Middlefield Banc Corp. Reports Record Earnings of $6.3 Million for 2012

MIDDLEFIELD, Ohio, Jan. 28, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Middlefield Banc Corp. (OTCQB:  MBCN), parent of The Middlefield Banking Company and Emerald Bank, today reported financial results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2012.

For the year ended December 31, 2012, the company earned $6,281,000, representing an increase of 52.1% from the net income of $4,130,000 for the year ended December 31, 2011.  Net Income for the fourth quarter was $1,269,000, which compares to the $1,329,000 reported for the fourth quarter of 2011.  

Earnings per diluted share for the full year of 2012 were $3.28, which was 33.9% above the twelve month 2011 result of $2.45.  The company reported diluted earnings per share for the fourth quarter of 2012 at $0.64, while the same period of 2011 saw diluted earnings per share of $0.76

Annualized returns on average equity ("ROE") and average assets ("ROA") for 2012 were 11.98% and 0.95%, respectively, compared with 10.24% and 0.65% for 2011.  For the fourth quarter, ROE and ROA were 9.11% and 0.75%, respectively.  For the comparable 2011 three-month period, the results were 12.33% and 0.81%, respectively.

"Our record results for 2012 reflect our commitment to maximizing shareholder value, while continuing our focus on true community banking.  The $6.3 million of net income for the year is indicative of the financial strength of our company, which is a fundamental key to all we do," stated Thomas G. Caldwell, President and Chief Executive Officer, "Over the course of the past year, we continued our efforts to control costs, both in terms of interest expense as well as overhead.  The success that we experienced during 2012 is a direct result of the efforts of the entire team at Middlefield Banc Corp." 

"The core of our company is strong.  We are confident of our abilities to address the three primary threats expected for the near-term, those three challenges being a continued sluggish economy, historically low interest rates, and increased regulatory costs, especially those associated with increased compliance regulations," continued Caldwell.  "Despite these challenges, we will continue to remain focused on delivering excellent customer service, increasing value to our shareholders, and operating our company under safe and sound banking principles."    

Net Interest Income

Net interest income for the fourth quarter of 2012 decreased $90,000, or 1.6%, to $5,436,000 compared to $5,546,000 in the fourth quarter of 2011.  The net interest margin decreased 18 basis points to 3.55% compared to the 3.73% reported for the year-ago quarter.  Net interest income for the year 2012 increased by $1,224,000, or 5.8%, to $2,299,000 compared to the $21,075,000 for the full year of 2011.  The net interest margin for 2012 stood at 3.74%, a 9 basis point increase from the 3.65% reported for 2011.

Non-Interest Income and Operating Expenses

Non-interest income was higher for both the three and twelve month periods.  The comparative increases on deposit service charges of $169,000 and $253,000, for the respective three and twelve month periods, are primarily driven by service charges on a larger base of deposit accounts including increased usage of debit cards, with attendant fees.  Revenue from investment services resulted in a year-over-year increase of $121,000.  The company also experienced a gain of $610,000 during 2012 related to the sale of certain investment securities.  This gain was directly related to the re-positioning of the securities portfolio to a lower level of private label mortgage-backed securities.  For 2011, the company reported a loss on securities transactions of $173,000

Operating expenses decreased by 2.7%, or $96,000 for the quarter while increasing $138,000, or 0.9% for 2012 over comparable periods of 2011.  Although the company did experience a decrease in salaries and employee benefits, staffing levels were increased in branch customer support positions, loan administration, and regulatory compliance management.  By re-negotiating health care contracts and increasing the amount of employment contribution toward premiums, the company was able to lower overall health insurance costs.  Data processing costs were higher for both the three and twelve-month periods, which was the direct result of higher customer counts and increased product/service offerings.  Other cost increases during 2012 were tied to higher audit expense which was directly tied to increased regulatory changes, the write-off of certain frontline teller software that is being upgraded and replaced, and to the maintenance of other real estate owned properties.  In 2009, the company's subsidiary banks, as with all banks nationwide, prepaid three years of FDIC insurance premiums.  In a final reconciliation of that prepayment, the company was able to record a partial return of the premium in 2012, which lead to a significantly lower expense for the year.    

Balance Sheet

The company's total assets ended 2012 at $670.3 million, an increase of 2.4% over the $654.6 million in total assets reported at December 31, 2011.  Net loans at December 31, 2012, were $400.7 million, up $5.6 million, or 1.4%, over the $395.1 million reported at December 31, 2011.  Total deposits at year-end 2012 were $593.3 million, or 2.1% greater than the deposit level of $581.0 million at December 31, 2011.  The investment portfolio, which is entirely classified as available for sale, stood at $194.5 million at December 31, 2012.  This figure represented a modest increase in balances in that portfolio of $0.5 million from the prior year-end.    

