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Oct. 25, 2021, 8:00 a.m. EDT

Lakeland Financial Reports Record Third Quarter 2021 Performance; Year-to-Date Record Net Income Improves by 20% to $71.5 Million

WARSAW, Ind., Oct 25, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE via COMTEX) -- WARSAW, Ind., Oct. 25, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Lakeland Financial Corporation (Nasdaq Global Select/LKFN), parent company of Lake City Bank, today reported record third quarter net income of $24.1 million for the three months ended September 30, 2021, an increase of 6%, versus $22.8 million for the third quarter of 2020. Diluted earnings per share increased 6% to $0.94 for the third quarter of 2021, versus $0.89 for the third quarter of 2020. On a linked quarter basis, net income decreased $229,000, or 1%, from the second quarter of 2021, in which the company had net income of $24.3 million, or $0.95, diluted earnings per share. Pretax pre-provision earnings [1] were $30.9 million for the third quarter of 2021, an increase of 3%, or $1.0 million, from $29.9 million for the third quarter of 2020. On a linked quarter basis, pretax pre-provision earnings increased 9%, or $2.5 million, from $28.4 million for the second quarter of 2021.

The company further reported record net income of $71.5 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2021 versus $59.7 million for the comparable period of 2020, an increase of 20%. Diluted earnings per share also increased 20% to $2.79 for the nine months ended September 30, 2021 versus $2.33 for the comparable period of 2020. Pretax pre-provision earnings [1] were $88.7 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2021, versus $87.1 million for the comparable period of 2020, an increase of 2%, or $1.7 million.

David M. Findlay, President and Chief Executive Officer commented, "The Lake City Bank team continues to produce quality earnings in a unique and challenging operating environment. As we move into the last quarter of 2021, our disciplined and execution-focused strategies continue to deliver consistent revenue growth despite the difficult interest rate environment.

Financial Performance - Third Quarter 2021

Third Quarter 2021 versus Third Quarter 2020 highlights:

  • Return on average equity of 13.90%, compared to 14.36%

  • Return on average assets of 1.56%, compared to 1.64%

  • Average loan growth, excluding PPP loans, of $211.7 million, or 5%

  • Core deposit growth of $665.4 million, or 14%

  • Noninterest bearing demand deposit account growth of $341.2 million, or 24%

  • Net interest income increase of $5.8 million, or 15%

  • Net interest margin of 3.13% compared to 3.05%

  • Revenue growth of $3.8 million, or 7%

  • Noninterest expense increase of $2.8 million, or 12%

  • Provision expense of $1.3 million compared to provision expense of $1.8 million, a decrease of $0.5 million

  • Nonperforming loans of $31.0 million, an increase of $17.5 million

  • Dividend per share increase of 13% to $0.34 from $0.30

  • Average total equity increase of $57.3 million, or 9%

  • Total risk-based capital ratio improved to 15.44% compared to 14.90%

  • Tangible capital ratio of 10.92% compared to 11.41%

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[1] Non-GAAP financial measure - see "Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures"
[2] Beginning January 1, 2021 calculation is based on the Current Expected Credit Loss methodology (CECL). Prior to January 1, 2021 calculation was based on the incurred loss methodology.

Third Quarter 2021 versus Second Quarter 2021 highlights:

  • Return on average equity of 13.90%, compared to 14.71%

  • Return on average assets of 1.56% compared to 1.58%

  • Average loan growth, excluding PPP loans, of $71.5 million, or 2%

  • Core deposit growth of $19.0 million

  • Noninterest bearing demand deposit account growth of $19.0 million, or 1%

  • Net interest income increase of $2.1 million, or 5%

  • Net interest margin of 3.13% compared to 3.01%

  • Revenue growth of $1.9 million, or 3%

  • Noninterest expense decrease of $681,000, or 3%

  • Provision expense of $1.3 million compared to a reversal of provision expense of $1.7 million, an increase of $3.0 million

  • Nonperforming loans of $31.0 million, an increase of $20.3 million

  • Average total equity increase of $24.3 million, or 4%

  • Total risk-based capital increased to 15.44% compared to 15.04%

  • Tangible capital ratio was 10.92% compared to 10.81%

As announced on October 12, 2021, the board of directors approved a cash dividend for the third quarter of $0.34 per share, payable on November 5, 2021, to shareholders of record as of October 25, 2021. The third quarter dividend per share of $0.34 is unchanged from the dividend per share paid for the second quarter of 2021 and reflects a 13% increase from the dividend rate a year ago.

Average loans, excluding PPP loans, were $4.21 billion compared to $4.00 billion for the third quarter of 2020, an increase of $211.7 million, or 5%. On a linked quarter basis, average loans excluding PPP loans increased by $71.5 million, or 2%. Average total loans including PPP loans decreased $133.6 million, or 3%, from $4.49 billion for the second quarter of 2021. Average total loans for the third quarter of 2021 were $4.35 billion, a decrease of $202.7 million, or 4%, versus $4.56 billion for the third quarter 2020. Average PPP loans were $142.9 million during the third quarter 2021.

Total loans, excluding PPP loans, increased by $115.5 million, or 3%, as of September 30, 2021 as compared to September 30, 2020. On a linked quarter basis, total loans, excluding PPP loans, were $4.15 billion as of September 30, 2021, a decrease of $11.9 million, as compared to June 30, 2021. Total loans outstanding, including PPP loans, decreased by $350.5 million, or 8%, from $4.59 billion as of September 30, 2020 to $4.24 billion as of September 30, 2021. PPP loans outstanding were $91.9 million as of September 30, 2021, which reflects PPP forgiveness of $624.9 million since the program's inception.

Findlay stated, "We are proud of our commercial loan originations during the third quarter, as commercial origination activity exceeded $400 million. We continue to experience high levels of commercial and retail loan payoffs with PPP loan forgiveness being the most significant contributor. We also continue to experience reduced usage under commercial lines of credit and loan payoffs driven by the sale of commercial clients. As we plan for the balance of 2021, the loan pipeline is encouraging, and we continue to see an increase in both client and prospect in-person business development meetings that we are confident will lead to loan growth in the future."

