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Section 1: 8-K

 

 

 

United States

Securities And Exchange Commission
Washington, D.C. 20549

 

FORM 8-K

 

Current Report

Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

 

Date of report (Date of earliest event reported): May 5, 2020

 

Landmark Bancorp, Inc.
(Exact name of registrant as specified in charter)

 

Delaware   0-33203   43-1930755
(State or other jurisdiction of
incorporation)
  (Commission
File Number)
  (I.R.S. Employer
Identification No.)

 

701 Poyntz Avenue
Manhattan, Kansas 66502
(Address of principal executive offices) (Zip code)

 

(785) 565-2000
(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)

 

N/A

(Former name or former address, if changed since last report)

 

Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act.

 

Title of each class   Trading Symbol(s)   Name of each exchange on which registered
Common Stock, par value $0.01 per share   LARK   Nasdaq Global Market

 

Check the appropriate box below if the Form 8-K filing is intended to simultaneously satisfy the filing obligation of the registrant under any of the following provisions (see General Instruction A.2. below):

 

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Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is an emerging growth company as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act of 1933 (§230.405 of this chapter) or Rule 12b-2 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (§240.12b-2 of this chapter). Emerging growth company [  ]

 

If an emerging growth company, indicate by check mark if the registrant has elected not to use the extended transition period for complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards provided pursuant to Section 13(a) of the Exchange Act. [  ]

 

 

 

 
 

 

Item 2.02. Results of Operations.

 

On May 5, 2020, Landmark Bancorp, Inc. (the “Company”) issued a press release announcing results for the three months ended March 31, 2020. The press release is attached hereto as Exhibit 99.1.

 

Item 8.01. Other Events.

 

The Company also announced in the press release that its Board of Directors approved a cash dividend of $0.20 per share. The cash dividend will be paid to all stockholders of record as of the close of business on May 27, 2020 and payable on June 10, 2020. A copy of the press release is attached hereto as Exhibit 99.1.

 

Item 9.01. Financial Statements and Exhibits.

 

  (d) Exhibits

 

99.1 Press Release dated May 5, 2020

 

 
 

 

Signature

 

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.

 

Date: May 5, 2020 Landmark Bancorp, Inc.
     
  By: /s/ Mark A. Herpich
  Name: Mark A. Herpich
  Title: Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, and Chief Financial Officer

 

 

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Section 2: EX-99.1

 

Exhibit 99.1

 

 

PRESS RELEASE

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contacts:
May 5, 2020 Michael E. Scheopner
  President and Chief Executive Officer
  Mark A. Herpich
  Chief Financial Officer
  (785) 565-2000

 

Landmark Bancorp, Inc. Announces Record Earnings for the First Quarter of 2020

Declares Cash Dividend of $0.20 per Share

 

(Manhattan, KS, May 5, 2020) – Landmark Bancorp, Inc. (“Landmark”; Nasdaq: LARK), a bank holding company serving 24 communities across Kansas, reported net earnings of $3.4 million ($0.73 per diluted share) for the quarter ended March 31, 2020, compared to $2.2 million ($0.47 per diluted share) for the first quarter of 2019. Return on average assets was 1.35% during the first quarter of 2020, compared to 0.91% in the same period of 2019. Return on average equity was 12.21% in the first quarter of 2020, compared to 9.52% in the same period of 2019. Management will host a conference call to discuss these results at 10:00 a.m. (Central time) on Wednesday, May 6, 2020. Investors may participate via telephone by dialing (877) 510-0473. A replay of the call will be available through June 6, 2020, by dialing (877) 344-7529 and using conference number 10142792.

 

Additionally, Landmark’s Board of Directors declared a cash dividend of $0.20 per share, to be paid June 10, 2020, to common stockholders of record as of the close of business on May 27, 2020.

 

Michael E. Scheopner, President and Chief Executive Officer of Landmark, commented, “While the year 2020 began economically strong, the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has moved the economy to its current unprecedented state of uncertainty. As part of Landmark’s pandemic response plan, and with the safety and well-being of our customers and associates foremost in our mind, we have limited public access to our bank lobbies. We have many associates working from home, and we have enhanced safety precautions for those that remain in our bank facilities. To ensure we are meeting customer needs, we have repositioned associates to support our customer care center, handling increased volumes of customer questions and supporting customer access to our digital banking platforms. Additionally, we are suspending foreclosure proceedings, offering fee waivers and providing relief through loan modification programs to help our customers who are affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. We have similarly repositioned internal resources to provide our commercial customers access to funding through the Small Business Administration’s new Paycheck Protection Program. As of April 30, 2020, we assisted 739 customers in securing approximately $123.6 million of funding, with an average loan size of $167,000. We believe Landmark’s risk management practices, liquidity and capital strength continue to position us well to meet the financial needs of families and businesses across Kansas during this unprecedented time.”

