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Citizens Community Bancorp, Inc. Earns $3.1 Million, or $0.28 Per Share in 2Q20, SBA Paycheck Protection Program Loan Production of $137 Million, Record Mortgage Originations of $82 Million

Citizens Community Bancorp, Inc.

EAU CLAIRE, Wis., July 30, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Citizens Community Bancorp, Inc. (the Company) (Nasdaq: CZWI), the parent company of Citizens Community Federal N.A. (the Bank or CCFBank), today reported earnings of $3.1 million, or $0.28 per diluted share for the quarter ended June 30, 2020, compared to $2.6 million, or $0.23 per diluted share for the previous quarter ended March 31, 2020.  Tangible book value per share (non-GAAP) 5 was $10.31 at June 30, 2020 compared to $9.80 at March 31, 2020.  This increase in tangible book value reflects the second quarter net income of $3.1 million, quarterly increase in accumulated other comprehensive income of $1.6 million and a reduction of intangibles of $0.9 million, including a reduction of $0.5 million from the sale of the Wells Insurance Agency.  For the six months ended June 30, 2020, earnings totaled $5.7 million, or $0.51 per share compared to earnings of $5.1 million, or $0.46 per share for the six months ended June 30, 2019.

The Companys second quarter operating results reflected: (1) improved asset quality, (2) interest income benefiting from fee accretion on SBA Payment Protection Program (PPP) originations and accretion from purchase credit impaired (PCI) loans, (3) a continued robust refinancing market which lead to all-time high gains on sale of mortgage loans, (4) higher loan loss provisions, primarily due to increasing our COVID-19-related qualitative allowance factor, (5) lower net interest margin related to the addition of low yielding SBA PPP loans and further reductions in short term interest rates, and (6) higher non-interest expenses due to increased impairment of mortgage servicing right assets and variable compensation on all-time high mortgage loan production.

We were pleased with asset quality improvements evidenced by reductions in special mention and substandard loans and the accretion of interest on PCI loans. Deferments tapered off as the quarter progressed and ended the quarter at 15% of total loans. We found through our client outreach, focused on high risk segments and larger borrowers covering approximately $700 million in loans, that businesses remained optimistic but that more visibility on the reopening of the economy in their markets is needed for them to better assess future prospects. said Stephen Bianchi, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer. The development of our mortgage banking platform over the last three years and the teams commitment to long hours allowed us to take advantage of heavy refinance activity and accelerating purchase market to recognize all-time high gains on sale and loan servicing income.  During the COVID-19 shutdown, we evaluated our business and began the implementation of a  restructuring plan which began with the sale of Wells Insurance Agency, continued Bianchi.

June 30, 2020 Highlights: (as of or for the 3-month period ended June 30, 2020, compared to March 31, 2020)

  • Non-performing assets declined to $17.4 million or 1.08% of total assets at June 30, 2020 from $19.2 million or 1.28% of total assets at March 31, 2020.  With the payoff of certain purchased credit impaired loans in the second quarter of 2020, the Company realized loan accretion of approximately $0.3 million, which is reflected in interest income, and positively impacts net interest margin.

  • SBA PPP loan production of $137 million increased loans receivable to $1.28 billion at June 30, 2020 compared to $1.18 billion at March 31, 2020.  The strong SBA PPP loan growth was partially offset by reductions in the acquired loan portfolio of $33 million.  Loan growth was also offset by principal reductions in the community banking portfolio of $7.2 million in residential mortgage loans and $4.4 million of principal repayments on indirect paper.

  • The net interest margin, excluding purchase accounting related accretion, was 3.19% for the quarter ended June 30, 2020 compared to 3.27% for the previous quarter.  This decrease was largely due to two components.  First, the impact of modestly lower yielding SBA PPP loans during the second quarter reduced the net interest margin by 4 bp. Secondly, the reduction in interest income recognized on nonaccrual loan payoffs during the current quarter compared to the previous quarter reduced the net interest margin by 4 bp. Although asset yields decreased due to the swift first quarter reduction in interest rates, this impact was offset by lower liability yields, partially due to the increase in non-interest bearing checking deposit growth. While reducing the overall margin percentage, net interest income grew as the Company recognized $0.8 million interest income on the SBA PPP loans, which included $0.5 million of deferred origination fees on the SBA PPP loans.

  • The reported net interest margin (NIM) decreased to 3.34% for the quarter ended June 30, 2020, from 3.64% for the quarter ended March 31, 2020. The decrease primarily related to lower realized non-accretable differences included in loan interest income, as payoffs of certain purchased credit impaired loans were higher in the prior quarter and to a lesser extent, the changes discussed above.

  • The Bank recorded provision for loan losses of $1.75 million for the quarter ended June 30, 2020.  In continued anticipation of a COVID-19 related adverse economic impact, management reserved $1.25 million increasing the allowance for loan losses allocated to COVID-19 to $2.00 million. Various Stay-at-Home Orders continued to result in temporary business closures, reduced operating capacity and uncertainty regarding potential future revenue and cash flows for certain businesses, including bank borrowers. Approximately $100 thousand of the provision was related to loan portfolio growth in the quarter. The remaining provision was related to the impact of net loan charge-offs of $212 thousand and necessary increases in specific and unallocated allowance for loan losses. In the first quarter of 2020, approximately $750 thousand of provision for loan losses was due to COVID-19, $600 thousand was due to loan growth with the remaining $650 thousand due to increases in specific and unallocated allowances, and net charge-offs of $485 thousand.

  • Hotels and restaurants represent our portfolios two industry sectors most directly and adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.  These sectors loans totaled approximately $109 million and $42 million, respectively, at June 30, 2020.

