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NEWTON, NC / ACCESSWIRE / July 19, 2021 / Peoples Bancorp of North Carolina, Inc. (NASDAQ:PEBK), the parent company of Peoples Bank, reported second quarter earnings results with highlights as follows:

Second quarter highlights:

  • Net earnings were $4.6 million or $0.82 basic net earnings per share and $0.80 diluted net earnings per share for the three months ended June 30, 2021, as compared to $2.6 million or $0.46 basic net earnings per share and $0.44 diluted net earnings per share for the same period one year ago.
  • The Bank originated 72 Small Business Administration (SBA) Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans, totaling $3.3 million, during the three months ended June 30, 2021. The Bank recognized $1.5 million in PPP loan fee income during the three months ended June 30, 2021.

Year to date highlights:

  • Net earnings were $8.7 million or $1.55 basic net earnings per share and $1.51 diluted net earnings per share for the six months ended June 30, 2021, as compared to $4.9 million or $0.87 basic net earnings per share and $0.84 diluted net earnings per share for the same period one year ago.
  • The Bank originated 419 SBA PPP loans, totaling $29.1 million, during the six months ended June 30, 2021. The Bank recognized $2.5 million in PPP loan fee income during the six months ended June 30, 2021.
  • Core deposits were $1.4 billion or 98.09% of total deposits at June 30, 2021, compared to $1.1 billion or 97.88% of total deposits at June 30, 2020.

Lance A. Sellers, President and Chief Executive Officer, attributed the increase in second quarter net earnings to an increase in net interest income, a decrease in the provision for loan losses and an increase in non-interest income, which were partially offset by an increase in non-interest expense during the three months ended June 30, 2021, compared to the three months ended June 30, 2020, as discussed below.

Net interest income was $11.7 million for the three months ended June 30, 2021, compared to $10.7 million for the three months ended June 30, 2020. The increase in net interest income was due to a $879,000 increase in interest income and a $70,000 decrease in interest expense. The increase in interest income was primarily due to a $823,000 increase in interest income and fees on loans, which was primarily due to a $1.5 million increase in fee income on SBA PPP loans. The decrease in interest expense was primarily due to a decrease in Federal Home Loan Bank ("FHLB") borrowings. Net interest income after the provision for loan losses was $11.9 million for the three months ended June 30, 2021, compared to $9.3 million for the three months ended June 30, 2020. The provision for loan losses for the three months ended June 30, 2021 was a credit of $226,000, compared to an expense of $1.4 million for the three months ended June 30, 2020. The decrease in the provision for loan losses is primarily attributable to a decrease in reserves on loans with payment modifications made as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and a decrease in reserves due to a net decrease in the volume of loans in the general reserve pool. At June 30, 2021, the balance of loans with existing modifications as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic was $283,000. At December 31, 2020, the balance of loans with existing modifications as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic was $18.3 million. The Company continues to track all loans that are currently modified or have been modified as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The loan balances associated with COVID-19 pandemic related modifications have been grouped into their own pool within the Company's Allowance for Loan and Lease Losses ("ALLL") model as they have a higher likelihood of risk, and a higher reserve rate has been applied to that pool. Of all loans modified as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, $108.2 million have returned to their original terms; however, the effects of stimulus in the current environment are still unknown, and additional losses may be present in loans that are currently modified and/or loans that were once modified. At December 31, 2020, the balance for all loans that were then currently modified or previously modified but returned to their original terms was $119.6 million. The $11.4 million decrease from December 31, 2020 to June 30, 2021 in the balance of currently or previously modified loans that had returned to their original terms is primarily due to loans paid off during the six months ended June 30, 2021.

Non-interest income was $6.0 million for the three months ended June 30, 2021, compared to $5.2 million for the three months ended June 30, 2020. The increase in non-interest income is primarily attributable to a $593,000 increase in miscellaneous non-interest income primarily due to an increase in debit card income resulting from increased debit card activity and an increase in income on Small Business Investment Company ("SBIC") investments, and a $271,000 increase in appraisal management fee income due to an increase in the volume of appraisals.

Non-interest expense was $12.1 million for the three months ended June 30, 2021, compared to $11.5 million for the three months ended June 30, 2020. The increase in non-interest expense was primarily attributable to a $301,000 increase in appraisal management fee expense due to an increase in the volume of appraisals and a $170,000 increase in other non-interest expenses.

Year-to-date net earnings as of June 30, 2021 were $8.7 million or $1.55 basic net earnings per share and $1.51 diluted net earnings per share for the six months ended June 30, 2021, as compared to $4.9 million or $0.87 basic net earnings per share and $0.84 diluted net earnings per share for the same period one year ago. The increase in year-to-date net earnings is primarily attributable to an increase in net interest income, a decrease in the provision for loan losses and an increase in non-interest income, which were partially offset by an increase in non-interest expense during the six months ended June 30, 2021, compared to the six months ended June 30, 2020, as discussed below.

