UPDATE: Parkway Acquisition Corp, Floyd, VA (PKKW)

When I first reviewed Parkway Acquisition Corp in July 2017, I was hoping they'd reach their own projected earnings of $1.01 per share and get the stock trading at $14 by year end 2018.

Instead, Parkway paid $14.1 million in stock to incorporate the assets of Great State Bank of Wilkesboro, NC into Skyline National Bank. They missed their projections, and CEO Alan Funk retired shortly after the acquisition.

Happily, Parkway is still A Case of Better Than Before. PKKW has outperformed the BKX Index by 10% over the past two years. If Parkway's progress pattern holds through 2020, PKKW should earn over $1.30, have a book value over $14, and trade over $15.


Disclosure: As of this posting, I own shares of PKKW and may subsequently either dispose of them or purchase more.


Prospective Buyers

Skyline National Bank has the same prospects for sale as it did in 2017.

First Citizens BancShares, Raleigh, NC (FCNCA)
National Bankshares, Blacksburg, VA (NKSH)
Union Bankshares, Richmond, VA (UBSH)

Financial Snapshot
as of 12/31/2018

Total assets:
$680M
Tangible book value per share:   
$11.03
NPAs to assets:
1.7%
Price to book:
90%
Market cap:
$68.3M
Dividend yield:
2.2%
Trailing 12-month ROA:
0.8%
Trailing 12-month ROE:
7.0%

The Crew

Thomas M. Jackson, Jr., Chairman
Blake M. Edwards Jr., President and CEO
Laurie J. Vaught, Executive VP and CFO

The Skinny

It's too soon to say whether Parkway's acquisition of Great State Bancorp has added to the value of the combined franchise, but I'm still bullish on this stock.

I see two new reasons to have high hopes for PKKW:
  • The bank recently authorized a buyback which should make book value and earnings accrete even faster. 
  • Skyline National Bank could attract some strong talent and customers disrupted by the upcoming BB&T/SunTrust merger.
As in 2017, I don't expect miracles from this latest acquisition.
  • Floyd County is a low-growth market that has struggled to attract business, which is why 8 out of the 20 branches Parkway now owns are smaller today than they were in 2013.
  • With 206 employees, Skyline National Bank now has $3.3M in assets per employee, but neighboring National Bankshares — which has $5.4M in assets per employee — is still doing more with less.
  • Five Directors from Cardinal's board are still on Parkway's board, including third generation Director Dr. Condruff, under whose watch Cardinal's Bank of Floyd was grossly mismanaged.
    Why I'm not worried the sky's going to fall for investors:
    • At 90% of book value, PKKW is cheap, and there aren't many $700M banks with relatively clean asset quality left that are trading this low.
    • Skyline National Bank is the only bank in four towns and enjoys over 50% market share in two other towns.
    • If the bank underperforms, I believe shareholders will hold management to its 2016 Investor Presentation promise that it would either perform or sell.

      Sources

      • Confidential interviews with shareholders and analysts

      UPDATE: Peoples Financial Corp, Biloxi, MS (PFBX)

      I no longer have reservations about calling management of The Peoples Bank "scoundrels." 

      When I reviewed Peoples Financial Corp back in 2015, Chairman and CEO Chevis Swetman had some handy excuses — Hurricane Katrina, the BP oil spill. But what's the excuse for being a bloated, non-performing bank to this day?

      Clearly, Swetman's not going to do the work it takes to turn The Peoples Bank around. The only folks sweating in this scenario are shareholders. And the only way out of this hot mess is for Swetman to do the right thing and sell this bank.


      Disclosure: As of this posting, I own shares of PFBX and may subsequently either dispose of them or purchase more.


      Prospective Buyers

      Peoples Financial Corp has the same prospects for selling The Peoples Bank that it had when I reviewed it three years ago.

