UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

WASHINGTON, DC 20549

____________________

FORM 10-K

ý   ANNUAL REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE
    SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
    For the fiscal year ended December 31, 2013
    OR
o   TRANSITION REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE
    SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

 

For the transition period from ____________ to ____________

 

(Exact name of Registrant as specified in its charter)

Florida

 

0-13358

 

59-2273542

(State of Incorporation)   (Commission File Number)   (IRS Employer Identification No.)
     

217 North Monroe Street, Tallahassee, Florida

 

32301

(Address of principal executive offices)   (Zip Code)

 

(850) 671-0300

(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)

Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:

 

Title of Each Class Name of Each Exchange on Which Registered
Common Stock, $0.01 par value The Nasdaq Stock Market LLC

Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(g) of the Act: None

Indicate by check mark if the registrant is a well-known seasoned issuer, as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act. Yes o No x

Indicate by check mark if the registrant is not required to file reports pursuant to Section 13 or Section 15(d) of the Exchange Act. Yes o No x

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant (1) has filed all reports required to be filed by Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to file such reports), and (2) has been subject to such filing requirements for the past 90 days. Yes x No o

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant has submitted electronically and posted on its corporate Web site, if any, every Interactive Data File required to be submitted and posted pursuant to Rule 405 of Regulation S-T (§232.405 of this chapter) during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to submit and post such files). Yes x No o

Indicate by check mark if disclosure of delinquent filers pursuant to Item 405 of Regulation S-K is not contained herein, and will not be contained, to the best of registrant’s knowledge, in definitive proxy or information statements incorporated by reference in Part III of this Form 10-K or any amendment to this Form 10-K. o

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, a non-accelerated filer, or a smaller reporting company. See definition of “large accelerated filer,” “accelerated filer,” and “smaller reporting company” in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act

Large accelerated filer o       Accelerated filer x       Non-accelerated filer o       Smaller reporting company o

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a shell company (as defined in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act). Yes o No x

The aggregate market value of the registrant’s common stock, $0.01 par value per share, held by non-affiliates of the registrant on June 30, 2013, the last business day of the registrant’s most recently completed second fiscal quarter, was approximately $120,914,224(based on the closing sales price of the registrant’s common stock on that date). Shares of the registrant’s common stock held by each officer and director and each person known to the registrant to own 10% or more of the outstanding voting power of the registrant have been excluded in that such persons may be deemed to be affiliates. This determination of affiliate status is not a determination for other purposes.

Indicate the number of shares outstanding of each of the issuer’s classes of common stock, as of the latest practicable date.

Class   Outstanding at February 28, 2014
Common Stock, $0.01 par value per share   17,412,900
     

DOCUMENTS INCORPORATED BY REFERENCE


Portions of our Proxy Statement for the Annual Meeting of Shareowners to be held on April 29, 2014, are incorporated by reference in Part III.  

 
 

CAPITAL CITY BANK GROUP, INC.

ANNUAL REPORT FOR 2013 ON FORM 10-K

 

TABLE OF CONTENTS

PART I       PAGE
         
Item 1.   Business   4
Item 1A.   Risk Factors   20
Item 1B.   Unresolved Staff Comments   28
Item 2.   Properties   28
Item 3.   Legal Proceedings   28
Item 4.   Mine Safety Disclosure     28
         
PART II        
         
Item 5.   Market for the Registrant’s Common Equity, Related Shareowner Matters, and Issuer Purchases of Equity Securities   28
Item 6.   Selected Financial Data   30
Item 7.   Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations   31
Item 7A.   Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosure About Market Risk   61
Item 8.   Financial Statements and Supplementary Data   62
Item 9.   Changes in and Disagreements with Accountants on Accounting and Financial Disclosure   102
Item 9A.    Controls and Procedures   102
Item 9B.   Other Information   102
         
PART III         
         
Item 10.   Directors, Executive Officers, and Corporate Governance   104
Item 11.   Executive Compensation   104
Item 12.   Security Ownership of Certain Beneficial Owners and Management and Related Shareowner Matters   104
Item 13.   Certain Relationships and Related Transactions, and Director Independence   104
Item 14.   Principal Accountant Fees and Services   104
         
PART IV        
         
Item 15.   Exhibits and Financial Statement Schedules   105
Signatures   107

 

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INTRODUCTORY NOTE

 

This Annual Report on Form 10-K contains “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements include, among others, statements about our beliefs, plans, objectives, goals, expectations, estimates and intentions that are subject to significant risks and uncertainties and are subject to change based on various factors, many of which are beyond our control. The words “may,” “could,” “should,” “would,” “believe,” “anticipate,” “estimate,” “expect,” “intend,” “plan,” “target,” “goal,” and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements.

 

All forward-looking statements, by their nature, are subject to risks and uncertainties. Our actual future results may differ materially from those set forth in our forward-looking statements.

 

In addition to those risks discussed in this Annual Report under Item 1A Risk Factors, factors that could cause our actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements, include, without limitation:

 

§legislative or regulatory changes, including the Dodd-Frank Act and Basel III;
§our ability to successfully manage interest rate risk, liquidity risk, and other risks inherent to our industry;
§the effects of security breaches and computer viruses that may affect our computer systems;
§the accuracy of our financial statement estimates and assumptions, including the estimates used for our loan loss provision and deferred tax asset valuation allowance;
§continued depression of the market value of the Company that could result in an impairment of goodwill;
§the frequency and magnitude of foreclosure of our loans;
§the effects of our lack of a diversified loan portfolio, including the risks of geographic and industry concentrations;
§the strength of the United States economy in general and the strength of the local economies in which we conduct operations;
§our need and our ability to incur additional debt or equity financing;
§the effects of the health and soundness of other financial institutions;
§our ability to declare and pay dividends;
§changes in the securities and real estate markets;
§changes in monetary and fiscal policies of the U.S. Government;
§inflation, interest rate, market and monetary fluctuations;
§the effects of harsh weather conditions, including hurricanes, and man-made disasters;
§our ability to comply with the extensive laws and regulations to which we are subject;
§our ability to comply with the laws of each jurisdiction where we operate;
§the willingness of clients to accept third-party products and services rather than our products and services and vice versa;
§increased competition and its effect on pricing;
§technological changes;
§negative publicity and the impact on our reputation;
§changes in consumer spending and saving habits;
§growth and profitability of our noninterest income;
§changes in accounting principles, policies, practices or guidelines;
§the limited trading activity of our common stock;
§the concentration of ownership of our common stock;
§anti-takeover provisions under federal and state law as well as our Articles of Incorporation and our Bylaws;
§other risks described from time to time in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission; and
§our ability to manage the risks involved in the foregoing.

 

However, other factors besides those listed in Item 1A Risk Factors or discussed in this Annual Report also could adversely affect our results, and you should not consider any such list of factors to be a complete set of all potential risks or uncertainties. Any forward-looking statements made by us or on our behalf speak only as of the date they are made. We do not undertake to update any forward-looking statement, except as required by applicable law.

 

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PART I

 

Item 1.        Business

 

About Us

 

General

 

Capital City Bank Group, Inc. (“CCBG”) is a bank holding company headquartered in Tallahassee, Florida. CCBG was incorporated under Florida law on December 13, 1982, to acquire five national banks and one state bank that all subsequently became part of CCBG’s bank subsidiary, Capital City Bank (“CCB” or the “Bank”). In this report, the terms “Company,” “we,” “us,” or “our” mean CCBG and all subsidiaries included in our consolidated financial statements.

 

We provide traditional deposit and credit services, asset management, trust, mortgage banking, merchant services, bank cards, data processing, and securities brokerage services through 63 full-service banking locations in Florida, Georgia, and Alabama. CCB operates these banking locations. The majority of our revenue, approximately 78%, is derived from our Florida market areas while approximately 21% and 1% of our revenues are derived from our Georgia and Alabama market areas, respectively.

 

At December 31, 2013, we had total consolidated assets of approximately $2.612 billion, total deposits of approximately $2.136 billion and shareowners’ equity was approximately $276.4 million. Our total assets at year-end 2012 were $2.634 billion and for year-end 2011 totaled $2.641 billion. Total revenue (interest income plus noninterest income) and net income for the last three fiscal years were $138.6 million and $6.0 million, respectively for 2013, $144.9 million and $0.1 million, respectively for 2012, and $158.3 million and $4.9 million, respectively for 2011. Our financial condition and results of operations are more fully discussed in our management discussion and analysis on page 30 and our consolidated financial statements on page 70.

 

Dividends and management fees received from the Bank are our primary source of income. Dividend payments by the Bank to us depend on the capitalization, earnings and projected growth of the Bank, and are limited by various regulatory restrictions. See the section entitled “Regulatory Considerations” in this Item 1 and Note 13 in the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements for a discussion of the restrictions. We had a total of 927 associates at March 1, 2014. Item 6 contains other financial and statistical information about us.

 

Subsidiaries of CCBG

       

CCBG’s principal asset is the capital stock of the CCB, our wholly owned banking subsidiary, which accounted for approximately 100% of consolidated assets at December 31, 2013, and approximately 100% of consolidated net income for the year ended December 31, 2013. In addition to our banking subsidiary, we have three primary indirect subsidiaries, Capital City Trust Company, Capital City Banc Investments, Inc., and Capital City Services Company, all of which are wholly owned subsidiaries of CCB. We also have two direct wholly owned subsidiaries of CCBG, CCBG Capital Trust I and CCBG Capital Trust II, which were formed in connection with two issuances of trust preferred securities. The nature of our primary indirect subsidiaries is provided below.

 

Operating Segment

 

We have one reportable segment with four principal services: Banking Services (CCB), Data Processing Services (Capital City Services Company), Trust and Asset Management Services (Capital City Trust Company), and Brokerage Services (Capital City Banc Investments, Inc.). Revenues from each of these principal services for the year ended 2013 totaled approximately 91.9%, 2.0%, 3.0%, and 3.1% of our total revenue, respectively. In 2012 and 2011, Banking Services (CCB) revenue was approximately 93.1% of our total revenue for each respective year.

 

Capital City Bank

 

CCB is a Florida-chartered full-service bank engaged in the commercial and retail banking business. Significant services offered by the Bank include:

 

§Business Banking – The Bank provides banking services to corporations and other business clients. Credit products are available for a wide variety of general business purposes, including financing for commercial business properties, equipment, inventories and accounts receivable, as well as commercial leasing and letters of credit. We also provide treasury management services, and, through a marketing alliance with Elavon, Inc., merchant credit card transaction processing services.

 

§Commercial Real Estate Lending – The Bank provides a wide range of products to meet the financing needs of commercial developers and investors, residential builders and developers, and community development. Credit products are available to facilitate the purchase of land and/or build structures for business use and for investors who are developing residential or commercial property.

 

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§Residential Real Estate Lending – The Bank provides products to help meet the home financing needs of consumers, including conventional permanent and construction/permanent (fixed, adjustable, or variable rate) financing arrangements, and FHA/VA loan products. The Bank offers both fixed-rate and adjustable rate residential mortgage (ARM) loans. A portion of our loans originated are sold into the secondary market. The Bank offers these products through its existing network of banking offices. We do not originate subprime residential real estate loans.

 

§Retail Credit – The Bank provides a full-range of loan products to meet the needs of consumers, including personal loans, automobile loans, boat/RV loans, home equity loans, and through a marketing alliance with ELAN, we offer credit card programs.

 

§Institutional Banking – The Bank provides banking services to meet the needs of state and local governments, public schools and colleges, charities, membership and not-for-profit associations including customized checking and savings accounts, cash management systems, tax-exempt loans, lines of credit, and term loans.

 

§Retail Banking – The Bank provides a full-range of consumer banking services, including checking accounts, savings programs, automated teller machines (ATMs), debit/credit cards, night deposit services, safe deposit facilities, online banking, and mobile banking. Clients can use Capital City Bank Direct which offers a “live” call center between the hours of 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 9 a.m. to 12 noon on Saturday. The call center can also be accessed via live chat through the internet. Bank Direct also offers an automated phone system offering 24-hour access to client deposit and loan account information and transfer of funds between linked accounts. The Bank is a member of the “Star” ATM Network that permits banking clients to access cash at ATMs or “point-of-sale” merchants.

 

Capital City Trust Company

 

Capital City Trust Company (the “Trust Company”) is the investment management arm of CCB. The Trust Company provides asset management for individuals through agency, personal trust, IRA, and personal investment management accounts. The Trust Company also provides services for the administration of pension, profit sharing, and 401(k) plans. Associations, endowments, and other nonprofit entities hire the Trust Company to manage their investment portfolios. Additionally, a staff of well-trained professionals serves individuals requiring the services of a trustee, personal representative, or a guardian. The market value of trust assets under discretionary management exceeded $634.9 million as of December 31, 2013, with total assets under administration exceeding $730.0 million.

 

Capital City Banc Investments, Inc.

 

Capital City Banc Investments, Inc. offers access to retail investment products through INVEST Financial Corporation, a member of FINRA and SIPC. Non-deposit investment and insurance products are: (i) not FDIC insured; (ii) not deposits, obligations, or guarantees by any bank; and (iii) subject to investment risk, including the possible loss of principal amount invested. Capital City Banc Investments, Inc. offers a full line of retail securities products, including U.S. Government bonds, tax-free municipal bonds, stocks, mutual funds, unit investment trusts, annuities, life insurance and long-term health care. We are not an affiliate of INVEST Financial Corporation.

 

Capital City Services Company

 

Capital City Services Company (the “Services Company”) provides data processing services to financial institutions (including CCB), government agencies, and commercial clients located in North Florida and South Georgia. As of March 1, 2014, the Services Company is providing data processing services to five correspondent banks which have relationships with CCB.

 

Regulatory Matter

 

In late December 2013, the informal board resolutions adopted by the Company’s Board of Directors in February 2010, at the request of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (the “Federal Reserve”), were rescinded. In addition, the informal board resolutions previously adopted by the Bank’s Board of Directors in April 2012, at the request of the Federal Reserve, were also rescinded in late December 2013. These sets of informal board resolutions had restricted the Bank’s ability to declare or pay dividends to the Company and had restricted the Company’s ability to incur any new debt or refinance existing debt, declare any dividends on its common stock, make payments on its trust preferred securities, and redeem shares of its common stock. By rescinding both sets of informal board resolutions, the Company and the Bank are no longer operating under these restrictions. In late December 2013, the Company paid the holders of its trust preferred securities all previously deferred interest.

 

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Underwriting Standards

 

A core goal of CCB is to support the communities in which it operates. The Bank seeks loans from within its primary market area, which is defined as the counties in which the Bank’s offices are located. The Bank will originate loans within its secondary market area, defined as adjacent counties to those in which the Bank has offices. There may also be occasions when the Bank will have opportunities to make loans that are out of both the primary and secondary market areas. These loans will only be approved if the applicant is known to the Bank and applicant’s primary business is within our primary or secondary market area. Approval of all loans is subject to the Bank’s policies and standards described in more detail below.

 

The Bank has adopted comprehensive lending policies, underwriting standards and loan review procedures. Management and the Board of Directors reviews and approves these policies and procedures on a regular basis (at least annually).

 

Management has also implemented reporting systems to monitor loan originations, loan quality, concentrations of credit, loan delinquencies and nonperforming loans and potential problem loans. Bank management and the Credit Risk Oversight Committee periodically review our lines of business to monitor asset quality trends and the appropriateness of credit policies. In addition, total borrower exposure limits are established and concentration risk is monitored. As part of this process, the overall composition of the portfolio is reviewed to gauge diversification of risk, client concentrations, industry group, loan type, geographic area, or other relevant classifications of loans. Specific segments of the portfolio are monitored and reported to the Board on a quarterly basis (i.e., commercial real estate) and have strategic plans in place to supplement Board approved credit policies governing exposure limits and underwriting standards. The Bank recognizes that exceptions to the below-listed policy guidelines may occasionally occur and has established procedures for approving exceptions to these policy guidelines.

 

Residential Real Estate Loans

 

The Bank originates 1-4 family, owner-occupied residential real estate loans in its Residential Real Estate line of business. The Bank’s policy is to underwrite these loans in accordance with secondary market guidelines in effect at the time of origination, including loan-to-value (“LTV”) and documentation requirements. The Bank originates fixed-rate, adjustable-rate and variable- rate residential real estate loans. Over the past four years, the vast majority of residential loan originations have been fixed-rate loans which are sold in the secondary market on a non-recourse basis with related servicing rights (i.e., the Bank does not service sold loans). These loans require private mortgage insurance (“PMI”) if the LTV exceeds 80%. Some of the adjustable-rate residential real estate product is retained in the Bank’s loan portfolio and loans with LTV’s in excess of 85% require PMI. Adjustable rate mortgage (“ARM”) loans with an initial fixed interest rate period greater than three years are sold in the secondary market on a non-recourse basis. The Bank verifies applicants’ income, obtains credit reports and independent real estate appraisals in the underwriting process to ensure adequate collateral coverage and that loans are extended to individuals with good credit and income sufficient to repay the loan. Underwriting documentation is maintained in accordance with secondary market guidelines. The Bank has approved and funded two option ARM loans in the past, but no longer offers an option ARM product. The Bank has never offered subprime loans. Since 2008, the Bank has not offered initial teaser rates on ARM products maintained in the Bank’s portfolio. Prior to 2008, the Bank offered slightly discounted (1%) initial fixed interest rates on ARM loans maintained in the Bank’s loan portfolio.

 

The Bank also originates 1-4 family, owner-occupied residential real estate loans throughout its banking office network. These loans are generally not eligible for sale into the secondary market due to not meeting a specific secondary market underwriting requirement. The product offering is a variable rate 3/1 ARM with a maximum term of 30 years and maximum LTV of 80%. The Bank verifies applicants’ income, obtains credit reports and independent real estate appraisals in the underwriting process to ensure adequate collateral coverage and that loans are extended to individuals with good credit and income sufficient to repay the loan.

 

Residential real estate loans also include home equity lines of credit and home equity loans (“HELOCs”). The Bank’s home equity portfolio includes revolving open-ended equity loans with interest-only or minimal monthly principal payments and closed-end amortizing loans. Open-ended equity loans typically have an interest only ten year draw period followed by a five year repayment period of 0.75% of principal balance monthly and balloon payment at maturity. As of December 31, 2013, approximately 84% of the residential home equity loan portfolio consisted of the revolving open-ended product. Both equity loan products are available for both first mortgage and junior liens. Approximately 58% of the Bank’s $227.9 million residential home equity loan portfolio consisted of first lien mortgages at December 31, 2013. Policy guidelines include the following:

 

§a maximum LTV of 80%, including the first mortgage amount; maximum total debt to income ratio of 40%; minimum Beacon score of 630; not subject to PMI;
§a maximum LTV of 90%, including the first mortgage amount; maximum total debt to income ratio of 30%; minimum Beacon score of 700; not subject to PMI; and
§a maximum LTV of 100%, including the first mortgage amount; maximum total debt to income ratio of 40%; minimum Beacon score of 630; PMI required for full loan amount.

 

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Interest rates may be fixed or adjustable. Adjustable-rate loans are tied to the Prime Rate with a typical margin of 1.0% or more. Adjustable-rate loans are typically underwritten based upon an assumed rate of no lower than 8.0%, being higher if the fully indexed rate is higher. Appraisals are normally required for all residential real estate loans, both those sold to the secondary market and those maintained in the Bank’s loan portfolio. These appraisals are required to comply with regulatory guidance concerning loans secured by primary residences and underwriting standards established for secondary market loan sales. For home equity loans, a drive-by appraisal or tax assessment value may be used in instances where the loan exposure is less than $250,000. A full appraisal is required for home equity loans with total exposure greater than $250,000.

 

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau finalized its ability to repay (“ATR”) rule as well as its qualified mortgage rule in January 2013 (with clarifications adopted in July 2013).  The ATR rule applies to residential mortgage loan applications received after January 14, 2014.  The scope of the rule specifically applies to loans securing 1-4 unit dwellings and includes purchases, refinances and home equity loans for principal or second homes.  Under the ATR rules, a lender may not make a residential mortgage loan unless the lender makes a reasonable and good faith determination that is based on verified, documented information at or before consummation that the borrower has a reasonable ability to repay.  The eight underwriting factors that must be considered and verified include the following: (1) income and assets: (2) employment status; (3) monthly payment of loan; (4) monthly payment of any simultaneous loan secured by the same property; (5) monthly payment for other mortgage-related obligations like property taxes and insurance; (6) current debt obligations; (7) monthly debt to income ratio; and (8) credit history (although eight factors are delineated, the ATR rule does not dictate that a lender follow a particular underwriting model).  Liability for violations of the ATR rule include actual damages, statutory damages and court costs and attorneys’ fees.

 

Additionally, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau published regulations required by the Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010 (“Dodd-Frank”)related to “qualified mortgages,” which are mortgages for which there is a presumption that the lender has satisfied the ATR rules.  Pursuant to Dodd-Frank, qualified mortgages (“QMs”) must have certain product-feature prerequisites and affordability underwriting requirements.  Generally, to meet the QM test, the lender must calculate the  monthly payments based on the highest payment that will apply in the first five years and the consumer must have a total debt-to-income ratio that is less than or equal to 43%.  The QM rule provides a safe harbor to the ATR rules for lenders that make loans that satisfy the definition of a QM and are not higher priced. The Bank expects to originate non-qualified mortgages under certain predefined internal and investor underwriting parameters to be sold to either secondary market investors or held in the Bank’s loan portfolio.

 

Commercial Loans

 

The Bank’s policy sets forth guidelines for debt service coverage ratios, LTV ratios and documentation standards. Commercial loans are primarily made based on identified cash flows of the borrower with consideration given to underlying collateral and personal or other guarantees. The Bank’s policy establishes debt service coverage ratio limits that require a borrower’s cash flow to be sufficient to cover principal and interest payments on all new and existing debt. The majority of the Bank’s commercial loans are secured by the assets being financed or other business assets such as accounts receivable or inventory. Many of the loans in the commercial portfolio have variable interest rates tied to the Prime Rate or U.S. Treasury indices.

 

Commercial Real Estate Loans

 

The Bank’s policy sets forth guidelines for debt service coverage ratios, LTV ratios and documentation standards. Commercial real estate loans are primarily made based on identified cash flows of the borrower with consideration given to underlying real estate collateral and personal guarantees. The Bank’s policy establishes a maximum LTV specific to property type (ranging from 65% for raw land up to 80% for improved properties) and minimum debt service coverage ratio limits that require a borrower’s cash flow to be sufficient to cover principal and interest payments on all new and existing debt. Commercial real estate loans may be fixed or variable-rate loans with interest rates tied to the Prime Rate or U.S. Treasury indices.

 

Bank policy requires appraisals for loans in excess of $250,000 that are secured by real property. Appraisals are required to be prepared by a state-licensed or state-certified appraiser (in accordance with the Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery, and Enforcement Act of 1989 and other applicable regulatory guidelines).

 

Consumer Loans

 

The Bank’s consumer loan portfolio includes personal installment loans, direct and indirect automobile financing, and overdraft lines of credit. The majority of the consumer loan portfolio consists of indirect and direct automobile loans. The majority of the Bank’s consumer loans are short-term and have fixed rates of interest that are set giving consideration to current market interest rates and the financial strength of the borrower. The Bank’s policy establishes maximum debt-to-income ratios, minimum credit scores, and includes guidelines for verification of applicants’ income and receipt of credit reports.

 

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Lending Limits and Extensions of Additional Credit

 

The Bank has established an internal lending limit of $10.0 million for the total aggregate amount of credit that will be extended to a client and any related entities within its Board approved policies. This compares to our legal lending limit of approximately $76 million. In practice, the Bank seeks to maintain an internal lending limit of $7.5 million in order to maintain a well-diversified loan portfolio. As of December 31, 2013, there were four client relationships (including parties affiliated with borrowers) with exposures (including both outstanding balances and amounts available to be drawn) with exposures (including both outstanding balances and amounts available to be drawn) above the $7.5 million level with a cumulative loan exposure of approximately $34.7 million, two of which were classified as special mention.

 

In the normal course of business, the Bank does not extend additional credit to a client who has had a loan charged-off or has a loan classified as substandard. However, as part of the modification process with a troubled client, we may make an additional loan to a borrower (or an advance under an existing loan agreement) as part of the workout process. This is not a normal practice and is typically only undertaken when the client provides a credit enhancement as part of the agreement (i.e., additional collateral, new guarantor, etc.) that provides a material improvement to the loan structure. These types of modifications are reviewed on a case-by-case basis due to their unique nature.

 

In addition, CCB limits the authority of its loan officers to originate, monitor, and collect on loans based on a number of factors, including without limitation, the ability, attitudes, experience, market knowledge, and character of loan officers. All of these factors are considered in assigning individual loan authorities, as well as determining the officer’s responsibilities. Each CCB loan officer has been assigned a loan authority limit. Loans in excess of the officer’s authority are submitted to the Bank’s centralized Credit Administration Department for underwriting and approval if the loan is within the department’s approval limits or to the Bank’s Credit Committee if the loan exceeds the department’s approval limits. These limits have been established in order to better manage credit risk and are based on aggregate debt with the client and related party interests, as described above.

Loan Modification and Restructuring

 

In the normal course of business, CCB receives requests from its clients to renew, extend, refinance, or otherwise modify their current loan obligations. In most cases, this may be the result of a balloon maturity that is typical in most commercial loan agreements, a request to refinance to obtain current market rates of interest, competitive reasons, or the conversion of a construction loan to a permanent financing structure at the completion or stabilization of the property. In these cases, the request is held to the normal underwriting standards and pricing strategies as any other loan request, whether new or renewal.

 

In other cases, we may modify a loan because of a reduction in debt service capacity experienced by the client (i.e., potentially troubled loan whereby the client may be experiencing financial difficulties). To maximize the collection of loan balances, we evaluate troubled loans on a case-by-case basis to determine if a loan modification would be appropriate. We pursue loan modifications when there is a reasonable chance that an appropriate modification would allow our client to continue servicing the debt.

 

For loans secured by residential real estate, if the client demonstrates a loss of income such that the client cannot reasonably support even a modified loan, we may pursue short sales or deed-in-lieu arrangements. For loans secured by income producing commercial properties, we perform a rigorous and ongoing review that is systematic in nature. We review a number of factors, including cash flow, loan structure, collateral value, and guarantees, to identify loans within our income producing commercial loan portfolio that are most likely to experience distress. Based on our review of these factors and our assessment of overall risk, we evaluate the benefits of proactively initiating discussions with our clients to improve a loan’s risk profile.

 

In some cases, we may renegotiate terms of their loans so that they have a higher likelihood of continuing to perform. To date, we have restructured loans in a variety of ways to help our clients service their debt and to mitigate the potential for additional losses. The primary restructuring methods being offered to our residential clients are reductions in interest rates and extensions in terms. For commercial loans, the primary restructuring method is the extensions of terms.

 

Accruing loans with modifications deemed to be economic concessions resulting from borrower difficulties are reported as Troubled Debt Restructurings (“TDRs”). Nonaccruing loans that are modified and demonstrate a history of repayment performance and a probability of future performance in accordance with their modified terms are reclassified to accruing status, typically after a designated period of time, generally six months.

