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Oak Valley Bancorp Reports 2nd Quarter Results and Announces Cash Dividend

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OAKDALE, Calif., July 19, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Oak Valley Bancorp (NASDAQ:OVLY), the bank holding company for Oak Valley Community Bank and Eastern Sierra Community Bank, recently reported consolidated financial results. For the three months ended June 30, 2017, net income was $2,830,000, or $0.35 per diluted common share, compared to $2,207,000, or $0.27 per diluted common share, for the prior quarter and $1,904,000, or $0.24 per diluted common share for the same period a year ago.

Consolidated net income for the six months ended June 30, 2017 totaled $5,037,000, or $0.62 per diluted share, representing an increase of 47.6% compared to $3,413,000, or $0.42 per diluted share for the six months ended June 30, 2016. Settlement payments totaling $938,000 were received in the second quarter from service providers in connection with the Mother Lode Bank acquisition. The settlements, strong loan production and higher yields on cash balances were the primary drivers in the year-to-date net income increase of $1,624,000.

Net interest income was $8,455,000 for the three months ended June 30, 2017, compared to $8,082,000 for the prior quarter and $8,106,000 for the same period last year. The increase is the result of organic loan growth during the trailing twelve months. The Company’s net interest margin for the three months ended June 30, 2017 was 3.74%, compared to 3.69% for the prior quarter, and 4.03% for the same period last year. The decrease compared to the same period last year is mainly due to loan discount accretion on purchased credit impaired loans recorded during the second quarter of 2016. However, recent interest rate increases have provided a positive offset given our high cash balances, as evidenced by the increase in net interest margin over the prior quarter.

Non-interest income for the three months ended June 30, 2017 totaled $2,036,000, compared to $1,471,000 during the prior quarter, and $1,056,000 for the same period last year. The increase compared to prior periods is mainly due to the $938,000 merger-related settlement payment as described above. Compared to the prior quarter, this settlement was partially offset by significant gains on called investment securities recorded during the first quarter of 2017.

Non-interest expense for the three months ended June 30, 2017 totaled $6,076,000, compared to $6,207,000 during the prior quarter, and $6,187,000 for the same period last year. Reductions in non-interest expense compared to the prior quarters are partially due to increased deferred loan costs as a result of higher loan originations, and an $85,000 non-recurring legal expense recovery associated with one OREO property recorded during the second quarter of 2017.

Total assets were $1.02 billion as of June 30, 2017, an increase of $30.6 million over March 31, 2017 and $94.9 million over June 30, 2016. Gross loans were $623.8 million as of June 30, 2017, an increase of $10.9 million over March 31, 2017, and an increase of $44.0 million over June 30, 2016. Total deposits were $925.8 million as of June 30, 2017, an increase of $26.6 million over March 31, 2017, and an increase of $87.3 million over June 30, 2016.

“We are pleased to report another solid quarter of earnings. Stable growth across the board fueled bottom line results and is a testament to our constant effort to create quality relationships with our clients,” stated Chris Courtney, President and CEO. “We are confident it will earn us the opportunity to serve more and more families and businesses in the communities we call home,” he concluded.

Non-performing assets as of June 30, 2017 were $3,242,000, or 0.32% of total assets, compared to $3,777,000, or 0.38% of total assets, as of March 31, 2017, and $3,884,000, or 0.42%, at June 30, 2016. The reduction at June 30, 2017 is due to paydowns received from one delinquent borrower during the quarter. The loan growth slightly outpaced the provision for loan losses of $35,000 during the second quarter of 2017, thus decreasing the allowance for loan losses to 1.26% of gross loans at June 30, 2017 compared to 1.28% at March 31, 2017 and 1.32% at June 30, 2016.

Concurrent with the earnings announcement, the Board of Directors of Oak Valley Bancorp declared the payment of a cash dividend of $0.125 per share of common stock to its shareholders of record at the close of business on July 31, 2017. The distribution will amount to approximately $1,011,000. The payment date will be August 10, 2017. This is the second dividend payment made by the Company in 2017.
   
Oak Valley Bancorp operates Oak Valley Community Bank & Eastern Sierra Community Bank, through which it offers a variety of loan and deposit products to individuals and small businesses. They currently operate through 16 conveniently located branches: Oakdale, Turlock, Stockton, Patterson, Ripon, Escalon, Manteca, Tracy, two branches in Sonora, three branches in Modesto, and three branches in their Eastern Sierra Division, which includes Bridgeport, Mammoth Lakes and Bishop. 

For more information, call 1-866-844-7500 or visit www.ovcb.com.

This press release includes forward-looking statements about the corporation for which the corporation claims the protection of safe harbor provisions contained in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.

Forward-looking statements are based on management's knowledge and belief as of today and include information concerning the corporation's possible or assumed future financial condition, and its results of operations and business. Forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties. A number of important factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements. Those factors include fluctuations in interest rates, government policies and regulations (including monetary and fiscal policies), legislation, economic conditions, including increased energy costs in California, credit quality of borrowers, operational factors and competition in the geographic and business areas in which the company conducts its operations. All forward-looking statements included in this press release are based on information available at the time of the release, and the Company assumes no obligation to update any forward-looking statement.


