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Section 1: 8-K (EARNINGS RELEASE 09/30/19)

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

October 25, 2019
Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported)

OHIO VALLEY BANC CORP.    
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

Ohio
(State or other jurisdiction of incorporation)

0-20914
31-1359191
(Commission File Number)
(IRS Employer Identification No.)

420 Third Avenue, Gallipolis, Ohio
45631
(Address of principal executive offices)
(Zip Code)

Registrant's telephone number, including area code:  (740) 446-2631

Not Applicable
(Former name or former address, if changed since last report.)

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:

 Written communications pursuant to Rule 425 under the Securities Act (17 CFR 230.425)

 Soliciting material pursuant to Rule 14a-12 under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.14a-12)

 Pre-commencement communications pursuant to Rule 14d-2(b) under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.14d-2(b))

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

Title of each class
Trading Symbol
Name of each exchange on which registered
Common shares, without par value
OVBC
The NASDAQ Stock Market LLC (The NASDAQ Global Market)



Section 2 – Financial Information

Item 2.02.  Results of Operations and Financial Condition

On October 25, 2019, Ohio Valley Banc Corp. will issue a press release announcing financial results for its third quarter period ended September 30, 2019.  A copy of the press release is furnished with this Form 8-K as Exhibit 99.1 and is incorporated herein by reference.

Section 9 – Financial Statements and Exhibits

Item 9.01.  Financial Statements and Exhibits

(a)  Not applicable

(b)  Not applicable

(c)  Not applicable

(d)  Exhibits – The following exhibit is being filed with this Current Report on Form 8-K:

Exhibit Number
 
Description
     
99.1
 
Press release to be issued by Ohio Valley Banc Corp. on October 25,  2019.



SIGNATURES

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 thereunto duly authorized.




     
OHIO VALLEY BANC CORP.
 
Date:
October 25, 2019
By:
/s/Thomas E. Wiseman
     
Thomas E. Wiseman
Chief Executive Officer



















EXHIBIT INDEX



Exhibit Number
 
Description
     
99.1
 
Press release to be issued by Ohio Valley Banc Corp. on October 25,  2019.

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Section 2: EX-99.1 (EARNINGS RELEASE 09/30/19 EXHIBIT 99.1)

EXHIBIT 99.1

October 25, 2019 - For immediate release
Contact:  Scott Shockey, CFO (740) 446-2631

Ohio Valley Banc Corp. Reports 3rd Quarter Earnings

GALLIPOLIS, Ohio - Ohio Valley Banc Corp. [Nasdaq: OVBC] (the “Company”) reported consolidated net income for the quarter ended September 30, 2019, of $2,137,000, an increase of 22.4 percent from the $1,746,000 earned for the third quarter of 2018.   Earnings per share for the third quarter of 2019 were $.45 compared to $.37 for the prior year third quarter, a 21.6 percent increase.  For the nine months ended September 30, 2019, net income totaled $6,409,000, a decrease of $1,679,000 from the same period the prior year.  Earnings per share were $1.35 for the first nine months of 2019 versus $1.71 for the first nine months of 2018.  Return on average assets and return on average equity were .83 percent and 7.07 percent, respectively, for the first nine months of 2019, compared to 1.01 percent and 9.67 percent, respectively, for the same period in the prior year.

Tom Wiseman, president and CEO of Ohio Valley Banc Corp., commented, “Revenue lost due to our involuntary exit of the tax refund business continues to negatively impact our bottom line.  However, we have successfully pursued other revenue sources and our core business lines remain steady, keeping us solidly focused on our community first mission.”

For the third quarter of 2019, net interest income decreased $137,000, and for the nine months ended September 30, 2019, net interest income decreased $247,000, from the same respective periods last year.  Impacting net interest income was the decrease in average earning assets due to not processing tax refunds in 2019.  As previously disclosed in 2018, a third-party tax refund product provider elected to terminate the Bank’s processing contract early.  During the first nine months of 2018, the processing of tax refunds provided $73 million in average deposits that were invested in the Federal Reserve.  This activity generated approximately $88,000 in interest revenue during the third quarter of 2018 and $890,000 in interest revenue during the first nine months of 2018 that was not replicated in 2019.  As a result, interest on interest-bearing deposits with banks for the nine months ended September 30, 2019 decreased $344,000 from the same period last year.  The higher interest rate paid by the Federal Reserve during 2019 helped reduce the impact of the lower amount available to be invested.  For the nine months ended September 30, 2019, interest and fees on loans and securities increased $1,578,000 from the same period last year.  This increase was due to a combination of average loan growth and the benefit of rising interest rates throughout 2018 that increased asset yields entering 2019.  For the same time period, interest expense on deposits and borrowed funds increased $1,481,000, primarily due to certificates of deposit and money market accounts repricing at higher market rates.  For the nine months ended September 30, 2019, the net interest margin was 4.57 percent, compared to 4.41 percent for the same period the prior year.  The increase in net interest margin was primarily related to the higher balances maintained at the Federal Reserve during the first nine months of 2018, which diluted the net interest margin due to the yield on those balances being less than other earning assets, such as loans and securities.

