CNB Financial Corporation (“CNB”) (NASDAQ: CCNE), the parent company of CNB Bank, today announced its earnings for the year ended December 31, 2016. Highlights include the following:
Loans of $1.87 billion as of December 31, 2016, including loans acquired from Lake National Bank, which closed in July 2016, of $122.3 million, compared to loans of $1.58 billion as of December 31, 2015. Organic loan growth in 2016 was 10.6%.
Deposits of $2.02 billion as of December 31, 2016, including deposits acquired from Lake National Bank of $139.8 million, compared to deposits of $1.82 billion as of December 31, 2015. Organic deposit growth in 2016 was 3.2%.
Net interest margin on a fully tax-equivalent basis of 3.78% for the year ended December 31, 2016, compared to 3.73% for the year ended December 31, 2015.
Net income of $20.5 million, or $1.42 per share, in 2016, compared to net income of $22.2 million, or $1.54 per share, in 2015.
Pre-tax income of $27.8 million in 2016, compared to pre-tax income of $30.4 million in 2015. Pre-tax income excluding the effects of realized gains on the sale of available-for-sale securities and certain one-time costs as disclosed in the non-GAAP reconciliation within the financial tables was $30.4 million in 2016, compared to $30.2 million in 2015.
Book value per share of $14.64 as of December 31, 2016 increased 4.5% compared to book value per share of $14.01 as of December 31, 2015.
Tangible book value per share of $11.76 as of December 31, 2016 decreased 1.7% compared to tangible book value per share of $11.96 as of December 31, 2015, primarily as a result of the additional intangible assets associated with the acquisition of Lake National Bank as disclosed in the non-GAAP reconciliation within the financial tables. In addition, approximately $0.14 per share of the tangible book value decline on a year-over-year basis is due to a reduction in accumulated other comprehensive income, largely a result of the higher interest rate environment.
Non-performing assets of $16.4 million, or 0.64% of total assets as of December 31, 2016, compared to $13.2 million, or 0.58% of total assets, as of December 31, 2015.
In the third quarter of 2016, CNB received regulatory approval to conduct business in the state of New York as Bank on Buffalo, a division of CNB Bank. CNB opened a loan production office in Buffalo, New York in May 2016 and has plans to open a full-service location in downtown Buffalo in the first quarter of 2017 and close the loan production office. Full-service locations in Williamsville, New York and Orchard Park, New York will open in the second quarter of 2017.
On January 20, 2017, CNB announced the sale of its bank branch located in Mt. Hope, Ohio with approximately $6.5 million of deposits and $7.5 million in loans to First Federal Community Bank of Dover, Ohio for a deposit premium of 8.0%. Consummation of the branch sale is subject to a number of closing conditions, including, but not limited to, the receipt of all required regulatory approvals, and is expected to be completed on or before May 31, 2017.
Joseph B. Bower, Jr., President and CEO, stated, “The fourth quarter gave us great loan growth of 15.6% annualized. The growth will provide a positive impact in the first quarter of 2017, but did create a substantial addition to our loan loss provision in the fourth quarter. With the majority of our infrastructure projects now in place, CNB is poised to direct our efforts toward increased profitability and return to more favorable returns of equity and assets. In addition, the shareholders saw a nice increase in share price during the fourth quarter, giving shareholders a total return in 2016 of 53%.”
Net Interest Margin
Net interest margin on a fully tax equivalent basis was 3.84% and 3.78% for the three months and year ended December 31, 2016, compared to 3.73% for both the three months and year ended December 31, 2015. Net accretion included in loan interest income related to acquired loans was $1.1 million and $1.8 million for the three months and year ended December 31, 2016, resulting in an increase in the net interest margin of 20 basis points and 8 basis points, respectively. Net accretion included in loan interest income related to acquired loans was $358 thousand and $2.2 million for the three months and year ended December 31, 2015, resulting in an increase in the net interest margin of 8 basis points and 11 basis points, respectively. In late September 2016, CNB issued $50 million of subordinated debt to help support balance sheet growth. The interest expense on the subordinated debt was $783 thousand for the 3 months and year ended December 31, 2016.
