Press Release

Plumas Bancorp Reports Record Earnings for the Year Ended December 31, 2021

Company Release - 1/19/2022 9:00 AM ET

RENO, Nevada, Jan. 19, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Plumas Bancorp (Nasdaq: PLBC), the parent company of Plumas Bank, today announced record total assets and earnings at and for the year ended December 31, 2021. Total assets were $1.6 billion at December 31, 2021, an increase of $502 million from $1.1 billion at December 31, 2020. For the twelve months ended December 31, 2021, the Company reported net income of $21.0 million or $3.82 per share, an increase of $6.5 million from $14.5 million or $2.80 per share earned during 2020. Earnings per diluted share increased to $3.76 during the twelve months ended December 31, 2021, up $0.99 from $2.77 during 2020.

Earnings during the fourth quarter of 2021 totaled $5.5 million or $0.95 per share, an increase of $1.2 million from $4.3 million or $0.83 per share during the fourth quarter of 2020. Diluted earnings per share increased to $0.93 per share during the three months ended December 31, 2021, up from $0.82 per share during the quarter ended December 31, 2020.

Return on average assets was 1.52% during the twelve months ended December 31, 2021, up from 1.43% during 2020. Return on average equity increased to 17.8% for the twelve months ended December 31, 2021, up from 15.5% during 2020. Return on average assets was 1.35% during the current quarter, down from 1.50% during the fourth quarter of 2020. Return on average equity decreased to 16.5% for the three months ended December 31, 2021, down from 17.4% during the fourth quarter of 2020.

Results for the twelve and three months ended December 31, 2021, benefited from the acquisition of the Bank of Feather River (BFR), the wholly owned subsidiary of Feather River Bancorp, effective July 1, 2021. Total assets acquired from BFR, including goodwill, were $205 million. Loans acquired in the acquisition totaled $160 million and deposits totaled $177 million. Goodwill associated with the acquisition of Feather River Bancorp was $5.5 million and the core deposit intangible was $1.0 million.

In connection with the acquisition, the Company incurred a variety of non-recurring expenses. The non-recurring costs, exclusive of salaries and benefits, for the twelve months ended December 31, 2021, were $692 thousand consisting of $292 thousand in consulting costs including investment advisor fees, $171 thousand in legal expense, $175 thousand in outside service costs and $54 thousand in other expenses. The non-recurring costs for the three months ended December 31, 2021, were $148 thousand consisting primarily of outside services costs related to the conversion of BFR’s core processing system to the Company’s core system.

In addition to the acquisition of BFR, the Company benefited from an increase in PPP loan fees during the comparison periods, a reduction in salary expense related to the Employee Retention Credit (ERC) and a reduction in the provision for loan losses. During the twelve months ended December 31, 2021, PPP fees net of the amortization of PPP origination costs were $6.1 million. This compares to $2.6 million during the twelve months ended December 31, 2020. During the three months ended December 31, 2021, PPP fees net of the amortization of PPP origination costs were $1.2 million. This compares to $1.6 million during the three months ended December 30, 2020.

During the second and third quarters of 2021 the Company qualified for the ERC. The ERC was made available under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act and modified and extended under the Taxpayer Certainty and Disaster Tax Relief Act of 2020. We recorded an ERC of $1.1 million during the second quarter and $1.2 million during the third quarter as a reduction of salary and benefit expense.

The provision for loan losses declined from $3.2 million during the twelve months ended December 31, 2020, to $1.1 million during 2021 and from $375 thousand during the three months ended December 31, 2020, to $250 thousand during the current quarter.

