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Evans Bancorp Net Income Increases 31% to $2.6 Million in the 2017 Second Quarter

Company Release - 7/27/2017 4:15 PM ET

HAMBURG, N.Y.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Evans Bancorp, Inc. (the “Company” or “Evans”) (NYSE American:EVBN), a community financial services company serving Western New York since 1920, today reported its results of operations for the second quarter ended June 30, 2017.

SECOND QUARTER 2017 HIGHLIGHTS (compared with prior-year period unless otherwise noted)

  • Net income of $2.6 million, up 31%, or $0.6 million; Earnings per diluted share grew 17% to $0.54
  • Net interest income increased 19% to $10.1 million
  • Non-interest income of $3.1 million increased 35% on strong insurance performance
  • Robust loan growth: loan portfolio of $976 million up $31 million in the quarter, or 13% on an annualized basis
  • Strong growth across multiple categories drives total deposits over $1 billion
  • Significant improvement in efficiency ratio to 68.91% from 76.30%

Net income was $2.6 million, or $0.54 per diluted share, in the second quarter of 2017, compared with $3.1 million, or $0.66 per diluted share, in the first quarter of 2017 and $2.0 million, or $0.46 per diluted share, in last year’s second quarter. The increase over the prior-year period reflects higher net interest income and non-interest income. The decrease when compared with the first quarter was mostly a result of higher provision for loan loss and lower non-interest income. Return on average equity was 9.13% for the second quarter of 2017 compared with 11.59% in the first quarter and 8.56% in the second quarter of 2016.

“Our pattern of strong quarterly performance speaks directly to the successful execution of our strategic plan and the vigorous momentum building from strong loan production and robust insurance services revenue growth over the last 18 months. Loan production showed healthy growth during the quarter as the portfolio grew 13% on an annualized basis. As our balance sheet expands, we have maintained a disciplined approach to risk and capital management,” said David J. Nasca, President and CEO of Evans Bancorp. “Total deposits increased to a record level, crossing the $1 billion mark. Importantly, ongoing efforts to improve operating leverage through revenue growth and cost management were evident in the quarter as our efficiency ratio improved more than seven percentage points.”

 
Net Interest Income
($ in thousands)
      2Q 2017     1Q 2017     2Q 2016
 
Interest income $ 11,462 $ 10,918 $ 9,694
Interest expense 1,344 1,274 1,178
Net interest income 10,118 9,644 8,516
Provision (credit) for loan losses   410   (435)   (376)
Net interest income after provision $ 9,708 $ 10,079 $ 8,892
 

Net interest income increased $0.5 million, or 5%, from the first quarter of 2017 and $1.6 million, or 19%, from the prior-year second quarter. Average commercial loans, including both commercial real estate and commercial and industrial loans, were $763 million in the second quarter, 2% higher than $747 million in the first quarter and 19% higher than $642 million in the 2016 second quarter. After the high volume of loan closings in the fourth quarter of 2016 and somewhat muted commercial loan growth in the first quarter of 2017, stronger growth trends returned in the second quarter. The Company also benefited from the recent increase in short-term interest rates after the Federal Reserve increased the federal funds rate for the third time in six months this past quarter.

John B. Connerton, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, noted, “We are pleased to see an improving interest rate environment. Our balance sheet is well-structured and well-positioned for this change, with about a third of our loan portfolio structured with variable rates.”

Second quarter net interest margin of 3.74% decreased 3 basis points from the 2017 first quarter, but improved 7 basis points from the second quarter of 2016. Loan yields benefited from variable loan re-pricing, due to an increase in the prime rate as the Federal Reserve increased its target rate by 75 basis points since late in 2016. The slight compression in net interest margin when compared with the first quarter was due to a shift in the interest-earning asset mix. After its common stock issuance in the first quarter of 2017, the Company has increased its investment securities portfolio to leverage its capital. Average investment securities and interest-bearing cash were 13% of average interest-earning assets in the second quarter of 2017 compared with 11% in the first three months of 2017. Funding costs, particularly deposits, have held steady, despite the increase in short-term interest rates. The cost of interest-bearing liabilities was 0.65% in the second quarter of 2017 compared with 0.66% in each of the first quarter of 2017 and second quarter of 2016.

