Citizens Financial Services
(PublicWire.com Press Release) — MANSFIELD, Pa., Oct. 25, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Citizens Financial Services, Inc. (OTC BB: CZFS), parent company of First Citizens Community Bank, has released its unaudited financial performance for the nine months ended September 30, 2013.
For the three months ended September 30, 2013, net income totaled $3,512,000 which compares to net income of $3,464,000 for the third quarter of 2012. This represents an increase of $48,000, or 1.4%. Earnings per share of $1.16 for the third quarter compares to $1.13 last year. Annualized return on equity for the comparable periods was 15.42% and 16.78%, while return on assets was 1.58% for both periods.
For the nine months ended September 30, 2013, net income totaled $10,079,000 which compares to $10,666,000 for the same period last year. This represents a decrease of $587,000, or 5.5%. Earnings per share of $3.33 decreased 4.3% from $3.48 per share last year. Annualized return on equity for the comparable periods was 15.13% and 17.74%, while return on assets was 1.52% and 1.62%, respectively. CEO and President Randall E. Black stated, “Our financial performance continues to remain strong and better than peer. As expected, results for 2013 have been impacted by the prolonged low interest rate environment, which has resulted in margin compression as cash flows are being invested at lower yields.”
Net interest income, before the provision for loan losses, decreased from $22,838,000 for the nine months ended September 30, 2012 to $22,409,000 in 2013. The decrease of $429,000, or 1.9%, is reflective of the previously stated declining margins. On a tax equivalent basis, the net interest margin has decreased from 3.99% last year to 3.89% this year. The tax equivalent yields on interest earning assets decreased from 4.94% for the first nine months of 2012 to 4.67% this year. “As expected, the sluggish economy and the current interest rate environment have continued to impact our margins. Despite growth in interest earning assets from a year ago, particularly loans, the additional assets are added at lower rates than those assets that are maturing or re-pricing. This has been offset somewhat by reducing our cost of funds, which has decreased from 1.12% last year to .93% this year,” added Mr. Black.
At September 30, 2013, total assets were $899.4 million, which was an increase of $17.0 million from total assets of $882.4 million at December 31, 2012. From year-end 2012, the investment portfolio and time deposits with other banks have increased a total of $10.7 million to a combined $320.9 million at September 30, 2013. Net loans of $515.3 million as of the end of September have increased $19.6 million, or 4%, compared to December 31, 2012 and have increased $22.8 million from September 30, 2012. Part of this growth has been the success in Luzerne and Lackawanna counties since opening a loan production office in the latter part of 2012. Asset quality remains strong. As of September 30, 2013, non-performing assets totaled $9.8 million and represented 1.87% of loans. This compares to 1.83% as of December 31, 2012. Through September 2013, the provision for loan loss was $315,000 which is the same as the amount recorded last year. The annualized net charge-offs as a percent of average loans remains very low at .01%.
Stockholders’ equity totaled $90.4 million at September 30, 2013, which compares to $89.5 million at December 31, 2012. The increase is attributable to net income of $10.1 million offset by cash dividends paid of $2.5 million and purchases of treasury stock of $1.2 million. Additionally, the unrealized gains on available for sale investment securities have decreased $5.7 million due to the increase in long-term interest rates that has occurred in 2013. On September 27, 2013, a cash dividend of $.285 per share was paid on September 28, 2013 to shareholders of record on September 20, 2013. The cash dividend compares to the June 28, 2013 cash dividend of $.271 per share after giving retroactive consideration to the 5% stock dividend. The cash and stock dividend reflects the Board of Directors’ desire to provide total shareholder return to the shareholder base.
Citizens Financial Services, Inc. has over 1,500 shareholders, the majority of whom reside in Potter, Tioga, and Bradford Counties, Pennsylvania and Allegany County, New York, where their 18 offices are located.
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