Financial Highlights
December 31, 2021, compared to December 31, 2020

  • Total assets increased by $502 million, or 45%, to a record level of over $1.6 billion.
  • Gross loans increased by $129 million, or 18%, to $839 million.
  • Loans held for sale increased by $30 million to a record level $31 million.
  • Investment securities increased by $126 million to a record level of $306 million.
  • Total deposits increased by $465 million, or 48%, to a record level of $1.4 billion.
  • Total equity increased by $33.9 million, or 34% to a record level of $134 million.
  • Book value per share increased by $3.72, or 19%, to a record level of $23.05, up from $19.33.
  • Tangible book value per share increased by $2.65 or 14%, to a record level of $21.84, up from $19.19

President’s Comments

“2021 was a difficult year for our region. The pandemic continued to create challenges and hardship and then the wildfires brought devastation and displacement to our clients, employees and even whole communities. Throughout it all we have tried to quickly respond to meet each new challenge to support those we serve. During the pandemic, we have kept our doors open while continuing to enhance electronic banking options and services. And in response to the wildfires we partnered with The Community Fund of Northern Nevada, donating $50 thousand to the Dixie Fire Community Fund which has raised more than $230 thousand. During all the turmoil, I’m very proud to report that we were able to successfully complete the acquisition of Bank of Feather River and have fully integrated their operations into ours. This acquisition resulted in the appointment of Julie Morehead, the former CEO of Bank of Feather River, to Plumas’ Board of Directors. Julie’s community banking expertise has proven a real asset and added strength to our Board,” recapped Andrew J. Ryback, director, president and chief executive officer of Plumas Bancorp and Plumas Bank.

“As we enter a new year, we wish to thank our many loyal clients, the communities we serve, and our shareholders for their continuing support,” concluded Ryback.

Loans, Deposits, Investments and Cash

Mostly related to our acquisition of BFR, gross loans increased by $129 million, or 18%, from $709 million at December 31, 2020, to $839 million at December 31, 2021. Increases in loans included $54 million in agricultural loans, $66 million in commercial real estate loans, $26 million in construction loans and $4 million in residential real estate loans; these items were partially offset by a decrease of $17 million in commercial loans and $4 million in all other loan categories. Excluding PPP loan activity, commercial loans would have increased by $19 million. PPP loans totaled $35 million at December 31, 2021, and $71 million at December 31, 2020. Unamortized loan fees net of unamortized loan costs on PPP loans totaled $1.3 million at December 31, 2021.

Beginning in 2020 we instituted a loan forbearance program to assist borrowers with managing cash flows disrupted due to COVID-19; we ended this program in the fourth quarter of 2021 and there are no loan balances on deferral related to this program at December 31, 2021. 

Total deposits increased by $465 million from $974 million at December 31, 2020, to $1.4 billion at December 31, 2021. We acquired $177 million in deposits upon the acquisition of BFR. Excluding BFR deposits, we attribute much of this increase to Pandemic related economic stimulus, a more cautious consumer, and continued growth in our customer base. The increase in deposits includes increases of $220 million in demand deposits, $134 million in savings accounts, $87 million in money market accounts, and $24 million in time deposits.

At December 31, 2021, 51% of the Company’s deposits were in the form of non-interest bearing demand deposits. The Company has no brokered deposits.

Total investment securities increased by $126 million from $180 million at December 31, 2020, to $306 million at December 31, 2021. The Bank’s investment security portfolio consists of debt securities issued by US Government agencies, US Government sponsored agencies and municipalities. Cash and due from banks increased by $196 million from $185 million at December 31, 2020, to $381 million at December 31, 2021.

Asset Quality

Nonperforming assets (which are comprised of nonperforming loans, other real estate owned (“OREO”) and repossessed vehicle holdings) at December 31, 2021, totaled $5.4 million, up from $3.0 million at December 31, 2020. Nonperforming assets as a percentage of total assets increased to 0.33% at December 31, 2021, up from 0.27% at December 31, 2020. OREO totaled $0.5 million at December 31, 2021, and $0.4 million at December 31, 2020. Nonperforming loans were $4.9 million at December 31, 2021, up from $2.5 million at December 31, 2020. Nonperforming loans as a percentage of total loans increased to 0.58% at December 31, 2021, up from 0.36% at December 31, 2020.

