Form 10-K
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SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, D.C. 20549

FORM 10-K

ANNUAL REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15 (d) OF

THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

 

For the Fiscal Year Ended December 31, 2007   Commission File Number 0-14384

BANCFIRST CORPORATION

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

 

OKLAHOMA   73-1221379

(State or other jurisdiction of

incorporation or organization)

  (I.R.S. Employer Identification No.)

101 North Broadway, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73102

(Address of principal executive offices) (Zip Code)

Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: (405) 270-1086

Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:

Common Stock, $1.00

Par Value Per Share

(Title of Class)

Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(g) of the Act: None

Indicate by check mark if the registrant is a well-known seasoned issuer, as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act. Yes ¨ No x

Indicate by check mark if the registrant is not required to file reports pursuant to Section 13 or Section 15(d) of the Act. Yes ¨ No x

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant (1) has filed all reports required by Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to file such reports), and (2) has been subject to such filing requirements for the past 90 days. Yes x No ¨

Indicate by check mark if disclosure of delinquent filers pursuant to Item 405 of Regulation S-K is not contained herein, and will not be contained, to the best of registrant’s knowledge, in definitive proxy or information statements incorporated by reference in Part III of this Form 10-K or any amendment to this Form 10-K. ¨

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, or a non-accelerated filer. See definition of “accelerated filer and large accelerated filer” in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act.

            Large accelerated filer  ¨             Accelerated filer  x             Non-accelerated filer  ¨

Indicated by check mark whether the registrant is a shell company (as defined by Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act). Yes ¨ No x

The aggregate market value of the Common Stock held by nonaffiliates of the registrant computed using the last sale price on June 29, 2007 was approximately $287,395,000.

As of February 29, 2008, there were 15,219,730 shares of Common Stock outstanding (post stock split adjustment).

DOCUMENTS INCORPORATED BY REFERENCE:

Portions of the Proxy Statement for the May 22, 2008 Annual Meeting of Stockholders of registrant (the “2008 Proxy Statement”) to be filed pursuant to Regulation 14A are incorporated by reference into Part III of this report.

 

 

 


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FORM 10-K

CROSS-REFERENCE INDEX

 

Item

   PART I    Page
  1.   

Business

   1
  1a.   

Risk Factors

   10
  1b.   

Unresolved Staff Comments

   14
  2.   

Properties

   14
  3.   

Legal Proceedings

   15
  4.   

Submission of Matters to a Vote of Security Holders

   15
   PART II   
  5.   

Market for the Registrant’s Common Equity, Related Stockholder Matters and Issuer Purchases of Equity Securities

   15
  6.   

Selected Financial Data

   16
  7.   

Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations

   16
  7A.   

Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk

   17
  8.   

Financial Statements and Supplementary Data

   17
  9.   

Changes in and Disagreements with Accountants on Accounting and Financial Disclosure

   17
  9A.   

Controls and Procedures

   17
  9B.   

Other Information

   17
   PART III   
  10.   

Directors and Executive Officers of the Registrant

   17
  11.   

Executive Compensation

   18
  12.   

Security Ownership of Certain Beneficial Owners and Management and Related Stockholder Matters

   18
  13.   

Certain Relationships and Related Transactions

   18
  14.   

Principal Accountant Fees and Services

   18
   PART IV   
  15.    Exhibits and Financial Statement Schedules    18
Signatures    21
Financial Information    Appendix A


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PART I

Item 1. Business.

General

BancFirst Corporation (the “Company”) is an Oklahoma business corporation and a financial holding company under Federal law. It conducts virtually all of its operating activities through its principal wholly-owned subsidiary, BancFirst (the “Bank” or “BancFirst”), a state-chartered bank headquartered in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The Company also owns 100% of the common securities of BFC Capital Trust II, a Delaware Business Trust, 100% of Council Oak Partners LLC, an Oklahoma limited liability company engaging in investing activities, and 100% of Wilcox, Jones & McGrath, Inc., an Oklahoma business corporation operating as an independent insurance agency.

The Company was incorporated as United Community Corporation in July 1984 for the purpose of becoming a bank holding company. In June 1985, it merged with seven Oklahoma bank holding companies that had operated under common ownership and the Company has conducted business as a bank holding company since that time. Over the next several years the Company acquired additional banks and bank holding companies, and in November 1988 the Company changed its name to BancFirst Corporation. Effective April 1, 1989, the Company consolidated its 12 subsidiary banks and formed BancFirst. Over the intervening decades, the Company has continued to expand through acquisitions and de-novo branches. BancFirst currently has 88 banking locations serving 44 communities throughout Oklahoma.

The Company’s strategy focuses on providing a full range of commercial banking services to retail customers and small to medium-sized businesses in both the non-metropolitan trade centers of Oklahoma and the metropolitan markets of Oklahoma City, Tulsa, Lawton, Muskogee, Norman and Shawnee. The Company operates as a “super community bank”, managing its community banking offices on a decentralized basis, which permits them to be responsive to local customer needs. Underwriting, funding, customer service and pricing decisions are made by Presidents in each market within the Company’s strategic parameters. At the same time, the Company generally has a larger lending capacity, broader product line and greater operational scale than its principal competitors in the non-metropolitan market areas (which typically are independently-owned community banks). In the metropolitan markets served by the Company, the Company’s strategy is to focus on the needs of local businesses that are not served adequately by larger institutions.

The Bank maintains a strong community orientation by, among other things, selecting members of the communities in which the Bank’s branches operate to local consulting boards that assist in marketing and providing feedback on the Bank’s products and services to meet customer needs. As a result of the development of broad banking relationships with its customers and community branch network, the Bank’s lending and investing activities are funded almost entirely by core deposits.

The Bank centralizes virtually all of its processing, support and investment functions in order to achieve consistency and operational efficiencies. The Bank maintains centralized control functions such as operations support, bookkeeping, accounting, loan review, compliance and internal auditing to ensure effective risk management. The Bank also provides centrally certain specialized financial services that require unique expertise.

The Bank provides a wide range of retail and commercial banking services, including: commercial, real estate, agricultural and consumer lending; depository and funds transfer services; collections; safe deposit boxes; cash management services; retail brokerage services; and other services tailored for both individual and corporate customers. The Bank also offers trust services and acts as executor, administrator, trustee, transfer agent and in various other fiduciary capacities. Through its Technology and Operations Center, the Bank provides item processing, research and other correspondent banking services to financial institutions and governmental units.

 

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The Bank’s primary lending activity is the financing of business and industry in its market areas. Its commercial loan customers are generally small to medium-sized businesses engaged in light manufacturing, local wholesale and retail trade, services, agriculture, and the energy industry. Most forms of commercial lending are offered, including commercial mortgages, other forms of asset-based financing and working capital lines of credit. In addition, the Bank offers Small Business Administration (“SBA”) guaranteed loans through BancFirst Commercial Capital, a division established in 1991.

Consumer lending activities of the Bank consist of traditional forms of financing for automobiles, residential mortgage loans, home equity loans, and other personal loans. In addition, the Bank is one of Oklahoma’s largest providers of guaranteed student loans.

The Bank’s range of deposit services include checking accounts, NOW accounts, savings accounts, money market accounts, sweep accounts, club accounts, individual retirement accounts and certificates of deposit. Overdraft protection and autodraft services are also offered. Deposits of the Bank are insured by the Bank Insurance Fund administered by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (“FDIC”). In addition, certain Bank employees are licensed insurance agents qualified to offer tax deferred annuities.

Trust services offered through the Bank’s Trust and Investment Management Division (the “Trust Division”) consist primarily of investment management and administration of trusts for individuals, corporations and employee benefit plans. Investment options include pooled equity and fixed income funds managed by the Trust Division and advised by nationally recognized investment management firms. In addition, the Trust Division serves as bond trustee and paying agent for various Oklahoma municipalities and governmental entities.

BancFirst has the following principal subsidiaries: Council Oak Investment Corporation, a small business investment corporation, Council Oak Real Estate, Inc., a real estate investment company, BancFirst Agency, Inc., a credit life insurance agency, Lenders Collection Corporation, which is engaged in collection of troubled loans assigned to it by BancFirst, and BancFirst Community Development Corporation, a certified community development entity. All of these companies are Oklahoma corporations.

The Company had approximately 1,443 and 1,400 full-time equivalent employees as of December 31, 2007 and 2006, respectively. Its principal executive offices are located at 101 North Broadway, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73102, telephone number (405) 270-1086.

Market Areas and Competition

The banking environment in Oklahoma is very competitive. The geographic dispersion of the Company’s banking locations presents several different levels and types of competition. In general, however, each location competes with other banking institutions, savings and loan associations, brokerage firms, personal loan finance companies and credit unions within their respective market areas. The communities in which the Bank maintains offices are generally local trade centers throughout Oklahoma. The major areas of competition include interest rates charged on loans, underwriting terms and conditions, interest rates paid on deposits, fees on non-credit services, levels of service charges on deposits, completeness of product line and quality of service.

Management believes the Company is in an advantageous competitive position operating as a “super community bank.” Under this strategy, the Company provides a broad line of financial products and services to small to medium-sized businesses and consumers through full service community banking offices with decentralized management, while achieving operating efficiency and product scale through product standardization and centralization of processing and other functions. Each full service banking office has senior management with significant lending experience who exercise substantial autonomy over credit and pricing decisions. This decentralized management approach, coupled with continuity of service by the same staff members, enables the Bank to develop long-term customer relationships, maintain high quality service and respond quickly to customer needs. The majority of its competitors in the non-metropolitan areas are much

 

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smaller, and neither offer the range of products and services nor have the lending capacity of BancFirst. In the metropolitan communities, the Company’s strategy is to be more responsive to, and more focused on, the needs of local businesses that are not served effectively by larger institutions. As reported by the FDIC, the Company’s market share of deposits for Oklahoma was 5.52% as of June 30, 2007 and 5.61% as of June 30, 2006.

Marketing to existing and potential customers is performed through a variety of media advertising, direct mail and direct personal contacts. The Company monitors the needs of its customer base through its Product Development Group, which develops and enhances products and services in response to such needs. Sales, customer service and product training are coordinated with incentive programs to motivate employees to cross-sell the Bank’s products and services.

Control of the Company

Affiliates of the Company beneficially own approximately 55% of the outstanding shares of the Company’s common stock outstanding. Under Oklahoma law, holders of a majority of the outstanding shares of common stock are able to elect all of the directors and approve significant corporate actions, including business combinations. Accordingly, the affiliates have the ability to control the business and affairs of the Company.

Supervision and Regulation

Banking is a complex, highly regulated industry. The Company’s growth and earnings performance and those of the Bank can be affected not only by management decisions and general and local economic conditions, but also by the statutes administered by, and the regulations and policies of, various governmental regulatory authorities. These authorities include, but are not limited to, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (the “Federal Reserve Board”), the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (the “FDIC”) and the Oklahoma State Banking Department.

The primary goals of the bank regulatory framework are to maintain a safe and sound banking system and to facilitate the conduct of sound monetary policy. This regulatory framework is intended primarily for the protection of a financial institution’s depositors, rather than the institution’s shareholders and creditors. The following discussion describes certain of the material elements of the regulatory framework applicable to bank holding companies and financial holding companies and their subsidiaries and provides certain specific information relevant to the Company, which is both a bank holding company and a financial holding company. The descriptions are qualified in their entirety by reference to the specific statutes and regulations discussed. Further, such statutes, regulations and policies are continually under review by Congress and state legislatures, and federal and state regulatory agencies. A change in statutes, regulations or regulatory policies applicable to the Company, including changes in interpretation or implementation thereof, could have a material effect on the Company’s business.

General

As a financial holding company and a bank holding company, the Company is regulated under the Bank Holding Company Act of 1956 (the “Bank Holding Company Act”), as amended by the 1999 financial modernization legislation known as the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (the “GLB Act”), as well as other federal and state laws governing the banking business. The GLB Act preserves the role of the Federal Reserve Board as the umbrella supervisor for both financial holding companies and bank holding companies while at the same time incorporating a system of functional regulation designed to take advantage of the strengths of the various federal and state regulators. In particular, the GLB Act replaces with more limited exemptions the broad exemption from Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) regulation that banks previously enjoyed, and it reaffirms that states are the regulators for the insurance activities of all persons who conduct such activities, including banks.

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and affiliates are also subject to various other laws and regulations and supervision and examination by other regulatory agencies, all of which directly or indirectly affect the operations and management of the Company and its ability to make distributions to shareholders.

Additionally, the Company’s common stock is registered with the SEC under Section 12(b) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”). Consequently, the Company is subject to the information, proxy solicitation, insider trading and other restrictions and requirements of the SEC under the Exchange Act and, as a company whose shares are traded on the Nasdaq Global Select Market System, the rules of the Nasdaq Stock Market.

Bank Holding Company Activities

“Financial in Nature” Requirement

As a bank holding company that has elected to become a financial holding company pursuant to the Bank Holding Company Act, the Company may affiliate with securities firms and insurance companies and engage in other activities that are financial in nature or incidental or complementary to activities that are financial in nature. “Financial in nature” activities include securities underwriting, dealing and market making, sponsoring mutual funds and investment companies, insurance underwriting and agency, merchant banking, and other activities that the Federal Reserve Board, in consultation with the Secretary of the U.S. Treasury, determines from time to time to be financial in nature or incidental to such financial activity or is complementary to a financial activity and does not pose a safety and soundness risk.

Federal Reserve Board approval is not required for the Company to acquire a company (other than a bank holding company, bank or savings association) engaged in activities that are financial in nature or incidental to activities that are financial in nature, as determined by the Federal Reserve Board. Prior Federal Reserve Board approval is required before the Company may acquire the beneficial ownership or control of more than 5% of the voting shares or substantially all of the assets of a bank holding company, bank or savings association.

Because the Company is a financial holding company, if its subsidiary bank receives a rating under the Community Reinvestment Act of 1977, as amended (CRA), of less than satisfactory, the Company will be prohibited, until the rating is raised to satisfactory or better, from engaging in new activities or acquiring companies other than bank holding companies, banks or savings associations, except that the Company could engage in new activities, or acquire companies engaged in activities that are closely related to banking under the Bank Holding Company Act. In addition, if the Federal Reserve Board finds that the Company’s subsidiary bank is not well capitalized or well managed, the Company would be required to enter into an agreement with the Federal Reserve Board to comply with all applicable capital and management requirements and which may contain additional limitations or conditions. Until corrected, the Company would not be able to engage in any new activity or acquire companies engaged in activities that are not closely related to banking under the Bank Holding Company Act without prior Federal Reserve Board approval. If the Company fails to correct any such condition within a prescribed period, the Federal Reserve Board could order the Company to divest of its banking subsidiary or, in the alternative, to cease engaging in activities other than those closely related to banking under the Bank Holding Company Act. Although the Company is a financial holding company, it continues to maintain its status as a bank holding company for purposes of other Federal Reserve Board regulations.

Interstate Banking

Under the Riegle-Neal Interstate Banking and Branching Act (the “Riegle-Neal Act”), a bank holding company may acquire banks in states other than its home state, subject to any state requirement that the bank has been organized and operating for a minimum period of time, not to exceed five years, and the requirement that the bank holding company not control, prior to or following the proposed acquisition, more than 10% of the total amount of deposits of insured depository institutions nationwide or, unless the acquisition is the bank holding company’s initial entry into the state, more than 30% of such deposits in the state (or such lesser or greater amount set by the state).

 

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The Riegle-Neal Act also authorizes banks to merge across state lines, thereby creating interstate branches. Banks are also permitted to acquire and to establish new branches in other states where authorized under the laws of those states.

Regulatory Approval

In determining whether to approve a proposed bank acquisition, federal bank regulators will consider, among other factors, the effect of the acquisition on competition, financial condition, and future prospects including current and projected capital ratios and levels, the competence, experience, and integrity of management and record of compliance with laws and regulations, the convenience and needs of the communities to be served, including the acquiring institution’s record of compliance under the CRA, and the effectiveness of the acquiring institution in combating money laundering activities.

Dividend Restrictions

Various federal and state statutory provisions and regulations limit the amount of dividends the Company’s subsidiary bank and certain other subsidiaries may pay without regulatory approval. The payment of dividends by any subsidiary bank may also be affected by other regulatory requirements and policies, such as the maintenance of adequate capital. If, in the opinion of the applicable regulatory authority, a bank under its jurisdiction is engaged in, or is about to engage in, an unsafe or unsound practice (which, depending on the financial condition of the bank, could include the payment of dividends), such authority may require, after notice and hearing, that such bank cease and desist from such practice. The FDIC has formal and informal policies which provide that insured banks should generally pay dividends only out of current operating earnings.

Holding Company Structure

Transfer of Funds from Subsidiary Bank

The Bank is subject to restrictions under federal law that limit the transfer of funds or other items of value from the Bank to the Company and its nonbank subsidiaries (including affiliates) in so-called “covered transactions.” In general, covered transactions include loans and other extensions of credit, investments and asset purchases, as well as certain other transactions involving the transfer of value from a subsidiary bank to an affiliate or for the benefit of an affiliate. Unless an exemption applies, covered transactions by a subsidiary bank with a single affiliate are limited to 10% of the subsidiary bank’s capital and surplus and, with respect to all covered transactions with affiliates in the aggregate, to 20% of the subsidiary bank’s capital and surplus. Also, loans and extensions of credit to affiliates generally are required to be secured in specified amounts. A bank’s transactions with its nonbank affiliates are also generally required to be on arm’s length terms.

Source of Strength

The Federal Reserve Board has a policy that a bank holding company is expected to act as a source of financial and managerial strength to each of its subsidiary banks and, under appropriate circumstances, to commit resources to support each such subsidiary bank. This support may be required at times when the bank holding company may not have the resources to provide the support.

The FDIC may order the assessment of the Company if the capital of the Bank were to become impaired. If the Company failed to pay the assessment within three months, the FDIC could order the sale of the Company’s stock in the Bank to cover the deficiency.

Capital loans by a bank holding company to its subsidiary bank are subordinate in right of payment to deposits and certain other indebtedness of the subsidiary bank. In addition, in the event of a bank holding company’s bankruptcy, any commitment by the bank holding company to a federal bank regulatory agency to maintain the capital of its subsidiary bank will be assumed by the bankruptcy trustee and entitled to a priority of payment.

 

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Depositor Preference

The Federal Deposit Insurance Act (the “FDI Act”) provides that, in the event of the “liquidation or other resolution” of an insured depository institution, the claims of depositors of the institution (including the claims of the FDIC as subrogee of insured depositors) and certain claims for administrative expenses of the FDIC as a receiver will have priority over other general unsecured claims against the institution. If an insured depository institution fails, insured and uninsured depositors, along with the FDIC, will have priority in payment ahead of unsecured, nondeposit creditors with respect to any extensions of credit they have made to such insured depository institution.

Capital Requirements

The Federal Reserve Board, the Comptroller and the FDIC have issued substantially similar risk-based and leverage capital guidelines applicable to United States banking organizations. In addition, these regulatory agencies may from time to time require that a banking organization maintain capital above the minimum levels, whether because of its financial condition or actual or anticipated growth. The risk-based guidelines of the FDIC, the regulatory agency with oversight over state nonmember banks such as the Bank, define a three-tier capital framework. Core, or “Tier 1,” capital, consists of common and qualifying preferred stockholders’ equity, less certain intangibles and other adjustments. Supplementary, or “Tier 2,” capital includes, among other items, certain other debt and equity investments that do not qualify as Tier 1 capital. Market risk, or “Tier 3,” capital, includes qualifying unsecured subordinated debt. The sum of Tier 1 and Tier 2 capital less investments in unconsolidated subsidiaries represents qualifying total capital. Risk-based capital ratios are calculated by dividing Tier 1 and total capital by risk-weighted assets. Assets and off-balance sheet exposures are assigned to one of four categories of risk-weights, based primarily on relative credit risk. The minimum Tier 1 capital ratio is 4% and the minimum total capital ratio is 8%.

Applicable banking regulations also require banking organizations such as the Bank to maintain a minimum “leverage ratio” (Tier 1 capital to adjusted total assets) of 3%. The principal objective of this measure is to place a constraint on the maximum degree to which banks can leverage their equity capital base. These ratio requirements are minimums. Any institution operating at or near those levels would be expected by the regulators to have well-diversified risk, including no undue interest rate risk exposures, excellent asset quality, high liquidity, and good earnings and, in general, would have to be considered a strong banking organization. All other organizations and any institutions experiencing or anticipating significant growth are expected to maintain capital ratios at least one to two percent above the minimum levels, and higher capital ratios can be required if warranted by particular circumstances or risk profile.

The various regulatory agencies have adopted substantially similar regulations that define the five capital categories (well capitalized, adequately capitalized, undercapitalized, significantly undercapitalized and critically undercapitalized) for classifying insured depository institutions, using the total risk-based capital, Tier 1 risk-based capital and leverage capital ratios as the relevant capital measures, and requires the respective federal regulatory agencies to implement systems for “prompt corrective action” for insured depository institutions that do not meet minimum capital requirements within such categories. Such regulations establish progressively more restrictive constraints on operations, management and capital distributions depending on the category in which an institution is classified.

