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Arrow Reports Solid First Quarter Operating Results and Strong Asset Quality Ratios

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GLENS FALLS, N.Y., April 18, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Arrow Financial Corporation (NasdaqGS® – AROW) announced operating results for the three-month period ended March 31, 2012.  Net income for the first quarter of 2012 was $5.3 million, representing diluted earnings per share (EPS) of $0.45, essentially unchanged from net income of $5.3 million and diluted EPS of $.45 for the first quarter of 2011.  The cash dividend paid to shareholders in the first quarter of 2012 was $.25 per share, or 3% higher than the cash dividend paid in the first quarter of 2011. All per share amounts have been adjusted to reflect the effect of the 3% stock dividend distributed on September 29, 2011.

Thomas L. Hoy, Chairman, President and CEO stated, "We are pleased to report solid earnings for the first quarter while continuing to maintain both strong asset quality and capital adequacy ratios. Our 2012 earnings results featured an increase in our noninterest income for the first quarter, reflecting primarily growth in insurance commissions and an increase in fee income from fiduciary activities. The Company again experienced modest growth in several key balance sheet categories, resulting in record levels in period-end amounts for both total assets and deposits, as well as assets under trust administration and investment management. Furthermore, our key asset quality measurements continue to be excellent. We are pleased with these results during this extended period of a challenging low interest rate environment."

Insurance commission income rose from $1.5 million in the first quarter of 2011 to nearly $1.9 million in the comparable 2012 quarter, as a result of our acquisitions of two strategically located insurance agencies in 2011.  On February 1, 2011, we acquired Upstate Agency and on August 1, 2011, we acquired the McPhillips Insurance Agencies, all of which were longstanding property and casualty insurance agencies with offices located in our service area.

Assets under trust administration and investment management at March 31, 2012 rose to a record level of  $1.038 billion, an increase of $26.6 million, or 2.63%, from the prior year balance of $1.012 billion.  Over sixty percent of these assets are equity investments and the growth in balances was generally attributable to a recovery within the equity markets during the first quarter of 2012. As a result of the growth in this asset base, income from fiduciary activities rose in the first quarter of 2012 by $76 thousand, or 4.9%, above the income from the 2011 comparable first quarter.

The Company's key profitability ratios continue to be strong. Annualized return on average assets (ROA) for the 2012 first quarter was 1.09%, down slightly from our ROA of 1.11% for the comparable 2011 period.  Annualized return on average equity (ROE) for the 2012 quarter was 12.67%.  Although this was down slightly from a ROE of 13.77% for the comparable 2011 period, the decrease was largely the result of the higher capital ratios maintained during the 2012 three-month period.  

Asset quality remained strong at March 31, 2012 as measured by our low level of nonperforming assets and very low level of charge-offs. Nonperforming assets of $6.7 million represented only 0.33% of period-end assets, far below industry averages although up from our 0.24% of assets ratio as of March 31, 2011. Nonperforming assets included $511 thousand in loans that have been recently restructured and are in compliance with modified terms. Net loan losses for the first quarter of 2012, expressed as an annualized percentage of average loans outstanding, were 0.08%, up slightly from 0.06% of average loans for the 2011 comparable period.  These asset quality ratios continue to significantly outperform recently reported industry averages.

Overall loan delinquency rates remain very low and unlike many of our peers, we have not and do not expect to incur significant losses in our residential real estate portfolio within the near-term, even though some borrowers may be experiencing stress due to the current economic environment. Our allowance for loan losses amounted to $15.1 million at March 31, 2012, which represented 1.32% of loans outstanding, an increase of 2 basis points from our ratio one year earlier.

Total assets at March 31, 2012 reached a record high of $2.020 billion, an increase of $42.0 million, or 2.12%, from the $1.978 billion balance at March 31, 2011. Our loan portfolio was $1.138 billion, up $1.8 million, or 0.2%, from the March 31, 2011 level, and $6.1 million, or 0.5%, above the level at December 31, 2011. During the first quarter of 2012, we originated over $20.1 million of residential real estate loans. However, for interest rate risk management purposes we continued during the quarter to follow the practice we adopted in recent years of selling into the secondary market most of the residential real estate loans we originated, primarily to a government sponsored entity, the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation. Therefore, the outstanding balance for our residential real estate loan portfolio at quarter-end 2012 was actually lower than our balance at March 31, 2011.  We continue, however, to retain servicing rights on the mortgages that we sell into the secondary market, generating servicing fee income on these loans.  We experienced an increase in the volume of new automobile loans in the first three months of 2012, reflecting an improvement in region-wide automobile sales.  We also experienced modest growth in our commercial loan portfolio, which, combined with the increase in automobile loans, more than offset the decrease in our residential real estate loan portfolio.

