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Evans Bancorp Net Income Increases 5% to $3.3 Million in the 2018 First Quarter

Company Release - 4/25/2018 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 first quarter ended March 31, 2018.

FIRST QUARTER 2018 HIGHLIGHTS (compared with prior-year period unless otherwise noted)

  • Net income of $3.3 million, up 5%; Earnings per diluted share grew 3% to $0.68
  • Net interest income increased 19% to $11.5 million
  • Non-interest income of $3.8 million increased 7%
  • Significant loan growth: loan portfolio of $1.1 billion up $45 million in the quarter, or 17% on an annualized basis
  • Annualized growth of 7% on average core demand deposits
  • Efficiency ratio improvement to 66.6%

Net income was $3.3 million, or $0.68 per diluted share, in the first quarter of 2018, compared with $1.0 million, or $0.20 per diluted share, in the fourth quarter of 2017 and $3.1 million, or $0.66 per diluted share, in last year’s first quarter. The fourth quarter of 2017 included a one-time $2.1 million deferred income tax expense related to the enactment of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. The increase over both comparative periods primarily reflects higher net interest income due to loan growth and a lower tax expense related to federal income tax reform. Return on average equity was 11.15% for the first quarter of 2018 compared with 3.32% in the fourth quarter of 2017 and 11.59% in the first quarter of 2017.

“This quarter continues to build on the strong results of several years of strategic focus on acquiring top talent, delivering competitive products and services, and deepening relationships, along with singular commitment to our community. Results have grown as Evans makes itself an attractive competitive option for financial services,” said David J. Nasca, President and CEO of Evans Bancorp. “Targeted investment in business and municipal banking and employee benefits are driving business expansion and profitability.”

         
Net Interest Income
($ in thousands)
 
1Q 2018 4Q 2017 1Q 2017
 
Interest income $ 13,366 $ 12,794 $ 10,918
Interest expense 1,914 1,634 1,274
Net interest income 11,452 11,160 9,644
Provision for loan losses   767   602   (435 )
Net interest income after provision $ 10,685 $ 10,558 $ 10,079
 

Net interest income increased $0.3 million, or 3%, from the fourth quarter of 2017 and $1.8 million, or 19%, from the prior-year first quarter. The increase was driven by average interest-earning asset growth, particularly loans. Commercial lending was the primary driver of loan growth. Average commercial loans, including commercial real estate and commercial and industrial loans, were $872 million in the first quarter, 6% higher than $822 million in the fourth quarter of 2017 and 17% higher than $747 million in the 2017 first quarter.

First quarter net interest margin of 3.77% decreased 2 basis points from the 2017 fourth quarter, but was flat with the first quarter of 2017. Loan yields benefited from variable loan re-pricing reflective of an increase in the prime rate as the Federal Reserve increased its target rate by 100 basis points since March 2017. Loan yields were 4.70% in the first quarter compared with 4.65% in the fourth quarter of 2017 and 4.49% in last year’s first quarter. The benefit of higher loan yields was offset by increased funding costs, reflecting higher core deposit and wholesale borrowing rates due to the increase in short-term interest levels. The cost of interest-bearing liabilities was 0.81% compared with 0.73% in the fourth quarter of 2017 and 0.66% in the first quarter of 2017.

The $0.8 million provision for loan losses for the first quarter of 2018 reflects strong loan growth and an increase in criticized loans in the quarter. In contrast, both the fourth quarter and first quarter of 2017 experienced a decrease in criticized loans, resulting in lower loan provisions. Additionally, the first quarter of 2017 had marginal loan growth, contributing to the release of allowance for loan losses in that period.