 

Loans that are past due in principal or interest for more than 90 days are placed on nonaccrual status, unless the loan is well-secured and in the process of collection. Bank policy dictates that all loans, whether current or delinquent, to such a past due borrower or related entity be classified. CCB’s historic and current policy prohibits making additional loans to a borrower or any related interest of a borrower who is on nonaccrual status or who is past due in principal or interest more than 90 days, except under certain workout plans when the client provides a credit enhancement as part of the plan (i.e., additional collateral, new guarantor, etc.) and if such extension of credit aids with loss mitigation. These types of modifications are reviewed on a case-by-case basis due to their unique nature.

 

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In some cases, when it is determined that the client does not have the capacity and/or desire to work with the Bank to arrive at an amicable arrangement, we will pursue foreclosure and/or other litigation. These proceedings are subject to the laws of the states in which we operate, primarily Florida and Georgia. The majority of our legal proceedings are in Florida.

 

State law in Florida requires us to foreclose through a court proceeding. As part of our efforts to maximize our recovery, we may temporarily delay foreclosure and seek judgments via lawsuit. This proceeding is typically undertaken in cases where we have found commercial loan clients to be strategically working against the Bank or as a means for us to obtain the original collateral and additional liens in an accelerated manner, (which may allow for faster than normal foreclosure proceeding). For the Bank, there have been very few delays in foreclosure due to documentation weaknesses and they are immaterial to the overall process.

 

Additionally, under certain circumstances, we may convert construction loans to commercial loans. The Bank’s policy regarding residential construction loans (one-to-four family homes financed for home builders) is to only make such construction loans to experienced local builders who have a successful track record with the Bank, and then only when the construction will be in our market, as defined by policy. Each loan is typically made for a period of one year to allow for construction and marketing. After such period, if the property has not been sold, the loan may be extended for an additional six months. If after such extension the property has not been sold, the loan is typically put on an amortizing basis of no more than 20 years. Exceptions to this policy are made when warranted and only after approval from the Bank’s Credit Committee.

The Bank’s policy regarding commercial construction loans (i.e., owner-occupied buildings, project-financing, or income-producing properties) provides for a detailed underwriting and approval process, requires the use of Bank-approved contractors, and delegates administration of the process to the Bank’s central Construction Loan Administration department. These loans normally include an interest-only period (during the construction and stabilization period) and subsequent conversion to a set amortization period depending on property type and policy limits following the construction and stabilization period.

 

Expansion of Business

 

Our philosophy is to build long-term client relationships based on quality service, high ethical standards, and safe and sound banking practices. We maintain a locally oriented, community-based focus, which is augmented by experienced, centralized support in select specialized areas. Our local market orientation is reflected in our network of banking office locations, experienced community executives with a dedicated President for each market, and community boards which support our focus on responding to local banking needs. We strive to offer a broad array of sophisticated products and to provide quality service by empowering associates to make decisions in their local markets.

 

We have sought to build a franchise in small-to medium-sized, less competitive markets, located on the outskirts of the larger metropolitan markets where we are positioned as a market leader. Many of our markets are on the outskirts of these larger markets in close proximity to major interstate thoroughfares such as Interstates I-10 and I-75. Our three largest markets are Tallahassee (Leon-Florida), Gainesville (Alachua-Florida), and Macon (Bibb-Georgia). In 13 of 20 markets in Florida and three of five markets in Georgia, we rank within the top 4 banks in terms of market share. Furthermore, in the counties in which we operate, we maintain an average 8.80% market share in the Florida counties and 6.09% in the Georgia counties, suggesting that there is significant opportunity to grow market share within these geographic areas. The larger employers in many of our markets are state and local governments, healthcare providers, educational institutions, and small businesses. While we realize that the markets in our footprint do not provide for a level of potential growth that the larger metropolitan markets may provide, our markets do provide good growth dynamics and have historically grown in excess of the national average. We strive to provide value added services to our clients by being their banker, not just a bank. This element of our strategy distinguishes Capital City Bank from our competitors.

 

Over the last several years, our growth has been below historical norms. Average loans have declined from $1.935 billion in 2007 to $1.400 billion in 2013. Additionally, as a result of the credit cycle and the overall regulatory environment, we have not pursued additional acquisitions. We are making significant progress toward reducing our level of nonperforming assets, but they remain elevated at 3.26% of total assets at December 31, 2013. Our elevated levels of nonperforming assets combined with lower net interest margins have led to significantly lower earnings for the past six years compared to earnings realized in 2006 and 2007.

 

While our growth is below historical norms, our long-term vision remains to profitably expand our franchise through a combination of organic growth in existing markets and through acquisitions. We have long understood that our core deposit funding base is the predominant driver of our profitability and overall franchise value, and have focused extensively on this component of our organic growth efforts in recent years. While we have not been an active acquirer of banks since 2005, this component of our strategy is still in place.

 

Potential acquisition growth will continue to be focused on Florida, Georgia, and Alabama with a particular focus on financial institutions located on the outskirts of larger, metropolitan areas. Five markets have been identified, four in Florida and one in Georgia, in which management intends to proactively pursue expansion opportunities. These markets include Alachua, Marion, Hernando/Pasco counties in Florida, the western panhandle of Florida, and Bibb and surrounding counties in central Georgia. Our focus on some of these markets may change as we continue to evaluate our strategy and the impact the current economic cycle is having on any individual market. We will also continue to evaluate de novo expansion opportunities in attractive new markets in the event that acquisition opportunities in those markets are not feasible. Other expansion opportunities that will be evaluated include asset management, mortgage banking, and insurance. Embedded in our acquisition strategy is our desire to partner with institutions that are culturally similar, have experienced management and possess either established market presence or have potential for improved profitability through growth, economies of scale, or expanded services. Generally, these target institutions will range in asset size from $100 million to $400 million.

 

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Competition

 

We operate in a highly competitive environment, especially with respect to services and pricing. In addition, the banking business is experiencing enormous changes. In 2009, 140 financial institutions failed in the U.S., including 25 in Georgia and 14 in Florida. In 2010, 157 financial institutions failed in the U.S., including 21 in Georgia and 29 in Florida. In 2011, 92 financial institutions failed in the U.S., including 23 in Georgia and 13 in Florida. In 2012, 51 financial institutions failed in the U.S., including 10 in Georgia and 8 in Florida. In 2013, 24 financial institutions failed in the U.S., including 3 in Georgia and 2 in Florida. Nearly all of the failed banks were community banks. The assets and deposits of many of these failed community banks were acquired mostly by larger financial institutions, and we expect significant consolidation to continue during 2014; however, we expect to continue to see less bank failures. We believe that the larger financial institutions acquiring banks in our market areas are less familiar with the markets in which we operate and typically target a different client base. We believe clients who bank at community banks tend to prefer the relationship style service of community banks compared to larger banks. As a result, we believe the reduction of the number of community banks could further enhance our competitive position and opportunities in many of our markets. Larger financial institutions, however, can benefit from economies of scale. Therefore, these larger institutions may be able to offer banking products and services at more competitive prices than us. Additionally, these larger financial institutions may offer financial products that we do not offer.

 

Our primary market area consists of 20 counties in Florida, five counties in Georgia, and one county in Alabama. In these markets, the Bank competes against a wide range of banking and nonbanking institutions including savings and loan associations, credit unions, money market funds, mutual fund advisory companies, mortgage banking companies, investment banking companies, finance companies and other types of financial institutions. All of Florida’s major banking concerns have a presence in Leon County. CCB’s Leon County deposits totaled $765.3 million, or 35.8% of our consolidated deposits at December 31, 2013.

 

The table below depicts our market share percentage within each county, based on commercial bank deposits within the county.

 

    Market Share as of June 30,(1)  
County    2013     2012     2011  
Florida                  
Alachua      4.5 %     4.5 %     4.2 %
Bradford      51.8 %     52.3 %     52.2 %
Citrus      3.6 %     3.3 %     3.0 %
Clay      1.8 %     1.8 %     1.8 %
Dixie      15.1 %     18.5 %     18.8 %
Gadsden      70.2 %     62.1 %     60.4 %
Gilchrist      40.8 %     42.1 %     34.4 %
Gulf      14.0 %     13.7 %     11.3 %
Hernando      1.9 %     1.9 %     1.8 %
Jefferson      19.8 %     21.4 %     21.3 %
Leon      15.3 %     16.5 %     15.7 %
Levy      27.8 %     28.7 %     28.5 %
Madison      9.0 %     9.7 %     10.0 %
Pasco      0.1 %     0.2 %     0.2 %
Putnam      18.9 %     18.0 %     18.6 %
St. Johns      0.9 %     1.1 %     1.0 %
Suwannee      6.8 %     6.9 %     6.5 %
Taylor      21.8 %     30.8 %     32.0 %
Wakulla      13.6 %     11.7 %     10.9 %
Washington      13.8 %     12.3 %     13.0 %
Georgia                        
Bibb      3.8 %     3.5 %     3.5 %
Burke      12.7 %     8.4 %     8.3 %
Grady     14.6 %     17.4 %     15.8 %
Laurens      9.0 %     10.4 %     10.6 %
Troup      5.1 %     7.2 %     6.1 %
Alabama                        
Chambers      8.1 %     7.7 %     6.8 %

 

(1) Obtained from the June 30, 2013 FDIC Summary of Deposits Report.

 

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The following table sets forth the number of commercial banks and offices, including our offices and our competitors' offices, within each of the respective counties.

 

County  

Number of

Commercial Banks

    Number of
Commercial Bank
Offices
 
Florida            
   Alachua     17       64  
   Bradford     3       3  
   Citrus     13       48  
   Clay     13       30  
   Dixie     4       5  
   Gadsden     3       4  
   Gilchrist     4       7  
   Gulf     3       5  
   Hernando     14       40  
   Jefferson     2       2  
   Leon     17       82  
   Levy     2       11  
   Madison     6       6  
   Pasco     23       110  
   Putnam     6       13  
   St. Johns     21       61  
   Suwannee     5       8  
   Taylor     3       4  
   Wakulla     3       5  
   Washington     6       6  
Georgia                
   Bibb     10       51  
   Burke     5       10  
   Grady     5       8  
   Laurens     10       20  
  Troup     10       24  
Alabama                
   Chambers     6       9  

 

Data obtained from the June 30, 2013 FDIC Summary of Deposits Report.

 

Seasonality

 

We believe our commercial banking operations are not generally seasonal in nature; however, public deposits tend to increase with tax collections in the fourth and first quarters of each year and decline with spending thereafter.

 

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Regulatory Considerations

 

We must comply with state and federal banking laws and regulations that control virtually all aspects of our operations. These laws and regulations generally aim to protect our depositors, not necessarily our shareowners or our creditors. Any changes in applicable laws or regulations may materially affect our business and prospects. Proposed legislative or regulatory changes may also affect our operations. The following description summarizes some of the laws and regulations to which we are subject. References to applicable statutes and regulations are brief summaries, do not purport to be complete, and are qualified in their entirety by reference to such statutes and regulations.

 

The Company

 

We are registered with the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve as a bank holding company under the Bank Holding Company Act of 1956. As a result, we are subject to supervisory regulation and examination by the Federal Reserve. The Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act, the Bank Holding Company Act, and other federal laws subject bank holding companies to particular restrictions on the types of activities in which they may engage, and to a range of supervisory requirements and activities, including regulatory enforcement actions for violations of laws and regulations.

 

Permitted Activities

 

The Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act modernized the U.S. banking system by: (i) allowing bank holding companies that qualify as “financial holding companies” to engage in a broad range of financial and related activities; (ii) allowing insurers and other financial service companies to acquire banks; (iii) removing restrictions that applied to bank holding company ownership of securities firms and mutual fund advisory companies; and (iv) establishing the overall regulatory scheme applicable to bank holding companies that also engage in insurance and securities operations. The general effect of the law was to establish a comprehensive framework to permit affiliations among commercial banks, insurance companies, securities firms, and other financial service providers. Activities that are financial in nature are broadly defined to include not only banking, insurance, and securities activities, but also merchant banking and additional activities that the Federal Reserve, in consultation with the Secretary of the Treasury, determines to be financial in nature, incidental to such financial activities, or complementary activities that do not pose a substantial risk to the safety and soundness of depository institutions or the financial system generally.

 

In contrast to financial holding companies, bank holding companies are limited to managing or controlling banks, furnishing services to or performing services for its subsidiaries, and engaging in other activities that the Federal Reserve determines by regulation or order to be so closely related to banking or managing or controlling banks as to be a proper incident thereto. As a bank holding company that has not elected to be a financial holding company, the restrictions will apply to us. In determining whether a particular activity is permissible, the Federal Reserve must consider whether the performance of such an activity reasonably can be expected to produce benefits to the public that outweigh possible adverse effects. Possible benefits include greater convenience, increased competition, and gains in efficiency. Possible adverse effects include undue concentration of resources, decreased or unfair competition, conflicts of interest, and unsound banking practices. Despite prior approval, the Federal Reserve may order a bank holding company or its subsidiaries to terminate any activity or to terminate ownership or control of any subsidiary when the Federal Reserve has reasonable cause to believe that a serious risk to the financial safety, soundness or stability of any bank subsidiary of that bank holding company may result from such an activity.

 

Changes in Control

 

Subject to certain exceptions, the Bank Holding Company Act and the Change in Bank Control Act, together with the applicable regulations, require Federal Reserve approval (or, depending on the circumstances, no notice of disapproval) prior to any person or company acquiring “control” of a bank or bank holding company. A conclusive presumption of control exists if an individual or company acquires the power, directly or indirectly, to direct the management or policies of an insured depository institution or to vote 25% or more of any class of voting securities of any insured depository institution. A rebuttable presumption of control exists if a person or company acquires 10% or more but less than 25% of any class of voting securities of an insured depository institution and either the institution has registered securities under Section 12 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 or as we will refer to as the Exchange Act, or no other person will own a greater percentage of that class of voting securities immediately after the acquisition. Our common stock is registered under Section 12 of the Exchange Act.

 

The Federal Reserve Board maintains a policy statement on minority equity investments in banks and bank holding companies, that generally permits investors to (i) acquire up to 33% of total equity of a target bank or bank holding company, subject to certain conditions, including (but not limited to) that the investing firm does not acquire 15% or more of any class of voting securities, and (ii) designate at least one director, without triggering the various regulatory requirements associated with control.

 

As a bank holding company, we are required to obtain prior approval from the Federal Reserve before (i) acquiring all or substantially all of the assets of a bank or bank holding company, (ii) acquiring direct or indirect ownership or control of more than 5% of the outstanding voting stock of any bank or bank holding company (unless we own a majority of such bank’s voting shares), or (iii) merging or consolidating with any other bank or bank holding company. In determining whether to approve a proposed bank acquisition, federal bank regulators will consider, among other factors, the effect of the acquisition on competition, the public benefits expected to be received from the acquisition, the projected capital ratios and levels on a post-acquisition basis, and the acquiring institution’s record of addressing the credit needs of the communities it serves, including the needs of low and moderate-income neighborhoods, consistent with the safe and sound operation of the bank, under the Community Reinvestment Act of 1977.

 

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Under Florida law, a person or entity proposing to directly or indirectly acquire control of a Florida bank must also obtain permission from the Florida Office of Financial Regulation. Florida statutes define “control” as either (i) indirectly or directly owning, controlling or having power to vote 25% or more of the voting securities of a bank; (ii) controlling the election of a majority of directors of a bank; (iii) owning, controlling, or having power to vote 10% or more of the voting securities as well as directly or indirectly exercising a controlling influence over management or policies of a bank; or (iv) as determined by the Florida Office of Financial Regulation. These requirements will affect us because CCB is chartered under Florida law and changes in control of CCBG are indirect changes in control of CCB.

 

Tying

 

Bank holding companies and their affiliates are prohibited from tying the provision of certain services, such as extending credit, to other services or products offered by the holding company or its affiliates, such as deposit products.

 

Capital; Dividends; Source of Strength

 

The Federal Reserve imposes certain capital requirements on bank holding companies under the Bank Holding Company Act, including a minimum leverage ratio and a minimum ratio of “qualifying” capital to risk-weighted assets. These requirements are described below under “Capital Regulations.” Subject to its capital requirements and certain other restrictions, we are generally able to borrow money to make a capital contribution to CCB, and such loans may be repaid from dividends paid from CCB to us. We are also able to raise capital for contributions to CCB by issuing securities without having to receive regulatory approval, subject to compliance with federal and state securities laws.

 

In accordance with Federal Reserve policy, which has been codified by the Dodd-Frank Act, we are expected to act as a source of financial strength to CCB and to commit resources to support CCB in circumstances in which we might not otherwise do so. In furtherance of this policy, the Federal Reserve may require a bank holding company to terminate any activity or relinquish control of a nonbank subsidiary (other than a nonbank subsidiary of a bank) upon the Federal Reserve’s determination that such activity or control constitutes a serious risk to the financial soundness or stability of any subsidiary depository institution of the bank holding company. Further, federal bank regulatory authorities have additional discretion to require a bank holding company to divest itself of any bank or nonbank subsidiary if the agency determines that divestiture may aid the depository institution’s financial condition.

 

We suspended payments of dividends to our shareowners in December 2011. On February 27, 2014, our board of directors declared a cash dividend of $0.02 per common share, payable on March 24, 2014 to shareowners of record as of the close of business on March 10, 2014.

 

Capital City Bank

 

CCB is a banking institution that is chartered by and headquartered in the State of Florida, and it is subject to supervision and regulation by the Florida Office of Financial Regulation. The Florida Office of Financial Regulation supervises and regulates all areas of CCB’s operations including, without limitation, the making of loans, the issuance of securities, the conduct of CCB’s corporate affairs, the satisfaction of capital adequacy requirements, the payment of dividends, and the establishment or closing of banking centers. CCB is also a member bank of the Federal Reserve System, which makes CCB’s operations subject to broad federal regulation and oversight by the Federal Reserve. In addition, CCB’s deposit accounts are insured by the FDIC to the maximum extent permitted by law, and the FDIC has certain enforcement powers over CCB.

 

As a state-chartered banking institution in the State of Florida, CCB is empowered by statute, subject to the limitations contained in those statutes, to take and pay interest on, savings and time deposits, to accept demand deposits, to make loans on residential and other real estate, to make consumer and commercial loans, to invest, with certain limitations, in equity securities and in debt obligations of banks and corporations and to provide various other banking services for the benefit of CCB’s customers. Various consumer laws and regulations also affect the operations of CCB, including state usury laws, laws relating to fiduciaries, consumer credit and equal credit opportunity laws, and fair credit reporting. In addition, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation Improvement Act of 1991 (“FDICIA”) prohibits insured state chartered institutions from conducting activities as principal that are not permitted for national banks. A bank, however, may engage in an otherwise prohibited activity if it meets its minimum capital requirements and the FDIC determines that the activity does not present a significant risk to the Deposit Insurance Fund.

 

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Reserves

 

The Federal Reserve requires all depository institutions to maintain reserves against some transaction accounts (primarily NOW and Super NOW checking accounts). The balances maintained to meet the reserve requirements imposed by the Federal Reserve may be used to satisfy liquidity requirements. An institution may borrow from the Federal Reserve Bank “discount window” as a secondary source of funds, provided that the institution meets the Federal Reserve Bank’s credit standards.

 

Dividends

 

CCB is subject to legal limitations on the frequency and amount of dividends that can be paid to us. The Federal Reserve may restrict the ability of CCB to pay dividends if such payments would constitute an unsafe or unsound banking practice.

 

In addition, Florida law and Federal regulation also places restrictions on the declaration of dividends from state chartered banks to their holding companies. Pursuant to the Florida Financial Institutions Code, the board of directors of state-chartered banks, after charging off bad debts, depreciation and other worthless assets, if any, and making provisions for reasonably anticipated future losses on loans and other assets, may quarterly, semi-annually or annually declare a dividend of up to the aggregate net profits of that period combined with the bank’s retained net profits for the preceding two years and, with the approval of the Florida Office of Financial Regulation and Federal Reserve, declare a dividend from retained net profits which accrued prior to the preceding two years. Before declaring such dividends, 20% of the net profits for the preceding period as is covered by the dividend must be transferred to the surplus fund of the bank until this fund becomes equal to the amount of the bank’s common stock then issued and outstanding. A state-chartered bank may not declare any dividend if (i) its net income (loss) from the current year combined with the retained net income (loss) for the preceding two years aggregates a loss or (ii) the payment of such dividend would cause the capital account of the bank to fall below the minimum amount required by law, regulation, order or any written agreement with the Florida Office of Financial Regulation or a federal regulatory agency.

 

Insurance of Accounts and Other Assessments

 

CCB pays its deposit insurance assessments to the Deposit Insurance Fund, which is determined through a risk-based assessment system. Our deposit accounts are currently insured by the Deposit Insurance Fund generally up to a maximum of $250,000 per separately insured depositor.

 

Under the current assessment system, the FDIC assigns an institution to one of four categories designed to measure risk, with the first category having two sub-categories based on the institution’s most recent supervisory and capital evaluations. Total base assessment rates currently range from 0.025% of deposits for an institution in the highest sub-category of the highest category to 0.45% of deposits for an institution in the lowest category.

 

In addition, all FDIC insured institutions are required to pay assessments to the FDIC at an annual rate of approximately six tenths of a basis point of insured deposits to fund interest payments on bonds issued by the Financing Corporation, an agency of the federal government established to recapitalize the predecessor to the Savings Association Insurance Fund. These assessments will continue until the Financing Corporation bonds mature in 2017 through 2019.

 

Under the Federal Deposit Insurance Act, or FDIA, the FDIC may terminate deposit insurance upon a finding that the institution has engaged in unsafe and unsound practices, is in an unsafe or unsound condition to continue operations, or has violated any applicable law, regulation, rule, order or condition imposed by the FDIC.

 

Transactions With Affiliates

 

Pursuant to Sections 23A and 23B of the Federal Reserve Act and Regulation W, the authority of CCB to engage in transactions with related parties or “affiliates” or to make loans to insiders is limited. Loan transactions with an “affiliate” generally must be collateralized and certain transactions between CCB and its “affiliates”, including the sale of assets, the payment of money or the provision of services, must be on terms and conditions that are substantially the same, or at least as favorable to CCB, as those prevailing for comparable nonaffiliated transactions. In addition, CCB generally may not purchase securities issued or underwritten by affiliates.

 

Loans to executive officers, directors or to any person who directly or indirectly, or acting through or in concert with one or more persons, owns, controls or has the power to vote more than 10% of any class of voting securities of a bank, which we refer to as “10% Shareowners,” or to any political or campaign committee the funds or services of which will benefit those executive officers, directors, or 10% Shareowners or which is controlled by those executive officers, directors or 10% Shareowners, are subject to Sections 22(g) and 22(h) of the Federal Reserve Act and their corresponding regulations (Regulation O) and Section 13(k) of the Exchange Act relating to the prohibition on personal loans to executives (which exempts financial institutions in compliance with the insider lending restrictions of Section 22(h) of the Federal Reserve Act). Among other things, these loans must be made on terms substantially the same as those prevailing on transactions made to unaffiliated individuals and certain extensions of credit to those persons must first be approved in advance by a disinterested majority of the entire board of directors. Section 22(h) of the Federal Reserve Act prohibits loans to any of those individuals where the aggregate amount exceeds an amount equal to 15% of an institution’s unimpaired capital and surplus plus an additional 10% of unimpaired capital and surplus in the case of loans that are fully secured by readily marketable collateral, or when the aggregate amount on all of the extensions of credit outstanding to all of these persons would exceed CCB’s unimpaired capital and unimpaired surplus. Section 22(g) identifies limited circumstances in which CCB is permitted to extend credit to executive officers.

 

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Community Reinvestment Act

 

The Community Reinvestment Act and its corresponding regulations are intended to encourage banks to help meet the credit needs of their service area, including low and moderate income neighborhoods, consistent with the safe and sound operations of the banks. These regulations provide for regulatory assessment of a bank’s record in meeting the credit needs of its service area. Federal banking agencies are required to make public a rating of a bank’s performance under the Community Reinvestment Act. The Federal Reserve considers a bank’s Community Reinvestment Act rating when the bank submits an application to establish banking centers, merge, or acquire the assets and assume the liabilities of another bank. In the case of a bank holding company, the Community Reinvestment Act performance record of all banks involved in the merger or acquisition are reviewed in connection with the filing of an application to acquire ownership or control of shares or assets of a bank or to merge with any other bank holding company. An unsatisfactory record can substantially delay or block the transaction. CCB received a satisfactory rating on its most recent Community Reinvestment Act assessment.

 

Capital Regulations

 

The Federal Reserve has adopted risk-based capital adequacy guidelines for bank holding companies and their subsidiary state-chartered banks that are members of the Federal Reserve System. The federal banking regulators have issued final rules that are effective January 1, 2015 for community banks. These final rules are major changes to the current general risk-based capital rule and are designed to substantially conform with the Basel III international standards.

 

The current guidelines require all bank holding companies and federally regulated banks to maintain a minimum risk-based total capital ratio equal to 8%, of which at least 4% must be Tier I Capital. Tier I Capital, which includes common shareholders’ equity, noncumulative perpetual preferred stock, and a limited amount of cumulative perpetual preferred stock and certain trust preferred securities, less certain goodwill items and other intangible assets, is required to equal at least 4% of risk-weighted assets. The remainder (“Tier II Capital”) may consist of (i) an allowance for loan losses of up to 1.25% of risk-weighted assets, (ii) excess of qualifying perpetual preferred stock, (iii) hybrid capital instruments, (iv) perpetual debt, (v) mandatory convertible securities, and (vi) subordinated debt and intermediate-term preferred stock up to 50% of Tier I Capital. Total capital is the sum of Tier I and Tier II Capital less reciprocal holdings of other banking organizations’ capital instruments, investments in unconsolidated subsidiaries and any other deductions as determined by the appropriate regulator (determined on a case by case basis or as a matter of policy after formal rule making).

 

In computing total risk-weighted assets, bank and bank holding company assets are given risk-weights of 0%, 20%, 50% and 100%. In addition, certain off-balance sheet items are given similar credit conversion factors to convert them to asset equivalent amounts to which an appropriate risk-weight will apply. Most loans will be assigned to the 100% risk category, except for performing first mortgage loans fully secured by 1- to 4-family and certain multi-family residential property, which carry a 50% risk rating. Most investment securities (including, primarily, general obligation claims on states or other political subdivisions of the United States) will be assigned to the 20% category, except for municipal or state revenue bonds, which have a 50% risk-weight, and direct obligations of the U.S. Treasury or obligations backed by the full faith and credit of the U.S. Government, which have a 0% risk-weight. In covering off-balance sheet items, direct credit substitutes, including general guarantees and standby letters of credit backing financial obligations, are given a 100% conversion factor. Transaction-related contingencies such as bid bonds, standby letters of credit backing non-financial obligations, and undrawn commitments (including commercial credit lines with an initial maturity of more than one year) have a 50% conversion factor. Short-term commercial letters of credit are converted at 20% and certain short-term unconditionally cancelable commitments have a 0% factor.

 

The federal bank regulatory authorities have also adopted regulations that supplement the risk-based guidelines. These regulations generally require banks and bank holding companies to maintain a minimum level of Tier I Capital to total average assets less goodwill of 4% (the “leverage ratio”). The Federal Reserve permits a bank to maintain a minimum 3% leverage ratio if the bank achieves a 1 rating under the CAMELS rating system in its most recent examination, as long as the bank is not experiencing or anticipating significant growth. The CAMELS rating is a nonpublic system used by bank regulators to rate the strength and weaknesses of financial institutions. The CAMELS rating is comprised of six categories: capital adequacy, asset quality, management, earnings, liquidity, and sensitivity to market risk.

