Oak Valley Bancorp Reports 2nd Quarter Results

July 18, 2012

OAKDALE, CA--(Marketwire -07/18/12)- Oak Valley Bancorp (OVLY), the bank holding company for Oak Valley Community Bank and Eastern Sierra Community Bank, recently reported consolidated financial results. For the three months ended June 30, 2012, consolidated net income was $1,352,000, while consolidated net income available to common shareholders was $1,238,000, or $0.16 per diluted common share. This compared to net income of $1,450,000 and net income available to common shareholders of $1,239,000, or $0.16 per diluted common share for the same period a year ago.

Net interest income reflected a slight decrease of $88,000 or 1.4% to $6.2 million for the three months ended June 30, 2012, compared to $6.3 million for the same period last year. Year-to-date net interest income remained essentially flat at $12.5 million in both years. The low interest rate environment continues to drive loan and investment yields down. The company's net interest margin for the three months ended June 30, 2012 was 4.73%, compared to 4.86% for the same period last year.

Non interest expense for the quarter and six month period ended June 30, 2012 totaled $4.6 million and $9.2 million, respectively, a slight increase over the $4.4 million and $8.9 million for the comparable periods in 2011. This increase was primarily due to additional salary and overhead costs associated with recent branch additions.

Non-performing assets as of June 30, 2012 were $7.2 million, or 1.20% of assets. This is up from $6.7 million, or 1.12% at March 31, 2012. The increase reflects the classification of one additional loan relationship as non-accrual. Non-performing assets remain at favorable levels compared to the same period last year of $9.2 million, or 1.62%.

The provision for loan losses during the three months ended June 30, 2012, remained at $300,000, and unchanged from the same period of the previous year. The ratio of loan loss reserves to gross loans for the three months ended June 30, 2012 was 2.05%.

Total assets were $596.4 million at June 30, 2012, an increase of $24.2 million, or 4.2%, from June 30, 2011. The Company's total deposits were $526.4 million as of June 30, 2012, an increase of $30.2 million, or 6.1% over June 30, 2011. Gross loans remained unchanged at $390.5 million as of June 30, 2012, compared to June 30, 2011.

"Though earnings remain solid in a difficult economic environment, we have not become complacent. Faced with downward pressure on earning asset yield, corresponding to low interest rates and limited loan demand, we remain diligent in our business development efforts. The relationships we forge today will yield quality loans in the future," stated Ron Martin, CEO.

The Company currently operates through 14 branches in Oakdale, Sonora, Turlock, Stockton, Patterson, Ripon, Escalon, Manteca, three branches in Modesto, and three branches in their Eastern Sierra Division, which includes Bridgeport, Mammoth Lakes, and Bishop.

For more information, please call 1-866-844-7500 or visit www.ovcb.com.

This press release includes forward-looking statements about the corporation for which the corporation claims the protection of safe harbor provisions contained in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.

Forward-looking statements are based on management's knowledge and belief as of today and include information concerning the corporation's possible or assumed future financial condition, and its results of operations and business. Forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties. A number of important factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements. Those factors include fluctuations in interest rates, government policies and regulations (including monetary and fiscal policies), legislation, economic conditions, including increased energy costs in California, credit quality of borrowers, operational factors and competition in the geographic and business areas in which the company conducts its operations. All forward-looking statements included in this press release are based on information available at the time of the release, and the Company assumes no obligation to update any forward-looking statement.