      Bancorp South, Tupelo, MS (BXS)
      First Bancshares, Hattisburg, MS (FBMS)
      Iberiabank, Lafayette, LA (IBKC)

      Financial Snapshot
      as of 12/31/2018

      Total assets:
      $617M
      Tangible book value per share:   
      $17.59
      NPAs to assets:
      3.0%
      Price to book:
      66%
      Market cap:
      $57.6M
      Dividend yield:
      0.17%
      Trailing 12-month ROA:
      0.1%
      Trailing 12-month ROE:
      0.7%

      Scoundrels

      Chevis B Swetman, Chairman, President, and CEO
      A Wes Fulmer, Executive VP and Chief Credit Officer
      Laurie A Wood, Senior VP and CFO

      Red Flags

      Want me to explain how bad this bank is? No sweat!
      • Swetman's 92% efficiency ratio is in the bottom 5% of all US banks
      • His 3% NPAs to assets ratio is in the bottom 5%, too
      • Loans at The Peoples Bank are down 24% in the last five years
      • Book value per share has declined by $1 in spite of stock buybacks at 70%
      • PFBX shareholders have seen the value of their holdings drop by $110M since 2000
      Meanwhile...
      • Among the people who suffered this 70% decline in the value of their holdings since 2000 are the clients of Peoples' Trust Department, who collectively own 5% of PFBX
      Enough already. In three years, Swetman has barely budged. He's now 69. The bank's not working and neither is he. Every stakeholder in PFBX and the bank's geographic area will be better served by new operators who will put some muscle into The Peoples Bank.

      Sources

      Highlands Bankshares, Abingdon, VA (HLND)

      A Case of Time's Up


      My shot clock expired for Highlands Bankshares.

      This team has failed to perform under the auspicious conditions of the most recent banking cycle, so I don't see them improving enough to justify remaining independent.

      If Highlands Union Bank steps up its game, HLND could earn 60 cents per share, have a book value of $7, and trade at $10 in three years. If the team sells sooner, they should be able to get close to that now and spare us the wasted time.


      Disclosure: As of this posting, I own shares of HLND and may subsequently either dispose of them or purchase more.


      Prospective Buyers

      Three banks have a small presence in HLND’s markets that would grow to a meaningful size with the acquisition of Highlands Union Bank.

      Carter Bank & Trust, Martinsville, VA (CARE)
      First Citizens BancShares, Raleigh, NC (FCNCA)
      United Community Banks, Blairsville, GA (UCBI)

      Since mergers of equals are sporty now, I should add: an MOE between Highlands Bankshares and New Peoples Bankshares (NWPP) could cut costs and produce an even more attractive $1.3 billion bank earning a decent return.

      Financial Snapshot
      as of 12/31/2018

      Total assets:
      $592M
      Tangible book value per share:   
      $6.02
      NPAs to assets:
      2.9%
      Price to book:
      95.5%
      Market cap:
      $47.4M
      Dividend yield:
      0%
      Trailing 12-month ROA:
      0.6%
      Trailing 12-month ROE:
      6.6%

      The Crew

      Robert W Moser Jr, Chairman
      Timothy K Schools, President and CEO
      Samuel L Neese Jr, Director, Consultant, and Former CEO

      The Skinny

      Highlands Union Bank has had ample time to perform.

      It's been nearly five years since Highlands Bankshares raised capital to shore up its balance sheet and grow.

      TNH Financial Fund alone put up $8.7M for that purpose, and holds a 24.4% stake. Their representative serves on the bank's board and waives his board fees.

      As of today, the bank's assets are down, loans and deposits have barely moved, and profitability remains inadequate.

      In fact, deposits in Highlands' home town of Abingdon are $30M lower than before the recap, while neighboring First Bank & Trust's have grown by $40M.

      Highlands Bankshares' ROE in the 6% range and ROA in the 0.6% range are simply not enough to justify giving this team a new shot clock.

      Typically, funds like TNH Financial are looking for a liquidity event within five years, so I have to presume I'm not alone in thinking along these lines.

      Sources

      A Stock Pick for (Almost) Every State

      A Stock Pick for (Almost) Every State


      2019 is a year to break the mold.  Deliver and obtain more value per effort and minute. So I'm giving myself "literary license" to step out of my review-one-bank-stock-at-a-time format.

      This month, I took inventory of my current community bank stock holdings "by State" to let others "in" on my portfolio and research a bit more.

      If you've been following me, you know I believe America and Americans would be well served to invest in our community banks. Hopefully this exercise will help everyday investors across the country to see opportunities close to home.


      Disclosure: As of this posting, I own shares of all the bank stocks reviewed in the Timyan Bank Alert except $TBBK, $CDAB, $MELR, $CESO and $PUB, and I may subsequently either dispose of them or purchase more. For full disclosure, please note, I personally own many other bank stocks that are not represented in the Timyan Bank Alert portfolio or record.

      Timyan's Top Community Bank Stock Pick(s) Per State as of January 2019

      Some of these I have reviewed previously. Just click the stock symbol to access its most recent Timyan Bank Alert review.