 

Banking organizations experiencing or anticipating significant growth, as well as those organizations which do not satisfy the criteria described above, will be required to maintain a minimum leverage ratio ranging generally from 4% to 5%. The bank regulators also continue to consider a “tangible Tier I leverage ratio” in evaluating proposals for expansion or new activities. The tangible Tier I leverage ratio is the ratio of a banking organization’s Tier I Capital, less deductions for intangibles otherwise includable in Tier I Capital, to total tangible assets.

 

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Federal law and regulations establish a capital-based regulatory scheme designed to promote early intervention for troubled banks and require the FDIC to choose the least expensive resolution of bank failures. The capital-based regulatory framework contains five categories of compliance with regulatory capital requirements, including “well capitalized,” “adequately capitalized,” “undercapitalized,” “significantly undercapitalized,” and “critically undercapitalized.” To qualify as a “well-capitalized” institution, a bank must have a leverage ratio of not less than 5%, a Tier I Capital ratio of not less than 6%, and a total risk-based capital ratio of not less than 10%, and the bank must not be under any order or directive from the appropriate regulatory agency to meet and maintain a specific capital level. Generally, a financial institution must be “well capitalized” before the Federal Reserve will approve an application by a bank holding company to acquire or merge with a bank or bank holding company.

 

Under the regulations, the applicable agency can treat an institution as if it were in the next lower category if the agency determines (after notice and an opportunity for hearing) that the institution is in an unsafe or unsound condition or is engaging in an unsafe or unsound practice. The degree of regulatory scrutiny of a financial institution will increase, and the permissible activities of the institution will decrease, as it moves downward through the capital categories. Institutions that fall into one of the three undercapitalized categories may be required to (i) submit a capital restoration plan; (ii) raise additional capital; (iii) restrict their growth, deposit interest rates, and other activities; (iv) improve their management; (v) eliminate management fees; or (vi) divest themselves of all or a part of their operations. Bank holding companies controlling financial institutions can be called upon to boost the institutions’ capital and to partially guarantee the institutions’ performance under their capital restoration plans. It should be noted that the minimum ratios referred to above are merely guidelines and the bank regulators possess the discretionary authority to require higher capital ratios.

 

As of December 31, 2013, we exceeded the requirements contained in the applicable regulations, policies and directives pertaining to capital adequacy to be classified as “well capitalized”, and are unaware of any material violation or alleged violation of these regulations, policies or directives (see table below). Rapid growth, poor loan portfolio performance, or poor earnings performance, or a combination of these factors, could change our capital position in a relatively short period of time, making additional capital infusions necessary.

 

   Actual  Required
For Capital
Adequacy Purposes
  To Be Well-
Capitalized Under
Prompt Corrective
Action Provisions
(Dollars in Thousands)  Amount  Ratio  Amount  Ratio  Amount  Ratio
As of December 31, 2013:                              
Tier I Capital:                              
CCBG  $256,338    16.56%  $62,058    4.00%   N/A    N/A 
CCB   256,554    16.59%   61,992    4.00%  $92,988    6.00%
                               
Total Capital:                              
CCBG   277,618    17.94%   124,116    8.00%   N/A    N/A 
CCB   275,927    17.85%   123,984    8.00%   154,980    10.00%
                               
Tier I Leverage:                              
CCBG   256,338    10.46%   98,029    4.00%   N/A    N/A 
CCB   256,554    10.48%   97,931    4.00%   122,414    5.00%

 

In July 2013, the Federal Reserve Board released its final rules which will implement in the United States the Basel III regulatory capital reforms from the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision and certain changes required by the Dodd-Frank Act. Under the final rule, minimum requirements will increase for both the quality and quantity of capital held by banking organizations. In this respect, the final rule implements strict eligibility criteria for regulatory capital instruments and improves the methodology for calculating risk-weighted assets to enhance risk sensitivity. Consistent with the international Basel framework, the rule includes a new minimum ratio of Common Equity Tier I Capital to Risk-Weighted Assets of 4.5% and a Common Equity Tier I Capital conservation buffer of 2.5% of risk-weighted assets. The conservation buffer will be phased in from 2016 through 2019. The rule also, among other things, raises the minimum ratio of Tier I Capital to Risk-Weighted Assets from 4% to 6% and includes a minimum leverage ratio of 4% for all banking organizations.

 

Prompt Corrective Action.

 

Immediately upon becoming undercapitalized, a depository institution becomes subject to the provisions of Section 38 of the FDIA, which: (i) restrict payment of capital distributions and management fees; (ii) require that the appropriate federal banking agency monitor the condition of the institution and its efforts to restore its capital; (iii) require submission of a capital restoration plan; (iv) restrict the growth of the institution’s assets; and (v) require prior approval of certain expansion proposals. The appropriate federal banking agency for an undercapitalized institution also may take any number of discretionary supervisory actions if the agency determines that any of these actions is necessary to resolve the problems of the institution at the least possible long-term cost to the deposit insurance fund, subject in certain cases to specified procedures. These discretionary supervisory actions include: (i) requiring the institution to raise additional capital; (ii) restricting transactions with affiliates; (iii) requiring divestiture of the institution or the sale of the institution to a willing purchaser; and (iv) any other supervisory action that the agency deems appropriate. These and additional mandatory and permissive supervisory actions may be taken with respect to significantly undercapitalized and critically undercapitalized institutions.

 

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Interstate Banking and Branching

 

The Bank Holding Company Act was amended by the Interstate Banking Act. The Interstate Banking Act provides that adequately capitalized and managed financial and bank holding companies are permitted to acquire banks in any state.

 

State laws prohibiting interstate banking or discriminating against out-of-state banks are preempted. States are not permitted to enact laws opting out of this provision; however, states are allowed to adopt a minimum age restriction requiring that target banks located within the state be in existence for a period of time, up to a maximum of five years, before a bank may be subject to the Interstate Banking Act. The Interstate Banking Act, as amended by the Dodd-Frank Act, established deposit caps which prohibit acquisitions that result in the acquiring company controlling 30% or more of the deposits of insured banks and thrift institutions held in the state in which the target maintains a branch or 10% or more of the deposits nationwide. States have the authority to waive the 30% deposit cap. State-level deposit caps are not preempted as long as they do not discriminate against out-of-state companies, and the federal deposit caps apply only to initial-entry acquisitions.

 

Under the Dodd-Frank Act, national banks and state banks are able to establish branches in any state if that state would permit the establishment of the branch by a state bank chartered in that state. Florida law permits a state bank to establish a branch of the bank anywhere in the state. Accordingly, under the Dodd-Frank Act, a bank with its headquarters outside the State of Florida may establish branches anywhere within Florida.

 

Anti-money Laundering

 

The Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism Act of 2001 (“USA PATRIOT Act”), provides the federal government with additional powers to address terrorist threats through enhanced domestic security measures, expanded surveillance powers, increased information sharing and broadened anti-money laundering requirements. By way of amendments to the Bank Secrecy Act (“BSA”), the USA PATRIOT Act puts in place measures intended to encourage information sharing among bank regulatory and law enforcement agencies. In addition, certain provisions of the USA PATRIOT Act impose affirmative obligations on a broad range of financial institutions.

 

Among other requirements, the USA PATRIOT Act and the related Federal Reserve regulations require banks to establish anti-money laundering programs that include, at a minimum:

 

§internal policies, procedures and controls designed to implement and maintain the savings association’s compliance with all of the requirements of the USA PATRIOT Act, the BSA and related laws and regulations;
§systems and procedures for monitoring and reporting of suspicious transactions and activities;
§a designated compliance officer;
§employee training;
§an independent audit function to test the anti-money laundering program;
§procedures to verify the identity of each customer upon the opening of accounts; and
§heightened due diligence policies, procedures and controls applicable to certain foreign accounts and relationships.

 

Additionally, the USA PATRIOT Act requires each financial institution to develop a customer identification program (“CIP”) as part of our anti-money laundering program. The key components of the CIP are identification, verification, government list comparison, notice and record retention. The purpose of the CIP is to enable the financial institution to determine the true identity and anticipated account activity of each customer. To make this determination, among other things, the financial institution must collect certain information from customers at the time they enter into the customer relationship with the financial institution. This information must be verified within a reasonable time through documentary and non-documentary methods. Furthermore, all customers must be screened against any CIP-related government lists of known or suspected terrorists. We and our affiliates have adopted policies, procedures and controls designed to comply with the BSA and the USA PATRIOT Act.

 

Regulatory Enforcement Authority

 

Federal and state banking laws grant substantial enforcement powers to federal and state banking regulators. This enforcement authority includes, among other things, the ability to assess civil money penalties, to issue cease and desist or removal orders and to initiate injunctive actions against banking organizations and institution-affiliated parties. In general, these enforcement actions may be initiated for violations of laws and regulations and unsafe or unsound practices. Other actions or inactions may provide the basis for enforcement action, including misleading or untimely reports filed with regulatory authorities.

 

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Federal Home Loan Bank System

 

CCB is a member of the Federal Home Loan Bank (“FHLB”) of Atlanta, which is one of 12 regional Federal Home Loan Banks. Each FHLB serves as a reserve or central bank for its members within its assigned region. It is funded primarily from funds deposited by member institutions and proceeds from the sale of consolidated obligations of the FHLB system. It makes loans to members (i.e. advances) in accordance with policies and procedures established by the board of trustees of the FHLB.

 

As a member of the FHLB of Atlanta, CCB is required to own capital stock in the FHLB in an amount at least equal to 0.12% (or 12 basis points), which is subject to annual adjustments, of the CCB’s total assets at the end of each calendar year (with a dollar cap of $20 million), plus 4.5% of its outstanding advances (borrowings) from the FHLB of Atlanta under the activity-based stock ownership requirement. As of December 31, 2013, CCB was in compliance with this requirement.

 

Privacy

 

Under the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act, federal banking regulators adopted rules limiting the ability of banks and other financial institutions to disclose nonpublic information about consumers to nonaffiliated third parties. The rules require disclosure of privacy policies to consumers and, in some circumstances, allow consumers to prevent disclosure of certain personal information to nonaffiliated third parties.

 

Overdraft Fee Regulation

 

The Electronic Fund Transfer Act prohibits financial institutions from charging consumers fees for paying overdrafts on automated teller machines (“ATM”) and one-time debit card transactions, unless a consumer consents, or opts in, to the overdraft service for those type of transactions. If a consumer does not opt in, any ATM transaction or debit that overdraws the consumer’s account will be denied. Overdrafts on the payment of checks and regular electronic bill payments are not covered by this new rule. Before opting in, the consumer must be provided a notice that explains the financial institution’s overdraft services, including the fees associated with the service, and the consumer’s choices. Financial institutions must provide consumers who do not opt in with the same account terms, conditions and features (including pricing) that they provide to consumers who do opt in.

 

Consumer Laws and Regulations

 

CCB is also subject to other federal and state consumer laws and regulations that are designed to protect consumers in transactions with banks. While the list set forth below is not exhaustive, these laws and regulations include the Truth in Lending Act, the Truth in Savings Act, the Electronic Funds Transfer Act, the Expedited Funds Availability Act, the Check Clearing for the 21st Century Act, the Fair Credit Reporting Act, the Equal Credit Opportunity Act, the Fair Housing Act, the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act, the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act, the Mortgage Disclosure Improvement Act, and the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act, among others. These laws and regulations mandate certain disclosure requirements and regulate the manner in which financial institutions must deal with customers when taking deposits or making loans to such customers. CCB must comply with the applicable provisions of these consumer protection laws and regulations as part of its ongoing customer relations.

 

Future Legislative Developments

 

Various legislative acts are from time to time introduced in Congress and the Florida legislature. This legislation may change banking statutes and the environment in which our banking subsidiary and we operate in substantial and unpredictable ways. We cannot determine the ultimate effect that potential legislation, if enacted, or implementing regulations with respect thereto, would have upon our financial condition or results of operations or that of our banking subsidiary.

 

Effect of Governmental Monetary Policies

 

The commercial banking business in which CCB engages is affected not only by general economic conditions, but also by the monetary policies of the Federal Reserve. Changes in the discount rate on member bank borrowing, availability of borrowing at the “discount window,” open market operations, the imposition of changes in reserve requirements against member banks’ deposits and assets of foreign banking centers and the imposition of and changes in reserve requirements against certain borrowings by banks and their affiliates are some of the instruments of monetary policy available to the Federal Reserve. These monetary policies are used in varying combinations to influence overall growth and distributions of bank loans, investments and deposits, and this use may affect interest rates charged on loans or paid on deposits. The monetary policies of the Federal Reserve have had a significant effect on the operating results of commercial banks and are expected to continue to do so in the future. The monetary policies of the Federal Reserve are influenced by various factors, including inflation, unemployment, and short-term and long-term changes in the international trade balance and in the fiscal policies of the U.S. Government. Future monetary policies and the effect of such policies on the future business and earnings of CCB cannot be predicted.

 

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Income Taxes

 

We are subject to income taxes at the federal level and subject to state taxation based on the laws of each state in which we operate. We file a consolidated federal tax return with a fiscal year ending on December 31.

 

Website Access to Company’s Reports

 

Our Internet website is www.ccbg.com. Our annual reports on Form 10-K, quarterly reports on Form 10-Q, current reports on Form 8-K, including any amendments to those reports filed or furnished pursuant to section 13(a) or 15(d), and reports filed pursuant to Section 16, 13(d), and 13(g) of the Exchange Act are available free of charge through our website as soon as reasonably practicable after they are electronically filed with, or furnished to, the Securities and Exchange Commission. The information on our website is not incorporated by reference into this report.

 

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Item 1A. Risk Factors

 

An investment in our common stock contains a high degree of risk. You should consider carefully the following risk factors before deciding whether to invest in our common stock. Our business, including our operating results and financial condition, could be harmed by any of these risks. Additional risks and uncertainties not currently known to us or that we currently deem to be immaterial also may materially and adversely affect our business. The trading price of our common stock could decline due to any of these risks, and you may lose all or part of your investment. In assessing these risks, you should also refer to the other information contained in our filings with the SEC, including our financial statements and related notes.

 

Risks Related to Our Business

 

We may incur losses if we are unable to successfully manage interest rate risk.

 

Our profitability depends to a large extent on Capital City Bank’s net interest income, which is the difference between income on interest-earning assets, such as loans and investment securities, and expense on interest-bearing liabilities such as deposits and borrowings. We are unable to predict changes in market interest rates, which are affected by many factors beyond our control, including inflation, recession, unemployment, money supply, domestic and international events and changes in the United States and other financial markets. Our net interest income may be reduced if: (i) more interest-earning assets than interest-bearing liabilities reprice or mature during a time when interest rates are declining or (ii) more interest-bearing liabilities than interest-earning assets reprice or mature during a time when interest rates are rising.

 

Changes in the difference between short- and long-term interest rates may also harm our business. For example, short-term deposits may be used to fund longer-term loans. When differences between short-term and long-term interest rates shrink or disappear, as is likely to continue in the current zero-interest-rate-policy environment, the spread between rates paid on deposits and received on loans could narrow significantly, decreasing our net interest income.

 

If market interest rates rise rapidly, interest rate adjustment caps may limit increases in the interest rates on adjustable rate loans, thereby reducing our net interest income.

 

Our loan portfolio includes loans with a higher risk of loss which could lead to higher loan losses and nonperforming assets.

 

We originate commercial real estate loans, commercial loans, construction loans, vacant land loans, consumer loans, and residential mortgage loans primarily within our market area. Commercial real estate, commercial, construction, vacant land, and consumer loans may expose a lender to greater credit risk than traditional fixed rate fully amortizing loans secured by single-family residential real estate because the collateral securing these loans may not be sold as easily as single-family residential real estate. In addition, these loan types tend to involve larger loan balances to a single borrower or groups of related borrowers and are more susceptible to a risk of loss during a downturn in the business cycle. These loans also have historically had greater credit risk than other loans for the following reasons:

 

§Commercial Real Estate Loans. Repayment is dependent on income being generated in amounts sufficient to cover operating expenses and debt service. These loans also involve greater risk because they are generally not fully amortizing over the loan period, but rather have a balloon payment due at maturity. A borrower’s ability to make a balloon payment typically will depend on the borrower’s ability to either refinance the loan or timely sell the underlying property. As of December 31, 2013, commercial mortgage loans comprised approximately 38.1% of our total loan portfolio.

 

§Commercial Loans. Repayment is generally dependent upon the successful operation of the borrower’s business. In addition, the collateral securing the loans may depreciate over time, be difficult to appraise, be illiquid, or fluctuate in value based on the success of the business. As of December 31, 2013, commercial loans comprised approximately 9.0% of our total loan portfolio.

 

§Construction Loans. The risk of loss is largely dependent on our initial estimate of whether the property’s value at completion equals or exceeds the cost of property construction and the availability of take-out financing. During the construction phase, a number of factors can result in delays or cost overruns. If our estimate is inaccurate or if actual construction costs exceed estimates, the value of the property securing our loan may be insufficient to ensure full repayment when completed through a permanent loan, sale of the property, or by seizure of collateral. As of December 31, 2013, construction loans comprised approximately 2.6% of our total loan portfolio.

 

§Vacant Land Loans. Because vacant or unimproved land is generally held by the borrower for investment purposes or future use, payments on loans secured by vacant or unimproved land will typically rank lower in priority to the borrower than a loan the borrower may have on their primary residence or business. These loans are susceptible to adverse conditions in the real estate market and local economy. As of December 31, 2013, vacant land loans comprised approximately 6.2% of our total loan portfolio.

 

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§HELOCS. Our open-ended home equity loans have an interest-only draw period followed by a five year repayment period of 0.75% of the principal balance monthly and a balloon payment at maturity. Upon the commencement of the repayment period, the monthly payment can increase significantly, thus, there is a heightened risk that the borrower will be unable to pay the increased payment. Further, these loans also involve greater risk because they are generally not fully amortizing over the loan period, but rather have a balloon payment due at maturity. A borrower’s ability to make a balloon payment may depend on the borrower’s ability to either refinance the loan or timely sell the underlying property.

 

§Consumer Loans. Consumer loans (such as personal lines of credit) are collateralized, if at all, with assets that may not provide an adequate source of payment of the loan due to depreciation, damage, or loss. As of December 31, 2013, consumer loans comprised approximately 11.2% of our total loan portfolio.

 

The increased risks associated with these types of loans result in a correspondingly higher probability of default on such loans (as compared to fixed rated fully amortizing single-family real estate loans). Loan defaults would likely increase our loan losses and nonperforming assets and could adversely affect our allowance for loan losses.

 

Confidential client information transmitted through our online banking service is vulnerable to security breaches and computer viruses, which could expose us to litigation and adversely affect our reputation and our ability to generate deposits.

 

We provide our clients the ability to bank online. The secure transmission of confidential information over the Internet is a critical element of banking online. Our network could be vulnerable to unauthorized access, computer viruses, phishing schemes and other security problems. We may be required to spend significant capital and other resources to protect against the threat of security breaches and computer viruses, or to alleviate problems caused by security breaches or viruses. To the extent that our activities or the activities of our clients involve the storage and transmission of confidential information, security breaches and viruses could expose us to claims, litigation and other possible liabilities. Any inability to prevent security breaches or computer viruses could also cause existing clients to lose confidence in our systems and could adversely affect our reputation and our ability to generate deposits.

 

An impairment in the carrying value of our goodwill could negatively impact our earnings and shareowners’ equity.

 

Goodwill is initially recorded at fair value and is not amortized, but is reviewed for impairment at least annually or more frequently if events or changes in circumstances indicate that the carrying value may not be recoverable. Given the current economic environment and conditions in the financial markets, including the sustained trading price of our common stock at less than book value, we are required to consider the recoverability of goodwill each quarter (rather than a typical annual assessment) and conduct a valuation analysis, if appropriate. Continued sustained decline in our market capitalization, disruptions in our business, or unexpected declines in our operating results and the resulting analyses could result in goodwill impairment charges in the future. These non-cash impairment charges could adversely affect our results of operations in future periods, and could also significantly impact certain financial ratios. Goodwill impairment is a non-cash charge, which does not adversely affect the calculation of our risk based and tangible capital ratios. Please see Note 5 in the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements for additional discussion. As of December 31, 2013, we had $84.8 million in goodwill, which represented approximately 3.2% of our total assets.

 

An inadequate allowance for loan losses would reduce our earnings.

 

We are exposed to the risk that our clients will be unable to repay their loans according to their terms and that any collateral securing the payment of their loans will not be sufficient to assure full repayment. This will result in credit losses that are inherent in the lending business. We evaluate the collectability of our loan portfolio and provide an allowance for loan losses that we believe is adequate based upon such factors as:

 

§the risk characteristics of various classifications of loans;
§previous loan loss experience;
§specific loans that have loss potential;
§delinquency trends;
§estimated fair market value of the collateral;
§current economic conditions; and
§geographic and industry loan concentrations.

 

As of December 31, 2013, the Bank’s allowance for loan losses was $23.1 million, which represented approximately 1.65% of its total amount of loans. The Bank had $37.0 million in nonaccruing loans as of December 31, 2013. The allowance is based on management’s reasonable estimate and may not prove sufficient to cover future loan losses. Although management uses the best information available to make determinations with respect to the allowance for loan losses, future adjustments may be necessary if economic conditions differ substantially from the assumptions used or adverse developments arise with respect to the Bank’s nonperforming or performing loans. In addition, regulatory agencies, as an integral part of their examination process, periodically review the estimated losses on loans. Such agencies may require us to recognize additional losses based on their judgments about information available to them at the time of their examination. Accordingly, the allowance for loan losses may not be adequate to cover loan losses or significant increases to the allowance may be required in the future if economic conditions should worsen. Material additions to the Bank’s allowance for loan losses would adversely impact our net income and capital in future periods, while having the effect of overstating our current period earnings.

 

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If our nonperforming assets remain elevated, our earnings will suffer.

 

At December 31, 2013, our nonperforming loans totaled $37.0 million, or 2.64% of the total loan portfolio, representing a decrease of $27.3 million from December 31, 2012. At December 31, 2013, our nonperforming assets (which include other real estate owned) were $85.0 million, or 3.26% of total assets. In addition, the Bank had approximately $7.7 million in accruing loans that were greater than 30 days delinquent as of December 31, 2013. Our nonperforming assets adversely affect our net income in various ways. We do not record interest income on nonaccrual loans or real estate owned. In addition, if our estimate for the recorded allowance for loan losses proves to be incorrect and our allowance is inadequate, we will have to increase the allowance accordingly. In addition, the resolution of nonperforming assets requires the active involvement of management, which can distract them from more profitable activity.

 

Since we engage in lending secured by real estate and may be forced to foreclose on the collateral property and own the underlying real estate, we may be subject to the increased costs associated with the ownership of real property, which could result in reduced net income.

 

Since we originate loans secured by real estate, we may have to foreclose on the collateral property to protect our investment and may thereafter own and operate such property, in which case we are exposed to the risks inherent in the ownership of real estate.

 

The amount that we, as a mortgagee, may realize after a default is dependent upon factors outside of our control, including, but not limited to:

 

§general or local economic conditions;
§environmental cleanup liability;
§neighborhood values;
§interest rates;
§real estate tax rates;
§operating expenses of the mortgaged properties;
§supply of and demand for rental units or properties;
§ability to obtain and maintain adequate occupancy of the properties;
§zoning laws;
§governmental rules, regulations and fiscal policies; and
§acts of God.

 

Certain expenditures associated with the ownership of real estate, principally real estate taxes and maintenance costs, may adversely affect the income from the real estate. Therefore, the cost of operating real property may exceed the rental income earned from such property, and we may have to advance funds in order to protect our investment or we may be required to dispose of the real property at a loss.

 

Liquidity risk could impair our ability to fund operations and jeopardize our financial condition.

 

Liquidity is essential to our business. An inability to raise funds through deposits, borrowings, and other sources, could have a substantial negative effect on our liquidity. Our access to funding sources in amounts adequate to finance our activities on terms that are acceptable to us could be impaired by factors that affect us specifically or the financial services industry or economy in general. Factors that could negatively impact our access to liquidity sources include a decrease in the level of our business activity as a result of a downturn in the markets in which our loans are concentrated, adverse regulatory action against us, or our inability to attract and retain deposits. Our ability to borrow could be impaired by factors that are not specific to us, such a disruption in the financial markets or negative views and expectations about the prospects for the financial services industry.

 

Our future success is dependent on our ability to compete effectively in the highly competitive banking industry.

 

We face vigorous competition from other banks and other financial institutions, including savings and loan associations, savings banks, finance companies and credit unions for deposits, loans and other financial services in our market area. A number of these banks and other financial institutions are significantly larger than we are and have substantially greater access to capital and other resources, as well as larger lending limits and branch systems, and offer a wider array of banking services. To a limited extent, we also compete with other providers of financial services, such as money market mutual funds, brokerage firms, consumer finance companies, insurance companies and governmental organizations which may offer more favorable financing than we can. Many of our non-bank competitors are not subject to the same extensive regulations that govern our activities. As a result, these non-bank competitors have advantages over us in providing certain services. This competition may reduce or limit our margins and our market share and may adversely affect our results of operations and financial condition.

 

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Should our financial condition deteriorate, we may need additional capital resources in the future and these capital resources may not be available on acceptable terms or at all. If we do raise additional capital, your ownership could be diluted.

 

Should our financial condition deteriorate, we may need to incur additional debt or equity financing in the future to maintain required capital ratios above the minimum required by law. Such financing may not be available to us on acceptable terms or at all. Furthermore, our Articles of Incorporation do not provide shareowners with preemptive rights and such securities may be offered to investors other than shareowners at the discretion of the Board. If we do sell additional shares of common stock to raise capital, the sale could reduce market price per share of common stock and dilute your ownership interest and such dilution could be substantial.

 

Risks Related to Regulation and Legislation

 

Recently enacted legislation, particularly the Dodd-Frank Act, could materially and adversely affect us by increasing compliance costs, heightening our risk of noncompliance with applicable regulations, and changing the competitive landscape in the banking industry.

 

From time to time, the U.S. Congress and state legislatures consider changing laws and enact new laws to further regulate the financial services industry. On July 21, 2010, President Obama signed the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010, or the Dodd-Frank Act, into law. The Dodd-Frank Act has resulted in sweeping changes in the regulation of financial institutions. The Dodd-Frank Act contains numerous provisions that affect all banks and bank holding companies. Many of these provisions remain subject to regulatory rule-making and implementation, the effects of which are not yet known. Although we cannot predict the specific impact and long-term effects that the Dodd-Frank Act and the regulations promulgated thereunder will have on us and our prospects, our target markets and the financial industry more generally, we believe that the Dodd-Frank Act and the regulations promulgated thereunder are likely to impose additional administrative and regulatory burdens that will obligate us to incur additional expenses and will adversely affect our margins and profitability. We will also have a heightened risk of noncompliance with the additional regulations. Finally, the impact of some of these new regulations is not known and may affect our ability to compete long-term with larger competitors.

 

The new Basel III Capital Standards may have an adverse effect on us.

