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Bank of the James Announces Second Quarter, First Half 2016 Financial Results and Declaration of Dividend

LYNCHBURG, Va., July 22, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Bank of the James Financial Group, Inc. (the “Company”) (NASDAQ:BOTJ), the parent company of Bank of the James, a full-service commercial and retail bank serving the greater Lynchburg area (Region 2000), and the Charlottesville, Harrisonburg, and Roanoke, Virginia markets, today announced unaudited results for the three months and six months ended June 30, 2016.

Net income for the three months ended June 30, 2016 was $1.05 million or $0.24 per diluted share compared with $957,000 or $0.28 per diluted share for the three months ended June 30, 2015. Net income for the six months ended June 30, 2016 was $1.94 million or $0.44 per diluted share compared with $1.88 million or $0.56 per diluted share for the six months ended June 30, 2015. Diluted earnings per share in the second quarter and first half 2016 reflected a 30% increase in the number of weighted average shares outstanding compared with the second quarter and first half 2015, resulting primarily from the issuance of one million new shares of the company's common stock on December 3, 2015.

Robert R. Chapman III, President and CEO, stated: “Our second quarter and first half financial results reflected account growth and new business throughout our expanded franchise, strong production from an expanded banking team, and sound asset quality. We have been judiciously investing in people and operations to drive growth and support productivity, and feel the positive results are reflected in areas such as loan growth and expanded interest income.

“The company recently received regulatory approval to begin full-service branch banking in our successful and growing Charlottesville market, and anticipate opening this new home base in Charlottesville for commercial and retail banking operations in October or early November. Our Shenandoah Valley business, based in Harrisonburg, recently celebrated its one-year anniversary and continues to grow. The company’s Roanoke business, with an expanded focus on commercial lending, is performing very well.

“Our investment in people include banking leaders in several markets. In our home base of Region 2000, a 22-year banking veteran and Appomattox native, Thomas R. Cobb, recently joined the company as Vice President and Regional Manager. We’re excited to be expanding our presence in Appomattox. Successful community banking depends on a quality team of bankers and the relationships they establish and maintain. Our talented team is proving its value and helping drive growth.”

Highlights

  • Interest income from earning assets increased 6% in second quarter 2016 and 7% in first half 2016 from a year earlier, primarily due to commercial and construction loan growth.
  • Net interest income was up 10% for the three months ended June 30, 2016 and 11% for the six months ended June 30, 2016 compared with the prior year’s periods, reflecting interest income growth, disciplined deposit pricing, and elimination of interest expense resulting from the retirement of outstanding debt in January 2016.
  • Noninterest income increased 15% in first half 2016 compared with a year earlier, primarily reflecting consistent growth in gains on sales of purchase mortgage originations, service charges and income from treasury management and corporate credit card services, and gains on the sale of investment securities.
  • Total deposits were a company record $493.54 million, with 7% growth in non-interest bearing deposits and 3% growth in core deposits (interest- and noninterest-bearing demand accounts) from December 31, 2015.
  • Total loans, net of provision for loan losses, were a company record $452.04 million at June 30, 2016 as the company continued to build its portfolio of commercial loans. Loans held for sale at June 30, 2016 were more than double from December 31, 2015 as the company grew residential purchase mortgage originations.
  • Measures of shareholder value included a 5% increase in total stockholders’ equity at June 30, 2016 from December 31, 2015, and a 41% increase from June 30, 2015 (primarily due to the issuance of new shares of common stock in December 2015) and an increase in book value per share to $11.55 compared with $11.01 at December 31, 2015 and $10.62 at June 30, 2015. The Company paid quarterly cash dividends, with a dividend yield of 1.92% based on a recent share price of $12.50.
  • Based on the results achieved in the second quarter, on July 19, 2016 the Company’s board of directors approved a $0.06 per share dividend payable to shareholders of record on September 9, 2016, to be paid on September 23, 2016.