  • As of June 30, 2020, the Bank had approved $197 million of COVID-19 related modifications under Section 4013 of the CARES Act, primarily consisting of payment deferrals. Hotel industry sectors represent approximately $78 million of the approved deferrals and restaurant industry sectors represent $25 million. Approximately, $39 million of approved deferrals are in the non-owner occupied CRE sector, where many of these are to facilitate landlords providing payment deferrals for their tenants.

  • Non-interest income increased to $5.0 million for the quarter ended June 30, 2020 from $3.6 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2020.  The increase is largely due to higher gains on sale of  mortgage loans, modestly offset by lower levels of deposit charges and loan fees and service charges. Higher customer deposit balances led to lower service charges on deposit accounts and muted loan demand resulted in lower loan fees and service charges. Nonrecurring gains of $252 thousand from the sale of Wells Insurance Agency and $131 thousand related to a private-mortgage backed security claim were recorded during the current quarter.  The latter represents a supplement to the proceeds received in March 2017 from this private-mortgage backed security previously owned by the Bank and sold in 2011.

  • Total non-interest expense was higher due in part to increased impairment on mortgage servicing rights (MSR) due to higher actual and forecasted prepayment rates, higher variable compensation related to higher mortgage loan originations and higher FDIC insurance expense as the final FDIC insurance credit was recognized in the first quarter.   These expenses were partially offset by lower professional fees.

Bank and Company capital ratios exceeded regulatory guidelines for a well-capitalized financial institution under the Basel III regulatory requirements at June 30, 2020:

 

 

Citizens Community Federal N.A.

 

Citizens Community Bancorp, Inc.

 

To Be Well Capitalized Under Prompt Corrective Action Provisions

Tier 1 leverage ratio (to adjusted total assets)

 

9.9%

 

7.4%

 

5.0%

Tier 1 capital (to risk weighted assets)

 

12.9%

 

9.7%

 

8.0%

Common equity tier 1 capital (to risk weighted assets)

 

12.9%

 

9.7%

 

6.5%

Total capital (to risk weighted assets)

 

14.0%

 

12.1%

 

10.0%


Balance Sheet and Asset Quality

Total assets increased $101.8 million during the quarter to $1.61 billion at June 30, 2020 from $1.51 billion at March 31, 2020.  The increase is due to the loan portfolio growth due to the origination of SBA PPP loans, partially offset by reductions in the acquired loan portfolio.

Total stockholders equity increased to $153 million at June 30, 2020 from $148 million one quarter earlier. This increase reflects second quarter net income of $3.1 million and the positive impact of unrealized gains on the available-for-sale securities portfolio reflected in other comprehensive income.   Book value per share was $13.70 at June 30, 2020 compared to $13.27 at March 31, 2020.  Tangible book value per share (non-GAAP) 5 was $10.31 at June 30, 2020 compared to $9.80 at March 31, 2020. Tangible common equity (non-GAAP) 5 as a percent of tangible assets (non-GAAP) was 7.33% at June 30, 2020 compared to 7.45% at March 31, 2020. Tangible common equity (non-GAAP) 5 as a percent of tangible assets (non-GAAP) excluding SBA PPP loans was 8.03% at June 30, 2020.

The temporary deterioration in the valuation of the Banks investment in Trust Preferred Securities and Student Loan Paper realized in March due to market turmoil, moderated in June.  At June 30, 2020, accumulated other comprehensive income increased to a $19 thousand unrealized gain compared to an unrealized loss of $1.6 million at March 31, 2020. As we discussed last quarter, the unrealized loss at March 31, 2020 was considered to be a temporary event and was not related to long-term credit deterioration in the portfolios. Volatility in interest rates and pricing spreads will  impact the market values of our available for sale investment portfolio securities, said Jim Broucek, Executive Vice President and CFO.

Gross loans increased to $1.29 billion at June 30, 2020 from $1.19 billion primarily due to the origination of  $137.3 million of SBA PPP loans.  Both multi-family real estate and construction and land development loans grew during the quarter while all other loan categories reflected net loan reductions during the quarter.

The originated loan portfolio remained flat with the prior quarter at $790 million before the impact of the $137 million growth in SBA PPP loan originations. Acquired loans declined to $366.7 million in the current quarter from $399.6 million in the previous quarter.  All acquired loans were marked to fair value as of the acquisition date.

The allowance for loan and lease losses increased to $13.4 million at June 30, 2020 representing 1.04% of loans receivable or 1.16% of loans receivable, excluding the 100% SBA guaranteed PPP loans.  A significant portion of the current loan portfolio includes loans purchased through whole bank acquisitions resulting in purchased credit impairments which are not included in the allowance for loan losses. The allowance for loan and lease losses was $11.8 million at March 31, 2020, representing 1.00% of total loans. The increase in the allowance was primarily due to loan loss provisions largely associated with anticipated COVID-19 adverse economic impacts. In addition, the June 2020 provision included modest growth in unallocated and specific reserves and approximately $100 thousand related to loan growth. Net charge-offs decreased in this quarter to $212 thousand compared to $485 thousand for the previous quarter.

One of the Companys strategic objectives for 2020 was to reduce nonperforming assets and classified assets.
Nonperforming assets decreased to $17.4 million or 1.08% of total assets at June 30, 2020 compared to $19.2 million or 1.28% of total assets at March 31, 2020.    Classified assets decreased approximately $3 million during the quarter to $36.7 million. Included in classified assets are agricultural real estate loans of approximately $9.4 million at June 30, 2020 compared to $10.2 million at March 31, 2020. Agricultural operating loans decreased to $1.9 million at June 30, 2020 compared to $2.2 million at March 31, 2020.

The table below shows the decreases in substandard loans by quarter since the first impact of the F&M acquisition  on September 30, 2019 levels.  While special mention loans increased in the first quarter of 2020, the growth moderated in the second quarter of 2020.

