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Oak Valley Bancorp Reports 3rd Quarter Results

OAKDALE, Calif., Oct. 19, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Oak Valley Bancorp (NASDAQ: OVLY) (the “Company”), the bank holding company for Oak Valley Community Bank and their Eastern Sierra Community Bank division, recently reported unaudited consolidated financial results. For the three months ended September 30, 2023, consolidated net income was $7,354,000, or $0.89 per diluted share (EPS), as compared to $8,404,000, or $1.02 EPS, for the prior quarter and $6,800,000, or $0.83 EPS, for the same period a year ago. Consolidated net income for the nine months ended September 30, 2023 was $24,983,000, or $3.04 EPS, compared to $13,427,000 or $1.64 EPS for the same period of 2022.

The decrease in third quarter net income compared to the prior quarter was due primarily to an increase in deposit interest expense, a credit loss provision and an increase in non-interest expense. The QTD and YTD increases compared to the same periods of 2022 were related to net interest income increases resulting from increased yields on earning assets, triggered by FOMC rate hikes, combined with the growth of our loan portfolio.

Net interest income for the three months ended September 30, 2023 was $18,938,000, compared to $19,407,000 in the prior quarter, and $16,772,000 in the same period a year ago. Interest expense on deposit accounts increased during the quarter, and our average cost of funds rate increased to 0.33% from 0.16% in the prior quarter and 0.06% in the same quarter of the prior year. Overall, the rate increases that began in 2022 have had a positive impact on net interest income and resulted in an increase over the 2022 comparable period. In addition to rising yields, we’ve recognized $59.0 million in loan growth, during the prior twelve months.

Net interest margin for the three months ended September 30, 2023 was 4.34%, compared to 4.45% for the prior quarter and 3.61% for the same period last year. The interest margin decrease compared to the prior quarter was related to deposit interest expense as described above. The net interest margin expansion for 2023 YTD compared to 2022 was fueled by the impact of FOMC rate increases on earning asset yields and growth of the loan portfolio, as discussed above.

“Net interest income and net interest margin remain strong and continue to have positive impact on profitability. While rate pressures have begun to increase cost of funds, we’ve been pleased with the way our relationship banking model and deposit mix have enabled us to balance customer demand and interest sensitivity with their respective liquidity needs,” stated Rick McCarty, President and Chief Operating Officer.

Non-interest income was $1,566,000 for the quarter ended September 30, 2023, compared to $1,655,000 for the prior quarter and $1,611,000 for the same period last year. The decrease compared to the prior period was due to a negative change in the market value of equity securities, which was partially offset by an increase in service charges.

Non-interest expense totaled $10,578,000 for the quarter ended September 30, 2023, compared to $10,062,000 in the prior quarter and $9,370,000 in the same quarter a year ago. The third quarter increase compared to prior periods is mainly due to staffing expense and general operating costs related to servicing the growing loan and deposit portfolios.

Total assets were $1.84 billion at September 30, 2023, a decrease of $26.3 million and $127.1 million over June 30, 2023 and September 30, 2022, respectively, due to the deposit decreases as described below. Gross loans were $971.2 million at September 30, 2023, an increase of $20.8 million over June 30, 2023 and $59.0 million over September 30, 2022. The Company’s total deposits were $1.67 billion as of September 30, 2023, a decrease of $15.8 million and $164.3 million from June 30, 2023 and September 30, 2022, respectively. The deposit decrease during the third quarter was related to normal balance fluctuations from core deposit accounts. Our liquidity position is very strong as evidenced by $278 million in cash and cash equivalents balances at September 30, 2023.

“We are pleased to report another solid quarter of financial results. We are understandably excited that our relationship teams continue to drive year-over-year loan growth, particularly in the current rate environment,” stated Chris Courtney, CEO. “While we have expanded our branch network and lending footprint in the Sacramento region, to capitalize on these opportunities, we remain committed to attracting banking professionals who align with our commitment to cultivating lifelong relationships with clients by treating them right and helping their businesses excel,” Courtney concluded.

Non-performing assets (“NPA”) remained at zero as of September 30, 2023, as they were for all of 2023 and 2022. The allowance for credit losses (“ACL”) as a percentage of gross loans increased to 1.00% at September 30, 2023, compared to 0.99% at June 30, 2023 and 1.21% at September 30, 2022. The slight increase in the third quarter was related to a provision for credit loss of $300,000, which was mainly due to macro-economic conditions and loan growth of $20.8 million during the third quarter. The Company’s credit quality remains stable and credit loss reserves relative to gross loans remain at acceptable levels as determined by management’s evaluation of the CECL credit risk model.

Oak Valley Bancorp operates Oak Valley Community Bank & their Eastern Sierra Community Bank division, through which it offers a variety of loan and deposit products to individuals and small businesses. They currently operate through 18 conveniently located branches: Oakdale, Turlock, Stockton, Patterson, Ripon, Escalon, Manteca, Tracy, Sacramento, Roseville, two branches in Sonora, three branches in Modesto, and three branches in their Eastern Sierra division, which includes Bridgeport, Mammoth Lakes, and Bishop. The Company’s Roseville location opened in early 2022 as a Loan Production Office and as a full-service branch in December 2022.

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.

