Square 1 Financial, Inc.
April 30, 2014
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Square 1 Financial Reports First Quarter 2014 Results

DURHAM, N.C., April 30, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Square 1 Financial, Inc. (Nasdaq:SQBK) today announced results for the quarter ended March 31, 2014.

Consolidated net income available to common shareholders for the first quarter of 2014 was $7.8 million, or $0.31 per diluted share, compared to $3.3 million, or $0.14 per diluted share, for the first quarter of 2013 and $6.9 million, or $0.29 per diluted share, for the fourth quarter of 2013.

"Good credit performance, a favorable net interest margin, solid warrant income and focused expense management year to date drove our strong profitability for the quarter, and we are pleased to share these results following the successful completion of our initial public offering" said Douglas H. Bowers, President and Chief Executive Officer of Square 1 Financial. "We believe our venture firm and venture-backed company clients continue to welcome the choice we provide when selecting a relationship-driven banking partner."

First Quarter Highlights

Highlights of the first quarter of 2014 include:

Earnings Summary

The increase in net income available to common shareholders compared to the first quarter of 2013 resulted from a $5.8 million increase in net interest income and a $3.1 million increase in noninterest income, partially offset by a $2.6 million increase in noninterest expense.

Net income available to common shareholders compared to the fourth quarter of 2013 was primarily impacted by a $1.0 million decrease in provision for loan losses and a $1.7 million increase in warrant income, largely offset by a $1.5 million decline in income from fees that are contingent upon customer success events, the impact of the $0.4 million gain from the purchase of Sand Hill Finance recorded in the fourth quarter of 2013, and $1.0 million in overall additional personnel expenses.

Net Interest Income and Margin (Fully Tax Equivalent Basis)

The information set forth below contains certain financial information determined by methods other than in accordance with GAAP. Net interest income and the net interest margin are presented on a fully taxable equivalent basis based on the federal statutory rate of 35% to consistently reflect income from taxable loans and securities and tax-exempt securities. See "Non-GAAP Financial Measures" section for a reconciliation of this non-GAAP measure to its most comparable GAAP measure.

For the first quarter of 2014, net interest income increased $6.2 million, or 35.7%, to $23.5 million compared to the first quarter of 2013. The increase in net interest income was primarily the result of our continued success in growing our loan portfolio and low cost deposits, along with higher yields on our investment portfolio driven by lower premium amortization on agency mortgage-backed securities and strategic changes in our investment portfolio mix. The increase in interest income included a $3.6 million, or 28.5%, increase in interest income on loans, a $1.4 million, or 43.7%, increase in interest income on taxable securities, and a $1.1 million, or 70.0%, increase in interest income on nontaxable securities. Deposit growth of $535.7 million, or 33.2%, supported a 30.0% increase in the average balance of our loan portfolio, a 28.0% increase in the average balance of taxable securities and 54.1% growth in the average balance of nontaxable securities. Interest expense of $0.3 million was largely flat, decreasing 3.6% from the first quarter of 2013 notwithstanding an increase in our average balance of deposits.

Net interest income for the first quarter of 2014 increased $0.3 million compared to the fourth quarter of 2013. An increase in investment interest income of $0.6 million from higher average balances and higher yields was partially offset by a decrease in loan interest income of $0.3 million from lower loan yields and two less days in the quarter.

For the first quarter of 2014 our net interest margin increased to 4.12% from 3.95% versus the same period in the prior year. This increase was due largely to our decision in 2013 to invest a greater percentage of interest-earning assets in higher yielding municipal bonds. An additional driver of the increase in our net interest margin was lower premium amortization on agency mortgage-backed securities resulting from slower prepayments, which was partially offset by a 7 basis point decline in the yield earned on our loan portfolio in response to competitive pressures in the current low rate environment. For the first quarter of 2014, our net interest margin increased to 4.12% from 3.96% for the fourth quarter of 2013. This increase was largely due to the higher utilization of excess cash in interest earning assets and lower premium amortization on agency mortgage-backed securities resulting from slower prepayments, partially offset by a 6 basis point decline in yield earned on our loan portfolio.

