Auburn National Bancorporation, Inc. Reports First Quarter Net Earnings

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First Quarter 2021 Results:

  • Net earnings of $2.0 million, compared to $1.8 million for Q1 2020

  • Earnings per share of $0.56 per share, compared to $0.50 per share for Q1 2020

  • Mortgage lending income of $0.5 million more than doubled, compared to $0.2 million in Q1 2020

  • Funded 204 loans in 2021 totaling $18.7 million under the Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”)

  • Collected $0.9 million in gross PPP loan fees in Q1 2021

  • Allowance for loan losses to total loans of 1.23% or 1.31% excluding PPP loans

AUBURN, Ala., April 27, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Auburn National Bancorporation, Inc. (Nasdaq: AUBN) reported net earnings of $2.0 million, or $0.56 per share, for the first quarter of 2021, compared to $1.8 million, or $0.50 per share, for the first quarter of 2020.

“The Company enjoyed strong mortgage revenue and excellent credit quality in the first quarter of 2021. Low interest rates continue to be a challenge, but we are optimistic that the economy will improve in light of the growing number COVID-19 vaccinations and the easing of pandemic-related restrictions in our markets,” said Robert W. Dumas, Chairman, President, and CEO.

“We continue to work with our small businesses who are affected by the pandemic to help them gain access to PPP funds and also to complete the PPP loan forgiveness process. In the first quarter of 2021, we funded $18.7 million Paycheck Protection Program loans for our customers, which helped support approximately 2,600 employees in our markets,” said Mr. Dumas.

Net interest income (tax-equivalent) was $6.1 million for the first quarter of 2021, a 4% decrease compared to $6.3 million for the first quarter of 2020. This decrease was primarily due to net interest margin compression resulting from the Federal Reserve’s interest rate reductions in response to COVID-19.

Net interest margin (tax-equivalent) decreased to 2.66% in the first quarter of 2021, compared to 3.23% for the first quarter of 2020, primarily due to the lower interest rate environment and changes in our asset mix resulting from the significant increase in customer deposits.

The Company recorded no provision for loan losses during the first quarter of 2021, compared to a provision for loan losses of $0.4 million during the first quarter of 2020. At March 31, 2021, the Company’s allowance for loan losses was $5.7 million, or 1.23% of total loans, compared to $5.6 million, or 1.22% of total loans, at December 31, 2020, and $4.9 million, or 1.10% of total loans, at March 31, 2020. Excluding PPP loans, the Company’s allowance for loan losses was 1.31% of total loans at March 31, 2021.

We have identified certain commercial sectors with enhanced risk resulting from the impact of COVID-19. Loans within these sectors represent 86% of the Company’s total COVID-19 related modifications at March 31, 2021. The table below summarizes the loans outstanding for these sectors at March 31, 2021.

Portfolio Segment

(Dollars in thousands)

Commercial
and industrial

Construction and land
development

Commercial
real estate

Total

% of Total
Loans

March 31, 2021:

Hotel/motel

$

741

5,604

48,268

$

54,613

12

%

Shopping centers

29,562

29,562

6

Retail, excluding shopping centers

401

17,544

17,945

4

Restaurants

1,317

12,158

13,475

3

Total

$

2,459

5,604

107,532

$

115,595

25

%

At March 31, 2021, we have granted loan payment deferrals or other loan modifications totaling $32.4 million, or 7% of total loans, compared to $112.7 million, or 24% of total loans at June 30, 2020, the first quarterly period we began offering COVID-19 loan modifications. The tables below provide information concerning the composition of these COVID-19 modifications as of March 31, 2021.

COVID-19 Modifications

Modification Types

(Dollars in thousands)

Balance

% of Portfolio
Modified

Interest Only
Payment

P&I Payments
Deferred

Commercial and industrial

$

741

%

100

%

%

Commercial real estate

31,391

7

100

Residential real estate

314

100

Total

$

32,446

7

%

99

%

1

%


COVID-19 Modifications within Commercial Real Estate Segments

(Dollars in thousands)

Balance of Loans
Modified

% of Total
Segment Loans

Hotel/motel

$

26,419

48

%

Restaurants

1,442

11

Noninterest income was $1.2 million for the first quarter of 2021 and 2020, respectively. For the first quarter of 2021, noninterest income included an increase in mortgage lending income of $0.3 million. The increase was primarily due to an increase in mortgage lending income as lower interest rates for mortgage loans positively affected refinance activity and pricing margins improved. For the first quarter of 2020, noninterest income included $0.3 million in non-taxable death benefits from bank-owned life insurance.

Noninterest expense was $4.7 million for the first quarter of 2021 compared to $4.9 million for the first quarter of 2020. The decrease was primarily due to a reduction of $0.2 million in various expenses related to the redevelopment of the Company’s headquarters in downtown Auburn.

Income tax expense was $0.4 million for the first quarter of 2021 and 2020, respectively. The Company’s effective tax rate for the first quarter of 2021 was 17.41%, compared to 17.80% in the first quarter of 2020.

The Company paid cash dividends of $0.26 per share in the first quarter of 2021, an increase of 2% from the same period in 2020. At March 31, 2021, the Bank’s regulatory capital ratios were well above the minimum amounts required to be “well capitalized” under current regulatory standards.

About Auburn National Bancorporation, Inc.

Auburn National Bancorporation, Inc. (the “Company”) is the parent company of AuburnBank (the “Bank”), with total assets of approximately $993 million. The Bank is an Alabama state-chartered bank that is a member of the Federal Reserve System, which has operated continuously since 1907. Both the Company and the Bank are headquartered in Auburn, Alabama. The Bank conducts its business in East Alabama, including Lee County and surrounding areas. The Bank operates eight full-service branches in Auburn, Opelika, Valley, and Notasulga, Alabama. The Bank also operates loan production offices in Auburn and Phenix City, Alabama. Additional information about the Company and the Bank may be found by visiting www.auburnbank.com.

