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CB Financial Services, Inc. Announces 2015 Results

CARMICHAELS, Pa., Jan. 29, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- CB Financial Services, Inc. (“CB” or the “Company”) (NASDAQ:CBFV), the holding company of Community Bank (the “Bank”), today announced net income increased $4.1 million, or 96.2%, to $8.4 million, for the year ended December 31, 2015 compared to $4.3 million for the year ended December 31, 2014. Earnings per share (basic and diluted) increased $0.44, or 26.9%, to $2.07 for the year ended December 31, 2015 compared to $1.63 for the year ended December 31, 2014. The annual results were largely impacted by the merger of FedFirst Financial Corporation, the Monessen, Pennsylvania based holding company for First Federal Savings Bank, with CB effective on October 31, 2014, as well as by $2.0 million of merger-related expenses incurred in the prior period only. Earnings per share did not increase in proportion to the net income percentage increase due to the issuance of common stock as part of the merger.

Net income increased $22,000, or 1.3%, to $1.8 million for the three months ended December 31, 2015 compared to $1.7 million for the three months ended December 31, 2014. Earnings per share (basic and diluted) decreased $0.07, or 13.7%, to $0.43 for the three months ended December 31, 2015 compared to $0.50 for the three months ended December 31, 2014. The quarterly results were largely impacted by a $1.0 million provision for loan losses recognized in the current period offset by $946,000 of merger-related expenses and an $840,000 pre-tax gain on sale of an other real estate owned property recognized in the prior period.

“We are pleased to report on our 2015 year-end and fourth quarter results. CB had a wonderful year,” said Barron P. McCune, Jr., Vice Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer. “This is the first full year of operations after the acquisition of FedFirst Financial on October 31, 2014. The acquisition has proved to be an excellent boost for CB, allowing us to earn 1.01% on average assets and 9.89% on average equity, while increasing our efficiency and productivity. This performance enabled us to increase our earnings per share from $1.63 to $2.07, an increase of 27%, and also to increase our quarterly dividend from $0.21 to $0.22, an increase of nearly 5%.

Our financial results reflect certain notable events. In the second quarter of 2015, we sold $38.2 million in residential mortgages that had been originated at FedFirst Financial before the acquisition. With the sale proceeds, we were able to pay down short term debt. This transaction improved our interest rate risk and liquidity profiles, but had the effect of shrinking the balance sheet. We were pleased to be able to replace these sold mortgage loans with solid increases in our commercial and consumer loan portfolios. Also, due to the Pennsylvania budget impasse, many of our customers, particularly school districts and municipalities, did not receive their regular funding during 2015, temporarily depressing deposits. These funds were released early in 2016.

In comparing the fourth quarters of 2014 and 2015, we had a large gain on sale of a bank-owned property in the fourth quarter of 2014. In the fourth quarter of 2015, we recorded a provision to our loan loss reserve to bolster the loan loss reserve in light of a softening local economy and a recent increase in the balances of nonperforming loans. With this increase, and based on our current assessment, we expect our loan loss reserve to be well-positioned as we go forward.

We are grateful that the Bank had such an excellent 2015, with robust loan production, improved efficiency, and strong profit.  We look forward to the future with confidence and excitement.”

STATEMENT OF INCOME REVIEW

Fourth Quarter Results

Net Interest Income.  Net interest income increased $786,000, or 12.3%, to $7.2 million for the three months ended December 31, 2015 compared to $6.4 million for the three months ended December 31, 2014.

Interest and dividend income increased $832,000, or 11.8%, to $7.9 million for the three months ended December 31, 2015 compared to $7.0 million for the three months ended December 31, 2014. Interest income on loans increased $858,000 due to an increase in average loans outstanding of $80.2 million primarily due to the merger. Despite a decrease of $5.2 million in the average balance, interest income on taxable securities increased $26,000 due to an increase of 31 basis points in yield from new purchases or from higher yields on the remaining securities in the portfolio. Interest income on securities exempt from federal tax decreased $38,000 due to deploying proceeds from security calls and maturities into loans and for merger-related funding purposes in the prior period. There was a decrease of $2.6 million in the average balance on securities exempt from federal tax and a decrease of 30 basis points in yield as a result of purchasing securities with lower prevailing yields. 

