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Eagle Bancorp Montana Earns $1.6 Million in the Third Quarter; Declares Regular Quarterly Cash Dividend to $0.0925 per Share

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HELENA, Mont., Oct. 23, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Eagle Bancorp Montana, Inc. (NASDAQ:EBMT), (the "Company," "Eagle"), the holding company of Opportunity Bank of Montana, today reported net income increased 22.4% to $1.6 million, or $0.30 per diluted share, in the third quarter of 2018 compared to $1.3 million, or $0.24 per diluted share, in the second quarter of 2018.  In the third quarter a year ago, Eagle earned $1.7 million, or $0.45 per diluted share.  There was $222,000 in acquisition-related expenses in the third quarter of 2018, compared to $131,000 in the preceding quarter and $276,000 in the third quarter a year ago.

In the first nine months of 2018, net income was $3.5 million, or $0.65 per diluted share, compared to $3.6 million, or $0.92 per diluted share, in the first nine months of 2017.  There were $587,000 in acquisition-related costs in the first nine months of 2018, compared to $276,000 in the first nine months of 2017.

Additionally, Eagle's board of directors declared a regular quarterly cash dividend to $0.0925 per share.  The dividend will be payable December 7, 2018 to shareholders of record November 16, 2018.  The current annualized yield is 2.06% based on recent market prices.

"For the third quarter, we generated strong revenue growth driven by balance sheet expansion and additional client acquisition," said Peter J. Johnson, President and CEO.  "In addition to solid organic growth, our successful acquisition of Ruby Valley Bank earlier this year has contributed to our increased revenues.  Further, we are confident that our recently announced merger of Big Muddy Bancorp, Inc. will provide tremendous opportunities to continue to generate strong revenue growth going forward.  We expect this merger, like our earlier acquisition, will result in significant benefits to our expanding group of clients, communities, employees and shareholders."

On August 21, 2018, Eagle announced that it had reached an agreement to acquire Big Muddy Bancorp, Inc. and its wholly owned subsidiary, The State Bank of Townsend, Townsend, Montana.  Townsend currently operates four branches in Townsend, Dutton, Denton and Choteau and the acquisition will provide Opportunity Bank with an additional $110 million in assets, $94 million in deposits and $92 million in gross loans.  Opportunity Bank will have, upon completion of the transaction, 21 retail branches in Montana, positioning it as the fourth largest Montana based bank with approximately $940 million in assets.

The Ruby Valley Bank acquisition, which was completed during the first quarter of 2018, added approximately $94 million in assets, $82 million in deposits and $55 million in gross loans.

Third Quarter 2018 Highlights (at or for the three-month period ended September 30, 2018, except where noted)

  • Net income was $1.6 million, or $0.30 per diluted share.
  • Purchase discount on loans from the Ruby Valley Bank Portfolio was $1.8 million at January 31, 2018 (the "acquisition date"), of which $1.3 million remains as of September 30, 2018.
  • The accretion of the loan purchase discount into loan interest income from the Ruby Valley Bank transaction was $100,000 in the third quarter, compared to $425,000 in the preceding quarter.
  • Net interest margin was 3.95% in the third quarter, compared to 4.18% in the preceding quarter and 3.77% in the third quarter a year ago.
  • Revenues (net interest income before the provision for loan losses, plus non-interest income) increased 10.8% to $11.2 million, compared to $10.1 million in the third quarter a year ago.
  • Return on average assets was 0.79%.
  • Return on average equity was 7.04%.
  • Total loans increased 16.9% to $596.6 million at September 30, 2018, compared to $510.2 million a year.
  • Commercial real estate loans increased 17.3% to $236.9 million at September 30, 2018, compared to $201.9 million a year earlier. 
  • Total deposits increased 18.3% to $621.3 million at September 30, 2018, compared to $525.2 million a year ago.
  • Capital ratios remain well capitalized with a tangible common shareholders' equity ratio of 9.47% at September 30, 2018.
  • Declared quarterly cash dividend of $0.0925 per share.

Balance Sheet Results

Total assets increased 19.6% to $840.0 million at September 30, 2018, compared to $702.6 million a year ago, in large part due to the Ruby Valley Bank acquisition.  At June 30, 2018, total assets were $826.8 million.