The provision for loan losses decreased from $3.2 million during 2020 to $1.1 million during 2021. Net charge-offs totaled $675 thousand and $516 thousand during the twelve months ended December 31, 2021, and 2020, respectively. The allowance for loan losses totaled $10.4 million at December 31, 2021, and $9.9 million at December 31, 2020. The allowance for loan losses as a percentage of total loans decreased from 1.40% at December 31, 2020, to 1.23% at December 31, 2021. Excluding loans acquired from BFR and recorded at fair value, the allowance for loan losses as a percentage of total loans at December 31, 2021, would have been 1.45%.

Shareholders’ Equity

Total shareholders’ equity increased by $33.9 million from $100.2 million at December 31, 2020, to $134.1 million at December 31, 2021. The $33.9 million includes earnings during the twelve-month period totaling $21.0 million, common stock issued in the acquisition of Feather River Bancorp totaling $18.7 million and stock option activity totaling $0.5 million. These items were partially offset by the payment of cash dividends totaling $3.1 million and a decrease in accumulated other comprehensive income of $3.2 million.

Net Interest Income and Net Interest Margin

Driven by the acquisition of BFR and an increase in PPP fees, net interest income for the twelve months ended December 31, 2021, increased by $8.5 million from $38.4 million during the year ended December 31, 2020, to $46.9 million during 2021. Interest income increased by $8.4 million to $48 million while interest expense decreased by $92 thousand to $1.1 million. Included in interest income during the current year were PPP fees net of costs of $6.1 million, an increase of $3.5 million from $2.6 million during 2020. The average yield on loans, including loans held for sale, increased by 26 basis points from 5.15% during 2020 to 5.41% during the current period. Excluding interest and fees on PPP loans, loan yield would have declined by 18 basis points to 5.05% for the current year compared to 5.23% during the twelve months ended December 31, 2020.

Average interest earning assets during 2021 totaled $1.3 billion, an increase of $339 million from the same period in 2020. This increase in average interest earning assets consisted of increases of $91 million in average loan balances, $11 million in average loans held for sale, $80 million in average investment securities and $157 million in average cash balances. The effect of the increase in average interest earning assets was partially offset by a decline in the average yield on interest earning assets of 43 basis points to 3.72%. Net interest margin decreased 39 basis points to 3.63% during 2021, down from 4.02% during 2020.

Net interest income increased by $2.5 million from $10.5 million during the three months ended December 31, 2020, to $13.0 million for the three months ended December 31, 2021. The increase in net interest income includes increases of $2.5 million in interest income and $33 thousand in interest expense. Interest and fees on loans, including loans held for sale, increased by $1.9 million principally related to an increase in average loan balances. During the current quarter we recorded amortization of loan fees net of loan costs on PPP loans totaling $1.2 million, a decrease of $0.4 million for the same quarter in 2020. This includes normal amortization on our PPP portfolio and the effect of PPP loan forgiveness.

Average loan balances, including loans held for sale, increased by $134 million, while the average yield on loans increased by 4 basis points from 5.40% during the fourth quarter of 2020 to 5.44% during the current quarter. Excluding the effect of the PPP loans, loan yield would have increased by 5 basis points to 5.12% for the current quarter and 5.07% during the fourth quarter of 2020. Interest on investment securities increased by $491 thousand related to growth in the investment portfolio. Average investment securities increased by $120 million to $289 million. The average yield on investment securities during the three months ended December 31, 2021, was 1.80%, a decline of 12 basis points from 1.92% during the fourth quarter of 2020. Interest on cash balances increased by $82 thousand related mostly to an increase in average balances of $170 million. Net interest margin for the three months ended December 31, 2021, decreased 46 basis points to 3.44%, down from 3.90% for the same period in 2020.

Non-Interest Income/Expense

During 2021, non-interest income totaled $8.7 million, an increase of $253 thousand from the $8.5 million earned during 2020. This increase included increases in several categories of non-interest income, the largest of which was $711 thousand in interchange income. These items were partially offset by decreases of $336 thousand in gains on sale of loans, $251 in gains on sale of fixed assets and a $209 thousand loss on sale of investment securities classified as available for sale. The decline in gains on sale of fixed assets includes the effect of a $218 thousand gain on sale of an administrative building during the second quarter of 2020. While gains on sale of loans decreased by $336 thousand, loans held for sale increased by $30.6 million to $31.3 million. Loans held for sale consist of the guaranteed portion of SBA 7(a) loans.