 

 

(in thousands)

 

 

June 30, 2020

 

March 31, 2020

 

December 31, 2019

 

September 30, 2019

Special mention loan balances

 

$

19,958

 

 

$

19,387

 

 

$

10,856

 

 

$

12,959

 

Substandard loan balances

 

35,911

 

 

38,393

 

 

39,892

 

 

38,527

 

Balances, end of period

 

$

55,869

 

 

$

57,780

 

 

$

50,748

 

 

$

51,486

 

 

Acquired loans represent much of the reduction in non-performing loans and classified loans.  The table below shows the changes in the Banks non-accretable difference on purchased credit impaired loans. The second table below shows the changes in the Banks accretable loan discounts which were established at acquisition.  The Bank has transferred non-accretable differences on purchased credit impaired loans to accretable discounts as collateral coverage improved sufficiently, due to a combination of principal paydowns and/or improving collateral positions.  This transferred non-accretable difference to accretable discounts is accreted over the remaining maturity of the loan or until payoff, whichever is shorter.

Non-accretable differences:

 

 

(in thousands)

 

 

June 30, 2020

 

March 31, 2020

 

December 31, 2019

 

September 30, 2019

Non-accretable difference, beginning of period

 

$

4,327

 

 

$

6,290

 

 

$

6,737

 

 

$

3,889

 

Additions to non-accretable difference for acquired purchased credit impaired loans

 

 

 

 

 

(170

)

 

2,898

 

Non-accretable difference realized as interest from payoffs of purchased credit impaired loans

 

(196

)

 

(1,043

)

 

(271

)

 

(50

)

Transfers from non-accretable difference to accretable discount.

 

(741

)

 

(669

)

 

 

 

 

Non-accretable difference used to reduce loan principal balance

 

(35

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Non-accretable difference transferred to OREO due to loan foreclosure

 

 

 

(251

)

 

(6

)

 

 

Non-accretable difference, end of period

 

$

3,355

 

 

$

4,327

 

 

$

6,290

 

 

$

6,737

 

 

The table below provides the changes in accretable discount for acquired loans.

Accretable discounts:

 

 

(in thousands)

 

 

June 30, 2020

 

March 31, 2020

 

December 31, 2019

 

September 30, 2019

Accretable discounts, beginning of period

 

$

3,637

 

 

$

3,201

 

 

$

3,435

 

 

$

2,855

 

Additions to accretable discount for acquired performing loans

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

814

 

Accelerated accretion from payoff of certain PCI loans with transferred non-accretable differences

 

(99

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Transfers from non-accretable difference to accretable discount

 

741

 

 

669

 

 

 

 

 

Scheduled accretion

 

(247

)

 

(233

)

 

(234

)

 

(234

)

Accretable discounts, end of period

 

$

4,032

 

 

$

3,637

 

 

$

3,201

 

 

$

3,435

 

 

Deposits increased $92 million to $1.27 billion at June 30, 2020 compared to $1.18 billion at March 31, 2020.  Retail non-maturity deposits increased $35 million in the quarter and commercial non-maturity deposits increased $91 million in the quarter.  Approximately $16 million of the commercial non-maturity deposits related to growth from customers who borrowed under the SBA PPP program and were depositors at the Bank.  Approximately $3 million of the commercial non-maturity deposit growth was growth in deposit accounts for SBA PPP loan customers who did not have a lending or deposit relationship with the Bank prior to the pandemic. The strong non-maturity deposit growth allowed the Company to reduce the use of higher-cost brokered and institutional deposits by $23 million to $20 million at June 30, 2020.  Additionally, retail certificates of deposit decreased by $11 million as the Company chose not to match higher rate local retail certificate competition.

Total stockholders equity increased to $153 million at June 30, 2020 from $148 million one quarter earlier. This increase reflects second quarter net income of $3.1 million and the positive impact of unrealized gains on the available-for-sale securities portfolio reflected in other comprehensive income.   Book value per share was $13.70 at June 30, 2020 compared to $13.27 at March 31, 2020.  Tangible book value per share (non-GAAP) 5 was $10.31 at June 30, 2020 compared to $9.80 at March 31, 2020. Tangible common equity (non-GAAP) 5 as a percent of tangible assets (non-GAAP) was 7.33% at June 30, 2020 compared to 7.45% at March 31, 2020.

The temporary deterioration in the valuation of the Banks investment in Trust Preferred Securities and Student Loan Paper realized in March due to market turmoil, moderated in June.  At June 30, 2020, accumulated other comprehensive income increased to a $19 thousand unrealized gain compared to an unrealized loss of $1.6 million at March 31, 2020. As we discussed last quarter, the unrealized loss at March 31, 2020 was considered to be a temporary event and was not related to long-term credit deterioration in the portfolios. Volatility in interest rates and pricing spreads will  impact the market values of our available for sale investment portfolio securities, said Jim Broucek, Executive Vice President and CFO.

Effective March 20, 2020, the Company suspended its stock repurchase plan.  On July 23, 2020, the Board of Directors of the Company accelerated the time period the buyback authorization ended from September 30, 2020 to July 23, 2020.

Review of Operations

Net interest income was $12.3 million for the second quarter of 2020, compared to $12.7 million for the first quarter of 2020, and $10.1 million for the quarter ended June 30, 2019.  The net interest margin decreased to 3.34% for the second quarter of 2020 compared to 3.64% in the preceding quarter and increased from 3.30% for the quarter ended June 30, 2019.  For the quarter ended June 30, 2020, the decrease in net interest margin primarily related to lower realized non-accretable differences included in loan interest income, as payoffs of certain purchased credit impaired loans were higher in the prior quarter. Additionally, interest income recognized on nonaccrual loan payoffs from the previous quarter, decreased the interest margin in the current quarter by 0.04% and the impact of modestly lower yielding SBA PPP loans during the second quarter, lowered the net interest margin by an additional 0.04%.  While asset yields decreased due to the swift first quarter reduction in interest rates, this impact was partially offset by lower liability yields, influenced by the increase in non-interest bearing checking deposit growth. While reducing the overall margin percentage, net interest income grew as the Company recognized $0.8 million interest income on the SBA PPP loans.  This was largely due to the recognition of $0.5 million of deferred origination fees on the SBA PPP loans.