 

Mr. Scheopner continued, “We are pleased to report that Landmark achieved record results for the first quarter of 2020. Our net earnings of $3.4 million were favorably impacted by $1.8 million of gains on sales of investment securities as we strategically liquidated our higher-coupon mortgage-backed investment securities based on market conditions. During the first quarter of 2020, we recorded a $1.2 million provision for loan losses, primarily as a result of the estimated negative economic impact of COVID-19 on our loan portfolio. Our community banking relationships across Kansas generated strong growth in core earnings as we delivered loan growth of 4.0% in the first three months of 2020, driving a 12.6% increase in net interest income, which was partially offset by higher non-interest expense. Net interest margin improved by 26 basis points as the proportion of loans in our asset mix increased.

 

First Quarter 2020 Financial Highlights

 

Net interest income was $8.1 million for the three months ended March 31, 2020, an increase of $906,000, or 12.6%, from the first quarter of 2019. The increase was primarily the result of a 3.3% increase in average interest-earning assets, from $883.0 million in the first quarter of 2019 to $912.4 million in the first quarter of 2020. Average loan balances in the first quarter of 2020 increased $55.2 million, or 11.2%, compared to the same period of 2019. Growth in loans as a proportion of the asset mix also contributed to an increase in net interest margin, on a tax-equivalent basis, from 3.41% in the first quarter of 2019 to 3.67% in the same period of 2020. Landmark recorded a provision for loan losses of $1.2 million during the first quarter of 2020, compared to $200,000 during the same period of 2019. The increase in the provision for loan losses reflects our best estimate of the future economic environment, considering the effects of COVID-19. As the economic outlook evolves and our pandemic-related loss experience develops, we will adjust our allowance for credit losses and provisioning accordingly.

 

Total non-interest income was $5.4 million in the first quarter of 2020, compared to $3.3 million in the same period of 2019. The increase in non-interest income was primarily due to $1.8 million of gains on sales of investment securities as approximately $44 million of mortgage-backed investment securities were sold during the first quarter of 2020. Landmark sold higher-coupon mortgage-backed investment securities after comparing the market prices to the risks of accelerating prepayment speeds. Also contributing to the increase in non-interest income was an increase of $273,000 in fees and service charges, primarily due to higher fee income on deposit accounts.

 

 
 

 

Non-interest expense totaled $8.1 million for the first quarter of 2020, an increase of $379,000, or 4.9%, from the first quarter of 2019. The increase in non-interest expense was primarily due to an increase of $439,000 in compensation and benefits as a result of the addition of bank employees and increased compensation costs. Landmark recorded income tax expense of $785,000 in the first quarter of 2020 compared to $341,000 in the same period of 2019. The effective tax rate increased from 13.5% in the first quarter of 2019 to 18.9% in the first quarter of 2020, primarily due to an increase in earnings before income taxes, while tax-exempt income declined over the comparable periods.

 

Balance Sheet Highlights

 

Total assets decreased $9.4 million, or 0.9%, to $989.1 million at March 31, 2020, from $998.5 million at December 31, 2019. The decrease in total assets was the result of a decline in investment securities of $48.3 million, or 13.2%, to $317.8 million at March 31, 2020, from $366.1 million at December 31, 2019. Net loans increased $21.5 million, or 4.1%, to $553.7 million at March 31, 2020, compared to $532.2 million at year-end 2019. Deposits decreased $4.5 million, or 0.6%, to $830.5 million at March 31, 2020, compared to $835.0 million at December 31, 2019. Federal Home Loan Bank and other borrowings decreased $11.3 million, or 26.9%, to $30.9 million at March 31, 2020, compared to $42.2 million at December 31, 2019. Stockholders’ equity increased to $111.1 million (book value of $24.64 per share) at March 31, 2020, from $108.6 million (book value of $23.62 per share) at December 31, 2019, primarily as a result of net earnings and an increase in the fair value of our available-for-sale investment securities. Landmark repurchased $2.0 million of shares of its outstanding stock during the first quarter of 2020. The ratio of equity to total assets increased to 11.24% at March 31, 2020, from 10.88% at year-end 2019.

