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Date: 10/15/2021

Title: Ames National Corporation Announces 2021 Q3 Earnings (10/15/21)

 

AMES NATIONAL CORPORATIONANNOUNCES EARNINGS FOR THE THIRD QUARTER OF 2021


Ames, Iowa – Ames National Corporation (Nasdaq: ATLO; the “Company”) today reported net income for the third quarter of 2021 of $6.7 million, or $0.74 per share, compared to $5.7 million, or $0.62 per share, earned in the third quarter of 2020. The increase in earnings is primarily the result of a reduction in interest expense due to declines in market interest rates and a decrease in provision for loan losses due to less economic uncertainty than in 2020.

For the nine months ended September 30, 2021, net income for the Company totaled $18.6 million or $2.04 per share, compared to $13.7 million or $1.49 per share earned in the same period of 2020. The increase in earnings is primarily the result of a decrease in provision for loan losses due to a higher level of provision in 2020 as a result of uncertainties associated with the economic slow-down created by the COVID-19 pandemic and a reduction in interest expense due to declines in market interest rates.

 

INCOME STATEMENT HIGHLIGHTS:



COMPANY STOCK HIGHLIGHTS

 

BALANCE SHEET HIGHLIGHTS

 

Three Months 2021 Results:


Third quarter 2021 loan interest income was $335 thousand lower than third quarter 2020. The decrease is primarily due to a reduction in interest rates, offset in part by an increase in interest income due to $1.7 million of fees recognized from PPP loans during the third quarter of 2021 as compared to $615 thousand of fees during the third quarter of 2020. Deposit interest expense declined $726 thousand during this same period, primarily due to market rate declines offset in part by increases in deposit balances. Third quarter 2021 net interest income totaled $14.7 million, an increase of $492 thousand, or 3%, compared to the same quarter a year ago. The Company’s net interest margin was 2.97% for the quarter ended September 30, 2021 as compared to 3.21% for the quarter ended September 30, 2020, as growth in deposits was reinvested in loans and investments at lower market interest rates.

A credit for loan losses of ($94) thousand was recognized in the third quarter of 2021 as compared to a provision for loan losses of $541 thousand in the third quarter of 2020. Net loan recoveries totaled $31 thousand for the quarter ended September 30, 2021 compared to net loan charge offs of $614 thousand for the quarter ended September 30, 2020. The credit for loan losses was primarily due to improving economic conditions. The provision for loan losses in 2020 was primarily due to uncertainties associated with the economic slow-down created by the COVID-19 pandemic.

As the economic conditions due to the COVID-19 pandemic continue to evolve, the Company’s hospitality and fitness center loans have been more significantly impacted. As of September 30, 2021, approximately 6.5% of our loan portfolio is associated with these industries. Certain types of government guaranteed loans originated under the PPP of approximately $14.8 million are outstanding as of September 30, 2021. As of September 30, 2021, the Company has $652 thousand of unrecognized net PPP loan fees and costs that are amortizing to interest income over the remaining life of the PPP loans. The federal government has provided numerous other programs to lessen the effects of COVID-19 on the economy and, in turn, our loan portfolio. Credit quality continues to improve and the remaining COVID-19 related loan modifications have returned to normal payment status.

Noninterest income for the third quarter of 2021 totaled $2.7 million as compared to $2.8 million in the third quarter of 2020, a decrease of 4%. The decrease in noninterest income was primarily due to a decrease in gains on sale of residential loans held for sale as refinancing has slowed.

Noninterest expense for the third quarter of 2021 totaled $8.9 million compared to $9.3 million recorded in the third quarter of 2020, a decrease of 4%. The decrease is primarily due to a reduction in salaries and benefits primarily due to a decline in the number of employees, offset in part by normal increases in salaries and other benefits, including health insurance. The efficiency ratio was 51.4% for the third quarter of 2021 as compared to 54.8% in the third quarter of 2020.

