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Evans Bancorp Reports Net Income of $4.9 Million in First Quarter 2021

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Evans Bancorp, Inc. (the "Company" or "Evans") (NYSE American: EVBN), a community financial services company serving Western New York since 1920, today reported its results of operations for the first quarter ended March 31, 2021. Results include the acquisition of Fairport Savings Bank ("FSB"), effective May 1, 2020.

FIRST QUARTER 2021 HIGHLIGHTS (compared with prior-year period unless otherwise noted)

  • Originated $89 million of PPP loans and $90 million of other commercial loans during the first quarter

  • Net interest income increased 30% to $16.6 million reflecting the FSB acquisition and fees earned in connection with Paycheck Protection Program ("PPP")

  • Results included $0.3 million provision for loan loss due to specific reserves associated with a single commercial customer relationship, partially offset by continued positive macroeconomic trends

  • Total non-interest expense decreased sequentially to $14.4 million due to expense
    management efforts

  • Total deposits increased 41% to $1.87 billion

Net income was $4.9 million, or $0.89 per diluted share, in the first quarter of 2021, compared with $6.0 million, or $1.11 per diluted share, in the fourth quarter of 2020 and $0.2 million, or $0.04 per diluted share, in last year’s first quarter. The increase from the prior-year period included higher net interest income of $3.8 million reflecting the impacts of the FSB acquisition and fees earned in connection with PPP, along with a $2.7 million decrease in provision for loan loss reflecting the deterioration of economic trends and conditions related to the Coronavirus pandemic ("COVID-19") in last year’s first quarter. Partially offsetting these benefits was a $1.5 million increase in non-interest expenses primarily due to the addition of FSB. The change in net income from the previous quarter reflected a $0.7 million gain on sale of assets recorded in the fourth quarter and a $0.4 million increase in provision for loan loss, largely reflecting specific reserves on loans associated with a single commercial customer relationship.

Return on average equity was 11.48% for the first quarter of 2021, compared with 14.51% in the fourth quarter of 2020 and 0.55% in the first quarter of 2020.

"We delivered a solid quarter evidencing the promise of a reopening economy and increased business opportunities, with focused support of our clients and the community with additional PPP loans and traction in our acquisition of FSB returning us to the execution of our long-term strategy. These positive developments were muted slightly by the lingering challenges and uneven corporate recovery caused by the pandemic and margin pressures," said David J. Nasca, President and CEO of Evans Bancorp, Inc. "Loan and deposit levels are up significantly over the past year and loan production (excluding PPP) is beginning the year at high levels with robust pipelines providing an optimistic view for future performance. We are encouraged by the opportunities we see as the economy recovers and believe we are well positioned to deliver strong performance going forward."

Net Interest Income

($ in thousands)

1Q 2021

4Q 2020

1Q 2020

Interest income

$

17,970

$

18,175

$

15,823

Interest expense

1,373

1,744

3,047

Net interest income

16,597

16,431

12,776

Provision for loan losses (credit)

313

(126

)

2,999

Net interest income after provision

$

16,284

$

16,557

$

9,777

Net interest income increased $3.8 million, or 30%, from the prior-year first quarter, due to higher average interest-earning assets as the Company recognized the benefits of the FSB acquisition and PPP lending. As PPP loans are forgiven, the Company is accelerating the recognition of the fees that were being amortized over the original life of the loan. PPP fees recognized in interest income were $1.7 million and $1.4 million during the first quarter of 2021 and fourth quarter of 2020, respectively. There were no PPP fees recognized during the first quarter of 2020. Net interest income increased $0.2 million, or 1%, from the fourth quarter of 2020.

First quarter net interest margin of 3.43% increased 5 basis points from the fourth quarter of 2020, reflecting the accelerated PPP fee amortization and reduced interest expense as the Company continued to align rates on deposits. Net interest margin was down 21 basis points from the first quarter of 2020 due to the Federal Reserve’s decrease of the fed funds rate by 150 basis points early in 2020, and changes in the mix of interest-earning assets, including greater interest earning cash balances, PPP loans and residential mortgages from FSB. The yield on loans decreased 3 basis points when compared with the fourth quarter of 2020 and decreased 74 basis points when compared with the first quarter of 2020. The cost of interest-bearing liabilities decreased to 0.39% compared with 0.49% in the fourth quarter of 2020 and 1.17% in the first quarter of 2020.

