Middlefield Banc Corp. Reports 2017 First Quarter Financial Results

MIDDLEFIELD, Ohio--()--Middlefield Banc Corp. (NASDAQ: MBCN) today reported financial results for the 2017 first quarter ended March 31, 2017.

2017 First Quarter Financial Highlights Include (on a year-over-year basis unless noted):

  • First quarter with total assets over $1.0 billion.
  • First quarter including recently acquired Liberty Bank, N.A.
  • Net interest income increased 38.5% to $8.8 million.
  • Noninterest income grew 66.2% to $1.5 million.
  • Net income was $2.1 million, or $0.78 per diluted share.
  • Total net loans were $837.2 million, and increased 4.8% organically from the fourth quarter.
  • Nonperforming loans to total loans remain at low levels, 0.96% at March 31, 2017.
  • Tier 1 capital ratio remains strong at 8.95%.

“The 2017 first quarter represents the completion and successful integration of the Liberty Bank, N.A. acquisition,” stated Thomas G. Caldwell, President and Chief Executive Officer. “Liberty’s immediate financial contribution was significant in the first quarter, which helped Middlefield achieve significant growth in profitability, loans, and deposits. While we are encouraged by the near-term financial success the Liberty acquisition represents, we are excited about the acquisition’s long-term potential. Through Liberty, we have enhanced our management team, added three highly productive branches, and expanded our geographic reach to Cuyahoga and Summit Counties. Middlefield’s larger scale and improved scope allow the company to improve profitability, while offering customers a broader range of community-oriented financial products. We also continue to be encouraged by our organic loan growth, which increased 4.8% from December 31, 2016 and 20.4% from March 31, 2016.”

Net income for the 2017 first quarter was $2.1 million, or $0.78 per diluted share, compared to net income for the 2016 first quarter of $1.5 million, or $0.79 per diluted share. Annualized returns on average equity (“ROE”) and average assets (“ROA”) for the 2017 first quarter were 8.73% and 0.84%, respectively, compared with 10.57% and 0.92% for the 2016 first quarter. During the 2017 first quarter, Middlefield incurred one-time costs associated with the Liberty acquisition of $249,032, or $0.06 per share. Adjusted for these one-time acquisition costs, Middlefield had net income of .84 per diluted share, ROE of 8.9%, and ROA of 0.85% for the 2017 first quarter.

Mr. Caldwell continued: “Over the past two years, there has been a significant amount of consolidation of banks across the state of Ohio. We believe this creates gaps in the local markets for community-oriented banks, such as Middlefield, to serve customers who desire local, personalized, and results-oriented financial products and services. Middlefield has created a strong and unique platform to capitalize on this trend and expand our market share throughout our two distinct and compelling Ohio markets. I am encouraged by the successful integration of Liberty, the performance of our new Sunbury branch and Mentor LPO, and the talented team of proven, experienced, and motivated bankers we have assembled. As a result, I am pleased with the direction we are headed and expect 2017 to be another good year for Middlefield.”

Income Statement

Net interest income for the 2017 first quarter was $8.8 million, compared to nearly $6.3 million for the 2016 first quarter. The 38.5% increase in net interest income for the 2017 first quarter was primarily a result of a 48.7% increase in interest and fees on loans. The net interest margin for the 2017 first quarter was 3.84%, compared to 3.87% for the same period of 2016.

Noninterest income for the 2017 first quarter was up 66.2% to $1.5 million, primarily a result of gains on the sales of investments and loans, as well as on earnings on bank-owned life insurance. Noninterest expense for the 2017 first quarter was $7.3 million, an increase of approximately $1.9 million from the 2016 first quarter. The higher noninterest expenses were primarily because of additional operating expenses as a result of the Liberty acquisition, higher salaries, employee benefits, and operating expenses to support the company’s growth objectives.

