Current Press Releases
QNB Bank Promotes Lucy P. N. Sharp, Esq. to Senior Vice President Chief Compliance Officer
QUAKERTOWN, PA (8 April 2016) Lucy P. N. Sharp, Esq., has been named Senior Vice President Chief Compliance Officer at QNB’s Towne Bank Center. Lucy is responsible for the operation of the Compliance Management System. She received a Bachelor of Arts in economics at Mount Holyoke College and went on to receive a Juris Doctor degree from Rutgers School of Law in Newark.
Lucy is also an active member of the community. She is the President of the Board of Directors of Keystone Opportunity Center. She is also a member of the Willow Grove Community Development Corporation Board of Directors. Lucy currently resides in Jenkintown, PA.
QNB Bank Seeking Student Art for 2017 Collector Calendar
QUAKERTOWN, PA (4 April 2016) QNB Bank is seeking artwork for its 2017 Student Art Calendar Contest from High School students (grades 9-12) from all schools in the QNB Bank market area. This will be the 21st installment of the Student Art Collector Calendar.
The theme for this year is “Transportation through the Years” and will contain fourteen pen and ink drawings of area students. Entry forms with a full list of rules and regulations for the contest can be picked up at any of QNB Bank’s Branch Offices or at participating schools’ art departments.
All artwork must be received by Tuesday, May 31st and may be dropped off at the QNB Towne Bank Center, located at 320 W. Broad Street, Quakertown, or any of QNB Bank’s Branch Offices. Artwork may also be mailed to:
Attention Marketing Department
PO Box 9005
Quakertown, PA 18951-9005
Winners of the contest will be chosen and notified in June. Questions may be directed to the QNB Bank Marketing Department at 215-538-5600 ext. 5756.
QNB Bank Promotes Christa Martin to Assistant Vice President/Retail Mortgage Loan Officer
QUAKERTOWN, PA (1 March 2016) Christa Martin has been named Assistant Vice President/Retail Mortgage Loan Officer at QNB’s Towne Bank Center. Christa is responsible for interviewing customers, originating applications and prequalifications and conducting loan closings. She is also responsible for coordinating loan transactions with other involved parties such as realtors, title companies and builders. Her previous position was Mortgage Loan Officer.
Christa has been employed by QNB for nearly 3 years. She graduated from Pennridge High School and attended Bucks County Community College as well as Technical College of the Lowcountry. Christa currently resides in Center Valley, PA.
QNB Bank Hosts First Time Homebuyers Seminars
QUAKERTOWN, PA (24 February 2016) If you’re a renter looking to buy, or wondering if buying is possible, join us for one of our FREE First Time Homebuyer Seminars. You’ll be able to learn more about understanding your credit, private mortgage insurance, title insurance, and QNB mortgage options. A light dinner will also be provided.
The first seminar will be held at 6pm on April 7th at QNB’s Towne Bank Center located at 320 W. Broad St., Quakertown, PA. The second seminar will be held at 6pm on April 14th at QNB’s Colmar Office located at 127 Bethlehem Pike, Colmar, PA. The third and final seminar will be held at 6pm on April 21st at QNB’s Perkasie Office located at 607 Chestnut St., Perkasie, PA.
Seating for these seminars is limited, so call or email Christa or Connie ASAP to register. Please RSVP at least one week prior to the seminar date. Call Christa Martin at 215-538-5600 x5634 or email her at email@example.com. You may also call Connie Lindenmuth at 215-538-5600 x5767 or send her an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to meeting you and discussing your future home.
QNB Corp. Increases Dividend
Quakertown, PA (23 February 2016) The Board of Directors of QNB Corp. (OTC Bulletin Board: QNBC), parent company of QNB Bank, at a regular meeting on February 23, 2016 declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.30 per share. The amount represents a 3.4% increase from the prior quarter. Based upon the closing price of a share as of close of business February 22, 2016, this represents a yield of 3.9%. The cash dividend is payable on March 25, 2016 to shareholders of record March 11, 2016.
“As a result of the continued solid financial performance of QNB Corp., the Board of Directors is pleased to be able to increase the dividend by 3.4%. As a result of its well capitalized position, QNB Corp. is able to continue its uninterrupted history of quarterly dividends,” said David W. Freeman, President and Chief Executive Officer.