Noninterest Income

Noninterest income for the first quarter of 2014 was $7.1 million, an increase of $3.1 million, or 76.8%, compared to the first quarter of 2013 and was up $0.2 million compared to the fourth quarter of 2013. The increase in noninterest income compared to the first quarter of 2013 was primarily due to a $0.9 million increase in fees charged to customers driven by new customer growth and our ability to cross-sell these banking services, and $2.2 million in warrant income for the first quarter of 2014 compared to $0.2 million in losses for the first quarter of 2013, offset by $0.3 million less in gains from the sale of SBA loans.

The $0.2 million increase in noninterest income compared to the fourth quarter of 2013 was due to $1.7 million higher warrant income and a $0.4 million increase in foreign exchange fees income, largely offset by lower other noninterest income. The decrease in other noninterest income was driven by a $1.5 million decline in income from success fees that are typically volatile and are contingent upon customer success events, such as an acquisition, and the impact of a $0.4 million gain in the fourth quarter of 2013 on the purchase of Sand Hill Finance.

The $2.4 million and $1.7 million higher warrant income in the first quarter of 2014 compared to the first quarter of 2013 and the fourth quarter of 2013, respectively, was due to the volume of successful liquidity events, including IPOs, for the clients in which we had taken warrant positions and changes in the fair value of our equity warrant assets. These variances demonstrate the volatility of this income which is created, in part, by the erratic nature of public equity markets and their receptivity to IPOs. During the first of quarter 2014, we realized gains on monetized warrants held in two of our portfolio company clients that had IPOs as the respective lock-up periods for those securities expired, and we recognized unrealized gains on warrants held in five portfolio company clients that experienced IPOs during the period. The change in the fair value of our equity warrants portfolio resulted in unrealized income of $1.5 million for the first quarter of 2014 compared to an unrealized loss of $0.4 million in the first quarter of 2013 and $0.3 million unrealized income in the fourth quarter of 2013. As of March 31, 2014, the $6.6 million valuation on warrants held included $2.5 million held in equity securities of six publicly traded companies, which we intend to monetize upon expiration of the respective lock-up periods for those securities, compared to $1.0 million held in equity securities of three publicly traded companies as of December 31, 2013.

Noninterest Expense

Noninterest expense for the first quarter of 2014 increased $2.6 million, or 19.6% compared to the first quarter of 2013 and increased $0.5 million compared to the fourth quarter of 2013. These increases were primarily due to $2.2 million and $1.0 million, respectively, higher personnel expenses in the first quarter of 2014 driven by increases of 32 and nine full-time equivalent employees, respectively, and higher incentive compensation expense. The $1.0 million higher personnel expenses compared to the fourth quarter of 2013 were partially offset by a $0.4 million reduction in professional fees.

Loans and Credit Quality

Average loans grew $246.5 million, or 30.0%, to $1.1 billion and period-end loans increased $261.8 million, or 32.8%, compared to the first quarter of 2013. Average loans grew $16.3 million, or 1.5%, while period-end loans decreased $21.2 million compared to the fourth quarter of 2013 due to the year-end seasonal nature of capital call lines to venture firm clients. Period end loans to venture firms decreased $51.9 million, while total loans to venture-backed companies, including life sciences, technology and asset-based loans were up $22.9 million, or 2.6%, at March 31, 2014 compared to December 31, 2013. The amount of loan commitments that are utilized by venture firm clients tend to be volatile throughout the year and often increase at the end of the year when these clients may increase the amount drawn on their lines of credit for various business reasons. The increase in our asset-based loans was primarily due to our strategic focus on expanding this product line to better serve the needs of our expansion and late stage clients.

At March 31, 2014, nonperforming loans totaled $9.6 million, or 0.91%, of total loans compared to $14.5 million, or 1.34% of total loans for the fourth quarter of 2013 and $18.1 million, or 2.26%, of total loans for the first quarter of 2013. The allowance for loan losses to nonperforming loans at March 31, 2014 was 198.65%, compared to 127.05% at December 31, 2013, and 93.01% at March 31, 2013. Net loan charge-offs were $2.2 million, or 0.85%, of average loans (annualized) for the first quarter of 2014 compared to a net loan recovery of $0.2 million, or 0.09%, of average loans (annualized) for the first quarter of 2013.

