Press Release

Carter Bank & Trust Announces Fourth Quarter 2018 Financial Results

Company Release - 1/24/2019 8:00 AM ET

MARTINSVILLE, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Carter Bank & Trust ( the “Bank”) (OTCQX:CARE) today announced net income of $3.4 million, or $0.13 earnings per share, for the fourth quarter of 2018, as compared to a net loss of $5.1 million, or $0.19 per share, for the fourth quarter of 2017.

For the year ended December 31, 2018, net income was $11.9 million, or $0.45 earnings per share, as compared to a net loss of $0.7 million, or $0.03 per share, in 2017. Pre-tax pre-provision earnings1 were $31.2 million for the year ended December 31, 2018 as compared to $25.0 million for the same period of 2017.

Fourth Quarter 2018 Financial Highlights

  • Fourth quarter net income of $3.4 million, or $0.13 earnings per share, as compared to a net loss of $7.5 million, or $0.29 per share, in the third quarter of 2018 and a net loss of $5.1 million, or $0.19 per share, over the same quarter of 2017;
  • Net interest income increased $1.0 million, or 3.4%, to $29.1 million as compared to the linked quarter and increased $1.2 million, or 4.2%, over the same quarter in 2017;
  • Net interest margin, on a fully taxable equivalent basis, increased nine basis points to 3.16% over the linked quarter and increased nine basis points over the same quarter last year, on a $72.7 million lower asset base and despite the negative impact of a lower taxable equivalent adjustment resulting from the lower corporate income tax rate in 2018;
  • Provision for loan losses decreased $13.9 million as compared to linked quarter primarily due to a $10.1 million, or $0.30 per share, charge-off in the third quarter of 2018 of a legacy commercial real estate relationship and a specific reserve of $5.4 million, or $0.16 per share, to cover estimated additional impairment in the legacy commercial credit and was $12.8 million lower than the same quarter of 2017;
  • A $1.9 million, or $0.06 per share, write-down of other real estate owned (“OREO”) properties for updated appraisals that were received in the fourth quarter of 2018;
  • A nonrecurring $3.5 million, or $0.11 per share, write-down on retail branch offices marketed for sale with a remaining book value of $6.8 million;
  • Portfolio loans declined $103.5 million as compared to the linked quarter due to legacy credits that were paid down $177.0 million during the fourth quarter of 2018;
  • Nonperforming loans increased slightly by $2.5 million as compared to September 30, 2018 and decreased $42.2 million from December 31, 2017. Nonperforming loans as a percentage of total loans were 1.88%, 1.72% and 3.46% as of December 31, 2018, September 30, 2018 and December 31, 2017, respectively.

2018 Year-to-Date Financial Highlights

  • Year-to-date net income of $11.9 million, or $0.45 earnings per share, as compared to a net loss of $0.7 million, or $0.03 per share, in 2017;
  • Net interest margin, on a fully taxable equivalent basis, improved 30 basis points to 3.10% year-over-year;
  • Net interest income increased $6.9 million, or 6.5%, to $113.9 million year-over-year;
  • Provision for loan losses declined $26.3 million, or 60.9%, as compared to 2017 and
  • Securities gains of $1.3 million were realized in 2018 to take advantage of market opportunities, as compared to securities gains of $1.2 million in the same period of 2017.

Litz H. Van Dyke, Chief Executive Officer, stated, “We continued to aggressively address legacy balance sheet issues in 2018. While these efforts negatively impacted our financial results in 2018, we believe these efforts will benefit the company in the long-term as we significantly improved the overall risk profile and performance fundamentals of the Bank.”

Van Dyke continued, “Another key to our long-term success is our Information Technology systems upgrade which was successfully completed in November of 2018. Online consumer banking is on target to roll out in the first quarter of 2019, providing our customers with state of the art technology. As we have stated earlier, this new platform will be the foundation to provide additional products and services for our customers, provide operational efficiencies and cost savings throughout the organization ultimately creating value for our shareholders.”

