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QNB Corp. Reports Earnings for First Quarter 2020

Company Release - 4/28/2020 3:44 PM ET

QUAKERTOWN, Pa., April 28, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- QNB Corp. (the "Company" or "QNB") (OTC Bulletin Board: QNBC), the parent company of QNB Bank, reported net income for the first quarter of 2020 of $220,000, or $0.06 per share on a diluted basis, compared to net income of $3,379,000, or $0.97 per share on a diluted basis, for the same period in 2019.  

The reduction in net income and earnings per share, when comparing the two periods, is primarily due to a non-cash charge to non-interest income, a result of the decline in fair value of the equity securities portfolio held at by QNB Corp, our bank holding company.  The following table presents disaggregated net income: 


3 months ended



3/31/2020

3/31/2019

variance

QNB Bank

2,316,000

2,676,000

(360,000)

QNB Corp

(2,096,000)

703,000

(2,799,000)

Consolidated net income

$    220,000

$ 3,379,000

$ (3,159,000)

Total assets as of March 31, 2020 were $1,232,010,000 compared with $1,225,023,000 at December 31, 2019. Loans receivable at March 31, 2020 were $821,283,000 compared with $820,616,000 at December 31, 2019, an increase of $667,000, or 0.10%.  Total deposits at March 31, 2020 were $1,043,521,000, increasing $5,661,000, or 0.50%, compared with $1,037,860,000 at December 31, 2019.

"Our core banking business performed well during the first quarter 2020.  Loan growth slowed, but the deposit and household growth we saw in 2019 was sustained during first quarter 2020," stated David W. Freeman, President and Chief Executive Officer. "While asset quality remains strong, we recorded additional loan loss provision, due to the decline in economic activity resulting from the economic crisis brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic."

Net Interest Income and Net Interest Margin

Net interest income for the quarter ended March 31, 2020 totaled $9,163,000, an increase of $327,000 from the same period in 2019. The net interest margin was 3.18% for the first quarter of 2020 and 2019.  The yield on earning assets was 3.92% for the first quarter 2020, a decrease of 12 basis points from 4.04% in the first quarter of 2019. The cost of interest-bearing liabilities decreased  14 basis points to 0.92% for the first quarter ended March 31, 2020, compared with 1.06% for the same period in 2019.

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

QNB recorded a $500,000 provision for loan losses in the first quarter of 2020 compared with $225,000 in the first quarter 2019.  QNB's allowance for loan losses of $10,334,000 represents 1.26% of loans receivable at March 31, 2020 compared to $9,887,000, or 1.20% of loans receivable at December 31, 2019, and $9,015,000, or 1.12% of loans receivable at March 31, 2019. Net loan charge-offs were $53,000 for the first quarter of 2020, or 0.03% annualized of total average loans, compared with of $44,000, or 0.02% for the first quarter of 2019.

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 $15,861,000, or 1.93% of loans receivable at March 31, 2020, compared with $16,464,000, or 2.01% of loans receivable at December 31, 2019, and $9,753,000, or 1.21% of loans receivable at March 31, 2019. 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 March 31, 2020, $4,172,000, or approximately 37% of the loans classified as non-accrual are current or past due less than 30 days.    At March 31, 2020, commercial substandard or doubtful loans totaled  $15,173,000, a decrease of $749,000 from the $15,922,000 reported at December 31, 2019 and an increase of $452,000, from the $14,721,000 reported at March 31, 2019.

Non-Interest Income

Total non-interest loss was ($1,571,000) for the first quarter of 2020, a decrease of $3,880,000 compared with the same period in 2019, due primarily to a  decrease in the fair value of the equity securities portfolio, when comparing the two periods. The equities portfolio comprises blue-chip large-capitalized stocks, providing a taxable equivalent dividend yield of 3.26%.   The performance of the portfolio during the first quarter of 2020 is commensurate with the overall performance of the U.S. stock market.  The unrealized loss in the portfolio was $2,940,000 at March 31, 2020, compared with an unrealized gain of $976,000 at March 31, 2019. The estimated cumulative contribution (realized and unrealized net gains, plus dividends) of the equities portfolio to earnings per share from January 1, 2008 through March 31, 2020 is $1.10 per share.