During the three months ended December 31, 2021, and 2020, non-interest income totaled $2.5 million and $2.2 million, respectively. The largest increase in non-interest income was $237 thousand in interchange income. In addition, we received insurance proceeds related to fire damage at our Greenville, California branch totaling $218 thousand. Partially offsetting these items was a $209 thousand loss on the sale of investment securities.

During 2021, total non-interest expense increased by $2.3 million from the comparable period in 2020. The largest components of this increase were increases of $882 thousand in outside service fees, $623 thousand in professional fees, $621 thousand in occupancy and equipment expense, and $203 thousand in deposit insurance. Much of the increases in these categories relate to our Yuba City, California branch which was formerly BFR.

Included in outside service fees and professional fees during 2021 were $423 thousand and $484 thousand, respectively attributable to the Yuba City branch much of which is nonrecurring in nature. Occupancy and equipment expense related to the Yuba City facility totaled $325 thousand.

The largest decline in non-interest expense was $490 thousand in salary and benefit expense as costs related to increases in salaries, bonus and other components of salary and benefit expense were offset by an Employee Retention Credit of $2.3 million.

During the three months ended December 31, 2021, non-interest expense increased by $1.4 million from $6.4 million during the three months ended December 31, 2020, to $7.8 million during the current quarter. The largest components of this increase were increases of $387 thousand in salary and benefit expense, $325 thousand in occupancy and equipment costs and $317 thousand in outside service fees. Salary and benefits at our Yuba City branch totaled $381 thousand, occupancy and equipment costs totaled $157 thousand and outside services totaled $180 thousand.

 

Plumas Bancorp is headquartered in Reno, Nevada. Plumas Bancorp’s principal subsidiary is Plumas Bank, which was founded in 1980. Plumas Bank is a full-service community bank headquartered in Quincy, California. The bank operates fourteen branches: twelve located in the California counties of Lassen, Modoc, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Shasta and Sutter and two branches located in Nevada in the counties of Carson City and Washoe. The bank also operates three loan production offices located in the California Counties of Butte and Placer and Klamath Falls, Oregon. Plumas Bank offers a wide range of financial and investment services to consumers and businesses and has received nationwide Preferred Lender status with the United States Small Business Administration. For more information on Plumas Bancorp and Plumas Bank, please visit our website at www.plumasbank.com.

This news release includes forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Exchange Act of 1934, as amended and Plumas Bancorp intends for such forward-looking statements to be covered by the safe harbor provisions for forward-looking statements contained in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Future events are difficult to predict, and the expectations described above are necessarily subject to risk and uncertainty that may cause actual results to differ materially and adversely.

Forward-looking statements can be identified by the fact that they do not relate strictly to historical or current facts. They often include the words “believe,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “intend,” “plan,” “estimate,” or words of similar meaning, or future or conditional verbs such as “will,” “would,” “should,” “could,” or “may.” These forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance, nor should they be relied upon as representing management’s views as of any subsequent date. Forward-looking statements involve significant risks and uncertainties, and actual results may differ materially from those presented, either expressed or implied, in this news release. Factors that might cause such differences include, but are not limited to: the Company’s ability to successfully execute its business plans and achieve its objectives; changes in general economic and financial market conditions, either nationally or locally in areas in which the Company conducts its operations; changes in interest rates; continuing consolidation in the financial services industry; new litigation or changes in existing litigation; increased competitive challenges and expanding product and pricing pressures among financial institutions; legislation or regulatory changes which adversely affect the Company’s operations or business; loss of key personnel; and changes in accounting policies or procedures as may be required by the Financial Accounting Standards Board or other regulatory agencies