“Asset quality remains strong as a result of Middlefield’s focus on proactive risk management and stable economic trends within our local markets,” said Donald L. Stacy, Chief Financial Officer. “Despite a 37.8% increase in our loan portfolio, nonperforming loans declined 23.7% over the twelve-month period ended March 31, 2017. We had $64.4 million in cash and cash equivalents on our balance sheet at March 31, 2017 and loans to deposits were 98.5%. I am pleased with the 577 basis point improvement in total loans to assets, which increased from 72.33% at March 31, 2016 to 78.1% at the end of the 2017 first quarter. Middlefield incurred nearly $250,000 of one-time expenses associated with the Liberty merger. We believe we will experience improved leverage of our fixed operating expenses as we benefit from the Liberty acquisition and grow our new Sunbury branch and Mentor LPO. In addition, we continue to focus on improving noninterest income to diversify our income streams and offset higher operating expenses.”

Balance Sheet

Total assets at March 31, 2017 increased 46.2% to $1,071.5 million, from $732.9 million at March 31, 2016. Net loans at March 31, 2017 were $830.4 million, compared to $524.0 million at March 31, 2016. The 58.5% year-over-year improvement in net loans was across all loan categories, and was a result of organic growth and the contribution of the Liberty acquisition. Specifically, commercial mortgage loans increased 80.9%, residential mortgage loans increased 26.0%, commercial and industrial loans increased 93.5%, real estate construction loans increased 39.2%, and consumer installment loans increased 305.6%.

Total deposits at March 31, 2017 increased 34.6% to $849.9 million from $631.4 million at March 31, 2016. The company continues to proactively manage its cost of funds and control deposit growth. The investment portfolio, which is entirely classified as available for sale, was $110.5 million at March 31, 2017, compared with $142.6 million at March 31, 2016.

Stockholders’ Equity and Dividends

Tangible stockholders’ equity increased 36.5% to $80.6 million for the 2017 first quarter, compared to $59.1 million at March 31, 2016. On a per-share basis, tangible stockholders’ equity was $28.15 at March 31, 2017, compared to $31.42 at March 31, 2016. At March 31, 2017, the company had a Tier 1 leverage ratio of 8.95%, compared to 8.73% at March 31, 2016.

During the 2017 first quarter, the company paid cash dividends of $0.27 per share, which represents a dividend payout ratio of 36.0%.

Asset Quality

The provision for loan losses was $0.2 million for the 2017 first quarter, compared to $0.1 million for the same period a year ago. Nonperforming assets at March 31, 2017 were $9.7 million, compared to $12.0 million at March 31, 2016. Net charge-offs for the 2017 first quarter were $0.4 million, or 0.02% of average loans, annualized compared to $0.1 million, or 0.10% of average loans, annualized at March 31, 2016. The allowance for loan losses at March 31, 2017 stood at $6.7 million, or 0.80% of total loans, compared to $6.4 million or 1.20% of total loans at March 31, 2016.

The following table provides a summary of asset quality and reserve coverage ratios.

Asset Quality History

(dollars in thousands)

    3/31/2017     3/31/2016     12/31/2016     12/31/2015     12/31/2014
Nonperforming loans $ 8,019     $ 10,508     $ 7,075     $ 10,263     $ 9,048
Real estate owned $ 1,634 $ 1,447 $ 934 $ 1,412 $ 2,590

Nonperforming assets

$

9,653

$

11,955

$

8,009

$

11,675

$

11,638

Allowance for loan losses

$

6,720

$

6,357

$

6,598

$

6,385

$

6,846

 

Ratios:

Nonperforming loans to total loans

0.96%

1.98%

1.16%

1.92%

1.92%

Nonperforming assets to total assets

0.90%

1.63%

1.02%

1.59%

1.72%

Allowance for loan losses to total loans

0.80%

1.20%

1.08%

1.20%

1.45%

Allowance for loan losses to nonperforming loans

83.80%

60.50%

93.26%

62.21%

75.66%

 

Middlefield Banc Corp., headquartered in Middlefield, Ohio, is a bank holding company with total assets of $1,071.5 million at March 31, 2017. The bank operates 14 full-service banking centers and an LPL Financial® brokerage office serving Beachwood, Chardon, Cortland, Dublin, Garrettsville, Mantua, Middlefield, Newbury, Orwell, Solon, Sunbury, Twinsburg, and Westerville. The Bank also operates a Loan Production Office in Mentor, Ohio. Additional information is available at www.middlefieldbank.bank.

