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Middlefield Banc Corp. Reports 2016 Full Year and Fourth Quarter Financial Results

Middlefield Banc Corp. 2017 Press Releases

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Contact:
Thomas G. Caldwell
President/Chief Executive Officer
Middlefield Banc Corp.
(440) 632-1666 Ext. 3200
Investor and
Media Contact:
Andrew M. Berger
Managing Director
SM Berger & Company, Inc.
(216) 464-6400
Date: February 7, 2017

Middlefield Banc Corp. (NASDAQ: MBCN) today reported financial results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2016.

2016 Financial Highlights (on a year-over-year basis unless noted):

  • Net interest income increased 4.2% to $25.8 million.
  • Net income was $6.4 million, or $3.03 per diluted share.
  • Tangible stockholders’ equity per share improved 4.5% to $32.10.
  • Net loans increased 14.3% to 602.5 million.
  • Total assets increased 7.0% to a record $786.5 million.
  • Nonperforming loans to total loans decreased 76 basis points to 1.16%.
  • Equity to assets December 31, 2016 was 9.79%.

“By many accounts 2016 was a historic year.  We expanded our presence in Central Ohio with the October opening of a new branch in Sunbury – one of the state’s fastest growing suburbs.  In June, we announced the merger of Liberty Bank and I am extremely pleased we closed the transaction early this year.  As a result of the Liberty merger, Middlefield today has over $1.0 billion in total assets and an $816.0 million loan portfolio, while extending our reach to customers in Cuyahoga and Summit Counties.  These accomplishments are a result of the strategies we created two years ago to drive growth, and I am encouraged by our recent accomplishments.  In addition, during 2016, we achieved another year of record assets and loans outstanding, which helped increase net interest income 4.2%.” 

Net income for the 2016 fourth quarter was $1.7 million, or $0.73 per diluted share, compared to $1.8 million, or $0.92 per diluted share for the same period last year.  Net income for the 2016 full year was $6.4 million, or $3.03 per diluted share, compared to net income for the year ended December 31, 2015 of $6.9 million, or $3.39 per diluted share.

Annualized returns on average equity (“ROE”) and average assets (“ROA”) for the 2016 fourth quarter were 9.02% and 0.85%, respectively, compared with 11.26% and 0.96% for the 2015 fourth quarter.  ROE and ROA were 9.33% and 0.85%, respectively, for the 2016 full year, compared with 10.62% and 0.97% for the same period last year. 

Mr. Caldwell continued: “As part of our strategic plan, we have made many investments aimed at increasing the size, scale and scope of our organization.  I am encouraged by the success we have had executing our plan and the direction we are headed.  While Middlefield’s size has increased, we remain focused on our community banking principles and offering customers exceptional service and customized financial products.  In addition, we continue to invest in modern online, digital, and mobile banking programs to make it easier for customers to interact with the bank.  We are excited to offer our community oriented services to Liberty’s customers, as well as new customers in Cuyahoga and Summit counties.”

Income Statement

Net interest income for the 2016 fourth quarter increased 6.2% to $6.7 million, compared to $6.4 million for the 2015 fourth quarter.  For 2016, net interest income increased 4.2% to $25.8 million, compared to $24.8 million for 2015.  The fourth quarter and twelve month increases in net interest income was primarily driven by an increase in interest and fees on loans.  The net interest margin for the 2016 fourth quarter was 3.84%, compared to 3.89% for the same period of 2015.  For 2016, the net interest margin was 3.79%, compared to 3.94% for the twelve months ended December 31, 2015. 

Noninterest income declined 23.6% for the 2016 fourth quarter and was down 2.1% for the 2016 twelve months.  The decline to noninterest income in the 2016 fourth quarter and full year was primarily a result of lower earnings on bank-owned life insurance. 

Noninterest expense for the 2016 fourth quarter was $5.0 million, a decrease of 7.9% from $5.4 million for the 2015 fourth quarter, primarily a result of lower operating expenses and a $0.4 million gain on the sale of real estate.  For the full year, noninterest expenses increased 4.0% to $20.9 million from $20.1 million in 2015.

