CNB FINANCIAL CORPORATION REPORTS 13% INCREASE IN THIRD QUARTER EARNINGS PER SHARE, COMBINING ORGANIC GROWTH WITH STRONG FINANCIAL PERFORMANCE

10/17/2019
 

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

Joseph B. Bower, Jr., President and CEO, stated, “During the third quarter, we continued to be pleased with the execution on our customer growth strategies, while achieving our profitability goals. Our diversified markets, supported by adequate capital management, continued to provide a source of strength in support of our long-term growth aspirations."

Earnings are the result of organic growth

• Net income of $10.4 million, or $0.68 per diluted share, in the third quarter of 2019, as compared to $9.2 million, or $0.60 per diluted share, in the third quarter of 2018, reflecting increases of $1.1 million, or 12.1%, and $0.08 per diluted share, or 13.3%, respectively.

• Net income of $29.6 million, or $1.94 per diluted share, during the nine months ended September 30, 2019, compared to net income of $24.8 million, or $1.62 per diluted share, during the nine months ended September 30, 2018, reflecting increases of $4.8 million, or 19.5%, and $0.32 per diluted share, or 19.8%, respectively.

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

• Loans totaling $2.75 billion as of September 30, 2019 grew $363 million, or 15.2%, from September 30, 2018. Loan growth was driven primarily by commercial and industrial loans, which increased $180 million, or 21.1%, over the same time period, while commercial real estate loans contributed an increase of $105 million, or 15.4%, over the prior year. Total loan growth was attributable primarily to our Private Banking division and Buffalo market, which increased $75.5 million, or 44.3%, and $174 million, or 81.4%, respectively.

• Deposits totaling $2.88 billion as of September 30, 2019 grew by $353 million, or 14.0%, from September 30, 2018. Growth in deposits was driven by our targeted customer acquisition strategies that focus on core deposits, which over time, tend to be a more stable source of funding. As a result, our Private Banking division grew total deposits by $145 million, or 47.2%, while the deposit portfolio in our Buffalo market grew $214 million, or 93.1%, over the same period.

• Total households serviced as of September 30, 2019, were 67,623, as compared to 62,854 households at September 30, 2018, representing an organic increase of 7.6%, primarily as a result of our core deposit growth strategies in Private Banking and the Buffalo market, further enhancing the value of their contributions.

• Tangible book value per share of $16.98 as of September 30, 2019 increased 20.9% from tangible book value per share of $14.05 as of September 30, 2018, driven by organic growth and a sustainable dividend strategy.

Performance ratios reflect continued focus on profitability

• Annualized return on average assets of 1.18% for the nine months ended September 30, 2019 increased 6 basis points compared to the same period in 2018. Annualized return on average assets of 1.19% for the third quarter of 2019 decreased 1 basis point from the same period in 2018.

• Annualized return on average tangible equity of 16.45% for the nine months ended September 30, 2019 compared to 15.91% for the same period in 2018. Annualized return on average tangible equity of 16.19%, for the third quarter of 2019, compared to 17.16%, for the same period in 2018.

• Efficiency Ratio of 60.46% for the nine months ended September 30, 2019 improved 190 basis points from 62.36% for the comparable period in 2018. Efficiency Ratio of 58.31% for the third quarter of 2019 improved 415 basis points from 62.46% for the comparable period in 2018.

Revenue reflects organic growth

• Total revenue (comprised of net interest income plus non-interest income) of $105.7 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2019 increased $12.6 million, or 13.5%, from the nine months ended September 30, 2018. Total revenue of $36.2 million for the third quarter of 2019 increased $3.4 million, or 10.3%, from the same period in 2018 due to the following:

◦ Net interest income for the nine months ended September 30, 2019 increased 12.6% to $86.5 million from the nine months ended September 30, 2018, driven by an overall growth of $374 million, or 13.6%, in average earning assets, partially offset by a reduction of 2 basis points in net interest margin. When compared to the third quarter of 2018, net interest income of $29.9 million increased $3.0 million, or 11.2%, driven by an overall growth of $383 million, or 13.4%, in average earning assets, partially offset by a reduction of 9 basis points in net interest margin.

