QNB Corp. Reports Earnings Increase for First Quarter 2019

Quakertown, PA (April 23, 2019) QNB Corp. (the “Company” or “QNB”) (OTC Bulletin Board: QNBC), the parent company of QNB Bank, reported net income for the first quarter of 2019 of $3,379,000, or $0.97 per share on a diluted basis, compared to net income of $2,935,000, or $0.85 per share on a diluted basis, for the same period in 2018. 

Total assets as of March 31, 2019 were $1,203,126,000 compared with $1,175,452,000 at December 31, 2018. Loans receivable at March 31, 2019 were $804,528,000 compared with $785,448,000 at December 31, 2018, an increase of $19,080,000, or 2.4%.  Total deposits at March 31, 2019 were $1,034,614,000, increasing $19,016,000, or 1.9%, compared with $1,015,598,000 at December 31, 2018.

“Net income and diluted earnings per share grew 15.1% and 14.1%, respectively, compared to the first quarter of 2018,” said David W. Freeman, President and Chief Executive Officer. “The loan, deposit, and household growth we saw in 2018 was sustained during first quarter 2019 and asset quality remains strong.  Also, our securities and advisory service platform conversion is substantially complete.”

Net Interest Income and Net Interest Margin

Net interest income for the quarter ended March 31, 2019 totaled $8,835,000, an increase of $44,000, from the same period in 2018. The net interest margin was 3.18% for the first quarter of 2019 and 3.22% for first quarter 2018.  The yield on earning assets was 4.04% for the first quarter 2019, an increase of 21 basis points from 3.83% in the first quarter of 2018.  The cost of interest-bearing liabilities increased  31 basis points to 1.06% for the first quarter ended March 31, 2019, compared with 0.75% for the same period in 2018.

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

QNB recorded a $225,000 provision for loan losses in the first quarter of 2019 compared with $188,000 in the first quarter 2018.  QNB's allowance for loan losses of $9,015,000 represents 1.12% of loans receivable at March 31, 2019 compared to $8,834,000, or 1.12% of loans receivable at December 31, 2018, and $8,037,000, or 1.07% of loans receivable at March 31, 2018. Net loan charge-offs were $44,000 for the first quarter of 2019, or 0.02% annualized of total average loans, compared with net recoveries of $8,000 for the first quarter of 2018.

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 $9,753,000, or 1.21% of loans receivable at March 31, 2019, compared with $9,638,000, or 1.23% of loans receivable at December 31, 2018, and $8,327,000, or 1.11% of loans receivable at March 31, 2018. 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, 2019, $2,770,000, or approximately 36% 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, improved.  At March 31, 2019, substandard or doubtful loans totaled $ 14,721,000, a decrease of $3,618,000, or 19.7%, from the $18,339,000 reported at December 31, 2018 and a decrease of $2,695,000, or 15.5%, from the $17,416,000 reported at March 31, 2018.

Non-Interest Income

Total non-interest income was $2,309,000 for the first quarter of 2019, an increase of $1,242,000, or 116.4%, compared with the same period in 2018.  Increases in non-interest income comprise; net unrealized gain on investment securities , ATM and debit card, brokerage and advisory, other income and net gain on sale of loans, which increased $1,222,000, $40,000, and $38,000, $35,000, and $14,000 respectively, in first quarter 2019 compared with the same period in 2018.  Other fee income increases include $29,000 recorded for the broker-dealer conversion cost reimbursement and increased letter of credit income. The net unrealized gain on investment securities was $976,000 in the first quarter of 2019 compared with unrealized losses of equity securities of $246,000 for the same period in 2018.   

Fees for services to customers and realized gain on investment securities decreased $28,000, or 6.6%, and $79,000, or 92.9%,  respectively, when comparing the first quarter 2019 to the same period in 2018.  The decrease in fees for services to customers is due primarily to an decrease in overdraft income, while the decrease in gains on securities sales is a result of reduced opportunity for profitable sale of equities and a $39,000 net loss on sale of available for sale securities for a trade out of low-yielding mortgage-backed bonds into higher-yielding municipal bonds.

Non-Interest Expense

Total non-interest expense was $6,723,000 for the first quarter of 2019, increasing $545,000, or 8.8%, from $6,178,000  for the same period in 2018.  Salaries and benefits expense increased $436,000, or 13.0%, to $3,781,000 when comparing the two quarters.  Salary expense and related payroll taxes increased $275,000, or 9.6%, to $3,126,000 during the first quarter 2019 compared to the same period in 2018.  Medical premiums, retirement plan expense and post-retirement life insurance benefit expense increased $135,000, $9,000, and $13,000, respectively during the same period.   Net occupancy and furniture and equipment expense increased $103,000, or 10.8%, to $1,061,000 for the first quarter 2019, due primarily to increased depreciation of building and equipment of $49,000 and increased building and software maintenance expense totaling $48,000, when compared to first quarter 2018.  Other non-interest expense increased $6,000, or 0.3%, when comparing first quarter 2019 with first quarter 2018.

Provision for income taxes increased 46.7%, to $817,000 in the first quarter 2019 due to increased pre-tax income and a higher proportion of taxable versus tax-free income, compared with the same period in 2018.  The effective tax rates for the first quarters of 2019 and 2018 were 19.5% and 16.0%, respectively, due to increased state income tax provisions related to the increase in unrealized gains on the equities portfolio.

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.  More information about QNB Corp. and QNB Bank is available at www.qnbbank.com.

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