Current Press Releases

QNB/Muhlenberg Team Makes Pennsylvania Top 3 in Annual Competition

QUAKERTOWN, PA | June 29, 2020 – The Conference of State Bankers Supervisors (CSBS) recently announced the winning teams from their annual case study competition. In Pennsylvania, the Muhlenberg College team paired with QNB Bank placed second in the state.

The competition is designed to help educate the next generation on the banking industry, with this year’s competition focusing on the impact of the Bank Secrecy Act and Anti-Money Laundering (BSA-AML) requirements on community banks.

This year’s competition included 37 student teams from 33 colleges and universities partnered with local banks from across the country. Pennsylvania was well-represented with 11 student teams from 10 different colleges and universities. All teams went through three rounds of judging with five teams from PA making it through the first round, including Muhlenberg College paired with QNB.

QNB is a full-service community bank that has provided exceptional personalized banking services to individuals and businesses since 1877. With assets of approximately $1.2 billion, QNB currently operates twelve branches in Bucks, Montgomery and Lehigh Counties. More information about QNB is available at QNBbank.com.

QNB Bank Cancels Annual Founders Day Celebration

QUAKERTOWN, PA | June 24, 2020 – This year, QNB Bank is celebrating its 143rd anniversary as “Your Community Bank.” Founders Day is the Bank’s tradition of thanking the community for its patronage and support. Unfortunately, due to the ongoing health and public safety concerns brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s annual Founders Day band concert and community party scheduled for Wednesday, July 15th has been cancelled.

QNB will still celebrate, in a socially distanced fashion, Customer Appreciation Day on Thursday, July 16th at all branch locations. The celebration will feature giveaways, bagged snacks and bottled water, plus the Kona Ice Food Truck will be serving free Kona water ice at our Downtown Office parking lot from Noon to 2pm on the 16th and at our Country Square Office parking lot from Noon to 2pm on Friday, July 17th.

QNB is a full-service community bank that has provided exceptional personalized banking services to individuals and businesses since 1877. With assets of approximately $1.2 billion, QNB currently operates twelve branches in Bucks, Montgomery and Lehigh Counties. More information about QNB is available at QNBbank.com.

QNB Corp. Announces Retirement of Anna Mae Papso from Board of Directors

QUAKERTOWN, PA | June 10, 2020 – The Board of Directors of QNB Corp. (the “Company”) the parent company of QNB Bank (the “Bank”) have announced the retirement of Anna Mae Papso from their Board of Directors.

Ms. Papso served on the Board for nearly sixteen years. In her professional career she held senior financial management positions in public companies and served as the corporate vice president/chief financial officer for West Pharmaceutical Services, Inc., a multi-national manufacturer of specialized pharmaceutical packaging. In addition to her Board position, Ms. Papso served on the Audit Committee and was the Board’s designated financial expert. She holds a BS in Accounting and an MBA from Drexel University.

“We want to recognize and thank Ms. Papso for her tremendous contribution to QNB. In addition to providing expertise in accounting and reporting, she served informally as a mentor to the finance function at QNB for many years”, said Dave Freeman, QNB President and CEO.

QNB is a full-service community bank that has provided exceptional personalized banking services to individuals and businesses since 1877. With assets of approximately $1.2 billion, QNB currently operates twelve branches in Bucks, Montgomery and Lehigh Counties. More information about QNB is available at QNBbank.com.

QNB Corp. Appoints Laurie A. Bergman to Board of Directors

QUAKERTOWN, PA | June 5, 2020 – The Board of Directors of QNB Corp. (the “Company”) the parent company of QNB Bank (the “Bank”) have announced the appointment of Laurie A. Bergman to the Board of Directors of both the Company and the Bank.

Ms. Bergman is currently the Vice President, Chief Accounting Officer and Corporate Controller of UGI Corporation (February 2019 to present). She previously served as the Chief Accounting Officer and Corporate Controller of AmeriGas Propane, Inc. (2016 to 2019) and as its Group Director – Financial Planning and Operations (2014 to 2016). Ms. Bergman joined AmeriGas Propane, Inc. in 2006 as Manager – Disbursements and served in various roles for AmeriGas Propane, Inc., including Assistant Controller (2011 to 2012), Director of Financial Analysis and Planning (2012 to 2013), and Group Director of Financial Planning and Revenue Management (2013 to 2014). Prior to that, she held positions of increasing responsibility at AmeriGas Propane, Inc. Previously, Ms. Bergman served as a Financial Analysis Specialist and a Disbursement Operations Manager at CIGNA Corporation from 2001 to 2005. Ms. Bergman’s educational background includes a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Finance and a Master of Business Administration from Temple University. Ms. Bergman’s leadership of corporate accounting functions in large, publicly traded organizations give her the qualifications and skills to serve as a director of QNB. Ms. Bergman will serve on the Audit Committee of the Board of Directors and as its financial expert.

