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Peoples Bancorp Announces First Quarter 2022 Results

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NEWTON, NC / ACCESSWIRE / April 25, 2022 / Peoples Bancorp of North Carolina, Inc. (NASDAQ:PEBK) (the "Company"), the parent company of Peoples Bank (the "Bank"), reported first quarter 2022 results with highlights as follows:

First quarter 2022 highlights:

  • Net earnings were $3.5 million or $0.63 per share and $0.61 per diluted share for the three months ended March 31, 2022, as compared to $4.1 million or $0.73 per share and $0.71 per diluted share for the same period one year ago.

  • The Bank recognized $600,000 in Small Business Administration (SBA) Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan fee income during the three months ended March 31, 2022, as compared to $999,000 in PPP loan fee income for the same period one year ago.

  • Cash dividends were $0.33 per share during the three months ended March 31, 2022, as compared to $0.16 per share for the prior year period.

  • Total loans were $889.8 million at March 31, 2022, as compared to $884.9 million at December 31, 2021, despite a $11.4 million reduction in PPP loans during the first quarter of 2022.

  • Core deposits were $1.4 billion or 98.26% of total deposits at March 31, 2022, compared to $1.3 billion or 97.89% of total deposits at March 31, 2021.

Net earnings were $3.5 million or $0.63 per share and $0.61 per diluted share for the three months ended March 31, 2022, as compared to $4.1 million or $0.73 per share and $0.71 per diluted share for the prior year period. Lance A. Sellers, President and Chief Executive Officer, attributed the decrease in first quarter net earnings to a decrease in net interest income, an increase in the provision for loan losses and an increase in non-interest expense, which were partially offset by an increase in non-interest income compared to the prior year period, as discussed below.

Net interest income was $10.7 million for the three months ended March 31, 2022, compared to $11.1 million for the three months ended March 31, 2021. The decrease in net interest income is due to a $593,000 decrease in interest income, which was partially offset by a $152,000 decrease in interest expense. The decrease in interest income is primarily due to a $922,000 decrease in interest income and fees on loans, which was partially offset by an increase in interest income on investment securities. The decrease in interest income and fees on loans is primarily due to a decrease in total loans and a decrease in fee income on SBA PPP loans. The increase in interest income on investment securities is primarily due to additional securities purchased resulting from an increase in cash resulting from increased deposits. The decrease in interest expense is primarily due to a decrease in rates paid on interest-bearing liabilities. Net interest income after the provision for loan losses was $10.6 million for the three months ended March 31, 2022, compared to $11.6 million for the three months ended March 31, 2021. The provision for loan losses for the three months ended March 31, 2022 was $71,000, compared to a recovery of $455,000 for the three months ended March 31, 2021. The increase in the provision for loan losses is primarily attributable to an increase in reserves on loans in a pool that had once been given payment modifications as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, and an increase in reserves due to a net increase in the volume of loans in the general reserve pool.

Non-interest income was $7.0 million for the three months ended March 31, 2022, compared to $5.9 million for the three months ended March 31, 2021. The increase in non-interest income is primarily attributable to a $1.7 million increase in appraisal management fee income due to an increase in the volume of appraisals, which was partially offset by a $670,000 decrease in mortgage banking income due to a decrease in mortgage loan volume and additional mortgage loans being retained for the Bank's portfolio.

Non-interest expense was $13.3 million for the three months ended March 31, 2022, compared to $12.3 million for the three months ended March 31, 2021. The increase in non-interest expense is primarily attributable to a $1.3 million increase in appraisal management fee expense due to an increase in the volume of appraisals, which was partially offset by a $334,000 decrease in salaries and employee benefits expense primarily due to a decrease in insurance costs.

Income tax expense was $848,000 for the three months ended March 31, 2022, compared to $1.0 million for the three months ended March 31, 2021. The effective tax rate was 19.72% for the three months ended March 31, 2022, compared to 20.24% for the three months ended March 31, 2021.

Total assets were $1.7 billion as of March 31, 2022, compared to $1.6 billion at December 31, 2021. Available for sale securities were $408.0 million as of March 31, 2022, compared to $406.5 million as of December 31, 2021. Total loans were $889.8 million as of March 31, 2022, compared to $884.9 million as of December 31, 2021. This increase in loans was achieved despite a $11.4 million reduction in PPP loans during the first quarter of 2022. The Bank had $6.6 million and $18.0 million in PPP loans at March 31, 2022 and December 31, 2021, respectively.

Non-performing assets were $3.3 million or 0.20% of total assets at March 31, 2022, compared to $3.2 million or 0.20% of total assets at December 31, 2021. Non-performing assets include $3.3 million in commercial and residential mortgage loans and $8,000 in other loans at March 31, 2022, compared to $3.2 million in commercial and residential mortgage loans and $51,000 in other loans at December 31, 2021.

The allowance for loan losses was $9.4 million or 1.06% of total loans at March 31, 2022 and December 31, 2021. Management believes the current level of the allowance for loan losses is adequate; however, there is no assurance that additional adjustments to the allowance will not be required because of changes in economic conditions, regulatory requirements or other factors.