Operating Highlights

Net interest income increased $6.9 million to $113.9 million during 2018 as compared to the same period of 2017. The increase in net interest income was primarily driven by a $7.9 million increase in interest income, offset by an increase of $1.0 million in interest expense as compared to the same period of 2017. This is a result of seven increases by the Federal Reserve in short-term interest rates since March of 2017 as well as the intentional runoff of higher cost certificates of deposit. The net interest margin, on a fully taxable equivalent basis, increased 30 basis points to 3.10% over the past twelve months due to our deployment of excess cash into higher yielding and diversified investment securities and loans as well as the aforementioned runoff of higher cost deposits despite the decreased tax benefit from our tax-exempt securities and loans due to the decrease in the federal corporate income tax rate in 2018.

The provision for loan losses totaled $16.9 million for the period ended December 31, 2018, a decrease of $26.3 million as compared to the same period of 2017. At December 31, 2018, nonperforming loans were $50.7 million, a slight increase of $2.5 million from September 30, 2018 and a decrease of $42.2 million from December 31, 2017. Net charge-offs were $13.0 million in 2018 as compared to $42.4 million of net charge-offs in the same period of 2017. The most significant loan charge-off in 2018 was for one legacy commercial credit relationship of $10.1 million that experienced deterioration in collateral values as a result of a new appraisal. During 2017, we dealt with significant impairment in several large commercial real estate loan relationships. This resulted in significant charge-offs as we aggressively worked toward resolution of these legacy credits. As a percentage of total loans, on an annualized basis, net charge-offs were 0.48%, 0.57% and 1.58% for the periods ending December 31, 2018, September 30, 2018 and December 31, 2017, respectively. Nonperforming loans as a percentage of total loans were 1.88%, 1.72% and 3.46% as of December 31, 2018, September 30, 2018 and December 31, 2017, respectively.

Noninterest income increased $4.3 million, or 37.8%, to $15.7 million, excluding net securities gains, for the period ending December 31, 2018 as compared to $11.4 million in the same period of 2017. The increase in noninterest income is attributable to increased service charges of $1.3 million, $1.2 million of earnings from bank owned life insurance and an increase of $2.2 million in income from OREO due to the acquisition of several large commercial properties generating income beginning in the first quarter of 2018, offset by a decrease of $0.7 million in insurance due to the sale of the insurance agency in the first quarter of 2018. Securities gains of $1.3 and $1.2 million were realized during 2018 and 2017, respectively, to take advantage of market opportunities and reduce the credit risk of the securities portfolio.

Total noninterest expense increased $5.1 million, or 5.4%, for 2018 to $99.7 million as compared to $94.6 million in the same period of 2017. Increases included $7.2 million, or 17.0% in salaries and employee benefits, $0.5 million in occupancy expense, $0.7 million in other taxes, $0.8 million in telephone expense, $1.3 million in OREO expenses, $0.8 million in conversion expenses (included in data processing license fee on income statement) and $4.1 million of tax credit amortization. The increase in salaries and benefits was expected and planned as investments were made in the appropriate infrastructure to support the Bank in the future. The increase in OREO expense is due to the aforementioned acquired properties. Also impacting noninterest expense were one-time charges of $3.5 million and $5.3 million on write-downs of retail branch offices marketed for sale in the fourth quarters of 2018 and 2017, respectively. Offsetting these increases were decreases of $4.4 million in data processing expenses due to the write-off of expenses that were previously capitalized and were fully expensed during 2017, a $1.6 million decrease in professional and legal fees related to regulatory and compliance reviews which were completed as of June 30, 2018, a $3.3 million of impairment on historic tax credit investments during the fourth quarter of 2017 and a decrease of $0.9 million in FDIC insurance expense attributable to lower FDIC assessment rates and a decrease in the assessment base.

Financial Condition

Total assets were $4.0 billion at December 31, 2018 and $4.1 billion at December 31, 2017. Total portfolio loans increased $19.3 million to $2.7 billion as of December 30, 2018 despite the reduction of several large legacy credits during 2018 totaling $286.4 million, which partially offset new loan growth. Nonperforming loans decreased $42.2 million to $50.7 million as of December 31, 2018 from $92.9 million at December 31, 2017. The decrease in nonperforming loans is primarily due to the aforementioned charge-off of a legacy credit in the third quarter of 2018 and nonperforming credits migrating to OREO during the first quarter of 2018. OREO decreased $5.7 million as compared to September 30, 2018 due to the sale of properties during the fourth quarter of 2018 as well as the write-down of $3.5 million on retail bank offices marketed for sale with a remaining book value of $6.8 million and decreased $6.1 million as compared to December 31, 2017.