Interest expense increased $46,000, or 7.4%, to $666,000 for the three months ended December 31, 2015 compared to $620,000 for the three months ended December 31, 2014. Interest expense on other borrowed funds increased $31,000 primarily due to an increase in long-term borrowings resulting from the Bank laddering a series of FHLB borrowings in 2015 to mitigate the Company’s interest rate risk in the event of rising interest rates. Interest expense on deposits increased $21,000 due to an increase in average interest-bearing deposits of $44.8 million primarily due to the merger. Despite the increase in average balances and the Bank holding rates constant throughout 2015, the average cost of interest-bearing deposits decreased 3 basis points, primarily related to the repricing of maturing certificates of deposit to lower rates.

Provision for Loan Losses.  The provision for loan losses was $1.0 million for the three months ended December 31, 2015. There was no provision for loan losses for the three months ended December 31, 2014. Net charge-offs for the three months ended December 31, 2015 were $428,000, which included a $291,000 charge-off on a commercial real estate loan in the oil and gas industry, compared to $142,000 for the three months ended December 31, 2014. Management analyzes the loan portfolio on a quarterly basis to determine the adequacy of the allowance for loan losses and the need for additional provisions for loan losses and determined the current quarter provision was necessary due to quarterly charge-offs, commercial and indirect auto loan growth and an increase in substandard loans.

Noninterest Income.  Noninterest income increased $593,000 to $2.1 million for the three months ended December 31, 2015 compared to $1.5 million for the three months ended December 31, 2014 primarily due to a $438,000 increase in insurance commissions from the acquisition of Exchange Underwriters as part of the merger. The increase in insurance commissions included $225,000 of contingency fees in the current period, which are commissions that are contingent upon several factors including, but not limited to, eligible written premiums, earned premiums, incurred losses and stop loss charges. Service fees on deposit accounts increased $162,000 primarily due to a first-year incentive for a check card brand change and an increase in check card fees from deposit accounts acquired in the merger recognized in the current period. Other miscellaneous income increased $38,000 primarily due to a decline in amortization on mortgage servicing rights related to loans sold to the FHLB as part of the Mortgage Partnership Finance (“MPF®”) program. The MPF® program enables member financial institutions to offer competitive interest rates for fixed-rate mortgage loans without assuming any of the interest rate risk associated with a long-term asset. Net gains on the sales of loans decreased $70,000 primarily due a decrease in the number of loans originated and subsequently sold to the FHLB as part of the MPF® program.

Noninterest Expense.  Noninterest expense increased $527,000, or 10.0%, to $5.8 million for the three months ended December 31, 2015 compared to $5.3 million for the three months ended December 31, 2014. Salaries and employee benefits increased $289,000 primarily due to additional employees as a result of the merger as well as normal salary increases. Occupancy and equipment increased $107,000 and $86,000, respectively, primarily due to the acquisition of branches in the merger and increased costs associated with the prior year upgrade of the data processing system to accommodate additional account activity. PA shares tax, which is calculated based on the Bank’s stockholders’ equity, increased $80,000 due to an increase in stockholders’ equity from of the merger. Amortization of core deposit intangible increased $45,000 due to amortization of the core deposit intangible from the merger. Other noninterest expense increased $144,000 primarily due to an increase in various miscellaneous expenses due to the merger, such as telephone, postage, director fees, and business travel, as well as increased insurance costs and debit card fraud losses. Merger-related expenses decreased $946,000 due to merger-related expenses incurred in the prior period only. Other real estate owned expense increased $766,000 primarily due to an $840,000 pre-tax gain on sale of an other real estate owned commercial property in the prior period. Advertising decreased $48,000 related to the termination of a cooperative marketing agreement at Exchange Underwriters.