The $0.3 million provision for loan losses reflects $1.1 million in specific reserves associated with a single commercial customer relationship, partially offset by continued positive macroeconomic trends. Evans has deferred the adoption of the Current Expected Credit Loss Impairment Model (CECL), as permitted by its classification as a Smaller Reporting Company by the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Asset Quality

($ in thousands)

1Q 2021

4Q 2020

1Q 2020

Total non-performing loans

$

29,079

$

28,118

$

16,717

Total net loan charge-offs

27

60

17

Non-performing loans / Total loans

1.66

%

1.66

%

1.34

%

Net loan charge-offs / Average loans

0.01

%

0.01

%

0.01

%

Allowance for loan losses / Total loans

1.18

%

1.21

%

1.46

%

The Company continues to classify loans to clients within the hotel industry as criticized given their level of seasonality and ongoing challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic. At March 31, 2021, criticized assets totaled $153.9 million, with the hotel portfolio comprising 53% of that amount. The Company continues to monitor each client in that industry including on-going conversations with the borrowers. The $12.4 million increase in non-performing assets compared with the prior-year period primarily reflects commercial loans that were moved to nonaccrual status, including two hotel borrowers that have longer-term implications beyond typical seasonality performance.

"We had a healthy level of commercial originations during the quarter. That activity was muted by a heightened level of refinancing activity given the low rate environment and loan payoffs given excess liquidity that exists in the market. Importantly, our loan pipeline remains robust, which provides confidence that we can generate growth excluding PPP over the coming quarters," stated John Connerton, Chief Financial Officer of Evans Bank. "Except for the one commercial relationship that required the reserve, we would have experienced a release of provision reflecting solid credit quality across our portfolio and continued positive macroeconomic trends. We are continuing to monitor our hotel portfolio, which has remained stable since the fourth quarter of 2020. Given the seasonality associated with many of these properties, we expect to have a better feel for their long-term performance over the coming spring and summer months."

Non-Interest Income

($ in thousands)

1Q 2021

4Q 2020

1Q 2020

Deposit service charges

$

572

$

619

$

628

Insurance service and fee revenue

2,502

2,301

2,425

Bank-owned life insurance

163

172

160

Loss on tax credit investment

-

-

(2,475

)

Refundable NY state historic tax credit

-

-

1,857

Other income

1,329

1,711

743

Total non-interest income

$

4,566

$

4,803

$

3,338

The increase in insurance service and fee revenue from the fourth quarter of 2020 reflects seasonally higher policy renewals for institutional clients, including businesses and municipalities.

The first quarter of 2020 included a $0.6 million net reduction of non-interest income related to an investment in an historic rehabilitation tax credit. There were no historic tax credit transactions in the first quarter of 2021 or fourth quarter of 2020.

The decrease in other income from the sequential fourth quarter was largely due to a $0.7 million gain recognized on the sale of the Company’s former administrative headquarters during the fourth quarter of 2020. The increase in other income from the prior-year period was mainly due to a $0.3 million increase in loan fees resulting from higher volume and $0.3 million increase in income from the changes in the fair value of mortgage servicing rights.

Non-Interest Expense

($ in thousands)

1Q 2021

4Q 2020

1Q 2020

Salaries and employee benefits

$

9,044

$

9,087

$

7,797

Occupancy

1,187

1,169

861

Advertising and public relations

263

233

269

Professional services

959

893

914

Technology and communications

1,264

1,306

1,096

Amortization of intangibles

135

133

130

FDIC insurance

300

339

179

Merger-related expenses

-

-

460

Other expenses

1,213

1,350

1,164

Total non-interest expenses

$

14,365

$

14,510

$

12,870

Total non-interest expense decreased $0.1 million, or 1%, from the fourth quarter of 2020 largely due to prudent expense management. Salaries and benefits costs were up from the prior-year period largely due to the addition of personnel related to the FSB acquisition.

The increase in technology and communications from the prior-year period was due to higher software costs primarily due to FSB and additional expenditures related to COVID-19.

The higher level of FDIC insurance expense reflects higher total average assets as a result of FSB and higher insurance assessment rates.

Merger-related expenses recognized during the first quarter of 2020 related to legal expenses in connection with the FSB acquisition.

The Company’s GAAP efficiency ratio, or noninterest expenses divided by the sum of net interest income and noninterest income, was 67.9% in the first quarter of 2021, 68.3% in the fourth quarter of 2020, and 79.9% in the first quarter of 2020. The Company’s non-GAAP efficiency ratio, excluding amortization expense, gains and losses from investment securities, and merger-related expenses, was 67.2% compared with 67.7% in the fourth quarter of 2020 and 73.4% in last year’s first quarter.