Year-to-date net interest income as of June 30, 2021 was $22.8 million, compared to $21.9 million for the same period one year ago. The increase in net interest income was due to a $551,000 increase in interest income and a $296,000 decrease in interest expense. The increase in interest income was primarily due to a $807,000 increase in interest income and fees on loans, which was primarily due to a $2.5 million increase in fee income on SBA PPP loans. The decrease in interest expense was primarily due to a decrease in rates paid on interest-bearing liabilities and a decrease in FHLB borrowings. Net interest income after the provision for loan losses was $23.5 million for the six months ended June 30, 2021, compared to $19.0 million for the same period one year ago. The provision for loan losses for the six months ended June 30, 2021 was a credit of $681,000, compared to an expense of $2.9 million for the six months ended June 30, 2020. The decrease in the provision for loan losses is primarily attributable to a decrease in reserves on loans with payment modifications made as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and a decrease in reserves due to a net decrease in the volume of loans in the general reserve pool.

Non-interest income was $11.9 million for the six months ended June 30, 2021, compared to $9.8 million for the six months ended June 30, 2020. The increase in non-interest income is primarily attributable to a $708,000 increase in mortgage banking income due to an increase in mortgage loan volume, a $737,000 increase in appraisal management fee income due to an increase in the volume of appraisals and a $1.0 million increase in miscellaneous non-interest income primarily due to an increase in debit card income resulting from increased debit card activity and an increase in income on SBIC investments.

Non-interest expense was $24.4 million for the six months ended June 30, 2021, compared to $22.9 million for the six months ended June 30, 2020. The increase in non-interest expense was primarily attributable to a $723,000 increase in appraisal management fee expense due to an increase in the volume of appraisals and a $590,000 increase in salaries and employee benefits expense primarily due to increases in insurance costs and incentive compensation.

Income tax expense was $1.2 million for the three months ended June 30, 2021, compared to $535,000 for the three months ended June 30, 2020. The effective tax rate was 20.55% for the three months ended June 30, 2021, compared to 17.28% for the three months ended June 30, 2020. Income tax expense was $2.2 million for the six months ended June 30, 2021, compared to $1.0 million for the six months ended June 30, 2020. The effective tax rate was 20.41% for the six months ended June 30, 2021, compared to 16.90% for the six months ended June 30, 2020.

Total assets were $1.6 billion as of June 30, 2021, compared to $1.4 billion at December 31, 2020. Available for sale securities were $367.5 million as of June 30, 2021, compared to $245.2 million as of December 31, 2020. Total loans were $888.4 million as of June 30, 2021, compared to $948.6 million as of December 31, 2020. The decrease in loans is primarily due to a $38.3 million decrease in PPP loans primarily due to PPP loans being forgiven by the SBA during the six months ended June 30, 2021 and a $33.7 million decrease in commercial loans due to loan payoffs during the six months ended June 30, 2021. The Company had $37.5 million and $75.8 million in PPP loans at June 30, 2021 and December 31, 2020, respectively.

Non-performing assets were $3.4 million or 0.21% of total assets at June 30, 2021, compared to $3.9 million or 0.27% of total assets at December 31, 2020. Non-performing assets include $3.3 million in commercial and residential mortgage loans and $67,000 in other loans at June 30, 2021, compared to $3.5 million in commercial and residential mortgage loans, $226,000 in other loans, and $128,000 in other real estate owned at December 31, 2020.

The allowance for loan losses at June 30, 2021 was $9.3 million or 1.05% of total loans, compared to $9.9 million or 1.04% of total loans at December 31, 2020. 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 $1.4 billion at June 30, 2021, compared to $1.2 billion at December 31, 2020. Core deposits, which include noninterest-bearing demand deposits, NOW, MMDA, savings and non-brokered certificates of deposit of denominations less than $250,000, were $1.4 billion at June 30, 2021, compared to $1.2 billion at December 31, 2020. Certificates of deposit in amounts of $250,000 or more totaled $26.6 million at June 30, 2021, compared to $25.8 million at December 31, 2020.

Securities sold under agreements to repurchase were $31.2 million at June 30, 2021, compared to $26.2 million at December 31, 2020. Junior subordinated debentures were $15.5 million at June 30, 2021 and December 31, 2020. Shareholders' equity was $145.4 million, or 9.09% of total assets, at June 30, 2021, compared to $139.9 million, or 9.89% of total assets, at December 31, 2020.

