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QNB Corp. Reports Fourth Quarter Earnings

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QUAKERTOWN, Pa., Jan. 29, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- QNB Corp. (the "Company" or "QNB") (OTC Bulletin Board: QNBC), the parent company of QNB Bank (the "Bank"), reported net income for the fourth quarter of 2013 of $1,962,000, or $0.60 per share on a diluted basis compared to net income of $2,125,000, or $0.66 per share on a diluted basis, for the same period in 2012.  

For the year ended December 31, 2013, net income was $8,392,000, or $2.57 per share on a diluted basis. This compares to 2012 net income of $9,175,000, or $2.86 per share on a diluted basis. For the year 2013 the rate of return on average assets and average shareholders' equity was 0.91% and 10.95%, respectively, compared with 1.03% and 13.07%, respectively, for the year 2012.

Total assets as of December 31, 2013 were $932,883,000, compared with $939,115,000 at September 30, 2013 and $919,874,000 at December 31, 2012. A late fourth quarter increase in loan demand resulted in an 11.6% annualized increase in total loans compared to the third quarter of 2013. Total loans at December 31, 2013 were $501,716,000, compared with $487,537,000 at September 30, 2013 and $477,733,000 at December 31, 2012, and total deposits at December 31, 2013 were $814,532,000, compared with $827,952,000 at September 30, 2013 and $801,638,000 at December 31, 2012.

"We are pleased with another solid year of financial performance particularly in light of the challenging interest rate and business environment," stated David W. Freeman, President and Chief Executive Officer. "The decrease in 2013 earnings versus 2012 was mainly the result of a decline in the net interest margin from 3.36% to 3.09%. This past quarter saw improved lending activity which we believe will help stabilize the net interest margin."

Mr. Freeman continued, "During 2013 two new branches in Colmar and Warminster were opened and QNB-Mobile Check Deposit for consumers was introduced. QNB Financial Services, our wealth management and brokerage business, exceeded $30 million in assets under management in its first year of operation.  With improved prospects for loan growth, continued improvement in asset quality, an expansion of our market area with the two new branches and a strong source of non-interest income from QNB Financial Services, we believe we are well positioned for a successful 2014."

Net Interest Income and Net Interest Margin

Net interest income for the quarter ended December 31, 2013 totaled $6,430,000, a decrease of $165,000, or 2.5%, from the same period in 2012. Net interest income continues to be negatively impacted by declining yields on earning assets resulting from the prolonged low interest rate environment and the extremely competitive interest rate environment for loans. Partially offsetting the impact of declining asset yields on net interest income was the growth in earning assets, primarily loans.

The net interest margin for the fourth quarter of 2013 was 3.04% compared to 3.19% for the fourth quarter of 2012 and 3.04% for the linked quarter. The historically low interest rate environment of the past few years continues to impact the net interest margin. During the beginning of this interest rate cycle, funding costs declined at a faster pace and to a greater degree than rates on earning assets resulting in an increasing net interest margin. However, since the second quarter of 2011 this trend has reversed as funding costs have approached bottom while yields on earning assets continue to reprice lower resulting in a decline in the net interest margin. The growth in municipal deposit balances during the third quarter of 2013 and the investment of these deposits into short-term agency and mortgage-backed securities also impacted the margin, as these transactions while increasing incremental net interest income do so at a significantly tighter interest rate spread.

The yield on earning assets declined 27 basis points from 3.83% for the fourth quarter of 2012 to 3.56% for the fourth quarter of 2013. When comparing the change in the yield on earning assets between the two quarters, loans and investment securities declined from 4.99% and 2.53%, respectively, for the fourth quarter of 2012 to 4.56% and 2.42%, respectively, for the fourth quarter of 2013, a decline of 43 basis points and 11 basis points, respectively. The cost of interest-bearing liabilities declined by 13 basis points from 0.73% for the fourth quarter of 2012 to 0.60% for the fourth quarter of 2013. The interest rate paid on interest-bearing deposits declined by 14 basis points to 0.58% for the fourth quarter of 2013 compared to the fourth quarter of 2012.

Average earning assets for the fourth quarter of 2013 were $902,662,000, an increase of $14,908,000, or 1.7%, compared with the same period in 2012. Average investment securities for the fourth quarter of 2013 were virtually unchanged at $404,832,000 compared to $404,292,000 for the fourth quarter of 2012. In comparison, average loans for the fourth quarter of 2013 were $488,924,000, an increase of $11,496,000, or 2.4%, from the fourth quarter of 2012 and average interest-bearing cash was $7,124,000 for the fourth quarter of 2013, an increase of $3,179,000 from the fourth quarter of 2012.

