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County Bancorp, Inc. Announces Fourth Quarter Net Income of $2.9 Million and Record Net Income of $11.0 Million for 2015

Highlights

  • Net income of $2.9 million for the fourth quarter of 2015 and $11.0 million for 2015
  • Earnings per share of $0.48 for the fourth quarter of 2015 and $1.85 for 2015
  • Loan growth of $100.1 million year-over-year

MANITOWOC, Wis., Jan. 20, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- County Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:ICBK) today reported fourth quarter 2015 net income of $2.9 million. This represents an increase of $0.8 million compared to the net income of the fourth quarter of 2014. Net income for the year ended December 31, 2015 was $11.0 million which represents the highest annual net income recorded by the Company. This represents a return on average assets of 1.35% for the year ended December 31, 2015 compared to 1.10% for the year ended December 31, 2014.

“We are very pleased to share our fourth quarter results, reflecting another strong quarter of loan growth, steady net interest margin, and solid efficiency ratio, all of which contributed to record annual profitability,” said Timothy J. Schneider, President of County Bancorp, Inc. and CEO of its wholly-owned bank subsidiary, Investors Community Bank. “In alignment with our strategic focus, in November we announced our intention to acquire Fox River Valley Bancorp, Inc. and its wholly owned subsidiary, The Business Bank, with offices in Appleton and Green Bay, Wisconsin. Subject to customary closing conditions, we are working through the regulatory approval process and anticipate a closing in the second quarter of 2016. With its commercial banking focus, Fox River Valley brings a solid diversification to our loan portfolio and two strong markets for future growth. We are very excited about our partnership going forward with Fox River Valley.”

Total assets ended the year at $884.9 million, an increase of $40.1 million over total assets as of September 30, 2015, and an increase of $113.1 million over total assets as of December 31, 2014. Total loans increased $100.1 million for the year ended December 31, 2015.

Non-performing assets increased to $27.5 million at December 31, 2015, an increase of $13.3 million and $8.8 million from September 30, 2015 and December 31, 2014, respectively. This increase was mainly due to the reclassification of one large relationship; however, we anticipate that it will be resolved in the first half of 2016.

Net income for the quarters ended December 31, 2015 and 2014 was $2.9 million and $2.1 million, respectively, and the increase was primarily the result of loan growth throughout 2015. Diluted earnings per share increased to $0.48 for the three months ended December 31, 2015 from $0.43 for the three months ended December 31, 2014. Return on average assets was 1.34% for the three months ended December 31, 2015 compared to 1.11% for the three months ended December 31, 2014.

Net income for the year ended December 31, 2015 was $11.0 million compared to $8.2 million for the year ended December 31, 2014. This represents year-over-year growth of 33.7% which was primarily driven by a $2.9 million increase in net interest income and a $0.8 million net recovery of loan losses.

About County Bancorp, Inc.

County Bancorp, Inc., a Wisconsin corporation and registered bank holding company founded in May 1996, and our wholly-owned subsidiary Investors Community Bank, a Wisconsin-chartered bank, are headquartered in Manitowoc, Wisconsin. The state of Wisconsin is often referred to as “America’s Dairyland,” and one of the niches we have developed is providing financial services to agricultural businesses statewide, with a primary focus on dairy-related lending. We also serve business and retail customers throughout Wisconsin, with a focus on northeastern and central Wisconsin. Our customers are served from our full-service locations in Manitowoc and Stevens Point and our loan production offices in Darlington, Eau Claire, Fond du Lac, and Sheboygan.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release includes "forward-looking statements” within the meaning of such term in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements are subject to known and unknown risks and uncertainties, many of which may be beyond our control. We caution you that the forward-looking information presented in this press release is not a guarantee of future events, and that actual events may differ materially from those made in or suggested by the forward-looking information contained in this press release. In addition, forward-looking statements generally can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as "may," "plan," "seek," "comfortable with," "will," "expect," "intend," "estimate," "anticipate," "believe" or "continue" or the negative thereof or variations thereon or similar terminology. Factors that may cause actual results to differ materially from those made or suggested by the forward-looking information contained in this press release include those identified in County Bancorp, Inc.’s most recent annual report on Form 10-K and subsequent SEC filings. Any forward-looking information presented herein is made only as of the date of this press release, and we do not undertake any obligation to update or revise any forward-looking information to reflect changes in assumptions, the occurrence of unanticipated events, or otherwise.

