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Bank of the James Announces Third Quarter, Nine Months of 2019 Financial Results and Declaration of Dividend

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LYNCHBURG, Va., Oct. 18, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Bank of the James Financial Group, Inc. (the “Company”) (BOTJ), the parent company of Bank of the James, a full-service commercial and retail bank serving Region 2000 (Greater Lynchburg MSA), and the Charlottesville, Harrisonburg, Roanoke, Blacksburg, and Lexington, Virginia markets, today announced unaudited results for the three months and nine months ended September 30, 2019.

Net income for the three months ended September 30, 2019 was $1.47 million or $0.34 per diluted share, compared with $1.40 million or $0.32 per diluted share for the three months ended September 30, 2018. Net income for the nine months ended September 30, 2019 was $4.09 million or $0.93 per diluted share, compared with $3.83 million or $0.87 per diluted share for the nine months ended September 30, 2018.

Robert R. Chapman III, President and CEO, commented: “Our Company continued to generate steady earnings growth, driven by a diverse range of products and services and increased production and productivity from the expanded size and scope of our organization. In the third quarter of 2019, commercial and retail banking performed well, with a particularly strong quarter in residential mortgage originations. Our ability to generate consistent growth in mortgage originations throughout the franchise has been an ongoing highlight for the Company, contributing significantly to noninterest income growth.

“Commercial lending has been steadily increasing as we continue to develop activity in our Charlottesville, Roanoke, Harrisonburg and most recently Lexington, Virginia, markets. This has complemented strong performance in the Region 2000 market. Credit quality has been excellent, with a low provision for loan losses that has supported quality earnings.

“We established a Lexington office several months ago, and expect to open a new office in Rustburg, Virginia this fall, which we anticipate will support banking activity, and particularly deposit-gathering in Campbell County. We are pleased that even while making investments in personnel and infrastructure to reach a broader customer base, the Company’s value to shareholders has consistently grown.”

Highlights

  • Loans, net of the allowance for loan losses, were a Company-record $551.01 million at September 30, 2019, increasing by approximately $21 million during the first nine months of 2019 from $530.02 million at December 31, 2018.

  • Commercial loan growth was highlighted by expanded commercial real estate (CRE) lending throughout the Company’s served markets. Non-owner occupied CRE loans were $177.95 million at September 30, 2019, up 7.8% compared with a year earlier.

  • Total interest income primarily reflected year-over-year commercial loan growth. In the third quarter of 2019, total interest income was $7.60 million compared with $6.98 million in the third quarter of 2018. For the nine months of 2019, total interest income rose to $22.22 million from $19.86 million.

  • Income from gains on sales of residential mortgages to the secondary market and fees from corporate treasury services have generated increased total noninterest income throughout the year. Noninterest income in the third quarter of 2019 was $2.16 million compared with $1.32 million in the three months of 2018. In the nine months of 2019 noninterest income increased to $5.04 million, compared with $3.95 million in the nine months of 2018.

  • Reflecting the Company’s emphasis on growing its deposit base, total deposits rose to $633.03 million at September 30, 2019, compared with $612.04 million at December 31, 2018. Core deposits (noninterest-bearing demand, NOW, savings and money market accounts) comprised approximately 70% of the Company’s total deposits.

  • Total assets rose to a Company-record $708.11 million at September 30, 2019, with consistently high asset quality.

  • New full-service facilities are now open in Charlottesville and Roanoke, as the Company recently established its second full-service branches in both markets. The Company has opened an office in Lexington, and plans to open an office in Rustburg, Virginia in the fall of 2019.

  • Expansion and growth have generated value. Total stockholders’ equity increased to $61.04 million at September 30, 2019, compared to $55.14 million at December 31, 2018. Tangible book value per share rose to $13.94, compared to $12.59 at December 31, 2018 and $12.13 at September 30, 2018.

  • Based on the results achieved in the third quarter of 2019, on October 15, 2019 the Company’s board of directors approved a $0.06 per share dividend payable to stockholders of record on November 29, 2019, to be paid on December 13, 2019.

Third Quarter, Nine Months of 2019 Operational Review

Total interest income was $7.60 million in the third quarter of 2019, up from $6.98 million a year earlier, reflecting loan growth and adjustable rate loans that repriced to reflect prevailing interest rates. Income from lending represented more than 90% of total interest income. Interest expense rose year-over-year, primarily reflecting a larger deposit base and rate increases in demand and time deposits.

