By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Real Estate Weekly News -- Seacoast Banking Corporation of Florida (NASDAQ-NMS: SBCF), reported fourth quarter 2013 net income of $1,850,000 compared to $240,000 for the same quarter last year. Net income available to common shareholders for the quarter totaled $588,000 or $0.03 per diluted common share, compared with a net loss of $(697,000) or $(0.04) per diluted common share for 2012. Net income available to common shareholders for the year totaled $47.9 million or $2.44 per diluted common share, compared with a net loss of $(4.5) million or $(0.24) per diluted common share for 2012. Pretax earnings for the quarter and the year were substantially improved over the prior year due to our ongoing investments in loan production personnel, digital technologies and the effects of asset quality improvements and expense management. During 2013 we reduced our total noninterest expense structure by $7.4 million or 9.0 percent while also absorbing increases in core operating expenses totaling approximately $3.7 million related to new investments including (5) new Accelerate business offices in Ft. Lauderdale, Boca Raton and Orlando as well as costs associated with faster customer adoption of our digital product offerings. Revenue growth continued to improve throughout the year as our new investments began to produce results and our legacy franchise experienced continued organic growth. When compared with the prior quarter, pretax earnings fell 11 percent due to the recovery of interest income from a nonaccrual loan which was recovered and disclosed in the prior quarter, lower mortgage banking fees, additional investments in production personnel and year end incentive adjustments related to higher than expected production for 2013. Additional cost reductions totaling approximately $1.2 million are being implemented in first quarter 2014 and include expenses related to slower growth expected for mortgage production in 2014. The Company's $50 million in outstanding Series A Preferred Stock was redeemed in full at year end which will increase net income available to common shareholders in 2014 and beyond. During the fourth quarter the Company also successfully raised $75 million in common equity. "These actions taken together with last quarter's recapture of our deferred tax asset strengthened capital levels, improved the quality of our capital structure and were key objectives accomplished to support our strategic growth objectives going forward," said Dennis S. Hudson, III , Chief Executive Officer. Revenue initiatives continue to produce results -- Noninterest income (excluding securities gains) increased by 13.4 percent for the year and 6.4 percent for the quarter in spite of lower Keywords for this news article include: Mortgage, Real Estate, Investment and Finance, Seacoast Banking Corporation of Florida . Our reports deliver fact-based news of research and discoveries from around the world. Copyright 2014, NewsRx LLC
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