Income tax expense was $1.6 million, or an effective tax rate of 25.2%, for the first quarter of 2021 compared with 12.0% in the fourth quarter of 2020 and 16.7% in last year’s first quarter. Excluding the impact of the first quarter 2020 historic tax credit transaction, the effective tax rate was 22.1% and 25.4% in the fourth and first quarters of 2020, respectively.

Balance Sheet Highlights

Total assets were $2.14 billion as of March 31, 2021, an increase of 5% from $2.04 billion at 2020 year end, and up 41% from $1.52 billion at March 31, 2020. The year-over-year increase reflects the addition of $323 million of assets, including $271 million of loans, upon the acquisition of FSB and the Company’s loan growth over the last year, including the origination of $292 million of PPP loans, of which $89 million originated during the first quarter of 2021.

Investment securities were $195 million at March 31, 2021, $28 million higher than the end of the fourth quarter of 2020, and $33 million higher than at the end of last year’s first quarter. The increases reflect the use of excess cash balances. The primary objectives of the Company’s investment portfolio are to provide liquidity, secure municipal deposits, and maximize income while preserving the safety of principal.

Total deposits of $1.87 billion increased $101 million, or 6%, from December 31, 2020, and were up $544 million, or 41%, from the end of last year’s first quarter. The increase from the prior year reflects the addition of $239 million of deposits upon the FSB acquisition and an accumulation of liquidity by commercial customers in response to the pandemic, including deposits related to PPP loans, and increases in consumer deposits from government stimulus payments and lower consumer spending. The increase from the sequential fourth quarter largely reflects commercial deposits related to the second round of PPP loans and an increase in consumer deposits from government stimulus payments and lower consumer spending.

Capital Management

The Company has consistently maintained regulatory capital ratios measurably above the Federal "well capitalized" standard, including a Tier 1 leverage ratio of 8.19% at March 31, 2021 compared with 8.21% at December 31, 2020 and 9.92% at March 31, 2020. Book value per share was $30.76 at March 31, 2021 compared with $31.21 at December 31, 2020 and $29.96 at March 31, 2020.

On February 16, 2021, the Company declared a cash dividend of $0.60 per common share, which was paid on April 6, 2021. The semi-annual dividend represented a $0.02, or 3% increase from the previous semi-annual dividend paid in October 2020.

On February 25, 2021, Evans approved a stock repurchase program authorizing the repurchase of up to 300,000 shares of its outstanding common stock. No shares were repurchased in the first quarter.

Webcast and Conference Call

The Company will host a conference call and webcast on Thursday, April 29, 2021 at 4:45 p.m. ET. Management will review the financial and operating results for the first quarter of 2021, as well as the Company’s strategy and outlook. A question and answer session will follow the formal presentation.

The conference call can be accessed by calling (201) 689-8471. Alternatively, the webcast can be monitored at www.evansbancorp.com.

A telephonic replay will be available from 7:45 p.m. ET on the day of the teleconference until Thursday, May 6, 2021. To listen to the archived call, dial (412) 317-6671 and enter conference ID number 13718358, or access the webcast replay at www.evansbancorp.com , where a transcript will be posted once available.

About Evans Bancorp, Inc.

Evans Bancorp, Inc. is a financial holding company and the parent company of Evans Bank, N.A., a commercial bank with $2.1 billion in assets and $1.9 billion in deposits at March 31, 2021. Evans is a full-service community bank with 20 financial centers providing comprehensive financial services to consumer, business and municipal customers throughout Western New York. Evans Insurance Agency, a wholly owned subsidiary, provides life insurance, employee benefits, and property and casualty insurance through ten offices in the Western New York region. Evans Investment Services provides non-deposit investment products, such as annuities and mutual funds.

Evans Bancorp, Inc. and Evans Bank routinely post news and other important information on their websites, at www.evansbancorp.com and www.evansbank.com.

Safe Harbor Statement: This news release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements concerning future business, revenue and earnings. These statements are not historical facts or guarantees of future performance, events or results. There are risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause the actual results of Evans Bancorp to differ materially from the results expressed or implied by such statements. Factors that may cause actual results to differ materially from those contemplated by such forward-looking statements include the impacts from COVID-19, competitive pressures among financial services companies, interest rate trends, general economic conditions, changes in legislation or regulatory requirements, effectiveness at achieving stated goals and strategies, and difficulties in achieving operating efficiencies. These risks and uncertainties are more fully described in Evans Bancorp’s Annual and Quarterly Reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they are made. Evans Bancorp undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise forward-looking information, whether as a result of new, updated information, future events or otherwise.