Net interest income after provision for loan losses was $6.06 million for the three months ended September 30, 2019, compared with $5.80 million for the same period a year earlier. Commercial lending growth and modest loan yield increases contributed to the net interest margin of 3.75% in the third quarter of 2019 and an interest spread of 3.64%.

For the nine months of 2019, total interest income rose nearly 12% to $22.22 million at September 30, 2019 from $19.86 million from at September 30, 2018. Total interest expense increased year-over-year, reflecting a larger deposit base and modest rate increases on interest-bearing deposits. In the third quarter of 2019, net interest income was $6.17 million compared with $5.99 million in the third quarter of 2018. For the nine months of 2019, net interest income was $18.45 million, up 8% from $17.12 million for the nine months of 2018. The net interest margin was 3.83% for the nine months ended September 30, 2019 and the interest spread was 3.67%.

J. Todd Scruggs, Executive Vice President and CFO, commented: “We maintained our margin and spread throughout 2019, even as interest paid on deposits increased. We also experienced some downward pressure on loan yields tied to the prime interest rate as the Federal Reserve lowered rates, and we anticipate that increased cost of liabilities may put further pressure on margins in the fourth quarter. We continue to exercise discipline in the rates we pay on deposits, which enables the Company to minimize costlier borrowings.”

Noninterest income, including gains from the sale of residential mortgages to the secondary market, revenue contributions from BOTJ Investment Services, and fee income from the Bank’s line of treasury management services for commercial customers was $2.16 million in the third quarter of 2019 compared with $1.32 million in the third quarter of 2018. Gains on sales of loans grew primarily due to increased presence in Roanoke and Blacksburg and was also bolstered by the favorable interest rate environment. In the third quarter of 2019, gains on sale of loans held for sale was $1.34 million compared with $767,000 in the third quarter of 2018. In the nine months of 2019, noninterest income rose to $5.04 million compared with $3.95 million in the nine months of 2018.

Noninterest expense for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2019 increased, primarily reflecting increased personnel, marketing, and equipment costs related to market expansion as well as credit expenses associated with origination of residential mortgage loans.

In the third quarter of 2019, Return on Average Assets (ROAA) was 0.83% and Return on Average Equity (ROAE) was 9.84%. In the nine months of 2019, ROAA was 0.79% and ROAE was 9.36%. The Company’s efficiency ratio was higher in both periods compared to a year earlier, primarily reflecting the addition of personnel and facilities and an increase in variable compensation related to increased production in the mortgage and investment divisions.

Balance Sheet Review: Steady Loan and Deposit Growth, Asset Quality

Total assets increased to a Company-record $708.11 million at September 30, 2019, highlighted by loans, net of allowance, of $551.01 million, up from $530.02 million at December 31, 2018 and $524.10 million at September 30, 2018. Reflecting strong residential mortgage originations, loans held-for-sale at September 30, 2019 were $5.63 million compared with $1.67 million at December 31, 2018 and $2.53 million at September 30, 2018. Fair value of securities available-for-sale was $54.40 million at September 30, 2019 compared to $52.73 million at December 31, 2018.

The loan portfolio continued to provide balanced performance and year-over-year growth. Although the overall loan portfolio was slightly down from the end of the second quarter ended June 30, 2019, the decrease was expected due to pay-downs associated with the completion of commercial construction projects. Commercial lending has led the Company’s loan growth through the first nine months of 2019. Non-owner occupied commercial real estate (primarily commercial and investment property), was $177.95 million at September 30, 2019 compared with $165.01 million a year earlier. Owner-occupied commercial real estate was $106.26 million at September 30, 2019, up from $103.65 million at September 30, 2018.

“We continue to build momentum in commercial lending throughout our served markets, and, importantly, have maintained strong asset quality as we have grown,” explained Michael A. Syrek, Executive Vice President and Chief Loan Officer. “Our focus continues to be on establishing and maintaining long-lasting partnerships with clients. We are providing the loan, deposit and electronic treasury products to meet a wide range of our clients’ financial needs, and we have the flexibility to quickly respond to their ongoing requirements.”

Total deposits at September 30, 2019 were $633.03 million, up from $612.04 million at December 31, 2018, led by expanded core deposits, which comprised 70% of total deposits. Interest-bearing demand deposits were $350.89 million at September 30, 2019 compared with $331.30 million at December 31, 2018. Noninterest bearing demand deposits were $90.43 million at September 30, 2019 compared with $91.36 million at December 31, 2018.

