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Ohio Valley Banc Corp. Reports 4th Quarter and Fiscal Year Earnings

GALLIPOLIS, Ohio, Jan. 29, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Ohio Valley Banc Corp. (Nasdaq: OVBC) (the "Company") reported consolidated net income for the quarter ended December 31, 2019, of $3,498,000, a decrease of $358,000 from the $3,856,000 earned for the fourth quarter of 2018. Earnings per share for the fourth quarter of 2019 were $.73 compared to $.82 for the prior year fourth quarter. For the year ended December 31, 2019, net income totaled $9,907,000, a decrease of $2,037,000, or 17.1 percent, from net income of $11,944,000 for the year ended December 31, 2018. Earnings per share were $2.08 for 2019 versus $2.53 for 2018. Return on average assets and return on average equity were .96 percent and 8.10 percent, respectively, for the year ended December 31, 2019, compared to 1.12 percent and 10.63 percent, respectively, for the same period in the prior year.

Thomas E. Wiseman, CEO of Ohio Valley Banc Corp., commented, "It's not often a company records its second highest earnings, and yet feels the year wasn't a complete success.  2019 began with the loss of a key line of business, tax refund processing. While much was done to offset this sudden loss, in the final analysis, the revenue associated with this key line, which impacted both interest and noninterest income, simply couldn't be replicated. The Company did however take the opportunity to initiate changes that should positively impact expenses moving forward and continued to explore new revenue sources. That along with the continued positive impact of our community first mission gives us momentum entering 2020."

For the fourth quarter of 2019, net interest income decreased $427,000, and for the year ended December 31, 2019, net interest income decreased $674,000, from the same respective periods last year.  For the three months ended December 31, 2019, the decrease in net interest income was primarily related to the decrease in the net interest margin, which contracted in relation to actions taken by the Federal Reserve to reduce interest rates during the second half of 2019.  For the three months ended December 31, 2019, the net interest margin was 4.30 percent, compared to 4.50 percent for the same period the prior year. The primary contributor to lower year-to-date net interest income was the decrease in average earning assets due to not processing tax refunds in 2019. As previously disclosed in 2018, a third-party tax refund product provider elected to terminate the Ohio Valley Bank's processing contract early. During 2018, the processing of tax refunds provided $57 million in average deposits that were invested in the Federal Reserve. This activity generated approximately $944,000 in interest revenue for the year ended December 31, 2018 that was not replicated in 2019. For the year ended December 31, 2019, the net interest margin was 4.51 percent, compared to 4.43 percent for the same period the prior year. The increase in the year-to-date net interest margin was primarily related to the higher balances maintained at the Federal Reserve during 2018, which diluted the net interest margin due to the yield on those balances being less than other earning assets, such as loans and securities.

For the three months ended December 31, 2019 and 2018, the Company recorded recovery of loan losses, which improved by $359,000, and for the year ended December 31, 2019, the provision for loan losses decreased $39,000, from the same respective periods in 2018.  For the three months ended December 31, 2019, the recovery of loan loss expense of $1,015,000 was primarily related to net recoveries of loans previously charged-off totaling $1,135,000. During the fourth quarter of 2019, the Company received two large recoveries totaling $1,499,000. In association with the heightened recoveries, the historical loan loss factors improved along with certain economic risk factors, which contributed to lower general reserves.  These improved trends were partially offset by an increase in specific allocations on collateral dependent impaired loans totaling $807,000. For the year ended December 31, 2019, the provision for loan losses incurred of $1,000,000 was primarily related to year-to-date net loan charge-offs of $1,456,000 and an increase in specific allocations on collateral dependent impaired loans of $709,000, which was partially offset by lower general reserves in relation to improved economic risk factors, such as the level of criticized assets and historical loan loss factors. The ratio of nonperforming loans to total loans was 1.30 percent at December 31, 2019 compared to 1.25 percent at December 31, 2018. The allowance for loan losses was .81 percent of total loans at December 31, 2019, compared to .87 percent at December 31, 2018.

For the three months ended December 31, 2019, noninterest income totaled $3,210,000, an increase of $1,813,000 from the same period last year. Noninterest income totaled $9,166,000 for the year ended December 31, 2019, an increase of $228,000 from the same period last year.  Contributing to the increase for the quarter was the net gain of $1,256,000 from the sale of the New Holland and Mount Sterling branch locations that occurred in the fourth quarter. Also contributing to higher quarterly noninterest income was the decrease in the loss on sale of other real estate owned, which decreased $570,000 from the prior year fourth quarter. The primary contributor to this decrease was the liquidation of one foreclosed property during the fourth quarter of 2018, which resulted in a loss on sale of $594,000. The increase in year-to-date noninterest income was related to the gain on the branch sale and lower losses on other real estate owned, as discussed above. Interchange income earned from debit and credit transactions also contributed to the increase. For the year ended December 31, 2019, interchange income increased $243,000 from the same period last year in relation to the growth in number of cards issued and higher transaction volume. Partially offsetting these increases was the decrease in tax refund processing fees. In relation to the third-party tax refund provider terminating the contract as previously discussed, the Company experienced a decline in tax processing fees, which is a per item fee for each tax refund processed. As a result of Ohio Valley Bank not performing such service in 2019, tax processing fees decreased $1,574,000 from year ended December 31, 2018.