To be “well capitalized” under federal bank regulatory agency definitions, a depository institution must have (i) a Tier 1 risk-based capital ratio of 6% or greater, (ii) a total risk-based capital ratio of 10% or greater, and (iii) a leverage ratio of 5% or greater. An “adequately capitalized” bank is defined as one that has (i) a Tier 1 risk-based capital ratio of 4% or greater, (ii) a total risk-based capital ratio of 8% or greater, and (iii) a leverage ratio of 4% or greater, and an “undercapitalized” bank is defined as one that has (i) a Tier 1 risk-based capital ratio of less than 4%, (ii) a total risk-based capital ratio of less than 8%, and (iii) a leverage ratio of less than 4%. A bank is considered “significantly undercapitalized” if the bank has (i) a Tier 1 risk-based capital ratio of less than 3%, (ii) a total risk-based capital ratio of less than 6%, and (iii) a leverage ratio of less than 3%, and

 

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“critically undercapitalized” if the bank has a ratio of tangible equity to total assets equal to or less than 2%. The applicable federal regulatory agency for a bank that is “well capitalized” may reclassify it as an “adequately capitalized” or “undercapitalized” institution and subject it to the supervisory actions applicable to the next lower capital category, if it determines that the bank is in an unsafe or unsound condition or deems the bank to be engaged in an unsafe or unsound practice and not to have corrected the deficiency. Under federal banking laws, failure to meet the minimum regulatory capital requirements could subject a banking institution to a variety of enforcement remedies available to federal regulatory authorities, including the termination of deposit insurance by the FDIC and seizure of the institution. As of December 31, 2007, the Bank had a Tier 1 ratio of 11.58%, a combined Tier 1 and Tier 2 ratio of 12.65%, and a leverage ratio of 8.85% and, accordingly, was considered to be “well capitalized” as of such date.

In addition, the Federal Reserve Board has established minimum risk based capital guidelines and leverage ratio guidelines for bank holding companies that are substantially similar to those adopted by bank regulatory agencies with respect to depository institutions. These guidelines provide for a minimum leverage ratio of 3% for bank holding companies that meet certain specified criteria, including those having the highest regulatory rating. All other bank holding companies generally are required to maintain a leverage ratio of at least 4%. As of December 31, 2007, the Company had a Tier 1 ratio of 12.33%, a combined Tier 1 and Tier 2 ratio of 13.40%, and a leverage ratio of 9.42% and, accordingly, was in compliance with all of the Federal Reserve Board’s capital guidelines.

From time to time, the Federal Reserve Board and the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council propose changes and amendments to, and issue interpretations of, risk-based capital guidelines and related reporting instructions. Such proposals or interpretations could, if implemented in the future, affect the Company’s reported capital ratios and net risk-adjusted assets.

As an additional means to identify problems in the financial management of depository institutions, the FDI Act requires federal bank regulatory agencies to establish certain non-capital safety and soundness standards for institutions for which they are the primary federal regulator. The standards relate generally to operations and management, asset quality, interest rate exposure and executive compensation. The agencies are authorized to take action against institutions that fail to meet such standards.

The FDIC Act requires federal bank regulatory agencies to take “prompt corrective action” with respect to FDIC-insured depository institutions that do not meet minimum capital requirements. A depository institution’s treatment for purposes of the prompt corrective action provisions will depend upon how its capital levels compare to various capital measures and certain other factors, as established by regulation.

Deposit Insurance Assessments

BancFirst is insured by the FDIC and is required to pay certain fees and assessments to the Bank Insurance Fund (“BIF”). These deposit insurance assessments are determined through a risk-based system under which all insured depository institutions are placed into one of four risk categories. For most institutions in Risk Category I, base assessment rates are based on a combination of financial ratios and examination ratings, and are 5 to 7 basis points of deposits. Assessment rates for the other three risk categories range from 10 to 43 basis points of deposits. The FDIC may adjust these rates up or down by 3 basis points from the base rate schedule without further rulemaking, provided that any single adjustment from one quarter to the next cannot change rates more than 3 basis points.

All FDIC-insured depository institutions must pay an annual assessment to provide funds for the payment of interest on bonds issued by the Financing Corporation, a federal corporation chartered under the authority of the Federal Housing Finance Board. The bonds (commonly referred to as FICO bonds) were issued to capitalize the Federal Savings and Loan Insurance Corporation. FDIC-insured depository institutions paid approximately 1.18 cents per $100 of BIF-assessable deposits in 2007. The FDIC established the FICO assessment rate effective for the first quarter of 2008 at 1.14 cents annually per $100 of assessable deposits.

 

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Fiscal and Monetary Policies

The Company’s business and earnings are affected significantly by the fiscal and monetary policies of the federal government and its agencies. The Company is particularly affected by the policies of the Federal Reserve Board, which regulates the supply of money and credit in the United States. Among the instruments of monetary policy available to the Federal Reserve Board are (a) conducting open market operations in United States government securities, (b) changing the discount rates of borrowings of depository institutions, (c) imposing or changing reserve requirements against depository institutions’ deposits, and (d) imposing or changing reserve requirements against certain borrowings by banks and their affiliates. These methods are used in varying degrees and combinations to directly affect the availability of bank loans and deposits, as well as the interest rates charged on loans and paid on deposits. The policies of the Federal Reserve Board may have a material effect on the Company’s business, results of operations and financial condition.

Privacy Provisions of the GLB Act

Federal banking regulators, as required under the GLB Act, have adopted rules limiting the ability of banks and other financial institutions to disclose nonpublic information about consumers to nonaffiliated third parties. The rules require disclosure of privacy policies to consumers and, in some circumstances, allow consumers to prevent disclosure of certain personal information to nonaffiliated third parties. The privacy provisions of the GLB Act affect how consumer information is transmitted through diversified financial services companies and conveyed to outside vendors.

Regulation of Securities Activities of Banks

The GLB Act also amended the federal securities laws to eliminate the blanket exceptions that banks traditionally have had from the definition of “broker” and “dealer,” but provided for certain transactional activities that would not be considered “brokerage” activities, which banks could effect without having to register as a broker. In September 2007, the Federal Reserve Board and the SEC approved Regulation R to clarify the permissible bank securities activities that can be conducted under the transactional exceptions provided by the GLB Act. Regulation R provides exceptions for networking arrangements with third party broker-dealers and authorizes compensation for bank employees who refer bank customers to such broker-dealers. The rules also provide exemptions to banks for effecting securities transactions in a trustee or fiduciary capacity, for sweeping funds into certain money market funds, and for accepting orders to effect securities transactions for custody accounts. Banks that conduct activities outside the exceptions provided by Regulation R have until the first day of their first fiscal year that commences after September 30, 2008 to either register as a broker-dealer or “push out” their brokerage activities to affiliated broker-dealers. Regulation R is not expected to have a material effect on the current securities activities that the Bank currently conducts for customers.

Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002

The Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 (“Sarbanes-Oxley”) implemented a broad range of corporate governance and accounting measures to increase corporate responsibility, to provide for enhanced penalties for accounting and auditing improprieties at publicly traded companies, and to protect investors by improving the accuracy and reliability of disclosures under federal securities laws. The Company is subject to Sarbanes-Oxley because it is required to file periodic reports with the SEC under the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934. Among other things, Sarbanes-Oxley and/or its implementing regulations have established new membership requirements and additional responsibilities for the Company’s audit committee, imposed restrictions on the relationship between the Company and its outside independent auditors (including restrictions on the types of non-audit services our independent auditors may provide to us), imposed additional responsibilities for the Company’s external financial statements on its chief executive officer and chief financial officer, expanded the disclosure requirements for corporate insiders, required management to evaluate the Company’s disclosure controls and procedures and its internal control over financial reporting, and required its auditors to issue a report on the Company’s internal control over financial reporting. The Nasdaq has imposed a number of new corporate governance requirements as well.

 

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Patriot Act

The USA Patriot Act of 2001 (the “Patriot Act”) is intended to strengthen the ability of U.S. law enforcement agencies and intelligence communities to work together to combat terrorism on a variety of fronts. The Patriot Act substantially broadened the scope of the U.S. anti-money laundering laws and regulations by imposing significant new compliance and due diligence obligations, creating new crimes and penalties and expanding the extra-territorial jurisdiction of the United States. The U.S. Treasury Department has issued a number of implementing regulations which apply various requirements of the Patriot Act to financial institutions such as the Bank. Those regulations impose new obligations on financial institutions to maintain appropriate policies, procedures and controls to detect, prevent and report money laundering and terrorist financing, and has significant implications for depository institutions, brokers, dealers and other businesses involved in the transfer of money. The Patriot Act also requires federal bank regulators to evaluate the effectiveness of an applicant in combating money laundering in determining whether to approve a proposed bank acquisition.

Office of Foreign Asset Control

The Company and BancFirst, like all United States companies and individuals, are prohibited from transacting business with certain individuals and entities named on the Office of Foreign Asset Control’s list of Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons. Failure to comply may result in fines and other penalties. The Office of Foreign Asset Control has issued guidance directed at financial institutions in which it asserts that it may, in its discretion, examine institutions determined to be high-risk or to be lacking in their efforts to comply with these prohibitions.

State Regulation

BancFirst is an Oklahoma-chartered state bank. Accordingly, BancFirst’s operations are subject to various requirements and restrictions of Oklahoma state law relating to loans, lending limits, interest rates payable on deposits, investments, mergers and acquisitions, borrowings, dividends, capital adequacy, and other matters. However, Oklahoma banking law specifically empowers a state-chartered bank such as BancFirst to exercise the same powers as are conferred upon national banks by the laws of the United States and the regulations and policies of the United States Comptroller of the Currency, unless otherwise prohibited or limited by the State Banking Commissioner or the State Banking Board. Accordingly, unless a specific provision of Oklahoma law otherwise provides, a state-chartered bank is empowered to conduct all activities that a national bank may conduct.

National banks are authorized by the GLB Act to engage, through “financial subsidiaries,” in any activity that is permissible for a financial holding company and any activity that the Secretary of the Treasury, in consultation with the Federal Reserve Board, determines is financial in nature or incidental to any such financial activity, except (1) insurance underwriting, (2) real estate development or real estate investment activities (unless otherwise permitted by law), (3) insurance company portfolio investments and (4) merchant banking. The authority of a national bank to invest in a financial subsidiary is subject to a number of conditions, including, among other things, requirements that the bank must be well managed and well capitalized (after deducting from the bank’s capital outstanding investments in financial subsidiaries). The GLB Act provides that state nonmember banks, such as BancFirst, may invest in financial subsidiaries (assuming they have the requisite investment authority under applicable state law), subject to the same conditions that apply to national bank investments in financial subsidiaries.

As a state nonmember bank, BancFirst is subject to primary supervision, periodic examination and regulation by the State Banking Board and the FDIC, and Oklahoma law provides that BancFirst must maintain reserves against deposits as required by the FDI Act. The Oklahoma State Bank Commissioner is authorized by statute to accept an FDIC examination in lieu of a state examination. In practice, the FDIC and the Oklahoma State Banking Department alternate examinations of BancFirst. If, as a result of an examination of a bank, the Oklahoma Banking Department determines that the financial condition, capital resources, asset quality, earnings

 

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prospects, management, liquidity, or other aspects of the bank’s operations are unsatisfactory or that the management of the bank is violating or has violated any law or regulation, various remedies, including the remedy of injunction, are available to the Oklahoma Banking Department. Oklahoma law permits the acquisition of an unlimited number of wholly-owned bank subsidiaries so long as aggregate deposits at the time of acquisition in a multi-bank holding company do not exceed 20% of the total amount of deposits of insured depository institutions located in Oklahoma.

In addition to the provisions of the GLB Act that authorizes state nonmember banks to invest in financial subsidiaries (assuming they have the requisite investment authority under applicable state law) on the same conditions that apply to national banks, FDICIA provides that FDIC-insured state banks such as BancFirst may engage directly or through a subsidiary in certain activities that are not permissible for a national bank, if the activity is authorized by applicable state law, the FDIC determines that the activity does not pose a significant risk to the BIF, and the bank is in compliance with its applicable capital standards.

Future Legislation

Various legislation, including proposals to change substantially the financial institution regulatory system, is from time to time introduced in Congress. This legislation may change banking statutes and the operating environment of the Company in substantial and unpredictable ways. If enacted, this legislation could increase or decrease the cost of doing business, limit or expand permissible activities or affect the competitive balance among banks, savings associations, credit unions, and other financial institutions. The Company cannot predict whether any of this potential legislation will be enacted and, if enacted, the effect that it, or any implementing regulations, would have on the Company’s business, results of operations or financial condition.

Available Information

The Company is subject to the information and periodic reporting requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, and in accordance therewith, files periodic reports, proxy statement, and other information with the SEC. This Annual Report on Form 10-K and exhibits along with such future periodic reports, proxy statements, and other information may be inspected and copied at the public reference facilities maintained by the SEC at its principal offices at 100 F. Street, N.E., Washington, D.C. 20549. You may obtain information on the operation of the public reference facilities by contacting the SEC at 1-800-SEC-0330. Copies of such materials may also be obtained at prescribed rates by writing to the SEC. The SEC maintains a website (http://www.sec.gov) that contains registration statements, reports, proxy and information statements and other information regarding registrants that file electronically with the SEC.

The Company maintains a website www.bancfirst.com. The Company provides links on its website to the SEC’s website where the Company’s filings with the SEC can be obtained. You may also request a copy of these filings, at no cost, by writing or telephoning us at the following address:

BancFirst Corporation

101 N. Broadway

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73102

ATTENTION: Joe T. Shockley, Jr.

Executive Vice President and CFO

(405) 270-1086

Item 1a. Risk Factors

An investment in our common stock involves risks. Investors should carefully consider the risks described below in conjunction with the other information in this report, including our consolidated financial statements with related notes and documents incorporated by reference. If any of the following risks or other risks, which

 

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have not been identified or which we may believe are immaterial or unlikely, actually occur, our business, financial condition and results of operations could be harmed. In such case, the trading price of our common stock could decline, and investors may lose all or part of their investment.

Risks Related to Our Business

Our recent results may not be indicative of future results.

We may not be able to sustain our historical rate of growth or may not be able to grow our business at all. Various factors, such as poor economic conditions, changes in interest rates, regulatory and legislative considerations and competition may also impede or inhibit our ability to expand our market presence. If we experience a significant decrease in our rate of growth, our results of operations and financial condition may be adversely affected due to a high percentage of our operating costs being fixed expenses.

Our directors and executive officers own a significant portion of our common stock and can influence shareholder decisions.

Our directors and executive officers, as a group, beneficially owned approximately 55% of the Company’s outstanding common stock as of February 29, 2008. As a result of their ownership, the directors and executive officers have the ability, by voting their shares in concert, to influence the outcome of any matter submitted to our shareholders for approval, including the election of directors. The directors and executive officers may vote to cause the Company to take actions with which our other shareholders do not agree.

Adverse changes in economic conditions, especially in the State of Oklahoma, could have a material adverse effect on our business, growth, and profitability.

Our bank subsidiary operates exclusively within the State of Oklahoma, and as a result, our financial condition, results of operations and cash flows are subject to changes in the economic conditions in such state. Our continued success is largely dependent upon the continued growth or stability of the communities we serve. A decline in the economies of these communities could negatively impact our net income and profitability. Additionally, declines in the economies of these communities and of the State of Oklahoma in general could affect our ability to generate new loans or to receive repayments of existing loans, and our ability to attract new deposits, adversely affecting our financial condition.

Competition with other financial institutions could adversely affect our profitability.

We face vigorous competition from banks and other financial institutions, including savings and loan associations, savings banks, finance companies and credit unions. Certain of these banks and other financial institutions have substantially greater resources and lending limits, larger branch systems and other banking services that we do not offer. To a limited extent, we also compete with other providers of financial services, such as money market mutual funds, brokerage firms, consumer finance companies and insurance companies. When new competitors seek to enter one of our markets, or when existing market participants seek to increase their market share, they sometimes undercut the pricing and/or credit terms prevalent in that market. This competition may reduce or limit our margins on banking and trust services, reduce our market share and adversely affect our results of operations and financial condition. If Regulation Q is repealed and financial institutions are allowed to pay interest on commercial demand deposits, competitive pressures would cause the Company’s subsidiary bank to pay interest on demand deposits. Since the Company has a higher than average level of commercial demand deposits, paying interest on commercial demand deposits would have a negative impact on the Company’s net interest margin.

The Company’s concentration of real estate loans is subject to the local real estate market in which it operates.

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portfolio. The Company is subject to risk of future market fluctuations in property values relating to these loans. The Company attempts to manage this risk through rigorous loan underwriting standards, training of loan officers and close monitoring of the valuation of individual properties collateralizing the loans.

We rely heavily on our management team, and the unexpected loss of key managers may adversely affect our operations.

Our success to-date has been strongly influenced by our ability to attract and to retain senior management experienced in banking and financial services. Our ability to retain executive officers and the current management teams of each of our lines of business will continue to be important to successful implementation of our strategies. We do not have employment or non-compete agreements with these key employees. The unexpected loss of services of any key management personnel, or the inability to recruit and retain qualified personnel in the future, could have an adverse effect on our business and financial results.

There can be no assurance that the integration of our acquisitions will be successful or will not result in unforeseen difficulties that may absorb significant management attention.

Our completed acquisitions, or any future acquisition, may not produce the revenue, cost savings, earnings or synergies that we anticipated. The process of integrating acquired companies into our business may also result in unforeseen difficulties. Unforeseen operating difficulties may absorb significant management attention, which we might otherwise devote to our existing business. Also, the process may require significant financial resources that we might otherwise allocate to other activities, including the ongoing development or expansion of our existing operations.

If we pursue a future acquisition, our management could spend a significant amount of time and effort identifying and completing the acquisition. If we make a future acquisition, we could issue equity securities which would dilute current stockholders’ percentage ownership, incur substantial debt, assume contingent liabilities, incur a one-time charge or be required to record an impairment of goodwill, or any combination of the foregoing.

If we fail to maintain an effective system of internal controls, we may not be able to accurately report our financial results or prevent fraud.

Effective internal controls are necessary for us to provide reliable financial reports and effectively prevent fraud. Any inability to provide reliable financial reports or prevent fraud could harm our business. The Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 requires management and our auditors to evaluate and assess the effectiveness of our internal control over financial reporting. These Sarbanes-Oxley requirements may be modified, supplemented or amended from time to time. Implementing these changes may take a significant amount of time and may require specific compliance training of our personnel. We have in the past discovered, and may in the future discover, areas of our internal control over financial reporting that need improvement. If we or our auditors discover a material weakness, the disclosure of that fact, even if quickly remedied, could reduce the market’s confidence in our financial statements and have an adverse effect on our stock price. We may not be able to effectively and timely implement necessary control changes and employee training to ensure continued compliance with the Sarbanes-Oxley Act and other regulatory and reporting requirements. Our historic growth and our planned expansion through acquisitions present challenges to maintaining the internal control and disclosure control standards applicable to public companies. If we fail to maintain effective internal controls we could be subject to regulatory scrutiny and sanctions, our ability to recognize revenue could be impaired and investors could lose confidence in the accuracy and completeness of our financial reports. We cannot assure you that we will continue to fully comply with the requirements of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act or that management or our auditors will conclude that our internal control over financial reporting is effective in future periods.

 

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Maintaining or increasing our market share depends on market acceptance and regulatory approval of new products and services.

Our success depends, in part, upon our ability to adapt our products and services to evolving industry standards and consumer demand. There is increasing pressure on financial services companies to provide products and services at lower prices. In addition, the widespread adoption of new technologies, including Internet-based services, could require us to make substantial expenditures to modify or adapt our existing products or services. A failure to achieve market acceptance of any new products we introduce, or a failure to introduce products that the market may demand, could have an adverse effect on our business, profitability, or growth prospects.

We have businesses other than banking.

In addition to commercial banking services, we provide life and other insurance products, as well as other business and financial services. We may in the future develop or acquire other non-banking businesses. As a result of other such businesses, our earnings could be subject to risks and uncertainties that are different from those to which our commercial banking services are subject.

We have a continuing need for technological change.

The financial services industry is undergoing rapid technological changes with frequent introductions of new technology-driven products and services. In addition to better serving customers, the effective use of technology increases efficiency and enables financial institutions to reduce costs. Our future success will depend in part upon our ability to address the needs of our customers by using technology to provide products and services that will satisfy customer demands for convenience as well as to create additional efficiencies in our operations as we continue to grow and expand our market area. Many of our larger competitors have substantially greater resources to invest in technological improvements. As a result, they may be able to offer additional or superior products to those that we will be able to offer, which would put us at a competitive disadvantage. Accordingly, we cannot assure you that we will be able to effectively implement new technology-driven products and services or be successful in marketing such products and services to our customers.

Our stockholder rights plan, amended and restated certificate of incorporation, as well as provisions of Oklahoma law, could make it difficult for a third party to acquire our company.

We have a stockholder rights plan that may have the effect of discouraging unsolicited takeover proposals. The rights issued under the stockholder rights plan would cause substantial dilution to a person or group that attempts to acquire us on terms not approved in advance by our board of directors. In addition, Oklahoma corporate law and our amended and restated certificate of incorporation contain provisions that could delay, deter or prevent a change in control of our company or our management. Together, these provisions may discourage transactions that otherwise could provide for the payment of a premium over prevailing market prices of our common stock, and also could limit the price that investors are willing to pay in the future for shares of our common stock.

Risks Related to Our Industry

Fluctuations in interest rates could reduce our profitability.

