CHAMBERSBURG, Pa., July 25, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Franklin Financial Services Corporation, the bank holding company of F&M Trust, reported earnings of $1.6 million for the second quarter ended June 30, 2016. This represents a 36.9% decrease when compared to second quarter 2015 earnings of $2.5 million and a 42.7% decrease when compared to first quarter 2016 earnings of $2.7 million. Second quarter 2016 earnings were negatively affected by the provision for loan loss expense of $1.88 million compared to $310 thousand during the same quarter of 2015. The increase in the provision expense was due primarily to a $1.94 million charge-off on a participated commercial loan, but also reflected growth in the loan portfolio during the year. With the additional provision expense, the allowance for loan losses remained strong at 1.25% of total loans at June 30, 2016. Net income for the first six months of 2016 was $4.3 million compared with $5.4 million for the same period in 2015, a decrease of 20.0%. As previously reported, first quarter 2015 earnings were enhanced by two nonrecurring events that increased noninterest income by $899 thousand.
On a per share basis, diluted earnings were $0.36 for the quarter ended June 30, 2016 and $1.00 for the first six months of 2016, compared to $0.58 and $1.26 for the same periods in 2015.
"The Bank's management team closely monitored the circumstances that brought about this loan charge-off and took the necessary actions based on our ownership of the transaction," said Timothy G. Henry, President and CEO of F&M Trust. "Despite the adverse impact of the charge-off, we continue to grow commercial loans and lower cost core deposits that are driving the expansion of our net interest margin from 3.60% last year to 3.63% at the end of the second quarter in 2016."
Total assets at June 30, 2016 were $1.1 billion, a 4.7% increase when compared with total assets of $1.0 billion at December 31, 2015. Net loans increased 5.8% to $816.3 million, which was driven by an increase in commercial loans of $41.5 million, or 7.4%. Total deposits increased 5.1% to $965.6 million, which included growth in noninterest-bearing deposits of 6.9%. Net interest income was $17.0 million, representing an increase of $1.1 million, or 7.3%, when compared to June 30, 2015. The market value of trust assets under management increased 3.4% to $606.3 million.
Franklin Financial is the largest independent, locally owned and operated bank holding company headquartered in Franklin County with assets of more than $1 billion. Its wholly-owned subsidiary, F&M Trust, has twenty-two community banking offices located in Boiling Springs, Camp Hill, Carlisle, Chambersburg, Greencastle, Hustontown, McConnellsburg, Mechanicsburg, Mont Alto, Marion, Newville, Orbisonia, Shippensburg and Waynesboro. Franklin Financial stock is trading on the OTCQX® marketplace of the OTC Markets under the symbol FRAF. Please visit our website for more information, www.franklinfin.com.
Management considers subsequent events occurring after the balance sheet date for matters which may require adjustment to, or disclosure in, the consolidated financial statements. The review period for subsequent events extends up to and including the filing date of a public company's consolidated financial statements when filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC"). Accordingly, the financial information in this announcement is subject to change.
Certain statements appearing herein which are not historical in nature are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such forward-looking statements refer to a future period or periods, reflecting management's current views as to likely future developments, and use words "may," "will," "expect," "believe," "estimate," "anticipate," or similar terms. Because forward-looking statements involve certain risks, uncertainties and other factors over which Franklin Financial Services Corporation has no direct control, actual results could differ materially from those contemplated in such statements. These factors include (but are not limited to) the following: general economic conditions, changes in interest rates, changes in the Corporation's cost of funds, changes in government monetary policy, changes in government regulation and taxation of financial institutions, changes in the rate of inflation, changes in technology, the intensification of competition within the Corporation's market area, and other similar factors.