Deposits were $1.5 billion at March 31, 2022, compared to $1.4 billion at December 31, 2021. Core deposits, which include noninterest-bearing demand deposits, NOW, MMDA, savings and non-brokered certificates of deposit of denominations less than $250,000, were $1.4 billion at March 31, 2022 and December 31, 2021. Certificates of deposit in amounts of $250,000 or more totaled $25.5 million at March 31, 2022, compared to $26.3 million at December 31, 2021.

Securities sold under agreements to repurchase were $34.8 million at March 31, 2022, compared to $37.1 million at December 31, 2021. Junior subordinated debentures were $15.5 million at March 31, 2022 and December 31, 2021. Shareholders' equity was $125.4 million, or 7.54% of total assets, at March 31, 2022, compared to $142.4 million, or 8.77% of total assets, at December 31, 2021. The decrease in shareholders' equity is primarily due to an increase in the unrealized loss on investment securities available for sale due to changes in bond yields. The Company repurchased 7,000 shares of its common stock during the three months ended March 31, 2022 under the Company's stock repurchase program, which was authorized in January 2022.

Peoples Bank currently operates 17 banking offices entirely in North Carolina, with offices in Catawba, Alexander, Lincoln, Mecklenburg, Iredell and Wake Counties. The Bank also operates loan production offices in Lincoln, Mecklenburg, Rowan and Forsyth Counties. The Company's common stock is publicly traded and is quoted on the Nasdaq Global Market under the symbol "PEBK."

Statements made in this press release, other than those concerning historical information, should be considered forward-looking statements pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and the Private Securities Litigation Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties and are based on the beliefs and assumptions of management and on the information available to management at the time that this release was prepared. These statements can be identified by the use of words like "expect," "anticipate," "estimate," and "believe," variations of these words and other similar expressions. Readers should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements as a number of important factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause actual results to differ include, but are not limited to, (1) competition in the markets served by Peoples Bank, (2) changes in the interest rate environment, (3) general national, regional or local economic conditions may be less favorable than expected, resulting in, among other things, a deterioration in credit quality and the possible impairment of collectibility of loans, (4) legislative or regulatory changes, including changes in accounting standards, (5) significant changes in the federal and state legal and regulatory environment and tax laws, (6) the impact of changes in monetary and fiscal policies, laws, rules and regulations and (7) other risks and factors identified in the Company's other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including but not limited to those described in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2021.

Contact:

Lance A. Sellers
President and Chief Executive Officer

Jeffrey N. Hooper
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

828-464-5620
Fax 828-465-6780

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
March 31, 2022, December 31, 2021 and March 31, 2021
(Dollars in thousands)





March 31, 2022

December 31, 2021

March 31, 2021

(Unaudited)

(Audited)

(Unaudited)

ASSETS:

Cash and due from banks

$

47,462

$

44,711

$

43,726

Interest-bearing deposits

257,644

232,788

165,311

Cash and cash equivalents

305,106

277,499

209,037

Investment securities available for sale

408,037

406,549

325,517

Other investments

3,569

3,668

3,791

Total securities

411,606

410,217

329,308

Mortgage loans held for sale

885

3,637

4,236

Loans

889,758

884,869

946,497

Less: Allowance for loan losses

(9,426

)

(9,355

)

(9,532

)

Net loans

880,332

875,514

936,965

Premises and equipment, net

15,658

16,104

18,184

Cash surrender value of life insurance

17,401

17,365

17,065

Accrued interest receivable and other assets

31,671

23,857

22,783

Total assets

$

1,662,659

$

1,624,193

$

1,537,578

LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY:

Deposits:

Noninterest-bearing demand

$

553,185

$

514,319

$

524,176

Interest-bearing demand, MMDA & savings

816,779

797,179

701,798

Time, $250,000 or more

25,516

26,333

28,109

Other time

73,255

74,917

80,382

Total deposits

1,468,735

1,412,748

1,334,465

Securities sold under agreements to repurchase

34,823

37,094

31,916

Junior subordinated debentures

15,464

15,464

15,464

Accrued interest payable and other liabilities

18,193

16,518

15,704

Total liabilities

1,537,215

1,481,824

1,397,549

Shareholders' equity:

Preferred stock, no par value; authorized

5,000,000 shares; no shares issued and outstanding

-

-

-

Common stock, no par value; authorized

20,000,000 shares; issued and outstanding

5,656,030 shares at 3/31/22, 5,661,569 shares at

12/31/21, 5,789,166 shares at 3/31/21

53,147

53,305

56,910

Common stock held by deferred compensation trust,

at cost; 163,883 shares at 3/31/22, 162,193 shares

at 12/31/21, 156,808 shares at 12/31/20

(2,042

)

(1,992

)

(1,849

)

Deferred compensation

2,042

1,992

1,849

Retained earnings

90,543

88,968

80,819

Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss)

(18,246

)