QNB Corp. offers commercial and retail banking services through the eleven banking offices of its subsidiary, QNB Bank. In addition, QNB Bank provides securities and advisory services under the name of QNB Financial Services through Investment Professionals, Inc., a registered Broker/Dealer and Registered Investment Advisor, and title insurance as a member of Laurel Abstract Company LLC. 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 http://www.qnbbank.com/.
QNB Sponsors Lansdale Public Library Clean & Green Extravaganza Fundraiser
QNB is proud to sponsor the 6th annual Clean & Green Extravaganza fundraiser for the Lansdale Public Library. The event will take place at the Lansdale Public Library on Saturday, July 16th from 9am to 1pm. This year’s Clean & Green Extravaganza will include a carwash, book sale, document shredding, and electronics recycling.
QNB Bank Promotes Denise Landis to Assistant Vice President/Retail Lending Officer
QUAKERTOWN, PA (11 February 2016) Denise Landis has been named Assistant Vice President/Retail Lending Officer at QNB’s Towne Bank Center. Denise is responsible for processing and underwriting new retail loan applications as well as preparing closing documents and closing loans when needed. She is also responsible for answering retail loan questions from Branch personnel and customers. Her previous position was Retail Lending Officer.
Denise has been employed by QNB for over 30 years. She graduated from Palisades High School and acquired her General Banking Diploma from the American Institute of Banking. Denise has also completed a variety of AIB courses to further expand her banking knowledge.
Denise lives in Coopersburg with her family. She remains active in the Upper Bucks community where she serves as Treasurer for the Salvation Army.
Chris Cattie Joins QNB Bank as Executive Vice President/Chief Information Technology Officer
QUAKERTOWN, PA (19 February 2016) QNB Bank has hired Chris Cattie for the position of Executive Vice President/Chief Information Technology Officer at QNB’s Towne Bank Center. Chris is responsible for directing and managing the Departments of Information Technology, Deposit Operations, and Electronic Banking. In his role as a community banker, Chris looks forward to developing relationships with employees, business people, and vendors that live and work in the local community.
Chris has been in banking for 20 years. In his previous role at another financial institution, Chris served as Senior Vice President of Information Technology. He earned a Bachelor of Science from Lock Haven University for Accounting and Management. He then continued his education at LaSalle University where he received his MBA.
Chris lives in Willow Grove with his family. He remains active in his community where he serves as a volunteer and coach for the Upper Moreland Soccer Club.
QNB Bank Promotes Wendy L. Awckland to Assistant Vice President/Branch Manager at Quakertown Commons Office
QUAKERTOWN, PA (28 January 2016) Wendy L. Awckland has been named Assistant Vice President/Branch Manager of QNB Bank’s Quakertown Commons Office located inside the GIANT food store. Wendy is responsible for the efficient and effective management of a full-service supermarket branch office, as well as coaching and motivating branch staff. Her previous position was Assistant Branch Manager at QNB’s Dublin Village Office.
Wendy has been employed by QNB for nearly four years while her overall banking career spans over 20 years. She graduated from Upper Perkiomen High School and attended Western Montgomery VoTech. Wendy studied Finance and Accounting and has American Institute of Banking Certifications in Principles of Banking, Accounting, Consumer Lending, and Law and Banking.
Wendy lives in Quakertown with her family. She remains active in the Souderton and East Greenville communities where she previously resided. She is also active in Upper Bucks Relay for Life.
QNB Corp. Reports Earnings
QUAKERTOWN, PA (January 26, 2016) QNB Corp. (the “Company” or “QNB”) (OTC Bulletin Board: QNBC), the parent company of QNB Bank (the “Bank”), reported net income for the fourth quarter of 2015 of $1,943,000, or $0.58 per share on a diluted basis. This compares to net income of $2,486,000, or $0.75 per share on a diluted basis, for the same period in 2014. For the year ended December 31, 2015, QNB reported net income of $8,233,000, or $2.46 per share on a diluted basis. This compares to net income of $8,998,000, or $2.72 per share on a diluted basis, reported for 2014.
