July 27, 2023
GALLIPOLIS, Ohio--Ohio Valley Banc Corp. [Nasdaq: OVBC] (the “Company”) reported consolidated net income for the quarter ended June 30, 2023, of $3,249,000, an increase of $1,250,000 from the same period the prior year. Earnings per share for the second quarter of 2023 were $.68 compared to $.42 for the prior year second quarter. For the six months ended June 30, 2023, net income totaled $7,157,000, an increase of $1,033,000, or 16.9%, from the same period the prior year. Earnings per share were $1.50 for the first six months of 2023 versus $1.29 for the first six months of 2022. Return on average assets and return on average equity were 1.16% and 10.63%, respectively, for the first half of 2023, compared to .98% and 8.87%, respectively, for the same period in the prior year.
Ohio Valley Banc Corp. President and CEO, Larry Miller said, “This has been an active quarter for the Company. In Waverly, our team of community bankers moved into a new, renovated office. This new location provides us with another opportunity to bring an even better banking experience to our customers. Our customers are the key to our longevity – they are the reason why we have remained and will strive to continue to remain an independent, community bank. To celebrate and thank our customers, all of our OVB locations have hosted special customer appreciation days and are actively planning more events for the coming months. This summer, we have also continued our involvement with the local county fairs. We are proud to support these wonderful community events.”
For the three months ended June 30, 2023, net interest income increased $1,061,000, and for the six months ended June 30, 2023, net interest income increased $2,793,000 from the same respective periods last year. Contributing to the increase in net interest income was the increase in the net interest margin. As a result of 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 June 30, 2023, the net interest margin was 4.03%, compared to 3.64% for the same period the prior year. For the six months ended June 30, 2023, the net interest margin was 4.12%, compared to 3.58% for the same period the prior year. Although the net interest margin increased over the prior year periods, on a linked quarter basis, the net interest margin decreased to 4.03% for the second quarter of 2023 versus 4.21% for the first quarter of 2023. The decrease is a result of the Company offering higher rates on deposit accounts as market competition increased and to the higher utilization of wholesale funding sources to fund asset growth. The net interest margin for 2023 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 six months ended June 30, 2023 was $913 million, an increase of $86 million from the first six months of 2022. For the same period, the average balances maintained at the Federal Reserve decreased $81 million.
For the three months ended June 30, 2023, the provision for credit loss expense totaled $24,000, a decrease of $789,000 from the same period last year. The quarterly provision for credit loss expense was primarily associated with quarter-to-date net charge-offs of $149,000 and the $44 million quarterly increase in loan balances, which was partially offset by lower expected loss rates in relation to an improved unemployment forecast. For the six months ended June 30, 2023, the provision for credit losses was $513,000, an increase of $826,000 from the same period last year. The year-to-date provision for credit loss expense was primarily associated with net charge-offs of $439,000 and loan growth of $65 million, which was partially offset by the improved expected loss rates mentioned previously. Comparatively, the first six months of 2023 had a larger provision for credit losses than the same period in 2022 because there was a negative provision for loan loss expense experienced during the first half of 2022 due to a decrease in certain economic risk factors, such as the level of classified and criticized loans and the partial release of the COVID reserve. The allowance for credit losses was .80% of total loans at June 30, 2023, compared to .60% at December 31, 2022 and June 30, 2022. The increase in the allowance for credit losses at June 30, 2023 was related to the Company adopting the new accounting guidance for measuring the credit losses on financial instruments. 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. The ratio of nonperforming loans to total loans improved to .29% at June 30, 2023, compared to .43% at December 31, 2022 and .46% at June 30, 2022.
For the three and six months ended June 30, 2023, noninterest income increased $77,000 and $124,000, respectively, from the same periods last year. The increases were largely due to higher service charges on deposit accounts, interchange income on debit and credit cards, and commissions earned by Race Day Mortgage for mortgage application referrals. As we wind down Race Day Mortgage, management does not expect to earn commissions on referrals going forward. This was partially offset by a decrease in mortgage banking income from selling loans to the secondary market. With elevated mortgage rates, mortgage customers are selecting in-house variable rate mortgage products instead of long-term fixed rate products that are sold to the secondary market.
For the three months ended June 30, 2023, noninterest expense totaled $10,415,000, an increase of $392,000 from the same period last year. For the six months ended June 30, 2023, noninterest expense totaled $20,687,000, an increase of $876,000 from the same period last year. The Company’s largest noninterest expense, salaries and employee benefits, increased $158,000 as compared to the second quarter of 2022 and increased $472,000 as compared to the first half of 2022. The increase was primarily related to annual merit increases. Further contributing to higher noninterest expense were FDIC insurance premiums, software expense, and data processing. For the three months and six months ended June 30, 2023, FDIC insurance premiums increased $54,000 and $110,000, respectively, from the same periods last year. Software expense increased $32,000 during the second quarter of 2023 and increased $91,000 during the first half of 2023, as compared to the same periods in 2022. The increase was related to investments in loan processing platforms to enhance efficiency. For the three months and six months ended June 30, 2023, data processing expense increased $38,000 and $86,000, respectively, from the same periods last year. The increase was related to enhancements to the digital platform for customers.
The Company’s total assets at June 30, 2023 were $1.274 billion, an increase of $63 million from December 31, 2022. Since December 31, 2022, loan balances increased $65 million, which was largely related to commercial and real estate loan segments. The increase was primarily funded by a $49 million increase in deposits and a $9 million increase in borrowed funds. The growth in deposits was impacted by the utilization of wholesale deposit funding sources. At June 30, 2023, shareholders’ equity increased $3 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 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
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