         
Asset Quality
($ in thousands)
 
1Q 2018 4Q 2017 1Q 2017
 
Total non-performing loans $ 14,771 $ 13,715 $ 12,285
Total net loan charge-offs (recoveries) 93 765

(98

)

Non-performing loans/ Total loans 1.33 % 1.29 % 1.30 %
Net loan (recoveries) charge-offs/ Average loans 0.03 % 0.30 %

(0.04

)%

Allowance for loan losses/ Total loans 1.32 % 1.32 % 1.44 %
 

“Due to the number of large commercial loans we have in our portfolio, downgrades in a small number or even one relationship can create variability in our asset quality ratios. The stability of the ratio of the allowance for loan losses to total loans indicates no significant changes to the level of credit losses inherent in the portfolio,” stated John Connerton, Chief Financial Officer of Evans Bank. “We continue to maintain our culture of conservative underwriting standards while remaining opportunistic in growing our loan portfolio.”

         
Non-Interest Income
($ in thousands)
1Q 2018 4Q 2017 1Q 2017
 
Deposit service charges $ 509 $ 481 $ 390
Insurance service and fee revenue 1,965 1,649 2,168
Bank-owned life insurance 171 464 130
Loss on tax credit investment - (1,740 ) -
Refundable NY state historic tax credit - 1,224 -
Other income   1,141   949   834
Total non-interest income $ 3,786 $ 3,027 $ 3,522
 

The increase in deposit service charges reflects higher overdraft fees as the Company introduced a new product to clients that provides overdraft protection service.

The decrease in insurance revenue in the first quarter of 2018 when compared with the first quarter of 2017 was a result of a change in the accounting standard related to revenue recognition for contingent profit sharing. The impact from the accounting change was $0.4 million less in revenue recognized in this year’s first quarter compared with last year’s first quarter. The change in the accounting policy will impact the timing of revenue recognition on a quarterly basis but will not impact the full year’s results. Excluding this impact, the increase in insurance revenue compared with the prior-year period largely resulted from a significant increase in employee benefits revenue.

The increase in insurance revenue from the fourth quarter of 2017 was seasonal in nature as the final quarter of the year is a low point in policy renewals for institutional clients, including businesses and municipalities.

Included in other income was a $147 thousand increase in the Company’s investment in the equity securities of another financial institution. This recognition of the increase in the fair value of the investment reflects the Company’s 2018 adoption of a new fair value accounting standard issued by the Financial Accounting Standards Board. Changes in the fair value of this investment will be reflected in the Company’s earnings going forward.

There were no new historic tax credit investments in the first quarter of 2018 or 2017. Historic tax credit investment activity resulted in a net loss of $0.5 million being recorded in non-interest income in the fourth quarter of 2017.

         
Non-Interest Expense
($ in thousands)
1Q 2018 4Q 2017 1Q 2017
 
Salaries and employee benefits $ 6,684 $ 6,319 $ 5,716
Occupancy 758 844 775
Advertising and public relations 124 378 190
Professional services 653 594 602
Technology and communications 764 740 607
Amortization of intangibles 28 29 28
FDIC insurance 232 189 227
Other expenses   928   1,293   910
Total non-interest expenses $ 10,171 $ 10,386 $ 9,055
 

First quarter non-interest expenses increased 12% from the prior-year period, but decreased 2% from the fourth quarter of 2017. The most significant component of the year-over-year increase was higher salaries and benefits costs, which reflects strategic personnel hires to support the Company’s continued growth, as well as an increase in incentive compensation and benefits costs. The first quarter of 2018 also includes approximately $250,000 in total cost related to the previously announced one-time $1,000 bonus paid to non-senior associates in recognition of their superior efforts.

Advertising expenses decreased in the first quarter of 2018 due to seasonality with larger campaigns planned for the spring and summer. Technology and communications expenses increased from the prior-year period due to a new online banking platform that was implemented in the second quarter of 2017.

Other expenses in the fourth quarter of 2017 included the impact of a $300,000 contribution to the Evans Bank Foundation Fund (“the Foundation”). The Foundation is a not-for-profit vehicle to contribute to community organizations in reflection of the Company’s values and exists to impact the Western New York region in a positive and meaningful way.

The Company’s efficiency ratio in the first quarter of 2018 improved to 66.6% from 70.4% in the fourth quarter of 2017 and 68.6% in last year’s first quarter. The improvement reflects the Company’s significant net interest income growth.