Similar to many institutions within the banking industry, the Company's net interest income and net interest margin declined as a result of operating in this historically low interest rate environment. On a tax-equivalent ("TE") basis, our net interest income in the first quarter of 2012, as compared to the first quarter of 2011, decreased  207 thousand, or 1.3%.  Our TE net interest margin fell from 3.39% in the first quarter of 2011, to 3.33% for the first quarter of 2012, but increased over the fourth quarter level of 3.25%. Both our yield on earning assets and the cost of our interest-bearing liabilities decreased significantly from the first quarter of 2011 to the first quarter of 2012.  Our cost of interest-bearing deposits and other borrowings in the first quarter 2012 fell by 48 basis points, to an average cost of 0.92% compared to 1.40% in the first quarter of 2011, while our yield on earning assets in the first quarter of 2012 decreased by 46 basis points from 4.56% in the first quarter of 2011 to 4.10%.

Total shareholders' equity reached $168.5 million at period-end, an increase of $9.3 million, or 5.8%, above the March 31, 2011 balance. Arrow's capital ratios, which were strong to begin 2011, strengthened further during 2011 and through March 31, 2012.  At quarter-end the Tier 1 leverage ratio at the holding company level was 9.10% and total risk-based capital ratio was 16.10%, up from 8.66% and 15.63% respectively at March 31, 2011. The capital ratios of the Company and it's subsidiary banks continue to significantly exceed the "well capitalized" regulatory standard, which is the highest category.

Many of our key operating ratios have consistently compared very favorably to our peer group, which we define as all U.S. bank holding companies having $1.0 to $3.0 billion in total assets as identified in the Federal Reserve Bank's "Bank Holding Company Performance Report" (FRB Report). The most current peer data available in the FRB Report is for the twelve-month period ended December 31, 2011 in which our return on average equity (ROE) was 13.45%, as compared to 6.16% for our peer group.  Our ratio of loans 90 days past due and accruing plus nonaccrual loans to total loans was 0.55% as of December 31, 2011 compared to 2.94% for our peer group, while our annualized net loan losses of 0.05% for 2011 were well below the peer result of 0.93%.  Our operating results and asset quality ratios have withstood the economic stress of recent years better than most banks in our national peer group.

Mr. Hoy further added, "We continue to believe that our conservative business model which emphasizes a strong capital position, high loan quality, knowledge of our market and responsiveness to our customers has positioned us well for the future. Nonetheless, we, like all banks, face challenges, particularly the threat to earnings posed by the Federal Reserve's determination to maintain interest rates at historically low levels for an extended period of time."

Arrow Financial Corporation is a multi-bank holding company headquartered in Glens Falls, NY serving the financial needs of northeastern New York.  The Company is the parent of Glens Falls National Bank and Trust Company and Saratoga National Bank and Trust Company. Other subsidiaries include North Country Investment Advisers, Inc., three property and casualty insurance agencies: Loomis & LaPann, Inc., Upstate Agency, LLC, and McPhillips Insurance Agency, a division of Glens Falls National Insurance Agencies, LLC, and Capital Financial Group, Inc., an insurance agency specializing in the sale and servicing of group health plans.

The information contained in this News Release may contain statements that are not historical in nature but rather are based on management's beliefs, assumptions, expectations, estimates and projections about the future.  These statements may be "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, involving a degree of uncertainty and attendant risk.  In the case of all forward-looking statements, actual outcomes and results may differ materially from what the statements predict or forecast, explicitly or by implication.  The Company undertakes no obligation to revise or update these forward-looking statements to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.  This News Release should be read in conjunction with the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2011 and our other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.