Income Tax Expense.  Income taxes decreased $200,000 to $675,000 for the three months ended December 31, 2015 compared to $875,000 for the three months ended December 31, 2014. The effective tax rate for the three months ended December 31, 2015 was 27.8% compared to 33.5% for the three months ended December 31, 2014. The decrease in income taxes and effective tax rate was due to the nondeductibility of certain merger-related expenses in the prior period, a decrease of $178,000 in net income before income tax expense and a decrease in tax-exempt income.

Annual Results

Net Interest Income.  Net interest income increased $10.3 million, or 54.7%, to $29.2 million for the year ended December 31, 2015 compared to $18.9 million for the year ended December 31, 2014.

Interest and dividend income increased $11.1 million, or 53.1%, to $31.9 million for the year ended December 31, 2015 compared to $20.8 million for the year ended December 31, 2014. Interest income on loans increased $11.0 million due to an increase in average loans outstanding of $238.1 million primarily due to the merger. Other interest and dividend income increased $158,000 primarily due to an increase in FHLB stock dividends which included the payment of a special dividend in the first quarter of 2015 of $56,000. As a result of an increase in borrowings compared to the prior period, the Bank was required to hold additional FHLB stock. Despite a decrease of $10.4 million in the average balance, interest income on taxable securities increased $97,000 due to an increase of 40 basis points in yield from new purchases or from higher yields on the remaining securities in the portfolio. Interest income on securities exempt from federal tax decreased $211,000 due to deploying proceeds from security calls and maturities into loans and for merger-related funding purposes in the prior period. There was a decrease of $5.3 million in the average balance on securities exempt from federal tax and a decrease of 23 basis points in yield as a result of purchasing securities with lower prevailing yields.

Interest expense increased $755,000, or 38.5%, to $2.7 million for the year ended December 31, 2015 compared to $2.0 million for the year ended December 31, 2014. Interest expense on deposits increased $568,000 due to an increase in average interest-bearing deposits of $145.8 million primarily due to the merger. Despite the increase in average balances, the average cost of interest-bearing deposits decreased 2 basis points, primarily related to the repricing of maturing certificates of deposit to lower rates. Interest expense on other borrowed funds and short-term borrowings increased $163,000 and $24,000, respectively, primarily due to an increase in average borrowings of $25.2 million. The Bank laddered a series of long-term FHLB borrowings in 2015 to mitigate the Company’s interest rate risk in the event of rising interest rates.

Provision for Loan Losses.  The provision for loan losses was $2.0 million for the year ended December 31, 2015. There was no provision for loan losses in the year ended December 31, 2014. Net charge-offs for the year ended December 31, 2015 were $710,000, which included a $291,000 charge-off on a commercial real estate loan in the oil and gas industry,  compared to net charge-offs of $187,000 for the year ended December 31, 2014. Management analyzes the loan portfolio on a quarterly basis to determine the adequacy of the allowance for loan losses and the need for additional provisions for loan losses and determined the current provision was necessary due to current period charge-offs, commercial and indirect auto loan growth, and an increase in substandard loans.

Noninterest Income.  Noninterest income increased $3.8 million, or 98.9%, to $7.6 million for the year ended December 31, 2015 compared to $3.8 million for the year ended December 31, 2014 primarily due to a $3.1 million increase in insurance commissions from the acquisition of Exchange Underwriters as part of the merger. Included in insurance commissions are $565,000 of contingency fees. Service fees on deposit accounts increased $458,000 primarily due to check card fees from deposit accounts acquired in the merger and a first-year incentive for a check card brand change. Income from bank owned life insurance increased $201,000 due to the acquisition of policies in the merger. Other miscellaneous income increased $85,000 primarily due to a decline in amortization on mortgage servicing rights related to loans sold to the FHLB as part of the MPF® program. Net gains on sale of loans decreased $94,000 primarily due to losses on the sales of $38.2 million of residential loans that were acquired in the merger.