Additional Information for Shareholders

The information contained herein does not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer to buy any securities or a solicitation of any vote or approval. In connection with the proposed merger of County Bancorp, Inc. and Fox River Valley Bancorp, Inc., County Bancorp, Inc. filed a registration statement on Form S-4 with the SEC on January 15, 2016. The registration statement includes a proxy statement of Fox River Valley Bancorp, Inc., which also constitutes a prospectus of County Bancorp, Inc., that will be sent to the shareholders of Fox River Valley Bancorp, Inc. Shareholders are advised to read the registration statement and proxy statement/prospectus because it contains important information about County Bancorp, Inc., Fox River Valley Bancorp, Inc. and the proposed transaction. This document and other documents relating to the transaction filed by County Bancorp, Inc. can be obtained free of charge from the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov. These documents also can be obtained free of charge by accessing County Bancorp, Inc.’s website at www.investorscommunitybank.com under the tab “Investor Relations” and then under “SEC Filings.” Alternatively, these documents can be obtained free of charge from County Bancorp, Inc. upon written request to County Bancorp, Inc., Attn: Secretary, 860 North Rapids Road, Manitowoc, Wisconsin 54221 or by calling (920) 686-9998, or from Fox River Valley upon written request to Fox River Valley Bancorp, Inc., Attn: Secretary, 5643 Waterford Lane, Appleton, Wisconsin 54913 or by calling (920) 739-2660.

December 31,
2015
December 31,
2014
Selected Balance Sheet Data:
(In thousands, except per share data)
Total assets $ 884,889 $ 771,756
Total loans 748,189 648,122
Allowance for loan losses 10,405 10,603
Deposits 672,226 605,469
Shareholders' equity 107,024 80,043
Common equity 99,024 72,043
Stock Price Information:
High - Year-to-date $ 24.20 N/A
Low - Year-to-date $ 15.20 N/A
Market price (2015)/Book value (2014) per common share $ 19.50 $ 16.01
Common shares outstanding 5,771,001 4,498,790
Non-Performing Assets:
(In thousands)
Nonaccrual loans $ 24,579 $ 11,555
Other real estate owned 2,872 7,137
Total non-performing assets $ 27,451 $ 18,692
Restructured loans not on nonaccrual $ 610 $ 846
Non-performing assets as a % of total loans 3.67% 2.88%
Non-performing assets as a % of total assets 3.10% 2.42%
Allowance for loan losses as a % of nonperforming assets 37.90% 56.72%
Allowance for loan losses as a % of total loans 1.39% 1.64%
Net charge-off (recoveries) year-to-date $ (821) $ 481
Provision for loan loss year-to-date $ (1,019) $ 589
For the three months ended For the year ended
December 31,
2015
December 31,
2014
December 31,
2015
December 31,
2014
Selected Income Statement Data:
(In thousands, except per share data)
Net interest income $ 6,986 $ 6,261 $ 26,247 $ 23,360
Provision for loan losses 306 589 (1,019) 589
Net interest income after provision for (recovery of) loan losses 6,680 5,672 27,266 22,771
Non-interest income 2,375 1,981 7,685 7,148
Non-interest expense 4,475 4,290 17,458 17,025
Income tax expense 1,680 1,281 6,519 4,684
Net income $ 2,900 $ 2,082 $ 10,974 $ 8,210
Return on average assets 1.34% 1.11% 1.35% 1.10%
Return on average shareholders' equity 9.58% 8.88% 9.45% 9.02%
Return on average common shareholders' equity (1) 11.35% 11.10% 11.27% 11.37%
Efficiency ratio (1) 47.08% 45.94% 49.95% 50.99%
Per Common Share Data:
Basic $ 0.48 $ 0.44 $ 1.85 $ 1.73
Diluted $ 0.48 $ 0.43 $ 1.82 $ 1.69
Dividends declared $ 0.04 $ - $ 0.16 $ -
(1) This is a non-GAAP financial measure. A reconciliation to GAAP is included below.
Non interest income:
Service charges $ 295 $ 229 $ 1,039 $ 788
Loan servicing fees 1,276 1,199 4,924 4,717
Loan servicing rights 424 105 399 221
Gain on sale of loans 263 70 429 321
Income on OREO 5 109 248 618
Other 112 269 646 483
Total $ 2,375 $ 1,981 $ 7,685 $ 7,148
Non-interest expense:
Employee compensation and benefits $ 2,537 $ 2,581 $ 10,769 $ 10,209
Occupancy 78 70 338 299
Information processing 178 234 705 875
Professional fees 450 170 1,350 866
FDIC assessment 138 129 459 526
OREO expenses 23 64 284 750
Writedown of OREO 74 461 256 1,190
Net loss (gain) on OREO (6) 43 254 278
Business development 171 11 542 413
Other 832 527 2,501 1,619
Total $ 4,475 $ 4,290 $ 17,458 $ 17,025
Non-GAAP Financial Measures
Return on average common shareholders' equity reconciliation:
Return on average shareholders' equity 9.58% 8.88% 9.45% 9.02%
Effect of excluding average preferred shareholders' equity 1.77% 2.22% 1.82% 2.35%
Return on average common shareholders' equity 11.35% 11.10% 11.27% 11.37%
Efficiency ratio GAAP to non-GAAP reconciliation:
Non-interest expense $ 4,475 $ 4,290 $ 17,458 $ 17,025
Less: net loss on sales and write-downs of OREO (68) (504) (510) (1,468)
Adjusted non-interest expense (non-GAAP) $ 4,407 $ 3,786 $ 16,948 $ 15,557
Net interest income $ 6,986 $ 6,261 $ 26,247 $ 23,360
Non-interest income 2,375 1,981 7,685 7,148
Operating revenue $ 9,361 $ 8,242 $ 33,932 $ 30,508
Efficiency ratio 47.08% 45.94% 49.95% 50.99%