Funding this growth in earning assets was an increase in deposits. Average deposits for the fourth quarter of 2013 were $816,932,000, an increase of $9,667,000, or 1.2%, from the corresponding quarter in 2012. QNB has developed significant relationships with many of the school districts and municipalities in the communities it serves. During the third quarter of each year these entities deposit tax receipts resulting in seasonal growth in QNB's deposit balances. These deposits are generally withdrawn over the following three quarters as these entities use the funds for operations. Average interest-bearing municipal demand accounts increased $41,364,000, or 47.3%, to $128,837,000 for the fourth quarter of 2013 compared to the same period in 2012. Also contributing to the growth in average deposits when comparing the fourth quarters of 2013 and 2012 was an $11,786,000, or 6.1%, increase in average savings account balances, primarily QNB's eSavings product which pays a very competitive rate of interest. The Bank continues to successfully open new business and consumer checking accounts which not only impacts balances but also provides an opportunity for fee income. Average interest-bearing demand accounts and average non-interest bearing demand accounts increased $8,522,000, or 8.5%, and $5,495,000, or 7.8%, respectively, when comparing the two quarters. Offsetting a portion of this growth in funding was a decline in average time deposits of $33,574,000, or 12.2%, and a reduction in average money market accounts of $23,926,000, or 29.4%, comparing the fourth quarter 2013 with the same period in 2012.

For the year ended December 31, 2013 net interest income was $25,551,000, a decrease of $1,349,000, or 5.0%, from the $26,900,000 reported for 2012. Comparing the annual periods, in addition to the factors that were discussed in the analysis of the quarterly comparison above, there was also a change in the mix of earning assets to be more dependent upon investment securities, which generally earn a lower yield than loans.

The net interest margin for 2013 was 3.09%, a decrease of 27 basis points from the 3.36% reported for 2012. When comparing the years ended December 31, 2012 and 2013, the average rate earned on earning assets declined 45 basis points from 4.11% to 3.66%. Contributing to the overall decrease in the net interest margin and yield on earning assets was the decline in the yield on loans of 47 basis points to 4.72% and investment securities by 40 basis points to 2.46%. In comparison, the interest rate paid on total average interest-bearing liabilities declined 21 basis points from 0.86% for 2012 to 0.65% for 2013 with the average rate paid on interest-bearing deposits declining 18 basis points from 0.82% to 0.64% comparing the same periods. The decline in the yield on earning assets as well as in the cost of deposits again reflects the impact of the long period of historically low interest rates.

For the year ended December 31, 2013 average earning assets increased by $27,570,000, or 3.2%, with average loans increasing $2,050,000, or 0.4%, and average investment securities increasing $27,032,000, or 7.4%. Over this same period average funding sources increased $23,447,000, or 2.9%, with average total deposits increasing $23,055,000, or 2.9%. The increase in average deposits was centered in savings accounts, interest-bearing demand deposits and municipal deposits.

Asset Quality, Provision for Loan Loss and Allowance for Loan Loss

QNB closely monitors the quality of its loan portfolio and considers many factors when performing a quarterly analysis of the appropriateness of the allowance for loan losses and calculating the required provision for loan losses. This analysis considers a number of relevant factors including: specific impairment reserves, historical loan loss experience, general economic conditions, levels of and trends in delinquent and non-performing loans, levels of classified loans, trends in the growth rate of loans and concentrations of credit.

QNB recorded a provision for loan losses of $150,000 in the fourth quarter of 2013 compared to $300,000 in the fourth quarter of 2012. For the years ended December 31, 2013 and 2012 the provision for loan losses was $400,000 and $900,000, respectively. The lower provision for both the fourth quarter and full year reflects the reduction in classified loans, an improvement in delinquency levels and a reduction in specific impairment reserves. Net loan charge-offs were $220,000 for the fourth quarter of 2013, or 0.17% annualized of total average loans, compared with $245,000 for the fourth quarter of 2012, or 0.20% annualized of total average loans. For the years ended December 31, 2013 and 2012 net loan charge-offs were $1,247,000, or 0.26%, and $369,000, or 0.08%, respectively. The majority of charge-offs recorded during 2013 had specific reserves established during the allowance for loan loss calculation process prior to the ultimate decision to charge-off the loan.

QNB's allowance for loan losses of $8,925,000 represents 1.78% of total loans at December 31, 2013 compared to an allowance for loan losses of $9,772,000, or 2.05% of total loans at December 31, 2012.