We realize income primarily from the difference between interest earned on loans and investments and the interest paid on deposits and borrowings. We expect that we will periodically experience “gaps” in the interest rate sensitivities of our assets and liabilities, meaning that either our interest-earning assets will be more sensitive to changes in market interest rates than our interest-bearing liabilities, or vice versa. Changes in market interest rates could either positively or negatively affect our net interest income and our profitability, depending on the magnitude, direction and duration of the change.

 

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We are unable to predict fluctuations of market interest rates, which are affected by, among other factors, changes in inflation rates, economic growth, money supply, government debt, domestic and foreign financial markets and political developments, including terrorist acts and acts of war. Our asset-liability management strategy, which is designed to mitigate our risk from changes in market interest rates, may not be able to mitigate changes in interest rates from having a material adverse effect on our results of operations and financial condition.

If a significant number of customers fail to perform under their loans, our business, profitability, and financial condition would be adversely affected.

As a lender, we face the risk that a significant number of our borrowers will fail to pay their loans when due. If borrower defaults cause losses in excess of our allowance for loan losses, it could have an adverse effect on our business, profitability, and financial condition. We have established an evaluation process designed to recognize loan losses as they occur. While this evaluation process uses historical and other objective information, the classification of loans and the estimation of loan losses are dependent to a great extent on our experience and judgment. We cannot assure you that our future loan losses will not have any material adverse effects on our business, profitability or financial condition.

We operate in a highly regulated environment and may be adversely affected by changes in federal and state laws and regulations.

We are subject to extensive regulation, supervision and examination by federal and state banking authorities. Any change in applicable regulations or federal or state legislation could have a substantial impact on us and our results of operations. Additional legislation and regulations may be enacted or adopted in the future that could significantly affect our powers, authority and operations, which could have a material adverse effect on our financial condition and results of operations. Further, regulators have significant discretion and power to prevent or remedy unsafe or unsound practices or violations of laws by banks and bank holding companies in the performance of their supervisory and enforcement duties. The exercise of regulatory power may have a negative impact on our results of operations and financial condition.

Recent changes in laws and regulations may cause us to incur additional costs.

Recently enacted and proposed changes in the laws and regulations affecting public companies, including the provisions of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 and rules recently adopted by the Securities and Exchange Commission and Nasdaq Stock Market, Inc., could cause us to incur increased costs as we evaluate the implications of new rules and respond to new requirements. We continue to evaluate and monitor developments with respect to these new and proposed rules, and we cannot predict or estimate the amount of the additional costs, if any, we may incur or the timing of such costs.

Changes in monetary policies may have an adverse effect on our business.

Our results of operations are affected by credit policies of monetary authorities, particularly the Federal Reserve. Actions by monetary and fiscal authorities, including the Federal Reserve, could have an adverse effect on our deposit levels, loan demand or business earnings. See “Business-Supervision and Regulation.”

Item 1b. Unresolved Staff Comments.

None.

Item 2. Properties.

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facilities are located. These properties include the main bank and 87 branches. BancFirst also owns properties for future expansion. There are no significant encumbrances on any of these properties.

Item 3. Legal Proceedings.

The Company has been named as a defendant in various legal actions arising from the conduct of its normal business activities. Although the amount of any liability that could arise with respect to these actions cannot be accurately predicted, in the opinion of the Company, any such liability will not have a material adverse effect on the consolidated financial position or results of operations of the Company.

Item 4. Submission of Matters to Vote of Security Holders.

There were no matters submitted to a vote of security holders, through the solicitation of proxies or otherwise, during the fourth quarter of the year ended December 31, 2007.

PART II

Item 5. Market for the Registrant’s Common Equity and Related Stockholder Matters and Issuer Purchases of Equity Securities.

Common Stock Market Prices and Dividends

The Company’s Common Stock is listed on the Nasdaq Global Select Market System (“NASDAQ/GS”) and is traded under the symbol “BANF”. The following table sets forth, for the periods indicated, (i) the high and low sales prices of the Company’s Common Stock (after giving retroactive effect to the registrant’s two-for-one stock split effective March 1, 2006) as reported in the NASDAQ/GS consolidated transaction reporting system and (ii) the quarterly dividends per share declared on the Common Stock.

 

     Price Range
     High    Low    Cash
Dividends
Declared

2007

        

First Quarter

   $ 55.210    $ 44.160    $ 0.18

Second Quarter

   $ 48.200    $ 41.940    $ 0.18

Third Quarter

   $ 48.950    $ 38.750    $ 0.20

Fourth Quarter

   $ 48.460    $ 40.830    $ 0.20

2006

        

First Quarter

   $ 44.000    $ 39.755    $ 0.16

Second Quarter

   $ 46.420    $ 42.080    $ 0.16

Third Quarter

   $ 48.450    $ 41.890    $ 0.18

Fourth Quarter

   $ 55.180    $ 46.100    $ 0.18

As of February 29, 2008 there were approximately 400 holders of record of the Common Stock.

Future dividend payments will be determined by the Company’s Board of Directors in light of the earnings and financial condition of the Company and the Bank, their capital needs, applicable governmental policies and regulations and such other factors as the Board of Directors deems appropriate.

BancFirst Corporation is a legal entity separate and distinct from the Bank, and its ability to pay dividends is substantially dependent upon dividend payments received from the Bank. Various laws, regulations and regulatory policies limit the Bank’s ability to pay dividends to BancFirst Corporation, as well as BancFirst Corporation’s ability to pay dividends to its shareholders. See “Liquidity and Funding” and “Capital Resources”

 

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under “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations,” “Description of Business—Supervision and Regulation” and note 15 of the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements for further information regarding limitations on the payment of dividends by BancFirst Corporation and the Bank.

Stock-Based Compensation Plans

Information regarding share-based compensation awards outstanding and available for future grants as of December 31, 2007, segregated between BancFirst Corporation’s nonqualified incentive stock option plan (the “BancFirst ISOP”) and BancFirst Corporation’s Non-Employee Director’s Stock Option Plan (the “BancFirst Director’s Stock Option Plan”), is presented in the table below. Additional information regarding share-based compensation plans is presented in Note 13 of the Notes to the Consolidated Financial Statements.

 

     Options
Outstanding
   Weighted Average
Exercise Price
   Number of Shares
Available for
Future Grants

Plan Category

        

BancFirst ISOP

   1,090,067    $ 27.15    82,160

BancFirst Director’s Stock Option Plan

   125,000    $ 23.24    25,000
                

Total

   1,215,067    $ 26.75    107,160
                

Stock Repurchase Program

In November 1999, the Company adopted a new Stock Repurchase Program (the “SRP”) authorizing management to repurchase up to 600,000 shares of the Company’s common stock. The SRP was amended in May 2001, August of 2002, and September of 2007 to increase the shares authorized to be purchased by 555,832 shares, 364,530 shares and 366,948 shares, respectively. The SRP may be used as a means to increase earnings per share and return on equity, to purchase treasury stock for the exercise of stock options or for distributions under the Deferred Stock Compensation Plan, to provide liquidity for optionees to dispose of stock from exercises of their stock options, and to provide liquidity for shareholders wishing to sell their stock. The timing, price and amount of stock repurchases under the SRP may be determined by management and must be approved by the Company’s Executive Committee. At December 31, 2007 there were 600,000 shares remaining that could be repurchased under the SRP. Below is a summary of the shares repurchased under the program.

 

     Year Ended
December 31,
     2007    2006

Number of shares repurchased

     53,000    —  

Average price of shares repurchased

   $ 46.47    —  

Tender Offer

In September 2007, the Company completed a modified Dutch Auction self-tender offer and purchased 539,453 shares of its common stock for the maximum offer price of $45.00 per share. Cash on hand was used to pay for the purchase of the stock.

Item 6. Selected Financial Data.

Incorporated by reference from “Selected Consolidated Financial Data” contained on page A-6 of the attached Appendix.

Item 7. Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations.

Incorporated by reference from “Financial Review” contained on pages A-2 through A-25 of the attached Appendix.

 

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Item 7A. Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk.

Incorporated by reference from “Financial Review—Market Risk” contained on page A-21 and A-22 of the attached Appendix.

Item 8. Financial Statements and Supplementary Data.

The consolidated financial statements of BancFirst Corporation and its subsidiaries, are incorporated by reference from pages A-29 through A-62 of the attached Appendix, and include the following:

 

  a. Reports of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm

 

  b. Consolidated Balance Sheets

 

  c. Consolidated Statements of Income and Comprehensive Income

 

  d. Consolidated Statements of Stockholders’ Equity

 

  e. Consolidated Statements of Cash Flow

 

  f. Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements

Item 9. Changes in and Disagreements with Accountants on Accounting and Financial Disclosure.

None.

Item 9A. Controls and Procedures.

The Company’s Chief Executive Officer, Chief Financial Officer and Disclosure Committee, which includes the Company’s Chief Risk Officer, Chief Asset Quality Officer, Chief Internal Auditor, Senior Vice President of Corporate Finance, Holding Company Controller, Bank Controller and General Counsel, have evaluated, as of the last day of the period covered by this report, the Company’s disclosure controls and procedures. Based on their evaluation they concluded that the disclosure controls and procedures of the Company are effective to ensure that information required to be disclosed by the Company in the reports filed or submitted by it under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 is recorded, processed, summarized and reported, within the time periods specified in the applicable rules and forms. No changes were made to the Company’s internal control over financial reporting during the last fiscal quarter of 2007 that materially affected, or are likely to materially affect, the Company’s internal control over financial reporting. There have been no significant changes in the Company’s internal controls or in other factors that could significantly affect internal controls subsequent to the date of their evaluation.

Management’s annual report on internal control over financial reporting is incorporated by reference from page A-26 of the attached Appendix. The independent registered public accounting firm’s report on the Company’s internal control over financial reporting is incorporated by reference from page A-27 of the attached Appendix.

Item 9B. Other Information.

There is no information required to be disclosed in a report on Form 8-K during the fourth quarter of the year that was not reported.

PART III

Item 10. Directors and Executive Officers of the Registrant.

The information required by Item 401 of Regulation S-K will be contained in the 2008 Proxy Statement under the caption “Election of Directors” and is hereby incorporated by reference. The information required by Item 405 of Regulation S-K will be contained in the 2008 Proxy Statement under the caption “Compliance with

 

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Section 16(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934” and is hereby incorporated by reference. The information required by Item 406 of Regulation S-K will be contained in the 2008 Proxy Statement under the caption “Code of Ethics” and is hereby incorporated by reference.

Item 11. Executive Compensation.

The information required by Item 402 of Regulation S-K will be contained in the 2008 Proxy Statement under the caption “Compensation of Directors and Executive Officers” and “Compensation Discussion and Analysis” and is hereby incorporated by reference.

Item 12. Security Ownership of Certain Beneficial Owners and Management and Related Stockholder Matters.

The information required by Item 201(d) of Regulation S-K will be contained in the 2008 Proxy Statement under the caption “Securities Authorized for Issuance under Equity Compensation Plans” and is hereby incorporated by reference. The information required by Item 403 of Regulation S-K will be contained in the 2008 Proxy Statement under the caption “Security Ownership of Certain Beneficial Owners and Management” and is hereby incorporated by reference.

Item 13. Certain Relationships and Related Transactions.

The information required by Item 404 of Regulation S-K will be contained in the 2008 Proxy Statement under the caption “Transactions with Related Persons” and is hereby incorporated by reference.

Item 14. Principal Accountant Fees and Services.

The information required by Item 9(e) of Schedule 14A will be contained in the 2008 Proxy Statement under the caption “Ratification of Selection of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm” and is hereby incorporated by reference.

PART IV

Item 15. Exhibits and Financial Statement Schedules.

(a) The following documents are filed as part of this report:

(1) Financial Statements:

Reports of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm

Consolidated Balance Sheets at December 31, 2007 and 2006

Consolidated Statements of Income and Comprehensive Income for the three years ended December 31, 2007

Consolidated Statements of Stockholders’ Equity for the three years ended December 31, 2007

Consolidated Statements of Cash Flow for the three years ended December 31, 2007

Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements

The above financial statements are incorporated by reference from pages A-29 through A-62 of the attached Appendix.

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(3) The following Exhibits are filed with this Report or are incorporated by reference as set forth below:

 

Exhibit
Number

  

Exhibit

  3.1    Second Amended and Restated Certificate of Incorporation of BancFirst Corporation (filed as Exhibit 1 to the Company’s 8-A/A filed July 23, 1998 and incorporated herein by reference).
  3.2    Certificate of Amendment of the Second Amended and Restated Certificate of Incorporation of BancFirst Corporation (filed as Exhibit 3.5 to the Company’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the Quarter Ended June 30, 2004 and incorporated herein by reference).
  3.3    Certificate of Designations of Preferred Stock (filed as Exhibit 3.2 to the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 1998 and incorporated herein by reference).
  3.4    Amended By-Laws (filed as Exhibit 3.2 to the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 1992 and incorporated herein by reference).
  3.5    Amendment to the Second Amended and Restated Certificate of Incorporation (filed as Exhibit 3.5 to the Company’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarterly period ended March 31, 2005 and incorporated herein by reference).
  3.6    Resolution of the Board of Directors amending Section XXVII of the Company’s By-Laws (filed as Exhibit 3.1 to the Company’s Current Report on Form 8-K dated February 26, 2004 and incorporated herein by reference).
  3.7    Resolution of the Board of Directors amending Article XVI, Section 1 and Article XVII, Section 1 of the Company’s By-Laws (filed as Exhibit 3.1 to the Company’s Current Report on Form 8-K dated February 28, 2008 and incorporated herein by reference).
  4.1    Instruments defining the rights of securities holders (see Exhibits 3.1, 3.2, 3.3 and 3.4 above).
  4.2    Amended and Restated Declaration of Trust of BFC Capital Trust I dated as of February 4, 1997 (filed as Exhibit 4.1 to the Company’s Current Report on Form 8-K dated February 4, 1997 and incorporated herein by reference).
  4.3    Form of 9.65% Series B Cumulative Trust Preferred Security Certificate for BFC Capital Trust I (included as Exhibit D to Exhibit 4.2).
  4.4    Indenture dated as of February 4, 1997, relating to the 9.65% Junior Subordinated Deferrable Interest Debentures of BancFirst Corporation issued to BFC Capital Trust I (filed as Exhibit 4.2 to the Company’s Current Report on Form 8-K dated February 4, 1997 and incorporated herein by reference).
  4.5    Form of Certificate of 9.65% Series B Junior Subordinated Deferrable Interest Debenture of BancFirst Corporation (included as Exhibit A to Exhibit 4.4).
  4.6    Form of Series B Guarantee of BancFirst Corporation relating to the 9.65% Series B Cumulative Trust Preferred Securities of BFC Capital Trust I (filed as Exhibit 4.7 to the Company’s registration statement on Form S-4, File No. 333-25599, and incorporated herein by reference).
  4.7    Rights Agreement, dated as of February 25, 1999, between BancFirst Corporation and BancFirst, as Rights Agent, including as Exhibit A the form of Certificate of Designations of the Company setting forth the terms of the Preferred Stock, as Exhibit B the form of Right Certificate and as Exhibit C the form of Summary of Rights Agreement (filed as Exhibit 1 to the Company’s 8-K dated February 25, 1999 and incorporated herein by reference).
   4.8      Form of Amended and Restated Trust Agreement relating to the 7.20% Cumulative Trust Preferred Securities of BFC Capital Trust II (filed as Exhibit 4.5 to the Company’s registration statement on Form S-3, File No. 333-112488, and incorporated herein by reference).

 

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Exhibit
Number

  

Exhibit

   4.9      Form of 7.20% Cumulative Trust Preferred Security Certificate for BFC Capital Trust II (included as Exhibit D to Exhibit 4.8).
   4.10    Form of Indenture relating to the 7.20% Junior Subordinated Deferrable Interest Debentures of BancFirst Corporation issued to BFC Capital Trust II (filed as Exhibit 4.1 to the Company’s registration statement on Form S-3, File No. 333-112488, and incorporated herein by reference).
   4.11    Form of Certificate of 7.20% Junior Subordinated Deferrable Interest Debenture of BancFirst Corporation (included as Section 2.2 and Section 2.3 of Exhibit 4.10).
   4.12    Form of Guarantee of BancFirst Corporation relating to the 7.20% Cumulative Trust Preferred Securities of BFC Capital Trust II (filed as Exhibit 4.7 to the Company’s registration statement on Form S-3, File No. 333-112488, and incorporated herein by reference).
10.1    Eighth Amended and Restated BancFirst Corporation Stock Option Plan (filed as Exhibit 10.1 to the Company’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the Quarter Ended September 30, 2006 and incorporated herein by reference).
10.2    Amended and Restated BancFirst Corporation Employee Stock Ownership and Thrift Plan, as amended by amendments dated September 19, 1992, November 21, 2002 and December 18, 2003 (filed as Exhibit 10.2 to the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2004 and incorporated herein by reference).
10.3    1988 Incentive Stock Option Plan of Security Corporation as assumed by BancFirst Corporation (filed as Exhibit 4.1 to the Company’s Registration Statement on Form S-8, File No. 333-65129 and incorporated herein by reference).
10.4    1993 Incentive Stock Option Plan of Security Corporation as assumed by BancFirst Corporation (filed as Exhibit 4.2 to the Company’s Registration Statement on Form S-8, File No. 333-65129 and incorporated herein by reference).
10.5    1995 Non-Employee Director Stock Plan of AmQuest Financial Corp. as assumed by BancFirst Corporation (filed as Exhibit 4.3 to the Company’s Registration Statement on Form S-8, File No. 333-65129 and incorporated herein by reference).
10.6    BancFirst Corporation Non-Employee Directors’ Stock Option Plan (filed as Exhibit 10.6 to the Company’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the Quarter Ended June 30, 2006 and incorporated herein by reference).
10.7    BancFirst Corporation Directors’ Deferred Stock Compensation Plan (filed as Exhibit 10.7 to the Company’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the Quarter Ended June 30, 2006 and incorporated herein by reference).
21.1*    Subsidiaries of Registrant.
23.1*    Consent of Grant Thornton LLP.
31.1*    Chief Executive Officer’s Certification pursuant to Rule 13a-14(a) or Rule 15d-14(a).
31.2*    Chief Financial Officer’s Certification pursuant to Rule 13a-14(a) or Rule 15d-14(a).
32.1*    CEO’s Certification Pursuant to 18 U.S.C. Section 1350, As Adopted Pursuant to Section 906 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002.
32.2*    CFO’s Certification Pursuant to 18 U.S.C. Section 1350, As Adopted Pursuant to Section 906 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002.
99.3    Amended Stock Repurchase Program (filed as Exhibit 99.1 to the Company’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the Quarter Ended September 30, 2007 and incorporated herein by reference).

 

* Filed herewith.

 

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SIGNATURES

Pursuant to the requirements of Section 13 or 15(d) 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.

 

March 14, 2008     BANCFIRST CORPORATION
    (Registrant)
      /s/    David E. Rainbolt
    David E. Rainbolt
    President and Chief Executive Officer

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, this report has been signed below by the following persons on behalf of the registrant and in the capacities indicated on March 14, 2008.

 

/s/    H. E. Rainbolt     /s/    David E. Rainbolt
H. E. Rainbolt     David E. Rainbolt

Chairman of the Board

(Principal Executive Officer)

   

President, Chief Executive Officer and

Director

(Principal Executive Officer)

/s/    Dennis L. Brand     /s/    C. L. Craig, Jr.
Dennis L. Brand     C. L. Craig, Jr.
Chief Executive Officer BancFirst and Director     Director
(Principal Executive Officer)    
       /s/    James R. Daniel
William H. Crawford     James R. Daniel
Director     Vice Chairman of the Board
    (Principal Executive Officer)
/s/    K. Gordon Greer     /s/    Robert A. Gregory
K. Gordon Greer     Robert A. Gregory
Vice Chairman of the Board     Vice Chairman of the Board
(Principal Executive Officer)     (Principal Executive Officer)
         
Dr. Donald B. Halverstadt     John C. Hugon
Director     Director
/s/    William O. Johnstone     /s/    David R. Lopez
William O. Johnstone     David R. Lopez
Vice Chairman of the Board     Director
(Principal Executive Officer)    
/s/    J. Ralph McCalmont       
J. Ralph McCalmont     Tom H. McCasland, III
Director     Director

 

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Melvin Moran     Ronald J. Norick
Director     Director
/s/    Paul B. Odom, Jr.       
Paul B. Odom, Jr.     David Ragland
Director     Director
/s/    G. Rainey Williams, Jr.       
G. Rainey Williams, Jr.     Michael K. Wallace
Director     Director
/s/    Randy Foraker     /s/    Joe T. Shockley, Jr.
Randy Foraker     Joe T. Shockley, Jr.
Executive Vice President,     Executive Vice President,
Chief Risk Officer and Treasurer     Chief Financial Officer
(Principal Accounting Officer)     (Principal Financial Officer)

 

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APPENDIX A

BancFirst Corporation

INDEX TO FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

 

    

Pages

Financial Review

   A-2 to A-25

Selected Consolidated Financial Data

   A-6

Management’s Report on Internal Control Over Financial Reporting

   A-26

Reports of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firms

   A-27 to A-28

Consolidated Balance Sheets

   A-29

Consolidated Statements of Income and Comprehensive Income

   A-30

Consolidated Statements of Stockholders’ Equity

   A-31

Consolidated Statements of Cash Flow

   A-32

Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements

   A-33 to A-62

 

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FINANCIAL REVIEW

The following discussion is an analysis of the financial condition and results of operations of the Company for the three years ended December 31, 2007 and should be read in conjunction with the Consolidated Financial Statements and Notes thereto and the Selected Consolidated Financial Data included herein. All share and per share amounts included in the following consolidated financial data have been retroactively adjusted to reflect our two-for-one stock split effective March 1, 2006.