For the year 2015 the rate of return on average assets and average shareholders’ equity was 0.83% and 9.29%, respectively, compared with 0.95% and 10.89%, respectively, for the year 2014.
Total assets as of December 31, 2015 were $1,020,936,000 compared with $977,135,000 at December 31, 2014. Loans receivable at December 31, 2015 were $615,270,000 compared with $555,282,000 at December 31, 2014, an increase of $59,988,000, or 10.8%, with commercial lending as the largest contributor to the growth. Total deposits at December 31, 2015 were $889,786,000, an increase of 4.5% compared with $851,592,000 at December 31, 2014, due to strong growth in non-time deposits.
David W. Freeman, President and Chief Executive Officer stated, “Loan, deposit and household growth for the fourth quarter and the entire year contributed to our results. We continue to see trends in asset quality improvement as well. The decline in net interest margin slowed in 2015, as we continue to experience net interest margin pressure, due to the rate environment and competition.”
Net Interest Income and Net Interest Margin
Net interest income for the quarter and twelve months ended December 31, 2015 totaled $7,025,000 and $27,369,000, respectively, an increase of $374,000 and $1,243,000, respectively, from the same periods in 2014. The net interest margin for the fourth quarter of 2015 was 3.00% compared to 2.96% for the fourth quarter of 2014. Net interest margin for the twelve months ended December 31, 2015 was 3.05%, a decrease of two basis points compared to the same period in 2014. While the prolonged low interest rate environment and loan rate competition continues to exert pressure on asset yields, the growth in loans as a percent of earning assets as well as growth in non-interest bearing deposits during 2015 contributed to the Company’s ability to maintain net interest margin. The yield on earning assets increased one basis point from 3.45% for the fourth quarter of 2014 to 3.46% for the fourth quarter of 2015. For the twelve months ended December 31, 2015, the yield on earning assets declined four basis points, from 3.57% in 2014 to 3.53% in 2015. The cost of interest-bearing liabilities was 0.56% for the fourth quarter and the year ended December 31, 2015, compared with 0.57% and 0.58% for the same periods in 2014.
Asset Quality, Provision for Loan Loss and Allowance for Loan Loss
QNB recorded a $140,000 provision for loan losses in the fourth quarter of 2015, compared to $400,000 for the fourth quarter 2014. For the year 2015, QNB recorded $200,000 in provision, compared to $400,000 for the year 2014. QNB's allowance for loan losses of $7,554,000 represents 1.23% of loans receivable at December 31, 2015 compared to an allowance for loan losses of $8,001,000, or 1.44% of loans receivable at December 31, 2014. Net loan charge-offs were $255,000 for the fourth quarter of 2015, or 0.17% annualized of total average loans, compared with net charge-offs of $765,000 for the fourth quarter of 2014, or 0.56% of total average loans. For the years ended December 31, 2015 and 2014 net loan charge-offs were $647,000, or 0.11%, and $1,324,000, or 0.25%, of total average loans, respectively. The majority of charge-offs recorded during both 2015 and 2014 had specific reserves established during the allowance for loan loss calculation process prior to the decision to charge-off the loan.
Asset quality improved over the past year with total non-performing assets of $13,372,000 at December 31, 2015 compared with $18,152,000 as of December 31, 2014. Included in this classification are non-performing loans, other real estate owned (OREO) and repossessed assets, and non-performing pooled trust preferred securities. 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 $10,719,000, or 1.74% of loans receivable at December 31, 2015, compared with $12,667,000, or 2.28% of loans receivable at December 31, 2014. 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 December 31, 2015, $7,395,000, or approximately 79% of the loans classified as non-accrual are current or past due less than 30 days. Commercial loans classified as substandard or doubtful, which includes non-performing loans, also improved. At December 31, 2015 substandard or doubtful loans totaled $27,325,000, a reduction of $7,029,000, or 20.5%, from the $34,354,000 reported at December 31, 2014.
QNB had no other real estate owned and other repossessed assets as of December 31, 2015 compared with five properties with a carrying value of $3,046,000 at December 31, 2014. Included in the December 31, 2014 amount was one property with a fair value of $2,325,000, which was sold in January 2015. For the twelve months ended December 31, 2015, a total of six OREO properties were sold, one of which was acquired during the year and subsequently sold. Non-accrual pooled trust preferred securities are carried at fair value of $2,653,000, and $2,439,000, at December 31, 2015 and December 31, 2014, respectively. The increase in the carrying value of these securities reflects an improvement in their fair value.