For the three months ended September 30, 2019, the provision for loan losses decreased $518,000, and for the nine months ended September 30, 2019, the provision for loan losses increased $320,000, from the same respective periods in 2018.  For the three months ended September 30, 2019, the provision for loan loss expense of $444,000 was primarily related to quarterly net loan charge-offs of $1,693,000, which was partially offset by lower general reserves associated with improved economic risk factors, such as lower delinquency levels and lower levels of classified and criticized loans, which are loans demonstrating financial weakness.  For the nine months ended September 30, 2019, the provision for loan losses of $2,015,000 was primarily related to year-to-date net loan charge-offs of $2,591,000, which was partially offset by the lower general reserves for the economic risk factors mentioned above.  The ratio of nonperforming loans to total loans was 1.18 percent at September 30, 2019 compared to 1.25 percent at December 31, 2018 and 1.36 percent at September 30, 2018.  The allowance for loan losses was .79 percent of total loans at September 30, 2019, compared to .87 percent at December 31, 2018 and 1.06 percent at September 30, 2018.

For the three months ended September 30, 2019, noninterest income totaled $2,107,000, an increase of $180,000 from the same period last year.  Noninterest income totaled $5,956,000 for the nine months ended September 30, 2019, a decrease of $1,585,000 from the same period last year.  The decrease in year-to-date noninterest income was primarily related to tax processing fees.  In relation to the third-party tax refund provider terminating the contract as previously discussed, the Company experienced a decline in tax processing fees, which is a per item fee for each tax refund processed.  As a result of not performing such service in 2019, tax processing fees decreased $1,561,000 from the first nine months of 2018.  The increase in quarter-to-date noninterest income was related to interchange income earned from debit and credit transactions, which increased $106,000, and gain on sale of other real estate owned, which increased $67,000, respectively, from the same period last year.

For the three months ended September 30, 2019, noninterest expense totaled $9,738,000, a decrease of $23,000 from the same period last year.  For the nine months ended September 30, 2019, noninterest expense totaled $29,097,000, a decrease of $146,000 from the same period last year.  The Company’s largest noninterest expense, salaries and employee benefits, increased $115,000 as compared to the third quarter of 2018 and decreased $65,000 as compared to the first nine months of 2018.  The limited growth in salaries and employee benefits in 2019 was primarily associated with a lower number of employees in 2019, which more than offset the expense increase associated with annual merit increases.  Further contributing to lower noninterest expense was data processing and FDIC insurance premiums.  For the nine months ended September 30, 3019, data processing expense decreased $551,000 from the same period last year as a result of lower consulting fees.  For the same period, FDIC insurance premiums decreased $255,000 in relation to a lower assessment rate and the receipt of a portion of our premium credit granted by the FDIC during the third quarter of 2019.  Partially offsetting the expense reductions above was an increase in professional fees of $422,000 from the first nine months of last year, primarily due to litigation related to the early termination of the Bank’s tax refund processing contract.

Ohio Valley Banc Corp. common stock is traded on the NASDAQ Global Market under the symbol OVBC.  The holding company owns Ohio Valley Bank, with 18 offices in Ohio and West Virginia, and Loan Central, with six consumer finance offices in Ohio.  Learn more about Ohio Valley Banc Corp. at www.ovbc.com.