Noninterest Expense.  Noninterest expense increased $6.1 million, or 36.5%, to $22.9 million for the year ended December 31, 2015 compared to $16.8 million for the year ended December 31, 2014. Salaries and employee benefits increased $4.1 million primarily due to additional employees as a result of the merger as well as normal salary increases. Occupancy and equipment increased $559,000 and $499,000, respectively, primarily due to the acquisition of branches in the merger and increased costs associated with the prior year upgrade of the data processing system to accommodate additional account activity. Amortization of core deposit intangible increased $446,000 due to amortization of the core deposit intangible from the merger. Advertising increased $363,000 related to a cooperative marketing agreement at Exchange Underwriters and advertising initiatives to promote the merger. The cooperative marketing agreement was terminated in the fourth quarter of 2015. Other real estate owned income was $196,000 in the current period compared to $548,000 in the prior period resulting in an increase of $352,000 in expense due to a decrease in gains recognized on the sale of properties in the current period. The prior period included an $840,000 pre-tax gain on sale of an other real estate owned commercial property. PA shares tax, which is calculated based on the Bank’s stockholders’ equity, increased $322,000 due to an increase in stockholders’ equity from the merger. Contracted services increased $176,000 primarily due to increases in data processing expenses and fees associated with becoming a publicly traded company. Bankcard processing expense increased $136,000 due to the increase in the number of accounts from the merger. The FDIC assessment increased $51,000 due to the increase in deposits from the merger. Other noninterest expense increased $1.0 million primarily due to an increase in various miscellaneous expenses due to the merger, such as telephone, postage, director fees, and business travel as well as increased insurance costs and debit card fraud losses. Merger expenses decreased $2.0 million due to merger-related expenses incurred in the prior period only.

Income Tax Expense.  Income taxes increased $1.8 million to $3.4 million for the year ended December 31, 2015 compared to $1.6 million for the year ended December 31, 2014. The effective tax rate for the year ended December 31, 2015 was 29.0% compared to 27.3% for the year ended December 31, 2014. The increase in income taxes and effective tax rate was due to an increase of $6.0 million in net income before income tax expense and a decrease in tax-exempt income.

STATEMENT OF FINANCIAL CONDITION REVIEW

Assets.  Total assets decreased $15.6 million, or 1.8%, to $830.7 million at December 31, 2015 compared to $846.3 million at December 31, 2014.

Investment securities classified as available-for-sale decreased $9.6 million, or 9.1%, to $95.9 million at December 31, 2015 compared to $105.4 million at December 31, 2014. This decrease was primarily the result of calls and maturities of U.S. government agencies and obligations of states and political subdivisions that were utilized to pay down short-term borrowings and fund loans and were partially reinvested in U.S. government agencies and obligations of states and political subdivisions.

Loans, net, decreased $3.6 million, or 0.5%, to $676.9 million at December 31, 2015 compared to $680.5 million at December 31, 2014 primarily due to $38.2 million of residential loan sales in the second quarter and $11.2 million of net paydowns on residential loans partially offset by increases of $26.5 million in consumer loans (mainly indirect auto loans) and $20.2 million in commercial real estate loans. The loan sales were primarily comprised of 30-year fixed rate mortgage loans that were acquired in the merger and were secured by properties located outside the Bank’s normal lending area within the five counties it conducts business. The Company utilized the proceeds from the loan sales to payoff $14.0 million of borrowings in the third quarter and to fund commercial loan originations, which have shorter interest rate repricing durations than mortgage loans.

Liabilities.  Total liabilities decreased $20.6 million, or 2.7%, to $743.8 million at December 31, 2015 compared to $764.4 million at December 31, 2014.

