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Auburn National Bancorporation, Inc. Reports Record Full Year Net Earnings of $8.8 million, or $2.42 per share; Record Fourth Quarter Net Earnings of $2.4 million, or $0.66 per share

148 Days ago

Full Year 2018 Results – Compared to Full Year 2017:

  • Net earnings increased 13%
  • Net interest margin increased 11 basis points to 3.40%
  • Loans increased $23.3 million or 5%
  • Improved profitability – return on average assets increased to 1.08% from 0.94%
  • Strong credit quality – NPAs declined by 88%, NPAs to total assets of 0.04% at December 31, 2018

AUBURN, Ala., Jan. 29, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Auburn National Bancorporation (Nasdaq: AUBN) reported record net earnings of $8.8 million, or $2.42 per share for 2018, compared to $7.8 million, or $2.15 per share, for 2017. For the fourth quarter of 2018, the Company reported record quarterly net earnings of $2.4 million, or $0.66 per share, compared to $1.8 million, or $0.50 per share, for the fourth quarter of 2017. 

Robert W. Dumas, Chairman, President, and CEO, commented: “We are pleased to report record earnings for 2018. Our full year and fourth quarter results reflect strong asset quality, solid loan growth, and improved net interest margin. In addition to maintaining a strong capital position, the Company paid cash dividends of $0.96 per share during 2018.”

Net interest income (tax-equivalent) was $6.7 million for the fourth quarter of 2018, a 2% increase compared to $6.6 million for the fourth quarter of 2017. This increase was primarily due to loan growth and recent increases in short-term market interest rates. Average loans were $467.4 million in the fourth quarter of 2018, an increase of $13.6 million, or 3%, from the fourth quarter of 2017. The Company’s net interest margin (tax-equivalent) increased to 3.54% in the fourth quarter of 2018, compared to 3.37% for the fourth quarter of 2017, as earning asset yields improved.

The Company had no provision for loan losses for the fourth quarter of 2018, compared to a negative provision for loan losses of $0.4 million for the fourth quarter of 2017. Net recoveries were $5 thousand in the fourth quarter of 2018, compared to $487 thousand in the fourth quarter of 2017 due to the payoff of two non-performing commercial loans.

Noninterest income was $0.8 million in the fourth quarter of 2018 and 2017, respectively. Noninterest expense was $4.4 million in the fourth quarter of 2018 and 2017, respectively.

Income tax expense was $0.6 million for the fourth quarter of 2018, compared to $1.3 million for the fourth quarter of 2017. The Company’s income tax expense for the fourth quarter of 2018 reflects an effective tax rate of 19.81%, compared to 41.00% in the fourth quarter of 2017. The decrease in the effective tax rate was primarily attributable to the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which lowered the Company’s statutory federal tax rate from 34% to 21% in 2018 and required the Company to remeasure the value of its net deferred tax assets by $0.4 million as of December 31, 2017.

The Company paid cash dividends of $0.24 per share in the fourth quarter of 2018. At December 31, 2018, the Bank’s regulatory capital was well above the minimum amounts required to be “well capitalized” under regulatory standards.

About Auburn National Bancorporation

Auburn National Bancorporation, Inc. (the “Company”) is the parent company of AuburnBank (the “Bank”), with total assets of approximately $818 million. The Bank is an Alabama state-chartered bank that is a member of the Federal Reserve System and has operated continuously since 1907. Both the Company and the Bank are headquartered in Auburn, Alabama. The Bank conducts its business in East Alabama, including Lee County and surrounding areas. The Bank operates eight full-service branches in Auburn, Opelika, Valley and Notasulga, Alabama. The Bank also operates a loan production office in Phenix City, Alabama. Additional information about the Company and the Bank may be found by visiting www.auburnbank.com

Cautionary Notice Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Securities Act of 1933 and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, including, without limitation, statements about future financial and operating results, costs and revenues, economic conditions in our markets, loan demand, mortgage lending activity, changes in the mix of our earning assets (including those generating tax exempt income) and our deposit and wholesale liabilities, net interest margin, yields on earning assets, securities valuations and performance, interest rates (generally and those applicable to our assets and liabilities), loan performance, nonperforming assets, other real estate owned, loan losses, charge-offs and recoveries, other-than-temporary impairments, collateral values, credit quality, asset sales, and market trends, as well as statements with respect to our objectives, expectations and intentions and other statements that are not historical facts. Actual results may differ from those set forth in the forward-looking statements.

Forward-looking statements, with respect to our beliefs, plans, objectives, goals, expectations, anticipations, estimates and intentions, involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors, which may be beyond our control, and which may cause the actual results, performance, achievements, or financial condition of the Company or the Bank to be materially different from future results, performance, achievements, or financial condition expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. You should not expect us to update any forward-looking statements.

All written or oral forward-looking statements attributable to us are expressly qualified in their entirety by this cautionary notice, together with those risks and uncertainties described in our annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2017 and otherwise in our other SEC reports and filings.

Explanation of Certain Unaudited Non-GAAP Financial Measures

This press release contains financial information determined by methods other than U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”). The attached financial highlights include certain designated net interest income amounts presented on a tax-equivalent basis, a non-GAAP financial measure, including the presentation and calculation of the efficiency ratio. Management uses these non-GAAP financial measures in its analysis of the Company’s performance and believes the presentation of net interest income on a tax-equivalent basis provides comparability of net interest income from both taxable and tax-exempt sources and facilitates comparability within the industry. Although the Company believes these non-GAAP financial measures enhance investors’ understanding of its business and performance, these non-GAAP financial measures should not be considered an alternative to GAAP. Along with the attached financial highlights, the Company provides reconciliations between the GAAP financial measures and these non-GAAP financial measures.