Excluding the change in fair value of equities, net interest income increased $36,000, or 2.7% when comparing the two periods.  Increases in non-interest income comprise; fees for services to customers, ATM and debit card income, and net gain on sale of loans, which increased $18,000, $18,000, and $60,000, respectively, in first quarter 2020 compared with the same period in 2019.

Retail brokerage and advisory income  and net gain on sale of securities decreased $28,000 and $6,000, respectively, when comparing the two periods. Other fee income decreases include $12,000 recorded for the broker-dealer conversion cost reimbursement, $12,000 in check sales to depositors and $9,000 in mortgage servicing fees. 

Non-Interest Expense

Total non-interest expense was $7,278,000 for the first quarter of 2020, increasing $554,000, or 8.2% from $6,724,000  for the same period in 2019.  Salaries and benefits expense increased $291,000, or 7.7%, to $4,072,000 when comparing the two quarters.  Salary expense and related payroll taxes increased $305,000, or 9.8%, to $3,431,000 during the first quarter 2020 compared to the same period in 2019.  Medical premiums and post-retirement life insurance benefit expense decreased $26,000 and $26,000, respectively, while retirement plan expense increased $34,000 during the same period.   Net occupancy and furniture and equipment expense increased $136,000, or 12.8%, to $1,198,000 for the first quarter 2020, due primarily to increased depreciation of building and equipment of $69,000 and increased premises and equipment leasing expense totaling $46,000, when compared to first quarter 2019, as QNB's newest Allentown location was not opened until third quarter and the Upper Perkiomen Branch had not yet relocated until fourth quarter 2019.  Other non-interest expense increased $127,000, or 6.8%, when comparing first quarter 2020 with first quarter 2019, due to an increase in marketing expense and bank share taxes of $85,000 and $72,000.

Income tax benefit was $406,000 in the first quarter 2020, compared to a provision of $817,000 in the first quarter 2019 due to decreased pre-tax income.

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.  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, 2019. 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)

3/31/20


12/31/19


9/30/19


6/30/19


3/31/19


Assets

$

1,232,010


$

1,225,023


$

1,245,863


$

1,212,005


$

1,203,126


Cash and cash equivalents


46,489



17,608



20,787



14,068



13,708


Investment securities
















Available-for-sale


327,325



349,710



361,157



347,728



344,367


Equities


9,417



9,164



5,850



6,898



10,482


Loans held-for-sale


216



977



240



-



-


Loans receivable


821,283



820,616



830,556



817,593



804,528


Allowance for loan losses


(10,334)



(9,887)



(9,494)



(9,164)



(9,015)


Net loans


810,949



810,729



821,062



808,429



795,513


Deposits


1,043,521



1,037,860



1,048,189



1,030,661



1,034,614


Demand, non-interest bearing


146,143



146,270



150,944



149,591



139,970


Interest-bearing demand,
money market and savings


682,303



656,014



661,414



646,759



671,925


Time


215,075



235,576



235,831



234,311



222,719


Short-term borrowings


43,265



55,931



69,945



59,048



49,897


Long-term borrowings


10,000



-



-



-



-


Shareholders' equity


124,613



120,717



118,985



115,878



110,360


















Asset Quality Data (Period End)
















Non-accrual loans

$

11,134


$

11,704


$

12,445


$

7,668


$

7,706


Loans past due 90 days or
more and still accruing


-



-



-



-



-


Restructured loans


4,727



4,760



1,643



2,009



2,047


Non-performing loans


15,861



16,464



14,088



9,677



9,753


Non-performing assets

$

15,861


$

16,464


$

14,088


$

9,677


$

9,753


















Allowance for loan losses

$

10,334


$

9,887


$

9,494


$

9,164


$

9,015


















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


1.93

%


2.01

%


1.70

%


1.18

%


1.21

%

Non-performing assets / Assets


1.29

%


1.34

%


1.13

%


0.80

%


0.81

%

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


1.26

%


1.20

%


1.14

%


1.12

%


1.12

%

















 

 

QNB Corp.


