HELENA, Mont., Jan. 27, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Eagle Bancorp Montana, Inc. (Nasdaq:EBMT), (the "Company," "Eagle"), the holding company of Opportunity Bank of Montana, today reported that net income increased to $924,000, or $0.24 per diluted share, in the quarter ended December 31, 2014, which included an income tax benefit of $512,000 resulting primarily from an increase in tax exempt income, continued utilization of the new market tax credit and other factors that resulted in a lower than expected tax expense upon finalization of the Company's corporate income tax filing. In the same quarter a year ago, Eagle earned $474,000, or $0.12 per diluted share, and in the preceding quarter Eagle earned $718,000, or $0.18 per diluted share.
"Construction for both commercial and residential projects continues to generate solid growth across Montana, and these are sustaining strong demand for banking services in our markets," said Peter J. Johnson, President and CEO. "Because our economy is pretty well diversified we believe the economic outlook for 2015 remains positive.
"This quarter our revenues grew 8.9% compared to the same quarter a year ago and earnings almost doubled reflecting robust loan growth, excellent asset quality, and net interest margin expansion," Johnson continued. Net loans increased 27.9% compared to a year ago, with commercial loans increasing 19.7%, commercial real estate loans up 44.6%, and mortgage originations increasing 29.9%.
The Company also announced its board of directors declared its regular quarterly cash dividend of $0.075 per share. The dividend will be payable March 6, 2015 to shareholders of record February 13, 2015.
Quarter Ended December 31, 2014 Highlights
- Net income increased 94.9% to $924,000, or $0.24 per diluted share compared to $474,000, or $0.12 per diluted share in the quarter ended December 31, 2013.
- Net interest margin was 3.47% for the quarter ended December 31, 2014, compared to 3.34% three months earlier.
- Total loans increased 27.7% to $318.7 million at December 31, 2014, compared to $249.5 million a year earlier.
- Commercial loans increased 19.7%, compared to a year ago, to $37.5 million and commercial real estate loans increased 44.6%, compared to a year ago, to $117.6 million.
- Total deposits increased 2.0% to $441.0 million, compared to $432.2 million a year earlier.
- Nonperforming assets remain at a low level and totaled $1.6 million, or 0.30% of total assets at December 31, 2014, compared to $1.2 million, or 0.21% of total assets three months earlier and $1.4 million, or 0.27% of total assets a year ago.
- Nonperforming loans (NPLs) were $1.0 million at December 31, 2014, compared to $536,000 three months earlier and $992,000 a year ago.
- Capital ratios remain strong with a Tier 1 leverage ratio of 9.42% at December 31, 2014.
- Declared a regular quarterly cash dividend of $0.075 per share, providing a 2.7% current yield at recent market prices.
In August 2014, the Board of Directors approved a change in the Company's fiscal year end from June 30 to December 31 of each year. The fiscal year change is effective beginning with the Company's 2015 fiscal year, which will now begin on January 1, 2015 and end on December 31, 2015. As a result of the change, the Company will have a six-month fiscal transition period beginning June 30, 2014 and ending December 31, 2014.
In May 2014, the Company applied to the State of Montana to form an interim bank for the purpose of facilitating the conversion of its wholly owned subsidiary, American Federal Savings Bank, from a federally chartered savings bank to a Montana-chartered commercial bank. All regulatory approvals were granted and the conversion became effective on October 14, 2014. As a result of the conversion, the Company's subsidiary has changed its name to Opportunity Bank of Montana.
Balance Sheet Results
"Montana's economy continued to generate good growth this past year, and as a result loan activity is improving, particularly in commercial real estate, commercial loans and residential loans, which are loan categories that we have focused on growing," said Johnson. Total loans increased 5.9% to $318.7 million at December 31, 2014, compared to $300.9 million three months earlier and increased 27.7% compared to $249.5 million a year earlier.
"During the quarter we originated $54.8 million in new residential mortgages, excluding construction loans, and sold $50.8 million in residential mortgages, with an average gross margin on sale of mortgage loans of approximately 2.8%. This production compares to residential mortgage originations of $66.0 million in the preceding quarter with sales of $50.8 million," said Johnson. "We will continue to focus on residential mortgage business as it has been a very profitable line of lending for us."
Commercial real estate loans increased 44.6% to $117.6 million at December 31, 2014, compared to $81.3 million a year earlier, while residential mortgage loans increased 22.9% to $102.5 million compared to $83.4 million a year earlier. Commercial loans increased 19.7% to $37.5 million and home equity loans increased 8.1% to $39.7 million, compared to a year ago.
Eagle's total deposits increased 2.0% to $441.0 million at December 31, 2014, compared to $432.2 million a year earlier and were nearly unchanged compared to $440.1 million at September 30, 2014. Checking and money market accounts represent 51.8%, savings accounts represent 14.2%, and CDs comprise 34.0% of the total deposit portfolio at December 31, 2014.
