the annualized cost of interest bearing retail deposits from both the previous quarter and the same quarter last year was due to reduced interest expenses broadly across deposit categories, including interest checking, savings and time deposits. Annualized costs for wholesale borrowings (excluding brokered deposits) decreased by 5 basis points to 1.47% from 1.52% from the previous quarter and increased by 8 basis points from the quarter ended December 31, 2011.
 
Cost of funds is calculated by dividing annualized total interest expense by the sum of average interest bearing liabilities and average demand deposits. Cost of funds was 0.69% for the quarter ended December 31, 2012 compared to 0.79% for the quarter ended September 30, 2012, a decrease of 10 basis points. Cost of funds decreased 23 basis points compared to the quarter ended December 31, 2011.
 
The Company's net interest margin is not a measurement under accounting principles generally accepted in the United States, but it is a common measure used by the financial services industry to determine how profitably earning assets are funded. The Company's net interest margin is calculated by dividing tax equivalent net interest income by total average earning assets. Tax equivalent net interest income is calculated by grossing up interest income for the amounts that are non-taxable (i.e., municipal income) then subtracting interest expense. The tax rate utilized is 34%. Details on the calculation of the net interest margin are included in the "Key Statistics" table.
 
Non-interest income decreased by $337,000 or 4.1% when comparing the quarter ended December 31, 2012 to the previous quarter and increased by $96,000 or 1.2% compared to the quarter ended December 31, 2011. Gains on mortgage loan sales decreased by 3.8% when comparing the quarter ended December 31, 2012 to the previous quarter and increased by 3.9% when compared to the quarter ended December 31, 2011. Gains on mortgage loan sales included in the accompanying statements of income are presented net of originator commissions incurred to originate the loans.
 
Southern Trust Mortgage closed $249.2 million in mortgage loans during the quarter ended December 31, 2012 compared to $251.2 million closed during the previous quarter, and $212.2 million closed during the quarter ended December 31, 2011, unchanged compared to the previous quarter and an increase of 17.4% when comparing the same calendar quarters.
 
The revenues and expenses of Southern Trust Mortgage for the three month periods ended December 31, 2012 and December 31, 2011 are reflected in the Company's financial statements on a consolidated basis following generally accepted accounting principles in the United States. The outstanding equity interest not held by the Company is reported on the Company's balance sheets as "Non-controlling interest in consolidated subsidiary" and the earnings or loss attributable to the non-controlling interest is reported on the Company's statements of income as "Net (income) / loss attributable to non-controlling interest."
 
Total revenue generated by our wealth management group, Middleburg Investment Group ("MIG") was $1.0 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2012 compared to $1.2 million in the previous quarter and $1.1 million in the quarter ended December 31, 2011. Middleburg Investment Group is comprised of Middleburg Trust Company, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Company and Middleburg Investment Services, which is a division of Middleburg Bank. Fee income is based primarily upon the market value of the accounts under administration. Total consolidated assets under administration by MIG were at $1.5 billion at December 31, 2012, an increase of 8% relative to December 31, 2011.
 
Mr. Shook went on to say, " It is certainly worth noting the increase in the bottom line for Middleburg Investment Group looking at 2012 over 2011. MIG provided $538,000 to the Company, which constitutes a 670% increase. We attribute these changes to continued growth in assets under our care and the synergies available from greater efficiencies in the operating structure. With approximately $1.5 Billion now under our care we look to MIG for greater contributions to Middleburg Financial Corporation going forward."
 
Net securities losses were $7,000 during the quarter ended December 31, 2012 compared to gains of $164,000 during the previous quarter and gains of $197,000 during the quarter ended December 31, 2011.
 
 
Non-Interest Expense
Total non-interest expense in the fourth quarter of 2012 was unchanged compared to the previous quarter and decreased by $2.5 million or 15.3% compared to the quarter ended December 31, 2011.
Salaries and employee benefit expenses increased by $1 million or 13.8% when comparing the fourth quarter of 2012 to the previous quarter. Salaries and employee benefits decreased by $1.7 million or 17.1% versus the fourth quarter of 2011. The increase in salaries and employee benefit expenses were related to accrual of incentive compensation and staffing increases at the mortgage company.
 
Expenses related to Other Real Estate Owned ("OREO") decreased by $1.45 million when comparing the fourth quarter of 2012 to the previous quarter and decreased by $870,000 versus the quarter ended December 31, 2011.
 
Advertising expense was unchanged during the quarter and increased by $123,000 or 24.0% from the quarter ended December 31, 2011. Advertising expense for the full year 2012 was $2.0 million compared to $1.4 million during 2011, an increase of 45.4%. The increase in advertising expense was primarily related to our mortgage banking activities.
 