Peoples Bank currently operates 17 banking offices entirely in North Carolina, with offices in Catawba, Alexander, Lincoln, Mecklenburg, Iredell and Wake Counties. The Bank also operates loan production offices in Lincoln, Mecklenburg and Rowan 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

Jeffrey N. Hooper
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
828-464-5620, Fax 828-465-6780

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
June 30, 2021, December 31, 2020 and June 30, 2020
(Dollars in thousands)

          
  June 30,
2021
  December 31,
2020
  June 30,
2020
 
  (Unaudited)  (Audited)  (Unaudited) 
ASSETS:
         
Cash and due from banks
 $47,151  $42,737  $48,990 
Interest-bearing deposits
  240,158   118,843   15,694 
Federal funds sold
  -   -   124,955 
Cash and cash equivalents
  287,309   161,580   189,639 
             
Investment securities available for sale
  367,529   245,249   207,469 
Other investments
  3,758   4,155   7,196 
Total securities
  371,287   249,404   214,665 
             
Mortgage loans held for sale
  5,501   9,139   10,594 
             
Loans
  888,360   948,639   966,543 
Less: Allowance for loan losses
  (9,287)  (9,908)  (9,433)
Net loans
  879,073   938,731   957,110 
             
Premises and equipment, net
  17,217   18,600   18,480 
Cash surrender value of life insurance
  17,164   16,968   16,507 
Accrued interest receivable and other assets
  22,022   21,753   19,994 
Total assets
 $1,599,573  $1,416,175  $1,426,989 
             
             
LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY:
            
Deposits:
            
Noninterest-bearing demand
 $512,577  $456,980  $457,637 
Interest-bearing demand, MMDA & savings
  775,009   657,834   594,948 
Time, $250,000 or more
  26,631   25,771   24,477 
Other time
  77,837   80,501   77,267 
Total deposits
  1,392,054   1,221,086   1,154,329 

 
            
Securities sold under agreements to repurchase
  31,249   26,201   31,747 
FHLB borrowings
  -   -   70,000 
Junior subordinated debentures
  15,464   15,464   15,464 
Accrued interest payable and other liabilities
  15,432   13,525   18,408 
Total liabilities
  1,454,199   1,276,276   1,289,948 
             
Shareholders' equity:
            
Preferred stock, no par value; authorized
            
5,000,000 shares; no shares issued and outstanding
  -   -   - 
Common stock, no par value; authorized
            
20,000,000 shares; issued and outstanding
            
5,789,166 shares at 6/30/21,
            
5,787,504 shares at 12/31/20 and 6/30/20
  56,910   56,871   56,871 
Common stock held by deferred compensation trust,
            
at cost; 158,985 shares at 6/30/21, 155,469 shares
            
at 12/31/20 and 150,309 shares at 6/30/20
  (1,901)  (1,796)  (1,700)
Deferred compensation
  1,901   1,796   1,700 
Retained earnings
  84,504   77,628   72,942 
Accumulated other comprehensive income
  3,960   5,400   7,228 
Total shareholders' equity
  145,374   139,899   137,041 
             
Total liabilities and shareholders' equity
 $1,599,573  $1,416,175  $1,426,989 
             

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME
For the three and six months ended June 30, 2021 and 2020
(Dollars in thousands, except per share amounts)

       
  Three months ended  Six months ended 
  June 30,  June 30, 
  2021  2020  2021  2020 
  (Unaudited)  (Unaudited)  (Unaudited)  (Unaudited) 
INTEREST INCOME:
            
Interest and fees on loans
 $11,003  $10,180  $21,667  $20,860 
Interest on due from banks
  48   41   83   84 
Interest on federal funds sold
  -   22   -   145 
Interest on investment securities:
                
U.S. Government sponsored enterprises
  682   651   1,220   1,336 
State and political subdivisions
  758   684   1,397   1,325 
Other
  26   60   72   138 
Total interest income
  12,517   11,638   24,439   23,888 
                 
INTEREST EXPENSE:
                
Interest-bearing demand, MMDA & savings deposits
  543   448   1,040   973 
Time deposits
  191   224   403   501 
FHLB borrowings
  -   102   -   166 
Junior subordinated debentures
  71   90   142   220 
Other
  37   48   72   93 
Total interest expense
  842   912   1,657   1,953 
                 
NET INTEREST INCOME
  11,675   10,726   22,782   21,935 
PROVISION FOR (RECOVERY OF) LOAN LOSSES
  (226)  1,417   (681)  2,938 
NET INTEREST INCOME AFTER
                
PROVISION FOR LOAN LOSSES
  11,901   9,309   23,463   18,997 

 
                
NON-INTEREST INCOME:
                