SUMMARY

BancFirst Corporation’s net income for 2007 was $53.1 million, or $3.33 per diluted share, compared to $49.4 million, or $3.07 per diluted share for 2006. The 2007 results included pretax gains of $7.8 million on the sale of an investment and a $3.1 million recovery on an insurance claim that was fully expensed in 2005. These gains were offset by a $1.9 million expense on the redemption of the Company’s 9.65% trust preferred securities, a $1 million donation to the Company’s charitable foundation, and approximately $800,000 of expenses related to the investment gain. The 2006 results included a pretax gain on the sale of the Company’s 75% owned subsidiary, Century Life Assurance (“CLA”) of approximately $640,000 and a $630,000 gain on the sale of certain assets.

In 2007, net interest income of $148.3 million increased $4.6 million, or 3.2%, over 2006. While the net interest spread for the twelve months of 2007 decreased 21 basis points to 3.59%, the net interest margin only decreased 12 basis points to 4.63% due to the higher interest rate environment. Provision for loan losses in 2007 increased to $3.3 million from $1.8 million for 2006. Noninterest income increased to $71.1 million from $58.4 million, while noninterest expense increased to $134 million from $125 million. The increase in noninterest income was due to the sale of an investment, the insurance recovery and an increase in cash management and electronic banking services. Noninterest expense in 2007 included the expense on the trust preferred securities redemption, the expenses related to the sale of the investment, the charitable contribution and expenses related to additional banking locations.

Total assets increased to $3.74 billion from $3.42 billion at the end of 2006. Total loans at December 31, 2007 were $2.49 billion versus $2.33 billion for 2006. Total deposits increased to $3.29 billion from $2.97 billion for 2006. The Company’s average loans-to-deposits was 76.04% for 2007, compared to 79.19% for 2006. Stockholders’ equity increased to $372 million from $348 million at the end of 2006. Average stockholders’ equity to average assets increased to 10.18% at year-end 2007 from 9.68% at year-end 2006.

Asset quality remained strong in 2007 with a ratio of nonperforming and restructured assets to total assets of 0.40% at year-end 2007, unchanged from a year ago. The allowance for loan losses equaled 215.57% of nonperforming and restructured loans at December 31, 2007, versus 231.41% at the end of 2006. Net charge-offs for 2007 were 0.08% of average loans, compared to 0.09% for 2006.

During 2007, the Company repurchased 53,000 shares of its common stock for $2.47 million or an average of $46.47 per share under its ongoing Stock Repurchase Program (the “SRP”). The Company did not repurchase any shares during 2006. In September 2007, the company amended the SRP to increase the shares authorized to be purchased by 366,948 leaving the shares remaining that could be repurchased under the SRP at December 31, 2007 at 600,000.

In December 2005, BancFirst Corporation completed the acquisition of Park State Bank (“Park State”), Nicoma Park, Oklahoma for cash of approximately $11 million. Park State had total assets of approximately $44 million. As a result of the acquisition, Park State became a wholly-owned subsidiary of BancFirst Corporation and was merged into BancFirst in February 2006. The acquisition was accounted for as a purchase. Accordingly, the effects of the acquisition are included in the Company’s consolidated financial statements from the date of the acquisition forward. The acquisition did not have a material effect on the results of operations of the Company for 2006 or 2007.

 

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In March 2006, the Company’s principal subsidiary, BancFirst, organized Council Oak Real Estate, Inc. and funded the entity with $4.5 million of equity. The entity was created to make equity investments in real estate.

On June 30, 2006, the Company entered into an agreement to sell its 50% ownership in PremierSource, LLC (“PremierSource”). The Company opted to sell this interest to consolidate its insurance sales platform into a single wholly owned subsidiary. The Company did not have a controlling interest in PremierSource and accounted for the subsidiary on the equity method of accounting. The sale of PremierSource was completed during August 2006 and the Company had an investment in PremierSource of approximately $274,000 at the time of sale. The sale of PremierSource, including future revenue sharing payments, and the loss of future earnings from operating PremierSource did not have a significant impact on the results of the Company’s operations for 2006 or 2007.

In August 2006, the Company completed the acquisition of First Bartlesville Bank (“First Bartlesville”), Bartlesville, Oklahoma for cash of approximately $5.6 million. First Bartlesville had total assets of approximately $46.6 million. As a result of the acquisition, First Bartlesville became a wholly-owned subsidiary of BancFirst Corporation and was merged into BancFirst in December 2006. The acquisition was accounted for as a purchase. Accordingly, the effects of the acquisition are included in the Company’s consolidated financial statements from the date of the acquisition forward. The acquisition did not have a material effect on the results of operations of the Company for 2006 or 2007.

 

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On September 6, 2006, the Company determined and entered into an agreement to sell the stock of its 75% ownership in Century Life Assurance Company (“Century Life”) to American Underwriters Life Insurance Company. The Company decided to sell this subsidiary as the product line was not strategic for the Company. The effective date of the sale was October 1, 2006 and was consummated in the fourth quarter of 2006. The Company reported approximately $945,000 of income and $111,000 of net income through the 3rd quarter of 2006 and a pre-tax gain approximating $640,000 during the 4th quarter of 2006. The resulting gain on the sale and the loss of future earnings from operating Century Life did not have a significant impact on the results of the Company’s operations for 2006 and 2007. The impact of the operations of Century Life on the Company’s consolidated income statements for 2006 and 2005 are as follows:

 

       December 31,  
       2006      2005  
       (dollars in thousands)  

INTEREST INCOME

         

Securities—taxable

     $ 258      $ 490  
                   

Total interest income

       258        490  
                   

Net Interest Income

       258        490  
                   

NONINTEREST INCOME

         

Securities transactions

       179        196  

Insurance commissions and premiums

       1,762        2,040  

Other

       875        976  
                   

Total noninterest income

       2,816        3,212  
                   

NONINTEREST EXPENSE

         

Salaries and employee benefits

       220        233  

Occupancy, net

       10        17  

Depreciation

       2        4  

Minority Interest

       75        157  

Other

       2,484        2,721  
                   

Total noninterest expense

       2,791        3,132  
                   

Income before taxes

       283        570  

Income tax expense

       57        102  
                   

Net Income

       226        468  

Other comprehensive income, net of tax

         

Unrealized gain (loss) on securities

       14        (190 )
                   

Comprehensive income

     $ 240      $ 278  
                   

In November 2006, the Company announced its intent to exercise the optional prepayment terms of its 9.65% Junior Subordinated Debentures. The securities were redeemed effective January 15, 2007 for a redemption price equal to 104.825% of the aggregate $25 million liquidation amount of the trust securities plus all accrued and unpaid interest to the redemption date. As a result of the prepayment, the Company incurred a loss of approximately $1.2 million after taxes during the first quarter of 2007. The loss reflects the premium paid and the acceleration of the unamortized issuance costs.

During the first quarter of 2007 the Company entered into an agreement to acquire Armor Assurance Company (Armor), an insurance agency in Muskogee, Oklahoma for cash of approximately $3.3 million and a $372,000 note payable in three equal annual installments. The transaction was consummated in April 2007. Armor had total assets of approximately $364,000. As a result of the acquisition, Armor was merged with the Company’s existing property and casualty agency, Wilcox & Jones, to form Wilcox, Jones & McGrath, Inc. The

 

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acquisition was accounted for as a purchase. Accordingly, the effects of the acquisition are included in the Company’s consolidated financial statements from the date of the acquisition forward. The acquisition did not have a material effect on the results of operations of the Company for 2007.

In June 2007, the Company entered into an agreement to sell one of its investments held by Council Oak Investment Corporation, a wholly-owned subsidiary of BancFirst, that resulted in a one-time gain of approximately $7.8 million. The transaction was consummated on August 1, 2007 and included in noninterest income—securities transactions in the third quarter of 2007. The Company made a $1 million contribution to its charitable foundation with the funds from the gain. This one-time gain, net of related expenses, income taxes and the contribution had a net income effect of approximately $3.9 million.

In July 2007, the Company was awarded and received the $3.1 million bond claim by their fidelity bond carrier for the $3.3 million cash shortfall that was reported in the second quarter of 2005.

In September 2007, the Company completed a modified Dutch Auction self-tender offer and purchased 539,453 shares of its common stock for the maximum offer price of $45.00 per share. Cash on hand was used to pay for the purchase of the stock.

 

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SELECTED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL DATA

(Dollars in thousands, except per share data)

 

     At and for the Year Ended December 31,  
     2007     2006     2005     2004     2003  

Income Statement Data

          

Net interest income

   $ 148,286     $ 143,688     $ 131,451     $ 117,246     $ 109,117  

Provision for loan losses

     3,329       1,790       4,607       2,699       3,722  

Noninterest income

     71,138       58,424       54,284       51,855       48,820  

Noninterest expense

     134,446       124,557       117,164       108,744       105,382  

Net income

     53,093       49,352       42,836       37,176       31,882  

Balance Sheet Data

          

Total assets

   $ 3,743,006     $ 3,418,574     $ 3,223,030     $ 3,046,977     $ 2,921,369  

Securities

     467,719       432,910       456,222       560,234       564,735  

Total loans (net of unearned interest)

     2,487,099       2,325,548       2,317,426       2,093,515       1,947,223  

Allowance for loan losses

     29,127       27,700       27,517       25,746       26,148  

Deposits

     3,288,504       2,974,305       2,804,519       2,657,434       2,585,960  

Long-term borrowings

     606       1,339       4,118       7,815       11,063  

Junior subordinated debentures

     26,804       51,804       51,804       51,804       25,000  

Stockholders’ equity

     371,962       348,355       302,349       277,497       255,372  

Per Common Share Data

          

Net income—basic

   $ 3.41     $ 3.14     $ 2.74     $ 2.38     $ 2.04  

Net income—diluted

     3.33       3.07       2.68       2.33       2.00  

Cash dividends

     0.76       0.68       0.60       0.53       0.47  

Book value

     24.44       22.10       19.34       17.70       16.32  

Tangible book value

     21.66       19.57       16.87       15.39       14.26  

Selected Financial Ratios

          

Performance ratios:

          

Return on average assets

     1.49 %     1.46 %     1.39 %     1.22 %     1.12 %

Return on average stockholders’ equity

     14.66       15.10       14.80       13.83       12.74  

Cash dividend payout ratio

     22.29       21.73       21.90       22.32       23.10  

Net interest spread

     3.59       3.80       4.13       3.89       3.85  

Net interest margin

     4.63       4.75       4.76       4.29       4.27  

Efficiency ratio

     61.27       61.63       63.08       64.31       66.72  

Balance Sheet Ratios:

          

Average loans to deposits

     76.04 %     79.19 %     82.43 %     74.47 %     73.33 %

Average earning assets to total assets

     90.86       90.20       90.19       91.02       91.24  

Average stockholders’ equity to average assets

     10.18       9.68       9.37       8.85       8.81  

Asset Quality Ratios:

          

Nonperforming and restructured loans to total loans

     0.54 %     0.51 %     0.40 %     0.58 %     0.85 %

Nonperforming and restructured assets to total assets

     0.40       0.40       0.36       0.48       0.70  

Allowance for loan losses to total loans

     1.17       1.19       1.19       1.23       1.34  

Allowance for loan losses to nonperforming

and restructured loans

     215.57       231.41       293.36       211.05       158.76  

Net chargeoffs to average loans

     0.08       0.09       0.14       0.16       0.18  

 

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CONSOLIDATED AVERAGE BALANCE SHEETS AND INTEREST MARGIN ANALYSIS

Taxable Equivalent Basis (Dollars in thousands)

 

    December 31, 2007     December 31, 2006     December 31, 2005  
     Average
Balance
    Interest
Income/
Expense
  Average
Yield/
Rate
    Average
Balance
    Interest
Income/
Expense
  Average
Yield/
Rate
    Average
Balance
    Interest
Income/
Expense
  Average
Yield/
Rate
 

ASSETS

                 

Earning assets:

                 

Loans (1)

  $ 2,364,618     $ 190,173   8.04 %   $ 2,321,459     $ 180,401   7.77 %   $ 2,210,737     $ 149,032   6.74 %

Securities—taxable

    411,443       18,397   4.47       394,140       17,345   4.40       479,781       19,949   4.16  

Securities—tax exempt

    35,657       2,151   6.03       39,121       2,359   6.03       33,033       2,044   6.19  

Federal funds sold

    419,675       21,167   5.04       291,129       14,404   4.95       62,853       1,860   2.96  
                                               

Total earning assets

    3,231,393       231,888   7.18       3,045,849       214,509   7.04       2,786,404       172,885   6.20  
                                               

Nonearning assets:

                 

Cash and due from banks

    139,919           161,576           150,603      

Interest receivable and other assets

    213,081           197,559           179,185      

Allowance for loan losses

    (27,890 )         (28,310 )         (26,639 )    
                                   

Total nonearning assets

    325,110           330,825           303,149      
                                   

Total assets

  $ 3,556,503         $ 3,376,674         $ 3,089,553      
                                   

LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY

                 

Interest-bearing liabilities:

                 

Transaction deposits

  $ 398,786     $ 2,989   0.75 %   $ 428,620     $ 3,455   0.81 %   $ 379,084     $ 2,453   0.65 %

Savings deposits

    1,048,935       39,944   3.81       884,714       30,374   3.43       788,587       14,377   1.82  

Time deposits

    784,405       35,673   4.55       744,252       29,339   3.94       682,930       17,538   2.57  

Short-term borrowings

    33,584       1,667   4.96       37,149       1,798   4.84       36,878       1,130   3.06  

Long-term borrowings

    931       50   5.37       2,582       160   6.20       5,792       344   5.94  

Junior subordinated debentures

    27,832       2,140   7.69       51,804       4,412   8.52       51,804       4,413   8.52  
                                               

Total interest-bearing liabilities

    2,294,473       82,463   3.59       2,149,121       69,538   3.24       1,945,075       40,255   2.07  
                                               

Interest-free funds:

                 

Noninterest bearing deposits

    877,474           874,013           831,202      

Interest payable and other liabilities

    22,426           26,709           23,907      

Stockholders’ equity

    362,130           326,831           289,369      
                                   

Total interest free-funds

    1,262,030           1,227,553           1,144,478      
                                   

Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity

  $ 3,556,503         $ 3,376,674         $ 3,089,553      
                                   

Net interest income

    $ 149,425       $ 144,971       $ 132,630  
                             

Net interest spread

      3.59 %       3.80 %       4.13 %
                             

Net interest margin

      4.63 %       4.75 %       4.76 %
                             

 

(1) Nonaccrual loans are included in the average loan balances and any interest on such nonaccrual loans is recognized on a cash basis.

 

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RESULTS OF OPERATIONS

Net Interest Income

In 2007, net interest income, which is the Company’s principal source of operating revenue, increased $4.6 million to $148 million over 2006. The net interest margin on a taxable equivalent basis for 2007 was 4.63%, compared to 4.75% for 2006 and 4.76% for 2005. On a taxable equivalent basis, net interest income increased $4.64 million in 2007, compared to $12.25 million in 2006. Changes in the volume of earning assets and interest-bearing liabilities, and changes in interest rates determine the changes in net interest income. The Volume/Rate Analysis summarizes the relative contribution of each of these components to the changes in net interest income in 2007 and 2006. The increases in 2007 and 2006 were due to growth in earning assets, primarily loans and federal funds sold and a favorable rate environment. Average loans grew $43.2 million, or 1.86%, in 2007 and $110.7 million, or 5.01%, in 2006. Average time deposits increased $40.2 million, or 5.40%, in 2007 and $61.3 million, or 8.98%, in 2006. Average total deposits increased in both years due in part to the increase in noninterest bearing deposits.

VOLUME/RATE ANALYSIS

Taxable Equivalent Basis

 

      Change in 2007     Change in 2006  
      Total     Due to
Volume(1)
    Due to
Rate
    Total     Due to
Volume(1)
    Due to
Rate
 
     (Dollars in thousands)  

INCREASE (DECREASE)

            

Interest Income:

            

Loans

   $ 9,771     $ 3,378     $ 6,393     $ 31,369     $ 7,265     $ 24,104  

Investments—taxable

     910       287       623       (2,661 )     (3,959 )     1,298  

Investments—tax exempt

     (207 )     (206 )     (1 )     315       323       (8 )

Federal funds sold

     7,095       7,255       (160 )     12,571       6,652       5,919  
                                                

Total interest income

     17,569       10,714       6,855       41,594       10,281       31,313  
                                                

Interest Expense:

            

Transaction deposits

     (466 )     (472 )     6       2,354       1,506       848  

Savings deposits

     2,919       2,167       752       4,334       (988 )     5,322  

Time deposits

     12,985       7,657       5,328       22,111       5,675       16,436  

Short-term borrowings

     (130 )     (169 )     39       668       18       650  

Long-term borrowings

     (110 )     (105 )     (5 )     (184 )     (196 )     12  

Junior subordinated debentures

     (2,273 )     (2,033 )     (240 )     58       52       6  
                                                

Total interest expense

     12,925       7,045       5,880       29,341       6,067       23,274  
                                                

Net interest income

   $ 4,644     $ 3,669     $ 975     $ 12,253     $ 4,214     $ 8,039  
                                                

 

(1) Changes in the mix of earning assets and interest-bearing liabilities have been combined with the changes due to volume.

Interest rate sensitivity analysis measures the sensitivity of the Company’s net interest margin to changes in interest rates by analyzing the repricing relationship between its earning assets and interest-bearing liabilities. This analysis is limited by the fact that it presents a static position as of a single day and is not necessarily indicative of the Company’s position at any other point in time, and does not take into account the sensitivity of yields and rates of specific assets and liabilities to changes in market rates. The Company’s approach to managing the interest sensitivity gap takes advantage of the Company’s stable core deposit base and the relatively short maturity and repricing frequency of its loan portfolio, as well as the historical existence of a positive yield curve, which enhances the net interest margin over the long term. Although interest rate risk is increased by this position, it is somewhat mitigated by the Company’s high level of liquidity.

 

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The Analysis of Interest Rate Sensitivity presents the Company’s earning assets and interest-bearing liabilities based on maturity and repricing frequency at December 31, 2007. The Company’s cumulative negative gap position in the one year interval decreased to $474 million at December 31, 2007 from $489 million at December 31, 2006, and decreased as a percentage of total earning assets to 14.12% from 15.77%. This negative gap position assumes that the Company’s core savings and transaction deposits are immediately rate sensitive. In a rising rate environment, the benefit of the Company’s noninterest-bearing funds is increased, resulting in an increase in the Company’s net interest margin over time.

ANALYSIS OF INTEREST RATE SENSITIVITY

December 31, 2007

 

      Interest Rate Sensitive     Noninterest Rate Sensitive      
      0 to 3
Months
    4 to 12
Months
    1 to 5 Years     Over 5
Years
    Total
     (Dollars in thousands)

EARNING ASSETS

          

Loans

   $ 1,003,332     $ 302,465     $ 948,827     $ 232,475     $ 2,487,099

Securities

     14,731       159,813       222,322       70,853       467,719

Federal funds sold and interest-bearing deposits

     399,000       —         —         —         399,000
                                      

Total

   $ 1,417,063     $ 462,278     $ 1,171,149     $ 303,328     $ 3,353,818
                                      

FUNDING SOURCES

          

Noninterest-bearing demand deposits (1)

   $ —       $ —       $ —       $ 601,756     $ 601,756

Savings and transaction deposits

     1,518,785       —         —         —         1,518,785

Time deposits of $100 or more

     251,816       50,585       —         —         302,401

Time deposits under $100

     412,184       88,920       —         —         501,104

Short-term borrowings

     30,400       —         —         —         30,400

Long-term borrowings

     99       259       248       —         606

Junior subordinated debentures

     —         —         —         26,804       26,804

Stockholders’ equity

     —         —         —         371,962       371,962
                                      

Total

   $ 2,213,284     $ 139,764     $ 248     $ 1,000,522     $ 3,353,818
                                      

Interest sensitivity gap

   $ (796,221 )   $ 322,514     $ 1,170,901     $ (697,194 )  

Cumulative gap

   $ (796,221 )   $ (473,707 )   $ 697,194     $ —      

Cumulative gap as a percentage of total earning assets

     (23.74 )%     (14.12 )%     20.79 %     —   %  

 

(1) Represents the amount of demand deposits required to support earning assets in excess of interest-bearing liabilities and stockholders’ equity.

Provision for Loan Losses

The provision for loan losses was $3.33 million for 2007, compared to $1.79 million for 2006 and $4.61 million for 2005. These relatively low levels of provisions reflect the Company’s strong asset quality and a strong local economy. The amounts provided for the last three years significantly relates to loan growth. The Company establishes an allowance as an estimate of the probable inherent losses in the loan portfolio at the balance sheet date. Net loan charge-offs were $1.90 million for 2007, compared to $2.12 million for 2006 and $3.14 million for 2005. These net charge-offs equated to 0.08%, 0.09% and 0.14% of average loans for 2007, 2006 and 2005, respectively. A more detailed discussion of the allowance for loan losses is provided under “Loans.”