Asset Quality

The provision for loan losses for the three month period ended December 31, 2012 was $975,000, compared to the $600,000 posted for the fourth quarter of 2011.  Comparable figures for the full twelve month periods are $2,168,000 for 2012 and $3,085,000 for 2011.  Net charge-offs for the full year 2012 were $1,208,000, or 0.30% of average loans.  For 2011, net charge-offs totaled $2,487,000, which equaled 0.65% of average loans.  At December 31, 2012, the allowance for loan losses was $7,779,000, representing 1.90% of total loans.

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



Asset Quality History



















(dollars in thousands)




















12/31/2012



9/30/2012



12/31/2011



12/31/2010



12/31/2009

















Nonperforming loans


$

14,224


$

15,404


$

24,546


$

19,986


$

16,285

Real estate owned



1,846



2,332



2,196



2,302



2,164

















Nonperforming assets


$

16,070


$

17,736


$

26,742


$

22,288


$

18,450

















Allowance for loan losses


$

7,779


$

7,173


$

6,819


$

6,221


$

4,937

















Ratios:
















Nonperforming loans to
















  total loans



3.38%



3.76%



6.12%



5.37%



4.61%

Nonperforming assets to
















  total assets



2.40%



2.67%



4.09%



3.52%



3.30%

Allowance for loan losses to
















  total loans



1.90%



1.75%



1.70%



1.67%



1.40%

Allowance for loan losses to
















  nonperforming loans



54.69%



46.57%



27.78%



31.13%



30.31%

Shareholders' Equity

Tangible book value per share increased from $24.23 per share at December 31, 2011 to $25.44 per share at December 31, 2012.  The increase is the result of net income and mark-to-market adjustments in investment securities, offset by cash dividends paid to shareholders.  During 2012, the company paid cash dividends of $1.04 per share, which equaled the amount paid in 2011. 

"As we move into 2013, we see many exciting opportunities in which to build upon the success that we enjoyed in 2012.  With the positive trends of the last year, we are well positioned to enhance our earnings potential and grow our franchise through our strong team of community bankers and favorable markets," concluded Caldwell.

Middlefield Banc Corp., headquartered in Middlefield, Ohio, is a multi-bank holding company with total assets of $670.3 million.  The company's lead bank, The Middlefield Banking Company, operates full service banking centers and a LPL Financial® brokerage office serving Chardon, Cortland, Garrettsville, Mantua, Middlefield, Newbury, and Orwell.  The company also serves the central Ohio market through its Emerald Bank subsidiary, with offices in Dublin and Westerville, Ohio.  Additional information is available at www.middlefieldbank.com and www.emeraldbank.com

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.    

Contact: James R. Heslop, 2nd
Executive Vice President/Chief Operating Officer
(440) 632-1666 Ext. 3219
jheslop@middlefieldbank.com

 

MIDDLEFIELD BANC CORP.













Consolidated Selected Financial Highlights

























December 31, 2012 and December 31, 2011














(unaudited)











Balance Sheet (period end)


December
31,



December
31,








(Dollar amounts in thousands)


2012



2011





















Assets













Cash and due from banks

$

33,568


$

15,730








Federal funds sold


11,778



18,660








Interest-bearing deposits in other institutions


0



0








   Cash and cash equivalents


45,346



34,390








Investment securities available for sale


194,472



193,977








Loans:


408,433



401,880








Less:  allowance for loan losses


7,779



6,819








      Net loans


400,654



395,061








Premises and equipment


8,670



8,264








Goodwill


4,559



4,559








Bank-owned life insurance


8,536



8,257








Accrued interest receivable and other assets


8,051



10,043








Total Assets

$

670,288


$

654,551























December 31,



December 31,










2012



2011








Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity













Non-interest bearing demand deposits

$

75,912


$

63,348








Interest-bearing demand deposits


63,915



55,853








Money market accounts


81,349



75,621








Savings deposits


175,406



167,207








Time deposits


196,753



218,933








   Total Deposits


593,335



580,962








Short-term borrowings


6,538



7,392








Other borrowings


12,970



16,831








Other liabilities


2,008



2,113








   Total Liabilities


614,851



607,298





















Common equity


34,295



31,240








Retained earnings


22,485



18,206








Accumulated other comprehensive income


5,391



4,541








Treasury stock


(6,734)



(6,734)








   Total Stockholders' Equity


55,437



47,253





















Total Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity

$

670,288


$

654,551


































MIDDLEFIELD BANC CORP.













Consolidated Selected Financial Highlights












December 31, 2012 and December 31, 2011












(Dollar amounts in thousands)













(unaudited)



(unaudited)


Income Statement

For the Three Months Ended


For the Twelve Months Ended



December 31,


December 31,




2012



2011



2012



2011


INTEREST INCOME













   Interest and fees on loans

$

5,430


$

5,599


$

22,418


$

21,854


   Interest-bearing deposits in other institutions

7



6



26



14


   Federal funds sold


7



(1)



20



12


   Investment securities













      Taxable interest


754



1,030



3,209



4,862


      Tax-exempt interest


727



759



2,976



2,883


   Dividends on stock


24



26



97



102


      Total interest income


6,949