Second Quarter 2016 Operational Review

Net income of $1.05 million for the three months ended June 30, 2016 was a company record for second quarter earnings. Interest income of $5.29 million in second quarter 2016, up 6% from second quarter 2015, was also a company record. Net interest income in second quarter 2016 was $4.74 million, a 10% increase from $4.32 million in second quarter 2015.

Interest expense declined 18% to $550,000 in second quarter 2016 from $667,000 in second quarter 2015. The interest expense reduction primarily reflected the elimination of interest paid on capital notes that were retired in January 2016 following the company’s common equity placement. While the company attracted more interest-bearing time deposits compared with last prior year, it maintained a stable 0.57% average rate paid on interest bearing accounts.

J. Todd Scruggs, Executive Vice President and CFO, noted: “Several quarters ago, we noted there wasn’t much opportunity to decrease deposit-related interest expense in this continuing low interest rate environment, which has turned out to be a correct assessment. Despite the low rate environment, we are pleased that the bank has been able to continue building its deposit base without the need to offer ‘loss leader’ pricing on interest-bearing accounts. We believe the emphasis on maintaining value-added banking relationships with clients has played an important role in supporting deposit growth.”

The company's net interest margin was 3.80% and net interest spread was 3.67% for the three months ended June 30, 2016. Our margins were relatively stable on a consecutive quarter basis with first quarter 2016, and consistent with the margin and spread in second quarter 2015. Average rates earned on loans, including fees, was 4.50% in second quarter 2016 compared with 4.60% in first quarter 2016 and 4.62% in second quarter 2015. The average rate earned on total earning assets in second quarter 2016 was 4.24%.

Net interest income increased 10% to $4.74 million for the three months ended June 30, 2016 from $4.32 million for the three months ended June 30, 2015. Increased lending activity resulted in an increase in our provision for loan losses in the second quarter, which totaled $250,000, up from the prior year and slightly higher than in first quarter 2016.

Noninterest income from fees, service charges and commissions, including gains from the sale of residential mortgages to the secondary market, and income from the bank's line of treasury management services for commercial customers, was $1.32 million in second quarter 2016 compared with $1.08 million in second quarter 2015. Gains from the company’s sale of securities contributed $163,000 to noninterest income in second quarter 2016.

Noninterest expense for the three months ended June 30, 2016 was $4.25 million, an 8% increase compared with $3.94 million for the three months ended June 30, 2015, primarily reflecting costs related to the company's market expansion, including additional compensation and benefits expense, and investment in enhanced operating systems, web-based technology, security, and marketing to build the bank’s branding.

First Half Operations Reflect Strong Start to 2016

Net income of $1.94 million for the six months ended June 30, 2016 reflected higher interest income, net interest income and noninterest income compared with first half 2015, with increased provisions for loan losses, noninterest expense and slightly higher income taxes.

Interest income of $10.53 million in first half 2016 was up 7% compared with $9.82 million in first half 2015. Net interest income in first half 2016 was $9.43 million, up 11% compared with $8.52 million in first half 2015, reflecting increased interest income and 15% lower interest expense, primarily reflecting interest expense management and the elimination of interest paid on capital notes subsequent to their retirement in January 2016.

The company's net interest margin was 3.84% and net interest spread was 3.71% for the six months ended June 30, 2016 compared with 3.80% and 3.66%, respectively, in first half 2015. Average rates earned on loans, including fees, was 4.55% in first half 2016 and average rates earned on total earning assets was 4.29%.

Noninterest income was $2.32 million in first half 2016, up 15% compared with $2.03 million in first half 2015. Increased gains from the sale of residential mortgages to the secondary market, other fee income, and gains on sale of securities were the primary drivers of increased noninterest income. Noninterest expense for the six months ended June 30, 2016 was $8.44 million compared with $7.62 million for the six months ended June 30, 2015, reflecting increased salaries and benefits, technology investments, marketing and operating expense increases.