This press release of Middlefield Banc Corp. and the reports Middlefield Banc Corp. files with the Securities and Exchange Commission often contain “forward-looking statements” relating to present or future trends or factors affecting the banking industry and, specifically, the financial operations, markets and products of Middlefield Banc Corp. These forward-looking statements involve certain risks and uncertainties. There are a number of important factors that could cause Middlefield Banc Corp.’s future results to differ materially from historical performance or projected performance. These factors include, but are not limited to: (1) a significant increase in competitive pressures among financial institutions; (2) changes in the interest rate environment that may reduce interest margins; (3) changes in prepayment speeds, charge-offs and loan loss provisions; (4) less favorable than expected general economic conditions; (5) legislative or regulatory changes that may adversely affect businesses in which Middlefield Banc Corp. is engaged; (6) technological issues which may adversely affect Middlefield Banc Corp.’s financial operations or customers; (7) changes in the securities markets; or (8) risk factors mentioned in the reports and registration statements Middlefield Banc Corp. files with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Middlefield Banc Corp. undertakes no obligation to release revisions to these forward-looking statements or to reflect events or circumstances after the date of this press release.

MIDDLEFIELD BANC CORP.
Consolidated Selected Financial Highlights
     
March 31, 2017 and 2016 and December 31, 2016
 
Balance Sheet (period end) March 31, December 31, March 31,
(Dollar amounts in thousands) 2017 2016 2016
(unaudited) (unaudited)
ASSETS
Cash and due from banks $ 63,363 $ 31,395 $ 25,251
Federal funds sold 1,000   1,100   4,969  
Cash and cash equivalents 64,363 32,495 30,220
Investment securities available for sale, at fair value 110,452 114,376 142,560
Loans held for sale 9,462 634 176
Loans 837,158 609,140 530,356
Less allowance for loan and lease losses 6,720   6,598   6,357  
Net loans 830,438 602,542 523,999
Premises and equipment, net 11,481 11,203 9,607
Goodwill 15,646 4,559 4,559
Core deposit intangible 3,051 36 66
Bank-owned life insurance 15,334 13,540 13,240
Other real estate owned 1,634 934 1,447
Accrued interest and other assets 9,605   7,502   7,008  
TOTAL ASSETS $ 1,071,466   787,821   732,882  
 
March 31, December 31, March 31,
2017 2016 2016
LIABILITIES
Deposits:
Noninterest-bearing demand $ 164,613 $ 133,630 $ 115,453
Interest-bearing demand 94,605 59,560 67,082
Money market 162,843 74,940 82,143
Savings 183,845 172,370 178,292
Time 243,944   189,434   188,436  
Total deposits 849,850 629,934 631,406
Short-term borrowings 76,213 68,359 26,124
Other borrowings 39,388 9,437 9,875
Accrued interest and other liabilities 6,700   3,131   1,713  
TOTAL LIABILITIES 972,151   710,861   669,118  
STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY
Common equity 69,123 47,943 36,345
Retained earnings 42,678 41,334 38,216
Accumulated other comprehensive income 1,032 1,201 2,721
Treasury stock (13,518 ) (13,518 ) (13,518 )
TOTAL STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY 99,315   76,960   63,764  
 
TOTAL LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY $ 1,071,466   $ 787,821   $ 732,882  
 
MIDDLEFIELD BANC CORP.
Consolidated Selected Financial Highlights
March 31, 2017 and 2016
(Dollar amounts in thousands)
(unaudited)
For the Three Months Ended
March 31,
2017     2016
INTEREST INCOME  
Interest and fees on loans $ 9,180 $ 6,173
Interest-bearing deposits in other institutions 49 12
Federal funds sold 3 4
Investment securities:
Taxable interest 218 340
Tax-exempt interest 637 790
Dividends on stock 112   29
Total interest income 10,199   7,348
INTEREST EXPENSE
Deposits 1,125 855
Short-term borrowings 177 120
Other borrowings 83 17
Trust preferred securities 57   33
Total interest expense 1,442   1,025
 
