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Peoples Bancorp Announces First Quarter Earnings Results

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NEWTON, NC / ACCESSWIRE / April 20, 2020 / Peoples Bancorp of North Carolina, Inc. (NASDAQ:PEBK), the parent company of Peoples Bank, reported first quarter earnings results with highlights as follows:

First quarter highlights:

  • Net earnings were $2.4 million or $0.40 basic and diluted net earnings per share for the three months ended March 31, 2020, as compared to $3.7 million or $0.61 basic and diluted net earnings per share for the same period one year ago.
  • Total loans increased $57.0 million to $880.6 million at March 31, 2020, compared to $823.6 million at March 31, 2019.
  • Core deposits were $961.2 million or 97.69% of total deposits at March 31, 2020, compared to $887.6 million or 97.74% of total deposits at March 31, 2019.

Lance A. Sellers, President and Chief Executive Officer, attributed the decrease in first quarter net earnings to a decrease in net interest income, an increase in the provision for loan losses and an increase in non-interest expense, which were partially offset by an increase in non-interest income during the three months ended March 31, 2020, compared to the three months ended March 31, 2019, as discussed below.

Net interest income was $11.2 million for the three months ended March 31, 2020, compared to $11.4 million for the three months ended March 31, 2019. The decrease in net interest income was primarily due to a $284,000 increase in interest expense, which was partially offset by a $67,000 increase in interest income. The increase in interest income was primarily attributable to an increase in the average outstanding balance of fed funds sold, compared to the same period last year. The increase in interest expense was primarily due to an increase in interest rates on deposits. Net interest income after the provision for loan losses was $9.7 million for the three months ended March 31, 2020, compared to $11.2 million for the three months ended March 31, 2019. The provision for loan losses for the three months ended March 31, 2020 was $1.5 million, compared to $178,000 for the three months ended March 31, 2019. The increase in the provision for loan losses is primarily attributable to increases in the qualitative factors applied in the Company's Allowance for Loan and Lease Losses ("ALLL") model due to the impact to the economy from the COVID-19 pandemic and a $57.0 million increase in loans from March 31, 2019 to March 31, 2020. The ALLL model also includes reserves on $57.4 million in loans with payment modifications made in March 2020 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Non-interest income was $4.6 million for the three months ended March 31, 2020, compared to $4.1 million for the three months ended March 31, 2019. The increase in non-interest income is primarily attributable to a $488,000 increase in appraisal management fee income due to an increase in the volume of appraisals.

Non-interest expense was $11.4 million for the three months ended March 31, 2020, compared to $10.9 million for the three months ended March 31, 2019. The increase in non-interest expense was primarily attributable to a $77,000 increase in salaries and benefits expense, a $184,000 increase in occupancy expense and a $372,000 increase in appraisal management fee expense. The increase in salaries and benefits expense was primarily attributable to an increase in salary expense primarily due to annual salary increases and an increase in insurance costs. The increase in occupancy expense was primarily due to increases in depreciation and maintenance expenses. The increase in appraisal management fee expense was primarily due to an increase in the volume of appraisals.

Income tax expense was $467,000 for the three months ended March 31, 2020, compared to $785,000 for the three months ended March 31, 2019. The effective tax rate was 16.48% for the three months ended March 31, 2020, compared to 17.63% for the three months ended March 31, 2019.

Total assets were $1.2 billion as of March 31, 2020, compared to $1.1 billion at March 31, 2019. Available for sale securities were $201.5 million as of March 31, 2020, compared to $184.4 million as of March 31, 2019. Total loans were $880.6 million as of March 31, 2020, compared to $823.6 million as of March 31, 2019.

Non-performing assets were $4.0 million or 0.32% of total assets at March 31, 2020, compared to $2.9 million or 0.25% of total assets at March 31, 2019. Non-performing assets include $3.6 million in commercial and residential mortgage loans and $412,000 in other loans at March 31, 2020, compared to $2.7 million in commercial and residential mortgage loans, $89,000 in other loans and $27,000 in other real estate owned at March 31, 2019.

The allowance for loan losses at March 31, 2020 was $8.1 million or 0.92% of total loans, compared to $6.6 million or 0.80% of total loans at March 31, 2019. Management believes the current level of the allowance for loan losses is adequate; however, there is no assurance that additional adjustments to the allowance will not be required because of changes in economic conditions, regulatory requirements or other factors.

Deposits were $984.0 million at March 31, 2020, compared to $908.1 million at March 31, 2019. Core deposits, which include noninterest-bearing demand deposits, NOW, MMDA, savings and non-brokered certificates of deposit of denominations less than $250,000, were $961.2 million at March 31, 2020, compared to $887.6 million at March 31, 2019. Certificates of deposit in amounts of $250,000 or more totaled $22.7 million at March 31, 2020, compared to $20.4 million at March 31, 2019.

Securities sold under agreements to repurchase were $28.5 million at March 31, 2020, compared to $41.2 million at March 31, 2019. The decrease in securities sold under agreements to repurchase is primarily due to approximately $21.0 million transferred from securities sold under agreements to repurchase to MMDA during the third quarter of 2019.

