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Date: 7/15/2016

Title: Ames National Corporation Announces 2016 Q2 Earnings (7/15/16)

2016 SECOND QUARTER EARNINGS RESULTS

 

Second Quarter 2016 results:

For the quarter ended June 30, 2016, net income for Ames National Corporation (the Company) totaled $4,099,000 or $0.44 per share, compared to $3,365,000 or $0.36 per share earned in 2015. The higher earnings are primarily the result of increased loan interest income, a lower provision for loan loss, and lower other real estate owned expenses, offset in part by lower securities gains. The increase in loan interest income was attributable to higher loan volume. Average net loans for the three months were $36 million higher for the quarter ended June 30, 2016 compared to a year earlier. Company management was pleased with a reduction in other real estate owned of $3.5 million from one year ago.

Second quarter net interest income totaled $9,992,000, an increase of $204,000, or 2%, compared to the same quarter a year ago, due primarily to growth in the real estate loan portfolio. The Company’s expansion into the Des Moines metro market was a factor in obtaining this growth. The Company’s net interest margin was 3.36% for the quarter ended June 30, 2016 as compared to 3.32% for the quarter ended June 30, 2015.

A provision for loan losses of $14,000 was recognized in the second quarter of 2016 as compared to $922,000 in the second quarter of 2015. The growth in the loan portfolio was a primary factor driving the provision for loan losses in 2015. Net loan recoveries were $19,000 for the quarter ended June 30, 2016 compared to net loan recoveries of $24,000 for the quarter ended June 30, 2015. The loan portfolio credit quality gauged by total impaired loans and past due loan volume remains favorable in comparison to our peers. However, the agricultural economy has weakened as declining grain prices have caused lower profitability for our agricultural borrowers.

Noninterest income for the second quarter of 2016 totaled $1,926,000 as compared to $2,407,000 for the same period in 2015. The decrease in noninterest income is primarily due to a decrease in realized securities gains of $463,000, offset in part by higher wealth management income of $57,000 compared to the prior year’s quarter. Wealth management income continues to be a focus of management and provides an opportunity for increasing revenue.

Noninterest expense for the second quarter of 2016 totaled $6,121,000 compared to $6,692,000 recorded in 2015, a decrease of 9%, which was primarily due to lower other real estate owned expenses of $539,000. The sale of a substantial portion of the other real estate owned in 2015 was reflected in the lower other real estate owned expenses in 2016, while the 2015 expense was due to an impairment write down. The efficiency ratio was 51.36% for the second quarter of 2016 as compared to 54.88% in 2015. The Company strives to maintain a low efficiency ratio to enable better loan and deposit pricing for our customers, while maintaining a favorable shareholder return.

Six Months 2016 results:


For the six months ended June 30, 2016, net income for the Company totaled $7,906,000 or $0.85 per share, compared to $7,000,000 or $0.75 per share earned in 2015. The higher earnings are primarily the result of increased loan interest income, a lower provision for loan loss, and lower other real estate owned expenses, offset in part by lower net securities gains. The increased loan interest income was attributable to higher loan volume. Average net loans for the six months were $40 million higher for the six months ended June 30, 2016 compared to a year earlier.

Net interest income for the six months ended June 30, 2016 totaled $19,827,000, an increase of $595,000, or 3%, compared to the same period a year ago, due primarily to growth in the real estate loan portfolio. The Company’s expansion into the Des Moines metro market was a significant factor in obtaining this growth. The Company’s net interest margin was 3.36% for the six months ended June 30, 2016 as compared to 3.30% for the same period in 2015.

A provision for loan losses of $206,000 was recognized for the six months ended June 30, 2016 as compared to $999,000 for the same period in 2015. The growth in the loan portfolio was a primary factor for the provision for loan losses in 2015. Net loan charge offs were $59,000 for the six months ended June 30, 2016 compared to net loan recoveries of $34,000 for the six months ended June 30, 2015.

Noninterest income for the six months ended June 30, 2016 totaled $4,025,000 as compared to $4,173,000 for the same period in 2015. The decrease in noninterest income is primarily due to a decrease in realized securities gains of $266,000, offset in part by higher wealth management income of $156,000 compared to the prior year. Wealth management income has increased 28% over the past five years ending June 30, 2016.

Noninterest expense for the six months ended June 30, 2016 totaled $12,555,000 compared to $12,831,000 recorded in 2015, a decrease of 2%, which was primarily due to the lower other real estate owned expenses of $707,000 due to an impairment write down in 2015. Offsetting this decrease in expenses is a 5% increase in salaries and employee benefits. This increase is mainly due to normal salary increases along with additional lending and support staff. The efficiency ratio was 52.64% for the six months ended June 30, 2016 as compared to 54.82% in 2015.

Balance Sheet Review:


As of June 30, 2016, total assets were $1,328,847,000, a $6.7 million increase in assets compared to June 30, 2015. The increase in assets was due primarily to an increase in loans, funded primarily by a decrease in securities.

Securities available-for-sale as of June 30, 2016 declined to $528,801,000 from $546,633,000 as of June 30, 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 securities..

Net loans as of June 30, 2016 increased 5% to $712,941,000 as compared to $677,580,000 as of June 30, 2015. Loan demand has remained steady for most of our affiliate banks. Impaired loans, net of specific reserves, totaled $2,105,000, or 0.29% of gross loans as of June 30, 2016, compared to $1,697,000, or 0.25% of gross loans as of June 30, 2015. The allowance for loan losses on June 30, 2016 totaled $10,135,000, or 1.40% of gross loans, compared to $9,872,000 or 1.44% of gross loans as of June 30, 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 $1,054,000 and $4,588,000 as of June 30, 2016 and 2015, respectively. The decrease in the other real estate owned was due primarily to the sale of properties.

Deposits totaled $1,065,364,000 on June 30, 2016, 1% lower than the $1,079,378,000 recorded at June 30, 2015. Time deposits continue to decline in this low interest rate environment.

Securities sold under agreements to repurchase totaled $41,946,000 on June 30, 2016, a 4% decrease from the $43,478,000 recorded at June 30, 2015.

The Company’s stockholders’ equity represented 12.8% of total assets as of June 30, 2016 with all of the Company’s five affiliate banks considered well-capitalized as defined by federal capital regulations. Total stockholders’ equity was $170,087,000 as of June 30, 2016, and $156,569,000 as of June 30, 2015. The increase in stockholders’ equity was primarily the result of the retention of net income in excess of dividends and an increase in the net unrealized gain on securities.

Shareholder Information:


Return on average assets was 1.23% for the quarter ended June 30, 2016, compared to 1.01% for the same period in 2015. Return on average equity was 9.82% for the quarter ended June 30, 2016, compared to the 8.48% in 2015.

Return on average assets was 1.19% for the six months ended June 30, 2016, compared to 1.05% for the same period in 2015. Return on average equity was 9.55% for the six months ended June 30, 2016, compared to the 8.86% in 2015.

The Company’s stock, which is listed on the NASDAQ Capital Market under the symbol ATLO, closed at $26.82 on June 30, 2016. During the second quarter of 2016, the price ranged from $24.00 to $27.02.

On May 11, 2016, the Company declared a quarterly cash dividend on common stock, payable on August 15, 2016 to stockholders of record as of August 1, 2016, equal to $0.21 per share.

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 Tom.Pohlman@amesnational.com