Williamsport, PA — April 23, 2020 - Penns Woods Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ: PWOD)
Penns Woods Bancorp, Inc. achieved net income of $3.1 million for the three months ended March 31, 2020, resulting in basic and diluted earnings per share of $0.44 and $0.43, respectively.
- Net income, as reported under GAAP, for the three months ended March 31, 2020 was $3.1 million, compared to $3.9 million for the same period of 2019.Results for the three months ended March 31, 2020 compared to 2019 were impacted by an decrease in after-tax securities gains of $30,000 (from a gain of $52,000 to a gain of $22,000) for the three month period.
- The provision for loan losses increased $390,000 to $750,000 for the three months ended March 31, 2020 compared to $360,000 for the 2019 period. The increase is the result of the economic uncertainty caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Basic and diluted earnings per share for the three months ended March 31, 2020 were $0.44 and $0.43, respectively, compared to basic and diluted earnings per share of $0.56 for the three months ended March 31, 2019.
- Return on average assets was 0.74% for the three months ended March 31, 2020, compared to 0.95% for the corresponding period of 2019.
- Return on average equity was 7.83% for the three months ended March 31, 2020, compared to 10.93% for the corresponding period of 2019.
- Approximately one third of employees working remotely.
- Loan modification/deferral program in place to defer payments up to 90 days for principal and/or interest with approximately 500 loans affected by this program.
- All COVID-19 related loan deferrals meet the requirements to not be considered a troubled debt restructuring.
- Participated in the Paycheck Protection Program by primarily utilizing third parties to service and place the loans.
- Significantly reduced deposit rates during the latter half of March 2020.
- Increased the provision for loan losses due to the economic uncertainty caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Net interest margin compression expected to continue as the rate environment remains below historical levels.
Net income from core operations (“core earnings”), which is a non-generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) measure of net income excluding net securities gains or losses, was $3.1 million for the three months ended March 31, 2020 compared to $3.9 million for the same period of 2019. Core earnings per share for the three months ended March 31, 2020 were $0.44 basic and $0.43 diluted, compared to $0.55 basic and diluted core earnings per share for the same period of 2019. Core return on average assets and core return on average equity were 0.73% and 7.77% for the three months ended March 31, 2020, compared to 0.94% and 10.79% for the corresponding period of 2019. A reconciliation of the non-GAAP financial measures of core earnings, core return on assets, core return on equity, and core earnings per share described in this press release to the comparable GAAP financial measures is included at the end of this press release.
Net Interest Margin
The net interest margin for the three months ended March 31, 2020 was 3.19%, compared to 3.37% for the corresponding period of 2019. The decrease in the net interest margin was driven by an increase in the rate paid on interest-bearing liabilities of 12 basis points ("bps") for the three month periods. The increase was driven by an increase in the rate paid on time deposits as time deposits were utilized as an attraction tool and to manage the duration of the interest-bearing liabilities portfolio. Net interest margin was further compressed due to a decrease in yield of 12 bps on interest earning assets. The average balance of the investment portfolio increased by $13.8 million for the three month periods, while the yield on the portfolio decreased by 55 bps.
Total assets decreased $16.2 million to $1.7 billion at March 31, 2020 compared to March 31, 2019. Net loans decreased $33.8 million to $1.3 billion at March 31, 2020 compared to March 31, 2019, as an increase in the indirect auto lending portfolio was offset by decreases in the municipal and commercial loan portfolios. The investment portfolio increased $13.2 million from March 31, 2019 to March 31, 2020 due to increases in the corporate and taxable municipal portfolios.
The ratio of non-performing loans to total loans ratio decreased to 0.84% at March 31, 2020 from 1.14% at March 31, 2019 as non-performing loans have decreased to $11.3 million at March 31, 2020 from $15.8 million at March 31, 2019 primarily due to a commercial loan relationship that was partially charged-off during the fourth quarter of 2019. The majority of non-performing loans involve loans that are either in a secured position and have sureties with a strong underlying financial position or have a specific allocation for any impairment recorded within the allowance for loan losses. Net loan charge-offs of $144,000 for the three months ended March 31, 2020 impacted the allowance for loan losses, which was 0.93% of total loans at March 31, 2020 compared to 1.00% at March 31, 2019.
Deposits increased $17.7 million to $1.3 billion at March 31, 2020 compared to March 31, 2019. Noninterest-bearing deposits increased $11.1 million to $332.8 million at March 31, 2020 compared to March 31, 2019. Driving deposit growth is our commitment to easy-to-use products, community involvement, and emphasis on customer service. Deposit gathering efforts have centered on core deposits as building customer relationships remains the focus. The time deposit portfolio has increased as time deposits have been used as a customer attraction tool.
Shareholders’ equity increased $9.5 million to $156.6 million at March 31, 2020 compared to March 31, 2019. The change in accumulated other comprehensive loss from $5.0 million at March 31, 2019 to $2.2 million at March 31, 2020 is a result of an increase in unrealized gains on available for sale securities (from an unrealized gain of $197,000 at March 31, 2019 to an unrealized gain of $3.0 million at March 31, 2020). The amount of accumulated other comprehensive loss at March 31, 2020 was also impacted by the change in net excess of the projected benefit obligation over the fair value of the plan assets of the defined benefit pension plan, resulting in a decrease in the net loss of $40,000. The current level of shareholders’ equity equates to a book value per share of $22.23 at March 31, 2020 compared to $20.89 at March 31, 2019, and an equity to asset ratio of 9.27% at March 31, 2020 compared to 8.62% at March 31, 2019. Dividends declared for the three months ended March 31, 2020 and 2019 were $0.32 per share and $0.31 per share, respectively.
Penns Woods Bancorp, Inc. is the parent company of Jersey Shore State Bank, which operates seventeen branch offices providing financial services in Lycoming, Clinton, Centre, Montour, and Union Counties, and Luzerne Bank, which operates nine branch offices providing financial services in Luzerne County. Investment and insurance products are offered through Jersey Shore State Bank’s subsidiary, The M Group, Inc. D/B/A The Comprehensive Financial Group. Insurance products are offered through United Insurance Solutions, LLC, a joint venture that is a subsidiary of the holding company.
NOTE: This press release contains financial information determined by methods other than in accordance with U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (“GAAP”). Management uses the non-GAAP measure of net income from core operations in its analysis of the company’s performance. This measure, as used by the Company, adjusts net income determined in accordance with GAAP to exclude the effects of special items, including significant gains or losses that are unusual in nature such as net securities gains and losses. Because these certain items and their impact on the Company’s performance are difficult to predict, management believes presentation of financial measures excluding the impact of such items provides useful supplemental information in evaluating the operating results of the Company’s core businesses. These disclosures should not be viewed as a substitute for net income determined in accordance with GAAP, nor are they necessarily comparable to non-GAAP performance measures that may be presented by other companies.
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