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FBNC First Bancorp



UNITED STATES SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
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Form 8-K
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CURRENT REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF
THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): 
April 28, 2020
 
First Bancorp
(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in its Charter)
     
North Carolina 0-15572 56-1421916
(State or Other Jurisdiction (Commission (I.R.S. Employer
of Incorporation) File Number) Identification Number)
     
       300 SW Broad Street,   
Southern Pines,NC  28387
(Address of Principal Executive Offices)  (Zip Code)
 
(910) 246-2500
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(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)
 
Not Applicable
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(Former Name or Former Address, if changed since last report)
 
 
Check the appropriate box below if the Form 8-K filing is intended to simultaneously satisfy the filing obligation of the registrant under any of the following provisions: 
 Written communications pursuant to Rule 425 under the Securities Act (17 CFR 230.425)
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Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is an emerging growth company as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act of 1933 (§230.405 of this chapter) or Rule 12b-2 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (§240.12b-2 of this chapter).
 
Emerging growth company
 
If an emerging growth company, indicate by check mark if the registrant has elected not to use the extended transition period for complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards provided pursuant to Section 13(a) of the Exchange Act.
Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:

Title of each class            Trading symbol        Name of each exchange on which registered:
Common Stock, No Par Value        FBNC            The Nasdaq Global Select Market

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First Bancorp
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Item 2.02 – Results of Operations and Financial Condition3
  
Item 8.01 – Other Events3
  
Item 9.01 – Financial Statements and Exhibits3
  
Signatures4
  
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Item 2.02 - Results of Operations and Financial Condition
On April 28, 2020, First Bancorp (the “Registrant” or “Company”) issued a news release to announce its financial results for the three month period ended March 31, 2020. The news release is attached hereto as Exhibit 99.1.

The news release includes disclosure of net interest income on a tax-equivalent basis, which is a non-GAAP performance measure used by management in operating its business. Management believes that analysis of net interest income on a tax-equivalent basis is useful and appropriate because it allows a comparison of net interest income amounts in different periods without taking into account the different mix of taxable versus non-taxable investments that may have existed during those periods.

The news release also includes disclosure of tax-equivalent net interest margin, excluding the impact of loan discount accretion, which is a non-GAAP performance measure. Management believes that it is useful to calculate and present the net interest margin without the impact of loan discount accretion, for the reasons explained in the rest of this paragraph. Loan discount accretion is a non-cash interest income adjustment that is related to 1) the Company’s acquisition of loans and represents the portion of the fair value discount that was initially recorded on the acquired loans, and 2) the Company's origination of SBA loans and the subsequent sale of the guaranteed portions of the loans that results in a discount being recorded on the retained portion of the loans. These discounts are recognized into income over the lives of the loans. At March 31, 2020, the Company had a remaining loan discount balance on acquired loans of $11.5 million compared to $16.1 million at March 31, 2019. At March 31, 2020, the Company had a remaining loan discount balance on SBA loans of $6.8 million compared to $6.2 million at March 31, 2019. For the related loans that perform and pay-down over time, the loan discount will also be reduced, with a corresponding increase to interest income. Therefore, management of the Company believes it is useful to also present this ratio to reflect the Company's net interest margin excluding this non-cash, temporary loan discount accretion adjustment to aid investors in comparing financial results between periods.

The news release also includes estimates of possible loan loss provisions under the Current Expected Credit Loss methodology, the application of which the Registrant has elected to defer.

The Registrant cautions that non-GAAP financial measures should be considered in addition to, but not as a substitute for, the reported GAAP results. A reconciliation between the non-GAAP financial measures presented and the most directly comparable financial measure calculated in accordance with GAAP is included in the news release and financial summary attached hereto as Exhibit 99.1.

Item 8.01 — Other Events
On April 28, 2020, the Registrant issued a news release to announce its financial results for the three months ended March 31, 2020. The news release is attached hereto as Exhibit 99.1. 

Item 9.01 – Financial Statements and Exhibits
(d) Exhibits
Disclosures About Forward Looking Statements
This news release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, which statements are inherently subject to risks and uncertainties. Forward-looking statements are statements that include projections, predictions, expectations or beliefs about future events or results or otherwise are not statements of historical fact. Such statements are often characterized by the use of qualifying words (and their derivatives) such as “expect,” “believe,” “estimate,” “plan,” “project,” “anticipate,” or other statements concerning opinions or judgments of the Company and its management about future events. Factors that could influence the accuracy of such forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, the financial success or changing strategies of the Company’s customers, the Company’s level of success in integrating acquisitions, actions of government regulators, the level of market interest rates, and general economic conditions. For additional information about the factors that could affect the matters discussed in this paragraph, see the “Risk Factors” section of the Company’s most recent annual report on Form 10-K. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they are made, and the Company undertakes no obligation to update or revise forward-looking statements. The Company is also not responsible for changes made to the press release by wire services, internet services or other media.


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Signatures
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned thereunto duly authorized.
       
      First Bancorp
       
  April 28, 2020 
 
By:
 
 
/s/ Richard H. Moore
      Richard H. Moore
      Chief Executive Officer


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