For the three months ended December 31, 2019, noninterest expense totaled $10,401,000, an increase of $2,218,000 from the same period last year. For the year ended December 31, 2019, noninterest expense totaled $39,498,000, an increase of $2,072,000, or 5.5 percent, from the same period last year. The Company's largest noninterest expense, salaries and employee benefits, increased $1,398,000 as compared to the fourth quarter of 2018 and increased $1,333,000 as compared to the year ended December 31, 2018. During the fourth quarter of 2019, the Company offered a voluntary severance package to select employees meeting certain criteria. In relation to those that accepted the severance package, the Company incurred a one-time expense of $1,507,000, which is anticipated to reduce salary and employee benefit expense going forward. Absent the severance payout, salary and employee benefit expense would have decreased from the prior year primarily due to the lower number of employees in 2019, which more than offset the expense increase associated with annual merit increases. Further contributing to higher year-to-date noninterest expense was an increase in professional fees of $492,000 from the year ended December 31, 2018, primarily due to litigation related to the early termination of the Ohio Valley Bank's tax refund processing contract. Partially offsetting the increases above was the decrease in FDIC insurance premiums. For the year ended December 31, 3019, FDIC insurance premiums decreased $334,000 in relation to a lower assessment rate and the receipt of a portion of our premium credit granted by the FDIC during the second half of 2019.

The Company's total assets at December 31, 2019 were $1.013 billion, a decrease of $17 million from December 31, 2018. The decrease in assets was related to a $19 million decrease in cash and cash equivalents due to the funding requirement associated with the sale of branches.  Included in the sale of branches was $26 million in deposits, which contributed to the $25 million decrease in total deposits from December 31, 2018. At December 31, 2019, total shareholders' equity totaled $128 million, an increase of $10.3 million, or 8.7 percent, from the prior year end.

Ohio Valley Banc Corp. common stock is traded on the NASDAQ Global Market under the symbol OVBC. The holding company owns Ohio Valley Bank, with 16 offices in Ohio and West Virginia, and Loan Central, with six consumer finance offices in Ohio. Learn more about Ohio Valley Banc Corp. at www.ovbc.com.

Caution Regarding Forward-Looking Information

Certain statements contained in this earnings release that are not statements of historical fact constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.  Words such as "believes," "anticipates," "expects," "appears," "intends," "targeted" and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements but are not the exclusive means of identifying those statements.  Forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties.  Actual results may differ materially from those predicted by the forward-looking statements because of various factors and possible events, including: (i) changes in political, economic or other factors, such as inflation rates, recessionary or expansive trends, taxes, the effects of implementation of federal legislation with respect to taxes and government spending and the continuing economic uncertainty in various parts of the world; (ii) competitive pressures;  (iii) fluctuations in interest rates; (iv) the level of defaults and prepayment on loans made by the Company; (v) unanticipated litigation, claims, or assessments; (vi) fluctuations in the cost of obtaining funds to make loans; and (vii) regulatory changes.  Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date on which they are made, and the Company undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statement to reflect events or circumstances after the date on which the statement is made to reflect unanticipated events.  See Item 1.A. "Risk Factors" in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2018, for further discussion of the risks affecting the business of the Company and the value of an investment in its shares.

OHIO VALLEY BANC CORP - Financial Highlights (Unaudited)


















Three months ended


Twelve months ended




December 31,


December 31,




2019


2018


2019


2018

PER SHARE DATA










  Earnings per share



$             0.73


$             0.82


$               2.08


$             2.53

  Dividends per share



$             0.21


$             0.21


$               0.84


$             0.84

  Book value per share



$           26.77


$           24.87


$            26.77


$           24.87

  Dividend payout ratio (a)



28.68%


25.77%


40.37%


33.20%

  Weighted average shares outstanding

4,783,078


4,737,193


4,767,279


4,725,971











DIVIDEND REINVESTMENT (in 000's)








  Dividends reinvested under










     employee stock ownership plan (b)


$                    -


$                    -


$                179


$              173

  Dividends reinvested under










     dividend reinvestment plan (c)



$              360


$              289


$            1,438


$           1,348











PERFORMANCE RATIOS










  Return on average equity



11.05%


13.39%


8.10%


10.63%

  Return on average assets



1.33%


1.49%


0.96%


1.12%

  Net interest margin (d)



4.30%


4.50%


4.51%


4.43%

  Efficiency ratio (e)



75.89%


66.40%


75.02%


70.47%

  Average earning assets (in 000's)



$      967,403


$      963,707


$        965,047


$       997,385











(a) Total dividends paid as a percentage of net income.