QNB is a full-service community bank that has provided exceptional personalized banking services to individuals and businesses since 1877. With assets of approximately $1.2 billion, QNB currently operates twelve branches in Bucks, Montgomery and Lehigh Counties. More information about QNB is available at QNBbank.com.

QNB Corp. Appoints Randy S. Bimes to Board of Directors

QUAKERTOWN, PA | June 5, 2020 – The Board of Directors of QNB Corp. (the “Company”) the parent company of QNB Bank (the “Bank”) have announced the appointment of Randy S. Bimes to the Board of Directors of both the Company and the Bank.

Dr. Bimes is currently the president and managing partner of Quakertown Veterinary Clinic (August 1996 to present). Since December 2016, he has also served as vice president of operations at MAVANA, a national aggregation of veterinary practices. Furthermore, he is the chair of the Medical Advisory Board of Community Veterinary Partners (July 2016 to present). Dr. Bimes’ educational background includes a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine. His experience in small business operations and development, strategic planning and work in small business aggregation, as well as his role in the community give Dr. Bimes the qualifications and skills to serve as a director of QNB. In addition, Dr. Bimes will serve on the Asset Liability Committee.

QNB is a full-service community bank that has provided exceptional personalized banking services to individuals and businesses since 1877. With assets of approximately $1.2 billion, QNB currently operates twelve branches in Bucks, Montgomery and Lehigh Counties. More information about QNB is available at QNBbank.com.

QNB Corp. Declares Dividend

Quakertown, PA (May 26, 2020) The Board of Directors of QNB Corp. (OTC Bulletin Board: QNBC), parent company of QNB Bank, at a regular meeting on May 26, 2020 declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.34 per share. The cash dividend is payable on June 26, 2020 to shareholders of record June 12, 2020.

QNB Corp. offers commercial and retail banking services through the twelve banking offices of its subsidiary, QNB Bank. QNB Corp.’s stock is traded in the over-the-counter market under the symbol “QNBC.” For more information, visit QNB’s web site at QNBbank.com.

QNB Corp. to Hold Previously Announced May 26, 2020 Annual Meeting of Shareholders by Virtual Means Due to Coronavirus Concerns

QUAKERTOWN, PA | May 6, 2020 – QNB Corp. (OTCBB: QNBC), parent Company of QNB Bank today announced that, due to the continuing public health concerns relating to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, and to protect the health and well-being of its shareholders, employees, and other stakeholders, the Company's 2020 annual shareholder meeting will now be held virtually. A proxy statement supplement will be filed today with the Securities Exchange Commission with additional information concerning the virtual meeting, which we urge shareholders to read in its entirety.

Although shareholders will not be able to attend the annual meeting in person, virtual attendance capabilities will provide shareholders the ability to participate and ask questions during the meeting. Additionally, the Company's shareholders will be deemed to be "present" if they access the annual meeting through the virtual platform and they will be able to vote their shares at the annual meeting, or revoke or change a previously submitted vote, through the virtual platform.

The virtual meeting will be held on the same date and time as previously announced, May 26, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. (EDT).  As described in the proxy materials for the annual meeting previously distributed, the Company's shareholders are entitled to participate in the annual meeting if they were a shareholder of record as of the close of business on March 24, 2020, which is the record date for the annual meeting. The proxy card included with the proxy materials previously distributed will not be updated to reflect the information provided in this announcement and may continue to be used to vote each shareholder's shares in connection with the annual meeting.

Shareholders will be able to attend the meeting online, vote their shares electronically, and submit their questions during the meeting by visiting www.meetingcenter.io/223282502. In light of the foregoing, the Company urges shareholders to consider voting and submitting proxies in advance of the annual meeting as described in the proxy materials previously provided to the Company's shareholders.

QNB Corp. offers commercial and retail banking services through the twelve banking offices of its subsidiary, QNB Bank. QNB Corp.’s stock is traded in the over-the-counter market under the symbol “QNBC.” For more information, visit QNB’s web site at QNBbank.com.

QNB Bank Promotes Gary Trively to Vice President, Branch Manager at Wescosville Office

QUAKERTOWN, PA | May 6, 2020 – QNB is pleased to announce the promotion of Gary Trively to the position of Vice President, Branch Manager at the Bank’s Wescosville Office. In his role, Gary is responsible for the effective management of the full-service branch. His duties include developing new business, retaining and expanding current businesses, and representing QNB through various civic and community functions. His previous position was Assistant Vice President, Branch Manager at the Wescosville Office.