Federal Reserve Bank excess reserves increased $33.1 million at December 31, 2018 as compared to the year ago period primarily due to the aforementioned legacy credit reductions received during 2018. This excess cash was deployed during the twelve-month period into higher yielding and diversified securities, funded loan growth, and also funded the planned decrease in high cost deposits during the past twelve months.

The securities portfolio declined $164.4 million and is currently 19.4% of total assets at December 31, 2018 as compared to 23.0% of total assets at December 31, 2017. The decrease is a result of active balance sheet management. We have further diversified the securities portfolio as to bond types, maturities and interest rate structures.

Total deposits declined $78.4 million to $3.6 billion as of December 31, 2018 as compared to December 31, 2017. Noninterest-bearing deposits decreased slightly by $5.6 million, or 1.1%, to $524.6 million as of December 31, 2018 as compared to $530.2 million as of December 31, 2017. Money market and savings accounts declined $132.6 million, or 16.1%. Offsetting these decreases were increases of $16.2 million, or 6.2%, in interest-bearing demand deposits and $43.6 million, or 2.1%, in certificates of deposits as compared to December 31, 2017 due to recent special rate promotions during 2018. Noninterest-bearing deposits comprised 14.6% and 14.4% of total deposits at December 31, 2018 and December 31, 2017.

The allowance for loan losses was 1.45% of total loans as of December 31, 2018 as compared to 1.32% as of December 31, 2017. General reserves as a percentage of total loans were 1.26% at December 31, 2018 as compared to 1.31% as of December 31, 2017. The allowance for loan losses was 77.3% of nonperforming loans as of December 31, 2018 as compared to 38.0% of nonperforming loans as of December 31, 2017. In the view of management, the allowance for loan losses is adequate to absorb probable losses inherent in the loan portfolio.

The Bank remains well capitalized. The Bank’s Tier 1 Capital ratio increased to 13.97% as of December 31, 2018 as compared to 12.93% as of December 31, 2017. The Bank’s leverage ratio was 9.69% at December 31, 2018 as compared to 9.33% as of December 31, 2017. The Bank’s Total Risk-Based Capital ratio was 15.22% at December 31, 2018 as compared to 14.15% at December 31, 2017.

About Carter Bank & Trust

Headquartered in Martinsville, VA, Carter Bank & Trust is a state-chartered community bank in Virginia with $4.0 billion in assets and 105 branches in Virginia and North Carolina. For more information visit www.CarterBankandTrust.com.

Important Note Regarding Non-GAAP Financial Measures

Statements included in this press release include non-GAAP financial measures and should be read along with the accompanying tables in our definitions and reconciliations of GAAP to non-GAAP financial measures. This press release and the accompanying tables discuss financial measures, such as adjusted noninterest expense, adjusted efficiency ratio, and net interest income on a fully taxable equivalent basis, which are all non-GAAP measures. We believe that such non-GAAP measures are useful because they enhance the ability of investors and management to evaluate and compare the Bank’s operating results from period to period in a meaningful manner. Non-GAAP measures should not be considered as an alternative to any measure of performance as promulgated under GAAP, nor are they necessarily comparable to non-GAAP performance measures that may be presented by other companies. Investors should consider the Bank’s performance and financial condition as reported under GAAP and all other relevant information when assessing the performance or financial condition of the Bank. Non-GAAP measures have limitations as analytical tools, and investors should not consider them in isolation or as a substitute for analysis of the Bank’s results or financial condition as reported under GAAP.