ARROW FINANCIAL CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME

(In Thousands, Except Per Share Amounts - Unaudited)


Three Months Ended


March 31,


2012


2011

INTEREST AND DIVIDEND INCOME




Interest and Fees on Loans

$

13,958



$

15,015


Interest on Deposits at Banks

21



22


Interest and Dividends on Investment Securities:




Fully Taxable

2,638



3,350


Exempt from Federal Taxes

1,321



1,504


Total Interest and Dividend Income

17,938



19,891


INTEREST EXPENSE




NOW Accounts

1,059



1,331


Savings Deposits

357



503


Time Deposits of $100,000 or More

608



667


Other Time Deposits

1,146



1,352


Federal Funds Purchased and

  Securities Sold Under Agreements to Repurchase

6



24


Federal Home Loan Bank Advances

197



1,316


Junior Subordinated Obligations Issued to

  Unconsolidated Subsidiary Trusts

159



144


Total Interest Expense

3,532



5,337


NET INTEREST INCOME

14,406



14,554


Provision for Loan Losses

280



220


NET INTEREST INCOME AFTER PROVISION FOR

   LOAN LOSSES

14,126



14,334


NONINTEREST INCOME




Income From Fiduciary Activities

1,622



1,546


Fees for Other Services to Customers

1,960



1,915


Insurance Commissions

1,889



1,466


Net Gain on Securities Transactions

502



542


Net Gain on Sales of Loans

357



51


Other Operating Income

229



100


Total Noninterest Income

6,559



5,620


NONINTEREST EXPENSE




Salaries and Employee Benefits

7,903



7,202


Occupancy Expenses, Net

2,024



1,918


FDIC Assessments

255



513


Other Operating Expense

2,964



2,686


Total Noninterest Expense

13,146



12,319


INCOME BEFORE PROVISION FOR INCOME TAXES

7,539



7,635


Provision for Income Taxes

2,251



2,354


NET INCOME

$

5,288



$

5,281


Average Shares Outstanding (1):




Basic

11,770



11,675


Diluted

11,794



11,698


Per Common Share:




Basic Earnings

$

0.45



$

0.45


Diluted Earnings

0.45



0.45


 

(1) Share and per share data have been restated for the September 29, 2011 3% stock dividend.

 

ARROW FINANCIAL CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(In Thousands, Except Share and Per Share Amounts - Unaudited)


March 31,

2012


December

31, 2011


March 31,

2011

ASSETS






Cash and Due From Banks

$

31,128



$

29,598



$

29,798


Interest-Bearing Deposits at Banks

106,380



14,138



47,205


Investment Securities:






Available-for-Sale

466,785



556,538



544,789


Held-to-Maturity (Approximate Fair Value of $207,779 at March 31, 2012, $159,059 at December 31, 2011 and $149,985 at March 31, 2011)

200,607



150,688



147,217


Other Investments

4,382



6,722



7,702


Loans

1,137,547



1,131,457



1,135,743


Allowance for Loan Losses

(15,053)



(15,003)



(14,745)


Net Loans

1,122,494



1,116,454



1,120,998


Premises and Equipment, Net

23,217



22,629



19,256


Other Real Estate and Repossessed Assets, Net

555



516



60


Goodwill

22,003



22,003



20,550


Other Intangible Assets, Net

4,650



4,749



4,350


Accrued Interest Receivable

6,380



6,082



7,132


Other Assets

31,788



32,567



29,347


Total Assets

$

2,020,369



$

1,962,684



$

1,978,404


LIABILITIES






Noninterest-Bearing Deposits

$

230,289



$

232,038



$

214,853


NOW Accounts

758,114



642,521



621,412


Savings Deposits

432,854



416,829



405,850


Time Deposits of $100,000 or More

115,161



123,668



122,157


Other Time Deposits

224,460



228,990



243,847


Total Deposits

1,760,878



1,644,046



1,608,119


Federal Funds Purchased and 

  Securities Sold Under Agreements to Repurchase

16,652



26,293



57,762


Other Short-Term Borrowings





1,647


Federal Home Loan Bank Overnight Advances



42,000




Federal Home Loan Bank Term Advances

30,000



40,000



110,000


Junior Subordinated Obligations Issued to Unconsolidated Subsidiary Trusts

20,000



20,000



20,000


Accrued Interest Payable

974



1,147



1,755


Other Liabilities

23,399



22,813



19,933


Total Liabilities

1,851,903



1,796,299



1,819,216


STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY






Preferred Stock, $5 Par Value; 1,000,000 Shares Authorized






Common Stock, $1 Par Value; 20,000,000 Shares Authorized (16,094,277 Shares Issued at March 31, 2012 and at December 31, 2011, and 15,625,512 Shares Issued at March 31, 2011)