Gary has been with QNB for 33 years. He is a graduate of Salisbury High School and has completed numerous American Institute of Banking courses. Gary is active in his community, serving as a leader of Christian education programs and consistory member at his local church. He is also a board member of the East Penn Chamber of Commerce. Gary currently resides in Northampton with his family.

QNB Corp. Reports Earnings for First Quarter 2020

QUAKERTOWN, PA (April 28, 2020) QNB Corp. (the “Company” or “QNB”) (OTC Bulletin Board: QNBC), the parent company of QNB Bank, reported net income for the first quarter of 2020 of $220,000, or $0.06 per share on a diluted basis, compared to net income of $3,379,000, or $0.97 per share on a diluted basis, for the same period in 2019.  

 

The reduction in net income and earnings per share, when comparing the two periods, is primarily due to a non-cash charge to non-interest income, a result of the decline in fair value of the equity securities portfolio held at by QNB Corp, our bank holding company. The following table presents disaggregated net income: 

 

3 months ended

 
 

3/31/2020

3/31/2019

variance

QNB Bank

    2,316,000

   2,676,000

      (360,000)

QNB Corp

  (2,096,000)

      703,000

   (2,799,000)

Consolidated net income

 $    220,000

 $ 3,379,000

 $ (3,159,000)

Total assets as of March 31, 2020 were $1,232,010,000 compared with $1,225,023,000 at December 31, 2019. Loans receivable at March 31, 2020 were $821,283,000 compared with $820,616,000 at December 31, 2019, an increase of $667,000, or 0.10%.  Total deposits at March 31, 2020 were $1,043,521,000, increasing $5,661,000, or 0.50%, compared with $1,037,860,000 at December 31, 2019.

“Our core banking business performed well during the first quarter 2020.  Loan growth slowed, but the deposit and household growth we saw in 2019 was sustained during first quarter 2020”, stated David W. Freeman, President and Chief Executive Officer. “While asset quality remains strong, we recorded additional loan loss provision, due to the decline in economic activity resulting from the economic crisis brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.”

 

Net Interest Income and Net Interest Margin

Net interest income for the quarter ended March 31, 2020 totaled $9,163,000, an increase of $327,000 from the same period in 2019. The net interest margin was 3.18% for the first quarter of 2020 and 2019.  The yield on earning assets was 3.92% for the first quarter 2020, a decrease of 12 basis points from 4.04% in the first quarter of 2019. The cost of interest-bearing liabilities decreased  14 basis points to 0.92% for the first quarter ended March 31, 2020, compared with 1.06% for the same period in 2019.

 

Asset Quality, Provision for Loan Loss and Allowance for Loan Loss

QNB recorded a $500,000 provision for loan losses in the first quarter of 2020 compared with $225,000 in the first quarter 2019.  QNB's allowance for loan losses of $10,334,000 represents 1.26% of loans receivable at March 31, 2020 compared to $9,887,000, or 1.20% of loans receivable at December 31, 2019, and $9,015,000, or 1.12% of loans receivable at March 31, 2019. Net loan charge-offs were $53,000 for the first quarter of 2020, or 0.03% annualized of total average loans, compared with of $44,000, or 0.02% for the first quarter of 2019.

 

Total non-performing loans, which represent loans on non-accrual status, loans past due 90 days or more and still accruing interest and restructured loans were $15,861,000, or 1.93% of loans receivable at March 31, 2020, compared with $16,464,000, or 2.01% of loans receivable at December 31, 2019, and $9,753,000, or 1.21% of loans receivable at March 31, 2019. In cases where there is a collateral shortfall on impaired loans, specific impairment reserves have been established based on updated collateral values even if the borrower continues to pay in accordance with the terms of the agreement.  At March 31, 2020, $4,172,000, or approximately 37% of the loans classified as non-accrual are current or past due less than 30 days.    At March 31, 2020, commercial substandard or doubtful loans totaled  $15,173,000, a decrease of $749,000 from the $15,922,000 reported at December 31, 2019 and an increase of $452,000, from the $14,721,000 reported at March 31, 2019.

