HAMBURG, N.Y., Oct. 22, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Evans Bancorp, Inc. (the "Company" or "Evans") (NYSE MKT:EVBN), a community financial services company serving Western New York since 1920, today reported its results of operations for the third quarter ended September 30, 2014.
HIGHLIGHTS OF THE 2014 THIRD QUARTER
- Generated net income of $2.3 million, or $0.54 per diluted share
- Strong loan growth of 9.6% over the prior-year period resulted in total loans of $685.3 million at September 30, 2014
- Total deposits were up 1.0%, or $7.2 million, over the third quarter of 2013, driven by 9.0% growth in demand deposits
- Growth in loans and non-interest bearing demand deposits drove net interest income increase of 7.0% to $7.7 million
- The ratio of non-performing loans and leases to total loans and leases improved from 2.29% to 0.79% year-over-year
Net income was $2.3 million in the third quarter of 2014 compared with $2.4 million in the third quarter of 2013, which included a net tax credit benefit of $0.3 million. As a result, return on average equity was 10.83% for the third quarter of 2014 compared with 12.50% in the third quarter of 2013.
For the nine months ended September 30, 2014, Evans recorded net income of $5.9 million, or $1.38 per diluted share, down from net income of $6.2 million, or $1.47 per diluted share, in the same period in 2013. The decrease was primarily due to litigation expense of $1.0 million ($0.6 million after tax), or approximately $0.14 per share, that was recorded in the 2014 second quarter. Excluding the litigation expense, net income for the nine months ending September 30, 2014 was $6.5 million or an increase of $0.3 million over the prior-year period. Year-to-date return on average equity was 9.51% compared with 10.65% for the same period in 2013.
"Our solid performance continues to reflect the overall strength and diversity of our business, effective risk management and steadfast focus on the execution of our strategy," said David J. Nasca, President and CEO of Evans Bank and its holding company. "We continue to deliver robust results across key metrics, including total revenue, loans, deposits and asset quality. The Evans' team has done a tremendous job expanding our client base and cultivating deeper relationships with existing customers. We believe there is significant opportunity for growth and remain very optimistic regarding potential to expand market share."
Net Interest Income
Net interest income was $7.7 million for the third quarter, an increase of 7.0% from the prior-year period and flat with the trailing second quarter of 2014. Growth in loans and non-interest bearing demand deposits drove the increase over the 2013 period.
Net interest margin of 3.97% improved 18 basis points over the 2013 third quarter rate of 3.79%, due to a 5 basis point decrease in pricing on Evans' interest bearing liabilities combined with a 12 basis point increase in the yield on interest-earning assets as lower interest-earning fed funds were invested into higher yielding loans. Net interest margin was flat compared with the trailing second quarter.
The provision for loan and lease losses was $0.3 million in the 2014 third quarter, down from $0.8 million in the prior-year period, which included a $0.6 million loan loss provision related to the termination of a FDIC loss share agreement. When compared with the trailing second quarter of 2014, the provision increased by $150 thousand, due to growth in the commercial loan portfolio.
Third quarter non-interest income was $3.5 million, or 31.4% of total revenue, up $0.9 million, or 34.0%, from the prior-year period. The increase was driven primarily by two unusual items that were recorded in the 2013 third quarter, including a $1.6 million loss on a tax credit investment and an off-setting $0.7 million gain realized from terminating a FDIC loss sharing agreement. Insurance agency revenue of $1.9 million was down 0.9% from the 2013 third quarter, due mostly to decreases in profit sharing revenue. Compared with the trailing second quarter of 2014, total non-interest income increased by 14.9%, mostly due to an increase of $0.3 million, or 19.1%, in seasonal insurance agency revenue.
Total non-interest expense was $7.5 million, an increase of 1.9% from the prior-year period. Personnel expenses, the largest expense item for the Company, were up $0.2 million, or 3.4%, from the last year's third quarter, and reflect annual merit increases and personnel hires to support the Company's growth strategy. Disciplined expense management resulted in an aggregated decrease in all other expense categories of $19 thousand compared with the 2013 third quarter.
Gary A. Kajtoch, Executive Vice President and CFO, commented, "Our ongoing commitment to cost control has resulted in lower operating expenses in recent quarters and only slightly higher expenses over the prior-year period. We are proud of this achievement given the number of strategic investments we continue to make in people, products and services, as well as the increasing cost of regulatory compliance. As a result, our third quarter efficiency ratio improved to 66.7% from 68.6% last year."