The Company's efficiency ratio was 76.5% for the fourth quarter of 2012, compared to an efficiency ratio of 83.6% for the fourth quarter of 2011. The efficiency ratio is not a measurement under accounting principles generally accepted in the United States. The Company calculates its efficiency ratio by dividing non interest expense (adjusted for amortization of intangibles, other real estate expenses, and non-recurring one-time charges) by the sum of tax equivalent net interest income and non interest income excluding gains and losses on the investment portfolio. The tax rate utilized in calculating tax equivalent amounts is 34%. The Company calculates and reviews this ratio as a means of evaluating operational efficiency. Prior to March 31, 2012, the Company did not exclude amortization of intangibles and other real estate expenses from total non-interest expense. The efficiency ratios for the periods ended December 31, 2011 and prior and included in tables in this release have been restated for consistent presentation.
 
 
Asset Quality and Provision for Loan Losses
The provision for loan losses in the quarter ended December 31, 2012 was $1.3 million compared to a provision of $635,000 in the previous quarter and a provision of $319,000 in the quarter ended December 31, 2011. The increase in provision in the fourth quarter of 2012 was related to the loan growth during the quarter and due to increased reserves for certain existing problem loans that had experienced further credit deterioration during the quarter.
 
The Allowance for Loan and Lease Losses (ALLL) was $14.3 million representing 2.02% of loans held for investment at December 31, 2012 and $14.6 million representing 2.18% of loans held for investment at December 31, 2011. The decrease in the ALLL balance as a percentage of loans held for investment occurred primarily as a result of an increase in the balance of loans held for investment and the net result of loans charged off during the period versus the provision for loan losses during the period. Loans held for investment increased approximately $38.1 million from December 31, 2011 to December 31, 2012.
 
Loans that were delinquent for more than 90 days and still accruing were $1.0 million as of December 31, 2012 compared to $860,000 as of September 30, 2012, and $1.2 million as of December 31, 2011, representing an increase of 21.4%. compared to the previous quarter and a 15.3% decrease compared to the quarter ended December 31, 2011.
 
Non-accrual loans were $21.7 million at the end of the fourth quarter compared to $22.7 million as of September 30, 2012 and $25.3 million at December 31, 2011, representing a decrease of 4.4% during the fourth quarter of 2012 and a decrease of 14.6% since December 31, 2011. Troubled debt restructurings that were performing as agreed were $5.1 million at the end of the fourth quarter, compared to $4.3 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2012, representing an increase of 19.3% during the quarter. Other Real Estate Owned (OREO) was $9.9 million as of December 31, 2012 compared to $11.9 million as of September 30, 2012, representing a decrease of 16.8% during the fourth quarter. Total non-performing assets were $37.8 million or 3.0% of total assets at December 31, 2012, compared to $39.8 million or 3.2% of total assets as of September 30, 2012 and $38.9 million or 3.3% of total assets.
 
The net loan charge-offs during the fourth quarter of 2012 were $911,000 compared to charge-offs of $1.7 million for the previous quarter and $820,000 in net loan charge-offs for the quarter ended December 31, 2011.
 
 
Total Consolidated Assets
Total assets at December 31, 2012 were $1.2 billion, unchanged from September 30, 2012 and an increase of 3.7% from December 31, 2011.
 
Total loans held for investment increased by $17.1 million or 2.5% in the fourth quarter of 2012 from the end of the third quarter. Loans held for investment increased by $38.1 million or 5.7% from December 31, 2011. The securities portfolio (excluding restricted stock) increased by $11.0 million or 3.6% in the fourth quarter relative to the previous quarter and increased by $11.2 million or 3.6% from December 31, 2011. Balances of mortgages held for sale decreased by $10.4 million or 11.2% at December 31, 2012 compared to the previous quarter end balance. Cash balances and deposits at other banks decreased by 23.9% at the end of the fourth quarter of 2012 compared to the previous quarter end and increased by $3.1 million or 6.1% from the balances at December 31, 2011.
 
 
Deposits and Other Borrowings
Total deposits decreased by $2.5 million or 0.3% from September 30, 2012 to December 31, 2012 and increased by $52.0 million or 5.6% from December 31, 2011. Brokered deposits, including CDARS program funds, were $55.8 million at December 31, 2012, down 19.9% from September 30, 2012. FHLB advances were $77.9 million at December 31, 2012, lower by $5 million or 6.9% compared to September 30, 2012.
 
 
Equity and Capital
Shareholders' equity attributable to Middleburg Financial Corporation shareholders at December 31, 2012 was $113.9 million, compared to $112.5 million as of September 30, 2012 and $105.9 million at December 31, 2011. Retained earnings at December 31, 2012 were $46.2 million compared to $45.2 million at September 30, 2012 and $41.2 million at December 31, 2011. The book value of the Company's common stock at December 31, 2012 was $16.15 per share versus $15.96 per share at September 30, 2012.
 
The Company's total risk-based capital ratio continued to increase to 15.4% as of December 31, 2012 from 15.2% at September 30, 2012 and 14.7% at December 31, 2011. The Tier 1 risk-based capital ratio also increased from 13.5% at December 31, 2011 to 14.1% at December 31, 2012 and the Tier 1 Leverage Ratio increased to 9.1% from 8.8% at December 31, 2011.
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