 

The allowance for loan losses totaled $7.5 million, or 1.33% of gross loans outstanding, at March 31, 2020, compared to $6.5 million, or 1.20% of gross loans outstanding, at December 31, 2019. The increase in the allowance for loan losses during the first quarter of 2020 was primarily due to the projected economic impact of COVID-19 on the loan portfolio. Non-performing loans increased to $7.6 million, or 1.35% of gross loans, at March 31, 2020, from $5.5 million, or 1.03% of gross loans, at year-end 2019. Delinquent loans decreased to $2.7 million, or 0.48% of gross loans, at March 31, 2020, from $3.4 million, or 0.64% of gross loans, at December 31, 2019. Landmark recorded net loan charge-offs of $188,000 during the first quarter of 2020, compared to $27,000 during the same period of 2019.

 

COVID-19 Update

 

As of March 31, 2020, Landmark had 12 loan modifications on outstanding loan balances of $8.4 million in connection with the COVID-19 pandemic. These modifications consisted of payment deferrals that were less than 180 days and applied to either the full loan payment or just the principal component. As of April 30, 2020, there were 111 COVID-19-related loan modifications on loan balances of $43.5 million. Consistent with regulatory guidance, the Company also entered into short-term forbearance plans and short-term repayment plans on three one-to-four family residential mortgage loans totaling $682,000 as of March 31, 2020. As of April 30, 2020, these forbearances increased to 12 loans totaling $1.6 million.

 

About Landmark

 

Landmark Bancorp, Inc., the holding company for Landmark National Bank, is listed on the Nasdaq Global Market under the symbol “LARK.” Headquartered in Manhattan, Kansas, Landmark National Bank is a community banking organization dedicated to providing quality financial and banking services. Landmark National Bank has 30 locations in 24 communities across Kansas: Manhattan (2), Auburn, Dodge City (2), Fort Scott (2), Garden City, Great Bend (2), Hoisington, Iola, Junction City, Kincaid, LaCrosse, Lawrence (2), Lenexa, Louisburg, Mound City, Osage City, Osawatomie, Overland Park, Paola, Pittsburg, Prairie Village, Topeka (2), Wamego and Wellsville, Kansas. Visit www.banklandmark.com for more information.

 

Special Note Concerning Forward-Looking Statements

 

This press release may contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 with respect to the financial condition, results of operations, plans, objectives, future performance and business of Landmark. Forward-looking statements, which may be based upon beliefs, expectations and assumptions of our management and on information currently available to management, are generally identifiable by the use of words such as “believe,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “plan,” “intend,” “estimate,” “may,” “will,” “would,” “could,” “should” or other similar expressions. Additionally, all statements in this press release, including forward-looking statements, speak only as of the date they are made, and Landmark undertakes no obligation to update any statement in light of new information or future events. A number of factors, many of which are beyond our ability to control or predict, could cause actual results to differ materially from those in our forward-looking statements. These factors include, among others, the following: (i) the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, including its potential effects on the economic environment, our customers and operations, as well as changes to federal, state or local government laws, regulations or orders in connection with the pandemic; (ii) the strength of the local, national and international economy; (iii) changes in state and federal laws, regulations and governmental policies concerning banking, securities, consumer protection, insurance, monetary, trade and tax matters; (iv) changes in interest rates and prepayment rates of our assets; (v) increased competition in the financial services sector and the inability to attract new customers; (vi) timely development and acceptance of new products and services; (vii) changes in technology and the ability to develop and maintain secure and reliable electronic systems; (viii) our risk management framework; (ix) interruptions in information technology and telecommunications systems and third-party services; (x) changes in benchmark interest rates, including the elimination of LIBOR; (xi) the effects of severe weather, natural disasters, widespread disease or pandemics, or other external events; (xii) the loss of key executives or employees; (xiii) changes in consumer spending; (xiv) integration of acquired businesses; (xv) unexpected outcomes of existing or new litigation; (xvi) changes in accounting policies and practices, such as the implementation of CECL; (xvii) the economic impact of armed conflict or terrorist acts involving the United States; (xviii) the ability to manage credit risk, forecast loan losses and maintain an adequate allowance for loan losses; (xix) declines in the value of our investment portfolio; (xx) the ability to raise additional capital; (xxi) cyber-attacks; (xxii) declines in real estate values; and (xxiii) the effects of fraud on the part of our employees, customers, vendors or counterparties.. These risks and uncertainties should be considered in evaluating forward-looking statements, and undue reliance should not be placed on such statements. Additional information concerning Landmark and its business, including additional factors that could materially affect Landmark’s financial results, is included in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