◦ Net interest margin on a fully tax-equivalent basis was 3.75% and 3.77% for the nine months ended September 30, 2019 and 2018, respectively. The yield on earning assets of 4.98% for the nine months ended September 30, 2019 increased 30 basis points from 4.68% for the nine months ended September 30, 2018. The cost of interest-bearing liabilities increased 38 basis points to 1.44% for the nine months ended September 30, 2019 from 1.06% for the nine months ended September 30, 2018, primarily as a result of our core deposit acquisition strategies.

◦ Net interest margin on a fully tax-equivalent basis was 3.72% for the third quarter of 2019 compared to 3.81% for the same period in 2018. During the third quarter of 2019, our net interest margin was impacted by changes in the interest rate environment.

• Total non-interest income of $19.2 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2019 increased $2.9 million, or 18.0%, 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 $1.8 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2019 compared to $672 thousand for the same period in 2018.

◦ Excluding the items discussed above, non-interest income for the nine months ended September 30, 2019 totaled $17.4 million, reflecting an increase of $1.8 million, or 11.6%, from the same period in 2018. As a result of our continued organic growth, we experienced an increase in service charges in deposit accounts of $624 thousand, or 15.2%, in the first nine months of 2019 compared to the same period in 2018. In addition, Wealth and Asset Management fees increased $331 thousand, or 10.5%, due to growth in assets under management.

◦ Total non-interest income of $6.3 million for the third quarter of 2019 increased $343 thousand, or 5.8%, from the same period in 2018, driven primarily by growth in Wealth and Asset Managements fees of $207 thousand, or 20.1%, and mortgage banking income of $125 thousand, or 44.2%, partially offset by a decrease of $224 thousand, or 53.2%, 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 $21.4 million for the three months ended September 30, 2019, compared to $20.8 million for the same period in 2018. For the nine months ended September 30, 2019, total non-interest expense of $64.6 million increased $5.3 million, or 8.9%, from the comparable period in 2018, primarily as a result of expansion of staffing levels in several areas including business development, customer service and risk management, as well as other costs required to service a larger customer base.

Income taxes

• Income tax expense of $6.3 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2019 increased $1.9 million, or 43.9%, from the comparable period in 2018. Our effective tax rate was 17.5% for the nine months ended September 30, 2019 compared to 14.9% for the same period in 2018. Income tax expense for the third quarter of 2019 totaled $2.3 million at an effective tax rate of 17.9%, compared to income tax expense of $1.7 million and an effective tax rate of 15.4% 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 $16.8 million, or 0.48%, of total assets as of September 30, 2019 remained stable compared to $15.6 million, or 0.48%, of total assets as of December 31, 2018 and improved from $18.4 million, or 0.59%, of total assets as of September 30, 2018. In addition, the allowance for loan losses as measured as a percentage of loans net of unearned income as of September 30, 2019 was 0.73%, compared to 0.80% as of December 31, 2018 and 0.94% as of September 30, 2018. The reduction was primarily a result of charge-offs of reserves previously recorded for individually evaluated loan relationships.

• For the three months ended September 30, 2019, net loan charge-offs totaled $3.3 million, or 0.50%, of total average loans compared to $707 thousand, or 0.12%, of total average loans for the three months ended September 30, 2018. For the nine months ended September 30, 2019, net loan charge-offs were $4.7 million, or 0.24%, of total average loans, compared to $1.8 million, or 0.11%, of total average loans during the comparable period in 2018. The third quarter of 2019 included a charge-off totaling $2.6 million related to one commercial real estate loan relationship, which had been previously fully reserved.

• During the three and nine months ended September 30, 2019, provision for loan losses totaled $2.1 million and $5.2 million, respectively, compared to provision for loan losses of $1.1 million and $4.6 million for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2018, respectively. The third quarter of 2019 included a provision expense totaling $1.4 million related to one commercial real estate loan relationship, resulting in the loan being fully reserved. Management believes this was an appropriate step to take in light of further deterioration on the underlying performance of the business and increased potential risk for full recovery of principal and interest as contractually required, including management's concerns with an increasing lack of communication from the borrower. The remaining change in provision for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2019 reflects routine adjustments to impaired loan loss reserves and increases in general loan loss reserves resulting from CNB’s organic loan growth.

Capital provides source of strength

• As of September 30, 2019 CNB’s total shareholders’ equity of $297 million increased $42.7 million, or 16.8%, from September 30, 2018 as a result of an increase in accumulated other comprehensive income combined with organic earnings, partially offset by the payment of common stock dividends to our shareholders and 40,000 shares repurchased during the nine months ended September 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 $3.5 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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