Oak Valley Bancorp
Financial Highlights (unaudited)
      
($ in thousands, except per share)2nd Quarter1st Quarter4th Quarter3rd Quarter2nd Quarter
Selected Quarterly Operating Data:20172017201620162016
      
Net interest income$8,455 $8,082 $8,049 $7,829 $8,106 
Provision for loan losses 35  -  69  90  125 
Non-interest income 2,036  1,471  1,242  1,077  1,056 
Non-interest expense 6,076  6,207  6,017  5,924  6,187 
Net income before income taxes 4,380  3,346  3,205  2,892  2,850 
Provision for income taxes 1,550  1,139  883  962  946 
Net income$2,830 $2,207 $2,322 $1,930 $1,904 
      
Earnings per common share - basic$0.35 $0.27 $0.29 $0.24 $0.24 
Earnings per common share - diluted$0.35 $0.27 $0.29 $0.24 $0.24 
Dividends paid per common share$- $0.125 $- $0.120 $- 
Return on average common equity 13.14% 10.73% 11.07% 9.28% 9.48%
Return on average assets 1.14% 0.91% 0.95% 0.82% 0.85%
Net interest margin (1) 3.74% 3.69% 3.68% 3.73% 4.03%
Efficiency ratio (2) 61.06% 63.84% 60.79% 62.08% 62.48%
      
Capital - Period End     
Book value per common share$10.89 $10.40 $10.19 $10.24 $10.14 
      
Credit Quality - Period End     
Nonperforming assets/ total assets 0.32% 0.38% 0.42% 0.43% 0.42%
Loan loss reserve/ gross loans 1.26% 1.28% 1.28% 1.29% 1.32%
      
Period End Balance Sheet     
($ in thousands)     
Total assets$1,020,495 $989,879 $1,002,110 $947,017 $925,635 
Gross loans 623,809  612,894  610,949  602,569  579,774 
Nonperforming assets 3,242  3,777  4,247  4,099  3,884 
Allowance for loan losses 7,854  7,827  7,832  7,767  7,680 
Deposits 925,786  899,169  914,093  859,756  838,458 
Common equity 88,100  84,061  82,450  82,858  81,993 
      
Non-Financial Data     
Full-time equivalent staff 164  159  161  158  158 
Number of banking offices 16  16  16  16  16 
      
Common Shares outstanding     
Period end 8,089,705  8,082,205  8,088,455  8,093,555  8,088,155 
Period average - basic 8,062,026  8,041,829  8,032,380  8,030,782  8,028,332 
Period average - diluted 8,080,030  8,071,768  8,066,575  8,063,381  8,060,464 
      
Market Ratios     
Stock Price$13.90 $13.20 $12.55 $10.20 $9.75 
Price/Earnings 9.87  11.86  10.94  10.70  10.25 
Price/Book 1.28  1.27  1.23  1.00  0.96 
      
      
      
 Six Months Ended June 30,   
($ in thousands, except per share)20172016   
      
Net interest income$16,537 $15,648    
Provision for (reversal of) loan losses 35  325    
Non-interest income 3,507  2,093    
Non-interest expense 12,283  12,374    
Net income before income taxes 7,726  5,042    
Provision for income taxes 2,689  1,629    
Net income$5,037 $3,413    
      
Earnings per common share - basic$0.63 $0.43    
Earnings per common share - diluted$0.62 $0.42    
Dividends paid per common share$0.125 $0.120    
Return on average common equity 11.96% 8.59%   
Return on average assets 1.02% 0.76%   
Net interest margin (1) 3.72% 3.90%   
Efficiency ratio (2) 62.42% 64.89%   
      
Capital - Period End     
Book value per common share$10.89 $10.14    
      
Credit Quality - Period End     
Nonperforming assets/ total assets 0.32% 0.42%   
Loan loss reserve/ gross loans 1.26% 1.32%   
      
Period End Balance Sheet     
($ in thousands)     
Total assets$1,020,495 $925,635    
Gross loans 623,809  579,774    
Nonperforming assets 3,242  3,884    
Allowance for loan losses 7,854  7,680    
Deposits 925,786  838,458    
Common equity 88,100  81,993    
      
Non-Financial Data     
Full-time equivalent staff 164  158    
Number of banking offices 16  16    
      
Common Shares outstanding     
Period end 8,089,705  8,088,155    
Period average - basic 8,051,983  8,018,467    
Period average - diluted 8,075,922  8,056,120    
      
Market Ratios     
Stock Price$13.90 $9.75    
Price/Earnings 11.02  11.42    
Price/Book 1.28  0.96    
      
(1)  Ratio computed on a fully tax equivalent basis using a marginal federal tax rate of 34%.   
(2)  Ratio computed on a fully tax equivalent basis using a marginal federal tax rate of 34%,   
and a marginal federal/state combined tax rate of 41.15% for applicable revenue.   


Contact: Chris Courtney/Rick McCarty
Phone: (209) 848-2265           
www.ovcb.com