Income tax expense for the quarter was $1.1 million, representing an effective tax rate of 32.2% compared with an income tax benefit of $0.8 million in the third quarter of 2013, which reflects a $1.8 million tax credit benefit related to a historic tax credit investment in a community project.
Balance Sheet Highlights
Total assets grew 1.7% to $841.4 million at September 30, 2014, from $827.0 million on September 30, 2013, and were up 1.3% from $830.6 million at the end of the 2014 second quarter. Loans of $685.3 million grew 9.6% from $625.6 million at September 30, 2013 and were up 3.3% from $663.4 million at June 30, 2014. The increase over both periods was mostly due to growth in the commercial real estate and commercial and industrial loan portfolios.
Investment securities were $104.2 million at September 30, 2014, up 5.1% from the end of third quarter 2013, and down 2.9% from the trailing 2014 second quarter.
Total deposits increased $7.2 million, or 1.0%, to $709.8 million at September 30, 2014, from $702.6 million at September 30, 2013, and increased $2.6 million, or 0.4%, from the 2014 second quarter-end. The year-over-year growth was mainly attributable to increases in commercial demand deposits, while the increase over the previous quarter was driven by time deposit growth.
There were net recoveries in the third quarter, resulting in a (0.06%) ratio of net charge offs to average total loans and leases. This was an improvement from net charge offs of 0.09% in the third quarter of 2013, and from net charge offs of 0.24% in the second quarter of 2014.
The ratio of non-performing loans and leases to total loans and leases improved to 0.79% at September 30, 2014, from 2.29% at September 30, 2013, and from 0.82% at June 30, 2014. During the third quarter of 2014, there was a $0.1 million decrease in non-performing loans and leases.
The ratio of the allowance for loan and lease losses to total loans and leases was 1.74% at September 30, 2014, June 30, 2014, and at September 30, 2013. The coverage ratio was 221.7% at September 30, 2014 compared with 211.6% at the end of the trailing second quarter and 76.1% at the end of the 2013 third quarter.
Mr. Kajtoch noted, "Continued discipline in underwriting standards produced another solid quarter of strong credit quality, as the ratio of non-performing loans and leases decreased when compared with both the prior-year period and the trailing second quarter."
About Evans Bancorp, Inc.
Evans Bancorp, Inc. is a financial holding company and the parent company of Evans Bank, N.A., a commercial bank with $841 million in assets and $710 million in deposits at September 30, 2014. Evans is a full-service community bank, with 13 branches, providing comprehensive financial services to consumer, business and municipal customers throughout Western New York. Evans Bancorp's wholly-owned insurance subsidiary, The Evans Agency, LLC, provides property and casualty insurance through seven insurance offices in the Western New York region. Evans Investment Services provides non-deposit investment products, such as annuities and mutual funds.
Safe Harbor Statement
This news release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements concerning future business, revenue and earnings. These statements are not historical facts or guarantees of future performance, events or results. There are risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause the actual results of Evans Bancorp to differ materially from the results expressed or implied by such statements. Factors that may cause actual results to differ materially from those contemplated by such forward-looking statements, include competitive pressures among financial services companies, interest rate trends, general economic conditions, changes in legislation or regulatory requirements, effectiveness at achieving stated goals and strategies, and difficulties in achieving operating efficiencies. These risks and uncertainties are more fully described in Evans Bancorp's Annual and Quarterly Reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they are made. Evans Bancorp undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise forward-looking information, whether as a result of new, updated information, future events or otherwise.