Average total deposits were $5.34 billion for the third quarter of 2021, an increase of $606.6 million, or 13%, versus $4.74 billion for the third quarter of 2020. On a linked quarter basis, average total deposits decreased by $42.9 million, or 1%. Total deposits increased $646.7 million, or 14%, from $4.77 billion as of September 30, 2020 to $5.41 billion as of September 30, 2021. On a linked quarter basis, total deposits increased by $20.0 million from $5.39 billion as of June 30, 2021.

Core deposits, which exclude brokered deposits, increased by $665.4 million, or 14%, from $4.74 billion at September 30, 2020 to $5.40 billion at September 30, 2021. This increase was due to growth in commercial deposits of $339.7 million, or 19%; growth in retail deposits of $248.2 million, or 14%; and growth in public fund deposits of $77.5 million, or 6%. On a linked quarter basis, core deposits increased by $19.0 million at September 30, 2021 as compared to June 30, 2021. The linked quarter growth resulted from commercial deposit growth of $21.6 million, a 1% increase; public fund growth of $14.2 million, a 1% increase; and retail contraction of $16.8 million, a 1% decrease. Proceeds from the sale of customer businesses as well as first round of stimulus payments to municipalities contributed to the increase in deposits during the third quarter.

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[1] Non-GAAP financial measure - see "Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures"
[2] Beginning January 1, 2021 calculation is based on the Current Expected Credit Loss methodology (CECL). Prior to January 1, 2021 calculation was based on the incurred loss methodology.

Investment securities were $1.2 billion at September 30, 2021, reflecting an increase of $595.7 million, or 92%, as compared to $644.0 million at September 30, 2020. Investment securities increased $115.5 million, or 10%, on a linked quarter basis as the remaining balance of funds deployed to our investment subsidiary were fully invested during the third quarter. Investment securities represent 20% of total assets on September 30, 2021 compared to 12% on September 30, 2020 and 18% on June 30, 2021. The increase in investment securities reflects the deployment of excess liquidity from deposit increases that resulted from PPP and economic stimulus.

Findlay added, "We continue to experience significant levels of liquidity on our balance sheet as retail and commercial deposits remain at highly elevated levels. Given the combination of modest commercial loan growth and the increased liquidity position, we have continued to smartly grow our investment portfolio. While we are comfortable with the deployment of additional funds into the investment portfolio, we understand that our primary role is to be a lender in our Indiana communities, and we remain focused on developing strategies to ensure we return to our historical loan growth performance. Our commercial line utilization remained stable at 41% in September, unchanged from mid-year line utilization and continues to be lower than in the past. Loan demand by our borrowers continues to be impacted by labor workforce availability, supply chain disruption and elevated liquidity from governmental programs."

The company's net interest margin increased 8 basis points to 3.13% for the third quarter of 2021 compared to 3.05% for the third quarter of 2020. The higher margin in the third quarter of 2021 as compared to the prior year period was due to accelerated PPP forgiveness, which resulted in the accretion of outstanding deferred fees at the time of forgiveness. Total PPP fee income recognized for the third quarter of 2021 was $3.57 million compared to $1.87 million for the third quarter of 2020. PPP interest and fees added 18 basis points to third quarter 2021 net interest margin compared to a decrease of 12 basis points for the third quarter 2020 net interest margin. This fee income recognition was partially offset by the decrease in earning asset yield of 14 basis points from 3.51% for the third quarter of 2020 compared to 3.37% for the third quarter of 2021. As a result of the excess liquidity on the company's balance sheet, the mix of earning assets included lower yielding earning assets consisting of balances at the Federal Reserve Bank and the investment securities portfolio. Offsetting the lower yield on earning assets, the company has been able to reduce its cost of funds 32 basis points from 0.70% for the third quarter of 2020 compared to 0.38% for the third quarter of 2021.

The company's net interest margin excluding PPP loans [1] was 18 basis points lower at 2.95% for the third quarter of 2021 compared to actual net interest margin of 3.13% and reflects a 22 basis point decline from net interest margin excluding PPP loans of 3.17% in the third quarter of 2020. Linked quarter net interest margin excluding PPP was the same for the second and third quarters of 2021 at 2.95%. Interest expense as a percentage of earning assets decreased to a historical low of 0.24% for the three-month period ended September 30, 2021, down from 0.27% for the three-month period ended June 30, 2021.

Net interest income increased by $5.8 million, or 15%, for the three months ended September 30, 2021 as compared to the three months ended September 30, 2020. On a linked quarter basis, net interest income increased $2.1 million, or 5%, from the second quarter of 2021. PPP loan income, including interest and fees, was $3.9 million for the three months ended September 30, 2021, compared to $3.7 million during the second quarter of 2021. Net interest income increased by $14.8 million, or 12%, for the nine months ended September 30, 2021 as compared to the nine months ended September 30, 2020 due primarily to a decrease in interest expense of $13.1 million and an increase in investment securities income of $3.7 million, offset by a $2.1 million decline in loan interest income.

The company recorded a provision for credit losses [2 ] of $1.3 million in the third quarter of 2021, compared to $1.8 million of provision expense in the third quarter of 2020, a decrease of $0.5 million. On a linked quarter basis, the provision [2] increased by $3.0 million from a provision expense reversal of $1.7 million in the second quarter of 2021 due to a one-time recovery of $1.7 million in the second quarter. The company adopted CECL during the first quarter of 2021, effective January 1, 2021. The day one impact of adoption was an increase in the allowance for credit losses [2] of $9.1 million, with an offset, net of taxes, to beginning stockholders' equity.

The provision expense in the third quarter of 2021 was driven primarily by the downgrading of two commercial loan borrowers to nonaccrual status. The company's credit loss reserve to total loans [2] was 1.72% at September 30, 2021 versus 1.32% at September 30, 2020 and 1.65% at June 30, 2021. The company's credit loss reserve [2] to total loans excluding PPP loans [1] was 1.76% at September 30, 2021 versus 1.51% at September 30, 2020 and 1.72% at June 30, 2021. PPP loans are guaranteed by the United States Small Business Administration (SBA) and have not been allocated for within the allowance for credit losses [2] .