Asset quality remained strong, with a ratio of nonperforming loans to total loans of 0.32% at September 30, 2019, compared to 0.55% at December 31, 2018. The allowance for loan losses to total loans was 0.86% at September 30, 2019 compared with 0.86% at December 31, 2018. Lower levels of nonperforming loans contributed to a 270% ratio of allowance for loan losses to nonperforming loans compared with 156% at December 31, 2018.

Chapman noted: “We believe our longstanding trend of maintaining strong asset quality while consistently growing commercial loans and originating quality residential mortgage loans makes a strong statement about the credit policies and procedures in place. It also speaks to the strong judgment of our people involved in determining creditworthiness, and their commitment to analyzing every borrower and situation. Prudent lending and disciplined credit analysis has greatly contributed to the quality of our earnings.”

As noted in the highlights, total stockholders’ equity and tangible book value per share increased at September 30, 2019 as compared to the prior year end. Retained earnings increased to $19.82 million at September 30, 2019 from $16.52 million at December 31, 2018. The Bank's regulatory capital ratios continued to exceed accepted regulatory standards for a well-capitalized institution.

About the Company

Bank of the James, a wholly owned subsidiary of Bank of the James Financial Group, Inc. opened for business in July 1999 and is headquartered in Lynchburg, Virginia. The bank currently services customers in Virginia from offices located in Altavista, Amherst, Appomattox, Bedford, Blacksburg, Charlottesville, Forest, Harrisonburg, Lexington, Lynchburg, Madison Heights, and Roanoke. The bank offers full investment and insurance services through its BOTJ Investment Services division and BOTJ Insurance, Inc. subsidiary. The bank provides mortgage loan origination through Bank of the James Mortgage, a division of Bank of the James. Bank of the James Financial Group, Inc. common stock is listed under the symbol “BOTJ” on the NASDAQ Stock Market, LLC. Additional information on the Company is available at www.bankofthejames.bank.

Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains statements that constitute "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. The words "believe," "estimate," "expect," "intend," "anticipate," "plan" and similar expressions and variations thereof identify certain of such forward-looking statements which speak only as of the dates on which they were made. Bank of the James Financial Group, Inc. (the "Company") undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise. Readers are cautioned that any such forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve risks and uncertainties, and that actual results may differ materially from those indicated in the forward-looking statements as a result of various factors. Such factors include, but are not limited to, competition, general economic conditions, potential changes in interest rates, and changes in the value of real estate securing loans made by Bank of the James (the "Bank"), a subsidiary of the Company. Additional information concerning factors that could cause actual results to materially differ from those in the forward-looking statements is contained in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission and previously filed by the Bank (as predecessor of the Company) with the Federal Reserve Board.

CONTACT: J. Todd Scruggs, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer (434) 846-2000.
tscruggs@bankofthejames.com

FINANCIAL STATEMENTS FOLLOW


Bank of the James Financial Group, Inc. and Subsidiaries
Dollar amounts in thousands, except per share data
Unaudited

Selected Data:

Three
months
ending
Sep 30,
2019

Three
months
ending
Sep 30,
2018

Change

Year
to
date
Sep 30,
2019

Year
to
date
Sep 30,
2018

Change

Interest income

$

7,596

$

6,980

8.83%

$

22,220

$

19,860

11.88%

Interest expense

1,431

990

44.55%

3,773

2,736

37.90%

Net interest income

6,165

5,990

2.92%

18,447

17,124

7.73%

Provision for loan losses

108

190

-43.16%

434

527

-17.65%

Noninterest income

2,161

1,319

63.84%

5,039

3,946

27.70%

Noninterest expense

6,373

5,364

18.81%

17,947

15,767

13.83%

Income taxes

371

351

5.70%

1,020

949

7.48%

Net income

1,474

1,404

4.99%

4,085

3,827

6.74%

Weighted average shares outstanding - basic

4,378,436

4,378,436

-

4,378,436

4,378,436

-

Weighted average shares outstanding - diluted

4,385,331

4,378,436

6,895

4,383,128

4,378,466

4,662

Basic net income per share

$

0.34

$

0.32

$

0.02

$

0.93

$

0.87

$

0.06

Fully diluted net income per share

$

0.34

$

0.32

$

0.02

$

0.93

$

0.87

$

0.06


Balance Sheet at
period end:

