Bank of South Carolina Corporation Announces Annual and Fourth Quarter Earnings

Friday, January 12th, 2018

The Bank of South Carolina Corporation, announced unaudited earnings of $4,901,825 or $0.99 and $0.97 basic and diluted per share, respectively, for the year ended December 31, 2017 – a decrease of 6.58% from earnings for the year ended December 31, 2016 of $5,247,063 or $1.06 and $1.04 basic and diluted per share, respectively. Earnings for the three months ended December 31, 2017 decreased $464,180 or 36.36% to $848,699 compared to $1,312,880 for the three months ended December 31, 2016. Returns on average assets and average equity for the year ended December 31, 2017 were 1.15% and 11.37%, respectively, compared with 2016 returns on average assets and average equity of 1.28% and 12.65%, respectively. The decrease in quarterly and annual earnings is directly attributable to the recently enacted Tax Cut and Jobs Act, which was signed by President Trump on December 22, 2017. Under this new legislation, the corporate tax rate was reduced from 34% to 21%. As such, generally accepted accounting standards required the immediate write down of the deferred tax asset to a value reflective of the new corporate tax rate. The resulting adjustment was approximately $600,000.

Fleetwood S. Hassell, President of the Bank of South Carolina, stated, "Regardless of the accounting requirements under the new tax legislation, we are very proud of the bank's performance in 2017. What would have resulted in the most profitable year in our 30+ year history, ended up being our second best yet. The fundamentals of our bank remain strong, and we are very encouraged that the collective impact of tax reform will result in even better performance in the future – performance we believe will result in greater value to our employees, customers and shareholders."