Total deposits decreased $18.2 million, or 2.6%, to $679.3 million at December 31, 2015 compared to $697.5 million at December 31, 2014. There were decreases of $26.5 million in money market accounts, $5.9 million in time deposits, and $2.3 million in demand deposits, partially offset by increases of $12.8 million in brokered deposits and $3.1 million in savings accounts. The decrease in deposit balances is partly attributable to a decline in school district deposits as a result of the Pennsylvania state budget impasse as well as a decline in oil and gas industry-related deposits. Brokered deposits increased primarily due to the Bank participating in a reciprocal deposit network, which allows participating institutions to both send and receive identical amounts simultaneously and provides increased FDIC insurance coverage on customer deposit amounts greater than $250,000. The reciprocal deposit network does not share the same characteristics of traditional brokered deposits because they are based on actual customer relationships. Due to the low interest rate environment, the Bank has been selective on offering promotional interest rates and has concentrated its efforts on increasing noninterest-bearing accounts by building strong customer relationships.

Short-term borrowings decreased $14.2 million, or 30.5%, to $32.4 million at December 31, 2015 compared to $46.7 million at December 31, 2014. Conversely, other borrowed funds increased $12.9 million, or 85.0%, to $28.0 million at December 31, 2015 compared to $15.1 million at December 31, 2014. At December 31, 2015, short-term borrowings were comprised of $23.1 million of securities sold under agreements to repurchase compared to $20.9 million at December 31, 2014. The increase is related to business deposit customers whose funds, above designated target balances, are transferred into an overnight interest-earning investment account by purchasing securities from the Bank’s investment portfolio under an agreement to repurchase. Short-term Federal Home Loan Bank borrowings decreased to $9.4 million at December 31, 2015 compared to $25.8 million at December 31, 2014. In the first quarter, a portion of FHLB short-term borrowings were replaced with $15.0 million in long-term borrowings with laddered maturities designed to mitigate the Company’s interest rate risk in the event of rising interest rates. Funds generated from loan sales in the second and third quarters and security maturities and calls were utilized to payoff FHLB short-term borrowings and $15.0 million of long-term FHLB borrowings in the third quarter. Due to a decline in school district deposits in the third and fourth quarter and loan growth, the Bank borrowed $9.4 million short-term and laddered an additional $13.0 million of long-term, fixed-rate FHLB borrowings. As a result of current year activity, the weighted average interest rate on long-term borrowings decreased from 3.78% to 1.80%.

Stockholders’ Equity.  Stockholders’ equity increased $5.0 million, or 6.1%, to $86.9 million at December 31, 2015 compared to $81.9 million at December 31, 2014. During the period, net income was $8.4 million and the Company paid $3.5 million in dividends to stockholders.

About CB Financial Services, Inc

CB Financial Services, Inc. is the bank holding company for Community Bank, a Pennsylvania-chartered commercial bank. Community Bank operates 16 offices in Greene, Allegheny, Washington, Fayette, and Westmoreland Counties in southwestern Pennsylvania. Community Bank offers a broad array of retail and commercial lending and deposit services and provides commercial and personal insurance brokerage services through Exchange Underwriters, Inc., its wholly owned subsidiary. Financial highlights of the Company are attached.

For more information about CB and Community Bank, visit our website at www.communitybank.tv.

Statements contained in this news release that are not historical facts may constitute forward-looking statements as that term is defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and such forward-looking statements are subject to significant risks and uncertainties. The Company intends such forward-looking statements to be covered by the safe harbor provisions contained in the Act. The Company’s ability to predict results or the actual effect of future plans or strategies is inherently uncertain.  Factors which could have a material adverse effect on the operations and future prospects of the Company and its subsidiaries include, but are not limited to, changes in market interest rates, general economic conditions, changes in federal and state regulation, actions by our competitors, loan delinquency rates, our ability to control costs and expenses, and other factors that may be described in the Company’s periodic reports as filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. These risks and uncertainties should be considered in evaluating forward-looking statements and undue reliance should not be placed on such statements. The Company assumes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements except as may be required by applicable law or regulation.