"Loan growth has been robust, increasing 2.6% in the third quarter, or 10.4%, on an annualized basis," said Johnson.  Total loans increased 16.9% to $596.6 million at September 30, 2018, compared to $510.2 million a year earlier and increased 2.6% compared to $581.7 million three months earlier.

Eagle originated $86.6 million in new residential mortgages during the quarter, excluding construction loans, and sold $83.5 million in residential mortgages, with an average gross margin on sale of mortgage loans of approximately 2.7%.  This production compares to residential mortgage originations of $84.0 million in the preceding quarter with sales of $73.6 million.

Commercial real estate loans increased 17.3% to $236.9 million at September 30, 2018, compared to $201.9 million a year earlier.  Residential mortgage loans increased 5.5% to $115.2 million, compared to $109.3 million a year earlier.  Commercial loans increased 8.0% to $60.4 million, home equity loans increased 3.7% to $53.3 million, residential construction loans remain unchanged at $29.8 million and construction and development loans decreased 1.4% to $36.3 million, compared to a year ago.  Agricultural and farmland loans increased 300.57% to $49.3 million at September 30, 2018, compared to $12.3 million a year earlier.

Total deposits were $621.3 million at September 30, 2018, a modest increase compared to $613.2 million at June 30, 2018, and a 18.3% increase compared to $525.2 million a year ago.  At September 30, 2018, checking and money market accounts represent 56.4%, savings accounts represent 17.5%, and CDs comprise 26.1% of the total deposit portfolio.

Shareholders' equity increased modestly to $92.0 million at September 30, 2018, compared to $91.8 million three months earlier and increased 45.2% compared to $63.3 million one year earlier.  Tangible book value was $14.33 per share at September 30, 2018, compared to $14.28 per share at June 30, 2018, and $14.70 per share a year earlier. 

Operating Results

"The rising interest rate environment contributed to higher yields on loans during the third quarter, which resulted in a higher net interest margin (NIM) compared to a year ago, although was partially offset by higher rates on borrowed funds," said Johnson.  "In addition, the interest accretion on purchased loans totaled $100,000 and resulted in a five basis point increase in the NIM during the third quarter, compared to $425,000 and a 23 basis point increase in the NIM during the preceding quarter."  Eagle's net interest margin was 3.95% in the third quarter, compared to 3.77% in the third quarter a year ago.  In the second quarter of 2018, Eagle's net interest margin was 4.18%.  In the first nine months of 2018, Eagle's net interest margin was 3.97%, with nine basis points attributed to interest accretion on purchased loans, compared to 3.69% in the first nine months a year ago.  The investment securities portfolio increased to $148.9 million at September 30, 2018, compared to $120.8 million a year ago, which increased the average yields on earning assets to 4.62% from 4.32% a year ago. 

Eagle's second quarter revenues increased 3.2% to $11.2 million, compared to $10.9 million in the preceding quarter and increased 10.8% when compared to $10.1 million in the third quarter a year ago.  Year-to-date, revenues increased 11.9% to $31.7 million, compared to $28.3 million in the first nine months of 2017.  Net interest income before the provision for loan loss decreased to $7.5 million in the third quarter compared to $7.8 million in the preceding quarter, and increased 21.4% compared to $6.2 million in the third quarter a year ago.  In the first nine months of 2018, net interest income increased 26.3% to $22.1 million, compared to $17.5 million in the first nine months of 2017.

With solid gains from loan sales, noninterest income increased 22.0% to $3.8 million in the third quarter, compared to $3.1 million in the preceding quarter, but decreased 5.7% compared to $4.0 million in the third quarter a year ago, when residential mortgage loan originations were very robust.  The net gain on sale of mortgage loans totaled $2.3 million in the third quarter, compared to $1.7 million in the preceding quarter and $2.6 million in the third quarter a year ago.  Year-to-date, noninterest income was $9.5 million, compared to $10.8 million in the first nine months of 2017.

Eagle's third quarter noninterest expenses were $9.1 million compared to $9.2 million in the preceding quarter and $7.6 million in the third quarter a year ago.  Acquisition costs totaled $222,000 for the current quarter, compared to $131,000 for the preceding quarter and $276,000 in the third quarter one year ago.  In the first nine months of the year, noninterest expenses totaled $26.6 million, compared to $22.6 million in the first nine months of 2017.

For the third quarter of 2018, Eagle recorded $360,000 in income tax expense for an effective tax rate of 18.1%, reflecting the new lower corporate tax rates. 

