Juniata Valley Financial Corp. Announces Second Quarter 2021 Results

Mifflintown, Pennsylvania, UNITED STATES


Mifflintown, PA, July 21, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) --

Juniata Valley Financial Corp. (OTC Pink: JUVF) (“Juniata”), announced net income for the quarter ended June 30, 2021 of $1.7 million, an increase of 8.3%, compared to net income of $1.6 million for the quarter ended June 30, 2020. Earnings per share, basic and diluted, increased 12.9%, to $0.35, during the three months ended June 30, 2021, compared to $0.31 during the three months ended June 30, 2020. Net income for the six months ended June 30, 2021, increased 27.7%, to $3.4 million, compared to net income of $2.6 million for the six months ended June 30, 2020. Earnings per share, basic and diluted, increased 28.8% during the six months ended June 30, 2021, to $0.67, compared to basic and diluted earnings per share of $0.52 during the corresponding 2020 period.

President’s Message

President and Chief Executive Officer, Marcie A. Barber stated, “We are delighted to deliver strong earnings to our shareholders. These results reflect prudent management throughout the pandemic and increasing customer confidence in economic recovery”.     

Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”)

Juniata participated in the PPP through the Small Business Administration (“SBA”). The PPP provides the possibility of loan forgiveness up to the full principal amount of qualifying loans. Juniata funded 508 PPP loans, totaling $32.1 million, during the first round of the program in 2020. As of June 30, 2021, 107 of these first round PPP loans, totaling $6.7 million, remain outstanding, with the remaining loans having received forgiveness. Juniata funded an additional 362 PPP loans, totaling $18.9 million, through the second round of PPP funding in 2021. Forgiveness determinations on these loans have not yet commenced.

Year-to-Date Financial Results

Annualized return on average assets for the six months ended June 30, 2021, was 0.84%, an increase of 10.5% compared to the annualized return on average assets of 0.76% for the six months ended June 30, 2020. Annualized return on average equity for the six months ended June 30, 2021 was 9.10%, an increase of 30.4% compared to the annualized return on average equity of 6.98% for the six months ended June 30, 2020.

Net interest income was $10.1 million during both the six months ended June 30, 2021 and the comparable 2020 period. Average earning assets increased $112.3 million, or 17.5%, to $753.9 million, during the six months ended June 30, 2021, compared to the same period in 2020, predominantly due to increases of $86.1 million, or 38.8%, in average investment securities and $28.5 million, or 7.1%, in average loans, the latter resulting from both organic loan growth and PPP loan funding. The yield on earning assets declined 66 basis points, to 3.17%, in the first half of 2021 compared to same period in 2020, while the cost to fund interest earning assets with interest bearing liabilities decreased 29 basis points, to 0.62%. During the six months ended June 30, 2021, average interest bearing liabilities increased by $88.5 million, or 19.0%, compared to the comparable 2020 period, mainly due to growth in interest-bearing deposits driven by deposits of government stimulus payments and decreased consumer spending during the pandemic. Both the yields on earning assets and cost of funds were affected by the ongoing low interest rate environment that commenced with the 150 basis point decline in the prime rate and federal funds target range in March 2020. The net interest margin, on a fully tax equivalent basis, decreased from 3.21% during the six months ended June 30, 2020, to 2.75% during the six months ended June 30, 2021.

Juniata experienced favorable asset quality trends and net recoveries of previously charged-off loans during the six months ended June 30, 2021. Of the original 207 loans placed on deferral due to the pandemic, only two loans, in the aggregate amount of $5.0 million, remained in deferment as of June 30, 2021. All other loans previously placed in deferment have resumed contractual debt service with none of the $67.4 million aggregate balances delinquent as of June 30, 2021. Juniata continued to apply elevated qualitative risk factors to all loan segments in the loan portfolio in its allowance for loan loss analysis in the first six months of 2021 due to the remaining uncertainty of the strength of the economy, as well as the lingering effects and duration of the pandemic. However, because borrowers with loans previously placed in deferment have shown the ability to continue making payments under contractual debt service, management reduced the level of risk originally established on these loans. Due to the positive asset quality trends noted above and sustained performance of the loan portfolio, the analysis resulted in a provision credit of $279,000 in the six months ended June 30, 2021 compared to a provision expense of $552,000 recorded in the six months ended June 30, 2020.