            
SELECTED FINANCIAL INFORMATION   
            
  (Unaudited)         
(Dollars in thousands, except share and per share data) December 31, December 31,       
Selected Financial Condition Data:  2015   2014        
Assets $  830,677  $  846,314        
Cash and Cash Equivalents    11,340     11,751        
Securities Available-for-Sale    95,863     105,449        
            
Loans           
Real Estate:           
Residential    273,227     323,280        
Commercial    203,020     182,858        
Construction    21,213     22,197        
Commercial and Industrial    77,147     76,601        
Consumer    104,155     77,611        
Other    4,592     3,099        
Total Loans    683,354     685,646        
Allowance for Loan Losses    6,490     5,195        
Loans, Net  $  676,864  $  680,451        
            
Goodwill and Core Deposit Intangible    9,306     10,520        
Deposits    679,299     697,494        
Borrowings    60,448     61,820        
Stockholders' Equity    86,896     81,912        
            
  (Unaudited) (Unaudited)   
  Three Months Ended Year Ended   
  December 31, December 31,   
Selected Operations Data:  2015   2014   2015   2014    
Interest and Dividend Income $  7,857  $  7,025  $  31,917  $  20,841    
Interest Expense    666     620     2,715     1,960    
Net Interest Income    7,191     6,405     29,202     18,881    
Provision for Loan Losses    1,030     -     2,005     -    
Net Interest Income After Provision for Loan Losses    6,161     6,405     27,197     18,881    
Noninterest Income:           
Service Fees on Deposit Accounts    752     590     2,586     2,128    
Insurance Commissions    896     458     3,536     466    
Other Commissions    135     106     514     397    
Net Gains on Sales of Loans    110     180     358     452    
Net Gains on Sales of Investments    -     25     -     60    
Income from Bank-Owned Life Insurance    120     99     474     273    
Other    45     7     127     42    
Total noninterest income    2,058     1,465     7,595     3,818    
            
Noninterest Expense:           
Salaries and Employee Benefits    3,027     2,738     12,493     8,380    
Occupancy    451     344     1,777     1,218    
Equipment    430     344     1,645     1,146    
FDIC Assessment    90     124     463     412    
PA Shares Tax    166     86     679     357    
Contracted Services    199     187     639     463    
Legal and Professional Fees    136     120     495     426    
Advertising    151     199     830     467    
Bankcard Processing Expense    113     103     456     320    
Other Real Estate Owned Expense (Income)    14     (752)    (196)    (548)   
Amortization of Core Deposit Intangible    134     89     535     89    
Merger-Related    -     946     -     1,979    
Other    876     732     3,113     2,089    
Total noninterest expense    5,787     5,260     22,929     16,798    
Income Before Income Taxes    2,432     2,610     11,863     5,901    
Income Taxes    675     875     3,443     1,609    
Net Income $  1,757  $  1,735  $  8,420  $  4,292    
            
Dividends Per Share $  0.22  $  0.21  $  0.85  $  0.84    
Earnings Per Share - Basic    0.43     0.50     2.07     1.63    
Earnings Per Share - Diluted    0.43     0.50     2.07     1.63    
            
Weighted Average Shares Outstanding - Basic    4,073,020     3,491,234     4,071,855     2,633,871    
Weighted Average Shares Outstanding - Diluted    4,073,020     3,491,234     4,071,855     2,635,090    
            
  (Unaudited) (Unaudited)   
  Three Months Ended Year Ended   
  December 31, December 31,   
Selected Financial Ratios(1):  2015   2014   2015   2014    
Return on Average Assets    0.84 %   0.91 %   1.01 %   0.72 %  
Return on Average Equity    8.00     10.32     9.89     8.60    
Average Interest-Earning Assets to Average Interest-Bearing Liabilities     134.94     134.74     134.26     137.33    
Average Equity to Average Assets    10.54     8.80     10.17     8.34    
Net Interest Rate Spread    3.65     3.54     3.69     3.34    
Net Interest Margin    3.77     3.65     3.82     3.47    
Net Charge-Offs to Average Loans    0.26     0.10     0.11     0.04    
            