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[1] Non-GAAP financial measure - see "Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures"
[2] Beginning January 1, 2021 calculation is based on the Current Expected Credit Loss methodology (CECL). Prior to January 1, 2021 calculation was based on the incurred loss methodology.

Net recoveries in the third quarter of 2021 were $35,000 versus net charge offs of $22,000 in the third quarter of 2020 and net recoveries of $1.6 million during the linked second quarter of 2021. Annualized net charge offs (recoveries) to average loans were 0.00% for the third quarter of 2021 and 2020, and (0.14%) for the linked second quarter of 2021.

Nonperforming assets increased $17.5 million, or 127%, to $31.3 million as of September 30, 2021 versus $13.8 million as of September 30, 2020. On a linked quarter basis, nonperforming assets increased $19.5 million, or 165%, versus the $11.8 million reported as of June 30, 2021. The ratio of nonperforming assets to total assets at September 30, 2021 increased to 0.50% from 0.25% at September 30, 2020 and increased from 0.19% at June 30, 2021. The increases were driven primarily by the downgrading of two commercial loan relationships, which totaled $21.2 million. The first credit relationship of $12.0 million was downgraded due to the severe impact on the business caused by the economic conditions resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. The borrower is a retailer of party and special event supplies. During the third quarter of 2021, the borrower's challenges significantly worsened. As a result, loans to the borrower were downgraded and placed on nonaccrual status. Loans to this borrower are secured by a blanket lien on all assets, including buildings, inventory, accounts receivable and equipment. In addition, the exposure is supported by a partial personal guarantee. The second downgrade relates to a shared national credit participation of $9.2 million to a commercial borrower that operates grain elevators and handles feed processing and merchandising of agriculture products. Loans to this borrower are secured by a blanket lien on all assets, including buildings, inventory, accounts receivable and equipment. These downgrades resulted in an increase to the specific credit loss allocations for each credit as they are now individually analyzed credits. The loans to both borrowers are current on interest and principal payments through September 2021. The bank believes that the allocations are adequate to cover any potential losses. Each of these downgrades resulted from a unique business challenge and management does not believe these downgrades are systemic as it relates to the bank's broader loan portfolio. Total individually analyzed and watch list loans increased by $37.2 million, or 17%, to $258.5 million at September 30, 2021 versus $221.3 million as of September 30, 2020. On a linked quarter basis, total individually analyzed and watch list loans decreased by $2.0 million, or 1%, from $260.5 million at June 30, 2021.

"Overall, asset quality remains stable, and our credit loss reserve is strong. Yet we are disappointed in the increase in nonperforming loans during the quarter. While the great majority of clients have managed through the crisis well, we have experienced isolated cases of impact and we are managing those situations to ensure the most favorable outcome for the bank," commented Findlay.

The company's noninterest income decreased $2.0 million, or 15%, to $11.1 million for the third quarter of 2021, compared to $13.1 million for the third quarter of 2020. Noninterest income was positively impacted by elevated wealth and investment brokerage fees which increased by $347,000, or 15%, for these comparable periods. In addition, service charges on deposit accounts were up $265,000, or 11%, and loan and service fees were up $368,000, or 14%, for these comparable periods due to an increase in economic activity within the company's operating footprint. Offsetting these increases were decreases of $2.0 million, or 92%, in interest rate swap fee income and $1.0 million in mortgage banking income. Both interest rate swap arrangements and mortgage banking have seen a decrease in demand during the third quarter of 2021 compared to the third quarter of 2020, and the carrying value of mortgage service rights has been impacted by increased prepayment speeds due to the current rate environment and appreciating single-home values.

"Our healthy growth in the core business lines driving noninterest income is a reaffirming indicator of success developing broad relationships with our clients. Revenue growth is critical to our ability to continue to produce quality earnings and the strength and stability of the wealth advisory, investment brokerage and commercial treasury management business lines continue to be a positive contributor," added Findlay.

Noninterest income decreased by $226,000, or 2%, on a linked quarter from $11.3 million. The linked quarter decrease resulted primarily from a decrease in mortgage banking income of $447,000. Offsetting this decrease was an increase in other income of $340,000. This was driven primarily by appreciation in limited partnership investments.

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[1] Non-GAAP financial measure - see "Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures"
[2] Beginning January 1, 2021 calculation is based on the Current Expected Credit Loss methodology (CECL). Prior to January 1, 2021 calculation was based on the incurred loss methodology.

The company's noninterest expense increased $2.8 million, or 12%, to $26.0 million in the third quarter of 2021, compared to $23.1 million in the third quarter of 2020. Salaries and employee benefits increased $1.5 million, or 12%, driven by higher performance-based incentive compensation expense and higher employee health insurance expense. Corporate and business development expenses increased $414,000, or 71%, due to the timing of planned advertising campaigns and increased business development costs, as in-person meetings with clients and prospects have resumed. FDIC insurance and other regulatory fees increased $194,000, or 35%, driven by the company's rapid balance sheet growth year-over-year.

On a linked quarter basis, noninterest expense decreased by $681,000, or 3%, from $26.6 million. Salaries and employee benefits decreased by $1.5 million, or 10%, driven by fluctuations in performance-based incentive compensation expense. Offsetting this decrease was an increase in other expense of $790,000, or 41%. This was driven primarily by share-based payments to board members of $421,000, which are paid semi-annually in January and July.

The company's efficiency ratio was 45.7% for the third quarter of 2021, compared to 43.6% for the third quarter of 2020 and 48.5% for the linked second quarter of 2021. The company's efficiency ratio was 47.2% for the nine months ended September 30, 2021 compared to 43.2% in the prior period.

COVID-19 Related Loan Deferrals

As of October 20, 2021, one commercial borrower in the amount of $8 million represented a second deferral action and was the only outstanding commercial loan deferral attributed to COVID-19. In accordance with Section 4013 of the CARES Act, this deferral was not considered to be a troubled debt restructuring. This provision was extended to January 1, 2022 under the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021.