Non-interest income was $2.6 million during both the six months ended June 30, 2021 and the six months ended June 30, 2020. Most significantly impacting the comparative six month periods was a $0.5 million decline in the gain on sales and calls of securities in 2021 over the comparable 2020 period due to the execution of a balance sheet strategy in 2020 that produced $0.5 million in security gains to offset a prepayment penalty on the extinguishment of long-term debt. Partially offsetting this decline were increases of $0.3 million in the change in value of equity securities, $0.2 million in debit card fee income and $0.1 million in fees derived from loan activity during the first half of 2021 compared to the comparable 2020 period.

Non-interest expense was $9.5 million during the six months ended June 30, 2021 compared to $9.6 million during the six months ended June 30, 2020, a decline of 1.3%. Most significantly impacting non-interest expense in the comparative six month periods was a $0.5 million decline in long-term debt prepayment penalties as no prepayment penalty was recorded during the six months ended June 30, 2021. Partially offsetting this decline between periods was an increase of $0.2 million in employee compensation expense in the 2021 period in comparison to the 2020 period as staffing levels in the first half of 2021 returned to pre-pandemic levels compared to the comparable 2020 period when some employees were furloughed. Data processing expense also increased by $0.2 million during the six months ended June 30, 2021, compared to the same 2020 period, predominantly due to the expenses incurred from the launch of Juniata’s new online deposit account opening platform at the end of 2020.

The income tax provision increased by $0.3 million during the six months ended June 30, 2021, compared to the same period in 2020 resulting from higher taxable income in the 2021 period.

Quarter-to-Date Financial Results

Annualized return on average assets for the three months ended June 30, 2021 was 0.85%, compared to 0.88% for the three months ended June 30, 2020. Annualized return on average equity for the three months ended June 30, 2021 was 9.54%, compared to 8.40% for the three months ended June 30, 2020.

Net interest income was $5.2 million for the second quarter of 2021 compared to $5.1 million for the second quarter of 2020. Average earning assets increased $93.6 million, or 13.9%, to $766.9 million during the three months ended June 30, 2021, compared to the same period in 2020, predominantly due to increases of $83.7 million, or 34.9%, in average investment securities and $17.5 million, or 4.2%, in average loans. The yield on earning assets declined 49 basis points, to 3.15%, in the second quarter of 2021 compared to same period in 2020, while the cost to fund interest earning assets with interest bearing liabilities decreased 22 basis points, to 0.59%, over the same periods. During the three months ended June 30, 2021, average interest bearing liabilities increased by $79.1 million, or 16.4%, compared to the comparable 2020 period, mainly due to growth in interest-bearing deposits driven by deposits of government stimulus payments and decreased consumer spending during the pandemic. The net interest margin, on a fully tax equivalent basis, decreased from 3.10% during the three months ended June 30, 2020 to 2.75%, during the three months ended June 30, 2021.

Juniata recorded a provision credit of $200,000 in the second quarter of 2021 compared to a provision expense of $196,000 recorded in the second quarter of 2020, mainly due to favorable asset quality trends, as well as net recoveries recorded during the second quarter of 2021.

Non-interest income in the second quarter of 2021 was $1.3 million compared to $1.6 million in the second quarter of 2020, a decrease of 16.4%. Most significantly impacting non-interest income in the comparative three month periods was a $0.5 million decrease in the gain on sales and calls of securities in the second quarter of 2021 compared to the second quarter of 2020. Partially offsetting this decline in the second quarter of 2021 were increases in customer service fees, debit card fee income and fees derived from loan activity compared to the comparable 2020 period. Excluding net gains arising from the investment portfolio, non-interest income increased $0.3 million, or 25.5%, in the second quarter of 2021 compared to the second quarter of 2020.