Total assets increased 8.5% to $560.2 million at December 31, 2014, compared to $516.4 million a year earlier. Shareholders' equity improved to $54.5 million at December 31, 2014, compared to $52.6 million at September 30, 2014, and $47.8 million year ago. Tangible book value increased to $12.07 per share at December 31, 2014, compared to $11.62 per share at September 30, 2014 and $10.17 per share a year earlier. The year-over-year increase reflects steady growth in earnings and increases in the fair value of the investment portfolio that were caused by lower interest rates.
Eagle's provision for loan losses for the quarter ended December 31, 2014, was $300,000, compared to $215,000 in the preceding quarter and $153,000 in the same quarter a year ago. As of December 31, 2014, the allowance for loan losses represented 242.6% of nonperforming loans compared to 429.1% three months earlier and 213.7% a year earlier.
Nonperforming loans (NPLs) were $1.0 million at December 31, 2014, compared to $536,000 three months earlier, and $992,000 a year ago. Net charge-offs were $150,000 in the quarter ended December 31, 2014, compared to $40,000 in the preceding quarter and $23,000 a year ago. The allowance for loan losses was $2.5 million, or 0.77% of total loans at December 31, 2014, compared to $2.3 million, or 0.76% of total loans at September 30, 2014, and $2.1 million, or 0.85% of total loans a year ago.
OREO and other repossessed assets was $637,000 at December 31, 2014, which was up slightly from three months earlier. Nonperforming assets (NPAs), consisting of nonperforming loans, OREO and other repossessed assets, loans delinquent 90 days or more, and restructured loans, were $1.6 million at December 31, 2014, compared to $1.2 million three months earlier, and $1.4 million a year ago.
Revenues (net interest income before the provision for loan losses, plus non-interest income) were $6.8 million in the quarter ended December 31, 2014, the same as in the preceding quarter and an 8.9% increase compared to $6.3 million in the second quarter a year ago. Revenues for the six month period increased 5.3% to $13.7 million compared to $13.0 million in the same period a year ago. Net interest income before the provision for loan loss increased 4.8% to $4.4 million in the quarter ended December 31, 2014, compared to $4.2 million in the preceding quarter and increased 15.5% compared to $3.8 million in the second quarter a year ago. In the six month period net interest income increased 15.7% to $8.6 million compared to $7.4 million in the six month period a year ago.
"Eagle's net interest margin expanded again during the December quarter, which was reflective of our improved earning asset mix and the shift in our balance sheet from investments to loans," added Johnson. "As a result, the net interest margin improved 13 basis points to 3.47% in the quarter ended December 31, 2014 compared to the preceding quarter and increased 15 basis points from the second quarter a year ago." Funding costs for the quarter ended December 31, 2014 were down four basis points while asset yields increased 11 basis points compared to a year ago. The investment securities portfolio decreased to $161.8 million at December 31, 2014 compared to $195.0 million a year ago, which increased average yields on earning asset balances moderately. In the six month period, the net interest margin improved 17 basis points to 3.40% compared to 3.23% in the six month period a year ago.
Eagle's noninterest income was $2.4 million in the quarter ended December 31, 2014 compared to $2.7 million in the preceding quarter and $2.5 million in the second quarter a year ago. For the six month period, the noninterest income was $5.1 million compared to $5.6 million in the six month period a year ago.
This quarter's net gain on the sale of loans increased 4.9% to $1.5 million, compared to $1.4 million in the preceding quarter and increased 52.2% compared to $963,000 in the second quarter a year ago. "New home purchase activity has been robust as Montana's housing market continues to improve, which helped to generate higher gains on sale of loans," added Johnson.
In the quarter ended December 31, 2014, noninterest expenses were $6.1 million compared to $5.9 million in the preceding quarter and $5.6 million in the same quarter one year ago. In the six month period noninterest expenses were $12.0 million compared to $11.5 million in the same period a year earlier.
Eagle Bancorp Montana continues to meet the well capitalized thresholds for regulatory purposes with a Tier 1 leverage ratio of 9.42% at December 31, 2014.
About the Company
Eagle Bancorp Montana, Inc. is a bank holding company headquartered in Helena, Montana and is the holding company of Opportunity Bank, a community bank established in 1922 that serves consumers and small businesses in Southern Montana through 13 banking offices. Additional information is available on the bank's website at www.opportunitybank.com. The shares of Eagle Bancorp Montana, Inc. are traded on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol "EBMT."