“During 2016 we had one-time expenses of $0.7 million associated with the acquisition of Liberty,” said Donald L. Stacy, Chief Financial Officer.  “We expect additional one-time expenses will occur in the first quarter as we integrate Liberty into our organization, but continue to expect the acquisition will be accretive to earnings in 2017.  Our loan portfolio grew 14.3% in 2016, primarily due to significant growth in commercial and industrial loans, and both residential and commercial real estate loans, which helped increase interest income 4.9% in the year.  Asset quality continued to improve during 2016 as nonperforming loans declined 31.1%, while charge-offs declined 54.0%.  During 2017, we will remain focused on proactively managing asset quality, while improving profitability.” 

Balance Sheet

Total assets at December 31, 2016 increased 7.0% to $786.5 million, from $735.1 million at December 31, 2015.  Net loans at December 31, 2016 were $602.5 million, compared to $527.3 million at December 31, 2015.  The 14.3% year-over-year improvement in net loans was a result of a 42.5% increase in commercial and industrial loans, a 16.5% increase in residential mortgages, a 7.7% increase in commercial mortgages, and a 7.1% increase in real estate construction loans, which were offset by a 7.8% reduction in consumer installment loans. 

Total deposits at December 31, 2016 increased 0.9% to $629.9 million from $624.4 million at December 31, 2015.  The investment portfolio, which is entirely classified as available for sale, stood at $114.4 million at December 31, 2016, compared to $146.5 million at December 31, 2015.

Stockholders’ Equity and Dividends

Tangible stockholders’ equity increased to $77.0 million at December 31, 2016, compared to $62.3 million at December 31, 2015.  On a per share basis, tangible stockholders’ equity increased 4.5% to $32.10 at December 31, 2016 from $30.72 at December 31, 2015.  At December 31, 2016, the company had equity to assets of 9.8%, compared to 8.5% at December 31, 2015. 

During the 2016 fourth quarter, the company paid cash dividends of $0.27 per share, which was the same as the amount paid in the 2015 fourth quarter.  For 2016, the company paid total dividends of $1.08 per share, which represents a dividend payout ratio of 36.2%, compared to dividends of $1.07 and a dividend payout ratio of 31.4% for the 2015 full year.

Asset Quality

The provision for loan losses for the 2016 fourth quarter was $0.3 million, compared $0.1 for the 2015 fourth quarter.  For 2016, the provision for loan losses was $0.6 million, compared to $0.3 million for the same period last year.  Net charge-offs for the 2016 twelve months were $0.4 million, or 0.06% of average loans, annualized.  The allowance for loan losses at December 31, 2016 stood at $6.6 million, or 1.08% of total loans, compared to $6.4 million, or 1.20% of total loans at December 31, 2015. 

The following table provides a summary of asset quality and reserve coverage ratios.

Asset Quality History
(dollars in thousands)
12/31/2016 12/31/2015 12/31/2014 12/31/2013 12/31/2012
Nonperforming loans $7,075 $10,263 $9,048 $12,290 $14,224
Real estate owned $934 $1,412 $2,590 $2,698 $1,846
Nonperforming assets $8,009 $11,675 $11,638 $14,988 $16,070
Allowance for loan losses $6,598 $6,385 $6,846 $7,046 $7,779
Ratios:
Nonperforming loans to total loans 1.16% 1.92% 1.92% 2.82% 3.48%
Nonperforming assets to total assets 1.02% 1.59% 1.72% 2.32% 2.40%
Allowance for loan losses to total loans 1.08% 1.20% 1.45% 1.62% 1.90%
Allowance for loan losses to nonperforming loans 93.26% 62.21% 75.66% 57.33% 54.69%

Middlefield Banc Corp., headquartered in Middlefield, Ohio, is a bank holding company with total assets of $786.5 million at December 31, 2016.  The bank operates 14 full-service banking centers and an LPL Financial® brokerage office serving Beachwood, Chardon, Cortland, Dublin, Garrettsville, Mantua, Middlefield, Newbury, Orwell, Solon, Summit, Sunbury, Twinsburg, and Westerville.  The Bank also operates a Loan Production Office in Mentor, Ohio.  Additional information is available at www.middlefieldbank.bank

