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|Day's Range||714.50 - 714.50|
|52 Week Range||626.20 - 850.25|
|Beta (5Y Monthly)||N/A|
|PE Ratio (TTM)||9.95|
|Earnings Date||Jul 27, 2020|
|Forward Dividend & Yield||14.50 (2.03%)|
|Ex-Dividend Date||Jun 11, 2020|
|1y Target Est||N/A|
LODI, Calif., July 27, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Farmers & Merchants Bancorp (OTCQX: FMCB) today announced record net income for the second quarter and first half of 2020. For the quarter ended June 30, 2020, Farmers & Merchants Bancorp reported net income of $14.3 million, an increase from net income of $14.1 million in the second quarter of 2019. On a per share basis, earnings were $18.03, compared to $17.92 per weighted average share of common stock outstanding in the second quarter of 2019. Net interest income for the quarter ended June 30, 2020 was $35.4 million, up slightly over the same quarter in 2019. The Company’s net interest margin on a tax equivalent basis was 3.78% in the second quarter of 2020, compared to 4.50% in the second quarter of 2019. The net interest margin in the second quarter of 2020 was impacted by the overall decline in market interest rates, as well as the inclusion of $347.4 million in Small Business Administration Paycheck Protection Program loans (11.33% of total portfolio) originated during the second quarter which are accruing interest income at only 1% per annum. For the second quarter of 2020 the Company’s efficiency ratio was 50.83%. Return on average assets for the second quarter of 2020 was 1.41%, and return on average equity was 14.35%. During the quarter the Company declared a dividend of $7.25 per share or $5.8 million, an increase over the $7.05 per share paid in the same period of 2019. The Company has now paid a dividend for 85 consecutive years and has increased the dividend for 55 consecutive years. Farmers & Merchants Bancorp remains one of only 30 publicly traded companies designated as a Dividend King by Sure Dividend.Total assets at quarter-end were $4.3 billion, up 23.9% from the second quarter of 2019. Total loans and leases outstanding reached $3.1 billion, an increase of 17.9% from June 30, 2019, and total deposits of $3.8 billion increased 25.0% from June 30, 2019. A portion of this balance sheet growth was due to the Bank’s participation in the Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program under which we funded $347.4 million of loans. At quarter-end, total checking deposits represented 55.3% of total deposits compared to 53.1% at June 30, 2019. The Company’s credit quality remained strong with only $473,000 of non-performing loans and leases at June 30, 2020. The provision for credit losses was $300,000 for the quarter, and at quarter-end, the Company’s allowance for credit losses was $55.1 million, or 1.80% of total loans and leases (2.03% exclusive of government fully guaranteed loans issued under the SBA’s Paycheck Protection Program). The Company’s tier 1 leverage capital ratio was 9.56% at June 30, 2020, and the total capital ratio was 12.84%, resulting in the highest possible regulatory classification of “well capitalized.” Loans originated under the SBA’s PPP are assigned a risk-weighting of 0% so they have no impact on the Company’s risk based capital ratios. However, they are fully includable in the tier 1 leverage capital ratio calculation, which has resulted in a short-term reduction in that ratio (until the PPP loans are forgiven). Had the Company not participated in the PPP program, the net result would have been a 71 basis point improvement to the June 30, 2020 tier 1 leverage capital ratio, increasing the ratio to 10.27%.For the six-month period ended June 30, 2020, net income was $28.4 million, up 2.81% from the prior year, and earnings per weighted average share of common stock outstanding grew to $35.83 compared to $35.19 per share in 2019. The Company’s net interest margin on a tax equivalent basis was 3.99% in the first half of 2020 and the efficiency ratio was 51.2%. For the first six months of 2020, return on average assets was 1.47%, and return on average equity was 14.62%.Kent Steinwert, Farmers & Merchants Bancorp’s Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, stated, “We are pleased that the Company’s earnings growth has continued through the first half of 2020 despite significant headwinds from both a continuing low interest rate environment and the COVID-19 pandemic. Net income was up 2.81% over the same period in the prior year. Our strong operating metrics and credit quality, when combined with adequate levels of loan loss reserves, allowed us to report stronger financial results in the second quarter and first half of 2020 compared to many banks that needed to record significant loan loss provisions to reserve for the risks of COVID-19. However, we realize that the real challenges lie ahead as our industry and the country continue to deal with the health and economic setbacks caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.At this current moment, the reinstatement of the “shelter-in-place” orders by California Governor Gavin Newsom is adversely impacting economic recovery efforts. Given the uncertainty as to how long these restrictions will remain in place, and how severe the ultimate economic impact will be, we continue to prepare for what could be a significant recession. Fortunately, we remain confident that our long-term strategy of focusing a large segment of our business on agribusiness and the production, processing and distribution of food supplies will somewhat buffer the Company from changes in the economic environment in California, the United States and globally. Demand for high quality, protein rich food will continue to grow in the future and California’s great Central Valley is a leading agricultural supplier of many important products.Designated as an “essential business,” Farmers & Merchants Bank of Central California continues to keep all branches open and maintain regular business hours during this difficult time. Our staffing levels have remained stable during the COVID-19 crisis, and our employees have been committed to serving the banking needs of our local communities.We actively participated in the federal government’s Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”) and we are now preparing to