EVANS BANCORP, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

SELECTED FINANCIAL DATA (UNAUDITED)

(in thousands, except shares and per share data)

3/31/2021

12/31/2020

9/30/2020

6/30/2020

3/31/2020

ASSETS

Interest-bearing deposits at banks

$

105,658

$

83,902

$

88,249

$

109,943

$

40,706

Investment Securities

195,012

166,600

160,757

169,975

162,038

Loans

1,747,229

1,693,794

1,703,076

1,685,761

1,246,206

Allowance for loan losses

(20,701

)

(20,415

)

(20,601

)

(18,754

)

(18,157

)

Goodwill and intangible assets

14,817

14,951

15,085

15,222

13,421

All other assets

102,250

105,283

110,427

103,793

80,597

Total assets

$

2,144,265

$

2,044,115

$

2,056,993

$

2,065,940

$

1,524,811

LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS'

EQUITY

Demand deposits

486,385

436,157

442,536

428,655

273,623

NOW deposits

238,769

230,751

215,492

229,788

159,223

Savings deposits

924,781

825,947

799,739

794,513

625,773

Time deposits

222,002

278,554

323,211

356,147

268,978

Total deposits

1,871,937

1,771,409

1,780,978

1,809,103

1,327,597

Borrowings

78,278

79,663

82,909

67,715

23,902

Other liabilities

27,076

24,138

30,218

27,124

25,216

Total stockholders' equity

166,974

168,905

162,888

161,998

148,096

SHARES AND CAPITAL RATIOS

Common shares outstanding

5,428,993

5,411,384

5,376,742

5,376,872

4,942,802

Book value per share

$

30.76

$

31.21

$

30.29

$

30.13

$

29.96

Tier 1 leverage ratio

8.19

%

8.21

%

7.82

%

8.44

%

9.92

%

Tier 1 risk-based capital ratio

11.90

%

11.62

%

11.28

%

11.14

%

11.84

%

Total risk-based capital ratio

13.15

%

12.88

%

12.53

%

12.39

%

13.09

%

ASSET QUALITY DATA

Total non-performing loans

$

29,079

$

28,118

$

21,466

$

19,718

$

16,717

Total net loan charge-offs

27

60

34

-

17

Non-performing loans/Total loans

1.66

%

1.66

%

1.26

%

1.17

%

1.34

%

Net loan charge-offs /Average loans

0.01

%

0.01

%

0.01

%

-

%

0.01

%

Allowance for loans losses/Total loans

1.18

%

1.21

%

1.21

%

1.11

%

1.46

%

EVANS BANCORP, INC AND SUBSIDIARIES

SELECTED OPERATIONS DATA (UNAUDITED)

(in thousands, except share and per share data)

2021

2020

2020

2020

2020

First Quarter

Fourth Quarter

Third Quarter

Second Quarter

First Quarter

Interest income

$

17,970

$

18,175

$

17,766

$

17,069

$

15,823

Interest expense

1,373

1,744

2,124

2,136

3,047

Net interest income

16,597

16,431

15,642

14,933

12,776

Provision (credit) for loan losses

313

(126

)

1,881

597

2,999

Net interest income after provision

16,284

16,557

13,761

14,336

9,777

Deposit service charges

572

619

598

397

628

Insurance service and fee revenue

2,502

2,301

3,217

2,667

2,425

Bank-owned life insurance

163

172

...

170

178

160

Loss on tax credit investment

-

-

-

...

-

(2,475

)