This press release of Middlefield Banc Corp. and the reports Middlefield Banc Corp. files with the Securities and Exchange Commission often contain “forward-looking statements” relating to present or future trends or factors affecting the banking industry and, specifically, the financial operations, markets and products of Middlefield Banc Corp.  These forward-looking statements involve certain risks and uncertainties.  There are a number of important factors that could cause Middlefield Banc Corp.’s future results to differ materially from historical performance or projected performance.  These factors include, but are not limited to: (1) a significant increase in competitive pressures among financial institutions; (2) changes in the interest rate environment that may reduce interest margins; (3) changes in prepayment speeds, charge-offs and loan loss provisions; (4) less favorable than expected general economic conditions; (5) legislative or regulatory changes that may adversely affect businesses in which Middlefield Banc Corp. is engaged; (6) technological issues which may adversely affect Middlefield Banc Corp.’s financial operations or customers; (7) changes in the securities markets; or (8) risk factors mentioned in the reports and registration statements Middlefield Banc Corp. files with the Securities and Exchange Commission.  Middlefield Banc Corp. undertakes no obligation to release revisions to these forward-looking statements or to reflect events or circumstances after the date of this press release.

 

 

MIDDLEFIELD BANC CORP.
Consolidated Selected Financial Highlights
 
December 31, 2016 and 2015
(Dollar amounts in thousands)
(2016 unaudited)
               
      December 31,       December 31,
Balance Sheets (period end)     2016     2015
             
ASSETS            
Cash and due from banks   $ 31,395   $ 22,421
Federal funds sold     1,100     1,329
Cash and cash equivalents     32,495   23,750
Investment securities available for sale, at fair value     114,376     146,520
Loans held for sale     634     1,107
Loans     609,140     533,710
Less allowance for loan and lease losses     6,598     6,385
Net loans     602,542   527,325
Premises and equipment, net     11,203     9,772
Goodwill     4,559     4,559
Core deposit intangibles     36     76
Bank-owned life insurance     13,628     13,141
Other real estate owned     934     1,412
Accrued interest and other assets     6,054     7,477
Total Assets   $ 786,461   $ 735,139
             
      December 31,     December 31,
      2016     2015
LIABILITIES            
Deposits:            
Noninterest bearing demand   $ 133,630   $ 116,498
Interest bearing demand     59,560     57,219
Money market     74,940     78,856
Savings     172,370     180,653
Time     189,434     191,221
Total deposits 629,934   624,447
Short-term borrowings     68,359     35,825
Other borrowings     9,437     9,939
Accrued interest and other liabilities     1,771     2,624
Total Liabilities     709,501   672,835
Stockholders' Equity            
Common equity     47,943     36,191
Retained earnings     41,334     37,236
Accumulated other comprehensive income     1,201     2,395
Treasury stock     (13,518)     (13,518)
Total Stockholders' Equity     76,960   62,304
             
Total Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity   $ 786,461   $ 735,139

 

MIDDLEFIELD BANC CORP.
Consolidated Selected Financial Highlights
December 31, 2016 and 2015
   
(Dollar amounts in thousands)
(2016 unaudited)
           
  For the Three Months Ended     For the Year Ended
Statements of Income December 31,   December 31,
        2016     2015     2016     2015
INTEREST INCOME                        
Interest and fees on loans   $ 6,849   $ 6,168   $ 25,798   $ 23,824
Interest-bearing deposits in other institutions     11     7     53     33
Federal funds sold     4     1     20     13
Investment securities:                      
Taxable interest     241     352     1,106     1,467
Tax-exempt interest     686     787     2,913     3,160
Dividends on stock     30     28     104     98
Total interest income 7,821   7,343     29,994   28,595
INTEREST EXPENSE                        
Deposits     953     845     3,618     3,426
Short term borrowings     34     94     322     194
Other borrowings     21     17     68     83
Trust preferred securities     65     32     182     117
Total interest expense     1,073     988     4,190     3,820
                         
