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July 20, 2015

Penns Woods Bancorp, Inc. Reports Second Quarter 2015 Operating Earning

Williamsport, PA July 20, 2015

Penns Woods Bancorp, Inc. continued its solid earnings and growth achieving net income of $6,788,000 for the six months ended June 30, 2015 resulting in basic and dilutive earnings per share of $1.42.

 

Highlights

 

  • Net income from core operations ("operating earnings"), which is a non-generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) measure of net income excluding net securities gains and bank owned life insurance gains on death benefits, decreased to $3,088,000 for the three months ended June30, 2015 compared to $3,142,000 for the same period of 2014. Net income from core operations decreased slightly to $6,007,000 for the six months ended June 30, 2015 compared to $6,177,000 for the same period of 2014. Impacting the three and six months ended June 30, 2015 compared to 2014 were an increase in the provision for loan losses of $300,000 and $515,000 due to the level of charge-offs and significant loan portfolio growth. In addition, the investment portfolio has declined $48,557,000 from June 30, 2014 to June 30, 2015 as part of our strategy to position the balance sheet for a rising rate environment.

 

  • Operating earnings per share for the three months ended June 30, 2015 and 2014 were $0.65 for both basic and dilutive. Operating earnings per share for the six months ended June 30, 2015 were $1.25 basic and dilutive compared to $1.28 basic and dilutive for the same period of 2014.

 

  • Return on average assets was 1.07% for the three months ended June 30, 2015 compared to 1.13% for the corresponding period of 2014. Return on average assets was 1.07% for the six months ended June 30, 2015 compared to 1.14% for the corresponding period of 2014.

 

  • Return on average equity was 10.05% for the three months ended June 30, 2015 compared to 10.29% for the corresponding period of 2014. Return on average equity was 9.90% for the six months ended June 30, 2015 compared to 10.43% for the corresponding period of 2014.

 

"The six months ended June 30, 2015 have been eventful for the Penns Woods family.  We continue to experience year over year double digit loan growth as we emphasis the addition of quality earning assets.  In addition, the deposit portfolio has crossed the billion dollar mark with the growth being directly linked to the high level of professionalism and customer service provided by our employees.  Our branch network will be expanding in the latter part of the year as we look forward to the opening of our new branch in Lewisburg and the relocation of our Spring Mills branch," said Richard A. Grafmyre, CFP®, President and CEO.

 

A reconciliation of the non-GAAP financial measures of operating earnings, operating return on assets, operating return on equity, and operating earnings per share, described in the highlights, to the comparable GAAP financial measures is included at the end of this press release.

 

Net Income

 

Net income, as reported under GAAP, for the three and six months ended June 30, 2015 was $3,433,000 and $6,788,000 compared to $3,463,000 and $6,932,000 for the same period of 2014.  Results for the three and six months ended June 30, 2015 compared to 2014 were impacted by an increase in after-tax securities gains of $24,000 (from a gain of $321,000 to a gain of $345,000) for the three month periods and an increase in the after-tax securities gains of $200,000 (from a gain of $581,000 to a gain of $781,000) for the six month periods.  In addition, a gain of $174,000 on death benefits related to bank owned life insurance was recorded during the first quarter of 2014.  Basic and dilutive earnings per share for the three and six months ended June 30, 2015 were $0.72 and $1.42 compared to $0.72 and $1.44 for the corresponding periods of 2014.  Return on average assets and return on average equity were 1.07% and 10.05% for the three months ended June 30, 2015 compared to 1.13% and 10.29% for the corresponding period of 2014.  Return on average assets and return on average equity were 1.07% and 9.90% for the six months ended June 30, 2015 compared to 1.14% and 10.43% for the corresponding period of 2014.