 

In July 2013, the Federal Reserve Board released its final rules which will implement in the United States the Basel III regulatory capital reforms from the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision and certain changes required by the Dodd-Frank Act. Under the final rule, minimum requirements will increase for both the quality and quantity of capital held by banking organizations. Consistent with the international Basel framework, the rule includes a new minimum ratio of Common Equity Tier I Capital to Risk-Weighted Assets of 4.5% and a Common Equity Tier I Capital conservation buffer of 2.5% of risk-weighted assets that will apply to all supervised financial institutions. The rule also, among other things, raises the minimum ratio of Tier I Capital to Risk-Weighted Assets from 4% to 6% and includes a minimum leverage ratio of 4% for all banking organizations. We must begin transitioning to the new rules effective January 1, 2015. The impact of the new capital rules is likely to require us to maintain higher levels of capital, which will lower our return on equity.

 

Compliance with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s ability-to-repay rule safe-harbor could adversely impact our growth or profitability.

 

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has issued a rule, effective as of January 14, 2014, designed to clarify for lenders how they can avoid monetary damages under the Dodd-Frank Act, which would hold lenders accountable for ensuring a borrower’s ability to repay a mortgage. Loans that satisfy the “qualified mortgage” safe-harbor will be presumed to have complied with the new ability-to-repay standard. Under the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s rule, a “qualified mortgage” loan must not contain certain specified features, including but not limited to:

 

  § excessive upfront points and fees (those exceeding 3% of the total loan amount, less “bona fide discount points” for prime loans);
  § interest-only payments;
  § negative-amortization; and
  § terms longer than 30 years.

 

Also, to qualify as a “qualified mortgage,” a borrower’s total monthly debt-to-income ratio may not exceed 43%. Lenders must also verify and document the income and financial resources relied upon to qualify the borrower for the loan and underwrite the loan based on a fully amortizing payment schedule and maximum interest rate during the first five years, taking into account all applicable taxes, insurance and assessments. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s rule on qualified mortgages could limit our ability or desire to make certain types of loans or loans to certain borrowers, or could make it more expensive and/or time consuming to make these loans, which could adversely impact our growth or profitability.

 

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The Federal Reserve’s repeal of the prohibition against payment of interest on demand deposits (Regulation Q) may increase competition for such deposits and ultimately increase interest expense.

 

A major portion of our net income comes from our interest rate spread, which is the difference between the interest rates we pay on amounts used to fund assets, such as deposits, and the interest rates and fees we receive on our interest-earning assets. Our interest-earning assets include outstanding loans extended to our customers and securities held in our investment portfolio. We fund assets using deposits and other borrowings. Our strategy is to manage the mix of our deposits rather than compete on rate. As a result, approximately 30% of our deposits were noninterest- bearing as of December 31, 2013.

 

On July 14, 2011, the Federal Reserve issued final rules to repeal Regulation Q, which had prohibited the payment of interest on demand deposits by institutions that are member banks of the Federal Reserve System. The final rules implement Section 627 of the Dodd-Frank Act, which repealed Section 19(i) of the Federal Reserve Act in its entirety effective July 21, 2011. As a result, banks and thrifts are now permitted to offer interest-bearing demand deposit accounts to commercial customers, which were previously forbidden under Regulation Q. The repeal of Regulation Q may cause increased competition from other financial institutions for these deposits. If we decide to pay interest on demand accounts, we would expect our interest expense to increase. Although Regulation Q has been effective for over two years, the impact may not have been realized yet because of the current zero interest rate policy environment.

 

We are subject to extensive regulation that could restrict our activities and impose financial requirements or limitations on the conduct of our business.

 

The Bank is subject to extensive regulation, supervision and examination by the Florida Office of Financial Regulation, the Federal Reserve, and the FDIC. Our compliance with these industry regulations is costly and restricts certain of our activities, including payment of dividends, mergers and acquisitions, investments, loans and interest rates charged, interest rates paid on deposits, access to capital and brokered deposits and locations of banking offices. If we are unable to meet these regulatory requirements, our financial condition, liquidity and results of operations would be materially and adversely affected.

 

The Bank must also meet regulatory capital requirements imposed by our regulators. An inability to meet these capital requirements would result in numerous mandatory supervisory actions and additional regulatory restrictions, and could have a negative impact on our financial condition, liquidity and results of operations.

 

In addition to the regulations of the Florida Office of Financial Regulation, the Federal Reserve, and the FDIC, as a member of the Federal Home Loan Bank, the Bank must also comply with applicable regulations of the Federal Housing Finance Agency and the Federal Home Loan Bank.

 

The Bank’s activities are also regulated under consumer protection laws applicable to our lending, deposit and other activities. In addition, the Dodd-Frank Act imposes significant additional regulation on our operations. Many of these regulations are intended primarily for the protection of our depositors and the Deposit Insurance Fund and not for the benefit of our shareowners. Our failure to comply with these laws and regulations, even if the failure follows good faith effort or reflects a difference in interpretation, could subject us to restrictions on our business activities, fines and other penalties, any of which could adversely affect our results of operations, capital base and the price of our securities. Further, any new laws, rules and regulations could make compliance more difficult or expensive or otherwise adversely affect our business and financial condition. Please refer to the Section entitled “Business – Regulatory Considerations” in this Report.

 

Florida financial institutions, such as the Bank, face a higher risk of noncompliance and enforcement actions with the Bank Secrecy Act and other anti-money laundering statutes and regulations.

 

Since September 11, 2001, banking regulators have intensified their focus on anti-money laundering and Bank Secrecy Act compliance requirements, particularly the anti-money laundering provisions of the USA PATRIOT Act. There is also increased scrutiny of compliance with the rules enforced by the Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”). Since 2004, federal banking regulators and examiners have been extremely aggressive in their supervision and examination of financial institutions located in the State of Florida with respect to the institution’s Bank Secrecy Act/Anti-Money Laundering compliance. Consequently, numerous formal enforcement actions have been instituted against financial institutions.

 

In order to comply with regulations, guidelines and examination procedures in this area, the Bank has been required to adopt new policies and procedures and to install new systems. If the Bank’s policies, procedures and systems are deemed deficient or the policies, procedures and systems of the financial institutions that it has already acquired or may acquire in the future are deficient, the Bank would be subject to liability, including fines and regulatory actions such as restrictions on its ability to pay dividends and the necessity to obtain regulatory approvals to proceed with certain aspects of its business plan, including its acquisition plans.

 

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Risks Related to Market Events

 

Our loan portfolio is heavily concentrated in mortgage loans secured by properties in Florida and Georgia which causes our risk of loss to be higher than if we had a more geographically diversified portfolio.

 

Our interest-earning assets are heavily concentrated in mortgage loans secured by real estate, particularly real estate located in Florida and Georgia. As of December 31, 2013, approximately 79.1% of our loans had real estate as a primary, secondary, or tertiary component of collateral. The real estate collateral in each case provides an alternate source of repayment in the event of default by the borrower; however, the value of the collateral may decline during the time the credit is extended. If we are required to liquidate the collateral securing a loan during a period of reduced real estate values to satisfy the debt, our earnings and capital could be adversely affected.

 

Additionally, as of December 31, 2013, substantially all of our loans secured by real estate are secured by commercial and residential properties located in Northern Florida and Middle Georgia. The concentration of our loans in these areas subjects us to risk that a downturn in the economy or recession in these areas, such as the one from which these areas are currently recovering, could result in a decrease in loan originations and increases in delinquencies and foreclosures, which would more greatly affect us than if our lending were more geographically diversified. In addition, since a large portion of our portfolio is secured by properties located in Florida and Georgia, the occurrence of a natural disaster, such as a hurricane, or a man-made disaster could result in a decline in loan originations, a decline in the value or destruction of mortgaged properties and an increase in the risk of delinquencies, foreclosures or loss on loans originated by us. We may suffer further losses due to the decline in the value of the properties underlying our mortgage loans, which would have an adverse impact on our results of operations and financial condition.

 

Our concentration in loans secured by real estate may increase our credit losses, which would negatively affect our financial results.

 

Due to the lack of diversified industry within the markets served by the Bank and the relatively close proximity of our geographic markets, we have both geographic concentrations as well as concentrations in the types of loans funded. Specifically, due to the nature of our markets, a significant portion of the portfolio has historically been secured with real estate. As of December 31, 2013, approximately 38.1% and 38.4% of our $1.400 billion loan portfolio was secured by commercial real estate and residential real estate, respectively. As of this same date, approximately 3% was secured by property under construction.

 

Recent economic and market conditions have adversely affected our clients’ ability to repay their loans. If these conditions persist, or get worse, our clients’ ability to repay their loans will be further eroded. In the event we are required to foreclose on a property securing one of our mortgage loans or otherwise pursue our remedies in order to protect our investment, we may be unable to recover funds in an amount equal to our projected return on our investment or in an amount sufficient to prevent a loss to us due to prevailing economic conditions, real estate values and other factors associated with the ownership of real property. As a result, the market value of the real estate or other collateral underlying our loans may not, at any given time, be sufficient to satisfy the outstanding principal amount of the loans, and consequently, we would sustain loan losses.

 

The fair value of our investments could decline which would cause a reduction in shareowners’ equity.

 

A large portion of our investment securities portfolio as of December 31, 2013 has been designated as available-for-sale pursuant to U.S. generally accepted accounting principles relating to accounting for investments. Such principles require that unrealized gains and losses in the estimated value of the available-for-sale portfolio be “marked to market” and reflected as a separate item in shareowners’ equity (net of tax) as accumulated other comprehensive income/loss. Shareowners’ equity will continue to reflect the unrealized gains and losses (net of tax) of these investments. The fair value of our investment portfolio may decline, causing a corresponding decline in shareowners’ equity.

 

Management believes that several factors will affect the fair values of our investment portfolio. These include, but are not limited to, changes in interest rates or expectations of changes, the degree of volatility in the securities markets, inflation rates or expectations of inflation and the slope of the interest rate yield curve (the yield curve refers to the differences between shorter-term and longer-term interest rates; a positively sloped yield curve means shorter-term rates are lower than longer-term rates). These and other factors may impact specific categories of the portfolio differently, and we cannot predict the effect these factors may have on any specific category.

 

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Risks Related to an Investment in Our Common Stock

 

We may be unable to pay dividends in the future.

 

On February 27, 2014, our Board of Directors declared a cash dividend of $0.02 per common share, payable on March 24, 2014 to shareowners of record as of the close of business on March 10, 2014. This was the first dividend declared since we announced the suspension of our quarterly dividend on our common stock on December 14, 2011. Declarations of any future dividends will be contingent on our ability to earn sufficient profits and to remain adequately capitalized. In addition, due to our contractual obligations with the holders of the trust preferred securities, if we defer the payment of accrued interest owed to the holders of the trust preferred securities, we may not make dividend payments to our shareowners. 

 

Further, under applicable statutes and regulations, the Bank’s board of directors, after charging-off bad debts, depreciation and other worthless assets, if any, and making provisions for reasonably anticipated future losses on loans and other assets, may quarterly, semi-annually, or annually declare and pay dividends to CCBG of up to the aggregate net income of that period combined with the Bank’s retained net income for the preceding two years and, with the approval of the Florida Office of Financial Regulation and Federal Reserve, declare a dividend from retained net income which accrued prior to the preceding two years.  Thus, our ability to fund future dividends may be restricted by state law. 

  

Limited trading activity for shares of our common stock may contribute to price volatility.

 

While our common stock is listed and traded on the Nasdaq Global Select Market, there has been limited trading activity in our common stock. The average daily trading volume of our common stock over the 12-month period ending December 31, 2013 was approximately 21,708 shares. Due to the limited trading activity of our common stock, relativity small trades may have a significant impact on the price of our common stock.

 

Securities analysts may not initiate coverage or continue to cover our common stock, and this may have a negative impact on its market price.

 

The trading market for our common stock will depend in part on the research and reports that securities analysts publish about us and our business. We do not have any control over securities analysts and they may not initiate coverage or continue to cover our common stock. If securities analysts do not cover our common stock, the lack of research coverage may adversely affect its market price. If we are covered by securities analysts, and our common stock is the subject of an unfavorable report, our stock price would likely decline. If one or more of these analysts ceases to cover our Company or fails to publish regular reports on us, we could lose visibility in the financial markets, which may cause our stock price or trading volume to decline.

 

Our directors, executive officers, and principal shareowners, if acting together, have substantial control over all matters requiring shareowner approval, including changes of control. Because Mr. William G. Smith, Jr. is a principal shareowner and our Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Bank, he has substantial control over all matters on a day to day basis.

 

Our directors, executive officers, and principal shareowners beneficially owned approximately 39% of the outstanding shares of our common stock as of December 31, 2013. Our principal shareowners include the Estate of Robert H. Smith, who was the brother of William G. Smith, Jr., our Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, which beneficially owns 17.8% of our shares. William G. Smith, Jr. beneficially owns 21.8% of our shares. In addition, 2S Partnership beneficially owns 6.0% of our shares, however, its shares were historically deemed to be beneficially owned by Messrs. Smith and Smith. Together, Mr. Smith and the Estate of Robert H. Smith beneficially own approximately 33% of our shares.

 

Accordingly, these directors, executive officers, and principal shareowners, if acting together, may be able to influence or control matters requiring approval by our shareowners, including the election of directors and the approval of mergers, acquisitions or other extraordinary transactions. In addition, because William G. Smith, Jr. is the Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer of CCBG and Chairman of the Bank, he has substantial control over all matters on a day-to-day basis, including the nomination and election of directors.

 

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These directors, executive officers, and principal shareowners may also have interests that differ from yours and may vote in a way with which you disagree and which may be adverse to your interests. The concentration of ownership may have the effect of delaying, preventing or deterring a change of control of our company, could deprive our shareowners of an opportunity to receive a premium for their common stock as part of a sale of our Company and might ultimately affect the market price of our common stock. You may also have difficulty changing management, the composition of the Board of Directors, or the general direction of our Company.

 

Our Articles of Incorporation, Bylaws, and certain laws and regulations may prevent or delay transactions you might favor, including a sale or merger of CCBG.

 

CCBG is registered with the Federal Reserve as a bank holding company under the Bank Holding Company Act (“BHCA”). As a result, we are subject to supervisory regulation and examination by the Federal Reserve. The Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act, the BHCA, and other federal laws subject bank holding companies to particular restrictions on the types of activities in which they may engage, and to a range of supervisory requirements and activities, including regulatory enforcement actions for violations of laws and regulations.

 

Provisions of our Articles of Incorporation, Bylaws, certain laws and regulations and various other factors may make it more difficult and expensive for companies or persons to acquire control of us without the consent of our Board of Directors. It is possible, however, that you would want a takeover attempt to succeed because, for example, a potential buyer could offer a premium over the then prevailing price of our common stock.

 

For example, our Articles of Incorporation permit our Board of Directors to issue preferred stock without shareowner action. The ability to issue preferred stock could discourage a company from attempting to obtain control of us by means of a tender offer, merger, proxy contest or otherwise. Additionally, our Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws divide our Board of Directors into three classes, as nearly equal in size as possible, with staggered three-year terms. One class is elected each year. The classification of our Board of Directors could make it more difficult for a company to acquire control of us. We are also subject to certain provisions of the Florida Business Corporation Act and our Articles of Incorporation that relate to business combinations with interested shareowners. Other provisions in our Articles of Incorporation or Bylaws that may discourage takeover attempts or make them more difficult include:

 

  § Supermajority voting requirements to remove a director from office;
  § Provisions regarding the timing and content of shareowner proposals and nominations;
  § Supermajority voting requirements to amend Articles of Incorporation unless approval is received by a majority of “disinterested directors”;
  § Absence of cumulative voting; and
  § Inability for shareowners to take action by written consent.

 

Shares of our common stock are not an insured deposit and may lose value.

 

The shares of our common stock are not a bank deposit and will not be insured or guaranteed by the FDIC or any other government agency. Your investment will be subject to investment risk, and you must be capable of affording the loss of your entire investment.

 

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Item 1B.     Unresolved Staff Comments

 

None.

 

Item 2.       Properties

 

We are headquartered in Tallahassee, Florida. Our executive office is in the Capital City Bank building located on the corner of Tennessee and Monroe Streets in downtown Tallahassee.  The building is owned by the Bank, but is located on land leased under a long-term agreement.

 

As of February 28, 2014, the Bank had 63 full-service banking locations.  Of the 63 locations, the Bank leases the land, buildings, or both at 7 locations and owns the land and buildings at the remaining 56.

 

Item 3.       Legal Proceedings

 

We are party to lawsuits and claims arising out of the normal course of business. In management's opinion, there are no known pending claims or litigation, the outcome of which would, individually or in the aggregate, have a material effect on our consolidated results of operations, financial position, or cash flows.

 

Item 4.       Mine Safety Disclosures.

 

Not applicable.

 

PART II

 

Item 5.       Market for the Registrant's Common Equity, Related Shareowner Matters, and Issuer Purchases of Equity Securities

 

Common Stock Market Prices and Dividends

 

Our common stock trades on the Nasdaq Global Select Market under the symbol “CCBG.” We had a total of 1,651 shareowners of record as of February 28, 2014.

 

The following table presents the range of high and low closing sales prices reported on the Nasdaq Global Select Market and cash dividends declared for each quarter during the past two years.

 

  2013   2012  
 

Fourth

Quarter

 

Third

Quarter

 

Second

Quarter

 

First

Quarter

 

Fourth

Quarter

 

Third

Quarter

 

Second

Quarter

 

First

Quarter

 
Common stock price:                                
High   $ 12.69     $ 13.08     $ 12.64     $ 12.54     $ 11.91     $ 10.96     $ 8.73     $ 9.91  
Low     11.33       11.06       10.12       10.95       9.04       7.00       6.35       7.32  
Close     11.77       11.78       11.53       12.35       11.37       10.64       7.37       7.45  
Cash dividends per share     0.00       0.00       0.00       0.00       0.00       0.00       0.00       0.00  

 

Florida law and Federal regulations impose restrictions on our ability to pay dividends and limitations on the amount of dividends that the Bank can pay annually to us. See Item 1. “Capital; Dividends; Sources of Strength” and “Dividends” in the Business section on page 14 and the section entitled “Liquidity and Capital Resources – Dividends” -- in Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Operating Results on page 54 and Note 13 in the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements. On February 27, 2014, our board of directors declared a cash dividend of $0.02 per common share, payable on March 24, 2014 to shareowners of record as of the close of business on March 10, 2014.

 

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Performance Graph

 

This performance graph compares the cumulative total shareholder return on our common stock with the cumulative total shareholder return of the Nasdaq Composite Index and the SNL Financial LC $1B-$5B Bank Index for the past five years.  The graph assumes that $100 was invested on December 31, 2008 in our common stock and each of the above indices, and that all dividends were reinvested.  The shareholder return shown below represents past performance and should not be considered indicative of future performance.

 

 

 

      Period Ending      
Index 12/31/08   12/31/09   12/31/10   12/31/11   12/31/12   12/31/13  
Capital City Bank Group, Inc.   $ 100.00     $ 53.92     $ 50.97     $ 39.71     $ 47.27     $ 48.94  
Nasdaq Composite     100.00       145.36       171.74       170.38       200.63       281.22  
SNL $1B-$5B Bank Index     100.00       71.68       81.25       74.10       91.37       132.87  

 

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Item 6.       Selected Financial Data

 

(Dollars in Thousands, Except Per Share Data)  2013  2012  2011  2010  2009
Interest Income  $82,152   $89,680   $99,459   $110,495   $122,776 
Net Interest Income   77,736    84,312    91,922    97,533    105,934 
Provision for Loan Losses   3,472    16,166    18,996    23,824    40,017 
Noninterest Income   56,416    55,185    58,848    56,825    57,391 
Noninterest Expense   122,710    124,559    126,248    133,916    132,115 
Net Income (Loss)   6,045    108    4,897    (413)   (3,471)
                          
Per Common Share:                         
Basic Net Income (Loss)  $0.35   $0.01   $0.29   $(0.02)  $(0.20)
Diluted Net Income (Loss)   0.35    0.01    0.29    (0.02)   (0.20)
Cash Dividends Declared   —      —      0.30    0.49    0.76 
Diluted Book Value   15.85    14.31    14.68    15.15    15.72 
                          
Performance Ratios:                         
Return on Average Assets   0.24%   0.00%   0.19%   (0.02)%   (0.14)%
Return on Average Equity   2.40    0.04    1.86    (0.16)   (1.26)
Net Interest Margin (FTE)   3.54    3.81    4.18    4.32    4.96 
Noninterest Income as % of Operating Revenues   42.25    39.66    39.13    36.81    35.14 
Efficiency Ratio   91.09    88.72    83.24    85.95    79.78 
                          
Asset Quality:                         
Allowance for Loan Losses  $23,095   $29,167   $31,035   $35,436   $43,999 
Allowance for Loan Losses to Loans   1.65%   1.93%   1.91%   2.01%   2.30%
Nonperforming Assets   85,035    117,648    137,623    123,637    122,408 
Nonperforming Assets to Assets   3.26    4.47    5.21    4.72    4.52 
Nonperforming Assets to Loans + OREO   5.87    7.47    8.14    6.81    6.27 
Allowance to Nonperforming Loans   62.48    45.42    41.37    53.94    51.00 
Net Charge-Offs to Average Loans   0.66    1.16    1.39    1.77    1.66 
                          
Capital Ratios:                         
Tier I Capital   16.56%   14.35%   13.96%   13.24%   12.76%
Total Capital   17.94    15.72    15.32    14.59    14.11 
Tangible Capital   7.58    6.35    6.51    6.82    6.84 
Leverage   10.46    9.90    10.26    10.10    10.39 
Equity to Assets   10.58    9.37    9.54    9.88    9.89 
Dividend Pay-Out   NM    NM    103.45    NM    NM 
                          
Averages for the Year:                         
Loans, Net  $1,450,806   $1,556,565   $1,686,995   $1,829,193   $1,961,990 
Earning Assets   2,213,686    2,229,621    2,221,317    2,294,282    2,184,232 
Total Assets   2,568,662    2,590,173    2,583,197    2,644,731    2,516,815 
Deposits   2,070,073    2,105,672    2,081,583    2,192,323    1,992,429 
Shareowners' Equity   251,427    252,960    263,048    264,679    275,545 
                          
Year-End Balances:                         
Loans, Net  $1,399,669   $1,521,302   $1,628,683   $1,758,671   $1,915,940 
Earning Assets   2,274,019    2,261,781    2,266,193    2,269,185    2,369,029 
Total Assets   2,611,903    2,633,984    2,641,312    2,622,053    2,708,324 
Deposits   2,136,248    2,144,996    2,172,519    2,103,976    2,258,234 
Shareowners' Equity   276,400    246,889    251,942    259,019    267,899 
                          
Other Data:                         
Basic Average Shares Outstanding   17,324,759    17,204,559    17,139,558    17,075,867    17,043,964 
Diluted Average Shares Outstanding   17,399,355    17,219,765    17,140,390    17,076,724    17,044,711 
Shareowners of Record(1)   1,651    1,691    1,701    1,768    1,778 
Banking Locations(1)   63    66    70    70    70 
Full-Time Equivalent Associates(1)   891    913    959    975    1,006 

 

(1)As of record date. The record date is on or about March 1st of the following year.
NM – Not Meaningful

 

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Item 7.       Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations

 

Management’s discussion and analysis (“MD&A”) provides supplemental information, which sets forth the major factors that have affected our financial condition and results of operations and should be read in conjunction with the Consolidated Financial Statements and related notes included in the Annual Report on Form 10-K.  The MD&A is divided into subsections entitled “Business Overview,”“Executive Overview,”“Results of Operations,”“Financial Condition,”“Liquidity and Capital Resources,”“Off-Balance Sheet Arrangements,” “Fourth Quarter, 2013 Financial Results,” and “Accounting Policies.”  The following information should provide a better understanding of the major factors and trends that affect our earnings performance and financial condition, and how our performance during 2013 compares with prior years.  Throughout this section, Capital City Bank Group, Inc., and its subsidiary, collectively, are referred to as “CCBG,”“Company,”“we,”“us,” or “our.”

 

CAUTION CONCERNING FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

 

This Annual Report on Form 10-K, including this MD&A section, contains “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.  These forward-looking statements include, among others, statements about our beliefs, plans, objectives, goals, expectations, estimates and intentions that are subject to significant risks and uncertainties and are subject to change based on various factors, many of which are beyond our control. The words “may,” “could,” “should,” “would,” “believe,” “anticipate,” “estimate,” “expect,” “intend,” “plan,” “target,” “goal,” and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements.

 

All forward-looking statements, by their nature, are subject to risks and uncertainties.  Our actual future results may differ materially from those set forth in our forward-looking statements.  Please see the Introductory Note and Item 1A Risk Factors of this Annual Report for a discussion of factors that could cause our actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements.

 

However, other factors besides those listed in Item 1A Risk Factors or discussed in this Annual Report also could adversely affect our results, and you should not consider any such list of factors to be a complete set of all potential risks or uncertainties.  Any forward-looking statements made by us or on our behalf speak only as of the date they are made.  We do not undertake to update any forward-looking statement, except as required by applicable law.

 

BUSINESS OVERVIEW

 

Our Business

 

We are a bank holding company headquartered in Tallahassee, Florida, and we are the parent of our wholly owned subsidiary, Capital City Bank (the “Bank” or “CCB”). The Bank offers a broad array of products and services through a total of 63 full-service offices located in Florida, Georgia, and Alabama. The Bank offers commercial and retail banking services, as well as trust and asset management, retail securities brokerage and data processing services.

 

Our profitability, like most financial institutions, is dependent to a large extent upon net interest income, which is the difference between the interest received on interest earning assets, such as loans and securities, and the interest paid on interest-bearing liabilities, principally deposits and borrowings. Results of operations are also affected by the provision for loan losses, operating expenses such as salaries and employee benefits, occupancy and other operating expenses including income taxes, and noninterest income such as service charges on deposit accounts, asset management and trust fees, retail securities brokerage fees, mortgage banking fees, bank card fees, and data processing fees.

 

Strategic Review

 

Our philosophy is to build long-term client relationships based on quality service, high ethical standards, and safe and sound banking practices. We maintain a locally oriented, community-based focus, which is augmented by experienced, centralized support in select specialized areas. Our local market orientation is reflected in our network of banking office locations, experienced community executives with a dedicated President for each market, and community boards which support our focus on responding to local banking needs. We strive to offer a broad array of sophisticated products and to provide quality service by empowering associates to make decisions in their local markets.

 

We have sought to build a franchise in small-to medium-sized, less competitive markets, located on the outskirts of the larger metropolitan markets where we are positioned as a market leader. Many of our markets are on the outskirts of these larger markets in close proximity to major interstate thoroughfares such as Interstates I-10 and I-75. Our three largest markets are Tallahassee (Leon-Florida), Gainesville (Alachua-Florida), and Macon (Bibb-Georgia). In 13 of 20 markets in Florida and three of five markets in Georgia, we rank within the top four banks in terms of market share. Furthermore, in the counties in which we operate, we maintain an average 8.80% market share in the Florida counties and 6.09% in the Georgia counties, suggesting that there is significant opportunity to grow market share within these geographic areas. The larger employers in many of our markets are state and local governments, healthcare providers, educational institutions, and small businesses. While we realize that the markets in our footprint do not provide for a level of potential growth that the larger metropolitan markets may provide, our markets do provide good growth dynamics and have historically grown in excess of the national average. We strive to provide value added services to our clients by being their banker, not just a bank. This element of our strategy distinguishes Capital City Bank from our competitors.

