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Citizens Holding Company Reports Earnings

Citizens Holding Company (NASDAQ:CIZN) announced today results of operations for the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2019.

Net income for the three months ended December 31, 2019 was $1.971 million, or $0.35 per share-basic and diluted, an increase of $256 thousand from net income of $1.715 million, or $0.35 per share-basic and diluted for the same quarter in 2018. The majority of the increase relates to an increase in the net interest income partially offset by an increase in income tax expense.

Net interest income for the fourth quarter of 2019, after the provision for loan losses, was $7.204 million, approximately 15.6% higher than the same period in 2018. The provision for loan losses for the three months ended December 31, 2019 was $101 thousand compared to $193 thousand for the same period in 2018. The decrease in the provision reflects management’s estimate of inherent losses in the loan portfolio including the impact of current local and national economic conditions and minimal loan losses in recent years. The net interest margin was 2.79% for the fourth quarter of 2019 compared to 2.93% for the same period in 2018. This decrease was due to an increase in interest rates paid on interest bearing liabilities partially offset by an increase in yields on interest bearing assets.

Non-interest income increased in the fourth quarter of 2019 by $922 thousand, or 41.9%, while non-interest expenses increased $952 thousand, or 14.1%, compared to the same period in 2018. The increase in non-interest income was mainly the result of gains from security sales due to strategic investment decisions coupled with death benefit proceeds from a bank-owned life insurance policy partially offset by a decrease in mortgage loan origination income. Non-interest expense increased primarily due to an increase in salaries and benefits from the Charter Bank acquisition coupled with acquisition-related professional fees.

Net income for the twelve months ended December 31, 2019 decreased 11.5% to $5.902 million, or $1.17 per share-basic and diluted, from $6.672 million, or $1.36 per share-basic and diluted, for the twelve months ended December 31, 2018.

Net interest income for the twelve months ended December 31, 2019, after the provision for loan losses, decreased 5.6% to $25.066 million from $26.566 million for the year ended in 2018. Net interest margin for the twelve months ended December 31, 2019, decreased to 2.77% in 2019 from 3.05% in 2018. The provision for loan losses for the twelve months ended December 31, 2019 was $573 thousand compared to $334 thousand in 2018.

Non-interest income increased by $1.149 million, or 13.3%, and non-interest expense decreased by $107 thousand, or 0.4%, for the twelve months ended December 31, 2019 when compared to the same period in 2018. The increase in non-interest income was discussed above. The decrease in non-interest expense was mainly due to a refund of excess prepaid postage and continued cost containment focus throughout the Company, partially offset by an increase in salaries and benefits related to the Charter Bank acquisition.

Total assets as of December 31, 2019 increased to $1.195 billion, up $236.804 million, or 24.7%, when compared to $958.630 million at December 31, 2018. Deposits increased by $142.774 million, or 18.9%, and loans, net of unearned income, increased by $147.790 million, or 34.4%, when compared to December 31, 2018. The increase in loans, net of unearned income, was due to the Charter Bank acquisition coupled with new loan demand in excess of loan paydowns. Non-performing assets increased by $2.454 million to $15.802 million at December 31, 2019 as compared to $13.348 million at December 31, 2018, due to an increase in non-accrual loans and loans 90 days or more past due and still accruing and other real estate owned.

During the twelve months ended December 31, 2019, the Company paid dividends totaling $0.96 per share.

Citizens and its wholly-owned subsidiary, Citizens Bank, are both headquartered in Philadelphia, Mississippi. The Bank currently has twenty-eight banking locations in fourteen counties in East Central and South Mississippi and a Loan Production Office in Oxford, Mississippi to offer loan services to north Mississippi. In addition to full service commercial banking, the Bank offers mortgage loans, title insurance services through its subsidiary, Title Services, LLC, and a full range of Internet banking services including online banking, bill pay and cash management services for businesses. Internet banking services are available at the Bank’s website, www.thecitizensbankphila.com. Citizens stock is listed on the NASDAQ Global Market and is traded under the symbol CIZN. The Company’s transfer agent is American Stock Transfer & Trust Company. Information about Citizens may be obtained by accessing its corporate website at www.citizensholdingcompany.com.

This press release includes "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. All statements other than statements of historical facts included in this release regarding the Company’s financial position, results of operations, business strategies, plans, objectives and expectations for future operations, are forward looking statements. The Company can give no assurances that the assumptions upon which such forward-looking statements are based will prove to have been correct. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they are made. The Company does not undertake a duty to update forward-looking statements to reflect circumstances or events that occur after the date the forward-looking statements are made. Such forward-looking statements are subject to certain risks, uncertainties and assumptions. The risks and uncertainties that may affect the operation, performance, development and results of the Company’s and the Bank’s business include, but are not limited to, the following: (a) the risk of adverse changes in business conditions in the banking industry generally and in the specific markets in which the Company operates; (b) changes in the legislative and regulatory environment that negatively impact the Company and Bank through increased operating expenses; (c) increased competition from other financial institutions; (d) the impact of technological advances; (e) expectations about the movement of interest rates, including actions that may be taken by the Federal Reserve Board in response to changing economic conditions; (f) changes in asset quality and loan demand; (g) expectations about overall economic strength and the performance of the economics in the Company’s market area; and (h) other risks detailed from time to time in the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Should one or more of these risks materialize or should any such underlying assumptions prove to be significantly different, actual results may vary significantly from those anticipated, estimated, projected or expected.