Cautionary Notice Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Securities Act of 1933 and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, including, without limitation, statements about future financial and operating results, costs and revenues, the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and related government, Federal Reserve and regulatory actions, including economic conditions generally and in our markets, loan demand, mortgage lending activity, changes in the mix of our earning assets (including those generating tax exempt income) and our deposit and wholesale liabilities, net interest margin, yields on earning assets, securities valuations and performance, interest rates (generally and those applicable to our assets and liabilities), loan performance, loan deferrals and modifications, nonperforming assets, other real estate owned, provision for loan losses, charge-offs, other-than-temporary impairments, collateral values, credit quality, asset sales, insurance claims, and market trends, as well as statements with respect to our objectives, expectations and intentions and other statements that are not historical facts. Actual results may differ from those set forth in the forward-looking statements.

Forward-looking statements, with respect to our beliefs, plans, objectives, goals, expectations, anticipations, estimates and intentions, involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors, which may be beyond our control, and which may cause the actual results, performance, achievements, or financial condition of the Company or the Bank to be materially different from future results, performance, achievements, or financial condition expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. You should not expect us to update any forward-looking statements.

All written or oral forward-looking statements attributable to us are expressly qualified in their entirety by this cautionary notice, together with those risks and uncertainties described in our annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2020 and otherwise in our other SEC reports and filings.

Explanation of Certain Unaudited Non-GAAP Financial Measures

This press release contains financial information determined by methods other than U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”). The attached financial highlights include certain designated net interest income amounts presented on a tax-equivalent basis, a non-GAAP financial measure, and the presentation and calculation of the efficiency ratio, a non-GAAP measure. Management uses these non-GAAP financial measures in its analysis of the Company’s performance and believes the presentation of net interest income on a tax-equivalent basis provides comparability of net interest income from both taxable and tax-exempt sources and facilitates comparability within the industry. Similarly, the efficiency ratio is a common measure that facilitates comparability with other financial institutions. Although the Company believes these non-GAAP financial measures enhance investors’ understanding of its business and performance, these non-GAAP financial measures should not be considered an alternative to GAAP. Along with the attached financial highlights, the Company provides reconciliations between the GAAP financial measures and these non-GAAP financial measures.

Reports First Quarter Net Earnings

Financial Highlights (unaudited)

Quarter ended March 31,

(Dollars in thousands, except per share amounts)

2021

2020

Results of Operations

Net interest income (a)

$

6,057

$

6,332

Less: tax-equivalent adjustment

120

120

Net interest income (GAAP)

5,937

6,212

Noninterest income

1,182

1,235

Total revenue

7,119

7,447

Provision for loan losses

400

Noninterest expense

4,690

4,856

Income tax expense

423

390

Net earnings

$

2,006

$

1,801

Per share data:

Basic and diluted net earnings

$

0.56

$

0.50

Cash dividends declared

$

0.26

$

0.255

Weighted average shares outstanding:

Basic and diluted

3,566,299

3,566,146

Shares outstanding, at period end

3,566,326

3,566,146

Book value

$

29.06

$

29.04

Common stock price:

High

$

48.00

$

59.99

Low

37.55

24.11

Period-end

38.37

41.98

To earnings ratio

17.85

x

16.66

x

To book value

132

%

145

%

Performance ratios:

Return on average equity (annualized)

7.37

%

7.24

%

Return on average assets (annualized)

0.82

%

0.86

%

Dividend payout ratio

46.43

%

51.00

%

Other financial data:

Net interest margin (a)

2.66

%

3.23

%

Effective income tax rate

17.41

%

17.80

%

Efficiency ratio (b)

64.79

%

64.17

%

Asset Quality:

Nonperforming assets:

Nonperforming (nonaccrual) loans

$

783

$

116

Other real estate owned

99

Total nonperforming assets

$

783

$

215

Net recoveries

$

64

$

81

Allowance for loan losses as a % of:

Loans

1.23

%

1.10

%

Nonperforming loans

726

%

4,196

%

Nonperforming assets as a % of:

Loans and other real estate owned

0.17

%

0.05

%

Total assets

0.08

%

0.03

%

Nonperforming loans as a % of total loans

0.17

%

0.03

%

Annualized net recoveries as a % of average loans

0.06

%

0.07

%

Selected average balances:

Securities

$

353,031

$

257,317

Loans, net of unearned income

463,424

451,210

Total assets

980,884

838,725

Total deposits

863,194

734,047

Long-term debt

Total stockholders' equity

108,890

99,560

Selected period end balances:

Securities

$

359,630

$

280,435

Loans, net of unearned income

461,879

443,868

Allowance for loan losses

5,682

4,867

Total assets

993,263

856,475

Total deposits

880,590

746,785

Long-term debt

Total stockholders' equity

103,639

103,563

(a) Tax equivalent. See “Explanation of Certain Unaudited Non-GAAP Financial Measures” and

"Reconciliation of GAAP to non-GAAP Measures (unaudited).”

(b) Efficiency ratio is the result of noninterest expense divided by the sum of noninterest income and

tax-equivalent net interest income.

Reports First Quarter Earnings

Reconciliation of GAAP to non-GAAP Measures (unaudited):

Quarter ended March 31,

(Dollars in thousands, except per share amounts)

2021

2020

Net interest income, as reported (GAAP)

$

5,937

$

6,212

Tax-equivalent adjustment

120

120

Net interest income (tax-equivalent)

$

6,057

$

6,332

For additional information, contact:
Robert W. Dumas
Chairman, President and CEO
(334) 821-9200




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