Refundable NY state historic tax credit

-

-

-

-

1,857

Gain on sale of securities

-

-

667

-

-

Other income

1,329

1,711

1,205

997

743

Total non-interest income

4,566

4,803

5,857

4,239

3,338

Salaries and employee benefits

9,044

9,087

8,101

8,005

7,797

Occupancy

1,187

1,169

1,204

1,062

861

Advertising and public relations

263

233

503

123

269

Professional services

959

893

865

872

914

Technology and communications

1,264

1,306

1,365

1,467

1,096

Amortization of intangibles

135

133

136

134

130

FDIC insurance

300

339

290

282

179

Merger-related expenses

-

-

524

4,974

460

Other expenses

1,213

1,350

1,480

1,093

1,164

Total non-interest expenses

14,365

14,510

14,468

18,012

12,870

Income before income taxes

6,485

6,850

5,150

563

245

Income tax provision

1,633

821

606

94

41

Net income

4,852

6,029

4,544

469

204

PER SHARE DATA

Net income per common share-diluted

$

0.89

$

1.11

$

0.84

$

0.09

$

0.04

Cash dividends per common share

$

0.60

$

-

$

0.58

$

-

$

0.58

Weighted average number of diluted shares

5,463,674

5,416,198

5,395,806

5,243,581

4,992,214

PERFORMANCE RATIOS

Return on average total assets

0.93

%

1.18

%

0.88

%

0.10

%

0.05

%

Return on average stockholders' equity

11.48

%

14.51

%

11.09

%

1.19

%

0.55

%

Efficiency ratio

67.88

%

68.33

%

67.30

%

93.95

%

79.87

%

Efficiency ratio (Non-GAAP)*

67.24

%

67.71

%

66.28

%

67.30

%

73.39

%

* The calculation of the non-GAAP efficiency ratio excludes amortization of intangibles, gains and losses from investment securities, merger-related expenses and the impact of historic tax credit transactions.

EVANS BANCORP, INC AND SUBSIDIARIES

SELECTED AVERAGE BALANCES AND YIELDS/RATES (UNAUDITED)

(in thousands)

2021

2020

2020

2020

2020

First Quarter

Fourth Quarter

Third Quarter

Second Quarter

First Quarter

AVERAGE BALANCES

Loans, net

$

1,706,325

$

1,677,502

$

1,671,338

$

1,535,206

$

1,219,230

Investment securities

180,473

162,941

172,712

179,677

136,029

Interest-bearing deposits at banks

76,651

92,974

106,154

73,973

57,319

Total interest-earning assets

1,963,449

1,933,417

1,950,204

1,788,856

1,412,578

Non interest-earning assets

115,200

117,458

117,244

107,738

89,804

Total Assets

$

2,078,649

$

2,050,875

$

2,067,448

$

1,896,594

$

1,502,382

NOW

230,627

218,587

221,343

203,458

144,564

Savings

866,991

818,878

799,082

721,578

605,103

Time deposits

246,120

300,605

337,967

337,187

274,576

Total interest-bearing deposits

1,343,738

1,338,070

1,358,392

1,262,223

1,024,243

Borrowings

78,284

80,814

84,926

51,493

24,708

Total interest-bearing liabilities

1,422,022

1,418,884

1,443,318

1,313,716

1,048,951

Demand deposits

464,579

439,953

430,658

399,807

281,624

Other non-interest bearing liabilities

23,031

25,882

29,644

25,540

22,127

Stockholders' equity

169,017

166,156

163,828

157,531

149,680

Total Liabilities and Equity

$

2,078,649

$

2,050,875

$

2,067,448

$

1,896,594

$

1,502,382

YIELD/RATE

Loans, net

4.06

%

4.09

%

4.01

%

4.22

%

4.80

%

Investment securities

2.00

%

2.18

%

2.06

%

2.12

%

3.24

%

Interest-bearing deposits at banks

0.08

%

0.10

%

0.10

%

0.08

%

1.27

%

Total interest-earning assets

3.71

%

3.74

%

3.62

%

3.84

%

4.51

%

NOW

0.13

%

0.15

%

0.19

%

0.24

%

0.50

%

Savings

0.20

%

0.24

%

0.33

%

0.37

%

0.87

%

Time deposits

0.64

%

0.90

%

1.04

%

1.40

%

2.02

%

Total interest-bearing deposits

0.27

%

0.37

%

0.48

%

0.62

%

1.13

%

Borrowings

2.52

%

2.43

%

2.26

%

1.41

%

2.78

%

Total interest-bearing liabilities

0.39

%

0.49

%

0.59

%

0.65

%

1.17

%

Interest rate spread

3.32

%

3.25

%

3.03

%

3.19

%

3.34

%

Contribution of interest-free funds

0.11

%

0.13

%

0.16

%

0.17

%

0.30

%

Net interest margin

3.43

%

3.38

%

3.19

%

3.36

%

3.64

%

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Contacts

John B. Connerton
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
(716) 926-2000
jconnerton@evansbank.com
-OR-
Deborah K. Pawlowski
Kei Advisors LLC
(716) 843-3908
dpawlowski@keiadvisors.com

Media Contact:
Kathleen Rizzo Young
Public & Community Relations Manager
716-343-5562
krizzoyoung@evansbank.com