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Auburn National Bancorporation, Inc. Reports Record Quarterly Net Earnings

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Second Quarter 2018 vs. 2017 Highlights

  • Record quarterly net earnings of $2.3 million, an increase of 13%
     
  • Net interest margin (tax-equivalent) increased by 8 basis points
     
  • Loan growth – Average loans increased $11.8 million, or 3%
     
  • Strong asset quality – Nonperforming assets were 0.15% of total assets at June 30, 2018
     
  • Improved profitability – Annualized return on average assets increased from 0.96% to 1.10%, and annualized return on average equity improved from 9.44% to 10.48%

AUBURN, Ala., July 24, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Auburn National Bancorporation, Inc. (NASDAQ:AUBN) reported record net earnings of $2.3 million, or $0.62 per share, for the second quarter of 2018, compared to $2.0 million, or $0.55 per share, for the second quarter of 2017.  Net earnings for the first six months of 2018 were $4.5 million, or $1.22 per share compared to $3.9 million, or $1.07 per share, for the first six months of 2017.

"We are pleased to report record quarterly earnings for the second quarter of 2018," said Robert W. Dumas, President and CEO.  Mr. Dumas continued, "The Company's second quarter 2018 results reflect modest loan growth, strong asset quality, and continued improvement in our net interest margin."

Net interest income (tax-equivalent) was $6.5 million for the second quarter of 2018, compared to $6.4 million for the second quarter of 2017.  This increase was primarily due to loan growth and recent increases in short-term market interest rates.  Average loans were up 3.0% to $448.5 million in the second quarter of 2018 compared to $436.6 million in the second quarter of 2017.  The Company's net interest margin (tax-equivalent) increased to 3.36% in the second quarter of 2018, compared to 3.28% for the second quarter of 2017 as earning asset yields improved.

Nonperforming assets were $1.2 million or 0.15% of total assets at June 30, 2018, compared to $2.4 million or 0.28% of total assets at June 30, 2017.  The decrease in nonperforming assets was primarily due to the resolution of one nonperforming commercial real estate loan with a recorded investment of $1.3 million at June 30, 2017.  The allowance for loan losses was 430% of nonperforming loans and 1.04% of total loans at June 30, 2018, compared to 220% of nonperforming loans and 1.14% of total loans at June 30, 2017.  The Company recorded no provision for loan losses in the second quarter of 2018, compared to a provision of $0.1 million in the second quarter of 2017.  The provision for loan loss is based upon various estimates and judgments, including the absolute level of loans, loan growth, credit quality and the amount of net charge-offs. 
                                                                      
Noninterest income was $0.8 million for both the second quarter of 2018 and 2017.   Noninterest expense was $4.3 million compared to $4.0 million in the second quarter of 2017.  The increase was primarily due to routine annual increases in salaries and wages of $0.3 million.

Income tax expense was $0.6 million compared to $0.8 million for the second quarter of 2017 reflecting an effective tax rate of 20.00% compared to 28.21% for the second quarter of 2017.  The decrease in the effective tax rate was primarily due to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, signed into law December 22, 2017, which lowered the Company's statutory federal tax rate from 34% to 21%. 

The Company paid cash dividends of $0.24 per share in the second quarter of 2018, an increase of 4.3% from the same period in 2017. At June 30, 2018, the Bank's regulatory capital was well above the minimum amounts required to be "well capitalized" under current regulatory standards.

About Auburn National Bancorporation, Inc.

Auburn National Bancorporation, Inc. (the "Company") is the parent company of AuburnBank (the "Bank"), with total assets of approximately $812 million. The Bank is an Alabama state-chartered bank that is a member of the Federal Reserve System, which has operated continuously since 1907. Both the Company and the Bank are headquartered in Auburn, Alabama. The Bank conducts its business in East Alabama, including Lee County and surrounding areas. The Bank operates 8 full-service branches in Auburn, Opelika, Valley, and Notasulga, Alabama.  The Bank also operates a loan production office in Phenix City, Alabama. Additional information about the Company and the Bank may be found by visiting www.auburnbank.com

Cautionary Notice Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Securities Act of 1933 and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, including, without limitation, statements about future financial and operating results, costs and revenues, economic conditions in our markets, loan demand, mortgage lending activity, changes in the mix of our earning assets (including those generating tax exempt income) and our deposit  and wholesale liabilities, net interest margin, yields on earning assets, securities valuations and performance, interest rates (generally and those applicable to our assets and liabilities), loan performance, nonperforming assets, other real estate owned, provision for loan losses, charge-offs, other-than-temporary impairments, collateral values, credit quality, asset sales, and market trends, as well as statements with respect to our objectives, expectations and intentions and other statements that are not historical facts. Actual results may differ from those set forth in the forward-looking statements.

Forward-looking statements, with respect to our beliefs, plans, objectives, goals, expectations, anticipations, estimates and intentions, involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors, which may be beyond our control, and which may cause the actual results, performance, achievements, or financial condition of the Company or the Bank to be materially different from future results, performance, achievements, or financial condition expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. You should not expect us to update any forward-looking statements.

All written or oral forward-looking statements attributable to us are expressly qualified in their entirety by this cautionary notice, together with those risks and uncertainties described in our annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2017 and otherwise in our other SEC reports and filings.

