First Citrus Bancorporation, Inc. Closes Fourth Quarter 2020 With Net Earnings Growth of 23% and Deposit Growth of 37%

TAMPA, FL., January 25, 2021 – First Citrus Bancorporation, Inc. (OTC Markets: FCIT), the parent bank holding company for First Citrus Bank, has released its financial results for the fourth quarter of 2020.

December 31, 2020, YTD earnings were the highest on record after the fourth quarter produced the strongest quarterly earnings performance in company history. During the fourth quarter, assets, deposits, and loans grew to record levels largely due to loans made under the Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”) and related depository accounts established with new PPP loan customers. Net income in the fourth quarter was $1,439,000.

Fourth Quarter 2020 Highlights (compared to fourth quarter 2019)

  • Net earnings growth of 23%;
  • Asset growth of 26%;
  • Loan growth of 30%;
  • Deposit growth of 37%;
  • Earnings per share growth of 22%.

Fiscal Year-End 2020 Highlights (compared to fiscal year-end 2019)

  • Net earnings growth of 24%;
  • Earnings per share growth of 23%;
  • Book value per share growth of 11%;
  • Return on average equity growth of 12%.

Net earnings for the twelve months ended December 31, 2020, was $4,901,000, or $2.40 per share, compared to the net income of $3,952,000, or $1.95 per share for the twelve months ended December 31, 2019. Net income for 2020 produced a return on average equity of 12.4% compared to 11.1% for the prior-year period.

Book value per share at December 31, 2020, was $20.70, an increase of 11% over the $18.71 book value per share at December 31, 2019. A $0.40 special cash dividend per share of Common, Class A Preferred, and Class B Preferred was paid on March 4, 2020.

Total assets were $529 million at December 31, 2020, an increase of $109 million, or 26%, from $420 million at December 31, 2019.

Total loans grew to $432 million at December 31, 2020, an increase $100 million, or 30%, from $332 million at December 31, 2019, primarily due to loans made under the Paycheck Protection Program. Paycheck Protection Program lending reached 1,277 loans totaling $110 million during 2020 and ended the year at $80 million as loans were granted forgiveness by the Small Business Administration (“SBA”).

At December 31, 2020, loans delinquent 30 to 89 days totaled $0.2 million. This compares to $0.9 million at December 31, 2019. At December 31, 2020, nonperforming loans defined as nonaccrual loans and loans 90 days past due accruing interest totaled $3.7 million or .86% of total loans compared to $1.1 million or .33% for the prior-year period. Through January 20, 2021, the bank approved temporary loan payment deferments (180-day deferment of principal) in response to the CARES Act for five loans totaling $12.4 million or 2.9% of total loans at December 31, 2020.

Total deposits for December 31, 2020, were $475 million, an increase of $127 million, or 37% over 2019, primarily due to deposits made in connection with the Paycheck Protection Program. Demand deposit balances represented 51% of 2020 total deposits.

“Although 2020 was filled with unprecedented challenges and uncertainty, as the seventh-largest Paycheck Protection Program lender in Florida1, we could not be prouder of the way First Citrus bankers responded in helping over 1,250 Tampa Bay small businesses throughout the economic stimulus package. We feel fortunate to turn in our fifth consecutive year of record earnings while surpassing half a billion in assets. Our strategy is working, and we are excited to improve upon our track record of success championing local businesses and families in 2021,” said John Barrett, President and CEO of First Citrus Bank.

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