SANTA ROSA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Exchange Bank (OTC:EXSR) today announced results for the first quarter of 2017 with a profit after tax of $6.63 million, compared to $5.21 million in the first quarter of 2016. This represents an increase of $1.42 million or 27.3% over the same period a year ago.
The increase in earnings can be attributed to both an increase in core earnings of the Bank as a result of increased net interest income as well as nonrecurring earnings in the form of gains on the sale of other real estate owned (OREO). During the first quarter of 2017, the Bank successfully completed the sale of OREO, which contributed pretax gains of approximately $1.38 million. There was no such gain on the sale of assets during the similar quarter in 2016. Conversely, in 2016 the Bank recognized a recovery of a $500 thousand provision for loan loss reserves that was taken back into income. There was no similar recapture of provision for loan losses during the first quarter of 2017. The Bank did not make any provision for losses on loans during the first quarter of 2017 or 2016. The Bank’s level of reserves to support future loan losses remains strong in comparison to industry standards and is further supported by reductions in problem assets and the ongoing decline in net loan charge-offs.
“While this was another strong quarter of financial performance, as demonstrated by the increased net interest income, it is important to note that the unusual nature of the gains on the sale of other real estate owned totaling almost $1.38 million is not anticipated in future periods,” said Greg Jahn, executive vice president and CFO.
The strength in core earnings was driven primarily by continued growth in loans and deposits, leading to an increase in net interest income of approximately $1.5 million during the first quarter of 2017, an 8% increase over the similar quarter in 2016. Loans grew by approximately $151 million over the 12 months ending March 31, 2017, an increase of 11.9%. Deposits increased by approximately $124 million over totals reported as of March 31, 2016, an increase of 6.8%.
Absent the gain on sale of OREO, the Bank’s non-interest income increased by approximately $650 thousand during the first quarter of 2017 compared to the similar quarter in 2016, and was driven by increases in gain on sale of Small Business Administration (SBA) loans, as well as income generated by the Bank’s Trust and Investment business.
“We are pleased to report strong earnings this quarter driven by significant loan growth in the fourth quarter of 2016 and strong growth in our core deposits,” said Gary Hartwick, president and CEO. “In support of our mission, we are committed to building strong long-term relationships with our clients while maintaining strong credit quality.”
Exchange Bank paid a quarterly cash dividend of $0.80 per share on common stock outstanding to shareholders on March 17, 2017. 50.44% of the cash dividend goes to the Doyle Trust which funds the Doyle Scholarships at the Santa Rosa Junior College.
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About Exchange Bank
Headquartered in Sonoma County and founded in 1890 with assets of $2.2 billion, Exchange Bank is a premier community bank providing a wide range of personal, commercial, and trust and investment services with 18 branches in Sonoma County and a commercial and SBA lending office in Roseville and Marin, California. The Bank’s legacy of financial leadership and community support is grounded in its core values of Commitment, Respect, Integrity and Teamwork.
Exchange Bank is an 11-time winner of the North Bay Business Journal’s North Bay Best Places to Work survey and received the 2016 Healthiest Companies in the North Bay award. NorthBay biz magazine named Exchange Bank 2016 Best Business Bank. Exchange Bank can also be found in the North Bay Business Journal’s listing of leading SBA 7(a) Lenders, Wealth Management Advisors and Wine Industry Lenders. www.exchangebank.com.
|Consolidated Balance Sheets|
|March 31, 2017 and 2016|
|Cash and due from banks||$||33,962||$||25,211||$||8,751||34.71||%|
|Fed Funds Sold||41,568||90,227||(48,659||)||-53.93||%|
|Total Cash and cash equivalents||75,530||115,438||(39,908||)||-34.57||%|
|Interest-earning deposits in other financial institutions||70,000||77,000||(7,000||)||-9.09||%|
|Securities available for sale||546,438||514,348||32,090||6.24||%|
|Loans and leases|
|Less allowance for loan and lease losses||(38,403||)||(37,831||)||(572||)||1.51||%|
|Net loans and leases||1,387,328||1,236,319||151,009||12.21||%|
|Bank premises and equipment||17,814||17,165||649||3.78||%|
|LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY|
|Non-Interest Bearing Demand||$||729,133||$||678,424||$||50,709||7.47||%|
|Total Liabilities and Stockholder's Equity||$||2,207,361||$||2,047,197||$||160,164||7.82||%|
|Consolidated Statements of Operations|
For the Period Ended March 31, 2017 and 2016
(In Thousands, except per share amounts)
Twelve Months Ended
|Three Months Ended||Change||% Change|
|Interest and fees on loans||$||16,864||$||15,442||$||1,422||9.21||%|
|Interest on investments securities||2,720||2,678||42||1.57||%|
|Total interest income||19,584||18,120||1,464||8.08||%|
|Interest on deposits||175||206||(31||)||-15.05||%|
|Other interest expense||94||95||(1||)||-1.05||%|
|Total interest expense||269||301||(32||)||-10.63||%|
|Net interest income||19,315||17,819||1,496||8.40||%|
|Provision (reversal of) for losses on loans-||(500||)||500||-|
Net interest income after provision for loan and leases
|Non interest expense|
|Salary and benefit costs||8,417||8,695||(278||)||-3.20||%|
|Total non-interest expense||15,141||14,705||436||2.96||%|
|Income before income taxes||10,965||8,377||2,588||30.89||%|
|Provision for income taxes||4,332||3,166||1,166||36.83||%|
|Basic earnings per common share||$||3.87||$||3.04||$||0.83||27.30||%|
|Dividends per share||$||0.80||$||0.65||$||0.15||23.08||%|
Earnings per share is computed by dividing net income, by the weighted averaged number of shares outstanding during the year.
|Total average shares outstanding for both 2017 and 2016 was 1,714,344|