Investments

Average investments grew $277.6 million, or 32.5%, compared to the first quarter of 2013 and grew $64.4 million, or 2.9%, compared to the fourth quarter of 2013. Our available-for-sale securities portfolio totaled $980.7 million at March 31, 2014, an increase of $56.4 million, or 6.1%, compared to $924.2 million at December 31, 2013. The increase was primarily due to purchases of new investment securities, consisting mostly of agency and non-agency mortgage backed securities and other asset-backed securities. Our held to maturity securities portfolio had an amortized cost of $169.5 million at March 31, 2014, an increase of $15.3 million, or 9.9%, compared to $154.3 million at December 31, 2013.

Deposits and Client Investment Funds

Average on-balance sheet deposits grew $535.7 million, or 33.2% to $2.2 billion, compared to the first quarter of 2013 and decreased $2.5 million, or 0.1%, compared to the fourth quarter of 2013. Our period-end deposits increased to $2.2 billion for the first quarter of 2014, from $1.8 billion for the first quarter of 2013, an increase of $425.0 million, or 24.0%, and from $2.1 billion for the fourth quarter of 2013, an increase of $91.5 million, or 4.3%. This increase was primarily due to growth of our client base and the strong funding and IPO market for venture-backed firms. In 2013, we introduced an interest-bearing demand deposit account, which also accounted for the deposit growth since the first quarter of 2013. While our noninterest-bearing deposits decreased $8.9 million, or 0.6%, during the first quarter of 2014, our interest-bearing deposits increased $100.3 million, or 13.8% during this same period. Despite the increase in interest-bearing deposits, interest expense on deposits was $0.1 million, $0.2 million, and $0.1 million as the average cost of deposits was 0.02%, 0.03% and 0.03% for the first quarter of 2014, the fourth quarter of 2013, and the first quarter of 2013, respectively, due to the continued low interest rate environment. Changes in our period-end deposits at year-end and for the first quarter are impacted by the timing of year-end activity of our customers, primarily venture firms.

Average off-balance sheet client investment funds grew $283.8 million, or 82.0% to $630.0 million, compared to the first quarter of 2013 and grew $64.9 million, or 11.5%, compared to the fourth quarter of 2013. Our period-end client investment funds increased to $643.5 million for the first quarter of 2014, from $322.2 million for the first quarter of 2013, an increase of 99.7%, and from $557.9 million for the fourth quarter of 2013, an increase of 15.3% as our clients took advantage of alternative cash investment vehicles offered by Square 1 Asset Management, our wholly-owned subsidiary formed in 2013. Square 1 Asset Management offers customized solutions to our clients that are tailored to meet the unique corporate cash management needs of entrepreneurial companies and venture firms.

Forward-Looking Statements

This release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements are not historical facts, and are based on current expectations, estimates and projections about our industry, management's beliefs and certain assumptions made by management, many of which, by their nature, are inherently uncertain and beyond our control. Accordingly, we caution you that any such forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and are subject to risks, assumptions and uncertainties that are difficult to predict. Although we believe that the expectations reflected in these forward-looking statements are reasonable as of the date made, actual results may prove to be materially different from the results expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements.

There are or will be important factors that could cause our actual results to differ materially from those indicated in these forward-looking statements, including, but not limited to, the following: (i) market and economic conditions (including interest rate environment, levels of public offerings, mergers and acquisitions and venture capital financing activities) and the associated impact on us; (ii) the sufficiency of our capital, including sources of capital (such as funds generated through retained earnings) and the extent to which capital may be used or required; (iii) our overall investment plans, strategies and activities, including our investment of excess cash/liquidity; (iv) operational, liquidity and credit risks associated with our business; (v) deterioration of our asset quality; (vi) our overall management of interest rate risk; (vii) our ability to execute our strategy and to achieve organic loan and deposit growth; (viii) increased competition in the financial services industry, nationally, regionally or locally, which may adversely affect pricing and terms; (ix) the adequacy of reserves (including allowance for loan and lease losses) and the appropriateness of our methodology for calculating such reserves; (x) volatility and direction of market interest rates; (xi) changes in the regulatory or legal environment; and (xii) other factors that are discussed in the section titled "Risk Factors," in our registration statement on Form S-1/A, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission and effective as of March 27, 2014.