Total non-interest income was $1,263,000 for the fourth quarter of 2015, and $6,032,000 for the year ended December 31, 2015, a decrease of $1,325,000 and $1,510,000, compared to the same periods in 2014, respectively. On November 26, 2014, QNB transferred its former internet domain name to a third party for a purchase price of $1.0 million, as disclosed in a Form 8-k filing dated December 2, 2014. The Company also received a life insurance benefit totaling $158,000 during the fourth quarter 2014. Excluding these two non-recurring items, the Company’s non-interest income declined $167,000, or 11.7%, and $352,000, or 5.5%, when comparing the quarters and years ended December 31, 2015 and 2014, respectively.
Net gains on investment securities decreased $42,000 for the quarter and $329,000 for the year ended December 31, 2015, primarily due to market conditions which resulted in fewer opportunities for sales in 2015 compared to 2014. QNB recorded net gains in trading activity of $16,000 for the quarter and $33,000 for year ended December 31, 2015, compared with net gains from trading activity of $1,000 and $156,000 for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2014, respectively. Net gains on the sale of residential mortgage loans for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2015 were $54,000 and $356,000, respectively, a decrease of $33,000 for the fourth quarter 2015, and an increase of $98,000 for the year 2015, respectively, compared to the same periods in 2014. Growth in QNB Financial Services resulted in an additional $29,000 in retail brokerage and advisory income for the year ended December 31, 2015, while fourth quarter 2015 saw a decline of $75,000, when compared to the same periods in 2014. Increased debit card usage resulted in an increase in income of $46,000 for the quarter and $86,000 for the year 2015 compared to the same periods in 2014.
Total non-interest expense was $5,634,000 for the fourth quarter of 2015, an increase of $12,000, or 0.2%, compared with $5,622,000 for the fourth quarter of 2014. For year ended December 31, 2015, total non-interest expense increased $772,000, or 3.6%, to $22,398,000, compared to the same period in 2014. Salaries and benefits expense increased $61,000, or 2.0%, for the quarter ended December 31, 2015, compared to the same period in 2014. For the year ended December 31, 2015 salaries and benefits expense increased $427,000, or 3.7%, compared to the same period in 2014. Salary expense decrease of $14,000 for the fourth quarter 2015 compared to the same period in 2014 was offset by increased benefits costs of $75,000, primarily medical insurance premiums. For the year ended December 31, 2015, salary expense increase of $574,000, or 6.4%, was offset by a reduction in net benefits costs. The reduction in benefits expense is due primarily to insurance reimbursements for medical claims paid in prior periods. Net occupancy and furniture and equipment expense declined $10,000, or 1.1%, for the fourth quarter 2015 compared to the same period in 2014. For year ended December 31, 2015, net occupancy and furniture and equipment costs increased $30,000 compared to the same period in 2014, due primarily to increased software maintenance and rental expense, offset in part by lower depreciation expense. Other operating expenses for the three months ended December 31, 2015 decreased $39,000. Other operating expenses for the twelve months ended December 31, 2015 increased $315,000, or 4.8%, as increased taxes, third party services, collection costs and debit card expenses were partially offset by a decline in marketing, and FDIC insurance expense. Debit card expenses include a $208,000 contract termination fee related to card platform upgrades anticipated to occur during 2016.
About the Company
QNB Corp. is the holding company for QNB Bank, which is headquartered in Quakertown, Pennsylvania. QNB Bank currently operates eleven branches in Bucks, Montgomery and Lehigh Counties and offers commercial and retail banking services in the communities it serves. In addition, the Company provides securities and advisory services under the name of QNB Financial Services through Investment Professionals, Inc., a registered Broker/Dealer and Registered Investment Advisor, and title insurance as a member of Laurel Abstract Company LLC. 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, 2014. 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.
Contacts: David W. Freeman Janice S. McCracken Erkes
President & Chief Executive Officer Chief Financial Officer
215-538-5600 x-5619 215-538-5600 x-5716