Peoples Bancorp Announces First Quarter Earnings Results
NEWTON, N.C., April 23, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Peoples Bancorp of North Carolina, Inc. (PEBK), the parent company of Peoples Bank, reported first quarter earnings results with highlights as follows:
First Quarter Highlights:
- Net earnings were $1.7 million or $0.30 basic and diluted net earnings per share for the three months ended March 31, 2012, before adjustment for preferred stock dividends and accretion, as compared to $1.4 million or $0.25 basic and diluted net earnings per share, for the same period one year ago.
- Net earnings available to common shareholders were $1.3 million or $0.24 basic and diluted net earnings per common share for the three months ended March 31, 2012, as compared to $1.0 million or $0.18 basic and diluted net earnings per common share, for the same period one year ago.
- Earnings before securities gains and income taxes amounted to $1.7 million for the three months ended March 31, 2012 compared to $691,000 for the same period one year ago.
- Core deposits amounted to $630.4 million, or 78.04% of total deposits at March 31, 2012, compared to $610.3 million, or 72.74% of total deposits at March 31, 2011.
- Shareholders' equity amounted to $104.4 million, or 9.91% of total assets, as of March 31, 2012, compared to $97.2 million, or 9.07% of total assets, as of March 31, 2011.
Tony W. Wolfe, President and Chief Executive Officer, attributed the increase in first quarter earnings to a decrease in the provision for loan losses and a decrease in non-interest expense, which were partially offset by a decrease in net interest income and a decrease in non-interest income.
Net interest income was $8.1 million for the three months ended March 31, 2012, compared to $8.5 million for the same period one year ago. This decrease was primarily due to a decrease in interest income resulting from a decrease in loans, which was partially offset by a decrease in interest expense due to a reduction in the cost of funds. Net interest income after the provision for loan losses increased to $6.1 million during the first quarter of 2012, compared to $5.6 million for the same period one year ago. The provision for loan losses for the three months ended March 31, 2012, was $2.0 million as compared to $3.0 million for the same period one year ago. The decrease in the provision for loan losses is primarily attributable to a $1.0 million decrease in net charge-offs during the first quarter of 2012 compared to the first quarter of 2011.
Non-interest income was $3.4 million for the three months ended March 31, 2012, as compared to $3.6 million for the same period one year ago. This decrease is primarily attributable to a $548,000 decrease in the gains on sale of securities.
Non-interest expense decreased 1.74% to $7.3 million for the three months ended March 31, 2012, as compared to $7.4 million for the same period one year ago. This decrease is primarily due to a $122,000 decrease in FDIC insurance premiums and a $116,000 decrease in foreclosure related expenses.
Total assets amounted to $1.1 billion as of March 31, 2012 and March 31, 2011. Available for sale securities increased 10.21% to $299.3 million as of March 31, 2012, compared to $271.6 million as of March 31, 2011. This increase reflects the investment of funds received from the decrease in loans. Total loans amounted to $658.3 million as of March 31, 2012, compared to $711.2 million as of March 31, 2011. The decrease is primarily due to the anticipated reduction in existing loans as the Bank continues to work through problem loans and the continuing decline in loan originations.
Non-performing assets amounted to $33.0 million or 3.14% of total assets at March 31, 2012, compared to $39.5 million or 3.68% of total assets at March 31, 2011 primarily due to a decrease in non-accrual loans. Non-performing loans include $16.2 million in AD&C loans, $8.3 million in commercial and residential mortgage loans and $539,000 in other loans at March 31, 2012, as compared to $20.9 million in AD&C loans, $11.7 million in commercial and residential mortgage loans and $550,000 in other loans at March 31, 2011. The allowance for loan losses at March 31, 2012, amounted to $16.6 million or 2.52% of total loans compared to $15.4 million or 2.17% of total loans at March 31, 2011. According to Mr. Wolfe, management believes the current level of the allowance for loan losses is adequate; however, there is no assurance that additional adjustments to the allowance will not be required because of changes in economic conditions, regulatory requirements or other factors.
