Citizens & Northern: Time To Jump Back In On This Bank

Aug. 27, 2019 10:03 AM ETCitizens & Northern Corporation (CZNC)3 Comments
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Summary

  • Citizens is down from a high of $29.24 to the current price of $22.66, a 22.5% drop.
  • Citizens acquired Monument Bancorp, Inc., pushing them over $1.6 billion in total assets.
  • Citizens recorded record earnings, excluding merger expenses, through 6 months 2019.

Who exactly is Citizens & Northern (NASDAQ:CZNC) ? They are a $1.6 billion total asset sized bank, based in Wellsboro, PA. They provide traditional banking services - taking in deposits and originating loans. Further, they also have a significant investment and insurance business, with almost $950 million in assets under management on the investment service side.

This may sound plain Jane, but they are an exceptional community bank. In fact, in the last year, Citizens & Northern has gone through a vast change. First, they are currently rebranding their image. Their logo has changed, their culture is changing, and that's partly because of the next big item.

Citizens & Northern, in April 2019, closed on their merger of Monument Bancorp in a deal that cost ~$43 million. Monument had $348 million in total assets that was added right to CZNC's balance sheet after the close.

As I am always eager to add an undervalued community bank to my portfolio, I wanted to re-look at CZNC, as I've owned them in the past, and with the new acquisition, I wanted to see how business was performing and if the dividend metrics look ripe for an add to the current position.

Citizen & Northern's Q2 2019 Performance Review

Where shall we begin? I would say the income statement is a great place to start, as we will have to dissect it slightly, due to the merger we discussed earlier.

Through the first 6 months of 2019, CZNC earned $30.2 in interest income and dividend revenue. Comparatively to last year, this is better by $6 million, as June 30, 2018 produced $24.2 million. That is a massive 25% increase from prior year. Non-interest income remained relatively flat, with a modest 3.4% growth from 6 months 2019 compared to 6 months 2018. The driver of the increase in interest income is primarily related to the merger, as loans

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