 

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While our recent growth is below historical norms, our long-term vision remains to profitably expand our franchise through a combination of organic growth in existing markets and acquisitions. We have long understood that our core deposit funding base is a predominant driver of our profitability and overall franchise value, and have focused extensively on this component of our organic growth efforts in recent years. While we have not been an active acquirer of banks since 2005, this component of our strategy is still in place.

 

Potential acquisition growth will continue to be focused on Florida, Georgia, and Alabama with a particular focus on financial institutions located on the outskirts of larger, metropolitan areas. Five markets have been identified, four in Florida and one in Georgia, in which management intends to proactively pursue expansion opportunities. These markets include Alachua, Marion, Hernando/Pasco counties in Florida, the western panhandle of Florida, and Bibb and surrounding counties in central Georgia. Our focus on some of these markets may change as we continue to evaluate our strategy and the impact the current economic cycle is having on any individual market. We will also continue to evaluate de novo expansion opportunities in attractive new markets in the event that acquisition opportunities are not feasible. Other expansion opportunities that will be evaluated include asset management, mortgage banking, and insurance. Embedded in our acquisition strategy is our desire to partner with institutions that are culturally similar, have experienced management and possess either established market presence or have potential for improved profitability through growth, economies of scale, or expanded services. Generally, these target institutions will range in asset size from $100 million to $400 million.

 

EXECUTIVE OVERVIEW

 

2013 was a turnaround year for our Company as we reported net income of $6.0 million compared to $0.1 million in 2012. The growth in net income on an operating basis reflects lower credit-related costs and, to a lesser extent, higher noninterest income that was partially offset by reduction in net interest income. Below are summary highlights that impacted our performance for the year:

 

§Significant decline in loan loss provision ($12.7 million) reflective of lower loan losses and favorable loan migration
§Solid growth in noninterest income ($1.2 million) driven by wealth management
§Reduction in operating expenses ($1.8 million) reflective of lower OREO costs and strong expense control
§Lower net interest income ($6.6 million) primarily attributable to declining loan balances

 

Our credit quality metrics improved noticeably in 2013 reflective of a significant decline in the level of our nonperforming assets driven by both strong OREO sales as well as reduced problem loan inflows. We continue to believe that our disciplined approach to capturing the maximum value possible when disposing of our problem assets is in the best long-term interest of our shareowners and 2013 helped to further validate that approach.

 

We continued to realize an unfavorable change in our earning asset mix during 2013 due to reduction in our loan balances which has resulted in a high level of liquidity and an unfavorable impact on earnings. Loan growth remains challenging as our markets continued a relatively slow recovery in 2013. Efforts to stabilize our loan portfolio balances were ongoing during 2013 as we implemented new loan programs aimed at driving growth in business segments that are showing greater loan demand, including business and indirect auto lending.

 

Our capital ratios improved noticeably year-over-year due to earnings retention, but more significantly due to a favorable adjustment in the pension component of our other comprehensive income, which increased our tangible capital ratio by 123 basis points to 7.58% at year-end 2013.

 

While we have allocated significant resources to problem asset resolution in recent years, we have also been intensely focused on our business and our changing industry. Development and implementation of strategies aimed at improving the capacity and efficiency of our loan and deposit delivery channels positions us to capitalize on loan growth opportunities as conditions in our markets improve as well as further enhance our core deposit franchise.

 

During 2014, efforts to further reduce our nonperforming assets and stabilize our loan portfolio balances will remain our key focus as well as continuation of efforts to diversify and enhance our noninterest income revenue stream and reduce core operating expenses.

 

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Key components of our 2013 financial performance are summarized below:

 

Results of Operations

 

§For 2013, taxable equivalent net interest income decreased $6.6 million, or 7.8%, to $78.3 million driven by declines in loan income attributable to lower portfolio balances and unfavorable asset repricing, which was partially offset by reductions in interest expense. Our net interest margin of 3.54% in 2013 was 27 basis points lower than the 3.81% recorded in 2012. In 2013, compared to 2012, the yield on interest earning assets declined 31 basis points and was partially offset by a decline in the cost of funds of 4 basis points.

 

§We recorded a loan loss provision of $3.5 million for 2013 compared to $16.2 million in 2012, which reflected favorable problem loan migration, lower loan losses, and overall improvement in key credit metrics. OREO costs declined for the second consecutive year totaling $9.5 million in 2013 and $11.4 million in 2012 attributable to lower carrying costs and a reduced level of valuation adjustments reflecting improved real estate valuations in our markets.

 

§For 2013, noninterest income totaled $56.4 million, a $1.2 million, or 2.2%, increase over 2012 attributable to higher wealth management fees of $1.0 million and other income of $0.9 million, partially offset by lower deposit fees of $0.5 million and mortgage banking fees of $0.1 million. Growth in new accounts and higher trading activity by our clients drove the increase in wealth management fees. Other income increased due to higher gains from the sale of OREO properties. Lower overdraft fees drove the reduction in deposit fees.

 

§For 2013, noninterest expense totaled $122.7 million, a $1.8 million, or 1.5%, decrease from 2012 attributable to a decline in other expense of $3.0 million and occupancy expense of $0.7 million that was partially offset by higher compensation of $1.9 million. Lower OREO expense drove the reduction in other expense with lower legal fees, professional fees, and miscellaneous expense also contributing to a lesser extent. Declines were realized in most of the occupancy expense categories and generally reflect stronger cost controls and other cost reduction initiatives. The increase in compensation expense was attributable to an increase in associate benefit expense of $2.2 million, reflective of higher pension plan expense of $1.0 million and stock compensation expense of $0.9 million, partially offset by a $0.3 million reduction in salary expense.

 

Financial Condition

 

§Average assets totaled approximately $2.569 billion for 2013, a decrease of $21.5 million, or 0.8%, from 2012.   Year-over-year, average short-term investments and investment securities increased $38.6 million and $51.2 million, respectively, while average loans declined $105.8 million. The unfavorable shift in our mix of earning assets reflects slow recovery of loan demand in our markets and reduction in loan balances. We continue to maintain a strong liquidity position as evidenced by average funds sold of approximately $423.0 million for the year.

 

§Average total deposits for 2013 were $2.070 billion, a decrease of $35.6 million, or 1.7%, from 2012. Decreases in NOW accounts and certificates of deposit were partially offset by increases in noninterest-bearing deposits, money market accounts, and savings accounts. 

 

§At year-end 2013, our nonperforming assets totaled $85.0 million, a decrease of $32.7 million from year-end 2012. Nonaccrual loans totaled $37.0 million at year-end 2012, a decrease of $27.2 million from year-end 2012, reflective of loan resolutions which outpaced gross additions. Nonaccrual loan additions slowed again for the second consecutive year, by $17 million, or 28%. The balance of OREO totaled $48.1 million at year-end 2013, a decrease of $5.3 million from year-end 2012. We continued to experience progress during 2013 in our efforts to dispose of OREO selling properties totaling $25.9 million compared to $28.2 million in 2012.

 

§Our allowance for loan losses at year-end 2013 was $23.1 million (1.65% of loans) and provided coverage of 62% of nonperforming loans compared to $29.2 million (1.93% of loans) and 45% of nonperforming loans at year-end 2012. Net charge-offs for 2013 totaled $9.5 million, or 0.66% of average loans compared to $18.0 million, or 1.16% in 2012, reflective of lower residential and commercial real estate loan charge-offs. Since 2008, we have recorded a cumulative loan loss provision totaling $135.0 million, or 7.1% of beginning loans and have recognized cumulative net charge-offs of $129.6 million, or 6.8%.

 

§Shareowners’ equity increased by $29.5 million from $246.9 million at December 31, 2012 to $276.4 million at December 31, 2013, primarily attributable to an actuarial gain reducing our pension liability. We continue to maintain a strong capital base as evidenced by a risk-based capital ratio of 17.94% and a tangible common equity ratio of 7.58% at year-end 2013 compared to 15.72% and 6.35%, respectively, at year-end 2012.

 

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RESULTS OF OPERATIONS

 

For 2013, we realized net income of $6.0 million, or $0.35 per diluted share compared to $0.1 million, or $0.01 per diluted share, in 2011, and $4.9 million, or $0.29 per diluted share in 2011.

 

The increase in earnings for 2013 reflects a lower loan loss provision of $12.7 million, higher noninterest income of $1.2 million, and lower noninterest expense of $1.8 million, partially offset by a reduction in net interest income of $6.6 million and higher income taxes of $3.2 million.

 

The decline in earnings for 2012 as compared to 2011 was attributable to lower operating revenues of $11.3 million partially offset by a decrease in our loan loss provision of $2.8 million, a decrease in noninterest expense of $1.7 million and a reduction in income taxes of $2.0 million. 2011 performance reflects the sale of our Visa Class B shares of stock (“Visa stock”), which resulted in a $2.6 million net gain ($3.2 million pre-tax included in noninterest income and a swap liability of $0.6 million included in noninterest expense).

 

A condensed earnings summary for the last three years is presented in Table 1 below:

 

Table 1

CONDENSED SUMMARY OF EARNINGS

 

(Dollars in Thousands, Except Per Share Data)  2013  2012  2011
Interest Income  $82,152   $89,680   $99,459 
Taxable Equivalent Adjustments   583    616    925 
Total Interest Income (FTE)   82,735    90,296    100,384 
Interest Expense   4,416    5,368    7,537 
Net Interest Income (FTE)   78,319    84,928    92,847 
Provision for Loan Losses   3,472    16,166    18,996 
Taxable Equivalent Adjustments   583    616    925 
Net Interest Income After Provision for Loan Losses   74,264    68,146    72,926 
Noninterest Income   56,416    55,185    58,848 
Noninterest Expense   122,710    124,559    126,248 
Income (Loss) Before Income Taxes   7,970    (1,228)   5,526 
Income Tax Expense (Benefit)   1,925    (1,336)   629 
Net Income  $6,045   $108   $4,897 
                
Basic Net Income Per Share  $0.35   $0.01   $0.29 
Diluted Net Income Per Share  $0.35   $0.01   $0.29 

 

Net Interest Income

 

Net interest income represents our single largest source of earnings and is equal to interest income and fees generated by earning assets, less interest expense paid on interest bearing liabilities.  We provide an analysis of our net interest income, including average yields and rates in Tables 2 and 3 below.  We provide this information on a "taxable equivalent" basis to reflect the tax-exempt status of income earned on certain loans and investments, the majority of which are state and local government debt obligations.

 

In 2013, our taxable equivalent net interest income decreased $6.6 million, or 7.8%.  This follows a decrease of $7.9 million, or 8.5%, in 2012, and a decrease of $6.1 million, or 6.2%, in 2011.  The decrease in our taxable equivalent net interest income in these years was primarily driven by declines in loan income attributable to lower portfolio balances and unfavorable asset repricing, which was partially offset by reductions in interest expense.  The lower interest expense is primarily attributable to declines in certificates of deposit balances and reflects favorable repricing in all interest-bearing deposit categories.

 

For 2013, taxable equivalent interest income declined $7.6 million, or 8.4%, from 2012, $10.1 million, or 10.0% in 2012 from 2011, and $11.6 million, or 10.3%, in 2011 from 2010.  The decrease for all periods is specifically attributable to both the shift in earning asset mix and lower yields. The declining loan portfolio has resulted in the higher yielding interest earning assets being replaced with lower yielding federal funds or investment securities. Additionally, lower yields on new loan and investment production and loan portfolio repricing continue to adversely affect net interest income.

 

These factors produced a 31 basis point decline in the yield on interest earning assets, which decreased from 4.05% in 2012 to 3.74% for 2013.  This compares to a 47 basis point decline in 2012 over 2011.

 

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Interest expense decreased $952,000, or 17.7%, from 2012, and $2.2 million, or 28.8%, in 2012 over 2011.  The lower cost of funds when compared to both periods was a result of continued rate reductions on all deposit products except savings accounts.  The rate reductions on deposits reflect our response to a historically low interest rate environment and desire to continue our focus on core banking relationships. The average rate paid on interest-bearing liabilities decreased 5 basis points from 2012, and declined 12 basis points in 2012 from 2011, reflecting the factors mentioned above.

 

Our interest rate spread (defined as the taxable equivalent yield on average earning assets less the average rate paid on interest bearing liabilities) decreased 26 basis points in 2013 compared to 2012 and declined 35 basis points in 2012 compared to 2011.  The decrease in both years was primarily attributable to the adverse impact of lower rates and a change in the mix of interest earning assets, which more than offset the repricing of our deposit base.

 

The decline in the loan portfolio, coupled with the low rate environment continues to put downward pressure on our net interest income.  The loan portfolio yield has been declining because the average rate on new loans is lower than the loans being paid off and the existing adjustable rate loans reprice lower. Lowering our cost of funds, to the extent we can, and continuing to shift the mix of our deposits will help to partially mitigate the unfavorable impact of weak loan demand and repricing, although any further impact is expected to be minimal. 

 

Our net interest margin (defined as taxable equivalent interest income less interest expense divided by average earning assets) of 3.54% in 2013 was 27 basis points lower than the 3.81% recorded in 2012 and was 37 basis points lower in 2012 than the 4.18% reported in 2011.  In 2013, compared to 2012, the yield on earning assets declined 31 basis points and was partially offset by a decline in the cost of funds of 4 basis points. The earning asset yield decline of 47 basis points in 2012 over 2011 was partially offset by a reduction in the cost of funds by 10 basis points.

 

The shift in our earning asset mix and continued unfavorable asset repricing resulted in a net interest margin of 3.45% for the fourth quarter of 2013, which represents a decline of 33 basis points over the fourth quarter of 2012.  The decline in interest earning assets primarily attributable to the loan portfolio, coupled with the low rate environment continues to put pressure on our net interest income.  

 

As experienced in 2012 and again throughout 2013, historically low interest rates (essentially setting a floor on deposit repricing), foregone interest, unfavorable asset repricing without the flexibility to significantly adjust deposit rates and core deposit growth (which has strengthened our liquidity position, but contributed to an unfavorable shift in our earning asset mix), have all placed pressure on our net interest margin.  Our current strategy, which is consistent with our historical strategy, is to not accept greater interest rate risk by reaching further out the curve for yield, particularly given the fact that short term rates are at historical lows.  We continue to maintain short duration portfolios on both sides of the balance sheet and believe we are well positioned to respond to changing market conditions.  Over time, this strategy has produced fairly consistent outcomes and a net interest margin that is significantly above peer comparisons.  Given the unfavorable asset repricing and low rate environment, we anticipate continued pressure on the margin throughout 2014.

 

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Table 2

AVERAGE BALANCES AND INTEREST RATES

 

   2013  2012  2011  
(Taxable Equivalent Basis - Dollars in Thousands)  Average
Balance
  Interest  Average
Rate
  Average
Balance
  Interest  Average
Rate
  Average
Balance
  Interest    Average
Rate
 
ASSETS                                             
Loans, Net of Unearned Income(1)(2)  $1,450,806   $78,484    5.41%  $1,556,565   $85,780    5.51%  $1,686,995   $95,520    5.66%
Taxable Investment Securities   232,173    2,344    0.94    223,429    2,912    1.27    243,059    3,320    1.38 
Tax-Exempt Investment Securities(2)   108,042    830    0.76    65,560    658    1.00    62,497    996    1.59 
Funds Sold   422,665    1,077    0.25    384,067    946    0.25    228,766    548    0.24 
Total Earning Assets   2,213,686    82,735    3.74%   2,229,621    90,296    4.05%   2,221,317    100,384    4.52%
Cash & Due From Banks   49,978              48,924              48,823           
Allowance for Loan Losses   (28,167)             (30,959)             (32,066)          
Other Assets   333,165              342,587              345,123           
TOTAL ASSETS  $2,568,662             $2,590,173             $2,583,197           
                                              
LIABILITIES                                             
NOW Accounts  $719,493   $482    0.07%  $771,617   $634    0.08%  $748,774   $890    0.12%
Money Market Accounts   284,245    211    0.07    280,165    255    0.09    282,271    437    0.15 
Savings Accounts   203,864    101    0.05    175,712    87    0.05    151,801    73    0.05 
Other Time Deposits   231,354    637    0.28    267,263    1,132    0.42    330,750    2,547    0.77 
Total Interest Bearing Deposits   1,438,956    1,431    0.10%   1,494,757    2,108    0.14%   1,513,596    3,947    0.26%
Short-Term Borrowings   53,922    235    0.44    52,178    196    0.38    68,061    305    0.45 
Subordinated Notes Payable   62,887    1,420    2.23    62,887    1,477    2.31    62,887    1,380    2.16 
Other Long-Term Borrowings   41,077    1,330    3.24    41,513    1,587    3.82    47,841    1,905    3.98 
Total Interest Bearing Liabilities   1,596,842    4,416    0.28%   1,651,335    5,368    0.33%   1,692,385    7,537    0.45%
Noninterest Bearing Deposits   631,117              610,915              567,987           
Other Liabilities   89,276              74,963              59,777           
TOTAL LIABILITIES   2,317,235              2,337,213              2,320,149           
                                              
SHAREOWNERS' EQUITY                                             
TOTAL SHAREOWNERS' EQUITY   251,427              252,960              263,048           
                                              
TOTAL LIABILITIES & EQUITY  $2,568,662             $2,590,173             $2,583,197           
                                              
Interest Rate Spread             3.46%             3.72%             4.07%
Net Interest Income       $78,319             $84,928             $92,847      
Net Interest Margin(3)             3.54%             3.81%             4.18%

 

(1) Average balances include nonaccrual loans.  Interest income includes loan fees of $1.6 million, $1.6 million, and $1.5 million in 2013, 2012, and 2011, respectively.
(2) Interest income includes the effects of taxable equivalent adjustments using a 35% tax rate.
(3) Taxable equivalent net interest income divided by average earning assets.

 

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Table 3

RATE/VOLUME ANALYSIS(1)

 

   2013 vs. 2012  2012 vs. 2011
   Increase (Decrease) Due to Change In  Increase (Decrease) Due to Change In
(Taxable Equivalent Basis - Dollars in Thousands)  Total  Volume  Rate  Total  Calendar  Volume  Rate
Earnings Assets:                                   
Loans, Net of Unearned Interest(2)  $(7,296)  $(5,828)  $(1,468)  $(9,740)  $262   $(7,610)  $(2,392)
Investment Securities:                                   
Taxable   (568)   114    (682)   (408)   9    (181)   (236)
Tax-Exempt(2)   172    519    (347)   (338)   3    49    (390)
Funds Sold   131    95    36    398    1    535    (138)
Total   (7,561)   (5,100)   (2,461)   (10,088)   275    (7,207)   (3,156)
                                    
Interest Bearing Liabilities:                                   
NOW Accounts   (152)   (34)   (118)   (256)   3    109    (368)
Money Market Accounts   (44)   4    (48)   (182)   1    (3)   (180)
Savings Accounts   14    14    —      14    —      12    2 
Time Deposits   (495)   (152)   (343)   (1,415)   7    (487)   (935)
Short-Term Borrowings   39    7    32    (109)   1    (112)   2 
Subordinated Notes Payable   (57)   —      (57)   97    4    —      93 
Other Long-Term Borrowings   (257)   (13)   (244)   (318)   5    (251)   (72)
Total   (952)   (174)   (778)   (2,169)   21    (732)   (1,458)
                                    
Changes in Net Interest Income  $(6,609)  $(4,926)  $(1,683)  $(7,919)  $254   $(6,475)  $(1,698)

 

(1) This table shows the change in taxable equivalent net interest income for comparative periods based on either changes in average volume or changes in average rates for interest earning assets and interest-bearing liabilities. Changes which are not solely due to volume changes or solely due to rate changes have been attributed to rate changes.
(2) Interest income includes the effects of taxable equivalent adjustments using a 35% tax rate to adjust interest on tax-exempt loans and securities to a taxable equivalent basis.

 

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Provision for Loan Losses

 

The provision for loan losses was $3.5 million in 2013 compared to $16.2 million in 2012 and $19.0 million in 2011. The decline in the provision for 2013 and 2012 reflects favorable problem loan migration, lower loan losses, and overall improvement in key credit metrics. We discuss these trends in further detail below under Risk Element Assets and Allowance for Loan Losses.

 

Noninterest Income

 

Noninterest income totaled $56.4 million in 2013, $55.2 million in 2012, and $58.8 million in 2011. For 2013, the $1.2 million, or 2.2%, increase over 2012 reflects higher wealth management fees of $1.0 million and other income of $0.9 million, partially offset by lower deposit fees of $0.5 million and mortgage banking fees of $0.1 million.

 

For 2012, the $3.6 million decrease from 2011 was driven by a reduction in other income of $4.6 million. The decline in other income was due to a $3.2 million gain from the sale of our Visa stock recognized during 2011 and to a lesser extent a reduction in gains from the sale of OREO properties. Lower data processing fees of $0.5 million and wealth management fees of $0.4 million also contributed to the year over year decrease. The unfavorable variances were partially offset by higher deposit fees of $0.3 million, mortgage banking fees of $0.9 million and bank card fees of $0.6 million.

 

Noninterest income as a percent of total operating revenues (net interest income plus noninterest income) was 42.2% in 2013, 39.7% in 2012, and 39.1% in 2011. The increase in this metric for 2013 and 2012 reflects a reduction in net interest income, which was previously discussed in detail under Net Interest Income.

 

The table below reflects the major components of noninterest income.

 

(Dollars in Thousands)  2013  2012  2011
Deposit Fees  $25,254   $25,792   $25,451
Bank Card Fees   10,786    10,783    10,141
Wealth Management Fees   8,179    7,181    7,615
Securities Transactions   3    —      —  
Mortgage Banking Fees   3,534    3,600    2,675
Data Processing Fees   2,674    2,713    3,230
Other   5,986    5,116    9,736
Total Noninterest Income  $56,416   $55,185   $58,848

 

Various significant components of noninterest income are discussed in more detail below.

 

Deposit Fees. For 2013, deposit service charge fees totaled $25.3 million, compared to $25.8 million in 2012 and $25.5 million in 2011. The $0.5 million, or 2.1%, decrease in 2013 compared to 2012 reflects a lower level of overdraft fees, partially offset by higher business account analysis fees. The $0.3 million, or 1.3%, increase in 2012 compared to 2011 was driven by a lower level of charged-off checking accounts and improved fee collection experience.

 

Bank Card Fees. Bank card fees totaled $10.8 million in 2013 compared to $10.8 million in 2012 and $10.1 million in 2011. Bank card fees were essentially flat in 2013 compared to 2012 due to a reduction in the interchange rate for PIN based transactions. The $0.6 million, or 6.3%, increase in 2012 compared to 2011 reflects higher card utilization as well as an increase in the number of active cards due to an increase in transaction accounts.

 

Wealth Management Fees. Wealth management fees include both trust fees (i.e., managed accounts, trusts/estates, and retirement plans) and retail brokerage fees (i.e., investment and insurance products) totaled $8.2 million in 2013 compared to $7.2 million in 2012 and $7.6 million in 2011. The $1.0 million, or 13.9%, increase in 2013 compared to 2012 reflects a $1.2 million increase in retail brokerage fees partially offset by a $0.1 million decrease in trust fees. The growth in retail brokerage fees was driven by higher trading activity by our clients and new account growth. The slight decline in trust fees reflects a decline in trust assets under management primarily attributable to account distributions. The $0.4 million, or 5.7%, decrease in 2012 compared to 2011 was due to lower trust fees of $0.3 million and retail brokerage fees of $0.1 million. The reduction in trust fees was driven by lower asset values for managed accounts as well as a decline in estate management fees. The slight decline in retail brokerage fees was attributable to lower trading activity by our clients. At December 31, 2013, total assets under management were approximately $1.259 billion compared to $1.124 billion at December 31, 2012 and $1.142 billion at December 31, 2011.

 

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Mortgage Banking Fees. Mortgage banking fees totaled $3.5 million in 2013 compared to $3.6 million in 2012 and $2.7 million in 2011. The $0.1 million, or 1.8%, decrease in 2013 compared to 2012 primarily reflects a slowdown in refinance activity that was substantially offset by a higher margin realized for sold loans. The $0.9 million, or 34.6%, increase in 2012 compared to 2011 was attributable to increased home purchase activity in our markets and an increase in refinancing activity due to the lower rate environment. Refinancing activity represented 32% of our loan production in 2013 compared to 39% and 30% for 2012 and 2011, respectively. Market conditions, housing activity, the level of interest rates and the percent of our fixed-rate production have significant impacts on our mortgage banking fees.

 

Data Processing Fees. For 2013 and 2012, data processing fees totaled $2.7 million compared to $3.2 million in 2011. The decrease in 2012 was due to a reduction in the number of banks that we provide processing services to as two of our user banks were acquired and discontinued service in mid-2011. We currently maintain processing arrangements with five banks and five government agencies. One of the government agency clients represents approximately 46% of our total data processing fees. This processing contract has historically been subject to renewal every three years, but has been renewed on a one-year basis since 2012 due to the agency’s migration to a new processor set to be fully implemented by mid-2014. Thus, we expect our data processing fees to significantly decline in 2014.

 

Other. Other noninterest income totaled $6.0 million in 2013 compared to $5.1 million and $9.7 million, respectively, for 2012 and 2011. The increase in 2013 compared to 2012 was due to a higher level of gains from the sale of OREO properties as well as higher bonus income received from our debit card processor reflecting renegotiation of our processing agreement. The decrease realized in 2012 reflects the impact of a $3.2 million gain from the sale of our Visa stock in 2011 as well as a lower level of gains from the sale of OREO properties.

 

Noninterest Expense

 

Noninterest expense totaled $122.7 million in 2013 compared to $124.6 million in 2012 and $126.2 million in 2011. For 2013, the $1.8 million, or 1.5%, decrease was attributable to a decline in other expense of $3.0 million and occupancy expense of $0.7 million that was partially offset by higher compensation of $1.9 million. Lower OREO expense drove the reduction in other expense due to lower carrying costs and valuation adjustments reflecting improving property values in our markets. Lower legal fees, professional fees, and miscellaneous expense also contributed to the reduction in other expense. Declines were realized in most of the occupancy expense categories and were generally driven by stronger cost controls and other cost reduction initiatives. The increase in compensation expense was attributable to an increase in associate benefit expense of $2.2 million, reflective of higher pension plan expense of $1.0 million and stock compensation expense of $0.9 million, partially offset by a $0.3 million reduction in salary expense.

 

For 2012, the $1.7 million, or 1.3%, decrease was primarily attributable to a decline in other expense of $2.1 million and occupancy expense of $0.2 million, partially offset by higher compensation expense of $0.6 million. The reduction in other expense reflects lower OREO expense of $1.2 million, advertising expense of $0.7 million, FDIC insurance fees of $0.4 million, intangible amortization of $0.2 million, and miscellaneous expense of $0.7 million, partially offset by higher professional fees of $1.1 million. Occupancy expense decreased due to lower expense for premises of $0.5 million, partially offset by higher furniture, fixtures, and equipment (“FF&E”) expense of $0.3 million. The $0.6 million increase in compensation expense was attributable to higher expense for associate benefits of $2.1 million, primarily higher pension plan expense, partially offset by a reduction in salary expense of $1.5 million.

 

Our operating efficiency ratio (expressed as noninterest expense as a percent of taxable equivalent net interest income plus noninterest income) was 91.09%, 88.72% and 83.24% in 2013, 2012 and 2011, respectively. A reduction in net interest income as well as an elevated level of OREO expense, FDIC insurance fees, and pension costs was the primary reasons for the elevated efficiency ratio for all periods. Our 2011 operating efficiency ratio reflects the favorable impact of the $3.2 million pre-tax gain from the sale of our Visa stock.