Balance Sheet Review

Loans held for investment, net of the allowance for loan losses, were $452.04 million at June 30, 2016 compared with $430.45 million at December 31, 2015, and up from $412.43 million at June 30, 2015. Loans held for sale were $4.45 million at June 30, 2016 compared with $1.96 million at December 31, 2015 and $2.97 million at June 30, 2015, primarily reflecting a positive trend in residential mortgage originations and quarterly timing related to closing and selling selected loans (primarily longer-term fixed rate mortgages) to the secondary market.

The bank added approximately $6.5 million in commercial loans (primarily C&I) during the second quarter. Commercial loan balances were at June 30, 2016 were $85.91 million, up 29% from $66.29 million at June 30, 2015.

“We are very pleased with the continuing gains in commercial and industrial lending in all our markets,” said Michael A. Syrek, Executive Vice President and Senior Loan Officer. “We’ve generated balanced growth from a variety of manufacturing and service sectors. We feel our relationship managers have been very effective in building lending relationships that also incorporate deposits, cash flow and funds management, and investment services.”

Bradford Harris, Senior Vice President and Market President - Roanoke, added: “Many of the business owners we meet within our market are responding positively to a bank willing and able to work with them to provide customized financial solutions that help them manage their finances and operations more efficiently. We are also seeing a number of business owners, many of them baby boomers, looking to the future and ownership transitions. A strong relationship with a bank that has the resources to provide financial guidance and advice is proving very important to them.”

Total commercial and residential real estate loans at June 30, 2016 were $266.60 million compared with $256.82 million at June 30, 2015, with the modest growth primarily reflecting conservative additions to the bank’s commercial real estate portfolio. Total construction loans, led by 25% year-over-year growth in 1-4 family construction lending, were $23.58 million at June 30, 2016, up 10% from $21.49 million at June 30, 2015. An 8% year-over-year growth in consumer lines of credit was partially driven by the bank’s rewards program to generate home equity borrowing by higher net worth customers with sound credit profiles.

Total deposits at June 30, 2016 were $493.54 million compared with $467.61 million at December 31, 2015. The bank continued to attract noninterest bearing deposits, which increased to $97.54 million at June 30, 2016 from $91.33 million at December 31, 2015. Demand and savings deposits increased to $332.98 million at June 30, 2016 compared with $324.19 million at December 31, 2015.

Total assets were $545.73 million at June 30, 2016 compared with $527.14 million at December 31, 2015, with growth in deposits primarily funding growth in loans partially offset by a decrease in cash and cash equivalents and a slight decline in securities available for sale, at fair value.

The company's asset quality remained strong and stable, with a 0.56% ratio of nonperforming loans to total loans at June 30, 2016. Relatively consistent with prior quarters, the company's allowance for loan losses to total loans was 1.07%. The company's allowance for loan losses as a percent of nonperforming loans increased to 192.40% at June 30, 2016 compared with 137.49% at December 31, 2015.

The company grew measures of shareholder value, including tangible book value per share and total stockholders' equity. Total stockholders' equity increased to $50.55 million at June 30, 2016, compared with $48.20 million at December 31, 2015, and up from $35.81 million compared with June 30, 2015. Retained earnings grew to $9.33 million at June 30, 2016 from $7.92 million at December 31, 2015.

Return on average assets (ROAA) was 0.79% in second quarter 2016, consistent with the prior year’s second quarter. Return on average equity (ROAE) in second quarter 2016 was 8.54%, up from 7.30% in first quarter 2016, and down from 10.71% in second quarter 2015. The decline in year-over-year ROAE primarily reflected the sharp increase in outstanding shares resulting from the company's common equity issue in December 2015. The bank's regulatory capital ratios continued to exceed accepted regulatory standards for a well-capitalized institution.

Conclusion and Outlook

“The markets we serve continue to show general economic health, with education, technology development and specific areas in manufacturing making investments in growth and the future,” said Chapman. “As our market presidents have reported, our ability to win business from competing institutions, rather than booming economic growth has driven our results.”

He explained the bank’s ability to attract customers from the largest banks, which dominate our area, is driven by superior service, customized financial solutions, experienced relationship managers and “big bank” electronic and Web-based capabilities. The exit of some community and smaller banks, mostly through acquisition, has also left a void that we as a community bank can fill, he added.