The $0.4 million provision for loan loss for the second quarter of 2017 reflects the strong loan growth in the quarter, as well as an increase in criticized loans, somewhat offset by a sustained historically low charge-off ratio, including $0.2 million in net recoveries in the recent quarter. The release of allowance for loan loss of $0.4 million in each of the first quarter of 2017 and second quarter of 2016 resulted from decreases in criticized loans and the continued decline in historical loss factors in the reserve calculation, reflecting an improving economy and credit quality of the Company’s loan portfolio. The first quarter of 2017 was also impacted by a slowdown in loan growth.

             
Asset Quality
($ in thousands)
2Q 2017 1Q 2017 2Q 2016
 
Total non-performing loans $ 13,901 $ 12,285 $ 16,076
Total net loan (recoveries) charge-offs (189) (98) (30)
Non-performing loans/ Total loans 1.42 % 1.30 % 1.88 %
Net loan (recoveries) charge-offs/ Average loans (0.08) % (0.04) % (0.01) %
Allowance for loan losses/ Total loans 1.45 % 1.44 % 1.50 %
 

Mr. Connerton added, “Asset quality remains strong, despite the increase in non-performing loans in the quarter. The increase was primarily attributable to two commercial loans that are 90 days past due, but remain in accruing status as they are well secured and in the process of collection. Non-performing loans as a percentage of total loans remains significantly down from last year and charge-offs have continued to be at extremely low levels.”

               
 
Non-Interest Income
($ in thousands)
2Q 2017 1Q 2017     2Q 2016
 
Deposit service charges $ 428 $ 390 $ 403
Insurance service and fee revenue 1,912 2,168 1,572
Bank-owned life insurance 142 130 141
Loss on tax credit investment (919) - (2,139)
Refundable NY state historic tax credit 647 - 1,508
Other income   879   834   795
Total non-interest income $ 3,089 $ 3,522 $ 2,280
 

Insurance revenue decreased from the first quarter, due to seasonal profit sharing revenue, but increased 22% from last year’s second quarter. Employee benefits revenue, an important focus for the Company after hiring several industry veterans, experienced significant growth in the quarter. The year-over-year increase was also driven by continued growth in commercial lines insurance commissions and personal lines revenue bolstered by incremental revenue from the two recent insurance agency acquisitions.

Evans’ community focus and support extends to financing historic rehabilitation projects in the city of Buffalo and the Company enhances its yield by investing in the related tax credits. When a project is completed, Evans begins to recognize tax benefits with an associated reduction in the investment. In the current quarter, the net impact to the bottom line was a loss of $0.1 million as a $0.6 million refundable New York State tax credit was recorded in non-interest income and a corresponding $0.2 million tax benefit was realized in income tax expense, offset by a $0.9 million write-off on the investment. The write-off was contemplated during the pricing of the initial investment in the tax credit project that ensures that the Company earns its required return on investment. The Company will recognize an additional $0.2 million tax benefit for this project in the last half of 2017 to complete the transaction.

         
Non-Interest Expense
($ in thousands)
2Q 2017 1Q 2017 2Q 2016
 
Salaries and employee benefits $ 6,030 $ 5,716 $ 5,467
Occupancy 775 775 740
Advertising and public relations 216 190 190
Professional services 550 602 656
Technology and communications 804 607 551
Amortization of intangibles 28 28 -
FDIC insurance 129 227 182
Other expenses   785   910   933
Total non-interest expenses $ 9,317 $ 9,055 $ 8,719
 

Second quarter non-interest expenses increased 7% from the prior-year period and 3% from the first quarter. The increase in salaries and benefits reflects strategic personnel hires to support the Company’s continued growth, as well as an increase in incentive compensation.

Technology and communications expenses increased, due to a new online banking platform that was implemented in the second quarter of 2017. This was offset somewhat by a decrease in professional services expenses that were incurred in connection to significant technology projects, including the conversion to a new core banking system in 2016.

FDIC insurance expense decreased as the Company’s assessment calculation benefited from the increased capital ratios resulting from its common stock equity raise in the first quarter of 2017.

The Company’s efficiency ratio in the second quarter of 2017 was relatively flat when compared with the first quarter at 68.91%, but significantly lower than last year’s second quarter ratio of 76.30%. The reduction reflects the Company’s increased revenue combined with prudent management of expense growth.