Three Months Ended
December 31, 2015 December 31, 2014
Average
Balance (1)
Income/
Expense
Yields/
Rates
Average
Balance (1)
Income/
Expense
Yields/
Rates
Assets
Investment securities $ 84,667 $ 364 1.72% $ 79,981 $ 345 1.72%
Loans (2) 735,120 8,614 4.69% 615,772 7,712 5.01%
Interest bearing deposits due from other banks 16,198 24 0.59% 19,431 20 0.42%
Total interest-earning assets $ 835,985 $ 9,002 4.31% $ 715,184 $ 8,077 4.52%
Allowance for loan losses (9,927) (10,671)
Other assets 39,642 43,947
Total assets $ 865,700 $ 748,460
Liabilities
Savings, NOW, money market, interest checking 172,155 203 0.47% 144,747 171 0.47%
Time deposits 421,340 1,493 1.42% 385,581 1,316 1.37%
Total interest-bearing deposits $ 593,495 $ 1,696 1.14% $ 530,328 $ 1,487 1.12%
Other borrowings 4,287 55 5.09% 11,988 118 3.92%
FHLB advances 59,331 203 1.37% 22,130 90 1.63%
Junior subordinated debentures 12,372 61 1.97% 12,372 120 3.88%
Total interest-bearing liabilities $ 669,485 $ 2,015 1.20% $ 576,818 $ 1,815 1.26%
Non-interest bearing deposits 65,970 69,516
Other liabilities 9,217 8,374
Total liabilities $ 744,672 $ 654,708
SBLF preferred stock (3) 15,000 15,000
Shareholders' equity 106,028 78,752
Total liabilities and equity $ 865,700 $ 748,460
Net interest income 6,986 6,261
Interest rate spread (4) 3.11% 3.26%
Net interest margin (5) 3.34% 3.50%
Ratio of interest-earning assets to interest -bearing liabilities 1.25 1.24
Year Ended
December 31, 2015 December 31, 2014
Average
Balance (1)
Income/
Expense
Yields/
Rates
Average
Balance (1)
Income/
Expense
Yields/
Rates
Assets
Investment securities $ 82,812 $ 1,401 1.69% $ 77,060 $ 1,371 1.78%
Loans (2) 680,279 32,301 4.75% 590,974 29,416 4.98%
Interest bearing deposits due from other banks 17,333 65 0.38% 42,208 110 0.26%
Total interest-earning assets $ 780,424 $ 33,767 4.33% $ 710,242 $ 30,897 4.35%
Allowance for loan losses (10,309) (10,566)
Other assets 41,416 46,716
Total assets $ 811,531 $ 746,392
Liabilities
Savings, NOW, money market, interest checking 158,610 746 0.47% 134,378 639 0.48%
Time deposits 401,643 5,492 1.37% 409,175 5,515 1.35%
Total interest-bearing deposits $ 560,253 $ 6,238 1.11% $ 543,553 $ 6,154 1.13%
Other borrowings 8,088 276 3.41% 19,992 322 1.61%
FHLB advances 44,331 606 1.37% 12,279 581 4.73%
Junior subordinated debentures 12,372 400 3.23% 12,372 480 3.88%
Total interest-bearing liabilities $ 625,044 $ 7,520 1.20% $ 588,196 $ 7,537 1.28%
Non-interest bearing deposits 62,430 59,956
Other liabilities 7,947 7,185
Total liabilities $ 695,421 $ 655,337
SBLF preferred stock (3) 15,000 15,000
Shareholders' equity 101,110 76,056
Total liabilities and equity $ 811,531 $ 746,393
Net interest income 26,247 23,360
Interest rate spread (4) 3.13% 3.07%
Net interest margin (5) 3.36% 3.29%
Ratio of interest-earning assets to interest -bearing liabilities 1.25 1.21
(1) Average balances are calculated on amortized cost.
(2) Includes loan fee income, nonaccruing loan balances, and interest received on such loans.
(3) The SBLF preferred stock refers to our Series C noncumulative perpetual preferred stock issued to the U.S. Treasury through the U.S. Treasury’s Small Business Lending Fund program.
(4) Interest rate spread represents the difference between the yield on average interest-earning assets and the cost of average interest bearing liabilities.
(5) Net interest margin represents net interest income divided by average total interest-earning assets.


Investor Relations Contact Timothy J. Schneider CEO, Investors Community Bank Phone: (920) 686-5604 Email: tschneider@investorscommunitybank.com

Source:County Bancorp, Inc.