Net interest income and net interest margin with and without loan purchase accounting:
(in thousands, except yields and rates)

 

 

Three months ended

 

 

June 30, 2020

March 31, 2020

 

December 31, 2019

 

June 30, 2019

 

 

Net Interest Income

 

Net Interest Margin

Net Interest Income

 

Net Interest Margin

 

Net Interest Income

 

Net Interest Margin

 

Net Interest Income

 

Net Interest Margin

With loan purchase accretion

 

$

12,303

 

 

3.34

%

$

12,671

 

 

3.64

%

 

$

11,775

 

 

3.41

%

 

$

10,083

 

 

3.30

%

Less non-accretable difference realized as interest from payoff of purchased credit impaired loans

 

(196

)

 

(0.05

)%

(1,043

)

 

(0.30

)%

 

(271

)

 

(0.08

)%

 

(56

)

 

(0.02

)%

Less accelerated accretion from payoff of certain PCI loans with transferred non-accretable differences

 

(99

)

 

(0.03

)%

 

 

%

 

 

 

%

 

 

 

%

Less scheduled accretion interest

 

(247

)

 

(0.07

)%

(233

)

 

(0.07

)%

 

(233

)

 

(0.07

)%

 

(194

)

 

(0.07

)%

Without loan purchase accretion

 

$

11,761

 

 

3.19

%

$

11,395

 

 

3.27

%

 

$

11,271

 

 

3.26

%

 

$

9,833

 

 

3.21

%

 

The yield on interest earning assets was 4.32% for the second quarter of 2020, compared to 4.85% the prior quarter, and 4.68% for the second quarter one year earlier.  The decrease in the most recent quarter was largely due to a reduction in loan accretion from the payoff of purchased credit impaired loans.  Furthermore, the addition of low yielding SBA PPP loans along with loans and investments repricing to lower rates, decreased the yields on interest earning assets.  In the first quarter, the yield was elevated by the accretion of discounts associated with the payoff of purchased credit impaired loans.  The cost of interest-bearing liabilities decreased to 1.16 % for the second quarter from 1.46% one quarter earlier and 1.63% one year earlier.  The primary decrease in the second quarter funding costs was due to lower deposit costs as the Bank repriced various deposit products. For the six months ended June 30, 2020, the net interest margin was 3.48% compared to 3.36% for the same time period one year earlier largely due to the increase in loan accretion from the payoff of purchased credit impaired loans.

Loan loss provisions were $1.75 million for the quarter ended June 30, 2020 compared to $2.0 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2020 and $325 thousand one year earlier. Various businesses, as determined through our outreach, remained optimistic, but these businesses acknowledged more visibility on the reopening of the economy in their markets is needed for them to better assess their future prospects.  This uncertainty, and until the full effect of the COVID-19 pandemic becomes clearer, will continue to impact future loan loss provisions.   For the six months ended June 30, 2020, provisions for loan losses were $3.75 million compared to $1.55 million for the six months ended June 30, 2019.

Non-interest income was $5.0 million for the second quarter compared to $3.6 million the preceding quarter and $5.2 million the second quarter one year ago when a gain on branch sale of $2.3 million was recognized.  The current quarter reflects $1.8 million in gains on the sale of loans versus $780 thousand the prior quarter and $573 thousand for the second quarter ended June 30, 2019. Loan servicing income also increased in the current quarter to $1.3 million from $685 thousand the prior quarter and $634 thousand one year earlier. Service charges on deposit accounts declined to $345 thousand during the current quarter from $560 thousand as more customers had larger deposit balances, due in part to SBA PPP funds deposited into their accounts. Loan fee and service charge income declined to $244 thousand for the quarter ended June 30, 2020 from $477 thousand the prior quarter due primarily to lower commercial customer activity. The Company sold the Wells Insurance Agency at the end of the quarter ended June 30, 2020, realizing a net gain of $252 thousand. With the sale of the Agency, the Company reduced intangible assets assigned to the customer list by $470 thousand. During the quarter ended June 30, 2020, the Company recognized $131 thousand of non-interest income related to a private-mortgage backed security claim.  This distribution represents a supplement to the proceeds received in March 2017 from this private-mortgage backed security previously owned by the Bank and sold in 2011. For the six months ended June 30, 2020, total non-interest income was $8.6 million compared to $7.6 million for the same period one year earlier.

Total non-interest expense increased to $11.4 million for the second quarter of 2020, compared to $10.7 million in the prior quarter and $9.4 million for the quarter ended June 30, 2019.  The increase in total non-interest expense for the current quarter relative to the previous quarter is primarily due to higher variable mortgage production compensation related to all-time high mortgage loan origination activity during the quarter. Additionally, data processing expenses increased modestly due to loan origination activity and larger deposit balances. Mortgage servicing expenses increased to $991 thousand for the quarter ended June 30, 2020 from $736 thousand the prior quarter due to MSR impairment of $650 thousand recognized in the second quarter compared to $480 thousand recognized in the first quarter, largely due to the impact of higher actual and forecasted prepayment rates. The increase in non-interest expenses also reflected increased FDIC insurance costs, offset by lower professional fees.   For the six months ended June 30, 2020, total non-interest expenses were $22.1 million compared to $19.3 million for the six months ended June 30, 2019.  The impact of the F&M acquisition on July 1, 2019 increased non-interest expense in 2020 in addition to the items discussed above.

Provisions for income taxes were $1.1 million for the second quarter ended June 30, 2020 compared to $937 thousand during the preceding quarter.  For the six months ended June 30, 2020, provisions for income taxes were $2.0 million compared to $1.8 million for the six months ended June 30, 2019.  The effective tax rate for all periods discussed was 26.5%.