“As we have expanded into a significantly larger geographical area, we have been pleased although not entirely surprised that, as when we entered the Charlottesville market several years ago, the Bank of the James brand and positive reputation is more widespread than expected.

“The company’s first half financial performance was gratifying, thanks mostly to our team of talented bankers. We continue to make new hires throughout our franchise, primarily in commercial banking but selectively in retail and mortgage banking. We are finding opportunities to bring on board experienced bankers, many with extensive relationships with businesses, individuals, and their communities, who want to be part of our mission and share our vision.

“With the current economic, housing and business outlook in our markets, we feel the remainder of 2016 should generate growth opportunities for the bank. A sharp focus on client retention and continuing commitment to the highest standards of risk management and credit quality should contribute to ongoing value for our shareholders.”

About the Company

Bank of the James, a wholly owned subsidiary of Bank of the James Financial Group, Inc., serves Lynchburg, Charlottesville, Harrisonburg, Roanoke, and other markets in Virginia. The bank operates 10 full service locations, two limited service branches, two loan production offices, and an investment/insurance services division. Bank of the James Financial Group, Inc. common stock is listed under the symbol "BOTJ" on the NASDAQ Stock Market, LLC.

Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Statements


This press release contains statements that constitute "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. The words "believe," "estimate," "expect," "intend," "anticipate," "plan" and similar expressions and variations thereof identify certain of such forward-looking statements which speak only as of the dates on which they were made. Bank of the James Financial Group, Inc. (the "Company") undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise. Readers are cautioned that any such forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve risks and uncertainties, and that actual results may differ materially from those indicated in the forward-looking statements as a result of various factors. Such factors include, but are not limited to, competition, general economic conditions, potential changes in interest rates, and changes in the value of real estate securing loans made by Bank of the James (the "Bank"), a subsidiary of the Company. Additional information concerning factors that could cause actual results to materially differ from those in the forward-looking statements is contained in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission and previously filed by the Bank (as predecessor of the Company) with the Federal Reserve Board.

Bank of the James Financial Group, Inc. and Subsidiaries
(000's) except share data, ratios and percent data
unaudited

Selected Data:Three
months
ending
Jun 30,
2016
Three
months
ending
Jun 30,
2015
ChangeYear
to
date
Jun 30,
2016
Year
to
date
Jun 30,
2015
Change
Interest income$ 5,293 $ 4,991 6.05%$ 10,528 $ 9,817 7.24%
Interest expense 550 667 -17.54% 1,098 1,297 -15.34%
Net interest income 4,743 4,324 9.69% 9,430 8,520 10.68%
Provision for loan losses 250 57 338.60% 450 157 186.62%
Noninterest income 1,316 1,078 22.08% 2,324 2,025 14.77%
Noninterest expense 4,254 3,935 8.11% 8,444 7,615 10.89%
Income taxes 504 453 11.26% 922 889 3.71%
Net income 1,051 957 9.82% 1,938 1,884 2.87%
Weighted average common shares outstanding – basic and diluted 4,378,436 3,371,616 29.86% 4,378,436 3,371,616 29.86%
Basic earnings per common share$ 0.24 $ 0.28 $ (0.04)$ 0.44 $ 0.56 $ (0.12)
Fully diluted earnings per common share$ 0.24 $ 0.28 $ (0.04)$ 0.44 $ 0.56 $ (0.12)


Balance Sheet at
period end:
Jun 30,
2016
Dec 31,
2015
ChangeJun 30,
2015
Dec 31,
2014
Change
Loans, net$ 452,044 $ 430,445 5.02%$412,425 $394,573 4.52%
Loans held for sale 4,452 1,964 126.68% 2,972 1,030 188.54%
Total securities 37,118 38,515 -3.63% 31,972 26,923 18.75%
Total deposits 493,535 467,610 5.54% 445,386 399,497 11.49%
Stockholders' equity 50,553 48,196 4.89% 35,806 34,776 2.96%
Total assets 545,730 527,143 3.53% 492,836 460,865 6.94%
Shares outstanding 4,378,436 4,378,436 - 3,371,616 3,371,616 -
Book value per share$ 11.55 $ 11.01 0.54 $ 10.62 $ 10.31 $ 0.31