Deposits amounted to $807.8 million as of March 31, 2011, compared to $839.0 million at March 31, 2011. Core deposits, which include non-interest bearing demand deposits, NOW, MMDA, savings and non-brokered certificates of deposit of denominations less than $100,000, increased $20.1 million to $630.4 million at March 31, 2012, as compared to $610.3 million at March 31, 2011. Certificates of deposit in amounts greater than $100,000 or more totaled $176.4 million at March 31, 2012, as compared to $224.5 million at March 31, 2011. This decrease is primarily due to a $18.3 million decrease in certificates of deposit issued through the Certificate of Deposit Account Registry Service (CDARS) and a $12.2 million decrease in brokered certificates of deposit as of March 31, 2012, compared to March 31, 2011.
Securities sold under agreement to repurchase amounted to $43.5 million at March 31, 2012, as compared to $38.4 million at March 31, 2011.
Peoples Bank operates 22 offices entirely in North Carolina, with offices in Catawba, Alexander, Lincoln, Mecklenburg, Union, Iredell and Wake Counties. The Company's common stock is publicly traded and is quoted on the Nasdaq Global Market under the symbol "PEBK."
Statements made in this press release, other than those concerning historical information, should be considered forward-looking statements pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and the Private Securities Litigation Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties and are based on the beliefs and assumptions of management and on the information available to management at the time that this release was prepared. These statements can be identified by the use of words like "expect," "anticipate," "estimate," and "believe," variations of these words and other similar expressions. Readers should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements as a number of important factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially include, but are not limited to, (1) competition in the markets served by Peoples Bank, (2) changes in the interest rate environment, (3) general national, regional or local economic conditions may be less favorable than expected, resulting in, among other things, a deterioration in credit quality and the possible impairment of collectibility of loans, (4) legislative or regulatory changes, including changes in accounting standards, (5) significant changes in the federal and state legal and regulatory environment and tax laws, (6) the impact of changes in monetary and fiscal policies, laws, rules and regulations and (7) other risks and factors identified in the Company's other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including but not limited to those described in Peoples Bancorp of North Carolina, Inc.'s annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2011.
|CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS|
|March 31, 2012, December 31, 2011 and March 31, 2011|
|(Dollars in thousands)|
|March 31, 2012||December 31, 2011||March 31, 2011|
|Cash and due from banks||$ 23,944||$ 22,532||$ 24,788|
|Interest bearing deposits||24,160||6,704||21,465|
|Cash and cash equivalents||48,104||29,236||46,253|
|Certificates of deposits||--||--||735|
|Investment securities available for sale||299,303||321,388||271,570|
|Mortgage loans held for sale||6,256||5,146||2,415|
|Less: Allowance for loan losses||(16,612)||(16,604)||(15,410)|
|Premises and equipment, net||16,629||16,896||17,155|
|Cash surrender value of life insurance||12,937||12,835||7,599|
|Accrued interest receivable and other assets||22,162||21,957||24,587|
|Total assets||$ 1,053,327||$ 1,067,063||$ 1,072,046|
|LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY:|
|Non-interest bearing demand||$ 149,628||$ 136,878||$ 120,550|
|NOW, MMDA & Savings||355,688||366,133||349,077|
|Time, $100,000 or more||176,428||193,045||224,485|
|Demand notes payable to U.S. Treasury||--||--||843|
|Securities sold under agreement to repurchase||43,479||39,600||38,446|
