Peoples Bancorp Reports 17% Quarterly Earnings Increase

AUBURN, Ind., Jan. 21, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Peoples Bancorp (OTCQB:PBNI) reported net income for the first quarter ended December 31, 2013, of $760,012 versus the same quarter last year income of $677,910. First quarter earnings were $0.33 per share compared to $0.28 per share for the same period one year ago, an increase of 17.9%.

Maurice F. Winkler, President of Peoples Bancorp, indicated, "The recent increases in secondary market mortgage rates have reduced prepayment speeds on mortgage backed securities within the Company's investment portfolio. This, along with the balance sheet restructuring completed in April of last year with the prepayment of FHLB advances, has had a positive impact on net interest margin leading to an increase of 33 basis points to 2.89% compared to the same quarter last year. Non-interest income has decreased due to lower fee income and fewer gains on the sale of real estate owned. Non-interest expenses have decreased due, mostly, to lower depreciation expenses. Tax expense has increased as the mix of taxable income compared to tax exempt income has shifted. Loan balances grew by $4.7 million during the quarter, while our delinquency ratios continue to be better than the average for our peer group. Also, during the quarter, Peoples Federal Savings Bank opened its 16th full service office in Woodburn, Indiana."

Peoples reported assets on December 31, 2013, of $464,508,305, an increase of $13.7 million from September 30, 2013. Peoples' deposit balances increased during the quarter ended December 31, 2013 by $4.3 million to $354,013,186. The Company's borrowings increased during the quarter by $9.6 million to $49,612,617.

Peoples had 2,313,788 shares of stock outstanding as of December 31, 2013, and the closing price of Peoples Bancorp stock as of January 20, 2014, was $25.00 per share as listed on the OTCQB System under the symbol PBNI. At December 31, 2013, Peoples had stockholders equity of $58,339,818, a capital to assets ratio of 12.52%, and a book value of $25.21.

Peoples Bancorp, through its subsidiary, Peoples Federal Savings Bank, operates sixteen full-service offices located in Auburn, Avilla, Garrett, Howe, Kendallville, Lagrange, Middlebury, Topeka, Waterloo, Woodburn, and two in Columbia City, Indiana; and Three Rivers (two offices), Schoolcraft, and Union in Michigan.

December 31,
September 30,
December 31,
Balance Sheet Data:
Total assets $464,508,305 $450,760,405 $477,821,728
Loans receivable including loans held for sale, net 233,097,436 228,360,874 230,041,461
Investment securities 186,362,964 180,938,743 196,588,211
Other interest earning assets 13,428,901 11,614,650 15,027,184
Deposits 354,013,186 349,677,821 356,569,709
Borrowed Funds 49,612,617 40,061,234 54,628,449
Stockholder's equity 58,339,818 58,282,473 62,980,115
Non-performing loans and REO 1,061,000 1,066,000 1,572,000
Equity to assets ratio 12.52% 12.88% 13.18%
Book value per share $25.21 $25.19 $26.30
Three Months Ended
December 31,
2013 2012
Operating Data:
Interest income $3,893,597 $4,026,343
Interest expense 765,080 1,128,821
Net interest income $3,128,517 $2,897,522
Provision for losses on loans 40,000 90,000
Net interest income after provision for losses on loans $3,088,517 $2,807,522
Other income 690,698 864,811
Other expenses 2,919,691 2,964,994
Income before income taxes 859,524 707,339
Income tax expense 99,512 29,429
Net income $760,012 $677,910
Basic income per common share $0.33 $0.28
Diluted income per common share $0.33 $0.28
Dividends per common share $0.20 $0.20
Other Data:
Average yield on all interest-earning assets 3.60% 3.56%
Average cost of all interest-bearing liabilities 0.82% 1.16%
Interest rate spread 2.78% 2.40%
Net interest margin 2.89% 2.56%
Return on assets (net income divided by average total assets) 0.66% 0.57%
Return on equity (net income divided by average total equity) 5.13% 4.24%
Dividend payout ratio (dividends per common share divided by net income per common share) 60.61% 71.43%

CONTACT: Maurice F. Winkler, III Phone: 260-925-2500Source:Peoples Bancorp