Income tax expense for the third quarter of 2021 totaled $1.8 million compared to $1.5 million recorded in the third quarter of 2020. The effective tax rate was 21% and 20% for the quarters ended September 30, 2021 and 2020, respectively. The lower than expected tax rate in 2021 and 2020 was due primarily to tax-exempt interest income and New Markets Tax Credits.

 

Nine Months 2021 results:


For the nine months ended September 30, 2021 loan interest income was $1.4 million lower than the first nine months of 2020. The decrease is primarily due to a reduction in interest rates, offset in part by an increase in interest income due to $3.9 million of fees recognized from PPP loans during the nine months ended September 30, 2021 as compared to $1.2 million of fees recognized in 2020. Deposit interest expense decreased $2.9 million, primarily due to market interest rate decreases, offset in part by an increase in the average balance of interest-bearing deposits. The net interest income for the nine months ended September 30, 2021 totaled $42.5 million, an increase of $1.6 million, or 4%, compared to the same period a year ago. The Company’s net interest margin was 2.89% for the nine months ended September 30, 2021 as compared to 3.16% for the nine months ended September 30, 2020, as growth in deposits was reinvested in loans and investments at lower market interest rates.

A credit for loan losses of ($540) thousand was recognized in the nine months ended September 30, 2021 as compared to a provision for loan losses of $4.4 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2020. Net loan recoveries totaled $155 thousand for the nine months ended September 30, 2021 compared to net loan charge offs of $1.1 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2020. The credit for loan losses in 2021 was primarily due to loan recoveries and a reduction in a specific reserve. The provision for loan losses in 2020 was primarily due to uncertainties associated with the economic slow-down created by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Noninterest income for the nine months ended September 30, 2021 totaled $7.8 million compared to $7.9 for the nine months ended September 30, 2020. Wealth management income increased but was offset by a decrease in securities gains when comparing periods.

Noninterest expense for the nine months ended September 30, 2021 totaled $27.3 million compared to $27.4 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2020. Most of the decrease was related to salaries and employee benefits primarily due to a reduction in the number of employees and increased deferred loan costs associated with PPP loan volume, offset in part by normal increases in salaries and other benefits, including health insurance. This decrease was offset by an increase in FDIC insurance assessments and data processing costs. The efficiency ratio was 54.3% and 56.3% for the nine months ended September 30, 2021 and 2020, respectively.

Income tax expense for the nine months ended September 30, 2021 and 2020 totaled $4.9 million and $3.2 million, respectively. The effective tax rate was 21% and 19% for the nine months ended September 30, 2021 and 2020, respectively. The lower than expected tax rate in 2021 and 2020 was due primarily to tax-exempt interest income and New Markets Tax Credits.

Balance Sheet Review:


As of September 30, 2021, total assets were $2.1 billion, an increase of $186 million, as compared to September 30, 2020. This increase in assets is primarily due to investment securities which was funded by growth in our deposits due in part to federal government stimulus programs and a lack of other desirable fixed income alternatives for our customers.

Securities available-for-sale as of September 30, 2021 increased to $765 million from $549 million as of September 30, 2020. The increase in securities available-for-sale is primarily due to purchases of U.S. treasuries as deposit growth was deployed.

Net loans as of September 30, 2021 decreased 3%, to $1.13 billion, as compared to $1.16 billion as of September 30, 2020. The decrease was primarily due to a reduction in PPP loans, offset in part by increases in the 1-4 family loan portfolio. PPP loans totaled $14.8 million and $79.6 million as of September 30, 2021 and 2020, respectively. Impaired loans were $12.5 million and $16.4 million as of September 30, 2021 and 2020, respectively. Loans classified as substandard were $35.8 million and $37.2 million as of September 30, 2021 and 2020, respectively. Loans classified as watch and special mention totaled $158.8 million and $189.2 million as of September 30, 2021 and 2020, respectively. The allowance for loan losses on September 30, 2021 totaled $16.8 million, or 1.47% of gross loans, compared to $15.9 million, or 1.35% of gross loans, as of September 30, 2020. The increase in the allowance for loan losses is mainly due to an increase in specific reserves. PPP loans are government guaranteed and their impact on the allowance for loan loss was not significant. Additional increases in the allowance for loan losses and charge-offs are possible if the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic negatively impact our loan portfolio.

