Middlefield Banc Corp. Reports Record Earnings Performance for 2011

MIDDLEFIELD, Ohio, Feb. 7, 2012 /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, 2011.

Net Income for the fourth quarter was $1,329,000, an increase of 91.5% from the $694,000 reported for the fourth quarter of 2010.   For the twelve months of 2011 net income totaled $4,130,000, a 64.1% increase from net income of $2,517,000 for the year ended December 31, 2010.  Other notable results for the year include:

  • Total assets increased $22.4 million, or 3.5%, from December 31, 2010.
  • Net interest income in a year-to-year comparison grew $2.9 million or 16.1%.
  • Total deposits stood at $581.0 million, an increase of 2.8% from year-end 2010.
  • Net loans grew $28.3 million during the year, ending up 7.7%.
  • Efficiency ratio improved to 62.5% from 66.7% during 2011.
  • Diluted earnings per common share for the year were $2.45, up 53.1% from 2010's $1.60 per share.

Annualized returns on average equity ("ROE") and average assets ("ROA") for the quarter were 12.33% and 0.81%, respectively, compared with 6.80% and 0.43% for the fourth quarter of 2010.  ROE and ROA were 10.24% and 0.65%, respectively, for the twelve-month period of 2011.  Comparable results for the 2010 twelve-month period were 6.44% and 0.41%, respectively.

"We are pleased to report record earnings during 2011.  The $4.1 million of net income for the year is indicative of our continued focus on maintaining the financial strength of our company, which is a fundamental key to all we do," stated Thomas G. Caldwell, President and Chief Executive Officer, "We have seen continued improvement in our net interest margin and our efficiency ratio.  The success that we experienced during 2011 is a direct result of the efforts of the entire team at Middlefield Banc Corp."  

"Looking forward, the core of our company is strong.  We are confident of our abilities to address the three primary threats expected for the near-term, 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 2011 increased $654,000, or 13.4%, to $5,546,000 compared to $4,892,000 in the fourth quarter of 2010.  The net interest margin increased 26 basis points to 3.73% compared to the 3.47% reported for the year-ago quarter.  Net interest income for the year 2011 increased by $2,926,000, or 16.1%, to $21,075,000 compared to the $18,149,000 for the full year of 2010.  The net interest margin for 2011 stood at 3.65%, a 24 basis point increase from the 3.41% reported for 2010.

The improvement in net interest income was driven by an increase in loans outstanding and deliberate pricing strategies to lower deposit funding costs.  While market pressures contributed to a 27 basis point decrease in yield on earning assets during 2011, the company's cost of interest bearing liabilities dropped 52 basis points.  

Non-Interest Income and Operating Expenses

Non-interest income declined for both the three and twelve month periods.  The comparative decreases on deposit service charges of $250,000 and $272,000, for the respective three and twelve month periods, are driven by the implementation of new governmental regulations.  These rules limit a bank's ability to charge fees for the payment of overdrafts for debit and ATM card transactions.  The company also experienced a loss of $173,000 during 2011 related to the sale of certain investment securities.  This loss was directly related to the re-positioning of the securities portfolio to a lower level of private label mortgage-backed securities.  

Operating expenses decreased by 1.0%, or $37,000 for the quarter while increasing $738,000, or 5.0% for 2011 over comparable periods of 2010.  Expense increases in salaries and employee benefits were directly related to the growth of the company.  In addition to normal wage increases and an increase in health insurance costs, the company increased staffing levels in loan administration, credit analysis, and special assets.  Data processing costs were lower for both the three and twelve-month periods.  During 2010 the company entered into a new contractual agreement for the provision of core processing, which resulted in lowering overall cost.  Other cost increases during 2011 were tied to the company's efforts to reduce its inventory of other real estate owned and to the maintenance of those properties, as well as general collection expenses.

Balance Sheet

The company's total assets ended 2011 at $654.6 million, an increase of 3.5% over the $632.2 million in total assets reported at December 31, 2010.  Net loans at December 31, 2011, were $394.6 million, up $28.3 million, or 7.7%, over the $366.3 million reported at December 31, 2010.  Total deposits at year-end 2011 were $581.0 million, or 2.8% greater than the deposit level of $565.3 million at December 31, 2010.  The investment portfolio, which is entirely classified as available for sale, stood at $194.0 million at December 31, 2011.  This figure represented a decline in balances in that portfolio of $7.8 million from the prior year-end.    