      State
      Stock
      Why It’s My Favorite in The State
      Yield
      P/B
      P/E
      AK
      DENI
      Denali Bancorporation — stock is cheap and directors own over 20%.
      5.7%
      104%
      12x
      AL
      United Bancorporation of Alabama – has high returns, low price and does good in local Opportunity Zones.
      0.7%
      117%
      6x
      AR
      OZK
      Bank of the Ozarks — stock is cheap from being overly punished by the market for two bad loans.
      3.3%
      93%
      8x
      AZ
      MPHX
      MetroPhoenix Bank — not great, but the only one I own since State Bank $SBAZ got too expensive.
      0%
      128%
      15x
      CA
      Northern California National — stock in Chico's hometown bank is undervalued, earns good money, and has high takeover appeal.
      1%
      125%
      12x
      CO
      Solera National – Marty May expertly runs this one-branch bank and it’s fair to assume Chairman Michael Quagliano will want a return on his investment in 22% of the stock.
      0%
      110%
      15x
      CT
      BWFG
      Bankwell Financial Group — Larry Seidman is the largest investor and he makes things happen for shareholders.
      1.7%
      129%
      13x
      DE
      TBBK
      Bancorp, Inc — I don’t own this or any other Delaware-based bank, but board members Shiv Govinden and John Eggemeyer are savvy bank directors.
      0%
      121%
      8x
      FL
      FCIT
      First Citrus Bank — I love the team Jack Barrett has put together in Tampa and especially love recent results:1.3% ROA and 15% ROE.
      0%
      132%
      11x
      GA
      CCF Holding Co — my largest holding. I love Leonard Moreland’s turnaround, have high hopes for the amalgamation of the two Heritage Banks and Providence Bank, and trust largest shareholder and Chairman, Ken Lehman.
      0%
      110%
      15x
      HI
      OHPB
      Ohana Pacific Bank in Honolulu — it’s ugly, but cheap. I’m hoping they sell to someone who knows what they’re doing.
      0%
      87%
      13x
      IA
      MOFG
      MidWestOne Financial — it’s selling nearly 30% below their last stock offering. I hope they’ll either get their returns in line with peers or sell the bank.
      3%
      89%
      9x
      ID
      CDAB
      Couer d’Alene Bancorp — earnings like these plus a slight discount to book make it hard to resist this tiny gem.
      2.7%
      98%
      12x
      IL
      RYFL
      Royal Financial — DISCLOSURE: I own 9.99% and have been a director since 2011, but I like Royal’s footprint in the backyards of serial acquirers FMBI and WTFC.
      0%
      105%
      9x
      IN
      MFSF
      MutualFirst Financial — attractive takeover target owned by two activist investors, PL Capital and Ancora Advisors.
      2.93%
      121%
      10x
      KS
      BVBC
      Blue Valley Ban Corp — a tad pricey, but very valuable branch network near Kansas City, with an ace director, Tony Scavuzzo of Castle Creek.

      SOLD 01/16/2019
      0%
      142%
      9x
      KY
      KFFB
      Kentucky First Federal — returns are inadequate, so I hope they one day do a full conversion and sell three years later.

