CNB Financial Corporation Reports 16% Increase in Second Quarter Earnings per Share, Combining Strong Organic Growth With Strong Financial Performance

7/19/2019
 

CNB Financial Corporation (“CNB”) (NASDAQ: CCNE), the parent company of CNB Bank, today announced its earnings for the second quarter and first six months of 2019.

Joseph B. Bower, Jr., President and CEO, stated, “During the second quarter we continued to deliver on our growth and profitability goals. Our organic customer acquisition strategies, delivered through our diversified markets, continued to be the engine behind our growth while credit quality remains stable. Our organic growth in revenue, coupled with a continued focus on efficiency and capital management, positions us well for the remainder of 2019.”

Earnings are the result of strong financial performance driven by organic growth

  • Net income of $9.8 million, or $0.64 per diluted share, in the second quarter of 2019, as compared to $8.4 million, or $0.55 per diluted share, in the second quarter of 2018, reflecting increases of $1.3 million, or 15.7%, and $0.09 per diluted share, or 16.4%, respectively.
     
  • Net income of $19.2 million, or $1.26 per diluted share, during the six months ended June 30, 2019, compared to net income of $15.5 million, or $1.02 per diluted share, during the six months ended June 30, 2018, reflecting increases of $3.7 million, or 23.8%, and $0.24 per diluted share, or 23.5%, respectively.

Balance sheet growth reflects the strength of our diversified markets
 and focus on core customer acquisition strategies

  • Loans totaling $2.62 billion as of June 30, 2019 grew $287 million, or 12.3%, from June 30, 2018. Loan growth was driven by commercial and industrial loans, which increased $185 million, or 22.9%, over the same time period, while commercial real estate loans contributed an increase of $47.9 million, or 6.8%, over the prior year. Loan growth was attributable primarily to our Private Banking and Buffalo market, which increased $57.0 million, or 38.7%, and $144 million, or 82.1%, respectively.
     
  • Deposits totaling $2.73 billion as of June 30, 2019 grew by $333 million, or 13.9%, from June 30, 2018. Growth in deposits was driven by our targeted customer acquisition strategies which are aimed at core deposits, that over time, tend to be a more stable source of funding. As a result, our Private Banking division grew total deposits by $166 million, or 66.7%, while the deposit portfolio in our Buffalo market grew $220 million, or 164.7%, over the same period.
     
  • Total households serviced as of June 30, 2019, were 66,251, as compared to 61,354 households at June 30, 2018, representing an organic increase of 8.0%. This growth resulted primarily from our core deposit growth strategies in Private Banking and the Buffalo market, further enhancing their value contributions.
     
  • Tangible book value per share of $16.28 as of June 30, 2019 increased 18.5% from tangible book value per share of $13.74 as of June 30, 2018, driven by organic growth, strong earnings and a sustainable dividend strategy. 
     
  • A core competency of our Company is identifying de novo opportunities and demographically favorable and competitively attractive markets, placing experienced bankers in these markets and providing a memorable experience for customers. To that end: 
     
    • Our ERIEBANK division, founded in August 2005, ended the quarter with $866 million in loans and $914 million in deposits. 
       
    • Our newest division, BankOnBuffalo, ended the quarter with $333 million in loans and $434 million in deposits, having commenced operations in May 2016.

Performance ratios reflect continued focus on profitability

  • Annualized return on average assets of 1.18% for the six months ended June 30, 2019 increased 10 basis points compared to the same period in 2018. Annualized return on average assets of 1.18%, for the second quarter of 2019, increased 3 basis points from the same period in 2018.
     
  • Annualized return on average equity of 14.20% for the six months ended June 30, 2019 compared to 12.76% for the same period in 2018. Annualized return on average equity of 14.05%, for the second quarter of 2019, compared to 13.69%, for the same period in 2018.
     
  • Efficiency Ratio of 61.59% for the six months ended June 30, 2019 improved 71 basis points from 62.30% for the comparable period in 2018. Efficiency Ratio of 61.06% for the second quarter of 2019, improved 6 basis points from 61.12% for the comparable period in 2018.

Revenue reflects organic growth

  • Total revenue (comprised of net interest income plus non-interest income) of $69.5 million for the six months ended June 30, 2019 increased $9.2 million, or 15.3%, from the six months ended June 30, 2018. Total revenue of $35.6 million, for the second quarter of 2019, increased $4.2 million or 13.2% from the same period in 2018, due to the following:
     
    • Net interest income for the six months ended June 30, 2019 increased 13.3% to $56.6 million from the six months ended June 30, 2018, driven by an overall growth of $369 million, or 13.7%, in average earning assets. When compared to the second quarter of 2018, net interest income of $28.8 million increased $3.0 million, or 11.5%, driven by an overall growth of $347 million or 12.6% in average earning assets.
       
    • Net interest margin on a fully tax-equivalent basis was 3.77% and 3.78% for the six months ended June 30, 2019 and 2018, respectively. The yield on earning assets of 4.98% for the six months ended June 30, 2019 increased 34 basis points from 4.64% for the six months ended June 30, 2018. The cost of interest-bearing liabilities increased 41 basis points to 1.42% for the six months ended June 30, 2019 from 1.01% for the six months ended June 30, 2018, primarily as a result of our core deposit acquisition strategies.
       