Deposits totaled $1.84 billion as of September 30, 2021, an increase of 11%, compared to $1.66 billion recorded as of September 30, 2020. The growth in deposits is primarily due to increases in core deposits, including retail and to a lesser extent commercial funds. Balances fluctuate as customer’s liquidity needs vary and could be impacted by additional government stimulus or distressed economic conditions.

The Company’s stockholders’ equity represented 10.0% of total assets as of September 30, 2021. Total stockholders’ equity was $210.4 million as of September 30, 2021, compared to $206.0 million as of September 30, 2020. The increase in stockholders’ equity was primarily the result of the retention of net income in excess of dividends, offset in part by a reduction in accumulated other comprehensive income.

 

Share Repurchase Program

 

For the period July 1, 2021 through September 30, 2021, under the prior repurchase program that was announced in April 2021, which allowed for the repurchase of up to 100,000 shares of common stock, the Company repurchased 24,603 shares of its common stock at an average price of $23.19 per share and a total cost of $570 thousand, leaving 75,397 of shares that were available to be repurchased under that repurchase program.

 

Cash Dividend Announcement

 

On July 14, 2021, the Company declared a quarterly cash dividend on common stock, payable on August 13, 2021 to stockholders of record as of July 30, 2021, equal to $0.26 per share; and on August 17, 2021, the Company declared a quarterly cash dividend on common stock, payable on November 15, 2021 to stockholders of record as of November 1, 2021, equal to $0.26 per share. The dividend typically declared in the second quarter of 2020 were declared and paid in the third quarter of 2020. In the past, dividends were declared in one quarter and then paid in the subsequent quarter, we returned to this practice in the third quarter of 2021. Dividends in the future may be reduced or eliminated if the COVID-19 pandemic has an adverse effect on net income or the affiliate banks’ capital ratios are negatively affected from balance sheet growth related to additional government stimulus programs.


Click here to view the Consolidated Balance Sheets & Statements of Income (unaudited)

 

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; Iowa State Savings Bank, Creston; 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.

 

The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 provides the Company with the opportunity to make cautionary statements regarding forward-looking statements contained in this News Release, including forward-looking statements concerning the Company’s future financial performance and asset quality.  Any forward-looking statement contained in this News Release is based on management’s current beliefs, assumptions and expectations of the Company’s future performance, taking into account all information currently available to management.  These beliefs, assumptions and expectations can change as a result of many possible events or factors, not all of which are known to management.  If a change occurs, the Company’s business, financial condition, liquidity, results of operations, asset quality, plans and objectives may vary materially from those expressed in the forward-looking statements.  The risks and uncertainties that may affect the actual results of the Company include, but are not limited to, the following:  the substantial negative impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on national, regional and local economies in general and on our customers in particular; competitive products and pricing available in the marketplace; changes in credit and other risks posed by the Company’s loan and investment portfolios, including declines in commercial or residential real estate values or changes in the allowance for loan losses resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic or as dictated by new market conditions or regulatory requirements; fiscal and monetary policies of the U.S. government; changes in governmental regulations affecting financial institutions (including regulatory fees and capital requirements); changes in prevailing interest rates; credit risk management and asset/liability management; the financial and securities markets; the availability of and cost associated with sources of liquidity; and other risks and uncertainties inherent in the Company’s business, including those discussed under the heading “Risk Factors” in the Company’s annual report on Form 10-K.  Management intends to identify forward-looking statements when using words such as “believe”, “expect”, “intend”, “anticipate”, “estimate”, “should”, “forecasting” or similar expressions.  Undue reliance should not be placed on these forward-looking statements.  The Company undertakes no obligation to revise or update such forward-looking statements to reflect current events or circumstances after the date hereof or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events. 

For further information contact:
John P. Nelson, President and CEO
(515) 232-6251 or [email protected]