Paycheck Protection Program

During the first half of 2021, the company funded PPP loans totaling $165.1 million for its customers through the second round of the PPP program. In addition, the bank has continued processing forgiveness applications for PPP loans made during the first and second rounds of the PPP program. As of September 30, 2021, Lake City Bank had $91.9 million in PPP loans outstanding, net of deferred fees, consisting of $15.5 million from PPP round one and $76.4 million from PPP round two. Most of the PPP loans are for existing customers and 55% of the number of PPP loans originated are for amounts less than $50,000. As of September 30, 2021, the SBA has approved forgiveness for $538.9 million in PPP loans originated during round one and $86.0 million in PPP loans originated during round two. The company has submitted forgiveness applications on behalf of customers in the amount of $14.6 million for PPP round one and $5.9 million for PPP round two that are awaiting SBA approval.

September 30, 2021
Originated Forgiven Outstanding [ (1)]
Number Amount Number Amount Number Amount
PPP Round 1 2,409 $ 570,500 2,368 $ 538,910 54 $ 15,522
PPP Round 2 1,192 165,142 822 86,009 370 76,375
Total 3,601 $ 735,642 3,190 $ 624,919 424 $ 91,897

(1) Outstanding balance includes deferred loan origination fees, net of costs, and any loans repaid by borrowers.


Information regarding Lakeland Financial Corporation may be accessed on the home page of its subsidiary, Lake City Bank, at lakecitybank.com . The company's common stock is traded on the Nasdaq Global Select Market under "LKFN." In addition to the results presented in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles in the United States, this earnings release contains certain non-GAAP financial measures. The company believes that providing non-GAAP financial measures provides investors with information useful to understanding the company's financial performance. Additionally, these non-GAAP measures are used by management for planning and forecasting purposes, including tangible common equity, tangible assets, tangible book value per share, tangible common equity to tangible assets ratio and pretax pre-provision earnings. A reconciliation of these and other non-GAAP measures to the most comparable GAAP equivalents is included in the attached financial tables where the non-GAAP measures are presented.

This document contains, and future oral and written statements of the company and its management may contain, forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 with respect to the financial condition, results of operations, plans, objectives, future performance and business of the company. Forward-looking statements, which may be based upon beliefs, expectations and assumptions of the company's management and on information currently available to management, are generally identifiable by the use of words such as "believe," "expect," "anticipate," "continue," "plan," "intend," "estimate," "may," "will," "would," "could," "should" or other similar expressions. The company's ability to predict results or the actual effect of future plans or strategies is inherently uncertain and, accordingly, the reader is cautioned not to place undue reliance on any forward-looking statements made by the company. Additionally, all statements in this document, including forward-looking statements, speak only as of the date they are made, and the company undertakes no obligation to update any statement in light of new information or future events. Numerous factors could cause the company's actual results to differ from those reflected in forward-looking statements, including the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, including its effects on our customers, local economic conditions, our operations and vendors, and the responses of federal, state and local governmental authorities, as well as those identified in the company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the company's Annual Report on Form 10-K and quarterly reports on Form 10-Q.