Daily averages:Three
months
ending
Jun 30,
2016
Three
months
ending
Jun 30,
2015
ChangeYear
to
date
Jun 30,
2016
Year
to
date
Jun 30,
2015
Change
Loans, net$ 437,619 $ 406,994 7.52%$434,903 $402,134 8.15%
Loans held for sale 4,457 2,199 102.68% 3,580 1,884 90.02%
Total securities 41,040 30,728 33.56% 40,669 28,897 40.74%
Total deposits 483,453 429,617 12.53% 476,486 420,294 13.37%
Stockholders' equity 49,351 35,834 37.72% 49,041 35,481 38.22%
Interest earning assets 500,942 457,569 9.48% 494,770 452,441 9.36%
Interest bearing liabilities 385,670 368,441 4.68% 382,104 365,160 4.64%
Total assets 533,648 487,074 9.56% 527,299 481,316 9.55%


Financial Ratios:Three
months
ending
Jun 30,
2016
Three
months
ending
Jun 30,
2015
ChangeYear
to
date
Jun 30,
2016
Year
to
date
Jun 30,
2015
Change
Return on average assets 0.79% 0.79% - 0.74% 0.79% (0.05)
Return on average equity 8.54% 10.71% (2.17) 7.93% 10.71% (2.78)
Net interest margin 3.80% 3.76% 0.04 3.84% 3.80% 0.04
Efficiency ratio 70.21% 72.84% (2.63) 71.84% 72.21% (0.37)
Average equity to average assets 9.25% 7.36% 1.89 9.30% 7.37% 1.93


Allowance for loan losses:Three
months
ending
Jun 30,
2016
Three
months
ending
Jun 30,
2015
ChangeYear
to
date
Jun 30,
2016
Year
to
date
Jun 30,
2015
Change
Beginning balance$ 4,750 $ 4,746 0.08%$ 4,683 $ 4,790 -2.23%
Provision for losses 250 57 338.60% 450 157 186.62%
Charge-offs (127) (259) -50.97% (378) (460) -17.83%
Recoveries 14 42 -66.67% 132 99 33.33%
Ending balance 4,887 4,586 6.56% 4,887 4,586 6.56%



Nonperforming assets:Jun 30,
2016
Dec 31,
2015
ChangeJun 30,
2015
Dec 31,
2014
Change
Total nonperforming loans$ 2,540 $ 3,406 -25.43%$ 1,908 $ 3,505 -45.56%
Other real estate owned 2,420 1,965 23.16% 2,065 956 116.00%
Total nonperforming assets 4,960 5,371 -7.65% 3,973 4,461 -10.94%
Troubled debt restructurings - (performing portion) 639 646 -1.08% 847 376 125.27%


Asset quality ratios:Jun 30,
2016
Dec 31,
2015
ChangeJun 30,
2015
Dec 31,
2014
Change
Nonperforming loans to total loans 0.56% 0.78% (0.22) 0.46% 0.87% (0.41)
Allowance for loan losses to total loans 1.07% 1.08% (0.01) 1.10% 1.20% (0.10)
Allowance for loan losses to nonperforming loans 192.40% 137.49% 54.91 240.36% 136.66% 103.69


Bank of the James Financial Group, Inc. and Subsidiaries
Consolidated Balance Sheets
(dollar amounts in thousands, except per share amounts)