Borrowings from the Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta ("FHLB") totaled $70.0 million at March 31, 2020, compared to zero at March 31, 2019. The increase in FHLB borrowings reflects a new $70.0 million FHLB advance executed in February 2020 to take advantage of a ten-year convertible advance program available from the FHLB at a rate of 0.58%.

Junior subordinated debentures were $15.5 million at March 31, 2020, compared to $20.6 million at March 31, 2019. The decrease in junior subordinated debentures is the result of a $5.0 million redemption of the Company's outstanding trust preferred securities during the fourth quarter of 2019.

Shareholders' equity was $133.9 million, or 10.75% of total assets, at March 31, 2020, compared to $126.6 million, or 11.39% of total assets, at March 31, 2019. The Company repurchased 126,800 shares of its common stock during the three months ended March 31, 2020 under the Company's stock repurchase program, which was funded in January 2020.

Peoples Bank currently operates 19 banking offices entirely in North Carolina, with offices in Catawba, Alexander, Lincoln, Mecklenburg, Iredell and Wake Counties. Peoples Bank also operates loan production offices in Lincoln, Mecklenburg and Durham Counties. The Company's common stock is publicly traded and is quoted on the Nasdaq Global Market under the symbol "PEBK."

Statements made in this press release, other than those concerning historical information, should be considered forward-looking statements pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and the Private Securities Litigation Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties and are based on the beliefs and assumptions of management and on the information available to management at the time that this release was prepared. These statements can be identified by the use of words like "expect," "anticipate," "estimate," and "believe," variations of these words and other similar expressions. Readers should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements as a number of important factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause actual results to differ include, but are not limited to, (1) competition in the markets served by Peoples Bank, (2) changes in the interest rate environment, (3) general national, regional or local economic conditions may be less favorable than expected, resulting in, among other things, a deterioration in credit quality and the possible impairment of collectibility of loans, (4) legislative or regulatory changes, including changes in accounting standards, (5) significant changes in the federal and state legal and regulatory environment and tax laws, (6) the impact of changes in monetary and fiscal policies, laws, rules and regulations and (7) other risks and factors identified in the Company's other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including but not limited to those described in the Company's annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2020.

Contact:

Lance A. Sellers
President and Chief Executive Officer

A. Joseph Lampron, Jr.
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

828-464-5620, Fax 828-465-6780

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
March 31, 2020, December 31, 2019 and March 31, 2019
(Dollars in thousands)

                   
 
  March 31, 2020     December 31, 2019     March 31, 2019  
 
  (Unaudited)     (Audited)     (Unaudited)  
ASSETS:
                 
Cash and due from banks
  46,164     48,337     35,318  
Interest-bearing deposits
    20,705       720       15,896  
Federal funds sold
    36,650       3,330       -  
Cash and cash equivalents
    103,519       52,387       51,214  
 
                       
Investment securities available for sale
    201,514       195,746       184,428  
Other investments
    7,229       4,231       4,329  
Total securities
    208,743       199,977       188,757  
 
                       
Mortgage loans held for sale
    6,149       4,417       361  
 
                       
Loans
    880,564       849,874       823,557  
Less: Allowance for loan losses
    (8,112)       (6,680 )     (6,561)  
Net loans
    872,452       843,194       816,996  
 
                       
Premises and equipment, net
    18,370       18,604       18,247  
Cash surrender value of life insurance
    16,414       16,319       16,031  
Accrued interest receivable and other assets
    19,180       19,984       19,542  
Total assets
  1,244,827     1,154,882     1,111,148  
 
                       
 
                       
LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY:
                       
Deposits:
                       
Noninterest-bearing demand
  349,513     338,004     310,053  
NOW, MMDA & savings
    535,366       516,757       493,773  
Time, $250,000 or more
    22,725       34,269       20,362  
Other time
    76,354       77,487       83,926  
Total deposits
    983,958       966,517       908,114  
 
                       
Securities sold under agreements to repurchase
    28,535       24,221       41,231  
FHLB borrowings
    70,000       -       -  
Junior subordinated debentures
    15,464       15,619       20,619  
Accrued interest payable and other liabilities
    13,014       14,405       14,600  
Total liabilities
    1,110,971       1,020,762       984,564  
 
                       
Shareholders' equity:
                       
Series A preferred stock, $1,000 stated value; authorized
                       
5,000,000 shares; no shares issued and outstanding
    -       -       -  
Common stock, no par value; authorized
                       
20,000,000 shares; issued and outstanding
                       
5,787,504 shares 3/31/20,
                       
5,912,300 shares 12/31/19, 5,997,136 shares 3/31/19
    56,871       59,813       62,151  
Retained earnings
    71,251       70,663       62,757  
Accumulated other comprehensive income
    5,734       3,644       1,676  
Total shareholders' equity
    133,856       134,120       126,584  
 