Sep 30,
2019

Dec 31,
2018

Change

Sep 30,
2018

Dec 31,
2017

Change

Loans, net

$

551,005

$

530,016

3.96%

$

524,104

$

491,022

6.74%

Loans held for sale

5,630

1,670

237.13%

2,529

2,626

-3.69%

Total securities

58,090

56,427

2.95%

56,036

61,025

-8.18%

Total deposits

633,033

612,043

3.43%

607,447

567,493

7.04%

Stockholders' equity

61,039

55,143

10.69%

53,117

51,665

2.81%

Total assets

708,114

674,897

4.92%

668,438

626,341

6.72%

Shares outstanding

4,378,436

4,378,436

-

4,378,436

4,378,436

-

Book value per share

$

13.94

$

12.59

$

1.35

$

12.13

$

11.80

$

0.33


Daily averages:

Three
months
ending
Sep 30,
2019

Three
months
ending
Sep 30,
2018

Change

Year
to
date
Sep 30,
2019

Year
to
date
Sep 30,
2018

Change

Loans, net

$

558,483

$

522,944

6.80%

$

547,833

$

511,573

7.09%

Loans held for sale

4,435

3,134

41.51%

3,471

3,096

12.11%

Total securities

55,528

60,281

-7.88%

57,779

61,302

-5.75%

Total deposits

628,110

602,549

4.24%

621,572

590,319

5.29%

Stockholders' equity

59,415

54,967

8.09%

58,350

53,917

8.22%

Interest earning assets

651,644

625,693

4.15%

644,363

614,290

4.90%

Interest bearing liabilities

546,657

519,235

5.28%

536,261

490,947

9.23%

Total assets

701,007

663,685

5.62%

690,015

651,489

5.91%


Financial Ratios:

Three
months
ending
Sep 30,
2019

Three
months
ending
Sep 30,
2018

Change

Year
to
date
Sep 30,
2019

Year
to
date
Sep 30,
2018

Change

Return on average assets

0.83%

0.84%

(0.01

)

0.79%

0.79%

-

Return on average equity

9.84%

10.13%

(0.29

)

9.36%

9.49%

(0.13

)

Net interest margin

3.75%

3.80%

(0.05

)

3.83%

3.73%

0.10

Efficiency ratio

76.54%

73.39%

3.15

76.42%

74.83%

1.59

Average equity to average assets

8.48%

8.28%

0.20

8.46%

8.28%

0.18


Allowance for loan losses:

Three
months
ending
Sep 30,
2019

Three
months
ending
Sep 30,
2018

Change

Year
to
date
Sep 30,
2019

Year
to
date
Sep 30,
2018

Change

Beginning balance

$

4,724

$

4,688

0.77%

$

4,581

$

4,752

-3.60%

Provision for losses

108

190

-43.16%

434

527

-17.65%

Charge-offs

(100

)

(324

)

-69.14%

(319

)

(879

)

-63.71%

Recoveries

41

7

485.71%

77

161

-52.17%

Ending balance

4,773

4,561

4.65%

4,773

4,561

4.65%


Nonperforming assets:

Sep 30,
2019

Dec 31,
2018

Change

Sep 30,
2018

Dec 31,
2017

Change

Total nonperforming loans

$

1,771

$

2,939

-39.74%

$

2,350

$

4,308

-45.45%

Other real estate owned

2,242

2,431

-7.77%

2,455

2,650

-7.36%

Total nonperforming assets

4,013

5,370

-25.27%

4,805

6,958

-30.94%

Troubled debt restructurings - (performing portion)

413

424

-2.59%

428

440

-2.73%


Asset quality ratios:

Sep 30,
2019

Dec 31,
2018

Change

Sep 30,
2018

Dec 31,
2017

Change

Nonperforming loans to total loans

0.32%

0.55%

(0.23

)

0.44%

0.87%

(0.43

)

Allowance for loan losses to total loans

0.86%

0.86%

0.00

0.86%

0.96%

(0.10

)

Allowance for loan losses to nonperforming loans

269.51%

155.87%

113.64

194.09%

110.31%

83.78


Bank of the James Financial Group, Inc. and Subsidiaries
Consolidated Balance Sheets
(dollar amounts in thousands, except per share amounts)