|EVANS BANCORP, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES|
|SELECTED FINANCIAL DATA (UNAUDITED)|
|(in thousands except shares and per share data)|
|Allowance for loan and lease losses||(11,955)||(11,522)||(11,734)||(11,503)||(10,890)|
|Goodwill and intangible assets||8,101||8,128||8,168||8,209||8,249|
|All other assets||55,643||63,261||89,935||84,916||104,871|
|LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY|
|Regular savings deposits||367,277||376,759||393,735||390,575||383,766|
|Total stockholders' equity||$83,974||$82,949||$80,517||$80,711||$78,635|
|SHARES AND CAPITAL RATIOS|
|Common shares outstanding||4,190,195||4,179,758||4,147,666||4,201,362||4,200,207|
|Book value per share||$20.04||$19.84||$19.41||$19.21||$18.72|
|Tangible book value per share||$18.11||$17.90||$17.44||$17.26||$16.76|
|ASSET QUALITY DATA|
|Total non-performing loans and leases||$5,392||$5,445||$5,221||$13,733||$14,311|
|Total net loan and lease charge-offs (recoveries)||(106)||388||(79)||(231)||143|
|Non-performing loans and leases/Total loans and leases||0.79%||0.82%||0.79%||2.12%||2.29%|
|Net loan and lease charge-offs/Average loans and leases||-0.06%||0.24%||-0.05%||-0.15%||0.09%|
|Allowance for loans and leases to total loans and leases||1.74%||1.74%||1.78%||1.78%||1.74%|
|EVANS BANCORP, INC AND SUBSIDIARIES|
|SELECTED OPERATIONS DATA (UNAUDITED)|
|(in thousands except share and per share data)|
|Third Quarter||Second Quarter||First Quarter||Fourth Quarter||Third Quarter|
|Net interest income||7,677||7,682||7,298||7,344||7,174|
|Provision for loan and lease losses||326||176||153||236||774|
|Net interest income after provision||7,351||7,506||7,145||7,108||6,400|
|Deposit service charges||482||464||461||510||540|
|Insurance service and fee revenue||1,888||1,586||2,131||1,579||1,906|
|Bank-owned life insurance||138||151||145||158||108|
|Total non-interest income||3,510||3,055||3,395||3,018||2,618|
|Salaries and employee benefits||4,792||4,564||4,695||4,604||4,637|
|Repairs and maintenance||190||180||176||189||169|
|Advertising and public relations||146||281||222||268||158|
|Technology and communications||247||278||300||353||299|
|Amortization of intangibles||27||40||41||41||55|
|Total non-interest expenses||7,485||8,332||7,618||7,699||7,348|
|Income before income taxes||3,376||2,229||2,922||2,427||1,670|
|Income tax provision||1,086||650||909||760||(779)|
|PER SHARE DATA|
|Net income per common share-diluted||$0.54||$0.37||$0.47||$0.39||$0.58|
|Cash dividends per common share||$0.34||$0.00||$0.31||$0.00||$0.26|
|Weighted average number of diluted shares||4,260,759||4,248,249||4,284,016||4,265,655||4,232,961|
|Return on average total assets||1.09%||0.76%||0.96%||0.80%||1.20%|
|Return on average stockholders' equity||10.84%||7.69%||10.01%||8.35%||12.50%|
|EVANS BANCORP, INC AND SUBSIDIARIES|
|SELECTED AVERAGE BALANCES AND YIELDS/RATES (UNAUDITED)|
|Third Quarter||Second Quarter||First Quarter||Fourth Quarter||Third Quarter|
|(dollars in thousands)|
|Loans and leases, net||$666,029||$647,169||$641,265||$620,936||$604,283|
|Interest bearing deposits at banks||2,134||18,625||26,238||41,414||55,102|
|Total interest-earning assets||774,249||771,174||770,994||763,693||756,434|
|Non interest-earning assets||64,729||64,944||65,919||65,143||62,461|
|Total interest-bearing deposits||551,899||566,447||569,629||563,740||558,006|
|Total interest-bearing liabilities||587,491||598,857||604,842||599,546||592,696|
|Other non-interest bearing liabilities||11,465||10,101||12,090||11,740||12,323|
|Total Liabilities and Equity||$838,978||$836,118||$836,913||$828,836||$818,895|
|Loans and leases, net||4.72%||4.87%||4.68%||4.88%||4.93%|
|Interest bearing deposits at banks||0.19%||0.32%||0.23%||0.29%||0.28%|
|Total interest-earning assets||4.43%||4.46%||4.26%||4.35%||4.31%|
|Total interest-bearing deposits||0.55%||0.53%||0.53%||0.56%||0.58%|
|Total interest-bearing liabilities||0.61%||0.61%||0.61%||0.64%||0.66%|
|Interest rate spread||3.82%||3.85%||3.65%||3.71%||3.65%|
|Contribution of interest-free funds||0.15%||0.13%||0.14%||0.14%||0.14%|
|Net interest margin||3.97%||3.98%||3.79%||3.85%||3.79%|
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