These financial results are preliminary until the Form 10-Q is filed in August 2020.

About the Company

Citizens Community Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ: CZWI) is the holding company of the Bank, a national bank based in Altoona, Wisconsin, currently serving customers primarily in Wisconsin and Minnesota through 28 branch locations.  Its primary markets include the Chippewa Valley Region in Wisconsin, the Twin Cities and Mankato markets in Minnesota, and various rural communities around these areas. The Bank offers traditional community banking services to businesses, Ag operators and consumers, including residential mortgage loans.

Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

Certain statements contained in this release are considered forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.  These statements may be identified using forward-looking words or phrases such as anticipate, believe, could, expect, estimates, intend, may, preliminary, planned, potential, should, will, would or the negative of those terms or other words of similar meaning. Such forward-looking statements in this release are inherently subject to many uncertainties arising in the operations and business environment of the Company and the Bank.  These uncertainties include the conditions in the financial markets and economic conditions generally; adverse impacts to the Company or Bank arising from the COVID-19 pandemic; the possibility of a deterioration in the residential real estate markets; interest rate risk; lending risk; the sufficiency of loan allowances; changes in the fair value or ratings downgrades of our securities; competitive pressures among depository and other financial institutions; our ability to maintain our reputation; our ability to realize the benefits of net deferred tax assets; our ability to maintain or increase our market share; acts of terrorism and political or military actions by the United States or other governments; legislative or regulatory changes or actions, or significant litigation, adversely affecting the Company or Bank; increases in FDIC insurance premiums or special assessments by the FDIC; disintermediation risk; our inability to obtain needed liquidity; risks related to the ongoing integration of F. & M. Bancorp. of Tomah, Inc. into the Companys operations; our ability to successfully execute our acquisition growth strategy; risks posed by acquisitions and other expansion opportunities, including difficulties and delays in integrating the acquired business operations or fully realizing the cost savings and other benefits; our ability to raise capital needed to fund growth or meet regulatory requirements; the possibility that our internal controls and procedures could fail or be circumvented; our ability to attract and retain key personnel; our ability to keep pace with technological change; cybersecurity risks; changes in federal or state tax laws; changes in accounting principles, policies or guidelines and their impact on financial performance; restrictions on our ability to pay dividends; and the potential volatility of our stock price.  Stockholders, potential investors and other readers are urged to consider these factors carefully in evaluating the forward-looking statements and are cautioned not to place undue reliance on such forward-looking statements.  Such uncertainties and other risks that may affect the Companys performance are discussed further in Part I, Item 1A, Risk Factors, in the Companys Form 10-K, for the year ended December 31, 2019 filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on March 10, 2020 and the Companys subsequent filings with the SEC.  The Company undertakes no obligation to make any revisions to the forward-looking statements contained in this news release or to update them to reflect events or circumstances occurring after the date of this release.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

This press release contains non-GAAP financial measures, such as net income as adjusted, tangible book value per share and tangible common equity as a percent of tangible assets, which management believes may be helpful in understanding the Companys results of operations or financial position and comparing results over different periods.

Net income as adjusted is a non-GAAP measure that eliminates the impact of certain expenses such as acquisition and branch closure costs and related data processing termination fees, legal costs, severance pay, accelerated depreciation expense and lease termination fees, the gain on sale of branch deposits and fixed assets and the net impact of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, which management believes enhances investors ability to better understand the underlying business performance and trends related to core business activities.  Merger related charges represent expenses to either satisfy contractual obligations of acquired entities without any useful benefit to the Company or to convert and consolidate customer records onto the Company platforms.  These costs are unique to each transaction based on the contracts in existence at the merger date.  Tangible book value per share and tangible common equity as a percent of tangible assets are non-GAAP measures that eliminate the impact of preferred stock equity, goodwill and intangible assets on our financial position.  Management believes these measures are useful in assessing the strength of our financial position.

Where non-GAAP financial measures are used, the comparable GAAP financial measure, as well as the reconciliation to the comparable GAAP financial measure, can be found in this press release.  These disclosures should not be viewed as a substitute for operating results determined in accordance with GAAP, nor are they necessarily comparable to non-GAAP performance measures that may be presented by other banks and financial institutions.

Contact: Steve Bianchi, CEO

(715)-836-9994

CITIZENS COMMUNITY BANCORP, INC.
Consolidated Balance Sheets
(in thousands, except shares and per share data)

 

 

June 30, 2020
(unaudited)

 

March 31, 2020
(unaudited)

 

December 31, 2019
(audited)

 

June 30, 2019
(unaudited)

Assets

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents

 

$

39,581

 

 

$

41,347

 

 

$

55,840

 

 

$

47,008

 

Other interest-bearing deposits

 

3,752

 

 

4,006

 

 

4,744

 

 

5,980

 

Securities available for sale AFS

 

162,716

 

 

163,435

 

 

180,119

 

 

154,760

 

Securities held to maturity HTM

 

10,541

 

 

10,767

 

 

2,851

 

 

3,828

 

Equity securities with readily determinable fair value

 

188

 

 

163

 

 

246

 

 

177

 

Other investments

 

15,193

 

 

14,999

 

 

15,005

 

 

12,543

 

Loans receivable

 

1,281,175

 

 

1,180,951

 

 

1,177,380

 

 

1,019,957

 

Allowance for loan losses

 

(13,373

)

 

(11,835

)

 

(10,320

)

 

(8,759

)

Loans receivable, net

 

1,267,802

 

 

1,169,116

 

 

1,167,060

 

 

1,011,198

 

Loans held for sale

 

8,876

 

 

3,281

 

 

5,893

 

 

2,475

 

Mortgage servicing rights

 

3,509

 

 

3,728

 

 

4,282

 

 

4,319

 

Office properties and equipment, net

 

