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QNB Corp. Reports Earnings For Fourth Quarter 2019

Company Release - 1/30/2020 3:38 PM ET

QUAKERTOWN, Pa., Jan. 30, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- QNB Corp. (the "Company" or "QNB") (OTC Bulletin Board: QNBC), the parent company of QNB Bank (the "Bank"), reported net income for the quarter of 2019 of $2,745,000, or $0.78 per share on a diluted basis. This compares to net income of $2,327,000, or $0.67 per share on a diluted basis, for the same period in 2018.  For the twelve months ended December 31, 2019, QNB reported net income of $12,357,000, or $3.53 per share on a diluted basis. This compares to net income of $11,335,000, or $3.25 per share on a diluted basis, reported for the same period in 2018.

For the quarter ended December 31, 2019, the annualized rate of return on average assets and average shareholders' equity was 0.88% and 9.06%, respectively, compared with 0.78%% and 8.29%, respectively, for the fourth quarter 2018.  For the twelve months ended December 31, 2019, the return on average assets and average shareholders' equity was 1.02% and 10.58%, respectively, compared with 0.96% and 10.47%, respectively, for the same period in 2018.

QNB is pleased to report increased net income and earnings per share for the quarter, and record net income and earnings per share for the year ended December 31, 2019.  Loan, deposit and household growth remained strong throughout 2019.  In addition to opening a 12th location -- our Allentown Office late in the third quarter -- in December we relocated our full-service branch within the Pennsburg Square Shopping Center to a free-standing pad site in the same center. Our newly named Upper Perkiomen Valley Office provides improved visibility and convenience of access to customers.

Net Interest Income and Net Interest Margin

Net interest income for the quarter and twelve months ended December 31, 2019 totaled $9,165,000 and $36,294,000, respectively, an increase of $345,000 and $1,279,000, respectively, from the same periods in 2018. The net interest margin for the fourth quarter of 2019 and 2018 was 3.11%.  Net interest margin for the twelve months ended December 31, 2019 was 3.16%, an increase of three basis point compared to the same period in 2018.  The yield on average earning assets increased one basis point to 3.92% for the fourth quarter of 2019, compared with the fourth quarter of 2018.  For the twelve months ended December 31, 2019, the yield on average earning assets was 4.02%, compared with 3.85% for the same period in 2018.   The cost of interest-bearing liabilities increased to 1.02% and 1.07% for the quarter and twelve months ended December 31, 2019, respectively, compared with 1.01% and 0.88% for the same periods in 2018.

Asset Quality, Provision for Loan Loss and Allowance for Loan Loss

QNB recorded a $375,000 provision for loan losses in the fourth quarter of 2019, compared with $187,000 for the same period in 2018.   For the twelve months ended December 31, 2019 and 2018, QNB recorded $1,300,000 and $1,130,000, respectively, in provision for loan losses.  QNB's allowance for loan losses of $9,887,000 represents 1.20% of loans receivable at December 31, 2019 compared to $8,834,000, or 1.12% of loans receivable at December 31, 2018.  Net loan charge-offs were $247,000 for 2019, or 0.03% of total average loans, compared with net charge-offs of $137,000, or 0.02% of total average loans, for the same periods in 2018.

Total non-performing loans, which represent loans on non-accrual status, loans past due 90 days or more and still accruing interest and restructured loans were $16,464,000, or 2.01% of loans receivable at December 31, 2019, compared with $9,638,000, or 1.23% of loans receivable at December 31, 2018.  In cases where there is a collateral shortfall on impaired loans, specific impairment reserves have been established based on updated collateral values even if the borrower continues to pay in accordance with the terms of the agreement. At December 31, 2019, $7,245,000, or approximately 62% of the loans classified as non-accrual are current or past due less than 30 days.  At December 31, 2019 commercial substandard or doubtful loans totaled $15,922,000, compared with $18,339,000 reported at December 31, 2018.   

Non-Interest Income

Total non-interest income was $2,210,000 for the fourth quarter of 2019, an increase of $2,066,000 compared with the same period in 2018, due largely to combined realized and unrealized net gains on investment securities totaling $696,000 in 2019 compared to a loss of $1,252,000 in 2018.  Non-interest income for the twelve months ended December 31, 2019 was $8,317,000, an increase of $3,425,000, or 70.0%, compared to the same period in 2018, of which $2,937,000 is attributable to increased realized and unrealized investment gains.  ATM and debit card income increased $46,000 due to increased card activity when comparing the two quarterly periods.  Retail brokerage income increased $75,000 due to increased penetration due to increased assets under management.  Net gain on sale of loans increased $60,000, due to increased mortgage loan originations and secondary market sales, the result of lower interest rates in the fourth quarter 2019.  Fees for services to customers declined $7,000 during fourth quarter 2019 compared to fourth quarter 2018, due to less overdraft income and service charges on deposits accounts.  Other non-interest income declined $56,000, due primarily to a reduction in income for sale of checks, and disposal of fixed assets related to the relocation of the Pennsburg location.