16,094



16,094



15,626


Additional Paid-in Capital

208,808



207,600



193,733


Retained Earnings

26,291



23,947



27,020


Unallocated ESOP Shares (109,939 Shares at March 31, 2012, 117,502 shares at December 31, 2011, and 122,882 Shares at March 31, 2011)

(2,350)



(2,500)



(2,700)


Accumulated Other Comprehensive Loss

(6,872)



(6,695)



(5,439)


Treasury Stock, at Cost (4,223,687 Shares at March 31, 2012, 4,213,470 shares at December 31, 2011, and 4,101,039 shares at March 31, 2011)

(73,505)



(72,061)



(69,052)


Total Stockholders' Equity

168,466



166,385



159,188


Total Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity

$

2,020,369



$

1,962,684



$

1,978,404



Arrow Financial Corporation

Selected Quarterly Information

(Dollars In Thousands, Except Per Share Amounts - Unaudited)

Quarter Ended

3/31/2012


12/31/2011


9/30/2011


6/30/2011


3/31/2011

Net Income

$

5,288



$

5,431



$

5,372



$

5,849



$

5,281


Transactions Recorded in Net Income (Net of Tax):










Net Gain on Securities Transactions

303





1,069



291



327


Net Gain on Sales of Loans

216



259



132



101



31


Prepayment Penalty on FHLB Advances





(989)






Share and Per Share Data:(1)










Period End Shares Outstanding

11,761



11,763



11,796



11,696



11,745


Basic Average Shares Outstanding

11,770



11,782



11,754



11,729



11,675


Diluted Average Shares Outstanding

11,794



11,788



11,776



11,741



11,698


Basic Earnings Per Share

$

0.45



$

0.46



$

0.46



$

0.50



$

0.45


Diluted Earnings Per Share

0.45



0.46



0.46



0.50



0.45


Cash Dividend Per Share

0.25



0.25



0.24



0.24



0.24


Selected Quarterly Average Balances:










Interest-Bearing Deposits at Banks

$

30,780



$

49,101



$

32,855



$

31,937



$

35,772


Investment Securities

678,474



674,338



646,542



697,796



683,839


Loans

1,136,322



1,126,452



1,119,384



1,128,006



1,130,539


Deposits

1,683,781



1,668,062



1,554,349



1,596,876



1,564,677


Other Borrowed Funds

83,055



101,997



164,850



179,989



193,960


Shareholders' Equity

167,849



168,293



166,514



161,680



155,588


Total Assets

1,959,741



1,963,915



1,911,853



1,961,908



1,935,409


Return on Average Assets

1.09

%


1.10

%


1.11

%


1.20

%


1.11

%

Return on Average Equity

12.67

%


12.80

%


12.80

%


14.51

%


13.77

%

Return on Tangible Equity(2)

15.07

%


15.22

%


15.19

%


17.16

%


16.07

%

Average Earning Assets

$

1,845,576



$

1,849,891



$

1,798,781



$

1,857,739



$

1,850,150


Average Paying Liabilities

1,545,098



1,547,071



1,487,923



1,559,014



1,546,849


Interest Income, Tax-Equivalent

18,810



19,179



19,884



20,500



20,822


Interest Expense

3,532



4,022



4,345



4,975



5,336


Net Interest Income, Tax-Equivalent

15,278



15,157



15,539



15,525



15,486


Tax-Equivalent Adjustment

872



832



887



944



931


Net Interest Margin (3)

3.33

%


3.25

%


3.43

%


3.35

%


3.39

%

Efficiency Ratio Calculation:










Noninterest Expense

$

13,146



$

12,455



$

14,603



$

12,171



$

12,319


Less: Intangible Asset Amortization

(138)

 



(141)



(136)



(134)



(100)