 

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Noninterest Income

Total noninterest income increased $12.71 million to $71.1 million in 2007, an increase of 21.76%. This compares to increases of $4.14 million, or 7.63%, in 2006, and $2.43 million, or 4.68% in 2005. The increase in noninterest income in 2007 included a $7.8 million gain on the sale of an investment and a $3.1 million recovery on an insurance claim that was fully expensed in 2005. The increase in noninterest income in 2006 included a gain of approximately $1.27 million resulting from the sale of Century Life and certain assets which were sold during the second half of 2006. Noninterest income was further impacted by the acquisition of First Bartlesville Bank during the third quarter of 2006 and Armor Assurance Agency during the second quarter of 2007. Noninterest income has become an increasingly important source of revenue. The Company’s fee income has increased each year since 1987 due to improved pricing strategies, enhanced product lines, acquisitions and internal deposit growth. New products and strategies continue to be implemented which are expected to produce continued growth in noninterest income.

Trust revenues have grown due largely to an expanding customer base. Service charges on deposits have increased as a result of strategies implemented to enhance overdraft fees, and because of growth in deposit accounts. Income from sales of loans increased in 2007 due to increased mortgage originations which are sold in the secondary market. Other noninterest income, which includes safe deposit box rentals, cash management services, other service fees and gain on sale of assets increased $142,000 in 2007, compared to an increase of $2.65 million in 2006 and a decrease of $1.57 million in 2005.

The Company recognized a net gain on the sale of securities of $8.34 million in 2007 compared to a net gain of $526,000 in 2006 and $196,000 in 2005. The Company’s practice is to maintain a liquid portfolio of securities and not engage in trading activities. For securities classified as available for sale that were in an unrealized loss position, the Company has the ability and intent to hold these securities until they mature or until fair value exceeds amortized cost. The net gain on sale of securities in 2007 was primarily related to the $7.8 million gain on the sale of an investment by Council Oak Investment Corporation. The net gain on the sale of securities in 2006 was primarily related to distributions received from investments through Council Oak Partners. The net gain in 2005 was related to the loan growth experienced during the year as investments were liquidated to provide partial funding for new loans.

Noninterest Expense

Total noninterest expense increased in 2007 by $9.89 million to $134.4 million, an increase of 7.94%. This compares to increases of $7.39 million, or 6.31%, for 2006, and $8.42 million, or 7.74% for 2005. The increase in noninterest expense in 2007 is a result of the $1 million charitable contribution, $1.9 million expense on the trust preferred redemption, $800,000 related to the sale of the investment held at Council Oak Investment Corporation, the acquisition of Armor Assurance Company in the second quarter of 2007 and increased operating expenses due to the bank’s continuing branch expansion project. The increase in noninterest expense in 2006 stemmed from the acquisition of Park State Bank in the fourth quarter of 2005 and First Bartlesville in the third quarter of 2006. Salaries and employee benefits have increased over the years due to higher salary levels and benefits costs, additional staff for new product lines and increased loan demand, and acquisitions. Occupancy and fixed assets expense, and depreciation have increased as a result of the addition of facilities from acquisitions and the opening of new branches. Other noninterest expenses decreased $485,000 in 2007 and $1.71 million in 2006.

Income Taxes

Income tax expense increased to $28.6 million in 2007, compared to $26.4 million for 2006 and $21.1 million for 2005. The effective tax rates for 2007, 2006 and 2005 were 35.0%, 34.9% and 33.0%, respectively. The primary reasons for the difference between the Company’s effective tax rate and the federal statutory rate are tax-exempt income, nondeductible amortization, federal and state tax credits, and state tax expense.

 

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Since banks have traditionally carried large amounts of tax-exempt securities and loans, certain financial information is prepared on a taxable equivalent basis to facilitate analysis of yields and changes in components of earnings. Average balance sheets, income statements and other financial statistics on a taxable equivalent basis have been presented for this purpose.

Impact of Inflation

The impact of inflation on financial institutions differs significantly from that of industrial or commercial companies. The assets of financial institutions are predominantly monetary, as opposed to fixed or nonmonetary assets such as premises, equipment and inventory. As a result, there is little exposure to inflated earnings by understated depreciation charges or significantly understated current values of assets. Although inflation can have an indirect effect by leading to higher interest rates, financial institutions are in a position to monitor the effects on interest costs and yields and respond to inflationary trends through management of interest rate sensitivity. Inflation can also have an impact on noninterest expenses such as salaries and employee benefits, occupancy, services and other costs.

Impact of Deflation

In a period of deflation, it would be reasonable to expect widely decreasing prices for real assets. In such an economic environment, assets of businesses and individuals, such as real estate, commodities or inventory, could decline. The inability of customers to repay or refinance their loans could result in loan losses incurred by the Company far in excess of historical experience due to deflated collateral values.

FINANCIAL POSITION

Cash and Federal Funds Sold

Cash consists of cash and cash items on hand, noninterest-bearing deposits and other amounts due from other banks, reserves deposited with the Federal Reserve Bank, and interest-bearing deposits with other banks. Federal funds sold consists of overnight investments of excess funds with other financial institutions. The amount of cash and federal funds sold carried by the Company is a function of the availability of funds presented to other institutions for clearing, the Company’s requirements for liquidity, operating cash and reserves, available yields, and interest rate sensitivity management. Balances of these items can fluctuate widely based on these various factors. Cash and federal funds sold increased $105.5 million in 2007 and $199.5 million in 2006. The increase in Cash and federal funds sold is due primarily to deposit growth.

Securities

Total securities increased $34.8 million to $467.7 million, an increase of 8.04%. This compares to a decrease of $23.3 million, or 5.11%, in 2006. The decrease in 2006 was primarily due to the maturities and calls on available for sale securities. Securities available for sale represented 94.6% of the total securities portfolio at year-end 2007, compared to 94.0% at year-end 2006. Securities available for sale had a net unrealized gain of $10.7 million at year-end 2007, compared to a $154,000 net unrealized gain the preceding year. These unrealized gains are included in the Company’s stockholders’ equity as accumulated other comprehensive income, net of income tax, in the amounts of $6.9 million and $100,000 for 2007 and 2006, respectively.

 

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SECURITIES

 

      December 31
     2007    2006    2005
     (Dollars in thousands)

Held for Investment (at amortized cost)

        

U.S. Treasury and other federal agencies

   $ 2,393    $ 3,084    $ 3,965

States and political subdivisions

     22,877      22,968      26,569
                    

Total

   $ 25,270    $ 26,052    $ 30,534
                    

Estimated market value

   $ 25,472    $ 26,087    $ 30,781
                    

Available for Sale (at estimated market value)

        

U.S. Treasury and other federal agencies

   $ 413,230    $ 376,005    $ 392,288

States and political subdivisions

     15,237      18,327      19,903

Other securities

     13,982      12,526      13,497
                    

Total

   $ 442,449    $ 406,858    $ 425,688
                    

Total Securities

   $ 467,719    $ 432,910    $ 456,222
                    

The Company does not engage in securities trading activities. Any sales of securities are for the purpose of executing the Company’s asset/liability management strategy, eliminating a perceived credit risk in a specific security, or providing liquidity. Securities that are being held for indefinite periods of time, or that may be sold as part of the Company’s asset/liability management strategy, to provide liquidity or for other reasons, are classified as available for sale and are stated at estimated market value. Unrealized gains or losses on securities available for sale are reported as a component of stockholder’s equity, net of income tax. Securities for which the Company has the intent and ability to hold to maturity are classified as held for investment and are stated at cost, adjusted for amortization of premiums and accretion of discounts computed under the interest method. Securities that are determined to be impaired, and for which such impairment is determined to be other than temporary, are adjusted to fair value and a corresponding loss is recognized. Gains or losses from sales of securities are based upon the book values of the specific securities sold.

Declines in the fair value of held for investment and available-for-sale securities below their cost that are deemed to be other than temporary are reflected in earnings as realized losses. In estimating other-than-temporary impairment losses, management considers, among other things, (i) the length of time and the extent to which the fair value has been less than cost, (ii) the financial condition and near-term prospects of the issuer, and (iii) the intent and ability of the Company to retain its investment in the issuer for a period of time sufficient to allow for any anticipated recovery in fair value.

Management has the ability and intent to hold the securities classified as held for investment until they mature, at which time the Company will receive full value for the securities. As of December 31, 2007, the Company had net unrealized gains largely due to decreases in market interest rates from the yields available at the time the underlying securities were purchased and an increase in the market value of equity securities. The fair value of those securities having unrealized losses is expected to continue to recover as the securities approach their maturity date or repricing date or if market yields for such investments decline. Management does not believe any of the securities are impaired due to reasons of credit quality. Furthermore, as of December 31, 2007, management also had the ability and intent to hold all securities classified as available for sale with an unrealized loss for a period of time sufficient for a recovery of cost. Accordingly, as of December 31, 2007, management believes the impairments are temporary and no material impairment loss has been realized in the Company’s consolidated income statement.

The Maturity Distribution of Securities summarizes the maturity and weighted average taxable equivalent yields of the securities portfolio. The Company manages its securities portfolio for liquidity and as a tool to execute its asset/liability management strategy. Consequently, the average maturity of the portfolio is relatively short. Securities maturing within five years represent 86.78% of the total portfolio.

 

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MATURITY DISTRIBUTION OF SECURITIES

December 31, 2007

 

      Within One Year     After One Year
But Within Five
Years
    After Five Years
But Within Ten
Years
    After Ten Years     Total  
     Amount     Yield     Amount     Yield     Amount     Yield     Amount     Yield     Amount     Yield  
     (Dollars in thousands)  

Held for Investment

                    

U.S. Treasury and other federal agencies

   $ 327     3.98 %   $ 1,599     6.32 %   $ 411     7.06 %   $ 56     7.14 %   $ 2,393     6.14 %

State and political subdivisions

     4,423     5.81       14,774     5.81       2,755     6.06       925     6.49       22,877     5.87  
                                                  

Total

   $ 4,750     5.68     $ 16,373     5.86     $ 3,166     6.19     $ 981     6.52     $ 25,270     5.89  
                                                  

Percentage of total

     18.80 %       64.79 %       12.53 %       3.88 %       100.00 %  
                                                  

Available for Sale

                    

U.S. Treasury and other federal agencies

   $ 167,262     3.62 %   $ 208,461     4.84 %   $ 37,369     5.39 %   $ 138     5.80 %   $ 413,230     4.39 %

State and political subdivisions

     3,289     5.75       5,760     5.56       6,141     5.85       47     6.38       15,237     5.72  

Other securities

     —       —         —       —         —       —         13,982     16.76       13,982     16.76  
                                                  

Total

   $ 170,551     3.66     $ 214,221     4.86     $ 43,510     5.46     $ 14,167     16.62     $ 442,449     4.83  
                                                  

Percentage of total

     38.55 %       48.42 %       9.83 %       3.20 %       100.00 %  
                                                  

Total securities

   $ 175,301     3.71 %   $ 230,594     4.93 %   $ 46,676     5.51 %   $ 15,148     15.96 %   $ 467,719     4.89 %
                                                  

Percentage of total

     37.48 %       49.30 %       9.98 %       3.24 %       100.00 %  
                                                  

Loans

The Company has historically generated loan growth from both internal originations and acquisitions. Total loans increased $161.6 million to $2.49 billion, an increase of 6.95%, in 2007, and $8.1 million, or 0.35%, in 2006. Loans remained relatively flat throughout the first half of 2007 with an acceleration in growth during the second half. In 2006, loans remained relatively flat due to large loan principal payments. In the first half of 2006, rising interest rates induced some large real estate borrowers to refinance at long term fixed interest rates. Throughout 2006, strong cash flows allowed some commercial loan customers to accelerate paydowns. Also, approximately $27.0 million in growth in 2006 was attributable to the First Bartlesville Bank acquisition.

Composition

The Company’s loan portfolio is diversified among various types of commercial and individual borrowers. Commercial loans are comprised principally of loans to companies in light manufacturing, retail and service industries. Construction and development loans totaled $223 million, or 8.96% of total loans at the end of 2007, as compared to $224 million, or 9.61% of total loans at the end of 2006. Total real estate loans are relatively evenly divided between residential mortgages and loans secured by commercial and other types of properties. Mortgage loans and one to four family loans represented 51.6% of total loans at December 31, 2007, compared to 52.6% of total loans at December 31, 2006. Consumer loans are comprised primarily of loans to individuals for the purchase of vehicles and student loans.

Loans secured by real estate, including mortgage loans, one to four family mortgages, and construction and development loans, have been a large portion of the Company’s loan portfolio. In 2007, this percentage was 60.5% compared to 62.2% for 2006. The Company is subject to risk of future market fluctuations in property values

 

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relating to these loans. The Company attempts to manage this risk through rigorous loan underwriting standards, training of loan officers and monitoring of the valuation of individual properties collateralizing the loans.

LOANS BY CATEGORY

 

     December 31,  
    2007     2006     2005     2004     2003  
    Amount   % of
Total
    Amount   % of
Total
    Amount   % of
Total
    Amount   % of
Total
    Amount   % of
Total
 
    (Dollars in thousands)  

Commercial, financial and other

  $ 711,124   28.59 %   $ 621,675   26.73 %   $ 651,176   28.10 %   $ 525,306   25.10 %   $ 536,901   27.57 %

Real estate—
construction

    222,820   8.96       223,561   9.61       215,965   9.32       152,402   7.28       153,755   7.90  

Real estate—one to four family

    513,969   20.67       516,727   22.22       512,513   22.11       502,015   23.98       441,010   22.65  

Real estate—mortgage

    768,451   30.89       705,452   30.34       661,398   28.54       640,244   30.57       550,120   28.25  

Consumer

    270,735   10.89       258,133   11.10       276,374   11.93       273,548   13.07       265,437   13.63  
                                                           

Total

  $ 2,487,099   100.00 %   $ 2,325,548   100.00 %   $ 2,317,426   100.00 %   $ 2,093,515   100.00 %   $ 1,947,223   100.00 %
                                                           

The Maturity and Rate Sensitivity of Loans presents maturity and repricing information for commercial, financial and other loans, and real estate loans, excluding one to four family residential loans. Over 65% of the commercial real estate and other commercial loans have maturities of one year or less. However, many of these loans are renewed at existing or similar terms after scheduled principal reductions. Also, over half of the commercial real estate and other commercial loans had adjustable interest rates at year-end 2007. The short maturities and adjustable rates on these loans allow the Company to maintain the majority of its loan portfolio near market interest rates.

MATURITY AND RATE SENSITIVITY OF LOANS

December 31, 2007

 

      Maturing  
      Within
One Year
    After One
But Within
Five Years
    After Five
Years
    Total  
     (Dollars in thousands)  

Commercial, financial and other

   $ 516,037     $ 169,350     $ 25,737     $ 711,124  

Real estate—construction

     206,941       11,945       3,934       222,820  

Real estate—mortgage (excluding loans secured by 1 to 4 family residential properties)

     383,907       284,097       100,447       768,451  
                                

Total

   $ 1,106,885     $ 465,392     $ 130,118     $ 1,702,395  
                                

Loans with predetermined interest rates

   $ 270,878     $ 266,928     $ 101,754     $ 639,560  

Loans with adjustable interest rates

     836,007       198,464       28,364       1,062,835  
                                

Total

   $ 1,106,885     $ 465,392     $ 130,118     $ 1,702,395  
                                

Percentage of total

     65.02 %     27.34 %     7.64 %     100.00 %
                                

The information relating to the maturity and rate sensitivity of loans is based upon contractual maturities and original loan terms and is not adjusted for “rollovers.” In the ordinary course of business, loans maturing within one year may be renewed, in whole or in part, at interest rates prevailing at the date of renewal.

 

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Nonperforming and Restructured Loans

Nonperforming and restructured assets increased $1.5 million to $15.1 million, an increase of 10.5% in 2007. This compares to $13.6 million, an increase of $2.0 million, or 17.2% in 2006. Nonperforming loans have been relatively low in recent years. Nonperforming and restructured loans as a percentage of total loans was 0.54% at year-end 2007, compared to 0.51% at year-end 2006 and 0.40% at year-end 2005.

Nonaccrual loans negatively impact the Company’s net interest margin. A loan is placed on nonaccrual status when, in the opinion of management, the future collectibility of interest and/or principal is in serious doubt. Interest income is recognized on certain of these loans on a cash basis if the full collection of the remaining principal balance is reasonably expected. Otherwise, interest income is not recognized until the principal balance is fully collected. Nonaccrual loans increased $2.2 million to $11.6 million, an increase of 23.4%, in 2007, compared to $9.4 million, an increase of $2.1 million, or 27.6%, in 2006. Total interest income which was not accrued on nonaccrual loans outstanding at year end was approximately $564,000 in 2007 and $443,000 in 2006. Only a small amount of this interest is expected to be ultimately collected.

The classification of a loan as nonperforming does not necessarily indicate that loan principal and interest will ultimately be uncollectible. In a strong economy, the Company’s experience is that a significant portion of the principal and some of the interest is eventually recovered. However, the above normal risk associated with nonperforming loans is considered in the determination of the allowance for loan losses. At year-end 2007, the allowance for loan losses as a percentage of nonperforming and restructured loans was 215.57%, compared to 231.41% at the end of 2006 and 293.36% at the end of 2005.

At year end 2007, other real estate owned and repossessed assets decreased to $1.57 million from $1.68 million in 2006. Other real estate owned consists of properties acquired through foreclosure proceedings or acceptance of a deed in lieu of foreclosure, and premises held for sale. These properties are carried at the lower of the book values of the related loans or fair market values based upon appraisals, less estimated costs to sell. Losses arising at the time of reclassification of such properties from loans to other real estate owned are charged directly to the allowance for loan losses. Any losses on premises identified to be sold are charged to operating expense at the time of transfer from premises to other real estate owned. Losses from declines in value of the properties subsequent to classification as other real estate owned are charged to operating expense.

NONPERFORMING AND RESTRUCTURED ASSETS

 

      December 31,  
     2007     2006     2005     2004     2003  
           (Dollars in thousands)        

Past due over 90 days and still accruing

   $ 823     $ 1,884     $ 1,455     $ 3,149     $ 2,674  

Nonaccrual

     11,568       9,371       7,344       8,688       13,381  

Restructured

     1,121       715       581       362       415  
                                        

Total nonperforming and restructured loans

     13,512       11,970       9,380       12,199       16,470  

Other real estate owned and repossessed assets

     1,568       1,675       2,262       2,513       3,939  
                                        

Total nonperforming and restructured assets

   $ 15,080     $ 13,645     $ 11,642     $ 14,712     $ 20,409  
                                        

Nonperforming and restructured loans to total loans

     0.54 %     0.51 %     0.40 %     0.58 %     0.85 %
                                        

Nonperforming and restructured assets to total assets

     0.40 %     0.40 %     0.36 %     0.48 %     0.70 %
                                        

Potential problem loans are performing loans to borrowers with a weakened financial condition, or which are experiencing unfavorable trends in their financial condition, which causes management to have concerns as to the ability of such borrowers to comply with the existing repayment terms. BancFirst had approximately $35.0 million and $32.0 million of these loans, which were not included in nonperforming and restructured assets, at December 31, 2007 and 2006, respectively. In general, these loans are adequately collateralized and have no

 

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identifiable loss potential. Loans which are considered to have identifiable loss potential are placed on nonaccrual status, are allocated a specific allowance for loss or are directly charged-down, and are reported as nonperforming. The Company’s nonaccrual loans are primarily commercial and real estate loans.

Allowance for Loan Losses

The allowance for loan losses reflects management’s assessment of the risk of loss inherent in the Company’s loan portfolio. The allowance and its adequacy is determined through consideration of many factors, including past loan loss experience, current evaluations of known impaired loans, levels of adversely classified loans, general economic conditions and other environmental factors. The process of evaluating the adequacy of the allowance for loan losses necessarily involves the exercise of judgment and consideration of numerous subjective factors and, accordingly, there can be no assurance that the current level of the allowance will prove adequate in the future as economic and environmental factors change. Similarly, the Company’s allowance for loan losses to total loans continues to remain close to historically low levels. In 2007, the Company’s allowance for loan losses represented 1.17% of total loans, compared to 1.19% for 2006 and 2005. As loan quality changes with economic and credit cycles, it would be reasonable to expect the Company’s net charge-offs and loan loss provisions to return to more historically normal levels. In 2007, the Company’s loan portfolio continued to experience good credit quality which resulted in low levels of nonperforming assets. In 2007, loan growth and charge-offs caused an increase in the level of provisions.

The Company’s net charge-offs continue to remain relatively low. In 2007, the Company recognized $1.90 million of net charge-offs, which represented 0.08% of average loans, compared to $2.12 million, or 0.09% for 2006, and $3.14 million, or 0.14% for 2005.