Assets

(unaudited)
9/30/2019

12/31/2018

Cash and due from banks

$

27,315

$

26,725

Federal funds sold

22,141

23,600

Total cash and cash equivalents

49,456

50,325

Securities held-to-maturity (fair value of $3,938 in 2019 and $3,515 in 2018)

$

3,690

$

3,700

Securities available-for-sale, at fair value

54,400

52,727

Restricted stock, at cost

1,506

1,462

Loans, net of allowance for loan losses of $4,773 in 2019 and $4,581 in 2018

551,005

530,016

Loans held for sale

5,630

1,670

Premises and equipment, net

16,365

13,233

Software, net

213

193

Interest receivable

1,755

1,742

Cash value - bank owned life insurance

13,606

13,359

Other real estate owned

2,242

2,431

Income taxes receivable

83

1,102

Deferred tax asset

1,085

1,755

Other assets

7,078

1,182

Total assets

$

708,114

$

674,897

Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity

Deposits

Noninterest bearing demand

$

90,426

$

91,356

NOW, money market and savings

350,885

331,298

Time

191,722

189,389

Total deposits

633,033

612,043

Capital notes

5,000

5,000

Interest payable

167

127

Other liabilities

8,875

2,584

Total liabilities

$

647,075

$

619,754

Stockholders' equity

Common stock $2.14 par value; authorized 10,000,000 shares; issued and outstanding 4,378,436 as of September 30, 2019 and December 31, 2018

$

9,370

$

9,370

Additional paid-in-capital

31,575

31,495

Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss)

277

(2,243

)

Retained earnings

19,817

16,521

Total stockholders' equity

$

61,039

$

55,143

Total liabilities and stockholders' equity

$

708,114

$

674,897

Bank of the James Financial Group, Inc. and Subsidiaries
Consolidated Statements of Income
(dollar amounts in thousands, except per share amounts)
(unaudited)

For the Three Months
Ended September 30,

For the Nine Months
Ended September 30,

Interest Income

2019

2018

2019

2018

Loans

$

7,080

$

6,460

$

20,550

$

18,329

Securities

US Government and agency obligations

176

187

545

571

Mortgage backed securities

54

62

171

196

Municipals

77

83

239

248

Dividends

9

9

60

40

Other (Corporates)

23

23

70

70

Interest bearing deposits

88

60

253

151

Federal Funds sold

89

96

332

255

Total interest income

7,596

6,980

22,220

19,860

Interest Expense

Deposits

NOW, money market savings

414

261

1,082

684

Time Deposits

876

597

2,294

1,641

FHLB borrowings

-

-

-

17

Finance leases

41

-

41

-

Brokered time deposits

50

82

206

244

Capital notes

50

50

150

150

Total interest expense

1,431

990

3,773

2,736

Net interest income

6,165

5,990

18,447

17,124

Provision for loan losses

108

190

434

527

Net interest income after provision for loan losses

6,057

5,800

18,013

16,597

Noninterest income

Gains on sale of loans held for sale

1,337

767

3,103

2,260

Service charges, fees and commissions

448

446

1,348

1,375

Increase in cash value of life insurance

80

86

247

255

Other

5

20

50

56

Gain on sales of available-for-sale securities

291

-

291

-

Total noninterest income

2,161

1,319

5,039

3,946

Noninterest expenses

Salaries and employee benefits

3,356

2,853

9,437

8,398

Occupancy

414

388

1,252

1,143

Equipment

527

414

1,521

1,191

Supplies

163

124

467

413

Professional, data processing, and other outside expense

887

761

2,561

2,413

Marketing

228

165

649

492

Credit expense

195

140

478

377

Other real estate expenses

200

110

340

236

FDIC insurance expense

87

99

275

299

Other

316

310

967

805

Total noninterest expenses

6,373

5,364

17,947

15,767

Income before income taxes

1,845

1,755

5,105

4,776

Income tax expense

371

351

1,020

949

Net Income

$

1,474

$

1,404

$

4,085

$

3,827

Weighted average shares outstanding - basic

4,378,436

4,378,436

4,378,436

4,378,436

Weighted average shares outstanding - diluted

4,385,331

4,378,436

4,383,128

4,378,466

Net income per common share - basic

$0.34

$0.32

$0.93

$0.87

Net income per common share - diluted

$0.34

$0.32

$0.93

$0.87