Income tax expense was $1.0 million, or an effective tax rate of 22.8%, for the first quarter of 2018 compared with $2.2 million, or 69.0%, in the fourth quarter of 2017 and $1.4 million, or 30.8%, in last year’s first quarter. The effective tax rate for the fourth quarter of 2017 reflects the benefit of the previously noted historic tax credit investment transactions as well as a $2.1 million deferred tax expense related to federal tax reform. Excluding the impact of the historic tax credits and federal tax reform, the effective tax rate for the fourth quarter was 29.7%. The lower effective rate in the first quarter of 2018 reflects the benefit of federal tax reform, which decreased the Company’s marginal federal income tax rate from 35% to 21%.

Balance Sheet Highlights

Total assets were $1.35 billion as of March 31, 2018, an increase of 4% from $1.30 billion on December 31, 2017 and 19% from $1.14 billion at March 31, 2017, reflecting the Company’s strong loan growth. Loans were up $164 million, or 17%, to $1.11 billion since the end of last year’s first quarter with the growth predominantly in the commercial real estate and commercial and industrial loan portfolios. The $45 million increase in loans balances in the 2018 first quarter represented a 17% annualized growth rate.

Investment securities were $164 million at March 31, 2018, $15 million higher than the end of 2017 and $48 million higher than at the end of last year’s first quarter. The primary objectives of the Company’s investment portfolio are to provide liquidity, provide collateral to secure municipal deposits, and to maximize income while preserving safety of principal.

Total deposits grew $83 million to $1.13 billion since December 31, 2017, and were $156 million, or 16%, higher than the balance at the end of last year’s first quarter. Total average demand deposits were $223 million for the 2018 first quarter, an increase of $4 million, or 7% on an annualized rate, from the fourth quarter of 2017. Average demand deposits were 14% higher than last year’s first quarter, which was equally attributable to growth in municipal and commercial customers.

Municipal deposits drove the total deposit growth in the first three months of 2018 due to seasonal inflows from tax receipts, as well as the continued acquisition of new customers. Increases in municipal deposit products included $9 million in demand, $15 million in NOW and $38 million in savings. The Company also experienced solid growth in its commercial deposit portfolio, including $8 million in demand deposits and $12 million in savings deposits.

Consumer savings deposit growth has been challenging as preferences move toward term products with higher rates and local market competition has stiffened. Consumer savings deposits declined $20 million during the quarter, while consumer time deposits grew $18 million during the first quarter and increased $56 million in the past year.

Capital Management

The Company consistently maintains regulatory capital ratios measurably above the Federal “well capitalized” standard, including a Tier 1 leverage ratio of 9.81% at March 31, 2018 compared with 10.06% at December 31, 2017 and 10.76% at March 31, 2017. Book value per share increased to $24.96 at March 31, 2018 compared with $24.74 at December 31, 2017 and $23.64 at March 31, 2017.

The Company declared a cash dividend of $0.46 per share on February 20, 2018. The semi-annual dividend represents a $0.06, or 15%, increase from its previous semi-annual dividend paid in October 2017. The dividend was paid on April 3, 2018.

Outlook

Mr. Nasca concluded, “Evans is uniquely positioned to continue capitalizing on the tremendous market opportunities provided by the resurgence of Western New York and the successful execution of our community financial institution growth strategy. Exhibiting our ongoing commitment to and presence in the community, we plan to expand with the signing of a lease and request for regulatory approval to open our 15th location - a business and relationship center in the central business district of downtown Buffalo. We expect our efforts to deliver another year of strong results in 2018.”

Webcast and Conference Call

The Company will host a conference call and webcast on Wednesday, April 25, 2018 at 4:45 p.m. ET. Management will review the financial and operating results for the first quarter of 2018, as well as the Company’s strategy and outlook. A question and answer session will follow the formal presentation.