For additional information, contact:
Robert W. Dumas
Chairman, President, and CEO
(334) 821-9200


Financial Highlights (unaudited)                              
        Quarter ended December 31,     Years ended December 31,  
(Dollars in thousands, except per share amounts)   2018       2017       2018       2017  
Results of Operations                              
Net interest income (a) $   6,699     $   6,575     $   26,183     $   25,731  
Less: tax-equivalent adjustment     152         300         613         1,205  
  Net interest income (GAAP)     6,547         6,275         25,570         24,526  
Noninterest income      842         844         3,325         3,441  
  Total revenue     7,389         7,119         28,895         27,967  
Provision for loan losses   —          (400 )     —          (300 )
Noninterest expense     4,396         4,426         17,874         16,784  
Income tax expense      593         1,268         2,187         3,637  
Net earnings  $   2,400     $   1,825     $   8,834     $   7,846  
                                     
Per share data:                              
Basic and diluted net earnings: $   0.66     $   0.50     $   2.42     $   2.15  
Cash dividends declared $   0.24     $   0.23     $   0.96     $   0.92  
Weighted average shares outstanding:     3,643,868         3,643,668         3,643,780         3,643,616  
Shares outstanding, at period end     3,643,868         3,643,668         3,643,868         3,643,668  
Book value  $   24.44     $   23.85     $   24.44     $   23.85  
Common stock price:                              
  High $   41.50     $   40.25     $   53.50     $   40.25  
  Low     28.88         33.25         28.88         30.75  
  Period-end $   31.66     $   38.90     $   31.66     $   38.90  
    To earnings ratio     13.14 x       18.09 x       13.08 x       18.09 x
    To book value     130 %       163 %       130 %       163 %
Performance ratios:                              
Return on average equity (annualized):     11.05 %     8.31 %       10.14 %       9.17 %
Return on average assets (annualized):     1.20 %       0.89 %       1.08 %       0.94 %
Dividend payout ratio     36.36 %       46.00 %       39.67 %       42.79 %
Other financial data:                              
Net interest margin (a)     3.54 %       3.37 %       3.40 %       3.29 %
Effective income tax rate     19.81 %       41.00 %       19.84 %       31.67 %
Efficiency ratio (b)     58.29 %       59.66 %       60.57 %       57.53 %
Asset Quality:                              
Nonperforming assets:                              
  Nonperforming (nonaccrual) loans $   178     $   2,972     $   178     $   2,972  
  Other real estate owned     172       —          172       —   
    Total nonperforming assets $   350     $   2,972     $   350     $   2,972  
                                     
Net recoveries $   (5 )   $   (487 )   $   (33 )   $   (414 )
                                     
Allowance for loan losses as a % of:                              
  Loans     1.00 %       1.05 %       1.00 %       1.05 %
  Nonperforming loans     2,691 %       160 %       2,691 %       160 %
Nonperforming assets as a % of:                               
  Loans and other real estate owned     0.07 %       0.66 %       0.07 %       0.66 %
  Total assets     0.04 %       0.35 %       0.04 %       0.35 %
Nonperforming loans as a % of total loans     0.04 %       0.66 %       0.04 %       0.66 %
Net recoveries as a % of average loans (c)   —  %       (0.43 )%       (0.01 )%       (0.09 )%
Selected average balances:                              
Securities $   240,334     $   262,171     $   252,550     $   266,989  
Loans, net of unearned income     467,380         453,744         456,345         441,026  
Total assets     802,555         823,864         819,529         830,426  
Total deposits     711,043         726,945         726,277         735,404  
Long-term debt   —          3,217         1,022         3,217  
Total stockholders' equity     86,881         87,800         87,107         85,541  
Selected period end balances:                              
Securities $   239,801     $   257,697     $   239,801     $   257,697  
Loans, net of unearned income     476,908         453,651         476,908         453,651  
Allowance for loan losses     4,790         4,757         4,790         4,757  
Total assets     818,077         853,381         818,077         853,381  
Total deposits     724,193         757,659         724,193         757,659  
Long-term debt   —          3,217       —          3,217  
Total stockholders' equity     89,055         86,906         89,055         86,906  
                                     
(a) Tax equivalent. See “Explanation of Certain Unaudited Non-GAAP Financial Measures” and “Reconciliation of GAAP   
  to non-GAAP Measures (unaudited).”   
(b) Efficiency ratio is the result of noninterest expense divided by the sum of noninterest income and tax-equivalent  
  net interest income.  
(c) Net recoveries are annualized.  


Reconciliation of GAAP to non-GAAP Measures (unaudited):
                   
      Quarter ended December 31,   Years ended December 31,
(Dollars in thousands, except per share amounts)   2018   2017   2018   2017
Net interest income, as reported (GAAP) $ 6,547 $ 6,275 $ 25,570 $ 24,526
Tax-equivalent adjustment   152   300   613   1,205
Net interest income (tax-equivalent) $ 6,699 $ 6,575 $ 26,183 $ 25,731

 

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