Eagle Bancorp Montana Earns $482,000 in Fourth Quarter and $2.4 Million in Fiscal Year 2011; Increases Regular Quarterly Cash Dividend
HELENA, Mont., July 26, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Eagle Bancorp Montana, Inc. (Nasdaq:EBMT), (the "Company," "Eagle"), the holding company of American Federal Savings Bank, today reported it earned $482,000, or $0.12 per diluted share, in the fourth fiscal quarter ended June 30, 2011, compared to $537,000, or $0.14 per diluted share, in the fourth quarter a year ago. For all of fiscal 2011, Eagle earned $2.4 million, or $0.62 per diluted share, compared to $2.4 million, or $0.54 per diluted share, a year ago. All per share data has been adjusted to reflect the additional shares issued in the April 5, 2010 stock conversion.
The Company also announced its board of directors has increased its quarterly cash dividend 1.8% to $0.07125 per share, to be paid August 26, 2011 to shareholders of record on August 05, 2011. This marks the eleventh consecutive year that Eagle has increased its quarterly cash dividend.
"We produced strong results for both the quarter and the fiscal year, demonstrating the strength of our banking strategy and our ability to prosper in challenging times," stated Pete Johnson, President and Chief Executive Officer. "We achieved our financial targets for the year by focusing on steady, incremental growth, delivering excellent service to our expanding customer base and maintaining solid asset quality. With our healthy capital levels we are in an excellent position for future growth."
Fourth Quarter Fiscal 2011 Highlights
Balance Sheet Results
Net loans increased 9.42% to $185.5 million at June 30, 2011 compared with $169.5 million a year earlier. The bulk of the net loan increase comes from the commercial real estate loan portfolio which increased 55.2% to $64.7 million compared to $41.7 million a year earlier. Residential mortgage loans decreased 4.12% from the prior year to $70.0 million, commercial loans increased 11.8% to $10.6 million and home equity loans decreased 6.64% to $27.8 million compared to a year ago.
Total assets were $331.1 million at June 30, 2011, compared with $325.7 million a year earlier. Total deposits increased 5.68% to $209.2 million at June 30, 2011 compared to $197.9 million a year earlier. Checking and money market accounts represent 42.0% of total deposits, savings accounts make up 17.6% of total deposits, and CDs comprise 40.4% of the total deposit portfolio.
Shareholders' equity was $52.5 million at June 30, 2011, compared to $52.4 million a year ago. Book value per share was $13.39 per share at June 30, 2011 compared to $12.84 per share a year earlier.
"We are hopeful that this difficult credit cycle is subsiding as many of our problem credits are in the process of working through the collection and foreclosure cycle," said Clint Morrison, SVP and CFO. "While this process is taking longer than we would like, we remain optimistic as we are seeing a slowdown in the inflow of new problem loans."
Nonperforming loans (NPLs) were $2.9 million, or 1.57% of total loans at June 30, 2011, compared to $2.3 million, or 1.24% of total loans, three months earlier, and $2.8 million, or 1.65% of total loans, a year ago. Other real estate owned (OREO) and other repossessed assets were $1.2 million at June 30, 2011 compared to $1.3 million three months earlier and $619,000 at June 30, 2010.
Nonperforming assets (NPAs), consisting of nonperforming loans, other real estate owned (OREO) and other repossessed assets, and loans delinquent 90 days or more, totaled $4.1 million, or 1.24% of total assets, at June 30, 2011, compared to $3.7 million, or 1.09% of total assets in the preceding quarter, and $3.0 million, or 1.05% of total assets a year ago.
The fourth quarter provision for loan losses was $155,000, and Eagle recorded net charge-offs of $6,000. The provision for loan losses was $276,000 in the preceding quarter and $259,000 in the fourth quarter a year ago. The allowance for loan losses now stands at $1.80 million, or 0.96% of total loans at June 30, 2011, compared to $1.65 million, or 0.88% of total loans at March 31, 2011, and $1.10 million, or 0.64% of total loans a year ago.