 

Non-Interest Income

Total non-interest loss was ($1,571,000) for the first quarter of 2020, a decrease of $3,880,000 compared with the same period in 2019, due primarily to a  decrease in the fair value of the equity securities portfolio, when comparing the two periods. The equities portfolio comprises blue-chip large-capitalized stocks, providing a taxable equivalent dividend yield of 3.26%.   The performance of the portfolio during the first quarter of 2020 is commensurate with the overall performance of the U.S. stock market.  The unrealized loss in the portfolio was $2,940,000 at March 31, 2020, compared with an unrealized gain of $976,000 at March 31, 2019. The estimated cumulative contribution (realized and unrealized net gains, plus dividends) of the equities portfolio to earnings per share from January 1, 2008 through March 31, 2020 is $1.10 per share.

 

Excluding the change in fair value of equities, net interest income increased $36,000, or 2.7% when comparing the two periods.  Increases in non-interest income comprise; fees for services to customers, ATM and debit card income, and net gain on sale of loans, which increased $18,000, $18,000, and $60,000, respectively, in first quarter 2020 compared with the same period in 2019.

 

Retail brokerage and advisory income  and net gain on sale of securities decreased $28,000 and $6,000, respectively, when comparing the two periods. Other fee income decreases include $12,000 recorded for the broker-dealer conversion cost reimbursement, $12,000 in check sales to depositors and $9,000 in mortgage servicing fees.

Non-Interest Expense

 

Total non-interest expense was $7,278,000 for the first quarter of 2020, increasing $554,000, or 8.2% from $6,724,000  for the same period in 2019.  Salaries and benefits expense increased $291,000, or 7.7%, to $4,072,000 when comparing the two quarters.  Salary expense and related payroll taxes increased $305,000, or 9.8%, to $3,431,000 during the first quarter 2020 compared to the same period in 2019.  Medical premiums and post-retirement life insurance benefit expense decreased $26,000 and $26,000, respectively, while retirement plan expense increased $34,000 during the same period.   Net occupancy and furniture and equipment expense increased $136,000, or 12.8%, to $1,198,000 for the first quarter 2020, due primarily to increased depreciation of building and equipment of $69,000 and increased premises and equipment leasing expense totaling $46,000, when compared to first quarter 2019, as QNB’s newest Allentown location was not opened until third quarter and the Upper Perkiomen Branch had not yet relocated until fourth quarter 2019.  Other non-interest expense increased $127,000, or 6.8%, when comparing first quarter 2020 with first quarter 2019, due to an increase in marketing expense and bank share taxes of $85,000 and $72,000.

 

Income tax benefit was $406,000 in the first quarter 2020, compared to a provision of $817,000 in the first quarter 2019 due to decreased pre-tax income.

 

About the Company

QNB Corp. is the holding company for QNB Bank, which is headquartered in Quakertown, Pennsylvania. QNB Bank currently operates twelve branches in Bucks, Montgomery and Lehigh Counties and offers commercial and retail banking services in the communities it serves.  More information about QNB Corp. and QNB Bank is available at www.qnbbank.com.

 

Forward Looking Statement

This press release may contain forward-looking statements as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Act of 1995. Actual results and trends could differ materially from those set forth in such statements due to various factors. Such factors include the possibility that increased demand or prices for the Company’s financial services and products may not occur, changing economic and competitive conditions, technological developments, and other risks and uncertainties, including those detailed in the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including "Item lA. Risk Factors," set forth in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2019. You should not place undue reliance on any forward-looking statements. These statements speak only as of the date of this press release, even if subsequently made available by the Company on its website or otherwise. The Company undertakes no obligation to update or revise these statements to reflect events or circumstances occurring after the date of this press release.

QNB Bank Donates $40,000 to Local Education Organizations

Quakertown, PA (April 6, 2020) QNB Bank recently donated $40,000 to local education organizations through the State of Pennsylvania’s Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) program. The program awards tax credits to businesses for contributions to Educational Improvement Organizations. Since 2017, QNB has donated $152,750 through the program.

For 2020, QNB donated to the following organizations: Allentown School District Foundation, Allentown Symphony Association, Big Brothers Big Sister of Bucks County, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Lehigh Valley, Boy Scouts of America - Minsi Trails Council, Bucks County Community College Foundation, Centennial Education Foundation, Communities in Schools of the Lehigh Valley, Inc., Community Bike Works, Flint Hill Farm Educational Center, Inc., Lehigh Carbon Community College Foundation, North Penn School District Educational Foundation, North Penn Valley Boys & Girls Club, Inc., Perkiomen Valley School District Foundation, Touchstone Theatre, Valley Youth House Committee, Inc., and YMCA of Bucks County.

QNB is a full-service community bank that has provided exceptional personalized banking services to individuals and businesses since 1877. With assets of approximately $1.2 billion, QNB currently operates twelve branches in Bucks, Montgomery and Lehigh Counties. More information about QNB is available at QNBbank.com.

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