  (Unaudited)         
  December 31, December 31,       
   2015   2014        
Allowance For Loan Losses to Total Loans (2)    0.95 %   0.76 %      
Allowance For Loan Losses to Nonperforming Loans (2)    60.69     73.92        
Nonperforming Loans to Total Loans    1.56     1.03        
Nonperforming Assets to Total Assets    1.32     0.86        
Common Equity Tier 1 Capital (to Risk Weighted Assets) (3)    12.83   N/A        
Tier 1 Capital (to Risk Weighted Assets) (3)    12.83     11.63        
Total Capital (to Risk Weighted Assets) (3)    13.89     12.50        
Tier 1 Leverage (to Adjusted Total Assets) (3)    9.60     9.33        
Common Equity Tier 1 Capital (to Risk Weighted Assets) (4)    13.11   N/A        
Tier 1 Capital (to Risk Weighted Assets) (4)    13.11     11.82        
Total Capital (to Risk Weighted Assets) (4)    14.17     13.06        
Tier 1 Leverage (to Adjusted Total Assets) (4)    9.78     9.48        
Book Value Per Share $  21.29  $  20.12        
Outstanding Shares    4,081,017     4,071,462        
            
(1) Interim period ratios are calculated on an annualized basis.           
(2) Loans acquired in connection with the merger with FedFirst Financial Corporation were recorded at their estimated fair value at the acquisition date 
and did not include a carryover of the pre-merger allowance for loan losses.         
(3) Capital ratios are for Community Bank only.           
(4) Capital ratios are for CB Financial Services, Inc.           
            
Note:           
Certain items previously reported may have been reclassified to conform with the current reporting period’s format.     

  

AVERAGE BALANCES AND YIELDS 
                  
The following tables present information regarding average balances of assets and liabilities, the total dollar amounts of interest income and dividends from average interest-earning assets, the total dollar amounts of interest expense on average interest-bearing liabilities, and the resulting average yields and costs. Average balances are derived from daily balances over the periods indicated. The yields set forth below include the effect of deferred fees, discounts, and premiums that are amortized or accreted to interest income or interest expense. Tax-equivalent yield adjustments have been made for tax exempt loan and securities income utilizing a marginal federal tax rate of 34%. As such, amounts will not agree to income as reported in the consolidated financial statements. Average balances for loans are net of the allowance for loan losses, but include nonaccrual loans. The yields and costs for the periods indicated are derived by dividing income or expense by the average balances of assets or liabilities, respectively, for the periods presented and are expressed in annualized rates.
                  
                  
    (Dollars in thousands) 
    Three Months Ended December 31,  
    2015 2014 
      Interest      Interest    
    Average and Yield/ Average and Yield/ 
    Balance Dividends Cost (4) Balance Dividends Cost (4) 
Assets:               
Interest-Earning Assets:              
 Loans, Net$  669,166  $  7,333  4.35% $  588,930  $  6,470  4.36% 
 Investment Securities              
  Taxable   57,251     255  1.78     62,438     229  1.47  
  Exempt From Federal Tax   40,927     398  3.89     43,533     456  4.19  
 Other Interest-Earning Assets   5,685     29  2.02     19,212     43  0.89  
  Total Interest-Earning Assets   773,029   8,015  4.11     714,113   7,198  4.00  
Noninterest-Earning Assets   53,893          44,458       
  Total Assets$  826,922       $  758,571       
                  
Liabilities and              
 Stockholders' equity:              
Interest-Bearing Liabilities:              
 Interest-Bearing Demand Deposits$  111,705   45  0.16% $  93,686   42  0.18% 
 Savings   121,634     56  0.18     110,555     50  0.18  
 Money Market   142,129     87  0.24     144,806     87  0.24  
 Time Deposits   148,361     386  1.03     129,957     374  1.14  
  Total Interest-Bearing Deposits   523,829     574  0.43     479,004     553  0.46  
                  
 Borrowings   49,022     92  0.74     50,997     67  0.52  
  Total Interest-Bearing Liabilities   572,851     666  0.46     530,001     620  0.46  
                  