96

2,300

Total shareholders' equity

125,444

142,369

140,029

Total liabilities and shareholders' equity

$

1,662,659

$

1,624,193

$

1,537,578

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME
For the three months ended March 31, 2022 and 2021
(Dollars in thousands, except per share amounts)

Three months ended

March 31,

2022

2021

(Unaudited)

(Unaudited)

INTEREST INCOME:



Interest and fees on loans

$

9,742

$

10,664

Interest on due from banks

111

35

Interest on investment securities:

U.S. Government sponsored enterprises

511

538

State and political subdivisions

943

639

Other

22

46

Total interest income

11,329

11,922

INTEREST EXPENSE:

Interest-bearing demand, MMDA & savings deposits

403

497

Time deposits

146

212

Junior subordinated debentures

75

71

Other

39

35

Total interest expense

663

815

NET INTEREST INCOME

10,666

11,107

PROVISION FOR (RECOVERY OF) LOAN LOSSES

71

(455

)

NET INTEREST INCOME AFTER

PROVISION FOR LOAN LOSSES

10,595

11,562

NON-INTEREST INCOME:

Service charges

1,168

926

Other service charges and fees

193

212

Mortgage banking income

200

870

Insurance and brokerage commissions

240

260

Appraisal management fee income

3,506

1,816

Miscellaneous

1,739

1,789

Total non-interest income

7,046

5,873

NON-INTEREST EXPENSES:

Salaries and employee benefits

5,849

6,183

Occupancy

1,916

1,953

Appraisal management fee expense

2,772

1,456

Other

2,804

2,676

Total non-interest expense

13,341

12,268

EARNINGS BEFORE INCOME TAXES

4,300

5,167

INCOME TAXES

848

1,046

NET EARNINGS

$

3,452

$

4,121

PER SHARE AMOUNTS

Basic net earnings

$

0.63

$

0.73

Diluted net earnings

$

0.61

$

0.71

Cash dividends

$

0.33

$

0.16

Book value

$

22.84

$

24.86

FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS
For the three months ended March 31, 2022 and 2021, and the year ended December 31, 2021
(Dollars in thousands)

Three months ended

Year ended

March 31,

December 31,

2022

2021

2021

(Unaudited)

(Unaudited)

(Audited)

SELECTED AVERAGE BALANCES:




Available for sale securities

$

413,315

$

264,942

$

349,647

Loans

885,159

947,205

908,682

Earning assets

1,562,177

1,376,195

1,483,519

Assets

1,642,141

1,460,833

1,568,417

Deposits

1,438,651

1,268,790

1,372,857

Shareholders' equity

138,604

139,366

147,741

SELECTED KEY DATA:

Net interest margin (tax equivalent)

2.79

%

3.31

%

2.99

%

Return on average assets

0.85

%

1.14

%

0.96

%

Return on average shareholders' equity

10.10

%

11.99

%

10.24

%

Average shareholders' equity to total average assets

8.44

%

9.54

%

9.42

%

ALLOWANCE FOR LOAN LOSSES:

Balance, beginning of period

$

9,355

$

9,908

$

9,908

Provision for (Recovery of) loan losses

71

(455

)

(1,163

)

Charge-offs

(160

)

(85

)

(762

)

Recoveries

160

164

1,372

Balance, end of period

$

9,426

$

9,532

$

9,355

March 31, 2022

March 31, 2021

December 31, 2021

(Unaudited)

(Unaudited)

(Audited)

ASSET QUALITY:







Non-accrual loans

$

3,309

$

3,566

$

3,230

90 days past due and still accruing

-

-

-

Other real estate owned

-

128

-

Total non-performing assets

$

3,309

$

3,694

$

3,230

Non-performing assets to total assets

0.20

%

0.24

%

0.20

%

Loans modifications related to COVID-19

$

-

$

1,857

$

-

Allowance for loan losses to non-performing assets

284.86

%

258.04

%

289.63

%

Allowance for loan losses to total loans

1.06

%

1.01

%

1.06

%

Allowance for loan losses to total loans, excluding PPP loans

1.07

%

1.10

%

1.08

%

LOAN RISK GRADE ANALYSIS:

Percentage of loans by risk grade

Risk Grade 1 (excellent quality)

0.46

%

0.67

%

0.78

%

Risk Grade 2 (high quality)

19.33

%

19.43

%

19.12

%

Risk Grade 3 (good quality)

71.39

%

67.88

%

70.41

%

Risk Grade 4 (management attention)

7.25

%

9.01

%

7.70

%

Risk Grade 5 (watch)

0.83

%

2.28

%

1.23

%

Risk Grade 6 (substandard)

0.74

%

0.73

%

0.76

%

Risk Grade 7 (doubtful)

0.00

%

0.00

%

0.00

%

Risk Grade 8 (loss)

0.00

%

0.00

%

0.00

%

At March 31, 2022, including non-accrual loans, there were no relationships exceeding $1.0 million in the Watch and Substandard risk grades.

SOURCE: Peoples Bancorp of North Carolina, Inc.



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