Ames National Corporation Announces 2016 Q1 Earnings (4/15/16)
AMES NATIONAL CORPORATION
ANNOUNCES 2016 FIRST QUARTER EARNINGS RESULTS
First Quarter 2016 Results:
For the quarter ended March 31, 2016, net income for Ames National Corporation (the Company) totaled $3,807,000 or $0.41 per share, compared to $3,635,000 or $0.39 per share earned during the first quarter of 2015. The higher earnings are primarily the result of increased loan interest income, higher net securities gains, and lower other real estate owned expenses. The higher loan interest income was attributable to improved loan volume. Net loans were $35 million higher as of March 31, 2016 compared to a year earlier. Company management was also pleased with a reduction in other real estate owned of $6 million from one year ago as well.
First quarter net interest income totaled $9,836,000, an increase of $390,000, or 4%, compared to the same quarter a year ago, due primarily to growth in the real estate loan portfolio. The Company’s net interest margin was 3.36% for the quarter ended March 31, 2016 as compared to 3.27% for the quarter ended March 31, 2015.
A provision for loan losses of $192,000 was recognized in the first quarter of 2016 as compared to $77,000 in the first quarter of 2015. The additional provision was made primarily to accommodate additional loan growth at one of the affiliate banks. Net loan charge offs were $78,000 for the quarter ended March 31, 2016 compared to net loan recoveries of $10,000 for the quarter ended March 31, 2015. Credit quality factors relating to impaired loans and past due loan volume remain favorable and comparable to those of one year ago for the Company. However, the agricultural economy has weakened as declining grain prices have caused lower profitability for many of our agricultural borrowers.
Noninterest income for the first quarter of 2016 totaled $2,099,000 as compared to $1,766,000 for the same period in 2015. The increase in noninterest income is primarily due to an increase in realized securities gains of $197,000 and higher wealth management income of $99,000 compared to the prior year’s quarter.
Noninterest expense for the first quarter of 2016 totaled $6,435,000 compared to $6,139,000 recorded in 2015, an increase of 5%, which was primarily due to an increase in salaries and employee benefits and data processing expense, offset in part by a decrease in other real estate owned expenses. The increase in salaries and benefits is mainly due to normal salary increases and additional lending and information technology staff. The efficiency ratio was 53.91% for the first quarter of 2016 as compared to 54.76% in 2015.
Balance Sheet Review:
As of March 31, 2016, total assets were $1,334,899,000, a $9,833,000 decrease compared to March 31, 2015. The decrease in assets was due primarily to a decrease in other real estate owned and securities available-for-sale, offset in part by an increase in loans.
Securities available-for-sale as of March 31, 2016 declined to $523,273,000 from $554,650,000 as of March 31, 2015. The decrease in securities available-for-sale is primarily due to the sale, maturity or pay downs of U.S. government mortgage-backed and municipal bonds.
Net loans as of March 31, 2016 increased 5.3% to $695,627,000 as compared to $660,790,000 as of March 31, 2015. Loan demand has remained steady for most of our affiliate banks. Impaired loans, net of specific reserves, totaled $2,116,000, or 0.30% of gross loans as of March 31, 2016, compared to $2,054,000, or 0.31% of gross loans as of March 31, 2015. The allowance for loan losses on March 31, 2016 totaled $10,102,000, or 1.43% of gross loans, compared to $8,926,000 or 1.33% of gross loans as of March 31, 2015. The increase in the allowance for loan losses was provided to accommodate growth in the Company’s loan portfolios.
Other real estate owned was $1,124,000 and $7,366,000 as of March 31, 2016 and 2015, respectively. The decrease in the other real estate owned was due primarily to the sale of properties.
Deposits totaled $1,083,854,000 on March 31, 2016, nearly unchanged from the $1,082,790,000 recorded at March 31, 2015.
Securities sold under agreements to repurchase totaled $50,380,000 on March 31, 2016, a 14% decrease from the $58,801,000 recorded at March 31, 2015.
The Company’s stockholders’ equity represented 12.40% of total assets as of March 31, 2016 with all of the Company’s five affiliate banks considered well-capitalized as defined by federal capital regulations. Total stockholders’ equity was $165,472,000 as of March 31, 2016, and $158,646,000 as of March 31, 2015. The increase in stockholders’ equity was primarily the result of the retention of net income in excess of dividends.
Return on average assets was 1.16% for the quarter ended March 31, 2016, compared to 1.10% for the same period in 2015. Return on average equity was 9.28% for the quarter ended March 31, 2016, compared to the 9.25% in 2015.
The Company’s stock, which is listed on the NASDAQ Capital Market under the symbol ATLO, closed at $24.76 on March 31, 2016. During the first quarter of 2016, the price ranged from $22.54 to $25.20.
On February 10, 2016, the Company declared a quarterly cash dividend on common stock, payable on May 15, 2016 to stockholders of record as of May 1, 2016, equal to $0.21 per share.
The Company is forecasting earnings for the year ending December 31, 2016 in the range of $1.62 to $1.68 per share compared to $1.61 per share earned for the year ended December 31, 2015.
About Ames National Corporation
Ames National Corporation is listed on the NASDAQ Capital Market under the ticker symbol, ATLO. The Corporation affiliate banks, all located in central Iowa, include: First National Bank, Ames, Boone Bank & Trust Co., Boone, State Bank & Trust Co., Nevada, Reliance State Bank, Story City, and United Bank & Trust, Marshalltown. Information regarding the process for purchasing stock can be obtained through Richard Nelson at First Point Wealth Management, (515) 663-3074.
For further information contact:
Thomas H. Pohlman, President and CEO
(515) 232-6251 or [email protected]