LAKELAND FINANCIAL CORPORATION
THIRD QUARTER 2021 FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS
Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended
(Unaudited - Dollars in thousands, except per share data) Sep 30, Jun. 30, Sep 30, Sep 30, Sep 30,
END OF PERIOD BALANCES 2021 2021 2020 2021 2020
Assets $ 6,222,916 $ 6,232,914 $ 5,551,108 $ 6,222,916 $ 5,551,108
Deposits 5,414,638 5,394,664 4,767,954 5,414,638 4,767,954
Brokered Deposits 11,012 10,004 29,703 11,012 29,703
Core Deposits (1) 5,403,626 5,384,660 4,738,251 5,403,626 4,738,251
Loans 4,239,453 4,353,709 4,589,924 4,239,453 4,589,924
Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Loans 91,897 194,212 557,851 91,897 557,851
Allowance for Credit Losses (2) 73,048 71,713 60,747 73,048 60,747
Total Equity 683,202 677,471 636,839 683,202 636,839
Goodwill net of deferred tax assets 3,794 3,794 3,794 3,794 3,794
Tangible Common Equity (3) 679,408 673,677 633,045 679,408 633,045
AVERAGE BALANCES
Total Assets $ 6,153,334 $ 6,171,427 $ 5,520,861 $ 6,071,682 $ 5,314,956
Earning Assets 5,909,834 5,924,801 5,282,569 5,825,275 5,078,509
Investments - available-for-sale 1,201,657 955,242 637,523 977,955 625,887
Loans 4,354,104 4,487,683 4,556,812 4,468,891 4,359,522
Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Loans 142,917 348,026 557,290 296,938 339,149
Total Deposits 5,344,272 5,387,185 4,737,671 5,280,361 4,546,897
Interest Bearing Deposits 3,662,707 3,753,499 3,336,268 3,652,839 3,294,785
Interest Bearing Liabilities 3,737,707 3,828,499 3,433,326 3,728,339 3,393,274
Total Equity 688,252 663,993 630,978 668,652 615,910
INCOME STATEMENT DATA
Net Interest Income $ 45,741 $ 43,661 $ 39,913 $ 133,081 $ 118,295
Net Interest Income-Fully Tax Equivalent 46,717 44,452 40,523 135,535 120,091
Provision for Credit Losses (2) 1,300 (1,700 ) 1,750 1,077 13,850
Noninterest Income 11,114 11,340 13,115 35,011 35,061
Noninterest Expense 25,967 26,648 23,125 79,361 66,293
Net Income 24,119 24,348 22,776 71,450 59,745
Pretax Pre-Provision Earnings (3) 30,888 28,353 29,903 88,731 87,063
PER SHARE DATA
Basic Net Income Per Common Share $ 0.95 $ 0.96 $ 0.89 $ 2.81 $ 2.34
Diluted Net Income Per Common Share 0.94 0.95 0.89 2.79 2.33
Cash Dividends Declared Per Common Share 0.34 0.34 0.30 1.02 0.90
Dividend Payout 36.17 % 35.79 % 33.71 % 36.56 % 38.63 %
Book Value Per Common Share (equity per share issued) 26.80 26.59 25.05 26.80 25.05
Tangible Book Value Per Common Share (3) 26.66 26.45 24.90 26.66 24.90
Market Value - High 73.04 70.25 53.00 77.05 53.00
Market Value - Low 56.06 57.02 39.38 53.03 30.49
Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended
Sep. 30,
2021
Jun. 30,
2021
Sep. 30,
2020
Sep. 30,
2021
Sep. 30,
2020
Basic Weighted Average Common Shares Outstanding 25,479,654 25,473,497 25,418,712 25,472,185
25,484,329
Diluted Weighted Average Common Shares Outstanding 25,635,288 25,602,063 25,487,302 25,608,655 25,618,401
KEY RATIOS
Return on Average Assets 1.56 % 1.58 % 1.64 % 1.57 % 1.50 %
Return on Average Total Equity 13.90 14.71 14.36 14.29 12.96
Average Equity to Average Assets 11.19 10.76 11.43 11.01 11.59
Net Interest Margin 3.13 3.01 3.05 3.11 3.16
Net Interest Margin, Excluding PPP Loans (3) 2.95 2.95 3.17 2.98 3.22
Efficiency (Noninterest Expense / Net Interest Income plus Noninterest Income) 45.67 48.45 43.61 47.21 43.23
Tier 1 Leverage (4) 10.91 10.59 11.07 10.91 11.07
Tier 1 Risk-Based Capital (4) 14.18 13.79 13.65 14.18 13.65
Common Equity Tier 1 (CET1) (4) 14.18 13.79 13.65 14.18 13.65
Total Capital (4) 15.44 15.04 14.90 15.44 14.90
Tangible Capital (3) (4) 10.92 10.81 11.41 10.92 11.41
ASSET QUALITY
Loans Past Due 30 - 89 Days $ 1,245 $ 673 $ 1,106 $ 1,245 $ 1,106
Loans Past Due 90 Days or More 18 18 19 18 19
Non-accrual Loans 30,978 10,709 13,478 30,978 13,478
Nonperforming Loans (includes nonperforming TDRs) 30,996 10,727 13,497 30,996 13,497
Other Real Estate Owned 316 1,079 316 316 316
Other Nonperforming Assets 20 0 0 20 0
Total Nonperforming Assets 31,332 11,806 13,813 31,332 13,813
Performing Troubled Debt Restructurings 4,973 5,040 5,658 4,973 5,658
Nonperforming Troubled Debt Restructurings (included in nonperforming loans) 6,093 5,938 6,547 6,093 6,547
Total Troubled Debt Restructurings 11,066 10,978 12,205 11,066 12,205
Individually Analyzed Loans 41,148 19,277 22,484 41,148 22,484
Non-Individually Analyzed Watch List Loans 217,386 241,265 198,851 217,386 198,851
Total Individually Analyzed and Watch List Loans 258,534 260,542 221,335 258,534 221,335
Gross Charge Offs 90 267 305 593 4,565
Recoveries 125 1,836 283 2,106 810
Net Charge Offs/(Recoveries) (35 ) (1,569 ) 22 (1,513 ) 3,755
Net Charge Offs/(Recoveries) to Average Loans 0.00 % (0.14 %) 0.00 % (0.05 %) 0.12 %
Credit Loss Reserve to Loans (2) 1.72 % 1.65 % 1.32 % 1.72 % 1.32 %
Credit Loss Reserve to Loans, Excluding PPP Loans (2) (3) 1.76 % 1.72 % 1.51 % 1.76 % 1.51 %
Credit Loss Reserve to Nonperforming Loans (2) 235.67 % 668.51 % 450.09 % 235.67 % 450.09 %
Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended
Sep. 30,
2021
Jun. 30,
2021
Sep. 30,
2020
Sep. 30,
2021
Sep. 30,
2020
Credit Loss Reserve to Nonperforming Loans and Performing TDRs (2) 203.08 % 454.82 % 317.13 % 203.08 % 317.13 %
Nonperforming Loans to Loans 0.73 % 0.25 % 0.29 % 0.73 % 0.29 %
Nonperforming Assets to Assets 0.50 % 0.19 % 0.25 % 0.50 % 0.25 %
Total Individually Analyzed and Watch List Loans to Total Loans 6.10 % 5.98 % 4.82 % 6.10 % 4.82 %
Total Individually Analyzed and Watch List Loans to Total Loans, Excluding PPP Loans (3) 6.23 % 6.26 % 5.49 % 6.23 % 5.49 %
OTHER DATA
Full Time Equivalent Employees 592 600 571 592 571
Offices 51 50 50 51 50

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(1) Core deposits equals deposits less brokered deposits
(2) Beginning January 1, 2021 calculation is based on the current expected credit loss methodology. Prior to January 1, 2021 calculation was based on the incurred loss methodology.
(3) Non-GAAP financial measure - see "Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures"
(4) Capital ratios for September 30, 2021 are preliminary until the Call Report is filed.

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS (in thousands, except share data)
�?? September 30,
2021
December 31,
2020
�?? (Unaudited) �??
ASSETS
Cash and due from banks $ 78,523 $ 74,457
Short-term investments 478,710 175,470
Total cash and cash equivalents 557,233 249,927
�??
Securities available-for-sale (carried at fair value) 1,239,715 734,845
Real estate mortgage loans held-for-sale 7,969 11,218
�??
Loans, net of allowance for credit losses* of $73,048 and $61,408 4,166,405 4,587,748
�??
Land, premises and equipment, net 59,998 59,298
Bank owned life insurance 97,224 95,227
Federal Reserve and Federal Home Loan Bank stock 13,772 13,772
Accrued interest receivable 17,780 18,761
Goodwill 4,970 4,970
Other assets 57,850 54,669
Total assets $ 6,222,916 $ 5,830,435
�??
�??
LIABILITIES
Noninterest bearing deposits $ 1,762,021 $ 1,538,331
Interest bearing deposits 3,652,617 3,498,474
Total deposits 5,414,638 5,036,805
�??
Borrowings
Federal Home Loan Bank advances 75,000 75,000
Miscellaneous borrowings 0 10,500
Total borrowings 75,000 85,500
�??
Accrued interest payable 2,916 5,959
Other liabilities 47,160 44,987
Total liabilities 5,539,714 5,173,251
�??
STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY
Common stock: 90,000,000 shares authorized, no par value
25,775,133 shares issued and 25,299,178 outstanding as of September 30, 2021
25,713,408 shares issued and 25,239,748 outstanding as of December 31, 2020 119,625 114,927
Retained earnings 567,518 529,005
Accumulated other comprehensive income 10,932 27,744
Treasury stock at cost (475,955 shares as of September 30, 2021, 473,660 shares as of December 31, 2020) (14,962 ) (14,581 )
Total stockholders' equity 683,113 657,095
Noncontrolling interest 89 89
Total equity 683,202 657,184
Total liabilities and equity $ 6,222,916 $ 5,830,435

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[*] Beginning January 1, 2021 calculation is based on the current expected credit loss methodology. Prior to January 1, 2021 calculation was based on the incurred loss methodology.


CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME (unaudited - in thousands, except share and per share data)
�?? Three Months Ended
September 30,
Nine Months Ended
September 30,
�?? 2021 2020 2021 2020
NET INTEREST INCOME
Interest and fees on loans
Taxable $ 43,025 $ 42,056 $ 128,828 $ 130,759
Tax exempt 119 104 324 542
Interest and dividends on securities �?? �??
Taxable 2,470 1,577 6,482 5,419
Tax exempt 3,556 2,198 8,915 6,237
Other interest income 125 44 348 292
Total interest income 49,295 45,979 144,897 143,249
�?? �?? �?? �?? �??
Interest on deposits 3,479 5,941 11,587 24,324
Interest on borrowings �?? �??
Short-term 0 51 7 458
Long-term 75 74 222 172
Total interest expense 3,554 6,066 11,816 24,954
�?? �?? �?? �?? �??
NET INTEREST INCOME 45,741 39,913 133,081 118,295
�?? �?? �?? �?? �??
Provision for credit losses* 1,300 1,750 1,077 13,850
�?? �?? �?? �?? �??
NET INTEREST INCOME AFTER PROVISION FOR CREDIT LOSSES 44,441 38,163 132,004 104,445
�?? �?? �?? �?? �??
NONINTEREST INCOME
Wealth advisory fees 2,177 1,930 6,433 5,594
Investment brokerage fees 521 421 1,560 1,148
Service charges on deposit accounts 2,756 2,491 7,768 7,452
Loan and service fees 3,005 2,637 8,823 7,470
Merchant card fee income 838 670 2,226 1,933
Bank owned life insurance income 640 932 2,101 1,476
Interest rate swap fee income 180 2,143 934 4,105
Mortgage banking income (loss) (32 ) 1,005 1,756 2,945
Net securities gains 0 314 797 363
Other income 1,029 572 2,613 2,575
Total noninterest income 11,114 13,115 35,011 35,061
�?? �?? �?? �?? �??
NONINTEREST EXPENSE
Salaries and employee benefits 14,230 12,706 44,377 35,696
Net occupancy expense 1,413 1,404 4,343 4,336
Equipment costs 1,371 1,369 4,134 4,216
Data processing fees and supplies 3,169 3,025 9,692 8,736
Corporate and business development 1,000 586 3,208 2,324
FDIC insurance and other regulatory fees 748 554 1,707 1,224
Professional fees 1,342 1,306 5,058 3,506
Other expense 2,694 2,175 6,842 6,255
Total noninterest expense 25,967 23,125 79,361 66,293
�?? �?? �?? �?? �??
INCOME BEFORE INCOME TAX EXPENSE 29,588 28,153 87,654 73,213
Income tax expense 5,469 5,377 16,204 13,468
NET INCOME $ 24,119 $ 22,776 $ 71,450 $ 59,745
�?? �?? �?? �?? �??
Three Months Ended
September 30,
Nine Months Ended
September 30,
2021 2020 2021 2020
BASIC WEIGHTED AVERAGE COMMON SHARES 25,479,654 25,418,712 25,472,185 25,484,329
�?? �?? �??
BASIC EARNINGS PER COMMON SHARE $ 0.95 $ 0.89 $ 2.81 $ 2.34
�?? �?? �??
DILUTED WEIGHTED AVERAGE COMMON SHARES 25,635,288 25,487,302 25,608,655 25,618,401
�??
DILUTED EARNINGS PER COMMON SHARE $ 0.94 $ 0.89 $ 2.79 $ 2.33

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[*] Beginning January 1, 2021 calculation is based on the current expected credit loss methodology. Prior to January 1, 2021 calculation was based on the incurred loss methodology.


LAKELAND FINANCIAL CORPORATION
LOAN DETAIL
(unaudited, in thousands)
September 30,
2021
June 30,
2021
September 30,
2020
Commercial and industrial loans:
Working capital lines of credit loans $ 659,166 15.5 % $ 616,401 14.1 % $ 592,560 12.9 %
Non-working capital loans 782,618 18.5 886,284 20.3 1,256,853 27.3
Total commercial and industrial loans 1,441,784 34.0 1,502,685 34.4 1,849,413 40.2
Commercial real estate and multi-family residential loans:
Construction and land development loans 378,716 8.9 402,583 9.2 393,101 8.5
Owner occupied loans 740,836 17.4 672,903 15.5 619,820 13.5
Nonowner occupied loans 582,019 13.7 606,096 13.9 567,674 12.3
Multifamily loans 252,983 6.0 300,449 6.9 279,713 6.1
Total commercial real estate and multi-family residential loans 1,954,554 46.0 1,982,031 45.5 1,860,308 40.4
Agri-business and agricultural loans:
Loans secured by farmland 152,099 3.5 167,314 3.8 150,503 3.2
Loans for agricultural production 171,981 4.1 179,338 4.1 187,651 4.1
Total agri-business and agricultural loans 324,080 7.6 346,652 7.9 338,154 7.3
Other commercial loans 83,595 2.0 85,356 2.0 97,533 2.1
Total commercial loans 3,804,013 89.6 3,916,724 89.8 4,145,408 90.0
Consumer 1-4 family mortgage loans:
Closed end first mortgage loans 173,689 4.1 169,653 3.9 170,671 3.7
Open end and junior lien loans 161,941 3.8 162,327 3.7 170,867 3.7
Residential construction and land development loans 12,542 0.3 12,505 0.3 11,012 0.3
Total consumer 1-4 family mortgage loans 348,172 8.2 344,485 7.9 352,550 7.7
Other consumer loans 92,169 2.2 100,771 2.3 105,285 2.3
Total consumer loans 440,341 10.4 445,256 10.2 457,835 10.0
Subtotal 4,244,354 100.0 % 4,361,980 100.0 % 4,603,243 100.0 %
Less: Allowance for credit losses (1) (73,048 ) (71,713 ) (60,747 )
Net deferred loan fees (4,901 ) (8,271 ) (13,319 )
Loans, net $ 4,166,405 $ 4,281,996 $ 4,529,177

(1) Beginning January 1, 2021 calculation is based on the current expected credit loss methodology. Prior to January 1, 2021 calculation was based on the incurred loss methodology.