Non-interest expense was $4.9 million for the three months ended June 30, 2021, compared to $4.8 million for the three months ended June 30, 2020, an increase of 1.0%. Most significantly impacting non-interest expense in the comparative three month periods was a $0.5 million increase in employee compensation and benefits expenses as staffing levels in the second quarter of 2021 were at pre-pandemic levels compared to a reduced staff during the second quarter of 2020 when some employees were furloughed. Additionally, data processing expense increased $0.1 million in the second quarter of 2021 compared to the second quarter of 2020, predominantly due to the launch of Juniata’s new online deposit account opening platform. Partially offsetting these increases during the three months ended June 30, 2021, compared to the comparative 2020 period, was a $0.5 million decline in long-term debt prepayment penalties during the three months ended June 30, 2021, as no prepayment penalties were recorded in the second quarter of 2021. Exclusive of the debt prepayment penalty in 2020, non-interest expense increased 13.3% in the second quarter of 2021 compared to the second quarter of 2020.

An income tax provision of $89,000 was recorded in the second quarter of 2021, compared to an income tax provision of $57,000 recorded in the second quarter of 2020, mainly due to more taxable income recorded during the 2021 period.

Financial Condition

Total assets as of June 30, 2021 were $835.8 million, an increase of $42.1 million, or 5.3%, compared to total assets of $793.7 million at December 31, 2020. For that same period, outstanding loans and investment securities increased by $8.5 million, or 2.0%, and $55.7 million, or 19.4%, respectively. Over the same period, deposits increased by $85.7 million, funding asset growth, as well as the reduction in FRB advances.

Subsequent Event

On July 20, 2021, the Board of Directors declared a cash dividend of $0.22 per share to shareholders of record on August 16, 2021, payable on September 1, 2021.

Management considers subsequent events occurring after the statement of condition date for matters which may require adjustment to, or disclosure in, the consolidated financial statements. The review period for subsequent events extends up to and including the filing date of a public company’s consolidated financial statements when filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Accordingly, the financial information in this release is subject to change.

The Juniata Valley Bank, the principal subsidiary of Juniata Valley Financial Corp., is headquartered in Mifflintown, Pennsylvania, with nineteen community offices located in Juniata, Mifflin, Perry, Huntingdon, McKean and Potter Counties. More information regarding Juniata Valley Financial Corp. and The Juniata Valley Bank can be found online at www.JVBonline.com. Juniata Valley Financial Corp. trades through the Pink Open Market under the symbol JUVF.

Forward-Looking Information
*This press release may contain “forward looking” information as defined by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. When words such as “believes”, “expects”, “anticipates” or similar expressions are used in this release, Juniata is making forward-looking statements. Such information is based on Juniata’s current expectations, estimates and projections about future events and financial trends affecting the financial condition of its business. These statements are not historical facts or guarantees of future performance, events or results. Such statements involve potential risks and uncertainties and, accordingly, actual results may differ materially from this forward-looking information. Many factors could affect future financial results. Juniata undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise forward looking information, whether because of new or updated information, future events, or otherwise. For a more complete discussion of certain risks and uncertainties affecting Juniata, please see the sections entitled “Risk Factors” and “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations – Forward-Looking Statements” set forth in the Juniata’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. In addition, the COVID-19 pandemic is having an adverse impact on Juniata, its customers and the communities it serves and may adversely affect Juniata’s business, results of operations and financial condition for an indefinite period. The Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2020 addresses risks and uncertainties associated with the COVID-19 pandemic.

Financial Statements

Juniata Valley Financial Corp. and Subsidiary
Consolidated Statements of Financial Condition

       
(Dollars in thousands, except share data)    (Unaudited)     
  June 30, 2021 December 31, 2020
ASSETS      
Cash and due from banks $17,165  $11,868 
Interest bearing deposits with banks  1,020   19,753 
Federal funds sold     10,000 
Cash and cash equivalents  18,185   41,621 
       
Interest bearing time deposits with banks  735   735 
Equity securities  1,178   1,091 
Debt securities available for sale  342,030   286,415 
Restricted investment in bank stock  2,885   3,423 
Total loans  431,189   422,661 
Less: Allowance for loan losses  (3,906)  (4,094)
Total loans, net of allowance for loan losses  427,283   418,567 
Premises and equipment, net  8,540   8,808 
Other real estate owned  110    
Bank owned life insurance and annuities  16,708   16,568 
Investment in low income housing partnerships  2,705   3,105 
Core deposit and other intangible assets  208   241 
Goodwill  9,047   9,047 
Mortgage servicing rights  137   158 
Accrued interest receivable and other assets  6,034   3,939 
Total assets $835,785  $793,718 
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY        
Liabilities:        
Deposits:        
Non-interest bearing $179,363  $168,115 
Interest bearing  529,176   454,751 
Total deposits  708,539   622,866 
       
