Oak Valley Bancorp, the bank holding company for Oak Valley Community Bank and Eastern Sierra Community Bank, recently reported consolidated financial results. For the three months ended June 30, 2016, consolidated net income was $1,904,000, or $0.24 per diluted common share, compared to $1,509,000, or $0.19 per diluted common share, for the prior quarter and $1,510,000, or $0.19 per diluted common share for the same period a year ago. The increase compared to prior periods is mainly due to accretion of fair value discounts on loans acquired from Mother Lode Bank.
Net interest income was $8,106,000 for the three months ended June 30, 2016, compared to $7,542,000 for the prior quarter and $6,200,000 for the same period last year. The increase is the result of strong organic loan growth over the past 12 months combined with the acquisition of Mother Lode Bank. The Company’s net interest margin for the three months ended June 30, 2016 was 4.03 percent, compared to 3.76 percent for the prior quarter, and 3.70 percent for the same period last year. The increase in net interest margin is mainly attributable to the loan discount accretion. In addition, strong loan demand has allowed Oak Valley Bancorp to deploy low-yielding cash balances into higher yielding commercial loans and investment securities.
Concurrent with the earnings announcement, the Board of Directors of Oak Valley Bancorp declared the payment of a cash dividend of $0.12 per share of common stock to its shareholders of record at the close of business on Aug. 1, 2016. In aggregate, the distribution will amount to approximately $971,000. The payment date will be Aug. 11, 2016. This is the second dividend payment made by the Company in 2016.
Non-interest income for the three months ended June 30, 2016 totaled $1,056,000, compared to $1,037,000 during the prior quarter, and $1,156,000 for the same period last year. The increase compared to the prior quarter is partially the result of increased transaction related fees and service charges associated with the increased number of deposit accounts. Compared to the same period last year, these increases were offset by a reduction in non-recurring gains on called investment securities and FHLB dividend income.
Non-interest expense for the three months ended June 30, 2016 totaled $6,187,000, compared to $6,187,000 during the prior quarter, and $5,193,000 for the same period last year. While flat compared to the prior quarter, the increase compared to last year corresponds to salaries and benefits associated with the new Sonora branch and general operating costs related to servicing the growing loan and deposit portfolios.
Total assets were $925.6 million as of June 30, 2016, an increase of $19.9 million over March 31, 2016 and $161.6 million over June 30, 2015. Gross loans were $579.8 million as of June 30, 2016, an increase of $11.5 million over March 31, 2016, and an increase of $116.3 million over June 30, 2015. The Company’s total deposits were $838.5 million as of June 30, 2016, an increase of $16.0 million over March 31, 2016, and an increase of $154.5 million over June 30, 2015.
The balance sheet growth compared to June 30, 2015 includes acquired balances of $78.7 million in assets, including $45.8 million in gross loans, and $71.1 million in total deposits from Mother Lode Bank.
“In the face of industry-wide margin compression, solid loan demand and our continued ability to utilize cash reserves to meet the borrowing needs of the business and ag business communities has been essential in driving profitability,” stated Chris Courtney, President and CEO. “The accretive nature of the Mother Lode acquisition has accelerated earnings as expected.”
Non-performing assets as of June 30, 2016 were $3,884,000, or 0.42 percent of total assets, compared to $8,763,000, or 0.97 percent of total assets, as of March 31, 2016, and $5,197,000, or 0.68 percent, at June 30, 2015. The reduction at June 30, 2016 is due to a $3.9 million non-accrual loan pay-off received from one borrower and a sale of one OREO property during the quarter. The Company recorded provision for loan losses of $125,000 during the second quarter of 2016 due to loan growth, thus decreasing the allowance for loan losses to 1.32 percent of gross loans at June 30, 2016 compared to 1.33 percent at March 31, 2016 and 1.59 percent at June 30, 2015. The decrease in the loan loss reserve percentage compared to June 30, 2015 is primarily due to the loans acquired from Mother Lode Bank that were recorded at fair value and thus did not require a loan loss reserve.
Oak Valley Bancorp operates Oak Valley Community Bank & Eastern Sierra Community Bank, through which it offers a variety of loan and deposit products to individuals and small businesses. They currently operate through 16 conveniently located branches: Oakdale, Turlock, Stockton, Patterson, Ripon, Escalon, Manteca, Tracy, two branches in Sonora, three branches in Modesto, and three branches in the Eastern Sierra Division, which includes Bridgeport, Mammoth Lakes and Bishop.
For more information, call 1-866-844-7500 or visit www.ovcb.com.