      *Price to book would be 60% under full conversion scenario
      5.8%
      111%*
      20x
      LA
      CTUY
      Century Next Financial Corp — it’s undervalued and the perfect acquisition candidate for First Guaranty Bancshares.
      3%
      107%
      11x
      MA
      MELR
      Melrose Bancorp — only buy this if you believe activist investors Seidman and Maltese will be successful in pressing for a sale.
      3%
      105%
      28x
      MD
      Delmar Bancorp — earnings are improving rapidly and Chairman Ken Lehman is heavily invested in turning a profit on his 41% ownership.
      1.4%
      112%
      9x
      ME
      KTHN
      Katahdin Bankshares — it’s cheap and has a branch network that should be appealing to acquirers.
      2.6%
      96%
      9x
      MI
      EFIN
      Eastern Michigan Financial of Crosswell — Michigan has many great publicly traded community banks, but this 127 year old has the cheapest stock.
      2.94%
      82%
      9x
      MN
      Merchants Financial Group of Winona — my hands down favorite for the State, big enough for the Russell Index and trades for a fraction of its true value.
      2.1%
      107%
      10x
      MO
      LBCP
      Kansas City’s Liberty Bancorp — I’ve owned it since its conversion in 2005, because it has stayed too cheap to sell.
      1.1%
      115%
      9x
      MS
      CIZN
      Citizens of Arkadelphia — nice dividend, but Citizens never earns enough to justify its independence. 
      4.7%
      125%
      14x
      MT
      EBMT
      Eagle Bancorp — pickings are slim for cheap bank stocks in Montana. This is it. 
      2%
      107%
      13x
      NC
      UWHR
      Uwharrie Capital — if this one sells, it’ll pay off. If not, I’ll be stuck holding a cheap bank stock with crummy returns.
      0%
      103%
      20x
      ND
      BNCC
      BNCCORP — could more than double if sold, and many activists and unhappy shareholders are pushing for just that.
      0%
      101%
      13x
      NE
      FINN
      First National of Nebraska — an undervalued, high performing, 150 year old family run bank.
      0%
      109%
      10x
      NH
      Northway Financial — expertly run by the energetic Bill Woodward for the past 43 years.
      2.4%
      102%
      12x
      NJ
      PKBK
      Parke Bancorp — started in a trailer by one of my favorite bankers, Vito Pantilione. Now it has $1.3B in assets in seven branches making it the envy of acquisitive banks in the area.
      3%
      135%
      11x
      NM
      None
      Unfortunately, there are no community bank stocks in New Mexico that I want to own.
      -
      -
      -
      NV
      None
      Sadly, there are no publicly traded community banks headquartered in Nevada.
      -
      -
      -
      NY
      GLDT
      Gold Coast Bancorp in Islandia — a valuable franchise, 22% management owned, but it doesn’t earn enough to remain independent. I’m hoping it sells.
      0%
      93%
      25x
      OH
      CBKM
      Consumers Bancorp in Minerva — steady insider purchases at higher prices are a clue that this stock will soon be worth more.
      3%
      108%
      9x
      OK
      CESO
      Central Service Corp — a nice 100-year old institution to own a stake in, if you can find shares near a $30 bid price.
      0%
      46%
      8x
      OR
      CLAT
      Clatsop Community Bank — cheap for a reason. It’s ten years old and still doesn’t make enough money to be independent. Original shareholders are still under water. Needs to sell!
      2.1%
      94%
      19x
      PA
      First Resource Bank, Chester County PA — I'm not alone in rating it the best bank in the wealthiest county in the state (PRN Newswire 10/30/2018)
      0%
      100%
      11x
      PA
      Embassy Bank — David Lobach built it from scratch, it's been a wonderful stock for ten years, and I expect it to keep performing.
      1.2%
      130%
      10x
      PA
      Franklin Financial Services — instituted a share buyback and is listing on NASDAQ. I anticipate the stock will be added to the Russell Index in June.
      3.4%
      123%
      10x
      RI
      WASH
      Washington Trust Bancorp — a bit pricey, but the only community bank headquartered in Rhode Island. 
      3.6%
      212%
      13x
      SC
      SFDL
      Security Federal — Chairman Timothy Simmons' 22% ownership stake gives me confidence this bank's value will keep growing.
      1.3%
      107%
      13x
      SD
      GWB
      Great Western — has done a great job building this bank organically and via acquisition.
      2.9%
      109%
      11x
      TN
      IBTN
      Nashville’s Inscorp — it’s the cheapest thing in a great market, but I wish they would improve their deposit mix.
      1.2%
      117%
      12x
      TX
      CADE
      Cadence — the stock has been punished too much for its purchase of State Bank of Georgia.
      3.3%
      107%
      9x
      UT
      PUB
      Peoples Utah Bancorp — Utah's one and only publicly traded community bank, but it is a beauty! I just wish it were cheaper...
      1.5%
      204%
      14x
      VA
      MNSB
      MainStreet Bancshares — this bank is in a great market, growing, and likely to sell sooner or later.
      0%
      126%
      11x
      VT
      MDVT
      Middlebury National Corp — going strong for 188 years and holds 60% of the deposits in its home town.
      2.7%
      96%
      11x
      WA
      PPBB
      Peoples Bancorp — a valuable franchise with superior returns and good prospects for selling.
      0%
      145%
      10x
      WI
      S.B.C.P Bancorp —  it's in a great market and run by a great banker, Jim Tubbs.
      2%
      103%
      8x
      WV
      PTBS
      Potomac Bancshares — good things usually happen for shareholders in Mike Voinovich's deals and he just raised capital here. 
      2%
      121%
      13x
      WY
      CRZY
      How could I not pick Crazy Woman Creek Bancorp? Especially with Joe Helmer on their board.
      1.9%
      85%
      12x