Citizens Financial Services, Inc. Reports Fourth Quarter And Annual 2015 Earnings

Feb 04, 2016, 13:40 ET from Citizens Financial Services, Inc.

MANSFIELD, Pa., Feb. 4, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Citizens Financial Services, Inc. (OTC Pink: CZFS) (the "Company), parent company of First Citizens Community Bank (the "Bank"), released today its unaudited financial results for the three months and year ended December 31, 2015.

For the year ended December 31, 2015, net income totaled $11,626,000 which compares to net income of $13,385,000 for 2014.  Earnings per share of $3.84 for 2015 compares to $4.41 for 2014.  Return on equity for the years ended December 31, 2015 and 2014 was 11.20% and 13.73%, respectively, while return on assets was 1.22% and 1.48%, respectively.  On December 11, 2015, the Company completed its acquisition of The First National Bank of Fredericksburg (FNB).  Included in 2015 results are $1.1 million of costs associated with the FNB acquisition.  Excluding merger expenses, return on equity, return on assets and earnings per share for the year ended December 31, 2015 would have been 12.03%, 1.31% and $4.12 per share, respectively.  2015 expenses have also been impacted by additional costs related to the first quarter branch expansion into the Lock Haven market as well as increased costs related to foreclosed properties.

For the three months ended December 31, 2015, net income totaled $2,460,000 which compares to net income of $3,476,000 for the fourth quarter of 2014.  Earnings per share of $.80 for the fourth quarter of 2015 compares to $1.14 for the fourth quarter last year.  Annualized return on equity for the three months ended December 31, 2015 and 2014 was 9.12% and 14.01%, respectively, while return on assets was .99% and 1.52%, respectively.  Fourth quarter results were impacted by $698,000 of FNB acquisition related expenses and $283,000 of foreclosed property expenses.

CEO and President Randall E. Black stated, "We are very excited and optimistic about the potential growth from the FNB acquisition.  While our 2015 financial performance was impacted by many one-time costs associated with the acquisition, as expected, our expansion into south central Pennsylvania has introduced us to a new market that we believe will provide us with expanded opportunities, especially in the agricultural arena, which is one of our core competencies.  This is exciting for the Board of Directors, our Management team and our employees as we look forward to entering and capturing new business in this region.  We believe that our emphasis on customer service and being a true community bank will provide a positive result to both the Company and to the Lebanon area."

Net interest income before the provision for loan loss increased from $30,338,000 for the year ended December 31, 2014 to $30,833,000 for the year ended December 31, 2015, an increase of $495,000 or 1.6%.  For 2015, interest income increased $362,000, while interest expense decreased $133,000.  The net interest margin decreased from 3.84% for 2014 to 3.76% for 2015.    The interest rate environment has resulted in continued pressure on the tax-effected yield on interest earning assets, which has decreased from 4.42% in 2014 to 4.29% in 2015.  The cost of interest bearing liabilities has also declined, from .70% in 2014 to .66% in 2015.  The Company has been successful in offsetting the magnitude of the declining margin by increasing interest earning assets, particularly loans.  For 2015, average loans increased by $37.5 million, including loans acquired in the FNB acquisition, which has impacted the average since the closing of the acquisition in December.  The provision for loan losses decreased $105,000 from $585,000 in 2014 to $480,000 in 2015.

At December 31, 2015, total assets were $1.2 billion, up from total assets of $925.0 million as of December 31, 2014, an increase of $238 million primarily attributable to the FNB acquisition.  Available for sale securities increased $53.6 million from December 31, 2014 as excess cash acquired in the acquisition was invested.  Net loans increased $140.6 million compared to the end of last year, of which $114.3 million was attributable to the FNB acquisition.  The remaining $26.3 million of growth has come from the continued success in growing loans in the Mill Hall / Lock Haven market and production from seasoned lenders in the Company's existing markets.  Excluding the addition of $225.2 million in deposits acquired in the acquisition of FNB, total deposits decreased $11.1 million from December 31, 2014.  A significant portion of this decrease is related to state and political deposits, mostly from local school districts, whose balances were temporarily impacted by the lack of an approved budget by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Asset quality remains strong, with non-performing assets totaling $8.5 million as of December 31, 2015 compared to $9.2 million at December 31, 2014.  Non-performing assets to total loans was 1.22% at December 31, 2015 compared to 1.67% at December 31, 2014.  The decrease in the percentage is attributable to the overall decrease in non-performing assets as well as the increase in total loans attributable to the FNB acquisition and organic growth.  Net charge-offs as a percent of average loans remains very low at .03% for the year ended December 31, 2015. 