The foregoing factors should not be construed as exhaustive. If one or more events related to these or other risks or uncertainties materialize, or if our underlying assumptions prove to be incorrect, actual results may differ materially from what we anticipate. Any forward-looking statement speaks only as of the date on which it is made, and we do not intend, or undertake any obligation to publicly update these forward-looking statements.

Earnings Conference Call

The Company will host a conference call at 10:00 a.m. EDT on Wednesday, April 30, 2014, to discuss the financial results for the quarter ended March 31, 2014. Individuals wishing to participate in the conference call may do so by dialing 877.359.9508 from the United States, or 224.357.2393 from outside the United States, and entering Conference ID 30888716. The call will also be available live via webcast on the Investor Relations page of the Company's website, www.square1financial.com. A replay of the call will be available on the Company's website for 12 months beginning on Wednesday, April 30, 2014.

Annual Shareholders Meeting

The Company will host its annual shareholders meeting on Tuesday, June 24, 2014, at 4:00 p.m. EDT at the Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club, 3001 Cameron Boulevard, Durham, NC 27705.

About Square 1 Financial

Square 1 Financial is a financial services company focused primarily on serving entrepreneurs and their investors. Square 1 Financial (Nasdaq:SQBK) is headquartered in Durham, North Carolina with twelve loan production offices located in key innovation hubs across the United States. Through Square 1 Bank, which was formed by experienced venture bankers, commercial bankers and entrepreneurs, we offer a full range of banking and financial products focused on the entrepreneurial community and their venture capital and private equity investors. Since inception, we have operated as a highly-focused venture bank and have provided a broad range of financial services to entrepreneurs, growing entrepreneurial companies and the venture capital and private equity communities. We provide banking services to our clients, including venture, commercial and international banking services, asset-based lending programs, and SBA and USDA commercial and real estate loan programs. We also provide investment advisory and asset management services to our clients through Square 1 Asset Management, a subsidiary of Square 1 Bank. More information can be found at www.square1financial.com.

SQUARE 1 FINANCIAL, INC.      
Summary Financial Information      
 At or For the
 Three Months Ended March 31,
(In thousands, except per share data)March 31,
2014
December 31,
2013
March 31,
2013
Performance Ratios:      
Return on average assets 1.33 % 1.15 % 0.73 %
Return on average common equity 16.34 14.95 7.66
Net interest margin(1) 4.12 3.96 3.95
Efficiency ratio(2) 50.61 49.56 59.92
       
Per Share Data:      
Net income (loss) per basic common share  $ 0.33   $ 0.29   $ 0.14 
Net income (loss) per diluted common share  $ 0.31   $ 0.29   $ 0.14 
Book value per common share  $ 9.29   $ 7.80   $ 7.48 
Tangible book value per common share  $ 9.26   $ 7.77   $ 7.48 
       
Capital Ratios (consolidated):      
Tier 1 leverage capital 10.90 % 8.34 % 9.75 %
Tier 1 risk-based capital 15.79 12.08 15.16
Total risk-based capital 16.96 13.24 16.42
Total shareholders' equity to assets 10.45 8.13 9.16
Tangible common equity to tangible assets(3) 10.23 7.89 8.91
       
Asset Quality Ratios:      
Allowance for loan losses as a percent of total loans 1.80 % 1.70 % 2.10 %
Allowance for loan losses as a percent of nonperforming loans 198.65 127.05 93.01
Net charge-offs (recoveries) to average outstanding loans (annualized) 0.85 1.38 (0.09)
Nonperforming loans as a percent of total loans 0.91 1.34 2.26
Nonperforming assets as a percent of total assets 0.39 0.63 0.92
       