 

 
 

 

Financial Highlights

(Dollars in thousands, except per share data)

 

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS (unaudited):

 

   March 31,   December 31, 
   2020   2019 
ASSETS:          
Cash and cash equivalents  $28,782   $13,694 
Investment securities   317,833    366,107 
Loans, net   553,736    532,180 
Loans held for sale   9,753    8,497 
Premises and equipment, net   20,991    21,133 
Bank owned life insurance   24,963    24,809 
Goodwill   17,532    17,532 
Other intangible assets, net   2,764    2,829 
Other assets   12,720    11,684 
TOTAL ASSETS  $989,074   $998,465 
           
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY:          
Deposits  $830,480   $835,048 
Federal Home Loan Bank and other borrowings   30,853    42,199 
Other liabilities   16,607    12,611 
Total liabilities   877,940    889,858 
Stockholders’ equity   111,134    108,607 
TOTAL LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY  $989,074   $998,465 
           
LOANS (unaudited):          
           
One-to-four family residential real estate  $148,994   $146,505 
Construction and land   24,657    22,459 
Commercial real estate   141,712    133,501 
Commercial   121,271    109,612 
Agriculture   96,120    98,558 
Municipal   2,628    2,656 
Consumer   25,662    25,101 
Net deferred loan costs and loans in process   171    255 
Allowance for loan losses   (7,479)   (6,467)
Loans, net  $553,736   $532,180 
           
NON-PERFORMING ASSETS (unaudited):          
           
Non-accrual loans  $7,560   $5,546 
Accruing loans over 90 days past due   -    - 
Non-performing investment securities   -    - 
Real estate owned   570    290 
Total non-performing assets  $8,130   $5,836 
           
RATIOS (unaudited):          
           
Loans 30-89 days delinquent and still accruing to gross loans outstanding   0.48%   0.64%
Total non-performing loans to gross loans outstanding   1.35%   1.03%
Total non-performing assets to total assets   0.82%   0.58%
Allowance for loan losses to gross loans outstanding   1.33%   1.20%
Allowance for loan losses to total non-performing loans   98.93%   116.61%
Equity to total assets   11.24%   10.88%
Book value per share  $24.64   $23.62 

 

 
 

 

Financial Highlights (continued)

(Dollars in thousands, except per share data)

 

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF EARNINGS (unaudited):

 

   Three months ended March 31, 
   2020   2019 
Interest income:          
Loans  $7,126   $6,461 
Investment securities and other   2,192    2,423 
Total interest income   9,318    8,884 
           
Interest expense:          
Deposits   983    1,331 
Borrowed funds   233    357 
Total interest expense   1,216    1,688 
           
Net interest income   8,102    7,196 
Provision for loan losses   1,200    200 
Net interest income after provision for loan losses   6,902    6,996 
           
Non-interest income:          
Fees and service charges   1,962    1,689 
Gains on sales of loans, net   1,193    1,120 
Bank owned life insurance   154    159 
Gains on sales of investment securities, net   1,770    - 
Other   274    288 
Total non-interest income   5,353    3,256 
           
Non-interest expense:          
Compensation and benefits   4,582    4,143 
Occupancy and equipment   1,079    1,062 
Data processing   425    414 
Amortization of intangibles   277    264 
Professional fees   363    396 
Advertising   150    166 
Federal deposit insurance premiums   38    68 
Foreclosure and real estate owned expense   25    41 
Other   1,168    1,174 
Total non-interest expense   8,107    7,728 
           
Earnings before income taxes   4,148    2,524 
Income tax expense   785    341 
Net earnings  $3,363   $2,183 
           
Net earnings per share (1)          
Basic  $0.73   $0.47 
Diluted   0.73    0.47 
           
Shares outstanding at end of period (1)   4,509,395    4,590,722 
           
Weighted average common shares outstanding - basic (1)   4,579,592    4,590,722 
Weighted average common shares outstanding - diluted (1)   4,597,803    4,605,608 
           
OTHER DATA (unaudited):          
           
Return on average assets (2)   1.35%   0.91%
Return on average equity (2)   12.21%   9.52%
Net interest margin (2)(3)   3.67%   3.41%

 

(1) Share and per share values at or for the period ended March 31, 2019 have been adjusted to give effect to the 5% stock dividend paid during December 2019.

(2) Information for the three months ended March 31 is annualized.

(3) Net interest margin is presented on a fully tax equivalent basis, using a 21% federal tax rate.

 

 

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