Oak Ridge Financial Services, Inc. Announces Third Quarter 2023 Results and Quarterly Cash Dividend of $0.10 Per Share


OAK RIDGE, N.C., Oct. 25, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Oak Ridge Financial Services, Inc. (“Oak Ridge”; or the “Company”) (OTCPink: BKOR), the parent company of Bank of Oak Ridge (the “Bank”), announced unaudited financial results for the third quarter of 2023 and a quarterly cash dividend of $0.10 per common share.

Third Quarter 2023 Performance and Accomplishments

  • Earnings per share of $0.55, compared to $0.54 in the linked quarter and $0.59 for the third quarter of 2022.
  • Return on equity of 10.63%, compared to 10.84% in the linked quarter and 12.35% for the third quarter of 2022.
  • Dividends declared per common share of $0.10, unchanged from the linked quarter and up from $0.08 for the third quarter of 2022.
  • Tangible book value per common share of $20.26 as of period end, compared to $20.14 at the end of the linked quarter and $18.67 at the end of the third quarter of 2022.
  • Net interest margin of 3.84%, compared to 3.89% in the linked quarter and 4.10% for the third quarter of 2022.
  • Efficiency ratio of 68.72%, compared to 70.39% in the linked quarter and 66.76% for the third quarter of 2022.
  • Nonperforming assets to total assets of 0.08% at quarter end, compared to 0.10% as of the linked quarter end and 0.15% as of the third quarter end of 2022.

Tom Wayne, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer, reported, “Oak Ridge’s operating performance in the third quarter was solid, especially considering the continued increase in market interest rates and concerns regarding the banking industry’s financial performance and safety and soundness. Asset quality was strong at the end of the quarter, our net interest margin was strong during the quarter, and our loans increased while deposits decreased just slightly from year end. Capital and liquidity levels remain strong. Oak Ridge remains focused on its full client relationships including long-term core deposit and lending solutions and other products and services that meet our customers’ financial objectives. We are incredibly proud of our team and appreciate their efforts in serving our clients and managing the Bank in a safe and sound manner.”

A quarterly cash dividend of $0.10 per share of common stock is payable on December 4, 2023, to stockholders of record as of the close of business on November 17, 2023, which represents the 20th consecutive quarterly dividend paid by the Company. “We are pleased to pay another quarterly cash dividend to our stockholders,” said Mr. Wayne. “Paying stockholders a portion of our earnings reflects our continuing commitment to enhance stockholder value.”

Review of Balance Sheet at September 30, 2023, as compared to December 31, 2022

  • Total assets increased $22.0 million, or 3.7%, to $611.3 million, from $589.3 million.
  • Cash and cash equivalents decreased $25.9 million, or 51.4%, to $24.5 million, from $50.4 million.
  • Securities available-for-sale increased $9.2 million, or 11.4%, to $90.1 million, from $80.9 million.
  • Securities held-to-maturity increased $7.6 million, or 67.7%, to $18.7 million due to reclassifications of subordinated debenture investments in other banks and bank holding companies from loans receivable to held-to-maturity securities. The reclassifications were $10.9 million and $7.4 million in December of 2022 and June of 2023, respectively. The lowest, largest, and average balance of each subordinated debenture investment in one bank or bank holding company as of September 30, 2023, was $331,000, $1.5 million, and $909,000, respectively. The average book life of the subordinated debenture portfolio was 3.28 years as of September 30, 2023.
  • Total net loans increased $27.0 million, or 6.4%, to $448.4 million, from $421.4 million.
    • The allowance for loan losses as a percentage of total loans was 1.06% and 1.14% on September 30, 2023, and December 31, 2022, respectively.
    • Nonperforming assets represented 0.08% of total assets on September 30, 2023, compared to 0.13% on December 31, 2022.
    • On January 1, 2023, the Company adopted Current Expected Credit Loss ("CECL") methodology for establishing it allowance for loan loss. As a result of adopting this standard the Company’s retained earnings increased $24,000, the allowance for loan losses decreased $247,000, and the reserves for unfunded commitments increased $223,000.
  • Total deposits decreased $3.1 million, or 0.6%, to $477.9 million, from $481.0 million.
  • Total borrowings from Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta advances and under the Federal Reserve Term Funding Program increased $20.0 million, or 66.7%, to $50.0 million, from $30.0 million.
  • Stockholders’ equity increased $2.7 million, or 6.2%, to $55.3 million, from $52.6 million. Accumulated other comprehensive loss was $3.4 million, or 4.2% of total stockholders’ equity as of September 30, 2023. The Bank’s Community Bank Leverage Ratio (“CBLR”) was 11.26% at September 30, 2023, compared to 11.27% at December 31, 2022. Financial institutions that follow the CBLR guidelines and have a CBLR of greater than 9.0% meet the well-capitalized regulatory requirement.