Caution Regarding Forward-Looking Information

Certain statements contained in this earnings release that are not statements of historical fact constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.  Words such as “believes,” “anticipates,” “expects,” “appears,” “intends,” “targeted” and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements but are not the exclusive means of identifying those statements.  Forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties.  Actual results may differ materially from those predicted by the forward-looking statements because of various factors and possible events, including: (i) changes in political, economic or other factors, such as inflation rates, recessionary or expansive trends, taxes, the effects of implementation of federal legislation with respect to taxes and government spending and the continuing economic uncertainty in various parts of the world; (ii) competitive pressures;  (iii) fluctuations in interest rates; (iv) the level of defaults and prepayment on loans made by the Company; (v) unanticipated litigation, claims, or assessments; (vi) fluctuations in the cost of obtaining funds to make loans; and (vii) regulatory changes.  Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date on which they are made, and the Company undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statement to reflect events or circumstances after the date on which the statement is made to reflect unanticipated events.  See Item 1.A. “Risk Factors” in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2018, for further discussion of the risks affecting the business of the Company and the value of an investment in its shares.


OHIO VALLEY BANC CORP - Financial Highlights (Unaudited)
             
                         
   
Three months ended
   
Nine months ended
 
   
September 30,
   
September 30,
 
   
2019
   
2018
   
2019
   
2018
 
PER SHARE DATA
                       
  Earnings per share
 
$
0.45
   
$
0.37
   
$
1.35
   
$
1.71
 
  Dividends per share
 
$
0.21
   
$
0.21
   
$
0.63
   
$
0.63
 
  Book value per share
 
$
26.20
   
$
24.05
   
$
26.20
   
$
24.05
 
  Dividend payout ratio (a)
   
46.85
%
   
56.87
%
   
46.74
%
   
36.74
%
  Weighted average shares outstanding
   
4,773,258
     
4,730,624
     
4,761,954
     
4,722,189
 
                                 
DIVIDEND REINVESTMENT (in 000's)
                               
  Dividends reinvested under
                               
     employee stock ownership plan (b)
 
$
-
   
$
-
   
$
179
   
$
173
 
  Dividends reinvested under
                               
     dividend reinvestment plan (c)
 
$
357
   
$
305
   
$
1,078
   
$
1,058
 
                                 
PERFORMANCE RATIOS
                               
  Return on average equity
   
6.83
%
   
6.10
%
   
7.07
%
   
9.67
%
  Return on average assets
   
0.82
%
   
0.67
%
   
0.83
%
   
1.01
%
  Net interest margin (d)
   
4.41
%
   
4.49
%
   
4.57
%
   
4.41
%
  Efficiency ratio (e)
   
75.84
%
   
76.23
%
   
74.72
%
   
71.69
%
  Average earning assets (in 000's)
 
$
965,762
   
$
961,607
   
$
964,253
   
$
1,008,735
 
                                 
(a) Total dividends paid as a percentage of net income.
                         
(b) Shares purchased from OVBC.
                               
(c) Shares may be purchased from OVBC and on secondary market.
                         
(d) Fully tax-equivalent net interest income as a percentage of average earning assets.
                 
(e) Noninterest expense as a percentage of fully tax-equivalent net interest income plus noninterest income.
         
                                 
OHIO VALLEY BANC CORP - Consolidated Statements of Income (Unaudited)
         
   
Three months ended
   
Nine months ended
 
(in $000's)
 
September 30,
   
September 30,
 
     
2019
     
2018
     
2019
     
2018
 
Interest income:
                               
     Interest and fees on loans
 
$
11,362
   
$
11,118
   
$
34,576
   
$
33,134
 
     Interest and dividends on securities
   
826
     
798
     
2,509
     
2,373
 
     Interest on interest-bearing deposits with banks
   
333
     
265
     
977
     
1,321
 
          Total interest income
   
12,521
     
12,181
     
38,062
     
36,828
 
Interest expense:
                               
     Deposits
   
1,592
     
1,081
     
4,446
     
2,934
 
     Borrowings
   
303
     
337
     
950
     
981
 
          Total interest expense
   
1,895
     
1,418
     
5,396
     
3,915
 
Net interest income
   
10,626
     
10,763
     
32,666
     
32,913
 
Provision for loan losses
   
444
     
962
     
2,015
     
1,695
 
Noninterest income:
                               
     Service charges on deposit accounts
   
553
     
534
     
1,573
     
1,551
 
     Trust fees
   
59
     
69
     
195
     
197
 
Income from bank owned life insurance and
                         
       annuity assets
   
179
     
173
     
534
     
522
 
     Mortgage banking income
   
80
     
93
     
227
     
225
 
     Electronic refund check / deposit fees
   
0
     
33
     
5
     
1,566
 
     Debit / credit card interchange income
   
1,049
     
943
     
2,935
     
2,736
 
     Gain (loss) on other real estate owned
   
(15
)
   