Contact: Jamie Huynh
Investor Relations
Plumas Bancorp
5525 Kietzke Lane Ste. 100
Reno, NV 89511
775.786.0907 x8908
investorrelations@plumasbank.com

 

PLUMAS BANCORP
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS  
(In thousands)
(Unaudited)
  As of December 31,      
  2021   2020   Dollar Change   Percentage Change
ASSETS              
Cash and due from banks $ 380,584   $ 184,909   $ 195,675   105.8%
Investment securities 305,914   179,613   126,301   70.3%
Loans held for sale 31,277   693   30,584   4413.3%
Loans, net of allowance for loan losses 829,385   700,102   129,283   18.5%
Premises and equipment, net 16,424   14,016   2,408   17.2%
Bank owned life insurance 15,844   13,526   2,318   17.1%
Real estate acquired through foreclosure 487   403   84   20.8%
Goodwill 5,502   -   5,502   100.0%
Accrued interest receivable and other assets 28,657   18,314   10,343   56.5%
Total assets $ 1,614,074   $ 1,111,576   $ 502,498   45.2%
               
LIABILITIES AND              
   SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY  
Deposits $ 1,438,999   $ 973,974   $ 465,025   47.7%
Accrued interest payable and other liabilities 30,683   27,138   3,545   13.1%
Junior subordinated deferrable interest debentures 10,310   10,310   -   0.0%
Total liabilities 1,479,992   1,011,422   468,570   46.3%
Common stock 26,801   7,656   19,145   250.1%
Retained earnings 105,681   87,753   17,928   20.4%
Accumulated other comprehensive income, net 1,600   4,745   (3,145)   -66.3%
Shareholders’ equity 134,082   100,154   33,928   33.9%
Total liabilities and shareholders’ equity $ 1,614,074   $ 1,111,576   $ 502,498   45.2%
               
 
PLUMAS BANCORP
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME
(In thousands, except per share data)
(Unaudited)
               
FOR THE YEAR ENDED DECEMBER 31, 2021   2020   Dollar Change   Percentage Change
               
Interest income $ 48,070   $ 39,624   $ 8,446   21.3%
Interest expense 1,136   1,228   (92)   -7.5%
Net interest income before provision for loan losses 46,934   38,396   8,538   22.2%
Provision for loan losses 1,125   3,175   (2,050)   -64.6%
Net interest income after provision for loan losses 45,809   35,221   10,588   30.1%
Non-interest income 8,716   8,463   253   3.0%
Non-interest expense 26,038   23,732   2,306   9.7%
Income before income taxes 28,487   19,952   8,535   42.8%
Provision for income taxes 7,478   5,477   2,001   36.5%
Net income $ 21,009   $ 14,475   $ 6,534   45.1%
               
Basic earnings per share $ 3.82   $ 2.80   $ 1.02   36.4%
Diluted earnings per share $ 3.76   $ 2.77   $ 0.99   35.7%
               
FOR THE THREE MONTHS ENDED DECEMBER 31, 2021   2020   Dollar Change   Percentage Change
               
Interest income $ 13,284   $ 10,769   $ 2,515   23.4%
Interest expense 310   277   33   11.9%
Net interest income before provision for loan losses 12,974   10,492   2,482   23.7%
Provision for loan losses 250   375   (125)   -33.3%
Net interest income after provision for loan losses 12,724   10,117   2,607   25.8%
Non-interest income 2,485   2,154   331   15.4%
Non-interest expense 7,813   6,362   1,451   22.8%
Income before income taxes 7,396   5,909   1,487   25.2%
Provision for income taxes 1,894   1,627   267   16.4%
Net income $ 5,502   $ 4,282   $ 1,220   28.5%
               
Basic earnings per share $ 0.95   $ 0.83   $ 0.12   14.5%
Diluted earnings per share $ 0.93   $ 0.82   $ 0.11   13.4%
               

 

PLUMAS BANCORP
SELECTED FINANCIAL INFORMATION
(Dollars in thousands, except per share data)
(Unaudited)
                   