 

Expense management is an important part of our culture and strategic focus and we will continue to review and evaluate opportunities to optimize our operations, reduce operating costs and manage our discretionary expenses.

 

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The table below reflects the major components of noninterest expense.

 

(Dollars in Thousands)  2013  2012  2011
Salaries  $48,584   $48,925   $50,417
Associate Benefits   17,543    15,317    13,225
Total Compensation   66,127    64,242    63,642
               
Premises   8,863    9,152    9,713
Equipment   8,468    8,903    8,558
Total Occupancy   17,331    18,055    18,271
               
Legal Fees   3,663    4,303    4,106
Professional Fees   4,304    4,882    3,832
Processing Services   5,396    3,967    3,708
Advertising   1,719    1,815    2,471
Travel and Entertainment   870    839    898
Printing and Supplies   994    1,154    1,321
Telephone   1,891    1,896    1,895
Postage   1,309    1,595    1,780
Insurance – Other   4,144    4,104    4,474
Intangible Amortization   210    431    675
Other Real Estate Owned   9,539    11,428    12,586
Miscellaneous   5,213    5,848    6,589
Total Other Expense   39,252    42,262    44,335
               
Total Noninterest Expense  $122,710   $124,559   $126,248

 

Various significant components of noninterest expense are discussed in more detail below.

 

Compensation. Compensation expense totaled $66.1 million in 2013, $64.2 million in 2012, and $63.6 million in 2011. The $1.9 million, or 2.9%, increase in 2013 was due to higher associate benefit expense of $2.2 million partially offset by lower salary expense of $0.3 million. The increase in associate benefit expense reflects higher expense for our pension plans of $1.0 million primarily driven by the lower discount rate used for computing plan cost. Higher stock compensation expense of $0.9 million also contributed to the increase reflecting an improvement in company performance. The reduction in salary expense was driven by a reduction in base salary expense of $0.8 million attributable to further reduction in associate headcount that was partially offset by higher cash basis performance pay.

 

For 2012, the $0.6 million, or 0.9%, increase over 2011 was due to higher associate benefit expense of $2.1 million partially offset by lower salary expense of $1.5 million. The increase in associate benefit expense reflects higher expense for our defined benefit pension plan of $1.6 million primarily driven by the lower discount rate used for computing plan cost. Higher stock compensation expense of $0.4 million also contributed to the increase. The reduction in salary expense was driven by a reduction in base salary expense of $1.1 million attributable to further reduction in associate headcount as well as a $0.7 million decline in performance pay, partially offset by lower realized loan cost of $0.2 million. Realized loan cost, which reflects the deferral and amortization of loan costs, is accounted for as a credit offset to salary expense. A lower number of loans originated during 2012 compared to the prior year reduced the amount of this credit offset.

 

Occupancy. Occupancy expense (including premises and equipment) totaled $17.3 million for 2013, $18.1 million for 2012, and $18.3 million for 2011. For 2013, the $0.7 million, or 4.0%, decline from 2012 was attributable to a reduction in premises expense of $0.3 million and FF&E expense of $0.4 million. The decrease in premises expense was primarily driven by lower lease and utility expense. During 2012 and 2013, we did not renew leases on two banking offices. An internal energy efficiency program initiated in early 2013 drove the reduction in utility costs. The decrease in FF&E expense reflects lower depreciation expense reflecting full depreciation of our item processing system as well as lower expense for maintenance agreements. For 2012, the $0.2 million, or 1.2%, decrease from 2011 reflects lower premises expense of $0.5 million partially offset by higher FF&E expense of $0.3 million. A reduction in building maintenance/repair costs as well as utility costs drove the decrease in premises expense reflecting our efforts to re-negotiate vendor contracts and proactively manage our energy costs. The increase in FF&E expense was attributable to higher network system costs.

 

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Other. Other noninterest expense totaled $39.3 million in 2013, $42.3 million in 2012, and $44.3 million in 2011. The $3.0 million, or 7.1%, decrease in 2013 reflects lower expense for OREO properties of $1.9 million, legal fees of $0.6 million, professional fees of $0.6 million, postage of $0.3 million, printing/supplies of $0.2 million, intangible amortization of $0.2 million, and miscellaneous expense of $0.6 million, partially offset by higher processing services of $1.4 million. OREO expense decreased due to lower property carrying costs and a reduction in losses from the sale of properties reflecting improving property values in our markets. Lower legal costs to support collection/foreclosure activity and borrower bankruptcy proceedings drove the decline in legal fees. Professional fees decreased due to a reduction in cost for performing our goodwill analysis during the year as well as lower internal audits costs and real estate appraisal costs. The decline in postage costs reflects our initiative to migrate our clients to e-statements and we expect to continue this trend into 2014. Printing and supplies expense decreased due to stronger cost controls. Full amortization of our remaining core deposit intangible drove the decline in intangible amortization expense. The reduction in miscellaneous expense was attributable to the reclassification of our debit card processing costs to the processing services expense category. Processing services expense increased primarily due to the outsourcing of our item processing system in early 2013 and to a lesser extent the aforementioned reclassification of debit card processing costs. While increasing the level of expense for processing services, our decision to outsource our items processing system enable us to reduce expense in other areas such as compensation, printing/supplies, and postage.

 

For 2012, the $2.1 million, or 4.7%, decrease from 2011 was attributable to lower expense for OREO properties of $1.2 million, advertising expense of $0.7 million, FDIC insurance fees of $0.4 million, intangible amortization of $0.2 million, and miscellaneous expense of $0.7 million, partially offset by higher professional fees of $1.1 million. A lower level of valuation adjustments drove the decline in expense for OREO properties. The reduction in advertising expense reflects a lower level of brand promotional activities and improved control over public relations costs. FDIC insurance costs declined due to maintenance of a lower assessment base during 2012. The decrease in intangible amortization expense reflects the full amortization of certain core deposit intangibles related to past acquisitions. Lower expense for the Visa swap liability associated with the sale of our Visa shares during 2011 drove the decline in miscellaneous expense. The increase in professional fees was primarily due to higher consulting fees and external audit fees.

 

Income Taxes

 

For 2013, we realized income tax expense of $1.9 million (effective tax rate of 24.2%) compared to an income tax benefit of $1.3 million (effective tax rate of 108.7%) in 2012 and income tax expense of $0.6 million (effective tax rate of 11.4%) in 2011. The increase in the tax provision for 2013 was driven by higher operating profits. The reduction in the tax provision for 2012 was primarily attributable to lower book operating profit. The tax provisions for all periods were favorably affected by the resolution of tax contingencies totaling approximately $0.8 million, $0.3 million and $0.2 million, respectively.

 

FINANCIAL CONDITION

 

Average assets totaled approximately $2.569 billion for the year 2013, a decrease of $21.5 million, or 0.8%, over 2012.  Average interest earning assets were approximately $2.214 billion, representing a decrease of $15.9 million, or 0.7%, over 2012.   Year-over-year, average short-term investments and investment securities increased $38.6 million and $51.2 million, respectively, while average loans declined $105.8 million.  We discuss these variances in more detail below.

 

Table 2 provides information on average balances and rates, Table 3 provides an analysis of rate and volume variances and Table 4 highlights the changing mix of our interest earning assets over the last three years.

 

Loans

 

In 2013, average loans decreased $105.8 million, or 6.8%, compared to $130.4 million, or 7.7%, in 2012. Loans as a percent of average earning assets declined to 65.5% in 2013, down from the 2012 and 2011 levels of 69.8% and 75.9%, respectively.  The loan portfolio experienced continued runoff throughout 2013 driven by declines in all portfolios. The largest declines over the past two years were experienced primarily in the commercial real estate and residential real estate categories.  Our core loan portfolio continues to be impacted by normal amortization and a higher level of payoffs and pay downs that have continued to outpace our new loan production. New loan production continues to be impacted by weak loan demand attributable to the trend toward consumers and businesses deleveraging, the lack of consumer confidence, and a persistently sluggish economy.  In addition to lower production and normal amortization and payoffs, the reduction in the portfolio is also attributable to gross charge-offs and the transfer of loans to the other real estate owned category. During 2013, loan resolutions (gross charge-offs plus loans transferred to OREO) accounted for $36.7 million, or 30%, of the net reduction in total loans of $121.6 million (based on “as of” balances). Since the end of 2008, loan resolutions have accounted for $337 million, or approximately 60% of the net reduction in the portfolio of $558.1 million.

 

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New loan production for 2013 was higher than 2012 as our efforts to stimulate new loan growth are ongoing. Without compromising our credit standards or taking on inordinate interest rate risk, we have modified several lending programs in our business and commercial real estate areas to try and mitigate the significant impact that consumer and business deleveraging is having on our portfolio.

 

We originate mortgage loans secured by 1-4 family residential properties through our Residential Real Estate line of business, a majority of which are fixed-rate loans that are sold into the secondary market to third party purchasers on a best efforts delivery basis with servicing released. A majority of our adjustable rate loan product is retained in our loan portfolio. While the loans sold into the secondary market are without recourse, the purchase agreements require us to make certain representations and warranties regarding the existence and sufficiency of file documentation and the absence of fraud by borrowers or other third parties. If it is determined that a loan was sold in breach of these representations or warranties, we have the obligation to either repurchase the loan for the unpaid balance and related investor fees or make the purchaser whole for the economic benefits of the loan. From January 1, 2008 through December 31, 2013, we originated roughly 5,730 residential real estate loans totaling approximately $911 million that were sold into the secondary market to investors.  Of this amount, we have been required to repurchase two loans for the principal amount of approximately $0.3 million.  Additionally, since January 1, 2008, we have been required to indemnify one investor in the amount of approximately $35,000.

 

Table 4

SOURCES OF EARNING ASSET GROWTH

 

   2012 to  Percentage  Components of
   2013  Total  Average Earning Assets
(Average Balances – Dollars In Thousands)  Change  Change  2013  2012  2011
Loans:                         
  Commercial, Financial, and Agricultural  $(4,862)   (31.0)%   5.8%   6.0%   6.6%
  Real Estate – Construction   2,124    13.0    1.9    1.8    1.4 
  Real Estate – Commercial Mortgage   (33,859)   (212.0)   26.2    27.5    29.6 
  Real Estate – Residential   (42,286)   (265.0)   14.5    16.3    18.3 
  Real Estate – Home Equity   (8,529)   (53.0)   10.5    10.8    11.1 
Consumer   (18,347)   (115.0)   6.8    7.5    8.8 
    Total Loans  $(105,759)   (663.0)%   65.7%   69.9%   75.8%
                          
Investment Securities:                         
  Taxable  $8,744    55.0%   10.5%   10.0%   11.0%
  Tax-Exempt   42,482    266.0    4.9    2.9    2.9 
    Total Securities   51,226    321.0    15.4    12.9    13.9 
                          
Funds Sold   38,598    242.0    18.9    17.2    10.3 
                          
      Total Earning Assets  $(15,935)   100.0%   100.0%   100.0%   100.0%

 

Our average loan-to-deposit ratio decreased to 70.1% in 2013 from 73.9% in 2012. The lower loan-to-deposit ratio reflects both the decline in average loan balances, and growth in average deposits.

 

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The composition of our loan portfolio at December 31st for each of the past five years is shown in Table 5. Table 6 arrays our total loan portfolio as of December 31, 2013, based upon maturities. As a percent of the total portfolio, loans with fixed interest rates represent 32.4% as of December 31, 2013, versus 32.0% at December 31, 2012.

 

Table 5

LOANS BY CATEGORY

 

(Dollars in Thousands)  2013  2012  2011  2010  2009
Commercial, Financial and Agricultural  $126,607   $139,850   $130,879   $157,394   $189,061 
Real Estate – Construction(1)   36,187    43,740    26,367    43,239    111,249 
Real Estate – Commercial Mortgage   533,871    613,625    639,140    671,702    716,791 
Real Estate – Residential(1)   315,582    329,947    399,371    430,541    416,469 
Real Estate – Home Equity   227,922    236,263    244,263    251,565    246,722 
Consumer   159,500    157,877    188,663    204,230    235,648 
Total Loans, Net of Unearned Income  $1,399,669   $1,521,302   $1,628,683   $1,758,671   $1,915,940 

 

(1)  Includes Loans Held For Sale

 

Table 6

LOAN MATURITIES

 

   Maturity Periods
(Dollars in Thousands)  One Year
or Less
  Over One
Through
Five Years
  Over
Five
Years
  Total
Commercial, Financial and Agricultural  $62,560   $44,605   $19,442   $126,607 
Real Estate – Construction   19,342    10,405    6,440    36,187 
Real Estate – Commercial Mortgage   83,680    96,038    354,153    533,871 
Real Estate – Residential   41,204    35,799    238,579    315,582 
Real Estate – Home Equity   742    27,884    199,296    227,922 
Consumer(1)   15,748    89,637    54,115    159,500 
Total  $223,276   $304,368   $872,025   $1,399,669 
                     
Loans with Fixed Rates  $97,589   $231,539   $123,980   $453,108 
Loans with Floating or Adjustable Rates   125,687    72,829    748,045    946,561 
Total  $223,276   $304,368   $872,025   $1,399,669 

 

(1)  Demand loans and overdrafts are reported in the category of one year or less.

 

Risk Element Assets

 

Risk element assets consist of nonaccrual loans, OREO, TDRs, past due loans, potential problem loans, and loan concentrations. Table 7 depicts certain categories of our risk element assets as of December 31st for each of the last five years. Activity within our nonperforming asset portfolio is provided below in Table 8.

 

Nonperforming assets (nonaccrual loans and OREO) totaled $85.0 million at year-end 2013 compared to $117.7 million at year-end 2012. Nonaccrual loans totaled $37.0 million at year-end 2013, a decrease of $27.2 million from year-end 2012, reflective of loan resolutions (charge-offs, transfer of loans to OREO, and payments) and loans restored to an accrual status, which outpaced gross additions. Gross additions declined by $17 million and $45 million in 2013 and 2012, respectively. The balance of OREO totaled $48.1 million at year-end 2013, a decrease of $5.3 million from year-end 2012. We continued to experience progress during 2013 in our efforts to dispose of OREO selling properties totaling $25.9 million compared to $28.2 million in 2012. Nonperforming assets represented 3.26% of total assets at December 31, 2013 compared to 4.47% at December 31, 2012.

 

We continue to allocate significant resources to reduce our level of nonperforming assets and mitigate losses and we realized continued progress during 2013.

 

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Table 7

RISK ELEMENT ASSETS

 

(Dollars in Thousands)  2013  2012  2011  2010  2009
Nonaccruing Loans:                         
  Commercial, Financial and Agricultural   188    1,069    755    1,059    2,729 
  Real Estate – Construction   426    4,071    334    1,907    20,797 
  Real Estate – Commercial Mortgage   25,227    41,045    42,820    26,874    29,042 
  Real Estate – Residential   6,440    13,429    25,671    30,189    26,599 
  Real Estate – Home Equity   4,084    4,034    4,283    4,803    5,280 
  Consumer   599    574    1,160    868    1,827 
Total Nonperforming Loans (“NPLs”)(1)  $36,964   $64,222   $75,023   $65,700   $86,274 
Other Real Estate Owned   48,071    53,426    62,600    57,937    36,134 
Total Nonperforming Assets (“NPAs”)  $85,035   $117,648   $137,623   $123,637   $122,408 
Past Due Loans 30 – 89 Days  $7,746   $9,934   $19,425   $24,193   $36,501 
Past Due Loans 90 Days or More (accruing)   —      —      224    159    —   
Performing Troubled Debt Restructurings  $44,764   $47,474   $37,675   $21,649   $21,644 
                          
Nonperforming Loans/Loans   2.64%   4.22%   4.61%   3.74%   4.50%
Nonperforming Assets/Total Assets   3.26    4.47    5.21    4.72    4.52 
Nonperforming Assets/Loans Plus OREO   5.87    7.47    8.14    6.81    6.27 
Allowance/Nonperforming Loans   62.48%   45.42%   41.37%   53.94%   51.00%

 

(1)  Nonaccrual TDRs totaling $11.0 million and $9.9 million are included in nonaccrual/NPL totals for December 31, 2013 and December 31, 2012, respectively.

 

Table 8

NONPERFORMING ASSET ACTIVITY

 

(Dollars in Thousands)  2013  2012
NPA Beginning Balance:  $117,648   $137,623 
Change in Nonaccrual Loans:          
  Beginning Balance   64,222    75,023 
  Additions   44,070    61,070 
  Charge-Offs   (11,523)   (19,716)
  Transferred to OREO   (23,355)   (19,765)
  Paid Off/Payments   (18,311)   (15,826)
  Restored to Accrual   (18,139)   (16,564)
Ending Balance   36,964    64,222 
           
Change in OREO:          
  Beginning Balance   53,426    62,600 
  Additions(1)   24,488    22,777 
  Valuation Write-downs   (3,592)   (3,336)
  Sales   (25,940)   (28,183)
  Other   (311)   (432)
Ending Balance   48,071    53,426 
           
NPA Net Change   (32,613)   (19,975)
NPA Ending Balance  $85,035   $117,648 

 

(1) The difference in OREO additions and nonaccrual loans transferred to OREO represents loans migrating to OREO status that were not in a nonaccrual status in a prior period.

 

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Nonaccrual Loans. Nonaccrual loans totaled $37.0 million at year-end 2013, a decrease of $27.2 million from year-end 2012. Gross additions to nonaccrual status during 2013 totaled $44.1 million compared to $61.1 million in 2012. A majority of the year-over-year decrease in nonaccrual loans was realized in the residential real estate category.

 

Generally, loans are placed on nonaccrual status if principal or interest payments become 90 days past due and/or management deems the collectability of the principal and/or interest to be doubtful. Once a loan is placed in nonaccrual status, all previously accrued and uncollected interest is reversed against interest income. Interest income on nonaccrual loans is recognized when the ultimate collectability is no longer considered doubtful. Loans are returned to accrual status when the principal and interest amounts contractually due are brought current or when future payments are reasonably assured. If interest on our loans classified as nonaccrual during 2013 had been recognized on a fully accruing basis, we would have recorded an additional $3.4 million of interest income for the year ended December 31, 2013.

 

Nonaccrual loans secured by vacant land totaled $7.7 million at year-end 2013 compared to $11.9 million at year-end 2012, $7.9 million at year-end 2011, $18.7 million at year-end 2010, $38.0 million at year-end 2009, and $51.3 million at year-end 2008. Of the $7.7 million in these loans at year-end 2013, approximately 33% were in the residential real estate loan category.

 

Other Real Estate Owned. OREO represents property acquired as the result of borrower defaults on loans or by receiving a deed in lieu of foreclosure. OREO is recorded at the lower of cost or estimated fair value, less estimated selling costs, at the time of foreclosure. Write-downs occurring at foreclosure are charged against the allowance for loan losses. On an ongoing basis, properties are either revalued internally or by a third party appraiser as required by applicable regulations. Subsequent declines in value are reflected as other noninterest expense. Carrying costs related to maintaining the OREO properties are expensed as incurred and are also reflected as other noninterest expense.

 

OREO totaled $48.1 million at December 31, 2013 versus $53.4 million at December 31, 2012. During 2013, we added properties totaling $24.5 million and partially or completely liquidated properties totaling $26.3 million. Revaluation adjustments for other real estate owned properties during 2013 totaled $3.6 million and were charged to noninterest expense when realized. For 2012, we added properties totaling $22.8 million and partially or completely liquidated properties totaling $28.7 million. Revaluation adjustments for other real estate owned properties during 2012 totaled $3.3 million and were charged to noninterest expense when realized.

 

The composition of our OREO portfolio as of December 31 is provided in the table below.

 

(Dollars in Thousands)  2013  2012
Lots/Land  $29,821   $37,063 
Residential 1-4   3,964    6,484 
Commercial Building   12,702    8,200 
Other   1,584    1,679 
Total OREO  $48,071   $53,426 

 

Troubled Debt Restructurings. TDRs are loans on which, due to the deterioration in the borrower’s financial condition, the original terms have been modified and deemed a concession to the borrower. From time to time we will modify a loan as a workout alternative. Most of these instances involve a principal moratorium, extension of the loan term, or interest rate reduction.

 

Loans classified as TDRs at year-end 2013 totaled $55.8 million compared to $57.4 million at year-end 2012. Accruing TDRs make up approximately $44.8 million, or 80%, of our TDR portfolio at year-end 2013 of which $2.6 million was over 30 days past due. The weighted average rate for the loans within the accruing TDR portfolio is 5.3%. During 2013, we modified 50 loan contracts totaling approximately $12.8 million of which two loan contracts totaling $0.1 million have defaulted. Our TDR default rate (default balance as a percentage of average TDRs) during 2013 and 2012 was 10% and 24%, respectively.

 

The composition of our TDR portfolio as of December 31 is provided in the table below.

 

   2013  2012
(Dollars in Thousands)  Accruing  Nonaccruing(1)  Accruing  Nonaccruing(1)
Commercial, Financial and Agricultural  $1,511   $—     $1,462   $508 
Real Estate – Construction   156    —      161    —   
Real Estate – Commercial Mortgage   24,735    10,308    29,870    8,425 
Real Estate – Residential   16,441    458    13,824    936 
Real Estate – Home Equity   1,576    241    1,587    —   
Consumer   345    —      570    10 
Total TDRs  $44,764   $11,007   $47,474   $9,879 

 

(1) Nonaccruing TDRs are included in nonaccrual/NPL totals and NPA/NPL ratio calculations.

 

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Activity within our TDR portfolio is provided in the table below.

 

(Dollars in Thousands)  2013  2012
TDR Beginning Balance:  $57,353   $50,651 
  Additions   12,742    27,186 
  Charge-Offs   (1,018)   (2,036)
  Paid Off/Payments   (5,725)   (3,173)
  Removal Due to Change in TDR Status   (1,632)   (2,284)
  Defaults   (5,950)   (12,991)
TDR Ending Balance  $55,770   $57,353 

 

Past Due Loans. A loan is defined as a past due loan when one full payment is past due or a contractual maturity is over 30 days past due. Past due loans at year-end 2013 totaled $7.7 million compared to $9.9 million at year-end 2012. We have realized a reduction in past due loans for the past two years reflecting a slowdown in problem loan inflow as well as continued progress in loan resolution outcomes.

 

Potential Problem Loans. Potential problem loans are defined as those loans which are now current but where management has doubt as to the borrower’s ability to comply with present loan repayment terms. At December 31, 2013, we had $7.4 million in loans of this type which are not included in either of the nonaccrual, TDR or 90 day past due loan categories compared to $9.5 million at December 31, 2012. Management monitors these loans closely and reviews their performance on a regular basis.

 

Loan Concentrations. Loan concentrations are considered to exist when there are amounts loaned to multiple borrowers engaged in similar activities which cause them to be similarly impacted by economic or other conditions and such amount exceeds 10% of total loans. Due to the lack of diversified industry within the markets served by the Bank and the relatively close proximity of the markets, we have both geographic concentrations as well as concentrations in the types of loans funded. Specifically, due to the nature of our markets, a significant portion of the loan portfolio has historically been secured with real estate, approximately 79% at year-end 2013 and 80% at year-end 2012. The primary types of real estate collateral are commercial properties and 1-4 family residential properties. At December 31, 2013, commercial real estate and residential real estate mortgage loans (including home equity loans) accounted for 38.1% and 41.4%, respectively, of the total loan portfolio.

 

The following table summarizes our real estate loan portfolio as segregated by the type of property. Property type concentrations are stated as a percentage of year-end total real estate loans.

 

   2013  2012
   Investor Real Estate  Owner Occupied Real Estate  Investor Real Estate  Owner Occupied Real Estate
Vacant Land, Construction, and Land Development   10.0%   —     11.1 %   —   
Improved Property   23.2%   66.8%  23.9 %   65.0%
Total Real Estate Loans   33.2%   66.8%  35.0 %   65.0%

 

A major portion of our real estate loan portfolio is centered in the owner occupied category which carries a lower risk of non-collection than certain segments of the investor category. Beginning in 2008, we have worked to reduce our exposure to the higher risk land/construction category through pro-active workouts, appropriate charge-offs, or foreclosure. Approximately 69% of the land/construction category was secured by residential real estate at year-end 2013.

 

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Allowance for Loan Losses

 

Management believes it maintains the allowance for loan losses at a level sufficient to provide for probable credit losses inherent in the loan portfolio as of the balance sheet date. Credit losses arise from the borrowers’ inability or unwillingness to repay, and from other risks inherent in the lending process including collateral risk, operations risk, concentration risk, and economic risk. As such, all related risks of lending are considered when assessing the adequacy of the allowance. The allowance for loan losses is established through a provision charged to expense. Loans are charged-off against the allowance when losses are probable and reasonably quantifiable. The allowance for loan losses is based on management's judgment of overall credit quality. This is a significant estimate based on a detailed analysis of the loan portfolio. The balance can and will change based on revisions to our assessment of the loan portfolio's overall credit quality and other risk factors both internal and external to us.

 

Management evaluates the adequacy of the allowance for loan losses on a quarterly basis. The allowance consists of two components. The first component consists of amounts reserved for impaired loans. A loan is deemed impaired when, based on current information and events, it is probable that the company will not be able to collect all amounts due (principal and interest payments), according to the contractual terms of the loan agreement. Loans are monitored for potential impairment through our ongoing loan review procedures and portfolio analysis. Classified loans and past due loans over a specific dollar amount, and all troubled debt restructurings are individually evaluated for impairment.

 

The approach for assigning reserves for the impaired loans is determined by the dollar amount of the loan and loan type. Impairment measurement for loans over a specific dollar are assigned on an individual loan basis with the amount reserved dependent on whether repayment of the loan is dependent on the liquidation of collateral or from some other source of repayment. If repayment is dependent on the sale of collateral, the reserve is equivalent to the recorded investment in the loan less the fair value of the collateral after estimated sales expenses. If repayment is not dependent on the sale of collateral, the reserve is equivalent to the recorded investment in the loan less the estimated cash flows discounted using the loan’s effective interest rate. The discounted value of the cash flows is based on the anticipated timing of the receipt of cash payments from the borrower. The reserve allocations for individually measured impaired loans are sensitive to the extent market conditions or the actual timing of cash receipts change. Impairment reserves for smaller-balance loans under a specific dollar amount are assigned on a pooled basis utilizing loss factors for impaired loans of a similar nature.

 

The second component is a general reserve on all loans other than those identified as impaired. General reserves are assigned to various homogenous loan pools, including commercial, commercial real estate, construction, residential 1-4 family, home equity, and consumer. General reserves are assigned based on historical loan loss ratios determined by loan pool and internal risk rating that are adjusted for various internal and external risk factors unique to each loan pool.

 

Table 9 analyzes the activity in the allowance over the past five years.