Throughout the current interest rate cycle, CNB has been able to gradually lower its cost of funds, primarily through disciplined deposit pricing and refinancing of long-term borrowings. The cost of interest-bearing liabilities was 69 basis points during the year ended December 31, 2016, compared to 71 basis points during the year ended December 31, 2015.
During the year ended December 31, 2016, CNB recorded a provision for loan losses of $4.1 million, as compared to a provision for loan losses of $2.6 million for the year ended December 31, 2015. The provision for loan losses was $2.1 million and $668 thousand for the three months ended December 31, 2016 and 2015, respectively. Net chargeoffs during the year ended December 31, 2016 were $4.6 million, as compared to net chargeoffs of $3.2 million during the year ended December 31, 2015, and the ratio of net chargeoffs to average loans was 0.27% and 0.22% for the years ended December 31, 2016 and 2015, respectively.
The increase in chargeoffs in 2016 compared to 2015 was primarily attributable to consumer loans held in CNB’s consumer discount company, Holiday Financial Services Corporation. CNB Bank net chargeoffs totaled $1.7 million and $1.5 million in 2016 and 2015, respectively. Holiday Financial Services Corporation net chargeoffs totaled $2.9 million and $1.7 million in 2016 and 2015, respectively.
During the fourth quarter of 2016, CNB identified a commercial real estate loan that, while performing in accordance with its contractual terms and current with scheduled principal and interest payments, is showing sufficient signs of weakness to be classified as impaired. As of December 31, 2016, the principal balance of the loan is $6.2 million, and the specific loan loss reserve recorded during the quarter is $1.0 million.
Excluding the effects of securities transactions, non-interest income was $16.2 million for the year ended December 31, 2016, compared to $16.6 million for the year ended December 31, 2015. Net realized gains on available-for-sale securities were $1.0 million during the year ended December 31, 2016, compared to $666 thousand during the year ended December 31, 2015. Net realized and unrealized gains on trading securities were $503 thousand during the year ended December 31, 2016, compared to net realized and unrealized losses of $213 thousand during the year ended December 31, 2015.
Throughout 2016 and 2015, CNB made numerous infrastructure, personnel, and technology investments to facilitate its continued growth. Total non-interest expenses were $16.5 million and $67.1 million during the three months and year ended December 31, 2016, compared to $15.4 million and $58.8 million during the three months and year ended December 31, 2015. In order to better serve our customers and improve operational efficiencies, CNB completed a core processing system upgrade in May 2016. Included in non-interest expenses in 2016 are $3.7 million of non-recurring items, with costs associated with our core processing system upgrade of $1.7 million, merger related expenses of $486 thousand, and a prepayment penalty associated with the early payoff of long-term borrowings of $1.5 million. Costs for similar items in 2015 totaled $416 thousand in the aggregate.
Salaries and benefits expense increased $2.6 million, or 8.9%, during the year ended December 31, 2016 compared to the year ended December 31, 2015. As of December 31, 2016, CNB had 486 full-time equivalent staff, compared to 436 full-time equivalent staff as of December 31, 2015. The staff added during this period included both customer-facing personnel such as business development and wealth management officers, as well as support department personnel. In addition, CNB retained 20 employees in connection with its acquisition of Lake National Bank.
During the fourth quarter of 2016, CNB recorded an expense related to its directors and executive deferred compensation plan of $560 thousand, compared to an expense of $108 thousand that was recorded for the first nine months of 2016. This increase is primarily attributable to the increase in CNB’s stock price from $21.16 at September 30, 2016 to $26.74 at December 31, 2016 since the most significant component of the plan’s valuation is phantom CNB stock.
About CNB Financial Corporation
CNB Financial Corporation is a financial holding company with consolidated assets of approximately $2.6 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, three loan production offices, 31 full-service offices in Pennsylvania and northeast Ohio, including ERIEBANK, a division of CNB Bank, 9 full-service offices in central Ohio conducting business as FCBank, a division of CNB Bank, and a loan production office in Buffalo, New York conducting business as Bank on Buffalo, a division of CNB Bank. More information about CNB and CNB Bank may be found on the internet at www.cnbbank.bank.
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