(unaudited)
Assets6/30/16 12/31/15
Cash and due from banks$ 20,918 $ 15,952
Federal funds sold 3,515 12,703
Total cash and cash equivalents 24,433 28,655
Securities held-to-maturity (fair value of $3,424 in 2016 and $2,649 in 2015) 3,309 2,519
Securities available-for-sale, at fair value 33,809 35,996
Restricted stock, at cost 1,373 1,313
Loans, net of allowance for loan losses of $4,887 in 2016 and $4,683 in 2015 452,044 430,445
Loans held for sale 4,452 1,964
Premises and equipment, net 9,692 9,751
Software, net 174 256
Interest receivable 1,209 1,248
Cash value - bank owned life insurance 9,911 9,781
Other real estate owned 2,420 1,965
Income taxes receivable 1,125 1,096
Deferred tax asset, net 911 1,399
Other assets 868 755
Total assets$ 545,730 $ 527,143
Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity
Deposits
Noninterest bearing demand 97,544 91,325
NOW, money market and savings 235,437 232,864
Time 160,554 143,421
Total deposits 493,535 467,610
Capital notes - 10,000
Interest payable 87 61
Other liabilities 1,555 1,276
Total liabilities$ 495,177 $ 478,947
Commitments and contingencies
Stockholders' equity
Preferred stock; authorized 1,000,000 shares; none issued and outstanding as of June 30, 2016 and December 31, 2015 - -
Common stock $2.14 par value; authorized 10,000,000 shares; issued and outstanding 4,378,436 as of June 30, 2016 and December 31, 2015 9,370 9,370
Additional paid-in-capital 31,495 31,495
Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss) 355 (589)
Retained earnings 9,333 7,920
Total stockholders' equity$ 50,553 $ 48,196
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity$ 545,730 $ 527,143

Bank of the James Financial Group, Inc. and Subsidiaries
Consolidated Statements of Income
(dollar amounts in thousands, except per share amounts)

For the Three Months
Ended June 30,
For the Six Months
Ended June 30,
Interest Income 2016 2015 2016 2015
Loans$ 5,007 $ 4,758 $ 9,985 $ 9,386
Securities
US Government and agency obligations 125 143 264 283
Mortgage backed securities 68 18 120 28
Municipals – taxable 35 22 69 47
Municipals – tax exempt 11 11 21 21
Dividends 27 29 33 34
Other (Corporates) 3 2 9 3
Interest bearing deposits 9 4 15 6
Federal Funds sold 8 4 12 9
Total interest income 5,293 4,991 10,528 9,817
Interest Expense
Deposits
NOW, money market savings 139 123 275 245
Time Deposits 373 362 742 671
Brokered time deposits 38 29 69 52
Federal Funds purchased - - 4 1
FHLB borrowings - 3 - 28
Capital notes 6% due 4/1/2017 - 150 8 300
Total interest expense 550 667 1,098 1,297
Net interest income 4,743 4,324 9,430 8,520
Provision for loan losses 250 57 450 157
Net interest income after provision for loan losses 4,493 4,267 8,980 8,363
Noninterest income
Gain on sales of loans held for sale, net 681 613 1,172 1,136
Service charges, fees and commissions 362 348 734 666
Increase in cash value of life insurance 65 68 130 136
Other 45 45 60 54
Gain on sale of available-for-sale securities, net 163 4 228 33
Total noninterest income 1,316 1,078 2,324 2,025
Noninterest expenses
Salaries and employee benefits 2,162 2,128 4,399 4,211
Occupancy 305 312 637 601
Equipment 314 304 633 603
Supplies 108 108 227 204
Professional, data processing, and other outside expense 701 560 1,363 1,046
Marketing 201 148 320 224
Credit expense 106 63 189 136
Other real estate expenses 4 32 5 37
FDIC insurance expense 91 79 183 153
Other 262 201 488 400
Total other operating expenses 4,254 3,935 8,444 7,615
Earnings before income taxes 1,555 1,410 2,860 2,773
Earnings tax expense 504 453 922 889
Net Income$ 1,051 $ 957 $ 1,938 $ 1,884
Weighted average shares outstanding – basic and diluted 4,378,436 3,371,616 4,378,436 3,371,616
Earnings per common share – basic and diluted$ 0.24 $ 0.28 $ 0.44 $ 0.56


CONTACT: J. Todd Scruggs Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer (434) 846-2000 tscruggs@bankofthejames.com

Source:Bank of the James Financial Group, Inc.