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Hibernia Bancorp, Inc. Reports Operating Results for the First Quarter Ended March 31, 2017

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NEW ORLEANS, May 05, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Hibernia Bancorp, Inc. (the "Company") (OTC:HIBE), the holding company of Hibernia Bank ("Hibernia" or the "Bank"), today reported net income of $83,000 for the quarter ended March 31, 2017, compared to net income of $59,000 for the quarter ended March 31, 2016.  Earnings per basic and diluted share were $0.11 and $0.10, respectively, for the quarter ended March 31, 2017, compared to $0.07 per basic and diluted share for the quarter ended March 31, 2016. 

For the quarter ended March 31, 2017, net interest income increased by 3.2% to $941,000 from $912,000 for quarter ended March 31, 2016.  Total interest and dividend income increased $71,000, or 6.5%, for the quarter ended March 31, 2017 compared to the quarter ended March 31, 2016.  The increase in interest and dividend income as compared to the quarter ended March 31, 2016 was primarily due to an increase in loan volume, and to a lesser extent, due to an increase in average yields on loans, investment securities and interest-bearing cash.  Total interest expense increased $42,000, or 22.8%, for the quarter ended March 31, 2017 compared to the quarter ended March 31, 2016.  Higher interest expense for the quarter ended March 31, 2017 as compared to the quarter ended March 31, 2016 was primarily due to a higher average rate on deposits, and to a lesser extent, a higher average balance of interest bearing deposits as well as an increase in volume and rate on FHLB advances.  The net interest margin decreased to 3.25% for the quarter ended March 31, 2017 as compared to 3.30% for the quarter ended March 31, 2016. 

Non-interest income remained constant at $43,000 for both quarters ended March 31, 2017 and March 31, 2016.  Non-interest expenses for the quarter ended March 31, 2017 increased by $18,000, or 2.2%, compared to the quarter ended March 31, 2016.  The increase in non-interest expenses was due to increases in data processing expenses and salaries and employee benefits, partially offset by decreases in occupancy expenses.

The Company's total consolidated assets at March 31, 2017 were $127.9 million compared to $124.7 million at December 31, 2016, an increase of $3.2 million, or 2.6%.  The increase in total assets was due to an increase in cash and cash equivalents of $5.0 million partially offset by a decrease in net loans receivable of $1.7 million to $102.7 million at March 31, 2017 from $104.5 million at December 31, 2016.  

Non-performing assets, defined as non-accrual loans, accruing loans past due 90 days or more and other real estate owned, decreased slightly to 0.2% from 0.3% of total assets, totaling $217,000 at March 31, 2017, compared to $316,000 at December 31, 2016.  The non-performing assets at March 31, 2017 consisted of four loans secured by first mortgages on one-to-four family residential real estate.  At March 31, 2017 and December 31, 2016, there was no other real estate owned. 

Our allowance for loan and lease losses was $841,000 at both March 31, 2017 and December 31, 2016, or 0.81% and 0.80%, respectively, of total loans at such dates.  Due to the decline in the volume of loans outstanding as well as a slight reduction in non-performing assets and past due loans there were no provisions for loan and lease losses for the quarter ended March 31, 2017. Management believes that the allowance for loan and lease losses is sufficient to cover any losses that may be incurred on its loans.  The Company reported no net charge-offs for the quarters ended March 31, 2017 and March 31, 2016.

The Company's total stockholders' equity increased to $20.5 million as of March 31, 2017 from $20.4 million as of December 31, 2016.  During the quarter ended March 31, 2017, the Company did not repurchase any shares of its common stock.  The Company has 62,900 shares available under the sixth stock repurchase program. The Company's book value per share increased to $24.23 at March 31, 2017 from $24.06 at December 31, 2016 due to our net income for the quarter.  Hibernia Bank's regulatory capital levels continue to exceed requirements for well capitalized institutions. 

Statements contained in this news release which are not historical facts may be forward-looking statements identified by words like "believe," "expect," "anticipate," "estimate," and "intend" or future or conditional verbs such as "will," "would," "should," "could" or "may."  Such forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties which could cause actual results to differ materially from those currently anticipated due to a number of factors, including, but not limited to, changes in interest rates, changes in demand for loans, deposits and other financial services in the Company's market area, changes in asset quality and general economic conditions. We undertake no obligation to update any forward-looking statements.

Hibernia Bank, the wholly-owned subsidiary of Hibernia Bancorp, Inc., has served the New Orleans metropolitan area since 1903.  Operating from its main office and two branches, Hibernia Bank offers loan, deposit and on-line banking services to commercial and individual customers in the New Orleans metropolitan area.  Additional information about Hibernia Bank is available at www.hibbank.com.

 
 
Hibernia Bancorp, Inc. and Subsidiary
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF FINANCIAL CONDITION 
(In thousands)
    March 31,   December 31,
      2017       2016  
    (Unaudited)    
ASSETS        
         
Cash - Non-Interest Bearing    $ 940     $ 1,176  
Cash - Interest Bearing     9,836       4,608  
Total Cash and Cash Equivalents     10,776       5,784  
         
Certificates of Deposit     100       100  
Securities - Available For Sale     8,580       8,763  
Loans Receivable, Net of Allowances for Loan 
 Losses of $841,000 at March 31, 2017   
 and December 31, 2016    102,740       104,467  
Accrued Interest Receivable     300       266  
Investment in FHLB Stock     271       187  
Investment in FNBB Stock     210       210  
Premises and Equipment, Net     4,272       4,351  
Deferred Income Taxes     416       417  
Prepaid Expenses and Other Assets     226       159  
TOTAL ASSETS   $ 127,891     $ 124,704  
         
LIABILITIES AND EQUITY        
         
LIABILITIES        
Deposits        
 Non-Interest Bearing    $ 9,576     $ 9,217  
 Interest Bearing      91,638       91,698  
Total Deposits     101,214       100,915  
         
Escrow Balances     328       629  
FHLB Advances     5,500       2,500  
Accrued Interest Payable     60       62  
Accounts Payable and Other Liabilities     291       248  
TOTAL LIABILITIES     107,393       104,354  
         
         
EQUITY        
Preferred Stock, $.01 par value - 1,000,000 shares authorized; none issued     -       -  
Common Stock, $.01 par value - 9,000,000 shares authorized; 845,843 shares issued and outstanding at March 31, 2017 and December 31, 2016     8       8  
Additional Paid in Capital     11,128       11,118  
Unallocated Common Stock held by:        
 Employee Stock Ownership Plan   
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