 

Net Interest Margin

 

The net interest margin for the three and six months ended June 30, 2015 was 3.64% and 3.66% compared to 3.84% and 3.88% for the corresponding periods of 2014.  The decline in the net interest margin was driven by a decreasing yield on the loan and investment portfolios due to the continued low rate environment.  The impact of the declining earning asset yield and decreasing investment portfolio balance was partially offset by a 14.19% growth in gross loans from June 30, 2014 to June 30, 2015 resulting in net interest income remaining flat compared to the comparable three month period of 2014. The loan growth was funded by an increase in core deposits, decrease in the investment portfolio, and an increase in borrowings.  Core deposits represent a lower cost funding source than time deposits and comprise 78.16% of total deposits at June 30, 2015 and 77.30% at June 30, 2014.  Limiting the positive impact on the net margin caused by the growth in core deposits was the lengthening of the time deposit portfolio as part of our strategy to prepare the balance sheet for a rising rate environment.

 

"As with industry trends, the net interest margin continues to decrease each quarter by several basis points do to the low rate environment which is resulting in a decrease in the earning asset portfolio yield. Our focus on increasing the earning asset portfolio by adding quality short and intermediate term loans such as home equity loans, even though these new earning assets are at lower yields than legacy assets, has resulted in net interest income remaining flat.  Interest and market risk within the investment portfolio continues to be reduced as the portfolio is being actively managed. We continue to follow our strategy of selling long-term municipal bonds that had a maturity date of 2025 or later and securities with a call date within five years.  The strategic selling of bonds has provided funding that has been deployed primarily into loans with limited reinvestment into intermediate term corporate bonds and short and intermediate term municipal bonds.  These actions do negatively impact current earnings, but the actions play a key role in our long-term asset liability management strategy as the earning asset portfolio is shortened to better prepare for a rising rate environment," commented President Grafmyre.

 

Assets

 

Total assets increased $68,965,000 to $1,291,812,000 at June 30, 2015 compared to June 30, 2014.  Net loans increased $119,092,000 to $966,613,000 at June 30, 2015 compared to June 30, 2014 primarily due to campaigns related to increasing home equity product market share during 2014 and 2015 and growth in the commercial portfolio.  The investment portfolio decreased $48,557,000 from June 30, 2014 to June 30, 2015 due to our strategy to reduce the investment portfolio duration through the selective selling of bonds as opportunities develop.  The combination of loan portfolio growth and a decrease in the size of the investment portfolio has resulted in a shortening of the overall earning asset portfolio duration consistent with a strategy to reduce the interest rate and market risk exposure to a rising rate environment.

 

 

Non-performing Loans

 

The non-performing loans to total loans ratio decreased to 0.99% at June 30, 2015 from 1.40% at June 30, 2014.  The ratio decreased due to a decrease in non-performing loans and an increase in total loans from June 30, 2014 to June 30, 2015.  The decrease in non-performing loans to $9,689,000 at June 30, 2015 from $11,979,000 at June 30, 2014 is primarily the result of a large commercial real estate loan that was removed from non-accrual status due to improved company performance and a solid payment history.  The majority of non-performing loans are centered on several loans that are either in a secured position and have sureties with a strong underlying financial position or have a specific allocation for any impairment recorded within the allowance for loan losses.  Net loan charge-offs of $614,000 for the six months ended June 30, 2015 negatively impacted the allowance for loan losses which was 1.15% of total loans at June 30, 2015.  The majority of the loans charged-off had a specific allowance within the allowance for loan losses.

 

Deposits

 

Deposits increased $25,642,000 to $1,007,468,000 at June 30, 2015 compared to June 30, 2014.  Core deposits (total deposits excluding time deposits) increased $28,453,000, while higher cost time deposits decreased $2,811,000 due to our commitment to building complete banking relationships with our customers.  Noninterest-bearing deposits increased $15,744,000 to $244,502,000 at June 30, 2015 compared to June 30, 2014.  Driving this growth is our commitment to easy-to-use products, community involvement, and emphasis on customer service.  While deposit gathering efforts have centered on core deposits, the lengthening of the time deposit portfolio is in process as part of the strategy to build balance sheet protection in a rising rate environment.