Income tax expense was $0.9 million, or an effective tax rate of 24.8%, for the second quarter of 2017 compared with $1.4 million, or 30.8%, in the first quarter of 2017 and $0.5 million, or 18.3%, in last year’s second quarter. The effective tax rate for each of the second quarters of 2017 and 2016 reflects the benefit of the previously noted tax credit investment transactions.

Balance Sheet Highlights

Total assets were $1.2 billion as of June 30, 2017, an increase of 4% from March 31, 2017 and 16% from $1.0 billion at June 30, 2016, reflecting the Company’s strong loan growth. Loan growth from the end of last year’s second quarter was $123 million, or 14%, and was predominantly in the commercial real estate and commercial and industrial loan portfolios. After a relatively slow first quarter of loan growth of $3 million, the strong loan portfolio expansion resumed in the second quarter with $31 million, or 13% annualized growth.

Investment securities were $143 million at June 30, 2017, $26 million higher than the end of this year’s first quarter and $32 million higher than at the end of last year’s second quarter. Management plans to leverage the capital generated by the common stock issuance in the first quarter of 2017 with loan growth over the long term. In the short term, investment securities were purchased to generate more immediate returns.

Total deposits passed the $1 billion mark for the first time during the second quarter of 2017. Deposits grew $41 million since March 31, 2017, which equates to a 17% annualized rate of growth, and were $149 million, or 17%, higher than the balance at the end of last year’s second quarter. Deposit growth has been strong across multiple categories. Average demand deposits in the second quarter of 2017 of $205 million were 5% higher than the first quarter of 2017 and 15% higher than last year’s second quarter. Savings deposits growth has been driven by an increase in municipal deposits, reflecting the Company’s recent focus on bolstering its government banking line of business. Time deposits also increased as consumers continued to return to maturity deposits after the recent rise in short-term interest rates.

Capital Management

The Company consistently maintains regulatory capital ratios measurably above the Federal “well capitalized” standard, including a Tier 1 leverage ratio of 10.57% at June 30, 2017 compared with 10.76% at March 31, 2017 and 10.06% at June 30, 2016. The year-over-year increase reflects the impact of the Company’s common stock offering in January 2017 that resulted in the issuance of 440,000 shares of common stock and netted proceeds of $14.1 million. Book value per share increased to $24.21 at June 30, 2017 compared with $23.64 at March 31, 2017 and $22.11 at June 30, 2016.

Outlook

Mr. Nasca concluded, “The Company is experiencing significant momentum across all lines of business including loan and deposit growth, the insurance business and employee benefits. It is clear that our strategic plan is calibrated appropriately for the dynamics occurring in the market and for the opportunities presenting themselves. Evans is competitively positioned to effectively win business in a market and community we have served for almost 100 years. We continue to focus on and invest in capabilities that improve the customer experience, drive a more efficient and competitive operation and build our business for long-term returns.”

Webcast and Conference Call

The Company will host a conference call and webcast on Thursday, July 27, 2017 at 4:45 p.m. ET. Management will review the financial and operating results for the second quarter of 2017, as well as the Company’s strategy and outlook. A question and answer session will follow the formal discussion.

The conference call can be accessed by calling (201) 689-8471. Alternatively, the webcast can be monitored at www.evansbancorp.com.

A telephonic replay will be available from 7:45 p.m. ET on the day of the teleconference until Thursday, August 3, 2017. To listen to the archived call, dial (412) 317-6671 and enter conference ID number 13665158, or access the webcast replay at www.evansbancorp.com, where a transcript will be posted once available.

About Evans Bancorp, Inc.

Evans Bancorp, Inc. is a financial holding company and the parent company of Evans Bank, N.A., a commercial bank with $1.2 billion in assets and $1.0 billion in deposits at June 30, 2017. Evans is a full-service community bank, with 14 branches providing comprehensive financial services to consumer, business and municipal customers throughout Western New York. Evans Bancorp's wholly-owned insurance subsidiary, The Evans Agency, LLC, provides life insurance, employee benefits, and property and casualty insurance through seven insurance offices in the Western New York region. Evans Investment Services provides non-deposit investment products, such as annuities and mutual funds.

Evans Bancorp, Inc. and Evans Bank routinely post news and other important information on their websites, at www.evansbancorp.com and www.evansbank.com.