Other Ratios and Statistics:      
Average loans, net of unearned income, to average deposits 49.7 % 48.9 % 50.9 %
Period-end full-time equivalent employees  239   230   207 
Average outstanding shares—basic  23,726   23,544   23,492 
Average outstanding shares—diluted  25,740   23,972   23,781 
Period-end outstanding shares—basic  27,234   23,612   23,496 
Period-end outstanding shares—diluted  29,082   24,056   23,807 
       
Financial Condition Data:      
Average total assets  $ 2,374,169   $ 2,380,750   $ 1,838,732 
Average cash and cash equivalents  119,430   205,462   115,535 
Average investment securities - available-for-sale  967,161   928,981   787,291 
Average investment securities - held-to-maturity  164,844   138,641   67,146 
Average loans, net of unearned income  1,068,814   1,052,507   822,291 
Average on-balance sheet deposits  2,150,508   2,153,002   1,614,857 
Average total client investment funds  630,042   565,106   346,203 
Average total shareholders' equity  198,171   187,518   179,286 
(1)  Represents net interest income as a percent of average interest-earning assets.
(2)  Represents noninterest expense divided by the sum of net interest income and other income, excluding gains or losses on the impairment and sale of securities. Efficiency ratio, as calculated, is a non-GAAP financial measure. See "Non-GAAP Financial Measures."
(3)  Tangible common equity to tangible assets is a non-GAAP financial measure. Tangible common equity is computed as total shareholders' equity, excluding preferred stock, less intangible assets. Tangible assets are calculated as total assets less intangible assets. We believe that the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure is total shareholders' equity to assets. See "Non-GAAP Financial Measures."
       
SQUARE 1 FINANCIAL, INC.      
Interim Consolidated Balance Sheets      
       
(In thousands, except share and per share data)March 31,
2014
December 31, 2013March 31, 2013
Assets (Unaudited)(Audited)(Unaudited)
Cash and cash equivalents  $ 197,894   $ 105,730   $ 241,848 
Investment in time deposits  1,250   1,250   1,250 
Investment securities—available for sale, at fair value  980,669   924,229   819,391 
Investment securities—held to maturity, at amortized cost  169,521   154,255   68,073 
Loans, net of unearned income of $4.6 million and $4.5 million  1,061,287   1,082,536   799,460 
Less allowance for loan losses  (19,094)  (18,379)  (16,793)
Net loans  1,042,193   1,064,157   782,667 
Premises and equipment, net  3,185   3,061   2,903 
Deferred income tax assets, net  12,110   15,620   8,872 
Bank owned life insurance  34,631   31,706   20,852 
Intangible assets  1,996   2,065   1,012 
Other receivables  2,856   2,592   5,919 
Warrant valuation  6,596   5,105   4,606 
Prepaid expenses  1,311   1,309   3,284 
Accrued interest receivable and other assets  12,930   15,348   13,688 
Total assets  $ 2,467,142   $ 2,326,427   $ 1,974,365 
Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity      
Deposits:      
Demand, noninterest-bearing  $ 1,371,149   $ 1,380,024   $ 1,135,613 
Demand, interest-bearing  130,660   103,638   36,438 
Money market deposit accounts  666,485   596,247   582,887 
Time deposits  29,905   26,818   18,250 
Total deposits  2,198,199   2,106,727   1,773,188 
Repurchase agreements  —  12,737   —
Borrowings  3,186   6,207   6,205 
Accrued interest payable and other liabilities  7,877   11,607   14,165 
Total liabilities  $ 2,209,262   $ 2,137,278   $ 1,793,558 
Commitments and contingencies (Notes 12, 13 and 16)      
Shareholders' equity:      
Convertible preferred stock, $.01 par value; 10,000,000 shares authorized, 5,000 shares issued and outstanding, respectively  —  —  —
Common stock, $.01 par value; 45,000,000 shares authorized, 27,234,386 shares, 23,611,746 shares and 23,496,263 shares issued and outstanding, respectively  272   236   235 
Additional paid in capital  239,306   183,716   182,486 
Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss)  1,223   (4,096)  7,632 
Retained earnings (deficit)  17,079   9,293   (9,546)
Total shareholders' equity  257,880   189,149   180,807 
Total liabilities and shareholders' equity  $ 2,467,142   $ 2,326,427   $ 1,974,365 
       