|Junior subordinated debentures||20,619||20,619||20,619|
|Accrued interest payable and other liabilities||7,024||6,706||5,957|
|Series A preferred stock, $1,000 stated value; authorized 5,000,000 shares; issued and outstanding 25,054 shares in 2012 and 2011||24,793||24,758||24,652|
|Common stock, no par value; authorized 20,000,000 shares; issued and outstanding 5,544,160 shares in 2012 and 2011||48,298||48,298||48,289|
|Accumulated other comprehensive income||3,498||3,076||(215)|
|Total shareholders' equity||104,406||103,027||97,201|
|Total liabilities and shareholders' equity||$ 1,053,327||$ 1,067,063||$ 1,072,046|
|CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME|
|For the three months ended March 31, 2012 and 2011|
|(Dollars in thousands, except per share amounts)|
|Three months ended|
|Interest and fees on loans||$ 8,425||$ 9,614|
|Interest on investment securities:|
|U.S. Government sponsored enterprises||1,070||1,082|
|States and political subdivisions||800||805|
|Total interest income||10,362||11,558|
|NOW, MMDA & savings deposits||344||717|
|Junior subordinated debentures||113||100|
|Total interest expense||2,218||3,044|
|NET INTEREST INCOME||8,144||8,514|
|PROVISION FOR LOAN LOSSES||2,049||2,950|
|NET INTEREST INCOME AFTER PROVISION FOR LOAN LOSSES||6,095||5,564|
|Other service charges and fees||599||582|
|Gain on sale of securities||527||1,075|
|Mortgage banking income||226||187|
|Insurance and brokerage commission||135||108|
|Total non-interest income||3,380||3,602|
|Salaries and employee benefits||3,841||3,667|
|Total non-interest expense||7,271||7,400|
|EARNINGS BEFORE INCOME TAXES||2,204||1,766|
|Dividends and accretion on preferred stock||348||348|
|NET EARNINGS AVAILABLE TO COMMON SHAREHOLDERS||$ 1,311||$ 1,013|
|PER COMMON SHARE AMOUNTS|
|Basic net earnings||$ 0.24||$ 0.18|
|Diluted net earnings||$ 0.24||$ 0.18|
|Cash dividends||$ 0.07||$ 0.02|
|Book value||$ 14.31||$ 13.02|
|For the three months ended March 31, 2012 and 2011|
|(Dollars in thousands)|
|Three months ended|
|SELECTED AVERAGE BALANCES:|
|Available for sale securities||$ 313,452||$ 268,218|
|SELECTED KEY DATA:|
|Net interest margin (tax equivalent)||3.44%||3.59%|
|Return of average assets||0.63%||0.52%|
|Return on average shareholders' equity||6.34%||5.66%|
|Shareholders' equity to total assets (period end)||9.91%||9.07%|
|ALLOWANCE FOR LOAN LOSSES:|
|Balance, beginning of period||$ 16,604||$ 15,493|
|Provision for loan losses||2,049||2,950|
|Balance, end of period||$ 16,612||$ 15,410|
|Non-accrual loans||$ 23,981||$ 32,949|
|90 days past due and still accruing||1,023||185|
|Other real estate owned||8,020||6,358|
|Total non-performing assets||$ 33,024||$ 39,492|
|Non-performing assets to total assets||3.14%||3.68%|
|Allowance for loan losses to non-performing assets||50.30%||39.02%|
|Allowance for loan losses to total loans||2.52%||2.17%|
|LOAN RISK GRADE ANALYSIS:||Percentage of Loans|
|By Risk Grade|
|Risk Grade 1 (excellent quality)||3.10%||3.34%|
|Risk Grade 2 (high quality)||16.36%||17.05%|
|Risk Grade 3 (good quality)||48.00%||47.30%|
|Risk Grade 4 (management attention)||20.50%||21.86%|
|Risk Grade 5 (watch)||4.25%||2.89%|
|Risk Grade 6 (substandard)||7.45%||7.28%|
|Risk Grade 7 (low substandard)||0.00%||0.00%|
|Risk Grade 8 (doubtful)||0.00%||0.00%|
|Risk Grade 9 (loss)||0.00%||0.00%|
|At March 31, 2012, including non-accrual loans, there were seven relationships exceeding $1.0 million (which totaled $12.2 million) in the Watch risk grade, six relationships exceeding $1.0 million in the Substandard risk grade (which totaled $16.3 million) and no relationships exceeding $1.0 million in the Low Substandard risk grade. There were four relationships with loans in the Watch risk grade and the Substandard risk grade exceeding $1.0 million total (which totaled $10.6 million).|
CONTACT: Tony W. Wolfe President and Chief Executive Officer A. Joseph Lampron, Jr. Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer 828-464-5620, Fax 828-465-6780Source: Peoples Bancorp of North Carolina, Inc. 2012 GlobeNewswire, Inc.