Short-term borrowings and repurchase agreements  12,153   24,750 
Federal Reserve Bank ("FRB") advances     27,955 
Long-term debt  35,000   35,000 
Other interest bearing liabilities  1,572   1,584 
Accrued interest payable and other liabilities  4,772   4,966 
Total liabilities  762,036   717,121 
Commitments and contingent liabilities      
Stockholders' Equity:        
Preferred stock, no par value: Authorized - 500,000 shares, none issued      
Common stock, par value $1.00 per share: Authorized 20,000,000 shares Issued - 5,151,279 shares at June 30, 2021; 5,151,279 shares at December 31, 2020 Outstanding - 5,000,026 shares at June 30, 2021; 5,025,441 shares at December 31, 2020  5,151   5,151 
Surplus  24,922   25,011 
Retained earnings  46,266   45,096 
Accumulated other comprehensive income  26   3,518 
Cost of common stock in Treasury: 151,253 shares at June 30, 2021; 125,838 shares at December 31, 2020  (2,616)  (2,179)
Total stockholders' equity  73,749   76,597 
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $835,785  $793,718 

Juniata Valley Financial Corp. and Subsidiary
Consolidated Statements of Income (Unaudited)

             
  Three Months Ended  Six Months Ended
(Dollars in thousands, except share and per share data) June 30,  June 30, 
     2021     2020 2021     2020 
Interest income:        
Loans, including fees $4,794  $4,781 $9,571  $9,659 
Taxable securities  1,187   1,257  2,193   2,430 
Tax-exempt securities  38   40  76   63 
Other interest income  6   10  11   65 
Total interest income  6,025   6,088  11,851   12,217 
Interest expense:                
Deposits  597   730  1,216   1,560 
Short-term borrowings and repurchase agreements  21     53   8 
FRB advances     7  18   7 
Long-term debt  213   230  425   513 
Other interest bearing liabilities  1   3  3   10 
Total interest expense  832   970  1,715   2,098 
Net interest income  5,193   5,118  10,136   10,119 
Provision for loan losses  (200)  196  (279)  552 
Net interest income after provision for loan losses  5,393   4,922  10,415   9,567 
Non-interest income:                
Customer service fees  320   276  645   691 
Debit card fee income  451   372  864   696 
Earnings on bank-owned life insurance and annuities  68   63  122   127 
Trust fees  115   91  227   204 
Commissions from sales of non-deposit products  105   73  185   147 
Fees derived from loan activity  92   23  196   90 
Mortgage banking income  10   14  18   30 
Gain on sales and calls of securities  54   551  58   562 
Change in value of equity securities  8   18  101   (154)
Other non-interest income  79   76  158   158 
Total non-interest income  1,302   1,557  2,574   2,551 
Non-interest expense:                
Employee compensation expense  2,062   1,803  4,031   3,806 
Employee benefits  614   394  1,159   1,122 
Occupancy  312   271  642   585 
Equipment  192   231  381   465 
Data processing expense  673   563  1,256   1,064 
Professional fees  195   191  383   364 
Taxes, other than income  119   124  243   262 
FDIC Insurance premiums  70   39  151   79 
Gain on other real estate owned       (49)   
Amortization of intangible assets  17   19  33   38 
Amortization of investment in low-income housing partnerships  200   200  400   400 
Long-term debt prepayment penalty     524     524 
Other non-interest expense  413   458  825   868 
Total non-interest expense  4,867   4,817  9,455   9,577 
Income before income taxes   1,828   1,662  3,534   2,541 
Income tax provision (benefit)  89   57  160   (102)
Net income $1,739  $1,605 $3,374  $2,643 
Earnings per share                
Basic $0.35  $0.31 $0.67  $0.52 
Diluted $0.35  $0.31 $0.67  $0.52 

 

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