Important Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

This information contains certain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements generally relate to our financial condition, results of operations, plans, objectives, outlook for earnings, revenues, expenses, capital and liquidity levels and ratios, asset levels, asset quality, financial position, and other matters regarding or affecting Carter Bank & Trust and its future business and operations. Forward looking statements are typically identified by words or phrases such as “will likely result,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “estimate,” “forecast,” “project,” “intend,” “ believe,” “assume,” “strategy,” “trend,” “plan,” “outlook,” “outcome,” “continue,” “remain,” “potential,” “opportunity,” “believe,” “comfortable,” “current,” “position,” “maintain,” “sustain,” “seek,” “achieve” and variations of such words and similar expressions, or future or conditional verbs such as will, would, should, could or may. Although we believe the assumptions upon which these forward-looking statements are based are reasonable, any of these assumptions could prove to be inaccurate and the forward-looking statements based on these assumptions could be incorrect. The matters discussed in these forward-looking statements are subject to various risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual results and trends to differ materially from those made, projected, or implied in or by the forward-looking statements depending on a variety of uncertainties or other factors including, but not limited to: credit losses; cyber-security concerns; rapid technological developments and changes; sensitivity to the interest rate environment including a prolonged period of low interest rates, a rapid increase in interest rates or a change in the shape of the yield curve; a change in spreads on interest-earning assets and interest-bearing liabilities; regulatory supervision and oversight; legislation affecting the financial services industry as a whole, and Carter Bank & Trust, in particular; the outcome of pending and future litigation and governmental proceedings; increasing price and product/service competition; the ability to continue to introduce competitive new products and services on a timely, cost-effective basis; managing our internal growth and acquisitions; the possibility that the anticipated benefits from acquisitions cannot be fully realized in a timely manner or at all, or that integrating the acquired operations will be more difficult, disruptive or more costly than anticipated; containing costs and expenses; reliance on significant customer relationships; general economic or business conditions; deterioration of the housing market and reduced demand for mortgages; deterioration in the overall macroeconomic conditions or the state of the banking industry that could warrant further analysis of the carrying value of goodwill and could result in an adjustment to its carrying value resulting in a non-cash charge to net income; re-emergence of turbulence in significant portions of the global financial and real estate markets that could impact our performance, both directly, by affecting our revenues and the value of our assets and liabilities, and indirectly, by affecting the economy generally and access to capital in the amounts, at the times and on the terms required to support our future businesses. Many of these factors, as well as other factors, are described in our filings with the FDIC. Forward-looking statements are based on beliefs and assumptions using information available at the time the statements are made. We caution you not to unduly rely on forward-looking statements because the assumptions, beliefs, expectations and projections about future events may, and often do, differ materially from actual results. Any forward-looking statement speaks only as to the date on which it is made, and we undertake no obligation to update any forward-looking statement to reflect developments occurring after the statement is made.

     
CARTER BANK & TRUST
CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL DATA
BALANCE SHEETS
(Unaudited)
 
(Dollars in Thousands, except per share data) December 31, September 30, December 31,
2018   2018   2017
ASSETS
Cash and Due From Banks $ 47,413 $ 45,994 $ 58,533
Interest-Bearing Deposits in Other Financial Institutions 61,352 39,669 58,365
Federal Reserve Bank Excess Reserves   184,798       89,373       151,715  
Total Cash and Cash Equivalents 293,563 175,036 268,613
 
Securities, Available-for-Sale, at Fair Value 782,758 785,128 947,201
Loans Held-for-Sale 2,559 - 517
Portfolio Loans 2,703,792 2,807,332 2,684,445
Allowance for Loan Losses   (39,199 )     (40,378 )     (35,318 )
Portfolio Loans, net 2,664,593 2,766,954 2,649,127
 
Bank Premises and Equipment, net 85,841 83,035 77,273
Other Real Estate Owned, net 33,681 39,338 39,793
Goodwill 58,726 58,726 59,762
Other Intangibles - - 122
Bank Owned Life Insurance 51,161 50,773 -
Other Assets   66,717       69,198       69,884  
TOTAL ASSETS $ 4,039,599     $ 4,028,188     $ 4,112,292  
 
 
LIABILITIES
Deposits
Noninterest-Bearing Demand $ 524,614 $ 556,505 $ 530,242
Interest-Bearing Demand 277,174 211,002 260,979
Money Market 80,835 77,811 102,686
Savings 610,757 634,206 721,459
Certificates of Deposits   2,097,801       2,109,861       2,054,249  
Total Deposits 3,591,181 3,589,385 3,669,615
Other Liabilities   12,204       11,139       10,551  
TOTAL LIABILITIES   3,603,385       3,600,524       3,680,166  
 