                       
Total liabilities and shareholders' equity
  1,244,827     1,154,882     1,111,148  
                         

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME
For the three months ended March 31, 2020 and 2019
(Dollars in thousands, except per share amounts)

       
 
  Three months ended  
 
  March 31,  
 
  2020     2019  
 
  (Unaudited)     (Unaudited)  
INTEREST INCOME:
           
Interest and fees on loans
  $ 10,680     $ 10,619  
Interest on due from banks
    43       14  
Interest on federal funds sold
    123       -  
Interest on investment securities:
               
U.S. Government sponsored enterprises
    685       673  
State and political subdivisions
    641       834  

Other
    78       43  
Total interest income
    12,250       12,183  
 
               
INTEREST EXPENSE:
               
NOW, MMDA & savings deposits
    525       282  
Time deposits
    277       151  
FHLB borrowings
    64       46  
Junior subordinated debentures
    130       226  
Other
    45       52  
Total interest expense
    1,041       757  
 
               
NET INTEREST INCOME
    11,209       11,426  
PROVISION FOR LOAN LOSSES
    1,521       178  
NET INTEREST INCOME AFTER
               
PROVISION FOR LOAN LOSSES
    9,688       11,248  
 
               
NON-INTEREST INCOME:
               
Service charges
    1,108       1,093  
Other service charges and fees
    193       169  
Gain on sale of securities
    -       231  
Mortgage banking income
    322       147  
Insurance and brokerage commissions
    242       231  
Appraisal management fee income
    1,350       862  
Miscellaneous
    1,380       1,387  
Total non-interest income
    4,595       4,120  
 
               
NON-INTEREST EXPENSES:
               
Salaries and employee benefits
    5,724       5,647  
Occupancy
    1,921       1,737  
Appraisal management fee expense
    1,034       662  
Other
    2,770       2,870  
Total non-interest expense
    11,449       10,916  
 
               
EARNINGS BEFORE INCOME TAXES
    2,834       4,452  
INCOME TAXES
    467       785  
 
               
NET EARNINGS
  $ 2,367     $ 3,667  
 
               
PER SHARE AMOUNTS
               
Basic net earnings
  $ 0.40     $ 0.61  
Diluted net earnings
  $ 0.40     $ 0.61  
Cash dividends
  $ 0.30     $ 0.24  
Book value
  $ 23.13     $ 21.11  
                 

FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS
For the three months ended March 31, 2020 and 2019
(Dollars in thousands)

       
 
  Three months ended  
 
  March 31,  
 
  2020     2019  
 
  (Unaudited)     (Unaudited)  
SELECTED AVERAGE BALANCES:
           
Available for sale securities
  $ 188,870     $ 189,790  
Loans
    861,634       815,203  
Earning assets
    1,103,948       1,013,310  
Assets
    1,196,938       1,091,822  
Deposits
    973,285       895,708  
Shareholders' equity
    134,186       125,349  
 
               
SELECTED KEY DATA:
               
Net interest margin (tax equivalent)
    4.14 %     4.66 %
Return on average assets
    0.80 %     1.36 %
Return on average shareholders' equity
    7.09 %     11.86 %
Shareholders' equity to total assets (period end)
    10.75 %     11.39 %
 
               
ALLOWANCE FOR LOAN LOSSES:
               
Balance, beginning of period
  $ 6,680     $ 6,445  
Provision for loan losses
    1,521       178  
Charge-offs
    (210)       (164 )
Recoveries
    121       102  
Balance, end of period
  $ 8,112     $ 6,561  
 
               
ASSET QUALITY:
               
Non-accrual loans
  $ 3,966     $ 2,802  
90 days past due and still accruing
    34       -  
Other real estate owned
    -       27  
Total non-performing assets
  $ 4,000     $ 2,829  
Non-performing assets to total assets
    0.32 %     0.25 %
Loans modifications related to COVID-19
  $ 57,366     $ -  
Allowance for loan losses to non-performing assets
    202.80 %     231.92 %
Allowance for loan losses to total loans
    0.92 %     0.80 %
                 

 

LOAN RISK GRADE ANALYSIS:
           
 
  Percentage of Loans  
 
  By Risk Grade  
 
  3/31/2020     3/31/2019  
Risk Grade 1 (excellent quality)
    0.52 %       0.70
Risk Grade 2 (high quality)
    23.89     24.99 %
Risk Grade 3 (good quality)
    63.29     61.41 %
Risk Grade 4 (management attention)
    10.06 %     10.57 %
Risk Grade 5 (watch)
    1.41 %     1.56 %
Risk Grade 6 (substandard)
    0.83 %     0.78 %
Risk Grade 7 (doubtful)
    0.00 %     0.00
Risk Grade 8 (loss)
    0.00 %     0.00

At March 31, 2020, including non-accrual loans, there were two relationships exceeding $1.0 million in the Watch risk grade (which totaled $3.1 million).  There were no relationships exceeding $1.0 million in the Substandard risk grade.

SOURCE: Peoples Bancorp of North Carolina, Inc.

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