Non-Interest Expense

Total non-interest expense was $7,632,000 for the fourth quarter of 2019, increasing $843,000, or 12.4%, from $6,789,000 for the same period in 2018.  For the twelve months ended December 31, 2019, non-interest expense increased $2,219,000, or 8.6%, from the same period in 2018.  Salaries and benefits expense increased $625,000, or 16.3%, to $4,452,000 when comparing the two quarters.  Salary expense and related payroll taxes increased $510,000 to $3,759,000, or 15.7%, during the fourth quarter of 2019 compared to the same period in 2018, due, in part, to the addition of branch staff in our new Allentown location and increased expense for incentive compensation.  Benefits expense increased $115,000, or 20.1%, due primarily to medical insurance claims reimbursements and increased retirement plan costs, when comparing the two periods.  

Net occupancy and furniture and equipment expense increased $186,000, or 17.4%, to $1,254,000 for the fourth quarter 2019, due primarily to increased building and furniture depreciation expense, increased rent expense and computer software amortization and maintenance expense.  Other non-interest expense increased $32,000 when comparing the fourth quarter of 2019 with the fourth quarter of 2018, with increased marketing, state taxes, travel and entertainment, check charge-offs and check card expenses offset in part by decreased FDIC insurance costs.  During the fourth quarter 2019, we received a "small bank assessment credit", applicable for our third quarter FDIC insurance assessment in the amount of $136,000.  The FDIC insurance fund was determined to have a surplus, and small institutions were eligible for a payment credit.

Provision for income taxes increased $962,000 in the fourth quarter 2019, compared with the same period in 2018.   During the fourth quarter of 2018, the Company recorded a $418,000 income tax benefit to tax provision.  This one-time tax benefit was related to an elected change in accounting for deferred loan origination fees and nonaccrual interest income, taking advantage of the reduction in the federal tax rate from 34% to 21%, resulting from the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, effective January 1, 2018. 

The effective tax rates for the quarter and twelve months ended December 31, 2019 were 18.5% and 18.7%, respectively.  This compares with effective tax rates for the same periods in 2018 of -17.1% and 12.1%, respectively. 

About the Company

QNB Corp. is the holding company for QNB Bank, which is headquartered in Quakertown, Pennsylvania. QNB Bank currently operates twelve branches in Bucks, Montgomery and Lehigh Counties and offers commercial and retail banking services in the communities it serves. In addition, the Company provides securities and advisory services under the name of QNB Financial Services through a registered Broker/Dealer and Registered Investment Advisor, and title insurance as a member of Laurel Abstract Company LLC. More information about QNB Corp. and QNB Bank is available at www.qnbbank.com.

Forward Looking Statement

This press release may contain forward-looking statements as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Act of 1995. Actual results and trends could differ materially from those set forth in such statements due to various factors. Such factors include the possibility that increased demand or prices for the Company's financial services and products may not occur, changing economic and competitive conditions, technological developments, and other risks and uncertainties, including those detailed in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including "Item lA. Risk Factors," set forth in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2018. You should not place undue reliance on any forward-looking statements. These statements speak only as of the date of this press release, even if subsequently made available by the Company on its website or otherwise. The Company undertakes no obligation to update or revise these statements to reflect events or circumstances occurring after the date of this press release.

 

 

QNB Corp.


Consolidated Selected Financial Data (unaudited)


















(Dollars in thousands)
































Balance Sheet (Period End)

12/31/19


9/30/19


6/30/19


3/31/19


12/31/18


Assets

$

1,225,023


$

1,245,863


$

1,212,005


$

1,203,126


$

1,175,452


Cash and cash equivalents


17,608



20,787



14,068



13,708



13,458


Investment securities
















Debt securities


349,710



361,157



347,728



344,367



344,221


Equity securities


9,164



5,850



6,898



10,482



9,421


Loans held-for-sale


977



240



-



-



-


Loans receivable


820,616



830,556



817,593



804,528



785,448


Allowance for loan losses


(9,887)



(9,494)



(9,164)



(9,015)



(8,834)


Net loans


810,729



821,062



808,429



795,513



776,614


Deposits


1,037,860



1,048,189



1,030,661



1,034,614



1,015,598


Demand, non-interest bearing


146,270



150,944



149,591



139,970



128,615


Interest-bearing demand, money market
and savings


656,014



661,414



646,759



671,925



663,195


Time


235,576



235,831



234,311



222,719



223,788


Short-term borrowings


55,931



69,945



59,048



49,897



50,872


Shareholders' equity


120,717



118,985



115,878



110,360



104,348


















Asset Quality Data (Period End)
















Non-accrual loans

$

11,704


$

12,445


$

7,668


$

7,706


$

7,478


Loans past due 90 days or more and still
accruing


-



-



-



-



-


Restructured loans


4,760



1,643



2,009



2,047



2,160


Non-performing loans


16,464



14,088



9,677



9,753



9,638


Non-performing assets

$

16,464


$

14,088


$

9,677


$

9,753


$

9,638


















Allowance for loan losses

$

9,887


$

9,494


$

9,164


$

9,015


$

8,834


















Non-performing loans / Loans excluding
held-for-sale


2.01

%


1.70

%


1.18

%


1.21

%


1.23

%

Non-performing assets / Assets


1.34

%


1.13

%


0.80

%


0.81

%


0.82

%

Allowance for loan losses / Loans
excluding held-for-sale


1.20

%


1.14

%


1.12

%


1.12

%


1.12

%

 

 

QNB Corp.


