BILOXI, Miss., July 28, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Peoples Financial Corporation (the "Company")(OTCQX Best Market: PFBX), parent of The Peoples Bank, announced earnings for the second quarter ending June 30, 2021.
Net income for the second quarter of 2021 was $789,000 compared to a net loss of $277,000 for the second quarter of 2020. The earnings per weighted average common share for the second quarter of 2021 were $0.16 compared to loss per weighted average common share of $0.06 for the second quarter of 2020. Per share figures are based on weighted average common shares outstanding of 4,878,557 and 4,883,764 for the second quarters 2021 and 2020, respectively.
The improvement in net income for the second quarter of 2021 is primarily due to the decrease in the provision for loan losses of $22,000 for the second quarter of 2021 as compared with $1,333,000 for the second quarter of 2020. In the second quarter of 2020, a specific reserve of $1,135,000 was allocated to one credit based on new information relating to this customer.
Net income for the first six months of 2021 increased $4,273,000 to $5,119,000 compared to net income of $846,000 for the first six months of 2020. The earnings per weighted average common share for the first six months of 2021 were $1.05 compared to earnings per weighted average common share of $0.17 for the first six months of 2020. Per share figures are based on weighted average common shares outstanding of 4,878,557 and 4,905,690 for the first six months of 2021 and 2020, respectively.
The Company's net income for the first six months of 2021 improved significantly due to the reduction in the allowance for loan losses of $4,831,000. During the first quarter of 2021, the Bank subsidiary recorded a recovery of $4,510,000 on a previously charged-off loan. Based on that computation and the on-going evaluation of the credit quality of the entire loan portfolio, Management recorded a negative provision for loan losses of $4,853,000 during the first quarter of 2021.
The Company's net income for the first six months was also impacted by an increase in non-interest expense, primarily a result of the settlement of a lawsuit of $1,125,000.
"We are pleased to report the continued progress your Company has achieved in implementing its strategic plan," said Chevis C. Swetman, chairman and chief executive officer of the Company and the Bank. He added, "For some time, Bank management has focused on improving asset quality, with those efforts resulting in the significant reduction in past due loans, nonaccruals and other real estate. Reducing our cost of funds has been another priority and I can report that the Bank has successfully repriced a number of large depository bids which will result in a reduction in interest expense."
Strength, security and stability have been hallmarks of the Company since its founding in 1985 and of The Peoples Bank since its founding in 1896. With very few exceptions, we have paid semi-annual cash dividends to our shareholders, while maintaining the strong capital position our shareholders expect. The Company's capital continues its position as one of the highest in the Southeast United States. The Company's primary capital ratio was 13.89% and 16.58% at June 30, 2021 and 2020, respectively. The Company's book value per share was $19.72 and $20.31 at June 30, 2021 and 2020, respectively.
Founded in 1896, with $768 million in total assets as of June 30, 2021, The Peoples Bank operates 18 branches along the Mississippi Gulf Coast in Hancock, Harrison, Jackson and Stone counties. In addition to offering 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.
Peoples Financial Corporation's common stock is listed on the OTCQX Best Market under the symbol PFBX. Additional information is available on the Internet at the Company's website, www.thepeoples.com, and at the website of the Securities and Exchange Commission, www.sec.gov.
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