  Year Ended   Three Months Ended
  12/31/2021   12/31/2020   12/31/2019   12/31/2021   12/31/2020
EARNINGS PER SHARE                  
Basic earnings per share $ 3.82     $ 2.80     $ 3.01     $ 0.95     $ 0.83  
Diluted earnings per share $ 3.76     $ 2.77     $ 2.97     $ 0.93     $ 0.82  
Weighted average shares outstanding   5,502       5,177       5,155       5,814       5,182  
Weighted average diluted shares outstanding   5,583       5,230       5,228       5,903       5,234  
Cash dividends paid per share1 $ 0.56     $ 0.36     $ 0.46     $ 0.14     $ 0.12  
                   
PERFORMANCE RATIOS (annualized for the three months)                
Return on average assets   1.52 %     1.43 %     1.82 %     1.35 %     1.50 %
Return on average equity   17.8 %     15.5 %     20.2 %     16.5 %     17.4 %
Yield on earning assets   3.72 %     4.15 %     4.97 %     3.52 %     4.00 %
Rate paid on interest-bearing liabilities   0.19 %     0.25 %     0.39 %     0.17 %     0.22 %
Net interest margin   3.63 %     4.02 %     4.75 %     3.44 %     3.90 %
Noninterest income to average assets   0.63 %     0.83 %     0.95 %     0.61 %     0.76 %
Noninterest expense to average assets   1.88 %     2.34 %     2.68 %     1.92 %     2.23 %
Efficiency ratio2   46.8 %     50.6 %     49.9 %     50.5 %     50.3 %
                   
  12/31/2021   12/31/2020   12/31/2019        
CREDIT QUALITY RATIOS AND DATA                  
Allowance for loan losses $ 10,352     $ 9,902     $ 7,243          
Allowance for loan losses as a percentage of total loans   1.23 %     1.40 %     1.17 %        
Allowance for loan losses as a percentage of total loans -            
excluding PPP loans   1.29 %     1.55 %     1.17 %        
Nonperforming loans $ 4,863     $ 2,536     $ 2,050          
Nonperforming assets $ 5,397     $ 2,970     $ 2,813          
Nonperforming loans as a percentage of total loans   0.58 %     0.36 %     0.33 %        
Nonperforming assets as a percentage of total assets   0.33 %     0.27 %     0.33 %        
Net charge-offs $ 675     $ 516     $ 1,215          
Net charge-offs as a percentage of average         0.07 %            
loans 0.09 %           0.21 %    
                   
CAPITAL AND OTHER DATA                  
Common shares outstanding at end of period   5,817       5,182       5,166          
Shareholders' equity $ 134,082     $ 100,154     $ 84,505          
Book value per common share $ 23.05     $ 19.33     $ 16.36          
Tangible common equity3 $ 127,067     $ 99,432     $ 83,584          
Tangible book value per common share4 $ 21.84     $ 19.19     $ 16.18          
Tangible common equity to total assets   7.9 %     8.9 %     9.7 %        
Gross loans to deposits   58.3 %     72.9 %     82.6 %        
                   
PLUMAS BANK REGULATORY CAPITAL RATIOS                
Tier 1 Leverage Ratio   8.4 %     9.2 %     10.4 %        
Common Equity Tier 1 Ratio   14.4 %     14.2 %     13.1 %        
Tier 1 Risk-Based Capital Ratio   14.4 %     14.2 %     13.1 %        
Total Risk-Based Capital Ratio   15.5 %     15.4 %     14.2 %        
                   
(1) The Company paid a quarterly cash dividend of 14 cents per share on February 15, 2021, May 17, 2021, August 16, 2021 and November 15, 2021        
and quarterly cash dividends of 12 cents per share on May 15, 2020, August 14, 2020 and November 16, 2020.            
(2) Efficiency ratio is defined as noninterest expense divided by total revenue (net interest income and total noninterest income).            
(3) Tangible common equity is defined as common equity less core deposit intangibles.                  
(4) Tangible common book value per share is defined as tangible common equity divided by common shares outstanding.            

 

 


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