  Oak Valley Bancorp Financial Highlights (unaudited) ($ in thousands, except per share) Selected 2nd 1st 4th 3rd 2nd Quarterly Quarter Quarter Quarter Quarter Quarter Operating Data: 2012 2012 2011 2011 2011 Net interest income $ 6,212 $ 6,264 $ 6,335 $ 6,339 $ 6,300 Provision for loan losses 300 300 300 300 300 Non-interest income 672 831 636 764 680 Non-interest expense 4,612 4,597 4,259 4,208 4,401 Income before income taxes 1,972 2,198 2,412 2,595 2,279 Provision for income taxes 620 737 915 846 829 ---------- ---------- ---------- ---------- ---------- Net income 1,352 1,461 1,497 1,749 1,450 Preferred stock dividends and accretion (114) (169) (168) (572) (211) ---------- ---------- ---------- ---------- ---------- Net income available to common shareholders $ 1,238 $ 1,292 $ 1,329 $ 1,177 $ 1,239 ========== ========== ========== ========== ========== Earnings per common share - basic 0.16 0.17 0.17 0.15 0.16 Earnings per common share - diluted 0.16 0.17 0.17 0.15 0.16 Dividends declared per common share - - - - - Return on average common equity 8.37% 8.93% 9.34% 8.44% 9.33% Return on average assets 0.92% 0.98% 1.00% 1.21% 1.03% Net interest margin (1) 4.73% 4.67% 4.70% 4.85% 4.86% Efficiency ratio (1) 65.28% 63.74% 60.06% 58.27% 61.79% Capital - Period End Book value per share $ 7.63 $ 7.37 $ 7.37 $ 7.26 $ 7.02 Credit Quality - Period End Nonperforming assets/ total assets 1.20% 1.12% 1.22% 1.50% 1.62% Loan loss reserve/ gross loans 2.05% 1.98% 2.17% 2.26% 2.20% Period End Balance Sheet ($ in thousands) Total assets $ 596,417 $ 593,513 $ 612,172 $ 583,955 $ 572,262 Gross loans 390,515 392,584 396,202 391,379 390,521 Nonperforming assets 7,185 6,656 7,477 8,748 9,245 Allowance for loan losses 8,008 7,792 8,609 8,857 8,591 Deposits 526,407 518,727 536,204 505,505 496,212 Common equity 60,185 58,092 56,902 56,064 54,134 Total capital (2) 66,935 71,592 70,402 69,564 67,634 Non-Financial Data Full-time equivalent staff 125 126 128 127 130 Number of banking offices 14 14 14 14 13 Common Shares outstanding Period end 7,890,905 7,883,780 7,718,469 7,718,469 7,713,794 Period average - basic 7,728,024 7,722,609 7,705,164 7,705,164 7,713,794 Period average - diluted 7,750,952 7,743,941 7,737,248 7,731,463 7,745,193 Market Ratios Stock Price $ 6.96 $ 7.39 $ 6.75 $ 4.05 $ 5.85 Price/Earnings 10.83 11.01 9.87 6.68 9.08 Price/Book 0.91 1.00 0.92 0.56 0.83 (1) Ratio computed on a fully tax equivalent basis using a marginal federal tax rate of 34%. (2) Includes $6.75 million in preferred stock issued to the U.S. Treasury under the SBLF Program. Prior to 6/30/2012, the amount of preferred stock issued was $13.5 million. Prior to 9/30/2011, the preferred stock was issued under the TARP Capital Purchase Program. Six Months Ended June 30, 2012 2011 ------------ ------------ Net interest income $ 12,476 $ 12,506 Provision for loan losses 600 900 Non-interest income 1,503 1,351 Non-interest expense 9,209 8,927 Income before income taxes 4,170 4,030 Provision for income taxes 1,357 1,415 ------------ ------------ Net income 2,813 2,615 Preferred stock dividends and accretion (283) (421) ------------ ------------ Net income available to common shareholders $ 2,530 $ 2,194 ============ ============ Earnings per common share - basic 0.33 0.28 Earnings per common share - diluted 0.33 0.28 Dividends declared per common share - - Return on average common equity 8.65% 8.42% Return on average assets 0.95% 0.94% Net interest margin (1) 4.70% 4.89% Efficiency ratio (1) 64.50% 63.43% Capital - Period End Book value per share $ 7.63 $ 7.02 Credit Quality - Period End Nonperforming assets/ total assets 1.20% 1.62% Loan loss reserve/ gross loans 2.05% 2.20% Period End Balance Sheet ($ in thousands) Total assets $ 596,417 $ 572,262 Gross loans 390,515 390,521 Nonperforming assets 7,185 9,245 Allowance for loan losses 8,008 8,591 Deposits 526,407 496,212 Common equity 60,185 54,134 Total capital (2) 66,935 67,634 Non-Financial Data Full-time equivalent staff 125 130 Number of banking offices 14 13 Common Shares outstanding Period end 7,890,905 7,713,794 Period average - basic 7,725,316 7,712,604 Period average - diluted 7,747,446 7,743,707 Market Ratios Stock Price $ 6.96 $ 5.85 Price/Earnings 10.60 10.20 Price/Book 0.91 0.83 (1) Ratio computed on a fully tax equivalent basis using a marginal federal tax rate of 34%. (2) Includes $6.75 million in preferred stock issued to the U.S. Treasury under the SBLF Program. Prior to 6/30/2012, the amount of preferred stock issued was $13.5 million. Prior to 9/30/2011, the preferred stock was issued under the TARP Capital Purchase Program.