CNB FINANCIAL CORPORATION REPORTS FIRST QUARTER EARNINGS, HIGHLIGHTED BY STRONG EARNINGS

4/15/2019
 

CNB Financial Corporation (“CNB”) (NASDAQ: CCNE), the parent company of CNB Bank, today announced its earnings for the first quarter of 2019. Highlights include the following:
 

  • Net income of $9.5 million, or $0.62 per share, in the first quarter of 2019, compared to net income of $7.1 million, or $0.46 per share, in the first quarter of 2018.

  • Annualized returns on average assets and equity of 1.17% and 14.24%, respectively, for the quarter ended March 31, 2019, compared to 1.00% and 11.61%, respectively, for the quarter ended March 31, 2018.

  • Net interest margin on a fully tax-equivalent basis of 3.70% and 3.72% for the quarters ended March 31, 2019 and 2018, respectively.

  • Loans of $2.53 billion as of March 31, 2019, compared to loans of $2.28 billion as of March 31, 2018, representing organic loan growth of 11.0%.

  • Deposits of $2.66 billion as of March 31, 2019, compared to deposits of $2.21 billion as of March 31, 2018, representing organic deposit growth of 20.2%.

  • Total households serviced as of March 31, 2019, were 65,081 compared to 59,267 households at March 31, 2018, representing an organic increase of 9.8%.

  • Book value per share of $18.04 as of March 31, 2019, an increase of 12.6% compared to book value per share of $16.02 as of March 31, 2018, and tangible book value per share of $15.46 as of March 31, 2019, an increase of 15.5% compared to tangible book value per share of $13.39 as of March 31, 2018.

  • Non-performing assets of $18.8 million, or 0.57% of total assets as of March 31, 2019, compared to $18.5 million, or 0.58% of total assets, as of December 31, 2018, and $20.8 million, or 0.71% of total assets, as of March 31, 2018.

 
Joseph B. Bower, Jr., President and CEO, stated, "We are pleased with our growth and earnings trajectory, along with the continued improvement in asset quality, as we begin 2019. Our tangible common equity ratio increased by 24 basis points in the first quarter, and we are well-positioned to continue building capital organically as we progress through the remainder of 2019."
 
Balance Sheet Summary
 
Total loans grew $250 million, or 11.0%, from $2.28 billion as of March 31, 2018, to $2.53 billion as of March 31, 2019, which was primarily attributable to growth in commercial and industrial loans and residential real estate. Specifically, commercial and industrial loans increased $177.4 million, or 22.9%, and residential real estate loans increased $49.9 million, or 6.9%. The Buffalo market area contributed $125.3 million to the total loan growth.
 
Total deposits grew $447 million, or 20.2%, from $2.21 billion as of March 31, 2018, to $2.66 billion as of March 31, 2019. New deposit relationships within the Buffalo market area contributed $336.8 million to the total deposit growth.
 
Net Interest Margin
 
Net interest margin on a fully tax-equivalent basis was 3.70% and 3.72% for the quarters ended March 31, 2019 and 2018, respectively. The yield on earning assets increased 36 basis points to 4.89% for the quarter ended March 31, 2019, from 4.53% for the quarter ended March 31, 2018. The cost of interest-bearing liabilities increased 45 basis points to 1.39% for the quarter ended March 31, 2019, from 0.94% for the quarter ended March 31, 2018.
 
Total interest and dividend income for the quarter ended March 31, 2019, increased 25.1% to $36.8 million from $29.4 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2018. Net interest income for the quarter ended March 31, 2019, increased 15.2% to $27.8 million from $24.1 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2018.
 
Asset Quality
 
During the quarter ended March 31, 2019, CNB recorded a provision for loan losses of $1.3 million, as compared to a provision for loan losses of $1.6 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2018. Net chargeoffs during the quarter ended March 31, 2019, were $664 thousand, compared to net chargeoffs of $568 thousand for the quarter ended March 31, 2018. CNB Bank net chargeoffs totaled $230 thousand and $45 thousand during the quarters ended March 31, 2019 and 2018, respectively, or 0.04% and 0.01%, respectively, of average CNB Bank loans. Holiday Financial Services Corporation, CNB’s consumer discount company, recorded net chargeoffs totaling $434 thousand and $523 thousand during the quarters ended March 31, 2019 and 2018, respectively.
 