LAKELAND FINANCIAL CORPORATION
DEPOSITS AND BORROWINGS
(unaudited, in thousands)
September 30,
2021
June 30,
2021
September 30,
2020
Noninterest bearing demand deposits $ 1,762,021 $ 1,743,000 $ 1,420,853
Savings and transaction accounts:
Savings deposits 375,993 358,568 289,500
Interest bearing demand deposits 2,411,722 2,333,758 1,844,211
Time deposits:
Deposits of $100,000 or more 658,050 740,484 965,709
Other time deposits 206,852 218,854 247,681
Total deposits $ 5,414,638 $ 5,394,664 $ 4,767,954
FHLB advances and other borrowings 75,000 75,000 85,500
Total funding sources $ 5,489,638 $ 5,469,664 $ 4,853,454


LAKELAND FINANCIAL CORPORATION
AVERAGE BALANCE SHEET AND NET INTEREST ANALYSIS
(UNAUDITED)
Three Months Ended
September 30, 2021
Three Months Ended
June 30, 2021
Three Months Ended
September 30, 2020
(fully tax equivalent basis, dollars in thousands) Average Balance Interest Income Yield (1)/
Rate
Average
Balance
Interest
Income
Yield (1)/
Rate
Average
Balance
Interest
Income
Yield (1)/
Rate
Earning Assets
Loans:
Taxable (2)(3) $ 4,339,792 $ 43,025 3.93 % $ 4,474,844 $ 42,342 3.80 % $ 4,541,608 $ 42,056 3.68 %
Tax exempt (1) 14,312 150 4.16 12,839 128 4.00 15,204 130 3.40
Investments: (1)
Available-for-sale 1,201,657 6,971 2.30 955,242 5,811 2.44 637,523 4,359 2.72
Short-term investments 2,304 0 0.00 2,305 0 0.00 8,865 3 0.13
Interest bearing deposits 351,769 125 0.14 479,571 135 0.11 79,369 41 0.21
Total earning assets $ 5,909,834 $ 50,271 3.37 % $ 5,924,801 $ 48,416 3.28 % $ 5,282,569 $ 46,589 3.51 %
Less: Allowance for credit losses (4) (72,157 ) (72,222 ) (59,519 )
Nonearning Assets
Cash and due from banks 67,715 68,798 61,656
Premises and equipment 59,824 59,848 60,554
Other nonearning assets 188,118 190,202 175,601
Total assets $ 6,153,334 $ 6,171,427 $ 5,520,861
Interest Bearing Liabilities
Savings deposits $ 369,191 $ 71 0.08 % $ 359,484 $ 71 0.08 % $ 282,456 $ 53 0.07 %
Interest bearing checking accounts 2,390,462 1,712 0.28 2,428,524 1,700 0.28 1,827,061 1,405 0.31
Time deposits:
In denominations under $100,000 211,911 457 0.86 224,025 545 0.98 254,315 982 1.54
In denominations over $100,000 691,143 1,239 0.71 741,466 1,574 0.85 972,436 3,501 1.43
Miscellaneous short-term borrowings 0 0 0.00 0 0 0.00 22,058 51 0.92
Long-term borrowings and subordinated debentures 75,000 75 0.40 75,000 74 0.40 75,000 74 0.39
Total interest bearing liabilities $ 3,737,707 $ 3,554 0.38 % $ 3,828,499 $ 3,964 0.42 % $ 3,433,326 $ 6,066 0.70 %
Noninterest Bearing Liabilities
Demand deposits 1,681,565 1,633,686 1,401,403
Other liabilities 45,810 45,249 55,154
Stockholders' Equity 688,252 663,993 630,978
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $ 6,153,334 $ 6,171,427 $ 5,520,861
Interest Margin Recap
Interest income/average earning assets 50,271 3.37 48,416 3.28 46,589 3.51
Interest expense/average earning assets 3,554 0.24 3,964 0.27 6,066 0.46
Net interest income and margin $ 46,717 3.13 % $ 44,452 3.01 % $ 40,523 3.05 %

(1) Tax exempt income was converted to a fully taxable equivalent basis at a 21 percent tax rate. The tax equivalent rate for tax exempt loans and tax exempt securities acquired after January 1, 1983 included the Tax Equity and Fiscal Responsibility Act of 1982 ("TEFRA") adjustment applicable to nondeductible interest expenses. Taxable equivalent basis adjustments were $976,000, $791,000 and $610,000 in the three-month periods ended September 30, 2021, June 30, 2021 and September 30, 2020, respectively.
(2) Loan fees are included as taxable loan interest income. Net loan fees attributable to PPP loans were $3.57 million, $2.76 million, and $1.87 million for the three months ended September 30, 2021, June 30, 2021 and September 30, 2020, respectively. All other loan fees were immaterial in relation to total taxable loan interest income for the periods presented.
(3) Nonaccrual loans are included in the average balance of taxable loans.
(4) Beginning January 1, 2021 calculation is based on the current expected credit loss methodology. Prior to January 1, 2021 calculation was based on the incurred loss methodology.

Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

The allowance for credit losses (1) to loans, excluding PPP loans and total individually analyzed and watch list loans to total loans, excluding PPP loans, are non-GAAP ratios that management believes are important because they provide better comparability to prior periods. PPP loans are fully guaranteed by the SBA and have not been allocated for within the allowance for loan losses (1).

A reconciliation of these non-GAAP measures is provided below (dollars in thousands).

