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LONG BEACH, Calif., October 18, 2021--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Farmers & Merchants Bank of Long Beach ("F&M" or the "Bank") (OTCQB: FMBL) today reported financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2021.
"The Bank reported a sharp increase in net income, and further enhanced its financial strength for the third quarter of 2021, with total assets attaining a record high, and capital ratios far exceeding regulatory requirements," said Henry Walker, president. "As the transition from a COVID-19 impacted economy continues, we are beginning to experience an increased pace of in-person meetings with new and existing clients who are looking to expand their operations and develop new projects, as evidenced, in part, by core loan growth of $150 million during the quarter."
For the 2021 third quarter, interest and dividend income increased to $79.6 million from $70.8 million in the 2020 third quarter. Interest and dividend income for the nine-month period ended September 30, 2021 rose to $231.3 million from $214.6 million for the same period in 2020.
Interest expense for the 2021 third quarter declined to $3.0 million from $5.8 million a year ago. Interest expense for the nine-month period ended September 30, 2021 was $9.5 million, versus $20.5 million reported for the same period last year.
Net interest income before provision for loan losses for the 2021 third quarter advanced to $76.7 million from $65.0 million for the third quarter of 2020 and increased to $221.8 million for the first nine months of 2021 from $194.2 million for the same period in 2020.
Farmers & Merchants’ net interest margin for the 2021 third quarter was 2.90%, versus 2.80% for the 2020 third quarter. Net interest margin was 2.89% for the first nine months of 2021, versus 3.05% for the same period in 2020.
For the 2021 third quarter, the Bank recorded a $1.0 million recapture of loan loss provision, compared with a provision for loan losses of $3.0 million in last year’s third quarter. The Bank’s provision for loan losses was $1.0 million for the first nine months of 2021, versus $8.5 million for the first nine months of 2020. The Bank’s allowance for loan losses as a percentage of loans outstanding was 1.38% at September 30, 2021, compared with 1.34% at December 31, 2020.
Non-interest income was $5.1 million for the 2021 third quarter, compared with $5.5 million in the third quarter a year ago. For the nine-month period ended September 30, 2021, non-interest income was $15.6 million, compared with $14.5 million for the same period in 2020.
Non-interest expense for the 2021 third quarter was $44.1 million, versus $43.8 million for the same period last year. Non-interest expense for the first nine months of 2021 was $127.4 million, compared with $130.0 million last year.
Net income for the 2021 third quarter rose to $30.5 million, or $238.07 per diluted share, from $19.9 million, or $155.18 per diluted share, in the year-ago period. The Bank’s net income for the first nine months of 2021 increased to $86.2 million, or $672.37 per diluted share, from $58.4 million, or $455.18 per diluted share, for the same period in 2020.
At September 30, 2021, net loans totaled $5.3 billion, equal to that at December 31, 2020. The Bank’s deposits rose to $8.9 billion at the end of the 2021 third quarter, from $7.6 billion at December 31, 2020. Noninterest-bearing deposits represented 39.3% of total deposits at September 30, 2021, versus 37.9% of total deposits at December 31, 2020. Total assets increased to $11.3 billion at September 30, 2021, compared with $9.9 billion at December 31, 2020.
At September 30, 2021, Farmers & Merchants Bank remained "well-capitalized" under all regulatory categories, with a total risk-based capital ratio of 18.86%, a tier 1 risk-based capital ratio of 17.71%, a common equity tier 1 capital ratio of 17.71%, and a tier 1 leverage ratio of 11.25%. The minimum ratios for capital adequacy for a well-capitalized bank are 10.00%, 8.00%, 6.50% and 5.00%, respectively.
"As restrictions related to the pandemic are lifting in California and the vaccine rollout continues, we are working together throughout our communities toward a COVID-19 solution and are optimistic about business conditions over the long-term in the markets we serve," said Daniel Walker, chief executive officer and chairman of the board. "During the third quarter, we assisted clients with their applications for more than $250 million of PPP loan forgiveness and ended the quarter with approximately $140 million of remaining PPP loans. F&M’s long history of financial and operational strength is allowing us to successfully navigate the current transitional and low interest rate business environment, as we have met numerous challenges serving our clients since the Bank’s inception in 1907."