(b) Shares purchased from OVBC.










(c) Shares may be purchased from OVBC and on secondary market.







(d) Fully tax-equivalent net interest income as a percentage of average earning assets.





(e) Noninterest expense as a percentage of fully tax-equivalent net interest income plus noninterest income.



 

 

OHIO VALLEY BANC CORP - Consolidated Statements of Income (Unaudited)






Three months ended


Twelve months ended

(in $000's)



December 31,


December 31,




2019


2018


2019


2018

Interest income:










     Interest and fees on loans



$         11,190


$         11,231


$          45,766


$         44,365

     Interest and dividends on securities


821


851


3,330


3,224

     Interest on interest-bearing deposits with banks

244


287


1,221


1,608

          Total interest income



12,255


12,369


50,317


49,197

Interest expense:










     Deposits



1,580


1,221


6,026


4,155

     Borrowings



289


335


1,239


1,316

          Total interest expense



1,869


1,556


7,265


5,471

Net interest income



10,386


10,813


43,052


43,726

Provision for (recovery of) loan losses 

(1,015)


(656)


1,000


1,039

Noninterest income:










     Service charges on deposit accounts

545


533


2,118


2,084

     Trust fees



69


66


264


263

     Income from bank owned life insurance and








       annuity assets



170


195


704


717

     Mortgage banking income



83


117


310


342

     Electronic refund check / deposit fees

----


13


5


1,579

     Debit / credit card interchange income

970


926


3,905


3,662

     Loss on other real estate owned



(64)


(634)


(65)


(559)

     Net gain on branch divestitures



1,256


----


1,256


----

     Other



181


181


669


850

          Total noninterest income



3,210


1,397


9,166


8,938

Noninterest expense:










     Salaries and employee benefits



6,809


5,411


23,524


22,191

     Occupancy 



401


418


1,771


1,754

     Furniture and equipment 



272


248


1,060


1,023

     Professional fees



549


479


2,508


2,016

     Marketing expense



31


(10)


841


777

     FDIC insurance 



----


79


113


447

     Data processing 



367


(65)


1,996


2,115

     Software



505


373


1,705


1,533

     Foreclosed assets



79


74


266


238

     Amortization of intangibles



117


30


206


135

     Other 



1,271


1,146


5,508


5,197

          Total noninterest expense



10,401


8,183


39,498


37,426

Income before income taxes



4,210


4,683


11,720


14,199

Income taxes



712


827


1,813


2,255

NET INCOME



$           3,498


$           3,856


$            9,907


$         11,944

 

 

OHIO VALLEY BANC CORP - Consolidated Balance Sheets (Unaudited)













(in $000's, except share data)







December 31,


December 31








2019


2018

ASSETS










Cash and noninterest-bearing deposits with banks





$          12,812


$         13,806

Interest-bearing deposits with banks






39,544


57,374

     Total cash and cash equivalents







52,356


71,180

Certificates of deposit in financial institutions





2,360


2,065

Securities available for sale 







105,318


102,164

Securities held to maturity (estimated fair value:  2019 - $12,404; 2018 - $16,234)


12,033


15,816

Restricted investments in bank stocks






7,506


7,506

Total loans 







772,774


777,052

  Less:  Allowance for loan losses 







(6,272)


(6,728)

     Net loans







766,502


770,324

Premises and equipment, net







19,217


14,855

Premises and equipment held for sale, net





653


----

Other real estate owned







540


430

Accrued interest receivable







2,564


2,638

Goodwill







7,319


7,371

Other intangible assets, net







174


379

Bank owned life insurance and annuity assets





30,596


29,392

Operating lease right-of-use asset, net






1,053


----

Other assets







5,081


6,373

          Total assets







$     1,013,272


$   1,030,493











LIABILITIES










Noninterest-bearing deposits







$        222,607


$       237,821

Interest-bearing deposits







598,864


608,883

     Total deposits







821,471


846,704

Other borrowed funds 







33,991


39,713

Subordinated debentures







8,500


8,500

Operating lease liability







1,053


----

Accrued liabilities







20,078


17,702

          Total liabilities







885,093


912,619











SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY










Common stock ($1.00 stated value per share, 10,000,000 shares authorized;





  2019 - 5,447,185 shares issued; 2018 - 5,400,065 shares issued)




5,447


5,400

Additional paid-in capital







51,165


49,477

Retained earnings







86,751


80,844

Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss)





528


(2,135)

Treasury stock, at cost (659,739 shares)





(15,712)


(15,712)

          Total shareholders' equity







128,179


117,874

               Total liabilities and shareholders' equity





$     1,013,272


$   1,030,493


Contact:  Scott Shockey, CFO (740) 446-2631

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