support these customers in filing their applications to have the loans forgiven by the SBA. For these efforts we have received over $11.2 million in loan fees from the federal government which will be taken into income over the contractual life of the SBA loans. From a financial perspective, as reflected by the following June 30, 2020 measures, we remain in a strong financial position as we face this period of economic uncertainty: * Liquidity of $942 million consisting of Fed Funds Sold and high quality Investment Securities; * Strong Asset Quality as reflected by only $473,000 of non-performing loans; * Risk Based Capital Ratio of 12.84%; * Allowance for Credit Losses of $55.1 million or 2.03% of loans and leases (exclusive of government guaranteed SBA PPP loans); and * ROAA of 1.41% and ROAE of 14.35% in second quarter 2020.Our credit exposure to the “Hospitality” (primarily hotels) industry totals $68.7 million. This represents 2.2% of total loans and leases outstanding and 17.0% of total shareholders’ equity. Our credit exposure to the “Entertainment” (primarily restaurants, health clubs and movie theaters) industry totals $77.6 million in loans and leases outstanding at June 30, 2020. This represents 2.5% of total loans and leases outstanding and 19.2% of total shareholders’ equity. Most of these loans: (i) were underwritten with an original LTV of 50-70% on the underlying real estate, providing us with what should be adequate collateral coverage; and (ii) have financially strong guarantors with liquidity that provides additional protection. Over and above the impact on the Hospitality and Entertainment industries, there has been a general economic slowdown as a result of the “shelter-in-place” orders. This is resulting in increased unemployment in many sectors. The Central Valley of California may be in a better position than other areas to weather this impact because agricultural activity has substantially continued. We are monitoring the impact on our borrowers, and working closely with them using all of the tools at our disposal, including the SBA PPP program, the Federal Reserve Board Main Street Lending program and other loan restructuring strategies, to help them move through this period of reduced business activity. During the second quarter, we restructured $270.7 million of loans under the CARES Act guidelines (primarily payment or interest deferrals up to six months). We believe that these actions will assist these borrowers during these difficult times.Although the low market interest rates and economic slowdown caused by the COVID-19 health crisis are negatively impacting the performance of many financial institutions, we remain cautiously optimistic about the outlook for Farmers & Merchants Bancorp’s financial results in 2020. However, the longer these headwinds persist, the greater the challenge will be to maintain strong financial performance. Importantly, we will continue to provide support and assistance to our employees, shareholders, customers and communities during this difficult time.”About Farmers & Merchants Bancorp Farmers & Merchants Bancorp, traded on the OTCQX under the symbol FMCB, is the parent company of Farmers & Merchants Bank of Central California, also known as F&M Bank. Founded in 1916, F&M Bank is a locally owned and operated community bank, which proudly serves California through 32 convenient locations. We are the 13th largest bank lender to agriculture in the United States, and the largest community bank lender to agriculture west of the Rocky Mountains. In 2013, the Bank began an expansion into the San Francisco Bay Area with new full-service branches in Walnut Creek and Concord. In early 2018, a loan production office opened in Napa and was converted to a full-service branch in September 2018. The Bank offers a full complement of loan, deposit, equipment leasing and treasury management products to businesses, as well as a full suite of consumer banking products. The FDIC awarded F&M Bank the highest possible rating of "Outstanding" in their CRA evaluation. Farmers & Merchants Bancorp has paid dividends for 85 consecutive years and we have increased dividends for 55 consecutive years. As a result, we are a member of a select group of only 30 publicly traded companies referred to as “Dividend Kings.” Additionally, the Bank has maintained a 5-Star rating from BauerFinancial for 29 consecutive years, longer than any other commercial bank in the state of California. For more information about Farmers & Merchants Bancorp and F&M Bank, visit fmbonline.com.Forward-Looking Statements Statements concerning future performance, developments or events, expectations for growth and income forecasts, and any other guidance on future periods, constitute forward-looking statements that are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties, including the continued impact of COVID-19. Actual results may differ materially from stated expectations. Specific factors include, but are not limited to, loan production, balance sheet management, levels of net interest margin, the ability to control costs and expenses, interest rate changes, the competitive environment, financial and regulatory policies of the United States government, water management issues in California and general economic conditions. Additional information on these and other factors that could affect financial results are included in our Securities and Exchange Commission filings. The Company disclaims any obligation to update any such factors or to publicly announce the results of any revisions to any forward-looking statements contained herein to reflect future events or developments.ContactFarmers & Merchants Bancorp Stephen W. Haley, 209-367-2411 Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer firstname.lastname@example.org
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The Board of Directors of Farmers & Merchants Bancorp (FMCB), a bank holding company headquartered in Lodi, California, declared a mid-year cash dividend of $7.25 per share, an increase over the $7.05 per share declared in May of 2019. The cash dividend will be paid on July 1, 2020, to shareholders of record on June 12, 2020. This year marks the 85th consecutive year that Farmers & Merchants Bancorp has paid cash dividends and the 55th consecutive year we have increased dividends.