MANITOWOC, Wis., July 20, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — County Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:ICBK), the holding company of Investors Community Bank, a commercial bank headquartered in Manitowoc, Wisconsin, reported net income of $2.1 million, or $0.29 diluted earnings per share, for the second quarter of 2017, compared to net income of $1.9 million, or $0.30 diluted earnings per share, for the second quarter of 2016. This represents a return on average assets of 0.65% for the three months ended June 30, 2017, compared to 0.75% for the three months ended June 30, 2016.
“Our financial performance this quarter was impacted by continuing slow secondary market sales of Farm Service Agency guarantees, which is due to procedural changes that are delaying the normal sales of these loans,” said Tim Schneider, President of County Bancorp, Inc. and CEO of Investors Community Bank. “In addition, our net income was negatively impacted by an increase in the provision for loan losses which is primarily a product of lower milk prices over the past couple of years and a weaker agricultural economy overall. Although we have provided a heavier provision, our history of agricultural credit losses through similar cycles has been minimal.”
“Loan growth in both the commercial and agricultural portfolios was solid for the second quarter and the pipelines for both are robust,” continued Schneider. “The addition of experienced bankers to the commercial team over the last year, as well as the relationships our entire team is nurturing, has generated good results. We also continue to find new opportunities with agricultural clients throughout our lending footprint. Although commodity prices have seen compression over the past several years, there are still sound farm operators who we desire to do business with. We also saw considerable improvement in our non-performing assets and expect this trend to continue.”
Loans and Total Assets
Total assets at June 30, 2017 were $1.3 billion, an increase of $44.0 million over total assets as of December 31, 2016, and an increase of $126.0 million over total assets as of June 30, 2016. Total loans were $1.1 billion at June 30, 2017, which represents a $45.2 million increase over total loans at December 31, 2016, and a $115.4 million increase over total loans at June 30, 2016. We have seen increased loan demand in our market areas; agricultural loans have increased $19.3 million and commercial loans have increased $20.2 million in 2017.
Deposits and Other Borrowings
Total deposits at June 30, 2017 were $993.7 million, an increase of $16.1 million over total deposits as of December 31, 2016, and an increase of $101.1 million over total deposits as of June 30, 2016. Core deposit generation continues to be challenging in the current competitive, rising-rate environment. However, we have been able to supplement our deposit needs with borrowings from the Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago (“FHLB”). Our FHLB borrowings increased $25.4 million from $107.9 million at December, 31, 2016 to $133.3 million at June 30, 2017.
Net Interest Income and Margin
As the result of increased loan volume, net interest income increased $1.3 million to $9.6 million for the three months ended June 30, 2017, and increased $3.5 million to $18.8 million for the six months ended June 30, 2017 when compared to the same periods in 2016.
Net interest margin decreased to 3.13% for the three months ended June 30, 2017, compared to 3.32% for the three months ended June 30, 2016. For the six months ended June 30, 2017, net interest margin decreased to 3.10%, compared to 3.26% for the six months ended June 30, 2016. The decrease in margin is the result of market-driven rate compression on new loans of 0.10% and increased funding costs of 0.06%.
Non-Interest Income and Expense
Non-interest income for the second quarter of 2017 decreased $0.9 million to $1.9 million from the second quarter of 2016 and decreased $1.1 million to $3.6 million for the six months ended June 30, 2017. The decrease is primarily due to a $1.0 million decrease in fee on loan servicing rights during the second quarter of 2017. The decrease in loan servicing rights resulted from lower volumes of secondary market sales and participations due to changes in Farm Service Agency regulations that merely impact the timing of expected revenue recognition.
Non-interest expense for the second quarter of 2017 decreased $0.8 million to $6.6 million from the second quarter of 2016 primarily as the result of the elimination of one-time merger related expenses that occurred during the second quarter of 2016 in connection with our acquisition of Fox River Valley Bancorp, Inc. (“Fox River Valley”) in May, 2016, offset by $0.7 million increase in employee compensation and benefits and a $0.3 million loss on the sale of our Green Bay, Wisconsin branch. It is anticipated the existing Green Bay branch will be relocated to our new location on July 31, 2017, once the renovations on the new location are complete.
Non-interest expense year-over-year has increased from $12.0 million for the six months ended June 30, 2016 to $12.5 million for the six months ended June 30, 2017. The increase is directly related to the increase in employee compensation and benefits related to the approximately 35% increase in employees since the acquisition of Fox River Valley, and the related operating costs of the two Fox River Valley branches that were acquired in May 2016.
Non-performing assets have decreased $3.9 million since December 31, 2016 to $18.9 million at June 30, 2017, and have decreased $7.8 million since June 30, 2016. As a percentage of total loans, non-performing assets has improved to 1.76% at June 30, 2017 from 2.78% at June 30, 2016, which is the lowest level since December, 2013.
Net charge-offs for the six months ended June 30, 2017 were $1.4 million which is an increase of $0.5 million from the six months ended June 30, 2016. The net charge-offs for 2017 primarily consisted of one commercial real estate relationship that was fully reserved for in the allowance for loan losses; there is no further exposure to this customer.
Provision for loan losses for the three months ended June 30, 2017 was $1.5 million compared to $0.5 million for the three months ended June 30, 2016. The increased provision is primarily the result of loan growth and the weaker agricultural economy.
Announcement of Hiring of Chief Financial Officer
The Company also announced today the appointment of Glen Stiteley as Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer of the Company and Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of the Bank. Mr. Stiteley, age 47, will join the organizations in August of 2017. “Glen has a wealth of expertise and we are excited that he will be joining our team. Glen has developed a comprehensive working knowledge of the commercial banking sector, including experience with public companies like ours. Most recently, he completed twelve years of service as the Chief Financial Officer of First Community Financial Partners, Inc., a $1.3 billion NASDAQ registered, bank holding company headquartered outside Chicago, which was recently acquired by another financial services company. Glen also spent ten years with McGladrey & Pullen, LLP in its financial institution practice. The breadth and depth of Glen’s experience complements our core values and strategies and we are certain that his leadership will have a positive impact on our performance and growth,” said Mr. Schneider. “We also thank David Kohlmeyer, who has done an exceptional job serving as interim Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of the Company and interim Chief Financial Officer of the Bank over the course of the past year,” continued Mr. Schneider. “Mr. Kohlmeyer will continue to serve in this capacity until Mr. Stiteley’s appointment becomes effective and then will remain with the Bank as Senior Vice President of Finance.”