21,318

 

 

21,066

 

 

21,106

 

 

15,287

 

Accrued interest receivable

 

5,855

 

 

4,822

 

 

4,738

 

 

4,452

 

Intangible assets

 

6,293

 

 

7,175

 

 

7,587

 

 

6,828

 

Goodwill

 

31,498

 

 

31,498

 

 

31,498

 

 

31,474

 

Foreclosed and repossessed assets, net

 

734

 

 

1,432

 

 

1,460

 

 

1,387

 

Bank owned life insurance (BOLI)

 

23,357

 

 

23,205

 

 

23,063

 

 

18,022

 

Escrow merger settlement proceeds

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

20,555

 

Other assets

 

5,787

 

 

5,124

 

 

5,757

 

 

8,127

 

TOTAL ASSETS

 

$

1,607,000

 

 

$

1,505,164

 

 

$

1,531,249

 

 

$

1,348,420

 

Liabilities and Stockholders Equity

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Liabilities:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Deposits

 

$

1,272,197

 

 

$

1,180,055

 

 

$

1,195,702

 

 

$

1,015,459

 

Federal Home Loan Bank (FHLB) and Federal Reserve Bank (FRB) advances

 

124,484

 

 

123,477

 

 

130,971

 

 

135,844

 

Other borrowings

 

43,595

 

 

43,576

 

 

43,560

 

 

44,551

 

Other liabilities

 

13,934

 

 

10,123

 

 

10,463

 

 

9,324

 

Total liabilities

 

1,454,210

 

 

1,357,231

 

 

1,380,696

 

 

1,205,178

 

Stockholders equity:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Common stock $0.01 par value, authorized 30,000,000; 11,150,695; 11,151,009; 11,266,954 and 10,982,008 shares issued and outstanding, respectively

 

112

 

 

112

 

 

113

 

 

110

 

Additional paid-in capital

 

127,734

 

 

127,732

 

 

128,856

 

 

125,822

 

Retained earnings

 

25,759

 

 

22,690

 

 

22,517

 

 

18,114

 

Unearned deferred compensation

 

(834

)

 

(992

)

 

(462

)

 

(757

)

Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss)

 

19

 

 

(1,609

)

 

(471

)

 

(47

)

Total stockholders equity

 

152,790

 

 

147,933

 

 

150,553

 

 

143,242

 

TOTAL LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS EQUITY

 

$

1,607,000

 

 

$

1,505,164

 

 

$

1,531,249

 

 

$

1,348,420

 

Note: Certain items previously reported were reclassified for consistency with the current presentation.


CITIZENS COMMUNITY BANCORP, INC.
Consolidated Statements of Operations
(in thousands, except per share data)

 

 

Three Months Ended

 

Six Months Ended

 

 

June 30, 2020
(unaudited)

 

March 31, 2020
(unaudited)

 

June 30, 2019
(unaudited)

 

June 30, 2020
(unaudited)

 

June 30, 2019
(unaudited)

Interest and dividend income:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interest and fees on loans

 

$

14,687

 

 

$

15,459

 

 

$

12,976

 

 

$

30,146

 

 

$

25,390

 

Interest on investments

 

1,199

 

 

1,449

 

 

1,360

 

 

2,648

 

 

2,664

 

Total interest and dividend income

 

15,886

 

 

16,908

 

 

14,336

 

 

32,794

 

 

28,054

 

Interest expense:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interest on deposits

 

2,607

 

 

3,180

 

 

2,926

 

 

5,787

 

 

5,519

 

Interest on FHLB and FRB borrowed funds

 

448

 

 

508

 

 

913

 

 

956

 

 

1,574

 

Interest on other borrowed funds

 

528

 

 

549

 

 

414

 

 

1,077

 

 

816

 

Total interest expense

 

3,583

 

 

4,237

 

 

4,253

 

 

7,820

 

 

7,909

 

Net interest income before provision for loan losses

 

12,303

 

 

12,671

 

 

10,083

 

 

24,974

 

 

20,145

 

Provision for loan losses

 

1,750

 

 

2,000

 

 

325

 

 

3,750

 

 

1,550

 

Net interest income after provision for loan losses

 

10,553

 

 

10,671

 

 

9,758

 

 

21,224

 

 

18,595

 

Non-interest income:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Service charges on deposit accounts

 

345

 

 

560

 

 

581

 

 

905

 

 

1,131

 

Interchange income

 

489

 

 

464

 

 

453

 

 

953

 

 

791

 

Loan servicing income

 

1,315

 

 

685

 

 

634

 

 

2,000

 

 

1,188

 

Gain on sale of loans

 

1,818

 

 

780

 

 

573

 

 

2,598

 

 

881

 

Loan fees and service charges

 

244

 

 

477

 

 

261

 

 

721

 

 

389

 

Insurance commission income

 

195

 

 

279

 

 

192

 

 

474

 

 

376

 

Net gains on investment securities

 

25

 

 

73

 

 

21

 

 

98

 

 

55

 

Net gain on sale of branch

 

 

 

 

 

2,295

 

 

 

 

2,295

 

Net gain on sale of insurance agency

 

252

 

 

 

 

 

 

252

 

 

 

Settlement proceeds

 

131

 

 

 

 

 

 

131

 

 

 

Other

 

199

 

 

285

 

 

228

 

 

484

 

 

464

 

Total non-interest income

 

5,013

 

 

3,603

 

 

5,238

 

 

8,616

 

 

7,570

 

Non-interest expense:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Compensation and related benefits

 

5,908

 

 

5,435

 

 

4,604

 

 

11,343

 

 

9,310

 

Occupancy

 

899

 

 

1,006

 

 

866

 

 

1,905

 

 

1,820

 

Office

 

575

 

 

543

 

 

528

 

 

1,118

 

 

1,050

 

Data processing

 

1,024

 

 

996

 

 

868

 