    • Net interest margin on a fully tax-equivalent basis was 3.76%, for the second quarter of 2019 compared to 3.80%, for the same period in 2018. The yield on earning assets of 4.99%, for the second quarter of 2019, increased 28 basis points from 4.71% for the same period in 2018. The cost of interest-bearing liabilities increased 38 basis points to 1.44%, for the second quarter of 2019, from 1.06% for the same period in 2018, once again as a result of our core deposit acquisition strategies.
       
    • Total non-interest income of $12.9 million for the six months ended June 30, 2019, increased $2.6 million, or 25.0%, from the same period in 2018. 
       
      • Total non-interest income includes gains associated with the sale of available for sale securities and net realized and unrealized gains on trading securities, which combined totaled $1.6 million for the six months ended June 30, 2019 compared to $251 thousand for the same period in 2018.
         
      • Excluding the items discussed above, non-interest income for the six months ended June 30, 2019 totaled $11.3 million, reflecting an increase of $1.2 million, or 12.2%, from the same period in 2018. As a result of its continued organic growth, CNB experienced an increase in service charges in deposit accounts of $532 thousand, or 21.1%, in the first six months of 2019 compared to the comparable period in 2018.
         
      • Total non-interest income of $6.8 million, for the second quarter of 2019, increased $1.2 million, or 21.2%, from the same period in 2018, driven mostly by growth of $298 thousand, or 23.4%, in service charges on deposits, coupled with an increase of $417 thousand, or 175.9%, in net realized and unrealized gains on trading securities.

Non-Interest Expense reflects organic growth and a focus on efficiency

  • Total non-interest expenses were $22.0 million and $43.2 million during the three and six months ended June 30, 2019, respectively, compared to $19.5 million and $38.5 million during the three and six months ended June 30, 2018, respectively. Salaries and benefits expense increased $2.7 million, or 13.9%, during the six months ended June 30, 2019 compared to the six months ended June 30, 2018, primarily as a result of the expansion of staffing levels in several areas during the past twelve months, including business development, risk management, and customer service personnel. The remainder of the increase in non-interest expenses were primarily a result of CNB’s continued growth and the servicing of a larger customer base. Going forward, we will continue to invest in risk management and customer service resources to support CNB's growth.

Income taxes

  • Income tax expense of $4.0 million, for the six months ended June 30, 2019 increased $1.3 million, or 50.1%, from the comparable period in 2018. CNB’s effective tax rate was 17.2% for the six months ended June 30, 2019 compared to 14.6% for the same period in 2018. Income tax expense for the second quarter of 2019, totaled $2.0 million and was at an effective tax rate of 17.3%, compared to income tax expense of $1.5 million and an effective tax rate of 15.5%, for the same period in 2018. The increase in the effective tax rate was driven by the fact that our growth was primarily generated by taxable activities.

Asset quality reflects strength in underwriting and risk profile

  • Asset quality continued to be a source of strength as total non-performing assets of $18.9 million, or 0.56%, of total assets, as of June 30, 2019 remained stable compared to $18.5 million, or 0.58%, of total assets as of December 31, 2018 and improved from $25.1 million or 0.83% of total assets as of June 30, 2018.
     
  • For the three months ended June 30, 2019 net loan charge-offs totaled $697 thousand, or 0.11%, of total average loans compared to $539 thousand, or 0.09%, of total average loans for the three months ended June 30, 2018. For the six months ended June 30, 2019 net loan charge-offs were $1.4 million, or 0.11%, of total average loans, compared to $1.1 million, or 0.10%, of total average loans during the comparable period in 2018.
  • During the three and six months ended June 30, 2019 provision for loan losses totaled $1.8 million and $3.1 million, respectively, compared to provision for loan losses of $1.9 million and $3.5 million for the three and six months ended June 30, 2018, respectively. In the first six months of 2019, one commercial real estate loan that was impaired at year end 2018 experienced further deterioration, resulting in an additional provision for loan losses of $664 thousand. As of June 30, 2019, the outstanding principal balance of the loan, net of the reserve, is $771 thousand. The remaining change in provision for the three and six months ended June 30, 2019 reflects routine adjustments to impaired loan reserves and increases in general loan loss reserves resulting from CNB’s organic loan growth.

Capital provides source of strength

  • As of June 30, 2019 CNB’s total shareholders’ equity of $287 million increased $36.7 million, or 14.7%, from June 30, 2018, as a result of an increase in accumulated other comprehensive income coupled with quality organic earnings, partially offset by the payment of common stock dividends to our shareholders and 40,000 shares repurchased during the three and six months ended June 30, 2019.
     
  • CNB's capital continues to provide a source of strength in support of our focus in investing in organic growth, as reflected in CNB's regulatory capital ratios.

About CNB Financial Corporation

CNB Financial Corporation is a financial holding company with consolidated assets of approximately $3.4 billion that conducts business primarily through CNB Bank, CNB Financial Corporation’s principal subsidiary. CNB Bank is a full-service bank engaging in a full range of banking activities and services, including trust and wealth management services, for individual, business, governmental, and institutional customers. CNB Bank operations include a private banking division and 42 full-service offices in Pennsylvania, Ohio, and New York. CNB Bank’s divisions include ERIEBANK, based in Erie, Pennsylvania with offices in northwest Pennsylvania and northeast Ohio; FCBank, based in Worthington, Ohio with offices in central Ohio; and BankOnBuffalo, based in Buffalo, New York with offices in northwest New York. CNB Bank is headquartered in Clearfield, Pennsylvania with offices in central and north central Pennsylvania. More information about CNB Financial Corporation and CNB Bank may be found on the Internet at www.cnbbank.bank.

Forward-Looking Statements

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