SQUARE 1 FINANCIAL, INC.      
Interim Consolidated Statements of Operations (Unaudited)      
       
(In thousands, except per share data)Three Months Ended
 March 31,
2014
December 31,
2013
March 31,
2013
Interest income:      
Loans including fees on loans  $ 16,403   $ 16,655   $ 12,761 
Investment securities  6,333   5,805   4,215 
Federal funds and other short-term investments  64   128   53 
Total interest income  22,800   22,588   17,029 
Interest expense:      
Deposits  130   180   120 
Borrowings and repurchase agreements  163   167   183 
Total interest expense  293   347   303 
Net interest income  22,507   22,241   16,726 
Provision for loan losses  2,964   3,960   2,760 
Net interest income after provision for loan losses  19,543   18,281   13,966 
Noninterest income:      
Service charges and fees  1,704   1,728   1,529 
Foreign exchange fees  1,641   1,229   1,227 
Loan documentation fees  137   96   80 
Investment impairment  (43)  (195)  (302)
Net gain on securities  9   —  —
Letter of credit fees  515   463   204 
Warrant income (loss)  2,195   488   (227)
Gain on sale of loans  253   367   602 
Bank owned life insurance  290   301   219 
Other  438   2,492   705 
Total noninterest income  7,139   6,969   4,037 
Noninterest expense:      
Personnel  10,634   9,632   8,469 
Occupancy  740   695   661 
Data processing  822   868   689 
Furniture and equipment  702   686   642 
Advertising and promotions  275   364   262 
Professional fees  601   952   654 
Telecommunications  260   306   293 
Travel  166   337   199 
FDIC assessment  405   345   313 
Other  978   930   846 
Total noninterest expense  15,583   15,115   13,028 
Income before income tax expense/benefit  11,099   10,135   4,975 
Income tax expense  3,251   3,193   1,620 
Net income  7,848   6,942   3,355 
Dividends on preferred stock  62   62   63 
Net income available to common shareholders  $ 7,786   $ 6,880   $ 3,292 
Earnings per share—basic  $ 0.33   $ 0.29   $ 0.14 
Earnings per share—diluted  $ 0.31   $ 0.29   $ 0.14 
       