Credit Quality

"Our asset quality has remained very stable, with a gradual increase in our reserves," noted Johnson.  The allowance for loan losses represented 370.9% of nonaccrual loans at September 30, 2018, compared to 370.7% three months earlier and 394.0% a year earlier.  The third quarter provision for loan losses was $194,000, compared to $24,000 in the preceding quarter and $331,000 in the third quarter a year ago. 

Total OREO and other repossessed assets were $457,000 at September 30, 2018, the same as in the preceding quarter end.  Total OREO and other repossessed assets were $527,000 a year ago.  Nonperforming assets (NPAs), consisting of nonaccrual loans, OREO and other repossessed assets, loans delinquent 90 days or more, and restructured loans, were $2.2 million at September 30, 2018 or 0.26% of total assets, compared to $2.1 million, or 0.26% of total assets three months earlier and $1.9 million, or 0.27% of total assets a year earlier. 

Nonperforming loans (NPLs) were $1.7 million at September 30, 2018, which was unchanged from three months earlier.  Nonperforming loans were $1.4 million a year earlier. 

Eagle had net loan recoveries of $6,000 in the third quarter of 2018.  This compares to net charge-offs of $4,000 in the preceding quarter and net charge-offs of $56,000 in the third quarter a year ago.  The allowance for loan losses was $6.4 million, or 1.06% of total loans at September 30, 2018, compared to $6.2 million, or 1.06% of total loans at June 30, 2018 and $5.5 million, or 1.08% of total loans a year ago.

Capital Management

Eagle Bancorp Montana continues to be well capitalized with the ratio of tangible common shareholders' equity to tangible asset of 9.47% at September 30, 2018.  (Shareholders' equity, less goodwill and core deposit intangible to tangible assets).

On October 13, 2017, Eagle successfully completed a public offering of its common stock and issued 1,189,041 shares and received approximately $20.1 million in net cash proceeds.

About the Company

Eagle Bancorp Montana, Inc. is a bank holding company headquartered in Helena, Montana and is the holding company of Opportunity Bank, a community bank established in 1922 that serves consumers and small businesses in Montana through 17 banking offices. Additional information is available on the bank's website at www.opportunitybank.com.  The shares of Eagle Bancorp Montana, Inc. are traded on the Nasdaq Global Market under the symbol "EBMT."

Forward Looking Statements

This release may contain certain "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, and may be identified by the use of such words as "believe," "will"' "expect," "anticipate," "should," "planned," "estimated," and "potential." These forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to statements of our goals, intentions and expectations; statements regarding our business plans, prospects, merger with Ruby Valley Bank, growth and operating strategies; statements regarding the asset quality of our loan and investment portfolios; and estimates of our risks and future costs and benefits. These forward-looking statements are based on current beliefs and expectations of our management and are inherently subject to significant business, economic and competitive uncertainties and contingencies, many of which are beyond our control. In addition, these forward-looking statements are subject to assumptions with respect to future business strategies and decisions that are subject to change. These factors include, but are not limited to, changes in laws or government regulations or policies affecting financial institutions, including changes in regulatory fees and capital requirements; general economic conditions, either nationally or in our market areas, that are worse than expected; competition among depository and other financial institutions; loan demand or residential and commercial real estate values in Montana; our ability to continue to  increase and manage our commercial real estate, commercial business and agricultural loans; inflation and changes in the interest rate environment that reduce our margins or reduce the fair value of financial instruments; adverse changes in the securities markets; other economic, governmental, competitive, regulatory and technological factors that may affect our operations; the effect of our acquisition of Ruby Valley Bank including the failure to achieve expected revenue growth and/or expense savings, the failure to effectively integrate their operations and the diversion of management time on issues related to the integration. Because of these and other uncertainties, our actual future results may be materially different from the results indicated by these forward-looking statements. All information set forth in this press release is current as of the date of this release and the company undertakes no duty or obligation to update this information.

Balance Sheet              
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            September 30, June 30, September 30,
              2018     2018     2017  
                 
Assets:              
  Cash and due from banks       $   7,889   $   7,583   $   7,371  
  Interest bearing deposits in banks           1,079       1,397       784  
    Total cash and cash equivalents       8,968       8,980       8,155  
  Securities available-for-sale, at market value         148,935       154,265       120,767  
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