Safe Harbor Statement: This news release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements concerning future business, revenue and earnings. These statements are not historical facts or guarantees of future performance, events or results. There are risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause the actual results of Evans Bancorp to differ materially from the results expressed or implied by such statements. Factors that may cause actual results to differ materially from those contemplated by such forward-looking statements include competitive pressures among financial services companies, interest rate trends, general economic conditions, changes in legislation or regulatory requirements, effectiveness at achieving stated goals and strategies, and difficulties in achieving operating efficiencies. These risks and uncertainties are more fully described in Evans Bancorp’s Annual and Quarterly Reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they are made. Evans Bancorp undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise forward-looking information, whether as a result of new, updated information, future events or otherwise.

           
 
EVANS BANCORP, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
SELECTED FINANCIAL DATA (UNAUDITED)
(in thousands, except shares and per share data)
 
6/30/2017 3/31/2017 12/31/2016 9/30/2016 6/30/2016
ASSETS
Investment Securities $ 142,597 $ 116,304 $ 97,205 $ 104,859 $ 110,629
Loans 976,493 945,583 942,512 912,852 853,306
Allowance for loan losses (14,178 ) (13,579 ) (13,916 ) (13,712 ) (12,773 )
Goodwill and intangible assets 8,609 8,638 8,406 8,101 8,101
All other assets 69,325 82,714 66,502 72,563 62,335
Total assets $ 1,182,846 $ 1,139,660 $ 1,100,709 $ 1,084,663 $ 1,021,598
 
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS'
EQUITY
Demand deposits 207,348 194,747 201,741 195,869 187,774
NOW deposits 99,131 103,907 88,632 87,047 88,993
Savings deposits 547,760 531,408 508,652 496,926 480,290
Time deposits 164,817 147,915 140,949 118,123 112,828
Total deposits 1,019,056 977,977 939,974 897,965 869,885
Borrowings 35,411 33,009 49,689 74,136 41,841
Other liabilities 12,816 16,047 14,298 17,364 15,083
Total stockholders' equity 115,563 112,627 96,748 95,198 94,789
 
SHARES AND CAPITAL RATIOS
Common shares outstanding 4,773,005 4,763,696 4,300,634 4,287,400 4,286,939
Book value per share $ 24.21 $ 23.64 $ 22.50 $ 22.20 $ 22.11
Tier 1 leverage ratio 10.57 % 10.76 % 9.49 % 9.55 % 10.06 %
Tier 1 risk-based capital ratio 12.39 % 12.58 % 10.82 % 10.82 % 11.45 %
Total risk-based capital ratio 13.64 % 13.83 % 12.07 % 12.07 % 12.70 %
 
ASSET QUALITY DATA
Total non-performing loans $ 13,901 $ 12,285 $ 12,020 $ 15,279 $ 16,076
Total net loan (recoveries) charge-offs (189 ) (98 ) 167 67 (30 )
 
Non-performing loans/Total loans 1.42 % 1.30 % 1.28 % 1.67 % 1.88 %
Net loan (recoveries) charge-offs/Average loans (0.08 )% (0.04 )% 0.07 % 0.03 % (0.01 )%
Allowance for loans losses/Total loans 1.45 % 1.44 % 1.48 % 1.50 % 1.50 %
 
         
 
EVANS BANCORP, INC AND SUBSIDIARIES
SELECTED OPERATIONS DATA (UNAUDITED)
(in thousands, except share and per share data)
 
2017 2017 2016 2016 2016
Second Quarter First Quarter Fourth Quarter Third Quarter Second Quarter
Interest income 11,462 10,918 10,664 10,241 9,694
Interest expense 1,344 1,274 1,261 1,172 1,178
Net interest income 10,118 9,644 9,403 9,069 8,516
Provision (credit) for loan losses 410 (435 ) 371 1,006 (376 )
Net interest income after provision 9,708 10,079 9,032 8,063 8,892
 
Deposit service charges 428 390 429 475 403
Insurance service and fee revenue 1,912 2,168 1,344 1,855 1,572
Bank-owned life insurance 142 130 135 144 141
Loss on tax credit investment (919 ) - (883 ) - (2,139 )
Refundable NY state historic tax credit 647 - 609 - 1,508
Other income 879 834 1,009 861 795
Total non-interest income 3,089 3,522 2,643 3,335 2,280
 
Salaries and employee benefits 6,030 5,716 5,838 5,402 5,467
Occupancy 775 775 744 732 740
Advertising and public relations 216 190 315 232 190
Professional services 550 602 445 535 656
Technology and communications 804 607 621 504 551
Amortization of intangibles 28 28 - - -
FDIC insurance 129 227 210 201 182
Other expenses 785 910 965 1,105 933
Total non-interest expenses 9,317 9,055 9,138 8,711 8,719
 