SQUARE 1 FINANCIAL, INC.         
Net Interest Margin Analysis                  
                   
 Three Months Ended
 March 31, 2014December 31, 2013March 31, 2013
 Average
Balance
Interest
and
Dividends
Yield/
Cost
Average
Balance
Interest
and
Dividends
Yield/
Cost
Average
Balance
Interest
and
Dividends
Yield/
Cost
 (Dollars in thousands)
Interest-earning assets:                  
Federal Reserve deposits, federal funds sold and other short-term investments  $ 107,689   $ 64  0.24 %  $ 196,116   $ 128  0.26 %  $ 93,002   $ 53  0.23 %
Loans, net of unearned income  1,068,814   16,403  6.22 %  1,052,507   16,655  6.28 %  822,291   12,763  6.29 %
Nontaxable securities  228,094   2,724  4.84 %  224,344   2,651  4.69 %  148,059   1,602  4.39 %
Taxable securities  903,911   4,560  2.05 %  843,273   4,082  1.92 %  706,377   3,173  1.82 %
Total interest-earning assets  2,308,508   23,751  4.17 %  2,316,240   23,516  4.03 %  1,769,729   17,591  4.03 %
Less: Allowance for loan losses  (19,471)      (18,702)      (14,843)    
Noninterest-earning assets  85,132       83,212       83,846     
Total assets  $ 2,374,169       $ 2,380,750       $ 1,838,732     
Interest-bearing liabilities:                  
Demand deposits  $ 116,647   24  0.08 %  $ 99,853   36  0.14 %  $ 16,322   6  0.15 %
Money market  616,834   92  0.06 %  713,684   128  0.07 %  498,604   102  0.08 %
Time deposits  26,121   14  0.22 %  27,378   16  0.23 %  42,790   12  0.11 %
Total interest-bearing deposits  759,602   130  0.07 %  840,915   180  0.08 %  557,716   120  0.09 %
FHLB advances  2,000   2  0.41 %  3,101   7  0.88 %  24,444   24  0.41 %
Other borrowings  6,092   1  —%  19,813   5  —%  2   — —%
Junior subordinated debt  6,173   160  10.46 %  6,210   154  9.89 %  6,205   160  10.39 %
Total interest-bearing liabilities  773,867   293  0.15 %  870,039   346  0.16 %  588,367   304  0.21 %
Noninterest-bearing deposits 1,390,906     1,312,085     1,057,140    
Other noninterest-bearing liabilities  11,225       11,108       13,939     
Total liabilities  2,175,998       2,193,232       1,659,446     
Total shareholders' equity  198,171       187,518       179,286     
Total liabilities and shareholders' equity  $ 2,374,169       $ 2,380,750       $ 1,838,732     
Net interest income    $ 23,458       $ 23,170       $ 17,287   
Interest rate spread     4.02 %     3.87 %     3.82 %
Net interest margin     4.12 %     3.96 %     3.95 %
Ratio of average interest-earning assets to average interest-bearing liabilities     298.31 %     266.22 %     300.79 %
             
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Loans and Unfunded Commitments            
             
 March 31, 2014December 31, 2013March 31, 2013
 AmountPercentAmountPercentAmountPercent
 (Dollars in thousands)
Commercial loans:            
Technology  $ 480,877  45.13 %  $ 483,337  44.47 %  $ 383,715  47.76 %
Life sciences  211,617  19.85  209,069  19.23  182,419  22.71
Asset-based loans  209,532  19.66  186,702  17.17  85,867  10.69
Venture capital/private equity  91,595  8.59  143,468  13.20  99,059  12.33
SBA and USDA  24,864  2.33  23,719  2.18  9,966  1.24
Other  4,624  0.43  1,424  0.13  12,891  1.60
Total commercial loans  1,023,109  95.99  1,047,719  96.38  773,917  96.33
Real estate loans:            
SBA and USDA  29,558  2.77  27,504  2.53  21,763  2.71
Total real estate loans  29,558  2.77  27,504  2.53  21,763  2.71
Construction:            
SBA and USDA  286  0.03  287  0.03  —
Total construction loans  286  0.03  287  0.03  —
Credit cards  12,916  1.21  11,575  1.06  7,715  0.96
Total loans  1,065,869  100.00 %  1,087,085  100.00 %  803,395  100.00 %
Less unearned income(1)  (4,582)    (4,549)    (3,935)  
Total loans, net of unearned income  $ 1,061,287  100.00 %  $ 1,082,536  100.00 %  $ 799,460  100.00 %
             
Total unfunded loan commitments  $ 1,036,497     $ 977,262     $ 821,265   
(1)  Unearned income consists of unearned loan fees, the discount on SBA loans and the unearned initial warrant value.

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Client Investment Funds

We offer our clients alternative cash investment vehicles such as sweep accounts and investment in the Certificates of Deposit Account Registry Service ("CDARS"), the latter of which allows us to place client deposits in one or more insured depository institutions.

 March 31, 2014December 31, 2013March 31, 2013
Period-end:(Dollars in thousands)
Client investment assets under management  $ 173,927   $ 108,105   $ —
Sweep money market funds  303,135   271,823   159,690 
CDARS  166,452   177,955   162,514 
Total period-end client investment funds  $ 643,514   $ 557,883   $ 322,204 
       
