April 27, 2023
GALLIPOLIS, Ohio—Ohio Valley Banc Corp. [Nasdaq: OVBC] (the “Company”) reported consolidated net income for the quarter ended March 31, 2023, of $3,908,000, a decrease of $217,000, or 5.3%, from the same period the prior year. Earnings per share for the first quarter of 2023 were $.82, compared to $.87 for the first quarter of 2022. Return on average assets and return on average equity were 1.28% and 11.85%, respectively, for the first quarter of 2023, versus 1.34% and 11.78%, respectively, for the same period the prior year.
Ohio Valley Banc Corp. President and CEO, Larry Miller stated, “Managing through and overcoming challenges has been something our company has been successfully doing for over 150 years now. The recent failure of two high profile banks, one on each coast, is a good reminder that we need to stay humble and remember the basic principles of banking in terms of diversification as well as maintaining a proper, balanced approach. Given the challenging environment in which we operate, I am particularly pleased with our first quarter results.”
For the first quarter of 2023, net interest income increased $1,732,000 from the first quarter of 2022. Contributing to the increase in net interest income was the increase in the net interest margin. In relation to the significant increase in market interest rates based on actions taken by the Federal Reserve, the net interest margin has responded positively due to the yield on earning assets increasing more than the cost of interest-bearing liabilities. For the quarter ended March 31, 2023, the net interest margin was 4.21%, compared to 3.51% for the same period the prior year. The net interest margin also benefited from the higher relative balances maintained in loans, as opposed to the Federal Reserve, which generally yields less than loans. The average balance of loans for the first quarter of 2023 was $897 million, an increase of $79 million from the first quarter of 2022. For the same period, the average balances maintained at the Federal Reserve decreased $92 million.
For the three months ended March 31, 2023, the provision for credit loss expense was $489,000, an increase of $1,615,000 from the first quarter of 2022. The provision for credit loss expense for the first quarter of 2023 was primarily related to quarterly net charge-offs of $290,000 and to the general reserves associated with the $21 million increase in total loans since December 31, 2022. The increase in provision for credit loss expense from the first quarter of 2022 was related to the negative provision expense recognized in that quarter due to lower criticized and classified loans and the partial release of the COVID reserve for the pandemic environment. The allowance for credit losses was .84% of total loans at March 31, 2023, compared to .60% at December 31, 2022 and .65% at March 31, 2022. The increase in the allowance for credit losses at March 31, 2023 was related to the Company adopting the new accounting guidance for measuring the credit losses on financial instruments or Accounting Standards Update (ASU) No. 2016-13. Under this guidance, the Company established a Current Expected Credit Losses (CECL) model to estimate future credit losses, which replaced the former incurred loss methodology. Upon adoption of CECL, the Company increased the allowance for credit losses by $2,162,000. In addition, a reserve for unfunded commitments and held-to-maturity securities was established totaling $631,000 and $3,000, respectively.
Noninterest income totaled $3,767,000 for the first quarter of 2023, an increase of $47,000 from the same period last year. For the first quarter of 2023, other noninterest income increased $263,000 from the first quarter of 2022. The increase was largely related to commissions earned by Race Day Mortgage for mortgage application referrals. This was partially offset by a $188,000 decrease in mortgage banking income from selling loans to the secondary market. With elevated mortgage rates, mortgage customers are selecting in-house mortgage products instead of long-term fixed rate products that are sold to the secondary market.
Noninterest expense totaled $10,272,000 for the first quarter of 2023, an increase of $484,000, or 4.9%, from the same period last year. The Company’s largest noninterest expense, salaries and employee benefits, increased $314,000, or 5.6%, from the first quarter of 2022. The increase was primarily related to annual merit increases. Further contributing to higher noninterest expense was software expense. For the three months ended March 31, 2023, software expense increased $59,000 from the same period last year. Also contributing to higher noninterest expense for the first quarter of 2023 was a $56,000 increase in FDIC insurance premiums and a $48,000 increase in data processing expense, as compared to the same period last year.
The Company’s total assets at March 31, 2023 were $1.266 billion, an increase of $55 million from December 31, 2022. The increase in assets was related to a $43 million increase in balances maintained at the Federal Reserve and to a $21 million increase in loans. The increase in Federal Reserve balances was related to the growth in deposits exceeding the growth in loans. At March 31, 2023, total deposits increased $54 million from year end 2022, which occurred primarily within time deposits. Total shareholders’ equity increased $2.5 million from year end 2022. The growth in shareholders’ equity was impacted by the adoption of CECL, which required a $2.2 million charge to retained earnings.
Ohio Valley Banc Corp. common stock is traded on the NASDAQ Global Market under the symbol OVBC. The holding company owns The Ohio Valley Bank Company, with 17 offices in Ohio and West Virginia; Loan Central, Inc. with six consumer finance offices in Ohio; and Race Day Mortgage, Inc., an online consumer direct mortgage company. Learn more about Ohio Valley Banc Corp. at www.ovbc.com.
Caution Regarding Forward-Looking Information
Certain statements contained in this earnings release that are not statements of historical fact constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Words such as “believes,” “anticipates,” “expects,” “appears,” “intends,” “targeted” and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements but are not the exclusive means of identifying those statements. Forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties. Actual results may differ materially from those predicted by the forward-looking statements because of various factors and possible events, including: (i) impacts from the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on our business, operations, customers and capital position; (ii) the impact of COVID-19 on local, national and global economic conditions; unexpected changes in interest rates or disruptions in the mortgage market related to COVID-19 or responses to the health crisis; (iii) changes in political, economic or other factors, such as inflation rates, recessionary or expansive trends, taxes, the effects of implementation of federal legislation with respect to taxes and government spending and the continuing economic uncertainty in various parts of the world; (iv) competitive pressures; (v) fluctuations in interest rates; (vi) the level of defaults and prepayment on loans made by the Company; (vii) unanticipated litigation, claims, or assessments; (viii) fluctuations in the cost of obtaining funds to make loans; (ix) regulatory changes; and (x) other factors that may be described in the Company’s Annual Reports on Form 10-K and Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q as filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission from time to time. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date on which they are made, and the Company undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statement to reflect events or circumstances after the date on which the statement is made to reflect unanticipated events.