 

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ANALYSIS OF ALLOWANCE FOR LOAN LOSSES

 

      Year Ended December 31,  
      2007     2006     2005     2004     2003  
     (Dollars in thousands)  

Balance at beginning of period

   $ 27,700     $ 27,517     $ 25,746     $ 26,148     $ 24,367  
                                        

Charge-offs:

          

Commercial

     (455 )     (1,383 )     (1,249 )     (1,729 )     (1,687 )

Real estate

     (1,304 )     (778 )     (1,045 )     (943 )     (1,037 )

Consumer

     (888 )     (1,226 )     (1,425 )     (1,422 )     (1,578 )

Other

     (36 )     (94 )     (125 )     (85 )     (191 )
                                        

Total charge-offs

     (2,683 )     (3,481 )     (3,844 )     (4,179 )     (4,493 )
                                        

Recoveries:

          

Commercial

     200       277       201       406       370  

Real estate

     203       686       101       196       496  

Consumer

     312       342       345       438       408  

Other

     66       59       60       38       14  
                                        

Total recoveries

     781       1,364       707       1,078       1,288  
                                        

Net charge-offs

     (1,902 )     (2,117 )     (3,137 )     (3,101 )     (3,205 )

Provision charged to operations

     3,329       1,790       4,607       2,699       3,722  

Additions from acquisitions

     —         510       301       —         1,264  
                                        

Balance at end of period

   $ 29,127     $ 27,700     $ 27,517     $ 25,746     $ 26,148  
                                        

Average loans

   $ 2,364,618     $ 2,321,459     $ 2,210,737     $ 1,981,918     $ 1,822,895  
                                        

Total loans

   $ 2,487,099     $ 2,325,548     $ 2,317,426     $ 2,093,515     $ 1,947,223  
                                        

Net charge-offs to average loans

     0.08 %     0.09 %     0.14 %     0.16 %     0.18 %
                                        

Allowance to total loans

     1.17 %     1.19 %     1.19 %     1.23 %     1.34 %
                                        

Allocation of the allowance by category of loans:

          

Commercial, financial and other

   $ 8,453     $ 7,364     $ 7,738     $ 6,541     $ 7,654  

Real estate—construction

     3,261       2,939       2,726       1,735       1,898  

Real estate—mortgage

     14,269       14,121       13,597       14,139       13,036  

Consumer

     3,144       3,276       3,456       3,331       3,560  
                                        

Total

   $ 29,127     $ 27,700     $ 27,517     $ 25,746     $ 26,148  
                                        

Percentage of loans in each category to total loans:

          

Commercial, financial and other

     29.02 %     26.58 %     28.10 %     25.10 %     27.57 %

Real estate—construction

     11.20       10.61       9.32       7.28       7.90  

Real estate—mortgage

     48.99       50.98       50.65       54.55       50.90  

Consumer

     10.79       11.83       11.93       13.07       13.63  
                                        

Total

     100.00 %     100.00 %     100.00 %     100.00 %     100.00 %
                                        

Liquidity and Funding

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charge levels and services offered, the Company can, to a limited extent, control its level of deposits. The level and maturity of funding necessary to support the Company’s lending and investment functions is determined through the Company’s asset/liability management process. In addition to deposits, short-term borrowings, comprised primarily of federal funds purchased and repurchase agreements, provide additional funding sources, as well as long-term borrowings. The Company could also utilize the sale of loans, securities, and liquidation of other assets as sources of liquidity and funding.

Total deposits increased $314 million to $3.3 billion, an increase of 10.56%, in 2007, and $170 million, or 6.05%, in 2006. The increase in 2007 was due strictly to internal growth. The increase in 2006 was primarily from internal growth and the acquisition of First Bartlesville Bank which accounted for approximately $42 million of the increase. Demand deposits represent 28.22% of total deposits. The Company’s core deposits provide it with a stable, low-cost funding source. Core deposits were 90.4% and 91.3% of total deposits in 2007 and 2006, respectively. Time deposits increased in 2007 and 2006 due to rising interest rates offered on certificates of deposit.

ANALYSIS OF AVERAGE DEPOSITS

 

      Year Ended December 31,
      2007    2006    2005    2004    2003
          (Dollars in thousands)     

Average Balances

        

Demand deposits

   $ 877,474    $ 874,013    $ 831,202    $ 765,011    $ 625,972

Interest-bearing transaction deposits

     398,786      428,620      379,084      432,116      382,885

Savings deposits

     1,048,935      884,714      788,587      746,864      709,332

Time deposits under $100

     486,089      499,293      461,761      497,773      544,899
                                  

Total core deposits

     2,811,284      2,686,640      2,460,634      2,441,764      2,263,088

Time deposits of $100 or more

     298,316      255,959      221,169      219,517      222,698
                                  

Total deposits

   $ 3,109,600    $ 2,942,599    $ 2,681,803    $ 2,661,281    $ 2,485,786
                                  

 

      % of
Total
    Rate     % of
Total
    Rate     % of
Total
    Rate     % of
Total
    Rate     % of
Total
    Rate  

Percentages of Total Average Deposits And Average Rates Paid

                    

Demand deposits

   28.22 %     29.70 %     31.00 %     28.75 %     25.18 %  

Interest-bearing transaction deposits

   12.83     0.75 %   14.57     0.81 %   14.13     0.65 %   16.24     0.29 %   15.40     0.41 %

Savings deposits

   33.73     3.81     30.06     3.43     29.40     1.82     28.06     1.11     28.54     1.30  

Time deposits under $100

   15.63     4.47     16.97     3.85     17.22     2.46     18.70     1.70     21.92     2.17  
                                        

Total core deposits

   90.41       91.30       91.75       91.75       91.04    

Time deposits of $100 or more

   9.59     4.71     8.70     4.13     8.25     2.78     8.25     2.06     8.96     2.36  
                                        

Total deposits

   100.00 %     100.00 %     100.00 %     100.00 %     100.00 %  
                                        

Average rate paid on interest-bearing deposits

     3.52 %     3.07 %     1.68 %     1.19 %     1.50 %
                                        

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MATURITY OF CERTIFICATES OF DEPOSIT

 

      December 31,
2007
     (In thousands)

$100,000 or More

  

Three months or less

   $ 94,971

Over three months through six months

     63,373

Over six months through twelve months

     102,576

Over twelve months

     41,481
      

Total

   $ 302,401
      

Short-term borrowings, consisting primarily of federal funds purchased and repurchase agreements, are another source of funds for the Company. The level of these borrowings is determined by various factors, including customer demand and the Company’s ability to earn a favorable spread on the funds obtained. Short-term borrowings totaled $30.4 million at December 31, 2007, compared to $23.3 million at December 31, 2006.

The Bank is a member of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Topeka, Kansas (the “FHLB”) and borrows, on a limited basis, from the FHLB. These borrowings are principally used to match-fund longer-term, fixed-rate loans, and are collateralized by a pledge of residential first mortgages and certain securities. Long-term borrowings decreased to $733,000 in 2007 from $1.3 million in 2006.

The Bank is highly liquid relative to its peers. This liquidity positions the Bank to respond to increased loan demand and other requirements for funds, or to decreases in funding sources. The liquidity of BancFirst Corporation, however, is dependent upon dividend payments from the Bank and its ability to obtain financing. Banking regulations limit bank dividends based upon net earnings retained by the bank and minimum capital requirements. Dividends in excess of these limits require regulatory approval. At January 1, 2008, the Bank had approximately $56.0 million of equity available for payments to BancFirst Corporation without regulatory approval. During 2007, the Bank declared six common stock dividends totaling $33.5 million and two preferred stock dividends totaling $1.9 million.

The Company has various contractual obligations that require future cash payments. The following table presents certain known payments for contractual obligations by payment due period as of December 31, 2007.

CONTRACTUAL OBLIGATIONS

December 31, 2007

 

      Payment Due By Period
      Less Than
1 Year
   1 to 3
Years
   3 to 5
Years
   Over 5
Years
   Indeterminate
Maturity
   Totals
     (Dollars in Thousands)

Long-term borrowings (1)

   $ 369    $ 255    $ —      $ —      $ —      $ 624

Junior subordinated debentures (1)

     1,872      3,744      3,744      66,290      —        75,650

Operating lease payments

     828      827      185      792      —        2,632

Certificates of deposit

     681,755      109,708      12,196      —        —        803,659
                                         

Total

   $ 684,824    $ 114,534    $ 16,125    $ 67,082    $ —      $ 882,565
                                         

 

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Capital Resources

Stockholders’ equity totaled $372 million at year-end 2007, compared to $348 million at year-end 2006 and $302 million at year-end 2005. Stockholders’ equity has continued to increase due to net earnings retained, stock option exercises, and unrealized gains on securities offset by, common stock repurchases, dividends and unrealized losses on securities. The Company’s average equity capital ratio for 2007 was 10.18%, compared to 9.68% for 2006 and 9.37% for 2005. At December 31, 2007, the Company’s leverage ratio was 9.42%, its Tier 1 capital ratio was 12.33%, and its total risk-based capital ratio was 13.40%, compared to minimum requirements of 3%, 4% and 8%, respectively. Banking institutions are generally expected to maintain capital well above the minimum levels.

In January 2006, the Company approved a two-for-one split for shares of common stock to be issued in the form of a stock dividend. As a result of the stock split, the Company’s stockholders received one additional share of the Company’s common stock for each share of common stock held of record on February 16, 2006. The additional shares of our common stock were distributed on March 1, 2006. All share and per share amounts have been retroactively adjusted to reflect this stock split for all periods presented.

In November 1999, the Company adopted a Stock Repurchase Program (the “SRP”) authorizing management to repurchase up to 600,000 shares of the Company’s common stock. The SRP was amended in May 2001, August of 2002, and September of 2007 to increase the shares authorized to be purchased by 555,832 shares, 364,530 shares and 366,948 shares, respectively. The SRP may be used as a means to increase earnings per share and return on equity, to purchase treasury stock for the exercise of stock options or for distributions under the Deferred Stock Compensation Plan, to provide liquidity for optionees to dispose of stock from exercises of their stock options, and to provide liquidity for shareholders wishing to sell their stock. The timing, price and amount of stock repurchases under the SRP may be determined by management and must be approved by the Company’s Executive Committee. At December 31, 2007 there were 600,000 shares remaining that could be repurchased under the SRP.

In January 1997, BancFirst Corporation established BFC Capital Trust I (the “Trust”), a trust formed under the Delaware Business Trust Act. BancFirst Corporation owned all of the common securities of the Trust. In February 1997, the Trust issued $25 million of aggregate liquidation amount of 9.65% Capital Securities, Series A (the “Capital Securities”) to other investors. The proceeds from the sale of the Capital Securities and the common securities of the Trust were invested in $25 million of 9.65% Junior Subordinated Deferrable Interest Debentures, Series A (the “9.65% Junior Subordinated Debentures”) of BancFirst Corporation. The Series A Capital Securities and 9.65% Junior Subordinated Debentures were subsequently exchanged for Series B Capital Securities and Junior Subordinated Debentures, pursuant to a Registration Rights Agreement. The terms of the Series A and Series B securities were identical in all material respects. Interest payments on the 9.65% Junior Subordinated Debentures were payable January 15 and July 15 of each year. Such interest payments were deferrable for up to ten consecutive semi-annual periods. The stated maturity date of the 9.65% Junior Subordinated Debentures was January 15, 2027, but they were subject to mandatory redemption pursuant to optional prepayment terms. The optional prepayment terms allowed for prepayment on or after January 15, 2007, in whole or in part, at a prepayment price equal to 104.825% of the principal amount thereof on January 15, 2007, declining ratably on each January 15 thereafter to 100% on or after January 15, 2017. The Capital Securities represented an undivided interest in the 9.65% Junior Subordinated Debentures and were guaranteed by BancFirst Corporation. During any deferral period or during any event of default, BancFirst Corporation may not declare or pay any dividends on any of its capital stock.

In November 2006, the Company made the determination to exercise the optional prepayment terms of the 9.65% Junior Subordinated Debentures. The securities were redeemed on January 15, 2007 for a redemption price equal to 104.825% of the aggregate $25 million liquidation amount of the debentures plus all accrued and unpaid interest to the redemption date. As a result of these transactions, the Company incurred a one-time charge of approximately $1.2 million after taxes at the time of the redemption. The one-time charge reflects the premium paid and the acceleration of the unamortized issuance costs.

 

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In January 2004, BancFirst Corporation established BFC Capital Trust II (“BFC II”), a trust formed under the Delaware Business Trust Act. BancFirst Corporation owns all of the common securities of BFC II. In February 2004, BFC II issued $25 million of aggregate liquidation amount of 7.20% Cumulative Trust Preferred Securities (the “Trust Preferred Securities”) to other investors. In March 2004, BFC II issued an additional $1 million in Trust Preferred Securities through the execution of an over-allotment option. The proceeds from the sale of the Trust Preferred Securities and the common securities of BFC II were invested in $26.8 million of 7.20% Junior Subordinated Debentures of BancFirst Corporation. Interest payments on the 7.20% Junior Subordinated Debentures are payable January 15, April 15, July 15 and October 15 of each year. Such interest payments may be deferred for up to twenty consecutive quarters. The stated maturity date of the 7.20% Junior Subordinated Debentures is March 31, 2034, but they are subject to mandatory redemption pursuant to optional prepayment terms. The Trust Preferred Securities represent an undivided interest in the 7.20% Junior Subordinated Debentures and are guaranteed by BancFirst Corporation. During any deferral period or during any event of default, BancFirst Corporation may not declare or pay any dividends on any of its capital stock. In March 2005, the Federal Reserve Board adopted a final rule that allows the continued limited inclusion of trust preferred securities in the Tier 1 capital of bank holding companies.

Future dividend payments will be determined by the Company’s Board of Directors in light of the earnings and financial condition of the Company and the Bank, their capital needs, applicable governmental policies and regulations and such other factors as the Board of Directors deems appropriate. While no assurance can be given as to the Company’s ability to pay dividends, management believes that, based upon the anticipated performance of the Company, regular dividend payments will continue in 2008.

In September 2007, the Company completed a modified Dutch Auction self-tender offer and purchased 539,453 shares of its common stock for the maximum offer price of $45.00 per share. Cash on hand was used to pay for the purchase of the stock.

Market Risk

Market risk refers to the risk of loss arising from adverse changes in interest rates, foreign currency exchange rates, commodity prices, and other relevant market rates and prices, such as equity prices. The risk of loss can be assessed from the perspective of adverse changes in fair values, cash flows, and future earnings. Due to the nature of its operations, the Company is primarily exposed to interest rate risk arising principally from its lending, investing, deposit and borrowing activities and, to a lesser extent, liquidity risk.

Interest rate risk on the Company’s balance sheets consists of repricing, option, and basis risks. Repricing risk results from the differences in the maturity, or repricing, of asset and liability portfolios. Option risk arises from “embedded options” present in many financial instruments such as loan prepayment options, deposit early withdrawal options and interest rate options. These options allow customers opportunities to benefit when market interest rates change, which typically results in higher costs or lower revenue for the Company. Basis risk refers to the potential for changes in the underlying relationship between market rates and indices, which subsequently result in a narrowing of the profit spread on an earning asset or liability. Basis risk is also present in administered rate liabilities, such as savings accounts, negotiable order of withdrawal accounts, and money market accounts where historical pricing relationships to market rates may change due to the level or directional change in market interest rates.

The Company seeks to reduce fluctuations in its net interest margin and to optimize net interest income with acceptable levels of risk through periods of changing interest rates. Accordingly, the Company’s interest rate sensitivity and liquidity are monitored on an ongoing basis by its Asset and Liability Committee (“ALCO”). ALCO establishes risk measures, limits and policy guidelines for managing the amount of interest rate risk and its effect on net interest income and capital. A variety of measures are used to provide for a comprehensive view of the magnitude of interest rate risk, the distribution of risk, the level of risk over time and the exposure to changes in certain interest rate relationships.

 

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The Company utilizes an earnings simulation model as a quantitative tool in measuring the amount of interest rate risk associated with changing market rates. The model quantifies the effects of various interest rate scenarios on projected net interest income over the next 12 months. These simulations incorporate assumptions regarding pricing and the repricing and maturity characteristics of the existing balance sheet.

The ALCO continuously monitors and manages the balance between interest rate-sensitive assets and liabilities. The objective is to manage the impact of fluctuating market rates on net interest income within acceptable levels. In order to meet this objective, management may lengthen or shorten the duration of assets or liabilities.

As of December 31, 2007, the model simulations projected that a 100 and 200 basis point increase would result in positive variances in net interest income of 3.83% and 7.76%, respectively, relative to the base case, over the next 12 months. Conversely, the model simulation projected that 100 and 200 basis point decreases in interest rates would result in negative variances in net interest income of 4.60% and 10.28%, respectively, relative to the base case, over the next 12 months.

The table below presents the Company’s financial instruments that are sensitive to changes in interest rates, their expected maturities and their estimated fair values at December 31, 2007.

MARKET RISK

December 31, 2007

 

           Expected Maturity / Principal Repayments at December 31,          
      Avg
Rate
    2008    2009    2010    2011    2012    Thereafter    Balance    Fair Value
           (Dollars in thousands)

Interest Sensitive Assets

                         

Loans

   8.04 %   $ 1,064,619    $ 392,557    $ 275,166    $ 166,578    $ 110,669    $ 477,510    $ 2,487,099    $ 2,455,801

Securities

   4.60       175,302      10,947      13,838      101,135      104,674      61,823      467,719      467,921

Federal funds sold and interest bearing deposits

   5.04       401,387      —        —        —        —        —        401,387      401,340

Interest Sensitive Liabilities

                         

Savings and transaction deposits

   2.97       2,484,845      —        —        —        —        —        2,484,845      2,484,735

Time deposits

   4.55       681,755      88,631      21,077      3,283      8,913      —        803,659      805,700

Short-term borrowings

   4.96       30,400      —        —        —        —        —        30,400      30,405

Long-term borrowings

   5.37       358      124      124      —        —        —        606      614

Junior subordinated debentures

   7.69       —        —        —        —        —        26,804      26,804      26,797

Off Balance Sheet Items

                         

Loan commitments

       —        —        —        —        —        —        —        1,115

Letters of credit

       —        —        —        —        —        —        —        379

The expected maturities and principal repayments are based upon the contractual terms of the instruments. Prepayments have been estimated for certain instruments with predictable prepayment rates. Savings and transaction deposits are assumed to mature all in the first year as they are not subject to withdrawal restrictions and any assumptions regarding decay rates would be very subjective. The actual maturities and principal repayments for the financial instruments could vary substantially from the contractual terms and assumptions used in the analysis.

 

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Critical Accounting Policies and Estimates

The Company’s significant accounting policies are described in note (1) to the consolidated financial statements. The preparation of financial statements in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States inherently involves the use of estimates and assumptions, which affect the amounts reported in the financial statements and the related disclosures. These estimates relate principally to the allowance for loan losses, income taxes, intangible assets and the fair value of financial instruments. Such estimates and assumptions may change over time and actual amounts realized may differ from those reported. The following is a summary of the accounting policies and estimates that management believes are the most critical.

Allowance for Loan Losses

The allowance for loan losses is management’s estimate of the probable inherent losses in the Company’s loan portfolio.

The allowance for loan losses is increased by provisions charged to operating expense and is reduced by net loan charge-offs. The amount of the allowance for loan losses is based on past loan loss experience, evaluations of known impaired loans, levels of adversely classified loans, general economic conditions and other environmental factors. A loan is considered impaired when it is probable that the Company will be unable to collect all amounts due according to the contractual terms of the loan agreement. The majority of the Company’s impaired loans are collateral dependent. For collateral dependent loans, the amount of impairment is measured based upon the fair value of the underlying collateral and is included in the allowance for loan losses.

The amount of the allowance for loan losses is first determined by each business unit’s management based on their evaluation of their unit’s portfolio. This evaluation involves identifying impaired and adversely classified loans. Specific allowances for losses are determined for impaired loans based on either the loans’ estimated discounted cash flows or the fair value of the collateral. Allowances for adversely classified loans are estimated using historical loss percentages for each type of loan. An allowance is also estimated for non-adversely classified loans using a historical loss percentage based on losses arising specifically from non-adversely classified loans, adjusted for various economic and environmental factors related to the underlying loans. Each month the Company’s Senior Loan Committee reviews each business unit’s allowance, and the aggregate allowance for the Company and, on a quarterly basis, approves the adequacy of the allowance. The Senior Loan Committee also periodically evaluates and establishes the loss percentages used in the estimates of the allowance based on historical loss data, and giving consideration to their assessment of current economic and environmental conditions. To facilitate the Senior Loan Committee’s evaluation, the Company’s Asset Quality Department performs periodic reviews of each of the Company’s business units and reports on the adequacy of management’s identification of impaired and adversely classified loans, and their adherence to the Company’s loan policies and procedures.

The process of evaluating the adequacy of the allowance for loan losses necessarily involves the exercise of judgment and consideration of numerous subjective factors and, accordingly, there can be no assurance that the current level of the allowance will prove adequate in light of future developments and economic conditions. Different assumptions and conditions could result in a materially different amount for the allowance for loan losses.

Income Taxes

The Company files a consolidated income tax return. Deferred taxes are recognized under the liability method based upon the future tax consequences of temporary differences between the carrying amounts and tax basis of assets and liabilities, using the tax rates expected to apply to taxable income in the periods when the related temporary differences are expected to be realized.