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Credit Quality      
       
 Three Months Ended
 March 31,
2014
December 31,
2013
March 31,
2013
 (Dollars in thousands)
Allowance at beginning of period  $ 18,379   $ 18,093   $ 13,843 
Provision for loan losses  2,964   3,960   2,760 
Charge-offs:      
Commercial loans:      
Technology  1,834   3,411   —
Life sciences  —  —  —
SBA and USDA  518   269   —
Total commercial loans  2,352   3,680   —
Credit cards  —  —  —
Total charge offs  2,352   3,680   —
Recoveries:      
Commercial loans:      
Technology  (103)  (6)  (40)
Life sciences  —  —  —
SBA and USDA  —  —  (150)
Total commercial loans  (103)  (6)  (190)
Credit cards  —  —  —
Total recoveries  (103)  (6)  (190)
Net charge offs  2,249  3,674   (190)
Allowance at end of period  $ 19,094   $ 18,379   $ 16,793 
       
Total nonaccrual loans  $ 9,612   $ 14,466   $ 18,056 
       
Credit Quality Ratios:      
Allowance for loan losses as a percent of total loans 1.80 % 1.70 % 2.10 %
Allowance for loan losses as a percent of nonperforming loans 198.65 127.05 93.01
Net charge-offs (recoveries) to average outstanding loans (annualized) 0.85 1.38 (0.09)
Nonperforming loans as a percent of total loans 0.91 1.34 2.26
Nonperforming assets as a percent of total assets 0.39 0.63 0.92

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Non-GAAP Financial Measures

The information set forth in this release contains certain financial information determined by methods other than in accordance with GAAP. Generally, a non-GAAP financial measure is a numerical measure of financial performance, financial position or cash flows that excludes (or includes) amounts that are included in (or excluded from) the most directly comparable measure calculated and presented in accordance with GAAP. These non-GAAP financial measures for us are "efficiency ratio," "tangible common equity to tangible assets" and "net operating income." Although we believe these non-GAAP financial measures provide a greater understanding of our business, these measures are not necessarily comparable to similar measures that may be presented by other companies. The non-GAAP financial measures should be viewed as a supplement to, and not a substitute for, financial measures presented in accordance with GAAP.

The information provided below reconciles each non-GAAP measure to its most comparable GAAP measure.

(Dollars in thousands)Three Months Ended
 March 31,
2014
December 31,
2013
March 31,
2013
Efficiency Ratio      
Noninterest expense (GAAP)  $ 15,583   $ 15,115   $ 13,028 
Net interest taxable equivalent income  23,458   23,170   17,287 
Noninterest taxable equivalent income (loss)  7,297   7,131   4,155 
Less loss on sale of securities and impairment  (34)  (195)  (302)
Adjusted operating revenue  $ 30,789   $ 30,496   $ 21,744 
Efficiency ratio 50.61 % 49.56 % 59.92 %
Tangible Common Equity/Tangible Assets      
Total equity  $ 257,880   $ 189,149   $ 180,807 
Less: preferred stock  4,950   4,950   4,950 
Intangible assets(1)  698   800   —
Tangible common equity  $ 252,232   $ 183,399   $ 175,857 
Total assets  $ 2,467,142   $ 2,326,427   $ 1,974,365
Less: intangible assets(1)  698   800   —
Tangible assets  2,466,444   2,325,627   1,974,365 
Tangible common equity/tangible assets 10.23 % 7.89 % 8.91 %
Net Operating Income      
GAAP income before taxes  $ 11,099   $ 10,135   $ 4,975 
Less: loss on sale of securities and impairment  (34)  (195)  (302)
Add: tax equivalent adjustment  1,108   1,090   678 
Non-GAAP net operating income before taxes  $ 12,241   $ 11,420   $ 5,955 
Net Interest Income      
GAAP net interest income  $ 22,507   $ 22,241   $ 16,726 
Add: tax equivalent adjustment  951   929   561 
Non-GAAP net interest income (fully tax equivalent basis)  $ 23,458   $ 23,170   $ 17,287 
(1) Does not include a loan servicing asset of $1.3 million, $1.3 million, and $1.0 million at March 31, 2014, December 31, 2013, and March 31, 2013, respectively.
CONTACT: For More Information Contact:

         Patrick Oakes, Executive Vice President

         and Chief Financial Officer

         919.627.6366, poakes@square1bank.com