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 Wednesday, May 2, 2018. To listen to the archived call, dial (412) 317-6671 and enter conference ID number 13678408, 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 $1.4 billion in assets and $1.1 billion in deposits at March 31, 2018. Evans is a full-service community bank, with 14 financial centers 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 nine 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)
 
3/31/2018   12/31/2017   9/30/2017   6/30/2017   3/31/2017  
ASSETS
Investment Securities $ 164,471 $ 149,732 $ 153,367 $ 143,177 $ 116,884
Loans 1,109,961 1,065,315 998,005 976,493 945,583
Allowance for loan losses

(14,693

)

(14,019

)

(14,182

)

(14,178

)

(13,579

)

Goodwill and intangible assets 8,525 8,553 8,581 8,609 8,638
All other assets 85,434 86,052 74,383 68,745 82,134
Total assets $ 1,353,698 $ 1,295,633 $ 1,220,154 $ 1,182,846 $ 1,139,660
 
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS'
EQUITY
Demand deposits 238,827 219,664 216,250 207,348 194,747
NOW deposits 124,997 109,378 96,741 99,131 103,907
Savings deposits 566,314 535,730 552,559 547,760 531,408
Time deposits 204,295 186,457 166,769 164,817 147,915
Total deposits 1,134,433 1,051,229 1,032,319 1,019,056 977,977
Borrowings 83,114 108,869 54,310 35,411 33,009
Other liabilities 16,278 17,193 16,033 12,816 16,047
Total stockholders' equity 119,873 118,342 117,492 115,563 112,627
 
SHARES AND CAPITAL RATIOS
Common shares outstanding 4,803,334 4,782,505 4,776,360 4,773,005 4,763,696
Book value per share $ 24.96 $ 24.74 $ 24.60 $ 24.21 $ 23.64
Tier 1 leverage ratio 9.81 % 10.11 % 10.38 % 10.57 % 10.76 %
Tier 1 risk-based capital ratio 11.46 % 11.72 % 12.33 % 12.39 % 12.58 %
Total risk-based capital ratio 12.72 % 12.97 % 13.59 % 13.64 % 13.83 %
 
ASSET QUALITY DATA
Total non-performing loans $ 14,771 $ 13,715 $ 13,389 $ 13,901 $ 12,285
Total net loan charge-offs (recoveries) 93 765 157

(189

)

(98

)

 
Non-performing loans/Total loans 1.33 % 1.29 % 1.34 % 1.42 % 1.30 %
Net loan charge-offs (recoveries)/Average loans 0.03 % 0.30 % 0.06 %

(0.08

)%

(0.04

)%

Allowance for loans losses/Total loans 1.32 % 1.32 % 1.42 % 1.45 % 1.44 %
 
 
             
EVANS BANCORP, INC AND SUBSIDIARIES
SELECTED OPERATIONS DATA (UNAUDITED)
(in thousands, except share and per share data)
 
2018 2017 2017 2017 2017
First Quarter Fourth Quarter Third Quarter Second Quarter First Quarter
Interest income $ 13,366 $ 12,794 $ 12,574 $ 11,462 $ 10,918
Interest expense 1,914 1,634 1,479 1,344 1,274
Net interest income 11,452 11,160 11,095 10,118 9,644
Provision (credit) for loan losses 767 602 161 410

(435

)

Net interest income after provision 10,685 10,558 10,934 9,708 10,079
 
Deposit service charges 509 481 448 428 390
Insurance service and fee revenue 1,965 1,649 2,169 1,912 2,168
Bank-owned life insurance 171 464 128 142 130
Loss on tax credit investment -

(1,740

)

(1,338

)

(919

)

-
Refundable NY state historic tax credit - 1,224 972 647 -
Other income 1,141 949 986 879 834
Total non-interest income 3,786 3,027 3,365 3,089 3,522
 
Salaries and employee benefits 6,684 6,319 6,343 6,030 5,716
Occupancy 758 844 805 775 775
Advertising and public relations 124 378 311 216 190
Professional services 653 594 514 550 602
Technology and communications 764 740 730 804 607
Amortization of intangibles 28 29 28 28 28
FDIC insurance 232 189 195 129 227
Other expenses 928 1,293 910 785 910
Total non-interest expenses 10,171 10,386 9,836 9,317 9,055
 