 

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The amount of accrued current and deferred income taxes is based on estimates of taxes due or receivable from taxing authorities either currently or in the future. Changes in these accruals are reported as tax expense, and involve estimates of the various components included in determining taxable income, tax credits, other taxes and temporary differences. Changes periodically occur in the estimates due to changes in tax rates, tax laws and regulations, and implementation of new tax planning strategies. The process of determining the accruals for income taxes necessarily involves the exercise of considerable judgment and consideration of numerous subjective factors.

Intangible Assets and Goodwill

Core deposit intangibles are amortized on a straight-line basis over the estimated useful lives of the core deposits. Prior to 2002, the excess of cost over the fair value of assets acquired (goodwill) was amortized on a straight-line basis over fifteen to forty years, depending upon when the goodwill originated. Beginning with 2002, goodwill is no longer amortized. Customer relationship intangibles are amortized on a straight-line basis of eighteen years. Annually in the fourth quarter intangible assets are reviewed for reassessment of useful lives and goodwill is evaluated for possible impairment. Impairment losses are measured by comparing the fair values of the intangible assets with their recorded amounts. Any impairment losses are reported in the income statement.

The evaluation of remaining original core deposit intangibles for possible impairment involves reassessing the useful lives and the recoverability of the intangible assets. The evaluation of the useful lives is performed by reviewing the levels of core deposits of the respective branches acquired. The actual life of a core deposit base may be longer than originally estimated due to more successful retention of customers, or may be shorter due to more rapid runoff. Amortization of core deposit intangibles would be adjusted, if necessary, to amortize the remaining net book values over the remaining lives of the core deposits. The evaluation for recoverability is only performed if events or changes in circumstances indicate that the carrying amount of the intangibles may not be recoverable.

The evaluation of goodwill for possible impairment is performed by comparing the fair values of the related reporting units with their carrying amounts including goodwill. The fair values of the related business units are estimated using market data for prices of recent acquisitions of banks and branches.

The evaluation of intangible assets and goodwill for the year ended December 31, 2007 resulted in no material impairments.

Fair Value of Financial Instruments

Securities that are being held for indefinite periods of time, or that may be sold as part of the Company’s asset/liability management strategy, to provide liquidity or for other reasons, are classified as available for sale and are stated at estimated market value. Unrealized gains or losses on securities available for sale are reported as a component of stockholders’ equity, net of income tax. Securities that are determined to be impaired, and for which such impairment is determined to be other than temporary, are adjusted to fair value and a corresponding loss is recognized.

The estimates of fair values of securities and other financial instruments are based on a variety of factors. In some cases, fair values represent quoted market prices for identical or comparable instruments. In other cases, fair values have been estimated based on assumptions concerning the amount and timing of estimated future cash flows and assumed discount rates reflecting varying degrees of risk. Accordingly, the fair values may not represent actual values of the financial instruments that could have been realized as of year end or that will be realized in the future.

Future Application of Accounting Standards

See note (1) of the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements for a discussion of recently issued accounting pronouncements.

 

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Segment Information

See note (21) of the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements for disclosures regarding the Company’s operating business segments.

Forward-Looking Statements

The Company may make forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 with respect to earnings, credit quality, corporate objectives, interest rates and other financial and business matters. Forward-looking statements include estimates and give management’s current expectations or forecasts of future events. The Company cautions readers that these forward-looking statements are subject to numerous assumptions, risks and uncertainties, including economic conditions; the performance of financial markets and interest rates; legislative and regulatory actions and reforms; competition; as well as other factors, all of which change over time. Actual results may differ materially from forward-looking statements.

 

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Management’s Report on Internal Control Over Financial Reporting

Management is responsible for establishing and maintaining internal control over financial reporting and for assessing the effectiveness of internal control over financial reporting, as such term is defined in Exchange Act Rules 13a-15(f) and 15d-15(f). Management has assessed the effectiveness of the Company’s internal control over financial reporting based on the criteria established in “Internal Control—Integrated Framework,” issued by the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations (“COSO”) of the Treadway Commission. Based on that assessment and criteria, management has determined that the Company has maintained effective internal control over financial reporting as of December 31, 2007.

Grant Thornton LLP, the independent registered public accounting firm that audited the 2007 consolidated financial statements of the Company included in this annual report, has issued, included in this report, an audit report on the effectiveness of the Company’s internal control over financial reporting as of December 31, 2007.

BancFirst Corporation

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

March 14, 2008

 

/S/    DAVID E. RAINBOLT        
David E. Rainbolt
President and Chief Executive Officer
(Principal Executive Officer)
/S/    JOE T. SHOCKLEY, JR.        
Joe T. Shockley, Jr.
Executive Vice President and
Chief Financial Officer
(Principal Financial Officer)
/S/    RANDY FORAKER        
Randy Foraker
Executive Vice President and
Chief Risk Officer
(Principal Accounting Officer)

 

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Report of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm

Board of Directors and Shareholders of BancFirst Corporation

We have audited internal control over financial reporting of BancFirst Corporation and Subsidiaries (collectively, the Company) as of December 31, 2007, based on criteria established in Internal Control—Integrated Framework issued by the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission (COSO). The Company’s management is responsible for maintaining effective internal control over financial reporting and for its assessment of the effectiveness of internal control over financial reporting, included in the accompanying Management’s Report on Internal Control Over Financial Reporting. Our responsibility is to express an opinion on the Company’s internal control over financial reporting based on our audit.

We conducted our audit in accordance with the standards of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (United States). Those standards require that we plan and perform the audit to obtain reasonable assurance about whether effective internal control over financial reporting was maintained in all material respects. Our audit included obtaining an understanding of internal control over financial reporting, assessing the risk that a material weakness exists, testing and evaluating the design and operating effectiveness of internal control based on the assessed risk, and performing such other procedures as we considered necessary in the circumstances. We believe that our audit provides a reasonable basis for our opinion.

A company’s internal control over financial reporting is a process designed to provide reasonable assurance regarding the reliability of financial reporting and the preparation of financial statements for external purposes in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles. A company’s internal control over financial reporting includes those policies and procedures that (1) pertain to the maintenance of records that, in reasonable detail, accurately and fairly reflect the transactions and dispositions of the assets of the company; (2) provide reasonable assurance that transactions are recorded as necessary to permit preparation of financial statements in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles, and that receipts and expenditures of the company are being made only in accordance with authorizations of management and directors of the company; and (3) provide reasonable assurance regarding prevention or timely detection of unauthorized acquisition, use, or disposition of the company’s assets that could have a material effect on the financial statements.

Because of it’s inherent limitations, internal control over financial reporting may not prevent or detect misstatements. Also, projections of any evaluation of effectiveness to future periods are subject to the risk that controls may become inadequate because of changes in conditions, or that the degree of compliance with the policies or procedures may deteriorate.

In our opinion, the Company maintained, in all material respects, effective internal control over financial reporting as of December 31, 2007, based on criteria established in Internal Control—Integrated Framework issued by COSO.

We also have audited, in accordance with the standards of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (United States), the consolidated balance sheets of BancFirst Corporation and Subsidiaries, as of December 31, 2007 and 2006, and the related consolidated statements of income and comprehensive income, stockholders’ equity and cash flow for each of the three years in the period ended December 31, 2007 and our report dated March 14, 2008 expressed an unqualified opinion.

/s/ GRANT THORNTON LLP

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

March 14, 2008

 

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Report of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm

Board of Directors and Shareholders of BancFirst Corporation

We have audited the accompanying consolidated balance sheets of BancFirst Corporation and Subsidiaries (collectively, the Company) as of December 31, 2007 and 2006, and the related consolidated statements of income and comprehensive income, stockholders’ equity and cash flow for each of the three years in the period ended December 31, 2007. These financial statements are the responsibility of the Company’s management. Our responsibility is to express an opinion on these financial statements based on our audits.

We conducted our audits in accordance with the standards of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (United States). Those standards require that we plan and perform the audit to obtain reasonable assurance about whether the financial statements are free of material misstatement. An audit includes examining, on a test basis, evidence supporting the amounts and disclosures in the financial statements. An audit also includes assessing the accounting principles used and significant estimates made by management, as well as evaluating the overall financial statement presentation. We believe that our audits provide a reasonable basis for our opinion.

In our opinion, the consolidated financial statements referred to above present fairly, in all material respects, the financial position of BancFirst Corporation and Subsidiaries as of December 31, 2007 and 2006, and the results of their operations and their cash flows for each of the three years in the period ended December 31, 2007, in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America.

As discussed in Note 1 to the consolidated financial statements, the Company adopted Statement of Financial Standards No. 123(revised 2004), Share-Based Payment, on a modified prospective basis, as of January 1, 2006.

We also have audited, in accordance with the standards of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (United States), the Company’s internal control over financial reporting as of December 31, 2007, based on criteria established in Internal Control—Integrated Framework issued by the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission (COSO) and our report dated March 14, 2008 expressed an unqualified opinion.

/s/ GRANT THORNTON LLP

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

March 14, 2008

 

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BANCFIRST CORPORATION

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(Dollars in thousands, except per share data)

 

     December 31,  
     2007     2006  
ASSETS     

Cash and due from banks

   $ 194,103     $ 148,487  

Interest-bearing deposits with banks

     2,387       6,470  

Federal funds sold

     399,000       335,000  

Securities (market value: $467,921 and $432,945, respectively)

     467,719       432,910  

Loans:

    

Total loans (net of unearned interest)

     2,487,099       2,325,548  

Allowance for loan losses

     (29,127 )     (27,700 )
                

Loans, net

     2,457,972       2,297,848  

Premises and equipment, net

     88,110       82,336  

Other real estate owned, net

     1,300       1,379  

Intangible assets, net

     8,099       7,294  

Goodwill

     34,327       32,512  

Accrued interest receivable

     26,093       25,680  

Other assets

     63,896       48,658  
                

Total assets

   $ 3,743,006     $ 3,418,574  
                
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY     

Deposits:

    

Noninterest-bearing

   $ 966,214     $ 866,787  

Interest-bearing

     2,322,290       2,107,518  
                

Total deposits

     3,288,504       2,974,305  

Short-term borrowings

     30,400       23,252  

Accrued interest payable

     7,831       7,988  

Other liabilities

     16,899       11,531  

Long-term borrowings

     606       1,339  

Junior subordinated debentures

     26,804       51,804  
                

Total liabilities

     3,371,044       3,070,219  
                

Commitments and contingent liabilities (footnote 19)

    

Stockholders’ equity:

    

Senior preferred stock, $1.00 par; 10,000,000 shares authorized; none issued

     —         —    

Cumulative preferred stock, $5.00 par; 900,000 shares authorized; none issued

     —         —    

Common stock, $1.00 par; 20,000,000 shares authorized; shares issued and outstanding: 15,217,230 and 15,764,310, respectively

     15,217       15,764  

Capital surplus

     63,917       61,418  

Retained earnings

     285,879       271,073  

Accumulated other comprehensive income, net of income tax of $(3,742) and $(54), respectively

     6,949       100  
                

Total stockholders’ equity

     371,962       348,355  
                

Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity

   $ 3,743,006     $ 3,418,574  
                

The accompanying notes are an integral part of these consolidated financial statements.

 

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BANCFIRST CORPORATION

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME AND COMPREHENSIVE INCOME

(Dollars in thousands, except per share data)

 

    Year Ended December 31,  
    2007   2006     2005  

INTEREST INCOME

     

Loans, including fees

  $ 189,786   $ 179,942     $ 148,567  

Securities:

     

Taxable

    18,397     17,345       19,949  

Tax-exempt

    1,398     1,533       1,329  

Federal funds sold

    21,047     13,952       1,381  

Interest-bearing deposits with banks

    121     453       480  
                     

Total interest income

    230,749     213,225       171,706  
                     

INTEREST EXPENSE

     

Deposits

    78,606     63,167       34,368  

Short-term borrowings

    1,667     1,798       1,130  

Long-term borrowings

    50     160       344  

Junior subordinated debentures

    2,140     4,412       4,413  
                     

Total interest expense

    82,463     69,537       40,255  
                     

Net interest income

    148,286     143,688       131,451  

Provision for loan losses

    3,329     1,790       4,607  
                     

Net interest income after provision for loan losses

    144,957     141,898       126,844  
                     

NONINTEREST INCOME

     

Trust revenue

    6,077     5,765       4,856  

Service charges on deposits

    29,395     28,200       27,573  

Securities transactions

    8,337     526       196  

Income from sales of loans

    2,397     2,259       2,271  

Insurance commissions and premiums

    6,434     6,457       6,825  

Insurance recovery

    3,139     —         —    

Other

    15,359     15,217       12,563  
                     

Total noninterest income

    71,138     58,424       54,284  
                     

NONINTEREST EXPENSE

     

Salaries and employee benefits

    76,814     70,336       64,544  

Occupancy and fixed assets expense, net

    8,357     8,245       7,218  

Depreciation

    7,568     6,850       6,596  

Amortization of intangible assets

    968     981       814  

Data processing services

    2,783     2,736       2,463  

Net expense from other real estate owned

    128     52       279  

Marketing and business promotion

    7,606     6,544       4,720  

Loss on early extinguishment of debt

    1,894     —         —    

Other

    28,328     28,813       30,531  
                     

Total noninterest expense

    134,446     124,557       117,165  
                     

Income before taxes

    81,649     75,765       63,963  

Income tax expense

    28,556     26,413       21,128  
                     

Net income

    53,093     49,352       42,835  

Other comprehensive income, net of tax of $2,637, $1,838 and $(2,856), respectively Unrealized gains (losses) on securities

    4,899     3,410       (5,993 )

Reclassification adjustment for gains/(losses) included in net income

    1,950     (342 )     (127 )
                     

Comprehensive income

  $ 59,942   $ 52,420     $ 36,715  
                     

NET INCOME PER COMMON SHARE

     

Basic

  $ 3.41   $ 3.14     $ 2.74  
                     

Diluted

  $ 3.33   $ 3.07     $ 2.68  
                     

The accompanying notes are an integral part of these consolidated financial statements.

 

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BANCFIRST CORPORATION

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY

(Dollars in thousands, except share data)

 

    Year Ended December 31,  
    2007     2006     2005  
    Shares     Amount     Shares   Amount     Shares     Amount  

COMMON STOCK

           

Issued at beginning of period

  15,764,310     $ 15,764     15,637,170   $ 15,637     15,681,592     $ 15,682  

Shares issued

  45,373       45     127,140     127     85,778       85  

Shares acquired and canceled

  (592,453 )     (592 )   —       —       (130,200 )     (130 )
                                       

Issued at end of period

  15,217,230     $ 15,217     15,764,310   $ 15,764     15,637,170     $ 15,637  
                                       

CAPITAL SURPLUS

           

Balance at beginning of period

    $ 61,418       $ 57,264       $ 55,213  

Common stock issued

      2,499         4,154         2,051  
                             

Balance at end of period

    $ 63,917       $ 61,418       $ 57,264  
                             

RETAINED EARNINGS

           

Balance at beginning of period

    $ 271,073       $ 232,416       $ 203,450  

Net income

      53,093         49,352         42,835  

Dividends on common stock ($0.76, $0.68 and $0.60 per share, respectively)

      (11,747 )       (10,695 )       (9,369 )

Adjustment to basis of Subsidiary

      —           —           18  

Common stock acquired and canceled

      (26,540 )       —           (4,518 )
                             

Balance at end of period

    $ 285,879       $ 271,073       $ 232,416  
                             

ACCUMULATED OTHER COMPREHENSIVE INCOME/(LOSS)

           

Unrealized gains (losses) on securities:

           

Balance at beginning of period

    $ 100       $ (2,968 )     $ 3,152  

Net change

      6,849         3,068         (6,120 )
                             

Balance at end of period

    $ 6,949       $ 100       $ (2,968 )
                             

Total stockholders’ equity

    $ 371,962       $ 348,355       $ 302,349  
                             

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CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOW

(Dollars in thousands)

 

    December 31,  
    2007     2006     2005  

CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES

     

Net income

  $ 53,093     $ 49,352     $ 42,835  

Adjustments to reconcile to net cash provided by operating activities:

     

Provision for loan losses

    3,329       1,790       4,607  

Depreciation and amortization

    8,536       7,831       7,567  

Net amortization of securities premiums and discounts

    261       558       1,595  

Realized securities losses (gains)

    (8,337 )     (526 )     (196 )

Gain on sales of loans

    (2,043 )     (2,259 )     (2,071 )

Cash receipts from the sale of loans originated for sale

    124,976       120,192       114,393  

Cash disbursements for loans originated for sale

    (122,134 )     (123,320 )     (109,875 )

Deferred income tax provision

    504       (1,137 )     1,383  

Amortization of tax basis difference

    2,831       2,946       976  

Provision for losses on other real estate owned

    119       166       169  

(Increase) decrease in interest receivable

    (413 )     (4,335 )     (2,337 )

Increase (decrease) in interest payable

    (156 )     2,522       1,452  

Loss on early extinguishment of debt

    1,894       —         —    

Amortization of stock based compensation arrangements

    (1,240 )     (957 )     —    

Other, net

    546       (8,747 )     (4,307 )
                       

Net cash provided by operating activities

    61,766       44,076       56,191  
                       

INVESTING ACTIVITIES

     

Net cash and due from banks provided (used) for acquisitions and dispositions

    (3,991 )     616       (10,990 )

Purchases of securities:

     

Held for investment

    (6,027 )     (12,387 )     (4,987 )

Available for sale

    (121,693 )     (124,129 )     (11,757 )

Maturities of securities:

     

Held for investment

    6,420       14,860       6,000  

Available for sale

    94,514       144,022       120,628  

Proceeds from sales and calls of securities:

     

Held for investment

    708       2,585       601  

Available for sale

    9,879       2,858       7,880  

Net (increase) decrease in federal funds sold

    (64,000 )     (248,950 )     45,000  

Purchases of loans

    (3,289 )     (26,813 )     (37,807 )

Proceeds from sales of loans

    53,718       73,961       92,349  

Net other increase in loans

    (218,681 )     (55,347 )     (276,912 )

Purchase of life insurance

    (15,000 )     —         —    

Purchases of premises and equipment

    (14,850 )     (22,422 )     (15,975 )

Proceeds from the sale of other real estate owned and repossessed assets

    4,673       10,864       9,244  

Other, net

    —         124       —    
                       

Net cash used for investing activities

    (277,619 )     (240,158 )     (76,726 )
                       

FINANCING ACTIVITIES

     

Net increase in demand, transaction and savings deposits

    269,249       83,787       102,980  

Net increase in certificates of deposits

    44,951       85,999       8,939  

Net increase (decrease) in short-term borrowings

    7,148       (13,924 )     12,049  

Paydown on long-term borrowings

    (733 )     (2,779 )     (3,697 )

Prepayment of junior subordinated debentures

    (26,894 )     —         —    

Issuance of common stock

    2,544       4,281       2,070  

Acquisition of common stock

    (27,132 )     —         (4,582 )

Cash dividends paid

    (11,747 )     (10,695 )     (9,061 )
                       

Net cash provided by financing activities

    257,386       146,669       108,698  
                       

Net increase (decrease) in cash and due from banks

    41,533       (49,413 )     88,163  

Cash and due from banks at the beginning of the period

    154,957       204,370       116,207  
                       

Cash and due from banks at the end of the period

  $ 196,490     $ 154,957     $ 204,370  
                       

SUPPLEMENTAL DISCLOSURE

     

Cash paid during the year for interest

  $ 82,620     $ 67,015     $ 38,803  
                       

Cash paid during the year for income taxes

  $ 27,047     $ 22,052     $ 21,049  
                       

The accompanying notes are an integral part of these consolidated financial statements.

 

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BANCFIRST CORPORATION

NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

(1) SUMMARY OF SIGNIFICANT ACCOUNTING POLICIES

The accounting and reporting policies of BancFirst Corporation and its subsidiaries (the “Company”) conform to generally accepted accounting principles and general practice within the banking industry. A summary of the significant accounting policies follows.

Basis of Presentation

The accompanying consolidated financial statements include the accounts of BancFirst Corporation, Century Life Assurance Company, Council Oak Partners, LLC, Wilcox Jones & McGrath, Inc., and BancFirst and its subsidiaries (the “Company”). The operating subsidiaries of BancFirst are Council Oak Investment Corporation, BancFirst Agency, Inc., Lenders Collection Corporation, BancFirst Community Development Corporation, Council Oak Real Estate, Inc. and PremierSource LLC. PremierSource LLC was sold in August 2006 and Century Life Assurance Company was sold effective October 2006. All significant intercompany accounts and transactions have been eliminated. Assets held in a fiduciary or agency capacity are not assets of the Company and, accordingly, are not included in the consolidated financial statements. Certain amounts for 2006 and 2005 have been reclassified to conform to the 2007 presentation.

Stock Split

In January 2006, the Company approved a two-for-one split for shares of common stock to be issued in the form of a stock dividend. As a result of the stock split, the Company’s stockholders received one additional share of the Company’s common stock for each share of common stock held of record on February 16, 2006. The additional shares of our common stock were distributed on March 1, 2006. All share and per share amounts in these consolidated financial statements and related notes have been retroactively adjusted to reflect this stock split for all periods presented.

Use of Estimates

The preparation of financial statements in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States inherently involves the use of estimates and assumptions that affect the amounts reported in the financial statements and the related disclosures. These estimates relate principally to the determination of the allowance for loan losses, income taxes, the fair value of financial instruments and the valuation of intangibles. Such estimates and assumptions may change over time and actual amounts realized may differ from those reported.