NET INTEREST INCOME 8,757 6,323
 
Provision for loan losses 165   105

NET INTEREST INCOME AFTER PROVISION FOR LOAN LOSSES

8,592   6,218
NONINTEREST INCOME
Service charges on deposit accounts 469 447
Investment securities gains, net 488 51
Earnings on bank-owned life insurance 109 99
Gains on sale of loans 234 87
Other income 211   225
Total noninterest income 1,511   909
NONINTEREST EXPENSE
Salaries and employee benefits 3,696 2,780
Occupancy expense 488 335
Equipment expense 281 269
Data processing costs 484 272
Ohio state franchise tax 186 100
Federal deposit insurance expense 68 132
Professional fees 596 292
Loss on sale of other real estate owned (35 ) 12
Advertising expense 248 195
Other real estate expense 133 46
Directors fees 112 107
Core deposit intangible amortization 72 10
Appraiser fees 102 101
ATM fees 76 96
Other expense 760   591
Total noninterest expense 7,267   5,338
Income before income taxes 2,836 1,789
Income taxes 736   302
NET INCOME $ 2,100   $ 1,487
 
  For the Three Months Ended
March 31,
2017     2016
Per common share data  
Net income per common share - basic $ 0.78 $ 0.79
Net income per common share - diluted $ 0.78 $ 0.79
Dividends declared $ 0.27 $ 0.27
Book value per share(period end) $ 35.42 $ 33.88
Tangible book value per share (period end) $ 28.76 $ 31.42
Dividend payout ratio 36.00% 30.11%
Average shares outstanding - basic 2,679,816 1,878,177
Average shares outstanding -diluted 2,692,015 1,886,943
Period ending shares outstanding 2,803,557 1,882,026
 
Selected ratios
Return on average assets 0.84% 0.92%
Return on average equity 8.73% 10.57%
Yield on earning assets 4.45% 4.46%
Cost of interest-bearing liabilities 0.78% 0.75%
Net interest spread 3.67% 3.71%
Net interest margin 3.84% 3.87%
Efficiency 68.58% 67.30%
Tier 1 capital to average assets 8.95% 8.73%
 
 
March 31, March 31,
2017 2016
 
Commercial and industrial $ 91,777 $ 47,436
Real estate - construction 29,238 21,005
Real estate - mortgage:
Residential 300,508 238,489
Commercial 395,102 218,363
Consumer installment 20,533 5,063
Loans 837,158 530,356
 
March 31, March 31,
Asset quality data 2017 2016
(Dollar amounts in thousands)
Non-accrual loans $ 6,545 $ 7,534
Troubled debt restructuring 1,439 2,907
90 day past due and accruing 35 67
Nonperforming loans 8,019 10,508
Other real estate owned 1,634 1,447
Nonperforming assets $ 9,653 $ 11,955
 
 
Allowance for loan and lease losses $ 6,720 $ 6,357
Allowance for loan and lease losses/total loans 0.80% 1.20%
Net charge-offs:
Year-to-date 43 133
Net charge-offs to average loans, annualized
Year-to-date 0.02% 0.10%
Nonperforming loans/total loans 0.96% 1.98%
Allowance for loan and lease losses/nonperforming loans 83.80% 60.50%
 

Contacts

Company Contact:
Middlefield Banc Corp.
Thomas G. Caldwell, 440-632-1666 Ext. 3200
President/Chief Executive Officer
tcaldwell@middlefieldbank.com
or
Investor and Media Contact:
SM Berger & Company, Inc.
Andrew M. Berger, 216-464-6400
Managing Director
andrew@smberger.com

Contacts

Company Contact:
Middlefield Banc Corp.
Thomas G. Caldwell, 440-632-1666 Ext. 3200
President/Chief Executive Officer
tcaldwell@middlefieldbank.com
or
Investor and Media Contact:
SM Berger & Company, Inc.
Andrew M. Berger, 216-464-6400
Managing Director
andrew@smberger.com