Asset quality has improved over the past year with total non-performing assets of $20,310,000 at December 31, 2013 compared with $24,273,000 at December 31, 2012. Included in this classification are non-performing loans, other real estate owned (OREO) and repossessed assets, and non-accrual pooled trust preferred securities. Total non-performing loans, which represent loans on non-accrual status, loans past due 90 days or more and still accruing interest and troubled debt restructured loans were $15,416,000, or 3.07% of total loans, at December 31, 2013 compared with $21,150,000, or 4.43% of total loans, at December 31, 2012. Loans on non-accrual status were $13,455,000 at December 31, 2013 compared with $18,572,000 at December 31, 2012. Most of the reduction in non-accrual loans can be attributed to improved financial performance by several borrowers which enabled these loans to be placed back on accrual status. In cases where there is a collateral shortfall on non-accrual loans, specific impairment reserves have been established based on updated collateral values even if the borrower continues to pay in accordance with the terms of the agreement. Of the total amount of non-accrual loans at December 31, 2013, $11,126,000, or 82.7% of the loans classified as non-accrual, are current or past due less than 30 days as of the end of the year. In addition to the marked improvement in total non-performing loans, loans classified as substandard or doubtful, which includes non-performing loans, continue to improve. At December 31, 2013 substandard or doubtful loans totaled $38,823,000, a reduction of $6,691,000, or 14.7%, from the $45,514,000 reported as of December 31, 2012.

QNB had other real estate owned and other repossessed assets of $2,825,000 as of December 31, 2013 compared with $1,161,000 at December 31, 2012. Included in other real estate owned at December 31, 2013 is one property with a fair value of $2,325,000 with a pending agreement of sale. Non-accrual pooled trust preferred securities are carried at fair value which was $2,069,000 and $1,962,000 at December 31, 2013 and 2012, respectively. The increase in the value of non-accrual pooled trust preferred securities reflects an improvement in the fair value of these securities and not the purchase of additional securities.

Non-Interest Income

Total non-interest income was $1,273,000 for the fourth quarter of 2013, a decrease of $119,000, or 8.5%, compared with the same period in 2012. A reduction in gains recognized on the sale of residential mortgages and investment securities were the primary reasons for the decline in total non-interest income. A significant increase in mid-term and long-term treasury rates beginning in June 2013 was a key contributor to the lower gains recorded. Net gains on the sale of residential mortgages declined $175,000, or 72.6% to $66,000, when compared to the same quarter in 2012. The prior year benefited from historically low mortgage rates which contributed to a significantly higher level of refinancing activity as well as the amount of gains recorded on the sale of these mortgages. Net gains on investment securities declined $79,000 to $5,000 when comparing the two quarters. Partially offsetting these lower level of gains recorded was higher retail brokerage and advisory income which contributed an additional $133,000 when comparing the two quarters. During the fourth quarter of 2012, QNB changed vendors and now provides securities and advisory services under the name of QNB Financial Services through Investment Professionals, Inc., a registered Broker/Dealer and Registered Investment Advisor. There has been a significant increase in revenue, as well as expense, resulting from this change as the advisors are now QNB employees.

Total non-interest income for the years ended December 31, 2013 and 2012 was $5,813,000 and $5,409,000, respectively, an increase of $404,000, or 7.5%. Retail brokerage income was the largest contributor to the overall increase compared to prior year with an increase of $484,000. Net gain on investment securities accounted for $247,000 of the increase from 2012. There were $824,000 in net securities gains in 2013 compared to net gains of $577,000 during 2012.  Included in these figures were gains from equity securities of $629,000  and $451,000, in 2013 and 2012, respectively. The 2013 net gains were comprised of $672,000 realized on the sales of equity securities reduced by an other-than-temporary impairment (OTTI) charge of $43,000 while the 2012 net gains consisted of $556,000 of gains on the sale of equity securities reduced by OTTI charges of $105,000. Fees for services to customers increased $118,000, or 8.0%, when comparing the year ended December 31, 2103 to prior year. The primary contributor to the increase in fees for services to customers was overdraft charges, net of waived fees. Gains recognized on the sale of residential mortgage loans declined $460,000 to $425,000 due to the lower level of refinance activity and gain per sale in 2013 as discussed previously. ATM and debit card income increased $32,000 when compared to 2012 as usage continues to increase.

Other non-interest income declined by $17,000 comparing the year ended December 31, 2013 to 2012. The decline was caused by $165,000 of additional losses on the sale of other real estate owned and repossessed assets when compared to prior year. Partially offsetting this was a $148,000 increase related to mortgage servicing income. This increase was related to a partial reversal of a valuation allowance due to an improvement in the fair value of mortgage servicing rights and the impact of a slowdown in the amount of payoffs received on serviced mortgages.