Noninterest-Bearing Demand Deposits   162,089          158,045       
Other Liabilities   4,819          3,793       
  Total Liabilities   739,759          691,839       
                  
Stockholders' Equity   87,163          66,732       
  Total Liabilities and              
   Stockholders' Equity$  826,922       $  758,571       
                  
Net Interest Income  $  7,349       $  6,578     
                  
Net Interest Rate Spread (1)    3.65%     3.54% 
Net Interest-Earning Assets (2)$  200,178       $  184,112       
Net Interest Margin (3)    3.77      3.65  
Return on Average Assets    0.84      0.91  
Return on Average Equity    8.00      10.32  
Average Equity to Average Assets    10.54      8.80  
Average Interest-Earning Assets to              
 Average Interest-Bearing Liabilities    134.94      134.74  
         
(1) Net interest rate spread represents the difference between the weighted average yield on interest-earning assets and the     
  weighted average cost of interest-bearing liabilities.             
(2) Net interest-earning assets represent total interest-earning assets less total interest-bearing liabilities.      
(3) Net interest margin represents net interest income divided by average total interest-earning assets.      
(4) Annualized.              
    (Dollars in thousands) 
    Year Ended December 31,  
    2015 2014 
      Interest      Interest    
    Average and Yield/ Average and Yield/ 
    Balance Dividends Cost Balance Dividends Cost 
Assets:               
Interest-Earning Assets:              
 Loans, Net$  671,776  $  29,668  4.42% $  433,668  $  18,589  4.29% 
 Investment Securities              
  Taxable   57,082     959  1.68     67,512     862  1.28  
  Exempt From Federal Tax   41,892     1,661  3.96     47,184     1,978  4.19  
 Other Interest-Earning Assets   11,318     281  2.48     16,637     138  0.83  
  Total Interest-Earning Assets   782,068   32,569  4.16     565,001   21,567  3.82  
Noninterest-Earning Assets   55,300          33,520       
  Total Assets$  837,368       $  598,521       
                  
Liabilities and              
 Stockholders' equity:              
Interest-Bearing Liabilities:              
 Interest-Bearing Demand Deposits$  104,202   165  0.16% $  77,715   147  0.19% 
 Savings   122,652     222  0.18     94,856     175  0.18  
 Money Market   151,338     355  0.23     115,585     303  0.26  
 Time Deposits   151,730     1,601  1.06     95,920     1,150  1.20  
  Total Interest-Bearing Deposits   529,922     2,343  0.44     384,076     1,775  0.46  
                  
 Borrowings   52,588     372  0.71     27,340     185  0.68  
  Total Interest-Bearing Liabilities   582,510     2,715  0.47     411,416     1,960  0.48  
                  
Noninterest-Bearing Demand Deposits   164,015          133,887       
Other Liabilities   5,681          3,302       
  Total Liabilities   752,206          548,605       
                  
Stockholders' Equity   85,162          49,916       
  Total Liabilities and              
   Stockholders' Equity$  837,368       $  598,521       
                  
Net Interest Income  $  29,854       $  19,607     
                  
Net Interest Rate Spread (1)    3.69%     3.34% 
Net Interest-Earning Assets (2)$  199,558       $  153,585       
Net Interest Margin (3)    3.82      3.47  
Return on Average Assets    1.01      0.72  
Return on Average Equity    9.89      8.60  
Average Equity to Average Assets    10.17      8.34  
Average Interest-Earning Assets to              
 Average Interest-Bearing Liabilities    134.26      137.33  
                  
(1) Net interest rate spread represents the difference between the weighted average yield on interest-earning assets and the     
  weighted average cost of interest-bearing liabilities.             
(2) Net interest-earning assets represent total interest-earning assets less total interest-bearing liabilities.      
(3) Net interest margin represents net interest income divided by average total interest-earning assets.      
                  
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Source: GlobeNewswire (January 29, 2016 - 8:00 AM EST)

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