Asset Quality

The provision for loan losses for the three month period ended December 31, 2011 was $600,000, compared to the $1,225,000 posted for the fourth quarter of 2010.  For the year ended December 31, 2011, the provision was $3,085,000, while that for the full year 2010 was $3,580,000.  "When considering the continued economic malaise, we believe it to be prudent to continue a high level of provision to address potential credit quality issues," said Donald L. Stacy, Chief Financial Officer of Middlefield Banc Corp.  "We have also increased staffing levels with a keenly focused directive to improve asset quality performance metrics, which have continued to be elevated above our historical performance."  

The loan loss provision, which has significantly outpaced loan charge-offs, has strengthened the allowance for loan losses.  The ratio of the allowance for loan losses to total loans increased to 1.70% of total loans at December 31, 2011 compared to the 1.67% reported at December 31, 2010.

Shareholders' Equity

Tangible book value per share increased from $21.03 per share at December 31, 2010 to $24.23 per share at December 31, 2011.  The increase is the result of net income and mark-to-market adjustments in investment securities, offset by cash dividends paid to shareholders.  During 2011, the company paid cash dividends of $1.04 per share, which equaled the amount paid in 2010.  

Middlefield Banc Corp., headquartered in Middlefield, Ohio, is a multi-bank holding company with total assets of $654.6 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, 2011 and December 31, 2010









(unaudited)






Balance Sheet (period end)


December 31,



December 31,



(Dollar amounts in thousands)


2011



2010











Assets








Cash and due from banks

$

16,235


$

10,473



Federal funds sold


18,660



20,162



Interest-bearing deposits in other institutions


0



0



  Cash and cash equivalents


34,895



30,635



Investment securities available for sale


193,977



201,772



Loans:


401,375



372,498



Less:  allowance for loan losses


6,819



6,221



     Net loans


394,556



366,277



Premises and equipment


8,264



8,179



Goodwill


4,559



4,559



Bank-owned life insurance


8,257



7,979



Accrued interest receivable and other assets


10,043



12,796



Total Assets

$

654,551


$

632,197













December 31,



December 31,





2011



2010



Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity








Non-interest bearing demand deposits

$

63,348


$

53,391



Interest bearing demand deposits


55,853



48,869



Money market accounts


75,621



71,105



Savings deposits


167,207



146,993



Time deposits


218,933



244,893



  Total Deposits


580,962



565,251



Short-term borrowings


7,392



7,632



Other borrowings


16,831



19,321



Other liabilities


2,113



1,971



  Total Liabilities


607,298



594,175











Common equity


31,240



28,429



Retained earnings


18,206



15,840



Accumulated other comprehensive income


4,541



487



Treasury stock


(6,734)



(6,734)



  Total Stockholders' Equity


47,253



38,022











Total Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity

$

654,551


$

632,197







MIDDLEFIELD BANC CORP.












Consolidated Selected Financial Highlights











December 31, 2011 and December 31, 2010











(Dollar amounts in thousands)











(unaudited)


(unaudited)

Income Statement

For the Three Months Ended


For the Twelve Months Ended


December 31,


December 31,



2011



2010



2011



2010

INTEREST INCOME












  Interest and fees on loans

$

5,599


$

5,363


$

21,854


$

21,084

  Interest-bearing deposits in other institutions

6



5



14



15

  Federal funds sold


(1)



14



12



52

  Investment securities












     Taxable interest


1,030



1,353



4,862



5,185

     Tax-exempt interest


759



709



2,883



2,650

  Dividends on stock


26



26



102



108

     Total interest income


7,419



7,470



29,727



29,094

INTEREST EXPENSE












  Deposits


1,590



2,255



7,467



9,504

  Short term borrowings


58



63



235



249

  Other borrowings


87



122



400



642

  Trust preferred securities


138



138



550



550

     Total interest expense


1,873



2,578



8,652



10,945

NET INTEREST INCOME


5,546



4,892



21,075



18,149

Provision for loan losses


600



1,225



3,085



3,580

NET INTEREST INCOME AFTER PROVISION











  FOR LOAN LOSSES


4,946



3,667



17,990



14,569

NONINTEREST INCOME












  Service charges on deposits


213



463



1,512



1,784

  Net securities gains (losses)