Consolidated Selected Financial Data (unaudited)


















(Dollars in thousands, except per share data)

Three months ended,


For the period:

3/31/20


12/31/19


9/30/19


6/30/19


3/31/19


















Interest income

$

11,331


$

11,600


$

11,817


$

11,712


$

11,289


Interest expense


2,168



2,435



2,635



2,601



2,453


Net interest income


9,163



9,165



9,182



9,111



8,836


Provision for loan losses


500



375



550



150



225


Net interest income after provision
 for loan losses


8,663



8,790



8,632



8,961



8,611


Non-interest income:
















Fees for services to customers


411



444



432



422



393


ATM and debit card


488



548



533



519



470


Retail brokerage and advisory income


113



141



145



133



141


Net gain on investment securities
 available-for-sale


-



192



973



584



6


Unrealized (loss)/gain on available for
sale equity securities


(2,940)



504



(305)



(405)



976


Net gain on sale of loans


81



83



63



28



21


Other


276



298



303



373



302


Total non-interest income


(1,571)



2,210



2,144



1,654



2,309


Non-interest expense:
















Salaries and employee benefits


4,072



4,452



4,063



3,790



3,781


Net occupancy and furniture and equipment


1,198



1,254



1,123



1,097



1,062


Other


2,008



1,926



1,769



1,906



1,881


Total non-interest expense


7,278



7,632



6,955



6,793



6,724


Income before income taxes


(186)



3,368



3,821



3,822



4,196


Provision for income taxes


(406)



623



731



679



817


Net income

$

220


$

2,745


$

3,090


$

3,143


$

3,379


















Share and Per Share Data:
















Net income - basic

$

0.06


$

0.78


$

0.88


$

0.90


$

0.97


Net income - diluted

$

0.06


$

0.78


$

0.88


$

0.90


$

0.97


Book value

$

35.29


$

34.30


$

33.92


$

33.09


$

31.59


Cash dividends

$

0.34


$

0.33


$

0.33


$

0.33


$

0.33


Average common shares outstanding - basic


3,522,667



3,509,766



3,501,771



3,494,620



3,486,786


Average common shares outstanding - diluted


3,525,455



3,515,830



3,507,317



3,502,111



3,494,429


















Selected Ratios:
















Return on average assets


0.07

%


88.00

%


1.00

%


1.05

%


1.15

%

Return on average shareholders' equity


0.73

%


9.06

%


10.39

%


10.91

%


12.09

%

Net interest margin (tax equivalent)


3.18

%


3.11

%


3.14

%


3.20

%


3.18

%

Efficiency ratio (tax equivalent)


93.70

%


66.01

%


60.34

%


61.97

%


59.28

%

Average shareholders' equity to total average
assets


9.96

%


9.75

%


9.63

%


9.61

%


9.54

%

Net loan charge-offs (recoveries)

$

53


$

(18)


$

220


$

1


$

44


Net loan charge-offs (recoveries) - annualized /

      Average loans excluding held-for-sale


0.03

%


-0.01

%


0.11

%


0.00

%


0.02

%

















Balance Sheet (Average)
















Assets

$

1,221,487


$

1,232,071


$

1,225,776


$

1,202,406


$

1,187,374


Investment securities (AFS, equities)


347,072



360,403



359,549



357,836



360,640


Loans receivable


821,695



827,103



822,738



805,538



789,737


Deposits


1,037,594



1,046,835



1,044,094



1,021,925



1,008,060


Shareholders' equity


121,684



120,158



117,984



115,551



113,304


 

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