"The reduced cost of funds made it possible for us to hold our net interest margin unchanged from the preceding quarter, despite asset yields also decreasing," said Morrison. The net interest margin was 3.71% in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2011 which was unchanged from the preceding quarter. The net interest margin was 3.42% in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2010. Funding costs for the fourth quarter of 2011 decreased seven basis points compared to the previous quarter while asset yields decreased six basis points compared to the previous quarter. For all of fiscal 2011, Eagle's net interest margin was 3.62%, a 10 basis point increase compared to 3.52% in fiscal 2010.
Net interest income before the provision for loan loss increased 10.7% to $2.8 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2011, compared to $2.5 million in the fourth quarter a year ago. For all of fiscal 2011, net interest income before the provision for loan losses increased 10.9% to $10.9 million, compared to $9.8 million a year earlier.
Noninterest income was $786,000 in the fourth quarter of 2011, compared to $873,000 in the fourth quarter a year ago. For the year, noninterest income increased 28.7% to $4.6 million, compared to $3.6 million in fiscal 2010.
"Over the past year, especially in the first half of fiscal 2011, we were successful originating mortgage loans and selling them in the secondary market. As a result, the net gain on sale of loans was $2.2 million in fiscal 2011, a $907,000 increase compared to $1.3 million in fiscal 2010. As loan refinance activity has started to slow, the net gain on sale of loans has returned to more normalized levels and was down slightly during the fourth quarter compared to the preceding quarter," said Morrison. The net gain on sale of loans was $225,000 in fourth quarter of 2011 compared to $301,000 in the fourth quarter a year ago.
For the fourth quarter of fiscal 2011 noninterest expense was $2.7 million, compared to $2.9 million in the preceding quarter and $2.4 million in the fourth quarter a year ago. For the year noninterest expense was up 20.1% to $11.1 million compared with $9.2 million in fiscal 2010. The increase in noninterest expense for the year was primarily due to amortizing and writing-off mortgage servicing rights which totaled $1.2 million for fiscal 2011, compared to $487,000 for fiscal 2010.
Eagle's fourth quarter return on average equity (ROAE) was 3.81% compared to 4.36% for the fourth quarter a year ago. Return on average assets (ROAA) was 0.58% in the fourth quarter compared to 0.66% in the fourth quarter a year ago. For fiscal 2011 the ROAE was 4.50% compared to 6.84% a year earlier and ROAA was 0.73% compared to 0.79% a year earlier.
On April 5, 2010, the Company completed its second-step conversion from the partially-public mutual holding company structure to the fully publicly-owned stock holding company structure. As part of that transaction it also completed a related stock offering. Following the conversion and offering, Eagle Bancorp Montana became the stock holding company for American Federal Savings Bank, and both Eagle Financial MHC and Eagle Bancorp ceased to exist. The Company sold a total of 2,464,274 shares of common stock at a purchase price of $10.00 per share in the offering for gross proceeds of $24.6 million. Concurrent with the completion of the offering, shares of Eagle Bancorp common stock owned by the public were exchanged. Stockholders of Eagle Bancorp received 3.8 shares of the Eagle Bancorp Montana's common stock for each share of Eagle Bancorp common stock that they owned immediately prior to completion of the transaction.
Eagle Bancorp Montana continues to meet the well capitalized thresholds for regulatory purposes with a Tier 1 leverage ratio of 16.78% at June 30, 2011.
About the Company
Eagle Bancorp Montana, Inc. is the stock holding company of American Federal Savings Bank. American Federal Savings Bank was formed in 1922 and is headquartered in Helena, Montana. It has additional branches in Butte, Bozeman and Townsend. Eagle Bancorp Montana, Inc. commenced operations on April 5, 2010 following the conversion of Eagle Financial MHC and the sale of Eagle Bancorp Montana, Inc. Eagle's common stock trades on the NASDAQ Global Market under the symbol "EBMT."
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CONTACT: Peter J. Johnson, President and CEO (406) 457-4006 Clint J. Morrison, SVP and CFO (406) 457-4007