 
SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY

Common Stock, Par Value $1.00 Per Share, Authorized 100,000,000 Shares; 26,270,174 outstanding at December 31, 2018 and 26,257,761 outstanding at September 30, 2018 and December 31, 2017

26,270 26,258 26,258
Additional Paid-in-Capital 142,175 142,178 142,178
Retained Earnings 277,835 274,429 265,930
Accumulated Other Comprehensive (Loss)   (10,066 )     (15,201 )     (2,240 )
TOTAL SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY   436,214       427,664       432,126  
TOTAL LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY $ 4,039,599     $ 4,028,188     $ 4,112,292  
 
PROFITABILITY RATIOS (ANNUALIZED)
Return on Average Assets 0.29 % 0.28 % -0.02 %
Portfolio Loan to Deposit Ratio 75.29 % 78.21 % 73.15 %
Allowance to Total Portfolio Loans 1.45 % 1.44 % 1.32 %
 
         
CARTER BANK & TRUST
CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL DATA
INCOME STATEMENTS
(Unaudited)
 
(Dollars in Thousands, except per share data) Quarter-to-Date Year-to-Date
December 31, September 30, December 31, December 31, December 31,
2018   2018   2017 2018   2017
Interest Income $ 39,862 $ 38,207 $ 36,597 $ 152,019 $ 144,084
Interest Expense   10,773       10,079       8,669     38,114       37,111  
NET INTEREST INCOME 29,089 28,128 27,928 113,905 106,973
 
Provision for Loan Losses   (118 )     13,743       12,685     16,870       43,197  

NET INTEREST INCOME AFTER PROVISION FOR LOAN LOSSES

29,207 14,385 15,243 97,035 63,776
 
NONINTEREST INCOME
Gains on Sales of Securities, net 76 195 114 1,271 1,186
Service Charges, Commissions and Fees 1,218 978 663 4,228 2,920
Debit Card Interchange Fees 1,212 1,171 1,210 4,750 4,854
Insurance 238 1,013 1,114 1,855 2,582
Bank Owned Life Insurance Income 388 380 - 1,161 -
Gains on Sales of Bank Premises, net - 13 -

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Other Real Estate Owned Income 448 729 163 2,692 448
Other   252       131       172     1,029       601  
TOTAL NONINTEREST INCOME   3,832       4,610       3,436     16,986       12,591  
 
NONINTEREST EXPENSE
Salaries and Employee Benefits 12,773 12,318 11,597 49,958 42,711
Occupancy Expense, net 2,864 2,802 2,943 10,312 9,780
FDIC Insurance Expense 765 749 900 2,985 3,890
Other Taxes 726 725 523 2,571 1,907
Telephone Expense 570 584 460 2,466 1,699
Professional and Legal Fees 806 870 3,264 5,288 6,856
Data Processing License Fee 519 255 1,331 1,242 5,604
Losses on Sales and Write-downs of Other Real Estate Owned, net 5,797 2,977 7,810 8,201 9,909
Losses on Sales and Write-downs of Bank Premises, net 128 - 7 186 714
Debit Card Expense 751 720 669 2,785 2,436
Tax Credit Amortization 1,015 1,015 - 4,060 -

Tax Credit Impairment

- - 3,259 - 3,259
Other Real Estate Owned Expense 318 583 426 2,139 791
Other   2,668       1,762       2,261     7,520       5,023  
TOTAL NONINTEREST EXPENSE   29,700       25,360       35,450     99,713       94,579  
 
INCOME (LOSS) BEFORE INCOME TAXES 3,339 (6,365 ) (16,771 ) 14,308 (18,212 )
Income Tax (Benefit) Provision   (67 )     1,164       (11,700 )   2,403       (17,531 )
NET INCOME (LOSS) $ 3,406     $ (7,529 )   $ (5,071 ) $ 11,905     $ (681 )
 
Average Shares Outstanding 26,263,563 26,257,761 26,257,761 26,259,223 26,257,761
 
PER SHARE DATA
 
Earnings (Loss) Per Common Share Basic and Diluted $ 0.13 $ (0.29 ) $ (0.19 ) $ 0.45 $ (0.03 )
Market Value $ 15.00 $ 19.40 $ 17.55 $ 15.00 $ 17.55
 