 

2,020

 

 

1,855

 

Amortization of intangible assets

 

412

 

 

412

 

 

346

 

 

824

 

 

673

 

Mortgage servicing rights expense

 

991

 

 

736

 

 

306

 

 

1,727

 

 

497

 

Advertising, marketing and public relations

 

303

 

 

239

 

 

456

 

 

542

 

 

659

 

FDIC premium assessment

 

180

 

 

68

 

 

146

 

 

248

 

 

240

 

Professional services

 

353

 

 

604

 

 

575

 

 

957

 

 

1,400

 

Gains on repossessed assets, net

 

(22

)

 

(68

)

 

(90

)

 

(90

)

 

(127

)

Other

 

769

 

 

760

 

 

784

 

 

1,529

 

 

1,906

 

Total non-interest expense

 

11,392

 

 

10,731

 

 

9,389

 

 

22,123

 

 

19,283

 

Income before provision for income taxes

 

4,174

 

 

3,543

 

 

5,607

 

 

7,717

 

 

6,882

 

Provision for income taxes

 

1,105

 

 

937

 

 

1,500

 

 

2,042

 

 

1,822

 

Net income attributable to common stockholders

 

$

3,069

 

 

$

2,606

 

 

$

4,107

 

 

$

5,675

 

 

$

5,060

 

Per share information:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic earnings

 

$

0.28

 

 

$

0.23

 

 

$

0.37

 

 

$

0.51

 

 

$

0.46

 

Diluted earnings

 

$

0.28

 

 

$

0.23

 

 

$

0.37

 

 

$

0.51

 

 

$

0.46

 

Cash dividends paid

 

$

 

 

$

0.21

 

 

$

 

 

$

0.21

 

 

$

0.20

 

Book value per share at end of period

 

$

13.70

 

 

$

13.27

 

 

$

13.04

 

 

$

13.70

 

 

$

13.04

 

Tangible book value per share at end of period (non-GAAP)

 

$

10.31

 

 

$

9.80

 

 

$

9.56

 

 

$

10.31

 

 

$

9.56

 

Note: Certain items previously reported were reclassified for consistency with the current presentation.


Reconciliation of GAAP Net Income and Net Income as Adjusted (non-GAAP)
(in thousands, except per share data)

 

 

Three Months Ended

 

Six Months Ended

 

 

June 30, 2020

 

March 31, 2020

 

June 30, 2019

 

June 30, 2020

 

June 30, 2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GAAP earnings before income taxes

 

$

4,174

 

 

$

3,543

 

 

$

5,607

 

 

$

7,717

 

 

$

6,882

 

Merger related costs

 

 

 

 

 

206

 

 

 

 

865

 

Branch closure costs (1)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

15

 

Audit and Financial Reporting (2)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

358

 

Net gain on sale of branch (3)

 

 

 

 

 

(2,295

)

 

 

 

(2,295

)

Net gain on sale of insurance agency (4)

 

(252

)

 

 

 

 

 

(252

)

 

 

Settlement proceeds (5)

 

(131

)

 

 

 

 

 

(131

)

 

 

Net income as adjusted before income taxes (6)

 

3,791

 

 

3,543

 

 

3,518

 

 

7,334

 

 

5,825

 

Provision for income tax on net income as adjusted (7)

 

1,005

 

 

937

 

 

943

 

 

1,944

 

 

1,544

 

Net income as adjusted after income taxes (non-GAAP) (6)

 

$

2,786

 

 

$

2,606

 

 

$

2,575

 

 

$

5,390

 

 

$

4,281

 

GAAP diluted earnings per share, net of tax

 

$

0.28

 

 

$

0.23

 

 

$

0.37

 

 

$

0.51

 

 

$

0.46

 

Merger related costs, net of tax

 

 

 

 

 

0.01

 

 

 

 

0.06

 

Branch closure costs, net of tax

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Audit and Financial Reporting

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

0.02

 

Net gain on sale of branch

 

 

 

 

 

(0.15

)

 

 

 

(0.15

)

Net gain on sale of insurance agency

 

(0.02

)

 

 

 

 

 

(0.02

)

 

 

Settlement proceeds

 

(0.01

)

 

 

 

 

 

(0.01

)

 

 

Diluted earnings per share, as adjusted, net of tax (non-GAAP)

 

$

0.25

 

 

$

0.23

 

 

$

0.23

 

 

$

0.48

 

 

$

0.39

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Average diluted shares outstanding

 

11,150,785

 

 

11,219,660

 

 

10,994,470

 

 

11,183,216

 

 

10,988,990

 

(1) Branch closure costs include severance pay recorded in compensation and benefits, accelerated depreciation expense and lease termination fees included in occupancy and other costs included in other non-interest expense in the consolidated statement of operations.
(2) Audit and financial reporting costs include additional audit and professional fees related to the change in our year end from September 30 to December 31, effective December 31, 2018.
(3) Gain on sale of branch resulted from the sale of our sole Michigan office in Rochester Hills.
(4) Gain on sale of insurance agency resulted from the sale of Wells Insurance Agency.
(5) Settlement proceeds includes litigation income from a JP Morgan Residential Mortgage Backed Security (RMBS) claim.  This distribution represents a supplement to the proceeds received in March 2017 from a JP Morgan RMBS previously owned by the Bank and sold in 2011.
(6) Net income as adjusted is a non-GAAP measure that management believes enhances the markets ability to assess the underlying business performance and trends related to core business activities.
(7) Provision for income tax on net income as adjusted is calculated at our effective tax rate for each respective period presented.