 

For 2013, our net charge-offs totaled $9.5 million, or 0.66%, of average loans, compared to $18.0 million, or 1.16%, for 2012, and $23.4 million, or 1.39%, for 2011. Reductions in residential and commercial real estate loan charge-offs of $5.9 million and $2.4 million, respectively, drove the year over year decline in net charge-offs in 2013. Since 2008, we have recorded a cumulative loan loss provision totaling $135.0 million, or 7.1%, of beginning loans and have recognized cumulative net charge-offs of $129.6 million, or 6.8%. Early in the economic cycle we realized an elevated level of loan losses within our real estate loan portfolio, specifically residential construction loans and loans secured by residential vacant land. The level of losses within these portfolios stabilized in 2011 having a favorable impact on our allowance for loan losses. At year-end 2013, the allowance for loan losses of $23.1 million was 1.65% of outstanding loans (net of overdrafts) and provided coverage of 62% of nonperforming loans compared to 1.93% and 45%, respectively, at year-end 2012, and 1.91% and 41%, respectively, at the end of 2011.

 

Table 10 provides an allocation of the allowance for loan losses to specific loan types for each of the past five years. The reserve allocations, as calculated using the above methodology, are assigned to specific loan categories corresponding to the type represented within the components discussed.

 

The reduction in the allowance for loan losses from December 31, 2012 to December 31, 2013 was primarily attributable to a decline in impaired loan reserves and to a lesser extent a reduction in general reserves. The reduction in impaired loan reserves was driven by a lower level of impaired loans reflecting reduced inflow and successful resolutions as well as lower loss content. The decrease in general reserves reflects slower problem loan migration, lower loan loss experience, as well as continued improvement in credit metrics. In 2013, we incorporated subjective factors of estimation risk into each loan category which eliminated the unallocated portion of the allowance. The reduction in the allowance for loan losses from December 31, 2011 to December 31, 2012 was attributable to a lower level of general reserves reflecting slower problem loan migration, lower loan loss experience, and improved credit metrics. It is management’s opinion that the allowance at December 31, 2013 is adequate to absorb probable losses inherent in the loan portfolio at year-end.

 

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Table 9

ANALYSIS OF ALLOWANCE FOR LOAN LOSSES

 

 (Dollars in Thousands)  2013  2012  2011  2010  2009 
Balance at Beginning of Year  $29,167   $31,035   $35,436   $43,999   $37,004  
Reclassification of Reserve for Unfunded Loan Commitments to Other Liabilities   —     —      —      —      392  
                           
Charge-Offs:                          
Commercial, Financial and Agricultural   748    822    1,843    2,118    2,590  
Real Estate - Construction   1,070    629    114    5,877    8,031  
Real Estate - Commercial   3,651    6,031    6,713    8,762    4,417  
Real Estate - Residential   3,835    9,719    11,870    12,168    13,491  
Real Estate - Home Equity   1,159    2,896    2,727    3,087    1,632  
Consumer   1,751    2,125    2,924    3,502    5,912  
Total Charge-Offs   12,214    22,222    26,191    35,514    36,073  
                           
Recoveries:                          
Commercial, Financial and Agricultural   209    290    387    370    567  
Real Estate - Construction   1    43    14    8    540  
Real Estate - Commercial   363    682    251    261    53  
Real Estate - Residential   838    1,291    478    385    525  
Real Estate - Home Equity   294    399    214    555    5  
Consumer   965    1,483    1,450    1,548    1,753  
Total Recoveries   2,670    4,188    2,794    3,127    3,443  
                           
Net Charge-Offs   9,544    18,034    23,397    32,387    32,630  
                           
Provision for Loan Losses   3,472    16,166    18,996    23,824    40,017  
                           
Balance at End of Year  $23,095   $29,167   $31,035   $35,436   $43,999  
                           
Ratio of Net Charge-Offs to Average Loans Outstanding   0.66%   1.16%   1.39%   1.77%   1.66% 
                           
Allowance for Loan Losses as a Percent of Loans at End of Year   1.65%   1.93%   1.91%   2.01%   2.30% 
                           
Allowance for Loan Losses as a Multiple of Net Charge-Offs   2.42x   1.62x   1.33x   1.09x   1.35x 

 

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Table 10

ALLOCATION OF ALLOWANCE FOR LOAN LOSSES

 

   2013  2012  2011  2010  2009
(Dollars in Thousands)  Allowance
Amount
  Percent
of Loans
in Each
Category
To Total
Loans
  Allowance
Amount
  Percent
of Loans
in Each
Category
To Total
Loans
  Allowance
Amount
  Percent
of Loans
in Each
Category
To Total
Loans
  Allowance
Amount
  Percent
of Loans
in Each
Category
To Total
Loans
  Allowance
Amount
  Percent
of Loans
in Each
Category
To Total
Loans
Commercial, Financial and Agricultural  $699    9.0%  $1,253    9.2%  $1,534    8.0%  $1,544    8.9%  $2,409    9.9%
Real Estate:                                                  
   Construction   1,580    2.6    2,856    2.9    1,133    1.6    2,060    2.5    12,117    5.8 
   Commercial   7,710    38.1    11,081    40.3    10,660    39.2    8,645    38.2    8,751    37.4 
   Residential   9,073    22.6    8,678    21.7    12,518    24.5    17,046    24.5    14,159    21.7 
   Home Equity   3,051    16.3    2,945    15.5    2,392    15.0    2,522    14.3    2,201    12.9 
Consumer   982    11.4    1,327    10.4    1,887    11.7    2,612    11.6    3,457    12.3 
Not Allocated   —      —      1,027    —      911    —      1,007    —      905    —   
                                                   
Total  $23,095    100.0%  $29,167    100.0%  $31,035    100.0%  $35,436    100.0%  $43,999    100.0%

 

Investment Securities

 

In 2013, our average investment portfolio increased $51.2 million, or 17.7%, from 2012 and decreased $16.6 million, or 5.4%, from 2011 to 2012.  As a percentage of average earning assets, the investment portfolio represented 15.4% in 2013, compared to 13.0% in 2012.  In 2013, the increase in the average balance of the investment portfolio resulted from strategically growing investment purchases to offset a portion of the decline in the loan portfolio. In 2012, the decrease in the average balance of the investment portfolio was a result of maturing securities not being replaced due to a diminishing supply of desired securities. In 2014, we will continue to closely monitor liquidity levels and pledging requirements to assess the need to purchase additional investments, as well as look for new investment products that are prudent relative to our risk profile and the Bank’s overall investment strategy.


The investment portfolio is a significant component of our operations and, as such, it functions as a key element of liquidity and asset/liability management. Two types of classifications are approved for investment securities which are Available-for-Sale (“AFS”) and Held-for-Maturity (“HTM”). In 2013, securities were purchased under both the AFS and HTM designations. As of December 31, 2013, $241.5 million, or 62.2% of the investment portfolio was classified as AFS, with the remaining $147.0 million classified as HTM.

 

In 2013, average taxable investments increased $8.7 million, or 3.9%, while tax-exempt investments increased $42.5 million, or 64.8%.  Taxable investments increased slightly as part of our overall investment strategy in 2013. Short-term yields improved during the year making these investments more attractive. Average balances of tax-exempt investments increased considerably as high quality non-taxable securities were more readily available in 2013. Management will continue to purchase municipal issues as they become available and when it considers the yield to be attractive.

 

At acquisition, the classification of the security will be determined based on how the purchase will affect the company’s asset/liability strategy and future business plans and opportunities. Such decisions will be weighed against multiple factors, including regulatory capital requirements, volatility in earnings or other comprehensive income, and liquidity needs. Securities in the AFS portfolio are recorded at fair value with unrealized gains and losses associated with these securities recorded net of tax, in the accumulated other comprehensive income (loss) component of shareowners’ equity. Securities that are HTM will be acquired or owned with the intent of holding them to maturity (final payment date). HTM investments are measured at amortized cost. It is neither management’s current intent nor practice to participate in the trading of investment securities for the purpose of recognizing gains and therefore we do not maintain a trading portfolio.

 

At December 31, 2013, the investment portfolio maintained a net pre-tax unrealized gain of $0.3 million in the AFS portfolio compared to a net pre-tax unrealized gain of $0.9 million at December 31, 2012.  At the end of 2013, there were 119 positions (combined AFS and HTM) with unrealized losses totaling $1.75 million. Of the 119 positions, 89 were Ginnie Mae mortgage-backed securities (GNMA), U.S. Treasuries, or SBA securities, all of which carry the full faith and credit guarantee of the U.S. Government. SBA securities float monthly or quarterly to the prime rate and are uncapped. Seven of the SBA positions have been in an unrealized loss position for longer than 12 months, and have an unrealized loss of $21,000. There were 24 municipal bonds in an unrealized loss position that were pre-refunded, or rated “AA-”or better. One position was in an unrealized loss position for longer than 12 months, and has an unrealized loss of $12,000. The remaining six securities are Federal Farm Credit agency bonds, none of which have been in an unrealized loss position for longer than 12 months. None of the positions with unrealized losses are considered impaired, and are expected to mature at par or better. Excluded from these figures at December 31, 2012 is an unrealized loss on a preferred stock investment of $0.6 million that was carried at a zero book value. We realized the $0.6 million in additional impairment on this security during 2013.  

 

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The average maturity of the total portfolio at December 31, 2013 and 2012 was 1.95 and 1.57 years, respectively. 

Balances in all asset classes increased compared to last year with the exception of GNMA mortgage-backed securities. Purchases of U.S. Treasuries and government agencies out to three years were added in 2013 which extended the average life of the investment portfolio. See Table 11 for a breakdown of maturities by investment type.

 

The weighted average taxable equivalent yield of the investment portfolio at December 31, 2013 was 0.94% versus 1.13% in 2012. This lower yield was a result of the proceeds from maturing bonds being invested at lower market rates during 2013.  Our bond portfolio contained no investments in obligations, other than U.S. Governments, of any one state, municipality, political subdivision or any other issuer that exceeded 10% of our shareowners' equity at December 31, 2013.  New investments continue to be made selectively into short-duration, high quality bonds.

 

Table 11 and Note 2 in the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements present a detailed analysis of our investment securities as to type, maturity and yield at December 31.

 

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Table 11

MATURITY DISTRIBUTION OF INVESTMENT SECURITIES

 

   Within 1 year   1 - 5 years   5 - 10 years   After 10 years   Total 
(Dollars in Thousands)   Amount    WAY(3)    Amount    WAY(3)    Amount    WAY(3)    Amount    WAY(3)    Amount    WAY(3) 
Available for Sale                                                  
U.S. Government Treasury  $27,581    0.82%  $44,252    0.39%  $—      —  %  $—      —  %  $71,833    0.55%
U.S. Government Agency   4,761    0.33    70,385    0.71    —      —      —      —      75,146    0.69 
States and Political Subdivisions   65,020    0.72    26,733    0.88    —      —      —      —      91,753    0.76 
Mortgage-Backed Securities(1)   235    2.35    2,499    4.59    61    1.54    —      —      2,795    4.34 
Other Securities(2)   —      —      —      —      —      —      9,893    4.30    9,893    4.30 
Total  $97,597    0.73%  $143,869    0.71%  $61    1.54%  $9,893    4.30%  $251,420    0.86%
                                                   
Held to Maturity                                                  
U.S. Government Treasury  $—      —  %  $43,533    0.75%  $—      —  %  $—      —  %  $43,533    0.75%
U.S. Government Agency   3,000    1.03    12,794    0.74    —      —      —      —      15,794    0.80 
States and Political Subdivisions   10,979    0.51    22,237    0.75    —      —      —      —      33,216    0.67 
Mortgage-Backed Securities(1)   1,083    (0.03)   48,563    1.68    6,022    1.91    —      —      55,668    1.67 
Total  $15,062    0.57%  $127,127    1.10%  $6,022    1.91%  $—      —  %  $148,211    1.08%
                                                   
Total Investment Securities  $112,659    0.71%  $270,996    0.89%  $6,083    1.90%  $9,893    4.30%  $399,631    0.94%

 

(1) Based on weighted-average life.
(2) Federal Home Loan Bank Stock and Federal Reserve Bank Stock are included in this category for weighted average yield, but do not have stated maturities.
(3) Weighted average yield.

 

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Deposits and Funds Purchased

 

Average total deposits for the year were $2.070 billion; a decrease of $35.6 million, or 1.7%, compared to the same period in 2012 and deposits increased $24.1 million, or 1.2%, from 2011 to 2012. Decreases in NOW accounts and certificates of deposit were partially offset by increases in noninterest bearing deposits, money market accounts, and savings accounts.  The increase occurring from 2011 to 2012 was attributable to increases in noninterest bearing deposits, NOW accounts, and savings accounts, which were partially offset by declines in certificates of deposit.

 

Average total deposits were $2.051 billion for the fourth quarter of 2013, a decrease of $8.6 million, or 0.4%, from the third quarter of 2013. The decrease in deposits when compared to the linked quarter of 2013 resulted primarily from the reduction in noninterest bearing demand accounts and money market accounts, partially offset by higher public funds and savings accounts.

 

The seasonal inflow of public funds started in the fourth quarter of 2013 and will continue through the first quarter of 2014. This is anticipated to increase the overnight funds position during the first quarter. Our mix of deposits continues to improve as higher cost certificates of deposit are replaced with lower rate non-maturity deposits and noninterest-bearing demand accounts.  Our strategy is to manage the mix of our deposits rather than compete on rate, which enables us to maintain an exceptionally low cost of funds – 19 basis points in the fourth quarter and 20 basis points for the year 2013.

 

Table 2 provides an analysis of our average deposits, by category, and average rates paid thereon for each of the last three years. Table 12 reflects the shift in our deposit mix over the last year and Table 13 provides a maturity distribution of time deposits in denominations of $100,000 and over at December 31, 2013.

 

Average short-term borrowings, which include federal funds purchased, securities sold under agreements to repurchase, FHLB advances (maturing in less than one year), and other borrowings, increased $1.7 million, or 3.3% in 2013.  The higher balance is attributable to increases in repurchase agreements of $0.8 million and reclassification of FHLB advances from long-term to short-term of $0.9 million. See Note 7 in the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements for further information on short-term borrowings.

 

We continue to focus on the value of our deposit franchise, which produces a strong base of core deposits with minimal reliance on wholesale funding.

 

Table 12

SOURCES OF DEPOSIT GROWTH

 

   2013 to  Percentage  Components of
   2012  of Total  Total Deposits
(Average Balances - Dollars in Thousands)  Change  Change  2013  2012  2011
Noninterest Bearing Deposits  $20,202    56.7%   30.5%   29.0%   27.3%
NOW Accounts   (52,124)   (146.4)   34.8    36.6    36.0 
Money Market Accounts   4,080    11.5    13.7    13.3    13.6 
Savings   28,152    79.1    9.8    8.3    7.3 
Time Deposits   (35,909)   (100.9)   11.2    12.8    15.8 
Total Deposits  $(35,599)   100.0%   100.0%   100.0%   100.0%

 

Table 13

MATURITY DISTRIBUTION OF CERTIFICATES OF DEPOSIT $100,000 OR OVER

 

   2013
(Dollars in Thousands)  Time Certificates of Deposit  Percent
Three months or less  $20,704    34.1%
Over three through six months   15,354    25.3 
Over six through twelve months   19,427    32.0 
Over twelve months   5,261    8.6 
Total  $60,746    100.0%

 

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Market Risk and Interest Rate Sensitivity

 

Overview.  Market risk arises from changes in interest rates, exchange rates, commodity prices, and equity prices.  We have risk management policies to monitor and limit exposure to market risk and do not participate in activities that give rise to significant market risk involving exchange rates, commodity prices, or equity prices.  In asset and liability management activities, our policies are designed to minimize structural interest rate risk.

 

Interest Rate Risk Management.  Our net income is largely dependent on net interest income.  Net interest income is susceptible to interest rate risk to the degree that interest-bearing liabilities mature or reprice on a different basis than interest-earning assets.  When interest-bearing liabilities mature or reprice more quickly than interest-earning assets in a given period, a significant increase in market rates of interest could adversely affect net interest income.  Similarly, when interest-earning assets mature or reprice more quickly than interest-bearing liabilities, falling interest rates could result in a decrease in net interest income.  Net interest income is also affected by changes in the portion of interest-earning assets that are funded by interest-bearing liabilities rather than by other sources of funds, such as noninterest-bearing deposits and shareowners’ equity.

 

We have established a comprehensive interest rate risk management policy, which is administered by management’s Asset Liability Management Committee (“ALCO”).  The policy establishes limits of risk, which are quantitative measures of the percentage change in net interest income (a measure of net interest income at risk) and the fair value of equity capital (a measure of economic value of equity (“EVE”) at risk) resulting from a hypothetical change in interest rates for maturities from one day to 30 years.  We measure the potential adverse impacts that changing interest rates may have on our short-term earnings, long-term value, and liquidity by employing simulation analysis through the use of computer modeling.  The simulation model captures optionality factors such as call features and interest rate caps and floors imbedded in investment and loan portfolio contracts.  As with any method of gauging interest rate risk, there are certain shortcomings inherent in the interest rate modeling methodology used by us.  When interest rates change, actual movements in different categories of interest-earning assets and interest-bearing liabilities, loan prepayments, and withdrawals of time and other deposits, may deviate significantly from assumptions used in the model.  Finally, the methodology does not measure or reflect the impact that higher rates may have on adjustable-rate loan clients’ ability to service their debts, or the impact of rate changes on demand for loan and deposit products.

 

We prepare a current base case and four alternative interest rate simulations (Down 100, Up 100, Up 200 and Up 300) basis points, at least once per quarter, and report the analysis to ALCO, our Market Risk Oversight Committee (“MROC”), our Enterprise Risk Oversight Committee (“EROC”) and the Board of Directors.  In addition, more frequent forecasts may be produced when interest rates are particularly uncertain or when other business conditions so dictate.

 

Our interest rate risk management goal is to avoid unacceptable variations in net interest income and capital levels due to fluctuations in market rates.   Management attempts to achieve this goal by balancing, within policy limits, the volume of floating-rate liabilities with a similar volume of floating-rate assets, by keeping the average maturity of fixed-rate asset and liability contracts reasonably matched, by managing the mix of our core deposits, and by adjusting our rates to market conditions on a continuing basis.

 

The balance sheet is subject to testing for interest rate shock possibilities to indicate the inherent interest rate risk.  Average interest rates are shocked by plus or minus 100, 200, and 300 basis points (“bp”), although we may elect not to use particular scenarios that we determined are impractical in a current rate environment.  It is management’s goal to structure the balance sheet so that net interest earnings at risk over a 12-month period and the economic value of equity at risk do not exceed policy guidelines at the various interest rate shock levels.

 

We augment our interest rate shock analysis with alternative external interest rate scenarios on a quarterly basis.  These alternative interest rate scenarios may include non-parallel rate ramps.

 

Analysis.  Measures of net interest income at risk produced by simulation analysis are indicators of an institution’s short-term performance in alternative rate environments.  These measures are typically based upon a relatively brief period, usually one year.  They do not necessarily indicate the long-term prospects or economic value of the institution.

 

ESTIMATED CHANGES IN NET INTEREST INCOME(1)

 

Changes in Interest Rates +300 bp +200 bp +100 bp -100 bp
Policy Limit -10.0% -7.5% -5.0% -5.0%
December 31, 2013  11.0%  10.7%  7.4%  -1.8%
December 31, 2012   8.3%   8.4%  6.0%  -0.9%

 

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The Net Interest Income at Risk position improved for the month ended December 2013, when compared to the same period in 2012 for all rising rate scenarios.  Our largest exposure is when rates rise +300 basis points, with a measure of +11.0%, which remains within our policy limit of -10.0%.  The year-over-year favorable variance is primarily attributable to higher levels of overnight funds and investments, partially offset by a lower performing loan portfolio and higher interest-bearing deposit balances, primarily in public funds. All measures of net interest income at risk are within our prescribed policy limits.

 

The measures of equity value at risk indicate our ongoing economic value by considering the effects of changes in interest rates on all of our cash flows, and discounting the cash flows to estimate the present value of assets and liabilities. The difference between these discounted values of the assets and liabilities is the economic value of equity, which in theory approximates the fair value of our net assets.

 

ESTIMATED CHANGES IN ECONOMIC VALUE OF EQUITY(1)

 

Changes in Interest Rates +300 bp +200 bp +100 bp -100 bp
Policy Limit -12.5% -10.0% -7.5% -7.5%
December 31, 2013  0.8% 3.8% 4.0% -5.9%
December 31, 2012  3.6% 6.6% 6.2% -4.7%

 

As of December 2013, the improvement in the economic value of equity in all rate scenarios was less favorable than it was as of December 2012. This unfavorable variance is primarily attributable to the overall changes in market interest rates during 2013. In both years, in the up 300 basis point scenario (relative to the up 200 and 100 basis point scenarios), the level of improvement in the economic value of equity declines. This is attributable to the varied assumptions on the non-maturity deposits.  Based on historical data, interest rates on non-maturity deposits are increased in escalating increments in the rising rate scenarios, with the up 300 scenario being the most aggressive.  All measures of economic value of equity are within our prescribed policy limits.

 

(1) Down 200 and 300 rate scenarios have been excluded due to the current historically low interest rate environment.

 

LIQUIDITY AND CAPITAL RESOURCES

 

Liquidity

 

In general terms, liquidity is a measurement of our ability to meet our cash needs.  Our objective in managing our liquidity is to maintain our ability to fund loan commitments, purchase securities or repay deposits and other liabilities in accordance with their terms, without an adverse impact on our current or future earnings.  Our liquidity strategy is guided by policies that are formulated and monitored by our ALCO and senior management, and which take into account the marketability of assets, the sources and stability of funding and the level of unfunded commitments.  We regularly evaluate all of our various funding sources with an emphasis on accessibility, stability, reliability and cost-effectiveness.  For the years ended December 31, 2013 and 2012, our principal source of funding has been our clients’ deposits, supplemented by our short-term and long-term borrowings, primarily from securities sold under repurchase agreements, federal funds purchased and FHLB borrowings.  We believe that the cash generated from operations, our borrowing capacity and our access to capital resources are sufficient to meet our future operating capital and funding requirements.

 

As of December 31, 2013, we have the ability to generate $623.0 million in additional liquidity through all of our available resources.  In addition to the primary borrowing outlets mentioned above, we also have the ability to generate liquidity by borrowing from the Federal Reserve Discount Window and through brokered deposits.  Management recognizes the importance of maintaining liquidity and has developed a Contingent Liquidity Plan, which addresses various liquidity stress levels and our response and action based on the level of severity.  We periodically test our credit facilities for access to the funds, but also understand that as the severity of the liquidity level increases certain credit facilities may no longer be available.  A liquidity stress test is completed quarterly based on events that could potentially occur at the Bank with the results reported to ALCO, MROC, EROC and the Board of Directors.  The liquidity available to us is considered sufficient to meet our ongoing needs.

 

We view our investment portfolio as a liquidity source and have the option to pledge the portfolio as collateral for borrowings or deposits, and/or sell selected securities.  The portfolio consists of debt issued by the U.S. Treasury, U.S. governmental agencies, and municipal governments.  The weighted-average life of the portfolio is 1.95 years and as of year-end had a net unrealized pre-tax gain of $0.3 million.

 

Our average overnight funds (defined as funds sold plus interest bearing deposits with other banks less funds purchased) position was $411.6 million during the fourth quarter of 2013 compared to an average net overnight funds sold position of $412.1 million in the prior quarter and an average overnight funds sold position of $366.0 million in the fourth quarter of 2012.  The lower balance when compared to the third quarter of 2013 primarily reflects the decline in deposits. Additionally, a shift in earning asset mix continued to occur due to growth in the investment portfolio while the loan portfolio declined. The increase when compared to the fourth quarter of 2012 reflects the declining loan portfolio, partially offset by an increase in the investment portfolio.

 

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Economic uncertainty and deleveraging by our clients continues to generate a historically high level of liquidity, which, given the current operating environment, is difficult to profitably deploy without taking inordinate risks. Where practical, we are working to lower the level of overnight funds by adding to our investment portfolio with short-duration securities and reducing deposit balances. We continue to use a fully insured money market account which is offered by a third party and can serve as an alternative investment for some of our higher balance depositors while at the same time allowing us to maintain the account relationship. Until such time that attractive investment alternatives arise, we will continue to execute these strategies as well as seek other initiatives in an effort to lower our overnight fund balances.

 

Capital expenditures are expected to approximate $5.0 million over the next 12 months, which consist primarily of ATM replacements, furniture and fixtures, and technology purchases.  Management believes that these capital expenditures will be funded with existing resources without impairing our ability to meet our ongoing obligations.

 

Borrowings

 

At December 31, 2013, advances from the FHLB consisted of $42.1 million in outstanding debt consisting of 40 notes.  In 2013, the Bank made FHLB advance payments totaling $12.9 million, which includes paying off ten advances. One new FHLB advance was obtained totaling $1.3 million.  The FHLB notes are collateralized by a blanket floating lien on all of our 1-4 family residential mortgage loans, commercial real estate mortgage loans, and home equity mortgage loans. 

 

We have issued two junior subordinated deferrable interest notes to wholly owned Delaware statutory trusts.  The first note for $30.9 million was issued to CCBG Capital Trust I in November 2004.  The second note for $32.0 million was issued to CCBG Capital Trust II in May 2005.  See Note 8 in the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements for additional information on these borrowings.  The interest payment for the CCBG Capital Trust I borrowing is due quarterly and adjusts quarterly to a variable rate of LIBOR plus a margin of 1.90%.  This note matures on December 31, 2034.  The interest payment for the CCBG Capital Trust II borrowing is due quarterly and will adjust annually to a variable rate of LIBOR plus a margin of 1.80%.  This note matures on June 15, 2035.  The proceeds of these borrowings were used to partially fund acquisitions. Under the terms of each trust preferred securities note, in the event of default or if we elect to defer interest on the note, we may not, with certain exceptions, declare or pay dividends or make distributions on our capital stock or purchase or acquire any of our capital stock. During the fourth quarter of 2013, the informal board resolutions, which required us to obtain approval from the Federal Reserve prior to making interest payments on the two securities, were rescinded. As of December 31, 2013, all deferred accrued interest was paid and brought current. 

 

Table 14

CONTRACTUAL CASH OBLIGATIONS

 

Table 14 sets forth certain information about contractual cash obligations at December 31, 2013.

 

   Payments Due By Period
(Dollars in Thousands)  < 1 Yr  > 1 – 3 Yrs  > 3 – 5 Yrs  > 5 Years  Total
Federal Home Loan Bank Advances  $6,985   $15,741   $12,499   $6,827   $42,052 
Subordinated Notes Payable   —      —      —      62,887    62,887 
Operating Lease Obligations   509    1,431    856    2,808    5,604 
Time Deposit Maturities   189,596    26,026    2,675    1,625    219,922 
Liability for Unrecognized Tax Benefits   1,188    1,609    1,234    —      4,031 
Total Contractual Cash Obligations  $198,278   $44,807   $17,264   $74,147   $334,496 

 

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Capital

 

Shareowners’ equity totaled $276.4 million at December 31, 2013 compared to $246.9 million at December 31, 2012. During 2013, shareowners’ equity was positively impacted by net income of $6.0 million, the issuance of stock totaling approximately $1.2 million, stock compensation expense of $1.3 million, and a $21.7 million decrease in the accumulated other comprehensive loss for our pension plan. A $0.7 million increase in our net unrealized loss on securities reduced shareowners’ equity.