Forward Looking Statements
This release may contain certain "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, and may be identified by the use of such words as "believe," "expect," "anticipate," "should," "planned," "estimated," and "potential." These forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to statements of our goals, intentions and expectations; statements regarding our business plans, prospects, growth and operating strategies; statements regarding the asset quality of our loan and investment portfolios; and estimates of our risks and future costs and benefits. These forward-looking statements are based on current beliefs and expectations of our management and are inherently subject to significant business, economic and competitive uncertainties and contingencies, many of which are beyond our control. In addition, these forward-looking statements are subject to assumptions with respect to future business strategies and decisions that are subject to change. These factors include, but are not limited to, changes in laws or government regulations or policies affecting financial institutions, including changes in regulatory fees and capital requirements; general economic conditions, either nationally or in our market areas, that are worse than expected; competition among depository and other financial institutions; loan demand or residential and commercial real estate values in Montana; inflation and changes in the interest rate environment that reduce our margins or reduce the fair value of financial instruments; adverse changes in the securities markets; and other economic, governmental, competitive, regulatory and technological factors that may affect our operations. Because of these and other uncertainties, our actual future results may be materially different from the results indicated by these forward-looking statements. All information set forth in this press release is current as of the date of this release and the company undertakes no duty or obligation to update this information.
|(Dollars in thousands, except per share data)||(Unaudited)||(Audited)||(Unaudited)|
|December 31, 2014||June 30, 2014||December 31, 2013|
|Cash and due from banks||$ 11,889||$ 6,208||$ 6,439|
|Interest-bearing deposits with banks||613||611||616|
|Federal funds sold||--||--||--|
|Total cash and cash equivalents||12,502||6,819||7,055|
|Securities available-for-sale, at market value||161,787||189,553||195,007|
|FHLB stock, at cost||1,968||1,878||1,896|
|Investment in Eagle Bancorp Statutory Trust I||155||155||155|
|Residential mortgage (1-4 family)||102,543||92,321||83,445|
|Commercial real estate||117,627||92,043||81,319|
|Unearned loan fees||(486)||(413)||(319)|
|Allowance for loan losses||(2,450)||(2,125)||(2,120)|
|Accrued interest and dividends receivable||2,318||2,429||2,388|
|Mortgage servicing rights, net||4,115||3,756||3,526|
|Premises and equipment, net||19,964||20,101||19,155|
|Cash surrender value of life insurance||11,735||11,082||11,035|
|Real estate and other assets acquired in settlement of loans, net||637||458||419|
|Core deposit intangible||663||745||830|
|Total assets||$ 560,207||$ 539,108||$ 516,387|
|Accrued expense and other liabilities||4,578||3,749||3,167|
|Federal funds purchased||--||--||--|
|FHLB advances and other borrowings||54,993||51,454||28,067|
|Preferred stock (no par value; 1,000,000 shares authorized; none issued or outstanding)||--||--||--|
|Common stock (par value $0.01; 8,000,000 shares authorized; 4,083,127 shares issued; 3,878,781; 3,916,233; 3,918,399 outstanding at December 31, 2014, June 30, 2014 and December 31, 2013, respectively)||41||41||41|
|Additional paid-in capital||22,122||22,123||22,118|
|Unallocated common stock held by employee stock ownership plan (ESOP)||(1,141)||(1,224)||(1,307)|
|Treasury stock, at cost (204,346 shares at December 31, 2014, 166,894 shares at June 30, 2014 and 164,728 shares at December 31, 2013)||(2,194)||(1,800)||(1,800)|
|Accumulated other comprehensive loss||(215)||(2,259)||(5,717)|
|Total shareholders' equity||54,498||51,705||47,757|
|Total liabilities and shareholders' equity||$ 560,207||$ 539,108||$ 516,387|
|(Dollars in thousands, except per share data)||Three Months Ended||Six Months Ended|
|December 31,||September 30,||December 31,||December 31,|
|Interest and dividend Income:|
|Interest and fees on loans||$ 3,904||$ 3,658||$ 3,231||$ 7,562||$ 6,352|
|Interest on deposits with banks||--||1||3||1||4|
