Peoples Financial Corporation 2012 Earnings More Than Double Over 2011

BILOXI, Miss., Jan. 31, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Peoples Financial Corporation (NASDAQ Capital Market: PFBX), parent of The Peoples Bank, reported net income of $2,641,000 for the year ended December 31, 2012, a 120% increase over annual earnings in 2011, announced Chevis C. Swetman, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the holding company and the bank.

Fourth quarter 2012 earnings totaled $825,000, compared to a loss of ($622,000) in the fourth quarter of 2011.

Earnings per weighted average share for 2012 totaled $.51 compared to $.23 per weighted average share in 2011. Earnings per share figures are based on weighted average shares outstanding of 5,136,918 as of December 31, 2012 and 2011.

"We are pleased—although certainly not thrilled—with our financial results for the year," said Swetman. "Despite a spike in our loan loss provision during the fourth quarter, we were still able to increase earnings over the same period the year before and more than double net income for the entire year, " he added.

The provision for loan losses in the fourth quarter of 2012 totaled $1,893,000, due primarily to potential losses on two loan relationships identified during the fourth quarter. Provisions for the first three quarters of 2012 averaged $790,000 per quarter. Allowance for loan losses as a percentage of loans rose to 2.05% at the end of 2012, compared to 1.88% at the end of 2011.

Loans outstanding at the end of of 2012 were flat compared to 2011, reflecting some payoffs during fourth quarter 2012. "We expect loan volume to resume a steady modest growth in 2013," said Swetman.

The bank's primary capital ratio rose to 14.71% at the end of 2012, compared to 14.65% at the end of 2011. That remains the highest level of primary capital since 2004.

Founded in 1896, with $805 million in assets as of December 31, 2012, The Peoples Bank operates 16 branches along the Mississippi Gulf Coast in Hancock, Harrison, Jackson and Stone counties. In addition to a comprehensive range of retail and commercial banking services, the bank also operates a trust and investment services department that has provided customers with financial, estate and retirement planning services since 1936.

The Peoples Bank is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Peoples Financial Corporation, listed on the NASDAQ Capital Market under the symbol PFBX. Additional information is available on the Internet at www.thepeoples.com.

This news release contains forward-looking statements and reflects industry conditions, company performance and financial results. These forward-looking statements are subject to a number of risk factors and uncertainties which could cause the Company's actual results and experience to differ from the anticipated results and expectation expressed in such forward-looking statements.

    

PEOPLES FINANCIAL CORPORATION


(Unaudited) (In thousands, except weighted average shares and per share figures)











EARNINGS SUMMARY

Three Months Ended December 31,


Year Ended December 31,



2012


2011


2012


2011

Net interest income


$           5,653


$        4,873


$       22,561


$       21,854

Provision for loan losses


1,893


1,204


4,264


2,935

Non-interest income


2,209


2,426


9,529


9,860

Non-interest expense


5,139


7,431


25,277


28,780

Income taxes


5


(714)


(92)


(1,204)

Net income


825


(622)


2,641


1,203

Earnings per share


.16


(.13)


.51


.23










TRANSACTIONS IN THE ALLOWANCE FOR LOAN LOSSES










Three Months Ended December 31,


Year Ended December 31,



2012


2011


2012


2011

Allowance for loan losses, beginning of period


$          7,088


$          7,024


$          8,136


$        6,650

Recoveries


30


17


133


223

Charge-offs


(154)


(109)


(3,676)


(1,672)

Provision for loan losses


1,893


1,204


4,264


2,935

Allowance for loan losses, end of period


$           8,857


$           8,136


$          8,857


$         8,136










ASSET QUALITY

December 31,







2012


2011





Allowance for loan losses as a percentage of loans


2.05%


1.88%





Loans past due 90 days and still accruing


$           1,445


$           1,832





Nonaccrual loans


53,891


57,593














PERFORMANCE RATIOS 

December 31,







2012


2011





Return on average assets


.32%


.15%





Return on average equity


2.40%


1.14%





Net interest margin


3.11%


3.13%





Efficiency ratio


91%


100%





Primary capital


14.71%


14.65%














BALANCE SHEET SUMMARY

December 31,







2012


2011





Total assets


$       804,912


$       804,152





Loans


431,083


432,407





Securities


271,831


286,856





Other real estate (ORE)


7,008


6,153





Total deposits


475,719


468,439





Total federal funds purchased


194,234


157,601





Shareholders' equity


110,754


109,452





Book value per share


21.56


21.31





Weighted average shares


5,136,918


5,136,918





 

SOURCE Peoples Financial Corporation



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