(82
)
   
(1
)
   
75
 
     Other
   
202
     
164
     
488
     
669
 
          Total noninterest income
   
2,107
     
1,927
     
5,956
     
7,541
 
Noninterest expense:
                               
     Salaries and employee benefits
   
5,652
     
5,537
     
16,715
     
16,780
 
     Occupancy
   
479
     
469
     
1,370
     
1,336
 
     Furniture and equipment
   
255
     
263
     
788
     
775
 
     Professional fees
   
598
     
514
     
1,959
     
1,537
 
     Marketing expense
   
270
     
263
     
810
     
787
 
     FDIC insurance
   
0
     
110
     
113
     
368
 
     Data processing
   
540
     
759
     
1,629
     
2,180
 
     Software
   
362
     
398
     
1,200
     
1,160
 
     Foreclosed assets
   
62
     
54
     
187
     
164
 
     Amortization of intangibles
   
27
     
33
     
89
     
105
 
     Other
   
1,493
     
1,361
     
4,237
     
4,051
 
          Total noninterest expense
   
9,738
     
9,761
     
29,097
     
29,243
 
Income before income taxes
   
2,551
     
1,967
     
7,510
     
9,516
 
Income taxes
   
414
     
221
     
1,101
     
1,428
 
NET INCOME
 
$
2,137
   
$
1,746
   
$
6,409
   
$
8,088
 


OHIO VALLEY BANC CORP - Consolidated Balance Sheets (Unaudited)
       
             
(in $000's, except share data)
 
September 30,
   
December 31
 
   
2019
   
2018
 
ASSETS
           
Cash and noninterest-bearing deposits with banks
 
$
12,950
   
$
13,806
 
Interest-bearing deposits with banks
   
57,512
     
57,374
 
     Total cash and cash equivalents
   
70,462
     
71,180
 
Certificates of deposit in financial institutions
   
2,360
     
2,065
 
Securities available for sale
   
111,242
     
102,164
 
Securities held to maturity (estimated fair value:  2019 - $13,883; 2018 - $16,234)
   
13,485
     
15,816
 
Restricted investments in bank stocks
   
7,506
     
7,506
 
Total loans
   
780,053
     
777,052
 
  Less:  Allowance for loan losses
   
(6,153
)
   
(6,728
)
     Net loans
   
773,900
     
770,324
 
Premises and equipment, net
   
17,881
     
14,855
 
Premises and equipment held for sale, net
   
910
     
----
 
Other real estate owned
   
146
     
430
 
Accrued interest receivable
   
2,733
     
2,638
 
Goodwill
   
7,371
     
7,371
 
Other intangible assets, net
   
290
     
379
 
Bank owned life insurance and annuity assets
   
29,926
     
29,392
 
Operating lease right-of-use asset, net
   
1,120
     
----
 
Other assets
   
6,626
     
6,373
 
          Total assets
 
$
1,045,958
   
$
1,030,493
 
                 
LIABILITIES
               
Noninterest-bearing deposits
 
$
226,457
   
$
237,821
 
Noninterest-bearing deposits held for sale
   
8,283
     
----
 
Interest-bearing deposits
   
604,150
     
608,883
 
Interest-bearing deposits held for sale
   
18,392
     
----
 
     Total deposits
   
857,282
     
846,704
 
Other borrowed funds
   
34,798
     
39,713
 
Subordinated debentures
   
8,500
     
8,500
 
Operating lease liability
   
1,120
     
----
 
Accrued liabilities
   
19,057
     
17,702
 
          Total liabilities
   
920,757
     
912,619
 
                 
SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY
               
Common stock ($1.00 stated value per share, 10,000,000 shares authorized;
         
  2019 - 5,437,617 shares issued; 2018 - 5,400,065 shares issued)
   
5,437
     
5,400
 
Additional paid-in capital
   
50,826
     
49,477
 
Retained earnings
   
84,257
     
80,844
 
Accumulated other comprehensive loss
   
393
     
(2,135
)
Treasury stock, at cost (659,739 shares)
   
(15,712
)
   
(15,712
)
          Total shareholders' equity
   
125,201
     
117,874
 
               Total liabilities and shareholders' equity
 
$
1,045,958
   
$
1,030,493
 
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