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Date: 4/12/2013

Title: ANC Announces 2013 Q1 Earnings

Ames National Corporation Announces 2013 First Quarter Earnings Results


First Quarter 2013 Results:

For the quarter ended March 31, 2013, net income for Ames National Corporation (the Company) increased 1.2% and totaled $3,586,000, or $0.39 per share, compared to $3,543,000, or $0.38 per share in 2012.  Net income increased primarily due to higher loan interest income and lower deposit interest expense, offset in part by higher noninterest expenses and lower investment interest income. 

The Company’s management continues to be pleased with the results of the acquisition of the Garner and Klemme, Iowa offices by Reliance State Bank (the “Acquisition”) on April 27, 2012.  Reliance State Bank’s (RSB’s) net income for the quarter ended March 31, 2013 was $516,000, as compared to $318,000 for the quarter ended March 31, 2012.  The Acquisition contributed to increases in net interest income; noninterest income, excluding securities gains; and noninterest expense.

First quarter net interest income totaled $8,085,000, an increase of $372,000, or 4.8%, compared to the same quarter a year ago, primarily due to the Acquisition.  However, the Company’s net interest margin was 3.13% for the quarter ended March 31, 2013, a decrease from 3.41% for the quarter ended March 31, 2012.  The decrease can be attributed to lower market yields on interest earning assets which have matured and repriced, offset in part by lower rates on interest bearing liabilities in 2013 as compared to 2012.   

A provision for loan losses of $14,000 was recognized in the first quarter of 2013 as compared to $51,000 in the first quarter of 2012.  Net loan charge-offs were $400 for the quarter ended March 31, 2013, while net loan recoveries of $10,000 were received in 2012.

Noninterest income for the first quarter of 2013 totaled $1,843,000 as compared to $1,901,000 for the same period in 2012.  The decrease in noninterest income is primarily due to lower securities gains, offset in part by an increase on gains on the loans held for sale.  

Noninterest expense for the first quarter of 2013 totaled $5,119,000 compared to $4,839,000 recorded in 2012.  The increase of 5.8% in noninterest expense was primarily the result of higher salaries and employee benefits, data processing and core deposit intangible amortization, offset in part by decreased other real estate owned costs.  The efficiency ratio for the first quarter of 2013 was 51.56%, compared to 50.34% in 2012.

Balance Sheet Review:

As of March 31, 2013, total assets were $1,254,530,000, a $159,874,000 increase compared to March 31, 2012.  The increase in assets was mainly a result of the Acquisition and growth in deposits. 

Securities available-for-sale as of March 31, 2013 increased to $608,304,000, compared to $525,764,000 as of March 31, 2012.  Cash secured as a result of the Acquisition and deposit growth was invested in state and political subdivision bonds, corporate bonds and U.S. government mortgage-backed securities.
Net loans as of March 31, 2013 increased 14.3% over 2012 ending at $507,834,000 compared to $444,257,000 as of March 31, 2012.  Most of this growth was due to the Acquisition.  The allowance for loan losses on March 31, 2013 totaled $7,786,000, or 1.51% of gross loans, compared to $7,966,000 or 1.76% of gross loans as of March 31, 2012.  The decline in the ratios of the allowance for loan losses to gross loans was primarily due to a purchase accounting adjustment for the acquired loans.  Impaired loans as of March 31, 2013, were $5,965,000, or 1.16% of gross loans, compared to $7,023,000, or 1.55% of gross loans as of March 31, 2012.  The decrease in impaired loans is due primarily to the transfer of repossessed collateral from a borrower to other real estate owned. 

Deposits totaled $1,034,217,000 on March 31, 2013, a 17.6% increase from the $879,732,000 recorded at March 31, 2012.  This increase is mainly the result of the assumption of deposits as a part of the Acquisition and continued growth in demand, NOW, money market and savings account balances.  

The Company’s stockholders’ equity represented 11.6% of total assets as of March 31, 2013 with all of the Company’s five affiliate banks considered well-capitalized as defined by federal capital regulations.  Total stockholders’ equity was $145,772,000 as of March 31, 2013, and $137,114,000 as of March 31, 2012.

Shareholder Information:

Return on average assets was 1.18% for the quarter ended March 31, 2013, compared to 1.33% for the same period in 2012.  Return on average equity was 9.87% for the quarter ended March 31, 2013, compared to the 10.37% in 2012.  The decline in these profitability ratios is primarily attributable to lower market interest rates in 2013 compared to 2012 as new or repricing earning assets are generating less income in relation to higher average assets and equity.

The Company’s stock, which is listed on the NASDAQ Capital Market under the symbol ATLO, closed at $20.86 on March 31, 2013.   During the first quarter of 2013, the price ranged from $19.92 to $22.91.

On February 13, 2013, the Company declared a quarterly cash dividend on its common stock, payable on May 15, 2013 to stockholders of record as of May 1, 2013, equal to $0.16 per share.

Ames National Corporation affiliate Iowa banks are First National Bank, Ames; Boone Bank & Trust Co., Boone; State Bank & Trust Co., Nevada; Reliance State Bank, Story City; and United Bank & Trust, Marshalltown.

The Company is forecasting earnings for the year ending December 31, 2013 in the range of $1.46 to $1.52 per share compared to $1.52 per share earned for the year ended December 31, 2012.

For further information contact:
Thomas H. Pohlman, President and CEO
(515) 232-6251 or Tom.Pohlman@amesnational.com
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:  economic conditions, particularly in the concentrated geographic area in which the Company and its affiliate banks operate; 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 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.