 

Shareowners' equity as of December 31, for each of the last three years is presented below:

 

(Dollars in Thousands)  2013  2012  2011
Common Stock  $174   $172   $172 
Additional Paid-in Capital   41,152    38,707    37,838 
Retained Earnings   243,614    237,569    237,461 
Subtotal   284,940    276,448    275,471 
Accumulated Other Comprehensive Loss, Net of Tax   (8,540)   (29,559)   (23,529)
Total Shareowners' Equity  $276,400   $246,889   $251,942 

 

We continue to maintain a strong capital position. The ratio of shareowners' equity to total assets at year-end was 10.58%, 9.37%, and 9.54%, in 2013, 2012, and 2011, respectively. Management believes our strong capital base has offered protection during the course of the economic downturn.

 

We are subject to risk-based capital guidelines that measure capital relative to risk-weighted assets and off-balance sheet financial instruments. Capital guidelines issued by the Federal Reserve require bank holding companies to have a minimum total risk-based capital ratio of 8.00%, with at least half of the total capital in the form of Tier I Capital. As of December 31, 2013, we exceeded these capital guidelines with a total risk-based capital ratio of 17.94% and a Tier I capital ratio of 16.56%, compared to 15.72% and 14.35%, respectively, in 2012. As allowed by Federal Reserve capital guidelines the trust preferred securities issued by CCBG Capital Trust I and CCBG Capital Trust II are included as Tier I Capital in our capital calculations previously noted. See Note 8 in the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements for additional information on our two trust preferred security offerings. See Note 13 in the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements for additional information as to our capital adequacy. The federal banking regulators issued new capital rules that become effective January 1, 2015 for community banks. These final rules include major changes to the current general risk-based capital rules. Refer to the Regulatory Considerations – Capital Regulations section for a detailed discussion of the new requirements. Upon implementation of the new capital standards, we believe that we will maintain our well-capitalized designation.

 

A leverage ratio is also used in connection with the risk-based capital standards and is defined as Tier I Capital divided by average assets. The minimum leverage ratio under this standard is 3% for the highest-rated bank holding companies which are not undertaking significant expansion programs. A higher standard may be required for other companies, depending upon their regulatory ratings and expansion plans. On December 31, 2013, we had a leverage ratio of 10.46% compared to 9.90% in 2012.

 

At December 31, 2013, our common stock had a book value of $15.85 per diluted share compared to $14.31 in 2012. Book value is impacted by the net unrealized gains and losses on investment securities available-for-sale. At December 31, 2013, the net unrealized loss was $0.1 million compared to a $0.6 million unrealized gain in 2012. Book value is also impacted by the recording of our unfunded pension liability through other comprehensive income in accordance with Accounting Standards Codification Topic 715. At December 31, 2013, the net pension liability reflected in other comprehensive income was $8.4 million compared to $30.1 million at December 31, 2012. The decrease in our unfunded pension liability was primarily due to an actuarial gain realized in 2013 that reduced our pension liability.

 

In February 2014, our Board of Directors authorized the repurchase of up to 1,500,000 shares of our outstanding common stock. Repurchases may be made in the open market or in privately negotiated transactions. Under a predecessor plan, we repurchased a total of 2,520,130 shares at an average purchase price of $25.19 per share. During 2013 and 2012, we did not repurchase any shares.

 

We offer an Associate Incentive Plan under which certain associates are eligible to earn equity-based awards based upon achieving established performance goals. In 2013, 66,137 shares were earned under this plan of which 3,100 were issued in 2013 and 63,037 were issued in January 2014. In 2012, 31,270 shares were earned under this plan of which 2,800 were issued in 2012 and 28,470 were issued in February 2013.

 

We also offer stock purchase plans, which permit our associates and directors to purchase shares at a 10% discount. In 2013, 128,516 shares, valued at approximately $1.1 million (before 10% discount), were issued under these plans. In 2012, we issued 69,242 shares, valued at approximately $0.6 million (before 10% discount).

 

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Dividends

 

Adequate capital and financial strength is paramount to our stability and the stability of our subsidiary bank. Cash dividends declared and paid should not place unnecessary strain on our capital levels. When determining the level of dividends the following factors are considered:

 

§Compliance with state and federal laws and regulations;
§Our capital position and our ability to meet our financial obligations;
§Projected earnings and asset levels; and
§The ability of the Bank and us to fund dividends.

 

Inflation

 

The impact of inflation on the banking industry differs significantly from that of other industries in which a large portion of total resources are invested in fixed assets such as property, plant and equipment.

 

Assets and liabilities of financial institutions are virtually all monetary in nature, and therefore are primarily impacted by interest rates rather than changing prices. While the general level of inflation underlies most interest rates, interest rates react more to changes in the expected rate of inflation and to changes in monetary and fiscal policy.  Net interest income and the interest rate spread are good measures of our ability to react to changing interest rates and are discussed in further detail in the section entitled “Results of Operations.”

 

OFF-BALANCE SHEET ARRANGEMENTS

 

We do not currently engage in the use of derivative instruments to hedge interest rate risks. However, we are a party to financial instruments with off-balance sheet risks in the normal course of business to meet the financing needs of our clients.

 

At December 31, 2013, we had $271.3 million in commitments to extend credit and $11.0 million in standby letters of credit. Commitments to extend credit are agreements to lend to a client so long as there is no violation of any condition established in the contract. Commitments generally have fixed expiration dates or other termination clauses and may require payment of a fee. Since many of the commitments may expire without being drawn upon, the total commitment amounts do not necessarily represent future cash requirements. Standby letters of credit are conditional commitments issued by us to guarantee the performance of a client to a third party. We use the same credit policies in establishing commitments and issuing letters of credit as we do for on-balance sheet instruments.

 

If commitments arising from these financial instruments continue to require funding at historical levels, management does not anticipate that such funding will adversely impact our ability to meet on-going obligations. In the event these commitments require funding in excess of historical levels, management believes current liquidity, investment security maturities, available advances from the FHLB and Federal Reserve Bank provide a sufficient source of funds to meet these commitments.

 

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FOURTH QUARTER 2013 – FINANCIAL RESULTS

 

Results of Operations

 

We realized net income of $2.8 million, or $0.16 per diluted share, for the fourth quarter of 2013, compared to net income of $1.6 million, or $0.09 per diluted share for the third quarter of 2013. The improvement in earnings reflects a lower loan loss provision of $0.2 million, an increase in noninterest income of $0.4 million, and lower income taxes of $0.9 million, partially offset by lower net interest income of $0.2 million and higher noninterest expense of $0.1 million.

 

Tax equivalent net interest income for the fourth quarter of 2013 was $19.2 million compared to $19.4 million for the third quarter of 2013. The decrease in tax equivalent net interest income was due to a reduction in loan income, primarily attributable to declining loan balances and unfavorable asset repricing, partially offset by a lower level of foregone interest on loans and higher loan fees. The net interest margin for the fourth quarter of 2013 was 3.45%, a decrease of four basis points from the third quarter of 2013 attributable to the shift in our earning asset mix and unfavorable asset repricing.

 

The provision for loan losses for the fourth quarter of 2013 was $0.4 million compared to $0.6 million in the third quarter of 2013. Continued favorable problem loan migration, reduced loan losses, and further improvement in key credit metrics drove the lower level of provision. Net charge-offs for the fourth quarter of 2013 totaled $2.3 million, or 0.65% (annualized), of average loans compared to $2.8 million, or 0.78% (annualized), for the third quarter of 2013.

 

Noninterest income for the fourth quarter of 2013 totaled $14.7 million, an increase of $0.4 million, or 2.6%, over the third quarter of 2013. The increase reflects higher other income of $0.6 million and an increase in wealth management fees of $0.1 million, partially offset by lower mortgage banking fees of $0.2 million and deposit fees of $0.1 million. The increase in other income was driven by gains from the sale of OREO properties and the increase in wealth management fees was primarily due to improved account values for managed accounts on which fees are based. Mortgage banking fees declined due to a reduction in refinancing volume, which is attributable to the higher rate environment. The reduction in deposit fees was attributable to a slightly lower level of overdraft fees.

 

Noninterest expense for the fourth quarter of 2013 totaled $30.5 million, an increase of $0.1 million, or 0.2%, over the third quarter of 2013 attributable to higher compensation expense of $0.4 million, partially offset by lower other expense of $0.3 million. The increase in compensation was attributable to higher pension plan expense of $0.3 million and stock compensation expense of $0.1 million. The reduction in other expense was due to lower professional fees of $0.2 million and advertising fees of $0.1 million. The higher level of pension expense reflects a cumulative adjustment made in the third quarter to reduce year-to-date pension expense to reflect the final numbers as provided by our actuaries. Stock compensation expense increased due to a higher level of performance for our stock award plans. The reduction in professional fees reflects a decrease in internal audit fees and consulting engagement fees. Higher costs in the third quarter due to the roll-out of our mobile remote deposit capture product drove the favorable variance in advertising fees.

 

We realized income tax expense of $5,000 in the fourth quarter of 2013 compared to $0.9 million for the third quarter of 2013. The resolution of certain tax contingencies in the fourth quarter of 2013 favorably impacted income tax expense.

 

Discussion of Financial Condition

 

Average earning assets were $2.206 billion for the fourth quarter of 2013, an increase of $4.9 million, or 0.2%, from the third quarter of 2013. The change in earning assets reflects an increase in short-term borrowings and a decline in other assets, partially offset by problem loan resolutions and lower deposits.

 

Average loans were $1.415 billion for the fourth quarter of 2013, a $21.1 million, or 1.5%, decrease from the third quarter of 2013. Our core loan portfolio continues to be impacted by normal amortization and payoffs that have outpaced our new loan production.

 

Nonperforming assets (nonaccrual loans and OREO) totaled $85.0 million at December 31, 2013 compared to $94.7 million at September 30, 2013. Nonaccrual loans totaled $37.0 million at December 31, 2013, a decrease of $4.7 million from the third quarter of 2013. Nonaccrual loan additions totaled $14.5 million in the fourth quarter of 2013 compared to $11.0 million in the third quarter of 2013. The balance of OREO totaled $48.1 million at December 31, 2013, a decrease of $4.9 million from the third quarter of 2013. For the fourth quarter of 2013 we added properties totaling $3.5 million, sold properties totaling $7.4 million, recorded valuation adjustments totaling $0.8 million, and realized miscellaneous reductions totaling $0.2 million. Nonperforming assets represented 3.26% of total assets at December 31, 2013 compared to 3.77% at September 30, 2013.

 

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Average total deposits were $2.051 billion for the fourth quarter of 2013, a decrease of $8.6 million, or 0.4%, from the third quarter of 2013. The decrease in deposits resulted primarily from the reduction in noninterest bearing demand accounts and money market accounts, partially offset by higher public funds and savings accounts. The seasonal inflow of public funds started in the fourth quarter of 2013 and historically continues through the first quarter of 2014. This is anticipated to increase the overnight funds position during the first quarter. Average borrowings increased by $7.1 million primarily as a result of higher repurchase agreement balances, partially offset by FHLB advance payoffs/amortization.

 

Equity capital was $276.4 million as of December 31, 2013, compared to $251.2 million as of September 30, 2013. Our leverage ratio was 10.46% and 10.16% for these periods. Further, our risk-adjusted capital ratio of 17.94% at December 31, 2013 and significantly exceeds the 10.0% threshold to be designated as “well-capitalized” under the risk-based regulatory guidelines. At December 31, 2013, our tangible common equity ratio was 7.58%, compared to 6.84% at September 30, 2013. The increase in our tangible common equity ratio in the fourth quarter of 2013 was due to earnings and a favorable adjustment in the pension component of our other comprehensive income. The favorable adjustment in the pension component reflects (1) an increase in the plan discount rate, which drives a reduction in pension liabilities, and (2) an increase in the market value of plan assets.

 

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ACCOUNTING POLICIES

 

Critical Accounting Policies

 

The consolidated financial statements and accompanying Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements are prepared in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America, which require us to make various estimates and assumptions (see Note 1 in the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements).  We believe that, of our significant accounting policies, the following may involve a higher degree of judgment and complexity.

 

Allowance for Loan Losses.  The allowance for loan losses is a reserve established through a provision for loan losses charged to expense, which represents management’s best estimate of probable losses within the existing portfolio of loans.  The allowance is that amount considered adequate to absorb losses inherent in the loan portfolio based on management’s evaluation of credit risk as of the balance sheet date.

 

The allowance for loan losses includes allowance allocations calculated in accordance with U.S. GAAP.  The level of the allowance reflects management’s continuing evaluation of specific credit risks, loss experience, loan portfolio quality, economic conditions and unidentified losses inherent in the current loan portfolio, as well as trends in the foregoing.  This evaluation is inherently subjective, as it requires estimates that are susceptible to significant revision as information becomes available.

 

The Company’s allowance for loan losses consists of two components: (i) specific reserves established for probable losses on impaired loans; (ii) general reserves for non-homogenous loans not deemed impaired and homogenous loan pools based on, but not limited to, historical loan loss experience, current economic and market conditions, levels of past due loans, and levels of problem loans.

 

Our financial results are affected by the changes in and the absolute level of the allowance for loan losses. This estimation process is judgmental and requires an estimate of the loss severity rates that we apply to our unimpaired loan portfolio. In the event that estimated loss severity rates for our unimpaired loan portfolio increased by 10%, the allowance for loan losses would increase by approximately $1.1 million.

 

Intangible Assets.  Intangible assets consist of goodwill and other identifiable intangible assets, including customer relationship intangible related to the acquisition of trust accounts. Core deposit intangibles that were previously recognized in connection with various acquisitions have been fully amortized.  Goodwill represents the excess of the cost of acquired businesses over the fair market value of their identifiable net assets.  We perform an impairment review on an annual basis or more frequently if events or changes in circumstances indicate that the carrying value may not be recoverable.  Adverse changes in the economic environment, declining operations, or other factors could result in a decline in the estimated implied fair value of goodwill. If the estimated implied fair value of goodwill is less than the carrying amount, a loss would be recognized to reduce the carrying amount to the estimated implied fair value.

 

We evaluate goodwill for impairment on an annual basis, using a two-step process. Step One compares the estimated fair value of the reporting unit to its carrying amount. We have determined that we have one reporting unit which consists of the Company as a whole, thus the carrying amount of the reporting unit is the net book value of the Company, including goodwill. If the carrying amount of the reporting unit exceeds its estimated fair value, Step Two is performed by comparing the fair value of the reporting unit’s implied goodwill to the carrying value of goodwill. If the carrying value of the reporting unit’s goodwill exceeds the estimated fair value, an impairment charge is recorded equal to the excess.

 

Given the Company’s net book value exceeded its market capitalization as of the annual impairment testing date, we proceeded with Step One of the annual goodwill impairment test. We first estimated the fair value of the reporting unit utilizing a market approach that was supplemented with a reconciliation of the resulting equity value of the Company with our market capitalization. The market approach consisted of two methodologies, including a guideline company valuation (“GLC”) and a guideline transaction valuation (“GLT”), weighted accordingly, to determine the overall equity valuation. For both valuation methods a book and tangible book multiple was developed to determine a market value of equity on a controlling basis. A control premium was then applied to the minority value to calculate a Step One value indication for the Company. For the GLC and GLT methods, the multiples resulted from a study of comparable companies and transactions, respectively, and were validated accordingly. The control premium utilized was also supported by market research and analysis. Based on the valuation developed as part of Step One, the estimated fair value of our reporting unit exceeded the carrying value of goodwill and therefore, no Step Two was required. For Step One of the impairment testing, change in economic conditions and observable bank purchase transactions can impact the outcome of the market valuation approach. In preparing the foregoing fair value estimates, management, among other things, consulted an independent advisor.

 

Pension Assumptions.  We have a defined benefit pension plan for the benefit of substantially all of our associates.  Our funding policy with respect to the pension plan is to contribute amounts to the plan sufficient to meet minimum funding requirements as set by law.  Pension expense, which is included in the Consolidated Statement of Comprehensive Income in noninterest expense as “Compensation,” is determined by an external actuarial valuation based on assumptions that are evaluated annually as of December 31, the measurement date for the pension obligation.  The Consolidated Statements of Financial Condition reflect an accrued pension benefit cost due to funding levels and unrecognized actuarial amounts.  The most significant assumptions used in calculating the pension obligation are the weighted-average discount rate used to determine the present value of the pension obligation, the weighted-average expected long-term rate of return on plan assets, and the assumed rate of annual compensation increases.  These assumptions are re-evaluated annually with the external actuaries, taking into consideration both current market conditions and anticipated long-term market conditions.

 

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The weighted-average discount rate is determined by matching the anticipated defined pension plan cash flows to a long-term corporate Aa-rated bond index and solving for the underlying rate of return, which investing in such securities would generate.  This methodology is applied consistently from year-to-year.  The discount rate utilized in 2013 was 4.25%.  The estimated impact to 2013 pension expense of a 25 basis point increase or decrease in the discount rate would have been a decrease and increase of approximately $838,000 and $904,000, respectively.  We anticipate using a 5.00% discount rate in 2014.

 

The weighted-average expected long-term rate of return on plan assets is determined based on the current and anticipated future mix of assets in the plan.  The assets currently consist of equity securities, U.S. Government and Government agency debt securities, and other securities (typically temporary liquid funds awaiting investment).  The weighted-average expected long-term rate of return on plan assets utilized for 2013 was 8.0%.  The estimated impact to 2013 pension expense of a 25 basis point increase or decrease in the rate of return would have been an approximate $230,000 increase or decrease, respectively.  We anticipate using a rate of return on plan assets for 2014 of 7.5%.

 

The assumed rate of annual compensation increases of 3.75% in 2013 reflected expected trends in salaries and the employee base.  We anticipate using a compensation increase of 3.25% for 2014 reflecting current market trends.

 

Detailed information on the pension plan, the actuarially determined disclosures, and the assumptions used are provided in Note 11 of the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements.

 

Recent Accounting Pronouncements

 

The Financial Accounting Standards Board, the SEC, and other regulatory bodies have enacted new accounting pronouncements and standards that either have impacted our results in prior years presented, or will likely impact our results in 2014. Please refer to Note 1 of the Notes to our Consolidated Financial Statements.

 

ITEM 7A.       QUANTITATIVE AND QUALITATIVE DISCLOSURE ABOUT MARKET RISK

 

See “Financial Condition - Market Risk and Interest Rate Sensitivity” in Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations, above, which is incorporated herein by reference.

 

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Item 8.         Financial Statements and Supplementary Data

 

Table 15

QUARTERLY FINANCIAL DATA (Unaudited)

 

   2013     2012
(Dollars in Thousands, Except Per Share Data)  Fourth  Third  Second  First  Fourth  Third  Second  First
Summary of Operations:                                        
Interest Income  $20,076   $20,250   $20,698   $21,128   $21,787   $22,326   $22,437   $23,130 
Interest Expense   1,080    1,050    1,103    1,183    1,232    1,295    1,372    1,469 
Net Interest Income   18,996    19,200    19,595    19,945    20,555    21,031    21,065    21,661 
Provision for Loan Losses   397    555    1,450    1,070    2,766    2,864    5,743    4,793 
Net Interest Income After Provision for
  Loan Losses
   18,599    18,645    18,145    18,875    17,789    18,167    15,322    16,868 
Noninterest Income   14,673    14,306    13,849    13,588    14,118    13,575    13,906    13,586 
Noninterest Expense   30,495    30,433    30,582    31,200    29,468    30,201    32,293    32,597 
Income (Loss) Before Income Taxes   2,777    2,518    1,412    1,263    2,439    1,541    (3,065)   (2,143)
Income Tax Expense (Benefit)   5    927    569    424    564    420    (1,339)   (981)
Net Income (Loss)  $2,772   $1,591   $843   $839   $1,875   $1,121   $(1,726)  $(1,162)
Net Interest Income (FTE)  $19,141   $19,355   $19,744   $20,079   $20,697   $21,179   $21,219   $21,833 
                                         
Per Common Share:                                        
Net Income (Loss) Basic  $0.16   $0.09   $0.05   $0.05   $0.11   $0.07   $(0.10)  $(0.07)
Net Income (Loss) Diluted   0.16    0.09    0.05    0.05    0.11    0.07    (0.10)   (0.07)
Cash Dividends Declared   0.00    0.00    0.00    0.00    0.00    0.00    0.00    0.00 
Diluted Book Value   15.85    14.44    14.36    14.35    14.31    14.54    14.48    14.60 
Market Price:                                        
High   12.69    13.08    12.64    12.54    11.91    10.96    8.73    9.91 
Low   11.33    11.06    10.12    10.95    9.04    7.00    6.35    7.32 
Close   11.77    11.78    11.53    12.35    11.37    10.64    7.37    7.45 
                                         
Selected Average Balances:                                        
Loans, Net  $1,414,909   $1,436,039   $1,456,904   $1,496,432   $1,518,280   $1,541,262   $1,570,827   $1,596,480 
Earning Assets   2,206,286    2,201,390    2,206,694    2,240,889    2,178,946    2,209,166    2,262,847    2,268,307 
Total Assets   2,553,653    2,558,395    2,564,528    2,598,680    2,534,011    2,566,239    2,624,417    2,636,907 
Deposits   2,050,870    2,059,498    2,067,647    2,102,967    2,051,099    2,075,482    2,135,653    2,161,388 
Shareowners’ Equity   253,999    251,617    250,485    249,557    253,017    251,746    252,644    254,447 
Common Equivalent Average Shares:                                        
Basic   17,341    17,336    17,319    17,302    17,229    17,215    17,192    17,181 
Diluted   17,423    17,396    17,355    17,309    17,256    17,228    17,192    17,181 
                                         
Performance Ratios:                                        
Return on Average Assets   0.43%   0.25%   0.13%   0.13%   0.29%   0.17%   (0.26)%   (0.18)%
Return on Average Equity   4.33    2.51    1.35    1.36    2.95    1.77    (2.75)   (1.84)
Net Interest Margin (FTE)   3.45    3.49    3.59    3.64    3.78    3.82    3.77    3.87 
Noninterest Income as % of Operating
  Revenue
   43.85    42.82    41.68    40.62    40.81    39.31    39.88    38.64 
Efficiency Ratio   90.22    90.42    91.07    92.67    84.68    86.89    91.18    92.04 
                                         
Asset Quality:                                        
Allowance for Loan Losses  $23,095   $25,010   $27,294   $27,803   $29,167   $30,222   $29,929   $31,217 
Allowance for Loan Losses to Loans   1.65%   1.75%   1.89%   1.90%   1.93%   1.97%   1.93%   1.98%
Nonperforming Assets (“NPA’s”)   85,035    94,700    96,653    103,869    117,648    127,247    132,829    136,826 
NPA’s to Total Assets   3.26    3.77    3.77    3.99    4.47    5.10    5.02    5.14 
NPA’s to Loans + ORE   5.87    6.38    6.44    6.81    7.47    8.02    8.23    8.36 
Allowance to Non-Performing Loans   62.48    60.00    65.66    61.17    45.42    40.80    40.03    39.65 
Net Charge-Offs to Average Loans   0.65    0.78    0.54    0.66    1.00    0.66    1.80    1.16 
                                         
Capital Ratios:                                        
Tier I Capital   16.56%   15.60%   15.36%   14.95%   14.35%   14.43%   14.17%   14.17%
Total Capital   17.94    16.97    16.73    16.32    15.72    15.80    15.54    15.54 
Tangible Capital   7.58    6.84    6.64    6.49    6.35    6.86    6.40    6.42 
Leverage   10.46    10.16    10.07    9.81    9.90    9.83    9.60    9.71 

 

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CAPITAL CITY BANK GROUP, INC.

CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

 

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 64 Report of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm
   
 65 Consolidated Statements of Financial Condition
   
 66 Consolidated Statements of Operations
   
 67 Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income
   
 68 Consolidated Statements of Changes in Shareowners’ Equity
   
 69 Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
   
 70 Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements

 

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Report of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm

 

The Board of Directors and Shareowners of

Capital City Bank Group, Inc.

 

We have audited the accompanying consolidated statements of financial condition of Capital City Bank Group, Inc. as of December 31, 2013 and 2012, and the related consolidated statements of operations, comprehensive income, changes in shareowners' equity, and cash flows for each of the three years in the period ended December 31, 2013.  These financial statements are the responsibility of the Company's management.  Our responsibility is to express an opinion on these financial statements based on our audits.

 

We conducted our audits in accordance with the standards of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (United States). Those standards require that we plan and perform the audit to obtain reasonable assurance about whether the financial statements are free of material misstatement. An audit includes examining, on a test basis, evidence supporting the amounts and disclosures in the financial statements. An audit also includes assessing the accounting principles used and significant estimates made by management, as well as evaluating the overall financial statement presentation. We believe that our audits provide a reasonable basis for our opinion.

 

In our opinion, the financial statements referred to above present fairly, in all material respects, the consolidated financial position of Capital City Bank Group, Inc. at December 31, 2013 and 2012, and the consolidated results of its operations and its cash flows for each of the three years in the period ended December 31, 2013, in conformity with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles.

 

We also have audited, in accordance with the standards of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (United States), Capital City Bank Group, Inc.'s internal control over financial reporting as of December 31, 2013, based on criteria established in Internal Control-Integrated Framework (1992) issued by the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission and our report dated March 7, 2014 expressed an unqualified opinion thereon.

 

/s/ Ernst & Young LLP

 

 

Birmingham, Alabama

March 7, 2014

 

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CAPITAL CITY BANK GROUP, INC.

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF FINANCIAL CONDITION

 

   As of December 31,
(Dollars in Thousands)  2013  2012
ASSETS          
Cash and Due From Banks  $55,209   $66,238 
Federal Funds Sold and Interest Bearing Deposits   474,719    443,494 
   Total Cash and Cash Equivalents   529,928    509,732 
           
Investment Securities, Available for Sale, at fair value   251,420    296,985 
Investment Securities, Held to Maturity, at amortized cost (fair value of $146,961)   148,211    —   
Total Investment Securities   399,631    296,985 
Loans Held For Sale   11,065    14,189 
Loans, Net of Unearned Income   1,388,604    1,507,113 
  Allowance for Loan Losses   (23,095)   (29,167)
    Loans, Net   1,365,509    1,477,946 
           
Premises and Equipment, Net   103,385    107,092 
Goodwill   84,811    84,811 
Other Intangible Assets   32    242 
Other Real Estate Owned   48,071    53,426 
Other Assets   69,471    89,561 
   Total Assets  $2,611,903   $2,633,984 
           
LIABILITIES          
Deposits:          
  Noninterest Bearing Deposits  $641,463   $609,235 
  Interest Bearing Deposits   1,494,785    1,535,761 
    Total Deposits   2,136,248    2,144,996 
           
Short-Term Borrowings   51,321    47,435 
Subordinated Notes Payable   62,887    62,887 
Other Long-Term Borrowings   38,043    46,859 
Other Liabilities   47,004    84,918 
    Total Liabilities   2,335,503    2,387,095 
           
SHAREOWNERS’ EQUITY          
Preferred Stock, $.01 par value; 3,000,000 shares authorized; no shares issued and outstanding   —      —   
Common Stock, $.01 par value; 90,000,000 shares authorized; 17,360,960 and 17,232,380 shares issued and outstanding at December 31, 2013 and December 31, 2012, respectively   174    172 
Additional Paid-In Capital   41,152    38,707 
Retained Earnings   243,614    237,569 
Accumulated Other Comprehensive Loss, Net of Tax   (8,540)   (29,559)
Total Shareowners’ Equity   276,400    246,889 
Total Liabilities and Shareowners' Equity  $2,611,903   $2,633,984 

 

The accompanying Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements are an integral part of these statements.