Non-Interest Expense

Total non-interest expense was $5,072,000 for the fourth quarter of 2013, an increase of $60,000, or 1.2%, compared to $5,012,000 for the fourth quarter of 2012. The increase is mainly attributable to costs related to the opening of two new branch locations in the first quarter of 2013.

Total non-interest expense was $20,226,000 for the year ended December 31, 2013. This represents an increase of $601,000, or 3.1%, from the same period in 2012. Salaries and benefits expense increased $150,000, or 1.4%, with higher salary expense comprising $105,000 of the increase. The prior year included an accrual for incentive compensation of $439,000. There was no incentive compensation during 2013. Contributing to the increase in salary and benefit expense was the addition of ten full-time equivalent employees. The increase in employees was primarily related to the opening of two new branch locations in the first quarter of 2013 as well as two additional employees related to QNB Financial Services. Also contributing to the increase in total non-interest expense was a $219,000, or 7.0%, increase in net occupancy and furniture and equipment expense primarily related to an increase in equipment maintenance costs coupled with higher depreciation and amortization expense on new furniture, equipment and software. As noted above the addition of the two branches was a contributing factor in these increased costs.

Other non-interest expense increased by $222,000, or 4.1%, comparing the year ended December 31, 2013 with the same period in 2012. Marketing expenses related to advertising, public relations, research and sales promotion were $80,000 higher for the year ended December 31, 2013 compared to 2012. An increase in charitable contributions of $62,000 also contributed to the increase in other non-interest expense. QNB contributes to many not-for-profit organizations and clubs and sponsors many local events in the communities it serves.

About the Company

QNB Corp. is the holding company for QNB Bank, which is headquartered in Quakertown, Pennsylvania. QNB Bank currently operates eleven branches in Bucks, Montgomery and Lehigh Counties and offers commercial and retail banking services in the communities it serves. In addition, the Company provides securities and advisory services under the name of QNB Financial Services through Investment Professionals, Inc., a registered Broker/Dealer and Registered Investment Advisor, and title insurance as a member of Laurel Abstract Company LLC. More information about QNB Corp. and QNB Bank is available at www.qnb.com.

Forward Looking Statement

This press release may contain forward-looking statements as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Act of 1995. Actual results and trends could differ materially from those set forth in such statements due to various factors. Such factors include the possibility that increased demand or prices for the Company's financial services and products may not occur, changing economic and competitive conditions, technological developments, and other risks and uncertainties, including those detailed in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including "Item lA. Risk Factors," set forth in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2012. You should not place undue reliance on any forward-looking statements. These statements speak only as of the date of this press release, even if subsequently made available by the Company on its website or otherwise. The Company undertakes no obligation to update or revise these statements to reflect events or circumstances occurring after the date of this press release.

QNB Corp.

Consolidated Selected Financial Data (unaudited)







(Dollars in thousands)












Balance Sheet (Period End)

12/31/13

9/30/13

6/30/13

3/31/13

12/31/12

Assets

$   932,883

$   939,115

$   910,829

$   918,780

$   919,874

Investment securities (AFS & HTM)

388,816

407,394

380,510

398,447

401,648

Loans receivable

501,716

487,537

489,215

477,402

477,733

Allowance for loan losses

(8,925)

(8,995)

(9,431)

(9,351)

(9,772)

Net loans

492,791

478,542

479,784

468,051

467,961

Deposits

814,532

827,952

795,913

799,814

801,638

Demand, non-interest bearing

75,987

75,123

74,682

72,140

73,685

Interest-bearing demand, money market and savings

499,000

508,770

468,058

461,772

458,719

Time

239,545

244,059

253,173

265,902

269,234

Short-term borrowings

35,156

28,058

32,851

28,873

32,488

Long-term debt

5,000

5,000

5,282

5,285

5,287

Shareholders' equity

75,625

75,743

74,236

78,450

77,623







Asset Quality Data (Period End)






Non-accrual loans

$     13,453

$     15,329

$     17,301

$     17,465

$   18,572

Loans past due 90 days or more and still accruing

1

-

442

302

-

Restructured loans

1,960

4,246

4,294

4,346

2,578

Non-performing loans

15,414

19,575

22,037

22,113

21,150

Other real estate owned and repossessed assets

2,825

1,645

1,063

1,153

1,161

Non-accrual pooled trust preferred securities

2,069

2,169

2,091

1,999

1,962

Non-performing assets

$     20,308

$     23,389

$     25,191

$     25,265

$     24,273







Allowance for loan losses

$     8,925

$     8,995

$     9,431

$     9,351

$     9,772







Non-performing loans / Loans excluding held-for-sale

3.07%

4.01%

4.50%

4.63%

4.43%

Non-performing assets / Assets

2.18%

2.49%

2.77%

2.75%

2.64%

Allowance for loan losses / Loans excluding held-for-sale

1.78%

1.85%

1.93%

1.96%

2.05%

 

QNB Corp.

