Ameriana Bancorp Reports First Quarter 2015 Net Income of $502,000 or $0.17 Per Share

NEW CASTLE, Ind.--()--Ameriana Bancorp (NASDAQ: ASBI), parent company for Ameriana Bank, today announced net income for the first quarter of 2015 of $502,000, or $0.17 per basic and diluted share, compared with $729,000, or $0.24 per basic and diluted share, for the first quarter of 2014.

Jerome J. Gassen, President and Chief Executive Officer, said, “I am very pleased to report continued growth in our loan portfolio of $3.8 million for the quarter and growth in deposits of $11.6 million, with much of this success a result of our Indianapolis metropolitan area retail expansion strategy.” Gassen commented that “earnings for the first quarter of 2015 were $227,000 less than the same quarter a year earlier, primarily due to a one-time event in 2014 that resulted in a total of $235,000 of interest income and expense reduction from the repurchase of a problem loan by the servicer. Earnings were also impacted by the operating expense of the two new banking centers opened in Hamilton County in the last half of 2014.” Gassen added that he was “particularly pleased that as a result of continued growth in our capital position, we were able to again double our quarterly dividend to our shareholders to $0.04 per share.”

Commenting further on the Indianapolis retail expansion strategy, Gassen stated that “although opening new banking centers is initially dilutive to earnings, it provides a foundation for growth and a source of future earnings. I am very excited about the prospects of opening a banking center in Broad Ripple in mid-2015, which will be our first brick and mortar location in Marion County.”

Gassen commented that “the Bank’s loan pipelines remain strong, and the Bank has liquidity and capital levels to support continued growth in the loan portfolio and balance sheet. We hope that our efforts can be sustained by continued economic growth in the markets we serve.”

In the first quarter of 2015, total loans receivable grew 1.2% to $323.9 million, and total deposits grew 3.1% to $390.6 million. Total assets at March 31, 2015, were $482.7 million.

The Bank’s allowance for loan losses as a percentage of loans receivable at March 31, 2015, was 1.23%. The allowance for loan losses as a percentage of non-performing loans was 87.2%, compared with 78.4% at March 31, 2014.

Ameriana Bancorp is a bank holding company. Through its wholly owned subsidiary, Ameriana Bank, the Company offers an extensive line of banking services and provides a range of investments and securities products through banking centers in the central Indiana area. Ameriana Bank owns Ameriana Insurance Agency, a full-service insurance agency, and Ameriana Financial Services, which offers securities and insurance products through LPL Financial (Member FINRA/SIPC).

This news release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the federal securities laws. Statements in this release that are not strictly historical are forward-looking and are based upon current expectations that may differ materially from actual results. These forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated by the statements made herein. These risks and uncertainties involve general economic trends, changes in interest rates, loss of deposits and loan demand to other financial institutions, substantial changes in financial markets, changes in real estate value and the real estate market, regulatory changes, possibility of unforeseen events affecting the industry generally, the uncertainties associated with newly developed or acquired operations, the outcome of pending litigation, and market disruptions and other effects of terrorist activities. For discussion of these and other risks that may cause actual results to differ from expectations, refer to the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2014, on file with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the section entitled “Risk Factors.” The Company undertakes no obligation to update these forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof or to reflect the occurrence of unforeseen events, except as required under the rules and regulations of the Securities and Exchange Commission.



Unaudited Financial Highlights

(In thousands, except per share amounts)


Three Months Ended
March 31,

2015     2014
Interest income $ 4,169 $ 4,474
Interest expense   646     758  
Net interest income 3,523 3,716
Provision for loan losses   105     150  
Net interest income after provision for loan losses 3,418 3,566
Other income 1,559 1,364
Other expense   4,318     3,917  
Income before income taxes 659 1,013
Income tax   157     284  
Net income $ 502   $ 729  
Earnings per share:
Basic $ 0.17   $ 0.24  
Diluted $ 0.17   $ 0.24  
Weighted average shares outstanding:
Basic   3,021     2,991  
Diluted   3,036     2,995  
Dividends declared per share $ 0.04   $ 0.02  
Net interest margin (fully tax-equivalent basis)   3.45 %   3.72 %


Unaudited Financial Highlights (Continued)

(In thousands, except per share amounts)


Mar. 31,


Dec. 31,


Mar. 31,

Total assets $ 482,680 $ 472,818 $ 470,229
Cash and cash equivalents 35,266 33,142 45,626
Interest-bearing time deposits 4,164 4,164 2,974
Investment securities held to maturity 9,936 7,082 2,347
Investment securities available for sale 48,594 48,084 44,678
Loans receivable 323,872 320,016 316,212
Allowance for loan losses   3,984     3,903     4,100  
Loans, net 319,888 316,113 312,112

Allowance for loan losses as a percentage of loans receivable

1.23 % 1.22 % 1.29 %
Non-performing loans $ 4,571 $ 4,391 $ 5,229

Allowance for loan losses as a percentage of non-performing loans

87.2 % 88.9 % 78.4 %
Non-interest-bearing $ 66,976 $ 61,063 $ 59,423
Interest-bearing   323,601     317,884     313,607  
390,577 378,947 373,030
Borrowed funds $ 42,810 $ 45,810 $ 50,810

Shareholders’ equity

41,588 41,052 38,617
Book value per share 13.75 13.59 12.91


Ameriana Bancorp
Jerome J. Gassen, 765-529-2230
President and Chief Executive Officer


Ameriana Bancorp
Jerome J. Gassen, 765-529-2230
President and Chief Executive Officer