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



Oak Valley Bancorp
Financial Highlights (unaudited)
             
($ in thousands, except per share) 3rd Quarter 2nd Quarter 1st Quarter 4th Quarter 3rd Quarter
Selected Quarterly Operating Data:   2023     2023     2023     2022     2022  
             
  Net interest income $ 18,938   $ 19,407   $ 19,543   $ 19,113   $ 16,772  
  Provision (reversal of) for credit losses   300     -     (460 )   (1,550 )   200  
  Non-interest income   1,566     1,655     1,655     1,421     1,611  
  Non-interest expense   10,578     10,062     9,757     9,611     9,370  
  Net income before income taxes   9,626     11,000     11,901     12,473     8,813  
  Provision for income taxes   2,272     2,596     2,676     2,998     2,013  
  Net income $ 7,354   $ 8,404   $ 9,225   $ 9,475   $ 6,800  
             
  Earnings per common share - basic $ 0.90   $ 1.03   $ 1.13   $ 1.16   $ 0.83  
  Earnings per common share - diluted $ 0.89   $ 1.02   $ 1.12   $ 1.15   $ 0.83  
  Dividends paid per common share $ 0.16   $ -   $ 0.16   $ -   $ 0.15  
  Return on average common equity   19.85 %   23.48 %   28.36 %   33.37 %   21.96 %
  Return on average assets   1.57 %   1.79 %   1.93 %   1.90 %   1.35 %
  Net interest margin (1)   4.34 %   4.45 %   4.39 %   4.09 %   3.61 %
  Efficiency ratio (2)   49.89 %   46.31 %   46.31 %   45.49 %   48.14 %
             
Capital - Period End          
  Book value per common share $ 16.29   $ 17.76   $ 17.08   $ 15.33   $ 12.86  
             
Credit Quality - Period End          
  Nonperforming assets/ total assets   0.00 %   0.00 %   0.00 %   0.00 %   0.00 %
  Loan loss reserve/ gross loans   1.00 %   0.99 %   1.01 %   1.03 %   1.21 %
             
Period End Balance Sheet          
($ in thousands)          
  Total assets $ 1,835,402   $ 1,861,713   $ 1,940,674   $ 1,968,346   $ 1,962,470  
  Gross loans   971,243     950,488     926,820     915,758     912,235  
  Nonperforming assets   -     -     -     -     -  
  Allowance for credit losses   9,738     9,411     9,383     9,468     10,997  
  Deposits   1,666,548     1,682,378     1,769,176     1,814,297     1,830,882  
  Common equity   135,095     147,122     141,470     126,627     106,188  
             
Non-Financial Data          
  Full-time equivalent staff   225     213     206     198     209  
  Number of banking offices   18     18     18     18     17  
             
Common Shares outstanding          
  Period end   8,293,468     8,281,661     8,281,661     8,257,894     8,258,794  
  Period average - basic   8,197,083     8,195,270     8,182,737     8,175,871     8,172,836  
  Period average - diluted   8,232,338     8,227,218     8,226,991     8,213,891     8,206,342  
             
Market Ratios          
  Stock Price $ 25.08   $ 25.19   $ 23.66   $ 22.65   $ 17.87  
  Price/Earnings   7.05     6.12     5.17     4.93     5.41  
  Price/Book   1.54     1.42     1.39     1.48     1.39  
             
(1) Ratio computed on a fully tax equivalent basis using a marginal federal tax rate of 21%.      
(2) Ratio computed on a fully tax equivalent basis using a marginal federal tax rate of 21%.      
       A marginal federal/state combined tax rate of 29.56%, was used for applicable revenue.      
             
             
    NINE MONTHS ENDED
SEPTEMBER 30,
     
Profitability   2023     2022        
($ in thousands, except per share)          
  Net interest income $ 57,888   $ 40,963        
  (Reversal of) provision for credit losses   (160 )   200        
  Non-interest income   4,876     4,150        
  Non-interest expense   30,397     27,697        
  Net income before income taxes   32,527     17,216        
  Provision for income taxes   7,544     3,789        
  Net income $ 24,983   $ 13,427        
             
  Earnings per share - basic $ 3.05   $ 1.64        
  Earnings per share - diluted $ 3.04   $ 1.64        
  Dividends paid per share $ 0.32   $ 0.30        
  Return on average equity   23.71 %   13.79 %      
  Return on average assets   1.76 %   0.92 %      
  Net interest margin (1)   4.39 %   3.05 %      
  Efficiency ratio (2)   47.48 %   58.20 %      
             
Capital - Period End          
  Book value per share $ 16.29   $ 12.86        
             
Credit Quality - Period End          
  Nonperforming assets/ total assets   0.00 %   0.00 %      
  Loan loss reserve/ gross loans   1.00 %   1.21 %      
             
Period End Balance Sheet          
($ in thousands)          
  Total assets $ 1,835,402   $ 1,962,470        
  Gross loans   971,243     912,235        
  Nonperforming assets   -     -        
  Allowance for credit losses   9,738     10,997        
  Deposits   1,666,548     1,830,882        
  Stockholders' equity   135,095     106,188        
             
Non-Financial Data          
  Full-time equivalent staff   225     209        
  Number of banking offices   18     17        
             
Common Shares outstanding          
  Period end   8,293,468     8,258,794        
  Period average - basic   8,191,749     8,167,093        
  Period average - diluted   8,228,869     8,201,695        
             
Market Ratios          
  Stock Price $ 25.08   $ 17.87        
  Price/Earnings   6.15     8.13        
  Price/Book   1.54     1.39        
             
  (1) Ratio computed on a fully tax equivalent basis using a marginal federal tax rate of 21%.    
  (2) Ratio computed on a fully tax equivalent basis using a marginal federal tax rate of 21%.    
         A marginal federal/state combined tax rate of 29.56%, was used for applicable revenue.    

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