Consolidated Selected Financial Data (unaudited)

























(Dollars in thousands, except per
share data)

Three months ended,



Year ended,


For the period:

12/31/19


9/30/19


6/30/19


3/31/19


12/31/18



12/31/19


12/31/18

























Interest income

$

11,600


$

11,817


$

11,712


$

11,289


$

11,203



$

46,418


$

43,200


Interest expense


2,435



2,635



2,601



2,453



2,383




10,124



8,185


Net interest income


9,165



9,182



9,111



8,836



8,820




36,294



35,015


Provision for loan losses


375



550



150



225



187




1,300



1,130


Net interest income after
provision
 
   for loan losses


8,790



8,632



8,961



8,611



8,633




34,994



33,885


Non-interest income:























Fees for services to customers


444



432



422



393



451




1,691



1,699


ATM and debit card


548



533



519



470



502




2,070



1,895


Retail brokerage and advisory
income


141



145



133



141



66




560



370


Net gain (loss) on investment
securities
  
available-for-sale


192



973



584



6



(390)




1,755



(76)


Unrealized gain (loss) on  equity
securities


504



(305)



(405)



976



(862)




770



(336)


Net gain on sale of loans


83



63



28



21



23




195



105


Other


298



303



373



302



354




1,276



1,235


      Total non-interest income


2,210



2,144



1,654



2,309



144




8,317



4,892


Non-interest expense:























Salaries and employee benefits


4,452



4,063



3,790



3,781



3,827




16,086



14,411


Net occupancy and furniture and
   equipment


1,254



1,123



1,097



1,062



1,068




4,536



4,037


Other


1,926



1,769



1,906



1,881



1,894




7,482



7,437


      Total non-interest expense


7,632



6,955



6,793



6,724



6,789




28,104



25,885


Income before income taxes


3,368



3,821



3,822



4,196



1,988




15,207



12,892


Provision (benefit) for income taxes


623



731



679



817



(339)




2,850



1,557


Net income

$

2,745


$

3,090


$

3,143


$

3,379


$

2,327



$

12,357


$

11,335

























Share and Per Share Data:























Net income - basic

$

0.78


$

0.88


$

0.90


$

0.97


$

0.67



$

3.53


$

3.27


Net income - diluted

$

0.78


$

0.88


$

0.90


$

0.97


$

0.67



$

3.53


$

3.25


Book value

$

34.30


$

33.92


$

33.09


$

31.59


$

29.95



$

34.30


$

29.95


Cash dividends

$

0.33


$

0.33


$

0.33


$

0.33


$

0.32



$

1.32


$

1.28


Average common shares outstanding

   - basic


3,509,766



3,501,771



3,494,620



3,486,786



3,473,965




3,498,326



3,463,450


Average common shares outstanding

  - diluted


3,515,830



3,508,317



3,502,111



3,494,429



3,492,060




3,504,150



3,482,509

























Selected Ratios:























Return on average assets (quarterly
amts. annualized)


0.88

%


1.00

%


1.05

%


1.15

%


0.78

%



1.02

%


0.96

%

Return on average shareholders'
equity (quarterly amts. annualized)


9.06

%


10.39

%


10.91

%


12.09

%


8.29

%



10.58

%


10.47

%

Net interest margin (tax equivalent)


3.11

%


3.14

%


3.20

%


3.18

%


3.11

%



3.16

%


3.13

%

Efficiency ratio (tax equivalent)


66.01

%


60.34

%


61.97

%


59.28

%


74.03

%



61.92

%


63.56

%

Average shareholders' equity to total

   average assets


9.75

%


9.63

%


9.61

%


9.54

%


9.38

%



9.63

%


9.20

%

Net loan charge-offs (recoveries)

$

(18)


$

220


$

1


$

44


$

(2)



$

247


$

137


Net loan charge-offs (recoveries) -

   annualized / Average loans
excluding

   held-for-sale


-0.01

%


0.11

%


0.00

%


0.02

%


0.00

%



0.03

%


0.02

%

Balance Sheet (Average)























Assets

$

1,232,071


$

1,225,776


$

1,202,406


$

1,187,374


$

1,186,456



$

1,212,041


$

1,176,910


Investment securities (AFS &
Equities)


360,403



359,549



357,836



360,640



366,469




359,606



372,803


Loans receivable


827,103



822,738



805,538



789,737



784,372




811,413



766,692


Deposits


1,046,835



1,044,094



1,021,925



1,008,060



1,018,141




1,030,373



1,003,154


Shareholders' equity


120,158



117,984



115,551



113,304



111,312




116,771



108,241


 

 

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