September 30,
2021
June 30,
2021
September 30,
2020
Total Loans $ 4,239,453 $ 4,353,709 $ 4,589,924
Less: PPP Loans 91,897 194,212 557,851
Total Loans, Excluding PPP Loans 4,147,556 4,159,497 4,032,073
Allowance for Credit Losses (1) $ 73,048 $ 71,713 $ 60,747
Credit Loss Reserve to Total Loans (1) 1.72 % 1.65 % 1.32 %
Credit Loss Reserve to Total Loans, Excluding PPP Loans (1) 1.76 % 1.72 % 1.51 %
Total Individually Analyzed and Watch List Loans $ 258,534 $ 260,542 $ 221,335
Total Individually Analyzed and Watch List Loans to Total Loans 6.10 % 5.98 % 4.82 %
Total Individually Analyzed and Watch List Loans to Total Loans, Excluding PPP Loans 6.23 % 6.26 % 5.49 %

(1) Beginning January 1, 2021 calculation is based on the current expected credit loss methodology. Prior to January 1, 2021 calculation was based on the incurred loss methodology.

Tangible common equity, tangible assets, tangible book value per share, tangible common equity to tangible assets ratio and pretax pre-provision earnings are non-GAAP financial measures calculated using GAAP amounts. Tangible common equity is calculated by excluding the balance of goodwill and other intangible assets from the calculation of equity, net of deferred tax. Tangible assets are calculated by excluding the balance of goodwill and other intangible assets from the calculation of total assets, net of deferred tax. Tangible book value per share is calculated by dividing tangible common equity by the number of shares outstanding less true treasury stock. Pretax pre-provision earnings is calculated by adding net interest income to noninterest income and subtracting noninterest expense. Because not all companies use the same calculation of tangible common equity and tangible assets, this presentation may not be comparable to other similarly titled measures calculated by other companies. However, management considers these measures of the company's value including only earning assets as meaningful to an understanding of the company's financial information.

A reconciliation of these non-GAAP financial measures is provided below (dollars in thousands, except per share data).

Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended
Sep. 30,
2021
Jun. 30,
2021
Sep. 30,
2020
Sep. 30,
2021
Sep. 30,
2020
Total Equity $ 683,202 $ 677,471 $ 636,839 $ 683,202 $ 636,839
Less: Goodwill (4,970 ) (4,970 ) (4,970 ) (4,970 ) (4,970 )
Plus: Deferred tax assets related to goodwill 1,176 1,176 1,176 1,176 1,176
Tangible Common Equity 679,408 673,677 633,045 679,408 633,045
Assets $ 6,222,916 $ 6,232,914 $ 5,551,108 $ 6,222,916 $ 5,551,108
Less: Goodwill (4,970 ) (4,970 ) (4,970 ) (4,970 ) (4,970 )
Plus: Deferred tax assets related to goodwill 1,176 1,176 1,176 1,176 1,176
Tangible Assets 6,219,122 6,229,120 5,547,314 6,219,122 5,547,314
Ending common shares issued 25,486,032 25,473,437 25,419,814 25,486,032 25,419,814
Tangible Book Value Per Common Share $ 26.66 $ 26.45 $ 24.90 $ 26.66 $ 24.90
Tangible Common Equity/Tangible Assets 10.92 % 10.81 % 11.41 % 10.92 % 11.41 %
Net Interest Income $ 45,741 $ 43,661 $ 39,913 $ 133,081 $ 118,295
Plus: Noninterest income 11,114 11,340 13,115 35,011 35,061
Minus: Noninterest expense (25,967 ) (26,648 ) (23,125 ) (79,361 ) (66,293 )
Pretax Pre-Provision Earnings $ 30,888 $ 28,353 $ 29,903 $ 88,731 $ 87,063

Net interest margin on a fully-tax equivalent basis, net of PPP loan impact, is a non-GAAP measure that management believes is important because it provides for better comparability to prior periods. Because PPP loans have a low fixed interest rate of 1.0% and because the accretion of net loan fee income can be accelerated upon borrower forgiveness and repayment by the SBA, management is actively monitoring net interest margin on a fully tax equivalent basis with and without PPP loan impact for the duration of this program.

A reconciliation of this non-GAAP financial measure is provided below (dollars in thousands).

Impact of Paycheck Protection Program on Net Interest Margin FTE

Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended
Sep. 30,
2021
Jun. 30,
2021
Sep. 30,
2020
Sep. 30,
2021
Sep. 30,
2020
Total Average Earnings Assets $ 5,909,834 $ 5,924,801 $ 5,282,569 $ 5,825,275 $ 5,078,509
Less: Average Balance of PPP Loans (142,917 ) (348,026 ) (557,290 ) (296,938 ) (339,149 )
Total Adjusted Earning Assets 5,766,917 5,576,775 4,725,279 5,528,337 4,739,360
Total Interest Income FTE $ 50,271 $ 48,416 $ 46,589 $ 147,351 $ 145,045
Less: PPP Loan Income (3,946 ) (3,652 ) (3,294 ) (12,764 ) (6,323 )
Total Adjusted Interest Income FTE 46,325 44,764 43,295 134,587 138,722
Adjusted Earning Asset Yield, net of PPP Impact 3.19 % 3.22 % 3.65 % 3.25 % 3.91 %
Total Average Interest Bearing Liabilities $ 3,737,707 $ 3,828,499 $ 3,433,326 $ 3,728,339 $ 3,393,274
Less: Average Balance of PPP Loans (142,917 ) (348,026 ) (557,290 ) (296,938 ) (339,149 )
Total Adjusted Interest Bearing Liabilities 3,594,790 3,480,473 2,876,036 3,431,401 3,054,125
Total Interest Expense FTE $ 3,554 $ 3,964 $ 6,066 $ 11,816 $ 24,954
Less: PPP Cost of Funds (90 ) (162 ) (350 ) (555 ) (635 )
Total Adjusted Interest Expense FTE 3,464 3,802 5,716 11,261 24,319
Adjusted Cost of Funds, net of PPP Impact 0.24 % 0.27 % 0.48 % 0.27 % 0.69 %
Net Interest Margin FTE, net of PPP Impact 2.95 % 2.95 % 3.17 % 2.98 % 3.22 %

Contact
Lisa M. O'Neill
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
(574) 267-9125
lisa.oneill@lakecitybank.com

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