Stockholders' equity totaled $119.8 million at December 31, 2015, which compares to $100.5 million at December 31, 2014.  For 2015, net income of $11.6 million was offset by cash dividends of $5.3 million and net treasury share purchases and re-issues of $2.0 million.  Also, stockholders' equity increased $15.9 million, which includes issuing 336,515 shares to FNB shareholders for the acquisition.   A cash dividend of $.41 per share was paid on December 30, 2015 to shareholders of record on December 18, 2015.  This regular quarterly cash dividend is an increase of 2.5% over the regular dividend declared a year ago.  "Our strong financial performance has permitted us to continue paying an attractive cash dividend and reflects the Board of Directors' desire to provide total shareholder return to our shareholder base," added Mr. Black.

Citizens Financial Services, Inc. has nearly 1,700 shareholders, the majority of whom reside in markets where the Bank's offices are located.

Note: This press release may contain forward-looking statements as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.  These statements are not historical facts; rather, they are statements based on the Company's current expectations regarding its business strategies and their intended results and its future performance.  Forward-looking statements are preceded by terms such as "expects," "believes," "anticipates," "intends" and similar expressions.  Forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance.  Numerous risks and uncertainties could cause or contribute to the Company's actual results, performance and achievements to be materially different from those expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements. Factors that may cause or contribute to these differences include, without limitation, changes in general economic conditions, including changes in market interest rates and changes in monetary and fiscal policies of the federal government; legislative and regulatory changes; and other factors disclosed periodically in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.  Because of the risks and uncertainties inherent in forward-looking statements, readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on them, whether included in this press release or made elsewhere periodically by the Company or on its behalf.  The Company assumes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements except as may be required by applicable law or regulation.

 

CITIZENS FINANCIAL SERVICES, INC.

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEET

(UNAUDITED)





December 31

December 31

(in thousands except share data)

2015

2014

ASSETS:



Cash and due from banks:



  Noninterest-bearing

$           14,088

$         10,091

  Interest-bearing

10,296

1,332

Total cash and cash equivalents

24,384

11,423




Interest bearing time deposits with other banks

7,696

5,960




Available-for-sale securities

359,737

306,146




Loans held for sale

603

497




Loans (net of allowance for loan losses: $7,106 at December 31, 2015 and 



    $6,815 at December 31, 2014)

687,925

547,290




Premises and equipment

17,263

12,357

Accrued interest receivable

4,211

3,644

Goodwill

21,134

10,256

Bank owned life insurance

25,535

20,309

Core Deposit and non-compete intangible

1,739

-

Other assets

12,757

7,166




TOTAL ASSETS

$      1,162,984

$       925,048




LIABILITIES:



Deposits:



  Noninterest-bearing

$         150,960

$         95,526

  Interest-bearing

837,071

678,407

Total deposits

988,031

773,933

Borrowed funds

41,631

41,799

Accrued interest payable

734

756

Other liabilities

12,828

8,032

TOTAL LIABILITIES

1,043,224

824,520

STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY:



Preferred Stock $1.00 par value; authorized



  3,000,000 shares; none issued in 2015 or 2014



Common stock



  $1.00 par value; authorized 15,000,000 shares at December 31, 2015 and December 31, 2014;   issued 3,671,751 at December 31, 2015 and 3,335,236 shares at  December 31, 2014 

3,672

 

3,335

Additional paid-in capital

40,715

25,150

Retained earnings

85,790

79,512

Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss)

(236)

767

Treasury stock, at cost:  335,876 shares at December 31, 2015 and 296,280 shares at December 31, 2014

(10,181)

 

(8,236)

TOTAL STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY

119,760

100,528

TOTAL LIABILITIES AND



   STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY

$      1,162,984

$       925,048




 


CITIZENS FINANCIAL SERVICES, INC.





CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF INCOME





(UNAUDITED)






Three Months Ended

Twelve Months Ended


December 31

December 31

(in thousands, except per share data)

2015

2014

2015

2014

INTEREST INCOME:





Interest and fees on loans

$              7,623

$            7,124

$        29,039

$    28,324

Interest-bearing deposits with banks

39

31

142

82

Investment securities:





    Taxable

785

795

3,102

3,337

    Nontaxable

754

828

3,152

3,354

    Dividends

50

35

218

194

TOTAL INTEREST INCOME

9,251

8,813

35,653

35,291

INTEREST EXPENSE:





Deposits

1,025

1,056

4,113

4,347

Borrowed funds

186

155

707

606

TOTAL INTEREST EXPENSE

1,211

1,211

4,820

4,953

NET INTEREST INCOME

8,040

7,602

30,833

30,338

Provision for loan losses

120

105

480

585

NET INTEREST INCOME AFTER





    PROVISION FOR LOAN LOSSES

7,920

7,497

30,353

29,753

NON-INTEREST INCOME:





Service charges

1,068

1,058

4,126

4,297

Trust

150

160

673

688

Brokerage and insurance

157

169

720

567

Gains on loans sold

221

126

404

236

Investment securities gains (losses), net

(1)

128

429

616

Earnings on bank owned life insurance

164

141

628

507

Other

116

108

443

445

TOTAL NON-INTEREST INCOME

1,875

1,890

7,423

7,356

NON-INTEREST EXPENSES:





Salaries and employee benefits

3,386

2,905

12,504

11,505

Occupancy 

360

320

1,424

1,287

Furniture and equipment

183

82

506

362

Professional fees

232

171

846

820

FDIC insurance

116

116

464

461

Pennsylvania shares tax

111

201

713

686

Merger and acquisition costs

698

-

1,103

237

ORE expenses

283

57

969

299

Other

1,445

1,155

4,900

4,508

TOTAL NON-INTEREST EXPENSES

6,814

5,007

23,429

20,165

Income before provision for income taxes

2,981

4,380

14,347

16,944

Provision for income taxes

521

904

2,721

3,559

NET INCOME

$              2,460

$            3,476

$        11,626

$    13,385






PER COMMON SHARE DATA:





Net Income - Basic

$                 0.80

$              1.14

$             3.84

$        4.41

Net Income - Diluted

$                 0.80

$              1.14

$             3.83

$        4.40

Cash Dividends Paid 

$                 0.41

$              0.40

$             1.73

$        2.17






Number of shares used in computation - basic

3,066,974

3,036,175

3,031,282

3,038,298

Number of shares used in computation - diluted

3,067,107

3,036,176

3,032,642

3,039,593






 

Financial Highlights











Three Months Ended

Twelve Months Ended


December 31,

December 31,


2015

2014

2015

2014

Performance Ratios and Share Data:





    Return on average assets (annualized)

0.99%

1.52%

1.22%

1.48%

    Return on average equity (annualized)

9.12%

14.01%

11.20%

13.73%

    Net interest margin (tax equivalent)

3.73%

3.84%

3.76%

3.84%

    Cash dividends paid per share 

$                         0.41

$                         0.40

$                       1.73

$              2.17

    Earnings per share - basic

$                         0.80

$                         1.14

$                       3.84

$              4.41

    Earnings per share - diluted

$                         0.80

$                         1.14

$                       3.83

$              4.40

Number of shares used in computation - basic

3,066,974

3,036,175

3,031,282

3,038,298

Number of shares used in computation - diluted

3,067,107

3,036,176

3,032,642

3,039,593


























Balance Sheet Highlights (dollars in thousands):

December 31, 2015

December 31, 2014








Assets

$                 1,162,984

$                   925,048



Investment securities:





    Available for sale

359,737

306,146



Loans (net of unearned income)

695,031

554,105



Allowance for loan losses

7,106

6,815



Deposits

988,031

773,933



Stockholders' Equity

119,760

100,528



Non-performing assets

8,508

9,227



Non-performing assets to total loans

1.22%

1.67%



Annualized net charge-offs to total loans

0.03%

0.16%



Average Leverage Ratio

11.03%

10.99%



Common shares outstanding

3,335,875

3,038,956



Book value per share

$                       35.97

$                       32.83



 

SOURCE Citizens Financial Services, Inc.



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