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Auburn National Bancorporation, Inc. Reports First Quarter Net Earnings

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First Quarter 2019 vs. 2018 Highlights

  • Record quarterly net earnings of $2.5 million
     
  • Net interest income increased 5%
     
  • Net interest margin (tax-equivalent) increased by 25 basis points
     
  • Average loans increased $26.0 million, or 6%
     
  • Annualized return on average assets increased to 1.23% from 1.04%

AUBURN, Ala., April 23, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Auburn National Bancorporation, Inc. (NASDAQ:AUBN) reported record net earnings of $2.5 million, or $0.70 per share, for the first quarter of 2019, compared to $2.2 million, or $0.60 per share, for the first quarter of 2018.

"The Company's first quarter results reflect record net earnings and strong improvement in our net interest margin due to loan growth and improvements in our balance sheet mix," said Robert W. Dumas, Chairman, President and CEO.  Mr. Dumas continued, "In the first quarter of 2019, the Company's net interest margin increased 25 basis points over the same period last year."

Net interest income (tax-equivalent) was $6.8 million for the first quarter of 2019, a 5% increase compared to $6.4 million for the first quarter of 2018.  This increase was primarily due to loan growth and improved yields on interest-earning assets.  Average loans were up 6% to $477.3 million in the first quarter of 2019 compared to $451.3 million in the first quarter of 2018.

Nonperforming assets were $0.3 million or 0.04% of total assets at March 31, 2019, compared to $3.2 million or 0.39% of total assets at March 31, 2018.  The decrease in nonperforming assets was primarily due to the resolution of two nonperforming commercial real estate loans with a recorded investment of $2.1 million at March 31, 2018.  The allowance for loan losses was 1.02% of total loans at March 31, 2019, compared to 1.07% of total loans at March 31, 2018.  The Company recorded no provision for loan losses in the first quarter of 2019 and 2018.  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 $1.2 million for the first quarter of 2019 and $0.9 million for the first quarter of 2018.  The increase was primarily due to a $0.3 million pre-tax gain from an insurance recovery received in the first quarter of 2019 with respect to a $0.4 million pre-tax loss incurred in the third quarter of 2018 related to misappropriation of assets.

Noninterest expense was $4.6 million compared to $4.4 million in the first quarter of 2018.  The increase was primarily due to routine annual increases in salaries and benefits expense.

Income tax expense was $0.6 million compared to $0.5 million for the first quarter of 2018.  The effective tax rate was 19.75% compared to 19.74% for the first quarter of 2018.
                                                                                                                                                                 
The Company paid cash dividends of $0.25 per share in the first quarter of 2019, an increase of 4.2% from the same period in 2018.  We purchased 62,518 of our shares in the latest quarter.  At March 31, 2019, 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 $835 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 loan production offices in Auburn and 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, insurance claims, 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, 2018 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.

Reports First Quarter Net Earnings  
                                     
                                     
Financial Highlights (unaudited)                              
                        Quarter ended March 31,  
(Dollars in thousands, except per share amounts)                   2019       2018  
Results of Operations                              
Net interest income (a)                 $   6,766     $   6,440  
Less: tax-equivalent adjustment                     146         156  
  Net interest income (GAAP)                     6,620         6,284  
Noninterest income                      1,160         853  
  Total revenue                     7,780         7,137  
Noninterest expense                     4,611         4,402  
Income tax expense                      626         540  
Net earnings                  $   2,543     $   2,195  
                                     
Per share data:                              
Basic and diluted net earnings                 $   0.70     $   0.60  
Cash dividends declared                 $   0.25     $   0.24  
Weighted average shares outstanding:                              
  Basic and diluted                     3,614,741         3,643,683  
Shares outstanding, at period end                
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