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Citizens Holding Company Reports Earnings

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PHILADELPHIA, Miss.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--

Citizens Holding Company (NASDAQ: CIZN) announced today results of operations for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2015.

Net income for the three months ended September 30, 2015 was $1.837 million, or $0.38 per share-basic and diluted, down from $1.899 million, or $0.39 per share-basic and diluted for the same quarter in 2014. Net interest income for the third quarter of 2015, after the provision for loan losses, was $6.882 million, approximately 0.2% higher than the same period in 2014, due to a decrease in the provision for loan losses offset partially by a slight decrease in net interest income. The provision for loan losses for the three months ended September 30, 2015 was $142 thousand compared to $205 thousand for the same period in 2014. The decrease in the provision reflects management's estimate of inherent losses in the loan portfolio including the impact of current local and national economic conditions. The net interest margin decreased to 3.34% in the third quarter of 2015 from 3.62% in the same period in 2014 primarily because of the decrease in yields on earning assets was greater than the decline in rates paid on interest bearing deposits.

Non-interest income decreased in the third quarter of 2015 by $39 thousand, or 1.9%, while non-interest expenses increased $36 thousand, or 0.6%, compared to the same period in 2014. The decrease in non-interest income was due to decreases in service charge income, mortgage loan origination income and other income. Non-interest expense increased primarily due to an increase in salary and benefit expense partially offset by decreases in occupancy expense and other operating expenses.

Net income for the nine months ended September 30, 2015 decreased 9.1% to $5.259 million, or $1.08 per share-basic and diluted, from $5.788 million, or $1.19 per share-basic and diluted, for the nine months ended September 30, 2014. Net interest income for the nine months ended September 30, 2015, after the provision for loan losses, decreased 0.8% to $20.531 million from $20.702 million for the same period in 2014. Net interest margin for the nine months ended September 30, 2015, decreased to 3.38% in 2015 from 3.65% in the same period in 2014. The provision for loan losses for the nine months ended September 30, 2015 was $408 thousand compared to the provision of $778 thousand in 2014. The decrease in the provision reflects management's assessment of inherent losses in the loan portfolio including the impact caused by current local and national economic conditions.

Non-interest income decreased by $702 thousand, or 11.1%, and non-interest expense decreased by $571 thousand, or 2.9%, for the nine months ended September 30, 2015 when compared to the same period in 2014. The decrease in non-interest income was due primarily to net proceeds of $557 thousand from bank owned life insurance policies that were received in 2014 as a result of the death of an insured bank officer. Non-interest expense decreased primarily due to decreased losses on other real estate, a decrease in loan related collection expenses and a decrease in office supply costs.

Total assets as of September 30, 2015 increased to $960.895 million, up $39.834 million, or 4.3%, when compared to December 31, 2014. Deposits increased by $52.548 million, or 7.5%, and loans, net of unearned income, increased by $40.985 million, or 10.5%, when compared to December 31, 2014. The increase in loans, net of unearned income, was due to improved loan demand. Non-performing assets increased by $2.033 million to $18.820 million at September 30, 2015 as compared to December 31, 2014, because of an increase in non-accrual loans offset partially by decreases in loans 90 days or more past due and still accruing interest and other real estate owned.

During the first nine months of 2015, the Company paid dividends totaling $0.69 per share.

Citizens Holding Company (the "Company") is a one-bank holding company and the parent company of The Citizens Bank of Philadelphia (the "Bank"), both headquartered in Philadelphia, Mississippi. The Bank currently has twenty-four banking locations in fourteen counties in East Central and South Mississippi. In addition to full service commercial banking, the Bank offers mortgage loans, title insurance services through its subsidiary, Title Services, LLC, and a full range of Internet banking services including online banking, bill pay and cash management services for businesses. Internet services are available at the Bank's web site, www.thecitizensbankphila.com. Citizens Holding Company stock is listed on the NASDAQ Global Market and is traded under the symbol CIZN. The Company's transfer agent is American Stock Transfer & Trust Company. Information about Citizens Holding Company may be obtained by accessing its corporate website at www.citizensholdingcompany.com.

This press release includes "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. All statements other than statements of historical facts included in this release regarding the Company's financial position, results of operations, business strategies, plans, objectives and expectations for future operations, are forward looking statements. The Company can give no assurances that the assumptions upon which such forward-looking statements are based will prove to have been correct. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they are made. The Company does not undertake a duty to update forward-looking statements to reflect circumstances or events that occur after the date the forward-looking statements are made. Such forward-looking statements are subject to certain risks, uncertainties and assumptions. The risks and uncertainties that may affect the operation, performance, development and results of the Company's and the Bank's business include, but are not limited to, the following: (a) the risk of adverse changes in business conditions in the banking industry generally and in the specific markets in which the Company operates; (b) changes in the legislative and regulatory environment that negatively impact the Company and Bank through increased operating expenses; (c) increased competition from other financial institutions; (d) the impact of technological advances; (e) expectations about the movement of interest rates, including actions that may be taken by the Federal Reserve Board in response to changing economic conditions; (f) changes in asset quality and loan demand; (g) expectations about overall economic strength and the performance of the economics in the Company's market area; and (h) other risks detailed from time to time in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Should one or more of these risks materialize, or should any such underlying assumptions prove to be significantly different, actual results may vary significantly from those anticipated, estimated, projected or expected.