|Total interest and dividend income||4,905||4,703||4,317||9,608||8,458|
|Interest expense on deposits||339||338||312||677||633|
|Advances and other borrowings||154||156||183||310||365|
|Total interest expense||514||515||516||1,029||1,040|
|Net interest income||4,391||4,188||3,801||8,579||7,418|
|Loan loss provision||300||215||153||515||312|
|Net interest income after loan loss provision||4,091||3,973||3,648||8,064||7,106|
|Service charges on deposit accounts||254||284||264||538||543|
|Net gain on sale of loans||1,466||1,398||963||2,864||2,554|
|Mortgage loan servicing fees||387||380||339||767||653|
|Net gain on sale of available-for-sale securities||141||194||405||335||836|
|Net loss on sale of OREO||--||--||(22)||--||(50)|
|Net (loss) gain on fair value hedge||(317)||(47)||48||(364)||71|
|Total noninterest income||2,435||2,657||2,469||5,092||5,567|
|Salaries and employee benefits||3,143||3,131||3,088||6,274||6,430|
|Occupancy and equipment expense||731||695||688||1,426||1,375|
|Amortization of mortgage servicing fees||162||166||141||328||334|
|Amortization of core deposit intangible and tax credits||103||105||108||208||217|
|Federal insurance premiums||101||73||84||174||168|
|Legal, accounting and examination fees||207||262||145||469||269|
|Write-down on OREO||--||--||--||--||--|
|Total noninterest expense||6,114||5,865||5,613||11,979||11,466|
|Income before income taxes||412||765||504||1,177||1,207|
|Income tax benefit (provision)||(512)||47||30||(465)||66|
|Net income||$ 924||$ 718||$ 474||$ 1,642||$ 1,141|
|Basic earnings per share||$ 0.24||$ 0.18||$ 0.12||$ 0.42||$ 0.29|
|Diluted earnings per share||$ 0.24||$ 0.18||$ 0.12||$ 0.42||$ 0.29|
|Weighted average shares outstanding (basic EPS)||3,875,150||3,889,603||3,911,756||3,882,376||3,905,221|
|Weighted average shares outstanding (diluted EPS)||3,918,699||3,944,406||3,978,978||3,931,552||3,978,260|
|Financial Ratios and Other Data|
|(Dollars in thousands, except per share data)|
|(Unaudited)||December 31,||September 30,||June 30,||December 31,|
|Nonaccrual loans||$ 962||$ 486||$ 342||$ 778|
|Loans 90 days past due||--||--||--||--|
|Restructured loans, net||48||50||180||214|
|Total nonperforming loans||1,010||536||522||992|
|Other real estate owned and other repossessed assets||637||619||458||419|
|Total nonperforming assets||$ 1,647||$ 1,155||$ 980||$ 1,411|
|Nonperforming loans / portfolio loans||0.32%||0.18%||0.19%||0.40%|
|Nonperforming assets / assets||0.30%||0.21%||0.18%||0.27%|
|Allowance for loan losses / portfolio loans||0.77%||0.76%||0.79%||0.85%|
|Allowance / nonperforming loans||242.57%||429.10%||407.09%||213.71%|
|Gross loan charge-offs for the quarter||$ 168||$ 80||$ 236||$ 24|
|Gross loan recoveries for the quarter||$ 18||$ 40||$ 18||$ 1|
|Net loan charge-offs for the quarter||$ 150||$ 40||$ 218||$ 23|
|Capital Data (At quarter end):|
|Tangible book value per share||$ 12.07||$ 11.62||$ 11.10||$ 10.17|
|Profitability Ratios (For the quarter):|
|Return on average assets||0.67%||0.52%||0.65%||0.37%|
|Return on average equity||6.92%||5.49%||6.81%||3.87%|
|Net interest margin||3.47%||3.34%||3.32%||3.32%|
|Profitability Ratios (Year-to-date):|
|Efficiency ratio *||86.10%||84.15%||88.94%||85.98%|
|Return on average assets||0.60%||0.54%||0.32%||0.45%|
|Return on average equity||6.20%||5.67%||3.38%||4.71%|
|Net interest margin||3.40%||3.34%||3.27%||3.23%|
|Average total assets for the quarter||$ 552,845||$ 547,111||$ 528,435||$ 509,767|
|Average total assets year to date||$ 550,447||$ 547,111||$ 515,472||$ 510,294|
|Average earning assets for the quarter||$ 506,380||$ 500,485||$ 481,715||$ 458,480|
|Average earning assets year to date||$ 503,927||$ 500,485||$ 466,057||$ 458,615|
|Average loans for the quarter **||$ 325,842||$ 304,791||$ 281,557||$ 254,597|
|Average loans year to date **||$ 315,316||$ 304,791||$ 260,825||$ 249,582|
|Average equity for the quarter||$ 53,414||$ 52,299||$ 50,627||$ 49,021|
|Average equity year to date||$ 52,971||$ 52,299||$ 49,136||$ 48,434|
|Average deposits for the quarter||$ 440,999||$ 436,044||$ 432,033||$ 426,745|
|Average deposits year to date||$ 438,750||$ 436,044||$ 428,676||$ 424,522|
|* The efficiency ratio is a non-GAAP ratio that is calculated by dividing non-interest expense, exclusive of intangible asset amortization, by the sum of net interest income and non-interest income.|
|** Includes loans held for sale.|
CONTACT: Peter J. Johnson, President and CEO (406) 457-4006 Laura F. Clark, SVP and CFO (406) 457-4007Source:Eagle Bancorp Montana, Inc.