Explanation of Certain Unaudited Non-GAAP Financial Measures

This press release contains financial information determined by methods other than U.S. generally accepted accounting principles ("GAAP"). The attached financial highlights includes certain designated net interest income amounts presented on a tax-equivalent basis, a non-GAAP financial measure, and the presentation and calculation of the efficiency ratio, a non-GAAP measure. Management uses these non-GAAP financial measures in its analysis of the Company's performance and believes the presentation of net interest income on a tax-equivalent basis provides comparability of net interest income from both taxable and tax-exempt sources and facilitates comparability within the industry.  Similarly, the efficiency ratio is a common measure that facilitates comparability with other financial institutions.  Although the Company believes these non-GAAP financial measures enhance investors' understanding of its business and performance, these non-GAAP financial measures should not be considered an alternative to GAAP. Along with the attached financial highlights, the Company provides reconciliations between the GAAP financial measures and these non-GAAP financial measures.


Financial Highlights (unaudited)                              
        Quarter ended June 30,     Six Months ended June 30,  
(Dollars in thousands, except per share amounts)   2018         2017         2018       2017    
Results of Operations                              
Net interest income (a) $   6,469       $   6,402       $   12,909     $   12,591    
Less: tax-equivalent adjustment     152           301           308         601    
  Net interest income (GAAP)     6,317           6,101           12,601         11,990    
Noninterest income      839           793           1,692         1,629    
  Total revenue     7,156           6,894           14,293         13,619    
Provision for loan losses   —            100         —          100    
Noninterest expense     4,326           4,015           8,728         8,133    
Income tax expense     566           784           1,106         1,501    
Net earnings  $   2,264       $   1,995       $   4,459     $   3,885    
                                     
Per share data:                              
Basic and diluted net earnings: $   0.62       $   0.55       $   1.22     $   1.07    
Cash dividends declared $   0.24       $   0.23       $   0.48     $   0.46    
Weighted average shares outstanding:                              
  Basic and diluted     3,643,731           3,643,593           3,643,707         3,643,567    
Shares outstanding, at period end     3,643,793           3,643,643           3,643,793         3,643,643    
Book value  $   23.53       $   23.36       $   23.53     $   23.36    
Common stock price:                              
  High $   50.99       $   37.79       $   50.99     $   37.79    
  Low     37.40           32.65           35.50         30.75    
  Period-end:     49.61           36.94           49.61         36.94    
  To earnings ratio     21.48    x        16.94    x        21.48  x        16.94    x 
  To book value     211    %        158    %        211  %        158    % 
Performance ratios:                              
Return on average equity (annualized)     10.48    %        9.44    %        10.22  %        9.26    % 
Return on average assets (annualized)     1.10    %        0.96    %        1.07  %        0.93    % 
Dividend payout ratio     38.71    %        41.82    %        39.34  %        42.99    % 
Other financial data:                              
Net interest margin (a)     3.36    %        3.28    %        3.33  %        3.23    % 
Effective income tax rate     20.00    %        28.21    %        19.87  %        27.87    % 
Efficiency ratio (b)     59.20    %        55.80    %        59.78  %        57.19    % 
Asset Quality:                              
Nonperforming assets:                              
  Nonperforming (nonaccrual) loans $   1,104       $   2,255       $   1,104     $   2,255    
  Other real estate owned     137           103           137         103    
    Total nonperforming assets $   1,241       $   2,358       $   1,241     $   2,358    
                                     
Net charge-offs (recoveries)  $   (18 )     $   (277 )     $   7     $   (222 )  
                                     
Allowance for loan losses as a % of:                              
  Loans     1.04    %        1.14    %        1.04  %        1.14    % 
  Nonperforming loans     430    %        220    %        430  %        220    % 
Nonperforming assets as a % of:                               
  Loans and other real estate owned     0.27    %        0.54    %        0.27  %        0.54    % 
  Total assets     0.15    %        0.28    %        0.15  %        0.28    % 
Nonperforming loans as a % of total loans     0.24    %        0.52    %        0.24  %        0.52    % 
Annualized net recoveries as a % of average loans     (0.02 )  %        (0.25 )  %      —   %        (0.10 )  % 
Selected average balances:                              
Securities $   255,877       $   274,493       $   260,725     $   266,239    
Loans, net of unearned income     448,493           436,645           449,911         433,233    
Total assets     820,706           831,187           831,205         833,421    
Total deposits     728,457           737,464           736,415         739,720    
Long-term debt     919           3,217           2,062         3,217    
Total stockholders' equity $   86,420           84,569           87,297     $   83,884    
Selected period end balances:                              
Securities $   251,320       $   277,363       $   251,320     $   277,363    
Loans, net of unearned income     456,572           437,287           456,572         437,287    
Allowance for loan losses     4,750           4,965           4,750         4,965    
Total assets     811,791           836,311           811,791         836,311    
Total deposits     721,005           742,456           721,005         742,456    
Long-term debt   —            3,217         —          3,217    
Total stockholders' equity $   85,748           85,099           85,748      $    85,099    
                                     
(a)  Tax equivalent. See "Explanation of Certain Unaudited Non-GAAP Financial Measures" and "Reconciliation of GAAP to non-GAAP Measures (unaudited)."  
(b)  Efficiency ratio is the result of noninterest expense divided by the sum of noninterest income and tax-equivalent net interest income.  
     


Reconciliation of GAAP to non-GAAP Measures (unaudited):  
                           
               
    Quarter ended June 30,   Six Months ended June 30,  
(Dollars in thousands, except per share amounts)   2018     2017     2018     2017  
Net interest income, as reported (GAAP) $ 6,317   $ 6,101   $ 12,601   $ 11,990  
Tax-equivalent adjustment (a)   152     301     308     601  
Net interest income (tax-equivalent) $ 6,469   $ 6,402   $ 12,909   $ 12,591  
  (a)   Using federal income tax rates of 21% and 34% for 2018 and 2017, respectively.  


For additional information, contact:
Robert W. Dumas
President and CEO
(334) 821-9200

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