Williamsport, PA — April 21, 2021 - Penns Woods Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ: PWOD)
Penns Woods Bancorp, Inc. achieved net income of $3.4 million for the three months ended March 31, 2021, resulting in basic and diluted earnings per share of $0.49.
- Net income, as reported under GAAP, for the three months ended March 31, 2021 was $3.4 million compared to $3.1 million for the same period of 2020. Results for the three months ended March 31, 2021 compared to 2020 were impacted by an increase in after-tax securities gains of $72,000 (from a gain of $22,000 to a gain of $94,000) for the three month period.
- Gain on sale of loans increased $464,000 for the three months ended March 31, 2021, to $908,000, compared to $444,000 for the 2020 period.The increase is the result of a significant increase in the number of consumers who are refinancing their mortgage due to the current low interest rate environment.
- The provision for loan losses decreased $235,000 for the three months ended March 31, 2021, to $515,000, compared to $750,000 for the 2020 period. The provision for loan losses was elevated in 2020 due primarily to the uncertainty caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Basic and diluted earnings per share for the three months ended March 31, 2021 was $0.49. Basic earnings per share for the three months ended March 31, 2020 was $0.44 with diluted earnings per share of $0.43.
- Return on average assets was 0.75% for the three months ended March 31, 2021, compared to 0.74% for the corresponding period of 2020.
- Return on average equity was 8.59% for the three months ended March 31, 2021, compared to 7.83% for the corresponding period of 2020.
- Approximately one third of employees working remotely.
- As of March 31, 2021, loan modification/deferral program in place to defer payments up to 180 days for principal and/or interest with only $12.3 million in loan principal remaining in deferral.
- All COVID-19 related loan deferrals meet the requirements to not be considered a troubled debt restructuring.
- Participated in the Paycheck Protection Program ("PPP") by primarily utilizing third parties to service and place the loans.
- Significantly reduced deposit rates during the latter half of March 2020 continuing through December 2020.
- Total paycheck protection program loans originated to be held on balance sheet at March 31, 2021 total $19.8 million.
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 $3.3 million for the three months ended March 31, 2021 compared to $3.1 million for the same period of 2020. Core earnings per share for the three months ended March 31, 2021 were $0.47 basic and diluted, compared to $0.44 basic and $0.43 diluted core earnings per share for the same period of 2020. Core return on average assets and core return on average equity were 0.73% and 8.35% for the three months ended March 31, 2021, compared to 0.73% and 7.77% for the corresponding period of 2020. 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, 2021 was 2.88%, compared to and 3.19% for the corresponding period of 2020. The decrease in the net interest margin was driven by a decrease in the yield of the loan portfolio of 31 basis points ("bps"), while the investment portfolio yield declined 77 bps, respectively, during the current low interest rate environment. Further compressing the net interest margin was the significant increase of interest-bearing deposits. These deposits carry a current yield of a few basis points as commercial customers have received PPP funding and retail customers have received stimulus funding. Rates paid on interest-bearing deposit liabilities decreased 60 bps as rates paid were decreased significantly during 2020 due to the economic impact of COVID-19 prolonging the low interest rate environment. These deposit rate decreases have partially offset the decline in earning asset yield.
Total assets increased $207.7 million to $1.9 billion at March 31, 2021 compared to March 31, 2020. Cash and cash equivalents increased significantly due to deposit growth resulting from the various economic recovery programs instituted at the state and federal levels that impacted both commercial and retail customers, coupled with customers becoming more risk adverse and seeking safety in a bank deposit. Net loans decreased $15.2 million to $1.3 billion at March 31, 2021 compared to March 31, 2020, as the COVID-19 business and travel restrictions curtailed various lending activities such as indirect auto, home equity, and commercial. Lending activity began to rebound as business and travel restrictions were lessened during the second half of 2020 and continues to rebound in 2021. The investment portfolio increased $11.8 million from March 31, 2020 to March 31, 2021 as a portion of the excess cash liquidity was invested into short-term municipal bonds.
The ratio of non-performing loans to total loans ratio decreased to 0.69% at March 31, 2021 from 0.84% at March 31, 2020 as non-performing loans have decreased to $9.3 million at March 31, 2021 from $11.3 million at March 31, 2020 primarily due to a commercial loan relationship that was paid-off during the fourth quarter of 2020. 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 $116,000 for the three months ended March 31, 2021 impacted the allowance for loan losses, which was 1.06% of total loans at March 31, 2021 compared to 0.93% at March 31, 2020
Deposits increased $237.6 million to $1.6 billion at March 31, 2021 compared to March 31, 2020. Noninterest-bearing deposits increased $146.2 million to $478.9 million at March 31, 2021 compared to March 31, 2020. Driving deposit growth was the receipt of PPP funding by commercial customers, stimulus funding by retail customers, and customers becoming more risk averse and seeking safety in a bank deposit. Emphasis remains on increasing the utilization of electronic (internet and mobile) deposit banking among our customers. Utilization of internet and mobile banking has increased since the start of 2020 due to these efforts coupled with a change in consumer behavior due to the business and travel restrictions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Shareholders’ equity increased $7.5 million to $164.1 million at March 31, 2021 compared to March 31, 2020. Accumulated other comprehensive loss of $2.5 million at March 31, 2021 increased from a loss of $2.2 million at March 31, 2020 primarily as a result of a change in the net excess of the projected benefit obligations under the defined benefit plan over the fair value of the plan’s assets, resulting in an increase in the net loss of $361,000, offset by an increase in unrealized gains on available for sale securities (from an unrealized gain of $3.0 million at March 31, 2020 to an unrealized gain of $3.1 million at March 31, 2021). The current level of shareholders’ equity equates to a book value per share of $23.25 at March 31, 2021 compared to $22.23 at March 31, 2020, and an equity to asset ratio of 8.65% at March 31, 2021 compared to 9.27% at March 31, 2020. Dividends declared for the three months ended March 31, 2021 and 2020 were $0.32 per share, respectively.
Penns Woods Bancorp, Inc. is the parent company of Jersey Shore State Bank, which operates eighteen branch offices providing financial services in Lycoming, Clinton, Centre, Montour, Union, and Blair Counties, and Luzerne Bank, which operates eight 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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Richard A. Grafmyre, Chief Executive Officer
110 Reynolds Street
Williamsport, PA 17702
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