Income before income taxes 4,300 3,199 4,463 3,480 4,546
Income tax provision 981 2,207 740 862 1,400
Net income 3,319 992 3,723 2,618 3,146
 
PER SHARE DATA
Net income per common share-diluted $ 0.68 $ 0.20 $ 0.76 $ 0.54 $ 0.66
Cash dividends per common share $ 0.46 $ - $ 0.40 $ - $ 0.40
Weighted average number of diluted shares 4,912,289 4,904,270 4,896,967 4,880,454 4,757,062
 
PERFORMANCE RATIOS
Return on average total assets 1.01 % 0.32 % 1.24 % 0.90 % 1.14 %
Return on average stockholders' equity 11.15 % 3.32 % 12.71 % 9.13 % 11.59 %
Efficiency ratio 66.56 % 70.44 % 66.15 % 68.91 % 68.56 %
 
             
EVANS BANCORP, INC AND SUBSIDIARIES
SELECTED AVERAGE BALANCES AND YIELDS/RATES (UNAUDITED)
(in thousands)
 
2018 2017 2017 2017 2017
First Quarter Fourth Quarter Third Quarter Second Quarter First Quarter
AVERAGE BALANCES
 
Loans, net $ 1,067,282 $ 1,009,497 $ 970,988 $ 941,446 $ 924,612
Investment securities 160,739 155,475 152,991 127,692 107,024
Interest-bearing deposits at banks   2,712   2,380   1,713   16,840   5,943
Total interest-earning assets 1,230,733 1,167,352 1,125,692 1,085,978 1,037,579
Non interest-earning assets   80,644   79,234   72,887   71,310   70,724
Total Assets $ 1,311,377 $ 1,246,586 $ 1,198,579 $ 1,157,288 $ 1,108,303
 
NOW 114,268 92,089 91,962 97,422 94,088
Savings 552,546 549,466 545,900 540,995 510,632
Time deposits   194,223   181,291   163,087   152,112   144,888
Total interest-bearing deposits 861,037 822,846 800,949 790,529 749,608
Other borrowings   92,893   70,986   51,224   32,813   38,748
Total interest-bearing liabilities 953,930 893,832 852,173 823,342 788,356
 
Demand deposits 223,176 219,291 214,228 205,361 196,331
Other non-interest bearing liabilities 15,161 14,097 15,035 13,860 15,053
Stockholders' equity   119,110   119,366   117,143   114,725   108,563
 
Total Liabilities and Equity $ 1,311,377 $ 1,246,586 $ 1,198,579 $ 1,157,288 $ 1,108,303
 
YIELD/RATE
 
Loans, net 4.70 % 4.65 % 4.76 % 4.54 % 4.49 %
Investment securities 2.51 % 2.45 % 2.35 % 2.43 % 2.50 %
Interest-bearing deposits at banks 1.50 % 0.67 % 1.62 % 1.02 % 0.82 %
Total interest-earning assets 4.40 % 4.35 % 4.43 % 4.23 % 4.27 %
 
NOW 0.27 % 0.22 % 0.22 % 0.22 % 0.22 %
Savings 0.55 % 0.48 % 0.48 % 0.48 % 0.48 %
Time deposits 1.42 % 1.34 % 1.30 % 1.28 % 1.27 %
Total interest-bearing deposits 0.71 % 0.64 % 0.62 % 0.60 % 0.60 %
Other borrowings 1.82 % 1.71 % 1.76 % 1.88 % 1.65 %
Total interest-bearing liabilities 0.81 % 0.73 % 0.69 % 0.65 % 0.66 %
 
Interest rate spread 3.59 % 3.62 % 3.74 % 3.58 % 3.61 %
Contribution of interest-free funds 0.18 % 0.17 % 0.17 % 0.16 % 0.16 %
Net interest margin 3.77 % 3.79 % 3.91 % 3.74 % 3.77 %

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.