Securities

The Company does not engage in securities trading activities. Any sales of securities are for the purpose of executing the Company’s asset/liability management strategy, eliminating a perceived credit risk in a specific security, or providing liquidity. Securities that are being held for indefinite periods of time, or that may be sold as part of the Company’s asset/liability management strategy, to provide liquidity or for other reasons, are classified as available for sale and are stated at estimated market value. Securities with limited marketability, such as Federal Home Loan Bank stock, are carried at cost, which approximates fair value, and are classified as available for sale. Unrealized gains or losses on securities available for sale are reported as a component of stockholders’ equity, net of income tax. Gains or losses from sales of securities are based upon the book values of the specific securities sold. Securities for which the Company has the intent and ability to hold to maturity are classified as held for investment and are stated at cost, adjusted for amortization of premiums and accretion of discounts computed under the interest method. The Company reviews its portfolio of securities for impairment at least quarterly. Impairment is considered to be other-than-temporary if it is likely that all amounts contractually due

 

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will not be received for debt securities and when there is no positive evidence indicating that an investment’s carrying amount is recoverable in the near term for equity securities. When impairment is considered other-than-temporary, the cost basis of the security is written down to fair value, with the impairment charge included in earnings. In evaluating whether the impairment is temporary or other-than-temporary, the Company considers, among other things, the time period the security has been in an unrealized loss position, and whether the Company has the intent and ability to hold a security for a period of time sufficient to allow for any anticipated recovery in fair value.

Loans

Loans are stated at the principal amount outstanding, net of unearned interest, loan fees, and allowance for loan losses. Interest income on certain installment loans is recorded by use of a method that produces a reasonable approximation of a constant yield on the outstanding principal. Interest on all other performing loans is recognized, on a simple interest basis, based upon the principal amount outstanding. A loan is placed on nonaccrual status when, in the opinion of management, the future collectibility of interest and/or principal is in serious doubt. When interest accrual is discontinued, all unpaid accrued interest is reversed. Interest income is recognized on certain of these loans on a cash basis if the full collection of the remaining principal balance is reasonably expected. Otherwise, interest income is not recognized until the principal balance is fully collected.

Loans are considered impaired when, based on current information and events, it is probable the Company will be unable to collect all amounts due in accordance with the original contractual terms of the loan agreement, including scheduled principal and interest payments. Impairment is evaluated in total for smaller-balance loans of a similar nature and on an individual loan basis for other loans. If a loan is impaired, a specific valuation allowance is allocated, if necessary, so that the loan is reported net, at the present value of estimated future cash flows using the loan’s existing rate or at the fair value of collateral if repayment is expected solely from the collateral. Interest payments on impaired loans are typically applied to principal unless collectibility of the principal amount is reasonably assured, in which case interest is recognized on a cash basis. Impaired loans, or portions thereof, are charged off when deemed uncollectible.

Loans Held For Sale

The Company originates mortgage loans to be sold in the secondary market. At the time of origination, the acquiring bank has already been determined and the terms of the loan, including the interest rate, have already been set by the acquiring bank allowing the Company to originate the loan at fair value. Mortgage loans are generally sold within 30 days of origination and gains or losses recognized upon the sale of the loans are determined on a specific identification basis.

Allowance for Loan Losses

The allowance for loan losses is maintained to provide for probable credit losses related to specifically identified loans and for losses inherent in the portfolio that have been incurred as of the balance sheet date. The allowance for loan losses is increased by provisions charged to operating expense and is reduced by net loan charge-offs. The amount of the allowance for loan losses is based on past loan loss experience, evaluations of known impaired loans, levels of adversely classified loans, general economic conditions and other environmental factors. A loan is considered impaired when it is probable that the Company will be unable to collect all amounts due according to the contractual terms of the loan agreement. The majority of the Company’s impaired loans are collateral dependent. For collateral dependent loans, the amount of impairment is measured based upon the fair value of the underlying collateral and is included in the allowance for loan losses.

 

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Premises and Equipment

Premises and equipment are stated at cost, less accumulated depreciation. Depreciation is charged to operating expense and is computed using the straight-line method over the estimated useful lives of the assets. Maintenance and repairs are charged to expense as incurred while improvements are capitalized. Premises and equipment is tested for impairment if events or changes in circumstances occur that indicate that the carrying amount of any premises and equipment may not be recoverable. Impairment losses are measured by comparing the fair values of the premises and equipment with their recorded amounts. Premises that are identified to be sold are transferred to other real estate owned at the lower of their carrying amounts or their fair values less estimated costs to sell. Any losses on premises identified to be sold are charged to operating expense. When premises and equipment are transferred to other real estate owned, sold, or otherwise retired, the cost and applicable accumulated depreciation are removed from the respective accounts and any resulting gains or losses are reported in the income statement.

Other Real Estate Owned

Other real estate owned consists of properties acquired through foreclosure proceedings or acceptance of a deed in lieu of foreclosure, and premises held for sale. These properties are carried at the lower of the book values of the related loans or fair market values based upon appraisals, less estimated costs to sell. Losses arising at the time of reclassification of such properties from loans to other real estate owned are charged directly to the allowance for loan losses. Any losses on premises identified to be sold are charged to operating expense at the time of transfer from premises to other real estate owned. Losses from declines in value of the properties subsequent to classification as other real estate owned are charged to operating expense.

Intangible Assets and Goodwill

Core deposit intangibles are amortized on a straight-line basis over the estimated useful lives of the core deposits. Prior to 2002, the excess of cost over the fair value of assets acquired (goodwill) was amortized on a straight-line basis over fifteen to forty years, depending upon when the goodwill originated. Beginning with 2002, goodwill is no longer amortized, but is evaluated annually for impairment. Customer relationship intangibles are amortized on a straight-line basis over eighteen years. All intangible assets are reviewed in the fourth quarter for reassessment of useful lives. Impairment losses are measured by comparing the fair values of the intangible assets with their recorded amounts. Any impairment losses are reported in the income statement.

Share-Based Compensation

Prior to January 1, 2006, employee compensation expense under stock option plans was reported only if options were granted below market price at grant date in accordance with the intrinsic value method of Accounting Principles Board Opinion (APB) No. 25, “Accounting for Stock Issued to Employees,” and related interpretations. Because the exercise price of the Corporation’s employee stock options always equaled the market price of the underlying stock on the date of grant, no compensation expense was recognized on options granted. The Corporation adopted the provisions of FAS No. 123, “Share-Based Payment (Revised 2004),” (“FAS 123R”) on January 1, 2006. FAS 123R eliminates the ability to account for share-based compensation using APB 25 and requires that such transactions be recognized as compensation cost in the income statement based on their fair values on the measurement date, which, for the Corporation, is the date of the grant. The Corporation transitioned to fair-value based accounting for stock-based compensation using a modified version of prospective application (“modified prospective application”). Under modified prospective application, as it is applicable to the Corporation, FAS 123R applies to new awards and to awards modified, repurchased, or cancelled after January 1, 2006. Additionally, compensation cost for the portion of awards for which the requisite service has not been rendered (generally referring to non-vested awards) that were outstanding as of January 1,

 

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2006 will be recognized as the remaining requisite service is rendered during the period of and/or the periods after the adoption of FAS 123R. The attribution of compensation cost for those earlier awards is based on the same method and on the same grant-date fair values previously determined for the pro forma disclosures required for companies that did not previously adopt the fair value accounting method for stock-based employee compensation. Compensation expense for non-vested stock awards is based on the fair value of the awards, which is generally the market price of the stock on the measurement date, which, for the Corporation, is the date of grant, and is recognized ratably over the service period of the award.

FAS 123R, requires pro forma disclosures of net income and earnings per share for all periods prior to the adoption of the fair value accounting method for stock-based employee compensation. The pro forma disclosures presented in Note 13—Share Based Compensation use the fair value method of FAS 123R to measure compensation expense for share-based employee compensation plans for years prior to 2006.

Income Taxes

The Company files a consolidated income tax return. Deferred taxes are recognized under the liability method based upon the future tax consequences of temporary differences between the carrying amounts and tax basis of assets and liabilities, using the tax rates expected to apply to taxable income in the periods when the related temporary differences are expected to be realized. Realization of deferred tax assets is dependent upon the generation of a sufficient level of future taxable income and recoverable taxes paid in prior years. Although realization is not assured, management believes it is more likely than not that all of the deferred tax assets will be realized.

Earnings Per Common Share

Basic earnings per common share is computed by dividing net income, less any preferred dividends requirement, by the weighted average of common shares outstanding. Diluted earnings per common share reflects the potential dilution that could occur if options, convertible securities or other contracts to issue common stock were exercised or converted into common stock or resulted in the issuance of common stock that then shared in the earnings of the Company.

Comprehensive Income

Comprehensive income includes all changes in shareholders’ equity during a period, except those resulting from transactions with shareholders. Besides net income, other components of the Company’s comprehensive income includes the after tax effect of changes in the net unrealized gain/loss on securities available for sale.

Statement of Cash Flows

For purposes of the statement of cash flows, the Company considers cash and due from banks, and interest-bearing deposits with banks as cash equivalents.

Recent Accounting Pronouncements

In December 2004, the FASB revised FAS 123, “Accounting for Stock-Based Compensation” (“FAS 123R”). FAS 123R establishes accounting requirements for share-based compensation to employees and carries forward prior guidance on accounting for awards to nonemployees. This statement applies to all awards granted after the required effective date and to awards modified, repurchased or cancelled after that date. The cumulative effect of initially applying this statement, if any, is recognized as of the required effective date. This statement

 

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requires a public entity to measure and recognize the cost of employee services received in exchange for an award of equity instruments based on the grant-date fair value of the award (with limited exceptions). The grant-date fair value of employee share options and similar instruments will be estimated using option-pricing models adjusted for the unique characteristics of those instruments. If an equity award is modified after the grant date, incremental compensation cost will be recognized in an amount equal to the excess of the fair value of the modified award over the fair value of the original award immediately before the modification. As of the required effective date, all public entities that used the fair-value based method for either recognition or disclosure under FAS 123 will apply this statement using a modified version of prospective application. Under that transition method, compensation cost is recognized on or after the required effective date for the portion of outstanding awards for which the requisite service has not yet been rendered, based on the grant-date fair value of those awards calculated under FAS 123 for either recognition or pro forma disclosures. For periods prior to the required effective date, those entities may elect to apply a modified version of retrospective application under which financial statements for prior periods are adjusted on a basis consistent with the pro forma disclosures required for those periods by FAS 123. Adoption of FAS 123R is required for public entities as of the beginning of the first fiscal year beginning after June 15, 2005. The Company adopted this new standard effective January 1, 2006. The adoption of this standard did not have a material effect on the Company’s consolidated financial statements.

In May 2005, the FASB issued FAS No. 154, “Accounting Changes and Error Corrections—a replacement of APB Opinion No. 20 and FASB Statement No. 3”. The provisions of this statement are effective for accounting changes made in fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2005. FAS 154 requires the retrospective application for voluntary changes in accounting principles unless it is impracticable to do so, replacing the current requirement to recognize the voluntary changes in the current period of the change by including in net income the cumulative effect of changing to the new accounting principle. The Company adopted this new standard effective January 1, 2006. The adoption of this standard did not have a material effect on the Company’s consolidated financial statements.

In June 2006, the FASB issued Interpretation No. 48, “Accounting for Uncertainty in Income Taxes—an Interpretation of FASB Statement No. 109”. This interpretation prescribes a recognition threshold and measurement attribute for the financial statement recognition and measurement of a tax position taken or expected to be taken in a tax return. This interpretation also provides guidance on derecognition, classification, interest and penalties, accounting in interim periods, disclosure and transition. This interpretation is expected to increase the relevance and comparability in financial reporting of income taxes because all tax positions accounted for in accordance with Statement 109 will be evaluated for recognition, derecognition, and measurement using consistent criteria. Finally, the disclosure provisions of this interpretation will provide more information about the uncertainty in income tax assets and liabilities. This interpretation was effective for fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2006. The Company adopted this new standard effective January 1, 2007. The Company has evaluated the effect of this pronouncement and determined that the adoption of this interpretation did not have a material effect on the Company’s consolidated financial statements.

FSP No. 48-1 “Definition of Settlement in FASB Interpretation No. 48.” FSP 48-1 provides guidance on how to determine whether a tax position is effectively settled for the purpose of recognizing previously unrecognized tax benefits. FSP 48-1 was effective retroactively to January 1, 2007 and did not have a material effect on the Company’s consolidated financial statements.

On September 13, 2006, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) issued Staff Accounting Bulletin No. 108 (“SAB 108”). SAB 108 provides interpretive guidance on how the effects of the carryover or reversal of prior year misstatements should be considered in quantifying a potential current year misstatement. Prior to SAB 108, companies might evaluate the materiality of financial-statement misstatements using either the

 

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income statement or balance sheet approach, with the income statement approach focusing on misstatements added in the current year, and the balance sheet approach focusing on the cumulative amount of misstatements present in the Company’s balance sheet. Misstatements that would be material under one approach could be viewed as immaterial under another approach, and not be corrected. SAB 108 now requires that companies view financial statement misstatements as material if they are material according to either the income statement or balance sheet approach. The Company has considered SAB 108 and determined that the adoption of SAB 108 did not have a material effect on the Company’s consolidated financial statements.

In September 2006, the FASB issued FAS No. 157 (“FAS 157”), “Fair Value Measurements.” FAS 157 is effective for all financial statements issued for fiscal years beginning after November 15, 2007. FAS 157 defines fair value as the price that would be received to sell an asset or paid to transfer a liability in an orderly transaction between market participants at the measurement date, establishes a framework for measuring fair value, and expands disclosures about fair value measurements. FAS 157 is effective for the Company on January 1, 2008, however, on February 12, 2008, the FASB issued FSP FAS No. 157-2, “Effective Dates of FASB Statement No. 157”, which delays the effective date of FAS 157 for fiscal years beginning after November 15, 2008 for all nonfinancial assets and nonfinancial liabilities, except those that are recognized or disclosed at fair value in the financial statements on a recurring basis. The Company does not expect the adoption of FAS 157 to have a material impact on the Company’s results of operations or financial condition.

In February 2007, the FASB issued FAS No. 159 (“FAS 159”), “The Fair Value Option for Financial Assets and Financial Liabilities, including an amendment of FASB Statement No. 115.” FAS 159 allows entities to irrevocably elect fair value as the initial and subsequent measurement attribute for certain financial assets and financial liabilities that are not otherwise required to be measured at fair value, with changes in fair value recognized in earnings as they occur. FAS 159 also requires entities to report those financial assets and financial liabilities measured at fair value in a manner that separates those reported fair values from the carrying amounts of similar assets and liabilities measured using another measurement attribute on the face of the statement of financial position. Lastly, FAS 159 establishes presentation and disclosure requirements designed to improve comparability between entities that elect different measurement attributes for similar assets and liabilities. FAS 159 is effective for fiscal years beginning after November 15, 2007, with early adoption permitted if an entity also early adopts the provisions of FAS 157. The Company has determined that it does not intend to elect to use the fair value option to value financial assets and liabilities in accordance with FAS 159.

In December 2007, the FASB issued FAS No. 141R, “Business Combinations” (“FAS 141R”), which establishes principles and requirements for the reporting entity in a business combination, including recognition and measurement in the financial statements of the identifiable assets acquired, the liabilities assumed, and any noncontrolling interest in the acquiree. This statement also establishes disclosure requirements to enable financial statement users to evaluate the nature and financial effects of the business combination. FAS 141R applies prospectively to business combinations for which the acquisition date is on or after fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2008. FAS 141R will become effective for our fiscal year beginning January 1, 2009. The Company will evaluate the effect that the adoption of FAS 141R will have on future acquisitions.

(2) MERGERS & ACQUISITIONS AND RECENT TRANSACTIONS

In December 2005, BancFirst Corporation completed the acquisition of Park State Bank (“Park State”), Nicoma Park, Oklahoma for cash of approximately $11 million. Park State had total assets of approximately $44 million. As a result of the acquisition, Park State became a wholly-owned subsidiary of BancFirst Corporation and was merged into BancFirst in February 2006. The acquisition was accounted for as a purchase. Accordingly, the effects of the acquisition are included in the Company’s consolidated financial statements from the date of the acquisition forward. The acquisition did not have a material effect on the results of operations of the Company for 2006 or 2007.

 

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On June 30, 2006, the Company entered into an agreement to sell its 50% ownership in PremierSource, LLC (“PremierSource”). The Company opted to sell this interest to consolidate its insurance sales platform into a single wholly owned subsidiary. The Company did not have a controlling interest in PremierSource and accounted for the subsidiary on the equity method of accounting. The sale of PremierSource was completed during August 2006 and the Company had an investment in PremierSource of approximately $274,000 at the time of sale. The sale of PremierSource, including future revenue sharing payments, and the loss of future earnings from operating PremierSource did not have a significant impact on the results of the Company’s operations for 2006 or 2007.

In August 2006, the Company completed the acquisition of First Bartlesville Bank (“First Bartlesville”), Bartlesville, Oklahoma for cash of approximately $5.6 million. First Bartlesville had total assets of approximately $46.6 million. As a result of the acquisition, First Bartlesville became a wholly-owned subsidiary of BancFirst Corporation and was merged into BancFirst in December 2006. The acquisition was accounted for as a purchase. Accordingly, the effects of the acquisition are included in the Company’s consolidated financial statements from the date of the acquisition forward. The acquisition did not have a material effect on the results of operations of the Company for 2006 or 2007.

On September 6, 2006, the Company entered into an agreement to sell its 75% ownership in Century Life Assurance Company (“Century Life”) to American Underwriters Life Insurance Company. The Company decided to sell this subsidiary as the product line was not strategic for the Company. The effective date of the sale was October 1, 2006. Century Life reported approximately $945,000 of revenues and $111,000 of net income for the third quarter of 2006, and the Company reported a pre-tax gain on the sale approximating $640,000 during the fourth quarter of 2006. The resulting gain on the sale and the loss of future earnings from operating Century Life did not have a significant impact on the results of the Company’s operations for 2006 or 2007.

In November 2006, the Company announced its intent to exercise the optional prepayment terms of its 9.65% Junior Subordinated Debentures. The securities were redeemed effective January 15, 2007 for a redemption price equal to 104.825% of the aggregate $25 million liquidation amount of the trust securities plus all accrued and unpaid interest to the redemption date. As a result of the prepayment, the Company incurred a loss of approximately $1.2 million after taxes in the first quarter of 2007. The loss reflects the premium paid and the acceleration of the unamortized issuance costs.

During the first quarter of 2007 the Company entered into an agreement to acquire Armor Assurance Company (Armor), an insurance agency in Muskogee, Oklahoma for cash of approximately $3.3 million and a $372,000 note payable in three equal annual installments. The transaction was consummated in April 2007. Armor had total assets of approximately $364,000. As a result of the acquisition, Armor was merged with the Company’s existing property and casualty agency, Wilcox & Jones, to form Wilcox, Jones & McGrath, Inc. The acquisition was accounted for as a purchase. Accordingly, the effects of the acquisition are included in the Company’s consolidated financial statements from the date of the acquisition forward. The acquisition did not have a material effect on the results of operations of the Company for 2007.

In June 2007, the Company entered into an agreement to sell one of its investments held by Council Oak Investment Corporation, a wholly-owned subsidiary of BancFirst, that resulted in a one-time pretax gain of approximately $7.8 million. The transaction was consummated on August 1, 2007 and included in noninterest income—securities transactions in the third quarter of 2007. The Company made a $1 million contribution to its charitable foundation with the funds from the gain. This one-time gain, net of related expenses, income taxes and the contribution had a net income effect of approximately $3.9 million.

 

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In July 2007, the Company was awarded and received the $3.1 million bond claim by their fidelity bond carrier for the $3.3 million cash shortfall that was reported in the second quarter of 2005.

(3) DUE FROM BANKS AND FEDERAL FUNDS SOLD

The Company maintains accounts with various other financial institutions and the Federal Reserve Bank, primarily for the purpose of clearing cash items. It also sells federal funds to certain of these institutions on an overnight basis. At December 31, 2007 the Company had no concentrations of credit risk. At December 31, 2006 the Company had concentrations of credit risk at nine institutions totaling $315 million. These institutions are selected based on the strength of their financial condition and their creditworthiness. No collateral is required on such balances.

The Company is required, as a matter of law, to maintain a reserve balance in the form of vault cash or cash on deposit with the Federal Reserve Bank. The average amount of reserves maintained for each of the years ended December 31, 2007 and 2006 was approximately $24.6 million and $19.1 million, respectively.

(4) SECURITIES

The table below summarizes securities held for investment and securities available for sale:

 

     December 31,
     2007    2006
     (dollars in thousands)

Held for investment at cost (market value: $25,472

and $26,087, respectively)

  

$

25,270

   $ 26,052

Available for sale, at market value

     442,449      406,858
             

Total

   $ 467,719    $ 432,910
             

The table below summarizes the amortized cost and estimated market values of securities held for investment:

 

     Amortized
Cost
   Gross
Unrealized
Gains
   Gross
Unrealized
Losses
    Estimated
Market
Value
     (dollars in thousands)

December 31, 2007

          

Mortgage backed securities

   $ 2,393    $ 65    $ (4 )   $ 2,454