During the third quarter, the Bank repurchased 480 shares of its common stock on the open market at an average price of $8,257.63 share. For the first nine months of 2021, the Bank purchased a total of 989 shares of its common stock at an average price of $8,152.22. The purchases were made as part of a stock repurchase program announced in April 2020, under which the board of directors authorized the repurchase of up to $20 million of the Bank’s common stock. To the extent the Bank repurchases additional shares pursuant to this program, which expires December 31, 2021, the timing and number of shares repurchased will depend on a variety of factors, including, but not limited to, stock price, trading volume, regulatory requirements, general business conditions and others. The Bank may choose to modify, suspend or discontinue such proposed repurchases at any time without prior notice, and anticipates that any such repurchases will be funded from existing cash and cash equivalents or future cash flow. The share repurchase program does not obligate the Bank to acquire any specific number of shares in any period.
About Farmers & Merchants Bank of Long Beach
Founded in Long Beach in 1907 by C.J. Walker, Farmers & Merchants Bank provides white-glove service to clients at 25 branches across Orange County, Long Beach, the South Bay and Santa Barbara, as well as through its Online and Mobile Banking platforms. The Bank offers commercial and small business banking, business loan programs, home loans, and consumer banking products, including checking, savings and youth accounts. Farmers & Merchants Bank is a California state-chartered bank with deposits insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (Member FDIC) and an Equal Housing Lender. For more information about F&M, please visit the Bank’s website, www.fmb.com.
In addition to the historical information contained herein, this press release may contain forward-looking statements about Farmers & Merchants Bank of Long Beach, including statements about the Bank’s ability to endure and navigate through the challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and expectations regarding the amount of, timing, and methods for potential repurchases of its common stock. Readers of this press release should understand that such forward-looking statements are neither promises nor guarantees and are subject to various risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond the Bank’s control. Such risks and uncertainties could cause actual results and actions to differ materially from those contemplated in such forward-looking statements and the Bank’s reported results should not be considered an indication of the Bank’s future performance. Factors that could cause or contribute to such differences include, but are not limited to, the adverse effects and negative impacts related to, or caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, credit, market, operational, liquidity and interest rate risks associated with the Bank’s business and operations, changes in interest rates, changes in general business and economic conditions, changes in banking laws and regulations, loan losses, increases in expenses, changes in rates charged on loans and earned on investments, accounting estimates and judgments, changes in rates on deposits, competition effects, the amount of non-interest income earned, as well as other factors. Given these factors, readers should not place undue reliance on any forward-looking statements, which reflect management’s opinions only as of the date hereof. Except as otherwise required by law, the Bank assumes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements or information, which speak as of their respective dates.
FARMERS & MERCHANTS BANK OF LONG BEACH
Income Statements (Unaudited)
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Three Months Ended September 30,
Nine Months Ended September 30,
Interest and dividend income:
Investments in FHLB and FRB stock
Interest-bearing deposits in financial institutions
Total interest and dividend income
Securities sold under repurchase agreements
Total interest expense
Net interest income
Provision for loan losses
Net interest income after provision for loan losses
Service charges on deposit accounts
Total non-interest income
Salaries and employee benefits
FDIC and other insurance expense
Software and equipment expense
Other real estate owned expense
Professional and legal services
Total non-interest expense
Income before income tax expense
Income tax expense
Basic earnings per common share
Diluted earnings per common share
Basic weighted-average shares outstanding
Diluted weighted-average shares outstanding
FARMERS & MERCHANTS BANK OF LONG BEACH
Balance Sheets (Unaudited)
(In thousands, except share and per share data)
September 30, 2021
December 31, 2020
Cash and due from banks:
Total cash and due from banks
Securities available-for-sale, at fair value
Securities held-to-maturity, at amortized cost
Loans held for sale
Allowance for loan losses
Unamortized deferred loan fees, net
Other real estate owned, net
Investments in FHLB and FRB stock, at cost
Bank premises and equipment, net
Deferred tax assets, net
Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity
Noninterest-bearing demand deposits
Interest-bearing demand deposits
Savings and money market savings
Securities sold under repurchase agreements
Common Stock, par value $20; authorized 250,000
125,628 and 126,617 shares issued and outstanding
at September 30, 2021 and December 31, 2020, respectively
Additional paid-in capital
Accumulated other comprehensive income
Total stockholders' equity
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity
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