Review of Income Statement for the three months ended September 30, 2023, as compared to the same period ending September 30, 2022

  • Net interest income increased $38,000 to $5.6 million for the third quarter of 2023 compared to the year-ago quarter. The net interest margin decreased 26 basis points to 3.84% for the third quarter of 2023 compared to the year-ago quarter.
  • Provision for credit losses was $137,000 in the third quarter of 2023 compared to a provision for credit losses of $160,000 in the year-ago quarter. The primary risks inherent in the Bank’s loan portfolio, including the adequacy of the allowance or reserve for loan losses, are based on management’s assumptions regarding, among other factors, general and local economic conditions, which are difficult to predict and are beyond the Bank’s control. In estimating these risks, and the related loss reserve levels, management also considers the financial conditions of specific borrowers and credit concentrations with specific borrowers, groups of borrowers, and industries.
  • Noninterest income increased $62,000 to $1.0 million for the third quarter 2023 compared with the year-ago quarter. Significant contributors to the overall net increase were:
    • Decrease of $56,000 in gain on sale of Small Business Administration loans. On most 2023 originations the Bank is retaining the guaranteed portion of the loan whereas in 2022 the Company sold substantially all guaranteed portions of the loans.
    • Decrease of $39,000 in brokerage commissions on mortgage loans.
    • Increase of $135,000 in income from, Small Business Investment Company.
  • Noninterest expense increased $198,000, or 4.5%, to $4.6 million for the third quarter of 2023 compared with the year-ago quarter. An increase of $116,000 in data and item processing accounted for most of the net increase.

About Oak Ridge Financial Services, Inc., and Bank of Oak Ridge
At Bank of Oak Ridge, we pride ourselves on knowing your name when you walk through our door. Whether in-person or through our digital offerings, managing your financial well-being is easy, safe, and convenient. We are the longest-running employee-owned community bank in the Triad and have served community members, local businesses, and non-profit organizations since 2000. Learn more about what makes Bank of Oak Ridge the Triad’s community bank by visiting one of our convenient locations in Greensboro, High Point, Summerfield & Oak Ridge.

Oak Ridge Financial Services, Inc. (OTC Pink: BKOR) is the holding company for Bank of Oak Ridge. Bank of Oak Ridge is a member of the FDIC and an Equal Housing Lender.

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Forward-looking Information This earnings release contains certain forward-looking statements with respect to the financial condition, results of operations and business of the Company. These forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties and are based on the beliefs and assumptions of the management of the Company and on the information available to management at the time that these disclosures were prepared. These statements can be identified by the use of words like “expect,” “anticipate,” “estimate” and “believe,” variations of these words and other similar expressions. Readers should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements as a number of important factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially include, but are not limited to, (1) competition in the Company’s markets, (2) changes in the interest rate environment, (3) general national, regional or local economic conditions may be less favorable than expected, resulting in, among other things, a deterioration in credit quality and the possible impairment of collectability of loans, (4) legislative or regulatory changes, including changes in accounting standards, (5) significant changes in the federal and state legal and regulatory environment and tax laws, and (6) the impact of changes in monetary and fiscal policies, laws, rules and regulations. The Company undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements.

 
Oak Ridge Financial Services, Inc.
Consolidated Balance Sheets
As of September 30, 2023 (Unaudited) and December 31, 2022 (Audited)
(Dollars in thousands)
  2023
 2022
Assets      
Cash and due from banks $9,182  $12,467 
Interest-bearing deposits with banks 15,294  37,889 
Total cash and cash equivalents 24,476  50,356 
Securities available-for-sale 90,148  80,939 
Securities held-to-maturity, fair values of $16,494 and $10,350 at September      
30, 2023 and December 31, 2022, respectively 18,720  11,161 
Restricted stock, at cost 2,828  2,626 
Loans, net of allowance for credit losses of $4,808 and      
$4,851 at September 30, 2023, and December 31, 2022, respectively 448,420  421,444 
Property and equipment, net 8,523  9,192 
Accrued interest receivable 2,427  1,996 
Bank owned life insurance 6,155  6,095 
Right-of-use assets – operating leases 2,537  1,183 
Other assets 7,028  4,289 
Total assets $611,262  $589,281 
       
Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity      
Liabilities      
Deposits      
Noninterest-bearing $106,981  $120,263 
Interest-bearing 370,881  360,722 
Total deposits 477,862  480,985 
Short-term FHLB Advances 28,000  30,000 
Federal Reserve bank term funding program 22,000  - 
Other short-term borrowings -  418 
Junior subordinated notes – trust preferred securities 8,248  8,248 
Subordinated debentures 9,933  9,903 
Lease liabilities – operating leases 2,537  1,183 
Accrued interest payable 1,094  226 
Other liabilities 6,235  5,675 
Total liabilities 555,909  536,638 
       
Stockholders’ equity      
Common stock, no par value; 50,000,000 shares authorized;      
2,732,720 and 2,672,620 issued and outstanding      
at September 30, 2023, and December 31, 2022, respectively 26,603  26,207 
Retained earnings 32,161  28,642 
Accumulated other comprehensive loss (3,411) (2,206)
Total stockholders’ equity 55,353  52,643 
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity $611,262  $589,281 

 

Oak Ridge Financial Services, Inc.
Consolidated Statements of Income (Unaudited)
For the three months ended September 30, 2023, and 2022
(Dollars in thousands)
 Three months endedNine months ended September 30,
 September 30, 2023June 30, 2023September 30, 202220232022
Interest and dividend income          
Loans and fees on loans$6,455$5,780 $5,197$18,151$15,735
Interest on deposits in banks 207 216  172 663 370
Restricted stock dividends 42 41  21 141 57
Interest on investment securities 1,516 1,368  689 3,721 1,454
Total interest and dividend income 8,220 7,405  6,079 22,676 17,616
Interest expense          
Deposits 1,678 1,374  222 4,074 715
Short-term and long-term debt 915 645  268 2,229 696
Total interest expense 2,593 2,019  490 6,303 1,411
Net interest income 5,627 5,386  5,589 16,373 16,205
Provision for (recovery of) credit losses 137 (63) 160 248 141
Net interest income after provision for loan losses 5,490 5,449  5,429 16,125 16,064
Noninterest income          
Service charges on deposit accounts 161 149  151 459 437
Brokerage commissions on mortgage loans 9 12  48 43 181
Insurance commissions 135 109  124 340 350
Gain on sale of investment securities - -  - 77 -
Gain on sale of Small Business Administration loans 147 96  203 475 718
Debit and credit card interchange income 333 299  306 924 891
Income from Small Business Investment Company 135 51  - 186 170
Income earned on bank owned life insurance 21 20  21 60 60
Other service charges and fees 108 155  134 428 259
Total noninterest income 1,049 891  987 2,992 3,066
Noninterest expense          
Salaries 2,175 2,180  2,219 6,666 6,575
Employee benefits 335 264  267 908 817
Occupancy 250 261  281 819 828
Equipment 208 239  237 658 732
Data and item processing 527 468  411 1,465 1,265
Professional and advertising 379 345  252 1,082 837
Stationery and supplies 26 34  19 94 80
Telecommunications 135 129  112 390 323
FDIC assessment 102 132  110 308 217
Impairment loss on securities - -  13 - 13
Other expense 451 366  469 1,207 1,216
Total noninterest expense 4,588 4,418  4,390 13,597 12,903
Income before income taxes 1,951 1,922  2,026 5,520 6,227
Income tax expense 456 434  421 1,256 1,257
Net income and income available to common stockholders$1,495$1,488 $1,605$4,264$4,970
Basic and diluted income per common share$0.55$0.54 $0.59$1.56$1.84
Basic and diluted weighted average shares outstanding2,732,720 2,732,720  2,702,370 2,726,535 2,696,026


Selected Financial DataSeptember 30, 2023June 30, 2023March 31, 2023December 31, 2022September 30, 2022June 30, 2022
Return on average common stockholders' equity¹ 10.63% 10.84% 9.62% 12.98% 12.35% 13.52%
Tangible book value per share$20.26 $20.14 $19.94 $19.48 $18.67 $18.77 
Return on average assets¹ 0.98% 1.02% 0.88% 1.18% 1.08% 1.08%
Net interest margin¹ 3.84% 3.89% 3.91% 4.02% 4.10% 3.66%
Efficiency ratio 68.72% 70.39% 71.60% 69.64% 66.76% 68.93%
Nonperforming assets to total assets 0.08% 0.10% 0.11% 0.13% 0.15% 0.14%

¹Annualized




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