Income before income taxes 3,480 4,546 2,537 2,687 2,453
Income tax provision 862 1,400 198 471 450
Net income 2,618 3,146 2,339 2,216 2,003
 
PER SHARE DATA
Net income per common share-diluted $ 0.54 $ 0.66 $ 0.53 $ 0.51 $ 0.46
Cash dividends per common share $ - $ 0.40 $ - $ 0.38 $ -
Weighted average number of diluted shares 4,880,454 4,757,062 4,390,553 4,362,479 4,346,599
 
PERFORMANCE RATIOS
Return on average total assets 0.90 % 1.14 % 0.86 % 0.84 % 0.80 %
Return on average stockholders' equity 9.13 % 11.59 % 9.70 % 9.23 % 8.56 %
Efficiency ratio 68.91 % 68.56 % 74.17 % 70.23 % 76.30 %
 
           
 
EVANS BANCORP, INC AND SUBSIDIARIES
SELECTED AVERAGE BALANCES AND YIELDS/RATES (UNAUDITED)
(in thousands)
 
2017 2017 2016 2016 2016
Second Quarter First Quarter Fourth Quarter Third Quarter Second Quarter
AVERAGE BALANCES
 
Loans, net $ 941,446 $ 924,612 $ 915,095 $ 875,999 $ 801,115
Investment securities 127,692 107,024 105,319 112,025 115,610
Interest-bearing deposits at banks   16,840     5,943     1,537     1,162     15,916  
Total interest-earning assets 1,085,978 1,037,579 1,021,951 989,186 932,641
Non interest-earning assets   71,310     70,724     71,247     69,489     65,539  
Total Assets $ 1,157,288 $ 1,108,303 $ 1,093,198 $ 1,058,675 $ 998,180
 
NOW 97,422 94,088 85,279 86,428 88,966
Savings 540,995 510,632 504,394 487,168 473,791
Time deposits   152,112     144,888     131,479     115,644     114,545  
Total interest-bearing deposits 790,529 749,608 721,152 689,240 677,302
Other borrowings   32,813     38,748     61,076     69,307     36,031  
Total interest-bearing liabilities 823,342 788,356 782,228 758,547 713,333
 
Demand deposits 205,361 196,331 198,616 187,201 178,106
Other non-interest bearing liabilities 13,860 15,053 15,873 16,860 13,142
Stockholders' equity   114,725     108,563     96,481     96,067     93,599  
 
Total Liabilities and Equity $ 1,157,288 $ 1,108,303 $ 1,093,198 $ 1,058,675 $ 998,180
 
YIELD/RATE
 
Loans, net 4.54 % 4.49 % 4.39 % 4.37 % 4.46 %
Investment securities 2.43 % 2.50 % 2.12 % 2.20 % 2.72 %
Interest-bearing deposits at banks 1.02 % 0.82 % 0.52 % 0.34 % 0.83 %
Total interest-earning assets 4.23 % 4.27 % 4.15 % 4.12 % 4.18 %
 
NOW 0.22 % 0.22 % 0.23 % 0.23 % 0.35 %
Savings 0.48 % 0.48 % 0.48 % 0.47 % 0.51 %
Time deposits 1.28 % 1.27 % 1.25 % 1.21 % 1.24 %
Total interest-bearing deposits 0.60 % 0.60 % 0.59 % 0.56 % 0.62 %
Other borrowings 1.88 % 1.65 % 1.26 % 1.12 % 1.59 %
Total interest-bearing liabilities 0.65 % 0.66 % 0.64 % 0.61 % 0.66 %
 
Interest rate spread 3.58 % 3.61 % 3.51 % 3.51 % 3.52 %
Contribution of interest-free funds 0.16 % 0.16 % 0.15 % 0.14 % 0.15 %
Net interest margin 3.74 % 3.77 % 3.66 % 3.65 % 3.67 %
 

For Evans Bancorp, Inc.
John B. Connerton, 716-926-2000
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
jconner@evansbank.com
or
Kei Advisors LLC
Deborah K. Pawlowski, 716-843-3908
dpawlowski@keiadvisors.com

Source: Evans Bancorp, Inc.