 

Shareholders' Equity

 

Shareholders' equity decreased $804,000 to $134,998,000 at June 30, 2015 compared to June 30, 2014.  The change from accumulated other comprehensive income of $635,000 at June 30, 2014 to accumulated other comprehensive loss of $3,170,000 at June 30, 2015 is primarily a result of a decrease in unrealized gains on available for sale securities from an unrealized gain of $3,360,000 at June 30, 2014 to an unrealized gain of $1,374,000 at June 30, 2015.  The amount of accumulated other comprehensive loss at June 30, 2015 was also impacted by the change in net excess of the projected benefit obligation over the market value of the plan assets of the defined benefit pension plan resulting in an increase in the net loss of $1,819,000 to $4,544,000 at June 30, 2015.  The current level of shareholders' equity equates to a book value per share of $28.33 at June 30, 2015 compared to $28.17 at June 30, 2014 and an equity to asset ratio of 10.45% at June 30, 2015 compared to 11.11% at June 30, 2014.  Excluding goodwill and intangibles, book value per share was $24.47 at June 30, 2015 compared to $24.29 at June 30, 2014.  Dividends declared for each of the three and six months ended June 30, 2015 and 2014 were $0.47 and $0.94 per share.

 

Penns Woods Bancorp, Inc. is the parent company of Jersey Shore State Bank, which operates fourteen branch offices providing financial services in Lycoming, Clinton, Centre, and Montour Counties, and Luzerne Bank, which operates eight branch offices providing financial services in Luzerne County.  Investment and insurance products are offered through Jersey Shore State Bank's subsidiary, The M Group, Inc. D/B/A The Comprehensive Financial Group.

 

NOTE:  This press release contains financial information determined by methods other than in accordance with U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles ("GAAP").  Management uses the non-GAAP measure of net income from core operations in its analysis of the company's performance. This measure, as used by the Company, adjusts net income determined in accordance with GAAP to exclude the effects of special items, including significant gains or losses that are unusual in nature such as net securities gains and losses. Because certain of these items and their impact on the Company's performance are difficult to predict, management believes presentation of financial measures excluding the impact of such items provides useful supplemental information in evaluating the operating results of the Company's core businesses. These disclosures should not be viewed as a substitute for net income determined in accordance with GAAP, nor are they necessarily comparable to non-GAAP performance measures that may be presented by other companies.

 

This press release may contain certain "forward-looking statements" including statements concerning plans, objectives, future events or performance and assumptions and other statements, which are statements other than statements of historical fact.  The Company cautions readers that the following important factors, among others, may have affected and could in the future affect actual results and could cause actual results for subsequent periods to differ materially from those expressed in any forward-looking statement made by or on behalf of the Company herein: (i) the effect of changes in laws and regulations, including federal and state banking laws and regulations, and the associated costs of compliance with such laws and regulations either currently or in the future as applicable; (ii) the effect of changes in accounting policies and practices, as may be adopted by the regulatory agencies as well as by the Financial Accounting Standards Board, or of changes in the Company's organization, compensation and benefit plans; (iii) the effect on the Company's competitive position within its market area of the increasing consolidation within the banking and financial services industries, including the increased competition from larger regional and out-of-state banking organizations as well as non-bank providers of various financial services; (iv) the effect of changes in interest rates; and (v) the effect of changes in the business cycle and downturns in the local, regional or national economies.  For a list of other factors which could affect the Company's results, see the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including "Item 1A.  Risk Factors," set forth in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2014.

 

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.

 

Previous press releases and additional information can be obtained from the Company's website at www.jssb.com.

 

Contact:

Richard A. Grafmyre, President and Chief Executive Officer

 

300 Market Street

 

Williamsport, PA 17701

 

570-322-1111

e-mail: pwod@pwod.com

 

 

THIS INFORMATION IS SUBJECT TO YEAR-END AUDIT ADJUSTMENT

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