During the first quarter of 2019, there were no impaired loans that required a significant change in the amount of their specific loan loss reserves.  As a result, the recorded provision for loan losses of $1.3 million reflects routine adjustments to impaired loan reserves and increases in general loan loss reserves resulting from CNB’s organic loan growth.
 
Non-Interest Income
 
Net realized gains on available-for-sale securities were $148 thousand during the quarter ended March 31, 2019. Due to improvements in equity markets in 2019, net realized and unrealized gains on trading securities increased $786 thousand in the first quarter of 2019 compared to the first quarter of 2018. Excluding the effects of gains associated with the sale of available for sale securities and net realized and unrealized gains, non-interest income for the quarters ended March 31, 2019 and 2018 was $5.2 million and $4.7 million, respectively.
 
As a result of its continued organic growth, CNB experienced an increase in service charges in deposit accounts of $234 thousand, or 18.8%, in the first quarter of 2019 compared to the first quarter of 2018. Finally, net income attributable to investments in Small Business Investment Companies was $91 thousand in the first quarter of 2019 compared to $12 thousand in 2018, which is reported as a component of other non-interest income.
 
Non-Interest Expenses
 
Total non-interest expenses were $21.2 million during the quarter ended March 31, 2019, compared to $19.0 million during the quarter ended March 31, 2018. Salaries and benefits expense increased $1.4 million, or 14.3%, during the quarter ended March 31, 2019, compared to the quarter ended March 31, 2018, primarily as a result of the expansion of staffing levels in several areas during the past twelve months, including business development, risk management, and customer service personnel. The remainder of the increase in non-interest expenses was primarily a result CNB’s continued growth and the servicing of a larger customer base.
 
Income Tax Expense
 
Income tax expense increased $833 thousand, or 74.1%, during the quarter ended March 31, 2019, compared to the quarter ended March 31, 2018. CNB’s effective tax rate was 17.1% in the first quarter of 2019 compared to 13.7% in the first quarter of 2018. This increase in the effective tax rate is primarily attributable to a higher percentage of pre-tax net income in the first quarter of 2019 that is not tax-exempt than was recorded in the first quarter of 2018.
 
About CNB Financial Corporation
 
CNB Financial Corporation is a financial holding company with consolidated assets of approximately $3.3 billion that conducts business primarily through CNB Bank, CNB Financial Corporation’s principal subsidiary. CNB Bank is a full-service bank engaging in a full range of banking activities and services, including trust and wealth management services, for individual, business, governmental, and institutional customers. CNB Bank operations include a private banking division and 42 full-service offices in Pennsylvania, Ohio, and New York. CNB Bank’s divisions include ERIEBANK, based in Erie, Pennsylvania with offices in northwest Pennsylvania and northeast Ohio; FCBank, based in Worthington, Ohio with offices in central Ohio; and BankOnBuffalo, based in Buffalo, New York with offices in northwest New York. CNB Bank is headquartered in Clearfield, Pennsylvania with offices in central and north central Pennsylvania. More information about CNB Financial Corporation and CNB Bank may be found on the Internet at www.cnbbank.bank.
 
 Forward-Looking Statements
 
This press release includes forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, with respect to CNB’s financial condition, liquidity, results of operations, future performance and business. These forward-looking statements are intended to be covered by the safe harbor for “forward-looking statements” provided by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements are those that are not historical facts. Forward-looking statements include statements with respect to beliefs, plans, objectives, goals, expectations, anticipations, estimates and intentions that are subject to significant risks and uncertainties and are subject to change based on various factors (some of which are beyond CNB’s control). Forward-looking statements often include the words “believes,” “expects,” “anticipates,” “estimates,” “forecasts,” “intends,” “plans,” “targets,” “potentially,” “probably,” “projects,” “outlook” or similar expressions or future conditional verbs such as “may,” “will,” “should,” “would” and “could.” CNB’s actual results may differ materially from those contemplated by the forward-looking statements, which are neither statements of historical fact nor guarantees or assurances of future performance. For more information about factors that could cause actual results to differ from those discussed in the forward-looking statements, please refer to the “Risk Factors” and “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” sections of and the forward-looking statement disclaimers in CNB’s annual and quarterly reports.
The forward-looking statements are based upon management’s beliefs and assumptions and are made as of the date of this press release. CNB undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements included in this press release or to update the reasons why actual results could differ from those contained in such statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except to the extent required by law. In light of these risks, uncertainties and assumptions, the forward-looking events discussed in this press release might not occur and you should not put undue reliance on any forward-looking statements.
 
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