NET INTEREST INCOME     6,748     6,355     25,804     24,775
                         
Provision for loan losses     255     105     570     315
                         
NET INTEREST INCOME AFTER PROVISION                        
FOR LOAN LOSSES     6,493     6,250     25,234     24,460
NONINTEREST INCOME                        
Service charges on deposit accounts     497     492     1,940     1,874
Investment securities gains, net     -     66     303     323
Earnings on bank-owned life insurance     106     362     403     624
Gains on sale of loans 97 43 419 329
Other income 200 215 894 894
Total non-interest income     900     1,178     3,959     4,044
NONINTEREST EXPENSE                        
Salaries and employee benefits     2,509     2,546     10,249     9,751
Occupancy expense     319     308     1,252     1,253
Equipment expense     291     238     991     944
Data processing costs     407     273     1,335     1,071
Ohio state franchise tax     184     75     632     300
Federal deposit insurance expense     42     120     438     472
Professional fees     384     422     1,441     1,247
(Gain) loss on sale of other real estate owned     (396)     (120)     (448)     (48)
Advertising expenses     130     135     734     721
Other real estate expenses     30     162     329     611
Directors fees     83     108     413     451
Core deposit intangible amortization     10     10     40     40
Appraiser fees     85     11     419     56
ATM fees     150     63     446     358
Other operating expense     729     1,029     2,601     2,850
Total non-interest expense     4,957     5,380     20,872     20,077
Income before income taxes     2,436   2,048   8,321   8,427
Provision for income taxes     776     298     1,905     1,562
NET INCOME   $ 1,660   $ 1,750   $ 6,416   $ 6,865
                     
Per Common Share Data                  
Net income per common share - basic   $ 0.74 $ 0.93 3.04   $ 3.41
Net income per common share - diluted   $ 0.73 $ 0.92 3.03   $ 3.39
Dividends declared   $ 0.27 $ 0.27 1.08   $ 1.07
Book value per share(period end)   $ 34.14 $ 33.19 34.14   $ 33.19
Tangible book value per share (period end)   $ 32.10 $ 30.72 32.10 $ 30.72
Dividend payout ratio     36.63% 29.03% 36.18% 31.36%
Average shares outstanding - basic 2,251,412 1,884,484 2,107,857 2,014,966
Average shares outstanding - diluted 2,264,712 1,893,345 2,119,214 2,024,120
Period ending shares outstanding     2,254,253 1,877,238 2,254,253 1,877,238
       
Selected ratios      
Return on average assets     0.85% 0.96% 0.85% 0.97%
Return on average equity     9.02% 11.26% 9.33% 10.62%
Yield on earning assets     4.43% 4.46% 4.37% 4.51%
Cost of interest bearing liabilities     0.77% 0.73% 0.75% 0.72%
Net interest spread     3.66% 3.74% 3.61% 3.78%
Net interest margin     3.84% 3.89% 3.79% 3.94%
Efficiency (1)     62.54% 67.77% 66.63% 65.81%
Equity to assets at period end     9.79% 8.48% 9.79% 8.48%
                       

(1) The efficiency ratio is calculated by dividing non-interest expense less amortization of intangibles by the sum of net interest income on a fully taxable equivalent basis plus non-interest income.

December 31,   December 31,
2016   2015
 
Commercial and industrial     $ 60,630     $ 42,536
Real estate - construction 23,709 22,137
Real estate - mortgage:
Residential 270,830 232,478
Commercial 249,490 231,701
Consumer installment 4,481 4,858
609,140 533,710
     
           
      December 31,     December 31,
Asset quality data     2016     2015
(Dollar amounts in thousands)    
Non-accrual loans   $ 5,892   $ 7,545
Troubled debt restructuring 1,183     2,716
90 day past due and accruing -     2
Non-performing loans     7,075   10,263
Other real estate owned     934     1,412
Non-performing assets   $ 8,009   $ 11,675
         
         
Allowance for loan losses   $ 6,598   $ 6,385
Allowance for loan losses/total loans     1.08%   1.20%
Net charge-offs (recoveries):        
Quarter-to-date   $ (9)   $ 40
Year-to-date     357     776
Net charge-offs to average loans, annualized        
Quarter-to-date     -0.01%     0.03%
Year-to-date     0.06%     0.16%
Non-performing loans/total loans     1.16%     1.92%
Allowance for loan losses/non-performing loans     93.26%     62.21%
Non-performing assets/total assets     1.02%     1.59%
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