Nonperforming Assets
(in thousands, except ratios)

 

 

June 30, 2020
and Three
Months Ended

 

March 31, 2020
and Three
Months Ended

 

December 31, 2019
and Three
Months Ended

 

June 30, 2019
and Three
Months Ended

Nonperforming assets:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nonaccrual loans

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Commercial real estate

 

$

3,221

 

 

$

3,505

 

 

$

5,705

 

 

$

1,732

 

Agricultural real estate

 

5,979

 

 

7,162

 

 

7,568

 

 

5,717

 

Commercial and industrial (C&I)

 

1,306

 

 

1,360

 

 

1,850

 

 

1,785

 

Agricultural operating

 

1,496

 

 

1,739

 

 

1,702

 

 

1,915

 

Residential mortgage

 

2,666

 

 

2,139

 

 

2,063

 

 

2,298

 

Consumer installment

 

119

 

 

185

 

 

168

 

 

165

 

Total nonaccrual loans

 

$

14,787

 

 

$

16,090

 

 

$

19,056

 

 

$

13,612

 

Accruing loans past due 90 days or more

 

1,880

 

 

1,670

 

 

1,104

 

 

880

 

Total nonperforming loans (NPLs)

 

16,667

 

 

17,760

 

 

20,160

 

 

14,492

 

Other real estate owned (OREO)

 

692

 

 

1,412

 

 

1,429

 

 

1,354

 

Other collateral owned

 

42

 

 

20

 

 

31

 

 

33

 

Total nonperforming assets (NPAs)

 

$

17,401

 

 

$

19,192

 

 

$

21,620

 

 

$

15,879

 

Troubled Debt Restructurings (TDRs)

 

$

13,119

 

 

$

12,088

 

 

$

12,594

 

 

$

10,000

 

Nonaccrual TDRs

 

$

6,992

 

 

$

7,711

 

 

$

7,198

 

 

$

4,101

 

Average outstanding loan balance

 

$

1,266,273

 

 

$

1,172,246

 

 

$

1,136,330

 

 

$

1,023,447

 

Loans, end of period

 

$

1,281,175

 

 

$

1,180,951

 

 

$

1,177,380

 

 

$

1,019,957

 

Total assets, end of period

 

$

1,607,000

 

 

$

1,505,164

 

 

$

1,531,249

 

 

$

1,348,420

 

Allowance for loan losses (ALL), at beginning of period

 

$

11,835

 

 

$

10,320

 

 

$

9,177

 

 

$

8,707

 

Loans charged off:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Commercial/Agricultural real estate

 

 

 

 

 

(156

)

 

(225

)

C&I/Agricultural operating

 

(246

)

 

(442

)

 

 

 

 

Residential mortgage

 

 

 

(27

)

 

(16

)

 

(23

)

Consumer installment

 

(65

)

 

(51

)

 

(119

)

 

(48

)

Total loans charged off

 

(311

)

 

(520

)

 

(291

)

 

(296

)

Recoveries of loans previously charged off:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Commercial/Agricultural real estate

 

76

 

 

 

 

 

 

3

 

C&I/Agricultural operating

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Residential mortgage

 

6

 

 

13

 

 

3

 

 

 

Consumer installment

 

17

 

 

22

 

 

31

 

 

20

 

Total recoveries of loans previously charged off:

 

99

 

 

35

 

 

34

 

 

23

 

Net loans charged off (NCOs)

 

(212

)

 

(485

)

 

(257

)

 

(273

)

Additions to ALL via provision for loan losses charged to operations

 

1,750

 

 

2,000

 

 

1,400

 

 

325

 

ALL, at end of period

 

$

13,373

 

 

$

11,835

 

 

$

10,320

 

 

$

8,759

 

Ratios:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ALL to NCOs (annualized)

 

1,577.00

%

 

610.05

%

 

1,003.89

%

 

802.11

%

NCOs (annualized) to average loans

 

0.07

%

 

0.17

%

 

0.09

%

 

0.11

%

ALL to total loans

 

1.04

%

 

1.00

%

 

0.88

%

 

0.86

%

NPLs to total loans

 

1.30

%

 

1.50

%

 

1.71

%

 

1.42

%

NPAs to total assets

 

1.08

%

 

1.28

%

 

1.41

%

 

1.18

%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Nonperforming Originated / Acquired Assets
(in thousands, except ratios)

 

 

June 30, 2020
and Three
Months Ended

 

March 31, 2020
and Three
Months Ended

 

December 31, 2019
and Three
Months Ended

 

June 30, 2019
and Three
Months Ended

Nonperforming assets:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Originated nonperforming assets:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nonaccrual loans

 

$

3,951

 

 

$

4,017

 

 

$

4,285

 

 

$

4,220

 

Accruing loans past due 90 days or more

 

1,455

 

 

1,174

 

 

946

 

 

617

 

Total originated nonperforming loans (NPL)

 

5,406

 

 

5,191

 

 

5,231

 

 

4,837

 

Other real estate owned (OREO)

 

270

 

 

337

 

 

441

 

 

70

 

Other collateral owned

 

42

 

 

20

 

 

28

 

 

33

 

Total originated nonperforming assets (NPAs)

 

$

5,718

 

 

$

5,548

 

 

$

5,700

 

 

$

4,940

 

Acquired nonperforming assets:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nonaccrual loans

 

$

10,836

 

 

$

12,073

 

 

$

14,771

 

 

$

9,392

 

Accruing loans past due 90 days or more

 

425

 

 

496

 

 

158

 

 

263

 

Total acquired nonperforming loans (NPL)

 

11,261

 

 

12,569

 

 

14,929

 

 

9,655

 

Other real estate owned (OREO)

 

422

 

 

1,075

 

 

988

 

 

1,284

 

Other collateral owned

 

 

 

 

 

3

 

 

 

Total acquired nonperforming assets (NPAs)

 

$

11,683

 

 

$

13,644

 

 

$

15,920

 

 

$

10,939

 

Total nonperforming assets (NPAs)

 

$

17,401

 

 

$

19,192

 

 

$

21,620

 

 

$

15,879

 

Loans, end of period

 

$

1,281,175

 

 

$