 
 
 
 
 

Citizens Holding Company
Financial Highlights
(amounts in thousands, except share and per share data)

 
      For the Three Months Ending     For the Nine Months Ending
September 30,     June 30,     September 30, September 30,     September 30,
2015     2015     2014     2015     2014
 
INTEREST INCOME
Loans, including fees $ 5,038 $ 4,988 $ 4,999 $ 15,034 $ 15,110
Investment Securities 2,737 2,691 2,823 8,096 8,571
Other Interest   14       17       8         61         20  
7,789 7,696 7,830 23,191 23,701
 
INTEREST EXPENSE
Deposits 468 450 451 1,350 1,291
Other borrowed funds   297       286       307         902         930  
765 736 758 2,252 2,221
 
NET INTEREST INCOME 7,024 6,960 7,072 20,939 21,480
 
PROVISION FOR LOAN LOSSES   142       82       205         408         778  
 

NET INTEREST INCOME AFTER PROVISION FOR LOAN LOSSES

6,882 6,878 6,867 20,531 20,702
 
NON-INTEREST INCOME
Service charges on deposit accounts 1,037 954 1,043 2,878 2,937
Other service charges and fees 626 563 575 1,721 1,584
Other non-interest income   354       335       438         1,022         1,802  
2,017 1,852 2,056 5,621 6,323
 
NON-INTEREST EXPENSE
Salaries and employee benefits 3,341 3,341 3,243 10,038 9,851
Occupancy expense 1,357 1,297 1,360 3,953 3,904
Other non-interest expense   1,777       1,683       1,836         5,292         6,099  
6,475 6,321 6,439 19,283 19,854
 
NET INCOME BEFORE TAXES 2,424 2,409 2,484 6,869 7,171
 
INCOME TAXES   587       581       585         1,610         1,383  
 
NET INCOME $ 1,837     $ 1,828     $ 1,899       $ 5,259       $ 5,788  
 
Earnings per share - basic $ 0.38     $ 0.37     $ 0.39       $ 1.08       $ 1.19  
 
Earnings per share - diluted $ 0.38     $ 0.37     $ 0.39       $ 1.08       $ 1.19  
 
Dividends Paid $ 0.23     $ 0.23     $ 0.22       $ 0.69       $ 0.66  
 
Average shares outstanding-basic 4,877,614 4,877,614 4,870,114 4,872,092 4,870,114
 
Average shares outstanding-diluted 4,879,911 4,878,784 4,870,719 4,872,996 4,870,664
 
 
 
 
For the Period Ended,
September 30, June 30, December 31,
2015     2015     2014
Period End Balance Sheet Data:
Total assets $ 960,895 $ 927,000 $ 921,061
Total earning assets 875,507 843,647 833,845
Loans, net of unearned income 431,945 407,316 390,960
Allowance for loan losses 6,829 6,693 6,542
Total deposits 748,642 721,138 696,094
Long-term borrowings 20,000 20,000 20,000
Shareholders' equity 84,513 82,077 81,858
Book value per share $ 17.30 $ 16.80 $ 16.78
 
Period End Average Balance Sheet Data:
Total assets $ 933,702 $ 927,327 $ 884,688
Total earning assets 852,486 846,357 798,432
Loans, net of unearned income 407,613 403,023 389,720
Total deposits 718,413 710,309 684,134
Long-term borrowings 20,000 20,000 35,593
Shareholders' equity 83,538 83,467 73,219
 
Period End Non-performing Assets:
Non-accrual loans $ 15,161 $ 12,484 $ 11,854
Loans 90+ days past due and accruing 130 684 881
Other real estate owned 3,529 3,590 4,052
 
 
 
 
As of
September 30, June 30, December 31,
2015     2015     2014
 

Year to Date Net charge-offs as a percentage of average net loans

0.03 % 0.03 % 0.63 %
 
Year to Date Performance Ratios:
Return on average assets(1) 0.75 % 0.74 % 0.84 %
Return on average equity(1) 8.39 % 8.20 % 10.17 %
 
Year to Date Net Interest
Margin (tax equivalent)(1) 3.38 % 3.41 % 3.60 %
 
(1) Annualized
 
 
 
 

Citizens Holding Company
Robert T. Smith, 601-656-4692
rsmith@tcbphila.com

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