(157)



(34)



(173)



11

  Earnings on bank-owned life insurance


69



69



278



273

  Other income


133



136



620



555

     Total non-interest income


258



634



2,237



2,623

NONINTEREST EXPENSE












  Salaries and employee benefits


1,845



1,644



7,233



6,411

  Occupancy expense


216



229



953



946

  Equipment expense


68



68



556



626

  Data processing costs


178



168



693



743

  Ohio state franchise tax


110



(56)



461



348

  Federal deposit insurance expense


293



577



966



1,166

  Professional fees


223



188



800



678

  Loss on sale of other real estate owned


(1)



33



497



783

  Other operating expense


666



784



3,342



3,062

     Total non-interest expense


3,598



3,635



15,501



14,763

Income before income taxes


1,606



666



4,726



2,429

Provision (benefit) for income taxes


277



(28)



596



(88)

NET INCOME

$

1,329


$

694


$

4,130


$

2,517



























MIDDLEFIELD BANC CORP.













Consolidated Selected Financial Highlights












December 31, 2011 and December 31, 2010

























(unaudited)



(unaudited)



For the Three Months Ended


For the Twelve Months Ended



December 31,


December 31,


Per common share data


2011



2010



2011



2010


Net income per common share - basic

$

0.76


$

0.44


$

2.45


$

1.60


Net income per common share - diluted

$

0.76


$

0.44


$

2.45


$

1.60


Dividends declared

$

0.26


$

0.26


$

1.04


$

1.04


Book value per share (period end)

$

26.81


$

23.90


$

26.81


$

23.90


Tangible book value per share (period end)

$

24.23


$

21.03


$

24.23


$

21.03


Dividend payout ratio


34.46%



59.28%



42.71%



65.04%


Average shares outstanding - basic


1,756,157



1,585,454



1,683,052



1,575,213


Average shares outstanding -diluted


1,756,157



1,585,454



1,683,052



1,575,821


Period ending shares outstanding


1,762,338



1,591,023



1,762,338



1,591,023















Selected ratios













Return on average assets


0.81%



0.43%



0.65%



0.41%


Return on average equity


12.33%



6.80%



10.24%



6.44%


Yield on earning assets


4.90%



5.17%



5.05%



5.32%


Cost of interest bearing liabilities


1.34%



1.88%



1.58%



2.11%


Net interest spread


3.56%



3.29%



3.47%



3.22%


Net interest margin


3.73%



3.47%



3.65%



3.41%


Efficiency (1)


58.08%



61.69%



62.51%



66.69%


Equity to assets at period end


7.27%



6.01%



7.27%



6.01%















(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.



























MIDDLEFIELD BANC CORP.








Consolidated Selected Financial Highlights







December 31, 2011 and December 31, 2010







(Dollar amounts in thousands)
















December 31,



December 31,



Asset quality data


2011



2010



(Dollar amounts in thousands)






Non-accrual loans

$

16,804


$

18,399



Troubled debt restructuring


7,423



1,587



90 day past due and accruing


319



-



Non-performing loans


24,546



19,986



Other real estate owned


2,196



2,302



Non-performing assets

$

26,742


$

22,288



















Allowance for loan losses

$

6,819


$

6,221



Allowance for loan losses/total loans


1.70%



1.67%



Net charge-offs:








  Quarter-to-date

$

1,355


$

975



  Year-to-date


2,487



2,296



Net charge-offs to average loans








  Quarter-to-date


0.34%



0.26%



  Year-to-date


0.65%



0.63%



Non-performing loans/total loans


6.12%



5.37%



Allowance for loan losses/non-performing loans

27.78%



31.13%



Non-performing assets/total assets


4.09%



3.53%





















December 31,



December 31,



Loans


2011



2010



(Dollar amounts in thousands)






Commercial and industrial

$

59,185


$

57,501



Real estate - construction


21,545



15,845



Real estate - mortgage








  Residential


207,634



209,863



  Commercial


108,502



84,304



Consumer installment


4,509



4,985



Total Loans

$

401,375


$

372,498






















SOURCE Middlefield Banc Corp.



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