Prepayment Penalty on FHLB Advances





(1,638)






Net Noninterest Expense

$

13,008



$

12,314



$

12,829



$

12,037



$

12,219


Net Interest Income, Tax-Equivalent

$

15,278



$

15,157



$

15,539



$

15,525



$

15,485


Noninterest Income

6,559



6,199



7,881



6,228



5,620


Less: Net Securities Gains

(502)





(1,771)



(482)



(542)


Net Gross Income

$

21,335



$

21,356



$

21,649



$

21,271



$

20,563


Efficiency Ratio

60.97

%


57.66

%


59.26

%


56.59

%


59.42

%

Period-End Capital Information:










Total Stockholders' Equity (i.e. Book Value)

$

168,466



$

166,385



$

168,624



$

163,589



$

159,188


Book Value per Share

14.32



14.14



14.29



13.99



13.55


Intangible Assets

26,653



26,752



26,788



25,044



24,900


Tangible Book Value per Share (2)

12.06



11.87



12.02



11.85



11.43


Capital Ratios:










Tier 1 Leverage Ratio

9.10

%


8.95

%


9.10

%


8.67

%


8.66

%

Tier 1 Risk-Based Capital Ratio

14.84

%


14.71

%


15.06

%


14.76

%


14.37

%

Total Risk-Based Capital Ratio

16.10

%


15.96

%


16.31

%


16.02

%


15.63

%

Assets Under Trust Administration

  and Investment Management

$

1,038,186



$

973,551



$

925,671



$

1,017,091



$

1,011,618


 

(1) Share and Per Share Data have been restated for the September 29, 2011 3% stock dividend.
(2) Tangible Book Value and Tangible Equity exclude intangible assets from total equity.  These are non-GAAP financial measures which we believe provide investors with information that is useful in understanding our financial performance.
(3) Net Interest Margin is the ratio of our annualized tax-equivalent net interest income to average earning assets.  This is also a non-GAAP financial measure which we believe provides investors with information that is useful in understanding our financial performance.

 


Arrow Financial Corporation

Consolidated Financial Information

(Dollars in Thousands - Unaudited)

 

Quarter Ended:

3/31/2012


12/31/2011


3/31/2011

Loan Portfolio






Commercial Loans

$

102,153



$

99,791



$

97,391


Commercial Construction Loans

10,814



11,083



7,284


Commercial Real Estate Loans

234,317



232,149



232,875


Other Consumer Loans

6,470



6,318



6,156


Consumer Automobile Loans

328,676



322,375



324,500


Residential Real Estate Loans

455,117



459,741



467,537


Total Loans

$

1,137,547



$

1,131,457



$

1,135,743


Allowance for Loan Losses






Allowance for Loan Losses, Beginning of Quarter

$

15,003



$

14,921



$

14,689


Loans Charged-off

297



251



238


Less Recoveries of Loans Previously Charged-off

67



53



74


Net Loans Charged-off

230



198



164


Provision for Loan Losses

280



280



220


Allowance for Loan Losses, End of Quarter

$

15,053



$

15,003



$

14,745


Nonperforming Assets






Nonaccrual Loans

$

5,476



$

4,528



$

4,296


Loans Past Due 90 or More Days and Accruing

121



1,662



93


Loans Restructured and in Compliance with Modified Terms

511



1,422



362


Total Nonperforming Loans

6,108



7,612



4,751


Repossessed Assets

45



56



60


Other Real Estate Owned

510



460




Total Nonperforming Assets

$

6,663



$

8,128



$

4,811


Key Asset Quality Ratios






Net Loans Charged-off to Average Loans,

   Quarter-to-date Annualized

0.08

%


0.07

%


0.06

%

Provision for Loan Losses to Average Loans,

  Quarter-to-date Annualized

0.10

%


0.10

%


0.08

%

Allowance for Loan Losses to Period-End Loans

1.32

%


1.33

%


1.30

%

Allowance for Loan Losses to Period-End Nonperforming Loans

246.45

%


197.10

%


310.36

%

Nonperforming Loans to Period-End Loans

0.54

%


0.67

%


0.42

%

Nonperforming Assets to Period-End Assets

0.33

%


0.41

%


0.24

%

 

SOURCE Arrow Financial Corporation



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