Citizens Holding Company

Financial Highlights

(amounts in thousands, except share and per share data)

 

For the Three Months Ending

 For the Twelve Months Ending

 December 31,

 September 30,

 December 31,

 December 31,

 December 31,

2019

2019

2018

2019

2018

INTEREST INCOME

Loans, including fees

$7,433

$5,940

$5,375

$24,653

$20,242

Investment securities

2,073

2,291

2,670

9,801

10,924

Other interest

377

213

48

907

193

9,883

8,444

8,093

35,361

31,359

 

INTEREST EXPENSE

Deposits

2,151

1,923

1,084

7,719

2,811

Other borrowed funds

427

603

585

2,003

1,648

2,578

2,526

1,669

9,722

4,459

 

NET INTEREST INCOME

7,305

5,918

6,424

25,639

26,900

 

PROVISION FOR LOAN LOSSES

101

12

193

573

334

 

NET INTEREST INCOME AFTER PROVISION FOR LOAN LOSSES

7,204

5,906

6,231

25,066

26,566

 

NON-INTEREST INCOME

Service charges on deposit accounts

1,144

1,126

1,180

4,413

4,562

Other service charges and fees

812

864

732

3,129

2,879

Other non-interest income

1,166

517

288

2,206

1,158

3,122

2,507

2,200

9,748

8,599

 

NON-INTEREST EXPENSE

Salaries and employee benefits

4,358

3,509

3,519

14,883

14,530

Occupancy expense

1,125

1,288

1,357

5,245

5,730

Other non-interest expense

2,245

2,071

1,900

7,430

7,405

7,728

6,868

6,776

27,558

27,665

 

NET INCOME BEFORE TAXES

2,598

1,545

1,655

7,256

7,500

 

INCOME TAX EXPENSE

627

212

(60)

1,354

828

 

NET INCOME

$1,971

$1,333

$1,715

$5,902

$6,672

 

Earnings per share - basic

$0.35

$0.27

$0.35

$1.17

$1.36

 

Earnings per share - diluted

$0.35

$0.27

$0.35

$1.17

$1.36

 

Dividends paid

$0.24

$0.24

$0.24

$0.96

$0.96

 

Weighted average shares outstanding - basic

5,558,891

4,900,030

4,892,530

5,063,736

4,889,420

 

Weighted average shares outstanding - diluted

5,561,351

4,901,495

4,896,201

5,066,103

4,899,218

 
 

For the Period Ended,

December 31,

September 30,

December 31,

2019

2019

2018

Period End Balance Sheet Data:

Total assets

$1,195,434

$1,049,603

$958,630

Total earning assets

1,105,103

971,289

885,416

Loans, net of unearned income

577,067

473,498

429,277

Allowance for loan losses

3,755

3,806

3,372

Total deposits

898,996

794,314

756,222

Short-term borrowings

-

-

-

Long-term borrowings

6

8

15

Shareholders' equity

112,800

98,999

83,866

Book value per share

$20.22

$20.15

$17.09

 

Period End Average Balance Sheet Data:

Total assets

$1,164,570

$1,026,700

$971,893

Total earning assets

1,068,683

951,520

894,099

Loans, net of unearned income

561,483

453,503

418,136

Total deposits

929,598

807,230

760,992

Short-term borrowings

2,096

1,983

20,986

Long-term borrowings

10

11

512

Shareholders' equity

96,295

90,885

83,907

 

Period End Non-performing Assets:

Non-accrual loans

$11,993

$12,359

$9,839

Loans 90+ days past due and accruing

257

220

73

Other real estate owned

3,552

3,383

3,440

 
 

As of

December 31,

September 30,

December 31,

2019

2019

2018

 

Year to Date Net charge-offs as a percentage of average net loans

0.03%

0.01%

0.00%

 

Year to Date Performance Ratios:

Return on average assets(1)

0.51%

0.51%

0.69%

Return on average equity(1)

6.13%

5.77%

7.95%

 

Year to Date Net Interest Margin (tax equivalent)(1)

2.77%

2.62%

3.05%

 

(1) Annualized

 

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Contacts

Citizens Holding Company, Philadelphia
Robert T. Smith, 601/656-4692
rsmith@tcbphila.com