Consolidated Selected Financial Data (unaudited)










(Dollars in thousands, except per share data)

Three months ended,


Twelve months ended,

For the period:

12/31/13

9/30/13

6/30/13

3/31/13

12/31/12


12/31/13

12/31/12










Interest income

$    7,606

$    7,678

$    7,624

$    7,676

$    8,015


$   30,584

$   33,348

Interest expense

1,176

1,226

1,288

1,343

1,420


5,033

6,448

Net interest income

6,430

6,452

6,336

6,333

6,595


25,551

26,900

Provision for loan losses

150

150

100

-

300


400

900

Net interest income after provision
    for loan losses

6,280

6,302

6,236

6,333

6,295


25,151

26,000

Non-interest income:









Fees for services to customers

424

435

369

366

398


1,594

1,476

ATM and debit card

383

386

378

352

369


1,499

1,467

Retail brokerage and advisory income

142

165

122

94

9


523

39

Net gain (loss) on investment securities
    available-for-sale

5

303

93

423

84


824

577

Net gain on sale of loans

66

36

98

225

241


425

885

Other

253

228

179

288

291


948

965

Total non-interest income

1,273

1,553

1,239

1,748

1,392


5,813

5,409

Non-interest expense:









Salaries and employee benefits

2,630

2,691

2,673

2,559

2,620


10,553

10,403

Net occupancy and furniture and equipment

858

813

832

849

815


3,352

3,133

FDIC insurance premiums

172

180

183

170

180


705

695

Other

1,412

1,439

1,403

1,362

1,397


5,616

5,394

Total non-interest expense

5,072

5,123

5,091

4,940

5,012


20,226

19,625

Income before income taxes

2,481

2,732

2,384

3,141

2,675


10,738

11,784

Provision for income taxes

519

604

490

733

550


2,346

2,609

Net income

$    1,962

$    2,128

$    1,894

$    2,408

$    2,125


$     8,392

$     9,175










Share and Per Share Data:









Net income - basic

$      0.60

$      0.65

$      0.58

$      0.75

$      0.66


$       2.58

$       2.87

Net income - diluted

$      0.60

$      0.65

$      0.58

$      0.74

$      0.66


$       2.57

$       2.86

Book value

$    23.12

$    23.22

$    22.82

$    24.19

$    24.05


$     23.12

$     24.05

Cash dividends

$      0.27

$      0.27

$      0.27

$      0.27

$      0.26


$       1.08

$       1.04

Average common shares outstanding - basic

3,263,269

3,253,939

3,243,867

3,232,109

3,215,009


3,248,397

3,197,204

Average common shares outstanding - diluted

3,276,267

3,266,481

3,255,955

3,242,028

3,228,271


3,260,070

3,209,857










Selected Ratios:









Return on average assets

0.83%

0.90%

0.83%

1.08%

0.92%


0.91%

1.03%

Return on average shareholders' equity

9.90%

10.91%

9.99%

13.10%

11.63%


10.95%

13.07%

Net interest margin (tax equivalent)

3.04%

3.04%

3.12%

3.17%

3.19%


3.09%

3.36%

Efficiency ratio (tax equivalent)

61.96%

60.29%

63.14%

57.57%

58.83%


60.69%

57.01%

Average shareholders' equity to total average assets

8.41%

8.22%

8.35%

8.23%

7.91%


8.30%

7.86%

Net loan charge-offs

$       220

$       586

$         20

$       421

$       245


$     1,247

$        369

Net loan charge-offs (annualized) / Average loans
     excluding held-for-sale

0.17%

0.48%

0.02%

0.36%

0.20%


0.26%

0.08%










Balance Sheet (Average)









Assets

$935,477

$940,924

$910,565

$905,388

$919,040


$ 923,188

$ 893,476

Investment securities (AFS & HTM)

404,832

395,471

385,379

391,853

404,292


394,423

367,391

Loans receivable

488,924

488,186

482,863

471,467

477,428


482,922

480,872

Deposits

816,932

825,552

797,661

794,781

807,265


808,839

785,784

Shareholders' equity

78,648

77,372

76,054

74,527

72,662


76,663

70,196

 

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