PROFITABILITY RATIOS (non-GAAP)
Net Interest Margin (FTE)² 3.16 % 3.07 % 3.07 % 3.10 % 2.80 %
Core Efficiency Ratio³ 64.48 % 62.37 % 66.11 % 64.15 % 59.99 %
 
 
CARTER BANK & TRUST
CONSOLIDATED SELECTED FINANCIAL DATA
(Unaudited)
(Dollars in Thousands, except per share data)
 
DEFINITIONS AND RECONCILIATION OF GAAP TO NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES:
 

¹

Pre-tax pre-provision earnings are computed as net interest income plus noninterest income minus noninterest expense before the provision for loan losses and income tax (benefit) provision.

 

²

Net interest income has been computed on a fully taxable equivalent basis ("FTE") using a 35% federal income tax rate for the 2017 periods and a 21% federal income tax statutory rate for the 2018 periods.

   
Net Interest Income (FTE) (non-GAAP) Quarter-to-Date Year-to-Date
December 31,   September 30,   December 31, December 31,   December 31,
2018   2018   2017 2018   2017
 
Interest Income $ 39,862 $ 38,207 $ 36,597 $ 152,019 $ 144,084
Interest Expense (10,773 ) (10,079 ) (8,669 ) (38,114 ) (37,111 )
Tax Equivalent Adjustment²   838       917       2,245     3,815       8,505  
NET INTEREST INCOME (FTE) (non-GAAP) $ 29,927 $ 29,045 $ 30,173 $ 117,720 $ 115,478
 
 
³Core Efficiency Ratio (non-GAAP)

Quarter-to-Date

Year-to-Date
December 31, September 30, December 31, December 31, December 31,
2018   2018   2017 2018   2017
NONINTEREST EXPENSE $ 29,700 $ 25,360 $ 35,450 $ 99,713 $ 94,579
Less: One Time Regulatory and Compliance - - (1,845 ) (1,853 ) (4,345 )
Less: Losses on Sales and Write-downs of Other Real Estate Owned, net (5,797 ) (2,977 ) (7,810 ) (8,201 ) (9,909 )
Less: Losses on Sales and Write-downs of Bank Premises, net (128 ) - (7 ) (186 ) (714 )

Less: Tax Credit Impairment

- - (3,259 ) - (3,259 )
Less: Tax Credit Amortization (1,015 ) (1,015 ) - (4,060 ) -
Plus: Regulatory Review - - (521 ) 323 (521 )
Less: Contingent Liability (250 ) (331 ) - (581 ) -
Less: Conversion Expense (393 ) (177 ) (3 ) (841 ) (9 )
Less: Conversion Vacation Accrual   (686 )     -       -     (686 )     -  
CORE NET NONINTEREST EXPENSE (non-GAAP) $ 21,431 $ 20,860 $ 22,005 $ 83,628 $ 75,822
 
NET INTEREST INCOME $ 29,089 $ 28,128 $ 27,928 $ 113,905 $ 106,973
Plus: Taxable Equivalent Adjustment   838       917       2,245     3,815       8,505  
NET INTEREST INCOME (FTE) (Non-GAAP) $ 29,927 $ 29,045 $ 30,173 $ 117,720 $ 115,478
Less: Gains on Sales of Securities, net (76 ) (195 ) (114 ) (1,271 ) (1,186 )
Less: Gains on Sales Bank Premises, net - (13 ) - - -
Less: Gain on OREO Income (448 )

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(163 ) (2,692 ) (448 )
Less: Other Gains - - (47 ) (374 ) (47 )
Noninterest Income   3,832       4,610       3,436     16,986       12,591  
CORE NET INTEREST INCOME (FTE) (Non-GAAP) plus NONINTEREST INCOME $ 33,235 $ 33,447 $ 33,285 $ 130,369 $ 126,388
 
³CORE EFFICIENCY RATIO (Non-GAAP) 64.48 % 62.37 % 66.11 % 64.15 % 59.99 %
 

Carter Bank & Trust
Wendy Bell, 276-656-1776
Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer
wendy.bell@carterbankandtrust.com

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