Service charges
  910   718   1,836   1,826 
Other service charges and fees
  171   162   383   355 
Mortgage banking income
  723   563   1,593   885 
Insurance and brokerage commissions
  238   205   498   447 
Appraisal management fee income
  2,005   1,734   3,821   3,084 
Miscellaneous
  1,993   1,400   3,782   2,780 
Total non-interest income
  6,040   5,239   11,913   9,834 
                 
NON-INTEREST EXPENSES:
                
Salaries and employee benefits
  5,666   5,535   11,849   11,259 
Occupancy
  1,939   1,861   3,892   3,782 
Appraisal management fee expense
  1,634   1,333   3,090   2,367 
Other
  2,893   2,723   5,569   5,493 
Total non-interest expense
  12,132   11,452   24,400   22,901 
                 
EARNINGS BEFORE INCOME TAXES
  5,809   3,096   10,976   5,930 
INCOME TAXES
  1,194   535   2,240   1,002 

 
                
NET EARNINGS
 $4,615  $2,561  $8,736  $4,928 

 
                
PER SHARE AMOUNTS
                
Basic net earnings
 $0.82  $0.46  $1.55  $0.87 
Diluted net earnings
 $0.80  $0.44  $1.51  $0.84 
Cash dividends
 $0.16  $0.15  $0.32  $0.45 
Book value
 $25.82  $24.82  $25.82  $24.82 
                 

FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS
For the three and six months ended June 30, 2021 and 2020, and the year ended December 31, 2020
(Dollars in thousands)


 
 Three months ended  Six months ended  Year ended 

 
 June 30,  June 30,  December 31, 

 
 2021  2020  2021  2020  2020 

 
 (Unaudited)  (Unaudited)  (Unaudited)  (Unaudited)  (Audited) 
SELECTED AVERAGE BALANCES:
 
 
  
 
  
 
  
 
  
 
 
Available for sale securities
 346,889  195,101  305,127  191,986  200,821 
Loans
  916,393   947,344   931,714   904,489   935,970 
Earning assets
  1,477,256   1,258,583   1,425,990   1,181,237   1,271,764 
Assets
  1,563,570   1,360,408   1,510,789   1,278,673   1,365,642 
Deposits
  1,370,159   1,104,394   1,319,755   1,038,839   1,115,019 
Shareholders' equity
  141,167   134,803   142,566   135,775   141,287 

 
                    
SELECTED KEY DATA:
                    
Net interest margin (tax equivalent)
  3.20%  3.48%  3.26%  3.79%  3.52%
Return on average assets
  1.18%  0.76%  1.17%  0.78%  0.83%
Return on average shareholders' equity
  13.11%  7.64%  12.36%  7.30%  8.04%
Average shareholders' equity to total average assets
  9.03%  9.91%  9.44%  9.91%  9.89%

 
                    
ALLOWANCE FOR LOAN LOSSES:
                    
Balance, beginning of period
 9,532  8,112  9,908  6,680  6,680 
Provision for (Recovery of) loan losses
  (226)  1,417   (681)  2,938   4,259 
Charge-offs
  (151)  (168)  (236)  (378)  (1,414)
Recoveries
  132   72   296   193   383 
Balance, end of period
 9,287  9,433  9,287  9,433  9,908 
                     
          
  June 30,
2021
  June 30,
2020
  December 31,
2020
 
  (Unaudited)  (Unaudited)  (Audited) 
ASSET QUALITY:
         
Non-accrual loans
 $3,378  $3,999  $3,758 
90 days past due and still accruing
  -   -   - 
Other real estate owned
  -   -   128 
Total non-performing assets
 $3,378  $3,999  $3,886 
Non-performing assets to total assets
  0.21%  0.28%  0.27%
Loans modifications related to COVID-19
 $283  $120,569  $18,246 
Allowance for loan losses to non-performing assets
  274.93%  235.88%  254.97%
Allowance for loan losses to total loans
  1.05%  0.98%  1.04%
Allowance for loan losses to total loans, excluding PPP loans
  1.09%  1.09%  1.14%
LOAN RISK GRADE ANALYSIS:
         
Percentage of loans by risk grade
         
          
Risk Grade 1 (excellent quality)
  0.63%  1.58%  1.18%
Risk Grade 2 (high quality)
  19.16%  21.64%  20.45%
Risk Grade 3 (good quality)
  68.78%  65.35%  65.70%
Risk Grade 4 (management attention)
  8.68%  9.39%  9.75%
Risk Grade 5 (watch)
  1.97%  1.26%  2.20%
Risk Grade 6 (substandard)
  0.78%  0.78%  0.72%
Risk Grade 7 (doubtful)
  0.00%  0.00%  0.00%
Risk Grade 8 (loss)
  0.00%  0.00%  0.00%

At June 30, 2021, including non-accrual loans, there were three relationships exceeding $1.0 million in the Watch risk grade (which totaled $8.3 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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